CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® Safety: What You Need to Know

CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® have emerged as popular, non-invasive body contouring treatments that offer individuals a way to sculpt their bodies without the need for surgery. These innovative procedures have gained significant attention in recent years, thanks to their ability to reduce stubborn fat deposits and provide more defined contours. However, as with any cosmetic treatment, it is crucial for those considering CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® to fully understand the safety aspects involved in these procedures. In this blog post, we will delve into the safety of CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite, equipping you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about your body contouring journey.

What is CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical, FDA-cleared fat reduction treatment that utilizes controlled cooling to target and eliminate stubborn fat cells. The process works by applying a specialized cooling applicator to the desired treatment area, which then freezes the fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin and tissue. Over time, the frozen fat cells break down and are naturally eliminated by the body, resulting in a more sculpted appearance.

The difference between CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite®

CoolSculpting Elite® is an advanced version of the original CoolSculpting® treatment. While both procedures are based on the same principle of Cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting Elite® offers a few key improvements. The Elite system features redesigned applicators that provide a larger cooling area and improved contact with the treatment zone, resulting in a more efficient and comfortable treatment experience. Additionally, CoolSculpting Elite® allows for simultaneous treatment of multiple areas, reducing overall treatment time and making it a more convenient option for busy individuals.

The science behind Cryolipolysis and its application in CoolSculpting®

Cryolipolysis is the scientific principle on which CoolSculpting® is based. It was discovered that fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than other types of cells. When exposed to controlled cooling, fat cells undergo a process called apoptosis, which leads to their gradual breakdown and removal by the body’s immune system. CoolSculpting® harnesses this principle by using precisely controlled cooling to target and freeze fat cells in specific areas of the body, effectively reducing the number of fat cells without causing harm to surrounding tissues. This results in a natural-looking reduction of fat and a more contoured appearance.

Are CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® safe?

Harvard University scientists developed CoolSculpting® technology, which the FDA cleared in 2010 for noninvasive fat reduction in specific areas of the body, including the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and submental area (under the chin). This clearance signifies that CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® have undergone rigorous testing and have been deemed safe and effective for their intended use. The treatments have been well-researched with over 100 scientific papers, and more than 17 million treatments have been done worldwide.

Zeltiq and Allergan Aesthetics offer more information on the safety of CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite®.

Common side effects and risks associated with the treatments

While CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® are generally considered safe, some side effects and risks can occur. Common side effects include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the treatment site. These effects typically resolve on their own within a few days to weeks. Rare but more serious risks include paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (an abnormal increase in fat cells), nerve pain, and prolonged numbness.

Should you be concerned about paradoxical adipose hyperplasia?

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is an uncommon side effect of CoolSculpting, named for its surprising outcome: the growth (hyperplasia) of fat (adipose) cells instead of their reduction. This issue can occur 8 to 24 weeks after the treatment when the treated area becomes firm and noticeably larger. The phrase “stick of butter” describes the shape of the affected tissue, which resembles the shape of the CoolSculpting applicator. Paradoxical Hyperplasia (PH) is a rare adverse event – 1 out of 3,000 treatments (0.033%), which includes all reported PH cases since 2015.

How to minimize risks and ensure a safe treatment experience

To minimize risks and ensure a safe CoolSculpting® or CoolSculpting Elite® treatment, it is essential to choose a qualified and experienced provider. A certified and reputable clinic like Gentle Aesthetics Med Spa in Braintree, MA will be familiar with the correct treatment protocols and take the necessary precautions to avoid complications. Additionally, it is crucial to follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions to further minimize risks.

Precautions for specific groups of people (e.g., pregnant women, those with certain medical conditions)

CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® are not recommended for everyone. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid these treatments, as their effects on pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, should also avoid these procedures due to the increased risk of complications. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing CoolSculpting® or CoolSculpting Elite® to determine if the treatments are suitable for your specific situation.

The importance of selecting a reputable and certified CoolSculpting® provider

Selecting a reputable and certified provider is crucial when considering CoolSculpting® or  CoolSculpting Elite® treatments. At Gentle Aesthetics Med Spa, our experienced and qualified team ensures that you receive the best possible care, tailored to your individual needs.

Tips for finding a reliable CoolSculpting® clinic

When searching for a reliable CoolSculpting® clinic, it’s essential to consider the following factors:

After having three kids, I noticed pockets of fat that accumulated in my lower abdomen, thighs, and back. Even after losing all the pregnancy weight, working out, and eating healthy, these fatty areas bothered me every day. I knew I was in professional hands at Gentle Aesthetics as soon as my consultation started; I was not rushed and never pressured to buy. During the procedure, I was constantly checked on and cared for by knowledgeable and confident staff members. The procedure went quickly and smoothly, and results started to show in about a month. After about 4 months of my first session, I look better, my clothes fit better, and most importantly – I feel better. I look forward to finishing my treatment plan shortly and enjoying the final results for many years.

~ Helen S.

CoolSculpting® at Gentle Aesthetics Med Spa

At Gentle Aesthetics Med Spa, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting Elite® treatments in a comfortable, professional,l and safe environment. Trust our experienced team to help you achieve your body contouring goals safely and effectively. Book your free, private consultation to see if either CoolSculpting® or CoolSculpting Elite® is right for you.