Hello RealSelf Community!
First and for most, love this site! It has helped me in many ways. I am 30 yrs. old with 3 beautiful boys. I had my first son in my teens and boy was my body not ready for that! I got stretch marks everywhere, breasts, belly, hips, butt, thighs, inner thighs, and back of legs! Never wore a bikini again. In 2003 after I had my 2nd son I had my breasts done with 360cc saline implants to help fill out the lost volume with the 2 prior pregnancies. Then 7 yrs later I had my 3rd son in 2010 (surprise surprise). Was not expecting that but best thing that ever happen to our family. Now we are definitely done with babies & I'm ready to repair my body. Ever since I had my first baby I have always dreamed of removing my strech marks on my hips and belly and after bre
ast feeding my last baby I really needed to get my breasts redone. I have decided to go with bigger implants this time. Somewhere between 500-550 and silicone. I will also have a full TT with muscle repair. Scheduled for April 9th! I'm starting to get nervous and anxious. I will post some before pics soon.
6 Months Post OP & feeling better :)
Hello RealSelf Community! First and for most,...
Hello RealSelf Community!
I am 5' 6" tall 132 lbs. I just posted some...
I just posted some before pics but to be honest I look alot worse in person where you can see all my loose stretched skin :( I have always hated the gap in between my breast and hope with bigger implants it will fill in that are more.
Can someone help me find a post I read 1-2 months...
Today I am 4 weeks away from my MM and I'm...
I decided to add a few more pics of my poor...
I had my pre-op appt. today and it went really...
So I finally told everyone at work I will be gone for several weeks and I also told my boys today. That all went well. Glad thats off my to do list. I'm dreading filling my scripts because I will have to pay in full since I have Kaiser and can't run them through them. I hope I figure out some way to get them cheap. I will be having surgery at 8:30 am and will spend the night in the surgery center and will be discharged at 6:00 am the following morning. I'm looking forward to being on the flat & perky side instead of worrying and wondering about everything. I hope everyone doing well and best wishes to you all!
Holy Moly! 7 more days till my surgery. I'm...
I just can't believe my surgery is tomorrow...
Also, Aunt flow dropped by today so that really put a damper on everything. My PS office said not to worry and it's not a problem. So irritating, wasn't expecting it for a few more days but oh we'll.
I know why I'm doing this and I'm so excited to see my results!
Best wishes to all of you XOXOXO
Post OP day 2 (i think) So I made it to the other...
4/12/13 Friday Post OP day 4 not much has changed....
My first post OP appointment went great. I got see...
I forgot to mention yesterday, but during my...
Day 5 and no BM!!! I've been drinking a ton of...
Today has been my hardest emotional day so far. I...
My 1 week check up was today. Things are healing...
So I felt a need to share my lowest point so far...
Do any of you have advise for me on how to address my concerns about my breasts with my PS? I need some help!
Today I am 2 weeks post op and feel pretty good....
I still am very unhappy with my boobs and I don't think that will change until he redoes them. I am happy with everything else so far. I added a couple of new pics. Not much difference that I see. I hope you all are doing well and best wishes as always!
Question: Is anyone else having a weird popping of bubbly type feeling in between their incision line and pubic bone area? I have been and it's really strange. Even if I push on that area I can feel it sometimes. It doesn't hurt or anything but just feels weird.
Question: Is anyone else having a weird popping or...
Day 17, had another check up. My last drain was...
I was told to order a girdle preferably from a recommended website according to my PS. It's a Veronique design girdle and they are pricey $110.00 bucks! I started researching girdles here on RealSelf and I was surprised to read a lot of doctors don't even use binders or compression garments. Now I'm wondering if I should be wearing one even though that's what my PS suggests. I did ask if I could use an off-brand and they said yes as long as it's similar to the one they suggested.
What type of girdles / compression garments is everyone using on here? Are they comfy?
