Full TT, BL, BA, Lipo of inner thighs and flanks in 8 hours and counting!

I dont know what to say. This decision is so major...

I dont know what to say. This decision is so major and huge and exciting and scary. I know so many people think that its unnecessary to spend this amount of money for ultimately selfish reasons...but i have to have this done. I just have to.

I am a 32 year old mother of two(5 and 8) and i have been married to by hubby for over 10 years!:) When my son was born he weighed 12 pounds. Yes, 12. He was HUGE! :)Naturally that pregnancy made its mark on me. However, to place the blame for my body and its shape completely on my pregnancies is unfair. I have never had a hot body. I was always a pretty face on a less than pretty body.

I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. Even before my first baby i had the pooch around the middle. So, while some women may be having this surgery to return their bodies to what they used to be, i am walking into unknown waters. I have never been without the flabby tummy. I cant even imagine what it will be like, what I will be like. Words cant explain how thrilled i am about my approaching transformation!

I am having the works/a FULL mommy makeover with TT, Lipo, BL and BA. I am also a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed at 13 so i have been living with it for 19 years. I know that my glucose has to be in amazing control but i am ready for that. I am ready to do anything i have to do to achieve my goal. I now would consider myself an athlete and i go to the gym 5-6 times a week.

I am 5'9" and currently weigh 191 pounds (down from 220). I will get down into the 170's by my surgery date. I am VERY stubborn and so i know i will get to where i want to be by the end of March. This choice to have such a major procedure done has empowered me more than i could have imagined and i am ready for all that is in store. I am eternally grateful to all who post here, as it has helped guide me in my own decision to have this done. You are all amazing, and i am honored to be a part of this tribe of women who are taking control of their lives and themselves. I appreciate any advice that anyone is willing to give me. I will post before pictures very soon. Good luck and fast healing to everyone out there who are already on the road to recovery!

Hi Lovely Lizzie!!!!

And I thought I had BIG BABIES!!! I am about the same height and weight as you.....of course....I am MUCH OLDER. My boys are now 27, 25 and 21!! My Mommy Makeover is scheduled for 3-15-2012. Keep me posted .......I am also trying to get to 175-180'ish by surgery. WE CAN DO THIS!!! Best wishes!!!!

Welcome to RealSelf! We are here for you and will be throughout your journey.

Congratulations on your weight loss. You sound very determined and I'm sure you can get down into the 170s if you put your mind to it (which you have!).

Also, a 12-pound baby! You have my eternal respect and admiration. Was he a c-section?

You might want to check out JenBob's 10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before A Mommy Makeover. It has a lot of great info.

You are Goddess YOUNG BEAUTIFUL woman, WHO DESERVES THIS. For all you know, you could have full vertical Diastasis Recti tear, and this tummy repair is COMPLETELY MEDICAL after carrying and delivering and raising two darlings through baby and toddler years, sounds like they were big beautiful babies like my boys. I was scared to death but having horrible back problems and after years of PTherapy and disc shots, the surgery discovered what i knew was true but NOBODY in the male-dominated medical world understands is a HUGE medical condition, I had a SIX INCH WIDE VERTICAL TEAR (Diastasis recti) and 9-10" long. Biggest doctor ever seen, I'm in mid 30s. I had to have 6 hours of reconstructive surgery to fix what my perfect babies had done to my body. Pregnancy and deliveries, both difficult, have had 3 surgeries, 2 pregnancies, delivering 2 babies, in 4 years. Destroyed my body. But of course they were worth it. I took care of them in chronic pain for years. 4 months ago, I had the repair surgery. Scared to death. I had so much muscle repair (unlikely u will have so bad) that am still recovering, wearing brace, but doing my very manual-labor oriented job of carrying 2 35+ lb toddlers.... so much harder job than my corporate high-profile city career in media/lobbying/television. MY point is: YOU DESERVE THIS and much of it IS medical and YOU ARE NOT selfish. I had 7-8 layers (all core muscles) split opened and gone, total of about 60" of muscle repair! Babies can reek havoc on some women's bodies, others are more lucky and get through without tearing or surgery...my other surgery was post 1st baby, emergency, 4+ laceration 'down there' you don't want more details. SORRY for the long response but DONT ever think or say you are SELFISH- YOU deserve this - you are MOTHER GODDESS. REPEAT OVER AND OVER. YOU DESERVE THIS. YOU ARE GODDESS MOTHER OF 2.

Its so hard to wait, but i am glad to have time to...

