8 weeks PO

Extended Tummy Tuck, Full Breast Lift, Breast Aug....

Extended Tummy Tuck, Full Breast Lift, Breast Aug. with silicone Implants, Lipo of Saddle bags after losing 100lbs. and having a 10lb. baby 5 years ago.

I am turning 45 the day after my MM surgery, I am...

I am turning 45 the day after my MM surgery, I am 5 9" tall and 165-170lbs., I topped out at 280 when I was pregnant with my son, and stayed at 265 for 3 years after I had him. I got sick of carrying the extra weight around and joined WW in July of 2010, I have lost 100lbs. and I am ready for a change!!! I have been exercising religiously for years, walking for an hour each day at a good pace, or on my elliptical for 30 mins. every morning. Exercise is great, but in my case there is only so much that can be done with diet and exercise. I am scheduled for surgery on April 20th, 2012 and I am nervous and excited! I am having a Extended TT, BL,BA, and Lipo of Saddle Bags. I have a skin tutu, and my breasts look like a pair of tube socks with pennies in the bottom of them. I once had a very nice body, and hope to regain some of this by removing and lifting skin. I was a 36C when I was younger, before I gained all the weight, then I became a 42DD when I was pregnant, now I am a deflated 36-38B at best. I would like to be 36D when its all said and done. But its so hard to choose the right size implant, I will lose some skin with lift so I don't want to go too big. I think 445-470cc in silicone would be best for me to achieve a D but there are no guarantees I guess. My PS thinks that we are exactly in the ballpark with those numbers. I have a BWD of 15cm, so I am broad and need a larger implant, going with moderate profile so they aren't so far apart. Its hard to find women with my stats on here, I would love to hear anyone opinion on if this seems to be the right size???

I forgot to add that I have totally lopsided...

I forgot to add that I have totally lopsided breast too! Very obvious from the pic!! 8 days and counting!!!

7 days and counting!!! Picked up a toilet seat...

7 days and counting!!! Picked up a toilet seat riser, a recliner with a lift on craigslist, and tomorrow I'm getting a walker with wheels from a thrift store across town, I am hoping these things will make my life easier in the recovery stage. Seems like these things have really helped a lot of other ladies out on here. Oh, by the way, do they use drains for a BL,BA too? or just for the TT? My PS's patient coordinator said that I would probably have a drain for each breast too, besides the 2 for my TT, I'm having the anchor lift. Oh I also got 2 bras with a zip front, and a pair of Hanes firm support shaper that goes from under my breasts to above my knees, just thought I would need the extra stuff besides what they are giving me at my PS.

Weighing in @ 167 this morning, hoping to be 164...

Weighing in @ 167 this morning, hoping to be 164 by next friday morning, lots of water, exercise, and WW! My PS told me to take a multivitamin twice a day along with C twice a day, my multivitamin has E in it, is this ok? Its only 22.5 IU, or 15 mg.

5 more days!! So nervous! Going to church this...

5 more days!! So nervous! Going to church this morning, praying everything goes ok. Weight still at 167 this morning, has anyone taken vitamin A before surgery to promote healing?

4 more days!! Have to be @ the surgery center @...

4 more days!! Have to be @ the surgery center @ 5:00am on friday morning, surgery starts @ 6:00am, will be 6-7 hours with 2 surgeons!!! (Assistant surgeon because of the length of the surgery!) Scared and excited!!!

Had a nervous eating day yesterday, scale is up to...

Had a nervous eating day yesterday, scale is up to 168.6 this morning, I have 3 more days to get it down to 165 again!!! Been cooking for days, freezing meals for my family to eat while I'm recovering, guess I've been sampling too!! Well I'm off to get my preschooler ready, walk him to school, and walk for an hour!!!

166.4, and it's almost 3:00pm, hopefully I can get...

166.4, and it's almost 3:00pm, hopefully I can get down to 165 by Friday morning!! So excited, and a bit nervous, wanting it all to be over with!!!

Less than 24 hours, can't wait, cleaning the house...

Less than 24 hours, can't wait, cleaning the house today, after I walk for an hour....167 this morning, not what I wanted, but it could be worse I guess...hoping to get shower chair today!!

Posted a before bikini pic, look at the overhang...

