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11 weeks post op- I Always Knew I Wanted a MM After I Was Done Having Kids....
- updated 3 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $13,000
- Adam Tattelbaum, MD (Rockville, MD)
I'm a 29 year old mom of 3. I have 2 boys and a...
- 10 Dec 2012
I'm a 29 year old mom of 3. I have 2 boys and a girl (5, 3 and 18 moths). I always knew I'd want a MM after I was done having kids. I've always been very conscious of my appearance and I never want to wear a one-piece bathing suit ;) I wore a 2 piece this past summer but I hated my tummy when I bent over. Not to mention, I had a hernia and a stretched out old belly button ring hole. It wasn't horrible but I was very self conscious about it. I started thinking about a MM a few months ago. My hubby and I started talking about it and he was completely on-board if thats what I wanted. The best time for him would be in December (bc of work) so thats why we chose now. I wanted to give myself a few weeks to heal before Christmas as well so I could participate as much as possible with the kids. So here I am on Day 4 PO and feeling pretty good. I'll come back with more about the procedure and my post-op experience in a bit.
Ok so a little more about me. I'm 5'1" tall and...
- 10 Dec 2012
Fast Forward to Dec 6th...surgery day! We arrived at the surgical center at 10am. Filled out all the necessary paperwork then Sid (the nurse) took us back so I could change and try on sizers one last time (I was between 375- Dr T's pick and 400's- my pick). In the end I went with my gut and did the 400's. So I get changed and go back out to get my IV started. Since I hadnt had anything to eat or drink since 10pm the following evening my veins were kinda small and dehydrated so the nurse blew 2 of my veins. Thats never happened before and of all things I started to get dizzy and freaked out. I refused to look at my arm and just stared in complete terror at my husband who said he's never seen me so scared before (I'm a pretty tough chick ;-) But needles freak me out anyway and the thought of him collapsing a vein made my stomach turn. But to be fair it wasnt his fault. Just bad luck. He was a nice guy and has been working there since Day 1 so it was no biggie. So the anesthesiologist came over to me to ask me questions and then she decided to give it a shot. Thank you Lord, she got the needle in with hardly any pain and no issues. Not sure my nerves could have taken another collapsed vein. After that, Dr T came over to talk to us. Once again being very informative, going over the procedure, answering any questions we had, etc... Then he took me back, took lots of pictures and made his markings. It was then that I gave my hubby a kiss (and who ran out to fill all of my scripts) and met another nice nurse who walked me back to the OR. It was very bright but actually kinda warm! As I climbed onto the table she was telling me how Dr T did her mommy makeover as well and how I'll do wonderful and how he's a perfectionist, etc... As I laid on the table we talked about Christmas, how big my babies were, how much weight I gained then it was lights out! Complete relaxation to be honest. I thought I'd be all nervous and crying (I dont know why) and it wasnt anything like I thought. I was in surgery for 3 1/2 hours (or maybe 3?) I woke up happy and asking for my husband. I remember not being able to talk. I was talking very faint and I remember the nurse telling me how sweet I was. But then it got me thinking, are people really mean to them?? LOL Maybe people say or do crazy mean stuff when they wake up bc he kept commenting on how nice and sweet I was. It was good to hear bc I was worried I wake up a mess. LOL Finally after an hour, when I pretty fully awake, my husband was allowed to come back. Surgery went perfect. I was in and out of it but Dr T informed my hubby that the surgery went well. At about 2 hours post-op, I got up, went pee and we were sent on our way. Oh and I was given Fentenyl (?) and percs to take for the ride home) Ride home wasn't bad. I was pretty numb though I felt like my breathing was pretty shallow. I felt like I had an elephant on my chest. I nodded off and on until we got home. Came home, walked upstairs with no issues, hubby got me in bed and comfy and brought me chicken soup, crackers and jello. At some point I passed out and woke up at midnight....I felt like I had been hit by a bus and it was mostly my chest that was hurting. Wasn't expecting that one! Hubby gave me percs but they literally didnt do a thing for the pain. I laid in bed moaning and shallow breathing for about 2 hours until I was allowed to take a valium. Life-saver! It relaxed me and made me pass out. I spent Day 2 pretty much the same way. It was by far the worst. I kept up on my pain meds but couldnt eat. So I basically slept ALL day and everytime I woke up it was in pain. I often asked my husband what the heck I did to myself! But he reminded me that they all say that and that it will get better. He was right. I slept all night that night and woke up to Day 3 a completely different person! I'm getting sleepy and hubby wants to watch a movie so I'm gonna go for now. But I'll be back for a more upbeat update tomorrow :)
I'm still a little nervous about posting body...
