I had my daughter in 2009. My highest weight...
Yesterday I had my consult with Dr Curstinger. He is the first doctor I met with and I went fully expecting to meet with several doctors before settling on one. Dr Curtsinger as well his staff instantly put me at ease. Everyone was incredibly friendly, welcoming and answered all my questions. Because of my massive weight loss Dr Curtsinger recommended more then a tummy tuck. He believed I would benefit most from a lower body lift as well as a little bit of vaser lipo to my outer thighs. By doing the lower body lift, not only would it fix the loose skin on my belly, but also my back as well as my thighs and booty. He described everything that I wanted so I went ahead and booked my surgery. I decided to book an appointment sooner rather then later because I will be a bridesmaid in a friends wedding at the end of May and I want to make sure that I have enough time to recover enough to be able to enjoy the wedding. My doc said I would be good to go in 3 weeks and completely cleared for all activities in 6 weeks. The wedding will be 8 weeks from my surgery. I have done a lot of reading and I know this will be a rough recovery so as I see it the more time to recover the better. I go next Wednesday for my pre-op appointment. I am excited and nervous...
More pics and some anxiety
Getting closer to the big day...and another pic!
Pre-op appointment today
I paid for my surgery today. I am really surprised that it didn't "hurt" more paying off an $11,000 tab. This is something I have wanted for a very long time. It was something I hoped for before I even drew up the determination and courage to loose the weight. I have wanted this done for awhile, but not until I was a healthy weight and could maintain it. This is finally something I am doing for myself and I do not do that often. For once in my life it is time to be a little bit selfish.
There is so much I need to get den around here. I need to work on getting ahead in my college work, cleaning and preparing for a move across country. We are not moving until July maybe August, but this house is still in need of a major decluttering. My hubby is deployed so all of the preparation will fall on me. I know I need to do all these things, but all I want to do is read and read some more about my surgery and recovery. I am a planner and like to be well prepared. Tomorrow I am going to try my best to tackle my college work. I need to get my butt gear, because I am sure I won't feel like doing it after surgery. My goal is to be at least two weeks ahead if not three weeks.
I got a printout of my plastic surgeon's before pictures of me so I am posting them with this post. They are the best quality, but will give everyone a better idea my starting point.
Tomorrow is the big day!
On the flat sidesd!
Pic with no bandages.
My incision is looking good. The bleeding has pretty much stopped, just a tiny bit of clear discharge as it closes up. Everyday it gets easier and easier to move around. I am still sleeping in the living room in the recliner. It makes it easier I get up and down in my own. I have a lot of help, but I can still do most everything myself. I need help lifting anything heavy and the extra help with my four year old is appriciated. My mother leaves to go home tomorrow and my mother in law comes tomorrow. I'm thankful for the help even though I do not think I actually need. But it is nice to know its there if I need it.
I had my first post op appointment last Thursday. PS said I am healing perfectly and I can go ahead and switch to a stage two compression garment. He said I had miminial swelling, but I feel like I do. I can fit in to my presurgery jeans in the morning but I swell throughout out the day. The one time I attempted to wear them I made it two hours before I went back to my yoga pants. I've had no swelling in my feet or anything, just my midsection. I know it's all normal I'm just eager to be back to my old self, which of course will take time.
Today was my last day of my blood thinners injections...woohoo! I am so glad to be done with those. Now if I feel sore at the end of the day I can take a Motrin or an aleve. I hate Tylenol, never seems to do much for me. I stopped my prescription pain killers on day 3 and then just took Tylenol as needed since, which has been rarely. I have been taking Arnica Montana from day 1. I'm not sure if it has helped or not, but I already bought it so I'm going to keep taking it. My pain, bruising and swelling hasn't been too terribly bad so maybe it helped.
I'm making it a point of moving more and more each day. I feel much better when I get up and move around. Today was a busy day. Took my daughter to the see a movie, did some shopping and once home took our dog for a mile walk. Now I am resting in my recliner, lol. I'm not that sore today, but I do feel that I will sleep well tonight.
The pic I'm posting is from last Friday, so one week post op.
Before and After
2nd Post Op Appointment Today
I am very happy with my results. My swelling as gone down a lot. If I do not drink enough water I still tend to swell. It's a good reminder to drink water! My scar is healing nicely and is starting to fade. There is still one spot that hasn't completely closed up (my butt crack!, lol). I am not too concerned about it. I'm keeping neosporion on it to help speed up the healing a little. I am seeing my PS next Wednesday for my 6 week post op. I'll ask his opinion then if there is anything I need to do.
I am slowly regaining more feeling back around my waist and thighs. My hips have been the slowest to regain feeling. I think I have had more pain/discomfort and numbness from the lipo then from the LBL. I am still happy I did the lipo though.
The day of surgery I weighed 140lbs and wore a size 10 pants/ size medium shirt. I now weigh about 135lb and wear a size 4 pants and size small shirt. I never enjoyed trying on clothes as much as I do now. I can now try on almost anything and it looks good on me. I can even wear most junior clothes (my D-cup boobs don't always fit, lol). I finally found the confidence in myself that I lost so many years ago. I missed that feeling. My husband is going to be so excited and shocked when he comes home from deployment! I am so happy I did this! I was so close to cancelling my first consultation out of fear. I have absolutely no regrets!
I am very happy with my decision in choosing Dr Curtsinger for my body lift. At each appointment there was typically no wait time and the few times there was a wait I was seen in less then 5 minutes. Dr Curtsinger and his staff have made me feel comfortable and put all my fears at ease. I never felt rushed or pressured. He always took the time to answer all my questions and always encouraged questions. My surgery went perfectly as planned and while it's still early I am very happy with my results. My pain was very well managed post op. I am very happy I had this surgery and that I chose Dr Curtsinger and his staff to perform it.