One year post op! BA March 11, 2011 - Texas
- updated 1 year ago
March 11th is the date I will have my tuck!I will...
- 29 Jan 2011
- 2 months pre
March 11th is the date I will have my tuck!I will not have liposuction because there is no fat on my abs. I will also undergo breast augmentation. So basically it is a mommy makeover.
I am 40 years old and have two beautiful girls. I gained 40lbs with each pregnancy and was terribly stretched with my first pregnancy. (second was much more comfy because my skin was so stretched out!)
I have worked very hard to get my body into great shape...I even did a triathalon last June. But no matter what I do my tummy is saggy and wrinkled. This 40 year old is tired of having a tummy that looks like a 100 year old tummy. haha! No offence to any centenarians who read this :)
I have found an awesome surgeon who is board ceritfied with 15 years experience and comes highly reccomended. He is easy to talk to and puts me at ease.
I am excited and scared at the same time! I do understand that there is quite a bit of pain involved and I know that everyone is different regarding healing and levels of pain. I have enjoyed reading everyone's story and want to share mine. Hopefully it can not only help me but others!!
I have included some before photos so you can check out my tummy now. I promise to post photos after my procedure along with an update of pain levels and healing. I'll take pictures from day 1 :)
I with tomorrow was March 11th!!! I am so ready to...
- 2 Feb 2011
- 1 month pre
I've added before photos of my chest since I will also be getting implants at the time of my TT. I will either get 300cc or 350cc (haven't decided). I will discuss this further with my PS. I am going with subglandular (overs) because I want some cleavage and my sternum is very wide...unders for me would enhance the sternum. Oh! And I am going with silicone. Wow..to actually have boobies....
I had my pre-op today. I really love my PS :) We...
- 21 Feb 2011
- 18 days pre
I have been unsure about the placement of my implants. When I asked a question about my implant size most of the doctors on RS want me to go under the muscle because I'm thin but I would like to go over the muscle. after talking with him I am now confident even though I am thin and small they will look great. He measured my tissue and breast width and we decided on 350cc high profile silicone(if I went with saline he would have to go under the muscle... no prob because I prefer the look and feel of silicone)
And with my TT I will only have one drain because that is all he uses on patients unless there are different circumstances. So I guess one isn't so bad right??
He prescribed my pain meds and antibiotics. Looks like I am good to go!! Now I need to keep busy so time will fly.
Now about the boobs....never had them and always...
- 23 Feb 2011
- 16 days pre
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...
- 23 Feb 2011
- 16 days pre
I just pre-registered with the hospital. They were...
- 3 Mar 2011
- 8 days pre
I feel good today but I am a bit restless and...
- 10 Mar 2011
- 1 day pre
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
I can already tell being in bed is going to drive...
- 12 Mar 2011
- 1 day post
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...
- 13 Mar 2011
- 2 days post
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...
- 14 Mar 2011
- 2 days post
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...
- 17 Mar 2011
- 5 days post
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...
- 18 Mar 2011
- 6 days post
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...
- 21 Mar 2011
- 9 days post
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...
- 22 Mar 2011
- 10 days post
It feels like I haven't been on here in a...
- 29 Mar 2011
- 17 days post
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...
- 31 Mar 2011
- 19 days post
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...
- 5 Apr 2011
- 24 days post
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...
- 7 Apr 2011
- 26 days post
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...
- 16 Apr 2011
- 1 month post
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...
- 25 Apr 2011
- 1 month post
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...
- 27 Apr 2011
- 1 month post
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...
- 30 Apr 2011
- 1 month post
Feeling good at 2 months post op! Still swelling...
- 5 May 2011
- 2 months post
Happy Mother's Day ladies!!! I hope everyone...
- 8 May 2011
- 2 months post
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
I added a few pictures of me in clothing too :)
Just wanted to say that I worked out today 1 hour...
- 14 May 2011
- 2 months post
I am 2 1/2 months post op and doing great! I...
- 27 May 2011
- 2 months post
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!
Went to the beach today and actually wore a...
- 28 May 2011
- 2 months post
I am now 3 months post op! I'm feeling great.....
- 7 Jun 2011
- 3 months post
I am 4 months post op! I am feeling great. I still...
- 26 Jun 2011
- 3 months post
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
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....
- 2 Sep 2011
- 6 months post
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...
- 26 Mar 2012
- 1 year post
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.
Dr. Kutty is such a good surgeon. He was in New York before he came to Texas to be closer to his wife's family so he has a very different perspective and attitude than a lot of other surgeons in my area. I liked his work and his personality immediately. He has given me outstanding results. My expectations have been exceeded!