6weeks post op:)

I am a 33 yr old mother of 4, my oldest being 13,...

I am a 33 yr old mother of 4, my oldest being 13, and my youngest being 3 yr old twins! I am scheduled for a tummy tuck( i think no muscle repair will be done), and a breast aug, with a lift on Feb 29th!! I have always struggled with my weight even a little before kids, but gained 60 lbs with my 1st baby. I have been on a very long journey of losing weight, and after having all my children, I am now at a comfortable weight of 141 lbs, and i am 5’ 9.

The problem now is my body is not equaling up to how fit and beautiful I feel on the inside! I am obsessed over this “twin skin” and have been considering this since soon after the twins were born! I can not wait, but it seems like now that its officially booked, i wish i would have done it sooner! I feel like its years away! So now all I do is think about it and worry! Too much time to get more terrified!

This website looked like a great place to gain some encouragement and support, because it sure is surprising how many mixed feelings I have been receiving from family and friends when I tell them my news! I am confident enough with my decision though, that I dont really let it bother me, but it is good to know I am not alone in this process:) When it gets closer I will post some pics! Thanks!

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Time will fly by so quickly! Our days will be here before we know it :)
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Wow you are even closer to him than I am hahaha
His website is http://pscod.com/. Keep me posted. How long have you been considering this? What exact procedures are you looking into having? my friend knows 5 people that have had procedures done with him and every one of them are completely happy....f.y.i:)
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Yes I'm in the western burbs of Chicago so it isn't cheap around here, but I have known my surgeon for years and he has a wonderful reputation. He is Dr. Marschall in Wheaton. I know price is important but this is somewhere where I don't mind not getting a " deal"! I think his pricing is fair and competitive though. Where do you live in IL?
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Ok, I have just booked a $255 flight for my...

Ok, I have just booked a $255 flight for my mother-in-law to come stay for 3 weeks to help out with the kids post-op! It's getting more " real" now!! Now I pray it goes off without a hitch;) 5 more weeks from now!!!! Yay:)

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Thank you so much for the info!! I will definitely check him out!! I have been considering a breast augmentation since I was 17. I am 34 now and have 2 girls, aged 8 and 5. Both were c-sections. I gained nearly 90 lbs with each pregnancy and am now down within 15 lbs of my 'ideal' weight. I have been working out a lot and eating right for quite some time. It is time to finally do this!! I think I am going to do saline 600cc overfilled (armpit incision), tummy tuck and maybe just a little bit of lipo. I don't think I need much lipo. I also don't think I have any issues with the abdominal muscles. Of course I need to go in and get a consultation to know exactly what I need, but I have a good idea. Thanks again for the info!! It is really nice to have a Dr. recommendation with such a good reputation.
You are so welcome. I hope you are able to get into see him soon, I'd love to hear how it went. Sounds like you have done a great job of changing your lifestyle with working out and eating right! Congrats, I know how hard it is! I'll be 2 months shy of turning 34 when I have my surgery....we r too young to keep living with these bodies. I'm not scheduled for lipo, although I'm thinking I might regret not doing it, but he didn't mention it, so I didn't think much of it until I got on here and have read how many do get it. Oh well, we will see what happens. I'm trying to just keep trusting that he will do a wonderful job! Otherwise I really just drive myself crazy...well I do anyway hahahaha keep me posted. When are you expecting want to have this done?

So I posted these pictures, but yuck....wouldn't...

So I posted these pictures, but yuck....wouldn't mind taking some of them off now...how do I do that?

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You're funny! I tried to take my pic off too because it's so unattractive and doesn't represent me at all! Every time I see that dang pic of myself I think, "ew. poor girl." Only to realize that's me!!!
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Ahhhh yes good point....those pics do help in time of doubt:)! So just a lift of implants too? No lipo? I'm not doing lipo, my dr didn't mention it, but it seems so many do that I'm 2 nd guessing, but just going to try to trust whatever my doc says. I'm going for pre pregnancy body, not model perfect hahaha
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Nope, no lipo or implants. I'm pretty happy with my breast size and just want them back where they should be. As for lipo, I don't think I really need it, but I am a little nervous that once my stomach is smaller my thighs will look bigger. Guess we'll wait and see. I'm certainly not going for perfection either!

Wow 4 weeks from now I will be finally getting...

