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  1. I'm now 6 months post op. My tummy is still slightly tender to touch but has given no pain since a week or two post op. I struggle to do any ab work but that doesn't bother me - I can but it hurts so can't see the point. I starting walking again about a month after surgery and running at around the 3 month mark. My TT scar is too high though and where it curves up at the ends I have 'dog ears' where the scar doesn't sit nice and flat - I think this is fairly common and if Id have surgery at home I could easily get it fixed with a couple of stitches and local. My scar has stretched fairly widely which i think could be from lack of pain in the area and standing upright too quickly (even though surgeon said I could). My BL is much improved on the early days although one nipple sits lower than the other. He did say pre op that it was the saggier boob and it was my kids favorite so that could be why. I'm happy with how they've settled and very happy to get away without needing implants which is what most recommended. All in all i'm much happier with my new body. If I ever did get back to Thailand I'd get my surgeon to tidy up the dog ears. I'm sure I could get it done in Australia but whether a surgeon would or wouldn't is unknown.
  2. I can't answer on the comparison between cs and tt but I do know that mine was no where near as painful as I expected. If you read my day by day thing I think I was on panadol by day 2 and only taking it as a preventative. If I hadn't got a cough I would have been fine. I had no pain at the incision site and only had it up near where the muscle repair started underneath my ribs. I did take arnica a few days beforehand (I know you only have today) and for the week or so afterward. All the best - the worst will be over so quickly and your new flat tummy will be fantastic.
  3. I met a girl (who uses this forum) in the waiting room at Bumrungrad and she went through GHT and she had two consults once she got to Bangkok and made up her mind after that. Talk to your case manager to see if it is an option.
  4. I couldn't ask my current acupuncturist to needle my boobs. I'd have to look for someone else. Tempting though. Lots more healing to go yet though.
  5. I figure scarring is no big deal - i'd rather look at my scarred breasts now than my old saggy roll them up and stuff them in a bra boobs. The scars will fade and in reality you won't be showing them to many people. I love love love putting a bra on and my boobs just sitting in there. I had a lift only and no implants - I've had mixed opinions on the quality of the job I had done, but I think they are improving now. I'd just like them to stay where they are forever. Mine were done in thailand by dr poomee - feel free to FR if you want a look.
  6. I've heard they use over the muscle too. There are some great results out there.
  7. I only had a BL (but also a tummy tuck) and my first thought was that it doesn't hurt as much as I thought it would - very manageable. Next thought was "i'm going to vomit". Next thought was relief it was finally done. I felt very groggy for the next few hours.
  8. Just saw your ticker Mummyof3 - hope everything goes well today - how exciting!
  9. I didn't get to my goal weight of 48kg before my surgery - was about 5kgs away, but in the end decided that I just couldn't maintain 48kg and the lifestyle I enjoy so still went ahead with it. I'm not sure what will happen if I lose more weight post op, but I'm guessing my boobs will shrink more and I'm still coming to terms with them being so small now.
  10. I'm now 3 weeks post op and my scars all seem healed. There still seems a newness in some areas of my TT scar. When do people usually start using silicon tape for their scarring? I'm thinking in another week or should I wait until things have settle down further? How long do you usually leave the tape on before changing? Can you swim with it on? Thanks
  11. So I'm now 3 weeks post op and there really is very little change from day to day. I'm pretty sick of wearing the binder everyday. I actually feel fairly bruised around my tummy now so I'm assuming that is healing and maybe some of my numbness going. I get mild stabbing pains in my boobs where the stitches are. Neither of these things cause me upsetting pain, but there is just more awareness because you're always hoping that things are healing away nicely. In a week I'm allowed to leg and arm weights work and swim again. Somehow I just don't feel up to it. I've also had a cough since 2dpo and finally gave in and got antibiotics today. I'm sure when I'm not using my repaired tummy muscles constantly I'll heal more easily. The other thing I'm finding very hard is the whole not lifting for 2 months post op. If someone is around I'll get them to lift the baby, but otherwise I squat right down to the floor, hold him close and then use my legs to pick us both up again. I can see that my scar has stretched a little in one portion of my TT line so this is the most likely cause. Anyhow - in summary things are fine, just the long slow heal.
  12. I had a BL without implants with Dr Poomee 3 weeks ago. So far although my after shots are a huge improvement, I'm not ecstatic with my results, especially since he charges more than most surgeons - his prices are on his website as I can't remember - he did a reduced rate as I had a TT too, but combined was 400,000 baht. I'll give mine a bit more of a chance to settle down as I'm concerned one nipple is already wanting to point down. Either way its a huge improvement and he does have a great reputation - I think you'd be in safe hands in terms of experience - he hasn't had an infection in 20 years and is us accredited. Feel free to FR me so you can have a look at his work.
