Is Coolsculpting Safe on the Nerves?

I am scheduled for a Coolsculpting procedure to remove my not very prominent saddlebags tomorrow night, but I have started to get cold feet because I am not convinced that the treatment will not injure the nerves found in the surrounding area. Many thanks beforehand for your answers!!

Doctor Answers 7

CoolSculpting Effect on Nerves

Thank you for your question. There are several side effects associated with CoolSculpting these are swelling, bruising, tenderness, redness, and numbness. However, these side effects are temporary. Sometimes the nerves can be temporary stretched out due to the pressure of the applicator and this causes short term nerve pain.  However, they are not damaged by this process. Most of these side effects decrease within a couple of weeks. Best of Luck!

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Zetiq's CoolSculpting Is Safe On Nerves

CoolSculpting's cryolipolysis is designed to affect only fat cells, not skin, nerves or other tissue. Numbness or tingling can occur following CoolSculpting, but these side effects are temporary. When administered properly, CoolSculpting will not cause nerve damage. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to see if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting.

Karen Beasley, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Coolsculpting Safe on the Nerves

The FDA has approved coolsculpting for the saddle bags, and the results are impressive and safety excellent at centers that utilize proper technique. Patient selection is key, and you may be a candidate. Consult with a board certified physician who can offer surgical and nonsurgical options to determine the best option for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

CoolSculpting Effect on Nerves

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive and nonsurgical procedure. The side effects can include swelling, bruising, tenderness, redness, and numbness. All of these side effects are temporary. Sometimes the nerves can be temporarily stretched out due to the suction of the applicator which can cause temporary numbness or nerve pain, but they are not damaged by the procedure. Most side effects subside within a couple of weeks at most.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Zeltiq CoolSculpting for fat loss and lack of nerve injury

Despite the large numbers of cases of CoolSculpting that have been performed since the company's development of this non-surgical fat reduction treatment via freezing the fat, there have been very few reported cases of complications and nerve injury is not a commonly reported problem. There may be some sensitivity in the first few weeks, which is understandable, but it is self-limiting. Possibly there could be rare problems with off-label uses but typically the procedure is done on the flanks ( love handles ) and abdomen without problems.


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 38 reviews

CoolSculpting is 100% Safe

CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the flanks (love handles) and abdomen and is proven to be a safe and effective treatment. Typically, there is minimal to no downtime after the treatment though patients may experience temporary pain or discomfort. Your nerves will not be injured. Best of luck with your procedure. 

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Coolsculpting and Nerves


The temporary numbness is a normal expected outcome that is completely temporary.  The possible explanation is damage to the sheath that surrounds nerves called "myelin" which has a high fatty content.  These completely regrow and sensation will return.  As one of the largest centers in South Florida, I have never had a patient with permanent nerve damage.

Will Richardson, MD
Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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