PO day 10, still no pics :(

Well I wasn't going to write this just yet, as my...

Well I wasn't going to write this just yet, as my surgery isn't for another 3 months, but I see others on here also posting pretty early.
I am the mommy of 3 amazing girls--almost 8, 2, and 9 months. I have been self conscious about my belly ever since I had my first, but after having my last, my belly (and boobs) are just unbearable to look at. My friend decided to go for the mm and that was it----I had to do it. I saw how happy she was and excited with the results. That was it- my mind was made. So after talking with my husband about it, we decided that September would be the best time to do it so we wouldnt have to finance it. It would give us enough time to save up for it and just pay out of pocket.
Ever since I made the decision to do this I have been researching it like crazy! I was beyond thrilled to find this site. It has been so helpful and I just love hearing about others journeys through it all. It's nice to know others are going through the same struggles I am.
Well this surgery consumes my thoughts lol. I have bags of clothes in my closet that I have bought in anticipation of being able to wear any color other than black lol. I think about the results day and night. I just wanna get it over with so I can stop thinking about it---it gets to be exhausting haha.
I have been working hard at losing weight so I can have the best results possible. I am 5'8" and started at 178 lb. I am down 16 lbs so far and am at 162 at this point. I would like to lose another 20 lbs but would be happy with another 10. Good luck to all you other ladies trying to lose! It's hard work, but so worth it!
I will definitely post pics when I figure out how to. I'm using my iPhone and don't know if I can do it from here.
Any suggestions for what to expect, things to do beforehand, etc would be greatly appreciated. I'm pretty sure I have researched all I can at this point and have a pretty good idea of what I will need, what to expect and so on. My husband gets so irritated like "are u seriously still looking stuff up about your surgery?!? How can u possibly read any more about it?!?!" lol. My response---"the same way you can look stuff up about cars all day every day!" haha. Anyway, hope to hear from you ladies soon!

So I forgot to that what exactly I'm having done!...

So I forgot to that what exactly I'm having done! I'm having a full tummy tuck with lipo to abdomen and flanks. Im also having a breast augmentation. I would love love love a lift, but can't afford it at the time. My ps says I am borderline needing a lift---well, I definitely NEED the lift, but she says she is comfortable doing just the augmentation. I can always go back later for the lift if I feel I need it. I have chosen 350-375cc silicone implants. I would love to hear what peoples experiences have been(saline vs silicone) cause in kinda torn. My ps says she really prefers the silicone and hardly ever uses saline. Right now I am a 36c but most of that is skin :( I'm wondering if I should go with a bigger implant cause I see a lot of people wishing they went larger. I have very large hips to match my new big boobs! Lol. Any advice ladies????

Well ladies, I feel like everyone on here has had...

Well ladies, I feel like everyone on here has had that "say yes to the dress" moment with your plastic surgeon---I, on the other hand, have not. I know my PS is very qualified and has many years of experience, but I guess we didnt "click" like it seems others have with their PS. So, that being said, I have made another consultation with another doctor, and actually he is a doctor on this website, which really makes me excited!!! I'm hoping that we click---I have really high hopes. I'm hoping his prices are comparable to the price I was quoted by the other one. My consultation is on July 23rd, its the soonest I could get because of my schedule. Anyway, I borrowed my sisters computer so that I could upload my before pics since I cant do it on our iPad. I am not looking forward to it :(

Hey ladies, I am at work right now and I see there...

Hey ladies, I am at work right now and I see there is a class scheduled for Sept 19th that I would really benefit from taking. The only thing is, my surgery is scheduled for Sept 10......should I take it. Its an 8 hour class, and I wouldnt have to do much but sit, listen, and take a test. However, its about $160 for the class.....do you think I will be okay enough to do that? I know, I know, everyones experience is different, but what would MOST think of doing something like this 8-9 days postop?

So I had my third and final consultation today...

