Almost 3 months still don't feel good!

Hello everyone! I'm a 40 year old mother of 3...

Hello everyone! I'm a 40 year old mother of 3 (plus 1 step-kid). I had my first daughter at 20, second at 21. I had no clue what I was doing and gained way too much weight...72lbs with the first kid! I had my third child by 25. I dieted and exercised and have lost all my weight from the kids, but have stretch marks and loose skin that just will not go away (no matter how many crunches I do). I am barely a 36B cup and hardly expanded in the breast area while I was pregnant, in fact, I think I'm even smaller than prior to having kids. I have no volume or fullness on the upper pole and they kind of changed in shape. Last year I remarried to a wonderful man that is currently deployed to Afghanistan. For my 40th bday he decided that it was time for me to feel good about me. Happy wife = Happy home!! Gotta love that man!! I am excited yet nervous. My surgery date is October 25th. I am going in for a TT with no muscle repair and a BA. Am worried about the tummy more than the BA...am on here for support so I don't drive my friends, hubby and co-workers nuts!!

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You've come to the right place! Thank you to your husband for serving this country and I'm so glad he's supportive of you. Keep us posted as your big day nears. You might want to check out this link to a checklist of supplies to get before your surgery.

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Ok, been on here allot lately and it seems that...

Ok, been on here allot lately and it seems that allot of women have complications. Some of them scare the bleep out of me! Is this the norm? I'm starting to worry if I'm making the right choice on the TT portion. Worried about DVT, infection, etc.. I'm not staying overnight as it is an outpatient only facility. I'm not questioning the BA as I really would like some cleavage. My surgeon picked out 450 mp+ saline. Little worried this might be a bit too big, but I am pretty darn flat. I call my breasts the Valley of Death cuz nothing grows there. lol A nice full C cup or a small D cup is what I'm aiming for.

I have also read reviews that the lipo hurts quite a bit and I know that he'll be sucking a couple Dr. Pepper cans worth on my flanks. lol I'm 40, 5'3" tall and weigh in about 126. Have a muscular wide build. Thin from the side view, not so much from the front. Got the muffin top going on girls! Seems like it just started in my late 30's and keeps on building. I eat clean besides maybe a few too many carbs (love my breads) and love my Dr. Pepper. Officially about 2 weeks out on having one. Feeling like I'm having withdrawals. lol Go to the gym 4 times a week or do cardio. Can't seem to drop back down to 120 for the past couple years. Ugh!! Anyway, would like to hear some positive motivational experiences about the TT portions. Anybody help out on that?

Also, I haven't bought anything at all in prep for it. I'm about 62 days out (who's counting right?)...seems like allot of women on here buy so much stuff!! Is it all really necessary?

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u have any pic. i to have had 3 c/section i go for tt/mr/lipo glad i found u on here to read your i havent got any thing yet i go oct 1
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You are very welcome !! I had a c-section in 1989 and the biggest difference between the two is you don't have any uterus pain so nothing deep in you lower abs hurts & the tightness feeling is not there. In a c-section the skin is cut & put back together in a TT the skin is cut & taken out and the remaining is pulled down to meet the lower skin so it's really a tight feeling. Also I did not have ant muscle repair. My CG is open enough in the crotch that going to the bathroom is not a problem, nothing gets on it. It Velcro & zips on the outside of both legs so it's very user friendly getting on & off. I asked for a second one because he wants me to wear it for 4 weeks & he sold it to me at his cost ($48.00) cheaper than I could buy in store or on line. My CG for my chest is a cotton bra that has eye hooks in the front, I also bought extra from him. It is very comfortable he wants me to wear it for 2 weeks but the breast will not be all the way set at that time so I will wear these until I feel my incision has healed enough to by some bras.you won't be able to lift your arms so this works great.your shower seat might work just fine just check to make sure it is not slippery when there is soap or shampoo on it . Not ll ps are the same and I know some people don't wear any CG on body or chest but I will say I do like the extra support it gives you. Hope his helps : )
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I am Lynda, I am 43 yrs 5'6" and about 148lbs. I just had my surgery on Tuesday Aug 21 and I am doing GREAT !!! I had a TT, BL,BA, Lipo. I will admit my BL/ BA has been more sore than my TT, go figure !! I can tell you are very scared & nervous as we all are before surgery, but I am here to reassure you that it will not be as bad as you have imagined. There really has not been much pain just severe muscle soreness & of course that tight feeling in the abs. As far as the lipo areas it takes a few days for those to kick in but again it's not really pain just extreme soreness like you worked really hard. That's what the pain meds are for, to take the edge off so more bearable. As far as clothing goes you will not be able to raise your arms for about the first two weeks from the BA so plan on having tops that zip up in front. Old Navy has some really lightweight zip front hoodies for about $12.00 in some cute colors. I also have some Capri lightweight pants with a drawstring waist that are handy. Different PS have different CG I have one that is crotchless and goes down to my knees so I don't have to pull it down when going to the bathroom which is nice.just keep in mind that laundry might not be done as quickly as usual so have a couple handy. Just be sure to get them baggy so the swelling doesn't make them tight. If there is anything I can help you with just ask.
Also... A shower chair is a MUST !!! It is quite an ordeal taking a shower , you can't stand up straight and your back is pretty sore... The chair is a godsend, get one that has a back on it so you have something to lean up against.
Also.... my PS said he got a lot of lipo fat off my flanks ( more than most) so this area is pretty tender but other lipo sites are very bearable
I hope this eases some of your fears about your surgery, you workout and that is to your advantage, it will aid in your recovery process. Happy Healing
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Just got a call from the PS office. My bloodtests...

