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6 weeks PO Mommy Makeover!
- updated 10 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $17,600
- Aldo Guerra, MD (Scottsdale, AZ)
I've been wanting a mommy makeover for many...
- 12 May 2012
- 25 days pre
I've been wanting a mommy makeover for many years now, and after the birth of my last baby I decided to go for it. I'm getting a mommy makeover done (BA, BL, TT & Lipo). I was so excited to find my PS. He and his staff were amazing and made me feel so comfortable. I've heard nothing but great things about him! My Pre-Op is less than 2 weeks away and anxiety is creeping in. Time is flying and my surgery is right around the corner, less than a month away! I'm really excited, nervous and scared. I'm sure these feelings will only intensify as the days and weeks pass!
Oh and I forgot to add, I'm 118 pounds, 36B...
- 14 May 2012
- 24 days pre
I just had my Dr. appointment today and got my...
- 21 May 2012
- 17 days pre
So Friday was my pre-op & we took care of all the...
- 28 May 2012
- 10 days pre
I'm 1 WEEK away from my surgery! I have been...
- 31 May 2012
- 7 days pre
1) How do I tell my children about my surgery??? I have a 7 yr old boy, 5 yr old boy and my baby girl who's only 21 months old. I've been thinking about this quite a bit and I'm not sure what my approach should be.... any advice? I'm planning to tell them on Monday. I'm really clueless on how to tell them!
2) I am FREAKING out because I have not started my period! I was supposed to get it by now and I'm terrified of being on my rag during surgery-how embarrassing!!! If I don't get it within the next 2 days I'm screwed. I think it's been the stress about all this that has delayed it, I'm pretty regular and am usually off by 2 or 3 days. Omg what am I going to do... I mentioned my concern to the lady that works for my PS and she said not to worry about it, its hard to control it and that it happens all the time. She said that it won't affect the Dr. in any way- BUT STILL!!! Oh happy thoughts happy thoughts please let my rag come tomorrow. I think I'm going to have mad sex tonight and see if that helps! LOL! Wish me luck ;o)
Oh, going out of state tomorrow for the weekend. I can't help but think it could be my last time seeing my family.. I know I know... dramatic. But the fear is there even though the risk is so low. Im sure everyone goes through this. I've noticed myself hugging my kids extra tight and thinking bad things- I shouldn't be! I'm trying so hard to stay positive and not focus on any negative outcome. I'm just getting nervous I guess. Aaah can't believe it's just 7 days away!!!!
4 More days!!!! And... I have not gotten my...
- 3 Jun 2012
- 4 days pre
3 more days!!!! I have to say I'm feeling so much...
- 4 Jun 2012
- 3 days pre
I was also stressing over the size (450cc) and wanted to switch it to 425. She told me it was my decision & she just wanted me to weigh the options. She said the difference is only 3 tablespoons. And that at this point it's so common for patients to overthink things & get nervous going back and forth. I think she's right, I'm just gonna stick to the size we chose & hope for the best!!!
She gave me tips on how to tell my kids about it & it was perfect! I just told my oldest & it wasn't as scary as I thought. I told him they were just going to do a little muscle repair on my tummy. He asked if it would hurt & I told him they would give me medicine for it. I explained that the muscles stretch with pregnancy & they were just going to fix it. Also told him becoming a mommy was the best decision ever & he gave me the best hug.
I just got al call from the hospital & pre-registered. Wow it's really happening! Last night I bought my granny gown with a long zipper in the front. I also have the toilet seat riser & the shower seat! I'm going to focus today on some more home organizing & clean clean and clean some more! I feel like I'm getting ready to have a baby! Lol! Wednesday Im getting my hair done & will do all the grocery shopping & stock up! I'll post the dreaded before pics tonight... Lol
I did it... I posted my before pics- only 3 days...
- 4 Jun 2012
- 3 days pre
I can't believe it, my mommy makeover is tomorrow...
