What to Do When You Have a Bellyful
Losing the love handles
Jackson likes his patients to stay home from work between three
and four days after surgery. He also expects them to wear a garment that
compresses the surgical area 24 hours a day for the first week, 18 hours a day
the second week, and 12 hours a day the third week. "It's like a
binder," he says. "You wear it underneath your clothes like a tight
Sam returned to work four days after his surgery. He had enough
discomfort to require pain medication. He weaned himself off the medicine
during the second week, stopped wearing the wrap after the fourth week, and
lost all but a little swelling by the fifth week.
"You need to be cautious and not overdo it," says Sam,
who was told his skin would be sensitive for six months to a year. "When
they separate your skin from your body in a large area, you will have some
discomfort. But it is certainly manageable."
Sam says it will take 13 weeks to fully appreciate the results
of his surgery. But that doesn't seem so long compared to what he says was a
lifetime of embarrassment.
"I feel really liberated, and I'm excited about seeing the
summer come and going to the beach," he says. "My results were so good
that I would say to anyone who can afford it, don't put it off. Because every
day after the fact, it will be more fun for you."
Bob Calandra is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in
several magazines including People and Life. He lives in