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 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!

This is an incredible write up...I know our audience will very much appreciate hearing about your experience.  If you don't mind sharing a few more details, 

1) is your doctor/cousin a board certified plastic surgeon?

2) do you think your cousin's technique was to blame for your unhappy outcome?

3) do you know how much fat was removed and by what technique?


A little over 2200cc is removed with wet liposuction.

A little over 2200cc is removed with wet liposuction.

I'm having my procedure tomorrow and admit this post has been the most discouraging. I am 57 years old, with the baby pouch, love handles and back bulges. I look forward to this jump starting more regular toning workouts while I look better. The biggest thing for me was trying to determine how much of this "fat" is from sagging muscles and not really fat.Haven't gotten a good answer to that. I know that I'm getting scared because while I've done everything else to get ready I balked at removing my fingernail polish for the procedure???Can somebody tell me why. Or was that a subconscious excuse to have the procedure cancelled? As of right now it's going forward. Will post some pre and post pics in a couple weeks. I'm having vasolipo on my abdomen, upper back, and love handle area. The Dr has said she will put some of the fat in the nasolabial folds which I thought looked pretty good so we will see. Well, here's looking at you kid!
I think that your situation is truly pertinent for your age group. I'm forty-two and am still recovering from TT. I did it so that I could exercise more easily and with better results. I'm happy that your body has healed well and I hope that you have resolved your regret. If this experience brings you to a full on lifestyle change into exercise and eating well for your life then it may have been worth it. By the way, don't worry about pale skin because tanning causes problems too. To your health!

Great write-up.  I'm sure your cousin meant well, yet lipo is not a magic wand and it's really important for people considering lipo to read your story.

Even with the best doctor, there are a lot of potential complications from liposuction (uneven results, scars, more obvious cellulite, etc.).  I'm happy with the lipo on my double chin, but I agree that the recovery process was a lot longer than I expected (months not a few weeks) and the hard lumps during that time were very disconcerting.  

Lipo really only makes sense for small areas that don't go away despite strenuous exercise.  That was the case for my double chin -- cardio 6 days a week at the gym was not enough.


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!!!
I too was lucky. Never in intense pain but weeks of off and on swelling and even now at 3.5 weeks I have clothes that my tummy is still too tender to wear. Every day it gets better and I know in a few more weeks I'll be able to wear them. I'm just impatient and ready to be out of compression garments :-)
Maybe I am an exception. I had little to no brusing and by day 5 was completely bruise free. I took arnica 3 days prior and 10 days after along with Bromelain for the 10 days after. I also avoided alchol, advil, grapes and other foods that promote blood thinning and lead to bruising for 2 weeks prior to surgery. I was in moderate pain for 3 days but lortab every 4-6 hours controlled it. By day 5 I did not need anything but some advil on occasion. I guess everyone heals different? I had planned to be black and blue and in intense pain for weeks.
Thank God for this site and people who shared do that others know what to expect. I keep in mind that plastic or cosmetic surgery is a money maker. Some of the docs make tummy tucks sound like a breeze. Lipo is a breeze. BA is a breeze....Right! Because of everyone here I was prepared emotionally to handle the 4 week healing process of lipo. Thank you Real Self members and doctors.

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.
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.
Thanks natters7104! Amazing how many kind people are on this site, you guys made my recovery process less depressing. It's been 3 years since my surgery, and I feel great. Your review is very educational, I agree we can definitely 'get to the other side' by sharing our experiences and what we know. I'm so happy you found a good doctor in Mexico, and I can't wait for your next update :) Thank you for being such an inspiration.
Thank you exercise. It works because we have each other to help through the process. I am very glad to hear you feel great! That is wonderful news. Thank you for you "raw" and very honest review so that your experience continued to help and support others. Pay it forward as they say.... Eh? Thank you!

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!!!
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.
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.
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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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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