Tammy explains what happened not just physically, after her Mommy Makeover procedure but how it improved her relationship with her kids.
“The kids just noticed that I’m just, I’m happier and more…like I’ll play with them more outside like in the pool in a swimsuit, right. Because I’m not constantly worried. And I know this was an internal struggle that I had but because I’m not constantly worried with how I feel I look or how I feel other people feel I look.
We just, we just go on with life. It’s like it wasn’t even, it’s like the years before and all the worry and the stress and the self-consciousness that came from my stomach area is just…I feel like I’m…like I’m living life with them and it’s just, it’s great.”
The issue that I was having of a separation of abs from pregnancy is so common and it’s something that’s not talked about. It’s something that I feel is kind of like on the hush, hush…like don’t talk about it. But it’s something that’s so common that it should be talked about and it’s not something that my friend or that myself could have done differently it’s just something that happens. And so really it’s a medical thing that needs to be fixed through a medical procedure.
Tammy explains why she wanted to know the real story about recovery, how it helped her after mommy makeover surgery, and why she recommends it to everyone.
Going into the procedure I did feel that I had realistic expectations of just how the process was going to be. Dr. Schlesinger told me what to expect coming out of surgery, how many follow up appointments, how often he would see me. At every step of the process was always, “Here’s where you’re at, this is where you’re supposed to be, you’re experiencing everything that’s normal and here’s what to expect for the next”…you know and it started out short periods of time for the next few days, now we’re up to for the next month here’s what you can expect. And everything, I feel lucky, everything just kind of flowed along the way that it was that it was supposed to.
Through Dr. Schlesinger preparing me in that way I feel that that it helps so much even more with the recovery because I knew that that the pain I had, maybe when I was coughing or moved wrong, was normal and it wasn’t going to last. It wasn’t going to be forever that this is just a small little section in this in this process that ‘s going to make life better for me later on.
If I had a friend come to me who was trying to decide whether to have a procedure, a mommy makeover like I had, I would tell them that in a heartbeat I would have done this procedure again. That there is no…that I felt going into the procedure like I was alone but as I looked into it more and did some more research into it I saw that the issue that I was having of a separation of abs from pregnancy is so common and it’s something that’s not talked about. It’s something that I feel is kind of like on the hush, hush like don’t talk about it. But it’s something that’s so common that it should be talked about. And it’s not something that my friend or that myself could have done differently it’s just something that happens. And so really it’s a medical, it’s a medical thing that needs to be fixed through a medical procedure.
I would always encourage my friend to do what they felt that they needed to do and what they felt right about doing. But that they shouldn’t feel choosing to have a procedure like what I had, like a mommy makeover, would make them… choosing to do that would make them any less or anything.
Tammy explains why the mommy makeover procedure truly gave her her life back. Having children was a gift. She loves being a mom. She just never knew the toll it would take on her body and self-confidence. She shares what it felt like before surgery and why it’s changed her life.
I honestly don’t feel like there’s a strong enough thank you that I can tell Dr. Schlesinger. I really feel, I really feel that I have my life back.
I had babies young. 21, 22 and 25. And since then I’ve gotten a lot healthier. I work out pretty regularly and just…but having not been able to do anything about my stomach, there’s a little bit of resentment that led to a lot of guilt.
I’m going to try this again without crying. Maybe if I say it the first time it won’t be so bad.
Because I was so unhappy and because I couldn’t get results and I was working out all the time. I did the half Iron Man two years ago like I’ve trained and trained. I’ve trained five days a week for weeks and weeks and was in the best shape of my life. But still, there was this skin that I just couldn’t do anything about.
So, there was just this underlying resentment of what pregnancy did to me. And then, because of that, feeling a little bit of resentment towards the kids because of pregnancy, led to a lot of guilt for feeling that way.
And so, after having had this surgery and that not being an issue anymore is…there’ss…um…I just can’t thank him enough for that. It’s freed…there’s no price that I can put on that…there’s no thank you enough that I can say for that because I do feel that I have my life back. That I can just move on and be happy with who I am.
It’s taken off a stress that maybe at times I didn’t even know was there. Between them and between us and and it’s just, I don’t know, I feel like it was a miracle surgery because not only did it take care of physical things that I was uncomfortable with but it just, it’s helped me so much internally that in ways I didn’t even really think were possible. Things that I didn’t know were an issue or struggling with internally they’re not even there anymore.
Tammy had her three children early in life. Since then, she has done all she could to get her flat tummy back but to no avail. She was scared to see a plastic surgeon but once she met Dr. Schlesinger, not only did she feel better about her decision, she was amazed at how many other women felt like her. She shares her story and how she feels after her Mommy Makeover surgery.
Mommy Makeover Story – Tummy Tuck and Breast Surgery – Plastic Surgeon, S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS. Visit us online at http://goo.gl/BR8Lx7 or call 808-201-0540.
I feel like it was a miracle surgery because not only did it take care of physical things that I was uncomfortable with, but it just…it’s helped me so much internally in ways I didn’t even really think were possible.
My name is Tammy and I had the Mommy Makeover. My doctor was Dr. Schlesinger and I had my procedure done at the Mommy Makeover Institute.
Before the procedure I felt self conscious. I felt a little ashamed of how I looked after having kids and I felt frustrated. I had a pretty good idea from what I had read about him that a lot of people liked him. But when I met him and just talked with him and went over what he thought about my case specifically I felt that he was really qualified to do the procedure. And then not only just his personal qualifications as a doctor he was human and I was really nervous to see a plastic surgeon and he just…I felt really calm in his office talking with him.
