What are the side effects of CoolSculpting?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A thinking Q. What are the side effects of CoolSculpting? I heard about stabbing pain after the procedure for a week. How bad is it? Is Tylenol enough for that or need something stronger? How about numbness? Is it going away or permanent? A. Side effects to CoolSculpting (CS) include a range of discomfort and pain. These include:
  • ​no discomfort
  • ​low-grade discomfort
  • ​limited and temporary cramps
  • ​limited pain
  • ​prolonged pain
The vast majority of patients have little to no discomfort. Approximately a week following the procedure, as a CS patient myself, I had a deep low grade discomfort easily forgotten during the day and easily reduced with tylenol and ibuprofen. Very few patients do have abdominal muscle cramping pain which require a limited amount of a codeine medication. Only 1 patient of may 100’s required a longer term dosing of anti-neuritis pain relief with Neurontin. ​ ​A compression garment such as a Spanx or very firm skin compressing athletic “spandex” like clothing also helps to reduce the jiggling which may irritate and cause discomfort. ​ ​All numbness has resolved once the superficial sensory nerves which are also “frozen” return to normal function. ​ ​Please consult with a Certified CoolSculpting Specialist to properly inform you of the benefits and limitations of CoolSculpting. Consider a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to review with you the many other options in localized fat reduction and larger area lipocontouring. ​ ​I wish you well!
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