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Considering have Lipo performed - Need advice

Considering have Lipo performed - Need advice

Postby Toolshed » Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:51 pm

Give you some information:
I am 41 and in good health overall. I have no medical problems other than occasional high blood pressure. I am 6' tall and weigh in at 225 pounds. I have a muscular build so I carry the weight well. My problem is the toolshed that is growing around my waist. No matter how many miles I run or how many sit-ups I do, it will not go away. I know it is genetic as all the males in our family have similar problems.

I mainly want the surgery to improve my health in the long term and to help take some of the burden of my knees.

I had a consultation with a surgeon. I was told that I have 1000cc of fat in my left side (love handle) and 1000cc fat in my right side (love handle) plus around 600cc fat in my lower abdominal area that could be removed.

I am wondering what is the best procedure to have, somewhat confusing with "traditional lipo" and the new "Laser or Smart Lipo".

Also, what would be an expected cost range for this procedure. Since this is not a new truck or gun, I will admit it is hard to pay out a large sum of money for cosmetic surgery. Hell, seems like they should have a sliding scale, less fat then the cheaper it is..........Seriously, I realize the surgeons are professionals and have spent many hours perfecting their trade. I just don't want to get scammed out of a lot of money for a simple procedure that would be pretty straight forward.

If anyone can give me some insight on the process and what to expect that would be great. Plus what questions to ask the doctor so that I can make an informed decision.
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Postby Mkelso07 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:12 am

Hi - I would have answered sooner - but just now saw the post.

I had Smart-Lipo performed 2 weeks ago today. I dont know how many CC's they got out.

Overall the process was ok.. Still swollen a bit (read my post) - but it gets better over time. Even after just 2 weeks I can see a HUGE difference.

I didnt lose any weight before/after the operation - I think thats because of all the swollenness.

I had the flanks/abdomen done - its worth it.

Total cost $6500 -- they wanted 7100- but I had cash and I bickered with the doctor about harsh economic times and got a little off.

Hope this helps
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Postby ModSquad » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:33 am

Hello, and Welcome to MMH,

Please feel free to join the Liposuction Forum as well, a wee bit more activity there than over here, we would love to have you...

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Postby Guyindallas » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:45 am

Hey Toolshed,

I just had the Vaser lipo done yesterday, check my posts and I will let you know how it goes. My understanding is that the Vaser uses ultraSonic waves. My DR, told me that Vaser had similar results to laser, but that there was more risk of burns with Laser.
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Postby fattire » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:52 pm

Tumescent lipo in Cancun. $2,500. People think you are crazy for going down there, but I don't think I've ever had such good, attentive care in America, and I have had too many stays in the hospital.
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Postby Guyindallas » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:24 pm

Yes - the price is all settled before scheduling the surgery. A deposit is usually required as well, which is usually equal to the cost of the surgical facility. The rest is due before surgery which would be the anesthesia and doctor fees.
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Postby 2old2soon » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:36 am

I just saw your post, so maybe you've already had the surgery. But I'll post my comments anyway. When I was doing research for my lipo, I had assumed that the results of ultrasound-assisted lipo would be better than "regular" lipo. My particular lipo was covered because it's HIV related and was deemed medically necessary. I wanted to try to find a doctor who would do the ultrasound and accept my insurance, so I sent out a mass email to find out who did the ultrasound. Nobody who had the ultrasound technology would accept the insurance, but I got a number of responses from doctors who said that the main advantage of the ultrasound is that it makes the procedure easier and less tiring for the surgeon. Each one who responded said that the results would be the same. I don't know if that's helpful for you, but it was something I didn't know and made my decision a lot easier.
I don't know exactly how the procedure was done, but I do know that it was "tumescent" lipo. I think, though, that almost all lipo is tumescent now. The doctor doesn't simply remove fat... a solution of saline (I think) and lidocaine is injected into the area as the doctor sucks the fat out. This makes the area swell which makes getting the fat out easier or gentler. The lidocaine helps to numb the area so that after the procedure it doesn't hurt so much. It has other purposes, too, but I'm not sure what they are. I think it cuts down on bleeding. Google it and I'm sure there's additional info.
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Re: Considering have Lipo performed - Need advice

Postby ArabEsque » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:00 am

I'm having liposuction on my flanks, love handles and abdomen(stomach). The surgeons fee alone is 5000. Then the Anaesthetists fee 3000, plus the hospital fee of about 3000. Around 11,000. He is considered one of the best Plastic/cosmetic surgeons in sydney Australia.

I am scared. But more scared of not being able to lose these fat deposits.

Has anyone else had this done and been overjoyed at the results.??
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