36 Years Old, 1 Child Via C-section-Ready to Be Able to Feel Comfortable with my Body, Hickory Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

I am 5'1 160lbs and have struggled with my weight...

I am 5'1 160lbs and have struggled with my weight all my life. I weighed almost 240lbs the day I had my son and stayed around 200-210 for several years afterward. I finally decided to get healthy and have been around 160 for the past few years. I have very broad shoulders and a muscular build so I am not unhappy with my current weight. However, I am unhappy with the sagging skin on my stomach and my very small breast. Before pregnancy, I had a fairly tone stomach and believe I can get that back if the excess skin is removed. I have always had A cup breast and have always wanted them to be larger so that is why I am opting for both BA and TT.
I feel like I have a hard time finding clothing because I have to hid my stomach and cover up the fact that I am flat chested. It is hard to find clothing that looks good on me because most women my size have larger breast. I just want to feel comfortable in whatever clothes I buy and not so self conscience about my body.
My surgery is less than two weeks away and I have my pre-op appointment in 3 days. I am obsessing everyday over my body now because I am so ready for my problem areas to be fixed. I am very nervous about the recovery and how people will react to the new me. No one at work knows that I am having the surgery because they think I am just going on vacation so I am sure everyone will be shocked LOL!
Best of luck to you!

Excited but nervous

I am 12 days away from surgery and am so ready for it to get here but am getting nervous. There are times that I have thought of backing out but then I look in the mirror and see why I am doing this.
My stomach and breast have always bothered me but it seems like they are bothering me worse as the date approaches. I am constantly looking in the mirror and moving my stomach to see what the results might look like. I am wear my rice sizers at least once a day to see what those results will look like. I guess this is normal but I am driving myself crazy.
On an emotional note....I almost broke down crying in Kohl's the other day. I was shoping for clothes and it hit me that I am going to be in a smaller size and that I will no longer have to wear pants that are too big for my legs just so they fit around my stomach. I looked at the bathing suits and realized that I probably will be able to buy anyone one that I want after surgery and feel comfortable in it for the first time in my life. The thought of that made me so happy that I cried a little in the store.
My preop is in 2 days and I have to make a list of all the questions I want to ask. I also have to make my final decision on the size of my implants. The PS has recommended 400cc to get to the size I want but I am worried that is too large for my body. I don't want people looking and saying "those are fake" lol I think I would be happy with that size but am stressing over what other people will think. Guess I shouldn't worry so much about that though. No one at work knows that I am having surgery so I worry how they will react. I am a supervisor and work with a lot of conservative people so I know they will have their opinions.
Well I guess that is enough for tonight. I need to stop stressing and get some rest. I will update again after my preop appt.

Finally got brave and posted pics

At the advice of someone on here, I finally decidedthink I will be happy with the results. to post some pictures. In a couple of weeks, I will want to see these to remind me why I put myself through all the pain. Plus, I want to show my results to help others. I still have some weight to lose after surgery but h
yay for you! i'm 5'1" and 150, my highest was 250. you are not alone in the feelings you are having, i'm going through so many emotions and thoughts right now, i feel like my head is spinning. my surgery is THIS WEDNESDAY!! getting TT/BL w/implants. i'm very excited and can't wait to get on the road to recovery. wish you well!
good luck to you also pepper! i go in on thursday!

Preop today

I had my preop this morning and surgery is paid in full so guess there is no backing out now. My PS recommended we increase my implant size so I am going with 425cc. I am afraid these will be too large but trust my PS. Everything I read says to go bigger or I will regret it so I hope I will like the results.
10 days left and I am really nervous. Picked out my clothes to wear to surgery and purchased all my supplies for after surgery today. Now, I just have to wait for the day but the wait is killing me lol
Hello :) I am five feet tall and my "old" body looked a bit like yours! I'm two months out and really liking my results. It's been a great motivator to get in better shape for me! Feel free to ask me anything :-) Enjoy the anticipation stage!
You look great! I hope my results are as good as yours. I am just dreading the few weeks after surgery because I know recovery won't be fun.
Please make sure you let your dr know exactly what your expectations are. I'm 4 months out and very disappointed that I still have a jiggly belly! I'm in Raleigh so not so very far away from you. Good luck!!

1 week to go!!!!!!!

