Smart Lipo Triplex on Lower Abs and Flanks - Las Vegas, NV

I'm 33 years old and very athletic. I work out...

I'm 33 years old and very athletic. I work out all the time and most people would describe me as very fit, but I have ALWAYS hated my stomach. No matter how much I worked out, there was this pooch that would never go away. It was like a thick piece of fat that has stayed the same my entire adult life. I don't eat the healthiest and I know if I maybe at only carrots and cottage cheese, it would eventually go away, but realistically, who can do that?? Certainly not me. Even with running 5 days a week and lifting weights 3 days a week, every part of me is toned except that one part. I decided finally to just take the easy route and get smart lipo. I had gotten breast implants 5 years ago and loved my doctor. After doing a lot of research, I saw that he was one of the only doctors in Las Vegas board certified to do the smart lipo triplex, so I decided to go with him since I trust him. He is an amazing doctor. I read a thousand reviews and watched hundreds of Youtube videos. My best friend and I discussed it at length and she actually decided to do it before I committed to it, which finalized my decision for me. Sh did hers one week before I did. She did upper, lower abs and flanks. Her experience was painless and recovery was nothing! So I wasn't too nervous when I went in to do mine this past Friday.

I went in, they took my vitals, then prepped me for the procedure. I tried listening to my ipod on my ear buds but it made me nervous not to be able to hear what was going on because they cover your eyes. The doctors and nurses were all really nice and caring.

To start, the administering of the anesthesia was the only painful part. It feels like severe stinging that lasts for a few seconds and its in several parts of your abdomen or wherever they are going to do the lipo. On a scale of 1-10, maybe a 6. It's definitely bearable, but you will cringe and grit your teeth. It lasts only a few seconds. Then the lipo starts and I couldn't feel anything except tugging here and there. There were a few times where I felt that same stinging and I would say "Ow ow ow" and he would stop and put more anesthesia in that part before finishing.

I only did lower abs and flanks, but he went a little into upper abs just to blend it in. The entire procedure took about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then they cleaned me up and I got dressed and laid there until my ride picked me up. I was really loopy from the pain meds but didn't feel any pain as my stomach was still completely numb. I was starving so I ate right away when I got home and slept on and off. I probably didn't need to, but the next day I took a couple more pain meds. Honestly, recovery was SO EASY. I got it done Friday afternoon and by Saturday night I was off pain meds, and didn't even need tylenol. Sunday I went out to eat with friends, took a shower, and went about my normal business! The worst part of all of it is the stupid compression garment. It creases so your skin will crease along with it. I turned mine around and upside down every 6 hours or so to make sure my skin doesn't crease there permanently. I'd recommend getting a really good quality stiffer compression suit like a bathing suit so that it stays in place and doesn't crease. The doctor said they removed 1/2 liter of fat, which is less than I thought or wanted, but he knows best. I can tell the difference in my photos, which I will post for you to see!

So it is now day 6 post-op and I feel like the...

So it is now day 6 post-op and I feel like the results are up and down. My best friend is in her 2nd week and she said the same thing. I'm still a bit swollen and tender but nothing major. I really think that the confusion in the results is that you swell on and off per day while you're healing. I bought a better compression suit that is like a bathing suit. It's SO tight but the creasing issue is gone and the more I wear it the less uncomfortable it is. Other than feeling SO impatient about 6 weeks being up, I feel great! I am freaking out about not being able to go to the gym, but this is wel worth it. All I ever wanted was that pooch to be gone, and once I can hit the gym again, I will be on my way to that 6-pack!!

I went in to see the Doc for my 1 week follow-up...

I went in to see the Doc for my 1 week follow-up and to get my stiches out. The puncture wounds/slits are SO TINY! I am so relieved and really think they will heal and just disappear so no one will ever even ask questions. He told me I could start light exercise next week, which was a huge relief because I thought he had told my friend 4-6 weeks. He also said I was at my highest point of swelling which is why I felt the results were going up and down. He said the best indication of what I will look like is the very first day after the procedure before you start swelling, which I loved, so I am just excited to continue healing and get there.

2 weeks

Still healing

2 weeks post op

So I am continuing to heal but I'm getting impatient. I don't even really look at my stomach anymore because it just makes me feel even more impatient. I still wearing the compression garment but I am REALLY starting to hate it because it leaves indentations and my stomach looks all weird when I take it off. My doctor told me to go get some Spanx so I really need to do that. I guess it would be more comfortable.

As for my stomach, it's still swollen and tender to the touch but I can tell it's healing. There are a few hard bumps here and there that I can feel but I can't see. I read that's normal and that it should even out with time so hopefully the go away soon. My lower abs, you can see from my photo, are still slightly discolored, and I think it's from the bruising. I started rubbing coconut oil on it a few days ago and it has really seemed to help make it look smoother. I'm going to keep using that and see what happens.

Week 3-4

Week 3 seemed to be exactly like week 2. The discoloration is still there and the punctures seem to become more noticeable as the swelling is going down a little bit. I still feel like my pooch is still there. I am DYING to start working out again. Now as I am in week 4, the discoloration SEEMS to be going away but I definitely still feel like my stomach looks weird. This healing process seems to be taking forever! I have to just keep telling myself to be patient. It's no longer as tender as it was in week 2, but there are definitely still some tender spots and some hard spots here and there. But I've stopped paying attention because the hard spots seem to come and go as i'm healing so I'm not too worried about it. The thing I most want is the discoloration and blotchiness to go away!

Week 3 photos

Week 3 photo

Week 4 photo

Week 4 photo

Week 5 photo

Week 5 photo

Week 5! woohoo!