- 6 Jun 2012
- 1 day pre
1 Day PO! Oh wow where to start! I didn't get...
- 8 Jun 2012
- 1 day post
I arrived bright and early at 5:30 and my Dr. arrived around 7am. He was so sweet, I just love his personality. He reassured me everything would go well, held my hand when he saw my tears and was just wonderful. He proceeded to mark me and answered my questions. The worst part was getting the IV in, it took 3 times because I have small veins. Once that was in I met the anesthesiologist who was also wonderful and assured me I'd be ok. He inserted something into my IV, my hubby kissed me goodbye and I was wheeled into the operating room. I remember just trying to focus, I think I saw my before pictures posted on the wall and after that I don't remember anything.
When I woke up it was all over, I was taken to my recovery room where my husband joined me and told me that everything went well. There were no complications at all and my PS actually finished early. I was really sore and it was hard to breath deep cause my chest hurt so bad. They gave me a muscle relaxer that didn't do much for me, but then gave me a pain med into the IV that really helped. I was also given a pain pump (so glad about that!).
They made me walk twice on the first day and boy was that hard! I was hunched over and exhausted after just a few steps. I have to say the staff and nurses were excellent (except for the last 1). I was just on a liquid diet again yesterday, and today I just had oatmeal, yogurt I nibbled at a muffin and like 3 bites of eggs.
Dr. Guerra came in to see me bright and early this morning and checked my incisions. My TT scar is LOW and looked amazing! Tummy was flat, boobs were hard to observe from my angle but looked great.
I have pretty much slept the whole day yesterday and today, those pain meds really knock u out. I'm home now and my TT stings, I'm about to take another muscle relaxer. I see my PS on Tues and hopefully get me drain taken out (so glad I only got one). But he did say I can shower tomorrow which is nice.
I'm feeling a bit nauseous right now, have not thrown up but am gonna take the medicine for it just in case. My husband has been the best, very attentive and helping me with everything.
OK thats it for now, lots of pain and gonna take something for that. Keep u guys posted soon! Thanks for all the well wishes and support!
2 Days PO. I'm locked in my room so that my baby...
- 9 Jun 2012
- 2 days post
I keep hearing that you can't shower till your drains are taken out, but my PS said I could shower today. I don't know, I can't wait to get in the shower but am also scared cause it will be no easy task I'm sure. I think I might save it for tomorrow. I feel a bit dizzy and disoriented with the meds. They don't seem to help as much as the stuff they put in my IV-that was the good stuff! LOL.. But at least it takes the edge off. I just can't wait to start feeling normal again and being able to walk straight. My back is KILLING me, I don't know why, it feels like they poked me there with something or I don't know what. It just hurts. My chest is not so bad, its my TT that still burns. I was planning on reading some books during recovery but all I want to do is sleep! Maybe once I start weaning off the meds I'll be able to. My appetite has gotten a bit better today.
4 Days PO and I TOOK A SHOWER! Ahh that felt so...
- 10 Jun 2012
- 3 days post
I added 2 before pics I found and then 2 of my new...
- 10 Jun 2012
- 3 days post
Well today is my 4 days PO (not yesterday the...
- 11 Jun 2012
- 4 days post
I'm so excited for tomorrows appointment, I'm looking forward to getting rid of this drain and this uncomfortable waist band around my tummy and getting into a more comfortable one. I'm hoping it has better back support too because the pain in my lower back really limits how much I can stand walking.
I went #2 today! Yeah! So relieved. You know what did it? My hubby made some fresh juice for me (I think pineapple, orange, grapes, apple..). Every time I juice it helps me to go #2 so I'm glad that worked. I'll be juicing everyday, I love my juicer.
I think that's it for now other than I'm taking meds as needed rather than around the clock. I'm sure that will help me not be so constipated too.
I'm feeling so depressed right now hearing my 20...
- 11 Jun 2012
- 4 days post
Anyone else unable to sleep? I don't know why but...
- 11 Jun 2012
- 4 days post
PO day 5- I'm feeling well rested after a much...
- 12 Jun 2012
- 5 days post
Yey I got my drain and pain pump taken out! They...
