Work Out, Gym Classes, Yoga or Swimming After Zeltiq Coolsculpting?

Hi, I am going to have a Zeltiq session on my lower abdomen this week - I already have a reservation. But, my boyfriend wants to go to the beach this weekend. Will it be okay or possible to swim after having zeltiq done? I also have gym classes that I normally attend where I have to do some active movements, abs or streches. Will I be able to attend these classes as usual? Thank you so much!!!!

Doctor Answers 19

Working out, swimming after Zeltiq CoolSculpting

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Most people run back to the gym very soon, even the next day for some, after Zeltiq.  The CoolSculpting technique is non-invasive, but can cause some tenderness as it freezes the fat in the area.  You should be aware though, that there is suction that can cause bruising so it may make you feel self-conscious about wearing a bathing suit! The brusiing may last a few days or longer. It is temporary but that may make you change your mind about doing it right before the vacation, if the bruising, should it occur, ruin your time.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

You can resume activity immediately following CoolSculpting

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Since CoolSculpting is a non-invasive method for fat reduction most patients can return to their normal workout schedules immediately.  I have had the procedure done twice on myself and both times went to the gym immediately following the procedure. I have had some patients, especially with treatment on the abdomen have bloating and swelling for 1-2 weeks after the procedure and there is some transient redness and possible bruising. There is absolutely no contraindication to swimming or going to the beach after the procedure. Best of luck!

Rosalyn George, MD
Wilmington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Exercise after Coolscultping

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I generally tell my patients that you can be physically active after Coolsculpting.  I had one patient who was preparing for a martial arts exam, and I mentioned that it was ok to train the very next day and she would not necessarily hurt herself or affect the results.  However,  I did warn her that she may not feel at her 100%, which she later confirmed.

How will I Feel after Zeltiq CoolSculpting?

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Zeltiq CoolSculpting is a very easy procedure for patients to go through.  After completing the treatments patients are back to their normal routine immediately.  Several days after their treatment it is normal to feel some tingling, slight sensitivity, and or numbness afterwards but these are generally minor in nature.  It is unusual for patients to experience any significant discomfort.  It is possible that even if you were in the small minority of patients who experience the more symptoms the problem is short lived and will resolve spontaneously.  I wouldn't be too worried about problems. 

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon

Zeltiq recovery is easy

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There should be no restrictions on your activity immediately after a Zeltiq treatment - this is the great thing about the procedure. You may find that the treatment area is a little red and numb for a day or two, but this subsides.

CoolSculpting Recovery

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One of the biggest advantages to CoolSculpting is there is no downtime! Once you have finished your session or treatment, you can go on to do your regular daily activities and then some. There may be some bruising or swelling, so it’ll be up to you on how comfortable you will be exposing that part of your body for swimming and the clothes you wear to work out.

Daljeet Samra, MD
Pleasanton Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

You can resume activity immediately following CoolSculpting

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Thank you for your question. Since CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Some side effects of treatment on the abdomen include bloating, swelling and bruising, which can take up 2 weeks to resolve. However, there is no contraindication to swimming or going to the beach after treatment. Best of Luck!

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

CoolSculpting Lets You Get Back to the Gym

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CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a noninvasive treatment that freezes fat and permanently eliminate it from the body. This process is called  cryolipolysis(TM). Coolsculpting takes approximately one hour to perform per treatment area. Although there is no medical reason to refrain from your normal activities afterward, you may experience minor redness, swelling, bruising or soreness that may make you feel less than optimal – especially in a bathing suit! You should be able to swim, take yoga, stretch and enjoy your time on the beach. If you have other questions about your procedure, consult your board-certified dermatologist.

Melda A. Isaac, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Work Out, Gym Classes, Yoga or Swimming After Zeltiq Coolsculpting?

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Thanks for your question. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure that allows you to return to normal activity immediately after your procedure. You may have some mild bruising, swelling and tenderness but nothing that should prevent you from exercising. Best wishes. 

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Cool Sculpting and swimming

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Absolutely.  The only issue will be if you develop any bruising.

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.

The discomfort from treatment does resolve. Taking over the counter tylenol or naproxen resolves this in the majority of cases. If you have swelling that is persistent then a waist binder is helpful.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.