It's been 4 months! (Breast Aug, Mini TT, Lipo on Flanks and Thighs) - Ann Arbor, MI
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- updated 1 year ago
I am a 24 (turning 25 soon) mom of 3 super amazing...
- 10 May 2011
- 4 months pre
I am a 24 (turning 25 soon) mom of 3 super amazing kids. My husband and I fell in love young, we got married young, and had our children pretty early into our adult lives. I always knew after having kids I would want to have my breasts done, but my tummy stayed tight and had no stretchmarks until baby #3.
My last pregnancy took a huge tole on my body, I looked like I was carrying twins and gained 50 whopping pounds! My kids weighed 8lb 8oz, 8lb 1oz, and my last child decided to surprise us all and come out weighing 10lb 13oz! I nursed baby 1 for 1 month, baby 2 for 6 months, and baby 3 for a year, so the boobies aren't as full as they used to be. I realized that my stomach wasn't going to ever go back to the way it was about 6 months after my last child was born and that is when I decided I was going to have a tummy tuck.
Time flew by and it's been 2 years since the birth of my last baby (they grow up so fast). I did hours of research looking at photos and reading surgeon's credentials. The time finally seemed right so we decided to schedule a consult. I was certain when I went in that I would need a lift with my augmentation and a full tummy tuck but to my surprise my surgeon said I would not need breast lift and that a mini tummy tuck would be best for the amount of excess skin I have to remove.
I really loved his belly buttons on his tummy tucks and was bummed to not be getting a new one but the scar would be much higher up if I went with a full TT. I will be having silicone implants(350cc), a mini tummy tuck with upper abdominal lipo, lipo of the flanks, and lipo of the inner and outer thighs. My surgery is scheduled for September 13, 2011. We wanted to wait so we could enjoy our summer and the kids will be back in school.
I am trying to lose as much weight as I can before my surgery and have been sticking diligently to my exercise program. I am on week 8 of the Insanity program. I have lost an inch off of my waste and 2 inches off of my hips so far. I am 5'5" and weigh 151.2 right now (started at 157) and would like to be around 145 before I go in, but we will see(-:
I find this site EXTREMELY helpful,but I wished there were more Mini tummy tuck experiences, so want to share mine so that others can benefit(-: Photos to come.
Ok, so I am adding some pictures of what my body...
- 11 May 2011
- 4 months pre
Ahhhh, the sun is out and it's hot, hot, hot! The...
- 29 May 2011
- 4 months pre
As of today I only have 99 days left until my...
- 6 Jun 2011
- 3 months pre
My husband and I went in for my consult in April and since we had no sitter for our 2 year old he had to come along. I was so nervous that they would be snobby about me bringing a rambunctious toddler into such an establishment. In my mind I imagined a ritzy waiting room full of rich middle aged women coming in for their scheduled rounds of botox. I walked in and the vibe was totally opposite. The staff was friendly and very accommodating, they didn't mind us having our little guy with us at all and we had the whole waiting room to ourselves. I signed in and waited all of 10 minutes before they walked us into a consult room.
We set up our portable dvd player and put on a Baby Einstein movie for our son and after a few minutes Dr. M came in and greeted us. My first impression of him was very good, I had been scanning the room and looking at all of his certificates and awards so I was already picking him apart before he came in. He sat down across from us and asked what my concerns were. I told him I wanted my boobs to be more full on the top because all of my volume is at the bottom. When I wear a bra they look great, but I wouldn't dare walk out of my house without one on. My goal is to be able to wear no bra or just a sports bra and not look like I have banana boobs or look like a 7th grade gym teacher with a uni boob. I also addressed the asymmetry (left is slightly larger and a bit saggier) and the slight difference in areola size.
Then we moved on to the tummy issue. I told him I wanted a tummy tuck to get rid of the skin that rolls up when I'm sitting and kind of lays next to me while I lay on my side. I was also concerned about scar placement and my piercing scar.
