Trisculpt with Sono Bello Next Week - Portland, OR
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After gaining about 60 lbs in roughly 2 years and...
- 13 Apr 2012
- 4 days pre
After gaining about 60 lbs in roughly 2 years and getting married in July, I decided to go ahead and really look into liposuction. I had thought about it for the past few years but never thought I could afford it, then I saw an ad from a local office offering $1250 per area liposuction.
After reading reviews from patients, I went in for a consultation and decided to get my upper and lower abs, hips, chin, bra roll, and inner and outer thighs done. I just went to my preop appointment today and met with the Dr. and am definitely feeling nervous. A little about me, I am 37 yo, 5'3", 200 lbs...I have never had children but was told that I might expect to have some loose skin in my lower abdomen due to a slight overhang. I'm planning on taking a total of 7 days off, including the day of surgery.
Surgery is on Wednesday morning and I've been very...
- 16 Apr 2012
- 2 days pre
Okay well its almost time for bed and surgery is...
- 17 Apr 2012
- 1 day pre
Thanks for the well wishes...the surgery was...
- 19 Apr 2012
- 1 day post
I got home around 3pm and immediately went upstairs to bed...before I left that morning, I had arranged our bed so that my side had those blue puppy training pads covered with old towels over the mattress and used an old sheet and some old blankets for covers...I didn't want to get our bed or the nice sheets/down comforter dirty. I fell sleep right away and woke up here and there but didn't eat anything other than a few crackers all day. At about 9 pm, my fiance took me to the bathroom to do my business and change the pads and I think the combination of movement and pain make me throw up, but it wasn't much. One trick I Iearned in nursing school is to sniff the small alcohol pads that I always find in my pockets (if you don't have them, just pour some onto a piece of paper towel or toilet paper)...they temporarily alleviate the nausea enough so that I can get a Phenergan down to make sure it goes away completely.
I slept through the night and woke up around 7am. Thank God the compression suit is crotchless, it makes going to the bathroom much much easier. I purchased some stool softener before I went to surgery because I know that opioids make you constipated...took one of those this morning and it should work in about 12-72 hrs but since I haven't eaten much anyway, I don't expect anything to happen anytime soon :) As long as you're still passing gas, you're okay because it means your intestines are still working well.
Today I am just going to stay in bed...I have a TV and my computer here to keep me entertained and my sweet fiance set me up with everything I needed before he went to work...crackers, water, pills, snacks, etc. I have to wear the abdominal binder and chin binder 24hrs a day for the first two days so they can both come off tomorrow...I did read somewhere that wearing the chin garment at least at night, will help with that area so I will do that for a while until I feel confident that it looks the way I want it to. Oh, and I'm excited to take a shower tonight woohoo!!
Today I noticed that the majority of the drainage...
- 20 Apr 2012
- 2 days post
When I take off the garments, I can definitely see a big change in my abdomen, it has gone down significantly...my hips look about the same, as do my thighs...I think my bra roll looks better but its hard to tell. I still have a lot of swelling so its too early to form any opinions on it. My chin looks better but I noticed if I take off the compression garment from it for a few hours, it swells up again so I will have to do some research on that. My next appt isn't until May 3rd so in the meantime I am just calling the office with any questions.
I also measured myself and lost 3 inches from my...
- 20 Apr 2012
- 2 days post
Last night and this morning were pretty bad pain...
- 21 Apr 2012
- 3 days post
I am experiencing the loss of sensation here and there in all the treated areas but I did expect this based on my preop instructions. I think at this point it is just a waiting game. I am back to school on Monday and back to "work" on Wednesday unless I decide that I need to continue the narcotics in which case I can't work due to safety reasons...hopefully I can stick to my original schedule and get back into the swing of things. I feel like the last few days have been a blur and that I haven't really accomplished anything so I'm eager to get back to my usual life. Pictures will follow soon.
I posted some pictures from Day 3, there is still...
- 22 Apr 2012
- 4 days post
So its Day 7 and unfortunately I am still having...
- 24 Apr 2012
- 6 days post
The pain is finally gone for the most part and...
