As the former front office manager at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, Christina has seen first-hand the changes plastic surgery in Los Angeles can make in patients’ lives. “I saw countless happy patients coming through our office, and their results and ‘after’ photos spoke for themselves.” Nevertheless, like many young women, she tried to manage her “trouble spots” through diet and exercise.
Christina has always maintained a healthy, active lifestyle, which includes eating right and exercising at least 4 times per week. But, like many people, Christina explains, “no matter how much I worked out or watched my diet, there were still parts of my body that I was unhappy about.” She was particularly dissatisfied with her abdomen, which, according to Christina, “never seemed to be as trim as the rest of my body.” She was also “annoyed” by the excess fat on her inner thighs that would rub together when she walked.
After hearing from so many Los Angeles liposuction patients that their only regret was waiting so long to undergo plastic surgery, Cristina decided to take the plunge. It was June of 2008, and she had just finished chatting with a post-op patient whose situation was very similar to her own. The patient was thrilled with her experience with Marina Plastic Surgery Associates and with her results. Christina says, “I decided it was finally my time!”
Christina decided to undergo Smartlipo™ on her abdomen and thighs. Smartlipo is an innovative approach to liposuction which incorporates laser technology to liquefy fat before it is suctioned out. The heat of the laser also causes tissues to contract and stimulates collagen production, so skin can appear tightened and toned after surgery. There tends to be less bruising and swelling associated with Smartlipo laser liposuction, and it can typically be performed using local anesthesia. For Christina’s small pockets of fat, which needed refined sculpting, Smartlipo was the perfect choice.
Despite her extensive knowledge of plastic surgery from working in the field, Christina met with Dr. Stevens at Marina Plastic Surgery just like she was any other patient of the practice. He informed her that she would be swollen and sore for a few days, but assured her that she could achieve very satisfying results. Christina was not disappointed. “Maybe it was my imagination,” she recalls, “but I could already see the difference the day after surgery!” She adds that the discomfort was much less than she anticipated. “I felt wonderful!”
Christina’s recovery was fairly typical for Smartlipo patients, who tend to experience less discomfort and a shorter recovery time than those who undergo traditional liposuction in Los Angeles. Her procedure was performed on a Friday, and she was back to work at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates on Monday. She recalls, “I was a little sore, but only the level of soreness that you get after a tough workout.”
Christina was vigilant in following instructions for her aftercare. She avoided strenuous activities and vigorous exercise for a period of several weeks. She wore her compression garment as directed, which helps reduce swelling and generally speeds healing. Although she insists she could see a difference within a day or two, she adds, “within weeks I was truly amazed!” Her full results were apparent in time to enjoy her new shape throughout the summer.
“Smartlipo gave me a nice shape, and I was finally confident enough to bare my belly for the summer days,” recalls Christina. At a Fourth of July party, she received numerous compliments from friends who commented on how great she looked in her bikini. “That was enough for me,” she says ecstatically. “That proved to me that it was worth it.”
Christina continues to enjoy her new and improved figure. She says to those considering liposuction in Los Angeles, “I wholeheartedly recommend Smartlipo to anyone who is ‘bothered by the bulge.’ Many of us can use a little touch up here and there, and my touch up left me feeling and looking amazing. Thank you!”
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