Well I'm 2 days post op and feeling pretty good....
Well I'm 2 days post op and feeling pretty good. I
Was expecting the worse. Now I had a bbl exactly a year ago and let me tell you... f that, the bbl is the worst compared to this tt. Dr Cortes is an amazing dr. Super friendly and sweet. Listened to me on what I wanted. He injected fat to my hips which I didn't want huge, I wanted to look just right. He lipoed my arms and inner thighs. Didn't touch the flanks due to the fact those were lipoed with the bbl. I can't see my results yet due to being covered with the garment and foam. I think I will fall in love with my tt. Anything will be better than the before. I didn't even take before pics.. ugh, stupid me. I started my period the day before surgery which really sucked butt. The hospital staff were amazing even though I was being a brat, I was just aggravated.
I've been walking quite a bit, it actually feels so good when I walk. Drinking lots of water also. Not taking much pain meds, started with Advil now. Took a muscle relaxer around 3:00 am couldn't take the ab spasms. Other than that, I will post here and there when I can and I will take pics as soon as I can.
Oh yeah, right after surgery, we drove 3 hrs back home... wasn't bad at all. I was just real drowsy.
Starting My 3rd Day Post Op
I slept so good in my recliner last night after I took a muscle relaxer and a pain pill. Woke up once to go pee and walked a bit. Then fell back to sleep. The thing that is irritating me and hurts like hell is the cough, I didn't have a cough before but I got it after the tube was taken out of my throat. Still haven't taken a shower and I'm scared to take one. I have a garment on and tons of foam, I feel as if I won't put them in the right
places. Oh well I'll just go to my post op stinky, lol. My husband is such a great helper... love that dude. Like I said, I will post pics later on once I change my garment. My hips are sitting high and I know they'll go down and start softening up after awhile. That's how the bbl was when I got it, butt was hard as a rock and after a few months, softened up. I just can't wait til I'm at least a month post op just so I can really move around. I hate being dependant on other people. I feel bad but I know my husband has tons of patience. Just gonna rest today and walk when I need too. Bought some pure pineapple juice to help
with the swelling. I have nothing else to type about. Just hanging around the house and walking when supposed to. Any suggestions are welcomed.. please do share ideas with me, I would really appreciate it :) happy healing everyone.
4th day post op
Came to Dr Cortes for my post op appt and wow is all I can say. I guess you can call me a sissy la la when it comes to a lil or a lot of pain. They took my garment off and boy it felt like a whole bunch of pressure in my ab area. They took off all my babdages and pulled the drains out (ouch). Then they shoved me in a smaller garment and I cannot breath in it. Driving 3 hrs back home
is hell. I just hope everything turns out good. I know I'm swollen like crazy but when they were shoving me in the garment, I noticed that a lil above my pubic area, it looked big. I guess I'm being impatient for flat results asap. I am soooo uncomfortable with this new garment on. I'm afraid to even
take a shower or go #2 with it being a hassle putting this garment on. Ugh.. I'm so irritated right now. I popped 2 pain pills so I can be chill in the car while the hubby drives. My belly button looked ok I guess, didn't really stare at it, kinda got me woozy, lol. We'll see how each day goes I guess. That's all to blog about for now.
OMG.... The itching has begun...Ugh!!
I've been out and about today with the hubby. My compression garment is awfully tight and it has a crease in the middle where it rubs against my skin and makes it burn. I'm chillin here on the recliner and all of a sudden, feels like lil tiny bugs are crawling all over me and makes me freakin itch. It's mainly on my inner thighs and all on my stomach area. I've felt that last year when I had my bbl and that had to do with the lipo and the nerves trying reattach themselves. Very irritating. I hate this garment so much, it's so tight and when I try and sit, it digs into my stomach. Who else is sitting normally? Is it ok if we sit already? I am tired of walking slow and a lil bent over, not much but enough to where people can see somethings wrong. Each day is getting better so that's a plus ;) I also get cold real easily and that's odd since I sweat when you say the word hot. My Mon area is super swollen and the area under my belly button is too. I hope that goes down but from other
blogs I have been reading, I see that's an area that commonly gets swollen =/ My thing is, when do the insides stop aching and hurting? I just had a cough attack and son of a biscuit... OUCH!!!! I hate that pain.
