CoolSculpting® Recovery Guide

While CoolSculpting® is relatively simple, non-surgical body sculpting procedure from a patient perspective [meaning there’s little to no downtime and minimal risk too!], there ARE some things you should keep in mind following your treatment and through your CoolSculpting® recovery. Here’s all the information you need on what to expect following your CoolSculpting® treatment, what the CoolSculpting® recovery period is like, precautions to take, common side effects and more. CoolSculpting® recovery guidelines will vary based on your medical history, and the best way to get specific advice is to schedule a one-on-one conversation with us online. 👇🏻👇🏻

    No surgery, no needles.

    No downtime?

    What should you expect after CoolSculpting®? What is CoolSculpting® recovery like? 


    CoolSculpting® is a medical procedure that uses controlled cooling to target and kill unwanted pockets of fat. There’s no incisions during the treatment. It’s the safest and most proven non-surgical body sculpting procedure available as of 2020, with an FDA clearance beginning in 2009 and over 8-million treatments performed worldwide.


    The CoolSculpting® technology uses [mostly] suction based handpieces to deliver controlled cooling that selectively target the unwanted fat. Treatments can be customized to match your unique anatomy and goals – and results develop over the course of 3 weeks to 3 months.


    As with any other medical procedure, patient’s experiences vary based on their unique medical history. We can get specific about your CoolSculpting® recovery expectations and what to expect after CoolSculpting® during a one-on-one discussion at a virtual consultation.

    Most client’s treated with CoolSculpting® at Element Body Lab experience very mild side effects from CoolSculpting® that are temporary and self resolving. CoolSculpting® side effects are most dramatic immediately after the treatment and for the first few days. Most patients treated with Element Body Lab have very mild side effects, or notice nothing besides some expected soreness and temporary numbness.


    The most commonly experienced CoolSculpting® side effects are: redness, swelling, bruising and numbness during the CoolSculpting® recovery period.


    The best way to feel back to normal – the best way to have a painless & easy CoolSculpting® recovery – is to return to normal life. Exercise, stretch, get back to work… just live your life.

    Here’s the full safety data sheet discussing CoolSculpting® risks and side effects and here’s a dedicated page on How CoolSculpting® works. Get more answers by schedule a free virtual consultation right here. 👇🏻👇🏻

    Immediately after CoolSculpting® treatment…

    Immediately after the treatment, the skin will be red and firm to touch., both of which will resolve within minutes to hours. The first day, expect the skin to feel tender to touch (almost like a sunburn) and some deep-muscle soreness in the treatment area. Occasionally, clients experience bruising that can last days to weeks.


    coolsculpting recovery tip:

    Compression garments can alleviate some of the discomfort in the coolsculpting recovery period, as can over-the-counter supplements and topical ointments.

    2-3 days after CoolSculpting® expectations?

    Over the next few days after CoolSculpting®, side effects usually include continued soreness and numbness in the treatment area. Some clients report swelling in the treatment area,. Side effects shouldn’t interfere with daily activities, but you may not feel at 100% of your usual self.


    coolsculpting side effects + recovery:

    expect swelling, redness, bruising and/or numbness after coolsculpting and throughout the CoolSculpting® recovery period, which can last days to weeks.

    The full CoolSculpting® recovery…

    Every client has a unique experience during their CoolSculpting® recovery as their natural inflammatory responds to the cooling and flushes out the fat. The CoolSculpting® recovery period will vary based on your metabolism and your medical history, which we can discuss during your consultation journey.


    CoolSculpting® Recovery length...

    Most clients feel back to 100% in a few days, but never stop on normal daily activities. If side effects persist or worsen, contact your medical professional.

    Can I workout after my CoolSculpting® treatment?

    You can workout the same day as your CoolSculpting® treatment, as long as you feel up to it. 

    While you will have temporary numbness, you won’t have any loss of muscle control. Expect some deep muscle soreness for at least a few days after your treatment, but get back into your workout routine as soon as you feel ready! 

    We recommend that you get in a workout within 24-hours following your CoolSculpting® treatment to kick-start your metabolism and stimulate your lymphatic system.

    Are there any precautions to take before my CoolSculpting® treatment? How do I prep for treatment day?


    You don’t have to do anything in particular to prep for your CoolSculpting® treatment or change anything in your lifestyle afterwards either. The best part about CoolSculpting® is how easy the prep and recovery are! 


    If you’re wanting to have the most comfortable CoolSculpting® recovery, then make sure you drink plenty of water leading up to and after the treatment. 

    As a general rule of thumb, plan to drink half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces the 48-hours before and the 48-hours after your CoolSculpting® treatment. (Example: If you weighed 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces), at a minimum. If you can drink your full body weight in ounces, that’s even better!



    Can I have an alcoholic beverage the night before (or after) CoolSculpting®?


    Yes! There’s no restrictions for alcohol, although you are more likely to experience bruising if you have choose to have alcohol during the week prior to the treatment or the week after. Plan to drink an additional glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you have to stay hydrated, and anticipate a higher likelihood of bruising if you’re drinking before/after your CoolSculpting® treatment.


    How long will I be numb after CoolSculpting®? 

    Non-surgical body sculpting procedures like CoolSculpting® all have side effects. The most common (and annoying) side effect from CoolSculpting® is numbness, which can persist for weeks.

    Expect to experience numbness for days to weeks. There’s inflammation happening under the surface – which is how we’re processing out the fat – that can last 90 days. 

    Numbness usually lasts for at least 5 days but can last up to 3 months.

    Does CoolSculpting® last?

    CoolSculpting® results last long-term. Once the fat is gone, it’s gone for good. There are no maintenance treatments required with CoolSculpting®.


    To maintain your results for a lifetime – just maintain your weight.


    But what happens if you gain weight? You’ll be able to gain and lose weight naturally across your body, but you’ll never notice the same amount of volume in the treated areas again. Learn more by talking 1-on-1 with our team.

    Take the next step.
    Schedule your virtual consultation.

    The next step in your CoolSculpting® journey is to attend a FREE virtual consultation with the Dallas CoolSculpting® Experts at Element Body Lab.

    Meet a member of our expert team

    Review CoolSculpting® before and after photos

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