One week from today I will be at home recovering from my surgery. I can't believe it is almost here! I am both nervous and really excited. I can't wait to finally have this done and see what my new body will look like. I have gotten just about everything ready for the big day except I need to get some sort of compression garment to wear after surgery. My PS said that they will provide one but recommended that I get another one because he said due to me being fairly short that the one he provides might be too long. He said that it will probably hit my rib cage and will be uncomfortable so I might want to get something more comfortable. I am going tomorrow to look for one but not sure how small to get it. I might wait until after the surgery and have someone get one for me.
I am having a really hard time focusing on work and my school work. My mind is consumed with my upcoming surgery. I worry that something will go wrong or that I won't be happy with the results. I really worry that I won't like the size of implants that I picked too. Then I am super excited because I've wanted this for so many years. I have dreamed of doing this for myself and now it isn't just a dream. Sometimes that thought is just too much for me to handle and I get a little emotional. I am so grateful that I have a wonderful boyfriend that has been so supportive through all of this. He listens to my worries and just keeps reassuring me that everything will be ok. He always seem to find a way to make me laugh and reminds me of the positive things about me doing this for myself. I am so glad that he is going to be with me on the day of surgery and will get to stay with me for several days afterward. I don't know what I would do without him.
It's normal to be really nervous before...I nearly cancelled my surgery at one point. The few days of pain after is worth it. You'll do great! Good luck.
Thank you! I know it will be worth it but I will probably be a little nervous up until they put me to sleep LOL! I thought several times about moving mine until later in the year but then I think about having to wear a bathing suit this summer and remember why I wanted it done now.
I'm so excited for you!! Just look at all the amazing things you have done to get yourself ready for today. The weight loss - maintaining the weight loss is quite an exceptional testament to YOU! I certainly can empathize with all of the emotions up and down, and thank goodness you have a solid sounding board with your boyfriend to bounce these off. I think it is perfectly normal and you should give yourself the right to feel the way you do. I often times think it is difficult for moms to let ourselves just walk through an event that we may need the support of others. I say phewy on that - use what resources you have and allow yourself to be taken care of. You, mom, deserve that!!! Sending you nothing but good wishes and happy thoughts.

4 more days!!!

I can't believe the time has flown by so fast. I am so ready for the day to be here so I can see my new body. I am still really nervous but getting excited. I had a really hard time sleeping last night because my mind is racing. I am sure that will only get worse as the week goes by.
I woke up yesterday and was shocked when I got on the scale. I am now in the 150's! It was originally my goal to be 150 before I had surgery but I was able to have it sooner than planned so didn't have time to lose the weight. I have been eating healthier and exercising more but hadn't seen a change on the scale. I also bought a pair of 8/10 pull on capri pants and they were really loose. That means I will be in an even smaller size after surgery. I can't wait to finally be able to wear the type clothes I like and them look good on me.
Good luck to everyone having surgery this week and pray for a speedy recovery for everyone.
Congrats on your weight loss! Looks like you have done everything possible to ensure a positive outcome. Awesome job taking care of You! Best wishes and happy thoughts as you head into the final leg of your journey.
Thank you! It seems like the time is flying by now. I hope I have done everything that I need to do and things go well on Friday.

It is getting closer!!!!!

I think it just hit me this afternoon that in less than 48hrs I will be home recovering with my new flat stomach. I am starting to get a little scared. I can't help but think about all the things that could go wrong and what would happen if I left my son behind. I have been stressing so much about it today that I have been sick on my stomach. I know it is just nerves but it is driving me crazy. I was fine until a "friend" kept making comments about what would happen if things didn't go well with the surgery. This is exactly why I haven't told many people about my surgery. I didn't want a bunch of people reminding me about everything that could go wrong or making me feel bad about doing this for myself. It really does make me feel bad that I am taking such a risk for selfish reasons but I need to do this for myself. I rarely do things purely to make myself happy so I want to be excited about this. I am just ready for the outside to reflect how I feel on the inside.
I am going to try to concentrate on my school work tonight and try not to think about any of this bad stuff. I am going to make it my goal tomorrow to focus only on how happy I will be when I see my new reflection in the mirror.
You will do fine! As for "conservative" people, I would consider myself conservative, and I'm obviously fine with it. I think the only negativity I've encountered came from people who were really just not able to admit they were jealous. Every conservative friend I've spoken to has been extremely supportive. If they aren't, chalk it up to that being THEIR problem, and don't give it a second thought!
Stressing out is normal...I think most of us did. Deep breaths! I'm sending you positive vibes for a safe and successful surgery with a super speedy recovery!
Just wanted to stop by to see how you are feeling. I know tomorrow is the big day for you! I hope you have a wonderful pre surgery day that includes: Plenty of Water, Abundance of Laughter, Smidgen of Preparation, and of course Rich in Love. Wishing you nothing but the best.