I knew even when I was just waking up from anesthesia and I was just coming to and I looked down and I see…and I know there’s tubes everywhere and there’s some swelling and everything…but I looked down and just the fact that my stomach was flat which was the biggest issue, the biggest concern to me, was enough that I knew when I woke up that I had absolutely, without a doubt, made the right decision to have the Mommy Makeover.
That self consciousness just like, washed away. It’s not even really on the radar anymore.
I feel confident, I feel proud and I feel happy. I go to the beach or I go to the pool with the kids and I’m not concerned with how I’m going to look if I need to get up and walk somewhere.
I honestly don’t feel like there’s a strong enough thank you that I can tell Dr. Schlesinger. I really feel that I have my life back. I had babies young…21, 22, and 25…and there was a little bit of resentment which led to a lot of guilt.
I do feel that I have my life back that I can just, just move on and be happy with who I am. My concerns were justified like, that it wasn’t something less on my part but just that this was something that a lot of people dealt with and would be able to be fixed.
The nipple points down so this is a constricted breast. And the goal today is to get the entire surgery done through the axilla and not have to do a release at the inframammary fold.
Ok, and we’re going in with the endoscope. The endoscopic retractor in Jason’s hand and up on the screen you’re seeing what we refer to as loose areolar tissue. We are cutting through the loose areolar tissue right now. Table up just a little bit.
Now we are using our dissector to create the space down to the desired bottom of our breast. There we go.
This is 345 this is 365. Slightly different configurations but pretty close.
Now before we touch, before we touch the new implants we change gloves. For the implants we change gloves. We carry no non-pathogenic bacteria from the skin to the implant.
These are the Inspira. Earlier today we used the SCF and put that in. Now we double check the back. Back tab correct. Back tab correct.
Marissa just turned 30 and decided to fulfill her dream of getting a breast augmentation surgery. She has four other friends who had procedures done with S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS, so she knew he was the doctor for her.
What was her experience? She was able to trust in the doctor’s care and experience to choose the implant size that would match her hopes – he chose a smaller implant than she had given him permission to use – and she loves them. Marissa also noticed the attention he gives to patients after surgery and how important it was to see him (and not his nurse at appointments).
I’ve always wanted to do it. I turn 30 this year and I feel like it was a great time to do it and I’m sad that I waited so long ’cause it’s great!
My name is Marissa and I had a breast augmentation. My doctor was Dr. Schlesinger. Actually a couple of girls that I work with got a procedure done with him. I’m like the 4th one I think.
I kind of…It was funny because I went in between what everybody else did but I let him, I signed off at 5’6″ and that’s huge compared to what I have now you know. But I just trusted him and I was like, “OK, whatever you think.”
It was scary but it worked out. I woke up and everything was done. It was great, it was easy. Nice, quick and easy. Perfect.
It is such a huge thing, aftercare. It’s great though when he comes in. To every little detail everything from my scaring. Like I had to do ultrasound and it felt really good by the way. I loved doing it, I didn’t want to stop. And then, from the scaring, I had a little bit of keloiding so he, I had shots under my arm and then it went flat.
Now I’m just waiting to laser.
For the color?
I can’t wait but it looks great. It’s so small, super minor.
Very confidant. I don’t know, I wear very, very revealing clothes. I’m very, very obviously I’m really confidant in myself.
I would have, honestly I would have done it maybe when I was like 24. And I’ll be 30 that’s a six year difference. If I knew a girl who was 24 and wanted to do it I’d be like, “Yes, ’cause it’s awesome.”
I would love to thank everyone that, they’ve been so awesome and very…it feels like a family honestly. It feels like it was supposed to happen. We were supposed to meet each other and be in each others lives you know.
My girlfriend explained it that it would be, it’s like an accessory. I didn’t have to change any of my clothing I just filled it out and it was exactly what I wanted.
My husband’s an octopus. He’s all just…his arms are just going. Now, you know, it feels great. He loves it. He loves the confidence and he, you know, he says that he loves that that I can show that I’m sexy now. You know, where before, like you all said…he never complained or once said, oh you know, loose weight or anything. A matter of fact he said he was happy with just who I was. But now he says, “Wow, I just love how you just march into a room, put your hand on your hip and that booty! I just love the way you march in there, he said, “I get turned on every time I see you do that.” It’s just great. It’s great. It’s a good feeling.
I read about the boobie blues. When you get breast implants and some people, kind of like, freak out and think, like, “I don’t want this. I want them out.” I’m like, “That’s super weird, I’m totally not going to do that because I want this really badly.” But I did. I woke up one day and I was like, I don’t know maybe what 3-4 days into it and I was like, “Oh my God, what did I just do to myself?” And I totally panicked, freaked out, like thought everything was like wrong. And things were still, they haven’t settled yet. I remember I was like hysterically crying and I called Dr. Schlesinger and he’s like, “Hey, your fine. Gina, this is what you wanted but just give me a week. Give me 7 days. You still want them out, we’ll talk about it.” And I’m like, “I want them out now!” He’s like, “Give me 7 days.” 7 days later I’m like, “Hey doc, what’s going on?” Like totally different person. And it did pass but it was a real thing. And when it happened to me it made me realize, like, other people do go through these things that, you know, you think is very strange to you or me or whoever. There are other people and it is nice to have us to talk about it like and have that online community or physical community to be able to discuss it.