I am a 40 year old mother of 3 x boys, 6mths-15...
I will be having an extended tt which i am told will correct all the issues i have on my tummy and sides. I have chickened out on the thigh lift (for now) and will just get the lipo. I think you will see from the pics that its highly likely i will need a lift in the future. I think the pic of my eyes speak for themselves.
I have decided to have my surgery in thailand. Obviously with the price being half of what i would have paid here in Australia its a big draw card. My costing is procedures only. I also had to pay for flights and accomodation. The total cost was $11000. I have several friends that have had procedures done there, including tt, face lifts and breast lift/enlargements. The hospital and my dr come recommended and yes he is board certified. Im hoping for a recovery like my first one. Back at work after a week and a half with zero complications. Only ever had one follow up app with my ps.
I have read that the magical bmi number you need to be is under 30 so thats what ive been striving for. Have just reached this so now trying to get within 6kilos of my healthy weight range. I have 6.5 kilos (14lb) to lose in 5 weeks!! I am 168cm (5.6) and weigh 82.5kilos (181lb). Appologises if my conversions are wrong.
So finally i have written my reveiw and would love to hear any hints, tips and suggestions any of you lovely ladies may have. I have been stalking this website for some time now and already know some of you...
I will add pics asap.
off to the pharmacy for supplies..
Going to buy
Kelocote (silicone cream)
Also wanted to say a big thank you to those of you that constantly comment with encouragement and kindness.
flying out 4 weeks from today...
I realised today that im now obsessed with losing weight. Im actually weighing myself daily which i do know is wrong but cant help myself. Everytime i see a loss it motivates me to carry on the next day. I lost 1cm off my bust and off my thighs, half a cm off my waist and 2cm off my hips the last 2 weeks. Im so pumped but feeling anxious that i just wont get there. Im so bent on making sure that im still having a nutritionally balanced diet, i want my body to be at the healthiest it can be before surgery. Its more important than losing the weight.
Question about pain..... What do you think hurts the most was it the muscle repair, lipo or tt.
previous tt pics
Saturday weigh in,
I lost 1.2kgs/2lb since last sat. Ive lost 1/2cm from my bust and waist, nothing from my hips and 1cm off my thighs. It seems soooo slow,. Any other time i would be estatic about losing that amount but i want it faster, im running out of time. Ive decided that i would be happy to get to 77kgs/169lb. Today i weigh 81.1kgs/178lb. Ive got 4.1kgs/9lb to lose in 3 weeks! Im still determined to lose it healthy though.
I read in the papers that Thailand are having political issues. Protesters are blocking streets and disrupting Bangkok city in a bid to over throw the government. I spoke to the company that has organised this for me and apparently where the hotel and hospital are located is out of the demonstration areas. Australian Smart Traveller, have not changed thier travel warning advice. Mmmm....
Ive also sent some updated pics of my new weight, 14.5kgs/ 31lbs less than my original photos. I cant wait to hear back from him to see what he says.
Have a great weekend everyone
3 weeks til fly out
One good thing about the issues in thailand is the fact that the thai baht has dropped therefore my surgery is getting cheaper and cheaper...
Omg this is really happening..
I was so unhappy with my weight loss last week until i realised there were a couple of things working against me. 1) tom next couple of days. I should know better, i always weigh heavier a couple of days before hand. 2) im constipated! I think it could be from the extra iron im taking. Ive tried to up my fibre so i will see how i go over the next couple of days. So ive been mentally going off at myself because i only lost .700g and ive been working my ass off. Even when i realised there were reasons i still kept saying to myself that wasnt good enough. Then i took a deep breath and told myself to get over it lol! Why do we ladies constantly beat ourselves up! So regroup, refoccus, this is about making my body as healthy as it can be before sx not what the scales say.
