I figured another way to ease into the cold treatment - use ice packs, but don't have them quite fully frozen at first. Also, a deep freeze has a temperature of 0 degrees F, which is damned cold. Better to have the ice packs around 30 F, I would think, and then just renew them more frequently. Frostbite isn't a nice thing to do to oneself. With the laser temperature gauge from Amazon, which is in the mail as we speak, I think I'll be able to figure out fairly readily how long to leave the ice packs in the freezer to reach the desired temperature, instead of zero degrees F.
I'm thinking of sewing a pack (well, two packs, really) which could hold ice firmly against the flollopy backs of my upper arms, fastened with sheets of velcro. So as the size changes, the pressure could stay the same. That is one place where I'd LOVE to spot reduce, which everyone always claimed was impossible. Then I believe I remember Doc saying that using MSM might shrink the little empty bag of skin afterward? That would be awesome. My mighty piano tuning biceps and triceps revealed to the world? The mind boggles.
Reminds me of a funny moment during one of my earliest sessions with my very bright physical therapist. She had just worked over rock-hard deltoids so my neck wouldn't hurt. I said something about all that muscle, and why wasn't it somewhere useful, like abs? And she said that I already had strong abs. "What, my own six-pack under all that?" "Unless you're VERY different from other people, yes ..." she said. <grin>