Wanting a Positive Body Image - Jacksonville, FL

I'm a 39 yr old wife & mother of 3. My...

I'm a 39 yr old wife & mother of 3. My consultation for Smart Lipo is on Nov 9th. If the consultation goes well, I'm scheduled to have the procedure Nov 20th. Right now I'm interested in getting my bra rolls, lower/upper abs, inner thighs, & upper arms done. Those are a lot of areas & I'm doubtful the doctor will do them all in 1 procedure. If not, I may have to limit the areas I get done. I honestly don't think I'll work up the nerve nor have the time to recover & be off work to go for a 2nd procedure. My goal is to lose some more weight before I have the procedure done. Currently, I'm 5'1" & weigh 129 lbs.

I'm so glad for this forum. I've learned so much about Smart Lipo from reading posts by those of you who've gone through this. I'm both nervous & excited...nervous about the recovery & whether I'll get great results but excited to reclaim a positive body image.

Ladies I'm not feeling great this morning. Bad...

Ladies I'm not feeling great this morning. Bad news to start my Monday :( I returned a call to my doc's office this morning & based on my before pics emailed to the doc, she's recommending a tummy tuck for my upper/lower abs. She thinks I won't be happy with the results of the Smart Lipo on the abdomen because I'll have sagging skin afterwards. My in person consult is on Friday & I'm hoping I'll get a different response from her then. I just don't have the downtime nor $ to get a tummy tuck. On a side note, all of my other areas (bra rolls, inner thighs, upper arms) can be done for $5,000. IDK, maybe I should just take my chances & go for the Smart Lipo on the abdomen anyway???

My consultation was today. I'm excited about...

My consultation was today. I'm excited about getting the procedures done & seeing a "new" me in a few months.The PS is really nice & very personable. She didn't appear rushed & patiently answered my questions. Long story short, I'm getting a mini-TT along with Smart Lipo on the abdomen & waist. The recovery time is shorter than the typical TT & it's not as expensive. I'm getting my abdomen & waist done Nov 20th. Early December I'll get Smart Lipo on my upper arms, inner thighs, & knees. The PS is also going to use Cellulaze on my inner thighs to get rid of my cellulite that's been hanging on for dear life all these years. Total cost $9000! All of this is freakishly expensive but I'm praying it'll be worth every penny. I keep thinking that $ should serve some other more important purpose for our family & guilt starts to set in. But at the same time, I know that "if mom ain't happy, nobody is" & this mom is tired of the droopy belly & thunder thighs. While I don't ever expect to have my pre-kids body back (Ha! I thought I was fat then in a size 4.), I'm really hoping I'll be patient & love the results I'll eventually get.

2 more days to go & I'm beyond excited! I wish...

2 more days to go & I'm beyond excited! I wish today was Tuesday. I've been working out more lately & have managed to lose another 5lbs. My trouble zones still haven't budged. I've read through so many posts about Smart Lipo & mini-TTs. As expected, there's a VERY mixed bag of reults in terms of individual recovery. People who had mini-TTs with muscle repair seem to have longer recovery times. I'm grateful my ab muscles are good enough so that my mini-TT procedure doesn't require muscle repair. I'm already telling myself not to expect ANYTHING right away. No matter what, there WILL be swelling. That said, waiting more than 2 months to see results might just drive me over the edge. Lol! I'll still be swollen when my PS does the Smart Lipo of my inner thighs, knees, & upper arms in early December. I'll be a swollen & bruised mess for the holidays. It'll be worth it if I get great results in the end!

Thank you ladies for the well wishes & positive...

Thank you ladies for the well wishes & positive thoughts. This entire experience from the Smart Lipo to my upper/lower abs, flanks, & waist to the mini-TT has been well worth it so far. The entire procedure was painfless for me & the only time I've taken a pain pill was the 1 the nurse gave me before the procedure (along with a xanax & my 1st antibiotic). I've been up walking around our house just a little because I know that helps with my circulation & combats constipation (a side effect of takng pain meds). I go back to see my PS tomorrow because I've got this JP drain and they need to check me out overall. I've scheduled the Smart Lipo & cellulase of my inner thighs, knees,& upper arms for December 20th. I'm sooooooo looking forward to having this all done & over with. I must be getting addicted to plastic surgery because now I want my breast lifted (no augmentation though....I'm happy being a B cup). Well, ladies happy healings to us & may we all get the results we so eagerly await.

POD #1: Other than the fact that I woke up this...

