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I’m a 23 year old professional living in Milwaukee. When I’m not at work, I’m hanging out with my family or exploring the city with my three roommates and built-in best friends. I have a pretty typical life for a young twenty-something; working hard, having fun and bettering myself along the way.

Freeze your fat away? Sounds way too good to be true.

I’m guessing that I’m not the only one that has heard of CoolSculpting on the radio or seen it on Pinterest. Freeze your fat away? My first thought was that this was another fad beauty treatment that was too good to be true. It sounded like something along the lines of a teatox cleanse or one of those ridiculously uncomfortable waist-trainers.

I first heard of freezing your fat to target those notorious “problem areas” with CoolSculpting at Quintessa’s open house. Not going to lie, I was a little skeptical at first – I mean those before and after pictures they showed could have been photoshopped, right?! But after seeing a live demonstration, I’ve wanted to know more about CoolSculpting and if it could work for me.

So why CoolSculpting? Truthfully, I think we all have aspects of our figure that we just don’t love.

For me, this area has has always been my lower stomach, what I not-so-lovingly call my stomach “pudge”. About a year ago, I gained some weight, and I mean more than just a few pounds of extra holiday cookies. I felt like my self-esteem had hit rock bottom.

We’ve all been there for various reasons- maybe it’s a breakup, new job, stress or a family tragedy. For me, it was all of the above. I started piling on layers of clothes to hide the fact that I wasn’t feeling confident in my own skin. After having a good cry in the J. Crew fitting room one day, I was ready to take back control of my body and self-esteem.

I started workout programs, strict eating challenges and yoga classes but nothing seemed to target that area, and that area alone. I lost even more weight than I had initially gained and was healthier than ever, but still couldn’t lose that stomach pudge.

I just didn’t quite feel like I could wear the form fitting dresses that my friends were wearing or feel completely carefree and confident in a bikini.

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These factors made me feel like CoolSculpting on my stomach could be something that worked for me. I booked my consultation appointment, and was excited about the prospects of finally reaching my body goals.

I was picturing a room a lot like my doctor’s office with a bunch of weird, scary looking medical devices and those bright white lights that are unbelievably unflattering. I am happy to share that my consultation was nothing like going to the doctor’s office. It was warm, inviting and friendly.

Katelyn, Quintessa’s Certified CoolSculpting Expert, showed me some amazing before and after pictures of her patients, all of them having very impressive results. What I appreciated most about this meeting was that Katelyn was more than willing to answer my many, and I mean many, questions and spent time talking with me about my personal body insecurities and goals.

For the last part of the consultation, Katelyn examined the area that I wanted to treat to make sure I was a good candidate for CoolSculpting. I’m going to be honest, initially, that kind of freaked me out. I don’t even like my friends seeing me in a bikini, so having someone poke at my stomach was not my ideal scenario. But I must say, it didn’t bother me nearly as much as I expected! Rest assured- Katelyn didn’t point out my flaws, instead, she made me feel comfortable and accepted.

Overall, the session was very informative, personalized and an exciting consultation. It actually felt a lot like I was talking to a girlfriend! It sounds nerve-wracking to talk to a complete stranger about the parts of your body that you just don’t love, but Katelyn was so sweet and truly cared about making sure I felt comfortable.

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Although I was really excited after learning more about CoolSculpting, I was still very hesitant with my decision.

Even after Katelyn answered all of my questions, I still exhaustively asked the opinions of my mom, roommates and my doctor. I then researched medical journals, the RealSelf website and read up on Quintessa’s CoolSculpting eBook, which all helped me to feel more informed and comfortable with making a decision.

After a few more days of teetering back and forth between jumping in and chickening out, I realized that I still didn’t have much to lose. I thought back to why I booked a consultation in the first place, and knew that achieving my body goals was more important than a little pre-procedure jitters. I had worked so hard to change my lifestyle and had already seen such great progress, I didn’t want to lose momentum.

I knew that with the help of CoolSculpting, in addition to my lifestyle changes, I could finally reach my body and confidence goals. I was so excited at the prospect of being able to wear my little black dress without feeling like I have to suck in my stomach and feel comfortable taking pictures in my bikini while at the beach with friends.

Stay tuned for the behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like to get CoolSculpting.

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