Got Smart Lipo in 4 Places, 1/9/09

I've been reading about SmartLipo and looked on...

I've been reading about SmartLipo and looked on the website and watched all of the TV broadcasts of the procedure, Lots of "LunchtimeLipo now here!" According to one broadcast, Britney Spears had hers done in between rehab stops.

Well, folks, this is a misnomer. I took off from work on Friday, had abdomen, flanks, upper arms and inner thighs done. Stayed home Monday, too. The needle for the anesthesia didn't tickle, that's for sure. However, the Percocet and Valium he gave me before the procedure fully relaxed me, to the point where I actually fell asleep when he finally got to the upper arms.

It has now been 1 week and 2 days and I am walking around with this ridiculous compression garment which is a real pain. It totally squishes you and flattens out your chest. The doctor says I have to wear it for 1 month, and he is very strict about that as he says the results will not be even/effective if I take it off. For the first two days, be prepared to leak out all kinds of body fluids. Right after the procedure, (It took 6 hours) I was still numb and went out to dinner. By the end of the evening, I had leaked pink fluid all down my thighs! Walking out of the restaurant was so embarrassing,,. I was wearing white sweat pants and it looked like I had indergone a botched abortion. My friend, God love her, walked in front of me and I kind of walked really close behind her so that people wouldn't stare. I totally soaked the bed and I was wearing overnight super maxi pads over all 10 holes. The second day you leak a bit less, by the third day you are down to slight spotting. Now, day 11, I am not wearing any bandages at all and the holes are beginning to heal. Be careful the first 3 days- those holes can become infected so my doctor recommended a sponge bath only. Any contaminant- like stray fecal matter from your shower or just petting your cat can cause an infection. Warning.

Now, I am still swollen. I don't really notice any difference, and in fact I gained 2 lbs. Great. However, I know I have to be patient, hurry up and wait, like everyone says on this web site. I have bruising and tenderness now....still.. This was a very expensive ($10,000) operation, and it was all for vanity. I could really use a new car, but I sank the dough into this procedure, so it had better work.

Stats: 56 year old fair skinned woman of Eastern European descent. (Bruise easily) No kids, so no excuses for the flab. 5'6", 160 pounds, not very athletic, but I swim just about every day. I live in West Palm Beach Florida, and the doctor who did my SmartLipo has done over 500 of these operations. When I asked him how many he had done, he said "Five hundred- but you're my first live one" Ha Ha. Sense of humor. He advertises heavily on TV, so he must be very successful, not to mention wealthy.

I will continue to post on this site, and hopefully show pics, as well. Since there are not any very "kind" photos to display at this time, I will post next month wih an update. For those of you considering this supposed body morphing, you can make a decision on whether it's worth the pain, money, time and aggravation.

Radiance Med Spa, Dr. Salvadore

Lots of experience, sense of humor, kindly staff, clean facility.

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