2 Month Postop (new pics)
- updated 8 months ago
I have finally scheduled my surgery for February...
- 9 Dec 2012
- 2 months pre
I have finally scheduled my surgery for February 14, 2013. I am having a Tummy Tuck and Breast Implants with a lollipop lift. I have not decided on whether I am going with silicone or saline, but I am leaning more towards the saline. I have my preop appointment set up for January 31st.
I am a 40-year old, mother of two boys ages 15 and 17. I have been struggling to lose weight for basically the past 17 years. At one point I was over 200 lbs and I have managed to get myself down….but it wasn't until this year that I discovered a way of eating that has helped me lose 50 lbs and decrease my body fat by almost 20%..
Although I was very happy to lose the weight and go from 173.5 in January to 123.5 now….I am less happy with the appearance of my stomach and also my breasts. I had looked into having a TT done in the past and got prices from two different doctors. First doctor wanted $10,000 and that was just for the TT and the second doctor wanted $8500. So, I decided that I just could not afford it at that time. Now, that I have lost this weight I really wanted to get my body back and that meant getting rid of the saggy skin and stretch marks.
So, I was searching for doctors that were not far away that had good reviews and great patient satisfaction. I ran across a doctor in Lewisburg that had really good reviews and I had even seen some pictures of his work on this very website. That Is what really pushed me to make the consultation with him.
So, on October 10th I had my consultation with Dr. Ernest Normington. I found him to be very professional and he took time with me. I did not feel rushed even though my appointment was at 6 pm and I am sure by that time his whole staff was ready to go home. I did not have to wait long to get into see him and he answered all my questions. I was very impressed with him and his staff.
I wanted him to evaluate my breasts to see if there was any way I could just get implants. I had no idea what was considered “too droopy” but I figured I was near or at that point. He told me that I would not be happy with just implants and he would not even want to do just implants. I needed a lift. So, he told me that I would need a lollipop lift. I was familiar with this and I just kept thinking….”boy, this is going to be expensive”. After the consult was over he gave me two quotes. One quote was for each procedure done separately and the other quote was for them being done together. Turns out that his prices were awesome! After looking at them, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be having them done together if I was planning on proceeding. Together the cost was $11,490 for TT and BA with lift using saline implants and if I opted for silicone it would be a thousand more. If I had them separately, I would pay over $4000 more.
I could not wait to tell my husband, unfortunately, he was out of town and I had to wait until the next evening to talk to him. I told him all about the appointment and I also got out the quotes and showed him. Now, he has never been on board with the breast implants. He never thought I needed them….until now….he realized how deflated they were and how unhappy I was with them. Honestly, if I had to pick one or the other…it would probably be the Breast Implants over the TT. So, to hear him say “you would be crazy not to do them together” I was beyond happy!
I already had $8,000, but I needed to come up with the rest of the money and that is why my surgery is not until February.
I feel that it is important to do your research….which I have. I have had plenty of consults with other doctors and I think that I am making the right choice by going with Dr. Normington. Not only is the price good, but I also felt comfortable around him and I feel that is important as well.
I have a lot to do before my surgery. I plan on using this wonderful site for planning my recovery….there is so much information and we are lucky to have this to help with the process.
I have posted pictures….so as you can see I have a lot of saggy skin in both my breasts and my tummy…I also have a lot of stretch marks that seem to be just right up to my belly button….which makes me happy.
I plan on posting as things progress. I feel that people need to know what to expect when going through this. I hope that my posting will help others.
12/25/12 - Well, I ordered the "pre consultation"...
- 25 Dec 2012
- 2 months pre
I thought that this might have helped me make a decision on how large I wanted to go but it really did not....the odd shape really threw me off. I am hoping that the doctor will have something better. The only good thing is that you can get a rebate....so essentially I will not have paid anything for the kit...but you have to send in several different items before you can get the rebate, but I will do what I have to do to get my money back.
