Fat Freezing Risks

Another relatively new beauty procedure is fat freezing (CoolSculpting), has become one of the most popular treatments at salons and clinics, mainly because it can achieve the same results as liposuction but does not involve surgery or time off to recover. Fat freezing (cryolipolysis) uses extremely low temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells, which are then absorbed into the body, resulting in reduced fat deposits over time.

Although generally considered a safe procedure, certain side effects are still not properly understood. One rare complication is called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia, with fat cells becoming enlarged rather than destroyed over time. The treatment can therefore achieve the opposite effect to that intended and result in disfigurement; in 2002, the supermodel Linda Evangelista claimed that a CoolSculpting procedure had left her ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured’.

Temporary side effects of fat freezing include aching, stinging, numbness, loss of sensation, itching and bruising to the treated area of the body, CoolSculpting can also cause freezing burns, blistering and scarring if the procedure is not carried out in a competently. The CoolSculpting device needs to be used correctly, while proper pre-treatment advice and aftercare are important in reducing the risk of complications.

Ultimately, the success of a fat freezing procedure depends on the skill and experience of the professional carrying it out, as well as the quality of the equipment used. As the procedure is non-surgical, no training or qualifications are necessary to offer CoolSculpting at beauty salons and clinics, and this is the greatest risk for prospective patients.

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Fibroblast Risks

Fibroblast is a skin-tightening beauty treatment that uses plasma to burn off the top layers of skin and improve facial appearance. The discharge of electrostatic energy onto the skin on the face and neck causes it to tighten and lift, shrinking wrinkles, skin bags and other imperfections. Plasma fibroblast procedures (also known as plasma pen treatments) have rapidly gained popularity as an inexpensive and non-surgical alternative to a facelift, with a far quicker recovery time and results that can last for up to three years.  

Plasma fibroblast devices release an electrical charge just above the skin’s surface which burns tiny holes in the skin’s outer layer and stimulates collagen development. Discharging this electrical current onto areas of the face is a delicate operation, and there are a number of possible fibroblast side effects of varying severity. The skin may temporarily appear red and swollen, while pigmentation may also be altered. These side effects are normal, and as the skin heals, the results will improve over the next 6-8 weeks.

When a plasma fibroblast device is not used in the correct manner there are more serious risks involved, including penetrating burns to sensitive areas of skin on the face, infections and scarring. These injuries are normally caused by therapists using fibroblast devices on the skin for too long and/or penetrating too deeply, an error that can also cause nerve damage. Other fibroblast risks include skin punctures for plasma needle tips, allergic reactions and changes in skin pigmentation.

Most injuries caused by fibroblast are the result of errors by therapists due to lack of training, experience or simple incompetence. If you have been injured by a fibroblast procedure, contact our female lawyers today for free and confidential advice: