My journey first began as only a consideration of...
My journey first began as only a consideration of a TT. As a mom of a set of twins that were rather large my belly is now a sagging annoyance. I admit i am vane. I workout 5 days a week and am very health concious. In addition to the sagging tummy i have slightly tuberous breasts and i hate them. So i had a consult and the doc confirmed that i would need a mastopexy to correct the tuberous deformity and i opted for an increase in volume so we are going with breast implants. I sized them in office with my husband there and we all decided 400 left/ 450 right bc breast are assymetrical. Im only 5'1" and 120 pounds. I dont want to big but i dont want to be disappointed. If im going to do it its going to be right. But implant size is tough, all our bodies are different. What works as 400cc on one person may not work on me. Anyways im scheduled for late august before kids go back to school. I wont have to shlep the anywhere especially being doped up on painkillers. Hopefully the worst pain will only last 3 days. Ive had both HIP surgery and 2 c sections so i know general and spinal anesthesia all too well. Yes it sucks! and i tend to vomit so lots of anti nausea meds will be on site!!
C-Section compared to a TT?
i had 2 sections. First was an emergency to deliver my twin boys each 7 pounders. As long as i took the painkillers and walked around i was fine however the hardest part was that i swelled up like a tick and my belly filled with air. Not fun. Second section was planned and no swelling and less air. So anyone on here have any comparisons? Is the TT easier?
purchased two compression belts from walmart
i had to try these. both comfortable and good prices. good for back support for the gym too. thought id share :)
thinking about moving up my surgery date
im scheduled for my MM august 26 thats a week and half before school starts and wondering of i should bump it up a week sooner of i can to the 19th. Reason being is that im not sure if a weeks time is enough before i can drive my kids around. Anyone have any advice?
7 weeks and 4 days left til surgery
Im officially obsessed. I look at everyones breasts at my gym now. I wonder oh what size are they? are they happy with size? etc... Im losing my mind...lol. I even went so far as to go up to a total stranger and ask her if her boobs are real. they are fake but she lied to me lol. i wanted to know how big she went, thats it...yep ive lost it. I love RS but starting to have anxiety. OMG will i get an infection? will i get capsular contraction? hows my pain level going to be? I gotta chill and learn how to enjoy my summer. NOT.
just wanted to show you all where mr jiggley wiggly belly came from. Twins are the culprit!
surgery moved up
yes!! doc called moved surgery up to august 24, that gives me an extra 2 days of healing prior to school starting! stoked.
Do i need these things for my mommy makeover?
Ummmm, do i need these things or what? a shower chair, a walker with seat, pee funnel, raise toilet seat??? i have a recliner.i basically lived in it for a week after my c-sections. its not electric but its comfy. i can get a little neurotic on here thinking i need everything. Did anyone rent these ? well i wouldnt want t rent a toilet seat, yuk. i can deal with getting a pee funnel but what about one of those collapsible walkers?
5 WEEKS LEFT!
Ahhhh like a nesting mode. Trying to arrange all kids appointments, my appointments etc prior to aug 24. Im excited!! overwhelmed but excited. I cant say enough about having joined RS. It has been such a help for me. thanks everyone out there!!
bought some bras
these sports bras were so cheap i had to buy. my size is 34b currentl but i shoud be a 34d after. these should be perfect. if not i have 90 days to return. just had to have some fun today thinking ahead
Admit me to the geriatric ward!
Lol bought these 2 bad boys off Craigslist for $10 each. Getting prepared!!
4 weeks til the new me!
Bought 2 of these wedge pillows from Walmart online for support after surgery. they come with a zip cover but its not really soft and comfy so i may make one out of some soft fleece. Just trying to get some creature comforts that will help. I cant believe this is happening, so excited.