Posted a before bikini pic, look at the overhang on the bottoms and the muffin top, be glad when its all gone!!!

I am tired, everything is prepared, I am going to...

I am tired, everything is prepared, I am going to take a shower and take my tagamet and my valium and go to bed! Have to get up at 4:00am and shower again before I leave @ 4:45! Pray for me and I will update as soon as I am able! Not really nervous, just want it to be over, and be home safe and sound!

This is the hubby posting for the wife. 9 1/2 hour...

This is the hubby posting for the wife. 9 1/2 hour surgery, wow that took so long!!! All went well though, we had all the most experienced people in the O.R., they even changed teams during the operation, because of the lengthy surgery. All the incisions we have seen so far look excellent! The girls look to be a full C, but, we will not know for sure until we get bandages off and things settle. First night was in the bed with the nurse laying next to the bed taking care of the wife, the most painful part for the wife.....the stomach muscles. She had a rough night last night, we moved her to the lazy boy motorized chair and she was much more comfortable there. She had some phlem last night and i felt so bad she had to cough so much tensing the stomach muscles every time she would put the chair back. Finally sometime in the middle of the night it came up and she was able to spit it up. Thank God, she got an hour or two sleep here and there after that. We will be posting again soon with more updates, thanks for your support!!

Love my catheter!!!!

love my catheter!!!!

I love my results so far, my PS is amazing, I am...

I love my results so far, my PS is amazing, I am so happy I chose him! He is an absolute perfectionist, and he cares about his patients. He is an artist and you are his canvas, and he would never put his signature on something that he was not absolutely and totally satisfied with. Its not about the money, its about the art and science of his skill that sets him apart from other PS's. He is a cut above, and truly understands the aesthetics of PS and is a master at what he does. Love, love, love Dr Pietraszek and will recommend him to close friends and family, he IS the best!!!!! The aftercare you receive from this doctor is unbelievable, he sees you often, and believes aftercare plays a huge part in a successful long lasting result! In one word, REMARKABLE!

New pics up!! FRom day 1-6 days po and I am so...

New pics up!! FRom day 1-6 days po and I am so excited about my results so far, can't believe I get to keep this body!! Somebody pinch me I must be dreaming!!!

Catheter came out yesterday, changed all...

Catheter came out yesterday, changed all dressings, all 4 drains will come out on next wednesday, and I need to wait a day or 2 for them to scab over, that will be almost 2 weeks without a shower, washing my hair in the sink, staying hunched over with a walker, and sponge bathing daily with hubbys help. By the way, he is now going back on friday instead of wednesday, that will be 2 full weeks he was home with me, love that man!!! He is the best! My doc didn't want to take drains out too early and then have to aspirate later because fluid may collect, he is cautious, I like that, even though I do hate the drains!!! No pain meds, just ex strength tylenol every 4 hrs. and 1 valium at night to sleep. Getting better everyday, started tylenol yesterday, early, but I have an addictive personality so the sooner the better! Love to all and happy healing!!

For those of you looking for extra firm support cg...

For those of you looking for extra firm support cg garments don't spend all that $$$ on spanx, go to walmart and buy Cupid Extra Firm support from right under your breasts all the way to above knee, great for when you get rid of your drains and need an extra for all of you TT and thigh Lipo peeps out there! The best part, $12!!!! Also Danskin front zip sport bra for healing, also $12!!! just don't get the bra too tight, not good for healing boobies!!!

Forgot to tell you ya'll, morning of surgery I...

forgot to tell you ya'll, morning of surgery I made it to 164!

Feelin allright today, pushed too hard yesterday,...

Feelin allright today, pushed too hard yesterday, so weird not to be able to feel your whole lower abdomen. Tylenol not quite enough, but I'm just gonna take it easy.

Spent the day kickin back with the family and a...

Spent the day kickin back with the family and a friend came to visit and bring dinner for us!!! So sweet, I am truly blessed! Thank you God for such a wonderful life and all the gifts I've been given, love, peace, joy, happiness, family,& friends!!! Life is beautiful!......And no I'm only on Extra Strength Tylenol!!!!!:)

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

Professional, honest, caring, excellent aftercare,...

Professional, honest, caring, excellent aftercare, perfectionist!! I had an EXTT, BL, BA, Lipo of Saddlebags

Drain coming out tomorrow, both back putting out...

