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Praying for Great Results... - California

So I have been reading reviews and looking at...

So I have been reading reviews and looking at results with Smart Lipo since January 2012. I have 3 more days before my procedure, so I feel it is time for my post. I looked into Smart Lipo because I hold all of my weight in my abdomen and I have to starve myself to lose 30 pounds to see any significant difference in my body when losing weight. At 5'8" my lowest weight has been 160 pounds back in 2010. That was maintaned by walking 15-20 miles a week and eating no more than 20 grams of fat daily- should have known it was unobtainable forever. I was a lot happier with myself at that time, but still had the dreaded tummy and muffin top. I have great legs so my problem is that I will find the perfect pair of hugging jeans, to only look up and see a big mushroom. Or, it can be vice versa, and I can find something to fit my waist, but then I will have baggy butt. I work in the medical field and I switched departments in mid 2011, going from an hour of lunch walking and being able to eat my sandwich at my desk, to a 30 minute lunch where I only have that measly 30 minutes to decide if I walk or eat. I must mention that we get lunch catered to us a few times a week via drug reps which doesnt help either. So, you can see where this is going...I couldn't keep up no matter how much I try and I am currently weighting in at 200 pounds even. I am extremely self concious at this weight and I hate having to go out anywhere. Don't get me wrong, coming from a person who has had ups and downs with her weight since I can remember (my sister was the skinny one), I have weighed in as heavy as 265 pounds. I have kept off 65 pounds for 6 years. When I think about that, I feel that things could always be worse but, I am going to be 30 years old this year and its time to be happy with myself inside and outside!!!! I am having Upper Abs, Lower Abs, Waist, Lovehandles, and Hips done on May 31st 2012. My initial consultation was back on March 10th. I felt the sales lady was a little pushy or blunt, but hey guess what, she is doing her job, and if you are up on your game it doesn't matter what they really say to you because at the end of the day its your decision. I could care less if I ever see her again I just care about how certified my doctor is! So I planned for my procedure that day on the basis I knew I could get a few days off, and I had a little extra income to pay my balance off. I financed $5500 and the $2000 balance had to be paid by 2 weeks prior to the procedure. My payments are only $130 a month. I met with my doctor a few weeks ago and I adore him. He has a great bedside manner, and had the procedure done himself 7 months prior- love it! He told me everything I should expect, and we talked about keeping my sugars up on the day of the Op because I dont want to be nauseas. I took my pre-op pics and talked with the nurse. The nurse tried to get me to buy Arnica through them and they wanted $26.98 at the clinic. You can buy the same Arnica 12c from Amazon 80 sublingual pellets for $8.00. I also bought 500mg Bromelain. I have been taking both since this past Saturday and drinking 1-2 liters of water a day. I went to the Goodweill and purchased cheap cheap clothes that I could stain and not worry about, and I will be using some ugly old scrubs as well. I have big huge plastic garbage bags (the good thick ones) to lay down in our truck and on my bed for the drainage. I have medical tape, bandages, incontinence pads (without the lines), and Bacitracin ointment ready to go. I bought Dial anti bacterial soap to wash with the night before and morning of the op. I will have ready from the store for my recovery, Gatorade, fresh lemons, yogurt, and light protein drinks. My friend who is an MA will be at my side when I get home to help me clean up. I have my antibiotics and pain meds filled from the pharmacy as well. I feel like I have been waiting for this forever. I will post after.

So it is the day before my procedure. I will...

So it is the day before my procedure. I will pre-med at 1pm, with the Op starting at 2pm. I have been drinking 1-2 liters of water a day and avoiding salt for the past week. I drank 80 oz. yesterday, and 100 oz. of water today. I am ready to go....hope I can sleep tonight.

So I had my procedure yesterday, and for the most...

