TT, Larger Breasts and Upper Arm Lift After Being Overweight child and a Chubby Adult - Voorhees, NJ

Hello! I'm 38 years old, married with two kids who...

Hello! I'm 38 years old, married with two kids who were both large babies. I was a fat kid and have see-sawed in weight +/- 20 lbs since I was 13. After my second child turned two I started working out and fell in love with it.
I would love to lose 15 lbs but I haven't had the willpower to be on a strict diet. I work out intensely 3-4 x a week each session for 90-120 minutes but will never get rid of the excess skin.
After much research I knew I wanted a full TT, breast implants and something done about my saggy upper arms. I had a few consults and knew my PS was the right one after I left. He was very professional and I could see his perfectionist mindset. He was very forthcoming about the results I could expect. His office manager is so wonderful as is his nurse.
Oh- I am 5'5 and 135 lbs.

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Thank you for starting your story here on RealSelf! Your big day is coming right up. Here's a list of recovery supplies you might find helpful. Keep us in the loop!
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Thank you so much Angiemcc!
Hello, Good luck with your surgery, can't wait to hear about your journey.!!!
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Mommy makeover countdown - less than 2 weeks!

I am starting to get really excited and scared about the recovery! Up until now I haven't been nervous but the pain and discomfort I'll go through is freaking me out a little. The BA isn't as nervewracking as the brachioplasty and TT. I figure that I won't be able to lift my arms very high for a while and wondering how difficult it will be to get up to go to the bathroom.
I have all my supplies, just need to do some grocery shopping the day before! I keep looking at the other ladies reviews and seeing how beautiful they look to get me through this fear!

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I didn't get that but I could imaging you will be needing help pushed forward. I heavily rely on my elbows now to get me up and the momentum from my leg swinging. I'm anxious to see your recovery I was debating a thigh lift but though I'd be over doing it all at the same time!! Your so close now :) time for sleepless nights and nerves to kick in!!!
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Keep working out until your surgery day! I did cardio kickboxing 3 days a week and karate 2 days week and boy did it help me after surgery. After having the TT, you learn to use your leg strength a ton! Honestly, if I didnt work out, I would have been worse off. Good Luck to you. :-)
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Thank you so much! These past few days I haven't felt super motivated to work out so your comment helps!

SX tomorrow!

Hello everyone! I spent today grocery shopping and cleaning the house. Just went for a run and will cuddle with the kids till bedtime.
The nurse called to let me know I have a 6:30 arrival time. She read off all the procedures and then said "whew, good thing you are young and healthy! You know you will be here for a long time?" That made me a little uneasy!
Hoping I can sleep tonight :)

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Goodluck :)
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Wishing you all the best tomorrow!!
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I am sending lots of happy and positive energy your way. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for your surgery tomorrow. Enjoy cuddling with your babies.
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SX day - flat side

Hello everyone! I had my SX this morning, went in 6:30 and got home around 4.
When I woke up I felt awful pain in my entire front torso. Worse than I expected, a burning sensation near my bikini line incision and strong stabbing pain higher up. And the nausea was bad! She injected me with some more anti nausea as I was already wearing a patch behind my ear. Moving from the gurney to a medical chair was not only hard work, but the fear of ripping something was worse. I feel sewed up very tight!
My Hubby and Mom got me settled in at home - the pain and sleepiness and super dry mouth were my main after effects. Drinking lots of water but it makes me pee which is hard to move to bathroom. The EZ pee funnel is a lifesaver!
Forced myself to eat a pretzel and Popsicle so I didn't get nauseous from Perocet.
Had two naps since I got home and will try to stay up so I can sleep tonight.
I will try to take photos and upload tomorrow!
Hope. Everyone is doing well! Sorry for typos

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Thx for all your good luck messages! Will write more tomorrow
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Postoperative: day 1

Hi everyone! Today was my first full day after SX. Extremely sore at the incision and torso area. Boobs little to no pain and arms only hurt when I use them to get up and down, I have 4 drains and a pain pump so will be happy to shed them!
I can't remove the binding so this photo doesn't show much. Have an appt Fri and can't wait to start wearing CG instead of this Velcro binder!

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Oh that binder is all scrunched up and uncomfortable looking. When mine got like that I opened it and re-tightened it so it wasn't scrunched and I snuck in some pics then. when its straight its much more comfortable. I am happy to hear you are doing good besides the pain. It will all be worth it!! Happy Healing
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Thank you! I have burning at incision, mostly where the drain hole is I think. Did anyone else feel burning there?

