After years of working out i still had the spare tire and man boobs. Finally i got tired of it and decided to do something about it. I saw a Groupon for 1199.00 and decided to "go for it". I did my research on the this site as well as you tube to educate myself somewhat and decided this was the safest route. The one thing i couldnt find is a story/review that mirrored my own. So get ready for a long read as i want to be detailed for that next guy. Seems most of the info is geared toward women and yes you can get some info but there was always something missing. If when reading this you have additional questions that I dont answer please email me and i'll do my best to answer them for you. So lets get going.
About me: Male, single, 5ft 6", 185lb, some muscle tone and i carry all my fat in the middle (spare tire) and in my upper chest (man boobs). ive always been able to lift weights and grow bigger but never get any definition/cuts except for my arms, legs, and traps. everything else always covered in fat and wouldnt show thru. I will upload before photos shortly as well as after ones.
So for my first visit experience: I met with the doctor. Very nice guy and talked to me like a normal person. Not down to me. He asked about me and my job, workout program, what i want to accomplish, etc...general info get to know you stuff. then he explained the procedure in detail and the differences between some of the other procedures. he did such a good job explaining i didnt really have any other questions to ask. he said i picked the right one and then we went to another room where he removed my shirt and checked me out. He did some pinching and feeling and concluded that i should get really good results. Then we went back to another room where he gave me his opinion on what he thought i needed. the groupon on covered one area but he gave me the same pricing for the other areas. i figured i might as well have it all done: upper abs, lower abs, love handles (sides and back), and the man boobs. so the next stage was setting up the pre op visit. at this point the required another 1K to hold the appointment.
I was luckly to get one just a couple weeks later. Anne the surgical nurse did this and she was great. Very nice and every other word was sweety, darling, honey, baby...i loved it. here we went over all the details of what would happen. and then she gave me the drug listings i would need. Arnica (reduce swelling...it goes under your tongue and doesnt taste bad at all) its OTC and they had it in the office too for 10 buck. Just as easy to get it there. Arnica gel which seems to work pretty well in reducing swelling and pain. you can get it from the vitamin store for 8 bucks. also pick up some bromilan (reduces swelling/bruising and you can substitute drinking a lot of pineapple juice which does the same thing), and vitamin C. Then a antibotic, some hydrocodine, anti nausea, ambian, and a Valium. Get them all. you will need them. you'll also get fitted for the compression garment that you have to wear afterward. ITS a BITCH to get on LOL. Its very tight so hook the hooks first and then zip it up. you should be able to breath but it will be difficult. i worked up a sweat getting it on LOL. but keep in mind that you will be smaller after the procedure so it wont be as tight.
So the big day came. I had only had a cup of coffee, 1/2 bottle of water, and a fiber one bar and my appt was at 2 pm. I was very nervous and watched some videos on youtube that scared me even more. people saying how much it hurt and all the pain they had with this. this doc did say he could bring in a anesthesiologist and put me out if i wanted him too. but all i saw there was more $$$ going out of my pocket. and he assured me it wouldnt hurt. i took my valium about 1.5 hrs before my appointment and it didnt really kick in so they gave me another when i got there. they provided me a pair of paper boxers that i just put on over my regular briefs. then they gave me a paper gown to wear and socks to keep my feet warm. after 20 min or so of waiting on a table with the lights out this one worked. the doc came back in and drew on his outline. he outlined a six pack, drew a big circle around each breast and marked the part under my arm where they extended. Then he got to the love handles all the way around my side and back. He proceeded to work up a little of my back which would in theory give me the V shape. I was impressed that he even went below my belly button to take care of the over hang.
Then its off to the operating room. by this time the valium has kicked in. Let the help you cause you'll feel drunk. Then they start to cover you up and clean you up with beta-dine (antiseptic) and here comes the needles. really they didnt hurt much. the dentist hurts more than this did. overall he made 9 incisions to complete the procedure on me. so the shots/liticane are given and then its time for them to fill the fat cavity with the saline/liticaine solution. at first it doesnt hurt at all. you just feel pressure as he pushes the tube thru all the fat tissue. think of taking a knife and stabing a roast. that is what the resistance feels like but you really dont feel anything but pressure. HOWEVER there is some occasional pain. they do the close up stuff first and then start to push the cannula deeper. every now an then they will hit a spot the lidicaine didnt reach yet. just say ouch and let them know and they will slow down and let the fluid penetrate further and it wont hurt as much. its just a quick stabbing pain and doesnt last. So now they have you full of the lidicaine solution its time to zap that fat. this is pretty painless and it makes a odd sound like bubbles in a aquarium. At this point it is painless but every now and then you will feel a burning heat sensation. Again just tell them its getting a little hot at that spot and they will back off and let it cool down. The whole procedure took about 2.5 hrs with about 1 hr of that letting the valium kick in and the clean up at the end.
I had a ride so they got me to the car and I got home to eat something. I was spent and ate a couple bites and drank a little and went right to bed. 3 hrs later i woke up and here i am writing this review. Oh and there will be more to come tomorrow after i take my first shower and get a look at myself before the compression garment goes back on. I'll get pics too and post the before, 24 hrs later, and so on as i do them. For anyone thinking about going back to work after, i wouldnt. You can and would probably be ok but take the day. the next day you should be able to go to work if you have too. I took the day off (friday) so not back to work until monday and all should be good.
lastly excuse my spelling. more to come for day two tomorrow.