Very Thankful - Gainesville, FL
- updated 1 year ago
I'm 33 years old and after a 90+ lb weight...
- 16 May 2012
I'm 33 years old and after a 90+ lb weight loss, I was left with loose saggy skin all over my body. I did a lot of soul searching and knew that to be truly happy with myself, I'd need to get rid of the skin. The scars will fade but the skin was not going away.
After 4 consults, I chose the best doctor in the area. He is doing my surgeries in 2 stages. The first stage is the LBL and lipo of the outer thighs (no matter how much I exercise, the fat pockets on my thighs wouldn't go away). The 2nd stage will be over labor day - arm lift, thigh lift, and breast lift.
Here's my experience so far with the LBL. I showed up yesterday at the office at 7:30. After passing all the test - BP, pregnancy test, etc, the PS came in and marked my body. I was in the OR by 8:30. The nurses gave me a sponge bath of warmed up brown goo (can't remember what its called) then off to la la land I went. I woke up around 1 p.m. I was vre y groggy and disoriented for awhile. Oh and I was in PAIN, oh my, it was the worst pain I have ever felt. The nurse told me they removed 7.5 lbs of skin - craziness because I didn't think I had that much and skin doesn't weigh that much. By 3:30 p.m., I was in a wheelchair on my way home. My mom was with me and I'm very thankful that she is a nurse.
After making it up 3 flights of stairs, yes I live in a 3rd floor walk up. I crashed in a reclining chair. The positive is that they sent me home with the foley - I was upset at first but now I think it's the best thing ever. I'm sleeping a little at a time and taking meds every 4 hours. My first post op appt is on Thursday - super excited to see myself without the compression garment. I'll post pics at a later time.
Day 3 PO it's amazing how much I've healed in the...
- 18 May 2012
I can't believe it's the end of day 3 PO already. ...
- 18 May 2012
Well, I gave up on simply using miralax and took...
- 19 May 2012
I'm really curious about what my weight will be once all the swelling is down. The nurse said she weighed the skin and it was 7.5 lbs. Since surgery my weight is down 8 lbs but I'm swollen and look like I'm 3 months pregnant. I'd love to be down another 10 lbs once the fluid is out of me. Guess I will need to wait and see.
To all those getting a LBL or even a tt, I'd recommend buying a 2nd compression garment. The p.s. gives you one but they take forever to dry. I found one on eBay - marena- for half the retail cost.
Tomorrow I will go in for my one week post op appt...
- 21 May 2012
So I've read a lot of comments about "swell hell" and i can say I've definitely experienced it. Most of the time, my tummy is hard and round. So far, no issues with the incision. It's healing fine. I use panty liners to cover the incision, best idea ever. My butt looks funny but I was told to expect that for awhile.
Not a lot has changed, I'm resting and still sleeping in my reclining chair. Showering and rebandaging everything each day is a chore and usually is followed by a long nap. I have another week off of work so I feel I will be okay to return by then.
I had my one week post op appt today. Everything...
- 22 May 2012
Not a whole lot to report. I'm feeling good,...
- 25 May 2012
He's great - supportive, talented, and has an awesome team. I'm glad I chose him. The prep nurse was caring and sweet.