How Long Does Swelling Last After CoolSculpting?

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Depending on the extent of your CoolSculpting® treatment, swelling and bruising may last a few hours up to several weeks post-treatment. You may also experience some soreness, tingling, or cramping in the treated areas. Even though CoolSculpting is nonsurgical, it’s helpful to recognize that some degree of swelling and sometimes bruising is normal following this popular “fat freezing” treatment.  

While every patient has a unique response, we’re covering what to expect during healing and sharing essential tips to help you manage your recovery and enjoy your results.

CoolSculpting Swelling: What’s Normal?

After CoolSculpting Elite®, most patients experience mild swelling and sometimes bruising in the treated areas. This is normal; it’s your body’s natural reaction to cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting’s controlled cooling process. Your body’s inflammatory response shows that it is actively at work flushing out the dead fat cells. Swelling may also result from the procedure’s cooling applicator panels.

While your discomfort should be minimal, I encourage you to contact your provider if you have any persistent pain that lasts more than a few days. You can still carry on with your routine and activities immediately after treatment.

CoolSculpting Chin Swelling

CoolSculpting is an ideal non-invasive method for diminishing the appearance of a double chin. However, when CoolSculpting is performed on sensitive facial tissues, such as the chin, swelling can be more prominent post-treatment. Remember, this is a normal reaction, and swelling will gradually resolve within a few weeks of treatment. Applying cold compresses to the chin can help alleviate minor swelling and discomfort.

Managing Swelling After CoolSculpting Elite

If you’re wondering how to reduce swelling after CoolSculpting, you can take proactive steps to ease healing after treatment. For example, wearing a compression garment, drinking plenty of water, and consuming nutritious food helps your body fight inflammation and flushes away dead fat cells more efficiently. In addition, massaging the treated areas increases blood flow, which “encourages” your body to get to work by eliminating the frozen, dead cells.

Staying Patient After CoolSculpting

Even though CoolSculpting requires no downtime—unlike liposuction and other more invasive body contouring techniques—remember to be patient during your recovery. Trust the healing process and remember that it can take up to several weeks to shed frozen fat cells and see your final results. Getting adequate rest, eating a healthy diet, and staying hydrated facilitates healing, reduces swelling, and kickstarts your body-sculpting transformation.

If you’re intrigued by the possibility of reshaping your body without surgery or downtime, you may be an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting or DualSculpting® treatment. Let us help you explore your options and create a customized treatment plan based on your unique concerns. Please request a consultation using our online form or call us at (847) 382-4400 to learn more.

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