Aug. 1 It's All Getting Put Back into Place in Fresno, CA
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I'm getting a full tt, and a breast lift with...
- 12 Jun 2011
- 2 months pre
I'm getting a full tt, and a breast lift with 350cc high profile silicone implants.
I'm 5'6" and between 130lbs. - 135lbs. I'm 35 yrs. old mother of 2. My daughter is 16 and my son is 2. Even though I only gained 35lbs. with my daughter, I got really bad stretch marks across my hips, abdomen and thighs. I breastfed my daughter for 10 months. I gained 40lbs with my son, and only got a few continuation stretch marks. I breastfed my son for one year. Since having my daughter, my weight has topped out at 175 lbs, or a size 14 and I am currently at my lowest weight since having my daughter at 131.5; size 2-4. I work out regularly 4 - 5 times per week doing weight/cardio and yoga classes at my local gym.
I started thinking about a mommy makeover after having my son because I knew he'd be my last child. I didn't have my husband's support until just a few months ago, so I started the process. A side note, he has always loved me just the way I am. I never felt like he didn't appreciate my body. Well, then he decided to leave me a few weeks ago. I really don't know why and I decided I really needed this more than ever. He recently has wanted to work on things, so we'll have to see how things go. I want to make very clear that I am doing the for ME and only me. I've always felt very insecure about my body. My breasts look like deflated balloons from going to a breast-engorged 38DD (and Possibly bigger) to a 34 C. My tummy has all this excess skin that I have to tuck in to my bottoms. I'm self-conscious especially when practicing yoga because the poses can cause my top to expose my belly, so I'll have to stop and adjust my clothing to cover up. I feel like I work too hard to have to cover up.
On to the fun stuff....I met with my PS & staff on May 31. She made me feel so good about myself and thought I was realistic about my goals. She said I didn't need lipo and that I'm all skin in my abdominal area. Yayy! She pulled and squeezed my tummy and breasts to help me envision what my new body would look like. I also tried on the bra with the silicone implants. They looked so good!It wasn't long before I scheduled my surgery for August 1. I'd do it sooner, but July is a very busy vacation month at work. I plan on taking just 2 weeks. I have a desk job, so it isn't physically demanding. The nurse thought I was pushing it, the Dr. thinks that I'll be ok, but to take it easy. My manager knows that I'm having this done, so it helps in case I have to take another day or two.
Like others, I really have to thank this site and all the ladies that put their stories for people like me to see. Time for me to pay it forward. :) Before pics wil be posted soon.
I'm 26 days out from surgery. Not a whole lot has...
- 4 Jul 2011
- 28 days pre
My surgery is on Monday! woo hoo! I was really...
- 30 Jul 2011
- 2 days pre
I had my pre-op one week last Thursday and took my neighbor and friend and cousin, Katie. She is my angel. It was decided that we would go to 400cc silicone implants. The Dr. also told me that she could get rid of most of my stretch marks on my tummy!I got my prescription Percocet, Zithromax, Valium. I plan on filling these today.
I can best describe my feeling as waiting or being on a rollercoaster. A nervous excitement.
My weight and measurements as of 07-16-11
Weight-134.5 Fat - 27%
Bust with no bra - 35"
Waist - 27.5"
Hip - 33"
Butt - 37"
Thigh - 22"
Arm - 10.5"
I'm curious to see how the measurements will change.
Also I promise to get some before pics up before my surgery date.
Today was the day. I'm recovering now. Appt. was...
- 1 Aug 2011
- Day of treatment
2nd day post-op. I went to my appointment this...
- 2 Aug 2011
- 1 day post
Today is day 3. I am continuing to do better and...
- 3 Aug 2011
- 2 days post
Day 4. Continue to get better.slowly weening off...
- 4 Aug 2011
- 3 days post
Day 5. Still continue to do well. I can use my...
- 5 Aug 2011
- 4 days post
I weighed myself this morning with all my garments on and I was 143. Ha! Big mistake to do that. I know it's all the water weight, but I was curious.
I've had visitors all week, which I actually really enjoyed. I like the support I've been getting from my friends and family.
