38 year Old Hypothyroid Mom of One. Center Valley, PA
Getting smart lipo on arms flanks waist and...
Nerves setting in
Surgery is right around the corner....
I got my compression garments and antibiotics they want me to take before and after surgery.
I will make sure to post more pics day of surgery or after to go with my profile journey. Woo hoo
Before pics for comparison later
Compression Garment website
Is where I got my compression garment from. I got an XL. I go in to surgery on Monday and really contemplating ordering the lipo foam or the ab board..not sure what I am going to do. Ahhhhh...
Surgery Day #1
I felt tickling at times which annoyed a little.
Leaking all over, but happy this day is over.
I got my arms and abdomen done today. Thursday I go back to get my back, waist and then to start the waiting period of recovery.
I got foam to put in my garment. It feels good with that extra compression there.
I was told not to sit so that creases are not made in my stomach.
I don't have an appetite yet.
I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!!!
it helped me a lot in mentally preparing for this day.
Off to rest up....
Day of 2nd surgery
I got my back, waist and he finished my arms today.
Dr. Young is so meticulous and has great bedside manners. There were two girls helping the whole time who were wondeful.
I could not stop thanking them before I left.
Well the back burns like hell..lol.
I am so thrilled that I got this done.
I am scared and anxious to see my new body when this is all healed up.
It tickled again around my ribs and under arms when he would work in those areas. He was really digging into the bra bulge.
The one girl told me I may have to get new bras..and that made me happy.
I am a size A cup, but would always buy a 36B to fit around the bulge. Soooo excited and now I know what I want for xmas....a Victoria Secret gift card. Hahahahah
I love this site because reading up and following everyones journey made me ready on what to expect so I guess that is why I was very calm going in on both days.
I love this site and I can't wait to share pictures once I am done feeling dizzy and weak.
Day 1 surgery: Part 1 of Arms
Cleaning bandages after back lipo
5 days post op
Still taking my antibiotics, pain pills only to sleep. My back burns and my arms as well. I am able to shower without much help, but feel very exhausted after so much. My appetite is weird and I get full quickly. Not to mention, I have been on my period too and does not help because I am double swollen.
I can tell a difference on my back.
Now contemplating looking into some type of cellulite treatment for my thighs and butt...
It is so hot and wearing this full garment makes me not want to go outside at all.
I bought an Organic protein shakes to drink instead of Ensure. I have one for lunch as I feel weak and exhausted when I am up too long walking or standing.
As I am bored laying down..I am looking at hair colors and cuts to do when I am able to get back to the salon. The long black hair needs a kick to it...lol... and grays need coverage too.
I ordered an ab board and lateral boards too. Also, some foams to replace the ones I got from the doctor.
I will post some pics of what I look with the garment and the front foam on my abs.
5 days post op in garment and foam
Post op follow up 7/21
I have to keep wearing the foam on my back, i did not wear it one day and I swelled up. So he recommended that I continue to wear it on my back and a peice on the lower left ab due to a little stubborn part there. He said I did not have to wear the full foam in the front, but I actually like the feeling of it there....so I might just wear it to sleep.
I go back in two weeks, in my post op paperwork they did recommend Velashape for the lipo areas I got done and lymphatic massages, i just have to ask them where to go to get the massages. I told my husband I want to try those out.
He did tell me to continue massaging myself to break down the bumps and lumps..but I get exhausted quickly and really dont put the pressure I need to because it hurts...I was contemplating getting a hand held electronic massager.
Anyway, I use my little roller with extra pressure and apply the Arnica Gel with it to do the massage.
I woke up with a terrible headache and I dont feel like doing anything today.
I did get my before pics and I will be sharing those here with everyone.
I did go from 219 to 217 in one week..and this is including bloating from my period and surgery. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!
Hot hot hot
I am swollen from doing housechores all day.
I do have to admit that I was actually able to take a 2 hour nap, which is something I was never able to do.
Today was easier taking a shower on my own, but I quickly wanted to jump back in my garment.
On Monday I have to call their office to get the name of a local lymphatic massage place.
I am seriouslt trying to massage the knots out myself but I am still sensitve and stop once I feel pain.
I am starting to feel the knots in my arms as well, but again I am still swollen.
Not sure if anyone else has any ideas on the arms and what else I can do smooth things out besides massaging.
I am going to try to take some pics of my stomach to post here before I put the garment on tomorrow after I shower.
My back is super sensitive and no way I can massage back ther myself. I CANT EVEN TOUCH IT without it bothering me.
I use the Arnica gel right after I shower to massage myself with my little roller and then hurry to put the garment back on.
I have been looking through other journeys to see if a handheld massager would help before going to get one, but have found nothing yet.
