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What clothes should I expect to wear after sugery..And what about work clothes when I go back?

  • crazy_cornflakes07
  • Springfield MO
  • 1 year ago

So my question is I am trying to figure out what sort of clothes I should have ready on hand after my surgery. Also I am going to have to go back to work probably sooner than I like. Luckily I should be able to do most of it from home. But during the second week of recovery I may have to drop in for an hour or so. Anyways yes I know this is not the ideal situation but that is not the question :) So I am also wondering what suggestion do you guys have about what to wear to work. Its business causal more casual though. I typically wear leggings and a sweater dress. Basically anything but jeans. So I am just really needed any and all suggestions on what you think I could expect to wear say post op 13-14 days? Also I wear a size small in almost everything I own, So I am wondering if I need to start buying like large sized leggings so they will fit over my swollen stomach.

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I bought two pair of maternity pants. I wear dress pants and I just couldn't figure out what size I will be.
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Hey there...leggings, sweats etc. will be your best friend. You won't know about sizing until you see what how your body reacts. I'm a small and thought I'd need bigger clothes due to the swelling. For me, the one pair of medium leggings were too big BUT I haven't had a lot of swelling. You'll need to play it by ear. I'm still pretty much in sweater dresses and boots but I wear that anyway. :) I'm 37 days out. I started wearing jeans in the last 8 days but still have my binder and cg to protect the scar. Bottom line - you wont know until you see how your body reacts. Prepare yourself for the long haul.
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Did you take vitamins before/after, niptuckgrl?
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I went back to work at 12 days post-op (am 24 days now). The swelling I'm experiencing is from where I had lipo, in my thighs and hips. I have some swelling in my stomach, but even with swelling, my stomach is a whole lot smaller than it was before, lol! I have two pairs of pants that work for me (going out/work wear, I mean...lounge wear all the way at home). One is a stretchy pair of knit pants in black that I wore all of the time pre-op...very flattering style on my totally non-flattering pre-op body, so they definitely work for me and any swelling I'm experiencing now. They're probably my favorite pair because they're a knit material and are stretchy-- as I swell during the day, they stretch to accommodate. My others are a pair of khakis I wore post-pregnancy. They're a size up from my pre-op khakis, but I've found I don't need it in the stomach...I had to size up to accommodate the swelling in my thighs and hips. For tops, I am thrilled with my beautiful flat stomach!! For the first time in years, I can wear fitted tops! So, those are what I'm wearing. :) I put my frumpy pre-op outfits away and got out what few fitted shirts I owned. I also got online and ordered a few more for myself. :) It might not be a bad idea to have some larger clothes on hand, if you don't have any lurking in your attic. I'd keep the tags attached, though, and if you don't need them, you can return them when you're up to it. Leggings and sweater dresses or tunics would probably be perfect. Leggings are quite forgiving. :) I can't wear such outfits quite yet because as I mentioned, the swelling in my hips from the lipo is pretty bad, and I certainly don't want to accentuate those areas! Good luck to you!!
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I haven't needed a bigger size in leggings due to swelling. I went back to work from home at eight dpo and out of the house at two weeks post op. I am nine weeks out now and still wearing leggings and dresses or long sweaters. Kinda tired of my "uniform" by now. From what I hear, you can expect to be swollen until at least three months post op.
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My thoughts are, yes, buy bigger clothes. Perhaps go to a resale shop? I think when l go back to work l too will wear loose leggings and big sweaters.
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