3 month mark - doing great!
- updated 9 months ago
Long story short is that I used to be close to 200...
- 19 Nov 2012
- 8 days pre
Long story short is that I used to be close to 200 lbs when I was just out of high school. I'm 42 now and have been conciously making better health and nutrtion choices for over 20 years. I run (just completed my first half marathon), do Insanity and other programs, lift weights, etc. I'm very OCD when it comes to fitness and taking the necessary time off was a big concern. My doctor says I can be doing cardio again 10 days after with his method, so that's promising. When I was heavy, I was a 36D. Now, I'm a 36A and in desperately wanting some curves to make me proportional. I'm just shy of 5'10" and weigh 135 lbs. My doc has suggested 375-400cc under the muscle, silicone, with a crease incision.
I've had my pre-op and am on the count down. I have a lot of foods to avoid the 2 weeks prior, as they have aspirin like qualities. I badly miss tomatoes, almonds and almnod milk right now! I've gone through hundreds of emotions. Why am I doing this? Am I vain? Couldn't I spend the $ on something else? You've wanted this for so long and have worked so hard, go for it....to being petrified to being absolutely ready.
I've bought the montana arnica and bromelain in hopes to reduce swelling and bruising. I bruise easily. I put on an old sexy lacy bra that I had and couldn't even begin to fill it up. It was a 36B. How embarrassing. I guess I'm lucky if I'm an A right now. :(
So I am downright absolutely petrified. What fear...
- 23 Nov 2012
- 5 days pre
I am so worried about going out of my mind post-op, with not being able to exercise for 10 days. Holy wow how will I ever make it? Seriously, running and my fitness "me" time is like a way for my brain to relax. I need that. I know I'll be okay and just have to take this time to recover as needed, safely, and not push myself too fast.
Still petrified. LOL. I'm guessing this is normal.
Lordy, I'm getting very nervous now. VERY NERVOUS...
- 26 Nov 2012
- 2 days pre
Having twins on Wednesday!
Can't wait, but still scared!
I received a call yesterday that my surgery is...
- 28 Nov 2012
- Day of treatment
Hi Everyone! I tried logging on yesterday...
- 29 Nov 2012
- 1 day post
I tried logging on yesterday when I got home but the site was down but glad it's back up. This may get wordy but I relied heavily on other reviews to know what I'd be dealing with, that I want to give back and give the details!
I arrived at the center, yesterday, for my surgery at 11:30 (had to be there at noon and surgery set for 1:15). I had the hubby pick up a sandwich so he ate it in the car while I nervously bided my time, not going in! I was like a little kid with not being ready to go in just yet....LOL. If I only would've known everyone was ready for me earlier, I would've gone in sooner to get it over with! The one thing I love about this office is that it is THE most punctual of any medical facility/doctor's office that I have ever dealt with.
Once in, I was greeted and brought to the room to change into my lovely surgical gown/robe/socks/cap. At this point, I was simply ready to get it done. The nurse came in and took a pregnancy test again, although I had one with my labwork already. Hubby has had a vasectomy so we all got a chuckle over it - and yes, it was negative. LOL. She took before photos and got my IV started while the anesthesia doc asked some questions. I made sure the docs all knew that my resting heart rate is 39 and is normal for me since I'm a runner. It's very low and even sitting there when my blood pressure was taken, it was 43.
The doc came in and reviewed a few notes and we talked about size again. He said he'd reviewed the pictures I gave him and that 375cc wouldn't cut it. (We'd originally talked about 375-400 at pre-op and I went with 400.) He asked me what size I wanted to come away from it with and I told him a full C. To me, that's a hard question because it's not like I've really had a full C or small D, or anyting else to judge it by! I could read his mind - the pictures I showed him were a bit bigger than a C and I know he wanted to clarify what exactly I wanted. The hubby and I had agreed on the pictures - totally fun process for hubs and we had fun picking out pictures. So I told the doc that although some of them were a little larger than I desired, I did want the shape/positioning/fullness of the photos. I went in with trusting his discretion and in my mind, I wouldn't mind being a small D.
I said bye to the hubs and walked into the OR with my sweet nurse, Marla (who was fantastic). I had to giggle to myself because if anyone ever watched the tv show, Nip Tuck, it reminded me of that with music cranking. OMG, too funny, but I was cool with that. It took my mind off of everything for about 10 seconds atleast. I laid on the table and that's when it got real. Whatever word can be worse to describe petrified, that was me. Dr. Knoll, the anesthesiologist, was awesome too. He gave me something to take the edge off. I greatly needed it because my legs were shaking so badly I was popping up off the table ~ at least I felt that way. He then put a mask over my nose and mouth to which I tried to shake off and say I couldn't breath with it on (I know, that's the point), and I was out.