Just got a call from the PS office. My bloodtests are good to go. Just waiting on my mammogram on September 11th. Hoping it's clear too. Starting to seem a little more real to me now. Also got them to order me an anti-anxiety for that morning. The car ride there ought to be interesting! Told my friend that's taking me no utube allowed! lol

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Haha! No utube! Things still dont seem real to me.
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56 days to go! Not that I'm counting down the days...

56 days to go! Not that I'm counting down the days or weeks or anything. Just realized that finally after 19 years of being totally embarassed I will once again feel good about myself! I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo ready for this!

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Mines in 59- not that I am counting either;-)
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Lol. Another day down BiB. So looking forward to the weekend!! Off to the gym I go. Trying to lose weight in the next few days. :)

Love it! Another day down!!!! I have been yoga- love it! Good luck at the gym:-)

Has anyone looked into wearing a "trendy top"...

Has anyone looked into wearing a "trendy top" under their binder? I heard the binders were itchy..saw these half tank top thingys at Wal-Mart.

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Do you ever feel like your surgery is never going to really happen? I have been waiting for so long since I picked my ps that it's not real.
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It does seem like forever waiting, but I'm waiting on something even better....my husband walking through our front door. Nothing compares to having a spouse get home from a deployment! I have found myself looking at reviews too darn much!! Driving myself nuts!

When does he come home? I bet you can't wait!!!!

49 days to go! Ugh....I'm nervous already!!...

49 days to go! Ugh....I'm nervous already!! Haven't bought one single supply either. Debating on 400cc or 450 cc still. Hmmmmmmm decisions, decisions. Ok so how far in advance is everyone taking the Arnica/Bro meds? Also, is anyone taking anxiety meds a little before so you can sleep? I know me......not going to sleep a wink!

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We are getting so close! Yes my dr is giving me something for sleep a few days before! 
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Can you let me know what it is so I can request it also! Off to the gym tonight. Still trying to drop another 5 before surgery. Hope you have a great weekend!

It's atavan:-) My hubby is coming in town tomorrow! Woooooooohooooooo! It's gong to be a great weekend;-) Cooking all his fav meals today! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Another week down! Wooohooo!! Hoping everyone is...

Another week down! Wooohooo!! Hoping everyone is healing nicely. After seeing so many great results, I'm ready to get my game on!! It's been 19 long years of stretch marks and extra skin!! Too many years of hiding myself. Hoping I still feel this way until the surgery.

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48 days for me:-) What about you? We are getting closer and closer...... WOOHOO!
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I haven't seen my husband in almost 4 months. Another 6 months to go. Hope you had a great weekend with him. I am wondering..my Dad had an allergic reaction to atavan. Wonder if I will. Hmmmm!!

That's a looooong time! I haven't lived with mine in a year and probably won't for 2 more years give or

take.. It makes sense financially but sucks emotionally. He is here until next tues.

Ask your dr for something besides atavan maybe:)

Are there any tv dinner's out there that are low...

Are there any tv dinner's out there that are low in sodium? After day 4 of post-op I will be flying solo during the days. Just wanting something easy to eat, but not high in sodium.....

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Just curious if anyone out there has had a TT with...

Just curious if anyone out there has had a TT with just skin removal? Doc said I didn't need muscle tightening which is somewhat astonishing as I have had 3 kids....all over 8 and 9 lbs. Not to mention I gained 72lbs with the first. I am pretty flat, except for skin flap on the lower portion. Anyone in same boat? Wouldn't surprise me if in surgery he decided I needed it.

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34 days for me:-) It is like christmas present wrapped in fear! Lol
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I haven't gotten shinizzle! Lol
BIB....we are almost down to a month. I haven't gotten a thing. Guess I'm a last minute shopper.......kinda like Xmas for me! ha ha

Just reading on here how everyone seems to be...

Just reading on here how everyone seems to be staying overnight or even more after a MM. Mine didn't offer that option. Just a night in a hotel close by. Getting down to less than a month and I find myself being on an emotional roller coaster ride. Last time I was on a ride, I hurled. lol I suppose this is a normal to be going through all this!

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I would def stress to your surgeon to tighten the muscles if they need it. I have 3 kids and 2 were over 9 lbs so I def had muscle separation. Tightening the muscles will make your waist much smaller which is what you want. I had no lipo done just muscle tightening and full TT and my waist is smaller post surgery. I questioned my PS about lipo b/c I wanted my waist smaller for that hour glass shape but I did get it after all. I went home the same day of surgery. Tell your PS you get sick and the anesthesiologist should put something in your IV and give you an anti nausea patch. Also get anti nausea meds for home after surgery. I was fine to go home and my PS sends most patients home the same day. I was fine at home. You are so sleepy from anesthesia and pain meds anyway. If you have someone to take care of you and administer meds you will be fine. If you are in good physical shape you will be fine. Good luck!!
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As far as the 450cc...what do you think...after all you are the one who has to live with them. If you don't love them...don't get them
As for the question of going home after surgery , I did...My husband was with me the whole time and I went back the next day for my PO visit. It is ok to go home if you have someone who can stay with you to take care of you. Also.. I did not have a muscle repair, I didn't need one ..... Once again you need to be in love with your breast size.... I really love mine and they are the right size for my body
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They look good!
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Ok girls.........so I was questioning the size of...

