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Hello, I am a Stay at Home Mommy of two wonderful...

Hello, I am a Stay at Home Mommy of two wonderful children. I am almost 35 years old and am 5'9 and usually weigh between 160-170 pounds. I had my son almost 6 years ago and he weighed in at a whopping 10pounds 13oz and 24 inches long. I went from 162 pounds to 236 pounds with him. Crazy right??? After 6 months of running, weight training, and Jenny Craig..I lost 85 pounds. I was really happy with this accomplishment but I knew I already stretched my stomach and chest beyond anything that traditional exercise was going to help )>: I said to myself then that if I am done having kids at 35 then I am having a Mommy Makeover. I had my sweet little girl two years ago and I knew that I was done with the whole pregnancy thing for good. I gained about 38 pounds with her and my weight went to 202pounds. So now I have been running about 20 miles a week and do two full body strength training classes a week. I have been trying to get into good shape for my Plastic Surgery Consultations. I currently weigh 167 but I feel really strong and if I can continue to work out 6 days per week I am hoping my weight will continue to go down.

I have my first Mommy Makeover Consultation on November 17th and my second one on November 29th. I then will hopefully schedule my surgery for the Spring. I am really scared about not being able to take care of my two children during my recovery. I have a relative that will help me for a week. My husband will probably take a few days off but I can't really say that he is the most supportive person of the surgery. He has the thinking of, "you look good to me the way you are." I have some feelings of being selfish for wanting it done but I know that I have done tons for others over the years and it is time for me to do something for me. So my journey begins....


Welcome..you will be happy that you did this once the dust settles. I am just stating to come back to normal life, kind of. But as of right now I would do it all over again in a heart beat. The hardest thing for you right now is the waiting...and your husband asking if youre sure you really want to do this. That is what mine did all the way up to the night before surgery. Now he is supper happy. Good Luck
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Thank You so Much SassyMomma. I have looked at this site pretty frequently since I had my daughter and I think it is wonderful. As for my husband, I think he does not like a change to our family routine. I tore my ACL out playing on my women's soccer team and had to have pretty extensive surgery three years ago. We were not prepared for that and it really threw us for a loop for the first three weeks. P.S. that surgery was the most painful thing I ever did in my life. It was even worse then trying to push an 11 pound baby out!!! So I feel like I want to prepared as possible with this surgery.
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Welcome to the site. There is do much personal and professional advice hete. You will love it and it will prepare you for your journey. Most husbands say the same, you look fine, you don't need it. God bless them bc they love us and are supposed to say that. But I say be selfish, do something for you. It's not a new car or jewelry that will sit in a drawer. It's your body which you will have with you always!
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Wow, I just had my first Plastic Surgeon Consult....

Wow, I just had my first Plastic Surgeon Consult. I was really nervous for some reason. I went by myself and drove about 1.5 hours to get there. The surgeon was very nice and spent about 1.5 hours with me. He really explained everything in detail and kept asking if I had any questions along the way. After he explained everything I then had to change and show him what I look like just in underwear. He immediately said that my right breast was bigger then my left and that it is 1.5 inches lower then the left. He recommended a breast lift and then a small implant to give me my fullness back. A lift alone will not do this. It was crazy when he lifted my breast up and showed me where it should be sitting. I guess I just got use to them sagging down for so long...lol. He then said I have a pretty significant separation in my stomach muscles (1.5 inches..lots of 1.5's in this post!!!). He is not sure he can get my stomach completely flat because of it. He also found a hernia at my belly button that he could fix during surgery. He also stated that there is a large amount of excess skin but that he could keep the scar pretty low if I have hopes of wearing a bikini again. So everything was going great until he said that they do not send you home with a pain pump. I really really was hoping they did. They give you pain meds and I would have the option of staying in the hospital overnight. I will definitely stay in the hospital for one night. He said that I should stay because my stomach will be the area that is going to really hurt me and it will probably be a 6 hour surgery. He said the cost is around $13,000 plus a little more if I stay overnight and get gel implants. SO I think the appt went well but I can't wait to see the next plastic surgeon to compare the cost/info/and my husband will be with me. That consult is 11/29.

Ridiculous is the one word that sums up my...

Ridiculous is the one word that sums up my husband's feelings on me having the surgery. Has anyone else had this experience with their husband? He is generally a very supportive husband. He helped me through 7 years of hell as my Father was dying of cancer. He supported me all last year while I fixed my mother's house up and sold it and then he let us buy her a new house. He pretty much let me save her from foreclosure and a life of public assistance after my father passed away. He has been there for me since I was 16 years old, (yes we have been together almost 20 years) but he just is not supportive of me wanting to bring my body back to pre-baby shape. It is 100% not the money because he is the most generous person I know. I think he thinks I am going to look like a porn star or something. I don't want to look like a porn star...just like a Mommy that takes good care of herself. I can't wrap my head around him. I really don't have any support other then my sister and a friend. My inlaws will have to help me with the kids a little bit and I finally got the courage to tell them and they pretty much don't say anything...which is like saying everything!!! I just don't know how I am going to go through a 6 hour surgery and then an extended recovery with my husband thinking I am ridiculous!!!! Has anybody else had a husband that felt like this before surgery? Help!!!!
my best way to word it to my husband was "Imagine having an erection but no one could tell because of the skin all drooping around your genital area. Your testicles around your knees because the skin was so lax they could not stay where they belong--so you had to wear padding and support just to look "Normal""
He sees the view better when I put the view in HIS pants vs. mine.
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MJ385 - That is the best way to explain it yet. It gave me a laugh and I will use this as an aide of him understanding how I feel. LOL..thanks (>:
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yeah see I worded it that way to all the men who are like "plastic surgery is so stupid"
I hear those words tho as " I am so nervous you will look great and leave me"

Tell him you have JUST got him trained and you have zero interest in starting over training another man. :D
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I just got back from a wonderful trip to Time...

I just got back from a wonderful trip to Time Square with my husband. On the way to New York I had my second consultation in Harrisburg, PA. It was about 2 hours from my house. The office was a more "high end" office then from my first consultation at Geisinger Hospital. This was at a private practice and it showed. The dr. was nice but maybe a little arrogant. They took tons of pics of me and then used some software and to show what I could look like. That was awesome. I also tried on some implants and loved the 400 mid profile gel implants. He stated that he likes to keep the scar as low as possible and that he might need to do a small vertical scar depending on where my belly button falls. I expressed that I really would do anything to not have a vertical scar. He stated that he could roll me over to lipo my hips. I thought that was odd because Geisinger stated they wouldn't roll me over. They send you home with a pain pump but Geisinger does not. The cost became confusing when they were trying to add everything up. The initial price was around 18,000 but that is not with an overnight stay in the hospital and without the additional time it might take for the lipo. The dr only reserves 4hrs for surgery at the surgery center but he would have to do it at the hospital because he will probably go over 4 hrs with the lipo plus I want to spend the night. The office stated that they would call me once they figure out the pricing at the hospital but it has been a few days and they have not yet. That is kind of a let down. So I have a lot to think about between the two drs. I am going to think it over in the next few days.

So I called my first plastic surgeon's office back...

So I called my first plastic surgeon's office back at Geisinger Hospital and asked if I could come back in to speak to him and asked questions regarding the difference between his and my other consultation. His office actually got me in the next day over the dr's lunch hour because he was at his outreach office that is closer to my house. So I saw him today. My first concern was why the other dr. would roll me over to do lipo on my hips but he would not. I expressed to him that my hips are a big concern for me. He said he would be willing to lipo them at the start of surgery on my back and then do a touch up as needed on my stomach at the end of the surgery. I then asked about doing Lipo on the upper part of my tummy. The other dr. will but he states that he does not because it can hinder the healing. This troubles me because I always had a little fat in my upper tummy even before kids. He said if I still feel like I need after the tummy tuck then he can do it in the office for around $1,000. I see on here other people have had it done at the same time??? I really like this dr. and I think I am going to go with him because he seems very caring and listens to what I say. The other dr. stated that he might have to do a small vertical scar and when I stated "no" he really didn't listen. This dr. does not think I need a small vertical since he is not doing lipo on the upper tummy. I hate to say it but the Harrisburg dr. will probably do an overall better job and they have the most advanced equipment but I just didn't really click with the dr. like Geisinger. Harrisburg is also around $5,000 more expensive. It really is not the money though. I feel comfortable with the Geisinger dr, Geisinger hospital, and the local outreach office that I can have my follow up care at. So I am going to call and schedule my surgery tomorrow!!! I hope I am making the right decision (>:

Wow, I am very nervous. I just scheduled my...

