A little about myself, I am a 31 yr old mom of 3. ...
Early last year I got pregnant with twin boys (double YIKES!) and although I really did not gain much weight with my pregnancy (about 40lbs), my belly stretched big time and all of the scars I had from my gastric bypass became larger and darker. :( I also have a hanging pannus that makes me look 5 months pregnant if I am not wearing a compression garment...
I met with Dr. Cooper in April and while it was an awkward meeting (I'm sure he's tired of seeing imperfect figures but that didn't make me feel better about stripping lol) I knew I wanted him to do my surgery. :) My primary care sent his office a letter of recommendation to see if my insurance (blue cross blue shield) would cover some of the costs of my procedure and they approved it! (yayy!!!) :)
I figured since I am going under the knife might as well get a breast lift because right now they look like a pair of tube socks with oranges in them lol! Dr. Cooper recommends I get some lipo so he can give my waist some contour when he does the tummy tuck, so I will be having some lipo done on the flanks as well.
All in all I am excited, nervous and anticipating my surgery. My boys are going to be about 6.5 months old when I go in for my surgery so I figured it's better to have it done now while they are smaller and not running all over the place. I will miss holding them for a few weeks but I have a plan to spend time with them during my recovery even though I won't be able to carry them. After the insurance coverage and a promotional discount the office has I will have to pay about $8,600 out of pocket (I'll be saving almost $5k which I am thrilled about!!). I will update soon and post some pre- op pics.
My current weight is 178lbs (I am 5'8") and my bra size is 36D (sometimes I can fit into a C cup, depending the brand). I hope to lose 10 lbs by my surgery date (hopefully more but I am being realistic :) ).
I'm still working up the nerve to post pictures of my breast hanging loose lol!
OMG I was mentally and physically preparing myself for end of June but if everything goes as planned I will be going to the flat side in less than 2 weeks. Woahh!!
I went and paid the surgeon fees today as well... :-)
Had myy surgery today and..
I had my surgery at 10 a.m. and was brought into my room around 5 p.m. I have not been able to eat much because my throat hurt and it's very dry. I've been drinking lots of water and I had one cracker and it was very painful to swallow, so I had a little bit off pudding and that was easier to swallow.I also feel like my chess is burning a little and my insition doesn't really hurt.
on a happy note the doctor gave me a brief peek at mine belly and chest and they look great. I look like a new woman!! :-)
On another note I am super tired so I will update again tomorrow. Goodnight everyone!
feeling much better. ..
I woke up to get a drink of water and figured I'd post a qick update. Also, I apologize for my crappy spelling, with all this I'm experiencing spell check is the last thing on my mind lol.
I don't have much of an appetite and am constantly drinking fluids. I am set to go home this afternoon and am looking forward to resting on my bed. Although I am glad I stayed here overnight, I can't imagine having this procedure and going home the same day.
I took a quick picture and even though I'm a bit swollen, I am thrilled with my results so far! No regrets so far. ;-)
I am in love with my new boobs!!!!
I'll add some pics from today. :-) I think I am looking pretty good, swelling and all... ;-)
I still have not had any pain, although I must say that the drains are uncomfortable and tedious. After taking a shower I felt so fresh and rejuvenated lol. Other than that nothing really new to report on.
Another thing I've noticed is when I sit up from a reclining position I feel pressure on my chest and my breathing becomes more shallower. It takes me a few minutes to adjust and be able to take normal breaths.
Other than that still no pain since i have been taking percocet every 6 hours. I've been getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids since I still don't have much of an appetite. I will update again soon if there are any changes. :-)
I decided to try a tip I have read often in many blogs about putting a tank under the binder and OMG what a difference did that make. It feels much more comfortable now and I was able to tighten it a bit more after putting it back on.
So while I have a love/hate relationship with my binder (like most of us lol), I feel so much better moving around with it on. I posted a quick pick of the tank under the binder, I feel really good right now, if it wasn't raining i'd go for a walk outside. :)
I have been getting a little itchy around the breast area where the incisions are but I have not rubbed or scratched it. I also still have not had any desire to eat so I've been drinking lots of liquid and eating soup mostly.