So last night i had my first pre surgery dream. I always start having dreams before a big event in my life. So in my dream it started out that i drove myself to the clinic bc my husband had to work and he was going to get there as soon as he could. So there i was on a table. there were alot of staff surrounding me trying to get everything together for my surgery. One of the nurses gave me something where i was loopy so i felt immobile to speak and could only watch everything around me. i had so many questions and worries but the words could not come out of my mouth. I was watching all different sized and shaped implants go buy and machines with wires. I was so worried that no one knew what to choose for me and once that anestheisologist came in i had no control and it was in their hands. I kept thinking OMG we didnt go over everything, nothing is specifically written in my chart about what i want. I had no control and i think thats the part that freaks me out bc i am a control freak. Then i felt my heart racing in the dream(it prob really was lol) that once they put me out and wake me up what will the pain be like? Will i be screaming gasping for air? It was the fear of the unknown. See, with my babies and having c-sections i was awake the whole time just numb and i knew when it was over i would be fine. Its not that i havent been put fully under before(i had hip surgery in 1986 full intubation 2 hour surgery) but this is elective and its 4.5 hours. EEEEk. Im just getting nervous. 4 weeks left!
Some current pics to further justify MM
About take take a ride on motorcycle and this is y I can't wait for surgery. I'm really happy with my body except this belly problem. These are a size 4 shorts. I'm a size 2 but need a 4 bc of this belly. I'm so uncomfortable I can't wait for it to go it's disgusting
I havent heard a post about implants and mammograms. So im 43 and i get one every year. Easy peasy for me bc i have no boobs lol. In 3 weeks i will! So how is it? anyone on here have the implants now and have gotten one?
3 weeks left!
Taking selfies today to try and imagine what I will finally look like with a flat belly. Never had one. Never had this skin either until after twins. Just getting excited that's all????
More before photos
This one is extra special. Look at how much skin hangs over my underwear when I sit. Omg I can't wait 3 weeks!
Ok so just to freak myself out i decided to go to that "breast implant removal" section. Yeah sure y not torture myself 19 days away from surgery. See my boobs im ok with them but its the tuberous deformity i dont like and yeah id like them round and up. I cant achieve that w/o an implant but i am worried. Worried something will happen down the road and ill need them out. Like what if i develop some auto immune disorder or capsular contraction or rashes? I never had boobs to deal with. I mean im 43 im not 20, not having anymore kids for sure and im getting silicone gummy bears. Im not going huge but enough to see the difference. Cant i have 20 years of fun. then at 63 i figure the fun will be over bc who cares and then get em out. Idk. The TT is a one shot deal, you get it and its over, never look back. Im buggin. I dont have to go through with the boobs, its an extra thing i added. I only wanna hear that they added a nice quality of life not bring remorse :( Stupid me for reading that.
Ok so im really torn. Originally i said im going with 400cc HP silicone under muscle. Heres where im getting all confused about my choice in cc's. I'm 5'1". My goal is to fill out a bra/bikini top/lingere/sports bra etc... I am def going with the HP bc i want them to project out not on the sides. A i tried on sizers in the office with my husband sitting there, all the sizers looked big you know bc im not used to boobs. Anyways we started at like 200 and ended up at 400 bc my husband said that looked the most proportional. these were stuffed in a tight sports bra under a tight "hooters style" t shirt over that. Its what the doc had. Me personally i had stopped at 350cc but my husband said the 400 was the best. Who do i listen too? Myself? My husband? The Doc? Lol the doc was watching us kind of bicker about sizes so i turned around to him and said "doc what do i do? he said well hey i can give u anything u want its your decision based on what your looking for. Originally he asked me before i tried on anything he asked whats your goal size? i said a C. So i guess he imagined the 300/350 which is where he thought i would stop. Hmmm then i hear on here you lose cc's when u go under muscle. Do any of you women find that thats the case? Even after the dropping and fluffing? Now keep in mind im also getting a full TT so lots of my protruding belly will not be there and my top will look bigger. I dont have big hips im very petite 119 pounds. I def want boobs just not huge things where my bras straps are digging into my shoulders and the weight of them is causing me to lean foward. I dont have time or patience for that. At the end of the day i jst dont now what will make me the happiest once they are in ad once they are in thats it, i cant fix it bc well " im out of money" lol
We are getting close 17 days left!! Writing here on RS is helping me vent my fears. This is a major life changer. Tomorrow i go see my doc, get the rundown of whats going to happen and fork up the rest of the $$$$. Ill update again tomorrow t let you all know whats going on :)
Final selection high profile silicone 400 left breast and 450 right under muscle
Well that couldn't have gone any better! Love my doc, i trust my doc and those are 2 very big factors. Ok so the rundown: Pharmacy scripts, Lovenex(blood thinner to prevent blood clots). Zofran(prevent nausea), Emend(another nausea preventtive u take right before surgery) Percocet (happy pills), Robaxin(muscle relaxer), Keflex(antibiotic) and said hey yeah you may want some metamucil lol. He said Colace is a joke just get that and use it 2 days before surgery and going foward. I also have Magnesium Citrate on hand. I also have a script for a CBC panel to rule out anemia. and thats it. 8:15 am on August 24th. My doc is amazing! He answered every question i had and then some. So excited!
