Finally Got my Lipo - Elk Grove, IL

Ok, so I'm married with 2 kids. Before having kids...

Ok, so I'm married with 2 kids. Before having kids I was in pretty good shape, however my pregnancies were very high risk and I gained a lot of weight. I also had both my kids through C-section. I lost most of it, but those hard to lose areas impacted by genetics have been driving me crazy for years. After more than a year of research I finally decided on a board certified plastic suregon, Dr. Kagan. He made me feel very comfortable, didn't rush me out of the office, answered all my questions and his office staff was also very friendly. So my doctor decided that the best option was to have the tumescent lipo with ultasound. A week before my surgery, during my pre-op visit I received papers on things to know and do both pre-op and post-op. This was excellent as I wouldn't have known not to eat certain foods like tomatoes, apples and strawberries or have vitamin E before or after because it affects blood clotting. Some of the things on the list also affect your body's ability to recover faster and break down anethesia. When I arrived at the hospital, I put on a gown and they put an IV in for additional pain and what they called happy juice - morphine. I was also given a valum to help me relax. The doctor came in and drew over my upper & lower abdomen as well as my flanks and hips.

We then went into ambulatory care where there was 2 nurses present during the entire procedure, this was very comforting to me. I started laying on my belly and the nurse gave me morphine through my IV. I was awake but barely coherent, which was good. I didn't want to fell anything, as I've heard the tumescent liquid stings. After he did my flanks and hips the nurses drained me a little then helped me to roll over on to my back.

Then my doctor began doing my abs and the front side of my hips. Again I didn't feel much and the nurse kept checking with me to see if i needed more morphine. I just don't do well with morphine, it's too strong for me. After about 2 hours I was done. I recall the doctor saying stuff to me but I couldn't remember.

The nurses continued to apply some pressure at my incisions and stiches to help me drain as much as possible. I gotta tell you these gals were AWESOME. The one nurse, who's actually employeed with the hospital and not my doctor, has been working with my doctor on all his plastic surgeries for 20 years. I can tell you that in addition to have a good doctor it make a HUGE difference to have really good nurses that know what they're doing and care.

They gave me instructions on the dressings and explained everyhing about my compression garment too. They told me that this would get bloody with drainage, not to machine wash it. Wash the spots by hand and then either air dry or gently dry. They also said that Target has simiarl type garments in case I wanted another one. I was given an injection of Toradol through my IV which is a GREAT pain killer I didn't feel anything and it lasted almost 8 hours. I would recommend that everyone ask if Toradol would work for them after lipo or any other surgery.

So here I am 1 day post-op. I'm swollen and still bleeding and draining a little. I'm extremely sore, but nothing that's not manageable. I'm sure the soreness is from my body already trying to heal. I'll keep everyone posted as I progress including posting post-op pics. I have my follow up in 1 week, to see my progress and have my stiches removed.
Hey there! How are you feeling today? And looking at your photos, you are going to have some pretty awesome results I'm sure you probably won't even recognize yourself. Have you taken a peek? Do you feel any skinnier yet?
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Hey you! I'm feeling much better today, thanks for asking. So far my results are looking good! Keep your fingers crossed as the swelling goes down it gets better and better. I was finally able to take all my bandages off by Friday night with no more drainage or bleeding and I could already see some of the love handles gone, I almost cried. I'll be posting at my 1 months post op pics in early June.
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2 weeks post op

so i'm a little past 2 weeks post op and feeling pretty good. I can see some immediate results mostly in my flanks, hips and bra rolls area. My abs are still swollen but I can see some results there too. I'm so far surprised that most of my sagging skin at my c section scar has begun to retract. I was afraid that once the fat was removed that it would sag more, but it really hasn't. I have noticed a bit of a lump/bump right above my belly button area. Not sure if that's do to the swelling,but I'm wearing my garment with an additional garment on top for extra compression. I'm also wearing my Topifoam between my 1st garment and my skin. The foam helps to improve eveness of the skin as it's healing.
Hey there just stumbled across your page and glad to see you're doing good! I too will be 1 month post op next week. I also have the lumpiness on top of my belly button. Hope it goes away with my massages. Def don't hope he missed a spot lmao
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LOL... I thought the same thing I hope he didn't miss a spot. I did see him last week and he said to give it a couple of months but in the mean time to just keep massaging it. If not then he can do a local in the office and suck it out with a srynge.... hope that doesn't hurt!
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1 month post op and I'm getting discouraged

