I have thought about liposuction (and every other...
DAY OF SURGERY
I was put to sleep and woke up groggy. My head was wrapped up like I had been in a car accident and the garment was put on me immediately.
I gotta say, by the time I got home, I felt that I had been beaten with a sledge hammer. Some people say they have NO pain. WHAAAAA??? Are you sure you had anything done? Because I've given birth naturally three times and I was whimpering like a baby and saying, "This is worse than giving birth." I thought, "What have I done?" but refused to say that out loud. :)
I held on to the promise that the burning and aching would subside by that evening and took my meds. I went into surgery at 8:30 was out by around 1pm. By 7pm that night, it was sleeping soundly and the burning was gone...as promised by my awesome nurse.
DAY ONE Post Op
I must be crazy, but I got my girls back from their daddy (joint custody) the day after surgery. My mom stayed with us for half of the day and checked in on me, but I was fine. VERY sore, but it was manageable. Even lifting my toddler into her crib was fine, but when she latched on to my hips....OUCH. I bruised a LOT, as you can see. I'm an easy bruiser anyway, though. Seriously, I can scratch a mosquito bite for a few minutes and I'll bruise.
DAY TWO-DAY FOUR
Had the girls through the weekend and I honestly feel better when I'm up and around walking. When I get up in the morning, it's the worst. I'm swollen and uncomfortable and ITCHY. But my garment (which I am wearing around the clock - never taking it off except to shower or wash the thing) is fitting looser and I actually had to trim down the part that fits under my breasts because it's riding too high. It was digging into my sides until Day Four, when everything started to smooth out.
Since Day Two, I've been taking Tylenol and rubbing Arnica gel and Lavender and Frankincense oils on me. The bruising is going away quickly. I can see a definite difference, but comfy clothes are still an absolute must. I am wearing leggings and tunic tops or dresses to work over the garment...which I don't hate...but I don't love, either. Still, I refuse to take it off. I'll see how I feel about it in three more weeks. O.o
My chin is tightening like a son-of-a-gun!!! But it's still so swollen that I'm not seeing any real results, yet. I'll post a before and after picture soon.
Dr. Clinton met with me personally after I had already chatted with the surgery coordinator over email a few times. Everyone was really great, really informative, not pushy about any other surgeries. When I saw the price of having my chin done vs. having my chin done and then my stomach somewhere down the line, I decided I'd do both now. I think it was worth it. I asked a couple of staff members if they'd gotten anything done and they had and were happy about it. No one gave me any false hopes and I knew I would have to be realistic about what I could expect. I was FLOORED at how quickly I was responded to on every level, before and after the procedure.