Hello Realself! I am not new to the site, but my...
1) Duke Aesthetic Center- $6,157
2) The Refine Institute- $9,860
3) Piedmont Plastic Surgery - $5,500
4) Summit Hand and Plastic Surgery- $5,000
Honestly, I am praying that my consultation with Wake Forest Residents Clinic goes well so that I can afford my breast lift as well - fingers crossed X
I am 36 year old new runner who has only two 5k's under her belt. I am hoping to complete a 10k in September. I still have about 20 lbs left to lose before I feel good about spending so much for the surgery. I am posting pictures at my heaviest and will post some of my size the day I head in for my consult.
I hope to find someone here who is having surgery that same date as me (once I pick one) so that I don't have to do this alone!
My laptop just threw up a lil' bit :-(
26 days to my final consult
So far I bought a heating pad, a pee-ez female urinal and a walker from the Salvation Army for $7...score!
I still need zip front robes and to find a rental recliner. I hope to set the first available date, shooting for the first of September.
I have added some pictures and even though I have made progress, I still have so much belly fat! It's like the more I work out, the slimmer my arms and legs get..WTH! I need to zap my belly QUICK!
Just waiting and sweating!
I've got mail!
Another 3 pounds down :-)
Today's final consultation
Oh and this was the monstrosity today before I went in :-(
I can't believe I have a date!
Procedures: Tummy tuck w/lipo to flanks only & Bilateral breast reduction with lift
Surgery Fee $4,125
OR fee $850
Grand total $5,575.00....um, yes please.
So I asked her for October dates and she only had one and it didn't work for me. So November 8th it is. I paid the deposit to schedule ($250) and with paying the $50 consulatation fee, I owe a grand total of $5,275.00.
I am soooo excited I can't even type! LOL. I absolutely love the fact that I have a 6th year resident with over 100 tummy tucks under his belt! I hate to say it, but I was so relieved I was not assigned a 1st or 2nd year resident. My doctor is going into private practice at the end of his residency and he was more professional and thorough that most of the others I consulted with. I am totally confident with him and this was the first consultation where the doctor OFFERED the information on the revision poilcy without being asked!
Now I have to manage to concentrate over the next 77 days, 10 hours, 23 minutes.......
Need a realself red couch! When you feel progress,but don't see it...
I feel stronger, slimmer and healthier. But then I look at my pictures and I still look the same. I try not to get frustrated because I know all of the exercise in the world won't un-sag my boobs or erase my scrotum sack tummy :-) I am not sure what I expect to see....not what i'm getting. I guess I need to get my expectations in check so I'm not disillusioned about what the surgery can do for me. HUMP. Anybody else feel this way??
Bought a few more things and STILL exercising
I have 60 days until my surgery and it still seems unreal. Kinda like i'm still in the planning stage instead of the preparation stage. I still need to find a shower seat and reserve my lift recliner. I have a deep pillow top mattress that I can barely sit up in now, so I know that I need a recliner.
I am switching up my routine to see if I can get out of my weight loss rut. I'm trading my morning coffee for green tea and switching out my toast and oatmeal for fruit and spinach smoothies. Adding 2 weight training classes to my weekly circuit as well. Wish me luck!
40 days of fitness and my shopping list
As far as my list, so far I have:
2 Front close sports bras
2 front close robes
Drain gauze shaped to fit drains
2 ice packs (soft kind)
Extra abdominal binder
Men's wife beater tanks for under binder
Panty liners to cover incision
Smooth move tea
Benadryl and Tylenol
Post surgical bra to come home in
Triple antibiotic ointment
I'm waiting to find out my doctors opinion on scar treatment, stage 2 garments, bromelain and arnica before buying.
What did I miss?
Power Lift problems...need to vent!
Convo went like this about 6x today:
Me- does your location have the lift recliner for rent?
Them- sorry haven't seen the in stock in months
Me- can you see if another store has one?
Them- no one in our district has any
Me-why are they showing available on your website?
