Monday, April 15, 2013

Cool Sculpting review/ Zeltiq review

When I was thinking about doing cool sculpting I read all the reviews I could find. So if you are reading this and considering please know this is a completely honest review of my experience and if you have any questions please post a comment or email me and I promise I will reply as quickly as I can. So the more reviews I read the more nervous I got about going through with this procedure, there were many comments about excessive pain that lasted for weeks. First of all this is a fairly expensive procedure, I paid $1500 for my lower abdomen which seemed in line with what I had read. So aside from the pain and expense then there were the people who said they saw no difference what so ever after having this done, Yikes! Well I opted to go through with it anyway and this is how it went for me. First of all let me say I'm 5'7 and I weigh 125 pounds so most people would probably describe me as slim. Prior to having my two children I confidently would expose my stomach at any given chance. I never had the super flat stomach but it was a good stomach. After two kids I was left with a pooch that isn't going anywhere without plastic surgery or starvation. I work out and I watch what I eat so I was a very good candidate for this procedure. This is not for someone who is looking for easy weight loss. They say you can reduce the area you treat by 30 percent typically. So grab your fat roll and picture it about a third smaller, it really isn't a big difference. So when I went in the first thing the doctor did was grab my lower stomach to make sure I had enough fat to be a good candidate. I had enough,( boy is that a great feeling when someone is telling you that yes you absolutely have enough belly fat, NOT!) Then I undressed and was brought into a room with a nurse and the machine which basically freezes your fat. The nurse warned me that the first part where it sucks in your fat is the most startling and it may feel as though I cant breath but I will be able to,(thank god she told me that because that is what precisely happens). Once I realized I could breath I was quite uncomfortable but she told me once it froze which takes about four minutes, you really cant feel anything. She was right and although it is still a bit uncomfortable it really wasn't bad. Then you sit there and let the machine do its thing for about an hour, you can read or text or take a nap. When you are done she comes in and takes the machine off and your fat is basically frozen like a brick and they massage it for about a minute,(I didn't look because I really didn't want to see that). That's it and then they send you on your way. That night the area felt very strange, not painful, just strange like I had done something very foreign to my body,(which I had). This very strange feeling lasted about two weeks but lessoned every day. I NEVER experienced pain from this procedure like many of the horror stories I read about. Yes I was aware I had done something but nothing that warranted more than an advil. That being said we are all different and many many people said they did have pain so I can only speak from my experience. So now to what is the most important part, the results. First of all this is a slow gradual thing and it takes up to three months to see the full results, don't think you will go home and see a difference. Actually I felt swollen and bloated for about two weeks after I had this done. Anyway after three months which is what it has been for me I do see a difference, nothing major but probably exactly what they say, about thirty percent. If you are looking for dramatic change than this probably isn't for you. For me it is a slight difference but that slight change really makes me happy and YES I am pleased I did it and considering doing the love handles as well. I hope I have helped someone make a decision and I would be happy to answer any questions if you post one.

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  1. I am about the same body type as you... I'm 5'8'' and about 133 lbs. The area I want to do is my pooch because I have always had a small layer of fat there that won't go away even though I eat very healthy and run 3x a week!! I just want a flatter tummy! I would love to see your before and after pictures if you have them...Thanks:)

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  2. Hi Kathryn,
    I don't have before and after pictures but it sounds like you and I have similar body types and healthy habits. I would just like to stress that the results are very subtle. You will not see any dramatic change, as a matter of fact I don't even think it would be noticeable to anyone but you. It also is not immediate results, you need to give it the full three months. It is a lot of money but all in all I was glad I did it even though it is just a slight change it makes me happy. Hope that helps and I would love to hear what others who did this would have to say.

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    1. Lucky you. I had it done in Sugarland, Tx for $1.200. My lower belly and was very upset. Should have saved my money for lipo.

