33 Yo, Tall, Thick Limbs and Excess Arm Fat Tampa, FL

Today I had a consult with Dr. Su. But, from the...

Today I had a consult with Dr. Su. But, from the first phone call (I spoke with the Treatment Coordinator Raini), I had a pleasant experience. I went to the office today and the inside is GORGEOUS and home-y; I literally felt right at home with comfortable and stylish furnishings and amenities like coffee (multi-flavored) and a refrigerator full of waters, there was familiar cable programing on the TV and leather sofas. It all felt very upscale. The receptionist was very warm and sweet; she brought the paperwork out to me rather than just calling my name to come up to the desk. The bathroom was upscale, the entire office was. Then I met the treatment coordinator Raini. She is gorgeous and down to earth and sweet. She showed me applicable "before and afters" photos of people just like me who had the same procedures as what I'm consulting for. It was really reassuring to me that I had an idea of what my outcome would like. I saw people who were worse off than me before the lipo and then their outcome looked better than what I had thought mine would like. Then the Dr. came in. He was sooo down to earth! So docile and kind! He was really humble and yet confident. I felt really connected with him because I think he was reading my mind with regards to noticing every little thing that I hated about my body but had not mentioned to him. He pulled back on my arm fat, waist fat and leg fat the same way that I do in the privacy of my own home when I look in the mirror. He grabbed all of the same areas that I do when I'm in front of my own mirror; and he said, "this is what you'll look like after I've done your procedure". I almost cried! I was like a milla-second from dropping a tear out of my eyes when I "pulled it together" and realized that "he is the one" for me. I felt such a connection with him and his whole staff (and the environment of his office). I could not help but to "sing his praises" by directly complimenting him on his work (which I have seen a lot of, especially with regards to arms sculpting) and he was so humble and grateful! As soon as I got in my car, I was GUSHING to my husband about the experience! Mind you, my husband is a doctor (in another field, orthodontics, we work in Lakleand, FL), but we are business owners of a private practice and I run the customer service, new patient consults and some of the clinical aspects of our office; and I am THOROUGHLY impresses (with very high expectations) with Dr. Su, his staff and the way he conducts himself and his business! For all of you who are concerned about the price, the above quoted fee included my arms (all of the way around, including shoulders), my waist and love handles (but not the front abs as I don't need it there nor want it), the inner knee and actually the "other side of knee" (outer knee or lateral knee) on both legs where I have an unusual amount of EXCESS fat. The fee includes several follow up visits and garments; the only thing not included is prescription meds.

5 days post op

Well today I have reached 5 days post op. I'm starting to feel more limber today. For the past 5 days my arms have been stiff feeling. Moving and bending them was uncomfortable. I've been faithfully taking the prescribed pain meds as directed (every 4 hours). I believe that I may not have been the average liposuction candidate or patient because I have a poor response to pain (medically known as veso-vego (spelling?)) it means that if I feel pain, my blood pressure goes really low and I feel faint. The thing is that THE PROCEDURE DID NOT HURT! It felt like having a deep tissue massage. It felt like pressure but not pain. But The doctor asked me to flex my muscles during the procedure. Since my arms were numb, I could not tell how hard I was flexing them. In fact, I could hardly tell that I was flexing them at all so I flexed every muscle in my body for the entire length of time I was on surgery. By the end, I was so exhausted from flexing that I think I caused my own veso-vego (spelling?) response! I'm an over achiever and tend to "over-do" things a lot. In fact, I'm on a low carb diet and I probably eat only 20 grams of "net carbs" a day and no sugar, wheat or starch. So you can see that I can be extreme. So in retro spect of the day of surgery, when my blood pressure was low and I was feeling faint, perhaps it was due to my "flexing every muscle in the body" for hours which burns a lot of calories and then add extreme diet to the picture and you can see that I was possibly acting like a bad patient. But let me talk more about the procedure and then I'll tell you how great everyone responded to my recovery. When I went to the office the morning of my procedure, I was weighed, BP was taken, pre-op photos were taken, Dr. Su drew on my with marker, showed me where he would be contouring my arms, the nurse washed me down over my surgical clothes to disinfect me and then layers me down on a heated surgical bed. Lynn the nurse them covered my feet to keep me warm and cozy. Then Dr. Su spoke with me to comfort me and proceeded to give me small injections of lidocaine (no different than getting prepped for a dental filling) and I did not feel him place tiny little incisions for where he would place the cannula in for the liposuction. The next step was when he placed the cannula in and placed additional lidocaine inside the fat tissue (tumescent fluid). I requested that I would have a thin towel places over my eyes so I couldn't see my procedure which really gave me comfort and dimmed the brightness and allowed me to just consentrated on "flexing" and not on what I was seeing. I recommend this for anyone who might have the procedure done. Anyways, I was chit-chatting away with the doctor and the nurse the whole time. I never took the Valium that was prescribed because it is only for anxiety and I did not have an anxious feeling. The nurses changed and my second was Shawna. She was a doll because during the procedure, I felt her touching me to give me comfort and support (on my legs). I can't say enough about how that small gesture was so paramount in my over all positive experience. Half way through the procedure I was given Vicodin. It was necessary because the first arm was all done and it was starting to feel stiff and tingling as the lidocaine was wearing off. Then the second arm was finished rather quickly and the pain med was kicking in, I felt loopy. The nurse have me a sugary beverage to keep me feeling good. The doctor stood me up to look in the mirror at the work he had done since inflamation had not yet set in! I told him that my arms looked "sick!" Because I could see all of my muscles (which I work really hard for but couldn't previously see due to thick layer if fat) and he asked me if I wanted anything else contoured and where I'd like to see things"taken-in" further. Then he showed me my results again after the second arm. I was ecstatic! Then we finished up and got into the Rm compression garments and wrapped in absorbent pads for the fluids to run out. Shawna the nurse stayed with me for a really long time to make sure that I was feeling well and could walk myself out to go home. She was so great to me as we waited for the Vicodin to wear off and my blood pressure to normalize and she even shared her lunch with me and continues to keep my sugar up and keep me hydrated until I left. I really love Shawna!! So then I left and got more pain meds at the pharmacy and are a large strawberry fields sld from Wendy's and went to bed. No will add photos when I can get them from Dr. Su at my next follow up visit.