Ok girls.........so I was questioning the size of implants last week. Went in for one last try-on today. 400 cc felt great, however, I am going under the muscle. I put the 450's on it felt huge. How can just one shot glass of water make that much of a difference. It's got to be in my head or something. I had two nurses there show me their's........one had 550, but was 5'9" tall and looked great, the other was shorter than me, maybe 5"1 and had 460 and to be honest, hers looked small. Amazing how darn confusing this can be. I'm supposed to let my surgeon take the lead of course, but he said I could go with either. Hmmmmmm....this trip was supposed to help. Darn blast it!!

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Btw, I'm also going home the same day, oct 10 for me, aaaahhhhh!!
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My peeps are telling me to try the sizers on in order from smaller to bigger, once I get to the size that's too big, to get the size just below that one.
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My surgery was 9/20 and I went home the same day. My BF was the one taking care of me, it was okay, most of the time your just sleeping. As far as breast size, I told PS I wanted 450cc and its so tight and high, feels like I'm engorged, it's what bothers me the most and come to find out my PS actually put in 500cc, I'm just hoping it'll drop or settle soon but I hear it takes 3-6 months so I can't really tell if its too big yet until it settles.
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Yesterday I had to push back my surgery date to...

Yesterday I had to push back my surgery date to November 12th. No big deal to me as long as it happens! Anyway, I'm going to the in-laws for Thanksgiving and am praying that I don't have drains in.....how long did everyone have their's in? Nothing like killing the turkey mood at the table with a nice drain in. lol

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It all depends on your body and the output you have in the drains. I was told once I get to less than 30 cc's (I think) I could get them out. I got one side out at 7 days post op and the other one at 10 days post op. I had less than 30 cc's at 7 days but my nurse said they cannot both come out at the same time. Every dr is different. They are a nuisance but manageable and you'll have less swelling with them in. Once you get them taken out, the fluid has nowhere to go so you will swell more.
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My drains came out at 7 days. They could have come out at 5 BUT my PS wanted to make sure my output stayed low after he removed a bunch of padding. I bet you will be fine but everyone is different.... Did you ask your PS how long he normally has them in? Have a great day!
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Worst case scenario I will have one pulled, the other one still in. I sure hope that isn't the case. I guess this year I won't be making it to Black Friday. Someone else is going to have to knock down ladies for a $79.99 expresso maker. ha ha Does how much activity you do after surgery have anything to do with how much drainage you have?

Got my mam results.....good to go! Whew! Now I...

Got my mam results.....good to go! Whew! Now I guess I should start buying supplies. Who has the best list on here? I'm still questioning the size of my implants, but I'm sticking with what the doc reccomends. Trying to tone up as good as I can prior to surgery. Starting to get nervous at times, don't know how I'm going to be on surgery day. A mess, I'm sure!! Words of wisdom from post-op patients would be great!

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Wow, you're the day before me... and I haven't bought anything yet either. I've reserved a recliner with lift and plan to purchase some of my items within the next few weeks. I'm still feeling numb about the surgery, I guess since it's still a few weeks away it hasn't really hit me met. However I did pay for the anesthesia already, I'll be paying the ps and get that out of the way during my pre-op. Stay positive, don't let your mind get away with fright. Everyone's surgery is different, so don't scare yourself. Stay positive with the final outcome and a wonderful transformation for yourself!!!
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I haven't gotten hardly any thing besides vits! Ahhhhhh mine is @ 2 weeks away!
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I think you look great with 450 and if you are not sure between 400-450 always go with larger and yes it is so darn confusing especially going under the muscle!
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Ok, I finally got a few things. Will get the rest...

Ok, I finally got a few things. Will get the rest a few days beforehand. Am seriously not dreading the augmentation (looking forward to the new expansion) but the tummy tuck is what is freaking me out. Every time I'm in the shower, I just keep picturing a scapel and it puncturing my skin. Yikes!! Hand me an anxiety med will ya? When people say this is an emotional roller coaster, they weren't kidding. I'm not even to the surgery date yet!

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No wonder I never saw your review -- you're all the way over here in the mommy makeover section! I can't speak to the tummy tuck portion of the procedure, but I can tell you that the picture of you with the 450cc sizers looks AWESOME! You're going to be so curvy and hourglassy! How exciting!!!
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Hi Armywife, ad a late breeder (36 ad 40 when I squeezed them out), a breast feeder and the owner of very sad boobs, I can honestly say the boob bit of the MM has been the easiest... And so far the most rewarding. Don't get me wrong, the tummy is a huge improvement, but the immobility, the worry and the wait for the final results is not as instantly gratifying as waking up and living daily with perkier, more voluminous boobs! I didn't go big and glad I didn't. I've been very mobile so my swelling may be worse. But you won't regret it! Not long to go now...
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I feel the same way!!! We just need to get our surgeries over with!
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Ok so I'm down to two weeks. Weird cuz now I'm...

Ok so I'm down to two weeks. Weird cuz now I'm feeling calm. Maybe because I just am at that time point? Maybe just because I want it done and over with so I can be fabulous! ha ha ha Am trying to approach this with a little humor. I'm sure I'll be shaking like a chihuahua when it comes to that day. Amazing how much of my time this journey has consumed!! Being a single mother of 3 for 9 years I never imagined I would be in a position to get this done. Thanks to the most caring husband I have now. Anyway, onto today's daily double: What is the best way to carry around those pesky looking drains, especially while showering?