I have been looking at a ton of before and after...
- 6 Jan 2013
- 1 month pre
I am sick right now. I have a nasty cold that my...
- 12 Jan 2013
- 1 month pre
From reading on this site I have heard that a toilet riser is a good thing to have and I remember my grandmother having one...so I called my mother and she said that she still had it she also has a walker i can use.....So I am going to get that stuff for my recovery...Along with a shower chair...and today I am going to go looking for a recliner to rent...I've been wanting one anyway so I may just end up keeping it afterwards if I like it.
I also have opted not to tell my two boys....main reason is I really don't want my ex-husband to know and I know for sure they would tell their dad and I probably wouldn't care if other people knew but NOT him....he was mentally abusive to me after I had the boys...calling me a fat cow and a road atlas due to all my stretch marks...he was horrible and although he is only in my life a little now a days I don't need any comments from him to bring me down. . Problem is I don't know exactly what to tell them....I thought about hernia repair and then just trying to hid the boobs so that they were not aware but they are boys and teenage boys at that. I wish I could trust them to not tell their dad but they will......so I must lie to them. I wish I was going away for the surgery that would make it much easier to hid it.
I am starting to have major anxiety with thoughts of "why the hell am I doing this at 40?" and then I think about being on our boat and going on vacation and not feeling self conscious about my stomach or boobs and the feeling passes....I just hope that recovery goes well and that I bounce back quickly. Good luck to all who are getting ready for surgery next week. 33 days until my big day....can't wait to get this over with!!!!
I got my preop pack in the mail on Friday and I...
- 14 Jan 2013
- 1 month pre
I am going to make a list of questions that I am going to ask the doctor at my preop. Things that were not covered in the packet or things that I am not clear about.
Checked into the whole "MRI" thing with getting...
- 18 Jan 2013
- 27 days pre
One week today is my preop. Getting excited, yet...
- 24 Jan 2013
- 21 days pre
I figured out that I will probably have my period during the surgery through the first week...which I should have really looked at before scheduling. But then my period is not quite as bad as it use to be since I had endometerial ablation done. So, maybe it won't be so bad...but then I do get very hormonal...which might not mix well with the emotions of surgery and recover. Guess there is really nothing I can do and I refuse to change my appointment. Good luck to all that are getting ready for surgery as well as those recovering. I hope I have more to add once the surgery is here and my recovery begins.
My preop appointment is tomorrow and I am excited...
- 30 Jan 2013
- 15 days pre
Last night i was awoken by a terrible dream. I was going to my preop appointment and when I got there they took me back to surgery...I did not talk to the doctor and I didn't even get to pick out my implants. Then the doctor comes in, but it wasn't my doctor it was some old man that had shaky hands and looked to be about 90 years old. Before I knew it they put me out and I woke up and they rushed me out the door...I didn't have a bra on or anything. But the wierd thing was that I was walking upright without a problem and I had no abdominal pain. I took my binder off and I had lumps on both my sides where he had sucked out too much fat in one place and not enough in another and there was no TT incision because one wasn't done...just lipo....then when I tried to put a sports bra on.... my incisions opened up and my impants came out the bottom of my boobs....I awoke...rather abruptly....and was so glad to realize I was dreaming. That was bad....Not even sure what would have made me dream about this old man doing my surgery...but I did. I hope to not have too many more dreams. I know I have read of other girls having dreams and I was hoping that not to be an issue for me.
I hope all the girls that have had their surgery are recovering well and all the girls about ready to go under are safe. Talk to you all later
WOW! I just had the most frustrating preop ever! I...
- 2 Feb 2013
- 12 days pre
Going into this I wasn’t sure about a lot of stuff, but the one thing I was sure about was that I wanted Moderate Profile (MP) implants and I did not want High Profile (HP) and this was simply due to the amount of space that I had between my breasts. I wanted increased cleavage and I knew that the MP implants had a wider base and therefore would take up more space on my chest opposed to the HP that are narrow and give more projection.