I weighed 171 lbs the morning of my surgery, I have not weighed myself since because I feel so swollen so I probably weigh more now. Dr. Cooper told me he removed about 4.5 lbs of skin from my abdomen (yikes!) so I will wait until the swelling settles before I step on the scale to see the number. I also called the office today to schedule my first post-op follow up for next Tuesday (June 11) and hopefully I will have one or both drains removed then.
Other than that, nothing new. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day! :)
I didn't take any pain meds today and only felt discomfort when I coughed a few Times this afternoon (coughing is the devil!!!). I also took everything off and showered today (I skipped yesterday) and took advantage and took some pics. My breast look a little bruised but they don't hurt, only itch from time to time. Oh, I also went #2 for the first time since my surgery and I feel much better and less bloated.
Hubby and I got intimate last night and this morning (I'm such a hornball ;-) ), he was afraid to hurt me but I convinced him it would be fine. I did not take off my garments and he was careful not to pull my drains. I was afraid of having a climax but although it did sting just a tad at first, it was pleasurable pain and very worth it! :-)
I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday and continues to have a great weekend! Goodnight! :-)
I am so tired today!! :(
So today I went to work (only 7 days out) because I had to tend to a few matters that couldn't wait until next week and I must say the morning started out fine. I went in my usually early hours (to avoid traffic) and got right to work to finish up early. I kept getting pulled over by my co-workers because I was walking hunched over and at a slow speed (was afraid to pull my drains). I did tell a few co-workers what kind of surgery I was having but not everyone, so I just kept it simple and did not go into specifics. Btw, I work in a desk job so I am not walking around all the time.
By 1:00pm it hit me, fatigue and exhaustion! I started to feel so shaky and was afraid if I pushed myself further I would not be able to drive myself home, so I called it a day and came home to take a nap. My back was killing me on the walk to the car too. After my nap I felt much better and am looking forward to my post op tomorrow (I don't plan on going in to work tomorrow) to see if I can have my drains removed.
I kept getting asked by those who knew what kind of surgery I had how I managed to hide my drains. Well what I did was take 2 safety pins and fold down and fastened the front of my panties so they didn't ride up and pull the drains when I sat down. Then I wore some leggings I had that I used while I was pregnant so they were nice and loose, combined with a dress that has an empire waist. Man picking outfits to hide the drains and surgical bra at work can be so challenging!
Well hope everyone had a wonderful day, I'll update tomorrow if I have anything new to share. :)
I was also cleared to use bras with no under wire and plenty of support, so I bought a couple in target that are very comfortable.
Last but not least, I seem to have developed a yeast infection which the nurse said is common with the antibiotic I'm taking. She got me a prescription fora pill to take one time so I hope that resolves it.
That's it for now, have a great night everyone! Want to get some sleep since I plan on working tomorrow. :-)
forgot to add...
Second drain is history!! :D
Today I've been feeling this stinging sensation in my right breast. It's not overly painful just annoying! I took some tylenol a little while ago and am waiting for it to kick in. I don't have another apt to see my PS until next week and in that one I will have the steri strips and stitches removed. I am looking forward to that because some areas of my incisions are so itchy and I am afraid to pull the strips off when I lightly rub to calm the itchiness.
Well that's all I have to update for now, have a wonderful Thursday everyone! :)
I am scheduled to go in next week on Thursday for my next apt...
spoke to my ps...
Other than that I feel really good, I can walk almost normally most of the day but towards the end I'm hunched over more. I am not in any pain, but I do get really itchy under the breasts, belly and hips. When that happens I apply some aquaphor to relieve it since lotions sting sometimes.
I'll post pics when I am 2wks post op. Have a wonderful day everyone! ! ! :-)
2 weeks and I am feeling fabulous!! :)
My PS says I am looking great and that as I continue healing the swelling will continue to subside and the scars thin out. It's funny because before I felt so self conscious and dreaded having to show my flab and sag to my PS. Now I have no problems taking off my top lol! I find that now after the steri strips are off, my nipples are ridiculously sensitive. Ladies please note, be careful when taking a shower with high pressure! I made the mistake of leaving the pressure on (like always) and when the water hit my nipples that was not a pleasant sensation at all!