Drain coming out tomorrow, both back putting out 5-6, both front anywhere from 10-17 in the last few days over 24 hrs., just don't want to get a seroma and have to be aspirated, I think drinking more water helps with the swelling and the output on your drains, the days I drink a lot, I put out less, at least a couple cc's, when I drink less water more cc's in output. Call me crazy, but I definately see a correlation!!!!

Feel swollen in my breasts today too, started...

Feel swollen in my breasts today too, started massages yesterday. You can see how far around he went with the EXTT from the backside pic, weight down a couple lbs. today too! even with the swelling.

All 4 drains out today, came home and took a nap,...

All 4 drains out today, came home and took a nap, my husband goes back to work on friday and I am taking advantage of the last 36hrs. of downtime that I will have! Love that man, he is the BEST! I had 4, and the 2 that came from all the way around my backside hurt the worst, but no big deal for such a life changing experience! Hard to believe I am only 12 days PO! My husband and my PS are my heros!!! My 4 year old son , soon to be 5, and my surrogate live-in mom where amazing thru all of this, not to mention all of the rest of my friends and family! I love you all, thanks for ALL your help!!!!! The worst is over, and I'm turning a corner, only tylenol at night, and antibiotics for drain removal and vitamins E, and multi. Back to my bed, no more recliner!!!

Forgot to tell you all that I got up the nerve to...

Forgot to tell you all that I got up the nerve to post a pic of me before I lost 100lbs! Last pic below!

Hubby is back to work today, had my 1st shower in...

Hubby is back to work today, had my 1st shower in 2 weeks today!!! My drain holes have closed, felt so good!! Shower chair and my hubbys help got me thru the the 1st one, he works retail so he goes in this afternoon which is nice. Have crafts planned for me and my little man, keepin' it calm and easy!!! Still swelling in lower abdomen and thighs from lipo, but I had a really big operation, so I need to be patient!!! Extended Tummy Tucks plus Lipo= a longer recovery, and more swelling for longer periods. Could be much worse, I think I am progressing well. Time to play with mommy little man.....happy healing to all, and good luck to those waiting, the anticipation is the worst!!! But soooooooo worth it!!!

Doing pretty good, a lot of swelling in lower...

Doing pretty good, a lot of swelling in lower abdomen, I think I am doing a little too much. Trying to take it easy, posted pics last night in a bikini, swollen, then nude this morning, less swelling in the waist but lower abdomen still swollen. Progression is coming along though! Hope everyone is doing well!!!

Don't go out to eat 2 weeks in and walk around too...

Don't go out to eat 2 weeks in and walk around too much, swell hell, and too much sodium, I had a set back, taking it easy today and flushing with lots of water and doing as little as possible, funny how we think we can throw cation to the wind as soon as we are feeling just a little better. Don't do it, stay away from sodium, don't do more than you have to around the house, don't walk too much or go shopping, drink lots of water, and remember that you aren't able to exercise, so be mindful of everything you put in your body, you are healing!!!!

I think I have developed a seroma, below my belly...

I think I have developed a seroma, below my belly button to my pubic bone, waterbed type motion, definitely fluid. I see my Dr. in the morning, very depressed, feel like crying!:( Hope aspiration won't hurt.....anyone had one???

PS doesn't think it is a seroma, wants me to take...

PS doesn't think it is a seroma, wants me to take it easy and wear my compression garment and binder 24/7, which I do anyway, and go see him again tomorrow, think I just overdid it! Swelling is subsiding ....

Still have this weird pocket of swelling from bb ...

Still have this weird pocket of swelling from bb to incision that come to a point when I look down by the end of the day. Saw PS again today, he still can't justify sticking a needle in there because he doesn't think its a seroma, I go back on Monday and am ordered to literally do nothing all weekend but rest, keep my feet up, and I can use frozen peas in a ziplock baggie on top of mu cg for 30 ot min. every couple hours, he thinks I over did it last weekend just when the flap was starting to stick down. So hear I sit...

Feeling much better, swelling going down, taking...

Feeling much better, swelling going down, taking it easy! Happy Mothers Day, and happy healing! 162 today!

Swelling concentrated to the Mons Pubis region,...

