CoolSculpting Risks and Benefits

CoolSculpting is an extremely popular noninvasive cosmetic treatment that’s helped millions of men and woman reach their body goals.

With so many success stories, it’s easy to forget that CoolSculpting is a medical procedure with potential side effects.

If you are considering fat freezing, here’s what you need to know about CoolSculpting risks and benefits.

What is CoolSculpting and How Does It Work?

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive body contouring procedure that selectively targets and destroys fat cells under the skin.

It involves placing fat bulges between two cooling panels and applying freezing temperatures to cause apoptosis (cell death). This takes place without harming the skin or surrounding structures.

In the coming weeks and months, the destroyed fat cells are broken down and flushed away through a natural detoxification process.

CoolSculpting Benefits

CoolSculpting is the No. 1 non-invasive body contouring treatment, and one of the most studied.

It’s an excellent nonsurgical alternative to liposuction and eliminates diet and exercise resistant fat without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.

It can be used to treat fat rolls on virtually any part of the body as well as the chin and allows for highly customized treatments.

Because most CoolSculpting treatments take just 35-60 minutes, busy women and men can undergo fat-freezing over their lunchbreak. Plus, it requires zero downtime, so patients are able to resume normal activities right away.

Best of all CoolSculpting can produce up to a 25% permanent fat reduction in the treated area.

CoolSculpting Risks

CoolSculpting has undergone rigorous testing to receive FDA-approval and is considered to be a safe and trusted technology.

With that being said, patients should be aware of possible CoolSculpting risks, including:

  • Tugging sensation as the fatty tissue is vacuumed into the CoolSculpting applicator

  • Discomfort with the initial application of controlled cooling

Most patients find that the area becomes numb within five minutes and they don’t feel much of anything for the remainder of the treatment.

  • Mild and temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness post-procedure.

These issues resolve on their own within days or weeks and should not interfere with daily activities

Additionally, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) is one of the rarest CoolSculpting risks and occurs in only .025 percent of patients.

PAH presents with expansion of fat cells, which is the opposite of CoolSculpting’s intended effect.

Fortunately, it can be remedied with liposuction and does not cause any physical damage.

Learn More About CoolSculpting

If you are considering CoolSculpting, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.

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