Mommy Makeover 6 months PO
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Hi there. I'm a mom with one boy, 5 years old. I...
- 21 Oct 2012
- 15 days pre
Hi there. I'm a mom with one boy, 5 years old. I had a difficult pregancy, carrying very big and gained about 38 kilograms (almost 80 pounds). I managed to lose the weight slowly, after about 2 years I was almost back down to my original weight. But due to having gained so much weight and having put on so much fat and excess tissue, when I 'shrunk' back down to around my old size, I have loose flabby skin on my tummy which looks terrible if I drop back down to my almost pre baby weight,and my breasts have dropped quite a bit. I've put on about 5 pounds which actually helps make my tummy not look so wobbly and full of loose skin rolls, but have always wanted to get my tummy back to its flat old self without having so much skin!
I had been thinking about having the surgery for months, and finally got the nerve to see the surgeon when I talked to my Pilates teacher. I have been having really bad back pain and a lot of tightness in my stomach muscles, and have been doing Pilates for almost 8 months with not much improvement in my core muscles. My Pilates teacher said to me the only thing that would really sort out my abdominal muscles and prevent me from developing future hernias would be a abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, as they sew the rectis abdominus back together again.
I have something called diastasis rectis, where the surgeon said my rectis abdominis muscles have pulled away from each other really badly. The surgeon advised a full tummy tuck, as it will sort out the diastasis, and also remove the loose skin. The breast lift & augmentation is a nice to have, and I know after having a tummy tuck I probably won't ever want to go back for more surgery like this in the near future. I feel a bit guilty about spending so much money on myself, but my hubby is supportive and will stay home with me for 3 days after the op, and I have the following week off work as well. Getting so nervous now, as only 16 days to go until surgery date.
One more week to go! Do any of you ladies have...
- 28 Oct 2012
- 9 days pre
So I thought I'd post a quick update. Yesterday I...
- 30 Oct 2012
- 7 days pre
Today I'm investigating hiring a hospital bed for the 2 weeks I am at home- think it may help. Can't believe it is in just 6 days time! Who else is having surgery next week or the following week?
So today it is just 4 more full days to go! I had...
- 1 Nov 2012
- 5 days pre
I'm the first surgery on Tuesday, so feeling very happy about that. So at the appointment he took time to show me my photographs, and explain to me exactly where the scars would be and the whole procedures. He told me he'll be lipo - ing and cutting about 2 kilograms of fat and skin off - wow! Instant weight loss :) So full TT and breast lift with augmentation (to replace thin tissue). He is doing 290cc silicone implants, and removing about 180cc's of fat and tissue, so my breasts will be just slightly bigger than they are now which I am happy with. He also doesn't need to cut around my nipples, only down and across under the breasts, which is great. I feel better and more excited now knowing what to expect :)
Two more days to go! I have to go to work tomorrow...
- 3 Nov 2012
- 3 days pre
I think with that setup I should be ok!! My hubby will be supportive as he is very good at helping and will look after me very well physically. I am not sure how much he will be able to help emotionally though - but my best friend will be there on the day of the surgery and will come and visit me afterwards too. Really lucky to have a supportive hubby and best friend. I have no brothers or sisters, and my other friends are a bit 'removed' supportively from my surgery which is a little sad.
I'll have 13 days at home to rest, so going to make the most of it and just heal.
Did any of you meet your anaesthetist before your surgery? My main worry is that I haven't met mine, and I'll be under for about 5 hours. Doing the last of my shopping today :)
Surgery tomorrow! Phew - night before and I am so...
- 5 Nov 2012
- 1 day pre
Hi ladies, am now 8 hours post op and feeling...
- 6 Nov 2012
- Day of treatment
Feeling pain inside my tummy- hardly feel the boobs. I'm in a post op recovery place (like a guesthouse, wow!) For tonight, and will go home at 10am our time tomorrow.
Thinking of my fellow surgery ladies who were also today. Hope u can update soon xx
Had a relatively good night last night, got given...
