• Wonder Wednesday: What was a seroma like?

    This weeks Wonder Wednesday question is: What was a seroma like?  ***Graphic medical photos below*** As many of you know by now, I had a tummy tuck for lipedema removal on February 11th, 2021. Dr. Jaime Schwartz removed 3.5 feet of skin that weighed 20lbs. He also did manual extraction of the larger nodules and some liposuction as well. My stomach was almost all nodules and the removal of it was life changing. My back instantly felt better. About a week post op, I noticed when I leaned forward to pull my compression back up I was dripping from a non drain spot. I reached out right away to let the surgery tech know. I was advised to keep on eye on it but that it seemed like a seroma. A seroma is a collection of fluid that builds up under the surface of your skin. Seromas may develop after…

  • Surgery #3 Story & 6 Month Update

    The anterior thighs was my 3rd and so far worst in terms of recovery. Even though I classify it as the worst so far (and yes that includes the wound vac tummy tuck recovery), I would 100% do it over again. This surgery was my first big debulking. My thighs were emptied. The surgery was great just like the others and I woke up in less pain than before. The part that made recovery rough was when I decided to be a good patient and drink the protein drinks Dr. Jaime likes patients to drink. I figured since it was going to be the biggest surgery yet I’d up my protein, not realizing they had dairy. Four days of stomach issues, the constant need to pee and my period had me up/down on sore thighs. Drained, sick and emotional can make for a rocky recovery. By day 5 I was feeling…

  • Surgery Story & How I Am 2 Months Post Op

    On February 11th, 2020, My life got a restart... a restart that for the longest time was just a wish. On the 2nd "Pale Ginger Pear" day, I started my Lipedema Reduction Surgery Journey with Dr. Jaime Schwartz of Total Lipedema Care.