After having two beautiful babies via c-section, my body never recovered! Six months after my son was born, I had to stop nursing him in order to have my reduction and lift before we moved overseas. That stopped my weight loss right away! Since then, my tummy has drooping skin and fat that I can't seem to get rid of with exercise and diet. I stuff my belly into my pants and never feel like I look beautiful because I have a bulge in the front. I used to be a lights on type of girl but now I don't want my husband to look at me. Thank God he loves me for who I am! As far as my breasts are concerned, since I have lost weight I lost all the fullness in the top portion of my breasts. In order to have the fullness again I am having saline implants put in via: Dual-Plane. I have residual breast tissue on the sides of my ribs from my original surgery. I will have this removed with liposuction as well as my flanks and back fat. I plan to post pics and blogs as soon as I get a chance.
After having two beautiful babies via c-section,...
Well, it's been four days since I had my...
My Dr. And I decided to use the mentor gel smooth implants, he said to even out my breasts sizes he put in a 350cc and a 325 cc. With the lipo he estimated that he took out aprox. 4 lbs of fat from my flanks, hips, back and armpit fat. And my. Tummy tuck apron was about 2 lbs of skin and fat. I had him do the lowest incision he could for my tt, I like bathing suits that tie on the hips. What he ended up doing was going under my c section scars to do the incision. However he said by doing it that low he had to keep my old belly button scar above my monds.
I was under for a total of eight hours, it really has taken me until today to really come out of it. I feel exhausted! I find myself dozing off once in a while.
I didn't get a chance to post what all I was feeling the day before surgery. Realizing that I had very little time left, I ended up making a video of my final wishes and a video to my babies, family, and friends if something were to happen and I didn't wake up. That was hard for me to do, but I also wanted my babies and family to have closure if something happened. The emotions that run-through you are intense, especially being a mother. I went from scared, to excited, grossed out, to let's just get it done and over with. I think it's pretty normal for people to go through this thought process.
As the days go on from this point, I will be posting more thoughts and pictures. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me, and I'll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.
I did mark undecided if it was worth it, just because I haven't seen my results yet.
So today I had my first post op apt. I have been...
So I was able to take my first shower, I put a...
I have managed to sneak a peek at my breasts, they look pretty good to me! My Dr. Said they are still high but will drop some more after time. He has me pressing down on them and holding them for ten seconds and then pressing them together for another ten seconds three times a day to soften the capsule. I get sore but it's not unbearable. I think I am just getting tired of being in this recliner chair. I'm pretty stiff when I get up. I have been doing my walking anytime I go to the bathroom or just need a change. I managed to climb up 10 stairs today to see my kitchen. Yay! Me! I think it has been hardest on my babies. My youngest 2 doesn't understand why we can't snuggle on my lap and my oldest 4 has been a good helper, however, she has been throwing little fits!
I have stayed on my stool softeners, and now everything seems to finally be normal again. I plan to stay on them until I am done with all of my meds. I feel more alert, and not so foggy! I plan on having my husband take pictures tomorrow and I will post them this weekend. Again any questions you may have if you are planning on having this done, please feel free to contact me.
I forgot to mention!!! Have your Dr. Prescribe...
So I think today is 12 days post op, I still think...
For some reason I posted a blog today, however, I...
So today, was a new day, no shower today:(. That was fine by me! I was able to get outside and walk down the street and back! Yay me! I did get hot and sweaty in 40 degree weather. Funny thing is I did this in my robe and slippers, I looked like hell! In the village that I live in all the Germans were staring at me, nothing new for Germany, the Germans like to stare anyway! I'm sure I was a pretty funny site to see! I probably would have stared too! My goal for tomorrow is to walk more and get my blood pumping! I still am on my husband to get my pics posted, however, he's been on overload with taking care of the babies, cooking, laundry, school, and tests, so I know he'll get them posted for me sometime soon!
Again, I'm feeling more normal! I can't believe...
