(3 mo update) Been wanting this for 11 years... BA with lift and TT - Richmond, VA
I cannot wait for my mommy makeover. This has been...
I am scheduled for my breast lift with saline implants, and tummy tuck on Jan. 21. I cannot wait!! I developed breasts at a very young age and have pretty much always dealt with sagging. After 3 pregnancies, though- they are very saggy. My PS said I have a stage 3 sag. I have been debating on doing the tummy tuck as well, and after meeting with the PS for my consult yesterday, I decided to go for it!
I bought some comfy pants, new bigger bras, big granny panties, and button up shirts for my recovery. I know it will be here before I know it!!
Pre op pics
Anyway, feeling good. Not really nervous, just mostly excited. I did have the dreaded nightmare a couple of nights ago. In my dream, the dr made my boobies bigger but didn't do the lift. So, they were super big and super saggy! HA!
7 days to go!
I have had mixed emotions these last few days. Mostly I'm excited and the upcoming surgery is ALL I can think about. So, that is making the time DRAG on. I've started reading a new novel to help distract myself. Out of nowhere when I was working out at the gym the other day, I started crying. I guess those endorphins get things going sometimes. I just felt overwhelmed with excitement. I have NO doubt that this surgery is something that I want, I've been wanting it for SO long. So, I guess the reality hit me that it's going to happen.
I really do wish that I could make this next week fly by. In the meantime, I am mindful to enjoy that I can move around freely without pain, and scoop up my daughter for a big hug. I know in the weeks to come, I won't be able to. I feel like I should be doing more to prepare, but I'm now just playing the waiting game.
Posted some wish pics :)
Anticipation is killing me!!
Days to go.....
I bought some magnesium citrate yesterday after reading many women say that it was the best thing they found for post op constipation. I normally use miralax every day, but have this just in case I need something more.
I am going shopping today to buy a few more button up tops. I realized that I had only bought 2, and I'm sure I'll be sick of those in no time.
Looking into the future... what I'm most excited about:
-being able to wear a nightgown w/o a bra and feel confident
-being able to wear cute little tank tops around the house w/ no bra!
-bathing suit shopping
-summer dress shopping
-doing push ups and not seeing loose skin hanging down
The house is pretty much clean, but I will clean once more really well over the weekend. I want to get all of the laundry done and grocery shopping done over the weekend, too. The kids don't have school on Monday. So, after tomorrow, they won't go back to school again until my surgery day. My MIL will be taking the kids to her house 3 days after my surgery to stay for the weekend. I am so thankful for her help. My husband is SOOOO excited to take care of me after surgery. I think he's almost as excited about that as I am to have this done. He is so very good to me.
That's all for now. The countdown continues.....
Getting SO close!
Tomorrow is the big day!
Today is the day!
1. worried about the snow forecast.. calling for snow showers all day and into evening- 3-6" (we don't get a lot of snow here, so a few inches and people freak out). I'm worried that I'll get to the PS office this morning and they'll cancel my surgery b/c of the snow. Schools are already closed today for my kids- so thankfully my mother-in-law will be here in a few min. to stay with the kids today. Which also means that my hubby can drive me to my appt and I don't have to go alone. Yay! I really hope that the roads are not bad on our way home, and that they won't be bad tomorrow when we have to go back for my first post-op appt.
2. started my period yesterday..... ugh!!! Hate wearing pads!
3. have a little cold. it's been lingering around for days- no fever.. just a dry cough here and there (kinda junky cough a little this morning- but i think that's mostly b/c i can't drink anything to clear my throat from the night).
Well, other than being crazy nervous... butterflies in my stomach... I'm ready to go. Wish me luck! Will update when I can :) Thanks for the support so far. You all have been great!!
When I woke up, my pain level was about a 7. I was shaking like crazy from the anesthesia. That same thing happened after all 3 c-sections. Nurse gave me some medicine and the shaking stopped. It seemed like in no time, they had me in the car to head home.
