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2/11/11 Mommy Makeover - Orange County, CA
I am scheduled for my Mommy Makeover surgery on...
- 31 Dec 2010
- 2 months pre
I am scheduled for my Mommy Makeover surgery on Friday, February 11th, 2011. I will have an extended tummy tuck, lipo of abdomen, Breast Lift with Lollipop/Inverted T-with Augmentation of Saline implants. I look forward to learning all that I can from the women on this forum/site who have already gone through this surgery. In turn, I plan to document everything so I can help others who are thinking about or are already scheduled for a Mommy Makeover. I really hope to form a good support system!
About me: I am 47 years old and have 2 sons, ages 21 and 24, and I am divorced. I am 5'3 and wear a size 12. I lost 30 pounds over the past year and dropped 2 pant sizes. I am working on firming up my legs and arms.
My pre-op appointment is February 1st. I will have my before surgery pictures taken. Yikes. I will put a positive spin on this though... I hope to have a nice tan in the pictures since I am going on a Carribean cruise in January. In reality, I know the post-op pictures will have a smaller belly and the "girls" will be pointing east/west not south! :)
If anyone has any questions for me, please know that I am an open book, very honest and will answer anything you ask!
Happy New Year everyone!
I am curious about the 2nd stage binder. Which...
- 2 Jan 2011
- 1 month pre
Thank you all for your advise.
Hi Everyone! Everything is going well. BF and I...
- 18 Jan 2011
- 24 days pre
Hi Everyone, I went to my pre-op today! Even...
- 2 Feb 2011
- 9 days pre
I received all my pre-op information, prescriptions and a goodie bag of supplies for post-op. I also had my pre-op pictures taken. As unpleasant looking as these are, I know in my heart that my next set of pictures taken will be wonderful! I will post the pre-op pictures tonight and will continue to post pictures at 1 week post-op increments. Hopefully we all will see the gradual changes week to week. I can't wait!
Here we go. I have uploaded my pre-op pictures....
- 2 Feb 2011
- 9 days pre
Hopefully, I didn't scare too many people with my...
- 4 Feb 2011
- 7 days pre
Hi Everyone! I am less than 4 days away from my...
- 7 Feb 2011
- 4 days pre
I seem to be feeling better today. However, I am...
- 14 Feb 2011
- 3 days post
Hi Everyone, Yes it has been a full week!...
- 18 Feb 2011
- 7 days post
Yes it has been a full week! Time has gone by pretty quickly. I am feeling better as each day goes by. Here's a synopsis for the week:
I am still bewildered that I don't remember waking up in recovery, been driven home and getting in my bed! It's a bit odd not remembering anything. It is very amusing to hear how I was acting in recovery. I have been told that any time someone would talk to me when I was waking up, I would smile and say hi.
My throat was very sore for the first few days (from the breathing tube). BF kept giving me popsicles, however, since I was so medicated, I wasn't able to find my mouth and the popsicle would go on my nose!
Pain has not been a real big issue. My breasts never hurt or felt uncomfortable. My incision on my tummy plus stomach muscles have been sore, but nothing really bad. It was uncomfortable getting off the couch, or bed. What made it easier was having someone push my back to help me up.
My drain has been my biggest problem. It is just uncomfortable. The drain and I have good days and bad days together! I was told to get Neosporene with pain relief. I might get my my drain removed on Monday. I'm in no hurry since I would rather have the drainage come out that stay inside me.
Pain pills: For the first 4 days, I religiously took my Vicodin. However, Vicodin can sometimes cause constipation. In hindsight, I wish I had taken a stool softener every day so I didn't have the "plumbing issue". Lesson learned!
Appetite: I have had absolutely no appetite. I have been slightly nauseauted every day. Cristin gave me another anti-nausea patch, yesterday, so I feel so much better. I literally have been living on toast, 2 protein shakes/day for the past week. I really need to try to eat more, so my body can heal.
Post op stomach binder. I love wearning my binder. It is a bit of a hassle to keep it tight fitting on my stomach/hip area. The binder keeps moving up. so my BF and I have to readjust it every few hours. I have found that it also aggravates my skin at times, so I have been wearing a tank top under the binder.I most likely will be put in the 2nd stage binder on Monday. YAY!
The Arnica gel: I love the feeling of the Arnica gel on my bruises. It is so soothing!.
Energy level: I had been told to take it easy for the first week. So, I was a good girl and stayed put. :) I do tend to get tired if I walk around too mch. We went to the grocery store this morning, and it really wiped me out.
So, overall, the fist week post-op has been pretty good!
I just returned from my visit to Dr. Cruise's...
- 21 Feb 2011
- 10 days post
I really feel like I have turned a corner in my recovery. My focus now is to slowly build up my endurance and to eat healthy. Thank you to everyone on RealSelf for all of your support!I will continue to post pictures each week to see the positive changes.
If you are considering having this surgery, please take it from me. The decision to have this surgery is the best decision I have ever made in my life.
I'm 2 weeks post op. I'm getting bored staying...
- 26 Feb 2011
- 15 days post
Yuck! I have a stitch abscess in my tummy incision...
- 28 Feb 2011
- 17 days post
Otherwise, I am ok. Yesterday, I thought I was going to explode in my CG. Today, I feel less swollen. Every day seems to bring a different feeling.
I am very happy I had this surgery!
My Doctor: Joseph Thomas Cruise, MD
Dr. Cruise and his staff are very professional. All staff members seem to care about each individual patient. I absolutley love that they have their own message board where all patients can go for quick answers.
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