Recently I put on a little weight (extended vacation- 3 months) so in an effort to lose the 7lbs I had stacked on, I was researching to make even more 'improvements' and it became aware that coolscultping may actually work as they now recently developed a applicator to fit arms.
My results may vary from others as this was part of a total body transformation, simultaneously losing weight and gaining muscle (working out 2 hours a day)
Stats: 5’6’’ 137lbs
Measuring 6 inches down from shoulder circumference: 31.5cm on right, 32cm on left
I have a higher pain threshold- However the procedure was a nightmare- not because of pain, but fear. I was in Asia, and contrary to popular belief- people are different here- emotionally and socially. My type A personality has had its difficulties....
My arms were propped up (90 degrees), and two devices were applied (one to each arm). Within a few minutes my hands were tingling, and falling asleep. 30 minutes in, my right hand lost all feeling, I was unable to wiggle fingers, or even move my wrist. It became limp and was extremely disturbing- more disturbing than any surgery I had ever encountered (knee, abdomen, hand, etc). The panic involved in not being able to move a entire limb was traumatizing.
I was instructed before the procedure to press the ‘emergency button’ if I needed anything- however I had no movement, and therefore could not press this red ball attached to a chord which was mounted to my chair- I started yelling and biting at the emergency button chords as I was unable to grasp the button with my hands... gently and carefully I pulled on the chord with my teeth and tongue until I reached the round red tip- placing it in my mouth I bit down to press it into the center- alerting someone- anyone to my precarious position.
Another 9 minutes passed, and the nurse returned- saying she had never seen anything like this- and left to get the doctor. Another 8 minutes went by (I had to TV, movie or music- but rather a clock- to watch the second hand tick tock- wondering if I was causing some sort of permanent damage to my limb.... listening to the click clock inevitably increase my panic. Another 8 minutes passed- finally the doctor entered and briefly commented ‘don’t worry it will be fine, you are almost done’ and left the room.
Sure enough, the applicators were removed, and I regained feeling- which was extremely painful. The following massage was excruciating- I actually passed out for a few moments.
Returning home I had no pain, and no general discomfort- my arms just felt 'chilled'. For the next few days, the area was numb, but comfortable. Day 4 was intense itching- under the skin and pain. I could not sleep it was so bad. Itching subsided by day 7 and I was left with just moderate pain and strange numbness. Still swollen.
18 days after measurements: right 30.5 left 32
3 weeks- numbness almost gone. Mild pain.
Measurements: right 30.5 left 31.5
4 weeks- Injury (knee) had to have surgery- going to try and stay on a strict diet, but exercise is difficult with the cast. However I am taking a 'aggressive recovery' approach recently developed in 2013- hoping to be back on my feet in a matter of weeks- relatively speaking.
5 weeks- had a enderologie massage and the original pain came back- doesn’t seem to be fading. Side note- learning to walk again sucks.
Measurements: 30cm each arm
(Weight: 134 Also lost 3cm off each thigh, and 3cm off of my waist)
6 weeks- still have strange numbness, pain when touched- only very mild
Measurements: right 29cm, left 29.5cm
7 weeks- still have strange numbness, pain when touched- had endermologie and couldn’t take the pain (normally fine) during the procedure. I was hoping to have another big loss- but unfortunately, not- however I can now walk due to PT three times a day for 1 hour.
Measurements: no change 29 and 29.5
Ill keep you updated further.... next week I go in for my 'after shots' from the doctor, and we will see how those look. I have no doubt Coolsculpting works- but to what degree is what I am interested.