One forgets when one is not blogging, how wonderful getting comments on blog posts feels. Thank you guys for all your comments about yesterday's post regarding my impending plastic surgery consult.
Now for the results.
First, I decided to see Dr. Nathan Patterson. Dr. Patterson came to speak at our WLS support group several years ago, and I remember liking him then bc a) he wasn't trying to sell us on his services, b) he was honest about expected results, and c) he was cute.
First order of business, they take me back to the changing room, complete with a white fluffy robe, and they hand me my disposable blue panties fashioned from, I am pretty sure, paper towels and string. On to the picture room and Heather was waiting for me. Angie (the office coordinator? Nurse?) set up the official camera, had me drop me little old robe, and started taking pictures of my belly and then my boobs.
At this point we got to feel some implants from a drawer and I probed Angie about her own boobies.
Off to the exam room. Angie hooked us up with an iPad so we could watch a little video, took my vitals, and made me weigh in.
Then we awaited the arrival of Dr. Patterson.
And hence he came.
While I was immediately struck by his eye-pleasing qualities, my heart reminded me that it would always belong to my favorite elective procedure surgeon and life saver, Dr. Friedman. But it doesn't hurt to look ya know.
So Dr. Patterson has my pictures in his lap. Beautiful little close up pictures of my tummy and boobs taken just minutes before. He starts with the tummy. And at first, I am confused because I didn't know if they were pictures of MY stomach or someone else's because they didnt look as bad as I picture my stomach. They were indeed images of my sag though. So he explains, in great detail, about how he would do a tummy tuck.
Here are the highlights:
-I keep my belly button
-I will have 2 drains. One for about a week, the other for around 2 weeks.
-He will put disposable staples under my stomach coming down the middle of my stomach to bring my abs back together (they can come apart after babies or being fat)
-He will lipo a little off the side
-My scar will be above my pubic line
-I will be able to return to work after 2 weeks, but he recommends 3.
We talk about my port. He said he will talk to Dr. Friedman about replacing my port with a low profile port during the tummy tuck.
We talk more in detail.
We move to the boobies.
Now, although I felt relieved with the pictures of my stomach, I was mortified with the pictures of my boobs. I reckon this is because I have seen my stomach in many photographs (I wear a bikini for goodness sakes), but I have never seen my saggy boobs in a 8 x 10 picture. They were/are horrible.
Here are the highlights:
-I would need a lift and implants
-The implant would be put in under my fold in my boob
-I would have a keyhole incision around my nipple and down my boob (from the lift)
-He recommended not going too big, somewhere around 275-300cc's. This made me happy.
-I would be getting silicon. Not saline
-The implant would be under my muscle
He demonstrated how durable the implants are (Heather is worried I will pop one during a mud race). No worries he said.
He answered more of our questions. He really was amazing. He sold Heather...and she is a hard sell.
He said in a perfect world where time and money were not an issue, he would recommend 2 surgeries. One would be the tummy tuck and a lift, and the other would be placing the implants. But he said that because I am young and healthy, we could do it all at once.
So when we finish up with Dr. Patterson, we go to the room to wait for the different write ups for how much this will cost us.
I had imagined somewhere around $10k-$12k for everything.
Well it turns out that everything will run me $22k.
I just stared at the girl and smiled and tried to NOT cry and not let her see my heartbreak.
She left the room. I cried. But just a little. While she was gone Heather told me we could make it work. We could borrow from our retirement, I could use her credit cards. If I wanted it, she would make it happen.
But I am so torn now.
On one hand, that is more than my brand new car. And it's all for vanities sake.
On the other hand, money is money and like Heather said, we will spend it one way or the other.
On one hand, I feel selfish for making Heather spend her money to fix a body that I ruined.
On the other hand, it would mean so much to me.
This is why I didnt want to go to the consult. I was afraid this would happen. For it to seem so close, yet so far away.
I got home and took off my clothes and stood in front of the mirror. I lifted my saggy little girls up. I touched my stomach. I pulled it back, lifted it up. I bent over and watched how everything stretched and sagged.
And then I sat on the bed and cried.
I should just be able to love myself. If I could accept myself for what I am, I could save tens of thousands of dollars. That money could be used for our wedding...if it is ever legal. It could buy us a boat. It could pay student loans.
But I don't know if I can.
I don't know if I can ever not loathe these parts of my body.
So I am undecided. And confused. And stressed.
And we are juicing for 7 days. Did I mention that? And this is day one. SO I CAN"T EVEN DRINK! OR EAT COOKIES!
Damn the world.