Anyone have real good luck with stool softeners like these two. The blue box is the store brand of colace 100mg and I heard of this smooth move tea on here. I saw it on same shelf so I picked it up. I got these bc I will be taking Percocet which we all know slows your digestive system down
My small pharmacy
Yep all this is for the MM. $60 out of pocket. Insurance covered the rest
What the heck spanx do I buy?
Doc said after binder I wear spanx. Ok so there's only a thousand different kids to choose from. I know what style I like and of course in black but what about compression levels? I broke a nail just trying to get some of them on lol. I chose all high waisted but boy short style. The one with the lace if def harder to get on and more compression. The other one still compresses me but is more comfy on the legs. Doc never indicated I needed certain level of compression so I should go with comfy. Gees if I'm struggling before surgery getting these on I can't imagine doing this with a scar and boobs in the way
We brought big moe upstairs from the man cave today . It's leather and not an electric one but good enough and a heck of a lot easier then getting in and out of my bed
My outfit for after surgery on way home ????
Kmart two for $25 granny housedress. Between these, the walker and shower stool I'm ready for my elder years lmao
2 more things
The doc didn't tell me to get bromlein just the arnica Montana for the lipo and breast bruises. But I got both from the vitamin shoppe today
This photo of me was from my honeymoon in Antigua 2000. I am close to this now but I had much better and then lol still I had a lower pouch not bad but never ever had a flat belly. I can't wait to have confidence again and to not have to wear a cover up lol
So with surgery being next week i asked the nurse if i can start taking the Bromelin and Vit C with rose hips before. She said yes so i took 1 of each today. The bottle says i pill daily but what do you all take for healing?
At this time next week ill be 3 hours into my surgery. Super excited! Friday is my last day at the gym. Il prob top it off with a spin class that day :) I started taking Bromelin, Vit C with rose hips and a colace along with my regular multi vitamin pill. Im not sure if i should be taking more than 1 colace a day since im a week out. Any recommendations? I take them all at night before bed. Im hoping by taking the vitamins it helps me with recovery and helps avoid any unwanted complications.
Picked this up tonight. I heArd to throw this in the mix post surgery to aid in muscle repair. Hope it helps. There's all different brands but one lady recommended this one.
4 days left!
Picked up some last minute helpful items. It's almost here thank goodness.
Saying goodbye to this gut is easy lol. My short shorts will finally feel normal. Yes I do wear and enjoy wearing short shorts lol. I'm good with my butt and legs but belly is so restricting . Can't wait!'
3 Days left!!!
Just like everyone on her im going through a series of emotions. I cant even believe i sleep at night. Ive only had 2 dreams about this so far which means im somewhat calm about it lol. Its all so surreal to me. All i ask and pray for is a smooth recovery and no complications, thats all. Pain is pain but im sure it wont be as bad as i think. Im hoping on day one im up enough to show you pics and write how everything went so i can put some of all your fears to rest. Im usually OCD about that so most likely i will do it....lol the words may be all mispelled from the meds but ill do it!!!
