Questions, Nervous and feeling guilty....Macon, GA

  • c01armstrong
  • 2 years ago

I am 29 years old....I have 3 girls ages 9, 6 & 5 (my 2nd & 3rd are only 360 days apart). I am 5' 9" and 130 lbs. I have a consult June 18th in Macon, GA in regards to a Mommy Makeover. I have hated my stomach since I gave birth to my 2 youngest because my body did not have time to recover. I breast fed my 2nd & 3rd child but in my own opinion I feel that I have still have nice breast (34/C and could actually wear a 32/D)...my breast do not sag and I have a good amount of breast tissue.

Before kids I was always asked if I had a boob job because I had nice breast (I weighed 100 lbs and wore a size 0). I want my breast to be "perky" again! :-) I have not worn a 2 piece in 5 years because I cannot stand to look at my stomach. I do not have that many stretch marks but I had my belly button pierced when I was younger and even though I removed it when I found out I was pregnant with my 1st child, it still left it's mark.

I have done P90X and dieted, however the loose skin will not go away. I got down to 114 lbs and was so disgusted with my loose skin that I went back to 125-130 lbs. I hate clothes shopping because I can fit in a size 4 but I have a muffin top due to my loose skin. I am a nurse so I have done a ton of research on the procedures. I want a full tummy tuck (I want a new belly button and my loose skin to be gone), a little lipo of the abdomen and flanks and a breast augmentation (I am fine with the size I am, just want them to be perky). Like most moms, I have put myself on the back burner and I will be 30 in December, so I feel I deserve a Mommy Makeover.

I know it is going to cost a lot and I am a big selfless person so I feel guilty about doing this for myself. My husband is on board and says that he is fine with me having a Mommy Makeover. It is just hard to think about spending so much money on myself since I have put myelfast for the past 9 years. The ps I have a consult with does not post before and after pictures on his website. I have spoken with 2 women who have used him and they both highly recommended him. I have also asked my fellow nurse colleges awho they recommend and they have all said the same.

I want to know if anyone has used Dr. McClendon in Macon and if so, what were your results, where you satisfied & would you recommend him?  I am looking to have my Mommy Makeover the first week of December, so any and all input would be greatly appreciated. In my mind, I know this is what I want. I have spent so much time looking at before & after pictures, looking up different doctors, researching the procedures? What questions I need to ask and etc. the lady that has had a breast lift & augmentation, tummy tuck, lipo and rhinoplasty by Dr. McClendon highly recommended him, but being I am a nurse I want as much input as possible from others. I look at this website every day, read other people's experience, but so far I have not found the first person who has used Dr. McClendon. I am excited for my consult and eager to hear his recommendations, but I'm also eager to hear from others who have used him.

