BodyTite and PAL Liposuction, April 17, 2019, 8:17 am
First and foremost, I hope you find this review helpful, informative, and worth the read!! I know how important it is for me to research doctors and procedures and to hear of others’ experiences, both the good and the bad, and if you’re here reading, you feel the same way! In August of 2018 I had Body-Tite on my inner thighs, outer thighs, back of legs, and buttocks, coupled with PAL Liposuction (which was on my outer thighs only) performed by Dr. Epstein.
Dr. Epstein: I honestly cannot say enough nice things about Dr. Epstein. He is kind, empathetic, incredibly smart, patient, listens, and has the best bedside manner of any physician I have ever been to. When I met him at the consultation, he was very open and candid about the procedure, took the time to listen to all of my questions and my concerns, and we chatted on a personal level as well, which helped my comfort level. He explained thoroughly what the procedure would entail, what the recovery would look like, how long the healing process would take, and when I would notice results (no, results aren’t immediate, just be a little patient!) After meeting Dr. Epstein in person I knew this was going to be my surgeon, it was a feeling of comfort and I trusted his work (of course, looked at as many before and afters as I could and read countless reviews!!). Dr. Epstein does not leave out any detail – after surgery, he called me personally to make sure I was okay and assured me he is always a text or phone call away!
Office Staff: aside from Dr. Epstein, his entire office staff is professional, pleasant, friendly, accommodating, and they really seem to love working there! His nurses were so great in the OR when prepping me for surgery, making me laugh, and taking my mind off the nerves. There was a nurse right by me when I woke up from anesthesia making sure I was okay as well. The office even sent a bouquet of gorgeous flowers to my home when I was recovering! What a nice touch!!
The Procedure and recovery: so Dr Epstein had decided it was best for me to go under general anesthesia, as opposed to local, which he does on some body-tite cases. I dislike the effects of anesthesia after surgery (groggy feeling, ‘digesting’ the chemicals, all of that), but for me it was worth it. When I woke up after surgery, I was sore and I felt tender on my legs and buttocks, but still had pain meds running in me so it wasn’t bad. The first night was a little rough – I was oozing everywhere!!! Fluids and some blood oozed out of a few incisions, which I was warned about. Night 1 sleeping was rough – I opted to sleep on the couch to contain my movements. Day 2 some more oozing, not awful and just laid around, still taking pain meds. The pain wasn’t so terrible, but it felt like cramping and tender to the touch. I felt better and better with each day that passed and by day 5 – 6 i was doing great, went shopping, felt fine.. I was swollen still and there was no result so early in recovery, but I felt good. I bought these very tight spanx – 2 kinds, one kind that went down the whole leg and those felt really great to wear. I also had a couple of lymphatic massages, highly recommend!!!!!! They move the lymph and speed up healing. From there, it only got better and better!
The Results: I started off with saddlebags on my thighs and looser skin on my inner and outer thighs and no matter how diligent I was at the gym, wouldn’t go away … And I was a diligent gym goer!! The areas just were resistant to exercise and diet I suppose. My thighs just to me, did not match the rest of me! And I was always very self-conscious to wear things that were too tight on the hips and thighs, like dresses, cuz it just looked a bit lumpy. I started to see small results probably in October. The saddlebags were clearly gone, but the skin was not experiencing the shrink-wrapped look yet. Dr Epstein told me it would take 9 months to a year before the results show, so I was happy with any result 2 months post-op. Now fast forward 8 months post-op and I cannot even imagine the result getting better (but it will). My thighs are SMOOTH on the outside and the inside – I put a bikini on with more confidence and wear pants and dresses now that I used to never feel right in. I love how my legs look and the procedure was one thousand percent worth it.
WORD OF ADVICE: before coolsculpting or spending money on any other non-invasive procedure, look into Body-Tite and look into Dr. Epstein if you aren’t sure if you need lipo, or coolsculpt, or a combination of lipo with body-tite! He will guide you and steer you in the right direction and he will be open and honest about what he anticipates for results and how he anticipates you will heal.
Did you make it this far?! Apologies for the long-winded review, but experiences need to be put out there so that we can all make educated decisions when choosing a surgeon or a particular procedure. As I mentioned, I do not have one bad thing to say about Dr. Epstein or his staff. From the initial phone call, to the follow up appointments, they have been absolutely lovely. I am still in shock when I continue to see my skin shrink and my legs tighten, it took some time, but the wait was worth it! I have had no residual pain and my skin isn’t tender anymore either (it was for a few months)!! There are a lot of little incision holes and they healed up nicely as well. I hope this helps you in your journ