Ya can't get skinny overnight... - Overland Park, Kansas

After more than a year of thinking it over, I have...

After more than a year of thinking it over, I have decided to go through with smart lipo to remove the excess fat around my waist. I am 26 yo and 175 lbs.

Over the past two years my weight has bounced around between 145 and 190. I have always stored my weight around my waist, regardless of my weight, and I am going through with the procedure now because I am going to be active duty in the Air Force in 2 years, and my waist is still 5.5 inches larger than the maximum allowed size for the physical fitness test.... and I just hate my stomach.

I've read countless numbers of reviews on this website...the good, bad, and ugly. I wouldn't have been able to make the decision to go through with the procedure if it were not for the fact that others had blogged about their experience, so I will do the same.


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I forgot to mention that I am 5'7, of that...

I forgot to mention that I am 5'7, of that helps put things in perspective.

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Good luck Laurie, we have a similar body type, I'm interesting in seeing how great you're going to look! :)

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Thanks Sharon.
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Good luck, LaurieKay! I'm sure you'll do great and I look forward to following your journey.

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On my way home from the procedure. I look about 6...

On my way home from the procedure. I look about 6 months prego and it feels like I got punched in the stomach. He only did my abs today, and next friday he will do my flanks. The nurse said that there was too much fat to remove all in one procedure!!! Nice huh?

3 hours later...I just got up to take some pain meds. I have some pain in my lower abs. It isn't that bad but I am not about to wait for it to get worse. I don't know why everyone speaks of this "oozing"...it's much more accurately described as gushing!

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I wish i had been in a twilight state Christina. The first round of Valium i took one hour before the appointment did nothing fo me. Right before the procedure the nurse noticed and had mea take 3 more doses. I was terrified during the numbing part...it was so painful...then the Valium finally kicked in and I was relatively relaxed and pain free for the remainder of the procedure.
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I'm guessing you're in surgery now! :)Did they put you in a twilight state?
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Thanks. I had 3 quizzes to take today (2 down and 1 to go) which has kept my nerves off of the surgery. Now that's it's just 1 quiz and 2 hours away I am starting to freak....bring on the Valium!
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I triple applied dressing last night so I...

I triple applied dressing last night so I wouldn't leak onto my bed, and my efforts were successful. A lot of the numbing has subsided so the tape holding the dressing on is what's bothering me the most right now. As or how I look...it's hard to tell how much is swollen and how much it will go down. There is quite a bit of bruising too. I probably could have made it to class this morning if I really wanted to, but I am just going to stay home and relax today.

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No. It was 0.8 L but I surely will surpass the liter on my next procedure next week.
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That's not even 1 liter though, right?
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800cc, which they said was more than they had taken out of anyone at one time in a while. It's hard to say how much was actually fat bc they pumped me full with 1500cc of novacain/saline at the start of the procedure.
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Day 2: finally done oozing! Yay. I did wake up...

Day 2: finally done oozing! Yay. I did wake up with throbbing back pain though. Probably bc I usually don't sleep on my back, so it has taken quite a toll the last couple days. Either that or my kidneys are screaming "I hate you!" I just took some meds and I am going to try and sit up as much as possible today. My rash has gone down, and the tenderness and swelling is about the same as yesterday.

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Now that I have stopped oozing I decided to put up...

Now that I have stopped oozing I decided to put up a few pictures. I know that there is more swelling to go down, and the rash looks horrible, but I am already pleased with the results.

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Thanks Christina. Keep up your goals. This is my early graduation gift :).
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I'm so glad you made it through the procedure - I knew you would! You look so so so so so great. I really want to reward myself by getting SmartLipo when I graduate from college in 2012!!!! Your results are very motivating. I'm currently losing weight - down 41lbs and my goal is once I lost all 75lbs nothing would be better than getting SmartLipo!
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awesome results thus far! thanks for sharing!
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Day 4: I am feeling pretty puffy today. I weigh...

Day 4: I am feeling pretty puffy today. I weigh the same as I did the day of the surgery and my waist is actually an inch bigger :( Patience, patience. I know it will only get worse before it gets better. My rash and bruising hasn't changed much either.

