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Hopefully 2nd Times a Charm! ;) - North Carolina, NC
- posted 4 months ago
- updated 3 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $16,000
- Bryan Criswell, MD (North Carolina, NC)
I'm a 36 year old mother of 3 kids all under the...
- 12 Jan 2013
- 1 day pre
I'm a 36 year old mother of 3 kids all under the age of 10. I was scheduled for my mommy makeover originally 2 years ago. I made it all the way up to one week before surgery and....SURPRISE! I found out I was pregnant! I literally almost fell over when that test turned out positive. So I had to cancel the surgery and ended up with new boobs anyway! Ha!
Fast fwd 2 years and here I am! 2 days before surgery. I am getting a BL/BA. TT and lipo to inner and outer thighs. I figured may as well go through all the recovering at once! I gained between 55-70 lbs with all of my pregnancies and had 3 c sections. I am 5-4 and about 140lbs.
I'm so freaking nervous! I had to go get some tylenol pm just so I can fall asleep at night. My husband thinks I'm obsessed with my preparations. I don't think you can ever be too prepared for something like this. Here are a few things I have prepared for recovery:
Rented a electric lift recliner
Toilet seat riser
Several zipmup nightgowns
Extra compression garment
Spanx for after 3 weeks
Airplane pillows( for comfort and for when i cough)
No slip socks
And all the meds/ supplemts dr recommeded.
2 more days! I have to be at the surgery center at 7am Monday morning!! I'm going to try and post before pics from my phone.
Going to attempt to get some sleep now! Surgery...
- 13 Jan 2013
- 1 day pre
Doing good ladies. I'm going to write down the...
- 16 Jan 2013
- 2 days post
Best items so far: my electric lift recliner!!! Worth every penny to rent it. Also- my walker. Really helps to get to bathroom and back. One thing that did not work for me is my raised toilet seat. It was so hard my legs would go numb and it never felt steady enough.
I have a nursing service that stays with me around the clock and that had been a tremendous help. My hubby had to go out if town and my mom is busy taking care of the kiddos so I just needed someone to take care of me. I can get up and get to the bathroom myself but need help getting pillows, etc situated. OH- another thing that I'm loving is my travel neck airplane pillow. I sit on it in my recliner and it really helps support my back.
Ill update today the whole surgery day experience. Good to be on the flat side!!!
Ps..dr removed 7 lbs of fat! Gross!!
Day 3 post op and feel pretty good. Has been...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 3 days post
For some reason I'm extra sleepy today. I think it's a combination of getting the narcs out of my system and finally getting some restful sleep. Doctor said I could unzip CG and bra while I slept. Wow! That's heavenly! The girls are so tight pushed in this bra it's so nice to open it up.
No pain on tummy tuck incision. Mostly just soreness on thighs from lipo and boobs are sore. That's it! Ok. Off to dreamland again....
Day 6 post op- really sleepy today fir some reason...
- 19 Jan 2013
- 5 days post
I think I overdid it on the MOM and it's finally ALL hit me today. I've had to stay close by the bathroom all day! I dont quite trust a fart yet! Hahaha It's been a learning experience learning how to use the bathroom all while keeping these damn drains from falling into the toilet and learning how to use my ab muscles again. Ahhh, the little things....
I go back to the doctor on Monday and hopefully can get these drains out. I really think things will be so much easier once I don't have these hanging from my body and getting in the way of everything. I will say though that every time I get a glimpse of myself in the mirror I realize that this will all be worth it!!
So i had my one week post op appt this afternoon....
- 21 Jan 2013
- 7 days post
Dr also cleared me for wearing spanx if I wanted as long as the compression was as strong as in my garment. I've been having problems with the garment bc I can't make my binder very tight on my lower abdomen when I wear it. The zippers dig right into my incision area and it hurts! So once this second drain is out im going to the spanx. I bought the super duper compression spanx that a lot of ladies have recommended on here. They even have a crotch hole! Hee is the link. http://www.spanx.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2990122&cp=2992553.4058787&parentPage=family
One funny thing- i noticed this tiny scar looking thing right above my incision line. I asked e dr what it was today when i saw him. He said it was my OLD BELLYBUTTON RING SCAR! I about fell over. So now I can see exactly how much skin he pulled down. Crazy!
After my appt we went to target. Not a good idea. I was beat and not in the mood to shop. So now I'm back home and keeping feet up the rest of the night!
So its been a few weeks since I have updated. Just...
- 22 Feb 2013
- 1 month post
We are going to the beach in April so im hoping by then im done with most of the swelling. Its just over the incision and I hear this is the last to go.
My Doctor: Bryan Criswell, MD
My friend had breast reconstructive surgery performed by Dr Criswell several years ago and had excellent results. I am very glad I chose Dr. Criswell for my surgery. Not only is he an excellent surgeon but the entire office staff is top notch. The nurses are very responsive if you call with a question ( which i did a lot!) and will see you in the office you have any questions whatsoever. I felt like someone was always there for me and this helped with my recovery process tremendously. I can't say enough praise for Criswell and Criswell.