recovering from my drainless TT, BR and Lipo on my flanks - 3 months post op

Hello, I am a 33 year old Mum of 3. 6 year old and...

Hello, I am a 33 year old Mum of 3. 6 year old and 3 year old twins. I am 5 foot 5 and weigh 142 pounds. I have lost all of my pregnancy weight plus an additional 20 pounds. I still feel "fat". I think this is because of my stomach and large DD breasts because the rest of me is fine I guess. I exercise 4-5 days a week and eat healthy most of the time. I think that I would like to lose another 10-15 pounds prior to surgery but I'm not sure if I just feel that because of my gross stomach and large breasts. My first consultation is next week, I am excited and nervous. I feel terrible for spending such a chunk of our savings. My husband is supportive though. I think that I just want the reduction with no implants because I am scared to have something foreign in me. I also have quite a busy year ahead so I am confused as to when I can fit in the surgery - when will I feel "normal" again after it? We have no family in the country for support. Hoping the consultation will clear up a lot of this.

Oh, good! Just make sure you're careful about not lifting your children until your surgeon gives the okay to do so.


Welcome to RealSelf! The consultation will help, though I think some doctors downplay the recovery time. Give yourself at least 3 weeks before returning to work, if possible. Here's a good article from JenBob about what she wished she knew before her MM.

Thanks for that article link, it's a good read :) I am a stay at home Mum so I don't have to return to work as such. My hubby will work from home for 2 weeks (to begin with) and I am hoping that that is enough.

Okay, I had my first consultation! I was nervous,...

okay, I had my first consultation! I was nervous, my palms were so clammy in the car on the way to the appointment!! My husband came home from work early and we booked a sitter to look after our kids. The first thing that worried me was how far away this doctor's office was from my house. I knew the distance at the time of booking the appointment but I hadn't considered the terrible traffic around Cherry Creek Denver. All up it took 40 minutes and it made me wonder if I would be hating this distance when I am uncomfortable after the op.....So, once we arrived I was ushered in to have a quick initial chat with the patient co-ordinator, she explained how my consultation would run. Then the Doc came in and briefly introduced himself. Next they took photos......embarrassing.....After the photos the Doc came back in, they took a bunch of measurements mainly of my breasts and he explained wear the incisions would be for the TT. He also suggested for a better overall look that I have some lipo on my hips/waist. What annoyed me is that he offered no words of encouragement like "I think we will get a good result", "I think you are a good candidate", "well done on your weight loss" - NOTHING. Maybe I have unrealistic expectations of a doctor? After this I was presented the paperwork and the cost with lipo came in just over $17,000.....I was hoping for a price around $15,000. If I don't do the lipo it will be $15,000 so I need to decide.

Initially I was happy with the doctor but over the past two days I have been thinking more and more about it all and I have decided to go have another consultation with someone else, this doctor has great reviews, often doesn't use drains (that excites me!!) and he looks really nice in his photo :) ha ha They couldn't fit me in for a consult until August 3rd (a good sign I think!) The first doctor could do my surgery in 3 weeks time if I want it! It made me worried that he isn't as busy as perhaps he should be???

I will write more after my next consultation. In the meantime I am going to work really hard to lose as many pounds as possible :)
My hubby is only taking a week off :( but family friend will be helping the following week. Ive read a lot of reviews and 2 weeks seems to be a good amount of time... I mean at least for you to do little things although be super tired by the end of the day. Everyones different though. What are you doing to prepare yourself for... Everything? I have been preparing since march lol I had to wait 3 months before any consult cause I was breastfeeding. Im retty new to the site also... So im not sure how to follow someone... But when I commented on someones post the other day I was notified when she posted again... Lol probably not the right way to do it
Great job on your weight loss! I know how hard that is. Its good that you're looking at your options. When are you hoping to get your surgery? I know we had to plan my surgery carefully because of all the kiddos and since I'm a stay at home mom it requires my hubby to take time off...
Hello, thanks for the comment :) How long is your hubby taking off work? I am going to have to arrange the same thing. We have no family in the US so it is going to be difficult. At the moment we are thinking that he will need to take 2 weeks off - does that sound right? I'm hoping to have the surgery in October :) I see that your surgery is soon!!! How exciting!! I am new to this website, is there a way that I can follow your "story"? There has been a few reviews that I really related to but then I can't find them anymore :(

I have decided to upload some pics of weight...

I have decided to upload some pics of weight loss/fitness regime pre surgery - might help motivate me!

Anyone out there have the no drain TT?? Would love...

anyone out there have the no drain TT?? Would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks :)
GL Hon!!! Your next consultation will be fabulous! I posted to you on trimoms page - I am in CO as well and go in for tummy Tuck on 8/1. So very soon! Already starting my restrictions (no ibuprophin, etc)! Yay!

Super excited!!!! I found my doctor!!!!! He is...

Super excited!!!! I found my doctor!!!!! He is soooo nice and encouraging and made me feel really confident about the results that I can expect. Now just need to find a free day in October for my surgery and lock it in :) Super excited! I love that I will have no drains woohoooo :)
Did you decide with I am assuming.! Vath has a lot of girls on here! 4 more whole days for me! Crapppppppppp
yep I am going to go with him, I really liked him, the drainless method, the office, the staff, his pricing :) 4 days!!! wowowowwowow Have the other girls been happy with him too? I'm sure they have but just checking before I lock him in! ha ha
Haha! You know it girl! Soontobflat is super thrilled with her results! And I am anxiously waiting for mine! Yay for you!

I'm very excited!!! Paying my deposit tomorrow...

I'm very excited!!! Paying my deposit tomorrow morning. My surgery will be October 18th - the earliest I could make it because we have such a busy 2 months coming up. My surgery will start at 10am and finish around 3.30pm. All up I will be there from 8.30am until 5pm - what a long day! So now I have 10 weeks or so to get in the best shape as possible, I am doing Weight Watchers and the P90X plus the gym when I get a chance. I think I need to lose 10-15pounds total and the doc thinks I will lose around 7 pounds from my surgery. I can't believe that I am really doing this! WOW.

Wow that was hard! I finally put some pics up for...

Wow that was hard! I finally put some pics up for the world to see..........Check out what my darling kids did to my body :( Oh well, wouldn't change it for the world I have 3 gorgeous kids. I want to try to lose another 10 pounds prior to my surgery and my doc suspects I might lose another 7 pounds with my surgery :)

P.S Looking at my pics I am so thankful that I...

P.S Looking at my pics I am so thankful that I have decided to get lipo of the flanks/love handles, initially I wasn't going to worry about lipo but I think it is going to make a major difference to my overall shape, hoping that I can lose an inch each side :)
Hi there! I am scheduled for surgery on the same day as you so wanted to say 'hello' and I look forward to chatting with you through out this journey! I am getting a full lower body lift plus breast implants. :)
Hello, I had just posted on your review too :) Looking forward to going through this with you. It's nice to have the support of someone going through the same thing!
Yes, it is! I have 3 kids as well... 6, 5 and 2. :)

So, I am working really hard with my exercise and...