I've got a major case of cabin fever and I really wish I could go to the gym, or the pool, or even work! Maybe I will do a little shopping today...

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Day 5: I just spoke with the nurse regarding the...

Day 5: I just spoke with the nurse regarding the disturbing rash on my tummy. She's having me come in later today to have the doc take a look at it. I am crossing my fingers that it is a betadine allergy and not a burn :(

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Update: The doctor was as confused as I am about...

Update: The doctor was as confused as I am about this rash-like problem on my tummy. It doesn't really seem to be consistent with a betadine or tape allergy...and it isn't itchy or flaky....it's just weird. He gave me a steroid taper to start today and hopefully that clears it up. As for my surgery this Friday ....it's not going to happen. He wants to make sure this clears up before we reschedule it. So much for the overlap in recovery time :( I agree with his decision though... It's definitely a good idea to make sure this is an allergy, and nothing more serious before we go digging into the remainder of my waist.

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Thank you jensue, you gave me a good laugh which I totally needed! I was at the office about 2.5 hours total for the surgery, and the procedure itself was probably at least an hour and a half. The rest of the time was mostly doing prep stuff...like changing and taking photos, and signing the consent. When I was all done the nurse showed me how to drain the incisions then she patched me up, and helped me put on the compression garment and I left.
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Found your profile..silly me. Your pictures are amazing!! Im sorry you are having some strange rash. How long did your surgery last? Did you have to wait long that day? BTW you have the cutiest little tushy. Im wanting YOUR tushy..thats what my smartlipo will be for. Keep us posted!!
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It doesn't really look like a burn . . . keep us posted! Fingers crossed!
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Day 7: I've been on the steroids for a little...

Day 7: I've been on the steroids for a little over a day and it hasn't made a difference yet. Another day or 2 and I will let the doc know if there is still no improvement. The steroids did however keep me up til 3am even though I took 2 vicodin and 2 diazepam at 11 pm. I took my dose real early today so I am looking forward to some good sleep tonight.

Against medical advice I went for a 8-9 mile bike ride today. I was so sick of sitting at home, eating my depression away! It was actually easier than I thought it would be...I took my time on a really smooth bike path with no big hills and very few
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Swilliams, I have no idea how long the laser lasted ...I can assume I was in the table a little less than 2 hours but I was pretty out of it to be able to recall details.

Jensue, milking is what you do to your incisions every few hours for the first 24 hours or so while they are still oozing, which helps the bloating go down faster. It's pretty gross at first....but I was more than happy to do anything at that point to help the puffy go down.
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Ok what is "milking" LOLLL
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Thanks again Sacma. My tummy still looks the same in size and color today. It really doesn't fluctuate in size throughout the day like most people notice. I just feel bloated alllllll day long. I know it will get better though.
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Day 10: Even though this weekend is supposed to be...

Day 10: Even though this weekend is supposed to be the peak in my swelling I actually felt much better this morning. I started feeling those lumps that everyone talks about under my skin, and I massaged them quite a bit this morning. They are not bothering me at all, and I am actually glad they are there because I know that things are progressing as they should. As for the rash, it's still there. I think it is going down, but that may just be wishful thinking..hahah. I will call the doc on Monday and see what he thinks about it, and see how he feels about getting me on the schedule to get these hideous flanks removed...lol. I took some pictures just now and I will post them. I am probably a little bit bigger than i was that first day after surgery.

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I've been researching smartlipo for a couple of weeks now. You mentioned the numbing part was the most painful. Was the doctor too agressive? I'm worried about feeling the lazer during the treatment.

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Day 13: I am so close to being able to exercise...

Day 13: I am so close to being able to exercise again! I am concerned that anything I try to do will hurt bc of all these lumps and bumps in my stomach...when you poke my tummy, it feels like I am flexing my abs...that's how many hard lumps are in there. I know I am supposed to be massaging these hard spots but it hurts so badly, and they don't seem to get smaller when I massage them anyways.

