Liposuction - Abdomen, Flanks to Correct Mommy Belly on JULY 22, 2010 - Charlotte

After visiting this site many times to read...

After visiting this site many times to read everyone else's experiences, I have decided to document my own. My procedure is scheduled for 7/22/10. I have found a wonderful DR here whom I trust completely. I had originally gone in to request a tummy tuck, but the DR suggested I would only need some lipo in a few areas.

I am 5'7" and about 155-160lbs. I am very athletic build. Most would not say I needed to lose any weight... but the "mommy belly" is really affecting my self esteem as well as my ability to fit in the correct size pants.

I am very excited despite reading some scary posts. I feel like I am in good hands and I am so anxious for the procedure! Pictures to come!

Question- Like a bonehead I scheduled my hair...

Question- Like a bonehead I scheduled my hair appointment for the day after surgery. Will I feel ok enough to go sit in a chair and have my hair highlighted the day after surgery? Anyone with experience please help.

Adding Before Photos...

Adding Before Photos...

Day 1 (Day of surgery) was not as bad as I had...

Day 1 (Day of surgery) was not as bad as I had thought it would be. I had general anesthesia and so I think I still had a bit in my system. I was actually in a good mood, walking around the house a bit, and even helped with light dinner clean up. I was already swollen - and my female area was painfully swollen. But overall I was pleased that the pain was much less than I was expeting.

Day 2 Pain a little more severe - although not bad enough to take any pain meds. Pain meds = major constipation for me. And there is nothing worse than that... so I decided to avoid pain meds. I still felt good enough to take my kid to a museum for a few hours! As long as no one bumped into me and I did not have to sit down I was ok.

Day 3 Still very swollen. Decided not to take sleep meds at all - but I am actually sleeping better now. Had my first BM and it was not bad - diet contained TONS of fruit over the last few days so that helped a lot. Went to my son's birthday party with tons of family that had no idea I had surgery (i didnt want to publicize) and I pulled it off! No one suspected I was in pain! Ha Ha.

Day 5 Every day is getting better. Still black and blue. ESPECIALLY legs and woman area. Pain is now only on contact. Still very swollen - but figure is already improved. Measurements and weight still slightly up. I walked 1.5 miles on treadmill SLOW (3.5mi/hr) in the gym (with AC) and it was not bad.

Day 11 : Very swollen in lower back right above...

Day 11 : Very swollen in lower back right above bottom crack. Stomach is a little sore - but nothing compared to flanks. Still sore to touch, sit, lay. Bruising is fading. Keeps dropping lower on my legs. Down below my knees now. Weight is right at pre-op. Diet is excellent although my movement is limited. Walked/light jog on treadmill for 30min now but I was sore. Lots of painful jiggling in flanks. I can feel nerves coming back to life (painful ones). Shape look good though... Not as small as I would like but it is still early. Swelling still severe. Thinking of trading CG for spanks of fexees. Garment is cumbersome and hot in this summer heat. To be continued...

2 week post op: Today is 2 weeks since surgery....

2 week post op: Today is 2 weeks since surgery. Honestly no change in size or shape or weight since this time last week. Nothing to report. Still sore/swollen in lower back, flanks, belly, thighs... basically all treated areas. Bruising almost gone. I would say 80% gone. Pain still there... painful to touch/sit (pain = 3 out of 10). Thought I would be more healed than this.

3 week post op: Today is 3 weeks since surgery....

3 week post op: Today is 3 weeks since surgery. Still no change in size or shape or weight since week 1. Still sore/swollen in all treated areas, especially lower back, flanks... Bruising almost all the way gone (99%). Not noticeable. Pain still there... painful to touch(pain = 3 out of 10). I am veru frustrated that at 3wks out I still look the same as 1wk out. No little improvements... nothing. Just a lot of swelling. Hope this is normal!

6 week update: I am still somewhat swollen. Up...

6 week update: I am still somewhat swollen. Up about 3-4lbs from pre-op weight. Measurements today show a 1 inch decrease in waist. Same in lower abs, bra area, and thigh. Waiting to see improvement here. I saw the Surgeon today. He said I am actually looking ok. He said it is normal to still be up a few pounds of swelling at 6weeks. He was optimistic that I will be very happy after the full 6 months. I sure hope he is right. Otherwise we will be talking about a 6month revision! I will post pics soon of the 6 week status.

As of 2 months PO - my body is still in pain. I...

As of 2 months PO - my body is still in pain. I cannot tell if I have swelling or fat in treated areas. Thighs, bra fat is unchanged. Flanks have big improvement. Abs look the same. I like the small change in my figure... but not worth the money. I have been waiting to post after pics until the swelling was down... now I know this is it. So I will post some pics soon. Weight +7lbs from pre-op. Eating and exercise the same. Must have been more traumatic operation than I intially thought. Would not do it again if I have the chance.

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