Hi all, I finally did it! I booked my mommy makeover surgery and I have an actual date! April 26, 2013!
I am 44 and a mother of 2 great teenagers (is that an oxymoron??). I am only 5'2" and currently weigh about 128. I would love to get down under 120 before the surgery. Over the last year, I have lost 28 lbs with a lot of hard work, exercise and clean eating. As I lost the weight, I was saddened to see that my tummy just didn't bounce back into place. I have a lot of excess skin and of course stretch marks from my almost 9lb baby. :)
I also tend to carry my weight in my lower body and have *ALWAYS* hated my larger thighs. In high school (weighing 115 lbs) I remember being called 'thunder thighs'. So it's FINALLY time to do something for myself.
I will be getting a tummy tuck, lipo on the inner/outer thighs as well as my knees. Although I have some decent sagging to my breasts I just do NOT like those scars that go along with a breast lift. This has been a major concern of mine all along.
I have seen 3 Dr.s here in the Phoenix area and finally decided on Dr. Repta. I knew from the minute he walked in that I liked him, he has a great 'aura' about him I guess. He was very so genuine and took the time to answer all my questions and I just felt at ease with him. After reading his reviews on realself.com I knew he was the right Dr. for me.
I'm most excited for the tummy tuck (all doctors have said I'm a GREAT candidate for the tt and will have excellent results) and then the lipo of these saddlebags/thighs and then my breasts. I put my breasts last because I know that technically I need to have a lift but I just don't want to those ugly scars and quite honestly, I"m 44 ...I don't need boobs up to my chin. I want them to look natural and don't mind a bit of sagging.
I'm going with smaller implants just to help fill out some of the volume that has been lost due to weight loss. One dr wanted me to go larger (350 cc) but I just didn't feel that comfortable with that large of implants on my small frame. I work out a lot and don't want them in the way. lol. Dr. Repta suggested about 280 to 300 and I think those will be perfect!
I have done a TON of research and came 'THIS CLOSE' to going to Bolivia or Thailand to have my surgery done due to the cost. I have saved up for this for a long time and have NEVER spent this kind of money on myself but hey....I'm worth it.
I will keep you all posted on my procedures and outcomes. When I get my 'before' pictures, I will post them here as well as updates. This site has been invaluable to me.!
Almost a year Post Op!
Hi all, I finally did it! I booked my mommy...
Hi all, I finally did it! I booked my mommy makeover surgery and I have an actual date! April 26, 2013!
Ok, I'm uploading some 'before' photos. These are...
Oh wow, it's becoming real. I just got the final...
Cashier's check in hand!!!! Wow...this is really...
Ok...pre-op done! They had to pry the cashiers...
The interesting part was trying on the sizers. Like I said, I'm only 5'2 and I'm a size 4. I want to avoid looking 'chunky' or bulky and prefer the more athletic look. He originally stated that the math tells him I should be looking at a size in the range of 220 to 280 cc to achieve the look I was going for. I did try on the 280 and of course they felt super huge to me. It was weird, they just didn't feel 'right'. My sister and a male friend were there with me and they both agreed that I needed to go larger (they were shooting for 350) and so I tried on the 300 cc. Even though they were larger, when I put them on, they just felt "right". So 300 cc it is for me.
The tummy tuck is going to be great ...I just know it. He mentioned that he might cut right below my piercing hole (it's above my belly button) and if that happens it will end up way below my new bb. He said he would just cut it out if that was the case and put a little stitch there. Sounds good to me. I've had that thing for so long and I'm not planning on getting another one. He said he will be removing 1-2 lbs of skin and fat/tissue so that's exciting. And bye-bye stretch marks. As much as I like to call them my battle scars for having a 9 lb baby, I'm ready for them to be gone, gone, gone.
As far as the lipo goes, we talked about the problem areas. I'm just hopeful that I no longer have saddlebags. He did say that my skin has already lost some of the elasticity so I shouldn't expect my thighs to be super tight afterwards. I understand this...I just want them to look better in my jeans.
So that's about it....I go in at 7:30 am on Friday, April 26th and will done approximately 3:30 pm. Wow...long day. I'm excited and nervous at the same time.
On another note! Has anyone actually watched a...
Also, I've gotten a few messages asking about my...
Wow, in 48 hours I will be heading to the hospital...
I also just found out that my 15 year daughter will be home for the weekend to be with me! (She has always lived with me but this year wanted to try living with her Dad in another state...which was the HARDEST thing for me to do EVER). I'm so happy she is coming home. I think this is the reason I slept so well last night.
Surgery center called yesterday and I paid my balance to them (3,600). Whew. That's done...now lets get this show on the road!
Holy Moly...this time tomorrow I will be on the...
