Now about the boobs....never had them and always...
Now about the boobs....never had them and always wanted them. My body is not proportionate. I have a big bottom and wider hips. I have taken very good care of my body and feel like I have earned this little makeover :)
This Christmas my husband surprised me. I was so excited I made 3 appointments for consultation the next day. I found a wonderful surgeon who puts me at ease. He is board certified and has 15 years experience.
The hardest thing for me is deciding what size I want my implants to be. I am very thin in the chest but as you can see in my posted pics that I have a round and prominant bottom so I feel I can go maybe a full C and it will even out my frame.
The next thing I have had to decide was unders or overs. The surgeons on RealSelf (who are excellent) want me to go under the muscle but I would rather go over. My surgeon said that would be fine. He measured my tissue and said if I went with silicone I wouldn't be able to see the outline of the implant. I know all of the risks involved and I have talked to several women of my stature who have silicone overs and they are fine. I will take the chance! I am extremely active with exersize and lift weights on a regular basis. I would prefer my pectoral muscles to remain untouched. I also like the look of overs for some reason...and believe me I have seen thousands of boobies lately!! lol!
I also have a very wide sternum and apparently will never have cleavage. That is also ok with me. As long as I have something to fill a bra that will work just great!
Can you tell I am in the obsessive stage right now? I feel I live and breath my upcoming surgery. I was nervous but now I just want it done. My pre-op is on the 21st so I will find out more information then.
Thank you for helping me with my journey lovely ladies! I will return the favor and post my outcome when my day comes.
In case you are wondering why my review seems to...
In case you are wondering why my review seems to overlap information....I combined a tummy tuck and mommy makeover review!
I just pre-registered with the hospital. They were...
I just pre-registered with the hospital. They were so nice and comforting. I must admit so far everyone I have dealth with regarding this surgery has been wonderful. It really helps!! The nurse told me not to shave unless I am already doing so. She said they use clippers and it minimizes scrapes and open bumps. She told me to drink plenty of liquids before midnight nothing after or on the morning before surgery. I have to be there at 6am. Any blood work ordered will be done the morning of surgery. She asked the usual questions about my health history and said I pay the hospital the day of the surgery. My PS has already been paid. I am so excited I can't stand it! I have made a list of things I need. Top of my head the things I need to do: fill my prescriptions and buy gatorade, MOM, more vitamin C, extra strength tylenol, plenty of healthy snacks, Palmers oil, comfy soft velour sweat suits, extra pillows, a few paperbacks and gossip mags, need to make hair appt before surgery. I know there's more...now where is my list??;)
I feel good today but I am a bit restless and...
I feel good today but I am a bit restless and anxious. I didn't sleep to long last night (slept good just woke up at 4am and couldn't go back to bed) so I am tired..I'm hoping that will help me sleep tonight. My PS's office just called to confirm my appt. I love the people there..so friendly and accomodating.
My mom is staying the night so I won't have to worry about my girls. They are going to skip school tomorrow and go out with grandma for a day of fun. She's going to take them shopping and out to a movie. That makes me happy that they will be occupied and having a good time. They really have no idea what I am doing but they know I am having my tummy repaired so I didn't want them to worry at all. They won't miss anything tomorrow at school...not much going on since their spring break starts on Monday.
My house is clean and my cupboards are filled to the max..lol! I am going to wear a comfy sweat suit tomorrow, it ha a drawstring not elastic. I have no idea what else I would wear! My husband will take me tomorrow. I'm so glad he will be with me. He is calming! My tummy is getting butterflies while I write this :)
Out of it on pain pills...lol doing great will...
11 Mar 2011
Day of treatment
out of it on pain pills...lol doing great will opdate later
I can already tell being in bed is going to drive...
I can already tell being in bed is going to drive me CRAZY!!LOL
I am unable to push it though because it is hard to maneuver. I am not in pain...for all of you who haven't done it yet pain hasn't been bad...the hard part is staying comforatble. My lower back is what hurts most. I know acworthmom told me her back hurt as well and several others.
I haven't taken vicodin today and don't need it! Wild enough the tylenol has been fine. I am not opposed to taking the meds but hey, if I don't need it then I'd rather not take it.
I have had zero appetite but have forced down egg whites, toast, soup and tons of water.