Ok, so here are my 1 month pos op pics, granted they don't look as good as some that I've seen on here, but then again I wasn't as skinny as their before pics either. As you can see there's that lump in the middle of my abdomen that's driving me crazy. I'm really hoping it just goes away. Is there anyone else experiencing this issue?? My doc said if it doesn't go away in a couple of months he's going to do a local in the office and try and remove it with a syringe.

I know it's only been 4 weeks but I feel like I'm getting discouraged as my results aren't what I expected or what I see of others. I know I'm still a bit tender and that means I must still be swollen some, but I'm really hoping and praying that it goes down a lot more. I'm glad that I can start working out again and I'm hoping that helps alot.

Anyone got any feedback or advice?
Hey jazmine! Hope your feeling better! I saddens me to hear you're unhappy :( by any chance, did he ever tell you how many CC's he removed? Maybe he didn't take enough fat out? Like for example my doctor says he thinks he took out 3,000 CC's ( which is my fault because I asked him like 1 month later and ofcourse who would remember that after a month) which is crazy I didn't even know I had that much fat lol but I still feel like he could have taken out more out of my love handles and my thighs but that's just me being crazy you know. But I curious how much he took out of you?
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Hey Slim, yes he said something like either 2500 or 3500 cc's I can't remember. I see him today so I'll ask again. He said it was lot for me cuz I'm not a big girl, but you're right I think part of it is just my own expectation and wating out the healing time to really see results. I'm hoping that all said and done like 6-9 months I'll be really happy, but the waiting is killing me. Even though my doc said he doesn't think I was that big, I was as skinny as some of the before pics I've seen on here either....hehehe
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Hey! Looking good! I definitely see a difference. But be patient they say to wait at least 3months until your really start seeing results. And if you still feel discouraged then ask your doc about a mini tummy tuck or possibly a full..that would really get you tight and flat. However I am sure you are super swollen still so hang in there! :)
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6 week post op

Ok, so I'm now 6 weeks post op and most of the soreness and tenderness has gone away. I can say that I'm still a bit of swelling and I can see the shrinkage still taking place. Now that I'm able to fully start working out, I'm going to get going on that to help the process of shrinking my mid section along....LOL. It's hard knowing that final results take 6-9 months....ugh.
Hope you feel better my realself buddy. Sending positive thoughts your way❤
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Thank you so much I appreciate it!
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10 weeks post op

So I've been working out almost daily, just depends on my schedule. I've seen a bit more in the way of results. I still have that lump which my Dr will be tweaking in a couple of weeks in the office with a local. I'm really really hoping he'll be able to get that to go away, a little nervous about that. Went and saw my GYN for my annual visit and told him about the lipo. He said that I've always had slightly tipped organs which has made me look bigger during pregnancy than I really am. And after 2 kids with that in consideration your organs li9ke your stomach and what not also tend to shift for some women. So it's very possible that I'm just not one of those women who'll have totally flat abs. Talk about getting kicked when you're down. :(

