Frostbite following cryolipolysis treatment in a beauty salon: a case study

W. L. Choong, H. S. Wohlgemut, M. J. Hallam (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    This case study describes frostbite, a previously unreported complication following cryolipolysis, which resulted in substantial necrosis of the flank. Medical attention was not sought until one week after treatment. On examination, two distinct areas of significant frostbite in the left flank with surrounding erythema were revealed. Surgical intervention was avoided, as is recommended in cases of frostbite, and conservative treatment resulted in recovery of the affected area. Here, the authors highlight the adverse effects related to cryolipolysis, analysing the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and management of this injury. The necessity of regulation within the cosmetic sector and the challenges associated with its implementation are also described. The authors believe emphasis must be placed on increasing patient awareness on the potential hazards of seeking cosmetic treatment from unregulated providers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)188-190
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Wound Care
    Issue number4
    Early online date5 Apr 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


    • Journal article
    • Cryolipolysis
    • Frostbite
    • Unregulated cosmetic providers


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