The highlight of my day was going out to lunch for sushi with my sister-in-law. It felt good to get out of the house! We had a nice time and had some good food. Did I mention I've been walking upright for the most part since day 2. My Dr. encouraged me to. It has made me a little more sore, but have not had any problems because of it. Lunch took a lot out of me so I asked Alicia for a percoset and my antibiotic. She gave me a percoset and a valium! When i asked her again, she realized she what she had given me and gave me my antibiotic. I had a already taken the other two so 10 minutes later I was passed out. ha.
I am still sleeping on the couch, but quite honestly I'm sleeping well and my biggest challenge is getting off the couch.
I can't believe how well I've been recovering. I feel so fortunate to be healing so well.
Day 6. Slept in my bed last night. Decided to do...
- 6 Aug 2011
- 5 days post
Sorry I still haven't put up post op pics! This...
- 7 Aug 2011
- 6 days post
I have my post-op appointment tomorrow. I hope they take one or both of my drains out. They've been consistently putting out less than 25 mL every 8 hours. We shall see. I will also post my weight an measurements 1 week post op. I'm sure there will be fluid retention and swelling, but it will still be interesting to see. Hope you are all enjoying the rest of your weekend.
Here are post op pics just shy of 1 week.
- 7 Aug 2011
- 6 days post
I started to compose my one week update and for...
- 9 Aug 2011
- 8 days post
As far as my body goes the incision lines are small, my right nipple is numb, my mid torso is numb, but so far so god on everything else. I passed out at 7pm today, but hope to update later with more pics. Oh, I weighed myself after lunch and before I got to take my first glorious shower in a week and I weighed 134.5.My guess is that I haven't gained or lost which is more good news! Going back to bed.have a great week!
Hi. Today I'm posting because I had another...
- 12 Aug 2011
- 11 days post
She also said I don't have to wear my restricting garment at night anymore. I can go with just a shelf cami, but like others I think I will continue to keep bound with my spanx and sports bras. After one more week this binding garment can go bye bye! woohoo. I won't miss it.
My biggest annoyance has been my internal sutures as I've said a few times throughout. The soreness is going away, but has been replaced by a kind of achiness. Again, feels like a hard workout. I bought some tylenol to manage it and can start taking ibuprofen on monday and alternate while at work. I may take a valium at night depending on how my first day of work goes. The achiness is not bad, but want to stay as comfortable as possible. I think its really helped my recovery.
Ill get weight and measurements 2 weeks post op. Have a great weekend!
I wanted to post a few post-op pics just shy of 2...
- 14 Aug 2011
- 13 days post
I also felt like I needed to edit my silicone implants as being 400cc MODERATE profile, not high profile as I indicated in my initial post.
As of today:
Weight: 131.0 Body fat: 27%
Bust (no bra of course!): 37"
waist (no sucking in: 27.5"
Even though my measurements didn't change, my body looks better than ever. I am loving my new confidence that has come with this surgery.
I'm back to work tomorrow, so let's see how my first day goes!
Uy2nd day back at work was better than my first. I...
- 16 Aug 2011
- 15 days post
My 2nd day back was much better. I feel like I'm getting used go my chair. I took Tylenol 1st thing and then as a preventative measure, took 2 tylenol and 2 advil. I don't need a valium tonight and think I will do fine. I haven't been able to v go without a bra, but I did go without my binding last night.it was nice!.I'm wearing it today because I felt like I was swelling from the increased activity at work and home.i feel much better now. Time for bed, good night.I
My weekly update. I am finishing up my 3rd week...
- 21 Aug 2011
- 20 days post
I am finishing up my 3rd week of healing and moving on to my 4th.
My boobs are surprisingly my favorite part of this whole surgery! They are dropping nicely! To be able to go braless, is a dream come true. I LOVE IT. My tummy tuck scar looks yucky, but I'm sure once I start the scar treatment, it will look much better. My PS wasn't able to get all of the stretch marks under my incision line, but I am still VERY happy that my tummy looks great and all of my stretch marks are under my belly button! I will be rocking a bikini next summer!
