I got my abdominoplasty and breast lift/ augmentation/ reduction on 7/31/09. It was worth it. A few years ago I lost 80 pounds with diet and exercise but although I was normal weight I still had tons of flab. A muffin top that stuck out farther than my chest. Rolls under my breasts that looked like a extra set. Bulges on my back below my bra strap which I refered to as my "back boobs". And my chest, it was awful. Both breasts were saggy but I was also very asymetrical which got much worse when I lost weight. On one side I had a saggy large C/small D (maybe) and on the other side I had a long floppy gigantic DDD.
I got this surgery because I wanted to be in proportion and not have funny bulges you could see through my clothes. The rest of my body (head,arms,legs,butt) was in proportion except for my torso. No clothes fit, I have never had a bra that fit and I constantly worried about how I looked. I'm 24 and I had figured my skin would stretch back when I lost weight and it didn't.
The abdominoplasty was pretty straighforward. I also got lipo all over my sides and muscle repair. My scar is very low and it turned out really well. They took off 5 1/2 lbs of skin and the piece they took off measured 12 inches vertically.
My breasts were more complicated though. The small one got a lift and an implant. There is a scar around the nipple and a vertical one from the nipple to the crease. The larger one got a lift, a huge reduction and then an implant. There is a scar around the nipple, a vertical scar from the nipple to the crease and a long one the horizontally which is the length of the crease. I guess they couldn't put an implant in only one because it would look weird so they had to basically make the large one the size of the small one first and then put implants in both. This required taking off a lot of breast tissue. I can definately say that having a lot of tissue removed with a lift and implant is much more painful than just a lift and implant. There were a few things that the Dr. said he really couldn't really get around. The breast that used to be larger had much thinner skin from being as large as it was and would heal slower than the other. Also the one which used to be larger was wider to begin with which he really couldn't change. It's not really noticable though. I used to have very large areolas but my doctor made them smaller. My sister says they look like pieces of pepperoni (I hope she is talking about the size and shape) Although I am still a bit swollen I think I will be a DD.
I had alot of pain with my surgery but don't judge my expirienece as average. I smoked for 11 years and although I did quit before, it probably made a difference. Also I have a very low tolerance to pain and a high tolerance to pain killers. When I was still there I was maxed out and not only was I awake, I was very grouchy. For the first 3 1/2 days I was taking Percocet which didn't really work too well for me so needless to say I was horrible to be around. When I saw the Dr. on the 4th day he switched me over to dilaudid which worked alot better for me.
Things got markedly better on day 5. On day 8 I got one of my 3 drains out. I think the drains are the most obnoxious thing ever. I was worried the whole time they would fall out but I didn't realize how long they were. They looked atleast 10 inches on the inside. It hurt a little bit but they pull them out pretty quickly and as soon as they are out it doesn't hurt anymore. Nothing to worry about. Today is day 10 and I am going to get the other 2 out tomorrow. Then I can start wearing pants.
So far everything is going quite well. The pain I expirienced in the first 4 days was unusual according to my Dr. Since then it has ranged from uncomfortable to mild on occasion. My breast that used to be larger
Before this my expectations were pretty good and it turned out even better than I thought it would. I just wanted to be not lumpy or lopsided but it came out way better than I thought. I'm still very swollen but I swear I get thinner every day. It was totally worth it, even when I was in the most pain I still didn't regret it. Its the best thing I have ever done for myself.