Time is Finally Right for This Aussie Girl to Get my Body Back - Brisbane, Australia
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Wow, where to start?? ....I am a 42yo mother of 2...
- 26 Apr 2011
- 30 days pre
Wow, where to start?? ....I am a 42yo mother of 2 teens and after 10 years of wanting this, everything has finally fallen into place and I have my TT surgery booked for 27th May in Brisbane, Australia. I live in regional NSW so need to travel about 4 hours to Brisbane for surgery but I am so lucky to have a very supportive husband who is with me every step of the way.
I had 3 referals from my GP but after meeting the second Dr, I just feel so comfortable that I am not going to see the 3rd. I am 165cm and have worked so hard over the past couple of years to get my weight down (now 69kg) but no matter what exercises I do I can't budge the flabby, overhanging belly.
I would like to lose another 3 kilos before surgery & am determined to get there. Only 5 weeks to go and I am now getting a little nervous.
Ok so here's what I am thinking..... maybe I...
- 28 Apr 2011
- 29 days pre
It is only 4 weeks to TT day and I can't believe how much this decision has consumed my brain space. I find myself on realself daily (actually a few times daily!) and still find new things to read. I will update you all on my final decision about "boobs" when I make it.
3 weeks to go. I had my pre op appt with my PS...
- 5 May 2011
- 22 days pre
Just added some more before photos (that include...
- 8 May 2011
- 19 days pre
Ok so my PS rang last night, just to check that I...
- 10 May 2011
- 17 days pre
- 15 May 2011
- 12 days pre
Only 8 days to go! Just got my compression...
- 18 May 2011
- 9 days pre
Ok so only 3 days to go, starting to get a little...
- 23 May 2011
- 4 days pre
So tomorrow is the day. I am as ready as I can be...
- 25 May 2011
- 2 days pre
Day 10 post op - glad to finally be home and I am...
- 6 Jun 2011
- 10 days post
I am walking a little hunched over but not too bad and I am off all pain meds just taking antibiotics now. I had 4 drains (2 in tummy & 2 in breasts) Tummy ones came out day 5 & breast ones Day 6. They didn’t hurt at all which I was very nervous about. My PS saw me every morning & every evening (even through the weekend) which was great because I got all my questions answered straight away. I have posted some more photos and I can honestly say, I love my boobies (now that the swelling has gone down) & so far I am very happy with my flat tummy even with the swelling. I know so many before me have said it but this has been so worth it so far and each day gets better & better.
Day 13 Post op. I am feeling pretty damn good....
- 9 Jun 2011
- 13 days post
I am feeling pretty damn good. My only complaint is that sleeping on my back is driving me crazy. My back aches and this keeps me from getting any decent length of sleep. I posted some more pictures which I took yesterday. You can see in one that I have this weird bulge above my belly button. It's freaking me out a bit. My bb looks a bit creepy too but it's this freaky bulge that has me stressing a bit. I know its early days but geez I hope it doesn't stay that way. On a positive..............I love my boobies, they are exactly what I wanted so Yay for me.
Day 19. Thanks to everyone for your comments about...
- 14 Jun 2011
- 18 days post
So the last 24 hours has been an adventure....
- 16 Jun 2011
- 20 days post
We arrived at the surgery and within 10 minutes I was with my PS. The outcome was a mix of good news and some not so good news.
Good News - the bulge was not fluid build-up, I did not have any infection and there was no need for me to go back to surgery immediately.
Not so good news - in 3-6 months I will need to have revision surgery to correct the bulge. He is going to re-cut my under breast incisions and do a tummy uplift.
Good news - I wont have any additional scars.
Not so good news - I will have to go through surgery and recovery all over again.
Good news - it will not cost me a cent, he will cover everything.
I had a long discussion with my PS and I am confident that there is nothing he could have done to prevent this bulge, I just have a lot of loose skin above my BB that just couldn't be completely fixed by pulling my skin down. I still think he is a fantastic PS and I still look 1000% better than I did before, I just need to prepare myself for the fact that it is going to take a little bit longer than I thought to get that body of mine back.
We arrived back home at abut 11.30pm last night and to be honest it all seems like a bit of a blur still.
5 weeks post op today!! Overall I am feeling...
- 1 Jul 2011
- 2 months post
I am still wearing my stage 2 garment 24/7 and my binder of a night. They are not worrying me at all, I actually like the feeling of being secure & tight.
I have not really got back to any regular exercise yet, just some odd walks here & there which I am finding really hard. I miss my morning boot camp sessions and can feel my fitness going down hill. But I am sticking to my PS instructions and so only have a week left before I can start back into it.
7& 1/2 Weeks post-op. I had my 6 week post-op...
- 19 Jul 2011
- 2 months post
I had my 6 week post-op appt with my PS yesterday and everything went really well. He is happy with how I am healing and gave me the go ahead to get back into exercise (best news ever!!). He advised that i start back slowly and let my body tell me when its ready to ramp it up. He also said I can stop wearing the garment and just put it back on during the first 2 weeks of exercise if I feel like I am swelling and need it. I also got the clearnace for underwire bras which is so fantastic because I am so over this post-op straight jacket, horrible looking thing. Now I just need to get fitted again properly cos my old bras are way to small - yay!!
As for my revision, he discussed a few options with me and basically the best option is for me to have a 'reverse TT' to address the bulge, floppy / lax skin in my upper abdomen. He can do this procedure using the same incision lines I have from my BA. Although he does want me to wait until I am at least 6 months post-op but maybe even 12 months so as to give my body time to recover from this op before subjecting it to another. This is a bummer but it does make perfect sense, I am just a little down about having to wait so long for my new body when I was so looking forward to a bikini body this summer.
I also got clearance to start scar therapy. He gave me some silicone scar gel and wants me to alternate this with Bio Oil a few times a day.
So last night I slept without my garment and it felt so strange that I got up at 2am and put it back on!! I got up at 6am and went for a brisk walk / jog for about 40 minutes and that felt so good. I got back from my exercise, showered and put on my scar gel. I have been garment free for most of the day and am a little swollen but not too bad. So overall today feels like the start of the next chapter in this process but it does feel so good to be getting back to normal again. I hope to take some updated pics on Friday (8 weeks) and post them for you all to see.