Then he left the room so that I could put a gown on. I was so nervous I forgot to take my bra off. Duh! He's gonna need to see those(-; I got my bra off and he came back in with a female staff member. I was asked to take the gown off and pose for a series of pictures for him to use as a reference later. Talk about awkward! Then I got to put the gown back on. I was directed over to a mirror where he took a closer look at the "damage" and we discussed my options. Right away he told me I would not need a lift on my breasts, he said to lift the left on a bit he could take a small crecent peice of skin out above the areola to make the areolas even with each other. Ok cool, I wasn't as bad off as I thought. He said for the look I wanted he would recomend subglandular silicone implants, but I would choose the size(-:
On to the tummy. He pinched and squished my skin a bit to see how much was there and he said he would recommend a mini tummy tuck over a full due to the lack of skin above the belly button area. I was surprised again! Then he marked on my tummy with a pen where my scar would be with a full and where it would be for a mini. The full TT scar would be way above where I wear my undies and most of my pants so the choice was easy for me. My piercing scar will look much better when the skin is pulled tighter so I am pleased with the idea of a mini. Less scaring and a quicker recovery, yes please! After that I told him I would like some lipo on my thighs and flanks to smooth out the "fluffier" areas of my body that don't respond to working out, he said he could take care of that at the same time so I was happy.
He then left the room and I changed back into my clothes, and when he came back in he showed me a book of booby pictures and he asked me what look I preferred, (super high and round or more natural) I preferred the more natural look. Then I got out my 2 page list of ?'s and he took his time answering them one by one. When he left we shook hands and said good bye.
Then one of the female staff members came in and fitted me with an ugly old lady surgical bra that accentuated the sadness of the breast situation)-: By this time my son was tired of the movie and had sprinkled the floor with cheerios. He started playing with the sample implants the Dr. had on his desk. What a "mother of the year" moment that was. At least he was busy while I tried on the sizers. I knew I liked the 350's but I tried the 375's just in case and I knew they were too big because they felt heavy and weird.
After that I got dressed and the receptionist printed me out an estimate for all the procedures, one sheet with the full TT estimate and another sheet with the mini TT estimate. Then we were on our merry way just in time to pick the 2 older kids up from school.
About a month later we went in to schedule and pay our %10 down. I was confident I made the right decision on the Dr. and the Mini TT over the full, as well as silicone over saline. I felt like I wanted to just do it that day but we have to wait for the summer to be over because we have quite a few trips planned for our family and I want to enjoy them without a tight itchy binder on in the summer heat. So next summer the bod will be making it's debut appearance(-:
I periodically email the staff and they are prompt at getting back to me, they answer all of my ?'s and never make me feel crazy for asking. The plan for the next 99 days is to keep working out and try to lose a few more lbs. and enjoy this awesome summer with my family.
Well, I got down to 150 lbs, yay! I still have...
- 28 Jun 2011
- 3 months pre
Less than 7 weeks to go now! Wow, this summer is...
- 28 Jul 2011
- 2 months pre
Ok so lately my life has been mostly focused on my...
- 6 Aug 2011
- 1 month pre
I weighed myself this AM and the scale said 145! ...
- 7 Aug 2011
- 1 month pre
WARNING: ANGRY RANT, I hate that there are people...
- 9 Aug 2011
- 1 month pre
JUST BECAUSE WE ARE DOING SOMETHING FOR OURSELVES DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE TAKING SOMETHING FROM OUR FAMILIES.
Today I am feeling much less annoyed, maybe...
- 11 Aug 2011
- 1 month pre
Well, I had my pre op yesterday(-: It went really...
- 13 Aug 2011
- 1 month pre
I decided I wanted to retry the implants on because I have lost some weight and the girls lost some volume since the last time I tried them on. I ended up going up to 375cc from 350cc because they looked and felt better, that extra 25cc filled out what I have lost from working out(-;
I also got a nice little gift bag filled with goodies (a coffee mug, slipper socks, emery board, mints, and some awesome smelling hand cream). I must say I thought this was very thoughtful of them to do for their patients. So now the wait is on, 31 days left!
Wow, under 4 weeks of waiting left! My family and...
