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If you are considering Smart Lipo, please don't do it! If you must have surgery fat reduction, just go in for regular Lipo or SAFE Lipo! If you have had Smart Lipo and are combing through these message boards looking for tips on your lumps and bumps- please DO NOT get any smart lipo touchups... every time you get smart lipo it makes matters worse!
Here is my story: Over three years ago I went in for a small simple smart lipo procedure that cost about $3500. I am a slender girl and really shouldn't have had the procedure, but I got caught up in the hype. I have two parts to my problem: 1. Smart Lipo 2. The Doctor. (The smart lipo doctor was/is a vascular surgeon, not a plastic surgeon)
The doctor ruined me. After the first surgery I thought everything looked great, until the swelling went down. I noticed some uneven spots and thought maybe he had 'missed' some small fat areas, so I went in for a touch up. Again, everything looked okay at first, but after the swelling I noticed new uneven spots- on the opposite side from the last spots! I was so upset and again thought he had 'missed' some areas or taken out too much, etc. Stupid me, went in AGAIN for a touch up! This time I realized something wasn't right.. there is just no way this should be happening. After a total of 3 smart lipo procedures, and scouring the internet for information, I decided to seek a second opinion. After my initial consultation I was pissed! (And so was the new doctor.) Come to find out it was scar tissue the entire time!
I have done research and learned that smart lipo, while is less down time and can be done with local anesthesia, is more invasive! It literally BURNS your insides and melts both fat and tissue. You could compare it to taking an iron to the inside of your body!
Needless to say, I was extremely scarred- on the inside- from smart lipo. As far as in pain- I felt like I had a really bad sunburn for months. The outside looked ok- no bruising- but lumpiness set in real quick. This lumpiness was scarring, not trapped fat like I thought, but a mixture of melted tissue, very little trapped fat, and mostly scar tissue! (Note I also had cannula marks from this procedure- again the doctor's fault). My stomach was left lopsided and completely disfigured! (I had a beautiful body and normally weigh about 128. My weight fluctuated from 125-135. I did this during the winter when my weight fluctuated the highest.) (YES yes.. I know I was being vain and made a bad mistake. All of this has been a nightmare. It was completely unnecessary)
Since my smart lipo nightmare, I found an amazing plastic surgeon that has spent the last year and a half patiently working with me to fix the problem caused by smart lipo. (Note I had to wait an entire year after my last smart lipo procedure, before my new surgeon would even touch me).
We first did a traditional lipo procedure where he removed some fat and scraped away all the scar tissue. This helped smooth out my stomach, but I still had some minor contour deviations from the previous cannula marks left by my smart lipo doctor.
Our second move was to place fat injections from my inner thighs into the "line" cannula mark. After carefully and patiently healing, most of the fat took hold and eventually 'popped' out the cannula 'line.' Afterwards I had a small pocket of extra fat on flat stomach- to repair this we tried several "miso therapy" treatments to dissolve the fat and ultra sound massage to relax any new scar tissue. Well, my fat is apparently stubborn, so we had to resort to a minor- local mini lipo to even out the fat injections. My stomach is now almost completely smoothed out.
I am now one month out of my 3rd reconstructive surgery and everything is looking great! I am having some issues with a some stubborn fluid- a very small seroma- but this will eventually go away. I see my doctor about once a week or more to make sure everything is healing correctly and patiently waiting for all fluid to subside so I can start aggressively massaging and ultra sound massage therapy to ensure that the skin/fat/tissue will lay down smooth and flat.
I have basically been a guinea-pig during this reconstructive surgery. THANK GOD I was able to be repaired!! Almost every time I see my current Plastic Surgeon he tells me about new 'smart lipo reconstructive' cases that come to see him for help (almost on a daily basis- stories of horrible burns, men's nipples burned completely off!, women having huge unrepairable chunks missing from their buttocks and thigh, lumps all over... etc). Unfortunately, the doctor tells me that most of the smart lipo can't be fixed- just too much damage has been done and he has to turn them away. I think my case, because it has been extremely difficult, time consuming and expensive, has caused my current doctor to rethink taking on difficult smart lipo reconstructive surgeries.
