Coolsculpt and Numbnss?

I am 1 week post procedure on abs and love handles. I am very small 5'2", 120 lbs. Still have complete numbness in treatment areas. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 10

Coolsculpt and Numbnss?

Thanks for your question. It is completely normal to experience numbness post Coolsculpting. It should typically last 2-4 weeks but will subside. 

Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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7001 S 900 E #100
Midvale, UT 84047

Numbness After CoolSculpting

Numbness post CoolSculpting treatments is a normal temporary side effect and can usually last about two weeks and sometimes up to several weeks. It normally resolves on its own over time. If you experience prolonged numbness, you should contact your doctor.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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4000 Dublin Blvd
Dublin, CA 94568

Coolsculpting and Numbness

Numbness can persist for several weeks. If it is persisting beyond 4 weeks, contact your treating physician.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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1501 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Numbness after CoolSculpting

Do not be concerned!  what you describe is absolutely normal, and in my experience can last two weeks, and rarely, as long as four.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
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109 E 61st St
New York, NY 10065

Numbness After CoolSculpting Fat Reduction

Numbness in the treated area is a temporary reaction after CoolSculpting.  This is a normal and expected side effect that will usually resolve after several weeks.  Some patients do not experience any of the side effects while others feel the numbness, itching, prickling, swelling, bruising, and discomfort. The effectiveness of treatment or expected results are not associated with the amount of side effects that a patient experiences.  It has even been reported that a patient will experience numbness and discomfort on one side of the body but not the other. 

CoolSculpting results are achieved after three months.  Most of the side effects are expected during the first three weeks.  If you have concerns about your reaction it is recommended that you contact your provider.  In my Raleigh NC office we offer CoolSculpting Complete which includes dual machines, compression garments, and vibrational therapy.  The compression garments often relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms after treatment.  As the top CoolSculpting provider in the region, we also offer free CoolSculpting treatments with each treatment purchased. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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10941 Raven Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614

Quite normal to be numb after CoolSculpting by Zeltiq

Numbness and sensitivity are quite normal after the treatment with CoolSculpting by Zeltiq in our NYC practice. The nature of the condition varies considerably patient by paitent. the numbness tends to resolve as does the pain over a few weeks but rarely cases take longer.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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317 East 34th St
New York, NY 10016

Numbness post procedure

Numbness, followed by tingling and a pins and needles sensation, is not unusual following Coolsculpting. For most the numbness has resolved after one week but for a few it can last 4-6 weeks.  Any patients we have treated that have experienced this have resolved completely.  No one has had lasting numbness.  If you are concerned, follow up with the office that treated you but for now, don't worry. It should resolve soon.   Good luck.    

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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4644 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Numbness post CoolSculpting

Numbness post CoolSculpting is very normal. You may also experience tingling, burning, and even itching for up to a month after your treatment. Good luck!

Cheryl A. Hull, MD
Rogers Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

500 S 52nd Street
Rogers, AR 72758

CoolSculpting Recovery

You should expect numbness and possibly some tingling in the treatment area for up to one month.  This is a completely normal post procedure experience.

Sarah A. Mess, MD
Columbia Plastic Surgeon
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10700 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD 21044


This is, in fact, normal.  We have had patients tell us that the numbness can last anywhere from one week to well over a month.  It will pass with time.

Stephen E. Zucker, MD
South Bend Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

621 Memorial Drive
South Bend, Indiana 46601

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