Hello Ladies, My stats: 40 y/o w/ 2 children now...
My stats: 40 y/o w/ 2 children now 15 & 22 boys. Height 5'0
Weight: 155lbs. When I really focus I can loose up to 10 lbs. Then I'm right back where I started at 155. And that has been my story for the last 10 yrs.
Physician: Dr. Siddharth Bass, Miami,Fl
Psychologically: feeling selfish but going forward anyway full speed. I feel. I am still at a good age to recover don't have to worry about child care since my kids are pretty self sufficient and supportive; and determine to do this before my next mile stone (age 50)
D date: 12/20/13
Procedure: MM /mommy makeover full tummy tuck with lipo of the flanks & breast augmentation.
Preparation: to date got my vita medica recovery pack, purchased scar silicone sheets, have a 2 piece pajama to wear post surgery top is button up on my surgery date, I also have a few outfits which are yoga pants and zipper hoddie's to wear over the surgical bra & garments.
Travel arrangements: I live in Orlando, Fl. I will be flying into Miami Fl 12/19/13. Pending how I feel I will be staying in Miami 3-7 days. I will like to be home for Christmas with my children (only my husband and I are taking the trip). It would then be a car ride back so I can stop every hour and get up the required 10- 15 minutes walk.
help!: all you experienced on the perky flat side feel free to help this rookie out with your recommendation's. I've read soooo many things over the past months that my brain is all spaghettied out over this and I'm not sure what else I should be doing at this point.
27 day to go & Anticipation is setting in
12/20-12/25/13 Miami Fl//recommendations?
ALL paid. Committed and nervous now
I also discussed my implants. I will be getting the 330's which will actually be filled up to 360 cc's.
You know that song by Rhiana that says "I'm friends with the monsters inside of my head" well I am NOT. I really wish I could put my head away until this is all over. But I guess nothing is easy and these are some of the must go through things.
Wish me luck, keep me in your prayers as I will do the same to all my Realself sisters.
Not bad at all.
Here I am the day after. I went into my PS's office yesterday I was marked and they took my before pictures. The anesthesiologist was very funny, and made me feel very comfortable. Then ofcourse there I was out to la la land..
When I woke up there was my family. What a relief becaus I had nightmare days ago that no one picked me up. Got back to the place I am staying in took all my meds and rested.
The ultimate question about pain. Let me tell you totally, totally, totally tolerable. I am sore not pain.
Today I had to go back to my PS's office everything checked out well.
My only issue has been that twice one time yesterday and today after breakfast I became very light headed like I was about to faint and started sweating. That was an awfull feeling but again not pain. I sure hope that goes away becaus it makes me shaky. I will try to post a picture in a bit.
All is well
I got back in to see my PS on Thursday at which point the plan to remove my staples and drains.. Praying it all goes as planned beapcause that means I will be able to go home.
Happy healing to all & a very Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
Day 6, 7 & 8
Got home 12/26 in the evening settled in and slept in my amazing bed. Love my bed. Did I say I love my bed...
Only my best friend, children, sister- I law and husband knew of my surgery. My mom lives in my same neighborhood and i did not tell her because she would just freak out until she could see me which was a wk later. I would just have ruined her Christmas and of course i wasn't going to do that. So I got home Thursday night and Friday morning my husband picked my mom up brought her over to my house and i told her. Her first question was why you didn't need that. My response with much and all my respect " because I wanted to it will make me a much happier person with myself". My mom is very old fashion and knows little about plastic surgery. Her next concern was how this could affect me health wise. We discussed that and recovery. Then she was ok and made sure she gave my husband a speech about make sure you don't let her do anything around the houses until she recovers. Clearly I was ok with that. He also told her he loved me just the way I was but he supported what ever made me happy.
The day after I got home the nurse called to make sure I was ok and offer additional care and advise. She gave me her cell phone number to call for any assistance or questions even after hours. I have been very satisfied with their service. Not sure if mentioned before but, I had my post op 12/21 dressing changed and drains checked. I was seen again on 12/24. Then on 12/26 my staples from the TT were removed and the stitches from my oreola's where my implants were inserted. Tomorrow I will have my hubby take pics and post them.
I am feeling great. Walking, eating healthy and resting. Pain free for the most part. Only if I cough it hurts at my abdominal wall. So I am not taking any pain meds.
Happy healing to everyone who is post op and recovering.
If your on the fence about it do it! Not as bad as it sounds. The key is having a good support group to help with personal things like showering and helping sit and stand up. And of course around the housework while you recover. I am at one wk, but from what I've read about 10 days of help is a must. One thing for sure is I can not bend. So try to have things at level and if it falls it falls,,not even trying to pick it up.
