Tummy Tuck Time!! - Miami, FL
After 5 years of back and forth debating, I think...
Implant Type & Size??
Ok ladies, so I have been debating back and forth between what type and size breast implants to get. I am a 36b now and would like to be a full c/small d. I am a fan of saline, because they're saline filled, but not a fan of possible rippling and deflation. I am a fan of silicone, because of the more natural feel and no rippling, but I am not a fan of possible rupture and silicone gel leaking into my body. I am also indecisive on size. I am a petite woman, with a short torso and big butt. My butt sits very high and you can see my hips from the front. I LOVE my curves and so does my husband, but we both agree that too big of an implant will tobble me over..lol. I also DO NOT want a lift, I do not heal the best skin wise, besides my husband is the only one looking at my boobs without a bra anyway and he likes them the way they are now! Lol. So I've been debating between 450cc saline vs 425cc silicone. Do you think this will be too big for my frame? I will post wish pics, so you guys can see the end results I am looking for.
Surgery After Care??
couple of varying factors: we live local (about 4 hours away), my
husband will be traveling with me, I only plan on staying in Miami for
2-3 nights and I want to be in a comfortable, clean and quiet
environment. I am debating between staying at The Best Western Premier,
behind Spectrum Aesthetics office and hiring a nurse to come and help my
husband take care of me or staying at a recovery home like Miriam
Landford's. The indecisive comea from a privacy and comfort stand point
for me. I am thinking, if we have a private hotel room, if I wake up
crying in pain or am constipated on the toilet for awhile (just being
real), I would prefer a more private setting and not to be embarrassed.
He has seen me at worst after a surgery and obviously I am completely
comfortable around my husband. Also, I don't know that I want my husband
in a house full of women who just had surgery. I don't want him or the
other women in the house to feel ackward. I don't know how I would feel
about some random woman's husband/boyfriend strolling around right after
Ive had surgery. Ok, but the plus sidr of staying in a recovery home to
me seems like the 24/7 care, meals included and the comradety of
meeting other women going through the same thing as me. Also the
cleanliness versus a random hotel. I don't know ladies, any suggestions
would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :-)
Post Surgery Checklist, Tips & Items Needed??
Ol ladies, so I have a little bit of time for this sincey surgery isn't slated until the end of August. But I was wondering of there are any particular items you think I should purchase before my surgery, to help with post surgery recovery. Also, any tips on post mommy makeover. I had a c-section years ago and vividly remember that experience, but I also have ridiculously high pain threshold. But regardless ANY tips or suggestions for anything, including pain management would be greatly appreciated. I've seen some things like scar away bandages, eating pineapple, ice packs, bringing microwaveable soup cans and bottled water...etc. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, any help I would appreciate it. :-)
Implants Too Risky???
Tummy Tuck only :-)
It just got real!!!!
Deposit is paid!!
12 weeks until surgery!!!!
Tummy tuck without lipo???
Getting my weight down :)
My Stomach is deflating...
Recovery House booked! (Miami Escape)
Kind of random..
Full body pic...
7 weeks until surgery OMG!!!
4 Weeks Until Surgery!!!!!
I'VE BEEN CLEARED FOR SURGERY!!!!!
Officially 2 weeks until Surgery!!!
Officially 1 week untik surgery!!! Omg!!
Only 5 days until surgery!!
Post Surgery supplies:
-Faja Salome Flattening board
-Cool or Hot bean bag
-Antibacterial body wipes
-Arnica 30c tablets
-Memory foam slippers
-Oversized jumpsuit (For surgery day)
-Hanes seemless panties
-3 loose maxi dresses
-3 Old Tshirts
P.s. my time of the month came early this week (Hallelu!!) So happy I won't have to deal with that after surgery. *I think I unconsciously willed it to happen though, I was so worried about dealing with it...lol*
2 days until surgery!
Surgery scheduled for 1030am!
3 hours until surgery!
All checked in for surgery!
