Feeling Okay About Everything Now - Plainfield, IL.

So 15 years ago I lost 72 lbs and have kept 85% of...

So 15 years ago I lost 72 lbs and have kept 85% of it off all this time. My boobs sagged from a DD to a small C and I have pooches from my waist down. I'm a size 12/14. 5'10". 43 years old today. Surgery for a breast lift, implant and lipo on my abs, flanks outer thighs and knees is scheduled for 3/12.

After reading all of your posts, I am freaking out about the Lipo. The draining, the soreness, the garments, the ickyness - though I was told of this, until you read the stories of others, you don't know. Until you go through it yourself, you REALLY don't know.

I wonder if the money I'll spend (5k on just the lipo), and the pain and ickyness after surgery will all be worth it to lose a pants size of jelly rolls?

I've already paid for the surgery but since I'm also having a breast lift and implant, I am certain I won't even get charged a deposit if I chicken out.

Any feedback on if it was absolutely worth all the ickyness? I have to be back in commission by June. I'm an outdoors sporter and I have major competitions in June.

I'm a super healthy eater but I just returned to strength training in December (I was sick for a while with Lyme disease) and I can already see my body changing for the better. I'm just 12 lbs away from my best weight. So I'm worried.

Hmmmmmm. Any thoughts and feedback? I'm most concerned about swelling and the summer - water/fluid retention during competitions.

So I had a follow up meeting with Dr. Burt this...

So I had a follow up meeting with Dr. Burt this morning to check on some things that were nagging at me. She calmed my fears - answered all my questions. Her confidence is pleasing and reassuring. My expectations are on target for how my breasts will look and my recovery time regarding the liposuction. And I know that whatever I go through in recovery, I'm ready for it and this will be worth it! 10 days and counting! Yahoo!
Go for the lipo too! It's amazing how it can sculpt your body. I'm so happy with my thighs so far and its only been 8 weeks.
Hope everything turns out well! Don't let the first week get to you! You have less fat on your frame than me, so you will probably see an awesome difference.
I had lipo at age 58. The results were great, but the recovery was long and hard!! Was it worth it, definitely, however be prepared for the worst and hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones.

So my surgery is on Tuesday the 12th. I'm nervous...

So my surgery is on Tuesday the 12th. I'm nervous but sticking with it! Drinking lots of water, eating lean, and exercising regularly preceeding the event hoping that going in healthy, will bring be out healthy. I don't have unrealistic expectations. I'm hoping to lose a pant size. I'm a 12/14 now and hoping just to be a solid 12.

I've also switched over the saline breast implants along with my lift vs. silicone. Saline just seemed to be more me.

Preparing for the WORST and hoping for the BEST!

Thanks all!
Hi hun your story is similar to mine. My heaviest weight was 190. I am 5'6 and at that time I was in a size 14 jeans. I decided I wanted to be healthy so I changed my lifestyle and started exercising and eating healthy. I have lost 60lbs! So with the weight loss my DD boobs went down almost to an A cup. Thankfully my skin tightened up with my weight loss but I still had those " annoying trouble areas) all us women carry. 4 Days ago I got saline implants. I got 425ccs which I believe will put me at a small D when I am recovered completely. I LOVE my new boobs lol. I also go liposuction in my abdomen, flanks, and hips. When I take off my wrap I can barely see a difference as I am still very swollen and bruised. Its not comfortable, but its VERY tolerable and will be VERY worth it once I am all healed ;) Id say the worse part about the entire procedure is the pain getting out of bed in the morning lol. You will be so stiff feeling and if your going submuscular with your implants, your muscles in your chest will be very sore. But 4 days post op most the pain has subsided and I only take 1 vicodin a day. after walking around the house a little, the pressure subsides and you feel much better :) I am VERY happy with my decision and I am very very excited to hear about your procedure and see your results. :) My goal is to be able t fit into a size 6 after I am healed. I was currently a size 7-8.
I know you cant wait!
I'm going for it!

Tuesday morning is the day! I adjust had my last...

Tuesday morning is the day! I adjust had my last drink of water. I've bee doing some holistic clearing around the home. Sage, candles, music. Meditation... Hoping this helps me focus.

