I had the Smart Lipo procedure about 2.5 weeks ago (upper and lower abs)... and it was the BEST thing I've ever done!
I'm petite and healthy (I'm just over 5 feet tall and weigh about 115 pounds), yet my entire life, I have ALWAYS struggled with extra fat in my stomach! No matter how much I work out, diet, etc... I've NEVER been able to have a flat stomach.
Over the past 10 years, I have had several consultations for Liposuction, however I have never been able to bring myself to do it.
I'm so glad I waited, because Smart Lipo is light years ahead of traditional liposuction!!!
First of all, I was AWAKE for the entire procedure (about 2 hours), but my stomach was numb, so I didn't feel it.
Second of all, a laser was used during the procedure. The dr. made tiny insicions (so little that I didn't even need one stitch!), and he put a fluid in my stomach, which helped to numb the area. Then he went in with a laser and melted all the fat. Then he sucked out all the fat. Then he went in again with the laser and TIGHTENED my skin!!! (Most women who do traditional Liposuction on their abs also need a tummy tuck). NOT the case with Smart Lipo.
After the treatment, they put an absorbant pad over my stomach (because the fluid will leak a little for the day), and a compression garment to keep me nice and tight. I was wide awake and in good spirits. Even tho the dr. advised against it, I actually went to dinner with friends immediately following the procedure!
That evening as I fell asleep, I started to feel a little uncomfortable (I think the anesthesia was wearing off), but I slept well.
The next morning, I was very sore! The dr. had given me a prescription for an antibiotic and for a pain killer, but I hadn't filled them, so I had my sister go fill them for me. I definitely needed the pain killer that day because I didn't feel good. I didn't think I would be able to go to work the next day with the way I was feeling.
However, after taking the pain killer (a generic Vicodin), I fell asleep. I woke up about 5 hours later, ate some soup, took another pain killer, and went back to sleep.
Believe it or not, the next morning I woke up and went to work!! I did not even need a Tylenol that day!! I was still sore, but it wasn't unbearable sore. It hurt if I tried to bend down too quickly... It was sore as tho I had done 100 crunches/sit-ups.
I wore the garment for 2 weeks. I had very little swelling, and I don't think I even had any bruising! My results were so instant that my pants were literally falling off of me!! I don't think I really lost any weight, but I went down SEVERAL pants sizes!!
I'm now coming up to my 3rd week since the procedure, and every day my stomach gets flatter, tighter, thinner, harder! I know that it will be around 4-6 weeks that I will have my best results! I can't wait.
I have a photo of me getting the procedure (I cut out my head for privacy), but I'll be happy to post it here. Many people don't believe that I was awake for the whole thing, so I show this photo. I also have my "before" photos, but I'm waiting to take my "after" photos when I hit the 4-6 weeks time period, and I will post them here as well.
If anyone has any questions for me, please let me know! I'm so excited about this procedure that I want to share my story with EVERYONE!
My only regret is that I didn't do my love handles too! I wanted to start with just the abs to see how it goes, but now I wish I would've just done it all at once! But I will definitely be doing my love handles within the next few months.