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Mummy Makeover August 2016 - Start of my Journey


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So this is the start of my journey.  I am not really expecting too many people to read or follow, but I figured that if there is anyone out there to give me tips or advice, then I would love to hear it!  Actually I would love to hear it all!  I would rather be prepared with more advice than not enough.

Over the past 2 weeks i have been investigating getting a tummy tuck.  The more I have researched, the more appealing the mummy makeover has become.  I actually love my breasts and did not really see a need to get them increased, but now after looking at enhancements, i am excited.

I have been considering the costs of getting a mummy makeover here in Australia versus Thailand.  I have gone over the pros & cons for the surgery & being overseas in an international country versus being at home.  I like the idea of being at home for my recovery, however I know myself too well, i will not rest, I will run after my kids & did I mention that I am super mum - well so I think.  But reality has hit me that I will be down & out for at least a few weeks & I want the best results from my surgery i can possibly get.  So I have decided to go away to Thailand.  Not to meantion that the cost has also been a major positive factor in this decision.

Now to find a surgeon.  I have read a lot of great feedback about Dr Boonchai & I have also read a lot of positive feedback about Cosmeditour.

So I have made the first steps & contacted cosmeditour.  They not only tried calling me to discuss what I am wanting to achieve but they have been very helpful with the million questions that i already have.  First steps with cosmeditour - complete the online assessment form along with your photos for assessment.  So this was a little daunting.  I want to get a TT because I have always ben a fit & active dancer.  But after having my children my stomach muscles did not rejoin & I have excess skin.  Not only do I dislike the look of my stomach, but I cannot stand anybody looking at me  - BUT WAIT - I have to send these photos to start my consultation.  Anyways I have done it.  I have sent all 12 photos through & now I am waiting on the results of my assessment.  The surgeon they think would be best for me, the proceedure, size etc. I am now excited.

I guess one thing that I did not mention is that I am looking to get this done around 20th August 2016 - yep about 5 weeks time.  So if there is anybody else going to Thailand around the same time, i would love to hear from you.

Once I have confirmed my surgery booking, I am sure that I will have a million questions about aftercare, garments, preparation for the op etc.

I will post some photos shortly of my progress & story.

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Hi @MURPHY.  I'm Week 8 post-op from my Mummy Makeover in Thailand.  Dr Narupon from PPSI was my surgeon and he's done a wonderful job.  I didn't go through Cosmeditour, but am happy to share with you who I did go with if you PM me.  I'm home resting today because I overdid it two days ago and it felt like I pulled or "broke" something in my tummy so I'm taking it extra easy for a few days.  Up for a PM chat if you'd like.  I, like you, moved pretty quickly when it came to doing this.  Took me all of four weeks from getting a quote here in Australia (and not being happy with it), organising my passport, contacting tour company and finally getting there.  The only thing that was going to stop me was if my passport didn't turn up in time!  Anyway, happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Hey @MURPHY :D Best thing to do is be prepared and this forum has been a godsend! 

I had my surgery in phuket with cosmedi tour and it was absolutly fantastic such an easy process and the rep in phuket is just the kindest person in the world. I only had a breast augmentation but i have been thinking about going back for a tummy tuck for quite some time now! 

I honestly cant even fault my experience. The hospital was better than anyone i have ever been to in australia - it actually put ours to shame! Same with the level of care from the nurses and my surgeon dr. N. 

I have read great things about dr. visnu and pornthep (who is in bangkok) i would actually love to go back to phuket though. Perfect place to lounge around and relax without the kids haha!! 

Cant wait to hear about your experience!! 

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On 7/13/2016 at 4:51 AM, Bushlander said:

Hi @MURPHY.  I'm Week 8 post-op from my Mummy Makeover in Thailand.  Dr Narupon from PPSI was my surgeon and he's done a wonderful job.  I didn't go through Cosmeditour, but am happy to share with you who I did go with if you PM me.  I'm home resting today because I overdid it two days ago and it felt like I pulled or "broke" something in my tummy so I'm taking it extra easy for a few days.  Up for a PM chat if you'd like.  I, like you, moved pretty quickly when it came to doing this.  Took me all of four weeks from getting a quote here in Australia (and not being happy with it), organising my passport, contacting tour company and finally getting there.  The only thing that was going to stop me was if my passport didn't turn up in time!  Anyway, happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your reply.  I have sent you a private message.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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On 7/13/2016 at 1:28 PM, s_sharpe said:

Hey @MURPHY :D Best thing to do is be prepared and this forum has been a godsend! 

