Coolsculpting is Expensive and I Had Mixed Results
So, I had been considering liposuction for about 2 years. I’m in decent shape, but I had love handles that I just couldn’t seem to get rid of. I live in New York City and didn’t want to spend $5000 for the procedure. I heard about coolsculpting from a coworker and began researching it. I decided to go with Body Factory Skin Care based on reviews, customer service, and price. I went in for a consultation and the provider was very informative and pleasant. He explained that they do the procedure (and charge) based on quadrants in your abdominal area. There are 4 quadrants and you can have all 4 done, just the bottom 2, or just the top 2. I opted for the bottom 2 because that seemed to be my problem area and each quadrant was $950, so getting the entire abdominal area (all 4 quadrants) would have been $3800 + tax (as opposed to $1900 + tax).
I got the procedure done in July 2017. During the procedure they put this sticky stuff on me and attached what looked like a giant suction cup. The procedure for each quadrant was about 45 to 50 minutes. It felt very cold, like someone put a bag of ice on me in that area. I felt a little bit of suction/pressure, but it’s not pain, it just feels very cold. To keep me occupied during the procedure, they gave me an iPad to watch movies or shows, they gave me some snacks, and drinks. After the 1st 50 minute session ends, he comes in and switches to the next quadrant. Rinse and repeat. After it was over, I cleaned myself off and went home. That day I didn’t really feel any pain because I was still kind of numb. The next day, I experienced swelling, bruising, and some pain, not major pain, but certainly felt sore (like a hard workout). The soreness and bruising went away after about 3 days, but the swelling remained for about 10 days. There was also a numbness that lasted several weeks. I couldn’t see a difference for quite some time, in fact, I didn’t think there was an improvement until I looked at my before and after photos (8 weeks later). I will admit that I was told to exercise during the 2 months following the procedure, which I did not do. I was also supposed to drink a lot of water to try to flush everything out over the next 2 months, which I also did not do.
I had my follow up appointment in September 2017, approximately 8 weeks later. He took before pictures back in July and he took pictures in September. When he compared the photos, I did see a difference, which was the first time that I actually thought the procedure worked. That being said, I noticed that I probably should have gotten all 4 quadrants done because the top quadrant seemed to be protruding out above the bottom. If I had to do it again, I would do all 4 quadrants. The problem with that would have been that the price would have been almost $4000. I think I may have gotten better results with liposuction, so I may have just gone that route. Coolsculpting often requires 2 sessions, which will double the money you spend. One would have to be prepared for them to say you need another treatment. In my case, that could have been $7200 dollars, if I got all 4 quadrants or if I just did the 2, it would have been $3800 dollars (both of which I think are awfully expensive). I discovered some other places (some of them that were actual doctors) that were significantly less money, but they were outside of Manhattan. I live and work in Manhattan, so that’s where my attention was focused. If I had broadened my horizons and looked in possibly Brooklyn or Queens, I could have saved a significant amount of money.
Additionally, I started this process because of my flanks (sides) and was told that if I used the larger device (there are 2 sizes), it would address the flank issue. I don’t believe the flanks improved at all, but my stomach got flatter (not why I went though). If I had known then what I know now, I probably wouldn’t have done it. And if I did decide to do it, I would have gone to a different place. The customer service was good, the results were ok, but not substantial enough to justify the money spent.
My Provider's Location: New York City (Manhattan)
My Provider's name: Timur M. (not a doctor)