- 12 Jun 2012
- 5 days post
When I got home from my appointment I wanted to spend some time with the kids downstairs (since I've been cooped up in my bedroom upstairs). Awe my baby missed me so much, she was so happy when she saw me and didn't leave my side. I've missed her soooo much. My boys visit me everyday upstairs but not her. I stayed downstairs as long as I could but that didn't last long... lol.. After dinner I sat for a little while on the couch, then was the going to go pee episode after that my back was killing me and I needed a break. I went upstairs and went straight for my comfy recliner where my nice warm heat pad was waiting for me... Heaven when I sat down. I did a lot today so my body took a beating. Gonna take some tylenol and rest up!
PO day 6- So last night I ended up taking off my...
- 13 Jun 2012
- 6 days post
Ok so I didn't put it back on. I can't imagine going through that every time I go up the bathroom, it's too painful to take off and put on to be doing it multiple times a day. I'm wondering if I got the right size. Instead I put on a different one I had at home, it's still tight on me but more stretchy & I can use the bathroom with this one. Im waiting for a call back from my PS, but I'm guessing he's going to tell me to put on the one he gave me.. If that happens oh well, at least I sleft comfy last night lol... But hopefully they can send me a size L. Inside I know the M is my size, but hey they way it fit it felt like an XXS! Hopefully he let's me where this one at least for a few days so I'm a little less sore. But once I'm back on that I'm gonna hope I'm constipated every day so I don't have to take it off! Lol... Ah it's like you get rid of something ' then have something new to worry about. I thought it was nice saying goodbye to the drains, but at least I could use the restroom with them in the old binder.
We will see what my PS says...
Today was such a great day! Well for one, I was...
- 13 Jun 2012
- 6 days post
I hope tomorrow I'm feeling just as good if not better! Woohoo for finally feeling a little more normal ;oD
Wow I can't believe a week ago today I said...
- 14 Jun 2012
- 7 days post
I slept in a little later and my hubby brought me breakfast in bed... awe.. I just love him. He is the best hubby ever. After breakfast I went downstairs with the kids (the in laws left already so now its just us). Walked around a bit, went to the bathroom. Then my hubby put the baby to sleep and I took a loooong shower- by myself! I decided to try on the CG the PS gave me once again. My hubby helped and thankfully this time was not nearly as painful as the last time. I must be a little less sore although I'm all bruised up (took some pics).
I still look dirty around my incisions, its this tape that doesn't come off. Cant wait to be able to get it off.
Another thing on my mind is that I think I went too big on my boobs... lol They are huge! I'm hoping they are just swollen and will shrink like I don't know... another 100cc! LOL... Well my husband is not complaining, he is soooo happy smiling from ear to ear as if he can't wait to get his hands on them... LOL.. But I just feel so weird, if I could do it over I would probably do 375cc-400cc. Oh well, my PS said a lot of woman feel like that at first, then grow to love their size. I hope thats me too.
Nap time for me, update u guys soon with some pics ;o)
8 days PO- oh WOW I finally slept GOOD last night!...
- 15 Jun 2012
- 8 days post
I'm definitely going to do the same thing today. My days are starting out with me feeling really good, and throughout the day I start getting more tired and my back starts hurting. By the end of the day I can't stand my back pain anymore. I'm guessing today will be like that.
I'm feeling so much better about my CG too, I think the first time I was so bruised and it was so painful to get it on that I didn't put it on correctly (my crotch was inside the hole rather than outside). This time we made sure it was on right. Also, I'm using a cup to pee in... LOL... kinda like when you go leave a urine sample. It helps me to just go, rather than pee a little, freak out thinking I got myself wet, see that I didn't and continue to pee a little only to stop and repeat the whole ordeal... lol. The cup is much better! I haven't had to go #2 in it yet so we will see how that goes.
Oh funny thing that happened yesterday before I put my CG on after my shower. I was so scared cause I knew how painful it would be to get it on. My husband put it on to try to stretch it out for me!!! LMAO... Oooh that was so funny, it hurt to laugh but it was hard not to. And my husband was being so funny about it, I wanted to throw something at him for making me laugh! I love him... not any husband would wear this tight a** CG for his wife....
