- Chevy Chase, MD

I was pretty much thin all of my life even after...

I was pretty much thin all of my life even after having 3 children. That all changed once I started depo aka the birthcontrol shot. After receiving it for 1 year my weight shifted from 135 to 150 and didn't stop, even after stopping the shot. I am now 223lbs and horrified every time I look in the mirror.

After alot of thought and a ton research I've decided to go with smart lipo hoping that this will allow me to gain some of my confidence and feel good about myself. Im scheduled to have my love handles and bra line ( i guess thats what its called) done on May 9th and then the upper and lower stomach a week later. I will post before pictures in a couple of days.

Surgery date, arrived at the office and was taken...

Surgery date, arrived at the office and was taken straight to the back for po meds, pictures, and paper work, some drawing of my back and love handles and quick stop by the potty and then was on my way to the procedure room.

First: Pain med introduction which was not bad at all. a needle to numb each area (painless), a small cut (never felt it), the insertion of a long instrument (a pinch) and then in went the pain med, there was a small amount of burning only for one or two areas but completely tolerable. The pinch from the instrument pushing through the first part of the tissue was all I felt and it didnt even make me flinch. The doc said that the pain med introduction would be the worse part of the entire surgery, so I knew it would be easy sailing after that for me because that portion of the procedure was no where close to being painful.

Next: The laser which was nothing, if I didnt see Dr. Khalefiah's arm moving back and forth I would have never known that anything was happening.

Third: Suctioning which tickled like crazy, I was in the OR room laughing sooooo loud!!!!! It felt like someone was using the tip of there finger and zipping really fast across the skin. There were 2 different occaisions when I started to feel a little burning, I guess the suction tool was moving a little close to an area that didnt get numb, I didnt jump, just let him know and he added more pain med and kept the it moving. I think the whole procedure took about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Last: The drainage and compression wrap. OMG, I stood up after the procedure was over I felt completely fine and then the drainage started pouring out of one area like someone was pouring a glass a juice. It was crazyyyyy. The MA helped me get into the compression which was tough but he made it happen, he padded me with paper chucks, helped me back into my clothes and I was on my way to the waiting area to get me discharge instructions.

Just when I thought all was said and done while standing at the desk I started to feel hot, a little SOB, and extremely weird. Those damn meds that I had taken before the procedure had hit me and to be honest that was the worst part of the whole procedure.
I started feeling so off that I was taken to the car in a wheelchair. I was feeling sick to my stomach, I couldnt keep me eyes open, it was terrible, while being driven home I kept waking up saying random things. I arrived home after about 45 minutes and as soon as I stepped out of the car I was running for the trash can (didnt make it) but I swear I was 100% better after that.

As the hours went on I continued to feel fine the only problem I encounted was need someone to help me clean up and fasten the compression wrap.

Pain management : I feel sore and thats it. I am moving at a normal pace but when getting in and out of the car or rolling over in bed I have to take it slow. I have a prescription for valium which I haven't taken, antibotics that I take every 8 hours with 800 mg motrin and thats it. My level is no low that I dont feel anything between the 8 hour dosages. This procedure is called smart lipo for a reason and I feel geat.

Its day 5, I'm still numb and swollen but can...

Its day 5, I'm still numb and swollen but can definitely see a difference. Whats strange is the left side of the back and love handles show more of a change then the right although both areas still swollen, wondering if thats normal....

Went for the one week follow-up everything seems...

Went for the one week follow-up everything seems to be going well, I am still swollen in areas so the look is not done but still a great improve from before. Hoping to post after pictures by day 14.

Feeling great no pain however, today I seem to...

Feeling great no pain however, today I seem to have more swollen then I've been since the surgery.

Its day 24 since the back and side were done....

Its day 24 since the back and side were done. Still numb and swollen in areas. The sides are completely gone, however the back results are a work in progress. One day the back shows tremendous results and the next day its swollen and appears to look like day 3 after surgery. I know that results aren't final for 2 to 3 months so Im waiting very impatiently. Did any one else experience this? Any recommendations?