So, imagine my surprise when the nurse and the doctor recommended the HP. I was very adamant that I did not want this. I was told that I had a narrow chest. I have always thought my chest wall was wide. The doctor NEVER measured me so I am not sure how he would know for certain what I needed. This upset me greatly and when I ask the nurse why he didn’t measure me…she said that he has done “so many augmentations he just knows". I did not feel comfortable with this. At that point I decided to go against their recommendations and after two hours I was DONE looking at implants and I decided on 371 cc MP silicone implants. I may go up to 397 cc, but I haven’t totally made up my mind.
I was glad to hear that my doctor did not agree with getting the MRI as often as the FDA recommended. He said it was overkill. So, I decided that I would go with silicone implants because they felt so nice.
After going through all of that, I go out to pay for the surgery and I had brought half the money and the other half I was using the Care Credit card to pay for. The secretary runs my card and it was declined. I got this card two years ago when I started my plastic surgery journey and I had never used it. I called them two week ago and checked my credit limit. I called them immediately when it was declined and I put in my card number and it said the account had been closed. My heart sunk. I had the office call them and once we got a customer service rep on the phone she told me that the account had been closed on Monday. I ask her if she could reopen it because I was sitting at the plastic surgeons office getting ready to pay for my surgery. She told me that I would have to reapply. My heart sunk AGAIN!…because I just bought a new car and I didn’t have that when I applied for the card. So, I hung up and I didn’t pay for anything due to the possibility of having to postpone my surgery. I had my ipad along with me so my husband and I left the office and got a bite to eat and while we were waiting for our food I reapplied….Thankfully it was approved and I was able to pay for the surgery.
Of note, I was sent home on several different vitamins and I have to take these two weeks before and two weeks after as well as arnica after and bromelaine couple days before and then after. So, I have to get a pill reminder set up since I am definitely NOT use to taking medication.
Well, I never realized how stressful this whole...
- 8 Feb 2013
- 6 days pre
I just hope that I have made the right decision on the profile and size of the implants. I keep telling myself that anything is better than what I have now....but for some reason it has been hard to convince myself that.
I rented a recliner today....hoping this will help with the recovery and make it a little easier. I am pretty sure I have everything....I just need to get the house cleaned and then I am set.
Woohoo!!!! I was suppose to get my period on the...
- 10 Feb 2013
- 4 days pre
Woke up this morning with an upset stomach....got...
- 13 Feb 2013
- 1 day pre
I bought some last minute things today. I purchased a toilet seat riser...it was $40...a lot cheaper than I thought it was going to be. Got some fresh pineapples to help with the swelling. I hope that I have everything that I need.... I am sure I will be missing something.
I will add pictures as soon as I am able to.
Good luck to everyone that is scheduled tomorrow and fast healing for all that have gone before me.
Well the waiting is finally over. I had my surgery...
- 14 Feb 2013
- Day of treatment
I awoke still in the OR and I was wheeled to recovery.... I was feeling no pain.....eventually the pain did start and I was given some Demerol......I chit chatted with the nurse and as we were talking g I ask how much skin was rmoved and she told me a pound and then I ask her how much separation I had and told me that Dr. N. said..... " did she have children?!? I know she did but it does not appear that way" so I ask the nurse if he tightened the muscles....she said he did but damned if I can feel it... From all I have read I gathered this was the most painful part and honestly my boobs are more painful than the TT. So I am puzzled. I also did not get any lipo which bummed me out...apparently I didnt need any....disappointed. I did get dizzy and slightly nauseated upon standing....so I was given some medicine to help with that....then out the door I went. The ride home was not pleasant... I felt every bump and was counting the time until I made it home.
