I've been a lurker for a coupe of...
I've been a lurker for a coupe of months now, but figured since I cleaned to mirror to take pics, I ought to introduce myself and post them. I, like many I see on here, have the 'mom droop'; The life sucked from our body after having children leaving puddles of skin in the aftermath.
I've never been 'small' and have struggled with self image (and still do) my whole life. I married young and weighed 180ish prepregnancy. And then the kids... I took on 60# with the first ( taking advantage of the situation, or so I thought), 30# with the second, and 50# with the last. Never quite loosing it all in between. My heaviest (pregnancy) weight was 260# and 210# 6wks postpartum with my last child.
After the 'divorce diet', I was finally down to my pre-prego weight and have never gone back! After life settled, I stated working on me. I worked out and watched my calories, but could not get under 150. I would start to to gain back in muscle mass. Along with the scale discouragement, my 'belly button' had become a vertical crevasse of skin/fatty tissue on my midsection. Needless to say I said screw it! That crap was not coming off without a knife. So here I am!
I have my consult in 2 days with Dr. Bohley. I am definitely going with the TT, but after nursing 3 kiddos for a year each (and making milk like a Holstein!) my breasts have seen better days. I was a F cup at one point and now puddle into a D. So a lift and BA might be on the table.
I've got a long list of questions, but are there any more you ladies thought of after the fact you wish you would have beforehand? Also, any ladies get a lift without BA and stay roughly the same size? I have lots of dense breast tissue....it's just hangin' with gravity ;)
Got home a little while ago from my consult with Dr. Bohley. He was running late from surgery, so it was a little over an hour after my appointment time before we got to meet him. His staff was great and the MA was hilarious.
Working in a medical office myself, I could tell he wanted to get back on schedule, so I kept my questions short and sweet, but he never at any point rushed me or gave me the 'quick answers'.
My main concerns going in were:
Can I do a lift without implants to keep my current size (would rather not go smaller)
If implants were an option, what was the maintenance like
and Would a tummy tuck address my love handles.
The breast assessment was first and he felt very confident that I had enough boob left to keep my current size and suggested getting the girls back in place before adding to them; give myself some time to adjust having them back on my chest again. And if I felt like I wasn't satisfied with the size, get the implants at a later time. He suggested a 'cosmetic reduction' which wont actually reduce them at all, but give the same lifting results as they would for a reduction patient. Basically it's like using the heavy duty tow strap to cinch them up.
As for the belly....well, lets just say I felt like a pie with it's edges crimped after he got done turning me around. I'm about a 100#'s less right now then at my peak pregnancy weight and it showed. He suggested an extended TT to address all the skin (which I just assumed was stubborn fat) that settled onto my hips. This body was made for baby makin', so I have great hips for resting babies on...or skin apparently. Going this route will not only take care of my pooch in front, but take the love handles off and lift my butt a little. Win win!
The cost was a bit more than I expected going in for, but still manageable. Their office administrator was amazingly kind and not pushy about money or a deposit ect.
I'm all sorts of nervous/excited/relieved to have answers for my questions, knowing that this is a reality and no longer a fantasy!
Now that I have put the money down and there is no turning back, I have that lovey guilt stricken feeling. There are so many others things to do with that money; down on a house, 529's for the kids, a new car! And I keep telling myself (as does my other half) that the increased quality of life cannot be quantified.
And then there's the procedure...I have spent an embarrassingly amount of time researching a MM/TT to preparing myself for what to expect during the procedure as well as recovery. I hadn't really looked into the full wrap around TT and I don't see too many reviews on here of people similar in build/excess skin who have had it. I feel down trodden that I *need* to have the more extensive plastic surgery to fix what I did to my body.
But I know this is all irrelevant and temporary...damn lady time must be coming soon! Lol
Did a little shopping today. 5wks to go!
What are you ladies buying for post op clothing? I have no idea what I should be looking for! lol. Today I bought a zip up sports bra, a few maxi skirts, and a full zip 'swimsuit' cover up that will be lighter weight than a robe and not a frumpy as some of the house coats :) As far as spanx (or the likes), I'm not sure what size I should be buying...any of you ladies have some insight?
Finding things to distract myself...
It feels like time has been crawling since my surgery has been scheduled! I've been busy though making soap, so it's helping pass the time. My boyfriend has been wanting me to restart my soap business (sold it when I got divorced 4yrs ago), so it's been keeping my mind pre-occupied at least. Can't say the timing is perfect thou...lol. Financially I'm pretty stressed with the surgery, so start up costs is pushing my security zone a bit... We're trying to get a many batches out to build stock before I'll be down and out for a few weeks. He is just learning and still needs some help here and there, but he's a quick learner :) So here are some pretty soap pics until I can update with some POST op pics! Hope all those healing are healing well!
More belly Flab!
Since I can't post anything else...Here are some more yucky belly pics. The frontal view is about 10#'s difference. It all goes to my hips. I was at 150# when I met my bf...and then 10#'s happened. Haha! PS said that because I have flared (baby makin') hips, it all settles there. What I thought was all fat, apparently is a lot of skin with the natural subcutaneous fat layer. Not to mention I'm a little bloated from Lady Time.
