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My Procedure is Tomorrow I'm Scared - California, CA

Well, I had liposuction 10 yrs ago. Since then...

Well, I had liposuction 10 yrs ago. Since then I've exercised moderately and also had another baby. All the weight has drifted back into my abs and chin areas. I feel I picked a pro doc he has great credentials and nice referrals but who really knows...The problem is he gave me Valium pre op 5 mg and I have had to take one to two a day all week for nerves and my procedure is tomorrow. I asked the anesthia dr he says they do not interfere with meds in procedure. I am just having a total anxiety and cannot hardly sleep and doomsday thoughts of blood clots or embolism and feel guilty cause I have 2 children. That depend on me. Anyhow I have been extremely unhappy with my stomach and opted for lipo over TT. I fall In The grey zone where both ways was an option. I know i will have some excess skin. I know these thoughts are in my head but I'm going emotional big time I woke up and cried this am. I am going to do it cause I am little and can't take the 6 month prego look anymore my confidence is gone. I want to be a happy mama for my kids and feel good. I don't know if all this Valium is good before hand but its not good to over stress either. I'm ready. I hired a nurse to take care of me after. I don't know if I'm freaking out with reason or not but my dr has assured me he has never in 30 years had a complication and I will be fine. I am trying to be positive and also i have quit smoking permanently as I want a healthier me. I have to do this my body look like 4 sticks, arms and legs a pot belly and a double chin. I stretch all my shirts out to try and cover. In my head I'm hot cause i am cute but when I go out guys are like yuck... It shouldn't matter but I agree when I get dressed. Anyway scared. Scared. Scared. Tomorrow is the day. Pray I can just get back to me again before the bulge and be safe and happy. - thanks

Post pics

Heres my day 2 post op pics

Surgerys over!!

Post surgery
2 days, I'm tired and swollen

Bruised

I feel sick to my stomach. It's the first day Able to drink coffee. Bruising is worse than I anticipated . Funny how the attitude of all went from this is a four hr minor procedure to " well you just had a major procedure done your not gonna feel good ." Not cool . Anyway I had no lipo in brusied pubis area but apparently all blood ran to this area and hips and legs. I wonder when the bruises will get better? You never can predict this recovery looking at my pics I had most lipo in stomach where there is no bruising. I stil feel horrid. "last night i tried to take my son to dinner i couldnt do it. I called for a ride home and got it to go. Hope everyone is doing well. It looks good but I'm not sure I feel awful.

Post -Vaser day 5

Every nerve in my body must have woke up today it hurts - its hard to eat I feel kinda sick and swollen-

Vaser update- 15 days post op

Well as of a couple a days ago I can sleep more on my sides. Going for a check up soon. I sometimes have sharp pains I'm assuming from where the cannula hit? Or a nerve or something . I'm really swelling maybe more this second week in a different way . The vaser vs traditional tumescent for pain equalled the same for me. I couldnt have done it it without going under general myself ( too many areas) all thoses tuff peeps doing local im impressed! I'm glad to have this done but a lot of hard lumps, pains, numbness in areas gives me a little worry in the back of my mind. I still find myself worn out by 4/5 pm not near feeling great but every day is better. It's been a long recovery I couldn't image going back to work for week or two if you are getting a lot of areas done. (FYI) I can hardly work it hurts to bend feels like I got a tummy tuck and did not. Lately however with the girdle and the compression bandages I'm getting a lot of (You Look great!! But getting second looks, just sayin) not feeling that way outside feels okay inside my body feels hit by a truck. I hope all swelling feel better soon. Post pics soon.

4 weeks vaser- post op

It's been 4 wks . I'm still swelling a lot. I can not go to work but work around the house and I'm still on painkillers.
I take the pain killers to do my home chores. I know how wonderful I will look . However im. starting to feel its not worth it. I have a rock hard stomach with fluid under it and feel terrible all other parts i had done feel swollen and itchy but healing. I feel like my stomach is one big seroma it's hard it hurts I don't know when it will improve so it is emotionally draining. My chin/ jawline I had done Is lumpy I too hope that improves. I guess all I can do is wait ;(

