Three months ago I decided it was time I did something to help contour my big thighs.
I had lost all of my pregnancy weight, but still had these unsightly pockets of fat that just did not want to go away even after a healthy diet and exercise. As such, I began my CoolSculpting journey with Dr. Terence Tan at Halley Medical Aesthetics in Singapore.
You can read all about my CoolSculpting experience with Dr. Terence Tan by clicking here to read my first article “My CoolSculpting” Review – Does it Really Work on Fat Thighs?” That article will explain the ins & outs of the treatment and what to expect before you start your own CoolSculpting journey. A must read!
Now that you are all caught up, you know that my DualSculpting treatment was performed on 4 different areas on my body using the CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage applicators:
- CoolCurve+ Advantage for below the buttocks (aka “Banana Roll”)
- CoolSmooth Pro for the outer thighs (aka “Saddle Bags”)
- CoolCurve+ Advantage for the upper inner thigh
- CoolAdvantage Petite for the lower inner thigh
(DualSculpting is the use of two CoolSculpting machines at the same time, and this method shortens treatment time by 50%).
After the treatment(s) were finished, the applicators were removed, the areas were vigorously massaged and I was sent home to await the results!
Post-CoolSculpting Treatment Recovery Time
According to the professionals, CoolSculpting causes minimal discomfort and has very little downtime, with patients being able to go back to their daily activities immediately after the treatment. After my treatments, I too can agree with this statement. My four treated areas all reacted a bit differently and had varying levels of recovery time. All the areas experienced redness for a few hours, but did not experience any bruising or visible marks after the treatment.
The treated areas all varied in levels of soreness. The lower inner thighs were sore for approximately 1 day, while the other three areas were sore for about 5-7 days. This soreness, however was minimal, and I was still able to work-out at the gym and go about my regular day-to-day activities.
For my outer thighs, Dr. Terence Tan used the CoolSmooth Pro, which is a large flat CoolSculpting applicator, that covered almost double the area of the other applicators. As such, this area actual tingled and felt numb for about 2+ weeks. The tingling/numbness was not that painful, however, I did have weird random shooting sensations in this area. The other three areas only felt a slight numbness for the first 2 days.
If you are considering the CoolSculpting treatment, downtime should not be one of your concerns. The discomfort that you might feel (if any) is very manageable.
The Results – See for yourself!
After three months of waiting and checking constantly in the mirror it was time for my follow-up appointment with Dr. Terence Tan at Halley Medical Aesthetics.
At my appointment, my weight and body measurements were taken. My weight after the CoolSculpting treatment has pretty much stayed the same. It’s a common misconception that weight loss and fat reduction are the same thing, however fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting do not show results on the scale, rather, the results are visibly seen as your body becomes more contoured.
We proceeded to then take some “after” pictures of the treated areas so that we could see the results. Dr. Tan and I went over all of my before and after pictures together to see if there were any changes.
It is important for me mention that due to medical reasons, for approximately 2 months post CoolSculpting treatment I was unable to exercise or go to the gym. As such, my CoolSculpting results were not impacted by extra exercise or a better diet.
Now see for yourself in the pictures below the side-by-side before and after comparison of my results.
Before & After CoolSculpting Pictures
Please note that none of these pictures has been touched up and you are seeing them as they are.
SuperMommy’s Assessment & Opinion of the Results
Based on my own personal assessment (from looking in the mirror, how I feel, and after looking at these before & after pictures), some areas have more improvement than the others.
Each CoolSculpting session is meant to eliminate up to approximately 20% of the fat cells per area treated. These are permanently destroyed and they won't return. The most noticeable change after the treatment, is in my lower inner thighs, as my legs look more contoured and the pockets of fat that were localized in this area has been minimized (aka, a less lumpy appearance).
Below my buttocks (banana roll) has also seen a reduction and the area has become smoother. However, the banana rolls are still there and they require at least one more treatment (and probably some toning exercises) to see a sizable difference. It is not unexpected as we are each built differently and we react to treatments differently.
As for my thighs (saddlebags), they have become slightly flatter and the protrusion is less. My saddlebags are still very much present, however, they have flattened down a bit. In fact, if you look closely at the before and after picture, you can see how my thigh has more of a flat shape, rather than a round one.
Minimal change was seen on upper inner thighs, it was slightly smoother, but we really had to look closely to see the change.
Overall I was happy with the results from my CoolSculpting experience because I do see a change (even with no exercise) in the appearance of my body. That being said, I do feel that one session is not enough to see significant change and that I would need to continue the treatment to get the contoured body I want.
If you are considering CoolSculpting treatments, it is important that you speak to an experienced doctor that has all the latest applicators so that you can choose what works best for you.
If you are in Singapore, you can consult with my doctor, Dr. Terence Tan at Halley Medical Aesthetics. He is very knowledgeable and will tell you exactly what you need – he doesn’t push you to do more than what you are comfortable with. The contact info is as follows:
Halley Medical Aesthetics
277 Orchard Road #03-15
Singapore, (+65) 6737-8233
Leave me a comment below if you have any questions about CoolSculpting – happy to help!