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  3. Hi - I heard that if you have 3 treatments then it removes 75% of the fat, do you know if this is the case?
    I guess this many treatments would also bring the cost inline with liposuction.
    Thank for taking the time to do an honest review - much appreciated!
    Celeste

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    1. I have same body type as OP (5'5, 116lbs) had a 6-pack til I hit 40 then suddenly at 41, a pooch! Procedure was exactly as OP described, weird, but not painful at all. Now, a few hours later, it's like I never had it done - just a bit numb. YES, if you do it again, you get 50%, then 75% reduction....wait 4 weeks in between (at least) 6 is better. :) very happy I did it.

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  4. I am wondering if this procedure can be repeated on the same area safely and, if so, how often, how much time between treatments, and if the results would be the same as the first time

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  5. I have had this procedure done twice on each side (love handles) and loved the results! I've just gotten home from a third procedure ( little lower love handles) and I'm excited for the results. Once this goes down I may go back for just a little more (upper love handles) I've only experienced mild discomfort. I'm OK with the time/cost of this procedure because I'm more uncomfortable the
    more invasive options.
    I'm 5'7", 133 lbs, eat healthy, etc
    Hope that helps

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    1. I'm really curious if you thought doing the area twice made a big difference. I'm considering doing the love handles but maybe I should do the belly one more time to see if it makes a bigger difference. Maybe I will post my pic and let the readers decide which they think.

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  6. LOVE COOLSCULPTING! I have done upper belly and lower twice, love handles once and inner thighs once. At the medispa I go to they lower the price to $500for the small and $750 for large after the initial $ 1200 treatment...I obviously keep going back because I really feel it works! My legs are still kinda "numb" after a month or so but I am dying to do it on my outter thigh. I got a $ 11, 000 estimate for lipo...I can have so many more coolsculpting treatments in more aread with coolsculpting. I am 27 never had children and am 5'1" 110 lbs. It is SCULPTING my body and encouraging me to eat better and work out because it has taken my body to a level that hasn't been possible with working out. I hope its preventing that pouch that I hear about after you have babys....if not, ill do it again! I just wish there was a knee attachment.

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    1. Can you tell us where you got yours done for the $1200, 750 and 500 fees? Thanks

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  7. I had a lot of pain but I also had a lot of fat/area in the belly. I wonder if those of us with more were more likely to feel the pain (jabs, stabbing). It worked very well, though. I was dieting at the same time but I can tell you the diet alone wouldn't have allowed me to drop the pant sizes that I did. I'm 5'2" and was 140; I eat right and work out. I just got gob-smacked by menopause and ballooned up.

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    1. I would like to no how long did it take for you to see results? In my mine itblooks like I see something now but I think it is to soon please keep in touch because I feel like u & I have a bit in common

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    2. I think you really need to wait the three months to see the true results. It was so slight for me I really couldn't tell you when exactly, sorry so vague.

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    3. I am very happy to hear your results. I am going in on March 16 to correct some areas of not so good results from lipo. I am also 5'2" and weigh in the neighborhood of between 135-140 and this all happened during menopause which I am over that hill now, thankfully. I used to weigh between 118 and 123. Lipo was extremely painful and I will never do it again. I hope this is not as painful.

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  8. Hello I also had coolscupiting done on Monday Oct 7 it wasn't painful for me @ all. But today is Sunday I feel a little of the stabing sensation in my stomach.. I had my lower ab done I am doing weight watchers and I am also going through menopause I am 5ft & 146lb I'm solid but people tell me they dont see me as big or how I say fat iny opinion I've had 3C section so I have a poach I hope thus works for me if it gives me the results I want I will go for another treatment I hope the treatment works for everyone

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    1. Hi Rochelle,
      I am happy to hear you didn't have the awful pain like some people, I didn't either and I was so scared. I only did the one treatment and for me it has been nine months now. I really try to stress how slight the difference has been for me so people don't think it will be some dramatic change. That being said I am still glad I did it and would like to do the sides. I would love to hear how you make out and about your results. I strongly suggest taking your own pictures and document it monthly, I didn't and I really regret it. Take care.

