2 Weeks Post-op

So it's been 2 weeks now. Pain is minimal on the breasts and belly. However, on my flanks where the lipo was done hurts pretty good. Swelling has really started to set in and in the evenings is much worse. I had the belly running suture removed this week at Dr. Byrd's office. They said everything looks good and the swelling is normal and should be half gone at the 3 month mark. I have to keep reminding my self of this because seeing the tummy right after surgery and now, there is quite a bit of difference. I feel like it's sticking out again. I just keep telling myself, "it's just the swelling," and try to stay away from salty foods.

Bust = 40" was 41.5"
Chest = 36.5" was 37"
Waist = 34" was 36"
Belly button = 34.5" was 39.25" WOW-WEE!!!!
Hips = 40" was 39.5" (?, swelling maybe)

Overall I am very happy and would do it again in a heartbeat! I have already bought a few new shirts and am thrilled that I can try on anything that I think is cute and not what I think will hide my belly. This is totally going to change the way I dress. I feel young and I want to dress young and hip!

I'll post more post-op pictures in another week or so. We will see how the swelling is...going down I hope!


I had the surgery. The pre-op procedures went very well. The best and most organized I've ever seen 'em handled. I like to consider myself a surgery connoisseur with a now total of 11 and this being the first plastic surgery one in that 11.

Dr. Byrd came in before the surgery and did all of his marking and took careful time in doing so. His nurse, Lisa, all the while trying to keep a little dignity for me by keeping me partially covered. Anesthesia nurse comes in, gives me a little Valium, then we're off! They had the operating table already warmed up for me. Most the time you have to start shaking and going into convulsions before they will give you a warm blanket or a bear hugger.

The surgery went very well. They removed 7400 grams total (I think this is correct, I will call and make sure the total on Monday and post the correct amount) which is a little over 16 pounds. Sheesh!!! After surgery, I woke up well and when I started coming around, I never had that "oh! I am in so much pain, hurry with the pain meds, please!" feeling. The nurse said they gave me something really good before they woke me up. It really was nice also that after I came out of the anesthesia and started getting a little lucid, they ask if I wanted to see. Amazing!, heck ya, I wanna see! Wow! I've never seen the belly this flat! And the boobies are beautiful and the same size! Bow-chicka-wow-wow!

This is right after surgery (well at least I think...). My stomach insicion is a little longer than most because of my fold and he didn't want the skin to pucker. But it all totally is hidden beneath my bikini underwear!

More to come.....


Oh and let me please stress before! (No wonder it took me so long to getting around to downloading and posting them.) These photos were taken the night before surgery so my weight was right at 158.8lbs. A bit shy of the 10 pounds I was to lose but with the knee surgery just 18 days before and being immobilized with crutches for 2 weeks after, kind of put a damper on the exercising part.

A little background about how everything got so bad. I have never had my stomach muscles in the center, pulled together, like most people start with. Ah, it's a gene thing. My momma's got it; my Grannie's got it; you get the idea. In my earlier days, I was always very thin except for my stomach extending out, not fat just the muscles could not keep it all in and pulled together. Back then it was nothing like it was in these photos.

Then comes baby #1 weighin' in at 9lbs 10oz and being carried for a full extra 2 weeks past due date. In come the stretch marks, can you see them? They're a little hard to spot.... a place without them. But what really got me was the stomach muscles were even farther apart than ever and no matter how many crunches and yoga Plank poses I did, it still qualified as a "waddle".

With baby #2, not much changed. He came 4 weeks early so there was not as much stretching needed for the little guy.

I did also have a breast lift. Breast-feeding both for a year each left the "girls" pretty sad. During my pre-op mammogram, I had to ask the tech if this was supposed to be hurting. I had the perfect boobs to be squished like pancakes, they hardly noticed. I also, for as long as I can remember, have always had two different sized breasts and a whole cup difference at that. I also opted to having that fixed as well.

Not posting any breast pictures as of now, maybe later I will get a little braver. But if you are serious about seeing before/after, I would be willing to send them in a private email.

So enjoy these great before photos! And say Goodbye to them! Woo-hoo!!!