8 months post op and had scar revision today

I'm 5'0" and very petite at 105lbs. If you saw me...

I'm 5'0" and very petite at 105lbs. If you saw me on the street, you'd think I was crazy to get a TT but after 3 kids and 2 of them over 9 lbs, my skin has stretched out. It bothers me. My boobs used to be nice, not big but perky. After bf'ing all my kids, they are deflated but not horrible. But dh is so supportive and told me to go ahead and do both since I am going under. I am fit and work out several times a week. But my skin bothers me and I am so self conscious about my midsection. So, at 42 this is something am doing for myself. I have found a great PS in my area and have my procedure set for 9/4, the day after Labor Day. My kids will be in school and dh won't have to worry about watching the kids all day. My kids are 8, 5 and 3. I am writing a review b/c I so appreciate all the reviews here so I could know what to expect.

8/17 Had my pre-op appt today and got sized for my BA. I am petite and about a 34B now but the top of my breasts are deflated. I'd like to regain the fullness more than anything. I am going with silicone and we decided mid profile 339cc. Or 304cc. PS will determine the day of surgery by placing them and deciding which looks best. I feel like 339 looked good at the office with lots of fullness but then I saw pics online of women who had 339cc and some of them look huge. =/ I run and don't want them to get in the way and don't want people to really know I had a BA. I don't want it to be obvious I had them done.

8/19 Okay, researching on the Internet is not the...

8/19 Okay, researching on the Internet is not the wisest thing to do 2 weeks before surgery. I go back and forth on my size and can't decide how big to go LOL. I want to be modest but then I don't want to regret going "too natural". I am thinking about going back for another appt to try on more sizers. Trying to gather everything I need for the surgery. I'm a planner. The surgery check list given to me by my dr is very short. Like 5 things. I haven't gotten a toilet seat riser and wonder if I'll really need it. I should probably do it. I just hate to buy things I know I'll use once. Oh, and did I mention I'll be on my period during that time. =/ My PS said it's not a problem and won't be anything to worry about except that I don't really want dh changing my pads. Poor guy will have enough to do helping me out of bed to pee every 2 hours. I am on the pill so I know for sure I'll have it then. Anyone else go through this? I'm wondering if I should just start a new pill pack and skip it this month.

And did I mention that I will have to take a car...

And did I mention that I will have to take a car service or cab to my surgery center? My surgery is at 7:30a and it takes an hour to get there. DH has to stay home to get all 3 kids to school. So I will be alone right before surgery. Things like that don't really bother me but I have a feeling I will be wishing he were there to give me a reassuring kiss before I go under.
Yes, I need more pillows too.
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How exciting! Do you have all your supplies?
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HI Blonde, no have not gone shopping for everything. I've read all the different lists and am trying to narrow down what I really will use. Yours is coming up soon too. October, right?
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Well, exactly one week to go. I am ready! I have...

Well, exactly one week to go. I am ready! I have been obsessing over my cc's though. Ugh, just when I thought I had decided I go back and forth. The longer I look, the bigger I want them. They are already ordered though. My PS ordered 304cc, 339cc and 371cc Natrelle mid range or mod +. I have most of my supplies. Trying to get the house clean and meals ready for dh to take care of the kids for several days. I'm such a control freak that I know I'll be stressed about dh and the kids. School just started and he'll have to get 3 kids ready for school (2 preschoolers and 1 in elementary). Mornings are crazy and some days there are 3 lunches that need to be made. I hope I'm not forgetting anything. Having the house cleaned on Thursday so at least it will be clean for dh. Going to miss the gym for about 5-6 weeks. Going this morning for one of my last classes.

I am so excited for you!!;-)
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Thanks BiB. Your is soon too! Reading all these amazing recovery stories gets you excited doesn't it?
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It does! I still have 2 months....
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Trying to finish up last minute preparation for...

Trying to finish up last minute preparation for Tuesday's surgery. I finally feel comfortable and confident in my decision to go with mod+ profile 339cc or 371cc, depending on what looks best during surgery. I'm excited but it hasn't truly hit me yet! I'm sure I'll be a wreck Monday night. I am so ready to get this done. Looking at everyone's pictures and hearing about recovery makes me 100% sure this is the right decision. I"m having muscle repair too so hopefully it won't be too painful in addition to the TT itself. Trying to stop reading everything on the internet about BA and TT's but it's all I do all day. I"m a bit OCD so I can't help it.
Haha! Honestly, NOT cleaning and picking up around the house was very difficult for me. I keep busy all day doing that so not doing that for awhile was hard. I probably pushed it more than I should have. Stay in your room for as long as you can stand it!
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I'm so excited for you! As far as tops go, I think I told you that I wore one of my husband's old dress shirts for at least the first week at home. So easy and button down front. After that I think I mainly wore tank tops that I could actually step into and pull up, because I wasn't supposed to raise my arms. Also, zip up sweatshirts worked around the house. Best wishes to you! Just remember any pain you have will be temporary. Stay on top of your pain medication and let others help you. Take it easy and let yourself heal. The house won't fall apart in a few weeks :) I will be thinking of you on surgery day!
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Thanks A!! I hope to be able to wear some zip up hoodies but it's still so hot here. I am ready to face the pain with a flat tummy and perky boobs to motivate me. I will have to let things go for sure. I'll be holed up in our bedroom upstairs so I can't see the kitchen LOL. Thanks for your advice and encouragement.
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Feeling nervous and excited now. At times I am...

