53 Y.O. no pregnancies, 130 lbs, 5'3" tall, having...
I am in a pretty good shape and don't look my age, either look wise, or figure-wise, when dressed up. But I've always abhorred my apple-shape, rounded midsection. Twenty years ago when liposuction was the new kid on the block and I was about to get married (you know how it is: emotions take over the brain), I saw it as my saving grace and rushed into getting it done right before my wedding. BIG MISTAKE :-(
I spare you the boring details, suffice it to say that after spending a good chunk of money and suffering enormous pain while going through the final steps of my wedding planning, there was absolutely no difference in the measurement of my midsection and the shape changed ever so slightly, but NOT for the better! Basically, I still didn't have a waistline, the only thing was that I got a wavy abdomen, which just did not smooth out over time as the PS had promised. He wanted me to go back and do it again for a "reduced fee". I was furious. He is the one who screwed up and yet he wanted me to pay him another couple of thousands to correct it. Forget it, I said; and I learned to live with it over the years, forgetting about ever wearing a bikini and cute cropped tops.
Last year, when it was determined that the weight of my large breasts was the culprit in severe joint deformation of my neck, doctors recommended a breast reduction to alleviate the pain in the neck (literally!) So I thought maybe now would be a good time to go ahead with correcting the botched lipo from 20 years ago. I've been maintaining my weight through the years and my figure now is not much different than back then. My PS (a different doctor this time as I'm in Canada now) assured me that despite my age, I'm still a good candidate for lipo as I don't have any loose abdominal skin and he can correct the waviness and take off the extra fat easily. We'll see about that :-)
The only drawback, I still need to pay full price for it, $6,000. I was hoping that because it's done at the same time as my breast reduction (covered by insurance), I can save the cost of OR facilities and anesthesiologist fees, etc. Apparently that is not the case. I decided to do it anyway, as I really, really would like to have a waistline!
So I'm scheduled for 4th of July! That's exactly one week away, woohoo! I'm so excited.
So, all you wonderful RS friends, think of me while enjoying your BBQ & fireworks next Friday and please send me some positive energy and healing thoughts. Thank you!
Counting the hours now!
Did my measurements today to keep as a baseline for comparison afterwards. The part I'm most anxious to reduce is my waistline (currently at 34.5") and the lower ab circumference, right on my belly button (currently at 35.5"). We'll see how that goes.
I went to get some Arnica based on recommendations I read here, but my PS thinks it's a waste of money and there's no evidence they help at all. He recommends just icing it.
I probably won't get a chance to post before my surgery, so have a wonderful long weekend, you all!!!
He is arrogant, dismissive, unavailable for aftercare and an absolute liar. His horrendous bedside manner is only surpassed by his lack of empathy and professionalism. During consultation he specifically said: "I would not recommend lipo if I didn't think it would achieve the results you want". Two months of pain and $6,000 later, I still have the pot belly, wavy abdomen and lots of fatty area in my midsection. Now he is saying TT is the only option and liposuction doesn't get rid of the potbelly. He could've said that before the surgery when I asked him. His tactic is to lure the patient in with a lower cost procedure, get paid for a half-ass job and then sell them the more expensive procedure because now they look hideous. I definitely will not recommend this doctor for any procedure.