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I had my consultation today. It went well. Doctor...

I had my consultation today. It went well. Doctor answered all my questions. I felt comfortable and was certain that I would have the surgery. I also did my Pre-Op examination today as well. Should those results go well I can proceed with surgery on January 26th. I came home and phoned my sister and told her. She thinks I'm crazy. My confidence is now shot. She says I should work out and that I'm taking the easy way out. I am second guessing my decision. I am thinking of calling the doctors office and putting a halt to everything. With my sister's opinion and my fear of surgery I am consumed with anxiety. I don't know what to do. Any words of advice?

It's your body and your choice! Do what YOU want to do! Don't let anyone convinence you otherwise!
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Thanks mega71603.
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Hi, what is your Goal with the lipo? Do you have areas that dont respond to dieting or excercise? People Can sometimes be a bit judgmental, and Im not saying what you should do, but what feels best for you, what do YOU want?
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Day Two...still grappling with indecision. I...

Day Two...still grappling with indecision. I emailed my doctor last night expressing my anxiety. in office this morning, opened my email and a response from my doctor reassuring me. I am hoping as the impending date nears, I will be more at ease. Did anyone else go through this? Again, I do not yet have the results from medical clearance yet, I do think those results will be just fine though.
I think The fear of not waking up is very common, I have been reading a LOT about it at The web, and it has put My mind at ease for My surgery, if you have knowledge of whats going to happen and about The surgery and to know your surgeon is experienced , makes The fear go away, at least it does for me:) Are you confident with your surgeon? Have you got answers to your questions?
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Yes Nene88. I'm confident in surgeon. He has answered all of my questions and concerns. However, I'm still nervous. Hopefully the nervousness will dissipate. Hopefully.
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Hi there, welcome and thanks for sharing your journey with us.

I'm sure you'll find lots of support and advice here in the community. It's great to get support at home, but maybe you could try a different family member or friend, who you know will support you through the procedure?

At the end of the day, it has to be your choice!

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Just wondering if anyone on here has had any...

Just wondering if anyone on here has had any procedures with my doctor? If yes, what was your experience? Did you like your results? I've been reading a few of the profiles on here and find that many go to popular doctors. Are folks choosing doctors because of their popularity?

I'm feeling better about my decision. Yes, there is still some sense of uncertainty and fear, from reading the stories of others, this is the norm. is there anything that i should be getting before the surgery? Will doctor provide a list of things/ i do have another appointment scheduled before the surgery so maybe i will learn all the deets then. if there are somethings that others have tried that you feel would be beneficial, send me a list.
Just wondering if anyone on here has had any procedures with my doctor? If yes, what was your experience? Did you like your results? I've been reading a few of the profiles on here and find that many go to popular doctors. Are folks choosing doctors because of their popularity?
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So my labs came back and they're all good. Pre-Op...

So my labs came back and they're all good. Pre-Op exam scheduled for next week. Nervousness is setting back in. Indecision floating around in my head. Wavering between should I do it or should I not. Trust, when I get in front of a mirror and see this gut of mine the scale always lean towards I should. RealSelf has been my lifeline since embarking on this journey. I'm scared and though reading the stories on here have given me much comfort the reality is we all have to undergo this journey by ourselves. There are times when I feel like I have too little information and other times way too much information. I can charge my new found RealSelf perusing addiction to that one. What should I expect at the pre-op visit? Fill me in.

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying...

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying my best to keep my mind of the surgery. I've read some positive stories on here and some not so positive ones. I guess I have until Tuesday to get my mind right. I really have to work on getting some before pics up.

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying...

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying my best to keep my mind of the surgery. I've read some positive stories on here and some not so positive ones. I guess I have until Tuesday to get my mind right. I really have to work on getting some before pics up.

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying...

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying my best to keep my mind of the surgery. I've read some positive stories on here and some not so positive ones. I guess I have until Tuesday to get my mind right. I really have to work on getting some before pics up.

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying...

Pre-Op is scheduled for Tuesday. I've been trying my best to keep my mind of the surgery. I've read some positive stories on here and some not so positive ones. I guess I have until Tuesday to get my mind right. I really have to work on getting some before pics up.

So I added some pics and looking at this belly of...

So I added some pics and looking at this belly of mine is reaffirming my decision. Sigh.

Had pre-op today. All went well. Doctor answered...