Feeling nervous and excited now. At times I am starting to wonder if I am crazy. All my friends say I am brave but to me, it's not bravery. LOL. It's paid in full so no turning back now. Just a little scared of the unknown. I've read as much as I can to prepare myself but everyone's experience is different. Just worried (slightly) about the anesthesia and complications. I have 3 amazing kids and a wonderful husband and I hate even saying this out loud, but I don't want to leave them. I just want it to be done and over with. So I can get on with my life. All I do in my free time these days is read online about MM's or BA and obsess over size. I'm sure my husband is so over it already. Anyway, having a hard time sleeping lately. I wake during the night (last night, thanks to my 5 yo son) and I have a hard time going back to sleep. I keep thinking about surgery. So glad to have this place to share and read others' experiences.
I am 8 days away from surgery,I am more nervous then excited. I understand what you mean about implant sies. I'm naturally a big boned girl and have worn a D cup bra forever. My PD said he will remove a lot of breast tissue so that the implants will look more natural and he's doing a lift at the same time... Good luck and keep us posted
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Keeping busy might keep you from being too nervous and freaking out LOL. There really isn't a ton to buy before if you're like me. Well, dont' get caught up on cc's as I have read b/c it really matters more about your BWD measurement taken by your PS to determine how wide your breasts are to fill out the breast. There is another website where I read about finding the right implant size but not sure I can mention it here. It's helpful to read and helps figure things out. Also depends on what projection you are getting, HP, mod, mod+. You ca message me and I can send you the link to the other site.
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Congratulations! I am having my mommy makeover the day after you. Very nervous and excited. I scheduled myself to work the three days before my surgery and now I really wish I didn't. There is so much I would like to do to prepare but I guess it will get done by my husband and children. I have obsessed over size for my ba too. My doctor says he thinks that I should be about 475 cc. (?) That seems like a lot to me. I am 5'3" and about 34b right now. Good luck to you!
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So, not sure if I will be able to sleep tonight. ...

So, not sure if I will be able to sleep tonight. I am a pretty good sleeper so I should be able to fall asleep. The car service will be here at 6:45am to take me to the surgery center which is an hour away. DH has to get the kids ready for school and we have no help here. I have everything ready and prepared. I've made lists for dh on how to prepare lunches, etc and what the kids need everyday. LOL. I just hope recovery goes smoothly. My oldest has a birthday party next weekend and dh cannot take all 3 kids. And then, there is parent information night in one week at my oldest son's school and I don't want to miss that. Such a busy time but I wanted to schedule my surgery after school started so dh wouldn't have to entertain 3 kids all day everyday during the summer. I thought it'd be easier if they were gone most of the day and he could work and take care of me in peace. I had a little freak out today. I am not supposed to use any meds other than those approved by my PS and I forgot about a cream I use for eczema. I've used it for so long I completely forgot to clear it with my dr and used some this week. I just remembered this morning. It's a steroid cream so I wasn't sure if was a problem. My patient coordinator was nice enough to give me her number since it was a long weekend and I texted her about it. So she had the nurse call me and reassure me that it was fine. Phew! I could not reschedule all this after all the planning and working up the nerves. It would have been awful to have to reschedule. It's all good though. Gotta take a shower tonight with antibacterial soap and again in the morning and wash my hair. No lotion or creams or make up. Taking all my pain meds with me to the surgery center. Wearing sweat pants and a loose top with zip up hoodie and flip flops. Bringing my lowest pair of panties so dr can make the scar as low as possible. No water or anything after midnight. Tried to eat light today. It was hard as it was a holiday. I had frozen yogurt with the kids as a treat after dinner. I think that's everything. So thankful for all the support, prayers and encouragement here. The next post should be post-op tomorrow.
How are you doing? I hope you are fairly knocked out with drugs and that everything went smoothly!
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Thanks all. I'm waiting for the car service. I've showered with Dial and washed and dried my hair. Not wearing a bra to surgery as I won't be coming home in one. Wearing my loose, comfy pants. DH is up and drinking his morning coffee. It smells so good. I so want a cup but I can't. LOL. He came upstairs while I was drying my hair and brought me an empty cup. I didn't sleep well, as predicted. I woke up at 2:00am to pee and couldn't really sleep afterwards. Maybe I was afraid I'd oversleep but I kept thinking that I couldn't drink anything in the morning. I think I was worried I'd accidentally forget and drink something when I woke up. Anyway, will update later today, hopefully. I dreamt about my surgery last night. I had just had surgery and went to an amusement park to ride this ride and the belt that holds you in place was irritating my stitches and it hurt. I was worried and screaming during the ride that I was going to damage my stitches. Weird.
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Woohoo today is your day! Good luck I will be thinking of you. Post when you can!
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So, surgery was yesterday morning. I got the...

So, surgery was yesterday morning. I got the surgery center by way of car service. It was fine. I was so calm. DH gave me a kiss good bye and assured me everything would be fine. The nurses had a hard time finding a vein for the IV line due my dehydration. No water after midnight. So I got poked 3 times. After getting marked up and speaking to the anesthesiologist I went to the surgery table. I remember being there about a minute and next thing I know, I'm done and can barely open my eyes. I was so groggy. I remember being fed crackers and Sprite but that's about it. The ride was home was short as I was so sleepy. I threw up about 5 times yesterday. I took the anti nausea pill but threw that up. I threw up every time I tried to eat. Around 7 or 8p I took another anti nausea pill and ever since then I have been fine. I got up to pee a few times and dh helped me. My incision doesn't hurt much and my boobs don't hurt at all. The pain is very manageable. Maybe because I exercised regularly before. Anyway, I feel so much better today and ate eggs and toast this morning. I can even get up out my reclining bed by myself. I didn't have lipo which is probably one reason I'm not in as much pain too. I did have muscle repair though. Don't be scared ladies. It's honestly not bad at all. Stay on top of the pain meds as everyone else has said. I haven't looked at anything yet. Will probably shower tomorrow.

Okay, so I'm only 1 day post op but my stomach was...