I am nervous. Lipo to abs, flanks, outer thighs, knees. Breast lift & saline implant. Sure sounds like a lot for 2.5 hrs of surgery. I hope I'm one of the good cases & recover well! Wish me luck!
Good Luck!
Good luck! I will be thinking good thoughts and results for your recovery :)
good luck

Night of day two after ab/flank/knee/saddlebags...

Night of day two after ab/flank/knee/saddlebags 2500cc. Breast lift/saline implant 240cc.

Feeling okay. Napping on & off. Not a lot of draining. Soreness of a really hard work out?? Drinking lots of fluids. Nausea stopped around 1am today. No more nausea meds. Hoping top taper to Norco every 5 hours by day 3 or 4 but pain isn't worth it. lots of bruising but can't see it due to my awesome compression garment!

Follow up Friday at 11 am.

So far, so good!
Thank you everyone for your thoughts. I got home around 6pm. Up this morning day after & doing okay. Surgery center was great. Surgery went well. I am comfortable w/very very little leaking or pain. Staying on top of meds. Rested/slept about 5-6 hours on & off last night. Hubby being a saint!
So happy you are feeling well and very lucky your husband is behaving!
He is such a good nurse! I'm so pleased. Just woke up from a 3 hour nap. Both of us. :) pain is tolerable. Walked around a bit (20 mins in the hall, did deep breathing) lavender oil on bottoms of feet & forehead, going to nap again......Zzzzzzzzzzz

Thursday evening. Been home for 48 hrs. Feeling...

Thursday evening. Been home for 48 hrs. Feeling pretty well! Compression suit is the best thing ever for liposuction. Just gives support needed. Bra for breast lift/saline implant is a little uncomfortable but I can deal w/it. Can see some bruising through the suit but I know that all goes away.

Follow up Friday at 11. I know my lipo results won't even be beginning to so but I can't wait to see my breasts ;) ;) !!!

Follow up appointment today. If the lipo...

Follow up appointment today. If the lipo eventually takes off 1-2 inches in the areas I had it, I'll be pleased. That should fit me well into my size 10/12 pants? If it smooths me out also, nice, awesome... My lower belly even just a little flatter, nice. I don't want to be unrealistic ;) but optimistic! I hope to see some 'forming results' by mid-late April?

As for my breasts, I can't wat to see how they look & feel! It'll be like opening a present! and cant wait to have a warm gentle shower today.

Feeling okay! grateful! (and still my hubby has been awesome!)

Just got home from my 3 day post op a bit ago. Wow...

Just got home from my 3 day post op a bit ago. Wow - can I just say that I am thrilled at my image in the mirror though I am bruised and swollen all to h$ll? LOL!

My breasts are perky for the first time since I was probably 12. I'll probably settle in to a full C cup which will be great for my athletic lifestyle. My tummy is so flat I can't believe it. Sagging a bit but it'll flatten up. We're washing my garments now and I'll get back in to them in a bit. While washing the compression garments, Doc wants me in 'spanx' type garments. Having a hard time finding a front zip/hook bra at the store so I had my hubby hook one of my D cups I bought in the back for me. Better than nothing! I ordered 2 online via Amazon as I'll be wearing those for 4-6 weeks. Compression garment she wants me in it for 16ish hours a day for 6ish weeks. We'll see. I am so please. I am hardly sore at all. Just like a hard work out.

Ladies - I was FREAKED out before I went through with this and now, just 3 days in, I am thrilled that I went through with it.

I hardly 'leaked' at all - didn't soak any bedding. Got a little blood on the sheets. I'm comfortable and happy. I cannot wait to see what the next 4-6 weeks bring. Being that I put on a pair of spanx-type leggings and I couldn't believe that I looked thinner already in the mirror - as of right now - HECK yeah I'll do it again!

Hopefully things keep progressing towards the positive!

From super duper FREAKE out scared to SUPER DUPER happy. Yup! That's me!

Just WOW!

