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20 Years Old, Lipo on Hips and Abdomen - Chapel Hill, NC

I am only three weeks in since my surgery and I...

I am only three weeks in since my surgery and I can see huge results! I used to have huge love handles and a little gut that drove me insane. Most of my swelling has gone away except for a minimum amount. Even three weeks later I can see what my final results will be. I am now experiencing the hard lumps in my stomach, which is normal. My scarring from the entry sight is almost gone! I am still experiencing tightness in my stomach area however all pain has subsided. I am so excited to see what my final result will be.
Girl you r looking fantastic 4 only 3 weeks out. Congratulation!
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Thank you! I'm feeling so confident about the final result! I can't wait to see myself in a few months!
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I had lipo on my flanks last Wednesday. I hope to see huge results soon.
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Before my surgery

You look fantastic! Congrats on such great results!
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Thank you!
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I sure hope so!
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Three week update

Still extremely hard and lumpy and tight. My belly button is still miss-formed, I'm guessing due to the swelling?
So I am now 2 weeks out and have not seen much results at all. I know everyone heels and progresses differently but it is so depressing to not see any difference.
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Have you been wearing a compression garment? I was super swollen for my first two weeks.
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Wow your results look amazing!  I'd give your belly button some time to see if it gets better.  Bring it up with your surgeon the next time you have a post-op appointment.  Thanks so much for sharing on RealSelf :)
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Swelling

Just a glimpse of what my swelling was like week 1-2. I literally looked like I was pregnant. I was so discouraged and didn't think I would see any results. But I was clearly wrong! Don't let the swelling fool you!

27 days post op

So excited on my results in clothes, Without clothes not so much due to swelling and lumpy belly.
You look great sweetie.
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Thank you so much!
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You truly look amazing! Please keep documenting your experience, I will be having the same surgery soon and your results are very inspiring!
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Bathing suit (from my before pictures)

I was curious what it would be like to try on a two piece for my first time since last August (as seen in my before photos) you can see a huge difference! Still not the Bikini body I was planning for, but I am feeling very positive with my results so far! Can't wait to see what the final result will be once swelling has completely disappeared. Tightness and lumpy is still vivid.
You look great!! I had lipo 6 days ago and still in the bruised/swollen phase. It's inspiring to know and see that it gets better :)
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It only gets better! Wishing you all the best!
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You look amazing!! How much did you weigh before getting lipo done?
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Compression garments

I have had nothing but a good experience with my first compression garment. My first CG, my plastic surgeon sent me home in. It is brand "contour" size large. I am guessing he put me in a large to accommodate for all of my swelling. I absolutely love this CG! It has an ace bandage type top, and spanx feeling bottom. It's open crotch making it easier during your first few days after surgery! It has hooks and zippers on the side. I felt so secure in this CG and it went well under all of my clothing (however I only wore leggings for the first two weeks) this CG didn't leave any lines like I have read are possible. I wore this garment 24/7 except when it was in the washer or I was in the shower! Definitely would recommend. After a few weeks my surgeon told me I could switch to spanx. My old CG was way too big my the third week (swelling went to a minimum) I got spanx from saks fifth avenue (you can find them almost anywhere). The lady there sized me and it felt pretty good and snug! My only issue is long term wear of the spanx makes me sick and nauseas from the way it hugs so tightly. I am at the place in my recovery where I only have to wear it 12 hours a day. But even 12 hours makes me nauseas in my spanx. I went to gap and saw a pair of spanx like shorts that go up past my stomach, just like my spanx in size xs and I actually enjoy them much more than the spanX! (Gap shorts aren't pictured) I guess everyone is different when it comes to CG but I thought I would share my review of the two I have had thus far.
Looking good. I know some say the CG have to b so tight that u can hardly breath. Mine have never been that tight and I think that it is more personal choice or doctor recommendation. U r a good example that u d not have 2 b uncomfortable 24/7
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Yes I am wearing the CG. I am 3 weeks out now and feel and look the same as before the surgery. Dr said it could take up to 6 months to see full results. When you spend the kind of money that we have spent doing these procedures we want immediate results. It's very discouraging to see your pics and you look amazing after 3 weeks and I see nothing compared to you.
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I am sorry that you're results have been so delayed! I know the frustration it the price and I can't imagine how discouraging that must be to have paid so much and to feel like you don't see the results you anticipated on. I don't know if my age has anything to do with the quickness in recovery or if the fact that I took arnica to help with swelling. It could be just that you have extra swelling and are taking longer to go down!
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Arnica

