Sounded Great. Unattractive Result

Hello, So hear goes. Lost a baby. Ended a...

Hello, So hear goes. Lost a baby. Ended a relationship, nearing the year end and wanted to do something 'smart' for myself. I had clipped out the article entitled 'smart lipo' out of a people magazine about 9 month earlier and saw the procedure listed in the Mercury News under Bid/Buy. I ended up bidding on the procedure and won it.

This was said to be a safe procedure that was minimually inevasive and will provide a powerful result. Well it did but not one that I want to go out and show the world. Heck I can hardly show myself. So much for that new boyfriend i was due to find out on the horizon. Now, I am glued to the internat searching for ways to undo the mess I have gotten myself into. For one, this procedure was said to help with cellulite. Bonus, right? Careful what you wish for. The claims are untrue. The procedure hurt. I left swollen and bruised and oozed through 2 compression garments and saturated 2 sheets of blood, and saline fluids.

The garment was uncomfortable. And honestly. the result is hideous. I am 41. I do not exercise regularly, I eat sensibly. I weighed 121 going and came out weighing the same. 1200 cc were removed. Areas treated; outer thigh, banana roll and knees. Cost 4500.00 savings of 2500.00 due to winning the bid auction. My hips were 37-38 before and thighs 36, legs were about 21 inches at the top.. Now believe it or not. I lost my curves. I am 35 hips, 35 thighs and 19 in the left thigh and 17 in the right thigh. please really consider what you are doing. I have seen 2 plastic surgeons who said too much fat was removed. There is not help in sight for me. Unfortunately, I can't undo this damage. I now have man-made cellulite unattractive legs and not a beautiful contour at all.

Try your absolute best to be happy with you. If not, you may have to live the next years of your life like me. My doctor was reputable, renowned and even a trainer on Smart lipo. That day he said my procedure was going to the Cancer Society as a donation. I have learned that the other 2 doctors that worked with my doctor were not just in fact 'nice' and helping but rather I was a test subject and they were being trained. It exerbates cellulite. It has the ptiential to look unnatural. I am learning that my result in not uncommon.

Sorry for all of the typos. I sent this before...

Sorry for all of the typos. I sent this before proofreading it. Anyway, I hope that the pictures show you a clear result. I am 5 months post op. My tummy was flat prior to the surgery and now weight that would have store in the thigh area has moved to the stomach area. Honestly, the best advice that I give is not whether the procedure works. We know that it does. We've all seen the those pictures. What i believe is worth sharing are the Doctors who performed those and were successful. A large part of my problem was that I sought out someone who would perform the procedure fairly close to my area. This doctor was one of three. I didn't do my homework. Good luck all and I hope you find your true beauty.

Please add back in some of my original photographs as they have been removed after submitting another recent treatment I tried in an effort to correct some of the smart lipo damage.  Anyway, I hope that the pictures can show others what could happen. thanks. It won't left me just submit the photographs as I originally intended.

Looking for relief not regret.  It has been...

Looking for relief not regret.  It has been over a year now and I still look and feel just Ike I did when this all happened.   It is easy to say I wish I could turn back time.  Only it is not working.  I feel completely saddened by this decision to change my appearance.  For each and everyone of you seeking to perform a smart lipo or liposuction procedure please be aware.  It is life-changing.

My doctor's motto was "Change your body, change your life!" Boy was he right.  This changed not only the areas treated but the surrounding areas and the overall contour of my entire body. One would think that you couldn't lose your hips or curves but I did.  One would only think that if you gained weight weight would surface in other areas or in new areas.  Not true.  When an overaggressive surgery takes place almost instantly change takes place.  Not only do I have baggy skin now.  Tons of peaks and valleys all over the front side and back of the legs.  I have a fat abdomen.  I loved my abdomen and I loved the back side of me.  Now that the outer thigh is gone and lipo has given me straight leg without curves and disrupted the tissue. I have cellulite everywhere. I have baggy really old looking skin and I look like a man.

