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I love this website, let me say that! The candor and pictures, tips etc I think is what made feel better about making the "heck yes" decision. I have three consults over the next two weeks.. (2 on Monday and then 1 the following week). I'm kind of annoyed at the cost just for the consults but I guess it is what it is. The three places I have: Dr. Marosn at Bellevue Plastic Surgeons, Athenix in Bellevue and Dr. Downey in Seattle.
A few questions I have are..
1. Has anyone been to any of the above and would you recommend them.
2. what's some questions (besides the normal ones) I should ask?
3. I do have stretch marks and a lovely layer of fat I want removed, but was thinking.. if I just get the lipo done, would I be able to get a "mini" TT instead of the normal one?
4. After having done your surgery, would you do it again?
Ok that's all I have for now. I'll post pics later.
I went to Bellevue plastic Surgery, the fee was $75 for the consult but the news I got was different then expected. I originally thought I would need a tummy tuck no questions. However the dr. recommend just lipo in the troubled areas (stomach/upper/lower) and some of the skin would tighten back up a bit. My #1 goal is how I look in clothes. The marks would be a HUGE bonus to go away , but i'm focused on the gut/pooch that area. The down side, his quote was over $10K!!! I about passed OUT! ha.
My second consult was at Athenix Body Sculpting in Bellevue. They were AMAZING, answered every question, talked about stuff I didn't even know I needed to know and gave the same advice as the first place. If I had to pick right now, Anthenix is my #1 choice. The price was $5K.
Basically, I have my pre-op next week. (I can update more on that after my apt). I decided to just go with two areas as my upper abs aren't bad. I just look like I'm 5 months pregnant ALL the time.. basically from the bottom of my ribs down. It's horrific! After about 6 months or so, I can then decide if I want to have the "skin" that's left over removed. The benefit of doing this in two phases.. the normal tummy tuck is hip bone to hip bone scaring. The way I've decided.. the scar will only be as wide as the lose skin (if I have any after) but looking at it, shouldn't be no more then a few inches wide. (less then 6). However like I said before my biggest focus is on how I look in clothes. Next steps.. swimsuit ! ha Hey.. one can dream!! :)
Pre Opt is tomorrow
Pre Op update and Pics
Pros of the preop.. lots of information!! Stuff that seems common sense but good to hear again. There were a LIST of OTC medications that you can't take two weeks prior to the date of. Normal stuff I take when ever.. ie. Advil.. aspirin, etc. I understand the jest of what to expect: sore, bruising, etc. She covered not taking the compression garments for 24 hours and I could actually (assuming I feel like it) take a walk the next morning. She said walking actually helps with the swelling and healing. Guess who's walking the next day! Also, for those who've heard of it (I had to google it my self) they recommend Arnica Montana to help with being sore, swelling and bruising. Random but it's a pro for me.. they gave me my prescriptions prior.. antibiotic, anti nausea and pain pills. I was able to get them filled and it's one less thing I have to worry about leading up to the magic day.
CONS: The wait was INSANE!! I sat in a paper thong and stupid paper bra for an HOUR while the dr. was in the or. SO.. it sucked waiting as I had to leave work in the middle of the day and was kind of in a rush. HOWEVER, I did admire his not wanting to rush the surgery he was currently in until it was perfect. Bonus.. if you go with them, they offer 3 free Velashape sessions. (http://athenixbody.com/advanced-body-sculpting-techniques/non-surgical-options/)
I've added new pics. I took a few at home when I woke up. (excuse my mess in the pic ha. I'm packing to head to new Orleans and ALSO carpet cleaners are coming so I had to pile everything on my bed ha) So you can see the "pooch" is just stupid and it gets bigger the day goes on .. and some days I seriously look like I'm 5-6 months pregnant. UGH.. It's like a pocket of fat.. just sitting right there... just to annoy me! ha.
T- 10 days till surgery
This week is THE WEEK!
So.. with that being said.. FOUR MORE DAYS! During my pre op apt .. I was given a list of OTC stuff I couldn't take the week prior, however I had a migraine that put my on my butt for two days and couldn't help it.. I HAD to take something. Need to call the office when they open and see if that will ruin my day on Friday. I soooooo hope not!
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the moms!!! Mine was AMAZING! We did the Color Run which we were a MESS after, had lunch and then volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house by the Children's Hospital. I was SO blessed I had all three of my boys (even the 19 year olds) helping.. so blessed they are healthy so for me.. volunteering was the only way I saw fit to celebrate that. Over all best Mom's Day to date ha. :) Oh and I wore a tiara all day.. ALL Day. Three boys and a sig other were just like.. thank GOD this is only once a year haha
Tomorrow tomorrow I'll love ya tomorrow.. its' only a DAY AWAY!!
