Smart Lipo on Upper/lower Abs, Flanks - Atlanta, GA + inner/outer thighs/hips 6 weeks later!
- updated 1 year ago
Woo hoo! My treatment day is finally here - I am...
- 12 May 2011
- 1 day pre
Woo hoo! My treatment day is finally here - I am going in tomorrow morning (5/13/11) at 6:30 a.m. I am going to have my upper and lower abs done and my flanks. I am also having my inner and outer thighs done in June in a separate procedure.
I have had this belly since I gave birth to my son 28 years ago and it is time for it TO GO! I am petite, but have never been able to get rid of the belly or muffin top no matter what type of exercising I do. And, I was born with big thighs. With the onset of menopause, it has only been getting worse...
I started looking into Smartlipo at the end of the summer last year. All the posters here have been a great help and I finally decided to just go for it. I am not looking forward to the recovery, but no pain, no gain, right?
I am 51 years old, 5'4", 123 pounds. I am going to post my measurements, too, because no one seems to do that and I have wondered how many inches people are actually losing. So, as of right now, my waist measures 29 inches and my belly/gut/muffin top is 35 inches at the widest part of my flabby tummy :)
I am attaching my "before" pictures - good Lord, maybe I should have opted to get the thighs reduced first, lol.
Day 1 - I am really surprised that I am doing so...
- 14 May 2011
- 1 day post
I don't remember a lot of the actual surgery - they gave me great drugs! I do remember Dr. Okoro telling me each step during the procedure before he did it so I knew what to expect and being to told roll over occasionally. I was surprised that the anesthetic didn't hurt, it was just little needle pricks in each area that he numbed. I do remember some discomfort from the laser (or the suction?) around the upper abdomen where I didn't have as much fat to remove. They took out 1150cc of fat!
I leaked a lot yesterday and slept downstairs last night on the couch with lots of towels and one of those plastic-backed pads that you see in hospitals (you can get them at Walmart) under me. So far today, I am oozing a little but the drainage has mostly stopped.
Pain-wise, on a scale of 10-10, with 10 being the worst, I'd rate today about a 2-3 if I am just sitting on the couch and about a 6-7 when I get up or sit down (just for that couple of seconds, then it goes back to a 2-3 again.) It's really not as bad as I was expecting. People are right when they say it feels like you have worked out really hard and have sore muscles, except that the pain is really deep inside - it's almost more like a "pulling" feeling, like your insides are tight...I can't explain it any better than that.
Day 2 - OMG!!!! How do they expect you to crowbar...
- 15 May 2011
- 2 days post
I LOVE what I am seeing so far! One weird thing - my lower abs are actually smaller than my upper abs right now. My waist today is 28 1/2 inches, the ex-muffin-top is now 34 1/2 inches (so 1/2 inch less for each measurement). I think this is AWESOME considering that I am swollen and my surgery was only two days ago!! My stomach looks like it used to when I was sucking in my gut only now I'm not holding it in :) I really don't have much bruising either, thanks to a great surgeon and the arnica/bromelain/tons of water I have been drinking.
Pain-wise, I am doing well! I haven't taken any ibuprofen or any other pain meds today. Pain when getting up or down is now about 4-5 on a scale of 1-10, and it just hurts for that couple of seconds that it takes to get up (or down). Other than that, no pain and just slightly tender when showering. I am starting to itch, though. Also, all of the incisions have healed over except the one at the bottom of my stomach. Maybe due to gravity?
Went grocery shopping, ran errands, did laundry today, all with no problem. But, now I am seriously dizzy and light-headed. I guess I overdid it - makes me wonder what it will be like at work tomorrow? Also, I am behind on my water quotient for today, so that may be part of it.
Things I Have Learned So Far:
1. You'd better have someone around to help you for the first several days or you'll never get back into your compression garment.
2. Absolutely stick to drinking 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water (so if you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 oz of water per day).
