Is This Happening to Me? - Charlotte, NC

Well, I am the mom of 6 beautiful children. And...

Well, I am the mom of 6 beautiful children. And like everyone else, it has done a number to my body. Though I look at the stretch marks, loose skin, protruding tummy and saggy breast as tattoos of what they all mean to me. I could have worn these tattoos forever but I have another hubby. He is such a great man, he deserves a hot wife. So when I flippantly suggested years ago having surgery and he said do it, it sat in the back on my mind.
Now, that I know I can't have more children I am taking the plunge. So to start out I was doing this to look good for him, but then I found a PS. I started noticing women who had ps, looking at before and after pics and then I joined RealSelf.

My thoughts were "I'm going to look like that?? Really??" Oh, I am 5'5", 36B, 153 with all my weight in my belly. (People still ask me am I pregnant...tired of that). I probably don't put a lot of thought into the way I look normally but all of that has changed since my post op. All I do is stay on RealSelf and think about how my body might come out. I'm so excited. I really trust my PS. My spirit feels good when I'm at his office or in his presence. So I am just trusting God and him to restore my body. I'm having a full TT w/lipo, BA without a lift. 4 days...yikes

Uploaded some before pics. I realize now I don't...

Uploaded some before pics. I realize now I don't really look at myself much. Its hard for me to imagine being cute.
Paid all my bills. Got my prescriptions filled. My good friends are cooking dinner for my family and I every day for the next 10 days. I've got good friends. No one knows I'm having plastic surgery, just hernia surgery and repair.
I'm scared/excited.
Well I guess I better enjoy sleeping in my bed. Only 2 nights left.
I hope I can sleep. Wish I could have a glass of wine. Sigh!

Headed to the hospital. Still in wow this is...

Headed to the hospital. Still in wow this is happening. Seems surreal.
Really wish I could use just a little lotion and deoderant. :)
Hopefully, I will have more time on here now that I can't work and I will be down for a minute. What a mom has to do to get a

I can't believe my body! I'm so happy.

I can't believe my body! I'm so happy.

Ok it's been a while, I'm 6 days post op; however...

Ok it's been a while, I'm 6 days post op; however if I had made a post it would have looked a lot like thidrighthere, because of the drugs. Yes I took my pain medicine every day on time until it ran out, then I started treating everyone like crap til they took me back to the doctor today.
Most of my pain was from being wrapped up in my binder. From stories on here I thought my binder and I were going to be best friends...not so. The doctor did inform me today that because I have been faithful to endure the squeeze I have very little swelling and I am draining well. So well I will probably have my drain til Monday. I don't have a problem with that. I forgot to mention to him the numbness in my fingers???
Honestly, I went into this thing like a necessary evil women must endure to be beautiful. But I couldn't stop smiling at myself in the mirror today! My stomach is flat! And my breast are awesome.

12 days post op - I'm going to get my drain out...

12 days post op - I'm going to get my drain out today. Nothing is coming out of it anymore but last week I was still filling it up. One nice thing about it though, it took a long time but I have hardly any swelling at all. So I'm glad he made me wait. I'm kind of nervous of how its going to feel coming out. Will it hurt?
I weaned myself off the pain meds about Day 6 or 7 so I could come back to reality. I am really loving my body. I finally turned a corner. I am so excited about my body!! I keep looking at it and thinking "Is this really me?"
I don't want to wear my compression garment. How long do I have to wear it and what are the benefits?? My stomach is so tight.

I just reread my profile and thought I should add...

I just reread my profile and thought I should add that my doctor did not do any lipo. He felt it wasn't necessary.
Enjoying the process, even the rest. 13 days post op
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon

I seen a video about Dr. Liszka 5 years ago. And after visiting other surgeons I thought he displayed more concern for me being healthy and his staff as well. His staff will answer any questions you have without showing impatience and they don't mind addressing my anxiety even when I don't say anything.

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