First the MOST important thing is to remain calm, this will go away and there is nothing wrong and your procedure hasn’t been done wrong just because you are experiencing this pain.
Next, WATER, lots and lots of water. Your body’s lymphatic system is a tiny system of tubes that transport material to and from the cells. Being hydrated helps your body keep this tiny transportation channel moving. Make sure you are drinking at least a liter of water every day. You should start this BEFORE your CoolSculpting treatment and continue until at least 2 weeks after. After that, drinking lots of water is good for your body so hopefully you’ve created a new healthy habit to go along with that new body you’ll have soon.
Movement. Keep your body moving. Stretching exercises and activity keep those toxins pumping through and out of your body. We’ve seen the most severe pain in the people that have the most sedentary lifestyle. That means people with desk jobs that sit most of the day. If that is you, get up every hour, stretch go for a walk around the office or the building. Every evening get out and do some light exercise. All that movement helps your body process and push any “waste” out before it builds up and causes problems for you. If you have pain, push your way through it and do a few crunches or leg lifts or what ever move you can do for the body part you treated. You will feel better, even if just for a little while. Just keep doing it until the pain is gone.
Ice, yes believe it or not the one thing that got you into this is the one thing that will get you out of it. Cold compresses, ice packs or Cold Wraps like Arctic Ease have given the most relief. We like the Arctic Ease wrap because it can be worn under your clothes or to bed at night and reused after it’s rehydrated. It can be found at many drug stores so it’s easy enough to find and get any day of the week.
Baths, we use a detox bath solution and start everyone on it the night of their CoolSculpting procedure. Detox baths will help pull those toxins out of your body through your skin. This helps to process everything out a bit faster. We start with hot baths for the detox process but if the pain has started you may find this more uncomfortable than the pain. If so try a cool swimming pool or cool bath.
Over the Counter Remedies that HELP CoolSculpting pain
Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication and can be purchased in any store. Acetominephen is another over the counter pain reliever. These two medications, Motrin and Tylenol can be taken to help relieve some of the discomfort but don’t expect instant results like you would get treating a headache. Keep taking these medications and they will help after a few days.
Cortisone Cream 1% This is maximum strength Cortisone and is available over the counter without a prescription. Cortisone is a steroid and will penetrate through the skin. It’s primary purpose is to relieve itching but it can also help with the tingling or buzzing feeling coming from those irritated nerves. Put it on and rub it in well. Give it at least 10 minutes to see if you get relief.
Prescription Options that Help CoolSculpting pain
These options are only available by prescription. Since CoolSculpting is a medical procedure, any CoolSculpting center has a medical director that is a M.D. that can see you and if he/she feels the treatment is necessary prescribe them for you.
Lidoderm patches, are patches used to treat pain including but not limited to back pain. They contain a numbing medication similar to what you get at the dentists office before a filling. These patches are put on the area that is having pain and the medication penetrates the skin and causes it to go numb. What better relief of pain than numb! The downside is that they are not that big and must be used sparingly so you don’t get too much of the medication in your system. They will also not be covered by your medical insurance since you had an elective procedure. They cost about $100 for a few patches. So plan to use these sparingly to help with the worst moments.
Neurontin, Lyrica or Gabapentin are non-narcotic pain medications used specifically for nerve pain. These have proven to be effective and are used in the most severe cases of pain. The downside is they take several days to take full effect and side effects include being sleepy. Which if you haven’t been sleeping well from the pain at night, this might be a great side effect to have.
Narcotic pain medications are of little benefit and are rarely prescribed for CoolSculpting late onset pain. Talk to your doctor about what he/she feels will be the best choice to help you.
Over the counter and preventative solutions are the best one’s to start with. However, don’t try to suffer through this alone. Your CoolSculpting treatment center is your partner to help you through this. Call them (or us if you were treated at Sculpted Contours) and tell us about what you are experiencing and what you’ve tried. We’ll suggest as many options as we know have helped other patients of ours and get you an appointment with our medical director to get you the relief you need.
The information contained on this page includes suggestions to help you manage and understand the options you have for treating CoolSculpting pain. This information is not and should not be considered medical advice or be used in place of a diagnosis and proper care by a physician. No medications should be taken without the instructions of a physician or other licensed healthcare provider in your state. If you are experiencing the symptoms described on this page after your CoolSculpting treatment, contact your CoolSculpting provider and ask for an appointment with a physician or other healthcare provider that can diagnose and treat your condition.