Hi All! My name is Beth and I am a 28 year old...
I've wanted to get a TT for a while now - pretty much since I hit my goal weight and realized I had an "apron" that wouldn't go away without surgery. What held me back until now is that I was too embarrassed to talk to a doctor about it, and I thought I couldn't do the procedure prior to having kids. But, I'm young and have worked hard to get where I am health wise, and feel like I deserve to be happy in my own skin. The future pregnancy thing was my biggest concern, and something I addressed with every doctor I've had a consultation with. I'm told that it's OK to go ahead with the procedure even if I do want kids in the future, and while they can't predict the results post pregnancy (just as they can't with anyone who gets pregnant), they can say that I will bounce back better than I would if I didn't have this procedure.
I consulted with three different doctors, and had a really hard time deciding between the first and third consultations I went to. After making a long list of pros and cons, comparing surgery date availability and cost, I finally made a decision to go with the first doctor I saw and liked very much. I've been really impressed with the entire staff in the office, and they were able to provide me with the phone number of a patient who had this same procedure done with him in September after going through major weight loss who is about my age.
I'm hoping to book the surgery this week for July 29 - which is just over two months away! I am SO excited for the after, but obviously nervous about the procedure itself. I'm thinking that I won't need too much muscle repair since I've not been pregnant and am pretty strong underneath all this extra skin/fat, so hopefully the recovery won't be too bad.
I've been pouring over these forums for months and finally decided to share my own journey. I also have a blog you can check out at BethsJourney.com where I will be documenting the process, but I plan to update here too to connect with so many people going through the same thing!
Surgery Date Set!
Recliner v. Hospital Bed
Thanks in advance!
6 weeks til pre-op!
Pre Op DONE!
But my pre-op was last Thursday and it is so surreal that the surgery is so close - two weeks from today! I am now paid in full and am just trying to get all my ducks in a row to be ready before the surgery. I ordered Arnica tablets yesterday on Amazon because my surgeon advised me to take those one week before surgery to help with recovery, and I also found out I am getting those little anti nausea patches to put behind my ear that they will apply during surgery. Supposedly those help a lot when you come out of anesthesia, but we'll see!
Two more weeks!
Here's what I got:
- Zofran (nausea)
- anti-nausea patch for behind the ear
Over the counter:
- Arnica tablets
- Shower bench
- Breakfast tray (for meals and computer)
- body wipes (for sponge baths)
- face wash wipes
What am I missing??
One Week to Go!!
It's struck me recently as I've been reading other people's reviews that I have never in my life had a body like what I should have after surgery. A lot of people want their pre pregnancy bodies back, and I haven't even had kids yet and can't stand to be in my own skin. I have been obsessing about belly buttons lately, and really like my PS's work, but I'm not going to bring in a photo because I don't want to be disappointed if it doesn't look exactly like it. I can't wait to have an actually bb and not just a gross overhang of skin like I do now!
What did you all do to pass the time in the week leading up to your surgery (besides of course pour over these forums...)?
PO Day 3 - Ouch
I came out of anethesia fine and didn't feel nauseous at all, which was a huge relief. He procedure ended up taking almost 5 hours, and I woke up dressed in my compression garment as well as the clothes I wore to surgery. I felt surprisingly great after surgery and was home by about 2pm. My mom is staying with me for the week, and my boyfriend came over that night to check in with me as well and I was so alert and with it, that even I was surprised.
Then around 8:30pm I hit the wall, and hard. I was in so much pain that getting up or moving was excruciating, and taking 2 Vicodin every 4 hours was doing nothing. I was up in pain most of the night, and my mom called the doctor around 2am to see if he had any suggestion for relief because I was literally in tears. He had her loosen the compression garment because I was basically busting out at the seams, and also said to take 3 Vicodin every 6 hours to see if that helped. He also said to come back to the office as soon as I wanted to after 6:45 am, but after taking the Vicodin and a Xanax, I was able to pass out for several hours.
Tuesday I woke up in excruciating pain, so I went back to the doctor and they removed my compression garment. I turned completely white and started profusely sweating, so I didn't even get to see the results from the surgery at all since I had to lay down so I didn't pass out which was a bummer. Getting that compression garment put back on and then stuffed with foam was one of the most painful things I've ever experienced, but it had to be done.
They also changed my pain meds from Vicodin to OxyContin and Percocet, and since then the pain has been much more manageable. I have been sleeping a lot during the day and getting up on my own to use the bathroom several times a day. It's now day 3 post op and I still have not had a bowel movement, which I think is what's causing me the most pain right now! I feel so bloated and swollen and gurgley in my tummy, I just can't wait to get it out. The doc made me try this cocktail yesterday - 4 oz. enema, 4 oz. apple juice, and 1 shot of vodka and I had to drink it and it was NASTY. To make matters worse, it also didn't help with the BM. I was also told to take some laxatives last night, which also did not help, so I'm sort of at a loss for what to do right now. My mother is out buying glycerin suppositories now, so hopefully those will help solve the problem, but we shall see.
So far, this has been way more excruciating than I ever imagined it would be. I am walking completely hunched over and am having a really hard time getting comfortable. I have no appetite, which is really tough since I need to eat to take all the meds, so I've been drinking tons of protein drinks. Hopefully I'll have a BM soon and things will start looking up for me!
Turned the Corner
Day 5 PO
At this point, I've switched to Tylenol only for pain since the narcotics were causing me to be so constipated, and that was causing more discomfort than the surgery itself. I definitely still feel sore, but the pain itself has subsided a lot since the first few days post op.
Yesterday I also had clots in my drains, so I had to have the clots removed since the drains weren't draining fluid since they were clogged. During the unclogging process, one of the drains must have gotten punctured because it stopped working and started filling up with air. I spoke to my doctor and he said the drains are placed in the abdomen so they can both drain any fluid from anywhere, so at this point in my recovery one is fine since its basically serving as backup at this point anyway. I went this morning and they removed the one that wasn't working and i didn't even feel it coming out! I was dreading it but it wasn't bad at all!
Feeling so good!
I write a lot about my journey on my regular blog and posted a ton of pictures on there today, mostly comparison shots of the ones above. you can see the other blog posts here IF you're interested: bethsjourney.com/plastic-surgery
First Ever Bikini
Feeling so good
PO Day 17 (updated pics)
Side by Side
One Month PO
I absolutely LOVE Dr. Ruff. He was so patient, attentive, and caring during my consultation and pre-op appointment. He answered every question I had and was very thorough in his explanations so I left feeling so good and excited. He nails that fine line between confidence and cockiness, and is a very talented surgeon with an amazing staff. I've been impressed with everything from the reception area to the surgical center, and from the receptionist to the doctor himself. He is also an amazingly skilled surgeon. I am so impressed with my progress so soon after the procedure and how quickly I've healed! He called me from his personal cell phone the night of surgery to check in and answered a call in the middle of the night when I was in a lot of pain. Highly, highly, highly recommend.