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Smartlipo - My Attempt at Pressing the Reset Button - Lilburn, GA

Im 25, 5'3" and 170 lbs. 2 years ago I...

Im 25, 5'3" and 170 lbs. 2 years ago I weighed around 120-125. I feel like one day I woke up and I was in someone else's body. Over the course of the past 2 months, I think I've been asked my "due date" at least once a week.

I feel like I should be enjoying life in my young age, and honestly i have just been feeling so self concious about my weight gain I find myself not having a good time when i should be. So instead of complaining about it, I took a huge step and decided to do something about it. First, i obtained a membership at my local gym. However, as many say, Im not seeing the results I hoped for. Sure, i feel much better, but I also want to look better.

I am getting the "wrap around" service which includes upper and lower abdomen, love handles, and waist area. I believe my option will also include my lovely rolling bra strap area! I wish you could hear the excitement in my voice when i talk about it!

I wasn't going to tell any of my friends about my upcoming procedure, but i decided to let the cat out the bag at the last minute since it is next week and i plan to take a 5 day hiatus. Needless to say, some of them are supportive and some think im out of my mind for making such a commitment.

I feel confindent in my decision and I also cant wait to take photos and post for everyone to see.

I've gotten my labwork done, before photos, and pre/post operative care instructions. I will be taking as many pictures as the site will let me... will be updating soon! Wish me luck!

8/16/2011 My procedure is in 9 days so i took a...

8/16/2011
My procedure is in 9 days so i took a few pics for you guys to see what i looked like before the weight gain, and what i look like now... Im not looking for a miracle or thinking i can have that 24 inch waist again. I just want to be comfortable in my own skin again... or comfortable in the skin i purchase :)

The big day is tomorrow and the word excited...

The big day is tomorrow and the word excited doesn't even describe how I feel right now.

Im hoping I get the results that I want. Im just a little worried that my tummy is too "hard" and rounded (look at the picture that shows my view when Im seated.) ... I was wondering if maybe part of my troubles are from an over stretched and protruding stomach and not so much from fat?!? I don't know. Im not a doctor so Im going to stop speculating and hope for the best...

I received a call from my Dr's office this afternoon to confirm I started taking my antibiotics (started 2 days prior to procedure.) and to remind me to use the special cleanser tonight in the shower and in the morning before I go.

Im excited and extremely tired, so I am going to get some rest and mentally prepare myself for the morning.

Just realized I have no clue how long this is going to take, so I will prepare a playlist for my ipod...

Wish me luck ladies!

Well ladies and gents, it is finished. i am back...

Well ladies and gents, it is finished. i am back home from getting my SmartLipo today. The entire procedure took about 2.5 hrs...

Let me start by saying Dr. Boutte is one of the friendliest doctors I have ever met. I work in a hospital, so I am with physicians every single day. The facility is beautiful, and there is a television on in the room while the procedure is being performed.

First, I was prepped, had my blood pressure taken, and had more "before" photos taken. Next, Dr. Boutte outlined the areas she was going to work on. The entire time we watched the game show network and engaged in everyday conversation. This helped me keep my mind off of what was happening.

The first part was having the incision made. The numbing shots were not bad at all. I'll be honest, having the IV solution pumped in was the weirdest feeling EVER. Occasionally I felt some stinging and discomfort. But Dr. Boutte stopped any time i seemed too uncomfortable. This took about 30 minutes. Thank goodness I had my ipod to help distract me.

The next part was the laser melting. My eyes were covered for this portion. This felt weird as well. Not painful, but you definitely feel there is something moving inside of you. Not the most comfortable feeling. On my back area on the edge of the outlined area i experienced some pain. I think it would be considered over the kidney region. This was another 30-40 minutes or so.

I completely forgot the laser and suction were 2 different steps. In my head I was rejoicing that the process was over, when I actually had another 40 minutes to go...