Its so hard to wait, but i am glad to have time to get even more fit and to loose more weight (i lost 2 pounds this week! yay!)

I am going in to pay the full amount of my surgery on Monday i hope. I need to lock it in the make it real, you know?

I am still trying to decide how big to go on top. I am a runner and i love dancing and playing with my kids so i dont want my boobs knocking me out during workouts or anything. I guess the reaction i want is "Nice rack!" Im 5'9". Any thoughts? I was leaning towards a D...or DD? :)?
Lizzie-yes, you are right, in just a few months it will all be behind us. And I am sure when March gets here it will fly by, just hoping that February goes quickly. I was looking at myself in the mirror last night ,and I can't wait. I am so sick of looking 5 months PG by the end of the night, grr.

And holy cow on the size of your little boy, Chubby babies are sure cute though :-) My biggest was only 8'11 and i though he was good sized. Kids!
Thanks for all the support, ladies! Wow, i never knew how much i would need and appreciate these kind words!
Angiemcc- yes, my boy was a c-section (thank God!) He was so big when he was born that he had a fat roll on the back of his neck and he was too big for 3 month cloths! :) Now he's a hansome, scrawny five year old whos jeans fall of his skinny little hips :)

Megan and AZkitty- lets keep in touch and be supports to each other, since we'll be going through this around the same time! Congrats to all of us for doing this. In a few months time we will all be sitting pretty, literally!

scaredmommy- I am a goddess, i am a goddess, i am a goddess! And you are one tough cookie! You are brave and stronger than you know. I am so glad you are on the way to recovery!

You all are so wonderful to support me unconditionally. I hope i can do that same for you all.
I am so with you, I am mostly just sp stinking ready, but I have a teensy bit of fear too! Good luck to you, can 't wait to see your results. I am a few weeks before you on March 9th.

I am now officially $16,000 poorer (ouch!), but...

I am now officially $16,000 poorer (ouch!), but 16,000% happier! Hollah! I am so glad that my surgery is paid off and that i can rest easy knowing that this is real. Its really going to happen! No one can take it away from me now. I am locked in, baby! Thats just amazing.

I feel kind of stupid because even though my date is two months away, it's all i can talk about. Every free moment is spent writing questions to ask my Dr, making shopping lists for before surgery, looking online at before and after pictures (man i have seen a lot of tummies and boobies lately)Its all i want to do.

I try to picture what i will look like but i think i have decided to try and stop doing that. There is no way to imagine the end results. All i can do is keep on my weight loss journey and focus on my goal of 170 by my surgery date. I have lost 16 pounds in two months so i have faith i can get to that goal (or at least close to it) in time. I am now 188.

I just want to eat clean, workout and make myself stronger, and keep my mind calm and focused. That is my hope these last few weeks.

I still am not sure how big to go with the BA, and i am now trying to figure out what to tell my extremely perceptive 7 and 5 year old about why mommy had surgery and cant do anything for a few days. Any thoughts?

Anyhoo...excited but trying to still live in the moment. I want to get my before pictures up here asap. Im sure you are all just dying to see them ;)

Love to you all! Now i must get back to watching a biggest loser marathon. Im hooked!
I'm 5'9" around 175 most days and I went with 400/425 cc's! I'm a full D and love the look! Love the fact that you can readily admit your stubborn!! I'm stubborn but would never let it be known!! Best of luck!!

Is it March 26th yet?....No?....Damn.....

Is it March 26th yet?....No?....Damn.....
WHOO HOOOO......it will be here before you know it.... I am on the 15th, so just a few days before you. Let me know what you are thinking about as far as BA size..... We are just about the same size... I am 189 right now....and hoping to be 175 - 180 for surgery. I was thinking Full C or Small D.....I don't want to go too big, but want to be a nice size for my height.... I totally understand the whole looking at pics all the time....It is how I spend most of my nights lately.... I can't wait for the "apron" to be gone and to have my boobies be "high and tight" again..... COME ON MARCH....get here!!!

So i've had my first dream about my surgery. In my...

So i've had my first dream about my surgery. In my dream i was freaking out because the power was out and i was like "but how will i get my surgery done if the microwave isnt working? How am i supposed to nuke off this fat without power, people?!" Apparently in my dream i was planning on microwaving myself into mommy makeover heaven. Hmmmmmm....
I cant wait to see what else my subconscious comes up with over the next few weeks! Stay tuned...

On a more serious note, while brushing my teeth today i had the moment that i have been waiting to have since i booked my MM. The "what if i die on the table and leave my family wifeless and motherless?!" moment. It honestly hadnt occured to me until today. I know that it is HIGHLY unlikely but still i love life and my family too much to not think about it, you know?