My $3500 "cheap and easy" smart lipo decision has cost me almost 4 years of my life and quadruple the cost.
If I can save just ONE person from making the mistake I did, I will be happy. If you MUST get surgery, please seek out a board certified plastic surgeon AND DO NOT use smart lipo. The easy way out is not always the best.
*On slender people the damage is way more noticeable. I'm not sure if a larger person will notice these same problems and may be convinced that the results are okay.
I know of two other women in my town that has experienced this same problem from the same procedure and doctor. I did report the doctor to the state medical board and his practice was under investigation for a year- however any wrongdoing ruled out and the case was dismissed. So while I still believe my old surgeon was part of the problem, the state medical board must have decided that the procedure has risks that the doctor isn't liable for.... with several people having similar issues with this procedure, something must really be wrong with it! Please don't do Smart Lipo!
Harri342, unless you really have no other choice, please don't go to a vascular doctor to have plastic surgery regardless of the fact that he's received "training" in plastic surgery. His speciality (I'm assuming it's a him) is arteries and veins which is something he chose to do. A lot of doctors seem to have begun doing plastic surgeries as a way to cash in people having elective surgeries. If you can, choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified in that area and you will get the best care possible and someone with a lot more expertise in the entire field. If it's cheaper to go with the vascular surgeon, that says something to me too. You wouldn't go to a plastic surgeon for circulation problems even though every doctor receives training in the circulatory system in med school. Or how about if you if you needed a lawyer to help you with problems with the IRS you'd go to a tax specialist, not a divorce lawyer right? I'm not saying the vascular guy can't do it, might even be pretty good at it but I wouldn't go that route when a board certified plastic surgeon is available.
I'm so sorry that this unfortunate event happened to you. But I'm so glad that you're doing fine. What you went through is really scary and very saddening.
I had smart-lipo done, though,but I did not have any uneven lumps or bumps in my stomach. My surgeon did a fantastic job on me. My stomach was flat and smooth. My stomach is still somewhat flat, even though I just had a baby 6 months ago.
I guess, smart-lipo is not bad if it's done by a great surgeon. I have nothing bad to say about this procedure but to do your research when finding the right surgeon.
Can you please tell me how to locate the doctor that fixed you. I am so distraught with smartlipo on face. I just want to know that i can be fixed - then it will be okay. I can wait. I will go anywhere to find an expert to fix me.
I totally sympathize with you. Unfortunately, a nut case PLASTIC SURGEON did smartlipo on my jawline with the promise of reducing the beginning signs of jowls and the results turned out like yours... but on my face! I went through fat injections, fat grafting and a lower facelift to try and smooth out the dents from the laser burning away my tissue. My right side did improve somewhat but the left side is still very noticeable. I am now paying a ridiculous amounts for fillers every 2 months or so because NONE of them, and I've tried just about all of them, last longer than that on me. This woman ruined my lower face. I too was caught up in the hype when I read about it back in 2009. I was beginning to notice a small amount of jowl(ing) which now when I look at my before pics... it was nothing!! It was the stupidest decision I ever made but I honestly thought that a "plastic" surgeon would know what they were doing.
Only if i had read this 6 months ago. I had smart lipo in ny ny 34st. The same thing that happen to you, happen to me. My belly is disfigured. I have lumps horrible ones. I needed a tummy tuck and the doc said no. He was an animal, he did the surgery with hardly any anesthesia, i felt all the pain he didn't even have an anesthesiologist. Not only that but after 6 months my belly look so bad that he offer a touch up which was done with no anesthesia because he is so cheap and an animal. How stupid of me to go through this pain again after I felt everything and was crying the whole time. He needs to get reported. He did fat transfer with no anesthesia , i dont know how I didnt die of pain or shock. Please make sure you find out what your doc mean by local anesthesia because you can suffer alot of pain. how can i report him to the board?
