I am 5'2", 163 lbs, and had 2400 ccs of fat removed from my inner and outer thighs, inner knees, and hips! I've read that 450 cc's is equal to 1 pound, so they sucked out about 5 pounds of fat. For a visual, the nurse said it was a little more than a 2 liter bottle of soda. Now, 5 pounds may not seem like a lot, but if you google image 5 pounds of fat you'll see that it is a significant amount. My thighs are pretty swollen, but I noticed the difference in my hips right away. I am so happy, and I wish I had done this sooner! I was so worried about the recovery time after reading some of the stories on here. All I can say is that for me, recovery has been a breeze! I've definitely felt worse. Its like coming home from a very long bike ride, and you're just sore.
Recovery Tips -
#1 Stay positive! Even with all the swelling you're not going to be as big as you were before surgery, and remember it will get better every day.
#2 Keep on top of your pain meds. Don't wait until you're in pain to take your meds. Take your pills on schedule and stay ahead of the pain, it makes everything so much easier.
#3 Drink lots of water with lemon juice in it. Lemon juice has many healing powers. It will help you heal faster and get rid of toxins so your skin will look beautiful. Before surgery, I went to the store and got the bottles of lemon juice so I wouldn't have to fuss with cutting and squeezing whole lemons.
#4 Eat lightly. My favorite meals have been egg on toast, tuna on toast, lots of yogurt, pudding, and apple sauce.
#5 Avoid high sodium foods or you'll puff up like a balloon. My rule is if it has more than 250 mg of sodium in it, then I'm not eating it.
#6 Peas are important. Make sure you put frozen pea bags on your lipo areas on and off every 20 minutes. Athletes do this all the time when they have an injury. It helps with the swelling.
#7 If you're getting thigh lipo, I recommend getting a cushioned toilet seat...just sayin'.
#8 Don't be afraid to get up and move about the house. I was so surprised at how much I could move about. I thought I would be bed ridden for days, not the case at all! I've been able to move about just fine, just make sure you don't over do it, your body will let you know when its time to get back into bed.
#9 The garment is awesome! Not nearly as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. I've worn Spanx that were more uncomfortable! It's important to keep the garment on as much as possible, your results won't be as good if you don't wear it. So how do you keep it clean? What works for me is in the morning I shower with the garment on, scrubbing out the stains (this helps to massage your lipo areas as well). I then take the garment off, ring it out, and my fiance puts it in the dryer. I then finish my shower, and when I'm all dry the garment is ready to put back on.
#10 With lipo you will have some drainage, it seems to very for everybody. I haven't had too much, but make sure you have extra maxi pads to cover the incisions, and towels to lay on in bed. So long as you're prepared, recovery should be the easiest part of lipo...for me the hardest part was getting the courage up to go to that first consultation, and I'm so glad I did!