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  9. I am scheduled to have this done in a week and like most on this post, I am 5'3", weigh 125, eat healthy and workout. I have that pooch in the lower abdomen area especially when I sit down which drives me crazy. I know it is only a slight change but I am wondering if you feel like for you, did it help with that? Did it tighten that area or just make it smaller and now the skin bunches when you sit down?

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    1. I did this treatment three weeks ago and I'm also slim 5'5" 117.
      Yes the skin bunches when I sit and it looks worse than before. It was tighter before, now it feels like it's not part of my body anyore. I wish I hadn't done it....

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    2. I would not say it tightens. I don't feel it looks worse, and for me I don't regret it. I would say for me after one treatment it was like a slight shrinking. Still glad I did it.

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    3. My skin on my inner thighs bunches and is really loose now. :( If you're not careful and gain any weight, the fat can shift to other areas. I am 33 years old, too young to have wrinkly inner thighs;(

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    4. I am replying to the person that had Coolsculpting on their inner thighs. How do your thighs look now? It's been over 3 months since you posted about having wrinkly inner thighs after the procedure.

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  10. I am also slim and have some fat around my belly that wont go away no matter how hard i workout or diet. I did coolsculpting about three weeks ago, but now my belly looks worse, it's sticking out. Before I could hold it in but now it sticks out no matter how hard I try to hold it in. I also did not feel any pain like othr patients. I wish that i could at least go back to how I was...

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    1. I remember feeling very bloated for what seemed like a very long time. I really wondered if I hadn't made a very big mistake. That bloated feeling will go away and I think you will be happy in the end. I was!

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    2. I hope you are right. I'm at 3 weeks after doing my lower abs. I am scared because I feel bigger, not smaller. I took pictures and measurements today because I feel like I'm getting larger. I still have numbness too.

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    3. OMG that is so weird that I am reading this today because I had my lower abs done on October 9 and I feel the same way - looks bigger, can't suck it in. That's why I'm on here today trying to get some reassurance that it will get better :)

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  11. i had three large sized applications applied below the belly button and on each love handle back March 18, 2011, and still see no differnce. the cost in Panama City, Fl was over $2000.00 and i took my 5 sets of 'before and after' photos to two local doctors who could not tell the difference. I am still disappointed in the cost and lack of results. Each time I went back I was told I did loose despite no measurements were ever taken. As I travel, I see more and more commercials for CoolSculpting and wonder if the procedure has changed any. Glad to hear some of you have had positive results.

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  12. I had my arms done with Zeltiq 7 Months ago with no changes for the first 6 months. I had not gained or lost weight the 5-6 months after. Recently lost some weight resulting in sagging. I am 61 looking at Brachioplasty for comfort during the hot summers.

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  13. it seems most people who have posted here are tall and slim or shorter and a little overweight. I on the other hand, am 5'6 and considered borderline obese at 188 pounds. However, most of my fat is in my belly, and when I do lose weight, very little of the fat lost is belly fat. Do you think I would see more of a result then those of you who were tall and slim to begin with?

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    1. I wish there was an easy answer for that question, but I think results vary by person and how many treatments, please let us know if you do it and what you think. Good Luck.

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  14. I had cool sculpting done a year ago. The procedure is wasn't painful just a little uncomfortable. I went back to the doctor for all my scheduled appointments and was told that I wouldn't see any results till about 3 months after the procedure was done. After 3 months there was no change. After 6 months still no change. It is now a year and I am out $1500.00 and still have belly. I am 5' 5. And weigh 126 lbs. I just wanted to get rid of that middle aged ring around my abdomin.

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  15. I am 64, 5'2" and weigh 134. I have had coolsculpting done on my upper abdomen and my lower abdomen twice. Also I have had my love handles done once. I take many medications for my heart so my
    results take about 6 months. I assume it has to do with the liver and
    the additonal burden of processing drugs and than working on the fat
    elimination. I can say that this process is a great alternative to an invasive treatment and does sculpt the area being treated. An excess of fat in the area being treated will probably require more than one treatment. The stomach area seems to be sensitive and I did require
    a mild pain killer for a couple of weeks. The love handles had some
    soreness but I didn't require pain meds. I love it and would do it again.
    It is great for people that can't have an invasive treatment done.

