I am a 40 year old woman, 5'3ish and 148.5 pounds. Like many others on this site, I workout regularly and watch my diet but continued to have stubborn areas of fat. I had my surgery on Aug 9 so today is my 12th day of recovery. I had my upper arms, flanks, inner and outer thigh to knee and upper and lower abdomen done.
As far as the procedure itself, I found parts of it to be very painful and uncomfortable. I had taken one Percocet and a valium prior to surgery and took another Percocet during surgery as well as the first dose of antibiotic. I've had root canals done without Novocain if that gives you an idea of my pain tolerance. I’m no sissy! The surgery took a little over two hours and I was cleaned up, put into the compression garments and stayed in recovery for about an hour.
The first evening was definitely the worst of it. I took two more Percocet and was in and out of sleep. While everything seemed to be draining, the most drainage was from my outer thigh area and arms. I used a plastic throw used for painting that I bought at the hardware store to sleep on. The following day I was VERY sore but I took Extra strength Tylenol once and I have not taken anything for pain since. I have had significant bruising of my inner thighs, lower ab (including mons pubis) and arms, but I have faithfully taken the Arnica by mouth and rubbed Arnica gel on the bruises. This has helped significantly. This is a "must do" if you are on the fence about supplements. My doctor also requested that I start with Vit C with bioflavenoids, beta carotene and bromelaine two weeks prior to surgery to two weeks after. I also have numbness in many areas, as well as itching and burning but nothing that is intolerable. I have not been back to the gym yet but I have walked outdoors when weather has permitted. I find I feel better if I move more but it is also a little rough of the inner thigh area. I've just taken it slow. The compression garments are definitely a drag. I have one from under my bra line to my lower leg and a vest with ¾ length sleeves on top. I would have rather had this done in the winter but my job affords me more vacation time in the summer. Personally, I feel my body has really needed the time to heal. I see the doctor tomorrow for the first time since the procedure.
Now, in terms of results, I know from reading reviews here and elsewhere that results are NOT immediate and that a final result is really not achieved until 6 months to a year. That being said, I also went into this knowing that I wasn’t going to come out looking like a supermodel. My biggest worry from the beginning has been how my skin will hold up given my age and yo-yo weight gain and loss since I was a teen etc. I definitely see a size difference in my lower abdomen. I think my thighs seem a bit smaller although I was and am still hoping for improvement on the inner thighs. My sizeable thighs are what brought me to this procedure in the first place. I’m not so sure about my arms yet. I was 150 lbs the day of my surgery then 155 after and this morning 148.5. Just as an fyi it is very hard to overeat with this garment on! That might be a bonus LOL
Although I’m not so sure about my results, I have no regrets. If I didn’t do it I would have always wondered if it would make a difference, if that makes any sense. I will try to get some pictures up and update as necessary.