Circumferential Thigh Lipo and Thigh Lift - Huntersville, NC
Phase 3 of total body contouring surgery with Dr....
Surgery moved to July 27th
I'm really terrified of my legs opening up, and that I'll spit all my sutures like I did with my arms and breasts, but that's not in my control unfortunately. I'm past the point of caring about the scars although I know I would get scar revision if I needed it. Doing my best to keep healthy and start being more active up until it's time to go in.
I only have one week off from work so I have borrowed a lounge chair to use at the office- I'm going to have to try my best to not overdo it!
Hoping everyone is doing good! If you have some recent experiences please share!
Back in the gym finally!
Preop is nearly here, and I'm just trying to be as active and mobile as I can. Eating super clean and no alcohol whatsoever. I had my endermologie treatment yesterday from my upper surgery and Terry was so nice! I have always loved getting my treatments with her and she's going to be wrapping my legs for me after my lift with this technique that apparently makes sure the bandages stay put and compress the way they're supposed to.
I'm getting more excited than nervous now, I am positive that even if I do reject my sutures, I'll be in great hands. Love my doctor!
Preop done, tminus 2 weeks!
Dr. K does not want to address my arms and scar revision this early, and we will take care of that later when I have had more time to heal.
I hope everyone is well! I'm eating clean, exercising, and counting the days until my procedure!
Surgery is tomorrow morning
I have been asked to do a video journal about my recovery and experience for my office's website, to help future patients, and I agreed, so I will be doing my first short video tonight- they should go up on my doctor's website, however I'll be asking if I can put them here too.
I have taken seven full days off of work, and won't be coming back to my office until august 8th, and while I plan on walking myself to the restroom and to appointments, I won't be pushing myself like I did for my top surgery. As much time as I can spend with my legs elevated, I will be spending it that way. I don't want to run into complications if I can help it :)
I will post pictures after!
In Preop about to go in
The doctor said after they lipo they may be able to get more tissue from the legs than what they marked, and surprisingly the back of my thighs are not as bad as the front.
Going into surgery, I will keep you all posted for those that are following me
15.5 lbs gone
Staying overnight here at HK centers and going home in the morning. My pain level is about 6, but I'm on iv medication for the time being. The lipo hurts more than my incisions too, it's like a burning sensation.
They will make me walk around 8 tonight and I plan to sleep as much as I can. My legs are completely wrapped in bandages all the way to my feet so I can't see anything, but wrapped in layers and swollen, they still look smaller already :)
More updates to follow!
To date he has removed roughly 50lbs!!!
Post op- swollen!!!
Even swollen my legs are smaller, so I'm going to keep at it with the rest and elevation, and hope I keep having smooth sailing into healing.
Bruising is surprisingly minimal, but I have been taking arnica and bromelain since I got home, and I'm drinking my 1.5 gallons every day.
Hope you all are well!
A little stir crazy but good!
Even swollen, I am so excited to see smaller legs, and I'm anxious to see what they look like once they aren't swollen.
Nothing new to report- no issues so far, but I will feel better once I'm about 4 weeks healed. My pain level is about a 3, and I should be off pain meds completely in a day or two. My body is a bit unrecognizable right now from the lipo- I'm really bloated in places I wasn't expecting. I hope everyone is well!
Itching like my skin is on fire!
I have taken some Benadryl to help for now, and rewrapped my legs below the knee because the itching I'm feeling is almost unbearable! It feels like a patch of mosquito bites on top of flea bites on top of poison ivy- it's so itchy!!!
I'm assuming this is lymphatic or nerve related because it comes and goes in pings under the skin, and the itchiness is happening where I was not liposuctioned or had tissue excised....either way, I'll be calling Dr. Kortesis in the morning when it's a more suitable hour to make sure this isn't something to be alarmed about. The Benadryl definitely helps, but waking me out of a dead sleep to itch is brutal :( Other than that, I'm doing just fine.
I hope everyone is well!
Pain level is drastically lower
I finally got my itching under control with some benadryl and I know its from the bruising and the lipo they did, so that will settle in time. My pain level today has gone from a steady 5/6 to a 2/3, and I'm mostly just sore and having feelings of tightness. I'm thrilled to be bouncing back so well :)
I am definitely still swollen and expect to be for a long time, but feeling this good just four days post op is very rewarding for me mentally; I was expecting to be down for a lot longer. Holy bruising batman! I look like someone beat my legs with a baseball bat haha.
I hope everyone is doing great, and let me know if you want to chat! I'm pretty much bound to my recliner with this laptop for the next 7 days.
Second follow up
I'm swollen to the same size as preop, with a definite gap in my thighs! Can't wait to see how this progresses when the swelling starts to subside
Almost 1 week postop!
