My Mommy Makeover is officially in the books. I’ve had so much great feedback and I’m ready to share the good, the bad and the ugly.
If you’re new here, I share in this post of my Mommy Makeover Part 1, prepping for surgery, FAQ’s and how I found my surgeon. It’s been 4 months since surgery and I would do it over again in a heartbeat. I’ve had so much awesome feedback, I want to share the first few weeks up until now.
Mommy Makeover Night Before
The night before surgery was gut-wrenching. I needed constant distraction, which is great timing for 3 busy boys. As I got ready for bed I played a few of my favorite sleep/anxiety meditations. I spent the night with my boys and we all snuggled up for one last hug before bedtime. Once everyone fell asleep, I made sure everything was all set at my moms and took my final ‘before’ photos.
Morning of Surgery
I had a few requirements for the morning of surgery. No eating and drinking after midnight the night before, and no medications the morning of. I am not a doctor, all of this was personal experience, please follow your surgeons advice if you are having plastic surgery. I was also advised to wear loose fitted pants. These were amazing, so comfortable and I still wear them around the house. They fit right over the bandages that were wrapped around my legs.
I also needed a zip front closure bra, I liked this one but the hospital ended up putting one on me that I wore for the first two weeks. And because it was January, I grabbed this full zip hoodie, easy on and off. My running shoes were the best choice because my husband could easily slip them on and off.
I should have written this in due time, because everything is now somewhat a blur. The first week is certainly the hardest. Everyone handles their pain differently, I would say my pain tolerance is pretty high and I’ve had three c-sections, so I wasn’t too worried about the tummy tuck portion. If you’re not sure what procedures I had, check back at this post, Mommy Makeover Part 1. I underwent a Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction of the inner and outer thighs.
The breast lift was completely unrecognizable. I didn’t feel any pain, just stiffness and sore. As for an update 4 months later, I’m so happy with them. I went from a 38DD to a 38D. My breasts were full to begin with, but there was so much skin leftover from pregnancy and breastfeeding. I was 50/50 on a breast implant and I’m happy I chose not to. They’re the perfect size and I can still stay active with no pain.
The full tummy tuck was difficult. I expected this to be somewhat the same as my c-sections and it ultimately was, just a much larger scar. The pain was bearable, just extremely difficult to get in and out of bed. Your entire core is cut in half! The scar goes hip to hip and the doctor removed my c-section scar. He pulled all the skin down and removed close to 17lbs of skin and fat! Also, you probably know this but you’re hunched over for the first few days. They really aren’t kidding when they tell you no lifting. I could barely lift my 5 pound Yeti water bottle! The scar is healing great and I’m so happy with it.
Man oh man, nobody warned me about this one. 4 months later and my legs are still a little numb. After surgery, my legs were wrapped in bandages but it was so uncomfortable so I switched to these Old Navy Biker shorts. I am obsessed with these and love the fit. They were amazing for after surgery. I bought 3 pairs and I was wearing them all day and night. My bruising was minimal, but my legs were so tender and so sensitive. I can still feel some numbness on the outside of my thighs when I’m working out. This procedure also takes the longest to really see the results. My thighs felt empty the first few weeks, but now that I can workout and I have my full range of motion, I’ve increased my strength training to build muscle.
Mommy Makeover – 4 month update
I feel amazing! Everyone asks me if I would do it again and I say 100% YES! My confidence is through the roof. I feel amazing about myself, but it’s also amazing to have these new abilities in my fitness journey. My clothes fit better and I’m able to wear things I’ve never thought would look good! The first 10 days after surgery were the most exhausting. I finally felt like myself on day 10, ran some errands and came back home to rest.
Once the drains were removed, I felt like a free woman! The bandages started to slowly come off and it was so awesome to see everything in full view. I don’t see anymore plastic surgery in my future, maybe a touch up of liposuction, but honestly I’m happy with everything!
Mommy Makeover – Update
Dr. Yarish says
You look gorgeous now, Kelsey! Mommy makeover is actually a good option for women who have undergone severe body changes during pregnancy and after childbirth. Thank you for sharing your experience – I think many will find it helpful.