I’ve Been a Beauty Editor for 13 Years—This Is the Wildest Treatment I’ve Had

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve worked in the beauty industry for 13 years. In my time, I’ve tried a lot of crazy treatments, but probably none were more bizarre than CoolSculpting. As the name alludes, this is a treatment that uses cold temperatures to sculpt the body, more specifically, to kill off fat cells.

It sounds extreme, and I’m not going to lie, it is. When I say cold, I mean -11º Celsius. It’s also a permanent treatment, which means it’s not something to enter into lightly. Though Botox wears off and fillers can be dissolved, the effects of a CoolSculpting treatment cannot be reversed.

I’m also not one to shy away from exercise: I’ve run marathons, ran 500 days in a row and was, at one point, a weight lifter (no lie, I could deadlift 100 kilograms). But regardless of how much I sweat or how many calories I swerve, there are a few things I feel self-conscious of. My tummy has never been flat, and as crazy as it might sound, I’m convinced my double chin balloons at the sight of a doughnut.

I’m not overweight, but my belly’s a part of my body that has always made me feel a bit down, and after 20 years of fad diets, exercising and feeling terribly uncomfortable in any kind of swimwear, I wanted to take control and do something about it.

I had been recommended CoolSculpting by various beauty industry expert friends, so I headed to The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in London for a consultation with Magda, who has performed over 8000 of these procedures to date. I’m not exaggerating when I say she was excited to see me—more specifically, my belly.

“You’re the perfect candidate,” she exclaimed, very close to literally jumping for joy. You see, CoolSculpting targets those disproportionate, stubborn pockets of fat in places like the belly and chin that just won’t leave. My lower belly is incredibly stubborn, but since you can tackle more than one area at a time, I thought, Why not kill two birds with one stone?

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