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Not So Good - Wellesley Hills, MA

I'm a male in my early 30's, over 6' tall, and 230...

I'm a male in my early 30's, over 6' tall, and 230 pounds who tried CoolSculpting yesterday. I exercise 4-5 days per week, but I still have that typical tire around the middle that won't go away. I chose CoolSculpting because it is non-invasive and it kills fat cells without heating them, which seems safer than other procedures. Also, the reports of severe pain were fairly uncommon (supposedly 1 in 2000). I will keep a record of my experience up to date here, and I plan to post clinical before/after pictures after my followup appointment in four months.

I went into my consult with an idea of what I wanted, which was to use the large (8") applicator on each side from my navel over toward each love handle, aligning in the middle. I was open to other options, but this targets most of the area that I want to reduce. I can imagine going back for another large applicator below the belly button, and maybe a small applicator on each love handle.

Day 1: Once I was in the chair, they wanted me to lie kind of flat, but I wanted to sit up so I could feed a good chunk of fat into the vacuum. They raised the chair, supported me with pillows, and then placed the gel pad on one side, and started the suction. It felt like somebody with cold hands squeezing my belly and not letting go for an hour. I would describe it as very uncomfortable but not painful. I distracted myself by watching a movie on an iPad that they provided. After it was done, an assistant massaged the area, and that was painful for about two minutes. The whole procedure was repeated on the other side. The area was somewhat red and numb and yet painful to touch for a few hours afterward. I wore a compression garment for the rest of the day. I did not go back to work, but I had a good night's sleep.

Day 2: This morning, the area looks slightly swollen and the color is almost back to normal. It feels kind of numb and warm, and only a little bit sensitive to touch. I'm headed back to work.

Day 3: I went to yoga this morning, and there were...

Day 3: I went to yoga this morning, and there were no problems. Then, I went on the elliptical motion machine and experienced some uncomfortable pulsations in my belly, so I stopped after about 10 minutes. The area is still a bit swollen, but the temperature has normalized. It feels bruised, probably due to the way that the applicator pinched the skin, but the bruising is hardly visible. I am very happy with the recovery process so far.

Day 4: I went to the gym this morning, but I'm...

Day 4: I went to the gym this morning, but I'm avoiding intense exercises involving the belly. I still feel some internal bruising and discomfort in the treated area. It seems more sensitive today than yesterday, but overall it's not too bad.

Day 5: No change since yesterday. The area is...

Day 5: No change since yesterday. The area is still tender to the touch. My next update will be when I notice a change in feeling or appearance.

Day 6: Unfortunately, I am feeling increased pain...

Day 6: Unfortunately, I am feeling increased pain and discomfort today. I'm getting what some others have described as "bee sting" sensations along with dull pain that is somewhat distracting. I am not taking any pain medications or using ice or topical creams at this time.

Day 8: The pain has reduced, but my belly feels...

Day 8: The pain has reduced, but my belly feels bloated. I have had unusually strong cravings to eat, possibly due to the stress of dealing with the pain. I went to yoga yesterday and did some cardio today. Exercise doesn't seem to hurt or help. I'm really looking forward to when the pain stops and the results start showing.

Day 10: Finally, I had a day where I didn't notice...

Day 10: Finally, I had a day where I didn't notice my belly much. If I massage the area, it is still very sensitive, but the bee stings and general pain are gone. I'll update again when something changes.

Day 29: I still feel substantial numbness over the...

Day 29: I still feel substantial numbness over the treated area, which makes me worry about whether the sensitivity will ever return to normal. Also, there has been zero reduction in fat so far. Maybe something will change given another month ...

Day 60 (approximately): I have received no benefit...

Day 60 (approximately): I have received no benefit at all from this procedure. The treated area still feels mildly numb and the skin feels slightly rough.

Day 120 (approximately): Overall, my experience...

Day 120 (approximately): Overall, my experience has been very disappointing. I just had my final photos taken. There was virtually no reduction in the treated area around my belly, or not enough for me to see or feel. You can judge the photos yourself. In my opinion, it certainly was not worth $2400 + two months of discomfort. I do not blame Dr. Krauss. However, I do blame Zeltiq for marketing a medical product before understanding why it often fails to work. They offer no remedy such as a partial refund, reapplication, or alternative techniques. So sadly, I cannot recommend CoolSculpting to anyone.
Boston Dermatologic Surgeon

I chose this provider due to responsiveness to questions by email and phone, and secondarily due to price. I may adjust my rating after the followup appointment.

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Day 120 (approximately): Overall, my experience has been very disappointing. I just had my final photos taken. There was virtually no reduction in the treated area around my belly, or not enough for me to see or feel. You can judge the photos yourself. In my opinion, it certainly was not worth $2400 + two months of discomfort. I do not blame Dr. Krauss. However, I do blame Zeltiq for marketing a medical product before understanding why it often fails to work. They offer no remedy such as a partial refund, reapplication, or alternative techniques. So sadly, I cannot recommend CoolSculpting to anyone.
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Hi there, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. How is your pain doing? I know everyone is different, but quite a few people who have posted reviews have mentioned having pain a week or so out of surgery. Hopefully in a few days it will pass.

Please do keep us updated on your progress!

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