I woke up at some point, I believe at the start of recovery, with nurses telling me to put my knees down. I was lying there but kept bending them up. That's about all I remember until waking up later looking at the clock, very thirsty with a scratchy throat. I was forwarned about the throat by Dr. Knoll and the nurse gave me water to drink which was nice. I'm used to drinking about a gallon a day and was very parched.
I laid there in recovery for a bit, dozing on and off, and then a nurse helped me move to the chair where she removed my IV and helped me get dressed. She was great too, but I failed to get her name. I was reunited with my sweet, amazing husband and given post-op instructions and arm exercises to do. They gave me nausea medication in my IV earlier but some pills just incase I got queasy on the ride home. I didn't get sick though and had a few crackers in the car that I ate, along with 24 oz of water. No problems on the drive home at all. (I'd read reviews where people didn't remember any recovery or the drive home -- I wasn't like that at all, although I dozed off here and there on the way home.)
I think they started surgery a little early. It was scheduled for 1:15pm. They're an hour from my house and when all was said and done, I was in back home and in bed at 4:30pm! It went SO well. Oh, and the doctor said I must've done something right because there was very little bleeding at all. Well of course I followed all of the pre-op instructions to a T! I wouldn't risk not doing that! Maybe it's because of my running and that I have such a low resting heart rate that it barely pumps! :) He said everything went perfectly and he used 425cc (moderate profile silicone) to fill me out better.
Got home and took 1 percocet and a Motrin. They sent me home with Keflex (antibiotic) as well. I won't lie, I felt SO MUCH better than I expected!!! Dr. Sorokin called me around 7:30pm and to check on me; he didn't have a nurse call, he called himself which is so nice. I told him I felt great but wasn't sure how often to ice (20mins on / 20 mins off) and he clarified until I go to bed and even some today if I feel like I need it. (They sent me home with this amazing ice pack that you can refill.) I also had to ask about how often to do the arm exercises. He said every 2 hours to do about 5 (raise arms to a T and lift them up, to where they point at the sky and back down). He said even if I have to have the hubby help push them, to do them because it's important to keep the pocket moving. I had no problems at all and could lift them just fine. I'd already done 3 sets of 10 by the time he'd called (1 set per hour), so I'll slow it down and do as he stated.
I had a little dinner and spent the rest of the evening in bed. I did try and get up and walk around a little though because I just think it's good to keep moving some, but nothing strenous of course. I dozed on and off and finally went to sleep around 11. I drank a ton of water after surgery and was up 5-6 times during the night. I slept with lots of pillows behind me and got pretty comfortable but still woke up a good bit. Each time I got up to go to the bathroom I did my arm exercises. I noticed it was harder this morning but I think that's because I was just stiff from the night. Did them again a little bit ago and it was easier again.
My pain is very minimal. Feels like a hard chest workout soreness. I was expecting MUCH worse! I went ahead and took 1 percocet and my motrin but doubt I'll take any more percocet because I don't think I need it. The worst part was my scratchy throat, which kept making me feel like I have to clear my throat; but even that is getting better.
I'm having a glorious cup of coffee. If you're a morning coffee drinker, you know what I mean! I couldn't have any yesterday so it made this morning's cup that much more delightful.
I've taken a peek at the girls and they look awesome already - just as I was told - more box-like and will take their form better once they drop. I'll post pictures a bit later but am supposed to leave the bra on for 48 hours and don't even want to take it off for a photo. I can't believe how easy this was. I wish I would've done this sooner. I wish I would've not been so petrified! I am so thankful for Dr. Sorokin and his wonderful team. They are truly top notch and make you feel like they really care about you. I can't rave enough about Dr. Sorokin. Every question I ever had, between pre-op and surgery, that I asked via e-mail, he answered me back within 2 hours. Attention to detail - I like that!
Looking forward to how the next days will go. I'm thrilled so far. Oh, the only thing I can suggest that I didn't read elsewhere, is to have throat lozenges or some sort of hard candy for your throat. Mine was so scratchy and I found sucking on some honey cough drops really helped my throat.
Thank you again to all of the ladies who helped me psych myself up for this. I was one of those that always dreamed of having boobies but was too scared to go through with it and never thought I'd ever have the courage to do so. I must say that right afterwards I was like, "what have I done?!" but when I look at my chest and see how nice it already looks and then look at my before picture, where I had nothing, I'm so glad I did it.
Just received chocolate covered strawberries from...
- 29 Nov 2012
- 1 day post
I slept pretty well last night and woke up stiff a...
- 30 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
Slept even better last night even though I think...
