3 mos PO - Scar treatments, anyone? - TT, Lipo of Flanks - Massachusetts, MA
- updated 11 months ago
Have been following this website for awhile,...
- 22 Oct 2012
Have been following this website for awhile, wasn't going to comment because I don't want anyone to know I did this (don't want the whole judgement thing), but finally decided that since I have been helped so much by your stories I should share mine. I was always thin until I had twins. They weighed well over 6 lbs. each. I lost all the weight in 6 weeks, in fact when I went back to work I weighed 10 lbs. less than before I got pregnant! Great, right? Um...no. I was left with a big overhang of loose skin. Then I had a third child who weighed over 10 lbs. C-sections both times. So I was pretty sure after the twins that no amount of dieting was going to make that skin snap back in place, and in fact my OB/GYN confirmed that surgery was the only answer. This did destroy my will to keep the weight off. I work out regularly though. And I've thought about doing a TT for yrs. So why didn't I? All the usual reasons - fear of dying & leaving my children motherless (and who wants to be remembered as that selfish mom who died doing plastic surgery?), not wanting a scar that looks like somebody tried to saw me in half (although i realize now that a lot of the scars I have seen online were actually soon after surgery & would look better over time, & who am I kidding anyway? I had a c-section scar as well as a red line where my skin folded over itself, I just couldn't see them because my belly was in the way!), guilt about spending so much money on surgery to fix something that is "natural" when there are people starving in the world, not wanting to do something unneccessary that would burden my whole family during recovery (as I had already burdened them with other necessary surgery), etc.
But on the other hand, as the years went by, I just couldn't get over my frustration & depression when I tried to go shopping. I am tired of having to wear dresses with no waist, & pants with lots of stretch in the waist. And every time I try to wear something clingy, I look like a sausage. And you can dress up a sausage with lace, but it still looks like a sausage! I also thought it would motivate me to eat better. And I know a few people have mentioned the braces argument, but I think it is a good one. We've shelled out a lot of $ for braces for our kids, & I wouldn't tell them they can't have braces because people are starving in Africa, or it is "natural" to have crooked teeth.
So probably the one unique thing about me compared to most of you who write is that I am 56 years old. Waaay older than most of you. I was even embarrassed to call for a consult because of my age. But I immediately loved them when the scheduler asked my birthdate & I asked her if I was too old. She laughed (in a kind way) & said no, not at all. At the end of the conversation, she told me I had made her day with my age question. So I knew it would be okay. I did decide to go with that PS since I also loved him & his nurse. they spent as much time as I needed & were very caring. They always returned my calls right away. I can't say enough good things about them.
So now I am almost 4 wks PO. Did I survive? Am I glad I did it? Absolutely! I only wish I had done it earlier. And the whole age thing really didn't matter since I am healthy & fairly fit. I had my surgery in my PS's clinic. He told me I could go to the hospital if I would be more comfortable, but it would cost more because I'd have to stay overnight, & I'd have to have a breathing tube if I did it there but not in his office. Since I had just read an article about diseases you can pick up in a hospital, wanted an easier recovery with less intervention, felt like it was expensive enough already, & his office is just down the street from the hosp if I had a problem, I went for the office procedure.
MY PS wants you up & walking by Day 1 PO. I woke up that morning thinking that they forgot to tell me that they would be taking me outside during the surgery & letting a truck run over me a couple of times. Because that is what I felt like. I got up & promptly threw up. Things you don't want to do after a TT - throw up, cough, sneeze, blow your nose. Although for those of you who want to compare this to a C-section, I think that throwing up after a C-section is worse (I guess I am now an expert on this). Anyway that was a tough day, I was in pain. The nurse called later in the day & when I told her how I felt she said to up the pain meds. Which helped a lot. The next day was better, i couldn't decide if I hurt or itched. So I knew I was healing. But the binder about drove me crazy. I was also allowed to take a shower on Day 2 PO. I used my kids bathroom because they have a built in bench & a hose attachment but I found I could do it standing up by myself. But I did NOT tackle my legs & when I decided to shave them a few days later I did sit down on the bench. That required way more strength than I had. My back was killing me from walking bent over & from sleeping only on my back. I got off the pain meds during the day after almost a week but still took them at night for probably another week so I could sleep through the back pain. I also had the pain pump for the first few days & one drain for a week and a half. i really did not walk fully upright for about 2 wks. And at 2 wks, I gave up the yoga pants & tried on my pre-surgery jeans. They fit, but they were tight. That was kind of a downer. I was hoping I'd lose a ton of weight & drop a size or two. But I have to say that the tight pants look better on me than they did pre-surg. No longer is my gut straining & pulling at the zipper, begging for release. I was more even all around. I am also wearing a tank top & binder which adds to my waist, plus I think I am still swollen some. So I am hoping this will get better. although even now the pants still feel tight.
I did not tell anyone except my husband that I did this. Even my youngest who is still in high school only knows that I had some surgery (I was worried he might ask questions, Hubby said "He won't, he's a guy, he'll be afraid that he might stumble on something female that he doesn't want to know about," & he was right). LOL! I did tell my housecleaners ( a husband & wife) that I was having surgery becuase i needed to change the arrangemnts with them the week of my surgery. When the guy saw me last week, i was wearing jeans & a cardigan sweater, but still he said, "You look like you've lost weight!" I said well, maybe, becase I really haven't lost much of anything & he sid, "Yeah, your face looks thinner." LOL!! so I'll end on that. I'll post pics later.
Tried to post & add pics a couple of days ago &...
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And did I mention that this whole package cost over $200? Seems like a lot although I guess when you compare it to what I've spent on this already.... Just hope this really works. And I am really glad that I live in New England & did this in Sept. since I won't have to get into a bathing suit anytime soon.