Currently, I am 3 days post-op for BA and abdominoplasty. So far recovery seems to be as expected.
I am 5'9" and weigh 155 lbs. My activities vary from triathlon to water sports to good old weight training. This past spring/summer, with the help of my nutritionist, I went from 24% body fat to a little under 18%. But guess what remained? Yep...my flabby stretch-marked stomach. And guess what shrunk away? Breast tissue just dissolved.
Although I've been wanting to do this procedure for years, I've never had surgery. More importantly, my body is so strong and healthy that I was afraid to compromise it in any way. Also, did I really want to trade one set of scars (stretch marks) for another one? But I just disliked how that flabby lower abdomen pushed up over my pants and I ended up with an inner tube around my belly, no matter what! Plus I wanted to "reinflate" my breasts back to a full C.
My PS and anesthesiologist have a great philosophy regarding pain control. First of all, my PS does not use drains. He uses quite a few sutures so as not to leave any pockets where a seroma might collect. I think the fear of having painful drains also held me back, so I was delighted to learn about his technique. Also the AS explained the IV sedation cocktail ( ketamine, propofol, and ?versed) and she uses no narcotics in the mix, which greatly reduces nausea.
Prior to surgery is where the magic happens, as far as preventative pain control, decreased bruising, and minimal swelling. At first I was skeptical about taking all these meds, since I don't take any at all. But I followed all of their advice and I'm happy to report that my discomfort has, at worst, been a 5/10. I also did not consume certain foods/beverages that can thin the blood (berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, wine, onions, green tea, etc) for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Further, pain control lies in decreasing the inflammatory response and controlling muscle spasm. So I've been taking my Celebrex, Valium, norflex, sin-ecch and Tylenol, along with the ice packs. The Percocet is handy but I haven't touched one yet. Sleep has been great. In my own bed since we don't have a recliner. And my husband just pops up to help me to the bathroom.
And I have to say that the showers have been divine! I was able to shower 1day PO and it felt so great on my swollen breasts. My husband was right there with me, washing me.
Speaking of my husband, he's been wonderful....he arranged all my meds, set timers, made me the absolute best grilled cheese ever, was packing frozen pea bags all over me. Unfortunately, he had to go back to work on POD 2&3 so I was on my own. But I was pretty ok and peaceful.
I have been quite surprised that my abdomen has been relatively pain free, except for minor incisional pain. Oh and the one time I coughed. And minimal swelling, although there definitely is some. But no drains! I do realize if I develop a seroma he will have to evacuate it...with a needle.
I guess I'm more concerned at how swollen and ginormous my breasts are! We decided on 370cc textured shaped silicone implants. He likes placement mainly sub glandular but we decided that morning of surgery to go partial sub muscular. I imagine this is why my chest feels like I had the most intense chest workout of my life.
So these thing will drop, huh? I hope so because they're just so...jutting. My bra size has been a padded C, with minor ptosis that actually did NOT need a lift. What I wanted was a full C but right now they are huge! Oh and although it's a little boring to just lie around, I have to say all my over-use injuries from my training are disappearing. Yet another benefit!