I tried using my new post surgical garment and it's still very tight but I was able to wear it for a few hours yesterday when I went out to dinner and a movie with hubby. I am going to see if I can wear that during the day and the binder to sleep at night because the binder is actually more comfortable lol. I also don't feel so strange now when I take the binder off, like I'm going to fall apart, but I still put it back on immediately after showering. I do have some numbness in some areas of my belly but overall it feels fine, just a little weird.
Last but not least, ever since I had my last drain removed I forgot to mention that I was told I didn't have to take the antibiotics anymore. I developed an annoying yeast infection while on the antibiotics so I used vagisil for 3 days and it seems to have gone away because I don't feel that itch and burn in my lady parts. So ladies if you are using cephalexin (keflex) as your antibiotic, don't be surprised if you get some extreme vaginal itching and burning (it's listed as a common side effect). The diflucan didn't do much to relieve it so I was ecstatic when the vagisil did the trick lol!
Well for now that is all I have to contribute for my update, I will add some photos to show my progress. If I think of anything else I'll be sure to bring it up. Have a goodnight everyone!
I posted a pic in case anyone finds it helpful because shopping for a cg is so overwhelming with so many options out there. I also bought a wireless bra with the clips in the front that is very comfortable for my new boobs. :-)
Tip: google leonisa coupons and usually several come up for 10 or 15 % off, plus free shipping.
Oh and I still wear the binder at night to sleep. I wrap it real tight but it feels loose after being in the other cg all day.
Have a goodnight everyone!
3 weeks out...
This last week I've been walking much straighter, I am no longer constantly asked if I'm feeling alright. I am still taking it easy and avoiding heavy lifting although I have been feeling so great I sometimes forget I am still healing.
My tummy tuck incision looks well healed, but it is a little tender on both edges. I started moisturizing my belly and scar with bio oil. My belly feels a little numb in some areas but overall I can feel when I massage it.
My breast lift incisions are still healing, but they are getting close to being completely sealed. Oh and holy mega sensitive nipples!!!
I added some photos, I took them last night so I have a case of the "swellies" as I started calling them (makes my daughter laugh lol).
sneezing and coughing...
I caved in...
This is such a strange feeling for me because I haven't worn a bikini since I was like 6 or 7 yrs old lol. It was also nice to get some retail therapy after such a trying week. On monday I was laid off from my job (I had been working there for many years) and although it was something I had a feeling was coming, it still made me really sad when it happened.
Well I hope everyone had a wonderful fourth of July holiday! :-)
5 Weeks Post Op
I still feel some tightness in my abdomen but it's not painful or uncomfortable, just feels like I'm sucking it in all the time even though I'm not. Occasionally I get this poking sensation in my lower right breast, where the T incision is. I think it's from one of the sutures that hasn't dissolved yet but it's under the skin so I cannot pull it. Over the last 3 weeks several sutures have surfaced from the skin and I've pulled them out as I felt them.
There are 2 spots that have not fully healed yet, one on the tummy tuck incision and one on my right breast. They don't bother me since they don't hurt, plus they are very small and are not infected (I send pics to my PS every now and then so he can take a look). I will post some pictures showing the areas.
I've been doing more activities as the days pass, but still not heavy lifting (other than my babies). I see my PS on Thursday so we'll see what he tells me then. I can't wait to be able to swim, it was torture going through several days of gorgeous 90+ degree weather and not being able to soak in the pool with the rest of the family. :(
Well hope everyone is doing well, I will post some pics of what I looked like this morning. Some mornings I am flatter than others and when I over do it moving around during the day I swell up into the phantom pregnancy stage. :)
Have a wonderful day everyone!
6 weeks post op...
Last week I started getting some lymphatic drainage massages and they felt wonderful. I booked 10 massages (2x a week for 5 wks) since the masseuse recommended I get 2 - 3 massages a week for better results. I have not noticed a difference in the swelling, however, the massages really feel good on my tummy and even though I've only had 2, I feel much more comfortable rubbing my belly area and scars.
