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My Experience with CoolSculpting: Not Painful, and I’m Happy with the Results. Charleston, SC

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I originally contacted the medical university in my city to ask about liposuction. I’m in my early 40s, and tall and thin – an ectomorph by body type. One would think someone tall and thin would not need liposuction, but what one does not consider is that if you’re tall and thin and you have a problem body area, that problem body area will stick out on you like a sore thumb. I’ve seen others with my body type and problem area, and it IS very noticeable, not just on me. My problem area has always been my abdomen. I had a flat stomach as a pre-teen but the minute I entered puberty, a bulge appeared just below my belly button, and this bulge not only would not go away no matter how I exercised, it grew as I grew older. It responded to NOTHING: not diet, not exercise, not special supplements, not anything. I’ve done P90X as my daily workout for years. No effect on that belly! If I did extra sit-ups, the muscle that would build in my abdomen would push the fat further out and my belly would protrude even more. At one point after dieting for more than a year I went down to a size 0 from a size 8 and was on my way to a size 00. There it was, a roll of fat bulging out beneath my belly button even after every other ounce of fat on my body (including on my rump, making sitting a pretty uncomfortable experience) was gone. Thanks, belly. I got health physicals through work and got dinged for being underweight, but it was like if I ate a single walnut, the belly bulge grew half an inch. (My slim, healthy grandmother also had this problem area, and she wore a girdle her whole life to combat it as well as eating like a bird. I wasn’t willing to go so far as a lifetime of girdle wearing!)

Finally I was so frustrated that I thought I was just going to have to liposuction if I was ever going to be able to be at a healthy weight for my height. I called the plastic surgery department at the Medical University of South Carolina and the receptionist there, after asking why I was considering liposuction, asked if I had considered CoolSculpting as a non-surgical alternative instead. She recommended Dr. O’Neill, who was associated with MUSC but had his own practice on Daniel Island, an area of Charleston. I called his office and talked with them about the CoolSculpting, and also did a lot of research about it myself. This website was incredibly helpful. I went in with pretty reasonable expectations thanks to what reviewers on this website wrote. I didn’t expect for it to remove ALL belly fat, I expected the procedure and/or recovery to be at least somewhat painful, perhaps quite painful, I knew it would take a few months to see results (and in the meantime the belly would look even worse as it would be swollen at first), and I knew from Dr. O’Neill’s staff that this would not remove any visceral fat – the dangerous fat between the organs in the torso. (Nothing will remove that but diet, though Dr. O’Neill’s staff told me I should not lose any more weight.)

To my delight, I did have good results – the expected percentage of fat came off in 2-3 months, and now for the first time I could finally see the ab muscles I had from P90X, as they weren’t totally covered up by fat! And neither the procedure nor the recovery were painful for me. During the procedure, when the machine sucks the fat into it (that sounds worse than it was), which many other patients mentioned was painful, I definitely noticed it but it wasn’t painful. It was more like a strong pressure, and it went away after several minutes. The rest of the time I just relaxed and read a book. The belly massage after the procedure felt quite strange but didn’t hurt. And that was it! I felt entirely fine after that. I filled a pain prescription from the doctor’s office just in case, but never had to open the bottle or take even an ibuprofen. My belly did swell and bruise a little after the procedure, but not much, and I expected that since I’ve always bruised easily. During the recovery process my body shape looked no worse than it always looked, and then my belly started to decrease.

When I came to the office for my post-procedure follow-up and photos 8 weeks afterward, I had actually gained 7 pounds (dieting less since I was counting on the procedure to let me be at a more healthy weight) but my belly looked like I had lost weight. Though it felt strange, it was actually kind of nice to gain a little weight on my rump and thighs instead of my belly for once! The staff was delighted to hear this, and they were also delighted with my before & after photos, which really showed the difference.

All in all, completely worth it and much easier than I had expected! I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Note: I did get a discount via MUSC. In my mind, for the results it was a bargain!

