Before getting my procedure done, this was very...
Before getting my procedure done, this was very helpful. I found it difficult to find those who had their calves done. I thought maybe my own experiences might be helpful for others as a sort of blog. The first week was uncomfortable. My calves did not bother me at alI. The outer thighs and banana rolls, especially, made sitting uncomfortable. You get used to it after a few seconds and then you have to get used to the shift when you stand again. I did not take any pain medication past day 2 and actually stopped leaking on Day 2 as well. I read a review of a person who said their body was absorbing the fluids during the procedure which made their procedure painful. I think the same thing happened to me. I read several reviews where people said they didn't feel much. Oh how i wish that were the case. I has several moments of unbearable pain. Luckily now it is but a distant memory. Each day that passes is better than the one before. I went to work after 3 days. It wasn't too bad, but i tried my best to walk normally. Sitting and getting up was the most uncomfortable. I had my one week post op yesterday. They said everything is healing as it should and i ordered my second garment. Sitting and walking was sooo much easier today than before. I'm still super swollen and have ugly bruises everywhere. Only my cankles have gone down a little (i never had cankles before), so I'm not seeing any results yet, but i know it is still early so I'm not too worried. Sitting is better but i still haven't had the courage to sit on the toilet. It has been squatting all week! I'm looking forward to maneuvering better tomorrow than i did today! And i hope to see some swelling go down!
2 and a half weeks
It's been 2 and a half weeks and things are much better! I can even sit on the toilet with no pain! I still have bruises and i think I'm still swollen because i don't see much of a difference yet in my legs from now compared to before i had the procedure done, but i think it's still kind of numb because when i try to shave, it seems like can't really feel what's happening. So that gives me hope that my legs have some shrinking to do. I know they say things probably won't be to their.. final state… for like.. 6 months. I suppose it's natural for people to expect immediate results. I can see a difference in the outer thighs and knees, but i feel like calves and thigh..circumference is about the same. I'm trying not to focus on that too much. I'm still wearing the garment all the time, but need to see how long i have to wear it. I no longer feel like my skin is separated from the rest of my leg at least so it doesn't feel weird not wearing the garment. I had my one week post op appointment and was told everything looked as it should. My next appointment isn't until september! We'll see how things progress in the next week though.
So it's been a little over 2 months. And i'm still not sure how i feel. I was definitely satisfied with the outer thighs because that was an almost immediate result. The calves was really the area i wanted the most change. I still don't think i will wear shorts any time soon. I am going to start going to the gym and hope that helps things along too. I did buy a pair of skinny jeans, which i wasn't able to do before, because my calves actually fit in them! It used to be a combination that either my calves or thighs or both didn't fit. So that IS some progress. They do say full results don't show up till at ;east 6 months. Attached of photos pre op, a week or 2 post op and then maybe a month post op. In the banana roll area, there is like a crease forming, and now it is much more prominent and kind of annoying. the feeling of the overlapping skin rubbing together is distracting. At about 6 weeks i stopped wearing the garment so much, I'm not sure if i was supposed to or not. I do put it on occasionally because of the banana roll issue, and i think i will wear it to work out. Thats what i'm most concerned about at this point, whether or not i not have a worse banana roll than i started off with. Has any one seen this happen before?
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