Sue’s Total Body Transformation Surgery

Today I caught up with Sue to chat about her total body transformation surgeries.
Sue started her transformation journey after a much-wanted breast reduction, which motivated her to start her weightloss journey.
Following 30kgs weight loss Sue went on to have a tummy tuck, and most recently a Brachioplasty (arm lift).
You’ll enjoy this true-life transformation.
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 Sue’s Total Body Transformation SurgeryTrish 

Hello, listeners. It’s Trish Hammond here from the Aesthetics Uncensored podcast. And today, I’m joined by a lady who’s actually become a very dear friend of mine. And I met her through having an aesthetic surgery with a plastic surgeon that I’ve had surgery with as well. So it’s really funny, you never know who you’re going to meet where and what relationship you’re going to form with them. So today we’re going to be speaking to Sue. Now Sue’s, we’re going to be speaking to her actually about her body, or body transformation journey, because she used to be chubby, like myself and lots of hips away, and she’s had a bit of surgery so we’re going to talk to her about it so welcome, Sue.

Sue 

Hi, how are you? 

Trish 

Good. Thank you for joining us this weekend. I mean, who else is going to dedicate time on the weekend to just talk to someone about nothing? 

Sue 

I love it. 

Trish 

That’s awesome. And look, because I know you’ve had a few different procedures and you’ve only just one week ago or had a brachioplasty, which is the skin removal under your arms, which we’ll talk about as well. But how many days post op you now Sue?

Sue 

In nine days I think, 9 to 10 days. 

Trish 

Alright. Now of course, I’ve been following your recovery in our group. And I’ve been loving what you do because this is something that I want to have done as well because I am that you know the back wings and having lost weight, do you have those? They make you feel old I guess but let’s start with your first surgery. So first of all, tell us what the heck because you were chubby.

Sue

104 kilos.

Trish 

104, okay, I’ll beat you. I was 119. But anyway, you look smashing heart until a so how did you start? First of all, when did you even realise that you thought I wanted to lose weight?

Sue

Well, that was after I had my five kilo breast reduction.

Trish 

So had you not lost any weight before you had your breast reduction?

Sue

No, not at all.

Trish 

I didn’t know that.

Sue 

Not when I saw Craig, I said looks make a difference if I lose weight and he said no for breast reduction. Okay, I won’t lose any weight. I didn’t think it was really going to happen because I wanted it done for so long. And yeah, so I saw him, I bet December 2017, knew was the right Surgeon at the time. Hadn’t seen anybody else hadn’t done any research like supposed to do. I just felt comfortable. Yeah. And then I booked it for March, I think it was the 24th of March 2018 so I had almost five kilos taken off my breast. 

Trish  

Wow. And I hadn’t actually realised that you hadn’t lost weight before I thought, I don’t know why but now that I think about it, that makes total sense. So you’d had big boobs, your whole life? You’ve always wanted to have them smaller, and you just never did because so why was it? Why do you think you might not have done it?

Sue 

I think it was more financial? Yeah, so my mum offered to pay. Well, originally, my dad offered to pay because he blamed himself because his mom had big boobs and I just thought it was because I wasn’t at the stage. I just thought I wasn’t worth spending that much money on in your breast reduction. I’ve used the money, not that it gave me the money for anything else. But you know, I can use it in better ways because I have three young kids and anyway, I went away for a weekend with my sisters to Sydney and I couldn’t even fit in the pavers. And I said, right, we’re going to ask Mum, if she’ll give you the money. Mum was happy to do so and that started my journey. When I got home from the hospital and said, oh my god, my tummy is  bigger than my boobs so I set myself a goal and six months from when I saw the Surgeon again, I want to lose 30 kilos.

Trish 

So he kind of propelled you on to actually I’ll go back a step because it’s true. Sometimes we don’t feel like we’re worthy, especially as a mum, you sort of think, Oh, we know I could spend that money on the kids or I could do this on the kids and a bit to go look after yourself. Hey,

Sue

You do. Yes. Definitely. Yeah, especially now they’re grown up as well. Much easier. They’re not a financial burden. Not a burden. But you know what I mean? You’re not spending all your money on schooling and everything else.

Trish 

Yeah, yep. I’d say I’m not quite there yet. They’ve grown up and moved out but I think he’s still kind of spending money on them. I know, so what can you tell us with your first surgery? How was your, how was it like, I mean, I had big boobs too, but I’d lost weight when I had my surgery so mine were kind of not quite so full, I guess. Want a bit more skin than anything else.

Sue 

Yet saggy or something? Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Trish  

But um, how did you feel after you’d had at first? Like, I know it’s been a few years now, but..

