Feeling Okay About Everything Now - Plainfield, IL.
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So 15 years ago I lost 72 lbs and have kept 85% of...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 11 days pre
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...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 10 days pre
So my surgery is on Tuesday the 12th. I'm nervous...
- 8 Mar 2013
- 3 days pre
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!
Tuesday morning is the day! I adjust had my last...
- 11 Mar 2013
- 1 day pre
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...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 1 day post
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...
- 14 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
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...
- 15 Mar 2013
- 3 days post
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...
- 15 Mar 2013
- 3 days post
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!
I'll post more pics this weekend.
Day 4 post op. feeling functional. Trying to find...
- 16 Mar 2013
- 4 days post
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!
So we're approaching 1 week anniversary day of...
- 18 Mar 2013
- 6 days post
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!
So yesterday I had a good day. The day after my...
- 22 Mar 2013
- 10 days post
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...
- 25 Mar 2013
- 13 days post
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...
- 25 Mar 2013
- 13 days post
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...
- 26 Mar 2013
- 14 days post
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...
- 27 Mar 2013
- 15 days post
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.
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...
- 27 Mar 2013
- 15 days post
Leaving the house today with the garment ON and...
- 28 Mar 2013
- 16 days post
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...
- 29 Mar 2013
- 17 days post
Getting ready to head to Easter Brunch with my...
- 31 Mar 2013
- 19 days post
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...
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...
- 1 Apr 2013
- 20 days post
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 ;)
- 2 Apr 2013
- 21 days post
Realself reminded me to update today....... It's...
- 9 Apr 2013
- 28 days post
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 :)