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Plastic Surgery Wasnt the First Plan of Action... - Columbus, GA
- posted 11 months ago
- updated 6 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $4,900
- Thomas Cochran, MD (Columbus, GA)
So I guess I should start off by telling a little...
- 21 Jun 2012
So I guess I should start off by telling a little about myself. My name is Crystal, I am almost 29 yrs old, and I have two boys 7yrs and 8months. Both of my children were born via c-section (one emergency the other scheduled). With my first pregnancy I went from 126 lbs up to 200 lbs with barely any stretch marks. I was able to eventually get back down to 136 and still be able to fit into clothes normally. If people would have to guess they would rarely guess that I had a child. With this last pregnancy I was lucky enough to not get up to 200lbs lol and also not gain any stretch marks; however, my measurements/body is not bouncing back like it did before.
I have done Insanity, hip hop abs, the gym, a good diet, and I speed walk 3-6 miles a day. All of this worked to a certain extent. I have been able to drop down to around 142 lbs, which is less than I weighed when I became pregnant this second time. But, my body is just NOT the same. I know that this is not due to lack of trying and I know its genetic.
I am sure some of you are wondering "how can you be certain its genetic?" Well glad you asked LOL . . . I have an identical twin sister who has no children who is crazy athletic and runs all the time . . .guess what . . . she has fat deposits in the same places and her weight??? 138 lbs. The difference between our bodies is my skin is stretched out and the fat well lol its not equally dispersed due to the pregnancies and the up and down of weight.
This is why I have decided that a TT is going to be my best option to fit into a pair of pants correctly again. I am TIRED of having to buy pants that fit my extra skin/fat and then they end up being so loose in the booty after an hr or two of wear that I can just pull them off :/ . . . I will try and upload some pics soon : )
So - I was talking to my husband last night about...
- 22 Jun 2012
I will say though I am grateful for my husband being supportive. He actually is all about the idea of surgery. Even was suggesting a BA lol all men love boobs lol, too bad for him mine are already D's and the Doc said they DO NOT need a lift. Unfortunately at this point in life I cant see having anything bigger than what I already have.
One of the reasons I really like my Doc is b/c he was very straight and to the point about what can/needs to be done and if he doesnt feel you need it he wont do it. While waiting for my initial consult I saw him turn a lady away (dont know what she wanted done but he told her to come back in 20 yrs lol). That to me says hes in this profession b/c he likes what he does and likes to help people, not because he wants money.
So . . . Its official . . .I think I am a little...
- 23 Jun 2012
So . . . Somehow I caught a stomach bug :/ I have...
- 26 Jun 2012
Compression Garments, Girdles, Scar Treatments,...
- 30 Jun 2012
Well I had my Pre OP appt. today . . . . It was...
- 9 Jul 2012
Well Ladies, Its been a while. I was on...
- 23 Jul 2012
Its been a while. I was on vacation for a week before coming home for surgery. During our "vacation" I managed first to have an allergic reaction to something I ate and got this weird rash around my mouth/face - then when that was gone I managed to get some type of sinus issue. Pretty sure its b/c I went to visit my dad and he was smoking in his house. Luckily I was better enough to have surgery still today.
Surgery went pretty quick I gess. in at 715 out like 1030. Definitely somewhat painful, mostly in the spots that got lipo on them. As far as the incision i dont feel lit reallllh "yet" I guess. lol . . . Kinda is like having a csection/
Happy Healing Laides/Men - I will add more when im not all sleepy and stuff.
Alright now that Im not falling asleep every two...
- 24 Jul 2012
What those of you reading may not know is that my entire mid section was lipo'd from right under my boobies : ) down to the good ol' hip areas near the vajayjay lol and my inner thighs. As a matter of fact at my original consult it was discussed not even needing a TT possibly just lipo. I knew from that point that I was going to have a lot of lipo done with the TT. SO for anyone considering this surgery make sure you know if youre getting regular lipo with it, its going to hurt.
I have been in my recliner now since I got home from the surgery around 11 am yesterday. My husband has been definitely being super dad to the two kids and has been helping out a lot by emptying my drain (I only have one) and changing my bandages. The worst part so far is definitely being stuck in this chair and being dependent on my husband to help me get up to go to the bathroom and stuff. He finds it pretty comical though since I cant really stand up. Also having to sit in this chair is a problem b/c I cant scoot myself all the way back in it yet. Eventhough I have a little mommy sized recliner I am still too "ducky" aka short as my grandma would put it. This causes a gap in between my back and the chair, which looks a little like this L\ the L being the chair and the \ being my back. Luckily when I had my last csection, the hubs got me this little back pillow thing that fits right into that spot giving me some added lumbar support.
I have not seen what my tummy looks like as of yet. All I know is that all the nurses were raving about how awesome it looked. One nurse even said that my TT was the best way for their week to start. LOL I was kind of glad to have a Monday morning surgery to begin with b/c I knew that the Doc was going to come into work all nice and refreshed from a weekend off. I know that may be silly to say, but just like with every job I am sure by the end of the week after doing so many surgeries and seeing so many patients the doc gets a little burnt out just like anyone else who works.
