Fast forward breastfeeding 2 more kids (at the time of surgery, i had 1) and 11 years. Gravity has taken hold of them and they aren't where they used to be. I had also lost a significant amount of weight after being a yo-yo dieter over the years. My overall body is not how I pictured it should be after working so hard over the last couple of years. I had planned to have everything done in 2015.
One night in the shower, I felt a cold sensation on my right breast, looked down, and saw the significant CHANGE in it. It was going FLAT! I hollered for my husband, told him what's going on and he hopped on the internet to find out what to do. Since it was a Friday night, I had the whole weekend to stir and be sad over my one flat boob. I scoured the internet for local plastic surgeons and went over their pics for reconstruction. I did end up going to my primary care physician who gave me a referral to the military hospital to have it removed. (I'm a Navy spouse, btw). Come to find out, that surgery wouldn't be covered by my insurance anyways so we dismissed that idea. My husband was so sweet. I was panicking over the money we'd have to spend to repair it. And he tells me to just go find a surgeon and do everything now-- new implants, lift, and a full tummy tuck. If I were to get the implants removed, he knew how unhappy I would be. Love him.
Monday slowly arrives and at 9AM I start calling plastic surgeon offices to schedule consults. Most could not see me for 2 weeks! Here I am with this floating thing in my boob, and I have to wait a week or 2 to be seen? There were 2 that could see me that week so i scheduled those for Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday FINALLY arrives and we see Dr. Michael Denk. We first met his NP, Tricia, who assists him in all of his surgeries. She is very pleasant and takes a few notes about me. Dr. Denk comes in and we have a conversation about what I want. No boobs and a new body. He's VERY informative, knowledgeable, and I could tell that he is a perfectionist. We went back and forth about what type of implants and said we'll pick out the actual size later. As for the tummy tuck, he showed me where the cut would be and how it worked. I would have lipo on my hips to give me an hour glass figure and smooth things out. Goodbye muffin top! The husband and I were very comfortable with him. And although most people would shop around for docs, we were both set with him. We scheduled with his consultation pro, Kat. The total for everything was $12,000. Later, we received news that the implant manufacturer would rebate us $1000 for my defective implant. Total down to $11,000. Did I mention that Friday was my birthday??? Happy 35th Birthday to me... and mother's day.... and 4th of July, Christmas, Valentine's Day 2015, and so on. LOL
April 16th- 2 week pre-op.
We met again with Tricia and she took my horrific pictures. My right side implant has fully deflated now. So, it's very sad and flappy now. I hate it. I cannot wait for surgery day. We discuss post operative care, medications, what I'm going home with, how I should be sleeping. And we thoroughly over the need to buy SPANX to wear over the next few months to optimize my results. Who knew that the skin is shrinking up to 3-4 months after surgery? I want all that sucked in for sure!! all the lost inches i can get.
Dr. Denk comes in and we go over again what I want done and how long and what will my final result be. He assured me that I will be bikini ready in June. WHAAT? We didn't expect to hear that. My husband asked what is expected of him.. now Dr. Denk is a man's man- kinda macho, but we like that. He's a perfectionist. And he straight up tells my husband, Just be there. You'll be the target of all her pain, anger, and frustration. After the sh*t storm passes, you'll benefit from all this. Happy wife means happy life?? My husband appreciated the honesty and his blunt humor. I liked that too.
We go on to talk about after care stuff. I will have a catheter and a drain. ONE drain. I see others with two all over the internet. And he says for my husband to remove the catheter at home, with a simple cut and it will fall out. And the drain will be removed the NEXT DAY at my follow up. WHAT?? I never heard of anyone getting their drain out so soon. Of course, this is best case scenario. Some people he said, have them in a little longer, but he doesn't like to do that. I did go on and ask him how many of these procedures he does in a month. He says he's been fixing other doctor's implants more than ever lately. And he's had mommy makeovers every week just about. The next day on his schedule was another boob revision. I'm good with that. Ok, good to know!
Tricia came back in and we tried on some implants to be sure of shape. There are so many different options since I had mine. Glad my husband was there because I couldn't remember the ones that I wanted, but he was able to. Dr Denk also chimed in with what he knew I wanted and explained how during surgery, they will be putting in sizers, sitting me up, and seeing what will look best with my frame and keep me at or near the size i want. As long as they know how i want to look, that's what they will do. I want to go DOWN a size. hard to believe, but with a flatter tummy, these big boobs won't be needed as much. I'm super excited now!!