Painful but would do it again tomorrow

Hi girls. Like so many of you out there ,I have...

Hi girls. Like so many of you out there ,I have been reading everyone's stories and finally decided to share mine

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My name is Ria. I am 42 years old with 3 children. Identical twin girls who are 7 years old and a son who is 5. I am 5'8" and was always fairly thin ( 135lbs) that is until I started fertility treatments about 10 years ago. Thankfully I conceived fairly quickly but gained 30 lbs before I even got pregnant due to all of the drugs. During first pregnancy I gained over 100 pounds. Crazy. I didn't lose much of it before getting pregnant again with my son. After my son was born I just didn't have the willpower to lose the weight. I was depressed and just not enjoying life. 4 years later I knew I had to do something. I just wasn't ' living' and knew it wasn't fair to my children. I joined weight watchers and worked out 6 days a week. I lost nearly 80 pounds in about 8 months and feel fantastic,. After the weight loss I have loose skin ( and fat) around my stomach. So I am having a mommy makeover in 5 weeks! I am having a breast lift along with the tt. I am so excited but of course nervous. I actually thought I would be more nervous than I am but reading all if your stories made me more excited than nervous . Thank you all for that.


I live on long island in new York and am having my surgery in new York city. I consulted with quite a few dr's but ultimately knew right away which dr was for me. Living so close to NYC I have access to so many wonderful plastic surgeons.
I am happy to be going through this journey with all of you. I look forward to getting to know many of you and sharing our experiences.
Good luck to you all!!

Would love to hear about the TT procedure your doc developed. What makes it unique?
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My ps didn't give those details. I had so many questions to ask and forget half of them. He doesn't show before/ after pics ( thee are a few on his web site) and u can't ask to speak to a prior patient for feedback. How many dr's did u see before u decided? Do u have kids?
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I interviewed 4 board certified surgeons before I decided. My bio-identical hormone doc recommended the surgeon I chose.

Without being able to ask all your questions, are you sure you feel comfortable w/ your PS?

I have 3 kids (19, 15 and 12)!
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Well yesterday was a month until my 'mommy...

Well yesterday was a month until my 'mommy makeover' reading everyone's experience on this site has helped so much. I want to post pics soon, but I have to figure out how. ( I am starting to sound like my mother) I am still not terribly nervous. I am waiting for that to kick in. I ordered all of my ' supplies' . As far as bandages and anything elSe to care for the wound, the nurse brings it with her. So that's one less thing to think about. I ordered an interesting product and wanted to know if anyone has used it. It is card gel zone. It wraps around your midsection to hold you in and also has the silicone healing product to help with the scarring. It got great reviews. Had anyone used it??
Sounds exciting! We will be having our procedures at about the same time (well probably the same day with the US/AU time difference!).
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Hello, to add pics just click on "update profile" and then scroll down and you will see add photos. Hope this helps :)
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Nik 1705 do u mean 13, 400?
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2 week countdown...... Hi ladies. I cannot...

2 week countdown......
Hi ladies. I cannot express how reading everyone's posts daily has truly helped me prepare for this journey. You all make me feel so 'normal' when I feel a certain way and then find out that you all have felt the same at some point. I was experiencing only excitement up until a few days ago. Then nerves settled in. I ordered the hospital bed today. I was going back n forth deciding if it was necessary. I finally decided to just do it bc I would rather be safe then sorry. My bed is very high up.
I really feel like I know some of you. I am eagerly waiting to see how you all make out. I too will post after surgery as soon as I am up to it.
I am working out extra hard and eating minimal to get a few extra pounds off!!
So does anyone know if we can wear nail polish?????

5 more days! I am starting to get that...

5 more days! I am starting to get that overwhelming emotional and nervous feeling!!! I know it's normal thanks to this site. I have 3 small children and all I think about is them. Did anyone have tge "worst case scenario" run through their head or is that just me ????
I rented a hospital bed and a walker. After reading how dizzy people get when walking I decided a walker may be helpful. It was $100 to rent for a month or $120 to buy. I bought it.I also rented a table with wheels that goes across the bed if needed and a raised toilet seat.
It's funny, since booking these procedures all I could think about tge aesthetic results. Now all I do is pray that I wake up. I cry all the time. I walked in my daughters room the other other day while they were in school and sat on their bed and just cried. Please tell me I am normal for feeling this way bc I am truly starting to question it,
I'm one week post-op, which means you're a little more than a week now! How are you feeling? I hope you're well. Let us know how you're doing...
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hope ur surgery went well!!! Happy healing n hope ur resting well!!!
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Hope today was wonderful for you. I wish you a speedy recovery
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Hi. Well it's been over 2 weeks recovery and I am...

Hi. Well it's been over 2 weeks recovery and I am still far from myself yet. Whoever compares a tummy tuck to the same pain as a c section had a really bad csection. Not even close. This pain has been worse for sure. I finally started feeling better about 4 days ago but still tire out easily. Results are fantastic . Yes, swollen a bit but not one piece of fat on my stomach. I also had a breast lift. I look 16 again. ! Ok this is my problem and I need advice. Now I am noticing how big my thighs are. Has anyone had lipo? Can I hear results???? Hope u all are doing well.
Ria
LIMom32 can you tell me if u ended up choosing a ps and if yes whom? I'm interested in a MM I've been to few consults no one really stuck out , however I am considering dr Shulman however just based on reviews and credientials.I live in Nassau county as well, would appreciate any feedback. Tnx in advance
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Asardi, I live in Nassau county too and had a mommy makeover on sept. I couldn't be happier with the results. I used a NYC dr. Dr Alan Matarasso. If u read about him u will be blown away. He's one of the top plastic surgeons in NYC. He's also a nice man, he listens, and doesn't rush you. I actually consulted with dr Shulman as well but in my opinion he was just too young. Another terrific surgeon who sometimes works with Matarasso is dr David Shafer. NYC as well. Look him up. As far as Nassau county dr's the only one I would use is dr Alan gold. He is a perfectionist. I just had full leg lipo w Matarasso this past Wednesday 3/6. I happened to be very informed on plastic surgeons so if u have any questions I would be happy to help. The best advice I got going through all of these surgeries is .... Don't let the price make your decision.
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Tnx so much for taking your time , I had actually consulted with dr Schaffer as well ,$ is really not part of my consideration when it comes to choosing a ps I feel nyc is just pricey a few $ here and there won't make it or break it. I will definterly look up dr matarasso and go for consult. My biggest concern when it comes to choosing a dr is honestly I'd like to know what the most probable out come is and obviously don't want the "fake/ps look" besides cridentials and reviews. Can you pls tell me your experience as far as recovery goes .Im a 30 yr ok mother of 4 , 5'6 tall currently weigh about 140 . I gained about 60-70lbs with each pregnancy I lost all about 6 wks post partum still wanna lose 20 more b4 surgery , which is like to book for may. As you can imagine this fluctuation has done a job on my body which is so so depressing I was always a thin fit girl .I work a full time job as an allergist it's actually quit difficult for me to take time off so I'm hopping 10-14 days will be sufficient .Im considering a tt, breast lift with aug as well as lipo of inner putter thigh and flanks , is dr Alan gold in Syosset ? I work there couple days a wk I think I might have seen his name Jericho turnpike maybe ? I can't thank you enough for all the info I'm so so nervous about doing this I have recently had a right knew reconstruction which was very very unpleasant to say the least if you could share your experience as far as recovery etc...would be so helpful
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Alan matarasso

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