Lower Body Lift revision, Spiral Thigh Lift, Breast Lift - San Antonio, TX
Exceptional first consult. Dr. Fisher conveys...
Long-lost waist now found
Thigh lift incisions are like zombies. Just when you think you're safe.....
The first few weeks, I adopted just about every suggestion written here on RS by persons who had undergone a thigh lift. Some I didn't use/need, and next time I'd wait to see if I needed everything recommended. However, going back to work full-time, and not paying super-meticulous attention to my every movement may have worked against me. The glue used to close the incisions has all come off now, too, so that means more tension on the incisions. I think I was feeling good enough that I started to not be deliberate in how I was using my body.
I was sitting, and twisted as I was getting up. I felt & heard a ripping sound in my groin, and knew what had happened----About a 1.5 inch opening in my incision. It's not super deep and it's not gotten bigger, but it's still kinda gross, with whitish webbing over bright red flesh. I tried to close it initially with steri-strips, but that didn't help much. Now, I'm just keeping it clean and covering it with a Telfa bandage so clothing doesn't rub against it. Still have some twinges and zingers of pain, and it's difficult to start moving in the morning. Otherwise, not bad.
Then yesterday, I thought I had a swollen inguinal lymph node, because I felt a smooth, hard mass about the size of a small egg underneath my incision, just on the inner front of my thigh. I palpated it to figure out what it was, and whoosh--- clear serum came out through my incision. Another Telfa pad. Ugh.
I know these sorts of minor complications are to be expected. I read intensively to try to figure out how to prevent complications. There seem to be lots of factors, with persons who have more concommitant surgical procedures, larger amounts of skin excised, are too active too soon, etc. more likely to have a complication. It seems that there have been several RS posters with thigh lifts lately who have had zero complications-- Good for all of you. I'm jealous!
If I have any advice, it's: 1) anticipate that you might have a few complications, particularly if you're a MWL patient, or you have other procedures at the same time, 2) even if everything seems closed up and you're feeling good, continue to be slow and deliberate in your movements, 3) wear your compression garment and rest. Although you may feel and look healed, you're still at high risk for problems. There's a reason why one is restricted from driving for 2 weeks, and from exercise (except easy walking) for SIX weeks. I've been super-dosing the protein and vitamins since before surgery, and there's no sign of an infection.
Now, all I need is some patience. :-)
Wish I'd hurry up and heal already.....
Let's see, anything else I can whine about? Some days I get claustrophobic in my compression garment and can't do anything until I'm released from its restraint asap. I also have bouts of extreme itching of my extremities (not near my incisions at all), but that seems to respond well to one Benadryl capsule.
I need to keep reminding myself that this was elective, that it's a pretty typical course for my surgery type, and that it won't last forever. In other words, "Suck it up, Buttercup." :-)
I'm nearly 20 years post-MWL, and 9 years post lower body lift. The LBL, which I had done by a surgeon in Mexico, made a dramatic difference for me. I could get into size 4-6 pants, which made me feel thin! However, as time went on, I suppose my standards raised, and it became clear that I was left with no hips or buttocks, and a waist that was approximately the same size---a boxy, masculine shape. That plus the remaining saggy skin from breasts and thighs made me seek out a revision. This time, I spent more time researching PSs. The *best* way to choose, in my opinion, was to look at photos, lots of them. Any PS can have one or two really good outcomes, but I wanted someone who consistently improved all of his/her patients, including those with my specific problems. Dr. Fisher (that's Peter Fisher-- There are several Fishers.) was one of my two top choices. I frankly weighed skill above bedside manner in making my choice, but it was fortuitous that the very best MWL-plastics surgeon also is one of the most personable and understanding. At my consult, he gave me clear feedback about procedures I thought I needed, but really did not. I flew to Texas for an over 2 week stay, and it was well worth it. [His prices are quite reasonable, and the plane fare and hotel stay added on were still less expensive than my other choice of surgeon.] He has an artist's view of the entire body, and knows what needs to be done aesthetically. He also has an engineer's eye for the meticulous details that are required to get to that place. He spent over an hour measuring/marking the day before surgery, and he corrected his lines a few times to adjust for later lines and different positions. The office and nursing staff are wonderful, and I was followed closely until I left. I am so happy with my results and with Dr. Fisher. He's truly one of the best for MWL patients who have lost their shape. He's genius at sculpting a lovely, curvy body from all that skin.