12 weeks post op - my only regret is that i did not have this done years ago - Newcastle, England

Cant belive i have set the date for my mommy make...

Cant belive i have set the date for my mommy make over.This is the start off a journey that i have wanted for 29 years and this web site has helped me so much with all your journeys from start to finish,10 weeks and counting, 12th August counting DOWN. I will post some photos ASAP.

I now have my pre opp date for 5th August and it...

I now have my pre opp date for 5th August and it is only 3weeks away and i am starting to think what the hell am i doing to myself,and THEN i log on to REALSELF and see all your pix and stories and i know exactly what i am doing and why i am having my cosmetic surgery.
I had a fab holiday in majorca,last month and when i saw all the itzy bitzy bikinis that i will soon be wearing it makes me so excited so WHY do i get feelings that i shouldnt be doing this. HELP i feel so guilty!!!!!

Well the before pictures ar on and how yuk are...

Well the before pictures ar on and how yuk are they.
My pre op date is three weeks time and it is now four week until my BIG day, i am trying to losse as much weight as pos before hand also keeping my self healthy and increasing my training so i am running ect almost every day.Feeling excited and worried but this website and all your journeys tells me that i know the end result will fantastic. :)COUNTING DOWN

Profile picture on so you can see who i am instead...

profile picture on so you can see who i am instead off blue sky, x

It is now 2 weeks to my big day and one week until...

It is now 2 weeks to my big day and one week until my pre opp and i am feeling like i have a million butterflies in my tummy,fortunatley i have Realself to help me prepare for the 12th, i can see it also it is on my hubbys mind which is natural, just got to keep thinking about my new tummy and boobs ;)I have lost 8lb and have increased my training,today i ran 5 miles i will do 3 miles tomorrow rest Friday and 5 miles on Saturday and Zumba on Sunday and hopefully will lose a few more pound to at least show my surgeon i have had a weight loss.Keep Smiling. xx

Friday is my pre opp day and i was supposed to be...

Friday is my pre opp day and i was supposed to be taking my large check with me to pay for my surgery but i had a moment yesterday where i wanted to give myself peace off mind knowing that there was no going back, so i rang my ps secretary and paid over the phone,NOW i know it is going to happen in 10 days time.OMG so excited. ;)

Pre opp went well,in and out in 30 mins, bloods...

Pre opp went well,in and out in 30 mins, bloods taken,weight, hight,MRSA tests done which i am pleased as they screen every single person who is having a opp.This is so real now, this week i am going to be so busy as i am at work until Thursday , so i think by friday i will be ready for this.
I dont think i could have done this without this website and all you amazing ladies,seeing your mommy makeovers and how you all coped with recovery has been so insperational a massive THANK YOU to you all.I am going to enjoy my weekend with my Hubby and friends, going to a party tonight so i am going to have a fab time as i know it will be while until i can have a drink and let my self go.lol X

So today has been totaly crazy,i have cleaned my...

So today has been totaly crazy,i have cleaned my house from top to bottom, i was pleased to get to work for a rest.I thought i would be feeling alot more nervous but i have so much to do before Friday that my brain is done in.x

Ths is my last day at work for a while which is a...

Ths is my last day at work for a while which is a very nice thought.Done my last training 30 min run on the treadmil at the gym as the weather in the UK is awful there was no chance of running outside!!!
So this is it,i cannot belive it is my turn, my tummy is in knots and i feel sick with nervous BUT i know i will be ok. I wasnt sure what to take into Hospital with me so i have a nightshirt,PJs and shorts and a vest top i will only be in max 3 nights, i have left all my lotions and potions at home ready for my recovery,my bedside table is like a drug store. Looking forward to my recovery. OMG Hope every one is ok. xx

I am home and 2 days post op, the best care in...

I am home and 2 days post op, the best care in hospital i could not fault it, sorry no pics yet will post some tomorrow when i find the camera.At the moment i am well bandaged up but i can see my boobs are standing in there own yeh and my tummy for all it is swollen from the lipo it is flat, the most painfull has to be the muscle repair ouch i didnt expect that to be sooo bad never mind it is done now i intend to rest and take advantage off lots of TLC. xx

DAY 4 POST OP Dont feel that good today,not much...

