Loving The New Me!!!

It actually happened... on February 14th 2011, I...

It actually happened... on February 14th 2011, I had a Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck with muscle tightening. I had the best Surgeon in Delaware. He is a great surgeon very calm and has a really great personality. A little history about me…I am a 29 years old mother of two beautiful girls Ages 5 and 2. After I got married and started having children, I gained a TON of weight. I would gain then lose then gain again…but I would always be left with little legs little arms, big belly and huge breasts. After having my Second daughter I spoke to my doctor and explained my desire for breast reduction…(40DD ½) LOL … I got approved through my Insurance but fought with the reality that after the reduction I would still have a protruding belly so I decided to pay for my tummy tuck.

I am an avid reader of Real Self. I have read so many other reviews and I am inspired by the stories that I have read. I want to thank you all for the great tips y’all gave. I plan to continue loosing weight now that I had my surgery because it was really hard to exercise and have too balls and a tire jumping in front of me :)

Thanks to my two wonderful friends for their recommendations to Dr. S. He exceeded my expectations!!! I can truly say that I’m ecstatic with my results, as Painful as it was I would do it again in a heartbeat!


So a little update: Woke up from surgery at 12: 43...

So a little update: Woke up from surgery at 12: 43 pm on 2/14/11 pain free and nausea free. That night nurses made we walk to my chair in my hospital room (Very painful).

Day 1: Got up with no help walked to the bathroom and urinated no help just the nurse walking behind me. Also got released from the hospital at 11: 55 Am

First night at home was not bad at all felt a little pain so called the doctor to see if I could up my meds. I was taking Dilaudid must have taken too many too soon started slurring words and got itchy skin. Well doctor reduced me to 1 every 4-6 hours but I did not need it so often.

Day 2: just taking 1 pain pill once at night not feeling any pain just discomfort where drains enter my skin and breast felt like a piece of brick on my chest. Also I started taking stool softener twice a day. Washing up by myself, Doctor said ok to take a shower but did not feel like I wanted to.

Day 3 and 4: very mild pain…only took 1 pain pill before bed. Emptying my drains by myself from the day I got home. I took my fist shower on Day 3 with the help of my friend who is an RN so that was a breeze.

Day 5: Had my first BM today oh I was really happy…this was with the help of Orange Juice with Pulp, Sooth move Tea, stool softener … I’m feeling real good.

Any questions don’t hesitate to shoot me a message.

Oh i Forgot to mention that i have a Hospital bed...

Oh i Forgot to mention that i have a Hospital bed at home. I rented it for $150.00 for the month from RTA...got this idea from Kimmers25! Thanks a million it has been a life saver!

Day 6,7,8,9 & 10: Pretty much the same, no...

Day 6,7,8,9 & 10: Pretty much the same, no pain, not taking any pain pills just the 1 aspirin a day that my doctor recommends. On day 8th, I went for my first follow up DR. did not remove drains said it was too early. He said I look great he showed me some before pictures and stated that I looked like a different person…Yeah!!! He even said bye slim… I was supper excited! Still have some swelling but its improving…

Day 11,12,13,14 & 15: Everything still going...

Day 11,12,13,14 & 15: Everything still going smoothly. I had Dr. Appointment on day 14th; he said everything is healing nicely. Drains were also removed. Still not walking 100% straight but I’m almost there. Since the drains got removed I feel much better, am able to do more they were a little hard to work around. I am very happy with my results, super happy. I will post new pics at 3 week mark.

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Picture!

Picture!

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Ok I’m 3 weeks post-op; everything is going...

Ok I’m 3 weeks post-op; everything is going great, just a lot of swelling but am cool with it. I still have 2 more weeks before I go back to work. I will have another post-op meeting on the 10th so am excited to see what my PS has to say. I also returned to sleeping in my bed, not too comfortable but hey I think its time for that hospital bed to go back! I’m in love with my new boobs; the tummy too…I am just real happy and hope to continue having a great recovery!

Pictures!

Pictures!

I’m 4 weeks post-op today; everything is...

I’m 4 weeks post-op today; everything is still going great. However, I am just getting over a terrible cold, I just felt awful! Coughing, sneezing you name it. Well I had my post-op on the 10th. PS says everything looks great. I will post new pics soon, just trying to get better right now. Well is it just me but I’m kind of fed up with the swelling….flat in the morning and balloon belly by evening…oh well still looks 100 % better that before. I am getting bored also can’t wait to go back to work on the 21st…

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Pictures

5 weeks today...feeling great, went back to work...

5 weeks today...feeling great, went back to work today, everyone was happy to see me! nap time am feeling tired!

I'm 8 weeks post-op today...Doing real well.....

i'm 8 weeks post-op today...Doing real well...feeling great. Went to see my PS today he is impressed with my recovery... gave me the ok to do what ever i want...Gym here i come...so happy right now...will post pics soon!!!