So I had my procedure yesterday, and for the most part it went well. I will warn you...it was painful! And this is coming from a person with very high pain tolerance, piercings, and a lot of tattoo work. I take anti-anxiety meds which my Dr. told me has some kind of reversing effect on the lidocaine numbing your body, and they can only put in so much at one time. Also, I am kind of opiate resistant just like my father, so at the beginning of my procedure it was hell. The numbing part sucked, for the most part that didnt hurt that bad until he got up in my upper abdomen and by my ribs...that hurt pretty bad. When he started with the laser there were certain areas that hurt really bad and we had to keep re-injecting lidocaine in certain areas. After multiple lidocaine injections, and more demerol, we were able to move forward. There were areas that hurt more than others, which felt like a burning or stinging feeling. My tummy was already getting sore when my Dr. started on my flanks and hips I think because I was a little resistant to the pain meds and numbing solution. However, I made it through, my Dr. said I did a great job. The nurse wrapped me in bandaging, my stage 1 compression garment, and an abdominal binder. The pain meds and drinking a lot of fluids have helped very much. It hurts to move around, just like a soreness feeling. I sleep every 3-4 hours and then I wake up because my back starts to hurt from laying on it. Even though I can't see myself through the wrap and garments, I can see that I have no more love handles and a great shape. My dr. told me during the procedure I was going to have dramatic results. I didn't get nauseas because I had a light protein drink, water, and a light yogurt right before I went in to get my pre-meds with the nurse. By the way, the garment is not uncomfortable at all, and it buttons at the crotch so its easier to go to the bathroom. I have had minimal drainage leakage, but I won't be taking off my bandages until later this morning. The nurse and Dr. said it would be easier that way. I will post pics as soon as I can.

So I didn't mention earlier that my Dr. removed...

So I didn't mention earlier that my Dr. removed 4,500cc of fat!! Lovehandles are non existent, and tummy looks ok. I am swollen and still have to wear the abdominal binder for the rest of the day. Took my first shower and I didn't have any problems with dizziness because I have had small meals and I have been drinking lots of fluids. Taking the bandages off hurt like hell because of the tape. I am going to change my review to worth it just because my flanks look 100 times better alone.

So I finally slept comfortably through the night....

So I finally slept comfortably through the night. I think it was because I finally got to take the abdominal binder off and just wear the compression garment. Today I feel the best I have in the past few days. Drinking a lot of water and staying on top of my meds along with arnica has really helped. I have not had to take any pain meds yet today. I have been walking around the block at least once since the next day after the procedure. It hurts when you put your tennis shoes on and walk outside, but not a painful hurt, just a muscle soreness. Today will be my first walk without the binder and just the compression garment on. I must state that I am very happy with my results thus far. I will post pics once the little bit of bruising I have goes away and the swelling has gone down.

So today was my first day back at work and I...

So today was my first day back at work and I didn't have too many issues. I felt fine all day, minus a little bit of soreness still, and I only had to take a 600mg Ibuprofen. I am a medical assistant and for the most part I am at my desk so maybe thats why. The only thing I had to ask for help with is filing heavy charts in medical records at the bottom of the filing cabinet because it hurts to bend down all the way and I didn't want to file back so many charts and bend over constantly. I am feeling really good about my results. It is so nice to wear pants on my hips instead of over my gut. I kept thinking my pants were going to fall off because they are actually on my hips now! All of my co-workers noticed that my lovehandles and tummy were gone instantly and that made me feel good. Last night, I tried on some of my "old" clothes, I mean old because they are size 8's and medium/large tops that I used to fit into a couple years ago but have not been able to wear in over a year. The tops all fit, can't really try on the jeans because I know they will be tight and I am too sore to even try, plus they say not to wear anything tight for at least a month. When I put on a scrub top today that was more form fitting, it looked awesome! It fit like a glove and was even a little loose! So happy not to see big lovehandles and rolls coming out the sides and over my pants. If I continue to shrink over the next 6 months I will be even more thrilled. So far, I still having a little numbing in my tummy and my flanks, but no bumps yet to massage. I also don't see any uneveness anywhere the work was done. I owe that to my doctor who has been in the game for 25 years, has his own practice on the side, and has performed thousands of smartlipo procedures. Thank you Dr. Zingaro! First week f/u appt. is on 6/7/12. Will check back with an update and hopefully can post pictures soon.

So this past Thursday was my one week post op...

