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how long after lipo can I drive?

  • Cindy in Valrico
  • Valrico, FL
  • 3 years ago

I had liposuction on April 29 on both my thighs, upper and lower ad's, love handles and fat around my breast and underarms area. It's been a week. I feel better, but hurt and walk like a turtle. LOL It was worth $4,000.I am laying down and using my laptop! Want to drive, but my thihgs still hurt and my underarm area. I don't how people return to work sooner than 1 week. OH MY

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My husband drove me to my 1 day post op. I was still slightly groggy, minimal pain & leaking. But, fully capable of getting around the house unassisted. I was slow but it wasn't any one thing that made me slow. It was a combination of post-anestheia, moderate pain, pain medication & being bound up in a tight compression garment. I was able to drive myself to my 7 day post-op appt. though. I only took my percocet for 3 days. And even though i was taking laxitives, stool softeners and aloe juice pre & post op per my Dr's instructions, the constipation (due to the pain med) was not worth it. Although, on the morning of my 7 day post-op appt, i woke up with a terrible upper back ache (a periodic ache i get every once in awhile if i sleep on an uncomfortable mattress or am on my back for extended amounts of time). So i popped a percocet & gave myself plenty of time to drive to my appt. My pain was gone & i felt completely relaxed but not woozy. Everyone is different & i know my body when its on rx meds. I would never recommend anyone to do what i did. I had breast implant removal with no replacements. But, i did have fat transferred to my breasts instead, thus the lipo. I did not go in for lipo & decide to have a fat transfer. I'm 5'5" tall & 115lbs with little body fat. Although, i did have a slight pooch on my lower abd. from a previous c-section & a little saddle bags that only was noticeable when i was undressed. So this was my intinery: Implant removal, lipo of lower abd., flanks, back, inner, outer & anterior thighs. My doctor asked me if she needed more fat, could she take some from my arms, said , of course! But she didn't need it. At first, i kinda wish she did but on 2nd thought, if i decide to get a 2nd round of fat transfer, I'll need that spot as another donor area.
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p.s. I also want to add that my dr. told me that a lot of the fat she sucked out was very fibrous and did not want to leave my body. So i did have a LOT of bruising. Crazy, believable bruising, but i knew it was temporary, so i wasnt concerned. I asked my dr. if the lipo was going to change my body to the effect that i would drop a size (which i didn't want) and she said no. She said i would just be more streamlined. But since I'm in between a size 3 & 5, i would always buy 5. I'd rather my clothes to be SLIGHTLY loose than slightly too tight for comfort and the occasional bloat or weight gain. But now, 3months post-op, I am very comfortable in a size 3.
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can any1 help? i had implants uplift and lipo on my belly 5 days ago, iam feeling better just sore when can i drive?
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After liposuction surgery,you should have to take 2 months for relax. I am damn sure that after 2 month,you will not feel any type of pain and would happy with your successful results.
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After a liposuction surgery it is critical for you to take proper care of yourself and follow your liposuction surgery doctor's instructions as well as all guidelines provided by the medical staff. Following these instructions after liposuction surgery will assure a quicker and easier recovery. Being disciplined about post-operative care and adopting healthier habits will optimize your liposuction results, long-term. For more details contact our expert Dr. Farella. http://www.drfarella.com/
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You can't drive w/ anesthesia but after that it's up to your pain threshold. Ask your doctor to be certain.
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