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How was your recovery from Liposuction?

  • ReMa
  • 5 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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Thank you for the information, I will look for vodderschool.com..I sure hope to find something in my area. I am not swelling as much, however I have pretty obvious lumps in my lower abdomen near my belly button. I massage them several times per day, but they become tender to the touch after a while. I massage them until they disappear, but they eventually return.
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It is possible that you may be applying too much pressure. This is a common mistake even among massage therapists. If you apply too much pressure you create more congestion because you are damaging more cells.., this re-ignites the inflammation response and the 'hard' area returns. Also, deep pressure can actually feed the pattern that already exists. Because the body thinks it has to protect itself, so it hardens back. Depending on where the edema, scar area, swelling and any other surgical /trauma history, lymph can be easily directed to an 'alternate route'. Gently moving the skin toward the nearest 'open' un-congested area toward the major lymph network is the key. A good therapist could show you how to practice this.
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I did not find any therapist in my nearby area. The closest is possibly 1.5 hrs away. I I am currently 19 days PO and the swelling has gone down. I feel a lot better. I am still taking Naproxen every 12 hrs. My skin feels tight but stretching out helps with that. I'm not sure if I'm applying too much pressure. But the lumps feel tender afterwards.
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If tender afterwards the pressure is too hard. Work just up against the hard spots, as if youare slowly softening the edges.
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OK, thank you
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I am 5'5" and i weighed 155 before the lipo. I had laser lipo 5 days ago on my upper/lower abs, and all around waist area. I was awake during the procedure with local anesthesia. Im not sure how much was removed, but i have my post op tomorrow and i will get more details to share. I had 7 small incisions all around that were left open for drainage. On the evening of my surgery i changed the pads from my incisions. 3 of the pads were full and the rest had minor drainage. I had bareable pain controled by tramadol. The following day i had plenty of rest and no swelling and very little pain. I changed my drainage pads to bandaids. My full time job is a police officer wearing approximately 15 - 20 pound duty belt. But, I'm on light duty for something else. I had surgery on a Friday and I returned to work Monday for a 12 hour shift sitting at a desk. I've been wearing my waist garment with the snaps at the crotch 24/7 since the surgery as indicated. By the middle of the day i was in pain, stiff, swollen and my elastic waist pants had engraved into my swollen waist. Im taking naproxen for the pain and inflamation and arnica to dissolve the bruising. I struggled to bend at the waist, it was all numb but painful (a feeling that seems very hard to explain) I got home after completing my shift, I was very swollen, I showered, washed my garment, dried it and put it back on. I noticed bruising in my groin area where the garment got so tight it basically cut off some circulation in the area. My skin has a burning sensation in some areas. I keep my garment on with the abdominal foam pad inside it and I put on the wrap over it. It is very uncomfortable but it feels better than with nothing on and overnight the swelling goes down. That was my first rough night, i barely 4 hours of sleep from pain and discomfort. I it was all repeated the next day except now I don't need the band aids but my incisions are dry but look open. Luckily I have two days off to stay in bed and recover a bit. But then I go back and have to work 3 days in a row. I'm possibly going back to full duty in about 3 weeks and God help me I'm not looking forward to putting on that duty belt. I hope the swelling gets better by then. I did research before getting this done and its so hard to know how your body is going to react to certain things. But based on what doctors, reviews and articles say, it wouldn't be a problem to return to work. I really did not expect it to be this bad. There are so many factors to consider that are easily overlooked and not mentioned. During my research, I never came across any help from someone in my profession who shared their recovery and I know there are many and not just lipo. Feel free to ask me questions reference to my procedure and recovery and please keep me in your prayers as I will for you.
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I find your insight exactly what I am going thru now after 8 days PO. I told my husband I think my body compressor is the wrong size. It's so tight I can't breathe and it takes all my husbands strength to put it on me after I shower. When will the stiffness end around my stomach. I can't bend to shave my legs. Etc. how often did u take off your garment to put the bruising meds on?
