CoolSculpting Body Contouring Risks And Safety

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CoolSculpting Body Contouring 

freeze-the-fatCoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure to improve body contours in specific areas for patients who find it difficult to lose fat with diet and exercise. While the benefits of CoolSculpting are numerous, it is important to be aware of the risks too.

At the time of pre-op consultation, the treatment provider will educate the patient about various aspects of CoolSculpting, including its potential risks. Cordial, perceptive, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides CoolSculpting to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, and other communities and neighborhoods in The Golden State.

FDA Cleared Procedure

During a CoolSculpting procedure, the treatment provider will use special devices to freeze the fat off in targeted areas of the body. Within a few weeks of treatment, these dead fat cells will get naturally broken down and flushed out of the body. The procedure involves no cuts, incisions, needles or medications, which minimizes the risks of the procedure.

The FDA has cleared CoolSculpting as a safe procedure after extensive clinical trials. The procedure involves no major risks or complications. However, certain side effects may occur in a few patients. Therefore, the surgeon will carefully determine the patient’s candidacy before recommending CoolSculpting.

Potential Side Effects

Patients should be prepared for the following potential side effects of CoolSculpting:

Tugging Sensation

During CoolSculpting, the treatment provider will place a roll of fat between two cooling panels on the targeted area of the body. This can cause a sensation of tugging or pulling that the patient may have to bear for some time, while the procedure is in progress.

Stinging or Aching

Mild discomfort, stinging, or aching at the treatment site may occur after the treatment. These sensations typically start soon after treatment and may continue to occur intermittently in some cases for up to two weeks after treatment. This may happen because the affected tissue is exposed to intense cold temperatures during CoolSculpting.

Other Common Side Effects

Other common side effects of CoolSculpting may include the following, all confined to the site of treatment:

  • Temporary Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Skin Sensitivity

These transient side effects may occur due to exposure to cold temperatures. In most cases, the side effects will dissipate naturally within a few days. No special treatment may be necessary. In any case, CoolSculpting is designed to treat the affected areas using controlled temperatures, and will not cause severe problems such as frostbite.

Rare Risk

A very rare risk of CoolSculpting may be paradoxical adipose hyperplasia around the treated area. In this condition, the fat cells at the site grow bigger rather than shrinking in size. Although the risk is only cosmetic and not physically harmful, the condition may require a revision procedure as it will not resolve on its own.

Who is not a Candidate?

Individuals suffering from the following disorders should avoid CoolSculpting to be on the safe side:

  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Cold Agglutinin Disease
  • Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobulinuria

Profound and reliable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, and nearby areas in this area of SoCal for CoolSculpting.


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