Mommy Makeover to ring in the New Year!
I've lost over 80 pounds and these last 10 have...
Lap band port... this is getting frustrating
Preop appointment made me feel better.
RealSelf sisters: How are we supposed to be qualified to make such a monumental decision as which doctor is qualified to slice and dice our bodies? As an informed consumer I can research which dishwasher has the highest ratings, but isn’t it bizarre to be treating a doctor the same way? Consumers who have to somehow be medically knowledgable when it comes to the art of plastic surgery. No wonder we’re terrified.
I am a borderline case for a lift in that there is not much ptosis but also a small nipple to fold measurement. Several of the doctors I met with said no way would they lift me because it's about trade-offs: not worth the vertical scar if my nipple is above the fold. Others said I wouldn't be happy with how low my nipples end up without the lift. This was pure misery making. Agonizing, even. Had my preop yesterday and after talking with Dr. Smith, I feel like he is going to do what's necessary to make me as happy and close to my wish photos as possible. I think the donut mastoplexy is sort of an in between solution. My nips are on the small side so I am not worried about the “flattening” that some people complain about with this type of lift. My boobs should have a sign: Caution: you have entered a CONE ZONE! Some flattening might do them good. Anyway, I slept much better last night because he basically said he is going to look at me while I’m under, and if he is not happy and does’t think I will be happy with the result, he will make it right in the operating room as best he can. I love this idea. Today I love it, and I’m happy with it. But stay tuned… I have 2 whole weeks to second, third and fourth guess my decision! Yippie skippie!
I have decided on somewhere between 330 and 371cc moderate silicone. Dual plane 2/3 under the muscle. I do NOT want doll tits. I am 5’8”, 165 pounds of pushing-50-cougar-mom! I have a huge rib cage and I know I could go way bigger, but I’d rather look more natural and more like I did before breastfeeding. Hubby is totally on board, as you might imagine. ;)
OH NO! Sneezie! Help!
I don't believe in all the natural remedies because there's no science behind them. I think you have to believe they work or they don't. Placebo affect. If zinc and excessive vitamin c worked, the pharmaceutical companies would have bottled and made it a rhino viral prescription long ago. I am going to take a normal dose of vitamin c.
Anyway, I don't have a fever, cough or a lot of drainage. Just a stuffy nose and gravel-ey eyes. A little fatigue, but I'm still going to work and stuff. Oh and then theres this little shindig called CHRISTMAS this week. I have 4 kids. So much for getting rest. If the crud heads south and I am coughing there's no way. Can you imagine coughing after a tummy tuck? OMG.
I have 4 kids, a full-time job, and a weekend business. You can imagine what I had to do to make this surgery happen with my schedule and time off. New year's day and the day after are paid holidays for me. Anyway, enough of my pity party. Thanks for listening. :D
Still on schedule... even with cold
I am no stranger to surgery... I've had a gall bladder, 2 c-sections, 1 ovary removal, 1 lap band surgery and a partial hysterectomy. I am not afraid of not waking up or anything like that. It's mainly the results... afraid my boobs will look bad after all that money and misery. Of a complication/infection or blood clot. Of my nipples losing sensation. Of the inevitable depression everyone talks about after this surgery. I guess that about covers it. :D It helps to write down my feelings through this but I do feel pretty alone.
Went bra shopping
Walk a mile in my SKIN!
TOMORROW! Deep breaths...
Meanwhile I feel like I am nesting the way I did before I had my babies... I did every single bit of laundry in the entire house of 6 this weekend. I could open a bath towel store. I barely have room for all of them in the closets!
I bought one of those wedges from Relax the back store. I think it will be great but it was expensive!
I'm going in!
I did it!!!!
5 days post op and overjoyed
Before and After Photos updated: My Mommy Makeover!
Roller Coaster of emotions. What am I, Pregnant?
One minute I'm elated and the next minute I'm questioning the entire decision. I think there's a word for this kind of behavior and they make pills for it. My 14 year old daughter was talking to me about all the emphasis on women's body image. We both agree that the skinny body is more perpetuated by women than men. The vast majority of men like a healthy woman and like a bit of junk in the trunk and never cared about a stupid thigh gap. We agree that this is the media making money. Then she said, "Like you getting this surgery, Mom." I told her I feel the diet industry makes way more money off the thigh gap than plastic surgeons do, but for the most part I agree with her. My husband does not care about me battling 10 pounds. He would care if I were obese. I reminded her that I removed pounds of empty skin off my belly and re inflated my breasts and that yes, this was all about MY opinion of how I want to look and nobody else's. I told her I hope she never weighs 270 pounds like I did. I have to admit though, I agree with her and it was one of my biggest apprehensions about getting the MM.
Having nightmares. Stop it, seriously.
One thing I don't see many women talking about on this site is trying to get LARGER areoles with surgery. Since I was getting 400 ccs of implant and a donut mastopexy, I told Dr. Smith not to be afraid to make mine bigger. Personally I think they look way better and in proportion with the new breast size while getting the lift. Great side effect of the way this lift was performed but I’m sure if your nips are too small it would work with anchor or lollipop. Haven't seen it addressed on this site much because most women want theirs reduced in size. Smaller busted women to know about that's an option.
New Photos - 1 month post (almost)
WTH? Why would a stitch wait this long to decide it wants out of my boob?
Drop and Fluff
I met with so many board certified surgeons and narrowed it down to 3. I had second appointments with all of them. I felt like any of these 3 would have done a great job, and that was reassuring. All 3 of them had some different ideas about how to approach my somewhat challenging augmentation. To make my final decision I had to use a little bit of intuition, for lack of a better term. Also, I felt like Dr. Smith had the best of all worlds: the technical/artistic talent, experience, and outstanding interpersonal communication. I felt like I was being treated as an equal, and almost like I was having a conversation with a friend. There wasn't that stiff formality and he called me on my cell to discuss further some questions I had posed. Even though I brought in what must have seemed like every possible horror story and complication imaginable, he explained everything and was reassuring. The other reason I chose him is that he has really tried to work with me to get my lap band port exchanged, where others were somewhat dismissive and told me to have separate surgeries. That's just counterproductive. I had my surgery on 12/31/2014 - ring in the new year with a new body! He was great and so far all my worrying was for nothing, even with my more than challenging surgery. During the surgery he discovered that I had a tendon in my pectorals and bands in my constricted lower pole that had to be released to create the pocket for the implant. If he can make me look this good, he can make anyone look like a centerfold. I will keep this updated as I go along. So far GREAT!