17 Years of Wishing, It's Almost Time!! Yay!! Thailand, scrap that .....Let's make it Gladstone with Dr Andrew Broardhurst :D
Woo hoo!! My surgery dates are locked and loaded!!...
I am a 36 year old Mum of 2 gorgeous girls. Being a single Mum for almost 18years, breast feeding and losing over 40 kgs has taken it's till on my body, my want for surgery has just increased as the years have gone by. It is time to give myself a gift and make my long time dream a reality. And with the love and support of my amazing partner Dave by my side, it is all FINALLY becoming a reality!! ????
We started looking into agencies, surgeons and hospitals etc almost 2 months ago. I started sending away my photos to companies to get recommendations from surgeons. We were sort of flying blind. They all seemed SO eager to help and to get me booked in ASAP. Not ever being one to have done things the right way round lol, I realised that I needed to find a surgeon 1st!! So I started researching surgeons on the net. I stumbled upon 2 plastic surgery forums plasticsurgeryforum.com and realself.com they have been invaluable!!! After I thought I had found a surgeon and in turn an agency he did work for the forums helped me dodge a massive bullet!! The agency I had chosen and the surgeon I thought was good had done some "horrible" things to some poor women, and the bad stories just kept popping up the more I dug. So I cancelled and researched some more and found my surgeon Dr Thanakom who I have heard Great things about, and my agency Lotus Medical for whom he does work for. I had started to wonder if it would be cheaper for me to go directly through the hospital and to book everything ourselves as Dave and I were looking into prices for everything from, surgery costs, hotels, air fairs to the use of a hyperbaric chamber as treatment to help me heal faster after surgery. But decided, just incase things didn't go right ( touch wood) that having an agency behind us would be the smarter option. So we chose Lotus. Grainne from Lotus has been outstanding with helping answer my million questions. We will Do the touristy thing first. We will stay in Patong before hand, Not sure of our hotel yet, still researching. Have surgery (Dave is allowed to stay with me at the hospital , yay ????) and then spend 2 weeks recovering at Kata beach. We are looking into the Aspasia at the moment. Hopefully more good news about hotel prices and hyperbaric prices to come tomorrow. So excited that my surgery is booked that I can't sleep!!! I Can only imagine how I will be the night before surgery!! ???? Lol I will post some before pics a bit closer to surgery. Thank you to all you ladies that have already gone through this and posted reviews! You have and continue to inspire me and help me feel at ease about everything. I hope you are all healing well Xo
Dr Thanakom has refused my case! :(
I am not giving up yet!! ????
9 days! 9days!! 9 days!!! But who's counting lol
Both Dr Belt and Dr Broardhurst were happy to take my case. Our first consultation was with Enhance Plastic Surgery (Dr Broardhurst) When we arrived his staff were wonderful as we waited for the Dr. He had been in surgery all day at the children's hospital and had come back to the clinic just to see us. First brownie points!! The whole consultation went for over an hour. Dr Broardhurst explained everything clearly to Dave and myself. After we had discussed my previous DVT and Dr told me that it was caused by the pic line and that I wasn't a high risk of developing a DVT (he also uses compression stockings and a pump on your legs). We then discussed my full Tummy Tuck with muscle repair. His explanation was excellent as he showed us before and after photos. A couple of photos were taken of my Tummy (for before photos should it choose to go ahead) Then out of curiosity, I asked him about my Breasts. While he would do both a lift and implants, he said that is two separate procedures. And that with already having the Tummy Tuck which would make three procedures, he asked me what bothered me more. The sag or the lack of fullness? Which did I dislike the most. For me it was the sag. So we discussed the lift and he said I could always have implants down the track if I wished. I also have a rather large vein on my chest which snakes down around my left breast. I appeard after I lost all my weight and looks like someone has hit me in the chest and left a big bruise. It has embarrassed me for years. I asked him if it could be removed during surgery. He said he would assess it at the time (to see if it's blood flow was needed to help my breasts heal. And if it was, that he could just do it under local anaesthetic in his surgery post op ???? Happy with all this and running late for our consult with Dr Belt, Dr Broardhurst's staff printed us a map along with our ruff quote and rang us a cab. They were so lovely and helpful. More brownie points ????
