Coolsculpting: what it’s actually like.Posted on February 6, 2013
Hello everyone, I’m writing this blog post as I am in the midst of having a CoolSculpting treatment. Yes – I am being a test patient. Even though I’m a skinny guy, I’ve got some areas around my middle that I’d like to get rid of, too. The old muffin top. What better way to talk with patients about the treatment than to have experienced it yourself, right? So, I’m going to be completely non-technical during this blog post, and just tell you how it feels from the patient’s viewpoint. I’m literally typing on the computer, while the machine is hooked up!
First, a Video About What Coolsculpting is…
Start: Kim, our aesthetician, marked out the areas for treatment on my tummy, and applied the CoolMax applicator over top of the gel pad. (Brrr – that gel pad is cold!) Initially, the suction from the machine feels pretty impressive, as the fold of tissue is drawn in – but it’s not painful, just a pulling sensation. The cooling process then starts, and while it tingles a bit for the first 5-10 minutes, it’s not a big deal either. Pretty soon, the area gets numb get numb, and the rest of the treatment goes by fast.
30 minutes in: – and all is well. As long as the applicator is well supported with the pillow, and I don’t move around too much, this is really pretty easy. (If I do move, I just hold on the applicator and move it as I move.)
Five minutes to go: In the last few minutes of the treatment, the machine switches to a different mode – and you can feel the suction change a bit. The sound from the machine is slightly different, too. Apparently, it’s supposed to be a “massage mode” – but it’s really gentle, not much of a massage!
Ahh, treatment is done. I can stand up and stretch out a bit. The treatment area is firm and elevated – it really does look like the so-called “butter stick”, which is a good sign. This usually means a good result will occur. Kim is in to massage the area back to its normal contours. It’s red, but I don’t have any bruising. Sometimes, that may show up in a day or two.
As the skin warms back up to normal, I feel a little “prickly” sensation in the area – this lasts about 10 minutes. The area now feels slightly tender to the touch, like an old bruise.
Overall: the CoolSculpting treatment discomfort is not a big deal. Pain level: maybe 3 out of ten – a bit annoying, but it would be easy to ignore while you read, or surf the net, or watch TV. After a few minutes of recovery, I’m ready to get back to work.
I’ll report back on the results as they develop, over the next 2-3 months.
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