I Need a Lot of Reassurance. Nervous Wreck. Three Weeks Until - Chicago, IL

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I have another profile on the site but I was...

I have another profile on the site but I was worried about my pictures being see when my name is Googled (which my profile DOES show up) so I created a new one.

I have three amazing children who I'm a single parent to. My weight has ALWAYS yo-yo'd especially with my pregnancies. I used them as an excuse to eat. I am currently overweight according to most, but I am content. As my doctor said yesterday, I'm wide framed and curvaceous. I'm glad he realizes that and is planning to accentuate them.

I am having done a full TT, liposuction of the abdomen, flanks and back as well having a breast augmentation and lift. I never realized how off my boobs were until taking these photos. Confirmation that I need the augmentation.

I am so scared. Terrifed actually. I'm calling to schedule my appointment tomorrow for the surgery. September 27th. I need all the feedback and postive advice/thoughts I can get. Thanks soooo much

17 days.. So many emotions

I have to pinch myself. I just can't believe this is really happening. I've been having a great deal of anxiety and am waking up a lot at night with worries. I'm ready to get this massive weight off my stomach. I'm also ready to start my life again.. this time with confidence.

What do I REALLY need!?

For those who have had a MM, what do you suggest I purchase that you believe is a necessity. I saw the list under the forum, but that's an awful lot of stuff and I'm tight on funds.

What size implant did you go with???

I had my preoperative appointment today and am almost certain I'm going with 500ccs (silicone) above the muscle. Does anyone have anything similar? I am 5'8'' and 220 pounds. The doctor said because of this and the diameter of my breasts, I have a lot of options. I just don't want to be too big or too small.

Soooo afraid

For those who've been through this, I need you to help me some. I am on the rollercoaster of emotions. One moment I'm excited and can't wait while counting down the days. Then other times I'm a complete ball of nerves who fears everything about this procedure (the surgical process itself, anesthesia, recovery, wrong size, etc.). It's becoming draining and I'm not sleeping. I know I'm being irrational, but I could really use some (more) reassurance from those who have been through it.

Last day at work with this belly

A few more days and all this will be GONE!!!! I am finally starting to get excited.

Two more sleeps

The surgery has officially consumed me - but in a good way. The nerves have finally subsided and the excitement has begun. I get the call tomorrow to let me know what time to be at the Surgery Center Tuesday. Praying for an early time.

Not much longer

People are always saying you don't need a TT or your fine BUT they don't see this.. This is one of the last pictures I'll take of my stomach like this! I can't wait until it's gone

Not much longer

People are always saying you don't need a TT or your fine BUT they don't see this.. This is one of the last pictures I'll take of my stomach like this! I can't wait until it's gone

Surgery day

It's finally here. I'm a bundle of nerves and excited too. Prayers please

Definitely not for the weak

Surgery went well. It was almost five hours. I am bruised pretty badly and burning at the spots where he did liposuction. The muscle repair also hurts a ton. The pain medicine barely takes an edge off. My boobs and the TT incision aren't too bad as of now although I'm prepared for that to change. I have my preoperative appointment in about 8 hours. I'll take more pictures then

48 hour update

Checking in

I'm doing well. Not in too much pain other than the drains and the MR. Laughed way too much last night. It was literally the worst pain in my entire life. I'm hoping to get a sponge bath tonight. HOPEFULLY I can get some better pictures of the belly.

Four days later update

Here are some pictures. I'm starting to feel better

One week out

First of all, I cannot believe how fast time has gone by this past week. I feel really well. I'm exhausted because I'm not sleeping well, but other than that physically I'm great. I'm supposed to go back to work at one of my jobs next Monday which I am worried about. I have my second post operative appointment with doctor tomorrow and I believe I will be getting one of the drains out. Heres two pictures of my breast. I haven't taken off any of the dressing because directions weren't too specific so I'm gonna let him do it tomorrow :)

One down, one to go

I got one of my drains removed today. Whew! I feel a thousand times better already. Doctor also took off all my dressings. I'm still feeling really well. Just constantly tired

Finally took a shower

I was terrified to shower but I finally did and although it was a lot of work, it felt great. Here's an updated picture from today

Two weeks later and I'm finally starting to feel like myself

Slowly but surely I am starting to walk upright which is a HUGE relief. I'm still not sleeping at night much. I think that's because it's so gosh darn difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position plus my CG is sooooo worn out and bunches up on my back constantly. Here are some pictures as promised

Incision opening

Well, I was super excited this morning to take my four week post operative pictures to share with you. Unfortunately I wasn't expecting what I saw. Looks as though my incision is opening in a few spots. I know this isn't uncommon, but for whatever reason I've been crying since I saw it. I emailed the pictures to my doctor's office manager and he wants to see me tomorrow. Prayers please ????

