I had a chin implant and sub-mental liposuction...
5 days post-op
As far as the discomfort and pain – I called my doctor’s office Friday because I was concerned about running out of pain meds over the weekend (they gave me a small amount of Percocet to get me through the first few days but I took the last of that last night and believe me I still needed it). Whereas at first they acted it would be no big deal to give me a few more to get me through the weekend if I needed it – when I actually called Friday to get a script, the nurse I spoke with on the phone acted like I shouldn’t be hurting anymore and told me to take extra strength Tylenol. (Tylenol is a joke for me - it does ZERO for my pain.) I wasn’t really surprised by this seeing as I have worked in the medical field and I have lived in KY long enough to know that they act like anyone who requests or needs a pain pill must be addicted to them - It is VERY frustrating when you can’t get the stronger medication when you legitimately need it because of so many people abusing it. I know doctors are put in a precarious position because of the laws and all that but right about now as I am sitting here throbbing I’m not very happy that I couldn’t get a few more to get me through until Monday. Anyways - I am really more concerned as to why I am still in pain if I am not supposed to be. I was told that I am now allowed to take ibuprofen and so today was my first day off narcotics and with just ibuprofen and it really wasn’t enough to make me feel as comfortable as I’d like but… it’s the weekend and it is what it is. It did dull the ache a bit, just not as much as I think it should have and it is still interfering with my sleep and I am not very comfortable which is making sitting here and concentrating on homework very difficult. (I am in college – my last semester YAY!) At least with the pain pills I could fall asleep for a little while because they have that effect. Hopefully by Monday though I will feel a little better that way and if I don’t I’ll be making an appointment to find out why anyway. I will admit – I do have a low tolerance to pain so maybe that’s why this is a little harder on me than others BUT even though they said they used one of the smallest implants and all that – my chin is the main source of the pain. My chin itself throbs at times and it is as HARD as a rock. I have some purple marks out the front part of my chin – but most of my bruising is from the liposuction underneath. (I’ll add a couple pictures.) I have the numb bottom lip everyone talks about and it is starting to REALLY get on my nerves. I don’t look funny (other than bruising/swelling of course)– no drooping lips or not being able to speak correctly – but I cannot smile as big as I should be or open my mouth very wide. There is a LOT of pressure in that area. It’s no unbearable but again, I wish I had a few more pain pills and I am looking forward to this part easing up. I did notice that it looks a little like I am frowning when my face is relaxed – but I am trying very hard not to analyze too much during this time because I have read over and over that the swelling causes so much of this and that it dissipates and goes away within the first few weeks. So again, I will keep posting for those of you following my recovery and results trying to decide if this is a good option for you.
PS- I don’t get my stitches out until next Friday which is 10 days post-op. That seems like such a long time to wait. When I go in that day, we are supposed to do the fillers for some of the acne scars. I am VERY nervous about the needles going into my face that day. They were originally going to do the fillers when I was sedated from the chin augmentation Tuesday – but decided I would get the best result if I wasn’t lying on my back on a table all swollen from surgery – which I agree with – BUT – now I have to be awake! LOL If anyone has any idea what this will be like let me know. I am hoping that it’s worth it for the scars. I have battled acne since I was a teen and I would love to have a much smoother look to my face so I hope this does work.
So much pain this morning...
Appointment later today to get stiches out
I was very pleased with Dr. Waldman and his office staff. They have all been very courteous, professional, and kind. Dr. Waldman has been straight forward with me about this procedure and also with a couple other procedures I am having done. (Fillers for acne scars and thinking about a round of light botox to make my eyes lift a bit and keep my crows feet at bay for a little while.) Instead of trying to sell me on more expensive procedures, he has had my limited budget in mind while giving me honest options and advice to the questions I have had. You should always feel you can put your trust in any doctor your choose to take care of your health- but most importantly a doctor that is working on your face - and I feel very comfortable in doing that with Dr. Waldman. Though I am still swollen from this procedure because it's only been 2 days - I think he did an excellent job and I fully trust should any complications arise he will make sure that they are corrected - but so far so good! I will definitely go back to his office for any further procedures I may chose to have done in the future.