I am booked for a full tummy tuck with lipo and I...
I am booked for a full tummy tuck with lipo and I am replacing my 10 year old size C breast implants with D cups and having my aureolas made smaller. I scoured the internet for local surgeons and liked this doctor's credentials. Also, this practice is the only one that offers a free consultation. My previous surgeries were in Southern CA where pretty much all of the consults are free. I made appointments with 3 local surgeons but had a good feeling after meeting the staff and the doctor himself so I decided to go ahead and book.
Status update: 58 days to go :)
Wow, I am loving this site! I have been reading all of your experiences over the past few weeks and have found them to be really helpful. I will post some before pics soon (when I make the time to do a proper grooming session, btw, I am hoping this process gets a whole lot easier when I lose the belly hanging down toward my lady parts).
A little about me, I am a 35 year old mother of 4 (13, 10, and 2 year old twins). The twin pregnancy really did me in and the C section left me feeling, well, scarred. I am a Clinical Psychologist working in a Prison. I had my original BA in 2003 and always wished they were a little bigger. I have a larger size frame (in particular my shoulders are pretty wide) so my C cups do not really stand out as much as I'd like them to, if you know what I mean? Another thing you should know about me...I am a neurotic list maker, here are my surgery prep lists:
What I have done to prepare so far:
-Started into a regular work out routine about 3 months ago
-Bought a power recliner (Lazy Boy guaranteed it would be here by the week before surgery)
-Arranged for help after (my mom and grandma will be staying with me to watch my kids, Grandma will be cooking all of my recovery meals as she is the best cookon the planet and specializes in healthy easy to digest goodness like soups, soufflés, etc, my hubby who normally stays at home to take care of the kids will be by my side catering to my every whim, lol, and assisting me with all of my recovery needs)
-Arranged my time off from work
-Set up an account on RS ;)
-Scoured this site and others for before and afters
What I have left to do:
-lose at least 10 pounds (I start a 1400 cal diet +Alli tomorrow)
-buy recovery supplies other than recliner
-pre op appointment 12/2
Oh, after reading some of your reviews I realized that those of you whose PSs included flank, hip, and waist lipo seemed to be pleased with the results. I emailed my surgery coordinator and she told me that my doctor is a "body contouring specialist" and that he includes those areas and any places he feels will aid in the final result. OMG... I am so excited!!! Can't wait to get my sexy back!!!
Ughhhh!!! Before pics :(
I really cannot believe I am posting theses on the internet. Actually, I cannot even believe I took them. Ewww :'(
Had to change my username (again)
For anyone who may have noticed... I was Dr_Egg and it kept getting changed to Egg. Then I realized I had a private message that explained only the PSs on the site could have "Dr" in their name. So, I decided to just go with CaliMom24.
I had a dream
Oh man, last night I dreamt that I had my surgery and nothing was prepared! My PS prescribes Vicodin for pain management and I have to talk to him during my preop to let him know that I can't take it because it makes me projectile vomit (learned this after my BA). In my dream I forgot to tell him this and went to take my pain meds and they were Vicodin so I didn't take them. No one was paying attention to me so I had to keep getting up to get things (blanket, meds, water) and it was just awful!
I am so glad it was just a dream! This is going to motivate me to be really really prepared!
Holiday shopping is just about done
Since I will be laid up during the holidays I had to get my shopping done early (plus half of my family is Jewish and Channuka starts the day before Thanksgiving this year). As far as the mommy makeover progress, I am in a frustrated stage. I just want it to be here already!!!! I have 42 days to go. I have been scouring the internet for any info I can find. I have watched video diaries, videos of the actual procedures, really ANYTHING I can find. I feel like I could perform a tummy tuck surgery at this point! It really is not a complex procedure. It actually makes me feel better now that I have seen exactly what is involved in the MR. I wish there were more videos, anyone have any tips on where to look? I saw 2 detailed videos and the surgeons used very different techniques.
