NuWays MD Discuss the Risks and Side Effects of CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting (cryolipolysis) is an FDA certified medical procedure. It can be an effective fat-elimination treatment and has a proven safety record.

CoolSculpting (cryolipolysis) is an FDA certified medical procedure. It can be an effective fat-elimination treatment and has a proven safety record.

It’s popularity is increasing on an annual basis as more people begin exploring the world of fat reduction treatments. But, despite the procedure’s many benefits, it’s crucial that those considering it understand the risks and potential side effects.

When you undergo CoolSculpting, a cosmetic surgeon, or licensed clinician, uses a specialized device to expose the targeted fat cells to temperatures below zero degrees Celsius.

The freezing temperature kills the fat cells, which are then naturally broken down by the body over the course of a few weeks — the liver ensures the dead tissue is flushed out of your system. Since fat cells are killed rather than shrunk, they will not return.

In comparison to traditional liposuction, CoolSculpting has a range of advantages. It’s non-invasive, nonsurgical, and has zero recovery time.

Furthermore, it’s very effective at reducing fat tissue in the treatment area, often achieving reduction rates as high as 25 percent.

That said, CoolSculpting is not without side effects, and the treatment is not suitable for every person. Nuway’s MD, Boca Raton Florida share all you need to know about the procedure.

Here are some of the reported side effects of CoolSculpting:

1. Tugging sensation around the treatment area

A CoolSculpting procedure involves a medical professional placing rolls of your fat in the treatment area between two freezing-cold cooling panels.

This can result in an uncomfortable tugging sensation that continues for the duration of the treatment — usually between one and two hours.

2. Stinging, aching or general pain at the treatment site

According to reports from many researchers, pain, aching, or stinging at the treatment area are common CoolSculpting side effects.

Such sensations typically start within hours of the treatment ending and can last for two weeks. The skin’s exposure to extremely cold temperatures during the procedure is likely to be the cause.

A 2015 study with a 554 sample size of crypolipolysis procedures found that post-treatment pain lasted between 3 and 11 days and improved on its own.

3. Temporary swelling, bruising, skin sensitivity, and redness at the treatment area

Common side effects of CoolSculpting — all isolated to the treatment area and generally temporary — include:

• Swelling

• Skin sensitivity

• Redness

• Bruising

The side effects are caused by exposing the skin to extreme temperatures. They generally subside after a month and often resemble mild cases of frostbite. 

4. Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) at the treatment area.

PAH is a very rare side effect of the procedure. It’s more prevalent among males. It results in fat cells at the treatment area getting paradoxically getting bigger rather than shrinking. The reason why the condition occurs is not yet fully understood. While the side effect is cosmetically damaging as opposed to physically dangerous, it doesn’t go away without treatment.

Unsuitable Candidates For CoolSculpting

For the majority of the population, CoolSculpting is a safe, effective fat-elimination treatment. However, there are a few people who should avoid this procedure.

Anyone with the following disorders is not a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting as the treatment can result in serious complications:

• cryoglobulinemia

• paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria

• cold agglutinin disease

Even if you don’t have any of the aforementioned conditions, it’s important to consult with your primary care physician before contacting a cosmetic surgeon about CoolSculpting.

Furthermore, you need to understand that CoolSculpting is not designed to treat obesity. It’s simply a cosmetic procedure for removing small areas of excess fat tissue that are difficult to eradicate with diet or exercise.


If you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure, CoolSculpting can be a more effective alternative to many other popular fat-elimination treatments.

The fat cells destroyed by CoolSculpting are permanently gone, never to return, as they are eliminated by your body. The procedure is also noninvasive, meaning it requires no surgical incisions, which often result in permanent scars.

What’s more, no recovery time is necessary. Results become visible within a few weeks, with the majority of patients seeing full results 90 days after the last treatment.