Okay, so I'm only 1 day post op but my stomach was rumbling today and I have been eating. My CG is so tight and I wondered if it would help to remove it while I try for a BM. Thoughts? I took 2 stool softeners tonight so hopefully, tomorrow I'll get some action. Im a very regular person and hate this not going.

Okay, so not sure if it's the meds or what but my taste buds are all weird. Everything tastes weird esp sweet things, which I normally love. I had a soda today and it was icky, way too sweet. I hope it's just the meds. Anyone else? I hadn't read anything about this. Maybe from all the nausea I had yesterday?
I'm not sure what kind of garment you're wearing but I would definitely remove it for a BM. I always did. Good luck! Not sure about the taste buds. I don't remember mine being affected. It could def be from the meds though. I wouldn't worry about it too much! Do you have drains?
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Glad to hear everything is going so well... Welcome to the flat side.. Happy Healing & Speddy Recovery.. Keep us posted
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Yay, so happy to see your post and that you are doing well, as I have been thinking about how you were doing! So happy you are now on the flat side!
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Haven't had my first post-op appt yet. My PS does...

Haven't had my first post-op appt yet. My PS does them after 7 days. Just wondering how long everyone's drs have said to wear their CG. It is so uncomfortable. I wonder if I should buy another, maybe one more comfy.
I wore mine for six weeks then it got a hole in it that tore and basically I had to throw it out! Darn! Haha. I know what you mean about tight though. I honestly couldn't wear mine totally zipped up for the first 2 weeks or though. You will shrink and it won't always be that tight.
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I have to wear mine for six weeks solid, day and night. I was given two so I could wash one and wear the other! I only had my drains in for 1 1/2 days
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Lucky you - 1 1/2 days for drains! My PS said 5-14 days is typical and average is 7. I was pleased with 5 days but man you got lucky! I couldn't imagine 14! My PS said it's happened! Crazy!
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Today I am 4 days post op. After taking some...

Today I am 4 days post op. After taking some stool softener and Ex Lax the last 2 days I finally had a couple of small BM's today and yesterday. They were a bit difficult, to say the least as I mad my muscles sutured so it was hard to push without straining too hard LOL. But it happened and I feel so much better. I have been going up and down the stairs the last 2 days too. It has not been too hard at all getting around but my back is sore and achy. My last Hydrocodone was at midnight last night and it's now 11:00am and I don't feel any pain. Glad to be over that stuff b/c it makes me so heavy in the head and groggy. I might take one tonight to help me sleep. Overall I am feeling good and one drain is draining a lot less so I am sure I will get at least one drain out at Monday's post-op appt. I even managed a shower by myself today. Hubby was getting the kids ready for a birthday party and I sat on a chair in the shower. I haven't even had any problems raising my arms with the BA. I haven't had any pain really from the BA. Just a little tenderness or soreness but it's been very minimal. Will post pics soon.
I think you'll be fine by then. I don't remember people staring at me too much! You can always say you overdid it at the gym or pulled a back muscle or something!
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LOL, yes I overdid it at the gym which also caused my boobs to grow 2 cup sizes LOLOL. I hope I can stand up by then b/c my back is killing me now. Worse than the tummy pain.
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Ha! I think we joked that I looked like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I remember going to my neice's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese on post day 9 and I was pretty upright. Maybe just slightly bent but not too noticeably. It was probably a good month until I was back to totally upright.
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5 days post op. I'm bored and not sleepy all the...

5 days post op. I'm bored and not sleepy all the time like I was earlier in the week. So I am downstairs with the rest of the family bc I am bored. My husband is doing a great job but it's a lot of work to take care of 3 small kids. I try to help too much and my back is killing me for it. I want to do more but I physically can't. It's hard to want to help but not be able to. The floors need a good cleaning and I so badly want to sweep them but I can't. I cannot wait to be able to do the normal things again. As a mom it's hard to just sit and rest. I know I'm not even a week post op and will take some time to get there. The waiting is hard.
I can't say I was bored and not sleepy at 5 days post op, but around the 2 week mark I started to lose it at times. I'm now 25 days post op and am sooooooo ready to get back to the gym, lift my 22 lb 10 month old, and not have my belly go into spasms when I sneeze!
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I'm ready for these drains to come out tomorrow. Both are under 30ccs so hopefully they will both come out. I know at least one will. I guess I am a fast healer. Good genes. I feel like my recovery is going well and quickly. Hope I didn't just jinx myself.
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My drains came out on day 5. You will really feel good after they are out! Be careful not to overdo it though ... You don't want to set yourself back.
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6 dpo. Went in for my first post op appt today and...

6 dpo. Went in for my first post op appt today and got one drain removed. I'm not draining much in the other one but they don't remove both at the same time so I can go in Friday to get the other removed. Removing the drain did not hurt at all. I braced myself and it just felt funny. No pain at all. Waking more upright but still just slightly hunched. Just walking takes so much out of you. Anyway on a side note I just sneezed. Omg I thought I was gonna pass out from the pain. I didnt brace myself. I haven't sneezed since surgery and forgot that it would hurt. Oh goodness that was painful. I hope I didn't pop an internal stitch.
Htown, Your story is encouraging and I hope you are doing well today. My nerves are geared toward what you are expressing...the burden on our family. I am encouraged that you are able to be with your family some though.
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Hi M2f_W2o, you can do it!! It will be worth it. It's not easy. My dh has been struggling and had a bad day today. He didn't sleep well b/c our 3 yo was up during the night and snapped at our 5 yo and got upset. It's a little stressful around here. But we do so much for everyone else. We deserve to do something for ourselves. If your dh is supportive, go for it. I overdid it today but I want to try to help as much as I can. Good luck to you. When is your surgery planned?
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HTMom3, thanks for that encouragement! It's friday (day after tomorrow).
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10 DPO went to my 2nd PO appt today and got the...