I came downstairs last night to do some more on my treadmill and my partner was looking at me strangly. I was wearing my new work out pants..my old ones were falling down everytime i went for a run! $7.50 tights from kmart lol. He told me that i looked great, i have lost so much weight. So i told him that i actually hadnt and he said bullsh@# measure yourself. Ahhh of course 1/2cm off my bust, 1.5cm off my waist!, 1cm off my thighs and again nothing off my hips. I think this is becuase its where most of my issues are. So i took another pic for comparison.
So ive cut out my multi vit. Started with iron, probiotic and a protein shake everyday. Ive added oranges (c) and kale (k) to my diet. Ive already stopped the salt (very hard) and have been rubbing vit e into all sx areas for months. I already drink more water than anyone i know so all that plus my food and exercise i think im about doing all i can. I brought some hiroid bruise cream yesterday from what ive researched it looks like its going to be good bringing the bruises out and apparently helps with swelling.
Ok a couple of questions
Any suggestions on how to up my fibre fast?
What lax did you aussies use. I see that milk of magnese is banned here in australia. I brought coloxyl but ive already tried them and they dont seem strong enough for me. The pharmacist told me just to take more??
Have i missed anything?
Me in my new $7.50 kmart work out pants..
Bangkok declares 60 day state of emergency
Keeping an eye on Bangkok news
7 sleeps to go...
.900g lost this week
Ok now in times of sanity i know i will be fine and ive told numerous people here the same but....im starting to feel i little scared and guilty. Im not scared of death itself but of leaving my boys and my partner without me. Could they cope and why should they have to cope on their own all because i wanted to look better. Im certain my kids couldnt care how i look as long as im around. The results of
the sx is not even a worry i know i will be happy. Im sorry everyone i know we tell each other all the time that everything will be fine but if you could send some encouraging words my way....
Happy Australia Day to all you aussies!
Im attaching some updated pics of me a few kgs lighter than my originals. I finished my run up to sx on 78.9kgs. 1.9kgs short of where i wanted to be!! Of cause though i will be losing a few more when im able to after sx, it can wait.
Ok so im staying in Sydney tonight for our flight 10am on Mon morning. I should be able to check in with you all tue, day before sx, from the hotel. To the hospital 7.30am wed morning. Not sure if i will have any internet on phone or tablet in the hospital so i probably wont be able to update again until im out of the hospital and back at the hotel 5 days later.
Thanks guys for all your well wishes!
Last before surgery pics
I will update again when i can.
Well i made it
oh yeah got some major swelling..
The dr was such a lovely man and made me feel at ease straight up. Actually made me cry (tears of joy) when he told me he could do everything i wanted done. When i asked him if the lipo would stop the chafing he said of course. I then said i expected to also get a thigh lift in which he replied maybe maybe not. He said i would need to massage them as often as i could until the skin went back to soft then he would have a look. So he was never going to fo the lipo and lift at the same time anyway as i needed aggressive lipo. Lucky i had already changed my mind about the lift so i wasnt disappointed but rather relieved that he didnt try to talk me into anything at all. I suggested lipo on the flanks and he also said no to that. He said there is nothing there that i couldnt get rid of myself by continuing to excerise when im recovered. I was happy with his honesty.
I dont think my aunty is having the same experience. Although she is happy with her outcome she hates not being able to communicate 100% with the staff who just nod and say ok to everything. She is over 50 and on meds for diabetes, high blood pressure ans something else. So its important that they understand each other. She has also got a bad cough and the runs so you can understand her not being too happy. Myself on the other hand am younger and on no meds except the pill and thankfully feeling fit.
Still early days but i would say if i had myb timegain i would come to thailand, i think my aunty would too. Its definitleynot for everyone. It is a bit out of your comfort zone. Im sure she will feel better when we are out and back at the hotel. We wil be leaving the hospital on the 9th instead of the 10th if all continues well
Thanks to EVERYONE for your kind words, advice, encouragement, for listening to me and making me feel like im not alone.
post op visit
Got my dr clearance letter so im free to go home yay! Flying out at 5pm 17th. Cause it a night flight hopfully we can just go to sleep and wake up and be home to my family...cant wait
I have a cough...
