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Smart Lipo Procedure Just Weeks Away - Cumming, GA

Im a 5'11" African American female. Tired...

Im a 5'11" African American female. Tired of ppl asking me if I'm preggers. Im so over the embarrassment.

No matter how much I exercise, my tummy never goes away. I look like an egg with legs. I am 40 yrs young and have two children who are in college and high school. My mom always had the same issue. She was fairly small but she always had a tummy. I just believe I inherited some of the same body issues. It's my time to fix this and that's why I've chosen Smart Lipo.

I am a little nervous I must say. Some of the photos scare me. The scarring and swelling is freaking me out. Anyway, I should be able to post more pics soon. I pray that all goes well and would love to hear back from you all.

Surgery: Well I finally had my surgery on...

Surgery: Well I finally had my surgery on 7/15/2011. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be based on some of the graphic details posted by others.

My day started at 9:30am. I went to the office w/my darling hubby who prayed w/me before I went in. I was so anxious but an eerie calm comes over you when the time comes. I can't explain it. I was given some narcotics and promethazine -(sp?) for nausea.

Obviously after getting undressed and starting to feel whoozy it was time. I laid on the table (after getting all marked up) and that's when the needles come in. They began to fill me w/the tumescent fluid for numbing. That felt weird..similar to a burn. No sooner than the fluid was in me, I started to feel sick and I asked the nurse to get me something so I could throw up. I did that and they cont'd to fill all the areas and let it numb up...The doctor came in and said its time to go. Are you ready? I gave him a thumbs up and thats when the party started.

He did his thing and like most ppl said the pelvic areas and rib area hurts like hell. It did. Not to the point where it was unbearable but some pinching sensations I would say. Anyway, I was in and out of sleep the whole time. I don't remember the time flying by but it did. It seemed like it went by really quickly. I didnt have much drainage b/c they kept me there squeezing most of the drainage out. The doctor did make mention that African American's have more fibrous tissue than Whites which made it more difficult to remove the fat. Not sure if that is helping w/the drainage..who knows.

At any rate, after it was done, I put on my compression garment and got some instruction that I half way rememmber b/c I was still so drugged up..lol but my hubby remembers it all. I did snore a little lol but hey I would rather be knocked out than fully awake while the doctor is gauging away at my tummy...lol

The ride home wasn't bad. I didnt experience any more nausea as some did. I was just really hungry and tired. So I ate and slept the rest of the night away.

Day 2 - Oh Lord, I could barely get up..I had to be rolled out of bed but surprisingly where is the leakage that everyone is talking about????? I have none! The post op instructions say don't shower for about 48hrs...I couldnt if I wanted to..lol Im still so sore. I have been trying to walk around today and I feel a bit bent over. Meaning, its been hard to walk up straight. Body is still in some pain. My pain on a scale of 1-10 is probably 5... somewhere in the midway point. I think the drugs(the pain killers) make me feel worse... So Im going to see how I do the remainder of the day w/o them. They gave me a mild pain relaxer as well so if i need that then I will take it.

Now the MAJOR thing that I am encountering is a freaking YEAST infection. YUP those dam antibiotics did me in. I should have taken my probiotics but I didnt take anything and now that is a bigger issue than the freaking pain in my stomach..Go figure. I have to get that under control. ASAP!!! lol

I dont have an opinion just yet (in terms of how i look and seeing a difference in my body shape) I mean its only day 2 and I see ppl posting pics but i really dont feel like unbadging myself just for the camera so pics will have to take a back seat for now. I just want to say that it wasn't the worst experience in life and with a little change in my diet, I hope to see some major differences soon.

I will keep you all updated. Thanks for your prayers and support. Until then, hang in there!!!!
Dr Hogan / Hogan Lipo Center

I called my doc about the yeast infection (b/c its a Saturday and I couldnt call my regular pcp)and I left a message and no one called me back. I was a little disappointed by that. Other than that,I liked my doc and his staff..Very funny and made you feel right at home.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 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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