Mommy Makeover at 42

Over the past few years I have faced many...

Over the past few years I have faced many challenges. With losing 50lbs I can now see the woman I once was long ago but the extra skin and sagging prevents me from fully recognizing her. At pre-op my before pictures were taken. I appreciate how they will demonstrate the changes to come with surgery.

This week has been super busy getting ready for my...

This week has been super busy getting ready for my surgery. Dr. Pousti has called me and emailed me several times following up with all of the different tests I needed to do to ensure I was ready and healthy for my procedure. Although I haven't had the surgery done yet, I am more and more confident each day that I picked the very best doctor available. In my life I have never had the level of care I have received with him and his team. The personalized care and follow up has demonstrated to me that I am in good hands. I recently talked with a previous co-worker about her procedure and discovered the Dr. Pousti was her doctor as well. I can tell you from first hand experience that her augmentation was a complete success. She looks amazing and "real". Her feedback to me was the same, our doctor is AMAZING! I will keep you posted on my journey to my mommy makeover. Only 12 days left. WOO HOO I am so excited.

It's the night before surgery and so much is...

It's the night before surgery and so much is running through my head. Up until this point my life has been filled with work, my college homework, wedding planning and my family. There hasn't been much time to think about the surgery decision I have made. I met with Dr. Pousti tonight for my pre-surgery markings. I have to tell you that if you are looking for a 1st class doctor you need to meet him. It's amazing how comfortable I feel when I am in the room with him. He makes the journey easier because he explains everything he is doing. His wonderful staff (especially Cinderella) are there to support and take care of you every step of the way. My experience tonight has shown me even more that I have made the right decision with asking Doctor Pousti for the privilege of him conducting my surgery. I am relaxed as I sit here and type this and confident that when I come out of it tomorrow I will look and be on the outside the woman I have been seeing from the inside.

When we make decisions of this magnitude it is so important to do our research, visit multiple doctors and go with our gut decision. I know that I am in good hands.

Tips or things I have learned: Remain calm. :-) Plan ahead for what you will need once surgery is over. Go grocery shopping early and plan meals that are easy to make and require little time on your feet or using your arms (can you say microwave)... lol...make sure you reach your personal goals in terms of weight and mental health. Be ready for change.

Well, it's been 5 days since I got out of surgery...

Well, it's been 5 days since I got out of surgery and today is truly the first day that I am feeling well enough to post. There are so many different emotions that run through your head beginning on day one. The pain is the most important thing to get under control that first day and calling your doctor as soon as it reaches an 8-10 is really important. Once you can manage the pain and get on a routine with all of the medicines you will need to take, eat regularly and sleep life starts to get better much quicker. Today I am feeling well enough to sit at my computer and write a review.

Day 7 and I can say that I am finally feeling...

Day 7 and I can say that I am finally feeling better. I am still a bit woozy due to the medications but otherwise I am able to sit without pain and walk around using my walker because i am following doctors orders. :-) I had a visit on Monday and the results look amazing. I will try and post that picture as well. My care from my best friend and the check in's from my doctor have been top notch. Remember that you will need someone with you for at least two weeks to make sure that you are eating right, taking your medicine and bending over. I can't say yet how it's changed my life but I am anxiously awaiting the results when my bindings come off and my body looks HOT. Pro's - take the leap and go for it. You only live once. Con's - don't have anything important that has to be done at least two weeks after because your mind doesn't function right on the pain medication. Set goals and stick with them. I am eating even healthier than I was and working hard to make sure that I keep this new slim physique. Do the same. Dr. Pousti is amazing. Go with he best and don't settle for less just because the cost is less. It's not worth it. It's your life and you only have one shot to make it perfect.

Dr. Pousti contacted me last night to see how I am...

Dr. Pousti contacted me last night to see how I am doing. If any of you are thinking of who should I have for a doctor, he is your man. I can't believe how personal he gets with his patients. It's not just the wonderful people at the office calling to check on you but your own doctor as well. Today is officially 1 week post op and I am feeling better for sure. I can move around but have to be careful and take it more easy. I am not lifting heavy things but that's because my best friend continually reminds me that I want to look wonderful and not have any relapses. Have someone who is honest and can put up with a little bit of loopyness with you (drugs will do that) and will still love you when you are done. Remember, at least 2 weeks before driving. After my day out yesterday as a passenger I can see that this is a very good idea/Rule. I love Dr. Pousti. Happy mommy make over's to all of you out there.