So, I am working really hard with my exercise and diet. I am down a couple of pounds this week (but I was up a couple of pounds from eating too much over the past month) I am really hoping that I can hit 135 by surgery day. I read somewhere that a diet high in protein and Vitamin C can help with recovery - has anyone come across this before? I just want to do everything I possibly can to help with my recovery. Next month I will start freezing some low sodium meals as I cook them. What kind of meals will you/or did you freeze? I'm thinking chicken and vegetable soup and a couple of other soups and maybe a few pasta dishes. I just want to prepare as much as possible to make life as easy as possible for my husband who will be working from home whilst managing our 3 kids and me!
You're so cute oh an geez - congrats on the weight loss and motivation! I gained before but also had to stop most exercise because of my hernia but then "most" killed my motivation and I stopped it all. =/ What can you do!? LOL!
Yes!!! Vitamin C is obviously immunity support and your body needs protein to heal! Protein repairs our tissues! AND I have to be honest - I am still (just like he said) BLOWN AWAY by not only my results but my healing and recovery!!! It is going WAY WAY better than I expected!! My swelling is getting better every day and I am sure later down the road I'll have puffier days but all is going great and I'm not really realxing THAT much! so I have every reason TO BE swollen and it's not too bad especially for 1 week out! But with all of that....up your C BEFORE and After - I alternate 500/1000 everyother day (kinda tough on my tummy) and take 1000 of D (both immunity support and I amlow on D anyhow) and take a good multivitamin - all of this is fine the whole time. Freezer meals that were brought to us were (chicken and ric, chicken and noodles, tater tot casserole (i barely ate any), enchiladas (just had last night - it was better to wait on spicy lol!) Pastas are a good idea! I have been eating salads, protein shakes, protein bars, greek yogurt, started nuts a couple days ago and my fave breakfast PB on whole grain waffle. Of course started out with saltines and dry toaat and worked up to low sodium soups. hope this all helps! I'mlong winded! LOL!
Thanks! Long winded is great. I have saved all of this information :)

Ok so tonight I was watching you tube videos on...

Ok so tonight I was watching you tube videos on Mommy Makeovers/the procedures I am having and I think I am having a little panic attack! I am so terrified of needles and being poked and prodded with them. Ladies who have used Dr Vath - at what point do you go off by yourself? I was planning for my hubby and twins to drop me off and then he will come back alone to be there for me in recovery. Now I am wondering if I should organise a sitter in the morning so that hubby can be by my side whilst they give me the IV etc or is he not allowed to be there for that anyway? Are the nurses really comforting? I'm scared that I will lose the plot and cry :( What's the recovery area like - is that part just awful? Do they give you a cold drink etc. OMG yes I am freaking out! I so desperately need this surgery I just need to try to think of the results and not the day of the surgery!!!!
What were you thinking watching that video:-) First off calm down! You are going to do great! I would get a sitter for the kids the morning of surgery. My husband stayed in the prep room with me until the took me to the operating room. It was nice to have him there plus they go over after surgery care with both of you. It is all very calm. The nurses are wonderful! Very reassuring and calming:-) Everyone was so great at my appointment. I can't say enough great things about my experience. I was never really nervous before the surgery, except after my hubby gave me a kiss but the nurses kept me talking about something so it passed pretty quick. The recovery area I really dont remember. It was a bed with curtains for me I think. was pretty out of it as I am guessing you will be also:-) I do remember my nurse being absolutely wonderful. Again very calming and sweet! They gave me a little water and a couple of crackers. It is not awful. You really are just trying to get your mind back in order and not puke. But again I really don't remember much about it. You are going to be wonderful! You are going to be in great hands! Everything will go smoothly! The staff is great! When in doubt, just think of that beautiful flat stomach and those perky boobs:-)
Thanks for that! I seriously had a moment where I thought that I was going to have to cancel! OK I think I will try to arrange to have the sitter in both the morning and afternoon. I just need to relax and not think about the actual surgery. I thought that it would be good to educate myself by watching videos and it just freaked me out!!!
I have those moments daily if it makes you feel any better! I cannot let my mind go to the actual day of the surgery and what they will be doing to me because it freaks me right out. Stay away from the videos!

I have recovered from my panic attack. I think...

I have recovered from my panic attack. I think what helped me was when I put on my new tight Under Armour workout top on this morning (aqua blue). I could see the outline of my wrinkled mess of a stomach....gross. Then I worked out for 70 minutes on the elliptical and I noticed that the bottom part of my bulging twin skin hits my upper thighs whilst I am using the machine - how gross. I just can't wait to have this surgery, I just know that it is going to improve my life. I can't stop grabbing my twin skin and imagining what it is going to be like when it is gone! We just need to keep on focusing on the end result not the surgery day and recovery :)

I promise to not post every day right up until my...

I promise to not post every day right up until my surgery but I had good news to add. My first sitter fell through (our usual sitter) and so my friend offered her nanny to us and she has agreed! So she will come early in the morning so that hubby can be with me until I go to sleep and then she will come back just before hubby needs to come back to the surgery center when I wake up :) The sitter will take my kids to school etc so that their day is as normal as possible. I'm so glad what a relief. I just hope my 3 year old twins won't freak out because they don't know her!!

Yea so happy you got a sitter:-) You can update every day!!!  Mines still up in the air.... But it will pan out!
That is so awesome!!! Just have her come by a few time for a few minutes to get to know them.
Hey AM3, I am so with you on not focusing on the surgery. I have honestly put it completely out of my head because it was driving me nuts. I put all my focus on recovery, but that's not too good either because then you have nightmares about recovery like I did last night. lol

So I am taking some advice Blonde gave me a few days ago and I will just think about how good I'm going to look. lol

I am driving myself crazy with the implants I am getting. I know the PS is supposed to help with that, but I want to 1) know exactly what is being put in my body, 2) have an input in what's going in my body, and 3) know what the doctor is talking about when he is talking to me, so I can make a wise decision. On exactly what I want.

Less than 2 months until my Mummy Makeover!! I am...

Less than 2 months until my Mummy Makeover!! I am suffering from insomnia :( It takes me about 2 hours to fall asleep and then I dream non stop about the operation and recovery...arrrgggghhhhh annoying.....This week I started taking Vitamin C and I am eating super healthy and exercising a lot. I'm doing the P90X program around 4 times a week and the gym about 4 times a week. In 3 weeks time my hubby and I are heading to New York for a 3 night mini vacay without our kids!!!! I can't wait, I have never been there before and I am thinking I might just buy myself something cute for my post op body :) Would love to buy some bras but I guess I have to wait until post op to see exactly what size I will be. I wonder at what stage we can go and buy cute bras? I don't want to buy them when I am still swollen.
this insomnia sucks! I don't suppose that it is going to improve any time soon either.....I guess I will just have to keep as busy as possible during the day so that I crash at night! Hope it improves for you ladies.

I have insomnia especially on the days I do a ton of research! Nice you are able to get away w/ ur hubby for 3 nights!!
Yes I definitely have insomnia. Sometimes I get lucky and fall asleep around 12/1 am, which is still late, but there are times I will not fall asleep until like 3/4 am. Mind you I wake up between 5:30 am - 6:30 am. I have no choice in that matter because of my 1 yr old.

