Best of luck ladies!
Ready for Fitted Dresses -Miami, FL
Hi, I am very excited and nervous about my tummy...
Best of luck ladies!
Heading to the Office for the consultation
My second consultation went pretty well. He spent a lot of time with me, answered all my questions and when I couldn't stomach another picture of the surgery he showed me another. Lol, I do agree with some of his other patients on here that he is very,very personable. He was calm (helps with my nervousness) and reviewed my CAT scan to show me the separation. I didn't feel like he was selling me a dream but more telling me the reality. His lipo work is amazing. I am having lipo just on the waist. The other doctors I spoke with did lipo but did not accomplish the curve affect that I am looking for. Dr. P's lipo pictures look like perfectly sculpted models..........wow. I still have the jitters but he does bring me to a certain level of comfort when speaking to him.
My biggest fears: Wound separation, serious infection, PE and no follow up care.
My support: My wonderful husband who has been there for every step, tear and worry. My cousins who will be in town for most of my recovery.
My concern: Missing my kids for ten days.
My dream: To wear my fitted dress and show my curves.
I am an active duty spouse and my husband is expecting to return from deployment in 8 days. I can't wait to hug him and thank him for his continued support although so far away. He demanded to be there with me for the surgery. I had originally planned to do it with my cousins but he insisted.
Going through with this takes a lot of mental courage and I am still developing it. I better hurry up because my surgery is RIGHT around the corner.
Stay blessed Ladies!
I MADE IT!!!!
My husband and I got on the road yesterday afternoon to head to Florida for surgery. The drive was well and I really didn't have the surgery on my mind until we got closer to the hotel. The weeks prior to the surgery were so busy as I was prepping my family and work for my departure. That surely was a lot of work, stress and I didn't have time to do basically anything for myself. I threw my clothes in the suitcase and the only items I purchased specifically for my surgery were: baby wipes, extra strength Tylenol, MOM, thermometer, pads and a shower curtain to place on the bed. The most important thing that I did before leaving home was prepare small gifts bags for my kids for them to open while I was gone. Man, I couldn’t stand the thought of being away from them so I just wanted them to have something daily from mommy.
We checked into the hotel room at 1100pm, ate my last meal at 1130 and showered with antibacterial soap. I got up the next day at 530, showered again and headed to the doctor.
At this moment is when the fear set in. I had no time to think about it the weeks before because life was taking over. As we set in the parking lot I just kept thinking, "What am I doing?" When we got inside I said, "Why would I do this to myself?" Then I started thinking about my kids. I was going through it! My husband said, "Babe, you will be fine. Just pray and know that I will be here." I am so thankful for him as he has been my rock for 10 years now.
After getting changed, Dr. Perry comes in the room for paper work signing and to mark my body. That man has the BEST bedside manner EVER. He is calming, relaxing, knowledgeable, caring and funny. I have read other reviews about his amazing bedside manner and it is true. After talking with him my fear started to lessen and I felt like I was in good hands. Everyone has their own thing in regards to care and I am a stickler about bedside manner. No worries about Dr. Perry in this are whatsoever.
The next step was the nurse, Jessica, walking my to the surgery room. On the way there I had to kiss my husband goodbye. My fear started to rise. I had a little panic attack because I didn’t want to be put to sleep. I wasn’t scared of the surgery….just going under. I did warn Dr. Perry that I was a crybaby and I felt the tears coming as I laid back on the table. The anesthesiologist told me I was going to be fine. The nurse said I was going to be fine. I remember him putting the needle in my hand…….and then five minutes later I woke up. Well not really…but that's how quick it felt. I woke up and heard the nurse say, "Erica you have been in the recovery room for some time now so I'm going to start getting you dressed." I'm like what?! You guys haven't even started yet. LOL! I saw Dr. Perry, he told me I did well. The anesthesiologist waved at me and the nurse took excellent care of me. Thank you God for watching over me and placing me in such good hands.
