I am a 28 year old mother of 2(a 4 year old boy and a 6 month old baby girl) and wife to my best friend. Though I am happy and in love with my family, there is a part of me that is missing...my old self that had a great body and lots of confidence. This was the girl I was when I fell in love with my husband. My breasts weren't perfect but I was good with them and my body, included my stomach was toned. After I had y sweet baby boy who was almost 9lbs, my stomach had the stretched-out look and stretch marks and my boobs hung lower than I had ever expected. "WTH?" I thought. I worked out hard for a year and was happy with myself in my wedding gown when I married my husband. My body went on to being pretty satisfactory until I got pregnant with my baby girl last year. She, too, was a big baby, weighing in at 8lbs. And so here I am 6 months later and I didnt think my body could get any worse than it did from the first pregnacy. But guess what?? It did!!
My Decision to Get Cosmetic Surgery
After much research and being totally depressed for my summer vacation in California this summer because I REFUSED to wear a swimsuit, I was determined to get my body back, or atleast get it to a point where I am happy again. So I finally decided on Dr. Basu. My consultation went GREAT! He and Elizabeth made me feel very comfortable and were very thorough in their going through the procedure with me . He has a VERY friendly staff as well.
I called Elizabeth, Dr. Basu's coordinator the other daybecause a friend of mine told me a terrible horror story plastic surgery and she assured me that most horror stories are due to the choice of surgeon. I am still a bit nervous, but I was so thankful for her in that moment. I've never been under before but I have had 2 c sections, and I have heard that they are harder than a TT. Still, though, I am very nervous about the whole thing. Its going to be a 6 hour surgery-TT, BL, and LIPO in the Waist. Everyone says not to worry but I cant help it. I keep thinking of my little ones and what they would do if something happened to me, God forbid. I know its morbid, but my friend really jacked me up yesterday when she , who is a nurse, told me such awful plastic surgery stories that she knew of. I was doing so good, until I talked to her. But I know that my life is in the hands of the Lord and a very good surgery. Funny enough, I'm not nervous about recovery at all. I'm pretty darn good when it comes to taking pain. If I can just get past the surgery, I feel like I'll be ok.
I am encouraged by all of the wonderful things that I hae read by all of the brave women on here and from the wonderful reviews I have read on Basu and his team. I have been blessed with a supportive and wonderful husband and a the best faily and friends that are standing behind me every step of the way. They have all pushed me to do what they know will make me happy!
**P.S. I will add pics after my surgery.
7 Months Post Op: Swelling From New Opening
My Story I am a 28 year old mother of 2(a 4...
Its Thursday...Surgery is on Tuesday. OMGosh! I am...
3 more days and its SHOWTIME! Wow! Things are...
My Recovery Grocery and TO DO List: Grocery...
-Low Sodium Progresso Soup
-Tuna(and stuff to make tuna salad)
-Fruit(berries, apples, melons, and oranges)
-Low Sodium Snacks
TO DO List
-Clean, sanitize, and dust my house from top to bottom
-Pack the kids for Grandma's house
-Wash and fold clothes
-Change my bed clothes
-Get a recliner
-Get a wedge pillow
-Get some DVDs
-Pick up my perscription
Am I forgetting anything??
Ok...wth? I feel like Im getting a cold...NOOOOO!...
It's 1am...and what am i doing? Up reading stories...
So today is a much, much better day. I think...
The Day is Here!!!! Wow. I can't believe the...
Wow. I can't believe the day is finally here!!! I am up, dressed, and due for surgery at 11am. Feeling good, been praying all night and all morning! I fee confident in my surgical team and ready to get my new body! Will update when I awake!
I'm baaaack! Let me jut sat that for some reason,...
Ok, talk to you soon ladies!!
Its Day #2 and I feel great. Not much pain,...
Things That Are Really Helping Me Out Post-Op:
-My zip-up jacket to keep me warm and control these drains
-Hot tea to help with the cough that comes after surgery(they want you to cough to keep fever away;you have a bit of mucus in your lungs from having your mouth open for so long in that cold OR. Doesnt hurt to cough if you put your hand on your throat and do a few moderate coughs instead of one hard one.)
-Water and Gatorade has been easing the super dry throat.
-Good TV because you may be like me and be up! LOL
-Antibacterial Wipes for the hands, sanitizer, and antibacterial handsoap to keep as clean as possible when dealing with dressings and drains.
-Tons of pillows and thick, comfy blankets to sleep as comfortable as possible.
-The recliner or a big chair with an ottoman really does help. I thought I wouldn't slep in the bed, but its just too tempting to want to lay down. I actually had a good night's sleep once I finally went :)
-A nice size, reachable table next to you so that you can put all of your stuff on.
