Flanks, abs, lower back.

Well I've decided to get liposuction on my...

Well I've decided to get liposuction on my flanks, abs, and lower back roll. Im 25 years old, and I have always struggled with my ginormous love handles. I weigh 142, and I'm 5'7. I work out 5 times a week, I'm very athletic, but nothing ever works!!
Im not one to rush into cosmetic surgery, but when your feeling empty, and disgusted by your own body, you just have no other choice, sadly. Im very excited about getting it done, but freaking out that it might be more pain than I can handle. I guess we will find out in a few days.. EEEEKKK!! WISH ME LUCK LADIES!!

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Thank y'all so much! Surgery went pretty well. About to update my profile! The only really annoying thing is my draining incision, so gross!
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We are so alike! I am 25 and pretty athletic. I am getting lipo on abs flank and lower back on feb 6th! Definitely keep us posted! Can't wait to see the results.
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please tell us how it went, I have my surgery 29th of jan and Iam so scared of hurt or if iam doing right thing. ugh
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Surgery day!

Well guys, I woke up at about 6am soooo unbelievably nervous. I had to be at the hospital at 7:45, and boy was I ready to get this over with! I hate not having control over a situation, so that's what really freaked me out, being afraid of the unknown! Next thing I know it, I'm climbing on top of the operation chair, listening to the music they had on, (red hot chilli peppers) lol, then straight to sleep I went! When waking up I had a breakout on my left hand where the IV was. Apparently I had a bad reaction to the anti nausea meds, but it wasn't too bad! I had to pee SO bad, and they made me wait ten minutes lol. I eventually got up with the nurse and got very close to vomiting, I'm glad I didn't, phewww.. They put two thick layers of foam under my garment, so I can't really tell how much they took out. They also only had a size medium garment, so it's a little bigger then what I expected, and will be giving me a small on Monday. So far, so good ladies! I'm happy to say I'm not in agonizing pain, about a 4-5 on a level of 10. The absolute worst part of the whole thing was the anticipation before the surgery, and also the general anesthesia. I will be posting pics in two days, when I get to take a shower! Good luck to all of you with your future lipo procedure! And don't freak out like I did haha

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Thank you so much for the helpful comment GeorgyGirl. I will have to admit, time is going so slowly, and I'm on my first day after surgery. They put two thick layers of foam in my garment, which is just dreadful! I leaked quite a bit of blood for hours as well, but draining has subsided today. I'm feeling SO drained right now, didn't get but 3 hours of sleep last night. How did your first week go? I'm feeling like. Beached whale! :(
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I had what I can only describe an armoured body vest (like police wear) I wore this for almost 4 weeks under the compression garment (not at work but as soon as I came home and all of the time at weekends) - my husband described getting into bed like some weird sci-fi porn movie (not v attractive). The first weeks were difficult and whilst little pain, very uncomfortable. The first night I leaked terribly and went back next day for all dressings to be changed as requested, I then changed the dressings myself over the two front drains (with large sticky plaster things) probably 2/3 times per day for about 4 days but I had the drains out on day 5 and after that everything healed quickly, stitches out after 1 week and no further dressings or leaks. You will go through the OMG was it worth it and whilst I have a lumpy tum at the mo I know it's temporary but it's pretty flat (and of course shines from the Shea butter). I'm 54 and wish I had it done 10 years ago but hey when the summer comes I know the washboard abs on this old gal will turn heads ! Keep smiling and I'll keep checking in - try not to get the blues (they'll come but just give yourself a good talking to !) x
You are so right about the anticipation - I cried when the procedure was finished but didn't realise - emotional release after psyching myself up for a few months ! I read many reports of pain being horrendous and stories of taking Tramadol but I didn't even take the codeine, however, I have to warn you it does get a little uncomfortable - the flanks were the worst pain if I turn too quickly when sitting. I am 5 weeks post procedure on abs and flanks, swelling is going down although still a bit lumpy at times. Make sure you get the MLD as suggested - I did 10 sessions and also bought a small hand held massager which I have been using. The other thing my surgeon recommended is 100% natural organic SHea Butter - it somes in clumps (looks like chalk) and you rub it vigour sly in your hands until it is a smooth creamy texture and slap it on - my skin is as soft as a baby and glows - it truly is marvelous stuf to help the skin regenerate. I'm booked in for micro cannula lipo on breast in a week and can't find anything on this on the site (someone who's had it done) - it will reduce my breast size by 35% and cannot wait to go for a run without blacking my eyes !!, Good luck and look after yourself - when the bruising goes, you will feel a bit lumpy but be patient as it does take months to settle down so don't expect miracles in a few weeks.
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Day 2

Well today is a little bit better. I definitely didn't know what I was in for pain wise. The worst part is the itching due to the pain meds. I have to take 3 doses of Benadryl a day to stop the itching!! I just hope this pain subsides, it's very uncomfortable. After visiting my PS yesterday, they told me they had to put a tummy tuck garment on me because my torso was so long, and a small lipo garment wouldn't fit length wise. So that's why they put extra padding underneath, to make sure it's tight enough. I literally have a prego belly right now from the padding!!! So frustrating, because I can't tell any difference other than looking fatter lol. Friday I go back to get a smaller garment, thank goodness! So Friday I will be posting pics before my shower. I can tell Im pretty bruised, even after taking Arnica a week prior to surgery. Swelling is even worse! Can anyone tell me when this starts getting easier? I'm already over it... Trying to keep my head up!!!

