I am 36 years old, 5'6" and a very athletic 143 pounds. After breastfeeding both of my kids, my former B cup breasts are now so small and saggy that they barely fill my bra. The skin on my stomach is loose and wrinkly, and my stomach walls push out like a bowl.
I've exercised my body down to 21% body fat, so by now it's pretty clear that this "potbelly" look I've got is permanent without surgical intervention. At first, I was planning to have a breast augmentation only. However, after 3 consultations, I learned that I need a mastopexy (aka a breast lift) as well.
I was thinking about doing the abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck) in the future, but I found out that doing them at the same time would save me at least a week in recovery time. If it takes ~7 days to heal the BA and ~14 days to heal the TT, I figured why not do them both at once and minimize the amount of time I needed to take off work? I consulted with 3 doctors and was surprised at how different each one was in terms of technique, philosophy, office staff, etc.
The first doctor had by far the best office staff. He did beautiful breasts and tummy tucks, and I was ready to sign right then! The second doctor had even more impressive tummy tucks, but I thought his breasts looked more like round-balls-under-chest vs. natural. I considered having one doctor do my breasts and the other do my tummy tuck, but that meant I'd have to deal with recovery from 2 different surgeries. Ummm... Not what I had in mind.
Finally, I consulted with the 3rd doctor. His office was the least organized (He was 50 minutes late for my appointment!), but I was very impressed by him, his credentials, his testimonials, and his explanations. When he explained his breast augmentation and lift approach, I felt that his technique was comparable to the first doctor. However, when he explained to me why he suggested an extended tummy tuck with some liposuction vs. a regular tummy tuck with no lipo, I was convinced that his method would give me a better result. He suggested liposuction for my inner thighs as well (something I would like but hadn't realized could be done all at the same time), and after thinking about it, I realized that while I felt confident about both my first and third surgeons, I would probably be happiest with the more complete package of procedures. So, I paid my deposit today ($2400) and locked in my surgery date: Monday, March 26, 2012.
Here we go!