I'll post more pics this weekend.
i've seen pictures from believe now and she looked incredibly fantastic so i can't wait to see new pictures, i had lipo 3 weeks ago and i wasn't soured, nor i had pains just some bruising here and there so i think it's very individual and depends of your skin elasticity
Follow up appointment today. If the lipo eventually takes off 1-2 inches in the areas I had it, I'll be pleased. That should fit me well into my size 10/12 pants? If it smooths me out also, nice. My lower belly even just a little flatter, nice. I don't want to be unrealistic ;) but optimistic! I hope to see some 'forming results' by mid-late April? Today, I am most excited to change garments (getting a new one & a new bra) and seeing & feeling my new breasts not hanging down to my belly button ;) ;) ! I want to take a shower, but gently! And warm. Wash my hair. The little things. I actually slept 4 hours straight last night! I'd rather sleep just 3 hours as the longer in one place, the harder it is to get moving again! Ouch! Haha! I like to get up, wander for a 1/2 the go back to sleep for another 3 hours. Slept 14 hours on & off yesterday... Anywho. Will post more pics hopefully by the weekend!

Day 4 post op. feeling functional. Trying to find...

Day 4 post op. feeling functional. Trying to find compression clothing to wear other than the surgical products. I was asked by doc at post op yesterday to wear surgicals 16-18 hrs per day. While washing the compression/surgical, I wore thick tights & a sports bra. While waiting for them to AIR fluff dry, I was starting to get sore. I was grateful to put them back on. My surgical bra itches though. I have 2 new surgical ones on the way and 2 zip front sports bras coming. Plus Long spanx on the way too from Amazon. I also ordered 2 cute dresses from Zulilly that one could only wear w/o a bra ;) looking forward to summer! Lol. Couldn't resist ;)

I had lipo on my knees too but I just don't see anything yet? No swelling, bruises, etc that would indicate that the results will make a difference. HOPING!

Abs & flanks are looking good but it seems some fat is settling in the upper hips above hip bones? Hopefully will smooth out?

It's only been 4 days? Such a baby I'm being... 6 weeks and getting through the hard bruising & swelling is essential ! Patience!

Other than that, I'm feeling okay! Sleeping a lot which is good. It is hardest and I hurt most when I wake up from a 3-4 hour nap to potty & take more meds! A lot to get up & moving around. Though it feels best when I'm moving as much as I can.

I hope this info is helping some of you! So far, pretty good!


So we're approaching 1 week anniversary day of...

So we're approaching 1 week anniversary day of Lipo to abs, flanks, outer thighs and knees... Breast Lift and Saline Implant.

I'm feeling pretty good but I am discovering quickly that being out of my compression suit for longer than an hour or so is uncomfortable. The swelling isn't tooooo awful but the compression suit helps.

I have some SPANX and a couple of different bras coming that should arrive tomorrow. I have to be able to wash this thing once and when we washed it and air fluffed it Friday after my post op appointment, it took over 4 hours. Ugh!

I keep reading differing opinions that spanx are okay after 2 weeks vs. the suit and then it is also okay to alternate between the two.

Body is shaping up - well the abs are at least - still bruised all the h$ll - I'm a redhead and bruise easily. I'm not happy with how my knees or thighs are looking at all - I know I must be patient but it is hard. To me they don't look any different except a bruised.

My breasts are quickly becoming my pride and joy. Though stitched and taped all over - I am so thrilled to see them NOT hanging down below my rib cage. That alone makes me look a little thinner. I had hoped they would be a little bigger bit we had talked about lifting (I was a small C) then implant to a D cup with a silicone - I changed my mind and went saline and I'm pretty sure they're looking more C than D already... And I can still tell that my left is a bit bigger than my right. Hopefully all the swelling adjusts all of that. As it goes down, I damn well better not end up a B cup! LOL!

But the surgical bra SUCKS and I'm hoping that one that I ordered on Amazon is better. If not, I'm hitting every sports store between here and Chicago to find a front zip sports bra that doesn't drive me NUTS! They said a good front zip sports bra will do the trick. We'll see... I think I need on that comes down below my ribs to be comfortable.

I've been off pain killers and muscle relaxers since Saturday. I took some Tylenol yesterday but even that isn't needed so I'm done with all that stuff for now.

