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7 weeks post-op from smart lipo

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $6,000
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Very good

On May 7th, I had my upper and lower abs, inner thighs, saddlebags, inner knees and hips done. Overall, I am very satisfied with the procedure. I was surprised with all the swelling that I had following the procedure especially in my legs. They actually looked like elephant legs for about a week. However, I read about some people having lymphatic drainage massage done following the surgery. I gave it a try and it really helped with the swelling. I would definitely recommend that to anyone following surgery.
I am now 7 weeks post op and have only been out of my garment the past week. My upper and lower abs look very good considering what they looked prior to the surgery and I no longer have the muffin top or rolls of fat that come when you hit a certain age. I am a little disappointed on my inner thighs in that I don’t feel that they are as even as they could be but I go back to see my surgeon on the 10th and we’ll see what he has to say about that.
I definitely would recommend the procedure to anyone; however, definitely go to someone who has A LOT of experience in performing this procedure.



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Loving my smart lipo!!

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $5,000
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Excellent

 I am now on my 40th day (including day of smart lipo since some results were slightly noticeable then) since I’ve had smart lipo done. I had my love handles, inner, and outer thighs done and now I am loving it! I wasn’t so sure the first few weeks. You really do have to be patient and know that what you are experiencing is normal and will  change. I freaked out when I felt like my skin was tearing when I would get up from sitting too long or try to bend down. It literally felt like I was ripping my skin off the muscle, but that too is gone. I still have quite a bit of swelling ( my Dr. said it’s adema) on my waist on the left side which too will go down in time. Right now it is like silly putty and molds anything that touches it. It still feels kind of hard too. I am trying my best to keep massaging it to help drain the fluid more but it is still very tender. I also had vaser done in certain areas at the same time, which really tones the skin and smoothes it out. I am having some more done to the back of my thighs to help with my remaining cellulite. It is amazing what vaser can do! I am adding some pics because I know seeing IS believing!! Headed to the beach today in my new bikini! Can’t wait!!! Also I was told there was a possibility and it seems that luck found me that my chest is getting a little bigger. My Dr. mentioned this could happen since the body needs to redeposit the fat elsewhere. unfortunately this means I must be gaining some weight so when I can start fully working out again they’ll probably go too, but it’s nice for now!!
Updated on Aug 3, 2008:
I am now a little over 2 months since my surgery. I am so pleased with my results, especially my thighs! Having been in dance, gymnastics, karate,  & cheerleading in the past I had HUGE muscular thighs that all went to yuck when I stopped and it was impossible to get rid of. I never thought I would like my thighs EVER! I hope to see more cellulite minimize now that I am going to the gym non-stop. I realize that the fat IS redistributing to areas that were never a problem, mainly my lower stomach so now I really have to work to get it back to where I want it. Did anyone else notice a weight gain anywhere?
Updated on Feb 4, 2009:
Well my smartlipo was May of last year and now it is Feb 09. I love my legs, but damn I lost my six pack and gained a gut, never in my life have I had a stomach!!!! What gives? Has anyone else had the fat store somewhere else they can’t get rid of?????



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I couldn’t be happier with my smartlipo

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $2,750
Pain: Painfree
Satisfaction: Excellent

This procedure was a cake walk. I first went with a friend and watched {doctor’s name is located above this review} perform the procedure on her abdominals and also asked many questions. My doctor was extremely informative and up front. If you are looking for a miracle then this isn’t the procedure for you. You must remain realistic. I couldn’t be happier with the results so far and I know it will only get better as the healing process progresses. The pain was minimal…only a happy pill to relax and then it was baby needles to numb up before the small incisions. I was relaxed during the entire process. I could feel the pressure of things moving around but honestly no pain. The beauty of being awake is that if the doctor gets too close to the edge of where you are numbed at you can tell them. Then they can numb you more if necessary. None of the worries of going under as you can be in on it and participate. I think that is one of the best parts. I am stoked at the how precise the procedure was. You must find a doctor who will take their time with this. The compression garment was the most uncomfortable part of the whole thing though necessary. I am bruised but that is to be expected as with any cosmetic procedure. And they are already subsiding.I already see the difference as does my husband and friends. I would recommended this procedure as long as you do your research and remain realistic. I am a former fitness professional and I know there are some things that are genetic, for me it’s my saddle bags and I could not be happier with my doctor and my results thus far.