I want to add the back view too....sorry about the crack ;-). When he does the extended TT, he told me it will lift my butt and thighs a little too. I'll have to have the bf take the pic while I grab a handful of skin on the low back just to show how much is there. It's kinda disgusting :-/
1 Month EXACTLY! WooHoo!
Less than 3 weeks to go!
I've been keeping busy with anything and everything that does not consist of obsessing over this surgery!
I got my Rx's and labs in the mail today though...which makes reality set in. Doc ordered 7 prescriptions:
Lovenox (blood thinner)
Cloace (stool softener)
Flexeril (muscle relaxer)
I've gotten a few things for after surgery: paper tape, nonstick gauze pads, hibiclens antibacterial soap, MOM, protein shakes, bromelian, arnicia tabs & gel, 2 CG, zip front sports bra, and a lightweight zip up 'robe' (ok, it's actually a swim cover ;) )
I would like to get a recliner, but we really don't have room for one.
The scheduler also suggested I stay the night in town (his office is an hour+ drive for me) because he'll probably want to see me the next day rather than wait the weekend before seeing how I'm doing. Really not wanting to hole up in a hotel room (more costs) plus they're never comfortable! My sister lives 20min away, but it's on the third floor of an apartment complex. I think not.
Other option would be to stay at my bf's mom's house...which would be a huge inconvenience to them, plus I wouldn't be comfortable being there is the condition I will be in.
But...on a happier note, SURGERY DAY IS COMING! Hooray! Aside from all the stress of planning and financially, I am happy I am finally doing this. I'm glad I decided to do this on a whim, because otherwise I would go completely bonkers going to multiple consults, saving pennies, buying 'maybe I'll need that" supplies, ect.
Hope all you ladies on the flat side are healing well and those playing the waiting game with me are keeping sane!! :)
SKIN be gone!
Forgot to add the photos of what will soon be gone!
2 weeks to go
Let's hope the next two weeks go as fast as the last two! I've been keeping busy with the soap thing, so that's a nice distraction. I've been stress eatting though...oops.
So my goal for those two weeks will be to eat whole foods and get back to cardio to help with recovery!
Probably a little TMI, but since I've not a huge fan of wasting time, I thought I might test some of suggestions and meds for recovery.
After the c-sections, I was given percocet and ended up with about half the bottle left (I have a great pain tolerance for 'big stuff' like surgery, but cry like a baby when I get paper cuts. Lol).
I do know that it caused some 'digestive issues', but my belly is a little more sensitive these days so I'm afraid of the narcotics making that first BM pretty painful. I tried some of the smooth moves tea last night just to time it and see what effects it had. After 4-5 hours, I was kind of gassy, but def didn't feel like I needed to use the restroom. This morning, about normal time for me, had a fairly normal BM.
So moral of the story, I'll be sipping on this stuff (I bought peppermint and it's nummy) once or twice a day from post op day one :)
I also tried a cyclobenzipine (The muscle relaxer; 15mg) and I was kind of worried it would make me feel like Jello. Surprisingly, I really didn't feel anything different. I did take it about an hour before bed and it took a good half hour before I felt kind of relaxed....just nothing like I was expecting :)
Oh, and here is a fun pic of my gigantic new soap mold that I made a big 'ol batch of Lavender soap in. I just keep breathing it in.... :)
Picked up my Rx's
after insurance, they cost $77. The Oxy being the most expensive. Not too shabby I guess.
The pharmacist did ask if I had been given instruction about the Lovenox injections. I told them no, I had been told I would be getting it, but not specifics on how to self administer. She told me they would probably go over it at the pre-op, but when I asked the office about a pre-op, they told me he usually doesn't do them.
I read on here all the time about girls having their pre-op appt, so is it odd to not have one? Other that measurements, what did they consist of? I don't think sizing would require an appointment since the binder (adjustable) and surgical bra (also a s-m-l) would be fitted right before surgery....but maybe there is some other significance I'm missing? Any of you Bohley girls out there have a pre-op scheduled?
Nerves are staring to twitch
Yesterday at work my anxiety started to flare up a little finally. It occurred to me that I only have three work days left....and soooo much that needs to be done! We have been absolutely packed at the office and our docs are booked solid for the next 6 weeks... and here I am taking off 2! So to help alleviate it a little, I may go in this weekend and catch up on some of the paperwork end of things.
I took my sister in Thursday for actual (needed) surgery and that also struck a reality chord for me. The setting, the smells, needles... but we joked through it all and not only did it help her relax... But me as well!
I went ahead and reserved a hotel room for Thursday night so we didn't have to be an inconvenience to any of our friends or family that live in town. I really did not want to be around anyone in the condition I will be in... for their sake! Lol.
I totally fell like I'm forgetting things... I feeling like I've gotten anything I'll need for myself post op. I *need* to clean my house before sx. Kids are going to their dad's until the 5th, so I haven't really shopped or prepped meals anticipating I'll be able to cook 10days postop. Maybe I'll make some more freezer meals...
What have all you other preop ladies been doing to get ready?
