The time has finally arrived to have mommy makeover! !!! After years of planning, college complete, 40 plus pound weight lost, and the wonderful support of my husband im ready!!!!!!
37 Y/o, 5'4", 205lbs, 1three Y/o Son, Ready to Feel Like Me Again:) Fredrick, MD
I have been thinking about a mommy makeover for...
The time has finally arrived to have mommy makeover! !!! After years of planning, college complete, 40 plus pound weight lost, and the wonderful support of my husband im ready!!!!!!
Supplies for post op are ready.......
Total cost of surgery....
Only a couple of days away before mommy makeover! !!!!!!!
List of supplies
BoogieKnights47 posted in her review this super helpful list of what to get before your mommy makeover. Check it out:
• Prescribed pain medications
• Prescribed antibiotics
• Prescribed anti-inflammatory medications
• Prescribed anti-anxiety medications
• Over the counter (OTC) sleep medications or ask your surgeon for a prescription
• Prescribed medications the patient normally takes on a day to day or weekly basis
Supplements & Vitamins
• Arnica Montana
• Topical Arnica Montana
• Vitamin C, or Vicon C
• Mild stool softeners
• Medication organizer or pill case (with days of the week and times)
• Medication Time Schedule for when to administer medications
• Dressings, sponges, gauze,
• Triple antibiotic ointments
• Antibacterial soap
• Digital thermometer
• Silicone sheeting or other scar therapies
• Heating pad (or a large tube sock filled with uncooked rice. This can be microwaved and retains
heat very well.
• Bags of frozen peas
• Plain, low sodium crackers
• Bottled water
• Frozen dinners
• Low sodium soups (no Ramen)
• Fresh fruit
Department Store, Online Store, or Other
• Compression Garments (medical quality only)
• Extra pillows (varying in firmness), body pillows, Husband/recliner pillow
• Digital camera with memory card
• Journal (or use your laptop)
• Movie rentals, DVR Recordings or downloads
• Books, magazines, audio books, Kindle downloads
• Empty plastic coffee tub with lid (for nausea)
• Batteries for remote
• Pajamas, robe, or oversized, comfortable shirts that button in the front
• Slippers or socks (with grip on the soles)
• Hand mirror
• Small flashlight for late night bathroom trips if you cannot get to the light switch easily. Sometimes
pain medications can also cause confusion upon awaking, and you don't want to walk into a wall.
• Nightlight, if you want to avoid the above and are able to sleep with a little light, a low level
nightlight may be better than having to fumble for, and hold, a flashlight.
Two days before mommy makeover! !!!!
Tomorrow is the big day!!!!!!!! Mommy makeover! !!
Surgery day!!!!!!! Pre op pictures
Post-op, and 1.5 hours after surgery
My poor husband. I just found out why he has been do grumpy all morning and this evening. He came back to the hotel ( 3 minutes down the road from the hospital) with my son to wait for the time to pass. Than went to the front desk to ask where grocery store was. The front desk staff told him down the street around the bend, ect. He walked in cold in the wind with my fussy toddler. Turns out the grocery store wasn't just down the street it was way down the street and once he finally found it it was closed and under construction. Than a nurse called him when the surgery was complete in the operating room but failed to tell him the hour or so additional for recovery time (PACU) so he sat in the waiting room for an hour and & half. Now that we are back in the hotel, he just told me he is getting a head cold and is sick:( My poor husband has had a crappy day and I can't help him with our son right now:(
Follow up. ...
I have been peeing so much. I received 2.5 liters of LR so It's working its way out of my system. Thus far i have drinked 2 bottles of apple juice (20 oz total), one large cup of water, and two 20oz bottles of Gatorade ( getting ready to work on my third bottle). This girl is trying to stay hydrated. :)
Moving around after a mommy makeover :)
My husband has been very sweet and attentive. I couldn't open the to of my antibiotic bottle and other little things like that. Im guessing it takes awhile to get your strength back. I didn't realize how much of your pectoral muscle you use for so many little things.