DAY 4 POST OP Dont feel that good today,not much appertite and feeling weak,on a good note i have had my first B/M which was not to bad and at least i ahve been.
I have posted some pics i had to include the lovely flowers off my Hubby and my friends which was a nice surprise.Drinking pleanty off water and keeping on top off my medication but most off all i am resting. xx

Not good today,i had to go back to the hospital to...

Not good today,i had to go back to the hospital to have fluid drained from my upper tummy as a seroma developed so had a lovely big neddle to remove the fluid and felt very faint in procedure, my ps did not seem that bothered about it and told me if it returns just to leave it and he will see me on the 24th, not a happy bunny. x :-(

1 WEEK POST OPP Feeling alot better today even...

Feeling alot better today even though the fluid is still there. Great support from you all,nice to know i am not alone and this is very common after a TT,ps said just to leave it until i get my dressings off on wed,only thing he told me to be consious off was feeling unwell as this could indicate a infection so i will be watching out for that.
But have to say resting but also improving my mobility quite a lot. ;)

10 DAYS POST OPP Today i feel like a beached...

Today i feel like a beached whale,all swollen with this fluid on my upper abs i look like i have a big tyre when i sit down.
I have been for a 1 mile walk this morrning and i will go for another one this afternoon (teatime).
I am off to the city centre to get fitted for a sports bra which should be interesting.
I have 2 more days until i see my PS and it cant come quick enough as i am sick off these dressings and also to get this fluid drained.
I like many others is rattleing with different pills and potions but i hope they are helping,the only pain killers i am on is paracetamol and they are few and far between.
Hope everyone is ok pre and post surgery. ;)

11 DAYS POST OPP Very happy with my bra fitting...

Very happy with my bra fitting as i am a nice 34DD whch is the same as before my uplift.
Had a lovely shopping day with my hubby, treat my self to some natural shower and body creams from a uk shop called Lush, hmm they smell good enought to eat, and my shock absorber bras one in white and one in black not very sexy but wow do they support.
I am feeling better every day,i will be going out for my walk hopefully 2 mile today.
Going to see my PS tomorrow night at 19.30all being well all dressings off and fluid drained,lots off questions to be asked. ????

Hi All, got my bandages off last night and 250mls...

Hi All, got my bandages off last night and 250mls of fluid drained from my tummy.
My boobs are nice and pert even though a little swollen i am very happy with them,unfortunatley after i showered this morning i noticed under my right breast looked red and there was some discharge there so i am back to see my PS at 18.30 for another check to be on the safe side.
My tummy is VERY FLAT even though it is also swollen and and above my tummy button it is still poddgy, i also feel that under my bra line is not looking good but this to was also full off fluid so my ps said it will be firm when every thing settles down.
I am feeling happy with the new me so far,i know i have a very long road ahead and i am going to have to be very patient to get to my final goal.
I have been and had my hair done today,so another little treat to keep my spirits up and trying to keep posative about my recovery.
I will post some new photos tomorrow morning when i am not so swollen,and mabey try on a new bikini, oh la la now thats a nice thought much better than sports bra and magic nickers. ;) xx

I have added some photos with out my bandages,they...

I have added some photos with out my bandages,they are not the best as i had to take them on my own and they are quite close.
My tummy is very swollen and i still have a small seroma above my tummy button BUT i am very happy with my results so far and i know things can only get better.
These bikini's are new for my hols in October, i would never off dreamt to be able to wear such tiny ones and no wires to hold things up.
I am very happy with my results so far.;)

Tomorrow (friday) is my 3week post op, i have been...

Tomorrow (friday) is my 3week post op, i have been back to see my ps who is on holiday so i saw a different surgeon who drained my seroma (3rd time lucky)But he injected steroid into my tummy as he said it can help to settle the inflamation when healing and STOP the fluid comming back,i have every thing crossed.My open wound on my right breast is healing and (more fingers crossed) it should be ok by my hols in 6wks time, so i will keep dressing it every day to keep it clean,WTF why me??????????????.
Got the tissues out as boy do i need them at the mo, Sorry no new photos as i just look like a big fat pudding,all swollen and podgy.
Sorry if i am all doom and gloom but i have had a SHIT week, i am going to see my GP in the morning for a sick leave as there is no way i can go back to work in this state, i hope next week when i update i am feeling more like my happy self.
Happy healing Ladies. ;( Hope you are all having a good week ;) xxxx

I think i have turned a corner and i am kicking...

