Mother of 3 Gets Her Wish at 40...time to Put the Girls Back Where They Belong! BL, TT, Lipo of hips - Round Rock, TX

I'm 5'9" @ 160# a 36 DD/38 D and have just turned...

I'm 5'9" @ 160# a 36 DD/38 D and have just turned 40 . i am a mother of three who were all breastfed. Having surgery to my breasts has been a long awaited desire of mine even prior to having kids. I have always been large busted and droopy and am even worse now. For the past 6 months I have been doing research on real self and in June decided to make things happen. I had a consult with Dr. Kerr for a MommyMakeover ,whom I felt very comfortable with and have scheduled my surgery for November 26, 2013. I was so excited after my consult and just wanted it done yesterday. But, I have a while to go and will spend the time getting my body more in shape, reading all the great reviews on Real Self to help me figure out what I may need to be prepared. Thank you Real Self and members for your help with this journey.
You're going to have great results, Sarv! Excited for you! Great doc choice, too! :)
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Thank you Sassy. It is getting closer......
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It'll be here before you know it! Two of my friends just booked TT with Dr Kerr for December! Exciting! Blink and it'll be your turn!
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I can not think of a catchy title.....

Well got the exercise part down. I walk everyday, do Pilates at work 3x week, and do some arm and leg weights on breaks as well. I am just having a harder time with the diet part. I am an Ovo lacto vegetarian so I eating good. But, I have a hard time passing up on the Friday night pizza nights. I also have a weakness for ice cream if it is in the house. Part of me is thinking I want to eat how I want within reason so I am at a maintainable and realistic weight, but I also want to maximize my surgery results. .....I have been searching for a power recliner everywhere, but goodness that are expensive. I considered renting one, but it seems pricey and thought I might as well put the money into something I can keep.

One more thing

I have my Mammogram scheduled for October 1st. Then pre op November 11th.
You are ready look great so you will be superb .. Best wishes
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Thank you! Your results are great :)
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Thank you back! :-)
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Mammo scare

Had my first baseline mammo on October 1st. Was called a week later and told the Radiologist wanted to take more views of my left breast. Had a diagnostic mammogram on the 10th and this time the results were negative for cancer. What a relief that was. I have purchased a power recliner and am counting down the days :) 29 days until my pre op and am so ready to get rid of my floppy belly and get the girls up. I plan on posting more pictures closer to my sx date. Happy healing ladies!

Nesting anyone?

Can not stop cleaning since I know I am going to be out of commission for awhile.
I'm planning on taking the day before surgery off just so it can clean. Lol. My surgery is Nov 22nd. We will be recovering right around the same time. Can't wait to see your afters!
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I too will likely take day prior off. Wonder how crazy I will be that day? Wanting get everything done but know I just won't get to everything. Cool that are surgeries are 4 days apart. We can go through the healing together. Can not wait to see your afters either !
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4 more days until pre op!

Pre op around the corner and I am so excited. I started my cycle today so yay hopefully no early surprises post op. One less thing to deal with. Need to start thinking of some low sodium vegetarian meals to make. Really want to avoid solids right before surgery and after until I have my first post op bm. Was thinking about getting light muscle milk protein shakes. Anyone tried these and know if they taste any good?
I'm not vegan but I have tried a ton of protein powders :). I would suggest Dymatize ISO 100 if you are looking for solid protein - if you want to go the more organic route Teraswhey is good.
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Ok thanks!
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Well we have more in common than I thought. I'm also a vegetarian. I really consider myself a "mostly vegan" because I also don't eat sea food or any dairy besides cheese. (Cheese is the devil because it's so delicious). Lol. I had my pre op 2 days ago & I just can't wait!!! Ekkk!
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Pre Op done

Had my pre op today! :) love Dr. Kerr. Paid for surgery except for the hospital fees which I pay the day of surgery. Discussed what to do do and not do between now and surgery. Basically meaning stop any supplements and do not take Advil. No alcohol 1 wk prior and on the night before and morning of surgery I need to shower with antibacterial soap. Had my pre op pics taken and signed consent forms. I discussed with Dr. Kerr my concerns about getting the girls up as high as he can . He spent extended time examining me to ensure he can provide me with a desirable outcome, however he may need to extend his incision line beyond just the vertical incision. I agreed as the placement of my breasts is more important to me than the scars. He will decide during the procedure if he needs to extend the incision. My surgery is expected to last 5 1/2 to 6 hrs . My surgery is at 7 am and I need to be there at 5:15 am. My first post op is the following day. Now I will attempt to post the pre pics I took myself prior to my appointment. :/

Pre op pics

Here we ago......ugh. Thank you to all before me who shared their pre and post pics.
You are on the count down. Excited for you
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Eeeeeeek! :)
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Your gonna look really good. Your just getting a breast lift right? Cuz you are perfect. You must be so excited. Good luck, I want to follow your results.
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Hospital pre op done!