Bags are packed and Fingers Crossed
Tonight will be my last night at home before surgery. Since we live over an hour away from the PS, we will be staying the night at my sister's house so we don't have to get up uber early for my 7:15 check in Thursday morning. I feel like I'm packing light, but reality is I won't be needing much. I've got my meds, antibac wash, sanitizer, a heating pad (which I made a super cute cover for to preoccupy my busy mind!), a zip up cover up for after surgery, my cozy blanket for the hotel and a set of PJ's for tomorrow at my sisters house (and that I'll just wear to surgery in the AM) as well as all the hotel reservation info for the Boy to have readily available for Thursday night. We won't be home again until Friday. Anything I'm forgetting?
Alas, my nerves have been getting to me and I'm a bit more jittery. Work has kept me preoccupied thankfully and I absolutely love my coworkers. They are amazingly supportive! It's the evenings at home that I cannot seem to turn off my mind... BUT! There won't be much more time for that!
The next time I post, I will most likely be on the flat side!! :) :)
On the Flat Side...
26 Jun 2014
Day of treatment
And all drugged up ;) I'll do a quick run down tonight, and more when I feel up to it. And less typos
Got to the surgery center at 7:15, nurse took more notes. Dr. Bohley doodled on me and I went back around 8:30. Woke up at 5pmish with awful shakes. I'm not sure if I bit my tongue or it was up against my molars the entire procedure.
Headed to the hotel room at 7 or so and I am *so* grateful for my mom and boyfriend bringing a recliner with them!
I have nibbled on food and tiny sips of water so that my belly won't get upset when I take my pain meds.
I have not peeked yet, but will see if I can get some pics in tomorrow at the appointment.
I'm OK pain wise right now, my boobs hurt some... Maybe because he put drains in there too. They come out tomorrow though
Thanks for all the support ladies!! I couldn't have done it without you
Hime and resting
Had my appointment this morning and they removed my breast drain. Didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would, buy still not pleasant :) Dr. Bohley said they took a lot of skin off, but I had forgotten to ask them to take pics.
Here are my pics from this morning
A they we working on changing my bandages, I had the boyfriend take a couple quick photos.
The 1.5hr drive wasn't too bad this morning, I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open. Although it was a longer drive, the one to the hotel last night was much worse. I was super nauseated and it was rush hour. Ugg
This morning I'm feeling pretty good. I've been sleeping most of the day, only getting up every two hours or so to walk and go potty. My boyfriend has been an amazing caretaker :) he's been tracking my meds, pushing fluids and food, emptying drains and helping me get in and out of the recliner. Th injections he won't do though. Lol
As for the surgery, Dr. Bohley did the extended tummy tuck and from what I can see, he kept the scar nice and low. He said he also did a little lipo on my thighs to help them lift too :) He look all the extra skin off my breasts and a little tissue off the right side make them symmetrical.
If you ladies want to know anything please, let me know. :) I keep wanting to fall back asleep
Day 3 pics
I decided I needed to finally take a peek at my belly standing up today, well as upright as I can!
I'm pretty swollen, but not as bad as I was expecting.
Pain hasn't been too bad either. It's there, but manageable. I've been taking the oxy every morning when I wake up and another just before I fall asleep. Then 2 perocets throughout the day. The breast incisions closest to my arm hurts the most, probably from the bra band/binder keep riding up.
As far as food, I've been eating a lot of fruit, rolls, and protein shakes. I don't really have an appetite at all, but I need something in my tummy with all the pills I've been taking.
I was worried that being hunched over would tug at my back incisions, but they don't at all. It's a little sore back there just from sitting and sleeping in the recliner so much. Can't really lay on my sides yet, but I try to sit in different chairs or just a different position to alleviate to pressure.
Happy healing ladies, I'm feeling like another nap is in order!
Dr. Bohley did a 'cosmetic reduction' on me. He removed all the excess skin and a small amount of tissue on the right side to make them symmetric.
There were two drains on each side, but removed the next day. The incisions where the drains were is probably the most tender spot because the bra keeps rubbing there.
Dr. Bohley said that I had enough tissue, that I would not drop cup size, but it seems as if I might have. The girls are also look further apart. Maybe it's due to the swelling? Has anyone else who has had a lift have the same outcome? Do they eventually migrate closer to each other after the swelling goes down?
Suppplies I've found helpful
There is a wealth of info on here as to what you may need to make recovery a little easier. Here is what I've been using:
A Recliner- My boyfriend actually packed it up and brought it to the motel we were staying at (we lived 1.5hrs away and Dr. wanted to see me the very next day). I would not have been able to sleep in a bed the first night at all. The lever to put my feet up I do need help with though. It's low and pulls when I try to reach it myself.
Zip up cover- I bought a light weight terry swim suit coverup that zips all the way up. I stick my drains in the pockets because the clips kept jabbing into my thighs. It's comfy and covers all of you which is important if you go commando (panties kept rubbing my incisions) Lol
Food!- I have no appetite. At. All. and since I chomped my tongue during recovery, it made it very hard to eat or drink anything, even with a straw, for the first 2 days. I bought some protein drinks, flavored coconut water, and Odwalla smoothies. I drink 3+ liters of fluids a day. Dinner rolls and lots of pineapple and other fruits. Frozen pre cooked grilled chicken strips and fresh veggies.
