Is Swelling in the Lower Legs, Ankles, and Feet Normal After Cool Sculpting?

I had Cool Sculpting done 8 days ago. I have been experiencing quite a bit of swelling in my lower legs, ankles, and feet. Is this normal? Thank you for your response.

Doctor Answers 7

Swelling after Coolsculpting

Please follow up with your treating physician regarding swelling in non-treated areas.  Good luck with your recovery.

Livingston Physician
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Swelling in the Lower Legs, Ankles, and Feet After Cool Sculpting

It is highly unusual to have swelling post coolsculpting in any area other than the treated area. Consult with your treating physician to review your treatment and your medical history to identify possible causes. Your treating physician may need to consult with your internist.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after CoolSculpting

Typically, there is minimal to no downtime after CoolSculpting though patients may experience temporary pain or discomfort. Side effects can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness to the touch, cramping, itching, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a procedure. It is not considered normal to experience swelling in places other than where the treatment was administered. I would suggest consulting with the doctor who performed the treatment to determine the cause of the swelling. Best of luck.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling In Legs And Extremities After Cool Scultption Treatment



It seems that you should consult with your physicians as the cool sculpting does not induce such side effects. Without a physical examination and running some tests, it is hard to determine the cause of the swelling you are experiencing.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your inquiry. Best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling of the legs after Coolsculpting

Thank you for your question.

I do not think that swelling of the feet/ legs is caused by having the Coolsculpting procedure but I do think you should be seen so that your doctor can make sure that all is OK.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling of the legs usually is not a consequence of CoolSculpting

The freezing of the fat cells wtih CoolSculpting should not have caused the swelling of hte legs. Something unrelated may be at fault but should be explored.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Swelling after Coolsculpting

Swelling after Coolsculpting of ankles or lower extremities is not common . I have never seen this side effect in our practice.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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