Name: trjonas

Age: 40

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40yo Mommy with 2 Children, Both by C-section with a Flap of Fat Hanging, You Other Mommies Know What I Am Talking About! – CA

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I have always had stubborn belly fat since my kids, and especially that part that hangs over like a flap from the c-sections. With my busy lifestyle a tummy tuck was out of the question considering the down time it brings. I have recently lost weight and was eating healthy, so I chose to invest into coolsculpting. Since my treatments I have noticed a tremendous decrease in my stomach! In fact I was extremely pleased with my results that I have since has a second round of treatment on my stomach. I did experience some soreness and discomfort, yet was able to maintain a normal routes of work and exercise.
I highly recomend Coolsculpting!!!

Name: Sassy_81

Age: 40

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Great Results, Be Patient – New York, NY

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I am a 43 year old woman, relatiively fit, healthy and with the bellyfat which makes me kinda crazy since it won't budge with diet and exercise. I didin't want to do the traditional liposuction since it is so aggressive and expensive. I came upon the Cool Sculpting and decided to go ahead with it.

Many reviewers spoke of the procedure being painful but I did not experience anything more than slight discomfort, especially after the initial suction of the fat into the applicator, which was somewhat shocking and took my breath away for a moment. After that passed I layed in the clean and warm room reading my book and even took a nap. So overall, the office experience was fantastic.

Afterwards, the abdomen was numb and tingly to the touch for maybe two months, it was really minimal and I didn't feel any sensations unless I touched the area. There was also minor bruising but nothing to write home about. That eventually passed and I was fine. At the same time that this process was working, I was also exercising and dieting, I was very motivated since exercise and diet didn't reduce the bellyfat at all before.

The procedure was done in August so it's over the three month period. I have thrown away all my old jeans and bought ones 2 sizes smaller! And, I feel like the reduction is still progressing. So I say, be patient, for some of us, it really can take longer than 3 months. I'm really happy I had this done. It was cost effective, didn't impose upon my life or work schedule (I went to work the next day with no pain).

I have to admit that the pics I'm posting are not as dramatic as I see myself in the mirror. I look way better in jeans and feel more confident and yes, younger!!!!

Name: Olga6152

Age: 43

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37 Years Old – Stubborn Belly and Inner Thigh Fat – Tualatin, OR

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It has been eight days since I had Coolsculpting done on my lower abdomen and inner thighs. I have a desk job and don’t get to work out as much as I’d like but I am in pretty good shape other than my stubborn areas. I am 5’4 and weigh about 123 pounds. The small applicator was used on all treatment areas. The first five minutes were painful but nothing that you can’t handle. Each area takes an hour so be prepared as it is time consuming. The massage at the end of the treatment is really the worst part of the whole ordeal. It feels like cramping and just plain funky. Overall the treatment isn’t bad and I read through it all. After the treatment I was sore, almost as if I had been at the gym and had worked those areas hard. The next couple of days I was still sore and the areas were still numb. Around day three the pain started to get a little worse and went downhill from there. By the weekend I was in quite a bit of pain. I spent almost all of my time in bed with an ice pack and Biofreeze within reach. Both really help and I recommend that you have both on hand just in case. By day seven I couldn’t take the pain anymore and called my Dr. They called in a prescription for a muscle relaxer and a nerve blocker. I started on both yesterday and while I still feel some pain in my abdomen, it is nothing like it was. I can actually function now rather than wanting to curl into a ball and stay in bed. Do not hesitate to contact your Dr. and ask for help. I like to think I am brave when it comes to pain but this was constant, every moment of the day I was in pain and it takes a toll. As for results, it is too early to tell as I am still quite swollen. This is normal so I am not yet making any judgement as to whether or not it is worth it. I will be sure to report back with updates. The reason I am posting all of this now is to let people know it can be extremely painful so be aware and be proactive. Have Biofreeze and ice packs on hand. Again, do not hesitate to contact your Dr. for medication.

Name: Alcedines

Age: 37

Location: Tualatin, OR

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38 Yrs Old, 2 Kids, 5’7 – 140 Lbs – Loveland, CO

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IT WORKED! This was completely worth every penny! The pain wasn’t bad at all (I think I have a high tolerance for pain) and my pot belly pooch is gone! I have always eaten right and exercised, but this is what I needed to finally get a flat tummy and not be asked if I’m in my 2nd trimester! It took about 4 months to see the complete results. The only downside is that my c-section “shelf” is not completely flat.

Name: skigrl829

Age: 38

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