Feeling Okay About Everything Now - Plainfield, IL.

So 15 years ago I lost 72 lbs and have kept 85% of...

So 15 years ago I lost 72 lbs and have kept 85% of it off all this time. My boobs sagged from a DD to a small C and I have pooches from my waist down. I'm a size 12/14. 5'10". 43 years old today. Surgery for a breast lift, implant and lipo on my abs, flanks outer thighs and knees is scheduled for 3/12.

After reading all of your posts, I am freaking out about the Lipo. The draining, the soreness, the garments, the ickyness - though I was told of this, until you read the stories of others, you don't know. Until you go through it yourself, you REALLY don't know.

I wonder if the money I'll spend (5k on just the lipo), and the pain and ickyness after surgery will all be worth it to lose a pants size of jelly rolls?

I've already paid for the surgery but since I'm also having a breast lift and implant, I am certain I won't even get charged a deposit if I chicken out.

Any feedback on if it was absolutely worth all the ickyness? I have to be back in commission by June. I'm an outdoors sporter and I have major competitions in June.

I'm a super healthy eater but I just returned to strength training in December (I was sick for a while with Lyme disease) and I can already see my body changing for the better. I'm just 12 lbs away from my best weight. So I'm worried.

Hmmmmmm. Any thoughts and feedback? I'm most concerned about swelling and the summer - water/fluid retention during competitions.

So I had a follow up meeting with Dr. Burt this...

So I had a follow up meeting with Dr. Burt this morning to check on some things that were nagging at me. She calmed my fears - answered all my questions. Her confidence is pleasing and reassuring. My expectations are on target for how my breasts will look and my recovery time regarding the liposuction. And I know that whatever I go through in recovery, I'm ready for it and this will be worth it! 10 days and counting! Yahoo!

So my surgery is on Tuesday the 12th. I'm nervous...

So my surgery is on Tuesday the 12th. I'm nervous but sticking with it! Drinking lots of water, eating lean, and exercising regularly preceeding the event hoping that going in healthy, will bring be out healthy. I don't have unrealistic expectations. I'm hoping to lose a pant size. I'm a 12/14 now and hoping just to be a solid 12.

I've also switched over the saline breast implants along with my lift vs. silicone. Saline just seemed to be more me.

Preparing for the WORST and hoping for the BEST!

Thanks all!

Tuesday morning is the day! I adjust had my last...

Tuesday morning is the day! I adjust had my last drink of water. I've bee doing some holistic clearing around the home. Sage, candles, music. Meditation... Hoping this helps me focus.

I am nervous. Lipo to abs, flanks, outer thighs, knees. Breast lift & saline implant. Sure sounds like a lot for 2.5 hrs of surgery. I hope I'm one of the good cases & recover well! Wish me luck!

Night of day two after ab/flank/knee/saddlebags...

Night of day two after ab/flank/knee/saddlebags 2500cc. Breast lift/saline implant 240cc.

Feeling okay. Napping on & off. Not a lot of draining. Soreness of a really hard work out?? Drinking lots of fluids. Nausea stopped around 1am today. No more nausea meds. Hoping top taper to Norco every 5 hours by day 3 or 4 but pain isn't worth it. lots of bruising but can't see it due to my awesome compression garment!

Follow up Friday at 11 am.

So far, so good!

Thursday evening. Been home for 48 hrs. Feeling...

Thursday evening. Been home for 48 hrs. Feeling pretty well! Compression suit is the best thing ever for liposuction. Just gives support needed. Bra for breast lift/saline implant is a little uncomfortable but I can deal w/it. Can see some bruising through the suit but I know that all goes away.

Follow up Friday at 11. I know my lipo results won't even be beginning to so but I can't wait to see my breasts ;) ;) !!!

Follow up appointment today. If the lipo...

Follow up appointment today. If the lipo eventually takes off 1-2 inches in the areas I had it, I'll be pleased. That should fit me well into my size 10/12 pants? If it smooths me out also, nice, awesome... My lower belly even just a little flatter, nice. I don't want to be unrealistic ;) but optimistic! I hope to see some 'forming results' by mid-late April?

As for my breasts, I can't wat to see how they look & feel! It'll be like opening a present! and cant wait to have a warm gentle shower today.

Feeling okay! grateful! (and still my hubby has been awesome!)

Just got home from my 3 day post op a bit ago. Wow...

