Not a Good Experience - Plantation, FL

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I got a Groupon for a Smartlipo, which was like...

I got a Groupon for a Smartlipo, which was like 80% off the price of one area. My stomach is the problem area - it never goes down no matter how slim I get, and right now I'm far from slim - 5'7 and 197 lbs - so I look really pregnant.

2 weeks before Procedure: I went for my evaluation and talked to doctor. Decided on the upper and lower abdominal. They gave a bunch of handouts and prescriptions for valium painkiller like tylenol and antibiotics. the handouts included the warnings which state that you might not lose any weight, and your stomach might not go down, etc. I wondered why the heck would I get the procedure if it doesn't make any difference? I already paid for one section anyway so I had to do it. All over the office they said that it involved no pain or general anaesthesia so you only get a numb in the area and can go back to work right away. I scheduled the appt for Dec 23rd early so that I could go back in to work afterwards. I stopped taking all other vitamins,aspirin and ibuprofen until the procedure.

Day of Procedure: Per the instruction, I took one of the pain meds and one of the valium pills. Then the doctor marked me and started the procedure. It was not what I thought. I felt everything. The pricking and sticking to get the local anaesthesia in was painful. The laser pricked and burned me so much so I was squiggling and the doctor stopped and asked me to calm down. He left the room and came back to finish up. The suctioning out of the fat was horribly painful in some spots. The whole time I was sweating and crying and yelling. I asked for some more of the valium and pain meds but they said I already had one (I don't know why I couldn't have more since I was experiencing so much pain already). It was worst than child labor which I had completely natural. I don't think they gave me enough local anaesthesia to numb the pain. Maybe it was because I paid such a cheap price for a procedure that should cost a lot more.

4 days After the procedure: I have only gained weight and have seen no good results. My stomach is bruised all over, and am wearing the compression garment most of the time, but it's not that tight. My stomach looks fatter than before the operation.

2 months after the procedure: My stomach still as...

2 months after the procedure: My stomach still as big as ever.
There is no pain or anything. I still see the holes where he poked the laser needles in, but aside from that there is no evidence than any work was done. I went for the follow-up after 2 weeks and they said to only wear the compression garment for 8 hours a day. I still mostly wear it all the time, hoping for a miracle and the stomach will go down, but it hasn't done it yet.

Over 6 months since the procedure and zero effect...

Over 6 months since the procedure and zero effect of the procedure - same weight, same waist circumference, same everything.

By the way, the Groupon for the 90% of the price. ...

By the way, the Groupon for the 90% of the price. The amount cost was the price they state it is if I hadn't bought the Groupon. With the Groupon and negotiation I paid $1,400 for the 2 areas (upper and lower abdominal). Definitely NOT worth the money, whether buying a Groupon or paying the full amount.
Steve Cimerberg

I bought a Groupon for this provider. I did a little research but didn't really see anything out there on him. Also, the RealSelf reviews were fairly positive bout the procedure so I thought it would be ok.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
3 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
3 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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