I didn't sleep as much as I had wanted last night....
So yesterday went great. I was in at 730 and all...
My daughter has been amazing taking care of me and emptying my drain. She wants to be a surgeon and I think she is totally up for it. She's not grossed out by any of it.
I'm at my sisters house as she has a recliner and I have to say....it's the best. ! I couldn't have done this without the recliner.
I'm realllly haunched over and can't stand for too long bit ima sure it will get easier and easier.
I'm in no shape to take pics but I will soon. :)
Well last night was a bit better, I actually slept...
So I thought I would give a little update. I have...
I really haven't gotten a good look at my tummy but I can see that all my stretch marks are gone but I do notice a LOT of swelling but in a weird way, kind of in a vertical way...like a have a little pudge vertically, its hard to explain. PS said its nothing to worry about htat it will be go down..it has only been 5 days.
Speaking of 5 days, I have NOT had a BM yet. Ugh. I have taken stool softener but I think today I will actually take something stronger. I have been eating like shit (I admit it). Today I am back to eating good and healthy! No more ice cream and and crap that just sounded so good these past few days.
The part I wasn't prepared for was the emotional ups and downs. I have cried and had thoughts of 'wtf' did I do? I know in my heart this was the right thing to do but I'm just not used to relying on people to help me.
Ladies...the two things I HIGHLY recommend are
1. Recliner (I have literally lived and slept on this for 5 days now)
2. Toilet set riser (my kids laughed at me but man oh man has it helped!)
I'll tr0y to add some pics later, I just haven't been up to taking them yet (don't feel I look that great yet ugh).
Hope all is doing well!
So the thing I was worried about the most was my...
I have been avoiding taking the photos of my tummy...
The good news is that my scar is SUPER low! Dr. Repta is a master at that (in my opinion). I will see what he has to say, he said last appointment that it was looking fantastic but I honestly thought I would be SUPER flat by now. lol.
I am loving my boobs though which I was incredibly nervous about. I am glad at this point that I didn't get the lift. They are starting to look very natural and dropping a bit. :)
So yesterday, I FINALLY felt like I am seeing some...
Up and Down go my emotions! So one minute I think...
Gosh, ready or not, today is my first official day...
It's gonna be a LONG day. Yesterday I was in quite a bit of pain (boobs). Not exactly sure why! I finally had to take a Vicodin at around 1pm ...haven't had any pain meds for an entire week. I hate the way that stuff makes me feel but it did take the edge off of the pain.
I finally made it an entire night in my own bed...90% comfort level. I slept on my side a bit even...which was nice cause after lipo on the thighs, that is VERY painful.
I still am nervous about my lower abdomen pooch swelling but I am pretty sure I am seeing a noticeable difference.
My son and daughter yesterday (for Mother's Day) wrote me the nicest letters ever. My son even acknowledged that he was so happy that I did something for myself and got the surgery. And he bought a collage picture frame and filled it with his Jr. Prom pictures which was the night after my surgery so I was still pretty out of it.
Hope everyone has a great day! Wish me luck.
Well today I am 45! Wow, 45! I feel physically...
3 Weeks Today!!!
I'm kind of over this!
What I realize now is that:
A) I totally underestimated the trauma I was going to be putting this 45 year old body through.
B) I took for granted how good of shape I was really in before all of this. A few short weeks ago I was running around the track doing obstacles and stairs like a little gazelle. (Well in my head anyways hahahahah).
I think in my recovery I'm at the 'Wednesday' hump and I just want the weekend to be here already!! Does that make sense?
Thank goodness for this website and all of your posts. Just as I start to get down, I see a review from someone a little ahead of me in recovery and my faith is restored!
I go to PS tomorrow and will be getting some official before/after pics so hopefully I can get them and post them. I also want to find out if I can start swimming (I live in Phx and it's getting hot here) and/or bathing. I also need to know if I can start doing some light cardio. I'm thinking the elliptical machine. Hopefully some or all of those things will allow me to feel like I'm getting to 'Thursday'.
1 Month! I'm over this already.
This led me to my other question. As you know, I was against the BL as I didn't want the anchor scars. Honestly, I"m 95% happy with them the way they are right now (especially my right one...to me it looks fantastic). The left one has a little extra droop/sag on the bottom but he said they still have a lot of settling to do and I might be happy with the resutls. Then I jokingly kind of pushed the implants down on the top (which brings my nipples up about 1/2 inch and they look GREAT) and said "Why can't you just go in there and do this and make them do this" And then he said he can actually do that for me via a purse string lift. It's done under local anesthesia and so the cost is a lot lower and he can do it right in his office. I might end of doing this in 6 months to a year depending on the outcome. He asked if I was happy with the size and I said I wish I would have gone a tad smaller. (He suggested 250-280), I went with 300 cc. He smiled and said...No..you actually made the right decision, they look great on your frame. (or something along those lines). So that was kind of nice to hear.
