Coolsculpting, My Review and Does (did) it work?

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Back in November, as a mom blogger test subject, I had a procedure called “CoolSculpting” done. I am one of the ideal candidates for the process. Someone that isn’t really overweight, has the right amount of body fat percentage, and cannot seem to lose this baby fat around my midsection post C section. While I was excited about going in, did you know you can also get an at home fat freezing machine too? 

About CoolSculpting

Procedures that use laser, sonic waves and even surgery to remove fat can actually destroy other tissue in the process by burning, shattering or extracting non-fat cells. This requires downtime for your body to heal. Totally uncool. Fortunately, CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter or extract any cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, our unique, FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. In a few months, boom: say hello to a new you.

To kick start your memory, you can kick here for my CoolSculpting Consultation  and here for my Coolsculpting Procedure. 

Here is also a video of the actual process if you are wondering (and more on that above link).

Now comes the BIG question.

Did Coolsculpting WORK?

Am I slimmer without going under the knife, thinner in certain areas, did I lose body fat and would it be worth the cost? I will let you decide.

November 2012

pre-coolsculpting

 

And today, just over 4 months later after 1 treatment of CoolSculpting:

 

(That is my C section scar below that pocket of fat shelf if you are wondering)

Here is a side by side

coolsculptingsidebyside

My thoughts? I don’t see any huge difference in the treatment areas..or really much difference at all. When looking at a picture my husband said that he can see some slight softening of my body and some lifting of the C section area. 

For your notes, I have not lost any weight or inches from my CoolSculpting Procedure…sadly.

I can’t tell you if it just didn’t “work” for me or if I am the type of body that needs more than one treatment or if someone else would have a stronger result. All human bodies are very different. While I would attempt the procedure again to see if my results were better, I don’t believe it made any real difference in my shape or how I fit my clothing (which was what I was more hopeful for). Maybe I should have opted for that at home product after all!

Do you think CoolSculpting made any difference that you can see?

Would you get it done or if you did, have you seen different results?

 

~trisha

 

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Comments

  1. Marcel311

    My Zeltiq Cool Sculpting prcedure was an absolute disaster. What Zeltiq fails to point out in their product information is a side effect called “hyperplasia”. If this happens to you you won’t see a possible 25% in fat reduction in the treated area. What you will see is a 30 to 40 % increase in fat. This is not ordinary fat that can be lost with diet and exercise. This fat is very dense, hard and thick. It was so uncomfortable that when I sat I would have to pull my jeans away from my stomach so that the hyperplasia could slide by the top of my jeans. If I didn’t do this the hyperplasia would catch and it was painful. This type of new fat is different in that it seems to be attached to the abdominal wall as well as the skin. The only way to get rid of hyperplasia is to go under general anesthesia and have it surgically removed. I had this done. I was under for 90+ minutes. After the surgery my surgeon told me that the removal was much harder than he anticipated.
    Now begins my recovery. Along with several new surgical scars I have to wear a compression garment for 6 weeks – day and night. I can only remove it for bathing. The total recovery from the surgery is anticipated between 5 and 6 months and the first month is quite painful.
    I took the time to read through Zeltiq’s literature and nothing about Hyperplasia is mentioned. I think they do a disservice to their customers by avoiding this serious issue.
    In retrospect I do not feel that Cool Sculpting was not worth having, especially with only a potential maximum fat reduction of 25-30%. I should have stuck with my exercise routine a little longer. Now I have the scars to remind me of what I went through.
    Is it worth it to take such a risk with your health for such little improvement. The only potential fat reduction will be to a very small area. It’s your money and your gamble. If you choose to take the risk with Cool Sculpting I wish you good luck.

  2. Beth

    I am weighing my options between Coolsculpting and Trusculpt. I have a scar from fibroid removal and then having a hysterectomy so I have a shelf that never goes away. I workout constantly and eat semi-healthy. I read in your review you only had 1 treatment. They usually recommend two treatments. Not sure if they recommended two treatments for you. Doing my research before I decide which treatment I want.

  3. Tyler

    I am just past the three week mark and had six areas treated. I took it upon myself to exercise, tailor my diet to metabolize fat and used various proven ways to circulate my lymphatic system.

    I am happy so far, my lifestyle change led to a 14lb loss and the exercise helped better the appearance of my “frame” and my trouble spots are smoothing/blending at the same time.

    What it does and what you expect will vary. Talk to a nutritionist, a personal trainer and research things you can do to support this procedure.

    After the procedure, you see a lump of frozen fat that is somewhere between the size of a stick of butter or link of sausage. That’s about what you loose. I’ll loose about 8 sticks of butter – combine that with exercise and muscle gain? It is a significant aid.

    Beware – whatever weight a stick of butter weighs can be gained in a couple days of bad eating. I have found that fatty foods (even healthy fats) and more than two drinks a night will hinder any progress from the procedure, exercise or lifestyle change……

  4. Ann

    I had cool sculpting done to my love handles a year ago. I am already pretty fit, but after two babies I had the usual weight most women have in their sides. I had one treatment on each side and my results are amazing!!! I do not work at a doctors office or anywhere that promotes cool sculpting. My sides are noticeably smaller and the fat I had on my sides is almost nonexistent!! I’d do it again in a second and am hoping to get my belly done this spring. It is not for people looking for weight loss, go to the gym for that. This is for people in good shape who need to spot treat certain areas. I recommend it 110%

  5. Ron J Stavis

    I spent only $2000. The only results I see is because I went on a diet and lost 14 lbs. I looked good, and my belly flattened out. I gained 4 lbs back and can see the bulge coming back. Cool Sculpting is a waste of money.

    • Caroline

      I agree! I spent $4,00.00 on this ridiculous procedure in May 2014 and I honestly can’t tell a difference. So disappointed! I should have just had a tummy tuck like I was planning on. I think it’s nothing but a way to take advantage of people who are desperate. I try not to think about how much I spent on nothing because it makes me so mad.