6 weeks PO and new pics
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Well, ready or not, I scheduled my surgery. I'm a...
- 11 Nov 2012
- 3 months pre
Well, ready or not, I scheduled my surgery. I'm a 48 yr old Mom with 3 kids, 18, 15 and 13. I swore I would never have plastic surgery; yet here I am. I think my motivation is that I work out religiously~ 5 days a week and of course, no amount of exercise will get rid of the excess skin on my abdomen. I eat incredibly healthy and just got frustrated that I couldn't get the results I wanted. I thought I might just need lipo, but then a friend who is a nurse who worked for PS informed me that's not fat, it's just skin.
I decided to do the BA as well after watching my breasts continue to shrink as I become more fit. Shrink and sag is probably more accurate. I breastfed my kids and seem to have the classic "mom who breastfed and now has no boobs syndrome". I believe I'm going with 300 - 350cc silicone above the muscle. Due to the amount of weight lifting I do, my PS recommended on top of the muscle will reduce muscle loss and they will not impede my workouts, which are important to me. I want them to look natural, not looking to go large, would be happy just to fill my bra cup in my 34 c's please :)
Okay, I'll try to post some pics tomorrow. Happy to be on this site, and love all the pics and updates everyone offers.
Posting Pics... Realized in my determination to...
- 12 Nov 2012
- 3 months pre
Realized in my determination to post (finally!) on this site, I left out some of my stats...I'm 5'6" and weigh usually around 140 - 145. Lately been hovering around 142...
Hubby is supportive...@ first when I broached the subject...(well over a year ago) he was shocked @ the amount of $$. I've been considering for awhile, and just finally told him I really want this...and he's okay with it. He travels quite a bit; so I chose February for the surgery knowing it's a bit quieter around here. Altho just signed daughter up for club volleyball and realize hubby may have to step up for a couple of weeks...Haven't brought that up yet...:)
I'm posting pics because most women on this site have been open and generous in sharing and would like to give back....certainly not proud and hopefully will not be as self conscious about sharing the "after" pics...
Okay, so it's been awhile since I've posted on...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 1 month pre
I really don't think I will back out @ this point; so I guess I could use some advice on what items were valuable in your recovery. I spoke to PS's office last week to inquire about doing a cleanse 2 weeks before surgery. PS's nurse thought it was a great idea.
Okay ladies, do's and don't's prior to surgery? Any advice and feedback is greatly appreciated. Oh, I am scheduled for February 21 and plan on spending 2 nights @ hospital in recovery....
I just hit the 2 week mark from my surgery...
- 8 Feb 2013
- 13 days pre
I met with PS on Tuesday for my pre-op and settled on 300-325cc's for BA. I think I'll be happy; and hubby I think was hoping for bigger....lol...but of course :)...Although compared to what I have now, I believe it will be big!! I am really looking for a more natural look, and honestly don't think I would be happy with really big breasts...:))
Have ordered some pre-surgery vitamins recommended by another RealSelfer...Gonna start some arnica montana per doc as well. Otherwise, I'll just order a front closure exercise bra and maybe some comfy t's for under compression garment. uggh...they are sooo ugly....and I can't help but think about the doc and nurses getting that garment on me after surgery....some thinks are better left not thinking about...:))
We'll I'm off to the gym and a busy Friday planned.
Hope everyone is well and have a great weekend!!
I'm getting ready to head out the door to surgery!...
- 21 Feb 2013
- Day of treatment
I'll be spending 2 nights @ the hospitel, so I'll post as soon as I'm home on Saturday.
Good luck to all the other surgeries today :)...I'll say a prayer for all...See you on the flat side...Happy healing :))
Made it home from hospital around noon today. Am...
- 23 Feb 2013
- 2 days post
While in the bathroom earlier I noticed some...
- 24 Feb 2013
- 3 days post
Morning Ladies...PO day 10 and feel like I'm...