Sue 

yeah, it has again, it’s like having a baby. Yeah, I just was amazed, like, oh, like I said, when I saw my boobs and I went, Oh, wait, you know, the body didn’t fit into the boobs, really? So I wanted my body to fit into my new boobs. And I remember over the healing period, going to sleep and holding my breast and just loving it. The size as it wasn’t even in effect, the turn over in bed at night when I had my 20 double H boobs.

Trish 

Oh my God. You went from a 20 Double H to what?

Sue 

A double D. 

Trish 

What? Still a 20? 

Sue 

No. Well, you know what, as I lost weight, I’m still a 14 double D now. I never lost upside.

Trish  

Yeah, yeah. It just kind of loses the fat around the back. That’s good. Yeah. Like, now like five years later, or four years later, after losing 30 kilos. Like, what? How did your boobs fair in that little?

Sue  

I think I did. Okay, looking back on photos probably a little bit sooner. Yeah. But, you know, it’s four years later, I’m four years older so yeah, look fine. Yeah, they’re not perky and they weren’t even perky after I had the surgery.

Trish   

Yeah. And you know, what? I remember speaking to actually most Plastic Surgeons say, as well that the women that had the breast reduction surgery are the most grateful. But like, yeah, it was some, oh, it’s torture having big boobs if you don’t want them too.

Sue  

I get close to you. I have one bra that sort of fitted me. I just, yeah, it was a nightmare that I’ve got about 30 or 40 bras now. 

Trish   

I’m gonna say how many I got now?

Sue  

I didn’t do a candle that was that 35 awhile ago and haven’t bought any for a while.

Trish  

It’s so funny, because I don’t know what it is about me because I’m the complete opposite. Like, I’m not the sort of person that’s into the frilly bras and all that sort of who has so I’ve got like three bras. I’ve got like about 12 different crop tops that I wear for exercise and all that sort of thing but apart from actual brass, I’ve actually got three.

Sue    

Oh well, you’ve got more money than me, a bit more money on clothes, and everything else.

Trish   

And I find other things to spend my money on, believe me.

Sue  

We all do. We all do.

Trish 

That’s breast reduction. That was 2018. Do you remember anything about your recovery?

Sue  

You know what? It was quite easy. Just took the painkillers as prescribed and probably a few days later, it was just before Easter. We went down to Phillip Island in Victoria. I was very stuck at my sister’s house and I was walking around the shops, fine. It was hard to sleep at night I remember but the thing I remember was driving my daughter, the younger one to work and there I think I counted 12 speed humps in this car park and every time went over a speed hump. It was agony to hold by right. Yeah, right. That was the only issue don’t those jolting bumps.

Trish 

I gotta say, I mean, I know everybody’s recoveries different lessons. But I gotta say, I just cannot believe that you would have been shopping after that. Because, you know, like, I had the same surgery shoe. I’ve lost weight and all that sort of who had but my recovery was horrendous.

Sue  

Now Mumma’s obviously a good recovery. 

Trish 

Yeah, because I couldn’t. I don’t know. For other surgery I have recovered really quickly and for like my tummy tuck was a breeze you know, walk in the park but my breast reduction it took me a solid freakin six months to recover. It was torture.

Sue

No, I didn’t have any of those issues. So everyone’s different. 

Trish

Yeah, it’s so funny. Everyone’s different. Same procedure, different or, or different procedure and different recovery. You just don’t know, hey?

Sue

No, not for you to judge.

Trish  

So tell us how did it change your life after having your breast reduction? Because obviously it puts you on the path thing. Oh my God. I want to get healthy and so you decided to use it yourself as a goal to lose what? 30 kilos? Yep. And then you’re gonna have a tummy tuck. 

Sue 

Yeah, well, that wasn’t the plan. Ah, the plan is to lose weight. Yeah. And so it took me six months. I did the five two diets and dropped carbs and sugars. I’m not so vigilant now. I should be but anyway so 12 months like when I saw Craig I said, why not consult for tummy tuck said oh no, you don’t need one. Don’t think you need it by now? Yeah, I do. So, you have a look and he goes, yep. Did you do it? I didn’t say that but yes, I qualified so 12 months after I had my breast reduction I had my abdominoplasty. 

Trish 

Okay, and well, by then did you have a whole lot of loose skin because you’d lost your 30 kilos? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. And it had been 12 months since your last surgery. Yep. Yeah.

And tell us about the recovery for that. Like, how did that, how did you feel about that?

