One of the latest rumors to round the internet is that the popular body contouring treatment CoolSculpting can cause hernias.
Any doctor worth their salt will immediately tell you that this is not possible, but it’s worth examining in-depth.
Why Can CoolSculpting Not Cause a Hernia?
It’s first important to explain exactly what a hernia is. Hernias are the result of organs pushing through muscle. This is why hernias look like something jutting out of your skin: there literally is something jutting out, which is to say an organ.
Hernias occur because of weakened muscles. The muscle walls normally hold the organ in place. Muscle weakness and strain are therefore precursors to hernias.
Nothing in the CoolSculpting process affects muscle tissue. In fact, the entire conceit of CoolSculpting is that relatively high levels of cold will only affect and destroy fat tissue, while leaving the rest of the tissue around it entirely undamaged.
Hence, CoolSculpting cannot possibly cause a hernia.
Then Why Do Some Patients Believe CoolSculpting Can Cause Hernias?
Looking at RealSelf reviews shows that this might entirely be a matter of perception. While CoolSculpting is generally a painless procedure with no recovery time, sometimes patients can have abdominal pain that occurs for up to two weeks following the procedure.
This is called “delayed onset pain.” It’s caused by nerves regeneration following the procedure–in layman’s terms, your nerves start waking up.
It stands to reason that some patients might confuse the pain of hernias, often associated with abdominal pain, with the delayed onset pain that infrequently follows a CoolSculpting procedure.
Is There More to It?
This might not be entirely satisfying, however. After all, hernias are associated very strongly with a jutting abdomen, and there are many conditions which might cause abdominal pain.
Therefore the answer to the perception that CoolSculpting causes hernias might be that hernias are a contraindication of CoolSculpting.
Hernias are not always plainly obvious. If a patient is unaware of its existence before CoolSculpting, the procedure can be much more painful, as CoolSculpting with aggravate the hernia.
Hence, patients might learn that the hernia exists because of CoolSculpting. But it would have already been there in the first place.
All this goes to show that even with safe and reliable procedures like CoolSculpting, it’s important to do your due diligence to find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Consult with The West Institute to find out of the procedure is right for you.
If you want to find out more visit our CoolSculpting informational page by clicking here.
About Dr. West
Dr. Tina B. West, founder of the West Institute, has served as a consultant and injectable trainer for Allergan and Galderma, training other physicians in advanced treatment techniques using Restylane, Perlane, Scupltra and Dysport as well as Botox.
Dr. West is a board-certified Dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and body contouring procedures.
About KaT Butterfoss, RN
KaT is a Registered Nurse and a graduate of Georgetown University’s Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program. She also has a BS in Psychology from Penn State and is a licensed esthetician.
KaT has over 9 years of experience in the skin care industry and is passionate about expanding her knowledge of new technologies and treatments in cosmetic nursing. She strives to provide her patients with high quality, individually-tailored skin care services.
KaT is also proud to be a new mom having welcomed her first child, Chase Alexander, in August of 2015.