I work out and run all of the time. I could not lose my baby bell. I also have huge thighs. Got to love genetics not! I had Smart Lipo Abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs and knees. I'm currently 4months out. If I were to do this over again, I would for sure do it. Went for a size 12 to a size 6. I do work out all of the time and watch what I eat. Once posted I will go through the stages from start to end as well as pictures. Once My place releases my pre pic I'll be able to show you better pre-op pics.
Baby Belly, Baby Belly Go Away!! 33years Old with 2 Kids. - Peoria, IL
Pre-op Nov 2013
It is very important to pick the right doctor and one who has done it more than a few times. I'd work out multi times a week and I still had a baby bell. Plus good old genetics gave me huge lower legs. I'd run races, Id be small but I'd still have huge legs. It was important to me to do ALL of what I wanted at the same time. Therefore, I got Abs, Flanks from bra line to hips, He did sides of hips, inner & outer thighs, and inner knees. One I go back to doctor in April I hope to grab the pre-op pictures. Looking back I can not believe what I looked like compared to now.
Day after & second day. WOW!!!
Day of surgery Friday I was nervous but very excited. My doctor was very sweet. I did have an Anthestiologist. I was advice at my doctor office to be put to sleep during. Now I wish I forgone it and just took meds. It would of saved me $1200. Surgery only took 3 hours. I went in knowing I was going to have Abs, flanks, inner & outer thighs. But came out with more done. Which was good for the price I paid. I woke up with a compression garment with side zippers. It went from bottom of breast to mid leg. Let me tell you sexy. I could not take a shower till day 3. Took pain meds that night. We put towels (soaked in water and drained) in freezer. Put trash bags over them and I would use them as ice pack. What a relive they would form right to my body. The areas that stung or was burning helped. Not an easy procedure. There is discomfort. I have a very high pain tolerance and on Saturday day 2 I cried. I only took pain meds for 2 days. Day 3 shower day. I was bruised, and looked like a mess. I went back to work on Tuesday. I'm on my feet all day. I did ok. I was still very tender. On my side of abdomen I had deep bruising and the good old zipper on the sides made it worse. I HIGHLY recommend deep tissue messages. My lumps went away fast. My doctor changed me over to a body compression garment with no zippers. Zipper = easy to get into. No zipper = lot harder to get into. lol
I made it to 3 months.
BTW Compression garment has an opening so you can go to bathroom with out taking off your garment. Had a few lumps. Deep tissue bruising on side of abs and inner thighs. I was worried about legs. So Doctor told me longer in compression garment. Went from an x-small to an xx-small. Huge changes. Took advice from ppl on here and got an electric massager so I could work more on lumps. Wanted to cry. Put on size 6 jeans and felt great. I still look in mirror and still see the heavy women I used to be. My jeans fit great and I know I'm getting smaller.
I can see huge changes. I got a new outfit this weekend and I cried. For once in the process I can see a very new me. I still workout 3-4 days a week with a trainer and I also workout at home. I love my Turbo Jam workout at home. The hardest part is food. I love food. I eat when I'm happy, sad or awake. Partly why my baby belly and thunder thighs was hanging on. I'm still in size xx-small compression garment due to some problem areas. By the end of March I hope to stop wearing C.G and only wear it when I workout till I see doctor at my 5 month appt. I'm trying the Paleo diet and eating more veggies & fruits and cutting out soda, breads and pastas. Can't tell by pictures but my ads are starting to show a 4 pack. My legs are a lot smaller. I went from size 12 to a size 6. My Doctor said by the time I'm done fully healing in a year I should be a size 4.
Almost 5 months post op
Been really worried reading some post. My Dr said he took 2 liters off. How do I know if he really suctioned it out or if he just melted the fat? I've been working out a lot but my weight has not moved. I have a few areas I'm unhappy with. Not sure what to do or if this is just a phase. Any advice? I'll see my Dr next month and I'll have some new pictures. Am I worried over nothing?
At 5 months I called Dr office to talk about problem areas. I go in to see him tomorrow to talk about areas and see what he is going to do. Im not sure why I'm so nervous about what he is going to say.
went to dr today
Doctor said I dropped weight since my SmartLipo therefore causing some skin to change. He said too much of a gain or a loss will change the healing. Therefore no revisions need to be done he said my skin will readjust and will tighten. I have an appt in 3 months to recheck. I'll post my 5 months pics very soon.
