Hi everyone. I had my procedure done three days...
Hi everyone. I had my procedure done three days ago. I'm inspired by a lot of the posts on here so I've decided to document my experience. I hope that my results are as great as some of the ones I've already seen on this website.
I first had a consultation with a certified Coolsculting technician associated with the dermatologists practice. After our consulation, we decided that I would have two of the large applicators placed on my lower abdomen. The day of the procedure I was walked through the process by a friendly office staff member who provided me with a robe, flip flops, socks and tea. It felt like being at a spa.
After having my pictures taken, an RN came in to mark the area to be treated. She then applied a cool jelly-like cloth pad to protect the area and then placed the large appplicator. How did it feel? To me, the suction felt like my lower abdomen was getting a mammogram. The first 2 minutes or so were uncomfortable, but not unbearable. The process with the first applicator lasted an hour, which went by fast because I was on the phone with friends. After the applicator was removed my skin was bright pink and the frozen area looked like what's been described as a large stick of butter. The area was massaged and the stick of butter flattened. I didn't feel any pain. The area was just numb. The same process was followed for the other side of my lower abdomen. This time I fell asleep because I had noone else to call and the Netflix in the room wasn't working.
The entire process from check-in to check-out lasted 3 1/2 hours.
Here's a snapshot of what I've felt:
Day 1 - No pain. The area is a bright pink. No bruising. The treated area is numb.
Day 2 - The treated area feels like it's suffering from a throbbing headache with fluid swishing around from side-to-side. Still numb. Skin color is back to normal. Some minor bruising.
Day 3 - The throbbing sensation from yesterday has decreased about 80%. The bruising has minimized and the area is still numb.
I'll keep updating as I progress and I'll post pictures as soon as I can.
Hating Life Right Now
Post-CoolSculpting Day 4 - Up until last night I was doing OK. Today I'm pretty much hating life. I didn't sleep well at all last night. At all.
At first, the treated area felt like it was covered in itchy sweater material. Now, it's a burning sensation (like the one that is left behind on the skin when a bandage is removed from a hairy arm or leg) with some cramping. Really, all I want to do is yank out my skin.
I took two acetaminophen and there is slight improvement. I called the Center and was told a nurse would call me back to provide me with a prescription. I hope the pain does not increase, otherwise I'll take a day off from work.
Oh, the things I do for beauty...
Thank God for Medicines
Post-CoolSculpting Day 9 - I have no pain whatsoever. I've been wearing my Spanx at night and massaging the treated area for about 5 minutes. I have no medical basis for doing this but it gives me comfort knowing that I’m treating my belly with some TLC. The numbness and swelling in the treated area is subsiding.
Some final thoughts on the pain I experienced: Days 4-5 were atrocious for me and were made bearable by the medicines the RN provided me. I found a post on RealSelf by a doctor (Dr. Elaine Cook) who experienced the post procedure pain first hand. I liked her informative explanation so I’m sharing it with you:
“We perform CoolSculpting and I have had multiple treatments myself... I experienced it myself on my lower abdomen, one week after treatment. It is from small sensory nerve fibers firing abnormally...We have seen it in about 3-4/100 patients, it usually comes on 3-7 days after treatment, all have been on the abdomen and all have been treated with the large tip. It is a squirmy, tearing, stabbing, discomfort/pain that makes it impossible to sit still. I do think it is more common than is reported as I am sure some patients have been blown off. The good news is that all have resolved in 3-10 days…And so far, neither myself nor my patients have had a recurrence with subsequent treatments. That doesn't mean that you won't but it hasn't happened to us.”
All I can say is, "Thank God for medicines." I'm back to loving life again. Now, it’s just a waiting game to see how my body will respond to the procedure…
Back for more
I'm pleased with the results I'm seeing that I decided to go back and get a second area treated.
I'm not looking forward to the pain but this time I'm prepared.
My follow-up visit for both procedures will be in November so I'll be posting before and after pics.
Small Applicator = No pain = Happy
My first go round with Coolsculpting, about five weeks ago, was with two large applicators. Within days I was in so much pain I needed meds.
My second go round, about five days ago, was with two small applicators. I've felt numb and sore but nothing like I felt like with the large applicators.
Based on my experience I'm inclined to say that large applicators suction more skin and fat, but may also cause the most severe post-Coolsculpting pain.
Temporary skin damage
First off, I really like Coolsculpting. I've gone back a couple of more times since my initial procedure. I've seen results and am happy.
The last time I had a procedure done was about 11 months ago. I had two small applicators applied to my hip areas.
About 45 minutes into the procedure, one of the machines beeps and turns off. That was odd, I thought. The Coolsculpting specialist also thought it was odd. We didn't think much of it until the next day.
The next day the skin area where the machine that turned off had grabbed had turned a dark brown. I had a rectangular area on my hip area, about 5 × 4 inches large, that was noticeably darker. It looked like a burn but didn't hurt at all.
Because it didn't hurt I didn't rush to the Center but waited to discuss it during my follow-up. At my follow-up it appeared that I was the first person to have this happen (I now know of another person whose also experienced this too). Dr. Bowes gave me a topical super strength lightening cream to place on the area to reduce the dark brown color.
It took my skin about 7 months to go back to its usual color. I still love CoolSculpting and would get more sessions done because I've seen results. Had the last procedure permanently ruined my skin or caused pain this review would be very different. From my experience, there IS a risk with CoolSculpting, and there are also results.