Wow, I am very nervous. I just scheduled my surgery for Friday February 24th, 2012. I am nervous because it is about a month earlier then I was expecting. The dr. only does surgery on Friday's once a month. This is the Friday that he does surgery and then comes to his outreach center the following week which is closer to my house. So I will stay in the hospital one night and then he will see me Saturday morning before discharge and then he will see me the following Wednesday locally. I have to tell my husband the actual date now. I kept telling him early Spring and I know he is not going to like it earlier. At least I will be in pretty good shape for the summer!!!! So now to get these 7 pounds off before surgery and over the holidays. It is going to be rough....

So I have my pre-op appt scheduled for February...

So I have my pre-op appt scheduled for February 16th. It is one day before my son turns 6. Talk about coming full circle from the day I had my first child to just six years later... having this surgery. You would have never told me in my pre-baby life that I would ever have breast implants. I always had the big nice boobs and it kind of makes me sad to think I am going to have implants. I really have fear that everybody will find out. Why do I care?? I really don't know but I just feel that everybody will be talking about me. I told my husband about the plans of 11 weeks from today. He took it better then I thought he would. Now I have to ask his mother to watch the kids for three days over that weekend. That should be interesting. When I first brought up about having surgery she thought I meant I was getting my tubes tied!!!! My inlaws are very conservative. All well...this is for me and not for anybody else (>:

I just got both my written estimates in the mail...

I just got both my written estimates in the mail from Geisinger and the Harrisburg dr. I could not believe the difference in the estimates!!!! Geisinger is $14,150 dollars for lift, gel implants, tummy tuck, lipo on hips, one night in hospital. The Harrisburg dr. cost is $22,530. They are dong the exact same thing but doing lipo on the upper tummy and using a pain pump. I really can't explain such a wide difference in price??? Crazy.

Hi LetsDoThis!

Thanks for starting the blog about your journey with a mommy makeover.  I think it is awesome how you met with two different doctors and really look for the PS's to address your concerns an desires.  What doctor did you meet with at Geisinger?  

Kate

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Hello,
I am using Dr. Joseph DeSantis at Geisinger Danville, PA. He really listens to my concerns. He seems to put safety first and I like that. I have two small children that need me!!!! He also does appts in State College twice a month so I don't have to do that hour plus drive each way to the hospital. Hopefully, he can work his magic on me!!!!
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I think we all have something we do that makes us...

I think we all have something we do that makes us the most uncomfortable about our body. Mine is sitting in our jacuzzi bathtub. I sit there and for some reason that position and the reflection that I see in the big round knob that lets the water out...makes me want this surgery more then ever. My reflection is almost not recognizable to me because I can only see my body and not my face. I see large droopy breast that sit on a large roll on my stomach. Then the large roll on my stomach sits on the top of my thighs. I don't think I feel worse about my body then seeing that view. It does not look like a women that ran 20 miles this week and did two full body strength training classes. No, it looks like someone who could care less about her physical health and spend most of her time lying on the couch eating candy bars. I can't wait until I can see the real me shinning in that reflection...the one that I have on the inside and is the true me.
I spent a small fortune as well but I would pay it over again of I had the choice. GL!
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Omg, I have been so bad these past two weeks...

Omg, I have been so bad these past two weeks eating. I have not worked out during that time either. My hip was killing me from running. Hoping new running shoes and a new ITB band will help with that starting tomorrow. I can't believe I am having surgery next month!!! It scares me to even write that. I have my Mother Inlaw lined up to watch the kids for my preop appt. and the first three days of recovery. She has it written on her calendar so it's official...lol. My husband will then take off the following week..I hope. I have my toddler sleeping in a toddler bed getting her used to it so I won't have to worry about lifting her out of her crib. I REALLY need to now worry about eating perfect and killing myself with exercise for the next 7 weeks before surgery. If there is anytime to lose 10 pounds in my life...it is now. I have to do it..I will do it!!!

You look like a GREAT candidate for this surgery. I'll be following you along on your journey! You can get those last 10 pounds off! Go girl.

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So I was at Body Pump class this morning with a...

So I was at Body Pump class this morning with a tighter top on and realized how much fat I have that hangs out over my sports bra on my back. I actually love to wear tank tops to the gym and with a new tummy and new boobs...why not take care of the back fat too! I was not sure if the dr. would do it but I figured if he is going to lipo my hips while laying on my tummy then maybe he could do my back too. I sent his staff a message today and the dr. said he could and that it would be a $500 additional charge. That is really not bad. This is a one shot deal for me because my husband will not be excited if I say that I want to do additional stuff done after this major surgery. I have been working my butt off in the gym this week and eating perfectly. I hope I can keep it up!!!
Totally would do it for 500 bucks!!!! Awesome!
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I am getting Physical Therapy right now because my...

I am getting Physical Therapy right now because my pelvis keeps coming out of alignment which causes my hip to hurt. My Physical Therapist wants me to back off on the exercise but there is NO WAY. I have 6 weeks until surgery and want to get as strong as possible. I worked out 10 out of the last 12 days. I am taking the hardest boot camp class I have ever done. I literally get dizzy!!!! So I am just going to go to PT and still run and lift unless my hip gets unbearable. On another note: I am taking my daughter next week to the babysitters for a trial run. She is just going to go there while I am at PT because my husband will be on a business trip. If all goes well with the babysitter then she will go there during the day for the first two weeks while my husband works. My son is in school until 3pm during the day. QUESTION: My husband works from home full time so I am wondering if he needs to take off (other then the Friday of surgery) or just come back to the bedroom and help me when I need it? He will only be a few feet away. I am not sure if I want him to take that whole first week off or not. HMM. Also, I know many women on here recently had surgery in the last two weeks and I am following everyone closely!! Thank You all for giving me the confidence to follow through with this due to me being able to read the stories of those who have gone before me. Happy Healing to All of you!
Hang in there girl!! We're all rooting you on!! The 24th will be before you know it! Just FYI-I'm 5'9 around 175 and I LOVE my reults!! I went from size 12 to size 10 with just extra skin around belly!!
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Thanks cottonmomma, you look great in your pics. I just read the part of your story where your husband and you got in a argument. Thank You for being so candid. The thing I am most afraid of is this happening with my husband!! I am not afraid of the pain or recovery..it is him being able to handle the kids and me. The first time he makes a comment like, "you asked for this or you wanted this" I think I will lose it. He is still trying to talk me out of doing it at all!!! I am a stay at home mom so I pretty much run the household and he kind of gets off easy when it comes to the kids. I think he even forgets that our toddler still wears diapers (>: He really is a wonderful husband but this will put him to the test!! He helped me recover from ACL surgery when we only had one child and that was hard on him but he didn't consider that unnecessary like he does this surgery. All well, I guess I will see how he does 6 weeks from today.
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So first off be careful with the exercise you really can do more harm than good. I am very dedicated as well and I used to work out 6-7 days a week but my trainer told me your body needs rest and over working out can actually do you harm and not give you added benefits. Last yr I had to stop running for 2 months( which killed me but rather take 2 months off than forever) because I injured myself running a marathon... Listen to your body or you will harm yourself. I am now 4 weeks out I started walking on treadmill at week 3( I felt I could run but doc said no) elliptical w/o arms week 4 and 6 weeks no restrictions, can't wait for week 6( I do feel I can do it now but I am listening to doc). As to your husbands schedule... Mine didn't take time off besides day of surergy and he didn't need to but that's me. My surgery was at 2:30 on Tuesday I stayed over night and he picked me up and brought me home and went back to work. I was fine and my kids were in school. By Friday morning I stopped pain meds and the only reason I didn't leave house was because of drains (just uncomfortable getting dressed) but I did go to my brothers that Sunday night. Once I got the drains out(Monday... Day 7) life was pretty normal. I hope this helps
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Wow, one month from today I will be in a 6 hour...