As we got into the cab and I was about to call Dr Belts rooms to let them know we were on our way, his secretary rang to make sure we were still coming. When we arrived we were rushed in. Understandably Dr Belt was a little cranky we were late but all he was worried about was getting his car from his mechanics before they closed. He was sort of flustered and rushing as he was brushing over things. When I asked about my breasts he got a little agitated and said that another half hour consult was needed for that and that I hadn't said anything about wanting my breasts done when we had our initial phone consultation a week prior. In all his rushing his secretary buzzed in and said the mechanic shop hadn't finished his car so he could now do my breast consult. He took measurements and photos and dicta phoned a thank you letter to my GP. I didn't dare ask him about the vein. As we left, I didn't feel the happy relaxed feeling I left Dr Broarhurst's office with. But like Dave said, even though Dr Belt was rushed and his bedside manner was a bit lacking, he seemed to know what he was doing. I had some thinking to do..........
To make a long story even longer ???? lol My gutt chose Dr Broardhurst and his Enhance Team ???? I have decided on a full Tummy Tuck with muscle repair and a breast Lift. I have had my second consult by phone with Dr and he was very helpful and answered every question I had (and I had LOTS lol). I have collected all my bits and pieces for before and after surgery. I made a little YouTube vid showing it all if anyone is interested you can find it here http://youtu.be/bIfXEDFRKyY I have also rented an electric recliner for a month to make life a little easier ????
It is sooooo close now!!!! ???????????? A little nervous, but soooo excited!!!! Come on the 10th June!!! ????
Wow wow wow it is so close!!
Speaking of comfy, I will be once this bowel cleanse kicks in. I am constipated now and terribly worried about being constipated because of the meds after my procedure. So I decided to start with a clean slate (so to speak) and rid my bowel of everything. Over kill?? Maybe but I have read such horror stories about the first bowel movement, I am not willing to be one of them!! I have been chasing all over town for something called Magnesium citrate. It has rave reviews for fixing constipation beautifully. No luck finding it in Rocky though. The only place that sells it is in Gladstone (were I will be for surgery) lol. So I will get some before surgery for afterwards. In the mean time I am trying something called PicoPrep. It is ment to be used for before a colonoscopy. Nothing happening yet :(
Flat belly and perky boobies here I come! :D
My nerves aren't too bad at this minute, but we are still an hour away lol. See how we go closer. Dave is doing ok, a little quiet so I know he is worrying. I have written him a long cheery message with a lot of cute and funny meme's, I will send it to him just before they wheel me in to surgery. I hope it helps keep his spirits high. I think he is more nervous than I am god love him :)
It's within reach, we are almost there. See all you lovely ladies on the flat side!!! :D
I just joined the Flat n Perky Club!! Woo hoo!!
As one nurse is asking questions filling in paperwork, another is tying up my gown (turns out it was backwards haha) and putting on my compression stockings and leg pumps. Dr Broadhurst was standing at my door!! Nikko, ruler and camera in hand. He took some before photos, ruled and marked up my breasts and belly and took some more photos. Dave managed to take a few pics of the goings on's for me so I could look back on and hopefully make sense of it all lol. Next a few consent forms were signed a quick kiss, for my bestie and big sweetheart Dave and off I was wheeled into theatre.
About 4 hours later I woke in recovery (in my compression garments) in MASSIVE pain. But, within the hour, the lovely ladies looking after me had pumped me full of good drugs and taught me how to use my PCA (pain medication administering unit) about an hour and a half later, back to my room to my honey Dave :D
It is now 1 am on Wednesday morning. My awesome nurse just bought me some sangers and juice. She has been in and out on an hourly basis checking obs, my drip, my PCA, sorting out my 2 drains and helping me on and off the pan. It has been a long day and a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But it is all done!! Yeehee!! And with my starting weight today down to 68kgs the out come should be an awesome!!! :D
Home day :)
Over my cry :)
No one warned me about sneezing!! Lol
We had to take a half hour trip to gracemere this afternoon to see my GP to get a refill for pain medication for an existing back problem. I haven't seen her since before my surgery 9 days ago. She commented on the difference in my figure already and how good I looked (and I had clothes on! Lol) I had not long had a shower and put all my compression garment and bra back on, today with a singlet top under my garment to see if it made it more comfortable and stopped the zip digging in. Totally did!! I highly recommend it!!! So because I was feeling crap I just showed her the side by side before and after photos and today's photos. She was amazed at the difference! I am noticeably swollen today from the 2 days previous over doing it :(
I was feeling pretty stuffed up in the head and sore by the time we got home. Doped myself up, climbed into my recliner and crashed for 2 hours. I also received some goodies in the mail. My silicone scar management arrived from makemeheal.com I am quite a way off needing it yet but like to be organised. What can I say, maybe a touch of OCD haha. But I am feeling good and healing well :) I Hope everyone else is feeling good too :)
Soooo Glad I didn't get this done in Thailand!!!