- 6 Nov 2012
- Day of treatment
I struggle somehow to fall asllep and stay asleep- it could be the anaethetic or the pethadine, been sleeping on and off last night.
I also have those little stocking / leg warmer socks that compress your leg to reduce the chance of DVT. Its almost breakfast time here and I'll be going home at around 10am today. How did your surgery go Chicalife?
Added another pic. Going home now- can't wait to...
- 7 Nov 2012
- 1 day post
Hi everyone, today was my 2nd day post op. It was...
- 8 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
Day 4, and slowly feel like I'm getting there. My...
- 10 Nov 2012
- 4 days post
The compression garment helps, and hoping I can get my drains out on Monday. I only have the TT drains in - draining about 50 milllitres a day which is very little.
So, I popped a drain out this afternoon - can you...
- 10 Nov 2012
- 4 days post
Wow what a day! Hubby just put on my compression...
- 10 Nov 2012
- 4 days post
He cleaned it all up (he's not afraid of blood or anything bodily at all) and then said he should have listened and moved to the bathroom. So a popped drain and drain contents on the floor later, we're having a productive day. And its our wedding anniversary today! Fun day for all...
So after I popped one of my drains yesterday, a...
- 11 Nov 2012
- 5 days post
One week post op today :) been resting, but last...
- 13 Nov 2012
- 7 days post
My PS is concerned it might be a urinary tract infection, so am on antibiotics for the possibility. It is a bit better than yesterday though, so may just be the healing/ internal swelling of the cut?
I've posted some pics taken tonight of me in my underwear my PS and I used as a guide for the scar/cut. I'm very pleased with how low he managed to get it. I have micropore tape over the scarring- the scar is like a crease in most parts so think he did a really great stitching job :) I also have a tight two strips of micropore tape on each boob- and they are swollen. He didn't need to cut around the nipple, which is great. Hopefully they settle soon and decrease in swelling a bit.
Very happy with the overall result :)
Hi all. I'm 2 weeks PO today. Time has gone so...
- 19 Nov 2012
- 13 days post
Over the last few days I have developed a long 'line' of what looks like muscle that's gone into a ridge, above my belly buttonm it appears after a few minutes of not wearing my compression garment, and I always get pain there when it starts. I wonder if it could me a muscle spasm there under my diaphragm where the muscle repair starts?
I saw my PS yesterday and he felt around the area and looked at it, but it wasn't raised at the time he saw it. Just a little worried that it is a problem starting.
Good luck to all those of you with surgeries this week and happy healing to those who have had theirs xx
Hi ladies Well, today I have been sneezing. And...
- 26 Nov 2012
- 20 days post
Well, today I have been sneezing. And wow, does it hurt! The pain you get afterwards from those upset spasming tummy muscles! I think it is because I had the muscle repair and my PS said he sewed the muscles/ fascia pretty tight. Ouch! How are all you ladies doing? And good luck to the ladies who's surgery is this week.
Hi ladies, so sorry I haven't posted in a while....
- 11 Dec 2012
- 1 month post
Good luck to all those joining the flat side this week x
Wow, 6 months post op - finally posting again!
- 24 May 2013
- 6 months post
I just realized I have been periodically reading about everyone's progress but never posting on mine. Terrible, sorry for not updating. I can't believe 6 months have passed since my MM, time has really seemed to fly. My scars have faded to a dark pink colour and they seem to fade more and more as each month passes. I've been doing Pilates and have found that the muscle repair did wonders for abdominal muscle strength and tone. It obviously took a while to get back to that strength that I had before, but even in my 3 month post op stage I was then accomplishing what I had when I had weakened ab muscles even 1 year into Pilates.
This op has been a blessing and really has helped me in so many ways, from fitness to self confidence to better stability and core muscle support. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to do this. Hope all you ladies and guys out there considering this realize the benefits eventually do come after the hard parts :)
I had a great experience and healing journey and thanks to all the support was able to get through it much easier!