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Is There Any Downtime or Side Effects with CoolSculpting?

July 3, 2018 / by Dr. Brian Dorner

CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive fat-reduction procedure. It’s FDA-approved to blast fat pockets deep below the surface of the skin with controlled freezing technology. The treatment can help nix unwanted fat in the abdomen, flanks, upper arms, back, thighs, under the chin and more with a simple 35 minute office treatment.

CoolSculpting is a pain-free way to nix diet and exercise resistant fat for good – Sounds amazing, right? That’s only a small fraction of why busy individuals opt for CoolSculpting as opposed to a more invasive alternative. One of the main reasons this body-contouring procedure is gaining so much traction is the zero downtime and minimal side effects.

Go into your appointment. Lay back. Check emails, relax, or even take a short snooze throughout the painless 35 minute treatment session. Afterward, go back to your day-to-day routine without hesitation.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that removes fat without harming the surrounding tissue. Side effects at the treatment site are uncommon and typically mild in nature if they do occur.

You may experience one or more of the following after your CoolSculpting session;

  • Redness
  • Minor Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising

These side effects should subside within several hours. Any discomfort you feel during this time can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Very rarely, some people might encounter a burning sensation which can be treated with gabapentin – a prescription drug that helps calm overactive nerves.

CoolSculpting is a discrete procedure that kills fat cells. As your body naturally expels the dead fat cells, you’ll begin to notice a gradual improvement to the treated area. This process is harmless and part of your body’s natural immune system. Full results from your fat-reduction treatment may take several months to become evident.

In clinical trials, patients were able to see a 20% reduction in abdominal fat with just one CoolSculpting session. You may need multiple treatments to achieve your desired results.


However, once existing fat is gone, it’s gone for good. If you maintain your weight, your results will be permanent.

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