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Horrific Experience - Extremely Painful - Would Not Recommend to Worst Enemy

I went into my procedure 5'6", 120lbs, age 44 with...

I went into my procedure 5'6", 120lbs, age 44 with a few trouble areas: outer thighs, upper/lower tummy, back rolls, mozilla side boobs. I am very fit for my age - no kids. However, I suffered life-altering injuries 20 yrs ago and I was in a wheelchair for 1.5 yrs. Due to the difficult recovery from that accident, I developed problem areas of fat that won't go away and now have significant cellulite issues.

I am very modest but in the Summer like to wear a midriff which I have not done in 20 yrs since my accident because I hated my stomach appearance. I thought SmartLipo was the answer - I have done mesotherapy, countless workout routines including personal fitness training etc and nothing worked. I only wanted my tummy done but after consulting with a prominent La Jolla doc, who said SmartLipo is a piece of cake and urged me to do the other areas...gee, I am already under anaesthesia..., off I went to surgery.

I had five areas done in Nov 2007. My outer thighs are smooth as a baby's butt!!! My stomach is ruined with lumps and sagging skin - I cannot believe I ruined my nice body over a little protruding tummy...it hurts like hell too. I take Vicodin every couple hours just to get through the day.

Recovery wise, I could not get dressed for 6 days. My crotch is bigger than my dog's head. My back boobs and love handles are slightly improved but I am still horribly swollen and bruised so only time will tell. One side of my waistlibe is more sculpted than the other and on my small frame it really is obvious.

It was the most painful thing I have experienced in my life - I have been through a lot and am a "tough" girl when it comes to pain - this was awful. despite the results, I would never have willingly gone through the recovery - I was not well-informed.

[Editor's note: this review was originally published under Liposuction and was moved to the Smart Lipo reviews in May 2008.]



Four years later and it's better but horrific. I...

Four years later and it's better but horrific. I am finally willing to add some pictures. I have tried just about everything - now whats left is a tummy tuck with a huge ugly scar.

6 yrs later . . . Tummy tuck was only real remedy to the deformities.

6 yrs later, I could not find any "non-invasive" treatment to resolve the deformities left by the Smart Lipo. The final resolution was to do a full tummy tuck and suffer having a big scar. B/c I have not had kids, I did not need muscle repair. I am now 6 days post op and hoping to have the drain removed tomorrow. The pain is much less than I expected and I am not really uncomfortable. I will post photos as soon as I am able.

I am advocating AGAINST Smart Lipo for anyone that is of light frame . . . it is not the answer to trouble spots and will likely end as mine did.

7 days post op from FULL tummy tuck . . .

After 6 yrs of various attempts to "fix" the botched Smart Lipo, here I am having had a full tummy tuck to cure the defects. It's still not perfect but it's a heck of a lot better.

Tummy Tuck 8 days post op

Still have drain in and compression garment very uncomfortable. Not sleeping through the night comfortably yet.

Needed a sneak peek . . .

I'm liking what I see here . . . ;D

Side by Side Abdomen photo

After multiple attempts to fix the bad Smart Lipo, I finally feel like I will look more normal. Sadly, now I have a huge TT scar but it's better than what I was dealing with so, I'll take it.

I'm very happy with this result

Day 09 post op from FULL Tummy Tuck. Looks like it will be really cut when the swelling is gone.

Day 09 progress

Making progress . . . hmm, where is the swelling?

Surgery almost derailed!

I was bitten on my belly the day before surgery and it almost derailed my TT as it was right where the incision was supposed to go on my left hip. Thankfully, I convinced my doc that he was going to cut that skin away so I did not think he needed to be concerned - he was concerned anyway and put me on Cirpo.

11 dpo TT scar

This scar is not that bad and will only improve from here.

Day 12 photos

No pain today, fully upright, normal energy level . . . scar is tiny and I feel really happy today. Having coffee and gonna sit in my office to work.

Day 12 before n after

FYI: Schedule a housekeeper when doing this surgery!

So I looked at my hardwood floors with a huge GASP!!! My dogs have created very large dust bunnies. My hubby has been a fantastic caregiver but I guess he forgot how to sweep and dust over the course of our marriage. Anyway, I'm exhausted from sweeping and taking a break - it sucks. I highly recommend securing a housekeeper at least once a week until you're back on your feet . . . for those of us who do not have housekeepers.

UPDATE

For those of you following my TT procedure, I've just done a new review and posted photos.

Never thought I'd wear this bikini

I bought this bikini 6 yrs ago and just removed the tags this morning . . . gee . . . wonder if it's still in style?

13 day post op Before N After

A picture says a thousand words

Smart Lipo is a BAD procedure - It's taken 6 yrs to recover from the damage.

Friends don't let friends get Smart Lipo.

5 days PO from SECOND FULL TT which I had to have just three months after the first full TT b/c my burnt skin did not heal prope

I had to have a second Full TT b/c my skin would not heal and I developed a large seroma with thick scar tissue. I am now just 5 days out. I'm in a lot of pain but the results seem good so far. Because of what happened the first time, I have two drains in which won't be removed til Friday (God willing). So, again, I cannot warn women enough times NOT to get SL. It's a bad procedure.