-Notepad to write down all of your "pill" times so that you wont over or under medicate yourself. Vicodin doesnt really put me away like that but it does ease pain. So I definitely want to stay on schedule.
-Comfy, maybe one size too big long pants! They kep me warm and all the dressings tucke in very nicely.
-Socks with grips on the bottom. Your doc may or may not give them to you(mine did but I have extra just in case h didnt). This is NO time to be falling. OMGosh! Scary.
-Ask your hubby or whoever is staying with you to sleep on the couch next to you so that they can monitor you or be ther if you need something.
I dont think Im forgetting anything. But I will update as the day goes on!
I am so happy that I did this! What I wish I'd known before is that if you have a good doc, chances are he's got a great team and that there is nothing to be afraid of with PRAYER! Its like the Lord calmed supernaturally calmed my nerves on the day of. I mean, it was like any of the other days where my friends and family were being supportive and my husband was being his same ole sweet and calm self but when I woke up yesterday, I was totally fine! I thought that I'd cry when I dropped my kids off but I wasnt sad at all. I got into the waiting room with my hubby and was good. The nurse told me how chilled out I seemed. Even as I got my IV and walked over to the OR, nothing. I know it was God who had gotten me to that point and I believe that HE annointed that great team!
DAY 3 POST OP Last night was a pretty good...
Last night was a pretty good night. My husband had to shower me again and that went well. The numbing cream that Dr Basu put on my incision was supposd to wear off in 24 to 36 hours, but Im glad to say that I am not having any problems with it. The most irritating part of this journey are these darn tubes going into the top of my vagina. Geez! The tug at you and you have to be really careful when you're showering or using the restroom. My boobs are a little sore and so are my abs, but not too bad. I've been getting up to walk around the house to keep blood flowing-even when Im sleepy and dont feel like it. Now that I am past the surgery part, I am scared to death to have the drains removed(I heard that it hurts!) But still cant wait for these suckers to be GONE! I dont dee how people recreationally take Vicodin. The stuff makes me feel heavy in the head and sometimes gives me a headache. No bowel movement yet(sorry, tmi) So if I dont get one today, Im doing a stool softner. Ive been eating alot of prunes, blueberries, veggis, and drinking lots and lots of water but still nothing.
Ok so its the evening of my 3rd day post op and I...
Day 5 Post Op and its and itchy one, both under my...
Hey Guys! Sorry I havent posted in a little...
Sorry I havent posted in a little minute but my little boy came home on Sunday! Exciting! I went to the doc today and got only one of my drains taken out but it made all of the difference. I feel so much more free now and it didnt hurt AT ALL! Thank God! I'm still doing good(no pain) but I did have a little skin blister under my tape that's on my incision. That was a little agitating but nothing to fuss about. I feel so good about my decision to get both breasts and the tummy done in one day. I LOVE my boobies! My tummy is still a little swollen on the bottom but very flat on the top. I cant wait for 4 weeks post op!
I Week and 2 days Post Op.... Well...Well.....
Well...Well...Well, was it all too good to be true? I've been around here on the moon bc of how great I've been feeling and right in the middle of my sleep this morning, I must have shifted wrong and split about a half an inch or even less of my incision! Its not bleeding or anything, just a tear. I felt it as soon as I did it. It's the part of the incision where the skin kind of bunches in the beginning of healing. But, the good news is I spoke to the nurse and she didnt seem to think that it is that serious and that it would close on its own. She also said to just keep it dry, keep the dressing on it, and keep an eye on it. Honestly, I think the bed gives me too much freedom to move around in my sleep, even though I was sitting up. Back to the chair I go I guess. Ugh...
Other than that, still doing good. That threw me for a loop though. Also my husband told me that I need to rest more...
Ok...so I went to the doctor so he could check out...
It has been a while since I have posted...I know....
Hey All! I am almost 2 months post op and boy...
