I did smart lipo my stomach last friday, but I still have a gut? (Photos)
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This is very normal
two facts to help you.
1) it can take up to 2 months to see the difference and you will continue to improve for 6 months!!!! you need to be much more patient. most of your improvement will come after 2 months, so it is way too early to stress out.
2) For men especially - we tend to hold a lot of our fat behind the muscle wall and this is not treatable by any kind of liposuction or a tummy tuck - only diet and exercise
Although it's tough, try not to judge any liposuction or Smartlipo procedure for at least 3 months. You are very swollen right now. Yes, you may have some intra-abdominal fat that will remain and give you some roundness to your lower abdomen, but what was removed from under your skin and above the abdominal wall layer will make a big difference. 600-700cc in someone active like you is a lot. Hang in there.
Thanks for your question. A week is entirely too soon to see your best results; optimal results may take 6-9 months after SmartLipo. You should allow the swelling to go down (could last a couple of months) before beginning to see results. Should you not be satisfied with your final results, you should seek a second opinion. Hope this helps. Best, Dr. Katz
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Thank you for your question.
It is important to be patient and discuss your concerns with your surgeon because they are most familiar with you anatomy and procedure. Swelling occurs in all patients after smartlipo and can take up to 3-4 months to resolve. Not every patient heals at the same rate, some heal quicker and some heal slower than others but it is important to remember that you will probably look bigger before you look smaller and that is simply due to swelling. Be sure to wear your compression garment for the period your surgeon recommends and follow a high protein, low sodium diet. Best of luck in your recovery.
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5 Days after SmartLipo of Abdomen
Five days after laser-assisted liposuction of the abdomen is much too early to make any judgments on the aesthetic outcome. You are most swollen the first week after the operation but it begins to subside over the next several weeks. You will see an improvement in about one or two months but the entire process takes up to four months to fully resolve. The good news is that the fat that is removed is gone forever and the swelling that is temporarily obscuring it will go away eventually. However, if you have significant fat internally (intra-abdominal fat) that is not addressed with this procedure. Take the opportunity to lose weight safely during your recovery period so that your cosmetic results will be that much better. In my practice, patients are encouraged to visit with a weight loss specialty physician who can assist with obtaining the best results possible.
Smart Lipo results
Yor are worrying about your result way too soon. Reactive swelling occurs during the first 2 weeks, and then things start to improve. However, Smart Lipo on an abdomen may take up to 6 months to reach it's final result. Make sure you are wearing your compression garment as instructed, as well as your activity level. Visceral (internal) fat may also play a roll, which responds to low-carb diet.
Too early! You are swollen and it will take several weeks before you can judge your Smartlipo results. Wear your compression, massage and hang in there.
Thank you for posting your question. Even though it usually takes a few months before body readjusts after a procedure and settle with its final shape, I agree with the other physicians that what you have now is mostly visceral fat. As the others had said, lipo cannot take out visceral fat and the only way to get rid of it is through exercise and diet. Best of luck.
VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring -- MALE Liposuction
I wish your physician would have talked to you about proportion, as your sides and chest have a lot of fat now compared to your stomach. stomach results will not be seen for months, although you have visceral fat (internal fat) that makes your stomach stick out more than normal and that will not be improved with lipo. If you wanted a contouring result or more definition/six pack you may need a VASER HI DEF 4D approach. Best, Dr. Emer.
You have visceral (internal) fat causing a beer belly appearance
Visceral fat is fat around your internal organs which pushes the abdominal wall and muscles outward. This can be reduced by diet and exercise only. Lipo only removes fat on the surface. This internal fat cannot be removed with liposuction.