What is the Recovery for Zeltiq Coolsculpting, and What Should One Expect?
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anesthesia. You can have it on your lunch hour
Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals. There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient. We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what. When compared to surgery, coolsculpting has little to no downtime.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Cool Sculpting recovery is as simple as getting up out of a chair or off your couch!
Body reshaping can be performed with a cannula that removes fat via liposuction or with noninvasive technology like Cool Sculpting. With Cool Sculpting there is no cannula inserted into your body. All treatments are performed on the surface from the outside in using technology that freezes the fat. Don’t hesitate to give us a call in Austin regarding a Body Reshaping Consult at the Upper Room. On our Facebook Page there is an Interview I recently did with KVUE, a local news station in Austin, that was picked by affiliates around the United States, including Miami. During the Interview we discussed the technology of Cool Sculpting as well as it application process.
Some discomfort but no real down-time
Coolsculpting is a noninvasive, nonsurgical procedure that has minimal to no recovery. Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment. The treated area might look swollen, bruised and sore for a few days but patient do not need to take any time off from work to recover. To help with any discomfort after the treatment patients can take over the counter ibuprofen for the first couple of days.
Recovery time for CoolSculpting
Recovery for CoolSculpting
Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting procedure has no "down time". You can go back to work, exercise, etc. immediately after the procedure. Patients do feel achy, and may have some swelling and bruising for the first couple of weeks but these symptoms are self limiting.
Zeltiq Coolsculpting recovery and side effects
Zeltiq is non-surgical which is one of the primary benefits of Zeltiq over other methods of fat reduction.
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area may have mild to moderate tingling, numbness, and soreness. Mild bruising is sometimes seen, but is uncommon. The soreness may last for 2-3 days and feels like the muscle soreness you get after a round of intense exercise. The tingling and numbness feels just like the sensation your skin has after intense cold exposure. It lessens over time and is usually limited to 2-3 weeks.
There is virtually no recovery time required for Zeltiq because the discomfort is so minimal. You can go back to work the same day. I generally recommend that patients not exercise the day of the procedure. After that, they can participate in whatever activity that they can tolerate. Usually this means full activity within 2-3 days.
Back to work / play after Zeltiq CoolSculpting
Most patients feel fine enough to exercise the day after Zeltiq. There may be some soreness but not having had surgery there are less restrictions than if you had Liposuction. Bruising is expected because of the suction so cosmetically keep that in mind if you plan to be in a bathing suit the first two to three weeks after the procedure (not all patients get bruising, and it may last for much less time but you want to be prepared for such a discoloration). Very few patients have so much discomfort or localized soreness that they limit their activities for a few weeks. Ibuprofen seems to help in these cases (but not to take before or during because it promotes bruising).
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