Treatment of Complications (PAH) of CoolSculpting in Beverly Hills
What Is CoolSculpting?
What Is PAH?
PAH stands for “paradoxical adipose hyperplasia,” which is a condition that is now commonly called the “stick of butter” effect. PAH happens when the fat cells that were treated with CoolSculpting expand significantly and harden, resulting in a large bulge where the treatment was applied. It is estimated to occur in about 0.2-3% of patients who undergo this procedure.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, we specialize in treating PAH and other complications from CoolSculpting to help prevent your experience from becoming worse.
While PAh is not known to be a health risk, that does not lessen the impact it can have on a patient’s life. The hardened pockets of fat can make it difficult to feel confident about one’s body, affecting one’s quality of life and mental health overall. We strive to help patients affected by this condition and give them back a sense of control and pride in their bodies.
Why Does CoolSculpting Cause PAH?
The exact cause of PAH is still unknown, but it has been linked to certain techniques and devices used in CoolSculpting. For instance, PAH is more likely to occur when the device is set at a higher temperature for too long or if there are large areas being treated with the same suction cup. If a patient had the procedure performed by an inexperienced or unauthorized practitioner, these factors could increase the risk of developing complications from CoolSculpting like PAH. However, there is no guaranteed way to predict whether or not a patient will experience PAH as a side effect of CoolSculpting.
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Our Treatment for PAH
An Alternative to CoolScupting
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, we offer a safer, faster, and effec+tive alternative to CoolSculpting called SculpSure. Instead of using cold, it uses a thermal applicator for results that are just as effective as CoolSculpting, but they also appear sooner and with less risk of complications. Its unique applicator also allows for greater flexibility in treatment, allowing patients to treat a wider range of body areas.