Tomorrow is the big day!!!!

In just under 10hrs I will be heading back for surgery. I am much calmer tonight and getting excited. I had all intentions of getting a lot done tonight but my sister called and we were on the phone for over 2 hrs. It was great to talk to her and it helped calm my nerves. I didn't get anything done but guess I will do it in the morning before I leave. My stomach has been upset for the past two days and I know it is from stress. I just hope it doesn't cause me any problems tomorrow.
It is almost midnight and I have to be up by 6 to get stuff done and get my son off to school. I am going to try to get some sleep tonight so I feel good for our drive in the morning.
I'm praying for you! Try not to let nerves get to you-- you'll be on the flat side in no time, and you'll need to focus on healing. Remember, you don't need negativity right now, especially from yourself! :-)
You will do great, can't wait to hear from you after you made it to the flat side!
Thank you! I believe most of those that are negative about it are upset that they either can't afford to have this done or aren't brave enough to do it. I try not to let it bother me but I don't want any negative in my life right before surgery.

Getting ready to leave

I am finishing up getting ready now. Then taking my son to school. After that I will be heading to surgery. I will try my best to post an update later today. I am posting a couple more before pics because I want them saved on here so I can show some of my coworkers. I hope this is the last time I have to look at this sagging belly.
Best Wishes Sweetie! I hope everything has gone very smooth for you today and you are having pleasant dreams!
Good luck!
good luck today!

I did it!

I am at home resting now made it through surgery with no problems. Stomach pain isn't as bad as I expected but breast pain is a little worse. Pain isn't extremely bad though. I am allergic to lot of pain meds so am taking Tylenol with codeine. It is hard to get up and down but other than that I am doing well. I will post more details tomorrow.
Glad to hear from you! Get rest and update us when you can!
So happy to hear all is well. Rest up you deserve it.

1 day post

I arrived at the office yesterday around 9:45 and they took me straight back to be marked and get the IV started. I was in surgery by 10:45 and it took about 3 1/2 hours. I stayed in recovery for about an hour but don't remember a lot of that because I was very sleepy. I had an hour ride home so that was rough but I slept the entire way. My stomach has hurt very little but my breast have been really sore. Getting up and down has been hard because I can't pull myself up. My boyfriend has been having to help me get up and down. Moving around doesn't really hurt but I am weak because I haven't eaten much. I am going to try to eat a good meal in a little while to get my strength built back up. I am very disappointed that the doctor told me to not remove my bra or CG until y followup appointment on Tuesday. So I guess I won't really get to see my results until then. I feel confident that my drains will come out then because they are draining very little now. Most of the swelling I have is in my breast which is very painful.
I know several of you are having surgery in the next few weeks so I wanted to give you some helpful tips some of which I know others have shared but they really help. If you are shorter, make sure you have lots of pillows to put behind you when sitting to ensure your feet touch the ground. That really makes it easier to get up and down. Sitting backward on the toilet is much better. I can use my legs to get up and down so nothing hurts. Make sure you buy something for gas. I started getting gas pains last night and they hurt. Put your pills in something easy to pen Opening pill bottles really hurts my breast. Finally, have a cup with a lid and flexible straw. I found a good one at Walmart that has a handle and a rubber straw. It makes it so much easier to drink while reclining.
Glad you made it to that side! Good advice on the straws, they're now on my list.
The cups I got have a handle and are insulated with the rubber straw. I stay thirsty all the time so it is easy for me to drink from and keeps my water cold

