I am 33 yrs old. 5'9" and 155 lbs. I am a mom, I...
I have wanted to have a breast lift with small implants (to restore volume) for the last 10 yrs, and a tummy tuck for the last 7 yrs.... Now that I am definitely finished having children I am so ready to get my body back!
Since I have started researching the mommy makeovers the BBL also caught my eye... since i have had "no-ass-at-all disease" my whole life and i now have "bra rolls" on my back (YUCK!) I would really like to have the BBL done too.
I am still looking for a surgeon... I have consulted with Dr. Hughes in California, and would absolutely love to have him do the surgery! His results are amazing and he has said that he can do the TT/BL/BA/BBL at the same time. The cost of the surgery is the part that is holding up the process :-(
So I think I am going to arrange a consultation with 2 local plastic surgeons and see what they say.
Very impressed with Dr. Hughes so far
Approved for financing
Surgery date booked!
Surgery rescheduled getting nervous and excited!
But, those issues have been resolved and I just rescheduled my surgery for August 5th! :-D
I can't believe it is only 6 wks away... I am nervous and excited all at the same time, and trying to stay realistic about what to expect. My plane ticket has been purchased and I have an apartment booked through VRBO.
So I am almost all set to go.
Anyone have any suggestions or tips on compression garments and wound care?
1 month until surgery!
2wks until surgery!
Woohoo! Pre-op today! Surgery tomorrow ;-)
I was getting dressed this morning and as I was leaning over I caught a glimpse of my saggy belly and boobs hanging down.... I can't even really imagine what it is going to be like to have a nice flat stomach and perky boobs :-) ugh I can't wait!!
I will update again after I meet with Dr. Hughes.
Later ladies :-) hope you all have an amazing day!
Day 2 post op
Pre-op appt on aug 4th: basically just did pre-op blood work and spoke with Adam. I was hoping to see Dr Hughes, but he was caught up at the hospital. So I was unable
to see him until the morning of surgery. I was still pretty nervous but very excited.
The morning of surgery I got up early and got ready for surgery. I arrived at the Boris cosmetic center at 7:45 as directed. I was supposed to be getting checked in right away but apparently the staff had been working on Dr. boris's patients first. So by around 8:45 Dr Hughes had grown impatient with his staff and came to talk to me in the waiting room. The nurse that was checking me in was a bit slow and unsure of herself... And she seemed a little rattled by the Dr.
However she was very sweet. I was eventually examined by Dr Hughes and he did mark my belly but said that he would do the rest in surgery. I tried on sizers and with Dr Hughes help we settled on 375cc high profile silicone :-) and decided somewhere around 1000 cc per butt cheek for the BBL. I gave to go ahead for a little more if he felt it was necessary. I didn't want a ginormous ass. Just a round bubble butt.
I have read different things about dr. Hughes staff... This was my experience: Adam is very confident and outgoing. His job is to take care of the finances and I didn't find him rude or off putting at all. I actually found him to be very upbeat and pleasant.
Dr. Hughes is very confident and extremely intelligent... He has a very honest and straight forward demeanor. I am very happy that I chose dr hughes. And I can't wait to see how my results develop over time.
Day 2 post op update-on what my recovery has been like
I woke up in recovery of course confused and drowsy from the drugs and asking for my husband. The nurse was funny... She said are you sure you want him back here? You looks pretty rough(because i was in pain and she didn't want to scare him) I assured her that he is a paramedic and it was ok so she brought him back to me. When it was time for me to leave I didn't think I could even move... But I some how made it to a wheelchair and into the rental car. The 3 mile ride it the apartment was quite bumpy and painful. And I was able
To make it up the 6 steps into the apartment and into the bed. Pain the first night was pretty severe. Surprising the pain was in my breasts and butt and not much in my belly. I was having to take pain medication more often than prescribed in order to get the pain under control... Finally after several hours I was able to relax enough to sleep for 2 hrs at a time. I was had to get up 3 times during the night to pee. Thank God for my husband because there is no way I could have moved on my own.
Post op day 1
Was not much better, pain wasn't quite as bad, and I pretty much slept the entire day. My belly was starting to hurt but my butt wasn't quite as bad. Everything is still very swollen, and my breast are pretty painful. But so far my waist is pretty small and my TT scar is very low, and my breasts are very perky!
Oh I have to say that so far the things I couldn't have done without is a female urinal (so that I can pee standing up) and a bed where the head and feet raise and lower electronically... Plus lots of pillows.
Day 2 post op
Today when I woke up I was still pretty miserable, but by lunch time I was feeling really good. Sponge bathed, washed my face, hubby washed my hair in the kitchen sink, put on a little make up and sat outside in the beautiful weather for 30 mins or so. It was so nice to get out of the apartment and to be feeling so much better! I feel so strong today it's such a nice change :-) I'm looking forward to feeling better everyday!
