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!

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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.

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Good luck! Can't wait to hear about your procedure.
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cool!!! can't wait to c them. I'm 15 days post-op, I already posted my after pics, u can click on my profile pic u can c them : ) I'm getting ready for my BA, I had to split my procedures for health reasons. Have a nice weekend : )
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Did anyone undergo lipo and tell their kids about it? My son is 5yrs old (daughter is 2 but too young to know anything is up). Did you just say you felt sick? Or tired? Or did you show him/her your wound and say you had surgery?
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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.

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Hey Elaine- How did surgery go? I had mine on the 22nd. How are u feeling? I was under general for about an hour and a half although they told my husband it was a 3hr procedure. I think they allot more time in case they need it so no one will worry. I am 6days post op and still very bruised and swollen. My garmet looks blocky and cumbersome under my clothes so it is hard to get a good feeling of what my shape may look like. How are you?
Hi, how are you??? Anesthesia was the worst of it, I woke up with a hangover feeling, vomiting, headache. I have managed to skip the narcotics but my swelling makes me the size of a house and I can't really get comfortable. My biggest clothes don't fit and I wouldn't dare force myself into jeans. I know I'm going to be psyched with the results and that is good news but I feel like that could be months away. I had 3.2 liters removed- upper & lower abs, flanks and back. I just want to be a normal person with a normal appetite again :-) Today was my first shower day and it took everything out of me. I guess I was not prepared for just HOW down I have turned out to be. Pain really isn't an issue its just an overall feeling of...yuck. I hope you are doing well...it is nice to compare notes to someone who is going through this at the same time - albeit a few days ahead of me :-)
I (luckily) had no negative reaction to the anesthesia. So I think a lot of what you are going through is due to your poor reaction. I am still very swollen on Day 7 (Day 6 if you dont count day of surgery). I am huge and cannot fit into my clothes either. I had to buy some cotton capri's and dresses from Old Navy to come back to work. Anyway, I had about 4liters removed so we are very similar. I saw the DR today for a 1wk check-up. He said that my severe swelling is normal (and after reading your note I believe him). He said that I will be too small for my jeans within 4-6wks! So that made me feel better. I got a good feel for my shape yesterday when I decided to play around and remove my garment and put a pair of spanks on. Even though I am so large and swollen the shape of my body was very improved. That was enough to put me in a good mood. How is your bruising? Mine is starting to fade - but still very noticeable. My flanks still hurt SO BAD! But, like you, I decided on no narcotics. :)

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...

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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.

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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!

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I am confident in the skill of my surgeon... I know many people that have gone to him with amazing results... so the limited inscision spots could mean that he wanted to to have less scars and also had a really long cannula (sp?) which could also mean more tissue damage. Can u imagine hitting all the way up over belly button when the cannula was inserted in pubic region? That is one long fat sucker! But not long enough to get bra fat. I don't know what to think. I think I love my surgeon- but what if he is just telling me what I want to hear? Time will tell. My next appointment is 9/1/10 (a week from tomorrow) which will be 6wks. He will get to see how huge I am (7lbs up from pre-op). So we will see what he has to say. Maybe by some miracle I will start to lose swelling soon and actually look good in a week. Hey - its gotta happen someday, right? I can feel HUGE swelling spots under abs, at flanks, etc. So I know that this is not leftover fat. I will ask him about the amount of actual FAT removed. Good point. Thanks!
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HAHA, well I'm glad you had a good time! Re: Incisions, so I have 12 incisions, 2 on my upper thigh (really, for the abs); 2 pubic area; 2 just above pubic area 2 inside my belly button; 2 on each butt cheek and 2 on my sides, about 2 inches from where my bra stops. That said, I don't recall having bra fat before (I'm mean for sure underarm fat, but thats really just from having big boobs)- so I don't think this was removed from me, nor promised to me. Although, it would seem to me if there was anything there it was covered by the back sets. It is odd, because when I look at our before and after pictures, it is clear that I had wayyyy more fat than you but you had 4 liters removed and I had 3. That brings up technical questions you may want to ask about- I've been told that the liters removed can be stated one of two ways - a= the net fat removed only (so 4 liters= 4 liters of fat) or b= the net fat removed PLUS the liquid that was injected. In the later case, maybe you had 4 liters of fluid removed but of that, only 2 was actually net fat. The relevance of that information is that if in fact you had 4 liters of pure fat removed (scenario a), you may have been reaching the upper limit of fat that can be removed (which is 5) safely- and that might explain it. Also, you know, the drastically different # of incisions may explain the differences in our healing processes- if we are otherwise the same height, weight areas treated etc. When is your next post op visit?
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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.

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Hi. I just had the tickle lipo procedure a week ago .I'm 5'4 and weighed 128. Had fat removal in abs, outer thighs, hips and arms. I know it's only been one week but I have worn this exptremely tight compression garment non stop and I see no change at all. NOTHING. After having 2 liters removed all this is left is sever bruising on my outer thighs. My belly is still protruding. What did your doctor say at your more recent visit?
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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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Ok thanks
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Thanks for posting your results. I almost considered this doc but not now. I expect excellent results for my excellent dollars. I had lipo before but didn't see any results.
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I am going back to talk to him about it. I will let you know if he stands by his work and offers to fix it. I am not big on the idea of going back under the knife... but I am also not big on the idea of having wasted $6K for nothing. Stay tuned... I will let you know if he offers to fix the results.

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