Smart lipo on upper/lower abs - 25 y/o male - Overland Park, KS
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I'm a 25 year old male. I used to be a little over...
- 6 Nov 2012
I'm a 25 year old male. I used to be a little over weight in middle school and as I progressed into high school I dropped the pounds like crazy. I went from a size 36 pant to a 30 (my current size). My body looks great with my clothes on and everyone always would tell me how great I looked. However, I had a 'love handle' and was a little 'jiggly' from losing so much weight (see pictures below). I tried and tried to get rid of the handle but the only things I could tone were my legs and butt from riding the bike for 2 months. Looking into Smart Lipo I decided that this may be what I needed to help get rid of that stubborn fat that I just couldn’t drop. This makes sense if you think about it- men typically store their fat in their torso where women store in in the face, arms, legs, etc.
Looking on this site I found some great reviews on a plastic surgeon that was 2 hours away (in Overland Park, KS) and had reasonable prices. In Columbia, MO the only person I could find was nearly double the price ($5500 an area) and used a larger cannula (so you'll have a larger hole = larger scar) on your desired area.
After a month of thinking about it I finally just said screw it and scheduled a consult with him. I expressed that I was self conscious about my ‘love handles’ and not having any abs because I could never tone that area and the first thing he recommended was some smart lipo. Cost wise was $2500 an area but if you have multiple areas you want to do you get a $500 discount if you schedule your appointments within 90 days of each other (pretty good deal really). So I scheduled my upper/lower abs ($2500) and then my flanks ($2000). I only had to pay for one area at the time because he likes to wait a month or so to make sure your happy with your results and to make sure everything goes ok. Most plastic surgeons, if you think about it, would recommend a bunch of other things (e.g., tummy tuck = more money).
Below is my story of my smart lipo procedure and I hope it helps you decide if it’s right for you!
Day 1: 30 minutes before the procedure I took 4 pills total (two for pain and two for anxiety). Once I checked in I paid and then was taken into a very nice room. I changed into a robe, the nurse took some before pictures (one of the front, and two of the sides) and then let the doctor know I was ready. After that the doctor came in and drew on my abs with a marker (he was making landmarks about where he needs to focus and where the cannula insertion points will be). He went to prep everything and left me with the nurse who injected multiple areas of my abs with lidocaine (this numbs the area). About 15 minutes later I was taken back and the fun began. The most painful part of the procedure was the prep. They used a cannula and filled me with tons of saline and lidocaine in all four of the areas that he marked earlier (this was probably the most painful part of the procedure). After that he began his work with the laser. It was pretty painless; he used a very small laser, inserting it in those four points he marked earlier and moving it all around on the upper/lower abs. You'll feel a weird popping feeling under your skin but nothing too bad. After that he begins his work sucking the fatty saline mixture out. This is a little uncomfortable but nothing too bad. This took about 45 minutes to 1 hour. They kept saying they were so impressed with how much they got out this time (it was around 950 cc of fat/saline/lidocaine!). After that the doctor explained to call him if I had any concerns and to make a follow-up to come see him within the next 2-3 weeks. The nurse then began milking my upper/lower abs (which was pretty gross, even for me since I work in the health care field and see a ton of nasty stuff). A bloody mix was pretty much spraying out of the four holes I had on my abs. She said that this and compression is the MOST CRUCIAL part of the procedure. Although it hurts she said every 3 hours for the next couple of days I have to unwrap my abs, milk them (pretty much just start from the top of my abs and go down to milk the fatty mixture out in the shower). After that I need to double wrap my abs in a compression wraps. Compression wraps help decompress the swelling and help give you the look that you desire. The nurse said she couldn’t stress how important milking the area and compression is for the best looking result. She said so many people give up on that and are not happy and it’s because they didn’t follow directions. They give you plenty of pain and anxiety meds, stay on top of that and continue milking! No use in wasting that money because of pain. The ride home (we live 2 hours away) was pretty painful. I had to take 2 pain pills on the way home and felt sick. Once we got home I hopped in the shower and started milking the area and I was so disgusted at how much came out. The shower floor was filled with that fatty/bloody mixture and I was just so nauseated from it. Not only that but it was soooooo painful. It’s really tended but I just kind of bit my lip and did it. I really want a great result from this and temporary pain is worth it. That night my mom came home with me and changed my bed and put a ton of towels down and I still bled through my two compression wrap, gauze, and had blood all over the towels. Also another thing the nurse said that if your bleeding a lot, before 3 hours is up, that means you need to go ahead and hop in the shower and begin milking early. So that’s what I did. It was so hard to keep up with this the first night, every 3 hours getting up, jumping in the shower and milking my sore abs but it’s going to be worth it.
Day 2: I’m a little worried because they said I could go back to work 2-3 days from the procedure day and I’m still in a ton of pain. I guess I can- I’ll probably be a little slow though. One night of suffering will be worth it because I have 3 days off after that. Once I get unwrapped I’ll take some pictures today.
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