5.5wpo update

I'm not sure how I feel about my breasts although I know it's still early. They're hard, breasts/areolas are uneven, wrinkling some around the one areola from the lift, etc. Just hoping some can confirm that many changes are still to come :(

Six weeks

Eight weeks already???

I honestly don't know where the time went. Eight weeks ago at this time I was in surgery. I'm doing well for the most part. I have an appointment tomorrow so we'll see what he says about incision. I'm still struggling with my breasts and how their sizes are different. I honestly don't think that'll change as they were different to begin with. I actually asked if we were going to use the same size implant as I fear this would happen. My areolas are also different, but that's not a huge deal. My shirt not sitting level on my breasts is. Anyhow, here are the pictures

This is what I mean

I know I'm still early in the recovery process and that my final results may not look like this but can anyone tell me what's going on? My right breast is obviously smaller than my left and it doesn't move when I raise my hands. Is this a sign of capsular contracture?

Almost two months

I messed up on my last update as I'm just now 8 weeks. Anyhow, I feel like I'm going backwards as far as my tummy tuck and lipo. I'm so swollen that none of my clothes fit me. I'm actually at work now with my pants unbuttoned. When I saw him last week he said this is normal but my "hip meat" is back. I am drinking a ton of water, eating out, the Arnica tablets and using a compression garment. Nothing is giving :( Not sure what else to do

Ten week update

Hey everyone. It's been a while so I figured I'd check in. I'm doing really well. I still have a small opening in my TT incision but it's closing well. I still have some issues with my breasts but I'm trying to be patient and hope for positive changes. Also, my love handles are are there even though it's hard to see in these pictures. I see my doctor next in January

Fifteen week update

Just wanted to give you all an update! I am completely satisfied with the procedures I've had WHILE wearing clothes, but when I'm naked it's apparent that some revisions will need to be done.

First things first - a small area of my tummy tuck incision is still open. I have been continuing to put Neosporin on it everyday and it's getting much better. My scar is extremely jagged and dark purple. To be honest, although it looks awful when I'm naked especially on my fair skin, that's not my biggest issue. I'm sure my doctor would be willing to do a revision.

I still have what I consider a decent amount of fat on my hips and belly that's obvious when I'm sitting. My left hip has an indentation in it that isn't on my right. Maybe too much liposuction in that area? Not sure.

My breasts are two different sizes. Again, not a big deal but my areolas are also too different shapes/sizes as well. My areola is entirely too low. I definitely could have benefited from a more aggressive lift.

The scar around by belly is pretty dark too. I've been putting Mederma/Bio Oil on all incisions but not lightening yet.

Ive attached some pictures to show everyone what I'm talking about. I am sad some days because of how it's turned out but I am also a thousand percent confident that when I express these issues with my doctor on Friday, he'll completely understand and be willing to fix the problems.

It's been a LONG time

Well, I am still recovering but doing well physically. There have been a few issues that have come up so I will be having some revision work done this week. I have to praise my surgeon for him genuinely listening to my concerns and being completely willing to fix the issues I have. This is a rarity these days (from what I've heard) and makes me so glad I chose Dr. Shifrin. He's amazing. Please say a prayer for my revision Wednesday and that is goes smooth with with best results possible.

Breast revision update

I had my breast revision done today. As soon as he was done I immediately noticed a huge difference. The shape is already amazing. I can't wait to see the placement of my areolas when I take the gauze off.

While waiting for the doctor to come in the office manager Donna came in to chat with me. Oh my. She instantly calmed me. Completely reassuring. I've worked at a hospital for 14 years and I can say Dr. Shifrin and his staff are one of the best practices I've worked with. Compassion/empathy is at the heart of their office and it shows.

Next will be my belly revision. I cannot wait to see how I look in a few months

Four days post in office revision

Thought I'd include some before and after pictures of my breast revision. They're still swollen, but a MILLION times better

Two week post revision update

I went to see Dr. Shifrin yesterday for my two week checkup from the breast revision. He said I could take the steri strips off and even though I was incredibly nervous, I did! I am absolutely freaking out how the incision looks. I scar BAD (my TT scar is PURPLE and wide) and most would never know I had this surgery done by the scar. I cannot express how happy I am with the way it looks
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