I've just had a CoolSculpting treatment in the...
A few years ago I rapidly lost 70lbs, but nothing on Earth would move the fold on belly fat below my navel. I spoke to doctors who pushed me towards tummy tucks, but I passionately did not want to trade in a hang over belly for a 12 inch scar. SO I'm taking my chances and trying out this treatment instead.
The technician delighted when I removed my garments and told me I had "the perfect fat." After so many false hopes with other consultations this was an extremely unexpected surprise. In fact, it seems loose and elastic skin works well as it more easily fills the suction mouth on the machine. I asked if I might expect some flattening of the fold, as this would be my ultimate fantasy in perusing this treatment, and was told enthusiastically yes. Fingers crossed.
I had two individual treatments across my belly with the large head. The treatment itself was far, far more painful than I was lead to believe, words like "pinch" and "tingle" are euphemisms. When the machine latched on it was less of a pinch and more of a shark bite, and the first ten minutes I swooned and had to clench something. However, as the freezing begins the pain dies away quickly, and within another half hour you are leisurely doing your crossword.
I was in quite a lot of pain going home after the treatment when the machine came off and I began to move around, but again, this died down within an hour and, taking it easy on the couch, felt fine.
I have some pretty gnarly bruising and redness. So far I have not experienced the excruciating tingling others describe. But there is the interesting sensation of a nerve every now and then sort of flickering awake. So far it does not even verge on the feeling of a limb fallen asleep. My skin is nearly totally numb, and remains, two days after, cool to the touch. There is also some mild swelling. It's the strangest feeling, not painful at all, but as if a part of me has dried or hardened like clay and I continue to carry around a foreign thing in my body. I'm aware of it, but it reminds me that a month from now I might have some happy results.
One Week Post; Itchy as Hell
Told that for the best results I should cut out fats and sugars and to exercise, I have, and have actually lost 10lbs. None the less, the side by side photos I have compared show me my belly is even bigger than before. I chalk this up to swelling, keep in mind it's only been a week and to be patient, and wait, but I still feel a little downtrodden:(
Oh well, time will tell, and I still hope to see my belly get littler:)
The practitioner at Vancouver Skin and Laser was extremely friendly, kind, and attentive. She talked with me when she saw I was in pain until I was more relaxed, gave me juice boxes and chocolates, and a big hug at the end!