Oh that's nice. I hope you guys have an awesome vacation.

I am writing a list of the items that I need to...

I am writing a list of the items that I need to buy - perhaps when I receive all the paperwork from my PS things will be clearer but this is what's on my list of essentials:

Toilet seat raiser (donated by the lovely TriMom)
Shower chair (donated by the lovely Tri Mom)
Heat pad for my back $17ish from Amazon
Arnica and Bromelin (just waiting on the ok from my PS)
Vitamin C - started taking that
I have no idea if I need to buy special bras, spanx etc so I will wait until I hear from my PS
Loads of fluffy pillows and blankets - going to sleep in my bed, lovely husband is going to sleep on a blow up bed on the floor
Lots of coconut water
A really large re-usable insulated cup with a straw from Starbucks (saw one the other day and thought that would be perfect)
large sized zip up or button up tops
Granny undies - I have plenty left over from twin pregnancy ;-)
No idea what kind of scar treatment - next thing to research!!
Extra strength tylenol
cough drops for surgery day and the few days post surgery
MOM - to start straight after my surgery?
Loads of trashy TV shows
Heaps of pre-made low sodium meals and snacks
Pro-biotics will buy yoghurt with live and active cultures too
Lots of high protein snacks - greek yoghurt, eggs, nuts and seeds, cottage cheese, peanut butter
a tray for my bed that sits laptop, remotes, meals

That's all I can think of at the moment......
Aussie! I have a slew of tylenol left you can have, I took 2 doses of MOM so you can have that, and I bought a tray for my laptop I never used you can have too! Oh and I have some protein shakes left over that were great in the first few days to drink if you want those too!
you truly are too sweet :) My Mum is here for the next 2 weeks and then how about after that we meet up, at least let me buy you a coffee or something!
Sounds good! White chocolate mocha ;). Have fun with mom, shoot me a message when you're ready!

So, when we picked the date I picked it because my...

So, when we picked the date I picked it because my hubby was due to be in New Zealand/Australia early October for work and be back in time before the big day, over the weekend we get the news that his work changed the conference date to October 27th!!!!! 9 days after my surgery!!!!!! I have no family in the US and all of our friends have high stress/long hour jobs so it is not like they can come and look after me and help with my kids, not that I would ask them anyway - I am a fiercely independent gal......So stressful :(
We have the option of course that he doesn't attend the conference but I feel too selfish because he would be able to catch up with family and see his only sibling for the first time in 2 years. I want him to be there. So it looks like I may have to change my surgery to November which sucks for a number of reasons 1) recovery eats into ski season 2) I am tired of waiting 3) the day we might try to schedule it on means I get my period a few days after surgery (I scheduled the first date just after I finished my period!) 4) I love my Sept/Oct MM group!! Noooooooo don't know what to do.
My surgeon can do my surgery at 7am on Halloween!!!!! The only issue is if we can't get a sitter at that time of the morning I would have to drive myself to the facility and have no support right before surgery. Is that too much added stress?

I think that depends on you. If you think you can handle it go for it. But if you feel like you need someone there for you don't.  You would be 2 days after me:-)
I'm with Blonde, that would depend on you. I would be able to do it, but not everyone is the same. At the same time, do you think the little ones would be too cranky to take with. Your DH can go back home with them after you're out.

I am having my surgery 8 days earlier!!!! 12pm on...

I am having my surgery 8 days earlier!!!! 12pm on October 10th. Hubby leaves exactly 14 days after.........gosh I hope that will be okay.......I figure for the first 14 days I will rest almost all the time and take really good care of myself. He will be gone for 6 days. I hope I won't regret this. From memory I healed really well after my c-section so I can only hope that I heal nicely after my MM....
You are numb with excitement! I'm so glad you were able to get it resolved and even for the better (sooner!)
thank you for your support, you ladies are so fab!! I rescheduled for Oct 10th - 8 days early :)
wooohooooo!! that's awesome!!

My pre-op has been brought forward to 11am...

My pre-op has been brought forward to 11am Monday!!!! Nervous about the needle................................
Yay Aussie!!! That is so awesome! I think two weeks should be plenty of time. Like you said, rest a lot during those two weeks. Then when DH leaves, still take it slow and easy for those next 6 days he's gone. Just do the least you have to do for your kids and your home. We'll also be here for support and to boost you on. :)
Oh, and good luck for Monday!!! I am so excited for you! :D
Thanks :) Not sure what to expect at the pre-op.

Tomorrow is my pre-op - time to hand over the cash...

Tomorrow is my pre-op - time to hand over the cash......tomorrow this all becomes very real.........I really have no idea what to expect from tomorrow's pre-op, I hope they are kind to me! I hate needles, really hate them so I am super nervous......I told my hubby not to worry about coming (we are going to New York on Tuesday for a mini vacay so I didn't want him to miss more work!) so I hope that was the right thing to do. Here is my list of questions!!!

Clarification of when I can last eat/drink before surgery (some of my paperwork contradicts)
Clarification on stopping all vitamins/herbal supplements 2 weeks prior
Clarification on what I can eat/drink night of/after my surgery, it says liquid night of - does this include broth etc
Paperwork says no lotions day of/does this include facial moisturizer? (yes lame question but I want to do everything by the book!!)
Worried about nausea - make sure I have the meds I need to help prevent it as much as possible
Can I take something to make me relax morning of surgery?
Can they recommend a great multi-vitamin?
Heard ginger ale is helpful post surgery - is this correct?
Alcohol before surgery (not day of!! ha ha) but should I stop my occasional glass of wine 2 weeks prior or anything?
Clarification on what I need to buy eg bras/spanx
Should I buy benadryl for itching? Is this safe with the other meds?
Do I need to buy any special dressings etc?
Clarification on shaving/waxing before surgery? My doctor BFF said absolutely no shaving/waxing because of the risk of infection...

This is all I have at the moment.........I will write as soon as I can after my appointment :)

When I return from New York I will put up more pics of my gross bits, my current photos don't "showcase" them well enough!
iam sendin a prayer your way

Had my pre-op today, I was so nervous! Mum told me...

Had my pre-op today, I was so nervous! Mum told me to drink loads of water because it can help with the blood test so I drank gallons of the stuff on the way there and by the time they called me back I had visited the bathroom 4 times!!!! They must have thought that I was odd.... I paid in full, no turning back now. I am actually feeling super calm. She took my pictures in the ugly panties, ran through some basic information and answered my questions. Next it was on to the bloodtest - hurt a little, but as usual it is the anticipation that is the worst part. I also have all of my scripts for the meds: Valium, Percocet, Scopolamine Patch (for the morning of surgery/nausea), Zofran (anti-nausea for post surgery). Here are my answers:

Clarification of when I can last eat/drink before surgery (some of my paperwork contradicts). Last meal by midnight night before. Maximum 16ounces of water by 8am (my surgery is at 12pm)
Clarification on stopping all vitamins/herbal supplements 2 weeks prior. Can continue Vitamin C and Arnica/Bromelin right up to surgery
Clarification on what I can eat/drink night of/after my surgery, it says liquid night of - does this include broth etc. She said do what makes me feel best but soft foods are best eg jello, applesauce, broth, lots of water
Paperwork says no lotions day of/does this include facial moisturizer? (yes lame question but I want to do everything by the book!!) Facial moisturizer ok if I really want it.
Worried about nausea - make sure I have the meds I need to help prevent it as much as possible. See above
Can I take something to make me relax morning of surgery? They will give me something once my IV is in
Can they recommend a great multi-vitamin? Nothing specific
Heard ginger ale is helpful post surgery - is this correct? Can be, they have it at the surgery center and I will buy some for home
Alcohol before surgery (not day of!! ha ha) but should I stop my occasional glass of wine 2 weeks prior or anything? No issues with moderate drinking before surgery - think I will stop 2 weeks before anyway
Clarification on what I need to buy eg bras/spanx No need to buy anything. After 2 weeks I may want to move into a soft bra with no underwire. Underwire fine after 6 weeks
Should I buy benadryl for itching? Is this safe with the other meds? She said buy it if you need it but I probably won't need it
Do I need to buy any special dressings etc? Don't need to buy anything
Clarification on shaving/waxing before surgery? My doctor BFF said absolutely no shaving/waxing because of the risk of infection... she said do what makes me comfortable

Think I covered it all :) So 4 weeks until surgery and I will hear from them again a couple of days prior to surgery. Tomorrow we are to NYC, write more and I will update my pics when we return. I'm down a couple more pounds!!

Omg 47 days for me!!!! What about you?

Woohoo! Glad you were calm! Sorry you peed a ton! Lol thanks so much for posting the answers to your questions!!!!! Very informative 
your very welcome :)

I haven't been on here much because my Mum is out...

I haven't been on here much because my Mum is out visiting and we have been running around, also we went to New York and had the most amazing time. Mum leaves on Tuesday (so sad to see her go) and I only have 24 days until surgery day!!!! I tried to buy a nice bra in New York but it is sooooooo hard to find anything decent with no underwire so I settled for 2 cheapies from Walmart. I also bought myself a heat pad and now I am about to get some Arnica and Bromelin. I have seen that a few girls take the Colace the day before surgery but I'm terrified that I will have the runs on surgery day - could this happen??? As of Tuesday when Mum leaves I am going to hit the gym everyday and try to shed a few final pounds. Desperately trying to crack the 130's before the big day but it has been so hard with Mum here - eating out, drinking wine etc and then the trip to NYC.......oh well.....
I agree. I love everyone here though, even if I have to go back up and read a little to reconnect the name with the story. ;)
That's right, I remember now. :( I'm sure you will do fine.
It's hard to keep track of who everyone is, their story, their surgery date etc!! I'm struggling with that at the moment.

3 weeks today!!!! Can't believe it, it doesn't...

3 weeks today!!!! Can't believe it, it doesn't feel real, I have such a sense of calm - I hope that I am this calm on the day of my surgery. My surgery time isn't until 12pm, I am nervous about feeling hungry - when I feel hungry I feel really sick :( Today I have planned almost 2 weeks worth of dinners and I am starting to cook and freeze. I figure if I don't feel up to eating proper meals for a few days PO I will stick with low sodium soups etc and I can use these freezer meals when my hubby goes away 13 days PO. All of these meals will be made with no salt added and served with salads and vegetables. They are meals that I know freeze really well.

Lasagne - made and frozen
Baked Turkey and vegetable Ziti - made and frozen
Turkey and Vegetable sausage rolls (an Aussie thing) - made and frozen
Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
Pumpkin Soup
Chicken, Vegetable and noodle soup
Spaghetti Bolognese
Chicken, mushroom, asparagus risotto
Home made pizzas
Chicken pot pies
Zucchini Enchiladas
Chicken Burritos

I have now bought my Arnica and Bromelain and tomorrow I might organise my perscriptions. I have bought some applesauce and need to get some low sodium saltines. I think I should go buy some button up PJ's too.

Holy cooking! You go!!! That's so awesome:-)
Yes, great job! That is one thing I am happy I don't have to do is prepare meals. Since I will be away for 2 weeks for my surgery, my Mom and mother-in-law will helping out my hubby with the kids and meals. PHEW!

I didn't feel like my original pics showed my body...

I didn't feel like my original pics showed my body correctly, I took them of my reflection in the mirror so maybe that's why? This time I took them directly of my body. I feel tempted to show my Mum these - she doesn't think that I need surgery! Ha! Anyways these new pics really show just how awful my stomach is.

Collected my meds today and also bought saltines (low salt), maxi pads to put across my incision if need be and stool softener - the Kroger brand was less than half the price of Colace yet with the exact same ingredients. Wahoo. I also bought some unsalted sunflower seeds to snack on PO. Now I am cooking up spaghetti bolognese to freeze and tomorrow I will cook and freeze a huge pot of soup. Feeling organised!
Your getting so close! Yeah! Glad to hear that you had a great trip to NY. I am coming to eat at your house. Everything sounds delicious.
Aussie! I'm so excited for you! You're gonna be mezmorized by the transformation!
gosh I hope so!!

I think that I have everything that I need! I...

I think that I have everything that I need! I decided to upload a photo of my supplies - hopefully it may be useful to others :) Only 13 days to go until my MM! I don't feel terribly nervous, just excited to get it over and done with and to start my healing process. I am taking 1000mg of Vitamin C at the moment and that's it. Next week I will start Arnica and Bromelain. 2 days before my surgery I am going to start my Colace. I am also trying to eat more protein at the moment and trying to stay clear (or eat in moderation) of the foods that are on the lists here (that may potentially thin my blood). I'm hitting the gym a minimum 4 times a week and today started exercises to try to make my lower back and legs stronger (thanks for the tip Tri Mom!). Happy Healing or Waiting everyone :)
Oh Wow!!! Aussie you are almost there! I am so excited for you. Thank you so much for sharing your supply list with us. It is really so helpful. :-)
how are you???

Hubby leaves 13 days after my surgery for 9 days...

Hubby leaves 13 days after my surgery for 9 days (I think it is 9 - something like that anyway!) and I am now stressing about all the things that might happen whilst he is away. 1) does anyone know what weight I can lift 13 days out? I have a parcel forwarding business and I am constantly moving boxes around.......2) what happens if it snows whilst he is away? Can I shovel snow??? What do you guys think? I can't believe my surgery is NEXT WEEK!!!! ARRGGGHHHHHHH The butterflies are starting in my stomach when I think about it so I just need to keep my eye on the prize and focus on my post op bod and how great I will feel once I am healed. I am an impatient person so my biggest concern is that I will disappointed about swelling, bruising, not being able to do everything, not being able to exercise etc but I am hopeful that because I have read sooooooooo much that I will understand at the time that it is completely normal - anyone else having these concerns??
I forgot to tell you my hubby wil be leave 13 days after not 15 like I thought. We will be in the same boat. NO shoveling snow! Lol hirer someone. It is going to drive me nutty not being able to do what I do. My hubby doesn't live here- so I am use to doing everything. I don't know how I will do with that??
might have to investigate the shoveling service (didn't know it existed) problem is my son starts school at 8am so someone would have to be at our house super early! Who knows it may not even snow! hope not!!
You ate so close! 8 days! How are you feeling? I am super excited for you!!!

