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...

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!!

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!!!

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?! :)

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...

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...

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!!

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!!

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!!!

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!!!

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!!!

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.

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.

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...

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!!

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!!!
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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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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Looking fantastic! So happy to be joining the drain free club tomorrow myself!
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Your incisions look so great, you are healing so fast. I know the itching must drive you nuts, it just started for me too. You look amazing(-:
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I didn't start itching til my nurse took my drains out & redid my tape. I felt like I was going to go crazy yesterday but last night I put my binder over my tank & felt so much better while I slept! You are looking fab!!
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You look amazing! You are recovering fast. I'm still up in the air about getting a nipple incision. But seeing how you fast you are healing makes me feel like it may be easier than I thought. Keep the updates coming!
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I only have the nipple incision because my Dr did a crescent lift with my BA. But honestly, it looks amazing!! My boobs haven't hurt one bit, they mostly feel engorged (like when your milk comes in or better yet, when you stop breastfeeding). So when they feel that way, I just massage them & they feel much better!
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Your results are pretty amazing so quickly and it will only get better. Congratulations. Recovery goes by quickly. Just take it easy, enjoy a book and your new you.
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thank you!! I'm beyond thrilled with my results so far!! I keep thanking the Lord for His protection during this process!!
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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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Wow you look amazing I am so glad you got your first shower in~:0 ) Happy days ahead~
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I am so glad you are doing so well! You look great! Great shower tip! My PS gives you a lanyard to pin your drains up on when you shower, but it still pulls a little. I will try your idea!
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yeah, I tried around my neck (i read that some others did that), but tying around my waist kept not only my incision from getting soaked but it kept my drains so close to their "outlet", therefor there was no tugging, it was so comfortable!! & i was able to move around easy. I'm so thankful to have a built in bench in our steam shower :) shaving was a breeze!!
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I am happy to see your doing well!
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You look fabuloso!!!
Are your implants under the muscle or on top of? They look great!
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under :)
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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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thank you much... reading through those post made me feel much better... :)
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Hey, let me know what your ps says. Mine is the same way, but I wasn't very worried because mine did the same thing when I had my c sections. My stretch marks (yes I even have them there) always filled up with fluid and made my skin resemble a brain. Atleast that is how my husband and I describe it. lol! Hope this isn't too much info, just thought I could relate... Let me know!
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ya, it reminds me of being swollen after intense labor... he said to lay low for 24hrs & if I think it hasn't gone down to call in the am & he'd have me come in...
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Wow! You look amazing! What exactly is a "lollipop lift"? I can only pray to have as good of a result as you!
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