- 18 Aug 2011
- 26 days pre
Today is my last day of the Insanity Asylum program, I weighed 142.6 this AM(-: I am not sure what I am going to do for my workouts up until my surgery, I do best on a set schedule so I may start a hybrid program of some kind. I plan on working out up until a day or 2 before I go in, because I won't be able to workout for a while after wards. I hope that being in good shape will help speed up my recovery, we will just have to wait and see though. Well, happy healing, toodles!
I am back from vacation and was able to get all...
- 28 Aug 2011
- 16 days pre
I was very sad to hear what happened to "Here I am", she is one of my faves on here, she always has such encouraging things to say and she had only just begun her journey. I hope she continues to pop in and let us know how she is doing, I know many of us will miss her. I was freaking out a bit because I don't want any of my Realself info to pop up on my Facebook page, is that possible or am I being paranoid? I kept checking my Facebook to make sure no nudie before photos popped up on my profile, that would be so horrible!
I have 2 weeks and 1 day left to wait and it seems like the closer it comes the faster the days are flying by. I have so much to do and there is not enough time in each day. I remember watching the countdown widget on my phone and thinking that Sept. 13th would NEVER be here, and here I am now just days away. These next 2 weeks are packed with craziness, like I said my 2 oldest kiddos have birthdays and have requested special homemade cakes, soccer season started (hubby coaches both teams), and school starts. I have family visiting a couple times here and there as well. My 2 year old has just began the potty training process so that has me on my toes all day, but I am super proud of him and excited to FINALLY be done with diapers (happy dance). I have been doing a de-cluttering overhaul on my house and it is coming along slowly but surely. When I don't want to clean and know I need to I just put on an episode of Hoarders and I find that puts me in the mood(-;
Hmmm what else?
I am done with the Asylum program and am down to 141.6 lbs! I don't know what I am going to do for the next 2 weeks, maybe a hybrid program (INSANITY/ASYLUM), beach body programs seem to work well for me and I don't have problems with my knees like I do when I run.
I have purchased scar treatments, bruising supplements, 4 soft microfiber sports bras, special soft socks, button down jammies, gas meds, stool softener, special "frozen peas" ice packs, and a bunch of other goodies. I am buying Arnica gel at GNC on the 1st of September because they have specials on the 1st of every month. They have the largest Arnica gel bottle for the cheapest price that I have found anywhere. There is more that I am forgetting I bought and more that I still have to get, but you get the picture, I am "nesting" for my surgery. I am calling my PS office tomorrow to find out when my scripts will be called in, I forgot to ask when I was in and I would like to pick them up when I am out running other errands instead of making a special trip to the pharmacy.
Do any of you have Fibromialgia? I was diagnosed a couple months ago. I am on meds that have helped tremendously and I feel like I have a new lease on life but am concerned that my condition may effect my recovery. I just wondered if anyone else has already gone through this. Well, I have to go cut the little guy's hair, bye.
Just wanted to let you all know I changed my user...
- 30 Aug 2011
- 14 days pre
Today is my princess's 8th birthday! I am baking a kitty cake for her as requested. Doesn't it seem like as moms the days drag on and on but the years seem to fly by in a blink of an eye? I am just amazed at how fast they grow up.
*Just a heads up, Walmart has their button down...
- 30 Aug 2011
- 14 days pre
One week to go! I am so excited! My 2 oldest...
- 6 Sep 2011
- 7 days pre
I spent the weekend at my MIL's house and visited with all of our family on the hubby's side. It was a nice little trip. Yesterday was my hubby and I's 12 year anniversary of being together. We celebrate our dating anniversary as well as our wedding anniversary, they both are special days to us. He surprised me with some vibram 5 finger shoes that I have wanted for months now. I love them! Tomorrow my son turns 6 years old so I will be playing cake boss again. I am so excited for the weekend to be here so that I can see my best friend in the whole world (my big sissy) and her adorable baby boy. I have so much left to do, and unchecked lists to go over. I will keep you posted.
Just added some new photos, these are better than...
- 6 Sep 2011
- 7 days pre
Hmmmm, for some reason the pics I uploaded are not...
- 7 Sep 2011
- 6 days pre
I emailed my ps secretary yesterday because they...
