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6 Months Post Op! I'll add update pics soon
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 3 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $17,462
- Dr. Ricky Becker (Bismarck, ND)
I'm writing from my phone and have many probe...
- 14 May 2012
I'm writing from my phone and have many probe so please bare with me. I'm 39 yrs old, 5'10 and about 210lbs. I wear a comfortable 16 and 38/40 D. I have 3 boys ages 19 yrs, 10 yrs and 19 mos. With each pregnancy I have been "all baby" and my tummy has paid the price! So, my hubby and I agree we have many years of beach going left and I really want and deserve to look on the outside the way I feel on the inside.
When I met with Dr. Becker things went great, he is really laid back and yet very professional. I originally inquired about a tt and he said I would need an extended one as I have a moderate deflated pannus. My pouch! Lol however I had been doing a ton of reading on this site and others and noticed that people with a similar body type to mine opted for a lower body lift so I started thinking perhaps that was a better option for me. Dr. Becker agrees and thinks I should get really great results. That is exciting. I also am having quite a bit of Lipo of my tummy, flanks and hips for sculpting and even smart Lipo under my arms. I wanted a breast lift with augmentation but am having the lift only initially as Dr B will not do both at the same time and requires 3 months minimum between the procedures. I'm really fine with that as I think it will really help with getting a truer picture of size etc that I may want to do. And honestly my breasts are the least of my concern. I'll post pisa and you'll see what I mean lol. Well, aside from being scared out if my whits and excited at the same time, I suppose now I need to start getting ready!
I thought I would add a couple of things regarding...
- 14 May 2012
Just a quick note. I'm working on dropping a few...
- 20 May 2012
K, one last thing. Has or did anyone notice the negative-non-stop bombardment of self-deprication stop once you knew for sure you were getting the mommy makeover? Don't get me wrong, I'm not thrilled when I get dressed, or at the idea of a swimsuit. And I still don't like a mirror, especially naked, but now instead of an assault of horrible things I'd punch my best friend for saying, let alone a stranger, the voice just says, "well it won't be long and that will he gone". I'm just wondering if anyone else experienced this too. I have lost 12 lbs since the end of April and that helps, but previously, I'd still beat myself up and super analyze my every flaw, but not so much now.
I know from reading other reviews that my feelings...
- 4 Jun 2012
I sometimes go weeks without adult conversation. I'm responsible for the kids, the house, the decor, and the property. We have a dog, 15 hens and a turtle a turantula and whatever else the kids drag up! Lol
I'm wondering how I'm going to pull this off. Moving here has been so strange. Most everyone in our community is over 80....no joke. I miss my friends so much but they are 1200 miles away and have lives of their own. Sorry to gripe, but this is about my only adult (although one sided lol) conversation I have lol.
My greatest concern is that I am putting wants before everyone's needs....
It's only been a week since my last update but so...
- 10 Jun 2012
I had mentioned before my husband is gone for very long periods of time and home for really short ones. This month he hasn't been able to come home so the kids and I met him halfway for a day of shopping and some fun at a water park. That was nice but things between us were stressful. He is like a big kid. I suppose because he is surrounded by adults for weeks on end he is eager to get with the kids and play. I'm exactly the opposite, I've been playing with kids non-stop and ready for some grown up time. Our time is so short, sometimes only 24 hr,s that its impossible to do both.
So, while we're out and about hubby decides to drop a bomb on me! He had told me he wanted his brother to come help with my aftercare, he's a medic and although its weird, I'm fine with it. My mom will be here and I'll depend on her for most things. However!!! here's the bomb, he casually mentions his mother and a 3 yr old granddaughter will be coming along! His mom does not like me at ALL! He has 3 sisters and each of them and his mom think I took their "one and only" away! They stress me out under normal conditions. I cannot imagine after surgery. Plus I have a 2 yr old and now add a 3 yrs old to the mix, wholly cow! Plus they put no rules on the little girl...no bedtime, no manners, yelling all the time, OMG! my blood pressure is rising just thinking of it. OH also! the biggest part! I did NOT want my MIL or SIL's to know exactly what I'm doing. There's already an issue that I spend all of their son/ brother's money....they're just pissed cuz I cut them off from the constant flow of money. Not to mention the youngest sister who is 5 yrs older than me is always in competition over size, weight etc. Drives me crazy! She actually makes me show her the tags on my clothes and insists on showing me hers, wacko. He has one sister who I really like and I think she would be fantastic with all of it, but she won't go against the others lol. Well, after fuming for a while I tried to talk to my husband and explain how I'm not comfortable with any of this and he got really upset. Said it's his mom and I shouldn't feel the way I do. Uugh! I wish I could make him understand, but he sees his mom in sisters in a totally different light than I do. For a long time he thought I was making things up when I would tell him how badly they treat me and the things they would do when he wasn't around and then thankfully one trip to visit he got to see first hand what I was talking about. At least now he knows my feelings are founded, but he still thinks I need to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Well I guess I'm done griping over this. I'm not sure where we stand on whether his mom is coming or not. Fingers crossed he undoes this! Thanks to all who read and any advice or input either way is welcomed!
