Just Had Lipo....already Thrilled! - Palm Beach, FL
- updated 7 months ago
Ok. First off, let me start by saying that I wish...
- 4 May 2013
- 5 days post
Next, I will give a bit of background. I am 38, a mom of 4 kids aged 9 to 2, married and live in beachy Florida. As a result we LIVE in our bathing suits! I have always been athletic, with broad shoulders, and have never been small. I have considered lipo for a while because you know the deal - all the working out but there are some stubborn areas!! Some I finally took the plunge.
It has been 5 days since the procedure. I had my abdomen, hip rolls, axilla, and upper back rolls done. Um, can you say OUCH!!??!! Haha. It was done Monday afternoon (try to book mornings as you can't eat!!) and took a couple of hours. I don't live in the town where I got the lipo done so my cousin picked me up and brought me to my hotel room where she hung out with me and our other good friend. Basically, they had a party with PF Chang's takeout while I laid in bed, stoned on Demerol and post op meds! To get up off the bed I would kind of roll my legs over the side and use the nightstand to push myself up. AWFUL so I only got up once or twice that night. By the next morning the pain was kicking in and you really feel sore, tender...I liken it to a few rounds in the ring getting your mid section and back punched repetitively. Nothing broken but definitely teeth clench worthy.
That morning I saw my doc for a follow up. Someone drove me because there was NO way I was driving. I was supposed to check out that day and head home...no can do. Booked another night! Anyway, saw the doc and he removed the garment. Ok, and this is important. When that thing comes off, you feel crazy weird. Taking it off does not hurt, per se, but your skin nd body feel weird...you want to grab your stomach because things feel loose and not attached. I kept thinking my organs were going to fall out. (demerol?? haha) But it really does feel that way. It had been less than 12 hours since the surgery so the swelling had not even kicked in. He showed me a mirror and said, "You won't look like this again for a couple of months because of swelling. But LOOK at the difference!" and man, he was right. I could see so many changes in my shape and it is exciting to know that will be my new body.
My husband had to leave on a business trip so I HAD to drive home Wednesday. I left a few hours short of the 48 hour mark. No demerol by then, only tylenol (and arnica!!), and drove in the slow lane. Very carefully. My motherinlaw helped bring dinner that night, but yeah, I was "on" from then on. Kid stuff. School driving. Real life. 5 days in now, and the bruising was worst on day 3/4, I see tiny improvement today. Also, today was the first minimal pain day. You know, just a touch sore...it is not prohibitive. No working out yet, which I miss.
I had the standing prep done, which if you are shy is weird. However, after 4 kids and a traumatizing experience flashing a basketball team when I was a teenager, I don't get shy. So it didn't bother me. But there was no heads up...it was, "drop your gown" and then cold wet spongy stuff was rubbed ALL over very quickly. It was freezing, I got on the table, and was out. I don't remember anything, but apparently I sang a whole lot of Justin Beiber (so ashamed!!) and demanded to look like Jessica Alba. Hmm.
Any questions? I will answer anything I can and I can not WAIT to see my new body. I will try to find some before pics for reference, but I don't have much....maybe the dr will give me the ones we took and I can post them??
Ok. Quick update. It has been 8 days and the...
- 7 May 2013
- 8 days post
Super quick update. You know how you start to look...
- 8 May 2013
- 9 days post
He was out of town on business for 8 days. He got back late last night when I was in bed, and so this morning after dropping the older 3 kids at the bus stop, I came back and wanted to show him. I went into the bathroom and took off the compression stuff and put on the new bikini - you know, the one you buy because it is SO hot and you think that yeah, eventually, it will look SO good??? I walked out and asked how I looked and if he could see a difference. He said, "Absolutely. I can't believe the difference!! And you are saying you are still all swollen? You look incredible!"
So I was all happy, but then I was like, "Well, he is married to me. So he HAS to say that. I mean, if he doesn't say that he won't get any a** forever so contractually our husbands have to say it." So I sort of blew it off and went about my day. BUT - then the motherinlaw texted me and said, "I need to see you in a bikini. Your hubby just called me and said you look like a supermodel!" Yeah, that's what he told his mom. HA!! So now I am back to being happy...gonna take some compression garment and nude pics and post if I get brave enough...
Oh I should also have added that I am 5'9" ad was...
- 9 May 2013
- 10 days post
Ok. I am 12 days in now. Last night was the first...
- 11 May 2013
- 12 days post
Also, I did my first light jog. I only made it a quarter mile before I went back to a fast paced walk as I don't need to cause extra swelling but I did want to see what my body would tolerate. It feels fine throughout my back and stomach...it is only my hip rolls, where I have the most swelling, that it is still uncomfortable. I am going to weigh myself at the 2 week mark and see if there is any change. I expect fat decrease but fluid increase so it probably is pretty even. We will see!!
Day 13 morning...yesterday wa the first day I a.)...
