What to Know About Coolsculpting Side Effects and Risks

Welcome to Element Body Lab, the premier CoolSculpting experts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our goal is to not only provide exceptional service but also to educate and inform our clients about the details of CoolSculpting—including what to expect in terms of side effects. This blog aims to enhance your understanding of CoolSculpting’s side effects and is crafted with deep industry knowledge.

However, it’s important to note that while we strive to provide thorough information, this should not be seen as a substitute for professional medical advice. We encourage everyone considering CoolSculpting to discuss their specific circumstances with a healthcare provider to ensure it’s the right choice for their body and health goals.

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Side Effects of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a renowned non-surgical fat reduction treatment tailored to individual needs and goals, but like any medical procedure, it comes with potential side effects. These effects can vary significantly from person to person, influenced by individual health backgrounds or medical conditions, the specific areas being treated, and even the body’s unique response to the cooling technology used during the procedure. Additionally, the provider and their training can impact how your skin is prepped before the session and advice you receive on how to recover.

Understanding the side effects is crucial, and the most informative way to learn about what you might personally experience is at a consultation, where we can get specific about your own history and goals. Book a consultation with Element Body Lab here. 

During your consultation at Element Body Lab, you will discuss your medical history and the specific areas you are interested in treating. This personalized discussion helps tailor the treatment to your unique circumstances and prepares you for what to expect.

For those looking for more in-depth information on the safety and patient data related to CoolSculpting, detailed patient safety data is always available through patient consent forms and the official CoolSculpting website. These resources provide comprehensive insights into the potential side effects and the overall safety profile of CoolSculpting treatments, ensuring that all patients make well-informed decisions about their body contouring options. During consultation, our team discusses known side effects and provides the treatment consent form for our practice.

What are the Bad Experiences of CoolSculpting?

While CoolSculpting is celebrated for its effectiveness and non-invasive nature, not all experiences are positive, and often, these less favorable outcomes are closely tied to the choice of provider. CoolSculpting is a technique-sensitive procedure, meaning the skill and training of the practitioner play critical roles in achieving the desired results. Without standardized oversight specific to CoolSculpting providers, it becomes essential for patients to carefully select where they receive their treatment.

Choosing the Right Provider to Minimize Bad CoolSculpting Outcomes and CoolSculpting Side Effects

When considering CoolSculpting, it is imperative to inquire about the provider’s training and experience. Ask direct questions during your consultation:

  • How long have you been performing CoolSculpting?
  • What specific training have you received?
  • Can you share before and after photos of your patients?
  • Should any of the adverse effects or rare side effects happen to me, what do you and the practice offer to help?

At Element Body Lab, we ensure transparency and confidence in our treatments. All showcased results are from our own clients, not stock photos or examples from other clinics. Our practice is led by Jessie Poole, one of the few nationally recognized trainers for CoolSculpting, certified as a Allergan Medical Institute Faculty Trainer. This level of expertise and dedication reflects in the quality and safety of the outcomes we provide.

All of our providers are certified in CoolSculpting, CoolSculpting Elite, and CoolTone treatments with the most advanced training available. They have all attended CoolSculpting University and regularly invest in ongoing education yearly, at a minimum. 

Highly trained CoolSculpting Providers at Element Body Lab can discuss common risks and side effects based on years of experience

Education During Your Consultation regarding CoolScupting Side Effects

A proper consultation should educate you not only about the procedure itself but also about how to manage expectations and understand the realistic outcomes of your treatment. At Element Body Lab, we prioritize patient education and tailor each consultation to address individual concerns and goals.

coolsculpting provider measuring upper arm during coolsculpting consultation to discuss anatomy and coolsculpting side effects

Choosing a highly qualified and experienced provider like Element Body Lab minimizes the risk of adverse experiences and enhances both the safety and the effectiveness of your CoolSculpting treatment.

Is CoolSculpting Dangerous?

CoolSculpting is generally regarded as a safe and effective non-invasive method for reducing fat in targeted areas of the body. It has been FDA-cleared for fat reduction in various areas, including the abdomen, thighs, and under the chin. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, though serious complications are rare. Ensuring that you are treated by a certified and experienced provider can significantly mitigate these risks.

What Injuries Can You Get from CoolSculpting?

While serious injuries are rare, there are some side effects and potential complications associated with CoolSculpting:

  • Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH): Although very rare (0.03% of treatments), this condition occurs when the treated area increases in size rather than decreases. PAH requires surgical intervention to correct.
  • Frostbite: Direct exposure to cold temperatures can cause frostbite in the treated area. However, with proper application techniques and protective measures used by trained professionals, this risk is minimal. Frostbite, if and when it occurs, is treated like a burn, because that’s what it is.
  • Late Onset Pain: Some patients experience pain a few days after the treatment, which can last for around a week. This pain is typically managed with over-the-counter pain medications or holistic interventions. 
  • Hyperpigmentation: In some cases, the treated area may develop temporary hyperpigmentation, especially in individuals with darker skin tones.

Full Safety Data Sheet

For those interested in a detailed breakdown of all potential risks and safety information, CoolSculpting providers offer a full safety data sheet. This document is available upon request during your consultation and provides comprehensive safety information and statistics about the procedure.

