CoolSculpting Numbness - How Long?

I had my Zeltiq CoolSculpting done five weeks ago.   I am already seeing some fat reduction which I am happy about.  I'm slightly concerned about some slight numbness that I'm still feeling in the areas done.  Initially the areas were completely numb and bruised.  The bruises subsided but some numbness lingers. Is it normal for there be some numbness at the five week mark?  When can I expect full sensation to return?  

Doctor Answers 18

How long does numbness last.

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Thank you for the question.  Numbness varies from client to client. Some may have numbness for as little as two weeks and others may experience it for somewhat longer. If you still have numbness, that is completely normal. I have done coolsculpting myself and it took about 5 weeks for the faint numbness to resolve completely as well.  But be assured that the numbness will always resolve completely over time.  Hope that helps.


Dr. Paul Flashner

Boston Physician
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Post Coolsculpting Numbness

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This is to be expected. We often get calls and hear about this. Sometimes we have to call in some medicine for the patient called neurontin when severe and annoying. It usually doesn't last more than  a few weeks. Always report any side effects to the medical team supervising this. 

How Long Should Numbness Last After CoolSculpting?

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This is a very common question.  The numbness is not everyone's favorite part, but luckily it is temporary.  Unfortunately, there is no exact way to determine how long the numbness will last.  For most patients, it lasts a few weeks and might still be faintly noticeable at the 5 or 6 week mark. It's a very individual thing.  But, it is perfectly normal, and will always go away.  Most clients say they are completely back to normal after 3 weeks. A very small number of patients say it still feels ever so slightly numb after 6 weeks. It is good to hear that you are having great results, if your numbness persists, check in with your physician for evaluation. 

Edward Stokes, MD
West Hollywood Physician
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CoolSculpting Numbness- How Long?

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Thank you for your question! It is great to hear that you are already seeing results from your CoolSculpting treatment, how exciting! The good news here is that the feeling of numbness you are experiencing, even at five weeks, is completely normal. Numbness and slight-numbness tend to last for several weeks post treatment. The time it takes for numbness to completely disappear varies from patient to patient so it is hard to give an exact timeline. If your symptoms continue beyond six weeks I would recommend checking in with the physician who treated you for an exam so they can give you a better idea of when to expect the symptoms to dissipate. Please see my video listed below for more helpful information regarding your question. I wish you the best in your recovery!

Anil Rajani, MD
Portland Physician
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Coolsculpting Can Produce Temporary Numbness in the Treated Area

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Thank you for your question. I am happy to hear that you are seeing results from your Coolsculpting treatment.  Temporary numbness is common after the treatment.  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 about 1 to 2  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.

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Numbness with Coolsculpting

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Coolsculpting is a great procedure and I am happy that you are already seeing good results.  Numbness is a potential side effect and more often happens with the larger abdominal piece.  It is a temporary but annoying side effect that should resolve soon.  If you still have concerns you should return to your treating physician for examination.

Numbness with CoolSculpting

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Numbness is normal and persist for up to a few months. The nerves are stretched out during the procedure and take time to repair themselves. With the larger applicator, numbness can persist slightly longer. Give it some time and if it does not resolve itself, you should consult with your provider.

Numbness After CoolSculpting

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Numbness or dullness of sensation are common side effects after the CoolSculpting treatment. It should resolve typically within 2-3 months. In all cases with numbness after CoolSculpting (and we have done more treatments than anyone in the world) we have seen the numbness resolve.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after CoolSculpting

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Thank you for your question.

Glad that you are seeing results after your CoolSculpting treatment.  Please know that the numbness will subside - it may take longer for some patients than others.

Best Wishes!

How long does the numbness last with Coolsculpting?

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Generally, we see that the numbness with Coolsculpting resolves in 2-3 weeks and the degree of numbness varies on the area treated.  Usually more numbness is noted with the large applicators on the abdomen as opposed to the small applicators on the back.  Feel reassured that the numbness is temporary!


Dr. Liu

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

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