I had tumescent liposuction on July 31. The liposuction was performed under IV sedation and was done on my abdomen and flanks. In addition to the lipo I had an incisional hernia fixed and lipo injection on my buttocks (with my own fat).
I was supposed to have VASER lipo but the doctor told me that since the VASER liquefies the fat, and he wanted to get good quality fat for the lipo injection, he did not use the VASER. I am still a little confused about the difference but will ask him at the post op appointment.
A little info about myself: I am 41 years old, have 3 kids, 5'2 and 126 pounds... I am not overweight, work out 3 times a week and generally fit, but always had a belly and no waist... I always joke about it saying that I look like a sausage... So after having a personal trainer and no signs of reducing my abdomen, I decided to have liposuction to get rid of the belly, and hopefully have a waist.
What can I say? I have been with horrible pain in the treated areas... They gave me some pain killers but made me nauseous and lowered my blood pressure.. I almost fainted the morning after surgery, it was awful... Because the discomfort and pain I feel with the liposuction, I have almost forgotten about my hernia surgery.
A nurse came to my house the day after the surgery to clean the incisions. Almost no draining thank God. She recommended me to get some very ripe pineapples, peel them, cut them in 4 and put them to boil for a long time and drink that pineapple water all day long.. She said pineapples have some ingredient that helps with the bruising and swelling. So here I am, drinking pineapple water.
My doctor prescribed lymphatic drainage massages. I bought 8 sessions for 450 dls. Yesterday I had my first. It was not painful but uncomfortable. First, the therapist massaged me with an ultrasound machine and after that, a massage with her hands. When I asked what could I do to reduce the swelling, she suggested the pineapple water also, so I am glad I am drinking it. She also prescribed a heparin sodium gel to be applied on the bruises. I have appointments everyday next week for the lymphatic massage.. hope they help.
If I find a comfortable position I can manage the pain and discomfort... But I was having a horrible headache that would not go away with Tylenol, and I never suffer from headaches (in fact, I found this site when I googled headache after tumescent lipo) so glad I did, it has helped me a lot to learn about other people's experiences and find out that the pain is normal... Yesterday I could not longer stand the headache and called my doctor. He is so polite. He prescribed some painkillers for migraine and thank God, the headache went away.
I am so swollen that I dont know if the results are going to be what I expect... I just hope that I will feel better each day and that the results will be worth all this pain. I will find out how to post pictures and post later when I feel better. I will update the rating once the swelling disminishes (God willing) and I continue to feel better... Oh, I just want to feel well again...