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Fat Freezing Side Effects

While fat freezing boasts remarkable results for many individuals, it’s crucial to manage expectations regarding the process and outcomes. Understanding potential fat freezing side effects and variations in individual responses is key to a positive experience.

Fat freezing treatment is a non-invasive procedure that gently targets stubborn fat pockets without imposing stress on the body or compromising your health. After fat freezing treatment clients are therefore able to continue with their day-to-day activities immediately. You will be able to exercise, eat, drink, drive and bathe as normal, without restrictions.

Common possible side effects

Temporary discomfort and sensations

During the treatment it’s common to experience sensations of pulling, tugging, or numbness during the treatment, but often these sensations aren’t bothersome. Any feelings of discomfort typically subside quickly as the area becomes numb due to the cold temperature. Most clients will only feel discomfort at the start of their treatment, after which they can relax, and even sleep.

Post-treatment discomfort, if any, is usually mild and short-lived.

Temporary redness and swelling

Localised redness and minor swelling may occur in treated areas immediately after the procedure. These effects typically dissipate within a few hours to a few days, depending on individual skin sensitivity and the treated area’s size. If swelling occurs (it is rare), the swelling will be minor and often only noticeable by the client themselves.

Sensations of itching and tingling

Some individuals may experience sensations of itching or tingling in treated areas during or after the procedure. These sensations are temporary and resolve as the body adjusts to the treatment effects.


Bruising can occur as a result of the pulling sensation caused by the fat freezing applicator. To apply cold temperatures to the localised fat the applicator suctions in the fat and this suction is comparable to pinching. Bruising regularly lasts a few days, but this differs per person.

General tenderness

Following the treatment you will likely experience some tenderness and sensitivity in the area. This is generally minor and short-lived, and it shouldn’t affect your day to day life.

Individual variations in response

It’s essential to recognise that individual responses to fat freezing can vary. Factors such as skin type, sensitivity, and overall health may influence the severity and duration of side effects. We take these factors into account to tailor treatments for optimal comfort and results.

Possible, unlikely side effects

Less frequently observed side effects associated with fat freezing include:

  • Occasional instances of dizziness or nausea during or immediately following treatment sessions.
  • Sensations of light-headedness, prompting our recommendation to take plenty of time when getting up from the treatment bed.
  • Possible occurrences of abdominal cramping and mild bloating, particularly if the stomach area was treated.
  • A temporary firmness or solidity sensation in the treated area, which wears off in minutes to hours.

We can avoid the first two listed items easily. Take your time to sit up slowly and carefully get up from the bed to help prevent dizziness and nausea. In addition, eat as normal prior to treatment, you do not need to fast before or after fat freezing.

Rare fat freezing side effects

Rare side effects associated with fat freezing treatment include:

  • Significant pain necessitating the use of painkillers
  • Formation of undulations, nodules, bumps, or an uneven surface
  • Tissue irregularities such as lumps or indentations
  • Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH), characterised by enlargement of the treated area
  • Occasional occurrences of blistering, ice burns, and frostbite

Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH)

PAH is a condition that has been found to occur in 1 in 4,000 to 1 in 20,000 individuals who have undergone fat freezing treatment. No such cases have been known to have occurred with the use of the equipment and treatment protocols as adhered by at Aphrody Body Clinics.

We prioritise best treatment practices and employ thorough precautions to ensure your fat freezing experience is comfortable and devoid of adverse side effects. We tailor each treatment to accommodate your body, comfort level, and desired outcomes, conducting medical history assessments to guarantee safety and suitability prior to treatment.

Good effects from fat freezing

Fat freezing treatment has some great benefits.

It helps get rid of fat cells in specific areas, making you look slimmer and more toned. And once those fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good!

It’s perfect for those stubborn fat spots that just won’t budge, even with diet and exercise. You’ll see the majority of results in about six weeks, as your body naturally gets rid of the fat cells. You can speed up and improve your results by following the provided fat freezing aftercare advice.

It’s effective on areas with stubborn fat such as the arms, chin, mons pubis, stomach, back, thighs, and calves, giving you long-lasting results body sculpting results without any hassle.