changinggenetics on Realself
5 years ago
09/08/2015, 02:00 AM
I've always had a larger athletic frame. Even at my smallest, I never felt confident in bathing suits. I have the wide hips and lovehandles from my fathers' side and I have the "pooch" in the center of my belly from my mother's side. I am not getting any younger so I decided to look into lipo. My first consult was terrifying because I was so new to the world of plastic surgery and I kept thinking "I can't believe I am doing this." I went back a second time a month later after I had been able to come to terms with the fear and read another hundred or so reviews! I knew all along Dr. Khalifeh was the right doctor for me. He and his staff are so patient and kind, and I quickly felt totally comfortable. Feeling comfortable I think should be one of the biggest factors in a cosmetic surgery decision because you have so many other emotions to deal with throughout the process. Having them on your side and being part of your support team is critical. For example, the greatest challenge I went through was the 2-3 weeks prior to the surgery when I was wrestling with feeling ashamed, guilty, scared, etc. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who helped me through the emotional roller coaster.
The day prior to the surgery, I had questions and even concerns. When I called the office to see if I could be seen, Dr. Khalifeh answered the phone as it was before opening hours and made time to see me. We talked through everything and decided to add small implants to the procedure. He said it was no problem and would have them overnighted in time for the procedure the next morning. (This was an additional price not included in this review)
Day of the procedure everything went very smoothly. Dr. K and his team were wonderful. I was terrified when they started putting the IV in and prepping me for surgery, but in a moment, I was out and didn't wake back up until it was time to leave.
I was uncomfortable the day of the surgery, but only in minor pain. I actually slept most of the day. I did have a ton of draining and it was more than I even expected. Lots of towels were needed! Dr. K called that evening to check on me which I really appreciated.
Day 2-3: Holy pain. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My lower back hurt, my entire abdomen, and I had very limited mobility. Still having trouble getting the pain under control. Dr. K called again and increased my pain meds and called back an hour later to see how the extra dose was working. I just tried to sleep as much as I could.
Day 4: Still having a ton of trouble getting around and I thought I would be much better than I am by now. Starting to feel a little depressed from not being able to get comfortable or sleep for more than 4 hours. I've needed my husband to do basically everything for me thus far. It was also the first day I could take off the compression garment and clean myself up. I was looking forward to this because I could barely stand how badly I smelled! But, when the garment came off and I saw the drains and bruising, I fainted. I had my husband give me a sponge bath more or less but it was really difficult. I did start to eat more regularly today. The meds had me not wanting to eat more than a few bites each day until now.
Day 5: I hoped to be back at work today but that wasn't going to happen! I even needed my husband to drive me to my first post-op appt with the doctor. He removed the drains and they gave me a new compression garment. I hope they burn the one I had been wearing! So uncomfortable and no amount of washing was getting that sucker clean! Dr K suggested I take the rest of the week off from work and he refilled my pain meds to get me through. He said everyone has a different experience with the pain. For me, the lipo was way worse than the implants pain-wise. I actually don't have a ton of bruising and swelling so I'm lucky there.
Will continue to update as the days go on, but here is what I think you should know if you are like I am and reading hundreds of reviews before going through with this:
1. Find a doctor that makes you feel really comfortable and safe.
2. The emotional journey is significant so be prepared.
3. Be off work for a week.