Vaser Lipo To Hips and Belly 3 months on.... The Good The Bad and The Ugly!!! NOW WITH PHOTOS!
- updated 9 months ago
I have hated my shape all my life. I work with...
- 21 Nov 2012
- Day of treatment
I have hated my shape all my life. I work with people with eating disorders and I am very conflicted about doing this. I encourage people to accept themselves fully for who they are, to reject society's unrealistic notions of what is normal, to focus on health and fitness, not the pursuit of 'perfect' abs! And I feel like the world's biggest hypocrite because I am about to have Vaser Lipo. But the things is, I wish I COULD be happy with myself. I believe in the advice I give others. But the conditioning is too strong. I am 43. I have done ironman, I have run 8 ultra marathons. And I can never buy the finish line photos because I hate what I see. I hate shopping for clothes. I hate the beach. I am aware of the tyre round my belly and the fat on my thighs hundreds of times every day. Therapy has done as much as it can for me! It's now time to actually get rid of it. My husband says I will still hate my body because my self perception is distorted. But I don;t agree. I had a flat stomach once after severe food poisoning. I loved it!! I think if I do get good results it will transform my life, I think. But I feel so vain and guilty. I have not told anyone except my husband as I am so ashamed of doing this. I am assuming I can keep it a secret. Hope I am not underestimating the recovery phase as I am back to work next week, and back doing the schoolrun on Friday! I'll keep you posted.
Well it's done! I did upper & lower abs, with hips...
- 22 Nov 2012
- 1 day post
Ok day 2 post op..... Good news is a found a...
- 23 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
Good news is a found a massage therapist with experience in Vaser. But then when I got there she was chatting about her usual work which is massaging cancer patients with lymphoedema. How shallow did I feel!! I am struggling emotionally with what I have done (and am doing again) to myself. I have taken time off work but am working at home anyway because I don;t 'deserve' time off. My husband is trying to look after me, but I keep doing extra housework etc because I don't 'deserve' extra support because any soreness, stiffness is self inflicted. I keep reminding myself that some people spend their money on nice cars, a great holiday, a new kitchen. Others choose cosmetic surgery. I am not hurting anyone. I am not doing anything wrong. Sure it's unnecessary, but then so is a BMW or a trip to Barbados!! I am by no means rich, and this is years of savings. So basically I need to SHUT UP and stop stressing about it! Some-one please give me a cyber-slap!!
So, pain is ok, better than yesterday. Incision sites are a bit itchy, so I hope that means they are healing. The compression garment is uncomfortable but I'll keep it on for now. I have read on here that it is really for comfort and to minimise swelling, but won't make any real difference to the long term outcome as all the swelling goes away anyway in the end. So I might get rid of it sooner rather than later...
My stomach does look MUCH flatter. I can't see much swelling or bruising, but I am heavier than pre-op so I assume there is some fluid retention somewhere. I can't get over how much fat they sucked out - well over a litre! I looked at the jar afterwards. Years of ass-busting workouts just sat in a jar!! Very satisfying. My skin is loose so that looks pretty bad, but I am sure it will tighten up as the underlying structures heal. No more leaking. I have had reduced appetite since surgery. I think that is because the garment is so tight. Or maybe because I have had to stop training, SO I am focussing on eating good quality healthy food - protein to promote healing/recovery, fruit & veg to aid fluid loss etc.
Day 3.... Much more energy today. Skin firming up,...
- 24 Nov 2012
- 3 days post
Back at work now (day 5) and not had any problems....
- 26 Nov 2012
- 5 days post
Day 6. First day back training. Just a short bike...
- 27 Nov 2012
- 6 days post
I have this fear that one day I'll look down and see that tyre there again. It will just re-appear. I keep telling myself THE FAT IS GONE THEY SUCKED IT OUT - but I get genuinely anxious whenever I remove the corset. I guess I'll get used to my new shape and accept that it really is gone and WON'T COME BACK.
Well after my optimistic 'training felt great'...
- 30 Nov 2012
- 9 days post
Not sure what the matter is. I don't seem to be properly ill - there's no fever or other obvious symptoms. I just feel totally wiped out. By the end of the day I feel light-headed and dizzy with fatigue. My legs feel heavy. I can hardly string a sentence together. I have no appetite. Not sure if this can be a reaction to surgery??? I had Vitamin B12 anaemia a few years ago, which felt a bit like this. Not diet related. Can surgery make people anaemic? I would ask my GP (family doctor) but he has no idea about my surgery! Hope to feel better soon. Not least because surgery number 2 is right around the corner.
