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Liposuction swelling - how is your recovery?

  • Janet
  • Seattle, WA
  • 4 years ago

What are you doing to reduce swelling after liposuction?

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Hi ladies! I am one week post op from having lipo to my thighs and love handles, then a fat transfer to my butt. The swelling is almost unbearable as well as the pain I am feeling in my back. I am wearing the compression garment with epifoam also. I haven't been able to do anything or go anywhere. I want this initial swelling to go down!!! I was very misinformed before surgery and didn't do much research on the recovery process. I can't even sit on my butt for 4 weeks.. But that's the only area that looks great! I wish my PS would have told me about the recovery process. Had I known, I would probably not have had this surgery. Especially during the summers months. Good luck to every woman going through the swelling and bruising!! We are in this together!
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I am now 24 days post-op and doc says 2/3 of the swelling is gone. I still have numbness in the swollen areas, but PS says when swelling is gone, most numbness should be too. My lower back is the numbest and most swollen, not sure why this is.
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Same here. I had lipo n my back n lower stomach is still numb. But I've heard some people r swollen for 4-6 months.
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When did u have surgery... im 5 weeks post op and i still think im pretty swollen.. idk if its in my head or not.. lol... i have updated weekly photos on my blog... tell me what u think.. I had crazy brusing for like the first 3 weeks.. im still numb around my upper legs... but my rib cage area still hurts like its brused inside
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Hey, I did look at your pics n you r a little more swollen than I n I was much bigger than u.
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I hope the swelling doesn't last that long, but have been pleased with the results at this point. Thanks for the info.
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I had surgery 3/17 and all bruising is gone, except one small spot on one leg. I had complete bruising of torso and both legs, even my calf, which didn't have lipo. I have a couple of incision points that hurt every now and then when I move suddenly, but other than that I am surprised at how quickly I have recovered.
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I'm starting day 2 after stomach, thigh, and lower back lipo. I woke up feeling sore, but nothing terrible. It's tough getting in and out of bed, but it really does help to walk around. I hoping to wean off the pain meds and stick with tylenol later today. My PS wants me walking at least a mile today and I'm not worried about that. Im starting to swell, but knowing that would happen has kept me from worrying about it. I'm looking forward to showering tomorrow and that will give me a chance to use my arnica cream. Taking it orally right now. Anyway, I know it's early, but so far I feel great and my CG is doing a good job of managing the swelling.
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how is ur swelling
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It's much worse today, but the pain is better. Took my first shower this morning and, while I expected bruising, it was much worse than I anticipated. My stomach looks really weird (some parts are puffy and some are flat), but my thighs are the worst. I can't wear regular clothes because they are so huge.
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It will get better, I do remember my first shower and I had to peel of the bandages, oh I thought I would faint. It does get better. Wear the compression garments as long as u can, I got pneumonia and had to stop after 3 weeks they were not allowing me to take in full breathes. My procedure was extensive, back, belly arm thigh and legs. It was rough to look at as far as bruising but it looked worse for a longer time then it felt badly. Hang in there!
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The regular clothes are huge? Unfortunately you are kinda miserable for a while :-( I had no brusing on my belly at all.. but i did lipo on my flanks also and my back and butt were all tore up BAD.. U need to go to my profile and look at my pictures... like the 3rd or 4th one is my brusing photo.. does ur belly look like that?
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Sorry, I wasn't very clear. I meant my thighs are so huge that my regular clothes don't fit. I'm planning to go to work tomorrow and I have no idea what to wear. I can't show up in sweatpants, lol. My stomach looks very similiar to yours. However, the back of my thighs are solid black and blue from my butt to the back of my knees. It looks really terrible. I've been walking a lot and I think that's causing the bruising to move down.
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the brusing will move every where... mine went all the way down my butt and i didnt even do anything back there.. lol.. Maybe go invest in some cheap work pants to get u through (that are bigger that is). Sucks u have to go to work in the mist of all of this :-( My Dr had told me i could go back to work in 2 days.. PUFF there was NO WAY IN HELL
