After Years of Debating....

I've decided to pursue my ideal body image by...

I've decided to pursue my ideal body image by going through with liposuction of the abdomen,back and arms. I love my size (size 16/18) and overall shape, but my stomach and back are just too rolly. They make me look awful in certain clothes and I want to live and be able to wear cute, trendy outfits because I'm a young fashionista! Im only 29 and would like my body to match my diva personality and attire!

As for my arms, well let's just say they are irregular! My left arm is bigger than the right one and this makes it really difficult for me to find shirts and jackets/blazers that fit my arms! I started eating right over a year ago...I exercise 4 days a week but I'm just not seeing improvement in my problem areas. So hopefully this surgery gives me the boost and continued motivation that I'm looking for....

I've been talking about this procedure and researching for at least 3 years! I chickened out last year after looking at photos of bruised va-jay-jays, but after reading several stories on Realself I've concluded the looks are worse than the pain. So wish me luck and send up some prayers! My surgery is scheduled for April 19th!!!!!

Okay, I'm done with my preop labwork and I'm paid...

Okay, I'm done with my preop labwork and I'm paid in full. Yikes! But I am confident that this surgery will be worth the cost. I need my sexy back! I've always been thick in the thighs and slim in the waist. My waist is still smaller than my bottom but the rolls (oh the rolls!) really distorts my image.

Anywho, I'm counting down! Excited but nervous at the same time.

Ok. Here are the awful nude pics! I can't wait...

Ok. Here are the awful nude pics! I can't wait until the stomach hang is gone. I'm also looking forward to having an arch in my back again! I think the arch will enhance my butt and I'll look curvy like I did when I was a size 9/10.

So yesterday was the big day. Unfortunately, I had...

So yesterday was the big day. Unfortunately, I had to spend to go to extended recovery! But my doctor just wanted to make sure I'd be in good care because she took out more than the 5000 ccs. I'm not sure how much fat she removed bcuz I was knocked out and didn't see her after the surgery, but she relayed the info to my husband and mom.

Anyhow, the nurses have been driving me crazy! They keep moving me to change my pads and gauze and this is very painful. I wish they would let me be. I wasn't in much pain until they started moving me. Now My pain is at a 7 out of 10. I think the majority of pain is from the incisions!

They tried to get me up for a walk around 9pm last night but I was just too dizzy and nauseous. However, I was able to do a walk at 2am after taking two medications for nausea. I still haven't been able to eat much...I had 1/2 cup of jello, 1 cracker and 1/2 cup of applesauce. That's all my stomach will allow. I asked for gingerale but they said no I can't have that!

Needless to say, I'll be glad to go home.

Okay ladies, I'm moving around better on my own...

Okay ladies, I'm moving around better on my own today! Yay! I actually ate 3 tbsp grits, 1 sausage, 5 chunks of fruit, 1/2 cup of yogurt and 2 pieces of grilled chicken....so my appetite is returning.

My pain has been around a 4 out of 10 with movement. I had some the stitches in my back taken out so I so much better. I also took a shower. Thank GOD!!!!

So now I'm hoping that I can go back to work on Thursday and act normally.

I haven't updated in a few days because I didn't...

I haven't updated in a few days because I didn't want to be negative. I'm swollen but my biggest problem is I have hard lumps everywhere! I wouldn't even call them lumps...it's like I just have a hard sheeting all over my back, flanks and abdomen. I have lumps in my arm and it makes them look deformed. As of now, I still don't see much of a change in my body...especially in the abdomen. I'm trying to stay patient (I'm 11 days postop) but idk if the initial pain and the continued soreness is worth the results. Don't know I'd do this again or recommend liposuction to anyone.

Post-op pics posted! Returned to the gym...

Post-op pics posted!

Returned to the gym today! Omg, I was sweating and tired in the 1st 10 mins of the treadmill. Smh! I forced myself to do 15 mins of the treadmill, 15 mins on a bike, the weight machines for legs. I'm definitely not ready for abs or to lift weights. But I guess some physical activity is better than nothing!

Happy healing ladies!

No changes

My stomach hasn't gone down anymore. The pooch is still there. That really sucks! My arms are still bruised, dark underneath and still look the same as 2 weeks ago. And my back still has rolls. When will I see more results?! I've been eating way less portions and 90% of my diet is lean meat, vegetables and fruit. I do still eat dairy but no soda, no fried food, and very minimal carbs. Wth?! Though I am 10 lbs down from my pre-surgery weight.

I'm really hoping that I won't need a round 2, but with the way things are looking....I'm sure I will. Don't get my wrong. I can definitely see a difference...like a 70% difference but I want more. I want more!

Next week I go on vacay and would really like to not have any bruising! I would like a flat stomach and back with no rolls. Is that too much to ask at 4 weeks post op?

Ps. I went for cupping therapy. Ouch! It was yesterday so I don't see any changes just yet. Stay tuned for my opinion on this...

Nothing new

Still no more changes! Ugh! However, I'm going on vacay tomorrow! Wish me luck on maintaining my healthy eating and exercise regimen while on vacay.
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