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.
You can do it!! I too have had the same thoughts! Think of your future and how much more happy you will be! You deserve to do this for yourself. Think of all the time you've spent helping nurture and raise your family! You will be a better mom and wife for it :)
Yes! I cannot wait I ust want to get it over with so I can put it all behind me and move forward. So it says your treatment is scheduled March 31st. Did you already have it done?
No. It's scheduled for March 31st 2011.

I don't feel selfish about spending the money. I've worked a lot of overtime and have been saving for a while. I'm nervous about blood clots and things of that nature. I can't bear the thought of not making it through this procedure. When I think about my daughters not having a mother..I almost pick up the phone and cancel the appointment. My PS has been up front with me and has told me their are fluke things that happen sometimes that are beyond our control. This scares me.

Thank you for your kind words!

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.
we are almost there! we are lucky we have this support of people who understand what we are going through! Try not to beat yourself down with guilt or regrets, you deserve this and your going to look wonderful! good luck to all of us!=)
No breakdowns!! You can do this!! Your one step closer to a flat tummy! I too, am getting everything ready for Thursday. Lots of nesting going on here. One more run to the grocery store, and some more laundry and I'm good to go. I understand all the emotions, because I too, feel the same way. It helps to just keep your eye on the prize- although I have to say my mind is VERY consumed with this!! We just need to get it behind us!! Good luck to you!
Thank you! Good luck to you too. It helps to know we are going through this together.

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.
Glad you made it to the other side!!! I bet you're a total bombshell already. Do you have a heating pad for your back? Biofreeze might help, too. I bought a bug tube for after my big day :)
For those who have gone before me, when does the pain start to become more manageable?
Thank you!!

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.
What a coincidence....My first Post-Op appointment is tomorrow on the 17th too.

R u gonna post more recovery pics?
Yes, I will post more pictures after my post op appointment. My ps did not want me taking anything off, or disturbing anything. Therefore, tomorrow will be the first time I see my new tummy. I'm very excited.
Glad you are feeling well! Can't wait to see your post op pics! I know you are super excited to see your tummy!

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.
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!!
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:(

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.
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!!

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.
You look great! Once that swelling comes down, you are going to be smoking HOT!
Looks very nice! I hope you are pleased with your results.

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.
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! :)
Thanks for the compliment. I've had ups and downs, but totally worth it.
You look terrific!
Thanks for updating us on your recovery 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.
Your looking great!!! Just saw your 7 week picture. Glad things are going well for you. =)
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.
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.

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

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.
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.
You look amazing. It makes me can't wait until next month for my big day!!!
Thank you! I am so happy with my results. You will be too, I just know it! Good luck!!
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