I Got CoolSculpting And Here’s What Happened (Before And After Photos)

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Blonde woman hooked up to a cool sculpting machinepress sample

CoolSculpting: it’s not getting your makeup contoured by a rockabilly or molding clay with Matthew McConaughey. It’s non-surgical fat reduction via the most high tech gadget I’ve ever been hooked up to. And I was SO excited to partake!

My treatment was through the Marina Plastic Surgery, who has the highest volume of CoolSculpting procedures in the world. It’s located in Marina Del Rey, CA and is the home of Dr. Grant Stevens, who you might know from his multiple appearances on The Doctors, EXTRA!, Good Morning America and more.

Many of these appearances are played on a TV reel that shows in the busy, yet calm waiting room, reiterating my feeling that I was in good hands.

When it was time for my appointment, I was lead into a room by Rachael, who would be doing my sculpting. She’s a Master Medical Aesthetician, a Body Contouring Expert and a Certified Permanent Makeup Artist.

In fact, one of the reasons that Marina Plastic Surgery is the world’s leading authority on CoolSculpting is credited to Rachael. She told me she’s done somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 CoolSculpting procedures!

But what exactly IS CoolSculpting?

I’ll let the good Doc explain…

In a nutshell, you are freezing fat which is then absorbed through your body’s lymphatic system and eliminated through your metabolic processes. (TMI: gradually in your poop). The fancy name is Cryolipolysis™. It’s non-surgical, non-invasive, and relatively comfortable.

I chose to do my arms (i.e. lunch lady arms, bingo wings or whatever terrible term you want to call the saggy underarm) and was super excited that I could also do under my chin thanks to the newer and smaller machine; the CoolMini.

Rachael recommended two treatments for my chin (45 mins each) and three treatments on my arms (one hour each). The next treatment should be scheduled six weeks after your first.

CoolSculpting Process

After getting me set up in a comfy reclining chair, Rachael applied a cool gel sheet to each area to protect the skin and clamped the devices onto the area to be treated.

Now, I have a pretty strong threshold for pain. I am the girl who insisted on going to the beach on the same day I broke two elbows, remember.

1. During CoolSculpting

But honestly, though it’s a little shocking at first to have your fat clamped and the subsequent numbness that follows is a little uncomfortable, I didn’t feel like this was anything that I (or you) couldn’t handle. Watching an hour of Netflix on the TV while it was going on helped too.

2. Immediately After CoolScuplting

Once the treatment was over, Rachael massaged the area to break up the frozen fat cells; with her hands on my chin and a machine for my arms that was like a mini jack hammer, but I didn’t feel anything since I was still numb.

3. CoolSculpting Recovery

I did have redness on my arms (which cleared in a few hours) and some bruising (which cleared in a few days thanks to the help of the wonder herb Arnica.) My chin showed no signs of the procedure. I did have a dulling of sensation on both my arms and chin for the week following.

CoolSculpting Results

Results can be seen in as little as three weeks, but the most dramatic results will be apparent in one to three months. I’m to expect a 20% to 25% fat reduction.

I am SO excited to share my results with you, complete with before and after photos.

Which is pretty much the most horrifying idea to me because I have spent years hiding these areas in photos. But I’ll do it for you! And, to highlight this amazing technology. 

CoolSculpting Before And After Pictures

Before and after image of a woman that received cool sculpting treatmentI 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.

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.

Coolsculpting Neck Results Photos

Side view of before and after image of a woman that received cool sculpting treatment on her neckCoolSculpting Before and After Pics: three 45-min CoolSculpting treatments with the CoolMini machine

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.

Coolsculpting Arm Results Photos

Before and after collage of a woman's arms after receiving cool sculpting treatmentBefore and After three 45-min CoolSculpting treatments on arpmit fat.

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.

How much does CoolSculpting cost?

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!)

Before and after image of a woman's arms after receiving cool sculpting treatmentA closer look at those shrunken Bingo Wings!

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.


  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products


  1. Gosh, I think you’re beautiful as you are, Stef! Sounds kinda horrible, the clamping & numbness. You’re a brave girl & I’m eager to see if it’s worth it.

    1. It’s really not so bad! And if it gives results, that will all be a distant memory.

    2. How does the entire process work, what happens to the fat that makes the fat cells die?

  2. You are a brave and intrepid beauty investigator! Very curious to see the results…

  3. I can’t wait to see your before and after. I don’t have the money for this but it sounds terrific.

  4. Wow, that’s Sooo cool in more ways than one! I can’t wait to see the photos too!

  5. Thank you for sharing your experience! Bingo wings– ok, that’s hilarious! Can’t wait to see your before and after pics.

  6. I honestly had no idea that CoolSculpting is a non-surgical process that helps reduce fat. I can see how it would be uncomfortable to have clamps come down on your fat and have the cooling gel assist the process in making your fat numb, but to me the process is worth it if you loose weight. My aunt is trying to loose weight right now and can’t seem to find a good way to do it with out going into surgery. I’ll have to show her this and see about possibly getting her signed up for an appointment to see how it works.

    1. I got 3 treatments and you have to wait 6 weeks in between each, so it’s not a quick turnaround. I’m getting my after pic taken mid-August. Can’t wait to share them…I can tell you already, it TOTALLY worked.

  7. Thanks for sharing your experience! I’ve just done Cool Sculpting on my abdomen and love handles. I will say that I’m disappointed in the lack of information out there about how much pain there is starting a few days after the procedure. About 20-30% of us have moderate to severe pain from the nerves “waking up” which can last 2-4 weeks after the procedure. I think that this needs to be mentioned more in the reviews, even if you haven’t personally experienced this. I’m not saying that I would not have gone through with it if I had received this info before, but having all the facts (like using Spanx and icing the painful area constantly) would have helped me to prepare and not panic when I’m frantically googling in the middle of the night because I can’t sleep through the pain. Maybe you can add this to your piece if you update with photos. I do think it could be useful to others. Good luck and looking forward to seeing your “afters”.

    1. Hi Krista, I’m sorry you had so much pain. Maybe the abdomen and love handles are a more sensitive area? All I experienced was some slight numbness for a few days, so I can’t speak to any pain. But I do thank you for your comment to let people know of your experience.

  8. Thanks for sharing your experience Stef, as a cosmetic surgeon I really enjoy seeing the developments we make to make procedures less and less invasive! Really well written post by the way!

  9. I had a cool sculpting prodcedure done yesterday…this afternoon I have had a bout of nausea and diarrhea. Is this normal?

  10. Jacqueline Hubbard says:

    I bought a coolsculpting machine off eBay for 899.00 and do it myself. Works exactly the same. Just search for fat freezing machine on eBay. There’s reviews on YouTube too on them.

  11. Abigail White says:

    Hi there

    I’m thinking of coolsculpting but can’t find a decent place around the Leeds, Wakefield area, could you advise ?

    Thank you x

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