Well, less than a week to my preoperative...
Well, less than a week to my preoperative appointment. I'm pretty anxious about how much its going to hurt. I'm ready though! We got a recliner to sleep in for a week or two. I have my bras and pajamas set out. 12 days till the new me!
I had my pre-op appointment today!!! Its real! Its...
I had my pre-op appointment today!!! Its real! Its actually happening. 6 days to go! I'm so nervous. I was given a homeopathic version of motrin today to take the day before and first few days to minimize swelling/ bruising. I was given 3 scripts (Percocet, ceflex, & antinausea med). I was also given antimicrobial soap to wash with night before and morning of. I did write my Dr. An email this evening just addressing my concerns. (Scar placement, and implant size). He should be getting to me soon. Dr. Wallace has been so genuine and courteous. I feel like I'm in good hands! Now let's get this week over!!!
Also, I posted the wrong Dr. in my review. I am...
Also, I posted the wrong Dr. in my review. I am using Dr. William A. Wallace @ coastal cosmetic surgery center in Jacksonville, Fl.
I'm home from my surgery. I'm found well so far! I...
1 Apr 2013
Day of treatment
I'm home from my surgery. I'm found well so far! I decided last minute to do 575 cc in plants, not a big difference from 550. The Dr. did a great job of playing scar low. Dr. Wallace told my husband he luposuctioned out 700 CC's of fat!! Crazy! I will post more pictures very soon.
So the pain is setting in. I knee it would. I get...
1 Apr 2013
Day of treatment
So the pain is setting in. I knee it would. I get so much to pee because all the fluids. I'm ok when I lie still but need to move every do often to reduce risk of clots. I have to say a recliner is a must for this procedure!! Borrow one, buy one, whatever you've got to do. Also someone suggested a toilet seat lift to make it easier to get off the toilet. ($21 @ Walmart). Worth the money!! I can't believe even with all the seelli g how flat my tummy appears. I'll be posting pictures soon. Mommies, we work hard and treat ourselves last! This is a lifetime change that we deserve. I felt guilty before, now I'm so glad. Pain and all......
Just tackled my first shower. By far the most...
Just tackled my first shower. By far the most nerve racking thing. My husband called and got instructions. The nurse said to lie flat for 5 mins after taking off compression garment. Thus allowing blood flow to go back to the abdomen. We tied a string around my neck to hang my drains from. Either way the whole process way scary and exhausting! Nap time!
Post Op day #5. Had my second follow up. Right...
Post Op day #5. Had my second follow up. Right drain was removed today. Not a painful process, just a strange feeling. It is a very quick process. I woke up very sore today. But with some movement it gets better. Still very happy I choose Dr. Wallace and glad I did these procedures.
Day 6. Sore today. Burning sensation under my skin...
Day 6. Sore today. Burning sensation under my skin. My BA has never hurt (probably because its my second time.) Very pleased with the results. I hope I'll be better in a week to take care of my children. That's my only worry at this point. I'm pleased with Dr. Wallace, He's wonderfully detail oriented. I have follow up tomorrow and pray this last drain tube comes out, it burns. :(
I'm doing better everyday. I really hope when the...
I'm doing better everyday. I really hope when the swelling in my right breast goes down from the encapsulated repair that that nipple is even with the left. Also I am noticing a lot of swelling on sides and appears that I still have a "muffin top". I hope that area smoothes out. I see Dr. on friday and plan on addressing these areas.
Started my period today. Hurts really bad....
Started my period today. Hurts really bad. Unfortunately mine care always horribly painful so I cant tell what's what right now. My right side is horribly swollen. Worse than anytime so far. I hope its not seroma. When I went into this u didn't realize swelling was such an issue for so long. So ready to feel like the new me!
I feel so thick and fat and bloated today!! :( I'm...
I feel so thick and fat and bloated today!! :( I'm weighing in few lbs heavier too. My weight seems to differ by as much as 3-4 lbs each day. Does anyone else experience this??? Its discouraging. Maybe I'm retaining even more due to period?
Hi all :) I'm feeling pretty great today. Im...
Hi all :) I'm feeling pretty great today. Im weighing about 3 lbs less than my presurgery weight. I had my follow up. My tape was removed. Most of my scab came off. Thankfully I'm still numb. I'm so pleased with the results so far. Dr. W says I'll continue to shrink as swelling subsides. So far so good!! Flat Tummy!
Two weeks today. I'm found drastically better than...
Two weeks today. I'm found drastically better than last week. Moving around pretty good. Im still really swollen around the incision line and just above it. Dr. Said that area takes the longest. I'm do proud of my problem solving this week. I have a 16 m. old baby and have come up with ways not to pick him up. Today's my first day without help. I'm still getting shooting pains here and there. Still so worth it!!! Anyone else gave swelling around insicion that's pretty noticeable??
Day 15. I survived taking care of 4 kids by myself...
