Coolsculpting Update – One Month Later and Cramping Pain
Last month, I shared about my upcoming coolsculpting procedure. Now I’m back with an update, one month later!
I’m sure the first thing you will want to know is if the procedure hurt or not, right? Well, hurt, no, but it was a little uncomfortable at first. There was intense pulling of the treated area for about 5 minutes, then numbness took over from the cooling process. Once it was numb, there wasn’t any pain. I was actually tweeting and updating on Facebook during the treatment!
I had three areas treated on my stomach, with one hour per treatment, so I was at Mariposa Med Spa for three hours. During the treatments, I was able to work on my laptop, listen to music, and relax. The staff even brought me coffee and water to my room. 🙂
After the treatment, my belly was red, swollen, and numb, but I was able to drive home just fine. A few hours later, I was pretty sore, very swollen, numb in some areas, and had trouble bending over and reaching. The next 3-4 days, it was pretty much the same as far as soreness and numbness.
Once I reached day 5 or so, I started having stomach muscle cramping, much like labor contractions. Once the cramping became non-stop and pretty uncomfortable, I called Mariposa and they suggested an OTC pain reliever to relieve the pain. When that didn’t seem to do the trick, I tried applying a heating pad to my stomach, but that seemed to aggravate the area even more. I then attempted a makeshift ice pack and that made a world of difference. I ended up purchasing a couple of large ice packs with ice pack belts that I could wear while resuming regular daily activities. (I would alternate each pack so I always had one ready to wear) I had the stomach cramping until Day 12 or so, but this is not the norm. In fact, of the 60 or more patients that Mariposa Med Spa has treated, only around 3 have had severe cramping as I did. Needless to say, recovery will vary from person to person, but should not be painful. If it is, I highly recommend an ice pack to take the edge off. I believe that Biofreeze would be a great option, too.
ONE MONTH RESULTS
Honestly, I was starting to get a little discouraged on my results after week 3. My stomach had gone down to its original size and lost the numbness, but I was ready for it to start shrinking! Surprisingly, at week 5, I quickly started seeing an overall flattening of my stomach. My pants started to fall down, too. I went in for my one-month follow-up appointment and when compared to my before pictures, there was already a big difference! I look less bloated and flabby.
The best part? I still have a month to go for even more results! Maximum results take place anywhere from 2-4 months, so I’m excited about the next few months!
IS COOLSCULPTING WORTH IT?
Even at the one-month mark, I say yes. I had some recovery woes, yes, but it was nothing compared to what a tummy tuck surgery recovery would have been. There was absolutely no cutting or lasers involved in my treatment, yet I’m seeing amazing results.
WHAT YOU NEED TO RECOVER COMFORTABLY FROM COOLSCULPTING
I have put together a list of items that helped me get through the recovery and pain after coolsculpting. I hope it helps you, too!
Have questions about CoolSculpting? Feel free to leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you.
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