Swelling after Zeltiq CoolSculpting is normal
Although it is considered to have minimal down time, Zeltiq CoolSculpting chills the fat and causes the fat cells to die. This creates inflammation which helps the body get rid of fat cells. Swelling and bruising can occur. It may last for a few weeks and improves on its own.
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.
Is swelling normal after the procedure?
Most patients experience transient skin changes at the
treatment site after the procedure. When
the applicator is removed, the tissue appears red and raised, and feels cold
and firm. Transient mild bruising may
occur around the edges of the site.
These changes begin to resolve within a few minutes of the
procedure. Mild bruising, and/or minor
swelling may arise in the days following the procedure but typically resolve
within a week. Occasionally, a patient
may have an atypical skin reaction. For
example, bruising or swelling may take longer to resolve or the site may become
red, warm and tender. These atypical
reactions may be due to individual characteristics that make the patient more
sensitive to the procedure.
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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Swelling a Common CoolSculpting Side Effect
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.
Abdominal Swelling After Coolsculpting
Coolsculpting is an amazing procedure especially for the abdominal area. Because the area is "frozen", some patients due experience a degree of swelling or discomfort in the abdominal area. This swelling should resolve in about a week. If you are concerned or very uncomfortable you should return to your treating physician for examination.
Swelling after CoolSculpting treatment
Swelling after treatment is normal. Everyone is different
and will have a different response with severity and duration of the swelling.
If the swelling doesn’t subside within a few weeks, you should consult the
Is Abdominal Swelling Normal After CoolSculpting?
Thanks for your question. Swelling is a completely normal reaction after CoolSculpting. It should only around 7 days. Other side effects may be itching and numbness that may last a couple of weeks. Hope this helps.
Abdominal swelling after CoolSculpting
Belly swelling can happen after CoolSculpting. Although this is a non surgical procedure, freezing and killing fat does initiate an inflammatory cascade which eventually breaks down the fat. The suction also can create some swelling. This will not create downtime. A little bruising can also occur. This will gradually disappear over the course of the next few weeks and by 4 to 6 weeks you will begin to notice a slimmer waistline.
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Swelling is very normal after Coolsculpting
Hi, what you are experiencing is entirely normal after the Coolsculpting procedure, especially in the abdomen. The process of fat cells dying is actually an inflammation process so it is normal to feel the effects of that inflammation. I expect your swelling will resolve itself in around a week or two. Best of luck.