Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does Coolsculpting Really Work?
Several studies have shown that Coolsculpting is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted fat cells. It is a non-invasive, non-surgical FDA certified procedure that helps with fat reduction.
In addition to that, Coolsculpting has several benefits over traditional surgical procedures like liposuction.
There is no question about the Coolsculpting effectiveness!
Does Coolsculpting Hurt?
The main sensation that patients feel during the procedure is an intense feeling of coldness. It may give a slight pinching feeling during the first 5 to 10 minutes of the procedure but that feeling goes away fast as the skin becomes numb to the coldness.
Some people find the pulling of the treated area into the Coolsculpting aparatus as slightly uncomfortable. But this too goes away quickly with the numbness of the skin.
There might be some itching and swelling after the procedure but from our experience, less then 20% of the people that had a Coolsculpting treatment get any significant pain after the procedure.
In very rare cases patients experience pain starting 3 days after the treatment. It might feel like itching, burning, or cramping and is more uncomfortable than the pain felt during the procedure.
But it is not a sign that something is wrong and will go away over the next 14 days.
If it doesn’t, please contact us immediately!
What about Coolsculpting Bruising?
Because of the nature of the procedure, bruising is a common effect experienced by a lot of patients. In most cases, this is triggered by the suction pressure created by the Coolsculpting apparatus. Although, newer apparatuses are less likely to cause significant bruising.
But it is normal that the treated area will be red for 20 to 30 minutes after the treatment. If this develops into a bruise, that could last for some weeks but is usually not a serious injury.
How To Speed Up Coolsculpting Results?
The process of eliminating the remains of the destroyed fat cells takes time and can’t be accelerated much by any means.
Regardless, you can do some things to help your body recover from the treatment and achieve the results you hope for:
- exercise regularly
- maintain a healthy lifestyle
- watch your diet!
- get enough sleep
- stay hydrated
In case you got a treatment on your belly or thighs, wearing a compression garment can help to flush out the remains of the fat cells through the lymphatic system.
How Many Coolsculpting Sessions Will I Need?
To achieve the best results from your Coolsculpting procedure, the treatment should be repeated after the initial treatment, depending on the size of the treated area and the amount of fat to be removed.
Usually, our patients need 1 – 3 treatments to achieve the results that they are looking for.
Each following treatment should be scheduled at least 30 days after the previous appointment, but the best results are seen when the procedures are repeated every two to three months. Coolsculpting results take some time, but they are definitively worth the wait!
Should I get a Massage after Coolsculpting?
Getting manual lymphatic massages after your Coolsculpting treatment is a great way to improve the results!
Studies have shown that fat loss can be improved by an astonishing 68% after two months, and there can still be a 44% higher fat reduction after four months when massaging the treated areas directly after the procedure.
In addition to that, we recommend wearing compression garments for the first couple of days if the treated area allows it. This can also help against pain, and it is a good method if you ask yourself how to reduce swelling after coolsculpting.
What are the Most Common Problems With Coolsculpting?
Although Coolsculpting is widely recognized as a safe and effective procedure, you might experience one or more of the following side effects:
- pulling or tugging feeling in the treated area during the procedure
- pain, stinging or burning
- temporary swelling and bruising
- skin sensitivity and redness
We don’t want to conceal one very rare side effect that occurs mostly in men.
What happens is that the fat cells in the treated area don’t disappear or grow smaller, but they will grow larger instead.
It’s called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, and as the name already says, it isn’t fully understood today.
This phenomenon is rather a cosmetic than a physically dangerous side effect, but it doesn’t go away on its own, and the problematic area must most likely be treated with liposuction to remove the problematic fat cells.
In any case, you should contact us immediately if you suspect that this is happening to you.
To sum it up, there are several things to do or not after coolsculpting as we tried to explain above.