OMG, so I had my upper and lower abs done today...

OMG, so I had my upper and lower abs done today and it was truly a different experience from when I had my back and sides done 1 month ago.

The numbing was extremely PAINFUL which is really weird because it didnt hurt AT ALL when I had my back and side done.

The felting of the fat was nothing, no pain at all.

The suctioning was ok at times it tickled just like before, except one minute I was giggling from the suction and the next was moaning from the pain, Its like certain areas just would not get numb. One thing I can say is that Im glad I had such great experience with my back and sides because if it had been anything like what I experienced 2 days ago I would not have had my abs done.

The after pain is pretty much the same as before, I sore and have to take it easy getting in and out the bed and car as well as sitting a standing. I can already see a huge difference even with the swelling so although getting the abs done was soooooo painful it was worth it. I'll post pictures in a few days, any questions please feel free to ask.

Although my results aren't anywhere near final I...

Although my results aren't anywhere near final I think it already looks 10 times better than before.

OMG, my belly is beautiful!!!!!!!!! Words could...

OMG, my belly is beautiful!!!!!!!!! Words could not express how happy I am and how great it looks, ( even while swollen). The 7250.00 spent was well worth it and I am soooooooo glad I did. The pictures dont do the work any justice. Its like looking in the mirror and seeing the person I use to be. Dr. Khalefiah is a true master of the art!!!!!!!!!! Please if there is anyone in search of the great figure they use to have or just want that great figure that they've never had contact doc. Khalefiah in Chevy Chase for beautiful results.

I decided to go with the smart lipo procedure...

I decided to go with the smart lipo procedure because it was less invasive.

Still some swelling and reactions to salt but,...

Still some swelling and reactions to salt but, loving the results.

Its been 5 months since the back and love handle...

Its been 5 months since the back and love handle procedure and 4 month since the upper and lower abs, went for my follow- up today, and Dr. Khalefiah was just as pleased with my results as I was. I have 2 small areas, right lower ab and right bra that Im gonna get touched up. I look amazing just as I am but Im going for perfection. So glad I made the decision to have this procedure. Having the procedure also inspired me to cut back the bad eating habit and Iv'e lost tremendously. Started off at 228 and now Im 197. Can get no better than that. Will try to updated pictures this week.

Loving the results.

Loving the results.
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Khalefiah located in Chevy Chase MD is the BEST!!!!!! He is a true master of the art of smart lipo.Updated on 20 Jun 2012:My experience with this doc, and his office staff was a very good one. Everyone was extremely friendly and and helpful. At no time was I pressured to move forward with the surgery infact, I was encouraged to take my time before deciding because having any surgery is a big step. Dr.Khalifeh is soooo down to earth and funny, he was up front about what to expect and is an amazing scultor. I asked to have the shape of a coke bottle and thats exactly what he gave me, along with the self confidence that I had lost. I look great!!!!!! and although it may have costed me a pretty penny and a little pain it was worth every dollar and I can't thank him enough for my beautiful results.

