Coolsculpt and Numbnss?

I am 1 week post procedure on abs and love handles. I am very small 5'2", 120 lbs. Still have complete numbness in treatment areas. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 12

Coolsculpting Can Produce Temporary Numbness in the Treated Area

Thank you for your question. Temporary numbness is common after the Coolsculpting.  It is not uncommon to have delayed onset of pain around 5 days after Coolsculpting.  The discomfort is due to inflammation of the tissue. Not everyone has pain or numbness.  The intermittent discomfort tends to subside within a week. It generally takes couple of weeks for the swelling  subside. The numbness can take longer to resolve, especially with the larger abdominal Cool Max applicator.  I do recommend compression for at least 3 weeks or until he numbness has resolved.  We utilize the new Cool Advantage applicators which are much more comfortable and reduce treatment time to 35 minutes.  We currently have 4 Coolsculpting machines and can offer "Dual Sculpting" which further reduces the treatment time.  I recommend keeping in touch with the office of your treating provider and regular follow-up.  Best wishes

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Numbness after Coolsculpting

It is not uncommon to have delayed onset pain after a Coolsculpting procedure. This pain is more commonly experienced with abdominal Coolsculpting. It starts 3-5 days after the procedure and can last 10 days or so. My numbness lasted 3-4 weeks.
Best of luck,
Sheila Nazarian

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Coolsculpt and Numbnss?

Thanks for your question. It is completely normal to experience numbness post Coolsculpting. It should typically last 2-4 weeks but will subside. 

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Numbness After CoolSculpting

Numbness post CoolSculpting treatments is a normal temporary side effect and can usually last about two weeks and sometimes up to several weeks. It normally resolves on its own over time. If you experience prolonged numbness, you should contact your doctor.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Coolsculpting and Numbness

Numbness can persist for several weeks. If it is persisting beyond 4 weeks, contact your treating physician.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Numbness after CoolSculpting

Do not be concerned!  what you describe is absolutely normal, and in my experience can last two weeks, and rarely, as long as four.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Numbness After CoolSculpting Fat Reduction

Numbness in the treated area is a temporary reaction after CoolSculpting.  This is a normal and expected side effect that will usually resolve after several weeks.  Some patients do not experience any of the side effects while others feel the numbness, itching, prickling, swelling, bruising, and discomfort. The effectiveness of treatment or expected results are not associated with the amount of side effects that a patient experiences.  It has even been reported that a patient will experience numbness and discomfort on one side of the body but not the other. 

CoolSculpting results are achieved after three months.  Most of the side effects are expected during the first three weeks.  If you have concerns about your reaction it is recommended that you contact your provider.  In my Raleigh NC office we offer CoolSculpting Complete which includes dual machines, compression garments, and vibrational therapy.  The compression garments often relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms after treatment.  As the top CoolSculpting provider in the region, we also offer free CoolSculpting treatments with each treatment purchased. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Quite normal to be numb after CoolSculpting by Zeltiq

Numbness and sensitivity are quite normal after the treatment with CoolSculpting by Zeltiq in our NYC practice. The nature of the condition varies considerably patient by paitent. the numbness tends to resolve as does the pain over a few weeks but rarely cases take longer.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Numbness post procedure

Numbness, followed by tingling and a pins and needles sensation, is not unusual following Coolsculpting. For most the numbness has resolved after one week but for a few it can last 4-6 weeks.  Any patients we have treated that have experienced this have resolved completely.  No one has had lasting numbness.  If you are concerned, follow up with the office that treated you but for now, don't worry. It should resolve soon.   Good luck.    

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Numbness post CoolSculpting

Numbness post CoolSculpting is very normal. You may also experience tingling, burning, and even itching for up to a month after your treatment. Good luck!

Cheryl A. Hull, MD
Rogers Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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