10 DPO went to my 2nd PO appt today and got the 2nd drain removed. Talk about liberation. I swear I came out of my PS's office standing and walking straighter. I feel so much better. But of course, I am swelling more tonight. I am more swollen tonight than I have been and obviously it's b/c the drains are gone. I didn't understand what swell hell was but I think I am beginning to see. Anyway, steri strips came off. Scar doesn't look too bad. I have a small vertical scar as my PS said b/c of my belly button, I guess it is. I had a choice of a higher scar line or lower with a small vertical scar. Honestly, I've seen other pics from other reviewers and it's not bad at all. Don't be scared of a vertical scar. It will fade and my PS said it will look like a small stretch mark later. Overall, I am happy with my results. I could do without the swelling. The nurse made up a tube sock looking thing to place between my breasts to make sure they are not too close together. Anyone else experience this. Apparently, I have soft tissue around my sternum and can't have an space between my breasts. Some women like 1-2 finger width there for cleavage but my PS said I won't have any due to my soft tissue. Anyway, so I have to wear this vertical make shift thingee in between my breasts for 4 weeks until my next post op. I guess it's working already b/c my breasts are more sore tonight than they have ever been. I'm sure this thing is going to be nasty and sweaty and gross by the end of the 4 weeks. I'm in Texas and it's still hot here. I sweat a lot. Ick.
Your pics look so great! I hope I have similiar results as I really want a low scar like what your PS did. I read about someone on this forum who is having lymphatic massage to help with swelling & I am gonna ask my PS about it, especially after my drains come out after day 10. I winder if that would help with the swell hell! My MM is in just 4 days, so thank you for your updates...i have been following closely! You look amazing!!
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11dpo - I added a few more pics from this morning....

11dpo - I added a few more pics from this morning. Less swelling and a shot of my breasts. I never had a gap between my breasts and my PS said I have soft tissue where my sternum is so I won't have a 1-2 finger gap like many women do. At my post op yesterday they gave me something to wear in my bra between my breasts to keep them separated. I'm guessing to make sure they don't get too close or they don't want me to develop symmastia?? Anyway, do you think they are too close together? My dh says I have a small frame and with my breasts and implants they are going to naturally be close. What do you think??
I just ordered something from vedette on amazon - mid thigh compression, with straps to hold up! My PS said I could start wearing spanx ..I only had a flexees brand high waist thigh shaper and this kept rolling down on me. I found an old shaper that is working great right now flexees mid thigh body suit open bust so there is no pressure on boobies! So happy not to have pressure on my sides from zippers!
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They look very natural, you look amazing! :)
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Thanks ladies.
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Can't believe it's only been 2 weeks ago since my...

Can't believe it's only been 2 weeks ago since my surgery. I am doing almost everything I was before except heavy lifting and exercising. I can pretty much stand up straight but it does take effort. By the end of the day I am a little hunched over. My abs feel very tight still which is a good thing, I suppose LOL. I'm sleeping flat in my bed now. I have an adjustable bed so I slept in that from day one as I could elevate my head and back. It was so nice to sleep in my own bed from the beginning. But now it's flat and dh is sleeping with me again. It's not completely comfortable as my abs are still tight. But I am a side sleeper and sleep gently on my sides now. I had a hard time getting comfy sleeping elevated and on my back all the time. I'm sure getting comfy in bed will take a while. Will have another post-op appt this Friday and will see my PS this time. I have not seen him since surgery for some weird reason. Probably b/c he is only at the office I drive to once a week and his main office is much farther for me to drive so we miss each other. Anyway, just slightly concerned about my breasts being so close but I am sure once they drop (they are still high and swollen) they will be fine. I am very pleased overall with everything. The surgery was so much easier than I expected.

Forgot to mention that the boobs have been pretty...

Forgot to mention that the boobs have been pretty sore lately. Not painful but very sore and tender. Since the tummy pain is gone I guess it's more noticeable. Anyway taking Aleve helps.
Hi mf, thanks for asking. Doing really well. Standing up all the way but sometimes when I'm lazy I do hunch a bit. Sleeping in my regular bed but not 100% comfortable yet. Will update later today.
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How are you doing?
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21 days post op and doing great! I feel good and...

21 days post op and doing great! I feel good and my abs are feeling stronger. When I sneeze it doesn't feel like my abs are on fire anymore. Yay!! I am sleeping in my bed but not entirely comfortable. Probably due to boobs too. I am a tummy sleeper and it'll be a while before I can do that. Pretty much back to normal except no exercise or heavy lifting. Boobs are dropping a little and softer but they are still so sensitive!! They don't hurt but they are sore like a sunburn when anything brushes against them and my nipples are so sore and sensitive, When I am at the grocery store and it's cold, they hurt! Anyone else experience this? LOL. Enjoying my new boobs and how they look in my tops. =) I still have swelling but it's not awful. I didn't have a lot of output when I got my drains out so maybe I don't have as much swelling. I had maybe 7 cc's when I got my last drain out at 10 days post op. But I do still swell esp at night. Overall very happy with my results and my progress. My ps's office has been very attentive and the staff is amazing. I would recommend them to anyone.

I've been obsessing over which control garment to...

