Booked my Mini for May 19th - Missouri
- updated 2 years ago
Well, I'm 9 days away from my surgery, and I have...
- 10 May 2011
- 8 days pre
Well, I'm 9 days away from my surgery, and I have to say, I'm not nervous at all yet. I have a pretty significant amount of loose skin from my two 9 and 10lb babies. I lost all of the baby weight within a year of having them. (They were 16 months apart.) And ever since then, I'm just left with what I call "the bag they came in"!
My skin stretched terribly, and despite my slender figure, I've been wearing loose clothing for 11 years to cover it. (I just turned 30.) Aside from the obvious vanity issue, it's been a major annoyance to have the extra skin always sticking to me, and always trying to tuck it into pants. It's something that bothers me every day of my life. I've finally decided to do something about it as other health issues arise in my life.
I have pretty advanced endometriosis, a condition I'm stuck with until I decide to have a hysterectomy, which is something I won't be considering before 40. I also had to have my gallbladder out because it was being strangled by endo, and unfortunately the doctor made a mistake which almost killed me. I luckily made it through, but it's left me with a low/no fat diet for life. I'm at a point where to improve my quality of life, I need to fix the things that ARE fixable, and this is my final hurdle.
Aside from being able to comfortably dressed without worrying about the skin, I'm most excited to go for a run. Even with the most supportive clothing, having this skin bouncing around makes it impossible to run comfortably for more than a minute. I work out over an hour a day, strictly on the eliptical/weight training/pilates. I really can't wait to change it up.
I'm not out to look like a swimsuit model, I just want to feel good, and learn to love my body again after it's done me wrong.
My doctor is awesome, and really understands the simple results I'm looking for. No lipo or shaping of any kind, just the loose skin snipped. He didn't try to sell me on anything beyond what I'm looking for, and it was easy for me to book with him immediatly after my consult at the end of March.
Well, I've been a bit wordy here, and I know how important photos are, and I will be adding them soon. Updates to follow!
Added photos of my "before". That was HARD to do.
- 11 May 2011
- 8 days pre
Well, tomorrow is coming fast! I'm pretty nervous,...
- 18 May 2011
- 1 day pre
Well, I'm about 6 hours post-op, and feeling SO...
- 19 May 2011
- Day of treatment
One Day Post-Op, so far so good. Pain is managable...
- 20 May 2011
- 1 day post
3 Days Post-Op: Pretty bloated and swollen. I...
- 22 May 2011
- 3 days post
Pretty bloated and swollen. I was expecting that though. It's really uncomfortable with the binder being so tight. (After I swelled, I loosened it up about an inch, which is still tight, but now it's not hurting my back and ribs as much. I am still very much walking like an old lady! I don't see that improving for a while. I get up and walk every 1-2 hours. (Which means pacing around my living room and kitchen.) The drain annoys me, as I'm sure it would anyone. I keep checking to make sure it's not slipping out (which is just bored paranoia I think!) I never miss a pain pill, I set my blackberry alarm to my pills schedule. (I actually have a high pain tolerance and was sure I wouldn't need much as far as heavy painkillers, but boy was I wrong! When they start to wear off, I can really feel it. Other than that, so far, so good. Washed my hair over the tub, and made one call to the doc on call to let them know my legs and ankles were very swollen. (I hadn't expected that. She said that's pretty normal and would last a few days.) So tommorow I'm hoping to have a more normal day, maybe a little less sitting in the recliner and a little more keeping busy. I go back to the doc on Wednesday, which will probably be when I get my drain out. All discomfort aside, I can't believe I really finally did this. It's pretty surreal. Still feel like I am going to wake up from a dream. I know I still have a bunch of recovering to do, but it's such a relief already.
As of now, I'm inclined to say that this wasn't...
- 24 May 2011
- 5 days post
Had my drain out today. (Holy SH*T.) Feeling...
- 27 May 2011
- 8 days post
Okay, FINALLY added some after pics. I'm still...
- 7 Jun 2011
- 19 days post
I'm really happy with my results. I havn't updated with final photos, but I've come a long way. Dr. Hawes and his staff are amazing. I just had a 6-month visit, where he trimmed off a tiny dog ear on the end of my incision. (Which was quick and painless!)I couldn't be happier. I would recommend Dr. Hawes to anyone. They all seem genuinely happy to be a part of your experience.