Had Coolsculpting Done Yesterday - Tampa, FL

I am 48, 5'5" 115 lbs. I have always had...

I am 48, 5'5" 115 lbs. I have always had a "pooch," no matter how much I weigh. Right now I am in the best shape of my life and still have that stubborn tummy bulge that just won't go away. Invasive procedures are not an option, so when I heard about CoolSculpting I new it was the solution I had been looking for. There was a Living Social offer (1/2 price for a small apparatus), so after researching the doctor, I was in! I ended up paying an extra $550 in order to use the large apparatus for maximum results (it was almost too big). After a thorough consultation last week, I scheduled my procedure for yesterday.

Here's my experience (and let me preface this by saying I feel like I have an above average tolerance for pain): When the fat is initially sucked into the vacuum, it feels like you've been punched in the stomach and had the breath knocked out of you. It sucked every last bit of fat I have into the vacuum. It was very, very uncomfortable for about 2 minutes, and then slowly subsided. I didn't even notice the cold kicking in. After about 10 minutes, the discomfort was negligible. I did feel like I couldn't take a deep breath because I was scared I would mess up the suction. I was able to read magazines and the hour went by fairly quickly. Now here's where it gets ugly...when the apparatus is removed they massage your stomach to re-distribute the fat cells that were sucked into the vacuum. This hurts...A LOT. After that, I was told I could get dressed and come to the front. When I stood up, it was like really bad menstrual cramps. I was nauseous, light-headed, and my hands were a bit shaky. I went up front to settle up and make my follow-up appointments, and I really felt like I might pass out, and wasn't sure if I could drive myself home (a 25 minute drive). I got to my car (this was about 10-15 minutes after the procedure) and sat there for a few minutes. The car was warm and it made me feel better. After about 5 more minutes I felt fine and drove home. By the time I got home the nausea was gone, as was most of the redness on my abdomen.

I was advised by my doctor to wear a compression garmet (Spanx or similar) and I put one one when I got home...MUCH better. My skin feels extremely sensitive and having loose material or a binding waistband touching my skin hurts. The Spanx were a little too binding, but I had another pair (Donna Karan, I believe) that don't have a waistband, and aren't as tight. I slept fairly well. This morning I am still sore (like after you've done a really intense ab workout) and my skin is completely numb. I went for a walk this morning and it actually made me feel better. I'm hoping the numbness is like when your foot falls asleep...the more movement you do the quicker it goes away! I have not felt any tingling or burning. I will post updates when there are changes. I can't say yet whether it was "worth it" or not, but I am very optimistic! If you are thinking about doing this or have already scheduled your procedure, please email me if you would like some tips on things I wish I had/had not done the day of my procedure!

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Why are the same reviews under different procedures only the type of procedure is changed in the subject?? I think these reviews arent real.
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Well, I can only speak for this review (mine) which I can assure you is real. Everything I had read made this procedure sound like a cakewalk. It was not. I'm assuming that the others posters, like me, wanted to get the truth out there. I doubt anyone writing fake reviews would be inclined to mention any of the painful side effects they suffered. As with anything on the Internet, you should always be cautious. The only advice you can absolutely trust is from your own licensed, degreed medical professional. Lisa

I had my one month follow-up this morning. There...

I had my one month follow-up this morning. There is no change in my measurements, but I have lost 2 lbs. and I can assure you it's not from anything I've done. I had a bad sports injury to my leg the week after my procedure and have not bee able to excersice at all for the last 3 weeks. I do feel like my clothes fit a little differently (in a good way). I still have numbness in my abdomen, but the feeling is slowly returning. I haven't had any of the "pins and needles" sensation other posters have noted, just some minor itching which hasn't bothered me in the least. I don't have time to post updated photos right now, but will try to do so soon. I will update after my next follow-up appointment in mid-June.

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Hi Marylisa64. Thanks for the update. I live south of TPA (60 miles) I'm thinking to have the procedure done this summer. I planned a trip to Europe in August I wonder will it
heal and back to nornal in 2 months?
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I was fine after a few days and was able to travel without any problems. However, after reading some of the comments posted on this site, everyone's healing process varies greatly. Some people wrote of cramps, tingling and "pins and needles" sensations that were still painful weeks after their procedure. I didn't have any of this, but that doesn't mean you won't. I would wait until after I got back from my trip, just in case.
Thanks Marylisa for your advise.

I had my 2 month check-up this week and have lost...

I had my 2 month check-up this week and have lost around 1/2". I am hoping to lose a total of 1 1/2"-2", so I'm on my way. I did get fussed at for not drinking enough water. It seems the more water you drink, the faster the dead fat cells get flushed out...I'm supposed to drink a GALLON a day....yuck. I'm going to really try hard this month and see if it produces more results as promised.

All the numbness in my abdomen is completely gone with no discomfort whatsoever...just a little itching as mentioned in the previous update, but now that's gone too.

Also as mentioned earlier, my clothes fit better. I haven't lost any additional weight since the last check-up, but I have some skirts and dresses that I wouldn't wear without Spanx, and now I can wear them without!

I've attached photos. Next check-up in August...

Happy to answer any questions!

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I got mine done at MD Aesthetics and Wellness Institute in Westchase. Dr. Reddy and her staff were great and I'm very pleased with my experience there. Their number is: 813-855-5600. Good Luck!
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Marylusa64
Great info. I did a consult today n they made it sound pretty easy. This helped me a lot. Any place you will recommend for the procedure?

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Cool sculpting is a noninvasive procedure. No sucking or anything going inside your body. This is NOT a review for cool sculpting. It seems like its for smart loop or slimlipo.

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Dr. Anitha Reddy

Dr. Reddy is a very nice lady...she answered all my questions and explained everything in layman's terms. GREAT bedside manner. Her office is very nice and the staff is friendly and kind. I would highly recommend her.

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