Hello all! I'm new to real self and I saw a...
I'm new to real self and I saw a great/informational/helpful post from ceddysweetie. Since her's was so helpful to me in confirming my decision I decided to do my journey on here as well. You never know who you could be helping out by sharing your experience.
My name is Bri i'm 24, a student and I work full-time. I don't have any kids and I am going to do the smart lipo in my abdomen, flanks (sides), bra roll, and inner thighs. Nobody talked me into it I'm just doing this for ME to make myself happier, to look better in my clothing and be more confident. I am excited to finally get the process started. I have had 4 different consultations and I have been researching like crazy to make sure I am choosing the right doctor. Dr. Careaga definitely stood out to me with results, info (only doctor to tell me to stop birth control 2 weeks before because could cause blood clots, no other doctor mentioned that!!!!), credentials, and pricing. The staff was really nice of course, his wife Lourdes is great too, she showed me her results from the lipo and she looks awesome like she never had kids or anything. I have a good feeling about this Doctor. In the pricing it includes my procedure, compression garments, lymphatic massages (5 sessions), labs, etc. I'm really nervous I never thought I would do anything like this. I've always been relatively in good shape. I have issues with my periods being irregular and the only way to control it is Birth Control. I have gained a lot of weight and found it even harder to lose weight on it even when I was working out religiously. When I stop my birth control for awhile I can drop the weight but then here comes irregular menstrual cycles (I know TMI). So I am back at square one. Anyway back on subject lol I'm really excited to get this fat sucked out. I am counting down the days 28 more left to go! lol. For anyone that has had this procedure already or planning to do it as well has any good info please feel free to leave a comment, also I'm trying to see what other good compression garments out there. I have a post op on 2/8/14 for blood work and more info. So I will update then :)
My list of concerns:
- General Anesthesia (I've never had any surgeries or anything before this is new to me. But for some areas I really would rather not be awake for it.)
-Pain (I'm a big baby when it comes to this lol)
-How comfortable the compression garments will be since we have to wear them 24/7.
24 days left!!!!
Pre ops 2/8/14....18 more days!
Today I got my blood drawn, signed a bunch of consent forms, I got instructions on things to do before and after surgery, paid off the surgery in full, asked a million and one questions that I had written down in my iPhone (haha). Lizandra (nurse who took my blood) was helpful in answering all questions. I was really concerned about them rescheduling my surgery because I might be on my period that day she said not to worry I will be okay and they will not reschedule for that reason in particular. She had her breast reduction done with my PS and the day before she went on her menstrual cycle and she was embarrassed as well but she was fine. I know TMI but hey a lady has to know lol. I'm also happy that I won't have any drains or anything that seems like a pain in the bottom from what I have read around on here. With all my researching too I had to ask about the revision policy/rates, which if I need a revision it would be completely free thank goodness. Hopefully by the grace of God I will not need a revision and everything is okay the first time around, but it doesn't hurt to ask just in case.
I did get to talk to my PS and asked him any additional questions that I had, he did remember me and my mother from our consultation so that was nice he was personable and remembered me. I'm so ready and excited.
Oh I also got a ton of prescriptions today that needs to be filled before the surgery and thank heavens that they did include a medication for nausea because I have heard a lot of people being feeling sick to their stomach with anesthesia. I did bombard her with tons of questions about anesthesia because I'm nervous about that and them sticking a breathing tube down my throat. But I should be asleep and not feeling any pain (fingers crossed).
I got a few goodies from Victoria Secret today I will post pictures :)
So now I have a little more thing to start research on:
1. Good compression garments ( I want to have 2 just incase I'm washing one or one gets to loose)
2. Body pillows for elevation and comfortability.
3. Vitamins to assist with health and healing
4. Liposuction foam to help with creasing from compression garment
5. Scar creams (already have some Mederma)
Thats all I can think of right now lol
Well thank you as always for reading my long rant please feel free to comment or ask questions, 18 more days to my new body! lol Journey to the flat side.
16 more days!!!
Officially 2 more weeks!
What I have done thus far:
-I have started taking a multi-vitamin as of today
-I stop my birth control actually a few weeks ago I don't want to take any chances with blood clotting or complications.
-I bought a bunch of vitamins for after surgery like iron, super b-complex, zinc
-I did purchase a stool softener as suggested by sx
I could not find Bromelain (which is suppose to help with scarring, if you have used this please let me know how it works for you) at Wal-Mart, I'm guessing i may need to go to a place like GNC or something.
