sorry to hear you have such discomfort. I've seen this happen more with the Cool max applicator. It will go away and narcotics or Gabapentin is often necessary. I've seen this type of pain last around 5 days. Hopefully it's gone about now. Best of luck
Sharp pains after CoolSculpting normally dont last for much longer than 1 week and if they do then starting Neurontin would lessen the pain until completely resolved.
Side Effects of CoolSculpting
One of the rare side effects of CoolSculpting is late-onset pain. This typically begins three to four days after treatment and will resolve naturally on average within two weeks. The exact etiology is not known however it is believed to be associated with nerve inflammation. Pain can be described as deep pain, stabbing, shooting, burning sensations, hypersensitivity, and severe pins and needles. There are several ways to mitigate late onset pain which are: wearing compression garments, icing, heating pads, stretching, Benadryl or Ambien at night for sleep, and Gabapentin/Neurontin/Lyrica for nerve pain.
I appreciate your question.
It usually lasts 1-2 weeks
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!
How long does severe sharp pain last from Cool Sculpting?
Typically this resolves by the second week. See your provider or family doctor if it persists. There are medications that can be used to help.
Very few of our patients get the delayed pain you are describing with Coolsculpting. It usually does not last beyond 2 weeks and neurontin helps.
Thank you for your question. Pain is not something we see beyond 24-48 hours. We implement Vasershape which seems to reduce the discomfort substantially. I hope this helps!
It sounds like you are experiencing a side effect called late onset pain. This pain typically occurs a few days after treatment and can last up to two weeks. The cause is not known. Thankfully, it only occurs in a small percentage of patients, but it can be very uncomfortable. Our office has seen good success using a medication called neurontin and topical lidocaine patches. Other patients feel wearing a compression garment and using ice intermittently help minimize the pain, as well. It is always best to consult with the physician who performed your treatment, as they will be most familiar with your situation.
Lyrica and Zwave can assist with pain post CoolSculpting
Typically the pain, if it occurs, is usually for about 3-7 days 1 week after the CoolSculpting was performed. However, some people experience it as itching or burning sensation and not as a sharp pain, which is merely annoying but doesn’t interfere with daily activities. That said, about 2% of people get a significant discomfort that actually interferes with daily life. This latter is more common with the large handpiece (CoolMax) which is used on the abdomen. This pain can last for a week up to 3 months. The oral pain medication Lyrica works extremely well to significantly reduce the discomfort. One new way to potentially prevent it is to follow the CoolSculpting with a Zwave procedure. This is a device that uses “shock waves” that are painless that replaces the typical massage of the area after the procedure. This breaks up the cold fat more efficiently and it is believed to not only reduce the possibility of getting pain after the procedure but also appears to improve the actual result and make it occur more quickly.