So I had my third and final consultation today with a different doctor. I am definately going to go wih him. I tried to update my profile to say his name, but I dont think there is a way to edit that. Anyway, he told me I will absolutely not be happy with just an augmentation--he said he would really prefer to do a lift. I certainly wanted a lift anyway, but thought it would be too much money. Well, its only about $750 more than the other one quoted me, which did not include the lift. So, Dr. Deluca it is...and he is a doctor on this website which is really great! He was excited when he heard I found him on realself :) He said I would be just fine going for saline implants, that with the lift there really wouldnt be that much of a difference, if any, between silicone and saline. I did kinda have my heart set on silicone, but when I think about the extra cost of silicone (for the implant itself, then the after care) I'm just fine with saline. My surgery date might be changed to either Sept 7 or maybe Sept 21. The ps said he is leaving for Italy the day after I would like to have surgery, and he is not comfortable doing it, then leaving the country for a week. I can respect that :) Fingers crossed for the 7th, which is sooner than I had even planned for :) My work schedule is really tricky tho, so timing is really important with this....makes it really hard to schedule this.

Hey ladies. A while back when I started reading...

Hey ladies. A while back when I started reading these posts when I decided the mm was for me, I would see people on here saying things like "I'm not even excited any more, I'm wondering if I should do this" or "how stupid and selfish to spend so much on this" and let me tell you, I thought they were CRAZY!!! I was nothing but over the moon excited to have it done, and was so jealous mine wasn't sooner. Well now, with just over a month to go (preop in exactly 1 month), those same thoughts are creeping into my head. Why spend so much just to have a flat belly and perky boobs? I'm gonna have HUGE scars just to obtain that? Also, my circumstance is a little unique in that my 2 year old daughter lost all her hair about 6 months ago and was diagnosed with alopecia--how dare I be so superficial and do something like this, when it is now my life's mission to make sure she knows that beauty is within, and she shouldnt worry about what others think of how she looks on the outside. I feel like such a hypocrite. I just dont know what to do and wish I didn't feel so guilty about it all.

Not sure why that is posting as "not worth it". I...

Not sure why that is posting as "not worth it". I checked "not sure yet", and it wont let me change it. Oh well. I'll figure it out another time.

So, I am pretty sure my job will be giving me a...

So, I am pretty sure my job will be giving me a hard time about taking the 3.5-4 weeks off that I wanted to take. I am pretty sure they will be ok with it if I tell them I will only be out 2.5 weeks, but I am so scared to commit to that, since everyone's experience is so different. What do you ladies think about returning to work so soon? I'm just hoping things go smoothly!! Also, has anyone noticed they get less obsessed with it all as the time gets closer? My surgery is scheduled for Sept 7 and now that it is closer I find myself not obsessing nearly as much....like, its a reality now and not just a dream. Dont get me wrong, I am still very excited, it just doesnt consume 98% of my thoughts like it used to :)

Just curious....why aren't anyones updates showing...

Just curious....why aren't anyones updates showing up? Is it a website issue?

So I had my preop appt today so it looks like I'm...

So I had my preop appt today so it looks like I'm all set! I guess I was expecting a lot more from today's appt, but it wasnt much at all. The doc asked if I had any questions about what would happen, etc. I asked a couple questions, told him I wanted LOTS of lipo to my love handles, and told him how concerned I am about having a super low incision. I told him I'm willing to have a small vertical incision if it meant having a lower tt incision. He looked surprised that I knew anything about the procedure. I guess one thing most of us on this site have in common is that we have DONE OUR RESEARCH!!!!! Then he took pics, and looked me over one more time and told me what was gonna happen with the lift. I paid, and I was out! So anyway, I ordered my bromelain with quercetin (500mg/500mg), And Arnica Montana 30x. The only meds the ps is having me get are Keflex and Lortab, and I'm good with that! Less money I have to spend on medicine. I'm still wondering if I should have my husband bring up the recliner from the basement or if I'll be ok on the couch propped with pillows. Any advice?

So I had my preop appt today so it looks like I'm...

So I had my preop appt today so it looks like I'm all set! I guess I was expecting a lot more from today's appt, but it wasnt much at all. The doc asked if I had any questions about what would happen, etc. I asked a couple questions, told him I wanted LOTS of lipo to my love handles, and told him how concerned I am about having a super low incision. I told him I'm willing to have a small vertical incision if it meant having a lower tt incision. He looked surprised that I knew anything about the procedure. I guess one thing most of us on this site have in common is that we have DONE OUR RESEARCH!!!!! Then he took pics, and looked me over one more time and told me what was gonna happen with the lift. I paid, and I was out! So anyway, I ordered my bromelain with quercetin (500mg/500mg), And Arnica Montana 30x. The only meds the ps is having me get are Keflex and Lortab, and I'm good with that! Less money I have to spend on medicine. I'm still wondering if I should have my husband bring up the recliner from the basement or if I'll be ok on the couch propped with pillows. Any advice?

