Where to begin... by the age of 19 i was pushing...
I am currently consulting PS's in the Orange County ca area and I'm feeling TONS of different emotions. Ive been a lurker here for a while, had a lipo procedure done hoping to deflate a bit, which helped very slightly... so now i need to just go for it. TT, Breast lift and possible aug, depending on my weight at the time of procedure. I tend to lose weight from the breasts down... my bra size is 34G right now. when i lose weight they deflate and get to about a 34f... I'm not sure yet what just a lift would do. i don't want them reduced... just lifted and perky, not saggy and gross.
i love reading your stories and seeing your dramatic results. I can't wait to have the same before and after pics.
Im currently 5'5" and around 175 lbs. last June i was down to 155. I want to get back there before surgery. Im meeting with a PS on Friday and can't wait to hear what he has to say about my 'situation' and losing more weight before surgery.
I have so many questions. Have any of you done this without any narcotics? Im a recovering addict/alcoholic and am not excited at all to have prescription meds in my possession. Im sure i can do it all with tylenol but am super nervous about the pain!
I can't wait to get to know you ladies. I will post pics hopefully later today.
I have made a decision! Dr Richard H Lee in...
I gave a deposit and I'm set for august 14!!!!! Wow. This is really happening! Advice from anyone is always appreciated. I have a recliner but its not a "lift" chair. Will I be ok? I took pics and will post them later tonight! So excited!
Has anyone gone through anything similar - or done this without insurance? Im bummed. I have life insurance, lol, but Im not expecting that i will need it! However there is always a risk of complications and it would be just my luck to do this without insurance and end up in the hospital... :( I'm so sad
Having Second Thoughts - would love feedback...
Im considering postponing surgery because Ive read so many doctor opinions re being at goal weight before surgery blah blah... I WANT REAL ANSWERS! What do you ladies think? Do any of you WISH you would have waited and lost more weight first? Or are you happy with just a flat tummy? My concern is that If i have surgery and then lose another 15 lbs I will be left with loose skin again... Im so confused! ALSO another question: soooo many of you look like you have super dramatic inches lost... is it just my imagination and good camera angels? or is it true? Im a size 12 but my body frame is between a 6 and 8.
Im just confused. My mom says to wait and go hard in the gym for 3 months. My boyfriend and my grandmother say GO FOR IT NOW! lol, my boyfriend says he is sick of me complaining about the belly and just get it done...
Thanks in advance ladies! I love reading all of your stories and seeing your pics!
Decided to wait... sorta bummed but I think for me and my crazy head its better for me to be closer to my goal...
SOOO Excited!.. like, beyond ready!
I read through realself constantly - obsessively - trying to find a body like mine with the results i hope for... seems silly sometimes but i guess we all do it. these are our bodies! why wouldnt we...?
im considering hiring a night nurse for the first couple of nights so that my mom doesnt have to be up all night will me and then deal with my daughter and me all day... anyone have any thoughts on that?
Im also going to rent a hospital bed so i can try to be as comfortable as possible. dang this just keeps adding up and up, lol.
even though i search constantly on this site for helpful tips, ill ask - anyone have any good advice? what about sports bra advice for after? i want to be as prepared as possible so my mother doesnt freak out. she has a tendency to get stressed and frazzled pretty easily and i need this to be as simple for her as possible so i dont stress out!
5 weeks from today...
I was getting dressed this morning and started smiling to myself, knowing that my life, my self confidence, my attitude, etc is all about to CHANGE in a huge way. I understand that I will have good and bad days and taht I will undoubtedly have days of questioning why on earth I would do this to myself, etc... but overall i KNOW in my heart and my head that these feelings will be temporary and that I will feel so much better, stronger, confident, and alive doing this for ME! I cant wait to not have to try on 10 outfits in the morning trying to figure out what to wear to work! I cant wait I cant wait I cant wait!
I ordered a dress from one of my favorite company's and got it in the mail yesterday. It is beautiful and I cant wait to wear it. It fits good now, a little tight but not bad - the problem is my boobs are HUGE and they do not fit. I cant wait for my lift! in this dress my boobs just spill out - my boyfriend loved it - lol - but agreed that I could not wear it that way in public.
Anyway ladies I know in the coming weeks I will have many conflicting emotions. Today, its all excitement!
Lets talk poop...
Wow! I don't think I have any special diet but I guess I'll find out pre op. I do plan to "clean myself out" a day or two before though. I have had constipation issues my whole life. Even had a colonoscopy at age 28 to see if there was a problem... No problem. Lazy colon was the diagnosis lol. So I use a product called calm. It is powder form and tastes great. It's magnesium. Totally works! I'm going to take it to preop and ask if its fine to take post op to help w the potty issue. U can buy it online or at whole foods or mothers or most healthier food stores. I highly recommend. Much better to take than milk of magnesia and does t hurt like laxatives. The company tht makes it is called natural vitality. Hope that helps someone :)
SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!
So this weekend will be full of cleaning and shopping for supplies so that next weekend, right before surgery, I can focus on hanging out with my daughter and doing fun things since I will be down for several weeks. Anyway happy Friday everyone!
the only reason i ask
A Week From Today...