This should be your best friend! I started taking arnica two days before my surgery and continued for two weeks after. You take five tiny pellets three times a day or as needed. I had zero bruising and my swelling was bare minimum! I can't imagine my recovery without arnica!
It is definitely a personal thing for sure! I definitely like a snug but less clingy fit. I don't think it's worth passing out over ;) but it is important for it to fit nicely.
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5 weeks post op

I have mixed feelings at this point. I can drastically see a size difference but I almost feel like it's not as "sculpted" as I would have liked to see. It could be the lumpy aspect. I still have hard lumps but not nearly as many! I have almost full flexibility back and no longer have that "tight" feel. I definitely am going to start working out now that I am healed a little better In order to get the best results possible.
The doctor told me I would only see 50% of final results at three months. You are looking good, I can also see the progress so just hang in there.
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My doctor said the same thing! I guess I expect an immediate difference. But I am very happy still with the progress (:
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Hi you need to look at your before picture and them now! You look Amazing and very different! I think we are all way to hard on ourselves..it probably has something to do with seeing VS models as the Norm ( supposedly ) in our society!! But you look great:)
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Trying out new garment

I wanted something a little lighter and easier to wear under shorts and things. I got these hoping it would continue to compress my stomach and hips, but I don't think it's doing much sadly. These were purchased at saks fifth avenue. So I believe they would be great if you only got your hips done! But the fact I went all the way up into my bra roll, it doesn't compress enough for me. Still super comfy though!! And as of now I am no longer wearing a CG (this was taken a week ago). I got my surgery February 27, 2014. If you think it's too soon to stop wearing one please let me know! I have not been in contact with my surgeon so I just went by what my body was sort of telling me.
Your side view 23 days post op is AWESOME! I can only HOPE mine turns out so flat..ha. Also, what is Arnica??
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I think the CG May b a lot what your body needs and it is a personal thing unless otherwise specified by PS. I have chose to wear mine longer because of some problems I was experiencing. I hope to start just wearing the binders pull down low on the hips and abdomen. But it is done to try to flatten and smooth everything out. Good luck to u.
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Thank you! I'm trying to find a light but comfortable one to wear!
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51 days post op

Happier than ever for my results so far!
Hi Lady! your results are fantastic! have you seen an improvement since your last post? did the hard lumps went away? Regardless, before and after pics are amazing! congrats!
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I am so glad to read your post at 2 weeks post I woke up yesterday and my tummy and hips looked bigger than Before the lipo! I swear I started to cry:( Do you think I should just try to chill out or did you see ups and downs?? Thank you So for continuing to post:)
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You definitely see ups and downs! I've been there! do not panic. There were times where i literally did not think that my surgery was worth it due to how swollen i was. BUT IT WILL GO DOWN. No matter how many times my surgeon told me "only time will tell, you will see your true results in a year time span" I still doubted him. I noticed the most difference at one month. Take arnica! SOOOOO WORTH IT FOR THE SWELLING! Hang in there dear! It will all come along!
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Frustrated.

Since day one of recovery I have said that my belly button has look miss-shapen. My plastic surgeon didn't seem to concerned. Three months later with no swelling, my belly button still looks distorted and squished. I'm beyond frustrated after paying so much for my surgery. Although it's something so little, my belly button makes me even more insecure than I was before my surgery. I have a checkup next week and will definitely be addressing this with my plastic surgeon. I knew that something was off. It seems like my stomach is too tight? I don't if that is possible if too much fat is pulled out? Anyone else had this issue?
You look fantastic! I can't wait to be 2 months post-op.
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I think you belly button is fine!! but if its really bothering you, try a piercing! it'll change the entire look of your stomach and make it even sexier!
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You look wonderful :D
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