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Could Coolsculpting Mini cause permanent nerve damage to your face & chin?

I received Coolsculpting mini for my double chin on Monday and immediately after noticed numbness from the side of my jaw to my lip which is causing my smile to droop. This was a serious concern of mine before getting the procedure and the technician assured me it wouldn’t happen. I’m worried it may have caused permanent damage to my nerve. Is this possible? If so, how long will it take?

I’m very sorry to hear about this event. Nerve damage, or neuropraxia, is a possible, rare side-effect from Coolsculpting. In most cases it effects the nerves just underneath the skin and leads to some temporary changes in sensation. In this case, it is possible that the nerve which controls the muscle to your lips has been temporarily injured. In most cases of nerve injury, the nerve function returns fully in an average of six to eight weeks. You may wish to consider consulting a specialist neurologist. Best of luck.