Been a bit constipated (sorry) but it is true. I'm eating really well - taking my fiber, mag, probios, enzymes. Don't know what else to do to help that.

So anyway - I'll take some pics tomorrow maybe to show 1 week? we'll see. The bruising is disgusting. ;)

Keep on keeping on!

I am with you 100 percent. OMG the first 2 weeks I thought why did I do this. I was an emotional wreak. Everything hurt, swollen, if anything touched me I freaked and if a cat jumped on me...oh my. I had some major pain in the middle of my low back and would get stabbing pains. But I think it was nerves and gone . I took Arnica for almost 2 months. I used the gel when I could and slathered it on. I know how well it works. Now I use Emu oil as it heals at a cellular level. But some may not want to use this. It really helps moisturize and just feels so good. V-D is very important and whatever else. I started taking L-Glut amine as it helps with lactic acid like after a workout. My massage person suggested it. All in
I think yesterday was my emotional break. I had been so strong then the cat and my knee - what were the odds he'd land truly right on my most sensitive spot. Ugh! I take the arnica, and the enzymes and the grape seed extract. I have always taken lots of Vit C and . L Glutamine is a good idea - I have some of that but I haven't started taking it again. Thanks! I have had a good day today though. I appreciate your encouragement!
So the two things that have been bothering me the most with discomfort: My lower back and my right knee. Just a bit ago my stupid cat got scared by my dog while I was lying on the couch. Can you believe that of all the places the cat could have jumped, he jump directly on my right knee - bounced off of it with all his weight and flew over the couch. I screamed and immediatly started sobbing in pain. Shockwaves of pain through my whole body. I think I sobbed for 15 minutes. I'm icing it now and I want to cry again. In fact a little tear streams down my face... I apologized to my hubby for doing all of this. I told him that I just wanted to 'better' myself a bit because I work so hard at having a good shape and I just couldn't get any better by myself over all these years. Poor guy ran and got the ice pack and got me a cold glass a water and just sat and listened to me sob. Ugh! So upsetting.... Hopefully the ice helps. (My doc has me icing on and off anyways but.....) He's running out to get me some more Arnica also... I probably should take some more tylenol. But I'm feeling like I let myself down right now... That I'll never get better with this discomfort... Shoot - it has only been a week. I'm not happy looking at myself yet. All the bruises and swelling. I feel like I am house bound too. Ugh! I'm having my 1st massage since the Lipo//Breast lift this Friday. At least it'll get me out of the house, ya' know. Anyway - just venting!

So yesterday I had a good day. The day after my...

So yesterday I had a good day. The day after my cat jumped on my knee turned out to be my best day since surgery. I had surgery on the 12th, I was out and about doing a bit of shopping on the 21st. 9/10 days. Not bad. I felt pretty good too. Driving was fine - thank God for power steering as I don't think my chest could handle driving after a boob-job without it ;)

I went out for about an hour and a 1/2 and shopped in a store for almost an hour.

I had my compression garment off for about 4 hours while I washed and 'blew' dry it with a fan....

Felt good to have it off - it feels good to have it on. Feels good to have it off, feels good to have it on? I'm interested in knowing what is the happy medium here. My doc said wear it for a min of 16 hours (I think that's what she said anyway - I was a little drugged when I saw her on day 4). I see her again on Monday for a two week check up.

Today I'm going for my first follow up massage this afternoon. I expect it to hurt but I gotta work these lumps out of my back that I can't reach myself. LOL! They feel like two big sacks of rock hard sand... I ice then heat then ice then heat a couple of times a day. I'm trying to do some gentle stretching too.

Anyway - Day 10, doin' Okay. I hope to be able to get to the gym next week to walk on a treadmill.... It is still super cold here in Chicago area. My doc said I could return to the gym to treadmill walk at 2mph at week two. I have EVERY intention to do that! Gotta get this body back together before the end of April! :)

Oh I also added new pics. I won't post the back view as that is where ALL my horrible bruising is and it really does not show the good results so far.

So I'm pretty happy with how things are shaping up...

