1 week post-operation: Ok so I didnt actually end up going out after my last post!! I felt a bit too faint, because it was hot I guess... I was probably pushing my luck! BUT I have gone out all the time to the shops etc since, I went to the dentist today for my clean which took forever, took an hour driving there and back so im pretty much a functional human being. I have not yet been out for hours on end or a night on the town but i feel at this stage im probably capable. therefore i have planned to go out dancing etc in 2 days so that will be 16 days post op... I will let you know how that goes! At this stage though I have gone over to a friends for dinner so I think if you have had my treatment any sitting down activities are very easy at this stage (like movies etc).
SO, I havent had any massages yet because when I looked up lymphatic drainage massage, frankly, it looked pretty useless, some very light touches in an upward direction. I thought I can do that myself! so when i do rube my legs i rub them in an upward motion. :)
I have some very intersting news too. I took off the piles of elastoplast that I had applied to myself to 'sculpt' a nice butt/thigh shape. Anyway I was amazed at what I saw when i took them off (PS the reason I took them off is because after so many days they itched like CRAZY). Anyway back to the point - when I took aff the elastoplast i had NO BRUISING AT ALL!! Isnt that crazy? The funnier thing was that on the little wrinkles of the bandage that DID NOT touch my skin I WAS STILL BRUISED!! So thats really big news to you who prefer minimise bruising so you can re-expose your body once more! Further down my thigh I still have alot of bruising, (where it was not bandaged) so after I shower today I will re-bandage myself AND the areas that are still bruised so hopefully the bruising can dissapear! :)
Sadly, my butt hasnt 'contracted' to the new shape I elastoplasted it into :( it doesnt look bad, but I was just hoping it would 'set it' as a nice defined bum, then pure thigh underneath, not that sort of banana shaped bulge i tend to develop between the butt and thigh.... anyway it hasnt been that long and it cant hurt so i'll keep elastoplasting it in hope that it helps with the skin retraction :)
Another thing I noticed though is that the bandaged or elastoplasted areas are more numb than the unbandaged portions of my thigh... Ive though about this and I attribute it to not being able to be rubbed properly (under that thick bandage)... so i might give my legs a good good rub before i put the bandages back on.
Also - another issue the compression suit- I couldnt do up the tummy part (cos ive got a bit of tummy myself!) so it was proving more and more impractical to where clothes so i could leave the house / go out (which was making me depressed) SO I bought 'SKINS' - the compression tights that some athletes or gym goers use - and they have been going great, because they go up to my hips and you can just wear them out and about :)
Anyway I will update again soon.
P.S Lukoplast works better than Elastoplast if you are interested but gets very messy when you take it off (and hurts more).