As there is no surgery or anaesthetic needed for CoolSculpting, the risks are minimal. It is recommended that you avoid CoolSculpting if you are pregnant, or if you have any of the following conditions:
- Loose skin or poor skin tone
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- Cold urticaria
- Varicose veins, nerve problems or broken skin in the area to be treated
The treatment is not painful, but you may feel a pulling or tugging sensation as the vacuum device is held in place, as well as a cold sensation. You may feel mild to moderate tenderness for a week or so after the treatment. There is also a slight risk of nerve pain.
There is a rare condition called paradoxical fat hyperplasia or paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) that affects less than 1% of people who have this form of treatment. This can cause a large, firm mass under the skin in the treatment area – that appears between 2 and 3 months after treatment. Although this is rare, and harmless, it will not disappear on its own. It can however be treated with liposuction or an abdominoplasty surgery procedure.
Mr Fazel is an experienced surgeon, so you can be sure that he will minimise any risks and you can expect natural results that meet your expectations.