I'm a 46-yr old female who struggled all her life with a little fat always deposited in the same places (hips, thighs). I was a sprinter years ago, which allowed me to develop muscular legs but since I no longer spring (ha!) little bits of fat would happily occupy the former muscule space. I notice my butt sags (used to have well developed muscles) and to run the fat off was becoming a daily crazy challenge. It was hard to juggle hours at the gym and work. My three kids are now on their own and it seemed like the right time to remove the stubborn areas. I don't really gain weight, so I figured lipo would round things out better and my diet is still quite good. I still run about 5x/week about 3.1 miles and do weights here and there.
I started lining up consultations. Some cost as much as $200. I went to a good variety of providers: very well known plastic surgeons (NY and CA), lipo clinics, and a few that I didn't know much about but had good consumer reviews. After all was said and done, I had the procedure on January 18th. I had my love handles, hips, outer thighs, and inner knees done. I was also alone as my husband's flight was cancelled and staying at a hotel (part of my job when I travel anyway).
Maybe its crazy but I am glad I actually wasn't at home! I would have been lazy and not willing to move much! 48-hrs later I flew 3,000 miles home and today is the 12th day and I feel good. I have one site still draining, but the bruising is improving. I was able to drive home and even get to the pharmacy. It was very crazy in that trying to get in and out of the compression suit was futile and changing the dressings was pure hell. I also had to get wrapped up again to get to the pharmacy to buy more pads and a pair of crutches.
The first night I spent sleeping maybe 2hrs on my back. The next day I did go to work very very slowly, and leaked everywhere but I was very motivated as the following day I had to pack and fly home. Somehow all of the distractions passed the time quickly. Once at home finally it was easier to wrestle with the garments and finally, today, I am feeling better. Still a little lumpy, bumpy and numb but overall happy I did it so far! I will try to figure out how to post more pix!