Why is no anesthetic offered for CoolSculpting? Just because we're to believe it's painless?
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Coolsculpting and Pain
CoolSculpting is not painless but it's also not painful. 99+% of patients tolerate the initial discomfort easily and do very well with the massage at the end. Sure there is some discomfort but compared to the thermal options out there, this is COOL!
For those patients anxious about pain, we offer them a sedative but they must then arrange a ride and understand they will be impaired for the rest of the day. A few take Tylenol and rarely will someone need a stronger narcotic for a day or 2 (and only after the front of the tummy is done a week or so later). I took Tylenol and ibuprofen for my discomfort.
Next time, arrange a ride and ask for an oral sedative to diminish the anxiety associated discomfort. All the best!
CoolSculpt and pain
It seems that you had a bad experience with the procedure. At the present time, there is no topical anesthetic that can help in that it does not go deep to the tissues being suctioned into the CoolSclupt applicator. If one were to inject into the deeper tissues, then the process would not work as effectively because of the fluid distortion.
Perhaps something by mouth pre treatment might be an options.
Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon to get the best options so that you would not have to experience the same pain as you did.
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