Ok another couple of days have gone by. Feeling a...
- 2 Dec 2012
- 11 days post
10 days till surgery 2.... Can't wait till this is all over. Very pleased with the results so far, though. Will be brave and post pics when the clinic gives me copies. I never took any myself.
Well I am still feeling a bit groggy so I have...
- 3 Dec 2012
- 12 days post
Had just updated when I got a call from the clinic...
- 3 Dec 2012
- 12 days post
Feelings loads better. Hurray. Just in time for...
- 6 Dec 2012
- 15 days post
The clinic did get back to me and has been very good at keeping in touch since. I have had bloods done, but I am sure I am fine. The surgeon said significant levels of fatigue were quite normal as the surgery was invasive. Which is not the message I got when I was researching it. So be warned people: Getting over this takes time.
The other important thing I think is to be careful about your expectations. While my surgeon downplayed recovery, he was very good at what he called 'managing my expectations'. Lipo was NOT going to give me a Claudia Schiffer body! Loose skin would remain an issue. It would be an improvement but I was not going to end up with washboard abs! And I accepted that. I had a HUGE hang-up about a spare roll of belly flab. That has gone and I am over the moon. To be honest, I still have a slightly protruding belly, and I have loose skin. And it is a little lumpy if I look closely though I imagine some of that will resolve over time. And I don't care! It was the roll of fat I hated. This procedure was not about perfection. It was about solving a problem that had made me miserable for decades. And it has worked. I love my new shape!
Had part 2 this morning - outer thigh and back of...
- 11 Dec 2012
- 20 days post
Also had the 3 week check of the abdomen. All looking like it is supposed to, apparently. Weird things was that the doc showed me the 'before' pics. And in my minds eye my tummy was at least twice the size it looked on the photos! I was scared to see the pics because I thought I would be enormous. But I was not really that big - not compared ot my mental image anyway. I don;t regret this for a second. I know I would NEVER have gained any body confidence without getting rid of the fat. Big thumbs up from me.
After care has been MUCH more thorough this time too. Got given info on the garment, the MLD, pain relief, infection control and out of hours numbers to call , including docs own mobile phone. Maybe the clinic reads the forum! Or maybe it was just an off day last time.
I will post pics when the doc sends them to me. But he wants to send me the whole lot in one batch when he takes the final set of 'after' pics.
Had the wound check today. All healing nicely....
- 13 Dec 2012
- 22 days post
It's been 10 days sine the thighs were done and...
- 21 Dec 2012
- 30 days post
As for thighs, I am surprised at how much fat still seems to be there. I thought more would have been removed. I am wearing all the same clothes, and none of them are any looser???
I am happy to be patient - but I also want to be realistic. When I went for my 3 weeks check I was told that after 3 weeks you'd be seeing 85% of the final outcome..... So is a flattish, lumpyish, hardish belly and slightly less fat thighs as good as it's gonna get?
So I am now almost 6 weeks post the abs and almost...
- 30 Dec 2012
- 1 month post
Happy New Year folks. Here's to a body-confident 2013!!!!
So here is a long overdue update... I think I have...
- 24 Feb 2013
- 3 months post
The Good: I look MUCH better in clothes. My stomach - which I HATED - is basically flat. My thighs are less out of proportion. Jeans fit better. I am wearing tight fitting clothes and feeling confident.
The Bad: The procedure was a LOT more invasive than I had been led to expect. I was told 2 days recovery! In fact it was weeks before I felt back to normal, and even longer to be able to train again. This is major surgery and it took a lot out of me.
The Ugly: My tummy is a bit uneven and there are a couple of creases. There is no doubt that when I am naked I look a bit odd. It does not look natural. At my review I was told that the outcome was 'very good' and that this uneven-ness was normal and that skin sometimes does crease. The surgeon said Vaser is an 'under-clothes procedure'. Now that is NOT something anyone had ever said to me before!! But that sums up how I feel, actually. Under clothes - even a swimsuit - it is all good. But bikinis are perhaps not the way to go!
I am not prepared to have any further surgery so this is now it. Overall I am happy, but it is not quite as straightforward nor as successful as I had expected it to be. Hope that helps anyone else considering this.
I will post pics as soon as the clinic sends them through.
So it is a few weeks on now. Actually despite what...
- 14 Mar 2013
- 4 months post
Hope you see a difference!! I still think my tummy looks weird but hey ho. It will do. Because NO MORE SURGERY!!
Annoyed about lack of info re massage, garment etc. But as far as the surgery went, Dr Cronin was fantastic. and so far outcome has been excellent which is the main thing.