What Are the Complications of the Freeze the Fat Procedure?

With regards to the fat freezing procedure, there seem to be no long-term effects or complications associated with this procedure, according to Dr. Joseph Eviatar in Fox News Magazine. The fat freezing procedure is also called cryolipolysis and is marketed as the CoolSculpting procedure. This nonsurgical procedure that freezes fat cells with a special device was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2010.

The CoolSculpting procedure is a safe and effective treatment for fat reduction, states the CoolSculpting website. Although there may be no major complication or risk from the procedure, some possible side effects are redness, bruising, swelling, tingling and tightness. While redness can last from a few minute to few hours, the bruising and swelling may last a few weeks.

The FDA approved this procedure for areas of the body that include the love handles, thighs and stomach. This procedure is for candidates who have unwanted fat in these areas that is resistant to both diet and exercise. This is not a procedure used for the treatment of obesity. The CoolSculpting procedure entails the targeted fat area being placed in a paddle-like device, where the fat cells are destroyed by freezing them. There can be up to a 20 percent reduction in fat with this procedure in the target area, but it can take a few treatment sessions to see these results.

In regards to the effectiveness of the fat freezing procedure, a large study was performed and found that this procedure was as effective as liposuction in the reduction of fat; there were only three cases of some adverse effects that went away quickly, notes the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.