Loving the New Me.. - Philadelphia, PA

Decided to have a much needed mommy makeover! My...

Decided to have a much needed mommy makeover! My surgery was on 2/22/2011. Had a breast augmentation and full tummy tuck. Was told by my plastic surgeon that I was to spend the night in the hospital which I would definitely recommend for anyone having both procedures at once. Was in a continuous pain pump. Dilaudid every 10 mins. It was glorious..no real discomfort. Went home next afternoon. Had to wait till I could void on my after the urine catheter came out. Took me awhile.

Slept on my recliner that night. Was rough because I had such crazy cotton mouth that I was constantly drinking therefor constantly peeing..no fun! I was up all night. Second night I opted for my bed. Slept on ,y back of course with pillows under my knees and arms. Iced my belly every couple of hours. It felt really good.

Out of the 2 procedures I only really felt discomfort from the tummy tuck. I had a 4 inch muscle separation so naturally there is going to some pain.

Oh and I managed not to sneeze for like a week..talk about pain ugh..always hold a pillow and splint your abdominal incision if you feel it coming on.

So I'm three weeks out and feel really good! Loving my results more & more as the days pass.

A little about me I'm 30 years old. A mother of two. A 9 year old and a 19 month old. Gained 80 lbs with both my pregnancies!! Im currently 5ft 4in and 123lbs

Next on my list is to start toning up this new awesome bod I have :)

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Your lack of swelling is amazing! Do u think it's because of your diet? What would u contribute it to? I would love to know!
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Wow, look at your gorgeous flat tummy! Beautiful sweetie. Your tum before was like mine....think mine was actually worse, but god isn't it funny how people can never tell in clothes and how badly it affects your self esteem? Congrats. : )
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wow! your belly looks great i can hardly see the scars!! your vertical incision looks better than mine yours is flat and i have little "butt cheeks" haha
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Ok so I went out to get fitted for a new bra and...

Ok so I went out to get fitted for a new bra and I'm shocked that my size didn't change after my 300cc implants seems crazy to me! Was and still am a 32DD. The saleswoman said I am really a 30DD but they are hard to come by. They fit more snug around the band. Still bought a new one just because I felt as though I deserved a treat ha.


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You look fabulous too!!! Love your bra ♥ I can tell I will be spending a fortune on bras, bathing suits, sundresses....LOL
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Haha thanks Betsy Johnson. This is actually an old bra. I was shocked when I learned my size didnt change. Think i may get resized.
Oooh! I love Betsy Johnson. I am shocked your size is the same too..you look so much fuller and project more. Bra size is funny isn't it? Well regardless, you fill out your bras beautifully now :)

So it has been a month since my surgery!! Feel...

So it has been a month since my surgery!! Feel really good but so dont want to go back to work lol!

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Girl...I am so jealous!! Your results look awesome!!! You are so flat (in the tummy...lol) looks like you have no swelling!!! I am 2days shy of my 4 week post opt..but still look prego below the belly button! Where did you get a "gelzone compression?" I will have to google that!! I go to my PS tomorrow for check up so I will ask him some questions that I have! I hope I get as good of results as you did!!
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Hi A New me! Thanks ;) I love, love, love the new me! It's amazing what a little self confidence will do for ya!
As far as my sweeling I dont know why I never had any really?? Took my arnica & Bromelain for the whole duration it was recommended for and drank a ton of h20 the first week. Dont drink enough of it now however. Did experience crazy swelling this past sunday however but that was bc I worked a 12 hour shift and was on my feet all day :(
The GelZone wrap is nice. Its a compression garmet with a silicone backing to it. I now wear that when I work or when Im asleep. They want you to wear it 12 to 24 hours a day! My dr never heard of it and wanted me to let her know more about it.
You look great too..your swelling doesnt look bad in your 3 week pic! Oh and the GelZone is pricey about 80$ all together. And Amazon has them as well as countourMD and makemeheal.com. Check it out. Happy almost 4 weeks :D Your only a week behind me. LMK how you make out at your apt tomorrow.
Can I ask your age?

My only real gripe are my dog ears :( Doc wants...

My only real gripe are my dog ears :(
Doc wants to wait till I am at the 3 month mark to decide if she needs to correct them. Pretty sure she will. Which also means extending my scar and Im so happy with the lenght of it so I will be sad to see it extended but eh, whats a girl to do?? On tuesday I will be 6 weeks post op. I feel great and find it amazingly strange/awesome that I dont have to walk around 24/7 sucking in my gut anymore. I have to keep reminding myself that I dont have to do that!

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Your results are amazing! I was actually looking at pics the other night and told my husband that I hope my boobs turn out to look similar to yours! They look great!! I can only hope that my results are as good as your are!:)
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WOW you are looking amazing, I hope my belly is that flat once all the swelling goes down.
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Thank you! Yes the swelling is not fun but its not permanent thank godness :) Some days might be better than others depending on how much you are running around. So rest up and drink lot sof h20 :)

Well just found a stich the PS must of forgot...

Well just found a stich the PS must of forgot under my breast. Sniped and took it out...guess that was the right thing to do!! Six week spost op tomorrow..I cant believe it!!