Im almost done with my christmas shopping and I do hope to finish it this weekend so that I can take the holiday season to enjoy it and to rest without stressing over shopping… I have pretty much everything on my list for my recovery - just need to get my rx filled this weekend.
Work has been super stressful the past two days and monday is a holiday here with leaves me with two days work until surgery. THAT IS NUTS TO ME! Of course now my boss sprung a ton of stuff on me yesterday that must be done by weds… although it has certainly added to my anxiety it will probably help to keep me distracted. I hope so anyway.
My fiancé is great. he is excited for me as I believe my family is… I think everyone is sick and tired of me complaining about this body of mine for so long. The hanging skin is no joke. no one in my family gets it so they get really tired of hearing about it. and Im looking fwd to not only the results but honestly two weeks of NOTHING!!! Ive started scoping netflix for shows Id like to watch or catch up on and am feeling excited to have that time to just simply rest.
I also feel very fortunate to have my mom flying in to town to help me. i don't know how i would do this without her!
Here goes nothing...
ON THE FLAT SIDE!!!
ON THE FLAT SIDE AND AMAZED!
First 24 Hours...
My fiance picked me up at 630 in the morning and we drove to the surgery center. I cried the whole way there. God bless my man because he just kept trying to keep my mind off of things and get me to talk about the wedding we are planning lol. once we got there I was taken back pretty quickly which was nice. The nurse on duty was fabulous, she took me inot the bathroom and asked me to pee in a cup and to put on a gown, compression socks, booties, a hat and i think thats all. from there, i laid down on a heated bed. My surgeon came in, marked me up, laid me back down, and then the anesthesiologist came in. He said he was going to put something in my IV to make me less anxious so that I could relax.... he actually knocked me out right then and there and i remember nothing until i was in recovery! Once I woke up I felt pretty good. between pain meds adn anesthesia i was relaxed and comfy. my mom and my fiance came in around 5 and brought me flowers. i stayed overnight and i highly recommend that if given the opportunity. my doctor requires it and i was so thankful he did. the night nurses were great. so so helpful. I started my period surgery day - which was wonderful, lol. I always have one HEAVY day a month and of course it was then. oh well at least its over.. anyway the nurses got me up to walk at one point during the night. I didnt have panties on, just a pad between my legs, and i told them that it was going to be messy. i dont think they understood really how messy i meant, lol, because as i got up and took a ocuple steps blood was running down to the ground, leaving a trail behind me, and I had a large red blood streak down the inside of each one of my white compression socks! yay for periods and surgery! lol. the nurses were so sweet about it. once i got to the sink i started to try to clean myself up (habit i guess) and the nurse was like 'no no honey, we will do it'... and then i felt it... complete nausea. it was a feeling i ahvent felt since the days i use to drink. that spinning drunk feeling. i told the nurse and she yelled to the other nurse for a shot of some anti nausea meds... i shuffled back to my bed not giving an eff about the bloody trail that i was leaving behind and stepping in at the same time... i leaned up against my bed, the nurse gave me a shot straight into my IV and almost instantly the nausea went away. They got me a cold washcloth for my forehead which totally helped too. I got another pain shot into my behind, demerol i think, and then back to bed. what a night that was. My mom came to get me at 6:30 am and she got all of the instructions etc and we went home.
Well. my frist day at home was pretty good. still feeling the effects of the anesthesia and taking pain meds so pretty comfortable for most of the day. At night time I got up by myself to go potty and did pretty good. Only problem that I had was getting back into my hospital bed (which i HIGHLY recomend renting). It was so dark i bumped the table with my meds on it, so then I had to get on all fours and pick up my medication off of the floor, then get myself back up again... not fun. At this point the pain im feeling is from the muscle repair. It does burn like others have said here and it is such an odd feeling!
I slept pretty much all day yesterday and all through the night last night. Ive had zero problem sleeping which is fabulous! For the most part I am taking full advantage of having my mom here and my grandmother here too. I am being taken care of completely and even though I really dont need that attention anymore I must say that it is fabulous to have it and I a so grateful for it. As women we tend to go and go and go and do and do and do for other people... this is the first time in my life that I have ever let others take are of me and baby me. Its hard to give up the control a bit but at the same time its fantastic to let go! Anyway Im done for now. Ill post pics later and update omre as well. Im still kinda out of it lol and having a hard time focusing on writing this- i fee like my sentences are all over the place! happy healing ladies!
Can I just say this - my vagina got a nice lift too! holy moly i knew it was hanging but i had no clue it was hanging THAT low! Its amazing to look down now and see my girly parts - ALL of them! not just pubic hair - not the mound... but the whole full on vagina, slit in front and all. I feel like a new woman and i feel so confident! Im kind rambling now and i apologize. I know that some of you understand because you have been there, or are there now... and the rest of you WILL understand an will feel as amazing as I do!!! Anyway enough for now - but i willl be back for sure with more pics! woooohoooo!!!!!!!
