I had stomach (upper and lower), flanks (love handles) and chin laser lipolysis performed. I chose to be put into "twilight" anesthesia instead of being awake for the procedure.
I had been yo-yo dieting and consistently exercising for years and finally reached a point where exercise and diet just weren't working any longer in addition to physical limitations imposed by my arthritic hip. The pictures I've attached are scanned from the prints they gave me.
My stomach prior to the procedure measured 42" and my waist measured 40". When I measured them both again ~1 month after the procedure they both had dropped to 37". At the time of the "after" photos my stomach had dropped an additional 1/2" to 36.5".
During my consultation I inquired about the jowl/chin liposuction because regardless of my weight/fat% I inherited a double chin from my father which had always bothered me, but at that point chose not to spend any more money. However, on the day of the procedure I decided to go for it and have the chin done too. Admittedly I was nervous because of not only spending additional money, but if it didn't turn out well there were very few options to hide it. As the pictures show, that also turned out phenomenal too.
I will continue to update the information with more details about the experience but here's some quick notes for now.
- a lot of drainage and blood but not too much pain; drainage more or less stopped to light bleeding about 24-36 hours after
- My neck felt a little strained and my stomach felt like I had done a ton of sit-ups
- I found that the pain meds but more so Valium helped me relax and sleep through the discomfort of the drainage and mild pain the first few days
- I took off the compression garment to clean up and change bandages about 24 hours afterwards. I made the mistake of reapplying bandages myself and the whole process of cleaning up and reapplying bandages took me ~40 minutes and I swelled up quite a bit making the compression garment quite tight when I first put it back on. Note: get some help when changing your bandages and buy plenty of thin maxi pads and cut them up ahead of time!
- I fortunately had an additional compression garment I had bought off of Sky Mall that came in very handy during the first 72 hours that enabled me to wash my other blood-soaked compression garment. C'mon...either you have one too or have seriously considered it if you're researching this procedure, right?
- I wore Under Armor compression shirts under the compression garment once the bleeding subsided and then eventually bought a Spanx compression tank top and crew neck compression top. I still wear them because I like the feel and fit of them.
I did workout and changed up my diet shortly after the procedure but the weird part was that I didn't change either of them too much. Believe it or not, the "before" pictures was me working out 3-4 times a week with weights and elliptical for 30-45 minutes coupled with dieting a good 4-5 days per week. For whatever reason the procedure seemed to really kick-start my metabolism again (note: Dr. Joffrey had never really heard of someone having this experience) or at least it kick-started me. The ability to obtain results that normally would have taken a good 4 months of hard training and dieting within a few days was very motivating.
I am looking forward to the continued skin tightening and results that are forthcoming!