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How Long Should You Wait Before Getting Warm After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a popular body contouring treatment that removes stubborn fat without undergoing surgery and waiting for a lengthy recovery. The CoolSculpting session doesn't last too long and has minimal side effects and downtime – patients can resume their normal activities shortly. But it's not without some restrictions and necessary aftercare protocols, like getting yourself warm.

So how long should you wait before you can get yourself warm after CoolSculpting? You can only come into contact with warm temperatures at least 48 hours post-treatment. Though warm showers are safe, CoolSculpting patients are advised to avoid activities that will spike their body temperature. This is to prevent heightened discomfort while your body is reacting to the frozen fat cells and ensure that your treatment produces positive results.

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When Can I Get Warm After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved non-invasive fat reduction treatment. It might be a convenient procedure that doesn't require downtime, but your doctor might still provide aftercare protocols. One of them is getting yourself warm after your treatment.

CoolSculpting patients are advised to avoid getting themselves warm by having hot baths, staying in saunas, dipping in a jacuzzi, and other activities that can heighten their body temperature. You may only get warm after at least 48 hours post-treatment, enough for your side effects to subside and for your body to process the fat cell death from the cold temperature.

Why Should I Avoid Warm Temperatures After CoolSculpting?

While there are fewer health risks from undergoing CoolSculpting treatment, it still has a few side effects and possible complications at the hands of an inexperienced practitioner or if anything goes wrong with your treatment session by accident.

After your CoolSculpting session, you can experience soreness, redness, and other minor side effects. These adverse reactions are pretty common and should be nothing to worry about, but you should allow them to subside first before coming into contact with warm temperatures. Getting yourself warm right after your CoolSculpting treatment might irritate the already-sore treated area. 

The warm temperature might worsen these side effects because it may heighten your blood pressure. This will make the soreness and redness more painful. A rare side effect of this body contouring treatment is the enlargement of the treated area -- consult your doctor immediately if you have a similar experience or if anything doesn't seem normal.

You must avoid getting warm within 48 hours after your CoolSculpting procedure to avoid worsening side effects that could affect the results. Your body contouring treatment doesn't end with the treatment session -- following the aftercare procedures is also necessary for achieving the best results.

Other Aftercare Procedures for Your CoolSculpting Treatment

Aside from avoiding warm temperatures after your CoolSculpting procedure, you should also follow other aftercare protocols advised by your doctor. These tips and routines involve choosing loose clothing, bringing a healthy snack,  and keeping yourself hydrated.

Your doctor might also advise you to take prescribed medications for the discomfort and massage the treated area. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages and limit your consumption of processed food. To make the most out of your fat reduction procedure, you should lead a healthy lifestyle.

1) Wear Recommended Clothing

To keep yourself comfortable with minimal pain, you can wear loose clothing before and after your CoolSculpting session. More than this, you might find it difficult to wear tight-fitting clothes after the treatment – this might not be good for your treatment area and exacerbate the soreness. You should allow it to breathe first and recover.

Your doctor might also prescribe wearing a compression garment to relieve swelling and soreness. This will also be beneficial for allowing the skin to retract once the excess fat flattens down. Wearing a compression garment must be under strict monitoring of your practitioner.

2) Bring A Healthy Snack

Bringing a healthy snack during your treatment session might only be a plus, but it will help you feel better. Some CoolSculpting patients experience nausea during or after their fat reduction procedure. A small healthy snack can go a long way to prevent feeling queasy and keep your blood sugar stable. Some healthy snacks include nuts, cheese, fruits, crackers, and other treats.

3) Keep Yourself Hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated will help flush out frozen fat cells easier and faster. You can prepare for your procedure by drinking lots of water. Ensure aftercare by also consuming more fluids for a smooth recovery. 

4) Take the Advised Medications for the Discomfort

You may also take over-the-counter medications to ease the discomfort, but ensure that it's the right medicine – patients who have undergone CoolSculpting are discouraged to take NSAIDs and other blood-thinning medications for at least 6 weeks after the treatment. 

