Thigh, Knee, Calf and Ankle Lipo

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I have hated the shape of my legs ever since I was...

I have hated the shape of my legs ever since I was a teenager. I am now in my early 40s, 5'6" tall, and weigh about 142 lbs. Even when I was 120 lbs, my lower half did not match the upper half of my body. My legs have definitely gotten worse since having children. Exercise does not change their appearance. I have not worn shorts or a sundress in over 20 years. I realize my legs will never be my best feature, but I just want to feel like I can get into a sundress or bathing suit in front of people and not feel mortified. I am sick of dreading summer!

Today I underwent tumescent liposuction with oral sedation (Valium), a shot of diluadid (morphine), and several anti-nausea pills/patch. My plastic surgeon did circumferential thighs, calves, and knees. It was a long process - probably about 6 hours. He supplemented the pain meds as needed towards the end.

I will post before and after pictures as soon
as I get them. In the meantime, I'm happy to answer any questions anyone may have!

One week post op

It's been a week and I can definitely see a big difference in my thighs even with all the swelling and bruising. My calves/ankles looked a lot better right after surgery, but they are too swollen to see the difference now. Even with keeping my legs elevated at night, my feet/ankles are still bruised and really swollen.

I have to be honest - I have a pretty high tolerance for pain and this recovery is pushing it for me. I think the combination of the thighs and calves really makes things a lot more difficult. My plastic surgeon warned me about it, but I wanted to just go through one recovery - maybe not the best choice. It's almost impossible to find a comfortable sleeping position since there is a deep aching pain throughout the lower half of my body. And the soreness is way worse than a "hard workout." I had a little meltdown this morning about why I would put myself through this ... I have to keep reminding myself that this has been an issue for me for 20 years and is something I couldn't change on my own. I know this part is temporary, but it really sucks!
Binghamton Plastic Surgeon

My plastic surgeon was wonderful, as were the nurses and hospital staff! It was as good an experience as it could be under the circumstances.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
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5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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