I Had No Need To Be So Flipping Nervous -Santa Rosa, CA

I am getting a BL/BA (silicone and 550 cc under...

I am getting a BL/BA (silicone and 550 cc under the muscle) and full TT in less than three weeks. I've never even had stitches before so I don't know what to expect as far as recovery goes.

Anyhow, I'm a mother of three (8, 5, and 10 mo) and my body shows it! Ever since the birth of my first born, I have known that I would be getting a mommy makeover. I want this more than anything and think about it when I'm awake and dream about it when I'm sleeping. I'm really nervous, scared, but more than anything, excited! My husband is 100 percent supportive. I'd love to hear some encouragement from you.

Ugh...pics I know.

I swear I will add some pics, but it's just scary, as you all know. I'll have my hubby take some later...if I don't chicken out...

Stats

Here are my stats:
34 years, 5'9'', 151 lbs, 36 A cup, size 8 pants, 3 children breastfed for first 7 months each (8, 5, and 10 mo).

My PS office is sending me my before photos. I think I will post those.

Tummy Pics

So, not so bad when I'm standing up, but as you can see, my loose stomach skin is OUT OF CONTROL when I'm sitting or crouching. I'll add saggy boob pics in a bit.

Small, saggy boobs :(

Cannot wait to get these done! I was shocked when my PL told me I needed a donut lift since I never associated small boobs with a lift. He said I could forgo the lift, but my nipples would point to the ground. I'm not paying this much money to have saggy nips! Ugh... breastfeeding certainly didn't do my small boobs any favors.

Oooops, PS, not PL.

Guess I should review what I type before I post...
Congratulations on your decision to proceed with mommy makeover surgery. Sometimes, despite all efforts, patients need help reversing the changes that have occurred with pregnancies and/or weight gain/loss. Some anxiety prior to proceeding with surgery is to be expected; if you have specific areas of concern, make sure you address these with your plastic surgeon prior to proceeding. I have found that, for most patients, the more information they have prior to proceeding, the smoother their postoperative course tends to be. Since you are scheduled for a major operation which often involves a significant physical and emotional recovery ( often underestimated by surgeons and patients alike), a few words of advice may be helpful: 1. Make sure you are doing the procedure for the right reasons (for yourself) and that you have realistic expectations. Be aware that an improvement in the “problem area” may not translate to an overall improvement in your life situation. You are bound to be disappointed with results of the procedure if your motivation for doing the surgery is not internally driven.
2. Time your surgery carefully; generally, it is not a good idea to have surgery done during or immediately after a stressful period in life (for example divorce or death of a loved one). The additional stress of surgery will undoubtedly be more challenging to deal with if a patient's emotional reserves our already exhausted. Remember, that an improvement in your physical appearance will not translate to an improvement in your life situation.
3. If possible speak to patients who have undergone similar procedures and query them about the toughest times of their recovery period. Any practical hints previous patients can provide may be very helpful.
4. Make sure you are aware of potential complications that may arise how to reach your surgeon if necessary. 5. Make sure you have a strong and patient support system (several people if possible) in place who have time/patience to take care of you. Arrange for professional nursing if any doubt exists regarding the availability and/or stamina of your caretakers.
6. Be patient with the healing process, understanding that it will take several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. It may also take many months/year to see the end results of your surgery.
7. Be prepared to distract your mind with things of interest such as books, magazines, and movies.
8. Expect less of yourself; do not go back to work, school or chores too early and let others take care of you (for a change).
9. Pick your surgeon carefully (a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon) and trust in his/her advice. Keep in close communication with your surgeon and do not hesitate to communicate questions/concerns and the emotional swings that you may experience.
10. Resume all medications that you were using preoperatively when cleared by your plastic surgeon and stop the use of narcotics and sedatives as soon as feasible after surgery.
11. Keep in mind the end results as you go through the tougher emotional times after your surgery. I hope this helps.
Reply
Thank you so much for this information.
Reply

Tips on what i absolutely need for recovery?

Hello! Just wondering what some of you felt got you through recovery. What was the one thing you could not live without?
Hello sista, we have very similar tummy sand I'm on post op day 9. Check out my pics. I posted a list of helpful things - hopefully that will help. You will look great! Excited for you.
Reply
Thank you so much! I will check out your blog and pictures. These last 17 days cannot go by fast enough!
Reply

No, I'm Not Leaving My Husband After My Surgery...

