43 Years Young, 3 Children and Ready to Get my Pre-baby Body Back and Fabulous! - Orlando, FL
Hello Realself Beauties! I am 43 years young, a...
4 weeks until the big day!
I've been working out even harder and have lost some weight and am toning up. I want to make sure I'm as fit as I can be since i won't be able to do anything for 4-6 weeks. I honestly haven't purchased anything yet. My PS has a pre made kit that they offer which includes an additional binder garment, a large tube of scar gel that they speak of very highly, the 2 vitamins combination that they want you to start taking 3 days prior to surgery, stool softeners, surgical tape and gauze, etc... Actually my friend who had her surgery with him mentioned this package deal to me, so I'm taking advantage of this package. That way I won't have to run around! I can just relax the days prior to sx. Well I guess that's all for now. Will be posting pictures closer to my sx date. Have a great night everyone!
Three weeks until the big day!
Have a great day everyone!
One week away until my beautiful transformation!
Have a great night ladies!
2 more days and Feeling excited!!!
I will update after my surgery on Thursday ladies. Please send me well wishes! :)
24 hours until my big day!
Well ladies, please send me great well wishes on my sx and will post soon! Have a great day everyone!!!
More pictures! Uuuughhhh!
Today's the day!
9 Days Post op.
2 weeks post op
I started my scar treatment yesterday. Will update more with pictures at 3 weeks. Goodnight all! :)
4 weeks post op
I am still sleeping with lots of pillows around me, but can lay flat without any pillow underneath my legs. I guess the pillows are just so comfy! Lol! I still get minimal backaches, but that's because of my tight binder. Another week or 2 of wearing my binder, then I can go into a corset or waist cincher, doctor said. I may still wear the binder at night depending on how I feel. At night and in the morning I put a heating pad on my back.
I am standing pretty much straight. I have been trying to walk outside everyday for about 15 minutes. I still have some swelling, but know that's expected. I still do tire out at ends day, but know that it's the healing process. We're healing from the inside out. I have to remember that I still have to take it easy, even though I feel pretty good.
My incisions are healing pretty good.
My breast augmentation looks beautiful. I've been massaging them since week 2 and see a difference as far as dropping some and softness. ( Ladies, it's important to do the massages your doctor tells you to do.) I'm still somewhat sensitive in my nipple area, and have dull pain especially on my left breast from the nerves trying to reconnect. But it's getting much better.
I will be going back to work possibly next week after Memorial Day. I cannot wait to get back on track to the gym! I'm going crazy not being able to do anything! I was a gym freak and have not done anything in 5 weeks! I can tell I'm losing muscle tone. Thank goodness I worked out until a week before surgery. Well ladies that's all I have for today. I will be posting 4 week pictures up today... So stay tuned lovely ladies! Have a wonderful day and happy healing! :)
5 weeks post op today
I have been taking daily walks, today was the longest walk I took... 1/2 an hour. I'm standing 100% upright and swelling seems to be going down.
When I seen my PS Tuesday, he was amazed at how well everything looks! I had some questions for him. 1st was... How much longer I have to wear my binder, Since it's been almost 5 weeks. He said I didn't need to wear it anymore but I needed to wear spanks. He said that I can wear my binder if I wanted to at night. The funny thing is I feel really good with the binder on when I'm at home. So I have been wearing my binder religiously. I feel that it helps the process much faster. I did purchase a binder from the care center in the area that was way much more comfortable. I did order a compression garment and it should be coming in a few days I so can't wait for that to be here! I did already haves several spanks, so I have been wearing them.
I also asked him when can I resume exercise with limitations, and he said that I can start very slow next week on my six-week postop. Yaaayyyy, i'm so happy because I feel like I've lost some muscle tone. I am so thankful that I am at the weight that I was when I went in for surgery. I have been trying my best to eat very good. Lots of fruit and veggies. Most importantly I asked him when can I and my husband start intimacy since my husband has been so very patient??? We both started laughing and he said just make sure that he takes it easy on me. ;)
Well, this has truly been a journey for all of us and an amazing one at that. I have been trying to stay as focused and positive as I can through this whole process. There was a moment that I did break down and cry on my daughters shoulder because that day I was frustrated, irritated and tired. I haven't been getting the full proper sleep and that's why I believe I felt that way. So ladies make sure that you get your proper sleep and you'll feel so much better. We're all going to have those days, trust me but it does get better.It's a journey but it's all well worth it! I will post updated pictures very soon. Happy healings to all!!!
