One week post op...
- Julie G.
- updated 10 months ago
I am a 47 mother of 2 grown boys, both are in...
- 7 Dec 2012
- 1 month pre
I am a 47 mother of 2 grown boys, both are in college and I have been working on getting myself back! I have really be into fitness for about 6 years and really enjoy working out and being active. I am 5'8" and range in weight from 160 to 165. I have a lot of muscle from years of swimming when I was younger. But there are somethings on my body that exercise alone can't change. Originally I was looking to have a mommy makeover. But after a lot of thought I decided to start with just the Benelli breast lift with no augmentation.
I want to start looking and feeling like me again. I have been considering this for about a year now. When I finally decided to have a consult, that was the EASY part. The difficult part for me was actually taking the plunge and making the surgery appointment!
I went back and forth....is this right, am I too vain, will it look good, will it hurt (blah blah blah....I guess everyone does this!). Finally I made the appointment and my surgery is on the 15th of January...2 days before my birthday!
I am nervous still...some nights I don't sleep, all the what ifs wake me up at night. ( Plus I am a stomach sleeper and that alone is enough to scare me! How will I ever sleep after this!)
So, I feel really funny about posting photos of myself...but I know that this helped me, so I guess I have to take the plunge and just post! (covering eyes in embarrassment)
This board and all of the posts have helped so much. I found a list of supplies I may need, helpful tips and lots of great insight. That has helped me feel so much more confident!
So, I have to get through the holidays...and my pre-op is scheduled for the 5th of January!
12/10/2012 I decided to have a mammogram before...
- 12 Dec 2012
- 1 month pre
I decided to have a mammogram before my surgery...because it would be my luck they would call me right after my surgery (it has been 3 years since my last one!)
I kept thinking during the whole procedure...These will not look like pancakes next time! All seemed to go well and I left the office.
THEN...the tech called me right back and said they needed another photo! Yikes! I scampered back, got on another robe and went to take another picture. The tech showed me the photo and there was this little bundle of white, so I needed to get another shot of the side near the armpit. Ok, deep breath...no big deal.
So, there I sat waiting for the doctor..you know with a million thoughts running through your head. I would be just so devastated if I had to cancel my surgery!
Finally got to see the doctor...make a LONG story short..the white "mass" was nothing....it was too much extra skin on my breasts HA! (I could have told them that!) I left the office with an even better confidence that this is the right declension for me!
Glad I had the mammo, but could have done with out the mini "Scare"!
Well, I am set to go..done with pre-op and ready...
- 10 Jan 2013
- 5 days pre
I am getting a Benelli breast lift, or a concentric mastopexy- they make a single scar around the areola and then remove the skin from that area. He said I should remain my same size (I have a B cup) It is just going to be super nice to have the gals in a better place.
See you on the other side!
HI! I one day post-op and resting quite...
- 16 Jan 2013
- 1 day post
I went in yesterday at 7:30. They got me prepped and marked and I was in the OR by 8..under in a couple if minutes and woke up around 10:30. Wow, that was fast! I really do believe I was in mid sentence when I went under (so nervous I couldn't keep from talking!) Dr. K has his own operating room on site, so I believe that is why everything went right on schedule!
Only spent an hour in recovery. I can't out pretty fast and felt great! Hubby picked me up an d took me back the hotel we are staying at. No nausea at all. They gave me one of those motion sickness patches for behind my ear the night before. I am supposed to keep it on through today.
I had a Valium when I got back to the room. I propped myself up and watched TV for the rest of the day. I wasn't in that much pain, so I only had the Valium. No nap all day...just didn't need it. Overall it feels like I have done 200 pushups. I am pretty athletic and I guess I can handle a lot of pain!
I was thirsty as all get out and drank so much water yesterday. The thing that hurts the most is my throat from the breathing tube. It is so super sore and I am talking all raspy
Hubby was so super helpful, but I didn't honestly need that much help after the first hour. It is uncomfortable to stretch my arms in front of me, but side movement is no big deal
I so want to peek! Did anyone else feel like that?? I go today for a quick "how are you doing" appointment. Then I have another appointment on Thursday...hope I get to see something then.
Will post photos as soon as I can
I am 2 days post op and home and resting in my own...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 2 days post
Not much in the pain department. I have taken my Lortab overnight, but during the day I just need the Valium the doctor gave me. I have been resting and letting hubby do most of the work. Sometimes I feel a pin prick or twinge, but it is gone in a second. Mostly I am tired today...going to get some more rest.
I am so very happy...hope my recovery keeps going this well!
I had my 1 week post op. I am cleared to sleep on...
- 27 Jan 2013
- 12 days post
I had 2 really bad days...depression and sadness on day 8 and 9...passed by day 10. I am now out walking around the neighborhood and doing light exercise.
I think I am still really swollen...I weigh 10 pounds more than pre-op. Oh well...I will keep up with the clean diet and see what happens.
I didn't need many pain meds...it was mostly just passing pain that came and went. I will post most photos as soon as I can!
I chose Dr. K after finding his website through the American Board of Plastic surgery website. I looked at all of the doctors in the area and found one that is board certified. Then I did the research and looked at his photos. I like his aesthetic, he had people in his photos that actually looked like me...I knew this would be a good choice!