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How Safe Are Fat Freezing Treatments?

Fat freezing treatments aren’t new to the fat removal market. They were approved by the FDA in 2010 and their popularity has since grown, with over 650,000 procedures being carried out since its launch.

March 23, 2016

With more studios, clinics and salons offering this service, how can you be sure that they are qualified to carry out the procedure? And exactly how safe can it be?

The process of so called “fat freezing”, otherwise known as , involves using a suction device to target an area of the body that you want to freeze. The fat is then cooled down to the temperature when the cells die and are then naturally passed through the body over a number of weeks.

What are the potential risks of Cryolipolysis

Unlike other traditional forms of fat removal, such as liposuction, where the fat is removed manually by a surgeon, this process is completely dependent on the vacuum. Because of this, there is an increased chance of uneven fat removal. The fat will only be removed from the area that fits into the vacuum, therefore it can leave indentations in the body that look unnatural.

Another complication of the fat removal procedure is a condition known as Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH). This is an unfortunate event, where the area treated actually behaves in the opposite to what is expected, with the area increasing in size, rather than reducing. With treatments of this kind costing hundreds of pounds, this can be a very frustrating side effect.

The results of cryolipolysis can also take as long as three months to become visible, if your body reacts to the treatment at all. There have been a high number of patients reporting that certain areas of the body failed to react, especially in the arms.

In more extreme cases of fat freezing going wrong, women have been reported to have been left with permanent scarring. The procedure has been known to leave patients with second degree burns, that needed urgent medical attention, as a result of unqualified practitioners carrying out the treatment.

Although treatments such as these can appear to be a more accessible, more affordable alternative to fat removal procedures, such as liposuction, there are a number of associated risks that can not be over looked. When fat removal goes wrong, it can lead to substantial injuries, therefore you should only ever have the procedure under the supervision of a qualified clinician.

If you have suffered as a result of fat freezing, you may be eligible for cosmetic surgery compensation. To find out more, speak to one of our solicitors today.

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