Bandages- My Dr. gave me a big 'ol bag of gauze and misc. supplies to change my tape and bandages at home. Just an FYI for you Bohley girls out there.
Little pillows- I use them as well as small blankets to tuck everywhere so I'm cozy. Especially in the small of my back while in the recliner
Pills-Oh, how I love my pain pills! lol I take the Oxy in the am and pm; 12hours apart and just 1 percocet around noon. In addition to the prescribed pills, I'm taking bromelain and arnicia montana
Wipes- I bought some wet wipes to keep me feeling fresh. I could just as easily washed my face with a washcloth every time I got up to go pee, but I splurged.
A servant- Everyone needs one of these! My boyfriend has been amazing getting helping me and being my feet. If I drop my napkin or need my recliner tipped a little so I can get out easier...he's there. On day 3, I could have probably done everything myself, but since I had a willing servant, I'll use him to my advantage :D
Some things other ladies listed I thought would be a waste of money for the amount of time you'd actually use them. Walkers, toilet seat risers, ect.
Quick Dr Update
Had a quick follow up with Dr. Bohley today. They took out the back drain, but want to keep the front one in until I see him again next week. All my dressings came off except the steri tape of course. And I had the Boy take a decent pic of the girls for me (I swear, it should be so hard to get him to take nekkid pictures of me!)
Dr. Bohley confirmed that as the swelling goes down, they'll move closer together. I think they look small, but the boyfriend disagreed. Lol. Do I guess they'll work!
My incisions are driving my a little crazy today! Everything is itchy. Maybe it's because I haven't showered in nearly a week (I've had my hair washed a couple of times though. Thank goodness I insisted on the hand held shower when we remodeled last year), but I'll just chalk it up to healing :)
I'm walking upright for the most part as well, which makes me happy. I was really worried about my back during the hunch phase, but it surprisingly hasn't ached at all. But bum on the other hand...it tired of sitting. The recliner will soon have an ass impression like Hans Solo in carbonite!
My tummy is still swollen and there is one spot that just aches deep down. It's about 2" above my belly button and then 2 more inches to the left. If I apply two fingers to apply pressure, it isn't as bad. Dr. said it's just from the muscle repair.
When I take my binder off, it feels like my insides will just spill out. It's crazy how attached you become to the constricting band. It has become my safety blanket and I can hardly breathe without it on.
Tonight is also the last night for the Lovenox injections! Hooray! Those little suckers sting! I've been injecting them along my panty line of my thigh so I do not have to remove my binder. It is numb there and I cannot feel the needle, but I can feel the medicine; feels like a bee sting. And lingers too. :(
Other new things: I'm awake more than asleep these days. Lol. Restless actually, and bored. I've got a stack of books and my laptop, but I just want to get up and move. The warden insists I don't though. Hehe. So I just tell him I have to pee again and move about the havoc stricken house until he finds me tidying things up and sends me back to my chair.
How did you ladies manage the
Yesterday was a rough day. More so mentally than physically, but combined made for a pretty shitty day.
I still have one drain tube in that is not producing much. I would like to take it out myself...and just may before the weekend is over. In the last three days combined, it has been under 25, but they didn't want to take them both out on Tuesday. It keeps getting caught or tugged on, which sends a little sharp pain up my side. I finally said to hell with it and taped a plastic bag on it so I could take a shower!
I haven't been taking the daily regime of painkillers for a couple of days, and it's noticeable. I'm back to moving a little slower and hunching a little more. Granted I'm not sleeping all day either...but the pain isn't bad; more dull and achy.
And as far as sleep goes, it's getting harder to do. I am SO ready to sleep in my bed and not this chair, but I'm afraid I will try to move about and myself as I cannot lay flat on my back yet (the muscle repair) or on my sides yet. The pressure from sitting on my bottom give a steady pain to the incision at my tailbone. I cannot adjust my position unless I lift off the surface and reposition everything, otherwise I pull on the incision. Same story with my hips. The incision runs right along the crest of my pelvic bone, so the pressure from the alined bone and incisions is less than comfortable. Plus I still have that damn tube in my right side. :)
My main hang up was missing the kids though. I sent them to their dad's so I could recover, but I hate having them there for more than a few days. It's a chore to 'reprogram' them when they come home from the land of no-rules or bedtime. But I miss their squishy faces and honest love. Just a couple more days I keep telling myself...then I can squeeze them tight and kiss their faces and tell them to go clean their room! :)
Day 9 pics
Thanks to one of the lovely ladies on here, I took my meds before bed last night and slept beautifully! So well, that I finally took some decent after photos :)
Yesterday I also had my RN friend come over to remove my last drain. It was becoming so incredibly irritated every time I moved and I really did not want to wait 4 more days to have it out. It was only producing 5cc or so a day for the last 4 days, so I hope the Dr. wont mind!
I don't know if anyone else has experienced this or not, but nearly every time I take the binder off I have an overwhelming pang of nausea and feel lightheaded; like all my insides are going to just fall out. I don't know, but I don't like to take my binder off too often because of it.
