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9 weeks PO ... Enjoying the new me!! :) New Pics
- Stacy in LBC
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 1 year ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $16,300
- Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD (Long Beach, CA)
I first want to start by saying thank you to all...
- 23 Feb 2012
I first want to start by saying thank you to all who have written reviews, posted pics, and shared their stories. Your experiences have educated me in so many ways. So, thank you!!
Ok, so here I am. Starting my journey... I am a stay-at-home mom of an amazing 21mth old daughter. She makes me laugh and melts my heart every day. She is my Miracle Child. :) I also have a 15 (almost 16) year old son who, unfortunately lives with his dad (my first husband) in another state. :( He is an amazing, smart, funny, respectful teenager. I am SO proud to call him my son. He is my Golden Child. :) I know what you are thinking..."wow, she spaced them out!" LOL Not intentionally, as both were surprises. But I am so very glad they are mine. :) Ok, so...
Pregnancies and stats... I am 37 (will be 38 at the time of my MM) and 5'7". Before my son, I was 117lbs and a small 32B. During my pregnancy with my son, I gained 60lbs and nursed with 34Ds. Over the following 14 years I was only able to get back to 135 and 34B. During my pregnancy with my daughter, I gained 40lbs and nursed with 38DDs! I am currently 160ish with very saggy 36Cs. I have a tummy pouch I refer to as my "baby blubber" that drives my crazy!!! I have been wanting a MM FOREVER!!! Well, the time has come!!! :)
My goals are to: 1. Lose the baby blubber (I can't remember the last time I had a flat tummy.) and 2. Lift "the girls" and maybe add a little volume to them while we are at it. To stay a 36C would be perfect! :) But highly unlikely with all the sagginess.
My concerns: Only one really... Should I get just a BL and risk going smaller (36Bish)? Or should I go for a BL with a small implant to achieve the fullness and firmness that I lack (36Dish)? Honestly I am not crazy about putting a foreign objects in my body. But... I have had one consultation now and I have another one tomorrow. I really like the first PS I met with. Dr. J. I feel comfortable with him and feel his is quite capable. He recommends a BL with a small silicone implant under the muscle resulting in a 36D. I am very excited to hear what're second PS, Dr. D, has to say tomorrow.
Either way, tomorrow afternoon, I plan on making my doctor choice, putting down my deposit, and scheduling my surgery for March 22nd or 23rd. The reason so soon and so quickly is because of scheduling issues. Ready for this!? First, my husband travels a lot for work. Very spur of the moment most of the time. I have had to make sure he can be home to help take care of our daughter. Second, I am flying my MIL in to solely take care of my daughter for my first 6 days of recovery. I have had to work with her availability. (My husband plans on taking 2 days off after my MIL leaves, to take care of our daughter. Giving me a total of 8 days of child care.) Third, my son is coming to visit for spring break the second week in April and I don't want to be completely out of it while he is visiting. And last, I have a bachlorette party in Vegas, May 11-13, that I would like to be able to be as recovered as possible so I can enjoy myself. CRAZY!?!? I know. So... Any advice, suggestions, recommendations you ladies can help me with? I greatly appreciate your support.
**Posting of my review was delayed. :( I wrote my...
- 27 Feb 2012
I had my consultatin with Dr. D last Friday. He was actually suggestioning NOT doing anything with my breasts. If anything, just a lift, which would result in me going smaller. He said there is just too much of "me"/tissue still there and if implants are put in, I wouldn't be happy with them in the long run with potentially getting droopy nipples and/or getting the "rock in a sock" affect. That confused me quite a bit and needless to say, I didn't leave his office with warm fuzzies. :(
So, I made my decision and decided to proceed with Dr. J. I am happy and comfortable with my choice. I have another consultation appt with him tomorrow (2/28) to ask more questions, go over "the plan" and maybe add some lipo of my saddlebags and inner thighs. Very excited!
I am also exploring additional child care help via Care.com to help after my MIL leaves...just in case. ;)
Ok...today I went for a second consultation with...