Today I'm feeling much better

This is the continuation of my 5 day post op update. So I've spent 23 hours if every day in my compression garments and I have a love/hate relationship with them. When they're on, they itch and rub my armpits raw in certain spots. They also prevent total arm bending ability. But when they're off, I feel throbbing. According to my doctor and nurses, the height of my swelling will be at two weeks post op so I might be getting more and more swollen with every day but I think that some days I'm less swollen than other days. I've been keeping my sodium intake on the low side. I've even lost weight since before surgery. On day two post op, I stayed on pain meds and stayed in bed all day. On day three post op, I felt like getting up and walking around more in the house and stayed on the pain meds but I cooked and fixed up the messy spots in my room and was able to use my arms more. On day four post op I didn't need as much pain meds and I was being pretty active around the house. Today is day five and I haven't taken any pain meds. The only thing that ever hurts is putting back on the garments after waging and drying them (dry on low setting). I have to return to work in two days and I'm nervous that I'll be really stiff and uncomfortable but I will give an update then too. I have a follow up with Dr. Su in one week.

My doctor has been checking up on me a lot.

I have my doctors cell phone number and I've been texting him my progress photos and questions and he has been really great about texting back and calling back. He is very patient and kind and comforting. I've been asking questions about my garment, my medicine, etc. it seems that my questions always come after normal office hours but the doctor never seems to mind my texts. I just really want to emphasize to the readers of my blog that at only 6 days past my surgery, I already have skinnier arms than when I went in for surgery even with my current swelling. I also weigh about one pound less. I chose Dr. Su to do my arms because this truly is his specialty! I really wanted the very best surgeon/outcome for my arms, I went where I saw that the clinical photos online showed the best work I could find anywhere! I decided before even meeting the doctor that I wanted my arms to look like the arms of HIS past patients who had lipo. If I had gone in for the consult and he had been prideful and pompous or snobby and short with me; I still would have chosen him to do my work! But he is completely sweet and concerned and personable! He really spends a lot of time with you and I just cannot say enough good things about him as a doctor; you just can't ask for more. Please be patient for my photos, I will ask for my "before" photos to post and I will post some of my own progress photos at the same time.
Dr. Thomas Su

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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CONGRATS!!! You arms look great,wish mine were that thin on my SWOLLEN day! Do you have any before pics? Thanks
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Your arms look amazing!! You mention that the did your shoulders, did they also do your axillary fat pads (the fat pads next to your armpits on your chest and back )?
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No auxiliary fat was removed. Fat was removed from the rear shoulder, upper and lower tricep and bicep down to the elbow and forearm as well as around the forearm area. It was circumferential from the very top of the shoulder to the center of the the lower arm.
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Thanks for the info, they really look great. I never talk to my dr specifically about my arms because it was an after thought that I added afterwards. I didn't think of the forearm but now that I'm looking at mine, I can see the upper section of the forearm does have some fat pads. I'm really not sure if my additional cost for the arms applies to just the upper arms or whatever it takes to achieve the overall best result for the arms as a whole. He seems pretty relaxed about those kind of things so we'll see. I'll bring it up at the surgery.. Lol.. I'm sure they love that!! Thanks for the infor, it is helpful. Your's really do look great!! Congrats
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Oh, thank you. You're so very sweet!! Good luck to you and best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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Good luck
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Very exciting- please keep us posted on everything!  Are you going to post some pre-op pics?

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Amanda I excited for you. We can go through it together! I'm scheduled for August 21 and targeting similar areas--ankles, calves, knees, thighs, and saddlebags for me. I'm older 56, but really hope to see a big change in my shape and proportions.
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I hope that your surgery went well!! Recovery is difficult, take it easy and keep ahead of the pain by taking your meds every 2-4 hours.
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