- 11 Dec 2012
Ok so it's been a few days since I posted a real...
- 12 Dec 2012
Before I start my post I just want to say I'm not a complainer. At all. If I'm sick I dont complain. After my c-section with my first son, I didnt complain. After the vaginal birth of my 2nd son in which I lost a ton of blood, I didn't complain. Then when I went into sky-rocket labor with my daughter barely making to the hospital to have her almost 9-pound butt, sure I complained but I handled it well. All in all, I have a pretty high pain tolerance.
So anyway, like I said above Day 2 was BY FAR the worst. I'm a very honest person so I've decided not to sugarcoat anything on here. I was very grateful to read all of the "horrible" reviews on pain because I really felt like it prepared me for the worst which in the end actually made my TT recovery a little more manageable. I knew it was going to e hard...very hard. And I knew it was going to be alot of pain. What I wasn't prepared for was the breasts! Holy hooters! Everyone I knew in real life always told me the pain was "no big deal" and most things I read online say the pain was minimal and that the TT pain completely takes the pain away the pain of the boobs. So not in my case. I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I felt like I couldn't take a deep breath and that my breathing was super shallow. They gave me a breathing apparatus (I forget the medical term) to use at home so I wouldn't get pneumonia and I could just barely get it up past the 500. My husband put on a movie to watch and laid in bed with me while I moaned in pain for hours. Getting up to walk to bathroom was horrible. Dr T said I could take my percs every 3 hours instead of 4 but they didn't do anything to help the pain from my boobs. Nothing. I'm assuming they totally numbed my TT bc that was fine. lol But then I had to wait another 2 hours before I was allowed to take a Valium. Once I took the Valium I was out like a light. Oh and did I mention I ate NOTHING all day? Hubby tried to bring me food but the pain was so terrible I basically yelled at him to get out of here! LOL Dr T called me a few times to check on me even though he was away for the weekend. I was very happy to hear from him bc I could ask him about my pain level and upping my meds etc... All in all he said I sounded great. But I felt horrible. HA! Oh and talking was quite the challenge. I felt like I had to almost whisper.
Then Day 3 I woke up and although I was a little stiff I felt so different. I was extremely happy that when I woke up my pain had subsided tremendously. I was still taking my pain meds but not as often and actually decided to unveil the "girls". They are high (obviously) but not freakishly high. I'm very happy with the size and so glad I went with my gut (even if it was only a 25cc difference). I was able to sit more upright in bed (but still very hunched over when I walked to the bathroom). At this point my only complaint was my lower back. The walker was a God send bc I could use it to rest on while I walked to bathroom and support my lower back. Hubby made me an egg and canadian bacon with OJ. Then for lunch I ate half a BMT from subway. I slept off and on all day. I actually woke up from a late even nap to a pain in my left arm. It ran from my armpit to my elbow. Very achey and just overall very sore. Of course the first thing I thought of was a blood clot! Pretty unlikely in my arm but either way it freaked me out. I called the answering service and then hubby and I ended up falling asleep for the night. Dr T called my cell phone and my husbands cell phone 5 times each and left multiple messages. He was very concerned. So then he decided to call the local hospital to make sure I wasn't there. At this point he decided we were probably asleep. But once I woke up at 7:15 and saw all of these missed calls I called him back immediately and he picked up on the first ring asking if I was ok and what was going on. I told him about the pains and he assured me it was totally normal. Just muscles and ligaments stretching. He offered to have me come in and see him but I didnt feel the need. I also asked him about taking off my binder. He said I can take it off to remove all of the padding or replace the padding underneath but that he wanted me to keep it on (obviously). So once I got up and walked to the bathroom (by myself I might add- hubby was getting the kids ready or school), I decided to unveil my belly while I was sitting on toilet. LOL Very skinny and tight right below my chest and VERY swollen and puffy from below that to my incision. But my incision is nice and LOW. Even my vertical incision isn't bad and I can easily hide that under a bikini. My side incision goes way back further than I imagined but it looks wonderful. It's nice and straight with a slight wrinkle but I know that will flatten out once I get all this tape and stuff off and with some time. He doesn't use stitches or steri-strips and I honestly never asked what he did use. Glue? I know he used stitches underneath (obviously). I think he even said he did a double layer or something like that. He made it a point to tell me multiple times that he made me SUPER tight which is why I feel like I'm wearing a girdle even when the binder is off.