Had pre-op today. All went well. Doctor answered ally my questions and concerned. I haven't backed out yet so I suspect all is a good for surgery on Saturday. Keep me in your prayers.
I would love to chat with you about this and share my experience with you. Please let me know how we can communicate privately via email or phone. I think you should definitely not be impulsive and pull the trigger. I suffered greatly from a similar experience and would never want anyone to go through what I went through. I know people will tell you it's your choice, your body, your life, etc...but if you have a family, anxiety or any other issues to address, please think twice and long and hard...this is a permanent procedure that returns fat to other places of your body and can leave you disfigured. The doctor will never tell you not to do this...you are the perfect candidate is all you will hear...all anyone ever hears regardless of if they truly should or should not be operated on.
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send me a private message. If you hover your mouse over my profile name you can see where you can send a private message.
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Sent.
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OK. So surgery is tomorrow. I don't have as much...

OK. So surgery is tomorrow. I don't have as much anxiety as before, just the usual trepidation. I will admit that ready about the post operative process from others has got me a bit fearful. The pain, lawd. Don't think I can prepare for that. I just have to go through it. I noticed there are some folks that have mentioned Arnica and Bromelain, I haven't gone out to get any of those things. Should I? I'm trying to remain calm and keep my mind focused on the end result. I need to add some more before pics. That front profile picture of my bloated belly is just ugh...but it's me and I'm sharing my truth. If there is any advice that any of you can offer please chime in. I'm open to all. Will try to post another update before and after surgery. Wish me luck. Smotches!
you will be fine and all the best of luck tomorrow. Get a lot of rest and be prepared to take a week off from work/school. I can say I was happy to do this during the Winter and not the Summer lol Will your Doc be putting you to sleep or will you be awake during surgery?
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I'm going to sleep. I'm a bit afraid of that but don't think I would be able to tolerate the surgery while being a wake. Thanks for the well wishes.
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You will be fine no need to worry. Let's us know how it goes.
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Morning of surgery. Trying to keep my nerves in...

Morning of surgery. Trying to keep my nerves in check. Have to be at the office by 7:30am. Surgery is at 8am. Wish me luck guys. Hold me up in prayer. Smotches!

I made it through surgery! Took pain meds so I'm a...

I made it through surgery! Took pain meds so I'm a little bit in and out of it. Went to the bathroom and had a dizzy spell and zonked out. Chile, this has me asking what the hell I done did to myself. Hopefully my results are good. Not sure how many CCs were taken out will have to ask doc. I ended up not doing my arms. Will have to try the gym on getting them toned up. Thank you all for reading my journey story thus far. I really appreciate the support from the community. Well, I feel pain meds trying to do its think again. Will post later.
See I told you that you would be fine just make sure you get a lot of rest. Those meds will make you drowsy. Also make sure you stay hydrated. Not going to lie the first week is rough but just relax and stay home it will get better day by day.
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Thanks Deeva!
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Well you did wake up right? How did it go? Like Deeva says, the first week is hard, especially if Meds don't agree with you . I too, had lipo because I worked out, dieted and couldn't remove the pouch left behind by 3 pregs. 19 weeks later, I lost inches but I still have kangaroo pouch. My doctor insist to give it time (6 months) to really see final results. To be honest with you, I do see a difference of course, but I guess I was under the impression that all fat was going to be sucked out. I didn't expect a super flat tummy but I expect now flatter than what I have. All 3 people I told about me wanting to do it, told me the same things your sis told you. And now I feel like maybe they were right, because I still have fat. One thing my doctor told me was to maintain and not gain weight, I guess because fat goes to other places in your body and not where you got lipoed. I'm just giving you my experience, it doesn't mean that this is going to happen to you. I hope for the best for you. Do expect to be swollen for at least six weeks. Do wear your cg all the time! It helps with the swelling. Will check with you later.
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Swollen, stiff and in pain. My legs look like...

Swollen, stiff and in pain. My legs look like hammocks. Abstaining from pain meds, they make me feel like shit and pretty much out of it. Going to try extra strength Tylenol. Did anyone else use Tylenol in place if the pain meds?
Also some of the things your sister said about not doing it and you should work out were the same things my boyfriend said lol but at the end of the day it was my decision he loves me regardless but I was tired of not fitting into clothes and all my weight was being carried in my stomach even wit diet and excercise like I would lose weight in other places. But he's supportive and its always good to have a good support system and at least you have us here on Realself to provide any answers to questions you may have. All the best! :)
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I used extra strength Tylenol and it worked, but I didn't have as many areas done as you did. In previous comment you mentioned " what did I do" this too shall pass! It's very normal to have these type of feelings, believe us. We all went through them. Hopefully you have someone helping you, at least the first week. Good thing is that by reading our experiences, you know was is ahead for you. You will be fine. Just try to relax and thing ahead how fabulous you a will look! Try to have a bland diet and plenty of water or green tea, I also ate a lot of fresh pineapple for the swelling and I still eat it as of today. Pineapple is the main ingredient in Bromelain. Chin up doll, you will be fine. Xoxo
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I agree with Daisy and she was along with me for the ride as I believe she did hers like a week or 2 prior to mine lol You will be fine I reassure you the way you feel is the way we all felt. Getting through the first week is half the battle. I also believe the more areas you do at one time the more pain you will be in. I know I hardly ate maybe just soup and cracker diet and I stayed hydrated. Also the pills may make you constipated which is also normal.
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Feeling much better today. Just more sore than...

