I've always been a big chested girl. In high...
1 Mar 2016
Day of treatment
I've always been a big chested girl. In high school I wore 2 bras in gym class and to play on the tennis team. I'm currently 5' 7" & 175 pounds and wear a 38G and still pop out a bit. I have 2 kids and have had a tubal, so no concerns about breastfeeding for me. I work as a nurse and the pain when I get off a 12 hour shift is just awful! I had my initial consultation in November and had scheduled surgery in January. Unfortunately, the office required my deductible and payment for liposuction prior to surgery and it wasn't feasible at the time. The doctor said liposuction was not required but I would be happier with the looks. It cost $1800, and I decided to do it. I had pre testing done a week prior due to my hypothyroidism. An EKG & some blood work was done. Everything checked out and my surgery was 730am 3/1/16. I am currently in the hospital for an overnight observation. I've got drains in but they will come out at discharge. So far the pain has been more than I was anticipating. Everything I read said the areas of liposuction were the worst... They were right! Under my breasts burns a little, especially where I'm guessing the tubes are at. However, I can already tell my upper back is less sore and I don't feel like I have a sack of watermelons hanging off the front of me! haha. More updates and pics when I can.
1 day post op
Sides hurt the worst from liposuction, otherwise ok.
Day 2 post op
feeling a little better today, still hurts to reposition though. Got some pictures of the bruising from where he performed the lipo. I can already tell my upper back doesn't burn. Already feeling some relief. So far so good
Some post op day 2 pics
Having trouble getting the pics to load from my phone... Let's try again
Post op day 4/5 & a couple questions
So far every day has been an improvement. My sides are still the biggest area of pain for me. The pain is worse during position changes. I read that is typical with areas of liposuction. Under my breasts and the nipple areas have begun to itch. Anybody out there have advice on how to handle the itchiness? I'm also still numb around the brastrap area and the sides of my breast. Any ideas on when I can expect this to resolve? I will post some updated pictures later.
1 week post op. Showers, constipation, & TMI oh my!
Today I was officially allowed to shower, no soap on the breasts. Prior I had been sponge bathing and had my husband awkwardly attempt to wash my hair a couple times in the bath tub. I definitely feel much cleaner! As for pain, I am still having the pain in my sides, right along where the bra strap goes. There are 2 big balls of tissue that burn when they are touched or I reposition. I've been taking my prescribed (1) Percocet about every 4 hours that is still helping. The office said it's normal and to rest, ice, & keep taking pain medication. Next, let's talk constipation. I will preface by saying I am a registered nurse who regularly works with post operative patients & I know better: I did not take a stool softener until around day 4. Narcotic pain meds & surgery will lead to constipation, so please remember to take a stool softener! Long story short, after many doses of stool softener, 3 glasses of Miralax (laxative) & a week without a BM, I had to resort to a suppository... Thankfully success! But just a friendly reminder to all of you to not be As uncomfortable as me, it's not necessary. Otherwise, I think everything looks to be healing well. I have some spots of numbness and zings of pain that I was told are to be expected. I am just really looking forward to feeling more like myself again soon.
I was starting to feel better then...
Itch! I had had itching before but not like this. It kept me up last night and has kept me uncomfortable all day. I've tried benedryl & Pepcid together. Ice/cold & nothing has helped much. I'm wondering if I am having a sensitivity to the steri strips? Of course it's Friday and won't be able to call the office until Monday.