I had my surgery in phuket with cosmedi tour and it was absolutly fantastic such an easy process and the rep in phuket is just the kindest person in the world. I only had a breast augmentation but i have been thinking about going back for a tummy tuck for quite some time now! 

I honestly cant even fault my experience. The hospital was better than anyone i have ever been to in australia - it actually put ours to shame! Same with the level of care from the nurses and my surgeon dr. N. 

I have read great things about dr. visnu and pornthep (who is in bangkok) i would actually love to go back to phuket though. Perfect place to lounge around and relax without the kids haha!! 

Cant wait to hear about your experience!! 

Thank you for your message.

Yes it is so lovely having other women that have gone through a similar experience giving advice!  

So today I got another lead & sent off an inquiry.  Hopefully tomorrow  i will get a firm quotation through & be able to pay my deposit & get things under way.

Thanks again for your message & advice.  I know I am going to have a heap of questions once the booking is confirmed.

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On 7/13/2016 at 1:28 PM, s_sharpe said:

Hey @MURPHY :D Best thing to do is be prepared and this forum has been a godsend! 

I had my surgery in phuket with cosmedi tour and it was absolutly fantastic such an easy process and the rep in phuket is just the kindest person in the world. I only had a breast augmentation but i have been thinking about going back for a tummy tuck for quite some time now! 

I honestly cant even fault my experience. The hospital was better than anyone i have ever been to in australia - it actually put ours to shame! Same with the level of care from the nurses and my surgeon dr. N. 

I have read great things about dr. visnu and pornthep (who is in bangkok) i would actually love to go back to phuket though. Perfect place to lounge around and relax without the kids haha!! 

Cant wait to hear about your experience!! 

Thank you for your message.

So today I got another lead & sent off an inquiry.  Hopefully tomorrow  i will get a firm quotation through & be able to pay my deposit & get things under way.Yes it is so lovely having other women that have gone through a similar experience giving advice!  

Thanks again for your message & advice.  I know I am going to have a heap of questions once the booking is confirmed.

Righteo - it is official!  I am booked in for Sunder 21st August 2016 - yep 4-5 weeks away.   eeekkkkk.

I am having my surgery with Dr Narupon & I am both excited and nervous.  

I guess now comes the part where i need to start researching my prepping for the surgery, diet, clothing for after, support garments etc, etc.  So i would really love to hear from anyone that may have any advice really about anything!  Like i say listen to what everyone can recommend to you & take what works for you.

i will be posting up more updates as we go. :) 

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9 hours ago, MURPHY said:

Thank you for your message.

So today I got another lead & sent off an inquiry.  Hopefully tomorrow  i will get a firm quotation through & be able to pay my deposit & get things under way.Yes it is so lovely having other women that have gone through a similar experience giving advice!  

Thanks again for your message & advice.  I know I am going to have a heap of questions once the booking is confirmed.

Righteo - it is official!  I am booked in for Sunder 21st August 2016 - yep 4-5 weeks away.   eeekkkkk.

I am having my surgery with Dr Narupon & I am both excited and nervous.  

I guess now comes the part where i need to start researching my prepping for the surgery, diet, clothing for after, support garments etc, etc.  So i would really love to hear from anyone that may have any advice really about anything!  Like i say listen to what everyone can recommend to you & take what works for you.

i will be posting up more updates as we go. :) 

YAYYYYYYY! Oh i'm so so excited for you! I promise you are in such great hands! 

Exactly one month from today you will become what will feel like a new person! Time will go very fast so do make sure you're prepared. Ask as many questions as you can before you leave. My advice - in the next few weeks try and eat as healthy as you can. Putting unhealthy food into your boy before surgery  can make you feel yucky and bloated. Eat lots of greens and protein and you will feel amazing by the time you get there and after surgery you will feel even better! 

Keep us updated :D 

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11 hours ago, s_sharpe said:

YAYYYYYYY! Oh i'm so so excited for you! I promise you are in such great hands! 

Exactly one month from today you will become what will feel like a new person! Time will go very fast so do make sure you're prepared. Ask as many questions as you can before you leave. My advice - in the next few weeks try and eat as healthy as you can. Putting unhealthy food into your boy before surgery  can make you feel yucky and bloated. Eat lots of greens and protein and you will feel amazing by the time you get there and after surgery you will feel even better! 

Keep us updated :D 

yes i did read that eating lots of protein & healthy was the start of the process.

Today I bought the manuka honey healing gel which is supposed to be great to help heal the wound.  I was also recommended to take arnica tablets (they are a herbal medicine that assists with pain) but i was told if you take it leading up to the op, the pain somehow isn't as intense?  So i figured why not grab some.  If they work then thats great!  If not, then at least I tried  right?

also bought a few loose pants for after the operation to ensure I am comfy.  

so i normally wear a G string, but apparently the wound & drains can leak, so some "nanna knickers" are recommended for the first week?

