Having 2 wonderful children left me with the additional perks of stretch marks and stomach pooch - so, I've decided to do something for me this time, and invest on making my appearance better once again. I had the procedure done on July 7th and I would have to say, it was not so bad at all. My doctor began by giving me a shot of Demerol and started marking my tummy - I was getting my lower and upper abs done plus my flanks. Then I was taken to the surgical room and given anesthetics on the sites, followed by breaking up the fat using the laser. I didn't feel pain at all, except for when it gets around the rib area. Then the fat was suctioned out with a small cannula - at one point, I got up so the Dr can check the areas - other final suctioning, and I was done. I was wrapped and went on my way home. The whole thing took about 3 hrs, 2100 ccs later. No pain meds prescribed, just Extra Strength Tylenol.
Surprisingly, my first night wasn't so bad. I was tired, but not really in so much pain except when I had to get up from a sitting position and vice versa. I was just sore like I had a big workout - I was exhausted, that I fell asleep in my recliner. The next morning, I was going back to my Dr, for a post op follow-up - I took the city bus, and walked 11 blocks to get to the clinic, like it was nothing. I got there - they helped me out with my wrap, took out all the yucky pads - I drained all night and that was it - He was very pleased with my results, and since I wasn't draining anymore, I just went home in my garment.
I would say at day 2 (day 3 including the day of procedure), I was able to move around freely with very minimal feeling of soreness - I was able to flip from side to side while in bed, and it didn't even seem like I had anything done. I have been up and about with my kids and so far it's been great. I'm now at day 7 and I took off my surgical garment and started using the Flexees body garment which is way more comfortable than the one I was in. It looks like a bathing suit, so at least I can be in my shorts - It does feel like it's giving me the same compression as my surgical garment. I see my Dr again in another week. I know healing is an individual thing - so far, I'm doing wonderful.
I have been taking pictures and I'll update them as I go - feel free to ask me any questions.