3 months PO now considering a breast lift - Manhattan, NY

Hello I am just getting started on this journey 42...

Hello I am just getting started on this journey 42 yr old - 150 lbs 5 ft 5 inches
I am scheduled to have consults with Dr Schulman this week and next week with Shaffer and November with Kolker. I would appreciate if anyone has comments on any of these ps and experience with prices they quoted you etc.... Please send me a private message if you feel more comfortable.

Really excited have my first consult tomorrow!

Really excited have my first consult tomorrow!

Had my first consult with Dr Schulman he was great...

Had my first consult with Dr Schulman he was great as was his office staff I feel very confident about him but will go for the second consult next week before making up my mind. I feel after a ton of research I narrowed it down to a few top PS why other consulting with a ton when I found their son I want ?

I am really excited that I have selected my...

I am really excited that I have selected my surgeon and got my date for mid December and I am set! Yeah

Feel really ood about my decision - I want it look...

Feel really ood about my decision - I want it look the best and I can stand to loose the 15 lbs so ow I a m working on getting rid of the flab.
A

So I finally getting serious about the 15 lbs I am...

So I finally getting serious about the 15 lbs I am carrying around the past 1.5 yr or so....... Getting nervous also new job might happen before surgery which is making me nervous.

I finaly had courage to add my pictures thanks to...

I finaly had courage to add my pictures thanks to the other brave women on this site....
will add some more in 2 weeks to see Novemeber and right before surgery to see true afters.

So I need help what should I get that are must...

So I need help what should I get that are must haves for recovery?

So time is winding down and I have my Pre op today...

So time is winding down and I have my Pre op today a month away.
Amber

It is coming up so fast unfortunately I haven't...

It is coming up so fast unfortunately I haven't lost any weight but hope I will be okay with results.

Did anyone just take milk of magnesia right after...

Did anyone just take milk of magnesia right after surgery just to avoid constipation?

So nervous doesn't help that hurricane Sandy...

So nervous doesn't help that hurricane Sandy destroyed the first floor of our duplex now I am dealing with electricians and contractors and really frustrating issues but I am now nervous about my tuck only a few hours away.

Anyone have this issue I am drinking fluids but...

Anyone have this issue I am drinking fluids but don't need to pee yet?
They said wait up to 8 hrs and then call the doctor.

Okay had the surgery yesterday feeling stiff a lot...

Okay had the surgery yesterday feeling stiff a lot of swelling and my abdomen feels like a rock with pain on the upper abdomen
Any suggestions? I peed that helps butmy right thigh lypo site bleeds when I get up .

Its 2:46 am and I am wide awake I can really feel...

Its 2:46 am and I am wide awake I can really feel the muscle soreness today entering 2 day po or 3 day if you count the day of surgery. Urinating and passing gas but no bowel movement yet. I think I will feel better of I have one just a mental thing don't know if I should stop my pain meds don't feel comfortable doing that yet. See my ps tomorrow Friday after I had my surgery on Tuesday. Hopefully I can stand up but right now I am totally hunched over.

So finishing up full day 2 muscles were burning on...

So finishing up full day 2 muscles were burning on fire this morning. I feel better without the pain meds actually don't know why but the healing is faster so I am planning on moving to Tylenol today and see how it goes.
Still no BM had colace and mom but no luck yet. Go and see PS tomorrow although I doubt the drains will come out since they are still draining red and have to be emptied 3 times a day. Still can't straighten up totally at 45 degree angle.

Just got back from visit PS one drain was removed...

Just got back from visit PS one drain was removed no pain just felt weird sensation. Felt better when it came out. Really hunched over and hoping to stand straighter by the end of the weekend.

Hello quick update- today has been the best day so...

Hello quick update- today has been the best day so far on terms of pain. I am down to taking pain meds twice a day and in between take Tylenol to control the discomfort.
A bit of leakage around the drain exit not much but still.... Don't know what to do about cleaning belly button what are you guys using? I can't shower till Wednesday evening so I wasn't too concerned.
I am standing up a bit better but still really hunched over. I finally looked at myself and I like what I see and am glad that I did inner thigh lipo too. Otherwise I think they would look big - ill post pics soon hubby hesitant to take pics not sure why.

Hello Today is day 6 and I have to say pain is...

Hello Today is day 6 and I have to say pain is not so much the issue as being hunched over and tight.
Today I walked 4 blocks and that was good . I felt tight but I think that it is very good for recovery. I was just walking to the bathroom first and that is not enough. I realized I won't stretch naturally if I don't actually do something that allows my body to get there.... Will keep you updated. Oh my belly button isnt like the people on this site it already is concave hole just crusty with stitches in it maybe because of my earlier surgeries.

Day 8 Took the bus and subway to PS he took out...

Day 8
Took the bus and subway to PS he took out the last drain. I finally got have a shower today.
Yeah .... Feels good.

Needed more pain pills last nite but was out and...

Needed more pain pills last nite but was out and seems all of NYC is out of hydrmorphone today. I don't use them in the day just before I go to bed and then if I wake up 5 hrs later in pain.
A lot of swelling in the night I guess that is normal.

I guess it might be the swelling but I have...

I guess it might be the swelling but I have clearly lost weight I am a lot smaller so I was upset that my pants felt tight last night .
Does anyone understand this?

So I finally added some pictures.... hubby didn't...

So I finally added some pictures.... hubby didn't want to take any for some reason. Anyway the scar or rectangle scab on the front is just a scab from some tape during surgery. I have stitches in my belly button but it looks normal and i though i would have one with like most people on this site that looks closed and then inverts etc... but my belly button looks regular but with crust or stiches right now. Also i have tape or glue on my incision which he will remove this friday so i don't have anything to do with taking care of incision etc... that confused me too.