The red discoloration on my tummy (which I no longer believe was ever a rash) is definitely fading. Hopefully by next week it will be so faded that I can show off some new pics, and also schedule my next surgery :)

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Day 14: I went to Zumba today! Never been more...

Day 14: I went to Zumba today! Never been more excited to work out :D. I don't weigh or tape myself anymore because it is just depressing. I am going to start dieting ASAP and get off my "I don't feel good/ I need comfort food" kick.

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Mewa, I did not have any pain associated with the numbing and I was given half of the standard dose because I was taking a specific medication.
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Mewa, the numbing part is painful bc Novocain burns. That only lasts about 10 minutes. If you go to an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, I do not believe you have anything to worry about.
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Day 15: Discouraged :(

Day 15: Discouraged :(

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That's what it is.
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I don't get that swelling effect when I take off my garment that everyone speaks of...but I do get bigger throughout the day.
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I only feel discouraged when I puff up but right after I take off the wrap...I feel good. But that's only for a couple of hrs though. I keep telling myself that Ima look like this after six months. Lol it works a lil.
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Day 17: I took some pics this morning since the...

Day 17: I took some pics this morning since the swelling was down.

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LaurieKay1- if you are still experiencing the aches and pains, AznChic is right, that's what the Arnica Gel seems to be good for. My aches have become tolerable so I don't think I need this anymore. The visible swelling and blueish discoloration is what I want to go away ASAP! :)

If you want to order the Arnica Gel, click on the link I sent above and you can order it directly through Amazon if you can't find it at a local store.
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I've checked walmart, walgreens and target and didn't see it. Maybe the website says where you can get it.
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I looked up Arnica Gel, it helps with healing directly where you need it to relieve everyday body aches and pains due to muscle fatigue, strains, minor injuries or overexertion. lol I got that from a webiste. I wish I knew about this earlier, I don't need this anymore.
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Day 19: feeling pretty lumpy, but excited for day...

Day 19: feeling pretty lumpy, but excited for day 28 bc that's when I am scheduled to have my flanks one!

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*done

*done

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You can buy the arnica gel at GNC store. I'm getting my procedure done this Saturday. Good luck to all on the healing process:)

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Day 21: Officially 3 weeks out with less than one...

Day 21: Officially 3 weeks out with less than one inch off my waist (and that's on a good day)...bummer :(

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Very lumpy. I actually decided to name a couple bumps since it seems they plan to stay a while ;) I am usually not into homeopathic stuff but I just bought the arnica gel and I am hoping this discoloration on my tummy is indeed bruising, and that it helps.
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Good luck this Saturday Girlshop! What are you having done?
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Yes, they are very painful to pressure. Mostly around my belly button. Massaging hurts, and it doesn't make them any smaller.
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Day 26: I feel like I've been in a recovery...

Day 26: I feel like I've been in a recovery plateau since about day 15...nothing good nor bad has happened. That's all about to change. Doctor versus My Tummy part II is less than 2an days away!

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Flanks. I wish they could remove the lumps from my tummy while they were at it, but that's not gonna happen ;)
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I hear you. My swelling was looking better there for a while, and it still does at certain times, but there are other times when it looks horrible. Like tonight :(. I still have lumps around my belly button area. I'm hoping everything disappears for the both of us! Can't wait to see pics after your next procedure, wish I could have my flanks done too :).
I will let you know if it is worth it...but I think you look great!

Day 2: Yesterday I had the procedure for my flanks...

Day 2: Yesterday I had the procedure for my flanks. It was similar to my abs but there are a total of 8 incisions opposed to 4. The numbing part was so so painful and then I was fine from then on out. I am draining quite a bit. Bandaging up 6 leaking incisions is quite a challenge. I should only need to do that a couple more times though. I must have lost much more blood this time around because I am pretty pale and I get dizzy easily...so much for making it to class today. As for the pain post-op I am doing good. My lower back was throbbing yesterday but I took some motrin and it went away. On a more positive note, I was checking myself out in the mirror this morning and I look pretty dang good :D I will post pics as soon as I am done leaking.

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Day 2: New pics! I am basking in this glory of my...

Day 2: New pics! I am basking in this glory of my new hourglass figure before it swells up!