Last came the suction... not the most awful thing in the world, but not pleasant either. Once again the area over my kidneys was painful. It almost seemed like i could feel the fat being ripped out in that same area. But Dr. Boutte stopped, pumped some more solution, and gave me shots. This helped greatly. But I've got to be honest, still not pleasant :0 On a scale from 1-10 i would give the discomfort a 5-6. The more short painful moments an 8. But those would only last a few seconds.

I was AMAZED to see how much fat was coming out. 2 (maybe 2.5) huge containers were filled to the brim.

Everyone in the office kept telling me i have "thick skin" which explained the "hardness" of my rounded belly. It also explained why my fat didnt jiggle.

I am SOOOO glad I got this done and I cant wait to see what i look like when i take my shower tomorrow. I looked at myself briefly when i got off the table, and there was a HUGE difference! I cant wait to take pictures and show you all.

Thats it for now, no pain at the moment. Just suffocating slightly from this corset! But im relaxing on a trash bag and towel on the sofa in my living room... :-)

I'll update you guys tomorrow!

I forgot to say that it is true what everyone...

I forgot to say that it is true what everyone experiences, my nether regions are HUGE! lol. They say it will go away in about 3 days when my body absorbs the fluid.

By the way, I was wondering how I was going to use the restroom... I just pulled this girdle to the side because i cant imaging having to strap myself back up!

Its day 2 after surgery. Day 1 was interesting. I...

Its day 2 after surgery. Day 1 was interesting. I could barely sleep. Loving the results so far... However, the weird itching and numbness is really annoying. I had to give in and go buy benadryl and tylenol.

Sitting up in bed and walking too much is slightly painful. The most comfortable position is on my back. Just glad I have started back being able to take Ibuprofen instead of tylenol.

Just check out the pictures. I expect my results to get even better. Im just ready to feel normal again... Eveything feels weird...

Its been 12 days since my procecure and I am still...

Its been 12 days since my procecure and I am still loving the results. The drainage only lasted one day from all ports, and an additional day of light drainage from one.

The past couple days have been very interesting with the itching and weird numbness of the area around my belly and part of my waist area. I couldn't take the itching so i went and purchased benadryl as instructed by my Dr. It works almost instantly! It also helped me fall asleep when i was restless from the discomfort caused by my garment.

The Garment: I purchased a Body Magic suit thru my office. the first two days were VERY uncomfortable. The process of putting on was worse! On the second day i couldn't take it anymore and removed it so i could wear a softer garment i own for a little while. But now i have gotten more comfortable and am able to keep it on.

It is true what my Dr told me. Once you break in you garment, it is more comfrotable then being garmentless. Walking around without the support of my garment can feel very unpleasant. It almost feels like everything is flopping all over the place without support.

Today I have noticed my tummy feels more firm then it has all the other days, but there is no pain. I don't know if this is a normal part of the complete healing process, but it seems like it so far.

I am quite plealsed so far and will keep u posted!

I know that I HAVE to be looking great, because my...

I know that I HAVE to be looking great, because my manager asked to see my results today! She told me I look so much smaller. The stomach makes all the difference to my frame. Clothes fits SO much better!!! And my little A-Cup boobs finally appear larger than my stomach! LOL. But seriously, this makes all the difference because my sister and coworkers say i look like i had my breasts done as well.

I have to admit Im 25, and I just purchased my very first body hugging dress! I couldn't believe my eyes when I wore it this past Saturday. My friends were in utter shock. I have always worn pants and a VERY loose shirt when I've hit the town on the weekends.

Dr. Boutte may have created a monster! lol. I plan on setting aside a few extra dollars to treat myself to a few exciting wardrobe pieces that i was not able to wear before...
And Im already trying to figure out what to be for halloween. Im leaning towards something sexier because thats exactly how Im feeling :)

Day by day my tummy is looking even more flat and firm. I finally feel like my skin is "attached" to my body again. The sides of my waist are still a bit tender if i press them, but for the most part I feel GREAT. I just posted a new side pic from this morning.

1 month POV September 27th.

More coming soon!

Sincerely,

My New Tummy :)

Hello everyone! I am officially beginning my...