Just got home from my 3 day post op a bit ago. Wow - can I just say that I am thrilled at my image in the mirror though I am bruised and swollen all to h$ll? LOL!

My breasts are perky for the first time since I was probably 12. I'll probably settle in to a full C cup which will be great for my athletic lifestyle. My tummy is so flat I can't believe it. Sagging a bit but it'll flatten up. We're washing my garments now and I'll get back in to them in a bit. While washing the compression garments, Doc wants me in 'spanx' type garments. Having a hard time finding a front zip/hook bra at the store so I had my hubby hook one of my D cups I bought in the back for me. Better than nothing! I ordered 2 online via Amazon as I'll be wearing those for 4-6 weeks. Compression garment she wants me in it for 16ish hours a day for 6ish weeks. We'll see. I am so please. I am hardly sore at all. Just like a hard work out.

Ladies - I was FREAKED out before I went through with this and now, just 3 days in, I am thrilled that I went through with it.

I hardly 'leaked' at all - didn't soak any bedding. Got a little blood on the sheets. I'm comfortable and happy. I cannot wait to see what the next 4-6 weeks bring. Being that I put on a pair of spanx-type leggings and I couldn't believe that I looked thinner already in the mirror - as of right now - HECK yeah I'll do it again!

Hopefully things keep progressing towards the positive!

From super duper FREAKE out scared to SUPER DUPER happy. Yup! That's me!

Just WOW!

I'll post more pics this weekend.

Day 4 post op. feeling functional. Trying to find...

Day 4 post op. feeling functional. Trying to find compression clothing to wear other than the surgical products. I was asked by doc at post op yesterday to wear surgicals 16-18 hrs per day. While washing the compression/surgical, I wore thick tights & a sports bra. While waiting for them to AIR fluff dry, I was starting to get sore. I was grateful to put them back on. My surgical bra itches though. I have 2 new surgical ones on the way and 2 zip front sports bras coming. Plus Long spanx on the way too from Amazon. I also ordered 2 cute dresses from Zulilly that one could only wear w/o a bra ;) looking forward to summer! Lol. Couldn't resist ;)

I had lipo on my knees too but I just don't see anything yet? No swelling, bruises, etc that would indicate that the results will make a difference. HOPING!

Abs & flanks are looking good but it seems some fat is settling in the upper hips above hip bones? Hopefully will smooth out?

It's only been 4 days? Such a baby I'm being... 6 weeks and getting through the hard bruising & swelling is essential ! Patience!

Other than that, I'm feeling okay! Sleeping a lot which is good. It is hardest and I hurt most when I wake up from a 3-4 hour nap to potty & take more meds! A lot to get up & moving around. Though it feels best when I'm moving as much as I can.

I hope this info is helping some of you! So far, pretty good!

~j

So we're approaching 1 week anniversary day of...

So we're approaching 1 week anniversary day of Lipo to abs, flanks, outer thighs and knees... Breast Lift and Saline Implant.

I'm feeling pretty good but I am discovering quickly that being out of my compression suit for longer than an hour or so is uncomfortable. The swelling isn't tooooo awful but the compression suit helps.

I have some SPANX and a couple of different bras coming that should arrive tomorrow. I have to be able to wash this thing once and when we washed it and air fluffed it Friday after my post op appointment, it took over 4 hours. Ugh!

I keep reading differing opinions that spanx are okay after 2 weeks vs. the suit and then it is also okay to alternate between the two.

Body is shaping up - well the abs are at least - still bruised all the h$ll - I'm a redhead and bruise easily. I'm not happy with how my knees or thighs are looking at all - I know I must be patient but it is hard. To me they don't look any different except a bruised.

My breasts are quickly becoming my pride and joy. Though stitched and taped all over - I am so thrilled to see them NOT hanging down below my rib cage. That alone makes me look a little thinner. I had hoped they would be a little bigger bit we had talked about lifting (I was a small C) then implant to a D cup with a silicone - I changed my mind and went saline and I'm pretty sure they're looking more C than D already... And I can still tell that my left is a bit bigger than my right. Hopefully all the swelling adjusts all of that. As it goes down, I damn well better not end up a B cup! LOL!

But the surgical bra SUCKS and I'm hoping that one that I ordered on Amazon is better. If not, I'm hitting every sports store between here and Chicago to find a front zip sports bra that doesn't drive me NUTS! They said a good front zip sports bra will do the trick. We'll see... I think I need on that comes down below my ribs to be comfortable.

