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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Great Neck Dermatologic Surgeon
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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.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic 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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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!  

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
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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!

Shamim Shakibai, MD
Los Angeles Physician
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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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Abdominal Swelling after CoolSculpting

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It is normal to have swelling at the treatment site because it is the body’s natural reaction to the CoolSculpting treatment. It should not last more than 1-2 weeks.

Daljeet Samra, MD
Pleasanton Physician
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Swelling After Treatment

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Swelling can occur in the treated area. This typically resolves within a week or two after treatment. 

Justin Harper, MD
Columbus Physician
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Is Abdominal Swelling Normal After CoolSculpting?

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Thank you for your question. Though every patient has their own individual responses to post treatment you may find it comforting to know that, yes, abdominal swelling is considered to be a normal side effect, though not everyone experiences it. Sometimes patience have a bit of water retention as well as swelling that gives them the 'bloated' feeling/look. The good news is that this is a natural response and the symptoms will typically go away usually around two to four weeks. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to use a compress for three to five days to help reduce swelling. Without seeing you in person, I would recommend checking in with your original treatment provider to answer this question directly and give you helpful recommendations as to whether a temporary anti-inflammatory (NSAID) or compress would be most helpful in your recovery. I hope this answer was helpful. Best of luck to you!

Anil Rajani, MD
Portland Physician
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Coolsculpting - some swelling is expected

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Thanks for the question.  Yes some swelling is to be expected after the Coolsculpting procedure as the process known as cryolipolysis causes fat cells to die and in that process the body has a mild inflammatory reaction which causes mild swelling.  Then as the body heals, it eliminates the dead fat cells.  The swelling is usually mild and only lasts a couple days typically, although in some cases it can last up to a week.  

All the best,

Dr. Flashner

Paul Flashner, MD
Boston Physician
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