Wow 4 weeks from now I will be finally getting ready for the big day:) I still feel I have an eternity to wait, but I also am starting to feel overwhelmed with all I want to get done before! My husband asked if I'll still be obsessed with this website and all of my researching after the surgery! LOL I just can't help it. I want to feel prepared:)

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I'm with you. I am on here several times a day reading and re-reading posts about the procedures I am having done. I learn something new every time. I want to be prepared and know what to expect, what's normal and what is not. This site and the ladies on here have been so beneficial in explaining what happens from A-Z.
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ladies all the fears and worry are SO normal... I know MANY ladies who have gone through this part of the process.... and it is a process... I had my apointment with the doc 6 months prior to a surgery date. Obsessed for months before and after.. Then the holidays came and occupied my time and then OBSESS again!! But you know It was not over the surgery...it was over details of recovery.. I KNEW I WAS doing the surgery. I worried about what others would say if they knew I worried about having all the little ducks in a row... but I never was concerned aboutthe surgery. I was THRILLED to finally have a belly button. ( Had photos then removed them...may put them up again next week) I went in the day of surgery happy excited and ready ...my husband was nervous then but I wasent! I woke up and the FIRST thing they told me I said was " I have a belly button now" thrilled before I even really was awake! No regrets ladies.... not from me.. and mind you read my post and stuff you'll see I DID have the Pre worries
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Today I'm feeling EXTREMELY guilty! I feel I need...

Today I'm feeling EXTREMELY guilty! I feel I need this surgery, so it isn't changing my decision, plus I already put down my deposit so I'd loose some money if I cancelled anyway, but we just had some car problems that came up and I feel horrible being a huge part of our financial stress right now:( ! I'm so ready to get of this roller coaster of emotion!! I just pray it will all be worth it!:)

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Thank you all for your supportive comments! I went for a long run today and have had time to myself to think, and I feel much better! I wasn't going to cancel, nor did hubby ever suggest that either, but I just was putting that mommy guilt on myself! It will all work out one way or another, and I know it has to be worth it. @Jess2523, u r so right, we have sacrificed so much as mothers, and wives that we DO deserve what ever it is that will make us happy! Unfortunately my happiness costs thousands of dollars hahahaha!! Thank you girls, soooo much. I WILL do it and I will try to stop worrying so much:)
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Try not to be so hard on yourself. I agree with the others. You deserve this. Sleep on it at least one if not several nights before you make any final decisions. No matter what it's all going to work out in the end.
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I do understand the financial part. You and hubby just need to stick together.. it will all work out. If it wasent the car it would be something..thats why moms DONT do for themselves..we always put other things first.. the feeling is normal... but if you and hubby can swing it and you want to get it done DO IT.. IT WILL be worth it... Jess2523 and all of us agree..as far as removing photos. you should be able to in your review go to UPDATE... I took mine off.and put them back on today.. I will add more tomorrow of pre op. then in a while remove them..Just a security thing for me.. but do me a favor.. DONT make a rash decision on canceling... work it out if at all possible..HAD I NOT went ahead and gotten mine done...I would so reget it right now..and obsessing..no dont, when it's over for you and hubby DONT keep obsessing..when he is gone and you have time update us but no, believe me you need to NOT obsess after it's over ok.. for his sake too
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Oh my, 2 weeks from today:) everyday is a...

Oh my, 2 weeks from today:) everyday is a different emotion, but today is more panic...I feel overwhelmed with all I want to get done before, but I just can't bring myself to do much! Go figure?! I have my pre op with my PS on Monday so Im super excited for that! Hope you are all doing well in your journeys:)

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Hey Redhot, I am so in your boat, I am probably going to end up fired cause I cant stay off this site, LOL I am so obsessed with all I have to do, how I am going to feel the pressure of coming back to work, just had car trouble, the money it is mind numbing, in 2 weeks I will be like thank god fr anesthesia and a quiet mind, LOL
I saw you stressing about food and stuff, I made menus and shopping lists, so I will have all the stuff for like the first week, then the list for week 2 and menus, then I am hoping by week 3 I will be able to go to the store on my own. I got rid of my chest freezer-- big mistake so I dont have a lot of room to freeze so that seemed easier to me to help hubby out.
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@bejewelme- 1st I have to say you look fantastic! Congrats on you weight loss! I was 50 lbs overweight in the past, that was hard enough to loose, but I do know what a journey it can be. It for me will always be a constant journey even after this, because I still struggle on a daily basis to make the right choices and keep motivated in my exercise regimen! So, yes my mind does not stop. Lately I've just been getting worried about feeling prepared with meals and cleaning etc..land I'm also worried about getting back to work on time. I'm a hair stylist, I work part time, but not only to I have to stand on my feet for hours, I also have to be "on" be happy and smiling and I'm worried about that. I am taking 3 weeks but sounds like it may be still not strong enough by then! As far as meals, I'm going to try to make some meals because I'm actually going to stay at my moms for the 1 st few days cuz I don't want my lilttle ones to see me that way....and so I at least wanted to have the first few meals set for hubby. My mother in law will be here also to help, but I just want it to be easy on everyone so I don't feel so much guilt, ya know? Lol
@ Betty- well I'm not 100% yet so I will keep you posted, I go Monday, but when I went to my consult I was there for tummy tuck and threw the boobs on him at the end of my visit so he just quoted me for saline...however, I am leaning towards saline anyway just for the main reason of all the bad stuff I've heard in past of silicone. I like the fact that if it does rupture or leak I will know right away, and if it does I don't have to worry about the fluid that seaping thru my body. I have a friend that got saline 12 yrs ago and she hasn't had one problem with them, and they really look natural, and not to sound crazy, but when I decided to do this, she let me feel them and they feel natural hahaha I've known her since b4 she got them haha anyway with all that said I know 3 women that he did implants for and I'm not sure all of what kind they got, but I know they r all happy! He has a reputation of a natural look with his work, and thats y I chose him! I want to look completely natural and just fill what deflated:) and be able to still run and exercise how I want....so I trust what he says, even if he decides silicone in the end after my pre op then that's what I'll do because that's how much I trust him! I hope I won't be let down ahhhhh!
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Oh boy am I overwhelmed! So I had my pre op today....

