Lipo of the Ankle and Calves - Tampa, FL

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Well, after 10+ years of contemplating lipo on my...

Well, after 10+ years of contemplating lipo on my lower legs, I have decided to take the leap. In a week I will finally have the procedure done and damn, I am nervous. I've read several reviews on women who have had it done and their results are amazing but it sounds like quite a long journey to actually see the results. I guess I will have to be patient but its not one of my virtues. I will ensure to take before and after photos to share this experience for those who are thinking but hesitant about the surgery. Wish me luck!

In less than 24 hrs I will be getting my lipo on...

In less than 24 hrs I will be getting my lipo on my lower legs. I'm excited and yet terribly scared but I know if I don't do this I will regret it for the rest of my life. I shall write more upon recovery of my procedure.

Day of Surgery: well, this has been quite an...

Day of Surgery: well, this has been quite an interesting and painful day. First off, my relaxer drugs did not help me out one bit, then the anesthetic was most doubtedly the worse pain I have felt in quite a long time, especially when they were spraying the lido near the ankles. Holy crap, I wasn't expecting that. The remainder of the surgery was uncomfortable but bearable. They wrapped my legs in bandages until the seeping stops then I will have to start wearing my compression socks. The pain has already commenced. My calves feel like they are having continuous muscle cramps but the pain is multiplied. I really hate the way skin feels when your numb; I'm so ready for that to start going away. I'm glad I took a week off because I feel like I will need the time to relax and keep these legs elevated. Some say on here that they saw a difference immediately after the surgery, well, I didn't notice at all. They were quite swollen already. They did suck out 1,000 Ccs of fat which he said was quite a lot. So for now, that's all I have. I'm going to try to sleep a bit. I am quite tired.

Post surgery day 1: Did not sleep very well last...

Post surgery day 1: Did not sleep very well last night. My feet kept falling asleep and throbbing. Before I went to bed I changed out my guaze and it was soaked. The doc used ace bandages to compress my legs after surgery but during the night they became very annoying so this morning when I got up I removed the ace wraps and put my compression socks on and what a big difference, my legs feel better. I think those ace bandages were the reason for my feet falling asleep (possible cut of circulation). As for pain, well, the anesthetic has yet to wear off but my legs are quite sore. My feet and ankles are swollen but no bruising as of yet. Walking is nearly not as bad as I was expecting. I just have to walk slow and be careful to try not to push off of the toes because the calves hurt the most. I've been sleeping all morning because I took the good pain killers but I may just try the Tylenol and see if that is sufficient because the other ones make me a little sick in the stomach..

Todays goal is just to keep my feet elevated, catch up on sleep and watch movies. I took the week off of work and so I will take advantage of some rest. I do have before pics will begin to take after pics this afternoon.

Post Op day 2: Well, I'm a little confused at the...

Post Op day 2: Well, I'm a little confused at the moment. As I looked to see if my bandages needed changed I noticed that there is no bruising. After seeing photos of other women having the same procedure, their bruises are quite extensive but I have none. I'm not sure what to think. Other than that, I can walk and climb stairs without any issues. My calves are very sore, so I just walk slow. Today I may attempt to walk to my mailbox which is a little distance (I live in an apartment complex). But I feel the need to get out and try to warm up these legs. The draining has stopped so I'm excited to get a shower today. Pulling and putting on my compression socks is quite a challenge; Of course my legs are quite sore. Other than walking to the mailbox, it will be another day of relaxation, elevating my legs.

Post Op day 4: I still have no bruising and the...

Post Op day 4: I still have no bruising and the only reason I can think of is that I started Arnica a few days prior to the surgery. Yesterday I decided to go for a walk to get my mail. It's a good 20 minute walk and I had no problems when I returned. I just walked slowly and as soon as I got back to the house I elevated my legs. Today I went out and ran some errands; after a while of walking around, my legs started to ache and so I decided it was time to get back to the house. I still notice no change in the shape of my legs though my family noticed on the pictures I sent to them. The swelling is not too bad and I'm still numb on parts of my legs. I started on Motrin today so hopefully that will help with the soreness. The worse part is getting the compression socks on and off. Well, that's about all for now. I guess I will write more as time goes on.

Post Surgery Day 6: I noticed bruising about 2...

Post Surgery Day 6: I noticed bruising about 2 days ago but it was not very dark at all. I have been up and about the last 2 days and I must say that being active has caused swelling and achiness. So these last 2 days have been a little rough, quite sore. I try to elevate as much as possible but I'm sick and tired of laying down. The compression socks are getting on my nerves. My legs are starting to itch a little and I'm still numb in certain areas but I can tell its going away slowly but surely. I go back to work tomorrow and i am worried about my shoes (combat boots) because my legs are extremely sore to touch. I think I am going to attemp the gym tomorrow only to do upper body workout and maybe walk on the treadmill for 20 mins or so. Well, that's all I have for now.

