55 Year Old Always into Fitness but Never Able to Get Rid of Tummy After 2 Kids in 2 Years at Age 35 and 36 - Woodmere, NY

As indicated I have always been physically fit. I...

As indicated I have always been physically fit. I am an advanced Pilates student with a strong core however between middle age, slower metabolism and 2 babies in 2 years in my mid 30's I not only have never been able to get rid of my bulge. Also I had several jaw surgeries that involved a fat graft from my abdomen. The last surgery left what I perceived to be a disfiguring scar on my lower abdomen. I thought it was time to do something for myself. Having been a veteran of multiple surgeries including a previous PS, a breast reduction I thought this would be easy. I am 6 days out and it has not been easy at all. The procedure itself was fine. IV sedation so I awoke already dressed in the pressure garment. The surgeon asked immediately prior to the surgery if he could remove a little more from my breast to make them more even and I was happy to let him do it as I was still a double D. My pressure garment included a bra with foam. I was given a sheet for any leakage that I might have on my way home. By the time I got home, I was drenched in blood. It was bright red not the translucent drainage I was told to expect. I therefore removed the pressure garment and put pressure on one of the areas the tubes had been inserted in and the bleeding stopped with the bandage. I therefore redressed and assumed the bleeding had stopped. I was also bleeding slightly from another hole. Once again I undressed and placed a bandage and pressure and the bleeding stopped. I went to bed with the help of the pain meds and anti nausea medicine ( nausea set in while I was bleeding ) The next morning I spoke to the surgeons office and they assured me that it was just the normal drainage and not to worry. The pain was bad, sitting up without using my abs was not something that I was used to doing and I could not get comfortable. I resorted to more pain meds and became more comfortable. By the end of the week the surgeons office called to check on me and schedule my follow up. I was told that I could shower and rinse off the garment that was heavily stained. While my stomach looked flatter even with the swelling, I could not believe how bad the bruising was. It wasn't a few black and blue marks, but rather my abdomen sides pelvic area and breasts were dark purple. I do bruise very easily. In fact after my breast reduction surgery I had a very large hematoma that had to be drained. Because I bruise so easily I am going to take a wait and see approach and see what the doctor says day after tomorrow

Photos of bruising 5 days post surgery

15 days post smart lipo

The bruising has improved but still have swelling and lumpiness. How long does it normally last and what helps

6 weeks post

I still have lumpiness and swelling particularly on the side where I had the most post op bleeding. I am hoping it will re absorb as the plastic surgeon said it would; however to me it feels like the fat roll I had prior to surgery only smaller. Has anyone else had swelling and or a "roll" 6 weeks out? I am still wearing my garments
Long Island Plastic Surgeon

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