Last night I had to get up 6 times to pee. It is hard getting up. He stitched me tight on the upper abs so I feel the gravity big time when I stand up. It's like I've had a super super hard work out. But it's sore not a sharp pain. My insicion is not painful (yet). I don't know if it will ever bother me but for now it's fine. I only have 1 drain and it is putting out very little drainage which is great. hubby has emptied it 3 times at 20cc. not bad! It might increase the more I start to move around.
I can hear my girls having fun in the backyard as I type this and wish i could join them :( they are doing great but I hate being trapped in bed!!!!!!!!!!!!! Patience right?
And I have not gone #2 yet but i have gas (lovely right?). I've taken MOM but haven't had the urge to go yet. Any suggestions? I did have lentil soup a little bit ago...maybe the fiber will help too!
I've taken a peek at my tummy and it looks good..can't see my bely button yet under the bandage but my inscision is thin and low so that's good. i do have a slight verticle from my old belly button but it's low enough to hide in my panties. My boobs are so full but still no pain in that area. I went with 350cc over the muscle. I think I will be very happy with that size on my frame. I can post a picture of me in my binder gear...I'm afraid to keep it off for more than to check it. I will post other pictures after I am able to shower.
My PS called me yesterday and today to check on me. He is awesome!
Ok I am going to sleep a bit now
...haha! Little things make me tired. All part of the recovery right??
I woke up today feeling pretty good. I think...
I woke up today feeling pretty good. I think it's due to the fact that I haven't had to take any pain meds except tylenol. Oh! And I woke up at 2am with a rumble in my tummy and just made it to the potty...MOM did her job!lol! I got up and made myself some egg whites and toast. I sat at the kitchen table and relished feeling almost normal!
My tummy isn't half as sore as I thought it would be. It's just sore like after a work out. My back on the other hand is killing me. I will be seeing a massage therapist after this little venture for sure! Ahhh....that will feel so good :)
My first post op is tomorrow. I can't wait to see what's under the gauze. I didn't want to mess with anything so I will let him take it all off. I can't wait to see my belly button.
I hope everyone else is doing good... both pre and post op!
Today was my first post op appt. I love my PS!! He...
Today was my first post op appt. I love my PS!! He has given me beautiful results. I got to see my tummy and it looks so good!! He was very pleased with the results of both my tummy and boobs which made me very happy :)If you have not picked a surgeon yet make sure you do your research and go with your gut instinct.
Back to my appt....he said he is going to keep my drain in for a bit longer. I am fine with that...I dont want fuid build up in my abdomen! He also showed me the proper way to wear my binder and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it feels so much better! I am looking forward to a more comfy sleep tonight. He also told me I could start straightening when it felt right. I have gradually started to but I am still hunched. Can't wait to stand up straight so my back doesn't hurt so much.
He wants to me to be as mobile as possible too. He said get up and down often it helps with blood flow. I have started sitting in the family room now and it has helped my level of energy tremendously. I also make sure I get up and dress myself and look half way good...LOL that helps too. I have no pain so this is not hard to do.
My appetite has come back and I have been eating small healthy meals through the day..I think that helps with energy levels too. Going #2 hasn't been an issue since I took the MOM. Only one dose needed...that stuff is powerful!lol!
I loved getting out today...feeling the sun. I plan on sitting in the backyard to read tomorrow. The sun makes me happy!! :) Our weather is beautiful right now so that helps.
I plan on getting out this weekend and going for ice cream or something simple with my hubby and girls. My mom has been fabulous...she has kept the house so clean and has shown my ladies a good ol' mall shopping, eating out extravaganza time. Spoiled them rotten :) Even though I feel guilt I know this was the best time to do it. Truthfully the timing with my surgery and healing progress couldn't be better. I am so relieved! I am putting this down so other women who are worried will know this isn't a walk in the park but it is doable and totally worth it. I am so excited about my new figure.
Happy St.Patty's Day Yall! :) I am 6 days post...
Happy St.Patty's Day Yall! :) I am 6 days post op.
Today, after my mom left, I drove myself and my girls to Dillards to buy me a new improved front closing sports bra...can you say heaven??? LOL! It is made by Lunaire...zips in the front. Much softer than the post surgical garment. I also bought the spanx Slim Cognito shaper. I tried it on along with my binder and I liked how it felt. I just figured out that a lot of support helps me stay verticle longer at this point.
It was a short errand but I felt like I accomplished something. This makes me so happy:) Remember, I am very task oriented! LOL. It's the little things :)
I am tired but not totally exhausted which is surprising. I did take a nap before we went to the store so I bet that helped.
