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9 months Post Op ~ some days are better than others!
I've had a belly my entire life that has only...
- 16 May 2012
- 2 months pre
I've had a belly my entire life that has only gotten bigger over time. For 15 years I have had a regular exercise routine. I currently go to the gym 5 days a week - do cardio, Zumba, weight training, etc. and the belly never goes away.
Today I had my consultation. I talked to the...
- 16 May 2012
- 2 months pre
Finally I have my procedure date! I had a hard...
- 1 Jun 2012
- 1 month pre
The lipo nurse called me yesterday. My procedure...
- 4 Jul 2012
- 20 days pre
Tomorrow I will be 2 weeks away from my procedure....
- 9 Jul 2012
- 15 days pre
It's getting close! I'm only a few days away from...
- 20 Jul 2012
- 4 days pre
Today I took some more 'before' pictures and I will probably do another set. I bought some Arnica since everyone here says it helps with the swelling and bruising. I've really been slacking at the gym this past month. My plan was to work hard all summer and lift weights to get in better shape and build more muscle before Smart Lipo. It didn't happen... With my oldest daughter breaking her arm and doctor's appointments, then all the summer activities that came up, we were just busy all the time. And the sad thing is only one person noticed I haven't been at the gym every day!! LOL!!
I've only told a few close friends about having lipo. I'm trying to avoid telling too many people, not that it's a big secret, but I just don't want my personal business known to everyone!!
Tomorrow's the big day!! My anxiety is hitting...
- 23 Jul 2012
- 1 day pre
Whew, it's over!! Forgive any typos and spelling...
- 25 Jul 2012
- 1 day post
First of all, let me say I have always had a very, very low pain tolerance!
I had to meet my doctor at his #2 office at 9:30am to get marked on with a sharpie. Then I went to his #1 office for 10:30 to get prepped by the nurse and CRNA. They called me back right at 10:30 and let my husband come back with me for a little while. Once the CRNA was ready to get started, they got my husband's cell number and sent him on his way. The nurse took pics, then the CRNA put in the IV, then the nurse rubbed me down with betadine. I laid down on my belly and they gave me something to relax and then I was out. I woke up on my back, and the nurse had just finished numbing the areas. I remember talking to the CRNA about our families but I was pretty out of it!! They said I told them I was dreaming about my kids when I rolled over and I don't remember that at all!! Then they gave me more sleepy medicine and I was out. I didn't feel anything nor do I remember anything about the procedure.
Next thing I knew, I woke up - OMG!! I was in horrible pain!!!! I have a low pain tolerance and I am resistant to anesthesia. I was moaning and crying saying it hurts over and over and over. I didn't expect to wake up hurting so much!! They gave me a little more lidocaine and with in seconds the pain was gone. I had a snack and some gatorade, and the nurse cleaned me up a bit. She put on the garment, which actually isn't as bad as I anticipated. I don't remember coming home but I went straight to bed. The leaking was pretty bad during the first few hours. We had to change out the towels several times. It seems to have stopped as of now.
Today I'm SUPER SORE!!!!! Can't hardly move it hurts so bad. If I'm very still it isn't a problem, but when I try to get out of bed OH MY!! Getting out of bed is the worst. I took a shower this morning and my husband helped me change my bandages. Getting the tape off was awful! From what I can see I have NO belly rolls - just a bit of bruising and swelling. It seems to be perfectly flat!! And my waist is tiny tiny compared to before. They took out 2-1/2 liters of fat.
I feel really dizzy almost drunk feeling if I get up and move around too much. A little weak too. I had to quit in the middle of getting dressed after my shower because the dizziness hit me so hard. I think it's an anesthesia or demerol hangover. I had bad experiences with demerol before... I'm still trying to get up and walk around the house for a few minutes here and there. I feel fine laying down. Right now I feel 'ok' - just a little light headed, so I hope it is passing. I talked to the nurse earlier today and she said to be sure to eat a good meal before taking the antibiotic and loratab, and if they are making me dizzy that will help.
If I feel better tomorrow I may attempt some after pictures.
Day 3 post op: Today is a lot better pain wise....
- 27 Jul 2012
- 3 days post
Today is a lot better pain wise. The first few days I felt like I had been hit by a truck! I'm still sore and it hurts to move in certain ways, but it is bearable. This garment is the worst though!! The two zippers in the front do not lay flat. They buckle up and dig into my stomach, which already is sore. It's impossible to sit in it because it digs so much. The tightness isn't so bad. It's just the zippers and hooks that hurt! I even tried to put it on backwards so the zippers would be in the back but it didn't work. So mostly I'm laying in bed or standing since sitting in it is too painful. Swelling hasn't been too bad but the bruising is pretty awful. I'm full of black/blue/purple spots - even down my thighs.
Today is one week since my procedure. It seems I...
