I Did It: Liposuction

Why? I wanted to lose inches on my inner thighs, knees, tush, hips, stomach and upper arms.

Name: Amy
Age: 31

Cost: $6,000

Did your health insurance cover any of it? No

Where it was done: In the plastic surgery wing of a hospital in Mount Kisco, NY

Describe the procedure in as much detail as possible: I arrived at the hospital in the early morning. I changed into a gown and walked into the operating room. Once there I removed my gown and the doctor marked my body with a marker to guide him during the surgery. Then I got on the operating table and was given an injection. An IV was inserted into my arm. One of the great things about this was that it was all done under heavy sedation and I wasn't completely knocked out. The next thing I knew, I woke up in the recovery room and had on a one-piece elastic girdle going from underneath my breasts to just above the knee and ACE bandages wrapped around my upper arms. I felt some pain, for which I was given a Demerol shot. Later I was moved into a normal private room for the night. I learned they removed about five liter bottles of fat from my body

What was the recovery like? It was uncomfortable and even painful at first -- I was very glad I opted for a private hospital because I received a lot of attention and I had a great deal of privacy. I never saw another patient and my room looked like a hotel suite with a beautiful bathroom. This bathroom came in handy because I threw up once from the anesthesia! I definitely felt uncomfortable. I couldn't walk and I felt very sore. It was hard to find a comfortable position to lie down and I needed the pain medication. Also I felt like I was wearing a soggy diaper. I oozed a lot of fluid and blood all throughout the night. The next day I went home, and I couldn't walk and was very sore. Then I basically spent the next three weeks in bed. After the first few days I didn't really take any pain medication beyond Tylenol, but I was too sore to resume my normal daily life. I couldn't wear normal clothes (I wore sweatpants). But even though there was a lot of swelling, I noticed a difference right away. I was swollen but I could tell my shape was different.

How long did the procedure take? I think it took about two hours.

Any pain? (Rate on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain.) 6+.

Did anything during or after the procedure surprise you? No. My doctor did a really good job of telling me what to expect.

How embarrassing was it? (Rate on a scale of 1 to 10.) 1.

How happy are you with the results? (Rate on a scale of 1 to 10.) 10. I didn't lose weight, but I lost inches! I lost about an inch and a half off each thigh, two inches off my hips, two inches off my stomach and two inches off my upper arms. I've always had a problem with my weight (I was 180 pounds at the time of the surgery) but my weight is very evenly distributed, so maybe that's why I had very even results. However, I did gain some weight after the surgery where I usually don't gain, like in different areas on my back.

What was the feedback from your husband/boyfriend, family or friends? I didn't really tell anyone about this because it's just not something you go around telling people about. But my close friends and family who knew about it can see the difference. I did it for me, and I can see the results -- which is what matters to me. My inner thighs don't rub together when I walk anymore and I look better in clothes.

Would you do it again? If so, would you change any part of the experience? I would do it again, but I would be careful NOT to gain weight after the procedure.

Overall, how would you rate this experience? (Rate on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 meaning you would recommend it to friends.) 10.

What advice do you have for other women who are considering the procedure? DO IT!

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