Should I be massaging my coolsculpted area?

Should I massage my coolsculpted area? It's been a week and the numbness is going already- no bruising- all good , but wondered if this would help or hinder my body healing?

Doctor Answers 18

Massaging Treatment Area Post-CoolSculpting

It is very important to massage the treated area immediately after CoolSculpting because the fat cells are still in a crystalized state - your provider should complete this action for you as soon as they finish the procedure. This massage is helpful in breaking down the destroyed fat cells; however, after a few minutes there is no documented benefit to performing the massage. Massaging the treated area after a week has not shown any additional benefits, nor has it been recorded to hinder any healing. If the mild discomfort (numbness, bruising, or soreness) you experienced after the treatment has already subsided, it sounds as if your body is healing and should be adsorbing the destroyed fat cells.

Oak Brook Physician
4.2 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Continued Massage Is Not Necessary

It's important to massage the treatment area immediately after a CoolSculpting treatment to enhance the results. A deep-tissue massage that lasts a few minutes helps reshape the fat, which hardens during CoolSculpting. Your provider likely did this at the close of your session. But once that initial massage is completed, there isn't any reason to continue massaging the area. Your body continues to heal on its own and absorbs the fat cells destroyed during the treatment. It sounds like everything is going as expected.

Katherine A. Orlick, MD
Tucson Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews



Immediately after Coolsculpting treatment, massage is very important. It helps break down the fat cells and  improves your results by 60 percent.

Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive  fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals.  There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient.  We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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

Massage after Coolsculpting

Massaging the treated area for 2 following treatment is very important in breaking down the crystallized cells. After two minutes there is no benefit from massaging the area one week later. There is nothing you need to do after treatment to reach your desired goals. Good Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Massage following CoolSculpting

Great question! Massaging the treated area for 2 minutes in a kneading and circular motion immediately following treatment is very important in breaking down the crystalized cells. Once that is finished there is no added benefit in massaging the area yourself or having a massage performed in the treated area. CoolSculpting results are seen 3 months following treatment. Hope this helps!

Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Coolsculpting Massage

Thank you for your question.  Immediately after a Coolsculpting treatment, massage is very important. The fat cells are still in a crystalized state so the massage is helpful in breaking them down.  However, after two minutes there is no documented benefit to massage.  One of the great benefits of Coolsculpting is that there is nothing you need to do after treatment to achieve desired results!  Good luck with your recovery process!
Kind regards,
Dr. Mehta

Umang Mehta, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Massage and CoolSculpting - most important immediately after the procedure

All of my CoolSculpting patients are instructed to massage the treatment area immediately after the procedure is complete.  One week after the treatment, massage will not affect the treatment results, though it certainly is safe to massage your treatment area if you'd like to.

Jill C. Fichtel, MD
Columbus Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Massage after CoolSculpting

The only required massage with the CoolSculpting treatment is for two minutes after the applicators are removed.  There is no evidence suggesting any further massage will improve results.

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Coolsculpting, SculpSure, Vanquish for Fat Reducing Combine with Z wave/Cellutone for Better Outcomes

I suggest you see an expert, yes you should be massaging or getting shock therapy like z wave/cellutone to enhance the outcomes of the coolsculpting.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

Coolsculpting/Liposuction/Body Contouring/ High Definition Procedures

I appreciate your question.
The massage is 3 minutes.

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

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

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