Momma Makeover - Omaha, NE

I am so nervous and excited about my upcoming...

I am so nervous and excited about my upcoming surgery. I am getting a breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction on my thighs, and last but not least a tummy tuck. I have been up and down with my weight for about 10 years. I have lost weight and gained it all back. It is aweful. I work out at least 4-6 times weekly at a kick boxing class. I am hoping I can get my old figure back before I had 3 kids. My kids are 21,17 and 10 years old. I am trying to get everything worked out before the surgery. I have an at home business, I run it with my sister. I m trying to get some extra help for my sister so I can take a full 2 weeks off. This website is definitely helping me with a lot of information. My weight right now is 159 lbs. and I am 5 ft 2 in. tall. I am hoping this surgery will help.

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Thanks for starting your story on RealSelf! I'm so glad the site is helping you with your journey. Check out this list of supplies you might find handy for recovery and please keep us posted throughout your journey.

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Hi there! Our surgeries are 20 days apart...good luck!
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Good luck to you too!! I am so nervous, scared and excited all at the same time. I can't wait to see the new me!! I hope you have a great experience.

Should I get lipo with my tummy tuck?

I can't seem to lose any weight. I was really hoping to lose at least 10 pounds but I am not having any luck. Should I get get lipo with my tummy tuck to at least help out. I don't want this to out bad. Please help.

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Also I do work out every morning for 45 minutes at a kickboxing class.

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Worried

I am getting worried about my upcoming surgery. I talked to someone last night and she said someone had a bad experience with my doctor. I am scared now because I only went one place for a consultation and I loved my doctor that I decided to go with him. Should I go for a 2nd consultation with another doctor? Please help!!

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I lost 3 pounds but you can't tell yet. I am trying though.

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Hello!!! I'm going for my mommy makeover on 10/28. I am also a mom of 3 . I too am 5"2 159, well I just lost 4 lbs. hopefully can lose another 10 before surgery! Good luck!
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Hi did u go for another consult? Everyone here recommends atleast 2..btw a lot of moms get lipo along with TT and BA if the under time is reasonable (between 4-6 hrs). I'm getting lipo done of outer thigh and upper arm (everything under 6 hrs). My ps says I'm not too big so it's ok. Have u tried buying a Vitamix to juice veggies and whole fruit and substitute 1 meal with that? For me it helped to keep dinner soupy to lose some weight. I too work out hard. There are ups and downs sure :-)
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Thanks for responding to my question. I will have to try that Vitamix to replace a meal a day. Right now I am just eating 1200 calories a day. I think sometimes I workout too much. I am going for a 2nd consultation hopefully this week. I really like my doctor I have though. It won't hurt to get a second opinion though. Thanks again for responding. Good luck on your mommy makeover.

Getting excited

I have my pre op on Friday. I only have 24 more days until surgery!! I am getting really excited and nervous. I need to make a list of things I need to get and do before my surgery. I need to make sure my family will be taken care of. I have not lost my 10 pounds yet, I only lost 7 pounds. I did walk/jog 8.25 miles this morning though. My feet really hurt. I am trying but it is hard to eat healthy. I am on the go all the time so we eat out a lot. I will keep trying though.

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If you have a smart phone try using the lose it app...it really keeps you accountable to eat the right amount of calories to lose weight...it's definitely the eating that makes the difference in losing and not...usually we are eating more than we realize...give it a try, it's really helped me!
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Thanks. I will try it.

3 more weeks

I am getting so excited now. Three more weeks to the day!! I can't wait to see my new body!! I didn't lose the 10 pounds I wanted to but that alright. I lost inches instead. Two more days and I go to my Pre op. I have so much to get ready before my big day. I am should be ready though!!

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Hi..I too am scheduled for the month of October....10/11...good luck on your journey!!!!
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Pre op today

I had my Pre op today. They are paid up. On my way to that appointment I was so nervous I almost threw up. I can't imagine the day of surgery. I am really scared now. I want this surgery so bad but I have only had one surgery my whole life. It was an easy surgery, I got my tubes tied. I was up and shopping the next day. I know that this surgery is much more severe. I can handle it but I am really scared. I have 19 days left. I have to start getting all my supplies. I am very excited to see my new body!! I also have a question for anyone who can help me. I read that I have to wait until my drain tubes are out to take a shower. Is that true? Also how long do you usually keep the tubes in?

