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Is It Common to Feel Itchy 5 Days After CoolSculpting (Abdominal Area)?

I had CoolSculpting 5 days ago. Really no problems. I expected it to be tender, and it is--but not to the extent that I cannot workout. This morning the area feels really itchy inside of me, and its getting worse. Its not really painful, just uncomfortable. Is this because the area is healing and the numbness is wearing off? How long does this last? Is there anything I can do? I cannot take anything that will make me sleepy, as I am preparing for a trial and need to think. Thanks.

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Itchy after CoolSculpting fat loss by Zeltiq

Itching may be a sign of the body digesting dead fat cells. Usually the antihistamines don't help this itching sensation. some people note lessening of the itching by using a compression garment such as Spanx, or greater compression with liposuction garments. massaging the area may also help. it usually is temporary and can last a few weeks or more, in some patients.

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Itching sensation after CoolSculpting

A deep seated itching is a common post treatment experience after CoolSculpting. All patients will describe their experiences slightly different despite having undergone a similar procedure. Please do not concerned whether you are describing an itching versus a tenderness. We believe that the discomfort that develops after CoolSculpting is a result of the body starting to react to the freezing process and starting to clear the fat and fat cells.  This generally lasts about 10-14 days in most cases and will clear spontaneously.  I generally recommend ibuprofen and for most patients this will suffice.  As long as most patients are told ahead of time to expect something of this nature and know that it is self limited as well as normal the vast majority of patients will tolerate CoolSculpting quite well.

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologist
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Feeling itchy after CoolSculpting?

You can use over the counter anti-inflammatories.  I also place patients in compression.  

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Itchiness After Coolsculpting

Thank you for your question.

Yes, itchiness of the treated area is one of the side effects of this treatment.  It should improve with time and normally goes away within the first 2-3 weeks.  You can speak with your doctor to see if he/she can recommend anything topical if you are very uncomfortable.

Best wishes.

Itchy After CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the flanks (love handles) and abdomen and is proven to be a safe and effective treatment. Typically, there is minimal to no downtime after the treatment though patients may experience temporary pain or discomfort. Side effects can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness to the touch, cramping, itching, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a procedure. Your itchiness is normal, and not something to be concerned about. Since it has only been 5 days since your treatment, I would give your symptoms some time to go away.

Common side effects after coolsculpting

In your posted question, you described common side effects after a coolsculpting treatment.  All of the side effects, including itching, vary from patient to patient, but it would not be uncommon for them to last a couple of weeks.  Anti-histamines, like Benadryl, are commonly used for itching; however, they can make people sleepy or not alert.  Best advice for you is to just give it some time and it will subside in a couple of weeks. 

Cheryl A. Hull, MD
Rogers Dermatologist
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Feeling itchy after coolsculpting is normal

We have a long history with Coolsculpting... in fact, our practice did a fair amount of the research and development on the device with Zeltiq.  We have treated certainly over one hundred patients... probably closer to 250 or so.  Many of the patients have a variety of sensations afterwards, from itchiness to numbness to shooting pains.  Most resolve quickly, but some may take a few months to completely go away.

We haven't found any medicine to make it go away quicker,.... just tincture of time!

Hope that eases your mind!

Best - Dr. Kaufman

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