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Almost 5 months PO. TT, BL, and Lipo Done 5/25/12
I just turned 27 and am the mother to a beautiful...
- 5 May 2012
- 19 days pre
I just turned 27 and am the mother to a beautiful 4 year old girl. I've always been "curvy" growing up but pregnancy sent me in to the 200's and my waist just lost control. My 38D breasts went to an 40E and then deflated to a 38DD after I stopped nursing. I've dropped most of my pregnancy weight and have stayed stable at this weight for awhile and I figured there's no better time then now to get moving on my dream of a flat tummy and perky breasts! Since I'm not planning on having any more children anytime soon, I figured I'd like to enjoy the last few years of my 20's in a 2 piece bathing suit. I'm doing this to boost my confidence and energize myself again.
My procedure is scheduled for May 25th and I'm super anxious! I will update with "before" pictures very soon and of course the "after" pictures to follow!
Gathering my supplies! I've posted a pic below of...
- 8 May 2012
- 17 days pre
Tonight when I get home I will try my best to post my pre-op pictures (didn't want any evidence of them on my computer at work).
I keep scanning this site for people's before and after pictures and I am completely anxious. I discussed with my doctor where my tummy tuck scar would be and he assured me that it would follow my c-section scar and would be hidden under a bathing suit - ahh, big sigh of relief!
2 weeks and counting down! I'm incredibly nervous...
- 11 May 2012
- 14 days pre
My PS has given me the option do do my drains at the sides of my incisions, or in the pubic area. I'm not really sure which way to go on this. Anyone have any advice? If you do them in the pubic area, are you left with 2 random scars?
Oh god....5 days until surgery and my freaking out...
- 20 May 2012
- 5 days pre
I want to take a second and say thank you to all of you that have been so supportive and have answered my questions through posts and emails. You are all so amazing and I'm glad I found this site to help get me through this life changing event!
So here I am in the final few days leading up to my surgery and I'm ready to see you all "on the flat side". :) Good luck to my girls who are also going in on the 25th! We can do this together :)
A little more than 12 hours to go! I' have this...
- 24 May 2012
- 1 day pre
I did it! I think it ended up being 5 hours...
- 25 May 2012
- Day of treatment
Last night was uncomfortable, not going to lie....
- 26 May 2012
- 1 day post
Thank god for my mother, grandmother, and sister who have been helping me out with little things. Even going to the bathroom, They have to un clasp my garment and stand there with me. I can't wait to take a shower today and when I do, I'll be sure to get some pictures of my tummy and breasts so you can see. My breasts feel hard as rocks and it sort of looks like I have implants - my doc said I had enough natural tissue that he could create the fullness on the top for me.
On that same note, My doc called me last night to check in with me. I'm so thrilled with him and my results already. I would recommend him to everyone I know.
1 day post-op in the evening. Pain right now if is...
- 26 May 2012
- 1 day post
The swelling has begun.... almost so much that I'm...
- 27 May 2012
- 2 days post
Day 3 post-op and I'm feeling great! My pain is...
- 28 May 2012
- 3 days post
My PS told me not to take the cotton out of my belly button yet but I want to see it!!! Maybe today I'll try and take a peek. I'm also going to post up more pictures this afternoon so you all can see how I'm healing. I bought the 50 Shades of Grey book to read while I'm healing but unfortunately the pain meds are making it hard to read small print. I might have to wait a little longer to know what everyone's talking about, haha!
Hope all of you out there are healing well. If you guys have any questions, don't hesitate to ask :)
SWOLLEN!!!! :( It's miserable. Sometimes I feel so...
- 29 May 2012
- 4 days post
The drains come out on Thursday and I can't wait. The area where they are is numb so they don't hurt but its a pain to have to loop them in and out of my garment and clothes. Plus who wants to carry around a bag of drainage. Not sexy.
Everyday I'm feeling better and that's a relief. I got to see my belly button today - very cute!
Well today I did wayyyyy too much! I had to go to...
- 30 May 2012
- 5 days post
I'm still sleeping in a recliner which is not my choice of bedding but laying flat seems to make the swelling worse. I'm proud of myself for leaving the house today, I did my hair and makeup and wore non-recovery clothes. but like I said, too much too soon an I was begging to come home and crash. My pain is still low on the scale, about a 2. The muscle relaxers are still really helpful though but I've been spacing them further and further apart (12 hours instead of 8). My drains are supposed to come out tomorrow!! Whoop whoop! Keep your fingers crossed for me, I want these babies out! I might have mentioned this before but the drains were put at my hips and my compression garment is squeezing them uncomfortably :(
On a positive note, even with the swelling, my clothes are fitting so much better! My flat tummy and perky boobs are a dream come true. I can't wait to try on bikini top and not have to use the halter strings as support for my boobs! Lol it can only get better from here! I'll update agan after I see my PS tomorrow!
