Liportherme; Lower and Upper Abdomen, Flanks

I had my procedure April 11, 2011. For years I...

I had my procedure April 11, 2011. For years I considered a tummy tuck. I decided at this stage in my life that I wanted to do something for me that provided some aesthetic benefits; I am 54. I am also a large woman. I weighed in the night of the procedure at 227. For me that was larger than normal but I just got back the night before from a weeklong vacation in Las Vegas where I ate myself from one side of the strip to the next. Let’s call it my last hoorah.

My weight ranges in the low 200's and I have been working out once a week with a trainer for years. I am pretty muscular but carry a huge portion around my middle. I did not do my normal due diligence before selecting the surgeon I went with for my procedure but instead went with affordability; I had a coupon.

The procedure went well and I found it to be pretty painless. Not a lot of bruising later or soreness. It has been 3 months and I am disheartened to say I am not seeing the effects I expected. Granted, I did not expect to have a six pack but I was told that the flap/overhang at the bottom of my stomach were I had an earlier hysterectomy would flatten out. I also have a pooch that is more on my right side than left and it always stood out when I wore white knit shirts. We did not discuss the pooch but I had really expected at a minimum that would be gone as well. My BAD!!!

Here is what is helping to ignite my concerns. I had my inner thighs done three weeks ago. I am already seeing noticeable slimming on one side. When my thighs were done the doctor removed 700 CCs from my left leg and 600 CCs from my right. The doctor that did my stomach work removed 200 CCs from everything and said everything else would die out over time. The doctor assured me I would see drastic results and it might take four months, than six months and now I have been advised that my results could continue for up to a year and I needed to be patient. I have been patient and am making my preparation for the end of my patience by starting with this testimonial and seeking re-assurance that perhaps I should continue to be patient or my concerns are valid. I do not have a middle ground and when I reach the end of what I have pre-determined is a sensible amount of patience with my "all or nothing" way of doing things my next conversation with the doctor will be less than pleasant. I am 210 now and still my stomach is enormous, I have the same lower abdomen flap and I am wearing the same size 16/18 clothes with the right side pooch still showing.

I met with this doctor once since having my abs done. We met two weeks ago. I told him about my concerns and he advised me that he saw drastic changes and that I should not have expected too much as the only way to fix my issue was if I chose to have a Lap Band surgery which happens to be his specialty. To be fair, I cannot suggest this is the first time I heard him say this. In all honestly he did day the night of the procedure that lap band was the best way for me to go being as obese as I am. The procedure that night would still be beneficial even if I had the lap band afterwards.

Not adding photos or doctor's name at this point but may do both at a later date. Need to assess my next steps but appreciate any input any of you might have

Signed,

You get what you pay for

For those that were curious I am 5'8, 210 pounds. ...

For those that were curious I am 5'8, 210 pounds. I have relatively well defined outer thighs with visible muscle definition. Strong arm definition and a belly like Buddha

I returned to this same location and worked with a...

I returned to this same location and worked with a new doctor and I am extremely happy now. DR Thomas Locke performed my procedure at the Slender Spa in Suwanee GA and the results thus far have been amazing!!! This new procedure was painless and DR Locke took his time and really sculpted my core working towards MY DESIRED results.

The staff has always been above reproach but they have managed to somehow improve on EXCELLENCE. Tanya the owner is the most accommodating professional I have met in this new economy and I applaud not only her staff but her insight into being able to snag an astonishing creative conscientious doctor like DR Locke. I WILL be posting pictures as my results continue but it has only been three weeks. I can’t wait to see where we stand in the future.
Slender Spa - DR Thomas Locke

The doctor staff and facility were all excellent. It was clean/sterile and very professional. I plan on recommending the doctor and facility to my friends and family. I am truly a fan now. I rate this doctor EXCELLENT and then some...... I have worked with three.

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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I am still working with this particular location. My reason for not mentioning the name is that I have been working with the owner who is working really hard to make me a happy customer.... I want to give her that opportunity as I find her very personable and customer satisfaction focused. I WANT this to work out despite my earlier concerns... we will see
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Hi queen4ever -- Thanks for writing such a helpful review. I'm sorry to hear things didn't go as expected. :(

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