My balance is going down...

I am a 28 year old mom of two with one on the way...

I am a 28 year old mom of two with one on the way in early January. I have been considering plastic surgery for a little over a year. I lost over 50 pounds after my second pregnancy. I weighed around 180 when I had a couple consultations. I am 5'6 so that did still put me in the overweight category, but each surgeon said that I was a good candidate at the time.

My goal is to lose a crazy amount of weight in a short amount of time (very wishful thinking). I know I will need to lose a minimum of 35 pounds judging by the last prenatal visit. I don't know how much more weight I will gain in these last few weeks of pregnancy, but I have my fingers crossed. I have always had an issue with emotional eating, but prior to this last pregnancy I was on the right track.

Some questions/concerns I have are:
-Can you drop weight quick and get a mommy makeover with good results?
-Will my surgeon still think I am a good candidate?
-Will my surgeon suggest other procedures and add to the total cost?

I have been emailing a patient care coordinator from the surgery center for the last couple months to get some of my questions answered. My consultation went very well, but I had concerns about paying for my surgery. I found out through one of her emails that I did not have to have a surgery date to start making payments. This made in real for me because my quote was 11,890. This sort of money is pretty huge to me so part of me never thought it would happen. Since becoming pregnant I have been sending money each month so I will have it paid off well in advance. I know I will need some extra time to get all the weight off.

Thanks for reading and I will update when I have some new info.
Stephanie

Mommy makeover
full abdominoplasty
liposuction on my hips and thighs
saline breast augmentation with lift

I can't sleep because of one of the many joys of...

I can't sleep because of one of the many joys of pregnancy...heartburn! I watched a couple videos of tummy tuck transformations to try to make me sleepy. I can't help, but have this feeling of being out of my league. When I am not pregnant anymore and start my much needed weight loss, I will post some pictures.
My thoughts right now are "I can't afford this, I'm not rich," and I don't look like any of these other women before their procedures." Yikes, I have a long way to to.
Stephanie

I just sent a $3000 check yesterday to the Surgery...

I just sent a $3000 check yesterday to the Surgery Center, which makes my balance $7268. I have less than $5000 to go, and I will be paid in full! I hope that having that done will motivate me more to get the weight off quicker. Has anyone else done things so backwards? I just don't know if I will have to cash in the future so I want to get it paid for while I am able to. Very exciting!

I am thoroughly irritated with the patient care...

I am thoroughly irritated with the patient care coordinator. Maybe she has been out for the last several days, but I would like to think that even though my surgery isn't scheduled that my questions are important. I have been religiously reading other ladies' reviews. Being so pregnant and overweight has caused quite a disconnect to this whole process. I am still really happy to have a little over half my surgery paid for, but it doesn't seem real. Maybe somehow I don't think I deserve such a wonderful but expensive gift.

Today I called my patient care coordinator instead...

Today I called my patient care coordinator instead of sending an email. I hadn't been able to reach her through email, but today she answered all my questions. I was told that any of the garments that I will need are included with the quote expect maybe ted hose. The four prescriptions aren't included either. They will give me an anti-nausea med, muscle relaxer, Hydrocodone for pain, and an antibiotic to take the first few days of being home. I called a motel that was listed on the surgery centers website and they offer a recliner to patients at no additional charge. That seems like a good idea! I am thinking that my pre- op will be scheduled in May, and I will shoot for June for the surgery.

I just sent my second to last payment to the...

I just sent my second to last payment to the surgery center today! Petty, not for me. This is huge. The financial aspect of the whole thing is what worried me the most. Now I will need to start focusing on pregnancy weight loss and things like, "Will I wake up after surgery? What size of implants should I get?"

30 more days until my surgery is paid in full! I...

30 more days until my surgery is paid in full! I have been counting down for a while so this isn't major, but 30 days makes me happy. I want to lose 10 pounds per month until June which is probably when I will have my surgery. Yay, for me!!!!

It has been nearly a month since my baby has been...

It has been nearly a month since my baby has been born and I have already lost a good amount of weight. Today I weigh 186.8. I will be scheduling my second consultation in May. I called the patient care coordinator and asked if I could see some of Dr. Bruneteau's work personally and, she said the surgeons don't have personal portfolios. Would this worry anyone else? I will have another consultation with him again before I schedule my surgery, but know I am a bit more nervous. My surgery is paid in full, and I can't see any of his work? Why wouldn't you should potential clients what you can do?