The drains are out! Thank goodness! And no, they...
- 31 May 2012
- 6 days post
I can't tell you how much better I feel without those stupid drains. I'm still sore, especially around my lower back and butt area but that's to be expected. Pain is tolerable with ibuprofen today but I still need the muscle relaxers especially when I sleep. I'm almost done my pre-cautionary antibiotics regimen so that will be one less pill to take!
New pictures to come tomorrow probably!
Small victory today - I was able to lay on my side...
- 1 Jun 2012
- 7 days post
Also another small victory, I wore a tank top after my shower with no bra and they looked fantastic!!!! I almost cried :) There has never been a time in my life where I have been able to do that! Since they looked good in that, I tried on two bathing suit tops and WOW! I cannot believe how good my boobs look in both a halter bikini and a bandeau top.I'm glad I didn't decrease my size in the process and just went with the straight up lift. My belly button has been a little red but no oozing and that spot on my TT scar has dried up. No pain complaints except for the pressure from swelling. I'm trying hard to monitor my sodium in my diet and hopefully in the next few weeks my "shelf" butt will disappear a little more. I'm anxious to get back in the gym but one day at a time...
Happy Healing everyone!
Today I went back to work! Wishful thinking that i...
- 4 Jun 2012
- 10 days post
15 days post op and I'm doing well! My lipo...
- 9 Jun 2012
- 15 days post
As you can see the tape hasn't come off completely yet except for underneath my breasts and in the middle of my tummy. The area on my tummy had a little bit of drainage coming out, PS says its not infection. I just need to keep it clean and keep some gauze or a panty liner over it for a bit.
I officially went back to work last Monday and it was an adjustment. Some days were better than others but I always ended up swollen at the end of the day. I'm almost standing up straight 100% but like I said some days are better than others. I've also been able to sleep on my side! Yay!
I would definately do this whole process again in a heartbeat! My skinny jeans were lose yesterday- my skinny jeans!!!! The recovery has been pretty uneventful. Can't wait to rock a bikini soon!
Sorry for the late update everyone! I've been busy...
- 25 Jun 2012
- 1 month post
I've noticed that I feel much better on the days where I drink more water (and not eat as much salty foods)... my swelling stays down and I have the most energy. Maybe this is all in my head? Anyway, that's been my experience so far.
Also, I'm down about 15 pounds since surgery! Yay! Of course the first few weeks I didn't show any weight loss, I was swollen with all that fluid. But I am happy to report - the water weight has retreated!
I suppose that's all for now. Feel free to ask me anything!
I have no complaints, my results have been...
- 26 Jul 2012
- 2 months post
I've also been spitting a few stitches around my breast incisions, nothing crazy - it looks like a little red pimple and I just took a pair of tweezers and pulled the loose stitch out. It heals right back up, thank goodness. Google says that some people are more prone to spit stitches, guess I'm one of those people.
I really need to put some updated pictures on here and I promise I will get to it very soon! I'm so happy with my results so far. I've shrunk down so much I had to get a smaller garment!!! Yay! The first time I was able to wear a bikini out, I almost cried. Its been years since i could do that and this whole process has been completely worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Hope all you ladies are healing well!
Sorry ladies for the delay in pictures. I tried...
- 29 Jul 2012
- 2 months post
Small update: even though I had the revisions done on Wednesday, I went to a theme park yesterday and was able to ride all the rollercoasters no problem. Today I had a tiny bit of swelling so I put my garment back on. I also had to take some Ibuprofen yesterday and today but overall no problems. The areas that were revised are a little swollen and bruised as to be expected.
Okay ladies, here are my 2 months PO pics...
- 30 Jul 2012
- 2 months post
In 4 more days, I will be officially 5 months...
- 21 Oct 2012
- 5 months post
Anyway, thing are going well and I haven't had any issues. I'm thrilled with my results and would do it again in a heartbeat. I'm thinking about some thigh lipo for next spring but we'll see how working out pays off for me....
Until next time....
My Doctor: Gary Vela, MD
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