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How was your recovery from Liposuction?

  • ReMa
  • 4 years ago

i am a 37yo woman who has liposuction on flanks...now looking for tips on recovery by others who've already had liposuction. What was yours like? Lots of swelling, even 2 weeks later? Pain?

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Today is week 7 and I must admitt I do feel better. But very far from good. The feeling of skin pulling away from muscle is not as often and shorter in time but it is still a searing sharp pain especially after sitting OW!!!. I can tolerate longer walks and can do more housework (wahoo..not). Like I said I look super good flat belly, no love handles (bra roll) smooth back, square ass is gone (upper buttock bulge) and nice waist and am at my goal weight,as he removed 13 lbs. Numbness, some swelling, and pain are far from gone. I will appreciate it more when I can wear a sexy bra (still to tender to put anything binding on) and really enjoy being touched. Oh but one upside. Since my midriff is so much smaller and smoother by boobs look bigger..ha ha ha I got a twofer.
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It's not easy. I'm 2 weeks post and the swelling is the hardest for me to overcome. You can barely see the difference. My clothes don't fit so I can even hide the swelling. Feels a little counter productive but based on others experiences, it's just the side effect of lipo. Just be prepared not to expect to see any results for months.
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How is your swelling now? I'm 3 days post tickle lipo and very swollen.
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I am at 7 weeks post-lipo of flanks, thighs and knees. Frankly, I've been surprised at how easy the recovery has been especially after reading some of the comments. I was diligent about wearing my garment 24/7 until 6 weeks--I think that helped with swelling and just felt better. I also started having lymphatic drainage massages which helped too--I did them about 3 weeks post a couple of times a week. I'm thrilled with what changes I'm seeing so far--clothes fit better and just look good. I still am numb in my flank area and anticipate being so for a couple of months or so. The other areas I can still feel if I push on them (so I don't..lol) but it's not a bad pain at all. I wish all of you the best and I'll post in another month or two. This is something that I wish I had done years ago. Best wishes!
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After an August TT I am headed into surgery, prob late Jan. for the abdominal lipo. Here I go again. I really want the best result possible so this has to be done. BUT Im very apprehensive. My muscles are still mildly sore from the TT. Am I back to a garment, pain, swelling? Will someone be my buddy?
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I feel there are three important questions; what type of lipo are you getting and how much experience does your doctor have and what type of anesthesia? Local/General. I had tickle lipo (Nutational Infrasonic Liposuction) on my abs and flanks and slim lipo on my upper arms because of the heating element. The heat is supposed to aid in keeping the skin tight after the lipo. I was insistent on local anesthesia because the recovery rate is so much quicker. The tickle lipo lived up to all the hype. All the areas done with tickle had little discomfort and swelling but no pain. The slim lipo responded just as I've read on so many other accounts; feeling like an internal sunburn or road rash. It was much more uncomfortable, I had bruising, not much, where I didn't have any on the other areas done with tickle lipo. And yes...tickle lipo did tickle. I actually giggled during the procedure. Knowing what kind of lipo can help identify what you will expect. There are so many different kinds. But as with all lipo you will have swelling and probably want/need to wear the garment to manage that. There are many differing opinions on how long you need to wear the garment but wearing a garment on the abs, especially during winter is pretty easy to conceal. Go with what your doctor suggests. For me, after doing a lot of research, I decided to take mine off earlier rather than later. The way one doctor explained it the swelling is going to go down no matter what you do. The garment is a way to help contain that but he didn't recommend it for his patients after the first week. I actually liked the feeling of the "constriction”. It made me feel comfortable. The garment for my arms was awful however and even after buying a bigger one it still cut off my circulation and I wore a size 4 before surgery. Still do. It's just all smoother and flatter now. LOVE IT! I just had my 3 month check-up yesterday. I would definitely suggest one thing - make sure you have a drawing where you have it noted on the picture where the surgery is taking place and where the insertion points are going to be. Either that or be awake fully when they draw the lines on you. We verbally spoke about it but one main insertion point is now visible because it wasn’t on a page where we could both see it. In addition my upper/upper abs, right below my breasts, was forgotten. Only the upper abs above my belly button, up to a point, were done. Make sure you visibly see and agree on the insertion points and locations that will be lipo'd. Per their procedures, they have you take the meds before you get there. So I wasn't lucid enough to even know they were marking me wrong. :( Hopefully you will learn from my mistake and get verification so you have no issues. Even all said I'm so happy I did it. I get giddy when I put on clothes now! :)
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The thing is, there are so many more important questions than just three. Here are a few: 1) what are the long-term liposuction results? Studies raise concerns about long-term cosmetic and health results. The studies show that liposuction initiates disease processes, and adipose re-accumulation in untreated areas. Liposuction violently destroys the fishnet structure under the skin where the fat cells live, (look it up), the amount of harm varies from person to person. Liposuction can damage organs, muscles, nerves, blood vessels. Some people are fully disabled. Some people die. 2) Will a doctor strictly follow the plan you have laid out? I saw one woman suggest that you get a schematic drawn out in advance that marks the incision sites which seems like a good idea, but even if you "approve" a specific plan, doctors state plainly that they are entitled to do what they think is best and NOT to follow that plan. "Breech of contract" is one if the main reasons for plastic surgery lawsuits. 3) Are short-term reviews and the photos the doctors choose to show in their portfolios indicative of long-term outcomes? No. One's body will eventually re-accumulate fat elsewhere, so the short-term reviews aren't "final". I am now aware of many women who thought they had great results soon after surgery, but realized down the line that they were disfigured. It's heartbreaking to see good people ruined.