I think i have turned a corner and i am kicking the blues in the ass.
I have had a very nice weekend and the reasurance my friends gave me has been a great help.
The swell hell is def here and i will have to be patient for things to settle down as there is nothing i can do about it?????
I am at last getting myself out every other day and walking for 1 hour at various paces,trying to get my life back to normal and into a routine.
It is 6 weeks until my vacation to thailand and it has given me something to focus on,just hope by then the swelling will be a little less as i will be going into 11 weeks post op, just have to wait and see. x

I had my 4 week post op appointment with my PS...

I had my 4 week post op appointment with my PS yesterday and i like many others feel a little disheartend about the roll i have under my bra line, when i asked my ps about it he said he had pulled the skin as far down as he could and for all the rest off my tummy is nice and flat i will be left with some skin in this area, this has realy upset me as it is not how i expected my tummy to look.???
I do not go back to see him for 8 weeks(after my vacation)and he will discuss my results then as i am still swollen and things will have settled down by then.
So when i am standing i look fab, when i sit down i have a roll??????????? Anyone else had this problem,ADVICE PLEASE. :(

I have added my 4 week photos, i am still swollen...

I have added my 4 week photos, i am still swollen but more on my left side,you can see the area under my bra line which i am not happy with but i am hoping that this is still fluid and it will eventualy disperse.
I love my boobs,they look so young natural, the set i am wearing is from pre op days so my breasts are the same size 34 DD but now they are nice and firm.

Hi Ladies,i have reached my eighth week post op...

Hi Ladies,i have reached my eighth week post op and i am almost back to my pre op self.
I am back at the gym doing all kinds off cardio including Zumba and spinning classes, the only thing i can not do yet is running as i still have a few small open wounds under my boobs but they should be all healed by next week.
I love my new boobs i am sooo pleased with them i wish i had them uplifted years ago as they look fantastic with and with out clothes.I am only using vaseline on my breast incisions because off the wounds as this is unperfumed.
My tummy is nice and flat AM and nice and swollen PM,i still have my jiggily bits above my tummy button but there is still fluid in there from my seroma so alot off patience is needed.
I still have a bulge on my left side which is pulling on my incision and my tummy button, again it is worse PM so i think this is swelling we shall see.
I am using Dermatix on my tummy scar,i love this silicone gel but it is NOT cheap in the UK so i have been buying mine on ebay.
I am not doing any ab work outs yet as my ps said not to because off the M/R.
It is 1 week until my vacation to Thailand, i am trying to loose a few pound but the scales are not moving, i am the same weight now as i was pre op.;(
I am 98% pleased with my T/T at present but i am hoping my next blog at 12 weeks i can say i am 100% happy.
If any one is considering a mommy makeover i say DO IT NOW, i have turned back the clock to my pre babys years and i WISH i had done it sooner.

Hope everyone is healing ok and for all you ladies waiting for your turn Good luck,you will not regret it. x ;)

12 weeks post op Where has the time gone?? I cant...

12 weeks post op
Where has the time gone?? I cant belive it is 12 weeks since i had my life changeing opperations and my only regret is that i did not have this done years ago.
I have just returned from my vacation to thailand and what a tonic it was, WOW the confidence when wearing a two piece was awsome i felt a million dollars ;-)
My wound openings are now all nice and healed up BUT i still have my seroma in my tummy but i am seeing my surgeon tomorrow (wed)so i will see what he has to say.
I have put a pic on and i have to say for a 50 year old i LOVE the new me.
Hope everyone is ok, if u are waiting for your mom make over good luck you will NOT regret it just make sure you do your home work about your surgeon and the ins and outs off this opp.
If like me you are post op i hope you are as happy with your results and felling fab as i am. x
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Wow where did the time go,3 year's today since I had my life changing operating, best thing I ever done. If anyone is in the process of going through this 'DO IT'. It will changed your life forever. X
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Looking good Gail!
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Thanks for your update! You look great for any age!