Well i have to go. Bathroom is calling me again. ....lol...:)
Procedure for mommy makeover
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Post op Day 1. :)
I still have NO pain. . I told dr kress today that I'm in a special category. ..lol lol he said no your just a tuff bear. He even told me all the nurses In recovery room couldn't believe how well i was doing. ....
Post op day 1 pictures standing up.
I think I'm not normal. From what i have read on so many other blogs everyone says mommy makeover is worse than c-section. Well I'm sorry ladies but i disagree. I had to have an emergency c section with my son and i have to say that was uncomfortable. I didn't take any pain medication for my c section when i got home because i do not like the feeling. It makes me feel all weird in the head. But i must say i felt ever step in my abdomine ect. I'm not complaining but just saying. After waiting 17 years, my miracle baby was worth it (i have a bad obgyn history).
This mommy make over is nothing compared to my emergency c -section. I'm just speaking for myself. Please everyone one do not take me as diminishing anyone else experience or pain. I'm just speaking for myself. My chest continues to be very tight and a lot soreness in my abdomen again like the day after a heavy workout. No big deal.
O i forgot to mention that Dr. Kress said he liposuction 8 lbs off me. WOW. No wonder my surgery took an extra hour. He was working hard. I had a total of 6 hour surgery verses 5 hours. I lost over 40 lbs before having my mommy makeover. I didn't realize i still had so much fat. I know Dr. Kress must have sleep well last night after all that work:) i have to run, the bathroom is calling my name again:) I feel great:)
Post op day 1 night
Dr. Kress and Tammy did call me this evening but i missed their call because i was asleep on the couch and had turn my phone off. He and tammy were concerned about my nipple circulation and swelling. I texted them back and said, "Sorry i missed your call. I feel a sleep. I just checked my nipples again and they are blanching well. They do not look any bigger. I have been doing ice on and off for 20 minutes at a time on the top of my chest and not directly on my nipples. They feel a little less tight. .. I'm feeling great. No pain. Just sore ...."
I have notice my energy level is down. I'm usual up and moving all over the place and multi tasking. I can get up and walk and do a fews things but than have to rest. My husband gets on me and tells me to stop and he takes over. Than i stop and sit down and realize i am a little winded and tried just from doing small little things. I keep getting up every hour to walk around to promote circulation and decrease clots. This whole process is very new me because I'm a high energy person and do not know the concept slow. I'm leaning thou. I'm trying to follow dr orders and rest. I noticed my output on my two drains that are placed below my bikini line has slowed down and the color is changing from red to a lighter yellowish brown color.
Over all thou I feel great and I'm so glad to be home:) i can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Post op day 2..
Post op day 2 afternoon.
I have been resting on the couch with my 3 year old son while my husband went to town to do some arrands (grocery shop, take trash away, etc. ). An hour in watching my 3 year old i was exhausted. I had to keep getting up and down to meet my son demands (make him lunch, clean up, getting up to put more water in his sippy cup, get up again to put his favorite movie in, get up again to rewind the movie and put another movie in, get up again to help him out of his chair, get up again to take him to the bath room to wash his hands and on and on and on. I finally had to tell him mommy is tired and he had to wait tell daddy came home to meet the rest of his demands. Which lasted a total of one minute. 3 year olds are not known be the most patience people. When my husband came home, he took over and i resting on the couch.
After bath, dressing changed with the help of my husband, i feel asleep on the couch (have ad least seven pillows).
Post op day 2 evening
Post op day 3 morning (mommy makeover )
Well my left boob was still there this morning when i woke up. I thought it was going to pop, felt so tight due to swelling. Thought my friends might have to call me uni boob. ... lol I'm all ready to go to my follow up appt in Maryland. I'll let you know how it goes:)
Each day i feel stronger. I can stand longer and i feel a little less sore. Wound sites look like they are having less drainage. God is good:) here to another great blessed day:)
Follow up appt. Post op day 3. ..
