34, and Finally Going to Have my Legs Back! - Durham, NC
I had three pregnancies, but I only have one ...
Today's the Day!
Procedure went smoothly!
Over all, the procedure today was a lot easier than I imagined, and I would recommend this team to anyone!!! Hopefully I can go back for some cool sculpting on my love handles.
Holy Drainage Batman!
Big tip for future procedures: buy a waterproof mattress cover, cheap mattress sheet you don't mind disposing of later, and a pack of pet training pee pads. Saving my mattress BIG time! Also use a trash bag to sit on in your vehicle, save your seat!!
Drainage has almost stopped, except for two spots on back of leg. However, they only started draining again because of the pressure from using the restroom (soreness when I sit on a hard surface). BUT; I haven't changed the pad I was laying on since 5:30 AM! Sleeping was easy, though my back hurts since I'm a side sleeper usually. And I'm not use to sitting this much, so my butt is starting to hurt too...guess I'm not as lazy as I thought. :) When I look down at my legs I can see a big difference, however I am wearing the (crouch-less) compression garments. Hopefully there won't be too much of a change when I remove them later for my shower. Will update with those pictures later. Breakfast in bed from the hubby is another perk from this procedure!! Had a grilled chicken sandwich last night, and some granola cereal this morning. No nausea, no upset stomach; hopefully I won't need the rest of the pills (pain killers & nausea pills) except for the antibiotics.
Warning for future procedures: The drainage looks like blood, but it is actually a mix of blood and fluid. My husband contacted my doctor last night because he was afraid I was losing blood, and it might trigger my iron to drop (don't want my anemia to kick in!). Dr. Miller reassured it is not 100% blood. The incision is too small to cause that much bleeding alone, and the fluid he used (along with my own fluid) would cause the drainage to look like blood. So do not think you're bleeding out, this is all normal! HOWEVER, I have been advised to notify him right away if I feel weak or light headed. Definite signs of low iron or possible other side effects.
Healing is getting easier!
Tip for future procedure: pulling the garment up as high as possible is actually very comforting on the thighs. Sitting on a pillow is also very comfortable when having to sit in a desk chair or dining chair.
Post 1 wk
Wearing clothes is difficult, so I'm taking advantage of this warmer weather and wearing dresses when I can.
The soreness is still there, but mainly at the "top" of the inner thigh...where the fat was actually removed. The bruising is still bad, but I bruise very easily. There's a little bit of a difference, but with the swelling I look the same. I'm still hopeful, because the shape is definitely changing. Walking more 10-15 mins intensifies the soreness, but I think it's because the swelling is causing it rub still.
My 1 week check up went well, and Dr. Miller was pleased with the healing. The bruising was a surprise to him, but again I BRUISE EASILY. He even said I could do light cardio that doesn't cause too much friction when I using my legs (elliptical, stair climber, etc...).
Overall, each day is getting easier but the soreness is slightly more intense. It's similar to being sore after a really intense workout (lifting weights for the first time or running your first marathon). I'm back on my diet, and waiting on the go to start some serious cardio/circuit training.
So far so good, but can't really see a huge difference after 1 week and three days. Hopefully next week will be better for pics and difference. ;)
Consultation: Very friendly and very informative staff. Dr. Miller was very understanding and honest, but with sincerity. Office was very clean and comforting, and the robes they had there were the most warmest robes I've ever had (I would've purchased it, if it were for sale). Pricing was much less than I expected, and they offered a discount if I did multiple procedures at once. I'm not a fan of the office location (building wise), but that's not enough to hinder my review thus far. Procedure: to be updated on 2/28/14 UPDATE: Procedure went very smoothly, and he apologetic anytime I made a little squeal from the needle. On a scale from 1-10, w/10 being intense, I would rate the pain at a 3. Felt like pinching more than anything. He talks you through as you change to the next step, and his nurses are very calm and easy to talk to. Very informative, and hopefully I can go back to take care of my love handles in a few months! Great Team and atmosphere.