I didn't have any trouble walking up the steps to my house and I was feeling petty good. The only time I felt poorly was when I got up to go to the bathroom after sitting.... Not pain but dizziness and nausea... I would also break out in a sweat too. I also have a little discomfort behind my right knee and I am not sure if this is just something I pulled or something more serious like a blood clot.... That would be my luck
The other issue I had was pain in my ribs like you get when u have a side stitch....I would rate my overall pain at the most a 5.
I only have one drain. I have only drained it twice so far since getting home.
I have only ate some crackers.....I have no appetite at all
Well I am getting very tired.... I will check in tomorrow....and Saturday I get to shower ...I will take some pictures then
Well, my pain level has increased greatly since my...
- 16 Feb 2013
- 2 days post
The doctors office called yesterday regardig my drainage. I only had 50 cc's and I only have one drain. She told me this was fine and if I continued to have a low out put that It woud probably be removed at my postop appointment on Thursday. I hope so because it is quite uncomfortable.
I was also able to take a shower today. I thought this would make me feel better and initially it dd, but I overdid it and ended up feeling like shit the rest of the day....plus I was pretty devastated at the appearance of my boobs. They are pointy and small....at least they seem small. I am hopng that they will drop and fill out. My husband thinks that they will be a lot bigger after they drop.....but I am more than pleased with my belly button and my incision. They both look great and I am very relieved..
Did I mention how thankful I am for getting the toilet seat riser and recliner. Highly recommend them.
I am also having horrible gas pain,which is causing me more pain than the incisions.
Finally had a BM last night!!!! Feel so much...
- 19 Feb 2013
- 5 days post
Doctors office was suppose to call yesterday to get my drainage numbers...they never called...that is a little disturbing. My drainage is down to about 15cc and the color is a very pale pink. I only have one drain. I had anticipated a lot more drainage so I am surprised by the lack of drainage considering that I do only have one drain.
I woke up coughing this morning....this is the second day in a row that this has happened. Does not feel very pleasant...
Mornings are a hard time due to being so stiff but after I get up and move I start to feel better.
I am very sad about my lift and BA. They look horrible and I can only hope that they drop and fill out. They are pointy and just look bad. My husband tries to be upbeat and tells me they will be fine but I am not so sure. My TT looks good and I am pleased with that... But not sure about the boobs
Things are going better. Last night I did not wear...
- 20 Feb 2013
- 6 days post
My swelling has not been too bad which I am grateful for...I did not have lipo so I think that probably is why....I was up 10 lbs immediately after surgery but that was also with having all cloths on. I am 6 lbs down as of this morning and it seems like most of my swelling is in my thighs and hips
I tried on my bikini bottoms and I am soooo pleased with the position of my incision...it makes up for my disappointmenting boobs. I keep telling myself that anything is better than what I had and I need to be patient. I did take a picture in clothes and in clothes I look normal which is a major relief.
Tomorrow is my first postop appt and I have to say that I am a little disappointed with the follow up care...somebody was suppose to call me to check on my drainage and they only called the day after surgery. Hope that is not how things are going to be
I had my first postop appointment yesterday. I did...
- 22 Feb 2013
- 8 days post
After my appointment I went to walmart. It was very liberating to not have that damn drain and by the way....I did have some slight pain when this was removed....but it quickly gone and I was fine. While at walmart I purchased two sports bras...one that zipped up and another one that had a little less supportive that was just soft and comforting. I also bought a spandex body suit that is shorts and has straps. Love this...it is very compressive but it makes me feel good and I think it makes me stand taller....not sure why but maybe it is the sense of support. After walmart I was wiped out and we headed home (home is an hour away) and I was sore and miserable once I got home. Got on the recliner and I was out like a light. Slept for about three hours and then felt much better.
Today is Day 8 and I am feeling good. I tried not to push it too much today because of being so active yesterday and that left me more swollen than I have been since having surgery. I don't know if it was the medications that I was taking but honestly I really did not have a lot of swelling and I am thankful for that. I also did not have lipo so that could also be another reason for the limited amount of swelling. All in all, I am feeling pretty good and I am ready to start doing more.