My pain level afterwards was about a 7 but after staying consistent with my meds it is more of an uncomfortableness not so much pain. I was able to eat rice and an apple with no problems. My husband has been helping me in and out of the bed, I am surely drugged up and bent over. I have not seen my results yet because I have the binder on. He did tell me that I could take it off but I would rather not. My follow up appointment is today at 1230. I am scared to see my scar. I just pray that the hanging stomach is gone and I can get some of my shape back.
I cannot thank you ladies enough for you support and will post pictures soon. BIG thanks to Dr. Perry for his pleasantness and care. I know I said it before but I will say it again. There is no other Dr. out there that has his amazing bedside manner. Even his office manager, Norma, gave me the best service, came in on her off day for me and helped me.
Rest is needed and I surely want it. Sorry about the typos.
Day 3 of recovery
I had my BM!!
Day by Day
Still in a Blah mood
I am also dealing with a love / hate relationship with the binder. I love it so much because it provides support and keeps the swelling down. I hate it because it rides up. The lower part of my abdomen protrudes and the binder sometime cut into that. UGH!!!!! I hope that the swelling on top of my VJJ and lower abdomen goes down. This is my only worry right now. Do you ladies have any tricks to help reduce the swelling?
They bother me and I think I will feel so much better without them. HELP!!!
Well, I drove myself to the doctor, got in his office and reminded him many times that I really didn't want him to touch me but I wanted the drains out. I am sure that in his head he said, "this lady is crazy." Oh well. Here is the truth:
Dr. Perry is amazing. His everything is amazing. Bedside manner, jokes, gentle touches, personality, etc. I even called him twice, late at night, because I felt light headed and needed to make a change to my medicine. His gentleness and caring spirit means more to me than anything.
Norma is amazing and amazingly beautiful. You have to see her. She is kind, caring and understanding. She makes it happen and I love that about her.
Did the drain removal hurt? Yep, but everything hurts to me. The most painful part was not the actual removal but the burn afterwards. Let's not forget the anxiety build up.
What did he do: He made me take deep breaths, while breathing with me, and then pulled them out when I wasn't aware. I love him.
Afterwards, he cleaned me up, removed some stitches, talked about aftercare and told me I looked great. Then he had me get off the table, took some pictures, some more examining and cleaned me up. Perfect.
When I got off the table I felt like a new person. Those drains crippled me! I was more mobile, he made me stand straight as possible and showed me how to massage the small area that I received lipo on the sides. When I looked in the mirror I was amazed. I didn’t have a hanging belly, just swelling. I LOVE my belly button and new contours. I was already curvy but his expertise took them to the next level. I actually saw my hips which I couldn't before because of the protrusion and overlap.
Guess who's emotional? This girl. A happy emotional mixed with a "I can't believe that I did it emotional." I feel like there are so many outfits that my stomach limited me from wearing and Dr. Perry changed that.
I am so ready to see how I look as the swelling goes down. The only con that I have is that the swelling has mostly settled right above my VJJ. I have to massage that area to see if it will go down. I do have two small areas that opened there but I told myself not to fret. I cleaned them, put some neosporin on it and some gauze. I will just keep a close eye. I am also prone to keloids so that is also a concern. Can't wait for the swelling to go down………..it makes it look like I have a small wee wee………..ugh.
What's next: I am still very much in recovery so I will be careful while trying to get my life back to normal. I will massage the areas as discussed and alert him if anything happens. I can't wait to run again and lift weights. Can't wait to take pictures in a fitted dress.
Today is my last day in Miami so I will be traveling home. I miss my children SO MUCH! I can't wait to kiss and hug them.
I am to fearful to do any additional elective surgeries BUT if I had to I would choose Dr. Perry. He is MY doctor and I am happy to be a part of Team Perry ; )
Thanks for the support ladies and I will be updating as much as possible as this journey is nowhere near over. I am wishing myself and you happy healings!
Life is a blessing
As those who are further along in healing have been saying, it gets easier everyday. I am so thankful for that. I do not regret the decision that I have made. I am so elated when I put on a shirt and the breast area is tight but the stomach area is loose.
