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How Long Should You Wear a Compression Garment After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is quickly becoming one of the most popular fat reduction treatments. With its minimally invasive procedure, it is no surprise that more people are curious about this procedure. However, there can be pain and discomfort in the first few weeks after the operation. One way to go around this is by wearing a compression garment.

So how long do people have to wear a compression garment after a CoolSculpting session? While it varies per person, experts advise people to wear the garment for 8 weeks. This time should be enough to maximize relief and encourage healing. 

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Why Do You Need to Wear a Compression Garment After CoolSculpting?

Although CoolSculpting is generally a minimally invasive procedure, some patients report experiencing mild pain, discomfort, and irritation in the affected area. Wearing a compression garment is one of the ways that people use to lessen these side effects.

The compression garment may be worn underneath the clothes for the first few weeks after the session. It helps prevent chafing in the area, protecting the skin from harsh contact with the clothes. 

Lessening Swelling and Bruising

The garment primarily helps with reducing the swelling and bruising following a CoolSculpting treatment. After the end of the procedure, the fat cells under the skin will reduce. The body will then start to produce fluid onto the treatment area, which leads to swelling. Compression garments help reduce fluid buildup in the area, leading to a faster healing process.

Alongside swelling, bruising is another chief complaint of patients after a procedure. The apparatus used in CoolSculpting passes through some of the blood vessels in the skin, which may lead to bruising. Since a compression garment keeps the red blood cells from dripping towards the upper layer of the skin, it also reduces bruising. 

Skin Retraction

Since CoolSculpting affects the body's shape, the skin also receives an amount of pressure throughout the process. While the effect is satisfying, CoolSculpting also affects the body’s skin retraction abilities a few weeks after the session. 

Compression garments help encourage healing in the area, reducing the chances of visible scar lines after the operation. Meanwhile, skin retraction may also return a few weeks after the procedure. 


Pain reduction is another one of the reasons why people wear compression garments. The bruising of the skin often leads to pain and tenderness around the operated area. Sometimes, patients also feel a slight burning sensation. 

A compression garment helps reduce the chances of feeling pain by providing a snug fit onto the body. The contact helps improve blood flow and reduces the pressure on the nerves in the treated area. The garment's material also helps patients feel more comfortable since it shields the skin from contact with clothes. 

How Many Days Should You Wear a Compression Garment?

The number of days it takes to wear a compression garment varies per person. Some doctors will ask the patient to wear the garment for only 1 to 3 weeks, although it depends on the size of the treated area. For most people, though, experts agree that 6 to 8 weeks is enough time for the garment to help ensure comfort and encourage healing across the skin.

While 6 to 8 weeks seems like a long time, it increases the likelihood of feeling the effects of CoolSculpting within a shorter period. Patients may talk to their doctor as well, especially if the garment affects their ability to do daily work. If you have difficulty doing tasks like walking, cooking, or other chores, contact your specialist so you can discuss alternatives. 

Most procedures need around 1 to 2 months for a full recovery. This recovery period is consistent with the time it takes for people to get rid of their compression garments. The longer that the body receives encouragement for healing, the better the effects of CoolSculpting. 

Other Aftercare Tips After Undergoing CoolSculpting

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There are other techniques you can employ to decrease the recovery time. These include slight lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Getting more rest
  • Doing light exercise
  • Eating a healthier diet


CoolSculpting’s effects may not show up quickly. Like other procedures, it does not fix everything overnight. The peak of the effects usually happens after a few months. During this time, it helps to encourage your body to heal its tissues quickly. Rest helps the body rejuvenate the skin, giving you a more youthful look alongside a slimmer look.

Light Exercise

While you can go to the gym right away, you may also want to take it easy for a while to ease your body back into the game. Some light exercises you could do include cardio, such as walking or running. You may also practice yoga and stretching. 

Try not to go beyond your body's limits to avoid burnout and fatigue. Once you feel normal again, you can return to your regular exercise regimen.

Proper Diet

Like other slimming procedures, the effects of CoolSculpting become more apparent when you pair it with a healthy diet and proper exercise. Avoid eating unhealthy food items, like those with too much salt and sugar. In addition, try to drink enough glasses of water each day. Around two liters is the recommended amount for adults.

If you revert to an unhealthy diet post-procedure, you might decrease the effects of CoolSculpting in the long run. Some of the ingredients in high-sugar and high-sodium food may increase fat production. Eat meals with vitamins and minerals to encourage skin restoration and prevent fat cells from accumulating. 

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If you feel like CoolSculpting is the right procedure for you, our team at the NJ Center for CoolSculpting is more than willing to accommodate you and your body goals. We have a dedicated team of professionals with years of experience in aesthetic procedures. We also pride ourselves on talking to our clients and working directly with them on a treatment plan.

Our team comprises board-certified professionals who can help you manage the common side effects of CoolSculpting. Should you have trouble sticking to a routine after your procedure, we will be with you to come up with all the solutions you’ll need. If you want to know more about our treatments, get in touch with us today.

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