I also hear using Arnica cream is good too for pain so I will definitely research that some more.
I did get a few things, I love me some Groupon lol so I did get a Jillian Michaels workout DVD set from there and it came pretty fast.
I also realized I didn't have a good overnight bag or just something to pack a bag for a the day of surgery all of mines are currently old and falling apart lol so I did decided to get this gorgeous Victoria Secret bag. I love it!!! I will post pictures.
Thanks for reading and well wishes to all that healing or getting ready for there procedure. Be safe!!
ALMOST THERE TAKES A DEEP BREATHE!!!!! 4 more days
Purchases this week:
-arnica gel and pills
-hibiclens (soap needed for the day before surgery and the day of surgery)
-surgery outfit and post ops follow up clothes
- dropped of prescriptions (the antibiotics are free at publix)
Things I need to do:
-get my hair washed (at the hair salon as I type this lol it so hard on an ipad lol)
-make sure house is clean
-get car washed
But yeah that's all the update I have for you guys. I do have a question though if any of you know. How long after the surgery can I start taking the bromelain, arnica, zinc, super b-complex, etc?
thank you and have a great day!!!
Anywho let me try and get some sleep.
“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!”
? Robert T. Kiosaki
Also I have cut myself off on looking at any more before and after photos, horror stories that I accidentally land on especially on realself, and YouTube videos. I don't need anything adding to my stress lol.
Reason why? because I then came across a video for lipo patient that was all dented up because she was wearing tight clothes and that you shouldn't wear jeans for up to 6 months after the surgery because it will cause dents and mess up the results. Umm question? What the hell am I suppose to wear in those 6 months? Maternity Clothes? What is the compression garment for is it not suppose to assist with that?
I'm all over the place. Someone please let me know and I will definitely be calling my plastic surgeon about this.
Tomorrow is the day!!!!
Everything is all set and ready to go:
I will try and update tomorrow. Prayers have been sent up and blessings shall come down. I thank God for a good support system, and for all the real self people that help easy my worries and gave me great suggestions!! I appreciate it. Best wishes and healing to everyone out there.
I did it!!
I feel okay no nausea or nothing I did eat just a few mins ago my mommy made me homemade soup. I took an antibiotic and pain pill right now too after I ate.
The only thing I feel is pain and oh there is a lot of draining too it's all over thank god for the bed mats I bought.
I'm so grateful that God has gotten me through this procedure safely I feel really blessed and happy that I'm alive and well. Dr. Careaga staff is absolutely amazing then did any and everything to make sure I was okay and comfortable I appreciate them so much. I thank you all for supporting me and giving me well wishes also. I love you guys!!
They did show me a little of how I look before putting the compression garment on I was still loopy from the anesthesia so I didn't get a really good look hopefully I can get and post pictures soon. It looked good from what I remember lol. We will see tomorrow when I go in for a check. But this garment makes my shape look damn good lol!!!!
Have a good one everybody!!
Follow up and massage day
Thank you! Love,
Taking it day by day.
Happy Saturday I'm off to take a nap. Bye!!!
Step by step
Things I'm still having some issues with:
-nausea in long car rides
-gassy and still no bowel movement scared to take a laxative honestly.
-still need some assistance getting up and sitting down especially in the car but it gets better each time.
-feeling dehydrated (trying to drink a lot of water and Gatorade but it fills me up quickly)
-still taking a lot of naps
-lower back needs support with pillow or I will feel sharp pains
I didn't know some of my incisions had stitches so I've been being super careful not to rip them. The incisions are really small too my mom said.
Oh and I've been a little pampered princess and I always pray for my family but I've been extra grateful for them. They really turned up and showed out to help me :).
Not much to update just relaxing oh I did go for my second massage yesterday and it wasn't as bad as the first one I didn't cry that time lol.
Back at work today :(
I still have a lot of bruising and swelling. I expected the swelling but the bruising not too much. I have been icing the bruises as much as I can. I've been using the Arnica cream starting yesterday so I will let you know how that is in a future update. My Arnica pills and Bromelain have not yet arrived. That was a long story with GNC.com so they are sending another shipment expedited.
I have officially stop taking the Vicodin and now taking the Tylenol and I am now driving and back at the 1st day of work. Its really uncomfortable thank goodness for everyone at work being concerned and helping me try and be as comfortable as possible. They also know that I will be dressing down for a few weeks.
I also had my 3rd massage yesterday, it was still hell and we have a love/hate relationship. It does help but damn it hurts and I have 2 more left.
