I'm really frusterated with this swelling!!!

I am 32 years old and I have 4 beautiful babies....

I am 32 years old and I have 4 beautiful babies. My oldest is 7 and my youngest is 2. I breastfed all four of them so with them being so close together that kept me breastfeeding for 7 years strait! I am very active and have gotten to my pre-pregnancy weight after each birth.

My lower abdominal muscles are very stretched though. When I stand up strait it looks like I have a flat stomach, but if I bend over it is very loose!!! I am scheduled for a mommy makeover on April 20th. I am set to have a breast lift with 286cc silicone implants, mini tummy tuck and lipo of the flanks. I am really excited, but also nervous! I am afraid I will not be happy with the results. This site has been very helpful! I have enjoyed reading everyone else's stories....so I will share mine :) about me: 5' 10" 135 lbs 32 yrs old

Oops I meant 5' 11"

Oops I meant 5' 11"

Does anyone have a guess what size bra I will...

Does anyone have a guess what size bra I will wear? I am wearing a 34 D now...mostly just cramming all the loose tissue in there ;) At the Dr's office he had me try on the 286cc implants in a D bra and they fit. So I guess that means I will wear a D. I'm just nervous because I really don't want to go too big! I hope I am still at a D

Well my day is slowly getting closer. I have been...

Well my day is slowly getting closer. I have been needing to have foot surgery for the last 10 years. I have put if off because of the 8 weeks of down time....well since I'm about to have down time anyway I am going to get my foot done. It will be really nice to have that done. I saw the Dr today that will do that surgery. That one is scheduled for April 3. So I will have a little over two weeks to recover before the mommy makover. That way by the time I can work out again at 6 weeks it will have been 8 weeks since my foot surgery. Perfect!

I have been feeling the same as a lot of you. I am very excited, but at the same time I feel really guilty! I'm so scared that we will pay all this money and go threw all of this and it won't turn out well! I feel so bad for the people that are not happy and just have to live with it for at least 6 months to get a revision. My husband has been so supportive though! I was really worrying about justifying the money the other day and he just said that different people have different priorities. He said he can tell that looking good is important to me because I work so hard at it. He said it's no different than people taking very expensive vacations...because travel is important to them. I guess he has a point...and they are taking a chance too they could spend all of that money and not enjoy their trip.

I just hope the time flies!!! I really want to be on the other side!!

Time is moving so slow! I took some measurements...

Time is moving so slow! I took some measurements today so I will be able to compare after.

Bust: 33 1/2 (wow it's always been 36 before babies)
Waist: 25.5
3" below BB: 35 (this is the biggest part of my stomach)
Hips: 36 (not going to change, but just thought I would measure anyway)

My weight is up a bit at 138...so I hope I can loose those 3 lbs by surgery. I don't want to go into a 6 week break already 3 lbs up!!

Ok ladies I hope some of you can relate to this. I...

Ok ladies I hope some of you can relate to this. I feel really bad I just totally lied to one of my friends, which I feel terrible about. I told her my surgery was just going to be a breast lift no implants and never even mentioned the mini TT. I don't plan on telling people, but I didn't plan on lying :(
How did you ladies handle telling the people who are going to know you had surgery? I just work really hard to look as good as I do and people always ask how do you look so good after 4 kids. I guess I'm just afraid if they know about the surgery they will discredit all of my hard work and think it is all fake. Am I just crazy?

I just got home from my pre-op visit. I am so...

I just got home from my pre-op visit. I am so excited! I got all of my questions answered and my PS made me feel so comfortable. I can't believe that my day is only a week away...but I wish it was today. I'm all paid up and ready to go. Now I just need this next week to fly by :)

I am 12 days post-op. I am doing really well. My...

I am 12 days post-op. I am doing really well. My recovery has been much easier than I expected. So far I am really happy with my results...but really hopping there is still a lot of swelling! In person I feel like my belly looks a lot better, but it doesn't look perfect because I look thicker. In the photos I took this morning I don't really think I look any better :( I hope there is a lot of swelling and it goes down soon. I don't know how to tell if I am very swollen or if that is just me?? I love my breasts!! At first I was a little worried that they were too big, but once the swelling started to go down I LOVE them!

Oh and I almost forgot to mention. I was so worried about the mini TT scar for nothing. It is so so low!! Any panties or swim suit will cover it just fine! Plus it is healing so well that I don't think you will be able to see it anyway.

I was three weeks yesterday and my swelling is...

I was three weeks yesterday and my swelling is worse than ever! Everyone I read about with a mini TT says the swelling is so much better by three weeks. Not me! I am so sick of it. I look like I'm pregnant...and these nice full breasts just add to that! Also my belly looks lumpy. Is that normal? I wonder if that super flat belly I had at three days will ever be back? I wish I had gotten a picture of that.

I posted some pictures of my swelling. The part I...

I posted some pictures of my swelling. The part I was calling a lump is on the bottom right (it is on the left side of the picture) It's like a ridge kind of. It looks like I'm pregnant, or thats my scar or something. But it's not. My scar is really really low. Does anyone know why I have that ridge there???

