49 Year Old Male Who Works out 2 Hours/day - Corona, CA
When I hit 220, I had enough. Went to the gym &...
I knew I could not sleep on my bed with all this drainage, so I slept in an adjustable zero gravity chair covered with a serape just in case. Doctor said I could take a shower today and I did. It felt sssssooooo good washing off all that surgery yuck. And having the compression off for the hour or so it took to wash was awesome. Putting it on was hard.
A word on Pain meds:
I have had lots of non-cosmetic surgeries due to injuries & such and have come to a way---wait, my way of dealing with them. I don't like pain meds because they make you constipated, they make you lethargic, and they also give you a false sense of what you should not be doing when you are on them. Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't take them if you absolutely cannot stand the pain. For me, I'd rather have a good night's sleep to help the healing than be drugged out and drooling during the day.
A word on the compression garment. It is uncomfortable. My armpits hurt from the contact. I have to put dry wash clothes between the garment & my skin to relieve the annoying irritation. There has to be a better compression garment? I don't know how people getting VaserLipo can wear those garments that cover the legs too? The thought of wearing this thing for 2.5 more weeks----holy crap. The only consolation is knowing I will be taking it off to shower & washing the garment.
Anyone out there recommend a better garment? I have the Fajas Lipo Illusion vest....
Hollywood Hip Huggers
from JoAnn's fabrics and made a garter-like thingy to keep the compression garment so it didn't bunch up. This worked well, except it irritated my groin area and the areas where the metal made contact with my skin. So I'll have to somehow wrap the elastic straps and the metal in some kind of buffer fabric? If any you guys out there have a suggestion for a better compression garment, I'd appreciate it.
FYI, 2nd day I wanted to ice so bad, but doctor said absolutely NOT.
Some of the numbness is going away and I can feel the scarring just below the skin. This is normal. When I had arthroscopy back in December/2013, I could tell which hole/cut the surgeon performed the most movement because it had the most bruising and the biggest sub-skin scar. It was an inch high and looked funny. But after 2.5 months it went away. Now, I could use 1 one of those hand-held ultrasound thingys (I have 1) to reduce the scar, but why? Scarring is the bodies reaction to tissue damage. So because the numbness has subsided, I can feel these scars. They are hard to the touch. They will probably grow and it will look lumpy. That's ok with me because I know they will eventually go away. It took me years to get this DAMN fat on me, I can wait a little bit more time for the results. Trying to stay on diet is hard without going to the gym. Also, the bruising is going away too.
BTW one thing I would've have done different is I would have gotten my 6-8 week full-body wax before the surgery. The hair growing back is not helping with the CG....
Post-op appointment later today.... I'll check in later. Oh damn, is that the washer beeping?
Day 7 - PostOP
During my 5 hours of freedom, I could feel the areas that were worked on, not as numb as before. The bruising is really subsiding. Still about 20% to go. I'll post a pic once it's all gone. Still working standing up since it's easier than sitting...
Last night I attempted my own lymph massage. I've had one of these (Genie Rub) for 15-16 years from when I had back issues:
Armed with the following diagram:
I attempted to perform my own Lymphatic massage. OMG, I felt like passing out. I put it on the lowest setting and had it barely making contact with my skin and following the arrows on this diagram. That lasted 2 minutes. It hurt. This morning I did it again, but longer & with a little bit more pressure. Started to get nauseous, then backed off... Seriously I don't know how you folks are doing these lymph massages? Pain meds? Anyway, I'll try doing more later.... Happy Healing...
The scars sometimes hurts, sometimes burns, sometimes itches. Very annoying.
I also have developed red streaks on the top of my shoulders to the top of my chest from the CG vest. I'm averaging about 3-4 hour break from the CG in the morning while I wash it and build myself up psychologically to put it back on. Last night sleeping sucked. The scars kept waking me up. Although I did sleep longer than my usual 6 hours.
Bruising is 95% gone. I still have this spot on my left side of my abdomen that is slowing getting lighter each day.
Swelling is about 90% gone too.
Using antibacterial band aides for the areas where stitches were removed.
Haven't taken pain meds since Day 3. Pictures coming soon!!!!
Day 10 - Clarification
This afternoon I had first (of 2) VaserShape and OMG. That thing loosened up the tightness. It hurt a little but who cares. It felt good afterwards. It also helped with the numbness too.
I picked Dr. Troell because in the initial consultation he answered every stupid question I had. He went in some of the procedures & techniques which intrigued me. He also teaches other doctors on how to perform VaserLipo. You can tell he's been doing this for a while and knows what he's doing. Susan was assisting and she was awesome too. They both called the night after the procedure to find out how I was doing.