I have been reading reviews on Real Self for quite some time. I made my decision to move forward with SmartLipo after reading the reviews. It really helped set my expectations. Here is my story plus some of the things I would recommend for you.
Yesterday I had SmartLipo with Vaser on my Upper/lower Abs, love handles, and underarms. I weight about 163 and am 5'9. I wear size 10 (always have a muffin top) and have NEVER worn a sleeveless shirt because thanks to heredity, my arms are very large and loose.
I work out daily, lift weights, but will probably remain this weight +/- 10 lbs because I love to eat, drink, and have fun. Waist is 30" around smallest part and 35" around largest area.
I had my consultation Friday and my Lipo Monday. I financed the procedure thru a popular company at 12 months no interest. My doc office took care of all of the paperwork.
My procedure started at 9 AM and I was done by 2:30. I didn't take and medication because I wanted to drive myself home and they wouldn't let me drive if I took a sedative. My Dr. gave me 4 perscriptions ahead of time. 1) Antibiotics, 2) Pain Pills 3) Anxiety Pills 4) Nausea pills
They started with my Abs and it was very uncomfortable-but manageable. After the abs, my love handles and arms were a breeze. I watched a few movies on my IPod and my Dr. said I was his best patient so far. I think it was because I had something to do (movies) rather than think about what was going on.
After the procedure I was able to drive myself home. I stopped by the store to get pads, tape, etc. Do not skimp on tape, buy a ton-maybe 4 boxes of 12 or more of the bandage pads. Also, I would recommend getting everything you will need ahead of time.
Also, here was a surprise-after reading Real Self I thought leaking would be a drip here a drop there. No! Leaking is more like a river of water pouring out of your wounds. I had to change pads about every 2 hrs for the first day. It took me about 1 hr to change them, so basically all I was doing was changing pads. My body looked like I was in a bad car wreck and the water from the procedure (that they pumped my body with) had accumulated in my underwear zone. YUCK! Way freaky. So, I made dinner for the family, walked the dog and then I took a pain pill-not because I was in pain-I just wanted to go to bed and say goodbye to the day. The pain pill knocked me on my behind which normally doesn't happen. Went to bed, slept like a baby and now it is day 2.
So day 2 has started and as I was changing bandages I noticed 1) I am not leaking like a river, just a drip here a drop there! and 2) I LOOK INCREDIBLE! I still look a bit freakish-but I have a flat flat stomach, arms look like they are going to be a LOT smaller. I wasn't expecting to see such wonderful results so quickly.
On soreness today-I am sore but still not like I thought. Arms and side aren't sore at all. Abs a bit uncomfortabel when I get up and walk. I plan to work all day. I do look like a giant marshmellow though-with all the pads under my girdle type thingys.
Also, I am a inches/pounds person. My doctor said to expect a 5 lbs and around 3 inches in my waist. They took 300 CC's out of each arm and said I had 2 1/2 somethings of fat removed. Not sure what it meant but I saw it and it was equal to one pitcher of cool-aid. Yuck. My waist is already smaller on day 2. Haven't measured-it is just SMALLER!
I would highly recommend this procedure and plan to update you as I progress. I will try to get before/after pics from my dr. and post them. Also, my Dr. and his assistant rocked!