is it normal to have some swelling after zeltiq. i had it 4 days ago, my stomach is definitely a bit 'bigger' puffier than it was prior to the procedure. i have tingling and occasional numbness and slight tenderness, no other symptoms, but will my stomach not be as puffy as the days go on? any suggestions to help with this puffiness?
Swelling with Zeltiq
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It can happen but it self limiting
Swelling is normal
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Thank you for your question.
The swelling and tingling that you are describing is something that happens to some patients after the coolsculpting treatment. It should get better with time (a few days up to a few weeks).
Keep in touch with the office where you had your treatment if you have further questions.
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