Why I Did Coolscupting

As my coolsculpting results kept getting better and better as the weeks went by, I sort of forgot why I did this. I was so excited about how things looked naked, and because it is summer and not really “jeans season” for me, I spaced off my most important reason for doing this procedure.

Jeans. I LOVE jeans! But I did not love how the right side of my tush looked in jeans.

Well…. I love how my tush looks now in jeans! No, it’s not perfect, but it never will be. No, It’s not lifted and firm, but whatever! What it is is equal and not bulging. And THAT was the goal!

I’m beyond thrilled, and the $1,750 spent on this was worth every single penny!

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8 Weeks Coolsculpting Progress

Here we are again, another 2 weeks have passed since my last update.  I didn’t have my 6 week photos on my phone, so I ran a comparison from week 0 and week 4.  There’s no denying that this procedure works.  As my husband says, “it’s definitely for real!”

(a nice little photo to display in your reader that isn’t my fat pocket..)

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Week 0 to Week 8:

Week 4 to Week 8:

6 Weeks Coolsculpting Progress

As promised, I’m posting my 6-week progress photos from my coolsculpting procedure.  Just like at the 2-week and 4-week points, I’m seeing progress!  I’ve noticed that there’s not much to grab there anymore.  Before the procedure, I could grab a HANDFUL of fat on my right side and some on my left.  Now, I can grab just some on my right and pretty much none on the left.  Things are evening out nicely and I’m just thrilled!

A side-note, my husband who was supportive of, but indifferent with, the procedure totally sees a change and says that he’s super happy with the results so far too.  He’s amazed by the changes and truly didn’t expect them to be this drastic.  He never, in a million years, would have suggested that I do something about that trouble spot but he seems pretty pleased that I did do something about it.

(A nice little picture to populate your reader!)

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Here I am, two weeks ago (so week 4) to yesterday (week 6):

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And Here I am, the day of the procedure (so week 0) to yesterday (week 6):

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4 Weeks Coolsculpting Progress and Round 2

I went in for my second coolsculpting session this morning and was super excited to show the technician my 0-4 week photos.  I took them last night and also this morning, trying to get the best lighting.  I’ve felt like I can see a change from the last photos to now (2 weeks in between) but you never know until you compare side-by-side.

The proof is in the pictures!

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Next thing I had to do was take a look at my 0 week and 4 week comparisons!

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When I went in this morning, I just smiled from ear to ear and told her how happy I am.  She was anxious to see the progress and I showed her my photos.  She was STUNNED to see such a change in just 4 weeks.  Remember, the big results happen between days 30 and 90 – so I have lots of room for more improvement here!  She took her own photos and we then discussed the second treatment we were about to do.

We had discussed doing my belly fat, but she inspected that area again and said that there wasn’t enough fat there to do it, and that it would be a waste of the session and money.  She noted that some fat would freeze, but not enough to make a visible change because my issue is skin and not fat.  I was wondering this myself, so I agreed and we decided to do my left side a second time along with my right.  We did talk about doing my muffin top next year and she said that that would be the end for me, that there’s nothing else to do after we do my back if I decide to do so (she’s very honest and doesn’t want to treat areas that don’t need treating).  She hooked me up and I was settled in for another long 2 hours of stiff legs and no movement, but I knew it was worth it!

I took photos again when she pulled the applicator off and once again, there was “butter” under my skin.  Not as much, but it was there!  I can’t wait to see how this all ends up!  My 60-days post photos are scheduled for August 1 – but you know I’ll keep posting every two weeks here!

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Here’s a quick , picturesque photo to put in your reader… I noticed that the default picture was no good for a reader after I hit “publish.”  HA!

 

Today Was the Day!

Today was the day I’ve been looking forward to… Today I had round 1 of coolsculpting done on my fat pocket!  I’ve been so excited about this day since I booked the appointment a month ago.  Every time I looked in the mirror, instead of lamenting that nagging bulge, I would just laugh at it and think about what it would look like 3 months from then.

