I just hit my six week mark and am thrilled with the results. I'd say my swelling is down about 80% around my upper/lower abdomen and 90% around my flanks. As you can see from the latest pics, I have a bit of resilient swelling to the left of my naval (which feels like fluid) and at my lower right abdomen, which feels like normal swelling. But they are becoming less and less noticeable so I hope in six months it will be gone.
Two weeks ago I met with Dr. M and he mentioned I needed a few more lymphatic massages to help drain those areas so I scheduled three more treatments. Dr. M said I'm at a crucial junction, as now is the time that the skin tightening is happening and collagen is being formed so the less swelling the better.
I'm at the gym regularly as I'm training to do the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike in early Feb, so I'm spending about 45 min to an hour on a stair master then doing weights every other day. Prior to my surgery I was probably as active at the gym as I am now, but no matter what I did, I could not get my abdomen and love handles to respond. This surgery has been wonderful in removing the fat that diet and exercise didn’t touch. I’ve been able to get the shape I’ve always wanted and that was otherwise unattainable. So for any of you, who are in the same boat as I was, take the plunge, schedule an appointment with a qualified Dr. who has a ton of SL experience and ask him/her what they can do to help.
Now for my Dr. M plug (and no I’m not being compensated for this) Dr. M is a master at this procedure and I would highly recommend him. I think my recovery has been slower than others because he removed so much material (over 3000 ml) but was able to get me the results I wanted. In terms of cost I know there are cheaper options out there but he's been running a ton of pricing promotions so his pricing is probably half what is was prior to the recession and in my opinion very affordable. I'm always shocked to read people who go to surgeons with little or no experience to save a thousand dollars or two. This isn't something that is reversible so it better be done right the first time.
Finally, some people have asked my total outlay and all in, including the procedure, all travel, all medicine; all post procedure treatments (massage, ultrasound, etc... I'm at $6,800).