So this past Thursday was my one week post op apointment. I only met with the nurse, not my Dr. She looked at my incisions to make sure there is no infection and they are healing well. Everything checked out ok. I am still experiencing light bruising, which I am still taking my arnica for. She also stated that I am still very swollen, even with the walking, drinking lots of water, and taking Bromelain. She said swelling can last for up to 6-8 weeks, but will start to taper off starting in the second week. I am anxious for more time to pass just to see my final results, but I know that is a ways away. She stated that at 3 months I will only be at 80% of my results. We took some more pictures, and she said at my 3 month appt. we will take even more and do comparisons. Checking to see if any touch ups are needed will be at my 6 month appt. after I am supposed to be fully healed. I am hoping for even better results, but I constantly remind myself how much better I look than before when I start feeling discouraged. I ordered my second stage garment online Thursday night from makemeheal.com because their prices were better than the site Sono Bello offered. I hope it gets shipped fast because tomorrow will technically be my 10th day in the stage 1 garment and I need to get into my stage 2. I did notice that when I was measuring for my second stage garment my huge waist had gone down about 4 inches. This morning, it is down another inch. Still a ways to go, but I feel more empowered to get into an exercise routine again with the results that I have. Oh, the nurse also said it is very important to stick to a healthy diet, especially for the first 3 months because your left over fat cells will be trying to work even harder to re attach to any new fat, so watch it! Hope to post a pic soon.....

Swelling is rearing its ugly head right now. I...

Swelling is rearing its ugly head right now. I hope it goes away soon. I have been walking at least a mile a day. Seems like I am more sore and swollen at the end of the day. I won't let myself get discouraged from the swelling, as I know this is a normal healing process, and almost everyone has experienced it.

So it is day 13. I finally got on the scale this...

So it is day 13. I finally got on the scale this morning, and even with the swelling I am down 6 pounds in a week. That makes me happy, but I hope my measurements drop once the swelling starts to taper? I wanted this procedure to lose inches and wear clothes that I haven't been able to, so I really hope my Dr. was right and I just have to be patient. I feel a little better everyday, but definitely swollen. I am still in my stage 1 compression garment 24-7 until my stage 2 arrives, which should be by tomorrow afternoon.

I'm starting to get happy again...My Dr. has been...

I'm starting to get happy again...My Dr. has been right on, and my swelling is starting to taper. Two co-workers today said how much smaller I looked, and one said she's getting jealous lol. The bruising is almost all faded. I received my stage 2 compression garment in the mail today. I have it on right now, its comfortable, and it fits like a glove. It feels better than the stage 1 garment because it's tighter. I ordered the Marena ComfortWear compression and support garment. It has a brief cut and stops right under your bra line so now I can wear tank tops without a big stage 1 garment arms showing. This one has bra straps. I still have been drinking a lot of water during the day, watching what I eat, but I haven't been for a walk in a few days. I think I will post pics soon....

So it has been 42 days since my surgery and I am...

So it has been 42 days since my surgery and I am loving my results. I still have a little bit of swelling in my hips that is going away slowly but surely. I have maintained my eating habits and I have picked up my pace in exercise.
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Edmond Zingaro is a board certified plastic surgeon who has been in this line of work for over 25 years. He started at one of the biggest plastic surgery groups in San Francisco, CA, and currently owns his own practice as well. My work was done by him at Sono Bello in Sacramento, CA. He has great bedside manner, and will answer all of your questions as he has had the procedure done himself. He called me directly no later than an hour I left the clinic to check on me. I have had no bad experiences that others have mentioned probably due to the fact that he has so much experience. I would recommend him to anyone.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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lol thank you. I know it says '06 but its old and I don't know how to change it lol.
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OMG; your results are getting better & better! Congrats girl.....I know you are thrilled. Do u know your camera is dating 2006? lol!
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You're looking in your post-op pics, you can definitely see a difference!

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Thank you. I knew I wasn't going to lose a whole bunch of weight, or look perfect, but I am way happier with my shape now. Good luck with your surgery.
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Results are looking good. Waiting for my surgery on July 6
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Hang in there! The swelling can be awful, especially if you're exercising, but it'll all be worth it in the end.

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Sorry you had to read jonn's comments, ladies, before we spotted them. He's blocked now.

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I wish you the best of luck on the surgery, I had mine 5 days ago and I feel great:-)
I use Arnica D30 and they have helped a lot...
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Congrats on your surgery. I'm scheduled for mines on July 6 and I can't wait. Please keep us updated on your journey. Will be praying for you and good results.
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