I am having ultrasonic lipo done on my upper and...
I am having ultrasonic lipo done on my upper and lower abdomen (my whole stomach), flanks/back area, inner & outer thighs. Haven't scheduled a surgery date yet. I just had my consultation on February 2nd. I was wondering, what are some tips to prepare for the surgery to help lesson swelling, bruising, pain, etc.??
I have a few friends who are nurses in the surrounding hospitals & I got them to find out the inside scoop on which plastic surgeon was good. After finding out, I scheduled a consult with him. I met with him this morning. This consult went about the same as the other. Except this Dr. didn't tell me to try & lose weight on my own before surgery. He did state that I might have to have a tummy tuck in the future if my skin did not shrink after the lipo. I do NOT want a scar from 1 hip to the other from that surgery so I'm really hoping that I won't have to have that procedure. Turns out that this Dr. is a little cheaper too. He gave me a price of $4350. He requires this payment to be paid in full before surgery so I'm not sure when I will schedule the surgery but I will keep this post updated.
I have scheduled my surgery for April 10th, 2014. I have to be there @ 6am & surgery is @ 7am. I have made a list of stuff I believe I will be needing just from all the research and reading I have been doing: sponge, antibacterial soap, scrubs, water, pineapple juice, arnica cream, bromelain, omega 3, theralac probiotic, pycnogenol, bilberry extract, stool softner, alcohol swabs, Neosporin, extra compression garment(from Taylor & Taylor), lipo foam, gauze, tape, scar cream, maxi pads. All the meds/vitamins/ herbs are to control/lesson the bruising & swelling. Hopefully this is everything that I will be needing. Now to impatiently wait for the next 2 months to creep by.
2 more days!
Less than 48 more hours till surgery! I'm so excited!!!! My mom is flying in tomorrow to help out with the kids. I am taking pre-surgery pics tonight. I doubt I will have them up by surgery but I will post them at some time along with weekly post-surgery pics.
Day after surgery
I had my surgery yesterday morning. Got there at 6am, they took me back around 7:30, they woke me up at 9:30, I was home by 10am. I took a pain pill & went to sleep. Woke up at 2pm feeling FINE!! I went to Walmart to get a few things. Then by my mother in laws to get my kids, 1yr old & 4yr old. Back home & I haven't taken another pain pill nor have I stopped from doing my normal daily activities. I'm am not bruised that bad except on my keg by my knee. I only have 4 incision sites which have not drained any. To accurately explain my 'pain', it feels like I did an extreme workout. I'm a little worried that the PS didn't take out as much as I wanted. I see absolutely no difference even though they stated he took out 2 liters. I'm going to get my husband to take some pics tonight. I'll post pre & post pics tonight or tomorrow
7 days post
I'm now a full week post & mad as hell! I went back for my checkup yesterday & confronted him with not doing my outer thighs & will not taking out hardly any from my inner thighs. I honestly can't tell ANY difference at all!!! GRRR!!! I told him I wanted him to redo it & he told me I needed to wait till my 2 month checkup. Basically I understood it as he would not redo it. This surgery totally would have been worth it if he would have done his job correctly the 1st time but I'm feeling as though I have just thrown away $4400 due to picking a bad Dr.
1 month post
Here are my 1 month post pics. NO difference in thighs!! I'm going to tear my PS a new one come June 13th. I'm pleased with the results in my stomach.
2 month checkup
Went Friday for my 2 month checkup. Me and the Dr. argued for about 10 minutes about him not doing my thighs. Of course he stated he did even though there is clearly no difference in the before & after pics. He said he would not redo that area nor would he refund my money for that area. So my advice to others is to make sure you 'like' the Dr. that you choose and discuss with the Dr., before surgery, what happens if you are not satisfied with the results. This Dr. came highly recommended which is the reason I chose him even though I did not get a good vibe from him during our consultation. Leason learned...trust you 'gut'