Them- "I don't know"; "I'm not a manager"; "I don't control the website"; "lady I don't know"; ..."dial tone."
Talk about frustrated! Aaron's Rents only had the kind where the back is powered but has no lift. I finally tracked one down at the local medical supply store. Looks comfy and is costing me $160 for the month with free delivery. Good deal. Crisis averted but headache in full swing.
I also got these nifty gauze pads that go around the drains. Seemed like a good buy but may end just a "good idea" and not useful. Anyone use them before?
That's it for now. Heading to download iOS 7 for my phone.
Feel like I'm getting somewhere
Trying on my Marena Surgical Bra
Hit up a Zumbathon for 2 hours this morning. Nothing else to report....tick tock tick tock....
Don't judge me - better to find out now than later!
So, for the past few weeks I have been having a laxative competition. No really, I have. Even though some of them may say "gentle" or "non-cramping", they tear my stomach UP! So every Friday I have been testing out a popular brand. I figured I would rather find out a product cramps my stomach NOW and not once I'm cut in half!
Milk of Magnesia - cramps started after 5 hours. Hurt enough to wake me up in the middle of the night. When I finally went, was explosive and dehydrating. Enough said.
Colace - did nothing.
Prunelax - caused semi-painful cramps but worked after 8 hours. I imagine these would be tolerable if I wasn't going to already be in pain.
The winner is.....Smooth Moves tea. It worked in less than 6 hours as stated and produced just a ....smooth move. No runs. Nothing urgent. Me likey.
Nothing more to report. I bought some of the incontinence underwear today (highlight of my journey thus far). I keep reading of people having to cut down regular underwear while having the drains and I don't want to do that. The paper diaper kind are huge and pouffy and should accommodate my drains. My doc leaves the drains in a minimum of a week so I figured its a good purchase. I also bought 3 pairs of yoga pants.
Question?? Whats the best thing to wear home from the hospital? PJ's or a zip jacket? Button down shirt?
Pre-Op appointment done
At least that is one less thing for me to buy. I was told NO arnica or bromelain. He said they will decide if my BB needs something to keep it round at my one week follow up. They have marbles in the office!
I was given a prescription for:
Keflex - antibiotic
Zofran - nausea
Valium - muscle spasms
Hydrocodone - PAIN
I had three tubes of blood drawn and an EKG.
I think it's too late to back out, so I'm just gonna hold on :-) 20 days......
Should I stay overnight?
I called my doc and he said I will be sent there with my own pain meds and stuff so they can't bill me for it. Shouldn't I just go home then? Or stay at the hospital across the street for $100 for the night so I could get to the hospital in an emergency. Just seems like robbery to me...
Anyone go home after their MM?
Bought a new friend
So I have a weird feeling. Not anxious but BORED. Like nothing else in life can entertain or pacify me until the big day. Anyone else go through that? I wanna be excited not comatose for the next 15 days! I think its hormonal because I expect the red river to flow in t-minus 6 days. Glad it's expected before surgery.
Lagging and saggin'
So the pics I loaded. My pre-boobies in a "shelf" cami. HA! I'm rocking it more like a hammock or some odd boobie bucket. Man, they do everything BUT sit up! I pray I've been very, very clear about what size I want to be after my reduction. I just don't want to feel disappointed. I'm printing some wish pics to bring to surgery just to be clear.
How are all the Nov surgery ladies holding up?
Embarrassing but who better to ask!
Creativity has got the best of me!
So using an old towel, hot glue, elastic and velcro I made my own for less than $5.00.I glued a little "flair" on the pockets or pouches just to spice it up. That's my daughter modeling the product!
Next, I started to think about scar therapy. My mother swears by cocoa butter to fade scars. I like to use shea butter. Many RS sisters have sworn by the use of Bio Oil. And then some of our dominican republic surgery sisters have been advised to use Rose Mosquetta Oil. So what happens when you combine them all together? Heck if I know, but I guess we shall see! Using my double broiler I whipped up a batch.
To all of my ladies going in this weekend, use that nervous energy to do good things :-)
No recliner....I'm up the creek!
