The doctor said I was the "perfect" candidate for cool sclupting. I can pinch an inch around my abdomen, and can pinch about two inches around my love handles. I decided to start with the lower abdomen, then try for the lovehandles later.
Day 1 - 3 : No problems. The procedure was easy. I felt like I had a piece of cardboard under my skin and I was by Day 3. Discomfort was minor.
Day 4: I started feeling a stinging sensation and some pins and needles. The pain increased as the day went on. I woke up once or twice that night.
Day 5: I was in pain. On a scale of 1 -10, I'd give it a 3. After working and sitting all day, the pain was a 4 by the end of the day. I called the technician, who told me it would subside and to just take Tylenol. She told me not to use ice or Bio-Freeze and told me it would go away. I couldn't sleep. I ended up taking half a vicodin, which helped me sleep. I still woke up in the middle of the night.
Day 6: The pain was worse. I'd give it a 4 or a 5. I took 600 milligrams of Advil three or four times a day. That didnt help much. That night, I took a half a vicodin and drank a glass of wine to get myself to go to sleep. I put BioFreeze on my abdomen every few hours. It was very hard to work during the day. I couldn't concentrate. Just lightly brushing against my skin hurt. Sitting hurt, and bending over to pick something up hurt. I could see two bruises showing under my skin. I drank a TON of water, and also took some metamucil to help with any constipation from taking so much medicine.
Day 7: More of the above. I called my doctor's office. They said I would need to come in if I wanted something to help with the pain. I just didn't have time to come in, so I continued to use over-the-counter medication and my old vicodin perscription to manage the pain. My stomach is getting dry and raw from the BioFreeze. I tried using ice to calm the area. It worked, but I cant feel much in that area, so I think I refroze the abdomen. Later, I took a hot shower. Do NOT take a hot shower. That was the worst thing I could have done. Thank God I had the vicodin. That night I had to take a whole pill to manage the pain.
Day 8. More of the same. I was so crabby. I finally tried putting on Spanxx. The Spanxx help! The pain become dull and constant rather than random and stabbing. It's easier to manage, but it still hurts. I woke up twice in the middle of the night. I did not take a vicodin. I slept with my Spanxx and used BioFreeze in the middle of the night.
Day 9: The pain is still there, but is probably a 2 or 3 again. I am still using Advil. I just want this to go away so I can exercise and get back to my life.
I will provide an update. I think the doctor's office should have better prepared me by telling me to clear my calendar for days 3 - 10 following the procedure. It was irresponsible on their part to suggest that most people don't have any pain and that I would probably fall into that category too. I would have rather have planned for the downtime and scheduled accordingly.
I'll post pictures later. Hope this helps.