Well I am 7 weeks today and my swelling has not...

Well I am 7 weeks today and my swelling has not improved :(
My PS says it is normal, but it seems like everyone on here is looking much better by 7 weeks! He says that mine is harder to appreciate because I didn't have any skin to remove so the swelling just brings me back to where I was. I was really hoping to be smaller than when I started by now! On a positive note I love my breasts!
Happy healing everyone.

Well I'm 10 1/2 weeks out now. I am still...

Well I'm 10 1/2 weeks out now. I am still swelling really bad! I weighed myself today and I am 12 lbs heavier than the day of surgery!!! I have been eating really really well. As good or better than I eat after having a baby to loose the weight, and this weight is going no where :( I called my PS and he said it is possible that it is all swelling. He said 2 lbs of it is the implants and the rest swelling. He doesn't think I've gained any real weight. What do you ladies think? I am worried that when the swelling goes down I will still be left with this extra weight. I have been eating good and working out at least 5 days a week so I don't think I could be gaining. It's just that 12 lbs is a lot!! I don't see how I could have that much extra fluid???
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Thanks for your post! Most of the girls I've chatted with have about the same time of recovery. Some healing very well, and some with some complains! ;) I'm almost 2 mths preop and today I was very upset... I weighed 5lbs more than last week, I've been active, doing cardio, eating healthy, and it was mind blowing to see the darn scale # going up!! I am swollen and your post reassures me Oooh weeee I can breath :-) he he he THANK YOU
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You have a long way to go with the swelling. I am almost 5 months now and still swelling every evening. It does get better after about 12 weeks or so but doesn't go away.
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Thank you for your input!! I was really getting nervous that since it still hasn't gone down that maybe I've just gained weight even though I've been really good.
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Cucumber water works great for swelling- you can add lemon, lime and mint too.
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Where do you buy cucumber water?
Thank you.
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You make it- slice cucumbers put it in a pitcher of water- some people let it sit overnight or a few hours
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Add lemon, lime and or mint- or just cucumber
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Girlie, I swelled bad especially when I was on my feet. Keep the binder on till 6weeks. I wore my stage 3 24/7 for 6 weeks and it kept everything down. At week 6 I started only wearing it when I felt fatigue. I still swell after the gym and it has been 8 weeks. I find soaking also helps. Best of luck!
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Hi, we have similar stats- I'm 5'10" and 139 lbs, had surgery a day before you. I'm still swelling a lot too. The closest I've been to my pre-surgery weight is 1 lb heavier. I'm also having lopsided swelling. My lower left side swells more and I look like a butterball. I still can't get my pre-surgery pants on. You look great though.
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Thank you for your comment! It really helps to know! I can put on my looser pants from pre op but I think it's because they are cut so low. My swelling is high for some reason. I'm glad to know its normal... But it still sucks. I hope we both get the skinny body we paid for soon :)
You should post some pictures. I would live to see before and afters!
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I would ask you PS about the swelling.. Are you watching your salt intake and still wearing your binder?? Both those things help. Also if you over do it it will swell like crazy!!! I still swell after a year if I have salty things or don't drink enough water!
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Have you asked your PS about your swelling? I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. I remember feeling like I was 9 months pregnant. Since your concerned you might feel better if you ask you PS about it.
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I'm going to for sure! He's in surgery on Mondays though :(
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Hi neighbor. I'm 11 weeks post op tomorrow and I still swell some everyday. My flanks from the lipo are still swollen and tender. I found for me that a light massage helps. For the first 8 weeks I iced several times aday. Just a couple of weeks ago I stopped using the ice and wearing the waistnipper which I started using after 6 weeks in the CG. The more I would do the more I would swell. This is a long healing process ... for me anyways. Good luck and happy healing! :)
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Thanks. Do you think I should worry about the weird way I am swelling? My belly is coming out so round!
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I'm 6 weeks post op tomorrow and I still have a lot of swelling about half the time. When I go without the binder I have more than when I have it on. But starting tomorrow I don't have to wear it at all anymore. I'm not sure how that will go. Sometimes I am really really swollen and look way bigger than I ever did pre tt. But it is getting better. Drinking water helps. I think it just takes time. About the lumps I don't know.
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Thanks. I just hate looking worse than ever! When your swelling is down is your belly as flat as it was right at first before the swelling built up?
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When the swelling is down yes my tummy is totally flat and looks great. Im very swollen today since its the first day without the binder. I'm optimistic it will lessen over time.
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My ps had me wear my binder till 4 or 5 months and I still wore it at night after a year. I haven't been wearing it since I had my BA and BL and still swell some days.
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Oh good! I'm happy to hear that at least!
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drink lots of water, stop doing too much, be kind to yourself and it will go away! Good luck!
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Thanks. I will try ;)
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You look great!
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Thank you :)
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I'm 4 weeks po and I still have some swelling that sometimes makes me look like I'm bigger than I was before. It can take 6 weeks or longer for all the swelling to die away.
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