Lipo of Abdomen, Flanks, Upper Back/Gynecomastia - Fairfax, VA
Bottom Line Up Front: Not happy w/results in...
Day 2 Post Op
My body tempature is warmer than usual and I'm using the bathroom more than usual. The nurse says the constant voiding is my body getting rid of the tumescent and this is the reason I look bigger than when I came in.
I've started moving again but since every movement involves using my core muscles I'd say I'm a bit slow. Stay on top of your pain medication. If this means setting an alarm for the middle of the night then do it because playing catch up sucks.
10 Days Post Op
1. Went to work following Monday
2. Went back to gym on Tuesday
3. Elevated heart rate by trying to run
Result swelling became very noticeable and looked bigger than pre op photos.
I never experienced the severe bruising and discoloration. I did not swell up down below. I was extremely swollen with minor discomfort. Still not terribly excited with the outcome so far but must remember this is a marathon and not a sprint. Wearing the compression garment is now becoming comfortable still doing a lot of pulling and tugging but more bearable.
On a good note he has given me the green light to start back to lifting again. I must say going back at 3 days out was not my greatest idea.
I can see a difference especially when he put pictures side by side. I moved from the compression garment to a waist belt which is more comfortable. Which going back to the gym he did forewarn me about possible swelling. In my opinion he could have taken more out then he did but again I do see a difference. Personally I'm not completely sold on if this was overall worth it but we will see in the end.
My dealings w/my Patient Coordinators (Seppy and Jeryl) were excellent in the handling of all the administrative data and scheduling that happens before hand. I started of w/over 10 Dr's and finally chose Dr. Lickstein of the Bitnar Institute in Virginia. He was very honest and upfront about the procedure and the amount of pain that would be involved. We discussed other methods such as Coolsculpting, Ultrashape, and Ultrashape Lipo and the results that you could expect with each in retrospect to the shape I was wanting to achieve. As well as doing it under local and general anesthesia. We went in depth on skin elasticity, muscle tone, and the amount of time to achieve the final results. I told him to be aggressive and thoroughly explained my expectations. He was very open to discussion and made himself available to all of my questions. Keep in mind I'm saying this now before surgery. I will update once the procedure is finished.