I got my back, flanks, abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs done. I was pretty happy with the price considering all of the areas I had done. Florida law states that they can only remove up to 8 pounds per session. I'm not necessarily all that chunky so I was able to do all of those areas. If you have a lot of fat in one area, I suggest you stick to few areas or you wont see the results all that well.
I had the procedure done about two and a half weeks ago and was sedated during the procedure. The doctor applied local anesthesia to the areas he needed to work on, and they gave me something to make me sleep through an i.v. I was NOT under general anesthesia, I was told this would help me heal quicker.
I was in an out in about three hours and was given pain killers. I did have some leakage but only for the first day and it wasn't all that bad. As for the pain, it was pretty bad for the first two days, It was really hard for me to get in and out of bed but I think the fact that I did areas in my front AND my back had a lot to do with it. The doctor gave me plenty of pain medication but I stopped taking it after two days since by then it felt like more of a soreness fro working out.
As for the compression garment, I don't know if they all come like this, but mine is crotchless. This helps a lot when going to the bathroom. I didn't have to pull it down to pee with spared me a lot of pain. I suggest you all get crotchless compression garments. I was told to wear it for two weeks and that is when I can continue exercising as well.
As for the bruising, I had minimal bruising in all areas which went away after a few days, except for my inner thighs. My inner thighs were pretty bad, they became purple, and even now, two and a half weeks later, there is still some bruising. This is mainly my fault because I was told to keep my legs elevated which I didn't do for the first few days. This is important if you do your legs! try to limit the blood flow to your legs by keeping them elevated and your bruising shouldn't be bad.
As far as results go, I do see a difference but it is minimal and I have quite a bit of hardness, which feels like scar tissue in some areas, and i still have numbness in a couple of areas. I am told that the hardness and numbness is a result of swelling. Everyone keeps telling me that it takes up to 8 weeks for you to see the actual results so that is what is keeping my hope alive. Like I said, I'm less than 3 weeks in, so I'm not a good reference but at this point I'd say the results so far aren't worth it.
The hardness is really worrying me, so I looked into it and everyone says to get lymphatic drainage massages. My doctor said I can't take any anti-inflammatory medication but that the massages would help speed up the healing process. I got two different massages at two different location and the second person was very knowledgeable. She suggested I keep wearing the compression garment as long as I can because it will prevent fluid build up and uneven results. I don't mind the garment, so I will follow her advice. She recommends having the massage once a week until I am fully healed. I waited until now to do them but if your pain isn't too bad I suggest you start having them done as soon as possible as it will give you better results. Basically a lymphatic drainage massage helps you eliminate toxins out of your body and excess fluids. Also it will stimulate your immune system so you should heal faster.
You should drink lots of water to help clean out your system and try to eat food that are easy to digest. This will help your body focus more on the healing process, instead of using up "energy" to digest junk food. Also, do not apply ice to the areas treated. I know that normally you would apply ice to swollen or bruising areas but this is a result of surgery. It doesn't work the same way, it will actually prolong your healing. I have a follow up appointment in a week and hopefully I will notice a bigger change by then.
Also, to be honest I didn't take any before pictures or take any measurements. They took all of that at my pre-op appt. Maybe when I go there and compare, I will realize how much of a change there is. People have told me they can see a difference, and people who dont know i've had it done say I've lost a lot of weight.
Now that I've passed the two week mark I've started working out again. Having a lot less fat to burn has really motivated me and I'm enjoying my workouts. I'll try to update you on my progress. I'm really hoping the massages help!
If I've left anything out that anyone has questions on, I'd be glad to answer them.