There is typically very little pain. There can be some discomfort during the first 5 minutes when the applicator is placed. Once the area is frozen there is no pain.
After the treatment is completed there is a brief massage of the area. There can be mild discomfort for a few minutes. Overall there is very little pain with this procedure.
Most patients experience a mild discomfort in the treated area for a few days. This doesn't require pain medication or a change in ones routine. A small percentage of patients develop delayed pain around day 5 which is more nerve related. This can be significant but is easily and quickly remedied by prescribing Neurontin for about 7 to 14 days. This is seen mostly in the abdomen when the Cool Max (the largest applicator) is used. It is also related to the degree of suction and how much of the tissue is drawn into the applicator.
Long Term Complications
We have not seen any long term problems after CoolSculpting. We also offer patients Smart Lipo and I would say that by far, our highest overall patient satisfaction has been with CoolSculpting due to lack of downtime and consistent results.
Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
200 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon (ABFPRS)
American Society forLaser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS)
Clinical Professor New York Presbyterian Hospital
National Education Faculty (physician trainer) for:
Allergan (Botox, Juvederm, Voluma), Galderma
(Scultpra, Restylane, Silk),
Cynosure (Cellulaze, Precision Laser Lift)
& Solta (Fraxel, Thermage)