Before surgery bikini shots
Yep finally I give you all a simple black bikini before shot. I'm going to save this bikini for the purposes of taking an after surgery photo. I want to show u all the difference the surgery makes. Then it's going in the garbage lol bc you see.... This bikini bottom is too big anyways and the top is padded lol I never ever leave my yard in this it never sees the beautiful beaches here . So there u go realselfers . T minus exactly 48 hrs from now!!!!
24 hrs til surgery!!
Trying to get everything in order today. Clean bathrooms, vacuum pool, do any laundry hanging around, scoop litter box(lol). I am having a ton of anxiety, just for fear of the unknown. Im dropping my kids off to my moms late this evening they will be there until sunday evening. 4 less things to have to worry about lol. I think im supposed to get a call from the anesthesiologist today just to go over procedure and remind me no food or drink after midnight(duh). I have no appetite and have been well,,,, going to the bathroom alot bc of my nerves. But i figure thats actually a good thing!! no need for a pre op cleanse lmao. Thats just the way i am when im nervous. I have tp be at the surgery center at 8:15 am so ill be up very early and knowing me ill update my review in the morning(helps me vent lol). I have to take two of the prescribed meds at 6 am the muscle relaxer and an anti nausea pill. I have a bag packed including a tank top to wear under my binder!! i asked if they can put that on for me before putting on binder so im not so itchy. NP nurse said. Its not a garment my doc uses its a white binder. So thats everything folks! you will hear from me again in morning. Writing on here helps calm my nerves :)
Ok so the nurse called to confirm tomorrow. she also confirmed ill be getting Allergan(made by Inspira/Natrelle) 400left and 445 right. high profile round cohesive gel under muscle. Just wanted to mention that lol. Ill be hearing from the anesthesiologist later today. no food or drink after midnight just a sip of water to take my two pills in morning at 6.
2 hours left!
24 Aug 2016
Day of treatment
Its 6:19 am. I took my 2 pills Emend(anti nausea) and Robaxin(muscle relaxer) as prescribed. Now im just further prepping my little rest area in the den. God i'd love a cup of coffee right now! Sucks i cant eat or drink anything. I didnt have any bad dreams last night so thats nice. Im good, i just have my period which sux and im wearing pads which i havent used since after my last was born lol. Ugh mother nature just couldnt hold off on that for me lol. So i wont have my camera but im going to ask the doc or nurse or someone if they can take pics of the surgery right before they bandage me so you can all see how it looks. If not your just going to get what my husband takes which wont be much bc ill be bandaged up and im not touching a thing unless instructed. My post op is tomorrow so maybe then i can get pics. Thank you everyone for all the tips you gave me. Without RS i would have been a mess and under informed. This has been such a wonderful site providing a wealth of information. Goes to show you we humans are never alone no matter what we go through. See you all on the flat side!!!!
I made it!