And then when i was in the gym, feeling strong and athletic and full of energy i realized that i am willingly cutting myself into pieces and taking myself out of the game for several weeks. And thats really hard. i love working out. It's like my therapy. I need to sweat out the crazy, you know? I know that it is all for the greater good, and that once on the other end of this that i will never regret this choice. But i have to deal with these fears now so i can be prepared. or at least sort of prepared.

But there's nothing like looking at before and after pictures and reading all of your updates to cure a girl of doubt, so thanks ladies!

Now, to finish up on a crude note... ;)
Do those who have been through the MM recommend shaving the hoo-ha or waxing it? ive never waxed before but would be willing to if it makes life more comfortable while recovering. Opinions, please!
Man, I could have written half your posts, lol. It is so nice to know we are not alone in this and our feelings. My husband and I were talking about the risks last night too, but we determined, you know, I could just easily be hit while driving for my car or running down the street. Life is too short not to be happy.

And you are right, my surgery is 5 weeks away and it is literally all I can think about. And I am going to Puerto rico in 2 weeks,lol, I just want it know so I can get the unknown behind me. And it is really hard sometimes, because I am not telling everyone and I have to stop myself before I spill the beans.

I pay in full in 11 days, gulp, the down payment has already been done. But yeah, it will feel good to be LOCKED in.
I agree.....That is the size I think I am going for too.. My personal trainer is DD and she told me NOT to go that big. They get in the way and even worse....she has a terrible time fitting into cute shirts. In order to get the shirt to fit her boobies it is too big everywhere else. D it is for me too...... Can't wait to be there..... Keep me posted.....I am so excited for us both!!!
AZKitty- I am thinking i want to be a full D. Not a DD, like i previously thought. I dont want to be all boobs and im too much of a runner to deal with bobbies hitting me in my face when i work out. I want a nice rack but im a modest girl so i think a D will be enough :)

So here i am, in my full glory. My husband, who...

So here i am, in my full glory. My husband, who took the pictures, told me to focus on the positive aspects of my body and to imagine the after pictures when i start to freak out. He told me he thinks i will look amazing :) I really hope so.

You know, at the start of this process i wasnt sure if my husband was behind my decision or not. I knew i had to do it but i think he felt let out of the process or something. But now he is being so encouraging and supportive and it means so much to me. His faith and positive energy is not necessary, but it is sooooooo nice to have.

On a side note, i think that those pictures was the first time in maybe eight years that i have stood naked in front of him in the daylight. I hope to do more of that after my surgery! ;)
Your going to love the results- its a scary, amazing, life changing surgury , having had mine in August - and loving the results - currently recovering from a revision I can say its been a awesome journey :) best of luck to you !
Yay for pics, RRE927 is right, it is liberating and it will feel so good to have the comparison shots.

And thanks for asking about waxing and shaving, I had not thought of that yet...

We are getting closer everyday!!
Proud of you!!! No shame in the pics, we've been there. I went ahead and did the wax thing which hubby thoroughly enjoyed of course but your PS is right. I was going nuts with the itchiness!

Hello ladies :) I cant believe that i am less...

Hello ladies :)

I cant believe that i am less than 5 weeks away. Insane. I am down to 186 with a weigh-in tomorrow so hopefully even less in the morning. Come on green tea, work your diuretic magic!

I try to spend a few times each week meditating about how grateful i am for my healthy, strong body. I know that after the surgery i will feel like crap for quite some time. So i have been trying to live in a positive thankful place where i feel gratitude for being able to climb out of bed in the morning easily and with no pain in stead of being a crabby patty about having to wake up. Im not always sucessful at this, but the effort is there!

I continue to eat very clean. So clean in fact that when i splurge just a tiny little bit on something off my diet i suffer the next day with a food hangover where i feel slow and tired and kind of stupid. SO annoying. Cant a girl have a little brie now and then? Geez...

I also go to the gym about 5 times a week and i honestly love it. Its my time and i relish in the fact that i finish each workout with a feeling of empowerment and a general psyched-i rock-go me attitude.

I had a lightbulb moment the other day. I am not the fat girl any more. It may look like it in my picture but i really am not. And after the surgery removes this rediculous skin belt around me and i can live life without the inner tube on my waist i will look awesome. Is it crazy to be slightly afraid of that fact? I have never looked awesome. That is not self deprication just the honest truth. My sister told me to be prepared for more attention paid to my looks and i try to say that i am prepared...but im not sure i am.

