With Coolsculpting, just like with any other aesthetic procedure, there are side effects and risk factors. Considering Coolsculpting side effects, it is much safer procedure compared to its alternatives such as liposuction.
There is a number of side effects that majority of patients experiences right after the procedure. Most common side effects are described as redness, numbness, tingling sensation, bruising, swelling, itching, and mild to moderate pain. These side effects are common and not worrisome. They resolve on their own within few hours, few days or even few weeks. Previously mentioned side effects are primarily caused by prolonged exposure to suction and cold. This occurs because Coolsculpting is a therapy that utilizes suction and cold to freeze fat cells, that eventually die out or dissolve. Therefore, Coolsculpting is not a treatment that will give you immediate results. Instead, you will be able to see your end result after 3 to 8 weeks.
Since our bodies are different, we all react differently to Coolsculpting. This includes different reaction and side effects after Coolsculpting as well as different healing and fat reduction time frame. The most common side effects are numbness and mild pain and these are usually associated with the fat freezing process. As fat cells freeze, the area becomes numb and painful until those fat cells dissolve. After few weeks’ number of patients have developed diarrhea. This side effect is connected to the final process of Coolsculpting recovery since the body is slowly eliminating those falls cells.
It is important to stress out that Coolsculpting is technique driven treatment and therefore to obtain desired results and minimize the chance of any side effects and complications, it is important to choose a provider with experience, who will lead you through the whole procedure and follow up wit you after the procedure. Still, there is a number of conditions that prevent people from having Coolsculpting to avoid serious side effects. If you are pregnant or nursing, if you have cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, cold sensitive disorders, impaired circulation, neuropathic disorders, impaired skin sensation, open wounds, blood disorder, if you had recent surgery, or over the areas with scars, hernia, eczema, dermatitis, or if you have any active implants such as pacemakers, you may not be treated with Coolsculpting.