11 Days post op and just like new...almost
- plastic surgery ex
- updated 1 year ago
You may have figured out by my "nickname" PSEX...
- 24 Sep 2012
- 8 days pre
You may have figured out by my "nickname" PSEX that I was married to a plastic surgeon for 20 years and I ran his office for 12. The rest of the time I supported him through a 7-year surgical residency. The reason I mention this is because that experience has given me a unique perspective on all plastic surgical procedures. Although things have changed a lot since I was involved so closely with the specialty, I have a lot of basic knowledge which makes me less nervous about my surgeries that I am undergoing next week.
Shortly after we were married in 1975 I was about 105 pounds and 5'3". I wore a 32B and I really was in good proportion for my body size. At that time several of my friends were having augs (what we always call a BA in the field) and I thought it would be fun to have big boobs. But, since I was student teaching and my ex was in his general surgery residency, we were just about completely broke. He sent me to a supervising surgeon who was in private practice and he offered to do the surgery for me for the cost of the implants which were $250 at the time. Who could turn that down? I really just thought of it as a great opportunity; a novelty; something fun to do. I had saline implants and after the surgery I was a 34C.
I'm not sure I was as thrilled as I thought I would be. Suddenly, all my sweaters and blouses were too tight. I was never one to flaunt my body so it seemed like kind of a waste.
Fast forward to 37 years later. I remained petite, even after gaining 60 pounds during pregnancy. I was back in my size 4 in three months. After we decided to split (I waited too long as it was) I not only lost my job at the ps office, I lost my dream home and I lost my dream life. I was not handling things well so a friend suggested I see a psychiatrist for my depression. The medication he prescribed really helped but I began to gain weight immediately, gaining about 30 pounds in about 6 months. That added to my depression a great deal. Within a few years, without my control over the operation of the practice, my ex announced he was forced to file bankruptcy. No more support payments. My son and I were on our own.
It took three years to get divorced because ex didn't know anything and all the practice paperwork was missing. It took 7 years and $55,000 (that I didn't have) to settle the division of the pension plan assets. I moved back to Colorado with my son to live with my mother until I got my feet back on the ground. She died 4 months later.
Eventually, I got a new teaching job and things started looking up. I met a new man and remarried. Yea! A great guy too. I stopped teaching and the lack of exercise caused me to gain even more weight. So I finally joined Weight Watchers and I have recently lost 16 pounds, with 30 more to go. But, I decided to get a jump start on a new self-image. I'm scheduled for the MM next week. I'm having my old implants removed. The doctor told me I have enough breast tissue so I don't need to replace them. I figure, after 37 years, I've been lucky to not have had any problems with the thin-walled saline implants so far. I'm also having the TT to get rid of my muffin tops and my skin that had started to sag over my C-section and appendectomy scars. I'm not doing it to lose weight. I'm just tired of my boobs entering a room before I do and I'd like to tuck in a blouse or top.
My husband is freaked out about the cost but I withdrew my teaching pension in order to pay for it. I can't say I'm excited particularly but I think I'll feel better when I'm healed and back on my feet.
I've been reading a lot of your postings and I have to say I'm sad for so many of you who are torturing yourselves over the size of your implants and your fear of post-op pain. I've had 2 face lifts, two upper eyelid surgeries, one lower lid surgery and a chin implant and I didn't have any bad experiences with any of them. Those of you who have had children (most of you since this is called Mommy Makeover) have nothing to fear. I think being in labor for 18 hours was about the most pain I've ever experienced in my life. As far as the size of the implant, consider my story. Things don't always stay the same. We gain weight and our lives and priorities change over the years.
One cute story from my old plastic surgery office manager days: We once did a BA on an 86-year-old woman. She had found a new man and wanted to look her best. She was so cute with her gray hair pulled back in a bun. She was in great health and recovered quickly and she loved her result. It's never too late to get a new lease on life.
Best wishes to all of you who are so nervous and confused. It's never as bad as you imagine. Relax and be confident in your decision. Round up your support group and let them help you physically and emotionally. It's not uncommon to experience depression 3-7 days following any surgery, regardless of how positive your surgery is.
I'll post more later if I have anything that maybe could help others.
Plastic surgeon ex
I failed to mention in my first post that I'm...
- 26 Sep 2012
- 7 days pre
So, I had my pre-op appointment three days ago and I was blown away by the "well-oiled machine" at Dr. Vath's office. For one, the office that my ex and I practiced in could have fit in his waiting room and there must have been 12 or more staff members working there. And, we had a surgical suite in the office and four employees; two nurses and one front office person besides me. I met with a nurse whose only job is to counsel pre-op patients, draw blood, take photos and answer questions post-op. I don't mean to suggest she doesn't have anything to do. This is one big operation (I mean the practice) and I'm sure she has her hands full. She told me what to expect post-op and she took my pictures. I have different questions than most because of my previous experience, such as what kind of suture material is being used and drain placement. Fortunately, I don't need TT drains, which surprised me but since I'm having my implants removed and not replaced, there will be a cavity in my breasts so I'm having drains in my breasts that will help prevent an accumulation of blood and fluid. I'm ok with that. Another surprise to me was that I don't need to take post-op antibiotics. That's such a major deviation from my ps experience. We gave antibiotics for everything, regardless of how large or small the procedure. I'm definitely not commenting on whether or not that is a good decision. I have complete confidence in Dr. Vath and I need to realize things have changed a lot in technique and post-op care. They will be running an antibiotic drip during the surgery. The risk of infection is not as great as many think, especially if the patient recovers at home. I'm able to take a shower the day after surgery too, which I see is different from many others posting here. I've been instructed to refrain from taking any vitamin supplements or other herbal OTC "meds". Keep it simple, I guess. Sounds good to me. I'll be seen post-op by a PA. Will I ever see my doctor again?
