SmartLipo - Abdomen, Flanks, Upper Arms - Birmingham, AL

I am 29 years old with no kids (yet). I am 5'2 and...

I am 29 years old with no kids (yet). I am 5'2 and about 125lbs (I gained 10 in muscle since I started working out regularly). I work out 2-3x/week lifting weights and running. No matter how many crunches or arm weights I lift I can't get the shape and definition I want so next Wednesday I'm having SmartLipo. I'm very nervous - mostly because I hate needles, but after wanting to do this for years I'm ready. I've had two arthroscopic shoulder surgeries in my early 20's so I can handle any pain/soreness. I'm going to take my before pictures this weekend so they'll be up soon. Get ready for the blinding whiteness...

Few hours post up now. sore but doing well! Have a...

Few hours post up now. sore but doing well! Have a post op appointment in the AM so I'll get a good look then

Just had my first post op - I love my results!!!...

Just had my first post op - I love my results!!! My arms despite the swelling are so small and my stomach is so flat. I have significant bruising on my hips and lower abs right above my pubic area but they fit me with a bigger compression garment to help with that. Will take some pics when I get home!

Day 2 Post Op: I haven't had any pain meds besides...

Day 2 Post Op: I haven't had any pain meds besides Tylenol today. I cleaned up around the house a little, vacuumed and did some laundry and most chilled out. Bruising actually seems better today and only really seems to run around the edges of the compression garments. That being said: get READY for some soreness in those areas! The worst is when you've been sitting or lying down for a while and go to stand back up. I don't think it would be so bad if I hadn't done my arms too because every which way I try to stabilize myself getting up I end up bumping something sore, but oh well. I still definitely think it was worth it. Will continue to post pics of my progress!

Post Op Day 4 - Considerably less sore yesterday...

Post Op Day 4 - Considerably less sore yesterday and today. Was out and about running errands to get Halloween costume materials and wore myself out, but had a little nap and was able to stay out until 1AM with friends happily being the DD for festivities. Slept in this morning and taking it easy still. It's a beautiful day out so I'm going to put on my running shoes and go for a s-l-o-w walk later on. Will post some pics later today after I'm cleaned up.

Post Op Day 5 - Back to work! Worked a full day...

Post Op Day 5 - Back to work! Worked a full day without any problems. Had to take a little "desk nap" on my lunch break but after that I was good. Wore a smaller compression garment so it wouldn't be so obvious to my coworkers and I seem to be a little more swollen this evening, but I'm back in the big one now and I intend to sleep in it tonight. Starting to get some tingles in the backs of my arms when I reach certain ways - must be the nerves waking back up. Only complaint so far is the lingering bruising, but other than that everything is good!

3 Weeks Post Op - At some point (I couldn't tell...

3 Weeks Post Op - At some point (I couldn't tell because of the significant bruising at first) I developed a red allergic rash on my lower abdomen that, while it did not itch, concerned my Doctor so I was ordered to not take any more pain meds and to start taking Benedryl nightly. I also applied topical steroid creme to avoid having to take a Medrol dose pack (which I really don't like doing). That was about one week post-op. I stuck to that regiment until this weekend and the rash has mostly gone away.

I stopped wearing the CG at two weeks exactly. This happened to coincide with "that time of the month" so by the end of the day I was gladly back in it, but did not sleep in it. I did this again the next evening, but then stopped wearing it altogether. During the day at work I started wearing a Spanx bodysuit, but stopped wearing that over this past weekend and haven't worn it since. Yesterday was my first day back in the gym and while I could not run (the jostling was very uncomfortable still on my belly), I did walk 3 miles and do all of my normal arm exercises with my usual weights. I'm going to attempt leg day tomorrow - we'll see how that goes!

I have my one month post-op next Tuesday. Will let everyone know how that goes as well!
Dr.Hedden

