Wanna Be Flat - Atlanta, GA

I'm 31 yrs old, a mother of 2 boys and I'm married...

I'm 31 yrs old, a mother of 2 boys and I'm married to the man of my dreams. I've recently had a Breast Augmentation back in October 2013 and now I want lipo. I'm tired of bending over for that beach ball at the beach and looking down to see my own deflated ball attached to my belly just hanging there waiting to drop. It's time to let it go and get back to being ME, the ME I used to be. At least the one with a some what of a flat stomach and less love handles. I'm having lipo on my abdomen, my obliques, inner and outer thighs. I'm very excited and nervous all at the same time. I know I'm in great hands and it will all be worth it in the end because I am yet again allowing my awesome Doctor to do his magic on my body.

5 more days ladies!

I'm getting closer to becoming flat again. I've been taking my Arnica Montana pills and my Vitamin C 1000mg tablets daily for the past five days now. I hate taking pills, I already take enough for my migraines on top of these pre surgery pills not to add the ones after surgery. Of well it'll be over with soon. I also bought my spanx to wear on top of my garment from the Dr after surgery, but he said not to wear it until a few days after the procedure. I can't wait. The only thing I dislike is not eating or drinking after midnight and the morning of. I get so hungry and thirsty just knowing I can't have anything which kills me. If it were any other day it wouldn't bother me one bit. Well I'll keep you ladies posted for sure.

The Count Down

Well tomorrow is the weekend before my surgery and my instructions were to continue my Vitamin C 1000 mg 2-3x a day, Arnica Montana 4-5x day, protein intake, plenty of water this weekend and less salty foods. I hope I bought the right garment thing(spanx). I got mine from walmart, but kept the receipt just incase. It fits tight though. Anyhow, can anyone share with me on when to wear it and if I wear it over my garment from the doctor. I think that's what my doctor told me I just forgot. I have too many things running throughout my mind bc I'm full of excitement. When you see my recent photo, yes you will see Shakeology. That's my PROTEIN I'm taking. Hell, I bought it prior to summer and stopped bc I had a knee injury and couldn't continue my workout program per doctor's orders so why not take some now. Seems to be the perfect time for some protein anyhow. Lmao. I had a friend at work (the only one who knows about my procedure) tell me to feed my face all the pizza and cake I wanted last week bc it's gonna get sucked right outta me. I giggled and walked away. She is right to a point, but I don't want to use that as an excuse bc what happens after if I did that and my stomach stretched and got used to me eating. All that junk and I would continue wanting to eat it all the time, then I'd be s.o.l. Anyways, I'll keep y'all updated as much as possible.

Surgery Day!

I'm sitting here waiting to go and nervous as all get out. I was nervous at work all day yesterday too. I was a wreck yesterday trying to get my last minute things done around the house before bed. This morning knowing I can't eat is the worst bc I'm starving and it sucks. Well I have to go now surgery is at 7:30 and I have to be there at 6am. I'll try to update you ladies today if possible. Chow!

After Surgery!

OMG is really all I can say. The pain is worse than I expected. It's about quarter after 9pm now and I'm a little more awake and I have eaten so I'm starting to feel a tad bit bare able, not too much tho. Dr. Fara has already spoke with me to see how I was doing.(love that he cares). I think the bleeding has slowed down a little too. My 13 year old really is a trooper, MY HERO. He has taken care of me ALL day and his little brother who is a year and a half(assisting my mother in law with him) all while my hubby is at work. I owe him five times his allowance now. Lol I just got up and used the bathroom by myself bc I can tell my baby is getting tired. It did me some good tho. So far in my garment and swollen, I like what I see. I'll post photos in a day or two. Well for now I feel the zzzzzz's coming back. Good night y'all.

Day after!

Oh dear, I really wasn't expecting all this pain. Today I feel like I've been hit by a transfer truck multiple times. I'm real swollen today. I pulled down my garmet bc I needed to use the bathroom, but by the time it took me to sit down, I couldn't relax enough to go. I'm hoping each day gets better and better. I have a lot of bruising as well. Enough of me complaining, so for now I'm going to get a nap in. I've been up and moving around more today bc it feels better to move than to sit still and get all stiff.

