It was at about the 3 month mark that I asked my doc about them - they were so noticable. He explained that it was basically fat - yes fat - lovely - after all of this and I am left with a noticable fat roll under each arm that basically extended around - the bra lone area. I guess that had always that the fat rolls but they weren't as noticable because the girls were a DD - now I am a B. Here I was, having gone through everything and now there were these oh so noticable rolls. Absolutely horrible looking!
I talked with my PS - he confirmed that yes, it was fat. I explained that I wanted it gone and asked about Liposuction. I really had no idea what Lipo was and/or how it worked. We went over everything and that was that - I decided that I would have Lipo.
I did not have any Lipo with my TT - I have read that a lot of people do. In the end, I am glad that I didn't. I think waiting allowed me to really see where it was needed.
My abdomin looked great except for this one area right at my sternum (just under my breasts). Even with having the muscle repair during my tummy tuck and hernia repair, I still had that upper ab fat roll and it was very uncomfortable.
In the end, I had Liposuction done under my arms, the bra line, flanks, hips, waist (not sure the technical name for these areas - are flanks and waist the same - LOL).
About 9 days ago I went in for Liposuction - it took about 2 1/2 hours and was a walk in the park compared to the previous surgery. When I woke up I had some pain but it was totally managable with meds.
Many have asked what kind of Liposuction - I am not sure of the technical term - all I know is that it was Liposuction done in a hospital seeting and I was totally out! I have read about so many different types and I believe that what I had done was more of a traditional Liposuction - fluid injected then everything sucked out.
Of course prior to the procedure, I decided that I just had to see how it was done and watched a video - I highly advise against this! Me and my curiosity - dumb@$$ is all that I can say.
When I talked with my plastic surgeon and told him that I watched a video and was a little disturbed by what I saw he smiled and said without hesitation, oh yes, it is brutal but don't worry, you will be asleep and won't feel a thing. My doctor doesn't sugar coat it at all which I appreciate!
Once I got home the first couple of days were a little rough but again, nothing like after the breast reduction and tummy tuck and managable with meds. I showered the day after and had bruising and swelling but nothing like what I thought that I would have. Some of the photos that I have seen are pretty rough looking.
I saw my doctor for my 1st follow-up 6 days after the procedure. He was very pleased as I was - there was already a noticable difference. He said things already looked better even though I still had lots of swelling. I was told to continue with the compression garment for 4 weeks.
I can honestly say that this was nothing like I expected! I expected or at least prepared myself, for something so much worse. So far my results have been good and will hopefully continue to only improve as the swelling decreases.
I have no plans for anything else to be done in the future. Throughout all of this, the one thing that I wish I had from my doctor was a sort of cheat sheet - some sort of past patient comments, tips, tricks, how-to's for various procedures.
I'm sure that we have all come up with ways or tricks to make certain things a little easier or comfortable, etc. I ran across the following article on RealSelf and it is just dead-on perfect! It is as if this person knew pretty much my every thought and feeling.
Here is the link to a must read for anyone having any sort of plastic surgery procedure done:
Also, it is key that you know who your doctor is - what I mean by this is, know what kind of work they do, the results, reviews, etc. When I was researching plastic surgeons I ultimately went with one whose practice is Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery. From what I read, breast reconstruction after breast cancer is a big part of his practice and that stuck with me.