As a general rule, if something seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. The best example of this is CoolSculpting: a procedure that promises to freeze fat cells to destroy them, while not freezing the skin or other important tissues. And it does this with, allegedly, no adverse side effects, no downtime, and no incisions needed.
Coolsculpting sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because it isn’t all it has cracked up to be. Many patients report CoolSculpting negative results and warn others against trying this highly experimental procedure.
Why Can CoolSculpting Cause Negative Results?
One of the most severe CoolSculping negative results is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), which is a complication in which the treated area becomes larger and appears boxy, similar to the shape of the procedure’s applicator. CoolSculpting can cause this negative result when the freezing process activates a reactionary process in the body that makes fat cells expand and thicken.
Instead of losing fat from an expensive CoolSculpting session, some patients end up with a fat, hard, boxy abdomen that will require liposuction to correct. It is unclear exactly what causes PAH or why it happens in some patients but not others. Factors like repeated CoolSculpting sessions and the use of a larger vacuum applicator may increase your risk of developing PAH.
Once a person has developed PAH, normal fat loss methods like diet and exercise normally prove ineffective at reducing the enlarged pocket of fat. Further CoolSculpting sessions will make the PAH worse. The only treatment for PAH is liposuction to remove the enlarged fat cells for good.
What is CoolSculping?
CoolSculpting is the brand name for a process called cryolipolysis, which involves freezing away pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting was developed during a study on frostbite when scientists observed that body fat will freeze at a higher temperature than skin and other tissues.
The CoolSculpting process is supposed to go like this:
- The cryolipolysis device holds an area of the body between two paddles or within a vacuum device.
- The device cools quickly to freeze the fat cells in the treatment area.
- Patients stay under the device between 35 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes. If all goes well, the process is supposed to destroy between 20% and 25% of fat cells in the treatment area.
However, compared to other fat loss procedures, it can be very hard for patients to tell if the procedure actually worked because it can take a few months for any results to slow. Over time, the body will dispose of dead fat cells, which should result in a slimmer figure. However, even after 6 months, some patients still don’t see results. This can lead patients to pay for more CoolSculpting sessions, which can increase their risk of developing paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.
What Are The Most Common CoolSculpting Negative Results?
The most common CoolSculpting negative results are: swelling, redness, pain, stinging sensations, general skin sensitivity, and excessive bruising. In some cases, these painful, adverse side effects can last up to 2 weeks, which can interfere with a patient’s ability to be productive at work. Other symptoms like itchiness, numbness, gastrointestinal problems, and cramping have been reported to last up to 4 weeks after the treatment.
Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is a less common but more severe negative result associated with CoolSculpting. This phenomenon seems to be more common in male patients, but women can also experience this unfortunate side effect. Supermodel Linda Evangelista recently opened up about how she was “permanently deformed” by a CoolSculpting procedure that caused her to develop “hard, bulging, painful masses under her skin” on her thighs, chin, abdomen, flanks, back, and bra area. The supermodel had to undergo two painful corrective surgeries that later proved unsuccessful at getting rid of the hard, fatty lumps.
The manufacturers of the CoolSculpt system have previously reported that PAH is very rare and only occurs in 1 out of every 4,000 cases. This is an incident rate of 0.025%. However, a recent study using a smaller data set suggested that the prevalence of PAH may be greater than previously suggested. It could be as low as 1 in every 138 cases, which is a 0.73% incidence rate.
There are also documented cases of skin necrosis as a result of CoolSculpting. In one reported case, a 42 year old personal trainer, who was in good overall health, developed necrosis of the skin and the underlying tissues after a CoolSculpting session. The patient had previously undergone a treatment for the abdomen at -5 degrees Celsius. However, when the patient had a second session, she reported severe pain at the treatment site and the session had to be stopped after 25 minutes.
What Are My Other Options If I Don’t Want to Risk Developing CoolSculpting Negative Results?
The good news is that if you don’t want to freeze yourself or risk developing a hard, fat abdomen, you do have other options. Dr. Nadir Qazi of Qazi Cosmetic Clinic recommends liposuction for people who want to say goodbye to a few stubborn pockets of fat.
While liposuction does involve incisions, it is more effective than procedures like CoolSculpting and the results are clearly noticeable soon after the procedure. Because liposuction involves surgery, it is only ever performed by a team of cosmetic surgeons who are board-certified and have extensive training in patient safety. There is very little chance of infection or adverse side effects because the surgical team is highly experienced at maintaining a sterile environment and preventing side effects. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is usually performed by estheticians and inexperienced medspa professionals, who may harm patients if they do not adequately understand the technology and the steps in the procedure.
When you get liposuction at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic, the procedure will be performed by Dr. Qazi’s team of experienced plastic surgeons. Thanks to a growing demand in safe, effective cosmetic surgeries, Qazi Cosmetic Clinic now offers a range of body sculpting options, including:
- Fat transfers – Suitable for the face as well as the body. Designed to even out your figure.