While I was in the recovery room, the nurse told me that I had no stomach. She said my belly wasn't bad before, but that now it's gone! hehee.. can't wait to see it!!!!!
Back at home, it's been a little chaotic. The kids didn't have school today due to the snow forecast. The bitch of it is that it's now 5pm and all we have is a small dusting that started an hour ago. Ugh. So, the kids have been home all day, and they are going stir crazy and misbehaving. My husband has been taking care of me, but he's crazy grouchy. The kids are driving him nuts.
So, I've gotten up once to use the bathroom. While up, my husband emptied my drains. Yikes, I got so lightheaded and nauseous. Thought I was gonna pass out. It ended up being ok and I didn't throw up. I put in a suppository for the nausea. So, I'm really drugged now. I've taken Motrin, Percocet, and nausea med. I haven't slept since being home, just a little doze here and there. I'm going to try the recliner tonight and see if I can rest comfortably there.
I am already standing up straight. It's not at all like the hunching over that I experienced after my c-sections. I am happy about that. My TT incision hurts on the ends, and my stomach muscles are super sore. OH.. FORGOT TO MENTION: PS told my husband that I had a 3" separation between my abdominal muscles. Yowza! I was feeling a little anxiety when I woke up from surgery b/c I couldn't take a deep breath. I talked calmly to myself and I can now take a deep breath... with pain- but still. Here are some pics I took when I got up for my potty break.
PS removed some dressings from my TT. He gave me a mirror to hold up so that I could see my tummy. It looks ok. I think it's hard to tell w/ the swelling. He said I can put a little vasoline on a q-tip and rub that inside of my belly button. I am very curious to see how my tummy looks once the swelling has gone down. The incision is down low (he removed my c-section scar), and he had to do a little vertical incision in the middle, b/c my skin didn't stretch all the way down. I have never worn a bikini, so it won't break my heart if I never do. I was willing to deal with a TT incision in order to get my abdominal muscles put back together.
I have been staying on top of my pain meds. I am taking percocet and motrin. The gas pains have started. UGH! The same thing happened after every c-section. I took some Gas X and a glycerin suppository. Nothing yet. I may try some of the calcium citrate tomorrow.
Other than the gas pain, I'm feeling pretty good. I can already lift my arms over my head and put a tank top on this evening. I have been able to use my arms to help me get into my recliner w/ minimal pain. I am still able to stand up pretty straight. I've been walking laps around the house to try and wake up my bowels. Sitting down on the toilet isn't bad either.
I am hoping that I can at least fart or something soon. Hate this gas pain... but the pain pills are too helpful to stop using them. I am going to take a shower tomorrow, so I'll take some pics and post them tomorrow.
Happy healing everyone!
2 goals for today
Right now I'm having neck and back pain from sitting in the recliner, and my stomach hurts from gas pain. Here are a couple pics from after my shower.
I took some Milk of Magnesia (bleck.. so gross) last night. It tastes disgusting, but boy does it work! I had a BM last night and another really good one this morning. The bloating is much better now. My stomach is still swollen, but it doesn't feel like bloating gas pain now.
A friend of mine just came over to visit me. She brought me a little flower arrangement and some magazines. It will be great to read some magazines. I am beyond tired of watching tv.
I slept very well last night. I've only been taking 1 pain pill every 5 hours. I take 600mg of motrin every 6 hours. That seems to be working very well.
Before my surgery, my bladder was the worst. I went to the bathroom every hour it seemed like. It was that way since I had my last child several years ago. Well, I don't know if I'm still numb or if it's from my abdominal muscles being tightened, but I haven't been going as much. Whatever it is, I hope it stays that way.
My boobs are really swollen today. I will get a sharp pain on the sides if I move a certain way. I have a lot of bruising, esp on my right side. I've been doing the breast massages that my dr showed me. My right breast doesn't seem as tight, at it looks that that breast has already dropped some. The left breast is still up high and feels tighter.
