What Recovery is Like Post BBL on a Skinny Vegetarian Girl - Sydney, AU

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I am day 4 post BBL procedure and am finally...

I am day 4 post BBL procedure and am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As my title suggests, I am a skinny girl who is vegetarian (166cm, 53kg). I do have some fat deposits here and there but in all the wrong places (flanks, chicken wings and abdomen). There isn't much but if it were all accumulated into my buttock area, it would then give me a very much desired shape. But more importantly, I could fit my jeans, shorts and trousers better. I'm skinny yet I have these love handles which bulge out of every pant I wear. So out of frustration, I booked myself in for the BBL in Sydney (I had to fly over from Western Australia). The surgeon performed liposuction on my flanks, abdomen, thighs, back and chicken wings.

Here is my journey so far:
8/2/2013 I am making chit chat with the anaesthetist while watching him insert a needle into the hollow of my elbow. He tells me that I'm going to feel a bit spaced out, I tell him that I'll see him on the other side. Before I know it, I am woken up in the recovery room by my lovely nurse. She is trying to get me to drink apple juice (which was so refreshing). It has been four hours since my procedure was done. I feel ok and I feel intact but I feel very spacey. Twice, my lovely nurse tries to stand me but I twice I faint. They have to run a whole bag of saline solution in me. I end up staying in the recovery room for 7 hours (when only 3-4 hours has historically been needed). In the end, the plastic surgeon himself has to escort me back to my hotel to make sure I could get home ok (I was still so heavily affected by the sedative they had used on me). Now that's a story to remember.

9/2/13 Nauseous and dizzy. Luckily, I had preplanned and set myself up with some food because there was no way I could make it to the shops (even though it was a 2 minute walk from my hotel). Ended up vomiting what little food I could stomach. Night was uncomfortable, trying to sleep on your belly all night is not easy (especially since I only ever have slept flat out on my back!).

10/2/13 Extremely nauseous and another vomit again. I could not keep anything down and this was starting to worry me. I ended up contacting my surgeon who advised to stop taking the codalgin forte - apparently I sounded like I was sensitive to the codeine in it. So I stopped the pain killers but at least no nausea or dizziness!

11/2/13 Appointment to see the surgeon. He prescribed me a different type of pain killer (tramadol) but I am too scared to take it. I would rather the pain than endure the nausea and dizziness. He also prescribed iron tablets because I was looking like death (this is the vegetarian in me). I managed to get myself to the shops. I still had no appetite but I stocked up on 'up and go' (or sustagen is even better), pure juice drinks, bananas and anything that was easy and nutritious for my stomach to digest. I am glad to say that my stomach has handled these types of food well. Surprisingly, I also stomached a vegemite scroll!

12/2/13 I am feeling much better now but still too weak to venture out. I have finally had a chance to take a look at my new body and it looks great with the garment on but underneath I am horribly bruised. When I am feeling even better I will be sure to post before and after photos.

But I wanted to leave you all with some handy tips before then.

1. Make sure you do have someone to look after you. The more that fat that is liposucked from you, the harder the recovery.
2. Stock up with easy to digest, nutritious and fibrous food (make sure high in fibre to counterattack the constipation that comes with pain killers! trust me!!)
3. If you are vegetarian, take iron supplements before hand
4. Check with the doc what pain killers your body is compatible with and stick to them.
5. Do the ice thing for the first 24 hours to reduce bruising and then warm heat bag after the 24 hours.

Watch this space as I will post more. I am still yet to experience the 4-5 hour flight back home!!!

Sydney Plastic Surgeon


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