Went to wal-mart again....I just had to get out of...
- 25 Feb 2013
- 11 days post
My left breast is really tender for some reason. I noticed that it seems like the Left breast is not as nicely done as the right. It seems like he may have had problems. It just doesn't look as nice as the right and it is sore and tender. It also was bruised as well.
I was told to start moving my implants and I have started but I feel like they just don't want to move to easily. I am hoping this is normal and they will start to soften. they are still quite high as well. I bought some palmers cocoa oil to massage my scars. I was told that I could use lotion and so when I went to see what was available I found this oil that is for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone etc.
I have some questions:
1. Has anybody else been told to start massaging? I was told at Day 7 to start.
2. Is anybody using the Palmers oil or bio oil? How is it working?
3. how long is it taking for them to drop? I am still very high and I am just wondering when I can expect them to change. They are very hard.
4. how compliant are people with their binders? I HATE the damn thing and I am not wearing it continuously. I have read that a lot of doctors don't even make their patients wear them.
It has been awhile since I updated. I am getting...
- 16 Mar 2013
- 29 days post
I did have been having pain in my right breast for about two weeks now. It is like a toothache where if I move a certain way...usually bending forward....I get a searing pain that sends me through the roof. It also aches in the evening if I have been too active during the day. I did discuss with my PS and he felt this was a nerve that was irritated and he suggested massaging that area. So, I have started that. It does seem to help a little....but it can be painful.
My belly button still seems red and there was a scab on the one side that the PS removed and there is sort of a "hole" there....so that needs to close up and heal. I go back in another two weeks to see how that is doing. I think once it closes and the redness goes away I am going to really like my new belly button.
I had my 1 month appointment yesterday and I was told I could gradually start back to my normal workouts. But he cautioned me about lifting too heavy....so I guess I will just start out with body weight and keep increasing each week. I am excited to get back to my old routine...but also nervous because although I didn't swell much when I first had my surgery....I really seem to swell now with any amount of activity....especially in my hip area.
After my appointment yesterday, I stopped at VS to check my measurements and to also find a bra that I could wear for support. The doctor said I was able to go to normal bras now....so I thought I would buy one for now. My breast have not dropped much at all. At least that i can see. The drop has been subtle. So, I didn't want to spend a ton of money on bras because I know that most likely I will probably change sizes...whether that is up or down...I have no idea. I measured out at a 36 D or 34 DD....the DD actually felt better...so that is what I went with. I am kind of hoping that I drop down to a D when everything has settled.
I also have been having bouts of depression...the only thing I can think is that it is due to not working out and gaining weight. I am up 5 lbs from surgery and although my clothes fit they are fitting a little tighter than I like. So hopefully once I get back to working out....I will start feeling better. The cold, snowy whether is not helping either.
It has been a month since I updated. So far, my...
- 21 Apr 2013
- 2 months post
Now, I have been very pleased with my tummy tuck...especially how low the incision is.....but I noticed that my belly button looks to be getting smaller. I called the office and I was told to stick a Q-tip in it to stretch it out. I have issues with scarring and I am afraid that my scar is going to be very visible around my belly button. I am just hoping that I do not have to have any revisions done on it.
Oh....one more thing...and this has really irritated me. I ask the doctor "why" he didn't do any lipo on my hips like we had discussed and he said he did. I know that he did not do any lipo because I had NO discomfort, NO bruising and I ask the nurse that was in the OR and she said that he did not do any lipo. When I told him this he said "maybe the nurse did not realize it". Well, he can claim whatever he wants....I know that the lipo was not done. It just kind of makes me mad that he would lie about it and pretend that he did it when he obviously did not.
I am posting some pictures.
I heard about Dr. Normington online. I read his reviews and they were good and so were the pictures that I saw of his work. After having my consult with him, I felt even better about my choice. His prices are also a lot more reasonable than the other two plastic surgeons that I had consults with.