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5 days PO!!!!!!! ---- TT, BL and BA Scheduled for 6/11/2012 - Colorado Springs, CO

Hello everyone! I am 37 yrs old and have been...

Hello everyone! I am 37 yrs old and have been wanting to get a TT for quite a while (youngest child is 11 yrs old). I need your advice and here is why..... I am a military wife and a little over 7 months ago became a military widow. :( My husband and I had talked about me getting a TT for the last 3 years but after his last mission away from home late in 2009 we actually started talking about having another baby and decided to wait on the surgery. Now here I am, and I really want to have the surgery but here is my dilemma. I had contacted my PS back in March and made an initial appointment for a consultation in late May. In between both dates I made the decision to move back home where all my family is. I am moving back home on June 21st --- the military is paying for the move as that is our home of record. I talked to the PS as soon as I made the decision and we actually had our "consultation" over Skype --- I'm 2 hrs driving from his office ---horrified to show pics of myself for the first time!!-- At first he thought we couldn't work the dates cause he was booked completely for June ---of course everyone wants a flat-belly summer! :-) They called me from the PS office about 3 days later and said someone had cancelled for the 11th and the PS wanted to offer the opening to me first cause of my situation. I thought about it for 24 hrs and then agreed! My pre-op is tomorrow and I am scheduled for surgery on the 11th. That's just one week from today!! HOLY CRAFT!!!

My PS does the TT and BA without draining tubes which I guess speeds up the recovery time a little bit.

As the days get closer, I am re-thinking this whole thing and thinking I should'nt have the surgery. The dates are too close, no? I have been reading all the recovery stories and it seems most ladies have made a turn around for the "best" around day 3 and then again around day 10. I will be on day 9po on the day of the flight --- It is a 7 hr flight with a 1 1/2 hr lay over. Do you think it will be ok? How about going to a high-school reunion (20 yr anniversary) at around the one month mark (July 7th)???? I will have my best friend help me here from the day of the surgery 'til the day I leave, and then my mom and sister back at home once I get there. My PS thinks I will be fine, and he says he has had patients get on a plane the day after their surgery.... but I have a lot more questions for him tomorrow.... I have to pay the rest of the surgery tomorrow to confirm and I am freaking out about it!! My friends that know about the surgery say DO IT while I am thinking about it and I have found a good PS... my nerves and mind are telling me otherwise!

Can I do this? Should I? Would you have done it if you knew you had all these things coming up so close to your surgery date?

Hello all.... so I went to my preop and my review...

Hello all.... so I went to my preop and my review here wasn't posted yet -- actually I still can't see it as I am writing this "update"... I had to wing it with my own mind and my best friend! After talking to my PS and his staff and understanding what the CG's are and what is expected of me I decided to go ahead with the surgery. I can't believe I have less than a week to go! I got my prescriptions and bloodwork done today. I chose 339 cc silicone - gel implants. PS said that I didn't need too big of an implant since I will have some good "volume" left from my own breast after the lift. I am hoping he is right and that I don't regret not going bigger. I also requested a good BB and a low low scar. He showed me the placement in the mirror and I will be happy if it is as low as he said it would be.

I am nervous about the surgery, the move, and all the things I have to get done before I leave on the 21st. My 1 wk PO appointment has been scheduled for the 20th - the day before I leave, and I really hope I am happy that I did this by then. I know I am going to go thru ups and downs thru this but I am praying for more ups than downs and for a speedy recovery and smooth transition back home. I know there are other things going thru my mind but I want to keep my posts here more about the surgery than about all the other stuff going on in my crazy head!

Oh, I've also added the "before" pics I sent my PS for our first consultation. I hate looking at them!! Looking at them now I am thinking I should've followed my PS suggestion and gotten lipo on my flanks... the PS said it would be completely up to me cause I just need it there and its more of a way my underwear fits now that its affecting my body shape... UGH!!! I swear I didn't look that bad today in the mirror in his office... gosh I just wanna cry right now! I think I am PMS'ing on top of this!! :(

I am very nervous/emotional today for some reason....