- 28 Feb 2012
My pre-op appt is set for 3/10. My deposit is down. And surgery is in 3.5 weeks!!!
Had my pre-op appt last Saturday and PAID!! Time...
- 13 Mar 2012
I think I am starting my "nesting" phase. I just cleaned the inside of my fridge! LOL Now onto washing the guest room bedding and organizing my daughter's room. Need to get ready for my MIL's visit. :) I hope I don't forget to prep anything... :/
ONLY ONE MORE WEEK!!!!I am so excited!! And so...
- 16 Mar 2012
Only 3 more days!!! .... Need some support. I am...
- 20 Mar 2012
I am feeling VERY guilty. My husband and I were planning on using our tax return to pay for the majority of my surgery; however, shocking news to us today, we are barely getting anything back, if anything!!!!! I guess that is what we get for moving up in the tax brackets. Like they say... More money, more problems. Anyway, I am feeling VERY guilty and selfish! My husband says not to worry, we will make it work and that I was gong to have this surgery done now or later anyway. I know we should have had our taxes done before I got all into this, but... UGH!!!! What should I do?
OK... as uncomfortable as I was... I posted before...
- 20 Mar 2012
Great!!! :/ Aunt Flo is coming. :( My girls are...
- 21 Mar 2012
Btw, I am really hating my pics. I def don't feel how I look. I didn't realize my body was that bad. I have days when I feel skinny and not THAT bad, but MAN! What I feel and think I see is WAY different than the pics I just took. Reality just slapped me in the face and said you need this makeover!
Ok, so I'm not really sure how I am feeling....
- 22 Mar 2012
I keep grabbing my boobs and thinking today will be the last day they are what they are... As if saying goodbye to them. Same with my baby blubber... Surprisingly I am sad about it. After all, I EARNED that baby blubber! It's making me tear up as I am typing this. I keep hugging my baby girl and she keeps hugging me when she sees me crying. She jabbers to me like "everything will be ok. I love you." She is so amazing! ...ok, full on bawling right now. My poor little dog is so confused right now.
Anyway, I figure if anyone can relate to how I am feeling it is you ladies. I keep looking at post-op pics with the fresh incisions and holy crap! That freaks me out! I have never had visable stitches. I think my husband is going to freak out when he sees them.
Ok, I have to go pick up my MIL from the airport. Reality is really setting in.
So it has been an emotional day. Highs and lows. I...
- 22 Mar 2012
Other than missing my daughter, I am feeling pretty numb at the moment. In shock?? Honestly, I hope I stay emotionally numb until they put me out. I am looking forward to dancing with pink elephants tomorrow. :) Dumbo is one of my daughter's favorite movies right now. :) I doubt I will get any sleep tonight.
Only positive thoughts... :)
Hello ladies! I did it!! I am very sore and...
- 24 Mar 2012
Day 2 PO... Feeling pretty good. Little pain only...
- 25 Mar 2012
Day 3 PO... Feeling really good today. Not in much...
- 26 Mar 2012
Wishing everyone easy and speedy recoveries. :)
Day 4 PO... I am exhausted today! Not sure why....
- 27 Mar 2012
Day 5 PO... Had a good day today. Rested. My MIL...
- 28 Mar 2012
Wishing everyone recovering a feel good day! :)
Oh, I also wanted to say that I am still in all my...
- 28 Mar 2012
One week PO... Well it has been one week already!...
- 30 Mar 2012
I have three major wants right now... 1. To cuddle with my little girl. I miss hugging her so much!!! 2. To take this compression garment off!! Even for a few minutes! So dang itchy!!! And 3. To Shower!!! Like a real relaxing, wash my hair, shave my legs kind of shower. :) I am hoping to get the green light for that tomorrow.
Today's goals: I will have my MIL wash my hair in the sink again. (It's better than nothing.) I will walk more. And maybe watch a movie with my little girl on my lap. :)
So happy!! My first follow up appt went awesome!...