I guess in my original blog, I didn't really explain myself. So, I am 32 years old I was 150 lbs. Before I had my babies ages 2 and 4now, I gained exactly the same amount of weight each pregnancy. 50 lbs. When I weighed in the day of my daughters birth I was 200lbs exactly, I didn't get the last 20 lbs off befor I got pregnant with my son so, I weighed in at 220lbs. The day I had him. I started trying to get the weight off and got down to 180 then I had to stop nursing him in order to have my breast reduction and lift. After that was all said and done, three weeks later I was on a plane moving my life and family to Germany. After we were all settled in, which tookna while, I started working on my weight loss again. Funny thing is, I felt like I was thinner than I really was. Until I saw a few photos! Then I realized how overweight I really was. So, started going to the gym again, and trying to eat healthier, it's hard when your husband loves to cook and is great at it! I started zumba, then got into cardio kickboxing, and loved it! The days I don't do kickboxing I elliptical! I got my weight down to 170 and it stayed there no matter what I did, for three or four months. The weight stayed the same but my clothes were fitting much more loose on my frame. I was toning up! So, two weeks and one day ago, I weighed in for my Pre op apt. And I was 169 with all my clothes and running shoes on! I haven't weighed myself since then. However, my Dr. Said he approximated he removed 6 lbs. Of fat and skin from me via lipo and TT skin. I'm a little worried I put some of that weight back on since I'm not working out like I was. I miss my Gym time!!! On a happier note, im one more day closer to going back to the gym, I guess!
I have another follow up Apt. With my Dr. On the 21st, I can't wait to see him and hear what he has to say. What a great professional person! Always has his patients best intrest in mind! Love him and his staff! Great people!!!
I pushed myself to get out of my cave downstairs! ...
I know I'm on the up and up now! Yay! I have tapered my meds lately! Also, I think I may start my "magic time" (period) pretty soon, I feel bloated and my lower back is cramping. I really didn't think about this and what to do if it happened during surgery or after, so: I called my PS today to see if I can use a tampon and midol, he really doesn't want me putting anything "up there" for a while, so I have to use pads! YUCK! I have only used them when I had my c-sections. They are so yucky! As for the Midol, he said if my pain meds don't take care of the pain the it would be
okay to take the midol for bloating, and cramps.
OMG!!! Just tried on my top to my two piece and...
So yes, God has blessed me with my "magic time",...
Wow! I guess you can all tell I am feeling much...
Last night before I went to sleep, I had my husband do my evening ritual. Fixing/smoothing my sheet that covers my recliner, getting my protine shake and pills ready, and tightening my binder. I managed to have him take a picture of me without my binder on, however, I was laying flat and it's not a very "flattering" picture so to speak! Or maybe it is! So as of now, I have several before pics, and one 14 day, post op pic that isn't very flattering. Just waiting to get my hands on my husbands laptop to post them. Stay tuned!
I did really good yesterday! I didn't take any pills except my stool softeners for a span of 11.5 hours. I did however, feel it last night. I was sore, and exhausted. To top it off, I read an article about human trafficking in SanFrancisco, not to far from where I'm from! It freaked me out, so I couldn't relax and go to sleep even after I finally took my pain meds. Scary!!!
I did eventually drift off until this morning, boy do I stink! I can't even stand to be around myself! P U! Another shower Please! I know it's not very lady like of me to say, but these"whore baths" I've been taking, aren't doing a very good job keeping me smelling good!
I did take my pills this morning, thinking I could use another few hours of sleep, but, I'm on here blogging, I hope this isn't becoming an addiction! :). I had to take a break to wash and shave my armpits. They feel and smell so much better, boy the things we take for granted! My mom wants to try to drive me to a park today so I can get some sunshine and fresh air. I think its a pretty good idea!