I said I would document the process, and I will take photos every week so that I can monitor how quickly it’s shrinking, but I wanted to get the official “before” photos and process photos posted in the spirit of transparency.  So many people have asked what this involves and honestly, until today, I wasn’t sure what to expect myself.  I knew it would be virtually painless and just a little bothersome, but to get hooked up to the machine and see it in action… well… that was something!

Here are my before photos.  I actually took them after the procedure, but this truly is what the bulges look like and they are not swollen.  Anyone who says that they’re not noticeable is a true friend – HA!  Now you can see why I can’t wear a normal swimsuit without a skirt.  The top two photos are my right side, the worst side.  In the middle photo, you can see how much more dominant it is than the left bulge.  The left one is much smoother, much more distributed than the right.  The bottom photos show my left side – not near as offensive as the right.

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Here is what they look like with clothes on.  On the left, you see my left side which looks pretty normal – I’m happy with the left side in clothing.  In the right photos, you can see the bulge and how it looks in jeans.  This is why I have a hard time finding skinny jeans and can’t wear jeans that are made of a stretchy material.

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Now…. here we go with the process!

I got to the office on time and the first thing she had me do was put on some disposable shorts so that every part of me was accessible when needed.  Sexy!  Then we took the clinical “before” photos and she had me rotate around a clock-like positioner so that she could get photos from every angle.  These photos are used to compare my changes from day 0, day 30 (when they re-treat), and day 60.  She then marked up my fat pockets with permanent marker so that she knew exactly where to hook up the suction wand to get the part that bothers me.

Then it was time to hook me up to the machine!  She grabbed a freezing cold gel pad from the freezer and put it on my right fat pocket and then hooked the wand up.  It was cold, but not terrible.  The wand sucked my skin deep into the applicator and she showed me the line they want my skin to get to at a minimum for a good freeze, and she said that mine was well above that.  She said, “you’re going to be happy with how this turns out!”  She then propped pillows around my legs and put a boppy pillow around the wand to hold it stationary, and she stepped out.  I watched “Mad Men” for an hour then she came back in and turned off the machine and took the wand off.

Holy hell – that was AMAZING!  The bulge had frozen under my skin and it was sticking up in the shape of the applicator.  She was very pleased, said that when it stands up like that, that it’s a “good freeze.”  She had me feel it and said, “it feels like there’s a stick of butter under your skin.”  That’s exactly what it felt like – I could even leave a finger imprint in it.  It was pretty cool.  I asked if all of that “butter” was fat cells that were frozen and she said, “pretty much, with just a little extra tissue in there.”  It was neat to have a visual of what all is going to be flushed out of my system in a few weeks.  The last step was for her to massage it back down, because the results are “35% better if we do that,” and then we switched to the other side and repeated the entire process.

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Top left – the applicator with my skin and fat cells vacuumed into it; top right – the view of the wand/applicator from above my hip; middle photo – right after removing the wand, this is the “stick of butter” fat cells under the skin; bottom left – right after being massaged back down; bottom right – an hour later (no swelling, back to normal with the exception of some bruising)

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Top left – just before removing the applicator on my left side (see that metal band on the applicator – they wanted my skin to go to that line or above but there wasn’t enough on my left side for that); right – right after removing the wand and peeling up the gel pad from my “stick of butter” fat cells (notice how much smaller it is than my right side); bottom left – post-massage and about 3-5 minutes after taking the wand off.

I have to say, the worst part of the experience was the chair/table I had to lay on for an hour on my side – my legs fell asleep and when I switched to do the left side, I had a lot of pain in my right leg.  BUT – it was over again in an hour and as promised, there was no down time.  I ran 5.0 miles just 3 hours after I walked out of there.

Amazing!

My re-treat is scheduled for May 24th and we will do the right side again (will probably get the same amount of fat cells that time as today) and my belly fat above my C-section scar.  Stay tuned for photos in the next week or two to see if there’s a change yet!