In Pain After Zeltiq - Los Angeles, CA

I chose to do Zeltiq in my abdominal area: one...

I chose to do Zeltiq in my abdominal area: one small treatment on each lovehandle, a large treatment just below my belly button, and one medium treatment just above my belly button.

I did 4 straight hours of the treatment 6 days ago. I did not feel great pain during the procedures - the large attachment was uncomfortable for the first 8-10 minutes but that was it. I felt a bit sore and numb going home but I didn't really feel pain till the next day. I woke up and the treated areas were super-sensitive to the touch. I was so sensitive that I couldn't even rub a cloth on myself to clear off the marker the nurse used to mark where she put the applicators on me. Once I laid down or was standing straight, I was fine but, any movement in-between felt excruciatingly painful!

Now- six days later, the pain is still there but it is (thankfully) not as intense. The tissue below my skin where the large attachment was applied feels scarred. It is a bit discolored and hard- like an extremely tense muscle BUT I know that it is not the muscle because I can contract my abs w/o pain. The best way I can describe this pain overall is that it feels like when you weight train a part of your body that you haven't paid attention to in a while and you really overdo it. Every move you make over the next few days while your body is repairing itself hurts. This feels odd to me because the pain isn't coming from the muscle, it's coming from my skin and creasing or moving the flab that sits on top of my muscles. For example, I was fine doing crunches on the floor at the gym 2 days after treatment but I couldn't take jogging on the treadmill. By the way, putting on my gym shorts felt awful! Now, I can jog and do the exercises that make my flab jiggle. I still feel a little pain but it's tolerable.

Of course, it's too early to see any positive results. I hope to report some serious fat reduction after a few more weeks. Until then, I will continue to exercise and eat well and hope that this pain wasn't all for nothing. I just wanted to share my experience so far since it seems that mine has been very outside of the norm. Also, if anyone has had a similar experience please post and let me know what (if anything) helped to alleviate the pain.

I had to take it down a and From what I understand, my experience is highly unusual

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I am on the 4th day and had my lower abdomen done with the larger handpiece. I just started feeling tingling pains in the area. It is not that bad at all. I would rate it a 2 if the rating was 0 being no pain and 10 being the worse. I am still numb and sensitive to the touch. It is too tender to wear pants. My area was swollen and looked bigger, but since went down. Running and jogging I cannot do right now. Having the area move makes the tingling stronger. One of the reps was in the room when I had the procedure done and less than 10% experience "extreme pain" by the 5th day. This would be a 10 on the scale. If that is the case, call your doctor and ask for Lidocaine patches and a Neurontin prescription. The pain lasts for 14 days. It will go away. If you are the one that experiences this pain, the post op effects will be better than the average person. Good Luck!
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Hello I live in Brazil, and I'm on the sixth day, and I'm feeling the same symptoms. It hurts very, very intense sting seem constant. The doctor also told me that it is rare. I'm desperate. Please tell me how it was after his sixth day, you feel better now? The pain disappeared after how long? Please answer me, I'm really desperate. I can not sleep or do my daily activities. Please help me! Thank you!

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I just had my treatment done on March 30, 2012 and it has been abour 4 days after. Can I say OW! I have shooting pains like I am getting stabbed with little knifes from inside my stomach. I am not sure why it feels like this but it hurts like HELL! I do not know what med to take to get rid of the pain. Any advice?
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Good location. Nice and clean facility. Friendly and attentive staff. Staff also answered my MANY questions before the procedure and gave me post-treatment instruction. I am, unfortunately, one of those rare people experiencing pain after this procedure. I think that's due only to my body's response to the treatment, not some lack of care or expertise on their part.

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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