POD #1: Other than the fact that I woke up this morning & tried to get out of bed as though I hadn't had Smart Lipo & a mini-TT to my abs yesterday, my pain has been minimal. I'd forgotten about the procedure when I first woke up this morning but the jolt of pain when I tried to get up was a rapid reminder. I've been up walking around but not doing any housework nor anything strenous. My 1st post-op appointment with the PS was today & even with the swelling, I couldn't believe how small my old jelly belly has become. In fact, I no longer have a jelly belly. There was yet another surprising discovery...my pubic area swelled too! Sorry if that's TMI for some of you but I really didn't expect THAT to happen. I've taken the lortab only twice for pain and started taking extra-strength tylenol today. I've got enough abdominal pressure with the swelling and don't want the lortab to make me constipated on top of all that. Even though I'm quite familiar with drains, including this JP drain I've got clipped to my CG, they are a pain in the butt. Because my output is still a good amount, the JP stays in until my next post-op appointment in a week. Well, at least I can start to shower again. Sooooo, because my ab procedure went so well, I've scheduled Smart Lipo of my inner thighs (cellulaze to inner thighs as well), knees, & upper arms for Dec 20th. I was going to try to get the rest done sooner rather than later but I think I want to give my abs & waist more time to recover. So far, this has been totally worth it, even with the $9K price tag for all of this work. I'll put up some after pics soon. Thanks again for your support!!

POD #3: For the most part, I'm feeling good....

POD #3: For the most part, I'm feeling good. There's just a little soreness at the incision site but no real pain. I've been so antsy because I'm not use to sitting around this much....just doing nothing. I miss my workouts & I'm worried about gaining weight because I eat when I'm bored. Even though I'm not cleared for exercise, I'm thinking about taking a slow walk around my neighborhood tomorrow if it's nice out. Also, the sooner this JP drain comes out, the better. Taking a shower with this thing in makes me so uncomfortable. I'm terrified I'll accidentally pull it out & be in a world of pain. Trying not to focus on wanting immediate results has been a bit of a problem too. I thought I was mentally prepared for weeks....even months of swelling. Nope! I analyze every curve of my waist & stomach every time I'm near a mirror. I do see some difference but I want more....NOW! Lol!

I haven't posted in quite awhile but I got Smart...

