Hello!! I have been reading posts on this site for...
The "Mommy Makeover" has been on my radar since the day I gave birth to my first son. (About 10 years ago!) How could I be so young and have a granny body?? Any ways, I gave birth to two more healthy active boys . I'm a 31 year old mommy of three wonderful boys. When I'm not taking care of the home or working in the salon, we are on the baseball field. I was absolutely nuts for scheduling this surgery in the middle of the season!!!
I started by Google -ing day in and day out all the information I could find about the procedure. Then after a few months of researching surgeons in Colorado I came across Dr. Rhee by word of mouth from a friend. I had three consultations with him. I felt like I would have more and more questions after each visit , and he was never opposed to see me again to discuss the surgery! My wonderful husband finally made all my dreams come true by agreeing to this life changing procedure and putting down the cash!! (He's just always worried about me!!)
I cleared my schedule at work for a month, made all arrangements for care afterwards for me and the kiddos (hubby had to leave for a business trip two days after surgery! ) and began the month long waiting game for the big day!
That month of April was like mommy makeover month. That's all I could possibly think about. It wasn't the surgery itself....it was all the crap afterwards that made me worry...running the household and what recovery was going to be like! I have read every kind of review on this site. So I felt prepared for just about anything. I realized it took three people to manage my day to day schedule with these boys of mine!!
I spent mommy makeover April gathering all my supplies. Thanks to all these reviews I kinda made up my own list.
Non stick Gauze pads
Laxative suppositories (trust me on this one!!)
Recliner (a MUST) I just have a nice leather one
All my prescribed meds
I'm not big on clutter and massive amounts of crap laying around. These are the only things I bought to prepare and it was perfect.
The week before surgery I was so on edge. I was a bear to be around. I'm usually happy go lucky!!
The night before surgery I didn't sleep a wink! Not one little wink. I guess it didn't matter, I was about to have a six hour nap in the OR. We arrived at the hospital at 5:30. My poor hubby was a nervous wreck. I was nervous but I think I was so ready to do the thing you know!! You get to that point where you've thought and thought and researched and researched....it's just time!
Whatever the hell the sleepy time doc gave me in my iv was fabulous. I had zero cares in the world . Before I knew it I was off to lala land and woke up with an amazing set of new boobies! (And a flat little tummy to go with it)
I stayed overnight at the hospital which was amazing. Highly recommend that. You have constant care and no worries . I can't imagine being home right after that surgery. Pain wise , I have a high tolerance for pain . I had three c sections and took Tylenol after with nothing else. With this surgery I did take dilaudid about every 4-6 hours and never had terrible pain. It was more uncomfortable than anything. Like super tight all through the front of my body. Weird to breath , but hey, with that reflection, I'll take it!!
Overall my recovery has been awesome. Little tiny bruising, incisions looks awesome, little pain, had fabulous bowel movements...super tight, super tired, weird pulling sensations. I wish all of you super happy, speedy, recoveries and may your mommy makeover dreams come true !!!!! Thankyou so much to real self for really preparing me for what to expect!!! Xoxoxo
To the Doc...
I am way happy about this compression garment because of how much better it looks under clothes. Have to wear it for one month....ready, set, go.
Good weekend, Very emotional
Prior to surgery I have been battling achilles tendonitis. It reared it's ugly head last night. Can't walk without my boot. So frustrating. I know it only lasts a few days but I am feeling so good post op I'm ready to join humanity again. I see ortho on Thurs and start anti inflammatories and PT hoping to get rid of it once and for all.
I'm a super positive person, and the emotional period still came to visit. Cried watching JT last night on Oprah. ...strange . He is so dreamy though.
Update on my fabulous MM: 2 weeks ago today! I'm barely sore at all today. My hubby made me laugh so stupid hard yesterday and I'm still not sore today. My girls look amazeballs. My swelling has really gone down today. Still in love with my new reflection! Hope for some new pics today
I suck at selfies!
Took some selfies. Loving how I look in clothes! ( And out of clothes! Ha!) But I really suck at naked faceless selfies! Also, I never thought I would love my tt scar....but it's weird cause I do! I think it looks perfect and thin. I'm only 2 weeks and a few days and it already looks that good! Dr. Rhee has mad skills and so much talent. My bruising and scaring was so so minimal. He's a true artist!
3 weeks post op!
I went to see Dr. Rhee yesterday. It's hard to express to your surgeon what this surgery has really done for you without being mushy and probably weird for him! But every time I see him I get emotional. Maybe it's the results, or the amazing care I received or both. I cannot ever thank him enough.
He removed all my glue from my incisions. They look amazing. Now starting with scar care. He gave me a few creams and potions to try.
I really really struggled with breast size. It took three app with him to figure out what I truly wanted and I am happy to say I think we nailed it. I started by saying I wanted just a lift and a small amount of volume ....but that was what I thought my husband wanted . So when I really truly thought about what I wanted, it was a much bigger size. I'm a curvy girl, I'm am so so so happy I listened to my inner self. I started wanting 250 cc and ended up with 360cc. Perfect. They're coming along nicely!!
a few things...
#1) I didn't ever have to walk hunched over !!!! That's a huge difference from other surgeons. He said it was something he did with my incision, not quite sure why
#2) I can already wear a real bra!!! Yiippeee
#3) he used glue for my incisions , not steri strips. Thank God. I had steri strips for my c sections and they're aweful.
um....how about this little beauty?
Monday marked 4 whole weeks since my mommy makeover! Today is my first day back to work. My clients are begging for my return. There's hair to be done people!! I feel really really good the past few days. Not as tired. The exhaustion was definitely my biggest issue. Getting less every day. My tummy is still tender. My girls have weird feeling every now and then. Realized I cannot wear most of my old shirts. It's time for more fitted tops! (Or else I look like I'm wearing a tent!) Happy healing friends !!
Back to work!
It's weird not seeing Dr. Rhee and his staff! I don't see them again till end of june. I got so used to seeing them over and over again.
My PS cleared me for light cardio at week three. So this week I have actually stepped it up and am breaking a sweat during my workout. I started with 30 minutes and have worked up to add 15 minutes of resistance too. Yay! Makes me happy to workout again.
Had a little retail therapy today....first time shopping with the girls. Super fun.
5 week pics
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I never really had any pain, just discomfort. I was exhausted afterwards for quite some time. I would do it all again tomorrow if I had to. I really consider this such an amazing experience and life changing. My self esteem is through the roof!! I wish you all the very best. Hope my little slice of the story could possibly give someone hope that this could be not as scary as others have made it sound..... find the right doctor, be healthy, and take time for yourself. Xoxoxoxo
Amazing! Great procedure pictures. Meticulous. Measured at every single consult! Awesome attention to detail and never felt rushed or annoyed by questions over and over again. Amazing results! Everything about my experience at Dr. Rhee ' s office - the office itself, the staff (so friendly, caring, helpful!) my results! - top notch, 5 stars across the board. I am beyond happy with Dr. Rhee and his practice!