So 2 weeks and a couple of days in today at my...

So 2 weeks and a couple of days in today at my post op visit I got a new binder called Marena it has zippers and super tight it is is a size L but it is fitted and has holes opening for bathroom and you basically put your underpants on top.
I was given a green light to start scar therapy and he took the tape off me today. It didn't hurt just felt weird. He told me not weigh or measure myself because I will only drive myself nuts. He also gave me a green light for a light workout like walking treadmill or light hand weights nothing too much.
Iam doing better everyday and trust the results in another 6 weeks will be awesome.

I have to say for someone at 3 weeks doubtful if I...

I have to say for someone at 3 weeks doubtful if I would ever get back to normal there is lift at the end of the tunnel.
T does get better and I am getting stronger every day. Not 100 percent but better everyday. I am super thrilled with my surgeon so the aftercare has been helpful.

Doing well will post pics soon making good...

Doing well will post pics soon making good progress with things. I feel my scar stretch or hurt at night and the last of the scabs on it are about to fall off. I am definitely thinner and smaller but I know I still get swollen at different points. I am trying to continue the weight loss going to reach my goal which is 10 lbs away.

Now that my belly is flat my boobs look weird...

Now that my belly is flat my boobs look weird hanging:( time for a noob job but now I need to save 10 grand :(
New York Plastic Surgeon

He was excellent and very talented surgeon. I am pleased with low scar and one package fee he does. I will definitely go back to him for other procedures. He is expensive but well worth it.

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
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Go for it! Wish I had not waited for my TT.
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you look great
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Hi just checking on you how's the progress doing would love to see more pics please hope all is great.
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Thanks for asking doing great will pat more pics soon just to busy with work:)
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Hope all is well stay strong happy healing :)
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you look good.
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Hi hope you recovery goes well I also been considering this dr can u post more pictures please thanks :) good luck .
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Which garment did your PS recommend for PO?
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wow, you look GREAT!!! hope the merena works well for you... which one is it? i have been wearing Spanx with binder on top for extra compression but debating getting the LGA2. congrats on your new tummy... amazing results already!
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I love my Marena's!
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Look at that little waist! You look fantastic! I did not have a binder. I woke up in a Marena CG. Mine has 2 zippers on the side and, of course, crotchless. Are binders tighter?
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wow look at you!!! i wish i could get my thighs done they are so huge!!!! But you look fantabolus lol
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Marena? I will have to check those out. I am 3 weeks PO. All I have worn since day one is my binder. Which I love to we a around home. My PS told me I could wear spanx when I go out. The look is great under my clothes...but I can't help but think I need more. I have been a spanx girl for years. It seems I need something like you described during my TT healing process. Is it comfortable or at least tolerable?
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I love my MARENA!! My PS put me in it right away, fresh right after the surgery! It has two sided with hooks and zipper and it goes from pass my knees a bit and all the way up to under my breasts bone. It has a 'pee hole' and super comfortable. I only wear spanx here and there for about an hour a day to switch out while washing my marena but I usually live in it 24/7. I found that due to the very high quality surgical material, my swelling is not that bad when i'm in it and I'm not as flat when I only wear spanx. On my 2nd week, my last drain was removed and I had to wear a tummy binder on top of the Marena 24/7 to help further with the swelling and such. I love it so much that I'm thinking about getting a 2nd stage type garment to wear it FOREVER!! :) It's really expensive though!
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I hope you are doing well and feeling better every day. I think I will order the stage two Marena. How does the sizing run? I looked at their sizing chart and it looks as if I would need a small...but I am concerned about it being too tight. Do you have any ideas concerning this?
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I am in the same boat - woke up in the marena stage 1. I did buy the stage 2 and love it even more! I bought a size smaller and then recently went down a size again. I've been in marena almost 24/7 since surgery - try the stage 2 ;)
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Love my marena! I have 2nd stage (no zips), but crouch less , LGT2, worth every penny.
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Buffy, Does the high waist stay in place? No problems with it rolling down? Kelly
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It does stay in place even when my swelling goes down and a lot flatter than I started out with. It just feels more 'comfortable' but no way rolls or loose to the point that you would have to worry too much about it! I'm sure I can even get away with a smaller size by now.
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Can you provide the exact model of your Marina cg? I'm looking at their site and there are soo many to choose from!
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Sure I have a stage 1 with zippers on the side and goes like the length below boy short underwear it says on label LGT-L-B and barcode is 84145107800 My large has measurements of waist 30-32 hips 40-42 thigh 22.25-23.75 I can tell you it fits really tight with all the swelling still at day 17 it is crocthless which I like but I much prefer the binder I first was given after surgery. I think it is habit although my ps swears by this cg I have my doubts.... It is very supportive butbibcant sleep in it. I know I will appreciate next week back at work since it offers a lot of support. Good luck on your choice.
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You look AMAZING! How does your belly feel? Mine feels really numb around my belly button and middle of my incision and very itchy everywhere else.
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Thanks.... I am happy with what i see so far and I know it will only get better. I am looking forward to loosing a bit of weight and i am being careful about what i eat so i don't mess up the TT. I am itchy on my sides and back and i have hard lumps on my side from the lipo on the muffin top. My belly button doesn't feel numb just weird and since it is crusty I am super scared to touch it.
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I hope you find some more pain meds.Have you been taking a muscle relaxer? It helps me relax which helps with the pain since I cant stomach the percocet. Do you think the swelling is worst since you got your drain out? i see my ps tomorrow. I think my drains will come out since i have little drainage, but now im nervous.
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So my ps will not prescribe any muscle relaxers he is against it. I finally got tyleniol 3 I know it isn't as strong as hydrmorphone but it is better than Tylenol extra strength .
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