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Zeltiq CoolSculpting - Are There Any Side Effects?

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CoolSculpting Side Effects

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CoolSculpting is an FDA approved class II medical device. It is safe for most healthy people. There certainly are some exceptions. CoolSculpting (like most aesthetic devices) has not been tested on women who are pregnant or breast feeding. Therefore, women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or trying to become pregnant are not ideal candidates. There are several other contraindications that your doctors office can discuss with you. 

In the office of Michael Law MD, we do will not perform CoolSculpting on people with the following conditions

1) Pregnant, breast feeding or trying to become pregnant
2) Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or currently suffering from any other auto-immune disorder that causes excessive pain, weakness or discomfort
3) Hernia or history of hernia in the area to be treated
4) A BMI of 34 or more (Bodybuilders or individuals with extremely muscular physiques could possibly be an exception
5) Any person currently suffering from chronic pain
6) Any person who has had body contouring surgery within the last 12 months without written consent from your physician
7) Any person who has a health condition or injury that prevents them from walking 1 mile each day
8) Individuals with a history of anorexia or bulimia in the last twelve months
9) Any person under the age of 19
10) Individuals with lymphedema or other conditions effecting the lymphatic system


Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Zeltiq Coolsculpting- what to expect

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During the CoolSculpting procedure there is very little discomfort, generally in the one hour treatment the discomfort is only in the first few minutes of the initial phase when the area is getting cold.  The discomfort during and after the procedure that may be related to suction seems to depend on how thin the patient is...the less there is to draw up in to the chamber and subsequently freeze the more a person may feel it.  After the procedure you may experience some bruising, swelling, a transient pins and needles sensation (like you may get when your foot falls asleep and then starts 'waking up') and some dull achiness.  Patients aren't generally limited from their normal activities after the treatment as a result of discomfort.  Our patients have been extremely happy with the results and none have put off a second treatment due to side effects from the first....they are not only ready and excited for their second treatments but usually add some new areas as well.

 

Dr. Grant Stevens    

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

CoolSculpting Has Minimal Side Effects

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                  Coolsculpting represents a significant advance in the management of localized fat collections. The procedure is associated with high satisfaction rates and minimal side effects.

                  A small number of patients experience bruising and swelling which spontaneously resolves in 2-3 days. Occasionally, patients experience pain which is often described as dull and achy. This also resolves quickly.

                  Rarely, nausea can occur when abdominal coolsculpting is performed and is probably secondary to traction on the abdominal contents. This is fortunately uncommon and quickly resolves on its own.

                  At this point in time, no long term complications have been associated with this procedure. The procedure is associated with high satisfaction rates and is an excellent option for treating localized adiposity. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

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Most Common Side Effects - Zeltiq/CoolSculpting

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The Zeltiq Procedure is completely non-invasive, which allows immediate return to normal activities such as work or exercise. Redness may appear in the treated area, and may last from a few minutes to a few hours. Some localized bruising may occur, which clears within a few weeks. Many patients experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area lasting one to eight weeks. Vasovagal Symptoms ---- A few patients have experienced vasovagal symptoms during treatment. These symptoms, associated with activation of the autonomic nervous system include: lightheadedness, dizziness, flushing, sweating (diaphoresis), nausea, near syncope, or syncope (fainting). The patient may appear pale, cool and clammy. This type of reaction may be triggered by a variety of factors such as the patient’s anticipation of the procedure, dietary habits prior to the procedure, conditions of the treatment room or a response to the procedure itself.

To prevent vasovagal symptoms, the operator should ensure that the patient has been properly prepared for what to expect during the procedure and that he/she has had adequate food and fluids. The operator should also ensure that the patient is feeling well prior to leaving the room after the start of the procedure and instruct the patient to call for assistance if symptoms develop.

If the patient experiences a vasovagal episode during the procedure, assist the patient to a supine (lying) position with their legs elevated. Offer reassurance, a cool towel to the forehead and sips of fluids. The procedure may be interrupted at the discretion of the operator or if symptoms do not resolve within a few minutes.

Jay Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Side effects are minimal compared to other body contouring options.

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One of the reasons our patients love CoolSculpting® is because it’s totally nonsurgical. This means that general anesthesia is not required, which is a big relief for our patients. You also won’t have to worry about incisions and scars. The appointment itself doesn’t take very long; some patients report minor discomfort during the procedure initially. Not pain necessarily, but sometimes a pulling or pinching feeling from the CoolSculpting® device. Afterwards, there might be some minor bruising. Although it takes longer to see results after CoolSculpting® compared to traditional body contouring with liposuction, the minimal risk of side effects and complications makes this procedure well worth it to most patients.

Glenn M. Davis, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Side Effects Following CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting is a noninvasive technique whereby skin and fat are compressed between two flat surfaces. After it is held in this position, the temperature is dropped to a point that will result in damaging the fat layer enough so that it begins a cycle of dissolving. The reduction of fat is sometimes variable and many people need more than one visit to achieve acceptable results. Aside from some soreness, it is unlikely you would experience and complications.


John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Side effects from Coolsculpting

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What we have seen after Coolsculpting is occasional "hickeys" / slight bruising and redness this last one- two days. You may also experience slight swelling for a day or two. You will be tender to the touch for about 4-7 days and possibly experience some itching for about 24 hours after about a week when the numbness wears off. Hopefully this answers your question! 

Frederick Lester, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Side Effects of CoolSculpting

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Zeltiq CoolSculpting is considered a breakthrough in non-surgical fat removal.  Using a handpiece and cooling technology, localized fat bulges can be eliminated, up to 25% by 4-8 weeks post-procedure.  This is not a procedure that is recommended for obese patients, or to be used as a substitute for liposuction or other surgical fat removal method.  As a physician, when I see a patient who is interesting in loosing fatty tissue bulges in area of their abdomen, thighs, and 'love handles', CoolSculpting is very often my recommendation.  My physical exam also needs to show areas of pliable, pinch-able fat tissue, large enough to fit well into the CoolSculpting handpiece to garner a tight suction, to know optimal results can be achieved. 

 

Side effects of CoolSculpting?  Zeltiq CoolSculpting is a quick and safe treatment for fat reduction, with few side effects.  During the procedure,only a slight discomfort may be experienced from suction/pulling from the handpiece, and a therapeutic cooling.  Some patients will experience redness and minor bruising for the first 24-48 hours.  There may also be some bit of tingling, numbness, and slight discomfort in the treated area, but these symptoms will resolve completely on their own in the 1-3 weeks following treatment.  Normal activities can usually resume the day after your CoolSculpting, and quite often, my patients are able to return to work the same day as their treatment. 

Narin (Dr.Joe) Apisarnthanarax, MD
Houston Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Zeltiq has few side effects

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Zeltiq has few side effects mostly llimited to localized soreness and tenderness for a few days at the treatment site.  Some patients also have localized bruising from the pulling of the adaptor on the skin to freeze the fat.  All of these side effects are temporary and resolve in approximately a week.  The fat freezing where 20 percent of the fat in a given area is gone is permanent!

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Side Effects of CoolSculpting

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The initial few minutes of the process can be uncomfortable, but people do not require relaxation or pain medication. Within about 5 minutes you’ll lose sensation in the area and will easily be able to talk on the phone, read, use your computer, or watch TV. Some patients nap. Afterwards, a few patients may experience short temporary redness, bruising, or mild discomfort in the treated areas that resolves quickly.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

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