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My Pre-op is the 15th!
My pre-op is on the 15th. I'm starting to drink more water and keep an eye on my sodium intake. I want to do whatever I can now to help with the swelling later. I've heard so many different stories of swelling and how long it lasted that I'm not sure what to expect. I will post "before pictures" this week,and I'm going to take my measurements so I can keep track of changes down the road :)
Also, I think I forgot to mention before that I have three children! My body definitely changed after having children. My body started holding weight unevenly, especially in my love handles. Even when I was a size 1, my left side was noticeably bigger than my right. My thighs have always held the majority of my weight. That's genetics. I want to keep a curvy figure, but just more proportioned.
T-minus 2 days and nerves are kicking in!!!
Tomorrow I am going to take my measurements and post them, so that I can keep track of changes. I'll probably take a few more pics tomorrow also, since it will be the last day EVER looking like this! lol
I am ready to go!!
My measurements before
Love handles(measured around where L/H are)- 33in
Left thigh-24 in
I wasn't planning on tracking my weight until I get back on a good eating/exercise plan, but I figured why not?!
So my weight the day before surgery is 140lbs.
I told Dr. Knoll, " That was quick." And she said, " We'll because you we're sleeping." Lol
My bottom, like right under my butt was sore for some reason, but other than that I felt good. Just groggy. I drank a glass of water and went to the restroom twice. Walking around hasn't been that bad. I'm just slow,and it takes me awhile to get in and out of the hotel bed. Going to the bathroom hasn't been to difficult yet,either. Again, I'm just slow.
I saw a little bit of bruising above my love handles. It's on both sides.
The leakage is exactly how Dr. Knoll described. It soaked through my sweat pants on the bottom right side. I didn't realize it or feel it so it ended up getting on the hotel sheets :(. I had two folded towels down, but when I creeped off the bed to use the rest room I ended up sliding on the sheets lol. Yes I was creeping off the bed.
I only took one pain pill and it was suffice. I'm hoping I won't really need to use them. I'm pretty sure to or row will be more in comfortable than today.
Also, I made a typo in my last update. My pre surgery weight was 144 lbs.
I forgot to add...
She took out, 500cc from each love handle...350cc from each of the outer thigh... And 450cc from each of the inner thigh.
Also, I don't think I ever mentioned before that I was getting tumescent liposuction.
Post op appt
Just a quick update today
I'm a lot more swollen today, which I expected, but I don't have a lot of bruising. My skin is really sensitive. The worst part so far for me was having to change my band-aids today lol. I'm such a wuss. I don't have any drainage, so the previous band-aids were dry except for a couple of them. It didn't hurt, but I was still freaking out lol.
That's really about it. I also hopped on the scale yesterday and today, just out of curiosity. Pre-op was 144lbs, yesterday was 146.5lbs, and today was 145lbs. So, I don't think my swelling is too severe. SO hopefully it doesn't take too long for it to clear up!
Post op days 4-8
I haven't needed the pain pills really. The pain isn't bad at all. On day 4 post op, my children started school, so since Monday I've been taking them to and from school and getting back into my normal routine; cooking, cleaning, driving, going to the store, etc. I try to keep my trips to the store quick, but since then I've gotten even more swollen. Everyday the swelling has gotten a little worse. I fee like I need a day or two to just relax again and keep my feet up, but I honestly haven't had the time :( My pre-op pants don't fit, so I've just been wearing sweat pants or maxi dresses. I can tell that it's swelling, so I'm not worried about my results down the road. It's all about being patient right now. In the pics that I will post you can see the increase of the swelling over the last few days. But even with the increase of swelling, I measured my thighs last night and hopped on the scale. My weight has gone from 144 pre-op, and 146.5 post op, to 142lbs as over today. My thighs were 24 in pre-op, and last night they were measuring 23! I was in shock. Even though I feel like a water balloon and my pants won't fit, my thighs are clearly smaller! I can't wait to see what size they are when all the swelling has subsided!
The bruises that were on my ribs are basically gone, but the bruises on my legs are so black and big that my husband and oldest child got scared lol. They said it looks painful, but it doesn't bother me at all. My entire inner thigh is bruised, it's just more noticeable in certain areas and of course there's some bruising on my outer thighs, and on the back of my thighs.
I'm stil kind of slow getting in and out of the car and out of bed, but it's not painful. I'm not sore anymore. If I have a long day, I will take tylenol and that's it.
The only thing that has bothered me since the surgery, is that I have had an extremely hard time sleeping. It takes me forever to fall asleep and then I wake up every 2 hours once I finally fall asleep. It's so frustrating. The other night I only got 1 1/2 hours of sleep and then I had to be up all day :( This is the only thing that's irritating me. I need my sleep!!
Other than that, everything seems to be looking good. Hopefully the swelling starts going down this week. I feel like I'm a little bit more swollen today than I was yesterday.
I'm about to give you and overload of pics lol so bear with me.
Post-op days 9-13
I'm still pretty tender, but it's definitely getting better everyday. My bruises are fading and not as dark, but they had spread and gotten bigger. I have my 2nd post op on Friday.
I'm still not sleeping well at all. It's driving me nuts. I just can't get comfortable. When I tried to lay on my side the other night it just felt like I was laying on tennis balls. But every night I've been able to roll closer and closer to be on my side. So, I think the hard lumps are slowly going down. Other than that, everything is fine. It just feels like i need to stretch the back of my legs really bad. Like I need to do yoga or something.
My thighs finally don't feel so weird when they touch, but one is more swollen then the other. My right love handle is a lot bigger than the left because of that lump.
3 weeks post op tomorrow!!!
I'll update more tomorrow :)
Before and after
1 month post op!!!
I'm able to sleep in any position without any discomfort. The tingling feeling has subsided, my skin is just tender. It feels like a big bruise, except not where the bruises are lol.
In total I've lost 5 lbs. I'm at 139 right now. Surprisingly I've even lost over an inch off of my waist!!
My next post op appointment is in 2 weeks. I should be able to take off this garment!
6 week mark!!
The swelling still goes up and down. I'm smaller some days and a little larger other days, but I'm happy with my results so far. Other than that everything is basically the same. I still have some tenderness in my skin and hard spots. I sometimes have the tingling feeling, but nothing major or really bothersome.
I definitely think the surgery was worth it.
6 week pics
2 mth post op update
I still have some hard spots, but they continually get smaller and softer. You can kind of see the lumps on my inner thighs, but it's nothing major. I'm really happy with my results!!
3mths post op
My scars a really tiny, but still slightly raised. Some of them are slightly sensitive, but I see improvements every week. I'm going to start rubbing Mederma on them.
She is very kind, thorough, and knowledgeable. She made sure that I had all the information I needed on my procedure, but also about hotels close in the area with all their information for after my procedure. Dr. Knoll has been amazing the entire time. Getting in touch with her is easy. She even emailed me back at midnight when I had a question! She called me in the evening after I had my procedure to check up on me. I have so many great things to say about her! She and her staff have taken great care of me, and are very attentive.