I'd like to say I am an average-sized woman. I maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle, eat well (most of the time) and go to the gym (even though I dread it), but I am definitely not "bikini ready" on any given day.
Like most women, there are parts of my body that I would love to nip and tuck. But let's be real, even the word liposuction is terrifying. Not to mention, I'm not a fan of surgery unless it's really needed. But I'm young -- yes, a "millennial" -- and I'm always reading up on the newest technology trends, particularly when it comes to cosmetics.
I've seen those commercials about Coolsculpting, but something about it always seemed very "as seen on TV"-ish. A friend of mine then told me about SculpSure. Enter eye roll, deep sigh and naturally an immediate Google image search. Twenty minutes later, I was deep in a SculpSure rabbit hole.
It seemed quick, painless and successful, and I just got engaged, so maybe, I thought, this could be the kick-start to the serious wedding boot camp? I'm by no means one of these fit-fluencers, so I had zero expectations as to what something like this could do to my body, but I decided to give it a whirl.
For those of you who are not familiar with this technology or don't believe in body contouring -- or you're just like me and have reached the acceptance point of those stubborn areas -- I've journaled my experience for you.
Aug. 9, 2017: Session #1
As Dr. Dennis Gross warned, there was some discomfort during this session. The lasers were secured to my abdominal region and the temperature levels were cyclical throughout the 25 minutes -- starting off very cold and continuously rising until it hit a heat level that was slightly uncomfortable. However, once it reached that uncomfortably hot temperature it dropped quickly to cooling and started all over again.
What I learned was that the more fat cells you have, the more discomfort you will have. That being said, I did manage to catch up on some emails, conduct this interview and update my Instagram feed during this session, so there clearly wasn't too much discomfort.
For best results, make sure you drink lots of water for 48 hours following your session to help flush your system.
Sept. 1, 2017: three weeks later
Over the next few weeks the fat is broken down, enters the blood stream, and is removed by the liver into the intestines and finally excreted via urine. Much to my surprise, you do not actually see these fat cells in your urine (although I admittedly did look for them after every bathroom usage). And while I did not have any pain or soreness in the days/weeks to follow, I also was not seeing much (if any) change in my body. I wouldn't say I was skeptical, just perhaps getting a little impatient.
Sept. 15, 2017: Session #2 (five weeks later)
My second session was a breeze. No pain, no discomfort and yes another selfie (I told you I am a millennial, it should be expected). The even better news -- it's working.
As I mentioned earlier, less fat means less discomfort, which is exactly what I experienced. Since Aug. 9 I can honestly say I have not altered my eating habits or changed my gym routine from my norm, but I have seen and felt a transformation happening. My clothes are starting to fit better: shirts are no longer pulling and the painful mark I get on my stomach from the button on my jeans is a lot less visible than it once was. I don't have a six-pack or anything, but my abdominal area is definitely flatter and is heading in the right direction.
Sept. 25, 2017: Six weeks later
My overall experience with SculpSure was very positive. If you are looking for a quick fix, this is certainly not for you. It is a slow process, one that I am only halfway through, but the inches I have lost over the last few weeks makes me even more excited to see where I will be in 12 weeks. This is by no means a weight-loss solution, but it is a safe and effective way to help "sculpt" your body (abs, "love handles," inner/outer thighs, back, etc.) if that is what you are looking for.
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