Oh boy am I overwhelmed! So I had my pre op today. I feel good but I am now having to make the final decision between saline or silicone....looking for feedback girls? I originally thought saline, but he seems to think silicone would be a good choice also. He does both and said with me being thin( which was weird to hear since I've never felt thin) but he said since I'm thin my odds of ripple are good. Granted not right away, but still pretty likely. So now I'm worried about making the wrong decision, but yet I feel I really cant go wrong. I feel like what's meant to be will be so if I'm meant to have problems it'll happen either way....or at least that's what I tell myself to feel better! Lol so other than that I feel good. OH, he did say he IS going to do muscle repair, which in the consult appt he did t think he would, but if I'm going thru all this I want it don tight so I'm ok with that :) and I just told my 13 yr old daughter( about the TT not the BA) and she seemed to handle it well . So Wednesday is my blood work so please pray that is all good so I can get this over with! I'm ready:) well kind of hahaha hope you are all doing well on your journeys!

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Redhot31117- my surgery is a day before yours. Are you as nervous as I am?? Lol. I am getting a TT & BA. I've had 5 kiddos and nursed them all for 1yr plus. I really want this mommy makeover but really scared of the possible complications. Excited to have found this support group. Good luck to you girl! Keep in touch.
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Hey mama to 5! Yes I am definitely nervous, but I had my pre op yesterday so that helped calm alot of my nerves, but every minute is different hahaha it's a roller coaster and I'm ready to get off LOL I really don't know how I would have gotten thru these nerves and anxiety w/ out this site, it is great:) well good luck to u and I will be looking forward to the healing process with you:)!
Mama to 5, it sounds like we are on the same schedule. Pre-op on Thursday and surgery on Tuesday!! Yikes! Have you thought about starting a profile? I just started one but haven't done pics yet,,,, Dunno if I am feeling brave enough,,,,, Anyway, excited to ride this out with you and RedHot31117. I'm gonna need the support from others that know exactly what I am going through :)

It is getting REAL hard to keep my motivation to...

It is getting REAL hard to keep my motivation to workout when I am only days away....anyone else feel the same? I'm doing it, but not as happy to be doing it hahahah Had my blood work done yesterday so I'm just praying that went well so we can get this show on the road :)

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Just wanted to see how you're doing with just a few days to go. I know those last couple days seem to go by so fast! I'm sure everything is going to go great and I can't wait to hear all about it!
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Amen to that!
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Wow that's amazing! Send some of that organization over this way lol! Good for u....I can't wait for us to be on the other side telling each other how great we are feeling haha!
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Just finished my last workout for weeks:( bitter...

Just finished my last workout for weeks:( bitter sweet I guess. It was a good one though, the max interval insanity....love/hate it:) today is my last day to get everything done because tomorrow I work all day till 10 p.m! Anxiety is super high but getting so excited! Off to do my errands....hope everyone is doing well today!

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Hun I will be thinking of you you go Wed right? 2 days before me,I hope you can post!!! I feel you on the last workout, I have my trainer tonight and Wed and hot yoga Tuesday and then I am done, Thursday I am devoting all my time to the family!
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Good luck.
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OK girls! I am less than 24 hrs away from the new...

