Today is The Day!!!
We woke up super early, around 6 am, not because I was worried or nervous about the surgery but we are just used to waking up this early at home. Had breakfast around 10 am and waited for the consultation what actually took place at lunch time 🙂
Consultation was very professional. Dr Arthur Tjandra examined the area I wanted to get liposuction done and we also discussed future liposuction procedures on my calves, arms, love handles and second thighs liposuction. Unfortunately, my thighs are too big to get them done with just one surgery as maximum fat what is allowed to get out during the surgery is 3 liters and doctor thinks I have 7 liters in my thighs 😦 He also explained in details what will happen at the surgery and about recovery. I asked all the questions what bothered me and I got all the answers. He is very confident and really knows he’s job. My surgery will take place in the afternoon and should take about 3 – 4 hours.
After consultation we went back to our room and had lunch. In couple of hours Yushma called and asked me to come down for the surgery. They prepared me for the procedure now. I already took some medicines at lunch time and now doctor put an IV needle on my left hand to inject pain killers. Doctor filmed some videos and marked the area. While doing all this I had to stand up but at some point I felt like I’m getting dizzy and felt like I will faint. I didn’t say anything yet as I hoped that this feeling does not last long but doctor noticed that I am feeling unwell and stopped filming straight away and asked me to lay down. Apparently, it happens with some patients. In few minutes I felt okay again and we finished filming and marking the area for the surgery and I was ready.
I never had any surgery in my life before and I never been under local anesthesia. During the surgery I did not sleep at all. Well, at least I can’t remember that I did. I was feeling okay but this feeling was a bit weird…I kind of was awake and at the same time I was like a bit groggy and sleepy. I remember myself just laying down on the surgery table but apparently I was standing up at some stage as well in front of mirror when doctor performed liposuction on my buttocks but I can not remember this at all. Also, my boyfriend was asked to come in and take pictures in the middle of surgery but I can not remember this again. Apparently, I got dizzy again when I was standing up…I do not recall any of this…so weird and scary at the same time 🙂
What I remember was constant pain in my thighs during the whole surgery. My mind was clear and I understood that I have to put up with this pain as the liposuction needs to get done. One of the nurses was holing my hands and I remember myself thinking that I can not squeeze as hard because I may hurt her but it was bloody painful 🙂 At the same time it wasn’t that bad either that I would asked them to stop the surgery but I remember me asking all the time like a kid ‘how long more to go’ 🙂 Honestly, a week after surgery and seeing slimmer thighs this pain is forgotten already and I am thinking about future liposuction procedures. I can not remember anyone writing in their blogs that it was painful so I’m guessing it is so individual and you shouldn’t worry about it too much.
My liposuction took about 3.5 – 4 hours and doctor got out 3.5 liters of fat. My legs started swelling and bruises started to appear. As I lost a lot of body fluids (fat and blood) I was given some liquid by IV needle to replace what I have lost during the surgery. Nurses cleaned me up and placed absorbent pads on the wounds to absorb all the drainage. Then nurses helped me to put on my special post op compression garment tights. It was really hard to put them on because my legs were bigger due to swelling and the pads made thighs tighter to wear as well. I was alright to walk to upstairs to our room. Honestly, I felt great. No dizziness or anything.
I went to my room and straight to bed 🙂 I was drinking water all the time to keep myself hydrated.