CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure used to target stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is highly sought out because it involves no anesthesia, cutting, or scarring, yet with time can produce results comparable to liposuction.
CoolSculpting procedures use a special tool called an applicator, which is placed over a gel pad on the targeted body part. This treatment kills fat cells by drawing the treated area’s skin in-between the applicator panels and applying bursts of freezing temperatures.
Once a couple of weeks have gone by, the body processes the cells and eliminates them via the lymphatic system. After this period, the doctor will massage the area to break down the partially destroyed fat cells further and help the body process them as waste. Full results are experienced within one to three months.
Throughout the CoolSculting recovery process, several minor side effects like redness, swelling, and bruising can occur. Besides that, a more severe side effect called Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia can develop. Paradoxical means contrary to expectations. Adipose is a medical term for fat. Hyperplasia means overgrowth. Put the words together, and you can begin understanding what happens to patients who develop this condition.
In these rare cases, instead of seeing the treated area significantly reduce, patients’ localized fat hardens and leaves and enlarged mass under the skin. This, of course, causes a delay in the process and will call for a second procedure to be done. Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is treated with conventional liposuction, a surgical procedure that involves a doctor using a suction tool called a cannula to suck fat out of the body directly.
PAH is quite uncommon, as it is generally experienced on a 1-in-4,000 basis. It is s a matter that can affect both men and women after having gone through the CoolSculpting process. Notably, it may not develop right away; some people reported feeling a painless lump on the area that was treated as many as four months after the procedure.
Most CoolSculpting patients end up with consistent results and come back to treat different areas or conduct follow-up sessions on the same area. Most patients will require two to three treatments to optimal permanent results. Customers tend to experience a boost in confidence once they start to experience the fat reduction within the 16 weeks after the procedure. This satisfaction explains why CoolSculpting is so popular, as well as the fact that it provides an option for fat removal without surgery.