1st Post Op Update... 5 hrs post op
One question I have.. the CG. Right now it actually feels loose. Like when I remove all the pads it's not going to be tight enough to really "compress" anything. Is that normal? Did anyone else have that? I guess reading and research everyone keeps saying how tight and uncomfortable, etc but really, it just feels like i'm wearing shorts and a tank.. not tight but not falling off. I for sure have room in there ha.
I will update tomorrow with pictures! :) Hope everyone's Friday is going amazing!!
Post op pics
1day post op..
2 days post op
The swelling is mostly in my lower abs down on to my vagina. I seriously have the fattest vagina this side of the Mississippi! :) ohhh and for those who haven't had surgery yet... The pee hole in the CG is awesome... Except when ur bits and pieces hang out all day long. My other half cracks up at my ass fat handging out the hole in the back! :) wearing boy short panties is a must for me! I've been taking the arnica Montana religiously and I swear it's working. I only have bruising on my sides and the spots are smaller then my palm. Huge win with that stuff. Hope everyone Sunday is going amazing!!
Update 2 days post
3 Days post.. back to work
My lower abs, belly button and down are really swollen today, most so far since surgery. Not sure if I need to drink more water, walk more etc. Did anyone take water pills to help with swelling? I'm thinking at lunch I might run and pick some up. I did take my measurements last night, funny because i'm "wider" now, which I know is swelling but it's funny to see. Random I have zero appetite, which for me is RARE! Having a house fully of boys I'm always eating, but my last "real" meal was Friday after I left the clinic. Granted I've had a bit of something here and there. Not sure if it's the meds or just not feeling it right now. My leaking is done. I meant to post that yesterday. Friday and Saturday were bad! every time I moved it was leaking and I was changing pads. However, I wore just typical panty liners to cover my incisions yesterday... all day .. no leaking. I "tried" not to take any pain meds yesterday.. but ended up taking 1/2 mid day. I brought 1/2 of a pill today to work with me just in case. So over all.. it's going really good. Bending is the hardest thing, pain is easing it's way out, no leaking and the swelling isn't horrible. I'll post pics here in a little bit. :) Happy Monday Everyone!
5 days and this is the worst I've felt. :(
However, to be honest.. that's been my only complaint.. so in the scheme of things, it's minor. I'm so thankful for the very little bruising and pain that's almost gone.
Two Weeks Post Op
Ok sorry for not updating in awhile.. gesh.. time flies by! ha.
My 1 week post op was not this past Friday but the one before. It was seriously a 2 minute deal. Just walked in said Hey, doing ok, they didn't' actually look at anything , asked if I had any questions and that was it. I did mention the pain oddly enough was getting worse, but she said it's normal. She also said as I the pain eased to start the massaging in circle to break up any scar tissue that might be starting to form. The best news is.. the big black compression suit, she said I didn't have to wear any longer. The swelling was very low and no bruising, so she said she'd down grade it to a simple wrap around and call it good. The down side of that one.. it's bulky and you can't wear it under clothes. :( I did order a Lipo Foam and wear it while I sleep under my new CG, LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I think i'll keep wearing it even after hey say I don't' have too. I love how comfortable and flat my stomach is when I wake up! winner winner chicken dinner!
This past week, it's been going ok. The day after surgery I was 8 lbs heavier, which I assumed was bloating etc.. but I'm still 8 lbs heavier which I don't understand. I have started to massage in little circles to keep the scar tissue down... I've only found 3 very small knots on my left side, where there's really no fat on top of the muscle. Like if I tighten my muscled there I can feel the knots. Does that make sense? None the less, massaging hurt like heck! I'm still really sore to touch, not to move and my skin is still numb which feels very weird :) I just keep telling my self, it's only been two weeks it's normal ha. As I look today am about 80% happy with how everything is.. there's a "donut" area around my belly button that I wish he would of taken more out of.. it's still that round pudgy kind of thing.. but we'll see. I know everyone says it can take months.. but man I'm so excited already how quickly it's gone.. I guess I got spoiled ha I will post pictures this evening.
I am pretty happy with my results so far. The procedure went quick and easy, no real issue at ALL, very limited swelling and almost ZERO bruising! I would say that Dr. Bullis really knows what he's doing if he can do a procedure and just days later, no one can tell at all, they only see the results and ask "wow, how did you do it". To learn more about him: http://athenixbody.com/the-athenix-difference/our-physicians/w-john-bullis-m-d/ He was very polite, professional, answered my 100 questions and was just all around very personable. The day of the procedure, he came in.. marked me up then headed to the OR. The office was pretty quiet that day, but even during my in and out of sleep I could hear him talking and saying oh I like this or I'll do a little more here etc.. so to me.. he wanted his best work, which is a huge win for me! ha