44 Yr Old Mom of 3 Tummy Tuck/Lipo - Toronto,ON
I went for a consult in late March, 2015 and have...
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44 Yr Old Mom of 3, Tummy Tuck with Lipo
As with many RS members, this has been a decision I have been contemplating for some time for a problem area (my midsection) that has bothered me for almost 20 yrs. I look at my tummy and love the fact that I have been able to carry 3 wonderful children (24, 9 and 3 yrs). At the same time is has caused me so much anguish. I am ready for this!!
After several consults with different docs (highly recommended, it's a big decision and a huge financial commitment) I chose Dr Kasrai in Toronto. From the point of first contact her patient coordinator Eva (can't say enough wonderful things about her!!!), I knew I had found the right place.
I'm 5'8 and about 25-30 lbs over my desired weight but have been at this weight for 15 yrs (give or take 10lbs) and have always managed to lose the baby weight.
In May of this year, I had a discovery of a large benign tumour which was removed surgically and all is well (thank God). It left me with a very red scar from my belly button down about 6". To me, I am very grateful all went well but this scar just highlights the area I dislike most. Now is the time.
Will post before pics soon. Thanks to all the RS members who have shared their experiences and you are so helpful and forthcoming!!
3 Weeks to go!
I met with Dr Kasrai a couple days ago for my last time before the surgery. I completed the blood work she requested and had my lingering questions answered.
One thing that surprised me was that while I have my drains in (because of the lipo) that I am only to drink minimal amounts of water. This will help keep my output to lower levels.
Another question I had answers was about the length of my surgery and when my husband should be available to pick me up.
The surgery itself (TT, lipo of the abdomen and flanks and a couple of miles removed on my face) should take about 3.5 hrs plus 1 hr in recovery and another 2 in post op. Overall she said that the amount of time after the surgery is around the same as the length of the surgery itself.... And they want to make sure you can pee before sending you home :-).
Am I nervous? Yes but more excited than nervous by far!
10 days and counting!
So many questions to be answered!! I have waited for this for so long and it is finally happening!!!
Toilet riser- is it necessary?
Previous Surgery Scar
Tomorrow is the day!
I made it!!
Day 1 PO- tried a little sneak peek
Day 2 PO
My pt coordinator called to check in this evening which was excellent. No episodes where I felt faint so I'm optimistic I am getting better. It's a lot to go through as I remind myself that it wasn't just a little procedure :-). Hope all is well
with my fellow RS'ers!
Sorry no more pics until next tues when I'm allowed to take off my binder- not taking any chances.
Day 4 PO
Day 7 PO- Can't Sleep, Feeling Down
my Dr on Tuesday and praying that she will agree to remove them but I'm concerned about the output for one. I feel so awkward and not having been able to
shower as well because of the drains has contributed to me feeling this way. Baby wipes, hair washing and washcloths are fine but nothing beats the warmth and cleanliness of a lovely shower.... So looking forward to it!
I find it amazing how people have had such different experiences with their Dr's- some have drains that stay in for 4 weeks (God forbid), some have considerable Lipo and TT and have them removed a couple of days later without issue. I completely understand the concept of seromas- the purpose served by the drains.
I want my 3 yr old to be able to crawl up on my lap to cuddle without me worrying that a drain will be pulled and painful. I want to be able to go outside for just a minute without feeling complete embarrassment if a neighbor saw me. Did I mention that these are not the typical drain most people have on here? They are 4" in diameter and hold up to 400 cc.
Ok, I'm done... Thanks for listening (reading) lol.
8 Days PO- One drain out!
Here are a couple of pics- still lots of swelling but liking the progress so far! I asked about the vertical scar today- it will definitely lighten with final results taking up to a year, I'm ok with that- I can see my belly button now- who knew?? Lol
Thanks Dr Kasrai, Eva and Jane for your care and support!!
10 Days PO
Every day gets a bit better
The Dr said the incision site is healing well but I still need to wear the binder for the muscle repair (6-8 for it to heal). I finally clarified the vertical incision which I was previously incorrect in my understanding. It is a new incision where my old belly button was but should heal nicely and it ultimately covered by my underwear even now.
I'm really pleased with my choice to do the surgery and my Dr who is very professional, skilled and honest.
The swelling... Oh the dear swelling... I hope it goes away in time as others have reported as I am anxious to really see the final product.
I tried on a few close fitting tops with such excitement!!!
Hope everyone else is doing well :-).
I would absolutely without hesitation recommend Dr Kasrai. My tummy tuck, muscle repair and lipo was performed on Oct 26,2015 in the hospital setting without any surprises as I knew from talking with Dr Kasrai what to expect. She listened to my concerns, was realistic and honest in relaying what she could/could not do, and answering my tons of questions at each step of the way. I admire her professionalism, patience and calmness in the interactions I have had. I can not forget to add my sheer pleasure in meeting and being supported by Eva, patient coordinator as well. She has been a rock, responding to my calls, emails and was there after hours via cell phone after the surgery for support. Overall a wonderful experience!!