I am 38 yo, 4' 11" and 103lbs. I work out regularly and am in good shape. I had a tummy tuck in 2003 after the birth of my second child. I've always had large legs that I've been unhappy with so that's why I wanted the smartlipo on my legs. The back fat I have seems to be since my tummy tuck the fat accumulated there after I gained some weight. My problem is mostly that my pants fit in the waist and are too snug in the thigh area. I just had smartlipo and vaser lipo on my knees, inner/outer thighs, banana rolls and flank yesterday (4-23-10).
So far my experience has been great! I followed pre-op instructions, laid off caffeine, alcohol for week prior. Started taking arnica montana a week prior and antibiotics day before procedure. When I went in they gave me a halcyon (sp?) that they said would make me forget the procedure, but it didn't. I remember everything, which was fine with me. I even watched the fat being sucked out. The worst part were the shots that numbed the areas the doc was going to cut. I had a few moments were I felt pain the doc said those were on the edge of where the anesthesia was administered and he would either add more fluid or lay off that spot. Really I felt hardly any pain just uncomfortable.
After the procedure I was still pretty sleepy, getting the compression garment on was not easy but not uncomfortable either. I got home and immediately changed the pads on my wounds b/c they were soaked. There was still no pain at this time. Getting the compression garment on was not too difficult either. I was in and out of sleep all night not because of pain but b/c of the narcotic I took (hydrocodone). I didn't think I needed it, but my fiance kept telling me I would so to take one.
Well, its Day 2 and I am virtually pain free and not taking anything, not even tylenol. I still haven't taken a shower yet, but I'm not anticipating a problem since I've had 2 c-sections and a tummy tuck and this was a piece of cake compared to those surgeries. I'm still on the arnica montana and taking antibiotics.
The reason for my indecision is that I'm not sure of the results yet. I have feeling in all the parts done so that's a good thing but from all I have read, it will take a while to see the real result. I am worried about having extra skin since I used to be heavy (160lbs, 5 years ago) and my skin had stretched quit a bit. I don't want my legs to look worse than they already did. I'm really hoping I didn't make a mistake but I guess I will have to wait and see. I will post photos soon...stay tuned.