Lypo of Illiacs, Stomach and Thighs: Positive Feedback to Help You with Your Recovery - Naperville, IL

I just had lypo of the ilia’s, stomach and outer...

I just had lypo of the ilia’s, stomach and outer thighs yesterday by Dr. Michael Damen. First off let me say, I am 15-20 lbs. to my goal weight, I work out 3 times a week (kicking and screaming since I don't have the desire to any longer). I slept all afternoon yesterday and last night. The worst so far for me has been the nausea when getting up to use the bathroom. Its morning and I am forcing myself to stand for short periods of time. There is pain; it's like a really really hard work out where your muscles hurt EVERYWHERE. It's doable, I don't want to take the pain meds and haven't since last night. I am going to my follow up in an hour. I ate a piece of toast and had some coffee. I have it in my mind I this is nothing worse than muscle pain and I refuse to succumb to it. I notice standing and walking feels really good so if you can remember that and take little steps to get to this point I think your recover will be faster. Drink plenty of fluids; make yourself stand once an hour if possible. Put mind over matter. My goal is to fit in a pair of jeans I purchased in Australia 5 years ago...This has changed my life in that I never realized how supportive my husband is during this decision and procedure. I think it has brought us closer. I did a lot of research beforehand so I think I was pretty well prepared. We will see what the results are.

1 week out, I am doing ok. Pain is decreasing...

1 week out, I am doing ok. Pain is decreasing each day. Swelling, not so much. I am sure it will and I am excited to see the results. I go to the doctor tomorrow and am hoping to get my stitches out. I am tired of wincing at every movement I make. more pain :) Recovery has been good though. Just take it easy even if you feel good. Anyone having problems handling the compression garments 24/7. Mine hurt and make me feel like the spill out from them won't heal evenly.

I just wanted update you. I am doing great still...

I just wanted update you. I am doing great still recovering. Just some swelling now. I will post before and after pictures as soon as I make it back in to the doctor, they have cancelled my appointment 2 times due to snow. Understandably so. Feeling good, can't wait to see the results.
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Dr. Damen is great, bedside manner is wonderful.

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Lets see I have 4 garments. Short and long legged. One like a spanks with built in bra and then my stage 1. Stage one had so much pressure it made me cough for a month. Some leave indents and rub on my sides and bra line that hurts a lot. I wear a white cotton body suit underneath so it doesnt rub and I can get the CG on easier. I try now to go a few hours a day without one. But then I ache. Take a warm bath with oil and use arnica gel and emu oil. Gawd one day it will quit hurting. Its like a deep burn and stiff. I do take advil and that helps. But I am 6 weeks now and incredible results. So must wait...
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Is anyone else having diffculty wearing the compression garments 24/7, mine hurt, they rub and then I have indents where they are at and worry that they healing there won't be smooth. Any suggestions? Also, sitting up with the compression garments (the separate middle band especially) hurts.
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Yea mine tends to pinch so I wrap gauze around my midsection before I put mine on now.
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Thats a good idea. Thanks.
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I'm dumb - what's an illiac? Thanks for sharing - wishing you a speedy recovery!
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This is the area around your side muscles. Maybe I am spelling the area incorrect but it is the area arounmd your external oblique muscles.
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I thought didnt want to take my meds either until I woke up so sore I could hardly move lol but yes walking makes it feel so much better
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Standing makes it feel so much better, I work at a desk and do consulting work so sitting and leaning over my laptop has proven quite painful. I still only take the prescription med 1 at night. I take tylenol during the day, I am 1 week out today. The swelling is worse but the pain much much better. I can't wait to see progress. I have been trying to stick to the recommended diet, no carbs no cheese products, no alochol, no salt. I have been good except I had carbs yesterday and sodium (dang hotdog, but it was so good). Back on track today. I go to the doctor tomorrow. I hope to get my stitches out.
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Lipo is a lot harder and painful than the minority feel. I tried to think it was a hard workout but I take my pain pills so the edge is off. Dont exercise for a while and rest. Small walks and wear the CG 24/7. So important. I am over 1 month and still sore but not really swollen. Fantastic results but it is major surgery. Keep well. It s slow journey.
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You are very correct. It's a slow, long, hard journey. I'm surprised that in some ways i feel worse and others better. I went back to the office too soon. I have walked once so far for an hour. Sitting up hurts and wearing the CG. But I'm moving forward. I can't wait. to see results, this surgery should never be taken lightly. Thank you for reaching out
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Hi there, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your experience with us!

Congrats on your procedure, I hope your feelng a little better and that your follow-up went well. The first few days will be a little rough, but you'll be feeling better soon and hopefully the results will all be worth it!

Please do keep us updated with your progress.

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