Hello all - Like many others have said, I've been...
Very quick bio...I was overweight to varying degrees from about the age of 4 until three or four years ago (I'm 38). I did have a three-ish year period in my 20s where I maintained a healthy weight, as well. My highest weight was 253.5 pounds and I have maintained (plus or minus 5 lbs) my goal weight of 140 lbs for about three years now (lost the weight with Weight Watchers and lots of working out). The combination of that much weight loss and having two kids did some ugly stuff to my skin and breasts. I have been considering a "mommy makeover" for several years and now I am finally taking the plunge!
I spend a lot of time at the gym and run a lot (anywhere from 5K to 1/2 marathon) and I know it will be tough physically and emotionally to take a break from that for recovery but, the way I look at it, I didn't and don't work this hard to look ALMOST like I wanna look. Currently I am a 34/36 AA sized-bra (aaaaaaahhhh!) and generally a 6 or small clothing. My husband supports me 100% (why would he NOT wants some boobs on his lady???) and I cannot wait to do this!
I have my pre-op appt. this Thursday 11/21 and will update w/size of implant, etc...and probably lots of questions...after that.
Nice to join you all here!
Pre-op today...the always-flattering "befores"
Anyway, so the surgery plan is BA with 400cc smooth, round, high profile implants and a slight "raise" in my right areola to match the left. Then a full/semi-extended TT. No lipo needed so that was nice to hear. Should be able to avoid a bit of bruising, if nothing else. My PS was impressed with my fitness/overall chest & abdominal muscle tone and said it would likely make recovery a bit easier. Amen to that (fingers crossed)!
I've updated with a few befores I took this morning out of the shower. Ugh. Hard to look at.
13 days and counting!!!
Thankful for...only having about 5 more days to wait!
Question: Did you ladies buy any compression bras/compression garments before your procedures or did you wait until after? I'm a "planner" so I'd like to start thinking about it but I don't want to buy anything now if it's smarter to wait.
Another question - for those of you who had your ba w/implant procedures several months or more ago - approximately how long did it take before your breasts settled/dropped/fluffed/etc. and were at their final "cup size"? Just curious.
Finally, for any of you other ladies who had a tt and were told you may end-up with a small vertical or "t" scar...and did...how do you feel about it? Big deal? No big deal? I may have one after surgery because I have a relatively "high" belly button and I'm perfectly comfortable with that possibility but I'm wondering about any experience others have had with this type of scar. Thanks!
Washed my tiny bras for the last time!
Tomorrow I'm planning to hit the supermarket, do a little more cooking, mail the only Christmas gifts that actually need to be shipped, renew my driver's license as it is about to expire, workout at the gym for the second to last time for a bit (sniff, sniff) fill my prescriptions and maybe set-up some outside Christmas decorations (my Jewish husband is a little clueless in that department so if I don't do it in the next two days, I'm guessing its not gonna happen).
What else should I be doing to prepare? I was thinking maybe a pedicure both to relax and because it would be nice to at least have toes that look pretty after Wednesday.
Still not feeling too nervous. Just excited. Trying to stay completely positive.
So far, I am thrilled with the process and my surgeon and my results. Really, really pleased. I was in very good shape going into the surgery and I think that help a lot with recovery. I took a few percocets the day of and day after surgery but, since then have just taken e.s. Tylenol once or twice a day. I did take a valium or two for a few days to help with the muscle pain (that abdominal tightness is a B!TCH!!!) but have given that up, as well. Had my first post-op today and had my drains removed along with all stitches that are not dissolvable (a few in my new belly button and under the breasts). I am cleared for everything except the gym (should get cleared for cardio-only at next Monday's appt.) and any other heavy lifting.
Not much else to say, really. Besides hating wearing the compression garment and waiting for my boobs to soften-up I am really a happy camper! Oh, and my energy level is def. not back up to 100% but I am trying to be patient with that, as well. Happy healing to you all!!!
One week post-op...feeling great!
I am so pleased with the work performed by Dr. Starker at the Peer Group. He is a true professional, but not so much so that he is uninterested in the patient and (her) individual needs/desires. His office staff is kind and accommodating when I had to change my pre-op appt. at the very last minute (that day) due to a death in the family and they held my surgery date until I could be sure I was ready to go forward with the surgery, given the circumstances. I am only five days post-op but, so far, I am SO pleased with my results and I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Starker to anyone considering surgery similar to my own.