Does coolsculpting treatment have any side effects and how long it lasts?

Dose cool sculpting really works?

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Hi , Coolsculpting works, it removes 20 % of your fat cells in the area treated .

Now everybody is different , and will react  in a different way to the treatment .

Side effects are redness , swelling , discomfort , bruising , and numbing . They can last up to 1-2 weeks depending on the area  done and each individual. There is no downtime with the treatment. Multiple treatments needs to be done in order to achieve the goal of the person.


Montreal Dermatologist
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Side Effects With CoolSculpting

Thank you for your question. The most common side effects associated with Coolsculpting include numbness and bruising. This typically resolves in a few days to a few weeks. In rare cases some patients experience a sharp pain in the abdomen. This can be treated with topical numbing creams or oral medications

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

CoolSculpting Results

CoolSculpting is a great non-invasive solution for patients wanting to reduce pinchable fat in typical problem areas, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and underneath the chin (submental). After treatment with CoolSculpting, patients can experience bruising, swelling, and redness in the treatment areas. Some patients can also experience a tingling sensation, and this can be alleviated with medication if uncomfortable. There is no downtime with this procedure, and fat can be reduced up to 25% with each treatment. Results are long-lasting as the fat is crystallized and filtered from the body permanently. Most patients notice their transformation after 3-4 months as it takes some time to completely rid the body of the frozen fat cells. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation on whether CoolSculpting can help you to meet your goals. Good luck!

Jerome H. Liu, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Few Side Effects With CoolSculpting

Everybody is different, but most patients have very few to no side effects with CoolSculpting. Some may feel an intense sensation of cold for the first few moments after the applicator is placed on the skin. This should subside within a couple of minutes. After the procedure, you may have some bruising or swelling that should resolve within a few days to a couple of weeks. Some may have a lingering numbness for up to a month or two. The results are permanent. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to find out if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Coolsculpting is safe and effective

Coolsculpting safely and effectively, permanently eliminates fat cells from specific, targeted areas of the body. Once fat cells are removed or destroyed, they do not grow back.  Coolsculpting does not however render you immune from weight gain and if you gain weight in will go somewhere. Side effects are minimal and consist mainly of very transient pinkness or mild bruising, mild swelling and soreness in the treated area lasting a few days...Nothing that requires recovery. 

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 138 reviews

It Works!

Yes CoolSculpting definitely works! It will remove 20-30% of the fat in the treatment area. The most common side effects are numbness and cramping. There can be more intense side effects that are very limited. There is a new line of coolsculpting applicators called cool advantage. They are more effective, and the side effects are more mild.

Janet Allenby, DO
Delray Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

It really works!

Coolsculpting results in permanent fat reduction in the area of treatment. Each treatment reduces fat in that area by 20%.  The side effects most commonly seen are bruising swelling, tenderness, and numbness. In order to get more specific information I would recommend an in person evaluation.  Good luck with your transformation.

Michelle Ellern, DO
Livingston Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Does Coolsculpting work

Coolsculpting absolutely works!  The most common side effects are temporary numbness and mild swelling. Other rare side effects are often discussed in person and depend on the applicator used. Without seeing you in person, it's impossible to give you an accurate estimate on a treatment that is designed to sculpt your body in a very customized manner. Please see a Coolsculpting Certified provider in your area. We are proud to have certified Coolsculpting staff that have attended Coolsculpting University (an advanced Coolsculpting course), a physician on site, and the newest Coolsculpting Advantage applicators, which offer treatment in half the time with a larger area treated for better results. I would seek those things out in a treatment center. 

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Coolsculpting Combination with Radiofrequency, Thermage, Vanquish, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra

Coolsculpting is non-invasive. There may be some numbness, redness, bruising and slight discomfort which will resolve. Results With Coolsculpting are permanent for most people.  With Coolsculpting, I recommend adding a combination of radiofrequency treatments like Vanquish, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra for skin tightening and with Z wave/Cellutone for skin smoothing in order to get the best results. VASER Hi Def with ThermiRF, ultrasound and fat grafting are also options, if you're a candidate. See an expert for a formal evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

CoolSculpting side effects

There are several potential side effects with CoolSculpting.  Most people develop some numbness to the treated area, which can last several weeks up to 2 months.  It is possible to have some temporary redness or bruising to the treated area, and this can last just a few days or a few weeks.  In rare instances, primarily in treatment to the abdomen, it is possible to have some sharp pain after the procedure.  This normally can be managed with medication if needed.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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