- 31 Mar 2012
So ahead of me... I have one more week to tend to wounds. Then I can start my silcone scar treatment. My next follow up is in two weeks. I am confined to my CGs until then. But Dr. J makes them pretty tolerable with foam padding. "Snug as a bug in a rug! Right, Dr. J!" :) I love my PS!! He is a true body artist. He is so personable, funny, down to earth, great guy! I feel so lucky to have found him. I almost don't want to recommend him and keep him to myself! ;)
Also, my MIL is flying back to MI as I type. I am sad to see her go and will miss all her help with my daughter, but I have to start getting my house back to myself. Before I know it, my son will be here on the 7th for his spring break and my parents will be here on 11th for eight days! Ugh!! This mamma needs to rest up!
Overall feeling pretty good. The last couple days...
- 2 Apr 2012
Super excited about SHOWERING tonight!! I can not wait!! I am sure I will feel soooo much better. I will post PO pics later.
I had a great shower! :) My back hurt like you...
- 2 Apr 2012
I felt pretty good today. Energy level is up a bit...
- 3 Apr 2012
So excited to see my son on Sat!!! I think I will be feeling pretty good by then. :) However, I did just find out my parents are postponing their trip to see me. I am a little bummed, but I think it is for the best. Might have been a lot to have that much company all at once.
OH, TOMORROW! Ugh... Tomorrow will be my first day home alone with my daughter. :/ Kinda nervous. I hope I can keep up with her. Nervous about naptme. It will be the first time we sleep together since the surgery. She is a tough one to sleep with. Restless BODY syndrome that little one! Scared for the girls... :/ wish me luck!
Day 12 PO... Had a good day. Napped with my...
- 4 Apr 2012
I guess I am shrinkng!! Yay! I get to pick up my new smaller CG from my PS tomorrow. :)
My girls feel a little less swollen, but they are still pretty big and tender. Not so much to the push, but to the light touch; feels almost like a sunburn would feel. I think my skin is just super sensitive from being in this CG bra 24/7. Has anyone noticed this feeling?
I'm freaking out a little.... I think my girls...
- 5 Apr 2012
2 weeks PO... Ok, so thanks to you lovely ladies...
- 6 Apr 2012
15 days PO... I put on my new garment today. Love...
- 7 Apr 2012
18 days PO... I am feeling great!! I feel about...
- 10 Apr 2012
I know I have been promising new pics, but I have not had the opportunity to get them uploaded. I can't upload them from my iPad; therefore I have to wait to use my husband's work laptop and he is usually using it or traveling with it (like now). He will be home tomorrow night and I will post new pics after my appt on Thursday. I PROMISE!! :)
20 days PO... Getting ready to go to my PS for a...
- 12 Apr 2012
1. My girls are too big. PERIOD. I have tried to get used to them, accept them, etc. however, my opinion and gut tells me they are too big. I "ordered" a full C/small D. I easily have a full DD! I am not comfortable with girls this big. My husband loves them and thinks they look great, but it is my body and I need to be comfortable with them. One thing I do NOT want is to be convinced that they are a fine size. We shall see what my PS says. I FEAR I may have to go through another breast surgery to get them reduced. :(
2. I am a little concerned with how high my tummy scar is. Will it still fall a bit? Not extremely important because I don't plan on running around in bikinis, but i want to feel comfortable with it. Worst case, I am ok with it as is as long as it is healing properly and smooth.
3. This concern is a bit disappointing... I am planning on talking with him about his office staff. The last couple weeks I have noticed a lack of unorganization and a bit of lack of communication. Don't get me wrong, they are super nice women; however, the follow up on questions I have asked has left a lot to be desired. I have recieved weak answers to my questions, that's if I received an answer at all. I will follow up with my PS directly and make sure I get full answers.
I will post an update tonight WITH PICS :) and what I find out at my PS appt.
Yay! So my appt with my PS went great! Dr. J is so...