So after I took everything off and hubby took a peek, we put new smaller bandages around the incision then put the binder back on as snug as I felt comfortable without it being too tight. OH and before I forget, once I took off everything I was a little concerned about how big, bloated and swollen I looked. Dr. T ended up calling me not long after and I told him about it so he had my hubby take pics of everything and email it to him so he could check it out himself. He called me back an hour later and assured me that everything looks completely normal but that it looks like I'm a bit constipated (uh, yup!) and try and get my bowels moving and that should help with the puffiness some. But I has been taking stool softeners daily and also Miralax in my juice every morning. It had done nothing. But also maybe bc I hadn't really eaten much at all. So hubby went to the store and got me a suppository. Worked like a charm! LOL
Day 4 I didnt take any pain meds. Feeling pretty good but my butt hurts from sitting on it so much and my lower back felt like it would give out at any second when walking. That really sucked. I was also really happy to have the walker to help me sit down on the toilet. Not bc of my TT but bc of my back! I didnt sleep too much today (or maybe not at all?) I did take a valium before bed to help me sleep. Staying asleep in 1 position all night is a little irritating so the Valium helped me sleep thru most of the night. I woke up at 5am and needed hubby to help me adjust myself. I think I even took a perc once I woke up around 7 bc the mornings I feel so stiff and sore. Hubby got me all settled an comfortable then went on his morning kid routine :)
Day 5 I took a perc once I woke up around 7 bc the mornings I feel so stiff and sore. Hubby got me all settled an comfortable then went on his morning kid routine :) Today I was walking a little more. Not overdoing it of course. Feeling pretty good but I did take it easy still. I want my healing to go very smoothly. I didnt spend all this money to ruin my incision. And at this point I'm "going" on the regular now so thats not an issue. Still dont have much of an appetite. Maybe bc I'm sewn so tight? My stomach is squeezed smaller? lol I also found a better way to keep my incisions covered and my binder on better. We ace-bandage my pads onto my incision then put the binder on. Works so much better. I was finding that my binder would ride up exposing my side incisions and I couldnt really tell bc they are still pretty numb. Oh and did I also mention that the drain is a PITA at this point? I havent had alot of fluid to begin with and now I think I'm under 20cc a day maybe less. I'm hopeful I'll be able to get this thing out on Friday. UGH. The day went really smoothly. I can get in and out of bed by myself and get around by myself (with a walker just in case). I havent left upstairs though except last night it sounded like the kids were melting down around dinner time and it went on for quite a while as hubby was making dinner so it made me feel awfully guilty. So what did I do? Go downstairs. Very slowly and without pain but still hunched over with my awful lower back. Hubby "yelled" at me but since I was already down there I insisted of feeding my daughter (18 months) so my hubby could eat in peace. Then he shooed me back upstairs. That was entirely too long of a walk for me though. But ONLY bc of my damn back! I also had a wonderful friend come by with sushi yesterday :) Totally made my day! I worked on photo projects off and on all day and then hubby decided he was going to rent "Ted". OMG 5 min into the intro and I thought I was going to die. I couldn't control myself with the laughing so I made him watch it downstairs. LOL I actually tried just breathing heavy instead of laughing but that wasn't working. Now I'm dying to see it but its too funny for me right now. Before bed I decided I needed to sleep in a different position. At the moment I was using a husband pillow behind me with a pillow to support my head and 2 big pillows under my knees. I wanted to try laying on my side in a V position (without the husband pillow) but that actually turned out to be a horrible position. I could feel tugging on my incision even with a pillow supporting my knees. So I got up and put 2 regular pillows at my head on a slight incline (but more laying down than the husband pillow allowed) with 2 pillows under my knees. Took a valium and slept like a baby! Loved the position. It felt more natural that way and put alot less pressure of my rear. I still need help actually getting up though. I cant use my ab muscles to hoist myself up so hubby comes over to pull me up by my arms but after I'm sitting up I can get around just fine and adjust myself in bed just fine.
