So Happy With The New Body My Mommy Makeover Gave Me
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This is the story of my tummy tuck with abdominal muscle repair and breast lift with an augmentation. I also had liposuction of my flanks.
I was never a heavy person, at least not until I had my 2 children. I was 105 lbs in high-school and was not used to being the 135 lbs I was. I gained a peak of 45 lbs during my pregnancies. I kind of let myself eat whatever I wanted to and because I was so worried about a miscarriage, I just laid in bed all day. With my second kid, I was a bit less careful. I went from being a fitness fanatic to doing nothing. I had also breast fed both of my kids - my son for 1 year and my daughter for 1.5 years - and it did a number on my boobs. My kids left me in need of a breast lift.
I was able to lose most of the weight I had gained during my pregnancies by exercising and dieting. But I was left with lots of extra skin, rippling and stretch marks. My belly button wasn't looking too happy either. My weight loss had me down to 115 lbs, which I found to be a bit too light. I prefer having a little bit of junk in my trunk and at my lowest weight, I thought I was going to need a mommy makeover with an additional butt enhancement! My waist seemed to increase but not my behind!
Leading up to my surgery, I was feeling pretty good. I was worried and stressed, but who wouldn't be going into surgery. I knew going into surgery that my tummy tuck procedure was probably going to be the most difficult to recuperate from. I had a space in my abdominal muscles that was going to be tightened with staples and since those muscles are used to pretty much do everything, I was expecting the worst.
When I was wheeled into the operating room, I thought I was going to slowly drift to sleep under general anesthesia. That was not the case. I was knocked out instantly once the anesthesia was injected through my IV. The next thing I remember is waking up.
Upon waking up, I felt no pain. I remember thinking to myself 'wow, how could I not be in any pain after such a long procedure.' I should not have jinxed myself. Two hours later, I was in more pain than I had prepared for. I was given Percocet for it and had to pop a few to make it through the night. (that night I spent in a recovery center). The most annoying part after surgery was the catheter and drains I had in me. My catheter was removed before I left the recovery facility, giving me partial relief but my drains remained.
The following morning, I was allowed to go home. I was not at all looking forward to the car ride ahead of me. It was painful enough having to travel from the hospital to the recovery center. My binder squeezed me so tight I felt like had a person sitting on me. I did not experience as much pain from the surgical bra I was wearing.
When I got to my house, I wasn't able to do much. I had drains attached to my waist, my abs hurt and I couldn't get up without the help of my husband. I couldn't even tell how bad my bruising was because I was wrapped like a mummy. Maybe that's why they call it the mummy makeover? Ha!
The first 3 days post-surgery were not pleasant. I couldn't go to the bathroom, even with the use of Miralax. Peeing was hard too. I had to sit on the toilet for a while before anything came out. I began questioning what I had done to myself and if I had made a mistake in my decision to have surgery. I was even numb around my waist. I wasn't sure if I would ever feel normal again. (I felt normal a few days later, so don't worry if you're in a similar position.)
Once a week of recovery time had passed, I felt so much better. I wasn't hurting anymore and was able to get up a bit more easily. I was also able to have my drains removed because they were no longer putting out red fluid. My husband was the one emptying them, so I was glad to get them out. They were pretty gross.
Six weeks after my mommy makeover surgery I was back to the way I had felt before my operation. I was able to return to the gym and work. My incisions had already healed well, with the cuts on my breasts becoming almost invisible. The one around my waist had a mild burning sensation at times but that disappeared with time. The incision around my waste was so low that I could hide it behind my underwear. The swelling on my abs had gone done enough where I already had a nice flat stomach (tummy tuck surgery shows pretty quick results once the excess fat is gone!)
Final Thoughts on My Surgery:
Now that I've rambled for a while, I will tell you this: My mommy makeover surgery was so worth it. Yes, I had some pain for a few days, but I am so happy with the way my new body looks. The self-confidence I have now when I'm naked in front of my husband is so high. Before, I was comfortable in clothes but hated the way my body looked naked. Now I feel great with or without clothes. I now workout harder than I ever have to prevent weight gain too. I want to keep the body I have. I feel like my body is back to the way it was before I had kids.
My Tips if You're Thinking About Mommy Makeover Surgery:
1) Make sure you're mentally and physically prepared for the operation. It will take a toll on your body.
2) Have the surgery because you want to do it. Don't let anyone else talk you into it. Making the decision to get plastic surgery is not something you jump into without thinking it over for a while.
3) If you're a big runner and need a breast augmentation, don't get large breast implants. You'll feel like a person who needs a breast reduction if you do.
4) Be sure to pick the right plastic surgeon. You can start with a website like Zwivel or the American Board of Plastic Surgery to find one. Make sure your doctor is board certified in plastic surgery. You should not be going to a OBGYN for a tummy tuck, which I have heard of people doing.
5) Make sure you have some one to help you during your recovery. You'll need them. It's not easy to get off the toilet when your abdominal muscles were just sliced and diced.
6) Know that mommy makeover costs can be pretty high. Be financially responsible about it.
I wish you the best of luck with your surgical journey!