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Best Thing I Have Ever Done for Myself - New Brunswick, NJ

Rather than a day by day chronology, I have chosen...

Rather than a day by day chronology, I have chosen to provide a sectional review, targeting various aspects of the procedure. This review is be broken into: Background, Procedure, Post Op, Results, and Summary.

Background: I am 53 years old and mother of one child, 24 years old. I have always been weight conscious, at times bordering on anorexic. I exercise moderately 3-4 times/week. Since the birth of my son at 28, no matter how skinny, I was never able to get rid of the little pouch in my lower abdomen. I am 5’3” with weight over the years ranging between 95 and 115lbs. Even at 95lbs the little stomach bulge remained. Since having a hysterectomy at age 50 and going through menopause it has gotten a little worse. When visiting my plastic surgeon, Dr. Wey at PSANJ, I saw a pamphlet on Coolsculpting and decided it looked, well…cool. So I asked Dr. Wey about it. He told me because I was so thin, he was not sure I could have it done. But when his assistant who performs the procedure examined me and saw my little pouch, she said I was perfect candidate. So, I scheduled the procedure on my lower abdomen for 26-Dec. Before the procedure I read up on it, and to be honest, the reviews scared the heck out of me, but decided to go through with it. I was ready for a long recovery, pain and had low expectations.

Procedure: On 26-Dec I arrived at the office, they promptly took me in, weighed me, and then had me remove my top clothing, under garments remained. She had me go to the rest room, which was a very good thing; you can’t be getting up with that machine, so you would be in trouble if you had to go once the procedure starts. Pictures were taken and my abdomen was marked. She then took me into the procedure room. There was a reclining chair, the machine and a TV on the wall. I had my ipad and my cell phone so I was ready. She had me get on the chair, gave me a blanket and explained the procedure. She then put on the gel pad; it was a little cold, but nothing much. Then she hooked up the machine and placed a pillow under it to support. It is bulky. She turned it on and bam, my little pouch was sucked in. She said it looked great and she was amazed at how well the suction took it up for such a small pouch (she did use the large device). It was a little cold, but actually not as bad as I expected, and I hate cold. I played on my ipad, phone and watched TV. I was a little uncomfortable, but way less than I expected. About 45 minutes into the procedure I got a cramp on my left side. I was going to call her, but before I knew it, the hour was up and she was removing the machine. I told her about the cramp and she said I should have called but I said it was not that bad and it was over so quickly. When she took off the machine it was like a stick of butter. She said it was one of the best results she has ever seen. Then she explained she had to massage in order to warm up the area quickly and get good results. I had heard this hurt, but again was surprised, for me it did not, just pressure. After she massage, was the worst pain when I started to thaw. That felt like searing cramps, but within 10 minutes it was over. She gave me hot coffee and had me rest a bit and then let me get dressed. I was numb and a little tender but not too bad. I went home and continued my day.

Post Op: Although I was tender to touch, it was not debilitating. I actually resumed my workouts the following day. I had no trouble sleeping, including on my stomach. I also had some swelling that lasted for about week. From days 2-5 I had minimal discomfort. On day 5 I started having some burning and additional tenderness. It helped when I gently massaged the area. It lasted until about day 8. I also want to mention I have a blood condition that causes me to bruise very easily and I had no bruising! Once the swelling went down and the pain subsided, the results were miraculous. So now on to the results.

Results: Right now it is about 3 weeks post procedure and all I can say is that the results for me are miraculous. As I said I went into this with low expectations, and at week 3 I am completely amazed and beyond thrilled. I know that it is very early but I am seeing results. I will post pictures once I get my before ones from the doctor. The doctor told me my stomach would not be made flat, well he was wrong. At 3 weeks my stomach is almost completely flat; my stomach has never been flat, even at 95 lbs. My skinniest jeans are loose. We went out to eat the other day and I had on my tightest skinny jeans and I did not feel uncomfortable. I put on a bikini and at 53 I felt like it looked like beyond amazing. I honestly can’t believe my eyes. Every day my stomach gets flatter. If this keeps up, my stomach could end up completely flat!