So here I am Day 6! I actually took a percocet this morning around 5am bc I was pretty sore and stiff so I was able to sleep in until 8:30 which was nice. I took off my booby bandages to give them some air this morning. LOL I also took off my binder and adjusted my bandages and I have to say I'm standing straighter today! Not forcing it all. No tension on incision. Its just natural. I'm still pretty hunched but not as much as I was even yesterday. As I was adjusting my bandages I noticed the swelling has gone down quite a bit! Still pretty swollen but def gone down since the last few days.
Well, thats about all I got for now :) I'll keep updating as much as I can. Hopefully next time it wont be such an overload of information but its been a few days. I'm still debating on posting pics...I'm starting to lean more on the 'yes' side at this point.
Once you add a picture is there a way to delete...
- 12 Dec 2012
Lordy I hope I made the right decision to post...
- 12 Dec 2012
The last 2 mornings I've been waking up with...
- 13 Dec 2012
In other news, I'm a week post-op today. I go to see Dr T tomorrow. Hoping to get this drain out.
I swear every DAY gets better. The swelling goes...
- 13 Dec 2012
Once I got up I sprayed my hair with the dry shampoo then put it in a ponytail. Unbandaged myself to see that some swelling has gone down (YAY!) but like I said above not completely. I'm pretty sure my boobs have dropped a little bc from the side they are looking a little "double-boob" (implant on top and real breast on the bottom). It looks as if they are trying to come together.
Oh and I wish I had done this sooner but maybe this will help some of you. So whenever I took off my binder those pads would always fall off or when I readjusted the binder the pads would always ride up exposing my side incisions. Drove me nuts. Well, since I was given 2 ace bandages for my breasts (the kind that stick to itself-not the kind with those metal clips) and I was only using 1 for my breasts now I decided to put my pads in place then ace bandage the pads against my incision then put the binder on top of that. Now even if the binder moves the bandages dont move at all! So much more comfortable. Another thing is I have been wearing yoga pants bc I figured they were best. Well, yesterday I was sick of trying to accomodate my drains everytime I needed to go to the bathroom or whatever so I ended up ditching the pants and now I just wear a pair of granny panties that dont need to cover the drains and just kinda slip on and under the binder. SO MUCH more comfortable.
Anyway, those are my 2 tips of the day :) I go for my 1 week post op tomorrow to see Dr T. As much as I want to I really dont feel like leaving my bedroom. I know that sounds crazy but I'm still walking so slow and havent really done much of anything except take my time healing so having to "get ready" then go for a car ride and into see him sounds exhausting lol
Ok so I'm really getting irritated with the...
- 13 Dec 2012
Also, if I get my drain out tomorrow I'm going to ask my PS if I can get a different CG. I dont mind wearing one (I actually feel better wearing one) but this binder is always riding up and I'm going to my son's Christmas recital this coming Tuesday and I want something less-noticeable. Any suggestions?
Had my post-op today. Got my drain out. Woohoo! ...
- 14 Dec 2012
So, just as I knew they would, the antibiotics...
- 15 Dec 2012
Woke up this morning feeling significantly less-bloated and weighed myself. 115.4 pounds. Down to my pre-surgery weight except my breast (together) weigh almost 2 pounds. LOL So technically I'm at a lower weight then before surgery. Hubby said I looked super tiny this morning. I'll take it :) I'm also feeling alot more straight this morning. The tight part of whats preventing me from standing up straight is the part under my boobs. Where he said was super tight. But I think its relaxed a bit.
I also wanted to let you all know what spanx I ended up getting. I got the Slimmer and Shine high-waisted body tunic. It works wonderfully! Very snug and unhooks at the crotch. But heres a little tip....getting into can be difficult. So, being the intelligent guy that he is, hubby figured out that by turning it inside-out and upside down then rolling it up and pulling it down it was SO easy to get on without putting any pressure or tension on my incision. Then when I took it off (I slept in it) I just rolled the top down first and just rolled it off.
Today is 10 days PO. I can almost stand up...