Be warned, not nice pics
Thigh drainage today
My Dr told me today that i needed to wear compression bandages 24/7 for as long as i can. I need to give my skin a chance to reconnect with the tissue. The broken/damaged tissue from the lipo keeps creating fluid and because there are pockets of loose skin it simply keeps gathering there and will continue and possibly create a cyst. So she said we need to keep draining them as long as its needed. Keeping it compressed is like applying pressure when you have a cut to stop the bleeding. Makes sense. So the compression will slow the fluid build up and help the skin reconnect which it cant if there is fluid in the way. Ive ordered another compression garment should arriive next week until then im using compresion bandages. Sooo uncomfortable but we do what we must.
Week 3 minor set backs
On another happier note ive lost.1.7kgs/ 3 lbs since before sx. And with zero exercise as well. I had to buy some new work pants as my previous ones were waayyy too big. Now thats a great feeling.
Fluid is already back in my tummy draining again on monday. Bad thigh drained only 80mls and other only 24mls today. Sllooow going. But slow and steady wins the race....
skinny jeans yay!
Anyway......so we were going out to dinner, just at the local club really had zero to wear. Off to the shops i go not real sure if im going to be disapointed if nothing fits from swelling. So i grab my old size thinking they are skinny jeans right?? Was happy but not too surprised they were too big, so i ask the sales ass if she could get me a smaller size..well she went back and forth untl 3 sizes smaller and yay they fit! Best thing is i probably could have went even smaller as they were still a little big with all the extra swelling but i decided to stick with those for now because i wanted them for that night not for a few weeks from now. I tried them on again after i got home and my partner said i should take pics and post them as he thought i looked awesome! That is the best feeling in the world! Is this truely me..wow! Oh and no mufin top lol
One step forward and 5 steps back..
Another stitch came out of my eye leaving what i thought was one to go. Another one in each eye is now coming to the surface which brings me back to 3.
Good news is the hole from the stitch that came out of my side looks good. GP says that it should heal fine.
Im up and down emotionally just now. I know that complications could be much worse than seromas. I also know that my eye stitches and my tummy stitches can come out with out any issues so it should mean that any more that come up should follow the same. I do love my results. I am over complaining about my sermoas and stitches. I am soooo ready to be normal.
Sooo ive had my cry....
Deep breath...in....out...in....out. Ok, ok so my next step is gp tomorrow and have a chat on what she thinks. Once she knows that we are on our own (im sure she will freak at first like i did) she will sit down and we can work out our own plan of attack. SCREW YOU MR PS! if you had made the sx more affordable more people would get it done right here! We dont need your help, me and my GP have got this!!!!!
9 weeks and guess what...
I have a confession to make...i havent worn my cg since the ps app. I know, i know, i promised i would but seeing as its turned out for the best im not sorry lol! I swell a bit in the afternoons but still 100% better than the rolls of skin from my old belly. Im happy to just let it work its self out. Ive finally been given permission to exercise as long as its nothing concetrated on the thighs. So fri i did a gentlish 40min walk. Just felt good to be doing something,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone and i do mean EVERYONE who has commented, complimented, suggested, laughed, told off and just listened to my review. I know it sounds as if im leaving you all, a bit melodramatic, but im feel like im coming to the end of my journey and im a tad emotional. I agree with everyone when they say this sx is an emotional rollercoaster. From making the big decision to do the sx, the anxiety and impatience waiting for your sx date, the first days after and the long recovery process (especially if you have complications of any sort). I wouldnt change a thing. Im so happy to have done this sx for me and to have shared it with some pretty amazing people. The journey would not have been the same without you.
Thank you to redwine lover, pels, beachgirl, happysuzy, ava, rylee, ttlatina, sammiejoe, mumtum and many many more that i have met along the way.
