As long as I can remember I had "love handles."...
I've done a lot of research before deciding to go through with Laser Lipo (Smart Lipo). This site helped tremendously with my decision making and of course the support of my husband. Well my consultation was last Thursday, the 10th at Sono Bello in Atlanta. The office is very nice and the staff was very polite. The girl I met with for my consult was very energetic (Sahar) and complimenting. Because she made me feel very comfortable I decided on going with this office.
My surgery is scheduled for Saturday, April 19th and today I had my pre-op appt Dr. Marc Klein. The pre-op really wasn't that bad. I was nervous for a moment because I had a male doctor, a male nurse and then my husband present. So it felt a little weird with having all of these men checking out my body. But it was over so fast I didn't have time to care really. The doctor was very polite and he didn't stay in the room too long, which didn't matter to me because the questions I had...he answered and that's all I cared about.
I was given prescription for Hydrocodone for pain, xanax for anxiety, cephalexin (antibiotic) and phenergan for nausea. This should be interesting, given that I am a person that refuse to take medication...ever! I'm sure I will take the antibiotic and hydrocodone if needed but anything else...I doubt it. I was also told to start taking Boiron Arnicare two to three days prior to surgery to help with bruising, swelling & pain. I'll start taking those on Wednesday.
I'm not anxious yet but it does feel a little surreal. I'll update after my surgery Saturday!!!
Surgery Date 4/19/14
After about 15 minutes I was walked back to the operating room where Dr. Klein was waiting. Dr. Klein was awesome. He put on some music and we talked the entire time and laughed. The only part I could feel was when I was being numbed with the "numbing fluid stuff" LOL I can't remember the name right now and if I did, I surely couldn't spell it. It starts with a T. LOL. Anyway, that pinched a little but it was bearable.
Dr. Klein was very gentle and kind. He's actually pretty funny and entertaining. I really wasn't sure how long it took because we were engaged in conversation the entire time...because I refused to fall asleep! I had to know what was going on! LOL! I didn't ask how much he took out but I looked over at the cannisters and one was filled to the rim and the other had about 1/3 full. I didn't get a chance to see what I looked like because immediately two nurses put me in my compression garment size medium. The hooks could only go on the first row because I was so full of fluid.
The night of surgery 4/19/14
Day 2 - Post-op 4/21/14
Oh and also my garment has moved to the last row in just two days!!! Woo hoo. So I looked up the company and I'm going to order the "stage 2" garment directly to save money.
I forgot that I took a shower last night for the first time, with assistance of course because I did get a little light headed. The incisions were small and some stung a little when the water hit them . After getting out of the shower I got a sneak peak of myself and I was amazed at how great my shape is looking! HATS OFF TO DR. KLEIN!!! Even though I was swollen, I could totally see the difference, even my hubby had to say something.
Dr. Klein called me about 9pm last night to check on me and to answer any questions. He reminded me to make my one week followup appointment. I made the appointment this morning and it will be this coming saturday which is exactly a week from my surgery date. Hopefully i've covered everything and If not I'll add on..
I'll try to upload pictures soon.
Day 3 - getting around better
Photos for day of surgery and two days post op
Day 5 - no more meds
I ordered my second stage garments in medium and a small.... The medium is very snug but it fits very well. This one is a slip on with the open crotch.......the open crotch is a must especially with all the water i'm drinking! Lol
Playing dress up with & without stage 1 garment
Now my Garment.....this is the stage 1 garment that the doc gave me after surgery size medium! I wear it 24hrs a day! It's very comfortable and hides really well under clothing. Its made by marena comfortwear. And I went to their site and ordered my stage 2 garment.
Also tonight i noticed a little more bruising.....and the swelling in the vagina area is pretty weird and my hubby laughs at it. Sure can't wait til the swelling goes away!!!
7-day f/u at Sonobello yesterday 4/26/14
also i almost forgot....while waiting for my appt I met the beautiful and very sweet 22carrie, who was having her surgery with Dr.Klein!!! I can't wait to see her results even though she already looked great!!! It really is a small world!!!
First day of exercise and entering the lumpy stage
I have developed a pretty large lump in my lower abdomen and i began to massage it with my electric handheld massager that I previously owned. My stomach is still tender and so it's challenging to use the massager but I have to suffer through it lol.
Forgot to mention that at my 1wk follow up appt I was given vivite firming lotion which I use twice a day. It's supposed to help with firming the skin and can be used in other areas as well. We'll see how it works.....also my stage 2 garment which I was measured for came in today in a XL! I'll start wearing it tomorrow!!
I have to admit that I need to get better with my water intake and my eating.....i want some killer abs this summer so I have to make some changes!!!
2weeks post-op update
I will probably start posting once a week to track my progress!
3weeks post-op update
Still dealing with this large lump but received some good advice from FTA2014 about massaging in the shower under the hot water..so I'll start doing that!
I went to the gym for the first time this morning! It felt good to be back! I only walked on the treadmill at a fast steady pass and lightly jogged for 10 minutes. I wore my CG, which i wear 24/7. I have 3 so i always have a clean one to wear.....which is a must lol!
Glad I made the decision to get SL! Honey I AM LOVING MY CURVES!! And so does my hubby lol!
Forgot to mention
Loving what I see!
I'm still using the Vivite firming lotion not only on my abdomen but my thighs and butt, heck maybe it can help tone those areas too LOL! I've been exercising but not as often as I would like.
Anyway here are some updated photos...just two days short of 7-weeks!! What ya think?
Dr. Klein was very kind and polite. He made me feel comfortable and was available to answer any questions I may had. Dr. Klein is absolutely great! He made me very comfortable and he was a pro! He called to checkup on me the following night of my surgery to see how I was doing and to answer any questions I may have.