A Cool Review – My experience with CoolSculpting

Posted: November 3, 2018

A few weeks ago, I decided to try out CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat-freezing procedure that uses cooling techniques to eliminate fat in problem areas. I’ve been self-conscious about my upper arms for as long as I can remember. For those who say that anything can be achieved with diet and exercise, let me tell you! Even back when I was 105lbs, I still had excess fat there! This was my problem area that I’m self-conscious about, so I wanted to see if CoolSculpting could help reduce the fat and possibly help tone my arms.

I went to Skin Refine Medspa in Sunnyvale to have this procedure done and as always, the staff were extremely kind, knowledgable, and made me feel at ease. I’ve also gotten laser hair removal and lip fillers from Skin Refine (leave a comment if you want a post on either or both procedures!). We took some ‘before’ photos, and Jamieson, the technician/nurse, marked my arms to map out where the applicator was going to go. Then, I made myself comfortable and the procedure began!

The procedure itself took 1 hour and 10 minutes total, the CoolSculpting done one arm at a time, at 35 minutes each. It felt cool at first, then colder, and colder, and then felt like an extremely tingly, stinging sensation. This lasted for the first few minutes. After about 10 minutes, I got used to the feeling and that area became somewhat numb. Here and there I would feel the coldness and slight stinging, but the pain was very bearable and I had no problem sitting there for 35 minutes.

BUT, it wasn’t all painless. After the applicator is removed, a 2-minute massage is vigorously given to that area. It was explained as “breaking up the fat cells” and it helps improve the end results by 65%. I would say I have a pretty high pain tolerance but this part was quite painful. After the massage was the most painful though. As the heat returned to my frozen skin, it became an intense, burning pain. The technician brought me hot towel to soothe my arm, which worked pretty well. The pain subsided after 10 minutes – so it really wasn’t bad at all. I felt completely normal afterward and was able to resume normal activity (just not the gym during that night). It’s been about one and a half weeks since the procedure, and the area where the applicator was put is still numb. It’s a weird feeling, but it doesn’t really bother me and there is no pain. I was told that the area would be numb for a couple weeks, maybe even a month.

I would say the only downfall of CoolSculpting is that you don’t know if it will work. The results are not immediate – it takes anywhere from 2-3 months to see the full results. The reason being your body takes that time eliminate the fat cells that were frozen and ‘killed’ during the procedure. Of course, everybody’s different, what doesn’t work for some may be amazing for others, and vice versa. I decided to take the gamble because it’s something that I’ve always wanted to try on my arms, so I’m eager to see if it worked! I will be going back to Skin Refine in 3 months to take ‘after’ photos so once I get my hands on those, I’ll update you guys on my results! For now, watch the short video below to see CoolSculpting in action! (Disclaimer: Still working on my video taking and editing skills…so it’s not the best. Also this video was made to post on my Instagram story so please disregard the blurb at the end)

Note: It is required to schedule a consultation before CoolSculpting because not everyone is a candidate. Call Skin Refine at (408) 245-7877 or visit https://skinrefinemedspa.com/.

 

It’s Okay

Posted: June 20, 2018

I’m not the best at putting my feelings into words, but I’d like to share a message that’s been saved in my bookmarks for over a year now. This really resonated with me and helped me get through difficult times in my life, and I hope that this can help you too. Author is credited at the bottom.

It’s okay to be scared. Feeling afraid doesn’t make you weak or incapable or inadequate. It doesn’t make you a disappointment or a failure. It makes you human. We all feel scared sometimes. Whether we’re afraid of taking a step forward in recovery, afraid of being vulnerable, afraid of a new experience, or afraid of being honest and using our voice, life is scary and overwhelming for all of us. But that doesn’t mean you give up.

You will make mistakes. You will trip and fall and take wrong turns. But you will also grow. You will discover who you are and what you’re capable of. You will learn what makes your heart sing and where your passions lie. And you will recognize with incredible clarity that you are so much stronger than you ever gave yourself credit for. You will discover that you can feel the fear and do it anyway.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary. But it’s outside of your comfort zone where life and fulfillment and growth and adventure lie. So the next time you feel incapacitated by your fear, ask yourself, what is the worst thing that can happen if I take this step? Ask yourself, what is the best thing that could happen? What will I miss out on if I continue to let this fear control me? And what will I gain and discover if I let go of the fear and take this leap?

Finding the courage to face what feels difficult and unbearable isn’t easy, but it is possible. It starts when you believe in yourself. It starts when you realize the things you’re afraid of are not nearly as scary as what you miss out on when you give into the fear. It starts with small steps forward each day. And it starts with you.

– Daniell Koepke 

On a lighter note, I let go of my own fear and took a leap…off a cliff 20 feet into Keauhou Bay on the island of Hawaii – right after this picture was taken. It was exhilarating! What’s a fear you’ve overcome recently? Or what’s something you’ve done that felt like a breath of fresh air?

Pillow Talk

Posted: March 12, 2018

Three years later, this is still one of my favorites from all the shoots that I’ve done. The set up was a white comforter spread across a hardwood floor, a set of windows, and a light box. Can’t believe it’s so simple, right? I remember it was a rainy day in Oakland too, but we were still able to get this soft, perfect lighting. This was shot by Collin Young aka @imagewonder. His style is a bit different now, but so is mine. Gone are the days when I would throw on a bodysuit or bralette with some shorts and awkwardly pose in front of a camera, hoping that at least 2 out of 500 shots would come out decent. It was definitely fun while it lasted, but at this stage of my life it’s not the most appropriate thing to do, nor is it the look that I’m going for. I still like to look back at old photoshoot albums and reminisce on the days when I was ten pounds lighter and didn’t really have any eyeshadow skills…

I still want to do photoshoots in my spare time, but for entirely different reasons and a whole different type of wardrobe. I’m excited to see what the future brings both in reality and on social media. Shoutout to Albert at @illbethings for helping me make the most of what I have already created and inspiring me to do even more. Here’s to a start of something new!