Minimal Results From Coolsculpting
Procedure specific satisfaction rating
This past year, I got Coolsculpting done at Laseraway here in Los Angeles. I’ve always been naturally slim, but have been working out recently to get more toned, and wanted help with that stubborn fat on my tummy area so my abs would pop out more.
I first had a consultation where they took me back to the room, measured the areas I wanted to get done (for me it was my lower stomach, upper stomach and lower back/flank area) and talked about how many sessions I would need. I was told that for my size and what I wanted, I would probably only need one session. I then scheduled my appointment and went back home.
The day of the procedure I kept completely free, as I wasn’t sure how long it would all take. This ended up being a good call, as my appointment was around 9am and I didn’t end up getting back home until 3pm.
When I got there, they had me change into a little top and bottom that was almost a paper/plastic material. They then marked up my body with a Sharpie so they’d know where to put the machine. I also had recently gotten my belly button pierced and was worried I’d have to take it out, but they were able to safely go around it, which was awesome!
They separated the areas into 6 sections; one on each side on my lower belly, one on each side on my upper belly area, and one on each side of my lower back. Each session takes 30 minutes, so with 6 sessions, I knew I was going to be there for a while. I’m definitely glad I brought a fully charged phone, snacks, a book and even my laptop (though I didn’t end up using it).
The Coolsculpting machine itself feels like a giant suction. Once they turn the cold on, it’s not painful at all as your body goes numb in that area almost instantly. Then you just chill out for thirty minutes until the session is complete.
When they take the suction away though, this is when it starts to get painful. They have to massage the area and although they have a massage gun tool to do this, I found that to be so painful as well as ticklish that they thankfully opted for a manual massage. I think that for me, after the massage was the most painful part, as your body is starting to de-thaw, and it feels sore, burning, sensitive and stabbing all at the same time. Luckily this just lasts for 5 minutes or so, but those five minutes were brutal.
After all my areas were complete, I went back home. I felt very sore and puffy in those areas, and definitely couldn’t stretch or do any sort of physical activity. I then developed some bruising on only my lower back area over the next couple of days, and still felt numb in some areas. It took about a week or so to fully recover, and even after then I still felt a bit numb.
They say it takes 6-12 weeks to see the results, as your body needs time to recycle the dead fat cells. After a little over a month, I definitely saw more definition in my upper abs and felt very toned. However, at the same time, I was also eating healthy and working out almost every day.
I would say that I recommend this procedure only if you’re doing everything else right (working out consistently, eating right, being healthy overall). Don’t go to into this procedure looking for a cure-all or for a perfectly toned stomach, as the results were very minimal.
I would also only recommend this if you already are on the more slim to begin with, as I definitely think it’s more of a toning tool rather than a dramatic fat loss tool.
With that being said, it was a pretty noninvasive, low-risk procedure, so if you’re really interested, there’s no harm in trying it.