It is an hour until my procedure, and I'm really...
I'm getting flank lipo and a breast reduction lipo on the left side to make them more even. The breast lipo I am a little worried about, however I have been told that it should yield a good result.
I will try to post more after the surgery. Although my flanks look okay from the front, the back view is what I really want to change.
The Day After Surgery
After I had been sewn up, I stood up and walked out of the OR, feeling shaky but otherwise totally fine. Before I put on the compression garment I got to see myself in the mirror, and aside from a bit of swelling, I could see that it looked awesome.
Night time was fine, I woke up three times or so and took the extra strength tylenol I had been told to take once every four hours. At 2 am I took the garment off for a brief time since it was kind of uncomfortable.
Today has been incredibly tiring. I went to class in the morning, and all of my energy was sapped within the hour. Fortunately I only had one class, so I came home and have been lying in bed ever since. The pain is mild on the tylenol, but the compression garment is causing me to have indigestion which exacerbates everything. My flank area feels much worse than my breast, but even my flanks just feel like really tender bruises, like I fell on the ice or something.
I will post more pictures once the swelling goes down more.
A couple pictures
Last night I spread some arnica on the areas, and I could feel it helping almost immediately. I'm not usually sold by homeopathic/naturopathic medicine, but I feel like I can attribute some of my lack of pain to it. I took one Tylenol this morning just in case, but I doubt I needed it.
Way more swollen and LUMPSSSSSSSSS
Also the garment has started to crease in places and cause bad indentations in my flesh around which are hard lumps and ropy bumps. I should probably replace it with something, but for now I'm just wearing lululemons which will hopefully do the trick. I just would rather take longer to heal than heal incorrectly.
I should probably also mention that I had 400 cc on each flank removed, and 75 cc taken from my breast. I feel like my breast unevenness may not resolve as well as I had hoped, because I see no change at all even though he took 2.5 oz of fat out of there.
Otherwise, I have lost a bit of weight in general from eating less so I think I probably look better anyway just because of that. I'm pretty tried of agonizing about my results.
Two weeks out
We shall see what happens at the post op in thirteen days....
Great on one side, horrible on the other
On my left side I have an indent that runs horizontally to my back. On the top and bottom of the indent, the fat bulges out and makes me look deformed. I know that I was asymmetrical before, but I was hoping that the extra fat on this side would also be removed.
I am trying really hard to be patient, but it looks really bad. When I wear dresses it is VERY obvious, to the point where I feel as uncomfortable wearing them as I did pre-op.
Pretty Dramatic Results!!
Dr Bendor-Samuel and his staff all made me feel like what they were doing was routine and uncomplicated, which made me feel less nervous. Although I had done a lot of research, he answered all of my unanswered questions satisfactorily. During the consultation he seemed to want to get it over with, but I understand he had a patient in the OR waiting for anesthesia to kick in, so that makes sense. If I had needed him to help convince me more, or explain more to me, I am sure he would have done that un-begrudgingly, however I didn't need very much of either. During surgery, he worked quickly and explained what he was doing as it progressed, since I couldn't see what he was doing. Afterward, he had an on-to-the-next sort of attitude, which was in itself reassuring. The nurses were both really nice, and were quick to respond to any discomfort. Aftercare and follow-up: The compression garment they gave me was completely different than the one they showed me during the consultation, and it ended up buckling at the end of the first week. Basically unwearable, but not a huge deal I guess. Honestly, so far it hasn't been great. I realize that he does this to tens of people every week, but he really does not remember you. I mean, him not remembering your name or the specifics of your procedure are totally understandable, but not remembering anything about what you had done to you -by him- is pretty weird and disconcerting. When I first came back for my one-month post-op, the receptionist's manner was totally vacant, and I saw the doctor for a total of about 5 minutes, probably less. I didn't have any major concerns, since I know it will take a long time to see the results, but I sort of expected it to be a bit less brusque. I really hope I don't need a revision, because I actually hate the idea of going back there for any reason. The six month check-up will be bad enough, and if everything is fine at six months, I'll probably skip it. My hips look so much better, but plastic surgery and everyone involved with it at this particular clinic give me the creeps.