I've been obsessing over which control garment to get for when my dr gives me the green light for something lighter. I've been looking at the different brands and wonder if there is a big difference. Obviously, there is a difference in price so I'd like to save money if I can. Anyway, if anyone is happy with theirs or has a recommendation, please share so I can stop obsessing. LOL.
You look great! I hope all is going well! I found the Spanx brand (I got them from Dillard's) were the most comfortable for me. The ones I got were called "High Waisted Panty". They are quite comfortable. Oh - and a lil secret - just move them to the side when you have to pee! So much easier than pulling them down all the way! :p
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I have tried everything!! Today I am trying a yummy tummy cami top and a pair of flexees high waist bottoms. I have found pairing these two to be comfortable but the top of the waist band keeps rolling down because I am short waisted. So far I like my one piece flexees garment open bust and slash/open crotch the best. Flexees Women's Flexees® Take Inches Off? Wear Your Own Bra Singlet #2556 I believe Maidenform makes this also. I like the open bust because my PS said not to wear a bra for a while so breasts can settle - but when you go out you can wear whatev er is compfrtable. The split crotch(gusset) is SUPER conveniant!
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I thought my TT line was healed up as it was dry...

I thought my TT line was healed up as it was dry and scabbed. But today I noticed a little blood around there as it got onto my clothes. So I put some Neosporin on there and gauze. I took it off tonight to take a shower and it was oozing a little. I took a shower and when that area got wet, the scab around that area got wet and came off and there was white stuff with a gooey consistency there. I put some betadine on it and put gauze over it. I'm gonna call my dr tomorrow but was wondering if anyone else had this problem. And now it looks like that area is open and I can see a separation of the stitch and raw skin under it. I did a search on realself and saw some other people who had this happen and supposedly it heals itself. I just thought it was all healed. =(
Thanks guys. I will just call my ps tomorrow and try not to worry. I just don't want it to make the scar worse.
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I think I have something similar on my breast. I had my 6 week post op appt today and I have a small open sore on the stitch on my left breast (I have a lollipop scar and it is on the under side). My doc picked at it - ewww! and then put Aquaphor on it. He told me to wash the area with soap and water 2x a day and put Aquaphor on it afterwards and it should heal itself. Right now it is a small divet (about half of a pea size) but my PS thinks it will heal up just fine. HTH
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I never had an opening at the TT incision but I did have one around my nipple incision. My PS said it was spitting out a stitch. She wasn't concerned and it only oozed for a few days. Everything seems fine now. Call your doc but I'm sure it will be fine!
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I've noticed in changing the gauze today that my...

I've noticed in changing the gauze today that my wound is sticking to the gauze when it's removed. My PS nurse gave me betadine to put on the wound and told me to cover with gauze. I have the non stick kind but it still sticks to the wound when I remove it. I'm wondering if this will prolong the healing since it's pulling off tissue. Anyone else come across this problem? I'm kinda bummed I'm having to deal with this. I thought all the healing was going so well and now this. =( I"ve read lots of spitting stitches and apparently they are most common at 3-8 weeks post op. Ugh, I feel others under my breast. I don't want all these open sores everywhere. I hate changing the gauze and the tape to hold the gauze is irritating my skin from having it on for days. Okay, whine over.
If you are pulling the scab off every time you change bandages it will delay healing. Have you tried putting a little double antibiotic ointment on and then the non stick bandage?
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Johnsome, my nurse said no antibiotic ointment. Betadine only to dry it out. She said ointment will keep it moist and I don't want that. I tried a new non stick gauze and it seems to work better. It sticks a little but not as much as the other one. I try to let it dry after I put betadine and put gauze loosely so air can get under and it can dry
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Okay, I went in to see the nurse this morning and she said it was a spit stitch. She found the end and snipped it. Ugh, it looks awful but I guess it's fairly common. It just looks so bad. Anyway, it didn't hurt and she cleaned it out and told me to put betadine on it twice a day and put gauze over it. It should start to heal soon. Hopefully it won't make the scar look worse after it heals. I actually had a stitch spitting under my breast too. All these dissolvable stitches can cause issues with coming to the surface. Just need to keep an eye on them. Thanks for all the responses.
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I guess not everyone experiences these spitting...

I guess not everyone experiences these spitting stitches but man, they are a nuisance. The one I had is healing slowly but I found another one on my belly button and pulled the stitch out myself with tweezers and there is a small hole there now. I hate having to cover all these spots in gauze everyday. My skin is getting irritated from the tape now. Can we fast forward to 3 months post op now?? But on the flip side, my swelling is much better than it was last week. I can tell a difference. But at the end of the day I can still see some around the incision. And I cannot wait to get back to the gym. I can tell I am losing muscle daily. I am eating too many snacks and sweets and not burning any calories. =(
Is it oozing? I was always taught if its wet/oozing, dry it up. And, if its dry, crusting, keep it moist. I would certainly defer to your nurse, though. What kind of gauze are you using? The vaseline impregnated bandages might help.
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6.5 weeks post op... still have some swelling at...

6.5 weeks post op... still have some swelling at night. I've been cleared to exercise lightly. I started walking on the treadmill at the gym and I noticed a lot of swelling that night. Can't wait to start running and doing classes again. It still hurts a little to sneeze. I had muscle repair so maybe that's why. My abs are just a little sore still. Open wound from spitting stitch is closing very slowly. It's been over a month but it was pretty big. So ready for that to be over. Otherwise, doing pretty good. Still wearing the CG as per my PS. No spanx for me yet. Boobs are dropping and fluffing nicely. Happy with the size. No one can really tell I had anything done. Although several people have asked me this week if I have lost weight and if I work out. =) I'm not sure what to say. One was a friend/neighbor and I told her about the TT and BA. The other I just said I did exercise, which I do. But I feel a little weird, like I'm lying or have a secret LOLOL. Anyway, it made me feel good.
Hello HTown...you look great, as for telling people what you had done I would just say that you started a new diet...not everyone will be happy for you...especially women....lol...As soon as you get too much attention there goes that one person you told telling everyone "she's fake"...that's just me...but I know how we are as women and I already told some family that I plan to have surgery but no one outside of my family!
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You look great! Congrats! I have a question about your belly button? You mentioned on one of your pics that you liked you're other belly button better. How is the new one now? Has it changed since your previous pics?
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You are so tiny and look great! Personally I am keeping my surgery a secret so I plan to say I've been taking better care of myself, yes I've been exercising, thank you for noticing, etc. friends know I've had a childbearing related fixer upper surgery, but not plastic. Kinda laves a lot of options ! Lol! But yes, I too feel like I have this secret I should be admitting! Lol!
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7 weeks post op... been cleared for exercise but...