Energy level up!
6 weeks post op today!
1st day at the gym since 6 weeks ago!
I go back to work on Monday, and I have gotten so lazy! But it will be a good thing. Get me motivated again! Well I hope everyone has a beautiful day!
10 weeks post op
4 month post op
At around 7 weeks post op I started noticing that my beautiful left breast was significantly higher than the right. After speaking to my PS about it and doing other methods of massaging with vitamin E, I realized that there was nothing more I could do. I developed a capsular contraction. A grade 3-4. I must say it took a toll on me . I developed very bad anxiety and was very conscious of what I wore. I felt to the point where I was sick alot and very fatigued.
So after talking to my PS about it, we decided what was best for me and he wanted me to be happy... So I decided to have my implants removed .
So on August 3 I flew into Orlando and had my implants removed. That was the best thing I could've possibly ever done. I feel so good about myself. My breast don't look as bad as I thought. They started off not being that bad anyways since I only wanted a lift at first but decided to go with implants. Which I should've just stuck to my guns the first time. I didn't need a lift anyways either.
So they are back to a full B cup, just perfect for me! We live and learn from our mistakes. My doctor has been wonderful and can never fault him for the implants due to my body rejecting them. I'm just glad it was sooner then later and can finally go on happily with my life! I thank God every day that I was able to get through another surgery in such a short time. (Explant at 3 months post op).
Here is the big reveal of how I look now after my breast implant removal! Im happy to say I feel great and love myself for what I'm worth. Happy healings to you all!!!
4 months post op!
4 months 3 weeks post op!
I love the way my clothes fit! I now have that pre baby body back... But better!
There's going to be some pain, some doubts and fears, but in the end it's all worth it!
I look forward to being able to fully work out with weights again, which I'm hoping he gives me the ok next week.
I love you Dr.Soto!!! :)
Work mode in effect!
Work mode in effect!
5 months post op (20 weeks)
I can't wait to see my ps next Tuesday so that he can clear me for upper body work outs.
I had an explant done 5 weeks ago after developing cc on my left breast. I am healing nicely. My body has gone through so much these last 5 months. I love myself for who I am. Implants are not for everyone and sometimes it just takes cc or complications to realize that.
I am now back to my normal size B cup... And that's ok! The annoying swelling has finally diminished. Tightness awful feeling has subsided as well. Muscle repair feels tight, but great. I gave been super busy with work, etc... So I will try and post monthly to show progression. What a journey it's been but it does get better ladies! Much love!
6 month mommy makeover and explant post op update!
I am feeling really really good.
My tummy tuck, muscle repair and lipo is coming along really nicely. My tummy is softening and numbness is almost gone. Swelling is hardly there anymore.
When I sneeze I can can still feel my muscle repair tightens. But it doesn't hurt much.
On each side of my hips, they are still a little tender. On my right hip, I have a small fat deposit. I don't know if I want to get it lipo since it can take a year for everything to settle. I'm hoping it goes away. I have been massaging it every chance I get.
My scar is very low and I love it. I am of Hispanic descent so it's going to take a year for the scar coloration to go away. As you can see in one of my pictures. I have been putting bio oil and 100% coconut oil a few times a day on my tummy tuck scar, belly button and incision under my breasts.
As for the explant of the implants, I feel wonderful. I no longer feel anxious, no longer feel sick or fatigued due to the cc and the implants rejecting my body. Best thing I could've ever done for me. Implants are not for everyone. My breasts have went back to the normal size full B. They have fluffed amazingly.
My exercise activity is back to normal. Back to running, lifting weights, etc..
Overall my experience has been great. Thank you all for giving me insight on Realself and I hope I can do the same. Here are some recent pictures. I just recently celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary and I felt amazing in my beautiful dress. Xoxoxo
7 months post op mommy makeover update!
I have to say that everyday, every week gets better and better! I see so many drastic amazing changes as the days go by.
