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Planning the Mommy Makeover - Orlando, FL
- posted 2 years ago
- updated 1 year ago
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- Cost: $12,000
- Armando Soto, MD (Orlando, FL)
Hey all! I'm currently considering a tummy...
- 6 Apr 2011
- 2 months pre
Hey all! I'm currently considering a tummy tuck with a bit of lipo on the flanks and breast lift; potentially scheduling it for June 2011 in Orlando, Florida.
So, here's the start of my story ... I'm 35, mother of two fantastic little ones (4 & 18months), I'm 5'2 and currently weigh 138. 138 is a bit heavy for me. Back in the college days I looked fabulous at 105, but it's been more than a decade since I have seen that weight! After my first, I lost the baby weight by 9months by dieting and jogging. I weighed about 130. My little guy is 18 months now and I haven't been as successful with the weight loss this time. For background, I am active ... walking and jogging often and I eat well, but not perfect. Both babies were big (almost 9 pounds each), but I think my youngest ruined my belly! I carried him like a bullet!
Honestly, I have been unhappy with the shape/size of my hips since I can remember ...even when I should have been thrilled. So, I am getting the "guts" to do this thing and get a little lipo on the hips! My stomach muscles are separated and my sweet little guy did a number on my skin below the belly button, hence the need for a TT. The TT scares me the most .... I hope I am making the right decision here.
The breast story ...I work full time (medical sales), but spent some quality time with the breast pump, and was able to breastfeed both babies for about 5 months each. I'm thrilled I was able to breast feed, but I am certainly not thrilled with the look of the milkers now! The breasts are racing south, hence my choice to pursue a lift. I am usually a size C, but expanded to something off the charts while breast feeding. Now the big question is lift with or without implants? My goal is natural shape and higher, not bigger.
I have interviewed several doctors around the Orlando area (Fiala in Altamonte, Clark in WInter Park and Soto in Dr. Phillips). Fiala was great, but wanted to divide the surgery into two different procedures. Knowing myself, I wouldn't go back for round two. Plus, I couldn't take time off from work twice. His outcomes look great in photos. Clark suggested lipo and no TT, which sounds nice, but probably won't totally fix the tummy. Soto is who I think I will ultimately choose. His TT results look awesome and I feel the most confident in his work/outcomes/procedure.
So, I think I am really going to do this! I have a second consultation on April 19 and I plan to bring the hubby. Hubby and mom are both supportive, but I suspect that the hubby is a bit clueless on what all of this entails. Mom had a face lift at 38 show she knows and is willing to babysit kiddos and nurse me too! Here goes ...
I scheduled it ....June 23rd! I decided on a lift...
- 24 Apr 2011
- 2 months pre
I had my post-op appt. today and it was a wealth...
- 14 Jun 2011
- 9 days pre
I have lost 4 pounds ... not my goal of 10, but I definitely am eating cleaner, smaller portions and more organic. I have stuck to my walking & running combo for 30+ min. 4x a week. That will resume again at 6 weeks. I'm not thrilled to be down for such a long time, but the new "me" will be worth it!
Now I am doing the last minute stuff … family schedules, tying up work loose ends, shopping for zip up tops, finding the old maternity exercise pants to wear the week following surgery, filling Rx, etc.
I left today's appointment feeling energized & excited; yet less thrilled about wearing a binder for 6 weeks in the middle of the FL summer. Talk about "HOT"!! O'well … should be worth it! My mom liked Dr. Soto's attention to detail, bedside matter and listening skills. I liked the way he answered my questions. He is confident in his work, which makes me believe my outcome will be beautiful!! I sure hope so!
So, tomorrow is the BIG DAY. Feeling anxious and...
- 22 Jun 2011
- 1 day pre
Thursday went well ... yea! I am on my "recovery...
