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When Does the Excrutiating Pain Subside After CoolSculpting?

I got cool sculpting 6 days ago and the pain keeps getting worse. It is like I have a belly full of broken glass. Is there anything I can do to ease the pain (not discomfort - PAIN) When will it subside. I can't concentrate to work it is so intense.

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Pain following CoolScupting Fat Freezing treatment

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During the CoolSculpting procedure, there will be intense cooling for a few minutes. Some people find this uncomfortable, but the area soon becomes numb and people can relax and feel quite comfortable during a treatment. Following the treatment most people continue with their day normally with little to no discomfort. Over the course of a few days, some people feel mild discomfort similar to the feeling one might have after a workout. On occasion, significant discomfort has been reported. The patients who experience significant discomfort are almost always patients who have had treatment with a single large applicator administered to the lower abdomen area.  In my practice, we offer compression garments like the ones we use for patients following tummy tucks or liposuction. This has seemed to provide additional comfort and support to patients. On occasion, a patient might find relief with a non-narcotic pain medication called Neurontin.  This can be prescribed by the doctor or the physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the practice. However, most patients do not require medication following a CoolSculpting procedure.


Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after Coolsculpting

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There is a small number of patients who under go Coolsculpting, especially when the large treatment head is used, who experience pain after the procedure.  This seems to occur in about 10% of these patients.  It will usually subside in a few days, however may last a few weeks.  Patients who have previously had liposuction have stated that this pain was not as bad as liposuction pain, but it still hurts.  Talk with your doctor.  Prescription pain medication is an option if ibuprofen isn't adequate.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after Coolsculpting

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In a small subset of patients pain may occur that is characterized as uncomfortable and crampy. The pain may last for 4-6 weeks. We often prescribe a topical analgesic patch to ameliorate this.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Pain after CoolSculpting

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Post procedure pain can vary markedly from one patient to the next. For those patients who have significant pain we recommend 600 mg-800 mg  of ibuprofen every 8 hours. Intense pain can persist for up to 4 weeks although usually resolves within 1-2 weeks. On a rare occasions, patients may need a prescription medication to help reduce the pain.  You should call the office that did the procedure and ask them what they recommend for treatment of the pain.  They should be able to give you guidance on how to address the pain.  Some patients have found Spanks or other very tight compressive clothing to be comforting during the first couple of weeks following the procedure. 

Teresa Mann, MD
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Pain Resolves Usually In 2-3 Days Following CoolSculpting

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                  It’s not unusual for patients to experience some pain following abdominal coolsculpting. This pain is often described as dull and achy and typically improves in 2-3 days.

                  Rarely the pain is more severe and is characterized as sharp and stabbing. The origin, of this pain is unclear, but is probably related to traction on the soft tissue related to suction from the applicator device. It seems to be more common when the large applicator head is used.

                  The pain usually resolves spontaneously without treatment in 1 to 2 weeks, but occasionally may be present for 4-6 weeks.

                  Occasionally non- steroidal inflammatory agents such as Aleve and Motrin can be used to minimize pain. Rarely narcotics may be necessary as well. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
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Pain After CoolSculpting

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Pain post treatment is definitely normal, especially if the larger hand piece was used. Sometimes patients find relief with some compression in the treated area, taking over the counter pain medication, cool compresses, and wearing loose, comfortable clothing that does not irritate the treated area. If your pain persists, your provider can give you a prescription medication that can relieve the discomfort.

The discomfort that can occur with the larger hand piece is normally due to nerve pain. The nerves can be stretched during the treatment, therefore causing some pain. There is medication that can be taken and it will gradually begin working to relieve your pain once you start taking it.

Most discomfort resolves with a couple of weeks.

Steven H. Williams, MD
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Pain After CoolSculpting

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Pain, tenderness, tingling, discomfort are all common, normal side effects after CoolSculpting. Motrin or Aleve can help with swelling and some of the pain. I would recommend contacting your provider to see if they can write you a prescription for Lyrica or Lidoderm Lidocaine Patches to help with the pain. Both of these medications are frequently used to help with the symptoms you are presenting.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after CoolSculpting

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Typically, there is minimal to no downtime after CoolSculpting though patients such as yourself may experience temporary pain or discomfort. Normal side effects include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness to the touch, cramping, itching, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a procedure. I would suggest consulting with the doctor who perfumed the treatment to determine the best course of action to reduce your pain. Best of luck.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Pain After Cool Sculpting

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Hello,

 

On rare occasion, a small percentage of the cool sculpting patients experience pain after treatment that will subside with about  2 weeks after the procedure.

Ibuprofen is recommended to help the patients deal with the transient pain they experience.

That said, it would be of your interest to contact your surgeon/physician who administered your cool sculpting treatment for a solution.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Pain After Coolsculpting

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Thank you for your question.

Patients can experience pain in the area treated (more likely when the abdomen is treated) for the first 2-3 weeks.  Normally, this pain will subside on it's own with time.  We recommend that patients take ibuprofen to help with the discomfort but it may be best for you to contact the office where you had treatment to see what they recommend. 

Best Wishes!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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