- 27 Apr 2012
- 9 days post
Hips: -0.5 "
I'm really pleased so far with my waist shape and am trying to be patient about my hips, I'm hoping that they are just more swollen than the rest and need more time. My lower abdomen feels very hard (this is the induration I think) and swollen, which makes my hip measurement bigger so once that shrinks, that number will change.
Day 13 update: Inches lost: Bust: -1 (due to...
- 1 May 2012
- 13 days post
Bust: -1 (due to back lipo not breast augmentation)
R thigh: -1.25"
L thigh: -1"
I still have hardness in my treated areas and have tried massage but found that it was very painful and will talk to my MD on Thursday about when to begin serious massage. Other than that, I am back to my normal life which is nice :)
Day 26-- Well its been almost 4 weeks since my...
- 9 May 2012
- 21 days post
Bust: 42 (-1")
Underbust: 36 (-1.5")
Waist: 35.75 (-4.75")
Hips: 45.5 (-4")
R thigh: 26.5 (-2")
L thigh: 26.75 (-1.75")
I actually mistakenly ordered size Large second stage garments in the beginning and returned one of them for an XL, which fit great in the first few weeks but find that the Larges are starting to fit more now which is great. I have no pain and only some hardness areas, mostly just my lower abdomen which is expected. My tummy is significantly flatter but upper and lower and I can wear fitted Tshirts again!! My back is much smoother and I just look smaller all around. My weight still hasn't gone down the 12 lbs that were supposedly taken off, only 6 lbs different right now but I look almost 30 lbs lighter which is all that really matters. I have a waist again feel like I am finally starting to get my body back. And I have been calorie counting and walking around 2-3 miles a few times a week to continue losing weight :)
Just realized that May 9th was Day 21 not 26 :) oops
- 12 May 2012
- 24 days post
Day 31- I weighed myself today and am down to 194...
- 19 May 2012
- 1 month post
I've been really enjoying my flatter tummy by wearing fitted Tshirts again, just in time for summer! Even though I'm nowhere near my goal weight (still need to lose at least 60lbs from the scale), I know that I don't look like what the scale says at all...I feel like my body looks like it did when I was closer to 175, so that's progress :) And even at that weight, I still had much more of a belly than I have now and alot more back fat so the surgery definitely creates a more sculpted look that changes your whole body shape. I am actually excited to go try on some swimsuits for my honeymoon now that my belly is flatter...I definitely feel more feminine and less like a blob :) I also noticed that my jeans, although the same "size," fit my body so much better, no more belly hanging over and with my waist being much smaller and my back fat significantly reduced, my overall figure has improved greatly. I can finally start wearing styles that I used to like those fitted Tshirts, without having to wear a pullover to hide my big belly :) And my back doesn't hurt like it did before either!
Day 43- Weighed myself today and am down to 193,...
- 1 Jun 2012
- 2 months post
So I think that overall, the surgery helped me get down at least 2 dress sizes, possibly three. I'm now down to a size 16 and really just focusing on making smart choices every day with food and activity, rather than forcing myself to commit to losing a certain amount of weight by a certain date. My goal is to learn how to eat better and enjoy doing it...I try to think about it the same way as when I tried to quit smoking...I wasn't successful with that until I got to a point where I didn't WANT to smoke, rather than not smoking because I knew I shouldn't...so I know that I am capable of embracing new lifestyle habits.
I can't wait to see how this surgery will enhance my weight loss and can definitely say that I am glad I did it. It has given me alot of motivation and for the first time in a long time, I am actually comfortable in my own body. I know I'm not the skinniest girl in the world but I'm so happy that my big belly and back fat are gone and I know that this investment in myself will pay off in the end!
Well I added a few new pics from the wedding and...
- 30 Jul 2012
- 3 months post
The only reason why I didn't rate all fives is because I didn't receive a call on day 2 asking how I was doing...most people who went to this clinic said that they did get called to check up on them. ** I changed my rating to all fives since about 30 mins after I wrote the original post, the office called to check on me :)**