The results are a game changer for me. I am in my mid 40s and pretty active. Somewhere, starting around 6 years ago the inches just would not come off my midsection. Even with engaging in biking and elliptical several times a week, the weight simply would not come off and I was frustrated as hell. Trying not to sound self-absorbed, but the psychological impact of that weight gain was very negative -- I'd been used to having a body I could show off for most of my 20s and 30s.
The results don't happen overnight, but they are amazing. After every treatment, within 4 to 5 weeks I'd start noticing dramatic differences. My custom made outfits had to be taken in, they were so loose. After each stomach treatment, they had to be taken in again about a month later (technically, including tailoring costs, it came out to more than USD 8K). The results have totally changed my body for the better. My stomach is almost to where it was at age 27/28. I've ditched my one piece swimsuits and am wearing bikinis again. Clothes I have not worn in years fit again (the classic clothes that I kept anyhow -- the non-classic trendy pieces still had to be donated or trashed!). It's encouraged me to work out even more, and so far I am keeping the weight and inches off (will update if that changes). I feel attractive again, without that big belly bulge. Everyone has commented on the weight loss, even people like the woman who does my nails occasionally, and other people I don't know that well (in addition to the ones I do know well, who only see me periodically).
I get checked out a LOT more, as I did in earlier days. Life is not about that, but it doesn't hurt in the confidence-building arena.
I have read some reviews that say Coolsculpting is a waste of money. I'm not a doctor and have had no medical training at all so I don't know why it didn't work for them. The consultant did say it works better for "flabbier fat" that "harder fat" (as I had in the upper upper abdomen, near the lower breast). I have no idea if this is a true statement -- she's not a doctor either, but what I do know is this has completely transformed my body without any downtime. And I do mean COMPLETELY transform. While the machine is not for weight loss, as they market it, I have lost 10 pounds -- but more dramatically is the loss in inches. Pants went from an 8 starting to get tight, to a 4 now being quite comfortable and almost loose but a 2 would be too tight (Ann Taylor sizing). "Bra fat" on my back and sides is gone. My curves are dramatic, as I had multiple treatments to take more fat out of the middle, enhancing the visually curvy effect. So, I don't think this will cure obesity, and I can only speak from my own experience: Was it pricey? Yes. Was it worth the hefty price tag? The answer to that is subjective by nature, but to me, it's an unwavering "yes!". I have my body back without having had to undergo surgery and the risks that go along with it. I look good. I feel good. I wear form fitting clothes again. I exude confidence again. I am mindful of my posture, nutrition, and increased workout habits because I would like to maintain the positive results.
During the month or so before I saw results, I kept working out. I never took Advil, even if it was uncomfortable, because I'd read conflicting responses about whether taking anti-inflammatories impacts the results. I don't know whether this made a difference in terms of how dramatic the results were, but for full disclosure I am adding that input. There were some nights where the dicomfort interfered with falling asleep for a night or two, and it was hard to resist taking Advil, but placing an icepack on the stomach helped a lot (but it was still uncomfortable). The stomach discomfort last about 8 to 10 days the first time (some days were not bad, other days were worse), and 2 to 3 days for subsequent treatments. Back treatments involved almost no discomfort, but I had visible bruising that went away quickly.
Would I undergo the treatment again? Well, I think the whole point is not to have to, but if I need a two area touch up every two or three years, certainly, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
P.S. The system is forcing me to enter a US city so I will default it to my former city of NYC. To reiterate, I had the procedure done in Singapore.