Tumescent Ab Lipo: Get It off of Me! - Dallas, TX

I've always battled my weight. I've never been...

I've always battled my weight. I've never been (and will never be) a skinny girl. But my sexy weight was 165. So whenever I succeeded in circling that weight, I considered the battle Won. And then I got pregnant and had a baby. The battle has gone downhill ever since. I've been between 183 - 193 since my DS was born 3 years ago.

It's hard enough to find time to diet and exercise when you the working mom of a toddler. Yet it's most difficult when you diet and push and sweat but see no results. The scale would go down, but my belly stayed the same. After a few weeks of this, I would just give up and give out.

Then for some reason I came across the term Tumescent Lipo. I can't even remember how or where. I began Googling more information on it. Saw great results, minimal pain and bruising, and best of all: Affordability. I was like "Eureka!" This is it! This will give me the head start I need to get me back to my sexy weight. I'm currently 5 days post-op. I am still extremely swollen - almost to pre-op size (measurement wise). But I looked at my Before and 3 days After shots and I can see a change is gonna come.

One Week Follow Up

At my follow up appointment. Turns out I am more swollen than usual. My PS reopened one of the surgical incisions (did not hurt at all) and pushed out A LOT of fluid that has been building up. I felt better immediately.

He is prescribing antibiotics and wants me to do a better job at keeping my compression garment tight. (Any tighter and I'll have to be placed on a respirator. But oh well. Doctor's orders.

More Pics to come soon. Since I'm so swollen I'd prefer to take more After photos in another week or so.

Suck it in!

Me after the doctor wrapped the binder around my "loose" compression garment to tighten it up.

I can feel my esophagus in my throat its so tight.

3 Liters

The doctor got out 3 liters. My waist is currently 3 inches smaller than pre-op. Still, I'm very swollen. Can't wait to see the results in 6 weeks.

Before Photos

A few 'Before' photos. It's funny because the first few days after the procedure you're so impatient and skeptical. You want to see immediate results and then your minds begins to creep into the "I don't think there's much of a difference. Did I waste my money?" negative thoughts.

It helps though to see how far you've come. Even now, with my swelling, it's obvious that there IS a difference. Wow. I'm stoked.

I took it easy last week. Ate less, but did not start an official diet. But now, I'm stoked. Ready to start making changes for a new body. I'll probably do a low carb (50g) and low calorie (1200) diet plan. It's a doable diet, especially with how tight the compression garment is. I can hardly breathe, let alone overeat, in this thing.

Doctor Approved

Me in the doctor-approved Lipo Express compression garment. It's tight and I hate it. I have actual anger towards it. But my doc has gotten great results with larger bellies than mine, so I'll follow his orders. Who needs oxygen or to feel sensation in the lower half of their bodies anyway, right? '-)

Two 1/2 Weeks Post

Still very swollen, but overall my pain has been very minimal during this entire process.

I have a lot of fluid/swelling in my belly. From touching and pushing on it, I'm guessing it's at least 3 inches of added girth to my belly. I'm down 4 inches since pre-surgery - at least mid-belly - so hopefully the final 3 will make a total of at least 7 inches.

Last night I massaged and then slept on my belly all night. I noticed this morning that I'd lost another 1/3 inch. Not sure if that aided in my body reabsorbing the fluid or if its just temporary. I'll keep you posted.

I'm posting several "One week post" and "Two week post" photos.

I'm seeing some changes from week to week. Notice how my lower belly flap is diminishing. That's surely a wonderful thing.