On a more positive note, I have lost a few pounds, have been faithfully working out and feel a lot less "fluffy". I almost bought "Smooth Move" tea on Amazon for $20 but then found it at the grocery store for $4 so ya, don't buy it on Amazon!
Hope all of you out there on the "flat side" are healing well
Some good news
I hadn't really thought much about the differences between my first breast augmentation and this replacement in terms of recovery until this morning (I don't know why, it was just on my mind when I woke up). So I posted a question and then it redirected me to other people's posted questions that were similar. Looks like the recovery from the replacement is much less painful because the pocket is already there and the pain comes from stretching the muscle to make the pocket. So that is good! I am hoping to be able to be somewhat ok to participate in Christmas festivities a week later and I was pretty pessimistic about being able to but now I'm feeling a bit more optimistic!
I thought I would update my pics with the progress I have made with diet an exercise in the past 2.5 weeks. I have lost 3 pounds and toned up :) Other than that I am just trying not to obsess but failing miserably :(
Feeling fat :(
Today is one month until surgery day. I had been doing well with eating and exercise but then at my weigh in yesterday I was up 2 ounces. I know weight fluctuates with the menstrual cycle and blah blah blah… but to work so hard and not see the scale budge hurts. Yesterday was a planned cheat day (the first one in a month) because it was my hubby's Bday. I indulged but also worked out for an hour and a half. I went to bed feeling bloated and a little sick to my stomach. This morning I woke up determined to make it a 1200-1400 calorie day. We have out of town guests that came in for hubby's Bday. My Mother-in-law woke up and started making breakfast. I was good and sipped my peppermint tea and ate a Zone Perfect bar. But then I had to take my son shopping for new basketball shoes and my brother tagged along. Of course they wanted to go grab a bite for lunch. Bro wanted to try a new Dim Sum place. I pretty much ate my entire calorie allowance in one meal :( Why do I have to have such little self restraint? Why can't I just eat a tiny bit and be done? Why???
Our guests have all gone home now. I need to turn this day around and not let this be my giving up point. Ugh! Then I think that Thanksgiving is coming up and my plan was to just "eat sensibly". It always ends up all or nothing, either I count every calorie and restrict or I eat whatever I want. There is no in between. Sometimes I wish I was morbidly obese so I could have the Lap Band because throwing up is the absolute worst thing to me, I really would rather have a finger chopped off than throw up so I know the fear of throwing up would keep me from over filling my stomach. There was a point in time where I actually considered trying to gain weight to be eligible for the surgery. That is how desperate I get!
Less than 3 weeks away!
3 weeks from now I will already have survived my first night of recovery. I have been going through a very stressful situation and it has finally resolved. I own a rental house and the tenants stopped paying in September so we initiated an eviction process the weekend after I put my deposit down for my surgery. The Sheriff removed them from the property last Friday. Hubby went in right away and we put it up for rent again on Saturday and boom! It is rented now!!!! It was really really stressing me out. My wish was to have it resolved by the time of my surgery and it came true.
Now that my mind is a little lighter I seem to be getting less excited about the surgery. I think it is just because my anxiety is spiking a bit. It seems like time is flying by right now. I still have a lot to do before D-Day… This weekend we are traveling 5 hours to my Aunt's house for Thanksgiving/Channukah extended weekend. Next Friday I have to travel for a 3 day work conference. I will come home on Sunday and plan on putting up the tree and decking the Halls for Xmas (I am Jewish hubby is Baptist so we celebrate both holidays). Then the weekend before surgery we are taking our 2 older kids on a trip to Universal Studios. Plus, I have only 7 work days to get all of my patients' paperwork prepared for the doctors that will be covering for me. It feels like I am so close but have some big things between me and my finish line. I'm hoping all of the activity will keep my mind from obsessing too much but I know by the the 17th I will be beyond pooped!
Happy Turkey Day (and Channukah for my fellow Jews)!!
Oh, I forgot...
Oh and the day before surgery my family is coming over for dinner in honor of my Mom's B-day so that means a day of cooking and baking.