SLEEP - I just want to hit on this point a little . . . . You will be hot one minute and cold the next and realize you are sweating and that little bit of sweat makes you itchy, so on and so forth. Sleep right now is not my friend lol. I have not gotten more than four solid hrs of sleep at a time. My body is just worn and aches and cant make up its mind I guess. The nurses told me if I was having trouble sleeping I could try some tylenol pm which is what I may do tonight.
Happy Healing everyone - I will keep you all posted. I will try and get some pics taken today after I shower.
I got to see my tummy !!!! It is super flat. I...
- 24 Jul 2012
Alright so technically this is Day 2 post op. ...
- 25 Jul 2012
PO Day 3 - Went in for a follow up with my DOC . ...
- 26 Jul 2012
PO Day 4: My mid section is sooooo tight. I...
- 27 Jul 2012
PO DAY 5 - I am going stir crazy in this house,...
- 28 Jul 2012
HA HA HA I was just rereading everything I have...
- 28 Jul 2012
I was able to get out of the house some today. We took the kiddos to play at an indoor play center. It was great to not be staring at the same 4 walls anymore, but it definitely was a little tiresome. I know I have read a lot of these reviews and I read about people getting exhausted easily. I wouldnt say I am falling down tired or anything, but I do feel a little sluggish.
Few other things I would like to mention - - - After surgery depression, I havent seen that surface for me personally yet. Hopefully it doesnt. SWELLING and SENSATIONS - Yes you will swell, probably will swell unevenly. It should be expected. Dont freak out when it happens unless its months down the road and you are still completely asymmetrical. Odd sensations you may have: Numbness, definitely have somewhat lack of feeling now on my skin. Itching - EVERYWHERE, but its good b/c you know youre healing up. Random warm sensations near the incision area - sometimes when I stand up it feels like I have warm liquid moving around, but I dont. According to the doctor while the healing process is happening its possible to feel every sensation under the sun.
Happy healing everyone : )
PO Day 7: Well Ladies and Gents IM DRAIN FREE ...
- 30 Jul 2012
For those of you who have said it just felt weird and didnt really hurt . . . how lucky you all were. I believe if you wait too long to remove the drain, your body starts healing around it. Believe me it did not feel good to have that thing pulled out. Luckily my doc didnt tell me he was removing it. He just sat there talking to me then randomly pulled it out. It felt like having my skin waxed off my body. That is the closest thing I can think of to what it feels like. Like waxing something really hairy times 5 . . .. feels good to have it out though : )
PO Day 9: Well I lose the help of my husband in...
- 1 Aug 2012
I never quite understood when people would say they were swollen in after pictures. Before I had the TT myself, I would just see the pics and think "wow lady if you think youre swollen you dont know what youre talking about" lol - but now I understand. Being swollen is 100 times worse after this surgery than any regular swelling - reason for that is the "swelling" has no where to swell out to so you look awesome still but youre so swollen you feel like youre going to bust at the seams :/. OH and its painful swelling. At least for me it is.
PO day 13: Well I have been attempting to sleep...
- 5 Aug 2012
Two days ago (po day 11) was my first day at home alone with the kids. The hardest thing for me to do was to change the babys diaper just for the simple fact I had to get up and off the floor, which is difficult b/c of the stiffness/soreness of my muscles. I managed to live through the day, but I was definitely stressed, in pain, swollen up, and ready to check out by the time the hubs got home from work. Unfortunately for me, Monday will be just as bad as friday was due to the fact that school starts soon. Tomorrow is filled with lots of errands like the dentist and meeting the oldest new teacher at school.
My next PO appointment will be Tues. At this appointment I know my PS is going to have to remove the stitches from my BB b/c while they are dissolve-able stitches, they have yet to dissolve. I am also going to ask him about some uneven swelling/hardness I have near my right hip right about where the drain was. It is starting to concern me a little b/c the scar/incision on this side is significantly higher than the other side which I think is b/c of the swelling, but I just want to make sure. Ha even if its just higher on the right than the left I am ok with that lol i will just go get a new tattoo to make up for the 2 I lost having the TT LOL
Happy Healing everyone will update again on tuesday after doc appt.
PO Day 15- Well yesterday was a handful - thats...
- 7 Aug 2012
HOLY SWELL HELL - I was excited about less...
- 7 Aug 2012
PO Day 18 - Well . . . .Lets just say I was a bit...
- 10 Aug 2012
PO Day 21 - Well nothing too much new other than...
- 13 Aug 2012
Over all - I would say Im doing ok. Just swollen and things still hurt like someone was hitting me in the abs lol but overall I can perform most daily tasks. LOL I would say with ease, but its more like I am a 90 yr old woman hobbling around. LOL Im just really slow. . . .. OH and has anyone else noticed this site is not accurately updating things?? or is it just me??? could be my computer but no way to really know . . .. anywho Happy Healing : )
PO Day 27 - well I have some new pics. Nothing...
- 19 Aug 2012
PO Day 29 - I have been constantly sore - not in...
- 21 Aug 2012
OKKKKKK its been a little over six weeks now . ....
- 5 Sep 2012
Ok its been a while. It has been about 4 months...
- 17 Nov 2012
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Dr. Cochran has managed to give me the flattest abs I have ever seen, EVER. lol. My overall experience with him and his staff has been excellent. I will say Dr. Cochran is very experienced and knowledgeable and is the type of doctor that gets straight to the point. I think if you are looking for a very straight forward no fluff kind of doctor then Dr. Cochran is for you.