Is CoolSculpting Safe?

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

We asked Dr. Carolyn Jacob is CoolSculpting safe, and what patients should be aware of prior to getting this FDA-cleared fat reduction treatment.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses controlled cooling, or cryolipolysis, to target and permanently destroy fat cells. The treatment can eliminate up to 20%-25% of stubborn fat in 9 different areas of the body. This includes under the chin and jawline areas, thighs, abdomen and flanks, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks, and upper arms.

Are there any side effects with CoolSculpting?

The FDA-cleared fat freezing treatment has an excellent safety profile, with over 8 million treatments performed to date. However, like any medical procedure, there is always the risk of potential complications; one of which is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH). PAH is extremely rare1 and causes visibly enlarged tissue volume in the treated area. It is important for providers to be transparent and inform you of any potential risks when receiving this treatment. Being transparent about these risks is something we pride ourselves on. PAH is shown to be treatable via tumescent liposuction which can be performed in the safety, comfort and privacy of our own office.

CoolSculpting Safety at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology

CCSD has performed thousands of CoolSculpting treatments since 2010. Under the guidance and direction of Dr. Carolyn Jacob, our extremely knowledgeable Physician Assistants have been extensively trained, not only with the CoolSculpting device, but also on contraindications or potential side effects one may experience with this treatment.

We now have CoolSculpting Elite, the newest and most advanced fat reduction technology yet! In addition to treating up to four areas at once, Elite’s c-shaped applicators cover up to 18% more skin surface than CoolSculpting Legacy, providing a more gentle and effective contouring result.

Ready to learn more?

Our experienced Physician Assistants can answer all of your questions and determine if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting during your complimentary consultation. You can schedule a consult on our website or by calling 312-245-9965, and our Patient Entry staff will be happy to help start your CoolSculpting journey!


  1. Jalian HR, Avram MM, Garibyan L, Mihm MC, Anderson RR. Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia After Cryolipolysis. JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(3):317–319. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.8071