What Are the Side Effects of Coolsculpting?

Many people have stubborn pockets of fat they find impossible to eliminate through dieting and exercise. However, CoolSculpting is a solution that can finally allow you to achieve that svelte figure you’ve wanted for so long. Also known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that can eliminate fat cells beneath the skin.

Of course, as with any cosmetic procedure, even one that’s non-invasive, there are some risks. If you are considering CoolSculpting, it’s important to understand the potential risks and side effects associated with this treatment.

How is CoolSculpting Treatment Administered?

CoolSculpting treatment is performed by one of our body contouring experts. During the procedure, your provider uses a special tool that administers freezing cold temperatures to the problem areas of your body you want treated to eliminate stubborn fat. The treatment freezes the fat cells and kills them off so that they can be flushed from your body naturally. The procedure has been cleared as being safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As a generally safe, effective procedure, CoolSculpting is chosen by many as an alternative to liposuction. It’s non-invasive and doesn’t require any downtime for recovery. You can even start seeing results relatively quickly and have an improvement in reducing fat by 20 to 25 percent.

What are the Side Effects of CoolSculpting?

Certain side effects are common with CoolSculpting. They include the following:

  • Tugging sensation: It’s common to experience a tugging sensation on the area that was treated. This occurs due to the provider placing an applicator on a roll of fat that feels like it’s being sucked up between two panels which cools the area to kill off the fat cells within. You have the applicator in place for an hour or two and can experience the tugging sensation for that duration of time. It’s not painful, but might be unpleasant.
  • Aching, pain or stinging: CoolSculpting treatment commonly results in an aching, pain or stinging sensation during the treatment or post treatment massage. Extremely cold temperatures cause this side effect.
  • Redness, bruising, swelling and sensitivity: Another common side effect of CoolSculpting is redness, bruising, swelling and sensitivity at the treatment site. These symptoms are also due to the extremely cold temperatures used during treatment. They should subside within a few weeks without any assistance.
  • Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia: Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is a rare condition that can occur after a CoolSculpting treatment. It causes the fat cells to increase instead of decrease in size. Unfortunately, this does not fade on its own and will other treatment options.

Who Should Not Have CoolSculpting?

While CoolSculpting is a safe procedure, not everyone should have it. Those who have certain medical conditions should avoid it as it may end up causing serious complications. Skip CoolSculpting if you have any of the following:

  • Cold Agglutinin Disease
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria

At your consultation, your provider will do a thorough health history check to make sure you’re an ideal candidate. CoolSculpting could potentially cause problems for individuals with these conditions. It’s also important to note that it’s not a treatment that can help with obesity. You must already be at your goal weight or close to it in order to benefit from the procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you live in or near the Scottsdale, Arizona area and want to get CoolSculpting, schedule a consultation with MDSkin Lounge and MDSkin Bar at your earliest convenience.

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