Final before pics
I'm on the flat side :)
I went into the surgery room and was talking to the anesthesiologists and they said I was in good hands. Next thing I know, I'm being awaken by a nurse, saying it's time to wake up and my surgery went well. I went from knocked out to completely alert, like someone gave me a shot of adrenaline and the pain wad unbearable. Which coming from me is a big deal. I have a very high threshold for pain. The only pain I had though was from mu muscle repair. I could literally feel every stitch pulsating and spasm. It was horrible, I just kepy crying and asking for meds. They ended up giving me a fentinal shot which took the edge off, but I was still hurting, so I tried my best to breathe through the pain and relax. The more tense I was, the worse the pain was. So then Dani from Miami Escape was waiting on me, she picked me up and drove me to her house. Then ny husband came and dropped off all my stuff. Now I've been off and on sleeping. Just fell asleep writing this actually. Lol. I haven't had pain anywhere else except thr right drain site. Its leaking and I feel like it pinching my skin, which a very annoying pain. Just fell asleep agan..omg. I just took my nausea meds. Well I'm of to bed ladies.
Post op day 1
Miami Escape Recovery House
Waiting on Dr.Ortega
Last night was pretty rough. I couldn't get comfortable, I just tossed and turned trying to find a comfortable position, plus not squish my drains.
I'm 4 days post op, still no bowel movement. Not really a big deal to me considering I have Celiac and thats normal. I did take magnesium citrate before surgery and had a major bowel movement the morning of, so right now I don't feel constipated or anything considering I haven't really eaten that much.
My legs are swelling at the ankles, I need to get up and walk more, its just hard because once I lay down and get comfortable, I don't want to get up. But I am doing a little more with each day.
My muscle repair is by far the most pain still, imagine wearing a steel boned corset all day and it constantly rubbing your upper rib cage. Ugh...I have been using an ice pack in the middle of my chest which gives me monetary relief.
My incision is fine, there are only two areas that bother me. Ok, so I'm assuming the end of my tt stitch is on my right, it puckers more and it has leaked the most. I had the same issue with my c-section stitch. It is also giving my the most grief (incision wise). It feels like this constant pinching and pulling pain. The other area on my incision that bothers me is right on top of my vagina, where I shaved before surgery. My recommendation is for you ladies to wax, as opposed to shaving. I say this because now the hair is growing back in and it is sooooooo irritating. Its like sandpaper rubbing on the incision, not fun!
My back pain is minimal, only achey, like after a hard work out.
My compression garmet keeps rising up over my booty when I try to sleep or lay down and sometimes I feel like its digging into my incision. So now I have abd pads all along the bottom seam of my garment, which is helping.
I can't stand up straight all the way yet. But when I lay down, I can stretch my arms over my head without any pain.
I still need help getting up from laying down on my back.
Ok, so just a couple of random things. I'll keep updating as much as I can.
5 days post op
Bye bye drains
6 days post op!!
Dominican Republic Surgery
Playing dress up!
9 days post op and feeling great!
Happy is an understatement...
11 days post op
13 days post op
2 weeks post op!
Manuka honey is literally a gift from God! Lol. I honestly can't remember where I read about it, but it is amazing. If you have open wounds it will literally begin to heal the same day. Hospitals are beginning to use manuka honey to treat mrsa, so you know its good stuff.
Constipation is REAL and evil!!!!lol. But (no pun intended..lol) it can be prevented. This is partially my own fault. I have celiac disease and I know I have to drink atleast 2 glasses of Prune juice a day to stay regular. But I have been slacking. Plus I have been eating alot of rice, which is also a big no no for me. It doesn't digest well. PLUS I have been ordering out alot because I can't stand and cook for hours. So I figured out a solution today. My hubs drove me to the grocery store. I bought alot of ingredients that I can "prepare" but don't necessarily need to be cooked. For instance, gluten free turkey wraps, ceviche, vegetable soup, etc....and a big ol' bottle of Prune juice..lol. I wish I had thought of this prior to coming home from Miami, but it's no biggie, I'm doing it now. So ladies, unless you're staying in a recovery house for awhile after surgery, prepare some meals or get some healthy easily prepared meals to eat post surgery. Trust you will not have the energy to get up and cook for yourself.