- 12 May 2013
- 13 days post
I had a pool party to attend so right before we arrived I took the garment off. It felt really weird!! I snacked on some chips and dip (my weakness) but then had the salad and fresh fruit for lunch. However, dinner was on the way home and while it was not healthy, it was definitely not as clean and low sodium as I have been doing. And yes, it made a huge difference. I could literally see the fluid retention! For the first time my tummy poked out a little, and I felt crazy full and bloated. It was pretty unpleasant and a good reminder to avoid the excess salt and to keep up my healthy clean eating. But here is the positive.
I wore these white shorts and a white sheer top other a white bikini underneath. I saw my cousin who was the one who took care of me after surgery and she can't believe the difference in my body. While I still see swelling and weird squishy numb puffiness she sees curves where I never had any. It is also a good reminder to stay focused and driven, get back to the weights this week...and hopefully the swelling will subside because next weekend I have a girls trip to Turks and Caicos woot woot!!!
Ahhhhh!!! And I totally forgot to post a pretty...
- 12 May 2013
- 13 days post
Day 15....my weight is finally down. I started at...
- 14 May 2013
- 15 days post
I ill say this also...I ran a full two miles yesterday and felt great. Ok, really I did more of a jog but it was not sore or painful. However, I swelled up a lot more that night and weight was back up to 155. That shows how much difference the swelling really makes. I prob won't do a real run again for another week and will stick to boring speed walking and elliptical machines, but I gotta keep moving. The sitting around makes me nuts and I love to work out! I leave in 3 1/2 more days for our girls trip and I am praying the bruising is ALL gone so I can play in the sun and snorkel etc without worrying about exposing t bruises etc. They are mostly gone but we will see...need to pop more arnica. Getting a full massage next Monday so hopefully that will help start to smooth everything out. Will post a picture later today in my favorite tiny bikini and you guys need to be BRUTALLY honest ok???
New pics and update...
- 16 May 2013
- 17 days post
3 1/2 weeks post op
- 23 May 2013
- 24 days post
1.) the bruising was all gone at 2 to 2 1/2 weeks.
2.) the upper body and belly button stitches were pretty much healed and invisible by 3 weeks, but I still have some scabbing on the site of my hip roll incisions.
3.) the majority of swelling in my lower ab region is gone. To note, i was pretty fit there to start with a bit of a pouch and a bit of excess skin - not enough for a tummy tuck. However - I am still VERY puffy in my axilla region (near my arm pits/bra roll area). My upper back rolls? A little swelling...but my hip roll area is where I still have some obvious swelling. As I look at it all though I don't know how swollen I really was. That is something I simply can't tell.
4.) I am not sore in my axilla, upper back (tiny bit) or in my lower ab area at all. Again, it is the hip roll area that is still sore. Since the one time I ran two miles and ended up retaining fluid and getting more sore there I have not run again.
5.) but speaking of working out...yesterday, Wednesday, was my first officially tough workout. I did 30 hard minutes on the elliptical stepper, then some free weight work on the arms. Then, most notably, a very hard, high intensity, high skill step class. Seriously - this class is brutal. I have taken step all over the country for about 20 years now and this one hour class burns about 1000 plus calories. While it does have less impact than pure running (asphalt, distance, no interval...), it is a beast. I made it through and felt great. I was a tiny bit sore today in my hip area, but no real increased swelling. I did wear my garment all afternoon and evening and that surely made a difference!!
6.) I can sleep on my side, back, tummy whatever just fine. That started at 3 weeks.
7.) ok. Here is the big thing. The difference in my stomach is definitely there. But I did not have a ton to remove from my lower abs. My hip roll was prevalent, but not huge, so I see a difference there although that too I subtle. The arm axilla area?? I only see minimal change but that area, although not painful, still has a puffy look and feel so I am really hoping for more definition there. The one BIG change? My waist. My shape has always been pretty standard and not super huge by any means. But I have been tree trunk like. I have never had a defined or curvy waistline. Whether a size 10 or 6, I look the same...straight from the upper back to the hip almost with hardly any curve. NOW - it is huge. I have a waistline for the first time ever...in my life. And it is substantially different. I see a lot of you ladies have defined waists, but more pooch in the tummy so this would prob not impact you. But for me to go from pencil to coke bottle has been pretty exciting. My husband, all my friends on my trip - they all say I look completely different. So be patient, have realistic expectations and don't get too frustrated. I am still really waiting for the 3 month post op but I see my doc in another week at the one month mark. Excited to hear his thoughts!!
1 month post op - An ab workout and serious frustration
- 28 May 2013
- 29 days post
Also I am pretty frustrated. I think I looked my best a week in. I felt tighter and trimmer. I feel lumpy and flabby and loose right now. My weight is 152 and has stayed there for a little while now so that is prob my new normal. I also have an uneven sort of lump. I need to see my surgeon for my one month post op visit but this is the kids' last week of school and all of that craziness so I have not seen him yet. Will hopefully see him next week to get some questions answered!!
My doctor was good. The consult was quick, professional, pleasant, and well, very quick. Surgery day?? The anesthesiologist is hilarious. I happen to like humor so his telling me how the docs had all gone drinking the night before was funny to me. The nurses were very sweet, and Dina, the consult specialist was through pre-booking, and once on the phone when I called with questions. I would probably have given 5 stars all the way around if I felt a little bit more personalized service...that would be my only recommendation!