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Definitely Not a Lunchtime Procedure! - London
- updated 3 years ago
- Not Worth It
- Cost: $12,000
- Dr. Ayoubi, Hurlingham Clinic (London, GB)
I have been reading the comments on this website...
- 14 Jun 2008
I have been reading the comments on this website and thought I should post my review. The more info out there the better to prepare people.
I live in Switzerland but they don't do SmartLipo here yet, so I went to London, England in order to have it done. It is a bit more expensive there but my PS was very experienced, he has performed SmartLipo on over 600 patients in the past 2 years. Cosmetic Surgery and lasers have always been his specialty, so SmartLipo for him was a natural thing to specialize in. I felt that I was in good hands just a bit unprepared for the fact that it is a serious surgery and not quite as easy to have done as people would have you think.
I originally read about my Doctor and the SmartLipo procedure in a magazine article (it was a quality publication) and I have to say, the description was fairly accurate. The only thing I wasn't prepared for was the pain during the procedure. I really thought it would be painless. I have been told I have a high pain threshold but maybe it has changed over the years.
I was given a valium and 2 Paracetemol (which is the UK equivalent of Tylenol) before the procedure. I nearly passed out when the local anesthesia was put in. I sort of got used to it, but it was not pleasant at all. Kind of a lot of tugging which I found psychologically a bit difficult to handle. It was especially sensitive in the lower abdominal area. I had four areas done: lower abs, upper abs, back of the hips/waist, and sides of back below the bra strap. I had no pain for the hip area but had a tough time with the abs and sides.
Once the local was done, I felt no pain for the actual laser part of the procedure, that part was a total breeze! But then I had suction which I found difficult and painful as well. I had four areas done in about 2.5 hours.
Despite the discomfort of the procedure I was really glad not to have had a general anesthetic, I hate trying to come out of those. I was glad to be able to walk out of the clinic feeling alert and glad it was over, but I was totally exhausted.
I had the procedure on June 10th and I flew back to Switzerland on the 13th. I am feeling OK now but I'm still pretty swollen and I have a fair bit of bruising on my hips. How come some people have bruising and some don't? I'm wondering if I'm being too active too soon. And how long before the swelling is really gone?
I also hate the compression bandage. The doctor said I only have to wear it for 7 to 10 days but most people on this site say 2 weeks. Does it really help to wear it longer? My belly button is pretty sore and my skin is itchy which is hard to ignore. I think the itchyness is from the bandage.
I think the results will be good in the end but its hard to tell at the moment. After reading some of the bad results people have mentioned on this site, I'm more than a little nervous! But I'd like to thank everyone for posting their experiences. It's really helpful and supportive.
It has been 9 days since I has the procedure and...
- 19 Jun 2008
Updated Nov 5, 2009
I wrote a review on this website when I first had the procedure done a year and a half ago. It was titled "Not a lunchtime procedure!". I was undecided at the time about weather or not it was worth it and thought I would wait and see. Now I can safely say, I am not happy with the end result.
I had the procedure done in the UK and it was very expensive, I paid 6,000 GBP and at the time a British pound was worth about 2 US dollars. I am left the same size as I was before, but I have lumps and bumps and cellulite galore. I will never be able to wear a two piece swimsuit and my stomach flab is more loose and jiggly than it was before the smartlipo.
I am now thinking of having traditional lipo with an American plastic surgeon, as soon as I find one that I trust, in an attempt to remove my love handles or "muffin top" and back fat once and for all. I figure that at least with traditional lipo, they'll remove enough fat that I will see some reduction in size. Maybe they can also improve the cellulite issue, I don't know. I haven't been for a consult in the US yet but I will do so soon.
As I mentioned in my previous review, I'm not comfortable with general anesthesia, which is one of the reasons I chose smartlipo (because it can be done quickly with just local freezing). But now I feel I need to do something much more invasive to fix the problems I have been left with, which is so disappointing.
Any advice on traditional lipo, done by top notch plastic surgeons in LA or surrounding areas, would be much appreciated.
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I don't think he removed enough fat and I have lumps and way more cellulite now.