Our bedroom is upstairs so I hope I don't have to maneuver them often. My husband spoils me anyway so I'm sure I can count on him to help me with anything I might need. I don't have any children at home so I'm good with that. I also had to chuckle when reading others' postings about Aunt Flow. I forgot about that. There are some good things about getting older: no more Aunt Flow to worry about. My husband's mother is going to be scheduling hip replacement surgery soon so I hope he won't have to go back to New York to help her for the first few days of my recovery. And, his daughter is pregnant with twins. She already has three little ones and my husband (Papa Jack) is her "go-to" when she needs help, which is more often, the closer she gets to delivery date: early November. But, you never know with those twins. I'm really quite independent and I've had so much surgery in the past, if he has to go, I'll be all right. I guess I'll just miss the special attention.
I wasn't going to post any photos but I find that part the most interesting part of this web site. If everyone else has the courage to do it, I guess I can too. What's always been weird about my body is that it looks almost exactly the same no matter what my weight is. By that I mean, when I gain weight, it is evenly distributed so my proportions stay very much the same. It's only been in the last few years that my skin has started to sag on my stomach.
Anyway, I'll post my photos soon and probably update my progress once before surgery on Oct. 3. Darn. I'm going to miss the Presidential debate that night.
Happy healing to those of you who are recent post-ops.
I'm going to add my pre-op photos in the next...
- 28 Sep 2012
- 5 days pre
I'm now updating my photos. These are my pre-op...
- 28 Sep 2012
- 5 days pre
I'm not nervous at all but I keep thinking of...
- 30 Sep 2012
- 3 days pre
Here's an interesting tip. My ps ex used to tell me in the office when we were getting a patient ready to discharge, not to remark on her/his comments about pain. The medicines administered during surgery have an amnesiac effect and if someone reinforces the comments about pain,that is remembered by the patient. But, if the comments are ignored or invalidated, the patient will not remember having had pain. If it isn't remembered,it basically didn't occur. We had a patient who was screaming about pain when we wheeled her out in her wheelchair but the next day when she came in for post-op, I asked her if she experienced any pain and she said she didn't feel a thing. That may not be a comfort to many of you but I think amnesia is a good thing. So tell whoever picks you up not to remark on any complaints you may have or just to say "you're fine" or something else that doesn't reinforce the concept in your mind.
I'm not sure where I got the idea I wasn't going...
- 1 Oct 2012
- 2 days pre
My 28-year old son called to wish me well and asked if I'd be watching the debate the night of my surgery. We have political differences so he was just ribbing me a little. I expect to be pretty gorked out so even if I watch it i probably won't remember it. One time after a facelift I decided to watch Thelma and Louise. All I remember about the whole movie was them driving off the Grand Canyon. What was the rest of the movie about? Why would they drive off the edge of the Grand Canyon?
One more full day to go.
This is my last post before my surgery tomorrow...
- 2 Oct 2012
- 1 day pre
I just lost my extensive update so here' an...
- 4 Oct 2012
- 1 day post
Have drains in my boobs since we didn't replace the ones he took out there is room to accumulate blood/fluid. I even got to watch the debate I like my little boobies like they were in the good 'ol days Don't have a clue on my tummy because of the CG. My upper abdomen is sore under stress but not nearly what I expected. This post if full of typos but I'm not my laptop and I can't see very well without my contacts. So, for all of you (especially Blondie) who are yet to have your surgery, relax. It's quite manageable. Nothing to fear but fear itself. That's it for now. Time to try to take a nap. Love you all for your support. Oh, BTW, I told Dr. Vath that I thought there were about 12 of the Vath girls out there singing his praises. He really is the greatest.
I was mentioning that i had to be the oldest...
- 4 Oct 2012
- 1 day post
The last several days have been a blur. I thought...
- 7 Oct 2012
- 4 days post
This site needs some tweaking. I'm tired of...
- 9 Oct 2012
- 6 days post
Had my one week post-op today and it went great. I...
- 10 Oct 2012
- 7 days post
After I saw Dr. Vath last week and got those...
- 14 Oct 2012
- 11 days post
I started out by looking on the Internet and I was so impressed with Dr. Vath's post-op photos I just knew he would be great. In addition, I was impressed with his credentials, which are as good as they get. There were enough photos of so many surgeries, I was sure he was consistent in his results. Sometimes doctors only post the top 10 of 1000 surgeries and it's hard to tell if the patients are likely to get similar results. Do a ton of research before you decide. Chose a highly qualified surgeon with the right training.