So Far, So Good! Coolsculpting on my lower abs- Albany, NY

I had Coolsculpting done this past Monday. I was...

I had Coolsculpting done this past Monday. I was very hesitant after reading the reviews here and on other forums. I called last week and asked my doctor about the reviews I had read where women were saying around day 4-6 they began having a lot of pain. Some mentioned needing "nerve blockers", some mentioned not being able to sleep and some said they pain lasted for days and even up to a week or more. My doctor assured me that these situations were rare and he had not had any of his patients with those types of side effects.
I am on day 4 and here is my experience:
On Monday I went to the office and I knew what to expect because I had done my research. I had my lower abdomen done and they used 2 smaller "paddles", 1 on each side and it took an hour for each side. When the nurse put the first paddle on, I have to say that for about the first 5 minutes it was uncomfortable. It sucks your skin up into it and then it starts to get very, very cold. After about 5 minutes at the most, I adjusted to the feeling and I listened to music and read magazines. It wasn't painful and was very tolerable. After an hour the nurse gently removed the paddle and warned me about my abdomen looking like "a stick of butter". It did, and it was pretty gross, so I didn't look at it anymore! lol Then she had to massage the area to flatten out the "stick of butter", that part was painful. Not terrible, but it felt like I was badly bruised and someone was pushing on the bruises. Just very sore, but bearable. She massaged for a minute or two and then I went to use the ladies room before she put the second paddle on. I did feel a bit "off" when I got to the ladies room. I felt dizzy and started sweating, but in hindsight, I shouldn't have got up that fast and my stomach was still sore from the massaging. About 5-10 minutes after the massaging, I felt fine and that side of my stomach didn't hurt anymore.
Then we did the other side. Pretty much the same. This time I knew the first 5 minutes would be uncomfortable but that it would pass. After the hour and the massage, I knew to just stay put and lay there for the 5-10 minutes and again the pain passed. All and all none of it was unbearable and I would say that I would do it again.
Day 1: My stomach was sore and numb. It felt bruised (though it wasn't) and extremely sore if I bumped it or touched it. So, I wore low fitting pants and took it easy. it also seemed pretty swollen and bloated. Actually, bigger than before the procedure! LOL
Day 2: More of the same, nothing worse. Just sore and numb. I wore a sundress to work and tried not to touch or bump anything into my stomach.Still pretty swollen.
Day 3: A little better. Still numb, but not quite as sore.Still pretty bloated looking.
Day 4: Still numb, but even less sore than yesterday and I am seeing less swelling. It is starting to flatten out some and I am thankful for that!! LOL
Anyway, all and all its going pretty good. I researched and knew what to expect. Almost backed out after reading the reviews. I know i need to give it time (up to 3 months) so thats exactly what i am doing. I am approaching day 5 and hoping those pains don't start. but, I haven't had any yet and all and all i feel better everyday. We shall see.
I will update in a few days and let you know.
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Thanks so much for sharing your story so far! If the pain hasn't started yet, that's probably a good sign. :)

I'm looking forward to following your progress. Good luck!

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