Issues: I'm still seeping through my BB and one tiny spot of my TT incision right below my BB. It's not painfull I'm just concerned although I know my surgery is recent. I'm happy with my implants my right one remains very bruised below and still high can't wait for them to set in.
I was just thinking yesterday if you haven't had your surgery yet take a full day and practice around the house without bending at all and using only your legs to sit and stand no abdominals at all to give you a better perspective of the days following your surgery.
Rt side bruising
Back to work
Trying to figure out what to wear so is not so noticeable immediately is a little frustrating. I don't want to deal with the questions, why did you do it or criticism. I wanted it. I did it. I paid for it with my money. I don't regret it and feel much better about myself. Is all about ME... :)
Anyway back to the clothes issue. I'll try wearing my loose dresses for now. Nothing fitted.
Wish me luck hope I'm not too exhausted after a days work.
Happy healing to all those in their early post days.
If your just researching and thinking just do it!
I've read a lot of post where people go to their supper tight cg immediately after their surgical wrap around garment. My docs instructions were a little different my instructions were to wear spanx for a few wks until my TT incision is all closed up and healed before I start pulling and squishing it. I will follow my surgeons advise I trust his recommendations will give me the best overall results. And to be honest I am way happy about it just looking at the very tiny compression garment I have to wear following the spanx I'm still wondering how I'm going to fit there but they're pretty confident that's were I'll fit!
Issue with garments post my return to work was I was NOT very patient taking down the spanks and pulling them back up and as a result I did not drink the amount of water I should have. Which they were open at the bottom to avoid that but I've also read people cutting them of and ruining them. I'll just suck it up and deal with it for now. I did swapped and wore my surgical one to sleep. It gives me the compression and stability I need. I like it can be adjusted so I can breath and be comfortable while I sleep.
Not back to my spanx and off to work!
Scar & BB pics
I wish I way better at memorializing this journey and have not posted as much as I should have. I Have not had any major issues. I've been trying to eat as healthy as I can. No major excersize routine just walking at my breaks. And let's not forget water, water,water.
Anyway here are some updated pictures I'm pretty happy with my scar so far. If I take a picture from a distance it looks quite impressive or scary. Is not as bad as it looks in pictures. When you look at the close up pics you will see what I mean.
My belly button is still healing. I'm still nervous about that but I know I'm only 25 days post op and giving it more time. There are still two open spots. It doesn't hurt at all. I clean it a few times a day. In the morning. When I get here from work and before bed. Still dressing them with neosporin.
So you know that spot I said would not close...yesterday it looked really white inside and I was scared I was developing some type of infection. Well turns out it was an internal stich coming through. I cleaned it with alcohol, grabbed it with twizers until I saw the knot and nipped it off. It didn't hurt but I kept thinking it was going to the was my skin was pulled.. Now I hope that doesn't keep happening.
Beware those traveling to the Dominican Republic..
8 1/2 wks & would do it all over again!
Happy Mothers Day to all my RS sistets!
5 months 139.8 weight/ 38bust/29 1/2waist / 39 hips
8 month update
Overall it has been a good experience for me. The key is be very patient. Once the doc is done them begins a very lengthy recovery. Sometimes i still feel some of the lipo spots when i stretch. My stomach area i feel like a tingling sensation from time to time.
The hubby and i just started weigh training,,,lets see how far i can get with that. I'm more of a treadmill cardio work out type. He thinks i can do it. Well see....
10 months post op & loving it!
I'm 10 months and still no regrets. I still massage my scar & use the bio oil.
Regarding size I'm either a 32D or 34C. My right breast always feels totally normal. My left sometimes feels weird and is more sensitive . But not life changing.
I continue using my compression garnment as a waist trainer M-F.
My belly button scar I'm more concerned about is kind of thick. I still sometimes put or fill the space with cotton ball some says it appears to be shrinking in size but not thickness.
Overall I'm still very very happy with the results. The surgery is totally worth it. The aftercare for optimal results is lengthy.
Good luck to you all!
Dr. Bass was recommended by a family member who's had several successfull procedures with this physician. Other friends of friends also used the same physician. I elected to choose a physician whom I had references of actual people I know rather than merely making my choice over online reviews. .................................. Update: first let me clarify I am not a patient a Vanity. I was able to locate this doctor at a different office. I am now 6 months from my surgery and very happy with my results. I've read other reviews complaining about his attitude . He is straight forward doc with exceptional surgical skills which is all I care about. The post op care is mainly handled by the nurses anyway. I was fortunate and can't complain. I don't live in his are so the post op was limited anyway. I was impressed that after I got home they called to check on me. It's not a high end suppersuffisticed office. But that cost $$. I Prefer their method stick to the basics and pass on the savings! Those fancy waiting rooms cost $ that the patients pay for. Overall 4 stars because there is always room for improvement & their patient education is limited. So knowing your body and doing your research is key.