I have gained between 2-3 lbs since my makeover but honestly it could be more muscle Weight since I started going to the gym again.
I have more curves, and any piece of clothes feel wonderful on. Since getting lipo in the flanks area, I do notice a big difference in my hips and butt area. More pronounced and thicker... Which I love because that means more curves. All I can say is once you get this surgery you'll feel an amazing difference. It's not an easy road at first, but it is well worth it in the long run. For some earlier then most, but you will get there. I can say that I am almost at 80-85% of my recovery. They say it takes up to a full year to see your fullest results. Thank you all for being a source of encouragement and I hope I can do likewise! Xoxoxo
Here are a few 7 months post op pictures.
8 month post op
I feel I am at 85% healing. It takes a good year for things to heal properly they say... So I'm almost there. My scar is healing pretty well. I use at least 3 items for my scar. Bio oil, 100% coconut oil and 100% coconut butter twice daily. I have to say that it has helped my scar lighten up.
As far as the muscle repair, my stomach feels super tight but it doesn't hurt as much as it used to when I would try and do stomach exercises. I can do most stomach exercises now. Overall I'm doing wonderful and feel good about my appearance. Thanks to my awesome Doctor Armando Soto!
I don't need to skype anymore with him since I'm healing well. Here is a few pictures at 8 months. May you all have a wonderful and joyous 2016!!!
One year mommy makeover review!
14 months post op and loving it!
18 months post op
I'm so used to using all those oils but I can see a big difference on my scar.
I Am in Florida once again enjoying my vacation.
I'm loving laying by the pool side!
I stress again that this is not a weight loss surgery but one to enhance the appearance of your tummy, muscle area.
I workout almost daily and also Run 3 miles daily to maintain my weight and appearance of my body. I hope this helps anyone who is considering surgery. Take care my lovelies!
Dr. Armando Soto doll at 20 months post-op!
My goal was to get rid of that access belly fat that I could not get rid of with working out.
Dr. Soto certainly delivered and I can not be more thankful. I don't get on here as much and neither do the girls that started off with me through this journey. It was an awesome support system but as the months go by, everyone starts to feel so much better and life becomes really busy. It's always great to see everyone's progress. Time flies when your having fun. Until next time lovely ladies!
Here are a few pictures of me at 20 months post op... xoxoxo
Dr. Armando Soto doll... Orlando, Florida "21 months post op"!
This has truly been a life changing experience! That is why, I am forever grateful and extremely pleased that Dr. Armando Soto has given me the body that I have yearned to have back for so long. I had a wonderful top notch service and experience with Dr. Soto and his staff. From the first Skype session until my last appointment with him. I am an out of state patient and will most certainly come back to him. He listened to what I felt I needed and he gave me what was best for my body frame. Everyone that has seen my results are amazed at his work. He is very passionate about his work and truly has hands of an artisan. I finally met his wonderful Patient coordinator manager Keely, who has been with me every step of the way. She is the most sweetest person that anyone can meet. Any questions I needed answered, she would respond in a timely manner. His nurse Caley was a gem as well. She always took the time to explain to me how things needed to be done to have a successful body. And I can't forget Sarah, also one of his nurse assistants, beautiful person inside and out! Although his office is very busy, they always took time for me as if I was the only patient in the world. I never had to wait very long to see the doctor. I never felt hurried to have my questions answered. He always answered my questions to the fullest. Dr. Soto has been very caring from day one. I experienced that first hand without going into further detail. Thank you Dr. Soto for being you! So now my journey begins. As most women do, I always put everyone else first. A lot of times that is why women tend to feel like they have lost their identities. It’s hard to spend that much money on yourself, especially for aesthetic reasons. It seems okay to spend it on a car or a trip, but for some reason the thought of spending that money on your body is frowned upon. To some that may seem vain or boastful. For me it was about a self confidence that I had yet to achieve, a love of self that I have longed for a very long time. When I look in the mirror, I like what I see now. When I feel good about myself, inside and out, I am a better woman, a better wife and a better mom. It is absolutely normal to feel guilty about spending money on a mommy makeover and it is okay to finally put yourself first. Although this wasn't the cheapest surgery, I always say, "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!" He did an exceptional job on me and I would not trust no other. Sincerely, Maria