47 Year Old Mom, 5"5 160 Lbs.... This Ones for ME! - Chicago, IL
I've scheduled my mommy makeover for July 8th with...
I'm taking three weeks off of work and I'm a little afraid it won't be long enough.
Whoa!!! Time flys!!!!
My La-Z-Boy lift recliner was delivered yesterday and I have to say it's quite comfortable. I've got all my supplies ready and I've prepared a few meals. I also purchased bone broth just to sip on - 1 cup contains 9 grams of protein.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, I'll post a few pics tomorrow
Tomorrows the day ....
2 days post op...
I'm trying not to put too much thought into the way my tummy looks but I feel like I still have a roll above the incision... And my boobs are square .... I'm sure it's Just swelling .. Right????
It's been super hot the last few days, I'm ready to float in the pool, but I'm sure the incisions aren't.
So here's a pic....
Damn pain meds ????
I do wish the swelling in my belly would go down a little faster but nature must take its own course and I have to be patient. I get tired really easy but other than that I have no complaints!
Update and returning to work tomorrow...
My plastic surgeon, (who I now call Dr Jesus or The Magician) does drainless tummy tucks. I cannot imagine having drains and am SO THANKFUL that I didn't... Research shows that there isn't a huge difference in the recovery process or results when surgeons use drains vs no drains OTHER THAN the comfort of the patient! That being said, I felt so good, I did too much too fast!
I developed abdominal swelling and fluid pooling (seroma). It wasn't painful just weird feeling. I went into the office and my doc drained the seroma for me, it was absolutely PAINLESS - I would much rather have the seroma drained than to have had drains coming out of me after surgery! I'm feeling good (and resting more) doctor's orders!
Tomorrow I go back to work... I have a 1.7 mile walk from the train to my office (each way) and I'm not ready for that in 90 degree weather! I've decided I'm going to drive into work this week. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm looking forward to getting back into my routine! I hope I'm not exhausted by 11 am, but if I am, I'll take the rest I need. Hopefully I won't have anyone staring at me ... But I'll just say I had a female issue, that shuts them up every time.
Update.... Mommy makeover
My only annoyance is the area just above and along my tummy tuck scar ... It gets pretty swollen if I do too much. I keep wondering if the roll is here to stay, but the doc assures it's swelling and I need to let my body heal.
I have been doing weekly massage therapy on my tummy, hips (lypo sites) and pectoral muscles in order to soften the hard feeling areas, as well as Scar therapy on the Tummy tuck (graxton technique) to ensure the scars do not keloid.
That's all for now, I hope all of you are feeling great and smiling.
Dr Schierle and I met quite a few times, spoke on the phone and emailed each other to discuss the mommy makeover procedure and my expectations. He was very patient and kind to me. He took a lot of time to go through pictures of similarly sized and shaped women as well as explain the procedure in detail more than once. We discussed my options at length and I was very comfortable with our surgical game plan. Dr Schierle and his PA Lexi were wonderful and did everything they could to answer my questions (repetitive at times) and put me at ease. Dr Schierle is a brilliant BCPS! He is a wonderful, very kind person and helps to educate his patients when they are making difficult medical decisions. I could not be happier with Dr Schierle, he is an excellent (if not the best) board certified plastic surgeon AND a wonderful kind hearted person!