I had my pre-op at 4pm on 4/30/2012 and I was kind of discouraged overall but I am still somewhat hopeful. I am 43, 130 lbs, I run, bike, and lift weights at home and at 24 hr. fitness 1-2 hrs a day 6-7 days a week. I wear a heart rate monitor always when I work out, I count what I burn then calculate what I can eat, I eat no meat, avoid cheese and bread, and watch the quality and quantity of my food intake. My Body fat % is 25, the highest it has ever been as an adult and I have determined that a combination of 1. age and hormonal changes 2. being in school and sitting on my behind many hours a day and 3. eating/ drinking a few hundred calories more than I burn have contributed to my growing midsection. I could add additional structure to my life and eliminate all joy I receive from beer and wine "in moderation" but decided for a graduation/ birthday present instead.
I have always had a tummy pooch it is just larger now than I prefer. I also have large for my size legs, muscular with some side bags I have also always detested. The doc came in and after the requisite questions I pointed out the belly fat I wanted to have removed, which was clear to him, but I described the fact that I would like to sit and not have a belly roll over the top of my jeans. He said even models have some rolls and that the sagging of the flesh likely could not be corrected. I said I would like to see my belly button. He qualified his response with the fact the skin was already hanging over so he could not guarantee that I would see my belly button. He agreed that he could make it flatter. He then looked at my thighs and asked what I was expecting to be done on my inner thighs. OMG. It was sort of embarrassing to have to show a doctor what I wanted corrected. I mentioned bike shorts and the sausage legs that form when I wear them. I got the distinct impression that he didn't feel there was much to do so I felt like I was having to justify myself. Take a look at the pics, I am not emaciated in the least but actually a good candidate for this type of procedure. This was an unexpected awkwardness for me. I asked about my outer thigh and he said sure, there is some fat there and he can shave that off some but generally said I had muscular legs. I asked about knee and he said there wasn't much there. Saves me a grand which is nice but I said I was interested in having it done if blending with the inner thigh was necessary. He didn't say anything else. I told him I was feeling discouraged in kind of a light hearted but defeated tone, like he could not remedy my complaints. He said he could but that there wasn't much there so it was an easy case for him. That seemed a mix of odd and hopeful. I mean, I can grab handfuls of flesh with fat on my belly, I am surprised that it is not enough to feel confident to suck out. (And yes, I am in the medical field and understand the need for subcutaneous fat) But, that he is doing it means there must be enough for him to feel that I will see results because If I don't see results then he doesn't have a satisfied customer.
He didn't encourage the knee so he didn't up-sell me there. I asked about the waist and what determines waist because I wanted to confirm what the consultant said about doing my waist not my hips because of blending. Based on the diagrams the waist includes the lower back and I pointed out the little fat roll I have in back (flanks) that blends with the upper hip. He said that it was a fine line between hips and waist and he grabbed a piece he said was my problem area (yay, he actually recognized something) and said that it was so small he would do it with my waist. So, It was all kind of light hearted, our interactions, but I feel a little discouraged as though what I am having done is not enough to warrant the cost. But then I am getting the flanks done and no knee so hopefully I will at least be trimmer in he mid section with my skinny jeans.
Stats: Age: 43 Weight: 130 Height: 5' 5.3/4" Waist 1" above naval: 28.5" Waist at naval: 29" Waist 1" below naval: 33" R. Thigh: 21" L. Thigh: 21"