5th day post op & swollen badly :'(
Gosh... I feel & look so darn swollen. I see it and feel it. Makes me cry because it looks like I had nothing done and even when I sit down to go #2 which I finally did (Thank God) looks like I have a fat roll (what the hell, I had a tt, no fat is supposed to be there. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself). I thought the bbl was an emotional roller coaster, umm.. This one is too. Finally took a couple pics and I look sooooo fat in my post op :'( my butt looks funny, ugh... I'm letting the swelling get the best of me and I have to stop. Still wearing the garment but added a strip of foam in the middle of the garment since it was burning my skin. Feels a lot better with it on. The garment is a bitch trying to put on, I sure can't do it by myself, husband has to help me.
I stood all day long on my feet cooking and I think it kicked my butt. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!
Please tell me when the swelling subsides because this is garbage :( it seriously plays with my emotions.
My hips look ok, one looks higher than the other. I'm so swollen that my butt looks so weird :'( I like my waist. I'm feeling ok, just wish I can bend and move around, I feel so tight in this garment to where I can't move. My inner thighs are sooo bruised up and my arms too. I know it's way to soon to see the results. It can take up to 6-12 months for swelling to subside but I'm so impatient. Here are a couple pics, sorry they're not the best but they're something.
6 days post op
Today everything feels soooo tight and so uncomfortable. I am wearing my tight garment with the foam in front due to the burning sensation I get from the garment rubbing my skin. I have been chillin on the recliner and walking a lil bit today. Drinking tons of water. I just feel so darn uncomfortable. Ugh... i can't wait til my 4 weeks have passed so it gets a lil easier. Sorry for being so negative but I'm just jotting down how I feel. I over did it yesterday so today was going to be a chill day for me. I am sooo tired of just sitting in the recliner. Oh well.. that's part of the recovery part. I've been comparing other girls on here on their day 5 & 6 to see if they have the same issues and it seems like they do. Until next time......
Why am I so swollen
My lower area between my belly button & incision is really swollen :-( what the heck is going on? I feel as if I'm the only one dealing with this. I am going to have to call Dr Cortes today to express my issue. I may also need a smaller garment. I wish I live an hour away rather than 3 hrs away from him. My next appointment isn't til Jan 11th. How much do I have to just chill in the recliner and not really do much? I hate just hanging out on the recliner, I get antsy. I guess I have to just chill as much as I can because I feel as if I over did it on Christmas and the day after. Ugh... I hate being patient for results. Yes I'm very impatient. I get angry at the fact that it looks like I have a pooch sticking out :-(
2 weeks post op
Well I'm 2 weeks post op and yes too be honest I have been a lil down about my results because I am swollen and I compare my results to other women on here that look flat that are 2 days post op to 2 or 3 weeks post op. It's frustrating big time. I can lift my leg very little and bend very little and I have rolls that look like skin that should have been cut off. I know it's way to soon to really tell but it also has to do with my patience, I don't have patience at all. Another thing, I still haven't received my smaller garment and that may be the reason why I'm swollen. So right now I am wearing tons of foam in my garment to compress me. I have foam on .You sides, lower belly above my pubic area, & my back just to compress me. I still have glue on my incision and I want that stuff off already. I have glue and stitches on my lipo holes. I can straight without the garment but I get tired after awhile without it, I only take it off when I take a shower. My inner thighs burn and still bruised and need tighter compression. My arms are still bruised, I need a tighter compression thing for my arms. I know Cortes said I can stop wearing the arm thing after 2 weeks but I want to wear it longer. Once I get the smaller garment and wear it awhile, I will take pics of my progress and maybe that way I could probably tell if there's a difference. I have my 3 week appt next Saturday so I will ask tons of questions. I want to thank everyone for the positive feedback, it means a lot to me. I know I need patience... a lot that is. I really can't wait til I can workout. When I have my garment on, it's weird, I can't stand straight, feels like my entire ab area feels like it's burning or about to rip so I can't stand straight. I truly believe my drains got pulled out too early. Hopefully Cortes will give me shots to help the swelling go down but we'll see. Other than that... I'm here and recovering. Oh... my appetite has seriously disappeared. I can't eat much and I get full fast. I truly think it's because of the garment but that's a good thing ;) I'm trying to keep my spirits up. My kids go back to school on Monday and I'm kinda bummed about that, I love their company plus they help out quite a bit too... Love those kids. Sorry no pics this time.. just bummed. After my other garment gets here and I wear it, I will take more pics. One thing about the garment, makes my butt look super small. This time I will be so dedicated to my garment and wear it all the time. I know when summer comes, I may quit especially being here in south Texas, talk about gross sticky heat. Well i hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and New Year's Day. Until next update.....
