Mommy Makeover advice for a Dancer.
Byon 09 Sep 2012
I am a 25 year old mother of 2!! My daughter is 5 and my son is 4. Most of the body damage I experience came from my first pregnancy. My daughter was a healthy 10lb 8oz, and she grew straight out whereas most women grew wide and out at a more congruent ratio I guess. My stretch marks did not come until I was around 36 weeks but my diastasis came when I was 8 months, and that's where most of my concern is for wanting a surgery.
I am a dancer, and although I am back to being physically fit, my equilibrium is still off and I am not able to execute moves as effectively because my core muscles are not aligned. In ballet my balance is off and I don't hold positions well, I thought it was because I was reconditioning my body not only after having children, but also after a 3 year hiatus (I've been back at it since September 2010). However, i have been strengthen my core muscles but they are floating all over the place so it's still just as bad as having weak core muscles. Not to mention b-girling has been as equally as frustrating because again with dance your core is the most important part of your dancing. Not to mention i can also feel my organs move at any given time, especially when I lay down on my back, I can see them a bit too. That doesn't seem to be very healthy to me, because I get creeped out and paranoid thinking my organs aren't intact and are floating around inside of me because my core muscles are separate and thus they go unprotected.
I'm not as upset about the stretch marks, because they're rather light and I've done my own experimenting with pulling the skin back and down and you can barely notice them. My breast, I've always had a petite bust line, they were once perky and I don't think I need silicone or to be cut open in that area but they sag about 2-4 centimeters than they once did and they hang like sandbags when I bend over, as well as my belly it just bulges out all gross like. I have always had a pudgy stomach, but this is very uncomfortable, like it lays over the tops of my pants, the extra skin gets caught in zippers, well it used to, I've mastered sucking it in enough to avoid that, as well as getting caught in some DVD/CD cases...I can't slide across the floor smoothly if choreography causes for it because the extra skin produces much more friction.
My main goal is to realign and add more strength to my core muscles, and get rid of some of the extra skin, some of the fat and perk my breast back up. Ideally, I want a mini tummy tuck, some liposuction, and breast injections just to get my body back to looking as fit as it is, I don't want to have a brand new body or even go back to my teenage body because it's inevitable for your body to change, especially after carrying and giving birth to two humans. The surgery part isn't scary to me, I've had a c-section with my daughter, however the doctor I had did a spectacular job with my incision. It's practically invisible, and I often see other photos of post op mommy makeovers and their scars even about 9-12 months after the surgery are still to noticeable and wide for my liking. If I could I would go back to the doctor who delivered my child via cesarean and have him perform my operation, but do they do that too? Haha!
So my questions are, for doctors: What would be a better option for me? a FULL Mommy Makeover. Full abdominoplasty and breast augmentation, a mini with a full breast aug, or what I prefer: A mini to repair the diastasis with lipo, and small breast injections? With the breast injections can I use the fat from my lipo from my tummy tuck? For the women who have had the mommy makeovers: What were you exact reasons? Health Concerns or body issues, I'll admit while I am more worried about having unprotected organs, I am a bit self-conscious about the way my stomach looks, although I still wear bikinis from time to time, I wear high waist pants much higher than usual out of social altruism. I am not trying to gross people out, I shouldn't care, but I'd rather not get upset with someone's ignorance and discrimination of what an acceptable stomach is and wanting to be as free with my fashion as I once was.
I still where tight shirts, but the tube tops, halters and all of that, what I haven't gotten rid of, I where a shirt over it or pull my pants up over the loose skin. For mom's who are considering it and have't gotten it yet: What are your concerns about the process. Thank you so much for those of you who read this and choose to respond, I appreciate it lots, and I am so glad to have found this community, No many other people understand or even care about a mom's body issues. *I did not proof read, pardon the typos =)*