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9 more days! Woohoo!!! About the drains, everyone is different. I've heard people have had them in for two weeks and some longer. My PS asked us to stay in Florida thinking he would take my drains out in two weeks, but my surgery was on the 25th and I had to go back on the 29th to take the pain pump (highly recommend pain pump) off and decided my drains were ready to come out too. So I only had the drains for 4 days.
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My MM is also scheduled for November 12, 2012 in Kentucky. Good luck to you.
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I had a tt back in March and my ba last week....the tt pain is worse than the ba but it is definitely worth it. I promise. I am thrilled with my results from my tt. I am still waiting to see the final results for my ba. Still have a few months to go before that will happen! Let me know if you have any questions!
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One week to go and I'm still not sure of the size...

One week to go and I'm still not sure of the size of my breast implants. I think I'm going too large. One part of me would like nice cleavage and the other part of me says I'm a sporty gal. Been battling size and the feelings of guilt. That money could have paid off my car, or bought a camper, etc......I feel like I'm about a roller coaster from ............

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Armywife I have 270cc silicone under the muscle. I can still wear my D cup bra from VS ... The biggest difference is now they are not heavy & droopy...they are light & perky. So I can still workout & run but it feels so much better than before. I hope this makes sense ... Good luck with your decision
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What did u start with?
That was the hardest part for me too! I kinda liked my flat chested sporty look, miss it here and there, but I'm really loving my boobies as they settle in. My trainer is small boned, super fit, runner, she has 500's. wears 2 bras to work out. I don't know how much my 339's will effect exercise yet. I think I can contain them easily. Today I wore a tight tee shirt and was thinking they look big fake and noticeable! I am really hoping they are not so obvious!! Good luck deciding, it's a tough choice and everyone says they wish they'd gone bigger ( not me though) :)
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Panic attack is hitting. Why did I schedule this...

Panic attack is hitting. Why did I schedule this while my husband is deployed? My Mom and Dad have already passed from cancer and my rock is in Afghanistan fighting a war. Got the MIL coming down, but honestly I just want my husband here to tell me it's going to be ok or hold my hand (or hair while I hurl). I guess this is one of the valleys I have hit on this ride. Last week I was fine. Then I get mad at myself because I'm whining about a surgery that I have chose to do. Darn this is wearing me out. I guess I'm just plain down scared.

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I kept saying to myself, I can't believe I'm actually paying someone to do this to me! I was so freaked out that I elected for this procedure the whole week before! I'm feeling for you on not having your man there, that's hard! Are you close with your MIL?
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That's exactly how I feel 5WB. Yep, pretty close to her. She's a great lady. Reminds me of my mother only is a little more understanding. Speaking of understanding, I still haven't told her about the BA portion of this.
I hear you! You are so brave for doing it wheb your hubby is not here. Take a deep breath it will all work out great!! Just think about how sexy hot u will look for ur hubby:-)
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Well I took one of my best buds in for a BA today...

Well I took one of my best buds in for a BA today with the same surgeon I'm using on Monday. Her results were fabulous!! So I am no longer doubting my size of implant and I know now what to expect when it comes to the pain of a BA, just in the world of the unknown with the TT. Did get to try on my lovely CG...and can say it's not as bad as what I was expecting! It has two zippers up the sides and a crotch that velcros so you can easily unattach it to use the restroom. They pin up the drains onto this little hook at the top. Seems pretty well thought through. Ok so now I have to make it through the weekend without panick attacks. Can it be done? lol

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So it's my last working day. Surgery is Monday...

So it's my last working day. Surgery is Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. Slept like absolute pooh last night, even had a cry fit at 3 a.m. thinking the worst if something happened to me. I've got 3 wonderful kids that depend on me for love, support and more love. Life has been adventure with them that's for sure. Got to thinking that I have a favorite quote that I do not seem to be following; "Do not fear death, fear the unlived life" so I'm going to put on my big girl panties and look at this as another chapter in my book of life. I would like to say thanks to all the ladies on here for the wonderful suggestions, the humor and the journals of what you have went through!! This site has prepared me for what to expect, so thank you RealSelf! Will post with my updates as soon as I can. My computer at home is on the fritz a bit, so it might take me awhile. Happy Healing Ladies! See you on the flat side. :)

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Wow, can't believe it's finally here! You'll do great and I've cried a little myself, but realized it's something I've (we've) been wanting.... rest up and see you on the flat sexy side!
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Oh no! Sorry you are feeling so alone, but we are here for you every step of the way. I am hoping you end up like one of the ones who recovers quickly. I can't help to be so excited for you!!!! I can't wait!!! You will do great and we will be here waiting for you to update us as soon as you feel up to it after surgery.
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Woohoo for you!!  I am do excited got you. All will work out great Muah Muahuah
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I made it ladies! Had a full TT and BA today. ...

I made it ladies! Had a full TT and BA today. Surprisingly the BA is by far the worst part of my mommy makeover!! A man surely must have invented the binder though. That thing is tight. ha ha I went back for surgery at 11:00 a.m. and left at 4:45 p.m. I was really nauseated, but it was due to no foods and meds combo. Ate some fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and a fourth of a grilled cheese. Feeling so much better now. I am going to stay on top of meds for sure! The binder is so tight, it was causing my upper back and neck to pinch. That was the 2nd worst part of this. We put some gauze under the binder edges and I feel so much better. Can't feel my tummy tuck much except when I get up to use the restroom. I had mentor moderate profile plus 450's put in filled to 500 and had 330 cc's of fat sucked off my flanks. Death to the love handles. lol Am surprised I am so awake. Been milking my drains...my right one so far is at 36 cc's and the left so far at 85 cc's. The right drain is to my upper abs, the left to my lower. Had allot more loose skin there. I am at home resting in the recliner watching tv and figuring up when to milk and take meds for the night. Will post some pics tomorrow. I am thinking I'll end up a really full 36C when everything settles or possibly a small D. Oh the hubs will be happy! lol I am going to crash for a bit, will post pics tomorrow. Thank you for all the kind words and support. You all are a great bunch of ladies.

