Hi everyone, this is my first review here. I have been reading many of the coolsculpting reviews on this site before I decided to take the plunge and have this procedure done. I had a consultation one week ago and actually had the treatment done yesterday.
I basically prepared myself for the worst after reading how much pain some people were in from the procedure. About 1.5 hr before I took 2 pain relivers and hoped for the best. I used the large applicator on my lower abdomen. I heard the smaller one hurts less, and I had the option to use the smaller one but the lady told me that the larger one works better.
So pain wise...It all happened very fast! One second she was laying the cool gel pad down and then next the vacuum was on! It was quite a bit painful at first!! When people say: "it takes your breath away" I didn't quite know what that meant. If I had to describe it I would agree, because the lady was trying to talk to me about procedure stuff to distract me, but I couldn't even hardly respond, let alone hear what she was saying. It's a very odd feeling. Almost like you can't even speak initally!! I don't know about everyone else, but for me the pain never "fully went away" it was always slightly there...just got better after everything was frozen.
That was honestly the longest hour of my life, haha. There was a nice tv in there for me to watch and I listened to my ipod. She checked in on me every so often, which was nice. It was also pretty painful when she massaged my stomach afterwards. Also for the first 10 minutes after the treatment it felt like i did 10000000 situps.
Redness didn't last very long, couple hours. I'm not even very sore today....just slightly tender. I plan on going to the gym after work also. Since it is only day 1 i can't say if it is going to work yet or not, I just wanted to share my expereince.
If it does work it is totally worth the slight (temporary) pain. I forgot to take my own pics before i went in because i was busy, so I will take some tonight and upload them. I will also try to take weekly pictures and update on how i am doing throughout the process.
I am a little bit swollen right now so my stomach actually appears a little bit bigger than it normally does! Let me know if you have any questions, I'd be happy to help!!