Mommy Makeover After Two Children via C-Section - Memphis, TN
- updated 1 year ago
I'm 41, mother of a 3 year old and 8 month old. I...
- 7 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
I'm 41, mother of a 3 year old and 8 month old. I had them both via c-section and have a pretty significant case of Diastasis Recti, possible umbilical hernia and loose skin. I've lost 60 pounds since I had the last baby but I can't get rid of the bulge. Scheduled a consult with Dr. Aldea and can't wait!
Since I started this story, I've booked two...
- 17 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
Originally I wanted a consult for a diastasis repair, possible hernia repair and full tummy tuck but I figured since I was there, I might as well see about getting the whole kit and kaboodle done. I had a little bit of sticker shock when I looked at the total price but ultimately decided to have it all done at once. I don't want to have two recovery periods and if I just fix the tummy, I may regret not getting the top done afterwards. To me, the bottom is a MUST fix. I got the results of my ultrasound and I do have an umbilical hernia, which Dr. Johnson said he would fix at the same time. I've decided to have a breast lift with "C" implants. I hope it's enough??? I don't want too big but I don't want to be small either. Does that make sense? Decisions. Decisions. Also, my doctor only leaves the drain tubes in for two days. YAY! I've really been fretting about those things.
I really hope the pain is manageable. I turned around after about day 8 on my last c-section. I had 23 pounds of excess fluid that I needed medication to get rid of, so I think that delayed my healing some. The pain was ok after about day 5 and I'm so hoping this will be similar.
I don't quite know what to tell my 3 year old son. He knows that mommy has boo boos (because of the diastasis) but I wonder if he'll be horrified when he sees me at home and needing help to move.
Definite plus for me is that I've lost so much weight since my c-section in November 2011 that I don't need lipo on my hips. I'm terrified of lipo since I saw it performed on the show Nip and Tuck. It just looked so aggressive to me. I hope that no lipo means less bruising and less pain.
I'm going back Monday to size for my breasts so I can make a final decision on what cup size I want. I can't wait for my husband to feel the difference between saline implants and silicone. After feeling the difference myself, I told him there is no way I will choose saline over the silicone. There is a $1k difference in price but it's totally worth it to me to get something I'll be happy with in the long run.
My husband and I went Tuesday to try on sizers for...
- 23 Aug 2012
- 27 days pre
Surgery is in about 36 hours. Ugh. I'm getting...
- 17 Sep 2012
- 2 days pre
Day 1 Post Op - So, I am doing much better than I...
- 20 Sep 2012
- 1 day post
Day 2 Post Op - I went to my 2 day follow up...
- 22 Sep 2012
- 3 days post
I was too scared to look at the incisions in my belly and breasts to I had my husband take pictures of them so I could look at them when I was ready. Wow, my body has gone through such a huge transformation. I was taken aback by the size of my new boobs and the unevenness of them. The doctor said that they would settle and become for even. He sized me in the OR for 400 cc on the right and 450 cc on the left. He said that was the size I need for my frame. I've never had big boobs so this will be interesting.
My TT incision is huge. It's not really that sore. Actually, I'm not really that sore. I feel pretty darn good for someone that just went through what I did. He also wanted to make sure that I noticed that he kept my old belly button. I'm not sure how I feel about that yet. I used to have a cute belly button until I started having kids. Then it became an outie and was herniated. I'll just watch it for now but if it's still an outie, I may not be too happy about that. :-)
8 Days Post Op - I feel great. I get a little...
- 27 Sep 2012
- 8 days post
I had a shower 6 days post op because my PS wanted me to wait a day after my drains came out so that the holes could seal a little.The shower felt amazing but I felt vulnerable without my CG on. I kept it off for a few hours because I needed to wash it and let it air dry. The thing still shrunk and now it's uncomfortable as hell. I can't wait to get to change over to the Spanx next week.
My breasts are healing nicely but they still need to drop. I've gotten a heat rash in between them from sweating because I have to wear my CG and sports bra at night and I get night sweats sometimes. I know - 1st World Problems so I'm going to quit complaining.
Next appt. with my PS is Monday so unless anything crazy happens between now and then, I'll update after I see him.
14 Days Post Op - I had my appointment Monday and...
- 3 Oct 2012
- 14 days post
I guess that's all to update now. Except that I need to start using Maderma on my incisions soon. I go back on the 15th and I'll update after that. I'll try to get my husband to take new pics this week and post them.
And if you're reading this, don't misunderstand. I'm not regretting the tummy tuck or implants. The tummy tuck was medically necessary for me because of the hole in my tummy and the hernia. I made the right decision.
15 Days Post Op - WOO HOO. I tried on clothes that...
- 4 Oct 2012
- 15 days post
I'm 5 weeks and one day post op today. I went to...
- 25 Oct 2012
- 1 month post
Also, he's not comfortable going back to Crossfit yet unless I can go "light" which is virtually impossible. I'm so afraid of messing up my tummy tuck that my husband and I have decided that it's probably best to wait the whole 8 weeks post op before trying to go back. I'm worried about my implants and my tummy tuck and what could happen if I do too much too soon. I guess I can kiss my 85# PR on my bench press and deadlifts goodbye for awhile but it's for the best.
I'm still tired all the time. I got 10 hours of sleep last night and could go back to bed. How long does this part last? I'm used to functioning on 6 or 7 hours so this is all very new to me.