I am busy making a spreadsheet for my hubby with...

I am busy making a spreadsheet for my hubby with all the kids various sports and activities and I am also listing meal, snacks ideas etc for him (yes, I am a control freak but it makes me feel better!). Thought I'd share some of the high protein snacks/light meals I will be munching on post surgery:

hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, tuna pouches, canned salmon, hommus with carrots and celery, cottage cheese wrapped in turkey, cottage cheese with fruit, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, black beans in tortilla, part skim string cheese sticks, salads with lean meats, salads with beans, salads with the shrimp, celery sticks with peanut butter

One week tomorrow until my big day. Today I feel excited and can't wait actually. I have worked very hard raising three kids (especially twins!) and losing all of my pregnancy weight plus a whole bunch more - this is my time and I am going to embrace it :)
I loved fruit salad right after surgery. It was about the only thing i could stomach the first couple of days. I know its not high in protein but it was really refreshing. Also i know you said you can't stomach protein bars but the Odwalla Super Protein Bar are actually not that bad. They were the only ones i liked when i was pregnant with the twins and i tried a thin of them. It kind of reminds me more of a oatmeal bar,not like the nasty cardboard chocolate covered bars.
thanks for the tip I have put them on my shopping list :)
OMG!!! 1 more week. I am so excited for you!!! Great snack ideas. I also plan to do the protein shakes for the first few days since I hear most women do not want to eat much the first couple of days. I'm also planning on making some high protein soups for those days. I copied your list too since I also want healthy snacks high in protein. Green apples with peanut butter is another good snack you can add. ;-)

It's hard to believe that my surgery is only 5...

It's hard to believe that my surgery is only 5 days away. I'm really not nervous just want it over and done with. My period is due today - my cycle only usually sticks around for 4 days so I really, really, REALLY want it to be on time this month so that I don't have it on surgery day. For those who are taking/or took Arnica and Bromelain when did you start? I am a little confused by all the conflicting info on the web. Also - anyone else "trying out" their pain killers pre surgery to see if you get sick from them? Not sure if I should or not? Haven't had Valium or Percocet before....... This weekend I want to spend the time with my family, if the weather is good we will go and pick our pumpkins, get Halloween costumes etc. Monday and Tuesday I will be washing all of our bed sheets, quilts, duvet covers etc. Vacuuming, mopping, dusting, scrubbing etc etc. I went to Hobby Lobby this morning and I bought a bunch of new activities for the kids - beads, playdoh, paints, arts and crafts etc I will get them out on Wednesday morning when the sitter (who they have only met once) arrives.My hubby is going to come home once I am under and then come back in the late afternoon before I wake - we have our regular sitter coming in the afternoon/evening. At the moment I can't stop eating, another reason I can't wait for surgery day!! Stop this binging!!
I go in October 12th!! These 7 days are killing me! We must be a lot alike because I can't stop binging either. I keep reading all these postings where they are all eating healthy to the last second and all I want to do is eat chocolate because I feel like I won't be able to after and ruin the results..I know it makes no sense. And we're going to our Halloween festivities this weekend too. My doctor told me to start taking Arnica three days before. Hope that helps. Good Luck!
yippeeee, going to be here before I know it - can't wait!!! Have fun tonight too :)
2 more whole days!!! yay!! Friday night went great :) I'll keep you posted if there are any new developments!! haha

Only one whole day left with my big boobs and...

Only one whole day left with my big boobs and saggy skin, it's hard to believe so today and tomorrow I am wearing my best bras ahead of burning them :) I just washed my new button down PJ's and my new itty bitty titty bras (for when I get out of the one my Doc gives me). I am getting my bag organised for the surgery (not exactly sure what I need to pack) and basically "nesting". Cleaned the fridge, done all of our washing, cleaned out kitchen cupboards, cleaned all the mirrors.......blah blah blah yes I am nesting big time! Tomorrow I will do the big scrub of my kitchen and bathrooms, we are out tomorrow night and then it's Big Day Wednesday!!!!! I have to be at the center by 11am for a surgery start time of 12.30pm.I should be done by 6pm. I will mostly likely update Wednesday morning and then as soon I am able to type after my surgery :) Finally the time is here where I can say, See you on the FLATSIDE!!!!!!

I am so excited for you! Today is your big day!!! Well it's about 11:00 p.m. Tuesday where you are at, but it's about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday here. lol Wishing you the best and can't wait to read your update tomorrow!
Good luck, so happy for you. You're gonna look amazing!
thank you, I'm excited! It feels weird to be excited about major surgery though :)

I'm showered, shaved and ready to go! I leave for...

I'm showered, shaved and ready to go! I leave for the center in 45 minutes. I had a black coffee this morning and a couple of glasses of water, trying to keep busy so that I don't dwell on how hungry I am starting to feel. I got the patch on behind my ear, hope that sucker works! I don't feel nervous as in "I can't do this!!" kind of nerves more like a little jittery and excited......I hope Dr Vath can work some magic on me, I am ready to have my confidence back. Goodluck my other 10th of October buddies!!! I will write again once I am skinny. ha ha ha

Hi Ladies I just got home. The da went well,...

Hi Ladies

I just got home. The da went well, had a sneak peak at the ohotos they took of me and all look good will post once the clinuc sends thru to me. n abit of pain bu havent puked. just took some meds and feeling realy out of it so i will post more omorrow. I nee to sleep.
Thanks so much for updating. I have been thinking about you today. So glad everything went well. Will be praying also that you feel better tomorrow. Remember this part is just temporary. You will be feeling better soon. ;-)
Pain is awful on my hips where I had the lipo every time I get up to pee I puke, not fun at all :( praying that I wake up tomorrow feeling better
Hang in there! It'll be worth it!

Ladies im in serious pain the meds aren't working...

Ladies im in serious pain the meds aren't working :( agony

Sorry to hear that, i hope you called the doctor.
By now I hope you're feeling better. I've sincerely been worried about you all day. I wanted you to have an easy go of it like I did. I feel 100 times better than I did yesterday. Getting those boob drains out made a much bigger difference than I thought it would. I've been up, dressed, made-up and washing sheets and towels today. Trying to get back to some sense of normalcy. Please update us all who care about how you're doing. I hope the nausea and pain have subsided significantly. Did Dr. V. get you some more/stronger pain meds? Of course, in some cases, that's what makes people sick. Hope you have a quiet evening tonight.
I'm so sorry. What is your ps office saying? Are they going to give you something stronger?

PO Day 2 - wow yesterday was the biggest blur, I...

