Fat freezing treatments are on the rise in the UK. There was a 130% rise in enquiries in 2016 according to whatclinic.com. With 63,525 of those online enquiries coming from UK clients, this hot trend (or should I say cold trend) is showing no signs of slowing down in 2017. More and more people are turning to non-surgical clinics to have their fat literally frozen off. Whether it’s stubborn fat around the tummy or an unsightly double chin. Fat freezing is proving to be a worthwhile alternative to invasive liposuction procedures. However, despite fat freezing being non-invasive in nature, it doesn’t necessarily mean there are no fat freezing side effects at all.
As with most aesthetic treatments, it’s recommended that you gain a deep understanding of the treatment before going with any procedure. What’s involved? Is there any aftercare involved? What results can be expected and are there any associated side effects? What we aim to highlight in this article are all of the possible fat freezing side effects that could occur. However, it’s important to note that there are not normally any complications when the fat freezing procedure is carried out at a reputable clinic.
Fat Freezing Side Effects
Fat freezing is also known as cryolipolysis, lipo freeze, coolsculpting and cryo lipo. It is important to understand that the fat freezing side effects we highlight here are also applicable under any of the other names by which fat freezing is known. The good news is that the CoolSculpting treatment was FDA approved for safety and effectiveness back in 2012. Since then, the technology has come on leaps and bounds so if anything, the fat freezing is now safer than ever. There has never really been a better time to have your stubborn fat frozen away but it’s still important to be fully informed of any potential risks.
Aching in the area of treatment can occur a few days after treatment. The likely cause to be the intense cold temperatures that the skin is exposed to during the fat freezing treatment. This is very rare and reported to subside on its own a few days after treatment.
Temporary redness, swelling and bruising
Common fat freezing side effects include temporary redness, swelling and bruising. The fat freezing treatment relies and a vacuum cooling device to suck the excess fat into a cryo head where the fat is subjected to controlled cooling. The combined exposure to the vacuum and cold temperatures is what’s responsible for these temporary side effects. Any redness, swelling or bruising will return to normal after just a few short weeks so there is no real cause for concern.
Numbness after treatment
Temporary numbness in the area of treatment is a common concern following treatment but fortunately, it’s nothing to worry about. Any numbness that develops will subside. However, it can take anywhere from a week to a couple of months depending on the individual. Fat freezing can cause micro-injury to nerve endings which is the cause of the numbness. The extent to the damage will determine the length of time is takes for normal sensation and feeling to return.
Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia in the area of treatment
This is extremely rare but important to highlight all the same. Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia occurs mainly in male clients and involves the fat cells growing larger as opposed to being eliminated. It’s not a dangerous side effect but not a particulary attractive one either. No one really knows why this can happen but as I said before, this is extremely rare.
Fat Freezing Side Effects Questions and Answers
We have taken a selection of the most frequently asked questions about the potential fat freezing side effects and provided our answers as informatively as we can below. Just click on the to reveal our answers.
Unlike with liposuction or other surgical fat removal procedures, fat freezing will not leave you with lumps, indents or dimples in the skin. In surgical procedures, there is a possibility of too much fat being removed at any one time. This can result in unsightly lumps or divots in the area operated on. With fat freezing, fat reduction occurs gradually and evenly following the treatment process. Providing the treatment has been carried out correctly, there will be no evidence of any lumps or bumps in the treatment area.
Our team of therapists have carried out thousands and thousands of fat freezing treatments and we have had no reported cases of frostbite. However, CoolSculpting by Zeltiq once had a case of very mild frostbite. This case resolved itself with not long-term damage and pigmentation issues. At Body Sculpting Clinics, we use only the very best equipment and technology to deliver precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area. We also use the premium grade anti-freeze membranes to ensure the treatment site is fully protected. Of all the fat freezing side effects, frostbite is not one you should concern yourself with.
Fat freezing will not cause loose skin (laxity) as the results develop gradually in the weeks that follow treatment. In fact, some clients have even report mild skin tightening following the fat freezing procedure however, the treatment has been specifically developed for fat reduction not skin tightening.
Fat freezing will not cause any long-term nerve damage however, some numbness can occur following treatment. This has been reported to subsite in the days and weeks that follow the treatment.
Fat Freezing Contraindications
Despite fat freezing side effects being minimal, certain people are at far great risk than others. These people should be identified by accurately determining whether they are contraindicated.
Women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
Cold sensitivity disorders such as Raynaud’s disease
Cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
Circulation problems in the area of treatment
Open or infected wounds
Any skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema or a rash in the area of treatment
A hernia or history of a hernia in the area of treatment
Recent surgery or scar tissue in the area of treatment
Any active implanted devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators
Bleeding disorders or taking and form of blood thinners/anti-coagulants
Impaired skin sensation
Fat Freezing Side Effects Conclusion
For the vast majority of healthy people, undergoing the fat freezing treatment will be complication free. When directly compared to surgical liposuction, the fat freezing side effects are no anywhere near as serious. There are no risks of infection and no anaesthesia is required. There is also no downtime associated with treatment so you can return to your normal everyday activities immediately after treatment. However, some temporary and mild fat freezing side effects can occur.
For those people with medical conditions or taking any form of prescription medication, we would advise that you seek advise from a medical professional prior to undergoing treatment. If you are for the most part, a releatively fit and well individual then providing you’re not contraindicated, you would be fine to proceed with the fat freezing treatment after your consultation.
The important thing to remember is that the science behind fat freezing has undergone a lot or research and development. as it’s been FDA approved for safety and effectiveness, you can rest assured that the treatment is unlikely to cause you any complications. Providing of course, that you follow the guidelines listed above. These only serve as a guide and we can not make any gaurantees that you won’t suffer from any of the fat freezing side effects detailed in this article.
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