The Often Unknown Complications of Coolsculpting

Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) following Coolsculpting has been reported as a rare but deforming complication. This side effect which leaves areas of fat that are uneven, larger and hard is likely more common than reported and may have propensity in patients who have even slight weight gain following cryolipolisys (Coolsculpting) treatments. Patients report an exaggerated growth of fat in the areas treated by Coolsculpting that is out of proportion to fat growth in non-treated areas. This unfortunate side effect can result in deformities that are far worse than the original contour (shape) of the patients prior to undergoing Coolsculpting treatments.


What makes Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia even more concerning is that 1) the growth is permanent despite weight loss, and 2) the deformity is not correctable with either traditional tumescent liposuction and/or repeated cryolipolysis treatments. In fact, the deformity can become worse with repeated Cryolipolysis treatment attempts! Fortunately, we can now provide definitive and permanent correction of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia deformities using two innovative technologies; VASER® technology and Cool Helium Plasma® skin tightening technology.

The VASER® liposuction technology allows for comprehensive removal of fat from both the superficial and deep layers of fat. This is in contrast to traditional liposuction which is limited to removing only the deep layer. An additional constraint of the fat associated with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is that it is very fibrous and difficult to remove by means of traditional liposuction. This constraint is overcome with the use of VASER ultrasound technology which helps with even fibrous fat extraction.


Patient Before & After Treatment


The second component that is critical to a smooth outcome involves the Cool Helium Plasma® skin tightening technology which allows for tightening of the skin overlying the area of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia that is typically stretched out and redundant (loose). With the combination Cool Helium Plasma skin tightening technique and VASER liposuction we now can permanently eliminate deformities associated with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.

To ensure optimal postoperative healing and results, we offer the Perfect Change Program, one of the most thorough and personalized surgical experiences available. For more information about High-Definition Liposuction, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mowlavi, Orange County’s top VASER Liposuction Surgeon.

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