Wow, one month from today I will be in a 6 hour surgery. It is scary and hard to believe. I get more scared the closer I get to it. I am preparing though. I just dropped my daughter off at the babysitter that she will going to during recovery. I have been taking her a few hours a day once a week to get her adjusted to the place. She also is now sleeping in a big girl bed. We took her crib down and that made me sad. She is growing up so fast!! I also have been hitting the exercise hard. I ran 25 miles in the last 5 days and did a strength training class. I feel really strong but I also have been going to Physical therapy for my pelvis and back issues and that seems to be helping. I have been eating pretty good too. Right after the holidays I was up to 171 and now I am back down to 166. I would like to be 162 but whatever happens to be that number on the scale that big day is what it will be. I also have been calling to rent an electric recliner. I have had no luck yet but I still have time. I wonder what is better, electric recliner or an electric bed? The bed seems like it would be more comfortable to sleep in. Well, in 4 weeks I will probably be in terrible pain but I can't wait to get it over with so I stop thinking about it. I drive my husband crazy because I want to talk about it and he does not. He still wants me to not have it. Fat chance of that happening at this point!!!
It is so funny hearing about how your husbands say they love you just the way you are. Mine has said the same thing to me. He even asked, jokingly, sort of, if I was going to leave him when I have surgery! He has competed in body building comps as well as played semi pro volleyball so he is in great shape and does not understand how I feel. I remind him who gets to do the breast massages. LOLOL. My stomach looks alot like yours Letsdothis. Having 4 kids, 3 in quick succession,has left me with a less than appealing tummy. The pic of you bending over and gripping your tummy is like looking in the mirror! I have 2 consults set up for March. One with my preferred surgeon and one with another highly rated one. Hopefully time will fly by for you.
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Keep me posted.....and it it going to all be worth it.... I am a couple weeks after you on 3-15-2012!!! We ladies have all earned this..........
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Thank You guys for letting me know that my husband...

Thank You guys for letting me know that my husband is not the only unsupportive husband!! But there has been a breakthrough with him. Yay. My husband's Dad had to put his beloved dog to sleep a week ago and has been having a really hard time. So I began a search for a new dog for him similiar to the one he had. I was successful and on the way back from visiting his Dad with the new dog last night...my husband told me how much of an incrediable person I am that I would do anything for anybody. He then stated that he knows how much I want this surgery and that he will be there to take care of me and the kids because he knows how much I have done for others. So it is definitely nice to finally heat that 1 month before surgery. I know it won't be easy for him but at least I know that deep in his heart he does not hate me for wanting to do this. It is a start...
I'm glad your husband has come around and I remember my husband saying "don't go and leave me". We have been married for almost 29 years with a total of three arguments in the 31 years we have known each other. I think they just need that reassurance. My husband is thrilled now that I am so much more comfortable without clothes around him. (I'm still not going to iron in the nude as he has requested for years lol) I feel better IN CLOTHES for my own personal comfort level. If your hubby is going to be home with you then he could still work because you will only need him off and on not like 24-7. You will need to rest and heal, take your meds (with food) and to go to the bathroom. You will need to get up and walk around some to avoid blood clots but this isn't marathon stuff. Ask your doctor about a catheter for the first few days it will make things so much easier. And if he doesn't mention it ask for muscle relaxers along with the pain meds. They are a huge help. There are great lists that the ladies have made up on here as to what you might need. It won't be long now! Your surgery is the day before my birthday so I expect my gift to be a note from you telling us that ALL IS WELL and you are on the healing side :)
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I am glad to hear that he is being supportive as I would bet my right toe he was going to be anyway.
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Holy crap...getting very nervous because it is...

Holy crap...getting very nervous because it is officially February and that is the month of my surgery. I have been trying to get things in order. I have had absolutely no luck in finding a recliner to rent so it looks like I am going to buy one. My husband thought I should anyway. I already feel bad enough about spending so many thousands of dollars on myself and another $500 makes me feel worse. I also ordered a side hospital table for beside my recliner so I can keep all my meds, drinks, computer...etc. I think I might order a walker also because I read that it really helps with the back. I am in the best fitness shape I have been in in years and I am ordering a walker??? It puts a pit in my stomach. Speaking of fitness and stomach. I have been overdoing it fitness wise. I think I did about 70 miles on the treadmill and 10 bootcamp classes and 2 days a week of physical therapy in January. That only left me with about 5 days in January of doing nothing. So I am burnt out. I am officially only working out 4 or 5 days this week and not 6 or 7. My weight is exciting though...164.8!!!! I wanted to be 162 for surgery and I have three more weeks so hopefully I will make it. Now my stomach...I have been feeling really nervous about everything and it is hard for me to eat even two pieces of toast in one setting. I got like this when I started college and when my father passed away and I got super skinny because my nerves were shot. That sounds great but I can't let that happen before surgery because I will get to a weight that I can not maintain in the long term. I don't want to get back to my maintainable weight after surgery and then stretch everything out again. So I am going to cut back a little on exercise and try to eat and hopefully I will weigh around a maintainable weight in the 160's. In college and when my father passed away I was down in the 140's. I hope everyone else is doing well on their journey and thanks for all the support!!!!!
I can't wait for the 24th either, I'm so glad your husband has seen the light. I think it's just hard for them to understand what we go through when there are things about our bodies we want to change, but just can't no matter how hard we work or how much weight we lose. I'm sure you're going to look amazing!!
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Redhot- it seems that we both can't wait for our big day to get here. I don't think I was this nervous to try to push out an 11 pound kid!!! Day by day and it will be here soon enough.
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Hey!
I'm scheduled for feb 29th! I'm so excited and nervous....you r going to look GREAT :) can't wait for it to be over though;)
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So I just drove almost two hours for my appt in...

So I just drove almost two hours for my appt in the Presurgery Center. I had to coordinate babysitters and kids getting off bus ect. I confirmed appt last week and everything. I arrive for the appt and they tell me that they just realized as I was walking in that they scheduled this appt in the wrong order and that I can't be seen today. I wanted to cry because I already am so nervous. So I went to the plastic surgery office and asked how this happened. At first they could not do anything but then they moved schedules and can see me for everything I need later today. So I had figure out the kids again because I won't be home until late. I also don't have my husband with me so he can hear all the info and help me pick out my implants. Instead here I sit all alone in the hospital cafeteria nervously waiting. Y husband will not even meet the dr before my surgery. That was a supposed to happen next week but it is all switched around now. I also wrote the big fat check of 14,650 dollars which really makes me feel guilty. Well, it is going to be a long day but thank goodness for my sister helping me with the kids.

So PreOp done today. It was a long exhausting day...

So PreOp done today. It was a long exhausting day which involved leaving at 10:30a.m. and not getting home until 6:30pm. I was really not prepared for the preop but I did it anyway. I was going to have my husband come with me and I was going to bring some pics of breast I like. I know I picked the right dr. when he walks in and starts to talk to me and I can feel my anxiety and fear lessen. I feel like I am in good hands. I got all my scrips and bloodwork done. I hope Oxy's and Percs can do the job. I also got a prescription stool softener, antibiotic, and nausea medicine. I then picked out the implants. I went in thinking I really wanted 400's but as soon as I put them on I felt that they were just too big. So the dr. is going to use 350-375's moderate plus or high profile. He wants to decide after he is in there. We went over the tummy scar placement. I want it to be as low as he can go. I will not get as much contouring but I want to wear a bikini again someday too. So everything is set for the 24th and I am glad today is over with!!! I hope everyone else is well weather they are healing or just preparing!!!
We have the same surgery date :-) n almost the same body type!!!
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Another 2/24 Mommy. There are a couple of us sharing the big date. We do have similar body types. I have some breast shots too and I think I am going to brave and put them up soon. I have a good amount of tissue so I am getting 350-375cc. I tried on 400's and they just seemed too big. I want to be a small D like i was before kids. I am getting nervous and my husband is still trying to get me to change my mind...so I can't wait until it is over with and can start healing. P.S. Your daughter sounds amazing (>:
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Although your day was long and exhausting.....it is also VERY EXCITING!!!!! You are almost there ......to the new you. I am super pumped for you..... can't wait to see the after pics. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!!
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Brave enough to add some breast shots before my...

Brave enough to add some breast shots before my big day. I am very modest but I know it helps me when looking at others reviews.
Let's do this-- I am in PA too, Reading, so not too far, I am sorry you have the added husband stress but I am sure once it is done he is going to love it, I think too that sometimes men dont want to admit that we could look better cause then we get mad at them, LOL They really can never win!!! And I think they worry if something were to happen to us, we are usually the caregivers at home with the kids and them so some degree, so try to see his side too, but you are going to be fine!!! Cant wait to see your results!
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Awwww I'm so excited for us :-) n thank u..I think she's pretty amazing myself ;-) well ur boobs are def bigger than my lil things lol...I got more stretch marks on my boobs than I did on my tummy it seems :-( so yeah I think 400 might b 2 big for u...wow, exactly 2 weeks away...I'm soooooo ready...only think I'm mainly worried about is getting my implants over the muscle...she says this will help with the appearance of my stretchmarks and give me cleavage ;-/ hope she's right...
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You said "he has compeated in body building comps" WOW I will tell you although my husband is 100% by my side I now TOTALLY understand how you are feeling. I had a 10 lb baby too, I will leave details to you reading my "So glad I did it" review. My husband was a body builder too and I said to him one day that I finally feel like I match him. I feel like now I can walk by him and I feel proud of me like I always do him... We dont want to look "younger" just like US again... When I leaned over I looked like a mama dog that had to many puppies. they removed 15" of skin from my tummy.. NO FAT all skin.. I have great tummy under all that skin, I just couldnt see it. I felt trapped in the skin of a 80 year olf granny tummy and breasts... I had 400cc silicone Mod plus profile.. I also took photos in shirts at my 5 week post op. (yeaterday) to show they are not as large as they appear.. Oh honey I DO TOTALLY understand where your coming from... My heart just hurts for you.. read my story... I didn't want to gringe when my husband reached to touch my tummy and body anymore.. not because of him, because of the skin I was left with...HUGS.
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Happy Valentines Day to all you lovely ladies....

