49 Years Old 114 Lbs 5'2" Stubborn Saddlebags. Martinsville, NJ

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I've had stubborn fat areas on my tummy and thighs...

I've had stubborn fat areas on my tummy and thighs forever despite being in good shape and at a good weight; the nurse specialist felt that sculpsure was the best option over cool sculpting.

I have no photos to share at this time but will upload when I can.

The procedure is only mildly uncomfortable at best. They can adjust the setting if it is feeling too warm in the warming phase. The pads first feel very cool and that lasts a few minutes and then it starts warming cycles that peak; from that point it warms and cools for the rest of the treatment. Just as it is feeling too warm and stingy, it cools. Only complaint I have is that the connectors came off twice during the procedure; if that happens the treatment is interrupted. It stops and has to go through the cooling prep before it restarts the warming cycles. I asked the nurse if not having the pads treat for a consecutive 25 minutes effected the outcome and she said no. I realized after the treatment that the pads should have been higher on my saddlebags to treat the area of concern but the nurse said that it does have a diffusive effect on surrounding area. Not sure about that... Unfortunately, there is virtually no information about this procedure available so its impossible to find things like that out.

After the procedure, I didn't notice any discomfort but now a few hours later, my left side is pretty sore and I notice that there is some swelling and lumpiness (nurse did warn me about the lumpiness and said to gently massage the area).

Word to the wise, the consent form lists a lot of possible side effects and a long list of contraindications for the treatment. Read them carefully in case any concern you or apply to you. I didn't know about those issues prior to showing up for the treatment - we didn't get to discuss them in the consultation.

I was told I would probably need two treatments to really effect my saddlebags and I figured as much. I'll wait 6 weeks and then go again if necessary.

One week later... plus photos

So, I had the procedure a week ago. Do not see any difference yet. It takes up to six weeks with maximum results at 12 weeks. As for after effects... I have been incredibly sore. Felt like someone had beaten on the areas I was treated with a bat however there were absolutely no outer signs of treatment. Yesterday was the first day it started to feel a little better. The first few days, I couldn't lay on my side without too much pain and getting in and out of cars or seats was tough. I didn't bother taking any pain med because it really only hurts with pressure put on the area so it's easy to avoid that. Will post 6 week photos.

Here's my update :-)

I'm sorry to say that I did not see great results so the jury is out for me but read on because I have some suggestions if you decide to go ahead with the procedure. I do think that in retrospect, one of the issues I had is that the paddles were put on too low and not on the area I wanted treated. Where they were placed, I can see a dip but it wouldn't be noticeable in a photo which is why I'm not posting follow up photos. I recommend to anyone trying sculpsure for saddle bags to make sure you are perfectly happy with where the paddles are put on - make sure they are on the where you want them. Stand and have them use a maker to circle the area to be treated and look in a mirror to be sure they have identified the area of concern to your satisfaction. Be a squeaky wheel with this! It's an expensive procedure and you should get what you pay for. Also, don't let them just restart machine if it shuts off. When I had it done, the wires were loose and any movement shut down the machine. It stopped multiple times during my treatment - so, make sure you get a full treatment start to finish without any issues. I was told it would take two treatments. I didn't bother because the first wasn't to my satisfaction and I didn't want to spend another $1400 for limited results. I wish you good luck and great results if you do go forward with sculpsure!

Not able to answer about follow up care yet.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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