SOOOO, I've finally decided to take the plunge and...
I went on three different consultations. I decided to go with Dr. Davis-Boutte based on her awesome track record here on RealSelf. I am praying that I made the right decision. I have yet to meet her, but my interactions with Crystal have been great. She's very patient, as I like to think through every little decision I have to make and I have to understand the ramifications of each document I sign. She wrote pages over when I changed my mind and did not complain about my indecisiveness - at least outwardly ;-)
I have had my Pre-Op appointment wherein I signed lots of documents, went over financial stuff, and went over the procedures and instructions for before and after the surgery. I also had my blood-pressure and labs taken. So far everything is normal (for the most part), however there are two test that I must still await results on. I am praying that everything comes back normal so that I can go forward with the surgery.
Financially, the costs of my surgery fall in the middle of the quotes I was given. One doctor was charging 7800 for all of the areas I wanted done, including IV Sedation. However, I just wasn't confident in her ability to obtain the best results possible. The other doctor wanted 9K for just my upper/lower abs, flanks and bra roll. I feel like I'm spending lots of money, but I feel like I'm investing in myself at the same time, so I am internally trying to convince myself it's okay.
The only thing that worries me now is that I take lots of medication for another medical condition I have - Bipolar Disorder. I hope that I can talk with Dr. Davis-Boutte within the next few weeks in order to discuss my medications and her recommendation on whether I need to discontinue those medications for a couple of weeks. I would hate for one of my medications to interact with the anesthesia and I die (okay, that's extreme....but not impossible). I will request a consult with her concerning my medications just so I feel comfortable going into the procedure.
I will keep everyone updated on my journey. I will definitely provide pictures when that time comes.
Thanks for reading!
Less than two weeks away!
Now my only concern is whether I have made the right decision with getting IV sedation rather than just local anesthesia. I was watching some videos where doctors were performing liposuction with the patients awake and able to move around. The doctor said he was able to achieve better results because patients can turn themselves on the side. Sigh. I will try to speak with Dr. Boutte about that during the week and let you guys know what she says.
Anywho, here's my before pictures. So embarrassing. I have really let myself go. Every time I try on something that I used to easily fit in, I get so upset. But here's to new beginnings. I am going to start exercising this week so that exercising can be regularly apart of my routine after I get my surgery. BefoI hope by exercising my results will be better.
Only two more days to a new me!
Also, I'm happy with my decision to do IV Sedation because I heard from a friend that it was actually painful during some of her procedure under local. I have a very low tolerance for pain, and know that IV Sedation is the way to go for me.
I've started washing with the soap I was given and i've been taking my vitamins. I will start my antibiotics tomorrow. I'm super excited but nervous at the same time. I pray that everything goes well, that I come out alive and that my results are as great as her other patients that I've seen on here.
I'll be sure to update with pictures on friday after I get to take a shower.
Until then...be blessed!
I made it out alive...thank God
Yesterday was good overall. Nurse Lee called to check on me and sent me some diuretic pills to the pharmacy. I was leaking like crazy. Bloody liquid everywhere. My boyfriend was really nice and cleaned it all up though. As far as pain, I felt like I exercised way too hard and was stiff everywhere. My boyfriend helped me get out of my garment and padding and helped me shower. Then he taped some new padding on me. I didn't take any meds until it was time for me to sleep, just to make my sleep more comfortable, but I didn't really have to take them cause I wasn't in extreme pain, just stiff.
I feel the same today. Just stiff. I however hurt to the touch though. I took my compression off to take some pictures for you guys and it kinda hurt trying to get it back on cause I was having to push and pull it up on my skin.
Well I know you guys have been waiting patiently for my pics so here you go. I'm happy thus far, can't wait for the swelling to go down in my stomach and thighs (I don't really see much of a difference in my thighs but I'm hoping they come around).
Dr. Boutte and her staff were awesome - God bless you all and thanks for everything!
Three week update
Last week was rough, I was very sore and could barely walk because my thighs were so swollen and tight. I still cannot tell you guys how I feel about getting my thighs done. They are bigger than what I started out with and very hard to the touch. Plus, I've had pretty back edema in my legs and feet for the last two weeks. I can't fit my feet in any shoes. I was taking a prescribed diuretic but that didn't really help the matter, plus now I'm out of them. I've been trying to keep my feet up, but that's hard to do when I have to work.
As far as my stomach, it's bigger and very swollen. Fluid has taken residence at the bottom of my stomach this week. My waist still looks good but the bulging in the front from the swelling and fluid isn't making me very happy. I know things will take time, so I am patiently waiting when things get better.
I really want to start exercising, but my feet are so swollen and I can't fit my feet in any workout shoes and I'm afraid my feet will swell even more if I stay on them for any length of time. Walking is so uncomfortable so I know that jogging or running will be even more so. I need to start eating better too so I know I'm not helping the matter at all.
I am still happy I got lipo, just not happy with the recovery part of it, can't wait until my six months come. I'm trying to find a stage two compression garment, would like to get body magic but can't find a distributor in ATL :-( Anyway until next time guys. Be blessed!
Before meeting her, I got to talk to Dr. Boutte by phone and through text. She answered all of my questions and made me feel very comfortable about my decision to do IV Sedation. She even forwarded my concerns to the anesthesialogist who called me twice. Everyone on her staff was very friendly and professional. Overall I am very pleased with everything, couldn't have asked for a better experience.