Written By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E.
One of the coolest machines we have in our office in my opinion, is the Coolsculpting machine. How awesome is it that you can freeze your fat cells…FOREVER? Yeah, I thought so too. Many people are skeptical about whether this technology actually works, but that’s what I’m here to tell you.
Throughout my teenage and early adult years, I have always had stubborn fat under my chin, no matter if I was at my goal weight or not. After talking with some of our Coolsculpting experts, I learned that this treatment could make a huge difference for me. For my first time, I chose to start out with just one treatment under my chin.
Going into the treatment, there isn’t anything particular you have to do in order to prepare for it. Once you get there, your provider will consult with you and go over all the expectations for the treatment. The area being treated will be cleansed and prepped with a wipe, and then the applicator that freezes the fat is applied.
What you can expect for the application of the machine, is a vacuum suction feeling when applied, and then the skin will start to cool. After a couple minutes, the area will get colder, and then eventually get numb. Once you get to the point of numbness, the treatment lasts anywhere from 35-75 minutes depending on what area is treated.
For my treatment under the chin, I felt the applicator suction to my chin and then I became numb after about 3-5 minutes. Once I became numb, I had a little over an hour for the actual treatment. During that hour I didn’t feel any discomfort. I sat there scrolling on my phone for the majority of the treatment. After the time was up, they removed the applicator from my chin and began the “massage”. This is the only part that felt slightly uncomfortable. For two minutes, they knead the area pretty hard. It is not necessarily painful, just a very weird and annoying feeling. But this is one of the most important parts of the whole Coolsculpting process. This is where a large amount of the fat is destroyed, so it is definitely worth sitting through the two minutes of discomfort.
As far as post care goes, there was no down time or special instructions. I actually had the treatment done on my birthday, and was still able to go out and celebrate. The area stayed numb for a few hours after, and then felt a little bit tender to the touch but still nothing painful.
After a couple months, I could see a huge difference in my chin. They recommended two treatments for me, which I definitely agree with, but I did see results after just the one. I think after my second one, I will absolutely love the way it looks.
Overall, I really enjoyed my Coolsculpting experience. It was quick, easy, and pretty painless. I love the fact that there is no downtime, and it can target specific areas that are nearly impossible to lose even with diet and exercise. I definitely plan on doing more areas in the future, and I can’t wait for my next treatment!