Anyhow, doing my best to mentally and physically get where i need to be in five weeks and i think i am well on my way....but ask me again in 4 weeks and i bet ill have a different story to say. ;)

Good luck to any ladies out there who are heading to surgery soon! Prayers are with you :)
So true on the food hangover, it just makes your skin hurt, doesn't it? I have had to wean myself off the junk from being on vacation, all though I was not too bad, just a bit more carbs and desserts that I normally do. Oh and rum,lol.
Hey Betty! I am doing saline, as that is what my PS recommended. He said the same thing to me that he said to you- i have enough tissue in my own breast to give me the look and feel that i want for a grand less. Apparently there is a smooth profile saline implant that he loves and is his absolute favorit. You know, i am in MN too. I am going to Edina Plastic Surgery. Where are you going?!

I think that if the PS have confidence in the saline then i would be inclined to trust him/her.

Our days are coming fast! Hooray for us!!!
Hi Lizzie. I'm right before you March 22nd. I was wondering if you were doing silicone or saline?

I am having a hard time believing that i am only a...

I am having a hard time believing that i am only a few weeks away from my surgery date! Truth be told, the closer i get the more psyco-OCD i am getting. Not surprising i guess. Most of us go through this i assume. So maybe its not strange that i went cuckoo today and sent the hubby and kids out to a movie so i could clean the house top to bottom. I was scrubbing my garbage can and vacuuming the vacuum when i realized that i am now in full force nesting mode. Good i guess, since was house was dirty!

At the grocery store i started buying food that i will make into dinners and freeze for the family when i cant cook. Tomorrow i will beging shopping for post surgery supplies with my mom. Im a list girl- i looooooove my lists. In fact, i began making my surgery lists months ago. So the fact that i am now needing and using my lists is major! :)

But i am getting scared. Not that im going to die on the table or anything, but of recovery. The pain is a little intimidating but honestly what i worry about the most is not being able to take care of my family. I know that i have help in the form of my mother, sister, friends, and a perfectly capable loving husband. But in my house i am a bit of a control freak. I like things done my way and even though i know others can cook and clean and help with the kids it makes me sad that i wont be able to for awhile. I love taking care of my family. It makes me feel complete and fulfilled. It may sound hokey but in my house when im doing the mom and wife gig i feel balanced and happy and grateful. Dont get me wrong, there are days when i want to quit and stop and run away from cranky/demanding kids or hubby. But the vast majority of the time i like being the one who cooks the best eggs and knows where everything is and how to get everything done. I'll hate having to watch from the couch.

So those are the demons i am batteling right now. The closer i get though the more certain i am that i want it done and that i am doing the right thing. I know that the next three weeks will be over in the blink of an eye. This coming week i have my pre-op and my Dr check up and parent teacher conferences so that will keep me busy.

Still praying for all those recovering and those entering surgery soon! Good luck ladies!!!
Megan you are right. It is like preparing for a baby, what with the fact that it is ALL i can think about and im constantly reading everything i can about it and i feel like life will never be the same after :) And Kitty, thank you so much for reminding me about something that i believe so strongly in-positivity! I know that if we can stay in a positive head space that recovery will be so much better. We want this. We deserve this. Our bodies are strong and healthy and amazing in their ability to heal. We will all do great! Thanks ladies :)
Yep, felt/feeling the exact same way. I keep reading the whole "nesting" thing is normal. And it is so much life preparing for baby. You just have to let yourself relax and know that it is only temporary. At least, this is what I keep telling myself. Getting close, and you are right, next vacation we will be smokin hot!!
We are in the same "get ready" mode........It is an exciting time.....hard to think about anything else. Like you the first few days of recovery scare me the most....we just need to be "glass half full" gilrls and talk ourselves down when we get on the other side the first few days. No pain......no gain... We can do this!! Keep me posted!

So i went to my pre-op today with the hubby and i...

So i went to my pre-op today with the hubby and i feel great now. Last night i had to remind my husband that the Dr would be touching my breasts and that he wasnt allowed to freak out! Luckily he (hubby) did very well and gave the Dr a thumbs up! I had my list of questions ready and the Dr answered all of them without skipping a beat. His confidence is so wonderful. It does wonders for calming my own fears. Then it was time to pick the boobs. After trying them on and jumping around and taking pictures i decided on somewhere between 475-500 saline. I made it crystal clear that i dont want to be "all boobs" nor do i want to look foolish or have an obviously fake rack. The Dr assured me that he understands my wishes and that he will make me look great! Yay!