I'm looking really pretty well in clothes, people keep telling me I look good and ask how much weight I've lost. It's looking in the mirror w/o clothes on that makes me still feel huge! I see all these post op pics on here and see how WONDERFUL everyone looks, just hoping I can get close to that point too!
Did that 'lump' ever go away. I had Lipo done 4 months ago and I have the same lump and it is really getting me down. I am relatively happy with the other areas but the 'lump' looks very obvious and is on one side only. I would be interested to hear if yours resolved itself or if your surgeon had to fix it up.
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Hi, no it hasn't gone away. My Dr wanted to remove it in the office but the cannulas have been on back order. He thinks is a portion of the fat remaining from that dip in the middle of my belly. I know I'm going to need a tweak so I'm going to see in in a month and see if we can schedule something to do it all at once.
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I am schedules to have my 'lump' done in February. I am 5 months post op and the surgeon said he wont do it until I am 6 months post op. I will have to wear the dreaded garment again but only for 2 weeks. I am going to take this opportunity for him to tweak the whole of that middle area - it still looks a bit uneven and full. Best wishes for when you have yours done. You should not have to schmooz anyone for it to be done at no cost. If he had done it correctly in the first place then you would not need it re-doing. There will be no charge for mine.
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7 months post op

So I've been working out on average 5 days a week and eating pretty well. I'm actually 9 months post op so this review is a bit late, but the pics were taken at 7 months post op. My Dr and his staff keep telling me my results are looking great. I was hoping for a bit more but it looks like I may need a tweak as I originally had thought. Most of the rolls on my back have gone and I'll admit the before and 7 mo pics are very diff. I'm not saying that I'm not happy with my results, I'm not 100% satisfied, I think I'm close though!

My side profile looks really good except that bump that he needs to take care of. It's just weird when I have a meal I swear I feel like I'm huge and my belly's poking out all over again. IDK maybe that's just me?! I would like to see a bit more shaved off on my upper abs and I think there's still some wiggle room on my lower abs, but doesn't see much and thinks it's mostly skin.

He did say however that he would be able to tweak on my love handles and hips a bit more. As far as the left over rolls on my back he's thinking just a wee bit as that's just the thick layer of the under skin that's folded from being like that so long. This is discouraging as I've seen tons of pics where it's been like mine or worse and then the after pics it's nearly gone. I guess I'll have to see.

The office manager still hasn't been able to set up my surgery time for my tweaking. She keeps telling me that she needs to go an schmooz (not sure if she mean the Dr or the hospital and ambulatory care).

Tweaking time

Well I go in tomorrow for my tweak. I'm very nervous,not so much for the procedure since I know what to expect but for the results. I just feel that I'm so close to my end results and don't want to be disappointed. I'm really really hoping he can give me even a little more movement on my bra rolls, upper & lower abdomen. I know he said that was mostly skin that was left and not much left, but hey they little bit left may just be enough. He said he can do the lump and there was wiggle room for sure on my flanks and hips.

He did say that with a tweak the end results don't take a long as the 6-9 months as it does with the original procedure. That this time it should only be a few months.
I had lipo in the same areas one month ago and have exactly the same concerns. I am 5'7" and weigh 150 so was hoping for more results. They removed 2,000 cc. I do not know if that is enough to make a difference and if that was mostly fat or solution. I do hope that your tweak goes well for you.
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Hope your surgery went well today. Really looking forward to seeing the results as I am also going in for 'tweaking' next month. Hope the pain is manageable. My thoughts are with you.
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Thank you for your thoughts, I really appreciate that. The pain is hardly anything this time. However I felt more nauseous with everything, even though they said it was all the exact same medications.
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Tweaked

I'm 2 days post op from my tweak and I can say the tweak overall was better, less bruising, less pain and less soreness and tenderness. He tweaked my flanks, hips and my lump. Even though I'm still swollen I don't see my lump anymore! Can wait to see my final results, I'm hoping and thinking they're gonna be great!
Looking forward to tweak pics!
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Elk Grove Village Plastic Surgeon

My doctor was very social and didn't rush me out of his office when I had a million questions. His office manager, Sue, was also very helpful. I wish that he would have stayed a bit longer after the lipo to fill me in, but I know it wouldn't have done much good as I wasn't very coherent and I'm sure he had other patients to get with.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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