Fat Freezing: Side Effects Long Term

Are you considering if fat freeze is for you, but worried about the long-term side effects? Let's dive deep into the potential long and short-term side effects of cryolipolysis. Before we begin, it is good to know that short-term side effects are common and normal. Whereas, the long-term effects are typically rare.

So, let's start by understanding how fat freezing works, which will give you a better understanding of why you get certain side effects.

How Does Fat-Freezing Work?

Fat freeze 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. 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 making this a safe fat reduction and body contouring treatment.

fat freeze reaction to extreme cold temperature
How fat freeze works

Are There 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 at 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 becomes 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.

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 in the treated site 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

Aftercare To Minimise Side Effects

If you're experiencing any discomfort after your fat freeze treatment, there are a few over-the-counter medications that can help ease the pain. However, always consult with your doctor before taking anything new. In addition to medication, here are a couple of non-medicated methods for pain relief:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Guided imagery
  • Compression garments to reduce swelling
  • Massage therapy is a great way to relax and unwind.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that won't restrict your movement, such as yoga pants.
  • Stay active to reduce pain and inflammation

Take Away

Fat freezing is typically a safe and effective treatment, but long-term side effects of fat freezing are rare. However, if you do experience an unbearable amount of discomfort, consult your physician for advice. They will be able to use their expertise to determine the severity of your condition. It is also important to visit a trusted aesthetic place that will prioritize your safety.

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
Comparison of fat freezing prices


Jalian, H. R., Avram, M. M., Garibyan, L., Mihm, M. C., & Anderson, R. R. (2014). Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia after cryolipolysis. JAMA dermatology, 150(3), 317–319. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.8071

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 as damaged fat cells are naturally metabolised by your lymphatic system.

Is Fat Freezing 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.

Is Fat Freezing 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.

fat reduction treatment to reduce stubborn fat pockets(unwanted fat cells)
Fat Reduction treatment to reduce stubborn fat pockets (unwanted fat cells)
How Long Does Fat Freezing Last?

Many might try to tell you that the fat freezing results are permanent, we want you to know that this still depends on having the appropriate lifestyle for maintenance.

Imagine exercising everyday and eating 5 burgers right after each workout.