Day of the surgery:
I am 5'2", 146 lbs, size 8. I carry most of my weight in my arms, breasts and abdomen. I had my SmartLipo procedure 2 days ago, on Thursday, April 17, 3013. I must say everyone was right! The numbing fluid is definitely the worst part of the procedure. It feels like someone us slashing you with butcher knives. Ouch. I can't even begin to describe the immense pain I felt.
I had both arms, waist all around and my mons area lipo'd. The arms weren't too bad. The Back wasn't awful. The front abs was painful because I had a lot of fibrous fat which is common in younger patients. This made the fat harder to come out and the numbing solution seemed to wear off towards the end. The absolute worst area was the mons. Oh my. I thought I was dying. I kept having the urge to grab the doctor and make it stop because it hurt so bad. Thankfully the nurse grabbed my hands to stop me. It was truly the worst pain I've ever felt in my life.
Today wasn't bad. I got lots of pain meds and I took them religiously. As a result, I slept most of the day. Much needed rest!
Today I started feeling the pain again! I took a shower for the first time and got a peak at my stomach-wow! It looks so flat and tiny!! My pubic area is super swollen. I can't check out my arms because I can't take off the compression garment. I did measure them for fun and have lost 2 inches in each arm-Woo-Hoo! They say the swelling really isn't completely gone until 4-6 months which stinks, but even so, I'm pretty happy with the results so far-swollen and all. I'll try to upload some pics soon.
On Monday, I am having another long awaited procedure-breast aug + lift. I'm trying to get lots of R&R for that surgery-I know I'll need my strength!! Updates to come...
Day of the surgery: I am 5'2", 146 lbs, size 8....
Day of the surgery:
5 days post smart lipo, 1 day post BA + Lift: I...
I can tell a big difference in the size of my arms!
My tummy is looking a lot more toned and fit too. There was a small lump/fluid deposit on my tummy but it's gone now.
It is now 8 days past my Smart Lipo procedure. I...
wean off the pain pills (percocets) but it's been really hard. I think it's because I had two procedures back-to-back (smart lipo then breast aug+lift) but I am still in a lot of pain. Late afternoon/evenings and early mornings are the worst. I feel best in the mid-afternoons and can get away with Tylenol only.
The swelling is still horrible. I weighed 146 pre-sugery. I gained a lot of weight during the procedure, which I am attributing to fluid retention and constipation...I am weighing in at 154!! So discouraging. I think I need to put away the scale for a while until the swelling goes down.
Speaking of constipation, I took 5 dulcolax pills, ate 2 Activia yogurts and 1 ex-lax and finally had my 1st BM after ONE WEEK. Ugh, the torture.
On a positive note, I could help myself from trying on a few outfits in my closet that were previously too small. In spite of the swelling, lipo garments, constipation...my clothes are fitting and they look so good! I felt über confident. Now only if I could take off these arm sleeves, I could rock some cute outfits next week...ahhhh...patience is a virtue. The next time I shower I will take some updated pics for you!!
I went for my 1 week post -op appointment today....
I am easing off the pain pills and hoping my digestive system gets back to normal soon. I'm almost positive that the extreme constipation is attributing to my massive swelling! I'm also +7 pounds on the scale :(.
6 weeks post-op
I still have some soreness/tenderness when I touch my abdomen which makes me think the recovery is still not done yet. I also have some pain when I run and the skin "jiggles." My upper abdomen has some rippling/waviness. I am hoping this will continue to smooth out as my recovery continues.