Happy Valentines Day to all you lovely ladies. This means tens day until surgery. I put a nice Valentines card on my husband's keyboard this morning telling him, "thank you" for this wonderful gift that he is going to give me next week. I also told him that I can't do this alone and that I need his support and care even if he does not totally agree with it. He has not really said anything about it. I also have been trying to get everything ready. I got my vitamins except the multi w/o vitamin E. I can't find it. I also got all my meds filled and also some stool softners, protein shakes, and gauze. I ordered my electric recliner and that should be delivered any day now. I am borrowing a walker from my friend/trainer from the gym. I went to JC Penny's today and bought two sport bras that zip in the front. I also got two identical red granny robe/night gown type things that zip up in the front. Everyone else was at Victoria Secret today buying something sexy and I am buying two granny gowns!!! They were on clearance for 14 dollars a piece. So I think the main item I need is my toilet seat riser. I will get that soon. I also have been talking to my soon to be 6 year old about next week. He seems to mostly understand because he remembers when I had ACL surgery. He can be a big help sometimes so I hope he will help me with my 2 year old now and again. Okay, ladies I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentines night.
Happy V-day is right you are getting close!! I am so anxious I had my pre-op yesterday and like I just want to get it on and get it over with already! I am so ready to look forward, I ordered from VS yesterday and bought granny robes at Wal Mart, LOL A little of each today is 1 month of no smoking so I used that smokes money to buy me something fun!
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Thanks AZKitty!!!
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You are almost there Let's do This!!!! Breathe in and prepare for your moment.... I look at you younger ladies on here and SO WISH I would have done this for myself a LONG time ago...... Don't doubt yourself and just continue to move forward in this journey. Jayne Fonda once said that every women who has given birth deserves a makeover by the time she is 50!!! Your "new you" date is my pre-op date, so I will hold you close in my thoughts and prayers!! So LET's DO THIS!!!!!
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Wow, one week from today I will probably be just...

Wow, one week from today I will probably be just getting done with surgery. Today is my son's 6th birthday. I have been busy getting ready for his party tomorrow. That is keeping my mind busy. I just got my really awesome electric recliner delivered yesterday. My husband has to put it together. As for my husband...he made me cry today. It is like this is the only thing I have ever done in our 20 years together that is something he can hang over my head. I asked him if I have ever been unfaithful, unsupportive, unhelpful to his family, neglectful to our children, etc and then I just started crying. He said I have never been any of these things and asked me not to cry. I think I made my point. I love him with all my heart and he normally is not like this but I can't wait to get it actually done so hopefully he can go back to his old self.
Hi,
I see that your date is approaching and wanted to wish you good luck and Prayers be with you. And a fast recovery as well. Cant wait to see the new you.
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Oh I think it will be better after surgery it is all his nerves as well, we know how we feel, try to be extra sensitive to him I am trying to butter my hubby up cause boy I know I will need him LOL But he is supportive so that helps! Its just I am the one to do everything and he and my son are going to have to step up a bit!
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Happy birthday to your little man!!
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OH WOW...only three more days and I can't believe...

OH WOW...only three more days and I can't believe it!! I just did my last Body Pump class for probably two months )>: I have been eating so much protein that I could throw up. I just had a 30gram protein drink...so gross. I suffer through it because I know my body needs it. I am going to the store today to stock up on some groceries for the family and myself. We just did a $400 Sam's Club trip yesterday so my husband will not have to worry about diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, cat litter, etc. Where I live at it is a 30 minute drive each direction to run out to the store. So it is a pain in the butt. I also got all my son's drs. appts out of the way this week. He had an eye appt. and dentist appt yesterday and has a 6yr well visit on Thursday. This is so my husband will not have to worry about appts. either. I will only ask my husband to take my son to karate and CCD if possible. I also have our cleaning people coming on the day of surgery so I will come home to a clean house!! This will also help my husband with the added need of cleaning. So everything is coming together and I am sure these next few days will fly by. I know that there are a few of us going under on Thursday and Friday so say a prayer for all of us. Thank You all for the info on this site because I am not sure I would have done this without it!!!
Thanks Ladies for all your support!!! I am getting really nervous but who wouldn't be??? Soon enough I will be sitting in my recliner recovering and hopefully the anxiety and the nerves will be gone.
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I pray for a perfect surgery and quick recovery.
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Your day is coming!! I will be saying prayers for you!!
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And everything is taking care of, even the kids...

And everything is taking care of, even the kids and house!!! LOL. So here I am all checked into the hotel room that is below the hospital. The kids are at Nana's and my house is in tip top shape for when I come home. I can't believe I got everything done that I wanted too. My husband and I just had a nice quiet dinner and I just did my antibacterial scrub. I have to be at the hospital at 8:45a.m.. I am nervous but ready to get it done!! So it will be a fully TT, breast lift, implants 350cc silicone gel, and lipo of hips and back, plus hernia repair. A funny story that I have to include. Today my husband reminded his boss that he will be out for the next few days. His boss asked if he was going on vacation. My husband lstated that I was getting hernia surgery. His boss (who my husband really likes) then asked specifics of the hernia repair. My husband then said the truth is is that my wife is getting a Mommy Makeover. His boss then replied that his wife is too! That his wife is getting one now that they are done having kids. His boss stated that he is so excited for her to get it and he can't wait to see the results. My husband tells him that he is 100% against it and my husband's boss could not believe that he is not happy and excited about it. My husband now realizes though that maybe I am not the crazy one here!!! Okay, big day tomorrow so say a little prayer for me and the other few ladies that are also having their big day tomorrow. Let's Do This!!!
I will be thinking of you tomorrow! Hoping your hubby is being there for you and that he will drool over the new you and have to take back all his unkind words :)
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Praying for a successful surgery and a speedy healthy recovery! Good luck and looking forward to your results:)
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Hey Girl.....I will hold you close in my thoughts and prayers in the AM. Get ready to say hello to the NEW YOU!!!! Can't wait to see the after pics!!! You go Girl!!!!
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Sitting in Preop ladies!!! I got zero sleep last...

Sitting in Preop ladies!!! I got zero sleep last night. Partly nerves and partly my husbands sleep apnea. My husband seems to be hanging in there. He stated that he is treating it like a car accident. He would never ever want one to happen but if it did then he would be there to take care of me. He stated that he doesn't want the car accident to happen today but once it is done then he will be there. He actually has a sense of humor this morning and has made me laugh quit a bit. He is the best at making me laugh. Okay, they should be calling me soon. At least I will be getting 6 straight hours of sleep..lol.
Hope everything went well!!
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Good luck can't wait to hear from you and I have the same issue with my husband he's not being sopportive at first he was but know.that he sees its really is going to happens not like.last year I had the $ but the truck I had gotten 2 years ago that he was soppossed to be paying got taken away cuz he owed 5 months on it or sucked I had.to buy another and.decoded to get it cash so I woildent go yr
Trough.the same he is telling me that I'm going to leave him after and I'm going go change the thing is I'm doing this for me its really uncomfortable wen I sit and feel the pouch on my belly and he lost.the truck while cheating on me last year he got good tax $$ witch I never saw a penny of them guess some hoe did but whatever I told him if I'm not asking him for a.dime for my surgery and he's not being sopportive he has.nothing to trow in my face and I'm not going to let his negative comments get to me this is my dream and if I can have it why not hope to hear from you and hear what you're hubby thinks after the sugery god bless you take.care
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Good luck today!!
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Surgery took 7.5 hours and I am in so much pain...