Today was my first day going out (other than my...
- 15 Jun 2012
- 8 days post
I haven't gone #2 today (kinda glad I haven't had to take off my CG). Wasn't able to take a nap today either :/ that's it for today!
Its been a couple days, not much has changed. I'm...
- 18 Jun 2012
- 11 days post
I slept in my bed last night (for a few hours), it's hard to sleep on my back in bed so I slept on my side. It wasn't very comfortable since I could feel the pressure on my TT-but I'm tired of that recliner!
I'm walking better now, still not straight, but getting closer. I can't wait to get this tape on my incisions removed. It's itchy and annoying. I've been picking at it and taking it off a little (not directly on the incision though). I want to get a good look at how my incisions look. My TT scar seems thin but on one side it's not as flat as the other, it's a little raised. I'm not too worried about it. I figure if it's still an issue when the tape is removed, the silicone sheeting (that I still need to buy) should take care of it.
My bra is uncomfortable too, it feels tight (always has) maybe they are swollen too. Thankfully my CG doesn't bother me at all anymore, so it's true that it does get better. I'm still bruised, even on my arm where they tried to put the IV on twice but failed, 3rd times a charm right? You'd think that bruise would be gone by now.
I have really been taking it easy to let my body heal as fast as possible. My hubby has been awesome taking on his role of mom/dad right now. I havent even changed a diaper! Lol... I could get used to this Lol...jk This is his last week off though and next week I will be on my own.. Kinda nervous about that. I might find out what all this talk about "swell hell" means. Luckily he works from home so I can still count on him to lend a hand when I need him. Can't wait to be fully healed...
13 days PO- today was an awesome day! I was...
- 20 Jun 2012
- 13 days post
Also, I took a shower again by myself. Ive been doing it by myself for about a week now, it's been nice! My hubby still helps me in taking off & putting on the CG, but once it's on it doesn't bother me one bit. I can go to the bathroom no problem too.
I've been using this yellow cloth like material and putting it inside my belly button, I have to do it every day. I wonder for how long. But I have to say I LOVE how it's turning out! It has a natural shape, I'll take some more pics, and a close up soon. I am still a bit swollen so I can't wait to see the finished product when I'm all healed.
I put Coconut oil all over my hair and covered it for the night. Tomorrow morning I'm going to shower, shampoo it off and then fix my hair (first time doing this but have heard awesome things about it). Also used it in my face.
I have my 2 week PO visit tomorrow and I'm hoping they will finally (GENTLY) remove all this damn itchy tape all over my incisions! Oh it has been really annoying, can't wait to see it gone. I will update u guys tomorrow after my appointment!
2 weeks PO and it went really good at the Dr.'s!...
- 21 Jun 2012
- 14 days post
I'm still hunched over and with back pain,we will see how long that continues. He recommended I take lymphatic massage to help with the back pain, has anyone done that? I'd love to hear your experiences. Its $60 for the 1st time, after that $120 or $20 off if u buy in packages Yikes!
He also suggested I take another week off work, (since my job requires lifting). I think I'm going to do that. He didn't limit the times I can go up & down the stairs as long as I do it slowly and it's comfortable.
I need to start doing a massage on my boobs twice daily, especially my right one since its sitting a bit higher still. I can stop putting that stuff in my belly button now too.
After we went out for lunch, it was nice except when I got home I was constipated. I had to remove the CG to go, but I went and was relieved. I need to start juicing again!
I will post more pics tomorrow!
16 days PO- I'm feeling soooo much better! I...
- 23 Jun 2012
- 16 days post
There are a few conerns though, the sides of my TT look a bit raised and a part in the middle looks weird. I'm worried that I might need a revision on that section because a piece of skin above the scar looks like a bump, not sure how to explain it. The skin on the sides also looks rippled, obviously from the pulling. My PS said it would go away and not to worry so I'm trusting his judgement. But I didn't ask him about the middle since I didn't really inspect it good till I got home after he removed the tape. We will see how it looks in a few weeks at my next appointment, I wasn't expecting perfection just improvement and I definitely got that.