Has anybody else dealt with this? My FIL (whom I don't really get along with anyway) is all pissed off about my upcoming procedure because I'm "going to leave" his son afterwards. I've heard this concern, disguised as a joke, from others. Puh-lease. If I wanted to go somewhere I would have already. Our relationship is stronger now than it has been in 17 years. Has anybody else gotten a similar response to their surgery?
You are going to look great ! I could already see the natural curves on your waist. Removing the excess skin from your tummy will give you that flat and sexy look. A lift with implants will make your breast look more youthful. Breast feeding does take a toll on your breast. I will be following your story and hopefully a week after you then it's my turn. As for the fears, try to focus on the end results. This has helped me greatly.
Reply
Ok, your FIL has his own insecurities, lol. I'm single so I didn't get That, but did get the usual pushback from people ie You don't need this! What are You doing this for?! Bla bla bla. I did it for myself, Thank you very much! Ignore them. You know what's right for you and seeing as it in No way affects their lives, they can get over it. (And, they will.) So, looking at your pics we are very similar in body shape.(well, we were, lol) I had larger breasts than you but aside from that we looked quite similar. You're starting out with a great body size, so your results are Really going to shine! I can't wait to follow up and see/read your progression! You're going to laugh, and maybe it's TMI, but I could not have done without the stool softeners/laxatives and suppositories. Very last thing you need is to be straining! The painkillers and surgery seem to shut everything down, takes a few days to get on track. Every pain pill take a softener. When you feel like you might be getting close....suppository. Works quickly, no cramps, and, um, eases things out! Gravol was another must. Pain killers make me nauseated, so the gravol really helps with this and makes you a touch sleepy. More you can sleep, the better. (Are you having some help in with the kids for the first while? You will not be able to pick up your adorable wee one for quite awhile...) My electric reclining couch. Only just moved to my bed last night as I Loved sleeping on it.. Iron rich snacks. Keep them handy, make yourself eat them.(I just wasn't hungry the first four days, and hadn't been eating anything beyond saltines, really. I was getting More tired instead of less, lol. Duh.) I kept a basket next to me with all my pills, water, traumeel gel for sore muscles, saltines, granola bars, Chapstick, hand cream and most importantly, chocolate. Not sure what you can do to keep littlest ones out of the pills? If you've got someone staying with you I guess they can be in charge of bringing you your pills during the day, but you'll need them near at night. Set an alarm for every four or six hours-pill depending- and have water at the ready to take them. You Do Not want to be chasing the pain in the morning, that's an uphill run, to be sure. Stay on it through the night and you'll be so much happier for it.! The first six to eight days are the worst, gets better from there really noticeably. Ok, that's probably Too much info! I remember feeling really overwhelmed by everything that I needed to get together pre op. and unsure of what to get and what I really needed. Everyone handles things a bit differently, so don't worry if you seem to be feeling things others did not post op. pay attention to your body, and if you're not sure of something, call and ask! I had my surg just before the holidays, so no one in my PS's office right now. The walk in clinic Doc was great though. You will do really well. You will be So surprised by how awesome you feel about your body post op. We are all here to answer Any thing you want to ask, lol. I don't think a one of us is shy when it comes to imparting info that may help the next woman. Prepare the best you can, and whatever Doesn't get done? Meh. It will be fine. Don't worry on that level. Good luck!
Reply
Thank you so much for your insight and sharing your experience. You are so right -- people will get over what doesn't effect them. I have to remember that. My husband will be taking care of the kids the first week. He is preparing himself, lol, as I normally do most of it because he works so much. He reassures me often that he can handle it. We'll see ;) I also have a friend and my sister whoa will be coming by daily to do some chores, grocery shop, etc. Thanks for the tips on stool softener. Fro reading these blogs, I see that constipation is huge. And I have never heard of Gravol. Can I buy it over-the- counter? Or is it prescription? Now I'm going to go check out your transformation!
Reply

Two Weeks...

Wow! I cannot believe that in two weeks I will be under the scalpel. As I'm working on getting the things together that will help me with recovery, I'm coming up with more questions. Which silicone scar sheets are the best? Can I drink smooth move tea as a laxative? I also still need to contact the piercer I use to see about piercing retainers to wear during the surgery. I'm also working on losing about 5 pounds through a very clean, low carb diet. I'd like to be around 147.

