On December 20th, 2007, I had a full abdominoplasty with
muscle/hernia repair, liposuction to my “bra rolls”, flanks, outer
thighs, inner thighs, and knees, and breast augmentation.
Here’s my story of how it all came to fruition.
I knew I wanted a tummy tuck 6 weeks after my first child was born.
I could feel the separation between my abdominal muscles and knew no
amount of special exercise was going to fix that. Having been
born with an umbilical hernia, I think I had ALWAYS had a
separation. But I wasn’t finished having babies, so I
patiently waited. Ten months after my second and last child
was born, it was time to finally get serious about it. I was
tired of looking pregnant, seeing stretch marks that reached almost
to my chest, and being embarrassed of getting intimate with my
husband because of my floppy belly. I was ready to have a
flat, sexy abdomen.
I started research on the Internet and found out just exactly was
involved in the procedure. In my research, I came across the
wonderful ladies on this forum. It cannot be expressed how
helpful it was to receive advice and information from real plastic
surgery patients. After getting the go-ahead from my husband,
I booked several consultations with highly recommended plastic
surgeons in my area.
In October of 2007, I consulted with the
doctor who would become my surgeon. I made sure to ask the
questions recommended by the ladies on the forum. It was
determined that I needed a full tummy tuck, not a mini-tummy tuck,
and muscle repair as well as hernia repair. I also asked my
doctor what could be done about my saddlebags.
My Mother has saddlebags. My Grandmother has saddlebags.
My Great-Grandmother had saddlebags, and I’m sure her mother did,
too. In grade school, a friend once asked me, “What are
those?” while pointing to the fat deposits on either side of my
thighs. And so began the years of being self-conscious of that
part of my body. I didn’t know, until I began my research on
tummy tucks, that my hideous saddlebags could be sucked away
permanently with a metal straw. My doctor suggested
liposuction to my bra roll, flanks, inner thighs, and knees to give
me an even better silhouette.
The next day, I booked my
surgery for December 20th. During the Christmas
Season, because my two younger sisters, who are still in school,
would have their Breaks and thus be able to help me with my 3 yr-old
son and 1 yr-old daughter. My husband would also have a20much
easier time taking a week off from work. Not to mention – what
a nice Christmas present!
I started thinking that I wanted better breasts, too. I
already wore a size 34C or D bra, so some would question my desire
for bigger breasts. They weren’t exactly “pretty” C cups, however.
My husband and I toyed with the idea for a few days, then I called
my surgeon’s office and asked if it was even possible to have this
procedure done at the same time as the others. They said yes,
so I booked a consultation to talk about my breasts. I decided
I didn’t want to go too big, I just wanted to look like I did while
wearing a push-up bra, but without wearing a bra. We
determined that textured, silicone implants placed under the muscle
were the best option. I brought in some pictures of what I
wanted my breasts to look like. Carmen Electra was featured in
quite a few of them.
The exact size of the implants would be decided
while I was on the operating table, but I thought between 200-300 ccs. would take me to where I wanted to be. So, breast
augmentation was added to the deal. As the anesthesiologist
put medicine into my IV to ‘put me under’, my surgeon brought out
the previously mentioned pictures and asked, to be sure, if that’s
the look I wanted. I slurred with a wink, “You can go bigger
than that!” (This was right after I loudly apologized to everyone in
the room just in case I farted during surgery.) So, 450 ccs. is what
I got. I currently wear a 36F, and do not for a second regret my
inebriated last-minute change of plan.
My recovery went well. I had two drains, one on each side of
my tummy tuck incision, and a pain pump for the muscle repair.
The pain, I must admit, was nearly unbearable for the first few
days. ; The drain sites hurt the worst, followed by my
breasts, then the muscle repair, then the liposuction. It was
much better when the drains were removed on day 4. I took
narcotic pain medication for a good 3 weeks before I switched to
Aleve. Emotionally, days 4 and 5 were the worst. I
questioned my decision for having any of it done and just wanted to
be out of pain and be able to spend less than half an hour on the
toilet for a bowel movement. (Even with stool softeners and
loads of fiber and water, I was still constipated.)
I wore two
compression garments – one for my breasts/bra roll liposuction, and
another that extended from below my chest to my ankles. I felt
like I would have fallen apart without my garments. I stopped
wearing them, however, after about 2 weeks, as my doctor said they
wouldn’t make much of a difference in my results. I did wear a
strap for a while, above my breasts, to push the implants down into
the pockets. It took about 6-8 months for them to completely drop,
as I did have toned pectoral muscles that fought the implants.
I am now 10 months post-op, and I do not regret any of it, not for
one minute. I would do it again in a heartbeat. In fact,
I am going to have more procedures performed. Liposuction to my
abs, a revision to my tummy tuck scar to lower it and remove a
dog-ear (my only complication), and I am not shy to have anything
else done further in the future. There is no way I would have
been as prepared as I was for my journey if it weren’t for all of
the wonderfully supportive ladies on this forum. The best medicine
was knowing I had friends who knew exactly what I was going
Jeneane Post Operative Stats:
Full Tummy Tuck with
Liposuction - Bra Roll -
Flanks - Inner and Outer Thighs - Knees
Breast Augmentation with
450cc Silicone Implants - Textured - Unders