It's My Turn TT AND A BA - Portland, OR

I'm a mom of 3 and the wife of a injured...

I'm a mom of 3 and the wife of a injured soldier. I worked took care of our kids and him while he was recovering. 5 years later I was a mommy of 3 weighing164lbs and was 5'2". I looked in the mirror and I did not recognize the person looking back at me. Even though my husband is amazing and always tells me I'm beautiful I feel so ugly and fat. No matter how much I exercise the front tire will not go away. I realized my kids destroyed my body ( prepregnancy I was 5'2" and 110lbs) . So I decided to do a mommy makeover. I did a lot of research and narrowed it to 2 doctors. I chose Dr Waldorf and the Waldorf Center. I was planning on going with Dr Bohley, but after meeting Dr Waldorf, and her staff I knew I wanted to go with Dr Waldorf. She is a very sweet lady and very caring and her staff is amazing and the facilities are AMAZING!!! She was less then Dr Bohley as well. I know there are mixed reviews about her so I was hesitant but after meeting her and the staff those negative comments are all LIES!!!

There was one comment that said that the staff pressures you and tries to over sell you. After going to her I realized she and her staff do no such thing, if anything I felt pressured at Dr Bohleys office. They kept telling me his surgery dates fill up quickly so I better put a down payment down.... Etc. well I am glad for him that he is so popular and so busy but I would rather go with a doctor and a staff that does not pressure you to put down a down payment that day of consult if "you want your surgery next month, or you will have to wait"..etc. blah blah blah. I would rather have a doctor that doesn't set time and schedule like I am cattle and that takes the time to talk to me and actually care about me. Another unique thing about Dr Waldorf's office is after the surgery they don't kick you out the door and send you home that day. She genuinely cares so you stay at the facilities overnight so the nurses and the doctor can monitor you and make sure you are okay ( they have a surgical center and the other side of the building has rooms, etc ) .

It also actually costs less then what Dr Bohley's quote was, and she didn't try to upsell me with liposuction, or breast lift like Dr Bohleys office did. She is honest and told me that in her opinion I would not need extra liposuction nor a breast lift. So I am thoroughly happy with my decision. I don't have to wait until June either for my surgery. She made arrangements so I could have my surgery on May 10th ( hind sight being 20 20 my theory might not work... My theory is if I have the surgery before the initial shock of deciding to do it hits it will be all over before I can think about it :0D) don't get me wrong I am super excited I even quit smoking for this and I have been smoking for 20 years ( started when I was 16). However, I have a HUGE AVERSION TO PAIN!!!! So when I asked about the pain part she suggested pain pumps as well as pain killers and the antibiotics. I am also allergic to penicillin so she made sure she prescribes me an antibiotic with no penicillin. She even made arrangements for me to do my pre op on Monday. They are amazing there from Dr Waldorf to the receptionist. If you are looking to have work done check out waldorfcenter dot com. I will post before pictures tomorrow. I had a huge dinner so my stomach is distorted. Have a fabulous night all

Thanks so much for sharing with us here on RealSelf. You have really been through a lot and you deserve this. I'm glad you found a doctor you're happy with. Please keep us posted! The 10th will be here before you know it.

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First. THANK YOU.. for being the wife of a soldier.. and a big thank you to him too..

Now I 100% understand ... husbands are amazing and love us and our bodies the way they are.. but you loving the way you look is important too. Congratulations on the decision to get it done ..Not sure on the whole "do it before the shock sets in" but hey if it works who cares. lol

I was SO SO Excited , and still had concerns of what "others " wwould think..Got over that and was again NOTHING but thrilled.. AND STILL AM!!! I am almost 4 months post op.

Welcome to realself.. and let you countdown begin!!
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So excited, tomorrow's my pre-op!!!!

So excited, tomorrow's my pre-op!!!!

Forgot to ask how do you add photos?

Forgot to ask how do you add photos?