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Thinking of you. Hope you are healing well and getting plenty of rest!
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You did great and I can't wait to see the final outcome. You do have three wonderful kids that love you and you have an awesome mother in law. You have me no matter what time of night it is, you know that I will be there within 10 minutes. Thank you for being so strong for me during my surgery especially when I flipped out. You did great and was a trooper. Love ya
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Congrats on making it to the flat side. Your boobs look awesome so far. Sounds like you are doing well for your first day. Get some rest and hopefully you will feel even better tomorrow. Pain meds are awesome!
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Post op day 2. Woke up hurting pretty bad in the...

Post op day 2. Woke up hurting pretty bad in the breasts. I cannot believe how bad that binder feels. Did anyone else have that problem? I am using my legs allot to get me up to the rest room. Having no bowel problems so far. Am definitely more swollen today though. Drainage is slowing down a bit. Never thought a bag of Birdseye peas would be my friend, but they are today. lol Got an appointment at 1 today. Hoping it looks good! Not sleeping but just off and on. Just want the binder off. Don't know how some gals go for weeks with it on. Getting caught up on HGTV...love that channel!! My hubby called me this morning from Afghanistan. Just hearing his voice makes me feel better! Will post more pics when I am up to taking some.

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IWent to my post-op appointment today. Everything...

IWent to my post-op appointment today. Everything is looking good, but I have to wear the darn pesky binder for a week. The breasts are riding too high. It by far is the worst thing about my surgery so far. It is so tight and is putting so much pressure on my armpits. I'm up and moving around some. Can even go to the restroom on my own. lol Got a lovely bouquet of flowers from the Hubs. He is the best. Couldn't have done this without the support of my mother-in-law and my best bud Misty. Thank you for all the supportive comments on here girls!! Hope everyone is doing great!!

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I'm so happy your appointment went well. My breast are also the worst part (as in uncomfortable) of my surgery, so I can relate to how your feeling. So sweet your hubby sent you flowers. I hope they made you feel better, at least emotionally. I hope your healing continues to go well.
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You are such a trooper. You are doing great. If you need help you know where I am. :) You have been an awesome support to me also. We are brave souls for doing this out our hubbies. I am truly blessed to have you as my friend.
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Sorry you have the binder for another week. Do u also have a CG? So sweet ur hubby sent flowers:-)
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Post-op day 3. Wondering if I should try and...

Post-op day 3. Wondering if I should try and shower? I got the go ahead, but how hard is it to get back in the CG? Any suggestions??? My computer is acting up and I can't post on anyone's profiles. How is everyone else doing out there???

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I woke up earlier tonight just sobbing......

I woke up earlier tonight just sobbing....combination of a horrible dream mixed with binder pain. Myy CG is tight, but it's the darn binder that is still bugging me. I put gauze under my armpits, but what else has anyone done to make it better?? I have to wear it til next Monday for sure.

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Just had my MM Monday. Pretty sore to try to walk. Manageable with pain pills though. I would HIGHLY recommend on-q pumps.
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Ok - evening of day 2 post-op. miserable.
A shower will make you feel so much better, but not sure about the CG. Never tried on my own until after the first week. If Misty could come over to help, that would be so much easier for you.
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Ok so I'm looking for some goals..........like...

Ok so I'm looking for some goals..........like when I can wear a normal bra, a pair of jeans, etc....How long has it taken most of you to get back to a halfway normal body? The breast pain subsided...man that was one heck of a realistic dream I had....guess you were right Jen!!

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They have me Hydrocortisone and have had very little pain.
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I've been wearing normal clothes since around the 2-3 week mark. I all depended on my swelling and mood. :-) I went and got measured at 6 weeks for new bras and have been wearing them since. I was feeling pretty good by 2 weeks BUT I was very lucky and have had an "easy" recovery. I still get exhausted at the end of some days... To the point I can't keep my eyes open on the couch just after putting the kids to bed!
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My ps said 6 weeks. I am feeling 30-40% 2.5 weeks out
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Is it normal for your breasts to swell up at the...

is it normal for your breasts to swell up at the end of the during or during the night? Mine are huge tonight. No way I can keep that bra strap on even with pain meds. I am not sure if they are dropping and fluffing or if they are just swelling up. I can't even begin to snap all the closures on my bra. I think I need to go up a size. I have also not had a bm yet. I have been taking MOM caplets, but they just aren't working. Time to get a laxative? Gosh...I really don't want to, but something has got to give.

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Oh thank you Mr. Phillips Milk of Mag Inventor. I...