Feeling much better today. Just more sore than anything. Experience some pain when trying to get up but over all not too bad. I have been avoiding the Percocet and using Tylenol. Can't wait fore soreness to subside and a shower.

Today is a good day. Not much in the way of pain....

Today is a good day. Not much in the way of pain. Soreness in belly but that's about it. Had a bowel movement. Yay me!!! Trying to adjust garment to have bowel movement, awkward. TMI I know. But I'm giving you the real. Went up and down stairs in my house. Just can't wait to get the paddings remove. Need a bath :(
Once the paddings are removed you won't feel like a stuffed sausage or walk like a mummy anymore lol but try not to over exert yourself. Take it easy one day at a time.
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Grrrl. There is a bunch of padding in between my legs. Makes me look like I went in for a little more than lipo. Looks like I've grown a new appendage. One day at a time. You ain't never lied. That's all I can do.
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Thanks Deeva! My boyfriend also thought I was nuts, however he has managed to be very supportive through this. And lawd knows there is nothing pretty about this recovery. Hopefully I'm good by next week to return to work. Really appreciate you.
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At doctor's office for postop visit. Sitting in...

At doctor's office for postop visit. Sitting in waiting area. Feeling good. No pain. Just soreness. Haven't touched a Percocet since day 1. Now I want to see results and of course shower.

Post op went well. I took a shower and made it...

Post op went well. I took a shower and made it back into my garment. So I'll admit that I'm not loving my body. Not seeing any change. Low sigh. I guess I have muster up this thing they call patience. Posting a pic. Let me in your thoughts.
I am only 2weeks post op. I could not look at my body for 3 days. I was wrapped and cotton covering under my CG. I was so stuffed and really sick from the meds and some depression like why did I do this . The first week was sooo hard. I looked a mess too. I had to shower every day and OMG..Then my first week appt the doctor had to take out 2 syringes of fluid as I had a small seroma on 1 side.. My Vajayjay so hard and swollen still. Once you get pas this time period it gets so much better. Hang in there and its all very normal.
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Believenow, you and these damn vajayjay stories are killing me. LOL. But yeah I get it. It's probably a bit too early to be noticing any change
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Glad youre better :) I Would love to see some afterpictures :)
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So I took my 3 day post op pic down. Want to give...

So I took my 3 day post op pic down. Want to give myself a little bit more time before judging results. Day 4 post op and feeling good. Took another shower. Yay me! Water and my cg garment are my new BFF. Happy healing guys. Can't wait to start seeing results.

So the fact that I'm not in pain has me thinking...

So the fact that I'm not in pain has me thinking that I can return to my usual activities which I have been doing. Bending, cleaning, etc. Now I'm extremely swollen. I am not seeing any results at all. Did I ruin my chances? Ugh.
Lipo can take a longer time to heal. I had it 6 years ago and it took 6 months to see the final results. I am 15 days too and today my body ached. I have been taking arnica tablets before surgery and still am. They say to take some every hour. I take about 25 a day every so many hours. My right leg was so swollen and today I can see my foot..its coming down. I talked with the surgeon and we dont have to freak out about massaging and rolling yet. Give your body some time to heal and remain calm. In about 6 weeks I will think about exercise. I take a warm oatmeal bath everyday. Still taking Xstrength tylenol as pain meds make me so sick and spaced and dizzy. I also take Danzen from mexico as its anti inflam and swelling med. The CG is everything. If I dont wear it for a few hours I start to hurt. We will all get through this and thank god there are people to talk to..
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What stage 2 garment you recommend. I need one that goes from back to thigh
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I dont see any results on myself either and its been 15 days. I know it takes time, but its hard when we're going through so much. I cried last night after my hubby "rolled" me with the paint roller. Not from pain, but because he said he didnt think they took enough out. That is not what I wanted to hear. BTW I started taking Bromelain which is sold in drug stores, and it has helped me greatly with my swelling.
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Ok, Serioulsy. I am not seeing any change at...

Ok, Serioulsy. I am not seeing any change at ALL!!! My lower abdomen looks like it was never even touched. It looks absolutely the same as before I went in. Please Help! How soon did others seem some kind of improvement? Should I call the doctor?

I just emailed the doctor. I am not seeing any...

