CrossFit Mom Undergoes Mommy Makeover

I am a 45 (almost 46) year old mother of 3...

I am a 45 (almost 46) year old mother of 3 beautiful children ages 10, 8 and 7 who started this journey 5 years ago with initial consultations with plastic surgeons. I have loathed my lower abdomen my whole life (even when I was at my lowest body weight of 118 lbs). Actually the only time I have loved my belly was when I was pregnant with my 3 children. After my last child weaned I started exploring the idea of the Mommy Makeover (tummy tuck, breast lift and augmentation). Finally after 5 years of consideration, waiting and paying off other debts I have decided to take the plunge and seek the assistance of a plastic surgeon to correct what CrossFit cannot. I promised myself that I would not undergo plastic surgery until I had done all that I could do to get in the best shape possible. I was introduced to CrossFit in October 2011. Since that time I have lost 30 pounds and decreased by body fat percentage from 35% to 20%. I am 5'4" tall and now weigh 137 pounds.

I am very excited about the results but quite dreading the recovery. I am definitely going to miss my CrossFit workouts and CrossFit family. Not looking forward to the recovery and restrictions I will have and definitely not happy about the fact that I will lose some strength and endurance from not being able to workout. I am also worried about how things will function around my house and my 3 children. We are so busy with school, sports and activities and I hate that I will have to rely on friends and family to perform the daily mom duties I have. I have a wonderful husband and mother who are going to take care of me after the procedure.

And last, I worry about not being at work. I am a physician in a very busy Obstetric practice and will have to take off 3 weeks for my recovery. I hate that this may be a burden to my partners. However, I am super excited about how I will look and feel about myself after this makeover. This website has been so helpful with easing my fears and anxieties as well as motivational with all the fabulous "after" pictures. I do not have any before pictures at this time but will post them as soon as possible. I can't wait to start posting comments and pictures and possibly help others with their journey as I embark on mine.

Post op day 0......went to surgi center this...

Post op day 0......went to surgi center this mornin for a 8:00 case. Had addominoplasty, bilateral mastopexy and bilateral silicone, submuscular implants. Home at 2:30pm! Surgery went GREAT! My biggest fear was post op nauea and vomiting. Took Emend capsule before surgery, have scopolamine patch on throughout and can leave on for 3 days if desired. Using Zofran dissintegrating tablets if needed. Pain is very manageable. Have on On Q pain pump, anesthesia did a tap block and will take Percocet 7.5mg as needed. Sitting in a recliner now which will be where I camp out for the next several days. Coughing really hurts and hoping to avoid sneezing but it is ragweed season and we live in a high allergen area. AUGHHHHH! Have a 36C zip up sports bra from JC Penney. ($15) and a compression garmet from Design Veronique ($75). Those all stay on until my first post op appt on Tues Oct 9th. Also have one drain in which my PS will eventually remove. Overall I am doing really well. Have stayed awake all day so hopefully I can sleep tonight. Will keep posting updates as I recover and some pictures as soon as possible.

Post op day 0......went to surgi center this...

Post op day 0......went to surgi center this mornin for a 8:00 case. Had addominoplasty, bilateral mastopexy and bilateral silicone, submuscular implants. Home at 2:30pm! Surgery went GREAT! My biggest fear was post op nauea and vomiting. Took Emend capsule before surgery, have scopolamine patch on throughout and can leave on for 3 days if desired. Using Zofran dissintegrating tablets if needed. Pain is very manageable. Have on On Q pain pump, anesthesia did a tap block and will take Percocet 7.5mg as needed. Sitting in a recliner now which will be where I camp out for the next several days. Coughing really hurts and hoping to avoid sneezing but it is ragweed season and we live in a high allergen area. AUGHHHHH! Have a 36C zip up sports bra from JC Penney. ($15) and a compression garmet from Design Veronique ($75). Those all stay on until my first post op appt on Tues Oct 9th. Also have one drain in which my PS will eventually remove. Overall I am doing really well. Have stayed awake all day so hopefully I can sleep tonight. Will keep posting updates as I recover and some pictures as soon as possible.

Post op Day 1: Spending most of my time in the recliner. Every 2 hours I get up, use the restroom and walk around my house. Taking Percocet 7.5mg every 4 hours for pain. I don't like pain medicine but my PS and all my friends who have had this done said to take it and keep moving. The breast pain is nothing compared to the abdominal soreness. My drain is draining bloody fluid which my kids love to help empty and measure. My little boy said "I want to drink your blood!" Spoken by the son of a true vampire fan :) And very appropriate for Halloween. My implants were 304ml silicone implants. I had strict instructions that we were not going for porn star or stripper boobs. Just wanted to get back what I had before my weight loss. Measurements the day before surgery were 16% body fat (started at 35%). Body weight 137 (started at 162). Through CrossFit and a clean diet I have lost 36 pounds of fat and gained 11 pounds of muscle. I am very thirsty so I'm drinking lots of water. Have eaten a bit of food but I have no appetite. Drinking protein shakes too. Overall things are going way better than I expected.

