So here it is. My name is Jane and this is my TRUE, real life account of my experience with CoolSculpting.
I am a 38 year old woman, with a 2 year old (amazing) daughter. I am fairly fit, eat well, and seem to be on a constant diet. As I approach 40 (OMG!) it seems to take longer to lose a few pounds, but takes less time to gain them.
Since the birth of my daughter I have been unable to lose that extra “pouch” right below my belly button, of course I have other areas I would like to slim down, but this is the area that regardless of how many miles I put in, does not seem to budge.
So, CoolSculpting seemed to be a good option. It is non-invasive, with no downtime (I don’t have time for downtime), and permanent fat reduction. So 3 for 3. I did read some reviews that explained a painful experience, so I went into the consultation armed with questions.
My consultation explained what to expect, it is a cosmetic treatment so I did expect some level of discomfort. So with all my questions answered and the excitement of 25% reduction of fat, I made the decision to go to Urban Body for my first treatment. I don’t believe in resolutions, but I do believe in goals, so along with my professional goals, my personal goal is take care of me, run more, live better and feel better. HERE GOES NOTHING!
THE BIG DAY
Today is the day and I’m a little nervous, but even more excited. I arrive at the clinic and am immediately greeted and taken to a well appointed room that looks more like my bedroom. A plush bed with pillows and blankets, a TV with Netflix all ready to go, even a selection of snacks and drinks. So far so good, the only thing missing is a glass of bubbly (maybe tonight).
I filled out the consent form and was again explained everything, what to expect as well as post care. Some things that will come in handy later I am sure! Such as wearing a compression garment or spanks to limit discomfort. It is point 6 on the consent that really gets me excited…I can see changes in as little as 3weeks, WHAT!
So I get marked and measured, weighed and photographed. I look a bit like a home made doll with marks all over me. A cool gel is then placed over the area to prepare it for the procedure.
My technician Judy places the machine over the area and turns it on, THEN IT HAPPENS, a strong vacuum like suction grabs all my fat and pulls it into the machine. It is not painful, but weird and a bit uncomfortable. I then lay down as they fuss with pillows and blankets, lay a few plush blankets over me and even hand me a remote to select my own movie to occupy me for the next hour.
Within a few minutes I feel it get cold, I quickly get accustomed to the suction and sensation. The pain is about a 5/10. I do have to mention at this point, that I am a WIMP, a huge wimp. Ask anyone that knows me and they will confirm that even waxing my brows cause me to whisper some four letter words.
After an hour of quiet, childless relaxation (Ill take what I can get), Judy removes the machine. And there it was a big block of frozen fat, literally. She massaged the area which was a little painful, but within 2 minutes it was back to normal (minus the pen marks and being still a bit red).
I also get the flanks (area near the lower back) treated, this area is even less painful and I get to watch the rest of my movie. The worst part of this area being treated is that the position I was lying in was uncomfortable, this area for pain was a 4/10. When they took of the suction I was surprised to see what I am now calling the “fat block”, as it was bigger then what I expected.
After 3 hours, I am all done my 3 treatments and feel a bit sore an tender to the touch. That night I felt fine, redness was gone, still sore and tender but I expected as much. The marks are still there, but I am excited to start to see the results.
I have read that day three I could start to experience tingling, itchiness or an increase in pain. So my next report will be in 3 days on Facebook… wish me luck!
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