Hello ladies!!! I have been on this site since I scheduled my surgery back on May 2. I just want you all to know that I think the worse part of this entire surgery is the anxiety that one has leading up to the actually DOS. From the day I put down my initial payment, I made myself coo-coo! I would be online for hours on end reading mostly things that weren't good or positive. I had a very hard time enjoying our family vacation bc of all the stress that I was putting on myself. The stress of the unknown is what scared me the most. The not knowing how you will recover, or how you will do and so on.
Well.....let me tell you ladies, I am the story that YOU want to read!!! I have 2 teenage daughters and have been married for 19 years. I had deflated breasts and excess skin hanging around my tummy that regardless of how hard I worked, the gross sagging skin just stayed. I am a runner and not stick thin. When I went in for surgery I was 40 years young, 152 lbs and I'm 5'7". I have always had to and will have to continue to work at keeping myself in shape. I honestly can't tell you how amazed I am at how good I am feeling at week one! I came home from surgery and was definitely out of it, but feeling pretty good by that evening. I had so many people who called to check on me who could not believe that I sounded as good as I did. I was told that the second and third day would be more difficult. It was definitely challenging and having someone around to help you out is a plus.
I went to my PO the day after surgery and actually came home and showered. There was not one day where I was not up and on my feet and moving around. I was moving slow but moving. I can honestly say that I have had zero pain from having my BA. I had 450cc in my left breast and 400cc in my right due to the initial size difference between my breasts. The pain from the TT wasn't even from the incision it was more from the internal stitching from when I laughed or coughed. The most annoying thing I would say is the swelling from the lipo. I had lipo on the inner and outer thighs and it just feels numb and tingly and like you got the crap beat out of you. But, it's all BEARABLE LADIES!!!! KEEP THAT IN MIND!!! Something I can't stress enough is stay on top of your pain meds. Don't let the pain get ahead of you...then it will be too late. I would take one percocet and then 2 hours later 4 ibuprofen. I continued that until Weds. I actually drove on Thurs to pick my daughter up from the pool and came right back home. You just have to pay attention to your body and listen to it. I have only been on ibuprofen since last Thurs and even went to Kohl's with my mom by Fri to try and find spanx.
The weekend came and went and all I could think about was getting out those damn annoying drains. I think one of the hardest things about this surgery is to just let things go. The house, laundry, yard, dishes....etc. I'm the one who does it all so things not getting done made me nuts. Well, today is exactly one week PO and I went to my PS today and had drain one removed and my steri strips. I can't believe how GREAT everything looks and how GREAT that I feel. I'm sore, don't get me wrong, but that's to be expected. I never once had regret of why did I do this. I came home today wearing just my 2 sports bras with one drain in which gets removed tomorrow. YIPEE!!!!! I feel so good about myself that I can't believe it.
Here are some things that I did leading up to my surgery that I think helped me that might possibly help you. Eat or drink pineapple juice. It has a bruising and swelling reducing natural chemical in it. Take your vitamins! I also got onto makemeheal.com and ordered pre surgery vitamins and post surgery vitamins which I am currently taking. Drink lots of water. Two weeks prior to surgery I was taking a multi vitamin, 2 calcium, 2 Bromelain and a vitamin B6 along with my packet from makemeheal. I don't know if this had anything to do with how good I've been feeling but it can't hurt to give it a shot. I also highly recommend a toilet seat riser and a shower stool. They are AWESOME!!!!
I have no before pics bc I contemplated with myself about being on this site or not. I will post after pics soon and please know that you should not listen to any of the negative things that people want to tell you!!! It's like when you tell people you're pregnant they feel it's their right to tell you their horror story and scare the heck out of you!!! Don't do it!!!! If you have any fears or anxieties, ask me and I will help you bc I know that I was my own worst enemy. Good luck to all of you and I hope that you all have a dr, support, recovery, and an overall WONDERFUL experience like I've been having so far. Remember, we paid our dues and it's now time to invest in ourselves and feel as beautiful as we already know that we are!!!! :)