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Wow looks great! I hear sometimes it takes up to six months for the swelling to go down... I still feel swollen in areas. Do you feel you do?... I know your a couple weeks ahead of me in recovery.
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Wichita I have heard the swelling can last that long too. I havent had any real terrible swelling..got lucky in that department. Yes no lifting! Im almost 7 weeks out and I only lift when patient is in trendelenbutg position.doesnt cause me any discomfort at all. We should do that all the time anyways to perserve our backs since we will be working till we r 90 lol!!
Your scar looks great. What are you using on it?
OMGosh what a cute bathing suit!! I know what ya mean about the belly seeing sun! I used to wear a tank top bathsuit with bottoms!! I haven't found one yet(haven't really started to look yet) you look awesome!!! Just imagine summer..you won't be as swollen as you think you are.. bet hubbys happy too!
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So my PS office called today and asked if I'd be...

So my PS office called today and asked if I'd be interested in doing video interview on mommy makeovers and how they are on the rise. Dont know if I can do it. It's a little nerve racking! Dont know what they will do with the video? Its was the board that called and asked her if she had any MM young MM patients. I have to make a decision by tomorrow ehhhh we shall see.
On a side note I feel great! 100% back to normal. My scar is calming down a bit. Im 7 weeks post op tomorrow :)

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Aww that's so nice that you get some one on one time! I wish I had more of that! I'm feeling better thanks! :)
That's so crazy about your boobies! Like it doesn't even make sense to me!? Maybe you weren't sized right pre BA? Clearly they look different and a million times better! I'm excited to lose the stretched aerola and go a lil bigger ;) I'm a boobie girl! Lol
So we can either get together before the 13th or a week after!? Lol glad you like that number, it'll bring me good luck ;)
And I'm 5"8 so you were close! :)
So I'm a pretty open person, and all my close friends and family know that I got my boobs done and had a TT. And everyone was really excited for me and supportive! I think bc it was so clear to them, how much I needed it and deserved it. My body had been through a LOT in 4 years! And all I had to do was show them my boobs or belly and they understood. Well I didn't show my dad or father in law, but u get the idea. Lol
And I did all the work to get where I had to be, weight wise. So what was left, was extra skin. And I had no control over that! When it comes to surgery like this, you gotta remember who it's for. And that's YOU! So screw anyone who hates on you for doing it. 98% of the time they are just jealous of you anyway. Sad but true.
Hmm so you think it was a reaction maybe,? Could be!? It's easier without them! I don't have time for that! Lol ugh I need to man up and get a Brazilian wax!!! I hate shaving!!!!! I'm still nervous about shaving near my scar. I wish I could just get laser hair removal so I'd never have to worry about shaving again! I get so many bumps! Ugh!
Lol so when are we getting together!? Let's set this up!!! :) xo
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Omg I hate all this rain! Just me & my Colman hanging out. Resting up for work tomorrow :( How are you feeling..any better?
So May 13th ahhhh not that far away!! And might I add my fav # happens to be 13. Could have something to do with thats my birthday haha 12/13. Cant wait to see your results. How tall are you Sho..let me guess 5ft 7in? I get my bras from Nordstoms and everytime I go I make them meausure me. Now you saw my oh so sad post pregnancy boobies theres no way they were a 30DD!! The one looks like an A haha!! Never got measured at Nordstoms till after I had Cole so I was still carrying baby weight. Funny though bc lost all the weight except for 5 pounds and I'm still a 30DD! And even after adding 300cc implants I'm still a 30DD. Weird! I love my new girls! Couldnt be happier. I think my fam was expecting me to look like a porn star when they heard I was getting a boob job as they like to call it ugh....excuse me breast augmentation lol!!! How did your family handle you doing all this?
My Mom & Steve were the only REAL ones who supported me! Then after I survived my sister was like um whats ur PS number lmao! She has a consult on May 3rd now :) Im super excited for her.
Im guessing you had some kind of reaction with those sheets? Glad its looking better though
Mine still gross..especislly now bc I shaved and now one spot is all irratated.Hope it doesnt get infected now! Well I Hope you are feeling better and stay dry mama
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Um yo hot stuff!!! Saw your new post. U look fantastic..read your update and I know exactly what you mean about forgetting you dont have the "Vagomach", as I like to call it, anymore lol! Im still in disbelief too! Do you find that you are checking yourself out way more nowadays too haha! It's like getting a new present everyday when I wake up and look at how my scar is..each day its now getting less red..so I think :) So now your doing Bio Oil huh I think thats next on my list. I swear I'm a scar tx whore. Nah J/k my maderma is almost gone. So lets talk boobies! You are thinking May-ish?? What size are your first set? And how big we going this time? Also, are you doing BL with the BA?
I seriously
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2 month check up went good. Doc is pleased with...

2 month check up went good. Doc is pleased with everything and she said she can tell my scar is going to fade nicely. Which made me happy!! She also recommended I just use sunscreen on my scar. I will probably still continue to massage it. Im due back to see her the end of may and we will see how my small dog ears look then.

