Mommy Makeover Experience: The one where I share all the gory details.
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Mommy Makeover Experience:
As you know, I went in on September 12th to have my mommy makeover surgery (which included both a breast augmentation and a full tummy tuck). Now that I am finally thinking coherently again, I want to share my experience with you.
My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC.
My mom drove me that morning, and I was a little nervous. A few things ran through my mind during the week leading up to surgery. Things I think everyone going into surgery worries about like dying and being awake during the surgery but looking sedated.
Thankfully neither of those things happened.
Once I got to the office, I undressed, and Dr. Davis drew marks on my stomach and breasts for the incisions. After that, I waited for the anesthesiologist to get there and put me to sleep.
One of the things that really put my mind at ease was being operated on in a private suite in the office. Unlike many plastic surgeons, Davis Plastic Surgery operates in their own private suite (although they will operate at the hospital if you prefer), which makes me feel better because even though hospitals are clean they are generally full of sick people, and there are always people moving in and out of the rooms (especially if you are at a training hospital).
Once the anesthesiologist got there, everything moved quickly. They took me into the operating room and strapped me to the table, put compression boots on me, and I was given an IV that knocked me out in seconds.
Mommy Makeover Experience: Recovery
The next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room.
When I woke up, I was scared. I really didn’t know what to expect, and after seeing lots of surgeries on TV, I didn’t know how bad I would hurt.
While I didn’t hurt physically; I was uncomfortable. I was hunched over because my abs were so tightly sewn together. The only way I could get comfortable was to keep my knees close to my chest.
On the drive home, I was whining and telling my mom that I wasn’t close enough to the dash (I was trying to say my legs were too far away from my chest).
Everything seemed blurry, and I was in a fog for quite a while. The compression garments they put on me were tight, and I tried to convince my mom to let me take them off when I got home, but she wouldn’t. So basically, I acted like I was a toddler.
The first day and night were the hardest, but I did get up and walk around a few times that day.
I took tiny steps and needed help getting on and off the couch. I spent the first night alone, which was a huge mistake. At one point I woke up to use the bathroom and when I went to lay back down I got stuck in between sitting and laying. My stomach hurt so bad I thought I may die. I wasn't sure if I would be able to fully lay down but I finally forced myself all the way onto the couch.
Tummy Tuck Pain & Breast Implant Pain:
My biggest regret (besides spending the first night alone) was not having my mom in the room when I woke up to take notes for me.
I spent so much time in pain because I had no idea how to dose my meds. Had I known I was supposed to take the pain pills before I started hurting again, the experience would have been less painful. I ended up calling the office to complain about the pain, and they helped me figure out what I was doing wrong.
The most common question I am asked is how bad it hurt.
I wouldn't wish the pain of a tummy tuck on my worst enemy. Honestly, it was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt (and I had four kids with no pain meds). I was not prepared for the level of pain I felt afterward.
The breast augmentation didn't hurt at all. My only explanation for this is that the tummy tuck overshadowed any pain I felt in my chest.
Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips:
Here are some tips for anyone planning to have plastic surgery:
- Buy lots of pillows: I think I used seven pillows. I had them behind my head and under my legs. They were a lifesaver, and I’m glad I had so many on hand.
- Pay Attention To The Discharge Info: Make sure you know (or the person taking you home knows) exactly what you need to do in regards to the compression garments and pain medication. It’s also a good idea to choose a doctor that cares about you and doesn’t mind if you call with a hundred post-op questions.
- Get Active: Unless your doctor says otherwise, get up and walk around as much as you possibly can. I believe this is the main reason I was able to stand up as straight as I did on day two and the following days. I have healed very quickly, and I think it’s because I stayed moving as much as I could.
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