OK girls! I am less than 24 hrs away from the new me! I'm just trying to spend some time with the twins before I have to go to work for the rest of the day! Then come home and shower and finish packing my bag since I'll be going straight to my moms house to heal for a few days before I come back home! I'm going to miss my kids so much, but I don't want them to see me in major pain! Now just need an official surgery time and it will all be over soon. Mixed emotions of course, but please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and good luck to all my fellow real self friends on your journeys! I'll post as soon as I feel up to it:)

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Congrats lady you are HERE NOW!!! We are thinking of you on this special day....let us know how things go. :)
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Good luck tomorrow. Try to put your mind at rest tonight.
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Good Luck to you tomorrow :)!!
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Alright ladies, I 1 st want to say thank you for...

Alright ladies, I 1 st want to say thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. I really appreciate this site and all you girls. I don't know where to begin....well Im not feeling up to too much detail, hopefully tomorrow, but it only took 3 hrs! He said it went well but can't tell anything yet....I only have one drain in my tummy. I'd say my boobs hurt the most....more the chest, not incision. Also the drain site burns a bit. Hoping that's normal. I actually have to go for my 1st post op tomorrow so I'm kind of dreading the drive but excited to know what he has to say. Oh, I didn't get a chance to talk to him after surgery because I had TERRIBLE uncontrollable shakes from anesthesia! It was probably one of the worst parts, not painful nessisarily, but scary cuz I had no control. Anyway, I'd say the pain is so far, better than what I though. Definitely painful, but manageable thus far. I'm sure tomorrow will be worse, hipefully not tho! So I've been home for about 4 hrs and pain level is about a 4-5! So thanks again and I'll try to post more tomorrow after my appointment.

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Glad it all went well!!
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Hoping you have an amazing recovery and can't wait to see your results!
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good luck today..hope everything goes smoothly...sending prayers your way!
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Post op day 1! It has been almost 24 hrs since...

Post op day 1! It has been almost 24 hrs since I've been home from surgery and I am still very happy with my experience so far! I had my 1st post op with surgeon today and he seemed to be happy with how everything looks. He called me a " tough one" so I guess he thinks I'm doing well too:) I got to see everything for the 1 st time and it was hard cuz I was laying down, but I'm loving it so far. There r some areas on my tummy incision that r pretty puffy but he assures me that will go down? I also am telling myself not to judge yet since we r only 24 hrs out from surgery. I'll give it some time:) it seems like my BB is great to, still have gauze on all incisions but he said I can shower tonight already and take all the gauze off!!! Wow I was surprised with that. I'll of course still wear the binder, but they said I don't need it real tight? I'm a little nervous about the shower, but if he says it's ok, then I'm trusting that. My boobs seem like they are going to be great. I ended up with 325 cc mentor silicone and I can't wait to heal:) I'm still on Vicodin, but feeling like I could stretch a bit longer in between doses...I'd say I have more discomfort than pain thus far. The worst parts are still getting up but he said I can use my chest muscles, which I didn't think I could but my abs hurt more if I move the wrong way....still trying to master that. Ay ideas are welcomed. Oh and one HUGE peice of advice that goes along with this subject is ladies make sure if u r doing both your chest and tummy at the same time......WORK you legs as much as u can before sugary cuz I think that has been a huge help for me!!! Oh and I have been sleeping well actually. I'm a back sleeper anyway but if it weren't for having to pee every 2 hrs from all this darn water, I'd sleep even better, but I get up, go pee, get settled and am able to get right back to sleep....so far. I keep saying I don't want to say how well I'm doing, cuz I'm afraid I'll jinx myself, but i guess I really just expected far worse. I am pleasantly surprised and I just pray it continues:) hope all of u ladies r recovering well and this too shall pass. :) I'll try to get a pic after my shower to post but if not as soon as I can I'll get one up!

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Yay you made it! Wow you can shower already ! No way I could've even If I was allowed to! Day 2 and 3 were worst for me! Just take it super easy! If you don't have the strength , don't take a shower yet! Glad you are home and recovery is going smooth
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Thanks murrieta mom! Glad u r doing great at 6 days....keeps me hopeful, and good tip about switching to Tylenol. I'll probably try that tomorrow as long as I'm still progressing well. Congrats to u also:)
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Awesome update. If your doing this good so far I think your recovery will be a snap! I'm on day six and feel great. My only advice is to get extra strength Tylenol vs Vicodin. I had weird dreams on Vicodin and the pain never really went away. I sleep well with 2-3 Tylenol. So excited to watch your progress! Congrats on your journey!
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Post op day 2! Had a rough start this morning cuz...