Post op day 2 - Pain pump is working. It is much...

Post op day 2 - Pain pump is working. It is much more deflated today so that's a sign that it is working. Slept better last night than night before. Drain output is bloody fluid and total output since surgery is 440ml. Pain is manageable. Spend most of my time in the recliner but I am getting up to restroom and to take small walks around my house. I have no appetite for solid food but drinking plenty of water and protein shakes. So far so good.....

Post op Day 4 - Forgot to post yesterday. ...

Post op Day 4 - Forgot to post yesterday. Yesterday was a day of accomplishments - walking around more, pooped twice, off Percocet and using XS Tylenol for pain and appetite back so enjoyed a nice lasagna meal brought to me by a friend. My pain pump is empty so I'm anxious to see how that affects my level of pain. Pain is manageable unless I have to cough and then it is excruciating. Have to say that may be the worst pain I have ever had and I had natural child birth. Still sleeping in my recliner but able to sleep a bit sounder and for longer periods of time. Drain output is decreasing. Hardest part is sitting around doing nothing and feeling helpless. My boobs feel enormous and I'm hoping and praying that is just from swelling because i absolutely did not want porn star boobs! :0 Starting to feel a bit of the post op depression. Not sure if it's due to feeling helpless or just worried about how I've altered my body.

Post op Day 5 - Went for my first post op visit...

Post op Day 5 - Went for my first post op visit today. I'm doing great. Got my pain pump catheter out and bandages off. My JP drain is still draining 75-100ml of bloody fluid per day so it will stay in for another week. Given permission to shower in 2 days. Can't wait for that! It felt so good to change my bra and garment. Have to stay in my bra and garment 23 hours a day. I am amazed at the results so far. Both tummy and breasts are swollen but they look GREAT! I can't believe how flat my tummy is! Breasts still feel a bit big to me but they look proportional and in their proper place. Not released to drive for another week :( Overall, I feel really good, pain is totally manageable and only severe pain is with coughing/sneezing. Only posting pictures of my tummy because my profile is not anonymous.

Post op Day 4 - Forgot to post yesterday. ...

Post op Day 4 - Forgot to post yesterday. Yesterday was a day of accomplishments - walking around more, pooped twice, off Percocet and using XS Tylenol for pain and appetite back so enjoyed a nice lasagna meal brought to me by a friend. My pain pump is empty so I'm anxious to see how that affects my level of pain. Pain is manageable unless I have to cough and then it is excruciating. Have to say that may be the worst pain I have ever had and I had natural child birth. Still sleeping in my recliner but able to sleep a bit sounder and for longer periods of time. Drain output is decreasing. Hardest part is sitting around doing nothing and feeling helpless. My boobs feel enormous and I'm hoping and praying that is just from swelling because i absolutely did not want porn star boobs! :0 Starting to feel a bit of the post op depression. Not sure if it's due to feeling helpless or just worried about how I've altered my body.

Post op day 6 - Feeling a bit under the weather...

Post op day 6 - Feeling a bit under the weather today. Just tired, no energy and now having diarrhea. Not sure if diarrhea is due to antibiotics or vitamin supplements. I usually don't take any supplements except Calcium and Fish Oil (no fish oil before or after surgery) but started taking Vit C, Vit A, B complex, Zinc and Magnesium to promote wound healing. Might just be too much new stuff in my system. Best part of today was getting to take my garment off for an hour. Felt so good to "air out" and my mom rubbed some lotion on my back. Second best part of the day was getting back into my garment because my belly is definitely happier with that compression. :) Can't believe I'm through the first week of recovery.

One week post op- Can't believe it has been a...

One week post op- Can't believe it has been a week! Slept much better last night and overall feel better than yesterday. Got to take my first shower this morning and it was both exhilarating and exhausting. Felt so good to have hubby dry off back and scratch and rub lines from my compression garment. Did a few dishes and walked around the house. My back really starts to tire out after a few minutes of being upright. Overall, feeling well and looking forward to going with hubby to pick kids up from school and take them for school picture hair cuts :)

Post op Day 13 - The past few days have been...

