Fat Freezing: Risks and Side Effects

Wonder what are the side effects and risks of fat freezing? The risk of fat-freezing is embedded in the process of the treatment, which means that the place that you go to for this fat reduction treatment may affect how risky the procedure is. Whereas, fat-freezing side effects occur after the treatment.

Let's dive deep into the potential long and short-term side effects of this non-invasive and nonsurgical fat reduction procedure.

But, in order to understand why there are some risks and side effects, we need to first understand how fat freezing works.

what might be the possible risks of fat freezing?
What Are The Risks of Fat Freezing

How Does Fat-Freezing Work?

Fat freezing treatment is a non-invasive fat removal technique that removes excess fat in a treated area. The science behind how fat freeze work is actually quite simple. Fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than any other cells in the body. Extreme cold temperatures will cause fat cells death without harming the surrounding cells. A membrane is laid on the targeted areas of the body and a handheld device with a suction cup will be used to freeze the body fat. Accompanied by the cold temperature, a pulling sensation will be felt. The freezing temperature kills fat cells. The dead fat cells then get flushed out of your system in a standard natural process through your lymphatic system.

working of fat freeze
How Does Fat-Freezing Work?

Risks Of Fat Freezing

Some fat-freezing machines used are unbranded and improperly produced. In such cases, there is a potential to cause harm to the skin of patients. The membrane placed in between the skin is an important component of the procedure. A good-quality membrane will protect the skin and muscles and facilitate more effective treatment results. In order to avoid these risks, visit an aesthetic clinic which prioritizes your safety and has trained professionals to help you through the procedure. These professionals will know how to properly use a machine and detect if the procedure is not right for you.

Common Short-Term Side Effects Of Fat Freezing

As fat freezing uses -8 degrees temperature to freeze your fats, it is common to experience a little bit of discomfort at the treated area right after the treatment. However, these side effects are mild and usually go away within a few weeks.

Common immediate side effects of Fat Freeze include:

  • redness
  • firmness
  • pinching sensation
  • minor swelling
  • tenderness
  • bruising
  • stinging
  • tingling
  • numbness
  • skin sensitivity
  • mild to moderate pain
  • muscle cramping

Rare Long-Term Side Effects

Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH)

Based on numerous studies, it is rare to suffer from long-term side effects of fat freezing, but it does exist. One of the possible long-term side effects is known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). Patients with PAH experience enlargement of fat tissue in the treatment site two to five months post-treatment. This condition is very rare and has an incidence rate of 0.0051%. It is more commonly observed among male patients. As of date, there are no conclusive reasons as to what causes PAH.

An unfortunate example of PAH would be that of Linda Evangelista, who suffered from it two months after her coolsculpting treatment.

The Case Of Linda Evangelista

In 2015, Linda Evangelista developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia following her cryolipolysis treatment done on her body and chin area. Instead of achieving her desired results, this caused an increase in body and chin fats. With PAH, the increased fat cells in the treated area become firm over the next few months, leaving a defined mass. Because of this, the supermodel has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that they left her “permanently deformed” which ruined her career.

As mentioned, the chances of developing PAH are extremely rare, but one should always observe their body and not ignore side effects that are prolonged or uncommon.

Is Fat Freezing Worth The Risk?

While fat freeze does have some risks and side effects, the chances of having long-term problems are extremely low. Short-term side effects are usually mild and only in the targeted area. This swelling or pain usually goes away within a few weeks after treatment. By comparing other body contouring options such as liposuction, fat freezing is a much safer and inexpensive option. It is definitely worth considering if you are looking to lose stubborn fat pockets.

At Kosme Aesthetics, we conduct over 800 treatments per month and are very experienced in guiding you through the best treatment for your needs. Unlike other aesthetic salons, we do not have packages to hard-sell you and want to give you 2 free sessions before you decide if you would like to continue.

Click here to book an appointment for our popular Fat Freeze treatment. Two FREE trials included, then $250 ala-carte or $380 monthly (2 sessions)

Fat freezing price comparison
Fat Freeze Price Comparision

Frequently Asked Questions

Does fat freezing work?

Fat freeze is a well-known medical technique that has shown a non-surgical facelift with just a few sessions and is clinically proven safe. This is a non-invasive non-surgical procedure that helps with fat reduction. It offers many benefits over conventional weight loss techniques as a noninvasive method. In 2008 an American Medical Association study found cryolipolysis reduced fat layers by 45%.

Over the following weeks, your immune system will clear off the fats in natural ways.

Is freezing fat worth it?

After one session, fat freezing has been proven in clinical trials to effectively lower subcutaneous fats by 25%. Clients who want to reduce body fats while still seeing significant results in the shortest amount of time are attracted to the treatment's effectiveness. The fat freezing cost varies from place to place and whether it's worth it also depends on how much you pay.

kill fat cells by fat freezing which helps in body contouring, the dead fat cells gets flushed through lymphatic system
Kill fat cells by fat freezing which helps in body contouring, the dead fat cells gets flushed through lymphatic system

Is Freezing Fat Permanent?

You may still gain weight if you do not maintain your diet. Although our competitors might try to tell you that the results are permanent, we want you to know that this still depends on having the appropriate diet plan.

If you do one or two sessions but then eat 5000 calories, you're still going to experience weight gain. If you're doing the sessions and maintaining your ideal body weight, the results often last a long time.

What is the downside of Fat Freezing?
  • The results are not always permanent – fat cells that are destroyed can come back if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as maintaining a healthy diet.
  • There is some pain and discomfort associated with the treatment.
  • It can be expensive and prices can range from $150 to $2000 per session, depending on where you go and how many parts you treat.