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Ditto... what a waste of money, effort and pain/swelling/bruising/scars !! The only plus I saw in my experience is the lower tummy tightened up a little. Other than that, all came back. I am not poking/slicing myself again, mute point. However, I recently discovered whole body vibration machine. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I tried on few machines over the weekend and loved it. It tones your body with 10 mins a day on it doing simple exercises. 10 mins a day. It sounded too good to be true so I researched and found testimonials. Spoke to live people at the Zaaz studio and thrilled that it works. I ordered mine and now waiting for it to arrive. There are youtube posts (this blog is not allowing me to post links!) and search for "zaaz testimonials" or "wbv" for whole body vibration. It explains how the machine and gravity works. I was so disheartened by my lipo experience but now I am hopeful that one day I will have toned and lean body.
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Does anyone from the smart lipo community feel as if some of the fat came back in the areas that had been lipoed????? Im experiencing a return of fat in the back and in the belly and I havent gained any weight. This is extremely dissappointing to me after already paying 7600.00 and was told that the fat wouldnt come back. Now Im wishing I would have just gotten the tummy tuck.
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WOW! You look Great!
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you look Greatt!!! I know mines will turn out just as good.. thanks for sharing your journey.
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Better Than Ever - Check you inbox on this site because according to the help desk the emails I've been sending you are sitting in there. They said they are having issues with the notification system right now. I apologize for the PM span from me because it kept kicking back to me and I thought it was something on my end. :)
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So question, I have been wearing dresses lately because one I am still hard and a little sore, but the second is some of my pants are not closing. Did you experience that??
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Hey Better than Ever - I sent you an email but not sure if they are coming through. I'm a week post op today. I see Dr. K on Saturday for my first post op. M.
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This the first one that Ive gotten, I was wondering what happen to you. Glad to hear that your progress is coming along. Sooooo, how was the numbing process? which areas did you have done? Remember not to consume any xtra salt or salty foods, chip, pickels, ect there'll make you swell like crazy. Keep me posted.
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Hey, I'm not sure why they aren't coming through to you. I've sent you a couple. Perhaps if you send me one I can reply to it and see if that works. I just had my first post op appt with Dr. K. yesterday. I had my upper and lower abs done. The upper abs right on top of my ribs is the area that botheres me the most in terms of discomfort. Also, that area is still really hard. Did you have hardness and if so, what did you use to massage it with? Vitamin E or nothing at all? Thanksgiving Day will be two weeks. I figure i'll still wear teh compression garment for at least an extra two week and re-evaluate then.
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Hey you look amazing nice bod... Did ur breast size shrink. I noticed now that my stomavh is shrinking my breast looks huge
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Thanks I feel great too. My bust were 38DD and now Im a 36DD. I measure 35 around that area but I had to go up a size since there is no size 35. LOL. I would also agree that in some top my boobs look massive. Thinking about getting them done next.
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OMG...u look absolutely AMAZING....woo hoo....so happy for you.... :)
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Thank you so much. I am so glad I did this surgery I would tell anyone to go for it. The improvements are massive and well worth the money.
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WOW..u look amazing!!!!!..im doing mine next week and hadnt seen any good pics to say I saw results...but with yours..I saw it..u look amazing!!!!!..I hope I look as good as u after :)
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Thank you sooooo much. I had the best plastic surgeon ever!!!!! He takes pride in what he does and Im so greatful for that. Good luck with your procedure and results.
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OMG you look fabulous !! I had my surgery oct 20th and today is my 4th day post op. I have little bit of swelling, minimal pain and bruising. I did upper and lower abs + chin. While it is getting better, I wanted to check in with you. 1. I see you have hanging lower abs in the before pic. I do too. Did that completely go away or got tightened? I cannot see that in the after pic since it is right at the panty band. I am curious if mine will go away. 2. Did you follow any exercise regimen after surgery? If so, could you share the details? Thanks much!!
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Nope the hang over is gone, thank GOD!!!!!! Hopefully you won't have an issue with that. The skin is not as tight as I would like but the most important thing for me was to get the fat out to get rid of bulging. Nope didnt do any exercise just portion control. Never gave up any of the things that I enjoy eating, just cut the portions and the weight fell off. infact I dont know how to stop it from coming off, Im so afraid that it may come back. I'll probably eat this way for the rest of my life. Its how we're really suppose to eat anyway.
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You got some awesome results, so glad you are loving the new you!
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Thank u so much, yes girl I am so glad that I did this. I wouldn't change a thing.
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Wish I could see pics I am thinking of doing this. Did the skin disappear too? I am concerned about hanging skin
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The skin is tighter
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Try using the google chrome browser instead of IE. For some reason, the pics don't show sometimes in IE.
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I dont have a hangover, Im tight and I love it.
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You go girl!!!! Your results are fantastic!!
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Thank u!!!!!!!!!
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