PostOp day 4

Hi everyone!
Today I woke up feeling significantly better. Day three was the worst. Pain and nausea were significant. I stopped taking the oxy bc it was making me so sick. Switched to Tylenol and Advil, alternating.
Had my first post op appt., Dr said everything looked good And he was able to remove the pain pump and 2 of the 4 drains! Removed the binder and put on a super tight CG. It took two ppl to button and zip me in. Extremely tight! Took my first shower and it was great but getting back into the CG took my Mom and I quiet a while!
The photo is me right before the Dr appt with all 4 drains and the pain pump. Will take photos next time I remove the CG.
Hope everyone is doing well!

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Oop- post op day 3!

Sorry it's day 3 not 4.

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Postop Day 4

Good morning! Woke up feelin suffocated in the full body CG. I undid the snaps and zipper in the front and laid in bed for a while taking deep breathes. Hubby took off the arms and helped me out.
Dr. said I could use the binder. So I am washing the awful CG, it is supposed to stretch and get more comfy but it feels so constricting. I had a bit of a panic attack bc everyone was sleeping and I can't get out of it by myself.
Just took 2 Tylenol and enjoying coffee -all my boys/hubby are out at football practice/games.

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Mommy makeover Post Op 1 week!

Hello everyone! It was one week ago that I had my TT, BA and mini arm lift. Took half dose of Percocet last night, although it makes me groggy and a little nauseous it was worth waking up feeling little pain. I removed my new CG to take these photos this am.
Went to PS yesterday, unfortunately the remaining two drains need to stay in until tomorrow. But the Dr and his staff are so kind, gentle and compassionate I cannot be upset. They are really amazing. The office is like being in someone's home. My Mom said the same thing.
My arm where it meets my shoulder is very sore, the incision looks good but since it is in the crease it is difficult not to use this part of my body. Boobs feel good, wish I could have gone larger but my anatomy did not allow for that without risk of a double bubble. I love my belly button and can see I need to lose a few lbs to get the definition I want. Not exercising I will need to cut back several hundred calories a day which I did not think about!
I hope everyone is doing well!

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You are looking beautiful. Everything is flat and on the road to recovery!! the sides of your TT are smooth and no signs of the over hang like I have! looks beautiful Congrats!
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Thanks time4meOR! You look amazing, I enjoy and appreciate all the videos you share with us :)
Thank you!! we are all in this together. that's the best part :)

Last day before going back to work after surgery!

Hi everyone! Now that the drains have been out I am able to drive and feel freedom! I had my BB stitches removed on Friday, the rest are dissolveable. I am happy with that the incision is so straight, it is too early to scar scar therapy. In two weeks I go back and we will discuss what to do for a flatter lighter scar. My breast are still a bit hard and high, more tender than last week. It is still very hard to stand up straight so my back is constantly sore. This week I started getting stomach cramps but nothing unmanageable. I have been taking Motrin and Aleve for the aches and pains. My arms are still pretty numb, the incision is a little sore.
The worst past is the CG - I hate it! Since I had my arms done, it is a long sleeve body suit. I do take it off when I can't take it any longer and put on some Spanx which covers the tummy but not the boobs or arms. Better than nothing!
I will post pictures tomorrow, hope everyone is doing well!

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Updated photos day 12

Took these after breakfast today to show my incision.

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Oh, the BA was the least painful and disrupting. Tightness similar to when your milk comes in from nursing. Very tender and sore but no "pain".
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Thanks ladies! The scar from the arm lift (mini brachioplasty ) is on the back side froma few inches past my armpit to about halfway down my upper arm. These scars are definitely the ugliest. I will include photos next time! Yes, getting this with the TT was super hard b/c my instinct was to use my arms to help since my tummy was so sore but I couldn't! I think my saving grace was that I have strong legs and all those get ups and squats finally paid off!
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What kind of scar placement do u hv on ur arms- I dint see d pics
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Post op day 18 - cramping swelling and itching!