I put "No" on whether it was worth it, not because...

I put "No" on whether it was worth it, not because of the surgery, but because of the doctor and his staff. Well, after a week of wondering why the pain and swelling has not been that bad, and that my legs looked nothing like all the other women I've reviewed on this site I realized that the doctor did not lipo the main areas that I requested to have surgery on. I guess this is partially my fault for not asking enough questions prior to him starting the surgery. I have worked with surgeons on numerous occasions not only from having surgery but working in hospitals. So, usually the surgeon will come in, talk to you prior to the surgery and discuss the procedure and what to expect; well this guy comes in, marks my legs, doesn't talk to me and then begins the procedure. Needless to say, I'm scared shitless and the last thing on my mind is questioning him on what he is doing especially since it was discussed at the consult and who am I to tell a surgeon what he needs to be doing. We are supposed to put our trust into them because they are the subject matter experts and we rely on them to take care of our needs. When I went for my first follow-up, only the nurse was there to see me and of course I couldnt ask him all the questions that have been brewing in my mind.Turns out that they marked my record to only couch my calves and ankles (back side only). The area of concern was the section between the calves and ankles but more on the side of the leg, not so much in the back, but I did ask for the back as well. Evidentally the part I wanted lipo'd was considered the front, which it was never explained to me in that context when I was scheduling the appointment. When I asked to have my calves and ankles scheduled, to me, that portion of the leg I needed work on is part of the freakn calve. Anyway, I'm supposed to go back tomorrow to see him and discuss this issue. Well, I'm sure it will be all my fault for not being more specific and I won't be able to get that portion of my leg suctioned for another 6 months or so. I went to have this surgery at this time of the year so I would be healed and ready to wear shorts and skirts for this coming summer, plus this is the slowest time of the year for my work schedule. Now I'm going to have to wait another freakn year and go through that pain all over again. Next time I will not go to him, I will definitley find a doctor who is caring and who gives a damn about thier patients needs. I will definitely not recommended him to others.

Post Op day 10: If you read the most recent post,...

Post Op day 10: If you read the most recent post, you will see that I did not have the full surgery that I thought I was supposed to be given, which will explain why it took 20 mins for the procedure and only $3500. I've been crying over this issue for the past 2 days because I really did not want to ever have to go through this again. Don't get me wrong, the recovery is not nearly as bad as I was expecting, I just didn't care for the way the surgery actually felt. I want to be knocked out next time or be put on some hard core drugs, not some stupid anti-anxiety pill. Anyway, here's the latest update. The back of my legs are bruised and its uncomfortable sleeping. I have been trying to lay on my sides and still keep them elevated but it's not that comfortable. I think I'm going to stop elevating them when I sleep. I also have slept a few nights without the compression socks. It feels good not having them on because I get itchy, but I notice when I do wear them, my legs are not as sore. I do not notice any changes. I continue to keep in mind that I won't see any changes for about a couple months but then again, the part of the leg I wanted to see changes on wasn't even touched. I went to the gym yesterday because I'm feeling like a slug. I walked very slow on the treadmill for 20 mins at a 2% incline and though it was uncomfortable I felt just fine afterwards, just a little stiff and wanted to stretch my calves out but I dare not even attemp to do that at this time. Then I conducted upper body weightlifting. All was well after that. My legs do swell up quickly at work, making my boots quite uncomfortable. I have to keep adjusting the laces throughout the day. Having the boots on and rubbing against my bruises is quite uncomfortable but its starting to become bareable. When I get home, I immediately ice my legs down. I'm still numb and its feels so weird trying to shave, so i've given up on shaving the back and only the shave the front. It makes me laugh. Well, that's all I have at this time. I will finally post photos this weekend, but at the same time, since I didnt have surgery on the area that leaves self conscience about wearing skirts/shorts, I find it a waste to post them, plus it makes me sad and makes me feel like an ass...oh well.

Post Op 6 months

So, there are definitely no changes to the shape of my legs; they still have no definition and now some areas are lumpy. I have had 3 consults over the last 2 months and each doctor showed me pictures of his results of people that had their ankles and calves lipo'd and they informed me that there was no reason that my previous doctor should not have finished what I asked for. Needless to say, I will go back this fall and have them redone but definitely by a new doc.
Tampa Plastic Surgeon

I did a lot of research prior to choosing this particular provider. Anyway, I've seen his work and its great. His bedside manners on the other hand, well, lets just say he's not very talkative unless you ask questions. Once he was done, he slipped off the gloves, said goodbye and that was that. I've worked with a lot of doctors/surgeons who are like this, not very soothing to their patients, but as long as the doctor is good at what he does, I can handle it. If you read my last update, it will explain more as to why I will never go back to him nor recommend him to other patients.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
2 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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