5 weeks out post op vaser lipo

I still am extremely sore and taking Advil 2-3 times a day. Even though its improving this is the most painful lipo ever compared to my previous one years ago with the most swelling image able. I'm still tired every other day from it. I'm not sure if the results are worth it. I have a bump of whatever that is making my stomach swell. My doctor says its normal when a lot of fat is removed there is nothing to do but wait. I guess it's too late to go back so I'm following his directions and trying to tuff it out. I'm not a wimpy chick but this hurts more than having both my kids.
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It took me a good 2 months to feel better. From swelling, to hard spots, to roping to intense itching to tightness tooooooo...did I forget anything!!! I had it all and it really sucked. Now 4 months I am back to normal. I wore my garment for 2 months. I had a seroma he had to drain once. Now I have loose muscles and would need a TT but not having it done. I can live with no bikini..I dont have the buddha belly and actually still the unevenness is leaving and the wrinkles slowly. I did lose 8 lbs which has not come back. Just make sure you dont have a seroma. But the hardness is swelling and will go away. Did you have massage? It really helps smooth and release inflammation. God luck and oh patience...my god patience!! ugh!!
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Thanks, massaging the heck out of it. My dr says no seroma. But who knows who else will I ask the ER? Thanks for commenting hope I have more smiles at 2 months... I'm losing weight too cause it hurts so I feel sick... And can't eat that much!
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I saddens me to hear your frustrations :/ hope you hang in there tight and know people are praying for you. How come you can't go back to work? And have you gone back to your surgeon for a check up?
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It just hurts to this day really bad but does get better daily Cosmetic surgeons are doing what you ask but we don't know what we are asking for till we get it. Ya my doctor has checked it he says looks great bumps happen they will go away this swelling is unbelievable it looks like I have a golf ball in my tummy. Most drs wont claim a complication anyway hurts there flawless track record and I'm sure no other drs will give me a second opinion cause I spent the money on the surgery nothing's in for them unless they can get a revision . So who takes care of the area now? Me. Even if it goes away and the pain leaves it still hurts that I would torture myself this badly its bad for the mind ...maybe for people who have a little area it's more manageable ? everyone has there reasons... but if I weren't healthy And i couldnt use this much effort to try to manage the pain. I don't know what would happen I feel like I could have had a stroke, I probably will be just fine in months... My results maybe great not sure but do not look like the originals after surgery... :( but just not now still feel like crap.Thanks for the prayers.
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I agree with others; you look great! Smooth and natural! Let yourself heal up. Be patient. They say it takes months for the true final result to be apparent. You're a hot mama! I'm going to have it done when I'm done with grad school. Thanks for sharing your story.
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Thanks
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Oh no! If it's any consolation...you look amazing! Can you take anything for the pain?


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You look great!
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Thanks!!
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We're all there with you in "swell hell"! Feel better soon!
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Thanks . Yep hurts :)
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U look just like me in the abdomen. We both have a lot of swelling and healing to do! Take care n happy healing
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Good luck!! I try to overdue it do chores then it hurts worse then I take a Valium it relaxes me and I watch t.v and heal... Much better... Maybe light stuff don't know- who the hell does lol
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I can't believe this is my body. I'm much skinnier this time ause of the Vaser method in my opinion. Still I. Bed need more rest will follow up In a couple days and rate my overall experience.
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Yep I'm on day 2 post lipo. It hurts to get up but the bruising on my stomach is minimal due to the vaser technique. Everything looks even better than anticipated . I do have lots of swelling and possibly a seroma in the pubic area. The dr says it may have to be drained but most likely it will resolve. I hear this is a pretty common side effect due to gravity. I'm very happy my chin looks awesome and very worth it. I love the work good stuff it's all due to my wonderful dr!! Thanks for all the support
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Hi.. I had lipo 2 weeks ago.. the 1st couple of days were the worst fpr me.. then I started to feel a little better each and every day.. The results are so worth it. Hang in there, good luck, and hope you feel better soon! :)
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puff I look alot like your before, just wondering if your lipo from 10 years ago was in the tummy also. You said it all came back?
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Yep all was in tummy.
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Glad you're ok! Happy healing
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My procedure went well. In on a tons meds can hardly text. Catch up more Tom. Glad doing great. I'm so tired. I think I'm okay though :) peace
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Hey Hun! I hope ur okay! Can't believe we had the same surgery date! I'm doing way better than I thought I would. I can't even believe I had surgery! I feel great! I ended up doing general which I'm glad I did! Time went by fast! Well I hope ur doing well. I bet ur results will be amazing too! Talk to u soon. Rest up.
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hey Pufflady! Thank you so much for sharing your story on RealSelf.com. We look forward to hearing about your journey and wishing you all you hope for in your procedure. Can't wait to see the afters!

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