- 16 Dec 2012
My boobs have really been dropping on a daily basis. Not completely at all but they are getting there. I'm wearing my surgical bra and breast band 24/7 and I'm wearing the band tight to force them down and in towards the midline. Then when I do take it off I literally sit in bed and massage them down and push them inwards for as long as I want. I think I did it yesterday for an hour while watching a movie then off and on during the day.
So hubby told me to take it easy today bc of my soreness today so thats what I'm doing. Laying in bed with my legs bent. He's such a great guy :)
Posted boobie picks :)
- 16 Dec 2012
I had my 2 week post-op appt with Dr. T today I...
- 20 Dec 2012
Oh and did I mention I'm sleeping on my back now with my incline? Heaven! I still put 2 pillows under my knees though bc I'm not completely straight yet and I dont want to mess up my incision. But just laying normal helps my back so much better. Before I was using a husband pillow to keep a more upright incline but not anymore. I am still taking a percocet every now and then. Either 1 before bed or one in the middle of the night bc of soreness and tenderness. It really helps but I'm hoping to just stop them soon.
Yesterday I was home by myself with the 3 kids for the first time. Thankfully, son 1 went to Kindergarten all day and son 2 was in preschool from 9-12:30 but I had my daughter with me all day. It wasnt bad but when son 2 came home I put him and daughter down for a nap then I crashed too! It felt amazing! My friend picked up son 1 from the bus stop and he played at her house until 5. So I def had help and breaks but it was definitely exhausting.
I can't believe what a difference a day makes! I...
- 21 Dec 2012
Ok now onto the sucky part. I slept like crap last night so when I woke up I was pretty tired. But also, I had decided that today I was DONE with taking my percocets and I was going to switch to Ibuprofen for aches and pains. Well, it had been a full 24 hours since I had one (the first week I took them around the clock 2 percs every 3-4 hours and it was totally needed. When I went to see Dr T a week later I asked him for more bc I only had a few left and I was scared I'd be in pain with nothing to take. He offered me Vicodin which I guess is Tylenol-based but I've never taken them before so I declined and asked for the percs which he gave me. So for that whole second week I took them sporadically but the last few days it was basically just 1 time a day). Anyway, I woke up with an immediate migraine aura and felt pretty nauseous. I had Fioricet from my pregnancy with my daughter so I decided to take that to knock it out bc if I hadn't it would have been a doozy! I get very dizzy and "out of it" when this happens and can't hardly see anything in front of my. So I laid back down in bed until the aura went away. Went downstairs and still felt very foggy, dizzy, nauseous and not "all there". I can't explain the feeling but I just felt kinda horrible and not myself at all. I started thinking about it and I wondered if maybe my body had started some sort of dependency on the narcotics. Headaches, nausea, diarrhea, etc... I just sat on the couch in a daze then went to bed and stayed in bed from 11-4pm. My eyes closed the entire time and I finally fell asleep from 1-3-ish. I woke up feeling much better but as I sit here I'm starting those feelings again. I would say its VERY mild. And its def NOT a virus or anything like that so I'm almost 100% sure this is what it is. Like I said, its not horrific or debilitating or anything (well, I guess it kind of was earlier but I also slept like crap last night -Oh which reminds me withdraw also includes insomnia...) So basically, when I could have been using Ibuprofen (but he said no before week 3 or at least week 2) for the slight aches and pains I was using Percocets. Bad idea. Tylenol does NOTHING for me. Nothing. Or at the very least I should have took Dr T's advice on the Vicodin instead of insisting on another script for the Percs. So thats that. Just another slight hurdle but I'm glad I realized it before it got worse. Jeez! It was nobody's fault but my own but maybe we putting this out there will help someone else. So anyway, all scripts are in the trash and its Ibuprofen from now on.
Ok now onto the good stuff---NEW PICS!!
Oh and my daughter pointed t my belly button...
- 21 Dec 2012
Ok well now I'm thinking it wasn't the percs! Went...
- 22 Dec 2012
The holidays haven't been good to me. LOL I was...
- 26 Dec 2012
Also, I posted a pic of my new boobs in a shirt bc someone asked me to (can't remember who).
So I had my 4 week appt with Dr T today. ...