Mirror mirror on the wall....oh i love looking in...

mirror mirror on the wall....oh i love looking in the mirror...

Got my tubal ligation done on 6/10/11. I feel so...

Got my tubal ligation done on 6/10/11. I feel so complete. It took way longer than usual, my Doctor said what normally takes her 15 minutes took 1 hr. She stated that my tummy wall was too tight and it was difficult to blow up my belly with the gas. Anyways glad everything went well!!!

Newark Plastic Surgeon

Dr Saunders is one of the best Plastic Surgeon in the tri-state area. He did an excellent job. He gave me the results I could only dream of… He is very Sweet and took all the time I needed to answer all my questions… His staff was very nice. And office wait times were a breeze!!!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Looking great ... If I may asked ... How much did you weigh before your surgery ... Please post pic with your new body , I can just imagine how happy u r ... Thanks again
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You look amazing! Are you still happy with your results? I would love to see some up to date pics! Thanks for sharing.
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WOW YOU LOOK GREAT! I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE MY RESULTS AFTER MY SURGERY!
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Oh My. My current stomach looks liek your old stomach. I cant wait to get this done...you have really encouraged me today..because I was wondering if I could even get as flat as you in the tummy area....Looking Good, Looking Good!
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Looking great! good luck with your results!
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I am going to get a consultation and I hope to be "living in the mirror" soon!!!You look awesome and I hope I have great results also.
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Hi MS 2HOT.... I am sched with Dr S on 3/9/12. So excited. You look great!!! If I may ask can you tell me your pre-surgery sizes compared to now?? I hope I get just as good results as you!!! That' awesome!
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Ms 2Hot! Yes indeed!! You look great. Congrats on the new body. Your PS did a fantastic job. I cant get over the price difference in different states.
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Thank You...yes he is really a great PS.
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Omg, first let me tell you that your pictures are FAB-O! You look great!!! And you paid 5k for everything?? Or did your insurance pay for the reduction and you paid for the tuck? I want to get a mommy makeover and Im really afraid about getting the right result. You know black women just cant go anywhere to anybody! Down here in ATL there are so many options, but IDK your surgeon is looking like a good fit for me seeing your pics. Did you feel pressured to lose weight before the proceedure? Im 190, 5'1 and I dont know how much fat will actually come off in doing this proceedure. How many lbs did you lose?
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Hi Thank you…yes my insurance paid for the reduction and I paid for the tuck…and Dr. Saunders is a great surgeon. After surgery I lost about 15 1bs…currently I lost a little over 25 lbs.
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Wow you look GREAT!
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Thank you!!!
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Thank you Vixen714... He is great and am very happy with my results. Good luck and all the best!
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You look great!!! I'm also African American and had worried how my tummy tuck would look after. Seeing your results definitely pushes me to do it. I live in MN and it's very expensive to have tummy tucks here. I've seen Dr. Saunders website and I think I'm going to fly out there for a consultation. I'm hoping to get mine done sometime towards the end of September or the beginning of October. This way I'll look super hot in my bathing suit when I take my first vacation to Mexico for Christmas.

Thanks for sharing your journey and giving us all positive feedback. I wish you well!!
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You look fantastic girl! What a huge difference :)
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Thank you...
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Oops, sorry, just saw the reduction was covered under insurance. I have been reading over so much stuff I got confused. Thanks!
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Thats ok.
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Thank you for the daily log - it helps to see what others have experienced, and how they handled it. To have such detail is great! Your resutls are fantastic!!
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Thank you...:)
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You look fantastic!!! Thanks so much for posting your experience. I have a consult appt on 6/6 for the works-Mommy Makeover with Dr. Saunders. I am so excited I can hardly wait. I have been waiting 4 years, and this is overdue. Congrats on your results. You look great. If you have any other tips you would not mind sharing as well I would appreciate it!
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Thanks Dawn.... Dr. Saunders is great ...i have a follow-up appointment on 6/6 too. Just ask to see his before & after pics,i was sold!!!i meet so much people that had surgery with him...all good reviews i just wish they would have written about it. Good Choice though... you will not be dissapointed!
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I have actually consulted with another Dr. about 8 months ago. I am trying to find the best Dr. at the most affordable price. Your $4450 (If you do not mind my asking) was not covered by insurance and that was his actual "cash" charge? Then you paid for the meds and hospital stay addtl right? This was for the breast reduction and the tummy tuck? That is so amazing, seeing your photo's makes me so incredibly excited! Thanks so much again for posting your story and experience. It is so helpful in trying to find the right Dr., and I think you have led me to him. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! Oh, and maybe we will bump into one another at the appt. :) Best of luck to you in your continued recovery!
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You're Welcome... no the meds and hospital stay was included...
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