I have a lovely little pooch in front, which I'm hoping is just swelling and not a seroma. When I'm laid back in the recliner, my tummy is nice and flat, but standing it's rather noticeable. I asked my PS about it last appt, and he did not seem worried. I'll be asking again Tuesday as well :)
Hope everyone had a happy 4th and those that are healing, healing well. And the nerves of those waiting are getting to you too bad!
The procedure Dr. Bohley preformed on my breasts was called a cosmetic reduction. To be honest, I nearly backed out a couple time because of the name; "reduction". Going smaller was not what I wanted to do.
I had gone into the consult unsure if I wanted to go the implant route or not. I have always had larger breasts and had no concept of what it would be like having the girls smaller than a D cup. Lol. At one point, I wore an F cup, and fluxuated with babies and weight loss settling into a puddling D.
I have breast tissue, a good amount actually, it was all just at the bottom of my chest nearing my belly. When everything was scooped up in a bra, I had good cleavage that was predominantly composed of lose skin that would jiggle about like jello.
My expectations and desired outcome with the surgery was that I would have full perky breasts that would allow me to wear a cute top or dress without the need of a bra (and not scare people either) ;)
Dr. Bohley assured me that I had enough tissue to achieve that goal without implants. At my age, I would be looking at replacing any implants at least twice and that wasn't a financial commitment I wanted.
At nearly two weeks postop, I am so happy with the results! I am a little smaller when I put on my preop bras, but the only thing missing is that jelloy skin that would bulge out the top. Nothing to miss there!
First solo outing
Today I was feeling brave and wanted to run a few errands alone, and holy cow did it ware me out!
I needed to go to Walgreen's and wandered around for maybe 30min, then ran over to the office to drop a goodies off for the ladies busting their butts covering my absence. By the time I got there and they all wanted to see my incision, I was sweating and a little light headed. I skipped the grocery shopping and went back to my recliner and air conditioning! I think the grocery shopping would have done me in. Lol
I don't recall if I mentioned this before, but I have episodes where I pass out for no apparent reason, or come close to of I don't lay down when I feel it coming on. There have been 3 on those episodes since the surgery... So my body is telling me to take it easier. I honestly don't know how easier I can do things, but it's sure going to make going back to work next week a little harder.
15 day PO
Just a little update on what I my body is up to these days :)
I'm still hunched over a bit. The muscles above my belly button are tight and make it difficult to stand straight.
Still taking muscle relaxers PRN. I have spasms internally that make it feel like my insides are crawling. Kind of bazaar, but the easiest way to describe it. Lol.
Sleeping in bed at night! WooHoo! But mostly on my back which makes me very stiff in the morning. Pain pills before bed make my night more comfortable, but I do not take them every night.
Swelling. It's still there. :( Dr. did not think there was any fluid though, so that's a plus! My binder is my best friend. He said I could wear a CG if I wanted to, just as long as there is constant pressure.
My thighs should look fabulous by the time my tummy is healed because of all the squats I'm doing to pick things up!
Dr said that I am ahead of schedule as far as healing. WooHoo! But if feels like I took a few steps back once the kids came home and I'm moving around a lot more trying to keep up with the daily routine. I get wore out very easily and shaky if I'm moving too much. Next week at work should be interesting!
Feeling a little Blah
Today is an off day. Feeling run down and wishing I wasn't so tired.
I made a batch of soap yesterday and it literally wiped me out; I needed a nap afterwards.
This morning a shower and wiggling into a CG was enough to wind me and I had to sit down for a little while before I could finish getting dressed. I knew I should have bought a CG that zipped! I'm thinking I'll stick to the binder so I won't be tuckered out every morning or when I have to go pee!
Having the kids home has also sucked a lot of my energy. Cooking and trying to get them to listen, clean, and not fight is enough to make me want to throw in the towel. They always take time to adjust back to rules after being at their dads. Plus the heat being in the 90's, they don't want to go outside to play.
I've been in a bit of pain the last few days as well. My nerves much be regenerating and the lightest brush against my skin feels like dozens of hot needles jabbing me. It's rather unpleasant.
Cabin fever is still a problem; I want to get out, but don't have the energy to do it.
My tummy is still swollen. Trying to find a position to sleep is still difficult. My incisions run parallel with my hip bone, so if I'm lying anyway other than on my back, the compression of the CG or binder make it feel like it'll split. In the am, all the lymph fluid migrates to my back, so the back flanks are so tight and sore.
Ironically, I was wearing a bra with some compression, but it has made my breasts more tender and sore than loose fitting bras. I switched back and the girls are feeling better. :)
All in all, I'm just ready to feel normal again. To stand straight. To laugh freely. To stretch again!
How are the other ladies handling this phase of healing?
First Day Back at Work
and I survived!
I am pretty sore tonight; my core and outer thighs are aching the most. My coworkers are amazing though and did all the leg work for me :) That's where it helps to work in a small office (5 of us total). Wednesday I will have to pull my own weight though since it's just the Doc and I.
Hopefully tomorrow I will find the time to sit down and write up on the changes below the incisions and how having the circumferential TT has helped there.
Hope everyone is healing well and those still waiting aren't getting to anxious!
As I mentioned before, one of the side benefits of having the extended TT was that it would also lift my outer thighs and bum. Who could argue with that ;)
I'm still pretty swollen in the thighs and the back/flanks, but here are some photos from yesterday morning when the swelling is at a minimum.
