Liposuction of Flanks, Stomach, Lower Back - Florida
Hi, I am a mom of two- 6 years and 3 years old. I...
- 25 Sep 2012
Hi, I am a mom of two- 6 years and 3 years old. I am 39 years old and do moderate exercise (running 2x/week, walking a lot, some weights). I never had a "flat" stomach, but after the two babies, my upper stomach was paunchy and my flanks were extreme! I couldn't lose the hips, even with running and cardio. I decided on liposuction to get to these parts- as well as the lower back area (I had a patch of "fat" there even before the babies), so never had that "scooped" out back that I love so much in profiles.
I went under general anesthesia because my doctor recommended it. He would need to do my front, sides and back and it is easier for him to get to it. I was hesitant at first and actually didn't make up my mind until I was in my gown and IV and talking with the anesthesiologist (who was very kind and explained it all well). I didn't have any fears after that, so I let them put me to sleep. The procedure was quicker that way (1.5 hours) and because this doctor does so many, he doesn't leave the stitches open.
The downside for me is that healing takes longer. The fluid they pumped into me stayed for months- and I couldn't really get a feel for what I would look like until the 3 months mark. I'm at 4 months now, and consider this to be the best I need. If I do lose any more fluid, then it will only be icing on the cake. I am VERY happy with the results.
I wore my garments religiously, every day and night for 2 months and then every night for the 3rd month. I stopped wearing anything in month 4, and then sensitively in my flanks (where the MOST fat was taken out), is almost non-existent.
I was VERY sore for about a week after. I laid in bed for 3 straight days. I think I had a lot of areas done and this was the cause of the discomfort. I stopped the pain meds day 3, and just used over the counter for about a week after. I was bloated as well, but this receded after week 2 mostly.
They took out almost 5 lbs of fat. I noticed this loss right away- I was 7 pounds less after surgery. However, over the next 3 months, this weight stabilized, and I went back to my per-surgery weight. Interesting enough, when I stopped wearing the garments at month 4, I lost seven pounds. I guess this is the extra fluids? I noticed a big difference in my blanks and lower back between month 3 and now.
My photos are of my before and after of side, front and back. I would recommend this to anyone who is not happy with strategic areas that can't be melted away by exercise. I love being a Mom, but I wasn't happy with what the pregnancies left of my body shape. Lipo helped me get that back, and to be honest, makes me look better (I think) then I did before the pregnancies!
If you have any other questions, or any comments, please share. I hope my experience will help you in your decision.