Are there any special preparations you recommend prior to CoolSculpting? e.g. don't tan, take arnica, stop Advil

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Preparations prior to Coolsculpting

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We generally advise to let us know about any blood thinners that you may be on or may be taking. As Dr. Echavez mentions, it is okay to tan prior to the procedure, but being sun burnt may make the procedure more uncomfortable.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Preparation for CoolSculpting treatment

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I do not have my patients do any special preparation prior to CoolSculpting.  It would be okay to tan but I would be careful not to get any sunburn on the area to be treated because it would be more tender during the procedure.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hello! Thank you for your question! The recommendations for the use of these homeopathic medications are surgeon preference. I typically suggest the use of Arnica Montana to decrease swelling and bruising. It is an herbal medication that is propagated from the seeds of an herb. I, as well as my patients, have seen some benefit with the treatment in the postoperative period. Although there is little evidence to its effectiveness, I believe there is some benefit, and no harm. I recommend 4-5 tablets under the tongue 4x/day for 3-5 days prior and 5-7 days after the procedure. Discuss tanning with your surgeon and the use of NSAID's. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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I appreciate your question.
I would stop advil type drugs a week before to decrease bruising but its not imperative 

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

best of luck!

Dr Schwartz

Preparation for Coolsculpting

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The beauty of coolsculpting is that there is no special preparation needed.  However, if you have a tendency to bruise I often recommend stopping aspirin etc before the procedure to minimize any bruises from the suction of the applicator.

No special prep needed!

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CoolSculpting is a great noninvasive way to get rid of unwanted fat in many areas of the body. The best thing about it is that you do not need any special preparation or after care.Unlike invasive surgical procedures, you do no need to stop any medications or blood thinners, and since there is usually not bruising, Arnica would be of no use either.Tanning of the skin before treatment won’t alter your results, but if you had an acute sun burn on the areas for treatment I doubt your surgeon would want to go ahead with the CoolSculpting until that settled down. (Applying intense cold to burned skin would be more likely to cause injury to the skin cells than it would on normal healthy skin) So…go out there and do all of the things you normally would to enjoy life and you will still get a great result from your CoolSculpting treatment!

No Preparation Necessary for CoolSculpting

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That's a good question. There is no special preparation for CoolSculpting. Your skin may be more tender if you have a sunburn, but otherwise there should be no necessary precautions. If you are on blood thinners, then you may bruise from the vacuum in the machine, but there is no absolute need to stop them. Patients tend to love how simple the process is. Thanks for your question!


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There are no special preperations before CoolSculpting. I would not recommend it if the area being treated is burnt from tanning as it may become uncomfortable. 

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Prep

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There are no special preparations needed prior to Cool Sculpting. If you are going to tan, make sure that you take good care of your skin and avoid any sunburns. Because this is a non-invasive procedure there is not much preparation needed.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting prep

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I only ask my patients to let us know if they have any open sores.  I also let them know that if they take any pain medication other than Tylenol (Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Aspirin), they may bruise.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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