Chronology of the Recovery from Smart Lipo and Celluaze - Keeping it Real!
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I had Smart Lipo and Cellulaze done. I am 46 years...
- 18 May 2012
I had Smart Lipo and Cellulaze done. I am 46 years old, 5'3" and 132 lbs. I had the procedures done on May 17, 2012. This is Day 2. I was scheduled for 6:00am and left the facility at 11:00am including recovery time. I did intensive research on the procedures and opted to have them performed by a plastic surgeon. Actually, only plastic surgeons may perform Cellulaze at this time. I have no complaints about the facility and the staff. They were all great and did not make you feel rushed.
I chose to do these procedures because I want to look better in a bathing suit and would like to be able to wear shorts without thinking about the cellulite on the back of my legs. I had what they call Type 2 cellulite, it wasn't too bad but in my opinion, bad enough. I also had excessive fat in the belly area that did not budge with exercise. My Smart Lipo included full abdomen, hips, and bra saddlebags, plus the Cellulaze for the cellulite.
Day 1: I got home and felt lots of pain in the legs from the Cellulaze. On a scale from 1 to 10, the pain was an 8 on meds for about 4 hours. I had lots of leakage from the Smart Lipo but it subsided after day 1. I was up and around and the pain was actually better as I was standing. I didn't eat much and this was the biggest mistake of all. By 9:00pm EST, I actually fainted and my husband was able to catch me as dead weight. After I woke up from the faint, I stayed in bed for the rest of the night.
Day 2: I was still weak from the previous day and felt faint to use the bathroom. I was in a lot of pain in the abdomen area in the morning. No pain in the thighs and legs today. Some pain in the back. On the scale of 1-10, the abdomen pain in the morning was a 9 on no pain medication but subsided after 15 minutes once medication was taken. Tip the nurse gave me after the procedure was to take the pain medication with something warm like coffee or tea and it kicks in within 12 minutes. If you take it with water it takes 40 minutes.
Can't speak to the bruising as of yet. My surgeon does not want me to remove the garment so I am unable to see the whole body but I can tell that there is lots of bruising. To that end let me also add that I bruise easily and I was expecting this. I have been taking Arnica for bruising and Bromelain for swelling one month before the procedure. I will post pictures as soon as I am able to.
Day 2 Update: Evening 10:30 pm EST, no pain...
- 18 May 2012
Day 3: Feeling soreness in the abdomen and back...
- 19 May 2012
Day 4: I have been able to move around today quite...
- 20 May 2012
Day 6: Had my first follow-up post-op visit...
- 24 May 2012
The biggest pain is in the lower abs, which is also where the most swelling and bruising is. The pain happens when I am sitting or laying down and try to stand up. It takes me while to straighten up because of the swelling and pain. So, if you are thinking about having this done, plan to take some time off of work! I had no idea the recovery process would be so painful and lengthy. In regards to the Cellulaze, the back of my legs are not as bruised, they look better than they were but still numb. This area is suppose to improve over the next 6 months. I get tingling feelings behind the legs every once in a while. I guess this is part of the healing process. :o)
Today is exactly one week from my surgery. My...
- 25 May 2012
I am able to turn from side to side during my sleep with some discomfort. The headaches have subsided, for me, this was one of the side effects from the surgery or medications I was perscribed post-op. I have been off the Tylenol for two days now, this is good since Tylenol is hard on the liver.
A tip that I read on this site was to administer Neosporin on the incisions and cover them up with a BandAid, I have done just that and can only hope for the best.
It has been 3 weeks since my procedure. The...
- 11 Jun 2012
So what does my body look like? At this point, it is still hard to tell what the final results will look like. My body appears thinner in some places but it looks different on different days. I can only hope for a positive result as time passes. The thighs where the cellulaze was done still shows signs of cellulite. I will have to continue waiting for results.
It has now been four weeks, I started to get the...
- 18 Jun 2012
It has now been 8 weeks since I had my procedure....
- 18 Jul 2012