I am still not totally upright but I don't hunch too much. It just looks like I have terrible posture..LOL!
My drain isn't producing much of anything but I have to wait until Monday to get it taken out. My surgeon is out of town until then. On the positive side... I will be very well drained :)
I went to the grocery store today. My Mom had a...
I went to the grocery store today. My Mom had a hair appt and I told her to take a break that I was doing fine. I felt pretty energetic and we were lacking nutritious food so to Kroger I went. I had my daughters with me and they helped tremedously. It was actually a fun outing. Not too much activity for me and they had a blast helping. LOL! I was tired when I got home and took a nap. I woke up feeling good.
Body update: I love my boobs. The right one has dropped into place more and it looks fantastic. The left one is sitting a bit higher and it's tighter but I feel it tingling like the right one before it dropped. Even with it sitting higher it looks pretty. Hubby loves them too :)Changing my bra has helped with the inscision pain too. It feels waaaaay better! Tummy's looking great. I will be so happy when my drain is removed. It is starting to irritate me now! It keeps tugging under my binder. Three days till freedom.....
Freedom!! My drain was pulled today and I feel...
Freedom!! My drain was pulled today and I feel like a new woman! I am also in spanx 100% of the time instead of my stiff starched binder. WooHoo!! Life is good! LOL!
The drain wasn't bad at all just a weird feeling as it came out. It pulls from one end to the other inside you but for me there was no pain. And it is over very fast.
I love my new belly button too! My PS took off the tape around my navel and it is so pretty!! I was a little worried it would be bigger than I liked because of all the dried blood around the tape. I couldn't tell the size. All of you who haven't seen your belly button without the caked blood you will be pleasantly surprised when it is cleaned up:)I will post pics soon.
Last night I was able to sleep without pillows...
Last night I was able to sleep without pillows under my knees and I think it helped me to straighten a bit this morning. My upper abs are sore though! I took a shower this morning...a proper one... and man did it feel fantastic! My back is starting to feel better too I think it's because I am able to use some of my core to hold myself upright again. I forgot to mention that my PS told me to start with implant massage. It doesn't hurt but it feels weird! Boobs are a little itchy on the sides so I used Gold Bond Healing Lotion and it helps. Just have to be careful I don't get lotion in my incisions.
It feels like I haven't been on here in a...
It feels like I haven't been on here in a while! I hope everyone is doing good!! This past weekend was very busy and my week is a bit crazy too :)
I am 2 1/2 weeks post op. I am almost fully erect. I notice my shoulders are a bit hunched over but i look much straighter. My upper abs are still a bit too tight for me to stretch out completely. I have been sleeping much better since I am now able to sleep on my side again. I have started light walking for about 15-20 min a day in my neighborhood. I will not be able to resume my gym workouts until about a month to six weeks post op.
My tummy is still swollen but my clothes do fit. It helps to have the spanx on because with them on you can't tell I am swollen.
My boobs are starting to settle and are not as swollen. My incision feels good now...thank goodness! It was driving me crazy. My tummy tuck scar is starting to itch like mad so I will put on a little Gold Bond around the incision and it helps.
My PS told me I could start scar therapy but Mederma makes my skin irritated and very itchy so I stopped using it. I am going to purchase Bio Oil and see how that does. I am regaining my energy now which is soooo nice. I am still taking it easy though because it's easy to overdo when you start to feel a little better.
Gotta run...girls have dance class :) I'll post an updated photo 18 days post op.
I am three weeks post op tomorrow! I can't...
I am three weeks post op tomorrow! I can't believe time has gone so quickly. I just noticed yesterday that I am now walking fully upright. Still have some swelling and need to take naps if I do too much but I feel really good.
My scar looks better every day. I was given the go ahead to start scar treatment but I am unable to use scar cream because it makes my skin irritated. I'm going to try some A&D cream like Acworthmom uses or vaseline. My PS said it is the massage that helps and keeping it moist. Any other suggestions I'd love to hear them :)
I am 3 1/2 weeks post op. I feel really good! I...
I am 3 1/2 weeks post op. I feel really good! I have been walking in the mornings for about 30 minutes. I am itching to get back into the gym but of course can't until my PS gives me the all clear :) The walking is making me feel better though! I have been juicing too which I think is also helping with energy. Today I had beet, carrot and celery. And I am also eating my collard green daily ;)
I notice I am still swelling...it's the most apparent aroung my incison. The walking is probably making it worse but I guess that is part of the recovery right? I am posting pictures 3 weeks post op.