Surgery took 7.5 hours and I am in so much pain that I will spending 2 nights in hospital. Will update later.
saying prayers for you, mama. The body is so amazing in its ability to heal itself. You will be feeling so much better very soon, i just know it!
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I hope by tomorrow morning you wake up and your pain level is so much better than today. Said a prayer for you. Everyone keeps saying it will be worth it so I am trusting in that. Will keep checking up on you. Lots of warm thoughts and prayers going your way.
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Oh hun, hope you are feeling better soon, and they get the pain under control!
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I don't even know where to start. I am two day PO...

I don't even know where to start. I am two day PO and feeling pretty horrible. On Friday I was wheeled into the OR at 11:00am and did not come out until 7:30p.m.. I woke up in so much pain and nauxiousness. (Please disregard spelling and so forth because I am high on OXYs.) I was trying to do everyhing I could to not throw up. I literally started to and had to swallow it back done. It really has all been a blur these last two days. I know the dr went with a 350's moderate profile plus and sucked out 3,600cc's for the lipo. I stayed the first night in hospital but the dr felt I was too sick to go home so I stayed another night. The nurses took such good care of me. I was hot and sweating and the nurse went to her locker and found a hair tie and fixed my hair, found a fan, and was putting cold wash clothes on me. To me this has been worse then my ACL because of trying to get the antestics out of my system. They gave me everything they possibly could. I had to ride about two hours in the car home and that just sent me back into a tailspin for pain. I had my sister come over (she a RN) and take care of my needs and now I feel a little better as long as I don't move to much. Must Haves: electric recliner, toilet seat riser, and a walker. I keep getting sharp muscles spasm and the dr did not give me but I have some anyway. I am not sure if I will use them or not. My drains are not producing anything so I might get them out on Wednesday. That would be awesome. So I will put up a picture of my tummy but have not really seen anything else yet. I pray it only gets better from here. Oh, I forgotten that both my kids are sick with the flew so my husband has me and then to take care of. He has been wonderful these past few days and thank goodness because of the shape I am in.
I am so impressed that you went for the full enchilada! Breast aug, lift, tummy tuck, and lipo all at once! I think you are brave, honestly. I am not sure I could handle that much surgery at once. I plan on getting a tummy tuck eventually but am way too scared of doing anything additional.

Big question: How much do your breasts hurt? Are they sore/tender? Painful? Any feedback on that would be wonderful. I'm scared to do TT and breast lift at the same time.
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Sweetdreams34- The breast are hard and high. They are the most tender around my arm pits but I think that is from the garment thing rubbing. With all of my other pain they hurt the least!!!
i got one sneak peek at them and they look terrible. They also itch very bad. I am glad I got this all done at once so I don't have to recover multiple times. Good Luck!!
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You look fabulous !!! Yay!!
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Wow, I am hurting more beyond what I expected on...

Wow, I am hurting more beyond what I expected on day 3 po. I can only move a steps with my walker and then the pain is on fire. I am 30mg of OxyContin every 12 hours plus one aleeve every 12 hours. Plus 5 mg oh Oxys for break through pain. My back is killing me from being stiff and extensive lipo. My one drain whole burns as well as asy muscled. I had my rn friend cover and clean my drains and put new bandageson me. She also washed and dried my hair. Now I don't know if the pain is from the movement or we put the binder back on to tight. I also have not had any bowell movement yet. My husband has been wonderful to me and even has been giving me suppositories in a not so fun place. I keep counting down the days unti I see ps in two days. It has been a really rough week.

This sort of recovery is tough and the third day is sometimes the hardest. You will get through this and, by the looks of things, be thrilled with your results. Keep on keeping on, and keep updating. We're here for you!

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Sorry you are having pain. I hope that you will feel better soon.
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Okay, so today is PO 3 and going into PO 4. I am...

Okay, so today is PO 3 and going into PO 4. I am still just living/sleeping in my recliner. I LOVE my recliner. I do a couple of walks around the house with the stroller when the kids are not around also. I get up to go to the bathroom every 1.5 hours on the dot. Even at night it is every 1.5hrs. Every time I do that I drink a couple sips of liquid and eat a few pretzels or crackers. That seems to keep the nausea at bay. I have not had much of an appetite. I mostly eat high protein bars, jello, crackers, pretzels, and maybe a Lean Cuisine meal. My pain is probably a 3/10 sitting in the recliner but around a 6/10 walking. I finally had my first BM in 5 days. That seems to help me feel more comfortable. My drains are draining about a combined 30cc over a 24 hour period. I HATE them so I hope he takes them out tomorrow. If he does that then I will not be as afraid to be around my children. I also get a new binder and bra tomorrow I think. I hope it more comfortable then the one I have. Overall, I think I am doing a little better today. I pray that the worst of it is over. I also have to mention my wonderful husband who was 100% against this. He has been the best husband a women could want. He checks on me a couple of times an hour. He brings me anything I ask. He also had to give me rectal suppositories. Poor Guy. He also has been doing wonderfully with the kids. The house has been a nice peaceful place to recover so far and I owe it all to him. I hope everyone else who is recovering is doing well. I hope I didn't scare the ladies that are going after me. I just have a body that can't handle anteshia and being under for almost 8 hours was more then it could handle. It seems like it took about three days until it was completely out of my system. I am still glad I did it all at once so I only have one recovery. I can't wait until I can actually see what I look like at the PO appt tomorrow. Thanks For All The Support!!!
Hello LDT, I'm new to the site. I think you look great! I am getting TT BL and Lipo. I too think I'll be glad to get all the pain over in one shot :). I look forward to hearing about your recovery. thank you for sharing your journey.
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ok... I also have to know... what size are your breasts now??? they look perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The dr said he put in 350cc moderate profile plus gel implants. I told him I only wanted to be small D like I was before. They actually don't feel to huge even though they are swollen. I think they are going to be a nice perky D.
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So last night was PO Day 4 and it was horrible. I...

So last night was PO Day 4 and it was horrible. I was getting very sad and lonely in my room by myself. I also was having horrible stomach pains. At 3:30a.m. I thought I was not going to make it to the bathroom since I am so slow at getting there. Eventhough I had my first BM earlier in the day everything was running out of me like water. I would go and then just sit there for ten minutes and then my back would hurt to much to sit there so I would make my way back to my recliner. Then 15 minutes later the pains would start again and I would have to go back to the bathroom. This just kept happening over and over and I was getting weaker and weaker every time I had to get up and go. This was for over three hours. My husband was sleeping down the hall and could not hear any of it. I just kept asking myself why I did this?? All of my blankets fell off of me and I could not reach them, all my bandages were out of place and I couldn't fix them, and my drink fell off my tray. I was just a sorry sight for three hours until I finally got my husband up to give me a suppository of Phenergen. That finally got everything under control and I got two whole hours of sleep before I had to get up for my 1st PO appt. I made it there and thank goodness they said they were taking out my drains. I have to admit that it was a really uncomfortable burning feeling getting them out but I won't complain since I got them out on PO Day 5. The dr. said I am healing amazingly well and is surprised what little bruising I have for the amount of Lipo I had done. He refilled my OXY's 10mg and my Phenergen. He told me I can wear a sportsbra now and I got my stage 2 binder swimsuit looking thing. Which I can't snap at the crotch??? I wonder if I am too tall?? Anyway, he got me all fixed up and I felt so much better just having the drains out. I even had a quick lunch with my husband out. I took a nap, partially sitting up in bed and partially in the recliner and then my husband gave me a wonderful shower. Oh, the best shower after about a week. My hubby can't stop telling me how small my waist looks. He said it is actually unbelievable to him. That makes me feel good because the dr had me weigh in today and I am up 13 pounds in water weight since surgery. The dr, told me he took 2 pounds of skin off my tummy. So now I am drain free and clean and sat with my kids a little tonight so my spirits are up. Here are a few pics my hubby took.
Hey Girl.... Sorry to hear you had such an awful night, but daylight brought you many good things......drain removed....lunch with your honey.......stage 2 binder....and a ROCKIN HOT BODY!!!!! Your hubby is right....wowsa....that waist looks mighty fine!!! Fingers crossed that tonight you rest well!!
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Thanks AZKitty. You are so close to your date. You will feel so relieved (nerves wise) when you are finally on the healing size. As for my tummy - I really had no clue that the dr. could make it look so tiny. It might turn out to be smaller then before I had kids?? It makes the last couple of days worth it. Good Luck in your preparation and you should give your husband an extra kiss for being so supportive!!!!
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I'm so sorry the recovery hasn't been so great, by my goodness you look fabulous! Perfection my dear! And kudos to your husband for taking such great care of you. My hubby is the same way and I'm so blessed to have him!
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Hello All, So PO Night 5 I tried to sleep in my...

