Cryolipolysis works by selectively freezing fat cells in certain areas of the body. These cells then die and are reabsorbed by the body’s lymphatic system. Many clients prefer this procedure over liposuction as it does not damage the skin and does not require any recovery period as surgery does, allowing the patient to return quickly to normal activities.
The side effects of Cryolipolysis tend to be very mild and it is very rare for patients to report any severe adverse side effects. After the procedure, patients may experience redness, swelling, and numbness due to the exposure to the cold therapy and the prolonged suction that is used. The symptoms can last for a few minutes or up to a few hours but will resolve on their own without special treatment.
A few days after the procedure patients may experience mild pain, tenderness or some bruising at the site of the procedure. This is a normal side effect and the pain is generally not severe.
Some side effects can last for up to two to six weeks after the procedure, such as tenderness and itching. Some patients also experience diarrhea, due to the fact that the dead fat cells are being flushed out of the body. However, these symptoms are only temporary.
It is extremely unlikely to suffer frostbite or nerve damage due to Cryolipolysis. Many people prefer this procedure over liposuction due to the low risk of adverse fat freezing procedure side effects. With liposuction, it is possible that too much fat will be removed in one surgery, which can cause lumps and dimples to form in your skin. However, Cryolipolysis provides an even reduction in the body’s fat layer, providing a smooth and satisfactory result.
These treatments are safe for most people who are healthy, but since everyone can react differently, it is important that you pay attention to your body. If you have any severe pain or side effects, or side effects that worsen over time, contact your provider.