Whoa.... I just had a real bad one and geez, it was painful and lasted for at least 30 seconds. I get little shocks and I know those are the nerves trying to attach themselves but the ab spasms are weird.
WoooHooo.... I finally received my smaller garment today
I am one happy camper now. My garment came in the mail today, 1st thing I did was tear open the package and put that thing on. Holy smokes, talk about tight. Took me and the hubby a second to put it on but it's on ;) super happy.
Not feeling great.. Feels like I have vertigo
I need some opinions. I have been feeling like crap the past couple of days. Well 2 nights ago, I was falling asleep and I have to admit, I took a pain pill becausemy leg was killing me and the spasms and shocks were outta control, mind you... i hate pain pills, seriously. I think those things f*cked me up. I fell asleep and started spinning so fast that I grabbed my recliner and it made me jump, wake up, sweating, heart pumping fast. Scared the shit outta me. I went downstairs and ate some crackers and took some sips of Pepsi so I could burp since I felt so nauseous. I finally went to sleep woke up at 6 and felt so nauseous. Went to go eat and barely ate anything because I wasn't hungry. Got a ginger ale and sipped on it and it helped a lil. Came home and hung out at the house and sitting on the couch, I started spinning again. Wtf is going on. It was time to put the kids to bed since they have school. Well I sat down in the recliner and closed my eyes and fell asleep and bam... There
I was spinning again and woke up the same way as I did the night before. Ugh. Finally fell asleep and woke up with the alarm. Felt fine. Then drove the kids to school, drove for the 1st time and it felt good driving. Came home and started feeling a lil nauseous. Ugh. Ate an eggo since I am definitely not a morning person, I don't like to eat breakfast. Felt ok but not the best. Got ready to take my daughter lunch since today is her 15th bday. Felt fine driving but as soon as I get home, I feel like crap. Ugh. I close my eyes and there goes the spinning again. Hmmm... anybody else ever feel like this? I'm hoping it's just this tight garment that's squishing my guts together. Hoping I feel better real soon. I can't deal with this feeling. Oh.. i threw out all of the pain meds and muscle relaxers away. Hell no don't want those nasty things ever again.
Finally slept in my bed after 2 weeks & 3 days
Whoa... well i tool a shower since i have been feeling like crap lately and felt like i had vertigo the past few days. I cried after I put my garment on and clothes on because I'm sick of sleeping in the recliner, I miss my bed. Well tried laying on my bed and talk about heaven... i missed my bed. Slept there and realized that I can't sleep on my sides, I'm a side sleeper, due to having fat injected in my hips. Have to wait til the 6 week mark. Woke up at 4 am and stiff in my neck and my legs were killing me. Ugh. Can this recovery hurry up and be done? Will post pics soon.
Ahhhh... I slept on my side & that's a big no no.