Right so im gonna try & work out how i put up some of my pics on my profile.  That way you can all see my progress & before/afters :) 

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So deposits are paid, flights are paid, my families holidays are paid - eeeekkkk, everything has just got real!  lol

Nothing to report so far.  I am researching binders, so if anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!  I have started eating a healthy diet & I am working out 3 days a week.

I am findng it a little hard to sleep with nerves, excitment etc but I am sure over the next few weeks I will have a heap more updates & i will hopefully work out how to put my pics up  lol

Will keep you all posted

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ok so here is my updates so far.

9 days till we leave for Phuket & 11 days to surgery.  Getting excited now!

So after chatting with my best friend who works for a skin cancer specialist, she has advised that the best natural creams to use to reduce scarring & encourage fast healing is a cream call PRE by Phytocare.  Now  must be honest I  want the most minimal scarring possible and I have bought the expensive scar creams, but I have bought this aswell.  So I shall keep you all posted on which cream is better & most effective.

So I was going to buy additional post op bras & tummy bands, but my coo-ordinator suggested that I would be fine in the first few weeks with the garments that I receive from the hospitals.  So I will keep you all posted on that as well.

ok just a minor thing that i had not thought of!  So 2 weeks out from surgery you are required to stop taking alot of medications & supplements.  I didnt think to much of this to be honest, its pretty straight forward.  EXCEPT - I have been going to the gym & the other day did a session of weights.  So a few days after I am now feeling sore, lol - and normally I would use Voltaren to ease my muscles.  Yep this is one medication that is listed on the "do not take"  

I have the following items which are supposed to be helpful- dry shampoo (incase i cant wash my hair), sanitary pads (not my preference, but I have been told that last thing you want to use is a tampon), sanitiser, face/body wipes, heat bags - oh and a heap of underpants (also not my preference as I am a G-string lover) but i have enough pairs to last a few weeks & they were cheap enough that I can through them out.  Sorry If this is grossing any of you out or if i have just turned you off your dinner.

oh 1 thing for those ladies that have acrylic nails.  When having this surgery you cannot have acrylic nails on or have them painted.  I am not sure if this is just a requirement from my surgeon or if its across the board.  

Pre surgery worries - yes I have had these!  I ask myself am I doing the right thing spending this kind of money on myself.  Am i just being vain wanting a nicer body.  Will everything be ok about going overseas for this surgery.  Believe me - if yo too are booking in for this kind of surgery or similar, it is totally normal to second guess yourself & have these thoughts!  But i just keep looking at my pre surgery photos which puts me bak at ease

Ok - I will stop now - think you've probably read enough.  

will keep you updated soon.

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My update so far  today is day 3 post surgery so will work back through the last few days

saturday spend the day with my family walking around Patong which was fun. 

Sunday at 10:30 they pick us up to take me to the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital they do a heap of tests. Blood samples X-rays etc. then I got to meet my doctor. 

Doctor narupin is sooooo lovely. So we start with the breast augmentation consult. Dr N makes comment that I don't need a lift that he will just do the implants and that's it. So I have 325cc implants that are round and have gone over the muscle.  I am greatful cause I know healing time will be less 

then we go onto the tummy tuck. He takes a look and recommends only a mini tummy tuck. If they can take enough skin higher than my current belly button I will only have the 1 scar and a new belly button position.   As I mentioned i am now day 3 post surgery and I only have the 1 scar.  Still haven't seen it though. I'm all bandaged up. 

So it's the first surgery I have ever had so I was a little anxious to say the least. 

I wont lie when you get out of surgery you feel like you have been hit by a train. BUT in saying that I tried to sleep through as much as I could. I am going to say on a scale of 1-10 it's about an 8 as soon as I got out. Which was 1 am in the morning. 

Day 1 post surgery.  I have 3 drains 2 in my boobs and 1 in my tummy oh and a catheta. Pain level day 1 is about a 4. 

Doctor came in about 11am and decides boobs are fine and removed the drains. It is uncomfortable but tolerable and it's over with in seconds. 

So day 1 accomplishments are boob drains out. New support bra on. I am eating a little. And basically feel ok

day 2 - so I am not the best hospital patient. No I'm not constantly harrassing the staff but I want to get up I want to move around. So at 6am the nurses come in to remove the catheta. Similar to the boob drains it's an uncomfortable process but it's over with in seconds.  

