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Only on day 3 but so far, it was worth it

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $5,500
Pain: Painfree
Satisfaction: Excellent

I had my smartlipo procedure done on Thursday, Aug 28th at 7:00am.  Let me tell you, I was scared to death.  My first mistake was watching a video on utube so that was all that I could think about when I got there.  First I put on a gown, they measured me, took pictures and drew the guidelines on me.  Then I got two shots.  One was to relax me and I guess it really worked because the next thing I remember is them walking me to the bathroom, then walking me to the or room.  I layed down, they covered me from head to toe and left only my belly showing.  Ever so often they would ask if I was ok and I was.  They were doing something that felt like a meat grinder rolling up and down my belly but there was no pain…..The next thing I knew was my husband waking me up at home, in my own bed.  Honestly the only thing that hurt were the two shots before hand.  The procedure, I slept through it.  I sure thought I would be awake for the whole thing but I wasn’t.  Actually, my husband said I was talking but it wasn’t making much sense so maybe I was awake, who knows.  Awake or not, I don’t remember and I didn’t feel any pain so I am a happy camper.  Now at home, I am sore but it’s like having cuts or sunburn. The worst is the ozzing and the smell.  I couldn’t wait to get that thing off. 
So here I am at day 3:  I’ve removed  the garment, taken a shower, put hydro peroxide on all my incisions, 6 to be exact.  I thought I was only having 4 but got 6.  2 under my breast, 2 on hips, 2 on upper buttocks and 2 on lower back.  I guess the last two were for the flanks.  I feel great.  I was able to take the garment off myself but I did it really slow and was sitting at the time.  I’ve also put Neosporin on the incisions.  Once my garment has air dryed, I will put it back on.
So far so good.  I’ll continue to update as I progress. 
Updated on Sep 3, 2008:
Sept 3 – Day 7 post op
I just returned from my follow up visit and the doc says everything looks great.  He basically  just looked at my incisions and my shape.  Appt was short and quick.  I told him about how painful my $140 garment has been and when he saw the indentions on my sides, he told me to stop wearing it and to go buy some spanx (more money, more money).  He told me to wear the spanx during the day and then nothing at night.  He said that I am able to get back to my normal activity except to not do anything that involved jumping or aeroebic type exercising.  He said that something like pilates and yoga would be great as well as just walking 20-30 minutes a day.  I asked him about massaging and he said I could start doing that as well.  I still don’t feel any lumps or bumps yet like I did with Lipodissolve though.
I asked him how much they removed and he said 1730 (cc’s, I guess) almost a half gallon.  He laughed and said that he would have never thought he would have gotten that much out of such a small girl.  The day of the procedure, I weighed 130.  He told me that if I watch what I eat and exercise that realistically, I should always weigh between 125 and 130.  That’s bascially what I’ve weighed for the past 3 years but it was just that darn pouch.  Honestly, to me, it looked like a little beer belly.  It was gross and I don’t even drink beer :-D  He also said that I was coherent during the whole procedure as I answer questions and turned as I needed to.  I told him that I didn’t remember anything and he said that’s what he likes to hear, no one should remember going through surgery  :-) 
I did notice today that I have very vague bruises on my flanks but other than that, I’ve had none.  My stomach and sides are still pretty sensitive to touch..as if they are bruised on the inside maybe.  I guess this is to be expected.  The pain I do have though is tolerable. 
I go back in 3 months and then they’ll weigh, measure and take pictures. 
I am still very happy with my decision to go through with this.  I am excited to see my results as the swelling goes down.  LIke I said previously though, even with the swelling, I can tell a tremendous difference in the appearence of my stomach.  i can’t wait for the day I can say good-bye to the grandma/pregnant looking tunic tops and say hello to a tight tank top and not have to worry about my beer belly and muffin top  :-D
Still a happy customer,
~Sarthur
Updated on Sep 17, 2008:
Sept 17th – 3 week tomorrow post op
Sorry I haven’t updated in a while but due to the hurricane, there has been lots going on.  I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m doing great.  I am EXTREMELY happy with my results.  My clothes fit or in some cases, are even to big now.  I am able to do like cardio and any strength training.  My stomach still looks a little strange but it’s flat and that was what I was going for.  I’m sure in time, it will look back normal again.  Still ‘Worth it’ to me!!
~sarthur



