If you’ve had CoolSculpting or looked into it as a way to eliminate unwanted fat with a non-invasive treatment, you may have heard of a side effect known as Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia. In 2016, WIFH posted an article explaining the possibility of Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) after a CoolSculpting treatment.
PAH is still considered a rare phenomenon or perhaps it’s just underreported in patients that have undergone CoolSculpting treatments. In this article, as a follow-up, we will discuss why patients should choose SculpSure over CoolSculpting as a non-invasive fat reduction procedure to avoid PAH completely.
CoolSculpting and Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia
CoolSculpting is a form of Cryolipolysis, a non-invasive procedure for getting rid of unwanted fat. PAH is a phenomenon only associated with Cryolipolysis, and no cases have been reported as a result of any other non-invasive fat reduction procedures.
PAH occurs when the stimulus of freezing the fat cells in a treated area creates a reactionary process in the fatty tissue—which causes the fat cells to thicken and expand rather than break down for the body to then process and remove them. The result is an area that becomes enlarged when the patient had been expecting for the fatty area to be reduced. PAH cannot typically be confirmed until at least 6 months after a CoolSculpting or Cryolipolysis treatment has been performed.
While PAH does have a low rate of reported incidence, patients experiencing it may not be aware this is what they are seeing with their results. This is common since it seems impossible that a procedure designed to reduce fat in an area could actually make it larger and for this reason many people don’t return to the facility that administered the treatment to be assessed.
Something to look for if you think you may be experiencing PAH: People who have PAH usually can tell exactly where the applicator was placed on their skin when it was treated, since there is typically a defined border to the enlarged area.
If you notice your treated area enlarged months after getting a CoolSculpting treatment, you might be suffering from PAH. Don’t worry: PAH can be corrected. Smartlipo is a great way to reverse the effects of PAH through laser-assisted liposuction performed under local anesthesia utilizing a laser melt the fat cells and tighten the skin. At WIFH we have performed numerous Smartlipo procedures to correct PAH with great success.
An Alternative to CoolSculpting: SculpSure
If you haven’t yet had a non-invasive fat reduction procedure but are considering one, you might want to look at having SculpSure. SculpSure is a warm laser treatment for fat reduction that is safe for all skin types and utilizes heat to destroy fat cells, rather than the freezing stimulus in a CoolSculpting treatment.
Instead of freezing the fat cells, SculpSure’s laser heats the fat cells up to ignites the destruction process so that they can be eliminated by your body. A contact cooling system allows the surface of the skin to remain cool, comfortable and unharmed (even during the heating of fat cells and the surrounding tissue); the heat also simultaneously helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin, causing it to appear firmer.
SculpSure delivers great results and eliminates the potential risk of PAH. SculpSure boasts shorter treatment times—25 minutes—and no downtime whatsoever. In fact, you can literally have your treatment and be back at work doing any activity immediately following. If you’re looking to eliminate unwanted fat from those areas you just can’t seem to lose with diet and exercise alone, choose SculpSure over CoolSculpting to avoid PAH as a possible side effect.
Of course, you can always come into WIFH or give us a call to learn more about your non-invasive options for fat reduction! Consultations are always free.