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I feel nausea and lightheadedness when I have to take it off to wash it. I can't imagine not wearing it. I am almost 2 weeks post-op and just ordered a new one two sizes smaller, since that us how much my swelling has gone down. I plan on wearing it 4-6 weeks. May not be necessary, but very comfortable for me.
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any of you feel nausea and lightheadedness after putting the garment back on? My swelling goes down with the garment but the discomfort is disrupting my daily life. :( appreciate if there are any other methods to reduce swelling..
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Do u think you may have a garment too small or too tight? I hate taking mine off to b honest.
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I had it on for 2 weeks, no issues.. Developed a bit of skin irritation and stopped wearing for about 1.5 weeks.. Im back to wearing it now but the discomfort is really bad :(
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rae how are u doing now? i had my garment... honestly i havent seen much change and im 5 weeks post op :-( still swollen ... it sucks but oh well... when did u have ur sugery?
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Forgot to mention that I also had lipo of the abdomen as well.
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I am one week post-op of lipo to axillary area, back, and thighs as well as breast implant exchange /reduction. I spent a lot of time reading this forum before surgery and can tell you that my swelling has gone down drastically in just the first week. My doctor put me in the Design Veronique 853(Black) and I can tell you that I love this garment. Very high quality, comfortable and was provided by my doctor. I only get out of it to wash it. As soon as I got home from surgery I began taking the pain meds every 4 hours and also a stool softener daily. I have stayed ahead of the pain, so it has been very manageable. I began walking around the house a little each day, napping and sitting elevated in bed. The bruising looks very bad, but the garment is feeling looser all over. I do have numbness and have been lightly massaging the areas each day and notice that the numbness is already decreasing in some areas. Even with swelling I can see a very noticeable difference in my shape and am very happy. It has only been one week, so I have a ways to go yet. I had approx. 4 L removed.
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Well I had mine 4 days ago and the pain and numbness is driving me coo coo. I notice that when I didn't wear my compressor clothe I got swollen and it hurt more when I put them back on the pain got better. The meds the doc gave me give me nightmares so I stick to ibuprofen. I hope this pain and swelling go away but I see a difference in the mirror I had stomach abdomen and waist done now I'm going back to get my back done oh lord help me I know in the end I'm going to look gorgeous I'm 64 and this a present for me.
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I had 4 area lipo on March 5th.... i did the upper and lower abdomen and my flanks.. along with BA.... Im not in much pain but im 9 days post op and i am still really numb and swollen :-( i fear i will be bigger than before i went in... why IDK.. I guess a stupid fear.. im also WAY brused which is makign me coo coo as well.. lol
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How is your recovery going. Are you active currently. Im sure that you were relieved when able to sit comfortably on your thighs.
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I'm day 16 after inner/outer thighs and inner knees. Days 5-10, I had AWFUL swelling above the back of my left knee. Made it really challenging to resume light activities. Sitting at work really exasperated it. The swelling is much better now and most bruising is gone. I have some hard lumps that i massage daily (this REALLY helps!) and some numbness and tingling/burning (mostly on inner thigh area). I can kneel for brief periods of time and go up and down stairs with a little stiffness. Have used Arnica orally and topically since 3 days before surgery. Am still in the stage 1 compression garment (which is falling apart and too big for me) while I wait for the stage 2 garment to arrive in the mail. I tried wearing compression running pants for a day, but after sitting through breakfast on a wooden bench, my legs started to swell and the stage 1 garment was quickly put on. This has been a much slower process than I had anticipated. I'm relatively fit (can easily run a 5k and do 20+ burpees on demand) and am a fast healer with, what is normally, a high pain tolerance. But, heck if the past 2+ weeks haven't sucked. I don't do well feeling like an invalid. All that being said, I can see a very positive change in silhouette already. Saddlebags and inner thigh fat deposits i inherited from my maternal grandmother and have had since age 12 are gone. I am excited for the rest of the swelling to go down, as it can only get better from here on out :)
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