Hi. I'm 5,2' 140lbs. I have always had a stomach even when I got down to 120 a few years ago. I kept exercising and dieting thinking the more weight I lost, the more my stomach would look better. I was wrong. I just lost my breasts, hips and butt and looked like a bobble head. My ideal weight is about 130ish and I'm working towards that again. I've been thinking about Lipo for years and have finally decided to do something about it.Updated on 15 Dec 2011:I had a consultation on Tuesday Dec 13th. I was told that I was a good candidate for SmartLipo. I was able to schedule the surgery for next Friday the 23rd! That way I only have to take off Friday and I won't have to go back to work until Tuesday because of the Xmas holiday. I'm so nervous. I called yesterday to see if I could cancel it. The receptionist was so patient with me. She suggested I come back in to speak with the Dr and pick up my prescriptions. I decided to tell my mom today and thought she would be completely against it but surprisingly she was ok with it. I'm even driving to NY next week so she can take care of my dog until I feel better. Telling her made me feel better. The two things that concern me is the pain and the results. I'm so worried about the lumps I keep reading about. Ques? When all is said and done, are the lumps better than having a big stomach? Should I buy the Arnica gel and Bromeline that everyone talks about? I'll ask my Dr. tomorrow. Also the compression garment on his website looks like one of those workout wraps. That doesn't look like it will hold me in tight enough. I saw one that looks like it will do the job. It zips in the front but on the side so it won't interfere with my belly button. He plans to make the incisions there, in the middle under my panty line and in the back through my tattoo so I don't have and scars. Should I buy one on my own or just use the one provided? See below for my before pics and a pic of the garment
Updated on 16 Dec 2011:12/16/11: Just got back from my 2nd consult and I feel much better. I wrote out a list of questions and he answered them all. He kept telling me that he feels that I am a good candidate and that I shouldnt worry. He also said that in all his years he only had to stop a procedure once because the patient couldnt take it. He was honest and said that he doesnt know if I will get completely flat but I will be happy. He said that 50% of his patients come back for a touch-up and we can talk about that if the time comes. I could not see myself doing it twice but you never know. Its 500 dollars for the touch-up. He wants his patients as happy as possible. He said that if I follow his after care then I should be ok. He says to wear the compression garment for 3 days straight, no showering or changing of gauze or anything. He suspects I will drain for about 6 hours and he just wants it to go into the garment. Kinda nasty but I'll do what he says. I got my prescriptions for Diazapam (Valium), Cephalexin and Acetaminophen. He says I can take the Valium on my way to the office since someone will be driving me. He also gave me a precription of Diflican since I am prone to yeast infections from antibiotics. I asked about the Arnica and Bromeline and he said he didnt have a strong opionion either way. That if I go out and get it then its ok but not to go out of my way. Thank goodness I got my cycle today so I'll be all set for next Friday. 7 days to go!Updated on 19 Dec 2011:4 more days! I am soooo nervous and excited and SCARED and ARGH!!! LOL I didn't sleep a wink last night. I'm having dreams about the procedure. I need to get it over with. I bought Arnica gel and pills yesterday. I hope they help. When should I start taking the pills? Before or after surgery? I also bought tons of Smartwater, vitamin water and Sobe life water. The ones that are 0 calories. I'm worried I will be immobile for days! That reminds me, let me go fill these precriptions and get some Tylenol. I added better before pictures.
Updated on 19 Dec 2011:FYI Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets have been recalled.
Updated on 22 Dec 2011:Just added my final before pictures. Its much bigger than it looks. Tomorrow is the day!