Kristin Davis used to dread any situation that required her to wear jeans.
"Jeans have always been an issue for me, because I’m curvy, and they just don’t always make jeans for curvy,” the actress says (you know her as Charlotte York on Sex and the City, and will soon will see her starring in Netflix’s Christmas in the Wild). We were at an event in NYC that announced Davis as a new spokesperson for CoolSculpting®. “It’s always been something that I’ve felt self-conscious about in different ways throughout my career. If I’d had to play a character that really should be wearing jeans, I’m like, 'oh no, what am I going to wear?'”
Then, she discovered the CoolSculpting treatment.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment which helps to contour different areas of your body by freezing fat cells. You can find the full 411 on the process here, but the basics are that it uses a special fat-freezing machine to diminish the stubborn bulge in “problem areas.” While it’s not a solution for weight loss, it can help selectively reduce stubborn fat pouches — otherwise known as those pesky areas that just won’t seem to go away.
[Editor’s note: The CoolSculpting treatment isn’t a weight loss solution, fat freezing can selectively reduce stubborn pouches of fat. As with any medical procedure, there are risks and side effects, so talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.]
"I had seen the ads, and I kept thinking, ‘Wow what is that? Does it really work?’” Davis explains. “In my mind, I thought that it was for if you had a very large area to treat — I kept thinking, ‘well, that’s not going to work for me.’”
In lieu of large areas, Davis had always had small, stubborn areas that she wanted to treat. “Even when I go to the gym six times a week, I just never really completely could get rid of them.” Those stubborn areas are exactly what the treatment is designed to help tackle. There are multiple applicators that can be used with the machine that target different parts of your body. These parts include the double chin, thighs, abs, love handles, upper arms, bra fat, and the area directly below your butt.
After reading a number of reviews online, Davis decided to test the treatment out for herself. She visited Dr. Grant Stevens at Los Angeles’ Marina Plastic Surgery, but admits that she was initially scared to even set foot in a plastic surgeon’s office. "I thought if I walked into a plastic surgeon’s office, they were going to tell me all the different things that [I should get done] — they did not! Which was so great,” she says of her visit to Dr. Stevens. "And they listened to what I said — that I’m curvy and I don’t want to change that.” She adds, “I [told them that I] would just like to work on some of these areas that I’ve tried so hard to get rid of that just stay no matter what. And they said, ‘Of course! That’s what we’re here for!”
Her first treatment lasted 45 minutes (it can take as little as 35 minutes or up to a couple of hours, depending on the areas being treated and the number of treatments), which she spent watching TV and looking at her phone. "There was a little bit of suction, and [I’m] thinking, ‘Wow, this is pretty cold,' and pretty soon, [I] didn’t even feel it,” she said. After the freezing part of the treatment, the machine was removed and the chilled areas were massaged. (The purpose of the massage is to get the blood flow back to the area, which helps your body eliminate the now-frozen cells.)
“They told me, 'This might hurt,’ but I didn’t think it hurt at all,” she recalls.
Davis was able to leave straight from the doctor’s office to pick her daughter up at school — as there is little to no downtime after the non-invasive treatment. “My skin was pink. It was definitely pink — you could tell that something had happened — and it was a little bit numb,” she says. But by that night, she practically forgot that she had anything done. "The next day it was fine,” she shared. “I was like, ‘When is my next visit?’"
Davis [liked the results of her] first experience [so much] that she continued trying fat freezing treatments on other areas. "I had also had my midsection-ish done, because I wanted to put my jeans back on,” she said, noting that the doctors estimated that it would take one to three months to see the full effects of the treatment. That’s because, every time, more fat cells are being frozen to death, and they’re being slowly eliminated.
For someone who had always dreaded jeans, this was a refreshing experience. "I [had] always felt like OK, I might have a pair of jeans on, but then I’m not going to be able to breathe — or then I’m not going to be able to wear this top with it,” says Davis. “I’d have to kind of work around it. Now it’s nice just to be able to put them on and feel comfortable in them.”
It was for this reason that Davis decided to share her experience with CoolSculpting publicly. "We have to take care of ourselves,” she said. "Sometimes we forget about that when we have kids, or a family, or whatever it is that we’re doing — you don’t always place your own self-care at the top . . . it’s good to talk about that. CoolSculpting is perfect. It takes so little time to do it, and the results are [significant]."
Interested in learning more and discovering if you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting? Consult with one of our trained aesthetic specialists today — they can answer your questions about fat freezing and connect you with a licensed provider in your area.
CoolSculpting® Treatment Important Information
The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental and submandibular areas, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments.
During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after a submental area treatment. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. Ask your doctor if CoolSculpting is right for you. To learn more about what to expect, visit the CoolSculpting website.
Kristin Davis is a paid Allergan® consultant.
CoolSculpting is an Allergan-owned non-invasive fat reduction treatment.
Dr. W. Grant Stevens is a paid Allergan consultant.