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  16. I'm 5'1 112 lbs and was looking for a lil something affordable to help with my pooch at the front, thinking I would be goof with one treatment $750 no she quoted me 5-6 which was $3,500 yah, I'll go work out! They advertise online oh only 1 treatment, it's bate just to get you there and then they will tell you you obviously need more. Having her tug at my fat was pretty uncomfortable and I'm still feeling sore...did free consultation today, nope I'd rather not and yup what a disappointment :(

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  17. Hi! I just had my CS done yesterday, and I do agree with all your review Laura. I am VERY swollen, which is very umcorfortable. My lower abdome (where I had it done) is about half numb, if I don't move I am as normal, but if I move too much then I get a stinging sensation, combined I guess with a heavy soreness. I am just worried, like others have said, that the results go the other way around and it just gets larger. For how long did your swelling last? Thanks so much, great review btw :) Lou.

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    1. Hi Lou,
      Everyone I have talked to goes through the swollen bloated stage for awhile, it really varies from person to person. I felt like that for probably a couple weeks which I wasnt expecting and I also had the numbness about a week. It will pass and for me the pain really wasnt bad, for me it was more a weird feeling like I had done something to my body that I shouldnt have. It has now been a year for me and I will repeat that it is so subtle that Im still not sure it was worth it but I also only did it once. Please let us know how you make out.

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    2. First I want to tell all you ladys,"Thank You!"Second that my heart goes out to each and everyone of you and so many other women who are now quite a few dollars less and not belly fat-less. I am thanking you because for the first time in my life i was going to spoil myself. Not my husband, not my kids, not one if my girlfriends but me. The belly freezing was going to be my treat. Now I will try to save the $1500 I have and hope one day there is something we ladys will come across to rid of the mid-drift. It would be great for everyone to keep in-touch and maybe form some kind of support group. We can all just keep trying different diets,gimmicks, exercises and so forth until one and then all hit the belly be gone jack-pot!! Keep your faith. JESSIE D.

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  18. My husband and I are planning on having this done at the end of February. Do you mind sending some before and after shots? I am 5'1 and weigh 127 pounds and 45 years old. I am a little worried about my skin just turning saggy and if I would be better off with a tummy tuck. I am also concerned how long does the effects last after a year? Can you still gain it back over time with the remaining fat cells you have left? The lady was talking about double stacking the procedure, so I was wondering also has anybody had that done before?

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  19. The fact that this procedure is non-invase and you don't have to go under the knife (which is scary!), is a big plus for me already ;) I guess you really have to do this with exercise and diet too for better results?

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  20. I had coolsculpting done March 6th. The procedure itself was not painful at all. i thought that I would be the one that could just glide through the 3 months and wake up with a flat belly! not so! Firstly, I am 5'3 125 and in menopause and have that annoying pooch everyone talks about, Before coolsculpting I could hold it in and still look the same, Since coolsculpting, I am bloated and still numb. Over the weekend had annoying pain like jabbing which i used ice on and advil. It's only been 11 days and i know i'm not supposed to expect results for 3 months, but i am concerned that i will have this stomach now forever.

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  21. Hi everyone, i need your opinions. I am 30 years old and I weigh 185lbs.
    My diet is not that bad and I exercise 4 days a week or so. I have a thyroid issue so it is really hard for me to lose the weight. I have an appointment on Monday, March 24th to go for my first procedure on my stomach. I am really nervous, but I am tired of having this fat on my stomach and I really need advice

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  22. Valerie,
    I try to stress to all how subtle the difference is. Of course I only did one appointment and I am sure results vary per person and with multiple appointments. I think the good thing about this is it is fairly inexpensive in comparison to other procedures and it is non invasive, however I think everyone should go in with realistic goals and understand it will not be a drastic change. That being said I think many of us are happy with the small change it provides. I strongly urge you to take pictures as I wish I had so I could see if there was a change. Please let us know how you make out.

