Scheduled for July 22nd. So far, the physician and staff have been great. I did alot of research beforehand, but they have been enthusiastic, honest and open. Have known two other people the surgeon has done work on and both are very happy (Tummy Tuck/Breast Reduction & Lower Body Lift). Not only is he double board certified with great patient references but he brings such an artistic approach to his discussions with you. He is also realistic in the way he sets expectations.
Why I did It? After 2 kids (both big - over 9lbs, not late, in fact early) things just weren't the same. I spent alot of time eating well, working out and generally doing quite a bit to take care of myself. At the end of the day, I would lose weight, but not much at all would happen for my shape. It was a very frustrating battle that lead me to going up and down by 15 - 20 lbs because I would get frustrated when after losing that weight, I was still left looking quite the same in most areas - sagging/larger breasts and a stomach that was just destroyed by previous surgery and carrying two children. I have a high pressure job and I am a Mom and Wife. I work hard in all areas and honestly, just really give my all 24/7. I have a great life, wonderful kids, fantastic husband and a great career. I wasn't lacking anything. But this was truly about me and what I wanted solely. I wanted to look better and not feel constantly frustrated. If I couldn't afford this surgery or wasn't able to tolerate the trauma, it would hardly be a big issue, but I can so I felt okay moving forward. I had worked hard to provide for my family and I have spent years eating well and keeping my health in check.
What I am having done? It's really a Mommy Makeover - breast reduction and lift; full tummy tuck and liposuction to the flank area. I was, at one time long ago, a 'C' cup with a good shape and placement, I was very happy with. My stomach was fine - no complaints. I have never been 'tiny'. I was always more curvy but held my weight well on my frame, typically wearing a 6-8 before kids. Naturally, that has 'expanded' a bit over the last decade plus to a '12', but honestly, I would have been just fine if not for the sag and stretch from pregnancy. I have come to know that size is really not a big deal if you feel good and feel comfortable. Who cares? After my first child, I weighed more and wore a bigger size, but was actually happier with how I looked. For those interested, I am 5'7 and 175 at the pre-op. What I hate is the 'map of the world' I see when looking in mirror or literally having to lift up my girls when putting on a bra! So, I am looking to lift and somewhat reduce my breasts and hopefully take away the overhang and some of the extension of my stomach with a reduction in stretch marks.
Preparations so far.... Pre Admin Testing Done; Surgery Paid for; Recovery Supplies Bought; Time Off Scheduled (and my husband); Recliner bought; meals are being made and cleaning the entire house this weekend. I'll post after pics once its all done and I can manage.