My incisions keep looking ok, but I am watching them like a hawk- I'm super scared of wound breakdown and I know fibrin is normal but it always makes me nervous because I can never tell if it's just fibrin or if I'm starting to spit a stitch....I hope they continue to heal well with no issues.
My husband had to go back to work today, so I'm on my own, but I am mobile enough to fend for myself so I'm just taking it easy. I will stay in the ace wraps a little while longer, until I'm not so swollen and can comfortably fit into a garment. Drop me a line if you like, I hope everyone is doing well!
Back to work tomorrow
I have a persistent swollen almost like a knot in my right knee which I'm going to bring up to Dr. K on Tuesday, but it responds well to heat and massage so I'm assuming it's just a small hematoma or persistent swelling. My left leg has continued to heal and the fibrin has started to dry up and it's definitely getting smaller so feeling good about the progress there and excited to see what happens when the sutures come out as I don't think I'll have any wound openings this time around but fingers crossed.
Pain is completely minimal, just a dull soreness, and I'm really excited to be going back to work. My bruising is almost gone as well-here's some updated photos :)
I hope everyone is doing well, and not to worry the little bit of redness around my incisions I've already had checked out and no infection or cause for concern, it's a slight irritation where I rub together when I walk. Drop me a line if you like!
Looking back at where I started
My body was a prison to which I could not escape, until one day, I did. One day I wanted to, and I decided to chase what I was always told I could never have. I wanted to feel pretty, to love my body, and to feel worthy. I wanted men to look at my outsides and see all the beauty I knew was inside, instead of seeing just another fat girl. I now understand my worth comes from within, and I have earned every smile, every sassy pose, every last bit of self love and appreciation I can muster because I WORKED FOR THIS. I sweated for this, I cried so many nights for this. To be me, to be free ????
This took years, and it all started with that decision that I would no longer settle for hiding, for being told "you're so pretty, if you just lost some weight", for feeling less than. And now I am blessed with a husband that loves me for who I am, and not what I look like. Blessed with a wonderful job that allowed me to schedule my surgeries to reconstruct and contour my deflated body after losing the weight. Blessed with a body I worked for! I am so grateful to Dr. Kortesis for helping unveil all this hard work, and I am so proud of what I have overcome. I'm not ashamed of where I came from, because it's lead me to where I am today. Love yourself first- happy Thursday friends!!
Ugh I slept like absolute poop and have a horrible headache today. I know it will pass but I hate this part of recovery.
Hope everyone is doing well
Almost three weeks out, everything is nearly closed
I'll post some updated pics on Wednesday when I go for my followup appointment.
Scar therapy & Endermologie
I'm officially 3.5 weeks post op, and thankfully one spot on my left leg spit a suture, and it was pretty high on my thigh so no one will ever see it really. It may heal without incident since it was so small to begin with.
I've added some new pics so you can see how my swelling and incisions are progressing- for all the horror stories online I don't see a lot of positive experiences with this surgery, so I'm really thankful I can contribute a positive review.
To be fair, it could also be that there aren't many positive reviews since those people didn't post one, but all the same, this was not the horrific experience I was expecting based on some other people's testimonials.
Swell Hell and my incisions
I am officially in swell hell- I feel like my legs look bigger right now then they did a few days ago, but I have also started walking again and easing into my old workout routine, so I am sure I have some residual swelling in my tissues that has to resolve. My garment feels tight again when it felt looser last week :/ All part of the process though!
I am so excited to see how my incisions heal, as they have remained very small/fine lines, much like my LBL did....the only place I saw widening for my LBL was my vertical incision, and it was so minor I really have no issues with it. I think I am going to be very, very happy in about 4 more months!
I hope everyone is doing well! I have my second endermologie treatment today, and one more after that, and I think I'm going to purchase three or four more to help with my full body swelling...we'll see.
Let me know how you all are!
I could not ask for a better doctor! This is my third procedure with Dr. Kortesis after losing 150lbs, and I am so grateful to him for all the work he's performed, as well as his wonderful staff for taking such great care of me. My outsides finally show all the hard work I've put in to lose the weight, and I couldn't dream of going to anyone else for this. He is a true perfectionist, and cares very much about your final outcome. His entire staff has been welcoming and warm to me, and made me feel like family. I'm always greeted with a smile and by my first name, and I truly appreciate them taking the time to get to know me instead of just seeing me as another patient. I have not had a single bad experience in over a year of going to their offices. Please understand that you will wait longer in the afternoon than in the morning because the doctors are incredibly popular in the Charlotte area, and they are in high demand- they will not rush you through your appointment either so it is very much worth the wait. The family feel and individual attention is second to none, and I would not recommend anyone else for body contouring after weight loss, pregnancy, or any other reason. Go see Dr. Kortesis, you will not regret it! Thank you Dr. K!!!!