Before we get into your post-care instructions, here’s what you can expect in terms of results. Within a few days following your treatment, your immune system will naturally and gradually begin to eliminate the injured fat cells. Some patients begin to notice results in as early as four weeks, while most begin to notice them closer to eight weeks post-treatment. Your results will continue to show gradually over the next four months—the total amount of time it takes for up to 25% of the treated fat cells to be eliminated.
Remember: CoolSculpting is meant to work WITH your healthy lifestyle—not in place of it. You’ll achieve the best results if you continue to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise routine post-treatment.
There’s typically minimal recovery time with Coolsculpting, but we recommend you avoid high, direct heat and activities that cause strain or increase your body temperature such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise 24 hours following your treatment.
What To Do If You Experience These Common Side Effects….
FOR DISCOMFORT OR SWELLING
You may experience a dull ache, an occasional “zinger” (nerve discomfort), cramping, tingling, numbness, swelling or bloating in the treated area following your treatment, which can last up to four weeks. Here’s what you can do to help alleviate these side effects:
- Gently massage the area with Vaseline® or Aquaphor®
- Take over-the-counter ibuprofen as needed
- Starting one day after your treatment, apply ice packs or heating pads with barriers to the treated area, taking them on and off every three to five minutes for one to two hours
- Wear compression garments or comfortable clothing
We recommend taking oral liquid Benadryl®, Allegra® or Claritin® (antihistamines available over-the-counter) as needed, as well as applying hydrocortisone 1% and Vaseline® or Aquaphor® to the affected area up to three times per day until it resolves.
Bruising can occur due to the strong suction on the applicators and usually resolves within three to seven days. Continue to avoid alcohol until resolved.
Questions? Experiencing anything not covered here? Come in to any LaserAway or give us a call at 1-888-965-2737. Also, don’t forget to book your follow-up appointment in two to four months so we can assess your results and plan your next round of CoolSculpting!