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Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck - Dallas, TX

After 25 years as an obese child and adult, I got...

After 25 years as an obese child and adult, I got up and did something about it. I exercised and dieted my way from 300 pounds to 179. I'm just over 5"6 and wear a size 12. All of those years of slugging around extra weight gave me the boobs of a 60 year old and two rolls of tummy skin that are impossible to diet away. My sweet boyfriend helped me embrace the thought of plastic surgery and here we are; one week away from a mastopexy and abdominoplasty. I tell my Sweet that the thing I look forward to the most is feeling like a normal person. No crossing my fingers that there will be extra room in my blouses to accomodate side boob, nor hoping that tights don't make me look like I'm concealing a 5 month pregnancy. There is so much to look forward to! :)

Just over four days out. Nerves are getting to me...

Just over four days out. Nerves are getting to me a bit but I've come here to help work those out.

Thank you to all who have given me well wishes. Your words lift my heart.

Today I picked up my little things for recovery (antibiotic, gauze, hydrogen peroxide, groceries, etc.) and am making final organizations around the house. Lists give me a sense of control and peace. :) I had a recommendation of finding an old fashioned girdle to wear after surgery. Any tummy tuck alumni who wore something like this? The hospital will provide something to wear but one person who had been through the surgery said she bought the best old time girdle and loved the support it gave. Also, any other advice on the breast lift of tummy tuck recovery would be appreciated!

Cheers.

We're almost there. Tonight is Wednesday. I'm...

We're almost there. Tonight is Wednesday. I'm tired after a long day of work. I will get up and clean in the morning. We're supposed to be in for some nasty storms and such. I kind of hope it does storm. I love sleeping in this weather.

Tomorrow I'll leave work a little early, say goodbye to mom and the pups and then off to Dallas. It's about a two hour drive. David is as cool as a cucumber. I'm good. Just chatty. :) I look forward to waking up Friday afternoon and starting the road to recovery.

Blessings to all!

Day 1 of recovery. Surgery and recovery went well...

Day 1 of recovery. Surgery and recovery went well on Friday. We are home. I took one pain pill and now on Tylenol. Surprisingly I feel pretty well. I'm eating. I'm sire but it not constant pain. It's hard to tell but I have boobs and a flattened tummy though still swollen. I've already gotten some sleep and am in my way.

Day 3 ofrecovery assures me that for whatever...

Day 3 ofrecovery assures me that for whatever reason, I am blessed. I slept most of the night on my own. I felt so good I was up and moving (slowly) at 5;30. I washed my legs I'm a sponge bath and tackled my hair. What a relief clean hair and face and legs! I gobbled up some dry cereal and started texts and emails to family friends. Only thing I've really needed; Tylenol. The most pain comes from the drain located precariously above my vagina. Mid mornimg brought lovely flowers and I was haphazardly ready for Lunch! Thus was my first drive and first chance to reassure mother I'm not the world's best actress. It was slow going but nice. I have to remember to keep the Tylenol going. I started a coughing fit in the restaurant which would have been far less painful if the one Tylenol I had taken early I'm the morning hours hadn't worn off long ago. The drain shifted and poked a bit and did sting nicely. But I made it through. I sat with mother for a bit afterwards at her house And reassure my babies (poodles). Left and came home a bit worn and ready fir naptime. I got in an hour and a half and it was well needed. Changed the bandages solo and again I was tired. I took in a smal dinner, talked with my David then his mom. Watched a vbit of t.v. And here I am now. :). A bit sleepy. I awaiting to take my anti-biotic and then off to my bed! I'veissed the bed but I feel ready. Going to keep a few things handy in case of a coughing fit. Will post some after photos My David took soon! Mom even looked aty bandaged breasts amd commented that they looked like that of a young woman. David and I are very pleased ! Cheers!

Got the photos up. The right breast has a bit of...

Got the photos up. The right breast has a bit of an indent but should work itself out. Already I think there is a HUGE difference. The breasts look so normal, which is beautiful to me. :) My stomach is retaining fluid so it looks paunchy but should deflate. Again, it looks so normal. That is just amazing to me. I don't think I really showed my legs before which also had a LOT of sagging. So they are already improved. This has been very worthwhile. God Bless!
Dallas Plastic Surgeon

I chose Dr. Carpenter based on the recommendation of a friend. She is a nurse who worked in the plastic surgery recovery and had met Dr. Carpenter and had viewed "his work" first hand.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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You look great! Glad recovery is going well :)
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I am surprisingly serene. I think this is not only helpful to me but to my David. I don't relish the role of being a raving loon. :) He's been calm and patient. I also have to think of mom. She's 78 and not overly thrilled that I'll be under anesthesia for eight and a half hours. However, she had her upper arm reconstructed after a fall two years ago and did very well in what I remember as a five hour surgery. A friend took a picture of me today and it was funny the first thing I saw was "fat." Only, it isn't fat. It's a lot of skin. Dr. Carpenter anticipates my total "weight loss" from the skin removal to be around eight pounds. It's just that lumpy tummy area that makes me feel fat. This is what David and I talk about quite a bit. He's reassuring though I have a hard time accepting I'm not fat or chubby. It is hard to wrap my head around what the new me will look and feel like. Picked up my meds for post surgery and reading all about the wonderful side effects. Two days and nine hours to go. Let's do this!
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Good luck. I am having the same procedures done in 23 days! I cant wait to see your results!
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I hope you're proud of yourself for that amazing weight loss. You should be! And now for the next leg of your transformation. I'm in awe.

Here's a list of supplies you might want to consider for recovery.

I agree with you about lists. They are extremely comforting.

Please keep us updated throughout your journey. I'm so glad you have someone supportive by your side!

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Love this list. There are a few things I didn't consider! Thank you.
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Oh and by the way, big congratulations on the weight loss!!
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Good luck with your journey. Remember that healing takes time and its a gradual process. Good luck and God bless. Xx
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Good luck on your surgery you will look great... keep in my is a long journey with a lot of ups and downs so dont be discouraged. ..
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Good luck!! And congrats on your weight loss!
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