Today is day one of six to the countdown of my...
I'm very excited because I've been waiting for a procedure like this to take care of my problem areas: stomach, flanks and inner-thighs. I work out. I love yoga, I've trained at gyms with trainers, been on low carb diets and yet I can never quite get a flat stomach. I guess it's genetics.
My flanks and thighs tend to tone down some with exercise but not my stomach. That's why I'm choosing to do upper and lower abs first.
I hope that this experience and the results will have me continue on to having flanks and inner thighs done with Dr. Fondacaro.
Today is the day!
Just got back home from my procedure!!!
1. I will not say that smart lipo is a completely painless process however the doctor gave me a nice cocktail of relaxants so I was calm and prepared.
2. The next step once you have eliminated the jitters is disrobing and the doctor marked the areas to be worked on. He then took pre-op photos. (Once I receive those from him I will post)
3. You are then laid on the op table where you experience tiny short pricks of novocaine (which I didn't feel) to dull the area for the next step which is the incision that allows the doctor to administer the lidocaine under the skin to all of the areas set to be treated.
4. The lidocaine is probably the most unpleasant part because your not expecting the feeling of a long needle moving under your skin, breaking up tissue and that feeling alone can be scary. It also pinches and burns but once the lidocaine begins to take action you don't feel a think. It's a very short time of discomfort.
5. Next process is, the laser which melts the fat. This part is easy breezy no discomfort nothing.
6. The suction however can be uncomfortable. Not intolerable mainly because when I let the doctor know I was feeling some pain he just moved to another area, or administered more lidocaine to the painful area and came back later. I asked him for more pain pills but didn't feel I needed it and he was right.
Once he was done with the procedure, he had me lay on my stomach to drain some of the anesthesia for about 15 mins. I feel asleep. He then stood me up to make sure there were no bumps or areas he missed. He saw two areas he wasn't happy with so as I was standing up he had me raise my arms and he address those two areas with the suction. It can be uncomfortable because the lidocaine begins to wear off but I dealt with it for the sake of making sure there were no lumps or bumps and it looked as good as the doctor saw fit.
As soon as the doctor sends me my pre-op photos and I go back in two weeks for post-opI will post photos!
Doctor Fondacaro is EXCELLENT! Definitely worth considering when doing this process. He will not steer you wrong!
When I woke up last night I had to change the pad and when I woke up this morning I had to change the pad again. The doctor said after today I shouldn't have a drainage issue any more.
Soreness. I am definitely sore. I would equate it to having worked out too much and having very sore muscles but again, I'm really not taking any heavy duty pain meds either. 2 Advil usually gets rid of a headache for me so given that it makes this pain tolerable I would say overall the pain is moderate. (2 Advil every 4 hours)
During the procedure the doctor said I had some fibrous tissue which made getting through the fat tough at times. Not sure if it's because I work out a lot or if it's just the way my body is. I don't have children or any injuries but I assume it may make the healing process a little worse because of the need to be a little more aggressive to get through the tough spots.
I am having a friend come over and help me redress the bandages. Since I had Upper + Lower Abs and Flanks done at once, I have several bandages to change. Plus the garment I have has eye-hooks and zippers on both sides so it is a little challenging to put on by myself. Especially since I do have limited mobility.
Will post more photos soon.
I haven't come across any links that provided information about garments or bed pads so I'll add those too.
Day 3 - Post op
I took my compression garment and bandages off and all but two of 6 incisions have closed so I put bandaids on the ones that closed and gauze on the ones that were still draining. I will check them again tomorrow to see how they progress.
I'm also thinking about getting a second garment so that I can shower, wash the one I've been wearing with no downtime in-between. Seems like the smartest thing to do. Wish someone would have made that suggestion.
Appearance. So far my stomach looks very flat. I can tell there's swelling but I don't see any bruising yet.
Dr. Fondacaro is very pleasant, informative and personable. His staff takes their time to explain whats going to happen every step of the way. Joanna, who explained pre and post op as well as costs and expectations is the best and is very assuring and responsible about calling back when I leave messages about questions regarding my upcoming procedure.