Ongoing studies continue to confirm the effectiveness and safety of cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting). In a study presented at the 2012 American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery a phone interview looking at side effects was conducted with patients one month after their treatment. All patients reported redness that lasted about 1 hour, and altered sensation that lasted up to one month after treatment. Bruising was reported in 4% and light headedness from treatments on the abdomen was reported in 2.1 %. 0.9% reported swelling and firmness lasting 2-5 weeks and 0.6% reported significant pain lasting a maximum of 1 month.
This study confirmed the results of a 314 patient multi-center trial reported at the 2010 meeting. This study found no serious side effects and no skin damage or color change. Minor side effects were temporary bruising, mild discomfort, decreased sensation, redness and swelling, all of which cleared without treatment.
Another study presented at the 2012 meeting involved massaging one side for 2 minutes immediately after the treatment. This resulted in an additional 68% reduction in fat on the massaged side, as evaluated by ultrasound.
These studies confirm our experience with the procedure. The vast majority of patients are satisfied or very satisfied with the CoolSculpting, and many return to have an additional treatment at the same site, which has been shown to result in a percentage improvement similar to the first treatment, or treatment at another site.
Gerald N Bock MD
Stockton & Lodi, CA