Ok. I called to pay for my lift recliner and they have been RECALLED! What??? I have no chair coming now and I'm leaving Thursday. Where the heck am I gonna sleep? Ya'll....I'm truly in a panic. I called rent a center and they don't do the lift chairs in my county. I called Aaron's and they have heat/massage recliners but no lifts.
My bed is an extreme pillow top and I can barely climb into it now because it's so high. No way can I sleep in it being unable to use my abs.
I contacted Walmart for one of those zero gravity chairs and they don't have them in the stores locally. Quickest delivery is next week. Even the Salvation Army didn't have one that worked.
Any suggestions from folks who did not use a recliner???
Located a chair; lost my mind
In other news, I don't know if I'm coming or going! I keep forgetting what task I'm on only to find myself on realself! But can I tell ya'll....I made hamburger helper yesterday for dinner and used the dang very vanilla soy milk by accident! Sweet ground turkey got the veto and PB&J won the seat. I need to sit down somewhere cause I'm losing it! Not that it matters but I just used the restroom at work and apparently I put my undies on backwards and inside out this morning. Really??
My time is coming really SOON!
See ya on the flat side!
The only way I can describe it is surreal!
Gonna shower and head to the hospital in about 2 hours. Not going back to sleep cause the crazy dreams are killing me. I had a dream I mistaken popped a gummy bear in the car headed to the hospital and I tried to throw it up fast but couldn't and they cancelled my surgery! Yea, NOT going back to sleep. Talk soon :-)
I made it!
Why can't I sleep?
Just a few pics from the hubby's phone. I just had my awesome doctors come to visit. My abs had a 5inch separation which was unexpected. He also did side sutures to bring my waist in a bit. He took off half a pound on each breast. That'd all the deets I got so far. Oh and I ended up staying in the day hospital and I will never regret it! Talk to you later....vision blurred!
Thank you ladies!
Day two is definitely better than day 1.
I got to the surgery center at 6:45 am. I immediately changed into my surgery getup and put on my compression socks.They took about 20 minutes to draw my markings and made sure I approved. It was little hard to judge since I dont own a bathing suit let alone a bikini, but it looked low enough to me.I was laying on the table by 7:15 getting my IV. The anesthesiologist was talking to me about Grey's Anatomy and that is all I remember. I believe operating time was 7:45 -1:15. so 5.5 hours. I made sure they removed my bladder cathedar BEFORE I was awakened becuase I hate them! That meant I had to get up and walk to the bathroom a lot.Truly painful but necessary. Since I stayed in the day hospital versus the hotel the nurses woke me up once an hour for vitals so getting a good rest was out fo the question.
Things that have me confused: 1) why do my teeth chatter when I get up and stop when I sit down? My BP is good and no fever so Im clueless. 2) My breast incisions don't hurt at all for some reason, but the sides where he did the lipo kill! 3) I can't feel the tummy tuck incision at all either. But BAY BAAAAYYYY...this muscle tightening is for the BIRDS! I have triple layer stitching going down the middle and two rows on the sides to attempt to make me less rectangle shaped. It BETTER work cause it hurts like heck!
Not sure about my boobs yet. I have only seen them laying so I cant tell how much smaller or perkier they are. But the tummy is definitely tighter. Im so glad I did both together since the breast really are a non-issue so far.
I hope everybody is heaing and resting :-)
Today was a good day
Happy healing ladies!
The good, bad and the ugly
The bad- I can't FRIGGIN shower until the drains come out. So, when do I get to wear that drain holder I made...never! I also get neck pains from laying in the recliner too long. I havent seen my incisions yet either or looked at anything while standing up. Hmp.
The ugly- all of the swelling is going to my hips. I look WIDE and have saddlebags I didn't have before. Crazy, right? Oh, and no poop. All that laxative testing and nothing.
How's everyone else feeling?
Doing the potty dance!
Dear drain gods:
-pissed off in NC
I woke up and...
Stranger in the mirror
On another note, don't you just love how fashionable breast binders are now?