- 3 Mar 2013
- 10 days post
I'm posting a couple of pics that I took after my shower yesterday morning (also got to wash my hair, another first!!)...hubby asked me to try on a bathing suit, so I obliged and had him take a few shots. I'm still super swollen on the side shots, (not proud, but will post for other women to see it's SUCH a process)..but am pleased with some of the front shots :))
Hope everyone is feeling better and recovering well...Happy Sunday :)
Well, it's been about a week since my last update...
- 10 Mar 2013
- 17 days post
Hubby was out of town all last week (2nd full wk of PO), which kinda sucked, but I managed. Some days were longer and busier than others, one eve had to make a trip to the mall w my youngest. It was a 2 hour trip which WAS too much walking and was super sore and cranky by the time we left. On Friday, (PO, 15) went to dinner w/ a few gf's to celebrate a b'day. Was on the fence about going, but pulled it off and had a great time. Most didn't know of my surgery and those who did were impressed with my progress.
Yesterday (PO 16) was my first trip to the GYM!! Was excited and nervous. Per PS I was instructed to do low impact cardio only! Walked on treadmill for 15 min @ a 3.4 pace and incline of 4 and 15 min on elliptical working up to level 8 (not doing arms). Was able to complete that successfully. I was surprised that the treadmill was way more uncomfortable than the elliptical..(I'm not a fan of elliptical at ALL, and never use it in my normal workout - I'm an old injured runner who spent many years running outdoors and on a treadmill)...I was expecting to swell up like a balloon from workout but surprisingly didn't swell too badly. I will say I did have some side stitches during the day which I attribute to my workout but overall it felt great to get my heart level elevated a bit :)) Also weighed myself @ gym and am down ~ 2 lbs since morning of surgery. I did purchase a "bike short" type spanx for my workout which fit perfectly under my compression shorts that I normally wear to the gym.
Last eve hubby and I went to a movie and dinner. We saw Silver Lining Playbook (great flick) - yes, even had some popcorn against my better judgement, it was so GOOD!! - and a late dinner around 9pm. That is normally my bedtime (lol) but hubby was hungry and I obliged. Went to a great restaurant (Gloria's in DFW) and enjoyed some lobster and shrimp soup...Again, swelling wasn't as bad as I had anticipated from high sodium foods and slept surprisingly well.
I'm attaching some pics taken yesterday afternoon after gym workout. I noticed this morning as I was downloading that left breast appears larger and dropping quicker than my right. I realize that they will drop @ different rates, but a little curious about the size difference. May just be swelling but I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure.
I hope everyone is doing well and recovering nicely :) Happy Sunday ladies :)
It's hard to believe it's been 6 weeks since my...
- 2 Apr 2013
- 2 months post
I still have tightness in my abdomen and am allowed 5 hours daily w/o compression garment. I don't always take all 5 hours, and sometimes exceed it a little bit. I never thought I say this, but there are times when I look to put it back on...as much as I hate it; it offer me support and comfort I guess...lol...
I've upped my workouts @ the gym. I'm up to 20 min on treadmill (incline of 8 and speed of 3.8) and then 20 min on stairmaster (intervals @ level 6). I'm also doing reverse lunges and step ups along w some arm exercises w 15 lb weights.
I'm pretty much back to normal, as far as work and managing around the house. I still avoid heavy lifting and find my the end of the day I'm truly worn out...try to be in bed by 9 or 10 the latest. I sleep pretty well, switching from side to side and on my back. I'm still most comfortable using a pillow either supporting my breasts or under my knees if I'm on my back.
I've attached some pics. I am having some numbness in my abdomen which can bet a bit annoying (especially when I'm out of my garmet) and have to keep surgical tape on till my appt. next week. So EXCITED for that (my 6 week check up on week 7) and am hoping for full clearance to exercise, no more compression garment and removal of surgical tape.
Hope everyone is doing well...I miss you guys!!
I visited 3 PS's who were all referred to me. I chose the one I felt I connected with best and seemed the most in tune with me and what I was wanting. He was almost the most highly recommended from a friend who had some surgeries with him as well.