I'm doing well. I think today is po day 5. I have been home except for one outing to the dr yesterday. And I finally got to take a shower yesterday which felt great eventually but my back is killing me and killed me the whole time in the shower. I've been sleeping a lot and am kinda bored. Tomorrow my mom will drive me into Los Angeles to secure the church I will be getting married in so am really excited to see it and show her. She lives out of town.
I'm drinking tons of water and hoping it helps w swell hell. I think I'm just starting to get there as NOTHING fits me lol. Nada except sweat pants. I did expect it but it's weird when it happens because you look so different and yet things are tighter than before. Doesn't seem possible. I have lots of longer type clothes for when I am at home but when it comes to work I'm stuck. Anyway enough for now. I'll post more pics later!
Longer than I thought...
Two nights ago my fiancé freaked out my family. He realized that I had been prescribed oxycodone and he marched intothe living room where my mom was and told her not to let me take any more of them. My fiancé and I are both recovering addicts so I understand his concern. I agreed to try taking only Tylenol even though I was only 5 days post op. I had been gone all day that day which was a huge mistake in and of itself but the. To not take the pain meds before bed and only take Tylenol...... HUGE MISTAKE. He had good intentions and. I appreciate him looking out for me. But my doctor knew from day one as did his staff that I am an addict and my doctor told me not to try to be a Hero. Basically I woke up yesterday morning in agonizing pain. Agonizing. Horrible. Couldn't move, was stiff and angry and crying. I told my,mom fuck what my fiancé said give me the meds lol. She did. I went to see my ps yesterday and had my stitches taken out which was painless but the whole office said take the meds! So I'm slowly weening myself off. I had been taking two every four hours and now I'm taking one every six hours. I feel way less loopy which is fabulous.
My boobs ares starting to itch a bit. My nipples look fabulous. They are small and my boobs are perky. My doctor is a true artist and I'm in shock. I'm still swollen and will be for months and I accept that. But to see my body this was is just amazing. I've never looked like this and it feels soooo good even with all the uncomfortableness lol.
I can't wait to feel better and be well enough to take a walk. I'm getting married in 9months and I desperately want to get in the best shape I've been in for that day!
Anyway I will update pics later today. I'm suppose to not move much at all because of drainage. Oh if I can offer one bit of advice to those still waiting..... Get a neck pillow!!!!!!!!!!
I can't believe this is my body!!!
hanging in here...
Other than that drains and the occasional laughing (muscle repair) I feel good. Im tired, Im in a recliner all day with my feet up, and Id like to feel a little better. I just know that once these drains are out ill feel so much better
on another note im so damn satisfied with my body. yes im swollen. no my clothes don't really fit (except my pajama pants fall off me which is funny) but Im on cloud 9 with this new belly and no skin!
Pray pray pray....
Showering.... So lets talk about that. A chair is a MUST. I was sitting on the edge of my shower before I got one bc I couldn't stand. And it's true what I've read by so many women. Showering WIPES you out. At 11 days po I had I sit on Te toilet seat after my shower in a towel for about ten minutes just so the nausea and feelin of passing out would go awy. Thn I lotion re up while sitting there and Then move to sit on the bed to get dressed which took another Ten Minutes. So now all I am praying fit is that these drains come out and I have a whole week without them before I go back to work - which btw is freaking me out a bit lol. I feel like I'm going to have to get up an hour early just to get me and my. 5 year old ready I the morning.
But is is worth it? HELL YES!!! I crossed my legs in the shower to scrub my feet and couldn't believe I didn't have to move the skin as fat outta the way ! And I put on a fitted sweatshirt and yoga pants today and I feel so skinny!!!!!! Recovery is brutal but the benefits are so. So worth it!!!
Lovin this. 11 days po.
Day 12 feelin ok
So THIS is swell hell
This morning I had to go to sears auto center to find out what is going on with my back tire. I was first in line. it took them TWO hours to take a dang nail out and fix my tire - again - I was FIRST IN LINE lol and it was a freakin patch that was needed... so for two hours I walked around the mall and bought a couple things for chirstmas - not much because I cant carry more than 5-10 pounds per my dr's instructions which i dont want to ignore... when the car was done i went and got a pedicure which was fabulous, and then to the grocery store to get basics for the week - I got home around 230 and started working from home just so in the morning Im not stressed out too much. and tonight ladies, its here. the swelling. Im sure it will get worse other days - but this does suck. this is the first time Ive experienced this. its just so tight and I feel like I have fat on my abdomen. Im sure tehre is some fat there because i know going in at 180 there was not much he could do to get it all but still, its a weird feeling and i dont like it :)
Im eating healthy and drinking my water so I guess im doing what I can - this is just the beginning and I need to buck up and deal with it. anyway thanks for letting me vent. Ive been a little emotional lately - zero regrets - absolutely zero - because even with this swelling i wouldnt trade this body for the one i use to have, lol, but idk... im just being emotional. I cry for no reason. and i cry for good reason lol - eff it ladies... i think i will take a hot shower and get my behind in bed since i have to get up so early. Hope you all are doing fantastically! happy swelling - err umm... Healling, yes, happy healing!
Day 20 I think...
Fourth week update
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7 weeks po
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