Drains and a vice grip
My doc asks me to stand so he can do the removal. I say "heck no, I need to lay or I'm gonna pass out!" So I lay and he says "shouldn't be too uncomfortable..." So he proceeds to cut the one stitch. Barely felt like a finger prick but then....(bring back vacuum memory now) he pulled 12" of tubing out and it hesitated and suctioned the WHOLE way. Like it refused to let go. No pain but slimy, nasty and suctiony (totally a word in the realself realm!) So I caught my breath and let him do #2. Same exact nastiness.
Enough of that. I had my bandages changed, BB re-stuffed with some yellow gauze and covered. Faja time. It's a Veronique 853 and has hooks AND zippers AND suspenders. Totally rad. Took the nurse and hubby to get me in it. Then went on the Marena surgical bra with the 2" band. It has hooks, zippers, oh and Velcro. I'm wearing the entire Hobby Lobby sewing section.
There you have it. I go back in 3 weeks and have to wear this entire getup 23 hours a day. And in three weeks I get a new set in a smaller size.
Happy healing ladies!
Chillin' in hades with brimstone and SWELLING
It didn't even occur to me that this was about the time it would all begin. So to take my mind off it, I created a few collages to reminded myself that this swelling ain't got nothing on where I started!
Question? When the heck will my cemented on steri strips fall off?? My doc says I can't pull them off but even the edges aren't peeling up.
I have to unveil my BB today. Doc says its time to give it air and treat it with bacitracin. Not gonna do it til hubby gets home cause I may pass out.
How's everybody doing?
Why update when there are no changes??
No, really. I go back to work on December 2 so I'm only gonna be bored this week. Have to start Thanksgiving planning next week. I've also been doing some DIY Christmas gifts from my recliner.
I made a full nights sleep in my bed last night for the second day in a row. I just lounge in the recliner to watch tv during the day. Steri strips still holding on for dear life. I appreciate the lack of complications but I'm still bored. Oh, oh....I fit in a 36C bra!! Awesome! No more 38DD's.
Anybody have anything interesting going on??
Real women talk
My period is here with a vengeance. I'm one of those heavy bleeders for the first two days, so I have been in my binder instead of my compression garment for mess control. But I blew up like a pumpkin! So now that the flow is reduced I'm putting back on my friendly CG.
If any other women out there have those brutal periods (didn't happen until my tubal) you may struggle with nighttime flow. I usually load up with pads and a tampon just to save my sheets. Well for my surgery I bought a pack of those oversized depends that are like underwear. I got them so I could wear something that would fit over my drains. Well I slept in one last night since I was in the binder...perfect flow catcher! They are like one big maxi pad! I know, sounds crazy. Just thought if share incase anyone else has those nighttime flow issues.
Oh, one of my steri strips fell off!!! Peep my scar. I think it's gonna be pretty thin :-)
I need to place an order for a waistline
Finally saw a few of my breast scars. They are literally so flat I can't feel them. I have to still use bacitracin on them another week and then I can use a scar moisturizer. The strips on my tuck scar are coming off a few at a time. Will post pics of that scar when a few more fall off.
How is everyone else feeling?
God is awesome!
1) it's day 17 and I have yet to sneeze or cough, even with a husband who had bronchitis and a snotty nosed 9 year old who had been on an antibiotic for 10 days.
2) I put on my pre-body jeans and they are too big in the waist. I figure I lost one pant size so far.
3) the itching in my boobs has not driven me insane.
Now of course I can double the length of the list covering things that ain't so great, but today is about positivity. Oh and I forgot the biggest thing I am grateful for about this surgery so far:
My surgeon gave me scars I can be proud of - so far :-)
Plastic surgery simulator
Life just got REAL
By the grace of God I made it!
1 month post op tomorrow and I'll post more then.
Happy healing :-)
One month post op complete
I received my one size smaller garment but haven't switched to it yet. Think I may need a little help getting in it. He said I can get rid of the heavy vest garment and switch to a regular sports bra.
