Google: Doctor Oz can you change your body shape. As the Dr. says (spoiler alert) you cannot. If you are a square, and lose weight, you will be a smaller square. Apple, pear or any other fruit, same thing. Spot reduction is also known to not work. The only thing that changes your shape other than lipo or other procedures is dieting until you are underweight and all your fat stores are used up. This is not healthy, and is very hard to maintain. And as you age, the super-thin look makes you look much older than you are. With that said, it is a personal choice to accept your body the way it is or go about changing it. I chose to change it. Now my review: I was Googling Smartlipo options and I found Sono Bello. I was able to chat back and forth with a rep and they asked me questions to see if I would be a good candidate for SL, and I made an appointment. I was examined by the doctor on the spot since he had a few minutes in between patients and he was very encouraging about what he thought he could do for me. I have experienced many issues that have taken a real toll on my waist and weight over the years, and he was understanding about that. I explained all prior major surgeries and any health concerns (they are very thorough about clearing you for surgery) and we went ahead and booked my procedure. They helped me through every step of the process and sent emails that explained each stage and what you can do before and after your surgery to make the process as painless and convenient as possible. The surgery itself had its moments that were less than comfortable, but I had 3200 of fat removed from my abdomen, bra roll and chin, so a larger than typical amount… but every bit worth it. I was off the pain meds after two days. Directly after the surgery I could see a difference, and by the time I returned to work it was obvious enough for people to ask what I did! Which is good since I was looking for a real difference to those problem areas. I am 100% satisfied with my results and 110% satisfied with Dr. Flynn and his staff. They are very kind and encouraging all along the way. Just a top notch experience. Thank you Sono Bello team!! p.s. …… So now that I’ve had the fat removed… what now? Google: Healthland Time (magazine) after liposuction exercise makes fat loss last Dr. Flynn is very vocal about exercise and a healthy diet after your procedure. The staff also encourages exercise every chance they get and are all looking very healthy which is impressive and motivating. So I’m on that treadmill and you should do the same post op.
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I almost had this procedure a year ago but after reading the reviews I changed my mind. Then a year later due to my husband's job relocation I was in the San Diego area and came across with great reviews from their SD Clinic. So I gave it a chance and made an appointment. This is the best decision ever!!! I was a little worried about the fact that the initial consultation was not made with a doctor. But if you can deal with this, and get it that this is their system you will not regret it. You will meet with a surgeon later on. My consultant was very knowledgeable, I chose a couple of areas to be treated and she rejected one area because she said I would not be happy with the results. This gave me some relief that it is not just about taking your money. Dr. Chen was my surgeon. She was amazing! She makes you feel very comfortable and safe. It was almost no pain during the procedure, just the pinch of the needle for the anesthesia. The following 48 hours were with no pain and calls from Dr. Chen and her staff to monitor my recovery. The 3rd day there was some pain but nothing major, and the following days the pain was less and less. I was back to my regular activities on the 4th day. I was also monitored pre procedure because my blood pressure was a little high, and I was so nervous!!! But they gave me a caffeine free diet to help me and it did indeed. My procedure was divided in two and the second time around my BP was good because I was not nervous or anxious anymore because I already knew there was almost no pain involved. Everybody is extremely polite and professional, but Clarissa the receptionist and Shanae my nurse, were outstanding!!! It was if you had members of your own family taking care of you. I really regret not doing it a year before. When I read again the bad reviews they were not even from my area, and I realize that a lot of reviews are from people that have not gone through the procedure. So my advice is to review your local clinic, and just read the reviews from people that have done it. It has been 14 days for me and although I am very sore, I can see the improvements in some areas.
I am a 52-year old woman. Medically diagnosed as obese. I had two rolls of big unattractive bellies. One of my concerns was the excessive skin after the procedure, which turned out to be a non-factor. I did my homework and went to other places for the free consultations--not impressed and kinda offended by some of the other places. I chose Sono Bello for several reasons. First of all, the facility is aesthetically soothing, clean, modern and topped off with a professional and friendly reception staff. Second of all, Laura, my consultant. The consultation with her is the number one reason why I chose Sono Bello. She took the time to answer ALL my questions and concerns and explained different options. It was her follow-up phone call the next day that cinched Sono Bello. She was professional, courteous, knowledgeable and empathetic. Her approach was disarming and I didn't feel the "shame" that I felt during the appointments at the other facilities. Not only was the procedure itself explained, but payment options were also explained. The pre and post op material provided described my actual experience to a T! The information desensitized my fear It was reassuring to be able to reference the material to gauge my progress. There were no surprises. The follow-up emails accurately described what to expect at those stages of recovery. The follow-up phone calls were also reassuring. The service provided by Sono Bello does not end when you walk out the door! The entire staff was professional, friendly and courteous. My procedure was done by Dr. Park and I was impressed by his availability to answer ALL my questions! The entire experience was exceptional, topped only by my satisfaction of my results. I would describe my recovery as uncomfortable, not necessarily painful, but uncomfortable. I returned to work after three days. I was very realistic with my expectations and I am VERY happy with the results, my clothes fit MUCH better and my confidence is soaring. I recommend Sono Bello. Ask for Laura -- she's the best!