3 Days Post-Op

Well I can finally say today has been an easier day by far. I'm still sore, but it's getting better each day. I got to take my first shower this morning. Let me tell you how exciting that was. I felt so refreshed and some what clean. I was a little scared to scrub to hard bc I didn't want the little pieces of tape covering my incisions to come off yet bc I wasn't sure if they were supposed to or not. When I got out of the shower I did a quick dry bc I started feel nauseous and my face was turning pale due to seeing all the bruising and he dried up bloody gauze pads I took off my body. I had to go lay down for a little while to cool off. My husband said I look like I've been in a bad car accident which I do and I expected that bc I do bruise easy. I'm hoping it'll all be gone sooner than later bc like I said we have a beach trip planned for the week of Labor Day and I would hate to still be bruised all over in my two piece. The only thing I dislike about my garment is the pee hole. It is digging into my skin and I keep adjusting it. It's more towards my butt area where it's aggravating me at. I'm a little nervous about going to work on Saturday bc I work 12 hr shifts on my feet and my PS says that's where the fluid and swelling will come from. Ugh I know it'll be worth it all in the end that's why I'm not beating myself up about all the things I dislike. I. Just going with the flow. After reading enough of y'all's reviews on here about your lipo journeys I think I pretty much knew what to expect. Anyhow, I'm continuing to keep my legs elevated while resting on the couch. It's also getting easier to get up and down but still painful, I just kinda roll into it now, lol. Well until my next update, hope you ladies enjoy your day.

Starting 2 get Scared!

Every night I sleep with my feet elevated to help with blood flow, but for some odd reason tonight I feel a little extra swollen than I did before I went to bed. I got up to pee and adjusted the annoying pee hole around my butt area where in literally digs into my skin and noticed my vagina was a purplish color like it wasn't getting any blood flow,,scary I know. I showed my hubby bc my main concern is I have to wear this for the best six wks and I go to work Saturday which I work 12 hr shifts standing all 12 hrs, even more scary. So now my next move will be to call my PS in the morning to notify him of this to see what get suggests what to do and if I should work Saturday or stay home. Besides the itching like crazy everything else is pretty much good besides me wanting to vomit when I look in the mirror when I take my garment off. I could never be a nurse, I'm a weakling. Lol.

Not a good day

I've been feeling nauseous ever since late last night. I thought it might have been bc I didn't really eat dinner so I ate a bowl if cereal which kinda helped until the feeling came back. Now im starting to really guess what it could be. I have not had a bowel movement since Sunday and every time I feel the urge to go by the time I get undressed and sit down I can't relax enough to go. The Dr said my pain meds have me backed up so my hubby is picking me up some stool softner. Hopefully this will help asap. In the meantime I snap a few leg pictures for you ladies while I was in bed waking from my nap since I was already uncomfortable. It looks way worse in person.

Flip flop emotions

So I decided to stay home from work today to get one more day of rest before standing on my feet for twelve long hours with swollen painful legs. I already have the mind set of when we go grocery shopping that I'm going to get in an electric wheel chair to save my swelling as long as possible. Well as we are pulling up to a close parking space there is a lady standing in the way so I told my hubby to honk at her. She basically throws her hands up with the oh well look on her face while my hubby says that isn't right. So me and my big mouth wasn't going to be nice and keep it shut and lady like today knowing I just had surgery, already couldn't walk great and need a wheel chair. So I jump out the car while in motion and give her a piece of my mind. I let her have it, she didn't say a word to me. She eventually walked away and no car even parked there. It's all good, I let her know God doesn't like ugly. So with that being said and done, on to the next. I'm a little upset bc it's now after 11pm and I've been waiting on my PS to return my call on a concern of mine I have for work tomorrow. It's been a little over two hrs now and that isn't like him. His daughter replied informing me he was driving and would return my text when he got home, maybe I'm just impatient, idk. Anyhow, I've been laid up all week elevating my legs to help with the swelling and today I decided to treat myself and go over to our neighbors to socialize for 2 hours. In those 2 hrs I was sitting down most that time which I haven't even done since surgery(in a sitting position) and the swelling actually got worse. My ankles are now kankles like when I was right after I gave birth......huge. How I am supposed to work on my feet for 12 hours if I can't even sit up in a chair for 2 hours? I don't get it. Just when I think the swelling was going away....baaammmmm it gets worse. Now with that said also, I have one more depressing thing to complain about, sorry ladies. This pee hole thing in my garment is really upsetting me from all this swelling as well too. My vagina is purple. It looks like a huge hicky. It's scary, it makes me think it will never turn back to its original color. Oh the joys of having cosmetic surgery to better yourself just to find out it's always not what we think it is looking from the outside in.

