I have had Coolsculpting on my flanks and abs with...
I have had Coolsculpting on my flanks and abs with great results! My final two areas, inner thighs and lower back fat, were not conducive to the existing applicators until the Coolfit head was introduced earlier this year. This head is long and rectangular with large cooling plates so it can grab large areas of fat. Since my existing doctor did not have one yet, I called around and found a clinic that had one. Before I get into my experience with the procedure, let me just say, this new clinic was awesome. The Tech was fantastic and the treatment room had a bed as opposed to the chair that the other clinic had....much more comfy! On to the procedure, I had all four areas done on one day. Started with the inner thighs. The Tech placed the applicator lengthwise (from crotch to knee). A little pinching when the device sucked in the fat, but not bad. Snoozed for most of the hour. There was a BIG stick of 'butter' when the applicator was removed, massaging didn't hurt, the defrosting part was a tad uncomfortable. Same with the other leg. The lower back area had the same applicator attached, angled from hip to bra line. Again BIG stick of butter (which is a sign that I should have great results)! The post massage defrost was much more intense than the thighs, but subsided in about 10 mins. After procedure ran a bunch of errands without issues. Plan on going to spin today (day following procedure).
week 1 update
1 week down! Virtually no pain or swelling, just numbness and some burning, stinging. Even that was mild and periodic. I was able to do all my normal activities, wear normal clothes without any issues. The only thing was sitting on a hard surface (ie toilet seat) felt strange since the back of my thighs were sort of numb. I know 'TMI', but it brought to mind those clear seats with the barbed wire embedded in them that you used to see...just kidding! I will post photos at the 1 month mark or before, if the results are noticeable.
week 2 update
Well, the slight burning, stinging is completely gone and the numbness has diminished a lot. So now it's a waiting game to see some results. I'll probably wait a couple weeks to post again unless I see something meaningful. Oh, BTW, I had had my upper/lower abs done earlier in June and while I had seen some shrinkage over the following months, the fourth month (oct) was amazing. So for all those people worrying about not seeing results, be patient!
1 month photos
I'm posting my 1 month update. I wanted to be consistent in location that the photos were taken, so they are still in poor lighting, etc. Oh well. Anyway. I think I see a little change in the back fat grab and possibly inner thigh, but nothing earth shattering, yet. Weird thing is that I 'feel' slimmer in the lower part of the inner thigh (remember, the applicator was put on crotch to knee) and my jeans are much looser on the waist, so that is a positive. Actual weight hasn't changed.
I can't verify this via pictures or measurements, but I swear the lower part of my inner thighs (I'd say mid thigh to knee) is thinner than before my treatment! I'm still a couple months away from final results and I am planning on having a second treatment on my inner thighs, but it's encouraging to perceive some change!
I hope to get new pics up soon, but I had to leave a quick update. I just measured my thighs and both thighs have lost a 1/2 inch!!! This is two months in, so I am hoping that not only will I loose some more with treatment one, but then when I do treatment two, it will enhance the loss.
2 month mark, seeing progress
I uploaded some new pics and I think you can really tell the difference on the lower part of the inner thighs. The upper part still is flabby, but I think it is starting to lose fat there as well. The one big worry I have is that the skin will not 'adjust' and I'll have droopy inner thighs and I'm not willing to have a thigh tuck at this time. I'm scheduled to have a second round later this week and I am going to discuss this with the technician. I may end up doing a couple other body parts instead (I already paid for the 2 sessions). I may see if doing the outer thighs using the same technique might help that area. In any event, I think if you are considering your inner thighs, you do have to take into account age, because skin elasticity is really critical there.
round two inner thighs
13 Dec 2013
2 months post
I was a little leery of doing the inner thighs again, but after an examination by the Tech and some discussion, I was assured that a second round on the thighs was not going to result in saggy-ness. But she did determine that since I was only month 2 into the first treatment and it was responding so well that retreating the exact same spot was not going to be dramatic, but instead placed the cooling plates in the area about three inches further towards the back of the thigh (but still vertically from crotch to knee). Hard to describe, but think of half by the crotch and half below the butt cheek. I had to lay sideways with my leg bent while she grabbed the fat, then close my bent leg til it rested on a pillow. Not the most comfy position to be in for a whole hour. The post treatment defrosting was one of the worse parts, but now it feels fine and there is no bruising. I'm curious to see what sitting will be like once the area gets really numb. As a side note, she also mentioned that the new plate for the outer thighs is getting close to being released. She says it is shaped like a stop sign. I'll be on the look out for that.
Outer thighs using new attachment
18 Jul 2014
9 months post
I had had 1 treatment on my outer thigh using the conventional small head, but not much happened, so when my place got the new attachment specifically designed for outer thighs, I went to check it out.
Because the attachment sits flat on the thigh, it takes two hours per leg. My thighs weren't bruised or red afterwards, no noticeable swelling, but after 6 days, I am getting 'rug burn' sensation. I didn't take pics but will upload old pics I took before my inner thigh treatment along with new pics in about a month.