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I am the same day as you....we can get thru it together...
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Hi! I have mine scheduled for sept 30th! I enjoyed reading your review. It's gives me some peace of ins that many women go through the same body issues I go through. I'm 5'5 and weigh 170. I was (bc I stopped two weeks ago due to home remodeling) working out 2/3-4x a week and all the time I would be very frustrated with my weight. I lose it, gain it, and lose it again. I also wanted to lose at least 10 lbs before surgery but I just kinda have in and scheduled my surgery one month sooner than I thought I would do it. I beat myself up too much with my body issues. I too, hope this surgery will boost my self esteem and work in the gym. Good luck to you. We can do this!!!
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I hope your surgery went alright. I am glad I am not the only person out there that feels hopeless with my body. Let me know how everything went when you feel up to it.

Only a few more days

I am getting so nervous now!! My surgery is on Wednesday. I am trying to get everything ready. I am kind of obsessing. I cleaned the heavy cleaned the house, did most of the laundry and getting groceries tomorrow. I think I got everything I need for my surgery. Here is the list that I have.
Lots of gauze
Gauze tape
Pillow wedge
Neck pillows
Tylenol PM
Stool softener
Laxative pills
2 pair of pantyhose
Pill organizer
Camera
Camera memory card
Necklace to hang my drains
Crackers
Bottled water
Walker
Stool for my bedside
Kleenex
Tums
Neosporin
Hibiclens
Please let me know if I am missing anything. I can't think of anything right now.
It's so weird to have this nervousness and excitement at the same time. I am going to take a few more pictures tomorrow.

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Good luck tomorrow ! We are going to go thrubthis together and I am so nervous ! But that is to be expected! My dr just told me I am getting exparel instead of the pump. I hope that it works as good as I have read ! Stay in touch and we can compare recoveries!!!
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Good luck to you too!! I am kind of freaking out today. I keep thinking about it. I am excited but I have never been through any surgery so it scares me. I am getting drains so I will let you know how it goes. Again Good Luck!!
Good luck! Very exciting!!
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Pre surgery photos

The night before my surgery. I am so scared. Don't get my wrong, I want this surgery so bad. I don't think I will be getting any sleep tonight. My surgery is at 7am. I have to be there at 6am.

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If anyone had both implants and a tuck did u have to be put completely out? I wasn't for my c-section why do I have to be for this? I think that's my biggest fear!
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I forgot to mention I'm 2 weeks PO.
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Hi there. You should be in bed sleeping now and you have arrived to the bright side! Have lots of patience. The first 3-4 days are the worst. Just take all your meds as prescribed and ask your dr for after care instructions. Make sure you have someone by your side 24/7. You'll need help for eberything! Everything will need to be handed to you and you will need help adjusting pillows and getting in and out of bed. Good luck with everything! God bless! You will be fine!
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3 days post

The day of my surgery wasn't bad at all. I got up all day and tried to go to the bathroom. I couldn't pee until it was around 8 pm though. Yesterday was horrible though. I was in pain all day I went to the doctor and got sick while I was there. That was embarrassing. Today I am feeling pretty good.. I am bruised all over my hips from the lipo. From what I see I like it

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Boobs

I got a breast augmentation and a lift. They are so high up right now. When do they drop and begin to look more natural?

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Congratulations. I think I am doing better every day !. My body is demanding alot of rest !
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Congrats to you too!! I am starting to feel better now. I am having a heck of a time taking stool movement. That's what hurts today. Other than that just really sore. I feel like I was beaten up. I hope everything keeps going good for you too.
Get Senacot! You will poop with hours!! Stool softer does no work! My husband is a pharmacist!

Post op

I am 8 days post op. I still can't get out of bed. I am really getting frustrated. I am getting fevers in and out. I have already gone to the emergency room once and they said everything was fine. I am hardly draining from one of my tubes but the other one is draining a ton. I am suppose to go to work on Monday. I don't know if I can. I am freaking out. Has anyone else gone through this?

