Mommy Makeover - I'm excited about having the procedure completed - Duluth, GA

I'm excited about having the procedure completed. ...

I'm excited about having the procedure completed. I am preparing my body for the surgery and the recovery. I've been doing alot of research on expectations of the recovery. I know its weird but I'm looking most forward to the recovery the most.. It means I'm closer to getting the body I want and back to life!

I'll be glad!!!

I have so long to wait... 4 months! I'll be glad when I can say tomorrow... Tomorrow will be my day. I'm so excited for the ladies that getting theirs done, and posting information about the recovery. To me the recovery says its over and on to where I want to be. I'm doing my research and trying to prepare my body for the day, I'm staying hopeful for a speedy recovery.

Just wondering...

For those ladies that have had their surgery...

Having the tummy tuck and the breast work done at the same time, what was your experience with getting up and down. What is the best way to be helped out of a chair, bed or toilet? On YouTube a lady showed how she was helped up, crossing her arms and her husband pulled her crossed arms and she got right up. To what extent did you need help, could you wash your own face, brush your teeth, wipe your butt? How many days after your surgery were you able to be left at home alone? This are just some of the things I wonder about.

Photos are here

OM Goodnesss, So finally I posted photos. It took a few drinks to get this far. You have to know that I'm so self conscious of my body. I look good with clothes on and I've spent many years hiding behind many many layers of clothes. Many of you ladies make it seem so easy to post photos. I'm growing, but wait until after the recovery I'll be showing alot more...;)

I'm thankful for RealSelf and TummyTuckTalk, I don't know how I would have made it this far, I still have months to go before I reach the "Flatland".

I've told a few more people about my decision and I'm not getting "face frown". I don't really care what people think but its nice to know that they are supportive.

I'll be checking in soon.

80 Days to go

I am 42 years old mom of 5 (2 by birth - C-section) and 3 by marriage. My two pregnancies were large babies, both weighing 11.4 oz. My oldest son is 24 and my youngest is 21, so I've lived with my stretch marked skin for more than 2 decades. I've always had an issue with my weight and never a flat belly, but 2 years ago, I lost 30lbs... from 180ish down to 150ish, a comfortable 14-16 down to a comfortable 8. I can never remember being in the single digits. I love the way I look in clothes it’s when the close come off and stuff starts flopping over other stuff, is when I want to cry. I thought that when I lost the weight the belly would shrink, but it didn't. All the kids are grown up and moving on, I'm ready to get my sexy back!
One of my girlfriends had a mini tummy tuck when I saw her stomach I knew I had to have a TT to have a flat belly. I found my doctor, he and his staff was really great! I'm scheduled to have my procedure done December 13th 2013. He explained to me why my stomach was the way it is and why it will never be flat, which explained a lot!
After I scheduled my procedure, I was super excited and wanted to talk about it all the time, with my bestest friend in the world (my hubby), but after 2 weeks of hearing my same issues he was starting to have the "glassy eyed" look. I've muddled through a couple of months trying to forget about it and not talk about it.
Finally, I told a couple coworkers about what I had planned and the reason for my absents from work in December, everyone is very happy for me.
Today I marked the days on the calendar, 80 days to go.
Thank you ladies on RealSelf and Tummy Tuck Talk for having an open ear and encouraging words, I couldn't have gotten this far without your help!

40 Days and counting....

Still counting down until the HUGE day... yaaahh for me! I have been prepping for my time of recovery, I have my lift recliner, walker, toilet riser and etc. I've been on a special protocol of supplements (prescribed by my holistic Dr.), detoxing, exercising. I'm fall cleaning and sanitizing the house, preparing meals doing everything I can to make this recovery easier for all of us.

I'm getting closer to my day!

I have about 27 days until I'm on the flat side! I've been on a raw food shake diet during the day and in the evening I have a sensible meal, have really been enjoying that. I like to eat but I don't like to cook, or stop moving to eat. I take my shakes on the go so its a win-win for me. Next week I go to my primary doctor (holistic) to get the protocol I am to take prior and after my surgery.
I know I haven't told you guys that I am a smoker and I have been really, really trying to put down this habit. Well, I haven't had a cig since Monday (11/11) and I'm so proud of myself. I think I haven't mentioned it because I'm a little ashamed of having a habit. I feel good and Its really nice not being chained to those little monsters.
I would like to know from those that have had the surgery, what was your diet like the first weeks after? I want to make soups, because I'm afraid the raw veggies will cause me to have gas. So let me know.

Comment Response?

I get emails of comment or updates on the Realself friends that I'm following, but I'm not getting emails when I receive comments on my page, I want to get my friends words of encouragement immediately, am I missing something?

Thanksgiving!!!

