After doing 4 weeks of reading and research, I...
18 Aug 2014
Day of treatment
After doing 4 weeks of reading and research, I decided to go ahead with the procedure at CSA. It turns out the cost go down if you pay for a package of treatments. Based on first initial consultation, i needed 6 areas: left stomach, right stomach, left love handle, right love handle, left lower back, and right lower back. I went ahead and paid for 12 treatments because based on what I have read & pictures I have seen, it takes two sets of treatment to get the same result as liposuction. If it turns out I don't need the additional treatment, they are transferable to another person, used for other areas, and they don't have an expiration date on them.
I chose CSA over other places because the procedure is done by a registered nurse and they have performed more procedures than any other places in southern california.
I went in earlier today at 8 a.m. to start the procedure and finished at 12:30 pm. They did right love handle & left stomach on the first hour. They then did the reverse on the 2nd hour and then did the back during the 3rd hour. The only "pain" felt was when the plate initially sucked the area to be treated. It's like having some one pinch really hard on your love handle. It lasted for 45 sec. and then I was fine.
They gave me follow up instructions with what to expect and a 90 day follow up appointment to see the results. They also said they will be contacting me periodically to see how I am doing and to call them at any sign of pain. It's been an hour after the procedure and the only discomfort I feel is when I touch the treated area, otherwise, I wouldn't notice anything.
15 day update
Its been 15 days and so far no change yet. I measure with the measuring tape every morning to see any process. As far as pain or side effects, I didn't have any. According to my research, the turning point for the physical change occurs at week 10 so that's another 8 weeks away. Still keeping my fingers crossed that this works.
40 day update
The changes have been very slow. It's almost like 1 mm a day. On the first set of pic, the circumference of my waist area was 37 1/4 inch. Right now, it's about 36-36 1/4". I am hoping for at least a 3" inch total before I go for the second rounds on Nov. I have looked at pics of people that did lipo and the results are more dramatic and quicker for about the same price of my 12 treatments. At this point, I would not recommend cool sculpting unless you have health issues that would prevent lipo surgery as the cost and total time to see real results would be about the same.
3 months review and 2nd round of treatments.
11 Dec 2014
4 months post
I went back nov. 18th for follow up and my second set of 6 area treatments.
Final result of the first set was going from 37.5 inches around my waist to 35.25. The 2nd set of treatment actually caused more numbness and discomfort for about a week more than the first set. It also seems like results are faster the 2nd time around. Its now dec. 11th and my waist is now 34.75 inches.