I am ecstatic with my results from my lipo thanks to Dr. Park!! He made sure I was comfortable, informed, and at ease at all times. At no point did I ever feel lost in this whole procedure. Dr. Park also sent me follow up emails with guidance and encouragement! My nurse sent me follow up emails and called me!! It was amazing. They know the expected problems and call before you have time to freak out about it! I have been working out and dieting constantly for almost 3 years to lose the 10 lbs and 2 inches off of my waist needed to stay in the Navy. For whatever reason I could not get rid of the weight. I would lose fat and gain muscle making me heavier. I always had a couple inches of fluff around my midsection that wouldnt go away. I wasn't out of shape; I could run and do push ups and sit ups with ease!! But, I wasn't in shape either; I didn't have muscle definition and I still jiggled in some places. I was just big enough to fail the Navy BMI standards by half an inch. At the time if you failed 3 times they kicked you out. Dr. Park took that fluff and stuff out of my midsection. Now I get told to put my abs away at pool parties because i'm making the guys self conscious!! How neat is that?! Everyone at work notices and compliments me randomly "wow!! You look really good! have you lost weight!?" I will say, in regards to doing this while on sea duty- If you stand an armed watch or your daily work has you carrying heavy things or bending a lot you need to take AT LEAST 1 week of leave for this type of procedure. I didn't tell any one at my command about this procedure before hand because the pamphlets all say "back to work within 3-5 days" or something to that effect. Which is 100% true if you work at a desk. Wearing a gun belt or bending over constantly will bruise you up pretty bad and make you very uncomfortable. It will NOT damage or ruin your results though!
I have always had a problem with my abdominal area and especially my hips. After having 2 children, those areas seem to have become my worst nightmare. I exercise regularly and have a fairly healthy diet, but those areas remained to be a problem. It always prevented me from wearing certain clothing, and for swimming, I would wear board shorts to camouflage my trouble areas, and a bikini top. I was never happy looking in the mirror and I would always grab onto the excess areas and say , "If I could just get rid of these things..." At 45, I decided it was time to do something about it. After extensive research, I decided on Sono Bello in San Diego. From my no-pressure consultation with Laura to my post procedure follow-up appointment, the staff at Sono Bello has been absolutely wonderful. The procedure itself was a breeze and my doctor, Dr. Chen, and nurse were incredible. I have never had a doctor call me in the evening (after a procedure) to make sure I'm doing OK. Not only did my doctor at Sono Bello call me, but I also received post procedure emails containing information on what to expect during that particular period of healing. Those emails were especially helpful! I am so pleased with my results and I must say, I look amazing! If you're reading this review and you're still trying to decide if this center is for you, look no further. I highly recommend Sono Bello. Did I mention how amazing I look? Amazing!! From Clarissa at the front desk, to Laura who gave my consultation, and all the nurses I had a pleasure of meeting, and of course my doctor, Dr. Chen, thank you all so much! The compassion and understanding you've shown me is truly appreciated in such a vulnerable time for me. I am so thankful I chose Sono Bello. Thank you all so much!!
My Experience was in the LA office. I came in because I needed some areas taken care of. I had tried the dieting, exercising and I just could not loose the weight (in certain areas) I met with one of the girls there, by the way they are all nurses NOT Sales people like in other places, and they took me through the whole procedure. I was very amazed on how the nurse had a great response every time I asked a question. And assured me that I was going to be in great hands, Dr Calhoun’s hands. Well after I consulted with the nurse, I was sure that they were the ones. They gave me my quote and I was presently surprised to see that it was very reasonable. I asked if there were going to be any fees that I would have to pay and they said NO everything is included in the price. Everything from the garments to the medications and no OR fee. I was ecstatic. I had my procedure done the following week and when Dr. Calhoun was done with the procedure…even when I was on the table….I COULD SEE A DIFFERENCE!!!! I was so amazed on what a great job Dr. Calhoun did. He is very precise and takes his time with his patients to sculpt them and take out as much fat as possible…he even showed me the fat…haha…I was comfortable the whole procedure and we were talking about sports, actresses and so many other topics. Well now it has been about 1 moth and I keep seeing results. The first week I was a little swollen, but the nurse assured me, on my one-week follow-up, that it was going to take some time to heal and to keep massaging and wearing my garment. One month out and I have lost some weight and inches. I am SUPER happy with the results and I would RECOMMEND ADVANCELIPO to anyone!!!! Thank you to Dr. Calhoun and his staff for making my experience a great one and making me feel at home.