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I feel so much better now that I am not oozing. Really sore and itchy is all. I put up another pic of my tushy just for you Jenue ;) My back looks so different! I am so happy!
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LaurieKay, How exciting that you are loving what you see in the mirror. Thats encouraging. I was thinking you would feel that way once you had your second procedure done. Cant wait to see your pictures.
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The official diagnosis on this horrible skin...

The official diagnosis on this horrible skin discoloration is inflammatory hyperpigmentation. They used a lower setting on the laser for my flanks and as you can see from my pics, it didn't work. Eventually it should fade on it's own. Good thing bathing suit season is so far away. They said that if it does not fade, then they can do IPL treatments and give me skin bleaching cream. Blah!

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Yea I'm 21 yrs old and I'm thinkin bout getting smarylipo...I just have so many question...n by da way u look great ...did it hurt?....how much was the procedure?...how long was it be for you saw results?

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You look awesome! I'm so glad your happy with it. Just remember to look at these pictures to get you through the "swelling" phase. Great results so far! Congrats.
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LaurieKay You look amazing!! Look at your before picture and your picture now!!! WOW such a difference, you should be STOKED!!! Thanks for the butt picture..do you mind if I use it to say "I want to look like this" :)
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Day4: miserable :( The incisions he made time...

Day4: miserable :( The incisions he made time around were right below my waist of my pants and right where the compression garment ends. I believe my garment and pants rubbed on them all day yesterday because they were oozing throbbing and very inflammed. I took off the compression garment and slept on my tummy last night around 3 am to allow the spots to scab over again.

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I look about the same as I did in the photos I took on day 2...maybe more swollen. I haven't been wearing my compression garment because it rubs on my incisions...which rubbed the scabs off. They throb and are possibly infected. The doctor gave me some more powerful pain killers today and antibiotics. Hopefully I heal up soon.
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you look great! do you have any recent photos available ?
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Thanks. I also was able to find arnica gel at walmart. Its in pain relief section (icy hot/bengay) area rather than the first aid section. It wasn't a whole lot cheaper than what I paid for it at GNC surprisingly.
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Day 7: Why am I still oozing? :( Grrr... I wish it...

Day 7: Why am I still oozing? :( Grrr... I wish it would just scab up like last time. Still in a considerable amount of pain relative to my first procedure .....but life (work/school) doesn't revolve around my comfort level. Swelling isn't so bad but the area is bright red with inflammation despite steroids.

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So I told my hippie psychiatrist about my lipo...

So I told my hippie psychiatrist about my lipo today...she wasn't thrilled :/ (as was to be expected). She wanted me to adopt sustainable weight loss habits...I told her that there is not more sustainable way to lose the weight then to get it sucked out permanently...she didn't think that was funny (as to be expected). Anyways, I am still oozing, still in pain, not wearing my compression garment because it creases along my sides causes bluish purple indentions (and of course it still rubs on my incisions). I just decided to wrap myself up in one of those exercise waist band things that are made to make you sweat, for support, and I think it might just be the trick I needed. I either need that to work and/or the percocet to set in. Anyways, there's my daily rambling speil.

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Day 8: swollen, check, oozing, check,...

Day 8: swollen, check, oozing, check, inflammation, check, drugged, check, frustrated, CHECK!

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you will! i cant wait to go through with my procedure. its next month. as each day goes by i get more nervous

Day 10: I went back to the doctor yesterday and he...

Day 10: I went back to the doctor yesterday and he injected lidocaine around my infected incisions than did some compression and cleaned them out. He also gave me another antibiotic to start, and wants to see me again next Tuesday. I will start the new antibiotic today and hopefully things start to look and feel better this weekend.

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Day 12: Out of nowhere today, it was like a...

Day 12: Out of nowhere today, it was like a friggin water balloon inside of me sprung a leak! One of my incisions just started pouring out fluid. Somehow it must have gotten trapped in there, which explains the inflammation and infection. I can't wait to call the doc and tell him! So, it was really gross, but really good. I might just be on the road to recovery :D

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how long would you recommend taking off from work? I dont want anyone to know that I am having this done. Speedy recovery!
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HIG, what are you having done?
I am going to have upper/lower abs and waist.

