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Day 22 Post-Op - Virginia Beach, VA
- posted 5 months ago
- updated 4 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $14,000
- James Carraway, MD (Virgina Beach, VA)
I have never really had a flat tummy, at least not...
- 28 Dec 2012
- 4 days pre
I have never really had a flat tummy, at least not that I remember. I am married to a wonderful man, and I have two beautiful girls, ages four and six. My husband is in the Navy, and I am homeschooling my first grader.
So, for my body history...I am 4'11". We had a hard time getting pregnant in the beginning. I gained about 15 pounds from the emotional roller coaster of thinking/hoping to be pregnant every month (from 105ish to 120ish). Then I had the miscarriage, and gained an additional 20 pounds. Then, I got pregnant with my oldest daughter. So, I was 40ish pounds up when I got pregnant, then gained an additional 26. I nursed her and joined Weight Watchers, and lost baby weight plus 20. Then I got pregnant (1st month trying) with my youngest daughter. I gained 28, then lost it plus an additional 20 by nursing plus Weight Watchers and Atkins.
Anyway, I have a c-section scar, loose skin, saggy boobs and plenty of fat. I am apple-shaped and carry my weight in my middle. Even at 100 pounds, there is a muffin-top. I am NOT at 100 anymore. :( At 105, I wear a 3/4. At 112, I am at the top end of a 6 (what I weigh now). I gained 10 pounds this summer, and can't seem to take it off. I was so good in FL over Thanksgiving, eating no carbs and running, and it took a month to lose 1 pound. I got so frustrated that I basically gave up trying to lose weight beforehand. Why ruin Christmas for nothing, right? I am pretty depressed about my weight, and am at a loss as to which diet would actually work for me these days. I would like to fit back into my size 3/4 jeans before jeans season is over.
I am very alternative when it comes to health issues. A good friend and I were very active in Le Leache League together, and we nursed our babies for extended (2+ years) periods. We used to fantasize about getting our breasts lifted after we were done. Well, she went and did it last June, and I decided that I would too. When I saw her surgeon, we decided on the breast lift/augmentation and a tummy tuck. I was brought to tears (happy) thinking that I would finally not be worried about my belly fat anymore. I scheduled my surgery for January 16th. As time went on, my friend developed some complications from her breast surgery: double bubble and them falling onto her arms when she laid down. Also, I never really liked the shape of them, and I felt that her Benelli lift was not adequate, which is what he wanted to do to mine. He revised her, and she loves them now, but I went to another surgeon for a consult. He was recommended by a lady at church who used him for face surgery. He has no books of pictures of his work to look at, so I just have to trust that he is as good as his patients say he is. He is the plastic surgeon at the local medical school EVMS. He is in his 70's, and I like that he has 40+ years of experience doing these procedures. I scheduled surgery with him on January 2, and was given a military discount, along with a slow month (December) discount. They were full already, so she extended me the discount for January 2, too. :) So, I canceled my other surgery with the other surgeon.
I have had a heck of a time trying to find pictures of what breasts I want. I am petite, and have had larger (32D) breasts since I was finished growing. So, I am starting out with that, and would like to be as big as I was when nursing. I wore a 32F when nursing. Trying to figure out implant size has been challenging. I have been to the office twice to try on sizers. I am pretty sure that he is going to insert 450 cc high profile silicones. I finally found a picture to print, so we will see. I just have a fear of not going big enough, since the biggest regret of women getting implants is wishing they went bigger. The nurse said that I could go bigger than 450, but I don't know...
So, my surgery is in 5 days. I am supposed to start my period sometime soon. I wish I tracked that better. Sometimes I am clockwork at 28 days, and other months it is more. I will be staying in a hotel for 3 nights with nursing care afterwards. I need to buy some pads, I guess. I think I have some of those hospital ones from childbirth left. I usually use the Diva cup, but I am thinking that I won't be able to insert or remove it post-op. I will take it with me, just in case I can. I am hoping that I start soon, so I won't be dealing with my heavy day post-op.
My parents are coming up for New Years on Sunday. Dad is leaving sometime, and Mom is staying until the 13th. She will take my 4 year old to preschool and homeschool my first grader for me. She is an elementary guidance counselor, so she will enjoy being involved with her education.
I am sorry for being long winded earlier, and...
- 31 Dec 2012
- 2 days pre
I have been getting all of my vitamins and...
- 1 Jan 2013
- 1 day pre
I had my surgery yesterday (Wednesday). I was in...
- 3 Jan 2013
- 1 day post
I have been in a hotel since I went I left the surgery center. I have 24 hour nursing care, which is nice. I have not thrown up, but I have seen stars and almost fainted. I will try to post a picture.
I have some catching up to do. I stayed in the...
- 6 Jan 2013
- 4 days post
So, the doctor didn't do the lift because my skin was stretched already with the implants. I was upset at first, but am glad now. The skin is tight with all of the swelling. I have a history of getting stretch marks, and the last thing I want are long pink stretch marks on my new boobies.