So I'm pretty happy with how things are shaping up. My rear looks tons better than it did on day 9. My belly is getting flatter (we were looking for 60-70% improvement with lipo vs. doing a tummy tuck which I won't do....). And I really appreciate the huge difference in my flanks. Both should allow me to wear a shirt, tucked in to my jeans, with a belt. My breasts look good but things seem to be moving around too much on my right breast.
2 week follow up today. I'll let y'all know what she says!

So I'm just back from my 2 week apt. (which is...

So I'm just back from my 2 week apt. (which is technically tomorrow) and my doc is thrilled with my progress. Bruising - swelling - tenderness - lumpiness - is all consistant with what she sees at two weeks. Keep on keeping on with what I am doing she says... And I'll see her in 4 weeks. I'll try to post pics each week and it is good for me to take them also to help me truly SEE the progress.

Thank you all for your kind comments. Now if I can get some sleep - we'll be doing really well!
Your pics look awesome. So happy for you, I wish I could bring myself to do my implants but I can't right now :( but am very excited for my lipo and mini TT , I hope my healing goes like yours!
Believe me - I was really scared. I was most scared of the Lipo though. Turns out that I was kinda right - it does hurt more than the implants and lift for SURE, but NO WHERE NEAR as much as others on here have said they felt from lipo. I hardly leaked at all. It does feel like a really hard work out though there is some pinching in the lumpiness. I didn't want to do the TT so I just chose to do the lipo and get 60-70% of the results of a TT. I've had this horrible fat lower belly since my weight loss 15 years ago. To me now, it looks like a baby belly - it's nothing now! LOL! Good luck to you! Keep us updated!
Oh and get the Arnica Montana. Start taking it now! I just picked up more and they have it in 200cc homeopathics vs. the 30cc where I had to take a lot of it! It really really helps. I also have Arnica gel and Arnica/MSM lotions. Helps Helps Helps!

I went to the gym today! YAY! I walked a mile on...

I went to the gym today! YAY! I walked a mile on the treadmill and did some light stretching.

I'm hoping that the swelling starts going down more... I keep hoping that I can put some real clothes on. Wearing the compression garment isn't helpful. I can wear a few pair of jeans over it though. I think my breasts are two complete different sizes right now. My left is a large C and my right is a small C - that is gonna suck if they don't even out a bit. People say that my right is healing faster cuz I use it more... Eh. We'll see. Ups and downs of 'successful' surgery.
Hi! Any luck sleeping better? I've been waking 3 miles a day and I feel so much better! Today I had to wear spanx on top of my GC for it to compress more and fit nicely into my jeans I can totally see I will be smaller with the shape I always wanted so I'm happy! Also getting my stitches out tomorrow Don't worry about the boobs, they should even out!!
Yes arnica helps so much with swelling and bruising. I took it for 2 months. Lots of arnica gel all over. Getting rid of the belly is what its all about. The massages I had really helped with roping and lumpy. I am mostly just tender now and still wear my CG off and on. Don't overdo the working out as swell hell will burst in. I did my first workout this week after 2 months and I did not swell at all just couldn't sit...ouch glutes!!

Good day today - Out and about - lunch with a...

Good day today - Out and about - lunch with a friend, went in to my biz to show my face for the 2nd time in two weeks. Went grocery shopping. Helped my husband make dinner (amazing! LOL).

I only woke 1 time last night and slept a total of just about 8 hours. I took my garment off when I woke, saw my bed, got back in to it for about 20 minutes completely naked. It felt SOOOOOO good - I miss it sooooo much! I was asked by my doc to wear my garment 16 hours a day min. I'm doing around 18-19 right now. I wean down to 16 hours and do a few hours off in the AM and the PM.
It is just as nice to have it off as it is to put it back on ;)

Anywho - just a quick update on day 15.

Oh - almost forgot - I took measurements today for...