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I called yesterday and she said 6 months Maybe that is what their office procedure is. I hope it is extended too much. When are you getting yours fixed? I will be curious to see how you make out.
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Mmmm..i dont think i have those.
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What are dog ears.. I dont see it
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3 monthsh post op! I really cant believe it's been...

3 monthsh post op! I really cant believe it's been that long. Feel fabulous & looking good..ha so I think :) Posting a few new pics. I've been working my abs. Looks like I'm starting to get some definition Yaya

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Oh and yes my scar is still red and even redded...

Oh and yes my scar is still red and even redded after I work out. Just finished my first tube of Kelpcote and wasnt real impressed with it. So now I am just massaging it with palmers oil 3x a day. I go to see my PS on Monday and I am praying she will finally clip my dog ears!!!!

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Bridgalita!!!! (like your new name?) lol umm go see my boobies....on my review. I know you wanna! ;)
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Yes girl it hurts to touch and If I push it it will go in and be flat for a moment then slowly pop back out!! That's why I am scared..but seemed like everyone else I've talk to could do abs at 8 weeks so that's why I did..but will let ya know! And trust me, I have no patients! That's why I am in the position I am in now..was told to wait till 12 weeks PO to do abs and I did at 8 because I was "feeling good"! Ha...going to look for that video now!
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Yes girl it hurts to touch and If I push it it will go in and be flat for a moment then slowly pop back out!! That's why I am scared..but seemed like everyone else I've talk to could do abs at 8 weeks so that's why I did..but will let ya know! And trust me, I have no patients! That's why I am in the position I am in now..was told to wait till 12 weeks PO to do abs and I did at 8 because I was "feeling good"! Ha...going to look for that video now!
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Ok so 3 month check up went well. I will get my...

Ok so 3 month check up went well. I will get my revision on August 18th so I'll be 6 months post op by then. She also told me about a product called dermablend which is a make-up like cover up for scars and other things but she said that would work well to hide my red scar for when I go to Jamaica in 6 weeks. She wants me sporting a 2 piece haha..we'll see about that :) Dermablend is sold at Macy's and Lord & Taylor. She also said if you go into macy's they will color match you and then after that you can just re order online.

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bridge you look great. You got that way from exercising?
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Thanks girl! Im trying to tone up. I've been doing an ab workout everyday

17 weeks post up..sheesh it seems like forever...

17 weeks post up..sheesh it seems like forever ago!! Havent done my ab workout in about 3 weeks and I think it shows :( back to the grind now!! Jamaica in 2 weeks!!
Hope everyone is healing well & feeling great!

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sommiebreezie- I use silicone sheets ScarFX you can get it on makemeheal.com I got the large sheet and I cut it up and wear 12 hours a day. I think it is working but always looking other ideas.

Bridge- what are you using now??
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dayum woman..you got a smokin bod, I bet you look hot in a kini? So are you using any kind of scar treatment, I spoke to my doc here on tuesday and asked him about suggestions on scar treatment and he told me...TIME! He said that its been proven by many docs that its a waste of money and scars will fade over time? Would you say thats pretty accurate or do you find that the scar treatment your using is helping you? Just need some recommendations as I would love to lighten mine quicker...hope you have a great day. YOU LOOK FABULOSO
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I have been out of touch with everyone. Just wanted to know how everyone is coming along with their scar treatment. Bridge and Mammas what are you using now. I am still doing the silicone sheets and ran out of Kelocote. I can't really afford it. Bridge did you try the dermablend. If so, does it hide the scar?
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So I am approaching my 6 month post op! Went to my...

So I am approaching my 6 month post op! Went to my dr apt today and had my dog ears removed..finally!! Didnt hurt a bit but was very weird feeling. I am expect to be just a little sore.. lets hope they are gone for good now :)

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Hi bridg0809 how did you make out with the dog ears? I have to call and make my appt next month to get mine fixed. Can you tell me about it as to whether it hurts or what is involved. thanks. Hope you are well. You look great.
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You look great your scar looks amazing!!!
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Thanks! How is evrything with you??

So on Feb. 22, 2012 it will be a year since my...

So on Feb. 22, 2012 it will be a year since my surgery! I cant believe it! I still am so happy with my results although I havent worked out since summer & can really tell :( So back to it!!
Good luck to all those who are undergoing this wonderful journey! Remember to be patient with your bodies :)

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Hey dear. Wondering If you used the dermablend makeup? I'm thinking about getting it but just not sure if it works. Thank you. You look great btw!!!
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I did use the dermabond when I went to jamiaca last summer. It was good..covered nicely. Only used it when I wore a bikini. Thanks ;)
You look phenomenal!! Congrats on a successful surgery.
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Just had my first boudoir session thanks to a...

Just had my first boudoir session thanks to a great friend of mine! Was so much fun and I really gained new respect for my new body! Posted a pic from my session...how could I not lol!!!

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Took photo down dont know if I have to have...

Took photo down dont know if I have to have permission from my photograher

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So fabulous! I mean flawless!
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Wow! Thanks for sharing I hope my results look as good as yours.
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You have no scars!!>?? How is that possible :) I am so happy for you, you look amazing. How did your dog ears get clipped?
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