I can't believe I did this

It has been 3 days and I am starting to feel more like my self. Yesterday, I decided to quit taking my pain meds and take ibuprofen instead. I've been taking 800mg every 6 hours and it has worked much better. I haven't been groggy and was up moving around for about 4 hours straight today. My stomach isn't hurting much. I just feel some stinging where the drains and stitches are. I only drained about 20 cc all day yesterday and maybe 10 cc today so really hoping to get the drains out tomorrow at my first post op. I will feel much better once I can shower. My doc also requires that I not remove my bra or CG until after I see him tomorrow. It is killing me because I can't really see my results. I don't seem to be swelling too much in the stomach but my boobs are swollen bad. I feel like they are as big around as basketballs. I am a little disappointed with the size because they seem flat. I got 425cc so am hoping the muscles and skin just haven't relaxed yet.
I am still in shock that I really did this. I am happy that I did it for myself but never thought I would be brave enough to go through with it. Hopefully I can get some pics after my shower tomorrow so everyone can see my results.
I can totally identify with your last post. I am also in complete shock that I did this! Looking foreword to your pictures!
I am really hoping to have some today after my appointment
You and I are about the same size! How are you feeling? I get my mommy makeover in 3 weeks!

Good followup appointment

I had my first followup today and it went well. I woke up feeling really good and in less pain than I have been used to. I felt refreshed because my boyfriend helped me wash my hair last night since I can't shower yet. I gave myself a quick sponge bath and got ready for my appointment. It felt good to put on makeup and fix my hair for the first time since surgery. It made me feel back to normal. It is an hour drive to the PS so I was worried that would be bad. It really didn't bother me much though. The nurse took me straight back and helped me get undressed. She then made me lie flat on the table to change my dressings which wasn't pleasant. I haven't been laying down so it hurt getting on the table. Funny it didn't bother my stomach much but killed my breast. The doctor came in and said everything looked like it was healing great and that my breast were looking good and dropping like they should be. I have only been draining about 15-20cc from my drains so he said they could be removed. I was excited about that until the nurse actually removed them. I was expecting to be so numb that I wouldn't feel it but boy was I wrong! She first had to clip a stitch that was in each one which felt like she cut my skin. Then she had to pull the first tube out which felt like it was a foot long. It was VERY painful! I had to make her stop so I could get myself together before she finished the first one. I told her that she had to pull the 2nd one quickly. I am so glad they are out but I NEVER want drains again. I thought it was just a weird sensation when they cam out but my were painful and felt like a horrible stinging pain. Gratefully, the pain only lasted a few minutes and now I am moving around great. I have been cleared to drive and even think I might sleep in bed tonight.
I didn't get any pictures today because the nurse put all my dressings back on and said I can't shower until tomorrow because of the tube holes. I did undress when I got home and tried to get a good look. My breast look good with just a little bruising near the incision. They are still really tight and set high o my chest but starting to get a better shape. The are still a little square on top but I can see improvement from yesterday. I no longer have the roll above my BB and my stomach is completely flat looking at my BB. I don't have the hangover, flabby skin at the bottom of my stomach anymore but it does look like I have a little pooch there but I think that is swelling. I can tell a huge difference from front view but I still look fat from the side. I really hope that is swelling and bloating and will go down over the next few weeks.
Good luck to everyone having surgery this week. I am just 4 days out from surgery and have been on the go all day with only taking a regular dose of Advil today. Remember that getting up and moving around but not over doing it is the best way to get feeling better and work out the soreness.
So glad you're doing good!
I'm so glad to hear you are doing well. You are such a trooper! Continued best wishes and comfort while healing!

Finally some after pics.

I have been busy and haven't had time to upload these. It is very uncomfortable to go without a bra and CG so I haven't taken many pics. I am still really swollen and bloated so I hope the results get better. I can tell a big difference in the front view and my tummy looks flat. My bb looks scary now but I think it will end up nice. The side view still upsets me because of all the swelling. I put on regular clothes yesterday and had to put on some that were almost 3 sizes bigger than what I wore before surgery. I think I will be happy with how everything looks when the swelling is gone. My breast have dropped some but are still very tight. I am ready for them to finish dropping and soften. I normally wear a 36 bra but am so swollen that a 40 is cutting into me. You can see marks on my sides from the bra and CG. I am going to switch to really tight spanx tomorrow in hopes that it helps with the swelling. I have very little bruising except in the pubic region. I am completely black and blue there. I guess the blood pooled more there. It looks horrible and is making me swollen but it doesn't hurt. The doctor said it was normal.
I am getting around well now with only a little pain which is mainly stinging pains in my breast. I only took 600 mg ibuprofen all day yesterday so that means the pain is definitely going away. I have also slept in the bed the past two nights and it was more comfortable. I have found that I feel a lot better and in less pain if I am active so I am doing as much as possible that doesn't risk me getting hurt.
Oh you are doing so well! I hope I have the same result! I have mine in August and I can't wait! Thanks for the tip about the medicine bottles, I wouldn't have thought of that. Keep up the good healing, you look great btw!
Thank you! Good luck on yours. It will be here before you know it. I am not seeing the results like I wanted yet but know it takes time. I can't wait to see what I look like after the swelling is gone.
Yay!!! Good luck getting I to spanx. I swelled so bad I couldn't get in them. I ended up getting a compression garment called a Torsette at kohls. Its a top that is long enough to cover my hips and I can wear my own bra with it.Its way more comfy.

