5 risks and side effects to CoolSculpting

Over a decade ago, CoolSculpting emerged in the beauty industry, promising non-surgical fat reduction using a Harvard-developed technology. It became widely popular in medical spas and clinics, generating over $2 billion in revenue. The procedure, cryolipolysis, involves freezing fat cells in targeted areas, often requiring multiple sessions. However, some users experienced severe side effects, such as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (P.A.H.), where fat grows and hardens, sometimes mimicking the shape of the applicator. This condition often requires corrective surgery.

Despite Allergan Aesthetics (CoolSculpting’s owner) claiming the risk is rare (0.033% of treatments), a New York Times investigation suggests a higher risk, citing internal documents, lawsuits, and interviews. The company has been criticized for underreporting and misdiagnosing P.A.H., and even stopped reporting it to federal regulators at one point.

The prevalence of P.A.H. has been debated, with some doctors reporting higher incidences than company claims. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s system of relying on various stakeholders to report adverse events has been questioned for its effectiveness. Allergan’s response to detailed questions was limited, highlighting the procedure’s popularity and scientific backing.

Settlements offered by Allergan often included confidentiality agreements. The case of supermodel Linda Evangelista, who developed P.A.H. and later settled with Zeltiq, highlighted the issue. Reports of adverse events have spiked recently, raising concerns about the procedure’s safety and the regulatory process for medical devices.

If you are looking to reduce fat cosmetically, you may be looking for CoolSculpting before and after photos. While it’s likely that you will find many promising pictures on the internet from CoolSculpting providers, as well as the manufacturer, these photos often don’t tell the whole story. CoolSculpting results often show pictures of positive results, sure, but it’s important to know about the dangers associated with the procedure, as well as the negative side effects and pain that many patients experience as a result.

CoolSculpting before and after photo searches may show you a range of impressive fat loss stories, but here at Body Details, we recommend undergoing laser fat removal with the Dominion Aesthetic eon™ body contouring device instead. This method of fat reduction provides results that are much more reliable, much more significant, and the procedure does not include many of the negative effects that patients experience when they undergo CoolSculpting. Keep reading to learn more about why you should steer clear of the CoolSculpting process, and schedule a FREE consultation for eon™ body contouring at Body Details today.

Risks to Avoid CoolSculpting

There are many downsides to CoolSculpting compared to fat reduction with the eon™ body contouring device. From side effects to results, pain levels to possible complications, the choice is clear. The eon™ body contouring provides much more effective fat loss results, with much less risk. Below are five major downsides to CoolSculpting.

1. CoolSculpting Doesn’t Provide the Same Results

If you’re looking for a cosmetic fat loss procedure, you want to be sure that you’re going to get results. When you line the numbers up, the eon™ body contouring provides more average fat loss to patients per session. Each patient sees an average of 21.6% fat reduction after a single treatment with the eon™ body contouring, while some individuals see a fat loss of as much as 40%.

These numbers are astonishing compared to CoolSculpting, which the manufacturer states will provide just a 20% reduction in fat on the average person.

2. CoolSculpting Has Negative Side Effects

Not only should you look for the procedure that provides the best results, but you also want to ensure you will see as few negative side effects as possible as a result of your cosmetic fat reduction. Unfortunately, CoolSculpting comes with a myriad of negative side effects that can lead to quite a lengthy recovery time.

Patients who undergo CoolSculpting report bruising in the area, swelling and redness, pain and stinging throughout the course of treatment, aching, skin sensitivity, and more. These side effects can last for up to two weeks after a treatment session, interfering with your daily quality of life. Some patients report feelings of numbness in the area for as much as a month post-treatment. Additionally, some patients also report that their skin feels itchy for days following the procedure, along with experiences of muscle cramping, and some individuals even experience diarrhea as the body removes fat cells.

Fat reduction with the eon™ body contouring does not pose the risk for these side effects, and you will have no downtime after the procedure. You can continue on with your day, get back to work, continue running errands, or get home and play with the kids without interruption or, worse, pain.

3. The Results Take Time

Now, fat loss results do take time with both CoolSculpting and the the eon™ body contouring device, however, with CoolSculpting they might take longer. You won’t see your final fat loss results until potentially four months after your treatment session, and it can take up to three weeks to see any progress at all. That’s a long time to wait. When you’re checking out those alluring CoolSculpting before and after pics online, remember, these photos may be taken as much as 16 weeks apart!

With the eon™ body contouring device, total results take just 12 weeks and many patients start to see their results after just a week or so. When it comes down to it, faster and more effective results are always preferable.

