Mommy Makeover Scheduled for 3/22/11 - Bay Area, CA
- updated 2 years ago
After almost a year of "thinking about it...
- 15 Mar 2011
- 6 days pre
After almost a year of "thinking about it." I finally decided to just go for it. I had a lot of guilt about spending so much money on myself when it could go to better use, but finally my very supportive husband got tired of me talking about it and just said to go for it! I'm scheduled for a full TT, Breast Lift, Saline implants and lipo of the back, stomach and flanks!
I'm 32, mother of three boys (5, 3 and 8 months) and have gained anywhere from 30-60 pounds during my pregnancy. I've also breastfed all three kids. I'm 5'4" and 158 pounds. I went in last week to do a consult (it was my third doctor) and had a great rapoir with the doctor, plus a family friend had surgery with him. So when he asked if I was serious, I said, "yes, in fact, do you have any openings next week?" He thought I was joking! I got lucky, the surgery center opened a room for me to get it done so I'm scheduled for 3/22/11!!!!
My main concern is caring for my kids afterwards, especially the baby. PS said no lifting for 21 days and I'm pretty much moving like a barbie doll with my arms to my side and only bending my elbows to eat or brush my teeth. Good thing is I'll have my mother-in-law helping me out. My mom isn't as supportive because she doesn't understand why I would put myself through this. My sister has also gone to the extent of asking, "why would you do something that could kill you?" Geez, not something you want to hear. So nonetheless, that side of the family has no idea that I'm doing this.
Wish me luck! I am super excited!
I'm just about 20 hours away from my MM =)...
- 20 Mar 2011
- 2 days pre
Height: 5'4" Weight: 158
Cup size: B (maybe a C but very saggy)
Desired Size: Full C
Chest/Under bra: 35 inches
Over nipples: 40 inches
"Waist" (I don't really have a waist lol): 36.5 inches
Hips/Flanks/Love Handles: 41 inches
Dang, I feel like a cow typing this... Moo!
OMG! 7 hours more to go! Still, anxious and really...
- 21 Mar 2011
- 1 day pre
1. No food or drinks. I can't even have a mint or chew gum. The nurse said she had a patient that had a mint the morning of the surgery and their surgery was cancelled! Yikes.
2. take a shower with anti-bacterial soap the morning of the surgery.
3. I can't wear any lotions, deoderant, make-up, nothing! I also have to show up with lose fitting pants/sweats and a zippered top. Also have to wear slip on shoes.
4. My doctor also wanted to make sure that my post-surgery garments have zippers. So my contour bra has a zipper and my full body contour garment has a zipper. The binder I could wear after 2 weeks. I bought my stuff at contourmd.com, but it turns out that the surgery center sells them too for a lot cheaper than most websites. Had I known that I would have bought it through them and ensured that it was the right fit.
5. Buy a measuring cup to measure the fluids from the drains, alcohol to clean the tubes from the drains, stool softner (no explanation needed), and salt-free snacks. You're on a salt-free diet afterwards to minimize the swelling.
6. I was prescribed vicodine so make sure you pick up your meds!
7. If you're on birth control, make sure you take it at night, you're absolutely not allowed to take any meds past 11:30pm before your surgery date. So if you're used to taking your pill in the AM, DON'T! Might as well hide them since we're a creature of habit and god forbid you have to cancel your surgery because you took your damn pill. In fact, I was given a list of meds I couldn't take (motrin, advil, etc) a week before the surgery.
So as I type this, I'm drooling at the glass of water across the room. *sigh* Might as well sleep now.
Okay... I think I'm set. Good night! Next time I type an update, I will have a new bod =)
Day of Surgery: Got to the surgery center at 6am,...
- 23 Mar 2011
- 1 day post
1 day post op - Pain! The TT feels like I did a thousand sit ups and the pain from that is more bareable than the breast augmentation. The boobs feel like they're engorged and the muscles hurt like a biatch! My routine so far is every 3-4 hours, I get up, pee, drain the fluids and take 2 viocidines. I can't even wipe myself after I go pee so my hubbs has had to do that too. He's been such great support. Each time it's getting slightly better to get up, but when I say slightly, I mean slightly... When I lay in bed, I'm fine, but getting up is such a chore. I have an appointment tomorrow and I really don't know how I'm going to be able to get up and go.
I'm posting pictures of the markings and me post op. Praying the pain subsides real soon.
2 day PO - I had a doctor's appointment and thank...
- 25 Mar 2011
- 3 days post
3 days PO - I stopped taking vicodine. Not because there's no pain, but I hate how nauceous it was making me. Right now there's no real pain like the first 2 days, but more soreness then anything. I just dream of the day (which I hope is tomorrow) where I can get the drains out and shower. I stink! Pee-you! I'm feeling more mobile. I'm actually able to get out of bed without help. It's still a process trying to get out of bed but at least I could do it on my own. Right now I just miss my babies. The 2 older ones (5 and 3) come up and visit mommy and give me kisses. But the 8 month old tries to give me hugs and kisses and I hate how I can't hold him. Soon, very soon. My mantra lately has been, "this too shall pass..."
4 days PO - I went to my doctor again and he...
- 26 Mar 2011
- 4 days post
Day 5 PO - Not feeling to well. Last night my son...
- 27 Mar 2011
- 5 days post
6 days PO - Yay, I got all those tubes and drains...
- 28 Mar 2011
- 6 days post
7 days PO - Yay, I made my one week park...
- 30 Mar 2011
- 8 days post
8 days PO - I'm so bored! I know I'm not supposed...