Swelling concentrated to the Mons Pubis region, anyone else have this?

For those of you wondering if the swell will ever...

For those of you wondering if the swell will ever go away, it does, babying myself, and lots of water. My weight is down to 159 this morning!!:)

For those of you wondering if the swell will ever...

For those of you wondering if the swell will ever go away, it does, babying myself, and lots of water. My weight is down to 159 this morning!!:) oh, I almost forgot, I have faithfully used my cg, and binder too except when showering

Put new pics up, the only bummer now is that I...

Put new pics up, the only bummer now is that I need an inner thigh lift, putting other things back where they belong somehow made this area a lot more noticeable!!! The more weight I lose the more skin sags!!!:(

Feeling good today, going for my weekly steri...

Feeling good today, going for my weekly steri strip change today. Hubby was off yesterday and today, he's been so great!! Colored my grey roots and shaved my legs for the first time since surgery, my husband said "uhh, are you gonna shave those things or what?", I know gross huh? ;)

Its been a good day, still have swelling, can't...

Its been a good day, still have swelling, can't wait for it all to go away! I recieved my new bikini from Victorias Secret today, posted a pic for all of my friends on here, I think I will like it more when I am less swollen though.

Its been another awesome day, I forgot to share...

Its been another awesome day, I forgot to share that I applied for a job with WW at the urging of members and employees @ my meeting, and recieved a phone call interview from a recruiter which went very well, anyway,I have an orientation to attend in June, and when my son starts kindergarten in Sept. I will most likely be going to work for them part time while my son is in school. I am so excited because it is something I truly believe in! It was what started me on this journey! Anyway, just wanted to share, excited, and nervous its been a longtime since I had a job, I've been a stay at home mome mom for 5 years!

Depressed and swollen today, nothing seems to...

Depressed and swollen today, nothing seems to help, swollen from belly button to labia. Bummed out, thinking it will never go away....

Swelling is better, I think a lot of it was my...

Swelling is better, I think a lot of it was my period coming on, but it has really gone down. I think my depression was PMS.

Started walking again today!!! Felt great to get...

Started walking again today!!! Felt great to get back to exercise, I am taking it slow to begin with, my steri strips come off for good this weekend, I can remove them in the shower, then I get to start scar therapy with Dermatex silicone scar cream. I am feeling 100% and can't wait until I am able to walk 3 miles in 45 min., and get on my elliptical for 30 min. I will post some pics when the tape is off this weekend. Good luck to all who are having surgery this week, and happy healing!!!

Doing great, swelling comes and goes still, posted...

Doing great, swelling comes and goes still, posted new pics, finally got the steri strips off.

I am so happy that I did this!!!! wearing boy...

I am so happy that I did this!!!! wearing boy short spanx from Target now and a waist nipper under my exercise clothes, really helps with the swelling!!

Full 3 mile walk today in 45 min.!! Felt great, I...

Full 3 mile walk today in 45 min.!! Felt great, I feel 100% and am watching my body take shape and I couldn't be happier with my results, all the pain and healing and down time was all worth it!!

I have heard that there is some skepticism in the...

I have heard that there is some skepticism in the real self community as to whether or not my pictures are real and not photoshopped. To these people I say that I have never photoshopped, nor do I know how to photoshop a picture. My husband had to upload my pictures for me until 2 weeks ago because I had no idea how to do it. Please know that I share all of these pictures as a testament to my progress and to encourage others out there who are waiting for their surgery. I know that my body looks dramatically different than before but I attribute all of this to my PS, he is the one who works miracles, and for those doubters
please refer to the placement of my tattoos in the before and after pictures!!! Happy healing!! I will be 7 weeks tomorrow and I am feeling better everyday, and swelling is getting better everyday too, had a appt. with my PS today and he is very happy with my progress, enough so that I don't have to come back for 2 weeks!!!

Feeling great, I'm back to exercising 5 days a...

Feeling great, I'm back to exercising 5 days a week for 45-60 mins. a day! Swelling still at night but minimal compared to a couple of weeks ago, swelling still concentrated to the lowest part of my incision above the pubic area. I feel so lucky that I was able to have this surgery, and although healing has not been a cake walk I would do it again in a heartbeat!! Good luck to all of you having surgery this week, and happy healing!