These types of medications interfere with the procedure's process as it suppresses your body's natural response to inflammation. This response is what allows the frozen fat cells to be flushed out of your body. 

Taking NSAIDs can affect the CoolSculpting results and even risk paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia involves dead fat cells hardening, causing the fatty tissues to expand and thicken instead of becoming eliminated. Should you need painkillers, you may take Tylenol instead.

5) Massage the Treatment Area

Your practitioners will massage the treated area for 2 minutes after the procedure to help eliminate the frozen fat cells. You might also want to continue this at home regularly to improve lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. A clinical trial also discovered that doing this for 2 months can improve the results by 68% and reduce localized unwanted fat by 44%.

6) Avoid Processed Food

Eating processed food, including sugar, fried food, and carbs, wouldn't entirely affect the results of your CoolSculpting because the dead fat cells are permanent. But this doesn't mean the treated area wouldn't develop stubborn fat again. You might want to observe a balanced diet to make the most of your procedure.

7) Avoid Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages also have blood-thinning properties – your aesthetic practitioner will advise you to avoid consuming any alcoholic beverage 1 week before and after your treatment. Like many blood thinners, alcohol can also affect your coagulation factors or the body's natural response to inflammation. It can also increase the risks of bruising.

8) Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

While CoolSculpting doesn't provide significant weight loss effects, it can set you off to a good start by removing diet-resistant fat and highlighting the contours of your body. Keeping a healthy lifestyle, like maintaining a balanced diet and exercising regularly can keep your treatment results in check. Strenuous exercise might be discouraged for the first few weeks while you recover – you may do stretching and light walking instead.

How CoolSculpting Works

Coolsculpting on woman's stomach

Those are just some aftercare protocols and tips that can help you achieve your desired results from CoolSculpting. These steps complement how this treatment works in removing stubborn fat and enhancing your body contours.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that involves freezing excess fat to incite cell death. The dead fat cells frozen from the applicator will be flushed by the body's natural metabolism. This procedure eliminates only pinchable or subcutaneous fat, the fatty tissue above the muscles. CoolSculpting can treat:

  • tummy tuck or the fat at the abdomen
  • outer thigh
  • inner thigh
  • flanks or love handles or muffin tops
  • double chin
  • back fat
  • bra fat
  • banana roll or fat underneath the buttocks
  • upper arms
  • fat under the jawline

CoolSculpting is only a fat reduction or body contouring treatment – it's not considered a weight loss solution. But as established, this treatment can set patients up for success in working for their ideal weight and body goals. It gets rid of unwanted fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise.

What to Expect from Your CoolSculpting Procedure

As a non-invasive treatment, your CoolSculpting doesn't require general anesthesia or an incision, unlike liposuction and other procedures. Your therapy will mostly involve hovering an applicator on the treated area.

Your procedure will go as follows:

  • A pre-treatment wipe will be applied to clean the treatment area
  • A gel pad will be applied to the treatment area to protect the skin
  • The treatment area will be marked for a more accurate process
  • The applicator will be applied to the marked areas
  • The treatment area will be massaged to break up the fat

Consult a reliable aesthetic practitioner to know more about your CoolSculpting procedure. You may also ask them for a customized treatment plan as you may combine other procedures with CoolSculpting.

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CoolSculpting is a convenient treatment for removing excess fat, highlighting the contours of your body. While it involves minimal downtime, getting into contact with warm temperatures, like hot showers, saunas, and other activities, is one of the things your doctors will discourage you from for at least 48 hours.

You can learn more about the dos and don'ts and other details about CoolSculpting at NJ Center for CoolSculpting. We take pride in offering you a customized treatment plan conducted by board-certified doctors and licensed practitioners. You can inquire about CoolSculpting and what it may do for you by scheduling an appointment with one of our experts. You may visit our clinic at Summit Avenue, leave us a call, or check out the forms available on our website.

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