Well I'm 30 years old, no kids. I have...
Well I'm 30 years old, no kids. I have always been overweight, but my weight increased dramatically during a stressful period in my life, and I was up to 280 lbs at one point. I am currently down to 225 lbs (still want to lose about 15-20 lbs before surgery). I'm 5'6. Even at my smallest weight, I never had a nice shape. I'm not looking to have a huge, ridiculous A**. I just want to look better in my clothes and feel better about myself. Trust me, I have very realistic expectations. I have done tons of research and have decided on Ortega or Alvarez.
I would like to have it done Feb or March 2017. I plan to stay in recovery house.
I am not interested in bringing someone with me to take care of me during this time as that would be unnecessary $$$$$ I would have to spend. So it would be great if I could find a surgery buddy who would stay in the same recovery house and possibly have the same day as me.
I don't think my family would allow me to leave otherwise. LOL.
I am excited to share my experience with fellow RS members!!!
Flight Booked, Recovery House Booked, Surgery Scheduled
Well, it's less than 2 months until my surgery. I'm sooooo excited!!!!! It's the perfect time for me to have it done. I am nervous but only because I fear I won't have great results. My flight is booked. My recovery house has been booked and my surgery is scheduled. There is no turning back now. I will have to stay there for one whole week which is more than I initially anticipated but that's ok. Dr. Perry was very adamant about this because he wants to be able to monitor for any surgery complications. I am ok with that.
I do still need to drop some pounds before then, but these holidays sure didn't help. LOL.
I will be posting some pics closer to my date and I will probably be doing more frequent updates as my date draws near.
Until next time.........
Surgery Clearance Done - 2 WEEKS TO GO!
Well I completed my surgery clearance this week.
So a normal hemoglobin is 11.1 and above. Guess what mine is??!! That's right - 11.1. SMH.
Thank goodness I have been taking my iron tablets or I probably would be rescheduling my surgery. I haven't been as compliant as I should be with taking them, but over these next 2 weeks, I will not be missing any more doses.
I am nervous, excited, anxious all at the same time!! I'm so ready for it to be done and over with.
I don't have any wish pics because I am going in with realistic expectations;I just want to have the best result possible.
That's all for now!
I will post the hideous before pics as my surgery date draws near.
Until next time...........................
The dreaded before pics
This may be Dr. Perry's toughest case yet. My hips are wide enough. I just need him to give me projection and flatten this tummy.
Just My Luck
Everything really had gone as planned in preparation for my procedure that's scheduled on 2/23. UNTIL Friday 2/17 when I developed fevers, chills and bodyaches. I didn't panic at that point because I typically bounce back from these things quickly. So I received a steroid injection and left work early on Friday to rest up and try to recover from this "flu like illness". Saturday, I was feeling like a champ - had a little cough and congestion but no more fevers and bodyaches. Come Sunday, I felt like death was reaching out for me. I was so ill that I couldn't get out of bed. Monday was the same. In addition to leaving work early on Friday, I wasn't able to go in on Monday. That's something that hardly ever happens. I've been at my current job for about 2 years and I think that was the 2nd time I've had to miss due to illness. At this point, I'm pretty well convinced that surgery wasn't happening. I just couldn't muster the strength to call to reschedule everything because I was just that ill. I don't think I've ever been this sick in my adult life.
So today, I drug myself out of bed and made myself go to work, even though I felt horrible and was still running fever. Long story short, I was able to reschedule my procedure for next month, and I was able to reschedule my flight for a SMALL FEE OF ONLY $40. PRAISE GOD! *PRAISE BREAK*
I was able to shuffle everything around at work as well, so I'm not sweating it. Dr. Perry's office was very understanding and from some of the reviews I've read, I don't think they will perform this procedure if they sense so much as a hint of illness in you. lol. And it's probably for the best.
As badly as I want this procedure, I know it's not worth my health and well being.
I FINALLY feel some better today - after receiving another steroid injection and antibiotic injection.
Everything happens for a reason!
Until next time............................................................
Well I made it here just fine. Everything has gone smoothly thus far. My recovery home and caretaker are amazing!! I'm ready to get this done and over with. I go in at 7 in the morning. Pray for me!! Will keep you posted!
2 days post op
Well today, I am 2 days post op from my BBL with Dr. Perry. I had some issue with dizziness but that seems to have resolved by now. On yesterday, he put me in this corset type cast of my stomach and back that's supposed to help my skin contract. I am soooooo uncomfortable. I can't wait to get this off!!!!!! I'm supposed to have a shower this evening and it's supposed to loosen up some. I can't even take a deep breath. He believes in this method though, so I will give it a chance.my results are amazing! My back and butt are beautiful. I knew my stomach would be the issue because it was so big. It has certainly deflated but there's just a lot of loose skin. And I know there's still lots of fluid there. Hopefully, his technique will work for me. I am able to go to the bathroom on my own and transfer in and out of the bed without help so that's good I believe. I haven't gotten the best pics but will post what I have. I will continue to keep you all updated. Thanks for your prayers!
Oh yea, I absolutely hate sleeping on my stomach. I wake up, my neck, arms, hands hurt terribly. I only sleep for a couple hours at a time so be sure to take a sleep aid! My back or butt really don't hurt. It's mostly my stomach. Just forgot to add that important piece of info! Ttyl!!
The HELL Im In
All potential Perry patients should be made aware that he uses this technique to help skin contract. It is super uncomfortable. He cares very little about your discomfort and is only concerned with you having amazing results. Lol! I must admit that when he removed it the first time and put it right back on, I wanted to punch him in the eye but there was a significant reduction in the amount of hanging skin I have of about 50% and that was only after 2 days. I will admit that I cut it the first time and I removed some layers after the second because I couldn't breathe, eat or sleep. Lol. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I do feel like I'd be much further in my recovery if not for this hell.
8 weeks post op
16 May 2017
2 months post
Well I am 8 weeks post op and still not back to 100%. I am having horrible itching in my flanks no matter how much hydrocortisone or Benadryl creams I use. Or how may anti-histamines I take. I also still have tearing, ripping burning pains when transferring out of bed. Otherwise, I'm good. I'm so very pleased with the way my back and stomach turned out. I couldn't have asked for a flatter tummy. I didn't think this was possible. I lost a significant amount of volume from my butt, however. And the shape is still the same *sigh*. It's still an improvement from what I had previously. I can't say that this is any fault of my surgeon, because immediately post op, I had a beautifully round bottom and now it's square again :/ I can tell there is more because it jiggles when I walk and I have some projection from the side. But looking directly from behind, it's horrible. My pre-surgery weight was 230 and I'm down to 218 now. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. I may look into having a round 2 because I really wanted a round butt. So I'm 70% satisfied. I look soooo much better in my clothes. I can pretty much wear what I want now because of how flat my tummy is. Here are some updated pics. I'll continue to keep you updated :)