I've been off pain killers and muscle relaxers since Saturday. I took some Tylenol yesterday but even that isn't needed so I'm done with all that stuff for now.

Been a bit constipated (sorry) but it is true. I'm eating really well - taking my fiber, mag, probios, enzymes. Don't know what else to do to help that.

So anyway - I'll take some pics tomorrow maybe to show 1 week? we'll see. The bruising is disgusting. ;)

Keep on keeping on!

~j

So yesterday I had a good day. The day after my...

So yesterday I had a good day. The day after my cat jumped on my knee turned out to be my best day since surgery. I had surgery on the 12th, I was out and about doing a bit of shopping on the 21st. 9/10 days. Not bad. I felt pretty good too. Driving was fine - thank God for power steering as I don't think my chest could handle driving after a boob-job without it ;)

I went out for about an hour and a 1/2 and shopped in a store for almost an hour.

I had my compression garment off for about 4 hours while I washed and 'blew' dry it with a fan....

Felt good to have it off - it feels good to have it on. Feels good to have it off, feels good to have it on? I'm interested in knowing what is the happy medium here. My doc said wear it for a min of 16 hours (I think that's what she said anyway - I was a little drugged when I saw her on day 4). I see her again on Monday for a two week check up.

Today I'm going for my first follow up massage this afternoon. I expect it to hurt but I gotta work these lumps out of my back that I can't reach myself. LOL! They feel like two big sacks of rock hard sand... I ice then heat then ice then heat a couple of times a day. I'm trying to do some gentle stretching too.

Anyway - Day 10, doin' Okay. I hope to be able to get to the gym next week to walk on a treadmill.... It is still super cold here in Chicago area. My doc said I could return to the gym to treadmill walk at 2mph at week two. I have EVERY intention to do that! Gotta get this body back together before the end of April! :)

Oh I also added new pics. I won't post the back view as that is where ALL my horrible bruising is and it really does not show the good results so far.

So I'm pretty happy with how things are shaping up...

So I'm pretty happy with how things are shaping up. My rear looks tons better than it did on day 9. My belly is getting flatter (we were looking for 60-70% improvement with lipo vs. doing a tummy tuck which I won't do....). And I really appreciate the huge difference in my flanks. Both should allow me to wear a shirt, tucked in to my jeans, with a belt. My breasts look good but things seem to be moving around too much on my right breast.
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2 week follow up today. I'll let y'all know what she says!

So I'm just back from my 2 week apt. (which is...

So I'm just back from my 2 week apt. (which is technically tomorrow) and my doc is thrilled with my progress. Bruising - swelling - tenderness - lumpiness - is all consistant with what she sees at two weeks. Keep on keeping on with what I am doing she says... And I'll see her in 4 weeks. I'll try to post pics each week and it is good for me to take them also to help me truly SEE the progress.

Thank you all for your kind comments. Now if I can get some sleep - we'll be doing really well!

I went to the gym today! YAY! I walked a mile on...

I went to the gym today! YAY! I walked a mile on the treadmill and did some light stretching.

I'm hoping that the swelling starts going down more... I keep hoping that I can put some real clothes on. Wearing the compression garment isn't helpful. I can wear a few pair of jeans over it though. I think my breasts are two complete different sizes right now. My left is a large C and my right is a small C - that is gonna suck if they don't even out a bit. People say that my right is healing faster cuz I use it more... Eh. We'll see. Ups and downs of 'successful' surgery.

Good day today - Out and about - lunch with a...

Good day today - Out and about - lunch with a friend, went in to my biz to show my face for the 2nd time in two weeks. Went grocery shopping. Helped my husband make dinner (amazing! LOL).

I only woke 1 time last night and slept a total of just about 8 hours. I took my garment off when I woke, saw my bed, got back in to it for about 20 minutes completely naked. It felt SOOOOOO good - I miss it sooooo much! I was asked by my doc to wear my garment 16 hours a day min. I'm doing around 18-19 right now. I wean down to 16 hours and do a few hours off in the AM and the PM.
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It is just as nice to have it off as it is to put it back on ;)

Anywho - just a quick update on day 15.

Oh - almost forgot - I took measurements today for...

Oh - almost forgot - I took measurements today for the first time since before surgery. Between my chest and my thighs I've lost a total of 8 inches. (3 inches in my lower belly alone!) Nice!

Leaving the house today with the garment ON and...

