CoolSculpting treatments take about 60 minutes. The applicator is placed on the treatment area and tissue is pulled through the two plates freezing the fat cells. For some patients, the cooling sensation is uncomfortable. Others do not mind it. After the procedure, the treatment site needs to be kneaded or massaged before the patient can leave. Then, the patient may return to his/her normal activities. No downtime is needed. Although side effects are generally mild, patients may experience redness, swelling, or bruising in the treated areas due to the suctioning of the skin. Any discomfort should not interfere with daily activity. Numbness is possible and may linger for a few weeks after the procedure.
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