I had my one month post op appt today (tomorrow...
I had my one month post op appt today (tomorrow will be exactly one month!) Everything looks great :) My PS and his staff are the best! I am going to miss them when this is over...maybe I will get another procedure just to keep seeing them... lol!
My PS told me to try the scar cream again to see if my skin is still sensitive...I tried it and it feels fine!! I am happy about that :) I think my skin wasn't ready for it the last time (put it on too soon). He told me not to forget my belly button and to massage it several times a day that it will help with the redness.
Boobs are healing great too :) I am so happy!
I am now at week 5 and feeling really good! I am...
I am now at week 5 and feeling really good! I am gaining energy back which is so nice. I am totally ready to hit the gym and it is sooooo hard waiting. I will be good though and get the ok from my PS :)
I am walking and doing minimal yoga stretches but I really miss weight lifting :) I am still eating a healthy diet so it is maintaining my weight.
We went camping last weekend for one night. It was fun but not very comfy in the tent!!! I was swollen and sore the next day but after walking around and stretching it got better :) I think I might have been sore regardless of surgery after a night in the tent anyway!!! LOL
I have posted some 5 week photos. Similar to 4 weeks...still a bit swollen but I am seeing less swelling as the day progresses.
I had my six weeks check up and my PS said...
I had my six weeks check up and my PS said everything looks great. I don't go back for six months! He said to just call if I have any concerns or questions in between. He did take some after pictures. He told me I could stop wearing spanx if I wished. If I start to swell I will put them back on.
I worked out at the gym on Saturday and today. After my work out on Saturday I came home and slept for 2 hours! Mind you we did wake up very early to go to an Easter egg hunt at church on Saturday so I was also tired from no sleep :) I worked my arms and did some cardio. Today I wasn't as tired after my work out. In two weeks (2 month mark) I can start my ab workouts again.
My boobs are starting to feel like they are mine now. The numbness has worn off and I have all of my former sensation in them so when I touch them they feel like my real breasts. Silicone is very natural feeling by the way...it feels like a real boob....if you are on the fence about saline vs silicone. Then again I have never felt a saline breast before!! LOL
We had a great Easter..I hope everyone else did too!!
I did take 6 week pictures but I think I look exactly the same as 5 weeks. I think I will start to look different once I am able to do ab workouts. I believe that is when I will see more definition. I'll put up new pics when I start to see a change!!
I figured I would go ahead and keep up the weekly...
I figured I would go ahead and keep up the weekly photo update even though there isn't much change. It not only shows you but also helps me to see how I am progressing :)
I didn't wear my spanx yesterday and noticed quite a bit of swelling. I am going to continue to wear them for another two weeks. I think the swelling was also brought on by working out. I was on the elyptical for an hour yesterday.
My scars are doing good. I added a close up of my belly button. It's still red but the scar around it lays nice and flat. Once it fades I think it will look like a normal belly button which makes me so happy!
Here are some week 7 photos. I am experiencing...
Here are some week 7 photos. I am experiencing more swelling now than before. I think it's because I am working out more. I am still wearing the spanx because it helps keep the swelling down considerably. I am massaging my scars with Mederma SPF 30+ and Palmers Oil. Regarding why the SPF: it's so sunny down here in Texas you can get rays through light clothing :)
Feeling good at 2 months post op! Still swelling...
Feeling good at 2 months post op! Still swelling but not as bad. I am trying to get back to my workouts but I have been slow getting back in intensity. That's fine..I need to listen to my body and take it easy. I have plenty of time to get back full force :) Here are some 8 week pics. They were taken late in the day so I am a bit more swollen than in the morning.
Happy Mother's Day ladies!!! I hope everyone...
Happy Mother's Day ladies!!! I hope everyone is doing great and enjoying themselves today.
I am so excited I completed a light ab routine yesterday and I feel really good today. I am adding some more 2 months post -op pictures.
9 weeks post op! I have been doing my full...
13 May 2011
2 months post
9 weeks post op! I have been doing my full exersize routine all week and feel fantastic!! Minimal swelling this week too. I was able to go without my spanx quite a bit. I still wear the spanx to work out and sleep in but other than that I am not wearing them. I hope everyone is doing great in thier healing too!!
I added a few pictures of me in clothing too :)
I am 2 1/2 months post op and doing great! I...