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I had lipo yesterday on my hips, inner and outer thighs and inner knees. I'm just out of the hospital and actually feeling no pain but starting to faint every time I get up. This is really crazy because I'm not able to move around in the house, just sitting or laying. I haven't taken any painkillers since they woke me up after the op, but I don't think that's normal since my pain tolerance is not this good, so...!? When does the pain start? When does the fainting stop? Can you give me any hint what to do about this constant dizziness? My doc said that it goes away if I drink enough, like 3-4 liters a day. And what about this garment??? :))) Does any of you ladies have a best practice how to use it on the toilet? I have to wear it constantly and have the type which has a hole in the middle! Please help because it's scary!!!:))) thank you!
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I know you posted this almost 2 weeks ago and hopefully you're fine now, but I thought I would reply in case other people have a similar experience. I also had terrible dizziness and the only thing that helped was drinking Gatorade or Powerade. It did make me swell a bit because of the sodium, but I was already so swollen that it wasn't exactly noticeable. It made a huge difference in how I felt.
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Dear beth74, Thank you so much for your reply! I'm fine now, still swollen but at least the dizziness is gone! :)
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Do: Have massages! Do: Wear garment for swelling I wore mine for 4 weeks. Do: Be prepared for the first 4 days because you will have the drainage and it is fairly scary. The kind of WTF have I done to my body?? scary. Do: Take your meds Do: Expect pain like skin tearing away from muscle ever time you move. BE PATIENT Let yourself imagin how awesome it will be. I had aggresive lipo of everything between my breast and hips and back plus inner upper thighs (lost 13 lbs ). It was the most pain I have ever felt and will not hold back on my experience. I have had three kids, 1 natural birth a tummy tuck and a wrenched back and other various pain. There is no pain like the lipo one it is relentless it was that way for over six weeks. I am now 4 months out and look out standing for sure. The pain is gone with the exceptional feeling of stinging pin points on my back (bra line) plus I am still numb on my hips. The swelling gone. Yes the results are beautiful I was a size pudgy 14 and now a smooth 10. Still eating as I did before and walking daily. I have a definded waistline and no bulges back and front. Since he also did the upper buttocks I now have my little bubble butt back. I am very pleased with the results and knowing it is permanet (workout and food healthy a must) I think it was money well spent. I am 65 and look like I did at 30. Will I have any other plastic surgery? Probably not the expense is substancial, the recovery difficult. Plus tummy tuck and lipo need no 'touch ups'. My face will just have to age with my friends and family aging with me. My goal was not to look young it was to have the body I had more than 3/4 of my life (there was a time in my life durning that time I put on 40 lbs which became almost impossible to loose because of age. I did loose 25 lbs but looked saggy and fat deposits stayed, before procedure) . So I can wear whatever I want without under garments or loose clothes to hid the belly and back rolls. My skin looks normal but has some spots that are not smooth. My husband loves to run his hands up and down my waistline and I like to wear clothes and belts so show off. I can not imagin working and kids plus recovery. I tip my hat to those who can do it. I could barley function for myself for so many weeks add a job and cooking, housework and kids..whoa you guys are my heros. Recommed? Yes! but be aware of the endurance you will have to cope with.
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Hello to all :) I'm 23 I just had male tummy tuck and lipo on my flanks exactly 3 weeks ago and I wanted to know how long would it take until I see result from the swelling to go down it's been going down slowly I'm still confused will my stomach and my flank still shrink?
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Hi Eric ticas. I'm a female so I'm not sure if this will be same for you but I had my tt and lipo done 6 months ago. I just saw my PS yesterday for a follow up and she said my flanks (and somewhat the belly) is still swollen a little bit. I still notice my flanks swelling a tiny bit when I overdo it (Nothing crazy that anyone but me would notice). It takes about a year to 18 months to see the final results. You will see improvement day by day but the way you look at 12 months is pretty much the final result. The time goes faster than you expect. Mine is well worth the wait....loving the results of my TT:)
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It will
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It will
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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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