Happy 40th Birthday to Me!!! - Tulsa, OK

I'm finally going to do it! TT and Lift with BA....

I'm finally going to do it! TT and Lift with BA. I'll be 40 in May and hubby decided to let me do this as my birthday gift. I've wanted this as long as I can remember. I lost about 100 pounds 13 years ago and I've had all this hanging skin since that time. I'm scheduled for surgery but I'm really worried. I went to three different PS's and got three different Treatment plan's... I hope I've picked the right one. What I'm most worried about is the BA. My PS is suggesting a lift and Silicone Gel implants over the muscle. I really thought I wanted under the muscle but becasue I do Crossfit pretty regularly he suggested over the muscle. I wonder if he knows what Crossfit is. It's not all lifting heavy weight which he said could displace the implant. There is much more running, box jumps and jump rope than there is push ups. I need some other Doc's to tell me what they think. I workout 5-6 days a week and ever compete at times. I need breasts that will still be perky after all the jumping and running we do. Please Help!!

Well they called and asked if I wanted to move up...

Well they called and asked if I wanted to move up my surgery so I'm now scheduled for March 25th at 12:30. I'm super excited to get this done earlier. The less time I have to sit and think about it, the better! I also had a conversation with my Dr.'s office today and we have decided to put the implants under the muscle. I think this will work much better for my lifestyle. Can't wait!!!

Well I made it! Worst part is Definitly the tummy...

Well I made it! Worst part is Definitly the tummy. Getting up and down without using you stomach is HARD!! Waking up every 3 hours through the night to check nipples and my belly button isn't fun either. I'll post more pics later

Starting day 5 and feel like I've turned a corner....

Starting day 5 and feel like I've turned a corner. It's been 14 hours since I've had anything for pain. Hopefully I can stay off them. Took a shower for the first time last night. Talk about a chore! Made it through thanks to my amazing mom being there to help. Getting up through the night to let my belly button get air is getting better. I go back next Wednesday. Saw my PS yesterday and he said things look good. I'll post more pics when I get to a computer. BMW results are amazing!!!

Starting day 5 and feel like I've turned a corner....

Starting day 5 and feel like I've turned a corner. It's been 14 hours since I've had anything for pain. Hopefully I can stay off them. Took a shower for the first time last night. Talk about a chore! Made it through thanks to my amazing mom being there to help. Getting up through the night to let my belly button get air is getting better. I go back next Wednesday. Saw my PS yesterday and he said things look good. I'll post more pics when I get to a computer. My results are amazing!!!

Starting day 7. Day 6 was a great day. Very...

Starting day 7. Day 6 was a great day. Very swollen on and off but felt great over all. I've been a day and a half with only Tylenol for pain. It's very manageable. Since today is Easter we are having family over. I'm excited to do something other than lay in the recliner. Happy Easter everyone!! I'm posting a day 7 pic. Hips are still swollen. Hopefully that goes away with time. I know it's early.

Day 10 and I'm feeling great! went to the Dr...

Day 10 and I'm feeling great! went to the Dr yesterday and got the all clear to go back to work on Monday. Hubby is taking me to the mall and a movie today. Finally came home last night after staying at moms for the last week and a half. Slept in bed for the first time last night and honestly the chair is just more comfortable. They took my stitches out of my belly button and took off all my steristrips. I'm wondering when I can start scar therapy. I probably need to wait until all the scabbing is gone but any of you that have thoughts on this please let me know. This surgery was TOTALLY worth it! I'm so glad I did it. I tried on some old swim suits this morning. As soon as the swelling is gone they are going to look amazing!! I need to get a tan though lol. Hope you are all doing well!

Well I'm 4 weeks today! I have to say that things...

Well I'm 4 weeks today! I have to say that things a better every day! It's amazing how much I have healed in a month. I'm still super swollen but starting today I get to stop wearing the binder. I wore some spanx to work today because I'm so scared to go without. I wish I had more confidence that I'll be ok without it. I'm thinking I'll try without it for a few hours and try to build up to a day.

New pic!!

New pic!!

It's been 5 weeks today. I'm slowly not wearing...

It's been 5 weeks today. I'm slowly not wearing my binder but wondering if that's a good idea. By the end of the day I'm so soar and swollen... also my boobs have dropped a little more than I would have liked but maybe I just had unrealistic expectations about how high they would stay. They still look so much better but I wish they were not so natural looking. The Dr. has me not wearing any bra as often as I can and I'm wondering if that's contributing to them falling... They look amazing in a swimsuit though! I'll post a new pic. if any of you have any advice on dealing with all this swelling let me know. I just can't kick it! In the mornings I look amazing! by the end of the day I look like a mushroom My sides swell so bad! Overall I'm still very pleased and I feel a little better everyday!! I've been working out. Just riding the bike and doing squats, lunges, step ups, bicep curls and tricep kick backs. Feels good to sweat a little! Hope you are all doing well!
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