It's hard to judge what's moved where since all my 'landmarks' are also altered (bellybutton, hips, mons). My tattoo seems to be the best visual for me. It's been stretched up a couple of inches!
Unable to see my own backside, it is so embarrassing to post the before pics. I still am far from having a nice bottom, but even the boyfriend says he can see a difference (and we all know how observant they are! Lol)
Again, this was just a few perks. My tummy was the main concern and the extended was the only way to achieve the results with the amount of loose skin, without dog ears, ect. I am *so* happy with the results so far and not concerned with the size of the scar. :)
Back to work swelling
Swelling at the end of my first day back to work. The most swollen I've been so far.
I've also discovered that if I take one of my muscle relaxers before bed, I sleep as well as when I was taking the pain killer before I went to sleep. I can't say if it's the good sleep of the relaxer, but the next morning, I stand straighter and feel pretty darn close to 'normal' :) Until about 2pm that is. Lol.
Most of my swelling is in my tummy, where it is also most noticable. But my back flanks/love handle area is also pretty taught all day since that is where all the lymph fluid builds up at night.
Baby Bellies, Belly Buttons, Hips, and Hives! Oh my!
I've seen a few other belly destruction posts, so I thought I would share my biggest belly and highest weight; about 260 in this photo. My son was my last pregnancy, granted much of the damage was already done, and he was a healthy 9lb 3oz bundle of chub.
Also, I was changing my tape this AM, and finally got to see my bellybutton! I had to jump up to grab a camera just to share. Lol. :)
While my tape changing, I noticed how defined my hip bone was while lying down. Those babies are juttin out there, so I can see what the Dr. meant by 'they just hold the skin there' causing me muffin top.
And lastly, my skin is sick of the stick. Adhesive loves my skin, and sticks very well. My skin has had about enough and is so irritated, red, and lumpy. I'll continue to keep it clean and changed until PS gives the ok to stop with it all together.
Hope every healing is healing well. And soon enough everyone else will be posting their postop stories!
1 month already!
I can't believe it's already been 4 wks! Had a checkup with Dr. Bohley and he is very pleased with how I'm healing. Still says I am ahead of schedule as far as recovery and to keep it up. I asked if the tape should come off since it was irritating my skin sometimes and he said I can stop re-taping whenever I'd like at this point, but told me it still has a purpose to prevent any spots from splitting.
I finally remembered to ask him how much he took off! He said that from the front, it was between 4.5-5lb of skin and fatty tissue. Another 1# from the back side, and then about .5# combined of lipo in the thighs and skin/tissue (for symmetry) from the breasts. That's over 6#'s!!
I also told him that I haven't been wearing a compression garment; the binder is more comfortable, it was just getting a little too big and I needed to buy another. Instead, he went and got me a new one in a smaller size. :) Feels so good to have a nice new snug one :)
This week back at work has been much easier than the first week. I have more energy and am moving a little faster. My posture is better too, I had to keep reminding myself to stand up straight! Lol. Especially by the end of the day. All the ups and downs rooming patients has me pretty sore and a little swollen each night, so I will take pics tomorrow of how everything looks, maybe without some of the tape to show how my scar is healing.
Hope everyone is healing well and time files until surgeries for others!
4 week photos!
Here are some photos from this morning. Took them first thing this morning, so swelling was minimal, but bra/binder impressions are noticeable. Lol
I'm going to take some measurements tomorrow morning just to see what they are these days. I don't think I ever posted before's...I'll have to see if I wrote them down somewhere else :)
I can say without a doubt I would absolutely do this surgery again. I am so happy with the changes I can see. I will never had a super model body. I have a larger frame, so I'm never expecting to be a size 4, or even a 6. My hips simply would not fit in them! I am back to wearing my pre op pants over my binder (sz. 10) so hopefully after I'm weaned off having the support, I can get into a sz 8?! (the smallest size I've worn since...middle school?)
How long after surgery did most of your ladies further out wait before exercising again? My next appt will be at 8wks.
Thought I would snap some close up photos of my incisions while I was changing some of the loose tapes last night.
I am so happy with how thin the incision is staying. I think that keeping the tape on this long has helped prevent any splits or pulls that would thicken the scar. Also, you can see how the incision meet on the back side.
It's so strange to see smaller areolas! Lol. Right side has a small pucker, but that should go down I think.
Overall, Happy camper :)
I knew this was too perfect!
Alas, a complication.... :(
This week has been rather warm up here and I noticed my right breast was more achy today than it has been. So got home, fed the kids and took a peek and there was defiantly a red spot that was a little raised right along the incision on my right nipple. I removed the tape in that spot and gave it a little squeeze and a tiny amount of pus came out. :(
So of course I jump in the shower, thinking I've just been too hot and let some water run over it, washed with hibicleanse, applied bactracin ointment and fresh gauze, then debated calling the good Dr. I did since I would be driving into Portland anyway, I figured I would see if he might want me to stop by the office. This far post op, a stitch was the only thing I could think it might be even though I could not feel anything poking.
