I got to this place in my life is just like most of you...worked out, saw no results...dieted, saw no results...stress made it worse..so I decided to get some work done because the weight I gained from the Mirena IUD was NOT coming off. I have always been fascinated with cosmetic surgery so I was open to getting a nip or a tuck when/as needed. Because of this, I never hesitated.
These last 2 years, I've been the heaviest I've ever been due to the Mirena IUD. It caused me to gain 50 lbs, my flawless skin became the face of a hormonal 13 year old, I even got zits on my chest and back, and I had the worst period cramps ( never had cramps before). Unfortunately, it took me a year and a half to figure out that it was the Mirena causing all of these changes. So I got it removed in December 2015. Just before connecting all the dots and having it removed, I had my first procedure. The Dr was fantastic and did an amazing job - he sculpted my back perfectly. However, he is very conservative on tummy lipo bc of a higher risk of skin rippling, so he barely touched it. And, by law in CA, a Dr can only removed 5 liters of fat at a time. I’m guessing from the look of things, 90% came from my back/flanks/hips. I knew if I wanted my stomach f-l-a-t, I would have to see another Dr. I kinda feel like I am cheating on my first doctor..hehe.
Ok, so here we are..2 days Round 2 PO. I am much more aware and alert, because the procedure was done under local anesthesia. That means that I was wide awake during the procedure. When I arrived to his office, the nurse had me change and gave me a few pills - pain, anxiety, antibiotic, anti-nausea. Dr Dass came in to mark me up, and we reviewed the procedure. Then I relaxed in the room for 45 minutes while the meds kicked in. Once I felt a little loopy and sleepy, I was escorted to the procedure room. Once laying down, Dr Dass numbed the incision areas and the nurse gave me a shot of pain medication. The next part was the worst, and it wasn’t that bad. So the Dr has to numb all the areas under the skin. I was SO nervous that it would hurt, and we’d have to reschedule the appt to do under general anesthesia. I couldn’t have been more wrong!!!! The numbing stage felt odd..there is nothing to compare it to. I mean, how can someone insert a rod under your skin and it doesn’t hurt?! There were a few tiny areas where it hurt..I’d say on a scale of 1 to 10, those few areas near my rib cage were a 5. Every other area was a 1. He numbed me up real, real good. He used two whole bags of numbing solution. He numbed my stomach first, then arms, then pubic area. Once all numb, he started lipo-ing. I watched as the containers filled with fat. I dozed off here and there. Before I knew it, i was over. I had no pain whatsoever. I was able to get in and out of the car and walked up 4 flights of stairs bc our elevator is out - go figure. I took pain medication, arnica pills, stool softener, with my dinner - which I cooked myself! I woke up a few hours later and was in pain, not as bad as Round 1 though. I have been taking the medication regularly, laying in bed or walking around stretching out my legs.
Round 2 is already off to a better start because I had LOCAL anesthesia. I can’t remember 3 days of my life because of the general anesthesia in Round 1. Aside from a breast lift/reduction that I plan to have in December, I will request local anesthesia. Besides the fact that it takes days to wear off, there are sooooooo many more risks with general anesthesia. And I like that I can fold laundry, cook, wash dishes, etc 2 days PO. Round 1 I couldn’t do anything for myself for days! And that aggravated me and certainly aggravated my husband.
I got a glimpse of my tummy when I was on the table. Though I was laying down, it looked really good. I haven’t seen my arms at all. Tomorrow, I will shower and wash my garments. I will take pics and post ASAP.
For before pics, check out my first review at https://www.realself.com/review/marina-del-rey-ca-liposuction-excited