In the ever-expanding world of nonsurgical body contouring, CoolSculpting has earned a name for itself. As CoolSculpting’s popularity grows, so does the list of common questions asked by the men and women who choose CoolSculpting at our Albany, NY, office. At The Plastic Surgery Group, we hear from many people who are intrigued by this transformative procedure but who still have questions about how it works. Let’s clear the air and answer some of the questions we hear most often so you can decide if CoolSculpting is a good choice for you.
What does CoolSculpting feel like?
The CoolSculpting procedure is usually much more comfortable than patients imagine. You may experience an initial sensation of suction as the device gathers your treatment area. Shortly after the device begins working, your treatment area goes numb. You likely won’t feel much while the device does its work. After your treatment, we massage your treated area to help break apart the frozen fat cells. Some soreness is likely as the area warms up.
How long after CoolSculpting can I return to the gym?
The next day! The beauty of CoolSculpting is that it doesn’t require any kind of recuperation or activity restrictions after your treatment. Feel free to get back to your favorite workout—or any other physical activity—the day after you leave our office.
What are the side effects?
CoolSculpting isn’t known for having long-term side effects, but some localized symptoms can occur. Most notably, it’s common to have inflammation at the treatment site. This usually presents as redness, swelling, and soreness that can persist for several days after your appointment. However, most patients say these symptoms are mild and don’t interfere with their usual daily activities.
Can I have CoolSculpting if I’ve had a C-section?
Yes, with some caveats. For example, it’s important that your C-section scar is well healed. We typically recommend that patients wait a year after having a C-section before having CoolSculpting to ensure the results are attractive and well-formed. This waiting period also minimizes the potential for discomfort or complications.
CoolSculpting can safely be performed on the abdomen around a C-section scar. It’s important to see an experienced CoolSculpting provider if you’ve had a C-section or have any other factors that might complicate your procedure. At The Plastic Surgery Group, our careful technique is your best bet for getting beautiful results.
Have more questions? We like plastic surgery resource RealSelf.com for reading what other patients are asking. You can browse their site by procedure and read physicians’ answers to questions like “Why can’t I use ice packs to do DIY CoolSculpting?” (tip: don’t do this) and “How much does CoolSculpting cost?”
To find out if CoolSculpting is right for you, request your free consultation online or call our office at (518) 438-0505.