Another relatively new beauty procedure is fat freezing (CoolSculpting), has become one of the most popular treatments at salons and clinics, mainly because it can achieve the same results as liposuction but does not involve surgery or time off to recover. Fat freezing (cryolipolysis) uses extremely low temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells, which are then absorbed into the body, resulting in reduced fat deposits over time.
Although generally considered a safe procedure, certain side effects are still not properly understood. One rare complication is called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia, with fat cells becoming enlarged rather than destroyed over time. The treatment can therefore achieve the opposite effect to that intended and result in disfigurement; in 2002, the supermodel Linda Evangelista claimed that a CoolSculpting procedure had left her ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured’.
Temporary side effects of fat freezing include aching, stinging, numbness, loss of sensation, itching and bruising to the treated area of the body, CoolSculpting can also cause freezing burns, blistering and scarring if the procedure is not carried out in a competently. The CoolSculpting device needs to be used correctly, while proper pre-treatment advice and aftercare are important in reducing the risk of complications.
Ultimately, the success of a fat freezing procedure depends on the skill and experience of the professional carrying it out, as well as the quality of the equipment used. As the procedure is non-surgical, no training or qualifications are necessary to offer CoolSculpting at beauty salons and clinics, and this is the greatest risk for prospective patients.
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