Mommy of 3 - Best decision I ever made!!!!

I am the mother of three beautiful girls. However,...

I am the mother of three beautiful girls. However, being pregnant three times has taken a toll on by body. I'm 5'5 and I weigh 130 pounds. I'm a size four, but I still have loose skin and saggy boobs. So, I'm getting a full tt, lipo of the flanks, and breast augmentation.

I've been so scared the last few days that I've...

I've been so scared the last few days that I've almost talked myself out of getting a tt. Has anyone else used Dr. Delgado for their procedure? If so, did you like his work?

I'm talking myself out of it. I'm scared.

I'm talking myself out of it. I'm scared.

So, I have to reschedule my surgery due to a FMLA...

So, I have to reschedule my surgery due to a FMLA issue. My new surgery date will be May 12th. My pre-op date will be April 27th. I'm a little disappointed, but it's only a difference of six weeks. It is what it is.

I'm thankful to each and every one of you for sharing your experiences with me each day. This web site and all of it's wonderful members have helped give me the courage to go through with this. Thank you.

Oh, bu the way, has anyone used Dr. Miguel A. Delgao Jr.? He is located in San Francisco.

Photo Update

I finally took my before pictures. Now I have to...

I finally took my before pictures. Now I have to wait until my husband gets home, so he can help me upload them. Before pictures coming soon.

Ok. I'm officially three days post op. Things were...

Ok. I'm officially three days post op. Things were rough yesterday. I couldn't figure out the right dose of pain meds, so I took too few and then too much. Not good. I'm feeling a little better each day. I have a pain pump, so I'm waiting for that to run out to see if the pain increases significantly or stays the same. In my personal opinion, my back hurts more than anything else and it's from walking hunched over.

For those of you getting ready to have your tt, you can do this. I didn't think I could, but I did.

In wish everyone a speedy recovery.

4th day post op. All things considered, I feel...

4th day post op. All things considered, I feel good. I'm going #2 with ease. My drains are slowing down. I have my appetite back. Minimal pain as long as I stay on top of my pain medication. I have my first post op appointment tomorrow. I haven't seen my tummy yet because my ps wanted me to keep it covered and undisturbed. I'm excited and scared to see it for the first time. I will post pics as soon as I can. I hope everyone else is doing well.

Day 5 post op and I'm sorry to report that won't...

Day 5 post op and I'm sorry to report that won't be posting after pictures just yet. My ps doesn't believe in a tight binder at first, so I have swelling. My tummy doesn't look as nice as the rest of yours. If it stays like this, I will not be happy. My tummy was flatter before. Yes, it was saggy, but a flat saggy. I did get one of my two drains removed. I have another post op on Friday. Did anyone else's ps rip the surgical tape off of their stitches? Mine did and it was very uncomfortable.

Post op day 6. I'm moving around a lot more. I'm...

Post op day 6. I'm moving around a lot more. I'm standing straight up for the most part. I'm starting to wein myself off of pain meds, but I'm not trying to be a hero either. The swelling is VERY frustrating. I miss my girls more each day. Being cooped up in my bedroom is starting to take a toll on me. My next post op appointment is on Friday. I hope I get my second drain out at this appointment because then I'll be cleared to take a shower for the first time since surgery.

Day 7 post op. Things are slowly getting better...

Day 7 post op. Things are slowly getting better each day. I'm walking straight, except at night before bed when I'm fatigued. I'm still weaning off of pain meds. I've been having muscle spasms, but I don't want to take muscle relaxers. I hate taking prescription medication because of the way it makes me feel. I'm sorry, but I don't feel comfortable posting pictures of the way I look just yet. Maybe in a few days.

Post op day 8. My ps said that I'm doing excellent...

Post op day 8. My ps said that I'm doing excellent. I had my second drain removed today. Boy, did that burn! I'm drain free, but I'm going to wait until tomorrow to shower because I want the drain site to close up completely before I shower. I received a tighter garment today. I can't say that's a good thing. This compression garment is uncomfortable. I can't wait until my ps allows me to wear spanks.

Post op day 9. I'm going to take my first shower...

Post op day 9. I'm going to take my first shower since surgery today. Kinda gross to go so long without a shower, I know, but it is what it is. My ps said to be extra cautious when it comes to my incision and not to let the tape remain wet because bacteria will eat away at my incision. Sounds like it makes sense. The binder seems extremely tight on my incisions. Anyone else having the same issue? I'm going to try to post an after picture after my shower later.

Just posted first post-op pictures!

Just posted first post-op pictures!

Post op day 10. Nothing new to report. I'm still...

Post op day 10. Nothing new to report. I'm still experiencing a burning sensation around my incision as well as my lipo areas. The areas also seem very warm feeling. This isn't new though, so I'm guessing it's all part of the healing process. Oh, I did go to target, Costco, the AT&T store, and out to lunch today. I don't feel tired right now, but that could change.

Post op day 11. I have yet another post op...

Post op day 11. I have yet another post op appointment with my ps tomorrow. I'm hoping I'll be stitch free after. I might have a sernoma. My husband thinks it's just swelling. I guess we'll see tomorrow. I'm anxious to resume my normal activities again, but I don't want to hinder my healing process.

Week 3 post op tomorrow. Well, no sernoma. That...

Week 3 post op tomorrow. Well, no sernoma. That was a relief. I'm doing so well so far that my ps doesn't want to see me for 4 weeks. I return to work in a few days. I'm a little nervous to see how that's going to go. I will post more pictures soon. The swelling is improving. Slowly, but surely.