I am very nervous/emotional today for some reason... I keep thinking I am messing with my youngest's summer by doing this, that I will be judged, that I am being selfish, that I could use that money for something else..... I am actually thinking of calling the whole thing off.... UGH!! When I look in the mirror I think it will be so nice to have a flat belly and perky boobs, to have clothes fit nicely without having to suck it in or wear super duper push up bras and a girdle... to love my body again.... but is it all worth it? What if I have complications? What if I don't like the end result? I keep thinking about what my husband would've said to me right now and he would've been my rock and support and actually be making fun of me for being so emotional about everything! This is hard ladies! I really didn't consider the mental aspect of this surgery yesterday when I paid... :( Is this normal or am I in some Freaking-Out-Twilight-Zone??? :(

HOLY CRAFT!!! 3 more days and I will be in...

HOLY CRAFT!!! 3 more days and I will be in surgery! I want to thank everyone that have shared their journey, given me the much needed advice and even sent messages about things I didn't even think of! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Since I last updated I talked to my mom and my sister about the surgery and I think they are even more excited than I am! I am still a little bit in freak-out mode... I go from being happy about the decision, to almost going into a depressed state for doing it! UGH! The movers came this morning to do the survey and I am trying to get all of the things that need to be done, done by Sunday night. I really need to make a list of everything I need to do cause I am almost positive I will forget something!

I've read somewhere that eating pineapple everyday helps with the swelling.... is that true? What else helps with the swelling and the scars? Should I start the BM help now? What else should I be doing other than "think happy thoughts" and try "not to freak out too much"?? lol I've read the list of things I should get and I am adapting it to my situation and my time at my friend's house. I love her so much! She has put up with my freaking-out spells, crying bouts, hyper excitement, etc etc etc. She will be doing the drive home after my surgery and then babysitting me for the next 3 days! Did I tell you I love her? ;-)

I'm getting sleepy right now (its 1am here) which is rare for me to get sleepy on my own so I'm gonna try to ride it and sleep a lil bit! This weekend will be super busy! I know I will freak out a few more times as I get closer to THE date, so please let me apologize for my rambling/whining/worrying etc.... but I will keep coming here to get support and also to read more of the updates/pics that everyone else is posting! I absolutely love this site and am very thankful for all you ladies on it! TTYL

Holy moly! It's surgery day! My surgery is late in...

Holy moly! It's surgery day! My surgery is late in the afternoon so I have most of the day to run some last minute errands and freak out! LOL I am a little calmer than I have been these past days... just a little anxious about this next three days and then for the move next week. I went thru a crying bout last night as it was the first wedding anniversary after my husband's passing away. The day was busy and I have noticed that when I am really busy my mind goes into "auto pilot" thinking that he is deployed or in a training exercise, just away from home... I am in that stage of grief where sometimes I have to force myself to accept that he won't come back.... its not complete denial but it's so hard to accept on some days and I guess it is ok to allow my mind to give me those "breaks" and "protection" according to the bereavement counseling. As the move back home comes closer reality is definitely settling in.

My best friend and I will have to drive a little less than 2 hours for surgery to be there at 4:00 pm and then the same back home after its done. Surgery is supposed to be all done by 10 pm (MST) then recovery for 1 hr. God willing, that puts us back home by 1:00 am or so! I already told her that I may be more "emotinally bipolar" than usual on this drive... I know I will be happy with the results but I also know I could share it all with the love of my life.... :(

I will try to post as soon as possible and will have my friend take pics also as the days progress. I am keeping my mind with good thoughts about a speedy recovery and excited about the extended support that awaits me back home, and of course the beaches I will be able to go in a sexy bikini without having to suck it in or cover the stretch marks, or try not to bend over or sit down so my "blubber" wont show!!! ;-)

Happy surgery day to mel44 and qmommy who are also having their MM today!! You are in my prayers and thoughts!

