I just turned 39, like today. And this life, even with its ups and downs, has been pretty good to me. My body has been healthy (for the most part) and strong and carried two beautiful babies. I’ve indulged (and overindulged) to my heart’s content. But that body just doesn’t bounce back so easily anymore. It doesn’t matter how much Pilates or yoga I do, or miles I run – my muffin top isn’t going to depart without a little help.
So at 9am on my birthday I eagerly stepped into Dr. Ciaravino’s chic offices in the Greenway area, into the super-experienced Coolsculpting hands of Stephanie Tritton, to divorce my love handles for good.
To start, you have to have enough chub to grab, like really hold onto. (It also helps if you are healthy and are aware that this isn’t a weight loss remedy and you can’t go off and turn into an unhealthy mess and expect results.) So we confirmed that in fact, my pudge was enough to get sucked into the medical equipment-like leech.
The procedure has no downtime and takes place in a room in their offices. I was placed in a dentist-like cleaning chair with pillows and a sheet to cover me. I slipped into some sexy blue shorts was weighed, measured and marked up. After a handful of before pictures, Stephanie expertly placed me in a comfortable position and got to positioning the applicator lovingly around that aforementioned pudge. The Coolsculpt applicator easily sucked in, vacuuming my fat and proceeded to freeze it for an hour. The sensation is hard to put in words.
When the applicator first clamps on and the freezing commences, there is some discomfort – not quite pain, but come on, it doesn’t feel great either. But a good ten minutes into it and it’s just like a faint nagging sensation. After an hour (on each side) Stephanie came in, un-leeched me and massaged the cutlet looking frozen chunk back down.
Results can be seen as quick as 3 weeks to 4 months, but mentally just knowing I was going to do this has already made a difference in my attitude towards my body.
Stay tuned for results (including before and after images)!