CoolSculpting Gone Wrong:

Understanding Risks and solutions

Embarking on the CoolSculpting journey for non-invasive fat reduction is an exciting decision, but like any medical procedure, it’s vital to be informed about potential risks and complications. Here, we delve into the realities of CoolSculpting, addressing risks, side effects, and providing guidance on what to do if things don’t go as planned.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is the name brand procedure for non surgical fat reduction.

CoolSculpting stands as a leading FDA-cleared noninvasive fat reduction procedure. Utilizing controlled cooling, it targets and permanently reduces fat cells without incisions or anesthesia. Despite its widespread success, understanding the potential risks is crucial.

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

CoolSculpting is the safest, most proven technology for non-invasive fat reduction.

With over 17 million treatments worldwide and extensive research, CoolSculpting is deemed safe and effective. However, individual experiences vary, and risks do exist.

CoolSculpting known Risks and Side Effects

There’s risks and side effects in any decison you make. CoolSculpting is a medical procedure.


As with any medical procedure, CoolSculpting carries certain risks and side effects. Common ones include redness, swelling, bruising, and numbness, which are generally expected after treatment.  A full list of known CoolSculpting side effects can be found here.

However, rare side effects demand attention. Let’s discuss a few of them… 

Late onset pain after CoolSculpting

 Characterized by discomfort, sharp pains, or a feeling of broken glass under the skin, late onset pain may occur. At home management advice includes alternating ice/heat for 20 minute intervals, compression garments, and light stretching. For extreme cases of Late Onset Pain (LOP), clients who were treated at Element Body Lab may be perscribed a nerve-block for short term relief. Late Onset Pain usually presents 3-5 days after treatment and persists for 3-11 days from onset.

Paradoxical Hyperplasia | Growing Fat After CoolSculpting

A rare but serious risk, PH as described by the manufacturer is characterized by “the gradual development of a visibly enlarged tissue volume, of varying size and shape in the CoolSculpting teratment area 2-5 months after treatment.” Surgical intervention (liposuction) is the only solution, and patients who suspect they have this should contact their provider immediately to discuss repair options.

Treatment Area Demarcation (TAD) | Botched CoolSculpting | Shark Bite after CoolSculpting

The importance of expert treatment is highlighted by TAD, where incorrect fat removal leads to unsightly results. Element Body Lab offers specialized CoolSculpting repairs for such cases.

Has your CoolSculpting gone wrong?

If you’re concerned about results or experience side effects:

  1. Contact Your Provider: Your provider is your ally. Discuss your experience and concerns with them. Results are crucial to their reputation, and they should prioritize your satisfaction.
  2. Seek Additional Opinions: If needed, consult the business owner or your doctor. Don’t hesitate to start a conversation about your questions and concerns.
  3. Don’t Panic, but Act Promptly: While some discomfort and side effects are normal, excessive issues should be addressed promptly. Reach out to your provider and discuss your situation.
  4. Access Provider Support: If you’re a patient at Element Body Lab, our CoolSculpting provider, business owner, and medical director are accessible. Contact us at 214-897-3006 for support.

Remember, while CoolSculpting is generally safe, being informed and proactive ensures the best possible outcome. Prioritize your well-being, and don’t hesitate to seek guidance in case of any concerns.