Hello Real Selfers! I have been reviewing this...
Hello Real Selfers! I have been reviewing this site for the past 6 weeks - before and after my surgery. It has been one month since my Mommy Makeover with Dr. Andrew Wolfe. Ladies, I was motivated but nervous! I have had one set of twins (sadly, both deceased) and 2 more babies, the most recent when I was 36. I recovered well from pregnancies but was left with saggy breasts and muscle laxity in my abdomen. Hubby and I started looking into this procedure a few months ago and now, here I am 1 month post op!
I had a BL, BA and a drainless TT but was most interested in the TT. I am 5'7" and 162 lbs pre-surgery and only about 4 lbs lighter today, but I look a lot different! I predict I will lose more weight once I get the clearance to workout around 6 wks post - op - that's my plan anyway! :)
Now, back to the breasts: I never thought I would ever consider a BA because I've always been blessed with a decent breast size (36 D, nice cleavage when I was younger, etc.) I was sooo nervous about getting a BL/BA because I did not want to go too big. I started out at a deflated full C cup and only wanted to restore what I once had (full D). At my consult, I was able to use sizers and also see my possible outcome on the Vectra imaging machine at my doctor's office. I liked the Vectra, but it doesn't really show you the outcome of the BL very well, but it was still helpful. I changed my mind on size 3 times! But finally, with my doctor and his coordinator's help, I chose Sientra 355ccs, mod plus, textured round implants under the muscle. I LOVE THEM!!! Seriously, I am so very happy! Dr. Wolfe is a true artist! I am getting everything I wanted with this BA, BL: upper pole fullness, nice cleavage, perkiness, and shape. If you are considering a breast surgery, don't be afraid! I know, some of you aren't at all ;). The fact that I am thrilled with my BL/BA is what is getting me through the much longer TT recovery.
Now to the TT: I had a drainless TT with Exparel for added pain management. The recovery from the MM in general really wasn't bad at all. I was sent home in a surgical bra and compression garment. I stayed on top of the pain - waking myself up in the middle of the night to take meds. I preferred to sleep in our guest bed alone the first 3 nights propped with pillows under my head/shoulders and legs rather than in a recliner. I was tired and had very little appetite for about the first week and then by week 2, started feeling a little more normal. I was able to walk and do stairs from Day 1, but I would often hold on to hubby's arm just because of the meds rather than the surgery. Standing straight was not a huge issue for me, I think I was standing nearly straight after a couple of days - I expected this to be much more of a problem. It was nice not to have drains - I could shower 24 hours after my surgery and could even raise my arms to wash my hair. I went for my first post-op on Day 6 and had the dressings changed and was told I could start wearing a Spanx if I wanted; also by this point, I was only taking Advil.
Today, I am still swelling in my lower abdomen even though I wear a Spanx or compression garment 24/7. I knew going in, swelling would be a factor, but it's hard when you're actually living with it day after day, after day, after day! I would describe it as either wearing a weight belt you can never remove or having someone tape 2 tubes of cookie dough to your lower abdomen! :- I have been told this is normal and I don't have a seroma or a hematoma it's just....swelling. I do like my new shape though and hopefully - SOMEDAY when my swelling is gone, I will get to enjoy my final results!
I will post pictures later. Thanks for all you're inspiring stories and pictures! Happy Healing!
Sorry, here are pics so far
6 wks post op!!
12 Jun 2016
2 months post
Hello RS! I am 6 wks post op and feeling great! Yes, I do still have swelling in lower abdomen but it is slowly decreasing. I am not wearing binder all the time either, mostly just a Spanx. Here are some recent pics. Hugs to all and happy healing! :)
10 wks Post Op and feeling AWESOME!
16 Jul 2016
3 months post
Hello Real Selfers, well 10 weeks is here and it's great! I feel fantastic and about 98% normal. Just a tiny bit of swelling in lower stomach but it should resolve. I just got back from 2 wks in Hawaii and it was great!! I was glad I was healed as much as I was so that I could snorkel, swim and have the energy to do whatever I wanted. Did I mention bikinis?? I haven't even attempted to wear a bikini in at least 20 years! That was super fun and made all the surgery and recovery worth it.
To those of you still recovering: hang in there, it gets better. Keep in touch with your PS and feel confident in your beautiful self everyday. Hugs!