Please hear me.  If you do choose this and it turns out wrong you will never forgive yourself.  EVER.  So many things that I had no idea about.  Once this is done you are left with the result and will have to process all of the issues that follow.  The biggest one?? That you actually sought out to do this and that the whole world will now be able to see what you did. When it is a self-inflicted deformity it is a lot to swallow. It is one thing to be mangled in a car wreck.  You can learn to cope with that.  But the other? Because you didn't like yourself enough and wanted plastic surgery.   Not so easy.  When I say deformed.  I really mean deformed.  Not slightly irregular.  Please take considerable time before doing this to yourself.  I wish that I would have researched more than just a people magazine article before doing this.  I would have a completely different life if I had.  Best of luck to each and every one of you who is happy with the result. Sad and disappointed and regret the result and those of you who should run as fast as you can. LIterally, before choosing this particuliar cosmetic surgery procedure.


Hi Everyone, Okay so I am still trying to...

Hi Everyone,

Okay so I am still trying to correct Liposuction dimpling, loose skin and severe peaks and valleys from my surgery. Really pictures do not show how I am today. But, with that said, I have tried Macrolane for body filler. It corrects the loose skin issue for sure. While i still have the lumpiness it filled out the contour irregularity quite a bit. My doctor is Dr. Juan Carlos Fuentes, he is amazing. Cost varies on amount you need. I would give this procedure a thumbs up. While temporary but way longer results than sculptra (12-15 months supposedly) vs a few months with sculptra it is one that leads on the right track to becoming 'normal' appearance wise again. Please don't overwhelm my doctor as I know a bunch of us out there are forever botched from Smart lipo/liposuction etc. I do not work for Macrolane nor do I promote it. I am an honest girl who trusted my first doctor and cannot accept the condition that I was left in and am constantly in search of any and everything that could offer ANY improvement. Good luck Everyone. Please continue to post things that do and do not work. Together we can get to the other side of this.. oh, and my doctor is in Mexico, Tj but you fly into San Diego and his shuttle takes you to and from his office for procedure. There is a fee for shuttle for consultation though!!
Sincerely, Natalie


Just another article that discusses exactly what happens after having liposuction.

Just another article that states what happens to our bodies.

Taken from an article, Love your Body
Weight gain after liposuction is a common concern. Women who have liposuction to reduce tummy fat do not actually decrease their total body fat, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology by researcher in San Paulo, Brazil.
According to our principle of the “Fat Thermostat”, our total body fat is directly related to hormone levels, dietary choices, and physical activity. Removing fat with liposuction without changing any of the above factors will cause your body to compensate for the fat loss by increasing fat in other areas, as the body attempts to maintain the “status quo” of its total percentage of body fat. We have seen this process take place in the case of women who undergo large volume liposuction in the lower body and then experience weight gain after liposuction. These patients experience a significant increase of fat distribution in the upper body and arms. In some situations, the increase of fat content in the upper body is present even if the patient’s weight is the same as before the procedure: in reality their bodies respond to a decrease in fat content in a particular area due to the liposuction treatment by increasing the fat volume in other parts of the body, again to maintain constant a certain percentage of total body fat . This finding prompted the definition of the Fat Thermostat as a real entity that affects the lives and shapes of many individuals around the world and explains weight gain after liposuction.
Consider the fat tissue in our bodies as the “storage unit” for the rest of the body in terms of useable reserve energy. Since fat is a highly efficient way to store large amount of energy, the fat tissue represents a vital portion of the balance between energy (or food) introduced, and energy (or food) used for work. This storage function is distributed in different parts of the body creating what could be referred to as a series of “food pantries”. When we “buy” (i.e. eat) food, the energy in excess of what is needed for immediate use is stored in these “pantries” according to a genetically determined proportion. Women who tend to store more fat in the lower body will have a more “pear” shape, for instance.
When we reduce the “storage capacity” of a given “pantry” by reducing its size (with liposuction) but continue to “buy” the same amount of food (i.e. to eat the same number of calories) then those calories will be stored in the remaining storage units or pantries that are still available. This process will result in a compensatory increase in the size of the remaining pantries.
The researchers in Brazil determined that women who underwent liposuction experienced an increase in what is called “visceral fat”, the kind of fat tissue stored in the deepest areas around the internal organs. The increase in volume of the visceral fat “pantry” is compensating for the decreased storage ability in the areas that have been treated with liposuction.
Today fat tissue has become more and more important in the study of regenerative medicine, and its role as a hormone producing powerhouse has been proven to affect the balance of health. Where Doctors previously viewed fat as a passive, negative organ, and blamed fat for all sorts of diseases, today science views fat tissue as a vital, fundamental organ essential in the maintenance of health, well-being and youth. The Fat Thermostat principle gives us a new understanding of the balance between excessive fat deposits and body shape for long term body contouring results.
Dr. Keller

Too many things went wrong. 2 other people also chose this doctor and came out with the same results. poor.