Speaking of scars, I started using Mederma Scar Gel 2x a day (morning and night) on all of my scars (the bottle tube recommends 3 - 4x a day but I just have no time these days to undress and apply so often). I did use the scar away silicon strips for 2 days but my goodness, putting on all those strips over the scars took such a long time. When I put them on at night after showering they stayed put while I slept (I put a cg over the belly area) but during the day time they kept shriveling up under my garment and slipping from sweating in this heat. I decided to use the scar gel for now and try the silicon strips when it's not to so hot out.
I've been really busy, I started a new job today plus I have my kids to tend to, but hopefully I will be starting to attend yoga classes soon and also start a running regimen (I used to run until I got pregnant with my twins, then I stopped) very soon.
That's it for now, I don't look much different so I was going to wait another week or 2 to post more pictures. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, until my next update... :)
OMG I'M PREGNANT!!!
Seriously though this swelling is no joke... Today has been the worst by far!!
I will post pictures of my phantom pregnancy.
Just a little over 8 wks post op...
It's hard to believe that it's been over 8 wks since my procedure and I feel wonderful! The small wounds I had (I posted pics a few weeks ago) finally healed and everything is looking really good. I still swell up into the phantom pregnancy stage, but that won't be forever (I hope not!). I haven't been wearing my cg religiously anymore, I'm feeling more comfortable without it. I wonder if the lymphatic drainage massages have anything to do with that (I have had about 6 or 7 out of 10 already)? Even though the massages have not done anything to reduce the swelling, I really enjoy and look forward to getting them. I find that since getting the massages I am able to touch my belly and not have that weird numb sensation, also I find that I don't have much need from the cg support.
I was using mederma scar gel for about a week and stopped because it was making my skin really itchy and it kept flaking off (it made me look like I had dandruff when I wore black clothes :( ). A fellow member recommended kelo-cote scar gel so I have been using that for 1 week so far and it's much better. It doesn't flake off or make my skin itch.
I started doing some light exercises, especially power walking. I tried jogging for a little while but felt this strange vibrating sensation in my belly that lasted for almost an hour (freaked me out a bit) before it went away. I've been reluctant to try again and wanted to wait some more time. I wasn't wearing a cg so the next time I will wear one to see if that makes a difference.
I keep reading how plastic surgery is addicting and boy is that statement accurate. I am so pleased with my results, but now I want to get a booty lift to complement my new belly and boobs lol!
I will post some pics, I took them first thing in the morning when my belly was nice and flat. :-)
Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, I will probably update in a few weeks when I am 10 - 12 weeks post op.
Almost a year out!
I did have a dog ear on each end of the incision and I discussed with my PS about having those revised. I also had few pockets of fat on my upper hip and flank areas that really annoyed me, so I decided to have some liposuction done to enhance the shape of my waist with the same PS.
I actually had the procedure done 3 days ago and have started a separate review documenting my experience with it to date (and included pictures).
I figured it might be beneficial update this review as well and include pictures of my results nearly a year post op and the dog ears. Once I'm further along with my recovery with the liposuction procedure and the steri strips come off the dog ear revision, I will post updated pics to show how they look. :)
I compare my recovery to my current procedure to that of the mommy makeover and wow, this is really a walk in the park! I think back about the first couple of weeks, having to deal with the drains, the discomfort of not being able to walk straight and the soreness in the belly area. I just can't believe I'm back to normal after going through all of that. But if I had to do it again, I would most definitely would because it has been oh so very worth it! Also, I would definitely choose Dr. Cooper, he is really an excellent physician!
Be well everyone, happy healing to those who are currently recovering!
I am so glad that I chose Dr. Cooper to perform my mommy makeover (extended tummy tuck and breast lift (no implants)). He's easy to discuss your areas of concern with and he’s very honest about what to expect post op. His staff is very responsive, accommodating and knowledgeable as well. I was nervous about having such an extensive procedure done, however, his bedside manner and impressive sculpting skills made the whole experience very positive and rewarding. I love my new body, I feel like a new woman! :) Thank you Dr. Cooper!!