Well this is my second post on a procedure, and I...
I have already had a full tummy tuck with muscle repair and liposuction. I am now getting a breast lift without implants for now, but will possibly do them at a later time. I am actually having gastric sleeve not long after this so once I have reached my goal weight, I will then reevaluate what size I should get.
I know that I am doing it backwards than most people do, but I swear there is a science to my madness... Ha Ha And I'll explain.
When you have a tummy tuck, it's pulled so tight it almost looks unnatural, well thus the reason I got that first, so that after I have gastric sleeve, I will then have a tummy that it a little more lax. From my research and in person experiences, I feel this is better for me. After a tummy tuck a lot of people need scar revision, which is also while I am waiting after gastric sleeve, so that IF, it does lax more than I want it to, it can be pulled a little more, and lower my scar a little more as well. I am doing my breasts lift now because I want it to heal, I see to many times with smaller breast when they shove an implant in their, it wants to split open underneath the breast. So I am good with waiting. I lift is enough, and once I lose my weight, I will then see if I want to be a C or a D. Before children, I weighed 115-120, and had a 34-C. So my goal is to get between 120-140, and see if a C or a D will look better. I am wanting to look natural, not porn star. I will post some before pictures, and then after as soon as they unwrap me after surgery. I am having this procedure tomorrow morning, so today is the day to write this review while I am with it sort of speak. Ha Ha...
SO.... I have purchased all my bandages, tape, and gauze. I just found out I am allergic to neomycin that is in triple antibiotic ointment, so I am having a perception called in for something better. I have purchased two really firm "high support" sports bras. One is smaller than the other. The looser one is for right after surgery due to the swelling. Then I'll use the tighter one once I have healed.
Last thing, I have Tricare Reserve Standard Insurance. If some of you are wondering why my cost is $0.00. Insurance is covering my breast lift. They covered my Tummy Tuck except for the muscle repair and liposuction in which I paid for those out of pocket. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. But please DON'T ask me "how I lied to my insurance to have them cover it", or "how did you convince them to pay for it"... I hate questions like that. I got enough of them from my TT blog. If you want to know please just PM me and I will gladly explain the process if you have my insurance.
Day 1: After Surgery
I am all done and home settled in. I had surgery early this morning, and came out 6 hours later. Why I was in so long I have no idea. I asked immediately when I woke up if their were complications, and they said no. Everything went fine, and they said he took his time making sure he sewed me up carefully and perfect! So hey, how can I complain about that. I am glad he did what he did then.
I really love this doctor already, he is known for breast reconstruction after mastectomy's and women just rave about his work. So if he can give women beautiful breasts after not having any, I am sure he did a fantastic job on my lift.
So same story different verse as other ladies. Went in at 6 am and got an IV, questions galore. and got marked by him. went into surgery a few minutes later. When I came out, I am not going to lie I was crying I hurt so bad. They didn't have any pain medicine in my system of course, so I begged for something right away. Once they got my pain under control, I was a happy camper. Since being home I have stayed on top of my ibuprofen and hydrocodone. All seems to be ok. I have been up walking around, and have got to eat. The only thing, is I cannot lift my arms to do anything. It hurts way to bad. I also cannot push or pull, too painful as well. So I look like T-Rex, Ha Ha...
I have JP drains I have to leave on for a week, and then come in his office to be removed. He said I can remove the dressing tomorrow, but then put the compression garment back on. I am to leave it on 24/7. Only off to shower. The JP drains are the only thing I am really annoyed about. With my tummy tuck, as soon as they were draining less that 10 cc a day, I was allowed to take them out. He is making me wait a freakin week regardless!!! Ugh!
Anyways, on a happy note, I was so curious, I had to look down my compression garment, and I almost cried. They look so perky, and it reminds me of when I was 18. I have tight full cleavage. I can't wait to see the entire thing. I will post once I can take this darn thing off.
Day 2 Post Op.
I posted some pictures just to show you guys the profile of my breasts. Now that I have gotten a good look at them, I feel they are so tiny. And there is still a lot of swelling. But, they are the size they were before I had children. He basically just took all that extra skin away. Don't get me wrong though, I am not upset. small and tight is good. For the simple backwards way I am doing things. Once I get my sleeve, I will lose a significant amount of weight, I know they will shrink a little more, and then I will have room for implants, and with those they should be a great size and perky again. I am not worried. I was almost 90% I was getting them anyways, so just looking at myself now just made me gain that extra 10%. I am looking to being a big C; small D. I love the way those sizes look on other women, so I am leaning towards that. I will know once I drop all this weight.
Now for some of you who don't know, I am about 90lbs overweight. I hold my weight very well. No hanging blobs of skin or anything. I just need to drop the weight. I am 5'3 and was about 115-120 all my life until my second child. It has just stuck with me and slowly added more over the years. So with failed diets, exercising, I just feel it's the best decision for me. Not to mention, I have bad family genetics in regards to weight. So it's also a preventative measure. It's a great procedure for someone like me. I am not going to let myself get to 400lbs before making a decision. I'd rather do it now, and enjoy life.
So anyways, back on subject! Ha Ha... I am just so excited for all these changes! I got a call from my PS today, he said to take my dressings off and take a shower and then redress them. I said "Do I have to?" Ha Ha, I really am just not in the mood for it. But I will do what he says. I am just dreading it. I will post new pictures once my hubby helps me do everything.
I have just been staying on top of the pain pills. The pain is not bad at all. It is very tolerable. I can walk around just fine, I still need a little help with pulling my panties and pants up and down when going to the bathroom, but that's about it. These JP drains are more annoying than anything. They pull and tug and burn. I know I will much happier once they are out.
2 days PO photos
12 days post op... Whew!
I have to say though that since a lot of the swelling is gone, I know now for sure I will get implants. Because they are small. No regrets though... I've included some new photos...
Dr. Becker is amazing.... Love, Love, Love his personality, and demeanor. He explains everything and wants you to understand it before he leaves the room. He jokes and has a sense of humor so it makes for a funny room when you're standing their naked! Ha Ha...