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Definitely Hurts More Than I Exptected. Hoping for Good Results! - King of Prussia, PA

I thought I would share my experience since I used...

I thought I would share my experience since I used this site so much when I was researching the procedure beforehand. I've never been happy with my stomach my entire adult life and no matter how much I worked out or lost weight, I always had a little pooch that annoyed me. I'm 5'7", 29 years old, 143 pounds, have an athletic frame and work out 4-6 days a week. I had looked into smart lipo a few years ago but did not want to commit to going under the knife for a minimal problem. When I heard it was only going to be $499 during my initial conversation, I decided to go through with it.

I had coolsculpting performed on my lower abdomen (small applicator) last Thursday. The device definitely felt like it was trying to suck the insides out of me at first. It was very uncomfortable and I thought there was no way that I was going to last an hour with that thing on me. Like the tech said, after 10 minutes, it felt more numb and I was able to read a book for the rest of the time. After it was removed, I could not believe what the fat looked like! I was embarrassed that I even had that much. It looked like a stick of butter or a brick or something. The nurse massaged it for a minute and it went down to normal. That was not comfortable either. They put a compression wrap on and then I was good to go. The whole area was very swollen and bloated for the next 24 hours with minimal bruising.

Over the past 5 days, I have to say that I'm surprised by how much pain I'm in from the procedure. I've had plenty of surgeries in the past and thought this would be cake. It is a very different feeling b/c it is tender to touch and then you have the pins and needles/numbness feeling. I have a large puppy that seems to like to jump on my stomach whenever possible as well. I was able to play tennis on the first day but it was pretty awkward and somewhat painful. I definitely don't know how anyone could go on a run though. I tried doing a jumping jack today and I thought I was going to die. It's definitely going to be awhile before I'm going to be able to continue my normal exercise DVD routines. The compression wrap does help with the pain a little bit but it is very bulky and hot. I've been taking advil but it doesn't seem to help. I'm hoping it doesn't get worse but it seems like several people on this site say it gets worse after a week. I'm sitting down right now and I can feel the numbness/tension on my stomach.

I took a few pictures today to count as the "before" pictures. My stomach is a little swollen still but it is pretty representative of what it looked like prior to coolscuplting. I can't wait to see results. I will continue to post pictures. I just started a food diary and I've been losing weight so it will be hard to know whether weight lost was because of the procedure or counting calories.

Day 6 and I'm starting to feel a little better. My...

Day 6 and I'm starting to feel a little better. My stomach is still very numb but it is definitely not as painful as it was over the weekend. I was able to do a low-impact exercise DVD today which was good. I want to fast forward 3 weeks to see if I notice any difference!

6 week update and I'm absolutely thrilled with the...

6 week update and I'm absolutely thrilled with the results (see new pictures). I definitely notice a difference in my abs that I've never seen before. I would absolutely suffer through the pain to do this again. I wish they did it on the thighs! I know maximum results are at 3 months so I can't wait to see if it gets any better. I'm already satisfied at 6 weeks. No pain whatsoever anymore.
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Thanks ironmaiden301. I know it can be done on the thighs but it doesn't seem like the results are that great yet. I asked the place where I had mine done and they didn't even do it on that area yet. One day hopefully! :) I've always had very muscular, larger thighs and would love a little CS. I'm glad you've had good results too. I'm pleasantly surprised.
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Great results! You look fantastic. I hear they do it on thighs in some areas. I'm going for my 4 month follow up in two weeks and am much fatter than you but at 2 months had lost 3" from upper abs and know I have lost more since. Keep up the good work!
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I had a treatment on my sides Monday 9/24. (I have huge bruises on each side) It's definitely a strange feeling but I was able to do a 1 hr workout the same day and I ran 4.5 miles yesterday. I wore a tight compression tank top under my shirt and it makes a world of difference for me. I was worried about how I would feel today, but it's about the same. I'll be happy when the numb/soreness goes away.
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hello, what office did you go to?
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I think I signed something so I would prefer to not say but if you google the location it will be pretty obvious :) It was a med spa.
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hi, are u talking about googling king of prussia?
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okay i found it thanks! so would you say one treatment is enough?
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Like your comment Goldie....one day at a time, and give it 4 weeks, then I bet you are amazed at the day to day results after that
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It seems like the pain level goes from 'eh' to 'whoaaaa'. I had both...with upper abs the first few days were okay but then after that, then next 11 or 12 were really pretty bad. I then had the lower abs done two weeks ago with no real pain. My results have been so good after two months that I would endure the potential pain.

Compression is a really good idea, as is ice.

As for record keeping...I purposely did not change anything for the first two months to see just what the procedure added. I have always been very active, just fat...lol, but I had 3 inches lost in 2 months, of course I was starting off way bigger than you.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Same here I had my lower abdomen an my sides under my bra Friday. It's been tolerable but if I could get pass the numbness an tingling sharpness I will be good to go. I agree it has been very painful to do any exercises. One day at a time to achieve greatness.
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