24 Aug 2016
Day of treatment
Just groggy pain is minimal bc of drugs. Most of the I comfort it on chest from boobs belly feels fine. I'll update more later. I'm I can't by boobs now. Thank god for anti nausea drugs
Evening after surgery
24 Aug 2016
Day of treatment
It's 11:30 pm est. I'll write a lengthy update tomorrow but just wanted to update everyone. I go back to doc tomorrow at 1:45 for my post op. For all those women that are waiting to have this surgery I highly recommend the Exparel shot. I have no pain in my abdomen at all just soreness. I can't imagine this without it. I got it in my pectoral muscles too but I feel pain there and tons and tons of swelling. My entire body is swollen . I did expect this though. In my opinion the boobs hurt more than any belly discomfort . Once the iv narcotics wore off about ten pm I could eat crackers. Those narcotics made me very nauseous and I dry heeved OMG that sucked . Now I'm
Good just really uncomfortable in the neck from the way I have to sit on n this recliner that part sucks and makes u miserable. I'm so stiff that it's giving me a headache. Also I've been taking Tylenol for any pain. If I feel the need to take the narcotics I will but just 1 pill not two
I feel good. Only taking Tylenol every 4-6 hours no need for narcotics at this point. Hardest part about this is sleeping in a recliner lol. Hopefully at post op today I get to see everything w/o bandages. Excited to see my tummy!!!. I'll have pics for u guys. I'm getting around by myself don't even need the walker. No need for toilet seat riser etc I sit fine by myself on toilet no pain. So far so good! Here's a couple pics I took when I got up to brush teeth
Post op visit
Everything looks perfect and drains come out monday
I pooped! Lol. I owe it to colace and smooth move tea along with not taking narcotics. My neck and back are killing me. Boobs are swollen and tummy feels ok just sore. I feel a lil nauseous don't know why maybe bc I just can't eat. I'm relying on saltines and water. Head is still groggy and I stink. I can take a shower but I'm scared to take binder off. I ice my boobs constantly which helps but I can't wait for them to drop some bc my arms are limited the implants are in my armpits. I go back to doc Monday he said drains can come out. That's it for now too dizzy to get up and take pics
Th swelling is real folks, be prepared. Its 2:30 am i was sleeping on my recliner when i awoke to tightness everywhere. My garment felt tighter, my legs feet everything. The Experel shot wore off last night and i started to get increasingly uncomfortable feeling every ache and pain blah blah. Anyways i caved ad took a percocet so i could at least sleep. One drain has stopped draining altogether and the other is producing minimal fluid. They do get clogged and u have to strip them. My right drain is the one that still works but i have to keep stripping it, its annoying. just hope my belly isnt filling up with fluid. I can feel my incision now, im just having a rough night here and writing helps me. i just want this part over with. i cant get in any comfy position to sleep. im pretty bummed out :(
Some day 4 pics of very flat belly
Now this makes it all worth it my friends
Post op day 4
Doing much better folks. Yesterday got a sponge bath shaved my parts washed my hair. I take 3-4 Percocet a day to keep pain at bay. I'm done with the antibiotics and muscle relaxers. I take 2 colace a day bc I'm still taking the percs. I also drink a smooth move tea a day. Man that stuff works! I still have my bandages on my incision and breasts. I go tomorrow to doc to hopefully get drains out. I'm outputting about 20 ish cc's a day. Not sure if both will come out but def one he said . Yes they are annoying but I'd rather that than a needle in my gut to aspirate fluid buildup. My neck is killing me it's very stiff but my back is fine bc I walk straight and pretty much have the whole time. But neck posture man that sucks right now. It's bc the boobs are so tight and I'm tense in that whole region. I took a pic of my implant card to show what I got and some boob shots. The gauze is stuck to the nipple on one breast so I'm not touching it. It's bc of the mastopexy. I do have incisions under boobs where implants were placed . Once I get my dressings off tomorrow I can do a photo shoot lol. For now I took these
Whoot got my drains out! Not bad for 5 days post op! Also got stitches around BB removed. All tape was left in place around breasts and TT incision. I go back on Thursday to have tape changed. He said next week i can drive and 2 weeks post op i can go back to gym to do light cardio like walking, elliptical etc. And the best part................. I CAN TAKE A FRIEKEN SHOWER TODAY. The drain removal was not painful just a lil pinch and pull with a weird feeling. I wasnt putting out much fluid in drains so they went but i still worry about any residual fluid buildup will give me tummy issues. Just a worry wort. The BB i cant feel so just a pulling feeling as stitches were cut so im glad its numb lol. Ill get some pics up after the shower.