Swollen ankles, remember to keep your feet elevated and if you plan on going out doing more walking than usual, where sneakers or shoes with alot of cushion. Compression socks if possible as well.
Driving, I'm still not driving myself yet. But even if you're only riding, I suggest bringing a small pillow or a little neck pillow to put on your stomach. Then put the seat belt on top of that. It has been my savior for those quick stops or unexpected pot holes.
Sleeping, I'm still not comfortable, but can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I am sleeping in bed propped up with pillows under my back and legs. When my stitches are completely closed I will be able to sleep on my sides atleast. Yay!
Lower back pain, to be honest, this just started for me about two days ago. I think it is partially attributed to my constipation and I also havent been taking the muscle relaxers as much. I havent been able to walk for too long without my lower back muscles tightening up. Which is no fun at all. #sadface
Coughing, Sneezing and Laughing, ok so for the first week. I would cringe at the thought of coughing, it was excruciating! It felt like my muscles were ripping apart inside. My husband is a jokester and would try to cheer me up, by making me laugh, but it actually was making it worse..lol. So no laughing, maybe a slight chuckle, but nothing more. Sneezing, well I can't really speak to much to this. I just had my first sneeze today and it wasnt that bad, I grabbed a pillow, pushed it against my stomach, braced myself and let it go. It honestly just felt like someone knocked the wind out of me. No pain really, just a big push of pressure and my muscles all tightened up for awhile.
Bending, Reaching, Pulling and Lifting. Well I'm already short and can never reach anything, Lol. So I bought a foldable step stool, which is very light weight but sturdy. It helps me get in and out of bed as well as reach the cabinets and microwave. Bending, only if THERE IS NO ONE THAT CAN HELP YOU and its a necessity, like you drop your phone or something. This is not only a big no no, it hurts like hell. It honestly hurt to just bend my neck and look down for the first couple of days. Let alone bend my abdomen to wipe myself. Omg, it wasn't happening. I was so happy the ladies at Miami Escape were not squeamish and willing to help. Pulling, that I've been doing from day one. To get up from a laying down position I would ask one of the ladies to hold out their arm, I would grip it and pull myself up. For getting into bed I would push up on my arms, on each side and shimmy into my position. The only part that would really be bothersome is right between my breast, at the top point of my rib cage. It felt like I was tearing the muscle, ugh. Lifting, NOTHING, not even that purse girl! Please be very careful. I literally would only carry my neck pillow to my appointments. No lifting ladies, you will hurt yourself.
Muscle repair, I thought this was the bain of my existence for the first week and a half. It was really the only pain I've consistently felt throughout this entire process. If any of you ladies are familiar with wearing a steel boned corset, it feels like that on the inside of your body. Super tight. So it takes time to get use to and for your muscles to relax from the stitches inside.
Liposuction of the flanks, ok, so in the beginning, first week. I had no pain from the lipo at all. I was swollen and numb, so unless someone literally punched me, I didnt feel it. Now for this week, its a completely different story. My swelling has gone down tremendously, so my skin is meeting with underlying tissue and muscles. It is painful, achey and itchy. I just apply benadryl topical gel and biofreeze. The combination seems to work well for me. All of my lipo bruising is gone. I only have one bruise on my front, bottom, left side of my incision. I think it's from where the drain was though, not the lipo.
Medications, I only took percocet and nausea meds the first day, percocet makes me vomit, so I stopped taking it after day one. Day 2-13, taking Tylenol 2 pills every 6 hours. Day 3-13 muscle relaxer before bed and at 5am. Now no meds, only 1 tylenol if needed.