The kids have been home ALL week due to the snow. I feel so bad for my husband. He's been taking care of the kids, and me... all with very little sleep. My mother-in-law is coming this afternoon to take my daughters for the weekend. That will help a lot. I am looking forward to spending some time with my husband this weekend, and catching up on some rest.
Happy healing ladies! Here are some pics I took this morning before my shower.
Little by little, I am starting to get sensation back on my tummy. I can feel my ab muscles a little now. Up until this point, everything has been numb. I will get little zingers of sensation in different parts of my tummy.
Just for fun, I tried on one of my sexy nightgowns last night. As swollen as I am, and still having the drains in... I still looked HOT! haha. It was great. To be able to fill out a nightgown top, and be perky WITHOUT a bra was amazing. I cannot wait to go shopping in a few weeks when my swelling has gone down some.
Before and after
Post op appt
Feeling almost back to normal
My breasts are feeling a lot softer. I have been having some sharp pain in my right breast and nipple. It started yesterday evening, and comes and goes. The fact that I squeezed into my favorite winter jacket probably did not help. Other than that, they are feeling better every day. They are much softer now when I massage them. Even though they feel softer to the touch, in general, they still feel tight to me.
My tummy has been fine. I really cannot believe that the breasts have caused me more discomfort that my tummy. I read so many reviews before my surgery, and the overall consensus what that the breasts were a piece of cake, and the tummy was the biggest source of discomfort. We all heal differently, of course. I wear my binder all the time, and have it as tight as the binder will go. I have to loosen it after I eat, though. I go tomorrow for another follow up w/ my PS. I'm thinking he will tell me that I no longer need to wear the binder. (He told me at my last visit that I should wear it for 4-5 more days). So, we'll see. It feels so good to have the binder on. Because of the numb sensation on my tummy, when something rubs against it (a towel after my shower for instance), it feels really weird. Having the binder on prevents that during the day, which is nice. Plus, I like the feeling of the compression. It makes me feel secure, and improves my posture. I told my husband that my back was sore last night from sitting up so straight, haha! The pain is very minimal right now. I didn't take anything yesterday until before bed. I took a few motrin because I was sore from running around all day.
I am able to laugh, and cough now w/ little discomfort. Sneezing is a whole other monster. YIKES! That s*&$ hurts!!!! I do everything I can to avoid a sneeze. I am not a one sneeze at a time gal. When I start, it's at least 3-4 every time. By the time I'm done, I feel like I just did 1000 sit ups. OUCH! Thankfully, that pain goes away after a few min.
My confidence has already improved, I can tell. I was confident before with my body (clothed, that is). But, I notice that I do carry myself differently, now. I stand up straight with my shoulders back, and walk proudly. I am so excited for the warmer weather. I live in dresses in the summer. I am so excited to go shopping for dresses.
I tried on my Soma 34D strapless bra last night, and that bad boy was WAAAAY too small. I called my husband in, and I thought his eyes were going to pop out of his head. This no sex thing has been very hard for him. It's one thing to have surgery, and know you can't have sex. But, for the surgery to leave you with big pretty boobies, and then not be able to have sex, isn't easy. I am going to ask my PS tomorrow about that. Hopefully he will say it's ok now, as long as we don't go crazy.
That's about it for now. I'll post more pics later. I look about the same day to day, so I may only post updated pics once a week from now on.
Happy healing hugs to you all!!
2 week post op photos
2 week post op update
2 week post op appointment update: I went yesterday to my appointment. He said I'm looking great so far, and that my breasts are looking better and less angry... haha! I had a few questions for him. Here are the Q & A's:
1. When is it OK to have sex? -He said it's fine now, as long as we are careful and use common sense about what positions would be most comfortable.
2. At this point, what can I do exercise-wise? -At 2 weeks, I can walk around the track at the gym, or outdoors. No machines at this time. At 3 weeks, I can start with the treadmill, and stationary bike. At 4 weeks, I can begin adding hand weights.
