Ready for the New Me - Minneapolis, MN

I am 27 years old nurse practitioner and have 2...

I am 27 years old nurse practitioner and have 2 children (8 year old son and 3 year old daughter). I am 5'6" and weight 155 lbs. I gained about 45 lbs with my pregnancy with my son and about 40 lbs with my daughter. I had c-sections with both of my children. I am currently 10 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. My son's birth weight was 9 lbs 1 oz and my daughter's birth weight was 9 lbs 4 oz. So needless to say with pregnancy, I got stretch marks across my abdomen and have extra hanging skin. And with breastfeeding each of my kids for 1 year, I lost some volume in my breasts.

I am scheduled for a tt with lipo and ba with non-invasive lift on June 1, 2011. I have been talking about doing this since I had my son. I am ready to get rid of most of my stretch marks, overhang on my pants and have some "life" back in my breasts!! I am actually happy with the size of my breasts but just need some filling out. My husband is very supportive and very excited for me as well. I am having the surgery about 3 hours away from where I live so me and my husband will be staying there for about a week after surgery. This will also give me time to recover without having the kids around. I am so very excited and feel like the day can't come soon enough.

Well this past friday I had my preop visit. We...

Well this past friday I had my preop visit. We discussed breast size and took before pictures. My PS also answered any further questions I had. My PS is wonderful, I believe that she really cares about my results. I can't believe that my surgery is only a week and a half away.

This week I plan to get the house cleaned, go grocery shopping, pick up my list of things that I need and pack. I am sure this week will go by quickly with all I need to do. Does anyone know a good brand of zip-up the front sports bra or suggestion for the type of Spanx to get? The countdown continues!

I can't believe tomorrow is the BIG DAY!! I felt...

I can't believe tomorrow is the BIG DAY!! I felt like this day was never going to come. I still have so much to do but at least I know my kids and house will be taken good care of. My wonderful mom is coming to stay with the kids so I have time to recover.
Everytime I look into the mirror it is so hard for me to believe I will never see the same tummy again. I think I am most excited about having a flat tummy which I haven't had since high school. As I was laying in bed last night my hubby said to me " I think you look amazing right now but I am so excited for you to be happy with your body." WOW a new body, I can't believe this is happening!!!

Well I am back at the condo we are staying at for...

Well I am back at the condo we are staying at for the next week. I am very comfortable with the pain medication not bad at all while I am sitting but worse when I get up to move around. My breasts definitely don't hurt as bad as my tummy. It almost feels like I had a really tough workout and I am super sore. Lots of burning in my abdomen when I try to move around. I ended up getting 240 cc saline implant in my right breast and 270 cc in my left. My left breast was slightly smaller prior to surgery. I can tell where she did lipo as it feels like I am badly bruised in those areas. I will post pics as soon as I can. So happy it is over with and I am on the road to recovery!

I am getting around better today. I have my hubby,...

I am getting around better today. I have my hubby, the drill sargent, making sure I am taking my pain meds and getting up to move around. I am a little more sore today though. My drains are still putting out quite a bit of fluid. Tomorrow I have my first post op visit and I will get to see what I look like under my dressings. I am pretty excited for that but nervous for the dressings to come off. I still feel like this is worth it. I am so happy it is all over and I am on the road to recovery. It will be nice to be able to stand up straight and then my back won't hurt as much with getting around. I can't wait to try on a bikini!!

Today I am doing even better. I can finally get up...

Today I am doing even better. I can finally get up off the couch without the help of my hubby. He has been such a big help and I wouldn't have been able to do this without him. My next appointment isn't until Tuesday and I may be able to get one of my drains out. At the Friday appointment they injected the drains with steroids to help them stop draining as much. Everyday the fluid in my drains gets lighter. My PS also gave me a prescription for nausea because I was having nausea when I would get up. The nausea has now resolved. I took a shower on Friday night with the help of my hubby but it didn't go as planned. I did feel cleaner after the shower it was just difficult standing in the shower for so long. My back is really the source of my pain. I just can't wait to stand up straight. I have had some pain in my left shoulder and arm. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Any suggestions? I have been putting the heating pad on it which has helped a little.

I have talked to several of my friends and some family. It's difficult when people are not excited for you. I feel like some of their reactions haven't been that good. Oh well, because I did this for me. Every day gets better and better. I am going to try to post some pics soon.

Photo Update

Well I am home now and it feels good to be back...

Well I am home now and it feels good to be back with my kiddos. My mom is staying through the weekend to help with the kids. I had another appointment yesterday and got one drain pulled. WOO HOO! Both of my drains were putting out little fluid but my PS didn’t want to pull them both at the same time. I should get the other one out next week, which I will feel less restricted. I don’t think it hurt at all when I got the drain pulled, just felt strange. They also took out some of my staples and most of my sutures. My PS said I can start standing up straighter now which I am happy about because my back has been killing me. It doesn’t hurt to stand up straight but feels tight and stretching. She also scolded me because I went to the mall with my hubby on Sunday and Monday. I told her that my hubby pushed me around in a wheelchair but she said she doesn’t want me doing anything except reading and watching movies. I guess that’s ok with me, I just didn’t think I was that restricted on my activities. She reminded me that I paid a lot for this and she doesn’t want me to have bad results. Point taken!

I am feeling better each day and I don’t need to take my pain meds anymore except at night to help me sleep. I stepped on the scale for the first time today and I was down almost 10 lbs, I was so amazed because I am still so swollen but very happy with that. My breasts are settling nicely and I know each day my swelling will go down by a little. I don’t think I will see the extent of my non-invasive lift until they have settled completely. Also, my PS did some lipo around my armpit area (I call it bra fat) which I really can tell a difference. I will post some more pics soon of me 1 week post op. Hope everyone that is along with me in this is doing well! Happy Healing!
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon

My PS was wonderful. She really took the time to explain things and I really felt that she cared about me having the best outcome. She stands behind her work and has great bedside manner. She even called me the night before surgery to answer any further questions. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!

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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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