Almost 6 months
Dr. said I should really start to see the permit changes. I really want to get ahold of the pre pictures. I've been looking through my pre vacation pic but only seen a small side view. So not sure that pic will help. I know I can see a huge difference before and after. My legs have a very few irregularities but they are not bad. I can see almost a 6 pack abs unlike before. My pictures don't show as good as detail as I'd hope to show you. Little picture is my before side view. Not sure how well you can see it. Some days I get down because I feel like I'm not changing. I lost 20lbs before surgery. Day of surgery I was 148 now I'm 135. I workout a lot and try to eat right but I love food.
Im just little over 6months post op. Im worried over a few areas. From back view on the right side of love handle needs a touch up. As well as the left inner leg. Front view of abs I have a very small pad of fat that needs touched up as well. Im happy but wish my legs were smaller from the side. Does anyone else have a few irregular areas? Am I just worried and picking at stuff that shouldn't matter?
These last few months have been rough. I've been running boys to games & practices. Kinda went off track of diet. But I'm gonna get bk 2 it. Still have a few areas unhappy with but I'm still glad I did it.
HERE ARE THE PRE-OP PICTURES.
I told the DR I wanted the pre-surgery pics because I can't see what was till now. WOW!!!! I can't believe the change. I went to DR. today. In Dec he will do just a few touch ups. He said touch ups will only take an hr. I will have to pay just the surgery suite cost which is only a couple hundred. This is posted a little backwards but here they are THE PRE-SURGERY PICS!!!!
almost 9months post op
Sorry its been a while. Been busy with VAC. Been going up & down with weight. Its so hard to be GOOD. Sometimes i get depressed because I'm afraid I'm going to mess up this surgery.
sorry problem downloading pics. ill try again
Still have a swollen flank & still problem with cellulite.
Have days where food is my comfort. Gotta get back to plan! Hard to keep weight off I have always been a yo-yo. But I got this. Don't want this to gonto waste. It cost to dang much lol
Problem with downloading pics
little trouble this month with food..
Had flanks, abd, inner & outer thighs. Wish i would od done all of my legs. :( i picked up a few lbs & i can tell. But Im back on track. Left flank still larger than right. Will see dr in October for a revision as long as I keep the weight down. Little depressed taking these pics. I feel like I look awful.
hard few wks
On 10 months and been a roller coaster of emotions. Dont know if anyone else has been through this but I dont see what everyone else sees. I guess I'm to focused on what I want him to fix that I dont see the huge change from then to now. Is anyone else going through this? I look in the mirror & I'm like revision here on this & this. I made a huge change fast going from a size 12 pants to a size 6. I want to love fully who I am & what I have done. Sorry guys guess I'm having a dig on myself kinda day.
I was very unhappy with pic I took on the10th. I have been watching what I have been eating & I have been running. Im more happy with these news pics. But they kinda still look the same but Im a few lbs down :)
Seen Doctor today!!
I had a dr apt today. He looked everything over and he is very happy with the results but wants to touch up a few areas that are not even. He wants to do a revision on my flank, stomach, inner left leg where bulges are. NOT happy about the fee. I have to pay for the facility fee not for DR. The grand total for TIHS time is..... drum roll..... $900 ouch! By the time I do this I could have paid for a new small car.. For all of this from very beginning to end (revision) will be $19,500.00
need advice my lovely ladies.
A week b4 surgery the 1st time they had me take Arnica for swelling. Does anyone have better advice as to what worked the best for swelling & how soon did you start taking it? My revision is Monday Dec 22
Alot of changes through out the year. I do love my new shape & size. Next month I'll go in for a revision. Just to touch up spots that you can see. They are not bad but Dr isn't happy with them. I have been in a little bit of stress the last 2 months. When Im stressed food is my friend. I can really tell from a few months go til now that I have to pull it together. I shouldn't let all this go to waste.
revision on Dec 22nd
I really have to work hard to not gain weight. I love to eat all kinds of food & that catches up with me. I work out 4xs a wk. I just need to watch my food intake. I'll have revision on 22nd for a few little areas. Out of all of this my only regret is not doing the back of my legs as well. My side of the family all have the "big legs" I never had small legs always been muscular. I have smaller legs now than I ever had due to the smart lipo.
