I just had Smart Lipo MPX performed on my upper abs 4 days ago (June 3rd). I am a petite 5'2" and 110 lbs, but always had a bit of a belly. It was never noticeable with clothing on, but I hated the way it sagged and rolled when I sat. I was always insecure about my stomach as compared to the rest of my body. I work out avidly and have always maintained healthy eating habits. No matter what I did, the stubborn "muffin top" wouldn't fully go away. I started considering liposuction. However, I was looking for something not too invasive, with minimal healing time and consistent results. Traditional liposuction just seemed too traumatic and barbaric. The though of general anethesia also discouraged me.
So after a lot of research and mulling it over, I decided to do Smart Lipo. It seemed the perfect match for my body sculpting goals. So, I chose my surgeon, Dr. P, in NYC based on several reviews on this website. He is a very intelligent, accommodating, and sincere person. His staff are equally kind and considerate. His portfolio of before and after shots sealed the deal for me. The results on his previous patients were insanely good. No visible scarring and everything looked sleek and natural.
The $4,000 cost included everything from the anesthesia, surgery fees, medications, post-op visits, to the compression garment. The only other expense was my blood work which was about $250 additional. It was definitely an investment for me, but something I have wanted to do forever.
So, the actual procedure was quite tolerable. There wasn't any acute pain, just moments of discomfort. The application of tumescent lidocaine was probably the most unpleasant part. It stings and burns and jabs. But once you are numb, the rest of the procedure is smooth. I was definitely a bit loopy from the sedatives, but I remember seeing all the fat being sucked out and drained into this container. Kinda surreal. It took about 45 minutes from the time I laid down on the table to when they moved me into the recovery room. I didn't have much fat removed--about 300cc from my abs.
The first night was a blur because all I did was sleep from the drugs they pumped into me. I fully drained overnight, but they wrapped me up so well, nothing leaked out from the pads and dressings. I did feel some mild temderness and soreness, but nothing excruciating. People compare it to pulled muscles from a hard workout--and I'd agree with that. Second day out was pretty much the same. Third day was probably the worst. I started having a lot more swelling and inflammation of my abdominal area. It is tender to touch and I noticed a few lumps near my belly button area. I massaged them gently and they have gone down.
I also have a considerable amount of bruising which surprised the doctor on my post-op visit. I have very thin skin and tend to bruise easily. It looks really scary, but I have been taking Arnica tablets in the hopes that it will clear up soon. (I also was naughty--I had a few glasses of wine the day before surgery which is a no-no. Alcohol thins the blood and makes you more prone to bruising.) So I would caution anyone considering Smart Lipo to abstain from drinking for at least a week before and after the procedure. I don't see much of a difference in my body at this point. But then again, I was fairly petite to begin with and just wanted my "belly pooch" removed. I am trying to be patient and to see what happens once all the swelling and major healing is completed. I am a bit nervous that I put my body through all this trauma for nothing, but I will be optimistic. I just don't want to be worse off than I started or to have permanent scars. I will continue to update you with my progress...