Published on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 1: 49am
Most women and men consider CoolSculpting in Northern Virginia when looking for an effective and non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
The FDA-approved fat freezing treatment also has an impressive safety profile, as evidenced by the seven million CoolSculpting procedures that have been performed worldwide.
However, CoolSculpting is not 100 percent risk-free, and patients should be aware of possible side effects that may occur with treatment.
Continue reading for more information about CoolSculpting side effects, and what patients can expect should they decide to undergo treatment.
How Does CoolSculpting Reduce Fat?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that applies controlled cooling in order to freeze and destroy fat cells.
Treatment usually takes 35-60 minutes and is ideal for women and men, who are near their ideal shape, but struggle with diet and exercise resistant bulges.
Possible CoolSculpting Side Effects
1. Pulling and Tugging Sensation
As the CoolSculpting applicator gently vacuums fatty tissue between two cooling panels, patients may experience a slight pulling or tugging sensation.
However, once the applicator is securely in place, it begins delivering patented cooling technology that quickly numbs the area.
Consequently, most individuals don’t feel much of anything after five-to-seven minutes and can relax, watch TV, or work on a laptop for the rest of the session.
2. Redness, Swelling, Tingling, Bruising, and Tenderness
Redness, swelling, bruising, tingling, and tenderness are among the most common CoolSculpting side effects. Fortunately, these issues are mild and should not disrupt daily routine or physical activity.
In most cases, they resolve on their own within a matter of days to a few weeks.
3. Feeling of Pain, Stinging, and Burning
Following a CoolSculpting treatment, some women and men report pain, stinging, and burning. These sensations can often be managed with OTC pain relievers and subside within two weeks, without issue.
4. Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH)
Of the possible CoolSculpting side effects, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) is the rarest. In fact, it only occurs in approximately .0051 percent of cases.
PAH is characterized by the accumulation, rather than reduction, of fat cells in the treated area.
While it doesn’t pose a health risk, it can be concerning from a cosmetic standpoint. Fortunately, PAH can usually be successfully treated with outpatient liposuction.
Learn More About CoolSculpting
If you are considering CoolSculpting, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.