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Im completely miserable to what happened to me, I didnt ask for any of the areas that are giving me problems. For some reason I think I was a test subject as well :( When I saw Tara Reid pictures I always thought oh no I would never do those areas. I only read about upper back and arm lipo and I thought I could handle those risks. But never in a million years did I think this "dr" would touch me in places he shouldnt have, in a sense I feel raped, violated, i am so traumatized by this now
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im sorry for your experience i have just had my love handles done and my tummy will be soon to follow. i have learnt that i have to completely change ,my lifestyle and need to work out at least 3 times a week and eat healthy or i will gain weight else where. it is difficult and i am surprised your doctor did not explain this to you. and it should be his responsibility to fix your thighs if you followed the post op instructions correctly.
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Hi Natalie, I am 25 and I did the same thing to my self and it has affected me psychologically to an extent that i cry myself to sleep every night. I can't even look at myself in the mirror anymore. i really don't know what to do
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Hello you - Shoot. I am so sorry to hear this. So hard to know that another person has to feel this way. I know that things seem really down and dark right now. I get it. I really, really do. I believe that in the near future that there will be things to sort of 'undo' this mess. We just have to stay positive and keep moving forward. I see that you are young and in your prime of life. There will be a better future out there for us. It is just going to take some time. ((((( Hugs ))))))) I am here for you. Natalie
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So sorry, wishineverdoneit... I had smart lipo on my stomach and flanks and it has changed me completely. Every bit of confidence I had is gone. My stomach looks awful and when I get undressed, I make a point to not look in the mirror. I've been put on antidepressants and wish everyday that I hadn't done it. Hugs to you too.
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Hi sweet ladies, I had this done last summer, myself- and it is no good. But I will tell you this- I turned around and got a TT withou anymore lipo of any sort, 3 months ago, and I'm fixed-100%. Well, i have a couple of pooches at the end of my little scar that will be taken off shortly, but that's fine. Do not give up hope. Also, there's a good chance that a fully body lift can make the thighs look better after going through this, as well. We are talking- two weeks afterward you feel so much better. You don't have to live with the dents and the loose skin. I know what the "ruined" feeling feels like- you don't have to feel like that. Get a consult on TT or full body lifts- the healing takes just as long, but this time you look beautiful. You are welcome to see my reviews on moth smart lipo and TT. Good luck sisters!
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Thanks so much for the nice response. I see you now and you are right. You are fixed. Beautifully. Thank you. I understand the direction I need to take now to get over this. I just need that so very badly. Thank again!!!!!
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Hi! What is TT? Not familiar with that term.
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Tummy tuck
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You girls are great. This site has true value, I tell people about it all the time. I wouldn't consider doing anything anymore without checking it out here first. Smart Lipo is laser lipo, right? You are accurate that some have had great results, but thanks to your efforts on getting the word out, I would caution anyone that was considering it. I have some gouges and dents from VelaShape. And, several years ago I had it several times and it didn't work at all! I read that the new machine was more powerful, and after my second treatment I happened to look in the mirror as I was stepping into the shower, and said "What the heck?!", I had an actual "stamp" mark on my upper thigh! And this was my "good leg"! Yes, I had mesotherapy many years ago on the bad leg (right was 2 inches bigger than the left), and although it reduced the circumference, it left the out thigh mottled. I told the tech to just work on the right leg, but she said, "oh, no, we like to do it evenly". Uh, huh. So she evened me up, all right, she "branded" the front of my left leg! And it has the strangest "dart like" marks running down the side near the muscle. So, this darn lasers, they do such miraculous things on some people, and others end up with fat loss, dimples, and, I have really crummy texture in the area they screwed up. It's burned. It's thin. It actually wrinkles when I walk! Okay, that's all for today, I depressed myself again. Bye, girls....
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Hi - Yes the site has so much value. For research, truth about outcomes, comfort, and just plain--sadness. Now if only we had a way to reach more people before they end up here - facing what we face.Thanks for posting. We are here for you. Talking and sharing sure does, stir up feelings doesn't it? Good therapy though to share and help let go of some of those darn feelings though. Hang in there. In some demented way we are supposed to be here. I just haven't found out the reason why. Lol. Again, thanks for sharing your story. It is amazing how so many of us are alike. Natalie