3. DON"T use maxi-pads with those little crisscross "quilted for better absorption"-type panels unless you want to look like you have applied waffles to your body. I thought getting the thick pads would be good for the oozing, but never thought about the impression they would make!
4. Move SLOWLY in the shower. Normal, regular movements will make you very dizzy and light-headed.
5. Beware of how you zip up the garment - on mine there is a "flap" under the zipper so you don't get a zipper imprint. I didn't realize mine had bunched up in a couple of spots and those are the places that are bruised.
Day 3 - I went to work today and worked the full...
- 16 May 2011
- 3 days post
Day 4 - Still lightheaded but I feel wayyy better...
- 17 May 2011
- 4 days post
Day 5- Pretty much the same as yesterday. I am...
- 18 May 2011
- 5 days post
Day 7 - I had my 1 week post-op check today and...
- 20 May 2011
- 7 days post
Today is the first day I have gone without the compression garment and, as much as I hate it, I am going to put it back on as soon as I finish this post! It's been off for about 10 hours and I am feeling wayyy bloated and sore even though I have been wearing a Spanx-type camisole. Rats! But, I guess I need to get used to it because the surgeon actually wants me to wear it as close to 24/7 as I can for 5 more weeks for best results. Ugh! Still gulping the water and taking the arnica - the bruising is mostly gone (although I feel bruised deep inside), but the swelling is starting to take over now...
OMG! This is the first time I have felt the...
- 22 May 2011
- 9 days post
Week 3 - The bruising is gone and I am starting to...
- 5 Jun 2011
- 23 days post
Week 4 - not much to report. I have lost 5 inches...
- 12 Jun 2011
- 1 month post
Week 5 - finally starting to see results! I have...
- 19 Jun 2011
- 1 month post
I am on Week 6 now and still noticing swelling. It...
- 26 Jun 2011
- 1 month post
I had my inner/outer thighs and hips done on...
- 28 Jun 2011
- 1 month post
Week 1/Thighs - boy, am I bruised! I"m taking my...
- 3 Jul 2011
- 2 months post
I am now at 3.5 months for my upper and lower...
- 27 Aug 2011
- 3 months post
So, I have changed my vote about whether Smartlipo...
- 23 Oct 2011
- 5 months post
I am still numb along my waist and I can actually see that my incision areas are smaller than the surrounding skin(the skin is more indented or shrunken? Don't know how to describe it), so I am hoping this means I am still swollen. I had the abs/waist done in May and the thighs/hips done in June. My mom-in-law passed away 3 days after my second surgery and we flew to her funeral - the flight made me really swollen and they told me it would delay my results by a month or two. I am starting Smooth Shapes next week as they say it will help, but I am not holding my breath at this point...
I must say I LOVE my thighs! (They still measure the same, too - but I can see a big difference. They tell me that thigh results take the longest to see.) That surgery was definitely worth it.
I am adding new pictures. I took some today for...
- 28 Oct 2011
- 5 months post
I meant to update sooner than this but the...
- 14 Jan 2012
- 8 months post
I lost 2 inches from my waist and 3 inches from my abdomen from doing the Smoothshapes treatment! I actually went out and bought my very first sweater dress and wore it over the holidays because I was so pleased with how I look now! (And I was told I looked hot so yippee for Smartlipo/Smoothshapes, lol).
I have my 6 month followup (actually it's been 8 months, though!)on Thursday. My waist is not as contoured on the right side as it is on the left and I still have an indentation around one incision on the left side, so I want to ask about touch ups.
Yay - gonna do a touch up on Thursday 3/3/12. I...
- 29 Apr 2012
- 11 months post
Dr. Okoro was very courteous, patiently answered all of my many questions, never rushed me, and never made me feel that anything I asked was silly. He drew circles all over me so I could see/approve the areas he was working on before I went into surgery. During the surgery, he told me what he was going to do before he did it, so I knew what to expect.