After 7 days of coolsculping a lot of pain. Any medication can help?

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CoolSculpting and discomfort

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Many patients have Coolsculpting to treat a bulge in the area of the thighs, abdomen, flanks, with great results.  Up to 25% of fat is reduced in a given area.  Some patients may experience some numbness or tenderness after the procedure.  If you are in a lot of pain you should return to your treating physician for examination.  Most of my NYC patients have been so pleased with the procedure they have returned for a second treatment.

After 7 days of CoolSculpting a lot of pain. Any medication can help?

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Thank you for your question and I am sorry to hear of your pain. Every patient has a different experience when it comes to post treatment discomfort so it is hard to say without seeing you in person. With that being said, it may be comforting to know that typically the discomfort and irritation post treatment will go away usually after a couple of weeks. I recommend contacting your original treatment provider directly to see if they can recommend using a compress for three to five days or administer some anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication to help alleviate discomfort. I have included a helpful video for more useful information regarding what to expect after receiving a CoolSculpting treatment below. Best of luck to you!

Anil Rajani, MD
Portland Physician
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Pain after CoolSculpting

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Numbness and tenderness can be expected after a coolsculpting treatment several days to a weak later. It would be advisable to speak to the physician on staff at the office where you had it done. If your still in "pain" after 2 weeks vs. just numb and tender, go back to office for a follow up visit for reassurance. Coolsculpting is very safe and effective but each person has their own pain threshold levels. My office has treated hundreds of patients and the discomfort has subsided for each and everyone of them within 2 weeks. 

Contact your physician

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Every patients differ and the level of discomfort varies but is typically short lived. A garment should be provided after CoolSculpting to provide comfort. I would recommend calling your physician for further advice.



Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

Post Cool Sculpting Pain

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Thank you for your question. You can try to use Aleve or Naprosyn, and this will help reduce the inflammation. If more is needed, call your doctor and they may need to give you a little more. I hope this helps!

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Pain after CoolSculpting

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There sometimes can be some pain after CoolSculpting, although this does occur rarely. When it does occur, it tends to happen mostly with treatment to the front of the abdomen and with the larger applicator. I would recommend contacting the physician who treated you, as there are some prescription medications that can help.

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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