I consulted two offices for a mommy make over. ...
I consulted two offices for a mommy make over. The first was a free consult. The downside was that I only met the assistant and not even a nurse. I did not felt comfortable, surgery like this is life changing and i was expecting to talk to the PS to help me overcome my fears. Then i made some more research and found that the PS they assigned to me was not really a plastic surgeon! He is a doctor of medicine (dont get me wrong) but not a plastic surgeon by trade specialty. So i did more research and found Dr Salemy. There is a 100 fee but it goes to your procedure if you decide to or you can use it to their other service. I like his ways. He does not promise the sun and the moon to you. He is very realistic. I even wanted to do more procedures but he honestly told me that there is no problem doing it but it may not be worth it for me to spend the money. Other PS will just go for it but he would rather not take your money knowing it will not make much of a difference. I had my surgery pushed for a while due to my smoking! I know............ but im 6 weeks clean and ready to go this April 1 and it's not a joke!!!
I'll update my file after my surgery. I'm hoping that everything will turn out really really fine!!!
day of surgery
1 Apr 2014
Day of treatment
I'm in my hotel now resting with my hubby helping me out. Surgery went really. The nervousness I had prior was a thing in the past. As soon as Dr salemy step in the waiting room he immediately provided comfort that sooth my nerves. To top it all he has amazing OR staff from the anesthesiologist down to the nurses! Definitely there is a lot of pain but really tolerable. I think the most annoying is the throat. A bit painful to swallow.
I have not seen the actual stitches but they said it was all a success! Peed already too which which is a good thing.
markings before surgery
1 Apr 2014
Day of treatment
Lat tome I saw my nasty body!!! Hoping f or the new and better me :)
First post op visit
So far so good. Everything was looking great! Though today was kinda tough with me with all the pain and on top of it a series of hyperventilation. When I saw my PS, he made sure I'm doing and feeling a lot better before sending me home. He answered all questions I had. He did not overwhelmed me with do much care instructions and just wants to deal with one step at a time. Please note this pics are just now so I'm still a lot swollen. But nevertheless there is already a big difference!!!
a big thanks to my hubby :)
His been very supportive all through the process. From finding the right PS, coming with me to all of my appointments. To Top It Off He Is Taking Very Very Good Care Of me!!!! Thanks my love!!!!
day 3 still looking good
Just had my bellybutton cleaned and changed bandage by hubby. That is the only thing my doctor wants me to do so I'm not going to mess with others. I'm feeling a lot better less discomfort and pain.
I was so itchy!!!! Decided to remove the cg and just wipe my self clean. First time I saw my new body! Bruised up but still a lot better than before. Pain is a lot tolerable as well :) ye hey to a new me!!!
side by side comparison
This is only day 4 and still a lot swollen. Just thought of posting this side by pics of my transformation.
Felt a lot better today. Removed my cg for a much needed wash :) still a lot of swelling and bruising on my thigh. Removed my pain pump since yesterday as well. Pretty much just the same. Though still no poop :( I'm hoping it will come any time soooooonnnnn!!!!!!
I know it's tmi but when you don't have it for 5 days your going nuts!!! Finally decided to try coconut oil. I have been taking colace 200 and citrucel twice a day but still with no success. Okay ladies this may not be for everyone but this is what I did. I used an coconut extra virgin oil. The only way I can stomach it is thru coffee. So I mixed 1 1/2 tap to my coffee. So it's like drinking oil basically :( walked a few minutes then walla..... Though it took a while for it to come out and feels like I'm ripping my stomach off....bottom line it works!!!
see my PS today!!!
I'm hoping both my drains will be taken out today. They both barely drain any fluids anyways. Today is my 6th day. Still a lot swollen. I'm hoping my scar will look nice. My bellybutton on the other hand really looks beautiful. On the down low....I started my period yesterday!!! With no shower...swelling...plus drains...CG....crazy hormones........waaaahhhhh!!!!!
One drain out!
So I have one drain out. I'm hoping this Thursday the other will be removed to. My pics are still the same from swelling so I'm just not going to post any for now.
Per my PS I'm healing really good! My stitches look really nice as well. The only thing I need to ask you ladies is what do you use to get the bruising go away faster. I did the arnica and bromelain but does not do any much of a difference. Any ideas.....?
As expected I am still bruised and swollen. I took some picture tonight when I'm most swollen and compared it beside my before pics. This shows really a great improvement. My PS really did a great job. Nothing is perfect....but as far as I can see specially in the pics, it's a big change. I'm getting excited each day specially when the swelling finally goes away and I can truly see the final result. As of now I only have one drain left and hopefully will be taken out this week.
No more drains!!!
Finally no more drains for me! Saw my PS today and said things are looking good. Next appointment is on two weeks. There was a little more noticeable bump on my left side. PS said could be just swelling at this early stage of healing. He said if after a few months there is no change, he can just do a simple office procedure to even the appearance. I'm just glad to hear that. At this point of recovery I know I'm very sensitive mostly emotionally because of the so much pain I'm in. And it's greatly appreciated when you have a PS that understands and does not make you feel your cray cray for complaining!
side by side comparison
It's been 13 days already.....time flies so fast!!!! I'm still swollen and bruised but it gets better day by day. The pictures I took was in the morning when I have less swelling. So my usual routine is to remove my cg in the morning. Then I either shower (now I show every other day) or just give my body a break from wearing the cg the whole day. I at least don't wear them for 2-3 hours. It gives me time to wash it too since I only have a pair. I am massaging my whole body with coconut oil. I even do that gently on top of my scar (with the brown tape still on it). I notice the bruising and swelling is going down more. Just a note. ...my PS said that I can change my brown tape twice a week....OMG!!!! That brown tape is tooo STICKY!!! I will not dare pull that tape again! I will just wait till it starts peeling off by it self. I thought my scar is gonna rip open. Lastly my weight is improving. I started with 1st lbs pre op. Went to up to 172 after surgery. I guess with all swelling. Now I'm at 164lbs!!!! I'm going there slowly but surely!!!!
hate that you cannot edit your post!!!!
Sorry for some typos above....you know can't edit when it gets posted already. Anyways, my pre op weight was 168 lbs and it did not show there correctly.
tired of swelling
It's been a while since I last updated my profile. Nothing significant has change except less bruising. I am still swollen which is really getting in to me now. I have been reading a lot of reviews and they say it's better in the morning and then gets worst at night. My swelling doesn't seem to be that way. I'm swollen all throughout the day :(
My swelling is mostly between my bb and incision. It's like a pooch sticking out. I have never really seen it flat. I was doing a seroma check but the swelling is not like a water bed when you touch it...so I guess there is no seroma. I am very careful with my body. I even walk still a little hunched and still taking arnica and turmeric. I am wearing my cg regularly with an 2 hrs break just in the morning. I'm doing everything I can think of that will help the swelling down. I also watch what I eat. I'm actually trying o get my appetite back. I'll have my 1 month post op next week, I'm hoping things will be ok.
Is there other ladies here like me? What did you do and how long did it stay like that? I'm just trying to be really positive as much as I could.
on to scar therapy!!!
Met with my PS today. Incision is healing, so on to my scar therapy! No more super sticky tape....Thank god! Per my PS its just a normal swelling and NO seroma!!! I just want to add that for the many times I went to my appointment, my PS is always there for the follow up's and not just a nurse. I appreciate how hands on my PS is. Even though my drive time is longer than my consultation, you will never feel rushed and he takes time to answer all your questions.