CoolSculpting in Encino - Not Too Bad

I'm very grateful for all the reviews posted...

I'm very grateful for all the reviews posted here; I feel that they really helped prepare me for the experience.

I'm 32 yrs old, about 5'6 and 135 lbs. I've lost around 25 lbs in the past 5 months and even ran my first 5K but no matter what I tried I couldn't do anything about that stubborn lower abdomen pooch and have never been able to. So as a treat to myself for all the hard work I put in recently, I decided to try CoolSculpting.

I just had the procedure on April 12th so it's too early to say if it was worth it but I will update with results. It's better to be over prepared than under prepared; I've heard lots of folks' reviews talking about feeling claustrophobic, clammy, nauseous, etc. during the first 10 minutes of the procedure. Since I'm prone to panic attacks, I popped a Xanax beforehand just in case. It actually turns out that I didn't need it, the procedure wasn't bad at all. Dr. Persky applied the applicator himself and was careful about the positioning. I was worried about the vacuum being shockingly swift like in the videos but the area got sucked in much more slowly than I expected.

As people said, the first 5-7 minutes were uncomfortable. Fortunately it was not unbearably painful. (It helped to know from other reviews that the sensation would pass). Again I would describe the sensation as strong but bearable discomfort and only a mild pain accompanied with a burning sensation like a light sunburn. After 5-10 minutes it became merely a mild discomfort. I was comfortable enough to lean back and read a magazine and even could have napped. The applicator did rest a bit heavily on my pelvic bone and the nurse helped to reposition it so it was more comfortable - it's sort of an uncomfortable overall heavy mechanical sensation, like sticking your arm on a Xerox plate and having someone lean on the lid down on your arm. But it was very bearable for me. I did feel the urge to cough halfway through and felt like I couldn't do it with the applicator on. Burning! Agony throat! Since I was warned about the tummy appearance after removal and the massage, it wasn't all that bad. The massage just felt strange, like the sensation of rubbing your finger over a water blister and feeling that big blob of numbness but it was bearable and she didn't do any painful kneading or anything.

The worst sensation was basically right after the procedure - I asked the nurse about it and she said that every person's experience varied, but for me the first 10 min. after the procedure felt like a moderate to heavy sunburn. Bearable but discomfiting to not know how long it would last. As it turns out, the sensation was gone by the time I got to my car and I spent the rest of the day basically pain free. I popped a few Aleve just in case, but had no problems with swelling, bruising or pain. Just some basic tenderness to the touch. The procedure was on a Thursday. Friday and Saturday I had no problems whatsoever. Today is Sunday and I'm getting that pins-and-needles feeling with some light pain like cramping. I definitely look fwd to getting through this part of the recovery and again am grateful for all the reviews detailing that these sensations pass within a few weeks. I also felt that the doctor's paperwork was very in depth, detailing all the possible sensations and complications.

Day 3-5 after procedure has been uncomfortable! ...

Day 3-5 after procedure has been uncomfortable! Pins and needles / stinging shooting pains, as others have described. I think that if I were to do it again, I would schedule the procedure for a Tues. or Wed. so that the worst of this would happen over the following weekend.

Day 6-10 - No more stinging / shooting pains, but...

Day 6-10 - No more stinging / shooting pains, but definitely a constant sunburn like aching pain. They will not convince me to do this a 2nd time without a neurotin script in hand, LOL!
It's not that it's completely unbearable, I think the worst part is just wondering when it will start to ease. Most everyone seems to say at the 2 week mark.
It's just rather distracting if you have important things to do... I have a busy, mentally intensive job and it's rather like trying to work with a bad sunburn or a migraine that no pills will ease.

FYI: My procedure was with the large applicator to...

FYI: My procedure was with the large applicator to the lower abdomen. I will update with pictures when I reach the "after" phase.
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

I liked Dr. Persky. He was very affable and patient with my questions. I very much liked that he applied the applicator himself. His office staff is friendly and helpful and the office is very nice.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hi Maria! Very nice of you to ask.
Yes I am still in pain... It is like having a medium level sunburn. I hope it passes soon!
The skin is not damaged and there is no discoloration... aside from some light redness on the procedure, there has been no changes to the skin itself.
You may have to tell your husband as it'll be hard not to notice if you're in a week of pain unless you can convince him you have a week of really bad cramps or something. :-)

All the other reviews suggest that most the aftereffects pass after about 2 weeks... 4 more days til the 2 week mark and each day seems to feel a little bit better.
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I mean, light redness on the DAY of the procedure, sorry!
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Hello Januaryjurl, just checking to see how are you? Several days had pass, do you still experience pain? Is your skin damage? Do you see any discoloration?
Thanks for your time.
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I know that it's different for everyone depending on the placement of the applicator, but for myself the redness was gone within an hour and you couldn't even tell I had anything done. You will definitely be able to drive yourself. The hardest part seems to be the first week after - I am very much wishing I bothered my doctor for a neurotin script. The other night I had a dream I was in a room full of swarming wasps, LOL. It's bearable, just uncomfortable.
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You will definitely be able to drive yourself :)))
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Hey I'm so glad to see you have good experience. I'm in process of research and reading reviews. Your is very resent and I would like to know how long that redness on your skin stay. Also I live 60 miles a way can I make the drive or need someone to take me back home. I'm planning not to tell anyone about it and trying to see is that can be a secret or I have to tell my husband. Thank you so much.
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