Frostbite following cryolipolysis: a case report

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Patricia Jane Terrill
Kin Seng Tong
Daniel Williams


cryolipolysis, frostbite, body contouring


Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that aims to achieve focal clearance of subcutaneous fat by means of confined areas of cold exposure. Cryolipolysis is currently gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional liposuction due to its high efficacy and low incidence and duration of side effects. Common side effects include erythema, bruising, oedema, pain and diminished sensation, all of which are usually transient. Frostbite injuries following cryolipolysis are exceedingly rare. We report a case of severe frostbite following a cryolipolysis session that required surgical intervention with resultant permanent scarring.


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