Had a pre op visit at the hospital today. Just questions, paperwork, and a pregnancy test. On the home stretch and so excited!
Good luck ! Can't wait to see your results ! I do think your body will look amazing because you look great now
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Thank you :)
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Good luck!!! You are almost there!
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Final Countdown!

Oh my goodness in 8 hrs and 15 min I will be getting up to get ready . I will be in surgery in 11 hrs. Eeeek. Still need to shower tonight with dial antibacterial soap and then again in the am. Please send prayers and happy thoughts my way! Happy healing to all of you and see you on the flat side :)
Good luck!!!
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Good luck!!!
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Just wanted to stop by and wish you luck! See you on the flat side!
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On the flat side!

Made it to the flat side. Doctor Kerr said I had a 6 inch muscle separation, took 235 ccs from my left breast to make me symmetrical, and 400 ccs from my hips. I was in post op for a long time due to a low Bp episode with tunnel vision when I went to the restroom. I will have to post more later. I can not see too good right now. Hope al of you are doing well.
Hi there! Can't wait to see your progress. Yes, the TT is the tough part. I hardly notice the breast lift and aug.
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Right now I think I look like you do. I have not looked in mirror at myself. Later I need to change my belly button bandage and will try and get a picture then.
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Happy Thanksgiving and hope you are feeling ok!
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Waiting....

No post op BM yet. Have taken miralax, dulcelax, eating prunes, and drinking water. Today I was able to stay awake a bit longer. No energy to shower or take pictures though. My drains are doing well and hope they will be removed on Monday. I woke up recently feeling feverish. My temp was 99.5 so will need to watch that too. My hubby has been the best caretaker and there is no way I could do this without his help. Laters for now and happy healing and good luck.
I hear you on the sore TT ;) Looks like we are one day apart. By the time I go to the bathroom, I don't have the energy to stop and take a picture on my way back to the recliner, lol!! Maybe, tomorrow.... Rest up, heal well, I look forward to following your story :)
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Thanks :)
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Pictures post op day 3

Hope you have a smooth recovery. Happy healing
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Thanks
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Looking great! Don't stress about the BM, it will happen. The only thing that worked for me was a suppository :-/ but I also heard that mag citrate works wonders. Good luck!
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Cough = pain

Day 4 post op. My pain is getting better, but holy cow did I get caught off guard and coughed. I have lots of mucus to cough up from being sedentary I suppose and it hurts so bad. I grabbed a pillow to put on my tummy and wish I could say that it helps, but no it does not. I am finding it easier to get myself up out of my electric recliner. One of my two drains is hardly draining at all now. So at least one drain should be able to come out on Monday. Still no bm , but have passed gas. I do not have an appetite , but my Hubby ensures I eat something. So far I have only eaten graham crackers, no salt saltines, pineapples, prunes, and a little peanut butter. I am drinking a protein smoothie for breakfast and muscle milk protein shakes for dinner. Trying to drink as much water as I can and added coffee to see if it may get the bowels moving. My goal for today is to take a shower. Hope all are healing well . :)
Wow! Congrats! I guess it was a well worth pain to feel, I hope. For me it will be when my time comes I wish I had the money like yesterday to go through it & then feel my old self again. Enjoy your new look!
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Thank you! I found a way to make it happen for me. I did save for years to pay for half, but also used care credit for payment as well. Downsized my gas guzzling car to one that gets better gas mileage etc.. Good luck with your journey.
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Ta Da!