Surgery day ---- my surgery was scheduled for...

Surgery day ---- my surgery was scheduled for 5:30pm. We checked in at 4pm, and the prep started shortly after. They got a urine sample and then got me in one of the infamous backless gowns, into my compression socks, under warm air blankets and then Dr. Vath came to do his markings. I reminded him to make my incision as low as possible, and little as possible and a cute BB... And to please take all my blubber out! Shortly after that the anesthesiologist came by, explained what woul happen and also told me that hd would give me something to relax before putting me under. I remember him putting the medicine, telling my friend what to do to get back in the office, and then someone asking me how I felt and not to open my eyes cause they had put grease on them.... That's it! For some reason my pain was concentrated on my left boob and my left arm. They gave me more pain medicine while in recovery, then my friend noted that my right boob looked bruised. They kept me in observation a little longer than anticipated cause they wanted to make sure that it was just bruising and not bleeding inside. They explained that for pain I could take 2 Perc's every 4 hrs and if it was still bothersome I could do the Valium 2rs later and alternate between them. The ride home wasn't that bad and I just passed out when we arrived.

1day PO ---- the first day wasn't as bad as I thought it would. I thought I would be sleeping thru the day but I was very surprised to be awake, alert and wanting to move. It was a challenge to walk hunched over when my body just wanted to go straight. I had to find a good way to sit down at he toilet using my legs for strengt, the same as for sitting on the recliner hair. The PS had said I could shower after 24 hrs but I decided to wait til The next day cause i was worried about not being able to put the cg on the right way. I took "laps" around the kitchen every time I needed to go to the bathroom, which has been around every 2 hrs on the clock. My boos feel gigantic and the right one feels like it needs to pop or something... My PS said I don't need to massage them this week but I am wondering if that will make them feel better and help with the swelling.

2day PO ---- yesterday I was more sore than the first day for some reason.i tried to walk a little straighter but it was hard. I ate wheat thin crackers - the low sodium kind right before pill time just to have something in my stomach. I wasnt hungry at all during the days but I did get hungry late at night and my friend got me one of the strawberry chicken salads room Wendy's and it was yummy. I decided to take a shower and took some pics. Ive been waiting to see my bb and the TT scar. I was very excited with what I saw. I did notice that the top of my ribcage, like right under my boobs is a little dented kinda forming a line going down my torso....it kinda freaked me out.... Will that go away?


3 day PO ---- first I still haven't had a BM but ive been taking dulcolax for 3 days..so hopefully it will happen soon. I am waking a little straighter today than yesterday. I just got my period too this morning and have been cramping like crazy and with a blinding headache on top of it. My right breast is more painful than the other one, and also feels more engorged... When should the massages start? I feel like they are under my armpits too and the sides around the compression bra are swollen too. the top part of my chest is also swollen and I kinda feel swollen/bloated under the CG so I'm not sure if I will take it off today or not. I can't wait for the day that I can walk straight... When will that happen? Other than that things are pretty good. I've added some pics. The breast ones were taken immediately after surgery, the full body ones were taken yesterday when I took the CG off to take a shower.

The days are flying by! I can't believe I am...

The days are flying by! I can't believe I am already 5 days PO. Yesterday the movers where here to start packing my stuff and I honestly over did it even though I took breaks and laid down on my bed various times to rest. I took my second shower by myself yesterday and it felt wonderful.... however, after reading someone's post about their surgeon's theory of showers increasing the risk of infection I am starting to think that maybe I should skip days.... I just look forward to taking this binder off for a little while! During the day the thing that bothers me most is the tightness in my upper abs muscles and not being able to walk straight. At night, the story shifts and its my boobs that take center attention. I haven't been told to massage them yet but they feel so engorged and hard - especially the right one --- that it makes it hard to sleep. My lower back is taking the grunt of all of this... what have you ladies done to make it not tense up and hurt?