Post op Day 13 - The past few days have been miserable for me not because of surgery pain but because I have contracted C diff diarrhea from being on antibiotics for a week. On Flagyl now for the C diff and hoping to feel better soon because the past 3 days have been horrific. And I was even eating yogurt and taking ProBiotics!! Absolutely the most painful diarrhea I have ever had. I feel like I have been in labor for the past 3 days. :( Now onto better things.....My breast incisions look great and are healing nicely. My right implant is riding high so yesterday my PS did some manipulation - OUCH! - and instructed me on massage/pressure technique to get the implant to settle in it's pocket. Tummy Tuck is doing well. Hoping to get my drain out tomorrow at my 2 week check up. I'm still getting up to 75ml of fluid on some days so it might need to stay in for a bit longer. Forgot to share my drain tip - when taking a shower loop the drain handle through a shoe string and tie around your neck. That way you don't have to deal with placing drain on shower shelf or feeling like you have to hold on to it. Going to try to post a video I did. The angle of the camera makes my hips look wider than they actually are. Got on scale today and weighed 133#. That's 4# down from day of surgery but I know some of it is due to water loss with diarrhea.

2 weeks post op- Overall doing well. The most...

2 weeks post op- Overall doing well. The most significant set back has definitely been the C diff diarrhea but that is starting to improve. Still have my JP drain because it is still putting out up to 80ml of fluid daily. Got my stitches out of my belly button yesterday. No sweat because that area is still very numb. Right implant still riding high so I'm keeping up with my "massage" treatments. Left breast is fine and no massage needed. Lower abdomen with normal amount of swelling and lumpiness. Nurse instructed me on scar massage. I am also to place a folded pillow case on my lower abdomen under my compression garment to add a little compression and help prevent seroma formation. I decided to overcome my modesty about breast pictures and post mine. I so appreciate the pictures I have been reviewing on this site and how helpful they have been that I felt I should do the same for others considering this surgery. As far as activity goes I am able to fix meals, drive kids to and from activities, sit through a soccer match and do light housework. I am trying not to over do it but that is very hard because now that the diarrhea is better I truly feel fine. Belly is tight but no bad pain. Breast pain is absent except for right nipple burning especially after massage. The limiting factor is that my back gets so fatigued if I try to stand for too long. Some people go back to work after 2 weeks and I guess if I had a desk job that allowed frequent breaks and possibly time to recline for a bit that would be possible. But my job is more physically demanding than that so I have another week to recover before I go back and I am very thankful for that especially considering I still have my drain. Highlight of my day was receiving a very generous Victoria's Secret gift card from my fellow CrossFitters. Can't wait to go shopping!

Post op Day 19 - Recovering from the C diff...

Post op Day 19 - Recovering from the C diff colitis. Abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea gone. Now just with diarrhea but able to get up and around and out and about. Running at about 50% right now. Able to do household chores with frequent periods of sitting down due to back discomfort and fatigue. Over weekend did some fun, normal things. Went to my CrossFit gym's Barbells for Boobs event. Raised money for low income women and men to get mammograms. Great program sponsored by Reebok. Of course I didn't do the workout but I was able to take pictures of the event. Was also able to go to my daughter's soccer game and then took my other daughter out for a mommy-daughter evening of dinner and seeing The Blue Man Group. After all that activity I was beat! No bad pain just fatigue and back soreness. As I get tired I notice I start to walk more hunched over and have to remind myself to stand up straight. On Sunday night I was able to go the Bengals game with my husband and some friends. Hubby was very good about parking close to stadium and making sure that I didn't overdo it. The Bengals looked pathetic and lost to our arch rivals The Steelers which in some ways is much more painful than the burning pain I have in my right nipple :) I tell my friends that being a Bengals fan is like requesting to be waterboarded. Aughhh! Overall I feel like I am doing well. Belly soreness is totally manageable and the most severe pain I have is the burning in my right nipple which is always worse after I do my breast massage or if I reach with my right arm. It is a fleeting pain but really hurts when it happens. I still have my JP drain and output is around 65ml per day whether I sit all day or am a little more active. Supposed to go back to work this Friday for my first 12 hour shift and they really want the drain out before I return to the hospital due to risk of infection. However, output is high enough that my chances of getting a seroma are very high. Decisions, decisions. Going to try again to post my video today. No new pictures to share at this time. Thanks to everyone for their tips on recovery!

Praise the Lord my drain is out! Went to PS...

Praise the Lord my drain is out! Went to PS yesterday and despite the high output he pulled the drain (actually his wonderful nurse did it and the pain was totally manageable). The drain had been in for 19 days so my body had tried to incorporate it into the skin and subcutaneous tissue so I think I had a little more discomfort than some but nothing I couldn't handle. He put me on Ibuprofen twice a day to decrease inflammation of rectus muscle that may produce excess fluid and cause a seroma. I feel sooooooo much better with that drain out of my body! Not sure if it is mental or actually that your body produces an inflammatory response to the drain but either way I'm amazed at how much better I feel today. I slept all night in my own bed for the first time in 19 days as well. It's much harder to get up and down from bed than from a recliner but it felt so good to be in my bed. I'm a side and belly sleeper so sleeping flat on my back is a bit harder for me. I did sleep some on my right side but my belly and boobs like me flat on my back. I liken it to trying to sleep during the last weeks of pregnancy. Uncomfortable at times and definitely hurts to change positions and get in and out of bed. Overall, I think I'm recovering well. I'm doing the daily breast massage to help right implant drop down and using Palmer's cocoa butter to massage my scars. I go back to work for 4 hours tomorrow and then a full 12 hour shift on Friday. Hoping I continue to feel better and have a bit more endurance. I've been a little laxed in my diet over the past 3 weeks so planning on getting back on track as I return to work. Thanks for all the well wishes and happy recovery to all!