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I'm adding another photo today. I was a little...

I'm adding another photo today. I was a little reserved about doing so, but I'm so pleased with my results.
Dr. Delgado

Miguel Delgado, Jr., MD was amazing! He is a true artist! I went to a few plastic surgeons for consults before finding Dr. Delgado. Other PS told me that I might not have a flat stomach after. Dr. Delgado has a technique that he uses that almost insures that you will have a flat stomach when he's done. I highly recommend Dr. Delgado.

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As well you should be pleased and proud to show your new body. You look wonderful and it just gets better all the time so enjoy it all you deserve it. I'm glad you are healing so well.
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You look amazing. It makes me can't wait until next month for my big day!!!
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Thank you! I am so happy with my results. You will be too, I just know it! Good luck!!
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Your looking great!!! Just saw your 7 week picture. Glad things are going well for you. =)
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How are you doing? I am about to go through a mommy makeover and I am nervous. I was wondering if you have any advice for me that you wish you knew before your procedure.
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I am doing fantastic! I need to change my status to so worth it. I'm 7 weeks post op and I'm fitting in all my clothes with room. I was a size 4 before surgery. I had to buy new shirts and I bought size 2 with some room.

Let's see... Before surgery I wished I would have relaxed a little because I was so nervous. Lol

You will experience an emotional rollercoaster, but try to put it in perspective. It's the best thing that i've ever done for myself! You will look amazing and do just fine when all of this is over.
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Thanks for the update! I have my surgery on this Wednesday and I am soo nervous!!

Nice to hear from you after a couple months that it was worth it for you!

Will you be posting any new updated pics??

that's great you're in a size 2!! :D
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I just added another photo just for you. It's kind of blurry. First time in a bikini since I was 18... lol

My surgery was about eight hours as well. My PS told me that he could not perform these surgeries any faster without short cutting and jepordizing the outcome of my procedures. Each plastic surgeon is different, but my PS took his time. I thought my procedure was long compared to everyone else.

Good luck and keep me posted.
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you are gonna enjoy it so much after recovery! the best thing you are gonna be doing for yourself! don't be nervous and enjoy every moment after recovery. Read the literature and follow instructions. Good luck!
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Thank you for posting your bikini pic! You look amazing!!!

My ps is like yours in that he feels the time is needed in surgery.

I couldn't sleep last night, thinking of everything over and over - ha ha!!! I am excited and scared at the same time.. :)

Enjoy the beautiful weather we're having!
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Thanks for the post!! You are looking great! We are at the same point of our recoveries so I know we can understand exactly what we are going through!! I do have some swelling but not too bad just maily on my lower ab above the incision to my pubic area. How bad is your swelling? Does your incision area hurt if you press down on the skin surronding it? My is like a stinging feeling , I am sure its the nerves trying to heal but just feels weird. Well I hope your doing well and keep me updated!!
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My swelling feels really bad, but it must not be that bad. I'm fitting into a lot of my pre op clothes. My pre op size was a 4. I just bought new shorts in a size four and I had to return them for a size two because I could stick both my arms down the front of my shorts. I think that's pretty neat. My plastic surgeon told my husband that extra skin was my problem, not fat. I guess my concern is that my tummy doesn't look flat like every one else. I swell worse at night. I just started back to work and 12 hour shifts are brutal when it comes to swelling. Yes, my incision hurts if I press down on it. The area surrounding my incision is a little tender too. I try not to think too much about all this because if I do it will consume me and I can't let that happen. Thank you for responding. It means a lot to me to be able to converse with someone who is exactly where I am. Take care.
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Congratulations!! Your tummy looks fabulous!! I also had a full TT on May 12, and we are 4 weeks today. :)
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you do look great!!! before and after is going to be amazing!

i read your message about sitting in the parking lot before your surgery and not wanting to go in. i have a feeling that is totally going to be me on friday.

thank you for sharing your story! :)
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Thanks for the compliment. I've had ups and downs, but totally worth it.
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You look terrific!
Thanks for updating us on your recovery process!
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Thank you! It's nice to hear.
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You look great! Once that swelling comes down, you are going to be smoking HOT!
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Thank you!
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Looks very nice! I hope you are pleased with your results.
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Thank you. I've had some rough days, but all in all I know it will be worth it.
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Hang in there sweetie!! I'm swollen too, feel a bit like a puff ball. It's going to get better, though. Have you talked to your PS about your binder, and that you feel as though it's too loose?? I have a girdle on that goes from under my breasts to my knees and it is one big pain in the butt to get on and off.

From what I've read on here, it's totally normal to feel down after going through all this. I get really frustrated and impatient with myself that I'm so exhausted and wiped out after doing anything. I think our bodies are telling us to- slow down, and let me heal. This is gonna take some time!!
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How did your appt. go? I went in on Monday to have the nursing staff check out my incision, strip the drains for me, etc. I go in to see my PS on Friday. So far, I'm amazed!! I have a really low incision with a small vertical incision. It's super small and low, (the vertical one), so it won't be a problem with my swim suit. I'll probably try and post pics tomorrow. It takes forever for me to do anything. I got really lightheaded and wiped out after my shower today. Just have to be patient with everything!! This is gonna take some time!!

Can't wait to see your pics!!
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My incision is super low and very thin. The problem I'm having is with swelling. My PS has me wear a binder, but it's so loose that it's almost like I'm not wearing it. I'm glad your appointment went so well. I'm kinda depressed today:(
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What a coincidence....My first Post-Op appointment is tomorrow on the 17th too.

R u gonna post more recovery pics?
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