When Do I Start Feeling Better? - Plano, TX

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I just had a full tummy tuck, breast lift with...

I just had a full tummy tuck, breast lift with silicone implants, and lipo. I am on post-op day 3. When does the pain go away? I am on percocet, hydrocodone, and valuim. The worst part is that I started today and I feel like my whole stomach is one big fart bubble!! Will a shower help...? Also, I've been sleeping in a reclyner.

Well, I tested out the shower this evening and it...

Well, I tested out the shower this evening and it did not help. It was a lot of work to get all of the wraps on and off and drying off so I may not do that again for a few days. I was fortunate enough to not have to deal with drains.

4 days post op: Today, I feel like a million bucks...

4 days post op: Today, I feel like a million bucks...almost. I think I have so many pain pills lingering in my body that when I get up I feel sick. I am not going to take any medicine today except for my antibiotics and hopefully that will make me feel better. I have no pain from my breast lift/augmentation but it sure does itch and I only have a tinge of soreness from my full tummy tuck. The lipo areas don't really hurt, but they sure do itch, too. Overall, this experience isn't better than I thought but it isn't worse either.

I took a shower yesterday and actually went out and bought me a new cell phone. Then I came home, and helped cook our New Year's dinner. After that, I hit the sack because it was too much.

I am supposed to go back to work tomorrow but I just don't see that happening right now. I will keep you all updated on my progress.

5 days post op Today I got up and took a...

5 days post op

Today I got up and took a shower and went to Chili's with my sister-in-law and the kiddos. I managed my pain with 2 Tylenol. My belly is still sore mostly below by belly button. My right breast also hurts--it feels like a baseball in my arm pit but I am just guessing that is the implant moving down. My little girl started back to school yesterday so I had to wash and dry her hair last night and that about killed me. Overall, I feel fortunate that I am feeling this well. My girlfriend said that she laid in the bed so long that her hair fell out :) Oh, I even folded 2 loads of laundry with the help of a few. I suppose the only thing saving me is to ensure that I rest and not over do it when I think I could really do more. Until tomorrow....

1 week post op: Went to my appt today and the...

1 week post op:

Went to my appt today and the nurse said that everything looks great. I will meet the doc again in about 6 days and we will begin the scar therapy and the breast massages. After my appt, I returned to my desk job and my nurse said that was fine as long as I felt up to it but definately not to over do it. I can tell you, that I had no idea I would feel this good so soon after surgery. I am still swollen and my implants are still high but the summer is coming and I'm sure I'll look awesome just in time.

17 Days Post Op: Honestly, this surgery has not...

17 Days Post Op: Honestly, this surgery has not been near as bad as I anticipated. I started back to work on half days about 7 DPO and full time on day 12. I am standing fully upright but I am still a little stiff in the mornings. My tummy tuck is not bothering me at all but the incisions from my "lollipop" cut are hurting where my bra is rubbing. I am literally putting panty liners in my bra to help relive the friction.

The doctor said that everything looked good at my 2 week appt and that is when he told me to begin massaging my lipo areas and my breasts. I am so pleased with my results so far. My breasts are still high but my tummy tuck area doesn't seem to be too swolen.

FYI: I asked the nurse which type of bandages were better since the doctor gave paper tape to cover my incisions. She indicated that she could see the difference in patients using the silicon tape vs. the paper tape. So, I am using silicone tape and changing that out once a week until I hit my 3 month mark.

***I'll post pics soon***

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