Nearly 4 wks PO-hole at base of breast!! New pics...
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I'm a Mom of 3 beautiful kids, ages 9, 7, and 4. I...
- 11 Oct 2012
- 5 days pre
I'm a Mom of 3 beautiful kids, ages 9, 7, and 4. I always wanted to be a Mom. I was very glad that my dreams came true after battling infertility for two years. Being pregnant with my oldest was stressful....during the infertility trials, I did get pregnant, and miscarried twins. Anyone who has been pregnant after miscarrying, (especially your first pregnancy..) knows that you get stressed about everything, believing that anything you do that is too extreme, may lead you to miscarry. Needless to say, I gained 70 pounds by being overly cautious. I've always weighed more than I look like I would, but when I delivered at 222 pounds.....I was very shocked and ashamed I would go over 200! With some hard work, I lost most of that weight, however, I gained stretch marks EVERYWHERE, and A LOT of extra skin! I also learned that I get huge...stomach wise, being pregnant.
My hubby and I decided that we should start trying shortly after having our 1st son, incase we had infertility issues, so that the kids weren't too far apart in age. I got pregnant on the first try. Our sons are only 16mos apart. Pregnancies so close together, sealed the deal on my skin being extra stretched out. I wasn't as nervous with second pregnancy. I ate really healthy, I exercised. I chased after a one year old....but still gained 50 pounds, and got up over 200 again! Oh, and got a few more stretch marks up over my belly button! I lost 40 pounds of that pretty quickly afterward, however, I could not lose my extra skin. It was literally like a deflated pregnant belly, that just hung from me, that I got to tuck into pants.
A couple years later, I got pregnant, and miscarried again. That was very difficult to deal with. Eleven months after the miscarriage, and eight months of trying for it, I was pregnant again. This time I found myself being very nervous, and overly cautious. I gained 10 pounds being depressed after miscarriage, that I wasn't able to lose before pregnancy. I gained sixty pounds with pregnancy, tipping scale at 230 for delivery! I got two more stretch marks too! I delivered a long, over nine pound, baby girl! My stomach never recovered from that final pregnancy. I was able to do Pilates and sit ups after the pregnancies with both boys, and the extra skin was there, but hung flat and easily stuffed into pants. After my daughter, my stomach began to heal, but I was left with a very distended upper abdomen that makes me look like I'm still 4 mos pregnant. I've tried everything through diet and exercise to get it to go back down, I wore compression garments....nothing worked. Further, my muscles separated to a point that I am no longer able to do a sit up, or any intense stomach exercise. The muscles just don't work, and it's very frustrating. Now that the upper stomach sticks out so much, it makes tucking in the lower abdomen more difficult. I went up two pant sizes, just to accommodate. I am not willing to walk around in pants that fit my legs, and let that extra skin hang over. I was able to lose 50 pounds of the weight from third pregnancy. I have been dieting and exercising, but no matter how much I do, I end up gaining, from the muscle and water weight.
I have been considering a Tummy Tuck since the first pregnancy, and all the extra hanging skin. However, the skin didn't inhibit my ability to do anything physically, and it never bothered my husband, so it wasn't a priority. Now that my daughter is 4, and it is clear through much exercise and dieting that my stomach isn't ever going to get flat without help...it has become a priority. It's very frustrating to try so hard, and not have the use of stomach muscles. Makes back hurt, effects posture, effects clothing choices...I'm constantly effected by this distension and laxity. I no longer feel confident when I'm naked. It's time to do something for myself, and get back to having stomach muscles that work, and a body I work hard at and am proud of!
This coming Wednesday, October 17th, I am having a full, drainless, TT, BA and BL, and lipo to the hips/flanks. My surgery is with Dr. Vath, in Golden, CO. I have 4 friends that have gone to him, and really look amazing now. All of them would do it again in a heartbeat!
I am so happy I found this site, and so grateful that all of you have shared your stories. I am embarrassed of my "before" photos, but want to share, because it has helped me to gain the confidence to do this, since you all have shared yours, and the results are so amazing! More to come when I'm on the flat side.....
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- 14 Oct 2012
- 3 days pre
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- 15 Oct 2012
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- 16 Oct 2012
- 1 day pre
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- 17 Oct 2012
- Day of treatment
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- 22 Oct 2012
- 5 days post
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- 22 Oct 2012
- 5 days post
Hi ladies! Sorry I've been absent. I am 9 days PO...
- 26 Oct 2012
- 9 days post
My doc said I could take bra off to sleep at night now. I think I may try that tonight. I got my before pics from doc. I have to say it's really a huge difference! I'm very grateful. I cant believe how drastic it already is! I have pics, but don't have my laptop to post. I'm really pleased with my tummy and breasts. I will be very excited for steri-strips to come off at three weeks. The incisions really look beautiful, considering..... I have quite a bit of soreness and tenderness from the lipo.
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- 26 Oct 2012
- 9 days post
Back to recovery, gas has really been my enemy. Swelling is ok, I'm drinking tons of fluid for this coughing. But I'm still pretty much on a senior citizen diet. Oh well! I'm really taking smaller bites and eating much slower and much less. I'm craving veggies but they go right through me or give me terribly painful gas. So does Pork! I'm hoping to get some after pics posted. Really wish you could post from iPhone. My goal tonight is to try a simple dinner out with hubby! Happy healing to everyone on the FS! Good luck to everyone surgeries coming up!
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- 26 Oct 2012
- 9 days post
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- 29 Oct 2012
- 12 days post
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- 12 Nov 2012
- 26 days post
The BA/BL is another story! Ok, honestly, I love the way the girls look. I love my reduced areolas, and the perkiness. I HATE the feeling of the implants....or it may be the muscle healing? Is anyone else feeling like this? My chest feels so tight sometimes! The massage 4 times a day is helping, but the sensation hasn't gone away. It feels so tight. I thought my nipples would be desensitized, but they are SO sensitive! The worst part is that I think I reached too far above my head, or lifted too much the first two weeks, and have a "hole" at the intersection of the anchor incisions at the base of my right breast. I didn't notice this until I removed the steri-strips. In fact, I believe the steri-strips were helping it heal and scab. I have been using gauze and Neosporin since Thursday. I take a pic every day....had to send one to PS because it looked infected. It is infected, but hasn't gotten worse...so not on oral antibiotics. However, I can feel the hole, and it creeps me out. It is as big as the pad of my ring finger! PS says if the scar is too big he will fix once it heals! UGH! I thought the breasts were going to be a cake walk compared to the TT. I would have a TT any day over the BA/BL. On top of all of that, I have developed a rash around the incisions in the last two days. It's very itchy, and I have a bunch of little red bumps springing up. I started out by just using Cortisone on it for the itch, but now am using topical Benadryl and taking Benadryl. It still itches!!!! If it doesn't get better, I'm going to have to ask PS to look at these babies and tell me what's going on. I don't know if tape residue is left, and it's causing this. It's just frustrating. Because of hole and the need to have gauze on 24/7...I have to sleep in bra, it's uncomfortable. I'm still wearing CG 24/7 too. Finally last night I was more comfortable in my bed than recliner. Overall I'm very happy with how results look. I really just can't wait to feel normal again. I know that it is going to take time. If my breasts could feel normal.....that would make everything better! I hope everyone is doing well!
I have four friends that have had Mommy Makeovers done by him. They all look amazing. You can barely see their scars! Very thin line, you have to look for! He's very nice, no pressure at all. I expected him to tell me all that he could do to "fix" me. He didn't at all. He is a Dad, and just a normal guy. I feel very comfortable with him!