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. While it still doesn't look completely great, it's finally looking better to me. There is still some discoloration on the lower abdomen, and I still feel lumps here and there but I think I can venture out in a bikini without feeling like a freak. I had my follow up with doctor earlier this week and he said everything is normal, the discoloration and lumps. He also said I could start massaging and it will speed things up. I got home and used coconut oil to massage for about half hour and it made a huge difference! I'm going to try doing this twice a day. I still feel tender here and there and my skin still feels weird here and there, but the doc says that is normal too and can take up to 6 months to get back to normal. I'm just glad it is finally looking great.

Week 6 photo

6 weeks post op!
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Cambeiro is board certified and studied at the Mayo Clinic. He did my breast augmentation about 5 years ago which I LOVE. I got so lucky in finding him. I know so many girls in Vegas with botched up boob jobs and I thank GOD I don't have that problem. I trusted him completely so having him do the lipo was only natural. He was very open and honest with me from the beginning, and said this is NOT going to give me six-pack. The pooch I hate will be significantly minimized but is not going to disappear magically, but he said he really believes I will love the results, which I do. Also, he went into the upper abs to make sure it's blended, even though I didn't pay for that.

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
5 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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Looks great but I am a little sticker shocked ?? $5000 for only two areas?
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Great reviews and update!! You look incredible!!
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Thanks! I will update with new photos tomorrow. I LOVE the results now that it has been 5 months. With exercise and nutrition, my abs are pretty amazing. Not a 6-pack, but flat and toned. I'm so happy!!
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You sure do look great!!! Honestly you didn't even need the procedure in my opinion but DAM girl.... Looking good!!! Just hope I can get the same kind of results but guys are different so I guess we'll see.....
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Thanks! I know, I do feel like the difference is very small, but at the same time when I look at old photos, I'm really glad I did it, just to get rid of that extra layer. We are always our own worst critics! Good luck with your procedure!
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U look great! Very natural! I love it! I go in monday and ur blog has really helped me ease my mind.. How are u feeling? Are u back in the gym? And how often a day are u wearing your spanxs?
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Thanks! I hope everything went great for you today!! Dr. Cambeiro is awesome so i am sure it did. I am feeling great, although that area still feels numb and itchy sometimes, from healing, I'm sure. There are still lumps that you can't see but you can feel, and the massage helps a lot. I have been back in the gym since a week ago, running mainly. I stopped wearing my spanx altogether a week ago. I do wear it when I go running though because if not, I can feel the skin jiggling and it's such a weird feeling. LOL. Keep us updated on your progress!
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Wow 5 weeks down and your back in the gym exciting!! M8!e went great easy breezy and the doc was so up beat and happy and talkative thru out the whole him. The only that hurt was the numbing and sting or ther. Hes so great. Im really happy i found your blog thank you so much
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Your results look great! Congrats!! Do you know how many ml of fat/fluid was removed from you? I think I have close to the amount of fat on my belly you had. Thanks in advance for your response.
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I think the doctor said half a liter, so not that much. The whole procedure took about 45 min.
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Omg girl you look fab!!! I thought u looked fine in the 4week but the 5 is amazing!!
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:) Thanks!!! Oh I'm so glad!! I still feel like it looks weird but I'm glad it looks good to others!! Maybe I will venture out in a bikini this weekend.
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Your stomach looks great!!! Vegas is full of shady doctors so be happy you found a good one. I've heard some real horror stories about Lipo and SmartLipo!!! How long did you have to where that garmet??? Do the lumps hurt and can u see them? Or do you just feel them when you touch your stomach? Trying to decide whether I should do SmartLipo or not....
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Thanks! Yes, I love my doctor. He is great! I pretty much scared myself to death reading all the horror stories too, but I am really thinking it was fully worth it, but it is a long process and the healing process can really affect you mentally. I felt like a freak for 4 weeks. I am starting to see the difference and I love it. I can't wait until it's fully healed and my exercise will really help with making washboard abs! The lumps don't hurt and I can't see them anymoer, but yes I can feel them but they come and go. It's fat deposits healing and draining. My stomach feels so good after I massage it so I am confident with time it will all go away.
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Well thanks for the feedback. U look great in that new pic with the black/pink bikini!!! Looks like u already have a washboard stomach to me.... :) Im a golf professional and work requires me to be super active so the recovery time is what I'm concerned about? Can't sit on the couch for 4 weeks waiting for things to heal ya know.....
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Well, I would say you probably wouldn't be able to golf for about a week, two at most, but you can really do anything you did before. You just have to be careful because the areas will be tender and sore, like a really hard ab workout. I imagine that would be hard for golfing. The thing that was weirdest for me was running! I tried running yesterday without my spanx, and it was so weird. You can feel it jiggling and not in a good way. But when I had spanx on to hold everything tight, it felt great!
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I notice a big diff your waist def looks smaller how are u feeling? Are u still wearing the garment? And are u back in the gym
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I am feeling great! The area is still tender and there are lumps here and there but I can tell they come and go as I am healing. I am only wearing spanx now and I think most of the swelling has gone down a lot. There's still some discoloration though so I feel like my skin looks weird, but it's definitely getting better!
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Im going to the same dr the 31st!!! Im nervous and ur review really helped. My body is like urs i work out hard but cant get rid of my pooch!!! Keep me posted please on pics and updates. Thank you
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Good luck! Dr. Cambeiro is really amazing. I'll keep updating each week.
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Awesome!! Please keep me updated. Sadly i had a family emergancy so i cant get it done till june 24th.
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