Wow can't believe you went through a similar problem, I had smart lipo twice, this moron doctor ruined my whole stomach.. left me with a hole above my belly button, there is no more elasticity left lower part and mid section, and is so wrinkled like a 80 year old woman, also took to much from the top part under my breasts, so that looks strange on me too I feel I am too skinny there , I had my breast done to off set my stomach. My stomach use to be really tight, even after having 2 kids, and always working out. I hate my stomach now and the weight still goes to the bottem part and i always look bloated if i eat too much.. you should have more meat on top then below, like it use to be, like you said you had a beautiful body, so did I, im on the thinner size, 5'4 and weight 116 -120 flux. With some muscle and was gaining a little wait around my waist (muffin top), I later found out it was due to my thyroid, so that's the reason for the wait gain. so insecure in a bikini now, and never used to be. I'm wondering who your doctor was, if you would be so kind to give me his name and number, maybe there is hope, I had this done 3 years ago. I'm not even sure where his practice is, I'm in New York. Thanks so much for sharing your story. So glag to hear, your'e liking you results so much better.
I had a terrible experience with regular tumescent liposuction. Be VERY careful who you go to for any kind of liposuction. The doctor should be ethical and experienced. I hope my story helps others.
I am also a slim girl and was doing it to have fat transfer done to my breasts. It was for natural augmentation because I didn't want implants. I allowed the doctor to take fat from my thighs but only wanted very little taken. She was very aggressive and now I'm left with one leg that is thinner than the other. The thinner leg has wavy skin and double creases under my butt on that side. There is also a large area that has scarred down and burns...even though I am an year out from surgery. The thinner leg is also still numb and tingles. I also realized that she liposuctioned one side of my buttock (which I expressly told her NOT to touch) and now my body is completely lopsided. I have dents, lumps, creases all over my body that should not be there.
I would love to find a good plastic surgeon who will work with me to do reconstruction. I realize that this is going to take more than one surgery and will likely cost a lot of money but my entire body (stomach, arms, legs and butt) was ruined by this plastic surgeon and I need to get my life back. I wouldn't be caught dead in a swimsuit unless I can fix this. I'm also a single gal and haven't had the confidence to start a relationship because of this lopsidedness.
What's the name of the plastic surgeon who fixed your botched lipo? I would appreciate any suggestions from doctors who are good with fat transfer.
I am sure you've watched horror stories on Oprah, Dr. Phil, etc. about botched surgeries, yet you plod on taking your results in your hands.
Seriously? You're going to blame the doctor for something you could have avoided? Now, you're angry because this physician was not qualified to perform the procedure you wanted, but my dear, you both screwed up due to the fact that you didn't take the time to do extensive research, talk real patients, or go to the medical boards website to check out his credentials and see if anyone complained about him. A vascular surgeon can do plastic surgery if he has the required training and experience. At least you know he won't screw up your circulation (kidding).
I can sympathize with you little bit. I am sorry you did not get the results you paid for. I am sorry that you were too excited about the potential results that you made a mistake with this guy. Hey, at least he was willing to scar you 3x (kidding again) revise his mistakes. Spread the word about RESEARCHING DOCTORS AND THEIR STATE BOARD RECORDS. I hope everyone does research prior to any cosmetic and/or surgical procedures. Remember, you've hired someone to perform an invasive procedure on your that could result in success, disfigurement or worse; your life.
When all else fails, dial 911!
Smart Lipo is DANGEROUS! I have had regular lypo over ten years ago without any problem and great results. When I returned to my same board certified plastic surgeon recently he told me he was now doing Smart Lipo with Laser and the results would be even better than i had experienced. FALSE. The only thing is that laser lipo cost a lot more, so they are making more money -- but the patients, like myself SUFFER. It was scary after I was unwrapped I had bulges of skin, the pain untolerable for months on end. I banned my boyfriend from touching me, for months because of the pain. The laser is burning the inside of your tissues so it feels like you had a pot of oil thrown on you or the worst sunburn you've ever had multiplied by 100. I massaged through the large bulges over several weeks and they eventually went away, but my skin is wrinkled, some dimpling and just the most regretful experience of my life. The incision scars are also burns so I don't know if those will ever go away and I have been using scar creams for those. My ADVICE is if you are going to do lypo just do REGULAR LYPO and not Smart Laser Lypo. The downtime with laser is MONTHS and resurts not justifiable.
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