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Hi All, I Had my Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck on 23 August - Illinois

My name is Kelly, I am 44 years old and the mother...

My name is Kelly, I am 44 years old and the mother of three wonderful children. I have wanted a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck for as long as I can remember. Recently my 19 year old daughter had a breast augmentation surgery done and I really started thinking about how badly I wanted this for myself. I am 5'4", 107 and don't look a day over 40. Hubby was supportive and for years has told me I should go and do it for myself.

About 7 years ago when my eldest son made me a grandmother I decided that I didn't want to look the part of a grandmother and lost about 50 pounds, I have maintained my weight and after seeing how good and confident my daughter felt I thought why not? When I lost my weight I lost what breast tissue I had and wore a padded bra to give the illusion of breasts. My stomach was stretched like an apron, and I had horrible wide stretch marks.

So here I am 10 days post op and trying to get used to all of the changes. My surgeon sent me home with one of those horrible ace bandage compression garments that chafes, digs, rides, and just makes me over all miserable. My friend had a TT done and wore spanx and said how much more comfortable she was. I have so far been unsuccessful in finding these garments. Also I was told that at 2 weeks post op which is this thursday coming up I can wear a sports bra. I am so excited for that!!! I have two drains and they are driving me bonkers. My nurse said that the fluid needs to be apple juice color, but literature I was sent home with says either apple juice color or very little outtake.

One drain is the required color and the other is a light pink. Appt is Tuesday, I am really hoping and praying that I can get them out on that day! I had forgotten what it was like not being able to take a shower when I was bedridden while pregnant with my daughter. Also, this is alittle personal but I shave my pubic area and all of the hair is growing back and it is like barbs or shards of glass, not pleasant!!! My breasts are taking alittle getting used to it is just mostly disbelief that they are mine. Doc sent me home with pain pump, and four perscriptions, plus injections to prevent blood clots. Finished injections and then woke up one morning itching like crazy, turns out I had an allergic reaction to one of the perscriptions, (I believe it was the valium) and broke out in large red welts. Discontinued the perscriptions and am now taking only one and no more break outs. I am trying to stand as straight as I'm able but am swollen and puffy. So here I am just taking it day by day waiting for changes however subtle to take place!! I hope I'm not the only one to be cranky....lol....

For years I have toyed with the idea of having a...

For years I have toyed with the idea of having a mommy makeover. There was always one excuse after the other as to why I didn't want to do it.I had lost a good bit of weight and looked great but when I undressed I was so depressed looking at my body. I finally decided to do something for me and I am ever so glad that I did! I can't praise Dr. Prada enough, he gave me the body I never had and now I think I look fabulous! I am now strutting around as proud as I can be and think it was money well spent!! Dr. Prada was patient, kind, informative and made me feel at ease. He really knows his stuff. He presented me with before pictures today and I looked in the mirror at the new me and I am speechless!! I am 44 years young and next year I will be wearing my first ever bikini!!


Thank you Dr. Prada!!!
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon



Updated on 18 Sep 2012:
Dr. Prada far exceeded my expectations in all areas!! He came well recommended by his staff....

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Here's what some doctors have to say about compression garments after a tummy tuck. You might want to check with your doctor about more comfortable options, too.

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Oof, I'm sorry about the allergic reaction. You don't sound like you're super comfortable right about now, but I don't blame you a bit. Fingers crossed that the drains will come out Thursday and you'll be on to your next phase of recovery. Let us know!

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