Day 15: I am posting a picture of my back view...

Day 15: I am posting a picture of my back view today that I am not too pleased with. I am at the peak of my swelling (and I took this pic in the late afternoon), and you can notice that on the left side is much more swolled and very red and bruised...that's the side with the infection. It feels like a giant lump under the skin on that side...it seems that all the massaging in the world couldn't put a dent in it at this point. As for my tummy, it is pretty unremarkable. I think it's a little swollen due to the trauma around it and when all the swelling goes down I will put more pics up of everything.

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WOW! I cant wait to see some more pics are you progress! I am pretty sure you are my body double, so I am following you to see what I can look like! ;P
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Thanks HIG. I am hoping to get new pics up soon. I haven't taken any due to my infection but since it's always a possibility I think people should see what they are getting themselves into.
Hey LaurieKay..did Dr Coyler have you buy spanx for your garment? Thats what the nurse told me to buy for my procedure. Just curious.
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Day 16: I emailed the nurse today with that pic of...

Day 16: I emailed the nurse today with that pic of my swollen left side to see what she thought. She says there may still be fluid inside, and that they want to see me Monday again, and i should apply warm compress and massage the area until then. Not only is the lump in a really inconvenient place to massage but it hurts too! O'well, whatever it takes.

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LaurieKay did Dr Jeffery Coyler of OP Ks do your Lipo? Im considering haveing abs done and flanks did you post they couldnt do it all in one day? Im about 150 pounds I just recently lost 13 pounds but my stomach wont go down so I really want this done, and were you awake during the proceedure?
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Yes he did and yes I was awake. He said that he could do the procedure but he prefered not to because the bounce back is so much faster when he does one section at a time. My abs were really easy. I was back on a bike in 9 or 10 days, and back to the gym in 2 weeks...but my flanks have been another story, as I'm sure you've read. I think that I got the infection I have because of the fact that I was so light headed from the blood loss after surgery (which really isn't all that much) but I wasn't able to drain my incisions as directed, so some of it got trapped causing lots of problems...I can only imagine how much harder it would have been if I would have had it all done at once.
LaurieKay1, I am so happy to see your progress and am trying to get the guts to do this. How many inches have you lost in the areas you lipoed? Does anyone know what happens if you gain weight again? Does it go back to the same cells or do you become lopsided like with regular liposuction? Not to be negative, but my track record for keeping weight off is not great, I am a yoyo.

Day 19: The doctor just drew 80 cc of fluid out of...

Day 19: The doctor just drew 80 cc of fluid out of my hip and said that it should start feeling much better. He's going to attempt to do it again on Thursday. It wasn't a bad experience at all. I must be pretty numb still because I didn't even feel the needle stick. Hopefully Wednesday I will be able to post some 3 week pics.

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You look really good, can you tell us how many inches you have dropped so far?
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Look 5 comments up.
I just posted my 7 week post abs/3 week post flanks pics. My flanks are still swollen near the back quite a bit but I am still pleased. I think my left side is looking better and I am looking forward to having more fluid drained in 2 days.
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Day 22: The doctor aspirated my side again this...

Day 22: The doctor aspirated my side again this morning and got 20 mls of fluid out. He wants to do it again in 4 days. It seems like my body should be able to reabsorb that amount of fluid, and whatever he happens to pull out next week...so I am guessing that my body has sectioned it off like an abcess, and that's why he wants to continually drain it. On a happier note, I finally got a scab over the incision.