Now honestly, he is so sweet. Called me back 10min later (it was around 7:30pm) and agreed it is probably just be a stitch. He said he would be headed out of town tomorrow afternoon, but told me to keep it dry and clean, and offered to call in an antibiotic if I wanted. I wasn't too worried, so figured we'd see how the ointment worked over the weekend since I wasn't having any symptoms of infection (fever, chills, ect).
Well, I think I might be calling again when the office opens... It's about 3:30am now and I could not sleep. My breast was so achy! So I came back out to the recliner thinking an incline might take some pressure off my now (more) red and swollen breast. And me being me...I decided that the tiny spot the pus came out of needed a little poke with a needle. It was a small white speck that looked like it was the release valve for the pressure. And wow was it!
Pus and fluid gushed out! Startled me a little honestly. Lol. But got up to the bathroom to milk it a little and I swear I milked it like a boil! Probably 10-15cc of pus, fluids, and blood :( Took me a half hour or so until I figured I got most of it out and applied more ointment/fresh gauze. By breast feels so much better, but there is a hollow now that I'm concerned about. It's too small to pack, so I'm not sure what the Dr. will recommend...answers to come in the AM I guess.
Seriously, Love my Dr.!
I waited until about 7:30 before calling the answering service again this morning to update Dr. Bohley on my early morning misadventure. He literally called within minute of me hanging up the phone and said he is calling in a antibiotic for me.
He said sometimes leftover fluid from the surgery can become infected and that he was surprised since I had been healing so well and didn't see this coming (yea, me either!)
He'll be out of the office next week, so wanted me to see his partner (Dr. DeMars) while he's out of town. He did reassure me that since it sounded as if I got most of it out, he did not think it would need any packing or that it would fill up again with pus. So yay for that.
As nasty as the photos were (and I took a video of it too) it didn't really hurt, I just felt relief from having the pressure subdue. This morning I changed the gauze again since a bit more clear fluid and blood had seeped out and soaked through. It's still a little red and irritated. There is still a hole. But the swelling is gone for the most part. Now to keep it clean and fingers crossed it doesn't accumulate more pus and heals back up ok. :)
Little update on tata....It has been seeping a small amount of clear yellow fluid and blood since I drained it. I put a hot compress on it for a half hour then took a hot shower and tried to squeeze anything out with no results. So I think it is thoroughly clear of pus :) Thankfully to hole is small and right along the incision line, so my breast won't horribly disfigured ;) Lol
Regardless of my little set back with the breast, I am so *SO* happy with my results.
II did not go into this hoping to be a smaller size when I came out. I just wanted all the skin gone...to be able to wear a pair of pants that didn't go up to my bellybutton to hold the belly roll and muffin top in. Also, I have noticed my posture has improved! I have had back problems on and off the last several years and read somewhere that a TT has helped other women with their backs as well.
Here are the 5wk comparisons to the pre. I cannot get over the fact that is MY body now! :)
I finally made some soap all by myself yesterday :) Since I make 16# batches and thepails of ingredients or so heavy, I've been unable to lug stuff around. Until now :) he he he.
It felt good to create again.
Lemongrass and a batch that smells just like Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods. Yum :)
Holy Swelling Batman!
My thighs might literally explode tonight. Lol.
The last two days I ditched the binder to give the CG's an honest chance...but I couldn't do it. They are too uncomfortable (and harder to use the bathroom) for me to wear to work. My posture could probably be improved, but the fabric tends to fold right across my torso, between my BB and ribs, so that spot is soooo tender right now.
Naturally, I went back my trusy binder for work and felt so much better; until tonight. I'm assuming wearing the CG's for a couple days allowed my lymph fluid to redistribute and then the binder cut it off again just about my things...causing them to balloon!
How long should I be weaing a CG? I went wothout most of the evening, and felt ok. a little exposed. but i'm thinking I'm over it all thogether. Lol.
Had a very quick check up with Dr.DeMars today for the abscess on my breast and he said it looks great. I did everything right by draining it and keeping it open until nothing funky was coming out. Now to let it heal and see how the scar will turn out....
Also asked him how long I should be wearing some sort of compression garment, and medically speaking, I don't need to anymore. He said for necessity, it has done it job, but some women like the support.
Next check up with be with Bohley in a couple weeks!
I snapped a couple photos before my shower this morning. I did not wear a thing to bed last night. NOTHING! It was blissful! Lol. I also went without any soft of compression until about 1pm at work. My upper ab muscles started to ache a little so I put my binder back on to support them.
Swelling is so minimal, nothing like my first day back to work! So I'm gradually going to stop wearing anything. Tape is still working itself off. It's been probably 2wks since I put any new tape on; stuff loves me :)
Also put a close up of my BB and the scar on the back. I had a really hard time finding information on an extended tummy tuck that went all the way around, let alone photos of what to expect scar wise. It's still dark, but will lighten up by this time next year. A friend actually didn't realize it WAS the scar and thought it was a g-string. Lol!
18 Aug 2014
2 months post
Gosh, I went over a whole week without updating! :)
I never did post the photo of my mostly healed abscess. That was taken 9days ago, but hasn't changed much. I have finally done away with ALL the tape! It's was kind of scary, worse than without my binder :)
My next check up with Dr. Bohley is next Monday, so I will post more photos then. I did however take my measurements finally so I can get started on making my Halloween costume.
