35 Yo, Mum to 2yo & 10mo, Vaser Lipo Abdomen, Flanks, Inner Thigh, Knees & Arms - Canberra, AU

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I've been trying to lose the baby weight since my...

I've been trying to lose the baby weight since my second was born. I was previously very fit and toned but 2 babies in 18 months destroyed my body.
I have lost weight (approx 10kg) since the birth of my second daughter but have another 8 to get to my goal weight (52kg). I'm just shy of 5 foot tall.
Despite plenty of heavy weight training and cardio (and diet!), the scale and my appearance stays the same. I hate putting on even loose pants and having that horrible bulge above and below the waistband. I also have the classic c-section pudge sitting above the scar.
I had a consult at a clinic here and instantly felt at ease. I'd already done my research but it cemented by desire to be selfish for once and get things moving. I'm not expecting miracles. I just want to get rid of lumps i never had a problem with before, and to look better in clothes.
i have stretch marks around my belly button so i know i will be left with a bit of sag after the procedure but if i can rock a pair of skinny jeans, who cares!?
i booked in 15/10/14 which was 4 weeks ahead. Plenty of time to read up on google and various forums, scaring myself stupid. I should have stuck to medical journals etc because i seriously spent the last 4 weeks in a constant state of anxiety and guilt. Guilt because i was choosing to undergo an unnecessary procedure in turn risking my life while i have 2 beautiful young children.
My husband did his best by constantly telling me that i deserved to do this for myself.
Yesterday (the day before the surgery), i was in a constant state of anxiety while i googled complications and convinced myself i would drop dead from a DVT-PE or a fat embolism.
Today was the day. I nervously showered, then my husband and babies dropped me off at the private clinic where i had another consult with the doctor where he answered my new questions and concerns. He then gave me oral lorazepam, took some photos and marked up my body.
The plan was to only to the arms if the rest went well, i was feeling ok and the doc had plenty of wiggle room with the tumescent fluid.
He placed an IV canula and injected a small dose of midazolam. I felt relaxed but full aware. I was given a nitrous oxide mouthpiece to use if needed for painful points. I used it when incisions were made and fluid pumped into the sites. Otherwise it was relatively painless.
The time went quickly even though i was conscious. I was moved about a lot but never felt uncomfortable.
When everything was complete (about 3.5hrs) my doctor told me too look down and for the first time in 3 years i saw a flat tummy which merged seamlessly with my c section scar. My knees no longer had that ugly ump on the inside.
i walked into recovery and was being sent home 2 hours later with pain meds and antibiotics.
Once home I forced myself to drink some apple juice and a piece of chicken then went for a 2hr nap. I'm sore - my legs and arms feel like I've done a heavy workout, my stomach feels similar to after my c sections.
I'm getting up and moving around when i remember but am looking forward to bed time! My compression garment is covered in blood stained fluid, and the more j move around, the more comes out.
i will update tomorrow. I have a recheck appointment and first lymphatic drainage massage. I can't wait to be able to shower!

Day One Post Op

Day one
Apologies for all my typos. I'm typing this on my phone.
I had a great sleep last night, but I did wake myself up twice in the night to get up and my move my legs. I'm very stiff and sore today but I've felt worse. The worst part is hanging out in this fluid-sogged compression suit. I can't wait until my appointment today after which I'll be able to shower. I'm glad I got my hands on a second suit for when my first one is in the wash.
Current meds: oxycodone as required for pain, cephalexin 500mg QID, Bromelain 1000mg TID. Just plan to take the oxycodone prior to my recheck and massage but then I'll try not to use it. 5 more days off work at which point swelling will be increasing; as long as I'm not leaking, I can handle that.
From all my reading, I feel I have realistic expectations in terms of my results and the recovery process. I'm not expecting miracles, and I know it's a potentially long and uncomfortable process...but bring it on!
I went in for my recheck and everything is looking great. I'm not swelling yet. The nurse did a lymphatic drainage massage and showed me how to do it at home.
Once I got home, I couldn't wait to get in the shower and get into a clean garment. My husband supervised while I showered (doctor's orders!) to make sure I didn't faint. I have to admit I didn't enjoy the shower as much as I thought I would as the water stung my many open incisions.
I laid down, put on my fresh CG and had a nap.
I was pretty sore during the afternoon and in the evening I laid on the floor and my husband did a light massage and quite a bit of residual fluid came out. I took my meds and went off to bed.
Dr. Lee

Dr L is friendly with a great sense of humor. He has texted my several times to check how I'm doing (before and after the lipo). The office is modern, clean and tidy. the staff are wonderful - they make you at home and well-cared for. I look to further interactions with them during my healing process.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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