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Talked About It for 30 Years, Time to Do It~ New Haven, CT

My story is the same as a lot of you here with the...

My story is the same as a lot of you here with the exception that I have wanted to do the BA part of the mommy makeover since i was a teen. I am 51 years old and finally doing it! FINALLY DOING IT! I've gone on 5 different consultations, heard four different opinions and found myself researching online to make sense of it all. Every surgeon has a different opinion on what and why they would do. I finally figured out that with enough research, you can pick your surgeon and discuss the pros and cons of each surgery and come together on what is best for your situation. My weight has fluctuated over the years, I have three grown children. At my highest weight I was 243, had lap band surgery and got down to a stable 175 for four years. Over the summer I had some issues with my lap band. It was opened up and for the past four months I have been getting adjustments to get back to where I was, unfortunately, this has caused me to gain about 20 lbs. Im not going to cancel my TT and BA, im going to go ahead with it. I figure if I lose 20 or 30 lbs after the tt, it will be a little looser, but probably a little more realistic looking for a 51 year old woman. I have no desire to have a 25 year old stomach. Just a flat one! I have great skin, no real stretch marks, but the bulge in the upper abs like so many woman after having children and of course the roll in the lower ab that just will never go away. I decided to post because there were so few women with my height and weight and when I did find them, their final pictures were rarely added. I believe they are out there and want to see people similar to them also. So ladies, I am 5'5, 195 when I go into surgery. I am borderline for needing a lift but I would like to change the shape of my breasts. My PS and I have decided to go into surgery with a bennelli lift and if needed he will go with a lollipop. I am going with a range between 500cc and 600cc mod plus silicone implants. MY PS will make that determination while in surgery with whatever suits my body best. I am a B cup now and would like to end up with a D or small DD. I will be adding pictures soon.

9 Days Pre Op, nerves are kicking in

Getting very nervous about this surgery. I have been second guessing my choice for 6 weeks now, but there is no way I would back out. My Design Veronique bra for my post op visit was delivered yesterday. I have to say, the packaging is phenomenal. No other time in my life have a purchased a bra that came wrapped in tissue paper and then a beautiful purple box that looks like it could contain a very expensive piece of jewelry. I also had to sign for it from Fed Ex! The bra itself, disappointing. Certainly not worth the money. I had read on someones post that this is what her doc put on her during surgery so I thought this was a good choice. If you are able to find a front closure at walmart of Target, trust me, buy it, there is no difference except an applique rose!

Can anyone tell me how much time you had with your doctor the day of surgery? I feel like a have some unanswered questions and concerns. I met with a nurse for my pre op and thought I would get to have those last minute concerns addressed. She said I would see him the morning of but.... ugh! Im sure its all just nerves and they see this every day, but I had originally scheduled with another doctor and was able to email with him back and forth quite a bit.

My nerves have been kicking in for about a week now. I have had several surgeries throughout the years and never really needed the pain killers or any of the meds. (c section included). This time however, I feel like I need something, so I have already checked with my doctor and the night before the surgery, i will be taking the valium to calm myself down. At this point, I just want them to put me out so it can be over.

A few pre op pictures.

5'5 , 195 lbs. BWD 15, B cup. Going with 500 to 600ccs to be decided by do during surgery.

Done!!!! Really really sore!!!

First night was worse than I expected. Couldn't seem to get the pain managed until 6am the next morning. One nurse gave me morphine which made me nauseous immediately. Let me tell you, drive heaving is not fun when you have just had abdominal surgery!! One thing I didn't know is apparently a lot of women have a hard time urinating after this surgery. I didn't have an issue and had to get up four times to do it which is also good. Getting out of the bed hurts. It also helps to not stiffen up so much. (I stayed the night in the hospital as I live 1.5 hours away )A little advice, have someone pull you up, don't use your stomach muscles to push up out of the bed. It's a killer!!! The breast implants are not as painful as engorgement so if you have experienced that, you will feel lucky. The tt is however, much worse than a c section. I guess because of all the muscle tightening. First day down! One day at a time.

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Next morning

Sorry

Front shot. Anyone know how to add the little decal to cover the va jay jay?

One week down. Suggestion for itching!

Ladies, I have chosen to post pictures one month at a time because it was very frustrating to me to have to wait for updates from women that were at the same period as I was. This way others can see it all at one time. I do want to share a fantastic discovery that has helped with the itching that some have talked about. Some of the meds cause itching, Percocet, Valium and a few others. Wear a wife beater (I stole one of my sons old ones) and put it on over your bra but under your compression garment. It helps tremendously. Oh the relief!!!!

5 weeks post op, pictures

My update doesn't come without some issues, unfortunately. The night of the surgery, I was coughing from the anesthesia. I heard a tremendous "pop" inside, and then later, after coughing again, another pop. When I went for my first post op visit, it was discovered that the pop was the popping of internal stitches. So unfortunately my belly button is a bit west of where it should be. My doctor who has been fantastic said we will do a revision at three months. A smaller incision is made into the tt incision, the muscles are pulled and re stitched and we will bring that bb back east where it belongs. One drain came out at 12 days, the other drain unfortunately had to come out a little earlier than it should have because I developed a staph infection at the drain site. I am now five weeks post op, infection seems to be gone. (2 antibiotic pills left) and things seem be be settling down. I have had to go in three times so far to be aspirated since the drain came out earlier than it should have. It doesn't hurt a bit as things are still pretty numb. There is a tremendous difference between the before and after pictures already so far and I can hardly wait until I can see the final results in a few months.
New Haven Plastic Surgeon

