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Mel’s Blog: Getting rid of my Baby-pooch

August 8th, 2012

On the days leading up to my abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery, I got more and more anxious.   During my pre-operative call with one of the nurses, I shared my anxious feelings.   They reassured me that it was a completely normal feeling and many patients experience the very same feeling.   The morning of my surgery was completely different – I was excited!   I was actually looking forward to NOT thinking about my baby pooch anymore!

The day of surgery was described for me in great detail prior to my surgery.   So I was well-prepared and I can honestly say that there were no surprises.   My recovery was just as they said it would be – very similar to my c-sections, but a little longer.   When I was sent home, I was in a considerable amount of pain, but as soon as I got home and got settled in my own bed, my pain improved.   Dr. Bashioum’s instructions were clear and it was imperative that I stay on top of the pain and take all of the medication prescribed.   That meant around the clock for the first few days.   Ice also helped tremendously.   Getting in and out of bed was difficult at first, but I realized that the more I tried it, the easier it got.   There was a balance that I had to strike between resting and being somewhat active.   I overdid it on post-op day 3, and did not stay hydrated enough.   However, some rest and a lot of water made me feel MUCH better.

Check back next time to follow my tummy tuck recovery.

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What’s a Breast Lift?

February 28th, 2012

Sagging of a woman’s breasts can occur due to any significant weight change, such as after a pregnancy.   True sagging refers to nipple position falling below the crease beneath your breast.  The “pencil  test” is the way to find out if surgery might be indicated.  By placing a pencil beneath your breast and if your nipple hangs below the pencil when you sit or stand, then you may need a breast lift.  Breast lift surgery repositions the nipple and areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) upwards to a more natural position.   This natural position is about one half to three quarters of an inch above the crease.   Positioning them higher than this can result in an odd breast appearance.   The size of the areola can also be reduced if desired.

Scars from a breast lift are the same as breast reduction surgery and are positioned around the nipple and beneath the breast as well.   They are usually easily covered by most swim suits.  Many women can still breastfeed following breast lift surgery, if they choose to do so.

Most of my patients return to work 2 days after surgery.

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