Would Naproxen Help with the Pain After Having Cool Sculpting?

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Pain after CoolSculpting for fat loss

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Some patients have no pain during or after CoolSculpting, while others have some soreness and a few have great discomfort for a few days, and a very rare individual has extreme sensitivity that takes a couple of weeks or more to resolve.

The non-steroidal antiinflammatory agents including Naproxen, can help with this pain but can intensify the bruising that occurs. Furthermore, there can be medical risks with taking high doses of Naproxen, including the heart and kidneys, so check with your primary care doctor if you should or should not take the medicine, and at what dose. Also check wtih your Coolsculpting provider to ensure that it is oK.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.


Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Naproxen after Coolsculpting

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Naproxen (Aleve) or other NSAIDs are generally sufficient and quite helpful for any discomfort or pain you may experience after Coolsculpting. If it does not alleviate your pain, be sure to contact the office that did your procedure.  Some patients also find wearing a compression garment helpful after Coolsculpting. Good luck.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Naprosyn or motrin

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any nsaid, like motrin or naprosyn will typically work quite well for the cramping after coolsculpting.  in cases of severe cramping we will prescribe more robust pain pills, but fortunately the need for these is rare.

Eric Chang, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Pain following CoolScupting Fat Freezing treatment

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Most patients do not need medication of any kind, even naproxen (Aleve) But, for patients experiencing discomfort, it could possibly be helpful. In my practice, every person receiving a CoolSculpting treatment is given a compression garment. That seems to help patients feel comfortable and secure. Typically there is little to no pain immediately after the treatment but several days later the most common reports are sensations similar to mild bruising or a feeling similar to the feeling following a touch workout.


Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Will Naproxen help with pain post Coolsculpting

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Thanks for your question, Arla.  Yes, an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Naproxen can help reduce any post-procedure discomfort after a CoolSculpting procedure, which is typically quite minimal.  I would recommend you consult the doctor who performed your procedure if your amount of discomfort is severe, persistent or does not resolve with over-the-counter medications such as Naproxen.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.