Supplements, in my previous post I have a picture of the supplements I'm taking. They are mostly tissue repairing supplements. What bodybuilders take. I believe they've attributed to my swift recovery.
Restroom and bathing, ok, so where do I start...Day 1-3, I was pretty much naked all the time. Just a compression garment and robe. I could use the restroom by myself, but couldn't wipe. Day 3-5 , I could use the bathroom by myself and wipe myself in the front. But I could not turn around and wip my butt. This may be a tmi, but I try to keep it 100 and hopefully this helps someone. It hurt less to crouch and wipe from the front, then turn and try wipe after a bowel movement. So I would reach down with one arm between my legs, as far back as possible and wipe myself (still doing this now). Day 6-now, I can shower alone, but I do make sure to do it while my husband is home, just in case I was to fall or something, better safe than sorry.
Attire, I live in cheap black maxi dresses I bought online and my bathrobe. No pants or underwear. My incision is really low, plus while you have drains, you're going to be very uncomfortable with anything rubbing against it.
That's all I can think of for now. I did begin work again today, but I work from home a very sedentary job. So no big change in my at home routine. If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Happy healing everyone ????
Abs at 2 weeks!!!!
A few new pics.
To waist train or not to waist train....that is the????
Also, a quick regular update. My incision is completely healed and doing well. The next time I remove the tape, I will take pics. My belly button on the other hand id NOT cooperating. But its coming along. Other than that, everything seems to be progressing well. I continue to take my supplements (until the bottles are empty) I really do praise them for my swift recovery. Let me know if you guys want an updated list by the way. I have no more pain, except occasionally on my sides where the lipo was done and that's only if I push deep into the skin. I am still applying arnica gel and biofreeze twice a day to help with that. Now that the swelling is goinh down, I can definitely see some creases. Hoping my cellulite massager can zap those out. Also I looked at myself in the mirror today in just a bra and panties and felt so beautiful. I know thats random. But for us ladies, that can seriously be an everyday struggle. Ok, well time for bed.
P.S. now I'm thinking about getting my boobs done...lol..omg
Vitamin & Supplement List
Vitamin A 8,000IU (Radiance)
Cranberry 4200mg (Cvs Herbal)
Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine (Vimerson)
L-Arginine 500mg (Vitamin Shoppe)
Bromelain 500mg (Vitamin Shoppe)
Glutamine 500mg (Bodytech)
Vitamin C 1000mg (Sundown Naturals)
Raw Manuka Honey Active 15+ (Y.S. Eco Bee Farms)
Arnica Tea 2 tea bags per cup (Herbacil)
*I haven't yet. But I will be adding a Womens Multivitamin, Dhea and Green Tea extract to my daily routine as well.*
TIPS (JUST MY OPINION) 3 Weeks Post Op!
These are the Voyages of NewNewBody4Me....to seek out new tips and ideas for the future women to come and to boldy go where many women have gone before...lol.
Ok ladies so I thought it'd be helpful if I could write out a couple of scenarios to help you guys recover. I've only had a tummy tuck with liposuction, so can truly only speak to that.
