I am 36 yr of age with no children...yes that...
I am scheduled to have my upper, lower abdomen and waist lipo'd in exactly two weeks from today. I just recently came about this decision after battling my stomach bulge. I have great legs and what I think is a nice butt and diet and exercise was making me lose weight in areas that I didn't want (butt, breast, thighs) and although my stomach region would be smaller so was the rest of me so the dimensions were always out of whack. I tried target exercising and I promise...my stomach would appear larger at least on the sides my waistline seemed to expand while my upper abs contracted. CRAZY!!! I gave lipo a some serious thought about two months ago and decided I was doing it. At the time of the decision I was between jobs and now that I am back working it's a go. So I am scheduled for two weeks out and I have been stalking this site. In the back of my mind I have a few worries: mainly about skin retraction, t down time (not the pain), lumps that I see on some pictures and mostly the pictures where it appears the lipo didn't "take"? The last thing I want to do is drop 4K and see nothing. That won't be good for either party...O_o. I am sooo excited I am wondering if I am setting myself up for disappointment?
A few questions....
Athletic Frames...where are you???
TWO MORE DAYS!!!!
I actually feel very good. I arrived at the surgery center at 8:15 this morning and didn't actually leave until after 1 pm I believe (little doped) none the less I lifted myself out of the wheelchair and sat in the car on my own ( i think I was suppose to wait for assistance) well when I got home I was able to pee on my own but I was feeling a bit uncomfortable not pain more unpleasant. I decided I would take a pain med because I wanted to sleep and I thought the discomfort would keep me awake. I unfortunately didn't get to sleep very long and I was back awake but no pain at all, I am just a restless person at times. I was feeling so good I thought a little walk around the neighborhood would do me some good (again restless) I was out feeling fine in this 95 degree weather. I got a phone call from my mother to check on me, when I told her I was out walking she did a back flip and told me to get in the bed...what type of... I decided she was probably right as I had read that too much early movement increases swelling and immediately went and laid back on my stomach in the bed. Still restless but I will be restless right here in this bed trying to get this thing right...nothing like a little perspective! I am stuffed in this garmet so tightly with maxi pads wrapped and taped around me. Although I can still see great results in my silhouette that bulge is GONE (or so it appears) I know I will swell but if this is what I have to look forward to once the swelling resides...I am on board!
* Also I have read about this I feel great the first day...I have a feeling I am going to be MAN DOWN tomorrow!
** My wonderful surgeon has already called to check on me and make sure all was well.
posting pics but not a whole lot to see yet
3 days post op
Today being 3 days post op I feel great! Very little soreness and that is mainly when I am standing up, getting in car, laying down, etc. I didn't take any vicodin at all yesterday only an asprin in the morning and I haven't taken anything today. (I don't like to take meds unless I really need them- I like for my body to self heal) I can't wait to see the real results,
BTW>>>I LOVE MY LIPOFOAM!!!
OMG...the massaging and more pics
So I am still a little sore when getting in and out of the car or if I stretch or walk too fast but over all I am feeling great. Still sleeping a little more than usual and if I am on my feet too long during the day I can't wait to hit the bed. Oh and I am still swollen as you can see in the pics. All and all I STILL LOVE IT!!!!
Sorry so in the raw...don't feel like all that editing...you have seen a "cookie" before...if not maybe it's time! ijs
Sooo...I thought I would be cute and take the lipo foam out!!!
At this point...I will just show the pictures...
*this morning (after wearing lipo foam everyday since Fri evening) the swelling had subsided substantially ALMOST to prior state
Quick update: since I am updating from my phone
How you know...when to let go (lipo foam posting)
Now the key to this is being in tune with your body, if you are one of those women that can be pregnant for six months or however and not know it....I won't be much help for you. Now that we have gotten through the disclaimer. I noticed in the last couple of days that my lipo foam was not really being utilized... When I wore my lipo foam before I noticed my stomach would be stuck (tight to the point where there is no room between foam and skin) to the foam when it came to removal time. I am going to try my best to articulate this well, I apologize in advance. Before the foam felt like it was keeping me from swelling (because of the amount of pressure/tightness from foam/garment against skin) as if I was swelling but only to the point that the foam would allow because of the foam compression. (if that makes sense) Well over the last couple of days I noticed that when I went to remove the foam it was simply just there. It wasn't tight my skin wasn't molded to it as usual, the foam was as if it was just sitting there. I didn't feel like it was supporting me when I wore it the next day it just seemed to make me hot because it felt like an extra layer instead of support needed, I no longer had that feeling when I took it off like omg I need it back. My stomach no longer felt like it was lacking support sort of speak. So I tested the theory and went without it a couple of hours the day before yesterday. I noticed a bit of swelling but very minimum, I placed the gament back on to be safe. Then last night I got very daring and I was trying to be sexy (uh huh, don't judge me) so I went the entire night with no lipo foam no garment in the morning I noticed no additonal swelling. So I put the garment on without the foam and I am at work posting this ad. Now don't get me wrong I am still swollen , I am just simply saying that me forgoing the foam hasn't added to the swelling. I am sure we will all have some swelling in areas for awhile but the agressive swelling stage I believe may be over for me. But my lipo foam is in my car and will remain close by in case of an emergency!!! :-)
Hope this helps...I will post some one month pics (as I will officially be a month post op in 3 days) in the next couple of days. It is just looking better and better ladies...woo hoo!
The liposuction clinic is extremely clean and the nurse practitioner ( I think that is her title) is very thorough. I asked to see the doctor specifically during my pre-op and he was able to oblige. Nicest man with a great disposition and listened well. Aesthetic Surgery Institute 713-892-5476