Can't Wait to Feel Like Me Again! - Vancouver, WA

Hi all!! I have been reading all your beautiful...

Hi all!! I have been reading all your beautiful stories for the past week (so thankful I found this website!) & I figured I might as well share my journey...

A little about me (short version)... I am a 5'8, 170lb wife of 11 years + a mother to a 4 yr old boy (who weighed in @ 8.11lbs), a soon to be 3 yr old boy(who weighed in @ 9.8lbs) & a soon to be 2 yr old girl (weighed in @ 7.11). I love our babies more than anything but it seems I don't have the time (nor the energy) to take care of me the way I would like. So... I have finally decided to treat myself to a mommy makeover.

I have had two consults with a well known Dr. in our area & we are scheduled for surgery on September 6th (the day after my 29th birthday (figured I'd give myself a year to get in thee best shape for my 30th)). After much consideration, we chose to do a full tummy tuck, a lollipop lift + saline implants. I am so excited for the outcome but I'm feeling pretty anxious about the recovery & the scars.

I will work on posting pictures tomorrow...

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Thanks! I'm so looking forward to NOT fixing my pants every time I sit down!! Thankfully my husband works from home, so I have no doubt he will nurse me back to health & be Mr. Mom with flying colors!!

My tummy isn't that bad from having 3 in 3 yrs, but shortly before I became preggo with our first, I was involved in a rollover car accident & the seat belt that saved my life also ruined my then perfectly belly.
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Welcome to RealSelf.  How exciting you are only about three weeks away.   I would say that is a pretty awesome birthday present:)  

You will love having the new body girlie.  Please make sure you have plenty of help for the babies.  You will not want to be doing any lifting for a while.  Three babies ages 4 and under...Yikes you are one busy lady.  Your poor tummy...LOL

Keep us all up to date on how you are doing and keep posting:)

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Well girls, 2 weeks from today I start the journey...

Well girls, 2 weeks from today I start the journey of a new & improved me! I'm so excited to start the last yr of my 20's dedicated to feeling better about the way I look!! YAY ME!!

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I think you could pull off 450 easily. I just saw someone on here recently that had your same build height and weight exactly and I think she was going like 550 cc. If I can find it again I'll let you know. Welcome to the site and I'm glad you found your peace of mind. :)
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I am thinking 450 too
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I'm not sure yet... my PS was thinking 400 (saline) but I'm thinking @ least 450... I have my pre op on Tuesday, will know more then :)
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So this waiting... reminds me of the last few...

So this waiting... reminds me of the last few weeks of pregnancy!! Like you just can't wait to meet your brand new baby... well I just cant wait to met my brand new belly!!! (boobies too)

I'm leaning more towards 450 to 474ccs... have my pre op on Tuesday... hoping my Dr agrees with me!!!

You ladies are all adorable!!!

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Your time is coming up quick. I bet you are excited. I laughed when I read your comment about adjusting your jeans. It's amazing I have had to break my habit of that. I keep remembering I don't have to constantly adjust anymore. You will love it!
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SO excited for you, as your renewal day approaches!
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Hi! Well I am 5'4 and around 127 and I have 500 cc and they look perfect so go bigger! Most common regret is not going big enough! You can pull it odd! Good luck can't wait to see pics!
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Yay!! Had my final pre op today... I'm so excited...

Yay!! Had my final pre op today... I'm so excited to get this show on the rd!!

Got all my PX filled, picked some some Arnica + Bromelain from my Naturopathic Dr. & plan to run into VS to get a couple short silky robes (with pockets).

I talked to my Dr about going just a tad bigger so we are doing a 420 HP bag w/ either 475 of 500ccs. Thankfully I completely trust that when he lifts me up (on the table) while I'm "under", he will determine what will look best.

I'm so excited!! (have I mentioned that yet?! :)

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Yay! Tomorrow is my birthday + Tuesday is my...