Alright, all you ladies out there who have had...

Alright, all you ladies out there who have had their surgery, i have a question about your incision. Did the doctor even inquire about how low you would like your incision, or whether or not you want it straight across or going up at the hips? I am seeing lots of pics of incisions that would really upset me if I had. As in they are very high up, or curve up LOTS at the hips. I wear things super low and would like my incision as low and straight across as possible! I read a lot of doctors answers regarding incisions and what most of them were saying was they like their patients to bring a bathing suit bottom the day of surgery for markings. My plastic surgeon did not say that to me so I will be emailing him asking about that. The incision is the part that worries me most about this. I dont want to wake up with an incision so high up that it feels like I'm waking from a nightmare. Its a lot of money to not get the results I'm hoping for. I am well aware that the bathing suits I like most will not be able to cover it, I just dont want it so high that even huge undies dont cover it, and I have seen a few incisions like that. So, I guess my question is this- did you and the doctor talk about how high/low you wanted your incision, and did he/she stick to that?

So tomorrow is the big day! I haven't been nervous...

So tomorrow is the big day! I haven't been nervous at all today...until now that is. We just dropped off the kids and that was pretty hard. I'm really sad right now. I already miss them. My husband and I are going to grab something to eat and then it's home to TRY to sleep. Well ladies, wish me luck! I'll update as soon as I can.

I got home at about 3:40 today from the surgical...

I got home at about 3:40 today from the surgical center. I woke up from anesthesia and vomited 3 times all over myself. I must have been on some good pain meds cause now I am in agony. And u know what's weird? Most people complain of the belly pain, but let me tell you, my boobs hurt waaaay more. It's actually my whole chest region. It feels like someone took my lungs out, used them as drums and put them back in. It hurts so bad to breath. Well I'm getting pretty tired and this update was so useless I'm sorry. I'll update again when I'm not so tired.

Well I'm actually surprised---I thought the pain...

Well I'm actually surprised---I thought the pain was going to be much much worse. It's actually pretty tolerable. I can get up and down from the couch on my own. I even made it upstairs and back down all by myself. My husband was like "how did u get that nightgown???". I have managed to stay awake for going on 3.5 hours now and that is huge! For the past 2 days I literally have not been able to stay awake for longer than 10 mins, which was really annoying. I did have a few bouts of vomiting but I felt a million times better after each one. I have my first PO appt on Monday and my bandages will be removed then and I can see how this all looks. I will def post some pics then. Hopefully everyone else put there is doing ok too!! Thanks to everyone for all of the support!

Well I hadn't updated cause I felt so guilty about...