- 24 Jun 2011
- 1 day post
Day 2- I slept great last night .. yea! Pain is controlled, eating ok (yogurt, toast and a few bites of chicken so far) and drinking lots of fluids. Mom is nursing me wonderfully! My right drain seem to drain considerably less than the left. There dosen't seem to be a clot, but has air bubbles? Office said it's ok. Off to work on digital scrapbooks from my recliner! BTW, this recliner is a godsend... and bed would be difficult.
Day 3 - A bit more uncomfortable today b/c I tried...
- 25 Jun 2011
- 2 days post
I did take my binder off last night and my TT scar looks symetrical and really low, so that's great. However, I don't look as small as I expected in the flank area. Maybe I'm just really swollen? I hope he did enough lypo in the flanks b/c they were the worst!!
Overall all is good ... just getting impatient w the recovery.
Day 4 - Still really swollen, haven't poo pooed, a...
- 27 Jun 2011
- 4 days post
Day 6 ...I have d/c the pain pills and am taking...
- 29 Jun 2011
- 6 days post
1 week post op - Appt went well. Got one drain out...
- 30 Jun 2011
- 7 days post
July 4/ 1 wk 4 days post op - I'm feeling really...
- 4 Jul 2011
- 11 days post
2 weeks 2 days PO - Last night I got dressed and...
- 10 Jul 2011
- 17 days post
3 weeks post-op - Today I went shopping for the...
- 14 Jul 2011
- 21 days post
Start of 4th week p/o - Today I had a follow up...
- 18 Jul 2011
- 25 days post
Getting ready to gout for my first power walk this...
- 26 Jul 2011
- 1 month post
As for a general update, I am moving around almost normally now, bending over at the waist fine, starting to sleep on my sides, breasts are still sensitive and I think the right breast is either more swollen or just bigger than the left? The TT is still hard and numb belly button down. I think the hardness is swelling, but I'm not sure. I think that the upper tummy area is starting to flatten and some of the swelling in my mid section seems to be SLOWLY going away.
I went walking for 35 min for the last three days....
- 27 Jul 2011
- 1 month post
September 5 (Approx 2 mo & 2 weeks). I figured I...
- 5 Sep 2011
- 3 months post
Exercise - I can do just about anything now. I am walking, jogging and doing bootcamp classes regularly with no problem. My tummy IS still tight … and often feels tighter after a good workout. I still haven't tired crunches or pliates, but I'm trying a pliates class tomorrow. I think I need to do more stretching to improve the tightness.
The Results -
The Breast Lift: I continue to be so very happy w the look of breast lift. They "girls" don't hurt while jogging if I wear a good sports bra. My incisions are healing wonderfully, but are tender sometimes. I still have more feeling in my left breast than my right.
The Tummy Tuck: The front of my tummy looks great … it even looks like I have definition! My belly button looks completely natural. It's still red and I am applying KeloCote 2x a day to ALL scars. (This process adds time to my getting dressed routine which I find annoying b/c I have to stand around nude while letting the KeloCote dry!!) I still am not thrilled with my love handles, which I thought were going to "be taken care of" with the lypo during the TT. Maybe I didn't ask detailed enough questions re: the lypo or maybe the doc wasn't as clear as he should have been … either way my expectations were a bit out of line re: the love handles. They were always a major concern of mine, so I am disappointed that the entire waistline doesn't look fantastic … just the front of my tummy does! However, it's a HUGE improvement over what I did have. So, I have decided to try Zeltiq cool sculpting on the handles, so we'll see if that helps? My TT scar is fine, although I have a stitch just under my skin at the end of my TT scar that has been bothering me. It may surface w time, if not they may need to surgically cut it out!! Fun. I am still numb below the BB. Now, I am a bit numb/mildly bruised/tingly on the love handles from the Zeltiq, but hopefully that goes away soon.
Overall, I am happy I made the choices I did. Now I am just terrified I don't start eating the wrong things a bit too often again!! Which is partly how I got to the point of needing the TT (and pregnancies of course!!).
I am 6 months post TT & BL and still very happy w...
- 31 Dec 2011
- 6 months post
My Doctor: Armando Soto, MD
My experience w Dr. Soto & his staff have been excellent so far!