34, LBL w Inner Thigh Lipo, gained 100 lbs in pregnancy and lost quickly - Toronto, ON
I've been wanting to do a lower body lift since I...
LBL with inner thigh lipo
2 weeks from surgery!
2 weeks out!
This app is a little wonky
Had Pre-op appointment today, getting EXCITED!!
We went over expectations, and both the patient coordinator and my doc said my results will be a amazing. (fingers crossed!!)
I started taking all my pre-op supplements, and i'll be ordering my "medical equipment" this week. I'm getting a walker, raised toilet seat and a recliner on a rental basis.
Found out i'll be getting lipo everywhere from thighs to upperback to give me a whole new contour. I can't wait to feel more comfortable in my skin. I know my photos don't really show the excess skin/droopiness of my body but it's very visible in person. Espcially when i get thinner... which is why everytime i get to my thinnest, i get hopeless and gain 10-15lbs because despite working out 5 days, eating well and being "thin" i still have pockets of skin and fat. And it's been this way since i was 16 years old! I never really got to enjoy having a "young" body. So I'm hoping my time is now.
I have a COLD!
Surgery is in TWO days! Eeks!
More before pics
Just over 12 hours to go!
Post Op Day 1
Post op day 4
I've been having an easier time moving around for short periods of time. I still haven't attempted getting up out of my chair unassisted but I am able to get back into it on my own. I'm going to try that tonight since I'll be alone tomorrow during the day.
Am I the only one peeing on their garment??? I find it impossible to get the stream where I want it to go. I'm going to attempt taking this thing off tonight just cleaning a bit of it. Can't wait to not have it on 24 hours a day with drains. Ugh. I will try to take pics when I remove it tonight.
So last night was going swimmingly, got up unassisted, walked down stairs to watch TV with my boyfriend.. Etc all big milestones for me.
Suddenly, I finally felt the urge to have a bowel movement. This might be tmi if so, you might wanna skip this post. Anyway- sit on toilet, nothing happens. But now I'm starting to sweat and it feels like I really really have to go. And so when I try to give up and lie down, now I have this pain of something LARGE being right there needing to come out, so I go back and try again. I do for this 1.5 hours, I was like a desperate person on a mission. I drank more prune juice and water, waited. Nothing. Except for more stomach pains indicating the need to expel except nothing was happening.
The pain became unbearable. I kept this going back and forth all night. I couldn't sleep. Woke up in major discomfort every 30min-1 hour.
Finally at 7am, I was losing my mind, called my plastic surgeon he told me get the mineral oil (that he had to said to buy the day before which I didn't stupid me) and a dulcolax suppository. Boyfriend runs to store at 8am when it open and then leaves for work.
Finally after all this, at around 1030 am little was happening even with the suppository (which I read should take 15min to work and it'll be all sunshine and rainbows). So I decided to take action in my own hands. I won't describe what I did, cause it's disgusting. All I can say is, once it was done, I was sweating and pop allover my hands. But. I felt better.
Welcome to poo hell.
Slept the rest of the day. And then had a normal bowel movement in the afternoon. (which I pray is the norm moving forward)
So.. No pics yet. Will take at my post opp tokorrow. Might be getting all drains out finally. Sigh.
Day 6 - drains are out!
I cannot wait to shower tomorrow night. And wash my filthy garment!!!
I haven't taken pics yet because frankly I'm not loving what I see yet. Doc says I'm still 50-60% bigger than I should be and not too evaluate anything at this point. I'll try to take a pic though after my shower tomorrow now that drains are out.
I'm a lot more mobile now, walking up and down stairs on my own and stuff. But I'm still hunched over and getting into a sitting or lying position still scares me. My medical lazy boy is my best friend.
Day 7- I look scary.
I also got a good hard look at my body and I am REALLY hoping this is nowhere near the final result. My body looked better before! I have no waste, my thighs look huge and my butt looks flat (though it does look smooth! No lumps)
My doc said yesteday I should go down by 50-60% once all the swelling subsides. Hope it's accurate! My belly button and everything just look scary right now.
Day 8 had my first real "outing"
I go from feeling positive and happy with the progress I've made, but then I'll be in tears minutes later feeling depressed wondering if I did the right thing.
Tonight I don't feel as sore and tight as I normally do, wonder if it's cause I was moving around a lot more today. Boyfriend and I went for a lattee (yay my first one in 2 weeks) and then picked up my beautiful golden retriever to stay with us. He's been at my house with my son since the surgery.
Can't wait to be able to sit down at 90 degree angle and do normal things! And of course.. I'm hoping my results will start to emerge.
Day 9 new pics
So day 9 was similar to day 8 in terms of progress physically. This phase
is annoying. I feel limited in what I can do, but I'm no longer feeling the
need to sleep all day. So I'm just going stir crazy.
I took some pics before my shower...On a positive note, I do like the way
my bum looks but I am still very very swollen in my waist, thighs (which
look massive!) and back.
Day 11- pics
I still don't see the results I was looking for, my body looks and feels alien to me. And, I'm still worried my inner thighs look oddly "sewn". Maybe I'm just paranoid.
I also have a big scab where my old belly button was, I thought it was be beginning of wound separation but my ps says it's fine.
Every day I'm slightly more mobile. The progress after day 6/7 starts to slow down. At first every day you're hitting another recovery milestone, but then it starts to slow down. I thought for sure by now I would be driving around and feel comfortable getting into a sitting position. But I don't.
Sitting on a hard surface hurts cause I'm legs are still so sore and bruised. And getting info and out of sitting position still scares me (at a 90 degree angle) which according to my PS I shouldn't be doing anyway for extended periods of time until the 4 week mark.
I don't know how people go back to work after 2 weeks. Lucky for me, I work from home so I went back to work on day 5 but I'm working from my medical lift chair. A desk job would seem very scary to me at this stage of my recovery!
Swelling is continuing to go down, I see my ribs starting to show! Yippee!
I just want this tight, sore feeling to go away..
Tomorrow I'm going to attempt driving to see my PS to get some new coverings for my scar.
2 weeks post op. Almost fainted today!
Suddenly felt queasy as I was applying polysporin to my belly button. I started to put my garment back on, and my head started to spin. Luckily I made it to my lift chair which is right next to the bathroom cause I was about 5 seconds from passing out.
Not sure what caused this? Low iron? The hot shower? I'm going to see my PS today for Mepiform, maybe they'll have me see the doc.
Post op day 17
I really hope it doesn't turn into anything more but I know "wound separation" can start as oozing as the first sign. Hope mine is nothing.
Went out for dinner for the first time, i leaned back in my chair the entire time, to avoid tension.
Here are some pics. I know I'm still very swollen, and look Frankenstein-like, but I'm clothes I must say I'm loving my shape already.
Day 19 pics
My next post op is tomorrow, I'm really looking forward to seeing my PS, and getting his feedback on my progress
Swelling has gone down even more, although one thigh is more swollen than the other and looks so big. But I can see the shape emerging and liking what I see.
Day 20! Had my second post op appointment
Day 22 post op new pics
One thing I don't love, is the scar placement at my hip level. But I believe my PS went with my natural hip placement which i think is what is supposed to be done. I have a naturally short toros and long legs and one leg is about 1-2 inches longer than the other which you can see in the scar placement. I'm a Freak what can I say? Haha
My ps told me the scar would be higher as he sutures my thigh to my hip bone to tighten the leg , I'm fine with it.
If anything, I will laser my scar if need be.
As far as how I'm feeling, I'm feeling really great. I'm still sore and bruised but I'm moving almost as if I were normal(just a tad slower) and I'm walking upright. Never would have thought my healing would progress this fast.
Now my next "I can't wait" is : garment off at night, and swelling to go down to where I can wear jeans!
Almost 4 weeks post op pics
4.5 Weeks post op. Need to take it easy...
Last week i think i overdid it physically, went on dog hikes, went to a dinner party..etc and my upper abdominals started to throb. They continued to hurt through the weekend and even more so when i moved so i called my doc and they confirmed my suspicion. I need to slow down a bit. They said i don't need to restrict my natural movements or anything but just be careful and don't push it! Body is clearly still healing....
I guess cause for the most part i feel so normal, i naturally want to act normal but i need to remind myself.. this was major surgery and i still have another 4 weeks of healing.
As far as how my body looks, I'm pretty happy. I'm getting smaller by the week, although i am still quite swollen. I wore a dress on Saturday that i bought almost two years ago that i couldn't wear because of my mini kangaroo pouch and my love handles. Now, even with swelling, i can rock the dress and my new CONTOUR is what makes all the difference.
Pics in workout clothes
5 weeks! Had my first massage..
He showed me my before pics and I thought for sure he had the wrong chart! The photo of me from behind, at first glance looked like someone in their 50s or 60s. Certainly not a 34 year old who works out the way I do. He said I still have a lot of shrinking to do, these aren't my final results but even if they were I would be pretty darn happy. I don't love my thighs yet- but I love my smooth bum, smaller hips, flat stomach, no love handles, barely any stretch marks, and my overall shape.
I'm can't wait to get my butt in the gym and pump some iron!
After gaining 100lbs in my pregnancy 18 years ago,...
Pics at almost 6 weeks post op
Almost 8 weeks post op!
12 weeks post op
Bikini pic 3.5 months out
I'm pretty stoked with my results. Although some of "lumpiness" has returned now that things have settled I would say it's a HUGE improvement from where I was. And hopefully I'll be table to take care of that in the gym. My fave changes are the shape of my body. My PS carved out my true shape, small waist, curvy hips and my bum is round again like a mini kardashian. Lol
My only issue now is my thigh area. Huge improvement but I'm still insecure about them. I may get a mini inner thigh lift next year. I'll see how much the gym can impact them.
Also, I'll be getting a BA revision next year, I'm very excited about that! Currently I have 17 year old saline 325cc implants. Thinking of switching silicone HP 500ccs but I'll see what my PS says at my consult.
When I met Dr Adibfar, he initially came across as abrupt. He's very to the point, but he's also very thorough and he does not try to sell you on anything. Once you get to know him a bit more you see that he has a warmer side, and he is truly passionate about what he does and is a perfectionist. After my surgery Agata and Dr Adibfar were amazing. I would have never thought I would receive such amazing care afterwards. I had both their cell numbers (which I used quite a bit!) I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic, and I will be going back when I need my breast implants replaced next year.