My biggest concern was downtime. I have a new baby, work full-time, and my husband travels frequently. I've always wanted to fix this, but have no time for big surgery, anesthesia, recovery, etc. Dr. Saad said I was a perfect candidate for Lunchtime Lipo. He said there is no downtime, no general/IV anesthesia, and it would take about 45 minutes! YES PLEASE! I booked the very next opening.
Today was my procedure and I am blown away by how easy it was. He has his own operating room and the office is really cool and modern. The nurse checked me in and helped me change, then Dr. Saad came in to mark the areas where he was going to remove the fat. He's so funny and really laid back, so I was instantly comfortable. Five minutes later I was in the OR and the girls were cleaning and prepping the lipo areas.
Next was the initial injection to numb the area. That was the ONLY part that was uncomfortable. Owwie! It stung for a second and we got started. Don't worry, there is a drape separating your face from the parts they are working on, so you don't see any of this happening. But Dr. Saad talked me through each step and would explain what he was going to do right before he did it. I definitely appreciated that because I was a little nervous.
Speaking of anxious and nervous, I did have the option of taking meds to make me relax, but I opted out so I could drive myself home.
Anyway, it tickles ALOT and feels really weird, but not painful at all. I never imagined myself laughing on an OR table. Then 45 minutes later we were done. I have a little stitch one each side of my tummy, about the width of my pinkie nail. I went in at 12:30pm and was getting dressed at 1:45pm. They put two little strips over the stitches and put a super snug wrap around my waist to keep the swelling under control. I actually went back to work for a few hours and still made it home for dinner and bedtime with the baby. I'm about 9 hours out and it still doesn't hurt.
They told me to expect some bruising and swelling, but I will take Arnika for the bruising. I BEGGED the nurse to take a pic (with my own phone) and she was super professional and said no at first. But I was a pest until she gave in and took the photo below. I hope I don't get in trouble for sharing! But hey it's my tummy and I'm proud to show it off. I'll ask them to send me my before pic to share here. I also added some pics taken 8 hrs after the lipo to show the swelling.
Overall, the best experience I could have imagined. I braced myself for pain and planned to be there for hours, but it was the complete opposite. It was quick, painless, and the entire staff from the front desk girls to the OR staff were amazing. Thank you Dr. Saad and crew!