Is it Common to Experience No Pain or Side Effects?

I've had stomach done with typical side effects. But I went back and had inner thighs done and I've had no side effects, pain, bruising, tingling... Etc and am concerned that I didn't get a good treatment? No sensitivity or any thing! I'm glad as long as this doesn't mean I had bad treatment!

Doctor Answers 11

Coolsculpting side effects

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Coolsculpting works consistently and is an excellent procedure for reducing the fat.Typically we are seeing that those patients who end up getting temporary discomfort following coolsculpting are those that have it performed on their lower abdomen with the number 8. The other treated areas, back, flanks, love handles do seem to not have the post op side effects associated with it.

West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

No side effects and CoolSculpting

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Thank you for your question.

No, just because you have no side effects it does NOT mean that your treatment did not work.  The area that usually produces the most side effects is the abdominal area.

Enjoy the results! Follow up with your doctor.

Best Wishes!

Pain or discomfort after Zeltiq CoolSculpting

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I wouldn't worry too much about not experiencing discomfort or other side effects.  The symptoms post CoolSculpting are not predictive of the eventual outcome either in a positive or negative fashion.

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon

Side Effects of CoolSculpting Tend to Vary on Area Treated

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I have noticed in my patients after CoolSculpting treatments that side effects vary depending on the area treated.  The abdomen area is certainly the one area that has the most issues with numbness, tingling and pain after the procedure.  Other areas like the thighs, back and love handles commonly have little to no side effects.  It does not reflect poorly on your current treatment that you did not get the same side effects that you got when you had your stomach treated.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Is it Normal to Have No Side Effects After Coolsculpting?

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Usually, the areas that are more prone to temporary bruising, numbness, and sensitivity are  first the lower abdomen, then the upper abdomen.  We find that the love handles, thighs, and back rolls usually have no symptoms after treatment.  I always tell patients that if they are on any blood thinners like aspirin or fish oil, they are more likely to have temporary bruising that lasts anywhere from 3-7 days on the sides of the applicator where the vacuum applied suction pressure.   Don't worry that you had a bad treatment!  I think you will be happy that not only did you not have any after effects,  you will also have a great result!



Dr. Liu

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

No side effects and CoolSculpting

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Thank you or your question. Just because you have no side effects does not mean that your CoolSculpting treatment did not work. The area that typically has the most side effects is the abdomen. Best of Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician


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Coolsculpting is best when performed on an area that has an excess number of fat cells.  For example, women say, "When I gain weight, it goes straight to my belly."  That means that you were born with more fat cells in your abdominal area.  It would be great to perform coolsculpting in that area to reduce the number of fat cells there and make that are more proportional with the rest of your body.  Then, if you gain weight, it will be more evenly distributed over your body.  It won't just "go straight" to one area.

The fat loss is permanent after Coolsculpting.  You typically lose 20-25% of the fat in the area treated, each time you treat it.  I have done it to myself and my staff.  It is truly effective and has no down time. The absent of adverse reaction doesnot mean the treatment was not effective. 

Best of Luck, 

Sheila Nazarian

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

No side effects post treatment

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Not having many side effects post treatment is not necessarily a bad thing. The abdomen is almost always the most sensitive area to be treated. As long as the applicator adequately suctioned in your tissue into the cooling panels for an hour each cycle, you should be seeing results in a few weeks. Follow up with the person that performed your treatment if you do not see results in about 3 months.

CoolSculpting can provide excellent results without pain or sensitivity after the Zeltiq treatment

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There has been no correlation with success of treatment and the amount of skin sensitivity, soreness, bruising or pain post CoolSculpting for fat loss.   Different areas of the body have different types of fat and less collagen strands and less nerve endings can help make it a more comfortable treatment. As long as the applicator remained attached during the 60 minute treatment and you felt the cold temperature of the skin once the applicator was removed, then you shouldn't have a concern about the effectiveness of the CoolSculpting.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Not necessarily

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there are some aspects of coolsculpting which are operator dependant - ie the "draw" that the tissue makes into the device.  some anatomic areas are more difficult to treat because they don't draw well into the device on certain candidates.  hard to say whether you have minimal swelling/bruising simple because or whether the device didn't "draw" well.  time will tell!  good luck to you.

Eric Chang, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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