The only thing I'm having second thoughts on is the size of implants I'm getting. 550 cc sounds HUGE! I don't want to get them too big, but I know a lot of women with implants who wish they would have gone larger (and none that wish they had gone smaller). As you can see in my pictures, I have broad shoulders and a really wide chest. My surgeon says that my body can completely support 550s without being a spectacle. I exercise a lot but I'm told with a very supportive sports bra I should be fine. don't know...I hope I'm not going too big...
I have those same fears. I told my ps I am just hoping for movie star boobs, not porno boobs. He said he is thinking anywhere between 300-450cc, to me that seems like a huge range but he assures me he will make them look good. Just be clear with your ps the next time you see him and let him know what you want your end results to look like. 2 weeks will be gone in no time.
Reply
Yes, I definitely will :)
Reply
Very exciting for u!!!! U look the same as i did prior to having a tt, ba & my surgeon suggested just a nipple lift. Which I'm so glad I got and not the boob lift, as they r not too perky and mine now sit more naturally. I probably would have been good with 500 cc too but extremely happy with what I got, as skin is stretched out perfectly!
Reply

Ermahgerd! One week left!

One week pre op... can't believe it. All last week I was surprisingly calm -- however, once I realized that I have one week left, anxiety has kicked into gear. Looking back over the last week, I realize that I was "nesting" way more than I did before the birth of any of my children, lol. I've been organizing, cleaning, getting the books ready for taxes, etc. This weekend I will freeze some crockpot meals that will be easy for my husband to make.

Soooo....I am concerned because my family has been sick with a bad cold and I'm hoping I don't get it too. We all had the stomach flu right before Christmas and I was thanking my lucky stars that I was enduring that then and not right after my procedure. Then, right after New Year, my kids came down with a nasty cold that had them miserable. They are just now getting over it. My husband has had it for two days. I don't know what I'm going to do if I get it. I obviously don't want it afterwards (the thought of days of uncontrollable coughing after a tummy tuck is beyond scary), but if I get sick now, I'm afraid my procedure will have to be postponed. Ugh... Please send good thoughts my way!
Good luck side stepping that cold! Hopefully you won't get it but if you do T3's are actually a great cough suppresant. Kill two birds with one stone :) One week! I'm so excited for you! Sounds like you're very well prepared. Take care of yourself, try and fit in a relaxing bath (with candles;) pre op..... Sending good thoughts your way!
Reply
What are T3's? I'm trying to be prepared, but I keep thinking of more I Ned to do. Keeping myself busy seems to help keep me calm. Thanks for the good thoughts!
Reply
Oh, right, different country, lol. T3's are Tylenol with codeine. The codeine is what works so well as a cough suppresant, as well as painkiller. About what you Need to do... Do what you can, and what Doesn't get done? Honestly, it won't matter. You can only do so much and then you just have to let it go. Is your house going to get messy? Yup. That's ok. You can fix it six weeks post op when you feel like it, or a little at a time sooner than that. But for the most part, just don't even worry. If something comes up that you desperately need done, well, call in a friend. Otherwise, plan to read and watch a lot of Netflix :) With your feet up. :)
Reply

8 Hours To Go

Wow, 8 hours to go. Wow... Is it too late to back out now? Just kidding...I think ;) My husband and I drove the 2.5 hours to the city of my procedure. He left his clothes at home. How the hell are we going to make it the next few weeks with him having to take care of everybody and everything? It should be interesting, lol. He's up for the challenge.

We checked in and went to a movie. Now it's time to shower with hibiclens soap and go to bed. Despite being nervous and a bit terrified, I'm really tired. I hope I get some peaceful sleep.

I go in at 6:45 tomorrow morning. I'm really not sure when I'll be posting next. Thank you to those of you who will be thinking of me :) See you on the flat (and voluptuous!) side!
Good luck! Praying for a safe recovery and healing! I can't wait to see your results! !
Reply

I'm Alive!

Surgery went great. My surgeon and his team were amazing. They made me feel so comfortable. The first thing I said when I came to was "is it too late to back out?". Hahaha! I had them scared for a moment.

My an muscles were in pretty bad shape and my I'd it took him a little more time than he anticipated. I'm so excited that I DON'T HAVE ANY DRAINS! I was really nauseated right after surgery and dry heaves suck after a tummy tuck, as you can imagine. Once my husband put in the supository for me, I felt so much better. I've even ordered room service and had a smoothie and grilled cheese sandwich.