OMGoodness, I love Thanksgiving, it’s usually the only feasting time I get. Healthy eating and living goes OUT the window, for the few days, I can just pig-out. On Monday, December 2nd, I'm back to reality, gallons of my green shake and water.
My doctor gave me my surgery supplements for me to start 2 weeks before the surgery and then after the surgery. I forgot to bring the list with me; but I will get it posted later today.
I have so many things going on 1) preparations for the Holidays 2) A huge cleanup effort after Thanksgiving gathering 3) Our first Grand baby shower during this weekend 4) Our Oldest son started his search for his first house 5) school work 6) husband… 7) getting my office prepared for me to be gone for 2 weeks. I just keep smiling, and moving forward because I know that year 2014 is going to be a better; I say, 2014 is going to be a GREAT year for ME, and all of you!

13 Days to go!!!!

Oh my, Today marks 13 more days to go before I reach the Flatland! Funny, I'm not excited, nervous, anxious, I feel a little numb. I think I'm prepared, I have all my supplies, this week we will start putting "recovery" items in place... The raised toilet seat, the lift recliner, recovery table set up! I guess this whole thing will become a little more real then. We had the family over for Thanksgiving so the house is CLEAN, now keeping it that way is the trick.

When I scheduled this appointment in July... It seem the days were inching by so slowly, now their zooming! My preopt appointment is Monday, 12/2. I'll keep you posted.

Going to get my cashiers check today.... OMG! $8,970.00 is a lot of money to part with at one time, but I can do this. So no Black Friday shopping for me this year, 1) its too cold to be out and 2) I don't need more crap. :)

PRE-OP Appointment

Today was my Pre-opt appointment… OMGoodness! I’m so excited! Where do I start, well I get to the office and Jennifer is my nurse she is going over my paperwork and asking questions and I’m confirming the information she is giving me from my good TT friends on Youtube, Realself and TummyTuckTalk.
I take off my cloths and put on their gown to have photos taken. (I felt like I was auditioning to be a cast member on the next porn movie. LOL.) After that Dr. Z come in and he starts telling me what to expect at the next meeting like how far the TT scar will be on my body, what kind of scar to expect from the breast lift, and the leakage will be from lipo done on my flanks (woop woop… That’s just extra, NO CHARGE). I just starting sing out loud “The Thong Song”. I’ve had two c-sections so my scar will be there and just a little longer than that scar, so no hip to hip for me! I got my post-surgical prescriptions, their at Walmart 305.00 to get them filled! I need to find me a prescript card!
Lovenox – for Clot Prevention
Xanax – for Anxiety
Promethanzine - vomiting
Azithromycin – Z pak antibotic
Percocet – for Pain

I’m instructed to be at the office at 7:00 am 12/13/2013, (I plan to be there earlier than that), my procedure will start by 8:00 am. The procedure will take 5+ hours, done at their accredited facility. They will release me once I’m up walking around, and used the bathroom.
I’m so excited, it’s hard to contain myself! The time is here! I’m counting down… I have 10 days and a wake up to reach my destination… FLATLAND!

Holistic Suppliments

OK I forgot to give you the list of holistic supplements my doctor instructed me to take. This is Pre - SX (2 weeks ahead) I'm taking these now.
Chorophyll Complex – by Standard Process (Chlorophyll Complex supports multiple body systems.)
• Provides antioxidants
• Supports vascular health
• Supports the body's normal inflammation response
• Provides cardiovascular support
• Maintains skin and hair health†

Dermatrophin PMG – by Standard Process (Dermatrophin PMG supports healthy skin and connective tissue.)
• Provides uniquely derived nucleoprotein-mineral extracts that support cellular health†

Chronagesic – by Desbio (Celeragesic™ is formulated for acute pain. It contains 27 established ingredients to provide relief for joint pain, muscle pain, sports injuries, and other injuries. It works with the body's natural pain-relieving functions to help improve mobility and flexibility of the musculo-skeletal system safely and effectively. Celeragesic is available as drops and as a topical gel.

Post SX i will be adding Gotu Kola (it has been used to treat many conditions for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia. It was used to heal wounds, improve mental clarity, and treat skin conditions such as leprosy and psoriasis.)

I will also be taking the Noni Leather, it has so many healing properties.

4 days and a wake up!

STOP the madness! My turn is almost here... I dream't last night that I wore a halter blouse with no bra and I looked stunning, funny that was the only thing I remember from that dream!
I spent this weekend setting up my recovery area, I'm loving my recliner chair and I understand about the back hurting sitting in it for long periods of time, got to figure out how to remedy that before Friday.

I got my prescriptions filled yesterday, thank you Flexible Spending! I put up a medicine schedule to help me and my hubby remember when and what medicines to take. He is a stickler for that type thing, I will skip doses in a heartbeat. Its been about 7 years since I've taken a prescription drug, I'm really not liking the idea of it, I will suffer through the 5-10 days.

