As you know, I went in on September 12th to have my mommy makeover surgery (which included both a breast augmentation and a full tummy tuck). Now that I am finally thinking coherently again I thought I can finally share my surgery experience with you.
My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC. My mom drove me that morning and I will admit I was a little nervous. A few things ran through my mind during the week leading up to surgery. Things I think everyone going into surgery worries about like dying and being awake during the surgery but looking sedated. Thankfully neither of those things happened.
Anyway, once I got to the office I undressed, and Dr. Davis made the marks on my stomach and breasts for the incisions, and I waited for the anesthesiologist get there and knock me out. One of the things that really put my mind at ease was being operated on in a private suit in the office. Unlike many plastic surgeons Davis Plastic Surgery operates in their own private suite (although they will operate at the hospital if you prefer), which makes me feel better because even though hospitals are clean they are generally full of sick people, and there are always people moving in and out of the rooms (especially if you are at a training hospital).
Once the anesthesiologist got there it was go time. They took me into the operating room and strapped me to the table, put compression boots on me, and I was given an IV that knocked me out in seconds. The next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room. When I woke up I was scared. I really didn’t know what to expect and after seeing lots of surgeries on TV I didn’t know how bad I would hurt. The funny thing is it didn’t hurt physically, it was just very uncomfortable. I was hunched over because my abs were so tight, and the only way I could get comfy was to keep my knees close to my chest. On the drive home I was pretty whining and telling my mom that I wasn’t close enough to the dash (I was trying to say my legs were too far away from my chest). I also remember everything being very blurry and I was in a fog for quite a while. The compression garments they put on me were tight, and I tried to convince my mom to let me take them off when I got home, but she wouldn’t. So basically I was a big baby!
The first day and night were definitely the hardest, but I did get up and walk around quite a few times that day. I took tiny steps and needed help getting on and off the couch, but I actually spent the night alone and managed just fine. Overall I would say my surgery experience was a great one. It didn’t hurt half as much as I thought it would, and I have been very pleased with the results so far.
Here are some tips for anyone planning to have plastic surgery:
- Pillows, Pillows, Pillows: Seriously, I think I used 7 pillows. I had them behind my head and under my legs. They were a lifesaver and I’m glad I had so many on hand.
- Pay Attention To The Discharge Info: Make sure you know (or the person taking you home knows) exactly what you need to do in regards to the compression garments and pain medication. It’s also a good idea to choose a doctor that cares about you and doesn’t mind if you call with a hundred post-op questions.
- Get Active: Unless your doctor says otherwise get up and walk around as much as you possibly can. I believe this is the main reason I was able to stand up as straight as I did on day two and the following days. I have healed very quickly and I think it’s because I stayed moving as much as I could.
Stay tuned because I will be sharing my recovery progress pictures this week!