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Hi! Your results look GREAT! I just had my arms and upper back done a week ago, so just curious about how long it took for the swelling in your arms to reside? I can see a slight difference in my arms (nothing major or as good as I'd hoped for immediately), but I recognize that they are pretty swollen. I'll be VERY happy when I get to stop wearing this compression garment!
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I WANT YOUR belly....lol
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I second that! :)
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Hey bhampisces!! You look GREAT... still :P!! I bet your glad to be back in the gym :) Is it still uncomfortable to be out of a CG (normal one or spanx) or do you prefer it just because of the swelling?
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It is at times... it's still uncomfortable to go from sitting to standing after I've been at my desk for a while at work, but mostly it's ok. I work two jobs, one sitting at a desk, and the other one standing up and I find that I feel sore and a little uncomfortable after standing up for a while too. Nothing unbearable and it gets better every day. And yes, getting back in the gym feels wonderful! Excited to go again tonight
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Hey pisces...I went to Zumba Monday and will go again tonite...felt really good...but boy was I swollen after and sore...DEF got a work out...I had the workout pain and then the tenderness pain...still achy today from Zumba Monday...but gonna push thru it...Keep up the great work hun :)
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u LOOK AWESOME PISCES....KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK :)
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aw thank you :)
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Heyy!! Hows healing coming along??
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Hey! Healing is going well - I haven't posted any pics lately because I developed an allergic reaction to something (probably one of the meds) on my lower abdomen. Been benedryling myself every night before bed and its finally looking better. Other than that it's just the normal soreness and I'm SO ready to be done with the CG. Tomorrow is two weeks so I was planning on posting some more pics and an update then :)
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Hey Pisces....glad to hear ur doing well...the CG garment sucks...lol...but continue wearing it...at 5 wks I went into the Stage 2..no zippers and hooks..alot more comfy and still gives me the compression I need...when I have it off...I actually cant wait to get it back on...6 wks post op now and saw doc last nite...he said keep wearing it and I can start back to Zumba tomorr....Happy Healing....feel better hun :)
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Thanks for the encouragement! I went and bought a spanx bodysuit last night that I plan on switching to tomorrow. I think I may continue to sleep in the regular CG at night though. Tried doing some light arm weights last night and was surprised at how tight my arms were - like I needed to stretch before even trying to exercise them. Starting tomorrow I'm going to get back on the treadmill and continue with light (3lbs) weights with more reps. The post-op sheet I got said no "vigorous" exercise until 6 weeks. I'll probably try jogging before then, but nothing crazy. Glad you got the green light for Zumba! Should be fun :)
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What arm sleeve does everyone use. Mine is a bra with sleeves attached. I can't wear many of my tops because the "bra" part comes up so high you can see it in the neck part of my shirt. Also how tight would you say the compression garment is? I think mine has shrunk. :(
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I actually went to a sporting goods store and bought some "work out sleeves" and I wear the skinny side on top. If the sleeves are too long for your outfit you can just roll them up to where they're only covering your upper arms. Has worked great for me! RE: Compression garment - I'm wearing mine a little more loosely since I went back to work on Monday because apparently sitting up in a chair all day makes your butt, legs, and lower abs hurt like whoah. I have two garments so I didn't have to dry mine after washing. Maybe drying yours shrunk it a little?
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Are you putting anything on your scars? My doctor removed my stitches today and told me I didn't need to do anything. I'm so discouraged. I was hoping for more results right away. I hope my stomach shrinks more because I paid too much money for it not to. Plus I told my husband I'd wear a bikini next summer and not be ashamed.
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I haven't put anything on the scars yet but little band aids to keep them from getting snagged. I have scars all over from orthopedic surgeries so I'm not too worried about 'em. I just commented on your page, and I hope you feel encouraged. I honestly hope my stomach looks that good after two babies!
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I just started to use Maderma..(not sure if that it) its for scars and expensive..I have only 4 holes...2 lower abs and 2 lower back...and I dont plan on wearing bikini...not with having 3 kids...I knew going into this I wouldnt be a washboard...but just wanted to be comfy in jeans and tshirt with NO MUFFINTOP...Im 46...Im not happy with my tummy yet either...DEF way better than when i started but side view still ICK...I was told could take months to see final result with Vaser...thats what I had. Im trying to be patient but i hear ya on all the $$$ and I too expected faster results.
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Oh I think you look great! You've had really incredible results so far. I think it's just harder to see your own results than it is to see others'. Plus if you're still feeling swollen and blah it sets you up to see yourself worse. But seriously - rock that bikini come springtime!
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LOL...ur to kind pisces....for real....NO BIKINI hear....good for u though....thanks for the compliment as well...maybe ur right...we see ourself as ICK more so...THANKS....ur too cute :).......You can ROCK IT for me girlfriend....
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I'm using Kelocote.... It's awesome! My daughter used it when she had surgery to her lip. I have a bunch left over.... Really helps minimize any scar!
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Pisces....GREAT results so far...u look AMAZING...wish my tummy was that flat....
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U look GREAT Cs....awesome results.... :)
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Yes I've had brusing there too. I've pulled the garment as tightly as possibly to hold my tummy in. I didn't have what you would call a "pooch" before and now I do. I have lost all of the weight from the surgery that I had gained so back down to 135 (I'm 5'4").
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@csfedyshyn the arm compressions are driving me crazy too! makes me feel claustrophobic. Don't get discouraged about your stomach though - I've read it can takes months to really see your results depending on how much "laser" vs "suction" was done in a particular area. I think the only reason mine already looks so much smaller is because I cinch the compression garment up really tightly and I haven't had much of an appetite since the procedure. Plus I can't stop drinking water. Maybe that would help? Btw, have any of you experienced the bruising on your ::ahem:: lady parts? That has hands down been the most unexpected and bizarre side effect I've experienced so far. Doc says its "common" but I'm ready for that to go away asap
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I also just had smartlipo done (oct 25). I had my upper and lower abs, faded into my flanks, putter thighs, and upper arms. I have two little ones running around so I'm trying to rest as much as possible. I have minor brusing on my stomach but my putter thighs are rather bruised. I get my stictches taking out fm this coming Friday. The arm compression garments are driving me crazy. :) Still very swollen in my stomach. I'm much bigger than I was before which is discouraging.
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