Tumescent Liposuction- Upper and Lower Abs, flanks, lower back, BBL.
- updated 1 year ago
I have always had a stomach that I never felt...
- 4 Apr 2012
- 1 day pre
I have always had a stomach that I never felt comfortable showing. No matter how much weight I lose, my stubborn stomach is always the same. After meeting with a doctor to discuss weight loss options he told me I was an ideal candidate for the procedure. I never thought that I would be able to afford it even though it something I always dreamed of doing. It has been several months since the option was presented and now tomorrow is finally the big day. I am very excited, though slightly nervous as I have read hundreds of reviews and of course the negative experiences people have had stick out.
Oh, just wanted to add some measurements, etc...
- 4 Apr 2012
- 1 day pre
Ok, well here goes. I arrived at the Dr's office...
- 6 Apr 2012
- 1 day post
After putting on the extremely unflattering paper underwear and my own bra the Dr came in to mark the areas as well as take photos. Here is where things went a little sad, haha. He told me that I had much more fat than he had initially thought and that it would take awhile and or two treatments - I wanted to get the area under my arm where there is bra fat done as well. He told me that I wear the weight well, considering I spent the past 15 years only buying clothes that would flatter in some places and hide others I guess this was a compliment.
On to the procedure. He began administering the lidocaine/tumescent liquid, which didn't feel so great. I really did not like the fact that I could feel it under my skin and in some places where it was not completely numb it did hurt. I did make it known that I was feeling it a bit and he gave me another shot of something that helped. The procedure did not begin until about 12:30. Apparently, I fell asleep for large portions of it but did wake up a few times when I felt some pain. This was mostly in my lower stomach and for some reason even though it had been numbed and numbed again I still was uncomfortable. I will be honest, for the parts that I was awake for it was not so pleasant. I am not sure if it was because I was grossed out by the fact that I could feel the pressure of what was happening even if it wasn't painful. It was after 5 by the time everything was done, this included about an hour of down time while the extracted fat was seperated until was the right consistently to inject into the divett and the top of my bum. I was READY to go. Sadly, he told me that the fat on my sides was very dense and stubborn and had been slightly difficult to breakdown/remove and it had taken longer than anticipated. He was able to get my love handles, upper abs, some of the lower abs, the pubic area as well as fix the C curve and transfer the fat to what now I would call a booty. The bad news, is that he feel that he could have gotten more out of my lower stomach if I had not been feeling discomfort there, he decided I had enough for the day. He also would have like to take more out of my upper back and the bra roll, which he did not get to. I was disapointed but I also was tired and wanted to go home so I agree it was for the best that we did not do any more.
I put on the compression garments and went straight for the pharmacy to get the pain killers and additional anti-biotics.
I didnt end up getting home until close to 7pm. I couldn't resist checking the results, so I will add the photos from yesterday. Oh and side note, I weighed 144 lbs AFTER the procedure, so yes, 8 more lbs than that morning. I know this is because there still was fluid to be drained, but it wasn't what I had expected. This morning my weight was 138. I am not draining as much as I thought I would be. My skinny jeans definitely don't fit yet, which is possibly due to my newly fat ass :)
Here are my measurements this morning, from after the shower without the garments.
Pre Op 136
Current Wt. 138.4
Under Chest 31
Ok, I wanted to update my post from this morning...
- 6 Apr 2012
- 1 day post
I woke up this morning after not the best night of...
- 7 Apr 2012
- 2 days post
Today is day 3 since my procedure. Yesterday was a...
- 8 Apr 2012
- 3 days post
I am mentioning weight here only as a reference point because I did not expect the result of the procedure to be about weight loss. When I woke up yesterday I was a 136 lbs, the same as the surgery day but I definitely look larger. I have also not had a bm since Wednesday. I have taken vegetable laxatives and still nothing. I am guessing this has added to the discomfort I have been feeling. I havent been hungry though since the pain meds make me nauseous.
I still have a small amount of drainage at the lowest incisions so I will be wearing the binder for another 24 hours at the absolute least.
All I am thinking about now is that I really do not want to have this procedure done again. However, I am concerned now because of the the bra roll and the fat I have on my upper back looking disproportionate. I have my follow up appointment tomorrow.
Day 5- I met with the Dr. for my follow up...
- 10 Apr 2012
- 5 days post
I was told the compression garment was like spanx, it is not, it is from my chest to my knees and zips up the sides and velcros underneath that. Contrary to what I was told, this doesn't fit under clothing. I am hoping that today really is the peak of the swelling because it is really depressing to go through this and spend all the money only to be so much larger than before.
1 Week Post- I am feeling a little discouraged...
- 12 Apr 2012
- 7 days post
The doctor tole me not to try to lose weight for 3 months!!!! The main objective of getting this done was to fix the areas that I could not through diet and working out, but I still have weight to lose even though my shape has been impoved. Another item I wish I knew before the surgery. So basically I feel unattractve and uncomfortable The garment is a nuissance because it is so bulky in places. I will update with photos again soon but for now I look the same as day 4 but with less pain and the bruising has gone down a bit.
I am taking Arnica tablets and using the cream. I like to think it is helping but so far I can't tell. My pants still do not fit :(
Tomorrow will be two weeks since my surgery. On...
- 18 Apr 2012
- 13 days post
On the Plus Side
1. A lot of the swelling has gone down
2. My bruising is almost completely gone- only experienced on my love handles
3. Pins and Needles/Numbness has reduced
4. The soreness/sensitivity has reduced.
5. My weight has stabilized a bit
6. Incisions are healing well and fading
7. Very happy with my butt- hoping the swelling does not go down further, like how it looks now.
8. Able to fit back into most of my clothes
1. Still wearing compression garment which leaves/left marks on hips and stomach
2. Lumps are visible- Front of stomach looks horrible, not flat and uneven below belly button- I am not sure if this is due to swelling or if will need to be corrected :(
3. There are weird indentations on my sides that will need to be corrected if they stay as is.
4. I don't know if I should expect the Dr. to offer to correct without payment? Any feed back on this would be great.
5. REALLY do not want to go through this post-op process again.
I wanted to update because today was a big deal. I...
- 20 Apr 2012
- 15 days post