  13. I used Dr Poomee in Bangkok and I was very impressed with his lift and implant photos. I only had a lift and so far I'm not 100% happy but it is early days yet - they are a huge improvement but I just think I'm already borderline having a nipple point down already. Anyhow, enough about me. If I was considering your type of surgery I would definitely be happy to see my surgeon - his needlework is sensational. The only thing to consider is that some surgeons don't like working on previously worked on breasts - I'm pretty sure Dr Piyapas does though - he's in Phuket and was one of my top choices.
  14. That's a toughie. Do you feel that you're done with kids? Three is a good crop and there is a big difference between feeling clucky and the reality of another newborn and broken sleep etc. Plenty of girls in here have theirs done long before they have kids, so having your boobs done now certainly doesn't stop you having them. The biggest concern I would have is that I know one girl who ended up with big stretch marks during pregnancy on her augmented boobs. But maybe that would have happened anyhow. Do your boobs change a lot during pregnancy? I'd wanted a tummy tuck since my first kid was born and knew I had to wait until I'd finished feeding my last baby to have one. It was fine to wait but once I'd booked my procedure and was counting down I would have been really upset to have to cancel and wait again. Could you have a consult in Australia to see what a surgeon says about future kids? Either way, if you decide to go ahead with the BA and hubby doesn't have the snip, make sure you are super careful in the next two months - you wouldn't want the decision taken out of your hands.
  15. I had my aureolas reduced when I had my lift - my old nips were always big and got even worse with feeding. He used a 'cookie cutter' to get a perfectly even circle and I've had no loss of sensation and the scars are no big deal as they are where there's a color change anyhow. If I'd had an option to go even smaller I would have - I just think small nipples make the boob look bigger no matter what.
  16. Pics up now. I had just taken the tape off so the nips look a bit puckered, but you can see minimal scarring around them.
  17. I'm no expert but people in here have had body lifts, lipo to the body and breast lift performed in the same surgery so it can't be that much different in your case. I had TT with lipo and a BL in the same op and it was no big deal. Panadol 1dpo and home from Thailand a week after surgery and could have headed home sooner. The initial recovery was very noticeable from day to day. Now 3 weeks post op it feels like progress is slowing - I have lots on so not resting as much as I could/should. Good luck with your research and planning.
  18. With help at home I could have left that night and I had a BL as well as a TT. I would have needed waiting on hand and foot and someone to shuffle with my to the toilet, but it could be done. The major benefits of the hospital were the bed that moved its back up and down to help me sit up and being able to call a nurse to come with me to the toilet. I still walked on my own as such. I moved to a couch in my room on day 1 and they plugged my drip in so that I couldn't reach the buzzer to call a nurse. I unplugged my drip and walked to bed with my drip trolley by myself. I know MJ has had her surgery, but for other people researching this option I believe it is tough but doable.
  19. I've accepted your FR but don't have pics up yet of my nipples without tape on. Hubby is asleep in the mirror room so I'll take some tomorrow for you - its 3 weeks post op so I should anyhow.
  20. I stayed at the best western premier sukhumvit which was the closest hotel to the hospital (although you could stay in air conditioning if you stayed at the residences, but they had no free wifi). It was a great hotel and super soft comfy beds which was great if you are spending a bit of time in there. I spent more time in bed than a regular BA patient with my TT, but if I was to do it all again I would stay right by a BTS station. I had to get back to my hotel post op and then had two checkups afterwards and yet spent plenty of time walking to the BTS station. I ate in the food court at one of the siams, but my favorite place was Terminal 21 as their food court was super cheap and tasty and they had some thai designers selling individual designs. I've heard that maybe siam square also has lots of thai designers? The good thing about Siam station is that it is the cross roads for both BTS lines so even easier to get everywhere quickly. LYYD - I didn't check out poomee's lipo. He did a little on my front but said it would take time to see results so I guess I should keep taking photos. Glad your recovery is going smoothly
  21. Great to hear you're having such a good recovery. Off to have a look at your new assets...
  22. My nipples were cut out and moved up on the tissue for my breast lift. Because of the color difference, there is essentially no scarring. Feel free to FR me to have a look - I plan on putting my 3 week post op photos up tomorrow or the next day.
  23. I was allowed to walk straight from day 4 and it was fine. I slept with a couple of extra pillows and another under my knees. I tucked a small pillow under each end of the pillow underneath my head so I didn't want to roll - kind of like a jumbo blow up pillow (which I had but didn't like). I keep reading people being surprised with the ease of their recovery and I am yet another one of these. I was only on panadol one day post op and only ever thought I should take panadol now when I woke in the mornings. I was bad at remembering them. No denying that 1 dpo was tough for me but that was due to nausea. I've found things harder since I've gotten home as it is just hard to avoid doing things with the kids even though I have help available.
  24. Yes you make sense. I've had a couple and you describe them better than I could. I actually have pregnancy flashbacks. Not severe but you do notice them and they settle down once you stretch your body up to straight.
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