Next Monday is my scheduled revisions. Kinda nervous. I have to call to see when they want me to come in. They called once saying they are gonna move my time.
few more days....
Only a few more days. This time around I feel completely lost. I have no clue what to expect. I called and talked to a nurse @ the office & told them I have no clue what to expect no one has told me or called me. So she explained everything. Since this will be a revision I'll check in 1 hr early to get a pill to relax me. He will mark areas he needs to do. I'll get numbing shots where he will go in & fix. She said I'll feel some jabs bit it shouldn't hurt. There will be no laser used this time. She said to expect more bruises & little bit more pain this time around. My 1st time I only hurt the night of so I hope with my high pain tolerance that I'll be ok. I'll keep you updated. Besides Pineapples, which I'll have on hand. does anyone else recommend anything over the counter to take the swelling down?
nervous but excited
Revision is tomorrow. Figure I would post the most current pics before tomorrow. I'm nervous but excited. Going to have revision on lower abs, left flank, left inner leg & whatever else he sees.
I checked in @ 1027. Lady @ front said u need to pay remaining balance. I told I have & to recheck. What a way to start. I get called back at 1040. Got gown on & the fashionable underwear. I sat for a little. Told Dr what all the mess of this time experience this was. Dr was upset. I went into or room. They got me ready. They numbed the areas which felt like a bad bee sting. Then it began. I could feel the medicine going into the areas. Some of it was very uncomfortable! They had to let it set 5 min before they could begin. I have a very high tolerance to pain & some of it was aweful. I could feel the pinching & tugging. A few areas where intense pain. He said sorry & added more meds. I'd have to think long & hard if I were to ever do that an again. I'm 30 min post op I'm still little drugged with the pills they gave me. I'll try to up date a post tonight or in am so I can keep u posted.
Thank you for the prayers!
Thank you for the prayers!
Few hours post op revision
Wow! I feel like an area on my leg is on fire that is the best way to describe it. I put an ice pack on it hoping it will help. I took a pain med. I have high tolerance for pain. But yikes. I can tell through the compression garment that I am very swollen. I can see where the puncture holes it is leaking & I'll have to put new gause down. They only gave me meds to help me relax during surgery. I'm still tired from them. OH MAN!
I took a pain pill last night @ 10 to take the edge off. I slept ok. Little tender this am but bearable. My cat decided to jump on my belly this am to wake me up. Bad cat! I 48hours before I can look..
Day 3 post op revision
Little of a sleepless night last night. Little tender & swollen. Even though I didn't sleep well. I feel really good today. I can take garment off tonight to shower. I can't wait to look. It's like an early Christmas gift. I'll take pics.
1 day from being 1 wk post op revision
Left inner leg very tender to touch or stand on. I just hope it is from all of the bruising. I see Dr on Tuesday for my follow up.
1 week post op revision.
Had touch up on left flank, left inner leg, lower abs. I feel great today. Left leg is good today :) thanks for the prayers. Dr changed my appt to today due to a scheduling change. He is happy & said I had swelling. I have to wear compression garment til Jan 29th for my next visit & no working out for 4 wks. He showed my very 1st pics can't believe the change.
2 wks post op revision
Got some lumps on my belly trying to massage them out. I forgot how long b4 lumps go away? I looked on my journal but did not see anything on it. Any advice?
3 weeks post op revision on Monday
I feel great. Can't wait to start working out. Little lumps around belly button but working on them. I have been massaging.
3 wks post op revision
Feeling great loving the look & seeing changes. Still massaging small lumps on my abs. Can't wait til they go away. I worked out for the 1st time today. It felt great. I could tell I haven't been doing it for 3 wks. Lol
few days shy of 1 month post op revision
Just a few days shy of 1 month post op revision. I have a few lumps I'm working on. Love that I did the revision. I'm alot happier this time. I went out and bought a new dress :)
Tomorrow will be a month since my revision
Tomorrow will be a month since revision. Time has gone bye so fast. I still have a few baby lumps. But I have been working on them. I paid for some deep tissue massages which will start in a few wks. I'm excited about the changes. I see Dr next wk for him to look over everything. Had a little problem with the stiches. They are supposed to dissolve On there own but did not. I had an area I had to squeeze & a Stich come out. Gross! But it looks good.
Loved my doctor.
5 out of 5 stars
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