Sunday, January 16, 2011

It is done.....

OK--so THE EVENT has happened.  On Wednesday afternoon............. I had SmartLipo. 

I did my upper and lower abs and flanks.  I am 4 days post op and I can tell you that the results are already AMAZING!  I am still very swollen, but I can already tell a huge difference in my shape.

I have been researching it and thinking about it since last Spring--and a conversation with a friend who had her chin done and some other work done by the same surgeon made me just decide to go for it.

I was as nervous as all get out--especially since I had to wean off the Zoloft--I was a train wreck by the time the surgery was to begin. 

It took about 2 hours and I was totally awake for it--it was not painfull at all--just VERY weird feeling.  The only part that really stung was the inital movement of the Lidocaine thru the area.  The nurse, dr and I were talking, laughing and joking throughout the procedure--I had to put in my IPOD for the "sucking out" part because that sound was pretty disgusting.  I had over 3500cc's of stuff removed.  It was disgusting!  Really turned me off eating for ever! 

I think the worst part of the whole thing was the night and day after--so much drainage of the tumescent fluid and icky stuff--I went thru tons of pads and clothes.  People kept asking what it was like--and seriously, I had to stand in a tub to change my dressings because the fluid just literally shot out of me--I had to massage it out as well and that was so gross--it literally was like breast milk shooting out.  GROSS!!!

I stopped "spurting" yesterday--and only had to massage the fluid  out in the morning.  I am down to just having gauze pads over the 5 holes (which are TEENY).  I think I will just put bandiads over them tomorrow as I am not bleeding or anything any more. 

I have to wear an abdominal binder for 2 weeks--which makes it hard to breathe and move--but I want the BEST results, so I am going to play by the rules (Dr. said I could switch to SPANX if I wanted to after a week--but we'll see).  I have taken nothing more than Tylenol or Advil for discomfort--it has just felt like I had a seriously awesome ab workout and am really just muscle sore.  I would not call it "pain" at all.

I worked at home on Thursday--just put my laptop on my belly and did my thing--and was back in the office on Friday.  I could not believe how easy this went--I expected so much worse.

I am seeing dramatic results from under the boobs to the bottom of my belly button--the lower abs and flanks are still pretty swollen--but with minimal brusing.  I'm still kind of numb from the belly button down--I have "feeling", but it's like when you get a cavity filled--again, just weird.

Hubby is also REALLY surprised at how good it looks already.  They say in all the literature that final results can take up to 6 months to see everything (thus, why I did it in Jan--so I am "summer ready"), but if the way I look 4 days later is an indication of how I will look a few months from now, I will be VERY happy.

I will keep you posted.....I have been taking daily pics and maybe I will have the "guts" to post them sometime--but right now, they are just for my personal journey.

If you have any questions, or want to ask me about it--feel free.....

OK--so that is the major thing I planned for myself this year so far....what could be next???


Kelley said...

Wow! Sounds like you'll be rocking a bikini this summer! Good for you! I'm all for anything that makes you feel good about yourself. Rock on, sister!

Ang said...

Awesome!! You've got balls chick!! I'd be tooooo chicken to try that!! So glad it went well and you are already pleased with results. That rocks!!