Oh thank you Mr. Phillips Milk of Mag Inventor. I salute you!! Just had to throw that out there. Still swollen, but not as bad. Looking forward to being about a month out. Missing my husband so bad. This has been one heckuva week. Shout out to my g/f Misty...thanks for all the help!! :)

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Girl you are worth every single bit of the help. I know if the situation was reversed you would be helping me left and right. You are a fabulous friend and I treasure our friendship.
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My boobs swell everynight! I usually take the strap to push them down off in the middle of the night and the last few night I open my bra for a bit then close it after 30 minutes or so. I'm still not in regular clothes as far as pants go, I wear alot of dresses and yoga pants, my PS told me no underwire bra 6 months. Hope this helps honey
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You feel so much better after u go
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Anyone have suggestions for sleep? It seems since...

Anyone have suggestions for sleep? It seems since my surgery I have not had a full night's sleep. I'm on PO day 6 now. I'm pretty much off my drugs except for a muscle relaxant twice a day. It is now almost 1 a.m. and guess who is wide awake...ugh!! I am also hitting that emotional point in my journey I guess...my MIL is leaving tomorrow and I'm truly going to miss her. I will be on my own as of Tuesday when my oldest daughter leaves also. My hubby is in Afghanistan and his unit has lost allot of soldiers this week. I just want him home and I want to be feeling good again.. At what point in time has everyone hit a turning point?

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Glad u went!
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I'm on Post Op Day 6... On drain right.... (named...

I'm on Post Op Day 6... On drain right.... (named Tuck) I have only had a few drops for the past couple days. On left drain...(named Suck) I have only had 18cc each past couple days. Wondering how common it is to have both pulled at 7 days??? I have a post-op appointment tomorrow afternoon. Is it too soon to have both out as I don't feel like being an ompa lumpa like Blonde here on the site. Also, as my implants drop, my nipples are continually standing attention. Can someone please tell them that they can be on parade rest? lol

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LOL Armywife! Both my drains were out by 4 days post op. It's a good thing if you are not draining much. As far as the girls, mine have always been at attention which isn't cool; especially when you work with kids. Now I understand why I had a dad catering to my every need on Friday. Ooops. Sometimes I get lucky and they simmer down, but for the most part, they are always at a attention. I am hoping when they fully drop, they will behave. (((Hugs))) about your emotional point and so sorry about your husband's unit. I will keep them in my prayers.
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You are so funny! I almost want bob back so I am not in swell hell! Love love your names for your drains! My ps said as long as I was draining 35 or less they would be removed. Not sure if they will do both at once- I think they would. Get ready to mooooooo moooooooo moooooooing if you swell!
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I am so sorry you are not sleeping well. Did you get any anti nausea meds- not that u are sick- but those put me to sleep very well. I still take them at night to sleep. It's such a roller coaster of emotions. I am mor emotional this week then I was at the beginning. I felt some what better at 2 weeks but the past few days I have been balling. There are so many ups and downs. I still don't feel like myself.
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Went to post-op check up today. Might have a...

Went to post-op check up today. Might have a possible case of skin necrosis. I had a small vertical incision along with my horizontal incision and apparently where the T section is, my skin is not getting enough blood supply. Go back in a week to see if it has gotten better or have to get it debrided. I am totally freaked the fock out now. Went from being so happy to this. I cannot fathom the thought of changing wound dressings daily. Really starting to wonder if this was worth it. FML.....................someone hand me a tissue.

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Oh no I am so sorry. I will be sending positive thoughts your way. Wish I could do something for you!!!!!
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OMG Michele. I hate that you are going thru this. When I got your text message I assumed it was a scab not necrotic tissue. I sure and the hell hope you don't have to have anything debrided. I would do the dressing changes for you so you wouldn't have it. I don't care if I have to get up at 4am to do it before I go to work. You are worth my time and I know you would do it for me. I said an extra prayer for you tonight. I hope you get a better report next week. Tons of hugs I give you virtually and I will give you a hug tomorrow when I come over. Love ya Girlie.
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Oh lord, hope you are ok. Keep up with your surgeon so that you get the best support... There's info online about what they can do for you. Good luck x you're probably dreaming out and scared: we all would be xx
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Ok, guess I'm at the point of why did I do this to...

Ok, guess I'm at the point of why did I do this to myself.....Why have I put my body and soul through such a demanding experience? So I'd feel better in a swimsuit or naked with my husband? Why couldn't I have loved my body the way it was?. I go back to the doc next Friday to see about the necrosis. I am scared that I will have to go through treatment on it. I was just hoping that I'd heal just fine and go on with life after surgery. Guess this might not be the case. Might have to learn the term patience when it comes to healing...as long as I heal in the long run that's all that matters! Have lots to be thankful for.....Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Happy Thanksgiving. I can also relate to what Blonde stated about not really preparing mentally. I was very good at preparing physically with the working out, eating right, and vitamins, but never really prepared mentally. I have my days like you where I experience the, "Is putting my body through all of this really worth it?", but then I have my days where I am very happy with the results and convince myself I just need to be patient with the healing process. Preparing mentally is something we really need to let people know about. I am praying for you and hope everything goes well for your appointment on Friday.
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I felt the same way as you- why did I do this? And I still feel that way?!?!?! I think we prepare ourselves physically for recovery but I don't think I did mentally. For me I had a disconnect - I understood rationally that recovery would be long but mentally it is really challenging. Good luck at ur next appt let me know how it goes:-) Happy healing and happy thanksgiving 
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Don't lose hope, give it a week and see how things go from there. wish you so much luck
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Had my first good cry this morning. Have had one...