So today my husband has come to visit me and as soon as he walks in I'm like right get me some clothes your helping me walk. Lol. So I won't lie I probably should have waited for the nurse but I knew I was ready to go and I am glad that my husband was here to be the one to help. 

So to sum up day 2 the catheta is out and I am up walking around. Oh my boobs are huge!  Lol. Hope the swelling goes down a little. 

So today is day 3. And at this stage it's on 7am so nothing really to report. I can get in and out of bed by myself. But will try to remember to keep posting up here. 

To sum up my experience so far I haven't had huge pain and I seem to be healing fine.  Yes I did get the blues night 1 rang my hubby in tears but after a long day and very interrupted sleep I guess I'm allowed to be a little emotional. 

 

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Hi Murphy

im just going through process of choosing a company and a surgeon and hospital. I'm so nervous!!!! Can you tell me who you went through, hospital ect?? How are you feeling now. 

Thanks so much!! 

Mum looking at nib options and Dr V or DR B or dr P lol

any advice out there? X

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Hi Murphy

I am interested in your journey, and what you are sharing, i am also in my research stage in making these big decisions in now focusing on me, for changes to happen next March.

Any information on how you got to here is appreciated and hopefully a distraction in your healing process

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Hi Murphy, 

thanks for sharing your story, I am heading over to Phuket in January for the same procedures. I am curious to hear how you go with your recovery, as I too am also taking my family and am worried that I won't be able to enjoy it with them. Interested in how you go with shopping and other holiday activities? Hope you are recovering nicely! 

Ps would love to see pics when your feeling upto it. I have chosen dr Rushapol but did also get a quote from Dr N.... Still in 2 minds as to whether I have chosen the right surgeon

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Thank you all for your replies.

On Monday i will be 28 days post surgery.  I will give you all a brief run down of my experiences over the last few weeks.

Day 4 Post Surgery
Unfortunately my Doctor is not around, but that doesnt mean things dont get done.  He has asked another doctor to come in & see me.
My tummy drains have been removed.  OK - this is not the nicest feeling - BUT - it is over with in a matter of seconds & its good to keep reminding yourself that having the drains removed will give you more mobility & that the healing process can take place.
Once my drains removed I was released from Hospital.  PPSI arranged for transfers to my hotel.  You are a little anxious getting in a car & going over bumps, but the thought of not being in hospital out weighs that for sure!
Because the hygeine in Phuket is not the same as Australia, they will bandage up your wounds & tell you to take quick showers trying not to get the operated area too wet.  I am not going to lie - the first real shower you have after surgery is AMAZING!!!!!!  lol - ahhhhhh the little things in life right.  hahaha.  I would recommend having a partner help you with this process & also a hand held shower head works best.

The following day is spend more time walking around.  I heard that the more mobile you are that this helps with the healing process.  REMEMBER - DO NOT OVER DO IT!  When your body tells you your tired, go take a rest. 

Day 6
I go back to the hospital for a checkup with my doctor.  
He removes the stitches from my breasts - this is another one of those not so nice moments.  But only lasts for a short period of time but is managable.  he replaces the tape & tells me he is happy with the progress.  OK my opinion of my breasts are they are too big.  But soooooo many people say they will settle & to give them a few months.
I have been asked a number of questions along my journey especially with the recovery being overseas.  

Has the warmer weather & humidity caused extra swelling?  Honestly, I dont know.  I dont have any issues with swelling & I personally didnt notice any swelling to my legs & feet etc.  Yes my tummy is a little swollen, but I cannot say if thats because of the operation or the heat.  I expected to be swollen but I am not a balloon.

Is there any language barriers with the nurses or doctors - I will not lie, yes there can sometimes be language barriers with the staff, but if you go through an Australian company (like a tour) please speak to them about anything that the nurses cannot answer you clearly.  With the doctor - no language barrier at all!  

What is the pain like & what medications did you get - EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT - please remember that.  If I was going to rate between 1 to 10 (ten being excruiciating pain) - as long as i took my tablets my pain was at about a 4 or less.  I didnt have a morphine drip, but did have muscle relaxants, antibiotics, pain killers etc.  When you leave the hospital you will get a heap of tablets to take away with you.  I would recommend taking your tables as per the described times.  One thing I did take was arnica tablets which are a herbal tablet, if i was feeling any pain in between the regular tablets.  

I will keep you posted of further updates & recovery progression.

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So week 1 is now over - remember to be patient with the healing process & dont over do it.  

One thing that I have forgotten to mention is the itching.  I think that the combination of the tablets & the heat/humidity has made me itchy.  Make sure that you advise your doctor & they will prescribe you something to fix this!  