Milk of magnesia worked. Took 4 tablespoons last night and 4 more this morning. Took no effort on my part so that was a relief. Afterwards my awesome hubby helped me shower and wash my hair. I now feel like a new woman, but it did wipe me out. Have an appt tomorrow to hopefully a drain removed. My right drain has little drainage, but the left side is still draining quite a bit. Need to be less than 20
cc's for 24 hrs to get a drain removed. My abdomen is still swollen so I do not see much result there, but I know in time I will see a great result. I initially was getting just a verticle breast lift, but after sharing my desired outcome of wanting to be high, round and fake looking without an implant, Dr. Kerr advised he may need to do a full anchor lift which is what he did. My hubby said they look fake like I wanted and thinks they look great. Well that is all for now. Happy healing.
WooHoo! Bet that feels awesome! I can't wait to shower, lol, I'm really missing that! However, wipes me out going up and down the stairs, can't imagine making it through a shower-well done :)
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To make it through the shower I sat on an overturned bucket with a towel on top. Having an extra set of hands was also very helpful.
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Oh, boy. I bet it was tough. I Really want to at least wash my hair, but I'm still figuring out the best way to try that ;) I may need a couple more days before I can. Glad you're making headway!
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One week post op pictures

You and I are the same height and like 7 lbs apart! Welcome to the flat side! How are you feeling? I had a breast reduction in 1997 - we used to have the same size bewbies too! :)
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I feel pretty good. Hate how tight the CG gets with swelling. I am anxious to get my last drain out tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing my future results :)
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I did not have drains, so I'm not sure how that feels... Each week that goes by you will be amazed at your results!!
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I'm drain less

Yay! My second drain came out today. So happy and helps to feel a bit more normal. Woke up this morning in recliner feeling really good. Not too stiff and was able to stretch a bit. I am finding that my abdomen gets really tight at just about the 7 hr mark since my last muscle relaxer. I am walking straighter as well , but after a few hours fatigue sets in and I am hunching over. I am in love with my uplifted girls and excited to see my overall results in the months ahead. Dr. Kerr is amazing !! Not much else to report. I go back next on the 18th / 3 wk mark to have the stitches around my belly button removed. Happy healing!
Glad things are looking good for you. I hope you continue to have a smooth recovery.
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Awesome ! Drains are my biggest fear. The ones from my breast reduction weren't too bad...but for some reason I kinda dread the TT ones I will have in Jan. Necessary though. Anyhoo, glad yours are out so soon! Keep up the great healing and progress.
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The TT drains were not that bad , just were always in the way. It did not hurt to get them out, but it did feel weird. Good luck!
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2 wk post op pics

I have hit the two week post op mark. I stopped taking pain pills 4 days ago and overall I have not much pain. I have had some aching discomfort in the abdomen which was relieved with Tylenol. I am still taking the muscle relaxers that wear off at the 6th to 7th hour. I slept in my own bed last night with lots of pillows. I made it through the night , but my sleep was restless. The recliner is still more comfortable.

Last night I noticed a hole at the t junction under my left breast. By this morning to me it looked bigger and it seems like it will travel up my vertical incision once the scab falls off. I emailed my dr pictures last night and today. He said it looked ok, but he ordered some white cream that I am to put on it and wash it off twice a day in the shower and then I am to place gauze on it. The hole has a milky white appearance.

I am feeling a little frumpy today. I took pictures and feel like I look bigger and am still swollen. I know it takes time and I need to be patient. I decided to put a corset that I have on today to see if it makes a difference. It feels tighter to me, but uncomfortable.

Happy healing !
You are looking great! Funny, I just posted my update, and I'm going through the same kinda feeling about seeming a little bigger...must be the two week thing :p We'll get past it soon! In the meantime, try on some old pants, that's what I did :D
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Kinda scared too. Maybe. Oh and post op window shopping for sure will be different and will result in multiple purchases.
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I did it! Thank you for the suggestion to try on old pants. No muffin top :)
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Yes it was worth it!

I took a chance in an effort to make myself feel better and as suggested by Snowfly tried on my favorite jeans. For the first time in over 20 yrs I do NOT have a muffin top! I am so happy and can not wait to go exercise/ shop for new things that I never could wear before.

On another note in addition to needing to treat my left breast with cream, I have a section along my abdominal incision that is opening that I am treating as well. I think I started standing up straight too soon.

Splitting incision :(

I have more splitting areas along my abdominal incision. So 3 areas on abdomen and one area under left breast. Hope I can get in early with my PS on Monday. I am using a white cream ( silver sulf...?) on all areas , washing Two times a day and placing gauze over the area. I do have white to yellow thick drainage. I am thinking that my binder has been rubbing too much and may have caused some of this. Today I am going to try wearing a high waisted flexees garment.

