CoolSculpting is an extremely well-known body contouring treatment. Although it has been deemed safe and effective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it’s important for patients to be aware of its potential side effects.

If you are considering this non-surgical fat removal procedure, continue reading to learn four possible CoolSculpting risks and complications.

CoolSculpting Risks and Complications

1. Pinching or Pulling Feeling During Treatment

During a CoolSculpting treatment, an applicator suctions fatty tissue between two cooling panels. The device then delivers a cooling effect in order to freeze and destroy subcutaneous fat cells.

As the treatment site is vacuumed into the handpiece, patients may note a pinching or pulling feeling. Although it tends to subside within in a few minutes, some individuals report discomfort for the duration of the CoolSculpting procedure.

2. Stinging or Burning Sensation

As the CoolSculpting applicator is removed, patients may experience a burning or stinging sensation. This side effect is typically self-limiting and resolves within a few days to 2 weeks.

3. Skin Redness, Swelling, and/or Bruising

Although CoolSculpting does not cause frostbite, skin is subjected to freezing temperatures during treatment. Accordingly, patients may note redness and swelling following the procedure. They may also experience bruising from pressure of the handpiece.

4. Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia

When it comes to CoolSculpting risks and complications, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is one of the rarest. It reportedly occurs in less than 1% of patients and causes fat cells in the treatment area to expand. As a result, a stubborn fat bulge may gradually become larger than it was prior to CoolSculpting.

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