Photos of Liposuction - Lower Ab, Flanks, Arms, Inner Thighs-- NEVER AGAIN! Exercise is Way Healthier! - Boise

My physical info: 20 year old female college...

My physical info: 20 year old female college student height: 5'1 pre-op weight: 115 lbs post-op weight: 110 lbs Waist measurement at thickest part before: 27in after: 24in Day 41 post-op.

Liposuction is my first ever cosmetic surgery and it would be my LAST...Although my liposuction went well but if I can turn back time I would not have done it!!! I DO NOT, DO NOT, RECOMMEND LIPOSUCTION AS A WAY TO GET IN SHAPE.

I hope my review can prevent some unnecessary lipo from happening to someone else that may regret it later like me. First of all I want to clarify that the $2400 is not a typo. I got liposuction on my lower ab, flanks (aka lovehandles), upper arms, and inner thighs plus 2 sets of compression garments for a total of $2400 in Boise, ID.

The procedure is done by my cousin who is a licensed board certified plastic surgeon with her own practice. Shes very kind and offered liposuction for only the cost of anesthesia, hospital stay and operating room fees. We're very close. And after hearing me whine endlessly about my weight gain she decided to give me this procedure as a X-mas/B-Day gift. Anyways, the surgery went well and everything was planned out carefully. I want to make it clear that this "Not Worth It" review has nothing to do with my plastic surgeon. Today I'm 41 days post-op. I REGRET having liposuction and here is the top 5 reasons to summarize for those that do not want to read my long elaboration.

I don't recommend this because it's:

1) PAINFUL, not a bad bruise, feels like Godzilla bit me

2) EMOTIONALLY DRAINING, what the hell did I do to my bod??

3) PHYSICALLY DAMAGING, bruised and stiff muscles everywhere

4) DOWNTIME 3-6 MONTHS, I can't show any skin--blue/UGLY

5) UNHEALTHY, exercise will get better result in 3-6 months

Why I did it: What drove me into the idea of liposuction is seeing my college friends and their tight abs. They work out almost everyday on campus and won't stop urging me to join them. All my life I'm naturally thin and petite with a super short height of 5'1. Throughout high school I was one of the few kids that were happy with my body. I was happy until college started and had a massive weight gain. Since I'm super short, any weight I gained appears in obvious bulks and chunks. I looked like I had a beer belly, bat wings, and thunder thighs. That's when I started expressing my concerns to my cousin. I didn't think twice, didn't research, didn't tell my mom (she still doesn't know). And I jumped at the chance when my cousin offered her service for free.

Why I regret and procedure details: I started realizing my mistake 2 days after my procedure. I went into surgery in the afternoon in a hospital and the whole thing lasted 2 hours. I was awake the whole time and in major pain. PAINFUL EXPERIENCE! Anesthesia was used but parts of body weren't numbed for some reason- my cousin blamed underage drinking?

Anyways, it took 5 people to get me into the compression garment cuz I couldn't move and swollen. Sent to stay in a hospital room overnight with nurse monitoring me.

The first night was horrible...nausea, vomiting, shaking, cold sweats, trouble breathing was all happening at the same time. I felt like I was dying.

Second night I still couldn't move, my thighs were condense like sausages. Discharged from hospital, boyfriend took me back to my apartment. The entire week I questioned myself and my health. I went through hell to have fat sucked out of me for what??? When my cousin told me that it'll take 3-6 months for all the bruising to go away. That's when I realized my stupidity!!! 3-6 months?! I could have exercised 3-6 months and achieve a better HEALTHIER result without all the unnecessary pain and heartache. I can't show any skin. I been wearing long sleeved thick clothing to cover up my bulky garment and the bluish ripples underneath. My skin is itching from the healing and I constantly worry that I might get bad results.

It's been 41 days and I'm still bruised all over, especially my arms. They appear ropey hard and lumpy. I felt depressed for the past month because I didn't think twice. I'm typing this review in hopes that it may help someone make a wise decision. Liposuction is not a healthy way to get in shape. It's very unnatural ,and, somewhat barbaric to have fat sucked out a healthy body through a long steel rod. This whole ordeal could have been replaced with a balanced diet and regular exercise. A healthy diet and exercise regimen can be life changing and provide beautiful results in less time than you think. Liposuction can be life changing too...in a bad way.

There are so many risk factors involved including having a deformed body, loose skin, and infection. Not to mention, after liposuction if you don't exercise/healthy diet your body will develop "NEW" fat. Exercise and a balanced diet is the only permanent solution. Being emotionally and physically healthy is the ultimate goal when it comes to medicine. So why would you opt for a emotional draining, physically damaging procedure that bruise and strain your body. Don't put yourself at risk; when you have a choice--go with exercise. Trust me. I wish I did. Today's day 41 after my liposuction and I included a few photos that I just took with my web-cam. In the picture you can't really see the bruising and scars, but they are very obvious in real life. The bruises are WAY darker in color. They appear yellowish in the photos below but they're actually purple. I will take some more pics and update on my 3 month post-op final results.
 