Sue 

Um, again, obviously, it was hard the first week or so. Getting out of bed mainly and just, again, I don’t really remember it being an issue. It was uncomfortable, but not painful. I did have a couple of wound breakdowns along the way and exam rooms a lot. There were the nurses.

Trish  

Okay, yes, sorry about that. A little glitch there. So we were talking about your saying you had a wound breakdown. Is that right? Yeah. Yeah. Tell us about that, so that was your tummy tuck?

Sue  

Yeah. So I thought I had an infection and so I went down around the nurse on call and it was a Sunday. So Craig came down with his assistant, and they had a look. And he said, it’s not an infection, it was a sluff. So I’ve never heard a sluff before. Have you heard of sluff? 

It’s like a skin breakdown. It’s clear and crepey you just scraped it out.

Trish

Do you know how to spell it?

Sue 

I think it’s s-l-u-ff.

Trish

Sluff. Yeah. Here’s the meaning; a massive dead tissue in or cast out from living tissue.

Sue  

Yeah, he had to scrape it out and then pack the little it was in three sections, little sections. The worst one was in the middle, where apparently the most pressure is in the tummy tuck the centre but above the mons, so also had the mons reduction as well.

Trish 

And for those that don’t know what the mons is, unless you’ve been chubby, you probably wouldn’t have raised the was very basic, probably a lot of people know what their minds is, but it’s basically what I had like is that basically having a chubby vagina, and you get liposuction on it to make it sit flat because I know myself after I had my first time we talked before I had a revision with Craig as well and I like I’d wear a tight dress or something that looked like I had a bowl sack like a sack because you got this chubby vagina.

Sue  

Though he didn’t do your first one did he?

Trish 

No, no, I’ve got my first one done like years and years ago.

Sue

But you didn’t do a mono thing?

Trish  

No, no and it’s really funny because when he was doing it when he was about to do it, he said oh, and I can do a bit of lipo around your thighs. I’m like what I don’t need around my thighs and then you’re like oh my god. Now that’s what he was talking about. Yeah. Well anyway, so you had you once sorry keep going.

Sue

That was the pressure point there and so it just puts a lot of pressure on you. I don’t know why you have a wound breakdown. I’ve got my headphones for now again. Yeah, so I know that he took a long time to heal so then I had my healing delayed because they provide a light laser damage for scars. 

Trish  

So healing light is the LED, yes the LED light that they go and have a treatment on to sort your scar out and help with healing afterwards.

Sue  

Yes, that’s correct. Yeah. Oh, anyway, so um, later on our head spinning last year. I had a scar. He did a revision scar revision and cut out the scar because it left a thicker scar with a wider incision where it had the sluff. So last year, I had a scar revision done and I had a bit of biggie bits on the side of my boobs, and he fixed those up as well at the same time from the weight loss that wasn’t actually on my boobs, like an extension and got my arm and what else, I also got, every fee was so big I ended up having inverted nipples so fix that up as well.

Trish

How did you fix that?

Sue 

Release the tendons apparently. Oh, so you got your nipples don’t retract permanently out.

Trish

Okay, okay. Yeah, things today and all these things that you can have done.

Sue 

I know it’s amazing, isn’t it? Now I’m really happy and so yeah, but 10 days ago, nine days ago I had this brachioplasty but Craig doesn’t do those.

Trish

So how long between your tummy tuck and your brachioplasty?

Sue 

So that was 2019 March. And what are we now? March 22? So, four years three, sorry. Yeah. Yeah, I’m four years post op breast. Three years to post op tummy and a week post op for arms.

Trish  

Amazing, amazing. And so do you reckon what, like when you had your boobs on? Did you think you’d ever have more surgery? Because obviously, this was your first aesthetic surgery procedure and you were in your 50s? 

Sue  

Yeah. I’m 60. Now. Yeah. No way we look. I would have ever thought I’d go down the plastic surgery journey but it’s all weight loss. Well, the first one wasn’t because I just had big boobs. Yeah, but it’s amazing what they can do. Yeah. Amazing.

Trish  

Oh, my God. Totally. And so can I ask you, so let’s just whipping back to your tummy tuck. So how long do you reckon before your tummy was recovered? Before you felt normal before you went back to work because obviously, you work. You’ve got a position we think about standing all day.

Sue

But yeah, for probably four weeks. Four weeks up. 

Trish  

That’s amazing.

Sue

Well, I was standing straight for about 10 days. And whatnot a lot of people do those because I was one of the prison patient information, evenings, 10 days after my surgery, and I was standing up wearing heels. I just straightened up. And I put that down. I don’t know, just a theory I have. I was doing pump classes at the time before the surgery. So I sort of strengthen my core muscles. 