Post op day 3
I have my first post op appt later today. So I will update again after my appt.
Post op day 4
I got choked up on some water earlier and the coughing felt like my stomAch ripped open :-( ugh so painful. So I've pretty much been a bum.
I've been sleeping on my side the last 24 hrs... And I seem to be more comfortable on the sofa than the bed when laying on my side.
My post-op appt was short. I felt miserable and Dr Hughes said everything looks great so far and will only get better. I still have a lot of swelling to my lower back, hips and flanks... And my implants still need to drop into place. I'm glad I had my appt because I was unaware that I was supposed to be stripping my drains, and he said that because of my breast lift breast massage was really not indicated until my incisions are healed. I probably won't get my drains out until closer to 2 wks post op :-( I'm a bit disappointed about this because I really want a real shower! Oh well, I'm sure it will pass soon.... I'm off to take another nap. LOL
HAPPY HEALING LADIES
Post op day 5
And I am so thankful that I have been taking lots of stool softeners since surgery. First post op BM was yesterday and not bad at all thanks to the colace!! I'm gonna try to get some sunshine today and see if I can brighten my mood some... I'm so ready to get past this stage.
My hubby has to fly out for work in 2 days and I will be here on my own for 24 hrs before my friend can fly in to stay with me.... Praying that I will be moving around better in 2 days for when he leaves!!
It's starting to sink in... No more flat saggy boobs for this girl!!
Day 6 - trip to target = overdoing it!
Car rides are torture... It's not that I'm in so much pain or anything. It's just impossible to find a position that is halfway comfortable. After getting home I cleaned up, changed clothes and dressings. my hubby threw my compression garment and bra into the wash because frankly it was sweaty! YUCK! And I got comfy in the bed for a while for a much needed rest :-)
Since then I have been playing with pic stitch making some progression collages... So this is what I've got so far for 6 days post op.
Day 8 since the big day
My hubby had to leave yesterday so he could make crew change off shore, and my friend is flying in today! I'm so excited for him to get here! It is quite lonely being here alone... Not able to drive anywhere.
Here are some pictures from yesterday :-) not much change.
Oh little tip, don't slack off on the stool softeners after your first BM... In fact keep taking them until a couple days after you are off of all narcotics . Lol
Day 8 had been my turning point!
Definitely a roller coaster of emotions!
I had a follow up appt with Dr Hughes yesterday. He said everything looked great except it looked like I was having some type of reaction around my belly button because it was red and irritated. I begged to have my drains out, and he reluctantly said ok.
I finally met nurse Olga :-) apparently she was very ill when I had my surgery which is why I had not seen her at my other appts. She really is as amazing as everyone says! She knows her post-op nursing care!!! And she refused to pull my drains... She said she felt it wasn't ready, my drainage was still too dark and incisions still too soft. She said that if she removed them there was a much higher chance that the fluid would build up and then would find a weak place in my incision and open up to drain out causing a very extended healing time and complications. Admittedly, my incisions are still a bit pink... I had been applying a thin layer of neosporin to them (which apparently I shouldn't have been doing). She said it looked like a fungal reaction from being too moist... Not to put anymore neosporin and she applied an anti-fungal cream, dressed them with 4x4s and put my binder on correctly - I could have sworn that I was doing it right, but apparently the middle strap goes over the TT incision, the lower strap over laps a little and goes over the pubic area... And the top strap goes just above the waist. And guess what? It feels so much better on correctly!!! Lol
So as I was typing this post... My hubby calls to tell me my Persian cat was run over by a car this morning!!! :-( :-( :-(
A walk on the beach is good for the soul!!
New swimsuit and cover up
Flying home tomorrow
I will see Olga in the morning, and hoping she doesn't send me to the airport with these drains in place! But, I know that if she does it is truly for the best :-)
I'm just resting all day today... Because tomorrow is going to be an exhausting day of traveling (4 hr flight & 2hr drive home from the airport).
Here are this mornings pre-shower pics. I noticed my waist is getting smaller but hips and lower back are still swollen :-/ and I still have bruising on my lower back and butt... The difference in color on my back is not rolls, or lumps.., it's the bruising.
Officially 2 wks post op today
It's great to be home, but I sure do miss that adjustable bed!!! I missed my kids much and I was so happy to see them this morning!!
Here are some comparison photos from 2 wks pre surg to now...
I still have swelling in my waist and back.
Officially a 36DD per Victoria's Secret
I have to say I am so pleased with my Breasts!! I previously wore a 38D bra that had a sort of "push up" effect at the bottom to compensate for my lost volume. At my consultation I told dr hughes that I wanted to look the way I do with that bra on.. Except without the bra, and he was truly able to accomplish that :-) very very pleased!
