Girdle and Massage After Cool Sculpting To Reduce Swelling?

I just had Cool Sculpting done on my abdoment. Would wearing a girldle help reduce the swelling? Would massage help move out the frozen fat cells?

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Girdle and massage after CoolSculpting

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A compression garment is not necessary after a CoolSculpting treatment, but can still be worn to provide comfort if desired. Massage may help with swelling, but again neither are necessary or have shown to improve end results.

Compression after treatment

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Yes absolutely a compression type of garment will help with swelling and comfort.  We recommend all patients to wear them with any Coolsculpting treatment.  As far as massage, it is shown the first two minutes after a treatment is most effective in breaking up the crystalized fat cell wall, no further massage is needed.   


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Compression garments can be worn to increase comfort, but are not necessary to see results.  Massage may help with swelling. Good luck with your continued transformation.

Ways to combat swelling after Cool Sculpting

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Gentle massaging helps reduce swelling after Cool Sculpting. Five minutes daily will help these areas heal nicely.  A compression garment can be worn to increase comfort. 

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Compression garments and massage

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Although compression garments and massage are not a requirement following Coolsculpting, some patients do find that they can help with reduction of swelling. However, more patients like to wear a compression garment to increase comfort, and in our experience, it is mainly following abdominal cool sculpting that a garment is chosen for comfort. 

Cool sculpting and massage

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Massage is a component to the treatment.  I also prefer some light compression.

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.

Compression Garment Following CoolSculpting - CoolSculpting Complete

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In my practice, we do provide each patient with a compression garment as part of the Coolsculpting Complete experience. We do believe that compression can make patients feel more comfortable and secure. Additionally, we offer vibrational therapy to help increase lympahtic drainage which could possibly enhance the results of Coolsculpting

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Girdle and/or Massage after Coolsculpting?

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Thank you for your question.

Wearing a compression garment and/or massaging the area after Coolsculpting may help with the swelling - although it hasn't been scientifically shown to do so.

I do not think it will hurt.

Best wishes.

Treating swelling after Coolsculpting

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Gentle massage should help the swelling go down a little faster.  You may also want to avoid sitting a lot and walk around to help as well.

Massage and compression after Coolsculpting

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I would recommend massage and a compression garment after Coolsculpting.  It does help to mitigate swelling and discomfort, particularly if the abdominal region was treated.

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