CoolSculpting® Side Effects (Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia) in Beverly Hills, CA

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What are CoolSculpting Side Effects?

A popular procedure, CoolSculpting is a noninvasive treatment that can reduce the appearance of stubborn fat from areas of the body through a freezing and liquefying process. However, even though it is not a surgical procedure, there are still some serious side effects that can occur when CoolSculpting is not performed correctly. Along with some smaller symptoms, such as swelling, redness, and irritation, CoolSculpting could also lead to paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). This condition is a delayed side effect of CoolSculpting and can result in a number of unpleasant symptoms, including the increase in the size of underlying fat cells, making them more dense and hard the touch. PAH can make it appear as if there is a hard lump, roughly the size of a stick of butter, where the CoolSculpting applicator was applied to the treated area. Thankfully, within his state-of-the-art Beverly Hills, CA facility, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz provides effective treatment for the unwanted side effects of CoolSculpting, including PAH. Through skilled techniques, Dr. Schwartz will curate a treatment plan to remove the hard lump from underneath the skin, revealing a smoother and slimmer result. If you have suffered side effects from CoolSculpting, contact our practice today to learn more about how Dr. Schwartz can finally provide you with your long-awaited results.

What is the Cause of PAH?

While the exact cause of PAH is still not known, it tends to affect about one in 20,000 people who receive CoolSculpting. During CoolSculpting, the goal is to freeze fat cells in order to break them down. However, in some cases, an opposite reaction can occur and increase the size of these cells, causing PAH. After these cells have expanded, they require more nutrients and oxygen, further their density, and making them harder. In most cases, PAH will become noticeable about 1 – 2 months following a CoolSculpting treatment, but it can take up to six months for a proper diagnosis. 

Symptoms of PAH

Initially, individuals who develop PAH may start to notice they have gained some weight around the area that was treated with CoolSculpting. Often, a rectangular lump will form that is roughly the size of the applicator used in a CoolSculpting treatment. This lump can become tender and painful to the touch; however, some individuals may experience no pain at all. While it may be possible that you have gained weight, if you have adhered to a healthy diet and exercise routine but are still noticing weight gain, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz. He will be able to properly diagnose PAH and formulate a treatment plan in order to treat the symptoms. 

Treatment Options

PAH cannot be treated naturally with a healthy lifestyle, but it instead requires treatment from a highly skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Schwartz. Before the hard fat can be removed from under the skin, it will need to be softened. Typically, this takes about 6 – 9 months, and the liposuction treatment process can begin after this time period. Using the SAFE (Separation, Aspiration, and Fat Equalization) technique, Dr. Schwartz will begin by carefully loosening and breaking down the hardened fat cells, which will then be removed with a small cannula. Next, the remaining fat will be smoothed for a more desired, even appearance. Though it is rare, in a few cases, liposuction may not be effective in treating PAH, and surgery may be a better option for eliminating the harder, larger fat tissue.

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Though it may be rare, PAH can occur after CoolSculpting and should be treated by a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz. When you begin to notice signs of PAH, it is important to contact our Beverly Hills, CA facility for intervention. With a thorough consultation and comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. Schwartz can remove the unwanted, larger, and harder fat cells, leaving you with a smoother, more sculpted treatment area. Learn more by scheduling your consultation at our state-of-the-art facility. 

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