- 31 Mar 2011
- 9 days post
8 day PO - yay! Productive day, went to Cheesecake...
- 31 Mar 2011
- 9 days post
11 days PO - I'm feeling good. Yesterday was my...
- 2 Apr 2011
- 11 days post
12 days PO - My mother-in-law went home today so I...
- 3 Apr 2011
- 12 days post
2 weeks PO - Yay! I hit the two week mark, BUT...
- 5 Apr 2011
- 14 days post
, but I wasn't rocking or swaying him to sleep... but nonetheless, I must've over did it and I paid the price all day. My TT was fine, but my Breast muscles were super sore!!! And on top of that, I'm digging myself in a whole lot of lies at work. So next Wednesday we're doing a team building where we're tight rope walking from 20 feet up in the air... yeah, crazy right?! There's no way I can hold my arms up and strain my stomach muscles. Of course my manager has no idea that I had surgery, nor do I want to tell him because he has a blabber mouth, so I came up with a plan to lie and say that I sprained my wrist!!! I'll be walking around with this stupid brace around my wrist just to avoid tight rope walking!!!! Oh man. Yes ladies, go ahead and laugh but please tell me if you have a better idea. I'll also take advise on how to keep the swelling down.
2 weeks and 1 day PO - Posting pictures... I'm...
- 6 Apr 2011
- 15 days post
2 weeks and 2 days PO - I am feeling great! This...
- 7 Apr 2011
- 16 days post
Then I went to my PS for my 2 week PO appointment and he's so amazed with how great I'm healing. He said my incision line has no redness at all and looks like a scar from a person who's 6-8 weeks PO and the scar is healing FLAT! no Lumpy scar so far!... I had to remind him that I was only 2 weeks PO. He was also amazed that all the bruising from the lipo was gone, I'm walking upright and normal (which I've been doing since the drains were out) and my swelling has gone down. He was also surprised that I went back to work and have my energy back. He gave me the thumbs up to start walking and after 3.5 weeks I can slowly get on the elliptical. I'm excited to get my figure back!
So then I got home and realized I have to find an outfit for my interview on Monday. My pre-surgery pants were literally falling off me. The pair I had on today I had to roll twice on the waist just to hold them up, yay! So I pusted out the large bags of pre-baby #2 clothes and they fit =) Oh how I long for the day I can fit into the pre-baby #1 clothes!
Then to top of the day, I got the best news ever. In my last post I was telling you all about that damn tight rope walking team building event and how I was going to lie and say I sprained my wrist... well no sprained wrist here - my boss postponed it due to scheduling conflicts!!!! That was just the cherry to top.
So yes, I'm feeling great, I have zero pain, very mild soreness in my breast and I'm excited to get dressed in the AM =) **doing the dance of joy *** and I still can't believe I'm only 2 weeks PO.
3 weeks PO - Time flies! On Sunday, I flew out...
- 12 Apr 2011
- 21 days post
3 weeks and 2 days PO - I'm super swollen it...
- 14 Apr 2011
- 23 days post
4 weeks PO - I am feeling great! There no soreness...
- 18 Apr 2011
- 27 days post
Then comes the boobs, oh how I love thee =)I'm not feeling as much swelling in the breasts and the soreness is very mild. Again, worse during the morning but gets much better when I ice it. There's absolutely no pain and in fact, after week 3, I only take an advil at night and when I first wake up just to help with the swelling. I just hope that this subsides so I can see the true results. I'm a person that lives for instant gratification, so I hate waiting! Oh, and my scar looks great. It's flat and it looks good so far!
So, the MM was the first step in my true "makeover". The next step is losing 20 pounds. I'm 155 and idealy I'd love to get down to 120, but I'd be content at 135. I just want to get down to a HEALTHY weight, then if I still have will power I'll get down to my DREAM weight. Baby steps... I told myself that I'd give my the first month just simply to recover, but ideally, I want to be beach body ready by the summer. This is the first time in a long time that I really feel like I can do this. Its amazing how surgery could change you and your whole outlook in life.
So that's it for now, my MM journey continues onto the next phase.
Almost 6 weeks PO - I worked out today, 30 minutes...
- 1 May 2011
- 2 months post
So as far as my swelling, still the same. I'm just so worried about the love handles. PS keeps saying that's the last to go down, again, I hope he's right. But otherwise, I feel great ! No soreness at all, and the swelling from my TT goes in and out during the day. I jump between size 10-12 during the day and on really good days could squeeze into a size 8! But, I don't leave the house in 8 because I can easily swell up soon after I step outside the house.
And as far as scaring, all looks good. I've been using Kelocote in the morning and wrapping my tummy in Gelzone. I've heard some good reviews on it so I thought I'd try it out. Pretty pricey stuff so it better work. Anyone use it?
so that's my progress so far. I'm feeling normal again. I'm able to do everything that I used to do before the PS, including house work and caring for the kids. My advise to any mom's going through this journey is to really really enjoy your recovery time where you're free to do absolutely nothing! I'm not one to ask for help or like someone waiting on me hand and foot, but looking back I should've taken advantage of it because that probably was the only time that I had that excuse to just sit and do nothing! Instead, I was trying to speed my recovery by easing into cooking and cleaning and caring for the kids. Oh well, lesson learned. Maybe if my love handles don't go down I'll be back to do lipo and can take advantage of it again later lol!
Well anyway, I love my body. It takes me longer to get ready because (1) I put all this gel and crap on my scars and (2) I like getting dressed :) 2 more weeks and I could start bra shopping!!!