Hi, I am interested in Zeltiq Coolsculpting. What is the recovery like, and what should I expect in terms of down time? I know for Lipo it takes a few weeks, is Zeltiq Coolsculpting not as severe because it is non-surgical? Thank you
What is the Recovery for Zeltiq Coolsculpting, and What Should I Expect?
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Recovery time for CoolSculpting
Recovery for CoolSculpting
Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting procedure has no "down time". You can go back to work, exercise, etc. immediately after the procedure. Patients do feel achy, and may have some swelling and bruising for the first couple of weeks but these symptoms are self limiting.
Zeltiq Coolsculpting recovery and side effects
Zeltiq is non-surgical which is one of the primary benefits of Zeltiq over other methods of fat reduction.
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area may have mild to moderate tingling, numbness, and soreness. Mild bruising is sometimes seen, but is uncommon. The soreness may last for 2-3 days and feels like the muscle soreness you get after a round of intense exercise. The tingling and numbness feels just like the sensation your skin has after intense cold exposure. It lessens over time and is usually limited to 2-3 weeks.
There is virtually no recovery time required for Zeltiq because the discomfort is so minimal. You can go back to work the same day. I generally recommend that patients not exercise the day of the procedure. After that, they can participate in whatever activity that they can tolerate. Usually this means full activity within 2-3 days.
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Back to work / play after Zeltiq CoolSculpting
Most patients feel fine enough to exercise the day after Zeltiq. There may be some soreness but not having had surgery there are less restrictions than if you had Liposuction. Bruising is expected because of the suction so cosmetically keep that in mind if you plan to be in a bathing suit the first two to three weeks after the procedure (not all patients get bruising, and it may last for much less time but you want to be prepared for such a discoloration). Very few patients have so much discomfort or localized soreness that they limit their activities for a few weeks. Ibuprofen seems to help in these cases (but not to take before or during because it promotes bruising).
Web reference: http://www.thenyac.com/zeltiq/index.html
What are the after effects of Zeltiq CoolSculpting?
This is one of the significant advantages of fat removal by CoolSculpting over Liposuction. CoolSculpitnig is a non-invasive procedure that does not require any surgery, incisions, needles, anesthesia. or downtime. After the procedure patients are back to their normal routine immediately. Its not unusual for some patients to report mild discomfort that generally starts 2-3 days after the procedure. Patients usually report it as a tingling sometimes numbeness sensation. There are a small patient who do report a more significant tenderness which can usually be managed with over the counter pain relievers and in all cases resolves spontaneously over a short period of time.
Recovery from Zeltiq
Coolsculpting is a non-invasive treatment for fat reduction that in most patients has minimal downtime. I tell my patients that this is a no downtime procedure, but they will still feel like they had something done. Depending on the area treated you can experience swelling and bloating that can last 1-2 weeks post procedure. In addition there can be transient numbness that can last up to 4-6 weeks. In a very small percentage of patients there can be pain, which usually starts on day 3-5 post procedure and can last for several days, sometimes a week. Fortunately, it responds very well to topical lidocaine patches. These symptoms are usually more of a nuisance and do not require lost time from exercise, socializing, or work.
Recovery following Coolsculpting
Typically the recover following Coolsculpting is fast. Most of my patients return to non impact exercise within 48 hours of treatment. A small percentage of patients will have lingering pain, numbness or discomfort that makes this difficult to do. However, this is the exception not the rule. It is a non invasive procedure that works for fat reduction and has minimal post operative downtime.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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