He was concerned that I was doing to much and needed to slow down. He said he has two different spectrum of patients. Those that do not move at all due to the pain and those that do everything regardless of the pain and those are the people that he worries about the most. He reminded me i just had major surgery and needed to slow down. He said he new what kind of person i was from our first meeting. Lol lol
I told him and Tammy that i am able to sleep laying flat and that i thought that was better due to less wrinkles in my binder. He said that was fine but i think they were surprise that I'm able to lay flat. I was just more concerned that i was doing what I'm suppose to and not impeding the healing process for myself. I am moving around so much to prevent a DVT or PE. I think I'm beyond that point thou. My other major worry was an infection. Dr. Kress and Tammy relieved my concerns and said my incisionals sites are healing very well.
Dr. Kress also said i have soften up a lot in my chest. That would explain the decrease tightness in my chest.
I am so happy to receive great news and that my incisional sites are looking great.
I might be able to get my two drains out on Monday or Wednesday depending on my output. All and all looking great! !!!!!!!!
Nerves reconnecting ouch!!!!!!
Post op day 4
So i decided not to focus on my headaches and get on with my day. I went to the bathroom at 6 am for my morning routine ( comb hair, brush teeth, shave (felt like a women again), take prescribed meds, change dressing, new set of clothes, and sponge bath with assistance of my husband. After that two hour process my headache was gone:)
I'm not sure why, maybe yesterday activities where a little much for my body but i woke up so swollen. My chest had a tighter feeling again and i had swelling from my upset chest to mid thigh. Wow!!!
I have so much swelling I'm worried my incisional sites under my brest will separate.
Today's agenda is to listen to Dr. Kress and take it easy.
Does anyone know how to remove the sticky glue from the tape left on your skin from the bandage tape? ?? I have scrubbed with soap and water and alcohol with no change.
Here is how to remove sticky bandage dressing tape
I haven't seen my mom in over two weeks ( we have opposite work schedules and very busy lifes). She and dad surprised me today with a visit. Needless to say my husband, my son and i were over joyed to see them. I may be 37 but I'm never to old for my momma. She is one of the most strongest , smartest women i know.
Just seeing her raised my spirit:)
Post op day 5 Mommy Makeover
I am loving how my abdomen is looking. I chest looks like Frankenstein monster bride chest. Like a tight laced up football. Not pretty at all. I changed my dressings, check nipple circulation and continue on in the process. I know it will get better in time. Other than that i do not look at my breast (very ugly).
I have been following Dr.Kress's order to rest more. I work up this morning with no soreness at all! !!! Amazing the difference i feel when i listen to the doctor. Lol lol lol.
Post op day 6 Mommy Makeover
My drains are to come out this evening or Wednesday. Dr Kress said the output must be a quarter of my last output of 190 cc (total amount in 24 hours from both drains). My total amount yesterday was 120cc so i doubt they will be removed today which is ok with me. Better to wait than to develope a seroma. I called Dr Kress's office and left a message with my total output as directed. Waiting to hear back with a decision to remove drains today or Wednesday.
I can't believe the transformation of my body in such a short time (from post op day 1 to post op day 6). I'm starting to feel like the person i know that was locked inside is finally coming out.
I love myself when i was heavier. I loved my curves. However my body had another opinion. As a nurse my job is very physical. I would come home after a 12 hour shift and literally just ache all over (legs, knees, feet ect). I didn't want to have issues later on in my life and on this continuous path of over weight i knew i would start to have under lying disease process (DM,CAD,elevated lipids, ect). Its been a long journey (years with the supervision of my doctor ) but i have lost over 40 lbs and kepted it off. I would have moisture issues from the loss skin from my abdomen and my thighs. I'm so thankful after years of thinking about a mommy makeover that my shaggy body with loss skin in gone ! !!!!!!
I'm loving my new body. I love that i still have curves. I can't wait to get the ok to start to exercise again.
Post op day 7 Mommy Makeover
I know this is apart of the healing process but sitting and relaxing is for the birds. I'm still following Dr. Kress orders to slow down, so i have a better outcome
I have an follow up appointment tomorrow. Maybe my drains will be removed. Than i can take showers!!!!!!
