Works, But Don't Expect Miracles - New York

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After much research, I decided to give Zeltiq...

After much research, I decided to give Zeltiq Coolscultpting a try. I desperately wanted to get rid of my lovehandles and I wanted a procedure that was fairly painless and non-invasive, so Coolsculpting seemed perfect. Add in a 50% off groupon coupon, and I was sold!

A little background on me.... I'm 6'4", early 30s, 195lbs. I have had an issue with my lovehandles for a very long time, and no amount of sweat and tears could make them go away! About 13 years ago, I lost over 50 lbs (I used to be a bit chubby), but gained 20 lbs back in muscle (a good thing!). I have kept the bad weight off, and I work out 4-5 times a week, lift weights, regularly run races, eat healthy, etc. But even when I was at my lowest weight and I looked emaciated, my lovehandles were still there.

The procedure itself was fine. The pain wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be based on others’ review. The quick massage afterwards hurt the most (pain and burning), but really not that bad given that it was less than a minute.

Post procedure, my lovehandles were somewhat numb for over 3 weeks, but the pain was minimal. In fact, I would say that the pain was barely noticeable. The numbness was not very annoying, and on a scale of 1-10 (10 being bad), I would rate the annoyance only a 2. On pain, I would rate it a 1. Yes, the level of pain I felt was that low! It was much lower than I had expected based on what others have said, and I am happy about that!

Overall, I am somewhat pleased with the results. After almost 2 months (50 days), I have noticed a slight difference (see pics), but I was expecting a more dramatic change. I’ll update my review at the 90 day mark, so hopefully I’ll see even more improvement. Is it worth it? I’m not sure. For $800, I’ll say yes. For $1500, probably not. Then again, maybe I’ll need second treatment to see optimal results. Hopefully I can find another discount out there!

So, 3 months post procedure and I definitely can...

So, 3 months post procedure and I definitely can see some results, but like I said in my review, they were not as dramatic as I had hoped. Fortunately for me, I found another groupon so I will be doing the procedure again next month.

Additionally, if anyone is wondering, I weigh the...

Additionally, if anyone is wondering, I weigh the exact same amount today as I did 3 months ago, so I don't believe that any of the fat loss was due to weight loss from exercise or dieting.

So, as I mentioned earlier, I found a groupon and...

So, as I mentioned earlier, I found a groupon and decided to do the love handles again and also this time my small pooch of a belly. I did the belly two days ago, and will re-do my love handles in three weeks. Coolsculpting in the ab area definitely hurt more than the love handles, primarily because there is just more fat to suck up into the machine! But overall, the procedure was not too painful. The day after, my stomach was a little sore (kind of like doing situps) and a little numb, but overall not bad at all. Today is day 2, and most of pain has gone away. I'll update everyone next week if the pain situation drastically changes. Many reviews mention the pain/ bee stings that happen roughly a week after the procedure. Like I said in my earlier posts, I felt almost no pain after doing my love handles, so I hoping for the same with my belly area!

So I had my tummy area done, and the experience in...

So I had my tummy area done, and the experience in the week or two following was definitely worse than with the love handle areas, but honestly, not by much. I had some of the bee sting feelings that many have mentioned (between days 5 - 10). Yes, sometimes I would get that weird feeling, and usually I would just grab the roll of fat and squeeze and that would make the odd feeling go away :) Overall, the pain was minimal and the bee sting feel was really only a slight annoyance. It didn't affect my day to day activities at all.

I'm getting my love handles done again tomorrow and I'm very excited. I'll post those pictures in a few months. I'm also updating the cost to include the two sessions for my love handles, since the pictures will ultimately reflect what I spent in total.

I've posted a pic now that it's been a little over...

I've posted a pic now that it's been a little over 2 months post my second love handle procedure. Honestly, I'm disappointed in the results. Although I can see slight improvement, overall there doesn't seem to be much difference than after the first procedure. Additionally, this second time around, I also had a procedure done on my lower abs. I took no pictures, but it barely looks like any change happened. I went to a different doctor this second time around and the front desk assistant did the procedure on me. Everything felt the same as the first time, so I can't believe that the doctor's office had anything to do with the results (although maybe I'm wrong). Also, I still exercise regularly and have weighed the same for the past 6 months, so I definitely did not gain any fat over the time period.

I'll post updated pics in a few months -- I know sometimes it takes longer than 2 months to see results. But honestly, for the amount of money it costs, I would have expected better results. If I had paid full price, Zeltiq would have cost me over $3K for just the love handles alone! For that price, it would have definitely not been worth it.

Redid lower abs and can see a difference only after 1 month

I decided to re-do my lower abs about a month ago, and I can honestly say that I definitely see a difference only after one month (granted I have also been working out a lot more, but my weight has not changed). I will post pics in a few months.

Two things to note this time, which I think makes a big difference:
1. The size of the applicator - I went to a new doctor for this instance, and the doctor used a very large unit on my lower ab. I am pretty sure that the last time I did this, the unit was much smaller. This makes a big difference.
2. Having a doctor actually do the procedure. The first time I went to Dr. Schweiger and I saw results. I went to a new doctor for this third time and am also seeing results. Both actually measured the area to determine the right size applicator and drew on my body with a marker. The second doctor I went, the front desk receptionist is the one who actually did the procedure. I believe she just used the standard small applicator and put it on where she saw fit. And I saw little results.

Forget coolscultping! An optimal diet with real exercise will get you better results!

I posted my coolsculpting results a few years back, and I still stand by the title of my review, "Works, but don't expect miracles." The first time I saw the most results (see first 2 pictures), but all the subsequent times I went, I saw little results. And although it works, I am not sure the value is really there for what you get.

That is why I am back on here to tell all of you that you should reconsider spending all this money on something that will give you minimal results, and instead focus on something that will surely give you better results, albeit it will take more work to get there. I am talking about diet and exercise!

Now, I know many of you will say that you exercise regularly and there is just that pooch you can't get rid of.... I know what you are saying because I used to say the same thing! And I really did workout a lot, regularly lifted weights, did a lot of cardio (including running many half and a full marathon!), and I ate healthy. But, unless you are a guy under 10% bodyfat or lady under 15%, that "pooch" is just excess fat that you can lose on your own. And 30 mins on the elliptical is not the way you will lose it!

Look at the last picture I sent. My dreaded love handles have almost disappeared! The thing I spent thousands on trying to remove I finally did it on my own. How? Through "leangains" type of diet and exercise -- lifting heavy weights three times a week, reducing cardio to only a few times a week and keeping it very light, intermittent fasting, and carb-cycling (high carb on workout days, low/no carbs on rest days, high protein on all). There is a ton of info out there on this.

Yes, this is more work. You will have to track your calories daily, and you will have to pay close attention to your diet. Time wise, three lifting sessions a week at the gym is really all you need, and maybe some walking the other days.

Do this for a few months and you will see amazing results --- better than any coolscultping results will give you. You will thank me later!
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

The doctor was fine - Nothing special. His staff, on the other hand, was amazing. The assistant who was with me through the procedure was incredibly sweet and helpful. Overall, I would recommend.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
3 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 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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