So let's talk:
Wardrobe: I was a size 10 when I went in to surgery and I am still the same size....just a different shape. I have been wearing my same skinny jeans because they fit my hips and butt but are loose in the front which accommodates the area that is most swollen. I will take a picture and post soon. Not having that protruding stomach with hang leaves so much room in the front of your pants and I am sure I will have even more room once the swelling goes down. My shirts fit awesome. I am a 34D, yesterday my waist measured a 34 (if I was measuring in the right area but I believe is measure to low so it may be smaller) and my hips were a 42. I can't wait until the swelling goes down so I can shop.
Weight: Last year, the day after Thanksgiving, I weighed a huge 186. This was my heaviest ever aside from pregnancy. That day I told myself I was going to lose the weight from my pregnancy as my son was one. My goal weight was 155. From that day to a month prior to my surgery I went from 186 to 162. I then bounced from 162 to 158. Today I weighed in at 155.8. I am so happy and can't wait to start working out again. I need to do a lot of toning and I am sure my weight is only 155 due to the surgery although I would love to keep it this way. My body is usual a stable 160 (before I had kids).
Recovery: Everyday my mobility gets better and better. Two days ago, I walked around in the grocery store and made myself stand as straight as possible. It only took a little walking before I was tired but it did wonders for my posture. I can't wait to be able to stand straight and walk normal. I stopped my pain medication on day 5 or 6. I now only take Motrin if the lipo areas are painful or if I am really sore. I haven't taken it in a couple days now. I am really not in any pain but the swelling does make me uncomfortable. I also wanted to mention that I had an allergic reaction to my antibiotic and didn't realize it until day 9. My symptoms included a numb face and tongue, shortness of breath, and I felt spacey and lightheaded all the time. I initially attributed it to the surgery and anesthesia but it wasn't. As soon as I stopped the antibiotic it went away.
I hope my review will help you ladies. I was wondering if you could tell me when did you start walking straight? What has helped with the swelling?
I forgot to add
Sleeping: I have been sleeping in my bed since day 9. I remember, on day 5 or 6, talking to Dr. Perry and when he asked about my sleep I told him I was sitting up on the couch. He was like, "Get in the bed and make yourself comfortable." I was thinking, yeah right. Well after I got the drains out I decided to reconsider. When I finally arrived back to my home after being away for ten days I decided to try it. I have about ten pillows in my bed and I prop them up and under me. Boy oh boy, sleeping on my sides felt AWESOME! (Yep, he was right again.) I sleep through the night with my pillows and spanx. The only difficulty I have is rolling over. That takes some thought and effort. I can't wait to be able to sleep on my stomach.
Swelling Sore and Sad
The swelling remains the same. It is much better in the mornings compared to night.
I can't wait to start working out. My body needs toning and I miss weight training and running.
I do have stitches that pop out and my lipo areas are hard. I hope they soften with massage and time. The soreness has decreased a little and incision seems to be healing slowly but well. Because Miami is not too far, I think I'm going to schedule a follow up visit with my doctor at the two month mark. I have no concerns as of right now.
Happy healing ladies...although it seems like a slow process : )
Loving the results so far
I still swell a lot but it has decreased just a little. Can't wait to not wear shape wear and stop swelling.
I'm still wearing the silicone strips and massaging my lipo areas which are still a little hard.
I love the fact that I can finally tuck my shirt in!!!!
Happy healing ladies!
Exercising and back to work comments
I decided to take a short walk on the treadmill. After walking I was so swollen. I'm not sure why. Anyone else experience this?
By far the best doctor. Dr. Perry has impeccable bedside manner and is very concerned about your concerns/wants. He does an amazing job sculpting your body and listens. He doesn't try to sell you something unrealistic but does create masterpieces. If I had to, I would choose him again. His wait times are long but so worth it. I am a super anxious person and was very hesitant/scared about everything but after speaking with him I knew I was in good hands. My biggest concern was aftercare and he surely has answered my questions and concerns. If you are looking for great care, with great results and follow up, Dr. Perry is the best choice.