By the way, excuse my paleness...I'm too...

By the way, excuse my paleness...I'm too embarrassed to get a tan with all my lumpy bruises. Click on the pics to see a bigger image for a clearer view of my bruises and scar tissues.
 

Almost forgot, I massage my treated areas daily to...

Almost forgot, I massage my treated areas daily to ease the bruising. But massage seems to be ineffective on the lumpy arms. My PS tells me that arm tissues takes more time to heal but I'm scare that the deformed ropey arms may leave it's mark permanently, if it does I might need a arm lift or another procedure... Very, very sad. I really don't want to go through the trauma again. I'm exercising again with light jogs and pilates, whenever I lift my arm it feels tight and sore. I'm approaching the 2 month mark--hopefully my arms will get better.
 

Tips to recovery and Comments are welcome!

Tips to recovery and Comments are welcome!

A little over 2200cc is removed with wet liposuction.

A little over 2200cc is removed with wet liposuction.

Hi everyone, This is my 1 year post op. update....

Hi everyone,

This is my 1 year post op. update. The final results are less pleasing compare to the 41 days post op. That is because, as time goes by, new fat starts to grow in places that weren't liposuctioned-- causing uneven distribution. As you could see in the new pictures all my bruising and swelling are now gone but the scars remained. A reminder to myself that exercise is the best solution to a happier, healthier life for ME. To this day I still regret my decision and wished i never did it. The recovery period presented me with a challenge that I could've avoided if I chose differently. It changed the way I perceive life. Now i'm less impulsive and i always think twice lol. I been working out, and the daily cardio boosted my mood; I'm no longer sad/depressed. In the end, I realized your most beautiful when your happiest... the mirror is only a reflection, not the world. Thank you to all realself members who have inspired me to move on. THANK YOU!!!

Got a better camera! Posted a additional photo to...

Got a better camera! Posted a additional photo to show the color of the scars lipo had left me despite my constant use of silicon sheets and mederma gel. Couldn't really see them in the previous ones, so i decided to take a close up pic. Now that my tan had faded, its easier to see all the things i been talking about. I try to be as accurate as possible on my experience, because I really really hope my review could help someone make a more inform decision.

2013 UPDATE!

Hello everyone!!!! I can't believe it's been 3 years since I undergone liposuction surgery. My apologies to fellow realself members I had failed to respond to in the past year. So many things have happened (graduation, new job, new state, etc.), hopefully you guys will find my update helpful in regards to long term results.

Even though I couldn't maintain the flat stomach my surgeon had given me, I’m happy and not at all disappointed. My 24 inch waist lasted a little over a year, currently my waist measures 26 inches (that’s an inch away from my original measurement before surgery). Of course results vary from person to person, and I'm sure many ladies had results that lasted way longer. Here's the good news, all the bumps/ripples have gone away!

My thoughts in regards to liposuction and other invasive procedures remained the same. If it's not absolutely necessary and you're not 100% positive that it will make a huge difference in your life, then it should be avoided like you would want to avoid a car crash. Daily exercise made a huge difference in my journey to recovery. I feel great and vibrant even though I regained 2 inches! My advice is to consider all the possible outcomes before you opt for a surgical cosmetic procedure. Ask yourself.... is the reward worth all the risk? Is there any other way I could achieve my goal other than surgery? What's my back plan if something goes wrong? Be as informed and prepared as you could be before you make a decision that can change your life for the better or the worse. LOVE the people that love you. Regardless of what your decision was or will be, I wish everyone the very best. And I'm hopeful you're in pursuit of the things and people that make you happy. Thank you to all those who have supported and encouraged me over the years! Not to mention for having the patience to read my super long updates…. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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I want to make it clear that this "Not Worth It" review has nothing to do with my plastic surgeon. My cousin did a good job since there are no apparent complications and everything went as planned. But I'm not providing her name since this is a "not worth it" review; it may effect her reputation if I do. EXERCISE AND BALANCE DIET IS THE KEY TO A BETTER LIFE.