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Yes, I am happy w my results. The lumpiness developed about 10 days after surgery and at first it almost feels like you are flexing your abs when you poke it. Then over the next couple weeks they got smaller and more scattered. The only way the lumps were noticeable was when I was laying on a hard surface, like a yoga mat, or if I was stretching...which felt like the lumps were knots, pulling. Now, the one lump I have left is probably a little smaller than a rubber bouncy ball (which is what it kinda feels like when you poke at it) and it is not painful.
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If the lumps do not go away would you still say you are happy with the procedure? what do they feel like,both in your body and too the touch?
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For the most part the swelling didnt make me any bigger than I was pre-opt and so I was still abl to wear my regular clothes. I did wear a lot of yoga pants and tshirts the first couple weeks to minimize any unnecessary pressure around my abs on the incisions nd swollen areas. I do have lumps. I have one right below my belly button (which seams to be a common problem area) and I also have lots of hardness around the hip that was retaining fluid. I am constantly massaging them but it's hard to tell if it makes a difference.
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Day 40: Not a whole lot of changes have been going...

Day 40: Not a whole lot of changes have been going on. I've had fluid drained from my left side 5 or 6 times now, and finally the doctor told me today that I don't need to return for a month. Yay! I weigh exactly what I did the day of my first procedure (68 days ago). Getting back in the swing of exercising after taking more than a month off (due to the complications) has made it rough. I have not gone shopping since my surgery but there is a big difference in the way my clothes that I already had fit me. I wore a form fitting sweater dress this weekend with horizontal stripes, it was great :D. I would post more pics but I really don't look a whole lot different other than the swelling has gone down on my left side.


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They're back :) It was a little glitch that was fixed.
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Can anyone else see my pics? They've seem to have disappeared.
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No I can't see then either. Hope all is well w you!

It's been 3 months since my upper/lower abs...

It's been 3 months since my upper/lower abs were done and 2 months since I had my flanks done. I have been using a bleaching cream for a few weeks on my abdomen to correct hyperpigmentation, and it is finally fading. The bump below my belly button has not budged or shrunk despite daily vigorous massaging. My flanks are progressing right along. I still have some pretty massive bumps under the skin on the side that was holding fluid, and it's still very numb on that side... but the good side only has one small bump. I am not sure about the swelling. I can't tell if I am swollen, bloated or just a little chubby some days. At this point, if the lumps and skin discoloration were guaranteed to resolve completely, I would say that I am very satisfied w my results. I do like my new shape but I am bummed that I haven't lost more inches around my waist, since that's what matters for work. Thus far, the pics from the day after my flank surgery (in the gray) are my favorite. New pics will be posted soon.

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For some reason my pics are not posting. Will try...

For some reason my pics are not posting. Will try again soon.


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Thinner1, I am having trouble posting new pics for some reason. I am going to try again soon. My bad side is only noticable different from the other side to the touch now.
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how is your bad side doing? any better or new pictures you can post?
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I had a follow up with the doctor today. It lasted...

I had a follow up with the doctor today. It lasted all of a few minutes where he felt my side and then said that he thinks I should get the feeling back soon and that the lumps should soften up and I have a lot of healing to do. He wants me to continue with the compression garments. Are you kidding me!? Blah... I suppose I can use them at night, but I just don't see them making a difference at this point. Anywho, he wants to see me back in 3 months. I am putting up some pics i took a couple weeks ago.

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There's nothing wrong with admitting you might have a problem. Just honestly answer the Qs in that link I gave you.
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Only you can decide if you have an overeating problem but you did say you were eating your depression away--classic symptom: http://www.oa.org/new-to-oa/is-oa-for-you.php
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I do fall into comfort food eating modes when I am having a bad week, that's for sure, I won't deny that. Oh crap, was admitting my problem another classic sign? ;) Thanks again for your concern.

It's been 4 months since my abdominal surgery and...

It's been 4 months since my abdominal surgery and 3 months since my flanks were done. I am not feeling great about my results right now. I am not feeling great about any part of my body right now actually. Blah! Time to crack down and diet I suppose. The numbness and lumpiness has not improved in quite some time. Sometimes when I bend down quickly to pick something up I feel a sharp pain in my side where the lumps are...just like a knot being pulled on. Massaging does seem to help soften it up.