I have not taken a shower yet. When I do, I will take pictures.
My biggest complaints have been back pain from lying down, headaches and not sleeping well. I can't take ibuprofen and acetaminophen isn't cutting it. Caffeine helps in the morning. The Resteril the doc gave me to sleep isn't strong enough to last more than a couple of hours. DH will call the PS today and try to get some relief.
I have pooped twice. The nurse at the hotel wasn't in a hurry because she didn't want me to have to use those abdominal muscles. I took my ionic magnesium Friday night and had an easy bm with no straining Saturday morning.
I hope all who had surgery this week are healing nicely. All of you with surgery
coming up this week, you will do great! It is all worth it. :)
So. I learned that we should NEVER take Imitrex...
- 8 Jan 2013
- 6 days post
Today is the first day that my hubby will be gone for a full day of work. My mom is here with me, though. I have been feeling pretty good today so far, other than the swelling.
Happy healing, Ladies!
I have not posted because I guess I didn't want to...
- 11 Jan 2013
- 9 days post
I have lots of bruising from the Lovenox injections he had me taking for the past week. I took pictures today. I am not thrilled with my breasts. They are not the shape that I wanted, but I am praying that after the swelling goes down and after the lift, that they will be what I had hoped for. I am also still bruised and swollen all over my tummy.
Oh well, now I will just wait it out. I just hope that my experience helps someone else.
Back on Thursday I went to a post-op appointment....
- 13 Jan 2013
- 11 days post
Last night I went to Target and bought a few stretchy non-underwire regular bras. I am so tired of not really knowing what my new boobs look like under clothes because the compression bras flatten them out. I still think that they are big, but they aren't as obnoxious as I was thinking.
I decided to quit taking my Demerol last night. I didn't take one before bed. I have just been taking ibuprofen since. There just seems to be pressure on my breasts, now. I wonder if that ever goes away. I still get a little pain when I lift my arms. My TT incision doesn't bother me at all.
My mom left today. I drove her to the airport myself. Driving was a little uncomfortable. I didn't help with any of her bags. I actually wore jeans and a normal shirt today. I didn't notice people staring at me, so my boobs must not be that big. My loving husband took next week off to help me get back into the swing of things. A friend is bringing us dinner tomorrow. I suppose I am going to have to start cooking again sometime.
Happy healing to everyone! Happy waiting to everyone else.
I was wearing the soft Playtex and Hanes bras I...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 15 days post
I am stir crazy, so I went back to church last...
- 20 Jan 2013
- 18 days post
The only pain that I can complain of from the last few days is sternum aching, lipo pain on upper half of stomach, and crease incision pain when my CG zipper hits it.
So, I never asked my PS about bras. Last time I saw him, he released me and said that I could do whatever I wanted, breast-wise. So, while I enjoyed the comfort of the soft, flexible Hanes and Playtex bras, I was not thrilled with the shape of my breasts in them. So, I tried on the 34DD bra that I was wearing before the MM. It is an underwire bra with molded cups that supported my saggy boobs, even though I did not fill out the top part of the cups anymore (I did at the end of nursing last baby). My new breasts are a little bigger than my bra, so the underwire don't sit on the creases. They hit a little below when sitting, and helps keep top of my CG off my incisions. My breasts are perfectly round in it. I did enjoy taking the bra off before bed, and I am really enjoying them being free. The more I go braless, the more they are growing on me. They are completely soft and I think that most of the swelling is gone. I am thinking about skipping the lift for now. They are so pretty without the scars...
My PS didn't cut my pectoral muscles to insert my implants. He created the pocket by moving and separating the muscle fibers and fascia. I think that technique has shortened my recovery time. Also, I take tons of supplements and homeopathic remedies. I ordered pre and post-op vitamins from makemeheal.com.
DH and I have been acting like teenagers. We've been doing it every day for awhile now. He loves the new girls, and frankly, I love the attention. Lingerie hides the CG well.
Yesterday I was 3 weeks post op. My post op...
- 24 Jan 2013
- 22 days post
My boobs are really itchy all over. I have to be conscious of scratching. I created tiny sores from scratching them. Now, whenever they are itchy I rub coconut oil all over them. That seems to really help. I also rub it on my tummy after a shower. One time I rubbed my Shea butter cream on my girls instead. I was rewarded with breaking out on my cleavage. Nice.
I went to the chiropractor yesterday. Lying face down on the table was interesting. She gave me a pregnant belly pillow to put over tummy. That helped. Was just uncomfortable. I am hoping that the adjustment helps with my headaches.
I hope that you all are healing smoothly.
Those of you waiting for the big day, it's all worth it. :)
My Doctor: James Carraway, MD
Dr. Carraway is the PS for Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is an expert witness who testifies in botched plastic surgery trials. People come from out of town to have him fix other surgeon's work. He came highly recommended by some friends of mine who had used him for work they had done. He is older, and has 40+ years experience. In my opinion and in this field, that is a very positive attribute. I did not consider any surgeons that were younger than 60. I have been quite pleased with all decisions that he had liberty to make.