Hello everyone!

I am officially beginning my 4th week post surgery. I feel great. Weighed in this morning and I am 5 pounds lighter! I couldn't believe it! This little drop has boosted my spirits, so i am slowly developing a healthier eating plan and exercise routine. My goal is to reach 130 pounds by the end of this year. I want to develop into somewhat of a runner.

I really just have to force myself to become active. It seems to work best for me to get up in the mornings and start going for walks/jogs. However, today i plan on actually going back to my gym and doing some stair stepper work. It burns more calories in less time.

During the week I am going to focus on forcing myself to eat breakfast, and lowering my carb intake. I am increasing my veggie intake as well and eating fish and chicken. This will hopefully help me see results as well.

My 1 month post op is next week. I think they are going to tell me what my old measurements were and what my current measurements are. They will also take photos. Can't wait! I will update you all soon.

Hello Everyone! Yesterday was my greatly...

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday was my greatly anticipated 1 month follow up. They took my measurements and my new photos (I have added them below). Seeing the side-by-side shots is amazing. You really get to see how far you have come.
I intended on adding my measurements, but i left the paper in my wallet... in my car. I will be sure to add that later.

Please check out my pictures!

I went shopping last week for a few more figure hugging items and I was snapped back to reality. This procedure is not MAGICAL. Yes my stomach is much more flat, however, the rest of my body still needs work. I am commited to my healthier eating habits and developing a workout routine.

Prior to my procedure I was 170. After swelling went down i think i lost about 5 lbs. Yesterday I weighed in at 162 lbs. That is an additional 3 pounds. I know the only reason why i have lost the additional 3 lbs is i am trying to be very aware of what i am eating during this time.

My goal is to reach 130 by the end of the year. That would mean 40 lbs total in 4 months. 10 lbs a month. I don't know how possible that is, but im trying. I have to commit to my 5:15am workouts and walking after work sometimes as well. Im increasing my fruits and veggies, and cutting back on my portion size of cheese and carbs. I can't even explain how much i LOVE cheese, so that is a bit more difficult.

A few people I know have been doing the Insanity workouts, but it seems a bit hard core for me. However, i am interested in achieving hardcore results so i may try it... There is another video series called FirmExpress I am intersted in as well. Have any of you tried it? 3 women conduct the sessions utilizing interval training. Seeems like it may yield good results.

Like I said, don't go into this expected to magically get up and have a Kim Kardashian body or anything. But your results WILL be great if you do what your physician says. Watch your sodium intake, WEAR A COMPRESSION GARMENT, and EXERCISE.

Measurements will be posted asap.

Please check out my pictures below! (Please excuse my rear end. Its not the prettiest.)
:)

I'm officially 2 months post op and I am SO GLAD I...

I'm officially 2 months post op and I am SO GLAD I had this procedure done! I bought 2 skirts and a mini skirt today. This NEVER would have happened before. I am just so happy and I hope that I can develop and keep an exercise routine...

Hi Guys, It has been almost 3.5 months since...

Hi Guys,


It has been almost 3.5 months since I've had my procedure. If you look at my most recent photo added,you will notice the raised area.

I am wondering if I should attempt to get this corrected. My friend told me it's noticeable, but I am just not interested in laying on the table for this.

I know that I have not worn my compression garment like I should have been, so I am wondering If I can just get a tighter one and wear it faithfully for the next 2-3 months to force the area to flatten.

What do you guys think? I'm looking for the easy, surgery free route.

If anyone knows how Docs correct these problems, please let me know...

Other than this, I'm still enjoying my results! Once I put my spanks on, you don't see this at all...

A full year post op and still glad I had it done....

A full year post op and still glad I had it done. The only thing is that I didn't keep up half my bargain with myself. I still don't have a workout routine u can stick with, and I still need to lose weight. Currently I weigh in around 160. At one point I started the HCG diet regimen and got closer to 150, but I didn't completely follow through.

I never went for my 6 month follow up. A tiny fat deposit is still left by my belly button, but when my weight drops it almost disappears.

