Pros: reduced love handles
Cons: painful experience
I had this procedure because the fat on my back was getting out of control. I am a mother of four children and my body is beyond what exercise and dieting can repair.
I plan to have a tummy tuck but I feared that upper back fat roll I often see in after pictures. I decided to "test the waters" by having my back done first. I researched a lot and smartlipo sounded like it would be a piece of cake. I was surprized at how painful the anesthesia was. I felt like I was being jabbed in my back and this seemed to go on forever. I was jumping in response to it. Once that was done however, the procedure was pain free. The surgeon explained to me that I have fibrous fat which made it more difficult. I would need to be asleep or atleast in twilight to ever do this again.
I am writing this five days after the procedure. I am very swollen and moderately uncomfortable but I would definitely say this procedure was worth it. I have little to no bruising. I have been taking bromelian with quercetin and arnica montana orally and I believe they have helped. I expect to be back to normal activities within a week. As of now, I am consistent with my pain killer but I still feel like someone has been raking inside of my back.
My upper back looks great but I dont see much difference to my flanks. I will patiently wait for the swelling to subside and my final results to show through. I am already satisfied and I expect things to get better.
Let me add that the compression garment is very uncomfortable but I plan to wear it for one month.