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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.
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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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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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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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I notice a difference and I agree with the others, it's probably swelling. I had my procedure three weeks ago and there are some mornings where I feel it look really good and others where the swelling is bad, especially at night and in my ankles and calves. (I had both of those done) and also depending on what I've eaten and how much water. Keep up the eating healthy and try and be patient, something I'm definitely NOT good at! :)
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You look like you may have lost inches on your flanks but like I said before your still swollen. My results didn't happen over night some of us have been where u have been it takes time as your body just went through a traumatic experience give it time to heal. Make sure you eat right and wear your garments on a regular basis.
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I stay in my garment and am eating right. Longing to see some results. I think my doctor pretty much had enough of my complaining emails. LOL.
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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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Believenow...can you take a look at my updated pictures. Let me know what you think. Am I being impatient? I just don't think I am suppose to still have such a bulge. I think I've annoyed my doctor to no end.
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I am wondering if you have a seroma? I had a small one and 1 week post op he removed 2 syringes of liquid. It was painful but worked . You seem really swollen?? Can you see your surgeon? Does it feel like liquid swooshing around or hard?? You are almost 2 weeks?? Do you wear your CG 24/7??
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Believenow, I wear the CG 24/7. I don't see surgeon until Tuesday. Not sure if liquid is swooshing around in there. I will have to check.. But you do see what I am talkig about though, right. The lower abdoment is really big. It could be that I am swollen.
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Yes you look very swollen. Fluid retention. We all heal at such different levels. I was given Danzen which you can buy over the counter in Mexico. It really gets rid of swelling and fluid retention. Maybe he can give you some water pills here. I am sure he will know when you go tuesday. Good luck and it sucks the patience I have very little. I want immediate results too with all the pain and surgery at least.
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believenow, you're not kidding. I was so not prepared for this waiting to see results. Me No Likey at all!
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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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I haven't taken any new pics yet. Don't see much of any change. Will attempt a pic tomorrow. I've been wearing the Squeem all day under the cg. Was just thinking that there was no way I could sleep in this thing. Wanted to see what others were doing.
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Ok cool Yeah I only wear it at night and around the house . It shows under certain clothes but the squeem sucks everything to the point my man thought I got my butt done lol now he thinks I'm gettin but shots lol but the squeem sucks and holds everything in. It gives you that hourglass figure.
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Lol. Was he liking it? Lol. I wore the Squeem all day today. Chile, the CG feels like it ain't doing nothing compared to the Squeem. That sucker is no joke. When did you start noticing a change? I'm starting to get freaked out. I don't see any change :-(
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Yeah he like it lol After a few weeks u should notice a difference Remember u are still swollen u just had surgery. Relax u will be fine.
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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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