Post op day 2! Had a rough start this morning cuz I didn't get up thru the night so I was pretty stiff, also didn't do pain med overnight, but once I got moving felt better. I also took my 1 st shower. My mother is an angel. I mean she was a trooper with helping me change my dressings and cleaning everything helping me put ointment on the incisions. I could not have done it without help so I suggest no one attempts that alone! I'm still saying the worst part thus far is this damn drain. It sucks. Not as painful as I'd say Just annoying! I did get emotional when I was getting undressed for the shower...partly cuz things felt weird and also cuz I'm not to sure about the tummy incision. It's pretty lumpy and pleated looking and there's no tape on it...I took a pic but can't find a way to upload it being on my iPad! PS seems to think itll be fine so I'm trying not to panic yet! So not much else I guess....just trying to keep positive and heal:) hope u r all doing great!

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Of course glenna1114- he is DR Micheal Marscall in
Wheaton. He is wonderful:)
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Hi redhot, would you mind telling me your Dr.s name and if you would recommend? I'm also in Illinois (Chicago) and would really appreciate some first hand info. Thanks
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See, I have no tape on it, that makes me wonder, but I'm just trying to trust! It's frustrating tho! Oohhhhh well hope hubby knows what's good for him;) lol good luck with that....I warned my hubby it may be 2 months and he panicked hahahaha I'm sure it will b sooner if he behaves as well. Have fun;)
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Moving right along! Has my 1 st BM today which is...

Moving right along! Has my 1 st BM today which is always a relief haha! Just been doing extra strength Tylenol today, might do Vicodin at night though. Other than that not much to report. Just been sitting around, no visitors today so took a nap and watched some t.v which I NEVER have time to do in my normal life. All in all doing good. I still can't wait to get this drain out. I have a weird feeling inside that is either the muscle repair or the drain, not sure, but I hate this thing! It's really been the worst part so far still! I hope those that are having a tough recovery feel better soon! Take it moment by moment and remember this too shall pass! It will get better! Next post op Monday, can't wait!

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Glad you're doing well, keep resting while you can. Trust me, too much too soon is not good! Take it easy :)
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I didnt have tape either only glue and it is sort of chemical smelling the glue
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Thanks zumbamommy.......I don't have glue either though!! Nothing but gauze and an ointment they gave me!
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Post op day 5! Ahhhhhhh I am so happy to be...

Post op day 5!
Ahhhhhhh I am so happy to be able to pee w/ out having to worry about yanking on that stupid drain! It did hurt a bit as he was getting it ready to be removed, but the actual removal was just a weird sensation, but no pain. Yay for that! Have been pretty darn emotional theses days! Sounds like its normal, and I do have my period also, but man this sucks. So many emotions.....my brain tells me it's all good but I just feel sad sometimes! Still would say its worth it, but just having some moments! I guess I've been super lucky with not dealing with much pain since surgery so this must be where my challenge might be! Ugh oh well. I got out for my check up today so that was nice. What a difference from the last car ride there which was less than 24 hrs post op to today at 5 days! Ah bumps and railroad tracks didn't really bother me:) other than that just trying to keep taking it easy. Have my 1 st visitor ( besides family) today so looking forward to reconnecting to the outside world! Hope everyone is feeling good today:)

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Yay for being drain free, boo for AF! I think the emotions are normally, especially when you are all cooped up. Hang in there!
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I too had my drain removed today. It was a strange sensation, but glad it didn't hurt at all. PO day 6 for me and that was the first time I had seen him since. My surgery ended up taking 10 hrs! That was nerve raking for my family waiting for me. They originally were planning on 7 hrs, but didn't forsee some things that could take additional time. Anyway, I am so happy to be almost a week out and things are getting better and better each day! Things seem to be going just as well for you :) Glad to hear it.
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I tried to reply and it didn't go through-what is up lately with this? Must be my computer. I was saying that there's quite a lot of tt that don't have tape and they have fabulous outcomes. Surgeons have their preferred methods and I guess that's what you pay for trusting their experience and seeing their results. You're doing great!

Day 9 post op! Feeling pretty emotional! Last...

Day 9 post op!
Feeling pretty emotional! Last night was my 1st night back at home and thrown into the mother, wife, runner of household...it was mentally and physically exhausting and i feel lucky that i didnt have to handle all of this until this point in my recovery! i feel for all of you that have no choice and have littler ones than my 3&1/2 yr old twins!! Took my !st shower last night with absolutely no help and it was good but i broke down when i looked at the pics i had taken. i look like i have a hole in my left breast and i just thought at this point id be happier with the incisions....ugh My PS didnt seem concerned about any of it, but i go back on monday to get the rest of my stitches out so hopefully he can reassure me! i mean i can see the potential but its really hard to see past all the frankenstein marks:(! hope all my real self freinds are having an easier time!happy healing to us all and good luck to those that are nearing their big days:)!