I bought my spanx today as well... I'm so ready to get rid of this binder. I still have swelling in my waist and flanks and I believe the binder is causing the fluid to collect at my flanks towards the back. I have a hard spot on both sides that is a painful fluid collection. Olga said I have to massage it everyday. And it immediately improves with massage, but after wearing the binder it is just as bad once again. I'm gonna start sleeping in my spanx and wearing the binder during the day since it is so uncomfortable to sleep in. I'm really hoping the spots on my sides will improve by not sleeping in the binder.... So will see what happens.
Day 18 playing dress up :-)
How awesome is that? I absolutely love it and don't regret having this surgery one bit!!
After I got home I started trying on all my clothes and discovered the amazing feeling of not "needing" to wear a bra ;-) I love it!!!
Dr. Hughes is my hero!
3 wks post op
I have lost a lot of volume in my butt :-( And I still have a square shape from behind... I didn't get any fat Injected in my hips and I have been sleeping on my sides because of my breasts and TT I haven't been able to lay on my belly. I'm feeling disappointed today... So I made some comparison photos to remind myself how flat my butt was before :-(
23 days post op
Here are a few pics...
Waist 33" (still have lots of swelling)
So I'm definitely proportionate... I'm hoping to lose at least another 2" in my waist once the swelling is gone! :-)
Officially 4 wks post op
I have been thinking a lot about a revision on the BBL. Dr Hughes did a great job... I just feel that I have lost so much volume that I am almost back to where I started not anywhere near where I wanted to be :-(
First lymphatic massage today
Love the lymphatic massage!
4 1/2 wk post op
Measured myself yesterday
Bust 42 1/2"
Hips 42 1/2"
I still have some swelling in my lower abdomen and lower back, but most of the swelling seems to be gone :-)
Update on "the hole"
Dr Hughes said not to worry that it would heal fine, but of course I was freaking out. I also spoke with ms Olga and she suggested that I do wet to dry dressing because the hole seemed to be "dry" and I was always taught that this isn't good for woun healing. So after about 5 days of wet to dry the hole appeared bigger and I was even more upset. I posted a question on realself and received responses that it would heal, but may take 6-8 wks to heal up. :-(
I emailed dr hughes again.... He suggested that I not do wet to dry and only use dry 4x4's. I did this for a wk. during that time I did a lot of research on wound healing and ordered specialized dressing made for wound healing... I decided that if I didn't see much improvement after a wk of only 4x4's I would try these special dressings. After 1 wk there was only minimal improvement... So I began using aquacel aq extra and covered that with duoderm extra thin. I have been using this for about 1wk and have seen major progress on the healing of my wound!! I just wanted to share incase anyone else may be dealing with this.
I know that the wound would have eventually healed anyway, but this special dressing seems to have really sped up the healing process!
Almost 7wks post op
I also noticed today while taking photos that my breasts are now uneven :-/ I don't know if I just need to keep doing the massages and they will settle out or what. I'm pretty sure that it will get better with time and more massaging.
Most of the swelling in my lower back has improved.. I still have trace swelling, but I expect to continue to have that for several more mths. I will upload some new photos in a moment. I hope everyone is doing well :-)
Overall I am still very pleased with my results
Disappointed over my breasts
I haven't lost any more projection in my butt... But I seem to have an indention on the sides of my butt... It was more full at 2-3 wks post op, and now it's not.
Overall with clothes on I am still happy with my results, but for the money spent I expected more :-(
Possible revision at 6mths post op
Overall, I still love my new body and after I'm 6 mths post op if I still want a revision I will go back to dr Hughes. I trust him completely.... And he does amazing work! I hope my body cooperates and heals nicely the next time.
11wks post op update
I went shopping today and I had a lot of fun trying on some tight fitting dresses that I never in a million years would have touched before surgery.... My butt hasn't gone anywhere :-)
Dr. Hughes is an outstanding board certified plastic surgeon! He is extremely intelligent, and also personable. I was impressed with him from our very first interaction. I had submitted a consultation request and within a couple hrs i already had a response from his office. I sent Dr Hughes an email with photos and some general questions while on my lunch break at 11pm central time , and to my surprise I had a response an hr later! The next day I quickly scheduled a phone consultation. I am an RN/paramedic and I have worked in critical care areas caring for critical post-op patients so I spent a lot of time researching the procedures I wished to have done. I had several in depth questions for Dr. Hughes during our phone consultation, and he didn't skip a beat throughly answering my questions. I found it very pleasant to speak with him. It is very evident that he knows what he is doing. He is straightforward and honest. And frankly produces amazing results! Could I have had a TT/BL/BA near my home by a good surgeon? Sure.... But I couldn't have had the BBL along with it.... And very few dr's remove the volume of fat he does with lipo (5 liters) or will transfer as much for the BBL... And gets the results that he does! Some people think I'm nuts for flying across the country to have plastic surgery.... But I wanted the BEST... and Dr. Hughes is it!! :-D