I drove a little yesterday and now I am about to go to Target cause I just noticed that the movers packed all of my pantry!!! So I need to get some healthy snacks and other stuff for the days we have left here. In between the move, the surgery and TOM I am super emotional and cant believe everything is happening so fast!

I am so happy to see others results, I will try to take more pics today and post them. I feel super swollen under this binder so I know they wont be super pretty pictures but I think we all here appreciate the "real thing" rather than only the best stuff...

2 little perks I have noticed so far are that I don't have to pick up my boobs to dry under them after a shower! I was so happy when I noticed that I had a silly grin and kept patting and drying that area! LOL The other is that even with the swelling going on, when I sit on the toilet and look down I can see ALL the way down... without having to suck it up or move anything!!!!!! YAY!!!! oh, and I had a BM today... it was funny cause I had to sit down and meditate and convince my body --yes talking to my body parts and deep breathing like a lunatic! ---- that we could do it but it worked and it happened! Double yayyy!!

Thanks for all your good thoughts and prayers and for sharing all your stories and recoveries! I actually spend more time on this site than on facebook now and that is a lot, especially when most of your day goes by sitting down taking breaks!! :-)
Denver Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Vath is one of the few surgeons that does the TT without drains. He is wonderful and has a great personality. He answers your questions thoroughly and has a great sense of humor. He makes you feel comfortable and gives you real expectations and listens very well to know what your goals are with the procedures you are having.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Hello, I am wondering how you are now and if you are still happy with your results. I hope your move went well.
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I'm also wondering about the results today. I had dr. Vath as my PS 7 weeks ago and so far I'm thrilled.
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You look great. I too had my surgery on June 11 :)
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Moving - wow- that's a lot going on for you, but it should make the time fly! I seem to also have dropped FB for my new MM friends :) Have you tried shaving your armpits yet? Wondering how that's gonna happen...Happy healing!
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You look great! I can see your Abs! ! Hope mine looks as Awesome as yours. 10 more days then Im on the flat side.
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Glad to hear every day is getting better. Happy healing!
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You look amazing! Wow!
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looking great ,happy healing...
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Babygrl, I hope you're feeling more comfortable. If your PS has given you the ok to begin massaging, DesertRat33 gave a great detailed how-to under her review in a comment thread on June 8th. Isn't that always the way with your TOM?
Aunt Flo dropped in to visit me (early) today, which means she'll be back at my PO day 3 :p Hope you feel better & better by the day, hour, minute, & second ;) !!
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I just found your post. I am so sorry for your loss. I am also an army wife and my husband is deployed. It is an emotional time for you, you take care of yourself and take all the time you need to recover. If you need anything message me
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Thank you!
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Thinking of you! I'm home already and doing pretty good, although my boobs feel SuPER engorged. How u are doing well too.
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Thinking of you this morning, hope all is well and the ride back to the Springs was a good one.
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So sorry about your husband. I hope everything went well today.
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I'm so happy for you and glad you are doing this for yourself! Prayers for you girl, will be waiting to hear from you!!
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Good luck! May you have an unevenful surgery and an easy recovery! Thoughts and prayers are with you.
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saying a prayer for you and your surgeon
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How exciting! Sending thoughts & prayers for a peaceful day, smooth sailing thru surgery, and happy healing :) Can't wait to hear all about your journey! God bless you!
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thinking of you, today!!!! excited for you....it's an amazing journey. let us know how you are doing when you are on the flat side. xxoo
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Happy surgery day!!! Excited for you!
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Just looked at the calendar & saw you are scheduled for tomorrow! Sweet dreams of the new you! Many thoughts & prayers are with you :)
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Tomorrow is the big day right? I can't imagine your excitement. Prayers with you, keep us posted how it goes.
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I don't know about pineapple- but I have gpheard from several ladies that cucumber Lemon water really helps with swelling.
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Oh my gosh!! I didn't even realize we have the same doctor!!!! So excited for you!!! You will have to give me all the details when you are up to it afterwards!!!! Sending good thoughts your way. :)
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