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I was not happy with my results

Smart Lipo: Was not worth it
Cost: $5,000
Pain: Painfree
Satisfaction: Poor

I had my procedure done on June 11th. I still not sure about the results but do notice some difference, I dont have the donut look around my belly button anymore. From my understanding you are to be awake the whole procedure, well the only thing though is with all the medicine I received prior, I slept the whole time, actually slept for 2 days. I had 3 Valium, 3 Zanox’s and 2 shots of demoral (Spelling). I had 3 incisions in the pubic area, one on each hip and one in between the rib cage to which I did not have a lot of drainage. I have not had any pain at all and am ready for the gym. If anyone is interested in more details. I will be more than happy to share.
Updated on Feb 23, 2009:
It has been 8months since my procedure and I had no results at all.  I am not sure of my procedure was even done correctly because I found out that the doctor I used has a now suspended license. The doctor that I used when I found out about the procedure had a really good rep, but come to find out was a bad apple in the long run.
I will be searching soon to find another dr. to redo my procedure, but I know now what I need to do to find the right doctor.  If any one has had this procedure done in the New Orleans area with any names that I can search thru the State Board I am open for suggestions.



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St. louis smartlipo – done 2x didn’t work-dr. won’t refund

Smart Lipo: Was not worth it
Cost: $4,200
Pain: Severe
Satisfaction: Poor

 A local clayton Dr. advertised Smartlipo on the radio.  I made an appointment for my free consultation.  The woman that I met with assured me that I would be able to acheive a flat stomach, while sitting down, if I had smartlipo done to my upper and lower abs.  First sugery was August 07 with no results by February 08 the Dr. advised he would go in and do it again.  He said sometimes it takes a second treatment for it to work.  So I had it done again only this time he said he used a larger instrument.  The recovery time for this procedure was horribly painful.  I had to take off work for a week.  Bruising, bloody, and couldn’t sleep because it was so painful.  It is now 5 months later and I have little to no results. 
I wrote a letter indicating that this didn’t work on me and I wanted a refund to pursue other options.  They replied with a no.  Wait til August and we’ll see what happens. 
Besides reporting this to the BBB, is there any other action that I can take in order to get a refund.  I’d really like to avoid hiring a lawyer but if that is my only course of action, I will do it..   The only thing I have to show for my 4,200 are 4 small scars on my stomach. 
Any advise would greatly be appreciated.



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Definitely not a lunchtime procedure!

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $12,000
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Good

