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  • Surgery/ Procedure
    I had 275cc textured implants, under the muscle & a full Tummy Tuck.
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    160cm, 60kg and was a 10A. Now a 10D....
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  1. Not sure about the implants (cause they are technically "cosmetic" not medical. However ANY medical/pharmaceutical costs as prescribed by a Dr, are all claimable.
  2. Hiya Just wanted to clarify for you, the medical "out of pocket" you are eligible to claim is not actually refundable - it's merely a tax OFFSET - which means it offsets or reduces your taxable income by a percentage of what your expenses were. The percentage of offset you are elegible to claim for, also depends on your income level also. Net medical expenses tax offset income test * * On 8 May 2012, the government announced in the 2012-13 Budget that it will income test the net medical expenses tax offset from 1*July*2012. Taxpayers with an adjusted taxable income above $84,000 for singles or $168,000 for a couple or family in 2012-13 will be affected. The family threshold will increase by $1,500 for each dependent child after the first. These taxpayers will only be able to claim a reimbursement of 10% for eligible out of pocket expenses incurred in excess of $5,000 (indexed annually). Taxpayers with an adjusted taxable income below these thresholds will be unaffected. These taxpayers will continue to be able to claim a reimbursement of 20% for net medical expenses over $2,120 (CPI indexed for 2012-13) when they lodge their tax return. So, for example, assuming you as a single person earn LESS than $84000 (or as a couple/family earn less than $168000.00) Lets say your grand TOTAL nose job expenses were $10000.00. Let's also say you got back/claimed $1000.00 from Medicare & $300.00 from your private health insurance. This means you're "out of pocket" medical expenses are now reduced to $8700. The ATO says that you have to pay the first $2120, which leaves $6580 out of pocket remaining. You can then claim an offset of 20%, of this $6580. So you will have total claimable medical expenses tax offset of $1316.00 Which basically just reduces your taxable income by $1316 - it is NOT a refundable amount to you. Hope that helps clarify things regarding what's claimable/how its worked out.
  3. YAY Rae! So glad to hear you are home in your own bed and doing well I look forward to pics too! 2.5kgs is AMAZING to have gone for good - and the 8cm repair will make the world of difference too! Congrats & happy healing! Rest up x
  4. You will NOT regret it for one second. Well, maybe on about day 2 post surgery you might be thinking "WTF have I done to MYSELF?"! But apart from that, you'll be slapping yourself for not doing it sooner!! LOL ! Honestly, I think we ALL have the same fears about not waking up, or having complications etc, and then there are those never ending "mummy guilts" about being "selfish", or about spending the money on ourselves instead of the the family, or making ourselves sick/incapacited for a few weeks while we recover or not being able to pick up little ones, keep up with the housework while we recover etc etc... And YES, its elective surgery and yes there are of course some risks as with every surgery, but the quality of life you gain AFTER the surgery and the self confidence and genuine self pride, outways ANY of the pre-surgery negative thoughts and fears, 100 to 1. You only have one life, you deserve to live it to the FULL and look forward to an amazing future!
  5. Can't help you with surgeons in Brissie - but I will tell you to just go for it!! You will not regret it for a second! I am 9 weeks post op (had TT & BA after loosing 40kgs) and I am loving the new & improved version of me! Good luck with your research & TT journey!
  6. Time flies doesn't it - 8 weeks for you now! So glad you are feeling good & back into exercise too always makes you feel better hey?!
  7. I think they look bloody awesome! If I was you I would not go any smaller! You have a great body & can definetly pull off the 375's! Whoever said no is purely jealous!
  8. Yay! Yay! Yay! Congrats on being on the flat side! So happy that all went well for you! Your drive home will be fine hun - day 3 was my worst - discomfort & depressed! So be aware you may get the post op blues! Then by this time next week you'll feel like a new woman! Can't wait to see your pics!
