There are two types of CoolSculpting applicators, flat and vacuum. The vacuum assisted applicator uses suction to pull the fat into the device. You may feel sensations of tugging, pulling and pinching for about 5 to 7 minutes after which you should be comfortable.
With the flat applicator, you will not feel pulling or tugging, but you will feel stinging and tingling for about 10 minutes as the cooling begins. The degree of discomfort varies with each patient, but after 10 minutes the symptoms should subside.
After treatment when the device is removed, the tissue will feel firm and at this point massage is very important to get the best result. For 2 to 5 minutes it will feel like a deep tissue massage, a little uncomfortable but tolerable. The treated area may feel stiff or swollen, and some bruising is possible. If there is bruising, it may take a week to subside.
The skin may remain pink but should subside a few hours after treatment. Most patients have very mild symptoms after treatment, but for some, itching; tingling, numbness or swelling may occur and can take 1 to 3 weeks to resolve.
During the first few days after treatment, you may find you have more intense sensations caused by the inflammatory response by your body as it works to remove dead fat cells.
Call now (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. and see if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting!