Going ahead with liposuction was not a decision I came to lightly. I spent over a year researching the procedure and it's results. I read several reviews about the painful procedure and was a bit apprehensive about whether it would work for me. I also had concerns about skin sagging and other complications. At the beginning of 2016 I met with Dr Paul Quinn in Perth for a consultation. Dr Quinn had a look at my legs and told me how liposuction could work to slim them down. Throughout the consultation he was honest about what I could expect after liposuction. He could tell that I was nervous and apprehensive about the procedure so talked me through each stage, the recovery and healing process thoroughly. Dr Quinn also advised me that in order to see the best results and how my skin would react to the liposuction, it would be best to break the process up into three stages. I decided to go ahead with the procedure.
The first stage consisted of liposuction to the front and side of my thighs. I did this under local anaesthetic so I was awake during the procedure. I chose this option because it offered a faster recovery alternative to General anaesthetic (which would have made me drowsy for a day or two after). I did not have any issues with doing liposuction while awake. Dr Quinn and the nurses were are incredibly accommodating and encouraging throughout the procedure. Since I was able to handle the liposuction with minimal pain, Dr Quinn took out more fat then we had originally planned. I really appreciated that he kept working even though we had exceeded the agreed time for surgery. The first stage was the most rigorous. I had read that some people were able to go to work within a few days of surgery. However, due to the volume of fat taken out I was unable to do much for approximately 1-1.5 weeks. I was swollen and bruised for around 5 weeks, but the pain was almost none existent after the first week.
Three months after stage one, I went in for stage two of liposuction to the back of my legs. This procedure was less intense than the first one. In this procedure, Dr Quinn focused on the back and inner thigh. The procedure was shorter than the first one. I felt fine to move and work within 2 days. However, since the lipo was done to the back of my legs it was difficult to sit down for long periods of time.
At my latest consultation with Dr Quinn he advised me that I should wait no less than 12 months before deciding whether I will go through with the third stage of the process. The third and final stage is to 'touch up' my thighs and it would be too difficult to make a decision about this stage before seeing the full results of lipo (which take a minimum of 12 months).
The lipo did not reduce much of the appearance of cellulite, but I was not surprised by this because I understood that lipo is not for cellulite reduction. However, it made the size of my legs significantly smaller and I feel far more confident wearing jeans and dresses.
Overall, I am incredibly happy that I went through with the procedure. Having Dr Quinn as my surgeon made the experience even more worthwhile. I would recommend this to anyone who has struggled with the size of their thighs for many years and has tried to exercise and diet tirelessly.