Woo hoo scheduled Lymphatic massage
I did call their office to get the referral but the person they used no longer was offering it. I googled it in my area and was lucky to find one close to home.
I am posting some pics of my progress. I feel swollen...and don't see much of a difference in my arms yet. They still feel heavy and bloated. I am hoping after this massage on Friday I can see some difference. I feel super swollen when I do too much and move my arms a lot.
I personally see a difference in my back and stomach. I am excited to get the ok to get in the gym once all this swelling is over with to finally see the new me.
Also, did a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond with no luck to find an electric hand massager. Bummer!
I will probably have to order it online because I am rolling..but an electric one would be wayyyyyy better.
I find myself squatting to pick things up instead of bending over as it feels so weird.
Here are some pics.
I feel so great and noticed a huge difference after my Lymphatic drainage massage.
I was scared at first thinking it would hurt or that I would get someone who does not know what they are doing.....but it felt great and relaxing. The lady has 11 years experience and specializes in Manual Lymphatic drainage massage.
I scheduled for next Friday again and paid a $49.00 fee for first time client, 60 minutes.
The place had a summer special $180.00 for three sessions. I went ahead and did that for now which is $60 a session for 60 minutes. The regular price is $89.00 so I think I got a deal.
I noticed my stomach was not that swollen when I got up. She did notice I was swollen and clogged on one side more than the other which explained my pain that I have on one more thanthan the other without me telling her anything.
Woo hoo. I WANT IT TO BE FRIDAY ALREADY!!!! LOL
I love love the warm attachment. I have used it once a day since Friday and noticed some of my lumps have shrank.
I honestly do not have the strength and power to massage myself so getting this has been great.
I use the warm attachment and then one of the others to massage. If you ask me..I would be using it all day..lol.
Yesterday, I had my husband pass the warm attachment on my arms and back and the experience was awesome. I was able to really lie down and enjoy it.
I then did my stomach on my own. After we did all that I put on the Arnica cream and then my Garment.
I recommend if you are like me and need an extra help massaging yourself..get a handheld..especially of you had your arms done too.
I got mine at Walgreens for $29.99 on sale with the rewards card. Cvs had it for 39.99. If you have coupons you can probably get it cheaper. I did have a 30% off CVS rewards coupon I used to buy two Arnica creams. Those run almost $12 each.
I will post another update tomorrow, as I have another follow up appt with tje surgeon.
Velashape on Monday
I really hate that its soooo hot in my area that I am swollen a lot and do drink a lot of water.
I have some pics I took yesterday. On top of the heat ...its that time of the month again.lol. can't win..
Still massaging with my machine and it feels sooo good with the hot attachment.
I will write a review after the Velashape treatment.
Trying on a jeans
They were size 16. I would always have to buy size 18 to get a smooth look and no muffin top. This was a good turnout since I am swollen and bloated from time of month..lol.. I did try on a 14 and I personally did not like the tight feeling around my waist yet.
I ordered a full jumpsuit and just waiting for it to come in...so thats whats been up with me. I go for one more lymphatic massage tomorrow...not sure if I want to continue...
So far without exercise..I have lost 10 pounds. I still feel sore..sometimes I get a crazy itch in arms...still wear my garment all day and night...I love the feeling of being held in.
I just need to get my butt to that garment store to get a tighter garment to hold me in.
Finally got the shaper
Wearing this Faja is no joke. My butt is so big I couldnt get it over by butt too well for now.
Just worrying about how the heck I am going to use the bathroom..lol
I think I have become a garment hoarder..lol.
I keep feeling I need a tighter one so I am finding myself wearing two sometimes.
I had my third velashape treatment as well on Friday. I have two more treatments and I personally think I noticed a difference in my stomach and arms. I may choose to go for four more treatments..but not sure right now. I did ask my doctor about a mini tummy tuck and he said to really wait as I am going to see more results its too early yet.
I took some pics after I got home Friday and then I took some yesterday when I was putting on my garments and a waist trainer. I put the waist trainer just for a couple hours while I was cleaning. It was nice and snug. I have another appt with surgeon in 6 weeks and he will take pics then.
Oh I put this lotion on which is soothing calming and smells minty. I would massage it in and then put my garment on. I got it at the store where I got the garment with the hooks and thigh coverage. Not sure if you can find it online or not...but the lady said ot had slimming properties....I just actually love the smell and the way my skin feels with it.
Dr. Young has great bedside manners. His staff called me everyday after and between my surgeries. The ladies there are so awesome and those who had the surgery done shared that with me and made me feel very comfortable with the whole experience. He is on call 24 hours a day, so if there are any issues he will see you immediately. He made sure to answer all my questions and double checked if I had any more before ending the visit.