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My Body Lift Experience (TT & Lipo) - Maryland
- posted 2 years ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $9,450
- Michael Chiaramonte, MD (Fort Washington, MD)
I haD TT& Lipo done on 9/16/10 and it has been...
- 25 Oct 2010
I haD TT& Lipo done on 9/16/10 and it has been quite the experience. As each day passes, I love my new look even more. In the beginning, I was like what the heck were you thinking :)
Week One - Pain meds and muscle relaxers were my best friend. The pain was totally bareable. Now getting around, using the bathroom and things like that was a whole different story. My first shower was an experience as well but it was very refreshing. I had to use a chair to shower for about two weeks before I felt fully comfortable to stand alone. My nurses were truly a godsend and good to me. My nurses were my honey and my neighbor. Did I mention that I slept in a chair with an ottoman for two weeks. That was waaay more comfortable than my bed :) I hated the drains but I know they served a major purpose. I felt like I had testicles and they were just uncomfortable and in the way. I could not wait until those things were removed. I made it through week one.
Week Two - Pain meds and everything starts wearing off and my body is like what in the heck did you do to me. I am moving around more and walking a little straighter but no where near ready to ran a marathon. As I moved around more, I swelled more and I was like OMG these are not the results I was looking forward to. Drains were removed in week two thank goodness. I was nervous about having them removed but I wanted those things out. The nurse clipped the stitches told me to take a deep breath and pulled them out. It did not hurt at all just felt really weird. Once the drains were removed, I really felt like I was on the road to recovery I made it through week two.
Week three - I went back to work. Boy was that a mistake. By the end of the day on the first sday, I felt like a make truck had hit me, I was stiff and sore and coould barely stand up straight from moving around and walking too much as a result of going back to work. By the end of the week, I was back on muscle relaxers and using ice packs at night. I was also only wearing my binder during the day and taking it off at night. I really should have stayed home one more week. I strongly advise everyone to stay home for a full three weeks at least. I probably called my doc's office at least every other day for the first three weeks :) Just trying to make sure that everything I was experiencing was normal. I made it through week three.
Week Four - Every day makes a difference. Im feeling much better this is my last week wearing my binder. I am walking straight moving faster and ready to take on the world. My incision line is looking great. My sutures have fully dissolved except a little piece in my belly button. I am massaging and oiling my new mid-section everyday with lotion and Palmer's Skin Therapy. I am loving life right now and definitely loving the results. Feeling like I a new woman. Incision points on both sides are still sore and sensitive but I am still healing of course. I feel tightening and numbiness, but checked with doc again to be sure everything is normal. I made it through week four.
Week Five - Still loving the new me and feeling like a new woman. This week the doc tells me to stop wearing my binder. The first day was really weird without out. It felt like the top half of my body was going to fall off. Again I called my doc to make sure this was a normal feeling. They told me it was and if it gets too uncomfortable or if I swell too much, I can put it back on. I made it through the day and the rest of the week without it. I am still making it through week five but all is well and every day is progression.
I forgot to mention that the swelling on my pubic mound was the most interesting and funniest thing ever :)
Stay tuned, I will update my progress in about two weeks when I am eight weeks out.
I dont have any photos to post at this time but as soon as I get some, I will post them.
My Doctor: Michael Chiaramonte, MD
He is awesome and his staff is the greatest. Very caring and as much as I called them they never treated me like I was getting on their nerves.