7 weeks post op... been cleared for exercise but advised to take it slow. I went to the gym last week and got to walk on the treadmill fo about 30 minutes. I so badly wanted to run. I miss running. Sounds crazy, I know. But I really do. So I want to go to the gym tomorrow and try. I had muscle repair and I'm not sure if that matters. But my stomach muscles are getting stronger daily but not sure if I am ready. I need to update my pictures and will as soon as my open sore (spitting stitch) is completely healed. It was big so it's taking a while to heal.
I can't thank you enough for your post! I am one week post op from my mommy makeover/also a runner and I feel lime you're post gave mea window into my future. i am hoping to get my before and after pics up tomorrow if I have the energy :). But Today as I was taking my one week post op pics. I was feeling sooo discouraged with the swelling! Don't get me wrong I 10o% love my results and had a very easy painless surgery and first week of recovery and healing. I think I'm just overly eager to feel myself, stand, help with my four kids instead of sit around all day and of course get back to jogging. :) So, thank you for your post, I don't feel Lone anymore. PS. You look awesome! What size did you go with? I had a TT with muscle repair also and went with 304cc silicone under the muscle. :)
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I'm 9 almost 10 weeks post op and I ran today but only for about a half mile :0( My stomach went completely numb so I stopped. The good news is that the spots that I couldn't feel after the surgery I can feel now. The bad news is that my stomach is crazy sore and it took about a half hour for the tingling/ pins and needles feeling to go away. I plan on trying again tomorrow. Have you started running again?
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You know, you're right. Women can turn on you even when you think they're a friend. I will probably not tell anyone else just to be cautious. Sad that we tend to be so catty. I guess it's jealousy.
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Just wanted to update on the breasts. At 7 weeks...

Just wanted to update on the breasts. At 7 weeks post op they finally feel normal. They are no longer sore and tender and achy. They have dropped and look good. I think they look natural. I will post pics soon. Promise. My PS said I could wear an underwire and I wore one this week. Kinda uncomfortable so I'm still wearing my Genie bra, which I love. Supportive enough and no wires. I'm doing scar therapy. My PS recommended Biocorneum. It's pricey!! I hope it helps. I have been using it about 2 weeks now twice a day and I can tell a slight difference. It should last a long time though b/c a little goes a long way.
thanks for all the info!!! You really put me at ease!
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Glad I could help in a small way. I know reading all the posts here before and after my MM has helped me tremendously! All the best!
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Looking fab! I'm a runner/triathlete. I had a MR too and my PS said no abs or running until 6 weeks. So 6 weeks to the day I started both. Really a jog/walk combo. The endurance is still there (I did a 1/2 marathon 4 days before surgery) but it's the tightening that holds me back a little. Since I knew the running would be on hold for a while, I've been hitting the weights more and been on a higher protein diet than in my endurance season.
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So, I've been pretty happy with my results so far...

So, I've been pretty happy with my results so far aside from open sores from spitting stitches. But one thing that has been bothering me a little is my belly button. It just looks weird. I've seen many women here whose BB's looked fine days after surgery but here I am at almost 2 months post op and my BB still doesn't look normal. I know every PS does them differently and my PS's after pics look fine of his other patients. Anyway, so last time I saw him a few weeks back, he said it has swelling and told me I could try a marble. So I had been using gauze as he told me and didn't have any marbles around. I just kinda forgot about it. 2 days ago I was at Toys R Us and remembered to get some glass marbles. So I cleaned it well and put one in there and taped it up. 2 days later... big difference. It's starting to look "normal". I will try to take some pics tomorrow. Anyway, I had also read about this trick on the Internet. So, just FYI for you ladies who might need to try this. It does help. Now, what to do with the other 11 marbles that came in the pack. =)
I am not loving my BB and hope that the marble helps! I would love to try it & will ask my PS at my 6 wk PO visit next week when I can try it! My BB looks longish and would love it to look more round. Great post!
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My PS is the one who suggested it. I"ve read others on here who have done it. Mine has all the new skin in there with a lot of swelling so it's all packed in there. The marble helps the swelling go down and creates a space where there should be a hole, if that makes sense.
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I can't see how it would fit in my BB, which seems filled with skin...but I will try it and maybe it will help it look round and more natural. How long do you need to do it?
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Went for my first post op run on Sunday and it was...

Went for my first post op run on Sunday and it was great. I expected to be able to do a mile at the most and ran for 2 miles. I could have gone longer but I thought I should take it easy. It felt so good. I had on a good jog bra for support and my new boobs were fine. No soreness at all. My stomach didn't tighten up at all or feel weird. I had on my compression garment, the one from my PS so I think that helped a lot. I am so glad to be back to running. Thanks for all the support of my fellow runners out there. =)
I'm so glad your run went well!! I bet you feel like you are getting back to yourself everyday now!! (Atleast I have since I went for my run!)
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Great job! Can't imagine being 2 months PO And I REALLY can't wait to start running again!
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I can't believe it's been that long already. Have been following your posts! Glad to see you look and feel great!
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So I had my 2 mo post op appointment on Friday and...