I did NOT get clearance to ride the elliptical. Treadmill only for two more weeks. No weights, squats or lunges either. Sad but glad he's protecting his handiwork.
That's it. Pretty uneventful. Happy healing ladies. Posting a few new scar pictures of me all greased up lol!
Am I becoming one of "them"??
Well, I woke up today and felt different. I am not perfect and far from skinny, but I loved what I have become. I'm saying it...I love me. I like me. And today I'm gonna shop with reckless abandon because...
I am becoming one of them.
I think my BB wants to be a heart
The massages are going well. I am having what can only be described as little pins/pricks near my belly button in the muscle. Is that just healing associated with the muscle tightening?
I double broiled equal parts of Shea butter and cocoa butter (natural raw blocks, not commercial) until they were soft enough to whip with a hand mixer. I think it was 2 oz of each. If you completely melt it you have to wait until it thicken to blend (real lesson learned there). Then I added about 1 tablespoon each of bio oil and rose hip oil (rose mosquetta oil). Blend until it's a smooth, spreadable consistency. That's it! I have no idea why I chose the ratio I did, as I am a rogue mixtress of sorts!
I've been considering adding aloe to the next batch, but I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it!
Hope I answered your questions. I also posted my scar from today. That stitch is still holding on!
Got some FUNKY swelling this am!
Received my Realself Rewards box today!
I'm feeling good!
Scar treatment going good. Had to whip up a second batch and this time I increased the oil ratio. I guess I'll see if I get consistent results. The sides of my incisions have finally flattened out and aren't as sore as before.
Friday will be 6 weeks and I can ride the elliptical! Man I can't wait to sweat even if it's just a little bit. No weights or jumping/running until 8 weeks.
I'm fitting in all of my pre jeans and pants thank goodness. Shirts, well not so much. My rack is smaller so I need to shop for more flattering and form fitting shirts. And bras! I can't wait for clearance for real bras!
How is everyone else's healing going?
When will a spitting stitch SPIT??
Back in the gym baby!
But seriously, it was time to get my fluffy arse in gear. I'm six weeks tomorrow and I felt like I could do more. So I started upping my game on Monday. I switched to the elliptical (no arms) for 30 minutes. Then I worked biceps but only one set. I did some inner thigh work on the machine and outer thigh work with bands. I finished up with walking lunges. Whew did that feel good. So of course I thought I'd wake up yesterday feeling sore and swollen. On the contrary. I woke up feeling great!
So yesterday I tried again, but only cardio. I did the elliptical for 30 minutes and treadmill for 20. I expected to wake up sore this morning from Monday...but nothing. AND I seem to have less swelling in the morning and at night.
Even though I'm not cleared for lifting or running or any heavy cardio until 8 weeks, I'm going to keep trying to do my best with what I am cleared to do.
Until later ladies...... Happy healing!
Happy six weeks!
Anyway, the last six weeks have been pretty good. Some swelling and sore muscles but overall really good. My body is far from perfect. My stretch marks are with me, my boobs are still a little uneven and not implant perky and Im definitely not skinny. But I am perfect in my eyes. I am grateful to not have had a regret moment, especially since my former body should have been illegal. And I am glad to have met all of you ladies :-)
Much Iove RS sisters!
Not swelling, FAT
What I'm also not going to do is wait until January 1st to get back on the wagon. I recognize my choices and today I'm back to eating the way I know helped me get this body. Step 1 was admitting I was headed for a problem (or an Italian sub, same difference). Step 2 - the sweat. Hit the treadmill for 20 minutes and the elliptical for 30.
So ladies, enjoy life. But also be careful not to blame an expanding waistline for swelling when it's really bad food choices :-)
Happy New Years Sisters!
But I'm entering 2014 in a good frame of mind. I've been working out consistently and eating pretty decent....unless you read my holiday update. If you did, well I'm turning over a new leaf that doesn't include cheesesteaks.