Hello All,
So PO Night 5 I tried to sleep in my bed with lots of pillows but only lasted about 2 hrs. I eventually feel like my boobs are crushing my lungs. So back to the recliner. I olny took 10mg of OXY and one Aleve before bed. I get up a lot to go to the bathroom and never really sleep more then 2 hours straight all night. I woke up (PO Day 6) pretty sore so I took 10mg Oxy and 1 Aleve again. I tried to make my daughter some quick scramble eggs and it just killed my back so I had to sit down. I only stayed up for about 2 hours and had to take 5mg Percoset. I then went back to the recliner and had the best 3 hrs of sleep that I have had since surgery. I watched some TV with the hubby and then he left for the store. I was home alone and major upset stomach set in. I felt the bathroom episode happening all over again so I used a Phenergen. I then spent 45 minutes in the bathroom and my stomach finally settled down. The rest of the day has been pretty good. I am sore if I walk for too long, my boobs are still so hard and high, and my lipo areas are very very painful to touch. With that, I still felt half human today. I just keep looking at my pictures and think of the warm Spring weather that will be coming and all the things that I can wear. I have not really shopped a lot since having my daughter two years ago because I would get so disgusted. I want to thank all you ladies for all your support!!! I would have never done this without the support and info from all who have gone before me. ****Also, wanted to add that the only thing that I can eat that is not forced down is Oatmeal. I have never been the biggest fan but have been eating 4-6 packets a day. So maybe have some on hand for recovery just in case.******
You are getting stronger each day.......so it is all good. One day at a time..........and I hope tomorrow is even better!!!!
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My home phones have an intercom so I am keeping that and my cell near me, LOL I told him I am going to get a bell, but I found a noise maker from NYE, I am not afraid to use it!!
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Aw hun I felt so sad for you reading about your bad night with the covers the drink, everything, I hate that feeling!!! I am calling my husband upstairs, I figure he is off work so I am not going to feel guilty waking him, LOL But then it sounds like the appt went well and getting that drain out was a good thing!Look at you, OMG you are tiny and what a great hourglass shape and you are still swollen, I would be totally stokked with how you are looking that is what I have to tell myself, it will all be worth it!
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So one week ago today I had my surgery. I was in...

So one week ago today I had my surgery. I was in surgery from 11a.m. to around 7:30p.m.. What a week it has been. It has been hard but when I look at my body changing I know that it is all worth it. I seem to have my hardest time at night. I am not sure why? Last night I felt like my stomach and hips were on fire. I kept looking under my binder to make sure my skin was not purple or something. No matter what I did I could not stop this feeling. This went on until almost 3a.m. and then I took another pain pill and I actually slept until morning with no major problems. I am not sure if I was really feeling all that burning or it is some type of reaction to coming off the Oxycontin. Since I got a few good hours of sleep I was able to get up and make myself some Oatmeal and then shower and dress myself. I actually put on some of my nicer sweat pants and teeshirt..lol. I then went to lunch with my hubby. First time I left the house since my PO appt. All of this left me exhausted so now I am just relaxing. I also want to mention that I cry on the drop of the dime. I stopped the Oxy's yesterday and am now only taking Ibuprofen and Percoset if needed. I have needed only one Percoset today so far. I will probably have one before bed also.
Thanks So Much Ladies. It is amazing what a week a $14,000 can do for you...lol.
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Holy crap! Look at them boobies!!!! =]
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Holy crap you look fantastic sporting that bikini !!!
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I am 8 days PO and I can't sleep at night ever...

I am 8 days PO and I can't sleep at night ever since the surgery. Has anyone else experienced this? Last night was my first night without any OxyContin and I had to take Percoset twice during the night as well as Ibuprofen. I go to bed around 10pm. but get so uncomfortable trying to fall asleep. I try in the bed and I try in the recliner and i keep switching back and forth. I lay there and I feel like my stomach incisions are on fire and that I can't breath. I don't know why but I feel more pain during the night then I do during the day. I must be so much more swollen during the night. I actually lay there imagining that I am undoing my binder and then I look down and I really am. I did get to lay on my side last night which was a first. I only lasted an hour but it was a start. I am a stomach sleeper normally. The not sleeping is really making me sad. It makes me feel so alone and miserable. I remember I would get like that when I would get up with my newborns throughout the night. My husband is going back to work on Monday but I asked him this morning if he can still get my son up for school and my daughter to the babysitter next week. I can't drive yet anyway. My husband has done an amazing job these last 8 days. He has done a better job at keeping the house clean then I do!!! He really stepped up when I needed him too. I think he is done with it though....lol. I can tell that he is going to have a hard time letting me take it easy for another two/three weeks or so. He thinks that I can do more than I really can. He thought I could go with him and my son to a 2hr birthday party today??? I don't know why he would think I could sit out in public for two hours. I am not even standing up straight yet. I am not ready for that in the slightest!!! I am going to have to continue to tell him that I am not pushing myself because I don't want to have to go through another recovery if I mess something up. I hope everyone else is doing well and I thank you for all the support!!!
I hope you get more sleep tonight, I know exactly what you mean about feeling lonely at night when you can't sleep. That's not a good feeling :( just keep reminding yourself this is temporary and it will be passed soon! When you find yourself feeling down, close your eyes and think about summertime and how sexy you're going to look in summer clothes and swimsuits!
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I know I want to sleep through the night and not wake up with a burning incision and bladder!!! I am glad that others have this though.
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Thanks Ivory. I almost feel like I am driving myself crazy because I am not sleeping. I am happy to know that I am not the only one that went through this.
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Yesterday was a really sappy lonely day. My sister...

Yesterday was a really sappy lonely day. My sister called and could tell and came to my house and made me a really awesome steak dinner. It was more food then I ate all week. I then watched, "The Help" all by myself actually laying pretty flat on my back. Not a movie you want to watch when you are feeling sad. Anyway, I was waiting for my binder to dry from washing it while I was watching the movie. I actually was falling asleep without the binder on. I did not feel like I was suffocating. So I decided to try to sleep in bed with lots of pillows and compression high waisted underware instead of the binder. I took a pain pill and slept for 6 hours straight!!! I was a little swollen in the morning but at least I slept. Today I have pretty much hung out with the kids on the couch. I got three more hours of sleep during a nap also. I did give my kids a bath which was a first!!! I feel like my spirits are lifted since I have gotten some sleep. My husband will be back to work tomorrow...which means his home office in the basement. He will get the kids to school and babysitter for me this week yet so I can relax until around 3p.m.. He has been so good to the family. He stepped up to the point that I know if I would ever not be here for some reason...he could still keep things rolling and make our children happy and well taken care of. I don't really think that he is still a fan of this but as the weeks go by it won't be an issue anymore. P.S. of all the areas that cause me pain...the hips are the worse. The dr took 3600cc (between back and hips) which equals 6.6lbs and they feel very very sore yet!!! Good Night all..I hope we all have a good restful sleep!!
WOW you look great! I'm so excited for you. I'm sure once your back to 100% your hubby will be excited too. Good luck on your continued recovery.
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I was just reading your updated post. I am suprised that they removed 6.6 lb from your back/hips. I have been wondering how much I will lose. Are you ice packing and if so does ice help with the pain. Yeah that is probably a dumb question. Kinda wondering if I should stock up on ice or not.
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Waited Soo long, it is 6.6 lbs but it is fluid and fat. It never really registered to 6.6lbs lost on the scale. The dr. said he probably took about 3 pounds of actual fat. Most of it was from my hips. My back does not even hurt. The hips are just burning and bruised to the touch. Even when I sit down they burn because they are touching the sofa. I have not iced them or anything. For some reason the thought of ice on them does not sound comforting. Good Luck with your journey!!!
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Wow...I feel so much better. Yesterday, PO day 10...

Wow...I feel so much better. Yesterday, PO day 10 was the change. I slept for 10 hours straight and woke up feeling good. I made myself food, showered, got dressed, even flat ironed my hair!!! I drove two minutes up the road to pick my daughter up from the babysitter. Driving is a little to tough yet. I then hung out on the couch until my husband was done with work. I am getting a little stir crazy in this house so we decided to go to dinner. I went to my room and grabbed pair of 8 jeans and a sweater. I have on compression underwear, some bandages, and binder, and the jeans still fit!!!! I could not believe it!! We went to dinner and then we took the kids for a little toy shopping spree at Walmart. When going into Walmart I was already feeling a little worn out and was going to use the ride on scooter thing. I didn't and by the time we left the store I was very sore and kind of tingly. So home, pain pill, straight to bed!! Fell asleep around midnight and did not wake up until 10:45a.m.. I swear healing sleep is what is making me better. So today taking it easy in the house and won't leave again until my PS appt tomorrow. Overall, my body and my mind is feeling so much better then a few days ago.
Today was my turning point, I'm day 12, just a day ahead of you. I'm thrilled to be feeling more normal!
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You look amazing. Sorry you were in so much pain. Did any one ever tell you what the burning was from? My surgery is for April 27 th
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You look amazing! and WOOHOO that you're starting to feel good - I'm so happy for you and love to watch your journey, since we're so close - it gives me a peek into what I can expect in the coming days and makes me very excited to know I'm definitely on the express train to getting back to normal : )
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First let me say that doing so well the day before...

