6 weeks post op and ready for the swelling to go!!!

I am a 25 yr old mom of two boys 7 and 3. After...

I am a 25 yr old mom of two boys 7 and 3. After putting on 50lbs with my first, then donating a kidney to my father, then getting pregnant again my stomach looks absolutely horride!! I breast feed my second son so there went my boobs! I have wanted to do this for many years and finally got the courage and money to do it. My surgery is scheduled for March 25.

I have been reading everyone's reviews and I must say I am still really nervous but I am so glad I found this site. I will keep everyone up to date and post pictures soon.

4 days until surgery!! I am getting very excited/...

4 days until surgery!! I am getting very excited/ nervous, I talked to my doctor today and took him some new pictures of what I wanted to make sure my expectations were realistic and that we were on the same page as far as outcome. I have decided to go with 425cc gel implants placed under the muscle. I can't wait to see the outcome!!

So my big day is tomorrow and I can't wait!! I...

So my big day is tomorrow and I can't wait!! I have been eating fresh pinapple to help with the bruisong and swelling (thats what the nurse tells her face lift pateints to do).
I will post my pictures as soon as I feel up to it. I couldn;t bring myself to post my before pictures without the after... trust me girls they aren't a good sight!!! Anyways I am super excited for tomorrow, wish me luck, and keep me in your prayer!!!

So yesterday was my surgery and I am happy to...

So yesterday was my surgery and I am happy to report that my new boobs are WONDERFUL and my belly looks GREAT even with the swelling! I can't wait to be back to myself and able to move a little a better. I have been forcing myself to get up and move around as much as possible. I think I am doing pretty good considering I managed to get myself in and out of the recliner all on my own!!! Thanks to everyone who was thinking about me yesterday. I will try to take some pics tomorrow and get the posted.

So I am feeling worse today so the pictures will...

So I am feeling worse today so the pictures will not get posted today! I feel like maybe I did too much yesterday or the medicine from the hospital is wearing off. Either way my lipo area and my incisions are hurting pretty bad today. My boob are still really hard and swollen, I hope they drop soon I can't wait to see the final outcome. IF I wasn't in this much pain I would swear I was dreaming because I have wanted this for so long!

So I am hoping to get some pic. today when my mom...

So I am hoping to get some pic. today when my mom comes to help me. I saw my stomach and stitches yesterday for the first time. MY mom was helping me clean and change my bandages and I almost passed out... not sure was going on but we are going to try again this morning and hopefully it will go smoother. I can't wait to get this drain out so I can take a bath!!!

So I didn't do any better today with the...

So I didn't do any better today with the cleaning and dressing of my incisions. For some reason when the girdle comes off I get a really weird feeling like my muscles are going to fall out of my stomach!!! I assume the pain med is what makes me feel sick, since I have never done god with pain meds anyways.
I feel really tight today in my breasts and stomach, I hope this passes soon b/c I can't due much feeling this way. Anyone else 3 days post op feeling this way??

Ok so I made it through yesterday, and even...

Ok so I made it through yesterday, and even managed to get my 3 year old in my lap for a while to watch a movie. I am feeling a little better today, now my back is KILLING me!!! I didn't sleep very well last night because me incisions were burning and itching like hell. I guess I will be off of my pain meds after today since I will be OUT!! I am not one to take pain meds but its the only way I am getting any sleep. Anyways my goal for today is to not get sick and faint feeling when we clean me up today. My mom is at the doctor with my oldest son this morning, we think he is getting strep... boy things just can't get any better around here!! Oh well chin up, I did this to myself and things will get better soon.

I had my first post op visit today and they said...

I had my first post op visit today and they said everything looked good! I was hoping to get some of my stitches and drain out but that did not happen. I go back Friday to get the stitches taken out of my breast and possibly my drain. I felt really accomplished today when I got cleaned up and dressed by myself. I know it seems silly to be proud of this but hey we have to celebrate the small things right now!! I did pretty good today when we ate lunch after the doctor and now I am going to get my hair washed!! YAY no more nappy head:) I hope everyone is doing well and thanks for all the encouragement!!

Ok ladies bare with me on the pic I am putting up....

Ok ladies bare with me on the pic I am putting up. I still have stitches in my belly button, TT incision, and boobs not to mention I am REALLY swollen. I was hoping to get my drain out tomorrow but thus far today I have drained 50cc already so I don't for see getting it out Friday. I really don't have any complaints other than my monthly visitor coming soon, I have been cramping all day! Anyways I hope everyone is doing well.

I got my stitches taken out of my breasts and some...