The lady that does my massages says she feels that lipo is the worst to recover from. I literally detest the commercials now that make it seems like you will go and be up and about in a lunch break. WRONG!!!! I repeat do not believe them you will be sorry. I will also recommend that no one ever, ever, ever does so many areas (upper/lower abs, upper/lower back, flanks, inner thighs) like myself awake. I'm definitely happy I was under general anesthesia.
Well that's it for now. Hope everyone is healing well!! and Have a great day!
The Irony...yes I know TMI
Well I have a 9a massage today and maybe getting some stitches taken out and as I'm driving to my PS Which is 40 mins away from my house guess who finally has the urge to go?
You guessed right me!
Lol luckily my PS has a clean bathroom and wipes because I sure enough had to go and couldn't hold it.
Well I'll leave it there but your girl feels a thousand times better and less concerned because lord knows I thought the end of the world was near lmao!!!!!
Just a quick little update
I want to thank everyone who has been checking on me and wishing me well!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! I am doing well healing and trying to be patient. I've been super busy and drained. Spring break is over so its back to work AND school. I had an exam today and overall Ive been a little stressed out about it. I found it hard to study and concentration 1. Being in this compression garment can get uncomfortable at times and I'm still swollen and have pain at times. So sitting for long periods of times can be a little irritating and distracting 2. This is a major surgery although some may deem it "elective" your body just wants to rest and recover.
Anywho on a positive note I have been doing a lot more things by myself now like:
-getting in and out of bed
-getting in and out the car has become easier no more nauseous and painful car rides
-can bend down slight to pick up things I drop. Its amazing how clumsy you are when you are recovering everything just seem to drop lol
-I can take the compression garment on and off myself now
Things that are still difficult:
-I went grocery shopping over the weekend at first I was fine but after about 15mins I notice the swelling and pain started up. Thankfully I was with someone that allowed me to get through it but I was definitely sore and swollen at the end of the trip.
-cleaning the way I want too (can't really do much of that thank goodness for great help)
My body definitely lets me know when I have done too much and that its time to sit my butt down lol
-Bowel movements are still a little weird but it's been everyday so I guess thats good to get rid of waste and toxins.
-Which area hurts the most you ask?
d. Inner thighs
Correct answer is D. inner thighs with stomach coming in a close second lol. My legs are so swollen they look no different from my before pictures if anything they look larger. So I am just waiting to see how they look when the swelling went down. I'm really concerned because I am starting to feel little lumps here at there in my inner thighs (a huge one on the right) and some small ones here and there on my stomach. I know you are suppose to massage them but I'm not sure i'm doing it right. They say its normal its apart of the healing process and should go away but I'm nervous I will definitely talk to my PS on Saturday when I have another massage and follow up appt.
All in all I'm pretty pleased with the way my belly looks. I swear by my lipo foam I love it and it really helps especially in the places my compression garment dents in.
A quick update turned long lol. I will add pictures I'm not quite 2 weeks yet but with my crazy schedule I wanted to add them.
1 month already? lol
As far as the update goes I am still very sore and swollen. The bruising has definitely gone down but still have some on my flanks. I really can't wait for it to go away completely and to get out of this compression garment but I also understand that it is needed right now. I honestly with as much research as I thought I had done. I didn't think I would still be recouping after a month I thought I would be 100% okay. So I am still coping with that.
I was originally in a large CG after my surgery I am now in a medium. They tired to get me in a small but ummm that didn't work lol that's too much of a size jump and your girl kinda have some hips, thighs, and a little bit too much booty to be squeezed up in that thing haha.
I have had a few lumps here and there but the massages help with that and most of them are gone or smaller than before. I had my last massage Saturday that just passed so I bought a handheld massager from Wal-mart to start doing myself.
My thighs and flanks (sides) are the worse. My thighs didn't really look the way I wanted them too I expected them to be smaller but I guess we will see in another month or so. I did get the okay just to walk on the tread mill but no ab work or high cardio it has to be very low impact. Which is okay with me right now because my body will yell and scream at me if I try to take on anymore than I can manage.
I have been doing some shopping, shame on me lol but I couldn't help it. I just keep seeing all the cute things I would like to wear when I get out of this damn compression garment. Things I couldn't imagine wearing before. The CG and I have a lovehate relationship. It feels weird when I don't have it on and the swelling will intensify.
I'm a little nervous that I won't be ready for my Puerto Rico trip in May I'm just praying that I will. I really want to enjoy it compression garment free lol.