Trish  

So maybe, did you have muscle separation? Did you do that as well? Yes. Okay. Okay. You still had a good, good quick recovery? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, I have to admit, I was a bit the same with my first time attack as well. Like my recovery was over quick. I was back at work within a couple of weeks. I did have a sitting down job, though. And I straightened up really quickly. Myself as well and I don’t know if that’s. I don’t know why that is. I don’t know if it’s taken and I don’t care.

Sue

Well, you can’t, you do what you do and what your body tells you.

Trish  

Yeah, totally. And then four years later, you had the brachioplasty? Was this on your wish list at all? Or was this just something you decided? As time went by?

Sue

I decided as time went by, the arms weren’t looking very good. So they make you look fatter. You know, you feel like you don’t haven’t lost weight. Yeah. And it turns you so that’s why 12 months was the health funds. Change the criteria he had from silver cover to gold cover for any weight loss surgery. Yeah, run it over time and then I had the procedure cancelled a weekend in January, because of COVID Lockdown. That is type two. Yeah. So yeah, I’m really happy and driving now.

Trish   

That’s where I’ll see you driving now. 10 days after? 

Sue

Yeah. started driving. I was down there Thursday, seeing the nurse and I said when little drives and drove behind because my daughter drove me there. I drove when I went home to send her to the shops and then I’m driving. That’s easy.

Trish 

Wow. Well, I’m, I kind of get freaked out about the arm thing, but I don’t think I’ve actually spoken to one person who hasn’t been surprised at the recovery after they’ve had their arms down. I just thought that it would be and of course it is a big deal at surgery but I just kind of thought it would be like I thought you take a whole lot more to recover. I didn’t think you’d know you were on social media like virtually straightaway saying, Oh, it’s good for you and I like I’m feeling a lot I’m surprised.

Sue

So I had this surgery with Patrick Briggs and he said, I’m going to give you skinny arms and then he gave me skinny arms. 

Trish 

That’s great. That’s so good. Because you’re right. It’s all about some. You know, when you’re wearing dresses, or when you’re wearing tops. I’ve got tops that don’t fit me because I’ve got skin on fat as well. Did they do lipo in your arms as well?

Sue

Yeah. Yeah. I think it was all lipo because I don’t touch muscles or anything. They do the crappy beats. Yeah. So yeah, I think the 1.3 on each side was like,

Trish

Yeah, right. Amazing. Yeah, but you would have had a big scar. The skin as well would have weighed something.

Sue 

I’m presuming. Yeah, no, dude. I can’t remember what it was. Yeah, yeah. Write it down for me. But yeah, yeah. didn’t save as much as I thought it might be.

Trish 

Alright. So tell me. Like, are you planning on anything else like this? You know, because obviously, after you had your boobs, you probably thought I’m never gonna have surgery again, that’s all I want. I want my boobs. I never have done anything but of course, I know it’s like it sets you on the path to I don’t know. It’s almost like striving for perfection.

Sue 

It’s like an addiction. Sorry. We might get my five done, but I don’t go. Yeah. I just need to tighten up in the deacon. Yeah, but I think this is it. I just gotta maintain weight or lose a bit of weight. 

Trish 

Yeah. No, Fair enough. And so how do you reckon this has all changed your life? So and when I know this answer, because I’ve been your friend since your first surgery started. Yes. So it hasn’t changed your life, because I’ve seen how it’s changed your confidence, how you feel about yourself, and the fact that you even did a selfie bloody bikini?

Sue  

Yeah, no, not now. Put on a bit of weight in my tummy. But um, yeah, but not down below is above just under my boobs. Really? Oh, no. Yeah. And did you find your tummy numb? Are you still numb? 

Trish 

Yeah, there’s sections of my tummy that I don’t feel at all, but it doesn’t affect me in any way shape.

Sue

It doesn’t bother me. I love it, actually. Yeah, I love it doesn’t bother me at all. I mean, yeah, yeah. It’s a strange sensation.

Trish

Yeah. Good. So have you put on weights since you had your tummy tuck? Yeah. And you’re saying that you put on weight just under your boobs?

Sue 

Yeah, well, not just that, but the belly button. 

Trish

Because it’s almost like I guess everything else is so tight that that’s where the fat has to go. But if it’s gonna find somewhere to go, I don’t know. I’m just guessing here.

Sue  

Yeah, we’ll just time yeah, that’s my theory as well. Yeah, so I go for my Tuesday, my yearly revision with Craig. There’ll be some interesting photos with my arms. Oh yeah. Can we take another six months time and take some of some better photos?

