So Far So Good and SO WORTH IT! -Atlanta, GA
- updated 8 months ago
I decided to do smart lipo as a last resort. I...
- 31 Mar 2013
I decided to do smart lipo as a last resort. I gained 30 pounds in one year after beginning anti-depressants for panic disorder around 2005. I was normally a very slim size 2/4. When I gained weight and filled out to a size 10/12 I wasn't too upset. In fact, I figured if I ate healthy and worked out that the weight would come off naturally. I much preferred being happy and feeling panic free! I hired a trainer and lost a few pounds. I even began dancing again which was a lifelong passion of mine. Fast forward to 2010 after my mother passed away, the weight became more of an issue. I decided yet again to commit myself to health. I joined a bootcamp/cross-fit group exercise regime which I did 3 x's a week, plus dance classes. I got in the best shape of my life! I learned to make healthy eating a part of my lifestyle. However, even after losing weight and gaining muscle the flabby pooch remained around my stomach. It wouldn't go away! I added other things to my regime, no sugar, clean eating. Still nothing. Some days it would take me 20 minutes to find clothes to "hide" the belly. When I wasn't wearing spanx to dance or workout I looked about 6 months pregnant. I had my thyroid tested and a myriad of other tests to rule out why this persisted. After all of that, I gave up fighting.
Then, I began researching smart lipo. I looked up board certified plastic surgeons. I searched for the best. I am now 3 days post-op and even after a day WITH swelling I was in shock that my belly was flat. I can only imagine how great it will look after 3 months.
Please keep in mind this is not a quick fix. It takes time to heal and to recover. I knew this going in. I also knew it wasn't a weight loss procedure and it sure as heck isn't a substitute for proper clean eating and fitness.
I'm glad I went the route I did. I know that now my body will more accurately reflect the hard work I put in prior to surgery.
Does it hurt? Yes, but the procedure itself wasn't bad. I vaguely remember any of it since the meds they give you make you very groggy and loopy. The nurses were wonderful and helpful. They eased my anxiety. I had my upper and lower abs done as well as my waist. Right now it feels like it does after I do v-ups with a 20 pound medicine ball. I'm used to that type of soreness. I'm also used to wearing spanx ALL the time which is similar to the compression garment. I'm quite pleased and happy I did it! I'm also very happy I did my research and got a very good surgeon! I will post more as my recovery progresses. I can't answer entirely about after care or responsiveness yet since it's only been a few days...I suspect it will be exceptional. :)
Day 4 and my 2nd full day without pain meds...and...
- 2 Apr 2013
The pain and bruising were much less today. Either...
- 3 Apr 2013
Day 11 I am pretty much OVER this compression...
- 9 Apr 2013
I am pretty much OVER this compression garment that makes me feel like a sausage. This thing is freaking TIGHT!!! I can tell when I swell because it gets so tight I can barely move or even breathe. My legs are swollen too by the end of the day. This is far worse than the procedure was because at least I couldn't remember the procedure! Waiting on my stage 2 garment to come in the mail because I hope it is way more comfortable than this. I've been having sharp pains on occasion when I bend over of if the compression garment pulls on my skin. Reminds me a lot of some of the ever so *fun* days I had in physical therapy after my knee surgery years ago. It's that same feels-like-scar-tissue pain. Basically, it feels like your skin pulling off the bone when you move. I've had way too many injuries if I can tell you the type of pain...like I know cartilage tearing pain versus scar tissue pain. Yes, I'm weird. I will say, it still looks crazy good even with swelling and bruising. Did I mention I still have the pen marks on me? It hurts too much to rub them off. Plus, touching my own skin when it's numb freaks me the heck out. I can't do it! lol Okay, I will get my old phone to get my before photos off of it. BTW, I wore a dress today that always used to show off my preggers-looking belly and it was so crazy seeing a flat stomach there. Wow.
I'm 3 weeks post-op. Hooray! Just started...
- 21 Apr 2013
Ugh. I have hit the ropey, hard, lumpy mess I kept...
- 24 Apr 2013
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