There are some questions that people are asking about Pre surgery and post surgery that I have not blogged about. So for those of you who have been wondering or asking: Should I shave or wax my girly parts before surgery? I consulted my PS about this and his reply was, " If you want to do either, do it no closer to the surgery date than a week, if you do it after, there is a possibility of getting an infection" ie: in grown hairs etc. So, I waxed aexactly a week before my surgery, I didn't want to deal with the itchy hair coming back quickly after shaving.
Another concern I came across was, pooping after surgery. I was very brief when I told you all it hurt when I was finally able to go. I highly suggest getting: prune juice, it's not that bad over ice, gas x, stool softeners 4 times a day even if you are tapering off your meds., Graham crackers, water, lots of water, yogurt,and walking even if it hurts! I can't stress enough, YOUR MEDS WILL CONSTIPATE YOU! It hurts like Hell when you have your first bowel movement. It's like pushing a hardened cement rock out of your bottom, it's terrible! I know it's kind of a gross thing to picture, however, it's true! If you start using all the things I have listed above right when you get home It will help!
Question número 3: should I have everything done all at the same time or one by one? TT, BA, LIPO, Lift? The answer again my PS provided me with is, " If you can afford to YES! Your brain will only register pain in one area of your body at a time. So doing it all at the same time is a good idea, it also makes it so you only have one recovery time, and that recovery time is no longer than if you had each surgery done one at a time.". Less anestisia! The only reason I had my lift and reduction before my TT, BA, and lipo was because It was covered by my insurance while I lived in the states.
And the last question I came across was, : If you have had a c-section before, does it feel anything like that? My answer is: NO! First, everyone has a different experience if they did have a C-section. I had two planned c-sections and each one was different! My first was a terrible experience as far as pain and recovery, my second, was a walk in the park! So to compare having a C-section to having a TT, There are a few similarities, the cutting, however, they aren't cutting into your muscle with a TT, so you don't have that soreness/weekness of your muscles trying to heal. Like I said if you have your pain under control, this whole ordeal is really not to painful! I had the most pain in my drain site area. Really not any pain in my abs, or breasts. Just soreness, stiffness, and a little burning sensation from some of the lipo places. I the the worst of the worst for me was how Itchy I was.
I am not a Dr nor am I a PS, so what I write are my thoughts, and experiences! You can take my advice or not, I only hope what I post helps people have an understanding of possible things to expect, if they choose to have this done or not. I hope it just helps! Cheers for now, I'm going to take my nap, then work up to that trip to the park for some sunshine! Stay tuned for more thoughts, pics, and experiences from me, I'll be back!
Hello everyone, well I took a short break from my...
The second was I took a shower in three stages. I was really nervous that I would faint again, so, I first washed my armpits and shaved them in the sink. Then I sat on a stool outside my shower to wash my hair. I used cold water in hope that I wouldn't get over heated. Then I had my mom shave my legs while I sat in the recliner, bending down is still hard for me. Last I got in a cool shower to wash my body off. This worked, I didn't faint!
I did however, get faint after walking up stairs, I grabbed a glass of water and managed to get to my living room where I was able to put my legs up.
Today, I went for another car ride, I went to the bank, then the car wash, and a store to pick up my watch I was having fixed.
I think I may be having withdrawals from my meds. I wake up every morning with stiff legs which lead to my abs cramping up like in a crunch that sticks. Also, I have been nauseous, light headed, and like my skin is crawling. I don't quiet know what is healing and what would be withdrawal. All I know is in the evenings my back is stiff throughout my shoulders and I'm really tired. I know I'm on the mend, boy this has been a long road. I have guest here to visit me now, so I will finish a little later!
Okay, I have officially been off the opiate drugs...
I'm now only taking acetaminophen 1 morning and 1 night, and 1 anti inflammatory. It has been hard to sleep at night, I'm very uncomfortable and still in the recliner. I tried last week to sleep in my bed but I couldn't move, we have a memory foam matress topper. So, I ended up back in the recliner.
