Archive | October, 2012

My Breast Augmentation: Day Before and Day of Surgery

24 Oct

**Disclaimer: I wrote this 2 days post-op and still medicated with narcotics. If anything I say makes no sense… there will be a retraction printed in the future. I just am so excited to write this!!!!

Getting Implants– Entry 1.

October 17: The Day Before

What does one do the day before surgery? I realized I would be out of commission for a good week. In a normal week, there is work and cleaning, and grocery shopping. Preparing for being out for a week, I needed to do extra cleaning, work, and grocery shopping. I had to make sure all my laundry was cleaned and put away. There was food in the refrigerator. My boyfriend tried to convince me I had to make up for a week’s worth of sex (oh boys!). All my meds had to be picked up. I had to pack for my friend’s house… the normal stuff. I also had to get my gel nail polish taken off, my hair extensions fixed, and my eyelash extensions filled (normal? I’m not sure…?).

I got home from work at 11:30, just as Aaron was getting home. I got in the shower, washed my hair, and had my last drink of water (no food or water after midnight). I hadn’t been scared or nervous all day. But I usually do have difficulty sleeping when I’m nervous. Aaron gave me a night-night cocktail (aka Nyquil and ibuprofen) and slept like a baby (not medically prescribed mind you—do not try this at home).

October 18: 5am

Ungodly hour. Normally the only time I make the exception to be awake this early is if:

  1. I’m still up partying from the night before (which hasn’t happened since my UMass Amherst days—I SWEAR……….)
  2. I’m leaving on a plane for Mexico with the Donohue’s (from Donohue’s Bar and Grill in Watertown which is the most fun bar EVER).
  3. I’M GOING TO GET MY BOOBS DONE!!!!

I threw up a zip up sweatshirt (I didn’t want to put on anything that would have to go over the head) and some sweat pants. Don’t forget, it’s difficult to put your arms up over your head post op. Then that age old question hit me. Do I wear underwear? I decided there was probably super special sexy hospital underwear to put on. So I skipped. (They did give me some super sexy briefs at the hospital as I expected.)

Don’t I look hot at 5am?

5:15 AM

I of course forgot to pick up my post op meds (which you should ALWAYS do before surgery). My awesome boyfriend took me to the 24 hour CVS to pick up my vicodin, oxycodone, and antibiotics.

6:00 AM

Caitlyn McGrath arrives in a Ford 950 (whichever the really, really big one is). Cait normally drives a Volkswagen. I’m all like, Cait, why do you have this ginormous vehicle? And she’s all like… Well I didn’t have gas in my car, so I took my boyfriends. So I’d like to give a shout out to Pat from the Sitchiute Fire Department for lending the getaway car. We did have to make a 3 point turn at one point. It was not pretty. (Female Quincy drivers = THE worst).

Are you PSYCHED?!?!” she asked me. I was like, Cait, it’s 5 o’clock in the morning. Please. Stop yelling. (I don’t even think she really was yelling).

Cait is one of the lead medical aestheticians at the office and is in Nursing School, so she got super top secret clearance to be in on my case. Like FBI style. I’m so glad she was there. She knew every doctor/nurse/surgical assistant that walked into my room. And confirmed with me that they were all THE best.

6:15 AM

My nurse Maureen comes in, does my vitals, asks all my medical history questions, and inserts my IV (perfectly on the first try might I add). I signed a bunch of papers and started to get a little nervous, but like that first day of school nervous. That excited, this is going to be awesome kind of nervous.

7:00 AM

The doctor arrived and marked my breasts for the incisions. Then the nice nurse anesthetist came in and gave me something to relax through my IV. I remember being wheeled into the OR room. 5. 4. 3. And see ya later. I was out for the next few hours.

Apparently I woke up at spoke to Caitlyn a little bit, but I definitely don’t remember that.


All bandaged up.


The bandages stay on for about 7 days. You can’t get them wet (i.e. no showering. Iiiiiiick).

2:30 PM

My friend Jen P. came and picked me up and drove me to my other friend Julie’s (when I say this surgery was a TEAM effort, I am not kidding!). Julie is an awesome recovery room nurse and she and I decided it would be best if I stayed with her for the first two days post op. I am SO glad I did.

Even with the meds I was on I was still in a good amount of pain. Julie had to bear hug assist me up off the couch (I couldn’t push up with my arms because it was too painful). She also helped me keep a medication schedule and made sure I got my meds every 3 hours. And last, and most embarrassingly, she helped me pull my pants up when I had to use the bathroom.

5:00 PM

My boyfriend came and brought me beautiful flowers and told me how much he loved me. Awwwwww. He also brought me his fleece because it smells like him and I’m a dork and it helped me sleep.


6:00 PM

The party reallllllyyyyy begins. Kathy Nash (owner of KN MedSpa in Natick) arrives. I am really lucky to have such great friends to take care of me, medicate me, dress me, and help me keep my mind off of the surgery. It is not uncommon to have feelings of being overwhelmed or depressed after surgery. My crew kept a close eye on me to make sure I was mentally and physically stable. Errrrr… baseline…. for me.

  • A Funny Nurse’s Note From the Girls –


Baci, D.O.G. wearing my A sized bra. Awwwww. He looks like such a tuff guy… in a bra.


What! We couldn’t let Baci D.O.G. have all the fun.

A little comparison was in order from old bras to new bras.

October 19

Feeling like a million bucks. Staid on my medication schedule. It’s important to do this for the first day or two post op because you don’t want to get behind with pain. It’s hard to catch up. But I was up walking around once an hour. Feeling pretty good. I know pain worries a lot of people, but at most I felt uncomfortable right before I needed my meds.