On the way to the appt i was freaking out a little bit. The closer i get the more worried i have become about not being able to take care of my family. Its funny because im not concerned for myself or my healing but for my kids and husband. I feel like im standing at the edge of a cliff looking down. I know i have to jump but the longer i stand there and the longer i wait the more hesitant i become. I need to jump already!!!

I want to really focus these last 2 1/2 weeks on eating clean and working out and giving my body the tools it will need to help me heal. I also want to relish the feeling of being active and energetic. 19 days is nothing. It will pass in a moment, i know. I stopped taking my fish oil and multi-vitamin. I also gave up drinking green tea :( which i hate because mama looooooves her green tea. Oh well. Its only for a few weeks. I also have my Dr check-up on friday and im planning on a brazilian wax
(Eeek!) and a pedicure so i will feel pretty :)

Blessings to all those healing and heading in soon themselves!
Hi, after reading your blogs and looking at your photos, you look and remind me of myself! I haven't been able to post pics yet, however, when I do, check them out. We have the same body type. I should say (had). I had my surgery two weeks ago tomorrow. You have a ton of the same questions, and feelings I had! My Dr. Told me if I was going to wax, wax a week before the actual day, that would prevent possible infections/ ingrown hairs! So I did a week before and it is just starting to grow back, much better than shaving! Just be warned, if you have never done it before it does hurt! As far as my weight, I was a machine at the gym too and got my weight down to 170 for three solid months before surgery. At my Pre op visit, I weighed in at 169 with all my clothes and shoes on! Yay me! I hope to post pics before you go in so you can see my breast size. I also told my Dr. I didn't want my boobs to take over my body, and that I like to be active, run, all the same thing you said. I ended up telling him to use his better judgement, and go with something that fits my frame. I as well was going to do saline, BC it was "safer" in my head, and cost less. However, I really wanted to go with gel because if it leaks, it stays within the implant, and it feels more natural. Last minute, he said we were going to go with gel, and that I would be much happier with gel than saline. I'm glad I did, they do look and feel very natural. As far as you being a control freak, I am too, however, you get over it. There is nothing you can do, until you are fully recovered. It sucks but it's just the way it is. I have blogged about my experiences and I was really truthful on how it is after surgery, and what to expect. I hope some of what I wrote will help you with your thoughts and not scare you to much! You will be fine, good luck and let me know if you have any questions!
yay for a great pre op appointment. It was kind of weird to have the Dr feel me up with my hubby watching lol, although he has seen me pass 3 kids out :0 Not too long now!!

OK...so in about 31 hours or so i will going...

OK...so in about 31 hours or so i will going under! This has been a crazy 17 days. My mom has been really ill and there was a time that i thought i may have to postpone my surgery so i could take care of her. But...barring any new health disasters i think im still going through with it.

There has been hardly any time to think about myself these last few days and what is about to happen. When people ask me "are you nervous" or "are you scared" im like "why? Oh wait....im being cut in half. Riiiiiiight....."

But im still not nervous yet. i think im waiting for someone to snatch this opportunity away from me at the last second. But man oh man do i hope nothing goes wrong and that early on monday morning all goes as planned.

I have everything i need. I have all my supplies and tons of healthly food. I have a little cleaning left to do and a little more cooking and then i should be good to go! My sister is coming in from out of town tomorrow which is WONDERFUL! She is my best friend and not only can she help me but she can help my mom. Tomorrow i plan to get a pedicure and to eat light and relax so i feel completely prepared...at least as much as possible. So only a day or so left, ladies....holy crap! Here we go....

So i have six hours before i need to be up and...

So i have six hours before i need to be up and showering to leave for my surgery! My stomach has been in knots all day. The worst part was putting my kids to bed and having my 8 year old daughter cry because she is afraid and wants me to pick her up from school tomorrow- no one else. Then i started thinking about "what if this is the last time i get to sing them to bed and kiss their beautiful faces and tell them i love them"
I know that is crazy talk and that ill be fine. But you cant help but wonder and worry a bit when you have so much to lose.

I have everything set up and ready for when i get home. Say prayers for me, ladies, please. I really believe in them and in positive energy so any you can send my way is greatly appreciated. Blessings to all those who are healing and those about to dive in like me. Much courage and strength to us all! :)
Where are your after pic's????? How did it all go?
Hi, I am planning to do the same thing but do not see an post op updates from you - how did it go? Hope all went well!!
Checking in to see how you're doing. I hope you are ok. Healing thoughts coming your way.
Edina Plastic Surgeon

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