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    Paradoxical Hyperplasia Caused by a CoolSculpting Side Effect

    shutterstock 123115624 188x300 - Paradoxical Hyperplasia Caused by a CoolSculpting Side EffectMany people considering body contouring choose non-invasive procedures such as CoolSculpting as they wish to avoid undergoing a surgical procedure.

    A majority of patients can achieve the circumferential reduction that they are seeking with minimal risks and no downtime with a non-surgical approach.

    But a small percentage of patients may experience an uncommon cryolipolysis side-effect called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). In this condition, the treated site actually becomes bigger rather than smaller.

    Most people will not experience PAH. However, researchers now believe that it develops more frequently than statistics originally indicated.

    The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and the Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provide CoolSculpting to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.

     

    What is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) after cryolipolysis?

    Cryolipolysis refers to a non-surgical procedure that uses very cold temperatures to freeze and destruct fatty deposits on the thighs, abdomen, love handles, chin, and arms.

    Patients usually notice a reduction in stubborn fat on the treated site within four to six weeks of the procedure.

    But when PAH develops, the treated site actually becomes larger to form a hardened but painless mass underneath the skin. This side-effect typically develops within several weeks of the cryolipolysis procedure.

     

    How Common is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH): Fat Freezing Complication

    The manufacturers of cryolipolysis devices indicate that PAH is an extremely rare complication that occurs in 1 out of every 4000 treatment cycles.

    However, a recent study published in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), reports that PAH may develop more much often than the above-mentioned statistic.

     

    What is the Solution to this Cryolipolysis Complication?

    In case of a patient develops PAH, they must wait several months before a cosmetic surgeon can treat the localized fat with power-assisted liposuction. This waiting period is important as it allows time for the hardened mass to soften, otherwise, there may be a recurrence of PAH.  

    It is vital for the provider to explain the condition to the patient in a comprehensive manner and present a customized plan for liposuction which can address the concern and worry as they wait for the correction.

    The good news is that PAH is very treatable, and a majority of patients are quite happy with their final outcomes.

     

    Procedure

    Liposuction is typically undertaken as an outpatient procedure. However, in case a large amount of fat is to be eliminated, or if the procedure is combined with other surgeries, the patient may need to stay at the hospital overnight. The patient will likely require general anesthesia in such cases.

    But if only a small amount of fat is to be removed from a single or two body areas, the surgeon may use local anesthesia with IV sedation. Tumescent technique is often undertaken using only local anesthesia and sedation.

    The time taken to complete the procedure may differ depending on the extent of fat removal, the type of surgical technique used, and the number of treatment areas involved.

    The surgeon will commence the procedure by placing a tiny incision in the marked site. They will then insert a narrow cannula through the incision to access deeper layers of fat.

    The surgeon will gently move the cannula back and forth to dislodge fat cells. When the fat cells become loose, they will be suctioned out using a vacuum syringe or pump attached to the outer end of the cannula.

    The patient will experience some loss of fluid and blood during this procedure. These fluids will be replaced with IV infusions during and right after the surgery.

    Plastic surgeons at MBody and VIPS receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for CoolSculpting.

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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