Random questions: Wine? Not gonna lie I cried...
- 19 Jun 2012
Wine? Not gonna lie I cried when Big Joe (RIP) died suddenly on Cougar Town and was pleasantly surprised to see the addition of Big Carl. So, anyone else love the vino too? If so when do you get to enjoy it again? Off the meds I assume lol
Shaving? The nether region that is. All, partial, wax, Brazilian? Not gonna lie here either, with the gut, not the easiest thing to do. Not impossible lol but just saying.
Baths? One of my greatest pleasures is a soak in the tub and preferably a hot tub. Its my ritual. How to cope? My doc's take home instructions say NO shower or bath till drains are out and okayed. Holy bleep!
Hotel? To stay or not to stay... I live -80 miles from PS office/ hospital (from anywhere really). PS says mandatory in town stay if greater than 100 miles. I can think of dozens of pros and cons either way. Thoughts?
Although not life threatening, just some random hmmm? moments that I thought I'd share =)
Pre op done and money paid. ..no turning back now...
- 26 Jun 2012
..no turning back now lol! Dr. Said amino acids are great, flaxseed oil is a go, and arnica and bromelain are high on the list of post op things to do. So now just comes the waiting...
Well, reality is setting in. I'm starting to get...
- 3 Jul 2012
Well ladies, tomorrow is the big day. I'm so...
- 9 Jul 2012
Well, I made it. I am taped, wrapped, and...
- 11 Jul 2012
getting up and down is tough. I had a complete belt lipectomy so painball only does upper abs. Breast pain is minimal. I've had quite a bit of nausea but the finirgin ion my wrists stops it. I did sleep for 3 hrs straight but now only go an hour or so because my hands and feet go numb.
Oh, of course aunt Flo decided to show up night before surgery. Would not have mattered what day I was scheduled I swear she would have arrived anyway =)
Dr. B said he removed 12 lbs of skin and fat tissue. WOW! 2 of my OR nurses stopped by during recovery and said they peaked and my results are amazing. So nice to hear and I sure hope they're right. I will write more about the process I went through later.
Thank you so much to those who have supported me through this. And to those who went before I can not tell you how much you experiences helped me and how knowledgeable I was going into yesterday because of you. Thank you! To those of you who are still to go I hope to help and give peace of mind, inspiration and courage.
I had my one week post op follow up. Everything...
- 18 Jul 2012
I'm going to mention one other thing I have not read about on here. Hemorrhoids! I have had a small one since my second pregnancy 10 yrs ago. Well this has really inflamed the sleeping little booger. All of the pressure and swelling not to mention sitting has caused or to more than double in size and really get aggravated. So I'm dealing with that too. Just thought I'd mention it happens if anyone else is wondering.
Unless something of importance happens I will post another update in a week. I will certainly be leaving comments to ya'll in the meantime. Thanks ladies and happy healing =D
I get so frustrated when I post an update and it...
- 22 Jul 2012
Thank you for the well wishes, please keep them...
- 23 Jul 2012
In many ways I'm improving but I have developed...
- 25 Jul 2012
My follow up with my PS went great one more drain...
- 28 Jul 2012
I do want to tell everyone what the fluid and stiffness were. He said it was happening but its unrelated to the other problems and is very normal. He said when having breast work done fluid accumulation in the UPPER breast tissue is normal. It can be bothersome but normal and your body will absorb it without the need for drains or intervention. Just to remind you, it is very squishy with crackling squirting sounds when you push on it. Kinda freaky actually. Also, after having drains removed the fluid will accumulate in your abdomen while your body is absorbing that too. In the meantime it will move around like "gas" and make gurgling and squishing sounds that are audible like gas can do. Again its so weird but normal. Hope that helps in the event anyone else is alarmed by it.
Thank you so much to everyone who sent good thoughts, prayers and well wishes. I take that very seriously and it means the world to me to have you ladies for such awesome support! I cannot imagine going through this without REALSELF! oh and today my mission is PHOTOS =)
Ok, so I finally got a chance to add some photos....
- 28 Jul 2012
Quick update.... Drain 4 was pulled today! Yippee....
- 30 Jul 2012
Wow! Time has flown by.... My weight has...
- 15 Feb 2013
I still struggle with some body issues. Its mild but I definitely worry that I may return to my previous form. And funny enough its like I'm going to just wake up one day and be back in my old body lol
Hands down BEST decision I ever made! Now I am trying to decide if I want implants :D
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