Before and After Mommy Makeover: I Haven't Worn a Bikini Since I Was 18

Imasweetie10 on 4 Nov 2013 at 9:00am

woman's abdomen before and after mommy makeover tummy tuckRealSelf member, Imasweetie10, is a 44 year-old mom who works in IT.  Her mommy makeover journey began on January 28, 2013. This is the story of her breast augmentation and tummy tuck. In her own words.

My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas -- did I want to go on to cruise or did I want breast augmentation? He knew I wanted [breast augmentation], I thought my boobs were awful after having 3 children and losing 60 pounds.

I thought about it for a day or so and jumped on the offer -- we decided to do both surgeries.

I was really self conscious about my stomach. After three C-sections, my stomach was just so stretched out. If my shirt rode up for some reason, I was mortified!  I knew it was just stretched skin, but to me it was fat and I didn’t want anyone to see me without clothes.

womans abdomen before mommy makeover tummy tuck photo

The pain wasn't that bad the day of surgery. The days following, there was a lot of pain. I lived in the hubby's oversized recliner -- literally lived there. I watched TV, ate and slept there for the first week. Tried going back to work full time-after a week, and it just wasn't possible -- I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

The recovery was a little tougher than I thought it would be. I figured since I had 3 C-sections this would be a breeze. Not so at all! I think the problem was trying to do too much, too soon.

I did experience some depression about the 3rd week post-op. I cried at the drop of a hat and felt disappointed in myself for not bouncing back and being able to take care of my family. One day in particular, I was really regretting getting the surgery.

woman in bikini after mommy makeover tummy tuck photo

I didn’t realize that feeling depressed [post-op] was normal. I was searching tummy tuck on the internet one night at 4 o'clock in the morning, and came across RealSelf.  I started reading about what other women went through [with their surgeries] -- and that’s when I got informed about the REAL recovery process.  It helped tremendously.  The depression didn't last for more than three days, and it was the only time I wished I hadn't done the surgery.

The first time I took off my [abdominal] binder was the first time I really saw the difference. I was totally amazed that the stretched out skin and so many of my stretch marks were gone.  Four weeks [after surgery] my belly button started looking normal again and I could start doing scar treatment -- this was the big milestone for me.

I’m not one who is big on going to the gym, but I told my daughter that I’m going to start working out with her. [I want] the rest of my body to look as good as my breasts and stomach.

[In April], I bought a bikini. That's huge because I haven't worn a bikini since I was 18 years old. Maybe next year I'll look good enough to actually wear it in public?