Long-Term Vaser Recovery
Byon 19 Jul 2012
I had vaser on my upper arms over eight weeks ago and wanted to share my experiences on this forum. my surgeon took 1 1/2 litres of fat from my arms (he says it's the most he's ever done on upper arms) and immediately after the surgery I was euphoric! - I could already see the difference and was thrilled to have finally had the surgery I had waited years for.
I am quite large all over but my 'bat wings' have always made me feel 'abnormal' and I was so excited to lose them! I had planned to return later in the summer to have my inner/outer thighs and my neck/chin area done. In the following few days my bubble definitely burst as the swelling/bruising/pain kicked in and I began to find the compression garments SO uncomfortable and painful (I was getting blisters and sores on my underarms where the garments were rubbing).
The first aftercare session where a nurse massaged my arms was hell - I thought I would pass out with the pain! Ten sessions and three weeks later I was still in a lot of pain and so swolen but my surgeon told me this was normal and I should wait at least six weeks to see a real improvement! (what happened to little or no down time!?!)
At my eight week post op session I explained to my surgeon that I was disappointed to still be swollen and still in some pain (but SO glad to be rid of those DARN compression garments). He explained that this was normal and I won't be fully recovered for up to a year! I am SO sad. I have lost 2 1/2 cm from each arm and there is less 'swing' but this just isn't enough to justify the pain/discomfort/money! In another six months I will probably (hopefully) be thrilled with the results but right now I am doubting if it was all worth it. I won't be having further areas done.
My advice to anyone considering this surgery would be to look to the long term and don't expect miracles - and definitely don't have it done if you have a date in mind or an event to go to (i went to a wedding 3 weeks after my surgery and I looked like an elephant!). Be prepared to possibly wait a LONG TIME to see the results and don't expect to go from supersize to supermodel!!! I have friends who have had 'annoying little areas of fat' removed and are absolutely thrilled with the results but if you have a lot of fat to shift you may just have to stick to the diet!