First let me say that doing so well the day before yesterday caused me to swell so so much all day yesterday. I felt more swollen then I did the first few days. Man Oh Man...not fun. So I pretty much hung out on the couch until my kids were home. I then decided to give my hubby the night off and try to do the nightly routine myself. That included, playing with kids on the couch, quick hamburger helper meal, putting away the dishes in the dishwasher, homework, and then baths and dressed for bed. I was so exhausted and my husband actually could not believe how I could be so tired???? He really does not understand my limited ability to manage the household yet. I still take one percoset in the afternoon and one before bed and ibuprofen of course. I was able to sleep on both sides now and can't wait until I can sleep on my tummy again. I drove myself to my PS today and it had me out of the house for 3 hours. My PS was running behind schedule. He said everything is looking really good. I can start putting vitamin E oil on once all of the glue is off the incisions. He stated that scar creams and so forth are more expensive and are just the same as Vitamin E? I might use both. He wants me to start massaging my breast. He thinks they are low enough but they need to be pushed inward. He also stated that I still have a lot of swelling so things can only look better over time. He also gave me a new compression garment that goes halfway down my thigh. It fits good but I still feel like I want to wear my binder over top of it. I don't have to go back to the PS for one month now. Overall, I feel like I am about 60% back to myself. I will take it because what a change from last week (>:
You are doing better each day......and you look awesome already, so I can't even imagine the final results after the swelling. Baby steps.....little more each day and in no time you will be in full swing again.
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I hear ya on the swelling! One day, one day we won't worry about it anymore! Until then, we'll sit here with our feet up feeling like the Goodyear blimp!! ;-)
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You did A LOT for only...what 12 days? Girl, be careful!!! But yea... why do i see my husband saying the same thing???? LOL These guys have NO freaking idea!!!

Keep on keepin on, but be careful. Dont over do it =]
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THE SWELLING IS OUT OF CONTROL!!! I am swelling so...

THE SWELLING IS OUT OF CONTROL!!! I am swelling so terribly. It is affecting my sleep again. I feel like I am on fire and hot and I put a fan right on me and take everything off except my compression garment and sports bra. I feel like the stay puff marshmellow man. I was reading about it tonight and I guess that the swelling gets to it highest level at week 3 and that is when you are more likely to get a seroma. I hate even typing the "S" word...lol. Then by two months the swelling is greatly diminished but can continue somewhat up to a year. HMM..I am only 2 weeks tomorrow so I better get used to it. I probably have been doing to much too but sometimes I just don't have a choice. I am going to have my 2 year old do another full week at the babysitters during the day. I don't think I am ready for her full time yet. She gets into everything and never really sits still. She loves going there anyway so I don't feel bad about it. I took some glue off my belly button today because it looked like it was just hanging there. Since I can't really feel my belly button I did not realize that it was not ready and my belly button was bleeding. I could then feel some pain in it. I also finally convinced my husband that it was time for sex. He thinks that the scabs and the glue are gross...he does not say that...but I can tell. So I put on a cute pink lingerie babydoll outfit that covered all the incisions and that was enough to convince him that it was time. I felt so amazing in the outfit too. I looked down at myself while wearing it and could not believe that was me in. My mind has not caught up with my body yet I guess!! I can't wait to go shopping at Ms. Victoria's when I am up to it. I also can't wait to try on some new bikinis too. Maybe next week some time if the swelling permits. I also got some great news today. My husband's work just told him that he is getting promoted and also is getting a month paid time off of work this summer for a wonderful job he did on a project. So we are going to be traveling and I can't wait to buy a whole new wardrobe for the occasion. I will hopefully get some new pics up this weekend. I can't believe two weeks tomorrow...
Glad to hear you've turned the corner and things are going more smoothly for you...and yay for taking matters into your hand with hubby-sounds like he was maybe afraid? I have the opposite being pesterred to death for it and he's frustrated I have boobs he can't really touch yet (nipples way too sensative). You look amazing in the swimsuit woman!
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Thanks Sister5. I told my husband that most women on here can't keep there husband's hands off of them...lol.
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I just read your last update :) to be able to look at you self and it feel so good! That is why we do this! That is why I'm doing this.
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Wow..PO Day 15 almost over with and I am just so...

Wow..PO Day 15 almost over with and I am just so happy today. I took my little man out and we watched "Lorax" which was excellent. We then went to the mall and got him a haircut and had some lunch. While we were at the mall I went into Macy's and grabbed one bikini to try on. Normally I would take handfuls of tankini's and one pieces into the dressing room in hopes of finding one that might work. My pics are from the "one" I took in. It was a size large top and medium bottom. My scars on my hips barely were hidden but they were!!! I hope once the swelling is not so terrible then they will be more hidden. I also am happy because I wore a pair of skinny type jeans and a tighter fitting shirt tucked in with a belt and I felt so good and thin also. I did not have that big roll to hide. I was very tired by the time we got home from the mall but I didn't care because I feel like a whole new women. I was looking around at clothes and I could see myself wearing about anything now. It was a good feeling. I did not buy myself anything today...not even the bathing suite because it was $130 dollars. I sent my husband a text of me in it and he said I should by it regardless of the price. He is still so super to me (>: I am going to wait until the swelling is not so bad. So more on the status of me healing: my glue is starting to come off but I am too afraid to help it since making my belly button bleed, I rolled on my stomach to sleep but it is still to painful, I am still very stiff in the morning, I take one pain pill at night to rest, I still sleep kind of pushed up with pillows, still get tired pretty easily, the underside of my boobs are sore and they are wide apart yet, still hurts when I sneeze. On a side note..I saw my Mother InLaw for the first time yesterday and she is all concerned about me gaining weight and ruining the results. I explained to her that the surgery was mostly due to babies and that I only weigh 4 more pounds than before I had kids. She does not quite get it. She also asked if my breast were all mine...and I lied. I never lie but I did...just personal I guess. ****So anybody who reads this and just had surgery or is going to in the future****In my opinion it is a life changing event. It is 100% worth it. So if you can make it through PO Day 1 thru 8...I bet you will be so happy just like I feel today on PO Day 15!!!!
VaVaVaVoom!!!! Looking hot!! How great is it to not have to spend hours or Days lookingfor a swimsuit????!!!!
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I think one of the hardest part of the journey is the waiting. The waiting for surgery, waiting for the initial healing to happen, waiting for the final result...etc.
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You look great. Makes me wish that April
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Well yesterday I was on top of the world and today...

Well yesterday I was on top of the world and today I woke up back on Earth! I was up from 4am-8:30am miserable. I woke up with the incision under my left breast on fire. Something just does not feel right. I had my hubby look at it and it looks fine. I so woke up with stomach pains. I left the detail of my son throwing up in my hands in public yesterday. I immediately scrubbed my hands and then took a shower as soon as I got home. It might have not been enough though. The longer I laid there the more miserable I got. Finally, I took the binder and everything off and took some advil and was able to fall asleep for about an hour or so. This is the first time I did not take a pain pill or advil before bed. I think I obviously still need to. Today I am spending most of this beautiful Spring day relaxing on the couch. It is amazing how you can a few good days and then a bad one sneaks in there. It is the Ups and Downs of recovery!!!
Thanks Ladies, I did not buy the suit because it was like $130 dollars but I might go back and get it anyway.
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I LOVE the red bikini top!
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PO Day 20, I can't believe it will be 3 weeks...

