Cryolipolysis (coolsculpting) is a medical procedure that is performed to help people to get rid of excess fat cells under the skin. While there are advantages to coolsculpting, it is essential to be aware of the associated risks when considering having this procedure done. During such a procedure, a licensed practitioner or plastic surgeon uses a specialized tool to specific parts of the body to freeze and kill fat cells. After a few weeks of receiving the treatment, the dead cells are broken down naturally and flushed from the body through the liver.
Risks And Side-Effects Of Coolsculpting
Some of the Well-known side Effects of Coolsculpting Include:
1. Pulling Sensation At Treatment Sites
When a doctor performs the Coolsculpting, a roll of fat is placed between two cooling panels on the area of the body which has been treated. This can create a pulling or tugging sensation that can continue for one to two hours (typically how long the procedure lasts).
2. Stinging, Aching Or Pain Sensation At The Treatment Sites
A common side-effect of Coolsculpting is an aching, stinging, or pain sensation felt at the treatment sites. These sensations generally start soon after treatment was performed and can last for two weeks afterward. The intense cold temperature that the tissue and skin are experiencing during the procedure may be the cause. A review conducted in 2015 of individuals who have collectively undergone 554 cryo lipolysis procedures during one year has experienced post-treatment pain that lasted between three and eleven days and eventually went away. Many people consider DIY coolsculpting at home, which is a viable option if done correctly.
3. Momentary Redness, Skin Sensitivity, Swelling And Bruising At The Treatment Sites
The following side-effects are commonly experienced at the locations where the treatment was performed:
- Momentary redness
- Skin sensitivity
These side-effects are typical as a result of exposure to cold temperatures. They generally disappear on their own in the course of a few weeks. These side-effects are experienced because the effects of Coolsculpting are similar to those of frostbite; only, in this case, it is targeting the fatty tissue underneath the skin. Coolsculpting is considered to be safe and won’t lead to frostbite.
4. Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia Experienced At Treatment Sites
This is a severe but scarce side-effect of Coolsculpting. It mostly occurs in men and basically means that fat cells in the treatment area are growing larger instead of smaller. It is unclear why this happens. While it is considered more a cosmetic than a physically severe side-effect, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia does not go away on its own.
Who Must Not Consider Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is an efficient and safe treatment for people who want to reduce body fat. However, for some people, this treatment is not possible, particularly those with the following conditions:
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- Cold agglutinin disease
Coolsculpting can lead to severe complications for individuals who have these disorders. Whether you have pre-existing conditions or not, it is essential to seek advice from your medical professional before contacting a cosmetic or plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.