Thanks in advance for your help! :)
I finally did it! After 3 weeks of suppressing my...
I will try and post some new pics tomorrow. As always, best wishes to everyone!
Post OP day 26 Finally made time to add some new...
Finally made time to add some new pics. Night night and happy healing my RS sista!
Today I am 4 weeks (and 1 day) post OP. I feel...
I feel entirely better physically and mentally this week. My body is quickly healing and my mind is more at peace with this entire experience. I have learned so many valuable life lessons in these last 4 weeks and I am so grateful that I was able to have this surgery. The amazing women on this form who have opened their hearts and mind have inspired me to be a better me. This journey thus far has been a life changer for me from the inside out. I'm truly enjoying this journey and look forward to learning more.
Physically I'm doing great. Today I graduated into a pair of Spanx and I now get to wear a sports bra too! Next week I will start to message my breasts and possibly start silicone scar therapy. Isn't this a little late in the game for this? Seems like it to me. I still have quite a bit of swelling in my flanks and lower belly. BB is doing good as well. I'm almost walking completely normal and I'm starting to be able to arch my back a little which is nice. Energy is slowly but surely coming back. I still get exhausted cleaning or walking to long.
I had a great "ahh haa" moment the other night while in the shower. My husband opens the bathroom door to ask me a question and as we are talking he interrupt me and says "I like what's going on here" and I said what? He says, " you aren't trying to hide from me". I have hid from him for last 13 years and now I feel free. Don't get me wrong, I still dislike many things on my body but this whole journey has helped me put my guard down and see me through his eyes a little more. This was a big part of my goal and I'm happy to see it come through.
Thank you to all the courageous women on this site who have shared their stories. I wish you all the very best and happy healing from the inside out :)
5.5 Weeks Post OP
I went bikini shopping at VS for the first time. I ended up getting a 34 DD top and medium bottoms. I was a little sad that my vertical scar is not covered by any of the bottoms as I thought it would be but oh well it still feels great to be even shopping for a bikini instead of my normal tankinis. I have ALOT of work to do on the lower half of my body. I have always hated my legs since my second baby due to vericose veins, spider veins, and of course cellulite. I never ever wear shorts and if I wear a bathing suit my legs are covered with something. I feel like my bottom half doesn't even match my top half now so I need to start working out alot. My PS has only released me for walking and thats it. I'm still waiting to start scar therapy too.He still keeps putting the tape on and thats it.
Everything seems to be healing good. I do have a stitch poking out of the top of my BB that he may need to remove if it doesn't go down. It's really pointy like it's going to poke through my skin. Kinda freaky looking. My flanks are still very sore to touch and swollen due to the lipo. My PS said he removed several liters of fat from those areas so he really went to town.
My belly is really numb still too. Boobs are a little sore at times but no pain.
I'm feeling pretty darn good but very motivated to get in the best shape ever!
Happy healing to everyone and best wishes!!!
7 weeks post OP
The stitch above my BB is not dissolving which is causing a bump and irritation on my skin. My PS said he may need to make an incision and remove it. He will also fix the top part of the bb where it still protrudes. He wants to wait and see how it does but it's only gotten worse over the past couple of weeks. My right nipple is healing nice. It just looks so much darker than my left nipple due to the incision. My tt incision is doing good. He has finally instructed me to buy Oleeva silicon strips which are very expensive, $100. Ouch! They better work for that much money. He has also given me the go ahead to go swimming which is great because it will be 100 degrees this weekend where I live. Not looking forward to wearing a bathing suit because of my ugly bb and flab nasty thighs but I will hide them of course. I really need to come up with a good leg work out that will give me fast results because this is really depressing how my lower have doesn't match my top half. Swelling also seems worse lately but I'm sure it has to do with being more active. My flanks and lower belly are still numb and the muscle repair is still tight and feels funny. If I'm not wearing a cg and I bend over it feels like a 5 lb weight is in my belly. Totally uncomfortable. Any how, happy healing ladies!!!