Leaving the house today with the garment ON and jeans over it. My regular jeans are loose and these were a *bit* tight two weeks ago! YAY! So I'm wearing a bra top cami under a sweater. I personally thing I look 'banging hot'! LOL. My waist, belly and thighs have slimmed down SOOOO much (inches). And my brests are feeling more comfortable.

I haven't left my house with out a FULL underwire bra or sports bra on in 30 years... I'm sure of it. I hope this is enough support - breasts feel good though! I'm showing quite a bit of cleavage. I am not ashamed to admit that I am very proud of my investment! LOL!

OMG - I cannot wait to take my 3 week pics on...

OMG - I cannot wait to take my 3 week pics on Tuesday the 2nd. I took measurements again today. 3 inches in the waist, 4 inches across my lower belly (the widest part) and 1.5 inches on each thigh. My knees are actually still a bit bigger than they were - VERY swollen still - - In time they'll 'catch' up I suppose - and hope!

Getting ready to head to Easter Brunch with my...

Getting ready to head to Easter Brunch with my family. They were all very supportive except for one brother (I have 5 bros/sisters).

I'm having a hard time finding something to wear as I am now imbetween sizes 12/14. My tightest 14's are fitting pretty good, but some are literally falling down. My loosest 12's are fittting in the waist but not in the thighs yet...

Ugh! LOL.

I would wear crop pants or a skirt but my ankles are a bit swollen still and look like cankles.

Not sure of what shirt to wear either.

I guess I'll keep it simple and throw on one pair of pants that ARE fitting and just a simple 3/4 sleeve scoop neck top. I certainly didn't do this for my family ! LOL! Who cares what they think!

Went ahead and took 3 week pics tonight vs. in the...

Went ahead and took 3 week pics tonight vs. in the AM. I love that the horrible bruising is mostly gone. But everything is still lumpy to touch. Swollen. I see no difference in the knees and the thighs - there is an inch smaller in the thighs but my knees are actually bigger. All the fluids pool there perhaps? My flanks are still very lumpy bumpy and so is my lower belly. I have lost around 10 inches between my waist and my thighs though. So... Sometimes the pics don't really show it but the measurements do.

It is hard to be patient! But things are lookin' good. I just hope my thighs and my knees catch up! I'll be really annoyed if I don't see some changes in the next 3 weeks.

Changed my name to Deserveit! Just felt more right ;)

Changed my name to Deserveit! Just felt more right ;)

Realself reminded me to update today....... It's...

Realself reminded me to update today....... It's been a month since surgery. It has gone SOOOO Fast! Breast lift, implant and lipo. I took pics today but personally, I don't see a whole lot more change since 3 weeks. I hope these aren't my final results. I took measurements and my knees are the same size, thighs, I've lost about an inch on each.

Waist (3-4 inches) and lower belly (4ish inches) are the most dramatic. I'm fitting in to size 10-12 jeans down from 14. With the surgery I can fit in to about 7 pairs of jeans I haven't worn in about 5 years. (Yes, they're classic so the style works.... ;) )

I have been lacking motivation to walk as much as I wanted. I inteded to go every day but have only been walking 2x's per week. Perhaps I go tomorrow then every day forward? I'm tired really and I can tell. But eating has been FANTASTIC though. Always been a decent eater since losing all the weight 15 years ago. But I'm down on the scale 6-8 lbs since my surgery day depending on the day and time of weighing. Though if I eat *anything* with sodium, FORGET IT. I'm easily up 5 lbs overnight. Yuck. Buhbye take out Chinese food probably forever. I am very proud of how I have been eating. I didn't fall off track on that at all...

I see some little changes in the pics but nothing worth posting. Perhaps I'll post at 6 weeks after my next follow up appointment.

I have a stage 2 garment on order from Marena. My original one is toooooo big and slides down about 6 inches! LOL. I hope to have it by the weekend as the flexies and spanx aren't giving me comfortable support like the garment.

I feel rather comfortable except for my numb/sore knees and lower back. Everything is still a bit swollen and tender. I stretch every day which helps a lot! And scars are healing nicely. Massages are helpful but I need a little more than lymphatic now.... The pain of the surgery was NOT that bad at all....... But I was putting lotion on my lower back yesterday though and just rubbed some lumps the wrong way and OUCH! But it was gone quickly....

I cannot say WORTH IT yet... still thinking about it. From her forward, it is all on me now to keep what I have paid for! Get to the gym and walk walk walk :)
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