Feeling iffy at 6 weeks post op
Idk I feel like I'm in a really stagnant stage of recovery. Not to much improvement idk if I was expecting a miracle to be healed at 6 weeks or something. My thighs are not as thin as I would like them to be for all that pain I wanted a little more results I guess we have to wait and see. I'm still in pain, and still have some swelling but not as much as originally. The skin feels super tight and certain positions feel like I am tearing my skin open. I do get sudden burst of pain that last for like 3-5 seconds in some lipo'd areas.
I'm thinking about waist training so if you have any good suggestions or what to purchase please comment. Also if anyone has any good ideas on a great scar cream please list those below too :)
I'll update again on Saturday after my visit with my PS. Have a good day everyone.
I haven't been eating right, so I want to get back on track with that while balancing work, school, and now exams that are coming up. Still trying to make time to go to the gym more often.
Now here is the problem..My skin is really sensitive so some of bruising on my sides left stains at the surface per my PS. So I do have discoloring. I already knew signing up for Smart Lipo that this was one of the possibilities. I'm really sad about it, I was hoping that it would fade away but it was not the same as my other bruises that went away a long time ago. He did provide me a prescription for a cream called Tri-Luma which is very expensive. So it should help we will see I've only been using it for a few days. So I just hope and pray for the best.
Have a good day everyone.
3 month update!
3 months checkup:
-Was Fri May 23rd. The doctor says everything looks well and he is healing nicely. He was amazed that I lost some weight after my surgery and says I look amazing :) yay me! lol. I now have his consent to fully work out and do abs no restrictions of just low impact cardio (treadmill/elliptical) of course I have to feel comfortable with it, because I'm still sore in my flanks area where the discoloring is.
-Is the name of the cream that I have been using that helping with the discoloring. I have been using it for little over a month and I have seen some major improvements but still have a ways to with it. So the doctor did provide another prescription since I will soon be out of it. He says I should use it until I get my desired results.
I work out about 4 days a week, I have changed around my diet a lot and definitely cutting down portions. Just overall eating health! Before my surgery I was around 157 to 160 lbs, after I was down to 154 lbs and now I'm at 147 lbs. I think I will try to lose maybe about 5-7 more pounds. I am now trying to tone and sculpt. Yesterday I started 2 a day workouts (one in the morning and one at night) needless to say your girl is super sore today lol. Oh my waist is 28 inches and my hips are 39 inches.
-I have been using Mederma and Palmer cocoa butter repair oil. Trying to lessen my stretch marks (which I had before the surgery) and also just tone and repair my overall skin and lighten dark marks. I will start the silicon strips soon so I will give update about that in the future.
My Body Overall:
-I still have some soreness here and there and the workouts do attribute to that. I have days my abs look crazy good then swollen days where my stomach just looks flat. Lol it's crazy but true. The doctor did tell me even up to 4 to 6 months I will still be seeing changes and the swelling will occur. It is a major surgery so in time I will heal. I don't plan on doing any other surgery but if someone asked me would I do it again I would all over. I do not have any regrets and I loved my doctor. I was really down about the bruising and discoloring but hey I knew that signing up for the procedure that it was a possibility but I'm glad there is a solution, costly but a solution none the less. I know some people think smart lipo is the easy way out but it is not. It's painful, it's a lot of hard work to keep up with, the healing process is emotionally and physically draining at some points. So I'm glad to have had realself be apart of my journey and all the wonderful encouragement out there. Thank you :)
4 months Update
I'm still having some pain in my flanks and sometimes in my inner thighs. But it diminishes little by little everyday and of course it depends on the swelling that day or how hard I push with my workout. I try to avoid those hug that are really tight hugs because I would cry out lol. Overall still loving the results combined with my weight lost.
I am still working out at the gym I have now started to incorporate those dvds (along with the gym) that I purchased and you can see those up in the picture section that I got prior to my surgery. I am down from 157 to 160 lbs to 142 lbs. with the surgery, working out, and eating healthy. I may lose about 2 more pounds and then just really focus on toning and strengthening and just maintaining my body.
I did have to start on my birth control again about 2 months ago and I have been watching and monitoring my weight. As you know it was hard for me to lose the weight on birth control prior, i don't know if it was in my head or maybe I just wasn't as persistent as I am now or dedicated. But I am still losing weight on the birth control but I am definitely watching it and making sure I don't lose control of my healthy habits because I don't want to end up at square one again.
I am still using it for the discoloration, definitely still seeing improvements and I will continue to use until I see fit. Hopefully another month and everything will be back to normal.