We talked about my tummy and the fact that I'm a little annoyed with the lower abdomen swell. It was pretty significant by the time I saw him. He felt around and noticed that I *might* have a seroma and that one little part of my incision had a scab that was kind of half on/off. It had gotten a bit soggy from wearing the silicone strip so he told me to not put the strip on that part until after it has healed up. He actually then cleaned it up and then said well let me see if I can drain anything. I didn't look but I think he numbed me up a bit (I'm already numb still on that part of my tummy) and then tried to get some fluid out. Nothing came out which I guess is good although I kind of wished it would have drained. lol.
He cleared me to do some cardio...YEAH!!! So I'm going to start working out on the elliptical machine and getting my strength back up. He also told me I could stop wearing the CG and only wear the binder. I tried that last night and to be honest, I didn't like it. My lipo areas are still pretty bruised and painful and for some reason the CG makes me feel better, IDK. It's weird.
I'm still not feeling "NORMAL" at all. When I sit for longer than 20 minutes, when I stand I feel like I am stretching my thighs, knees (areas of lipo) and of course my stomach. It actually kind of hurts for about 20 seconds or until I get moving again. It's weird.
I can honestly say that if someone were to ask me TODAY if it was all worth it, I would probably say no. :( But I KNOW once I'm feeling back to my normal self and moving around, working out, etc. I know the answer will be YES. I just need time.
On a happy note, I am going to a Resort here in town with my sister to get some sun and relaxation by the pool. Even though I'm still a little bruised, I don't care. :) I'm wearing that VS suit. Whooohooo.
I have a VERY important 'event' happening in my life in about 30 days. I hope I'm feeling better by then. Happy healing everyone.
First Real Outing!
The second night, my sister and I headed over to the attached casino to do a little gambling. I decided to wear a top that showed off my new boobs. Well...I can honestly say I don't think I"m ready to put them out there like that. I was pretty self conscious all night. lol My sister who has had hers for quite some time told me it took her a few months to not feel weird about showing a little cleavage. I am attaching a photo of the two of us that night. I think we look pretty darn good for a 45 year old and a 48 year old. :) We had a nice fun night but I was so happy to return to room and put my binder on asap. lol. I've relaxed all day on the couch as I"m a bit swollen and pretty tired today. Boy this feels good. I think I'm definitely on the downhill part of this recovery.
Totally doing this!!! And a little update.
So anyways, I booked for the end of August! 3 different outfits. :) While I was there yesterday with my sis for 6 hours, I told Jodi about my MM and she was so excited for me to get healed up and come back in Aug. I figure that gives me 3 months to heal and drop another 10 lbs. For those ladies in the Phoenix area, let me know if you have any interest and I'll give you a VIP card, it's good for a nice little discount. I figure if we are going to go through all this we should all take some new pics for ourselves or our significant others. :)
My other little update is that last week I had a bit of my incision not healing and the scab was all gooey and gross and Dr. Repta cleaned it up and told me to keep it clean and dry and not to put silicone scar sheet over it. It took a few days but I think it's finally starting to heal and harden up. I was honestly scared there for a bit. I have a picture but it's kind of gross. I'm hoping I'm on my way to it finally healing up so I can go swimming. :)
Hope everyone is well.
Wasn't going to post thiese
Swelling going down!!!!
Added Pics of Boobs
This am in suit (uploaded this once already)
Up and Down We Go
I've decided to add a before/after of my breasts. Remember I chose to not get a lift. I will say in all fairness, the after photo my arms are up to take the photo so that probably affects the results a bit. I need to take one with my arms down. I will do that next time. They definitely seem a bit smaller and softer now, or I'm just getting used to them. lol
I did it! Rollerblading at 5.5 weeks.
6 Weeks Tomorrow! Did a spin class! Yeah.
I've also attached some before/after pics at 6 weeks. Look at the difference in the swelling on the side view! I felt so flat this am and I'm starting to see my little abs indent thingies again. And I LOVEEEEEEE my belly button. It looks so natural. It looks just like my pre baby one.
Oh and my little friend...the wound
7 Weeks Today.
My boobs have definitely settled in nicely and I no longer feel as I went 'too big'. In fact, I can understand why people tend to regret not going larger. I'm very happy with where mine are at right now.
I had a funny experience last night. Was out with a woman friend and she had her friend along with her (I know her but not well). Well, the conversation turned to my surgery and they wanted to see pics, etc. Well my friends friend was obsessed with my boobs and just wanted to touch them and feel me up. It was pretty darn funny, I think she had a little girl crush on me. hahahahah.