3 months on and even tho my swelling still comes and goes its stable most of the time. Im on a misson to lose some kgs. Now that ive been given the all clear ive started at the gym. Of cause there has been the Easter holidays so not much weight loss to talk about just yet. Unlike others im not a gym freak but i do definitely like to be active so im feeling heaps better physically.
Now on to other stuff. Im now looking at having revision surgery. Ive emailed through to my ps so will wait to see what he says. Hopefully that will go well if not im going to have to fork out the cash here in australia to have it fixed. The more the swelling goes the more i notice the deformaty in my left side. The scar looks likIe its been pulled to tight. There is now a weird bulge above and below the scar. I havent gained any weight so it cant be that and the ultrsound showed nothing abnormal there. Its hard to explain so check out my pics. It doesnt really show how noticable it is but you CAN see it. At this stage im trying not to panic. Fingers cossed this is an easy fix. Ive also posted to the RS PS community as well to see what they think. Im going to give my PS the benefit of the doubt for now and hope that number 1 i hear back and number 2 he wil be happy to revise
Ive also decided that i will need lipo in my pubic area and a bit of lipo from my inner thighs down to my knees.
My partner and i have decided to tie the knot and make it offical. So all of us and my sister and her kids will be cruising Oct next year. So doing a little bit of planning. Looking at getting married in Vanuatu. Love looking at all the wedding dresses and not being restricted in my choices. Awesome feeling. Even if i cant get this issue fixed i still believe i look 100% better than i did before surgery.
Ive also attached a pic of how my scar is looking. It does look rather red in the pics which is true when i wear certain pants that rub on my scar. My scar is not as neat and straight as others but i dont care about that at all.
Hope all is well with all my RS friends xx
should note some pics above are camera towards me and other reflected in mirror.
coming up to 8 mths - thigh lift now on the cards
Soooo i ended up gaining 5kgs from my last weigh in date post op. Ive now lost that and almost another 5kgs more! Im feeling great and ready for my thigh lift. My confidence level is the highest its ever been in my life. I love being able to walk into any store and know that i can grab clothes straight of the rack and they will fit. I find myself still grabbing the xxl sizes and even arguing with the sales assistants about what size they should get for me lol. Ive been doing weight watchers and loving it. I still need to lose another 5kgs to reach the top end range of my goal weight. Ive been going to the gym in my lunch break 4 days a week. From the day i left work to have my baby 15months ago i have lost just over 30kgs. Some of that was obviously baby but still proud of my achievements!
I am just waiting to hear back from a plastic surgeon i saw last fri regarding hospital costs and then i will begin my next journey. You can see all the loose skin from my pics. The ps showed me what i could expect and i was so happy. It will be the kind of lift that has the insicion in the groin. The scar will be approx 30cm long and he will remove 7-8cms of skin from end to end.
The ps will also be doing a bit of contouring lipo from my inner thigh down to the knee. Just so it blends better.
He is also doing a touch of lipo above my tt scar on the left side. This will make the bulge there smaller and more like the shape i have on the right side.
I am having lipo on my mons. He will then be re opening my tt scar above my mons/lower ab, pulling it all up and re stitching.
I am sooooo soooo excited. I will let you know when i have a date!
Hope all my friends are enjoying their new bodies as much as me xx
Hospital was Piyavate. Dr NJ put me at ease straight away. Very laid back happy smiling man. English was great. The staff all seemed to like him as well. Word of warning. English spoken is very broken. They will not understand everything you say. Had a hard time getting a cup of tea. The whole process was a bit rushed so if you have doubts make sure you do your own research before hand. Even though it was hard with communication i can not fault the staff, always smiling and cheerful. The staff at the hotel we stayed at before and after sx went over and above. Even the transport guys were fantastic. Plastic surgeons here in Australia have said my tt is a top job.