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My Experience with Plastic Surgery and a Mommy Makeover

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Mastopexy and Breast Augmentation Recovery

There’s not a lot of need to break this down into subtopics because the recovery is fairly straightforward! There’s some discomfort at the beginning but compared to the abdominoplasty it’s nothing. The scars vary depending on the exact procedure the surgeon performs. Dr. Y used an anchor lift/scar pattern because of how much tissue I had. This means the scar pattern is shaped like an anchor, which is one of the largest scar patterns for this type of work. I was worried how it would look, but honestly, the scar underneath the breast is mostly hidden by the breast itself. Right now you can still see the vertical line coming up from the underneath scar, and toward the nipple. I’m eager for that one to fade and am hopeful it will in time. I’m told it takes about a year and a half for the scars to fade into thin white lines.

My surgeon gave me a couple of bras that snap in the front, to wear during recovery. No underwires for 12 weeks and there’s no need for them anyway. It’s recommended to sleep with the bras during recovery as well, which isn’t a big deal because they’re pretty comfortable. I had to wear an elastic strap over the top of my breasts for the first little while, to aid in pushing them down.

For breast work, the biggest thing is needing patience for the results. It takes months for the breasts to “drop and fluff” and they sit high and tight until then. I would say mine really got into position around month 4 and they now have that nice teardrop shape. They look very natural and are mostly soft. If I’ve done a lot in the day, or am flexing, they can get firm but overall are not. One of the reasons I had this procedure was to even my breasts out because I hated how lopsided I was. I wouldn’t say they are completely even, but at least it’s not so noticeable now. They may still have some settling to do so I’m just giving them time. If there is a difference between the two, it’s minor enough I likely won’t have a revision. 

Bikini photo Feb 2020

For the first time in my life I have cleavage and I am so happy with Dr. Yamahata’s work. I don’t think it’s obvious I had my boobs done and people can’t really tell if I’m covered up. I didn’t go with a drastically larger size and I have a large frame and ribcage so it really isn’t obvious. The main reason I had the mastopexy and augmentation was because of the lack of volume and depletion from breastfeeding 4 babies. Plus, bra shopping was a nightmare because of being two different sizes! Having them done was completely for me and what I see every day and I love what I see (hubby ain’t complainin’ either)!! Major self esteem booster right here! 


Having plastic surgery is a very personal decision and one that shouldn’t be made lightly. I did a lot of research on the procedures and the surgeon. I have some older friends who have had similar surgeries and they all wish they’d done it sooner! My confidence is bursting at the seams some days and I never thought I’d feel that way. Do I wish I could’ve had all this confidence without surgery? Sure, but I’m not ashamed of the route I took. I feel good in my own skin and that’s pretty awesome!

My experience with a Mommy Makeover

If you have any questions about my experience with plastic surgery and a mommy makeover I will be hosting a live Q&A on Instagram tomorrow night, 2/20/2020 at 7pm PST. Follow me on Instagram here

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