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Hi everyone,

i have surgery booked with Dr Kollias in 2 weeks and was hoping for some info on what to expect pre and post op and also any advice for recovery?

i have 2 lil ones and my hubby works away so concerned about the lifting my lil one in the cot ?  How long am I suppose to wait before lifting?

also and advice on post op recovery

thanks in advance ?

 

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13 hours ago, MellieMoo said:

Hi everyone,

i have surgery booked with Dr Kollias in 2 weeks and was hoping for some info on what to expect pre and post op and also any advice for recovery?

i have 2 lil ones and my hubby works away so concerned about the lifting my lil one in the cot ?  How long am I suppose to wait before lifting?

also and advice on post op recovery

thanks in advance ?

 

Hey @MellieMoo There's a couple of threads on the forum re what to expect. Pre-op is fairly straightforward and your surgeon will advise what you need to do prior to arriving for your surgery. Post-op, pack your post-op bra and a button up loose fitting top and shorts or trackies to slip into. If you have long hair braid it as it might be a few days before you can wash your hair, unless your partner or a friend can help you.

The surgeon will give you your post-op instructions and you need to follow them. They differ a bit from surgeon to surgeon. You can't lift anything for the first two weeks and definitely not a little one out of the cot. If your partner can't help, is there anyone else who can help you? Or get your little one to put their arms around your neck and legs around your waist, rather than you lifting them.

Rest and recuperate and take it really easy and be gentle with yourself. Recovery differs from person to person. Some struggle and some cruise through. I was lucky to cruise through and I hope you do too :) 

Maybe have some pre-prepared meals you can take out of the freezer, it'll be hard to cut up veggies and things for a couple of weeks. You also can't lift your arms above your head for the first week or so. 

For me driving was out for the first week.

In your other post you ask about what to say to your 4 year old. Not a lot really, just say mummy had an operation and they need to be gentle with you. They may not notice your boobs or they might - it's up to you how much you tell them. You could say mummy needed to get her boobs fixed after breastfeeding or something like that. Simple and not too complicated.

Good luck with your surgery, we'll be thinking of you and keep us posted as to how you go xoxox

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Thanks so much @sabP 

i do have family in Adelaide but they are 1.5hrs away from me and have their hands full with little ones also. I really appreciate you taking the time to reply, I didn't even think about the button up tops, great idea! here's hoping to a speedy recovery. MM

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Please do not lift your little one if your post op instructions say not to. I have been doing nappy changes on the floor. At bath time my 6 year old carefully lifts her nearly 2 year old brother in and then out of the bath. For nap time could you get one of those kids fold out sofas? My boy is in a toddler bed as he was climbing out of his cot a few months ago and we were scared he could hurt himself. My instructions were nothing over 2kgs for 6 weeks. I’m 3.5 weeks post revision. I will be honest I have lifted my 12.5kg son when I’ve had no choice. We were alone and he climbs in and out of his car seat but he fell asleep and he was having trouble waking I tried but he was just too tired. Apart from that I’ve followed the rules. I’m not sure how old your kids are but is the older one able to help? 

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I know its pretty easy for us to say but if you can for the first week to 10 day's try not to lift your youngest as you risk internal damage, like what Cupcake said nappy changes on the floor, nap time on the kiddy flip out sofa and maybe your older child could help you lift your youngest in/out of the bath . Definitely pre prepare some meals ahead of time to freeze as you probably wont feel up to cooking for the first few days and if you do have to lify your little one like Sabp said squat down have them put their arms around your neck and legs around your waist hands under their bottom then stand using your legs (do not bend and scoop) . Best of luck with the surgery and hope recovery goes well 

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Hi @MellieMoo I know you said your family is far away, but hopefully your husband can get some time off to help (at least one week?)

My husband only had 3 days leave, however my kids are 8 & 12 so were an amazing help for me.  Just simple things like filling up the kettle, opening car doors, chopping veggies can be tricky in the first few days.

Also are your going over the muscle or under? as that will determine your rate of recovery too.

As previous posters have said just wear loose pants and button/zip up tops.

I also booked myself in for a wash and blow dry one week post op which was just heaven!

  

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On 10/17/2019 at 9:18 AM, BethM said:

Hi @MellieMoo

How did everything go with your surgery with Dr Kollias ? I have my surgery booked for 14th Dec. Looking at having 450 cc round smooth high profile dual plane

 

Hi @BethM,

im actually booked in for surgery 26/10, only 4 more sleeps ?

Im also having 450cc dual plane smooth high profile. 

14th Dec isn't far away now!

Feel free to message me anytime, I'm not on here too often but will try to get back to you with any questions ?

On 10/15/2019 at 10:48 AM, Kit said:

Hi @MellieMoo I know you said your family is far away, but hopefully your husband can get some time off to help (at least one week?)

My husband only had 3 days leave, however my kids are 8 & 12 so were an amazing help for me.  Just simple things like filling up the kettle, opening car doors, chopping veggies can be tricky in the first few days.