9 Weeks Post OP
Well I have hit the 9 week mark and I STILL can't believe I had this surgery. I had a checkup today as well. My PS gave me a really nice compliment today too. He said I have one of the best looking figures he has ever seen but of course I know he's partial to me since he did the work. He even called in another lady for a second opinion. I was like really! This is a little awkward. Anyhow, I officially have started my Oleeva strips today and hope they make a big improvement on my scars. I was feeling pretty down last week due to menstruation and swell hell. I was eating pretty crapy and it showed. I was always bloated and felt like sh*t. I really have to watch how I eat, especially salt. I'm eating much cleaner this week and it shows. Yeah!
My breasts and the incisions are doing well. No pain unless I lift something too heavy. My stomach is pain free as well. My lower abdomen is still totally numb and swollen. It still feels tight if I try to extend my abdomen too far. The TT incision is doing great. My BB still has a lot of swelling and that annoying stitch is still poking out under my skin. I will most likely have to have it removed but we will see how it does. I go back in 6 weeks for another checkup. If I knew then what I know now I would definitely do this all over again except change a few things to meet my expectations. Thankfully they are minor things that bother me and not anything major. 6 weeks ago I would have said something different. Through my journey I have learned so much and have been touch by so many women on this forum that I am forever grateful for. I could have never imagined the amazing support and encouragement from these gracious women would be extended to me in such a giving way. You all have really been so inspiring and I am so thankful for all of your support during my journey. You all have made this experience more enjoyable and at times were the only ones I could turn too during my dark days. Only we fully understand each other and what we are going through during this intense journey so thank you all for sharing!
16 weeks Post OP
I haven't posted in so long so I thought I would give a little update even though not much has changed. I had a check up last week and they took post OP pics so I will post those once they send them to me. I have a few minor thing I want fixed/adjusted and my PS said he would take care of it. Early on during my recovery I really was unhappy with my breasts and wanted them bigger and was considering a lift to help tighten the loose skin but I have decided to not mess with them for now. Maybe in 10 yrs when I really need it. They are still tender at times with occasional little pains but still doing good. My bb is actually doing much better regarding the stitch that was trying to poke through above bb. It has healed and now I have a little scar that needs to fade as well as the bb scar that needs to fade. My abdomen is still very numb and my skin feels very sensitive when touched. Like an irritating feeling. My stomach just feels very foreign to my body. I guess because of all the swelling and numbness. I wish it just felt back to normal. I have been very swollen lately due to high activity and not the best diet I guess. My TT scar still is very ugly and dark. I am not sure the silicone strips did much. It's hard to tell. I think I'm going to stop the strips and start vitamin E and massaging. I am still working on my lower half of my body to try and tone but still have a long way to go. I still feel so skinny on top half but so flabby on my bottom half. I don't understand how I can be so lean on top and so flabby on the bottom . UGH. I could really use some advise and motivation. I know most of you are exercise experts. Can you give me some pointers on a fast effective way to get my legs in shape? I wish I was like most of you ladies dying to go back to the gym or just work out but I haven't been to a gym in over 10 yrs. I know I would feel so much better but it's just one of those things I think about daily but never do. I am still happy I had these procedure done and happy with the overall results. Thanks again for all the wonderful support ladies! Happy healing to you all :)
Post OP pics from PS office
WTF is going on with my belly???
Belly Little Belly Update
Have any of you ladies experienced anything like this before? I'm just curious if it's semi-common or not.
Thank you ladies for all your support. I wish you all well and happy healing. I will try and post some pics soon.
Thanks again ladies for all the support :)
6 Months Now
I was refereed to this PS by my vascular surgeon who has seen his work and has highly recommended his work of artistry. Once I meet him I fell in love with his warm character and felt incredibly comfortable talking to him. Not to mention his extensive background in plastic surgery I knew he was the right PS for me!