Had my first good cry this morning. Have had one good night's sleep in the past 12 days. Both my breasts and my tummy were so sensitive last night. I just could not get comfortable. Ok, so when do the muscles loosen up in the breasts? Mine are still riding pretty darn high. I'd be perfectly happy with my stomach if I didn't have that patch of necrosis. However, last night seems like my upper abs are now getting feeling back and weren't happy with me. Go to my appointment on Friday and am so scared it's going to hurt when they clean it out. Not to mention the weeks of packing it til it heals. Oh this is so not how I wanted things to go. Ugh!! I keep trying to look at it in the long haul, but right now it's hard to do.

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I am here for you friend. No matter what time of night. You know where I am 99% of the time. You are doing good. You will look more fabulous once everything is completely healed.
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Hang in there army wife :/ I totally get the post-surgery blues, I've had them for several days now myself. I'm learning quickly that this procedure has its complications for many of us. My recovery has been less than ideal but we will all get through it. I know it's so challenging to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you have no idea when you'll have your final result. But when that day comes- we're all going to be super hot!
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Hang in there honey, some of us have setbacks but I'm sure its still worth it
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Just wanted to first say thanks to you ladies for...

Just wanted to first say thanks to you ladies for the kind and caring thoughts on here!! So today is my first day back at work. I'm having a heckuva time getting comfortable in an office chair. Brought a pillow with me, but it just doesn't seem to be working. I finally slept the whole night through last night. Sweet!! However, I am still in the recliner. How long has it taken everyone to get out of the darn Lazy Boy. My ass is going to be shaped like it if this keeps up. lol. Go in Friday for a checkup....wish me luck, I know I am going to have to be debrided. I hope it doesn't hurt. The breasts are starting to drop and look pretty natural. Happy with them. So one good outcome so far. Happy healing to all the wonderful ladies on here!!

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I feel my boobs have been soft and more normal for a couple of weeks, though I think I preferred firmer and higher :-) You are still very early in your recovery: I'm at 7 weeks, went back to work at nearly 3 weeks and felt ok. Just stiff when I get up, but that could be age! You found on great form; glad all is good for you :-)
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I would LOVED to have slept in my bed; however my bed is slightly higher than your normal bed. Which means I would require a stool each time I get up and down off the bed. I've been better these past few days so I'll try to take a hot shower, take a night time tylonal and a ton of pillows. Again, everyone is different with how comfortable they feel about beds, no beds, recliners, sofas, etc. DO what is most comfortable for YOU. Wishing you happy healing and a comfortable night sleep!!
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I slept in my bed from day one...
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Heading in for my 2nd post-op tomorrow. Cannot...

Heading in for my 2nd post-op tomorrow. Cannot seem to calm down. Am so afraid that I will have to endure some debridement along my tummy tuck incision. Hoping tit doesn't hurt!!! Other than this, I'm completely happy. I don't think I'll sleep a wink tonight knowing what is coming tomorrow.

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How did your 2nd post op go?
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Good Luck!!! Keep your chin up and your spirits positive. You are in good hands and you will heal. Fingers Crossed for you!! Also, my breasts softened up and that tight feeling lessened considerably after week 3, got even better after 4. I had to wear that frickin strap until last week, at 6 weeks! But they are great now. Still bra-less for a little longer though. I too had MAJOR insomnia for a couple weeks...no naps at all, like maybe 3 hours a night of sleep? Its a very common side effect from coming off of narcs. What worked for me was chamomile tea and going right to bed. No reading, realself, texting, tv, etc. Melatonin did nothing and I cant do sleep aids, they stimulate me! Again, hang in there, you can do this!!
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Good luck, honey, let me know how it goes remember we are in the same boat I just had belly button debrided last monday..
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Well I had my 2nd op. The doc wasn't sure if my...

Well I had my 2nd op. The doc wasn't sure if my skin was completely dead tissue or if it was just the top layer. So I'm waiting 2 more weeks to see if it heals. Hope it does! After reading some reviews, I'm pretty fortunate so far. Makes me appreciate my life, my family and my support group. Special thanks to Misty and my mother-in-law for helping me so darn much the first week or two. Hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

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So sorry to hear about your tissue. Praying for you, wishing you well and a positive recovery!! xoxo
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I'm so sorry Armywife. I am praying for you to have a speedy recovery. (((hugs)))
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I am so sorry you are going through this:-( I am going to message you
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Knock on wood....I am finally starting to feel...

Knock on wood....I am finally starting to feel somewhat normal. Breasts aren't as hard or tight. I still get an occassional ping of pain, but I have heard that is common. Also, the left one is being stubborn and not quite dropping like the right. Overall, happy with the transumbilical augmentation. Now my tummy tuck incision still has areas of scabs on it. Anyone have this at a month out?? One is leaking a clear fluid, not sure if I have infection or not. It's a little red, but not too bad. Go to the doc on Friday. I've still got a spot of dead skin on the incision, but it's reducing daily. Hoping that it just heals on it's own and no debridement will be needed. I will say I am actually heavier than I started by about 3lbs. Still feel bloated and swollen in the lower abs and the flanks. Not back in my normal jeans yet. Sigh. Not sure if I would do this again if I had the option. It was a rough without my husband being home to support me. I've went through times of happiness, periods of crying asking myself why I chose to do this and times of guilt associated with spending this much money on myself when I have children. However, I did what I did and am hoping that in the long run it will improve my self-image and my intimate relationship with my handsome hubby. Hope everyone has a joyous holiday season with family and friends!