I am really looking forward to getting back into my walking/running. I know I have a ways to go yet but I bought myself a new heart rate monitor watch the other day online. And yesterday came home with a new pair of joggers (keen much! Lol)
My 11 year old daughter is now home with us again. Dave and I thought it best she stay with her Dad and his fiancé while all this was happening. She is a gorgeous soft hearted little soul and would worry terribly seeing me in pain. We are a very open, honest family. And while she knew what was happening with me getting my breasts fixed, we decided we would tell her about my belly being done too after it was done and she was home with us so that she could see I was fine. While I do worry a bit about trying to send her the right message about body image. We have for many years talked about eating right and exercising and the effects if you don't. She understands that I am doing this because of my weight gain when I was not looking after myself ( I haven't said too much about it being from having babies too). And now that I have kept the weight off for over 10 years and she sees me exercising and eating healthily, I don't worry too much about it. She often asked if I am feeling ok, and when I say I am good she smiles evilly and say "awesome I am stealing your recliner" lol little bugger :)
The recliner has been in valuable!! We will all be sad to see it go lol. I hope everyone is feeling good and healing well :) xo
6 weeks post op and feeling AMAZING!!!
4 days ago Dave and I flew to Brisbane for my 6 week check up with my awesome surgeon, Dr Broardhurst. He is happy with how things are healing. I can now wear any bra I like, and only have to wear my tummy compression garment for another few days. I am returning to work Monday. And because I have a fairly physical job I am thinking I may continue to wear it for a little added support until I feel strong enough to go without it. I can now sleep without it on which feels amazing. Was so over the itchiness haha. I have a small dog ear at the end of my incision line under my left breast. It happens because Doc was trying to keep my scar as short as possible. Dr Broardhurst said he will fix that up in my next visit. And I spoke to Dr about the vein on my chest. He didn't remove it during my reduction because it was better to have the blood flow to my breast to help with the healing process. Now that it's all good and healed, he will also take the vein out for me in my next visit as well. I can't stress enough how awesome Dr Broardhurst and his wonderful team are! If you are thinking about getting plastic or cosmetic surgery done. Or are looking for a surgeon. You will seriously not regret going with Enhance Plastic and cosmetic surgery. I can't rave enough about Dr Andrew Broardhurst or how he has changed my life :D
I still don't have full sensation in my nipples and am still slightly numb just above my tummy tuck scar. But feeling is slowly returning so I am optimistic that it will fully return. Now that the swelling has all but gone, my belly button is now closer to the middle, and both sides of my waist are even.......massive sigh of relief!! Lol. Having such a lot done, sure does mess with your emotions!! All I can say is, try and be patient!! I wasn't :( I got upset about things before they had all settled. Thanks to all you lovely ladies for helping pull my head in. Time really does change your end result!!
I was so stoked we had a few hours to kill on the way to the airport from my Dr's appointment. We stopped at the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) and I happened across a Bra shop with all bra's on sale for $20 each!!! Whoo hoo!! :D Needless to say with the Doc just giving me the go ahead to wear underwire again, I was in there like a shot and in heaven!!! I came home with 8 gorgeous Bra's and a few matching bottoms. What an awesome day! To take any (and every!! Lol) bra, into the change room, and for them to all fit perfectly and look great was the best feeling in the world!! :D The biggest drama was having to only choose as many as my bank account would allow lol.
I am so very happy and can't say with more conviction just do it!! You will never look back and feel amazing!! Thanks for all your stories and support ladies, I couldn't have done it without you and this site. Biggest hug xo Mwah!! :D
Dr Andrew Broardhurst and his wonderful team from Enhance Plastic and cosmetic Surgery Brisbane have been brilliant!! From day one they have been more than helpful and have bent over backwards to help get me the result I wanted. I can not recommend Dr Broardhurst highly enough!!! He listened to and addressed all of my and my partners questions and concerns. Made me feel relaxed and informed. Made me feel that I was in good hands. And I was!! He has a top bedside manner, very good at what he does!! Its is only very early days, but loving what I am seeing so far!! So happy!! :)