Never mind just read about not being able to...

Never mind just read about not being able to delete photos so don't want to post

Went for my per op today. Gearing up for the tenth...

Went for my per op today. Gearing up for the tenth. Nervous and excited, a bit scared of the pain....again have a HUGE AVERSION TO PAIN!!! But doc was very reassuring so feeling better about that.

So now the idea of the surgery is happening on the...

So now the idea of the surgery is happening on the 10th and no longer a wish. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what I need when I get home. I am staying overnight after the procedure at the surgical center ( my PS has a little hospital it's AWESOME!!!!). But once I get home what will I need. The ps gave a list but was wondering if there was anything else anyone can suggest.
Thanks everyone.

The pain is temporary and you'll feel MUCH better in just a few day. and in a few weeks youll feel great. so for warning DO NOT over do it when you do feel good.. WE ALL DO IT.. LEARN from the rest of us :)  let the count down begin! WOOT! I'm excited for you!
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I have a list of items I thought were very helpful on my review. Look at about January 6th or 10th on my review.. its around that time
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Thanks I got the things on the list. So excited for my new body so nervous about the pain!!!
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Tomorrow is the day.... Wish me luck and pray for me.

Tomorrow is the day.... Wish me luck and pray for me.

I forgot to add today is the day before my surgery...

I forgot to add today is the day before my surgery. The doctors office called, the surgery center called and the anestegioligist (spelling????) all to answer questions and see if I needed anything and to explain what will happen tomorrow. This place is FANTASTIC!!!!

I feel really excited but am not anxious or...

I feel really excited but am not anxious or anything I am at peace for some reason. I am spending the night at the medical center so I will write on Friday wish me luck and pray for me ladies.

Hope everyone has a SUPER night
Feeling better today
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Your feeling better!!! YEAH! It may seem to take forever in the moment.. but in a few days or in a week you will be able to look back and see you are feeling tons better!!
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Omg in sooo much pain
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Feeling better today. walking still hurts and am...

Feeling better today. walking still hurts and am sore but its not as bad as i thought it would be (this might be all the pain killers i am on). My doctor is AMAZING SHE IS AN ARTIST. SHE DID A FABULOUS JOB I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE
Feeling better today. walking still hurts and am sore but its not as bad as i thought it would be (this might be all the pain killers i am on). My doctor is AMAZING SHE IS AN ARTIST. SHE DID A FABULOUS JOB I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE
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Feeling sore but I feel great I just cant wait to...

Feeling sore but I feel great I just cant wait to take my compression garments off. I miss holding my little monkey so much but orders are orders. I took a peak and I look AMAZING!!!! DR Walsorf did an amazing job. She is the only plastic surgeon I would recommend.
Is it normal to feel like well....why did I do this ? Because that's how I feel. Dr Waldorf did an amazing job, but I don't know if it's swelling or I have always been fat and I thought this would help me look better. I tried putting on my big girl jeans and they didn't fit these jeans were always lose on me but now I can't even button them. I had a pity party for myself and my husband told me its only been 9 days since you had surgery and he tells me it's just swelling. He also says going shopping 8 days after surgery and not resting doesn't help. I know he's right but how long until the pain stops and how long until my boobs feel like they're going to pop out of my chest and how long until I feel like my bottom is going to fall off and the only thing my bottom half is being held by the stitches. Once I get moving I'm okay but ....... By the time I am done putting around I am sore, swollen and tired and in pain ( thank you Lord for dr Waldorf and the fact she so understanding about my pain), I take my meds and pass out. I'm so tired of the soreness and the pain... Okay I'm done venting and throwing yet another pity party for myself. Ttyladies later.
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HAHA.. oh at least they know its the pills.. right?? I didnt have any muscle relaxers.. but was fine anyway.. enjoy the pills and dont laugh TO hard!!
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I am on a strict regiment of pain killers, antibiotics, muscle relaxers. It REALLY HELPS!!! It's kind of funny I was so out of it that I thought it was Sunday this morning. I asked the kids and hubbie if they were getting ready for church ( roll and mumbling in teenage language from the preteen and a laugh from my son). My husband gave me a kiss and put me back in bed
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Threw myself a pity party last night. Just wish it...