PO Day 2 - wow yesterday was the biggest blur, I was in so much pain. Neither Valium or Pecocet were working. I was in tears and my husband was almost in tears too because he felt so useless. Late yesterday he made the made dash over to the Dr's office to pick up some other kind of drug (forget the name but it is working), Okay back to the surgery day itself, we arrive at the center at 11am and after a short wait we went through to the OR, they gave me a pregnancy test and then I got settled into my bed which has a tube blowing hot air under the covers. They listened to my chest and measured my blood prssure. Next it was IV time, because I have tiny veins they decided to put some numbing cream and eventually we got the IV in, Next Dr Vath came in and marked me up,he is such a nice man. Then my anesthesiologist came in, he was so nice and put me right at ease. once he left they put some kind of happy juice in my IV which literally took 10 seconds to work and I was getting rolled into the OR. I remember looking up the lights and being moved to a different bed. Then I was awake! So weird how I lost a whole day. I felt a little sick so they kept me on oxygen and I think I was in recovery for 2 hours, slowly sipping water and gingerale.I dont really remember the drive except for that fact I had my window right down to get fresh air and my poor hubby was freezing. Last night I slept all night except for 2-3 toilet breaks and to take some meds. Hubby got a sneak at my boobs and let's just say he was thrilled (I won't go into any further struggle at the moment is that I need to cough and that hrts like HELL............aNYWAY I need t go rest my meds are kicing in.
Get LOTS of rest, AussieMumof3! With all the pain meds you're on don't forget your stool softener, laxative and Metamucil/Benefiber. Sounds like you're feeling a little better. Good luck with your healing process! Hang in there!
So glad they gave you new meds and to see you are feeling so much better! Get some rest. Sounds like your body needs it.
Very glad that you got new meds! I'm so happy you wrote about day of process! Helps put mind at ease about anesthesia. Seems pretty easy. Thank you!

PO dqy 3 - I am feeling so much better today, I...

PO dqy 3 - I am feeling so much better today, I can't believe it. the past 2 nights (last night mostly) hubby and I have slept through the night except for a few trips to the toilet for me. I can now get in and out of bed by myself so I feel happy to not have to wake DH each time. He has been great, he is working from home, looking after our kids and running my business so he has a lot on his plate. I have attached one pic of my reduced boobs - I am sooooo happy with them. When I shower laer I will get some of tummy. havent really eaten too much, jello, applesauce, fresh apples, pineapple, grapes, saltines crackers and I just ate a greek yoghurt. Anyways I should go my meds are kicking in and typing is getting harder. The toilet seat raiser so far has been a life saver as is the shower chair and and placing pads under my CG near the compression has really helped my comfort. OK im really out of it now so bye bye
You look awesome! Just a question, you said you were able to sleep in your own bed and climb up/ down stairs ok? My bedroom is upstairs so I thought I might have to sleep downstairs on the recliner. But would rather be in my own bed, anyway , happy healing !
Hello, yep I crawl onto my bed on all fours then slowly sit down (it's upstairs), I have pillows behind me and under my legs and have mostly been very comfy. I went downstairs a couple of times today and it was fine, DH just walked infront of me incase I was to lose my balance. I cant rest downstairs because the kids are too noisy
Hi Aussie-just read your update and congrats that you are progressing along well on the road to recovery! Each day will bring improvements on this healing journey. I was reading all your preparations and wow, You were amazingly organized!! I hope you can rest and stay in front of your pain with your meds and sleep often! So happy you are on the flat side and loving your results! Hang in there and happy healing!

PO Day 4 - Just had my first BM!! Yippeeee. I...

PO Day 4 - Just had my first BM!! Yippeeee. I started taking 2 colaces every evening before bed for 2 days prior to surgery, then last night night I took a dose of MOM and then another dose about half an hour ago and BAM! It wasn't terribly painful either a little bit of pain from my MR but that's it. I slept the whole way through last night except for 2 pee trips - I can get in and out of my bed by myself. I'm glad I didnt hire a recliner, my bed has been completely fine. I did have a quick shower yesterday (I have no drains) and that was nice but it would have been a different story without a shower chair. Today hubby is going to wash and blowdry my hair so that should be nice. I will take a good look at my tummy when I shower and get some pics, I am quite swollen near my pubic area and it is odd to not have any feeling down there. I have been feeling a little itchy so I have taken 2 doses of Benadryl which helped. I haven't had any narcotics since about 10.30pm last night - going to try to make it through today with just Tylenol and maybe something a little stronger before bed. I'm walking almost straight - I love no drains!! Ok I'm rambling - I can say ladies it gets better every day - my first 2 especially sucked but it is getting easier and easier now. Goodluck and happy healing friends.
Glad to hear you're doing so well!!
So glad you are feeling so well! Take it easy while you have the help.
I am so happy to read your update today. So glad you are over the hump and feeling so much better. I hope you continue to heal as well. Thanks for posting about the recliner. I am seriously thinking of not getting one. I keep going back and forth, but I am going to wait till I get to my sister's house to make my final decision. It will depend on how high the bed in her guest bedroom is. How would you compare the pain from the TT to a c-section?

PO Day 5 - wow the past few days feel like such a...

PO Day 5 - wow the past few days feel like such a I have only had tylenol and my pain/discomfort has been very manageable. I still get tired really quickly so I am resting as much as I possibly can. My hubby helped me wash my hair and that felt good. BM's are normal (phew!) and my appetite is increasing. Attched a pic of when I just finished my shower, I realised I should have taken one of my incision so next time I shower I will. I still have stretch marks but that is completely ok by me, the difference is amazing already even with all of my swelling. Happy healing and goodluck to everyone who is about to have their surgery :)
Sounds like recovery is a breeze for you! That's awesome! I too am only on Tylenol (extra strength). I haven't been on Percocet since last Thurs. Today was my 1st day on my own with the kids. DH went back to work after 2 wks. I was worn out & my back was killing me! Thanks for the idea of having my DH blow drying my hair! Happy healing!
So the 1st 2 days suck I am not looking forward to it! How are you feeling pain wise? 2 weeks from today is my surgery!
2 weeks wow, that will come by quickly. I'm not really in any pain anymore, more just discomfort becuase of the tightness and I think all of the meds have made me feel foggy. Today all I have had is tylenol so I will try to stick with that from now on.

I forgot to mention on day 3 I woke up with...

I forgot to mention on day 3 I woke up with painted bright red husband swears he didn't paint them (why would he!) nor could my kids paint them so in my drugged up state I must have had the intense urge to paint my nails so I did, rather messily I might add! How funny :)
Your belly button looks really good by the way!
thanks my Dr is pretty obsessed with how the belly button should look :)
Hahaha!!! Love the nails bit

Hi Ladies, wow what a difference a week makes!...

Hi Ladies, wow what a difference a week makes! Yesterday was a strange day.....I was teary, stressed and basically treated my husband like shit so I felt bad for that. Today is a new day and I feel a lot better. I had my 1 week follow up appt with doc and he is thrilled with my results, I see him again in 4 weeks. We went out for lunch afterwards (shouldn't have done that, heeellllloooooooooo salt!) but really I don't have too much swelling and I am doing great. I love no drain TT's!!! I will put more pics up in the next day or two. Oh and I am down 7 pounds!! Yipppppeeeeeee. Happy healing friends.
AM3 just wanted to chek in with you! How are you?
Hi Blonde, thanks for checking in on me - that's really sweet. I am actually doing GREAT. Feeling good, more energy have been off the hardcore pain pills for a couple of days so my brain feels less foggy and I don't have too much swelling. I will put some pics up over the next or so. Not long for you now!!!!!
Wow, you look amazing!!! And it's so awesome that you are feeling so much better. Keep up with your resting so you will be OK for the 9 days your DH will be gone. Even if you feel good, don't do anything at all so you don't over do it. Too funny about the finger nail polish!!!!! ROFLMBO

PO Day 8 I just took it off to have a look at the...

