Q: Zeltiq CoolSculpting – Pain, Bruising, Risks?

June 8, 2011
by Dr. Carlin Vickery

Q: Does Zeltiq hurt? What are the risks? Does it depend on how much suction/temperature doctor uses as to if there is bruising/pain afterwards?

Can Zeltiq cause nerve damage? Cause Other problems? Can the suction pressure be controlled by the Dr.? Is the bigger suction more painful than using 2 smaller suctions for the stomach? Pre/post treatment care? How long has it been being used in the states? What are the complications?

A: Zeltiq is generally well tolerated by most patients. Patients do experience discomfort for the first few minutes until the cooling numbs the skin. The remainder of the treatment is well tolerated. The abdomen tends to be slightly more sensitive than the love handle area.

Zeltiq does cause some nerve sensation in the post-op period that will be most symptomatic at a week to two weeks. Resolution then occurs over ensuing weeks. The choice of suction size is made depending on the area to be treated, thus most abdomens are treated with the large suction appliance in order to get a smooth result. The device has been FDA approved in the United States since 2010.
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