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J Wound Care. 2017 Apr 2;26(4):188-190. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2017.26.4.188.

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

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Surgical Trainee in Plastic Surgery, Department of General Surgery, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland, UK.
Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, St John's Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


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.


cryolipolysis; frostbite; unregulated cosmetic providers

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