I had a convo with my "extra belly" this morning, "this will be the last weekend we will be together", I think she took it ok! she didn't shrink or start to look better, we've made our peace and said our goodbyes. No tears were shed.

I'm sure this week will fly and before I know it I'll be on the otherside! FLATLAND here I come!

No more days just a wake up!

I came to work today to help me take my mind off the fact that tomorrow is my day to get my body back to sexier. So today I’m a little numb, like my bones are bubbling but my skin is cold. I’ve waited on this day for so long and now that it’s here I don’t know how to react.
The last few days I’ve been wanting to post something but I’m lost for words.

The Day After

The day after... This s&^%$%$# isn't for the weak of heart!... I'm hurting all over, I can't tell when the meds have worn off. I have not enjoyed this one bit!

I my parents came over today, My mom insisted on changing my gauzes... I'm still lifting tape.

Day 2....

Today, I had a lot more energy. I slept for about 6 hours total last night 2 wake ups. Monday I slept in what seemed like 20 min increments all night long.

Back is sore, been putting ice packs on the lypo spots. I had my first solid meal today, scrambled eggs and bacon, delis!

My compression garment isn't tight is that normal. nor is the bra.

I've added the photo of my mom's wrap job. I love her so much and she just wanted to help us. But damn the tape and gauze!

Before Photos

Pain meds are needed!!!!!

Friday, I had TT w/MR and BL completed. Holy damn! I love my husband but he don’t listen to shit! I was to have my pain meds every 6 hours I was hurting so bad and he had forget what time he gave them to me last pill, I couldn’t keep up with the time and he wouldn’t give it to me earlier. I think I went 8 hours the first day, the pain was so unbearable. I cried most of the day. Before the sx, I told him that I didn’t want to be dependent on the drugs NOT realizing that I needed to be totally dependent on the drugs!
Today is day 3… I had a better day, I’ve been in charge of the pain meds! Still walking hunched over a lot, I was able to tighten my garment up a little bit more without the ouches. My appetite has increased and I had 2 poops today! Everyday is a better day.

Recovering better than I expected

Yesterday I had to bathe and redress myself, it took about an hour to do... than I had an appointment with my holistic doctor and had to drive myself. Afterwhich I decided I should go get my hair done and I did... Now I'm sitting pretty. All of which was really tiring and slept the rest of the day.
My SX twin sister (BIEE) reminded me that I haven't put pics... I've put photos up from day one to yesterday.
I am still happy that I did this surgery... Wouldn't take back one minute!
I love my boobs! I mean, I love my boobs!!!! I can't wait to wear some lingerie for my hunny! I'm hot even with the drains and drains are not as bad as I thought, I realized the stitches get dry and start to irritate, I just add a little oil to them and they are just fine!

Post Op today

I had my post op today.... Got one drain removed, one remain but it comes out on Christmas! The drain removal is no joke, dang that hurt, and yes, my doctors office will open on Christmas to do select procedures... Everything looks good and healing very well! They removed all of the surgical tapes and retaped my scars. My navel looks a little narley...but Its been so long since I've seen it on the surface of my skin
I'm getting around so good my doctor ask had I returned to work yet...lol
My job is close to the dr's office so I decided to stop by and see the gang! I miss my coworkers! I think they missed me too. lol

3 Weeks Post Op

Hey gang... Sorry for just getting updating. I haven't been busy, just LAZY!

Well swell-hell has showed up and showed out! For the past 2 weeks I wake up swollen and go to bed swollen. I'm hunched over in the morning, I may straighten out over the course of the day, but I'm dead dog tired when I get home and extremely hunched over. I'll cook dinner or wash dishes sitting on a stool.

I went back to work this week, everyday has been better than the day before. I can't wait for today to be over, mainly because I want to get in my pajamas and lay on the sofa and watch TV & do nothing!

My doctor said I don’t have the wear the compression binder anymore (x-mas day) I can’t go without it, if I don’t wear it I’m extremely swollen, wearing it has me so irritated, just raw to the touch and I’m wearing a tank top underneath it.

My husband and I went shopping this weekend, I picked up some really hot dresses can’t wait for the spring to wear them. I still can’t wear my jeans even my lose one, I can’t fasten them. If I could fasten them I think I would be in some serious pain. I have been in yoga type pants and dresses. Questions ladies: how long was it before you were able to wear your regular clothes?

Would I do this again... HELL YEAH! I love my new body

Working out!

I had my month post op appointment last week, so I asked Dr. Z when can I start working out (not like I really wanted to but hey) he says "go ahead, just wear good support". I started Saturday got on the treadmill walk - jog... 27 min - 1.5 mile, I felt ok! no soreness. Today I decided I wanted to get outside and fair'd better in distant and time 2 miles in 30 min. Slow but I feel great!