I continue to love my abdomen more and more every day. Looking beautiful. My chest on the other hand looks so ugly i will not even take a picture. Does not look feminine to me all. My breast feel boxie like a male and my right nipple and breast look like a cone with an extra extra large swollen nipple protruding straight out (weird). I'm trusting in Dr. Kress and time that i will have the outcome that we discussed. Im not a patience person by any means. I know i have alot of swelling still. So I'm trying not to focus on it.
Yesterday i had the treads from my 4 x 4 stuck in my incisional site under my left breast. My dressing had dried in my yellow drainage. Evertime i tryied to remove it, the process would send my nerves into overdrive. Feeling like they where on fire!!!! 10 our of 10 discomfort! !!!!! I tried reinforcing the dressing and leave it be until i follow up with the doctor. Every time i moved my left arm i would feel this nerve discomfort. After several hours i had enough. I went to the bathroom and soaked all my dressings and slowly removed them ALL!!!!!!! Finally RELIEF! !!!! I know i probably shouldn't wet my incisional site but enough was enough! !!!!!! No more discomfort........ Thank you Jesus :)
I feel great. No pain. Feeling blessed with the over all healing process is going well. ...
Podt op day 8 Mommy Makeover
Post op day 10 Mommy Makeover . Incisional site opened :(
Post op day 14 Mommy Makeover
I went shopping with a friend today at kohls in hopes of finding some compression garments. Spankec has a lot of great items but i didn't care for the crotchless bottoms. So I'm still looking.
It was so nice being out and about after being snowed in with 4 feet of snow. ...
Post op day 15 Mommy Makeover
When i returned home i noticed my lower abdomen was swollen. I can push on one side and see a wave across my lower abdomen and this is with me wearing my abdominal binder as tight as possible all day:(
Dr. Kress said if he had to draw some fluid off my abdomen, he could do it in his office:( My follow up appt is Monday. So i will wait and see (continue to monitor ).
I think if I found a comfortable compression garment for my lower thighs that went up to my upper abdomen with the velco abdominal binder i received from Dr. Kress after surgery then the swelling would decrease a lot.
Post op day 16 Mommy Makeover
My incisional site under my left breast continues to look better each day:)
Post op day 17 Mommy Makeover
He checked my incisional site under left breast and said it was healing well. All my staples were removed today (i had a few under my breasts). I am no longer to use baci ointment under my left breast. Instead i have been instructed to place xerofoam 4 x 4. All my my other incisional sites continue to look great and are healing well.
I went by Target on my way home and bought two very nice colorful comfortable sport bras:)
I continue to feel better/stronger each day:)
Post op day 20 Mommy Makeover
Post op day 21 Mommy Makeover
I cleaned out my room/closet. Got that all organized. Next is my 3 year old sons room. .. Time to declutter:)
im looking forward to what tomorrow will bring:)
I have been trying to upload current photos but am unable to do so. Sorry... i will try again another day. .
Post op day 27 Mommy Makeover
Dr kress said it would take another three weeks before my open incision heals completely. My next follow appointment is on 3 weeks so we will see.
Post op day 5 weeks and 3 days Mommy Makeover
Post op 6 weeks and 6 days Mommy Makeover
Post op 5 months and 9days Mommy Makeover
Dr. Kress and his staff ( Tammy, charity, and Dorry) are amazing. I had a consult with two different plastic surgeons (one at UVA, Charlottesville, VA and Dr. Kress) and felt that Dr kress understood what i was looking for and had more than enough experience and expertise to provide me with great results. I have called the office many times with questions and each time they are so helpful and patience with easing all my worries and concerns. I love the fact that when i ask Dr. Kress a question he backs up his answers with facts/statistic. i really appreciate this since im a very analytical person. Dr. Kress and his staff made me feel like i was one of the family from the moment i walked into their office. After my first consult with Dr. Kress i knew he would be my surgeon.