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Thanks Be&murrieta- everyday I see improvement and that keeps me going! One more week till I get back 2 work so I'm forcing myself to rest and enjoy as much as possible before I'm thrown back into reality:(
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I tried reality yesterday, felt so good being back in the game. Unfortunately I pushed it. Today I'm moving slow. Be careful when you go back to work. You don't want a set back.
Redhot- I know this surgery and the recovery was way harder than I ever imagined, but I am can tell you, what you feel is so normal, you look at yourself and think OMG what have I done but time is the healer, you just have to have patience which I know I lack and the body is an amazing machine that heals itself, just feed it healthy foods and rest and it will do its job!!! Its a long road but we are going to get there!!
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2 weeks post op! Just got out of the shower and...

2 weeks post op!
Just got out of the shower and was taking my pictures and doing my massage when I felt a hard lump by a place that was bruised since surgery on my right breast! I'm freaking out and tried calling my PS but they aren't in until tomorrow:( until then I panic!! I knew this was too good to be true!

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Thanks girls....he called back and said its most likely the bruising and said it should dissipate on its own...he didn't seemed concerned at all so I'm going to keep an eye on it and pray it disappears soon:)
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I have the same LOVELY bra.. Youll be fine I just know it.
I hope the doctor calls you back, that waiting is hard. If it's not swollen and red or hot feeling then it's most likely not an infection. IBLE is right that was quite a surgery and takes a toll on us.
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So yesterday night was officially the 2 week mark,...

So yesterday night was officially the 2 week mark, but anywho...feeling better today. Although I have to say I'm jumping on the swell hell train. Lol I feel like I still look pregnant but in a different way. I am just going to be patient and remind myself that beside the swelling I'm also not working out, so it's got to get better. I do feel like a body of mush already though everywhere else from not working out. Yuck, it makes me wish I did lipo:( oh well. We r our worst critics. Oh and one more thing...I kind of wish I went a smidge larger on my boobs. I love them and I am a runner and do intense workouts with lots of jumping so that was the main reason I went with what the PS recommended, but I wouldn't have minded them a smidge bigger. Nothing that makes me sad or regretful, just a thought. So other than that I'm trying to prepare myself for going back to work next week which I'm dreading. I'll be constantly on my feet and having to pretend I feel great. The thought even exhausts me LOL. I'm sure the swelling will increase even more, yay. Ok, well although this sounds like I'm not happy, I actually am, but I am normal and have my concerns or small problems too;) hope everyone is doing well and having good recoveries. Those of you that are preparing for your upcoming day, try to focus on the prize, it'll be over before u know it :)

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You're back at work today? Hope that goes well for you...it felt great to get out of the house but swelling sucks!!
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Hey sister! Yep headed out in a few minutes! Having a ton of anxiety...mostly just hoping I can keep up...I'll be on my feet with no break for 6&1/2 hrs. Not bad when u r healthy, but going to b tough today I think. Thanks though I appreciate u thinking of me....I think u mentioned u work on your feet also, if so what garment did u find worked best, and r u still wearing it?
My whole shift is on my feet and that first week back about did me in! I didn't want to wear my garment from Dr because it showed in jeans with major butt lines, so I got a garment that goes down thighs. I bought one at Fred Meyer (Naomi & Nicole brand I think) and one at Walmart that looked just like it only it was $10! I like the one at Walmart better! I wore it faithfully up to day before 6 wk checkup-I want to burn that sucker!! I still swell, but it doesn't hurt in jeans like when I first when back to work. I guess from what I read and what Dr. G said, this could go on for months and I'm NOT wearing that thing ANYMORE!

3 weeks post op and feeling like im still on this...

3 weeks post op and feeling like im still on this darn rollercoaster! Feeling kind of frustrated. Overall still feeling good physically. Back to work and although its tough, not as bad as i thought it would be! So thats the positive. Liking my boobs in tank tops, another good...BUT... still have an incision in my boob that my PS seems to think is just fine, but just isnt healing like the rest! Feeling like i look pregnant, which im praying is swelling, but just not sure, and feeling like everywhere else on my body, especially my butt, hips and thighs are growing by the seconds since i cant work out! As much as im trying to be decent with what i eat, i know i could be more strict! So thats where Im at at 3 weeks. Hopefully by week 4 Ill be feeling better about my body:( Hate to sound so pathetic, but just trying to keep it “real” LOL praying for those having their MM and those who are in their healing process.

