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12 Days post-op and loving it!!!! - Wildwood, FL

I am a 34 year old mother of a five year old boy...

I am a 34 year old mother of a five year old boy 9lbs 4oz at birth and a six month old girl 8lbs. 6oz at birth. I gained 60 or so pounds each pregnancy, putting me close to 200lbs before each delivery. I am scheduled for a tummy tuck and a breast lift on Sept. 7th. I can't wait for the results, but deathly afraid of the possibility of pain. I have lost 50lbs with diet and exercise and now want the pouch of skin gone and the abs i have worked so hard on to shine through. Both of my children breast fed, so enough said there!

I had my post-op on the 23rd. Got all of my...

I had my post-op on the 23rd. Got all of my prescriptions and instructions. Did my blood work and EKG. I am paid and set to go. I have 8 days before surgery and I am of course having mixed emotions, the fear of being in surgery so long and how will my family get by without me?????? I hope that I can get past these soon, cause I know that there is no turning back now. And honestly I would be mad at myself if I did try to weasel out of it. I deserve this and want it for me. I will upload some pictures when I can(camera is at cannon being repaired).I will try to post as soon as possible after the surgery. Please keep me and my family in your prayers.

Ok ladies, sorry it took so long for me to get...

Ok ladies, sorry it took so long for me to get these God aweful photos, but here they are in all their glory. I go in tomorrow at 0730 for my surgery. My fear have again subsided for now. I did cry yesterday when holding my 8 month old daughter. I will so miss being able to hold her and snuggle her close to my body. Since she was born we have been inseperable. My son will understand that mommy has a boo boo.
I know that in the side view I look pregnant, but I promise I am not, had the tubal ligation in Feb. Just bloated a little (very little) from female stuff. Well in less than 24 hours I will join the elite league of beautiful boobies and tummies. I will try to post as soon as I can function. I promise I will be as true in my post as possible about my discomfort or sheer pain. Wish me luck!!!!!

Went into surgery today at 0800 and was back out...

Went into surgery today at 0800 and was back out at 230. My pain in recovery was only in my breast. I do have the pain pumps in my tummy region. But of course did manage to cause myself some pain there when I choked on a sip of water and coughed. Coughing is not recommended!!!! Other than being groggy from the Percocet I feel like I am sore and bruised. Of course it hasnt been a full 24 hours yet. I will try to post my pain levels daily and my progress, so that those considering these procedures can see what a coward has gone through. I of course have no idea how I look, but more than thankful that I did it. Again thank you all so much for the love, support, and encouragement.

I am 24 hours post-op as of now. I have taken one...

I am 24 hours post-op as of now. I have taken one percocet last night and one this morning. My tummy area has the pain pump in it and just feels slightly sore. My breast area is more tender. The only real pain I had was when I first woke up in the recovery room and it was in my breast. I have been able to get up and go to the potty by myself and have been up walking around since last night. My back is a little stiff from being on it for so long, I am a tummy sleeper so this stinks. Waiting on my recliner to be delivered, think I will be much more comfortable in it. I believe I am well on my way to a great recovery. My surgeon and his staff have been in constant contact and are wonderful. I will use them again to do the implants when it is time.

Yesterday was my 4th day post-op and I spent the...

Yesterday was my 4th day post-op and I spent the day at the dirt bike track (my five year old son races). It was very tiring and I napped for about two hours after that. But felt fine once I recovered some energy.

Today was my first post-op appointment. My surgeon removed the drain tubes and the pain pump. The pain pump tubes I did not feel, but geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzz louise, I tell you what the drain tubes were painful. It was quick and only hurt for several seconds after, but it did hurt. I had three tubes in, not sure if that is common or not. I had them removed at around noon and now at 500, I can't tell it even happened. I did get photographs while I was in the office. Things look rough, but wanted to post them anyways, so that the ladies could see the progress. I feel great went out to lunch and have completed some of my school work for class on Wed. I will keep my progress updated and post the pics after each appointment.

I am 8 whole days post-op. I had a very busy day...

I am 8 whole days post-op. I had a very busy day today. I went to the dentist, Wal-mart, grabbed a bite to eat and played for a bit with both of my babies. I have had some unexpected stinging sensations under my breat. Not sure if anyone else has experienced this, not unberable by any means. I bought some new sports bras, two different kinds to try out. Wish I could at least sleep without the bra, the binder has not been bad. Have my 2nd post-op on Monday.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stand up straight. I have been walking daily, but still can not stand up straight. There is pulling in my thighs when I try to force myself up. Feel great otherwise. This has been one of the best decision I have made, regarding doing something that solely benefits me.

I went today for my 12 day post-op visit and was...

I went today for my 12 day post-op visit and was give a thumbs up. I do have a little swelling above my belly button, but it is normal and will go away. My breast are also a little swollen. I feel so much better with out any bandages or sutures. I have been up going shopping and carrying on with normal daily life with the exception of lifting my daughter. My surgeon told me that on a scale of 10 my healing progress was a 10!!!!! I could not be happier with my results and can't wait for them to only get better.

