5 Week P/O **Pics**
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I'm 29, a mom to two children (youngest being 8...
- 29 Dec 2012
- 25 days pre
I'm 29, a mom to two children (youngest being 8 months old), and I have a scheduled breast augmentation/lift surgery scheduled in January. I couldn't be more ecstatic as these kids have "sucked" the life right out of the girls ;P. However, I'm super concerned about the recovery period. My son, being so young, obviously isn't walking yet and needs to picked up and carried. Is it realistic to think that a weeks worth of help will get me through the painful days and I'll be okay on my own shortly after the procedure? Are there any tricks to lifting these little guys during recovery or is this terrible timing?!
I'm just going to go for it! After reading many,...
- 1 Jan 2013
- 23 days pre
Post-op is TOMORROW and I still haven't made a...
- 16 Jan 2013
- 8 days pre
I had the pre-op today! Only AFTER canceling...
- 18 Jan 2013
- 6 days pre
Holy cannoli, surgery is TOMORROW! I have to be...
- 23 Jan 2013
- 1 day pre
If anyone has tips on what to tell their 3yr old about the surgery LMK! She is very inquisitive and doesn't miss a beat. I don't want to lie to her, but I don't want her sharing my business with her entire school either, haha!!
Prayers needed for tomorrow- so anxious I could puke! Ahhhhhh!
Day 3 post-op: I feel amazing! I'm still taking...
- 26 Jan 2013
- 2 days post
Let me rewind back to surgery day. I arrived at the surgery center @ 6:15 am and was in the pre-op area for about an hour or so. They started the IV and got me all snuggled up in warm blankets while we waited for my PS to come mark me. Once she arrived, I showed her a picture of my dream boobies that she hung up in the OR. The nurses walked me to the OR where I got on the table and pretty much blacked out!
The surgery was 3hrs long but only felt like 3 minutes! I was in recovery for about an hour and a half. It doesn't normally take that long but I had a hard time waking up. I never once felt nauseous, which was a huge concern of mine! Once I got home I slept all afternoon. I had a little bit of dinner and then back to bed.
I had my first post-op appt the next morning @ 8:30. My PS took off the ace bandage and removed the gauze pads so I could get a sneak peak; LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!! Any hesitation I had before surgery flew out the window. I'm not sure what I expected to see, but it sure wasn't anything that looked THAT good this early :)
I might have over-done it yesterday as I'm experiencing a warm, burning sensation under my left breast. I spoke with the doc about it this morning and she seems to believe it's some nerves starting to wake up. I, of course, imagined the worst and just KNEW my incision was opening :P Glad that's not the case!!
As far as sleeping arrangements go, I've stayed in our bed with three pillows behind me and one on either side to rest my arms on. It hasn't been awful. I set my alarm to take the pain meds during the night so I don't feel too terrible when I wake in the morning.
Next post-op is on the 31st and I should be getting the tape off by then. Anxious to see the incisions considering an anchor lift can be pretty intense!
Overall, loving the twins and so glad I went through with it :D
Post-op Day 4- Feeling good and have a much...
- 27 Jan 2013
- 3 days post
Today was great! My PS changed out the tape over...
- 31 Jan 2013
- 7 days post
It's been a little over 2 weeks since I had my...
- 10 Feb 2013
- 17 days post
Anywho, I had been dreading the day where I had to remove all the tape from the incisions b/c I had no idea how I was going to react seeing the scars. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! From what I could tell, everything looked to be healed. My main concern was how the vertical incision would look from the Anchor Lift. It's much lighter than expected with no scabbing or rough areas (course, I'm the palest I've ever been so I'm sure that helps with the coloring!)
As far as the size and shape of the areolas- I couldn't be happier! They are small and cute and symmetrical :) The right nipple has feeling, the left, not so much. I have hope that it'll come back though. If it doesn't, it wouldn't ruin my life.
I'm a little on the fence about the current breast shape. My right breast has dropped more than the left, which I'm completely obsessing over. I've emailed my PS to see if there are any special massages/exercises/strap wearing that I can do to get the left one to drop too. I'm hoping in the next week or so they'll match again!
I've been told I can wear any sort of compression bra during the day, and to sleep with a tight sports bra and strap at night. I actually went to VS the get measured last week too. I knew to take what they said with a grain of salt, but I expected to hear what I heard, so I'm not surprised. She said 34C or 34 small D. I was hesitant to purchase anything just in case I'm left with less than expected once the girls are in their final "resting place" :)
After week one, I was sleeping flat on my back again without using all the extra pillows to prop with. After week two, I was sleeping on my side for a bit (yay)!
I was cleared to start back exercising after my one week p/o, which was shocking but oh so good to hear- I was having withdrawals. I'm doing mostly lower body and jogging short distances, biceps and triceps. I plan on waiting a little longer to do any chest or back. (Although, I only have 8 weeks until our ADULT ONLY vacay so I'm not sure how much longer I'll want to wait before working ALL the body again)!
I haven't started putting any scar reducing products on my incisions yet, but if you know of anything fabulous- PLEASE SHARE!
All in all, recovery thus far has been much easier than expected.
Like myself, I'm sure most of you ladies are still...
- 12 Feb 2013
- 19 days post
Wow! I'm four weeks p/o and things have really...
- 24 Feb 2013
- 1 month post
Not too much to update other than the fact that I...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 1 month post
I'm going to start putting Mederma on the scars just as soon as I can pick some up tomorrow. I'll do before and after pics to see if its really making a difference a few weeks down the line.
I've posted some 5 week pictures (I swear they're looking bigger as the weeks go on!) Maybe it's just wishful thinking though. The 300/325 HP has certainly been perfect for my active lifestyle: running, weights, babies, etc, but when I get dressed in "big girl" clothes I would LOVE to have more to show off ;).
6 months p/o
- 16 Jul 2013
- 6 months post
Now at 6 months out, they seem to have found their "home." I've done every activity I used to do and feel comfortable, and sleeping on my stomach is an option again :)
This was definitely the best thing I could have done for myself after having children. If you're on the fence- just do it!! You won't regret it!
I researched online and went to two office consultations with a third lined up. I felt so comfortable with the fist doctor that I canceled my third consult and went with my gut instinct. I'm feel 100% comfortable with the surgeon I chose. She was very detail oriented and mentioned things that the second doctor didn't address on. Her before and after pictures were stunning and her staff were warm and welcoming!