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!

MS 2Hot, Looks like the surgery went great for you. I am so happy that your insurance covered the breast reduction. I have a friend similar to you that has battled with very large breast. However, insurance has made her jump through hoops to get the reduced. She has yet to get it done. Did you do anything particular to get support from insurance?
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Thank you, well my doctor made me do 6 physical therapy sessions at the end of which I told my physical therapist that I needed more time so I got approved for another 6 visits. Well my therapist did not see any improvement in my pain and he along with the doctor wrote to the insurance company. I got approved at first try but then again I have Medicaid and have been told that other insurance company gives a hard time!
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You're looking great! I'm glad Kimmers' suggestion of the hospital bed worked out for you. Very worth the expense, huh? Please keep us updated!

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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…

Hi!

I want to tell you how great you look!! I am the same color skin tone as you are and I wondered how your TT scar is coming along? It looks like your doctor did a wonderful job!!
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I have my sx scheduled with Dr. J Saunders March 31st for a tt & bl. I am so nervous never had any surgery before, the worst pain I ever felt was back labor with one of my 3 deliverys.It is so good to see someone on this site with pictures from the same dr. I already went & saw him twice & forgot to asked to see pictures of some of his work.I going with him because I know 2 people who recommended him.
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You will not be disappointed, he is the very best and after you see those before and after pictures you will see. The pain was only bad that 1st night. I also had personal friends that recommended him. If you type his name in the search bar on here you will find another person. I have family and friends that work at both the hospitals trust me he was highly recommended. My recovery has been great I can’t stop dancing!!! Good luck with your procedures you will look amazing!!!
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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.

Picture!

Picture!

Picture!

Picture!
I am progressing well...i will post new pics soon!
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MS 2HOT, please let us know how you're doing and post some updated pictures. Would love to see how you're progressing.
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You look wonderful and I know you must be very happy!! The price for your tummy tuck is great. I want to get a tummy tuck with your doctor. I am going to call him tommorrow!



i hope that I will look as half as good as you!

I have already prepared myself and have gotten away from the fattening soul food and I am ready to look good and feel good.

I was raped at age 16 and had a child. I was scared and frightened and could not tell anyone out of fear.

I started eating so that I could get fat so no man would want to rape me.

I have now found the love of GOD and I have healed to love my child and myself.

Looking at you has been an inspiration and I have managed to save $4000.00. I hope your doctor will accept me.

again, you look wonderful and please enjoy the new you!!!!
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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!
Yay for you.
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yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...lol
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You look great! I m having my mommy makeover in 2 days! I'm,super excited! I want to get it done already.
Are you putting anything on the scar?
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Pictures!

Pictures!
I'm 3 months and still have swelling. It's just gonna take time......
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That makes me feel better...all the swelling will be gone at some point.
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did I mention how fab u look?
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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…
LOL(if I could)...I know.
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YES. I drove to my first post op appt. And I was 5 days post op then. I drove myself two other places two other days. I'm able to drive. I been stopped taking meds on day three. I'm not having any pain. I just get tired real fast. And when I'm doing too much I get winded. I want to go to the beauty parlor and get my hair done! I want to "fresh" with hubby. I want to go out on the weekends. My mother went back to NYC so I'm really bored and lonely now. Everyone doesn't get home from work and school until after 8 pm! They leave as early as 6 am.
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aww everything will be back to normal soon...just take it easy!
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Pictures

Pictures
Nice work! Thank God that you are healing so beautifully!
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Yes...Everyday i have to be thankful!
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You are looking so good!!
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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!
Thank you...i live in the mirror...just love my new body!!!
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Just continue to enjoy it because you deserve it!
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thank you so much.... :)
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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!!!

u look great! thinking of going to this dr. im in nj. what kind of anesthesia did he use? also please inform if i can rent a hospital bed in nj:)
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Thank you... He is a great Doctor. I think General anesthesia. Yes you can rent the bed in NJ...i'm going to find the place and give you the info...
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oh, thank u sooo much! I'm so looking forward to my surgery. wanna make sure i find the right dr. and hope that I have as smooth a recovery as possible :)
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Mirror mirror on the wall....oh i love looking in...

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

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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