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Have you had lipo Chacha21? I do not about your findings. I saw where it was a very good thing to have that belly fat removed ( http://abcnews.go.com/Health/liposuction-good-heart/story?id=14594284) (Liposuction may also be used to treat certain medical conditions, including: Benign fatty tumors (lipomas). Abnormal enlargement of the male breasts (gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia). Problems with metabolism of fat in the body (lipodystrophy). Excessive sweating in the armpit area (axillary hyperhidrosis). Liposuction is not used to treat obesity. It will not get rid of cellulite or stretch marks.) as it is some of the worse kind of fat you can have. I had an eternal belly looking 5 months prego. No matter how much wieght I loss or exercise it would not go away.. same for upper butt fat & bra roll. losing 10-15 lbs would come off my face and breast. However I did feel a pang of regret when I saw your post. Hopefully the good will out weight the bad. So far I do not see deformity but I do see a lot of improvement. I am faithful and did my homework on picking a Dr. The pain can not go without mention..they do down play it quite a bit. I was told it would be like a bad flu..ha ha ha more like a head-on collision and I would feel tingling as weeks go by more like sharp razor blades or skin being pulled from muscle. I can not imagen having kids and having to work. Maybe for some light wieght lipo couple of lbs but my 13 lbs is equal to heavy duty main event gonna kick your ass lipo. Too late and can not take it back. Chacha can you send the link where you rea that? Thanks
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Chacha I very rarely respond on this board but I was compelled due to your recent post. What the hell are you doing on plastic surgery message board. You have no practical advice to give. You don't have to have lipo if you so choose. Get a life, stop criticizing others that are simply seeking support of those that have been trough this procedure
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Theladygeorge, hopefully the good will outweigh the bad. You sound like a wonderful person, and I would wish that for you. If you cut and paste the sentence "liposuction violently destroys the fishnet structure under where the fat lives", or even look up THE BELLY FINDS WHAT THE THIGHS LOSE, you will find the articles. It's not the same as reading the whole study, but there is some helpful information in the article. I sometimes think the reporting softens the blow due to to pressure from the plastic surgery field. I'm aware also of the the study you mentioned. Thank you for pointing that out. My understanding is that study was a small, short-term study with further studies suggested. The thing that many people don't know is that short-term results may be very different than the long-term results.The stuff about the organs, muscles, nerves, etc is from the PS board documents and texts, PUB Med, and case studies. Also from studying the cause for liposuction deaths as reported by coroners. Additionally there was a task force that studied liposuction in Minnesota. I can point you to lots of studies that talk about the disease processes if you want. I'm happy to help if I can. Maybe some folks who haven't had the surgery yet will learn something from what I'm sharing. Maybe some folks who already has it will be more cautious before getting several additional surgeries. You just never know. I've researched this in depth, read all of the clinical texts I could get to online, studied the studies. Conversed with others who have been studying the same thing. Several people who are very close to me have had their bodies destroyed by liposuction, (I mean fully destroyed), and several by breast surgeries. I'm meeting more people all of the time whose health was completely ruined by trusting plastic surgeons who downplay the risks and some who operate aggressively beyond consent. That's not okay with me. If no one from the public can speak up here, then this site would be nothing more than a biased board selling surgery.
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You are wrong. This question at hand was from someone who already decided to have liposuction. The question was about the results. Your comments have nothing to do with the original question asked. You are on some kind of rampage. That is why you received the responses you did. We're not confused about your comments and why they are here. Don't pretend like your responses were about answering the question at hand. They were not. Start your own topic if you want to but how dare you thread-bomb with that crap and then cry foul about being able to respond publicly. I'm particularly offended because you bounced off my response with your "there are more questions" post disguised as an answer but in reality not an answer at all. Seriously...what a freakin' coward you are. If you want to tell your story and you are really concerned then start your own topic in the forum section where you can have a thoughtful exchange. But don't you dare lurk around and thread-bomb and think you are not going to called on it.