So I had my 2 mo post op appointment on Friday and I've been using BioCorneum for about 3-4 weeks now and see no difference. That stuff is expensive so I better start seeing some results soon. Anyway, at my appt my PS told me he found out a little trick that might help. He said he had a patient who used her Clarisonic facial cleanser on her scar for the massage aspect. She did it b/c it felt good and after a while she noticed it was improving her scar. So he said to start using it on my scars. I already have one so I'm doing it twice a day before I apply my BioCorneum. I hope it helps!! Maybe this will help someone else too.
Hmm. Interesting. I've been using my clarisonic on my chest to clear up the acne that popped up from the lotion from my lymphatic massages & wondered if the "sonic" aspect of it would have any effect on healing. I'll have to try that on my scars.
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Thanks for the tip makes sense! will try! :)
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So glad to read someone else having the breast issues! I'm relieved it went away at 7 wks PO for you. I am also having an issue with an open stitch that's quite big. It's a base of breast, it sucks!! I'm in the gauze stage. Been doing it for nearly a week. Is yours healed yet? I love way breasts look. Hate the tenderness and nipple sensitivity. Mine feel very tight. It's a really weird feeling. I hope it goes away. Glad you're doing better! Relieved someone else had similiar issues...
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I have had a few stitches that opened or spit and...

I have had a few stitches that opened or spit and today I have another one. Even after 3 mos and along my tt scar where it was fully healed. It's annoying but I'm glad I was able to get it out myself with tweezers so I didn't have to go in. My PS is an hour away. I have had quite a few and noticed an area along my tt scar that would hurt when I'd massage there. I thought I heard a popping sound there last week. Anyway, it started to get red and irritated. I could see it was maybe bleeding under the skin. I figured it might be a spitting stitch or a stitch that hadn't dissolved yet. I am prone to get these. I have gotten used to them. At first I couldn't even look when the nurse would look for them and try to remove them. But now I can do them myself. The area under the scar was red and I noticed the skin on top of the scar was flaking and peeling and red. I peeled away the skin and it was open. I pushed on it to see if I could see the stitch. I couldn't. So I got some tweezers and cleaned them well with hot water and soap. I found the culprit and pulled it out. It doesn't hurt at all b/c the area is still so numb. Anyway, it was a knotted piece. When you find them and squeeze them, they dissolve and turn to dust. Anyway, I'm just detailing this in case anyone else has this happen. So, it should heal up soon. I covered it some manuka honey and gauze.
Hi HTOWN! I am also a patient of Basu's and we have spoken before. I was wondering how you are doing with your spitting sutures. I am 5 months post op and still getting reddish blistery areas around my tummy tuck and it SUCK! I'll go months with no problems and then this...
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Hello! I have been following your story and wanted to see how you have been? Your last post said you were dealing with some more spitting stitches, how is your progress now? Take care!!
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My last stitch has closed finally. After my PS put silver nitrate is healed much faster. I am doing pretty well. No longer wearing a CG or Spanx. Not too much swelling but around the BB it is still swollen. Things are looking better. Thanks for asking.
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I am 4 months post op and doing well. My spitting...

I am 4 months post op and doing well. My spitting stitches have healed and hopefully I am done with those. I have less and less swelling weekly so I am thrilled about that. Although the area around my belly button is swollen maybe b/c I had tightening of the muscles done there. My scars are still red and I've been pretty consistently using BioCorneum. Might need to try some silicone strips later. No longer wearing a CG. My breasts look nice and very natural. Happy with those. I will need a scar revision per my PS as I had a pretty big hole in the center where I have my T incision when I had a spitting stitch there. So he said we will talk about that around 6 mos post op. Hopefully, that won't hurt.
Hello all, I am experiencing the WORST itching on my scar ever! I'm 7 days post op today and this has been going on for 2 days now. This morning I and to take Benadryl as soon as I woke up bc it's killing me! I do have a cotton tshirt underneath my CG. Just wondering if anyone else experienced this and for how long?
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I too have had a spitting stitch and wound is still open. I'm 3.5 weeks post op. I have another one starting to make its way out right next to open wound. Did the honey work with wound healing ? And about how long did your wound take to fully close? These are a real pain and can be dissatisfying in the process of healing.
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Hi there, I have had numerous spitting stitches. Depending on their size, they can take a week to several weeks. I had one open for almost 2 mos. It was the size of a dime though. I hope you won't have any that big. On my last one, my PS put silver nitrate and it healed faster. Ask your PS about it. The manuka honey did help. I had heard not to put Neosporin on wounds unless it's infected and I was using Vaseline since my gauze was sticking to the wound and every time I was changing the dressing it would pull off healed skin. So I was using Vaseline and read about Manuka honey's healing properties. It's got antibacterial properties and you can take it orally for good health as well. I started to use it towards the end of my huge opening and I'm sure it did help. Good luck and don't get discouraged. These are very common but I understand it's a bummer. Hope that helps.
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I'll be 5 mos post op next week. I had a follow...