Trish 

Yeah, yeah. And that’d be nice ‘cos you’ll be recovered by then and I guess the scar will be flat and all that and what do you take before we go? Do you want to just tell us what because I know that Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery has exceptional aftercare. And that’s really important, because there’s so many times people just let them learn heavy surgery and then that’s it. Yeah, yeah. But tell us a little bit about your aftercare ‘cos I know you’re in there all the time.

Sue  

You know what? I was with my girlfriend’s evil phone for lunch yesterday. And because now I can take my support camera off and have a shower. The first week I couldn’t. I was just having a pommy shower and so but now the tapes were lifting under my arm. So I rang up, what are we having coffee branch down the road and I rang the nurse at Coco Ruby, instead of in chance I get to the nurse to pick up my tapes under my arm because I found it difficult to try and do and said you’re coming at 11:30 so after my branch, I went in 11:30 and she changed the tapes and she said, would you like to hear what I got? Yeah, I’d love to hear thanks so she didn’t hear a lot on both farms. Yeah, so Craig on the way out because he was consulting all day yesterday and it was just no trouble at all. Like I just dropped the ball actually, I read that I could somebody help me out. So yeah, aftercare, it’s fantastic. Yeah. Any issues they’re happy to look up and Craig is always happy to do reviews. If you’re not happy, you’re not happy to do you know, with anything he’ll fix it.

Trish 

Yeah, yeah. And that’s some, like I have so much because I have so much respect for that because it’s true. They want you to be happy because that way you’re going to share your story with other people. There’s nothing like word of mouth advertising, really?

Sue 

I’ve got a lot of social media, on my Instagram a lot of people are following me asking me questions. Yes, I know. I’ve had surgeries. Yeah. And I’ve just become friends with a girl around the corner. She before she had a tummy tuck with Craig. She wanted to catch up with me for a coffee and asked me questions. Yep. And it’s just been an amazing and amazing journey as you know, I used to talk down patient information, evenings down boom and that was amazing. I was really honoured to do that. Yeah. Yeah. Is that another with my tutor and I’m getting teary.

Trish  

Oh, don’t cry, but I know it’s totally changed your life. Hey. Definitely. No, I hear you, it’s changed your life. You’ve become a better person and you’re happier with yourself and yeah, it is life changing and I loved it. You’re like, you’re like a part of it. Like there’s like an extended family., like you have surgery there and you’re like an extended family and you’re welcome. Any time you go up when you want. I mean, yeah.

Sue  

When I went on Thursday, the nurse changed my tapes. Everyone’s saying, Hi, Sue. Hi, Sue. How are you? And I was my daughter. I go, everybody knows me. 

Trish  

Yeah, yeah so like a celebrity.

Sue

A nurse named Michelle came out and said, Oh, missed you when you went in, but caught you now on edge with just surgery and yeah, I was just so friendly and caring.

Trish  

Yeah. Yeah. It’s so good. Hey, I am. It’s nice that you know that you go there. You have your surgery, but then you actually become part of the community that is there to support you and help you on anything else that you choose to do or not choose to do.

Sue 

Exactly. Yeah. And so, Patrick Briggs is new to Coco Ruby.

Trish   

Yeah, he came from WA and he’s a good Plastic Surgeon. Yeah,

Sue 

Yeah, yeah he does everything and most of them become friends with Rebecca Wytens. Another female surgeon down there. She lives not far from me. So she was always coming to target. We have coffee together all the time. And yeah, just made her through Coco Ruby. 

Trish  

You just don’t know where life takes you. Hey. Yeah,

Sue  

Exactly and I met you.

Trish 

Exactly.

Sue

Which was lovely. We bought off in person. Yeah.

Trish 

Yeah, exactly. I’ll come there. Or you come here or whatever. It’s such a good dumb. I know. You just don’t know who you’re gonna meet. 

Sue

Exactly. This is a good path. 

Trish 

Yeah, exactly. Exactly. What are they going to say? Thank you so much for taking the time. You know, on a weekend to talk to me about your surgery. I really, really appreciate you.

Sue

And your weekend. Yes, exactly. I know. This is what I’m on leave. So yeah.

Trish  

I’ll go say thank you so much. So good luck with your recovery, I know. I can’t wait to see the photos. You know, more photos of like, when the scar gets better and some of that and just see how long it takes because that’s definitely on my butt. I’m definitely having the surgery there’s no doubt about it, it’s just a matter of when.

Sue 

You’ll have to come and see Craig. 

Trish    

Yes. Thanks so much for joining us. All right. Have a great day.

Sue 

Okay. Bye.

Trish 

Bye. 

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