Feeling great, still feels better when I wear...

Feeling great, still feels better when I wear compression, I still feel really vulnerable without it believe it or not. Using Dermatix Ultra on my scars and it seems to be working great! I have family coming tuesday to stay with us for 2 weeks so I probably won't get much time to go on RealSelf so I just wanted to touch base with everyone. The next few weeks will be filled with swimming, the County Fair, Antique Car Shows, Wineries, some sightseeing, shopping, grilling, eating and having fun! To everyone having surgery, good luck and happy healing!:)
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Updated on 30 Apr 2012:I love my results so far, my PS is amazing, I am so happy I chose him! He is an absolute perfectionist, and he cares about his patients. He is an artist and you are his canvas, and he would never put his signature on something that he was not absolutely and totally satisfied with. Its not about the money, its about the art and science of his skill that sets him apart from other PS's. He is a cut above, and truly understands the aesthetics of PS and is a master at what he does. Love, love, love Dr Pietraszek and will recommend him to close friends and family, he IS the best!!!!! The aftercare you receive from this doctor is unbelievable, he sees you often, and believes aftercare plays a huge part in a successful long lasting result! In one word, REMARKABLE!

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@irishstar, Agreed!!  These really are poster ad results.

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Amazing results, you worked hard....enjoy the new you!!! Dang girl, you could be on a poster ad for mommy makeover.
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Thank you, what a nice thing to say!!
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I know your pics are NOT photo shopped!!!! Glad your healing well
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i cant agree with you more Lostin Translation
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I was laughing so hard it hurt when I read someone thought you photoshopped the pictures....I am sure if anyone were to photoshop, we would give ourselves a really sexy looking scar..lol. I guess you should take that as a compliment that you look HOT enough to be photoshopped ;) Congrats on your journey! You really do look fabulous! :)
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Thank you!
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Thank you both, you made my day!
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Who ever said that you photoshopped is a a big jerk! I think your results are amazing bc like someone else said you under went a lengthy surgery and had 2 talented PS work on you. Plus your body had an amazing shape already and they just contoured your body. So rock on with your bad self. You look amazing!
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Photoshop can be a wonderful thing but why anyone would do it on a site like this is just nonsense. We are hear to give others a reality check....this is what it all comes down to! Tiffany, your body is amazing. Many of us didn't get your results as quickly, most of us didn't have two surgeons and a nine hour surgery either. You are reaping the benefits of doing your homework, finding surgeons that complimented your needs and being a perfect candidate for the procedures you had done. Give yourself a huge pat on the back from the moment you started this journey with a tremendous weight loss to where you are now. We are so happy for you, girl!
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Just take it as a HUGE compliment. I hope people think my photos have ben photo shopped post op. And Congrats on your journey. You look amazing!
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HI chica your MMO has done great for you, and excellent results,,,,thumbs up, for the photo shop thing , dont worry about that.. youre body is real and thats why we are all on REALSELF hahahah happy healing"dont need to use photo shop" :)
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Thanks Kathy, my husband takes the better pictures, mine are always too blurry or an arm is in the way holding the phone up, and the ones I try to take in the mirror are just plain awful!!! Post some new pics tomorrow if you can! love to see the progress!
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i will, i should have been taking more pics all along !
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i hear you, i dont know how to photoshop either, but just to tell you, you look wonderful, i know its for real i can see the scars etc just like mine, he did a wonderful job on you, i am very happy with mine also, i do need to post some more pics, need to take in am when im not as swollen as at night when hubby is home, my self portraits never seem to turn out good, i tried a few more and didnt post them, but i believe this is all real, lol and those are some wild tatoos, you go girl
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You look amazing. I agree with island girl, scar looks great.
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Congrats on starting to work out again! I bet it feels so good. Honestly I know I am going to get so depressed bc I am going to miss my workouts. Keep up the good work on healing bc whatever you are doing its working
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Thank you. Cause your scar looks excellent.
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pics look great i need to post some new ones
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Wow....what a dramatic transformation!!! You look fantastic!!!!
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You are looking phenomenal!!!
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Wow what a transformation!
I'm a WW lifetime member too!
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Congratulations on your big accomplishment of losing all that weight! And your body looks gorgeous what a hot bod ;)
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