Preop done, I wish I could cancel!
I went into my pre-op excited and nervous and I came out a little sad and apprehensive. First off, the appointment consisted of meeting with the financial person for payment and the nurse going over the booklet that I had already read 2x. I pretty much had all of my questions answered prior to going in thanks to you lovely ladies but I wanted to know if my belly button incision was going to be in my BB or visible around it, the nurse said it will be around it. I wanted to know if it was going to be an anesthesiologist or an RN in the OR, it will be an RN. When I informed the nurse that Vicodin makes me projectile vomit even when taken with food and Compazine she offered Tramadol?!?! Tramadol?? WTF that doesn't even help when I have PMS headaches! She just said; "I am sorry that is all we offer our patients". I was like "hold up" but she just apologized and said; "many of our patients say they just take Tyenol for pain"????!!!!! I informed her that I have "spoken to 100s of women who have had the procedure" (not really a lie, cyber stalking on RS counts as talking to, right?) and that I had never heard of anyone only taking Tylenol from the get go. She said I can talk to my Primary Care doctor to try and get something else but I have Kaiser and they wouldn't even sign my medical clearance.
The surgery center is 2 hours and 45 minutes from my house, I expressed my concern about that and she said; "most of our patients make it home ok". Not comforting at all, what about the ones that do not?
She told me that I will "probably need to bring a snack and something bubbly to drink in recovery", what the hell kind of surgery center does not even stock Ginger Ale?
On top of all that, I stepped on the scale (fully clothed but still) and my weight was exactly what it was at my consult!!!! I did not pig out during Thanksgiving, I really did not. I did miss 2 days at the gym because I was out of town but I went for 2 long walks and continued to do my core training.
I was supposed to do my blood draw but I am fighting a cold at the moment so I did not.
Right now I feel like I would cancel if I could do so without any penalty. :''''(
Found some left over Percoset
I was given Percoset for my C section (2.5 years ago) and jaw surgery about 6 months ago and just found the bottles! I took about half of them for the CSec but only like 2 from the Jaw surgery so I am thinking I will just take those if need be. I am not sure the ones from my C Section are still good as I cannot read the "discard after" date on the bottle but I would say I have at least 20 total. Not real thrilled with taking meds that were not prescribed for this surgery but at least I will know that they are there if I need them. I am still annoyed with the pre op though and the inflexibility of the PS office's policy. I felt like I was an addict trying to get them to write a script so I could get high, seriously!
I forgot to mention the one good thing that happened at my pre op… I referred my dad to have a consult for a face lift and was mailed a coupon for $1000 off of a procedure. I presented it and they took $500 off (so it is now $12500). I had already received a $500 discount for booking the same day as my consult.
omg omg omg they cancelled me :''''''(
I emailed my (very sweet) surgery coordinator to express my concerns (no pain meds…nurse anesthesiologist…thefact that my doctor was not in pre-op, and heard nothing in reply. The nurse that did my pre-op said she would get back to me about a nausea pill that was strong enough to combat my projectile vommiting reaction to vicodin, but no response despite my calls in. Then I get a phone call saying "I'm sorry it does not seem like we will be able to make you happy so we will not be able to do your surgery"! I have been freaking out calling other plastic surgeons and everyone is booked. I am beyond devistated.
As the process progresses there have been some things that are not so great about the company Dr. Knoetgen contracts for (Beautologie). 1st off, they do not offer any oral pain medication other than Tramadol or Vicodin. Since I cannot take Vicodin and Tramadol is a very ineffective pain reliever I am going into my surgery afraid of not having adequate pain relief. I also learned that the surgery center does not employ an anesthesiologist only a CRNA, something I did not even know to ask until I had already booked. My pre-op appointment was a bit concerning as that is when I learned all of these details and my doctor was not even there. Everyone else that I have read about on this site had their doctors in their pre-op for at least part of the appointment time.
I am sure hoping my actual surgical experience is better than the one I have had so far but at this point I am very nervous knowing what I know.