So this week it is my birthday, I spent all day shopping with my family in town.  Just to give you some idea this was Day 9 post surgery.  You will have more mobility each day & you will be able to stand more upright each day.  Be sure to focus on the progression that you are making.  Just think if you have improved just a little in a day or 2 or 3 - think about how much better you will be in a 4 or 5 more days.

Does the questions of why have I done this, what was I thinking ever happen - YES.  Be prepared for it and make sure you prepare your husband, boyfriend, partner, mother - whom ever is you support person through this process.  Try and focus on all the good things & small progressions that you are going through as this will help.

Dont be afraid to speak to anyone on the forums that has experienced this proceedure.  Remember they have been in this situation & they too have been there & understand the emotions and feelings you are going through.

Day 12 - post surgery
I am walking around alot & going out on daily excursions - NO JET BOATS & NO SWIMMING.  lol  
Today the banages on my boobs are starting to lift, so i have removed these.  I am also very imaptient to see the progression of the healing process of my new belly button that they have had to relocate.  So i remove these bandages aswell.  I spend quite some time cleaning the area with a sanitizer and getting off any stickyness from the plaster etc.  
My belly button was the only thing that I was concerned about with my operation.  yes it is oval & has a round scar & at this moment, but I dont like it & dont want to show anybody how its looking.  Remember - each day the healing gets better and i still have a long way to go.  I will try & post up some pictures so that people can see the progression.

Day 13 - post surgery
Today is my final check up with the doctor.  He is amazed at how my breasts are healing and happy with the progression of my belly button.
The doctor removes the tape from my belly scar & has removed all of the stitches along the scar.  REMINDER - there is a small amount of pain/uncomfortable during this process, but its over with in no time!  Rather than leaving the scar exposed, as small piece of tape is placed along the scar line to help cover the wound especially in the shower.  My doctor tells me that I can remove my tape when I get back to Australia & go back to normal.  He also tells me I can go back to light work outs in the next few weeks.

Thats the end of my week 2 - it was better than week 1 and every day is getting easier & better.

In regards to my medication this week, I am slowly stopping some of the medication & dropping a few times that I am taking them.  

Week 2 I spend alot of time doing sight seeing & walking around

I do my first work out this week.  It is earlier than what the doctor had recommended, but REMEMBER - listen to what your body is telling you!  I am finding some things ok & easy to do, but there are somethings that I cant.  I cant take my weight onto my hands - it doesnt hurt, but feels weird in my boobs!  I only do the exercises that dont feel uncomfortable or hurt.  I do not do any stomach directed exercises either.

Day 19-post surgery
I spend all day flying in aeroplanes or walking through the aiports on my way back to Australia.  I did take an asperin as i had heard it can assist with thinning the blood & could help prevent blood clotting.  I dont know if that was true or not???  But I figured that it didn't hurt to take one.   lol.  I am sore by the end of the day but I am glad to be home.

Day 20 - post surgery
Can i tell you that being able to get fully under the shower for a long time is the most amazing thing for me today.  hahahaha - I am sad right!  That is the best thing about being home.

Still need to get some pics up.  I am hopeless

Week 3

Ok so now I am going to work in weekly progressions as there is not much to report from day to day now.

I am back at work.  I personally have not had an issue about being tired by the end of the day but I work in an office so im not moving around that much.
I have had a bath & honestly, I dont recommend doing that this early after surgery.  Obviously being submerged in warm water for a long time has made my tummy scar soft & slightly open - dont worry it hasnt opened all the way up, but I dont think i will be taking a bath again anytime this week  lol
I am wearing the body garment alot more now that I am back in Australia.  I didnt tend to wear in Phuket as i found the garment to be too hot & sweaty.  
I have been able to roll over to my side.  It makes a nice change not having to sleep on my back for a little while.  I think my husband must like it  more cause I am sure that whilst i have been sleeping on my back have woken myself up a number of times snorting & snoring.  lol  
I wasnt able to wear my normal pants earlier in the week, as was obviously too swollen, but by the end of the week I have gone down & my work pants are now fitting better.
Scaring is one of those things that takes a good amount of time to heal & disappear.  I would like to think that my scarring is better, but its really hard to monitor.  lol 

I cant update my photos on this site.  I am sure its a user issue, so if anyone can help, i would appreciate a msg please :) 

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@MURPHY hey nice to get your little message here ☺️

I go in this Saturday 

i am very apprehensive about the healing process worried about all the horrible things that can go wrong like fat necrosis or infections and trying to put measures in place so to limited exposure I know right I'm already rambling off my thought process ☺️

if you can give any advice what would be the best 3 tips ?

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