Oh - almost forgot - I took measurements today for the first time since before surgery. Between my chest and my thighs I've lost a total of 8 inches. (3 inches in my lower belly alone!) Nice!
Hi! I am day 5 from lower abs, flanks, inner and outer thighs. I am going to take off the compression garment for the first time to shower. Any tips? I am really nervous about getting it on and off.
I hope you were able to shower today. It is weird. You develop a security net for the garment but you hate it at the same time! We had the same surgery except I did knees vs. inner thighs. I know you're hurtin' right now. Take your meds, Arnica Montana Homeopathic, drink lots of water, and rest the best you can! I'm 15 days now and still sore and lumpy but the results are amazing so far! Keep on keeping on! Let me know how you did today! :) I wear my compression garment about 18 hours a day. Min allowed via by doc is 16 hours. I was wearing it probably 23 hours a day until my a week and I guess you could say I'm weaning off of it. I'm going to go put it back on shortly. I took it off this morning for 3 hours and I've had it off for 2 hours tonight. I love having it off but am comfortable (sorta) in it also. I'm weaning to 16 hours a day. When they tell me I don't have to wear it anymore, I'll probably wean down 2 hours per day until I'm out of it. ~j
Sprinkle baby powder in your garment before putting it on. It makes it so much easier :)

Leaving the house today with the garment ON and...

Leaving the house today with the garment ON and jeans over it. My regular jeans are loose and these were a *bit* tight two weeks ago! YAY! So I'm wearing a bra top cami under a sweater. I personally thing I look 'banging hot'! LOL. My waist, belly and thighs have slimmed down SOOOO much (inches). And my brests are feeling more comfortable.

I haven't left my house with out a FULL underwire bra or sports bra on in 30 years... I'm sure of it. I hope this is enough support - breasts feel good though! I'm showing quite a bit of cleavage. I am not ashamed to admit that I am very proud of my investment! LOL!
They will probably notice you're walking funny. And that'll you'll probably be wearing Yoga pants! I didn't even try to put jeans on over my garment until day 10. Today, day 16, jeans are loose over the garment. Stunning. . Anywho - I don't have any problems taking it off - putting it on. I think it might actully be tooooo loose now so I'm looking for alternative compression garments that don't cost ANOTHER arm and a leg! I stretch - Gently at first - now almost back to normal - that has really helped a lot I think. One of the reasons I decided to NOT do my inner thigs as well as outer was it was jamming up the same tissue and inner thighs are very sensitive with thinner skin. Recovery may be a bit harder for your thighs than me. Try to relax and stretch and keep up the arnica! I'm doing well now. Going to a meeting tonight and feeling pretty comfortable! Still lumpy and swollen but getting better every day!
Oh the doctor made me shower day 1. Thats what he does. I was kind of freaked out. But ohh the warm water washing over me felt like heaven. I just patted dry and then put on clean garments and pads. He used cotton sheets. Before 8 years ago I had lipo and removed the garment and passed out in the shower. Make sure someone is with you the first time. Then daily showers should be ok and like I said I would have the warm shower and lay down for 10minutes or longer depending how long it took to dry my garment.
Congrats on the improvement!! I've been wearing my normal clothes too! I just love how they are no longer tight on the waist. The legs seem similar to before, maybe slightly smaller. Not complaining! I will be one week post op tomorrow Glad to hear all is well and you are seeing so much improvement! I love and never regret my BA. It's the best thing ever. Seriously. I don't wear normal bras unless they are for sexy times My daily bras are from Hanes store called barely there. Or built in bra camis.

OMG - I cannot wait to take my 3 week pics on...

OMG - I cannot wait to take my 3 week pics on Tuesday the 2nd. I took measurements again today. 3 inches in the waist, 4 inches across my lower belly (the widest part) and 1.5 inches on each thigh. My knees are actually still a bit bigger than they were - VERY swollen still - - In time they'll 'catch' up I suppose - and hope!
Your post keep me going, I can't wait to see the new pics! Im so glad you happy with your results so early. Since I am still a week out from my surgery I keep wondering if I should cancel but love to read about how great others are doing.
What are you doing for your surgery specifically? @ Brittann?

Getting ready to head to Easter Brunch with my...

Getting ready to head to Easter Brunch with my family. They were all very supportive except for one brother (I have 5 bros/sisters).

I'm having a hard time finding something to wear as I am now imbetween sizes 12/14. My tightest 14's are fitting pretty good, but some are literally falling down. My loosest 12's are fittting in the waist but not in the thighs yet...