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  23. Just had my second Cool Sculpting done 6 days ago. First treatment was 5 weeks prior to this one and I had abdomen and love handles done both times. For reference, I am 5'6" and approx. 138 pounds. Immediately after the first treatment I felt pretty normal and days 2-5 I just felt a little sore like I had done a few too many crunches. Love handles had zero pain or weird sensations. Days 6-10 I had little bee stings or tingling, but not enough to keep me awake at night or need medication. After day 10, I just felt a little numbness, which lessoned over weeks 4-5 and then normal. Tomorrow will be the 6th day since my second treatment, same areas, and so far so good. I do see some change in my stomach area, as it has gotten a bit smaller, but my love handles are much improved. Hopefully I will see even better results in the next few months.

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  24. I’m 5’6”, 135lbs and have had my upper and lower abdomen, love handles and inner thighs treated…8 hours total, on January 15th of this year. My results have been pretty great. I think it’s VERY important which clinic you have coolsculpting done at. The doctor and technician did a fantastic job explaining that in order to get WOW results, often people need multiple hours of treatment, however if budget is a concern and you can only afford one or two hours, you will still get results, but they will be quite subtle as Laura has been saying. The clinic should also be taking proper before and after pictures, otherwise you forget what you looked like 3 months ago...I know I did! I was definitely a bit swollen, tender and somewhat numb for about 2 weeks afterwards…it does go away…worrying about it won’t help you heal any faster – it’s a natural process your body must go through! The doctor made it very clear that I should maintain my healthy lifestyle and if I gained weight after the treatment (not 2 or 3 lbs, but 15 or 20!), that I could see it show up in other areas and not be as happy with my outcome which makes complete sense to me. I would definitely recommend it for people who wouldn’t consider surgery and can invest some time and money.

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  25. Had this done a month ago and alot of you talk about your pooch being bigger then before after the procedure in the first month. My doctor adviced me that the most important factor you can do after the procedure is to massage the area. I thought he was crazy cause there has been no talking about this online but I did it anyways fingured it cant make it worse. And as bad as it hurts you need to massage your tummy after th procedure for 5min 3times a day. It is extremely painful dont get me wrong! I hate it,but lotion makes it better. Massaging it area after not only helps break up the releasing fat and helps it expell easier but it also brings your sensation and old norm body back so that the numb swollen imflammed look is not so discouraging and you feel normal and then wait for the results it takes time! Its only been a month fpr me but I feel so much better and I believe its due to the massaging it hurts at first but def makes the area treated over all feel better, it take dedication too I massaged my tummy all three weeks and plan to cont. 2 or 3 times a day and have not missed. Lastly if your going to do this take your measurements! Before and after if you dont you will def convince yourself that there were no results no proof to your self.

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    1. I had Cool Sculpting on my upper abdomen a week ago today. Last Thursday, my pain started & I have been miserable. Actually, yesterday I was just sick all over & wanted to do nothing but sleep. The pain is not as bad as yesterday, but still intense at times. It feels like bee stings & I get cold chills all over at the same time. Also I am having cramping in my back that feels like menstrual cramps. I had my love handles done a month & half ago and felt only mild pain. I am going to try the massaging, if I can stand to do so. I won't do this again.

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  26. I am going for a consultation for cool sculpting on may 1st. cant wait. I had lipsuction done back in august. and the results were great. however later in the year i had back issues and ended up having to have back surgery and was laid up for nearly 3.5 months. in that time i gained weight but it went to other areas and now my weight gain looks odd. cant afford to be off work for lipo again so i want to do this. hoping the cost will be much less and the results will be good. Im worried about the swelling/bloating. was it physically noticiable to others or did you just feel bloated?

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    1. Hi All,

      I had my stomach and love handles done a month ago. I am 47 years old, 5'2 and weigt 135. Two weeks after the procedure I should have come on my period. It was delayed by 3 weeks. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. I am a healthy eatier. But lately all I want is crap food...strange. Anyway, I really hope this works.

