Is CoolSculpting Safe When You Have Tattoos?

CoolSculpting is a minimally invasive and safe solution to get rid of stubborn fat. Your provider uses a device to apply controlled and intense cold to specific body areas to freeze the fat cells to break them down. Over time, your body can absorb these disrupted cells and naturally eliminate them.

Common CoolSculpting side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Bruising
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Mild to moderate pain

These side effects usually go away within days, sometimes weeks. If you maintain a healthy and stable weight and are physically active, you can enjoy your CoolSculpting results permanently.

Your Tattoo Is Not in the Targeted Area

If your tattoo is not in the area you want to get CoolSculpting for, you are eligible for the treatment at any time. If the tattoo is still healing, you may not want to experience swelling and itching due to your new ink and the CoolSculpting side effects in another part of your body at the same time, but this is up to you to decide.

Your Tattoo Is in the Targeted Area

If your tattoo is where you want to receive CoolSculpting, your dermatologist or aesthetician will wait until your new ink has fully healed before moving forward with the treatment. While CoolSculpting only targets the fat cells and does not risk interfering with your tattoo itself, the swelling that new ink can cause may compound with CoolSculpting side effects and slow down your healing on both fronts.

You usually want to wait six or more weeks after getting a new tattoo and starting your CoolSculpting sessions. In the meantime, you may still book your initial consultation to discuss your CoolSculpting and other body contouring options.

Are You Planning a New Tattoo?

If you are thinking of getting a new tattoo, similar recommendations apply. If your next ink is not in an area where you are receiving CoolSculpting treatment, you can get it at about any time after a session. If you want to book a tattoo appointment for body art in a targeted area, you should wait until you have not only completed all your treatments if you need multiple sessions, and that all your side effects, especially swelling, have disappeared. This may take several weeks, but your caution pays off for your safety and both your CoolSculpting results and your new tattoo.

Call West Coast Plastic Surgery Center today at (805) 978-8545 or use our online form to learn more about our CoolSculpting Services!

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