Should I still have numbness and pain 12 days after Cool Sculpting?

I'm on day 12 after my Cool Sculpting procedure to my lower abdomen and flanks. Most people I've read reviews from are no longer experiencing pain or numbness. I definitely still have numbness to the touch of my abdomen and pain is less frequent but still strong in the evenings. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 10

Pain and numbness after Coolsculpting

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It is not uncommon to have delayed onset pain after a Coolsculpting procedure. This pain is more commonly experienced with abdominal Coolsculpting. It starts 3-5 days after the procedure and can last 10 days or so. This pain is nerve based and is best treated with Neurontin. Lidoderm patches help as well and can be placed directly on the area of pain. Ask your physician to prescribe you some.  My numbness lasted 3-4 weeks.
Best of luck,
Sheila Nazarian

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Pain and numbness after Coolsculpting

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Thank you for your question. It is common to have delayed onset pain after CoolSculpting. This pain is most commonly experienced with abdominal treatment. It can start 3-5 days after treatment and can last 10 days or more. This pain is nerve based and can be treated with Neurontin. Also, Lidoderm patched can help as well. These can be placed directly on the area of pain. However, these need to be prescribed by your treating physician. I recommend having a follow up with your treating physician for treatment. Best of Luck!

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

Coolsculpting Can Produce Temporary Numbness and Pain in the Treated Area

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Thank you for your question. Temporary numbness is common after the Coolsculpting.  It is not uncommon to have delayed onset of pain around 5 days after Coolsculpting.  The discomfort is due to inflammation of the tissue. Not everyone has pain or numbness.  The intermittent discomfort tends to subside within a week. It generally takes about 1 to 2  weeks for the swelling  subside. The numbness generally takes 3-4 weeks to resolve.  Numbness following treatment with the larger larger abdominal Cool Max applicator can take 2 months to completely resolve.  I do recommend compression for at least 3 weeks or until he numbness has resolved.  We utilize the new Cool Advantage applicators which are much more comfortable and reduce treatment time to 35 minutes.  We currently have 4 Coolsculpting machines and can offer "Dual Sculpting" which further reduces the treatment time.  I recommend keeping in touch with the office of your treating provider and regular follow-up.  Best wishes.

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

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Numbness and Tingling

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This varies from patient to patient but can persist in some cases. Be patient, it takes some time in certain individuals to resolve. 

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Numbness and pain after Cool Sculpting?

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The numbness and tenderness vary from patient to patient. We have not had a patient who was restricted in their daily activities by the numbness or tenderness. Some patients do not experience these side effects at all, and many having the numbness and tenderness going away in days. Some patients will have improvement in the tenderness and numbness but the effects may linger for approximately a month.

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It could be quite normal although not commonly seen

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The numbness is a temporary side effect after coolsculpting. It should gradually resolve within 2-4 weeks. Some of the most common side effects include bruising, soreness, pinching and tingling under the skin and mild cramping. All of these should improve in 1-2 weeks. Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment and are not bothered by the downtime. But if you are concern you should talk to or see your doctor to diiscuss these concerns

Cool sculpting of the abdomen

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Yes you can still have numbness or a heavy feeling when you touch.  Also the area can remain sensitive.  This should decrease as the days and weeks pass by after the treatment.

CoolSculpting numbness

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We have patients experience a combination of numbness and soreness for 2-4 weeks but each week gets markedly better and eventually completely goes away. As long as it doesn't stop you from your daily activities, it is all normal.

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Side effects of CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting is a great way to treat the bulges on the lower abdomen and flanks.  Numbness and some pain can last for up to two weeks after the procedure.  If you have any concern you should return to your treating physician for examination.

Pain and numbness after CoolSculpting

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The numbness that occurs after CoolSculpting can take up to 8 weeks to resolve completely, so it would not be unusual to still have some numbness 12 days after the procedure.  Some people do get return of sensation faster than others though.  In regards to pain after the procedure, this varies as well.  It is possible to still have some pain 12 days after the treatment, but it should be improving, as it seems your pain is.  

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