I can't see much of anything as I am bandaged up. I did get 550ccs and t look huge, which I'm thankful for. Dr says I should be a D. I am in some pain, but not unbearable as of now. My boobs hardly hurt, but it feels like I've done a million sit ups. It is the most painful when I swivel out of bed to go pee. My husband is helping me as I'm not supposed to use my arms, but I think it hurts even more when I do. I'm staying on top of my meds which make me sleepy but not loopy. I'm in a great mood and am happy right now. I'll post pics when I can.
As far as the size of the implant and the cup size you will end up with, it seems people forget about the fact that we all start out with a different amount of breast tissue. I think you should be a D, like you anticipate given what you started with and the CCs you went with. I started a AA and had 450cc saline with my 1st augmentation, which gave me a medium C. This time I went with 600cc silicone and am a DD. Anyways, sounds like your recovery is going well so far! Welcome to the flat side!
Reply
Ah yes- that makes sense now!
Reply
I spoke about some last minute size concerns with my surgeon yesterday and he told me that 500 on my frame (I'm quite broad) would probably give me a full C. I told him that D would be ideal, that I really didn't want a DD.
Reply

Revision...

I meant to say that my breasts DON'T look huge, lol. And I'm happy about that.
so happy all went well for you i agree dry heaves arent fun at all after a tt the supositories work great :)
Reply
Congrats !! I'm glad to hear that it went great !! I am so happy for you. Happy healing. Can't wait to see your results ;-)
Reply

Boobies!

I still feel great! Getting ready to have some breakfast.
Ur tatas looking perky! Happy healing hun!
Reply
Thank you!
Reply
Your boobs look great I think they are about the same size as mine been too chicken too look do far gotta get pics up soon lol
Reply

I Feel Great!

I feel way better at this point than I ever anticipated. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, but it's just weird. Earlier today I did choke on some water I was drinking and I momentarily thought I was going to die, but once that passed I was fine again. I'm guessing that tomorrow may be painful, but we'll see. The 2.5 hour drive home (on a very curvy road) was fine. I've been on the couch since I got home and I think I'll sleep in my bed tonight. I still don't feel any pain or pressure associated with my boobs. My abs feel like I've had a very intense workout and my incisions burn a bit, but that's all. I'm rambling a bit, so I guess that's all for now :)
You're looking Great from what I can see through the bandaging! I'm so glad to see your sense of ha ha came out intact, it's such a helpful trait to have! (Besides, makes Us laugh, too!) Take good care and keep us updated when you can!
Reply

My Tummy Revealed

I was very excited to take off my cg to see my tummy. I was really nervous and scared that I wouldn't like what I saw. This proved to be rubbish as I loved my initial look! My belly button is higher than it used to be, but I don't mind because now it is so cute and perky and not saggy and sad. Most of my stretch marks are gone and the remaining ones are pulled taut. I am quite swollen, as anticipated, but I can still get the most of what I'm going to look like.

As long as I stay on top of my meds, I feel great. I had about 45 minutes of intense pain last night when I fell behind on my pills. I tried to shower tonight with the help of my husband but almost passed out, so I'll try again tomorrow. It wasn't from pain, as I didn't have any when my cg was removed, but it was more like a difference in pressure. Oh well, my hairy pits will have to stay with me a bit longer -- small price to pay for how happy I am.
Oh my you look great sooo happy for you !!!!
Reply

I Pooped!

Ok, TMI, I know, and not a very lady-like statement. However, for those of you who have already had your procedure, you know what an accomplishment this feels like! And for those of you who are still waiting for your procedure... well, just trust me on this one. I will celebrate for you when you poop the first time ;)
Looking good !! Doing the poopy dance with you. I am so glad to hear that you are so happy with your outcome. Remember to stay on top of your meds.
Reply
Haha! Yay for the poopy dance! And yes, it makes such a difference to stay on top of the meds. Chasing the pain is no bueno.
Reply
looking great so far!!
Reply

My Boobs Are Creaking

So, my boobs are making noises. Not the "snap, crackle, pop" like rice crispies that others have mentioned, but more like the creaking of a rocking chair on a wood floor. WTH? Please tell me this is temporary, lol. Maybe they just need to "break in"? I just got young, perky boobs...I certainly don't want to sound like a 100 year old piece of furniture!
You look great!!! I hope the next week goes by quickly and you get back to normal :)
Reply
Thanks, me too. I am really wishing I could cook for myself. I'm craving "hippy" food, lol.
Reply
Lol I know what you mean I think all my husband knows how to make is deep fried food I crave my salads and soy beans
Reply

4 Days Post

Yesterday I was finally able to shower. This time I took off Mr cg and played on the couch for about 15 minutes to stabilize my pressure. Then my husband helped me into the shower. I showered as quickly as I could and by the time we were done, I was pale, blotchy, and on the brink of passing out. My husband had to dry me off on the couch. Once again, this wasn't caused by pain, as the only pain I had from showering was from one small part of my incursion when it got wet. I just have really low blood pressure and I think it drops when I take my cg off and/or stand too long.

