Before: Healthy weight/shape before (5'8"/140#/size 6) Procedure: Abs/flanks/inner thighs Smartlipo, cost (with discount) $10,500 Complication: Seromas, drained several times Current (8 weeks): Def some change, clothes a *little* bit looser, but scale higher I've read to expect 80-90% results at 8 weeks, others that say not to judge until 6mo. 3 separate surgeries, $10k+ spent. No clothes size change. Could really use some words of hope?
Smartlipo - 8 Weeks Post and Little Change?
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Too Early To Judge
Smartlipo - 8 Weeks Post and Little Change
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Little change 8 weeks after lipo
- expect to see change at three months after uncomplicated liposuction
- complications like seromas increase the time to maximun improvement
- restart your three month clock when the complication no longer need attention
A few issues
Some patients are excellent candidates for liposuction and should expect to see great results. Others simply aren't great candidates. For someone who is not a great candidate, it is important for the surgeon to, first of all, realize this and, secondly, be brutally honest with the patient before the procedure.
I'm not sure why it required three procedures unless your surgeon maxed out on the amount of fat that can be safely removed in a single session or if you are referring to draining the seromas as a separate procedure.
Unfortunately, cosmetic surgery is expensive regardless of the outcome. I make a point of not discussing weight changes other than to say that one should not expect a change unless I can deliver. Setting realistic expectations is an important part of my job. The number one concern after liposuction is the lack of results. Liposuction, when done correctly on the right people, should give consistently good results.
I don't mean to be a pessimist here. In general, the patients who are going to be happy with their results are happy at eight weeks, and it just gets better from there.
You should expect some further improvement with time, but at three months, it's close to "what you see is what you get".
One a last thought. Some of the best outcomes from liposuction come from patients who did some weight loss and picked up their exercise routine after the procedure. I call it, "I do my part and you do your part."
I hope with time you will feel your procedure was helpful.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
It is too early for you to judge your smartlipo session
some patients will show a change in 2 weeks but many can take 2 months just to start to see any change. some may take longer. i tell my patients that you will not reach your maximum improvement for 6 months or longer. it is much too early for you to asses your results.
david berman md
plastic surgeon, northern va
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