Threw myself a pity party last night. Just wish it was 6 weeks and I could see the final results. Everyone tells me it's swelling and I will get flatter and smaller with time, but seeing is always believing. What of the change is not what I expected. Dr Waldorf did a fantastic job but..... Guess having buyers remorse Thanks for listening ladies have a super night.
I stopped 3 weeks before my surgery date (which was hard cuz I have been smoking since I was 13 and I am 36 ) . I am glad I did it 3 weeks prior cuz if I didn't my lungs clearing and the coughing would KILL ME!!!!!! You want to quit because after your surgery you will NOT want to move and you DON'T WANT TO HAVE THE SMOKERS COUGH!!!!! Coughing will HURT ALOT!!!!! And during the healing process I just tell myself its been a month why start now? It still hard and I want to smoke but little by little the craving is less and less.... Good Luck
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I have been smoking for a long time too! I can do it! Thanks for all your info. You look great! I have the same body type as you. But with more loose skin and stretch marks.
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How are you doing? I need to quit smoking. My surgery is in 5 months. How long did you quit before surgery?
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I don't know what I did ( as I've been laying in...

I don't know what I did ( as I've been laying in bed and takin it slow)but yesterday yes, memorial day my right breast swelled twice it's size yesterday. Called the after hour line for Dr Waldorf. The doc on call called back within 4 minutes and told me they did not want to take any chances, so told me to meet them at the hospital. Got there and not only was the doc on call there so was Dr Waldorf.... AGAIN AMAZING DOCTOR IN MY EYES!!!!!!!! It turned out I tore something and had a horrible hematoma. I was in so much pain, however both the doc on call and Dr Waldorf prepped for surgery and they fixed me up lickity split within an hour. It turned out that Dr Waldorf calle the hospital ahead of time and not only got me a room just in case I had to stay the night but also had a OR ready and called an anestegioligist on hold just in case. I was amazed. I thought it was just over swelling but she DEFINITELY knows what she is doing. I LOVE DR WALDORF AND WORD CANNOT DECRIBE HOW THANKFUL I AM TO HAVE HER AS MY PS!!!!

Just got back from my PS and she took the tube out...

Just got back from my PS and she took the tube out of the boob YEAH!!!! feeling great. Cant believe I am 3 wks PO. Still swollen but feeling great.

It's UNBELIEVABLE the change both physically and...

It's UNBELIEVABLE the change both physically and mentally how good I feel. I can't say enough about Dr Waldorf she made me beautiful( or at least I like to think I look beautiful )
You look GREAT girl! I am sorry you had that experience with your breast. This process will be TOTALLY worth it in the end. We have (and had) similar body types so I understand the frustration in waiting on results. However, we will get there in due time. Patience is a virtue! :-) Happy healing!
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Is it wrong of me to act like I'm still in pain...

Is it wrong of me to act like I'm still in pain because my husband is treating me so well? Okay I know it's wrong and I will stop doing it next week. The day before fathers day.
You're right bib I deserve it and once I'm healed its not like he's not going to enjoy the results too :D
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Very true! He will completely enjoy them!!! Hehe
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Enjoy it while you have him treating you like that! ;-)
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Dis it normal for your boobs to feel like they are...

Dis it normal for your boobs to feel like they are tingling and it hurts to the touch like your foot is asleep but it's your boobs?

Is anyone having muscle spasms in their stomach?...