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I plan on having lipo next year and I hope and I don't have those horrible experience like those comments that I'm reading underneath your posting. I have gone through a lot of profiles on this site about liposuction and 90% of the reviews are good. I'm sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience.
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I had arm liposuction and it has ruined my life. My skin now looks old and wrinkly. Plastic surgeons don't care because they don't have to live with the results and as long as they get their money.
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I'm sorry to hear that! I also had a bad arm lipo procedure & it's almost been a year. I'm going in to have a fat transplant in a few months and then I NEVER want to have lip again!
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Lipo ;)
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Anyone who has had lipo please tell me did the fat return or did it only grow larger in the non lipoed areas? I'm praying my fat cells return. If so when did it start to return, when did you first notice? I'm 5 months out and I'm praying that my fat cells return to the lipoed areas. I have gained weight but the ugly apple shape the doctor gave me is remaining. Don't ever trust a doctor who recommends more than 2-3 areas for lipo. There are some sick greedy doctors out there who only care about money.
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The fat cells are gone. As you gain weight you will likely notice it in other areas first. Example. I gained 10 lbs. before my belly would have looked huge. Instead it went to my thighs.
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I don't think even one area of lipo is safe or a good procedure. I've seen women who get under their chin done and are left with sagging skin; men who had their breast done and left with weird shape and sunken nipples. This subject is so big, but I wouldn't really trust doctors to do this period. They don't hold themselves accountable and deny the risks and bad outcomes. I have the ugly log and/or apple shape, the fat sort of grows in the flab of the skin. And of course any sort of inaccurate procedure like lipo WILL leave pockets of fat and cells and fat DOES return to those areas lipo'd. And unfortunately it is all uneven and pockets stick out and all that. Also it returns to all other fatty areas (breasts, neck, back, arms etc. And how about above the eyelid? ) I noticed things changing (on it's bad downward trajectory) at one year. I had to throw half my clothes. (One's I had had for years and fit me fine).
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I am one week from lipo I did my upper arms , tummy and love handels. I feel good happy with the results I can see the results from now not too much brusing and swelling but wondering about the arms because one of them looks bigger than the others because of the swell
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I had a procedure scheduled for 12/4, and I literally cancelled it due to your review. I only have about 15 pounds to lose, so diet and exercise, here I come! ;-)
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This is great! So how are you doing now?!
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I'm still at the same weight. Finding it hard to motivate myself to diet and exercise. I actually have a consult tomorrow and another one on Tuesday. I was diagnosed with diastasis recti (separation of the ab muscles), so a tummy tuck might be what I need instead of lipo. :-( But the thought of that (and the post-surgery scar) scares me to death).
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Just wondering about how long you think it took for your arms to recover to 90%. I did smartlipo on my arms just over 4 months ago, and I can't stand them. They look super skinny (like weirdly skinny), ropey, and bumpy. And they are still so sore. I can definitely relate to everything you said in your post! Thank you
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Hi, I am writing to you from Knickerbockerglory, a TV company in London. We are currently making a new documentary for the Discovery Network about people regretting their plastic surgery. After reading your blog I would be really interested to talk to you, so do get in touch if you are interested. Thanks, Suki enquiries@knickerbockerglory.tv 0208 740 6300
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Brilliant idea for a doc, hope everything goes well and lots of people see it !!!! xxx
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"My thoughts in regards to liposuction and other invasive procedures remained the same. If it's not absolutely necessary and you're not 100% positive that it will make a huge difference in your life, then it should be avoided like you would want to avoid a car crash. " I wish every PS was legally obligated to tell new customers , I mean... patients that. lol.
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Thanks for the review. This was a really helpful review for me, I'm going to try exercising more. Liposuction was the worse decision I could have ever made.
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Hi, I am writing to you from Knickerbockerglory, a TV company in London. We are currently making a new programme for the Discovery Network about plastic surgery regrets. Would be interested to hear about your experience, so do get in touch if you are interested. Thanks, Suki enquiries@knickerbockerglory.tv 0208 740 6300
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I'm glad your body healed. I do notice fat does redistribute to other areas. Weight loss is a must after having this surgery or you'll trade a smaller waist for thicker thighs. Totally agree!
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Maybe you're just really sore and it hurts to breathe? After 5 months you should be feeling better not worse. So sorry and hope things turn around for you soon.
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I felt better before just after lipo. I think the scar under the skin from where the fat was taken out is pushing my diaphragm up so when I inhale the lower portion of lungs can't expand. There are some complaints here too but the doctor's didn't answer it. I pray that this is temporary only. I don't care about the superficial result as long as I feel normal again like before I had this done.
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It took a good year before my breathing returned to normal. Cobra position in yoga really helped with that.
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I am depressed too. I am 5 months post op lipo of abdomen and I have difficulty breathing and my lower abdomen is tight. My cat scan of lungs and EKG are normal. I can't go to work because of difficulty breathing. Have you have the same problems? Will this go away? How long? Do you have tips? I will see my PS next week but I know he will not take me seriously.
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Hello - Cuteinwhite - I am sorry that you are experiencing a priority symptom from having the surgery. That is not something that you want to mess around with. Your breathing is vital to your life. If you can't see your PS soon enough get to a GP doctor and have it checked. You need to be closely looked at to see what is going on. I haven't read about anyone on this self having that particular issue as far as I know. Please take care of yourself and get some answers as quickly as your can.
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Hi ... U look great . Wanted to get some tips on foods that u recommend after lipo to decrease swelling. , ? Did u do massages. ? Any exercises that u recommend
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I like you post op pictures. You are coming along nicely. So happy for you. I am really glad to see that you must feel better about yourself now as your photos show improvement. That's wonderful.
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