Does CoolSculpting or SculpSure have a risk of Fat embolism for the patient?
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Coolsculpting and risk
There is no risk of fat emboli in Coolsculpting. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive method to reduce fat and is totally non-surgical. Best, Dr. Green
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CoolSculpt and fat embolism
Good question. When the fat cells are "stunned" by the cooling process, their breakdown elements are absorbed and excreted by normal mechanisms. Fat embolism is not a reported consequence of the CoolSculpt and there has been a great deal of study on the mechanism of this approach to unwanted fatty tissue deposits.
CoolSculpting and Fat Embolism
To date there are no reports of fat embolism due to CoolSculpting. This makes sense because the fat cells that are frozen are cleared after they undergo breakdown and programmed cell death. All of this happens without damaging the blood vessels so the fat cells do not have a way to get into the blood stream to cause an embolism.
There is not as much evidence for SculpSure at this time, however it too uses technology that damages the fat (via heat) without damaging the surrounding skin or vessels. Therefore you would expect a similar safety profile.
CoolSculpting is an excellent and safe way to reduce pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. There are some relative and absolute contraindications for the procedure. I suggest you meet with a certified plastic surgeon with experience in CoolScultping and other fat reduction techniques so you can be offered the best overall treatment plan for your specific needs.
Good luck on your search.