Recovery & some recommendations

A whole year has gone by…

As I previously said….be patient and wait to see your results. I can’t believe it has been one year now since my very first liposuction procedure. My thighs are definitely slimmer than they were before lipo. Scars are almost gone/waded except on my knees which are not too bad either but it is noticeable. Overall I can say I am happy with the result and would recommend to anyone who is struggling with stubborn fat. Ideally I should go back and do a second thighs liposuction. I had too much fat on legs to start with and there is a limit how much fat can be taken out. At this stage I don’t think I will do it as I am planning to do liposuction on my calves soon and I just don’t have money to spend on it. Let the pictures talk for itself…23456

The most important as you go through thighs liposuction!!!

  • Be aware that your thighs will be covered with bruises and the colour varies as they heal.
  • Be aware that you will be walking very slow for 1.5 weeks after surgery because your legs are swollen and it hurts to move them. But go out and walk for sure despite of swelling to get your blood circulation going.
  • Purchase post op compression garment (I ordered these https://www.precisemedical.com.au/collections/post-surgery-liposuction-tummy-tuck-compression-garments/products/girdle-high-waist-to-ankle) or running compression tights (I had 2XU). And wear them 24/7 because they provide a bit comfort 🙂
  • Massage your thigh front and back at least once a day. I found it better to let someone else to do it for me because while massaging I was in pain and it was very hard to do it myself and apply some pressure. It is important to put some pressure while giving massage. It seemed to me that it helped bruises to heal faster.
  • Give it some time to heal and recover. You won’t see the final results in just few months. Just wait 10 – 12 months to see a true final result!

BE PATIENT – EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN, JUST GIVE SOME TIME!!!

A month has gone by

I would say that after 2 weeks post op I was walking normally, even though I still feel that tightness in my skin above my knee but not that much as a week after surgery. Bruises are almost gone, little left but its hard to see. When massaging I can feel a little pain there but its just not much.

My knees are looking much better as well. Before my thighs were fat above my knees now they look slimmer there. It is too early to see the final result but you can clearly see already now that my thighs are smaller. unnamedSkin needs to be tighten up completely and scars need to heal until I can wear shorts but I can surely see that my thighs have changed for better after surgery.

On the left is photo of my thighs before the surgery and in the right photo is taken one month post op. There is a bit skin and fat still left below my knee…not sure how this will look in 6 months…maybe it will get more done when doing calves liposuction or second thighs liposuction…will see.

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Scars were a big concern for me when I was doing research on liposuction but now seeing how good they are healing I am very hopeful that I won’t see scars after 6 months. At the moment they are a bit red-ish color but some smaller incisions are almost gone already just tiny red-ish/pink-ish dot left. I believe in time these scars/incisions will disappear. The only concern I have that when I get tanned do these scars stay white or get tanned as well. I guess the time will tell that too…

Scars a month post op.

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First 2 weeks post op

You need to prepare yourself really good before the liposuction surgery. Please, do a lot of research, read blogs, watch YouTube videos about it. It is very important to prepare yourself and be aware what will happen because what really happens is MASSIVE. Recovery  will take some time and what happens with your skin is huge. Have a look my pictures of my bruised thighs below from the day of surgery until 2 weeks after procedure. I think every one will agree with me that this is gross and very scary…but unavoidable so, be prepared and ready for things like this!!! Nothing photo shopped here…pictures of reality…

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These two weeks my skin was really tight and walking up and down on stairs, hurt a bit. Generally, walking was good compared to not moving at all and sitting on the couch all day but after walking longer than just 1 km my legs always started swelling and this made walking more harder. And of course I walked so slow because of uncomfort and little pain in legs, especially around my knee area.

Massage…mmm…yes this is like a heaven…it is so good after getting my thighs massaged and put my compression tights on. Also, it helps lumps to disappear and bruising to heal (I am not a doctor but I felt this way).

Very next day after surgery

I had really good sleep over night. Doctor visited me a couple of times after surgery last night in my recovery room. I felt okay just my legs were swollen and the right thigh was a bit bigger than the left one but I’m guessing that happened because each side behave and recover differently. Dr Arthur Tjandra mentioned several times that do not take much notice of the results until 3-6 months after surgery so, I’m not really worried about my results at the moment as it is way too early to estimate how my legs will look as the result of liposuction. Therefore, I just take day by day.

I was wearing compression garment and underneath I had the pads to absorb drainage and on top of that my legs were swollen a lot. So, moving around was very difficult due to swelling. I wished not to have knees so I could walk with straight legs and wouldn’t have to bend them 🙂 Going to toilet was very hard as it was hurting to sit on the toilet and bend my legs from the knee due to swelling. Yes, I took pain killers but it was still very uncomfortable and painful…but nothing unbearable. I was walking on my own and all was good except I was moving around very slow and probably had very weird looking walk 🙂

After breakfast Yusma (Dr Tjandra’s nurse who speaks English) called and asked me to come downstairs for massage. She removed the absorbent bads and massaged me. Massage did hurt fair a bit at first because the skin started bruising but believe me it was so good feeling after getting a massage and wearing compression tights afterwards. The massage helps with recovery as it smooths lumps and I think it also speeds up recovery from bruising.

Doctor had a look at my thighs as well after massage and said its all looking good even though it is all swollen.

 

 

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