What are the Risks and Side Effects of CoolSculpting Elite?

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What are the side effects?

Here at Dash Medical Spa we value transparency with our products and services giving you as much information as possible for your discretion. Let’s talk about some issues that may occur with CoolSculpting Elite.

First, let’s talk about the misconception of what many think is a form of treatment for weight loss. This is not a weight loss method, it is toning and contouring of the body by reducing fat cells. When considering CoolSculpting Elite, it will not help with visceral fat which is in the intra abdominal tissue of your stomach that is only reduced with exercise and maintaining a healthy diet. 

  • CoolSculpting does not treat aesthetic considerations such as skin laxity, cellulite, stretch marks.
  • When assessing the face, as fat volume is removed, the appearance of the jaw line may become more apparent.
  • Most patients will experience minimum to mild discomfort and in rare cases moderate to severe.

Is CoolSculpting Elite for Everyone?

No. You may not be considered a good candidate if you suffer from:

  • Cryoglobulinemia: a form of Vasculitis—a family of rare disorders characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels, which can restrict blood flow and damage vital organs and tissues.
  • Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria or Cold Agglutinin disease caused by premature destruction of healthy red blood cells by autoantibodies.
  • Neuropathic disorders such as post-herpetic neuralgia or diabetic neuropathy.
  • Bleeding disorders or regular use of blood thinners.
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or rashes in the area to be treated, recent surgery or scar tissue in the area to be treated.
  • Hernia in or adjacent to the treatment site, (even if the hernia is repaired, it is not recommended to CoolSculpt on the area) Treatment over the hernia may exacerbate the hernia or cause new hernia formation.
  • Not for women with diastasis rectus, a separation of the left and right sides of the outermost abdominal muscle. Seen most common in women who have had multiple pregnancies or weightlifters.

What Medical Warnings Must be Considered?

  • It is not recommended for clients who are pregnant, anyone with known sensitivity, allergy to fructose, glycerin, isopropyl alcohol, or propylene glycol.
  • Patients with chronic pain, sensitivity to cold, anxiety disorder may be more prone to pain or discomfort during treatment
  • Do not use CoolSculpting elite

-on areas with subcutaneous fat layer thickness of < 1 cm 

-on areas of decreased sensation or perfusion 

-on areas with minimal underlying muscle mass on areas with superficially coated nerve branches arteries or veins

-on the face, head, genitalia, inguinal creases, axille popliteal fossae, antecubital fossa, hands, or feet

What are the warnings post treatment?

Vasovagal occurs when your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. Symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, flushing, sweating, fainting.

Late onset pain may occur, on average 3 to 4 days after treatment. The symptoms are self-limiting and resolve completely within approximately 2 weeks. It is self limiting and resolves completely without long term sequelae. The pain can be described as deep pain, stabbing, shooting, burning sensations, hypersensitivity, and severe pins and needles.

First and second degree burn may occur during treatment. It typically resolves with proper care. 

Subcutaneous induration presents as a generalized hardness and or discrete nodules within the treatment area. It may present with pain and/or discomfort.

Hyperpigmentation can occur after treatment and typically resolves spontaneously.

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia presents as visibly enlarged tissue volume within the treatment area. May develop two to five months after treatment. At this time, there is no evidence of spontaneous resolution of PAH.


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