Nine years ago I found Dr. Hendricks through a friends' recommendation. I met with him for a breast lift and reduction consultation and immediately booked my surgery with him. He is professional, caring, skilled and knowledgeable. I was so happy with my results. I am still happy with the results today! I wanted Smartlipo on my arms, armpits, upper back and abdomen and only thought to go back... more
I was blessed and cursed with a babyface despite my petite and slim stature. My face was absolutely not proportional to my body at all. I had no defined transition between my cheeks, jaw, and neck. In pictures, this was even more apparent and made me look 3X my weight. Because of this, I developed an aversion for picture taking although I am not an unattractive individual. Seeing that I could... more
After lots of thinking and review reading I decided to undergo Micro Body Contouring (Smart Lipo) on my upper/lower abdomen, flanks and the banana roll - more on one side since it's very uneven (see the photos). I'm having my procedure done 8/26/14 but I want to share my story from start to finish so here I am a few days before.
A little background: I'm a fairly active 24 yr old. I've kind of... more
It's been 8 weeks since I've had SmartLipo and I have major dents where the incision was made. I'm not too happy with it I'm just trying to stay positive and hoping it'll go away were I don't have to get anyThing fixed. the lumps improve with my body sculptor massager. I understand that I have to wait 6 months for the healing to improve but it just seems like these pants aren't going away.... more
Hello all.. I am a 20 year old female from beautiful Orange County California. I am 5'6 and i weigh 150 pounds. I would not consider myself over weight but i would like to say i have "problem areas". My so called problem areas are my stomach and my arms. I have had issues with my body and confidence for as long as i can remember and now I'm looking for a change. NO i am not lazy nor am i... more
I am very uncomfortable/swollen/bloated! I feel like I am bigger all over... I wish I would have known about this part --- It's brutal! Reviewing some of the other experiences about not getting results is also a bit discouraging.
I did take a road trip and was in the car for 12+ hours on day 4-5. Maybe that intensified the swelled.
Am I being impatient? I was told that 1 liter of fat... more
I found this forum so helpful I thought I'd share my experience. I'm 49 and no matter what I do, weights, cardio, Pilates I can or get rid of the fat on my arms and thighs. I remember hating my fat knees in grammar school. My awesome Dr Jack Gutman offered me the procedure at half price. That was 7 weeks ago!
Although most people do this while awake I asked to be "knocked out". The... more
1. Pick a board certified surgeon. Not dermatologist, not otolaryngologist, not radiologist...a surgeon.
2. My doctor is one of the few who prefers to use general anesthesia for this type of procedure and performs the surgery in an operating room (not some office). Trust me, you want this.
3. You will feel like a stuffed turkey that is a spoonful away from... more
I am 20 years old 5'5 and 165 pounds. i had tumescent lipo suction done awhile ago but was not happy with the results because i ended up with alot of lumps and bumps. my back rolls were still present and i had ALOT of loose skin around the abdomin.
so i saved money and after researching i wanted to do smart lipo. i ended up booking an appointment for lipo in the abdomen area, back... more
Okay, it's day 2 for me. OUCH. Feels like lots of pulled muscles, severe exercise pains, and tender bruising. Does not feel like an open wound. Luckily for me I haven't thrown up yet-in fact, not much nausea at all. I'm taking 1/2 to 1 full vicodin every few hours, icing diligently and getting up to walk around every once in a while. I had my flanks, sides, front of the thighs,... more
I had Laser Lipo done on my love handles (the nurses called them "loves", which I think is endearing and made me hate them a little less) one week ago.
I am 5'4", 128 lbs, and work out almost every day. I have had stubborn fat on my sides right above my hip bones since I hit puberty, and no matter how hard I work out or religiously diet, they would never go away. I finally made the... more
I have contemplated on this procedure for about a year now, I researched several places and decided to have this done on 11/11/09.The procedure itself was not painful to me at all. I spoke with the doctor and staff the whole time. Discomfort followed the day after and continues until today (day 3). The compression garment is so uncomfortable, I can't tolerate sitting for long periods of time... more
Don’t risk the quality of your life with this unnecessary medical procedure!
I had smart lipo in Costa Mesa,CA, and I have had nothing but trouble. Infection, very painful, horrible brusing and within one month of the procedure on my lower abs I developed a double hernia, which required more operations. I have many new spider veins and cherry hemangiomas, damage to nerve endings, blotchy... more
I had my love handles done 3 weeks ago and my lower abs/tummy done one week ago today. I read all the reviews on this site, researched the facility & doctors and decided to move forward.My discomfort during and after the procedure was higher than I had expected. I talked to a lot of patients who've had this and they had very little discomfort. I think I have a high tolerance for drugs... more
I will be turning 40 this summer so I decided to get the smart lipo as a 40th B-day present to myself. The actual procedure (which took about 3 hours for 3 spots--upper and lower belly and love handles). I though this would be consired 1 area but I guess they consider this 3 areas (hence they got away with charging me for 3 areas).The actual procedure was not that painful (although the numbing... more
I had LaserLipo 3 mos ago on my inner/outer thighs and abdomen. The surgery was painless but the recovery time was pretty painful and lasted about 2 weeks. Although I am happy with my new size, I am worried about the lumpy loose skin in those areas. I followed up with Velashape in my surgery areas, but no change. I look great in my cothes, but if my skin tone doesn't improve, I won't be able... more
I have always eaten healthy and exercised daily but just couldn't get rid of my love handles. So I had smart lipo done and it absolutely helped me. The "hate" handles are gone and it was completely painless. The area was left tighter then it was before which is better results than regular liposuction that leaves the skin saggy. Since the skin became tighter in that area my tummy... more
I just had my procedure today, september 16, and it really wasnt bad. I had laser lipo on my chin, loves, and then regular lipo on my inner thighs. I was and am still nervous about the regular lipo on my inner thighs but my surgeon prefers regular lipo on inner thighs. The procedure was for the most part uncomfortable but tolerable. There were some points of a pinching... more
My experience with this doctor is that she is reckless and dangerous. She does not have the training or skill to perform body contouring. Her staff is not properly trained to monitor a patient post-op and it is not her routine to even check on her patients herself. She has left me permanantly deformed with significant damage that cannot be repaired, which has been confirmed by 5 board... more