Question... Anyone notice an uneven healing?... My right side has less swelling than my left. I'm messaging the left side like crazy and still there is a noticeable unevenness.

3 Months Todau

I know its been a while since I've updated, but here I am....

I'm still in my compression garments; I have been dealing with swell-hell darn near everyday... The swelling don't let up! (nope, I still don't regret having the procedure!)
Been so busy with school, 1st grandbaby, working an internship, working a full time job, hubby, kids and lastly this GA weather can't make up its mind. I haven't worked out at all, trying to eat clean... but Red Velvet Cake keep coming home with me, gained about 5lbs. I'm not sure its weight or water.
I've been sleeping on my stomach for about 3 weeks now, still slow moving but I can fall asleep there. Boobs are still looking fabulous, Navel isn't looking like I thought, it just doesn’t look natural. TT incision has darkened up its very smooth on the front but the sides are raised, at the 3 months point I'm supposed to stop itching, somedays I can scratch the skin off my boobs. I'm now experiencing the boob pain (sharp pains), but I know it’s just nerves reconnecting. Belly is still numb, right side is getting more area of feeling then the left side.
Dr. Z, said at my last appointment he may have to do a little lipo on the front and the sides. The sides have little fat pockets that get sore from being folded by my CG but the front bottom I have a little pooch I believe it’s swelling. I haven’t really experienced the flatness in the morning and swelling in the evening stage yet. I long for the days of right after surgery when I was super sunken, BUT I still look better than I did the day before surgery!
I don’t think I’ve been through the depression stage nor will I… I look in the mirror everyday and say “DAMN, I’M FINE!”
Truly Loving Me and All Of You!

Photos will come later.
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Looking good mamma! I have targeted swelling on the left side. Flanks and upper abs. No clue why. Par for the course, I guess!
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You look great! Don't worry about the swelling it gets better! I still wear my cg all day.
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My CG is so tiring, I can't keep it on my hips, it rides up to my boobs and irritate the incision . The tighter I make it the raw'r I am when I get home. If I go without it I swell up like a balloon and start to weep (I have no opening). I've found some high waist-ed girdles, my waist is so small but my hips are still, I don't have enough booty to keep it from cutting.
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Lovely lovely your rocking those spring dresses I love the purple one.. Your looking hot!!! I'm back in my regs but don't take my garment off 24/7 We are all different Hun
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I get so sick of my compression garment, i'll take it off anytime... That may be the reason I'm swelling so! Thanks for the heads up. I still haven't been able to wear a pair of jeans that's a bummer. Your looking GREAT!
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Iv just received a new 2nd stage garment I ordered it from eBay and cost £8.00 about 5dollars and it's fab just put it on now and it will be great for work next week as you can't see neck under dresses..I will find the link now! Think their from china..
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Hey! Just saw your review! You look awesome! I was back in my clothes comfortably at 2 months. I still wear my faja garment. It keeps me FLAT! I will probably wear it off and on up until 6 months because I still swell by the evening. I am flipping my diet around to see if that helps with swelling. Best wishes to you!!
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2 months! I miss my jeans! Today has been a better day for the swelling. I kept my compression garment on all day and kept it tight! Thanks sweetie
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Lovely! Lovely! What a transformation,and I love the dresses. I'm having my mommy make over on January 16 in Mia with DR. salama, I'm nervous and excited all mix feelings.
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I had the same exact feelings... it was exhausting! Your gonna do just fine. Enjoy every moment of your recovery. Everyday is a better day and your closer to having the body you've dreamed about! Congrats... and we are waiting for you on the flatside!
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Wowoww you are looking amazing. I love the dresses you picked.
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My hunny picked those out for me! his taste in my clothes are a little more risque than mine. thank
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Wow those dresses are hot hot hot!!
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You are looking great.
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Thanks girlie
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I am glad to not be the only one who admits that doing this is more than a notion. For some people, it was like getting a filling. Hell no!! It hurt like hell. My husband was superman and set the alarm when I was supposed to take my med. Took great care of me. But it is not for the weary for sure! I am very happy that I finally did it. You are a trooper--- I'm going to go to work for a couple of hours tomorrow. Happy healing to you and take it easy girl!
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merry christmas dearie. you look beautiful
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Wonderful! When I saw ur prebelly, I was like dang that looks like mine, just wrinkly and hangin! But almost all over for me as already is with you! Happy healing!
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You look great. Happy healing and speedy recovery. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.
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You look amaing! Did you get a lift with implants or without? Your boobs are awesome! congrats! Praying for a continued speedy and healthy recovery!
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I got a lift without implants. Thanks so much!
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damn girl, you look sooooo hot! like fire! damn! flat flat you are! your boobies are great! whooohooo!
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OH sister girl we are both "fire hot"
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Wowwwww you look great. What size implant did you get? They look very nice.
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No implants... They are perky all by themself.lol
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