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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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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 :(

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.
New York Plastic Surgeon

I chose this provider because I felt comfortable discussing this with him. Cosmetic surgery is a personal procedure. I felt at ease. His staff is also amazing. Also during my consultation I never felt rushed. I Researched doctor on RealSelf as well as conducted research on board certified plastic surgeons, vitals, healthgrades and pretty much any data I could get my hands on. I am electing to reserve a final review until after undergoing my procedure.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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