Chin and Abs Lipo at American Lipo Centers - Alexandria, VA
I'm posting my worth it rating as "unsure" because...
I'm not overweight but I am a very soft girl. I've always had a belly and a bit of a double chin all my life and no matter what I did it would not go away. I have worked out like crazy since I was a teenager and tried every diet there is. I'm just not supposed to be skinny naturally! So I finally said "screw it" and decided to go under the knife.
Before my procedure I was extremely nervous. I pretty much had a panic attack and tried to cancel my appointment but thankfully Elisa, one of the nurses, calmed me down and was very kind. The day of my procedure I was still sooo nervous but as soon as that valium hit me I was all smiles. I laid down on the table and the doctor told me I'd feel a little pinching pain while he cut each incision. That was a piece of cake. So was the numbing step which is when they stick a cannula in you and fill you with numbing fluid. I felt some minor pain here and there but it was so not a big deal at all. My tattoo hurt more. The nurses and the doctor talked to me the whole time about music, sports, whatever, which helped a ton to keep my mind off of what was going on. The suctioning part didn't hurt. It was just kind of uncomfortable cause the vibration rattled my ribs a bit when he was doing the upper abs.
Overall, pain was minimal and the whole thing was SO SO SO SO SO much easier than I thought it would be. I felt so happy. I had absolutely no reason to worry so much. I was tiny after the procedure but swelled up like a balloon in the car. I felt like the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Recovery was fine. I popped a pain pill every 6 hours for about 48 hours and slept a lot. No real pain or discomfort. I could walk around my house just fine and took care of myself for the most part. My parents were kind enough to make me food. I called the doctor about a question and he picked up immediately and was very nice and told me that I could call again with any questions and concerns.
4 days post op I swelled back to my original size which worried me. I kept wearing my garments and watched what I ate a little more closely. Stopped taking pain pills cause I didn't feel any pain. I have one tiny little bruise on my belly button. I'm in my early 20s and healing pretty quickly.
7 days post op. Went for my follow up and the doctor said I am healing evenly. I'm a bit smaller than I was but I'm still swollen under my chin quite a bit and on my upper abs. Doctor said its just fluid from being swollen and it will flatten out while it heals. I CAN'T WAIT. Feeling very impatient! I will update all of you as I heal. Keeping my fingers crossed
Be prepared for the possibility of post-surgical depression!!
I'm optimistic about how my body will heal and look. It already looks better but I hope my upper abs will get flat. Despite my optimism however, I've fallen into a deep post-surgical depression. Its really weird. I just feel so depressed. I looked it up on google and apparently its very common. It could be a side effect of the pain pills or just the trauma in general. Knowing this is a common thing has already helped me feel much better. So be prepared that this could happen to you. Knowing that will probably lessen the confusion and worry that I experienced.
Still have a big hard lump under my chin
Updated review to "Worth it"
Very very kind guy. Listened to exactly what I wanted and did his best to deliver. Answers phone calls on his cell promptly. Nice office. Nice Nurses. I had an extremely pleasant experience working with them. They're very busy this time of year so I felt the consult and follow up meetings were a tad rushed but I was also late both times so it could have just been my fault. :-P