Summary: I would have this done again in a heartbeat. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself. The procedure itself, for me was not that bad, except for the 10 minute warm up. For me there was no down time, just some discomfort that varied. Yes, there was swelling, but not excessive and I wore stretch pants for about 5 days. It was all well worth it. I don’t think I have ever looked this good, even in my 20’s. My husband commented that not just my stomach but overall look my look is amazing. So, in summary coolsculping is well…cool.
I hope this is not a fluke and my results continue to improve. The doctor is sending me before pictures and I will take some additional ones and post them when I get them.

It has been a little over 3 weeks. I have...

It has been a little over 3 weeks. I have absolutely no more tenderness and it is no longer numb. My stomach seems flatter every day. I posted a couple of pictures. It is a little hard to appreciate the extent of the reduction from the pictures. It is more dramatic in person. The before picture is a scan from the ones they took in the office and the after was taken with my cell phone camera. All of my clothes are looser around the waist. The difference in clothing is most pronounced. I hope it continues.

Updated 30-Jan-13: So it is now a little over a...

Updated 30-Jan-13:
So it is now a little over a month and it just keeps getting better. Each week I think "this is it, I can't keep getting skinnier" and then I look down and if it is possible, my stomach is even flatter. My skinny pants are all loose. My husband even keeps commenting how good I look. They say 20-25% in 4-5 months, well I would say I have lost about 60-70% in a little over a month. When I pinch my lower abdomen, there is just not much there anymore. We are going on vacation in March and I am so excited, I bought a bunch of new bikinis and can't wait to wear them! I will take more pictures this weekend and post them. I am really shocked, my results are beyond amazing.

23-Feb-13: Results keep getting better! My pants...

23-Feb-13: Results keep getting better! My pants are all loose now. I am so amazed.

2-March: So excited to wear my new bikini. Going...

2-March: So excited to wear my new bikini. Going to St. Croix in 2 week and I can't esoteric yo wear all my new bathing suits.
New Brunswick Plastic Surgeon

Referral from another physician.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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FANTASTIC, good for you
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You look great! I have gone to that practice before and saw Dr. Olsen- he is no longer w that practice. How is Dr. Wey? Does he actually do the procedure? How many treatments did you do? Was it just your stomach area? Is it $750 per area?
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You look AMAZING!
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Cindy, Good luck with the procedure, I also hope your results are good. I am so very happy I did it. Be sure the person performing has good qualifications and really knows how to place the machine. Also, I think the massage after is very important. The RN that did mine said it has to done quickly to kill and shatter the frozen fat. I am anxious to see how it works for you, since you sound like you have a similar situation to mine. Keep us posted. Laura
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Thanks so much for your documentation. I also have the lower belly pouch and regardless how thin I got the pouch remained. I was so upset about it and thought it looked so bad that I purposely gained weight because I felt that I looked better heavier. At almost 50 it is much harder to control weight so I have ended up gaining much more than I wanted and am miserable. I am calling tomorrow and making an appointment based on your review and hopefully between this procedure and a diet I will one day be as happy as you are!
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Wow, you really look amazingly young for your age. And I can tell there is a difference from your photo, event though it is small. You seem to have really good and fast results! Pleas keep updating with photos when you get the 'after'-ones from the doctor. I had my procedure done about a week later than you, and sometimes I think I am starting to see results, but the area is still a bit swollen for me, so its hard to tell if I am imagining the improvement. I really look forward to see my 'official' after-photos when that time comes.. When are you scheduled for follow-up?
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Hi Sanada, Thanks for your kind words. The doctor told me that they take "after" pictures at 5 months since that is when they see maximum results. I will certainly post them, and will continue to post pictures as I see improvement. Be patient with your results. I began to see results once the swelling went down.
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