So I've had initial consultations with Yager,...
So I've had initial consultations with Yager, Schulman, and a few others. In the end I've decided to go with Yager. It was difficult choosing between him and Schulman. In fact in my initial consultation with Yager, I found him rushed and not as warm as Schulman. However, his photos and his office just made me feel like he's the right person for the job.
My pre-op is scheduled for April 9th, I'm pretty nervous but so far I feel confident in my decision with my doctor. I'm still unsure if I'm going to do the FG in addition to the liposuction, which was my main reason for coming in. I will be posting more info and pics soon, wish me luck!
An interesting although pretty scientific on lipo technique article
I will post another personal update soon!
As promised, here are cringe-worthy before pics! I eat pretty healthy and am pretty active but I always have this crazy bloated belly. I do think it's genetic, my father, sister and brother all have a similar shape. I am SUPER nervous and underneath that very excited for this change.
I'm having the normal doubts and concerns I guess. This is serious surgery and you are causing major trauma to your BODY and removing parts of it! I feel that time is on my side because I'm still relatively young and I feel confident my body can bounce back. I'm going to keep pouring through the reviews on here though. It's really nice to hear the variety of experiences.
As far as my doctor goes, Yager seems very professional and skilled. His staff has been up and down, however. The patient coordinator, Lisa seems to have alot on her plate…and she has been pretty bad about returning my calls, following up, etc. This does make me pretty uncomfortable, but I'm going to give her the benefit of a doubt for now. My surgery is scheduled for April 29th, so I'm about two weeks out and did I mention SO NERVOUS!
BTW, I'm taking arnica and bromelain. My surgery papers recommended VIT C, so I'm going to grab some of that tomorrow. Any other recommendations?
Also can anyone recommend a lymphatic massage therapist in the NYC or Brooklyn area?
Surgery in 5 days!
been reading obsessively about all things lipo. I just like to be super informed, although I do admit I find myself blocking out the negative things I read. I think I just need to enter this situation with an extremely positive outlook and go from being nervous/scared to excited! It's hard though, I've never had any major surgery and I can't help but feel a little crazy for opting to do something this intense to my body (and paying alot for it! ha)
Anyhow, taking vit c, bromeliad and arnica. Still looking into lymphatic drainage massage in NYC or Brooklyn (although I get one session free at Yager's office)
TOMORROW'S THE DAY
I'm so nervous. I'm just trying not to think about it, I'm just taking the leap. My surgery is really early but I will try to update as much as possible and post a ton of pics since I know this the part people want to know about! WISH ME LUCK
Waiting for surgey
29 Apr 2014
Day of treatment
Waiting, getting nervous but I'm kind of glad it's so early that I'm too tired to freak out. I took some more before photos. They told me not to eat after 10p, which I didn't but I still feel like there's food in my stomach now, which apparently isn't good. I feel like it's indigestion from the anxiety, ha!
On the other side
29 Apr 2014
Day of treatment
Oh my gigs you guys I was honestly so so nervous, I was trying hard not to cry when I was on the surgery table. Doctor Yager and his staff were so great though. He tried to crack a few jokes to make me comfortable but I was scared out of my mind no matter what.
When I came to, the staff had put most of my clothes back on already and I was super shaky from the anisthesia. Ok, I that's when I did cry lol. But eventually I calmed down and was able to get in a cab with my friend home. I felt sick the entire ride but I couldn't tell if it was the car or me.
I came home and passed out. But I've had to pee a few times. I'm dripping liquid that is light red, I was told this would happen. The whole experience has been surreal thus far. I kinda can't believe I actually did it! I'm also incredibly freaked out by my shape already just under the compression garment. He said he had to be aggressive on my waist to give me curves...and it looks like that's exactly what he did. I'm freaked out and excited. So many thoughts running through my head.
I'm not in much pain yet, just hard to get up and bend, mostly because I'm afraid to. I hear it gets worse so I'm preparing myself mentally for that.
I'm sleeping on my stomach, I think it would hurt wayyy too much to sleep on my back as he also took fat from my bra line and lower back.
So the nurse told me to sleep on my back with pillows propping up my head/back, like sleeping on a wedge. I haven't had problems falling asleep mainly because I feel completely spent all day. I sleep for a few hours, wake up, pee, walk around maybe eat something. I've heard walking around is important but this is NYC, there's no space to walk around in my apartment, ha. I've made a little circuit around the room, and I try to do it at least ten times each time I get up.
I'm extremely sore but I haven't taken any pain meds, not even tyenol. Getting in and out of bed is really the worst part…no wait going to the bathroom is. They are probably pretty equal. But I have to say overall, it seems pretty tolerable. I'm SOOO looking forward to not being sore in the next few days though. Pics soon!
Today was my first check in with the nurse to remove stitches. I was really upset and scared by the hardness of my abdomen. I feel very freaked out, I can't even touch my own skin...it's hard to explain. She wasn't very warm or compassionate. I wasn't very impressed by the level of care today. This whole journey is definitely a rollercoaster and just when you think you've gotten to a good place emotionally, you can fall right back down.
