Still on the Fence but Thinking It's a Waste. -Austin, TX

So I have been researching like crazy and still am...

So I have been researching like crazy and still am obviously. I have had 2 consultations at 2 different locations. 1st consultation was quick and an easy convincing of how, "whatever is pinched basically it's the far that melts away" her exact words. I scheduled my appointment and was quoted $2400 for large applicator on tummy and 2 small for love handles.

Still in my researching mode Idecided to see if any place could give me a better price and also wanted to hear what others had to say before gong all in at the one place.

Second place I called was running a special so quoting me $2700 for inner thighs, love handles and tummy. I love the deal and make the appointment and cancel my first place. Mind you she quoted me $3700 for those areas but I told her I was told over the phone they were running a special and it should be this amount. She quickly acted in ignorance, apologized and quoted me $2700.

I do have to say the entire time she was giving me all sorts of warnings of how it may not work as expected and what exactly was my end result goal and I should consider liposuction. So then I'm thinking we'll shoot are they trying to get more money out of me? That procedure was about A$6500 for all three areas. After obsessing over whether I'm making the right decision I cancelled this appointment as well. Maybe without saying it, the doctor was trying to warn me that this procedure it's not as effective as they say. Thank you to all of you who have posted your experience. I'm going to hold onto my $2700.

On the table now. 10 minutes in. For me no pain...

On the table now. 10 minutes in. For me no pain but felt weird. Large applicator on my tummy. I'm doing 2 small on flanks and 2 inner thigh after this. She said I got a good grab on my tummy so should get good results.

After much back and forth going on in my head

  • 30 Apr 2013 
  • On day of treatment

After much back and forth going on in my head on which procedure was going to be the best for me I decided to bite the bullet and go with coolsculpting. I am 5'0, 125 lbs. I just want to fit back into my jeans that are now fitting too snug, I'm not worried about my scale and know I may not lose any weight. I currently eat healthy and exercise 2-3 days a week. An invasive approach is not something I could do so I went with coolsculpting, after much research I have read this procedure has not worked for some people so I went in hopeful but realistic as well. I also am going in realizing one procedure may not be enough and I may want a second procedure in the same area if I want more results. 

That being said I did 5 procedures today, 1 large on abdomen, 2 small on flanks and 2 small inner thighs. My cost for all 5 areas was $2685, they were running a special and had a few other discounts that added up. I went in expecting the worst pain from what some people described but was willing to try it. 

I have to say the pain was minimal, uncomfortable at most. I am hours from my first procedure this morning and no pain still, minor soreness when touched and a bit numb but not to the point where I can't feel the area. My husband asked me how I feel and it's literally almost nothing. 

I will keep you updated on my results or any other events that are worth writing about it. So far I don't know what all the fuss was about, I guess I have a high pain tolerance but considering I didn't feel much pain at all I just don't know why some do and some don't. I will also post my before and after pics after 3 months. I really relied on this website to make my decision so I will pay it forward for those looking into this procedure as well.

Yesterday I went in for a total of 5 procedures...

  • 30 Apr 2013 
  • 1 day post

Today Im a little sore and some bruising on my flanks and inner thighs. I did work out today and actually felt like I could have hit the gym yesterday except I was lazy. I'm going to stay on my workout plans and really concentrate on drinking water. I'm not dense to think this will take the place of eating right and exercising I just want to lose those small problem areas I have. I am 5'0, 125 lbs.

Day 15:

  • 14 May 2013 
  • 15 days post

Day 15:
Areas are still mildly numb but never experienced the pain people are talking about just soreness. I have gained a few lbs but not because of the procedure but because of my own bad decisions. I started a super healthy regimen yesterday since I want to get a handle on this weight gain. Still no results (not expecting any yet) but still a little swollen I think. I have been drinking lots of water and taking a CLA supplement which I was told by the nurse would help. I actually used to take this supplement when I was super fit so I thought I would get back on it. I was at 125 lbs. when I went in for the procedure and currently at 128 lbs. my goal is to be at 120 lbs. this is my "happy" weight. Even if I do get to my happy weight I will know if this procedure worked or not seeing how these trouble spots never went away.