Ugh! LOL.

I would wear crop pants or a skirt but my ankles are a bit swollen still and look like cankles.

Not sure of what shirt to wear either.

I guess I'll keep it simple and throw on one pair of pants that ARE fitting and just a simple 3/4 sleeve scoop neck top. I certainly didn't do this for my family ! LOL! Who cares what they think!
Glad to read that things are going well!! I'm happy you are getting smaller by the day and you see progress!!! I've been eating low carb low sodium but craved salt and carbs so much today I caved Making sure to drink lots of water just in case!! Happy Easter!
Diet and exercise are SOOOOO much MORE important after having LIPO now. I did really well at Easter Brunch today. Salmon, shrimp, veggies, fruit some roasted potatoes and more veggies and fruit.... And a tiny little dessert. Very proud! There were tons of pancakes, pastries, french toast, etc on the buffet. All stuff I wouuldn't normally eat anyways but I made even more of an effort to stay clear of that stuff... LOL! Chugging water. Beautiful day here in the Chicago area. Going to take one of my dogs (The one I can handle alone) for a 3 mile walk right now. So grateful for BEAUTIFUL weather! Happy Easter!
Wow! Such awesome progress in your measurements. I just hit 9 days and it is amazing how all if the sudden you feel better and start to see results. How long till you go back to the gym at full effort? I'm a runner and have a race late June. I'm hoping to take two weeks off completely, start walking and stretching weeks 3-4, start jogging or elliptical 5-5, then start a training program. I love your posts and pics, they are so encouraging. Thank you!!!

Went ahead and took 3 week pics tonight vs. in the...

Went ahead and took 3 week pics tonight vs. in the AM. I love that the horrible bruising is mostly gone. But everything is still lumpy to touch. Swollen. I see no difference in the knees and the thighs - there is an inch smaller in the thighs but my knees are actually bigger. All the fluids pool there perhaps? My flanks are still very lumpy bumpy and so is my lower belly. I have lost around 10 inches between my waist and my thighs though. So... Sometimes the pics don't really show it but the measurements do.

It is hard to be patient! But things are lookin' good. I just hope my thighs and my knees catch up! I'll be really annoyed if I don't see some changes in the next 3 weeks.
Hi!!! Your pics definitely show a LOT of improvement!!! I think you made the right choice NOT to get the TT. At least for now. So many changes!!!! Have you been sleeping with pillows under your legs? (elevated legs?) My knees are doing great, I have no swelling at all on that area, from day 1. Wondering why yours seem to swell so much? My calves do swell by the end of the day though... I guess the legs and flanks, actually, all of my lipo'ed areas in general. I do wake up very skinny though. Glad to hear it's all going so well!! You WILL see improvement in 3 weeks LOL xoxo
Your looking great! Are you doing any massage to help even out the lumps?

Changed my name to Deserveit! Just felt more right ;)

Changed my name to Deserveit! Just felt more right ;)
Hi!!! So I was thinking of you this morning. Reason is that I have these elastoplast bandaids in my inner legs, and I wam supposed to take them off this friday (2 week post op check up), but I could nOT wait and took some out today Turns out, the bandaids were helping keep the knees in place, now they look the same as before I think? Or not as nice as I thought they would be. They are smaller for sure but not as flat as I thought (they will probably be later) anyway!! I hate my bandaids, they itch so much!! So I took some out, I figured it would not make such a HUGE difference to take them off two days before
I did have steri strips on my wounds that fell off at about 10 days. I think my knees were more swollen after that also. I think there is just a longer healing process because of all the nerves and joint connections there? What do you think? Let me know how your apt. goes! My tape fell off today for my breast lift! I'm soooo happy with how they look. If interested, please check my profile and my breasts review for my pic I just uploaded with no tape :)
My band aids were 4" wide so they were huge and covered most of my legs Now that those are gone I can observe the following: I have NO bruises where the band aids were!! It's so funny it's like the bruise suddenly stops there and all I have is clear skin underneath Also, it helped with the swelling for sure. I have yet to see what happens tomorrow without the help of them My knees seem to be back to normal meaning prior to surgery but I am definitely skinnier as my clothes fit better even with my spanx tights which are only tight on the flank area and half of the upper leg I just looked at your pictures and the result is amazing I hope to lose inches on my waist as well!!