  9. Thanks so much Jessk217! Your day will be here before you know it
  10. How did you go with your consult today??
  11. If you have a recliner it certainly makes life a lot more comfortable post surgery. I spent the first week in my recliner and found I was able to sort of twist to the side a bit rather then being flat on my back. Once I got into my bed, I had a pillow that I had under my knees, so I slept with my legs kind of bent up a bit to take the strain off my belly/TT scar. After about another week or so, I was able to almost sleep on my side with the pillow between my knee's & another up almost under my breast/belly to the side. Its amazing how good you get at maneuvering your body into comfortable positions when limited by incisions! Sometimes I'd go to sleep flat on my back and wake up on my side & think "how the heck did THAT happen without hurting?"!! But it truly is ok - its more the thought of being limited and not able to move off your back, but by week 2 you are much more capable of side sleeping comfortably
  12. haha! Thanks girls! And YES Hellofeet and Orangevegie - how quickly I've changed my tune hey?! LOL Those first few days post op I never imagined that only 2 months down the track I'd be feeling so damn FANTASTIC!! My Hubby is totally stoked with my new body and my new found confidence - parading around topless in our bedroom/ensuite is something I NEVER EVER did - now I take my sweet time getting dressed & he LOVES it!! LOL! My only regret is not having my surgery years ago!! I wasted so much time hating my body when it could've been fixed so easily!! Damn it!! Not to worry, onwards & upwards now! Life is great, shopping is even greater!
  13. YAY YAY YAY! Soooooooooo excited for you Orangevegie:) So 22 sleeps to go?! Let the countdown begin!
  14. haha JJMelb - not sure I'll be buying up big on hipsters or bikini's! LOL! Bit old and don't quite have the legs or bum to pull that look off! Good luck for Thursday's appointment! OMG Orangevegie - only 24 sleeps! That time will fly! I bet you are super excited! I'm SURE you'll love uploading pics once you see your new body and the huge difference it makes to have the fat roll GONE for GOOD!! Even if you think you'll never look at them again, please make sure you take plenty of before pics and then regular after pics (post surgery). Because even when I was convinced nothing had changed day by day or week by week, I look back on the photo's and its quite obvious the changes that were happening! Quite amazing really! My only regret is that I didn't take actual measurements. I so wish I had've measured my waist/hips area on a weekly basis so I could accurately tell what was swelling/fluid retention and weight loss. So if I can give you one bit of advice it would be to photograph and measure every day or two! I look forward to following your journey to the flat side Nellie11 the next week will FLY by and you'll be on the table before you know it!! I will give you the same advice I gave Orangevegie - photo's & measurements! Photo's & measurements! Every day! Photo's & measurements!! LOL! And never fear, my butt is far from small, but having a flat front makes ALL the difference in knickers! LOL! Good luck - can't wait to see your pics and read your story!
  15. Hi Girls Thought I'd just pop in and say hello and put up some updated pics and check out what you've all been up to as well! Things with me a fabulous! Boobs are SLOWLY dropping & I think, maybe even "fluffing" a bit - although I'm still not 100% loving them! Hubby reckons they are perfect and given that he's the only one that see's them, I guess that's all that matters!! LOL! They do look natural (which was my main stipulation to my PS) and as far as small boobs go, the are pretty big! I'm a 10DD in most bra's, some 12D's and I was naughty and wore an underwire bra out the other night and they looked BANGING HOT all propped up!! LOL! My incision sites/scars have healed nicely and my guess, is that they will not even be noticeable at ALL in 12mths or so. They are just fine little lines at the moment - still a bit red at present, but once that fades they'll be perfect! My Tummy Tuck has also healed up nicely. The wrinkly bits/puckered ends are flattening out more & more each day. The little centre bit that was a tad mucky is all dried & healed up again now. My scar is still a bit red/noticeable but its fading more all the time. I have zero swelling/bloating now and am LOVING the flat belly without the roll of excess skin. I am finding it VERY weird that I no longer need to buy waist high, control undies. I grabbed a 3 pack of bonds bikini bottom (narrow sided & low cut) knickers from Myer the other day and when I wore them for the first time I almost felt NAKED! Its definitely a very different feeling, wearing undies that sit UNDERNEATH your belly button - I kept feeling like I should be pulling them up higher or that they had 'rolled' down like in the old days when I had the roll of fat there!! Totally bizarre! I'm sure its just a matter of getting used to it! Other then that, all is well. I feel fabulous, have got back into my exercise routine and my only regret about the surgery, is not having it done sooner. I find it quite astounding that I have a WAY better body NOW, then I did when I was 20yrs old Seems I've wasted so much of my life hiding in the corner and missing out on opportunities due to lack of confidence/being overweight etc etc. Its all upwards and onwards from here! Hope you are all doing well - anybody out there thinking about having a TT, my advice is to JUST DO IT! You won't look back for one second!! CC ETA - I will try to pop in each month with updated pics so newbies can see the healing process as the months go by
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