CoolSculpting: Before and After Pics

I have been a huge fan of CoolSculpting for quite some time. Recently, we had a blogger try the procedure and report her findings. Here are amazing before and after photos to share with you. The story is below, but there are more photos on Stef’s website – here’s the link.  Thanks for reading my blog too! WGS

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I can finally share my before and after photos from my CoolSculpting appointments at Marina Plastic Surgery. They say “good things come to those who wait.” Good things in this case are a thinner chin and arms. And yes, both were very worth the wait!

I am blown away with my results. I had three sessions each on my chin and upper arms, with a six to eight week waiting period between each appointment. Here are three things I learned

CoolScuplting isn’t a quick fix. It took five months until I saw the full effect of the three treatments. (That includes the waiting period between each.) You need to give your body the time to process and eliminate the fat after each treatment. (Read more about that in my first post.)

CoolSculpting isn’t for quitters. Every person I spoke to who only did one treatment reported results ranging from the lukewarm “Meh” to the steadfast “It didn’t work.” I personally did see slight results after just one treatment, but the most noticeable results came after my second treatment and increased with my third. Listen to your practitioner when they tell you how many appointments you need.

CoolSculpting works. I mean, just look at those photos! There is no denying that my chin and arms are visibly thinner.

Can I just take a moment to say how mortifying it is to post those before photos for the world to see? I spent YEARS (honestly, years) hiding my arms and double chin. Working the angles in photos, strategically placing layers in my hair, sporting shrugs. To, quite literally, let it all hang out there is hard.

But I’m so happy with the results that it even gives me the confidence to show you where I started. I wore a tank top and a ponytail last week. Not to be too dramatic, but that’s major for me.As mentioned in my previous post, it doesn’t come cheap. Sessions with the CoolMini are $1000 a treatment and CoolSculpting is $700 per area (but Marina Plastic Surgery does offer discounts if you purchase multiple treatments). But knowing now how well it worked, I’d pay it in a heartbeat. (Well, not a heartbeat. But I’d skip my latte a day habit and totally start a savings account for it!)

If you have stubborn fat in areas that seem to be resistant to diet and exercise, I highly recommend CoolSculpting. If you go see Rachael (and, you should!), tell her we heart this sent you.

About Dr. Grant Stevens

W. GRANT STEVENS, MD, FACS Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery University of Southern California Dr. Grant Stevens is the founder and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery and the Orange Twist Institute, a Medical Spa in Marina Del Rey, California. He is also a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California, Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. He has been elected by his peers into "The Guide to Top Doctors" and Castle Connolly's "Top Doctor Guide," recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in America and one of the select few to be featured in "Plastic Surgery: The World's Top Surgeons & Clinics." Dr. Stevens is an active member at Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he is the past Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chairman of the Liposuction Committee and the Medical Director of The Breast Center. He is also on staff at St. John's Medical Center, the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center and USC. Dr. Stevens is on the board of directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, serving as president elect. He is also third vice president and on the board of directors of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Dr. Stevens graduated with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he was awarded the Senior Prize in Surgery. He completed his general surgery training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center then returned to Washington University-Barnes Hospital where he completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Paul Weeks, Dr. Leroy Young, Dr. Tom Mustoe, Dr. Jeffrey Marsh and Dr. R. Christie Wray. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He was appointed by the governor of California to the Medical Board of California Medical Quality Review Board. Dr. Stevens is an ASAPS and ISAPS Traveling Professor and has been an invited visiting professor at numerous U.S. and international universities. Dr. Stevens has authored more than 90 articles and chapters on aesthetic plastic surgery. He has also lectured at numerous international, national and regional meetings. Dr. Stevens is a member of many medical societies, including ASAPS, ISAPS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Stevens is the past Chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He received the California State Assembly and the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition. He has also received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California. He has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in many media, including Time, USA Today, People, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Vogue, Allure, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Business Week, Men's Fitness, LA Times Magazine, Discovery and numerous newspapers. He has appeared on more than 125 television programs including CNN, Discovery, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, The Learning Channel, PBS Nightly Business Report and many other TV and radio interviews.

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