I am now 1yr and 4 months post op Mommy Makeover....
I am now 1yr and 4 months post op Mommy Makeover. I didn't want to write a review until I went through at least one year of this journey. To make a long story as short as possible my body changed dramatically by the age of 16 yrs old. I had my daughter and gained a massive amount of weight. My body went from an active athlete to an overweight young mother within 9 months. I never saw myself as fat until years later when I saw my pictures. 7 years later I had my son and lost 50 pounds. I went from a size 16 to an 8. I found my inner athlete again and worked out like crazy. Although my skin was never the same again. My boobs got much smaller and I lost alot of muscle mass. They drooped and the skin on my stomach would never be the same again either. NO matter how much I worked out I could not tighten the stretched out skin on my lower abdomen. That is when I knew I would one day need a mommy makeover. I wanted to make sure I was completely done having my children first. Sure enough, 7 years later I had my 3rd child and went back to a size 12-14. I tied my tubes and told my husband it was time for me and for my mommy makeover! My breasts were even more deflated and uneven, my stomach was bigger and more saggy than even before! I was nervous because it was not a cheap thing to do and we are not filthy rich. I was nervous because it's a huge decision and I didn't want to end up on Botched. I started doing research and became obsessed with looking at mommy makeovers online. Some MM looked so bad It was scary. I had a friend I did crossfit with and she recommend Dr. Michael Dechard. She had a lift and augmentation with him and was happy with her results. I set my appointment up and had my first free consultation. I was happy with the staff and Dr. Dechard. I didn't feel uncomfortable and he pretty much broke it all down for me. All my questions and showed me pictures. I knew that day he would be my Doctor. I had all three surgeries done at once. My lift, Augmentation (600 cc) , and tummy tuck. Best decision to do it all at the same time. I have 3 kids and cannot afford to keep going in and out of surgeries. The procedure took about 6 hours. I woke up and right away wanted to see my results. I was able to open my surgery belt and was immediatly happy with my results. I was in recovery for a few hours and was sent home. No over night stay. I recommend a walker, and chair to sit on when you shower, a recliner and meds etc. I'm not going to lie recovery was brutal. I slept for the first day or two but after that the drains were really annoying and somewhat painful. I got them out at about 1 week PO. Lower back pain is horrible because you are hunched over for weeks. Dr, Dechard did a great job tightening my muscles and took off my skin to the point where all my stretch marks were gone. It took me six weeks to stand strait because he did tighten my skin so much. Swell hell gets really bad about month 2-3. Do not get discouraged, it's normal but frustrating. I tried to stay away from high sodium foods and bad foods of course. I slept in my old maternity bras and was able to unclip the front and clean my incisions easily. I also wore my surgical belt all day and spanx for months. It really helps the swelling and just makes you feel secure and tight where the incision is. I bought surgical scar strips and Maderma. Over all, I can say I did not feel completely normal until about 10 months. I think the waiting is the hardest thing out of everything. I do not regret my mommy makeover one bit. I am able to wear things that I could not even wear after having my daughter as a teen. I never enjoyed a youthful looking body until now. No more spanx, no more major bra support. I am happy and my husband is happy. lol
Couple of pics from beginning to 1 yr 4 maths post op mommy makeover.
Over all very happy my stomach has stayed tight and flat. My breast have the natural tear drop which is what I wanted. My scar on my stomach is dark but flat and low enough where it is not visible. Trying to keep up with my workouts and eat as good as possible. I struggle with my arms and legs constantly but over all much happier.