Day 15. I survived taking care of 4 kids by myself yesterday. Im definately more swollen but that's expected. Still so glad I did this. I can't imagine how great I'll look in 3 months time. I WILL be loosing the last 10 lbs now. I am beyond motivated, just need to give my body time to heal. I think i lost the motivation because no matter how much I ran it only came off my legs and butt. It took me 3 pregnancies to get a butt!! This took of weight in all the right places. I'm only about 3 lbs lighter so far but it looks like 10 (right from tummy!) All my clothes are baggy in the right places and tight at the breasts.
I had a rough week. My grandfather passed and I...
I had a rough week. My grandfather passed and I had to travel for his funeral. Besides the emotional drain, my body wasn't ready for all that lifting/moving around. Tomorrow will be 4 weeks. I'm still very happy with this whole process and really have no complaints. I'm ready to be able to start running and loose my last 10 lbs. Once and for all. (I love you Grandpa!)
I'm feeling so fat lately. I want to loose weight...
I'm feeling so fat lately. I want to loose weight but even when I can start working out I'm afraid I'll swell like crazy. Trying to be patient. But feel bloated. Ugh.
Tomorrows my 32nd birthday and I'm going bikini...
Tomorrows my 32nd birthday and I'm going bikini shopping. Still can't believe I was lucky enough to have this surgery and have such great results so fast!!! Thank You Dr. Wallace, you gave me my body back! :)
5 weeks today and doing great! Like the rest of...
5 weeks today and doing great! Like the rest of you I still experience swelling, but mostly I feel great! I don't feel limited anymore on activities. However I do not recommend bouncing on a pogo stick (owe!). Life is amazing and I feel so blessed to have found a great Dr. and got the results that I've achieved. I hated my body in the past and on a daily basis felt discusted that I let my body get so bad. Now I feel proud, alive and revamped! Go for it!
6.5 Weeks Post Op.
Monday will be 7 weeks. Can't believe how time flies! I still have areas that I hope get better with time. Mostly the love handle areas. I have a "shelf" appearance, but am sure that my Dr. will adress any concerns at the 3 month check. I still have a collection of either fat or swelling along rib cage just under my breasts. I always held fat there and I know that I pointed that out and that he did his best to liposuction that area. Hopefully its just swelling. Other than that feel good. I am trying to watch what I eat but really want to join the gym, Sadly I live in a part of town that doesn't have many gym that offer child care to kids under 2.
Just an update
Nothing majorly new. Still have swelling, as expected. Not bar though. All I can say is I would do this a million times over!! The scar is well worth the loss of all that fat and skin. I love getting dressed! Any ladies thinking about doing it should. I highly recommend the newer version called Lipoabdomunoplasty. Try googling it and research it.
5 month update
My body is healing great. Still very happy with the revision. It really made all the difference! Still no weight loss to date but I'm back at the gym working on it. I feel amazing. My stomach feels so tight. I have abs. Absolutely no regrets!!
I'm posting my before and after's from my Dr.'s office.
I look at these pictures and I'm amazed. I didn't realize how gross my belly had become. No wonder I cried getting dressed. This surgery has restored me to my 21 yr. old body. The lack of cconfidence I had weighed on my marriage. Now, I don't constantly nag about being fat. Life is good :)
20 Sep 2013
5 months post
I've started running again. I'm down 4 lbs. My goal is about 7-8 more lbs but mostly toning. When I run I feels electrical, almost tingling sensations, across my tummy. Doesn't hurt, just strange. Dr. says it can take up to a year for those sensations to fade. This has been such an amazing experience. Make sure if you're considering this procedure that you do your homework and have a few consults. I had the best Dr. around in my opinion.
6 month picture
Not much change last few months. Still struggling with daily headaches (non-related) and hopefully with be hitting the gym harder very soon.
22 Nov 2013
7 months post
Make sure you massage your scar, it helps :)
1 year pics
I haven't pushed myself like I thought I would because of my chronic headaches but I'm getting there. My 3 Month goal is to loose 10 lbs and I'll be happy. All my pics posted are without major exercise.
The only thing g I wish I would gave done was tell my Dr. In advance that I scar badly & I don't absorb absorbable sutures so we could have done different sutures. I have more redness & scaring than most. But still worth it 100%!
My story reads like I have no intellect, but I assure you its my stupid smart phone. Realself should allow edits.
Mommy Makeover Bliss :)
I'm doing great! Working out hard and loving getting dressed. < That's a first!
I wish my scar was fading more but I think that's genetics.
Hysterectomy in 3 days
Total hysterectomy in 3 days. Nervous. Hope I don't gain weight.
two years :)
Doing good. Glad I did this.
2 years no regrets
Still the best thing I've done for myself.
I think I have a 4 pack :)
It's hard to believe it's been over two years. I remember reading reviews of women two years out and thinking it'd take forever...but it doesn't. What an amazing gift I gave myself. It helped so many aspects of my life. You can't put a price on confidence. Life is too short to feel inadequate. Happy wife=happy life. :)
2.5 years p.o.
Still very pleased with my results. If your not sure if you want to do it, all I can say is I would do it again in a heartbeat!
3+ years later
I still struggle w/maintaining my weight but never have regretted my surgery. It's not an excuse to get lazy or "cure all" so if you keep at it it'll be worth the effort.
Mommy Makeover Update
New swimsuits from Everything But Water