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Yay u did it!! Congrats lol. The bruising stays for a few days if not a few weeks depending on ur body. I healed very well. My bruising was all gone by day 13. But I had a lot of hardness for weeks. It's a slow process but the results will kick in soon enough. You will probably start to see your new silhouette by day 5 or 6 hopefully a lot better. Can't wait to see the pics
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I agree the anticipation was the worst. I had my lipo done on the 4th and the pain, bruising, and swelling have been minimal. You sound like you had great results. I am so happy for you.
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When did you start to feel better ColoradoMaiden?

Day 3

Well today was a lot easier than the previous days. The worst of it is getting out of bed in the morning, ouchhh! I had to go see my PS to get into a bigger garment because my swelling is out of this world!!! Before my surgery I wore a size 6, and they had to put me in a size large garment! (I should be in a size small) I feel like a hippo, but boy, my shape is already looking 80% better. The pain is definitely there, and I get emotional at least twice during the day because I feel 2x bigger than before the surgery. I can't wear any of my clothing without looking like a box. It's very apparent I'm wearing a garment lol. All in all, things are looking up. It's a very, very, slow process. I had no idea what I was getting myself into! Surgery SUCKS. :(
But so far it is so worth it. Oh, also I had to get an ultra sound on my calf because it was hurting, swollen, and felt a bit numb. THANK GOODNESS it wasn't a blood clot. Still don't have an answer to what it could be, just trying to stay active, and flex my feet and calfs as much as possible! I will post more belly pics as soon as my swelling subsides a bit. :-)

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Day 3, photo!

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Woww looks great!! We have similar results :-) my major swelling has just started a few days ago and I'm about 2 weeks post
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You look great! Looking at your pic makes me more excited for my surgery!
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Wow you look amazing - yeah yeah it sucks but worth it when you get rid of the body armour ! I felt tearful too so it really is part of the 'what have I done/ thank goodness it's over/can't ask for sympathy because it's almost self inflicted' - You know what I mean :-). The best part is putting those jeans on which used to cut in a little around your middle - and they're loose - then you know it's worth it. Keep the faith sweetie - grit your teeth and try to enjoy the ride (which is a roller coaster)
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Day 8

Wow, what a journey this has been! To say it's been a bumpy ride would be an understatement. I'm feeling soooo much better, and finally can move around, drive, get up and down with no problem! I measured myself for the first time, and my measurements are the exact same! Swelling is pretty bad, but I look so awesome. I can wear anything and not have any budges, and lumps of any kind. It feels so good! This garment really rely sucks, and I'm ready to et this damn foam padding out. I've been massaging as well, which doesn't do a whole lot for me so far. It's still pretty early. I'm healing very quickly, it's awesome!! Here are a few new pictures with my clothes on, I'm still not comfortable posted "skin" pics just yet, I'm so very swollen, and a little black and blue!

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Hey hope you're recovery is going well! How ya feeling?!
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Thanks for checking up! Things are going well. The massages are very tiring!!! And the garment is wearing me thin. I went to my PS for my 2nd stage garment and he said I needed to wear the foam for another 2 weeks. Not what I wanted to hear! Overall, I love my shape. BUT, the one thing I dreaded was the possibility of getting dimples, waves, diformaties. Well, about one week out I noticed a long dimple under my belly button. They say it might massage away, but it's not going anywhere.... So that's my biggest worry! I would have never gone through with the surgery had I known it would for sure happen. I also had surgery with the best surgeon in the state! It will be 3 weeks tomorrow. I'm just praying this dimple goes away! How long untill your surgery?

Day 19

Well Tuesday will be my 3 week mark since my surgery! I went from a size medium garment, to a size large, to a size extra small!! Boy did my swelling fluctuate, and still is... My only worry is a long dimple underneath my belly button that showed up about a week out, and has been visible for about a week. Can anyone tell me if this might go away????? I'm 23, with excellent skin elasticity, and went to a very prominent surgeon. This is what I was most afraid of!!!

I'm still a bit sore, and I know this is TMI, but I've never read anything about this on here. They told me to wait 2 weeks before having intercourse, and that I still had to wear my garment, awkward! Well, last night was the night haha, it took almost 3 weeks for me to feel comfortable doing the deed with my husband. Maybe I just have a low pain tolerance. ;) He was very patient with the whole thing, he's awesome!! I'm going to post a pic of my belly, the lighting is not the best, so the dimple will be hard to see. But please, someone tell me this won't be permanent!! :(:(

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Please post an update o your results! I am considering lipo on my flanks and abdomen and we are the same age and similar weight range, so you are my inspiration! Thank you! :)
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Congrats on surgery
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Hi there I am 8 weeks out and do have ripples and a small lump about size of half walnut about two inch above belly button - I think it looks like small hernia (but it isn't). I'm massaging and back with PS in two weeks. That said, at 54 I love my new shape. Just about to post about the breast reduction I had only 1 week ago with micro lipo and it is amazing result and nowhere near the after care needed with CG and padding as abs and flanks. Trust me at 3 weeks it's still early days for you so be patient and keep the faith.
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