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  27. I am 58 years old, 5'4", weight 113. My family has a history of saddle bags on the outer thigh but I have it worse than anyone. Does this procedure work on this area? I exercise by treadmill and walking but nothing has helped. Any thoughts or suggestions...........

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  28. I just had this done about 4 weeks ago and I've already lost about an inch from my belly. I'm 5'10, 170lbs and 36 y/o. I work out 5-6 times a week and I have a very strict diet. I only did this because I could not lose the belly fat even with a stellar diet and workout regimen. The procedure was not painful at all, but it was a little uncomfortable. I had very little swelling and no pain afterwards. A little itching on the 2nd and 3rd day post-op, but that is it. The doc said I responded very well and will look even better after 8 to 12 weeks post-op. The only thing I still worry about is that my belly is still numb. Hoping that goes away.
    I would not recommend this to people who don't exercise and don't eat right. This procedure does kill fat cells, meaning when you gain weight, it will be very hard to regain the cells in the same area, but it is not impossible. You also need to drink a lot of water. That will help flush the dead cells out of your body. If all you do is light exercise, you should really up your game before trying this. You don't know what you can lose naturally if you don't try. It took me 3 years of intense working out and hard dieting to realize I needed this. Btw, I look the best I have ever looked. I have a six pack and completely satisfied with the results. I'm debating doing the love-handles, but that may look too unnatural.

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  29. Doesn't anyone know how to spell pouch?

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  30. it's not a pouch - those are for kangaroos! it's a pooch!!!

    I'm going in tomorrow and next day for 12 treatments!! Anybody hear of, or have experience with that?

    I'm 46, on the recovery side of the menapause hill and have had 3 kiddos (2 in my mid 30s). i weigh 130 and until about 6 months ago when I changed jobs, was able to work out 5 days/week. Once I stopped working out, I started getting flabby really quick. Plus it was a ridiculous winter here in PA and I think I gained 47 pounds per snow day.

    My doc said there are some good results on a current study that combines coolsculpting with exercise, as the metabolism seems to speed up a bit following the procedure so exercise is a little extra beneficial. I'm going to try to fit some exercise in 3 days/week to see if the combo will help give me the results I'm hoping for.

    -t

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  31. Wow! Supposed to get mine done this week. Now I'm scared to

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  32. Has anyone had the cool sculpting a year ago or more? What are the long term results of cool sculpting? I am considering but I don't want to have a procedure that lasts only 6 months to a year. I am looking at long term results. Thank you!

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  33. How many pounds would anyone estimate was actually lost with the results?

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  34. I'm going tomorrow to get my love handles and tummy done. I'm a little nervous now reading all of the comments. I'm 46, 5'5", 180. Work out 5 days a week and am very strong. Since pre menopause have gained weight very fast and so hard to get off but have had the belly pooch since my c sections with my kids 20 years ago. Even a little off of that pooch would be well worth it. Say a prayer for me!

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  35. So I did it! Large for the abdomen, small for each flank. They recommended large for the sides but they did not fit so small it was. Well there was discomfort at the beginning - think of a vice grip on your gut. But as it cools, the pain subsides. Then your fat comes out in the shape of that grip suction thing and they rub it out for about a minute. So far so good. Have a wrap around my tummy as the girl said it would help with swelling. Dr. Pellis in Irvine and his staff were very nice and professional. Let's see how I am next week. -b

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  36. oops. Meant to type Dr. Pilest. ttyl -b

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  37. Hunter in Newcastle offer this procedure and made it far more comfortable than I was expecting. Still a little strange at first but the nursing staff were very good at keeping me calm! ended up jsut watching tv, could have gone all day

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  38. Hey have you tried ultra shape v 3? The technology it uses is less painful with no downtime at all and you can see results in just 2 weeks time... coolsculpting works but it's painful with down time and you need months to see results.

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  39. Great Blog! your blog is very informative and gives much more information about Cold body sculpting treatment. Thanks for sharing information.

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