I haven't posted in quite awhile but I got Smart Lipo done to my inner thighs, upper arms, & knees yesterday. It's been 4 weeks since I got Smart Lipo & a mini tummy tuck to my abs. I've had ups & downs with my abs....mainly due to my own impatience with wanting faster results. I can honestly say that wearing the CG is a key factor in reducing the swelling. If I go too long without wearing my CG, my belly swells terribly. Still, I'm seeing positive results & only expect things to get better, despite the swelling. I went back to work 10 days after my abs were done & started running on the treadmill about 2 weeks after my abs procedure. I've had days where I've lapsed & ate too many fatty foods but my weight is holding steady at around 125 lbs. Today I've been naseous & I'm absolutely disgusted by all of this drainage. Even though I'm a nurse, the drainage is just too much & I feel dirty. I've soaked thru my post-op pads & chuks. None of it's frank blood, just sero-sanguineous fluid. I'm afraid to eat because of the nausea but I've got to try to eat some soup or something in order to take the antibiotic. Taking meds without food will make me feel worse. Funny thing is, I didn't have any nausea after my abs were done. My thighs, knees, & arms don't hurt too bad either. The worst part of the procedure yesterday was the numbing. It felt like I was being stabbed to death! If I wasn't so drowsy from the xanax, valium, & hydrocodone, I probably would've jumped off the table. Lol! My PS said that I can shower today but I've got to wait until my hubby gets home from work. I don't want to get lightheaded/dizzy & pass out in the shower. I'll try to post pics in a few weeks. It's been hard to stay away from the mirror & not obsess over every little bump, lump, & the swelling. But, in order to stay sane & patient, that's what I've had to do. I haven't taken any pics since my before shots. I'm hoping that after 6 more weeks of wearing this CG, I'll see some worthwhile changes in my body that I'll share with you all. If I haven't said it already, I'm grateful for all of you in this forum. It's nice having you all to share your experiences with me and totally relate to what I'm going thru. My husband, though supportive, is absolutely clueless!
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Just finished reading your blog to date. I understand feeling guilty about the money part. I have been fighting those feelings for months before I got the surgery scheduled. I kept thinking - I should pay down my car, or get new carpet for the house, or put this in savings for a rainy day, or even take a vacation with my husband. But -- ultimately, I came around that if it makes my mentality better, it makes everything around me better. I'm glad you came around, and hope you continue to feel good about it. It sounds like the mini TT was much more invasive than lipo alone. You mentioned in a post on my blog that you were worrying about how quickly to go back to work after your procedure - I think you'll do just fine with day 4. I bet you find that the next procedure will be much easier than the one you just went through. Happy healing! I look forward to your updates!
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I actually went back to work a couple days ago & it hasn't been that bad. I'm a nurse & I thought the physical demands would be just too much since we have a lot of patients with mobility issues. So far, I'm doing good. I just wish this lower ab incision would stop itching so badly! I've just been putting antibiotic ointment on it because benadryl knocks me out. I must say that I'm VERY happy with the way my belly's looking. There's still quite a bit of swelling, which is worse when I go without the CG. Lol! I was complaining about compression in the beginning & now I don't want to be without it.
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I get what you mean about the love hate relationship with the garment. I can't wait to get it off... Then I get all puffy and itchy without it :)
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I'm 2 weeks post-op from inner thigh smartlipo and I can't believe just how sore I still feel...a little freaked out, to tell you the truth!! My thighs feel hard, but I've been reading that it is totally normal, that we shouldn't expect to be at 100% with no soreness this early on...even though that is what I was hoping for....as much as it sucks, we just simply have to wait it out and definetely listen to our bodies as much as possible and TRY our hardest not to overdo it
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It's hard trying not to overdo it. I can't wait to get back in the gym! I'm hoping my doctor will soon say it's ok for me to start light jogging or something while wearing my CG.....just walking isn't doing it for me. Besides, I'll have to take another break from exercise in 19 days when I get my inner thighs done & I need to start getting some workouts in before then.
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good luck. hope you are feeling better and thanks for sharing. my doc said that I may need a tummy tuck as well, but so far so good, but I am only 1mo in. I will see if the tummy continues to go down.
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Thanks! I'm glad you're getting good results too. I'm happy with what I'm seeing so far and it's only been about a week....just the thought of more "shrinkage" to come makes me smile. Lol! I wish I'd done this ages ago & can't wait to get smart lipo to my inner thighs, knees, & upper arms next month.
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So happy it went so well. It has been so worth it for me.. Great wishes to you!!!!:)
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Welcome to the club PBI!
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Good luck tomorrow!! And wishing you a quick recovery so you'll be on the way to a brand new you. :-)
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Good Luck in your procedure!..your gonna love the new you and dont feel guilty when your spending the $ on a healthier you :-) . Hope your ok for Thanskgiving dinner ;-) ..i did mine a week in a half and i was your size..even though im still swollen you can see the difference!
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I wish you well! I will have my procedure done on the same date 20th nov. Good luck i hope our results turn out well.
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Good luck to you as well! I'm sooooo excited! Tuesday won't get here fast enough. I'm just ready to get it done & over with so that I can move on to healing. I'm not very patient, so I'm hoping I won't obsess about the swelling & wanting to see immediate results.
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Yeaaaah me too. I am actually sure that i will be impatient.but i am just not ecpecting to much haha.so i won't be dissapointed. Did your ps say how much fat he is planning to remove??
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Nope, she didn't say but I'm gonna ask her to remove as much as she can without making me look out of proportion
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PBI I'm so glad to read that you are already thinking about realistic expectations and the waiting to see results. As I mentioned before the hardest part is the swelling that makes us feel,like if nothing happened. Patience and more patience... I'm seven weeks post op and still swollen. Take care and I will be thinking about you on Tuesday!
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Good to hear! What's a mini tt? Are you excited? Remember that we do all these procedures because we believe we deserve it after giving birth to three kids and working and tending house, husband, etc... We deserve respect and we demand it! Lol! Keep us posted! You go girl!
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My consultation on Friday with the PS was my second opinion. During the summer, I went for a consultation with a different PS who had already told me that Smart Lipo alone wasn't an option. He said I'd have too much saggy skin afterwards. That PS also recommended a TT but never told me about a mini-TT. A mini-TT is similar to a typical TT, except that the abdominal muscles aren't cut into. The recovery is faster because the incision is not thru the muscle layers. My daughter & sons aren't small....pre-teen to teens, so I won't have to chase after any little ones. My hubby will be home from work for a full week to help out, so that's a huge plus along with the fact that he's being totally supportive (even though he keeps telling me I look fine the way I am now). I can't wait for November 20th! I've done my pre-op paperwork & have my prescriptions already.
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PBI I had my smart lipo six weeks ago and the hardest part of everything has been the "waiting to see results" so you need to prepare yourself to be patient and have good realistic expectations. I agree with muffin, get a second opinion if the first Dr doesn't convince you. My sister had tt a week after I had my lipo, hers was twice as expensive as mine and recoup time has been longer as well. Are your children little? Do you have support at home? I'm glad you found this forum as glad as I'm, is full of info and those like us going thou this. My advise, don't rush it and get a second opinion about tt or smart lipo. Take care and stay in touch.
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Hey Postive...take a look at my pic's...my belly was larger than urs and I am seeing results...I had Vaser Liposuction though...I choose Vaser because its suppose to work better on larger amounts of fat removed...loving my flanks and my belly is still swollen...but I am really starting to see the results...if ur not sure when u see doc in person...I would DEF get second opinion as well...Good luck :)
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Thanks! Your after pics look great btw. I'm going to compare the Vaser vs Smart lipo options. I'm going with 1 or the other because something has got to be done about this belly fat.
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DEF..check it out...I havent took pics in couple of weeks and I wore jeans yesterday...since I have been living in yoga pants...lol and I recv'd so many compliments. I have lost 10lbs and going to doc for my 6 wk check up tonite to get the ok to start zumba again....Good luck hun!!
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