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Thanks AJ, i feel a million dolars and so confident with my new look.
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Love your bikini picture! Looks like your vacations was Wonderful! Happy you are enjoying your new body!
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Gail, I told my ps that what he does is life changing. It's really incredible how doing this changes how we feel about ourselves. I spent years, years, obsessing over my post baby fat/shape and had NO idea that I could really feel good about myself again. I have never been what I call big, but I was definitely messed up from the babies! It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself.
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Marinemom,i can not belive the reflection in the mirror is me.
Having the money and courage to go through this surgery has to be every moms dream only mine came true. x
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Looking good! Isn't is great to feel good about your body again?!
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Gail, Are you increasing your protien and vit C? It's very important to help with cellular/tissue growth. There's tons of info. on the internet about the necessity of usable protien in "wound" healing. And both procedures are significant wounds. Good luck!
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Thanks 32w
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Looking good gail!!
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Thanks, Angie,Heather and Rita for your kind words.

Heather i am wearing a binder eventhough my ps said there was no need, i have read from the real self ps that a binder helps with fluid and swelling, so i am wearing a one 24/7.
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Looking hot Gail, Love your new look!!
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Hey Gail I love the new pictures~ pretty panties and Bra too! You look amazing! sorry about the roll or hopefully fluid under your bra I do see it ~ I look forward to see if goes away or not~ keep us posted. Do you wear a binder at all anymore? Do you think that would help?
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You look HOT B.T.W.~ (buy the way)
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You look fabulous! Thanks for updating your photos.

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I dont know Sarah,like Anmarie my muscles feel so tight which i love BUT i am hoping that the area under my bra is fluid as this is where my seroma went upto and i still have a little seroma just above my tummy button. I am going to give myself a few weeks and take the advice of Marinemom who also hase the same problem, but if by my hols it is still there i will go and see my ps before i go.
It is still early days and , i guess i will have to be patient.
I am pleased both you and Anmarie are starting to love your results,it will be interesting to see all our progress by xmas.xx
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Gail, you are looking really awesome, hope you're feeling as good as you look! You, me, Fluffy and Anmarie all seem to have issues with not feeling as "tight" as we'd hoped, do you think that UK surgeons are a little more conservative in their approach than there US counterparts?
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hey Sarah, I've thought that as well. The thing that i find really strange is that I feel extremely tight on the "inside" but its just not as tight on the outer skin, I hope you know what I mean. When I stand up it feels so so tight but then when I touch it I can feel that the tightness is the under layer (I'm assuming my muscles). I can kind of cope with it when I'm standing up but I so can't cope with it when I'm sat down. the only way I can describe it is "that I need a tummy tuck". I will be telling my surgeon this when I see him at the end of the month
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This is a old bra set Jesse, the only new ones i have bought are a sports bra for support and two moulded bras for shape, 2 weeks time i will be buying all new lingerie just in time for my vacation. ;)
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Looking amazing! Your scars are healing very nicely, and that bra and panty set is so beautiful. I can't wait to do lingerie shopping after I am healed, I bet it's so fun(-:
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Wow I just looked at your new pic. of your opening they look amazing! Oh you should be so happy for the healing~ my 4 opening are not nearly as good as yours well one of them is~ but the other 3 our pretty wide and very deep~ ~ I see my PS on wednesday~ I am so happy for you~ YOu just look AMAZING~
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NICE to hear from you Heather,my opening is now gone thank the lord and i am on my way to being almost in preop health, my only nag is the excess skin left over from where my seroma was,but i am sure as time goes on my body will re-absorbed this fluid and my tummy will hopefuly be nice and tight. ;) BUT that is nothing to what you are going through, why, why, why,do we have these complications,open wounds, in my case seroma in the upper abs which has now left my skin loose (pics tomorrow) and flabby. I dont know, mabey being older we expect toooo much. xxx What do you think;)
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Thanks for that Marinemom,that makes me feel sooo much better.;)
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Hi Gail, I saw my ps today and he assured me that what I am seeing is a result of swelling. He said that I am going to swell for a minimum of 3 months, I am only half way there! I also told him about feeling/looking flatter the first week and he said that is normal and now that I am moving around my body is compensating by swelling. The lymphatic and blood vessels have to "restructure" and sometimes this causes a "backup" of fluid=swelling. Esp. if you have lipo with the tt! Hang in there, it's all good.
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