Active 53 Year Old Vaser Lipo Candidate - Stone Mountain, GA
I am a 53 Year old woman who after long...
2 Weeks Pre OP
4 Days til Surgery!
I Made to the other side!
Shower Time and removed my bandages for the first time
One week follow up appointment today.
I'm so glad that RealSelf is back online. I use this website as not only a reference but as a support group. Thanks to all who worked diligently to get the site back up!
Well as a recap I had my surgery with Dr. Boutte on December 21, 2015 (Upper, Lower Abdomen, Flanks, Lower Back, Bra Roll and BBL. Loving my results!
The photos I am about to post were taken on December 25th. You will notice some bruising, swelling and of course I am still sore. I have been taking my prescriptions, vitamins and following all post op directions. I struggle with my diet which is nothing other than typical with me. A dear friend brought me Christmas Dinner. I tore into it. It was so good! Well I later paid the price as it was well seasoned. Won't make that mistake again. It is pretty much eggs, vegetables, turkey, pineapple and water for me. My drainage tube areas are very tender. I had on a sports bar which was another mistake. It was the cause of my discomfort. I am still draining so I do not know if my tubes will be removed today. I have scheduled a massage for Wednesday but have been using the bruise ointment and massaging myself twice daily. This procedure has surely left me incapacitated. I also have a 35 pound dog that I must walk twice daily. Living alone has taught me to prepare for the unexpected. Today will be the first time I have attempted to drive since my surgery. I will post an update later on my follow up appointment.
Swollen and Uncomfortable
I had a follow up appointment on Monday and it was determined that I needed to leave my drain ports in. The alternative to removing them too early would be me needing to be drained...yikes! My stitches were removed and I have another appointment with Nurse Lee this Thursday. Compression, compression, compression is the key having said that I asked the nurse's assistant to help me to put my binder back on. I bout passed out! LOL She said that compression is very important. Well just let me tell you that was the most uncomfortable ride home. I was wrapped tight as a mummy and sitting on a BBL pillow. LOL Is it just me or does anyone else feel burning where the drainage tubes touch the skin near your torso? I know that I will be much more comfortable as time goes on.
I have scheduled a massage with Garrett's Healing Hands for Wednesday. Hopefully this will help with the draining. My back is killing me and I can not get a comfortable night's rest. My thighs and legs are so swollen. The healing process continues.
Happy healing to all!
Had my 1st Massage with Belinda "Garrett's Healing Hands"
Almost 3 weeks post op
This is my first update in 2016.
Recovery has been slow but sure. I got my drains out on December 31. Nurse Lee was so nice and talked me through the procedure. It was not as uncomfortable as I thought to have the drains removed. I had started to heal around the openings and she gently worked it loose. It took less than 5 seconds to remove the drains. Nurse Lee spent quite a bit of time with me and gave me a suggestion on where to find a Stage 2 garment. I went to the Sante Fe Mall on Venture in Duluth. I wanted a compression vest but the lady told me that my torso was short so a waist cincher would work better. She put me in a cincher that I thought would cut off all circulation. She advised that I wear it for 2 hours and it would loosen. Well I wore it for 4 hours and it was rubbing up against my rib cage and was quite painful. I have always worn compression garments prior to my procedure and this did not feel right so I returned it the next day and went up a size. Now we are cooking with gas. I wear my cincher and abdomen board for at least 22 hours a day. I would still like to purchase a vest. Is anyone aware of what type of vest I could purchase that would accommodate my short torso that would cover my lower abdomen?
I purchased a massage package from Garretts's Caring Hands and have been receiving massages for the past 2 weeks. Belinda has certainly helped me along in my healing process. She shows me how to massage myself in between massage sessions. She identified areas where I am accumulating fluid. She tells me that I am progressing nicely. Massages are certainly an added expense but well worth it. If anyone in the Metro Atlanta area is interested in Belinda's services she can be reached at 770-771-2570
I am attaching updated pictures taken on January 1 and January 9.
Hope all are healing well.
It just keeps getting better!
Wow! Dr. Boutte is an Artist!
I work out 3 times a week and was unable to lose my belly fat. I never gave much thought to having SmartLipo until a friend told me of her plans to do so. True to who I am I began researching different procedures. I had 2 consultations and was told each time that a TT was the best route. I have a history of keloids and decided that I did not want to risk a large incision. It was explained to me that I would see results with SmartLipo but it could not be guaranteed that my skin would retract. I explained that I was not looking for perfection only improvement. It was recommended that I have my upper and lower abdomen, flanks, lower back and bra line treated. I also had an indentation to my buttocks due to an injury from a fall so I opted to have a BBL as well. Prior to my procedure I took all prescribed medications and changed my diet. I can honestly say that I do not remember anything about my procedure. My suggestion is that you have someone with you that can stay with you the first night following your procedure. I only remember being prepped for my procedure and then waking up on my friend's couch early the next morning. Thank GOD for my friend who was only suppose to be my ride to and from the clinic...if not for her I don't know what I would have done that first night. Swelling was not too bad as I avoided sodium and made pineapple my new best friend.
Updated Photos from March 15, 2016
Pre & Post Comparison Pics
Rescheduled Appointment with Dr. Boutte
Life is Good!
I believe that the key to a successful outcome is having realistic expectations.
Life is Good!
Wishing everyone a safe journey to a happy and healthy you.