Loved the Results - Recovery a Bit More Severe Than Advertised - Beware!

First let me start by stating that I totally think...

First let me start by stating that I totally think the money and the results were worth having the smart lipo done. A few years ago I had regular liposuction done on my love handles, it was expensive $4500 for the small area, the recovery was awful, and it took about a year till the results were final and the lumps went away...then I had smart lipo with the vaser on my whole back and waste for $4000 four months ago and I am totally healed and the results are better than I could have imagined, the procedure itself was rather comfortable and I even fell asleep at times BUT let's be realistic, the recovery was not as easy as advertised, I needed a whole week off from work and was sore for about 4 months, and I had a very uncomfortale unnatural tight feeling through my back, which in the end proved to be a good thing as I have no saggy skin, but to say that one can have smart lipo one day and hit the beach the next is just downright not true. For the first two weeks the pain was severe and if one has a physically demanding job it would be wise to take 1 to 2 weeks off from work unless only a small area is being treated such as the underside of the chin or an otherwise small area. 4 months after I had my back and waste done -which the results are fantastic- I decided to have the front of my belly done without the vaser -because the scars look like cigarette burns and are not stitched- the brusing is very dark but the puncture wouunds will be almost undetectable without the added use of the vaser, (both procedures were done with suction, DO NOT HAVE SMART LIPO WITHOUT THE SUCTION!!!! I am only at day 3 of recovery and I cannot stand up straight as the pain is so severe - but will be worth it- I am already smaller despite the swelling and it appears there will be no lumps as are common with regular lipo. I feel it necessary to post this because smart lipo -assuming you find a good doctor- is worth it but it is advertised as being relatively pain free, this is true only of the procedure itself because you are given numbing medications, although not put to sleep so this is not for the faint hearted because it is difficult to see a long metal tube going in and out of your body, the procedure was quick -about 2 hours- , but again as when I had my back and waste done I am in a lot of pain and cannot stand up right, you must wear the garment for about a month, and you do need at least one week off from work if not two when having a large area treated. There is no way around that. So all in all the cost was worth it and the results are wonderful but advertisements need to be more honest about the down time and level of pain to expect during recovery because realistically even if these things were to be advertised people would still have the procedure done...there is nothing worse than to expect to go home and continue life as normal with only 1 to 2 days off from work, it is just not realistic. Please consider this when deciding to have the procedure done.

Also important: I was not told that I would have...

Also important: I was not told that I would have trouble standing upright due to the severe tightness caused by the smart lipo - although it does subside- it felt like my skin was ripping when I tried to stand upright for the first couple of days, then for the next 4 months I had good days and bad days, sometimes the tightness feeling would return then just fade away, it is a rather awful feeling, scary and discouraging but levels out and the skin is left in better condition compared to regular lipo. Also, there is an erie numbness feeling that kicks in a few days after the procedure, although you can still feel severe pain if touched or bumped in the treated area, the numbness seems to be isolated to the skin only but everything underneath feels like it is being ravished by rabid squirrels! OUCH!

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