Mommy Makeover - 1 Week PO

Well I'm really excited to share my "Doing Me"...

Well I'm really excited to share my "Doing Me" journey. I'm a 44 yr old single mother of (1) adult son. After years of struggling w/my weight...I can proudly shout I have lost 55lbs w/eating healthy and working out. Which brings me to Now: sagging boobs, extra belly skin & stalking love handles (that I can't wait to break up with). So I'm in my final stage of finalizing which PS to do my breast lift (if needed), breast augmentation (VOLUME...YIPPEE!), lipo (lower/upper abs, love handles and back), plus a tummy tuck.

I have (2) more PS (I've met w/(5) I'm doing my due diligence) to meet for consultations next week. So this time next week I'll know which doc and surgery date.

I'm only sharing this w/a few close friends. Plus, I may have a hernia which can be repaired during my TT. And the hernia will be my medical excuse for work.

I've finalized my PS. DRUM ROLL...Dr Michelle...

I've finalized my PS. DRUM ROLL...Dr Michelle Hardaway in Farmington Hills, MI. Hopefully, early Sept. surgery date is still available tomorrow.

I still have another 10-12 Ibs to go until I reach my ultimate weight goal. I'm determined to be there for my surgery.

I'll post before pics soon.

Also, I'm on the fence about a breast lift. According to the (7) consultations I've received, I'm right on the cusp of needing a lift. I hate the thought of having scars on my breast and I realize the additional weight of a silicone implant will stretch my skin more. However, my thought is to wait once I get the augmentation...if I need a lift years down the road, do it at that time.

Any thoughts/suggestions??

I have 4 wks to my surgery and I'd love to...

I have 4 wks to my surgery and I'd love to communicate with others thru this site.

How do I start dialogue w/other mommy makeovers?? I'm really interested in getting support, advice and hearing other experiences. Should I blog, write a review or ask a doctor?

My recovery is going smoothly. My boobs feel like...

My recovery is going smoothly. My boobs feel like bricks and I more discomfort than anything. I'm sleeping a ton, I guess thats good for healing. I've only taken (2) vicodin thus far the tylenol seems to working just fine.

I'll post post-op photos when I get the drains removed (hopefully, Mon 9/10). I was surprise to find (4) drains, I was only expecting (2) for my TT apparently there was a lot fluid from my BA/BL so the doc inserted additional drains. I can't bring myself to look with now...I selected "Not Sure" because it's too soon to see results.

MM - Day 3 PO I'm BORED!! More discomfort than...

MM - Day 3 PO
I'm BORED!! More discomfort than pain primarily from my boobs. My bandages on my boobs were changed yesterday, I couldn't bring myself to look. I'll get a good look once the drains are removed. Plus, I had a sponge bath...YIPPEE!! Soap and water does wonders for a girl.

MM - Day 4 PO I'm getting my drains removed today...

MM - Day 4 PO
I'm getting my drains removed today...WooHOO!!

MM - Day 4 PO Well my drains were removed this...

MM - Day 4 PO
Well my drains were removed this morning and today was the first time I've seen my body without the binder/bandages. I really got a good look once I got home. My back, waist and flanks are so swollen (boobs are too, but they don't look as bad), I actually look like I've gained like 20lbs. I'm in tears (I'm too afraid to weigh myself). I was expecting swelling but not this BAD!!

I hope I've made a good decision :(

MM - Day 5 PO I'm still too swollen to see the...

MM - Day 5 PO
I'm still too swollen to see the benefits of the surgery. I'm really trying to be positive, but it's HARD!! Especially, since I worked so hard to lose weight and know I look and feel like, I've found it again. Ok, that's my "Debbie Downer" moment.

The good news is that I'm not in any pain, more discomfort. I'll take my first show this morning, however the thought taking off my bra and binder TERRIFIES me. I know I'm extending my "Debbie Downer" moment...HAPPY POSITIVE THOUGHTS FROM HERE!!!

MM - Day 6 PO Yesterday was my second failed...

MM - Day 6 PO
Yesterday was my second failed attempt to sleep in my bed. Renting the lift recliner was the BEST decision. The chair is so comfortable, I'm actually thinking about extending my rental agreement. Laying flat in the bed KILLS ME!!

Now my 1st real shower was quite comical. I borrowed a shower seat from a girlfriend (after reading how beneficial it was in a review). So I put in the shower then after I removed my compression garments, I thought I would be fine without it. I go to remove the chair while the showers running and the chair gets caught on the shower liner and water was EVERYWHERE. Once all the craziness settled the shower was fine. I was a tad nervous applying soap/water, but I survived. I have my post-op tomorrow they'll remove my stitches then.

I'm still really swollen. So I can't quite see any curves yet...HOPEFULLY there under all this swelling.

MM - 1 Week PO Well I had my 1st PO appt today,...

MM - 1 Week PO
Well I had my 1st PO appt today, for the first phase of my stitches removal (it was quick & painless). Apparently, I had 700 ccs of fat removed and 265 grams of tissue from the TT (not sure I wanted to know this, but I did). I'm moving around pretty good (just SLOWLY). I actually did laundry and did some shopping. Tonight is my 3rd attempt to sleep in the bed...I will CONQUER THIS 2NITE :)
Farmington Plastic Surgeon

I was refereed to my PS and I selected after having 7 PS consults.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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