I cried in the bathroom at the docs, I just didn't know what to do with my emotions. I'm feeling like I really really hurt my poor body and done something irreversible. I'm just going to try and do the best I can to be loving and help it heal now from major major trauma. I guess it's all a bit dramatic but that's what I'm feeling at the moment.
Also I posted some photos, you can see the bruising, much worse under the garment. Also I'm very swollen so it's hard to see the difference in shape (that's one thing I can guarantee is there, I was completely shocked the first time I saw myself) again right now it's swell/bruise hell...not a fun place emotionally.
More to come!
I had my first lymphatic massage. It was AMAZING. I was really self conscious about how the massage therapist might react to my bruised, swollen, hard body. But she was so comforting and said she has alot of experience with lipo patients and has seen much worse. She was very attentive and communicative, it was so nice especially after my unpleasant experience at the doc's.
BTW, is it weird that I won't even be seeing my doc at all until 3 weeks after the surgery? I read reviews of people who see their doc a few days, a week, etc but three weeks seems like alot. I don't really mind because it's really far for me to get to. But if I didn't have this site, I would be FREAKING OUT and wanting to see him. I've gotten wayyyy more help and info from this site than my doc's office for sure! Just an observation.
Garment causing dents/bruising?
This garment is making a dent in my side! I asked my surgeons office about a stage 2 garment and they had no idea what I was talking about and weren't helpful at all. So I look around online and ordered one but it might not get here for another week, ugh. I don't know what to do I'm scared and frustrated. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Bad to worse
I'm just having a super off day. I'm sorry if I haven't responded to comments, I just feel emotionally so drained. Really feeling frustrated with my docs office. It's been building up and now I feel boiled over. I spoke with the officd manager today sbout my frustrations, she was nice enough but at this point I don't care sbout someone just talking sweetly to me. I want service for what I paid quite a lot of money for.
I'm also overwhlemed with feelings And information regarding this whole thing. There's so much contradictory information out there--some people say to be active some people say rest don't move, some say stretch others say don't, some say massages are good others say they are damaging and hell don't even get me started on the garment issues. You try to follow the best advice and do the right thing by your body but it's all so confusing. I think that's why I really need to see my doc soon because I need some voice of reason amongst the noise (although then again who knows how much they know...it seems the surgeons on here completely disagree with each other all the time)
Again I'm just overwhelmed and want the madness to stop!
So I finally had a chance to express my concerns with my PS. He was extremely apologetic and seemed genuinely concerned for me. I was surprised how emotional it all was and I was really touched to see that he does care. I explained that while I have alot of faith in his work, I wasn't getting great service overall. He understood and compared it to a restaurant where the food is good but the service is bad and said he definitely didn't want me to feel that way. But that's EXACTLY how I felt! I even said, yes but I'd rather eat there then at a place where the service is good but the food is bad, ha. Anyhow, I feel a MILLION times better now that I was able to voice my concerns and have my questions answered by a doctor (not that you guys aren't great ;-) It's the first time I feel like a human/patient and not just a customer if that makes sense. I really can't say enough about how much kindness and concern I was shown. Boy, this journey is a rollercoaster….
But basically he told me that after the first two weeks the garment is just for comfort and isn't necessary (although his nurse told me I have to wear it 24/7 for six weeks, go figure). He said the dents from the garment would not be permanent (I hope so!!) He also said I had no restrictions physically (I could go to the gym, etc) but to listen to my body. He gave me some free massages and I had my first one that involved using ultrasound then using her hands. It was nice but I still have hardness...I think it will just take time, luckily I have more sessions. It just weirds me out the grayish color of my skin and the flakiness. I think I've said it before that in my head I think my skin is dying! Like the vessels were damaged, etc and it's not getting blood/nutrients. Like a wilting flower, haha. This gives me alot of anxiety as I definitely want my skin to stay healthy. Perhaps it's in my head but I don't know what to do. I've been self-massaging very gently.
Also my mom is coming to visit me in a week. I'm so excited to have her love and care. I think we are going to stay at my brother's house which will be very relaxing (although he doesn't know about my surgery, but my mom does) I figure I should just tell him when I see him. It's weird feeling obligated to tell people personal things when you really just want it to be private. But oh well, I guess it's all part of it.
It's been a little over a month at this point and things are getting much better.
Although there is still a lot of hardness over most of my abdomen, the top part of my abs has started to soften and it seems like it will spread down I hope. I've done some more massages but the best thing I've noticed is stretching, particularly yoga. After a good yoga class it's much softer and my whole midsection feels revitalized. I think it's good to get the blood pumping and help your body stay fit and heal.
Things continue to get better with my doc as well. He takes his time and explains what's going on with my body. I had some puffiness around my belly button and he said the belly button is sometimes the slowest to heal. Anyways the lady who did my massage was super reassuring too. I have been really bothered by my hardness but she was like congratulations! She said people get hardness when the doc has removed a lot of fat or been fairly aggressive. She was adamant that I'm going to have a really great result and I really think so as well.
To be honest he completely changed my body (in a good way) my shape is so different I can't believe how small my waist is getting. It almost freaks me out to feel the intention in my sides. It used to bulge out now I can feel my ribs. And I'm still very swollen!
Anyhow these pics are from a week and a half ago. I'll take some more recent pics soon!