Julie took me to Corbu Salon in Cambridge so my friend Devon could wash my hair (felt soooo good!) while Julie got hers highlighted. Thank god for all my friends in the hair industry as well! I mean, I might not have been able to shower for a week, but at least my hair could look good!

My post-op follow up is 10/24. So expect another post about post-operative care shortly!

As of today, I am SO happy. I’ve waited years to do this, and it has been the ONLY thing that has ever bothered me about my body. It’s hard to feel comfortable in your own skin, but whatever helps you do it, then do it. Just don’t go overboard!

xoxo LK

Spotlight Peel: Lactic/Kojic

4 Oct

Who is this good for?

This pigmentation resurfacing peel is designed to lighten, tighten, and brighten the skin. The lactic/kojic peel is good for people with pigmentation, aging skin, and dry/dehydrated skin. Lactic acid is an AHA exfoliator and Kojic acid is a skin lightener. The Image Lactic/Kojic peel also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant ingredients. This treatment is designed to be done in a series of 6 peels every two weeks.

Pre-Peel

If you’re going to peel, make sure you are Prepping Your Skin for a Peel.

Step 1: Cleanse

(I think I’ve copied and pasted the first 2 steps in like 3 posts…) My skin was cleansed with the Image Ageless Total Facial Cleanser, which contains 12% Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid is excellent for exfoliating the skin, leaving it fresher and brighter looking! The Ageless Cleanser is excellent for keeping pores clear and occasional breakouts to a minimum.

Step 2: I-PREP Degreasing Solution (Professional Only Product)

The degreasing solution is applied with gauze to remove as much of the surface oils on the skin as possible. This will allow for the product to evenly and more effectively penetrate the different layers of the epidermis (that’s a fancy word for skin)!

Step 3: Apply Peel Solution (Professional Only)

I decided to be aggressive with my skin (I was breaking out) and did a 20% Salicylic Flash Peel first. This peel solution helps with acne and oil production. It needs to be neutralized very quickly so I was unable to take pictures of it, but you can check them out in this post:  Image Salicylic Flash Peel followed by Glycolic/Retinol Peel.

The peel solution is evenly applied to with face in a circular motion with a cotton swab applicator. The peel is then massaged for 2-7 minutes. It may feel a little tingly, but is very easy to tolerate.

I also didn’t take pictures of this (sorry!) because my face was RED from doing it on top of the Sal Flash (I did two passes). My redness was more from my aggressive combination of salicylic than from the lactic/kojic. I didn’t want to give anyone the wrong idea of what this usually looks like. Typically, this peel doesn’t cause any redness.

Step 4: Remove Solution

The solution is gently removed with facial sponges.

Step 5: Apply Masques

An ultra-gentle, organic cooling gel masque developed for compromised, inflamed or irritated skin. Organic Aloe Vera, Arnica Montana and licorice quickly help reduce redness and other signs of irritation while bringing sensitive skin into healthy balance. Also may used for highly reactive, rosacea or acneic skin types.  It felt soooo good on my skin.  It really soothed the burning from the aggressive salicylic peel.  I left this on for about 20 minutes and washed it off with cold water.

I then applied the hydrating Enzyme masque, which is a great product post peel.  It is 15% l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which gently sloughs the build up of dead skin cells and injects the skin with essential anti-oxidants.  It contains hyaluronic acid (like Juvederm!) which binds water by 1000x.  I left this product on my face overnight for ultimate hydration.

Results

After the peel the brown spots will get darker, and then shed off in 3-5 days. The skin will be smoother, lighter and on the road to being spot free.


Day 2: The skin at the apple of my cheek and the corners of my mouth is beginning to darken.

Day 2: This is immediately after I washed my face. The skin is very dry and cracking. I think the flash made it look worse than it actually was! Every peel with Image comes with a post-peel kit, which includes the Hydrating Enzyme Masque. I put this on and the Image Max Crème that is also in the post peel kit and my skin looked fine.

A little trick of the trade: After a peel, you should never aggressively exfoliate your face. It could scar (my next post is about scars). If you add sugar to a gentle cleanser like Image Ormedic Cleanser and apply it gently to your face, it will help get rid of the dead skin. I realize I used Splenda. My skin is on a diet.

Day 3: The corners of my mouth are really where I see the Lactic/Kojic working. It is really lifting the pigment in this area. This picture is after washing my face, before applying any of the post treatment products.

Day 3: My skin after applying make-up. You really can’t tell I am peeling. My cheeks look great; the skin looks and feels tight.

A Funny Story

So I just moved in with my boyfriend (he’s so awesome! Yay!) and I left my peel solutions on the counter in the bathroom after I did my peel for this blog. So of course, he’s a guy and uses a bar of soap to wash his face. But knowing how great my skin care stuff is, he decides to try it. He put 2 peel solutions on his face and came downstairs and goes: “how does my skin look, I used your blue bottles.” Thank GOD he only got into the lactic/kojic and another milder peel. And only spilled one bottle of enhancer. My man.

Lesson here is make sure you talk to a professional before using skin care products, because even a good pharmaceutical grade product might not be the right product for your skin. Everyone has different skin and should have an individualized regiment. Lesson two is don’t leave stuff lying around that could burn someone. That’s my bad.

My first thought after ‘thank god he’s ok’ was ‘I wonder if he’s been using my super expensive hair products.’ I thoroughly endorse this line called Davines. It is AWESOME. It’s from Italy, and it’s a family owned company. The bottles are made from recycled plastic (go green!) and are clear because they have nothing to hide! My friend Angel introduced me to the line, and I am in love with it. My diva weave has never looked better (see above)! And I think my skin will be perfect by our housewarming on Saturday (which is why I peeled my skin on Monday). Wish us luck!

Xoxo,

LK

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