Can I Use a Compression Garment After Zeltiq?

I just got my lower abs and muffin tops done (zeltiq) and I was wondering if I can use a compression garment to help the fat disolve and keep the skin tight. I know is not necessary as with liposuction but maybe I thought it could help. Thanks

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Making Cool Sculpting Work Better for You

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Wearing a compression garmet immediately after Cool Scultping has been great for our patients!  Its sort of like asking, "why wear compression after laser assisted liposuction?", of course you would.  When we began Cool Sculpting we had heard about the discomfort, bruising, and swelling that you, the patients were talking about on Real Self, so our patients from the begining, were asked if the minded using compression, short term,  for 3 to 5 days, after their Zeltiq Cool Sculpting treatments, and no one said no.  And what a difference, just what you would expect, bruising almost none, greater comfort, less swelling, and results that look great and may even be seen sooner.

Portland Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Compression Garment after Coolsculpting

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You don't need a compression garment after coolsculpting unlike lipo because with lipo you need to wear a compression garment to get the overlying skin to attach to the remaining fat below.  With coolsculpting it is a slow gradual reduction in fat that does not cause a gap between your fat and overlying skin.  The only reason to wear a compression garment is to reduce some of the symptoms of twinges, cramps, or skin sensitivity after the procedure.  Actually it is probably more comfortable to wear tight pantyhose, Spanx or Ace wrap the area for a short time until the symptoms resolve.

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Compression garment after Coolsculpting

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I generally recommend that patients wear compression after Coolsculpting as it will help them mitigate swelling and discomfort, particularly with an abdominal treatment.

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Compression Garment Necessity after Zeltiq

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Wonderful question gaby_girrl. A compression garment after Zeltiq will not be able to improve the fat removal process or assist in the tightening of your overlying treated skin. Therefore, it is not necessary to wear a compression garment after receiving Zeltiq. Wishing you the best.

Compression Garment post CoolSculpting

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You may definitely wear a compression garment after CoolSculpting, although it is not necessary. It can help with comfort and relieving some of the side effects from the treatment such as swelling and tenderness. While it may not greatly change the overall outcome of your final result, it will not harm it.

Compression garment after zeltiq

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Zeltiq or coolsculting does not require a compression garment after treatment. However, if you would like to wear one, it will not change your results.

Lori A. Brightman, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Can I Use a Compression Garment After Zeltiq?

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Thank you for your question! Yes, you can wear a compression garment after CoolSculpting treatment. Wearing a compression garment for three to five days can many times can reduce bruising, swelling and alleviate discomfort. We have found that some of our patients who use a compress find that post treatment symptoms become much more tolerable in a shorter period of time (Everyone has a different response to recovery time). I also recommend consulting with the original specialist who treated you to address this question directly. I hope this answer was helpful. Best of luck to you!

Anil Rajani, MD
Portland Physician
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Compression garments are not needed after CoolSculpting

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I doubt you would adversely affect the results of the CoolSculpting by wearing a compression garment but there is no evidence that it will help improve the result. You may wish to check with your doctor if there is any reason to avoid wearing it based on how your treatment with Zeltiq went. Compression garments are routinely worn after liposuction because of how they help flatten the tunnels of empty space created by the fat removal and it helps minimize bruising, none of which are needed in Zeltiq.  There can be bruising with Zeltiq but this is an immediate bruise from the suction, unlike the bleeding from deeper canals in liposuction that occurs during and after the treatment (although it is minimized with tumescent liposuction).

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Garment after CoolSculpting

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Thank you for your question. 

Although a compression garment will not hurt, I do not think it will significantly help either.  With CoolSculpting, the reduction of fat cells is gradual and there is minimal swelling associated with the procedure so you shouldn't need the garment.  But.... if you want to wear one, again, it won't hurt. 

Best Wishes!


Nope on the Garments

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No garment is necessary after Zeltiq.  Gentle massaging of the area for 5 minutes after the procedure is all that is necessary.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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