8 days post op

I had my doctors apt today and all went well. After he took the tape off his mouth literally dropped and said OMG you have amazing results just after one week. I was so scared I was going to have some left over saggy skin and I dont. He is absolutely amazing. Im so in love with my body even more than I was before. Look out mirror bc ill be in front of you twice as much now. Lol my waist measured 94 around my bellybutton b4 and now an 84 he said I lost 4 inches 10 cm. And 1-2 inches off each thigh swollen so thats great. So besides all the pain, stiffness, aches and bruises Im one happy camper.

Back to work!

Well today was my first full official day back at work. Let me remind y'all I work three days a week twelve hours each day standing all twelve hours in a warehouse. A pretty easy job, just a little rough on your feet and legs. Well about four hours into my shift my legs started to swell and go numb. I got a little scared so I went into my mgrs office and sat down for a few minutes bc we don't have sit down positions at my job, lol. As the day went on the swelling got worse, but I hung in there and stuck through it. We didn't work our full shift(lack of business) so we got off early. I worked a total of nine hours and I was ready to run out of there, but to bad my legs wouldn't let me. By the time I got home I grabbed the ice bag, iced my knees and feel asleep for roughly two hours. I woke up and my body was stiff and sore which has been normal this whole heal thing process and I was ready for my pain meds. I'm feeling pretty good right now, just relaxing and getting ready for day two as it comes pretty quickly like any other work night approaches you fast like a lightening bolt verses when your off and the days go by kind of slowly. Until we meet again ladies, hope you all are happy, healing well, and those of you waiting for surgery you'll be just fine. ??

