I've always had a "Dora the Explorer" shape, no...
I've always had a "Dora the Explorer" shape, no matter how in shape I've been. I wanted some curves to me, and I wanted the bulk of my midsection defined. After battling ovarian cysts for the past year, and gaining about 20 lbs, and losing my self esteem, I knew that this was the time to act. If you aren't into high rise, med-center doctors, who look at you as a pay check, not as a person. Dr Carreon might be a good place to start. I never felt uncomfortable or out of place. I didn't feel like they were picking out my flaws for profit. I felt empowered to make the best choice for myself when leaving her office.
2 days post op
Minimal swelling, but I've followed my doctor's instructions perfectly. I haven't had much pain, but I'm very dependent on my compression garment. My belly feels like jello without it on. My pelvic area is pretty bruised up, but the pain is extremely tolerable.
I only had drainage for the first 18 hours after my procedure. Dr C's staff had me wrapped to perfection, so I have very little to clean up. In my 10 pack of bed liners, I used all but 3. When I took off my dressings, they must have weighed at least 3 lbs!
Day 5-- kill me!
Today was the first day that I've been in any extreme pain. It's a mixture of starting to swell up, and my period forced it's way through my birth control pattern. I'm miserable!!! It hurts to sit, my back hurts and I feel like a balloon. I really think that most of my symptoms are from my menstrual irregularity and a case of bad luck/ timing. My bruising is starting to show more on the top of my abdominal area and less in the pelvic region. My sides are extremely sensitive, but my curves are starting to show! I'm very excited, I can't wait to get back in the gym and finish the job.
I'm feeling great and I think today is the day that I'm going to get back in the gym for some light cardio. I had to cover my furthest stitches on each side with bandages, because I sleep on my sides. They are getting really irritated, but minimal redness. My sides, where I feel like she sculpted the most, are extremely tender and a bit numb.
2 year update
My only issues are that I have a few lumps that I'd really like to smooth out.