After a Coolsculpting treatment, it is important to take care of yourself so you have a fast, speedy recovery. While you will likely be able to return to normal activities directly after the treatment, there are a few things you should keep in mind to help increase the effectiveness of the procedure and ensure your comfort.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
After your Coolsculpting session, you may be sore. You may experience bruising or tenderness for several days. It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothes. Yoga pants and a loose top can be a good choice as well as a loose dress. If you want to wear form-fitting clothes, you should make sure they don't have any tight bands that dig into the areas where you had your sculpting completed. This gives your body time to heal and keeps you comfortable during the healing process.
Discuss Compression Underwear With Your Treatment Provider
One exception to tight clothing can be certain types of compression garments. Some people feel more comfortable wearing compression undergarments for the week after their session. You should discuss this possibility with your treatment provider to see whether compression garments will be okay for your specific treatment. If you do end up wearing compression garments, they should lie flat against your body, evenly applying gentle compression to a large area without digging in or applying excessive pressure to the treatment sites.
Have Acetaminophen On Hand
Bruising, light swelling, inflammation, and tenderness are common side effects of the treatment. Usually these side effects are mild, but you may want to have a pain reliever on hand to help ease any discomfort you experience. Make sure you use acetaminophen or a similar non-NSAID pain reliever. NSAIDs reduce inflammation, which is a key part of the Coolsculpting process, so taking NSAIDs after your treatment can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. If you are concerned about pain or discomfort during recovery, ask your treatment provider which types of pain relievers are okay to take.
Practice Healthy Habits
For the fastest recovery and best results, it is important to maintain basic healthy habits. Getting plenty of sleep and staying hydrated will allow your body to recover more quickly and you will see your results faster. Additionally, it is important that you maintain your weight through a healthy diet and exercise because fat can return to the target areas after a Coolsculpting treatment if you gain weight.
For more information on recovery after a Coolsculpting procedure, reach out to a local medical health professional.