You might know that if you have stubborn fat in your body that is not responding to exercise or fat burning diet, you have a great option called coolsculpting.
This is a FDA-approved procedure of “freezing” i.e. cryolipolysis of stubborn fat cells. It’s even used in the treatment of lipomas, which are rubbery, soft bulges growing under your skin due to fat accumulation in the soft tissue.
Although the process seems to be easy, it’s not totally free from side effects. Though it doesn’t cause long-term pain and discomfort, these can be present.
Most of the discomfort is experienced from the “cooling” effect during the procedure. With your body’s adjustments to the fat cell elimination, discomfort may arise and subside.
So, it’s worth knowing about the side effects, though they are only a few, and how to keep yourself calm and composed during the procedure and recovery.
1. Does it Pain?
Whatever pain you may feel will only be during the procedure of coolsculpting itself. The pain can be feltfrom the numbness resulted from the cooling actions from the applicator used during the treatment.
A slight sensation of pulling and pinching may also be felt as the fat cells freeze and are taken out. These effects may last from 5 to 10 minutes within the duration of 60 minutes of the treatment.
When the procedure is over, you might feel pain together with swelling and itching. The amount of pain may vary between areas that are treated; e.g. abdomen is the most susceptible to pain.
2. Can Nerves be Damaged?
Professional coolsculpting Melbourne from Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne, for example, doesn’t at all damage nerves. So, you don’t have to worry.
You may just feel numbness which can last for a few weeks or can come and go.
3. Common Side Effects of Coolsculpting
Here are some common side effects:
- Muscle spasms
- Fullness of throat (if neck is treated)
Most of these sensations are felt at the site of the treatment. They are often temporary, receding within a few weeks. They may temporarily resume while pain and discomfort may fluctuate again after three days.
4. Are there Any Serious Side Effects?
Serious side effects are very rare with coolsculpting. However, you should discuss about them with your surgeon as you can identify signs and respond soon.
One potential serious side effect is the formation of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia after coolsculpting. This is very rare and causes an expansion of treated fat cells.
There’s only 0.0051 percent chance of this side effect and it occurs, if it does, months after the treatment.
5. How to Reduce Discomfort?
Discuss with your doctor about how you can reduce the chances of pain and other side effects during and following the treatment.
Your surgeon may also give you a massage at the treatment site to increase the efficacy of the process of the freezing of fat cells while reducing the chances of side effects.
Typically for this procedure, pain medications are not prescribed, because it’s non-surgical. Also, no anaesthesia is used.
However, your doctor may advise you to take OTC pain medications in case of any pain or swelling. Keep in mind that you should not take any pain-killers before the procedure as it can increase chances of side effects such as bruising.
You can also make use of the following methods for relieving pain after the procedure:
- Gentle exercise
- Meditation/deep breathing
- Warm compresses
- Guided imagery
- Massage therapy
All in all, you can undergo coolsculpting or liposuction Templestowe by Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne without worrying much about side effects if you take due care and enjoy your new slim look.