PO Day 8 I just took it off to have a look at the tummy in the mirror (seem to be doing a lot of that lately! LOL) and I was holding one end of my compression garment and then realised that the other end was floating in the toilet bowl!!!!!! Quickly washing it and hopefully will get it dry before bed it is 8pm here now. It feels weird without it on, like my intestines are going to burst through my skin. No other news for today except for the incisions under my breasts are annoying me a little, random pain and itching. That reminds me, I will take a benadryl before bed so that I don't scratch at them in my sleep. I went with hubby to collect my son from school and I got a lot of comments, seems people can tell straight away that I have had surgery! Oh well.......Happy healing friends.
Haha, loved your CG story! My CG is crotchless (so no need to take off) and this reminds me of one of my crazy recovery nights when I was really tired and peed right on my underwear b/c I forgot I put some big granny ones over the CG cuz I hated the crotchless feeling! I knew it was bound to happen because I had so many close calls forgetting about those darn granny panties! Happy healing AM3! :)
Haha! I needed that laugh... thank you and I'm happy you are doing so well! :)
LOL AM3! Too funny! You were just too busy in love with the gal looking back at you. ;o) I am so happy you are healing so well!!! Were the comments compliments? I hope so.

PO DAY 11 Hi Ladies, Sorry for taking a couple of...

PO DAY 11 Hi Ladies, Sorry for taking a couple of days to check in. Yesterday was a yucko day, Friday I did too much and then celebrated with a glass of bubbles and a glass of vino and whoa! Saturday I felt like I had been run over by a truck! I was miserable :( Spent the day in bed pretty much and today I felt MUCH better! That being said today I probably did too much too - we went to the pumpkin farm, the mall and out for lunch! Came home and slept for 2 hours and I will take it easy for the rest of the day. My hubby bless him just went and bought a nice big piece of salmon because he thought it would do me good. I have been eating loads of protein and as much fresh fruit and veg as possible. Haven't stepped on the scales in days will do that on Friday (weigh in day has always been Friday), last check I was down 7 pounds and pretty much 8 pounds to my goal weight of 130pounds. I had a little TT incision pain yesterday when I knocked it and from my CG but today it is all good. My left breast is still tender but feeling better. I can't believe my boobs, hubby and I are shocked every time we see them! OK rambling now. Will update a clothed pic I took this morning.
Thanks ladies for the compliments :)
Love your new picture!!!
Great profile, nice and flat! I've knocked my incision a couple times too...OUCHY!! When I recline or lie down my left hipbone really smarts where the incision goes across it, hard to get comfy!

That's how I feel - like a YO YO! One day like...

That's how I feel - like a YO YO! One day like yesterday I feel great then today I feel like a fat sausage :( I also feel emotional again. I am so not a patient person and this whole situation requires a lot of patience. Hubby leaves tomorrow night for 9 days overseas and I am stressed that I will get a blood clot in the middle of the night and have to call an ambulance, we have no family in the US to look after my kids! Gosh I am a stresser.......Thanks for listening.
You won't get a blood clot. You've been moving around enough, you'll be fine!
I know I will feel the exact same way! I am so not patient. I have been telling myself for months that the results will not be instant- but that won't matter when I am where u r. I also know how you feel about your hubby leaving- I will be in the same boat. Is there anything I can do for you??? I think you look amazing! Tell me if I can do anything at all for you:-) 
looking great aussiemum!

PO DAY 13 - I promise to upload a new pic tomorrow...

PO DAY 13 - I promise to upload a new pic tomorrow at 2 weeks. Today I feel GREAT, energy level is much higher, swelling way down - wahoooo I drove for the first time this morning and it was a peace of cake. Just did a huge grocery shop with hubby (he did all the lifting) so we are stocked whilst he is away. He leaves tonight, poor thing has 10 flights in 9 days including 2x 15 hour flights! Yesterday when I was feeling so bloated I changed to a CG/Spanx kind of thing I bought some time ago from Walmart that covers my body but I wear my own bra (it has straps) it is tighter than the CG my doc gave me, I wore that from lunch until bedtime and drank loads of water with lemon so who knows? Maybe that is why I am feeling a lot better today? I am going to go switch to that CG now, I didn't want to wear out for the school run/grocery shop because I have to wear maxi pads where it meets the bottom of my breast because I am sore there. Today's plan - water, water and more water and a cucumber with cottage cheese and turkey for lunch! I bought loads of cucumbers for swelling. Happy healing ladies, we can do this!!!
Sounds like you're doing awesome!!! Love to hear it! Take it easy and don't overdo it like I did! WHen does hubby leave town? You look fabulous though!!!! I'm excited for you!
Thanks :) He left yesterday and I miss him terribly!!!! I was sooooooooo swollen this afternoon below my belly button and right up to the incision, it was really sore. I don't know if I just never noticed before but it looks like under my tape my incision has oozed a little (not blood) did this happen to you?? I can't be certain because hubby did most of my putting my CG on etc so I may have just not noticed this marks from day 1???!!
You look amazing! Really. I can't believe how your waste changed. And, your boobs look fantastic. Glad to see you are feeling better!! Did you just get mini-pads to place over your incisions? Or the full on post-partum kind?

PO DAY 15 - Yesterday was my first full day at...

PO DAY 15 - Yesterday was my first full day at home with the kids by myself and it was also my worst day for swelling - I'm sure that is linked! The swelling is mainly from my BB down to the incision line, wowzers! I'm so thankful I got a good look at my body straight after surgery so that I know what I will look like when the swelling subsides otherwise I might be a little worried! My breasts look like they will be at a C cup so I am really, really happy - exactly what I wanted! My energy would be at 75% I think. My arms, legs and bum are looking flabby from not exercising, can't wait to be able to exercise again. Next week I have to pull my tape off......not looking forward to that. It is starting to peel off a little so hopefully it falls off by itself :) I am mostly upright, a little hunched by the evening. Driving is easy. I mainly feel pain when I first get up from sitting/lying down for the first few steps. Happy healing and goodluck to the last of the October ladies :)
Hi Aussie Mum! You look great! How is today going without hubby. Just remember to pace yourself! You can do this. I'm in CO, if some emergency happened, I could easily help you! But, you will be ok. Biggest and hardest thing in this recovery journey for me has been trying to rest enough when you feel good. I had a great day on Weds, felt SO good, did way too much. I spent Thurs on Recliner and crying from pain. Today is a much better day though. Trying to do stuff, rest, do more stuff, rest sufficiently. My goal is to have dinner out tonight with hubby! Hope you have a wonderful Friday!
thanks that's really sweet! Hubby has been gone for 3 days and although it is exhausting I'm feeling pretty good, house is a MESS!! I'm so glad you are feeling better in my profile I mentioned my recovery was like a yo-yo good one day, crap the next sounds like you are experiencing the same!! Although the past 3-4 days have all been good so I think I am on the up from now on. Really nervous about taking my tape off though!! Enjoy dinner - lucky things, wish I was going out for dinner tonight it's 5.11pm and I'm already in my PJ's!!
I dread tape thing too! Just soap and water they say. You can do's not till Weds right?