Still glad I did it, but now I need to work on the definition and toning process and quit being lazy! Commit and follow through ladies and gents. While it seems magical, it isn't magic and requires work on your end as well.

Questionable Practice...

For starters: My results are still pretty good. I do still have a tiny fat pocket by belly button, but it's nothing horrible. I've gained a little weight since then, but I plan on getting it back together with exercise and diet correction. I'd love to have more work done, but that can wait. I'm going to try to do it the old fashioned way... But, I'd love to get my butt done! LOL. Nothing massive, just a bit rounded out, and some of this spongebob squareness taken away.

I'd attempted to contact Dr. Boutte's office to schedule a new consult, however, haven't been so luck to get scheduled. I received one call back from Crystal (the person you meet with for smartlipo) but no emails or phone calls have been returned since the initial call. I think I know why...

Dr. Boutte's office was shown on Fox News related to a large number of surgical patients becoming very ill and infected. I figure the office's distance is for this reason. However, it would be best if they did actually return calls. To make matters worse, I've started a new internship and met a woman who caught an infection from their office, and has a terrible fat pocket on only 1 side. You can grab the fat and yet the other side is smooth. She has called numerous times and left many voicemails, and can't manage to get a return call.

If you want more details regarding the infections, I suggest you google it. My coworker is going to see another physician in an attempt to get her stomach corrected.

Ready for Round 2 ! (2 years since my tummy)

Hello everyone!

To keep it short, I've got a consultation with Sono Bello this friday at 10:45 am! I am ready to tackle my spongebob square shaped rear. My bum is really square I think as a result of my love handles and short waist. On the pic You'll see the red marks off what I want taken care of. I accidentally deleted the pic that shows the back and side view where you can clearly see that its' just a large pocket of fat. You can also still see the small fat pocket that is still by my belly button.

I've started back with the healthier eating and working out, but I'm not one with patience... I'm also doing somewhat of an HCG diet to prepare for a bachelorette party I'm hosting on Halloween in Nashville, and for the wedding I'm in in November. I've got to be honest, I'm sort of thinking about getting my tummy touched up again... I don't know for sure though because I don't feel like dealing with the annoying itchiness after...
I'll let you know for sure!
Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon

Appointment was at 10am We started around 11am. However, I had no problem with it at all. It gave me time to laugh it up with my best friend in the waiting area and watch television. The process was great and speedy at the time. However, new developments surrounding patients becoming ill and infected have me worried for the practice. Phone responsiveness was initially great, however, they have also stopped returning many people's phonecalls and been featured on Fox News.