- Brazilian Butt Lifts – When performed by medical experts, this procedure is completely safe.
- Breast augmentation – An ideal procedure for female patients in Orange County who want to get their body back after having kids.
Liposuction: A Safe, Effective Alternative to CoolSculpting
Do you want to know how effective liposuction really is? When patients develop CoolSculpting negative results like PAH, the best way to treat it is with liposuction. If you want to say goodbye to stubborn belly fat, it is probably easier to just skip straight to getting liposuction instead of trying CoolSculpting, developing PAH, and then finally saying goodbye to that pocket of fat after corrective lipo.
Here’s how lipo works:
- If you are considering lipo, schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to find out more information.
- You will be given customized instruction for how to prepare for the procedure. Most patients are instructed to stop taking certain medications and avoid blood-thinners.
- The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in order to keep you comfortable. If you want a complete transformation, it is possible to get other cosmetic procedures performed at the same time as liposuction.
- The surgeon will make a strategic incision in the treatment area. Incisions like this are for the purpose of accessing the pockets of fat in the body. In order to prevent scarring, the incision is kept small and as shallow as possible.
- A cannula is then inserted into the incision and used to vacuum out the extra fat cells.
- Once the fat cells are removed, the incision will be stitched up during either traditional or dissolvable stitches.
- Immediately after the procedure, patients are sent to a recovery room where they will be monitored by a team of medical experts.
- When you are discharged, you will need someone to drive you home and take care of you for the first 1-2 days. Because lipo is a straightforward surgery, it is performed as an outpatient procedure, so you will not need to stay in the hospital overnight.
The Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the best procedures for getting rid of stubborn fat. However, it is important to understand that lipo is not a weight loss procedure. When most people step on the scale after their recovery, they only notice a small change to their overall weight. This is because the purpose of lipo is to contour the body and smooth out those lumps and bumps. The scale won’t see a huge change after the procedure, but your mirror definitely will!
Lipo has 3 main benefits over CoolSculpting:
- You know that you will get results on the first go. Unlike CoolSculpting, patients rarely have a need for a follow-up lipo procedure. While some patients want an adjustment several months after their first lipo procedure, everyone gets proven results on their first go.
- All the risks of lipo are well-understood and have been thoroughly studied. No one wants to pay good money for a procedure only to be told that it had negative effects and no one knows why. Cryolipolysis comes with all sorts of CoolSculpting negative results that are not very well understood yet. On the other hand, liposuction is a thoroughly studied medical procedure, and the surgical team knows what can cause the potential side effects and how to properly mitigate those risks.
- The results will be noticeable very early on. Unlike CoolSculpting, you won’t need to wait 6 months to see if you wasted your money on the procedure or not. When you get liposuction, you will know that you got your results within a week as the treated area heals. Some patients can see results immediately after they are discharged; it all depends on how many fat cells are removed and how swollen the treated area is.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
How can I get the best results from my lipo procedure?
The key to getting the best results is to follow all of your surgical team’s instructions and to be careful about your lifestyle choices after the surgery.
For example, factors like pregnancy, aging, and weight gain can have a negative impact on your results. Dr. Qazi recommends that patients maintain a sustainable diet and healthy exercise habits. All patients should avoid crash diets, ensure they are eating enough, and avoid harmful tanning products.
What do I need to know about the preparation and recovery for lipo?
Your surgical team may instruct you to avoid nicotine and alcohol, stop taking certain medications, and to care for your body in a certain way before the procedure. Even if some of these instructions seem small and inconsequential, it is still important for you to follow instructions as closely as possible.
After the procedure, you will be given specific instructions for how to change your bandages and care for the treatment area. For the first 3 days, you will be given a support garment to wear. The purpose of this garment is to protect your body and help you heal more efficiently. Even if the garment is uncool or uncomfortable, it is still important to wear it. You will also be advised to avoid strenuous activity, including cleaning and over-enthusiastic cooking for the first few days.
How long is the recovery after liposuction?
The recovery for liposuction happens in stages. For the first 1-2 weeks, you will be a little sore, bruised, and swollen. After two weeks, you will be safe to return to work or school.
In 5 weeks, your bruising and soreness should be completely gone. You will be safe to resume normal exercise at this point.
By week 6, you will be able to return to all your normal activities. Some swelling can last up to 6 weeks, but it should subside after week 6. Patients are considered to be fully recovered after 6 weeks, but it can take a further 6 months for your results to be final and for the incisions to heal completely.
Say No to CoolSculpting Negative Effects! Contact Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to Learn More
If you have any concerns about CoolSculpting negative effects, Dr. Qazi is more than happy to discuss them with you. Qazi Cosmetic Clinic frequently gets patients who underwent procedures with different providers and experienced adverse side effects. If you developed PAH from CoolSculpting, Dr. Qazi and his team can treat the condition with liposuction. Contact Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to schedule a consultation today!