The Truth About CoolSculpting Side Effects: What You Should Expect

The Truth About CoolSculpting Side Effects: What You Should Expect

Before undergoing a fat-freezing treatment, discerning patients want to know about CoolSculpting’s side effects. By now, you probably know all about the incredible before-and-after results of CoolSculpting. Still, odds are that you’re looking to learn a bit more about the treatment itself, and exactly what to expect during and after your treatment.

Since CoolSculpting uses proven-safe, non-invasive technology to eliminate fat cells from your body, several healing processes occur as your results appear and improve over the 2-3 months following your treatment.

As your results (and best body ever!) take shape, here is what happens as your body eliminates stubborn fat and what each step of the process means for you, both in results and CoolSculpting side effects:

What to Expect Immediately After Your Treatment

  • A brief “tingle” sensation – Right after each CoolSculpting treatment, you may feel a tingling sensation once your CoolSculpting applicator is removed – although in most cases, by the time you are on your way home, this sensation will have already subsided.

What to Expect In the First Few Days

  • Minor swelling – As part of recovery, your body will bring additional blood flow and fluids to the treated area, which may lead to swelling in the area(s) you’ve had treated. If this occurs, it typically occurs in the days following treatment.
  • A sensitive or numb sensation to the touch – In the initial recovery phase, many patients describe this as a numb sensation and that skin may be exposed to touch. Generally, this will go away entirely within 1-2 weeks following treatment.

What to Expect In the Coming Weeks

  • Occasional tingling or itch sensations – As the nerves in your treated areas adjust to normal following your treatment, you may feel a sense similar to “pins and needles.” This is normal and not a sign of nerve damage or adverse effects. For some patients, this sensation feels more like an itch.
  • Restroom Habits – As the body safely and gradually eliminates fat cells, some patients report needing to use the restroom more frequently.

Tips to Make Your CoolSculpting Journey as Smooth As Possible

While the vast majority of patients at Sculptology find the recovery after their fat-freezing treatment to be hassle-free and very easy, the following tips can prove helpful to avoid any possible discomfort and decrease your risk of CoolSculpting side effects:

  • Avoid tight or binding clothing – Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that is not too tight in those areas where your treatment was performed.
  • Heating & Cooling Of Your Treatment Area – Some patients may find applying heat eases any discomfort in their treatment areas, while others prefer a cooling sensation from a cold pack.
  • Keep hydrated – part of a wellness-focused lifestyle is drinking enough water, which is especially important during your CoolSculpting recovery phase. Staying hydrated will help your lymphatic system effectively eliminate the destroyed fat cells. You may even want to enjoy staying hydrated and refreshed in your Sculptology water bottle, one of the gifts we love sharing with new patients!
  • Avoid Ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory medication – During your CoolSculpting recovery, avoiding anti-inflammatory medicines (such as Ibuprofen) is key, as your body’s inflammatory response is how fat cells are eliminated. Tylenol can be used during your recovery phase without an issue.
  • Stay well-rested – another key element to a healthy lifestyle is getting enough sleep. During your CoolSculpting recovery, this is even more important because it ensures your body can recover as promptly as possible.

What Does The Research Say About CoolSculpting Side Effects?

Clinical trials have observed over 5,500 study participants across the globe, and time and time again, the same results are demonstrated – a high patient satisfaction rate, scientifically and clinically sound technology, and consistent results.

Of note, the study “Safety, tolerance, and patient satisfaction with noninvasive cryolipolysis,” as published in the Journal of Dermatological Surgery, shared the following:

The researchers found, “No significant side effects or adverse events were reported,” and “the procedure was well-tolerated, with 89% of respondents reporting a positive perception of treatment duration and 96% reporting minimal to tolerable discomfort.”

In addition, these researchers found that “With a proper patient selection, cryolipolysis is a safe, well-tolerated, and effective treatment method for reduction of subcutaneous fat.”

There’s no better way to understand the Sculptology difference than to experience it yourself. Learn more about CoolSculpting and find out if fat freezing is right for you by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Sculptology today. Take the first step on your journey by calling or texting us at (925) 329-6333 or emailing

About Sculptology

Sculptology is a distinguished name in medical aesthetics, renowned for its comprehensive approach to non-invasive body contouring. As the #1 CoolSculpting provider in California and one of the top 5 practices in the nation, Sculptology is the go-to destination for those seeking to redefine and sculpt their bodies without the need for invasive procedures.

Founded by certified CoolSculpting master Lauren Morgan and the passionate Dr. Alejandro Arnez, Sculptology operates on honesty, transparency, and commitment to providing the right solution for each client’s aesthetic needs. Every team member, from the front desk to the treatment room, carries forward this dedication to client well-being and satisfaction.

Our practice boasts two welcoming and upscale clinics in Lafayette and Pleasanton, California. Each location emanates a warm, inviting atmosphere, offering cutting-edge technology and experienced staff, putting client safety and comfort at the forefront.

At Sculptology, we don’t just stop at CoolSculpting. We provide an array of innovative services to our clients. This includes Glacial RX, a cutting-edge treatment for skin pigmentation and rejuvenation, Cryotherapy for aiding recovery and improving overall health, Infrared Halo Sauna for detoxification and relaxation, and Red Light Therapy for skin rejuvenation and healing.

But we aren’t all about body aesthetics. At Sculptology, we believe in enriching the body, mind, and soul. We manifest this belief through our initiative, Sculptology Life, dedicated to giving back to our community and promoting a holistic approach to a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sculptology

Q: What is Sculptology?
A: Sculptology is an industry-leading Medical Aesthetic practice specializing in Non-Invasive Body Contouring. They offer a comprehensive approach to aesthetic goals, with services including CoolSculpting, Glacial RX, Cryotherapy, Infrared Halo Sauna, and Red Light Therapy.

Q: Where are Sculptology’s clinics located?
A: Sculptology currently operates two clinics in California, Scultology Lafayette, and Sculptology Pleasanton.

Q: What is the primary treatment that Sculptology offers?
A: Sculptology specializes in CoolSculpting treatments. They are California’s #1 CoolSculpting Provider and a top 5 practice nationwide.

Q: What is Sculptology’s approach to aesthetic treatment?
A: Sculptology believes in a comprehensive, customer-centric approach. They believe in honesty and transparency and ensure clients are recommended the right solution to their aesthetic needs.

Q: Who founded Sculptology?
A: Sculptology was co-founded by Lauren Morgan, a certified CoolSculpting master, and Dr. Alejandro Arnez, a dedicated MD passionate about aesthetics and wellness.

Q: What other services does Sculptology provide?
A: Besides CoolSculpting, Sculptology offers other services like Glacial RX, Cryotherapy, Infrared Halo Sauna, and Red Light Therapy.

Q: What is Sculptology Life?
A: Sculptology Life is an initiative by Sculptology to give back to the community. It promotes a holistic approach to a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle by enriching the body, mind, and soul.

Q: What kind of experience does the Sculptology staff have?
A: Sculptology prides itself on having experienced staff members, including certified CoolSculpting professionals and a Medical Director. All staff have several years of experience in their respective fields.

Q: How does Sculptology ensure the quality of its services?
A: Sculptology focuses on providing a modern upscale environment accessible to everyone, promising transparency, fair practice, and inclusivity.

Q: How can I contact Sculptology or book an appointment?
A: You can contact Sculptology at (925) 329-6333 or book an appointment through their website

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