Well I hadn't updated cause I felt so guilty about not posting any new pics yet, but i figured I'd update anyway. It's very frustrating not being able to post pics from ur iPad/iPhone, etc. so it takes me a lot longer to get around to doing it. So anyway, I've gotta say, recovery has been much easier than I ever anticipated. I was honestly expecting the pain to be much worse than it was. If I had to rate it on the 0-10 scale, I would say the worse it ever was was a 6. I would rather do that again than give birth any day :) I would say I am probably at 70% right now. Like many have said, the back pain from being unable to stand up straight is worse than the other pain. Another painful experience was the first poop, which didn't happen until PO day 7 :( I was taking colace 3 times a day but still never pooped. I felt like I had to go, but was very obviously constipated. It hurt so bad and I didn't get much out. I got so mad and gave up. I took 4 tbsp milk of mag that night and the next evening boy did I go. It hurt like hell, but I definately needed to go. I've been taking colace once a day ever since and I've been good! So trust me, take ur MOM from day 1! Anyway, it's all been very uneventful. On day 6 I went to the outlets to get the kids some winter clothes. I just leaned against the stroller when I needed to give my back a rest. I've been cleaning the house as usual, nothing too heavy duty...laundry, dishes, cooking, etc. again, just resting my back when I need to. I am almost standing straight now tho, which has been awesome. I still have my drains in. My PS wants them to be draining less than 25 ml in 24 hours. The left one is, but I don't want to have that one removed until the other one is draining less than the 25 cause if I have the one taken out, the drainage amount for the other one will increase and only prolong it staying in. I'd rather play it safe. But the drains are extremely irritating. I have been up and out shopping, kids soccer and baseball games, etc and I have to cover them up the best I can through all that stuff. And the sites leak onto my underwear and pants and it's gross. Can't wait to get them removed! My breasts are still sore, and pretty high up, but I'm loving them!!! My incision is much higher than I would have liked, but I'm going to have to live with it, and thats ok. I have an appointment on Thursday to get stitches out and just have everything looked over. I promise I'll post pics then, cause all the steristrips and stitches will be gone. I hope everyone else is doing great! Happy healing to all u ladies out there!
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Oh, I see. Well it's only been about a week and a half since surgery. You are still swollen. The scar may go down after your swelling goes down. There is someone on here, I believe her name is thenewmeafter3, who shows a pic of herself in a bikini. The scar is higher than the bikini and she thought she would never be able to wear it again. After some time she posted another pic in the same bikini and it covered her scar, so there is still a possibility that it will go down after your swelling goes down and your skin loosens up a little more. Fingers crossed and praying that will be the case with you. :)

I still have 35 days to go. There are times it seems like an eternity away (like today), then there are times it seems really close and I get either really excited or really nervous and start having doubts. Mainly wondering if I should be spending this amount of money on me.
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I completely understand. As time got closer for me I had those same thoughts. How selfish, does this NEED to be done, etc. I got so annoyed with myself. But once it's done, those thoughts are gone :) I'm so anxious to get Thes stupid drains out and start to enjoy being able to wear clothes without the worry of my big belly and saggy boobs :) I also would like my husband to enjoy it, but I'm sure he will be hesitant to touch any part of me for quite some time :)
35 days? Thats SO close!!! Will you be out of work for some time?
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I can imagine the drains are a pain. I can't wait to see your pics! I'm so excited for you. You must look great! I'm sure as soon as your PS gives you the OK, your DH will be very happy to touch you. lol

I'm a Stay At Home Mom and don't work. Well actually I am scheduled to go into the Dance Studio once a week (Fridays) to work in the office. She doesn't "pay" me per say, but gives me a huge discount on dance classes, which is a big help. I haven't told her yet. I'm dreading everyone in the studio finding out. I live in a small town, and this sort of thing is frowned upon. :(
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Yeah I hope it won't catch up with me! I've been doing things since pretty early on and I've been alright so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I stay ok. As far as my incision, I meant my abd incision is higher than I would like. I had just the vertical lift for breasts :) as far as your surgery goes, it's gonna be here do quickly. You must be getting excited :)
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I'm so glad you are doing so wonderful, but slow down. I keep reading that women feel good and do a lot, then regret it a few days later. About your incisions, I've read that they go down some once your implants drop. Now this is just stuff I've read as I have not gone to the other side yet. I'm still on the yucky side till Oct 25th. :( I am so happy for you though!!! Hope you keep healing quickly and uneventfully. :)
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Glad to hear you're doing so well! I hope everything goes well at the preop. Can't wait to see your pics.
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Good to know your feeling better. I navigated the stairs at PO #3 I think, maybe sooner as I slept in my sons bed upstairs. Its a great feeling to know you arent so "helpless" I guess is right to say. I just past 6 wks PO and cant believe I was where you are at the end of July. Time flies and you will see that as days go by, your like, hey I did that? Happy healing :)
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Glad to hear you're doing so well. You're like me. Going up and down the stairs on day 2. Try to take it easy though. Yeah those painkillers did a number on me too. So sleepy all the time which is good because it helps pass the time and recovery of those first few more painful days and also you're resting. Continue to heal. Can't wait to see pics. I go for my first post op Monday too. Can't wait to get a drain taken out.
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Glad to hear you are doing ok!! Hang in there and keep us posted! :-)
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Your update was not useless! You've let us all know how you've been feeling and how the meds have effected you. Thank you! Wishing you a quick recovery!
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Congrats & thanks for posting even when you feel terrible..we all understand. Keep up on pain meds get plenty of rest drink lots of water.. Post when you can.. Happy Healing
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Hi there.... Good luck as you get closer! Regarding how low you want it, you expressing it I believe shows the PS how important it is. He wants to please you.... It's an elective procedure. Word of mouth counts. Internet pics matter LOL. Of course there may be medical reasons he might not do as low as you might want, but your comments especially right before surgery do mean something. I'd bring pics of what you want from this site. Or what you really dont want. And maybe bring undies or a bathing suit the morning of surgery and show him. Be direct. This was a learning for me... I still think my doc did a good job, but I think I could have been a little more persistent.