- 31 Jul 2012
- 7 days post
I'm 14 days post op now and I feel pretty good...
- 6 Aug 2012
- 13 days post
16 days post op: Yesterday was the first day with...
- 8 Aug 2012
- 15 days post
3 weeks post op: I added new pictures. Swelling...
- 13 Aug 2012
- 20 days post
Also, as much as I hated the garment I do find I...
- 14 Aug 2012
- 21 days post
Tomorrow will be one month since I had Smartlipo....
- 22 Aug 2012
- 29 days post
I'm 2 months post op now. I'm back to the gym 5...
- 21 Sep 2012
- 2 months post
I will try to take some new pictures next week.
I added new pictures. 9 weeks post op.... what do...
- 26 Sep 2012
- 2 months post
I don't know if it's something I did or ate or...
- 8 Oct 2012
- 3 months post
3-1/2 months post op now... Nov 22 will be 4...
- 10 Nov 2012
- 4 months post
I am adding new pictures. In exactly 7 days I...
- 15 Nov 2012
- 4 months post
And I have to share some stories...
One of my husband's friends passed by our house and I happened to be outside getting the mail in my fitted gym tank and leggings. The friend called my husband and told him he saw a 'fine woman' in our neighborhood and went on and on, saying how his wife had 2 kids and looked nothing at all like THAT!! And finally he broke the news "I'm talking about your WIFE!" As in ME. lol
Just yesterday at the gym, I had one of the regular guys track me down in the ladies weight room. I just know him in passing, as in just saying hi or good morning. He opened the ladies weight room door and scanned the room... pointed straight at me.. and said "YOU... I just wanted to come tell you that you are looking really good!!" Which of course made me feel really good too!! He went out of his way to find me to tell me that! And that same day our Zumba instructor said "look how good you are looking!!"
So just maybe, maybe all of this will be worth it in the end!!
I had my almost 5 month post op visit today. Good...
- 10 Dec 2012
- 5 months post
Here I am at the much awaited six month mark!!! I...
- 18 Jan 2013
- 6 months post
Even at 6 months, I still feel a little discomfort at times. I can't think of anything else it could be other than swelling. It is definitely worse and more noticeable later in the day. I am hoping it goes away completely soon.
My lumps are still there and I have pretty much come to terms with the fact I am going to be told I need a touch up at my next appointment in March. And that is OK... even if for some reason I decide not to do the revision, that will be OK too. I still do have a small belly roll, but it is so minor that I can't complain. By fixing the lumps, I think it will get even smaller. My shape and size have improved so much!! This procedure has done more than any diet or exercise has ever done for me in all of my life. I would have never obtained these results on my own. My weight has stayed about the same and clothing size hasn't changed all that much, but the fact that people have noticed and commented on how small I am has made all the difference to me. At 40, I actually have the curves that I have always wanted..
lower abs before: 37.5
lower abs now 35
belly button before 36"
belly button now 33"
upper abs before 34"
upper abs now 29"
So that is a total of 10.5" gone!!
I am posting a picture in a dress I bought a few weeks ago. I would have never worn something so stretchy and fitted in the waist before... not with the fat rolls showing.
My next follow up appointment is in mid-March to see about a revision.
I saw my doc on Monday and we agreed a touch up is...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 8 months post
BUT instead, I am going to try something else. In about a month, he is going to begin offering cool sculpting - at least I think that is what it is. He said the results with it have been really great, it's non-surgical, and my two small spots should be fairly simple. I know a revision would be much less involved, but honestly I was really not looking forward to having more incisions, leaking, etc.... the first time was not fun at all!! Of course, I am happy to give this a try instead!!
9 months post op now! I am still waiting for...
- 29 Apr 2013
- 9 months post
I am still waiting for my revision procedure to be scheduled. It was only supposed to be about a month's wait.... it has been almost 2 months. I was wrong in my previous post -- it is Exilis they are offering for me to do instead of a smart lipo revision. The nurse said it would be once a week for 4-6 weeks in a row. I guess it is worth a shot and if it fails, then I can go for the regular smart lipo revision. They aren't scheduling Exilis yet, but she said she would call as soon as they are.... I hope it's soon.
Sometimes I still feel like I am swelling. Sometimes I feel like I have gained back some of my weight already. My lumps seem worse than ever some days. I find they are very noticeable at times. I have thyroid disease so weight is always a struggle. I still go to the gym 4-5 days a week, cardo + weights nearly every day... but I have put on a few pounds. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think I don't look too bad!!
Over all I am still glad that I did it. I just can't wait to have the lumps resolved.
10 Months Post Op -- Starting Exilis on 6/13 to resolve the lumps
- 4 Jun 2013
- 11 months post
11 months out..... will I still need a revision?
- 13 Jun 2013
- 11 months post
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