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Smartlipo in san francisco

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $7,000
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Excellent

I am recovering currently (Day 2) and am pain free, and can already see major improvements. The areas that I had done where under my arms, and my mid-section (abdominals). I am a male in my 30’s and after a year and half of taking a medication prescribed for a chronic illness, I realized that there was a growing amount of fat appearing under my arms. After ruling out cancer, and ultimately stopping that specific medication – – I was left with a noticeable amount of fat running from my underarm crease and down at least 7 inches. I consulted with my physician, and came to the conclusion that we felt that I would get the results I desired with smart-lipo w/suction. We discussed the areas, my expectations, down-time, etc. and I could not be happier with my decision to have this done. I was assured by Lisa, that the areas would most likely be corrected with one procedure, but that if a "touch up" was needed, we could re-visit this after a couple months of healing was under my belt. The procedure was intense and at times uncomfortable. I took a clonezepam (as I have a anxiety disorder), and before the procedure two extra strength tylenols. Pain did not come into the experience. Slleping night one was almost impossible, because I felt as if I was in a car accident, or someone beat me up – and they won! Today is day 2, and I have gone for a mild walk, made low-fat chili for dinner, and am practically discomfort free. I am wearing a compression garment for the next 4 weeks (better safe than sorry is my thought), although swelling is already dissapating. I am bruised, and it is really nasty to look at. But only in a few spots, and I am not sweating that in the least. Final thoughts: If you can handle a moderate amount of discomfort, you can handle SmartLipo. Even with my under garment, and it only being day 2 of my healing process, the area is at least 60%. Guys… This is great for fat in the pec area. I already feel more confident and am psyched for the next few months to pass, so I can see the final results! SmartLipo!
Updated on Aug 24, 2008:
I took Photos of the areas I wanted to have worked on before, and as soon I am able I will get some of the after. May take a few days to get on the computer and match them up, but look for them soon. Even with the bruising and some swelling, I think you can see a big difference! I am most excited about the area under my arms, and hope they will continue to get firmer and smaller with the coming months.



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Not happy with results

Smart Lipo: Was not worth it
Cost: $6,500
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Poor

I am 3 weeks in to my Smart lipo on my Love handles and lower abdomen.The recovery not so painfull but still bruised..The funny thing is that in the first week the skin was tight but now my lovehandles are showing same as before I could still pinch so much from my sides …I am so upset I tool a loan out for this as it was important..I know it is not a solution for loosing weight but I wanted a good head start on the stubbuorn areas..but results are crap…
Not sure what to do?



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Very pleased with the results

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $3,000
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Very good

I love the results and am so pleased with the doctor I had do my procedure. I had been told she was a "little obsessive" about her work, which is exactly what I want her to be when working on my appearance! She and her staff could not be nicer nor more concerned. I was given the cell phone numbers of the doctor and her assistants to use before and after the procedure if I needed them. The results are great! I had my neck and jowls done and I look much, much better. For the first time in my life, I have a long face, rather than a round one. The healing has been more painful than I expected, but it is not horrible — just more than I expected. I am still healing and the swelling has not all gone down, so I will look even better in the future. People come up and know there is something different about me, something better, but can’t figure out what it is. You know what? That is exactly what I wanted!



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Still recovering…after 3 weeks!!

