I had lipotherme on my lower abs and love handles on March 25th. I have to admit, I had read several bad reviews on line the week prior to my procedure and was nervous. I had done my research and found a board certified plastic surgeon that I had fully researched. I was made to feel very comfortable and was never upsold to do more than what I had asked for to begin with.
Day One: 7am took a valium. Friend drove me to clinic. Wore my yoga pants and an old t shirt. A wonderful and very sweet assitant took my before photos. When the surgeon arrived I took 2 more valium and was very relaxed and awake for the entire procedure. It took from about 9 am to 2pm. After he completed my lower abs, I had to go potty - so the kind assistant helped me to the bathroom. I was a bit hungry, so I ate a banana. I then took one more valium and he did my love handles. I had 3 occassions when it felt a bit painful but other than that, I found it to be very easy. So many reviews talked about horrible pain etc. I was terrified and found that it was SUPER easy with close to NO pain at all.
Ok, now I get home and the kind friend who helped me out had to change my dressings. That was comical. We tried to use our four hands to plug the 9 holes in my body! LOL I almost passed out from laughter and the fact that neither of us would make good nurses.
I never took the pain meds they prescribed me. I only took extra strength tylenol. I must admit that the compression garment is not the funnest thing to wear but makes everything feel better.
Day Two: Mom has flown in to town to help out. I almost felt bad because I was fine to walk around and do everything myself. I was a bit sore but kept taking my tylenol and arnica for swelling and bruising. I also drank a lot of pineapple juice. I would suggest buying a stretchy non stick wrap if you have had your abs done. Once you move in to only bandaids, wrap yourself up and then put your garment on. This keeps things in place and makes the garment feel better. I also used Arnica gel to help with brusing and swelling. I walked every hour as well as 2 20 min walks today.
Day Three: I still can't get over how EASY this all is going. I can't get in to any denim yet as I am still swollen but I can see the MOST FLAT stomach I have ever had. I am living in my juicy sweats and loving what I see so far. I walked again today.
Day Four: Walked on treadmill...might have overdone it a bit. Still keeping up on my pineapple juice, arnica pills, arnica gel and tylenol. Put on a bikini just to see what it would look like --------- LOVE IT.
Day Five: Took one last day off work to make sure that I was back to normal. I walked 3 miles today. I am still a bit sore but am ready to head back to work. In total I took off 3 days of work - thurs and friday and Monday of this week.
I am not sure what people are talking about with swelling in the pubic area. I had absolutely NONE. I had little to NO pain and can say that I would recommend this to anyone. My mom suggested I stop reading the bad reviews and just trust in my decision. I decided to do just that and am glad that I did!!
I hope this helps someone out.