3 weeks after procedure already seeing results!

3 weeks post procedure and already seeing the most results on my inner thighs. I actually can't believe the difference comparing pictures. In order to keep my pictures consistent with my inner thigh photo I used the planks on my wooden floors as markers on how far to keep my legs. I wanted to make sure and have consistency so I can see the difference. I think I have improvement on my tummy and flanks but it's not as noticeable yet. They are still mildly numb. So far pleased with the procedure. I'll keep you updated up to the 3 month mark.
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Your stomach was greatly reduced, well done!
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I just heard about cool sculpting and I am interested. I gained some weight but have since lost it. I am about your height but weigh 115 lbs now. I can't get rid of the fat in my stomach. Are you still happy with going thru the procedure?
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so far it's looking promising but they say full results aren't seen until 3 months post procedure. I would like to see more progress in my abdomen. will let you know!
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Are you exercising and eating healthy also? Does that help the progress?
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Yes I have always eaten healthy and exercised so it's not something different I'm doing from before the procedure. I guess now I'm trying to stay more committed and consistent with my diet and exercise. Like I mentioned above though I gained 3 lbs. after the procedure I think it was mostly water retention from the swelling and eating food with lots of sodium. I have since really committed myself to 3L of water a day and watching my diet and exercise (those 3 extra lbs. scared the hell out of me!) I've now dropped those 3 lbs. I would still like to lose 5 more to get to 120 lbs. I started taking Smart Blend from MRM (can get at It contains Advanced CLA, GLA & Omega Fatty Acid Complex. I took these about a year ago when I was at my fittest but then stopped. When speaking to the nurse she mentioned I should take a CLA supplement it worked out great because I still had an unused bottle in my drawer so I committed myself to start taking them again. CLA helps support body fat reduction. I don't know what helps with the process but diet and exercise is never a bad thing and to be honest I did this to help get rid of those areas diet and exercise wouldn't take away.
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Thanks for your replies!
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Looking back at the befores, I think there is actually quite a bit of difference in the abdomen. It's funny how we all notice different things. I am excited for you! I am only 5 days out so I really don't see anything yet but I don't expect too. It is nice to see whats coming though
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Thanks Beachmama! I think you're tummy had always been my nemesis sui maybe I'm not giving it enough credit. :-) drink plenty of water so you make sure and help aid in getting rid of those fatty cells! My goal is 3L a day.
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Wow, that's fantastic!! I look forward to see further progress on inner thighs, that my next area.
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Day 9 and no pain. Very little soreness. Noticeable swelling which is annoying but expected. Trying to be patient with results.
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I'm most curious as to how you inner thighs turn out. I want to do mine, but hesitate because I am in my 50's and worry about skin elasticity. Also, quick question, which handpiece did they use on you inner thigh and did they put it on parallel to your leg or perpendicular?
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I'll let you know how they turn out. They used small applicator and went perpendicular, grabbing the inner portion most but then also grabbing the back portion of my leg as well. I laid on my back with my leg bent. I was actually surprised how much the small covered on my leg. I would say this was the most sensitive area but still tolerable when the applicator was put on. The inner thighs though are the first part to stop being numb and sore. Sides and stomach are still sore when I press on them.
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I posted a pic of my results of my inner thigh so far, 3 weeks post procedure. My thighs are the quickest to respond. Can't wait to see how the end up with the full results.
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I see that you ended up going through with the procedure. Hope all is well! How do you feel?
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Arnica Montana typical gel and tablets ( dissolved under tongue helped me and I didn't experience swelling and pain others experienced. Good for You! You look great, and I bet this methodology will be a home run for you.
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