WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA?
While the exact cause of Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) is still not known, it tends to affect about one in 138 people who receive CoolSculpting. During CoolSculpting, the goal is to freeze fat cells in order to break them down. However, in some cases, an opposite reaction can occur and increase the size of these cells, causing Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH). After these cells have expanded, they require more nutrients and oxygen, further their density, and making them harder. In most cases, Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) will become noticeable about 1 – 2 months following a CoolSculpting treatment, but it can take up to six months for a proper diagnosis.
SYMPTOMS OF PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA
Initially, individuals who develop Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) may start to notice they have gained some weight around the area that was treated with CoolSculpting. Often, a rectangular lump shaped like a stick of butter will form that is roughly the size of the applicator used in a CoolSculpting treatment. This lump can become tender and painful to the touch; however, some individuals may experience no pain at all. While it may be possible that you have gained weight, if you have adhered to a healthy diet and exercise routine but are still noticing weight gain, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz. He will be able to properly diagnose Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) and formulate a treatment plan in order to treat the symptoms.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA
Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) seems to be formed from an inflammatory process that creates a vicious cycle of cells (especially Adipocytes known as fat cells) to continue to grow without stopping. Since this tissue is more similar to thick connective tissue, it cannot be removed by diet and exercise. It requires surgical removal which may involve liposuction but oftentimes requires skin excision. It is very important understands that not only to the cells get larger and more fibrotic but also takes a toll on the skin. The skin may also become scarred and fibrotic secondary to the inflammation and may not “retract” or “snapback” after Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) removal. When seeking out diagnosis and/or treatment options please contact us so we can give you the most professional consult and advice since Dr. Schwartz has been treating this for many years.
ELIMINATE COOLSCULPTING SIDE EFFECTS
Though it may be rare, Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) can occur after CoolSculpting and should be treated by a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz. When you begin to notice signs of Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH), it is important to contact our Beverly Hills, CA facility for intervention. With a thorough consultation and comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. Schwartz can remove the unwanted, larger, and harder fat cells, leaving you with a smoother, more sculpted treatment area. Learn more by scheduling your consultation at our state-of-the-art facility.