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Looks great! :)
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You look fabulous! Gonna be 49 and really thinking about it.....
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Another over 50 and a bit overweight here too with close to the same date (1/24/14) I was in tears last night wondering if I lose the 15 I need to lose, will my stomach and my boobs be saggy again! Argh. What we do to ourselves. You look GREAT! Sorry you had to go through all that.
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Thank you. I took a look at your profile. You already have your waist back! Good for you. I notice it a little more each week. I guess once i stop accumulating fluid, things may start "curving out". Lol. I too am waiting for the fluffing out, I had forgotten about that term until I read your profile.
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52 Georgia, if it helps, I had asked several doctors if 20 or 25 lbs would ruin a tummy tuck or makes breasts sag again. All said it was not likely. Significant weight loss could do that but certainly not 15 lbs.
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Good luck with recovery. Just do as the doctor says.
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HOW ARE YOU FEELING? HOPE ALL IS WELL
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Hi, every day gets a little better. Today is day 8 and the best I have felt. I'm off all meds except foe one more antibiotic and ill rake Tylenol to take the edge off. Others is still a long way to go. Doing even one thing gets you thinking about when you can get back to the sofa! Lol. In the end, it will all be worth it.
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Oh yeah, morphine is YUCK! Glad you are past that. It will get better and better :)
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Congrats on ur surgery! I had someone pull me up too. Sorry for the dry heaving, must hurt!
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Hey girl, look at you all standing up and everything! So glad you got thru your surgery so well. Wishing that time passes quickly for you so you can be ONE WEEK PO real fast. They say that's when ya feel kinda normal again, lol. Best wishes and big (gentle) HUGS :-D
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Please post the amazing makeover pictures when u r up to it.
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Wooohoo, tomorrow's the big day! Good luck and post an update as soon as you can! Happy healing hun.
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Tmica, i put one pic up, can't seem to find the decal to cover up the privates. Any idea? So far so good.
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I usually just crop the photo.
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Hey girl, As I said before, I think we are in the SAME basic situation (weight, height, and goals). Try not to be TOO nervous. I separated my surgeries cause my breast surgery was a major reduction/reconstruction, so I was concerned with mobility if I did both at the same time. From what I've seen here on RS, most gals that have done augmentation and TT, say that the boob part isn't bad, it's the tummy part. So, that said, I think you're gonna do fine. And hey, you are 17lbs lighter than me, so your start point is BETTER! I've lost 12 since the breast sx, but not sure I'm gonna get too much more off in the next 13 days. NERVES, oh ya, I got them too. Gonna take a Xanax the nite before, or I won't get any sleep. As for the pain meds, I needed them after the breast reduction, and I usually don't have to take much of anything either. So don't be afraid to take what you need, it will help you heal. DEEP BREATHS, you CAN DO THIS! (((HUGS)))
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Great, we'll be recovery buddies. Another gal, AVA 07, will also be recovering with us, she gets hers on 22 Jan. She's a great gal and very supportive, so I suggest checking out her profile. I think we'll do fine. Just gotta keep perspective and realistic expectations. It won't be a cake walk, but worth it I believe. So let's STICK TOGETHER, K?
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two days Suzy! Good luck! First night is a bit rough. Gets a little better every day! Just keep saying, in a few weeks, it will all be worth it! :) Sending good vibes your way!
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I'm so glad you're doing this for yourself now! Congrats on reaching this point.

Do you have your recovery supplies ready?
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Hey girl, if ya want a "realistic" comparison, check my profile out. I too am 51, struggled with weight etc. I am 5'5", 214 currently, down from 245 two years ago (lost thru diet/food choice changes). Had breast reduction (40 DDD/E to 40 C) in Oct. am having my TT with muscle repair on 27 Jan. I will DEFINITELY share before and after. I hope to lose at least 5 more pounds before surgery, and continue after and to tone. My goal us also NOT the bod of a 25 year old (not that that's a bad goal), it's not realistic for me. I did the reduction and am doing the TT in an effort to aid mobility and up my activity level (have gotten VERY sedentary over the last 15 years). It's time for a positive change, and to get my butt in gear. I'm healthy otherwise, and don't wanna be a "bump on a stump", lol. Hope this was helpful, feel free to pick my brain, I'm an open book for the most part.
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Hi Suzy, we are doing this together, 4 days apart. I have. Even trying to shed a few lbs since oct. No luck. Up and down 2 or 3 lbs. I'll be happy when all is done. Maybe I'll find a little motivation!
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I am with you! I will be turning 51 January and have been on this site daily for months now! I need TT,BL,BA and BBL ! I have had two consults and would have already been there if $ wasn't an issue. My goal is to have $ saved and procedures done before my 52 bday! I am 5'4" 160 lbs. I have lost 55 lbs so far over the last 2 years. I told myself I would not even consult until I reached my 150 lb mark. But can't Stand it any more !!! I am tired of hearing "clapping" while doing mountain climbers and realizing its my belly fat slapping my thighs! Gets kind of embarrassing after a while!!! ;) Best wishes to you! And can't wait to follow your progress!!!!!
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I wish I would have done it so long ago. If it helps, my friend took out a zero interest credit card and is doing hers in stages. FYI, I negotiated my fee. Some doctors will work with you. I had gone with my second choice until my first choice was able to match the fee. :).
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Will be wishing you a wonderful outcome and great recovery. I feel similar to you because I am 48 and seriously ready to make the commitment. I have thought about it for years too.
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Do it! Don't wait! I am so sorry I didn't do this years ago.
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