I went to spin class 3 x this week...Mon, Wed and Fri. It felt amazing but man an I tired.
That's about it, I will post a few pictures I took the other morning in bra/panties. :)
8 Weeks! Wow...2 months really?
My little friend the wound is almost HEALED! The hole is gone and it's just a small area now ...not even really a scab..just dry rough skin. I should be able to start putting scar strip on it soon. I've attached a photo.
Still loving my tight ass tummy and my cute belly button. Oh yeah. Really need to start working out my arms and abs soon though...arms are getting flabby. No likie.
I actually wore the CG and the binder to bed last night as I was feeling so bloated and even a little sore yesterday. Feels so much better this am. :)
I still love reading everyone's stories...love looking at the before/after pictures.
Happy healing everyone!
This is what happens when you go to Vegas AFTER a MM! :)
This week I am going to start back doing my regular workouts....meaning some like abs, arms, legs plus my spin classes. It should be interesting.
All in all....I am LOVING my results and I have to say I am VERY happy with the size of my boobs. I no longer feel as though they are too big, in fact..if anything I might have gone up to a 350 cc and would have been fine with that. I have been told by many though that they are definitely VERY proportionate to my body so that is a huge compliment.
Happy healing everyone!
Tomorrow I start my regular workout routine and will head to the track with my group and then on Sunday to the gym to do resistance training. I really can't do any abs still and my left shoulder has been really hurting for the past 3 weeks so it will be interesting to see what I CAN do. lol.
I am surprising my 15 year old daughter with a quick trip to Hawaii next week (Wed-Sun) for some Mommy/Daughter time. Can't wait to lay by the pool/beach and just chill out. We will probably rent bikes, go snorkeling and maybe even some scuba. Should be a lot of fun. :) I'll update with photos after the trip.
I still love reading everyone's journeys and looking at before/after pictures. Thank you all for posting your experiences here...this place is so awesome.
Happy healing all!!!
3 Months Post Op!
While in Hawaii, I decided to try running for the first time. I have to say, it felt pretty good...especially running along side the ocean..the views were amazing and it kept me distracted. I only ran 3 miles a day but it was still a great thing to be out and about doing some cardio.
Where I noticed my tummy the most was when I was swimming and/or snorkeling. I think it's because I was using muscles I haven't used at all and my tummy felt tight and a little strange. But my oh my it felt great to wear the bikini ! I realized I have to work on my lower body (my legs) as they are a bit jiggly still but all in all I'm definitely VERY happy with the result. All in all, it was a VERY relaxing trip...didn't do any sight seeing (we have been there before) and it was really about me reconnecting with my two kids and that we did.
Now that I'm back , I need to drop the last 10lbs and get back into my regular routine of working out.
14.5 Weeks PO
One thing I do notice is that when I over eat, I get a weird pain in my upper abs. Something definitely doesn't like when I eat too much. It actually hurts a bit and feels like my muscles under there are torn. :( I'm sure they aren't.
This week I"m back on track as far as diet and exercise goes...I am doing the full blown workouts for the first time this weekend as I KNOW I have gained a bit of weight. I haven't gotten on the scale and my clothes still fit the same but I can just tell. I have been eating like a little piggy and drinking too much wine. There I said it. :)
There are still days that I don't feel normal. Still very numb and just want everything to be back the way it used to feel (minus the loose baggy skin).
I'm still loving everything but definitely need to get a handle on the eating and working out. I have a trip to Boston coming up and one to New Orleans with my girl friends and I want to be in the best shape of my LIFE!!!!
Happy healing everyone!
Almost a year !
I'll upload some pics so you can see the final result...I really couldn't be happier. This site was so helpful to get me through the rough parts. Happy healing everyone!
I interviewed a few other surgeons before seeing Dr. Repta. I knew in the first 2 minutes, he would be my surgeon. He took the time to go over all of my body concerns and explained everything in a way that was different from the other doctors. He was kind and gentle and just made me feel at ease. After leaving, I was still on the fence about having a breast lift. His professional opinion was that I would benefit from one but I really didn't want to have the scars. He was very open to allowing me to do the augmentation without the lift as he said I could always come back and get the lift after if I wasn't satisfied with the results. At that point, I knew he was the right Dr for me. I am now 6 weeks PO and I am LOVING my new body. His work is absolutely stellar. The tummy tuck incision is one of the lowest I have ever seen and is incredibly neat, clean and thin. And then there is my belly button. What can I say.....I am in love with my new belly button. It looks so natural and cute...a true work of art. I never waited more than 5 minutes in the waiting room and never felt rushed when seeing Dr. Repta. I highly recommend Dr. Repta and Advanced Aesthetic Associates. Thank you for giving me my body back.