A Little Pain Can Go a Long Way - California

I'm just into my 40's,and what used to be...

I'm just into my 40's,and what used to be a cute pooch at my belly had become something i was becoming self conscious of in and out of clothes. Even when at my optimal weight it was still there, and when i shed more weight i started to lose my backside before the tummy. So when i heard of this i decided to look into it, and then after reading and researching..give it a try!!

I should say out of the gate i have a relativity low threshold for pain,(I usually require a valum & vicadin whenever doing any sort of 'treatments'!)I had neither for this. When i arrived they did my before photos, and i changed into the lovely paper shorts they provide, which is good because the gel they put on you is quite messy. We looked at my chub and figured out the best placement where the suction would go. She did tell me ahead of time that this placement would include my bellybutton and i told her to go ahead as just below that was the most volume that needed to be addressed. The chair was reclined, a protective skin barrier layed out onto the goo on my belly, suction placed, and when turned on really takes hold. At this point the cooling wasnt on yet but it felt fairly uncomfortable...almost claustrophobic..which I generally am not. I actually got a little light headed and felt like I might pass out or vomit. I think part of it was the odd feeling of the bellybutton being stretched and sucked up in there. They reclined the chair more to get oxygen to my brain and put something cool on my chest and a drink of cold water. That feeling quickly passed and I decided not to turn back now! The technician said i had a great fit with the larger suction piece and prepared me for the cooling. Once the cooling started it actually felt better and eased the discomfort (not pain really)of the suction. After a few minutes i felt mostly numb and waited patiently for the hour to tick away.

Then came the part where they take the suction off...that smarted a little. I was left with the desired 'stick of butter' look that was my frozen tummy fat! excitement in the office! I had one of the best frozen fats they had seen! (oh joy!;) That 'melts' quickly and though mildly tender there was no pain. I left and resumed mostly normal activities but did take it a little easy. I was mostly numb for about 4 or 5 days. Around day five it started to get fairly uncomfortable, and the pins and needles for me was more like small knife stabbings and cramps mostly around the bellybutton area. It was worse at night for whatever reason and really bad around days 7,8,9 needing Tylenol pm to sleep. Around day 10 it was back to being tolerable.

Its been almost a month now and i can definitely see a difference, mostly in profile and in the fit of my clothes. No more -guttin'over- my jeans! I am a little numb but only barely, and still have a month to go in the expected results department.i will check back in, but overall i would do it again and i just might with a smaller suction on the area between my sternum and bellybutton which could use a little reduction as well...we'll see!

Welcome to RealSelf, sunnysrae. Thanks for sharing your CoolSculpting experience. Can't wait to hear about the final result!

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Kilmer @ Skin & Laser in Sacramento

VERY professional at this office. Also, this is where they do many of the clinical trials for new technologies available... so they know what they're doing there.

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