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

I already like the results even though I am still a little bit swollen and really lumpy. I had my belly and back done three weeks ago and I decided to write this thing here because I was told that the recovery would be super easy! Big lie. I am still sore, have a great amount of tightness on my back. Towards the end of the day, the discomfort is worse. The procedure also hurts. They inject lots of fluid in the treated area so it does hurt. As far as the recovery goes, it has not been as easy as I thought it would. So, don’t be fooled if your doc says you can go back to work two days later. I couldn’t. Don’t forget the amount of trauma your body goes through. It is invasive and your body will need time. I would do it again (actually I plan on having my legs/buttocks done in a month) but now I will be more prepared. Just wanted to share that the recovery might be hard on you too.



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Love it–worth every penny and more

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $5,500
Pain: Painfree
Satisfaction: Excellent

I am 50 years old and I was always relatively thin–5’6” and a size 6-8 and I gained weight to a size 8-10 but only in my waist-tummy thigh area. It wouldn’t go away. I don’t have children so that wasn’t an excuse. I went to see the doctor and he said I’m a perfect candidate for Smart Lipo of the abdomen and love handles. The procedure took about 1 hr and I had no ativan, etc., just local anesthesia. NO BIG DEAL. I never had a pain pill except Tylenol just because I thout it would hurt after I got home. Surgery was on Friday, July 25, and on Saturday-26th, I went to Orlando Airport to get my parents who came from Dallas to Florida. It’s about 50 miles to airport and I was FINE. Tis nice doctor workd my mom in for Smart-Lipo on Tuesday (7-29) and she did fine as well. She had DOT laser as well–that hurt. I’m going back on 8-29 to have my thighs done.
I can’t say enough about this procedure. I’m a Flight Attendant and I work around so many pretty girls and this really helps my self esteem–it’s bothered me for a long time.
Updated on Aug 21, 2008:
8-21—Boy this is great!! Swelling is still getting better and my skin is tightening and I couldn’t be happier.  One thng i forgot to post–DO NOT settle for a tummy tuck before you check this procedure.  My Mom’s plastic surgeon in Texas told us both that we would need a tummy tuck.  Several ladies I know had the same experience and had this done instead and all are pleased.  Tummy tucks take so much down time not to mention scars, etc. He didn’t do Smart Lipo so…. If a doctor that DOES Smart Lipo tells you you need a Tummy Tuck, OK but otherwise, check this out!  Thighs to be done on 8-29 and I will post pics after that.
Updated on Aug 24, 2008:
I will have thighs done now on 8-25 and I will post photos after!!  I will measure thighs before and after.  They call these "saddle bags" (how cute…). I plan to return to my job as a Flight Attendant on the 29th. will let you all know!!  Please email for questions.
Updated on Aug 27, 2008:
New inner thigh pics and "hip roll" pics.  I am still in my compression garment and swollen–procedure was done on 8-25 so I’m 2 days out.  A little sore from this one because the area worked on was a tender area anyway.  Already in smaller size pants (6) and I couldn’t be happier.
Abdomen before (love handles, too)


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For me smart lipo seems like a pretty smart choice

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $6,800
Pain: Mild
Satisfaction: Very good

