It's Really Happening. Orlando, FL

I have been researching all about mommy make overs...

I have been researching all about mommy make overs for almost a year! What might be right for me if this is really the right thing for me etc. I decided after lots of exercise that nothing is going to change my stomach besides surgery, I love my body aside from my belly it just feels out of place like it doesn't fit! So I saved up money and book a consultation with a Dr that I had my eye set on and I loved him and his vision for me! He said I was an excellent candidate for this procedure! I'm also going to have a lift to put the girls back in place! So in a little over a month I'll be on the other side! This all feels like a dream! I'm not nervous or anything just really excited! I'll post pictures at my pre op appointment in a couple weeks!

A little about me

I decided to update with photos and a little about myself! I'm 5'0 128lbs currently (about 5lbs heavy of normal) I have 3 kids including twins and breastfed all of them, I only gained 15lbs each pregnancy (141) but I stretched a lot being a smaller framed girl the past 2 years I tried my hardest to get rid of my twin tummy and started working out a lot, I came to the conclusion that nothing but surgery will fix it! I even still second guess myself as I was never really big etc but seeing this picture of myself make me realize why I am doing it... I do have concerns like I'm 29 now, what if my metabolism slows down as I get older and I gain weight after surgery... I had a c section with my twins and my husband really supports me other than that I'm not telling anyone else!

Wish picture

Okay and here is my ultimate wish picture... Found in my Dr gallery of B &A ... you always try to find a similar body type to yours so hopefully mine is helpful to someone!

Getting closer

I am literally so freaking excited... I will admit after I booked my pre op and surgery with 20% down I started to second guess myself and get cold feet but the more I keep looking and researching the more and more excited I get my Pre Op appointment is Nov 14th less than 1 week away! I can not wait to see my results!! A couple things I'm nervous about having an ugly high scar, my body regretting stitches and infection... Dr Soto has a history of very low nice scars! Here's to hoping all goes well and being one step closer!!! Yippee

Pre Op Done

So exciting went to my Pre op appointment today, my husband got to meet Dr Soto and he really liked him and I liked him even more today than at my consultant lol he answered all my questions and really put me at ease his entire staff made me feel so comfortable and I'm so much more excited for my surgery now!!

2 days

Good morning... This no coffee thing is dragging lol it's my biggest struggle right now!! Other than that I just wonder how sore I'm going to be I hear some ladies barely sore then others dying my husband originally requested 10days off work and they are only giving him 6 so I'm freaking there a bit plus I wonder what are the follow up appointments times oh well I'll find out soon!

A wake up away

Decided to take one last picture a bra photo to see if there is a difference in bra as well...just a wake up a away it has gone by pretty quickly 3 kids keep me pretty busy!!

I actually did it

I made it through the surgery...i just loved my Dr. So much i stayed at the office overnight and am home now Trying to get comfortable i let my pain meds wear off right now so I'm waiting for them to kick in again im in a pretty good amount of pain one of the drains is right on my hip bone making that more painful i haven't ungaremeted at all yet so I've only seen his drawings before and my scar is crazy low...like i didn't even know you could go that low...I'll try to post updated pictures later! Thank you

Pre op Drawing

Here are the pre op drawings...i got a free tattoo removal with the surgery lol my scar is sooo low

Garment off

Garment off for a few to re adjust got a crappy picture! Lol but better than nothing...also best advice i can give so far is to stay on top of pain meds which is hard because you have to eat with them

Hanging in there

Today seems better than last which is good so far...i want to poo my belly feels so full which makes it hard to eat anything thinking about switching to Tylenol so i get get some relief in that department took my binder off yesterday and got extremely nausea and dizzy so remain seated...i can't imagine taking a shower...urge...and I'm already uncomfortable sitting in this chair all the time but this to shall pass...ohh one last thing my drains they hurt when they are being drained

The lift

I started out around 34D hubby loves my size before and is worried i will be smaller but i was reluctant to do implants because I'm content with.size as well so my dr recommend just a lift if later i wanted implants he said it's an easy fix than to remove them...but first reveal and i know they are pretty swollen but they are so pretty in love with them lol

Post op day 3

Had my first follow up appointment today! Dr said everything is looking really well the nurse showed us how to tighten the binder even tighter...i had a little more swelling in my upper abdomen from the binder not being tight enough i got one drain taken out today! That was exciting i gotta tell you something i hadn't read before was the pain from draining the tubes...sucks but just one of them things i took my first shower this evening and starting to feel more human with the binder even tighter i can stand even straighter up! Helps the back alot! All and all doing pretty well just gotta let time pass now...oh also had my first poo this morning and it didn't hurt yay and I'm pretty much off the pain meds just Tylenol now...each day gets better

Dr Soto is amazing

My results though early are beautiful! I just seriously can't wait to feel better...today I'm noticing more bruising and tenderness and these drains have been the most painful anyone have any tips to make the drainage less painful?

1 week

I made it to one week yay!! Should be smooth sailing from here my biggest annoyance is seriously my back pain and the fact that I can't sleep well through the night! I'm very happy with my results and so happy I took the plunge and added my lift in instead of just the tummy tuck!! Hoping to see my Dr this week and get this last drain out! I've had my binder off for a bit this morning my husband insists on putting it on so tight it hurts and leaves indents etc...and my binder really seems to be wearing down alot for only 1 week it rolls up and digs in sides but overall even though my healing not complete Id do it again without a doubt!! Happy Healing to my other RS

Swelling

So I have been sneezing alot lately everyone in my house is sick...including my poor husband who has been taking care of me and our 3 kids I was pretty sore yesterday just thinking I over did it for the day...When I woke this morning I can feel the muscles in my upper belly like a very bruised feeling I keep thinking the worst like my muscle tore and my incision is very swollen! Re-did my binder and am relaxing today...hoping to feel better and wishing for the best

Appointment Tomorrow

My appointment is tomorrow I'm praying they pull this drain I think there's a pretty good chance, but my last appointment I was fine no worries no questions well tomorrow Im going to open up my book of questions on them LOL Is this normal what about this...is it okay to feel this should i be doing this should i be doing this...and this binder grrr evil I feel like it is the root of my pain! Anyway vent over on a good note I tried on a previous 34D bra and it fits wonderful!! Better than before even!! Im in love with my boobies lol

No more Drain

My drain is out my drain is out!! I feel so happy I could dance!!! However it hurt Like heck coming out! My body was already starting to 'accept' it as it's own! Nurse said though more painful it's a really good sign how fast my body is healing!! Dr and his nurse says I look really good for being 1 week 10days po! That's reassuring! I complained about CG and he gave me a stern look and said 6weeks!! Be patient!! Lol so I purchased another hoping that one will be more comfortable since its new and not wore down lol appointment next week to get all the tapes off and reveal the true scars!!

Bathing suit

Pictures I took this morning Feeling great and loving my shape and curves! Tried on a couple old very old swim suits and dang!! I know I'm still even swollen so it will just get better...I most certainly over did it today My hips are so swollen and sore...it's that cabin fever letting it loose and being drain free I gotta bring the reins back in!! And drink more water!! Here's to hoping I feel better in the am

2 weeks

Yay another week down! I feel pretty dang good! I am back to my pretty much daily activity though my husband does help ALOT I can squat down to do things I do get pretty swollen and uncomfortable if I'm to active I took pictures this morning and this was the least swollen Ive ever been pretty exciting still a little sore and tender on my hips. Tomorrow I get my steri strips off at my dr office! I can't help but wonder if it hurts at all? I'm ready to be back 100% Happy Healing

Tape off

I got all my tape from after surgery taken off today got to see all my scars and they are so straight they are looking great! Tape didn't hurt at all coming off only a bit wear i got a complimentary wax ;p felt like poking and tiny pinching, dr soto said i look great for just 2weeks post op and today was the first day i told him how happy i was with my results so far he was happy to hear that I can start the scar cream and tape at my next shower I'll update with scar pictures later

1 month

And just like that I'm almost 1 month! We have family in town for the holidays things have been very busy and time has been flying by...I feel great! A little itchy at times but that to shall pass! I went to Disney World and think I did pretty good rented a scooter of coarse! My incisions are as perfect as they can get I think ...Ive started my scar treatment and such can't wait till 6weeks and this binder is gone!! Happy Healing ladies!

6 weeks

This is the day Ive waited for!! 6 weeks I could scream and happy dance!! Ive been feeling pretty good for a couple weeks still swell a bit at the end of the day but it's amazing how fast our bodies heal up!! I go see dr tomorrow getting bb stitches out so that's also really exciting! Im planning on going for a little run tomorrow but still so nervous to do stuff I'll ask dr tomorrow and I'll post pictures as well!

Progression

Just a little photo progression... Cool to see

Appointment

My appointment went well...very well dr said I couldn't look any better he said my scars look 3-4mths not 6weeks!! And he said I was definitely going in his hall of fame lol . that felt good...I still feel a bit 'full' and swollen...I got my belly button stiches out today so hopefully that scar lighten soon! He also told me I could burn my binder and return to normal activity!! YAY I rode my bike to pick up my daughter from school today... Going to begin a C25K running program tomorrow just to make sure I start off slow and don't hurt anything since its been a while...so happy healing ladies!! 6 weeks fly by!!

Belly button

7 weeks feeling amazing still starting running again slowly it feels so amazing!! My scars are completely able to be covered up even in a standard string bikni...I can lay around house in bra and underwear and feel good!!! My BB scar is my only minor concern only because I'm pretty sure it will get better but not a whole lot to go off for BB what do you think of my BB?!

Belly Button picture

Opps forget to post

8 weeks

8 weeks! Yay!! I been running and my abs feel sore and I still have a bunch of swelling...before I was 'okay' with the swelling now that I'm feeling more normal I'm over the swelling lol...so here are some 8 week photos and a picture of my beautiful perfect scar!

11 Weeks

Almost 3 months Picture upload we have been pretty busy I'm back to being completely 100% normal....back to working out full time Though I've gained a little weight I'm 130 right now I think it's from not being as active during my recovery...no way it could be from the brownies ice cream cookies or cake lol I turned THIRTY '30' last week....got a new swimsuit for this sexy body :p So other than toning up things are going great!! Happy Valentine's Day!!!

3 month appointment

Hello there ladies! Just had my 3 month follow up appointment on Monday! I'm feeling fantastic Dr said everything looks good for the most part he said my BB scar is thicker than he would like...(me too) and he had me get some steroid cream as plan A and he said laser treatment would be plan B...well today the office called and said they would like me to come in for complementary laser treatment...so here goes that! Has anyone ever had this done and have good results!! I'm trusting my Dr on this and also loving that he is still 'caring' for me after surgery!! Shows alot about a Dr!! On another note I've been back in the gym full time and can't seem to lose any more weight????!

Dr Before & Afters!!

This is real life!! No photoshop anything!! Dr Soto fixed me up good!! All I can say is WOW! I cant believe I looked THAT bad...SO happy I took this Jump!!

I can not say enough good things about Dr. Soto and his staff from my pre op appointment to my post op appointments though i know still early. I went in sure on a tummy tuck but unsure if i wanted implants/a lift or nothing at all he recommended just a lift and thought i would be happy with just that...so instead of trying to sell me on implants aka another procedure he did what he thought i would be happiest with! The day of my surgery all the staff was incredibly nice from the front desk, nurses, anesthesiologist, and Dr Soto himself, during my pre op drawings he sat talked to me about my family and his and the fast approaching holidays! A few minutes after that i was taken to their operating room and Dr Soto held my arm and comforted me until I was fast asleep! Waking up after surgery the staff was wonderful helpful and knew what they were doing before Dr Soto headed out he came in to check on me My overnight staff was amazing Ginger & Sarah!! They answered all my crazy questions without any annoyance! Keely was my patient coordinator and she was also amazing and her response time to reply back to messages is the best I've ever seen! Now my results are amazing so far and my healing is going as good as can be expected!! I feel like Dr Soto and his staff were very clear about after care instructions! If I had to choose again I would choose Dr Soto 100xs over again!! There is a reason he does what he does!!!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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