I am late on this.... But definitely recliner in bedroom when you have kids! And no way could I have sat thru an 8hr class 8-9 days after surgery. I feel like I am recovering fairly well and I was in total swell hell, very uncomfortable. I didn't really start feeling ok until 2.5 weeks.

Good luck to you!
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I'm sorry you are in so much pain and that you vomited on yourself. You had me LOL at your description of the boobie pain though. I hope you feel better soon, and remember to stay ahead of your meds. :)

And your update wasn't useless. It puts us at ease to know that you are done and at home trying to get some rest. Can't wait to read your next update when you feel up to it. :)
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Glad you are home. Sorry you vomitted all over..... Keep us updated! Feel better!
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD LUCK TODAY, I will be thinking of you.
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I'm not looking forward to saying goodbye to the kids, I think that might be the hardest part of this whole process! Goodluck for tomorrow, this time tomorrow you will have a hot new bod! Update us when you can :)
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So excited for you!! You can do this. Update when you can. You're gonna love it.
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Thanks! I hope I do love it!
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GO GET EM GIRL :) Hoping for a great day for you tomorrow. Keep us updated when u feel like you can. I understand the kid thing. I put my son on a plane from NC to FL a day before surgery, first solo flight AND I was about to undergo major surgery. Try to enjoy dinner and the rest of your evening. Tomorrow you will be a changed woman. Do you have xanax or something to calm you? Happy thoughts and remember, this is all about you !!
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Wow! That must have been so hard putting your son on that plane! I can only imagine!
Nope, no Xanax for me! My husband has some but I never take anything like that, so I would be too worried about the effect it might have on me, especially before such a big event. But that's just me being overly worried I'm sure. Thanks for the support :)
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I thought the same thing:) Bring a bikini bottom for sure. I had one but didn't bother putting it on for the marking, so I have no reason to complain. I just assumed it would be lower. So the morale is don't assume...
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When I see all the smiley face incisions I think to myself, those bathing suits haven't been in style for quite some time.....haven't the doctors figured that one out by now :)
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My PS asked about my incision preference when he was marking me. I looked down at my body, and just said you're the expert you can do what you think is best. However I do want it as low as possible. But when I look at my pictures, I see a smile instead of a straight line across. When I see my PS on September 4, I am going to ask him about this. I will update you with what he says. Anyway, I think he did an excellent job, and I'm happy with my flat tummy. Here is some food for thought: swimsuit styles in the 80s were high up on the thighs, so TT incisions back then were really high! Maybe I can bring out my 80's swimsuit??
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Kdm 629. I never talked to my PS about my scar. He said he liked them low, but I know they cant accomidate EVERY style clothing in panties and so forth. And lets face it, your PS says one thing, but when you get him in there hes like..maybe this way. You know, b/c it looks appropriate, make sense? PLUS, as the swelling goes down and we heal, the scar seems to "move". I know that my middle of my scar is low, , but the sides are alomost TOO low, as in my panties have to be moved on my hip. I can tell you I tried on VS low rise bikini bottom, it just barely covers the middle of the scar, so im not keeping it. I guess he went low LOL. I wish I had asked, but in the end hes the pro, I knew he'd do whats appropriate. Take panties or swimsuit w/ and see what he says.
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Yeah, I think I'll take them just in case....even tho I know he will make the final decision in there. I guess it will make me feel a little more in control, even if I'm not :)
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