Today will be my 11th day out of surgery. I can't...

Today will be my 11th day out of surgery. I can't wait for my drains to come out and a shower and my being able to see the actual results in one real view. Every day I look better and better. Swelling has gone down, I have now lost 9 lbs, thanks to a continued effort to eat better and I feel stronger. I have cut my pain medication back to once every 8 hours (when needed) and over the counter medication works just as effectively. My doctor's office continues to call daily to check up on me and see how I am feeling, if I have any questions or need anything from them. What a great team of people Dr. Pousti has working for him.

My motivation to get thin and stay that way remains what it always was, live my best life, enjoy it to the fullest and do amazing things with my children and soon to be husband. I went skydiving right before my surgery with my new 18 year old (new to 18 but still my baby). My youngest son always tells me YOLO so I said it and did it. You Only Live Once. Sometimes we need to operate our lives in the now. The stress of day to day living can bring us too far down and the bottom line is we only have one life to live so why not do it to our very best abilities?

I can't wait to get married in 6 weeks. I can't wait to see the beautiful girl I have always seen inside (but now on the outside). I can't wait to walk down the aisle to the man I love and see him cry (which he never does) because he's marrying me. Of course, if any of you knew me I will be crying too. That's a given. Any suggestions on mascara that doesn't run... LOL.

To all of you out there wanting to take this huge step to a new life but are too afraid you just gotta tell yourself YOLO and jump.

Shaloe

So I just typed an update but that timed out......

So I just typed an update but that timed out... let's see how this works... it's been 2 weeks and 2 days since I had my surgery. I am posting updated pictures for anyone to see. I have found that not having a plan and things to do is making me feel depression. I went out yesterday and bought some books to read and then pulled out all my favorite happy movies. I recommend anyone thinking this time off of work will be wonderful to consider things to do before hand. To much time off without a plan and some activities is not a good thing. I have been feeling tired and sore lately but am thinking I am fighting a cold, in addition to healing as those around me have been sick. Overall though I am doing great. I had a semi-shower today since I can't fully take one due to my drains still being in. That was lovely and refreshed my soul. My last doctors appointment went well. The team at Doctor Pousti's office and him as well were, as always, amazing.

I can't believe it's been 5 weeks since my last...

I can't believe it's been 5 weeks since my last post. At week 4 I got my final drain out and that was a day to celebrate. It was nice to see my new body drain free. It was the turning point as well for starting to feel better as my doctor said I could start my self-rehabilitation process with riding a stationary bike and taking long walks. I found that I still had to take it easy but as time progressed I started to feel so much better. Week 6 came and I got ready for my wedding that weekend. I had told the doctor I wanted to look, on the outside, how I felt, on the inside and I truly did. I looked and felt amazing for my special day. My husband said that I glowed. I know that mentally I went through a lot in the six of recovery and thought at a couple of points "was it worth it?" but after seeing myself on my special day I was and am thankful for Dr. Pousti accepting me as his patient and all that occurred leading up this time. I am now back to work at week 7 and doing well. I have to remember to take it easy and not lift heavy merchandise. The feedback from friends is amazing. They really notice the difference. I'm so glad that I went through with my surgery. I am posting some "today" pictures for your review

It's been a month since my last post and so much...

It's been a month since my last post and so much has happened. I got married, went back to work and started working with a physical fitness trainer to help get me back in shape. A month ago I was somewhat discouraged with my results, but after visiting the doctor I realized it was due to my own actions (eating poorly and not exercising) that was causing the results. Today I am feeling much stronger. My tummy is starting to get tighter and physically I feel stronger. Just because we do these makeovers doesn't mean we can stop doing all the things that helped us get to a lower weight and in shape prior to surgery. The first month in a half is impossible in terms of exercise and when you don't plan properly eating can become an issue as well. What I have learned is that I am in charge of my own destiny and also my own body. My doctor could only do so much to help me, now it's up to me to get into shape. The one thing I do regret is not having implants put in at the time I had my breast lift. This is something I will need to go back in to have done.

