25 Yo Female. 1 Child. Did Cellulaze and SmartLipo on Abdomen All the Way Around. Atlanta, GA

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I'm 25, 5'7 and weigh 151. I work out at least 3...

I'm 25, 5'7 and weigh 151. I work out at least 3 times a week and really watch what I eat. I have been happy with my improvements in my arms and legs from the gym but my stomach was really making me discouraged. I called almost every surgeon in my area and was NOT impressed. Monday 6/16/14 I called Dr. Larsen at buckhead plastic surgery in Atlanta. They were so amazing and helpful. I did a skype consult Wednesday morning and scheduled my surgery. Luckily they had a patient reschedule and I took that surgery time for that Friday! I can not even put into words how much I loved his staff. When I arrived they made me feel comfortable right away! Once surgery started I took a few pills, got a shot of local anesthetic and then he made the holes and began injecting me with the strong stuff from the probe. We did cellulaze on my stomach as a replacement for the smartlipo laser (can't do both) because the cellulaze gives you more tightening as it helps re build collagen. After we were done with that we did the lipo to suction it all out. I was some what in and out of it but I remember dr Larsen and his staff really taking the time to make sure I was even on both sides, they were comparing canisters of fat and making sure they were equal. From the front they took 2200 then I rolled over for the back and it was the same procedure but without the cellulaze. 1600 was taken from my back. I'm posting before photos but will not post after for a few days. I'm suppose to wear a compression garment for 72 hours non stop before I can even shower. So I will follow his directions to a T and will update in a few days.

72 hours out finally got to shower and peek.

I have followed Dr. Larsens rules to a T and haven't taken my compression garment off until tonight.. Let me just say I cried in the shower I was so happy with what I saw. I know I am still swollen and have a long road of healing, but even where I'm at now I see such a difference. Today was a good day! Haven't needed any pain meds and I am getting around a lot better. I have my post op appointment on Wednesday and can't wait to hear further instructions and get a new compression garment. I'm so glad I did my research and traveled to ATL to have this done! I still can't say enough about Dr. Larsen and his staff. I really felt at home with them and they treated me like family. Held my hand when I was uncomfortable, talked me through the entire thing. Looking forward to keeping y'all updated on this journey!

1 week post op.

Today marks 1 week since surgery. Feeling more swollen the last few days but I know it's part of the healing process. Had a check up apt Wednesday and they gave me a new garment, that's more form fitting and easier to conceal. They also removed the 2 little stitches I had. Almost passed out, something about having my compression garment off really gets to me. I plan on wearing it for a full 6-8 weeks. Missing my gym time a lot this week, hopefully with the holiday coming up things will be busy and I won't notice the next 2 weeks. For anyone that's had smart lipo, how long did you wait before getting back into heavy workouts? I'm a religious spinner and love body pump and body combat. I'm walking a lot to pass the time and went on a cleaning spree yesterday. But I look forward to getting back to a normal fit routine. I will post 1 week photos this afternoon!

1 week photos

Finally had a minute to shower and get photos with the garment off!

16 days post op.

Hope this update finds everyone well after the Holiday weekend! Man, if I had words to describe how swollen I am. We traveled for the 4th of July and it has taken a toll on my healing. I've kept my garment on the entire time, only taking it off to shower still. But the car rides, plane rides, airport travels, has totally worn me down. I'll take pictures as soon as we get home and settled. I think I've reached the peak of my soreness and sensitivity, it's hard to even touch it. My husband was rubbing my back last night and I had to tell him to stop :( happy healing! And take it easy, cause I wish I would have!

Can't even begin to explain how much I enjoyed Dr Larsen and his entire staff!! Seriously the best experience I have had with a Dr.

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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