23 days post op - Survived my first shift back to...

23 days post op - Survived my first shift back to work. I was wasted after the 12 hour shift but no major issues other than fatigue and sore back. I thought I may have been developing a seroma. Have been using a folded up pillow case under my compression garment to help prevent/resolve. It really seems to be helping. Today belly was much less swollen than after my shift Friday night. Incisions looking better every day. Breast swelling seems to be gone and I really love the appearance of my breasts. Sleeping is still an issue. Lots of tossing and turning to find a comfortable postion. Actually went back to the recliner last night at about 1am because I was uncomfortable and having reflux issues. Dying to get back to exercising. Can't stand not going to my CrossFit box. I feel like I'm losing muscle strength and endurance every day that I worked so hard before the surgery to achieve. So hope it doesn't take forever to get back to my baseline.

5 weeks post op - Doing great and almost feel...

5 weeks post op - Doing great and almost feel normal. Day to day activities are fine. My belly occasionally feels tight but no pain and breasts are totally pain free. Have been back to work full time for the past 2 weeks and each shift gets easier. Visit with PS went well this week. He is very pleased with recovery. My right implant still rides just a little high so one more week of the band and then I'm going to burn it :) Tummy is healing nicely. I still wear my compression garment because I just feel better with it on. My PS says I'll probably feel that way for another 6 weeks or so. I still use a pillow case for extra compression when I work but take it out otherwise. I recovered completely from the C diff colitis and am off my Flagyl. I still take Ibuprofen twice a day for inflammation related to my procedure. I'm sleeping much better. Still have to limit myself to my side sleeping rather than tummy. I tried rolling onto my tummy last night and it was just too uncomfortable. The best news is that I was released to exercise and return to CrossFit. I can do all the aerobic stuff I want and as far as weight lifting I have to keep it at "50% of my previous level". However, I don't think my PS truly understands how much weight I can lift. Prior to surgery I could dead lift 225# and overhead press 110# so I'm thinking that 50% of that is still too much to be doing at this point in my recovery. So I've just been scaling the WODs to where I feel like I'm getting a workout but not straining. I'm amazed at how much endurance I've lost after being sedentary for 5 weeks but I'm hopeful that it will come back quickly. For all you CrossFitters out there we did "Karen" yesterday and instead of using the 14# wall ball I used an 8# wall ball. My time was slow (11:59) but I completed all 150 :) Not released to do any type of sit ups or straight ab work for 2 more weeks. Running, rowing, jumping and squatting is fine. Push ups are a little uncomfortable so I did them on my knees and took it slow. There are no words to describe how great it was to be back at my CrossFit box. I have missed those workouts and the community there so much! My workout buddies surprised me with a generous gift certificate to Victoria's Secret and I can't wait to go shopping. My PS says 2 more weeks in my sports bras and then can get some pretty bras but no underwires for a few more weeks. Overall I am feeling great and LOVE my new body! My breasts look amazing, even better in person than the pictures and my tummy just keeps looking better each day.

6 weeks post op - I can't believe it has been 6...

6 weeks post op - I can't believe it has been 6 weeks! I am feeling really well. No pain at all just the tight sensation of my abdomen and mild discomfort if breasts get smashed during sleep when I reposition myself. I still can't lay comfortably on my tummy/chest. Mainly due to breast discomfort. Good news is I am done wearing the boob band :) Bad news is that 6 days after I finished the Flagyl my C diff colitis returned. Started having crampy, bloody diarrhea again. Now I'm back on Flagyl for another 3 weeks. It wasn't as bad this time and has turned around quickly. My CrossFit work outs are going well. I was actually able to do overhead squats and pull ups with a band this week (prior to surgery I was doing unassisted pull ups but just don't feel strong enough to try those yet). My weight is fluctuating between 128-133 depending on how much I'm swollen. The swelling is variable and some days I have very little and on other days my tummy is really lumpy. I finally went shopping for some new jeans because I don't have a single pair of jeans or pants that fit anymore. I was hoping for a size 6 (last October I wore a size 12) and was astonished to discover that even those were too big! So for the first time in my adult life I am wearing a size 4. :) Happy Thanksgiving to all and I must say that this year I am very thankful for my supportive husband and the excellent team of doctors and nurses who have helped this dream of a Mommy Makeover come true.
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