I got my stitches taken out of my breasts and some of my TT incision but I kept the drain. I am wondering if anyone else with Silicone gel implants was told to squeeze/ massage them into place? This seemed I little weird to me, I was told to squeeze the implant down and breast up, and she told me to stop wearing a bra. If you have seen my pic it is obvious they aren't standing up like I hoped they would so how is this going to help??? I guess I will give it a try even though it hurts likes hell when she squeezed it that hard!! Any suggestions on the implants or to help with swelling PLEASE let me know.

So I had another post op appointment yesterday...

So I had another post op appointment yesterday with my PS and asked him about my boobs since that seems to be what I am unhappy with right now. Before surgery we had discussed using a 25cc difference to correct slight asymmetry but my surgeon decided in surgery that he didn't like the smaller implant so he went with 475 in both. I am hoping that once they drop I will like them better. He mentioned wearing a band
to make them drop, I go back on Wednesday to get the rest of my stitches out. Oh how could I forget I got my drain out yesterday YAY!!! I was actually able to take a shower this morning and it was wonderful!! I did however need a nap after the shower and blow drying my hair. I feel like I may be bigger now than before surgery, I am hoping this is due to swelling and it goes away soon because I am tired of living in sweats.

I had to go back top the doctor today to have...

I had to go back top the doctor today to have fluid drained off my belly. I started getting sore last night and just thought maybe I had done too much but then when I took off my binder this morning I knew for sure I had fluid built up. Anyways it feels much better now, not quit so tight. There is not much pain these days, my right breast has finally dropped. Although I am still not very happy with my breast. I will update my pictures in the morning when I am not so swollen. My scar doesn't seem to be healing quit as fast or flat as I hoped it would; maybe it will get better with time. Anyways off to buy cleats for baseball we have two games tomorrow to kick off the season!!

1st day back at work yesterday!! It was pretty...

1st day back at work yesterday!! It was pretty good until about 3:00 and then I got really tired and really sore. After this weekend I seem to be really swollen and have a pocket of fluid collected around my scar. I go back to the Dr. Wed. so I am hoping I can hold off on getting it drained. I had a friend ask this weekend "why do you look bigger now than before surgery?"... I am not going to lie ladies I know I am swollen (the fact that I can't fit in my clothes gives that away) but can we say RUDE!! I had been at the ball field all day I was burnt, swollen, and tired. If I hadn't been so tired I may have gotten more upset. Anyways hopefully the swelling will subside soon and I can get out of stretchy pants and scrubs. Will update pics once the fluid is drained. In case anyone is wondering how to tell if they have fluid build up after their drain is removed think of a water bed when you touch your stomach!!

I am 3 weeks and 1 day post op today. I still a...

I am 3 weeks and 1 day post op today. I still a little sore when I do too much during the day or at work, other than that I am not having any pain. My breasts seems to be really sensitive, and my stomach seems to be even more swollen these days, I can't even wear jeans that were loose before!! I had to have 120cc of fluid drained again last Wednesday. My pictures show just how swollen I am.

I went to the doctor yesterday for my check up and...

I went to the doctor yesterday for my check up and because I noticed that my scar has "split" open right over my hip bone. He says this is normal and will heal soon that I am just doing too much. I will put up a picture of it soon. Other than the new open wounds everything seems to be healing fine and I am happy with the results thus far just ready to able to fit into an actual pair of pants... good thing I wear scrubs everyday!! I know all of the parents on my sons baseball team think I only own sweat pants and t-shirts...
Oh well what is a girl to do when she spent this much money to be in pain and not fit into her clothes because of all the swelling...

I am posting my 4 week pictures, still really...

I am posting my 4 week pictures, still really swollen, boobs are doing a little better. I am also putting a picture of the "split" in my incision. Nothing to complain about other than being tired ans swollen from working weird hours this week. MY husband is loving my new boob but wants to know when the swelling will go down in my tummy. I told him if I knew I would be happy to tell him!! I think he is just tired of listening to me complain about not having any clothes to wear, he always answers just put on a pair of jeans... wish I could!!!

I am almost 5 weeks post op feeling back to normal...

I am almost 5 weeks post op feeling back to normal as far as energy levels and no pain. The boobs are looking better everyday and so are all of my scars. I am just wondering when I can expect to put on a normal pair of pants again and quit with the stretchy pants. Either way I am really glad I had this surgery and can't wait to start working out again!

I haven't been on in a while and I must say...

I haven't been on in a while and I must say ladies not much has changed. Alothough I haven't had any realy pain for a while I still get sore and swollen by the end of the day. I am very happy with my breasts since they have settled in. I am wondering if I should ask my Dr. about the lipo on my flanks b/c I noticed today that they seem to be uneven. I will post pictures tomorrow morning when I am not swollen and let you be the judge but as for now that is the only thing I am not 100% happy with.

Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Efird did an amazing job!! I am only one day post op and have no extreme pain, I LOVE LOVE my new boobs, and my stomach is already flat... even with swelling!! He took the time to discuss everything with me and made sure I was comfortable with the entire process.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I already know what its about... Efrid went out of business right. I had 6 appointments rescheduled for the corrective lipo to my flanks. I have now gone to Dr. Johnson, due to the circumstances he has given me a very good price on the lipo. A friend of mine just had a tummy tuck and lipo with Dr. Johnson and is VERY happy with him.
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How are you ?
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How is tt tear healing? You look amazing, really! Best of Luck to you!
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I have tummy tuck and breast lift scheduled with Dr. Efird Sept 2nd, has anyone just had a lift with no implants? Dr Efird didn't think I needed implants but I'm not sure if I agree, I'm worried about the upper pole flat look. Any suggestions?
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Hey hadn't checked on you in awhile and was just wanting to let you know that I feel the same about my fllanks, but they get smaller each week....or either I'm becoming use to them. My next appointment isn't until July 25 (and that's still only 5 months post op)and I really want some more lipo on them or something because they are the only thing I'm not satisfied with. I'm also having the bloating by late evening if I think of any tricks I'll let you know. Otherwise take care and let me know what he says!
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Just put on a pair of jeans! Lololol! It's been a couple weeks since you updated last. How are you feeling?

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They have gone down some but not as much as I had hoped. My flaks were one of the main things I wanted gone when I went in for the surgery so I guess I was just hoping they would look a little better by now. I can finally wear some of my pre op clothes. My swelling isn't too bad in the morning but by the end of the day it gets evil! How about you? Is your swelling going down?
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Hey there! Just checking in to see how you're doing. We had the surgery about the same time and it looks like we're both concerned about the flanks! Has yours gone down at all? Mine is still super swollen and it's almost like there was no lipo done. My PS keeps resassuring me that it takes time, but I'm anxious!
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wow looking great!!!! pineapple!!! im so glaad u said that i havent heard that yet and i love pineapple!
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I know what you mean!!! I am sooo ready to be able to play with the kids and not worry about them being too rough or telling my 3 year old "mommy can't pick you up, lets go sit down and you can get in my lap".
Hoping that most of the swelling will go down by 8-12 weeks.
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You look great even swollen ! The swelling is definitely nerve wrecking. Is anybody over 3 months post op ? I need something to look forward too.....
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When does the swelling get better anyways? It's so uncomfortable!
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I'm 6 wks post op on two days and I still don't know when the swelling stops.LOL
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I've read some ppl swell for 9 months. I am scared I'll have that issue, I tend to swell even if I don't take in a lot of sodium sometimes.
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It seems like the more you do the more swollen the belly gets. I can't wait until the "swollen days" are over. Well its great you are a DD! GIVE your breast time to take shape. If you go bra-less that will help make them drop faster. Ask your PS.
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that should be spanx...my bad
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Keep your head up ! It's been 2 months and I still have days were I look and am like what was the purpose. I'll be so happy when the swelling is gone and I'm so afraid that the swelling is gone. lol Some days are better than others. I'm so sick of this damn spank !!!!
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She was very rude ! Are you playing baseball? My seromas started when I started moving too much too soon. you may wanna aske Sandra if this is the reason for yours as well.
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I am goning back in tomorrow to have Sandra drain me again. I had an app with Dr. Efird for tomorrow but they just called and moved it to next Monday. I am not playing baseballl my 7yr old is. I did notice all of the swelling and fluid started around the time I went back to doing all of the house work and getting ready for baseball season and going back to work... who knows. I am just ready to be past this phase of healing!!
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Some people have zero tact, don't let it bother you! Once the swelling goes down I'm sure her snotty comment won't bother you at all because you will look great!
The only person that knows I'm doing this is my husband but I KNOW everyone is going to realize I did something; which I hate. But I'm not doing this for anyone but myself and probably a little for the hubby if I'm being honest. ;)
Hope you start to feel better soon.
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I have wanted this surgery for so long but now it seems like it is taking forever to heal. I alaways feel like I am pushing myself too hard to get things done and that may be delaying some of the healing as well. I am just ready to not have to worry about doing too much, yesterday I didn't sit down till 9:000 last night and I was REALLY swollen when I went to bed. I am hoping it won't be so bad tonight but we have a game at 7:30 so I will be entertaining my 3yr old at the fields all night.
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How rude of your co-worker! I'm realizing from this site, that this surgery is probably not going to be as easy as I thought to keep "private". It sounds like I was underestimating the down time. LOL

Sorry to hear that you are still swelling. Are you still wearing the compression garments?
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Yes I am still wearing my garment, and I know I am bigger now due to all of the fluid built up. I went friday and had it drained and it looked much better but after Sat. it looked worse again, and now that I am back to work it is REALLY bad!! I just thought it was rude for someone to say that, even if you think it don't say it...
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your PS did a fantastic job, can't wait to see an updated picture!
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