Here's the dirt. The good, the bad and the painful of cosmetic procedures.
Cherice Jones, 21, Lifestyle intern
I am a naturally curvy woman, and all the exercise in the world couldn't get rid of the fat around my thighs. After trying various diets, exercise and diet pills, I lost weight everywhere but my outer thighs. I decided that I had to find a way to fight what I inherited honestly from my mother. After researching various methods, I decided to get Vaser Lipo on my outer thighs at the Lifestyle Center in Clayton, Mo.
The process was easy, and unlike traditional liposuction, it was very quick. I had to attend two extensive consultations. Dr. Richard Moore and his assistant evaluated my trouble areas, told me about the procedure, set my expectations and showed me dozens of real-life people who had Vaser Lipo done. He explained that it is an outpatient procedure and that I would not have to be put to sleep.
What it was like - On the day of the procedure, I took the medication that Moore prescribed. One pill was an antibiotic to fight possible infections and other was to ease my anxiety.
The nurse gave me undergarments to put on. They took before pictures and did a full body scan. Afterward, I was escorted to the operating room. I was asked to lie on the bed and relax. I received an injection to numb the areas to be treated. From here, Moore cut two slits at the top and bottom of both of my thighs that were no bigger than my pinky nail. He inserted a probe that uses pulse ultrasonic energy at the top of my thigh that liquefies fat. He inserted a tube at the bottom of my thigh that allowed the fat to drain. This entire procedure took about 90 minutes. I didn't feel any pain at this point.
The aftermath of Vaser Lipo is not as glamorous. I bled at the incision points for about four days and had to keep bandages on. Also, I was supposed to wear a not-so-fashionable garment for six weeks. I only wore the garment for two weeks though. I was in excruciating pain for about two weeks. My thighs were huge and swollen. I found that Extra Strength Tylenol and massages on the treated areas really helped. The Vicodin pain pills that they prescribed for me were too strong; I was delusional after taking just one. After two weeks, my swelling subsided, and I was able to return to my normal routines.
Results - It has been about one and a half months since my procedure, and I absolutely love the results. I can tell a difference in the way all of my pants fit. I continue to eat healthy and exercise.
A few things I would suggest for others to consider before they get Vaser Lipo is to really evaluate your body. The procedure will take the fat away, but it is up to you to make your body look different. If you rely solely on the Vaser Lipo, your skin could be loose. You have to tone your body and continue a healthy lifestyle after the procedure to gain desired results. Because I paid almost $2,500 for this procedure, it became my motivation to make the rest of my body look good. I'm obsessed.
Cost - The procedure starts at about $1,995, and there are additional costs for the medication and garments. Your body mass index can also affect the price.
Would I do it again? - Yes, I would definitely do it again. You shouldn't rely only on this to lose weight, but the Vaser Lipo produces great results if you do your part.