It's been a month since my last post and so much...

It's been a month since my last post and so much has happened. I got married, went back to work and started working with a physical fitness trainer to help get me back in shape. A month ago I was somewhat discouraged with my results, but after visiting the doctor I realized it was due to my own actions (eating poorly and not exercising) that my results were not as I had hoped for. Today I am feeling much stronger. My tummy is starting to get tighter and physically I feel stronger. Just because we do these makeovers doesn't mean we can stop doing all the things that helped us get to a lower weight and in better shape prior to surgery. The first month in a half is impossible to exercise and when you don't plan properly eating can become an issue as well. What I have learned is that I am in charge of my own destiny and also my own body. My doctor could only do so much to help me, now it's up to me to get into shape. The one thing I do regret is not having implants put in at the time I had my breast lift. This is something I will need to go back in to have done. :-(

It's been a month since my last post and so much...

It's been a month since my last post and so much has happened. I got married, went back to work and started working with a physical fitness trainer to help get me back in shape. A month ago I was somewhat discouraged with my results, but after visiting the doctor I realized it was due to my own actions (eating poorly and not exercising) that my results were not as I had hoped for. Today I am feeling much stronger. My tummy is starting to get tighter and physically I feel stronger. Just because we do these makeovers doesn't mean we can stop doing all the things that helped us get to a lower weight and in better shape prior to surgery. The first month in a half is impossible to exercise and when you don't plan properly eating can become an issue as well. What I have learned is that I am in charge of my own destiny and also my own body. My doctor could only do so much to help me, now it's up to me to get into shape. The one thing I do regret is not having implants put in at the time I had my breast lift. This is something I will need to go back in to have done. :-(
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Dr Pousti was recommended to me by a co-worker. She had surgery almost 10 years ago and could not say enough wonderful things about him and his staff. When I went to meet with them for my consultation I had the opportunity to meet 3 other ladies who had similar procedures. The office staff were wonderful, spent time getting to know me and answered questions. When Dr. Pousti came in he was relaxed, respectful and genuinely interested in me as a person. I met with another doctor and did not receive the same quality of consultation. Dr. Pousti's website answered almost all of my questions. His many books with thank you cards from past patients and pictures of before and after results answered the rest. I am very blessed to be able to have him as my surgeon.Updated on 28 Jan 2013:My doctor, Tom Pousti called me and visited me multiple times throughout my post surgery recovery. Every day I have heard from him or his wonderful staff, especially Daisy just to check in and see how I am feeling. No question is too small and they always make you know that you are important to them. Day one I was thinking it's too much pain but Dr. Pousti quickly let me know that it was fine to take another pain pill to manage that pain and after that the frequency of the pain died down and became quite manageable. Communication between my care giver and myself with the doctor has been wonderful and never have I been left wondering if I can or should do something. Overall day's 4 and 5 have been great. Day 1 - 3 were more challenging but manageable. If you can survive the changes to your body those days you will make it through with flying colors. My continued advise, don't try and do college homework while on medications (LOL) your mind does not function the same. Make sure that anything important that needs to be done is completed before surgery. Most important, pick the best doctor and staff. Kelso and all the nurses who took care of me were awesome. I am posting some day of pictures and some from today. Enjoy! Updated 1/31 Dr. Pousti contacted me last night to see how I am doing. If any of you are thinking of who should I have for a doctor, he is your man. I can't believe how personal he gets with his patients. It's not just the wonderful people at the office calling to check on you but your own doctor as well. Today is officially 1 week post op and I am feeling better for sure. I can move around but have to be careful and take it more easy. I am not lifting heavy things but that's because my best friend continually reminds me that I want to look wonderful and not have any relapses. Have someone who is honest and can put up with a little bit of loopyness with you (drugs will do that) and will still love you when you are done. Remember, at least 2 weeks before driving. After my day out yesterday as a passenger I can see that this is a very good idea/Rule. I love Dr. Pousti. Happy mommy make over's to all of you out there.

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