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red- just checking in, seeing how you are doing?
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Mikaela,,, It is so normal to be feeling what you are feeling! I too, like Redhot, came to the conclusion that there was no other way to restore my body to my pre-baby self. I had lost 35 lbs. pre surgery and although I was pleased with the way I felt & looked (with my clothes on), I knew there was nothing I could do about the extra skin & separated muscles. (Not to mention the breasts) I too am three weeks post op and am soooo happy that I went thru it. I would do it again in a heart beat and am so glad that I did it when I did. I too was scared to death, but now that it is over I wonder why I was so nervous. After week one things got better and better each day. I actually went for my first run today, ran 3 miles and it felt fine! I say that if you have done all you can physically do to improve your physic and it's not where you want it to be,,,then do it!!! It'll be so worth it! Just make sure you do your homework & educate yourself. Find a good surgeon! Hope this helps & good luck!
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I am fairly new to this site and have been reading many stories. I most appreciate the fact that the stories seem genuine and the supportive comments are quite heart warming. I am thinking about having two similar procedures probably a year from now, but I am scared out of my mind!
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26 days post op today and i titled this update...

26 days post op today and i titled this update thoughts because i saw my PS today for a very brief check up and i wanted your thoughts on something he said.....he said i should be fine without my binder AND sports bra!!!! He said i can go bra shopping AND i should be fine with underwire?! Although I appreciate that answer....im worried due to contradicting things I have read on here. Has anyone else been told this so soon in recovery? If so were you fine?
Well i was so excited that i thought i would test it...i had a 45 min drive home and had to make a stop for some groceries. So i was without it(binder) for about 2 hours!! At 1st it felt very strange! But by the time i got home it was feeling better and i dont feel i was any more swollen, which surprised me since i was walking around at store! I did however put it back on more just until i heard some feedback....i should trust his word, i know, but it seems too good to be true! LOL
Oh, and i had a trouble spot on the T section of my BL incision, this morning it was actually bleeding, just wasnt healing right, so he put some nitrate something on it today and said it should be fine now.....i sure hope so cuz im ready to start loving my new body already?!!! I go back in 1 week again to make sure its healed.
Since he gave me the green light to bra shop....i did LOL kinda...i want to go to VS to get measured, but until then here is a pic of the new set i got at walmart on clearance (woohoo) to get me by until i get to VS:)!! hope everyone is having a good day:)

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You really do look amazing Redhot! I'm glad you were able to treat yourself to a little somethin', somethin' :) I have yet to do that,,,, and since I need a new bathing suit, I can't put it off too much longer. But this time it should be fun, right? It will most definitely be better than last year. I am at four weeks too and still wearing my CG. I have spent some time with out it and it feels strange like you say, but I guess I am getting pretty used to it now. It'll be strange to not wear it. I won't go back to my PS for another two weeks, so I guess i'll just wear it until then. Good to know we are in the safe zone and should do fine with out it. I am ready for some underwire bra's though. Feeling flatter by the day in this thing. :-) I would do what you are comfortable with and slowly ease out of it if that makes more sense to you. If you are loving the liberation,,,,then throw that binder away. LOL!
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How good looking are you :-)

I was told no underwire until 4 weeks because it could make a permanent scar on your incision, so you are at 4 weeks I would think you are good. And I know that my PS told me before that he does not require the garment after 4 weeks, but that some women still wear one or spanx.
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Just wanted to set your mind at ease a little. I started wearing a underwire at just over 2 weeks po and I was told I didn't have to wear my CG after 3-4 weeks. My ps says that the thinner you are the less time you have to wear the CG. I have learned that no matter if you wear it all day or not you are still going to swell slightly either way. I still put mine on at night for my own comfort I guess. As far as the bra goes. He told me to use the underwire at two weeks to kind of keep your breast in the position they need to be in while they are falling. Too many sports bras dont hold your breasts in a natural position. I still sleep in a sports bra and was told to do so for 3-6 months. I hope something in this post helps you feel better. Trust your ps. Everyone is giving different answers from theres because our situations are so different. You are looking great.
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4 weeks:) I don't want to jinx anything, but I...

