I'm getting married in September in a destination...
I'm getting married in September in a destination wedding and the thought of being in a binkini in front of friends and family had me in a total panic. I decided to schedule a consultation with Dr. Benson to have Smart Lipo... I was pretty confident after speaking with him and decided to go ahead and schedule for the following week. Normally I mull things over for ages but there was no time to mess around I had to pull the trigger. The night before I was super nervous. I was given a Xanax to take the night before and one 30 minutes before the procedure. When I got to the office the staff was super nice and talked me through my concerns. I was given a shot of Versed to calm my nerves and make me drowsy. It DEFINITELY helped... I was in and out of it. Dr. Benson came in and began the procedure. He first made a tiny incision in my right love handle that was a tiny sting (like getting a shot) and then inserted the tube that filled the area with the tumscent fluid. As I had read before, this is the most uncomfortable part- but certainly NOT unbearable... I would liken it to a bikini waxing. After the area was filled with the fluid you notice it go numb pretty quickly. He then inserted the laser and began the MAGIC of melting the fat... I only felt movement going on, never did I feel any discomfort during the lasering. He then moved on to my outter thigh, left hip, left outter thigh...following the same steps above. We chatted during the procured after about an hour the Versed was wearing off and I was more chatty. Next he did my stomach which was the most painful.... Not sure if it was the medicine wearing off for the area or what but I definitely felt it a bit more that anything else. I just bit my lip.... afterall.... beauty is pain.....My inner thighs were last and not significant... they went very quickly and then the procedure and the 2 hours were over!!! Everything went so smoothly... The nurses came in to help me get cleaned up and crammed into the compression garment. After all was done I walked out of the office on my own and chatted with my fiance the entire 30 min ride home.
After arriving home, I felt great, we stopped and picked up lunch and ate at home as I was leaking quite a bit of fluid. I just relaxed for the remainder of the day napping on and off. By 9pm I had quit leaking the tumescent fluid and changed my compression garment to a fresh one (I bought 2 and definitely reccommend!!) as the other was stained with fluid and blood. I slept fine excepting that I'm not a back sleeper so it was difficult at first as I had the urge to want to roll on my side.
Day One Post Op:
Woke up this morning sore like I had just done a major workout. Took only advil this morning and again at 3pm... Feels good to move around... sitting too much makes me stiff. I've been doing minor housework... folding clothes, etc.
I can already notice a huge difference in the contour of my body! I'm still very swollen so its hard to tell exacly how much better I will look!!!
One Week Post Op
Hello All! I am one week out and still very excited about my results... the swelling has subsided quite a bit (being more pronounced in the evenings). I am still a little sore and certain movements are more difficult but again just like I had done a strenuous workout. My bruising took a couple days to develop and was pretty intense but with the help of the Arnica gel it is quickly fading. I have my 3 week follow up scheduled and am looking forward to seeing continued progress and improvement.