Just adding a few progress photos. I honestly have no complaints that are worth listing. Still doing scar treatments 2x a day and wearing my stage 2 garment all day. I sleep in my binder so bathroom trips at night are easy. My 9 week checkup is on the 10th and I hope to get full clearance for everything but ab work.
Love you ladies! Wishes you peace, prosperity and flatness.
8 weeks and cleared for takeoff!
Just one question for you guys. Should I try the silicon sheets for my scar? It's super thin already but I hope (like everyone does) that it disappears. Will the sheeting lighten it? If it only flattens it I don't need it, I don't think??? Advice?
I knew the risks and still bought in
My doc said that he can remove them in the office under local anesthetic. I am considering that option and will consult this friday at my 9 week checkup. But truly they are no bigger than the tip of my little finger so I may just keep them. I mean, I paid for them right??
Just kidding. I will probably do the removal. But here they are, incase anyone else is warned about them and wants to know what they look like. Just as advertised- fat packs.
10 weeks and I'm already faking it!
I made it to 10 weeks without any major hiccups and I feel great. So great I ordered some temporary tattoos to try out. What ya think? I'm on the fence about anything permanent. Since these are meant for armbands I have to order longer ones next time. Fake it til you make it, right?
Things have been going well on the exercise front. I did Zumba 2x this week and T25 3x. I feel sore for a few afterwards and then I'm fine. Waking up feeling normal with no more swelling than usual. Oh, oh, I ran! I ran a whole mile lol! But I RAN!
I finally feel whole and not defective. And whole includes my slowly, but definitely dropping breasts and all my battle wounds....err stretch marks. So in tribute to being a real woman I decided to post a new Exposed photo. I used to do them yearly when the movement was new but hadn't done one in a while. This seemed like the perfect time and place for my newest one. Maybe someone else here will join me!
Much love ladies :-)
Started silicon scar treatment yesterday
For those who asked where I bought my temp tattoo bands it is tattoosales.com.
Now that was quick!
I have no clue if it was flattening my scar and unfortunately I don't care to find out. I'm not gonna try another brand. Just riding out the rest of this journey with my homemade massage butter.
11 week update...of sorts
Oh, I stopped sleeping in my garment. Is that really news though??
Anyone else have something more exciting going on?
3 month photos
Dropping in for an update
Who gets a hernia AFTER a full TT?
So I finally have something new to report and it sucks! C'est la vie...
Thanks for the good vibes...it worked!
I contacted my plastic surgeon who did my TT and he said its possible that maybe it's a popped stitch but honestly it was only swollen that day. I'm back to normal. Thanks for praying me better ladies....it worked!
Six months flew by!
It's crazy because I work out pretty hard 4-5 times a week. My eating is far from perfect but it never was. It's like my metabolism knew I am approaching 40 and threw on the breaks! So I am going to clean up some of my food choices and try to get into the 160's before I start bathing suit shopping.
All of my scars are well healed and getting lighter every day. I have phantom itches that I can't find in my belly at times but that's all. No pains. Oh, the hypersensitivity in my left nipple is still there. The right is fine.
I do hip hop and but I've not tried an actual crunch yet. In my mind I still think my tummy is going to bust open! Since surgery I have done two 5k obstacle runs so I think that qualifies as fully functional.
This will always be the best $5575 I ever spent! I'll see you all in a month (hopefully) when I start bathing suit shopping! XOXO
Having a small revision today
They are doing it in the office this morning. I sure wish I was being put to sleep but they say it will only take 20 minutes. I'll post the after pics in a few hours.
Well, my Bahamas cruise leaves in 3 weeks so no running or Zumba to get ready. Guess I'll be eating 100% perfect until I ship off.
See you soon ladies!
Dr Kelly and Dr Showolter were second to none. Wake Baptist residence clinic was more professional, thorough and caring than any other office I visited. They even called me to let me know my jobs disability dept had not contacted them when they were supposed to and that was certainly not their responsibility. This program has shown me that you don't have to pay top dollar to get top doctors when you go through such a highly regulated and monitored program. I even get follow up care for a year. Thank you Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for making this possible for us women who don't have $10k to spend.