Yay! Tomorrow is my birthday + Tuesday is my surgery!! I'm feeling so excited! I picked up a great front zip sports bra from Nordstrom, a black satin robe from VS (Im determined to still feel somewhat good about myself as I lie around & do nothing) & I'm about to go fill my prescriptions. I've been taking my Bromelain & Arnica for a few days now & my naturopathic swears it'll help so much. Not looking forward to drinking the magnesium drink (to get "things" moving) tomorrow afternoon...

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Yay! Tomorrow is my birthday + Tuesday is my...

Yay! Tomorrow is my birthday + Tuesday is my surgery!! I'm feeling so excited! I picked up a great front zip sports bra from Nordstrom, a black satin robe from VS (Im determined to still feel somewhat good about myself as I lie around & do nothing) & I'm about to go fill my prescriptions. I've been taking my Bromelain & Arnica for a few days now & my naturopathic swears it'll help so much. Not looking forward to drinking the magnesium drink (to get "things" moving) tomorrow afternoon...

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Happy birthday and good luck to you!
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hAPPY bIRTHDAY !!!
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Good luck and take it easy! My
Advice is let people help you! At first I didnt and boy did I regret it! Your recovery will go smoothly as long as you rest ! Get up to pee and
Go back to bed for first couple days!! You'll
Do great!!
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Up & at em!!! Check in this am at 7:45... For...

Up & at em!!! Check in this am at 7:45... For those of you who believe in Jesus, please pray protection over me!!! Will touch base soon!!

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Wow, C! Your results so far are GREAT looking. Get plenty of rest and stay on top of those pain meds. Lookin; good :)
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Thank you!! So far I'm feeling good!! Don't get out of my bed unless its to empty my drains... I can feel how tight my tummy is & even the slightest movement makes it feel torn, so easy does it!!
My everything is less sore today. I just took my first shower and am about to post pics now...
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So I'm 3 days post op... Head to my PS in a couple...

So I'm 3 days post op... Head to my PS in a couple hrs to have my cathator removed (still haven't gone poopy yet, so hoping that will help). Last night was rough, just couldn't get comfortable enough to sleep but this morning I'm moving around better than yesterday. I am so looking forward to meeting my new girls this am (& getting this horrible sticky tape cut off)!! + I'm looking forward to seeing my stomach again. My drains don't really bother me much & I will find out today if I get them removed on Tuesday. Man alive, I can't wait to shave my legs!!

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Yay!! Just got back from my PS, I'm so beyond...

Yay!! Just got back from my PS, I'm so beyond happy with my results!! I feel so incredibly blessed!!!! I won't be getting my drains out til next Friday, but I'm okay with that!!!

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Yay!! Just got back from my PS, I'm so beyond...

Yay!! Just got back from my PS, I'm so beyond happy with my results!! I feel so incredibly blessed!!!! I won't be getting my drains out til next Friday, but I'm okay with that!!!

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im insanley jealous! u look fabulous!!
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Wow. you look amazing!!! i am so jealous, but in a good way. lol! so happy for you, and glad to know that I am not the only one with cleavage up to my collar bones! First time in my life that I am looking forward to gravity!
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Ahhhh that is great Cwhite I am happy for you!!! Yeah the drains no biggie . You look amazeing! God is so faithful!
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I'm 4 days post op... haven't pooped yet!! I'm...

I'm 4 days post op... haven't pooped yet!! I'm even putting Miralax in my coffee... hopefully today will be the day.

I gotta admit, this recovery isn't as bad as I thought it would be!! I have like NO bruising, hardly any swelling & the pain isn't unbearable. I feel so blessed!!!

I will take some pictures this afternoon after my hubs gives me a sponge bath! I cannot wait to shave my legs!!!

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UPDATE! After mixing Miralax in my coffee this am...

UPDATE! After mixing Miralax in my coffee this am + drinking a dose of MOM this afternoon, I finally had some relief in the bathroom. Feeling much better about that!!!