- 7 Sep 2011
- 6 days pre
Today I am a bit bummed because my sister may not...
- 9 Sep 2011
- 4 days pre
I do get to pick up my scripts today(-: Not sure why this has me so excited but it does.
My day is getting better and better. Not only did...
- 9 Sep 2011
- 4 days pre
Like I said I picked up my scripts today, it felt strange getting such a large amount of drugs from the pharmacy, I got a few stares from the waiting area but I wasn't bothered one bit(-: I got my effexor XR refilled so I don't run out while I am recovering. I am on this for my fibromialgia and it has helps my pain flairs so much. It is actually an antidepressant/anxiety medicine but lots of Drs use it to treat fibro. with great success. I got my antibiotics and a Diflucan for the yeast infection that I am bound to get from the antibiotics. Unfortunately I am one of those sensitive people who always gets a yeast infection from antibiotics, sorry TMI. I got my pain pills, Vicodine 500's, I hope they do the trick, I am not a fan of pain)-: I got the lovely Hibiclense cootie killing wash for my preop showers, I have to take 3 of them! My skin will be like a sand paper after that I am sure. And since my surgery is 5 hours long my dr got me 7 Lovenox injections to give myself once daily post op to prevent blood clots. I am lucky to have my mom and sister here to do the shots for the first day or 2, they are nurses and I am sure I will be a bit loopy so I should not be trusted with a sharp object of any kind(-; So ladies this is it, I am prepared as much as I can be, less than 4 days left!
Ok, so the bummer is my sister had to back out...
- 11 Sep 2011
- 2 days pre
I just finished my last workout and am taking tomorrow off to relax and hydrate my body. I am at 140 lbs now! I never thought I would lose that much weight before surgery but I did and I feel so good. It's such a strange feeling knowing that you are going into surgery and getting a new body. I kind of feel the way I did when I had my labor induction scheduled for my pregnancy, you go in with a belly and come home with a baby. This time I am going in with skin and small boobs and am leaving with big boobs and a flat, roll free tummy, it is so weird! I really appreciate all of the support I am getting from you ladies, it has helped me tremendously in preparation for this. Thanks so much for everything, hugs to all of you!
I am up at 3:30 am because I am so excited! ...
- 12 Sep 2011
- 1 day pre
I didn't sleep well last night because I have a...
- 12 Sep 2011
- 1 day pre
My ps office called this A.M. and went over pre op instructions one more time and made sure everything was ready. My mom flies in tonight around 8:30, so we will be picking her up and my sister in law will be following us home and sleeping over as well. My mom and hubby are going with me to the surgery center and my SIL is staying with my kids to drop them off at school and watch my little one. We have to be at the surgery center by 6:30 so we will probably leave around 5:40. It's going to be an early morning for all of us, but I have a feeling I won't be doing much sleeping(-: The kids clothes are prepared for the whole week and there are how to instructions posted all over my house to remind hubby of what needs done. My kids are very much creatures of habit so the closer things are to normal, the smoother everything should go.
Funny story: Last night I decided to wax my bikini line instead of shave it because I didn't want itchy regrowth while healing. So I did and hubby helped, but by no means does it look like it should. It looks like the texas chainsaw massacre down there. There are broken blood vessels and stray stragglers all over. I think I should have just left it alone, besides I am sure they have seen it all, at least until now(-;
Yesterday felt like I was in line for the biggest...
- 13 Sep 2011
- Day of treatment
I took my showers last night, dried my hair, and have everything ready (I hope). I went to bed and got some much needed rest but my eyes popped open at 2:30 and I am just way too pumped up to fall back asleep. I have my ?'s wrote down for Dr. and have kissed my babies until they were sick of it(-; So here I go ladies! This is it! Thanks so much for the words of encouragement and all of the prayers, they mean so much to me. I will let you know how it went as soon as I can, sending big, huge, warm, squishy hugs to all of you(-:
Day 2 post op and I am feeling a bit better each...
- 15 Sep 2011
- 2 days post
Well, it's 5 days post op for me(-: I am glad to...
