CoolSculpting is one of the safest non-invasive procedures designed to reduce stubborn fat in certain pockets of the body. This FDA cleared procedure involves a unique cooling process that will freeze the fat without any cuts, incisions, needles, or medications.
While CoolSculpting involves minimal risk, some patients will experience a few mild side effects for a temporary period. The treatment provider will apprise the patient of these side effects during the initial consultation. The dedicated and focused Dr. Gary Motykie provides CoolSculpting to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in this area of the country.
Common Side Effects
Tugging or Pulling Sensation
During the CoolSculpting procedure, the treatment provider will place a roll of fat between two cooling panels on the area where the patient needs to lose fat. This can create a mild sensation of tugging or pulling for some time. A single CoolSculpting treatment session may only take about 45 minutes, so the patient will not be required to put up with the feeling for long.
Stinging or Aching
Some patients may experience mild discomfort, or an aching or stinging sensation at the treatment site. These sensations often begin soon after the CoolSculpting treatment, and may last for about two weeks after the treatment. The procedure exposes the targeted areas to intense cold temperature, which may lead to this temporary side effect.
A study from 2015 reviewed the results of people who had overall received 554 crypolipolysis procedures over a period of one year. The review found that any post-treatment discomfort usually lasted for about three to ten days and dissipated on its own.
Other Localized Side Effects
The patient may experience redness, bruising, swelling and skin sensitivity in the treatment areas for a temporary period of time. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause these mild effects, which will typically clear on their own after a few days. CoolSculpting targets the fatty tissue just beneath the skin, which results in these side effects. However, CoolSculpting is a safe procedure, and will not cause frostbite.
Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia
Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia at the treatment site is one of the rare side effects of CoolSculpting. It occurs mostly in men. In this condition, the fat cells in the treated area grow larger rather than becoming smaller. Researchers have not yet determined the precise cause behind this occurrence. Although this side effect is cosmetic in nature and does not cause physical risk, it will not disappear on its own.
Who should Avoid CoolSculpting?
Most people can comfortably go through CoolSculpting without any specific risk. However, the treatment may not be suitable for certain people, who suffer from one of the following conditions:
- Cold agglutinin disease
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobulinuria
Serious complications may occur with CoolSculpting for people with these disorders. The patient should ideally choose a board certified plastic surgeon under whose guidance and supervision CoolSculpting can be safely performed.
Patients should also be aware that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure or a treatment for obesity. Reliable, cordial, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for CoolSculpting.
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