I thought I would write a review here as it is the first place I check when considering any procedure. I've never been happy with my lower body and although I work out 5x/wk I was never able to get rid of the pockets of fat on my hips and legs. As I got older and after having children, I noticed a bit of a tummy pocket which no amount of working out (even with a personal trainer) helped. When I saw Coolsculpting being offered at a clinic in Vancouver I decided - after researching many reviews- to give it a try on my inner thighs. I knew it would take at least 8 wks before seeing a difference but after a month I had lost 1/2 inch on each inner thigh!! I forgot about it for a few months and about 6 mnths later measured again and I had lost 1 inch on each thigh! My jeans didn't pull across the bottom of my hips anymore. It was such a difference. As I have a place in Grand Cayman and was down for a few weeks, I looked up Coolsculpting in Cayman and saw there was a Dr. who does the procedure. I went in for a consult and made sure it was the same thing. This Dr. (Dr. Else Christoffersen) was very patient with me and explained the procedure in detail (I was thinking of having my "flanks" done but was a bit nervous that it would take off more than the pocket I needed gone). The Dr. explained about different size 'heads' and stressed that the experience of the person positioning the head makes a difference in the outcome. I looked at several before and after photos and a video and although I had it done in Vancouver was still a bit hesitant but since I was in a bathing suit most of the day decided to go ahead. That was last January. I am ECSTATIC that I went ahead with it!!!
My hips ('flanks') are totally smooth for the first time in my life!! No bulgy pockets, at least one size smaller in jeans, I can wear a bikini without feeling self-conscious and having it cut into my hips, I've been able to wear the new body-con dresses without spanx underneath - I wish l woud have done it ages ago. Dr. Christoffersen explained I would have some swelling for a bit after the treatment - for me it lasted a few days but my sig other didn't even notice it. I went to the gym the same day and the beach after and although I did feel a bit numb - I didn't notice any other side effects. A year later I have measured and lost at least 2 inches off my hips!!! Even my neighbour commented that my gym time has made a difference! As I was soooo happy with the result, I went back this past July and had my tummy 'muffin top' coolsculpted. It's been 4 months now and I can say it is the most amazing procedure! My tummy bulge has disappeared and I am back to my pre-preggo body - totally flat tummy, no sagging, no overhang and best of all I can wear my bikini on the beach without feeling self-conscious! Truly a miracle!! As for side effects - I was a bit numb for a week or so after but nothing compared to a friend who had lipo on the same areas (no 'girdle' to wear, no down time, and she had sagginess from the surgery and scars). It was definitely worth it and more! Dr. Christoffersen and her nurse were wonderful and I can't thank them enough for confidence I feel now. If you are thinking about it, I would def recommend either Dr. Christoffersen or someone who has her experience - thank you!!