CryoForm Side Effects

CryoForm & General Fat Freezing Side Effects

CryoForm and fat freezing in general can but very rarely have side effects. What side effects may be present are only minor.

However it’s important to note, like all aesthetic procedures, CryoForm can have side effects and rare risks of complication.


1) Immediately After the CryoForm Procedure

After the procedure, you may experience the following temporary symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Firmness
  • Swelling & bloating
  • Numbness
  • Localized bruising
  • Tingling
  • Stinging
  • Mild to moderate pain

These symptoms are normal and will self-resolve. They are caused by prolonged suction and exposure to cold. CryoForm utilizes cold therapy, also known as cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells.

These symptoms last from a few minutes to a few hours. They do not require any special treatment.

side effects swelling


2) 3-5 Days after the CryoForm Procedure

CryoForm side effects can start 3-5 days after the procedure and can last up to a week. Symptoms are generally mild and don’t require medication or time off work or activities.

Symptoms can include:

  • Mild pain
  • Mild bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Cramping
  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Temporary numbness

Numbness and pain after CryoForm are the most common side effects. These are sometimes referred to as ‘fat freezing side effects’ and are generally mild and short lived.

side effects bruising

10-15% of clients experience moderate to severe pain after CryoForm


3) 2-6 Weeks after the CryoForm Procedure

Some CryoForm side effects can last for 2- 6 weeks after the procedure. These side effects are normal and related to the cold temperatures associated with freezing fat cells:

  • Numbness
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea or loose stools – dead fat cells are slowly eliminated by your body

These symptoms are temporary and will subside. It’s important to be client and let your body heal. Consult your medical professional if these symptoms persist or worsen over time. Individual results may vary.


1. Will I get Frostbite?

CryoForm enables precise and controlled cooling, therefore frostbite and skin damage are extremely unlikely. CryoForm applicators control the temperature to freeze and kill fat cells, while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected.

In contrast, unauthorised and cheap ‘At Home Kits’ and ‘DIY Kits’ can cause frostbite. These kits don’t regulate temperature, instead they use ice to deliver cooling – which can cause injury to the skin. (Individual results may vary)


2. Will I get Dimples or Bumps?

Unlike surgical procedures such as liposuction, where too much fat can be removed at one time, CryoForm provides a steady and even reduction in the body’s fat layer, hence bumps and dimples should not occur.

However, CryoForm is a technique driven treatment. You should choose provider whose results you can trust. If the CryoForm applicator is applied incorrectly, in rare cases a divot could occur. (Individual results may vary)


3. Will my Cholesterol Increase?

CryoForm eliminates fat from the body through the lymphatic system. Extensive studies have been conducted to analyse blood samples post-treatment, these have not shown changes in cholesterol levels or blood lipid levels.

It is believed the breakdown of fat cells after CryoForm is too slow and gradual to affect blood chemistries or liver function. (Individual results may vary)


4. Will I have Skin Laxity?

CryoForm does not make skin more lax. This is because CryoForm results develop slowly, enabling the skin to contract over time.

Although CryoForm isn’t a skin tightening procedure, we have seen good results of skin tightening for clients at our practice with mild skin laxity. This skin laxity has generally either been from previous pregnancies or weight loss.

Clients with more severe skin laxity, such as deflated skin, or ’tissue paper’ skin are not candidates for CryoForm – this type of skin laxity does not contract with CryoForm. (Individual results may vary)


5. Will My Results Be Uneven?

CryoForm applicators remove heat from the skin at a constant rate, so results should not be uneven. Again, CryoForm is a technique driven treatment – you should chose provider whose results you can trust.

In the months following a CryoForm treatment, unevenness is normal. A common CryoForm side effects is swelling. When the body swells, each side of the body can heal at a different rate. Clients should give their body time to fully heal until final results are evident. (Individual results may vary)


6. Will I get Nerve Damage?

Studies have shown that CryoForm is not known to cause long-term nerve damage. Numbness after CryoForm is a normal side effect. Numbness can last up to 6 weeks and isn’t associated with nerve damage. (Individual results may vary)


7. Are there Rare Side Effects?

Our CryoForm website states that rare side effects can occur. Clients should also not have the CryoForm procedure if they suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. (Individual results may vary)


8. Are there any Serious Side Effects?

Serious CryoForm side effects are extremely rare. There have been no CryoForm cases which have been life-threatening.

Clients complete a medical history form before treatment to ensure they are a candidate for CryoForm. We carefully screen clients to rule out underlying conditions or contraindications that could increase serious side effects. (Individual results may vary)


9. Which Areas have more chance of Side Effects?

Treatments using the largest applicator are the most painful and often have the most prolonged side effects. The applicator is used to treat the lower abdomen. Other treatment areas such as the thighs, back, and flanks have milder side effects. (Individual results may vary)

Conclusion: Safe for Most Healthy People

Although CryoForm can have side effects, there is much less chance of side effects compared to alternative procedures, such as liposuction and tummy tucks. There are no risks of infection after CryoForm, or other side effects associated with surgery, including anesthesia complications, surgical scars or wound care.

(Individual results may vary)

Note: Pay attention to your Body

As with any procedure performed, every client reacts differently. Mild side effects are normal after CryoForm, for example, pain, numbness, swelling and itching.

However clients vary in side effects – while many clients experience no side effects, some clients experience the side effects listed above.

Please note, if you’re worried about any side effects, or if your symptoms worsen over time, you should call your provider.

CryoForm Contraindications

  • Women who are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to become pregnant
  • Cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
  • Cold-sensitive disorders such as cold urticaria or Raynaud’s disease
  • Impaired peripheral circulation in the area to be treated
  • Neuropathic disorders such as post-herpetic neuralgia or diabetic neuropathy
  • Impaired skin sensation
  • Open or infected wounds
  • Bleeding disorders or concomitant use of blood thinners
  • Recent surgery or scar tissue in the area to be treated
  • A hernia or history of hernia in the area to be treated or adjacent to treatment site
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or rashes
  • Any active implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators