34 Yrs Old & 5 Children....much Needed Mommy Makeover - Morris, IL

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Tonight is the night before my surgery. I am...

Tonight is the night before my surgery. I am really nervous. My friend and co-worker will be driving me to the hospital in the morning and then my husband will be heading over around noon. I have to be there at 8:45 AM - surgery is scheduled for 10:45 AM. I am having tummy tuck with lipo on flanks and breast augmentation. I have 5 children, God has blessed me with 5 beautiful healthy girls!!! My oldest is 13 soon to be 14 and my youngest is 21 months old. I nursed all 5 so you can just imagine how my breasts (if that's what they're called) look like. They are hanging bags and so deflated, it's really depressing looking at them. I have lost all the weight I had gained with all my pregnancies and my stomach (muffin top) just hangs it's pretty gross too. This is a lot of money to spend and believe me I have thought about it over and over and do think I am being somewhat selfish but I have faith and believe everything will turn out good and once I am healed I will be a lot happier with my body.

1 day after surgery..ouch

Yesterday is a bit of a blur. Once I arrived and checked into the hospital the nurses took great care of me. They put my IV in and stated me with meds. They gave me something to relax until Dr. Burt arrived. That helped out a lot, definitely took the nerves away. I had initially wanted a pain pump to help me with recovery but at $1,600 that was not affordable so I just take vicodin/valium now. I do remember Dr. Burt coming in to mark me up and talk to me, then wheeling down to the OR. I then recall waking up in recovery but could not keep my eyes open for the life of me. First because I was so drowsy and then because my vision was so distorted. The nurse removed the nausea patch behind my ear and little by little my vision came back to normal. The first night was not too bad, I couldn't eat anything, my husband and daughter kept trying to make me eat at least crackers so I can take pain medicine but I couldn't. My throat was sore I'm sure from the breathing tube. I slept most of the night and only got up once to pee. I was told it is good to walk around so I pushed myself to a bit.

This morning I feel good. My tummy is sore but tolerable pain, My breasts are another story. My right one is so swollen and hard compared to my left. I hope I don't have something going on in that one. Dr. Burt called me this morning at 9 and I asked her about it and she said it is normal especially because she cut more skin off that one, because it hang more. She also explained to me that she could not put the implants cc's that I wanted because she couldn't stretch me. I wanted minimum 475cc preferring 500. She said she did try to put those in but would no fit with my body frame so she put in 450 high profile silicone. I hope I won't be unhappy with them. Especially because they hurt so bad. She told me I didn't need a breast lift because I hated my areola it's huge and I wanted for her to make them smaller - just like my big belly button I wanted that small too. Monday at 1:00 is my first post-op with her and I will get to see what is under these mummy garments.

3rd day after surgery....

This morning I am feeling much better. I was able to get out of the recliner myself and get to the washroom to brush my teeth. I do get tired right away and need to sit. I woke up with a bad headache so I took two Tylenol instead of Vicodin. I also took a stool softener hoping for a BM today. I am not collecting a lot of fluid in my drains so hopefully tomorrow at my visit Dr Burt will remove at least one drain.

5 day after surgery..doing well ;-)

Just an update..yesterday Monday was my first post op appointment with Dr. Burt. I was still very sore and at night it's hard to sleep on the recliner but the bed is definitely out. My husband tried to have me sleep in our room and I could not handle laying on our bed, so back out to the living room on my recliner is best for now! ;-) I took a Vicodin before we headed out to my appointment. It went well. Nurse Peggy took off all my mummy garments and my tapes (which did hurt a bit) but it felt so good to have all that off. Dr. Burt came in and checked everything out. She said everything looked good. I still have swelling and bruising around my breasts which is normal. I'm happy with results so far EXCEPT my belly button. I am hoping and praying it's because it needs time to heal, because I was very specific with the fact that I hated my belly button prior to surgery, as it's huge and deep and ugly and I had ask Dr. Burt to please make a small cute one after tummy tuck. When I looked at it in the mirror it looks gross, big and deep. I did ask her right away about it and she said it will heal and be smaller. She then took one drain out (that REALLY hurt) as both my drains were not really draining anything anymore but I can't get the second one out until Friday.

This morning I woke up feeling better, I can get up easier and walk around. It just really drains you out. I got the go ahead yesterday to shower so that's my project today. I can't wait to sit under warm water. I haven't taken any med's since last night, trying to take Tylenol instead of Vicodin...but we'll see. I'll update later today.

some pics

Here are a few pictures

Worried about my breasts...

Ok can anyone tell me if they had purple bruising by breasts 6 days post? Yesterday I took my first shower. It was tough but it felt so good to sit down and have the hot water run down my back. I have such a back ache everyday from sleeping on recliner. I was shocked to see my breasts, my right one has severe dark purple bruising starting under my armpit all the way across my chest, especially by incision. Of course I started to freak out about hematoma's and out of all things me having to get some other type of correction surgery. But I calmed myself down and just iced it last night. My Dr saw me on Monday and she did say i have a lot of bruising because she really had to stretch me and it was normal. My next appointment is Friday morning but I think I will be calling her this morning just to ease my thoughts. Here I have a full tummy tuck and have NO pain or discomfort with my belly, but everyday I wake up with really sore breasts. It was hard in the shower without my bra, couldn't wait to put my C.G and bra back on!! I feel great other than my boobs, I am able to walk around pretty well now, I am just taking tylenol during the day and the Vicodin at night.

Breasts still painful ;-(

I just took my first Vicodin for the day, I'm trying hard not to take any unless I have to. So my Dr.'s office called me and it was the nurse which was disappointing because I really wanted to talk to Dr. Burt. Peggy just speaks way too fast and I feel like I am being rushed. I told her my concern and right away said it was normal because Dr. had to stretch me a lot, that it will take a lot of time for bruising to subside. I also mentioned that I have this second drain that is draining absolutely NOTHING so I was wondering if I can move up my follow up appointment from Friday to tomorrow Thursday and she said I could but they would be working out of the Morris office tomorrow not the Plainfield office and it's at least 30 minutes further for us to drive so I just kept my Friday appointment. I keep putting ice on this right breast. I hope and pray that this bruising and pain will get better, I go back to work on Monday and hope I'm okay by then. I also have to start driving by tomorrow because my oldest has something going on at school and I have to be able to get there and my hubby works second shift so will not be home to drive me. By the way - I have to say that my hubby is THE BEST!!! We've been together for 17 years and although he was very against me doing this MMO he is very understanding and has helped out so much. Like today he already made dinner before he left to work, and has been doing all the laundry and waking up early to drive my little one to school. :-)

Reassurance is key! ;-)

Dr. Burt just called me and assured me it's normal for the bruising. She said to keep icing it and it should get better. I might have to take another dose of SinEcch to help the bruising. I feel much better, and happy she called me. ;-) I actually was able to wash the dinner dishes! Helped feed my 21 month old dinner too. I miss holdings her but can't break the no picking up anything over 10 lbs rule.

Bruising by my right breast a bit better I think?....

Today was s long one, I did drive! I drove twice once to drop off my 5 year old to pre-school and then after a nap and some Tylenol I drove to my 8th grader's school to pick up her graduation things. I mmade dinner and cleaned up with help from my oldest girls. Today my breasts feel better, here are some pictures of my bruising. Tomorrow is my 2nd post op appointment with Dr. Burt, hopefully it won't be too painful getting that 2nd drain out.

Jeans are a definite a No...

Yesterday morning was my 2nd post op appointment with Dr Burt, it went well. My second drain was taken out (that hurt) but it's a good feeling. She said my bruising was normal and did prescribed some medication for my muscles, my implants are so hard I can't even begin to massage them let alone put them close to see clevage! :-( she said I need to be patient. Today I had volunteered to help at a school function (sitting down of course) and I tried putting on my regular jeans that would normal fit me loose and I could not button at all nor get close to it, so I'm definitely swollen. Hope that goes down, I am due for my monthly too so we'll see how that goes. Last night I slept in my bed, didn't go well but its a long road and I have to take it day by day. I do walk around a lot but do get tired. Monday I go back to work, not looking forward to that.

Swelling... :-(

Today was a good day. We went to church today and out for lunch to Olive Garden. I am feeling better everyday...however kinda depressed about how swollen I have gotten. Today after my shower I can see love handles!!!!! Is this normal???? Weren't those supposed to be gone? My jeans don't fit, only can wear sweats/yoga pants. I weighed 121 before surgery and I don't even want to think about getting on a scale because I definitely see myself thicker, I feel like Sponge Bob just square!!!! Tomorrow for work since I have to dress up I will be wearing some leggings and long sweater, don't want anyone to notice anything.

New pic's

Forgot to mention

I also got my period yesterday, so hopefully swelling is from that too....


Hi everyone - Just a quick update. Work went well, a bit overwhelming but okay. I am a practice manager for a dental office and have so much to catch up on. I have so many concerns and thoughts racing through my head. I am depressed at how thick I look, I wore baggy sweater and leggings and I'm swollen. I am trying to be patient but it's hard when I look in the mirror. I hate my belly button, my scar seems high up and I have love handles and hoping and praying they don't become "dog ears". Sorry had to let it out - now for the good news my breasts feel better, not much pain. Again sorry for complaining...thanks for listening.


My breasts feel so much better, however they seem smaller....which is VERY depressing. I was very specific to my Dr that I wanted to be a DD after this BA, and it's looking very very slim that I will even be anything close to a D!! It looks like maybe a C, I think they are "dropping" and was hoping they would FLUFF out but it seems to be going the other way. Sorry to complain here but you know $13,000 is A LOT of money especially for a family of 7 and I really truly pray and hope this ends up being worth it. Daily I change the gauze by my still very ugly big belly button and I see the bulges on my love handles and want to cry. My hubby is being supportive and keeps telling me I am swollen and it will go down, so he cheers me up. My sister was with me on my initial consult with Dr. Burt and she had a consult herself. She decided to go with a different doctor and only decided to do LIPO instead of full TT and let me tell you, she looks GREAT!!!!!! She just had it done this last Saturday 4/12 and her tummy is FLAT!!! I couldn't believe the difference (she is heavier than me). I am so happy for her. She has no bulge hanging and a lot of bruising but it's flat! No love handles. I know that a TT takes longer to recover from and I'm trying hard to be patient but it's so hard, especially with me working and I can't put on my clothes now. I dig up clothes from when after I had my last baby that I went back to work and feel ridiculous wearing big clothes. My next post op appointment is next Wednesday and I will be letting my Dr. know my concerns and disappointment. Hopefully she can shed some light on all this. It's been a long day, I worked then came home made dinner, cleaned up, and did homework with my girls. Now I am exhausted and ready for some good night sleep. I only take Valium and Vicodin at this time so I can get some good sleep.

Too much in one day...

I am feeling better everyday. The bruising under my right breast is so much better. I feel like I am sleeping better too, only first thing in the morning is rough to sit up. I feel so much pressure in my chest when I sit up. I take 2 Extra Strength Tylenol in the morning to get me through the day then at night I take my pain medication to sleep good. Today was a good day but I am exhausted. I think I may have over done it. My girls had no school today and I don't work on Friday's so this morning after my shower (which feels good but is tiring) I had a movie date with my older 2 girls (13 & 12). They really wanted to go see the new movie "Heaven is for Real" so we did that...movie was good. I am trying hard not to eat food that is salty so I tried SO hard not to eat any popcorn, but gave in and had maybe 2 handfuls. After movie we went to lunch just to Subway to grab a salad. Once we got back home, hubby had to go to work but he had my little 3 ready for me so it was their turn to have some fun. I then took them to the Children's Museum in Naperville. We were there for at least 4 hours....my oldest girls are AWESOME they both were the ones playing and lifting my baby. My 7 year old and 5 year old are great, they had fun playing with each other. We then headed home, stopped for some pizza and I am finally laying down in my bed and just took my pain medicine. I am tired, but don't feel like I'm dying or anything. I know I am still supposed to take it easy, but everyday I'm feeling better. As far as my results...still the same. I will post some new pictures tomorrow...still swollen (I hope) with love handles, boobies look smaller but feel so much better. I am only wearing sweats and leggings because my jeans don't fit at all, can't even wear a dress because I look so thick. Trying really hard to be patient.

Swelling slowly going down....

Just a quick update...this Thursday will be 3 weeks since surgery and I feel good. Sleeping is still tough, but it's getting better. My bruising around my breast is almost gone, but they still feel sore. They keep looking smaller to me. My swelling has gotten a bit better. Tomorrow I have a post op appointment and will probably have the tapes around my nipples and TT scar removed, hope it doesn't hurt too bad. I will let you know how it goes, and also post some pics after. No one can tell I had anything done, not even my Mother.

couple of pics

I took these after my shower tonight. ..sorry not the best, will post some tomorrow.

3 weeks tomorrow, had PO check today

I'm glad I saw Dr. Burt today, she really motivated me and it's so nice to hear everything will get better and better with time. I just have to be patient, she knows my concerns and just wants me to give it time. It takes at least 3 months for us to see these results. She showed me how to massage my breasts and also started me on my lotion for my TT scar and breast scars. She removed the taping and it wasn't bad at all. I will see her again in 6 weeks and hope my boobies will be fluffed out some by then. I am going to follow her instructions on massaging them daily and applying my lotion. She said to keep wearing my C.G which I wear 24/7 now except when I take it off to wash it every other day, which is nice because I do put it in the dryer and its snugger on me which I believe is helping my swelling go down. I am so hoping it will look better by May 10th for my sister's wedding (I am matron of honor). I was thinking of purchasing Spanx but I'm going to wait another 2 weeks and continue wearing my C.G, I don't mind it at all, I actually feel weird without it after my shower as I wait for it to dry. I also purchased a few sport bra's from Walmart (they were 2 for $11.99), they button up from the front, they don't zipper but button and they're great but I always feel more comfortable with the bra I got from my PS so I tend to just keep wearing that one more.

New pics...still unhappy 4 weeks post surgery

Hi RS, haven't updated because not really much improvement in my opinion. I know being patient is important and I can't wait for 3 months post to see my results with my breasts. I have no cleavage, and am a size C right now (very depressing :-( ). If they don't fluff and puff I definitely want them redone. My TT scar is weird because there's an area that's nice and low and then goes up high. I know I'm still swollen and see my upper abdomen bulky in the evening. I wear my CG 24/7 and massage my breasts and lovely love handles that I still have.....that were supposed to be lipo'd twice a day and apply my repair creme on my scars. My sister's wedding is May 10th amd I ordered my dress should be in by end of this week, we'll see how that fits with my love handles. I still only wear my bra garment too. No one has noticed any change. :'( sorry for complaining but that's how I feel and I want to be honest. My good friend who does my hair also had MM with different Dr. In Chicago and she looks so good, flat belly, awesome small belly button and huge boobies! She got 500 cc implants and she's smaller framed than me! She's wearing size 34DDD! She is 6 months post though so .....hoping time is key with me.

On the good side I feel back to normal, recovery went great and glad I can sleep all night. I take no medication during the day only 1 valium at night before bed.

Love handles...so disappointed and unhappy

Here are some new pictures taken tonight. No changes, I have LOVELY love handles and it doesn't look like I had lipo done at all on these areas!!! I've been trying to be patient but it sucks. I see many of you with MM done after me and your tummies look amazing, flat and NO love handles..... I know everyone is different but I wasn't big to begin with. My breasts don't hurt as bad anymore but they are sensitive, and still no cleavage unless I squeeze them together. My sister's wedding is this weekend and I'll have to buy a real tight garment to wear under my dress to tuck in those L.H it's a strapless dress so I can't wear my usual CG. Happy for all you R.S that are recovering and look great!!! My next appointment is not for a couple weeks and I will address these issues with Dr. Burt.

Almost 6 weeks post op..

Hi RS -

Just a quick update. ..see new pic my love handles have not changed. I still wear my CG and on top a firm girdle. I feel back to myself. Very unhappy with my results, I can literally grab my love handles a good inch too just like before! I will definitely be talking to my PS about this at my next visit next week. I know the swelling comes and goes but these things are ridiculous. Here I've already received and made my first "car payment" on a Lexus and I'm driving a Chevy.

On a good note...my sister's wedding was great! She had a beautiful day and looked amazing! I did drink a lot so the day after I was in swell hell...but we had such a good time. Hope all of you are well...

I think what I have are definitely dog ears! ;-(

The more I read and research my surgery and my love handle issue, they're "dog ears". They are usually fixed by liposuctioning or cutting them and extending the scar??? I hope Dr. Burt has some answers for me next week because this is upsetting.

Also still have numbness in my right nipple!!

I forgot to mention that I have NO sensation in my right nipple, this was told to me was normal with all the bruising and stretching she had to do, but surgery is 6 weeks ago tomorrow, is this normal? ?? I am very concerned.

New pics...and I spoke to Dr Burt today

I did call my PS office today regarding my concerns. Dr. Burt called me back this afternoon and with my nipple sensation she says that should slowly come back tingly leading to me getting sensation back. She says it's a good thing that I feel around my nipple. I explained to her about my love handles and she understands my concerns so we're moving up my appointment and once she looks at everything we can make a plan on how to go about it. I am happy she did contact me right away and am happy that she's going to fix my issue. :-)


New pic's of my TT. How depressing....:-( Here's me sitting, no need to grab them, they just hang out there.

Small revision...looks the same? ?!!

Well a few of you have asked me how it all went last week at my appointment and I've been waiting for swelling to go down after my revision but this is ridiculous. So last Wednesday in office Dr. Burt numbed me with local anesthetic and cutt some extra skin and extended scar on both sides. I asked if maybe doing lipo on my love handles first should be done but she said that would create a different problem with extra skin? My left side looks a little bit better but my right side looks horrible! It looks like I'm sticking my hip out to the right and I'm not. It did hurt and was painful. I did email my Dr. Pic's and waiting to hear back.

Bruising and very swollen 8 days after small revision

Yesterday morning I couldn't believe the huge bruise that showed up on my right side. I feel like my body is just getting worse, its really swollen now. I hate looking at myself now, I'm trying to just be patient and let time heal my body. It's so hard because I've gotten a few comments with my lumps on my side and that's with clothes and CG on. Dr. Burt called me yesterday afternoon and we went over my concerns. She said I have a small pocket of fluid and my body will absorb it, I just have to wait. I go back in 5 weeks and we'll re look at me then. I really believe I didn't have lipo on my flanks done just tummy tuck and now thats why they stick out so much because my stomach is flat. As I told her everyone's body is different and even though I am a thin person I have always had my weight problem in that area. I know that I won't be wearing 2 piece anytime soon. I am happy that Dr. Burt has followed up and she knows how I feel and she's more than willing to revise this situation, we just have to wait. My left breast hasn't dropped either so that looks really weird too. :'(

Almost 9 weeks P.O

I haven't been on for a few days, just trying to keep busy and let time go. I am trying hard to enjoy the nice weather we've been having but it's hard. I wear my CG 24/7, and it's not easy especially now that it's getting hot. If I don't wear it my "lumps" are noticeable. I look forward to these weeks passing to see my PS. Hopefully with some lipo on these nasty love handles will resolve my problem. I just wanted to post these pictures I just took. As you can see my flabby love handles still look the same. They just hang out so much. I saw my good friend this last weekend who had her mommy makeover in October of last year, (she looks amazing) she showed me her scar and the small scars she got on her lower back (drain holes) from the lipo her PS did with tummy tuck, I didn't have those so I'm pretty sure I didn't get lipo. My left breast hasn't dropped at all and I don't like them, yes they are fuller than before but NOT what I asked for nor wanted. Thank you all for your comments, and you all look good! So happy for all of you that are healed and looking good and for those of you beginning your journey.

3 month post and regrets

Just a quick update. I haven't been on for awhile because I've just been trying to let some time go by and let my body heal but I am very unhappy with my surgery and results. It's very upsetting and overwhelming to see how much fat I have in my upper, lower abdomen and love handles. My breasts look ridiculous and lopsided. The left breast is still high up and never dropped and almost 3 months post op. My belly button is huge and ugly. Tomorrow is my appointment with Dr. Burt and I'm not sure where to go at this point because I know I definitely need a complete revision and not sure I want her to do it.
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So far I have seen Dr. Burt twice. The first time was my first consultation. I have to say she was great. She talks a bit fast but does make you feel comfortable. The second time was for my pre-op appointment and that went well too. Dr. Burt has been great so far pre-surgery and post surgery. Unsure at this point if it was worth the money because not happy with my results at this time, but I know I have to be patient and time will tell and it's too soon to certain. I will update as time goes by. Now I am almost 2 weeks post op. 3 months post and Unhappy with surgery and results. I contacted her last week and she called me back but I was at work so couldn't pick up, the next day she has Peggy call me to tell me she'll just see me at my next appointment. Nice.

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