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How Soon After CoolSculpting Can I Get a New Tattoo?

CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing non-surgical procedure that safely breaks down fat cells so your body can process them. Your provider determines your treatment plan during your initial consultation. If you are planning to get a tattoo in an area where you are receiving CoolSculpting, you want to keep a few things in mind to maximize your treatment results and get your new ink safely.

Optimize Your CoolSculpting Recovery

Since CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, it requires no downtime, and you can usually resume your normal activities right after your appointment. You can however experience side effects that last from a few hours up to a few weeks.

Common CoolSculpting side effects in the treated area include:

  • Redness
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Stinging
  • Pain

These side effects should disappear on their own. Your body starts processing the fat cells that the cold procedure has broken apart. It then absorbs and eliminates them to create permanent results for a slimmer silhouette. You can generally see results three to four weeks after your treatment.

Dermatologists and aestheticians recommend that you wait until these side effects, especially the swelling, are completely gone until you get a tattoo on the treated area, even if it takes a few weeks.

Wait Until Your Treatment Is Complete

You can see results after a single CoolSculpting session, but depending on the area you need to get treated, your provider may recommend multiple sessions. If this is the case, your follow-up appointment will likely take place several weeks later to give your body time to fully process the frozen fat cells.

Waiting 30 days between CoolSculpting sessions is the norm and makes the second or third treatment more effective. If you need multiple visits to your dermatologist, your definitive results can take up to three months. You should wait until you have completed the whole treatment cycle and have fully healed before getting a new tattoo.

Talk to Your Provider

If you are unsure of when you can safely book a tattoo appointment, reach out to your dermatologist or aesthetician. They have a thorough understanding of your treatment plan and can evaluate your recovery. After all, you want to enjoy both your trimmed silhouette and your beautiful new tattoo!

What If I Already Have a Tattoo?

If you have fully healed tattoos on an area you are planning to get CoolSculpting on, the procedure is safe. This method only targets fat cells and does not interfere with other tissues or your tattoo.

If your initial appointment happens shortly after you got a tattoo, your dermatologist usually recommends that you wait until healing is complete, so CoolSculpting does not risk slowing down the healing process of your tattoo. You can however get a CoolSculpting treatment if it is on a different body part than your fresh tattoo.

Call Advanced Dermatology Center today at (818) 284-4003 or fill out our online form to learn more about our CoolSculpting services!