I'd like to start out by saying that I've been contemplating this decision for many years, you ladies have helped me with your amazing stories soooo much! You're all so brave and awesome, I've decided to chronicle my journey to pay it forward to future Mommy makeover ladies! I'm 32, almost 33 about 8 days after my surgery. Happy Birthday to me, maybe I will have my drains out! HA.
I currently weigh 157lbs and am 5'7". My waist size is 29 and my bra size is 36B. I have a similar story to most. Have 3 kids, actually only birthed 2. The first is a stepdaughter that I've raised since she was 12 months old. She is a teenager now, and boy do I feel old! My sons are 8 and almost 4(next week). At their delivery, I weighed 267lbs, and 264lbs-the 2nd time. WOW! I sure can put it on. Swelling from toxemia didn't help. I actually feel that I'm allergic to being pregnant. Needless to say I'm done with having babies. I got a few good ones. I breastfed both for more than a year, and I would NEVER regret that decision, but it reeked havoc on my chest! I was a C cup before, a DD/E during, and a B now-and pretty drooptacular. WHAT a rollercoaster ride the boobs have been on. The procedures I'm having are a Tummy Tuck with MR, Breast lift, and Augmentation with smooth silicone implants. The P.S. I chose back in August. He was referred to me by a family member and I did my homework. He checked out. I really did not want a lift. I didn't like the scar.....but he really thought to look "youthful" it would be necessary....who doesn't want to look youthful? He's the expert. He did not think I needed lipo, I thought I might.
After reading some of your stories about the burning pain, I'm counting my blessings. I have a feeling it's gonna be painful enough. The other thing I wanted to find out ANY opinions about, is that I teach group fitness, and have for about 2 1/2 years. I. love. my. job. and everyday is a blessing. I committed my life to fitness since my last was born and have never looked back. I teach ZUMBA-duh since the nickname. I also teach Body Combat, Body Pump, and Yoga. (I really believe that's the reason I didn't need lipo)
My main concern is when will I be able to go back to work????? I'm in really good shape physically, and have heard anything from 4-8 weeks or longer. I will be so sad. :...( missing all my classes and gym peeps. Any fitness junkies out there, feel free to let me know. My PS seems to think I will bounce back quickly, I just can't imagine stretching, or doing ab work after all that!
Another concern is what breast size? I'm athletic. My PS says I won't be happy with humongous boobage all over the place. He's probably right but a part of me is thinking, I'm paying for it....bigger is better???? Maybe that's cuz I'm from Texas, and we like to say that. I don't have a small frame....I maybe could carry it off. I think I want a D. Thoughts?
Also, my PS just wants a pic of what I want to look like, so I know nothing about High Profile, Moderate plus or anything of that nature. I'm getting Natrelle implants. He will determine at the time of surgery which is right. If any of you think it's important I pick these beforehand let me know.
I'm going to try to post pics. I'm not shy...but I don't know how I feel about my own nudity on the internet. I do know I appreciate you guys that have posted it. It makes a difference to see the actual results. I have some bathing suit shots. Maybe I will be brave and just suck it up, and get real. More Pics to come the closer I get. Happy Healing everyone and prayers from Texas.