27 May 2011
2 months post
I am 2 1/2 months post op and doing great! I haven't noticed huge changes between 2 months and 2 1/2 months but I will post some pics anyway.
I am working out with weights 3 times a week and walking for an hour outside every day. I have started back to my super clean diet and feel really good. I went through a little period of not wanting to cook from scratch and started to feel yuck. It made me realize that I need to eat good to feel good. It might take me a little extra time and energy to cook and prepare my food but it is totally worth it to me. Just wanted to put that in there :)
I am still a little puffy around my incision but it looks nice. My scars are starting to fade more and are turning from red to pink. I am just using Palmers oil and massaging 3 times a day. When I massage them I can press all of the color out of them...I hope they will look like that in the future!!
I still sleep in my spanx and compression bra but no longer wear any of that during the day. One other thing.... the feeling is starting to return in areas of my tummy that were numb. The numb feeling is only around a small area at the center of my tummy now. I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend!
I am now 3 months post op! I'm feeling great.....
I am now 3 months post op! I'm feeling great...some sensation is coming back along the center of my abs and i can feel soreness after my workouts. My scars are coming along. I am still massaging them at least 3 times a day with Palmer's oil. They seem to be lightening up. I am back to all of my activities. And my energy levels are totally back to normal :)Just want to say again... I am so glad I did this. It is hands down one of the best things I have done for myself!
I am 4 months post op! I am feeling great. I still...
26 Jun 2011
3 months post
I am 4 months post op! I am feeling great. I still have some soreness when I do ab work so I tend to go very easy on that. I figure I will have plenty of time in the future to work out my abs I might as well go easy now :)
My scars were still quite red when I went in to take more pictures at my surgeon's office about two weeks ago. He gave me a cream called Bio Cream by NEOCUTIS. It has already reduced my redness considerably. It is a bit pricey though $95. However I don't mind paying the extra since it seems to be working!
My swelling is doing good however I felt a bit swollen recently. I have no idea what was causing my swelling. Good news is the last few days I don't seem to be swollen. I guess that is just part of the healing.....geez you would think it would be over by now!! It is true what they say about tummy tucks taking a long time to heal. But like I have said many times before...it is totally worth it :)
I hope all of you are doing great as well!
I am nearing 5 months post op. All is great. I...
23 Jul 2011
4 months post
I am nearing 5 months post op. All is great. I still have a bit of swelling along my incision (I think it is scar tissue and keep massaging to help it lay flat) but other than that the swelling seems to be dissapearing.
The NEOCUTIS is fading my scars. I am including a picture. They were super red about a month ago...now just a bit pink. I am not doing heavy ab work yet because I still feel a tight pulling sensation when I try. I'll hold off until 6 months post op I think! Hope all is well with the rest of you gals!!
Another quick note: My breast size has increased as well. My overs have fluffed a bit and I was sized into a 32DD/E or 34D bra. I don't think they look much larger but a larger bra fits perfectly...wild! I think implants fit into bras differently than regular boobies.
I can't believe it has been 6 months already....
I can't believe it has been 6 months already. Acworthmom and I were just saying time flys!It seems like only yesterday I was completely obsessed with trying to find out as much information I could about TT recovery and BA cc's!! I know we can all relate to that :)
I hope all of my friends old and new are doing very well in thier recovery and new bodies.
I feel back to my old self pretty much 100%. I am working out again and feel no pain at all other than the usual soreness I had before my TT. I still have a bit of swelling along the ridge of my incision on occasion. I think it might be scar tissue and I continue to massage that area frequently.
I have added a bunch of pictures of me 6 months post op. I really love my belly button. It is starting to loose the redness as well as my TT scar.
Well, I can hardly believe it has been a little...
Well, I can hardly believe it has been a little over a year since my procedure! I feel really good. I am still eating a clean whole food diet and staying as healthly as possible. I have started a new workout regime to kick start my muscles. For a while I layed off the gym. A bit after my surgery I tried lifting weights and doing routines but it didn't feel right so I just started walking daily for my exersize and took it easy just so I wouldn't undo anything. Only recently have I started with a serious routine again. I have started adding in my kettle bell routine and push ups, burpees and squats/lunges. It feels good!
My scars are healing nicely. Still a tad red above the scar line. I hope all of my friends on here are doing great along with all of you lovely ladies who have just had surgery or are about to bite the bullet! I am still 100% happy I did this :) I will add new pictures taken today.