Also are your going over the muscle or under? as that will determine your rate of recovery too.

As previous posters have said just wear loose pants and button/zip up tops.

I also booked myself in for a wash and blow dry one week post op which was just heaven!

  

Thanks @I HaveBoobs @Cupcake85 @Kit

hubby has 1 week off so better than nothing lol ? I will be taking full advantage and resting. 

My lil ones are 1.5yrs and the other just turned 4yrs. She loves to help but don't think she will be lifting him anytime soon.. hahaha ?

Really appreciate all the amazing advice from all you ladies!

4 more sleeps ? Will keep you posted!! ?

MM

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I wish you all the best for tomorrow! 

I was thinking about going 500 cc as I dont have much breast tissue at all but Dr Kollias has advised this is not an option. I guess he knows best ? I think we're in good hands

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On 10/25/2019 at 6:00 PM, BethM said:

I wish you all the best for tomorrow! 

I was thinking about going 500 cc as I dont have much breast tissue at all but Dr Kollias has advised this is not an option. I guess he knows best ? I think we're in good hands

Thank so much @BethM! What size did Dr Kollias recommend and what size are you hoping to achieve? He really does know his stuff, I know it's hard when you have your mind set on size as I initially wanted at least 500cc but I think Dr Kollias allows you to go to the maximum without compromising the end result. I got 450cc and fitted as D cup already, so hopefully with a bit of D &F Il get a bit more ? Overall I'm pretty happy as I was a large A before ?  

So finally had my surgery on Saturday! @Kit @Cupcake85 @I HaveBoobs @sabP All went really well ? Had a compression bra fitted (36D) and feeling a lot of pressure on the chest which I'm sure is to be expected. Taking panadol for the pain but wishing I took them up on the offer of stronger meds now I'm home as having trouble sleeping on my back and not resting as much as I probably should. Overall I'm pretty impressed as I thought I would be in much more pain and limited as to what I can do. Dr Kollias was AMAZING and the service and care from staff at St Andrews hospital was incredible ? 

I'm only at Day 2 but very happy so far with my results, can't wait for the D & F as my boobs feel like they are currently sitting near my throat lol ?  I think the first few weeks will be the hardest but can't wait for the 6week home run and look forward to shopping and trying on new bras and bikinis ??

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14 hours ago, BethM said:

Only 3 more days until my surgery with Dr Kollias. Super excited! 

When does the drop and fluff take effect? 

Good luck with your upcoming surgery @BethM The drop and fluff can take a while. What type of implants are you getting? Rounds/smooth usually D & F faster than anatomical implants. However, you should notice significant change from the 6 week mark (that's usually when it's best to go bra shopping!!) And they can continue to change for several months unti they settle into their final state :D xo

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Hi @MellieMoo & @BethM your experience has given me more confidence in my BA surgery search for a PS. I am considering Dr Kollias as well, did you both have a standard BA (e.g not lift, extras) could you tell what your final total cost came to? I have read some reviews he is around the $10,000 mark but I am sure I would need teardrop implants (from personal preference and previous consultation with another dr out of price range). Even though I hat to say it, cost will be a factor for me, so any insight would be so appreciated. 
 

Thanks ladies! 

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On 1/9/2020 at 6:47 PM, RKN said:

Hi @MellieMoo & @BethM your experience has given me more confidence in my BA surgery search for a PS. I am considering Dr Kollias as well, did you both have a standard BA (e.g not lift, extras) could you tell what your final total cost came to? I have read some reviews he is around the $10,000 mark but I am sure I would need teardrop implants (from personal preference and previous consultation with another dr out of price range). Even though I hat to say it, cost will be a factor for me, so any insight would be so appreciated. 
 

Thanks ladies! 

Hey @RKN Dr Kollias is highly recommended. Please don't go on cost, this is major surgery and you want the absolute best. Even if it means saving for a bit longer... Plastic surgery is not something your should skimp on. xo

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On 1/9/2020 at 9:17 PM, RKN said:

Hi @MellieMoo & @BethM your experience has given me more confidence in my BA surgery search for a PS. I am considering Dr Kollias as well, did you both have a standard BA (e.g not lift, extras) could you tell what your final total cost came to? I have read some reviews he is around the $10,000 mark but I am sure I would need teardrop implants (from personal preference and previous consultation with another dr out of price range). Even though I hat to say it, cost will be a factor for me, so any insight would be so appreciated. 
 

Thanks ladies! 

@RKN hi ya!

Yes you are correct In saying that surgery was about $9500 - $10000 (hospital stay overnight, Kollias surgery, anaesthetic fees and implants) Dr Kollias is actually quite comparable regarding cost. I had straight forward surgery, high round profile 450cc under the muscle. As @sabP mentioned though, he really is an AMAzING Plastic Surgeon and couldn’t recommend him high enough ? I’m  3 months post op and very happy with my results. Good luck on your decision whichever way you decide to go. 

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