I slept on my side and nooooo, I can't do that since I had fat injected into my hips. I can't lay on them til the 6 week mark. I caught myself and had a heart attack but when I went to lay back on my back, holy
crap, my abs felt soooo tight and they hurts like hell like if I just finished a lot of crunches. Ugh... i have to stop laying on my sides but it's so hard being a side sleeper. Here's a picture of the foam I have been using for under my garment to help with the swelling... Love this stuff. It works. I Googled lipo foam and it showed this website www.contourmd.com look up lipo foam. I love this stuff.
Picture of lipo foams I have
I've had some of these from my previous
surgery and got a couple new pieces from this surgery. I put the thinner ones on my sides, the bigger one in my back area, the smaller triangle one I put in my pub area. I have a bigger one in the pubic area now since that's where I'm swollen more there. It helps and pushes the swelling down.
Just An Update... It's Been Awhile.
19 Feb 2014
2 months post
Just wanted to update you on how my progress is. I haven't been on here because I've been down a lot but got reassurance on Saturday when I seen Cortes and also seeing my before and after pics.. Whoa, I'm happy with what I see so far. I just got a lil down because of the swelling and a lil bit of skin rolls, but I can live with those rather than to live with fat rolls, I guess. When I went to see Cortes on Saturday he said I am healing great and I've been doing real good with compression. Ladies... I urge you to wear your garment 24/7. I love it, call me crazy because when I had my bbl, I hated that garment with the passion. Well I started with a 3XL garment and now being 2 months post op, I'm in a Medium. I also wear a waist cincher over my garment. I actually like the tight fit, I feel compressed in it. I haven't started working out yet, but I need too, just to feel good. I've been eating clean also. That also plays a huge part of this recovery. I know it's way too soon to see the true results but I feel as if I won't shrink anymore. We'll see as the months go on. I regret not getting my bra area in the back lipoed... I have a lot of fat in that area.. yuck. Oh well, with the eating clean and as soon as I start exercising then hopefully that junk dissappears. Well that's it for now. Sorry i don't post everyday, I will try and post some more but if I don't, I'm so sorry.
19 Feb 2014
2 months post
Forgot to post this pic
Went and had a 2nd opinion & Cortes knows what he is talking about
I went and had a 2nd opinion due to me not liking my results because i have soooo much extra skin, when I sit down, I have rolls of extra skin :'( Well when I went back to Cortes last month, I told him I was not 100% happy and he asked why and showed him and he grabbed my skin and said "You have no fat, that's all skin and your skin elasticity is awful. You don't have good elasticity. I can redo it and get you tight but after a month, it'll go back to this again." I wanted to cry. Too be honest, I look so much better than my before pic. He even suggested that I go get a couple more opinions. I kept that in mind and went to an appt here in San Antonio and didn't mention anything to the dr when he came in and he asked "what are u wanting done?" Told him "I got a tummy tuck on Dec 13th and I don't like my results" he said "let me see. Whoa.. you look great" I said
"But this extra skin is horrible" he got closer and started grabbing my skin and ouch.. didn't know he was going to grab like that. Why do Plastic Surgeons do that, lol. Well he said "Your elasticity is horrible. If I would go in and get you tighter, it'll do the same thing." I was in shock he said the same thing as Cortes. Right then and there, I knew not to doubt Cortes ever again. I'm sorry Dr Cortes for doubting you. The Dr I seen here asked if I had children or lost some weight. I answered yes to those questions and he said that's the reason why I have horrible skin elasticity. Ugh. Oh well. I'm stuck with it because I'm not doing an entire body lift. He even said that I'm still swollen and to keep wearing
my garment. He actually liked Cortes's work :-) I know I shouldn't be complaining but you know how us women can be so hard on ourselves. I'm actually happy now with my results. It's my stupidity skin that sucks butt :(
He is a great dr. He listened to what I wanted and he told me what he can do and how he would do it. I have a great feeling about my results.
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