am 47 years old and have over the last 5 or so years put on lots of extra bulk in my stomach, thighs and behind! I am 5'8" and weighed 155 lbs. I have usually worn a size 6-8, but am now barely fitting into a size 10...sometimes a 12, depending on where I shop. My exercise and eating habits have been fairly consistent
( I run 2-3 times per week, and eat a fairly healthy diet) but I still gained weight and bulk around my middle. Shopping experiences are quite depressing. I see many things that look very cute, but know that they won't look "cute" on me! I have discovered that clothes don't usually look so great with a muffin top...or big thighs for that matter!
I had smart Lipo on May 22, 2009. I had upper and lower abs, flanks and inner thighs. I am planning on having outer thighs and banana roll done in the next week or so. I really enjoyed reading posts from others prior to my experience, so I thought I would do the same.
Day 1-The day of the procedure I was very nervous, as I have read many posts about the pain, but it really wasn't bad at all. There were some areas that were more difficult that others such as the area right around my belly button, and my flanks. My inner thighs were a breeze! When they did my flanks I had this sensation that he was poking me in the side...you know when someone pokes you in your side and you pull away. It was a weird feeling, but it did subside after about 15 seconds or so, although it would start again every time he stopped or started. The flanks were the hardest and there were some spots that hurt. My doctor had to keep numbing the area, as it was quite sensitive. That night I came home I changed my pads at the drainage site. I used maxi pads as someone had suggested, and that worked great. It does require two people though, as the leaking is a lot, and it's hard to position the pads and put on the garment at the same time. I took two ibuprofin before I went to sleep, and slept without a problem. I will post pictures of before the Lipo and 24 hours later when I submit this post. I plan to post more pictures at one week. I found the pictures very helpful when deciding whether or not to do the procedure!!!
Day2- Weight increased from 154.5 to 161 lbs, and about one half to one inch bigger in hips, stomach and legs. Lots of swelling, and some drainage. Pretty sore, but it doesn't really stop you from going about your routine. I went to grocery store, ran errands etc without a problem. Slow getting in/out of car and takes a minute when you get up to get used to it, but not a problem. I was a bit nervous in the crowded grocery store as I was afraid that someone would bump into me, and I knew that would really hurt! Fortunately that didn't happen! Drinking loads of water...and peeing all day! I Took ibuprofin two times today, but still no pain meds.
Day 3- Weigh 159 lbs, so swelling is less today...I feel less swollen too. Measurements are about where they were before procedure. The leg measurements haven't changed at all so far...not up or down, and they still look very much the same as before the Lipo. I hope to see changes when the swelling starts to subside. Stomach feels very rigid, and doesn't really bend at all, which feels pretty strange. No bumps or lumps yet though. Getting up and down still uncomfortable, but getting better. Today is Sunday, and I have to go back to work on Tuesday! I was able to take a shower today, and took a few minutes with the garment off to slip on my pants. Even with all the swelling, they fit sooo much better! No more muffin top! I am so excited! I put on a couple of tops too that I wasn't wearing before because I thought they made me look fat, and they looked great also! I can't wait for my final results.