One of my breast is still sitting a bit higher, I have to keep massaging that down till it moves. Will post pics soon
17 days PO- oh I was feeling like crap. I ate...
- 24 Jun 2012
- 17 days post
I took a nice long shower and did feel better. I hate red to work on improving my diet.
It has been nice these past few days that I have been going out. So funny, I got out of my car and walked to the store. A van full of teenage boys stop so I can cross and they all start hollering out at me! Must be my new knockers! Holy crap how embarrassing! Lol... I wouldn't even look at them, I just wanted the ground to swallow me up! Lol
It's really easy for me to take off my CG by myself now, I have to keep pulling it up. I think I'm going to call the office tomorrow to move into a S.
Nothing new other than that. My right boob still has to come down, but not happy that one looks bigger than the other. I'm hoping once it settles in place it's not as noticeable.
Wow I can't believe it has been 1 month since my...
- 5 Jul 2012
- 28 days post
My next appointment is in 1 week, they called to try to change it (again...) but I couldn't so we are still keeping my appointment. When they called me today I told her I still have not received my CG and it's been almost 2 weeks! I feel like I'm not even wearing one now cause it's not tight at all. She said if its not in the mail to contact my post office. Ugh... I hope its there by tomorrow.
It has been SOOO hot here lately (AZ) I cut my CG on the thigh area so that I can wear shorts! LOL... During the past 2 days I have been overdoing it (cause I feel great!). I have a large home- over 3,300SF and I swept all the floors downstairs and was cleaning everything. By the end of the day I was dying, my back was killing me. I had to take a SOMA at night and that did wonders for me. I hadn't taken any meds in weeks. I have to remind myself that I still need to take it easy.
Well we got the green light for having sex at 3 weeks and we've been having sex since 2 weeks... LOL! CANT KEEP HIM OFF OF ME! LMAO! It is much more comfortable now.. hahaha
Well I wish I would have taken some pics today, but I'll just wait till my appointment next week. They will be taking my after pics I'm sure. I'm definitely going BRA SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND... WOOHOO! I'm finally gonna find out what my size is... LOL.. HAPPY HEALING EVERYONE!
I wanted to update you guys on my new breast...
- 8 Jul 2012
- 1 month post
I uploaded a bunch of pics so u can see my progress. I bought the white bikini, but what do u ladies think? Do you like the white one or the black one better? I am dying to start working out so I can get toned up! My next appointment is this coming Thursday so I will ask my PS.
Wow I cant believe its been 6 weeks! I had my PO...
- 20 Jul 2012
- 1 month post
I'm really happy with my TT, my tummy is really flat and that area of concern in the middle of the incision that looked like a bubble has flattened out. I really have not noticed a difference from the lipo though, maybe it will take some time to see those results. As far as my boobies, I expressed my concern over the difference in size. He says to wait a year and he can remove some tissue from the bigger breast to make them even. He says it can be done in the office. I may seriously consider that, not sure. But wait a year? IDK... I just think it's pretty noticeable and it bothers me. I feel like I gave up one insecurity (sagginess) for another (different sizes)... but even then I have to say I'll take this insecurity over the latter! I think I will be updating biweekly from now on, there isnt a lot new. I"m feeling like myself now and everything is great. I still have a ton of soma pills that I take on occasion, not for the pain but to help me sleep reaaaallllly niiiiceee... LOL...
I'm still wearing my CG 24/7, it feels kinda weird not wearing it. But soon I might stop wearing it in the day and only wear it at night.
My Doctor: Aldo Guerra, MD
Dr. Guerra is the best PS ever and I'm so happy I decided to go with him. He is professional but also down to earth and really sweet. My MM results were better than I expected! He's a true artist! I am thrilled with my new body and so grateful to Dr. Guerra and his staff. I'd recommend him to ANYONE thinking of getting plastic surgery! Worth every penny and NO regrets! Best decision ever!!!