I still just feel amazing. I'm so thankful that I don't have drains and can easily wear underwear and pajama pants. My belly is really numb under my belly button and it's such a strange sensation. My boobs continue to feel great and I'm happy to report I still have nipple sensation, which I was afraid I might lose.

Typos! Eek!

My goodness...I really need to check my posts before I post! I don't call my cg "Mr" and I have not been "playing" on the couch. Sheesh...
Your next shower will be easier! It feels like just yesterday showering was like your experience and now I can take a nice long shower, shampoo, deep condition, and shave… all by myself :)
Reply
I'm looking forward to that. I'll shower again tomorrow.
Reply
I was thinking u were a bit kinky with Mr cg! Lmfao! I was like pass out in the shower too, the 1st week! U r so lucky u don't have drains
Reply

Whatever You Do, Do Not Eat Pizza!

I've been eating reAlly well since my surgery so I thought it would be okay yo have a slice of veggie pizza. Was I wrong! Within minutes I swelled up like a water balloon. I just had to take my cg off because I'm so tight. I don't know, maybe I should put it back on? I literally feel like the incisions on my hips are going to pop open. This sucks. What can I do for immediate relief? Such a weird and yucky feeling. This must be what Veruka from Willy Winks felt like. My husband is going to have to roll me around. Damn... I still feel like I'm continuing to swell.
I wonder what u could take or do for instant relief??? Ask your ps and let us know.
Reply
Can't help u with that one - haven't experienced it!
Reply
Well, don't! I don't recommend it! Lol
Reply

6 Days Post

I still feel really good. I've only been taking extra strength Tylenol since yesterday morning. I'm sore, but it's very manageable. I took a shower by myself last night and it was bliss. No pain, full movement of my arms. I also slept in my bed last night. My healing is going so well, I can only hope it continues this way.

My stomach feels so weird. I'm sure it's all completely normal, however. It's completely numb, cannot feel my belly button at all. Being swollen is so weird. My belly feels like a really full waterbed. I cannot wait to see what I look like as the swelling goes down.

I look forward to be going to the doctor tomorrow for my first check up.
Looking good so far! I will agree with the pizza thing I did it at 18 days post op and thought I was gonna blow up the next day.lol
Reply
Thank you! Damn that pizza anyway.... ;)
Reply
You look awesome! We had our procedures the same day! How many hours were you in surgery?
Reply

3.5 Weeks Post - healing like a champ

Wow, I cannot believe how smoothly things have gone. I definitely have some aches and muscle pains, but nothing unmanageable. I met with the surgeon a few days ago for a check-up. All of my steri-strips were removed and I was able to see my scars. They look pretty good. I bought some super expensive, but supposedly very effective, scar treatment cream. My Dr was very pleased with my healing. He said that I'm still quite swollen, but all should even out in the next few months. I'm glad to hear this, though even if I stayed the way I am, I still look much better than before.

I'm getting really soft and saggy so I am really looking forward to Feb 26th when I can go back to the gym. Dr says I can het k to most everything at that point but to hold off on heavy lifting and crunches for an additional two weeks or so. I also have not been eating my best lately. I eat healthy and exercise, as a normal part of my life. However, I am an all or nothing person and it's seems I can't do one of those things without the other. I'll be happy to get back to normal and start sweating!
How is everything going? I hope all is well!
Reply
What a cute little figure :) So glad to hear your healing is coming along smoothly.
Reply
Thank you! I just started using this scar treatment lotion a couple of days ago and I noticed tonight how wonderfully it's working! Just thought I'd share that with you ;)
Reply
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon

I received a fabulous experience with Dr Canales, his surgery team, and all staff. Dr Canales is very expensive, but this is not an area I wanted to bargain shop and I believe you get what you pay for. My healing has been way easier and quicker than I ever anticipated - I stopped all prescribed pain meds 4 days post op! And the fact that these procedures were done drainless was such a convenience (I cannot imagine having to deal with them). I will recommend Dr Canales to everybody!

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
Was this review helpful? 9 others found this helpful