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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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Good for you!!! I know I felt great at 4 weeks...except for my rash! If u you've read my post u know that that was the worst part of my recovery. Things are all uphill from here. I have minimal swelling but haven't started back to my exercise routine...gonna start back to the gym on Wednesday so I will see how that goes. You look amazing and I'm sure will see better results day after day ;)
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Gorgeous new pic!!! You must be so happy!
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Thank you! I am happy!
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I'm so happy for you!!!! We need new pics!!! :)
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Just posted one!!
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Congrats on your surgery!! You are looking great! And each day gets better and better! Let me know if you have any questions! You are almost through the first week, the hardest part!
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Thank you! I'm so anxious to see what it looks like without all the swelling.
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Wow Becky you look really good....congrats! I had same surgery for my 40th too! I am 23 Days PO and have really felt good since about 9 days PO. Only issue is minor swelling when I overdo it.... Which is daily since I can't seem to lay still ;)...now is definitely the time to rest and take it easy! Good luck on a speedy recovery!
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Thanks Audeelee!! Day 9 is my next PS visit. I hope they take out my BB stitches and clean up the blood are my BA sutures.
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I bet they do. They did this on my 6 day PO...didnt hurt at all...then they taped down all the incisions ...I still have the tape on now and at least until my 6 week appointment. They say it helps to keep the incisions closed and flat! I felt much better after they taped me! Rest up girly ;)
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Happy for you.... Hope you continue to get better....
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Thank you!
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Was thinking about you today! Hope you are doing well!
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Thanks for checking on me. I'm doing ok so far. It's no walk in the park but definitely not unbearable. It's 5am and I haven't had a pain pill since 7 last night so hopefully I'm done with those. I too have a toilet seat riser that has been a life saver!
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The first 4-5 days are the worse, when younstandbremembernto use your leg muscles and hold tight to a pillow or have someone give you a lift. My lift chair and toilet seat riser was a god send. Weaned off the narcs after day 4 they made me feel worse. Take your nausea meds as soon as you wake up.... Just some tips that helped me.
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It's so hard to just use my legs. My back is killing me already. :( I know it will be worth it but I'm ready for this week to be over!!
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Made it to the flat side! Hardest part is getting up and down. One I'm doing it's just a dull pain. I'll try to post some afters. Thanks for all your support!
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This was the same surgery I had. Hope you are doing ok. Can't wait to see post op pics!
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I can't get it to let me post after pics from my phone.
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Happy healings :)
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Just packed for my stay with mom next week. Can't believe it's almost here! 2 days and a wake up. I'm so lucky my parents are retired and have agreed to let me stay with them while I recover. The Dr's office called today to make sure I knew to be there by 11:30 on Monday. They said to take one of my antibiotics Sunday night and nothing to eat or drink after midnight.... man that seems like a long time to go without a drink. My surgery isn't until 12:30! My best friend had a BL with Aug on Wednesday and is doing amazing! we are using the same doc so I'm feeling much better about everything. I realize the TT is much more invasive than the BL and aug but I'm just happy to know I won't be dying with that pain on top of the TT. I'll check in again after surgery!
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I am Tuesday so we will keep up. I am having the same exact things TT and breast lift/reduction. Will say a prayer tonight for you!!
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Yes Definitly! Stay in touch. I'm expecting the worst so hopefully reality will be better than what I have imagined. I know it will be worth it in the end! Good luck tomorrow.
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Had my Pre-op call yesterday. Won't be long now! 5 days and a wake up!!
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Good luck!!! I just had my procedure done by Dr Ratliff and he did amazing work. You should end up pleased!! I did TT and BL. He wouldn't do an implant at the same time because my girls were toooooo droopy ha ha. But the lift looks awesome! So happy!! Good luck to you!! Not too long now.
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