4 weeks:) I don't want to jinx anything, but I feel I'm at a good turning point. I have had a great recovery as far as the physical aspect but the mental aspect has been my challenge! I have been frustrated with not feeling that my expectations were met. I feel still like I look pregnant because my bottom section bumps out, but isn't soft like its swelling...I'm guessing it's just me and my body contour? Ugh anyway I'm trying to focus on the fact that I'd still rather have this with the scarring over what I had before. I think it took me awhile to realize this though. Before I had this done my expectations were simple....I just didn't want utters anymore and I wanted my boobs re inflated, not huge, natural and normal....well I got what I asked for, but then through recovery I would think wow I should have done lipo if I was under the knife anyway, or wow maybe I should have gone bigger on the boobies! It's the perfectionist in me.....after the fact, and after spending all that money I really think I would be on cloud 9 with my results. So my expectations changed too late haha sounds weird I'm sure, but that's how it is. Oh, and I also wanted natural before surgery....I didn't want ppl to notice anyting....until I got back to work and no one noticed anything hahahahaha crazy, i know girls!! Haha So to go back to positive ;)..... I am starting to accept and love my new body. I notice that on the days where my scars r looking good, and the swelling is not bad, I tend to be super happy and feel better. So now I'm trying to wean myself off of all garments....wish me luck. I figure I'm going to swell when this thing isn't on me, no matter when it finally comes off. So y not start now:) I'm ready to get back to normal....
One more thing.....what is everyone doing for scar therapy? I seem to be hearing the most positive feedback for the silicone sheets......any thought? I'm sick of having to lube up with lotions cuz then I need to put gauze on so it doesn't goop up my bra and underwear.....
Thanks for all the support and happy healing to everyone. I still can say even after all of this, that I'd do it over again in a heart beat!!

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I think your boobs look perfect. I think I may have gone to big because they are so tight, but that maybe because of the lift.
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thanks ladies!!! i'm getting to work on that now!
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Hi there redhot.. All of your stories are so helpful. Im going to a consultation on 4/23... Im so excited and nervous.. I was wondering what all you did to work your legs prior to surgery? You said you though it really helped.. Anything I can do to get better prepared, im willing to do? Thanks
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Ahhh 6 weeks! Ive been waiting for this milestone...

Ahhh 6 weeks! Ive been waiting for this milestone for what seems like an eternity!!! So glad im here, and feeling good. Only main complaints right now are that i have excess fat to work off....actually 2 pounds lighter than pre surgery, but i think with not working out, all the fat from my belly went to my hips, but and thighs!!! Today was my 1st official workout since pre surgery! Took it easy but it was still tough. More because I lost all my endurance, which amazes me,but i didn’t feel any pain which i was happy about. So the other thing im not happy about is the spot on my left breast where the t incision meets is not healed yet!! i have been bugging my PS the entire recovery about this spot and it still is not fully closed. Still bleeds a bit and oozes. It isn’t infected, just gross and not closing. Well I have now found 2 stitches in the past 2 weeks that were hidden in there....2 different times!!! That was a little discouraging that I found BOTH and there was another one in my nipple i also found that they missed earlier in my recovery!! So hoping that since all the stitches are hopefully finally removed, this damn thing will heal!!! Oh, and i have rolls still above my BB and i didnt realize that would still be there....thought it was swelling, but PS says its just me...uh great:( Oh and one more thing...haha my BB kind of pokes out a bit on the top part and hoping that will eventually tuck in, but not sure!
Now for the positive..... Im finallly starting to feel more normal! Going to go to VS this weekend and get sized and buy a bra since i have been cleared for awhile to wear any bra i want YAY for that!! Also am garment free except for overnight, and thats by my choice, not PS! I feel fine without it, and its nice not having all of that crap on underneath my regular clothes. So when I get dressed and go out i feel more “normal”. Now trying to figure out scar therapy...tried an expensive cream from PS, tried mederma, tried scar guard LOL even just neosporin......thinking im going to just order silicone sheets. Heard good things.....any opinions on that are welcome:) Dont mind spending the money on something that i know will work! So I think thats it for now:) Hope everyone is doing well and loving their new bodies. Anyone coming up on their surgeries....good luck and it will all be worth it!:)

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You look great. Can I get your doctor name? I am from IL and looking for a dr. Thanks for sharing
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Redhot you're looking great! It looks like in your recent pics that your incision is shorter than right after surgery! I've been using the sheets for about a month now and scars are completely flat--my ps said that studies have shown it get best results vs other treatments. I'm just waiting for mine to lighten up. Yesterday morning I woke up with completely flat stomach and the area above my bb looked better so I'm hoping down the road it will be that way. We just have to hang in there. I do still have the loose skin when I sit or bend over though :(
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you look great! I havent gone toVS yet..I hope to after my 12 week apt. Now that all the swelling is down..and my BB sticks out on top too. I told my husband it looks like its pouting only upside down. My PS is going to do a free in office revision on that in a week or two. just one of thoes things I think when the belly had strech marks above the BB so much that it is not uncommon to have a slight revision.and the breast ...did it heal? I used a butterfly bandage on mine and it worked..the slight swelling just kept on preventing the healing..just a thought.. but you look FABULOUS!!
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