Sorry I have been MIA for a little bit. I had my...

Sorry I have been MIA for a little bit. I had my 3 week check up today, exactly 21 days post-op!!!!!!!! I am still so impressed with my results. Dr. Marzek said that he was also very pleased with my results and my healing. I do not have to return to the doctor for another 3 weeks and he told me that when I return if I am still on track he will release me. I will stay faithful to you ladies. I plan on getting my breast implants done as soon as possible. Take care and I pray that everyone is healing beautifully.
Dr. Peter Marzek (The BEST Surgeon ever)

My surgeon was very caring and sincere when dealing with me. Before my procedures he prayed with me, then walked me to the OR. That really meant a lot to me. At 930 tonight he called me from his home to check on me and spoke directly to me. He told me to call him 24 hours a day if I had any questions or concerns. I will recommend him to everyone I speak with. The office staff and surgical staff all treated me as if I were a family member. Can't wait to see the perfection he has given me.

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 tmes
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Glad you're recovering well and quickly. Hope mine goes as smoothly as yours!
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Good for you!!!!
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I am glad that you gave a update wow 21days so fast!
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Glad to hear you're recovering fast, MandyG. Hope my experience is the same!
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yes it does and you are right they do look fantastic!
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So may I ask how do you feel now about your breast and they look great I guess I am so hell bent that I want a lift and implant my mind wont settle for different!
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I love love love them. It shocked me after having my son and breastfeeding him, to see the damage caused. Then of course having my daughter 8 months ago and breastfeeding her made my body look like it was 80 years old. I was like you wanting the lift and implants done together, but my surgeon said it was not something he was comfortable doing. The results would be much better if I did the lift first and came back later for implants. There is concern for the tissue brealing down and it seems logical that it wouldnt be smart to lift them and the stretch a foreign object into them. I am very pleased with my lift. It surpassed what I could have ever imagined. I will wait for another month or so before I decide if I would like the implants. I want everything to heal and settle with no swelling before moving forward. My surgeon told me in my consult that he could make my breast look fantastic with the lift and the pictures show the perfection he crafted for me. I am forever freatful to him and his staff for restoring my confidence. Hope this helps you in your journey. Good luck
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Thank you, I really fell great. I hope that all the ladies out there have the same experience and outcome that I got. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for my surgeon, my support group for you wonderful ladies, and my family, who has been unbelieveable during this.
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youlook totally awesom!
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I was thinking you had implants till I read further. You look great.
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Your looking really good!!
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Mandy you look awesome!
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You're so lucky. Your breast look great. I wish lifting my deflated balloons would make a difference but I have nothing to working with. Your doc is awesome!
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Indeed my surgeon is extermely talented, but now matter what your breast look like now, find the perfect surgeon in your area and talk with them about it. My surgeon is the one that convinced me that I need the lift, I was hell bent on implants and he said that it would take an enormous amount to fill what I had and that if I would agree to the lift he would promise that they would look wonderful. He said that if I still wanted to go larger that he would do the implants at a discounted price. I felt very confident that he knew what he was talking about. So get with the right surgeon and give it a try.
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You look great! Happy healing:)
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Thank you so much, this has been an awesome experience, I am so pleased that I joined the elite group of mommy makeover women!!
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Omg! What a great lift, they look amazing!
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Thank you. He is a very talented surgeon and was highly recommended. When I went for my consult he told me that he could make them look fantastic without implants. He was right.
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Shockingly they are not implants. My natural breast were so saggy, I had to have a breast lift done first. My surgeon said that I had a great amount of volume in my natural breast and a lift would make them look fantastic. He surely was right. I love them even in their battered condition. Thank you so much for the flattering compliment. All the women on this site are angels.
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You look great! What size implants, type & are they under the muscle? If you don't mind me asking - they look great!
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Glad you are doing well! I was itchy too and I think it was from the pain meds so hopefully when you get more comfy in your chair and when you start taking OTC meds, the itchy feeling will stop.

Thinking of you!
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Well today is day two post-op and the only complaint I have is that my upper back hurts because of the way I am laying in bed. My husband is picking up the recliner I ordered this afternoon and I cant wait to get in it. My sides are really itchyfrom the binders. I chose to wear a large sized depends womens undergarment instead of my underwear and I am glad I did. I think the blood from the drains would have ruined my underwear since my husband probably would not rinse them out. Also they are really pliable and easy to deal with, then you just throw them away. I also bought myself one of the large pillows with the arms on each side. It has given me some support to keep me from rolling off the bed. I am still taking my antibiotic and the celebrex for inflamation, but not really any need for the pain meds. My support system of family, friends and neighbors has been fabulous. Will submit new photos as soon as I can whether they are good or bad. Want all the other ladies who are contemplating these procedures to get the real thing. Then of course will submit the really good ones.
Hope everyone else is doing well with there recoveries.
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Hope everything went well. Congrats!
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Hope your recovery is a quick one!
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Great job! Now just rest and recover dear. You are going to look amazing!
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