Photos

The Side

Sidebar

Two Weeks Front - Still very swollen

Dr. Nathan Long

Very personable and interesting to talk to. Is very hands on. He even helped me put on my shoes after my first follow up visit. His staff is very much like him. A great trio of helpful ladies.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Hi thereā€¦can you post updated pics? I'm about a month post op and would love to see 5 month results, if possible.
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you look great hunni! Im worried about if lipo would just help my stomach check out my page and let me know what you think!
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Elm, you are healing very well...I have a LOT of peeling to the degree that I will not post those pictures because they are too graphic. But my shaping up is a lot like yours. I look really nice in a pair of jeans and shirt that I put on 1 week post-opt, but that only lasted a "cute" minute. I don't want anything touching me right now...LOL. Not sure why I had so much peeling, from what I read, it seems to happen to people that tend to retain more fluid after the surgery. Nonetheless, you look GREAT!!!!!! Can't wait to see more pictures so that it will continue to encourage me! Take care.
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Post more pics please. I'm considering lipo.
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I'm thinking about going in March please keep us posted
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Will update soon! So far I'm very pleased with the process.
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Are you feeling any pain or discomfort? I cant even see any of your adits. Mine look so bad. I really wish i didn't put neosporin on them. Are you still wearing the compression? My dr told me to switch to two pairs of spanx. I'm at home all day though so i still wear one pair and the compression ontop of it. The swelling is supposed to go down for us this week. My skin is starting to look loose and saggy now :/
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Hola! No real pain. Only little twinges. If your skin is sagging then you need a tighter compression garment. (Goodness! I sound like my doctor. He is obsessed with tight compression garments.) But he has a point. He specializes in skin retraction after lipo. My flap (which was huge and floppy) is retracting and my skin is tightening. I know it has a lot to do with my compression garments. Also, not sure if you know this, but that is the secret behind celebrities' skin tight abs after having babies: compression girdles and garments. So there ya go. Think of the garment as remolding your abdomen. Your garment should be tight enough to pull your skin up (retract) and mold your belly to the shape you desire. If Spanx are too loose, or of they roll down, then they won't work to pull you up and in.
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Also are you using a Retin A cream for your skin?
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You look good. My tummy is huge and I go in Jan 28 for lipo. I am hoping to have a result half as good as yours. Keep up the tight garment girl it's working. You're my poster child.
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That's so nice of you to say! There are some days where your mind thinks, "Is my stomach smaller? Really?" Those are the days where looking at Before photos and compliments like yours are positive reinforcements. To be honest, my doctor wants the garments to be too danged tight. I can hardly breathe in the garment in the photo. So I had to make a decision: tight garment for cosmetic purposes or oxygen and sanity? Hmmm? Now, I wear the tight-tight one (Lipo Express) during the day for as long as I can. And then I change to the less tight (but still snug) compression garment I bought from makemeheal.com. Please keep me posted on your upcoming surgery!
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I understand gurl I got a big tummy also and I want a tummy tuck and lipo but dieting is hard to get to ur goal weight
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Hey twinsie! I think they removed way more fat than you, than they did me. I wish my dr was a little more aggressive, now that the pain has all gone away. You're new diet plan sounds like a good one. Starting on monday is the best way anyway! Hope to see some progress photos! Do you have a follow up with your dr anytime soon? Mine is on Wed. Do you wear spanx under the compression belt? Lucky you, yours is black. I have a white one and it looks butt ugly but i actually love wearing it now. I sleep with it and wear it all day. It feels weird when i dont have it on.
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I have another follow up scheduled today. From my research, I believe I've developed a seroma (hard fluid build up). I'm hoping my PS will drain it today. It's quite painful. Like a burning sensation in the areas with the fluid. I also don't want my results to be ruined by calcification. I wear spanx under my garment but only because I got the garment with the butt cut out. While the butt opening looked cute on the model on the front of the package, it does NOT look good on me. The garment is so tight that my fat is redirected (squished) up and out into any openings. So I looked like I have big boobs and a big crazy a$$ - not the good kind either. :) So the spanx push my butt back in. Now I just have crazy huge boobs and a tiny waist. Jessica Rabbit post-lipo, I suppose.
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ElmGal2749, this post was hilarious...I really needed that laugh! I am 2 weeks post-opt and am having the fluid build up in 2 places as well. Nonetheless, I am wearing both garments and following the Doctor's orders.. I have tried to post some before pictures and will post some weekly after if I can figure that part out as well. Thanks again for the laugh and I will look to hear more about your story soon. My surgery was November 14th, so seems like you and I are on/around the same time-lines. Take care!
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Vegalce, sounds like you are getting GREAT results. I a having some fluid build-up and major peeling. I am 2 weeks out and other than that I am doing well and enjoying how my body is shaping up. I will keep you posted and would love to continue to hear about your journey as you are a few weeks ahead of me and I can learn from you and your comments/experience.
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Ok, Elm and Vegalce, I think I mixed up your comments...but nevertheless, you two will be able to understand. It is 2am in the morning and I keep falling in and out of sleep as I am writing these comments...LOL. Vegalce, I wear my compression garment closest to my skin and then the compression belt on the outside of it. This is the way that the nurse helped me when on the day of my surgery...so I just followed suite. Sometimes when I am wearing one of my workout garments, I will put the compression garment/spanx on closest to my skin, the workout garment (you know the tight ones) and then will put the compression belt on top of that just because they all fit so closely. I have some hardening around the surgery area, but mostly I am just itching and want to scratch a whole in my stomach. I keep massaging it even though I am still in pain, but I know that it will all take time.
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