Realself reminded me to update today....... It's...

Realself reminded me to update today....... It's been a month since surgery. It has gone SOOOO Fast! Breast lift, implant and lipo. I took pics today but personally, I don't see a whole lot more change since 3 weeks. I hope these aren't my final results. I took measurements and my knees are the same size, thighs, I've lost about an inch on each.

Waist (3-4 inches) and lower belly (4ish inches) are the most dramatic. I'm fitting in to size 10-12 jeans down from 14. With the surgery I can fit in to about 7 pairs of jeans I haven't worn in about 5 years. (Yes, they're classic so the style works.... ;) )

I have been lacking motivation to walk as much as I wanted. I inteded to go every day but have only been walking 2x's per week. Perhaps I go tomorrow then every day forward? I'm tired really and I can tell. But eating has been FANTASTIC though. Always been a decent eater since losing all the weight 15 years ago. But I'm down on the scale 6-8 lbs since my surgery day depending on the day and time of weighing. Though if I eat *anything* with sodium, FORGET IT. I'm easily up 5 lbs overnight. Yuck. Buhbye take out Chinese food probably forever. I am very proud of how I have been eating. I didn't fall off track on that at all...

I see some little changes in the pics but nothing worth posting. Perhaps I'll post at 6 weeks after my next follow up appointment.

I have a stage 2 garment on order from Marena. My original one is toooooo big and slides down about 6 inches! LOL. I hope to have it by the weekend as the flexies and spanx aren't giving me comfortable support like the garment.

I feel rather comfortable except for my numb/sore knees and lower back. Everything is still a bit swollen and tender. I stretch every day which helps a lot! And scars are healing nicely. Massages are helpful but I need a little more than lymphatic now.... The pain of the surgery was NOT that bad at all....... But I was putting lotion on my lower back yesterday though and just rubbed some lumps the wrong way and OUCH! But it was gone quickly....

I cannot say WORTH IT yet... still thinking about it. From her forward, it is all on me now to keep what I have paid for! Get to the gym and walk walk walk :)
Hey!!! Stopping by to read your review and say hi. I haven't weighted or measure myself pre surgery so to be honest I can't keep record of progress like you do. Try not to focus on measurements and numbers. Instead, look at yourself in the mirror and think. Do you LIKE what you see? I LOVE what I see in the mirror!! And I'm only 2.5 weeks post op Also, let's not forget it's 80% diet 20% exercise. Walking helps lots, but a diet will keep the results for ever and even improve the results. I have not walked as much as I wanted last week either. Only 3x week and I only walked monday this week so far. But I'm feeling great!! Still eating low carb as that is my lifestyle (with a few exceptions here and there but that's how I always was) And loving how my clothes fit! I'm wearing my normal everyday clothes, and hope to fit into my skinny clothes soon :)
Thanks! Yeah - it was kinda cool to wear a pair a jeans 2 sizes smaller today :) Pretty much liking the results I just wish my knees & thighs would catch up! Sounds like you're doin' great! I feel pretty good. I got my stage 2 compression garment today via UPS and I'm soooo happy it fits nice and 'fitted'. Finally some good compression again! I put it on as soon as I got it and tossed the flexies in a pile to wash ;) My measurements are looking great. I'm down like 6-8 pounds and as long as I maintain that, I know that I haven't 'gained' weight. My eating is very clean. She took about 5 lbs of 'fat'. She said 2500 CCs. So I want to make sure I keep my weight down. Anywho! thanks for checking in! I'm gonna post more pics at 6 weeks.
Wow! My doc took out 2000cc yet my results are not as dramatic as hours! Keep up the good work I'm sure you are helping the process being good with the food!! How does the compression garment for stage two feel compared to stage one? Did you also get a marena? I went for a walk without a garment just to see what happens and I might be able to pull it off. My spanx compresses but is not as tight as I would like it to be Glad to hear it's all going so well!
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