I scheduled my second consultation for May 8th. ...

I scheduled my second consultation for May 8th. The lady I talked to asked if I was still thinking about wanting a mommy makeover. Now I'm kind of freaked out because since my first consultation was over a year ago, can they change my quote? The patient care coordinator said the doctor wouldn't, but since I worked really hard to get it paid off that would be just my luck. I have 34 days to think about it.

I made it!

My mommy makeover was done May 17th. I was nervous going in, but everything seemed to happen really quick that day. I needed to be there at 7:30 to fill out various consents. My surgery was started around 9:30. My nurse, Nicki, was really nice and put my mind at ease. I got a full tummy tuck, liposuction on my hips and thighs, and a breast augmentation with a lift. I think it took abut 4 hours. I was really groggy when I woke up. My aunt and Grandma took me back to the motel where I mostly slept. I woke up every couple hours, but I still slept good.
I think it is finally time to put some pictures up. I love looking at other ladies' pictures so I figured I would contribute.

A couple more things...

I almost forgot...
When I went in for surgery I weighed 168. I will have to start exercising when I can because I have a lot of toning to do. How long did everyone else wear the panty hose? I have taken mine off already because I need to wash them. Do you think that is a problem since it has only been three days? They said not to take them off for the first three weeks, but I had to wash them. Also, anyone else not feeling so bad after surgery? It has only been three days, but I want to get up and do things. How long did everyone wait before they started back with their normal routines? I am sore don't get me wrong but not like I thought I would be.
I see Dr. Bruneteau this Thursday to get the pumps taken out.

One more thing...

I forgot to mention, I am in the process of of divorcing my husband. We were together for almost 12 years. It really sucks. He cheated on me at least three times ( that is all he will admit to). He has been verbally and physically abuse at times and yet he was the one to leave me. After he was gone a few days I decided to file for divorce. It was a really difficult decision, but I don't want to waste my life on someone who is not invested in us. This isn't really relevant info, but I thought I would include it. I would probably be enjoying my mommy makeover much more if I wasn't at such a hard point in my life.

Day 8

I'm still pretty sore. My legs are terribly bruised and it takes some time to get up and down. I feel like I am still really swollen and have strange tingle sensations through my abdominal. I'm sure I just need to be patient. On a completely different note, my husband who just left proudly posted a picture of girlfriend number 2 on Facebook. He is being very bold. You would think after being with someone for 12 years, he might wait a little bit or at least not be so public about it. He is hurting me very much. I should be focusing on healing not this crap.

I need to post some more pictures...

So it is day nine and my boobs are really starting to feel nice and soft and drop. They are what I am loving the best right now. My legs are extremely bruised right now, and I can't really tell a difference from the lipo. I guess it is because I am so swollen. I look at my tummy and I get so discouraged right now. I feel swollen and sore. I seem to look bigger than I was before. I know that most of the stretch marks are gone, in my tank tops right now I still look the same. I feel pretty down. How long can I expect to be so swollen? Any advice? I still have the drainage tubes in, also.

I just took these this morning

more pictures

Here are the pictures I said I needed to post.

7 weeks post op

Sorry ladies, it has been a while. This really has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself. I have ran into some issues/concerns. First my surgeon has discussed with me possibly needing liposuction on my stomach because I look uneven. Look at the picture, and let me know what you think. Also, I want to know everyone's thoughts about Vitamin E oil. I picked some up at Wal Mart which I have started rubbing on at night, but does it actually help? I have read so many mixed reviews.
I was told at the last follow up by a nurse that if I felt brave I could pull out some of the stitches on my own if I noticed any. At first that idea seemed creepy, but I now just want them all out so I have started to pull a few out. My question is shouldn't they be gone by now? I don't know how long they are suppose to stay in, but just yesterday I pulled out a couple more. I am kind of surprised to still be finding stitches. Anyway, that is all I have for now, but I will try to post more soon. I like doing it because I love getting everyone's opinions. This site is such a great resource. I am so happy with my results except for my stomach. Advice/Opinions? How do revisions work? When can I start talking to surgeon seriously about it? I paid so much money I want to be satisfied. The flatter tummy was a major part of the transformation, and I don't feel like I have what I asked for.

