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So far, so good!

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

I worked for this doctor last summer and I got SmartLipo as a trade-out. Instead of having the procedure in the hot summer, I opted for yesterday, December 19th, for cooler weather.
I am 24 hrs. post-op. I had my lower stomach, outer thighs, inside knees up and muffin top done. I am 54, have excersized my whole life, never had children and am a dance teacher. These areas just would not go away.
I have very little pain and it is only in the lower abdomenal area. Some brusing even though I took Arnica pills for two weeks prior. Oozing has pretty much stopped.
I reccommend purchasing two, black compression garments. 1.)So the oozing is not noticible 2.)you have one to wear while the other is in the wash. If you live in a hot, humid climate like Houston you definately want to have the procedure done in the winter.
I will keep everyone posted of my progress. I will try to post pics.



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Smart lipo not worth it and was over priced

Smart Lipo: Was not worth it
Cost: $6,000
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Poor

I had the inner and outer thighs done. I went through alot of pain and stiffness for a good 5-6 weeks. I didn’t see but about a 1/2 " reduction. So was it worth it. NO!!!
I really wanted it to work is why I paid premium for a procedure. My Dr. isn’t standing behind my results and for that I am truly disappointed.
The procedure isn’t that bad or traumatic so I believe I must have had an inexperienced Dr. and didn’t ensure I had enough of a "guarntee" to feel I got some of my money worth.
Truly disappointed and making payments… should have just got the boob job… then noone would notice my thick thighs.



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Wondering about drainage – smart lipo

Smart Lipo: Was worth it
Cost: $8,600
Pain: Mild
Satisfaction: Good

I had smartlipo on Friday on my stomach, inner & outer thighs, love handles and under my bra strap. The procedure itself wasn’t that bad, although there were some periods of discomfort. Yesterday I felt like I had been beaten up, but today I feel much better and haven’t taken any pain medication.
First let me say that I wondered with all the areas done, was 2 liters really enough to take out? Seems to me that there should’ve been more. And I haven’t had any drainage whatsoever. That seems a little weird to me also since I read so much about it prior and was very prepared for it. Has anyone else had the same experience?
It’s only been 2 days and so far, I’m not really seeing the results. My doctor said that it would take up to 5 days to start seeing it so I’m trying to be patient. I’ll check back in after day 5 but am giving it a thumbs up for now.



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Dr misdiagnosed c section hernia did lipo over it 3 times called it swelling and fluid

Smart Lipo: Was not worth it
Cost: $6,800
Pain: Uncomfortable
Satisfaction: Poor

I came to this dr in feb2008 for lipo on my stomach.He noticed I had a bellybutton hernia and said he would not do lipo until the hernia was fixed as it would be very dangerous.I then pointed out a hole I had at my c section scar and asked if that was also a hernia?He said no.That was his first mistake.
After my bellybutton was fixed he did my lipo on march 18th.At my first follow up I was concerned about a huge protruding bulge on my lower left abdomen which he said was swelling and fluid it will go away.At 2nd and 3rd folow up it was still there even though all swelling was gone everywhere else,this lump was prominant and ugly.He still said it was fluid and to wait and see.After 5 months I came back to have him do another area and a touch up to the lump which was still there.
At follow up the lump WAS STILL THERE.It flattened out when I leaned back and popped out when I stood up all classic indications of a hernia.He tried to aspirate fluid by sticking a needle in it and nothing came out.He still claimed it was fluid and to wait some more.
I am very aggravated by now and depressed over my stomach which is riddled with bruises and holes and a huge lump.
On sept 15 he did one last lipo treatment to try to make the area flat…but when I came in for follow up sept 29 guess what?the lump was still there unchanged.He looked at it and then told me that is a hernia you need to go have that fixed and he referred me to another surgeon.I went to 4 different doctors for opinions and obtained a ct scan which showed the hernia.
The doctor I ultimately chose to repair the hernia said the hernia was so blatant and obvious it was alarming that the first dr failed to diagnos it months ago.So I turned the doctor who misdiagnosed me into the medical board and am going to file a lawsuit against him.He still refuses to this day to take responsibility for his poor care and misdiagnosis and claims the hernia is my opinion only even though I have been through surgery and had it repaired.It was over 3 years old as my surgeon estimated it had appeared after my sons birth 4 years ago so it was there all along and the signs were there at every follow up but went undiagnosed for 9 months.
So something I had done to improve my appearance and make me feel better about my self has turned into a nightmare as I have to sit and wait for justice from the med board and go througha lawsuit to collect my money back when this doctor should have settled with me because of his mistake but he would rather have a disciplinary action on his record and defend himself in court over something I have proof of that he did wrong.
Updated on Dec 9, 2008:
Dr {name shown above to registered users} is a vascular surgeon who bought a smart lipo machine and went through a traing course and thinks he is as capable as a doctor who has gone through years of traing in this specialty.He is arrogant and unprofessional and has no eye for detail or underlying medical problems that can directly affect the results of the liposuction.Hernias cant be flattened by liposuction  and are incredibly dangerous to laser lipo over.I had a hole in my stomach with intestine pushing through,so the fact that he did not puncture my bowel is sheer luck.His prices are low and that is a deciding factor to a lot of people but please go with some one highly trained with credentials.I will never t rust myself with someone less than qualified ever again.
Updated on Dec 10, 2008:
I did this procedure to firm up my tummy after 2 kids.I was 120 pds and had some areas not look porportionate.I f I knew now what I was going to go through with this dr I would have chosen a dr with more qualifications and traing in the specialized area not a dr who just added this to his business for money on the side.He is not a cosmetic surgeon but calls himself one because he bought some equipment and took a wekkend training class.



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Made no difference whatsoever

Smart Lipo: Was not worth it
Cost: $10,000
Pain: Mild
Satisfaction: Poor

I had smartlipo last year on my stomach, flanks, back, arms and chin. It honestly didn’t make a single bit of difference.
However, I didn’t research my doctor well enough, so maybe thats the reason. I didn’t have an in person consultation with him because I was coming from out of town. If I had have, I’m sure I would not have picked this doctor. I don’t think he removed any fat at all. I asked to see the fat he removed afterwards, and I was just shown a picture of it!
I would recommend doing a lot of research before choosing a doctor, reading reviews and talking to other patients.



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Original review from realself.com

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