3. Should I start using vitamin E on the scars? -He said that vit E would be fine to begin using. He said though, it wouldn't provide much more than a good ole' moisturizer would at this point. (He said Vit E is also oily, so using a moisturizer/lotion, may be a better choice)
4. Nipples are super sensitive at this point: He said to use a little bit of lotion on my finger and rub my nipples to start desensitizing them.
5. He said I no longer need to wear the binder. I asked if I could wear it sometimes if I wanted to. He said that would be fine, or I could buy some Spanx. (I did buy some after my appt. I think I will prob wear binder mostly, b/c the Spanx are a pain to pull up and down when I go to the bathroom.)
6. I can now massage my breasts 2x per day instead of every 2 hours.
He removed a couple of remaining stitches from my TT incision, and trimmed a few stitches on my breasts. He wants to see me back in 6 weeks.
So, hubby and I did the deed last night. Even though he had to be careful to not lay, and put pressure on me, it was great! I am so happy with my breast size and shape. To lay on my back, and see them on top of my chest, big and pretty, and NOT see them in my armpits was SWEET! I think it even turned me on. Ha!
I am going to walk around the track at the gym for a little while today. I miss that alone time with my earbuds to relax, and focus on my body. I am nowhere near ready to go hardcore with my workouts, nor can I for the next 2 months. But, I miss being at the gym. I am looking forward to being able to start working my arms, legs, and butt again. I can tell those areas are getting floppy from not working out in a few weeks. I am being kind to my body now, and will give it the time it needs to heal. The workouts, and gym will always be there when I'm ready.
Valentine's day and my hubby's birthday are right around the corner. I am going to go shopping for a couple new nighties/ lingerie to surprise him. We are planning a weekend trip w/o the kids for his birthday. I can't wait :)
That's about all for now. I feel really good, and more like myself every day. My breasts are still painful sometimes. I get sharp zingers throughout the day. I've heard other women talk about that, so it didn't surprise me. The pain is usually either in my nipple area, or under my armpit (where my underwire ends). This sharp pain especially happens when I cross my arms over my head to put a shirt on. Ouch!
I hope you are all doing well. I really do enjoy reading so many of your stories, and following your journeys right along with mine.
Happy healing hugs ;)
3 week post op
1 month post op update
My soreness is pretty minimal at this point. My period is due any day, so my breasts feel a little swollen, and sore. The nipple hypersensitivity has improved. The unpleasant desensitizing them w/ lotion is paying off. I love how they look! I am so very pleased with the results. I wear a 34C at Victoria's Secret, and a 34DD at Soma. It's so funny how every brand measures so differently. As far as my TT, I cannot believe how easy the recovery has been. I only wear the binder here and there. I primarily wore it before because my skin on my abdomen is numb- so it felt strange to have clothes brush up against it. So, for now- instead of wearing the binder under my clothes, I wear a skin tight cami top over my bra. Because it's skin tight, it keeps anything from brushing up against my skin.
I am very very pleased so far with my results. I can't wait to build more stamina in the gym, and start toning my arms, and legs back up. But, so far so good. It's great to see a flat tummy :)
6 weeks post op
8 weeks post op
3 mo update
3 mo update
I've only had the consultation so far, but I was impressed. Dr. Dewire and his staff were all very professional and personable. I felt welcomed and at ease when I was there. I researched PS for a while before choosing him. After meeting him, I was sold. He showed me what he thought he could realistically make my belly look like. As far as the breasts, he discussed in detail how the procedure is done. As far as size, his approach is to make the breasts as big as he can without compromising a beautiful shape. I told him I'd like to be a DD, but I have full confidence that he'll make them look great for my body. **After surgery: I have been very happy with Dr. Dewire and his staff. The procedure went very smoothly, and I am very happy so far with my results. He is funny, and has a great bedside manner. I will say that he has the "rip the band-aide off quickly" approach. He pulled the steri strips off quickly, and when he pulled both drains out quickly at the same time, I thought I was going to come off the table. But, all that being said, I like that approach. I'd rather be in pain for a couple of seconds, and get it over with. I see now why women have given him such great reviews. I am satisfied, and would definitely see him again in the future if I wanted further procedures.