So, i woke up feeling fabulous this morning. I slept well and im in very very little discomfort nowadays. If i do get discomfort its just in the area where the muscle repair was performed and its later towards night. That makes perfect sense bc of activity, yelling at kids etc,,,,lol. At this stage of the game i feel so secure in my binder that i feel like i will never live w/o it. idk there is just something secure about having this hard work wrapped all nice and snug like a burrito. If i take it off to do anything like shower or take some pics i feel vulnerable and like im going to hurt something. So far so good w/o the drains. I dont see any fluid building up w/o them. I am not able to really eat much and maybe that helps. Im pretty much sticking to soft palatable things like greek yogurt, muscle milk shakes, i did have a protein bar but it filled me so much i felt like i was going to bust. I did have a little sauteed spinach with grilled chicken last night that i cooked. Maybe 3 lil pieces. it doesnt take much to fill me. It didnt before either but now its worse. Im totally ok with that while being less active. lol my poor butt, God that thing is looking sad. Sitting on that recliner an the way this binder sits on me pushes it down so it looks flabby and flat lol, Anyways you gym goers will understand my pain lol. Small drop in the bucket but had to mention it lol. Im off all drugs except 1 percocet at bedtime so i can sleep and vitamins. Multi, bromelin, vit c ad a colace. I take em all at night so i dont feel nausea. Ive been ok with using the toilet from using the colace and drinking a smooth move tea a day. I go about every other day in that respect. Mobility in my arms has returned for the most part so i know ill be able to drive soon. Friday will be my last day ill take a percocet bc i want to drive before next week. If i take pics later ill post. :)
The black bikini after photos
This the this 6 day post op black bikini shot. Compare the before I took on here to the after. Then I have a bikini I could have never worn my sexy mama cheetah bikini. Now keep in mind I'm hunched and I'm swollen
I couldn't wait to wear one of these with new boobs. Omg cloud nine
1 week post op
Boobs softening and a lil lower. Belly swollen all around. Can't wait to have a torso back. Still sleeping in recliner, no pain except neck and lower back. I just love my docs work he exceeded my expectations and then some. Totally in heaven
I update my review in the mornings. I find it helpful bc I am the least swollen at that time. And I know the swelling is going down bc I keep having to make my binder tighter. There are these little tabs on binder where drains use to clip onto. I can judge the difference in swelling based on how far I can stretch the binder past one of the tabs. I went from it being stretched before the tab now to almost past it. Yes!!' We are making progress here. I knew I would but its euphoria when u see it happening before your eyes . So here's a shot taken about 8:30 this morning . Happy healing girls ????
Ive been STRAPPED
I had a check up today where i got my suture tape changed. Incision is impeccable. Couldnt beleive my eyes. Anyways in order to bring boobs down more he prescribed a chest strap. I can wear it at night. Oh and guess what? Doc goes "hey if you hate this binder you dont have to wear it you can switch to spanx. WHAAAAAAAAAT? Im like holy crow this is my lucky day lol. I have those suckers waiting in my closet. DMK1979 this one is for you sweetheart ;). Black maidenform firm waist high boy shorts. Hello here i come. next week lol
Feeling great. Boobs dropping left faster than right but enough on both. Waist line starting to form. Yesterday doc said I can switch to spanx but I plan to still wear my binder at home and for sleeping. I'm hoping to try and sleep in my bed since my belly feels great and I'm straight. It's the boobs that make me want to stay in recliner. I'm hoping by sleeping more comfortable in my bed with a body pillow will aid in getting rid of my shoulder hunch
My morning fashion show. As I e stated in my previous reviews I take pics in morning where there is the least amount of swelling in my torso. A pic of my "short shorts" post TT. Notice no more wrinkled skin and a flat belly. I still have a way to go . I am still numb but way better than I was. Another pic is with the spanx on. A lot of compression in these and I love the style I can wear to gym as my shorts. I bought them at target for $16.99. I took a pic of the tag to show u exactly which one it is. Size small.
