What You Need to Know About After-Procedure Numbness


Coolsculpting has attracted quite a massive following in the last few decades. As an FDA-approved and minimally invasive procedure, it is one of the first options for many people looking to get rid of persistent fat without going under the knife. Simply put, coolsculpting, commonly referred to as cryolipolysis, involves the use of extreme temperatures to freeze fat cells. It is ideal for those looking to eliminate fat pockets that won’t budge even after extreme exercise and dieting.

The procedure may be relatively safe but like other minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, it is not devoid of side effects. You will likely feel some pain, tingling, numbness, swelling, and itching after the procedure.  For the most part, the discomfort often comes about as a result of the cooling effect of the treatment.

Let’s zero in on numbness and talk about what to expect before booking your first coolsculpting in Toronto?  Is it painful? What causes it? How long will it last?

  1. Numbness Is Not A Result Of Nerve Damage

In the past, many Toronto patients have alluded to nerve damage as the cause of coolsculpting numbness. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. After fat cells have been frozen, they undergo a slow death before finally being eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. The cooling applicators temporarily tamper with the outer sheath of your nerves causing the numbness. Once the nerves begin to regenerate, the itching and numbness will resolve itself.

  1. The Degree Of Discomfort Depends On The Treated Area

Coolsculpting side effects differ for every area of the body and for every individual. Some will feel minor numbness in areas such as the back, thighs and love handles. In fact, these regions have little to no side effects. The culprit, according to most people, is the abdomen area. Apart from severe numbness, you might feel tingling and pain sensations for a few weeks after the procedure. Having said this, the pain/discomfort is bearable regardless of the area.

  1. Discomfort Begins Later

Pain after a coolsculpting procedure often delays until 3-5 days after the treatment. Nerve regeneration usually lingers until the nerves have “woken up”. Aside from the numbness, you may feel sharp sensations that feel like squirming, deep stabbing, tearing, and shooting pains. Sometimes they are quite intense but as you near the 2nd week after the treatment, you will experience some relief. Fix your mind on your goals and you should be just fine.

  1. Numbness Is Not Constant

Long after pain has left your body, you’ll still feel numb. Numbness has been shown to be the most persistent side effect after a coolsculpting procedure. What’s interesting about it is it fluctuates. Today you will feel numb, the next day you will feel okay only for the sensation to return after a few more days. The good thing is that all the side effects will eventually disappear.

Coolsculpting numbness is perhaps the biggest cause of concern for many people. Sure, it is simply uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but they say ‘no pain, no gain’, right? If you can weather the storm, the reward will be absolutely amazing.