Is anyone having muscle spasms in their stomach? It feels link something is popped and when I push down on it it feels better, but feels weird
Feeling better but is anyone else having muscle spasms in their tummy? It feels like something popped and when I massage it it feels better.
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I am breaking the rules my doc said to wear a sports bra and I can ONLY take my bra off when I sleep, but have not worn it since Friday. I saw the doc that day to get the drain out after our memorial day fiasco. And they gave me Botox for free. It was fantastic.
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I am 14dpo and I will go without a garment for an hour (per dr's instructions) and today my nipples are so sensitive. Even the air was bothering them. It was strange so I put my garment back on and feel better. Healthy and happy healing.
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Hi everyone Hope everyone is doing well. Still...

Hi everyone
Hope everyone is doing well. Still feeling good but am so worried about the 10th thru the 14th. My hubbie and little girl are going to Washington dc. She won at state for National History Day and will be competing on those dates which means I will be alone with the 9 yr old boy who's sooooo helpful and the 20 month old boy he is not so helpful. I'm lucky from 8 to 5 I have the nanny but after that I'm all ALONE with the rascals. I will be exactly a month when they leave, any suggestions? Can I lift the little man? Doc does not want me to but....
Hi mominoregon....oh my I am having muscle spasms at night ~ a few times and yes it is painful.....How long have you been having them???
Albany
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Albany I have had them for the past week. I'm glad I'm not alone. My ps said its normal and I should be massaging my tummy ( again did not listen to ps directions).
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Looking at my before pics and can NOT believe the...

Looking at my before pics and can NOT believe the change. Called Dr Waldorf to find out if I should lift my little monkey. She said just to be careful and not to over do it. If I feel any discomfort to stop and take a rest. She told me try not to get my heart rate up. I asked why. She said if my heart rate goes up too high that I could faint, light headed, etc. feeling light headed or fainting is no bueno for me or my kiddos. But glad I can pick up my little monkey and snuggle with him when he lets me, which is not often. He's 20 months and VERY BUSY :D. I love my kiddos.

Is it normal to feel like it wasn't worth it? I'm...

Is it normal to feel like it wasn't worth it? I'm going through an emotional roller coaster right now. Maybe it is because I am still in the girdle but.... I LOVE MY BOOBS, and the ps did a fantastic job but.... I don't know. Ladies any words of encouragement?
Albany- I think everyone worries about getting that way again. I know I worry
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BIB I'm feeling better thanks. I realize I'm not as happy because I feel I don't look as good because of my arms. So going back for some lipo on my arms
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YES ~ I was just thinking about that yesterday...having that pooch again is the last think i want back. I've been walking daily and eating very clean. This is just the way it has to be from now on. Can't wait to feel 100% and get back to the serious exercise.
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I've been on the fence and wishy washy about this...

I've been on the fence and wishy washy about this being worth it or not and I realized today it was 100% worth it

Forgot to add I thank God for blessing me with the...

Forgot to add I thank God for blessing me with the ability to have these procedures done, leading me to the right doctor, and blessing me with the funds to pay for it all. Also thank you God for a wonderful husband and family
It's been a few months and I am so greatful for the opportunity and this makeover. It was definitely worth it!!!!
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I feels like years but am still healing but am sooo glad I did it!!!! Do NOT regret it at all!!!!
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Long journey but SO WORTH IT!!!!! I feel so good...

Long journey but SO WORTH IT!!!!! I feel so good it's amazing!!!!
Very happy for you! Let me just say too.. Please thank your wounded warrior for our family!! Much love and respect for him and you and your family!! Xoxo.
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That's so awesome that you are so happy with your results!!!:-)
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Portland Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Waldorf is amazing she has truly changed my life for the better. She took how I felt on the inside and brought it out. I know there are people writing some horrible things about her but they are all FALSE!!! SHE IS THE BEST!!!! She made me look amazing and she is a true artist. She is a kind,compassionate, and caring person and so is her whole staff. I will never go anywhere else for any my surgeries. There isn't enough words in the world I can say to show my appreciation and gratitude for Dr Waldorf.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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