- 12 Apr 2012
1. He not only said the my girls look amazing AND that they are still swollen and will be for up to 3 months. He expects them to end up a full D. I'm good with that. He also explained my implant size to me and how it fits not only my body size and height, but how it fits my breast pocket size. He showed me the chart and how the pocket size and implant size are calculated. Please girls, don't get caught up on the ccs. They can be very deceiving. Trust your doctor and his expertise.
2. Dr. J says that my tummy scar may still go down a bit, but is healing perfectly. I can start using my silicone gel. :) And my lipo areas (hips and thighs) look great. :) I even went down ANOTHER CG size!! Happy skinny girl here! :)
3. I voiced my concerns about the poor staff communications and he requested the info from them himself. I am glad he took the time to listen.
I really like my doctor. :) I hope each of you find or have a doctor you are as comfortable with as I am with Dr J.
New pics coming shortly. :)
24 days PO... Feeling good other than these...
- 16 Apr 2012
26 days PO... Feeling really well. Going for long...
- 18 Apr 2012
My latest new love is my new sports bra. It is the Moving Comfort Fiona bra. LOVE IT!!! It is not a zipper front. It has the normal hook-in-eye closure in the back, BUT the straps are wide and go over the shoulders (great for me because the racer back sports bras kill my neck after a while) AND it has cool adjustable Velcro straps that fasten in the front. It is difficult to describe and imagine. Here is the Amazon link:
Not sure if my PS would approve of this style, but I DO! ;) So I am sharing.
Also, I have a confession... don't tell my PS ;)... I have been cheating on my CG the past two nights. I do wear it during the day, but not at night while I am sleeping. It feels soooo good to get a break from it. I haven't notice any swelling or negative side affects. I do feel a little vulnerable, but the freedom and comfort are worth it. :)
5 weeks PO... Just a quick update. I am feeling...
- 27 Apr 2012
Off to Vegas in two weeks!! Very excited! I will post pics soon of my new swimsuit. Crazy, LONG process in trying to find the right one for me.
Happy journeys to everyone! :)
So last Friday was my 6 weeks PO. I am doing...
- 7 May 2012
So Vegas with the girls this weekend!! I am armed and ready with a hott new tankini. Tankini?? You say... Well, yes! I am not a bikini kinda gal. And honestly, my tummy scar is too high for a bikini. Am I bummed about that? Yes, but I knew going into this that I wasn't a bikini wearing girl and my goal wasn't to become one. I truly just wanted to feel better in my body shape and that I DO! :) My scars are, well, there. And my belly button scar isn't hidden by any means either, but again, not my goal. I am positive they will fade a lot more with time.
As for my girls... Yup, they are still huge. Swollen? I don't feel they are. Buying new real bras and found I am a 34DD. Obviously it depends on the brand. Am I happy with my girls? I'm not not happy with them. I'm just a little bothered by my clothing fitting properly. Before my surgery, I would buy things according to my tummy...hiding it. Now I need to buy things that accommodate my new girls. :/ I will talk to my PS again and see what he suggests.
BUT, I am a happy girl and back to being active with my baby girl. :) Life is good. :)
Had a great follow up appt with Dr. J. He is...
- 9 May 2012
While I was there he examined my BB scar and decided to give me a couple shots of a very mild steroid that helps reduce my... Hyper- (insert fancy medica word) scar. Basically my scar tissue goes a little hyper and produces more scar tissue than necessary. It is NOT a colloid type scar, but becomes raised a tiny bit. This mild steroid helps reduce this process.
**This just shows that EVERYONE REACTS DIFFERENT TO SURGERY. Everyone scars different. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. Everyone's swelling is different. Etc. My advice to everyone is have REALISTIC expectations. Weigh your pros and cons. For example, my scars my not be "perfect" and my girls may be big right now, but I LOVE my body shape and I am SO glad I don't have baby blubber to hide, my girls are perky and my inner thighs don't rub! DEFINITELY a huge improvement. :)
9 weeks PO... Everything has been great!! LOVING...
- 26 May 2012
My Doctor: Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD