Saturday, 27 August 2016

Day 2 post BBR/BL...and first look.

Today was the first time I had a proper look at my new boobs.  They're...perky and small.  I'm not used to them.  It'll take me some time to adjust to them.

Regrets? Dunno yet.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Day 1 post bilateral breast reduction/lift

Yesterday I underwent bilateral breast reduction and lift, taking me from anywhere between a DDD to an F cup to now down to a full C or D cup.  It'll take some months to see the full result.  At the moment, I look small.  I've only seen my boobs lying down when the nurses checked how things are looking.  Too scared to look in the mirror.

I was wheeled into theatre at 9.15am and woke in recovery at 2.00pm.  As I'm allergic to Morphine, they gave me OxyCodone....and guess what?  Allergy.  Became itchy so they gave me Phenergan, which made me super drowsy on top of the anaesthetic.  Endone is also a no no for me now, as its in the same group as OxyCodone, so Tramadol is my new drug.

Surgeon came late last night to check up on me and discuss the surgery.  My left breast was bigger than my right.  To me they looked the same, but he knows.  He said approx 500gm of skin and tissue was taken from the left breast and approx 350gm from the right.  I certainly didn't expect that much to be cut away.

Nurse only took three photos during the op and they're not as gory as the tummy tuck ones lol.

I go back Tuesday for my first post op review.  Until then, I shower with the supportive bra 24/7 for a week.

Once I get a proper look at my new boobs, I'll post an update...depends if they look decent though 😕

Pre op markings.

In theatre, ready to get started.

My right breast, much smaller.

Left breast yet to be reduced and lifted.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Next stage of my transformation...breast reduction.

Last week I had a consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon for another issue but decided to kill two birds with one stone and seek an opinion on getting a breast reduction and lift.

After the first part of the consult, it was time to talk reduction.  I stripped down ready to be poked, prodded, measured and photographed from various angles.  Considering I've lost 60kg, my boobs have not changed whatsoever, well, more saggy but I still fill the same cup size I was pre sleeve.  Depends on where I shop, I can be a DD/DDD/E or F cup.  I'm currently wearing 12F.

The surgeon explained the procedure to me, as well as the risks and complications.  Being on Roaccutane can inhibit wound healing, but he couldn't find any research to back this up.  If I were to get implants, then there would be issues, but he can't see there being any complications with a reduction.  He suggested I speak to my dermatologist for her opinion.  It was suggested I stop taking Roaccutane and wait six months or at least drop back to two tablets weekly.  To be honest, if I stop taking, my skin will flare up again and it's not pretty.

I asked when I could get in if I wished to proceed and was offered end of May or end of July...but first I'll wait for that quote...

...which came on Monday.  I was expecting close to $10,000 but I was quite surprised.  $5700 for surgeon, $1400 for anaesthetic, as well as $500 hospital excess.

So......with this information and discussing things with my sister and mother (can't exactly discuss this with the father...yet anyway lol), I've book myself in for 28th July!

I'd need a minimum three weeks off work, provided there are no complications.  It's only a day procedure and no drains, but I can stay overnight...why not, I'm paying enough!  Discussed sizes and even he said don't want to go too small, but I'd be happy to be a perky D.  Last time I had perky boobs was when I was born lol.

I'm scared about how the end result will look.  Maybe because they've been "saggy" for so many years, to me that is normal.  I'm excited yet at the same time, I'm freaking out.

Still on my "shopping list" are arms and thighs, but like then surgeon who did my tummy tuck said, would I want to sacrifice flabby skin for a thick scar?  I can lift weights and work out 24/7 but nothing will shrink the skin.  Maybe when I win Tattslotto I'll consider the arms and thighs, but for the time being, for the first time in my life, I want normal looking perky boobs.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Misconceptions about the Gastric Sleeve

Link to Sunrise interview:

I was a little peeved about an actual article that appeared in NewIdea and I'm yet to view this interview that was on Sunrise this morning, but from what I've been told, it did not differ much from the NewIdea article.

The article, in my opinion, painted the sleeve in a negative way. It was written as though the only thing Jessica can have is pureed food. Wrong. Post surgery, there is a 6 week transition period: 2 weeks fluids, 2 weeks puree, 2 weeks soft food before progressing to a normal diet.

I have NEVER had any issues post sleeve. No vomiting, nothing. I see a dentist 6 monthly and have never had any issues with them. In their words, they're "perfect". Bloods are always perfect, although B12 is on the low side at times, which is why I take supplements.

Excess skin. Well that just comes with drastic weight loss. Some are lucky and their skin bounces back. It helps that youth is on their side too. I was one of the unlucky ones and I knew that is what would happen.

I didn't wake up one morning and decide that I'll have the sleeve. I thought about it for quite some time and RESEARCHED, either talking to friends who have had the procedure or frequented many forums. I saw my surgeon 3-4 times pre op to discuss things and make sure I was making the right decision. I also saw a dietitian pre op to discuss diet history as well as what was expected of me post op. I continued to see both the surgeon and dietitian (if necessary) up until 2 years post sleeve.

I just wish for once that the media would put a positive spin on sleeve surgery.

I've still got my old friends and have made many new ones.

I'm happier than I was before. I'm not saying I wasn't happy, just a lot happier now, if that makes sense!

My only regret is that I did not have surgery earlier because now at the age of 38, I'm starting to enjoy my life.

Friday, 17 July 2015

One year on...

Today marks one year since I took the next step in changing my life...getting rid of the extra skin that I had been left with since losing close to 60kg.

The surgery post can be found here (and please take note of the 'viewer discretion' warning as post contains surgery photos):

Below are photos from day of surgery vs today.

My front scar is still 'fresh' following scar revision in March and I expect that to settle over time, just like the original scar has (albeit with a slight amount of puckering).

Whilst I am ecstatic with the overall result, as it has made a massive difference in everyday life, there is still a lot of work to be done.  There's still arms, thighs and boobs.  I just need to win Tattslotto...or I might consider a Go Fund Me campaign lol.

It was only a few weeks ago (yes, believe it or not!) that I still have quite a bit of flabby skin.  Oh well, such is life.  We can't all be perfect!

So that's the latest on me.  Hawai'i is getting closer.  Just over 5 weeks to go.  Cannot wait to escape this cold winter that we're currently going through.  Need to get cracking and go bikini shopping...anyone care to join me so I can get a second opinion.

Anywho, that's all for now.  If you have any questions about the surgery (or the sleeve), please don't hesitate to contact me and I'd be happy to answer them.

Friday, 26 June 2015

3 years ago today.

Start weight 128kg, was wearing size 24-26.  Current weight 74kg, wearing size 8-10-12.  Goal is 68kg and I'll get there when I get there.  I have a friend to thank for the surgery.  I said this about her: "If I haven't said it before, I'll say it now, but thank you.  You may not know it, but you gave me that push to do something once and for all.  I would've never considered surgery had I not seen how successful you were and I figured that if you could do it, so could I".  Best decision I have ever made in my life.  It wasn't easy, but I made it through and I couldn't have done it without the loving support of my family and friends.  Without the surgery, I'd probably still be 128kg, if not more.  Even though I'm not 100% happy with where I'm at (who really is?) I'm finally loving my 'new' life! #lovemysleeve #noregrets

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Scar revision update

Today I went for my 3 week check up and the big reveal, as the tape was changed today.

Very pleased with the result.  The puckering is due to the stitches, which will settle in time.  Looks high but it's not and the belly button was pulled down just a little during the procedure...and another thing was also pulled up slightly, if you catch my drift...

I'll continue taping at home for a further 2 months and next review is in 3 months.

Surgeon himself said he wasn't happy with the initial post op result, but he did explain the reasoning for this.  Had he initially taken away more skin at the initial tummy tuck, it would've put too much strain on the back and could result in splitting, as this was an issue in the past (not sure if his patients or just TT's in general).

Also got the go ahead to resume physical activity, so I can return to Pilates, strength training and personal training, but just to ease back into things and not to overdo it.

Until next time...