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I agree. I think Cha Cha had no clue
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Well said Septobow. What a terrible thing to post ChaCha21. I'm pretty sure that everyone on this board has looked into the risks of the procedures they are planning on doing. We all know there are risks to lipo, TT, BBL, crossing the street, getting teeth pulled, giving birth etc.... We choose to take our "chances as you say" and most of us love our results and would do it again in a heart beat. This is not a board for negativity....go somewhere else to post those comments. I myself am loving my procedure and am healing well and would do it again in a second.
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Chacha Have you had lipo tt or bs? I appreciate info to help. However you are more centered on the neg, I am not on board for that. Maybe this is not the correct forum for your message. I know several women who have had procedures non of which report any complaints other than the discomfort. How they look and feel about themself has been all positive. I had a tt but needed additional contouring. Wish I'd done it all when I had tt. If what you say is true I rhink the internet would be crammed with info. Mostly the take away is too check double check Dr. You will have do the work.
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I started my own topic months ago. You can find it on my profile. I was having a thoughtful exchange, but the thread was closed to future comments because a woman (who was about a week out of liposuction surgery) came into the conversation and became defensive about the study results. This website dominates the internet in terms of where people go to get information before plastic surgery. I know many people who would have given anything to have this information about liposuction, breast augmentation, (and other aspects of the business), before their surgeries. There are a lot of questions that people don't even know to ask before surgery, and I imagine that many people read this thread before deciding to have surgery. I don't want to name doctors names, but right now there are women planning to go into surgeries with doctors who have fully disabled patients; given third degree burns to patients; used dirty liposuction cannulas that caused women to have life-threatening bacterial infections, and more. I think it's helpful for women to alert each other and share information because doctors are in it for profit, and it's clearly a dangerous business. My aunt (as one example) has been in disabling pain for years now. I just found out earlier this year (while I was in a learning curve about plastic surgery) that she had a PS procedure that caused her this great suffering and diminished health. I wish for the best outcome for everyone, that's why I'm commenting.
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You aren't commenting. You are thread-bombing with your own ill-informed opinion on someone else's request. The requestor themselves already said you weren't answering their question and you were out of line but you have no respect. Hopefully enhancements to this site will include being able to identify and mark people like yourselves, like fb has, so the owners of the groups can take the appropriate moves to remove you from violating threads looking for real information. There are very clear sections on this same site that provide lists of great questions to ask before surgery. I used them myself. You are simply uninformed and spouting scare tactics. Even when clearly identified as being uninformed, unwanted and out of line you still come back. Shame on you.
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I guess the best way to deal with inappropriate posts is to ignore them
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I must be a real sissy! Even though I had 2 natural child birth and a TT. This lipo is much more painful than I expected. I had flanks, abs and back. I am 6 wks out and so Tylenol soaked it is sad. I went and found the prescribed meds and took one. Finally some real relief. It feels like the skin is being ripped from the muscle. I look beautiful even with the swelling but feel horrible. I am going back to massages. I feel more motivated from these post to get up and push through the pain. I stopped garment a few days ago but will go back to night wear for a few weeks. This is VERY painful for me. I can not imagen what it must be like for working Mom's!! I can't really enjoy how I look because of how I feel......... I know patience..grrrr
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You are not a sissy. I had the breast lift, TT, and lipo of knees, thighs , belly hips and back at same time. The discomfort from lipo took the most time to resolve. I am six months post op and love the results. My biggest hurdle now is to eat correctly and exercise. My biggest nightmare is thought of developing a huge booty because the fat cells have been removed from everywhere else. :) Oh well, we should all strive to eat right and exercise to stay healthy right . Good luck to all of you recovering and to those who have yet to have your procedures.
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I wanted to add, be careful with the Tylenol make sure you never exceed maximum dosage listed on the bottle. It can really damage the liver. Get better soon !! Happy holidays!
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Thank you. That is actually a concern of mine. Happy holiday to you and yours.
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How did you control the pain? I just read how Tylenol can cause damage liver. I am now really wondering what to do. Happy holidays..
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I had a tt and lipo of the flanks and back almost 9 weeks ago, and I am still sore and still feels numbbin those areas. I personally think that the lipo has been worse than the tt.
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I had the same experience. If it makes you feel any better, I was in a fair amount of pain at 8-9 weeks post op (I also had a TT with lipo) but at 10-12 weeks I started to feel better. Hang in there!
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10-12 wk sounds sooo far away. And wearing out easily is such a drag. Energy thoughts are there but body not on board. Thank you for the support and happy holidays to you.
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