Yesterday, I went to lunch with my mom and after she needed to get some tops at the BX our military shopping center. I was doing okay until we got to the dressing room. I started getting dizzy and hot and feeling like I was about to faint again, so I sat down on a ledge and waited for my mom to try on her tops. I thought I was okay as long as I was sitting, then it got worse! I was drenched, and the noise of the shoppers and all the clutter of everything started to buzz. I asked a man whom was standing next to the dressing room to please get my mom. He did but by the time she came out I was in tears. Several people stopped to see if I was okay or needed help. One lady gave me her waster bottle, I took my sweatshirt off and then the AC came on. Another employee drove up with a lark, I was so thankful, however, I thought I was going to die of embarrassment! He said I could drive it all the way to my car and park it in the cart return. I was amazed at the kindness people had for me. It was so nice to see people can be so compassionet for people they don't even know. Well I managed to drive it to the entrance of the store and walk the rest of the way to the car. Needless to say, I over did it and after I returned home, I read the withdrawal symptoms and everything I had experienced was on there, not to mention the peek of coming off them was 12-21 hours, I was at 13. By 72 hours they are suppose to be out of your system.
I keep waking up feeling nauseated, NO I'm not preggo! I had diarrhea, and still felt a buzz going through my body. I stand up out of my chair and my legs get stiff, like I have to stretch before I walk. I did take a anti nausea pill, that seemed to help some. I got dressed and went out for a drive with my mom today. After lunch, I was feeling much better, I went to pick up my babies from kindergarten. It was so nice to see their smiling faces when they saw me in the car. We went on a drive out in the countryside then pulled off the road in front of a cemetery and all took a cat nap in the sunshine. ( in the car) it was the best sleep I have had in almost three weeks! Tomorrow's a new day, I plan on going on a walk up to see the castle at the top of our street. I hope the sun is shining, I miss it! On wednesday, I go to see my PS, I wonder if I will get to see my new BB. Waiting!
So I'm really starting to feel my implants for the...
Last night I was able to last an hour and a half in a regular bed. I think I would have lasted longer but my mom is sharing a room with me and she keeps snoring. I am a very light sleeper.
I go see my PS tomorrow! I have a lot of questions for him! Ie: when can I take the binder off, when do I start scar therapy, when do I start massage on my berasts, when can I have sex, when can I use tampons again, can I have lower dose of muscle relaxers, is it normal to feel the implant, having a hard time raising my arms, when can I sleep on my tummy again, exercises for my shoulders/back/breast adhesions, When will I see my BB, swelling more on right side of old BB scar, etc.I hope I'll find out tomorrow
So, it's been almost 1 year since I had my mommy...
I had my mommy makeover. I can tell you, it has been worth every single dollar spent, every uncomfortable moment, every hour of sleep missed, all the drug side
Effects, etc. I have regained my self
Confidence. I feel pretty, sexy, and
Good About myself. Something I think anyone going through this procedure should know... When it's over and you feel good bout yourself, be extra careful not
To start your old eating habits Again. Unfortunately, I did and two days ago I went back in for touch up lipo all over my back and trunk. It wasn't coming off at the gym so I decided to have it done again. Ugh... Luckily I have only had a minimal amount of discomfort. I took a pain pill at 6:30am and haven't taken another yet. It's 4:00pm now. So as you probably can tell, I'm in much better shape this Time with my pain management. I just posted pics of before and after, sorry they came out sideways. Anyhow, I hope to post new ones after I heal up from this go around. I'll keep you all posted. Please feel free to contact me wih any questions you may have.
Mommy Makeover? One year and eight months later!
I won't be posting my Dr.'s name because he is a military dr, and I don't have his permission to post it. As for why I choose him, #1 he puts people that have been blown to pieces back together again. #2 he never pushed me out the door when I had a million questions for him, #3 he always took the time with me to understand what was going to happen even if it took two hours to explain, #4 everyone who has worked with him said he is a perfectionist #5 I felt like I could trust his decisions if he needed to change something or not. #6 he is the only plastic surgeon at one of the biggest military facilities in Europe.