I was someone who had never really thought much about Plastic Surgery... until I had 2 kids, deflated boobs, a fat ledge around my stomach and labia that I noticed for the first time seemed to be hanging down a bit.. I asked some of my friends why they didn't need to wear a bra under their dress or how they managed to pull off a bikini with a flat stomach after kids and soon found out how many people around me had had plastic surgery. I could not believe it. I was shocked. My husband said he would support my decision if I wanted to change anything so, I decided to do it. Breast Aug (from b cup to c), mini tummy tuck because it was just for an isolated "panel" of fat, a little thigh lipo and labia reduction. I did it all at once. I figured this was my one shot.
I did not research doctors - I went to Dr.Fisher because so many people had great results with him. I am still shocked that I went through with it. I am 1 week post op and here is my honest opinion. The breast augmentation/lift is no big deal, easy recovery, minimal pain, labia reduction (no pain -it's very simple procedure,barely noticed it), lipo is uncomfortable because you have to wear tight compression garments 24/7 with just a hole to pee out of and my legs are completely bruised and where the lipo rod went in it is sore with a few stitches but.... the biggest part of all this, by far is the mini tummy tuck. That is what has been miserable for me. I will be surprised if it's worth it in the end for the ttuck. It was something I threw in at the end.. a... "why not do it?".
I didn't have my belly button messed with or muscle repair so I have to think it's much easier than a full tummy tuck but because of it you have to walk hunched over for 10 days which really strains your back, you have to sleep sitting up, you have a double compression garment that's very uncomfortable and a drain. You cannot shower until the drain comes out which for me was today Day 8!!! For me the drain really sucked. It hurt more than anything else. I felt like I had a burning hole, like I had been shot and it stayed in until yesterday when thank god they removed it (which also hurt). I think doing it all at once just made it really hard to be mobile at all. I stayed in a really amazing recovery center in a nice hotel with nurses that check on you every 20 minutes, with great food etc... but I was completely dependant on them, vicodin and demerol at night... I stayed for 3 nights but ideally I should have stayed for 5 because it was really hard to get comfortable at home especially with 2 young kids running around.
It took me until day 5 until I could even really make myself a cup of coffee or toast...I could walk around the recovery center a bit or at home but My husband still had to help me sit up from reclining position by pulling my shoulders forward and lift my legs into bed because you can't really use your stomach muscles or your arm muscles so you feel pretty helpless. I don't know the outcome yet because naked it looks like I've been hit by a truck and because of retained fluids I am about 10 lbs heavier but I will check back in in a week or so......I am hopeful though because of what I've seen from others...