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Hi what type of work do you have? If you are lifting etc pls don't go that early if you can manage to take another week off its best. If its a desk job perhaps it is ok. Have someone drive you if possible. My PS says even driving puts strain as you turn etx.
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I am child care provider. That is why I am totally freaked out. I still have my drains in too. I didn't realize how hard the recovery would be. Thanks for your response though.
Yes the surgery is 4 to 5 hours so you have to be under! Don't worry you won't remember it at all! You literally lay down and you wake up!

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I am now 10 days post op. I feel absolutely awful. I am constantly getting hot and cold flashes. I can't hardly bend over. I still have both my drains in. It feels like this is never going to end. I can't tell what my body looks like what. I also have been stuck in my house the entire time. And I can't take a shower yet because of my stupid drains. Can someone give me some suggestions on what to do?

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1 tube out

I got one tube out. The tube was stuck inside me. That side feels 100% better. Now the other side is stuck. I am hoping and praying the Doctor will take it out tomorrow. This pain I am feeling is worse than anything I have ever felt. I had three children totally (no medication at all) natural. This pain is worse. I can't even tell tell what my body looks like yet. I am crying all the time. I don't know why I am so freaking emotional. This surgery is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

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Awe...it will pass I promise it's such a huge operation and everyone reacts differently to the meds and surgery...It could be your antibiotics that can make you puke! If you are really concerned go back to your PS!
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I went to my PS today and he pulled out my second drain. I feel a lot better now. Thanks so much for your concern.
I'm so sorry you're feeling that way. I'm in the same boat!! I feel horrible 4 days post op can't keep anything down!! Hang in there!!
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Drain free

My 2nd drain got pulled today. I feel so much better now. I have to wait until tomorrow to take a shower though. I am going to take the longest shower. I am so excited. It's funny the things you take for granted like taking a shower until you can't take one for 12 days. Sponge baths are no fun!! I will take pictures tomorrow and show everyone my progress.

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Glad your feeling better. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Looking great...I know it sucks to feel horrible, I go in an out of being exhausted, to constipated, to being sore at 3 weeks out...it's a pretty big deal as our bodies are adjusting...You are looking great though!
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Thank you!! I had to take a few more days off of my job. I am starting back next week. I am kind of nervous because my belly wound is still oozing all the time. I am so bloated, I hope my body starts looking better. Thanks for responding though. I hope everything is going good with you.
My body is oozing too..get used to it, it could be weeks to heal! I hate it too but I made it through that surgery and know it will end over time! Swelling I was Tim is about a 3 to 5 month issue then it stops! Ugh! But I feel so much better getting the fat and skin off!

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It has been about 2 1/2 weeks since surgery and I still feel light headed all the time. I feel dizzy and not all the way there. It is weird, I haven't taken any pain medication for over a week. Has anyone else felt this? I just feel like I am in a dream. I am starting to work again on Monday so I am a little nervous. I also would like to know if anyone has had a lot of gross pusiness in their TT wound?

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I had my surgery last Monday. I went back to work yesterday. How long we're u girls swollen? Nothing fits me;(! The longer I'm on my feet the bigger I get! Did this happen to anyone else?
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Stitches out

I got all of my stitches out today. My stomach is still a little nasty looking because I have an open part in it. My boobs look awesome though. I am so excited about them. I hope my stomach heals up quickly so I can wear clothes comfortably.

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Looking great though, massive thing we put our bodies through so will be expected to be up and down! I'm current real down at the moment but hopeful for the end result! Happy healingxxxx
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Your lookin great, still need to be resting. Happy healing love!
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Questions

I had a mommy makeover in October and I am still having complications. My belly button starting getting a big blister on it about 2 months ago. Come to find out my body was trying to fight something off. My doctor couldn't find anything for about a month. One month ago he found a stitch that was wrapped around my muscle and pulled it out. It was about 2 feet long. It hurt so bad. I am still trying to heal up from that. I am very worried that the stitch was suppose to be there. I keep reading the muscles are suppose to be stitched together. Can someone please let me know if that's true. Thanks

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