I am female, 30 years old, 135lbs, 5'3" My surgery was yesterday, so I'll be updating this as I progress through the healing stages. I received liposuction of my abdomen and sides. I plan on returning for work on my inner and outer thighs, but both my doctor and I decided I'd feel a lot better if I did everything in stages. I took before and after pictures, and as soon as the "heavy-duty" bandages come off, I'll take and post after shots as well.
3/27/2012 Day of Surgery My appointment was for 1pm, and as soon as I got there, I filled out all the consent forms and was escorted upstairs to the procedure room. The procedure was done under local anesthesia, so I was awake and alert the entire time. After pictures and a marker party (both done standing up), I crawled up on the table and she started injections in the spots where the holes would go. I'll admit, the numbing medication was incredibly painful, but once it took effect, I didn't feel the punctures she made at all. After all the holes were made, she inserted a cannula and started spreading the lidocane solution. I couldn't even feel it. Then came the cannulas and the power assisted liposuction. This felt fine in some places, and it hurt in others, depending on the level of anesthesia applied. Five hours later I was done.
Day 1 Post Op I have ruined so many pairs of underwear due to the draining, I'll have to make a special shopping trip. Despite the tons of cotton and gauze they wrapped me in before putting on my compression garment (a girdle), I'd managed to completely leak through everything (including my clothes) before I made it home after surgery. (Boy was the taxi driver surprised! It looked like I'd peed my pants. I was told to come back the next day for a changed dressing, and not to remove the one she applied at first, so I suffered through being wet and drippy the entire first night. Did not get a lot of sleep.
Just back from her office where they exchanged bandages, and I'm already leaking again, but not nearly as much. One thing I hate - the girdle + cotton + tape + gauze is incredibly hot in the middle of an Indian summer, and there were several times I felt like I was going to pass out from heat stroke, despite all the water I drank. But now, back at my flat in the A/C, I'm feeling much better. I still feel twinges when moving around, but the pain is easily bearable. Sitting is difficult, but only because the girdle does not allow me to bend at the waist AT ALL.