I started buying some clothes this past week. I'm happy to say, I bought 2 pairs of size 2 jeans from Old Navy! I went down a size which is awesome. Good and bad news as my wardrobe goes from a size 2 to a size 10 now! I have some serious down-sizing to do.
I made it through my 1st week back at work! Yayy! I did take it easy this weekend. I have to give BIG kudos to my daughter for really stepping it up with my son and the housework. She started her Jr. year in HS on Thursday and cleaned the house the day before. So sweet! I'm able to do much more than previous 2 weeks, but I'm still trying not to do anything too strenuous. Yesterday, I did vaccuum my car and got a little sore in my boob incision underneath, but wasn't even enough for pain meds. That's the extent of my most strenuous activity so far.
I'm pretty much off the pain meds at this point. I will take an occasional tylenol or Advil and I think I took Valium at night twice last week, but it was more preventative than necessity. As far as swelling goes, I've had little to none so far, but we'll see how that goes as I increase my activity levels in the coming weeks.
If you've been following my updates, you'll notice the husband is missing from it. Well, that's because we've decided to split ways for good and file for divorce. I think that's the best thing for us and luckily we've been able to go through the process amicably and on mutual terms. Not the best timing, but that's life and I have to thank my family and friends immensely for helping me through my healing process. I really could not have done this without them.
I have to also mention a few things that have really made me more comfortable these past 3 weeks. Today is the last day I have to wear my surgical binder during the day (another woohoo!). It has hooks and zips on the sides that bend and push into my surgical scar. Not comfortable. Solution? Pantyliners!! They have been my best friend from the beginning. I had them under my boobs until my stitches were removed. I've been wearing them on my sides to keep from the garment rubbing and irritating my incision sites.
My other magic trick to comfort was tube tops under my bra. I bought them at Tilly's. Super soft and made wearing my bra so much more bearable!
I will post my weekly pics later tonight, since I just put on my garment. (for the last time!)
Pics posted 3 weeks post op
- 21 Aug 2011
- 20 days post
Just shy of 6 weeks. I feel great. The skin area...
- 11 Sep 2011
- 1 month post
I started my scar guard treatment 2 weeks ago and that is going good. The scars feel yucky! But I think they will fade and flatten very nicely.
I am pretty much at my normal activity level. I would say on a scale of 1 - 10, I'm at an 8 of my former activity level. I am still building my strength up. It has been several weeks since I've vaccumed and have gone to the gym. Oh! And I'm not relying on my daughter to pick up my son and help me get him in and out of his carseat. She is loving that! ha! My son loves that I can pick him up again.
I plan on keeping up on my reviews, but not as often. Maybe every couple of weeks to a month or so.
Just shy of 6 week pics are getting posted as soon as Im done with my update.
Hi All, So this morning I had a little scare when...
- 24 Sep 2011
- 1 month post
So this morning I had a little scare when putting my scar guard on. I noticed I had a hole in my right breast on the vertical incision. I called the exchange right away and the Dr. called me within minutes. She said the scarguard causes the skin to thin and it's probably just a splitting stitch. That is apparently normal even after almost 8 weeks post-op!
I've resumed normal activity, but not quite at full strength. I feel and look great!
Hello all. I'm a little over 3 1/2 months post op....
- 19 Nov 2011
- 3 months post
I have encountered a few nuances that I have to share. First, splitting stitches. I'm still getting then, but they've been limited to the vertical incision on my breasts. They are annoying and have prolonged the healing process, but I realize that it is a result of my body and not the surgery. The other is my breasts have dropped differently. My left is higher than my right, so the nipples are in different positions. Not a huge difference, but definitely noticeable. One last thing is the implant in my left breast. I can feel the edge of the implant at the bottom outer corner of my breast. I called about that and was told it's normal to have the implant show a bit.
My tummy scar is healing beautifully as is my belly button.
A co worker of mine have me some tape to put over my scars to lighten them up more quickly, so I've started doing that this week.
I wish you all very happy healthy holiday season!
The Dr. was great. Took as much time as needed and was honest and realistic about my expectations. I highly recommend her.