June 2, 2011
I had smartlipo done yesterday on my outter thighs(also known as saddle bags). I am 5'1 and weight 106 lbs. I have been the same weight for over 10 years, except when I was pregnant. After both pregnancies, I hired a personal training and returned to my previous weight within 3-4 months. No matter how much I worked out, I could not lose these saddle bags (even with an awesome personal trainer). I wanted lipo surgury since I was a teenager.
So, I finally (at 38 years old)sharted researching my options and found smartlipo. I went for 4 consults in North New Jersey and finally settled on one in Paramus. I felt he was the most honest, he did not suggest any extra areas to be done. In fact, I wanted my butt and inner thighs done too but he absolutely refused. There were also NO extra expenses on endermology, blood work, expensive compression garments etc. I made sure he was a board certified plastic surgeon. My doctor and his staff were very patient and answered all of my questions. I had 2 consults with him and I made several phone calls to the office staff. The problem was that I was reading too many of these internet reviews and they were making me actually craxy. They didn't help my decision, they just made me more and more crazy and nervous (so stop reading).
Day of surgury: I was so nervous that I could not even eat and I am not usually an anxious person. My appointment was a 1pm. I had my bestfriend take me. They gave me 2mg of Ativan. I felt like I had too many cocktails but completely alert. It help with the nerves too.
The procedure was so uneventful. It took 40 minutes and I had absolutely NO PAIN. First they numbed with lidocaine, just a few pricks, which didn't hurt. Then they did the lazer treatment and I felt nothing. Lately, they suctioned the fat out and that felt like a scraping, no pain.
Afterwards, the nurses wrapped me up with foam tape and applied pads for drainage. So far, I haven't much drainage. It's was like a light to medium period. No gushing like other reviews I read. So, then I got up, got dress, and walk right down to my friends car without any difficulty. I felt so good afterwards. I came home and started cleaning up and even watered my garden. The pain started to kick in at 8pm (5hrs after the procedure). I took two percocets and immediately got dizzy and vomitted. I would skip the pain meds, stick to tylenol. My doctor said absolutely no Motrin.
I went to bed at 8pm and sleep confortable until 4 am. I woke up in some pain and took tylenol. It's now 5 am and I am afraid to get out of bed due to the pain. Right now I have 0 pain if I don't move. When I turn, the pain is like a 4 on a scale from 0-10. My doctor did call me personally last night to check on me and told me to return in 6 weeks for a follow up appointment or sooner if I have any problems. I will keep you posted on the rest of my recovery and the actually results...I hope they are good.