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My liposuctioned fat came back TO THE SAME AREA! Has this happened to you?

  • upset_lipo_patient
  • 1 year ago

Hi. This is my first time posting here. I'm very sad right now. :( I'm 27 years old and I've always been a very thin person. I have very small hips, chicken legs, wirey arms, very small breasts and a flat bootie. :( It seems the reason why I am so thin is because all the fat I ingest goes to ONE AREA. Well, 2 technically. My stomach and my flanks. It's very disproportional and extremely unattractive to be skinny with a swollen, flabby belly and love handles that are wider than your hips. My husband and I don't have very much money at all, but last year we made the huge investment of getting liposuction in my belly and love handles. We shopped around for the best surgeon in the city, took out a big loan, and did it. The recovery was by far the worst pain I've ever experienced in my life and I was completely debilitated for 2 weeks. During the first week of recovery, my husband called my surgeon on 2 different occasions at 3 and 4 in the morning, worried sick because I was in so much pain I couldn't stop crying all night. My surgeon prescribed stronger pain meds for me and said he's never had anyone go through as much pain as I seemed to be going through. He told me it must be because since I'm such a small person with so much localized fat, the surface area to work with was much smaller than it is with other patients and so the surgery and pain were more intense. Anyway, once the garment came off and I was able to see what I looked like, I understood why my surgeon had such a great reputation. I looked amazing. I almost cried when I saw my new body in the mirror and found that I was able to sit down without my belly creating a huge bulge over my pants.... without my belly even making a fold! I was so happy about finally being able to wear jeans without a muffin top, and for the first time in my life I felt like a normal person in my bikini. I went to stores and tried on tight dresses that I could never afford just so that I could see that I actually looked like a woman rather than some sort of deformed being with access fat on the midsection of a skinny body. This feeling unfortunately did not last all too long. Less than 2 months later I started noticing a slight change in my treated area. It still looked really good and it still looked WAY better than pre surgery, but somehow it just didn't seem quite as tight and cut anymore. I tried to brush it off and thought maybe it was all in my head. I was in denial for several more weeks, but the more time went by, the more I kept noticing a slight gain of fat to the same area again. It was probably 4 or 5 months after the surgery until I finally said something to my husband about it. And to my dismay he said "yeah I kinda noticed it too but didn't want to say anything." That was when I knew it was NOT just in my head... and that's when I was forced to face the reality that fat is slowly but surely coming back to the same exact spot that got treated. :( It is now 1 1/2 years since the surgery and while it's still not back to the pre operative state YET, I m back to feeling as though I can't wear jeans, can't feel comfortable in a bikini, and hate looking at myself in the mirror without a shirt on. The bulge is there again when I sit down, my love handles are back, and the same looseness that I can grab a handful of is back in my belly. :( I am devastated. I have moved to a different state so I cannot go back and talk to my former surgeon. I keep googling "fat comes back after lipo" but once again, all the search ever shows is that fat comes back to a different area... and that it's impossible for the fat to localize back in the same place. I am so upset, frustrated, disappointing, and confused as to why this is happening when everything I ever heard is that it CAN'T come back to the same place!  I don't want to live like this. I don't want to live hating my body, not feeling comfortable in my own skin, and not feeling like I look feminine. But I don't know WHAT to do. I have tried diet/exercise in the past but that just leads to me feeling extremely hungry and the results are never what I want. Since I am a skinny person with localized fat, this isn't as simple for me as just losing weight. Sure, I can burn more calories a day than I take in, go to bed feeling absolutely starved, and lose about 5 pounds. (I am 5'7" and I weigh about 110 lbs). But doing that will just make me look skinnier over all... it won't give me a tight, flat belly and do away with the love handles. I've thought that maybe if I do a Brazilian Butt lift and the fat is transferred from my belly to my butt, if that will finally stop the fat from coming back to my belly? More than anything right now I'm just completely bewildered as to why this is happening when everything I read out there about lipo says that fat does not come back to treated areas. If this has happened to you, or if you know anything about this, please please please respond to this post. I am so upset right now... :(