I had the procedure done 3 days ago. Let me first start by saying it is painful. I wasn't expecting it to be after reading the other reviews on this site, but it is!!
I had a consultation the day before the procedure and the nurse decided the large applicator would be the best option for me. The large applicator cost $1250 for the lower abdomen, which was reduced from $1500 because of a Valentine's day special the office was running. I scheduled my procedure for the following day.
Started off by taking pictures, then we went into the procedure room. They first put a gel pad on your skin to protect it from the cold of the applicator. Warning! That gel pad is extremely cold! Then the machine is turned on and the vaccum starts sucking before the applicator is placed on your skin. Once it is placed on the skin, the suction begins immediately. It is painful having your blubber being sucked into a small chamber! I was not expecting that much pain, and for the first 5 mins, I wasn't sure if I would be able to continue. I started feeling a little dizzy, hot, and had a slight urge to throw up. The first 5 mins were the worst. Then after around 10 mins, either my body started getting used to the pain or maybe the coolness of the plates numbed my skin, because it started to become bareable. However for those first 10 mins I had to concentrate on how great I would look after it was done just to keep going. I also felt a lot of pressure and didn’t feel like I could take a deep breath, but that subsided after the first 10 mins. Forget about trying to cough, so don’t go if you’re sick! During the remaining 50 mins, the only pain I felt was at the base of the applicator. Maybe because that part of the skin isn't cooled by the applicator and therefore doesn't get numb. I also felt a little cramping and a slight sensation like the fat was being separated from the connective tissue. As far as the cooling part, that was surprisingly a breeze. I felt the coolness, but it didn’t feel cold. I'm usually very sensitive to cold, but maybe if the pain from the suction wasn’t there I would have noticed it. The entire procedure is still very unpleasant, so I highly recommend taking a magazine or book or something to keep your mind off of what you are feeling. I had my laptop propped up on the pillow and my lower thighs and did some work, but a trash magazine would've probably worked better!
After the hour was over, the nurse came in to remove the applicator. The applicator still had suction going after the time was up, so she had to pry it off of my stomach. The blubber was congealed into the shape of the applicator, then the nurse started massaging it in order to break up the fat. The more she touched it, the more painful it got. After only about 15 seconds, I had to tell her to stop because it was soooo painful! She massaged the left a second or two more than the right side and then I started to feel a sharp pain on the side where she massaged it too much. It was horrible! I had to ask for a pain killer because it was so painful. However each minute that passed after she stopped massaging it, the pain subsided. I didn't need to take any more painkiller for the rest of the day or even until now (3 days later), so that was by far the the worst part of the entire ordeal.
After reading others' reviews, I thought I'd be able to work out in the evening as usual, but that was not the case. My stomach was so sore that I couldn't even touch it. It was swollen and even hurt when I walked, because the slight bounce of excess flab stimulated the nerves. I think a girdle or something that holds the flab tight would help to alleviate the pain if someone didn't have the luxury of sitting around after the procedure like I did. As long as I was still and didn't accidentally bump anything on my stomach, there was no pain.
Each day my stomach is feeling slightly less and less pain. Today it is still sore/numb, but not as bad as the first day. When there is pain, for example when walking or bumping the stomach, it feels a little like being electrocuted, which I imagine is due to the nerve sensitivity. Every now and then there is a shooting pain, but it doesn't last and I can go about my business. I'll post an update and pictures in a couple weeks.