Underbust (ribcage)- 33"
Natural Waist- 30"
Upper hip (pant line)- 32.5"
Fullest part of hips- 37.5"
As I said before, I didn't have this surgery to wear a smaller size; just to remove all the skin! I know I will never be super petite, I have a large frame and no matter how much weight I loose or plastic surgery...I will never wear a size 6. My hips are just too big!
How could I forget the HALLOWEEN COSTUME!
18 Aug 2014
2 months post
Halloween is my favorite holiday, in case you wanted to know. So I love making new things every year...and with a new body....the possibilities are so much more vast.
I haven't narrowed it down, but it is totally involving a corset (which is why I took such involved measurements last night!) and some amazing spats! Steam Punk style ;)
Anyone else dressing up in something they would have never dreamed up before their surgeries?
21 Aug 2014
2 months post
Time is a funny thing... it crawled up to my surgery date. Felt like eternity during the first 3wks after. And then BOOM, I was 'me' again! I finally can say I feel like this new body is 'mine' and that I've had it my whole life rather than the pile of skin that was there just 8 weeks ago.
I can move around (or have adapted my movements) to do just about everything like before. Stretching out is still difficult and sometimes wake myself up at night when I try to stretch out, yet everything is still tight.
Skin sensations are interesting as the nerves are still growing back. My tummy below my belly button is completely numb and my outer thighs are highly sensitive to touch. Think of a meat tenderizer but with needles. Yea, that's what it feel like when anything brushes against them. I also get 'phantom itches' on my numb spot. It feels like I need to scratch, but I don't know where. I think it's next to my belly button, but my belly button isn't where I think it should be! So I frantically scratch all over with no alleviation... *sigh* BUT, it's still totally worth it! I find myself in awe everytime I look in the mirror and think of what my reflection use to reveal.
Here are some shots from this am; I was totally doing the "inhale/exhale" thing to see how my tummy looks.
Hope everything is healing well and those still waiting can gain all the information they need off this site like I did!
Only took for forever and a day, but I snapped some photos at 3mos out from my surgery. It's funny how much time passes when you get back to normal life and are no longer sitting around trying to pass the time.
Everything is healing well. I tried the silicone sheeting...but it would stay on very well. Definitely not long enough to tell if it helped.
Some of the incision scars have thickened due to body movements...some mornings I am a little tender and can tell the healing tissues stretched from moving around in my sleep. I try to moisturize in the evening before bed and I feel it helps a little.
There is still some swelling, but minimal. I get a little poufy at the end of the day, especially if it is warm or I've been on my feet a lot. I nerves in my thighs are still pin and needles, but it's getting better (or I'm just use to it now). Still numb under my BB to the pubic bone.
Next appt is in mid November...so we'll see what the doc says.
In the meantime, we will be taking a Drip to Disneyland.
Hope you're all healing well too!!
5.5 months out
I finally found time (abs had a clean mirror) to snap some photos!
I'm a little over 5 months since my surgery and things have been great. Still some slight puffiness below my belly button...especially at the end of the day. I've noticed I get bloated (or more noticeably) after I eat and during lady time. Doctor Bohley said I might consult with my gyn regarding some discomfort I have; possibly uterine issues.
I'm very happy with the shape of my breasts! They are about a half cup size smaller than before, but still perkier than before surgery!
My hips are slightly tender still from nerve regrowth and honestly don't know if that will ever go away. The numbness under by bb is still there too...all minor things to me. :)
Hope your all are healing well and for those still waiting, the time will sneak up on you!!
22 Feb 2015
8 months post
Where did the time go?! Where did I go?!
To be honest, I was having technology problems, but more so, I've been having GI issues ( I think) which have me in the dumps about my belly :(
Starting last fall I noticed I would get very bloated, painfully bloated, but no idea why.
My PS told me to check with my gyno and after expensive ultrasounds, decided it wasn't anything to do with my lady bits and just thinks it's still residual healing.
PS doesn't think it's anything to do with surgery (nor do I) since it started about 5 months postop.
Anyway, this bloating have given me new stretch marks. Yea, new ones. So I've been super bummed and not wanting to take photos or even work out to try and tone because, well, it's not pretty.
And then there is the discomfort of being bloated to remind you...I've resorted to wearing my binder on days it is particularly uncomfortable.
So I've been playing with my diet to see if it is GI related, and so far there has been a minimal difference when I omit certain things (dairy for one).
So after 3months of feeling sorry for myself, I've decided that I need to get over it and make this investment worth it. To do whatever I can to fully enjoy my much improved body :)
Now that I'm done complaining...I really do love my shape. I look great in clothes and I love love that my breasts are still pretty perky (but of course, not as amazing as they were when still a little swollen. Lol)
I have put on 5-10lbs since my surgery, so I will be working on taking that back off. I still find it difficult to run though. The shock/jolt that makes everything jiggle...is uncomfortable to my still recovering nerves near my incision and lipo areas. My thighs and upper buttock mainly; the flanks. But toning them up is what I need to do to ease that discomfort, so that is my goal.
I hope everyone is healing well and you're enjoying you investments as well!