Ok so recliner is killing me. It's day 11 and my poor once amazing butt is flat lol. I tried my bed again last night which my tummy is absolutely fine with but the boobs are not easy . They are still tight and when I go to lay down which I so badly desire at this point they pull and bother me. Anyone that got the boobs find a way to get around that? The swelling in my belly has gone down significantly and I couldn't be happier. I see definition I can cough laugh etc just not that hard like I'm used to. I take nothing but vitamins. I'm still taking two colace just to make sure everything stays regular. I'm less hunched at the shoulders but I fell stuff so I do catch myself hunching. I walk straight and I feel great
ok all you RS ladies, id like any and all opinions experinces etc with scar therapy strips, ointments recipes lol etc..... Which ones proven to work the best for your scars???. I have bio oil, coconut oil(i use it for cooking and skin hydration in winter here in ny). Now i know everyone will heal at different rates and scar types so i know theres going to be variables thrown in there. thanks RS
The suture tape is coming off so now u can see my docs work. Amazing how thin the incision is
Full TT scar
All surgical tape is off and I snapped a pic of my incision before I put on the scar away strips
It will be two weeks post op tomorrow. Today was my first day back at gym. I was able to go on the elliptical that has a very slight incline and doesn't use arms for 30 min. Then I walked at very slow pace on treadmill with slight incline. The incline is for the benefit of my butt. The poor thing is so flat it needed to move lol. Anyways it went well I wore my body band which offered enough compression for that time. Now I will go home and put back on my surgery binder bc I love it????
While shopping at mall.......
2 weeks post op
I am officially 2 weeks post op today! Guess what? i finally slept in my bed last night. Boobs are still sore and uncomfy but my tummy is fine. Going back to gym again today for more light cardio. Feeling great so far. Next doc appt is next week. I was instructed to do some breast massages pushing them in and down. been doing that since last week. They are getting softer and i get a zinger of nerve reconnection pain once in a while. the aeriolas are scabbing, well all my scars are scabbing and itchy. I still take my daily vitamins bromelin, vit c and my multi vitamin and drink my muscle milk with BCAA in it (helps aid in muscle repair). Life is good :)
Bandage less boobs
All tape is off . Beautiful work. My own dream boobs.
Some progress pics. I can now see the skin is reattaching to abdomen bc you'll start to see definition and less swelling. You'll know it's happening bc the area near your belly button will feel sore, all ab muscles will feel sorer.
Definitely less swelling bc I just took these pics and it's almost 5pm. I worked out this morning 40 min light cardio. I'm getting feeling back in my abdomen just numb near BB. Some of my skin on my boobs is lightly peeling I guess that's from the skin stretching. I massage them several times a day for 30 second intervals . They are the hardest and sorest in morning. My TT scar is healing nicely I do use the scar away strips but my doc said no he wants it to heal fully first. I see him on the 15th and nurse said he may want me to use biocorneum instead at a hefty $100 a bottle lol. I am using some mederma advanced scar gel on boobs incisions. Seems to help. Other than that all I've been doing is massages and going to gym every morning for light cardio.
So I love you tube. One of the things I wanted to know was how TT patients treat their scars. I came across a video of a women that made her own moisturizer for her scar. Basically she applies it at night then wraps her belly in her cg and sleeps. She wakes up wipes cream off and uses milipore tape to cover incision. The theory behind the tape is to help keep scar flat. She said she does this twice a week. So what I did was I found a body butter that's kind of similar and I ordered a roll of milipore tape for $4 from Amazon. I'll have to find video for you all to see
You tube scar therapy video
Here's the you tube video regarding scar therapy:
Starting training BB with a marble. Doing good. Nothing else to report
I'm getting stronger little to no swelling anymore. I still remain sore in my abdominal region from the MR. My gym routines are still light cardio 5 days a week. I am going at the level I once was before surgery as far as incline and resistance but I just move slow. All my scars are healing and fading nicely. The only thing that I say I struggle with is comfortable sleeping. I start out in my bed but end up on the recliner. This is not bc of TT it's bc of BA. My boobs like an elevated position. Hopefully as the keep dropping and less swell I will be back in bed all night. Other than that life is good!