- 1 Dec 2012
- 3 days post
The girls are looking prettier every time I peek at them. Now don't laugh, I'm being honest here -- but hubby, who is very funny and who wasn't a "boob guy" (his words), said, well, although I'm "not a boob guy, when you show me yours I get a little tingle in my balls". LOL! They're looking even prettier.....hoping everything continues down this good path!
Day 3 Post Op - felt great other than a little...
- 2 Dec 2012
- 4 days post
Day 4 Post Op - slept great last night and feel good. I only woke up a few times and guess now I know what a zinger is! How many days/nights should I expect to feel zingers?
I still don't have any bruising. I was taking Montana Arnica prior to surgery and after because I heard that helps. It's day 4 and still no bruising but I'm guessing it'll come in time. Maybe it won't be as bad.
Girls are looking great and I love them! I'll give it another week or so before I post more pictures so that you can see an actual difference in how they're changing.
My only concern is reading some horror stories from some women..... I know, that's what NOT to do. That's why I chose the surgeon that I did and probably paid a bit more for his services. That's why I did my homework. So that's not to say nothing will happen, but I'm hoping things will simply continue along the good path of recovery. Fingers crossed because I'm very happy with my results thus far.
Just finished my post-op and PS said everything is...
- 3 Dec 2012
- 5 days post
PS had me hold a mirror and manipulated the girls a little to give me an idea of what they'll look like when they "drop and fluff". Oh my, I'm a happy girl! I'm happy already but ecstatic if things keep going so well and that they'll end up looking like what he said. Hooray....couldn't be more happier!
Cleared to run on Saturday and CANNOT WAIT! I did...
- 6 Dec 2012
- 8 days post
Today is day 10 and I was cleared to run as long...
- 8 Dec 2012
- 10 days post
I still don't have any bruising and they're looking better every day. Lefty is Lucy and Righty is still Tighty...... I still have the steristrips on and have to leave them on thru Monday. PS gave me extras incase they come off early but I don't think they're budging and I'll simply leave them until they fall off. Next post-op is 12/17.
Working out is getting back to normal, but no...
- 10 Dec 2012
- 12 days post
Secondly, the numbness on the bottom half of my breasts, near the incisions and sorta on the sides, is going away. Tingly/stinging feelings -- when will that disappear completely?
I'm sleeping much better. Loving the girls and how they're shaping up! Steri-Strips can fall off any time but had to stay on through today. They're starting to get itchy though. Next post-op is 1 week from today and massages will start then.
I had my 2nd post-op today. It's been about 2.5...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 19 days post
Today was the first long run since my surgery. ...
- 23 Dec 2012
- 25 days post
Just realized I REALLY need to update with new...
- 24 Dec 2012
- 26 days post
All's well and feeling great ~ just being patient...
- 25 Dec 2012
- 27 days post
Adding a 30 day picture; not much to report. PS...
- 31 Dec 2012
- 1 month post
Today was about 6.5 week check-up. The PS said...
- 14 Jan 2013
- 2 months post
I was also told not to rush out and buy lots of expensive bras at this point because, "what fits great today, may not fit you so well in another 6 weeks". Me: "Does that mean they'll be smaller or larger?" (At this point a little boob greed has settled in and I sort of, for a half second, wish I'd gone bigger but definitely don't want them to shrivel up!) PS: They'll likely be a bit larger and more forward as they continue to drop and fluff. Phew!
Sounds great to me! I think they're perfect right now and the pink/black bra is a 36C; however, 36D in a Victoria's Secret bra. So I'll wait to spend the children's ineritance on new bras for now -- joke. :) My girls don't get in the way of any cardio or strength training exercises so I think I did good w/size. I did have to be careful on upright rows though since I actually have a chest now! He said push-up strength would continue to get better in a matter of time. All in all, I'm still thrilled!
I'm about 2.5 months now and doing great. I...
- 13 Feb 2013
- 3 months post
Ok, it's suggested to wear a sports bra by most PS...
- 13 Feb 2013
- 3 months post
Things are much more normal and my girls feel like...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 4 months post
I chose Dr. Sorokin simply from internet searches of surrounding doctors and the reviews I found on-line. He had a quick recovery method which was what I was looking for because I'm an exercise nut and cannot fathom taking weeks upon weeks off from working out. Although Dr. Sorokin was an hour away he had such great reviews I wanted to start with him. I knew from this first consultation that I need not look any further. He never rushed me and put up with my 3 page list of questions at pre-op. He explained everything to me and I was so comfortable that I scheduled surgery right away. (Mind you I was scared to death and almost walked out of the waiting room at my pre-op appointment!) I am most impressed that Dr. Sorokin has a special touch that he communicates directly with the patient. Of course his staff of nurses are great too, but Dr. Sorokin answers my questions himself and was happy to do so. He never made me feel like I was bothering him and was very patient with all of my questions.