4. There Is the Possibility for Operator Error

One of the most concerning downsides to CoolSculpting is that the procedure leaves room for operator error. This means that the person completing the procedure may make a mistake that negatively impacts your experience and results. With CoolSculpting, a medical professional or technician physically applies an applicator and guides the machine with their hands.

When you undergo fat reduction with the eon™ body contouring device, this is not the case. The process is entirely automated, eliminating the chance for user error. There are no gels or applicators involved in the process, and a medical professional does not need to touch your skin or adjust the machine at all during the course of the procedure.

Part of what makes the eon™ body contouring device so unique is the fact that it automatically scans and maps the topography of your abdomen and then administers laser treatment. This, therefore, diminishes the risk of user error that can be associated with the negative CoolSculpting before and after results.

5. There Are Rare Adverse Reactions

While the long list of negative side effects associated with CoolSculpting may sound frightening enough, unfortunately, those side effects are fairly common. However, if you look up CoolSculpting before and after reviews, you may be horrified to see that some patients have a particularly serious and rare adverse reaction.

This reaction occurs when the treated area becomes visibly enlarged, accumulating a mass storage of fat, instead of eliminating the fat from the body as the procedure intends. There is no way to address this reaction aside from surgery, and it often takes between two and five months to appear. The reality is that you may undergo CoolSculpting and end up needing surgical intervention to correct the fat accumulation after all.

Surgery of any kind poses its own set of risks, aside from the standard negative side effects of CoolSculpting. When you have surgery to correct the adverse reaction some patients experience, you run the risk of having an adverse reaction to anesthesia, having a complicated post-op recovery and needing to take extended time off work, mounting costs and medical bills, and an even more painful recovery.

CoolSculpting Before and After Reviews

If you are considering cosmetic fat loss, it is essential to look at the reviews for the procedures you are thinking about. When looking at CoolSculpting before and after reviews, there are many patients who have had poor experiences at other treatment centers. At Body Details, we do not offer CoolSculpting treatment because of the negative effects and reviews associated with the procedure, as the the eon™ body contouring device is a much safer and more effective option for fat reduction. Want to know “how does coolsculpting work“? See what patients have to say:

Here’s what former CoolSculpting patients have to say about their experience:

“…It has been almost one year since the procedure has been done and ABSOLUTELY NO RESULTS. It is a complete scam and a waste of money…The only thing it did was leave my skin sensitive for about 4 months…” –Manuel

“I had my procedure April 25h; we are at the end of August now and there are no significant changes in my body besides a small area near my lower belly that is showing some fatty markings like cellulite which is not what I wanted (I did not have this before)…I do not think I will see any results at all and I feel very disappointed…The small love handles are still there and the small pouch of my lower bellow is still there NO change at all.” –IVVY

“My stomach hardened and grew twice or three times the size it was before I had cool sculpting done. I have a huge fat hard lump…the surgeon said the hardened fat can’t be liposuctioned out and the only way to correct is with surgery…this solution will cost me well over $30,000.” –Bobbie

When searching for CoolSculpting before and after reviews online, there are tons of stories just like these. Patients have entire forums dedicated to overcoming the obstacles of side effects and extra fat accumulation post-procedure. When you choose to undergo fat reduction with the eon™ body contouring device, you will not be taking these risks. You can potentially avoid very serious side effects and adverse reactions, protecting your health as well as your bank account well into the future.

Schedule Your FREE Consultation Today

Stop Googling CoolSculpting before and after photos and come on into Body Details True Laser® Centers today. We offer a more effective, less painful, faster-acting procedure for fat reduction, that poses no risk of operator error and does not have the same reports of extreme adverse reactions. The eon™ body contouring device is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

When you come into Body Details, we will provide you with a FREE consultation with absolutely no obligation. Discuss your fat reduction goals with our laser specialists, and see if the eon™ body contouring device may be right for you. We offer flexible financing options to those who qualify and have extended evening hours and weekend appointments available. We offer a free laser hair removal guarantee, ask about our lifetime touch-ups!

Additionally, don’t forget to ask about our current fat reduction promotions for new customers! You may be able to save even more on your fat loss procedure. Give us a call and schedule your FREE consultation today!

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Paul A. Boulos
Dr. Paul A. Boulos is an excellent and versatile cosmetic surgeon, passionate about his vocation and helping others. Dr. Boulos is an alumni of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his General Surgery training at Inspira Medical in Southern New Jersey. He studied and learn under Dr. Joseph Castellano, one of the premier breast and body Cosmetic Surgeons in South Florida. He currently works as a Cosmetic Surgeon at Jolie Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL.