Feeling Pain and Tingling After I Eat Since Cool Sculpting

I had the procedure done 5 days ago and I notice that I feel sharp pain and tingling in my stomach when I eat. My stomach is very sensitive to the touch.

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Pain after Zeltiq Coolsculpting

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The feeling of sharp pain and discomfort following the coolsculpting procedure is normal.  This should subside within 1 month.  It is recommended for you to wear a compression garment/ girdle to make it more comfortable for you.  The reason you are felling more pain after you eat is due to the stomach expanding which is normal.    Hypersensativity is common, massaging the area also helps with a moisturizer to speed up your recovery period. 

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Pain can happen after coolsclupting

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It is not common, but not rare to have some persistent pain when treating the abdomen.  This will subside and can usually be treated with ibuprofen.  Were you thin to begin with?  Some people believe the risk for post-procedural pain is greater in thinner people.  On the other hand, pain with eating is not something I can explain from coolsclupting and I believe may be unrelated.

Daniel I. Wasserman, MD
Naples Dermatologic Surgeon


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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.  This pain is nerve based and is best treated with Neurontin.  Ask your physician to prescribe you som

Best of luck,

Sheila Nazarian

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Pain and Tingling after Cool Sculpting

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Tenderness is common after treatment. The time that it takes to resolve varies from patient to patient with some experiencing no tenderness at all, some noting that the tenderness lasted a few days, and some noting that the tenderness last weeks to around a month. If the tenderness is present but you can manage on your own, consult with your treating physician if it present for more than five weeks post treatment. If the tenderness is greater than you can manage, contact your treating physician as soon as possible.

Cool Sculpting recovery of the tummy

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There is discomfort after treatment but this resolves.

Body reshaping can be performed with a cannula that removes fat via liposuction or with noninvasive technology like Cool Sculpting. With Cool Sculpting there is no cannula inserted into your body. All treatments are performed on the surface from the outside in using technology that freezes the fat. Don’t hesitate to give us a call in Austin regarding a Body Reshaping Consult at the Upper Room. On our Facebook Page there is an Interview I recently did with KVUE, a local news station in Austin, that was picked by affiliates around the United States, including Miami. During the Interview we discussed the technology of Cool Sculpting as well as it application process.

The discomfort from treatment does resolve. Taking over the counter tylenol or naproxen resolves this in the majority of cases. If you have swelling that is persistent then a waist binder is helpful.

Pain & Tingling After CoolSculpting can be common

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Pain, tingling, and sensitivity are very common after treatment with CoolSculpting. These symptoms should improve over time and subside over the next few weeks. Sometimes patients find comfort in wearing a compression garment around the treated areas to provide support and aid against clothing rubbing on the sensitive areas. If your symptoms worsen or persist, you should consult with your provider.

Pain and Tingling after CoolSculpting

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Pain, tenderness, tingling or hypersensitivity after having the CoolSculpting procedure are normal, common, side effects of the treatment. Both of these side effects typically resolve within about 2 weeks, though the numbness can take upwards of 2-3 months to fully resolve.

Pain After CoolSculpting

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It is common to experience some tenderness following CoolSculpting for 1-2 weeks.  An altered sensation (numbness) can also occur up to one month after treatments.  Typically there is no interference with any activity, but immediately after a procedure it is not uncommon to feel more heightened discomfort.  This should resolve itself within a couple days. 

Pain and Tingling after CoolSculpting

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Thank you for your question.

Patients may experience the pain and tingling that you are describing (usually not specific to only after eating).  These will subside with time (usually 2-3 weeks) and no action is needed.  You may want to take some over the counter pain medication for relief.

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Tingling and pain can occur temporarily after Zeltiq

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CoolSculpting does create a significant amount of inflammation in the subcutaneous fatty compartment of tissue underneath the skin. this is how its freezing accomplishes fat reduction, by killing the fat cells and then dissolving them.  Why you notice this pain more after eating is unusual and not easily explained.

Ronald Shelton, MD
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