- 18 Sep 2011
- 5 days post
I am off of the percoset and am taking vicodine now. I am fine with that, the pain isn't too bad as long as I am taking it easy. My lower abs where the muscles were tightened are the sorest part. It feels like an internal girdle! Yesterday I went to khols to get some bras, my hubby pushed me in a wheel chair and I walked through the small isles that the wheel chair wouldn't fit through. I got a new fila sports bra and 2 barely there soft day bras that I LOVE! I was excited because they had it in pink and me being a super girly girl I had to have one in pink(-: It's the little things that make you feel good when you are in the state we are in(-; Then the hubs took me out for a burrito and coffee and we went home to eat because by that time I was beat. I feel fine this am, just sore like every other morning so I don't think I over did it.
I started my period 3 days post op and am having to deal with that glorious part of woman hood|-: I found that the big pads that I bought fit into the hole in my garment, I just tuck the front and back of the pad in and leave the sticky paper on so it doesn't stick to the inside of my leg or my pants. Thought I would share this in case anyone else is going through this, sorry if it's TMI.
I may venture out to Target today, my kids are at their aunts house so it's like a date for me and my lover(-; I am healing very nicely, and my swelling is just annoying not painful so I can't complain. I went into this surgery knowing that there was going to be a certain level of pain during the recovery and I think that has helped me tremendously, the pain is always there, but it's at a level that is manageable. I just get very tired very easily. Hang in there ladies, I know a lot of us just had this done and we have a long road ahead of us but we have each other, hugs!
I know I haven't checked in as much as I used to...
- 21 Sep 2011
- 8 days post
All in all I feel pretty good. I am bruised on my inner thighs and hips and they are a rainbow of purples and yellows and look pretty gross but I must say even with the swelling I can see some results already(-: I think it is so strange that I can feel numb and still have pain, it's like the skin is numb but the tissue underneath feels pain, it's really hard to describe to someone who hasn't gone through it but that's my best go at it(-; Don't get me wrong I hurt, but the pain is much less than a week ago, I am taking only a couple vicodine a day. I could probably go without it at this point but if I know I am going to go somewhere I take some so that I can enjoy my time out without being uncomfortable. I am going to call my ps office and see if I can start taking motrin because I honestly think that works better for me than vicodine.
I went to my post op check yesterday and got my lipo sutures out. I also saw my tummy scar for the first time. I must say that I am glad I know what the different stages of scaring look like because although my scar is very thin, it is pretty dimply and weird looking at this point. My surgeon assured me that this would all go away, and I knew that from all of my prior research so I am not worried one bit. I had a blood blister the size of a pencil eraser next to my scar, that freaked me out! I didn't know what it was and my mind went straight to hematomas lol! That will also go away with time as well, it actually has shrunk to half it's size overnight, but still it looks gross(-; I asked why I didn't have drains and he told me that he used the progressive tension technique with me, this makes it so the above tissue is attached back to the underneath tissue and there is no room for fluid to build up. I had read about this before but had no idea he performed this technique. I am glad that he did this though, I seem to be healing quickly. My boobs look amazing! I am so excited about them. They are a little tender and I have some minor bruising next to the incisions but other than that they are healing great. He used the same size on both (375cc). He wasn't sure if he needed to use 2 different implants before surgery, in the O.R he decided that the difference was so minimal that he didn't need to. He also wasn't sure if he was going to have to lift the left areola with a crescent lift, but he worked his magic and ended up not needing to do that either, he is so amazing at what he does!
Hubby went back to work today so it is just me and my 2 year old. I hope it goes well(-; I think I will be fine, I am finding out that I am tougher than I ever thought. I have a lot of tightness in my abdominal muscles, and even my side abs. Twisting and turning hurts, but I am glad because this means he stitched me up good, Hello six pack, here I come(-;! I am allowed to resume exercising at 4 weeks post op but I have to start out light and work my way back up. I am also going to be starting scar treatment at 2 weeks post op, I will let you know more about that later.
I am just so happy I did this, I am still in the beginning stages of recovery and have a long way to go until I see what I am really going to look like but I know already that I made the right choice. The boobs are like instant gratification and the rest takes more time(-; Love you gals!
