I'm scheduled for surgery on Feb 14, 2014. Yes,...
3 more days
Pics before surgery
Day 2 post Op
5 Days Post Op
Drains off today
15 Days Post Op
I've been checking out the new bod! And let me tell you, outside of the bruises and swelling still, I am so happy to look down and no extra skin hanging. According to my PS, he took off about 8 pounds of excess skin. Oh boy! And as for the boobs, still some swelling. He told me that in two weeks, he will show me how to massage them.
I was told that I can take off the CG for about 2-3 hours everyday. Interestingly enough, I feel naked without them. It's nice to have the support. I was given the clear signal to buy spanx if I want to alternate but to be sure that at night I have the CG on. I still am not able to sleep on my side which is a bummer for me but it is a small sacrifice.
Oh, just a fair warning for those faint of heart. My PS's website actually had a video of one of the partner's doing an actual Mommy Makeover. Boy was I glad that I did not watch that video before my surgery! I told my PS this when I saw him this week and he was very funny about it--"oh you didn't see it before?" Nope and I was glad not to. I would have needed a sedation before I even got to the hospital! Overall, I would do it again. Like I said in previous posts, the first 3 days were the most challenging part. After the 3rd day, each day is easier than the day before.
For those of you dreading the drains coming out. It wasn't bad. It was a quick stinging/burning sensation. Nothing compared to an epidural!
Day 17: week 3 of post op
It's funny to rediscover your body again
What I find 'funny' this week is rediscovering my body. Earlier post op, I was just focused on healing and getting stronger and hoping for the swelling to go down. But now that I am taking the time to really look, it's funny (in a good way) to note the changes. Prior to my surgery, I have a birth mark just above my BB to the left. Now said birthmark is below the BB. Just the visual of seeing how much skin was taken off is pretty amazing. (I did mention before that my PS actually took almost 3 inches more than previously planned). Then to finally look down while I'm sitting and not have to pull up the extra skin so I can just get a visual of my vajajay is AWESOME!!
Since I can't hit the gym and go back to CrossFit any time soon, I'm just focusing on watching what I eat and not gain weight. I have my 4 week post op appt this coming Tuesday and can't wait to see my PS to see what he has to say.
I am sleeping much comfortably now--still can't sleep fully on my side but enough to be able to almost sleep through the night. I have a love/hate relationship with my girdle that my PS provided and hoping that he has other options for me when I see him next. I notice that if I am on my feet too long, my lower back starts to hurt (perhaps because I am still not fully standing military straight since the core is still tight). I also notice that if I am in a prolonged sitting position, I need to slowly stand straight. Let me know how many of you have experienced this as well.
4 Week Post Op Appt
He gave me the green signal (drum roll) to either use the treadmill or the stationary bicycle! lol...no CrossFit, no running, and no Zumba. So I guess while my husband goes to CrossFit, I will be walking the treadmill.
Everything looks good. They took out the tape around the nipple area and took out some stitches that did not dissolve (nothing painful). I still have to wear the girdle though he did say that I can try on Spanx as long as it gives the same support, otherwise girdle for another 2 weeks. I see him again in 3 weeks. He did urge me to stand up straighter and that if the core hurts, to massage it. He said that I should not worry about pulling anything since I am healing well. I am now done putting Polysporin (not Neosporin) on my incisions and can begin using the scar treatment gel that they sell in their office/spa (It's not scar guard--they used to tell patients to use it but they have switched to a different product with better results in scar treatments).
I did see some of my before pictures that they took and boy I am so glad that I went through with this. I have no regrets.
Tomorrow will mark the official 4 weeks post op: reflection of the past 3 years
Fast forward a year later after we were settled in at our new assignment. By this time, I had lost another 10 lbs. I started hitting the gym. I felt great. My muscles were developing were flab used to be. I can actually run up and down a flight of stairs at the gym without feeling like I was going to collapse and pass out. I was losing inches off my waist. My trainer was happy. On top of this, I started going to Zumba and changing my diet. So between strength training and Zumba, I was hitting the gym 4-5 times a week (sometimes strength training in the morning and Zumba at night). BUT my muffin top was just not disappearing. I was starting to feel frustrated. So, I started looking into a MM again but felt somewhat guilty on spending an enormous amount of money on me even when my husband was fully supportive of the idea.
On Jan 2013, I began my journey of transformation. I had my initial consultation with Dr. Prada and never looked for another PS. He was it! I felt comfortable. He answered all my concerns. Made suggestions on how to get the best out of the MM--(I was hesitant to get a lipo but he explained that without lipo on the hips, the MM would not get the best result). I trusted him because I thoroughly researched his resume and was happy with his 'pedigree'---Cornell University, State University of New York, interned at Loma Linda Hospital, Georgetown University (you get my drift). These were important for me in choosing my PS. Perhaps it's the control freak in me because I hate not knowing what is going on and I need to trust the person who will be working on me while I have no idea what was going on. Short of watching a video of a MM, I did my homework. (note: I was too afraid to see an actual video and did not see one until I was done with my MM).