PO DAY 18 - My left breast has been achy (nothing...

PO DAY 18 - My left breast has been achy (nothing major but I can feel it, I have had no pain at all on my RHS) since day 1. I have an anchor scar and where my vertical meets the horizontal (under breast) incision the tape has come off a little. Last night I noticed I have a tiny HOLE!!!!!! I can white "flesh" through it!!!!!!!! I am TERRIFIED. I will call my PS tomorrow.
AM3- let me know what the dr says??
what did Dr. Vath say about the opening?
Haven't spoken to him, didn't want to call him over the weekend (is that silly?) so I will call him first thing tomorrow.

This morning I spoke with my PS's nurse. She...

This morning I spoke with my PS's nurse. She recommended that I take the tape off on that breast (I left the tape on around my nipple and will do so for a couple more days) and treat the opening with with neosporin, polysporin and then place some gauze in my bra. So that is what I have done. The opening is a small triangular shaped opening about half the size of my pinky fingernail and it is oozing slightly. She said it is very common because this is the highest tension part of the incision. Apparently it should just close on it's own so that is exactly what I am praying for. On a positive note, removing the tape was not painful one bit! I am still so numb. Also the incision from my nipple down is PERFECT!! I couldn't believe it, not even red just a very tiny thin line in my skin that has the same skin tone as the rest of my breast. Hope it stays that way, WOW! Today I have a weird pulling sensation just below my sternum when I stand straight so I have been slightly hunched and now my back is killing me! Going to have a rest now.
So glad it can (hopefully) be fixed with Neosporin! I'm glad taking the strips off isn't painful! Excited to see what you think of all incisions after you take rest off on Weds!
I'm not sure all is good, I just changed the dressing and the area is red (sign of infection) but the redness is in the shape of the gauze so I don't know if it is a reaction to the gauze or an infection. Tomorrow I don't have one spare second to go to their office so I am really hoping they can call in a prescription for anti-biotics if that's what they want to put me on :(

I feel crap today, not physically but mentally. I...

I feel crap today, not physically but mentally. I texted pictures of my now RED incision opening to the nurse because I couldn't go in today she called back and thinks that the redness looks like a reaction to the tape (it is rectangular in shape)not an infection but she wants me to go on antibiotics today ahead of tomorrow's appointment just in case. So tomorrow I have to drag the kids to see my PS with me :( I think this is who the talk has been about.
Thanks Johnsome-yes that is the right link, so glad you posted that..I wasn't able to figure out how to post the link for them. Thank you :)

Hi Ladies, I just got back from PS. 3 weeks PO...

Hi Ladies, I just got back from PS. 3 weeks PO today. I went in so he could look at my bright red breast and check out where the incision has opened where the vertical meets the horizontal incision. He is positive the red is from the tape (it is a perfect rectangle) so I can stop the antibiotics and have some benedryl tonight. Re the incision opening - not an infection (yay) and totally not uncommon because this area has the highest amount of tension. He says it will scab over and heal when it is ready in the meantime put abit of ointment on it and gauze. The funniest part? He said I could start massaging my breasts and I was like, "Oh? I didn't realise I had to" and asked him to show me how so he demonstrated and realised at that point that I don't have implants!!! Up until then he thought I did because my breasts have such a nice shape (not being big headed - his work, not mine!!). So we had a good laugh about that. Tummy Tuck incision is great and I am cleared to put body lotion on it. He said scar treatment doesn't change the end result, it just gets you there quicker so he recommends us to save your money. I will use bio oil. I am also okay to start light exercise, no core work and nothing too strenuous. Don't have to see him until January unless I want to come in earlier. He also said my tissue type is "spongy" so my swelling from BB to incision may take a good few months to go down........oh well....
Steri strip started coming off at bottom of both breasts, so I took off today in shower....three days early. I m thinking I have same little "hole" in same place right at "T" part of incisions....It is not white...looks like it's trying to scab...but I can feel the hole. Very freaky. My skin is red too from where tape was. Ugh! I put the antibiotic ointment on. How do you put gauze on?
Hello! My right side had a tiny round hole at the bottom of my nipple where the vertical incision started and it has scabbed over now (it was teeny tiny) my left breast had the triangle shaped opening which grew to probably half an inch in size. It has now become a scab and is no longer oozing so I am not concerned at all with it. Jen told me to put the ointments directly on the gauze and then place the gauze in my bra. I did that for about 3 days. How did you go taking the steri strips off? Did you take them off your tummy too? Scars look good? I can't believe I am 4 weeks this week, I am feeling pretty much back to normal now :)
I just took off the two...used a lot of soap which seemed to make it easier. I just did the ointment last night and today. I checked to ugly when I put on ointment, and it has scabbed over..thank goodness! I can't wait for these boob scars to heal so I can't feel the "pressure" on the incisions anymore. I take tummy strips off Weds! Short of what needed to scab on right breast, other incisions look great, most scabs are already coming off and revealing a very thin scar. I'm glad you're feeling back to normal! I will be excited to feel normal again!

I'm sorry I haven't updated in so long, life just...

I'm sorry I haven't updated in so long, life just got in the way I guess. Well, I over indulged over Thanksgiving through to Christmas and put on several pounds, that really got me down and I am right back into my healthy eating and exercising again. I will not spend all this money on my Mummy Makeover to then go and put weight on! I can't believe that I am 3 months post op already time honestly flies. Mostly I am feeling GREAT - I workout out the gym several times a week and I have started a weekly dance class, we also ski on the weekends but I haven't done anything with my abs as it feels uncomfortable and weird. I wear my spanx only sometimes - if I am feeling swollen or if my stomach is sore. I never sleep with them anymore. I can comfortably wear skinny jeans all day. By the evening I do get swollen and my stomach is still "painful" to touch - not major pain but I don't like touching it. I still don't like lying on my stomach :( Wondering when I will be able to do this because I want to get a massage! I am happy with my breasts, mostly. I think I would have liked them a little smaller but I am sure my doc had a reason for making them the size that they are - I have a wide ribcage so maybe that's why? I will talk to him at my next appointment. The shape of them is great but I would have liked them a little smaller. A few weeks ago my right breast starting spitting stitches, I think - I never saw any stitches but my incision got little red dots on it and then slightly scabbed over, hope it all heals nicely. So, my plan is tomorrow to take some updated pics -I hope I remember!! Hope you are all well :)
I'm having a full. TT, breast lift and BA done with the 410s June 3rd with dr. Wolfe. Your results look amazing! I'm needing the support !! So freaked out and scared!
I too also had a consult with Dr. S in cherry creek, I felt like cattle...... Wishing I could get those photos back!!!!!!!!!
Your results look fantastic!!!! It sounds like you had a similar experience as mine. I went and saw 3 other surgeons....It sounds like you saw Dr. Squires like I did. I completely think he was competent enough but I didn't like the feel over there either with taking the before pictures etc before I even see the doctor. I LOVE DR. VATH!!!!! I am so glad I went with him also. My breasts look great with just a lift and I am super happy with all my results. Have any new pics???
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