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how obvious will it be post surgery?

  • sarja
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • 3 years ago

I am scheduled for smart lipo in about a week and one question I have but cant see asked is: will people be able to tell when i am wearing compression garments? I'm prepared to take a few days off and I thankfully have an office job, but will the swelling be obvious?

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6'1", 230lbs male just had my lower abdomen done yesterday. Took an hour and the drainage has stopped within 24hrs. No pain, except an ocassional feeling of pinch where they made the 3 tiny incisions. Otherwise, no discomfort at all and wearing the compression garment.
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good morning. I received your responce on saturday but wasnt able to reply till now since i worked. how are you doing today? ready to concour the world yet? I just wondered if doing cna work is going to effect my surgury in any neg way. has the draing stopped? maybe with you being smaller it may be somewhat different cause i weigh a heck of alot more. but i lost 4 pounds this week. but like you its gonna be nice to see results and those inches gone forever. to go in a store and see clothes try them on and not be discouraged because of a muffin top being squeezed towards the mirrow. i know it takes a couple month to get the end true results but i have waited this long a couple months will be ok. but they told me i will see some results instantle cuz im id say about 38-40 inches around the waist. two weeks...eeeeeeyyyy im so siked,,,well hope you are doing ok
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no worries at all...its 1:30 am and I am wide awake---I guess that is what happens when you sleep most of the day. In some pain but truly not much. The numbness is going away and I am starting to feel normal again. About 20 minutes ago, I decided to unmask the site because the bloody foam was bothering me---I jhave the compression belt, which is a while velcro belt---that is it---and under they put one of those blue sheet/pads...seems overly simple to me. But I replaced the blus sheets with a new one and feel cleaner.
I still have a fair amount of drainage, and have to remind myself to watch and not bleed on the carpet or something when I go to the bathroom or bend down. Its easier to remain upright and straight, so I dont disrupt the incision sites.
I've been taking Arnica and Bromelain and have some Arnica cream I put on too---not sure if that is working but so far I'm not very bruised. But its early...
Okay, I am late forties (very late) and 5'2 and about 125. Im not overweight but since menopause I have gained about 2 inches on my waist with precious little change in diet and exercise. Flabby, moveable, jelly belly stuff. It was just driving me crazy. SO one way or another, this will cure my curiosities....

I dont mind at all---keep questions coming. :)
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Hi Sarja! I'm in my late 50's and have had the flabby, jelly belly, bra fat, bulging thighs (you name it) since early in my life, yet was never obese, just the usually weight gain, loss, up and down, over the years and child birth, menopause, etc. I finally had enough of it and had lipo on ab/flanks/back on Dec 8, 2010. Just had arms & thighs done on Jan 31, 2011. My true waist size (spare tire) was 34 inches and now 9 weeks later is 30, and possibly still going down (some swelling yet?) In response to your "drainage", my serious leakage was only a few days, most of my incisions were tiny and healed up nicely and within 2 weeks, except for one on each side of by abdomen/pelvis? near the hip bones. Those 2 incisions were large, looked "burned" raised (about size of a dime) red and angry and "oozed" for at least 4 weeks! (Possibly they were infected? but the doc had no answers and was nonchalant about that issue!) Just now they are starting to heal! I've been putting the silicone scar treatment pads on for the last 2 weeks and this seemed to help. The compression garment keeps the swelling in check but I wore my "sweats" for comfort for a few weeks, not sure what I would've done had I had to return to work in my regular clothes! (I quit my job so not an issue for me at the time.) Good luck!
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ask me anything...I had a general because that is what Dr. Eppley prefers. That is just fine with me...I think I would not like the feeling of this---the pushing pulling and the noises, even if I couldnt feel it. My answers are kind of short because I start falling asleep while typing :)

But I'm an open book!
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my doc gives atopical and lidocaine in the injection fluid sight. i just watched his video over and over..like a kid in a candy store..lol and he gives a mild sedative and headphones for music.i have reading too much on this on here. you see many people complaning and one lady being very lumpy. just seems that she had a bad one. may i ask how old you are? and are you over weight. I am 42 and over 170..they showed me a lady who was my age and almost the same body typw and the end results were good..well i wont take up your time. sleep well until i hear from you..you can also write me at my email..bjenchel@yahoo.com if its easier...i appreciate you holding my hand thru this..good night
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wow I cant spell or I am still a little stoned.:)
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ahhh wow. glad to see that you are doing well. I am sooo anxious to do this. were you awake? or did they just numb you then poke at ya? lol im sorry for all these questions but you just went through it and I would love to have a play by play and hope I can do the same later on to someone. I was expecting you to be on the couch and spacey..no you were are just spacy and making mac and cheese. thats funny. I hope you have a good night. hope tomorrow isnt too rough on you..let me know..this is like a dream come true for me and I am siked...thanks jeanette
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today. Its now later afternoon and I am not early as woozy. just took my pain meds because I noticed tghe numbness is beginning to wear off. I want to stay ahead of that pain.
I was in at 8ish and out by 11:30 after about an hour and a half of recovery. Came home and was lucid but sleepy and went to bed and have napped on and off. I'm making my kids dinner now (mac and cheese--so its hardly taxing) then I will probably watch a chick flik :)

I am draining a lot from on incision site---but then I'm not sure because its the only one I can see. The wrap is blooy. Hope I can get that out!
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Was it uncomfortable? How is the draining? Today really? How long did it take?
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I just had it done today! And I think I can go back to work on Mnday,,,but I have a pretty quiet job.
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hi. I am getting smart lipo on the 24th and was wondering if you think that I will have no problem going back to work 7 days later. I work at a cna on a busy surgical/ medical floor..thanks
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tomorrow!!! I'm psyched. I trust my surgeon but have seen so many good and bad and long and short recoveries....I think its anyone's guess. To a certain extent, this is betond my control. I did take before pics...that was not a happy occassion :)
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Ooh, so soon! Good luck!

You'll be glad you have those pics later. :) My biggest regret before I started losing weight was not taking pics. I would have loved to see the difference. When Smart Lipo time rolls around I won't forget to do it.

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Hi Sarja,

It really depends on how your body reacts, i.e. how much you swell. The compression garment will minimize things, and if you're wearing loose clothing then it shouldn't be obvious underneath. Just take it slow and try to rest when you can to minimize swelling.

When are you scheduled for surgery?

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