The Side Effects of Coolsculpting and How to Deal With Them

Even though coolsculpting is a relatively safe procedure, some patients experience side effects. The side effects experienced are not that serious and will go away after some time. Here are some of the side effects of coolsculpting and how you can best deal with them.



  • Swelling and inflammation is noticed in some cases. This is quite a normal result of body fat removal. It is an indication that your body is getting rid of the fat cells that have been frozen. The best way to deal with this is to apply a cold compress on the affected area. If the swelling still persists, then it is best to talk to your doctor about it.


  • You may experience some pain. This is often in the abdominal area. The pain comes about as a result of bruising of your body tissues as the applicator is being used. This is because your skin gets sucked into the applicator. This pain is often observed when the large applicator is used. It may result in light injury of the abdominal muscles.  This pain will go away in a few days. In addition, some people may not feel pain immediately after the procedure, but pain may settle in a few days or weeks after the procedure. This is quite normal and there is no reason to panic.  Over the counter medication will help deal with this pain.


  • Slight discomfort as the procedure is being carried out is one of the side effects of coolsculpting. There will be no need to use anesthesia as you will not feel intense pain in the area. In fact, you can go about doing other things while your body is being worked on. For instance, you can watch a movie or read a book.


  • A dulling sensation may be felt in the area, for a period of up to eight weeks.


  • Numbness is normal as a result of the low body temperatures. This numbness does not cause any nerve damage and it will resolve on its own after some time.


To minimize risk of getting negative side effects of fat freeze removal, do not undergo coolsculpting if you have the following conditions

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • if you are using a pacemaker
  • if you have any open wounds
  • if you have eczema or other skin conditions
  • if you have neuropathic disorders
  • if you have a blood disorder or you are on blood thinners
  • if you have recently undergone surgery
  • if you have any disorders that are sensitive to the cold, such as cold neuralgia



Keep in mind that everybody is different and people react differently to the treatment. So while it might be quite normal to experience some side effects, you may experience none at all or you may experience side effects that are more intense than what has been described in this article. The key thing is to follow up with your doctor if the symptoms persist. The doctor will advise you on how to best handle the situation and in some cases may prescribe some medication. But often, this may not be necessary.

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