Also, I have found that sleeping/sitting with a Boppy (along with a pile of pillows) around my lower back makes me feel so much more supported & takes a lot of pressure off of my lower back.

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Was given a "bath" from my sweet mom, feel so much better!! Shaved feels so much better than a cave man :)
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Good to hear your recovery isn't as bad as you expected. Thats what I'm most concerned about (the pain). Did you have lipo or not?
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Honestly, the pain is not as bad as one might think (although we all have our own pain tolerance levels) & no lipo, by the time he pulled my skin down, there was no need.

Biggest thing... its BEAUTIFUL out & I'm stuck in.

I think my butt is getting flat from all this...

I think my butt is getting flat from all this sitting. That's it, they'd my update for the day.

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You look amazing! Can't believe you're only 4 days post-op in those pics! Wow! Your doc did a great job with the flat, thin incision too! You're gonna look so great when you're all healed!
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you and your results are BEAUTIFUL! Happy for you. Although things turned out botched for me, I have to agree that the pain was minimal, more just like discomfort and my drains didn't really bother me either.
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Looking great. Good use of the Boppy!
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DAY 6 POST OP ~ I just put a phone call into my PS...

DAY 6 POST OP ~ I just put a phone call into my PS... I've noticed that my pelvic area, just below my drains, is incredibly swollen... so we'll see what he says...

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You look fabuloso!!!
Are your implants under the muscle or on top of? They look great!
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=) I feel you can never have too much knowledge and it is always better to be safe then sorry!
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Ok ladies I have seen a lot of women on here whom get that and they board says it is normal! go to search and puttin swollen pubic area you will see what real self PS say! Sorry I know I havent been through this I hope I helped though!
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ONE WEEK POST OP ~ Hi chicks!! I'm feeling...

ONE WEEK POST OP ~

Hi chicks!! I'm feeling pretty darn good today, after taking my first real shower! I have a tip for you girls... while showering, I tied a workout band around my waist & pinned my drains to it. Aww, I feel so fresh & so clean!!

I'm still pretty hunched over, but its getting better everyday. Although I'm swollen (especially below my drains), I am so impressed with my results thus far! & I'm thrilled that I still have not one bruise!! I'm looking forward to getting my drains out on Friday, but to be honest, they haven't really bothered me too much. I feel so blessed that this recovery has been pretty smooth!!

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You look beautiful!

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You look amazing! So glad that you got to have that shower!!! Probably the most memorable shower you will ever take. LOL!
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I have to second Here I Am!! You look amazing!!! Here's to a speedy recovery for you!
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Hi girls!!! So yesterday was 10 days post op,...

Hi girls!!! So yesterday was 10 days post op, which for me, meant NO MORE DRAINS!! Yay!! I was so nervous to get them out, but it was a breeze!! Now, I'm starting to itch like crazy but I'm thankful that means I'm healing :)

I'm so loving my results!!! This has been so much easier than I expected!!!

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Hi there.....I would be thrilled to see your photos and share a little more one-on-one if you are willing as I am scheduled with Dr. Workman for a TT on September 17th. Thrilled to hear your good experience and would like to hear more about the whole thing. Please reply :) :) :)
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How r u?? Hope all is well!
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Totally love your work!
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Portland Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Workman made my husband & I feel comfortable from the second we shook hands. He answered all of our questions with honest answers. I knew within our first meeting that he was going to be my PS. I'm so looking forward to my final results... UPDATE: Dr Workman far exceeded my expectations. His eye for detail is something I'm so grateful for. I had a full tummy tuck w/ muscle repair & I cannot express how excited I was to see my incision for the first time. I was overjoyed @ how low, thin & even it was. I was also equally impressed with my belly button & how well centered it is. My boobs are beautiful, I couldn't be happier. The recovery nurses + my post op nurse have all been wonderful, so friendly & beyond helpful. His staff gals (front desk & patient coordinator) can be a little "cold", but what they lack, everyone makes up for. All & all his work is amazing & he is someone I'd recommend over & over.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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