I have been going to this location for the past 2...
I have been going to this location for the past 2 years for a consult on Smart Lipo, but never could decide on what to do. I finally made my choice this year to have my upper and lower Abs done since I have been having issues trying to loose the fat from my pregnancy in 2007. I just had the procedure done on 04/12/13 and I am really excited to see the finally results. I know it takes sometime and I am excited each day I wake up and see a difference in my stomach area. Nurse Lee was friendly and kind to me, she also helped me relax a lot because I was nervous at first. I will post pics soon. I have to go back for my garment fitting in a week and I can't wait to get into something that fits nice.
Okay so today I went back for my 1st week checkup...
Okay so today I went back for my 1st week checkup since the procedure. I got fit for my body garment and I am now wearing it. I was told to leave the body magic garment on for 4 days before taking it off. I'm not looking forward to this, but I have to follow the instructions to receive great results. I will be taking wash offs for these long 4 days. The swelling has gone down a lot and I notice a little towards my pelvic area after a long day. I am hoping my skin tightens really well with this "super tight" garment. I'm wearing a size 26. I go back in a month for a follow up and must continue to wear the garment until that time. Not seeing my stomach for 4 days is going to be hard not knowing what it looks like. I'm still trying to get use to wearing this body garment especially with my clothing. I think this is the part I don't like at this point.
I am hoping my skin will continue to tighten as I...
I am hoping my skin will continue to tighten as I continue to heal..
Today was the first day I didn't wear my garment...
Today was the first day I didn't wear my garment to work and I am swollen in certain areas of my stomach.. I had the procedure a month ago. I thought that would stop after the 2nd week. Not too happy about with this smartlipo.
So I have received a suggestion to have the lymphatic massage done to help with the additional swelling I have after a long day of working. I hope this helps and improves the tenderness I still have in my abdomen area. They are also going to do the ultrasound and red light to check for any fluid built up. Haven't been able to go to my scheduled second follow up at the doctor because they have had to reschedule my appointment multiple times. I don't go back until June and at that time I will be seeing the doctor.
Lymphatic Massage Review
The lymphatic massage with the ultrasound and hand massage eased a lot of discomfort I have been experiencing. My right side of my abdomen is retaining more fluids than the left side. I go back in 2 weeks for another one. I hope this completes the final drainage.
Week 7 Progress
This is what my lower and upper abdomen looks like after 7 weeks. I original didn't have any loose skin, but now it seems as if I do. I did have stretch marks from my pregnancy on my abdomen. I hope the skin continues to improve with my healing process since its only been 7 weeks. Fingers crossed!!
Two Month Follow-Up
15 hours ago
I was scheduled for my two moth follow up with Dr. Figueroa who completed my procedure instead of Dr. Boutte. When I went on Friday I was told she no longer works there and was seen by nurse Lee. I have now been placed on Dr. Boutte's schedule for next month to see my results. I have a pocket of inflammation on my top right side of my abdomen that nurse Lee stated should go down by the time I come back next month. If not they will have to look into fixing the problem. She stated that is from me not wearing my garment, but I wear it all the time. I was told to start wearing a corset now instead of the body magic. It's just frustrating because if you have an issue you can't get in touch with anyone in a timely manner. I am now second guessing this procedure and wish I wouldn't have had it done. I will update my pictures on Friday which will be my 10 week post op.
11 week updated pic
This is an updated picture of my upper and lower abs at 11 weeks. The swelling is going down daily and the unevenness as well. Just hoping the skin tightens up more. I have stretch marks from my pregnancy but I'm not worried about that.
Post 3 month checkup
I went for my 3 month checkup and I was able to see the doctor, but not the doctor that did my procedure. Well after they took pictures and compared them to the before pictures she wasn't happy with my results thus far. She suggested that I let her do a revision and correct some of the unevenness. She mentioned that she wouldn't charge me for the surgery, but I would have to pay a $650 disposal fee for the materials she use. I have 90 days to decide if I am going to do it. I'm so nervous and do not feel like I should have to pay anything for something of this natural. I am also wondering if the second time around will really make a difference. Help!!
Almost 4 months Post Op
Here is an updated pic at almost 4 months post op. Hoping for more improvements over the next upcoming months fingers crossed.