Stop! And Freeze!: My CoolSculpting Story

Gina O'Callaghan

Our Certified Physician Assistant Gina O’ Callaghan, PA-C, shares her experience with CoolSculpting following the birth of her baby. 

Stop! and Freeze! the fat away…

That is exactly what I did with CoolSculpting® at Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston. Recently I was blessed with a healthy baby boy, however it came with some extra baby weight. I am still trying to find the balance of working full time, being a new mommy and trying to get back to pre-pregnancy weight. I found that CoolSculpting was a great and easy way to help aide me in getting back into those pre-pregnancy pants!  CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for fat reduction, and once that fat is gone, it’s gone for good! My lower abdomen was always a trouble area prior to my recent pregnancy and afterwards I knew I would have trouble getting that area back into shape. CoolSculpting was easily done during my lunch break and I was literally able to go right back to work after the procedure. Also, I was not inhibited in any way from doing my mommy duties after work.

Prior to my treatment with CoolSculpting, I was evaluated to make sure I would be a good candidate for the procedure. The morning of the procedure I had ‘before photos’ taken and was accurately assessed to determine how the CoolSculpting Advantage hand pieces would fit on me.

What happens during the CoolSculpting procedure?

A certified CoolSculpting technician began the process by placing a thin gel pad over my lower abdominal area, where the hand piece would be placed. This gel pad would be used to help protect my skin from being damaged by the freezing treatment. Then the technician placed the hand piece over the area and smiled as she told me it was time. Countdown…3-2-1, suction!! As soon as the CoolSculpting machine was turned on, my skin and fat were quickly pulled up into the hand piece. At the beginning of the treatment the area became very cold, it was mild discomfort but not painful. It actually reminded of when I would go outside during the cold winters up in Michigan, and having my fingertips become so cold they eventually went numb. The mild discomfort only lasted 5-10 minutes; then my lower abdomen went numb and I was able to enjoy the rest of my treatment.

A massage of the area aids fat breakdown

Once the CoolSculpting process is completed, a 2-minute massage over the area was performed to break up the crystallized fat cells and to assist in their disposal. The massage is mildly discomforting but not painful. It feels like the skin warming back up when you come back inside the house after spending an extended amount of time outside during the winter months.

Gina’s abdomen, front view. Before CoolSculpting. Taken June 20, 2017.

Gina’s abdomen, front view. 6 weeks after CoolSculpting. Taken August 1, 2017.

Gina’s abdomen, side view, before CoolSculpting. Taken June 20, 2017.

Gina’s abdomen, side view, 6 weeks after CoolSculpting. Taken August 1, 2017.

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Results from freezing

It has only been about 6 weeks since my treatment and I’m already starting to see improvement in my lower abdomen. This was a great option as a working new mommy to help get me back into pre-pregnancy shape. I would highly recommend CoolSculpting to anyone having a trouble area for fat reduction. I’m excited to see what it will look like in another 4-8 weeks and after my second treatment!

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