- 3 Jan 2013
Anyway, here are some pics I took tonight. I'm pretty swollen below the belly button but these pics were taken at night after a full-day "job" with the kids (2 of which who were puking!) Crazy thing is I'm down to 112 pounds! That includes whatever weight of skin they took off plus almost 2 pounds boobs! LOL I think its bc I cant eat as much in one sitting as I used to be able to. Everything is so tight that I get full very easy. Its a good thing bc I always thought I over-ate and now I can't but I'm not hungry.
I'm 5 weeks 3 days PO. I'm feeling pretty down...
- 13 Jan 2013
I have an appt with Dr T on Fruday but I may see if I can go in tomorrow to have him examine me.
Ok I'm feeling much better today. I was a mess...
- 15 Jan 2013
And since I woke up today feeling pretty good I decided to hit the gym! I did 30 min on the Arc Trainer (I used to be able to do 45min-a hour pretty hardcore but I don't want to "over do" it. So I stopped at 30 min. Then I came home for lunch and had a salad with ham, salami, pepperoni, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, bacos and light balsamic vinaigrette along with some raspberries. YUM! It was very good.
I have my 6 week appt with Dr T on Friday. I have to say that my boobs look amazing! I think they are almost completely dropped and filled out with a tiny bit to go. I love them! And I'm loving my tight, flat tummy.
We just booked a summer vacation this summer and I can't wait to show off my body. haha
So I just had my 6 week appt with Dr. T. He was...
- 18 Jan 2013
Tomorrow marks 8 weeks! Crazy how time flies...
- 30 Jan 2013
It's been a while since I've been on here. Just...
- 20 Feb 2013
I've also gained back a few pounds since I've started working out again (WTF?) and I dont know why. Maybe I'm eating more bc I'm working out more? I was 117 this morning. Would like to get back to 113 again like I was a few weeks ago. I'm working on it. Been eating mostly Paleo lately and I'm loving it. Hoping that shreds these pounds but I need to stop cheating! The boys wanted to make cinnamon buns tonight and of course I have NO will power! UGH! Not to mention, I got my period this morning and really slacked at the gym today. So glad I have my trainer tomorrow.
I have an appt with Dr T on Friday which will be a whole month since I've seen him.
My Doctor: Adam Tattelbaum, MD
I originally had a consult with another very well-known PS in the area. But then I met a girl at my gym who I admired her body (especially knowing she had kids) and after I got to talking to her she revealed that she had a MM. I asked for her PS information and she told me about Dr. T. I did a ton of research on him and realized that he was the best. I couldn't find one bad review, one bad picture, nothing. Everything I found about him has been nothing but impeccable so I made an appt to consult with him. I first met with Eve (his physician assistant-I think thats her title) and she was great. Very sweet. Then I met with Dr. T and I knew right away he was a great pick. He was very informative from the beginning and took me very seriously. I had met with another PS before him who I felt didn't really take me seriously (maybe bc I'm young? Maybe bc I wasn't your "typical" TT patient with tons of skin? I don't know) But we tried on sizers, talked about the entire procedure etc... I think my first consult with him was over an hour maybe an hour and a half. He told me what he thought would be best and that I wouldn't need lipo (which I was happy about. I didn't want that) Then we went into his office and looked at before and after pics (which I had already seen online and was very happy with the results). We had very similar ideas on how the incision should look. I wanted a straight, rounded-like incision. I didn't want a square or boxy or jagged incision. He said he hated those types of incisions. From what I read about him and from what he said, he sounded very much like a perfectionist. Since I was still nursing my 18 month old he suggested waiting a few months for my milk to dry up (this was in Oct). I stopped nursing immediately and started taking a medication that he prescribed to help dry me up. Then I scheduled my surgery for Dec 6th. I wanted one last consult with him bc I was going back and forth on size implants and also I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page with expectations etc... Pei, his secretary (?), was very accommodating and squeezed me in before I had to make my final payment. Lets not forget about Pei. She's awesome too. Very responsive. Calls you back within minutes of leaving a message or emails you back within minutes of emailing her. She was basically my own personal counselor. Ha! She never seemed bothered and was always so sweet in calming my fears. He has great staff :) So anyway, this is why I picked him. He's the best and will prepare you for the worst case scenario in every procedure.I trusted him and so did my husband. I will write more in my blog.