I just emailed the doctor. I am not seeing any change at all. I mean I had a bulge in my lower abdomen that is still quite apparent. I am thinking that this should be gone. I get that I am to expect swelling and all but damn I should see some indication that I had some fat sucked out, no?
I have 3 garments. When I swell in my right let I put on the long garment so the marks go away. Then for night I put on the short legged garment as I dont swell so much laying down. Its a mix and match depending on what the swelling is doing it.
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Tried, no luck so far and a red mark......hope it goes away, thanks!
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I have major swelling but I'm more concerned with an indent left on my ankle from the compression garmet. I had ankle lipo it's only been 11 days, any words of advice? Thanks!
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Did you folks sleep in the Squeem?

Did you folks sleep in the Squeem?

Not seeing change at all. So frustrated. I see doc...

Not seeing change at all. So frustrated. I see doc on Tuesday hopefully something good will come from the visit. So not happy right now.
Hi TF! I am a proud owner of a Squeem cincher, I fall sleep with it but I notice that sometime in the middle of night I had to remove it. I love the way it compresses. I still wear cg everyday and at night. Squeem at least 8 hrs a day. I had to remove the "bone or metal stiffeners" from the back because one of them was bent and digging into my flank. It's more comfortable to wear now but it rides or bunches up. I also own a Squeem vest and love it! Love my Waspies!
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I sleep in my compression garmet and wear it a kit 22 hours a day. everything looks good butte indent on my ankle that won't go away, two weeks today since my surgery.
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I only slept in the squeem one night I normally where at night and in the house. I do sleep in my cg on a regular basis. Do you have any updated pics?
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First day back to work. So far so good. Still...

First day back to work. So far so good. Still feeling a bit sore and I can feel myself swelling. But all in all I'm muddling through.

So I'm starting to think that when you're doing a...

So I'm starting to think that when you're doing a lot of areas you don't get great results. I'm 2 weeks in and not happy. Will I continue to improve?
Remember it takes 3-6 months for results. This is surgery and lots of swelling. I am sure that is why you dont seem to see results. I had many areas done and I am giving myself time. I am not panicking. I have lost some inches on my belly but it was pretty big. I do wear CG 24/7 for 1 month my Doctor said..
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So I think my doctor may be getting a bit annoyed...

So I think my doctor may be getting a bit annoyed with me and my constant emails. I sent three so far and am still awaiting a response. I mean I am not seeing the results that I paid for. Am I being paranoid. Check out my newly added pic. Why do I have a bulge in my lower abdomen?? Shouldn't that have been sucked out? Ugh...I'm thinking that my doctor wasn't aggressive enough...may have been a bit too conservative on suctioning. Help!
Let us know how it goes on Tuesday!!
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I would just recommend to be patient. As it's only a few weeks. Your should wait until at least three months to judge. I like to take pictures every couple of days to track the progress, as sometimes are judgement isn't the best. Give yourself time to let the swelling subside! Good luck, and I hope and pray that you are happy with the finial result.
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Thanks Freckle.
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So I had my appointment with doctor. I pointed out...

So I had my appointment with doctor. I pointed out what I was not happy with. He insists that I be patient but also noted that my lower abdoment was hanging skin. I'm going to have to disagree with him on that one. My lower abdomen looks like enough wasn't taken out. Anyway...all I can do at this point is wait.

So I'm thinking that because my surgeon doesn't...

So I'm thinking that because my surgeon doesn't agree with me on the fact that my lower abdomen and back will need to have more taken out I'm going to have to end up going else where and spending more money. I don't want to do do this. But I feel adamant that I should be having better results. Again this is all a waiting game. Le sigh.
Just want to see how your doing? Any results? I did lipo on my thighs Feb.26 and feel a lot of pain with no results. I am TRYING to be patient.so hoping that your see a difference by now. Everyone says to give it at least 3 months.
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Hey B cup. I am seeing some results but not significant and to be honest I am not certain if the results are attributed to my diet and exercise or the surgery. I will say my flanks have gone down and my upper abdomen is flatter. However, I am still displeased with my lower abdomen. I am trying to be patient, but as you know the waiting is the hard part.
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waiting is the hardest and this week has been itching and pain and what the heck now 2 months. So patience is not my friend. I understand totally. But swelling can be very deceiving ..
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Alas the results are taking shape. Patience is...

Alas the results are taking shape. Patience is definitely a virtue for I had grown frustrated beyond belief. It was only when I resigned within myself to let go and just be that the results started to make an appearance. I'm actually getting excited. We've all said it on here before, lipo is no over night fix. So all those in contemplation be certain to mentally prepare yourself for a long wait.

Thanks for sharing your update, I'm glad you are starting to be excited about your results! :)

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I am in the same boat as you! Mine has only been 7 days but my arms don't look ANY smaller and they're still jiggly. I see a difference in my stomach from the front, but my lower belly doesn't look any different at all. I guess I'm anxious bc all my friends know I had lipo and I want to be able to show it off... But looks like that wont happen for a couple months :/
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