Morning shots no swelling more and more definition as each day passes. Now back in my bed all night. My body needs such a good morning stretch but my ab muscles won't let me they are very sore
More day 20 pics
I always forget the boobs pics. Getting ready for gym
3 weeks post op
Here is a picture of the compression band I wear when I go to the gym. I only wear it to the gym bc it's less bulky than my surgical binder. I know some of you wanted to know what I wear. This is comparable to what's known as the lean body band they sell online for $65. I got this at Walmart for $15 online
3 week checkup
All went well breasts continue to drop but I still have to wear strap. There is a little issue of wrinkled skin just near my belly button where I had stretch marks and I had a PUPPS rash during the twin pregnancy. Once all the swelling went down it became noticable when I lean over or sit. I was like whoah what's going on bc I know doc stretched me to the max allowed for a human lol. Well he said he can fix it at some point if it doesn't somehow straighten out. Patience is a virtue when it comes to this surgery! I'm not worried bc he did an amazing job and sometimes it's just your body. The point is that even if it has nothing to do with docs workmanship he still offered to fix it as close to perfect. That I like. Please, what this poor body has been through lol. So I took a pic as I leaned over so u can see
Not much to report. I was super swollen last night after eating sushi. Omg I thought I was going to bust out of my binder. I can't eat a lot in a sitting and the sodium in sushi I'm sure didn't help. I'm not even as flat as I normally am in the morning when I snapped these pics .
So I received my micro pore tape in the mail last week and started trying a scar method I found on you tube. I just use the coconut oil body butter or bio oil instead of the stuff the woman used. The purpose of having the tape on is to flatten the scar. Hence the pic with tape on lol. This morning I woke up super flat. You might not notice it as much as I do but I'm not sucking in my tummy at all. Everyday brings more results.
Finally sleeping comfortably. I can sleep on my sides now without the boobs feeling strange. I got a super cozy body pillow I use to help me. I have no discomfort anywhere just my ab muscles can feel sore sometimes. It will be 4 weeks post op in 2 days. I still like wearing my surgical binder 24/7 even though I don't have to. It's possible that after this week I'll just wear it to bed. They told me to wear it at this time for only 12 hrs a day .
Boob greed. It's real. Just sayin
4 weeks post op
More definition by the day. Darn I need to take some pics with like swimsuits or something. This pic styles are getting boring. I promise next time a better fashion show maybe some jeans or something
One of my old bras. 34c. I don't think it stands a chance huh? My boobs are only 4 weeks old so they aren't fully fluffed yet. Somewhat soft but not fully
I'm week 4 and afraid to let go of my binder to go places. I have been on an errand here and there. I'll take it off and have it in my car (just in case lol) . My belly still feels weird without it. The muscles get sore easy but I'm supposed to be able to live without it at some point I guess. My lower belly below BB is numb lol feels so weird. I wear a weight belt to my gym always and that's going to be for a while.
4 week post op bikini party
My friend DMK1979 got my lurking on VS site for swimsuits and this is the result.
When does the swelling end?
So, i was pondering when the time will come where i will look as flat and swell free as i do in the morning- all day and night. So i pugged in the question here on RS and this is a great answer i got so i thought i would share. I am almost 5 weeks post op.
A tummy tuck is a major procedure that requires "lifting up" your stomach skin (dividing lymphatic drainage vessels from under the skin surface), pulling it down to reset the tension of the skin, and then an excision to remove the excess. Basically, the skin from the scar up to your ribcage is in a new environment. It can only drain fluid "up" and to the sides. Until new lymphatic connections occur across the scar line and down to the stomach muscles, all this swelling fluid has to run against gravity to get out of the skin. This is one of the reasons that we suggest patients wear compression garments for a period of time after surgery - these garments assist with the "uphill" removal of fluid, and you may feel more comfortable wearing them until those new connections occur.
A simple way to judge how you are doing is to look at the indentations that elastic clothing create on your trunk. One the front, you will see more of a lasting impression than on your back / flank region (even though there is even pressure all the way around your body) (I'm assuming you did not have flank liposuction or anything back there.) This is a way you can monitor the swelling, and you can expect it to go away over several months. After a few months, most of what patients consider "noticeable" swelling has resolved.
Today's pics almost 5 weeks post op
Feeling good. So good I thought I'd take some updated morning pics