I am a 5' 2" , 42-yr-old female who has always...
I had the procedure done at the clinic. The entire procedure took about 2 hours (not including prep time). The doctor performed the following procedures on my lower abdominal, my right 'flank' and my left 'flank'.
1. Insertion of a tube (felt like it was 'snaking' under my skin) to inject anesthesia
2. Insertion of a tube to suck the fat out
3. Insertion of the laser to further break up fat.
There were occasional moments of discomfort, but It was definitely bearable. I did get emotional toward the end, but I suspect that was more of a reaction to all the drugs coursing through my body and general body 'trauma'. Overall, the procedure and experience was extremely tolerable for me.
I am on my first day of recovery and have found that warm baths help tremendously! I did 'drain' after a bath last night.. my bathroom looked like a murder scene. :) However, that was mostly the fluids that were injected, draining out. I did not have any bleeding or draining after a bath this morning.
I am now almost 24 hours post-op and can tolerate the discomfort with a normal dose of Excedrin. I am very slow moving around and 'stiff', but not in pain. I am glad I took the day off of work, but I do anticipate I will be able to go into the office tomorrow. So, that means I only missed two days of work (one day for the procedure and then one day of recovery)
The only unexpected result I'm having is that I cannot keep down any food. I am someone who NEVER vomits (I think maybe the last time was when I was 8 years old), so that is definitely unexpected for me. However, I think my body is still recovering from the trauma and also the pain meds that I took last night.
No more vomiting
72 hours post-op
Quite a bit of bruising on my back... I am guessing that is because most of the blood pooled there while I slept. I am now at almost 96 hours (4 days) post-op and was able to take a shower and can move in pretty much any direction without any sudden pain (although I am definitely still 'tender').
I am seeing some swelling more on one side than the other, but I think this is just part of the recovery and not a result of fat migration.. :)
Extremely satisfied! Great doctor and assistant (Jen). They are very accommodating, relaxed, and have this process down to a science (as, I guess, it should be). I highly recommend them!