29 Years Old, Just Wanting 'Normal' Body After a Life of Obesity and Dramatic Weight Loss - Irmo, SC

I am 29 with no children. I was obese throughout...

I am 29 with no children. I was obese throughout my entire childhood and into my late teens. I have since lost 162 lbs and now weigh 135 lbs. I am very proud of myself for the weight loss, but I have been wanting the sagging skin removed from my abdominal area and my breasts fixed from sagging issues. I will be having a full TT w/ lipo and mastopexy w/augmentation. I have a good idea of what to expect in terms of my final result (or at least I think I do), but I am concerned about post-op blues/depression and am hoping to find some support on how to avoid/overcome that. My mom will be coming from out of state for three weeks to help take care of me and my dogs, but I am concerned as she is somewhat of a negative person who will not hesitate to tell me how awful I look. She also has no familiarity at all with cosmetic surgery, and I have tried to explain how cosmetic procedures can differ from purely medical procedures, but she doesn't seem to be getting it. A support buddy/system would be an amazing resource during this time.

20 hrs post-op...

So I am currently 20 hrs post-Op and can't sleep! I took some before pictures the night before surgery that I will be posting soon. I will put up post-op photos once I'm feeling a little more comfortable in my own skin. Thankfully my doctor is great and does a great job listening to patients re: meds. I take 7.5mg norco 2x daily, so the 10mg norco's the doctor gave me would not have worked very well. He updated my pain prescription before I left the recovery room! In terms of pain...I thought this would be a lot worse (and it could be the pain meds), but my abdomen barely hurts...I guess that could always be analgesic starting to wear off :-/ My breast lift w/aug is what hurts worse currently, but still nothing unbearable with meds. My tummy hurts worst when getting up/sitting down on the toilet and getting into and out of this stupid electric recliner I rented. Its such a pain to have to rearrange myself, pillows, and blankets every time I get up to use the bathroom. If you are considering an electric recliner, make sure you know the make/model so you can ensure you don't end up with "the economy" model like this one.

Before Pics

Here's some of the before pics I took the night before my surgery.

So much swelling...

I feel like I'm going to explode! I'm super uncomfortable and tired of laying down. I took my first shower yesterday. It sucked, but at least I'm clean now! I'm thinking my drain will come out on Monday during my second post-op visit as I'm now draining less than 25ml/day. My incisions look great so far, but until I hit the 3-4 week post-op mark I'm going to be anxious about wound healing complications. I've been off a regimented schedule for pain meds the last two days and will only take as needed now. I hope the worst of the swelling subsides soon...

One week post op

My appointment went great! The doctor says I am healing great and assured me that my breast incisions are superficially healed, which is nice to know since the first shower made it feel like my boobs were falling apart and I've had random lightning bolts of pain that makes it feel like my nipple is falling off. I'm pretty sure that's just nerve damage/some nerves healing. I also got my drain out! Gosh, those things are so annoying and gross. I completely understand and appreciate their purpose, but I get queasy dealing with blood and such so it was a major relief to get it out. I feel less swollen today and more like a real person again. I think the general anesthesia has finally gotten all the way out of my system and I have cut back on pain meds over the last few days because I desperately needed to poop. (That 'poop cocktail' with prune juice, miralax, and stool softeners does not work for me, unfortunately) Actually, I only took one pain pill and one muscle relaxer all day yesterday and have yet to take anything today. I'm doing a pretty good job of not overdoing anything, but think I am going to add in a few more activities a day because I am starting to get so bored! Will update with pics later this evening...
Columbia Plastic Surgeon

I have not yet had the procedure, but my doctor has always been available to me to answer questions (I have had a lot of them) and has been willing to see me for extra office visits to clarify my expectations and answer my questions. His bedside manner is great and he has really put me at ease regarding the procedure itself. I will update once I have the procedure done.

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