56 Yrs Old, 5'11", 159 lbs - Wants MMO After Weight Loss - Brandon, FL
So glad to have found this website and have been...
Consultation Completed...Surgery Scheduled for 1/15/16!
We settled on 375 CC Allergan High Profile Silicone inserts. Wanted to go larger but was told that the width of my chest would not handle larger without them going into my armpits. I'm ok with 375...anything beats these "pancakes" I now have. The implants will be submuscular periareolar.
The Tummy Tuck will include liposuction and muscle repair.
So excited...and nervous.
Semi-Liquid Diet Starts Tomorrow
Flat Side in 2 Days
I didn't think that doubt would rear it's ugly head as I have read in so many reviews but I had a moment this morning when I was asking my husband if I was doing the right thing and couldn't we be spending the money on other things. He said an emphatic NO and that was that. So, onward to the FLAT SIDE!
8.5 Hours PO
4 days PO
1 Week PO
Today I was able to walk (almost upright) around the house for an hour. I can use the toilet without my husband's help. Have started weaning myself off the major pain meds. The only "issue" I have is SWELLING. Especially in my thighs. I have been wearing brief type compression garments but my husband is out picking me up a thigh slimmer, high waist garment.
I realize that I haven't talked about my BA. The "girls" are beautiful and have caused me no problems.
Speaking of my husband. He's the best! I truly feel like a queen. He has been there through EVERYTHING.
Dr Shienbaum and his staff are the best. I felt like he treats me as he would his family. My next checkup is Monday.
Will post pictures shortly.
11 Days PO - The More Active the Better
He said I can bend, reach and stretch because the "girls" are fine. He will remove the tape from them next week. Can't wait to go bra shopping.
The TT incision is healing just fine as is the belly button. The stitches will dissolve. I am about 90% upright as skin on tummy is finally softening. Changed to a "medium" Maidenform Flexees shapeware from a "large" compression garment.
Have stopped all pain meds except for ibuprofen or tylenol at night. The swelling is a little better as is the bruising which is attributed to fluids and activity. I walked 30 minutes in the neighborhood and was on the elliptical for 15 minutes. Not bad for my first day out. I'll hit that hour goal tomorrow!
Planning to return to work next week with a goal of 100% upright. To all of you going through, happy healing!
Day 12 PO Pictures
Back to Work - 15 Days PO
Happy 3 Weeks Post Op!!!
The tapes were removed from my breast and I can wear “normal” bras for short periods of time. So of course my husband couldn’t wait another day to take me bra shopping, so we went to the outlets and came home with a FEW inexpensive ones. Had to convince him that the girls aren’t in their final position yet so he had to calm down on the purchases. I was measured at Soma at 34C but the Cs didn’t cover enough for me so I bought 36C and 34D in a couple different brands. By the way, I was a 34/36 A/B prior to surgery. My main issue prior to surgery was not size but flatness. I still wear a sports bra at night and during most of my day for comfort and added support. I still have some discomfort (“zingers”) in both breast, especially in the left which had more work done on it and appears to be bigger (could be from swelling). My boobs slightly hang over into my armpits which seem to be little caves now, making shaving more difficult. PS says that will change once they settle. I have been told to start massaging them more aggressively a few times a day.
My TT incision is healing well (scabs are coming off nicely), swelling is minimal. He doesn’t want me to put anything on it except for Vaseline until the scabs completely come off. He doesn’t feel like I’ll need lymphatic massages. He told me to use one of those little hand held massagers for the “hard” areas. He wants me to continue to wear the shapeware (Spanx). He said that I can go without it for short periods of time on the cruise but I would have to put it back on when I start to swell. I do still have a burning sensation in my belly (especially at night) but it’s now below the belly button instead of all over the belly. Was told that this is nerve regeneration.
All of my stitches are dissolvable. The BB stitches are taking a little longer to dissolve but he says that it is healing nicely too. My BB doesn’t look like the “inny” that it was before surgery but he said it’s too early to tell.
I still can’t do any exercise other than the elliptical and walking for 3 more weeks. I am so anxious to get back in the gym but am glad that I can get on the elliptical. It is a pretty good workout. Besides, I don’t want to chance messing up anything that has been done. Guess my trainer and my bowling league will have to wait.
Don’t know how many of you have appetite/weight loss issues but I can’t seem to eat very much and have lost at least 6 pounds since the surgery. And that’s after gaining 6 pounds with swelling between days 2 and 4.
I just completed my first week back at work. Just want to say that this thing called GRAVITY ain’t no joke. If you’re used to getting horizontal during the day and then you’re pretty much vertical all day, it can be hard. But, like everything else on this journey, everyday gets better. On Monday I was so exhausted that I came home and took a 2 hour nap. Tuesday the nap was one hour. Wednesday, I didn’t need a nap. Yesterday, Thursday, I went shopping. Today is date night.
When I go for my next follow up in 3 weeks, I’ll take some VS lingerie with me for additional photos. Can’t wait!
Will post pictures as soon as I can.
Sex after BA & TT with Lipo of Flanks (Mommy Makeover)
4 Weeks Post Op & Post Cruise
On the sex subject, my PS had told me to "go for it, just don't put pressure on the abs". Too difficult to figure out at the 3 week mark but maybe it was giving it one more week or maybe the cruise atmosphere helped but we made it work! One more step closer to NORMAL.
Before going on the cruise I noticed some redness around my BB and just to be sure I went to see my PS. He thought that it was an allergic reaction to the sutures and a topical antibiotic to apply. All seems to be better now. The BB is still closed but was told that things will change once the swelling goes away. Yes, I still have some swelling, especially at night. I eat very little at dinner because my stomach gets so tight that the rest of my night is miserable. Speaking of night, I don't sleep through the night at least not a straight 6-8 hours. I sleep 3-4 hours, wake for 1-2 hours and then get another 3-4 hours . This is for two reasons, one, because of the pain and discomfort of swelling (both belly and breasts) and two, because my left breast gets shooting/stabbing pain. Pain meds don't help, I still wake up so I just deal with it.
Even with all of the swelling and sleepless nights, every day does gets better. I look back to 4 weeks ago and see how far I've come and I am amazed. Hoping to get back to the gym in a couple of weeks but for right now, I'll continue to walk and use the elliptical.
Happy continued healing to ALL!
6 Weeks PO! Back to the Gym!
My breasts still have zingers occasionally and he said that was nerves still reconnecting. My belly button area (and below) is still numb and has some swelling. My TT scar has finally lost all of its scabs so I started scar therapy last night. Looking forward to it lightening. Although as you can see in the pictures, my outfits cover it quite nicely.
Today was the first day that I've gone without any kind of compression garment/shaper and it feels a little weird. I am swelling a little more, so I'll put it back on before bed.
Next appointment in 2 months. Continued happy healing everyone.
1st Day Back in Gym
Dr. Shienbaum was the first and only plastic surgeon I had a consultation with. I know this is a big no-no and that you're "supposed" to go to at least 3 before deciding and I did have 2 more scheduled. However, I felt so comfortable with him, and his before & after photos. I was able to talk to a former patient and actually see his work firsthand. I feel as though I am in the hands of a true artist and that he has "sculpted" my body into a "masterpiece". Dr. Shienbaum is passionate about his work and also very compassionate with his patients. He and his staff have treated me like family. I love Dr. Shienbaum and the ladies, Patty, Kristen, Ginny, Laura and Chelsea! They are the best!