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
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hi there. I had Smart Lipo done with Dr. Boutte on the 3rd (almost two weeks ago) on my top/bottom abs, bra roll and flanks. The whole process went well. I only had to wait about 45minutes. my down time was about 6 hours. So far, it been great. You mentioned the swelling in stomach. I was wondering did you ever massage yourself? If so, when did you start and how much time did you spend doing it? Lastly, have you seen Sono Bello yet? Keep us posted. Thanks.... By the way, your pictures look great and well done!:-)
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You looked great after your first procedure, and I would have been one of those telling you not to do it, but it did make a huge difference. Like you are currently experiencing I have always had trouble getting into regular healthy eating and exercise, could I ask why it was you gained originally? I wish you the best of luck with your next surgery, I hope it improves your confidence even more because you do look good.
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Thanks so much! I think I gained all the weight initially because I wasn't physically active at all and snacked all day at work. The only exercise I was getting was walking to the mailbox and walking to the cafeteria when I was hungry. I just gained it so quickly it seemed and by the point where I considered the procedure, I just didn't want to look that way anymore.
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Thanks for the review! Good luck with your upcoming procedure.
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Thanks for your review! It is nice to see someone's thoughts a year after their procedure. I too have a little bump near my belly button. I am not quite 3 months out and the hope is it will resolve on it's own. I feel the same as you -- that if it is still there I am not sure if it is worth dealing with a revision to fix it!!! You look awesome... I'm glad to hear you are happy that you did it!
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Thank you for sharing your experience, I am going for my procedure on June 1st and I am extremely nervous and excited. We have the same body type, and I hope I can get a result like yours. Thanks for the hint I will wear my Compression Garment religiously.
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Buboon: WOW! June 1st is in a couple more days! I wish you luck in your procedure. I will have mine done on June 13th. Please post pictures and the procedure process for you. What all are you getting done?
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Allforchange I just want to say that I read and reread your post. And I have came to the conclusion that I am going to have it done. My first appointment is May 4, 2012.
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K thks..I'm still swolled lol but with time I kno its go like u said.I also feel numb still. a little.but amazon has these bomb vendette corset onesies lol but lace so sexy.
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Hey I just had It done october 3.I am 25 as well.my stomach was a similar to your before..I don't have my my compression garment yet but I wear the spanx she gave me and the ab binder.I'm waiting for the mail..how long did u wait to c ur flat stomach I c n the 2 piece.u look good..
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Hi! Well the swelling goes down gradually. I'd say in 2 weeks you get a good idea of how you are going to look. Wear your compression garment for sure. I have a tiny "fat" area on one side of my belly button that im sure didn't flatten out because I stopped wearing mine. I plan on purchasing a new garment soon that I can continue to have the support.
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You really look good!
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Thanks!
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Just wondering how you are doing a few months later? Do you notice it is hard to keep weight off or keep the results? Ive heard some people complain that the weight goes elsewhere? Thanks
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I was pretty active before I started. I think insanity is pretty intense. I never heard of firm express but that one sounds like it would be better for us to do since we have a lot of firming to do. Ima look into that one!
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According to the infomercial, FirmExpress is pretty new. Just caught it this week during the time slot where i always saw the Insanity commercial super early in the morning... Its less expensive than Insanity as well!
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Ok so I just looked at a clip. firm express...I think that if u consider urself not active or kinda new to exercise than firm express would be ok for u. For me...I'm pretty active or I guess we can say I'm energetic...so I would prefer insanity. Firm express looks a lil boring to me n not upbeat the way insanity is. Just my opinion...
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I think u'll be fine! I just started insanity this week. by my third week I was back in the gym n playing volleyball.
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Hi! do you like insanity?! Im so out of shape im scared to try it but 2 people i know personally have had INCREDIBLE results! There is another workout series called "Firm Express" that I have been looking in to as well. Have you heard of it? And were you very active prior to starting Insanity?
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I had purchased insanity. And it is INSANE just like it mentions, but as soon as I have my smartlipo I'm going to start back up on it. I did not fnish it. I stop after 30 days but I believe its for 90 days.
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Just wondering how you are doing a few months later? Do you notice it is hard to keep weight off or keep the results? Ive heard some people complain that the weight goes elsewhere? Thanks
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It has been a while now since I had it done....It is a great thing to have done, I was scared at first but once I got through the 2nd day I was pleased. So details.....I only had my lower abs done why? because I felt I could tone my upper abs with no problem...well I would recommend you do all of it the sides top and bottom just to be done with it all. Now the trick to all this is you have to wear the garment yes! wear it because your skin has to train to go back in. Very important! But do the weight go anywhere else I have noticed my thighs has cellulite but if I can lift weights with squats without given up on myself so quickly I would be fine, my stomach is flat but still not where I want to be because I got to 145 which was a good weight but ppl keep saying you look to small so guess what I put 10lbs on for what? So at the moment Im trying to get back to 145 and I have no complaints.
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I did eventually gain weight and it tends to go elsewhere. My lower abdomen has gained some fat as well. It just depends on your body and activity level I think. I'm not very active.
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Thanks AznChic,

I'm in the military & will be due for a fitness test about a month & half after my surgery & wanted to make sure I would be healed enough to do it.
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Hi AKLady...I know u weren't asking me but just thought I'd answer cause everyone is different...i was so sore I couldn't workout until after my second week.
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