Flank and Abdominal Liposuction - Great Falls, MT

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After losing and keeping 30lbs off almost 2 years...

After losing and keeping 30lbs off almost 2 years ago, I chose to look at liposuction as an option to remove my stubborn fat pockets on my flanks. I looked at both Canadian and American surgeons to have the procedure done. The surgeon I consulted with (in the USA) encouraged me to get my upper and lower abdomen done at the same time. It's been 4 weeks and I love the result on my flanks but am super anxious about the result on my abdomen. I am trying to be patient and wait for my 3 month follow-up appointment with my plastic surgeon.

A bit more information about me, the procedure, pain and my overall experience

First off I am in my 30's and weight 135lbs and stand 5'5. I am very active and had a difficult time losing my flanks or 'love handles' through diet and exercise.

I consulted with 2 different PS and chose Dr. Ploplys in Great Falls. The consultation and scheduling of surgery was extremely quick compared to Canada's wait times. The price was somewhat comparable.

The surgery team was AMAZING, they had me laughing and in no time I was comfortable and WHAM out in recovery. So quick. I felt as though I had a tough ab workout at first. They were super impressed with my surgery and removed less fat than originally expected. They were even bragging that they got me into a small compression garment.

The next few days I took my antibiotics and pain meds as instructed, although after a few days I started taking Tylenol because the prescription meds made me loopy. I did take Arnica Montana for bruising and swelling and found it incredibly helpful. I had sooo much bruising. In odd places too, it was like they had dropped me ha ha. The compression garment was so tight it 'pushed' the bruising/swelling into my upper thighs. I was worried because the compression garment made a ridge in my side and was excited at 3 weeks to change it to Spanx. I'm just wearing it at night time now.

The pain.. oh my gosh I was in pain. I still had discomfort at 3 weeks and continued with Tylenol and Arnica Montana. I found it helpful to sleep somewhat upright with a body pillow behind me. Even now sleeping on my side feels odd to me.

At 3-4 weeks I found that my skin felt like it was re-connecting and I was 'tight' everywhere. I started doing Yoga to help with the tightness but I still feel a pull when I stretch and odd dimples when I massage my skin. When I workout my flanks feel 'heavy' which is odd because I don't have any!! My bandages fell off themselves and I immediately started using Bio-oil on the incisions and coconut oil to massage out the lumps or unevenness. I had my first lymphatic drainage massage on Friday and will continue with them for the next few weeks - I will write more on that in the next few weeks.

As I discussed with my first post, I am extremely excited with my results on my flanks, which were my original concern. I am however scared that my wrinkles and dimples will not resolve over time on my abdomen. I do have a follow-up in November and Dr. Ploplys has said she will do local lipo if necessary. So that is comforting somewhat. I'm interested to know if anyone else has experienced wrinkles and dimples and if they have resolved with time or if another procedure was required.

6 week photos/update

Friday marked 6 weeks since my surgery date. Still have some concerns with how the texture is on my abdomen and now I'm noticing some color irregularities. I scheduled an appointment to see Dr. Ploplys on Oct 14 to see what she says. Hope it's all resolvable.

So far the lymphatic drainage is going well and I've started self fascia release on my one incision scar that is dimpling. Hope it will release the scar tissue.

Revision at 7.5 weeks

Went in for my first consult post op today. Dr Ploplys recognized that I can't get to the USA often so she chose to do the revision today instead of waiting till 12 weeks or 3 months.

Dr Ploplys explained that the area around your belly button is difficult to get especially when so much work was done elsewhere. She froze the area and removed the small portion of fat that was left. I'm tender and bruised but excited to see the difference. I applaud those who do local for the whole procedure! I was struggling to deal with 15 minutes of it!! Can't say enough about my ps!! She was more exited that I was, kept bragging about my change. It was great to hear especially since this surgery has been so private.. I'd love to show everyone if I could :)
Great Falls Plastic Surgeon

Can't say enough about Dr Ploplys and the Benefis surgical centre in Great Falls. Dr Ploplys has been great at replying to my concerns (I'm in Canada) and is willing to work with me in anyway possible to get the best results.

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
4 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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