41yr Old Mum and Wife. 'mummy makeover' Full tummy tuck and breast lift with no implants.Sydney, AU

I have my final Doctor appointment tomorrow and...

I have my final Doctor appointment tomorrow and then a week and a half before surgery ! I Have had to wait for my health insurance to fully cover my hospital stay but the time has finally come ! I want to post before surgery photos on the weekend. I am a mum of 2 young children and I have a husband that is fully supportive (of course lol). I have almost been obsessed with looking at the photos on this website as well as reading all the stories. I am encouraged by the majority of positive posts. I have friends asking me if I am nervous. I'm not yet - just excited.
For anyone who wants to relate, I am 41 and about 156cm. I weigh 83kg and am fairly fit. I am looking forward to having a body that I can be proud to show to my husband and look like a mum my children are proud to see with them.

1 week today til my mummy makeover !

I had my final Dr visit and it went really well. I am having a full tummy tuck and breast lift - no implants. That's probably what I'm most nervous about - the no implants. Originally when I saw my Dr, I didn't know what I really wanted (just not these saggy boobs) so when he said I didn't need implants I said ok. Then after having to wait with the health insurance, I looked at boobs a lot lol (real housewives of Miami in particular) and decided I wanted implants. When I came back to him he looked at me and said I really don't need them. I have enough 'good breast tissue' that the lift will give me the foundation of what I need. I really hope so! I guess you have to trust your Dr. There would be no reason to say I didn't need them if there really wasn't I guess.
Looking at putting photos up (ugly before photos) ASAP.

Before photos

Last day at work tomorrow

Trying to get everything organized for my time off. Everyone is so excited for me especially my friend who has had implants recently. It's so good to know I have support at home and at work! Getting close !! 6 sleeps !! Can't wait to pack my bag !!!

Recovery and 1st morning

I'm doing well. Feel really good. Won't write much but will share 2 photos. Just feel pressure on my chest and belly.

Day 6 - leaving hospital today

So it's early in the morning and I'm looking at leaving hospital today. My pain is ok, actually just feels really tight and stretchy. I'll put up some photos to show from the last few days in here. I'm leaving obviously in my body suit and going to get my bandages changed. They are itching me at the moment. My back has been aching from lying in the jackknife position and my butt needs a scratch lol.

Photos from Day 5

Day 7 - stitches out & bandages changed.

First look at it all !

Day 16 - today is a good day

Well after a few tough days today is a good day. I've been feeling pretty low. Constipation, bloating, stretching. Trouble sleeping has been the worst. I think I thought I would wake up every morning feeling better but when I didn't it made me miserable. SO, my answer was to read some stories on RSelf ! I felt so much better. Every journey is different and for everyone who feels great at Day 14, there are others (like me) not so great.
My scars and wounds look good - that's a positive! I stupidly tried on a pair of work pants that were tight before my op and now I can't even do them up ! Depressing !! Until I read lots of stories where people couldn't fit into old clothes - let alone new clothes - until at least week 6 ! Ok, still a bit depressing lol but made it ok to know I wasn't alone or not normal.
I'm going to post photos today after my shower as today I feel good.

Day 17

Day 23 - Steri Strips off !

Day 24 - BIG MISTAKE !!!!

Today I went to work without wearing my compression garment! I wanted to wear a nice tight fitting dress and I thought I could do it! NO NO NO ! I went into swell hell and by the end of the day I looked 6 months pregnant ! Couldn't wait to get home and put it on ! I'm in it now and feel SO much better ! So, my advise for today is wear your garment !!! Lol xx

1 month ! Pain killers & Bikini

So it's been 1 month! It's been a crazy month but I made it! I went back to work which has been fine. I started to drive again and that's been fine. I put a bikini on (in the bedroom) and that was fine. THEN I tried to sleep without my security blanket of pain killers. No, I didn't have pain but they helped me to sleep and that was too good to refuse. Then I ran out of them and tried to go to bed without having anything to help me sleep. It was a disaster !!! I was so uncomfortable and I couldn't get to sleep. Now I'm not sure what to do. There is no way I'm going to get more as obviously they are addictive!! But I'm scared about going to bed without something ????
Sydney Plastic Surgeon

My Doctor and his whole reception staff have been amazing

Was this review helpful? 1 other found this helpful

Comments (16)

Sort by

The results are amazing. He was right to say you didn't need implants, they are a set of real boobies to be proud of! I myself am doing some research on breast lift with dr doña, the posts from his work look very impressive.
  • Reply
You look amazing. I love your womanly curves and you are healing nicely! Have you asked your doctor for some more medication for nite time purposes? They may give you a limited supply for the next couple weeks. If not, have you tried something like Advil PM? Something with pain reliever and a sleeping aid?
  • Reply
Thank you for your advice. I did get something to help me sleep. I feel I still need it. I'm 6 weeks post op in 2 days :) its all amazing
  • Reply
You Look Amazing darling, just like everything it takes time... Thank you for sharing I am a month away from my tummy tuck (cant afford the whole mommy make over) but I appreciate your thoughts, feelings, pictures, etc it gives me the courage that I need. You are looking super great I hope my tummy look like yours.
  • Reply
I'm excited for you too xx good luck and if you need anything !!!!
  • Reply
Your new pics look really great! How's the pain management at the 2-week mark?
  • Reply
Pain at 2 weeks was still a bit rough :( I was taking panadene forte every 4 hours and I relented and got Endone for overnight as my sleeping was non existent !! I'm 3 1/2 weeks now and it's all good. Randomly need Panadol and really don't need the Endone for sleep but am still taking it to enjoy my sleep as I'm back at work
  • Reply
Hi. Today is day 16 and a good day :) yesterday and the day before were miserable :( looking towards a week to week goal not day to day ! How are you !!!
  • Reply
Hey girlie? How are you feeling today? Hope all is well. Happy healing :))
  • Reply
I'm good, feeling better every day ! Feel more stretched than anything else !
  • Reply
  • Reply
That's a great list...not sure how I missed it before. I found a cheap walking cane also came in handy to help relieve back pain when first try getting around (you're bent over and have no intention of trying to stand straight) after the TT. Jeez, I thought I'd never walk upright again. lol
  • Reply
My doc said I could get away without implants also and I'm glad. I didn't want to have to worry about more surgery five or so years from now to replace implants or re-size them. I don't have the extreme fullness that implants would provide, but I'm very happy with the natural results. Being able to go bra-less at 48 years old is wonderful. lol You're going to be thrilled when it's all done! Best of luck!
  • Reply
Oh that's good to hear ! Yes, I did want the round fullness look but if it results in great bra-less boobs ! I'll be happy. Thank you for your post.
  • Reply
Good luck!
  • Reply
Congrats on taking this step to becoming a better you! Excited to follow your journey and yes I agree you deserve it!
  • Reply