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I can definitely see an improvement and think that you look great!
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Really happy for u! Was gonna treat myself the first of this year to lipo amongst other things (stem cell augmentation and fat transfer) but learned I was expecting again in oct. and due in April. So taking this time to do some extensive research and prepare for next yr. Also, working on eating right and getting proper exercise. (I'm very active even tho I don't specificlly exercise) Following ur progress and hoping the best results for u! God bless!
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Really happy for u! Was gonna treat myself the first of this year to lipo amongst other things (stem cell augmentation and fat transfer) but learned I was expecting again in oct. and due in April. So taking this time to do some extensive research and prepare for next yr. Also, working on eating right and getting proper exercise. (I'm very active even tho I don't specificlly exercise) Following ur progress and hoping the best results for u! God bless!
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6 months! It's finally been about 6 months from my...

6 months! It's finally been about 6 months from my surgery dates. I am still lumpy in places, numb, and i still have some skin discoloration. The lumps are only noticeable to me, and it takes a lot of pressure in just the right spots to feel pain from them.
The final verdict: I am pleased with my sides, but not with my abdomen. I no longer bulge over the sides of my pants, just the front. (I can't have it all right?). I've not been able to shake the 10 lbs I've put on since surgery so I haven't taken photos recently. I just don't think one can really compare my before and after pics when I weigh so much more. Heck, maybe once I lose the weight even I will be satisfied with my front side (and my face, and arms...etc). I need to make a follow up appointment with the doctor and I will give an update on that in a few weeks.

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Long time no posts from each other. Just wondering how you are doing? I never went in for my last follow up at 6 months so I am going in next week. Its almost been a year since my smartlipo and I feel that I need some touch ups. Might even talk to him about my inner thighs now. How are your lumps? Have you gone back in? Just thought it would be nice to catch up.
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Hey Jensue! Good to hear from you. Things are well. I have not gone back for a follow up either, mostly because I've put on more weight. Lumps are nearly gone, but there is some numbness where the fluid retention was. Since it's on my lower back it's out of sight and out of mind most of the time. Good to hear from you and I look forward to hearing about your follow up. :)
I'm in the kansas city area as well and I go in for a consultation at reflections tomorrow. I was thinking of this place because it combines the Zerona Treatments for after. I wonder if that would help with the lumps and stuff. You can see improvements and it looks like you have lost weight. You look great. Thanks for sharing
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Wow, it's been just about 18 months since my...

Wow, it's been just about 18 months since my surgeries. After the complications from the second surgery I found it hard to get back into a workout routine again, and then over the past winter I basically let myself go. I always used to judge my weight by how hard it was to button my pants...and now, if I wait until my pants don't button, I am fat all over! My arms, face and legs too! I ended up gaining 20 lbs or more (before I stopped weighing myself). I am now proud to say that I'm only 2 lbs above my pre-surgery weight and the scale is still trending in the right direction. I plan to post pics soon. I don't think nearly enough people on this site post long term follow up pics.

As for my progress...the bumps are nearly nonexistent. If they are there, they are not bothering me. I am still very pleased with my flanks, not so excited about my front. There is still some numbness where I had the fluid retention, and the skin is slightly indented in that area. On the other side there is a little bit of unevenness as well in one spot, but I'm probably the only one who will ever notice it. As for the skin discoloration, it's nearly gone as well. I will likely be the only one to ever notice what's left of it. I can't wait to post pics! It gives me motivation to lose more weight!

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awesome for you...would love to see up to date pic's...pls post soon...how long total do you think it took total for ur tummy to go down to whre u actually liked it...im 17 wks out now...love my flanks...center of my stomach at belly button area still protruding more than I would like....im glad u r posting since u r right people dont continue with long term results which would really help people like me...thanks hun!! You look amazing...Sharon :)
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Thanks Sharon. I lost one more pound since my last update, however, after reading through my blog, I realized that I had 7 more pounds to go to get back to my pre-surgery weight, not 2! Anywho...I'm only dropping about 2 lb a week but I'm hoping to have pics up sooner than later. I would have to say that my favorite pics were the day after my second surgery (the one where I'm in gray). After that I swelled up, then by time the swelling was gone I was 10 lbs heavier. So I am actually hoping to soon get back to that pic in the gray. It sounds like your surgery has been very typical. Give it a few more months, massage alot, and don't pack on lbs!
Correction. I am dropping 1 lb per week right now.
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