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Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) Treatment in Nashville, TN

What is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia?

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) is a side effect of cryolipolysis in which fatty tissue grows instead of shrinks. Cryolipolysis is a cryotherapy cosmetic procedure, commonly referred to as CoolSculpting®, that is performed to reduce fatty tissue using extremely cold temperatures in an attempt to freeze and destroy subcutaneous fat cells. Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia occurs when a reactionary process is activated within the fat cells during cell freezing. This causes a natural bodily reaction and for the cells to thicken and expand rather than break down and be eliminated by the body.

What are Symptoms of Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia?

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia caused by cryotherapy or CoolSculpting® usually leaves the treatment area feeling firm and visibly enlarged. It occurs one out of 2,000 cycles of CoolSculpting®. The shape of the affected area is commonly referred to as a “stick of butter,” which resembles the shape of the CoolSculpting® treatment applicator. Symptoms typically begin to appear between eight to 24 weeks post-treatment.

How is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia Treated?

Surgeons are still studying the best treatment options for this rare condition, as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia will not go away without treatment. Plastic Surgery Affiliates performs power-assisted liposuction to treat paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. However, patients usually have to wait between six to nine months for the affected area to soften so the remaining fat can be removed safely and prevent further paradoxical adipose hyperplasia from occurring.

Power-assisted liposuction is an in-office procedure performed under general anesthesia. It utilizes a specialized cannula with a vibrating tip. The vibration helps to break up dense fatty deposits so they can be easily suctioned away via the cannula, leaving your body with smooth, slim contours. Plastic Surgery Affiliates does not perform cryotherapy procedures, but they do treat patients who underwent such treatments at another MedSpa and developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.

What is the Recovery Time for Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia Treatment?

Recovery from paradoxical adipose hyperplasia treatment using power-assisted liposuction is similar to other liposuction treatments and should take between two to four weeks. You should expect some soreness and bruising following your procedure.

What is the Cost for Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia Treatment?

The cost of power-assisted liposuction to treat paradoxical adipose hyperplasia varies by patient, dependent on several factors, including the number of areas treated and the size of the treatment areas. Costs can be discussed during your consultation. For your convenience, Plastic Surgery Affiliates offers financing options for qualified patients.

If you are looking for a plastic surgeon to perform paradoxical adipose hyperplasia treatment in Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Franklin, Smyrna, and the nearby areas of Tennessee, entrust your care to Drs. MaDan and Hueneke, plastic surgeons with more than 20 years of combined experience. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.