Is Abdominal Swelling Normal After CoolSculpting?

I had Cool Sculpting done three days ago...the large device on my lower abdomen and small one on upper abdomen. My abdomen is noticibly swollen. I have actually gained about 1.5 lbs even tho I am eating less and healthier. Is this temporary water gain from swelling normal?

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Swelling After Coolsculpting

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It is normal to have swelling at the treatment site, part of the body's reaction to the cryolipolysis is inflammation and healing. This usually won't last more than 1-2 weeks. Some patients may develop a bruise at the treatment site as well.
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Swelling a Common CoolSculpting Side Effect

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Even though CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that does not require any downtime, there are some typical side effects associated with the treatment. One of those is swelling, which can last between a few days to a couple of weeks. Swelling and inflammation are normal responses to the process of "freezing" the fat cells, which begin dying as a result of CoolSculpting. If swelling persists after 2 weeks or you begin experiencing some discomfort, get in touch with your CoolSculpting provider.

Swelling following CoolSculpting

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Swelling is not uncommon following CoolSculpting, especially when treating the abdomen.  Some of our patients feel bloated and actually feel as if their clothes are tighter for a few days following treatment.  This should resolve within two weeks.  You can always follow up with your provider if you have any further concerns.  However, in two months you should start to notice your results!  

Swelling after coolsculpting

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Dear 1cairobeller,

It is normal to get swelling after coolsculpting treatment. This is a good sign as it means that there is inflammation happening which is what you want. The swelling will resolve on its own gradually over the next 1-2 weeks.

Good luck!

Swelling is considered a normal side effect following a CoolSculpting procedure

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Yes, swelling is considered a normal side effect following a CoolSculpting procedure. It is a result of the inflammation that occurs as the fat cells die off. Swelling is generally temporary, and may last for up to two weeks.

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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What to Expect After Treatment

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It is normal to feel a dull sensation in the treated area after the treatment. This sensation can last up to a few weeks. It is normal to have minor bruising, swelling, and tenderness to the treated area. If any of the feelings listed above change or get worst, contact your provider for further treatment.

Mark Pinsky, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Plastic Surgeon
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Abdominal Swelling

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Some abdominal swelling post procedure is a common side effect, however, the applicators have been redesigned in the last year and our patients are experiencing less swelling and discomfort with much shorter treatment times.  Generally, swelling will subside in 1-2 weeks.

 

Swelling after Coolsculpting

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What you are seeing is the results of inflammation. You may be noticing more swelling on the lower abdomen where more trauma has been caused. It is very normal for this to happen after a Coolsculpting treatment and can remain swollen for up to 2-3 weeks.  The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body, Brisbane. Australia. 

Swelling post Coolsculpting

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Swelling post Coolscupting is a very common side effect, especially in the abdomen region.  Swelling can last for several days up to a few weeks.  To alleviate the discomfort associated with this side effect you can wear Spanx garments. The swelling should resolve on its own but if it lasts beyond 2 weeks follow up with the provider that performed the treatment.  

Warm Regards,


Swelling after CoolSculpting

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Hello and thank you for your question!  Patients treated with CoolSculpting may experience redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness, cramping and aching during and/or after the procedure.  Patients see their best results between 8-12 weeks.  Your symptoms you are experiencing is very normal.  Best of luck to you!

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