Let me start by saying I am 5'7 about 135-140 lbs and in my mid-20s. I've always had a small buldge/tire around my lower abs that would fluctuate as far as it's size or noticeability. My main insecurity was how my stomach appeared in bathing suits. So after long debate I opted for liposuction.
I met with a doctor who was recommended by a realself.com member...I read her blog and viewed her pictures and her results appeared successful. Ok, enough background... Let's get to the actual surgery and the aftermath...!
I have grown a tolerance for pain over time but I must admit this surgery was a bit more than "uncomfortable". The doc began by marking me up (I had already taken a cocktail of oxycodon, valiem etc), I was then instructed to de-robe and lay on the surgical bed....I was allowed to bring in my ipod to distract my mind from the pain. Smart lipo is done under local anesthesia so you're wide awake. The injection of numbing fluid hurt a bit but was def tolerable. Once the doctor began with the laser and suctioning I could still feel a sensation that had moments of extreme pain but didn't last long....imagine someone poking you with a warm needle. The surgery lasted about 45 mins and then we were done. I was groggy and dizzy but not in pain.
Day 1 Post Op- I woke up in discomfort. My back hurt (probably from the compressing garment) and my stomach felt sore. I had some difficulty getting up out of bed and felt stiffness in my lower abdomen. Day 1 Post Op hurt more than the actual day of surgery (presumably because the numbing fluid had worn off).
I am now in Day 2 PO- I just removed the bandages and took a shower...I couldn't bare another minute of laying in my funk! I'm not thrilled about the results but I am staying positive and patient...afterall, it is only day 2. But so far my stomach looks how it typically did if I had dieted all week (ie didn't eat for a few days lol) But I'm hoping the small buldge/dentation will disappear still...perhaps I'm swollen.
I'll continue to keep you all updated. Still feeling a slight discomfort when I first stand and walk. But all in all recovering well!