I am almost 2 months post op and boy is it confusing...I am still loving my PS and his team. Without their patience with my many phone calls, questions, and visits, I don't know if I'd still be sane. You definitely have NO idea what the gals who've had tummy tucks are trying to say when they say "its a roller coaster" or "its a LONG process-healing wise" until you go through your first set back. Mine was when I suddenly started having a flair up in the right side of my incision. It was red, hot to touvh, and VERY tender. Scared the crap out of me so I called Dr. B in the middle of the night and he called me in some antibiotics. He asked to see me the next day and sure enough, it was a minor infection due to fluid collecting around sutures that wouldn't dissolve. So they poked it and squeezed everything out of there. Boy, that HURT! The stuff that came out was thick and a weird color of red. Like magenta or something. Lol! Then, they gauzed it and said finish the antibiotics and come back in a week. Well here I am at home on a Saturday night waiting for my appt Monday and the "poke" looks more like a slit now which by that I mean the hole is getting bigger. Scary! WTH? My doc says that's normal and that the skin is thin and I may need a revision done later. Whatever! I just wanna be healed. Not really thinking of the cosmetic stuff. I just don't want an infection. Also, next to the area that was weeped, I started developing another little area of fluid that burst on its own. Again groSs red stuff coming out. *sigh* so now I have two holes and its dragging me down. But I keep remembering everything people said about TTs. "They take a LONG time to heal COMPLETELY" its so frustrating bc you really believe that you're "healed" at like 6 weeks, and then, here come the set backs out of nowhere. You start doubting why you ever did it, especially with infections happening. The thing is, I don't know what I could've done to get an infection. And the answer is nothing. Some people's body start spitting those sutures and you just end up with fluid. I'm trying to stay positive and be happy with what I do have which is great boobs, a flat tummy and an infection that's in remission.
I went to the doctor today. The nurse said that...
Anywho, the great news is that I have been going braless when I go out these days! How awesome is that! I havent been able to do that EVER! LOve my boobs. And honestly love my shape and tummy despite my little evil intruders(the holes).
I am still packing these darn holes and the newest...
Ok so I made 8 weeks this past weekend. One of my...
How I Healed My Incision Openings: 1. I washed...
1. I washed my incisions with Antibacterial Soap and dried them well after a shower. I even squeezed them so that the excess water that was in there came out.
2. I drenched gauze in Betadine and cleaned the area thoroughly. I then, took a q-tip and dipped it in the Betadine and swabbed my holes.
3. Ok, so packing the wound really was strange and only seemed to make it bigger. So, what I did was not stuff the hole with it but just put it in there enough to absorb what was on the surface if that makes sense.
4. Then I covered each wound with a dressing.
Do this ALL twice a day. The betadine should only be done for 5 days. Then give yourself a break (about 3 days) Then continue.
Healing from these took forever. But here I am 3 or 4 weeks later and they are finally healed.
So I am almost 3 months post op and the problems...
I was absolutely one of those patients that started off GREAT! my surgery was super easy and the first couple of weeks were great. No problems. Then, here come the problems at about 5 weeks. Now that I am about 11 weeks out, I have swelling only on the right side of my stomach and its in my belly button too. So weird. Then after I had two holes finally close, here comes another. WTH? Its teeny tiny but lets hope that it doesnt get any bigger. I also had a pnumonia scare. I ended up in the ER on Monday night and the er doctor did an xray and said he saw a slight case of it in my right lung. Well, after I saw 2 other doctors, my primary care doc and my dad's internal medicine doc, turns out it wasnt. Just an upper respitory infection. I just finished my last antibiotiic and feeling better. But, being sick made me swell quite a bit. My PS nurse said that absolutely will happen if you get sick. Fluid can fluctuate throughout your abdomen. So, back to my compression garment. UGH! When will this end???!! I knew that a TT took at least a year to completely heal but geez! It's like its something new every week. Anyone else felt like this?
Just when I thought things couldn't go down hill...
So Im gauzing the area and wearing my compression garment. *sigh* I have no words. Will go see my PS on MOnday. Can this really get any worse? I suppose I didnt take things to heart when they say it takes a full year to fully heal from a TT. There is a possiblity of all kinds of setbacks until then I guess.
Ok so my stomach has been leaking this fluid since...
Starting to wonder if all of this is worth it. I know they say that it takes a full year to completely heal, but I feel like I havent been able to enjoy "my new body" at all. Well, I have been enjoying my boobs :) But this TT business is really draining.
It's been quite a while since I've posted. I...
I thought I was past the openings and all the swelling that goes with it but clearly I was wrong. I have a small opening on the right side of my incision and its making me strangely swollen on that side. This is totally depressing me bc no suture comes out nor can I get any reason from my PS as to why this is happening.
I also have a teeny opening in my belly button again that started to seep when I put on my garment. I put the garment on so that the swelling would subside but it created a whole new problem seems like.
Honestly I'm feeling hopeless and like having the awful stomach I had before wasn't as bad as the crap I keep dealing with with suture spits, openings, etc.
I did ALOT of research. I've been on Realself scoping docs since spring and Dr. Basu has some of the best reviews. He has a wonderful staff and he himself is very kind, informative, and he has great work. Dr. Basu, Elizabeth, his nurse Heather, Cynthia, his other nurses, and his anesthesiologist are the absolute best team of people! Thy made me feel so at ease the morning of my surgery! As a nervous wreck as I was during the weekend leading up to my surgery, they totally made me feel at ease and that I was making the best decision. Love Love Love them! I would definitely tell anyone to pick this remarkable team!