I have been reading the comments on this website and thought I should post my review. The more info out there the better to prepare people.
I live in Switzerland but they don’t do SmartLipo here yet, so I went to London, England in order to have it done. It is a bit more expensive there but my PS was very experienced, he has performed SmartLipo on over 600 patients in the past 2 years. Cosmetic Surgery and lasers have always been his specialty, so SmartLipo for him was a natural thing to specialize in. I felt that I was in good hands just a bit unprepared for the fact that it is a serious surgery and not quite as easy to have done as people would have you think.
I originally read about my Doctor and the SmartLipo procedure in a magazine article (it was a quality publication) and I have to say, the description was fairly accurate. The only thing I wasn’t prepared for was the pain during the procedure. I really thought it would be painless. I have been told I have a high pain threshold but maybe it has changed over the years.
I was given a valium and 2 Paracetemol (which is the UK equivalent of Tylenol) before the procedure. I nearly passed out when the local anesthesia was put in. I sort of got used to it, but it was not pleasant at all. Kind of a lot of tugging which I found psychologically a bit difficult to handle. It was especially sensitive in the lower abdominal area. I had four areas done: lower abs, upper abs, back of the hips/waist, and sides of back below the bra strap. I had no pain for the hip area but had a tough time with the abs and sides.
Once the local was done, I felt no pain for the actual laser part of the procedure, that part was a total breeze! But then I had suction which I found difficult and painful as well. I had four areas done in about 2.5 hours.
Despite the discomfort of the procedure I was really glad not to have had a general anesthetic, I hate trying to come out of those. I was glad to be able to walk out of the clinic feeling alert and glad it was over, but I was totally exhausted.
I had the procedure on June 10th and I flew back to Switzerland on the 13th. I am feeling OK now but I’m still pretty swollen and I have a fair bit of bruising on my hips. How come some people have bruising and some don’t? I’m wondering if I’m being too active too soon. And how long before the swelling is really gone?
I also hate the compression bandage. The doctor said I only have to wear it for 7 to 10 days but most people on this site say 2 weeks. Does it really help to wear it longer? My belly button is pretty sore and my skin is itchy which is hard to ignore. I think the itchyness is from the bandage.
I think the results will be good in the end but its hard to tell at the moment. After reading some of the bad results people have mentioned on this site, I’m more than a little nervous! But I’d like to thank everyone for posting their experiences. It’s really helpful and supportive.
NJ.
Updated on Jun 19, 2008:
It has been 9 days since I has the procedure and I’m not seeing much improvement yet. I’m not wearing the bandage anymore which is a huge relief and the little incision areas look like they have closed and healed nicely.
Bit I’m still pretty tender on the hips and belly button area. The bruising is going now but the swelling is still there, it”s kind of hard and lumpy, so I feel as big as I did before the procedure which is pretty depressing. I was hoping to wear a certain outfit to my son’s Grad but that’s not going to happen.



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Be careful – not worth it with anyone but a trained liposuction surgeon