I had a personal trainer around 2014 and 2015 and even though my body did get nice results, I was still not able to ged rid of the stubborn fat around my waist. I saw a commercial for Sono Bello and decided to pay them a visit at the San Diego location. The ladies there were amazing, I have never been to a place where they truly make you feel welcome from the first consultation to the nurses, receptionists and the doctor, they are all fantastic people. They made my decision to go through the Liposuction very easy for me. I had to have two separate surgeries because I almost did my whole body: my chin, my arms, stomach, waist, back and inner thighs. Both surgeries were great and I did not encounter too much pain just some discomfort. I am still in the recuperation process but I can already see the difference in my body and very excited to see the end results. They are worth every penny and I will recommend them to everybody who is in need of their services. One of the things that had me very impressed was their follow-up practices, the doctor calls you the day of surgery to see how you are doing (very nice touch), they also send you weekly emails letting you know what to do and what to expect on the days after surgery, they made this whole process incredible and I will always be grateful to this clinic for their professionalism and integrity. Dr. Park is, for a lack of a better word, AMAZING!!! He is so kind and helpful, I wish all doctors were like him.
Since day one at Sono Bello, my experience has been phenomenal! I was actually a little apprehensive at first because the reviews were so good. But after my experience over the past four months, I realized it they were accurately reflecting the high quality of service offered by Sono Bello, La Jolla. I would have considered myself to be in average shape when I had my consultation. My procedure was for my stomach and love handles, areas that I never seemed to be able to get rid of through diet and exercise. Because of this, I thought that I wasn’t part of the normal clientele and that it could be an awkward experience. However, I never felt uncomfortable and was surprised to learn that it was pretty common for them to have clients in a similar situation. My questions and concerns were always answered quickly and honestly. The procedure itself went by pretty quickly. I never had any pain or problems throughout. Recovery was uncomplicated as well. I would say that I felt more uncomfortable than anything else for the first couple weeks (Itchy, tingling, numbness). Today, I have a six pack and am in the best shape of my life. I look and feel great! The results are much better that what I expected and highly recommend Sono Bello to anyone looking to improve themselves! Sean H
I don't know why I waited so long to do this as the results are so much better than I could have hoped for. I am 53 and mid-life changes have added weight to my middle section and no amount of diet or exercise would affect this area. I was tired of having a spare tire around my middle and a muffin top over my pants. I was constantly having to disguise this area by dressing strategically. My procedure at Sono Bello corrected all of that. My body has not looked like this since my 20's, my belly is flat, my love handles are gone, my waist is defined and I feel so much better about myself! I cannot say enough good things about the staff, Dr Chen and the entire process. From the consult with Laura to Clarissa and the other front desk ladies, to Shelly my pre and post care nurse, everything went exactly as they explained and they were so professional. They were so supportive and excited for me to have this done. My bruising and swelling has been very minimal and I am feeling pretty normal and it this is only day 10. Dr Chen called me the day after the procedure and has sent detailed support that is very timely and helpful. I had a fantastic experience. I would highly recommend Sono Bello!
I had my initial consultation January 9th. When I walked in I was greeted by a friendly staff in a sleek and inviting location. I decided to go forward with the procedure after my initial consultation. It was something I had been wanting to have done for the past few years. After doing lots of research on my procedure and multiple consultations at other practices, I was finally ready to go forward with the procedure. I knew right away I'd be in great hands at Sono Bello. I had my procedure done by Dr. Park on January 9th. Procedure went exactly as promised. My recovery has been great. I did swell quite large the first week but was still able to get through my usual daily activities minus moderate-heavey exercise. Ive been able to return to work after my 1st week I requested off. Although I could of returned after day 3, I'm glad I took the extra days. It's now been a little over 2 weeks since I had my procedure done and my swelling has gone down tremendously. Once the initial shock of the swelling went down and started noticing the difference, my whole confidence has risen tremendously. I cannot wait for the final outcome. So excited!! -Alex Carrion