Coolsculpting Pre + Post Care Instructions

BEFORE your treatment

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications one week prior to procedure. These include medications such as Aspirin and other NSAIDS, Vitamin E, Fish oil, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, and St. John’s Wart.
  • Your treatment could last a few hours, so please eat prior to your appointment.
  • Consider taking Arnica tablets 1 week prior to procedure to prevent bruising. You may purchase Arnica from health stores, and we also carry it at ENIC.
  • Do not apply creams or lotions to treatment areas.

Day of Your Treatment

  • Do not apply creams or lotions to treatment areas.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the treatment area.
  • Coolsculpting can take several hours, depending on your treatment plan.
  • As the procedure begins, a vacuum/suction applicator draws tissue into an applicator. The vacuum pressure may cause sensations of deep pulling, tugging, and pinching in the treated areas. A surface applicator may cause sensations of pressure. You also may experience intense stinging, tingling, aching, and cramping. These sensations generally subside as the areas become numb.
  • There is some pain and discomfort when the applicator is removed, and the tissue begins to warm up.

What to Expect

  • Immediately after the procedure, your treated areas may look or feel stiff, and transient blanching (temporary whitening of the skin) may occur.
  • The treatment area may be red and feel tingly, stingy, or itchy for a few hours after removing the applicator. This is an expected but temporary effect after the CoolSculpting procedure.
  • Bruising, swelling, and tenderness can occur in the treated areas. This typically resolves within a week or two.
  • Following the procedure, some may experience late-onset pain. This typically occurs 5-7 days post-treatment and can last up to a few days. Some experience intense cramping and tingling in the area.
  • At some point within the first two weeks following the procedure, you may experience one or more of the following sensations: deep itching. tingling, numbness, tenderness to the touch, pain in the treated areas, strong cramping, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, muscle spasms, aching, and/or soreness.


  • 1 month and 3 months after each treatment.

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