This was also the time that I discovered RS and started reading reviews and poring over before and after pictures. I searched for someone with my similar body type just so that I can have a realistic expectation of the 'after' photos. I also made the decision to grow my hair out with the idea that when I completed my MM, I will have it cut short and donate the locks to cancer patients (my Mom passed away 3 years ago of lymphoma). I'm not sure if the decision to do this was to put something positive outside of myself or to cover the guilt of spending so much money on me. I just opted to do something positive. And other women's stories facing similar situation helped A LOT!
So tomorrow will mark 4 weeks post op. Yesterday, I started trying on clothes that were snug or showed a bulged where my 'muffin' used to be. It felt great to wear a dress without having to suck in your stomach just to make yourself feel good about your image. I think I tried on at least 5 dresses. I know my journey is far from over. When I started this, I was hovering between 177-179. The day before surgery, I was at 179. Today, I am at 172. My goal is to be between 130-140. More so because diabetes runs in my family and I had gestational diabetes so it's just a matter of time before I get it. But if I can hold it off for another 20 or so years, that is the plan. The MM was not the end of my journey but the beginning of my journey to rediscover me again. I can't wait to hit the gym again and start CrossFit again. (You would not have heard that coming out of my lips 3 years ago---my husband can attest to that). I have a pair of skinny jeans that I clung to for almost 14 years now hoping for the day that I can squeeze into it again. (The minute I can, I will be sure to post the pic here!) Each military move, I just kept on taking it along. Those jeans have lived in 2 foreign countries, and 3 US states.
Tomorrow my hair will be cut and donated and my journey to rediscovery continues. Thanks ladies for your kind words and support, especially these last 4 weeks.
Pics: beginning of week 5 post op
Ego boost pic for the week
Pics--- week 6 at the end of this week
Broke the 170s
6 Weeks Post Op! Woot! Woot!
Today was my 6 weeks post op appointment with my PS. He gave me the all clear "no restrictions" green signal for normal activities including work out! CrossFit here I come. The only caveat he placed is that I should listen to my body and heed what it is feeling. I don't see him again for another 3 months (July).
The hubby was excited for the no restrictions for a different reason and I don't think I need to elaborate as to the reason why! Lol! Wink! Wink!
My breast size is a Full 38 C (which is what I was shooting for---I was a small B before and who knows what I was after the breastfeeding---probably a flat B). We went bra shopping afterwards and I bought 3 wireless bra to start off (No underwire for now---Drs orders).
The office staff took "after" pictures and weighed me. They will do this again in 3 months time at my next appointment. The PS went over the before and after pics with me and I am so amazed at the difference....and I haven't even reached my goal weight yet. I have more incentive to do so now.
On a personal note, my hubby and I had a quite a few conversations recently and I've been teasing him about all the attention he's been given me with a quick joke (it must be the boobs). One of these teasing times, he looked me straight in the eyes and said "you don't see it do you?" And when I asked. His response---your confidence is so SEXY you don't see it. It's like the same girl that I met in college over 14 years ago. You never believed me before and brushed me off but somewhere along the way, your confidence left and you don't know how glad I am to see it back. Would you believe me when I say that I am falling in love with you all over again? I get butterflies in my stomach when I see you and I think of you often. I feel like I am back in High School with my first crush....
Well let's just say that is just about the sweetest thing I have heard in a long time. And then I proceeded to tell him on serious note that for the longest time (about 4 years), I have not been happy with my body but I kept putting it aside since being Mommy was more important. And I agreed with him that since Week 4 Post Op, I have been happy and excited about the new me---almost to the point of obsession sometimes since I weigh myself everyday (which is so not me because I probably weighed myself every 4 months before).
I've also received some compliments from friends and acquaintance who have not seen me in about 6 weeks. They would mention that I lost weight and most of them would say that they see it in my face (which is a good thing).
So that is all for now. I think I will have a burning party for my CG (just kidding). I did order a workout waist trimmer (DanceSkin) to give me support when I hit the gym again. It should be coming this week. My plan is to be back in my full workout routine starting Monday next week. After all, I have three months to get better results for my "after" pictures for my PS. He did already tell me that he would like to use my pictures for his book for his office which I happily agreed to.
For those of you in the healing process---continued happy healing. For those of you about to embark on your MM journey---best of luck and happy results---I will be thinking of you as your day of surgery comes closer.
Photo of the week
Love hate relationship with my CG
First day back at the gym
For those of you about to embark on your journey, I keep you in my prayers. For those who are in recovery, it gets easier and easier each week...I promise!
My initial consultation was done last year. Dr. Prada said that I was a good candidate for the TT due to excess flabby skin around my middle area. I also asked about a breast lift and breast augmentation. He listened to my concerns and gave feedback on what will work and not work for me. Ultimately my breast size will be determined by the breast lift. I am hoping for a full C. At this time, it will range between 270cc to 360cc depending on what the Dr. will deem appropriate. I figured he's done this so many times that he knows what is best. The staff at the office is great. I can't complain.