Mommy Makeover Patient Shares her Story!

Posted on July 6, 2012 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

My name is Lisa, and I had a Mommy Makeover in January!

What compelled me to do it?  Honestly, this was something I’d wanted since the birth of my second daughter, fourteen years ago.  I had my first child in my twenties, and my body bounced back pretty easily then.  But that wasn’t the case after my second daughter, when I was in my thirties.  I had loose, sagging skin on my abdomen, my waist was gone, and my breasts just weren’t the same.

Believe it or not, I hid my body for the next fourteen years! I went on to have two more daughters.  Although I love my children more than anything in the world, I was devastated at what the pregnancies had done to my body.  I was so unhappy with my appearance, and my thoughts just consumed me.  I wasted so much mental energy and time obsessing over it, avoiding fitted clothes, and generally just had a lousy body self-image.  My husband told me I was beautiful no matter what, but I still couldn’t be satisfied with my post-baby body. 

Eventually, I came to work with Dr. Poulos.  I chose to work as a Massage Therapist and Medical Aesthetician for Dr. Poulos specifically, because I knew as a Board-certified plastic surgeon, she could perform any procedure on the face or body.  And I knew she was an excellent surgeon; I have seen her work first-hand -it’s gorgeous, and the patients are thrilled!  

So, over the two years that I’ve worked here, I made some very conscious decisions.  At the supermarket, I would intentionally compare prices on a product between the store brand and the name brand, buy the store brand, and then pocket the difference. Feeding a family of six – that’s a cost savings that added up quickly.  I stopped buying coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts and brought my lunch more often.  That saved money too.  Eventually, I got to the point where my financial goal for surgery was in sight! So, I made an appointment to see Dr. Poulos as a cosmetic patient.

Even though I am also her employee, from the moment I stepped foot in the exam room, I was treated exactly as any other cosmetic surgery patient.  Dr. Poulos was so professional, but also so understanding and warm!  I had a million thoughts churning in my head.  Dr. Poulos addressed everything, down to the smallest detail.  No question was stupid or irrelevant. 

I told Dr. Poulos I was really worried about going too large with the implants.  I am a soccer mom, and I didn’t want to embarrass my kids – all girls – as being the mom with her cleavage hanging out in the stands at a soccer game!  Dr. Poulos explained that I had a wide ribcage, and how that factored into her decision to choose implants that would not make me look wider, or bigger.  Apparently, implants have differing dimensions:  some project more than others, some are wider than others, etc.  What works for a petite, small woman would not work for a tall or more rubenesque woman. I was completely reassured by her explanation, and allowed her to choose the implants that she felt would best suit my body.

I was really excited about the tummy tuck, too.  Finally, I would have a waist again!  Plus, I had a small scar on my abdomen that I’d hope she’d revise. 

I met with Dr. Poulos as a patient once more, at the Pre-Op, before my surgery date. I was given detailed instructions, and I followed them to the letter.  I had waited too long for this, not to take it seriously!  I was going to recover at my mother’s house, and leave the kids with their Dad for the week.  I didn’t want to risk a complication from over-doing anything.  I was completely prepared for this, body and mind!

The morning of the surgery, I was so excited!  I had butterflies in my stomach.  I was like a kid at Christmas.  The nurses at the hospital joked that I was the happiest patient they had ever seen!  I was grinning ear to ear as they rolled me into the Operating Room.  I couldn’t help myself.

The morning after the surgery, and in the days that followed – I was thrilled.  I really had no pain whatsoever.  Maybe it was the mind-body connection, but I was just so happy to receive this gift of a new body.  If there was pain, I did not register it.  I followed Dr. Poulos’ post-op instructions to the letter, and am so glad I did! 

My new body is awesome!  It is perfect.  I am so glad I did this.  I look even better than I did before having babies! Dr. Poulos even lightly liposuctioned my stomach to give me the appearance of abs!  She revised the scar, and somehow made it look like an ab muscle. My breasts look incredible. I would do the surgery again in a second.  My only regret is waiting 14 years in the first place!