September 9th update:
So far I feel like my results and experience are consistent with what others say about SmartLipo. I did research beforehand and tried to be prepared, but have definitely been caught off guard by how the marketed recovery time and actual recovery time are different. I have no idea if my results will be worth it, too early to tell. I'd say this for people considering the procedure...
1) Take a week off. If you don't need it, you can always go back to work early. But to NOT have the time off and need it really sucks.
2) Be prepared to go through a pretty lengthy ugly phase. I have bumps, lumps, soreness, bruising and it seems like that's the norm (versus the few reviews I have read of people that look great right away).
3) I think the Arnica and Bromelein I have taken have helped. I was black and blue the day after the procedure (I bruise easily) and within a week my bruises are almost completely healed.
4) Massage. It hurts. But it seems to really help me even though I am so early in the process. I am trying to find a good lymphatic drainage masseuse in Houston (if you know of one, let me know) because I hear that makes a big difference. But I spend about an hour each night massaging and it although it feels like I am jabbing hot pokers into my belly, afterwards I feel more flexible, less sore, and less bumpy.