That's all for now!!! If I remember anything else I will update. Good luck to all of those who are still in the healing process and those who are just starting your journey I really hope this review helps. I have tired to be as transparent as possible with the good, the bad, the ugly, and indifferent lol. Positive energy sent out to you all!!!
6 months post new body lol
My life (just in case you were interested lol you can skip if you want haha):
Has been really good and I feel blessed to be where I am today. It's always a journey to get where you are going. I've been traveling, there is a new boyfriend in the picture, started back school and my bday is coming up in a few 2 days #virgonation!!! A lot of things have been going on but that's life it is ever changing and ever growing/evolving. I am happy with my procedure and honestly, I would not change it for the world. I won't be doing anymore (electively, may if I have some kids in the future and need a tummy tuck maybe) lol but I don't regret it one bit hands down one of the best decisions I have made in my almost 25 years of life lol. It feels good to do something for yourself that you totally and completely want just for you. That takes a big risk, a big leap a faith, and a good mindset.
Is doing good, i'm healing everyday. At 6 months yes you may still feel some pain. The healing process really does take up to a year remember you just had a major surgery, no matter how light and quick of a procedure they (whoever those actors and doctors that tell you, you will be at the mall the next day lol fyi I was flat on my bottom medicated up) make it seem. Random: Funny story I went to the dermatologist a few days and you know they like you to fill out the intake forms and it ask you have you had any surgeries previously, and I'm like do I write this down lol? How do I write it lol? Would the doctor really care? lol. I was just laughing at myself because usually I would just skip over that little section with a quick n/a. But I just listed it as smart lipo and kept it moving.
Where I feel the pain is in my flanks (sides) and my inner thighs and thats usually if I am squeezed too tight lol. But that's it nothing too too major. I still have so swelling days and days where my abs disappear but it's a work in progress.
Ahhhhhh how do I start this section off? lol. Well I am still going to the gym and working out at home but since school started back a few weeks ago I haven't really been going. I am still trying to get back into a routine that will work out best for me that works around my job and school.
The weight lost was really good I finally had gotten down to about 140 lbs. GOALLLLLL!!!!! But I started to notice that my skin started to look a little saggy, my clothes got super big, and the dreadful butt starting to shrink lol. Remember I went from 157/160lbs to 140 lbs. So yeah it was a lot of weight and I really was happy but you have sometimes make alterations and remember you can be super skinny and out of shape. I decided that I wanted to gain about 4 to 5 lbs just to kind of even it out a little and of course I don't want to get too big again so about 145. I did slack for a little bit with my eating habits and I over indulged a lot! I had a trip to NJ in early August and my family is caribbean so it's either you are too skinny or too fat no in-between lol so their mission was to plump me up!!! lol....So getting the extra pounds was not that hard lol. But I needed to get back on track I would often look at my old pics to get me back on track and say never again....Caution to those that are trying to lose weight: have some cheat days!!!!!! It is imperative! I love everything they say is bad for you ice cream, pizza, cakes, candies, doughnuts you name it lol. Eating clean all the time with no little rewards in the middle and you finally get a taste of those goodies will send you overboard lol. I'm in the process of I definitely having to revamp my closet as well lol.
This week of going to the gym I am trying to push my body to new limits and yes it hurts dammit. I want to really tone up and defined so that is now my new goal.
This seems to be going well so far still 4 months in now. Still definitely monitoring and watching my weight make sure nothing gets out of hand or out of control. I really feel like it was in my head now why I couldn't lose weight before on it lol.
Okay I am going to be super honest with you guys. I ran out of the first tube a few months ago but you guys remember me mentioning how expensive it was $140 a tube. So I just maybe about 2 weeks ago was able to afford another with everything I had going on. Now it does work so I would not purchase it if it did not but I am absolutely ADAMANT about getting these dark marks from going away. So I will definitely keep updating about this.
Honestly I haven't been doing anything with this either lol. However next week i plan to start these silicone strips and mederma again and I will update the results in a month stay tuned!!!
But yes this is it for now I will update if I maybe have forgotten anything and I will post some bday pictures too in a few days. Well wishes to everyone and Happy Labor Day!!
I absolutely love Dr. Careaga! He was awesome with me. He is at the up-most professional and so human at the same time. He listened to what I wanted and my concerns. He and his staff were so nice in answering my 100 and 1 questions lol. I am glad that I chose him to do my surgery and I wouldn't change a thing. Dr. Careaga took his time sculpting me and knows what a women should look like and how they are suppose to be portioned. I thank them for all their hard work!