Recovery is going great

Sorry I haven't gotten to post any updates in a few days but I have been on vacation with my family. We took a camping trip this weekend. No, I didn't sleep in a tent on the ground. We have a large camper so I didn't have to rough it too much. I was worried that I wouldn't feel well and would have to come home early but getting outside and moving around actually made me feel a lot better. I am doing well enough that I haven't needed anything for pain in the last two days. I took it easy but am back to doing all my usual activities except anything that requires lifting. I am planning on going back to work tomorrow, just 10 days after surgery, and I hope it goes well since I have a desk job.
I had a lot of pain and could not move hardly any at all the first three days. For the next two days, I was in a little less pain but was able to move around a lot better. Since day 6, I have been able to move around and do everything fairly normal but still being careful not to harm myself. I have had very little pain at all from my TT except if I cough or sneeze. I do get the occasional stinging pain but it goes away quickly. My BA has been the worst part. My boobs hurt all the time. At first it felt like I had pulled muscles and that the skin was going to pop open because of all the swelling. Now, it is more of a dull pain and I have horrible sharp pains that hit me when I move the wrong way but they go away quick. My back has really bothered me some because of walking bent over some and the additional weight of my breast. I really understand why people get breast reductions now because these things weigh more than I thought they would. I have always had really small breast and just got 425cc but they are swollen and are a D cup right now. The center of my upper back hurts a lot and I keep hunching over because of the weight. I have to keep reminding myself to keep my shoulders back. My breast are dropping but not as fast as I would like. I think my skin still needs to stretch a lot to make room for the implants. The swelling in my upper stomach has gone away but from the bb down, it is still really bad. Switching to a different CG really helped with the swelling. I will try to get some more after pics tonight or tomorrow.
Congrats on your recovery! You are doing really well. Looking forward to following your progress!

Freaking out a little today

My healing has gone great so far and I haven't had any real issues until today. When I woke up this morning, I had a small brown spot on the bandage covering my bb. I didn't worry much about it because my bb has looked fine and hasn't been hurting. I clean it with peroxide and put ointment on it daily. When I got out of the shower, it looked find so I cleaned it and put a bandage over it. About 11 am I went to the bathroom and could see a brown spot on the outside of the bandage where it had come through. I removed the bandage to find a quarter sized spot of brown stuff. It didn't really look like blood to me. My bb was really wet looking and appeared to have stuff oozing out of it(sorry that this sounds so nasty). I have had a few sharp pains around my bb today also but nothing major. I did cal the doctor right away because I had an appt already scheduled for 3pm. By the time I got to the PS office, the drainage had stopped but it looked like the scab around the bb had flaked off. The nurse an PS both said this was ok and that it didn't really appear infected. They said to just keep it clean and dry. The nurse cleaned it out really good and now it is bleeding more. Has anyone else had this issue? I just want to know that it is normal and not something that I need to worry about. It has really freaked me out because I am afraid something might be wrong.
On a bright note, the PS said everything is healing great and that I have a lot less swelling than he usually sees at this point. I went down a size in my compression garment yesterday and it really reduced my swelling. I am hoping after a few days it will be gone completely.
I say trust your PS. We've only seen our own experiences, whereas he has seen tons! If he says it's normal, then it's normal. My PS said it's really important to keep the BB dry, probably because it's indented and there's a lot of sutures in a small area. Oozing can definitely happen. I've had some.
Dr. Joseph Fewell

I have been really impressed so far. The office staff was extremely nice and helpful. Dr Fewell has answered all my questions and seems to be very upfront about expectations.

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