CoolSculpting on arms - severe discomfort. Are there any ways to mitigate the numbness?
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Arm CoolSculpting associate numbness
Coolsculpting is tried and true! Because of this, off-label areas such as the upper arms are also CoolSculpted with very wonderful results.
This technique works due to the vulnerability of fat cells to genetically involute (apoptosis) when reaching a low temperature. Sensory nerves in the areas are affected by the cooling as well. Due to the superficial position of large nerves in the upper arm such as the radial nerve posteriorly and ulnar nerve anteriorly, cooling can affect sensation "downstream" to the hands and fingers for several days or cause heightened discomfort at the applicator site during the time the machine is on.
- Sometimes, even a small adjustment in the positioning of the applicator cup is enough to distance the nerve from the cooling plates.
- While anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or aleve are recommended against during this process to allow cooling "injury" to occur, these drugs may assist in relief of cooling associated sensory changes.
- Massage to the area where the nerve was cooled and /or desensitization touch may hasten return of nerve function.
I hope this is helpful. Please discuss this concern with your Certified CoolSculpting Specialist!
The applicator needs to be repositioned to avoid underlying nerves
This takes an experienced phsycyain
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.
best of luck!
Coolculpting and arms
Coolsculpting works extremely well on many different areas, including the arms. Positioning the applicator is essential to avoid this numbness. Please consult an experienced physician about the careful placement of the applicator for this treatment.
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I would also recommend that you visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss alternatives to contour your arm.
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The CoolFit applicator should be used for treatments on the inner arms. it should be positioned posteriorly on the arm and away from the complex of vessels and nerves that begin as the brachial plexus under the armpit.
If your treatment was not performed with this applicator and in this fashion, your symptoms might be prevented during a second treatment.
All the best!