So my 29th birthday was rolling around, and because of recent success in my sales job I had some extra dough coming my way. I’m 5"5′ and about 145-150 pounds. I would describe myself as quite athletic, and skinny but after 25 by metabolism slammed on the brakes and it was a lot harder for me to get rid of the jelly here and there. I spent a lot of time stressing and bitching about it so I finally decided that as a birthday present to myself I would do smart lipo. Initially, I was at first interested in some of the cellulite treatments but those cost $2,000+, wasn’t permanent, and from the feedback on this site, seems like it barely worked. I decided why not spend a few thousand more and get something almost permanent. I probably spent a good 20% of my week obsessing about how to lose weight, what I did or didn’t eat, or going to the gym so to find a solution that could relieve some of that stress and time seemed like a good gift to myself.
Sooo anyways, I did the research, picked the place and got it done. After reading all the reviews on here I was really expecting a lot more fuss and muss. I had the procedure at 2:00 on Wednesday and I’m now typing away on my computer about it on Friday night feeling great. I almost feel like I had a different procedure than other people or that people were exaggerating because it was kinda (I hate to say it) easy.
Like I said I went in on Wednesday to {edited – provider information is located above the review for registered users}. My doctor, {edited – provider information is located above the review for registered users} (Harvard Resident, and Pres of the Massachusetts Plastic Surgery Association) performed the surgery. Here is the play by play for those who are curious:
They had me eat a big lunch, and not drink a ton of water so I wouldn’t have to pee during the procedure. I put on a johnny and the doctor drew markings in a sort of pyramid shaped on my upper and lower abs marking where he would be doing his work. He also asked why my perfect abdomen would need work. I’m not fat but the chub pooch was obvious. The sentiment was nice though.
From there they moved me to the operating room and had my lay down. The doctor pinches the skin and gives you the pain shots all over the tummy. Then the put in i think IVs and filled the whole section of my upper and lower abs under the skin with lytocaine and saline. Your whole belly area fills way up. You feel pregnant or like you are going to pop. This section is the only part with pain, but it’s mostly just pinchy. I have to admit, I am pretty good with pain and tend not to get nervous or freak myself out with this kind of stuff so other people might have other experiences.
After this they leave the room and let you relax for about 10 minutes or so, so that the lyodcaine can work at numbing the whole section. I put my Ipod on and just chilled. The doctor and nurse came back and the doctor got to work on the laser portion. He threaded the laser into a long instrument about the length of your arm. This is the probe he then uses to probe all the areas of your stomach being treated. This took the longest. About an hour, and he really was going to work jabbing under the skin but I felt no pain.
Once this is completed they then lipo out the displaced fat. It only looked like about a cup and a half worth taken out, but they said the rest you just pee out. They finished that in about 15 minutes and I was done. The whole thing took less than 2 hours. The nursed showed me how to dress the drainage spots with pads, and then helped me put my compression garment on and I was out the door. I drove myself home and felt fine. I was even considered meeting my friend out for dinner but decided against it because even with the compression garment on you look about 4-5 months pregnant because of all the saline they fill you up with. She said that might also be the case for work the next day.
For the night, I took the Vicodin that was prescribed, lied on my stomach on my bed to help the drainage, chugged water, watched movies and was happy as a clam. When I woke up in the morning my stomach had drained enough that I just wore a normal shirt that flowed away from my stomach over my compression garment and went to work as normal. Bending and picking things up were kind of hard, but I just sit at my desk most of the day so it was no biggie. I took the train into work, walked to lunch and took the train home with no problem.
The look of my stomach is a little weird. It has a jigglie looseness but my skin already seems smoother (no cellulite bumps.) It’s still swollen, but flat. I used to have what I called my loaf of bread, a section along my middle that stuck out and that’s gone. There’s no bruising or redness, but there is some pooling of blood in my pelvic area. I think because I wore my compression garment too tight, but the nurse said that was fine.
Basically, I am very happy. I feel fine. I see flatness and smoothness already, and I am just waiting on the final result. For me it seems to be a good choice. I believe i was probably a best candidate though because I’m in good shape, am fairly young and had some small pouching. I can’t say that the same result would be true for someone older or with more of a problem.
Unfortunately I don’t have before and after pics but I do have two from right after. You can see the red spots from where they put in the pain killer shots, and some of the marker.
Feel free to ask me any questions. I was happy to find info here when I was initially looking so I am happy to give others info.
Updated on Sep 8, 2008:
Hi!! Posted pics of me a month after my surgery.  My upper abs seem all healed.  There is no pain and I can see a difference.  The contrast between my upper abs and my bust is greater-making my boobs look bigger and my upper waist smaller (yah!!)  I believe my lower abs are still healing because they have tenderness when I push on my pooch area. I hope this is causing them to still be swollen since you can see that it still looks a little chubby/round in that section.
I am working out as normal now except I am not able to run because the bouncing is painful on the lower abs.  I will post more pics as I progress.     
Front view 2 days after surgery


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