Lipo on Upper and Lower Abs and Flanks(sides) - Chicago, IL
Here are my stats: 5'7-155lbs 38 years old and...
Ok, gonna stop talking in third person. I'm getting lipo on my upper and lower abs and flanks in 2 days and was once nervous but now excited as hell!
I've mentally prepared for the recovery period, which is something I didn't do 13 years ago for my boob job, and fell into a depression of sorts because of it. Im an independent busy body, so having to go slow and depend on others doesn't come easy for me. However, that procedure was one of the best things I ever did for myself. I went from being a hippy girl with size A boobs to balancing my body with full Cs. I felt more like a woman. Now--like then--I've got no boyfriend, don't really care what others think, and doing it strictly for myself. It's kinda a gift to myself for everything I put into my climb up the ladder, AND a way for me to jump start my healthy lifestyle. Can. Not. Wait!
I'm going to post before pics tomorrow and OF COURSE afters as well. I'm spiritual so I'm gonna ask for prayers. I don't care who or what you pray to, I'll take it! Whether it's Buddah, Jesus, Mary, Medusa, or your favorite pair of panties...a prayer is a piece of love and I LOVE love :)
Now I've got an hour before I have to be at the surgery center and just walking around the city for a bit. Maybe I'll go in a little early so they can start me on drugs, lol---I'm SO HUNGRY AND THIRSTY!!!!
Anywho...the next time you hear from me, I'll be closer to my goal and on pain meds. Again, prayers are welcome :-)
In and out due to meds....
Not in what I consider pain. More discomfort. Little high on drugs. So talk tomorrow...
The Gross Part... Don't look at these pics aren't for the faint...
I'm including the gross pics, because I believe people should mentally prepare, that you don't just get this done, and then bam all is right in the world. Preparing mentally is the biggest piece of the puzzle. It's made it easier for me. Post more later today.
Gross Pic #1
Gross Pic #2
2 Days post op
Ok...that's it for now as far as tips. Unlike a lot of people who've posted GORGEOUS day-after pics, I was told to not take my garment off until today at my first post op appt. And I am following doc's orders like it's my job! So these pics are 2 days post op, so swelling has kicked in and seems to be mainly in my lower abs. Oh, also my legs are swollen. Doc says it gravity pulling the fluid down, so I'm now propping my legs up and it's helping. I'll keep you guys posted on the progress. Again, thanks for the love.
Day 4 Post Op
1.Not as swollen as I thought I might be, but wearing my garment religiously.
2. Gonna stop taking pain meds today. They just put me out of it, and I want to have the wherewithal to actually KNOW what's going on with my body.
3. Started my period today...early?? Hmmm.
4. My vajayjay is SWOLLEN!!! Geeeez! SO WEIRD. But that's where the fluid settles I'm told. There and in lower abs.
5. Everything below the waist is swollen...all the way to my ankles. My ankles are cankles!
6. Got that crappy sunburn feeling on my left side...ugh! I've been told that's the nerves healing. Yeah, not fun.
7.Not gonna weigh myself until the 2 month mark. WAAAY too up and down on that thing right now.
8. Getting my second ultrasound massage today and getting sutures out also.
9. Go back to work tomorrow. Boo! Haha!
10. Talk tomorrow!
Not a lot of change in the way i look. However, I've had 3 ultrasound massages and while it's hell while it's in motion, it feels SO GOOD once it's over. Ahhh...I highly recommend them. They also told me to give myself massages. I try, but they're nothing like what they give. Wow, just wow.
My garment has now become my favorite accessory. Primarily because it keeps swelling at a minimum. I feel lost without it.
My doc put 4 incisions in me for the procedure, and stitched 2 up and left two open. He removed the sutures a couple days ago and they're fine but one of the "open" ones is still draining a tiny bit. Nothing big, but thought I'd mention it.
That's it for now. I hear day 10 is usually a biotch, so I'll let you guys know. Haha!
2 Week Mark...
I'm a little sore at night but during the day, I'm pretty much good as gold. At night I talk a couple of extra strength Tylenol and I'm good. My pace walking is getting faster and I'm able to sleep on both my sides and tummy.
I'm taking Zinc, B- complex, Vitamin C, and Bromine. Been taking those since day after surgery and I contribute that and wearing my garment like it's my job to my nearly no bruising and minimal swelling(well, minimal in comparison to some pics I've seen).
Every now and then I'll feel a nerve or two tingle of cause a burning sensation, but not nearly as bad as last week. Well, that's it for now. I'll keep you guys updated :-) Oh, and I've added some more pics...
Dr. Michael Damen at Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Trust me when I say IT'S NOT WHAT YOU GET DONE, IT'S THE DOCTOR THAT DOES IT THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT.
And by the way, the Liposuction and Cosmetic Institute in Chicago do more treatments than anyone else in the country. That is a fact.
If you're in the Midwest and choose to do fillers or lipo, then Dr. Damen in Chicago is the person you want to go with. He and his team are AMAZING. After doing the lipo 16 days ago, I decided to have Dr. Damen administer under eye filler.
I'm not going to trust my face and body to just anyone. Once you take a look at his credentials, you'll understand why being the anal person I am, chose Dr. Damen. I suggest you go here:
He takes his time in the consultation and that's what you want. I've had a bad experience with Botox with another doctor who didn't take his time, so I admire Dr. Damen for being methodical in both consultations and answering ALL of my crazy questions.
Again, just wanted to give the team there a shout out!
1 month 1 day post op
Just some photos...
Dr. Damen is phenomenal! He loves what he does and takes it seriously and uses an artistic approach in helping you to achieve your goals. He, Annee, and the entire team are fabulous. Can't say enough good things. You're also very lucky if on surgery day you have Marilyn for your nurse, she's an angel. I trust them so much, that I'll be getting fillers next. I'll keep you updated!