Beware of Lipo for the Over-40 Crowd!

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My thighs were always a problem area for me and I...

My thighs were always a problem area for me and I hated when they touched. I am extremely active despite my age and I could work out forever and never see the results I wanted in my thighs. I had a consult with a plastic surgeon and he did warn me that you lose skin elasticity when you get older so I might not be happy with liposuction, but he didn’t recommend taking that much out so I went ahead with it. It was a gamble but I knew I would never achieve the results I wanted simply by working out (and believe me, I tried).

Your surgeon can prepare you for the pain – and if he’s good, he should – but you will still be surprised by it. That’s the biggest thing. It was excruciating, and not just for a few days but for a solid month. Only after that time did it become bearable, but I was still by no means ready to start running around again.

I only had lipo on my inner thighs (most people have it multiple places but I really was targeting just one spot) but my whole body swelled up anyway, from my upper torso to my feet. I couldn’t even wear shoes for a while, not comfortably anyway, but I wasn’t going anywhere. Trust me, the pain was unreal.

I went in with average expectations so I am not disappointed; however, my surgeon was right about the skin elasticity problem. The compression garments were supposed to help with the skin going back to normal but even with them I still have some hanging loose. My thighs don’t touch anymore but my skin is now rippled and lumpy in that area. I’m hoping this will change, slowly, with time.

Overall I’m still glad I had it done but I wouldn’t do it again because of the pain.
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