Smart Lipo: Was not worth it
Cost: $4,300
Pain: Severe
Satisfaction: Poor

This review is for anyone considering Smartlipo.  I’m not anti-smartlipo, but this procedure is significantly misrepresented by Cynosure, the maker of the smartlipo machine and publisher of the brochures, along with many doctors who should NOT be anywhere near this device.  I’m one of the unlucky ones who got a quack in Batavia, New York that thinks he’s an expert since he took the EIGHT HOUR COURSE that Cynosure gives and sends ANY DOCTOR, NOT MATTER WHAT THEIR FIELD, out to alter someone’s body. 
I’m also one of the lucky ones who lives near a doctor who’s considered one of the best smartlipo surgeons in the east.  Yes, I SHOULD have gone to him first, but he’s already fixed three others from the quack I went to and has assured me that I can be "fixed".  I’ll have to go one more summer without feeling good about my legs, but I won’t have to worry about it for next year.  I won’t bore you with the details of my procedure, but below is a list of things that you might want to know before you go out to talk to a doctor about having this done.   I’m going to speak to having legs done.
1.  Smartlipo is NOT a lunchtime procedure.  It is liposuction surgery with a laser.  A good surgeon will tell you that.  It is the next wave of liposuction and is quickly taking the place of the old method.  The laser does help in tightening the skin and the tumescent (wet) procedure reduces bruising, pain and swelling WHEN IT’S DONE PROPERLY.  You should have the maximum fluid used for your body weight and should not have more than 2-3 areas done at once.  Example:  inner thighs, anterior thighs and knees in one procedure, then outer thighs and abdomen or gluteal crease in the next procedure.  These should be done about 7 days to 1 month apart.   This is a health precaution as well as a results precaution.
2.  You will be home laying around the house for about three days and draining for about 24-72 hours and have to wear a compression garment for 2-6 weeks, depending on what you have done, for the best results.   Some people don’t wear the garment, but I found it sped up the healing process, which is making it easier for me to get my corrective surgery done sooner.  You’re going to be sore for about three months, gradually getting better the whole time, but still sore.  you’ll have lumps and bumps in your legs for that long, too, again, gradually getting better.  You’ll need to massage those areas and seriously look into Lymphatic Drainage Massage.  IT WORKS WONDERS.
3.  THE DOCTOR.  This is probably the most important advice I have for you.  Do not, do not, do not, go to a doctor that does not do this as his only line of business.  Do not use a pediatrician, a general doctor, an ear, nose and throat doctor – get my point??  Do not use any doctor that has added this to his practice and sandwiches your smartlipo inbetween allergy shots and annual physicals.  The only training required by law to do this is the EIGHT HOUR course that Cynosure gives after the doctor purchases the machine.  OH, I forgot, they offer two more eight hour courses for ADVANCED training.  Think about it – 24 hours of training lets any MD start to reshape your body with absolutely no previous cosmetic experience.  Don’t do it.  Run away.  Fast.
4.  Do your research and make the commitment to yourself to get the very best.  Save your money, get the best deal on a credit card, make sure you have enough time off from work.  You’re worth it.  I am planning my time off, how much it will cost me for gas and hotel (My "Good" doctor is two hours away) and what I’ll use for time off at work.  I should have done this the first time, but again, I’m very lucky to be able to do it right the second time.  This is something I’ve wanted for about 10 years and I’m not going to screw it up again. 
5.  Once you’ve got your resources together, only look at board certified plastic surgeons, OR, doctors who have proven skills and track records IN THE AREAS YOU WANT TREATED.  This is a wonderful website, and it probably saved me from going back to the quack and letting him try to fix me (he told me could, but I got a full refund instead) but I would direct you to liposuction.com.  It’s a great place to gather all the info you’ll need to be well informed about your procedure and what can and can’t be done.  There’s also a great page with a list of questions to ask the doctors – you will want to interview at least two, if not three – that you’re considering using.
6.  The most important questions you can ask are, "How long have you been doing this procedure on the areas I want treated and how many have you done?", "How do you determine where to sculpt and contour?" and lastly, "Can I have three references that I can call that have had the same areas done?".  Don’t gloss over any answers that you’re not totally comfortable with, and if they cannot give you three references, thank them and never call them back.  Any doctor who is good at this will have several happy customers who would love to tell you how happy they are.
7.  Be an active particpant in the procedure.  Let the doctor know excactly what you want and don’t let him say "I know what to do" before you lay on that table.  If he gives you a hard time, say thank you, get up, get dressed and get out.  It’s your body. 
I hope this helps someone.  Again,  I’m not anti-smartlipo, but I’ve learned a very valuable lesson about cosmetic surgery and the makers of the machines that assist with it.  I’m looking forward to my next surgery and am thanking God that I’m able to come out of this OK.  I’d love to hear from others.  Also, I’d like to thank Julie7 on this site.  Her comments and review along with all those who wrote in helped me get to this point tonight.  
Updated on Aug 7, 2008:
UPDATE  – AUGUST 7th – Something else that’s very important for everyone considering smartlipo to know – Even those who get happy with the procedure are not completely happy with their first results, no matter how good the doctor is.  This is not bad, just honest.  It appears that a few bumps and lumps will show up during recovery and they’ll need to be fixed.  Almost every post here gives credit to that. 
A good doctor will tell you that you will probably need a touch-up, or even two, due to the fact that while he/she will do their best, you will have a lot of fluid in your legs/stomach/whereever and it is almost impossible to get a 100% smooth result the first time. 
NOW – this is different from having major issues, such as mine for example.  I consider 12-inch ridges down the front of both my thighs and sharp indentations at the top of both NOT to be touch-ups, but screw-ups.  If I did not have those, the small lumps in the other areas might have been acceptable, but I believe all touch-ups should be minor.  Contouring and blending are not negotiable. 



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Smart lipo was worth it and i’m only on day 4.

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $7,900
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Very good

I’m particularly concerned with my upper arms.  Has anyone done their upper arms?  Were you satisfied with the results?  My doctor said I should only be down 2 or 3 days – does this sound realistic?  I’ll do before and after pictures for all to see and will update the satisfaction responses.
Updated on Jun 29, 2008:
The worst part of the procedure was the IV and the trembling when I came out of the anesthesia.  My doctor chose to put me under because I had so many areas done.  Day 1 and 2 I was leaking from most of my incisions.  Day 3 just my arms were still leaking and they still are a very small amount.  My arms look fantastic!  I can’t believe what a difference I can see already.  I* weighed 144lbs going in and I now weigh 148.  Obviously I’m pretty swollen.  Even so, my arms measure 1 inch less, my upper back is an inch smaller and my waist is 1.5 inches smaller.  Hips and thighs have not changes – I expect that is due to the swelling.  They also didn’t drain as much as my arms.  
I took pain medication up through last night but haven’t needed anything today – I do wish I had a cushioned toilet seat though!!
I am very excited that my arms look so good already – you can actually see some muscle definition.  I haven’t taken any post procedure pictures but will put up both pre and post in the next two weeks. 
 