Anyone else going through this? How long until it will close and heal?
You look great in the pants! Now we need to heal enough to wear them comfortably, lol! I have read numerous reviews where people's incisions have started to open here and there. Some are 'spitting stitches' others have just pulled open a bit. In every case they worry of course, butmost heal quickly. The common denominator amongst all those cases though is that when the incision line does heal, even if there's been a goodly sized gap- they all look in the end the same as the ones that had no problems! Their incision lines heal up beautifully. Each and every one. Sometimes it just takes a bit more effort for some reason. Also, it's not that they did a darn thing wrong. It's just that their bodies were healing at the rate they were going to heal and that is all there was to it. Sounds like you've been Very proactive with taking care of the openings, and I hope your Doc has some good and reassuring words for you today. Healing thoughts your way!
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Well You just made me feel a whole lot better. I emailed my Dr on Sunday with pictures. He did the openings are a common occurrence with traditional and it will take time and the cream that I am using. He will see me Wednesday as planned.
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Said not did
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Picture of abdominal incision

Hi really surreal looking at ur pictures cause ur pre op body is a lot like mine do u mind me asking what size clothes you are in uk sizes? Xxx
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Hi, I am not sure about Uk sizes, but I wear a 10-12 depending on cut. My favorite jeans in the pictures are a 31.
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Is that pre or post op size? Have u lost much weight since surgery? Xx
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Week three post op visit

Well this week my breasts started waking up I guess. I have had some electric shock type pains in them of and on. My abdominal incision is having uncommon complications with healing. What is uncommon is that I have multiple areas along the incision that are splitting open. I have two areas that I have to do a wet dry treatment on at least twice a day. This means I have to soak gauze with saline , wring it out, and then pack my two larger areas with the gauze. The other areas I will have to continue putting the cream on and shower twice a day. My doctor said unfortunately it will look a lot worse before getting better. The areas will get larger and deeper and start to bleed a bit. I am looking at 6 or more weeks until healed. I have been reassured that in the end my abdominal scar will look like nothing had happened. My left breast still has healing to at the T . I had my BB stitches taken out and my scabs removed off of my breasts. Wow what a difference that made in their appearance. :).

I am still sleeping in the recliner and taking my muscle relaxers. I returned to work this week, but since it is sedentary I had no problems. My doctor has said that I may walk for exercise. I am not sure that I have lost any weight and do not want to weigh myself yet since I still can tell I have swelling on my hips. My waist and hips are smaller though. No more love handles! Yay! I walk on occasion hunched when I get a abdominal spasm or when standing up after sitting for awhile .

Well that about sums it up. I go back to the doctor in two weeks. Happy healing ladies. :)

Open incision pics wk 3

Weight loss :)

I dared myself to step on the scale. I weigh 159# :) I am thinking I was 167-168 at the time of surgery. I am so excited. I cannot wait to be able to exercise like I did pre sx. Happy Holidays and continued good healing to all!
Just checking in to see how you're doing? Hoping the healing is steady on for you, and wishing you a Happy New Year!
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Hi Snowfly. Happy New Year to you too ! I am hanging in there. I am 6 wks tomorrow and had an appointment today. Go back in two weeks. Still have to pack my wounds , but get to lose the binder ! Yay....I will try an update soon. How are you doing. Last I checked you were having breast issues?
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6 wks post op

This week I hit the six week post op mark. I feel great. I lost the binder, I can sleep flat on my back and on my side. I still get tightness in the abs when I rise up from sitting. My abdomen still has a numb feeling in spots. My open incisions are slowly closing. My ps will decide in a week if he will do an in office revision and close things up or let things close on their own. I am so happy I did this even with the set backs.

Hope all are doing well and continued happy healing!
Yes i was told to keep wearing the binder but to be careful and be sure to adjust it.
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Have you kept wearing the binder with the openings on your scar?
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Yes i was told to keep wearing the binder but to be careful and be sure to adjust it.
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End of 7 wks wounds closing !

I am just a few days shy of being 8 wks post op. Tried jogging today and my upper abs did not seem to like it so did not do that for long. My openings along my TT are pretty much closed. Can not believe what a few days and added protein can do. My opening under my left breast is filling in and should close in another week. No in office revisions are currently needed. Other than that not much new. :)

7 wk wound pics

Your incisions are finally closing. Congrats and hope things continue to go uphill. ;-)
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Thanks so much!
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Glad to hear the wounds are closing, they are looking much better :)
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8 wks post op

Met with my PS today. I can stop packing my left breast and switch back to the silver white cream. I return in a month and will then be able to start my scar treatment. My TT incision needs no more special care. Hope all of you are doing well ! Happy healing.
You look great. Do you have a 1 year photo if your scars you could share? Thanks.
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I will be one year post op on November 26
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I will try and post pics of scars soon. They look great. I have gained a little weight so not into posting pics right now :(
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