What CoolSculpting Feels Like
The treatment begins with the technician marking the area on your body that is going to be sculpted. Then a gel pad is placed over the area to protect the skin from the cold. CoolSculpting uses applicators, or “paddles,” to deliver the treatment. There are different sizes of applicators for different areas of the body, and different sizes of people. The Cool Sculpting applicator is placed on the body and uses high vacuum to bring the targeted tissue into the applicator. You’ll feel a bit of a pulling sensation from the vacuum. Then the cold is delivered, which is not really uncomfortable, but does feel unusual. Then the area goes from cold to numb and there’s virtually no sensation or feeling. Once the numbness fully set in, I was relaxed and comfortable enough to take a work call and catch up on an episode of a show on Netflix. At the end of the treatment, the applicators were removed, and the area under my chin was massaged for a few minutes to help break up the fat cells, using gentle pressure. All in all, it was actually quite relaxing!
What to Expect Post-Treatment
I felt good after my CoolSculpting treatment and actually went right back to work. That night, the area was swollen, red and tender, all of which is normal. But I wasn’t in pain. The numbness didn’t subside until about two weeks after my Cool Sculpting treatment. Some patients also experience a deep itchy feeling, but I didn’t. I was also instructed to drink plenty of water, eat as clean as possible for the next few weeks and massage the area under my chin often, which helps move along the destroyed fat cells.
I was able to work out, and life, as I know it, never stopped. For me, one of the reasons why I choose CoolSculpting over other options is because it doesn’t require any downtime and that I only needed two treatments to see the results, which is important for a working mom like me.
As my consultant explained to me at my complimentary consultation, the results are not immediate. In fact, it takes upwards of four weeks to see the initial results; full results take 8 to 12 weeks. This is because the fat cell death cycle, also known as cryo lipolysis, takes time because the fat cells first freeze, form crystals, and later die. Then the body starts a natural inflammatory process that pushes the dead cells through the lymphatic system. As the fat cells are ushered through the body, the fat decreases, and results can be seen.
After about two months, I was able to see the final results of my CoolSculpting treatments. The area under my chin is more slender, and my double chin is pretty much gone—and never coming back! I also see more definition in my lower face, which I love. I was so impressed with the results that I had my love handles and bra line treated too. Now, all my problem areas are smooth and lump-free, and I finally have the sculpted body I always dreamed of!
– Elise Tabin, Beauty Expert