Hi there I'm 39 and 5'2" New Zealander and have...
So after reading some reviews on this site and finding them incredibly inspiring I decided I would like to share my journey too so I can hopefully help some people down my neck of the woods in the south pacific.
Day one (procedure day)
The nurse took me through to a small private room with a lazy boy and I signed a few extra papers got changed into my a gown and took my sedative and 2 panadols.
After a while I walked through to the theatre and Dr Barrett took some photos and drew all over my legs the nurse then wiped my legs feet and toes over with anticeptic wash and I lay on the table.
Dr Barrett then placed injections in all the places he was going to puncture for the cannulas to be inserted. Dr B then slid the tumescent liquid up and down my legs under the skins which was incredibly unpleasant and was apparently the worst part. That went on for about 1/2 hour 40 mins until my legs felt like the were floating with liquid.
At this point the actual liposculpture started which felt about the same as before getting me to turn in several different directions. I hated every minute of it! Dr B then got me to stand up and re drew on me again and then went back to reshaping the last parts.
My nurse then covered up my incisions and wrapped loose tubes over my legs.
They then took me back to my little lazy boy and got me a sandwich and cup of tea. I waited there for about 20 mins before my partner picked me up.
When I got home I elevated legs off and on, having small children doesn't give you much down time. I think the sedative really set in after dinner as I couldn't stay awake so I went to bed at about 9:45 which is so early for me. I slept all night and woke about 5:30am!! (that was it bit annoying)
I have to go to a concert that I bought tickets for 6 mths ago and forgot about, Dr said I'll be ok if I sit most of it so wish me luck!
Day four and five
I walked around the mall this morn but after about 2 hrs I felt like my body was getting vertigo so went home and put my feet up. One pair of compression socks is a pain I have been taking them off when I go for a shower and wash them at the same time then dry them with the hair dryer then painfully put them back on, but wearing dirty socks is a way worst option.
I've re-measured my legs today and even swollen as they are they're 1/2cm smaller so that's reassuring.
Today is very much the same as yesterday I went out for brunch and a movie with my husband it was a bit if a date day for us as the kids were at daycare and he took the day off to look after me but I'm pretty much functioning normally again so we had a lovely day. My ankles felt a little bit more flexible today the gaffer tape feeling is lessening but they're still sore but the pain when I move is definitely getting better.
I decided not to do the whole compression sock washing thing today and just did a cloth wash at the basin so I don't know what my legs look like today but yesterday I did notice in the shower a slight bit of bruising on my calves so we'll see tomorrow. As not much is happening at the mo I'll update in a few days so chao for now.
One month in
They still feel a little stiff and numb around the ankle area and I am still very uncomfortable if I squat on them or if I try to get up from a sitting position on the floor which makes me feel very inflexible and about 100 years old- hehe.
I choose Dr Barrett because he immediately made me feel very comfortable when I had my 1st meeting with him and conducted himself in a very professional manner. He took the time to really study my legs and talk to me before starting the actual procedure and kept chatting to me during the time in theatre. He was great from start to finish and also the following day when I had my follow up appointment. I highly recommend him.