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

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 following CoolSculpting

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 is considered a normal side effect following a CoolSculpting procedure

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

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What to Expect After Treatment

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.

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Swelling after Zeltiq CoolSculpting is normal

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Swelling after coolsculpting

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!

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Is Abdominal Swelling Normal After CoolSculpting?

Yes, some swelling is normal for some patients after an abdominal treatment of CoolSculpting. Patients may feel bloated for 1-3 weeks. You should start seeing an improvement in six to eight week. 

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Abdominal swelling after coolsculpting

The original coolsculpting applicators almost always cause swelling.  The increased weight is related to the fluid of that swelling.  Don't worry, it lasts one to two weeks and then is gone. By one month you start to see the slimming effects of the treatment and you see the final results at 3 months.  We still use the original applicators when needed, but try to use the newer faster cooladvantage applicators when we can.  Those produce less suction and minimal if any post-treatment swelling.  Note that both types of applicators work.  The choice depends on their availability and your anatomy.

I hope that answer helps.  Best wishes.


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Swelling after CoolSculpting

Swelling after CoolSculpting is a normal side effect especially to the abdominal area. We let our patients know this ahead of time and suggest some loose fitting clothing for the next week or two. Typically it feels as if you area bloated but this is all very normal as the body is reacting to the inflammation.

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