This surgery is no joke! I would definitely say it only takes second place to a full mommy makeover. This is major surgery and should definitely be treated as such. If there are any mom's out there that compare this to Csection, I believe that is valid, but please keep in mind that after surgery you are not in a hospital with a team of nurses to care for you. Plus there is no pain pump, etc. All of the comfortable things that help you recover. Also the muscle repair pain is REAL! I was not all prepared for that. I have a particularly small torso, which may have attributed to my specific discomfort with this. But nonetheless, it was painful! Ok, so for sure the worst for me, was the muscle repair. Any of you who have ever worn a steel boned corset, this is what the muscle repair felt like to me, literally like someone had stitched me up my stomach inside and any little movement, there was a shift inside as well. Even now I have a little discomfort when I have a sneeze attack or try to get up to swiftly. My body is like, girl, no! Lol. The incision has honestly never really caused me any pain, minus the sides, particularly the ends of each side. Those areas only because they experience the most movement, twisting, pulling and such. Also my compression garment would push down on them whenever I sat down. So abd pads worked great as a cushion between the my incision and the bottom of my garment. Ok, onto my belly button...I literally almost felt like I would have rather told the doctor, I dont need a new bellybutton..lol. It was so painful and I was surprised no one has talked about this! So think about your anatomy with this surgery, your abdominal muscles are pulled together and sewn like a shoe string. Your belly button is cut, pulled up and into an incision about an inch wide and stitched closed. Imagine your belly button is a rubber band in the middle of a balloon, which is on the cusp of popping. Your abdomen is so swollen and every time you get up to walk that rubberband belly button gets pulled further down and inside, plus the stitches around the skin are also pulling. Then the compression garment is pushing on it from the outside ugh, you just can't win! This honestly didn't subside for me until about day 10 or 11 when the majority of my swelling went away. My suggestion is to get up very slowly (obviously) and brace your belly button area, before making any movements.
This really was not a bother for me until about day 7ish. I was so swollen, I honestly could not feel the lipo. Around day 7, swelling was significantly decreasing and bruises began to appear and I could feel the tenderness on my sides. It honestly has never been too bad, especially in comparison to the other pain. It really mainly hurt when I would remove my compression garment. Because the sides would dig into my skin. So to help rectify this I started wearing a thin tank top and would pad my sides with abd pads at first, then lipo foam the more I progressed in healing.
If you plan on going directly home, prepare meals prior to surgery, so they are readily available to you. Also low sodium light meals. Lots of whole foods, veggies and water. Also lots of healthy snacks, you may not be able to eat a complete or you may just feel super hungry (side affects of meds) so its better to snack on grapes, not potato chips. Now with that being said, also havs some snacks or little candies that are your favorite. This is something that mentally helped me cope. I don't know why, it just did. Also, prepare your home. Disinfect everything, make sure you have chuck pads or old towels you can lay on your bed in case you leak fluid ir blood in your sleep. I was bleeding so much my first night from one drain and a pucker in my incision. So this is definitely a necessity. Also invest in a waterproof mattress pad cover as we as waterproof pillowcases. You never know what will happen post surgery, vomiting, urinating yourself, sweat, blood, anything. Just keeping it real. Also invest in a walker or cane, either of these will help you get up from seated position as well as get around if you're home alone. A recliner or chair with ottoman for sleeping and sitting. I have a nursing chair that I purchased on Craigslist. It is phenomenal! Its small, reclines, rocks, swivels and has a small ottoman. Also have alot of your everyday things at counter level. My husband is really tall ans has a tendency to put things high up, but forgot that when he was at work, I couldnt reach anything. Lol. So I have since made sure to put everything at a comfortable level for me to reach. I also purchased a foldable step stool that I can easily lift and use if necessary.
You really don't need to bring anything with you after surgery. Well I stayed at Miami Escape Recovery and they have everything and wait on you hand and foot. I have an earlier review on them if you want specifics.
Same bedding supplies, I mentioned previously in (Home). Also make sure to have a room with fridge and microwave. So you can heat up your soup and what not. But also keep your water and juices cool. As much as it sucks to get up and down, let room service clean your room. You're paying for it, so let them do it. Plus during that time you can get up and get your circulation going.
Set an alarm on your phone. Waking up in pain, is not fun. The pain meds will also make you constipated, so if you need to take pain meds for an extended amount of time. Make sure your diet reflects that, lots of green veggies, prune juice (mix with grape juice or apple juice for better taste). Laxatives are not good for your belly, but you gotta do what you gotta do, doo...lol. sorry, that just happened.
3 weeks post op update:
So my period decided to start today. Awesome! Not! Omg, why didnt anyone tell me I would be miserable...lol. So last night between cramps and bloating, plus my muscles tensing up. I could've screamed literally. I literally laid in bed breathing through the pain, like I was going into labor..lol. But breathing through pain is really something that helps me. I know I'm not supposed to, but I have to breath. I am so bloated and swollen and ugh, just everything. Lol. You know how it is ladies. Also, my hormones are a mess, so just trying to keep my emotions in check as well.
