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.

Good luck! I went on many consults over a 3 year period and finally took the plunge this past April. Best thing I've ever done!
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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 ?
Hey love! Just dropping by to show you some love and support! Go for it sweetie! I am here if you need to talk. Just inbox me!
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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.
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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.
Hi Anna, I' also scheduled for December. I'm trying to lose 15 lbs as well before the surgery. Trying to eat less than 1000 calories a day. Keep in touch and good luck.
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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?
Hi Anna! Welcome! What are you planning on having done? IF it's a Mommy Makeover you can go to http://www.realself.com/forum/november-and-december-2012-mommy-makeovers-check-in and check in and get some support and good info.
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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
Hi Anna we are having our procedure on the same day!!!
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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?
Hey hey my friend. the same day as me. Yippee. I have found a same dayer. I thought I was the only one. Wishing you lots and lots of luck for tomorrow. Look forward to sharing photos and our experiences after. Take Care buddy. Hugs across the ocean. suzi xx
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You too best of luck tomorrow. Big hugs A
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Good luck tomorrow, happy healing
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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.
I had my surgery on Dec. 7th and sill couldn't urinate when I supposed to be discharged. They decided to have me stay the night and try again. I had no luck on Sunday so they sent me home with a Foley catheter which I have to leave in until my PS appointment this Thursday. I don't think I would wait 8 hrs. to call the doctor. Your bladder may still be numb and maybe you can't feel the sensation to pee but your bladder is full.
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Wishing you all the best for a safe procedure n a speedy recovery. Jizfiya
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Good luck! You're going to look great.
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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.
My doc didn't believe in pain meds, so I went cold turkey. Guess what? You'll heal quicker. Yes, it stinks BUT it will keep you down, exactly where you belong. Today and tomorrow are the worst part. After that, it's smooth sailing. Don't do anything. By anything, I mean A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. You just sit in a chair...all day. Nothing. If you do that, you will feel better. Don't even move a muscule except your thumb on the remote control. Hang in there, this is a really hard day, you can do this.
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Rest, medicate and more rest!  You will do great just keep your chin up.

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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.
Glad to hear it gets better. I just took some mom...so bloated. Hope tomorrow is easier.Hope every day gets easier for you too.
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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.
You walked 4 blocks? You are my hero. My daughter has her Xmas concert in 3 days( that will be my day6 ) and I hope I can go. I am still hunched over and with killer back pain just 10 feet to the toilet and back, like I'm carrying an elephant on my back. Good for you. I did manage a shower today.
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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.

Enjoy!!!  That first shower both wipes you out and feels amazing.

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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 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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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 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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That stinks. I won't get any sleep if I don't take a muscle relaxer at night. I only take one at night and then it takes me an hour before I even get sleepy. I guess it's because I spend most of the day sitting around. I am done with my antibiotic after tomorrow and i take tylenol once or twice a day.I hope you get some relief.
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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Hope all is well stay strong happy healing :)
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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 :(
Go for it! Wish I had not waited for my TT.
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Thanks for asking doing great will pat more pics soon just to busy with work:)
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