This Fat-Freezing Procedure Will Make Your Stomach Look Like a Stick of Butter [PHOTOS]

MakenzieR on 18 Jun 2012 at 6:00pm


Imagine you've just paid $1,500 for a procedure to get rid of excess fat, and you look down and see this:

CoolSculpting pooch

That's the site that greets people who have just had the fat-freezing treatment CoolSculpting. This after effect is often described as a "stick of butter" under the skin -- it happens because during the procedure a section of fat and skin is sucked into a vacuum, where it remains for roughly an hour as the fat cells are cooled and killed. 

Here's what the device looks like attached to the body, as documented by RealSelf community member Adrie209:

CoolSculpting treatment


The"stick of butter" also appears on the love handles: 

coolsculpting zeltiq

zeltiq coolsculpting fat reduction

Though it looks a little grotesque, there's no need to fret. Your CoolSculpting provider will massage the area and it dissipates quickly. 

It "went down in 5 seconds," says Franci329 (above). 


For more about CoolSculpting, check out:

Photo credits: RealSelf.com / RealSelf community members ravenandtim; adrie209; Nick2641; Franci329

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I had 2 large apps and 4 small apps on August 15. 7 weeks later and being at the gym on average 4x a week doing cardio, I can honestly say there is "maybe" a 10% reduction. I can see it in my flanks but front tummy where the "more effective" larger apps were used, change really is minimal. I won't have 2nd or 3rd treatments as that would be another $9,000. What I have decided instead was ab etching, pec etching (no gyno surgery though) and lipo for $15,000+. This way I get a full balanced torso and stomach and not just spot fixing. Yes, surgery will be painful and coolsculpture is easier but I am looking at long term results and my personal belief is to go the surgical way. Coolsculpture is effective but the cost does not equal the results I wanted.
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What a lot of people don't understand is that the fat that is treated has to feel like slushy hailstones under the skin immediately after the handle is removed for it to have a chance of working. If your skin is just cold and springs back immediately it means the fat hasn't crystallised. It's as simple as that. To say "don't waste your money" is sour grapes. For every 100 people it works for 5 won't be happy. Either due to higher expectations than the treatment can provide, the operator hasn't checked whether the fat has crystallised properly, the client has fibrous fat cells which will never respond to this treatment or the client has gained weight since the procedure, which is quite common. All of this should be explained to you to first, to lead you to an informed decision on whether you should continue with the treatment.
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Its been 7 days since I had coolsculpting and I cannot feel my arms? is this normal???
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yes - as long as you do not have any weakness in them.
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is there anywhere with a living social or groupon deal on now? I would like to try it at least once- but I had terrible results with lipo laser so I'm more skeptical now- ohio
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This was the worst investment I've ever made. I had my treatment done in Marina Del Rey and paid about $1600 and have seen NO results in a year and a half. They told me after my first treatment that I would need to have more treatments done, which would cost and additional $1600 per treatment. I was also told that it was painless which was a complete LIE. I was sore and tender in the treatment areas for five days. The only pain I can compare to it is child birth! They also told me that if I applied for the finance option it would be 0% interest, what they failed to tell me was that it was 0% for 3 months. I felt completely taken advantage of! I have reported them to the Better Business Bureau and whenever I hear some one talking about it I speak up. I wouldn't want any one else to go through this terrible experience.
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You should contact the company Zeltiq and report the office. It's guaranteed to work but if the placement is wrong or you don't have enough fat it won't work but that's all decided at the consult.
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Nothing is guaranteed to work! Nothing!
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don't understand what happens to the fat cells. if they go into the blood stream, they can give you a fat emboli which can be deadly. if they don't go into the blood stream, how do they get to the point of evacuation, i.e. bowel movement? if you're killing the fat cells then where are the necrotic cells? I'm always curious why procedures like this are not more clearly explained in terms that a person can make an intelligent decision.....we're suppose to be our own and best advocate...help us out!
for themselves.....we are our own and best
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Great comment, I was asking the same. The fact that I cannot feel my arms worries me.
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I just had this done three days ago and I noticed I've been using the bathroom a lot more. urinating and bowel movements. The only reason I'm noticing is because I normally have an issue with number 2. Nothing uncontrollable but maybe like 4-5 small movements as opposed to my normal once a week or once every two weeks. Sorry for the graphic nature of this post but that's how I ended up here I was searching to see if this is normal.
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The process. is called Fagositosis....meaning ...process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection.
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Franci- I've had Coolsculpting to my stomach twice (going for visit 3 soon) and inner thighs once, which I will be getting done again soon too. It absolutely works, but it's no miracle cure. As the experts say, you only lose 20-25% of the fat each time, so after 2 treatments, you lose 40-50% of the initial fat. I eat very well and exercise, but I no longer gain an extra few pounds after a weekend of indulging like I did before. My stomach remains flat and my thighs are still smaller than before, and I absolutely accredit this to Coolsculpting. I LOVE the treatment, but as it's for "sculpting" trouble spots, not for weight loss.
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That's great! I'm glad you had success with it.
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Gee, this sounds like the place to go. Where is it?
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blondiexpink where did you go to get your coolsculpting done?
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Wtg for reply. Seriously.
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Wtg for responce. Seriously!
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what's to stop some of this fat getting into the blood stream as a fat emboli?
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Kayers -

Since I'm not a medical expert, I can't answer that. However, it might be a good one to pose to our doctor community! You can go here to submit a new question: http://www.realself.com/question/create

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After informing my technician I was a bit squeamish, she told me not to look at my stomach when the applicator was removed- smart idea! It goes down right away when they massage the area, but if you don't think you can stomach the "stick of butter," don't look!
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If it goes down in 5 seconds I would not hesitate to get it done
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don't waste your money
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Franci - I just read your comments on your review about it not working out for you. :/ I'm sorry to hear you didn't see results in the end. I know it's really frustrating to spend that kind of money and be disappointed. Did you have more than one treatment?

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