Gradstudentmom

1 Week out from TT and breast lift (pics, so check at your own risk!)

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first- pain meds and recovery =  very slow and awful typing, so please forgive.

I had my sleeve surgery Feb of last year, lost a total of 96 pounds, and have been stable for a few weeks. I know they recommend waiting longer, but this summer was the last time for a few years I knew I could take time off for a long time, and the excess skin was driving me crazy . I used care credit to pay. I opted for an extended abondictomty (or stomach skin removal). They stitched quilted muscles as they went, so no drains. I also opted for a breast lift, no implants, at the same time. Surgery was in the hospital, 1night stay. alot of pain when i first woke up, but once pain meds were caught up it was very bearable/not bad. Last 2 days were worse, but i have my 1 wk dr visit this afternoon! Pics are pe surgery and 3 days post.

biggest wishes now:  decreased pain, decreased swelling in stomach, and my energy back so i can type right n get work done

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Side note:  hunching in 2nd pics because i still can't stand  up straightt

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That's an outstanding job Gradstudentmom - you have to be pleased with the results - especially for being just 1 week post-op.

Do you know how much excess skin they removed?

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That is the biggest thing I'm upset about, no idea!! I weight more post surgery ( due to swelling) and they didn't say. I'm hoping they can tell me this afternoon, and if so I'll update!

I really hope it improves from here (swelling above lower incision line, but even if it doesn't I'll be thrilled.  

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if anyone is reading this that has already been through it, I'd love to know a)  if you experienced worsening pain in the lower incision area as time went on, and b) did you find any spanx type compression garments more comfortable than the binder?

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Looking amazing already! Congrats. Hoping you heal in a flash!

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Hope you have a speedy recovery! I bet your weight goes way down after all the swelling subsides. You look great! Bet you feel better too!

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Wow! What a difference the surgery made. I bet that once you heal up some you are going to be very happy that you had plastics done. Please do keep updating us.

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I will definitely post some pictures later, now that the tape has all been removed, but an update:

1)  Went for the one-week post-doc, the doctor seemed pleased, he cut off a few of the stitch strings hanging out, and that was about it. He was concerned about a pocket of swelling on my left breast side, so moved the follow-up to 2 weeks instead of 3, but didn't seem super concerned. 

2) Things I am more concerned about include-- my upper/outer vagina has been swollen, black, and hard. Apparently, this is not unusual and will go down, but sticking frozen peas down the pants = fun times :/ 

3) I have developed a sharp shooting pain in the top of my right thigh, like lighting, HURTS! It's spread now to the whole top of the thigh is numb. A bit worried though Google says this isn't totally rare, but waiting for a call from the doctor.

4) Some of my scars are really lumpy and look awful. Hoping to find pics from people with similar scars before and then a few months after, so I can have more realistic expectations (so hook a girl up with links if you see any!).

Despite any of these = STILL TOTALLY WORTH IT. Can't wait for no more pain, then I can really enjoy this new self!

 

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3 hours ago, Gradstudentmom said:

sticking frozen peas down the pants = fun times :/ 

 

Had to LOL! :D 

Otherwise it all sounds pretty normal, based on my limited experience with plastic surgery. Carry on!

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6 hours ago, Gradstudentmom said:

 

3) I have developed a sharp shooting pain in the top of my right thigh, like lighting, HURTS! It's spread now to the whole top of the thigh is numb. A bit worried though Google says this isn't totally rare, but waiting for a call from the doctor.

4) Some of my scars are really lumpy and look awful. Hoping to find pics from people with similar scars before and then a few months after, so I can have more realistic expectations (so hook a girl up with links if you see any!).

Despite any of these = STILL TOTALLY WORTH IT. Can't wait for no more pain, then I can really enjoy this new self!

 

#3 - glad you called your dr about this!

#4 - start doing scar massage and wearing the silicone scar strips as soon as you can. One you are cleared for scar massage, be aggressive and do it multiple times a day. It is a pain (as it it time consuming) but it should make your scar flat and pliable. I think I worked on my scars for 4 - 5 months after I was cleared to do so. Now, in places, my TT scar is invisible. In other places you can see a light/thin line but no bumps or pulling. I had my TT 3.5 years ago. 

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Thank you so much for your bravery posting the pictures. This helps me mentally prepare for what might be in my future. 

Also, no drains sounds great! My thoughts are with you as you heal. 

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Yeah, I HATED the idea of posting pics at first, but I now sort of like the idea of tracking changes, and I know seeing other pics really helped me to not have unrealistic expectations, which I think has helped me feel much better now.

I called about the sharp pain, because it has also now spread to numbness over the top of my right thigh. They told me to go straight to the ER to make sure it wasn't a blood clot. It was not (wohoo!), but I guess it's not a super unusual side effect for a neve to get sewn over or something. The *hope* is that it will clear up in a few months, but there's no guarantee, and they had zero advice on how to make it feel better (weren't sure if ice, heat, compression, elevation, stretching, anything would impact it). So that was a little rain on the parade. 

Bruises have all now turned yellow/green, so def looking like the Walking Dead for sure. 

Some stitches have been oozing/bleeding some, but that's supposed to be pretty normal also, so other than the leg pain, I think things are going as planned. 

Post tape pics later!

 

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17 hours ago, Stephtay said:

#4 - start doing scar massage and wearing the silicone scar strips as soon as you can. One you are cleared for scar massage, be aggressive and do it multiple times a day. It is a pain (as it it time consuming) but it should make your scar flat and pliable. I think I worked on my scars for 4 - 5 months after I was cleared to do so. Now, in places, my TT scar is invisible. In other places you can see a light/thin line but no bumps or pulling. I had my TT 3.5 years ago. 

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I was going to call and ask about this! My skin was so "beat up/wrecked" (thank you for continuing to describe it that way doc :rolleyes: that the scar is so puckered and rough, I was hoping to do this, just in case it helped. How soon were you cleared for this? Was there any certain brands of silicone sheeting you really liked?

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2 hours ago, Gradstudentmom said:

I was going to call and ask about this! My skin was so "beat up/wrecked" (thank you for continuing to describe it that way doc :rolleyes: that the scar is so puckered and rough, I was hoping to do this, just in case it helped. How soon were you cleared for this? Was there any certain brands of silicone sheeting you really liked?

I can't remember when I was cleared to do it - maybe 4 weeks? Ask your dr and at a minimum, you don't want to massage any incisions that aren't fully closed yet. I used Scar Away and I was happy with that brand. I don't think I tried any others. I bought the longest size and cut them in 1/2 length wise. My TT scar goes from hip to hip and one of the long ones cut in 1/2 almost covered my entire scar. Don't bother with the gel. It just comes right off and doesn't do anything - at least it didn't for me. If you haven't used the silicone strips before, they aren't cheap but you can wash and reuse them a few times. 

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No pics yet, some extra complications as of last night. I was walking, felt wet, though I had spilled some coffee, looked down to see I was gushing blood! Went to the doctor, and they did an in-office procedure to drain hematoma/blood accumulation. I was awake, which sucked because anesthesia cost money and I'm cheap lol, but the rest of the procedure was free. It's now packed, stings some but not awful, and I need to go back every day the next few days to be cleaned out and re-packed :/ fingers crossed complications over for now!

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7 hours ago, Gradstudentmom said:

No pics yet, some extra complications as of last night. I was walking, felt wet, though I had spilled some coffee, looked down to see I was gushing blood! Went to the doctor, and they did an in-office procedure to drain hematoma/blood accumulation. I was awake, which sucked because anesthesia cost money and I'm cheap lol, but the rest of the procedure was free. It's now packed, stings some but not awful, and I need to go back every day the next few days to be cleaned out and re-packed :/ fingers crossed complications over for now!

Yes, sometimes you pop a little blood vessel inside or something. Usually not a huge problem as far as I know. Good thing you went in.

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This time it was a hematoma or large blot clotting, so they had to open it up, squeeze it all out (painful, and looks like black jelly, so gross), then they pack it with....gauze? Idk. I had to go back today and every day for the next few days to have it unpacked and packed. Blech. Painful, time consuming, but not at all a serious side effect/complication, and will improve with time. 

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Yuck, sounds awful, but when it is all over and healed, it will be worth it!  Thanks for bravely posting the pics....I totally recognize the before pic...when I look in my mirror! :(

 

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It has been 2 weeks and 3(ish) days since surgery. Tomorrow I start back to work, so that will be interesting. The worst part of the last week was the hematoma they removed in the left breast. I had to go back every single day to have the packing removed and put back in (ouch). The last one was yesterday, and today they evaluate if there is any need to remove a smaller one in the right breast. Hoping not. The 2nd worst part is pain/soreness in the lower incision line/ pubic region. This is supposedly pretty common, so I think this is just a symptom I have to deal with the next few days. It's not sharp pain, just ache/soreness. Below are some current pics, 1 week after the last ones. I think it shows a little less swelling, but not a ton. At this point, I shouldn't have too many more big body changes, minus decreasing scars. Bulk of swelling, etc., is over. I'm looking forward to the pain being gone all together, because I go back and forth with how happy I am with the surgery (this is totally normal), but I fully expect that once I can have full mobility back and less pain, I'll be a lot happier overall. 

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You sound realistic and patient; probably two good qualities to have. Congrats on your continued progress!

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