I'll be 5 mos post op next week. I had a follow up with my PS today. Things are looking better. After all my spitting stitches and swelling, I feel like I'm on my way! My boobs look good and my PS is happy with the way things look. My scars are a little red but I'm Asian and my PS told me that I will have a tendency to have more issues with scarring. The scars on the side by my waist and pretty light but towards the center they are redder and darker. So, he gave me some steroid shots along the scar line, Kenalog. He lied when he said it wouldn't hurt LOL. Um, yeah. It stings and burns. Some areas are still pretty numb and I didn't feel those much. But some areas hurt like heck. Anyway, he said I may need 3 treatments of it total. So, things are better. I am just happy that I have no more spitting stitches. Those were the thorn in my side. Such a pain. Hope this helps some of you who are struggling still. It will be worth it once you get farther along and your body has healed more. Good luck.
Hi HTown Mom! How is your belly button scar doing? I was just at Dr. Basu's office last week and he put the steriod shot into my bellybutton scar because it is pretty red and was starting to get kind of thick. I'm not as worried about the big scar, because I can cover it with a bathing suit, but the bellybutton scar is going to look wierd in a couple of months on my vacation to the Dominican! I wish the belly button scar wasn't so prominent. Anyway, how is yours doing? Are the scar away strips working? I just bought BioCorneum last week, and have been applying it and massaging since I got the steroid shot and it seems to be getting less tough or thick around my bb.
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Hi HTownMof3-It has been so long since I have posted or updated my review, but wanted to ask you about silicone strips. I am 4 1/2 months PO now and have been, according to my PS, using Obagi Nu-Derm Skin Bleaching & Corrector Cream first, then BioCorneum after on my TT and BA incision sites and it seems like I am not really seeing much of a difference. Have you noticed a change since you switched? I am thinking that maybe I should try something else. Also, could you recommend a site to order the silicone strips? Thanks!
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I just put the strips on yesterday so I can't say yet if they are working. My PS just said to get the drugstore ones not the $90 ones online. I bought ScarAway. Will report after a month or so.
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4/17/13 Things are going well. I had my 3rd and...

4/17/13 Things are going well. I had my 3rd and final steroid shots for my TT scar. Breasts look great but my scar is not looking so good. It's dark and I had a couple of open places (spitting stitches) and those caused the scar to heal darker and larger than the rest of my TT scar. I will see my PS at my next appt in a few weeks so we will see what he says. I am Asian so we tend to have darker scars but mine seem pretty dark compared to others I've seen. At my last appt, my nurse mentioned being IV sedated as an option b/c just local anesthesia can be a little painful for some, she said. She said someone would email me a quote. So I'm wondering for those who had scar revision, was it part of your total price or did you have to pay for it??? I don't know if the quote she is sending is just for the IV sedation or to have a revision period? Seems like it should be part of the price for the surgery. But I don't know. I guess I assumed it was. And please share what the revision was like if you can. Thanks.

Spoke to someone at my PS office today and I asked...

Spoke to someone at my PS office today and I asked some questions about what I'll have to pay for my revision. She said no dr fees but possibly might have to pay "supply fees" which could be around $500. Ugh. Seriously, might not even do it then. I figured it would be covered. Anyway, just wondering what is the "norm" with others when it comes to revisions. What did you have to pay? My patient coordinator will call me back tomorrow so I'll know for sure tomorrow. We will see.
Thank you for sharing you story. I have two huge sports on my TT incision that are really bad with spitting sutures. I cover with gauze and they two get stuck to my incision and hurts so bad when i take it off. Any tips? should i shower with gauze? or remove it before the shower. Also how long did it take them to heal?
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They may take weeks to fully heal depending on how big they are. I used Vaseline with gauze so they didn't stick but I'd check with your PS to be sure. You can search for wound care on the Internet too.
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Hi! I'm asian too, and my PS did have this talk with me about wound healing and how we can be form keloids, be hyperthropic or hyperpigmented. I guess, there's nothing we can do about that :( and I also have the scar split open with after it was healed. that area has healed back but the area is still so red. But I'm only 6 weeks PO, so I'm hoping it will go down. As for scar revision, I did it before under LA for another non related emergency ward scar that healed badly. My scars are about 12-13cm long (i've got 2) I did it sitting at his clinic treatment room and it did not hurt 1 bit. the most painful part is the LA injection.. thereafter, numbing bliss..
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My PS agreed at my last post op appt that scar...

My PS agreed at my last post op appt that scar revision would benefit me. I had 3 rounds of steroid shots already and the areas where I had open wounds due to spitting stitches are dark and raised. So, I went in today to get my scar revision surgery. I was nervous b/c who likes needles and I would be awake the whole time. It's just done under local anesthesia. Honestly, it wasn't bad at all. Some areas of my stomach are still numb from the TT so it didn't hurt too badly getting all the local anesthesia. I had about 10-15 injections and after the first round, some areas weren't numb enough so I got some more. Yay for local anesthesia!! After that, it was all fine. Didn't feel anything. Just some pulling from stitches. It took about 30 minutes and it was done. He fixed the area around the T where the scar was dark and even fixed the vertical scar b/c it's a little wide. We chatted casually while he worked. And the nurse was so nice and held my hand b/c I was nervous. Dr. Basu's staff is just so great! Anyway, will post pics after I get the stitches out in 2 weeks.
Glad it wasn't so bad for you:) now, you just concentrate with healing well :)
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Thanks LLLL. I appreciate the support. Will post pics after the bandages comes off.
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One week after my scar revision and it looks great!

Just had my bandages taken off after a week from having my scar revision. My scar is pencil thin and looks great! I have stitches taken in another week. Will snap some pics when I have the stitches taken out. I'm very happy I decided to do this.
Your story is awesome! You look fabulous! I picked dr basu too! :) an I read your good review On him! I have a Pre op next Monday with him but felt so comfortable at the consultation as well! I'm having breast implants but don't wanna go to big either I'm 5'3 100 pounds an he said a c cup would be good! Can't believe it' never thought I'd do this surgery is June 27th! You have giving me more hope for a good outcome! Thankyou
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Congrats on a successful revision!
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Thank you Sunsets!
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I read lots of great reviews on realself.com and decided to see for myself. I also went on another consultation and Dr. Basu's office blew the other place out of the water. Elizabeth, my patient coordinator, was amazing with answering my questions and following up. The nurses and staff have been great. From the beginning to surgery to follow up care, they have been great and always make me feel cared for. I would recommend Dr. Basu to anyone who is interested in having a TT and BA done.

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