Let me know if I can answer any questions for you.
 
Updated on Jul 1, 2008:
Today I feel pretty good.  I still hurt all over.  I think you have to expect to have some pain after the trauma that your body is put through.  I can walk and sit and lay down but getting up and sitting down hurt.  I don’t pain medication and am not even taking any tylenol.  Even with this pain and the lumpiness etc that seem to go along with it I still would do it again.  I might choose a different time of year as my summer is blowing by and I don’t see that I’ll be able to do any hiking or biking for the next month anyway. 
Someone mentioned that your skin has a likeness to silly puddy at one of the healing stages.  That is a very good analogy.  As long as I have the compression on it looks great but if I wear a pair of pants with a waistband I get a nice ring around my waist. 
What I wasn’t prepared for but should have been was the amount of drainage there was the first couple of days.  I would definitely prepare your bed for a mess prior to surgery.  Old sheets and I even put a towel over my mattress pad and a plastic garbage sack over that to make sure my mattress wasn’t ruined.  The good part is that the drainage is a mix of blood and tumescent fluid so it didn’t stain as long as it didn’t sit too long. 
Updated on Jul 9, 2008:
AT 14 days I still have a lot of swelling mosty in my hips and thighs.  My arm measurement started at 13 and is now 11.75.  Upper back chest measurement started at 36 and is now 34.5.  Under bra measurement was 32 and is now 31.5.  Waist measured 32 and is now 30.  Hips were 40 and now 39.  Thighs were 23 and now are 21.5. 
I am not thrilled with my hips and thigh area yet, but as I said I am still pretty swollen.  I’m also concerned with how much skin tightening will happen in the next 4 to 6 months. 
 
Pre lipo


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Ugly thighs before procedure; smaller ugly thighs after procedure

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $2,100
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Good

I had my inner thighs and chin done almost 8 weeks ago. I never had nice legs even when I weighed 40 lbs less. Since adulthood, I have always had a large birthmark (covers my entire right calf), mucho cellulite, scars, bruises, sagging skin, etc. This is how my legs look, WITHOUT any procedures. I didn’t go into the procedure thinking I would have any less of this. I just assumed my thighs would be smaller; they were. I look better in pants than I did before and that was my goal. My thighs no longer rub together (a miracle…didn’t even expect that). I love my chin results; that was a breeze. I was kind of terrified that something would go wrong with that and I wouldn’t be able to hide it like I could the thighs. The doctor even made a comment during the preop appt that I looked like I wanted to jump out of my skin.
As far as the pain after my procedure, it was intense. "Lunchtime procedure" was a total fabrication. Of course everyone is different. I am still having a little pain, but everyday is better. I was very worried about 3-4 weeks after the procedure due to hard, painful areas on the inner thighs. I wasn’t given much post op info, but I do work in a hospital and I just harassed the docs I work with if certain things were normal (i.e., occassional sharp shooting pain in inner thigh area, swelling after sitting a few hours, stiffness, etc).
I will say, I wasn’t exactly fit when I had the procedure. I do not eat right and am a little overweight. I knew my journey would be longer for recovery. I’ve had traditional lipo on my upper/lower abs, flanks, and inner knees (at different times in my life).
I can honestly say this has been the longest recovery for me. BUT, surprise, surprise, I do feel more confident with smaller thighs and am overall pleased with the results. As you can see, I have body issues and don’t pretend that I do everything I need to do to have a nice, healthy body. Just like avertised, this procedure will net better results for the people who eat healthy and exercise and have a small amount of fat to remove. Just be realistic with what you want to accomplish.



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