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Paradoxical HyperplasiaTreatment for Paradoxical Hyperplasia Post-CoolSculpting

Many patients come to the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery for permanent fat reduction with CoolSculpting. This non-invasive procedure can be very effective for eliminating stubborn pockets of fat around the hips, thighs, abdomen, and other areas of the body. 

However, a very small percentage of patients undergoing this procedure develop a rare condition called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) after CoolSculpting. The biggest sign you may have this condition is the development of a large mass of tissue under the skin.

What Causes Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH)?

The cause of this condition is still unknown and experts suggest that cryolipolysis triggers the formation of excess tissue in response to treatment. Many patients with PAH that gain some weight after CoolSculpting report exaggerated fat growth in the treated area, compared to other parts of the body. 

Signs of Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Fat that isn’t distributed evenly in treated area
  • Firm knots or nodules forming under the skin
  • Deformities developing within the tissue

While this condition isn’t painful, patients who develop PAH typically want to have the growth removed and achieve the result they were looking for with CoolSculpting. 

Our board certified (ABPS) surgeons are experts in treating this condition with liposuction. 

Getting Treatment for Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia

Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are board certified ABPS surgeons and have experience performing liposuction to treat PAH. They can remove the fat mass and any other excess fatty tissue around the treatment area using laser-assisted and other liposuction techniques. The tissues can be restored with a single surgical procedure. 

And in many cases, CoolSculpting will cover the cost of the liposuction procedure. 

Paradoxical Hyperplasia Treatment with Dr. Sundin

Board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton and Reps Sundin specialize in cosmetic body contouring procedures and are experts at treating paradoxical hyperplasia caused by CoolSculpting. With over 10 years of experience and having performed over 10,000 treatments, Dr. Sundin is one of the largest CoolSculpting providers in the United States. As a trusted provider, Dr. Sundin has been invited to lecture on CoolSculpting and participate in expert advisory panels for Allergan, the parent company of CoolSculpting.

If you have complications with CoolSculpting, please call the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery for an evaluation. We can review your case and determine whether liposuction is the solution for you.