I can't think of anything else right now. If you ladies have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
Lets talk about "Physce"
Ok, so your physe through this process is very important. This is something I havent really dug into yet, so lets get into it. Elective surgery is as much of a psychological journey as it is physical. Alot of us work so hard prior to surgery getting our bodies right, loosing weight, eating right, getting our BMIs in order, iron levels, etc. Which is great and I believe shows dedication to the process that will soon follow. But remember you have to mentally be just as prepared. Prior to surgery I doubted myself soooo much. Second guessing every decision. Literally up until the night before, like it would be so easy to turn around and just go back home..lol. I can just wear corsets and baggy clothes, hiding my belly, the rest of my life. Lol. But I knew deep down inside, that would not make me happy. My emotions were a real roller coaster post surgery as well. Looking at myself in the mirror, wanting instant gratification for a surgery I had yesterday! (Lol, not realistic) We have our minds set in wanting tk look like our wish pics, right away! Not happening, this takes time and a lot of patience on your part. Ok. So to break a few things down and this is purely from my perspective and what helped me. Before surgery, I made sure to try and stay positive, looking at the positive side of everything. I hung out alot with friends, went shopping, watched funny comedians on YouTube, anything that made me smile. Literally the night before surgery. My husband and I were watching funny comedians on YouTube before bed. After surgery I did the same thing and then some. I had a list of shows I knew I wanted to watch on Netflix and a dvr full of recordings at home. Anything to keep my mind off of the pain and the fact that I was pretty much helpless. Its hard to go from completely independent to asking someone to help you wipe yourself afer you use the restroom. Its also quite embarrassing if I'm speaking truthfully. So maintaining a positive outlook is key or was for me anyway. Keeping my mind occupied. It hurt to laugh, but a little chuckle every now and again was worth it. I also looked at other womens progression videos on YouTube. I still do that now actually. It helps me remind myslef that I wont always look like this, the swelling will subside, the pain won't be here forever...I can wear a bikini soon! Lol. Just being honest, those little things, really are helping me through this. So my advice is to do whatever you can to stay happy and motivate yourself through this. Your results are gonna be wonderful and in the end you'll be happy you did it! :-)
Full Supply List (so far..)
$25 Nursery Recliner
3M Micropore tape
Benzoin Tincture swabs
Boiron ArnicaCare Gel
Jeronic Folding Strep stool
Majestic Pure Anti Cellulite massage oil
3 Piece Anti Cellulite massage kit
Jaybird and Mais 30/31 adhesive foam
Jobar International P Ez
Macks pillow soft silicone ear plug
Mepitac 298400 soft silicone tape
Fajas Salome 2507 Support Flattening board (Fyi: this is just a hard piece of cardboard wrapped in fabric)
BioFreeze pain relief gel roller
NON21450H sterile abdominal pads
Hibiclens Antiseptic/Antimicrobial soap and pump
Herbacil Arnica Tea
Heavenly Shapewear Garment
Hanes Black Underwear 6 pack
Waterproof mattress pad
Black bed sheet pack
Black washcloths and towels
Travel Neck pillow
Eye sleeping patch
Manuka honey ointment
Extra Strength Tylenol
Wet ones Antibacterial Wipes
Small Scissors (Stainless Steel)
Tweezers (Stainless Steel)
Rubbing alcohol pads
Small hand mirror (Helps with seeing incision, you can't bend down, so holding the mirror in front and just looking down was so much easier)
Weekly pill organizer
Vitamins from supplement list
Swelling going away..
Time for Scar Therapy, Incision has healed!
Just a quick review...
25 days post op!
The JEANS test!
Dr. Ortega was really nice, he explained everything clearly to me. He took off ALOT of skin for me, which is awesome and wasnt too aggressive with lipo.