The term “mommy makeover” has become very popular in today’s society as more and more patients want to create multiple changes in their bodies in response to childbirth and/or weight loss. The “mommy makeover” most commonly involves a surgical procedure of the breasts and abdomen. Breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast lifts with augmentations, and even breast reductions are performed in combination with tummy tuck or liposuction procedures. In appropriate patients, these are performed under the same anesthesia.
A “mommy makeover” has, as its advantage, a single recovery period. In addition, two procedures performed under one anesthesia provides some financial advantage over two separate surgeries as well.
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As one day I was listening to Dr. Laura, a caller was sharing her debate about getting breast lift/augmentation. She was wrestling with the age old stereotype that plastic surgery equals vanity or shallowness. Dr. Laura responded that “There was no vanity in repairing what was broken, or restoring to its initial condition.” Athough I had never really thought about getting a breast lift or a tummy tuck, Dr. Laura’s counsel made sense to me and I decided I would like to look into it. I discussed the idea with my husband, who told me that he did not feel it was necessary because he loved me and found me attractive as is, but certainly he was not going to oppose that decision! (ha ha).
My next step was deciding where to start. I was a little apprehensive about considering you, because I thought it would feel very awkward since, on occasion, I may see you socially or because of your association with some of my friends. Nevertheless I thought at least you would be a good starting point. I visited your website which provided me with a lot of information regarding the “mommy makeover” and I also watched the featured videos. I visited your facebook page and as I read the interaction between you and your patients I decided that the confidence, gentle demeanor, and reassurance you offered was more important than my “social concerns”. If I was to decide to do these procedures, I wanted above all a Dr. who I could trust and who I felt had the education and knowledge to provide amazing results.
The more that I navigated through your website and facebook page the more that I felt convinced you would be the right choice. When it comes to one’s health or body, “shopping for a Dr” should not be part of the equation.
The pre-op process was easy, friendly and reassuring. All of your office staff was always very patient and accessible in case I had any questions. I was extremely concerned and worried about post-op and recuperation time, and although it was not enough to scare me away from surgery, it truly weighed heavy on my mind.
How much pain was I going to be in? How hard was it going to be to sleep? How difficult was it going to be to walk “slouching”? How will it feel? How … How…. HOW?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!
The one question that I did not think of asking myself, that I was very relieved to find out, was HOW EASY WILL THIS BE???!?!?!?!!?!?!!!
After the initial 24 hours I was surprised to find out I was not in a lot of pain, and I was, more than anything, just tired. The tummy tuck drains were easy to drain and care for, and the breast implants were not uncomfortable and I felt virtually no pain. More than anything I felt tightness.
With each day passing I felt better and better and by day 4 I was no longer taking pain medication, and I was only taking a muscle relaxer at night to help with sleep. On day seven, I decided I was feeling so good, that I would accompany my family to Disneyland. I was unsure how I would handle the day. We rented one of the electric scooters and off we went…ok… So… I guess I should come clean now but ummmm we ended up doing a little more than I originally confessed…
After the initial couple of rides, and after I realized my implants were not “popping” I decided I was going to enjoy my day with the kids so we ended up riding: jungle cruise, pirates, splash mountain, haunted mansion, matterhorn, several rides in California adventure and space mountain…twice!
At the end of the day, I was a little tired, but my implants were in place and ok, my drain was fine, and my family was thrilled that I spent the day with them!!
Dr Andreasen, the recuperation period was so unexpectedly easy and painless and I am truly grateful for that. Post -op was so easy and painless that after you took off the second drain, about 10 days later, I felt ready to resume my intimate life as well.
I did not look into surgery because I had issues with my self esteem, but I did want to make repairs to my body from the natural changes that pregnancy had caused. I cannot be more thrilled with surgery and with how I now feel with my “new/old” body. My clothes fit better, my breasts no longer sag, and I do feel younger and a bit more rejuvenated.
Thank you for everything that you have done, and for your amazing bedside manners, for your kindness and for everything that you have done!!!