Hi everyone!
I started back to work on Tuesday, it was fine until lunchtime. I felt so sick, cramping very similar to labor pains and tightness in in chest. I went home at 3pm to rest . I think the CG zipper was pushing into my belly, but because it is numb I didn't realize it was pressing into me so hard in one spot. Does that make sense? I ordered a new CG and it is much more comfortable. The one I was wearing is from the PS. Full body including arms. Eye hooks and zipper - so tight!
Wednesday I had the same pains after eating so I skipped dinner and Thursday I felt really good. I hope it was some fluke because I have not had that happen again.
My BB scab is starting to fall off and I like how it looks underneath! The past few days the area below my BB is so swollen I look 5 months prego. Very upsetting! Looks best first thing in the am but also reminds me to eat healthy and I really need to cut back on the calories since I am not doing my exercise 4x a week.
Photos taken in same bikini to be consistent, wearing the low cut bottom to show my incision line and scar. My breasts are still quiet hard, I have been massaging the past week hoping they drop and fluff! Also, I keep forgetting to take photos of my upper arms but those scars are the worst. I imagine cutting something cylindrical like an arm is much harder than a belly which is flat.
Yesterday I woke up crazy itchy! All over but no rash so I don't know if it's the anesthesia getting out of my system or what. A bit better this am, but kept me up last night!
Happy healing everyone, have a great weekend!

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You look so good!!! I am scheduled on 11/10/14 for a MM and also a mini arm lift...How is your arm lift scar? My Dr is going to try and keep mine right at/near my arm pit...I have lost 40+ lbs so I don't have a huge issue I just can't seem to firm that area with weights..
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Hi Jbird1995! Thank you so much :) I will take some photos of my arm scars and upload them so you can see. My scar runs from a inch past my arm pit (toward my back) to about 2/3 down my upper arm. Mine was also considered a "mini" but he needed to take more skin than I expected. (25 years of being chubby led to some flabby arms!) The scar there is actually worse than my belly. My analogy is that wrapping a clothing box is straight but wrapping a cylinder (like an arm) is going to be messier.
Your TT scar is perfect. flat and smooth. Looking great!
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Scars from arm lift

Hi - this is for jbird1995. Today is my 3 week mark. Hopefully scars will flatten and fade but definitely will be very noticeable.

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Thank you so much for the pictures and reply! This helps me!
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You are welcome! My arms are still numb and I cringe at the scar but still would do it again.
You're looking really toned. Glad your recovery is going well.
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One month -review in next post

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One month so happy it is past but no regrets!

Happy Sunday everyone! I had my 3 weeks check up Friday before last and started scar therapy. Massage at least once a day for 5 minutes, Dr recommended Scarguard or Mederma but I had already purchased Biocorneum and he said that was good as well. The massage is a little uncomfortable as the incisions are still tender, especially under arm area and sides of hips. I noticed yesterday that the area above my pubis is a little bruised which is funny because I had zero bruising from the surgery.
Feeling really good! At the end of the day my back is a bit hunching and sore and the incision in my armpit can get tender but no complaints. Going to start some long walks this week to prepare for getting ready for working out.
My next appointment isn't until December for my three month! I have no regrets and would recommend my Dr and his office to anyone. I am very pleased with the incision line and all the caring he and his office have shown.
Dr recommended smaller implants bc risk of double bubble but I asked he go as large as he felt comfortable so to fit it in they bellow to the side more than (I think) the average breast but I don't think anyone is really looking that hard.
Oh, went to VS for my first bra fitting. Since surgery when not wearing sports bra I was in 36B. To my huge surprise they measured me at a 34D! I was in disbelief until I tried them on and saw how the larger cup but smaller band was so much more flattering. The 36B gave me no cleavage and my boobs disappeared in the cup. Somehow the 34D give them more umph and they look so much prettier! Thank you VS lady! I wanted to get the bombshell bra bc Carli Bybel from YouTube loves them but they are so padded I looked ridiculous. The dream angels fit me best. I like the very sexy but they didn't fit me right.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!!!
P.S. Thanks to time4meor, chiklet and mommy pet - I really enjoy your reviews and videos. You are all so beautiful and you look incredible!!!!

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You look fantastic! So happy for you! Wait til you're rocking that bikini next summer! Woo hoo!
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Thanks mommy pet! Let us know how your hair color goes :)

Get measured before buying new bras!

Hi everyone!
A few weeks after surgery I tried on some of my old 36B bras and was discouraged that they still fit. So I bought one new bra and in clothes I looked exactly the same as presurgery. Last week I went to the VS store and the dressing room girl was super sweet. She asked if I wanted to be measured and I said said sure what the heck. She measured me at 32/34 D! I said no way and she asked if I would humor her and try one on. It fit perfectly and gave my boobs an instant lift. I can't believe how much the right bra size changes how your breasts look. The bombshell looked ridiculous on me but I love how the dream angels collection fits for pretty bras. For everyday use and shirt type bra the body perfect coverage is awesome.
Have a great autumn weekend everyone!

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Yay!!! So cool to have the right bras. I need to get fitted for my current size. Keep healing well :)
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Thank you!
Looking amazing!!
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