8 months post op

Aesthetic Surgical Images

I was calling other plastic surgeons in my area and had two consultations in person. One was in Lincoln and the other Omaha. I felt very comfortable at Aesthetic Surgical Images and didn't think I needed to look any further.

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I haven't been on here for a few days but I will add some more pictures hopefully tomorrow. The swelling is going down so much. I have to say-wow! Thank you for such positive comments. This whole divorce process has been the hardest thing I have ever went through and I hate to hear how happy he says he is, but all of your comments are so so much appreciated! Thanks again. I will update soon.
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What is it about 12 years? Me too. I was in the same bucket. You will be amazing!
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I am so glad he left because it forced you to make that incredibly hard decision. Life will be better when you are lifted from this time. You are now in the process of divorcing a man who would blatantly parade his girlfriend around publicly. That is not a man you want to spend any more time calling your husband. I am proud of you and you will be too :). It has to be very hard to heal when you are under any kind of emotional stress, no doubt thinking if your family and all you've built for 12 years. (12 years here, too). You will look back on is time and be amazd at how life can change and how ,ich happier you can be. You will. You will. Not right now maybe and you have a right to mourn it. But you will. You are so strong and so effing cool. You would never have your daughter or sister or best friend continue on. I am proud of you :). You will be lifted. And best of all, you have lifted yourself :) You are swollen, girl! Thank goodness it's temporary. Your skin does look smooth and healthy and that's what you will enjoy when it settles down. So glad your boobs are settling and feeling soft so you can feel good about this crazy healing process.
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You are super swollen. But you have great waist definition and your boobs look really good. I haven't gone to the flat side yet I have looked at lots of pics and you are swollen. Don't give up hope yet. :)
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I am so sad for you and all you are facing, but the fact that your here and bettering yourself shows your strength...I admire you and you look great! You now have a new body for your new beginning. Thanks for sharing.
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Its horrible what you are dealing with. I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I find that when facing difficult times such as this, its best to talk about it.. Finding anyone that you care to share it with, and spilling it all out. It is a form of healing, and will will replace some of the hurt with strength to get thru it. Some day, this too shall pass....
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I am so sorry for what you are going thru. Such a tough time in your life without divorce adding to it. I pray you have family to lean on or someone you can trust. You will get thru this just take it one day at a time. (((Hugs)))
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Thank you. I do have a lot of family to lean on. They are all trying to be very supportive. I hate divorce. I know it will get easier. I just hate it so much because my kids are 5, 3 and 4 months. I don't like my family being split like this. On a different note- how much swelling is normal? My legs and feet are huge!!! It is day 5 for me today and I feel gigantic.
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Remember that you probably still have some pain killer/anesthetics in your system so try not to over do it. I know it's difficult but really listen to your body and err on the conservative side. I took my CG off on the 3rd day to take a shower (after my PS I could) and then put it right back on. Trust me, you will WANT it back on. It's like it gives you super human powers or something. I am 3.5 weeks out and I don't like to have mine off for more than a few minutes..I get so tired. Thanks for posting pics, I think you are going to have great results!!!
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So excited for you . I was up and walking on day one and back working full time day 6 .. I am just not one to sit around. Listen to your body .. Congrats
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I'm doing it backwards too, it was a Godsend I found your post. I have been feeling like I will never get this done. My goal is Jan 2014. I will start sending money in soon. You are looking great!
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I started saving well over a year before getting it done. At first it seemed like an unrealistic goal. Believe me if I can do it so can you. I'm really excited about my results. It was definitely worth the wait.
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Thanks for the encouragement!! I am even working OT and that is going straight in a separate account, but I am not thinking that I will do what you did and make smaller goals instead of one huge one!
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I emailed my patient care coordinator Friday to see for sure when the surgeon wants to have another consultation with me. I can't remember now if he wants me to wait 3 months, 6 months, or if it is just when I feel like I have lost all the weight. I haven't heard back yet, but I am trying to get a month in my brain so I can start to mentally prepare. Is that really possible?
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You are planning ahead! I love it. And congratulations on your soon-to-be-born new addition!

I hope you'll keep us posted throughout your journey! Here's a great read by JenBob about her MM.

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