I had my surgery on Tuesday and today has been a bit of a groggy blur. I hurt a lot which I wasn’t expecting. Of course I was expecting pain, but maybe just not quite so much. I hurt in strange places. For example I hurt in the roof of my mouth, in my throat where the breathing tube was placed, in my neck near a gland. These places surprised me. Then I hurt in places that make perfect sense like where my nose was broken and then of course the area of my arms that got sucked out. Oh and the back of my neck is sore from sleeping at a 45 degree angle and holding my head a bit funny. This is something you don’t really think about but trust me, it will bother you.
I took off my bandages today and my face isn’t too bad, I took a few pictures so you can see. I’ll have my nose splint on for another week so until that comes off it hides the big reveal. But you can see how much slimmer my face is even with the swelling. And you can see how bruised I am.
My arms however, oh my goodness. I want to put a really big warning on these pictures before you scroll down because they are somewhat terrifying. I mean that, keep in mind the dark reddish purple isn’t marker or anything, it’s bruising. For a short time I was afraid I had a hematoma but after sending the pictures to Dr. Pope at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center he quickly calmed me down and told me it was just swelling and bruising typical of liposuction. I’ll continue taking my Arnica Montana gel and pills and understand these things take time.
Honestly this is what it is all about, time. Your results don’t happen overnight. You don’t lie down on the table and then get up with a finished product. There is a recovery time and your doctor should tell you about this. My doctor not only told me about recovery time but his website gives a cosmetic procedure recovery time for anything you are interested in having done. Then before the surgery I received an even more in depth print out of what to expect during my recovery and what to look out for. And like any good doctor should, he gave me a number to call if I had any questions. And call I did, to have little mini freak outs twice. Both times he and his nurse were 100% professional and assured me I was fine and that I wasn’t the only patient to call with crazy concerns.