Risks of CoolSculpting: Instance Rates of some Rare Side Effects

While CoolSculpting is safe for most people, understanding the specific risks associated with the procedure is crucial, along with our typical recommendations:

  • Instance Rates of Rare Side Effects:
    • Paradoxical Hyperplasia: Occurs in approximately 0.033% of treatments. Requires surgical intervention to repair, usually performed 6 months + after the final treatment.
    • Frostbite: Occurs in 0.006% of treatments. Extremely rare due to controlled application methods. Typically resolves without additional side effects with proper care.
    • Late Onset Pain: Occurs in 0.017%. Affects a small percentage of patients but is typically manageable with home remedies. Usually starts 3-5 days after treatment and resolves 3-11 days after onset. 
    • Hyperpigmentation: Rare and usually temporary, occurs in 0.009% of treatments. Usually resolves spontaneously, can consult a dermatologist for skin brightening creams and/or topical products, but not recommended until 4-6 months post-treatment.
    • Subcutaneous induration: Occurs in 0.003% of treatments. Manual massage of the treated tissue supplemented with Arnica and the use of compression can aid in resolving without further complication. 

It is important to discuss all potential risks with your provider during your consultation at Element Body Lab. They can provide personalized information based on your medical history and the specifics of the planned treatment area. This discussion ensures that you are fully informed and can make a decision that is right for your health and cosmetic goals.

CoolSculpting Side Effects Long Term

Why is my stomach so big after CoolSculpting?

Following a CoolSculpting procedure, it’s normal to experience some swelling in the treated area, which typically subsides within a few weeks. However, if you notice that your stomach remains enlarged beyond the normal recovery period, it could be a sign of a rare condition known as Paradoxical Hyperplasia. This condition occurs in approximately 0.03% of CoolSculpting treatments and typically develops 3-5 months post-treatment. Paradoxical Hyperplasia results in an increase rather than a decrease in the fat layer, leading to an enlarged appearance in the treated area.

If you suspect you might be experiencing Paradoxical Hyperplasia, it’s crucial to contact your provider immediately. There are protocols in place to address and manage this condition effectively when treatments are performed according to guidelines.

What is Paradoxical Hyperplasia?

Paradoxical Hyperplasia is an unexpected response to CoolSculpting, where the treated area increases in size and firmness due to an increase in the number of fat cells. This response is the opposite of the intended effect of the CoolSculpting procedure, which is designed to reduce fat cells.

Identifying PH coolsculpting side effect educational slide

Repairing Paradoxical Hyperplasia

The standard corrective procedure for Paradoxical Hyperplasia is liposuction, which involves surgically removing the excess fat cells. When planning for liposuction, it is vital to inform your plastic surgeon about your previous CoolSculpting treatment. The surgeon’s technique must be carefully adjusted to remove any lumps or ridges and avoid unnatural outcomes that traditional techniques might cause.

If you were treated at Element Body Lab and suspect you have Paradoxical Hyperplasia, please contact us immediately at [email protected]. We can provide recommendations for a qualified plastic surgeon in the Dallas, TX area and help facilitate your case with Allergan to ensure you receive the proper care.

Want to see more about CoolSculpting’s Program put in place to aid in PH Repairs? Click the image below:

Cool Confidence PH warranty program brochure to cover coolsculpting side effects

Who Should Not Do CoolSculpting: Contraindications and Considerations for Cryolipolysis

Contraindications for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment for most people seeking fat reduction. However, there are specific contraindications that require individuals to avoid the procedure:

  • Cryoglobulinemia: A condition where abnormal proteins in the blood thicken in cold temperatures.
  • Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria: A rare disorder causing red blood cells to burst in response to cold temperatures.
  • Cold Agglutinin Disease: An autoimmune disease where cold temperatures cause red blood cells to clump together and then die.
  • Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid CoolSculpting. It is advisable to wait at least six months postpartum or after breastfeeding to consider the treatment.

Considerations for CoolSculpting

When considering CoolSculpting, it’s also important to discuss any past surgeries in the treatment area, existing nerve disorders, or hernias. Patients with certain medical conditions or sensitivities, such as Raynaud’s disease or an allergy to isopropyl alcohol (used in the cleansing wipes before the procedure), should also be cautious. The intensity of response to the treatment and the comfort level of the provider, along with the discretion of the overseeing medical director, will determine the appropriateness of the procedure for each individual.

This consultation will provide the opportunity to discuss all potential concerns and ensure that CoolSculpting aligns with your expectations and medical history. It’s crucial to choose a provider who not only offers CoolSculpting but also understands the nuances of the procedure and can guide you towards the best decision based on your unique situation.

Is CoolSculpting Worth the Risk?

Deciding whether CoolSculpting is worth the risk is ultimately a personal choice. Every treatment, including CoolSculpting, involves weighing various factors such as potential risks, side effects, and costs against the benefits. It’s important to consider all these aspects to make an informed decision that aligns with your health goals and lifestyle.

Our team at Element Body Lab is committed to providing you with all the information you need to understand what CoolSculpting entails, including detailed explanations of possible outcomes and any associated risks. We believe that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to making decisions about your body.

If you’re considering CoolSculpting and want to discuss your options or have any concerns, we’re here to help. You can easily book a consultation online at either of our convenient locations in Dallas and Southlake, TX. Our goal is to ensure that you feel confident and informed about your choices. So let’s explore together whether CoolSculpting is the right step for you.

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