16 days post op-lipo blues

Sorry in advance....I'm in one of my complaining moods bc I'm just completely uncomfortable. I attempted to re tape myself after my shower the other night and I didn't do so well. At least I didn't feel as though it was done correctly like the doctors perfection so I went in yesterday to see him so he could do it correctly. I'm just tired all around of wearing all this stuff. I don't sleep well at night, I'm all stiff like, I can't sleep in different positions bc these zippers dig in my skin and hurt like hell even with the tape. So he doctor didn't want to peel off my tape bc he says it can cause the skin to stretch and sag from getting outta position (in all the medical terms he used) so he put tape on top of tape which means I'm more stiff like and more uncomfortable. My body is covered with tape, my garment, and the spanx I have to wear on top of my garment and on my work days I have to wear the long tight socks to my knees that holds and stops swelling. I covered almost head to toe. I can't wait for this to end. I knew I was going to have to wear a garment for awhile afterwards but I didn't know all the other stuff too. It's so aggravating I could scream. He did tell me in two more weeks I could take the garment off at bed time...yippy do da day. Starring out the window looking at the sunshine it's like it's calling my name to come to the pool, but I can't. Lol my legs are still bruised, but getting better and I couldn't go if I wanted to. Oh well, I'll be on the beach in 5 weeks. I guess I'll just get a tanning bed membership since I've lost some of my tan. The lipo blues no one ever mentions us about before the procedure. I was also starting to feel like my body shape hasn't changed either. I mean my belly is def flat, but my hips, and inner and outer thighs still look the same before the surgery. My Ps says bc all the swelling and I really won't tell my final shape for at least a year. wtf, I know most women on here doesn't take that long. What's up with that. Anyhow, mixed emotions, up and down, feeling blue one day the next day feeling ok. Whatever hopefully this will be over with soon.
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hey hun, I'm sorry you're feeling down :( I can totally relate. I am not surprised given what you are still wearing! Honestly, ALL I have is the spanx I told you about - that is it. Even my little incision tape I've taken off now so I can treat all the little wounds with antibacterial (bc I have one that isn't healing so well). I would NOT be coping with life if I was in your situ. Can't you take all that shite off and just wear a spanx now?! I don't see why your healing should be any different. I had lipo on inner thighs, upper, lower abdomen, hips/flanks & back and they took out 5800!
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He has all this damn tape on me so skin reasons. He doesn't want saggy skin to come and since each day with swelling our skin differs with being swelling one day to not the next. It changes the skin. It stretches it and the strings it back so to prevent saggy skintight now so fresh outta surgery he has all this tape on me. I'll post pix later tonight after my shower to show you all. It's ridiculous, and not comfortable. I'm telling you I feel stiff like, on top of the two garments I have to wear. So I have tape on my belly, back and sides for the zippers. If you look at my pix now you can see some of the tape, but it worse now. Lol
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Yeah I mean I get what he's saying but avoiding saggy skin is what every ps is trying to do and they aren't doing that... that's what a good compression garment is for.... just my 2 cents... maybe worth a conversation?
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I have heard of the tape being used here and there but I haven't heard of it being used for so long. Doesn't mean it's wrong I just feel for you. I just had the zipper removed from my garment because it was hurting and I could see it denting in on my left side which is where I was already going to need the revision. Maybe you can have yours removed? I went to a designer dress shop and tailor to have it done it was $17 and they took it in a few inches so I didn't have to buy a stage 2!
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Guys honestly the spanx holds me in just as much! My recovery has been transformed since I moved to spanx at 8days post surgery. I would HIGHLY recommend! SPANX Women's Super Higher Power Long Leg Panty http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H6GG34/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Does it stay up? Or does it roll down? That's my concern with trying the ones with no straps....
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Yes totally! It's tight. My ps said re the sizing that if you can just pull it up then it's too big, you should have to wiggle in. On day 8 getting it on was painful so I stuck face clothes only hips to buffer pulling it up or down.
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Yeah you have to wiggle in them and shouldn't be able to push your stomach out but also be able to breathe, lol it's a hard happy medium to find. I can pull mine on easier but that's because having been in them since March I know how to shift and where to grab, I'm a pro! Lol
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Well if spanx is so great by itself I wonder why he's making me wear both right now. He said eventually I can go to just wearing one but I'm wearing both. It's hell.
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Call him & ask. I really trust my ps & his methods. Hugs
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Ditto, I've used him for my breast as well back in Oct and they turned out lovely. I go see him next week so I'll ask then.
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Babe your pics look really good! Your shape is fab and you still have a booty - perfect! Hang in there and think positive. Think about how amazing you're gonna look!
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Lol on my booty, thx. Some days I hate it and others I love it. Us women.....never happy with our bodies. Lol
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Your after pictures look very good. I'm considering this doctor as well. I love your idea about the tape to help with loose skin. I have a ton of loose skin. Lol. It seems to me that you may have returned to work too soon. I had my gallbladder taken out laparoscopically and was off of work for three weeks. That sx is wayyy less involved. I wish you much comfort and an end to the swelling. You do look great!
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Thank you very much. My doctor is very great. If you do choose him you won't regret it by no means. He told me my recovery will only be four days then I could return to work and I did call out the first day but I went the second day for two hours which was extremely hard. I also had my gallbladder removed after my second baby last year. I had it removed on a Friday and return to work the following week. They called it out patient surgery and said I could return to work so I did, lol. The same thing with my breast augmentation surgery, I had it on a Friday and return to work the following week. This surgery though topped them all and was by far the worst in pain all around. OMG is all I'm going to say! The tape thing is totally my PS thing and he does it with all his patients. I was just re taping myself tonight literally in the bathroom for over thirty minutes taking it off. The crap hurts.......full body waxing, lol. Anyhow if you do go see Dr. Fara I wish you luck in your journey and thanks again on the compliments.
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I ended up going in to see my doctor today to have him re tape me bc I felt as tho I didn't do a good enough job as he did, lol. I mentioned to him that you had messaged me and were thinking about seeing him. He sounded thrilled and wanted to know your name, but I don't know it to tell him.
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I do hope your swelling gets better soon.
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Ty, this junk is no fun girl. I went with my friend last night shopping for a new garment to a few stores and to dinner and in two hrs my feet started to swell. I said omg this crap needs to hurry up and be done with. Lol
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The best garment I own and I have tried three different brands/styles is the marena high back brief body suit. I barely even feel it, it keeps everything sooo smooth and very little impressions like I see with others. I bought them on makemeheal.com and I buy refurbished so they are cheaper! Also if you like the one you have I have taken mine to a Tailor and had one taken in and the zipper and hooks removed for $17. I am wearing that one right now actually! Super comfy
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Looking good!
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TY, so are you. You are lucky to have less bruising and swelling.
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What is that tape supposed to do exactly? I saw someone else had used it as well...can you give me a little more info?
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It holds the skin and helps it by tightening back up since we are wrapped up so tightly with our garment. That's how I don't have any extra skin or saggy ness. It works wonders. I can't wait to continue watching my results each week. My PS gave me rolls of the tape to re tape myself as it falls off. Each week I'll be getting smaller and smaller. I'm ready for a smaller garment already. I'm so ready to go to the mall, but I know physically my body can't walk he whole mall or I'll swell up , but mentally I want to get out of this house.
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Lucky u. I hope ur wonderful results continue.
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Thank you!
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