PO Day 20, I can't believe it will be 3 weeks tomorrow!! Things are getting more back to normal family wise. My spirits have kind of dipped back down though. I have been sleeping a lot and eating more then I should. I just have been swelling and the more I don't move the less swelling I have at night. So today we had a beautiful 78 degree Spring Day so I decided I needed to get out and cheer up. I got my cheer me up car out...an awesome gift my husband got me that is a convertible. So I went and cleaned it for about an hour, did some shopping, found a tax guy for our taxes...etc. It felt good to be out and about instead of sleeping!! As for shopping though...I feel so swollen that I don't like to try anything on. I also find myself looking at blousey tops and forgetting that I can wear anything now. My mind has not caught up yet I guess. I was tired when I got home and took 3 ibuprofen. I only need to take Ibuprofen once or twice a day now. I can also now lay on my stomach for about 5 minutes. I can't wait to sleep on my tummy. ***NOW TO MY QUESTIONS**** What scar cream is everyone using??? My dr. said Vitamin E Oil which I started but I don't think it is enough. Also, how many times a day do you use it? Another question, has anyone had bruises on their breast this far out? I turned weird on PO Day 9 and I got a painful bump on my left breast and a bruise. The bump is mostly gone but the bruise is still there and worse. It is darker and bigger. The PS did not pay it much attention but it is worse and I don't see him for 3 weeks. Maybe it is normal because the implant is coming down??

I just wanted to add some new pics of the healing...

I just wanted to add some new pics of the healing and swelling process. I am so swollen today that I feel like a webble wobble...lol. Even my thighs are swollen. Week 3 is the height of the swelling from what I have read. I also have a pic of my right breast that is bruised and painful. I hope it is nothing but it has been like this for about two weeks. You can see in the pics that the scabs are coming off. They are not pretty pics but are reality of what it looks like in this stage of healing.
You look great! I love your results! Your waist is so tiny. How you feeling?
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Thanks thenewmeafter3. I just looked at your photos and you are going to look great!! You have a nice shape to start with. I have to say at 3.5 weeks I am feeling pretty good. I get tired easy but I have been able to do most things and I am even thinking about walking on the treadmill. I would say I am 80% myself and getting better and better every day!!! It is a life changing event for sure.
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sorry you are still having some pain, I get random spot across my incision, but nothing awful. I really don't think you look so swollen so I can't wait to see what 6 weeks brings you!!

OH and I so saw that swim suit at Macy's yesterday and I think I will be trying it on in a few weeks, lol. love it!!
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Happy Happy Day today. I feel so good today at 3.5...

Happy Happy Day today. I feel so good today at 3.5 weeks. It just felt so good to get dressed today and feel really good about myself. I feel like I am in my early 20's again and that is an amazing feeling. I went to Victoria Secrets today and had a bra fitting. I am a 38 D again!! That is exactly what I wanted to be because that was what I was before kids. I got two Body by Victoria wireless bras because as of Friday I can ditch the sports bra as long as there is no wires. P.S. told me to wear wireless for a few months. I also found a cute outfit there that my hubby will love but will wait to buy that next week since I spent $80 dollars on bras today. I have really been feeling pretty good these past fews days other then the swelling. Usually by 7p.m. my boobs feel engorged and my body feels like it is burning. Usually 3 advil helps with that. I think I am going to start walking on the treadmill in a few days at 4 weeks. Slowly walking but walking. My weight is really good for me...barely 163. I bet I will down in the 150's once I full force start running again. I am still trying to sleep on tummy but no go yet. Soon maybe. My stomach is still numb and my incisions still feel raw and red. I think I am going to go buy some Spanx soon because I can't wear shorts with this compression garment that goes to my knees. I also can't wear cute dresses either. Oh and also went to church this past Sunday...it was so nice after missing 3 weeks. Life is good. Hang in there ladies if you are at the start of the recovery..it gets easier and easier. It is not a straight shot to being easier either...there are ups and downs...but eventually you get to more ups and that is where I am at 3.5 weeks.
You Look FANTASTIC!
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Did you go down a pants size? You results are so beyond awesome. And to think your only almost a month along
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Thanks. Most of my previous pants are a size 8 or 10. Now they are a tad bit big in the waist but I have not really bought anything smaller because I hate anything pressing against my raw incision. I have been just wearing a belt. I have a feeling once the swelling is more down..I might be able to fit into a 6. I will be satisfied with all 8's though. Feels great to not have that Muffin Top anymore.
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I can't believe I am over a Month PO!!! So glad...

I can't believe I am over a Month PO!!! So glad that Month is over. I did the most amazing thing today. I got up before both my kids and husband and got on my treadmill. I only walked at 3mph fro 2.5 miles/ 52 minutes but it felt great. It is amazing because it was my first workout since surgery and I did it at my normal workout time...before the family is awake. I do have to say that I did sweat a great deal. When my husband got up and saw that I already worked out and that the kids were sitting at the table happily eating breakfast...he gave me a hug and said it seems that he finally got his wife back. The PS said I would really not start to feel like myself again until a month and he was right on. I am back to falling asleep before 11pm and waking up around 7:30 or so. I have not had a nap all week either. I also have been doing little things in the yard and playing with my kids outside. I mostly just still feel beat up though. I really don't like my skin touched on the areas of my scars or lipo. If I get really swollen I feel it more. Overall it is not terribly bad and just something I am aware of when I am doing certain things. I also went and bought "Assests" from Target yesterday for my compression garment if I want to wear shorts or a dress. I love the one from the PS but it goes to my knees. I have to say that the Assest (Spanx Brand) is just as comfortable and gives me pretty good support. I also got some ScarGuard that I am going to try. I have been trying different things. I am still so happy I did this and would do it again in a heartbeat!!!
Wow! You look incredible! Congrats girl!!
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You are really awesome!! Congrats on that hot bod! You must be super excited!! Glad to hear you are able to get back to your normal routine. I am looking forward to that. :-)
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Thanks SpecialKay..you are looking really good yourself!!! That blister burn looks like it hurts though. Yes, the normal routine is nice. I can't wait to get strong and start running again but I really don't see that in the near near future. Everyday is one step closer for both of us (>:
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Today I had my 6 week PO visit and everything is...

Today I had my 6 week PO visit and everything is looking great. I still got to try to massage my breast inward and put on Vit. E twice a day but my scars are looking great. The dr. even cleared me for everything but AB exercises. So I can go back to the gym and start taking my PUMP classes again. So excited. I have been walking on the treadmill 3 miles a time and that has been feeling good but my muscles are turning to mush from no weight training. I have been able to sleep on my stomach for the past week too. I can still feel pain in my abs when I sneeze and first get up in the morning but nothing major. My tummy is still numb also. The dr. said that takes a few months. I have been getting my energy level back to 90% and that feels great. Overall, I feel good mentally and physically. I even went back and bought that red bikini in my previous pics. As I was checking out the two women behind me stated that they wish that they could wear a bikini like that!!! I kind of went along with their compliments when they asked if I have kids and I stated two. They were really impressed then...lol. I didn't tell them that I had major surgery 6 weeks ago and have not worn a bikini 5 years prior. No I just enjoyed the moment. I earned it (>: I hope that everyone else is doing well. I don't get updates in my email any longer and I am not sure why? This has been an amazing journey and I will continue to post pics as my scars heal. Happy Easter All.
Just curious how it's going with hubby?
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We have the same stats, I hope I end up looking as good as you!!! I am originally from Reading, PA by the way! You look awesome!!
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You look fantastic LDT, 7 weeks sure gives me hope to be back to almost normal in a couple months. Are you still swelling? Your jean picture is great
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Hello All, Sorry I have been really busy with life...

Hello All, Sorry I have been really busy with life and have not been on here much. I went to my 3.5 month PO visit yesterday and wanted to give a quick update. The dr. said I am more advanced in recovery then he would expect for the amount of surgery I had done. I do have a small dog ear on my right side that he might need to do a small revision on at 6 months. I am back to running and weight lifting at full stride. The only thing I can't do is a lot of AB work yet. I still get very sore in my stomach muscles if I work them or do a lot of lifting of the kids. I could not be happier with my results though. I feel so good about myself. I was averaging around 170 before surgery but now I hang around 163. I can't say that I am 100% perfect with my eating but that is a work in progress. Ladies, this is a life changing event and I would do it all over again in a heart beat!

Thanks for sharing your story and pics. Your results are amazing! You look so great!
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You look grea. I have a small dog ear as well on the breast and where my incision is as well. Only on the right side weird huh.
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Thank You Ladies!!!
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It has been 2 Years!

I can't believe two years has passed. I am still very happy with my results. My scar is still not faded but I can live with it. My weight has fluctuated and I got down on myself for that but I picked myself back up and lost 15 pounds in the last two months. This picture was taken a few days ago and you can see what the scar looks like. But for being 37 years old I have no complaints with anything in this picture. The whole journey was worth the reward of having my self confidence back. I would do it all again in a heart beat.
You look great!!! Sexy
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I'm speechless! You look absolutely fantastic! Thank you for sharing your journey...I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. For now I live vicariously through you and the other RSers. Can't wait to join you on the other side!
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