5 months after first TT and 4 weeks after the second one, here is the photo.

I think my issues have been resolved - I hope my story helps one person avoid the horrific disfigurement of Smart Lipo. I've suffered two Full TTs and have lost five months of my life having to rest.

2nd BA and updated TT photos . . . after 2nd Full TT

Updated TT photos after 2nd Full TT - 3 months PO. . . also, minor scar revision to remove vertical scar yesterday and to revise new BA revision . . . I guess it takes me two times to get these things right. lol
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid is a dangerous doctor - he never saw me after my procedure despite my three attempts to see him with terrible pain and suffering. I told his staff that I felt I needed to speak with him and that I might end up in the ER. He NEVER bothered to call me back. I've never heard of a doc not seeing patient post-op as most of mine call to follow up. WARNING: Do not go to this doctor.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
1 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
1 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
1 out of 5 stars Payment process
1 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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I hate to admit it but my smart lipo looks just like your pictures before u had tt. I will just learn to live with it. Did you do massage or any other things to help with lumps?
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I am planning my 2nd breast augmentation due to a deflated saline implant done in 2002. I've seen 2 plastic surgeons (dr. Shumway in la jolla and dr. Sarosy in la Mesa). Dr. Shumway's office quoted me $8500 for the remove and replace of the deflated breast and to put a new one in on the other. I'm going silicone this time. Dr. Sarosy's office quoted me $5500. I'd like to know if anyone can recommend another doctor I can consult with.
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Omg you are very strong and thank you for sharing your story with us
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I'm about a month out from lipo for fat transfer to breast. I can say my stomach is more flat. But I do have the lumpy stuff going on. If you read my full review you can see that my body has been through a lot. I'm probably looking at one more transfer to help repair breast. Vanity can sure make a mess. And use money that could be used on many different things. I will continue to massage to try and prevent tethering and hopefully smooth out my belly. I will get a pic up later today of my belly. Any advise is welcome. You belly looks great! You have been thru a lot as well. Sorry you had such an experience with the first doctor. I love my doc...I'm lucky. Blessings to you and your health.
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I am only 5 weeks out. My abdominals look just like yours after SL. Did you stomach ever flatten or did it always bulge when looking from side? I just want to look better and sleepers in clothes, I am way past bikini.
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My stomach was ruined after SL . . . always lumpy - what you see as the first photo was after multiple procedures trying to fix it . . . that was how it looked AFTER trying to repair the hideousness. I'm happy now.
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Can you tell me the name of the Doctor that did the TT? It seems like he did a fantastic job! I would like to have a consultation
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Dr Michael Brucker in La Jolla.
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WOW! You have been through so much, I am so sorry. I wish more people would understand the real complications with liposuction. I hope this time around you heal well :) Best wishes to you
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I had the same issues, it's been 2 1/2 years . My skin looks like your, however I have a hard lump on one side of my abdomen, and small lumps throughout. I can feel my scare tissue. I went with another doctor who told me that he felt my skin would not survive a TT, so we did a fat transplant however that didn't work. I feel that I should another consultation. It's been a nightmare your always afraid some will see it. I'm very happy for, I hope someday to feel the same.
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Wow I'm so srry this hppnd to u but it looks like ur good and hppy nw with everything. god bless u luv n hppy healing n good luck. Mwahz oxoxo
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Looking good!
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I am so sorry you had to go through all this. I am 41 and two months post Smart Lipo and experiencing the same uneven bumpy texture on my stomach. Did you ever do the Smooth Shapes ( this is what they told me to do, gets rid of cellulite supposedly) on your stomach or Exilis ( to tighten)? What advice/suggestions do you have? You are looking great BTW !
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Nothing will smooth it out - don't waste your money. I will post new photos this week when I get my stitches out.
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I am SO sorry you had to go through all this. I am 41 and two months out from my Smart Lipo, I have the same concerns around the texture of the skin. It seems to get a little better with time but of course I am worried, especially after reading your comments. Did you ever do Smooth Shapes (they told me this is procedure for smoothing cellulite) on your stomach? Or Exilis ( to tighten skin)? Any advice you can give during this phase?
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Since I found out about your bad experience with Safelipo I did some research and I discovered its usually reccomended for isolated fat deposits and to help when skin has lost its elasticity. I didn't see any pictures of you before your mishap with safelipo. Did you need a lot of lipo? I hope you don't get offended that I ask. Im just kind of worried since I had Safelipo as well.
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No Jen. If you read my review, I was clear abt the condition of my body prior to the procedure. I've always been athletic and fit.
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That's right. Sorry, I read it yesterday along with many others. lol Just had to ask.
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You look a lot happier and you look great too. I will pray for you that all goes well this time out.
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TY Tess . . . I can't believe I'm starting recovery all over. ;)
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Trust me I understand . Do everything the doctor tell you to do and rest. But you look so much happier in your picture .
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About that whole "resting" thing . . . lol!!!
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Ok , you are right about every one to two hours lol
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I'm not allowed any activity but a lil bit of walking at this time.
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