11 days post op: I am feeling better and better...
- 23 Sep 2011
- 10 days post
Yesterday I was telling you about my waterbed...
- 24 Sep 2011
- 11 days post
I am still wanting to get back into my workouts, get my energy up so I can be the mom I was before, and do something about my sexual frustration lol(can't do "it" until 3 weeks), but the last 12 days have gone by so fast that I am sure I will be my old self (only new and improved) in no time.
I am noticing every day that there are subtle...
- 26 Sep 2011
- 13 days post
My seroma seems smaller since being drained, it has filled back up a bit since then but nothing like it was. I may need it to be drained again but I think having the extra compression really is helping. I am also noticing my scar is looking less ropey and is starting to flatten a bit. I am allowed to start scar tx tomorrow. My body is itchy and I feel like a snake shedding it's skin, by boobies are still tender but feeling better each day.
Mentally I am ready to get back to working out, it is such an important part of my daily life and not doing it is like not eating to me. But I know that my body still isn't at a point to start doing anything extra yet, just daily tasks still make me tired. My body is telling me to slow down and finish healing so that is what I am doing. At 4 weeks I plan on starting my workouts, slowly but surly I will get back to the intensity I was at before and then I will push even harder. My hubby and I are registered for the Tough Mudder race this April and I plan on being in top shape for that. It is 12 miles long and filled with super hard obstacles, it is going to be such a fun challenge for me and is sure to bring us closer as a couple. I can't wait!
I have had a headache since yesterday morning and...
- 28 Sep 2011
- 15 days post
Funny story, the other morning I was still groggy after just getting out of bed, I forgot to pull my underwear down when I went pee. I felt this odd warm feeling down there and just about jumped off of the toilet. I got so used to being free down there and peeing through the hole in my garment that I peed my underwear! That's not the worst thing either! A day before that I almost forgot to pull my garment down before doing a #2! My garment hole doesn't go all the way back so that would have been disastrous! I am so glad I caught myself on that one. I am not sure where my brain is but I hope it decides to come back soon.
My poor boobies hurt! The skin is so tender and...
- 29 Sep 2011
- 16 days post
Well, I told you guys that I had a headache on...
- 30 Sep 2011
- 17 days post
I went back to my PS yesterday and had my seroma...
- 4 Oct 2011
- 21 days post
I am so excited to say that I found the perfect...
- 5 Oct 2011
- 22 days post
I have been over indulging in the treats lately, my biggest weakness is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone who has had one knows exactly what I am talking about. It is like a cup of spiced, warm, autumn minus the crunchy leaves(-; I also tried Biggby's version and that was delish as well.
I haven't been on here as much as I was but that is only because I am getting back to my old life. I have an online shop that I sell my handmade goodies. I also have been bombarded with the kids homework load every night, phew! I can't remember having homework in the first and third grade! It has been 3 weeks and it is flying by.
I told you that I switched to a pair of flexees...
- 6 Oct 2011
- 23 days post
So for all of you ladies waiting for your day and waiting for your results to show, just know it WILL happen. It is so amazing what can be done to bring our bodies back, I feel so blessed to have been given the chance to do this. I feel like now the inside matches the outside. No more layering 3 shirts to hide rolls when I sit or bend, no more muffin top, no more rubbing thighs, and no more cup half full boobies, YAY! I feel so free!
Well, I am approaching the 4 week marker. I have...
- 10 Oct 2011
- 27 days post
PS. If you are looking for your first under-wire...
- 10 Oct 2011
- 27 days post
5 weeks since my surgery and things are calming...
- 18 Oct 2011
- 1 month post
Ok here are my 5 week post op photos. I am still...
- 20 Oct 2011
- 1 month post
Ok, sorry I have been MIA but life is back in full...
- 9 Jan 2012
- 4 months post
I am so happy I did this and so glad I chose Dr. M and his staff to take care of me. They have been wonderful and supportive. I wouldn't want my friends or family going to anyone else for their procedures. He is very detail oriented and knows what a woman's body should look like. I am so pleased with my results, I couldn't be happier.