My journey to a full TT is similar to many. Had...
My journey to a full TT is similar to many. Had babies, worked out endlessly, maintained a healthy weight ( of course I could stand to lose the proverbial 10, but few of us around 50 can't), tried wraps, cool sculpting, ect....to no avail. Finally, after seeing so many amazing outcomes, & weighing the pain & scar vs the confidence I will gain, I embarked on my journey.
With that said, I owe many thanks to those who've taken this journey & documented it precisely enough for this detail nerd to feel courageous & begin my own TT journey. I also need to thank my fiancé for loving me as I am, but understanding & supporting my decision to move forward with this endeavor.
Surgery is scheduled for 9/14 @ 1pm with an amazing plastic & reconstructive surgeon, Dr Sven Sandeen.
I chose Dr Sandeen without hesitation as he had performed a BA with maxoplasty after 2 lumpectomies left me extremely asymmetrical. Aside from the initial shock that I was no longer an "A" cup, I couldn't be happier with the size & shape of my "girls". Of course it doesn't hurt that I too work in the medical field & see his meticulous work first hand. Furthermore, I've always found Dr Sandeen's office staff to be professional, yet very caring- a winning combination!!
PO Day 1 I made it to the flat side!
My surgery lasted 31/2 hours yesterday afternoon, & arrived how @ 6:30pm. This morning, I feel like I've been run over by a truck, but I as long as it leaves me with a flat stomach. I'm all there! The good news is that my PS was able to move enough skin that he didn't need to make a vertical scar for my old BB. That was definitely music to my ears!
Aside from that, I stepped on the scale this am to find that I gained 5# from yesterday before surgery. I have to believe it's all the IV fluid they gave me.
Day 2 Post op TT
I'm definitely feeling post op pain this evening. I think I'm starting to go through Swel Hell as I'm experiencing a bit of swelling now through my stomach down to my girl parts. We changed my dressings but nothing on the bb. I've seen a few peeps put marbles in their bb's to keep them open...any idea when this starts? Fortunately, I've only take 2 Valume, 1 oxy, & 6 Advil. I'll take the oxy to sleep, but don't like how they make me feel. Better days are coming. :)
PO Day 3
Getting around a little better today...still hunched over, but I've no real complaints...other than Swell Hell. I was able to shower today!!! Yay!! Drains seem to be doing their job. I'm forever thankful to the advice of others in that I began taking stool softener 4 days before. When it came to do the deed, it was easy peasy!! I'm still taking Sineech Bromelain, & the occasional 600mg Advil. I've taken a total of 2 Oxy's (1 each night to sleep), & unless I engage my abs, I'm relatively comfortable. I'm obeying my post op restrictions like a champ- my fiancé leaves me no other choice. I have to say that I'm swollen up like a beach ball though. Lost nearly 2# of water weight since yesterday. All in all, I'm keeping my eye on the prize!! :-)
PO Day 4
Day 4 Finally turning the corner!
I awoke today with less back & abdominal pain, & it was considerably easier getting out of bed. (Admittedly I'm spoiled as we have a fully adjustable Tempurpedic, which I'm incredibly grateful for.). I'm considerably swollen throughout my stomach though my scale reads that I've dropped 6# of fluid. I'm draining 80cc's- down from 120cc the day before. I'm experiencing occasional jolts of nerve pain, mainly above my incision site. My tummy skin is pink, itchy & numb- if that makes sense. I began moisturizing with Bert's Bees Multipurpose Ointment (blend of castor, coconut, beeswax, Shea butter, sweet almond,...) in hopes of alleviating the tenderness- staying away from the bb & suture line.
I'm still not standing up straight, can't cough, or take really deep breaths.
I'm taking 600-800mg Ibuprofen as needed for discomfort.
I'll post more pics when the drains come out. It's a little awkward since they're located in my lower groin & I can't cover with panties.
I'm beginning to get excited over the possibility of a great outcome. I can't wait to try on bikini bottoms :-)
Bye, bye drains!!
Thankfully, my drains came out late yesterday!!! Gosh, why does no one tell of how long those suckers are?? I'm used to small surgical drains - When my MD began removing the first one, it seemed to go on forever!! My guess is 6-7"!!! I'm still incredibly swollen though :-(
PO Day 10
I don't have any pics today, but wanted to journal a little about my healing & thoughts.
I'm getting around a little better every day. I returned to work on PO Day 8- not recommended unless your job is sedentary. Below I've put some thoughts into words that I've spent much time contemplating over the past 10 days:
*I recommend that you get up & move around each hour to avoid getting sore.
*10 days out & I still have difficulty standing up straight at times.
*I could see part of my rib cage when I took off my binder this morning!!!
*Swelling is much worse at night- common sense, but worth noting.
*Your binder &/or CG (compression garnment) though uncomfortable IS your friend. Even when you feel like you're stuffed in sausage casing. I've even broken a nail getting into mine :-(.
*Be patient with yourself & your healing. This is MAJOR surgery!!!
*Don't compare your healing to anyone else's. Everyone heals @ different rates. It is not uncommon to look 2 sizes BIGGER due to swelling while healing*
*I'm generally a very positive person, but ...
There are still moments when I waver back & forth as to whether I should have had surgery. Fortunately, these moments are few & I know I'm going to be ecstatic with my end results. I'm just being whiny & impatient.
Thankfully, my fiancé is my cheerleader, & I do keep my "eye on the prize". This is definitely a journey ....parts of which surprised me. :-)