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Mine is 14- I would never tell anyone in my family how much it costs. I have sent pics of breast Augs asking which boobs he likes! Lol I have found a few tummys that look like mine- nasty! Lol
I need to figure out how to find someone to help if I need it after my husband leaves- my 1 friend who is very supportive has 4 kids under 8 and she is pregnant! So I can't ask her.
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Maybe you could Xanax instead of pain meds? My PS is giving me something to help me sleep the night before my surgery.
I have been under 2 times w/ general a d 2 times with twilight. I had a hard time waking up every time- makes me nervous. That and blood clots afterwards. My surgery is going to be @5 hours. And he said no need to stay over night- but I have heard from so many people I should....I am going to ask him if I can at pre op which isn't until october.. You are so lucky your mom is coming. I don't even think I am going to tell my family.
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I've told my Mom and my sister. My sister lives in California is getting a BA done in October when her husband gets back from being deployed. My Mom wasn't to thrilled of the idea but like she said, I'm grown and I can do what I want to do and if my husband supports me then that's all that matters. Now I do NOT ever plan on telling anyone how much it will cost....which I have no idea right now but I'm thinking anywhere from $10-$13K. I was actually shocked that my husband is on board with it because he's tight with money...lol! But thankfully he understands how I feel about myself and he says as long as it will make me feel better about myself, that I do all my homework (which I'm a nurse so he knows I'm on top of that...lol) and that 100% positive this is something I want to do then he's all for it. I've had him online with me trying to help me pick out some sizes for my BA...lol!! I have still not found a tummy similar to mine though. I've emailed him thousands of pics of different stomachs asking if any of them look like mine...lol!!!
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I have had the same reaction from my friends- not the thin part(lol) just that I am crazy for getting it done. I. Agree with just getting it done all at once! Do you think you will go to ATL? I live @ 4 hours from ATL. my PS said be tells people with what I am getting if you have desk job to take 2 weeks off. My husband will be in town for 10 days and I need to figure out someone to hire to help me w/ the kids. My friend haven't been very supportive and my family lives 12 hours away. Some of my friends have been supportive but of they don't live here:-). I can't wait to get the surgery over with....
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I am def going to schedule a consult with Dr. Zaworski in Atlanta. That way I will have 2 different PS giving me their recommendations and I always like to have a back up plan. All of my family lives 2 1/2 hours away and my friends where I live now all have kids, are married and work so I know they cannot help me out. Luckily, I have an amazing Mom who is coming up to stay with me for a little while and plus my husband is going to be home with me for a week so hopefully that will cover the worst of it all...lol! I have a very high tolerance for pain and absolutely no tolerance at all for pain meds. A Benadryl knocks me off my feet. I've been under general anesthesia twice...once for lithotripsy for a kidney stone and second for a kidney stone extraction. I had to have stents placed both times after surgery and they were so uncomfortable. I had 2 of my kids completely natural....no epidural or pain meds....and I didn't scream , cry or etc. I know after my second surgery I had a hard time waking up so that makes me a little nervous. They used the mask on me for my first surgery and omg....I'm clostrophobic and they did not tell me they were putting it over my face...they came up from behind me, crammed it over my nose and mouth and I remember it was so hard to breath like the gas was really thick, I remember trying to get the mask off my face and thinking I was going to die!! That was a horrible way to go under!! So, for my second surgery I refused the mask so I guess they used a little more IV meds to put me under and being I do not have a tolerance for meds I'm thinking that's why I had a hard time waking up. I do not remember anything from the day of my second surgery nor the day after. I just hope whichever PS I end up using gives me some Xanax for the night before and the morning off my surgery...lol!!
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Atlanta is about 2 hours from where I live. I live about 35-40 minutes from Macon. I graduate in December (last day of class is 11/29) so I'm hoping to have my surgery the first week in December while the kids are in still in school. I'm concerne with the recovery time. I had a friend tell me she was only down about a week after her TT and lipo of her back and then I read to where some people say it took then almost an entire month. A month is a long time to be out of commission when you have 3 kids....lol!! She told me her nose job was more painful than her TT. She had her TT in 2009 and I was amazed when she showed me her scar because I could barely see it and it was really low. I am really long waisted and I read that sometimes long waisted people have to have a small vertical scar. I sure hope I don't have to have a vertical scar!! But then, I guess it beats my mommy belly...lol!! I am just so ready to rock a 2 piece again!! I haven't worn a bathing suit in almost 3 years. I've kinda got frustrated this week because I actually told a few friends what I plan on doing and I get the "Omg you are crazy!! Why do you want to do that?? You are skinny!!" and my answer was "Clothes do a good job of hiding...wanna see me naked and then comment?"....lol!! I could actually do without getting a BA but my thought is if I'm going to be put under and go through pain why not do it all.
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Funny your kids are thoses ages mine are - well 20- then 10, 8 and almost 7 my last to are 14 months apart!! Sorry to post a ton
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How far is ATL from Macon? ATL if it's not to far and you like the dr why not? Nice you get to go with your friend to see if you like the other dr. I know my PS said I could go with just implants I am a 34 c or d depending on where I get my bar. But in order to get them full I would need a bigger implant. And they are more likely to sag- heavier implant faster the sag- gravity.Also he said when you get a lift you lose a cup size. I am going w/ a lift and implant.
I actually have been saving pics I find on the Internet of what I want. My PS. Says perky means different things to different people.
I don't get surgery until oct 29 th I am counting the days!!
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I am hoping to have my mom come up and stay a little while during my recovery and my husband is taking off from work also. I am excited about my consult coming up. I am debating on scheduling a consult with Dr. Zaworski in Atlanta. The only bad thing is if I decided to go with him that would make for a lot of trips to Atlanta. Dr. McClendon is about 40 minutes from where I live. One of my friends is using Dr. McClendon for her BA. Her Pre-op is May 29th and her surgery is June 5th. She asked me to go with her to her Pre-op appt and I think I'm def gonna go. That will give me an opportunity to meet the PS and see how he handles everything with my friend. I'm over my guilty feelings for now...lol!! I completely deserve this and my husband is all in so I'm not going to let the guilty feelings get to me. I am nervous about having a Mommy Makeover just because of the fact I will be under so long. I plan on asking Dr. McClendon a ton of questions....lol....I have all of them wrote down so I won't forget. I've had a woman I know say that she was only down a couple of days after her tummy tuck but she had all of her procedures separate. I have a high pain tolerance so I hope I will not be down too long.
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Tell me how you like the PS you are going to with your friend.
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I felt really guilty too, but now that I'm one week out, I feel great. Everything has been fine family wise, the only thing suffering is the level of clean in the house.
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Tha worries me when I get mine surgery done- I am a neat freak!
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I live in SC. I feel guilty to my husband tells me not to. That I deserve it after carry 4 children and breast feeding them all. Hope you find a good dr!
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Your emotions (nervousness/guilt) are completely understandable and normal. So many ladies on the site feel the same way.

I don't personally know of Dr. McClendon, but hopefully some other ladies will chime in. In the mean time, you might want to connect with this member who had a tummy tuck in Macon.

Keep us posted on what you decide to do!

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