I had my abs (upper and lower) done. Due to the amount of fat my doctor removed, I did swell more than normal. My initial experience was negative - the process HURT. I did research before I had the surgery and all the blogs/videos I watched were stating that it didn't hurt. Mine hurt like he** - and that's been the experience of my friends that had the surgery also (I've had 3 friends that had SmartLipo). After the surgery is over, you will be quite sore for at least two weeks. I wasn't able to bend over the first week and a half, so I got really creative if I dropped stuff around the house.
Once the pain/major swelling subsided, I could definitely tell a difference. I am happy with my results overall - but I do think it's all in how much you want it. I still have a bit of swelling a month out, but I can already tell a huge difference in the shape of my body.
Surgery pain level - I'd say take the pain of getting a tattoo and multiply it by five. I haven't had kids so I don't have childbirth pain to compare it to.
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