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Glad to read that you are feeling more normal. I don't think we would be female if we didn't go through all of the emotions....I can do them all in about an hour some days. The swelling will go away- promise- some days it will then come back but less and less each time. Take care
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AW- it's such a long recovery. I have days thinking man I was so stupid for doing this. But I bet ya in 6 months we will both be happy we did:-)
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I'm 4 weeks today. Still have some scabs on my breast. Last week I had a spitting stitch on my right breast so that's starting to heal. Yesterday after my shower I noticed a pin prick opening on my belly button. So I put some ointment and am watching it. I'm super swollen today after working 12 hours yesterday. I don't think ill feel normal again until I can lift weights which is another 2 weeks. I definitely over do it daily. I'm ready to be normal as well. Sorry ur having regrets. Hopefully in a few months this will be a distant memory.
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Ok, so it's been awhile since my update. I just...

Ok, so it's been awhile since my update. I just have not been in the mood to be on here. Sorry ladies. I went in yesterday for my month checkup, not so great. Had 3 spots on my incision that had to be debrided. I am not blaming my surgeon at all, just these things happen. The two spots on my side had sutures that were just not letting it heal. The spot in the center of my stomach had necrosis due to it being a T incision. Doc said it would be a couple weeks on the side ones, a couple months for the middle one to heal. I have to wet/dry pack them twice a day. This sure has been an experience. I absolutely love my breast implants, but the tummy tuck has been rather a challenge. Nothing I can do but put on my girl girl spandex (lol) and do what I need to do to heal. Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! God bless and thank you for the support you have given me!

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Hey just checking in to see how you are?
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I am here for you if you need me.
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I had to pack mine for about four months. It was a pain in the ass, but not so bad in the long run. Hope you find peace with it!
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Hello ladies. Wish I had a merry report for you,...

Hello ladies. Wish I had a merry report for you, but seems like another complication has hit me on top of the necrosis I already had. I have 3 open wounds I have been packing religiously and now there is seroma on top of the edge of one. Last night it ruptured in my sleep. I woke up to my pants being soaked with a nasty yellow fluid. By mid morning, the swelling was there again. My open wounds are pissed off at me now. The doc said it would get worse before better. Hoping the better is around the corner. Ugh...I'm 6 weeks out and still don't feel well. Whomever came up with the term patience is a virtue should be shot!

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I am so sorry what you are going through:-/ I wish there was something I could do to help you. How are you feeling emotionally? Hugs
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I am drained Bib. Hey, this darn computer is letting me post a reply. lol Just so ready for it to heal and get back to regular life. How have you been?
I bet you are!!! I feel awful for you....... I've been okay. Trying to go within out any type of compression garment today we will see how that goes?!?!  

Wasn't feeling well today. Should have known...

Wasn't feeling well today. Should have known something was up. Took out my gauze dressings for my necrosis spots and bam...a gusher! Yellow fluid everywhere. I had to get a towel to get it to stop. I can't tell you how frustrated and depressed I am. I know it could be worse, but dang blast it I'm tired of feeling like crap. Wish my husband was here, spent half the day just sobbing. Not only is my seroma draining, my emotions are drained too. If I had one piece of advice for ladies considering this, make sure you have a great support system! Love to all!

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Oh my gosh Armywife!! I just read your review... :(. Please read mine, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I promise :)! My nercrosis was large... But it really finally did heal. I can't imagine going through that alone!!! I'm so sorry.
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I say extra prayers for you every night. I pray that you start healing with the wounds and Seroma. Just because Jim is home doesn't mean that I will not be there for you. Love ya chica.
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I hope you heal ASAP and start feeling normal soon!
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I'm now 2.5 months out. Went to surgeon today for...

I'm now 2.5 months out. Went to surgeon today for another followup. I still have two open wounds from necrosis. Had a stitch spit halfway out in the big wound. Gotta go next week for another ultrasound and to have my seroma on top of the wound drained. Then a month later, go back in for a revision because the big wound is going to come out with too hard of scar tissue. Questioning still if I made a wrong choice on having it done. Sometimes things just don't go the way you want them to. Talk to me in 6 months and hopefully I will be happy! On a good note, the hooters are nice! Thought I'd be a 36C, but ended up with a 36D once they fluffed! Happy healing to everyone...will report back in a month or so.

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Prayer for you honey! I am almost the same boat with belly button it just won't heal,,but I look the way I look! I may have to get it re done again for the 2nd time and I may need a left boob revision in may as well
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Oh I am so sorry you are going through all of this!!! I wish I could do something for you!!!
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I sending u much support and the power of healing your way.....you shall be happy in 6 months
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Well I'm almost 3 months out and I'm still...

Well I'm almost 3 months out and I'm still struggling to feel good. This surgery has really set me back. Still packing wounds, still have a seroma and still worn out. My hubby comes home in a little over a week from Afghanistan...I'm not healed and feel like crap. Not exactly what I expected. If I had to do it again, don't think I would do the tummy tuck part.

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So sorry that you had to experience a much harder recovery, but I hope that your recovery has turned for the better! Please keep us posted as to how your feeling now.
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hi im sooo soo sad to read your hard journey you are suffering , my prayers are with you I pray for your body to heal completely in Jesus name I pray amen . I read on one womans journey her great grandmother used cane sugar to close up wounds that would not heal !!!? look it up she said she looked it up cause it sounds crazy , but it's very true ! I would talk to your Doctor about that or the wound vac as the other lady says !!! Please keep in good spirits and let us know how you are healing We are hear for you May God Bless You and your Family in Jesus name amen !!!!
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How are you feeling now? How are the implants? I hope things are better now
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