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Omg, I just read your entire post. Were like twins but in a bad way. Everything, the pain, the weight redistribution even in areas done, the saggy skin, bumps dents EVERYTHING. I promise we are saving people from our Hell sweets. Its all we can do. You, me, and Dri are identical. And there are so many others. I love when I hear good results happen for others, even envy them but not in an unhealthy way. I literally read your diary of my experience. Noone understands but us. I wish I could give you the biggest hug Nat. Like you said, NO PITY FOR SELF INFLICTED WOUNDS right? I know doll, I hear it all the time. Then the $hit heads that post asking why? Because obviously we were duped into thinking wed stay great or even better. In me and Dri's case, it was to STAY looking great, to keep what we had for as long as possible. The ones who don't get it are the ones who never looked like us to start with. Your post brings tears to my eyes because I remember sitting on my bed contemplatingaburning myself with an iron so at least I had an excuse to look disfigured. That was my lowest! Ill stay with you on this girl. It has taken 2 years of depression and alienation to pull myself together. I won't be out boat hopping or nothing but I've decided to live some life this year. For the most part we still are not as bad as some women are naturally. So I'm gonna strut what I got left, with a little more clothing of course, but its taken a very long time to get to this point. You too are beautiful, and selfless for trying to save others. There's a ton to be said for inner beauty. It'll take awhile but you'll get past it like I eventually did. We have similar mindset.serenity will happen for you too, I promise. Thanks for sharing like I did. We are saving people trust me!
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I am crying so hard right now. You get me. Thanks for your post. You make me feel better. I want serenity and I am so happy that you have found some peace. Thanks my friend. I will keep sharing to help others so that they don't have to go through this. Thanks again.
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I really relate to your words. i am sorry that you had to go through that.
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thanks for finding my post. I hope that the pain, swelling and irregularity has subsided at least a little bit for you. I really do understand what you are feeling and going through.
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oh my gosh! that is horrible!
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I am so sry yours turned out so badly :(
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Thank you. Me too.
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Hi Natalie,
I unfortunately have a bad outcome from my lipo procedure :-(.
Did you ever end up trying thermage? I am curious as to if it worked for you....
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Hi Houston,
I have tried Thermage. It did not work for me. the best thing that has worked is Macrolane. A large volume filler to replace what was lost. I am so very sorry for you. Are you thinking of trying Thermage? It seems like it does help some of the folks that have been posting on this site.
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Thank you. I appreciate your words and I definitely am working out but I guess not doing the correct things. I am happy for your outcome and I agree about having to endure more money and costs to achieve a better look. I really do wish that I had sought out a personal trainer rather than ever attempting to tighten some jiggly thighs.
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Girl, you can start anytime! Just as soon as you start, your body will start responding trust me :D
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im 48 with a bad bike riding going to make it worse..?I have huge thighs deformed with unattractive pckets of fat behind my knees.what's best for that?
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Hey there!

Hey, I have two bad knees from patellar tracking disorder and it's actually one of the only things I can do vigorously without any pain. You may want to give it a try on a very low resistance and go from there, since cycling leans out your lower body. Another thing that will target your "fat pockets" are Pilates and any sort of aerobics kinckboxing class.Try wearing your knee brace and going easy for the first time. Hope this helps ♥

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As I read this I kept thinking to myself how much you could have improved the tightness of your skin and built back up your body shape that you had before if you had invested the time to workout. Not to be harsh but when I found myself in your shoes, lost curves, dimpling, saggy skin, I paid 3 $ for and old book on female body "Shape Training" on Amazon, got a gym membership, a personal trainer, and reshaped my body with much greater and lasting results. I only spent a 10th of what you did, but with better effect. What im saying is, please adapt your thinking to take care of your body and not go for the quick fix, as you so painfully learned. We look at celebrities, and think they get results solely by their plastic surgeon. We forget that these people are training with personal trainers upwards of 5x a week. Please consider adding the appropriate workouts to get your curves back, rather pumping your tissues with synthetic fluids. Your body is not a car, but a temple. Im not a trainer, im not selling anything. If you would like to get ideas on specific workouts for your body I would be thrilled to help. Good luck :D
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