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12 things I wish I knew before tummy tuck surgery

  • 4 years ago

  1. It is going to take a long time to heal. I went in thinking I was going to be up and running in two weeks. What the heck….I am an intelligent woman but this was really stupid thinking. Please plan on taking a minimum of two full weeks off work and three to four if you can swing it.
  2. They tell you that you will have swelling…whoa. That is an understatement so hang tough.
  3. Your clothes won’t fit for a while so don’t think you are jumping into a pair of skinny jeans any time soon. So not going to happen ladies. I guess I had visions of the tummy being removed, fat being sucked out of my hips and running out to a party the next week. Dreamer….
  4. Do not…and I repeat do not weigh or measure yourself for the first 8 weeks. Your weight will most likely be up and you will be swollen and full of fluid for at least the first month. Well the swelling lasts for weeks so hang on tight.
  5. Do not eat Mexican food the day before your surgery! Totally stupid idea on my part. I got to the hospital and while waiting to be taken back my IBS kicked in. Holy mother of God…I really didn’t think I would stop pooping in time for the surgery. I had visions of being on the OR table, ready to be put under and screaming STOP. I need to go poop. LOL
  6. Please let people take care of you and wait on you hand and foot. Don’t be a hero and try to run any marathons or be super woman. Yes ladies we all know we can run the show and manager everything and everyone in our life….but not now! Just surrender to your care takers and heal properly! Oh yes; and if the spouse is not doing things the way you would normally do it just let it go. You can straighten everything out later. Nobody will die if you are not running the ship for a while.
  7. Eat a light diet the day before surgery; trust me on this one!
  8. They tell you pre op that you will have some discomfort for a while after surgery. That is a lie because it hurts like hell. Obviously the people telling you this have never had a tummy tuck. As long as you don’t laugh, cry, sneeze, take a deep breath, move, poop, try to push and pass gas or any other sudden movements you will be fine. Basically just lay in the bed and play dead for about a week and you will be fine.
  9. Ok the pain meds do a number on your system. Constipation sets in quickly and hurts like hell. Make sure you take Milk of Magnesia the day after surgery; or some sort of stool softener. It hurt so bad that I felt like I had an army of little men with swords in my belly. Miserable!!!! I was gripping the rails of my bed as if I was giving birth. This was the time I wished my IBS would kick in. All I wanted was a nice easy pooh.
  10. Three to five hours after you take the MOM your tummy will start to rumble. Please be near a bathroom and start heading there right away. I was moving so slow after surgery that it took forever to get anywhere. Well when the rumbling started I laid in the bed thinking I had time….hmm. Really I swear I am an intelligent person. I couldn’t run so this was going to be a challenge!
  11. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand before the surgery day. You won’t be able to drive to get anything after. I will include a supply list shortly.
  12. Do not watch any funny movies the first two weeks. I made that mistake and it hurt like hell. You do not want any deep gut laughter for a while. My son laughed so hard watching me try not to laugh. I thought he was going to wet his pants laughing. Apparently the face of a woman in pain after a tummy tuck is quite comical to a teenager. The little shit!
If you have any questions please let me know.  You may reach out to me at Kimmers25

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I am afraid to undergo surgery, I am 24 years old, 5'2 and I have a fat belly. I want to dissolve it naturally so I tried sit ups every morning. I also do cardiovascular exercise every afternoon.
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Hi, what is the main problem, is I a fear of any surgery or just a TT surgery?? At your age, your skin and muscle tone will produce a very successful TT result as there will be so much more elasticity than us 'oldies'. The actual surgery isn't as bad as you imagine it to be and will definitely be 'life changing'. also at your age, the PS is mindful of your need to possibly wear a 2-piece swimmer, so the scar will be deliberately low. Please talk to a PS to discover its process and implications, it really isn't that scary. If you are just afraid of surgery in general, then please see your local Doctor and have a talk about it and resolve any perceived issues. I guarantee you if you decide to have a TT, that it will be a great result. Contact any of the RS Girls for any questions or experiences. There won't be an issue that someone hasn't been through and would be pleased to pass on.
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Any, good for you when it comes to your exercise routine - sometimes that just doesn't do the truck 100%. If you feel you have put in the most effort and you still need that last push a TT might be what you are looking for. The surgery is not easy whatsoever. Make sure you are prepared for a solid 2-4 weeks off from work (if you go back after 2 weeks like me make sure that third week you take it really easy at work and bring ice). No matter what you choose to do RS is a great sore with so many supportive and helpful people. Feel free to message me if you have any other questions or need to chat. Good luck!!! Hugs - Jackie
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Amy do it!!! I'm 28....I was there too. We are too young to not be happy with the way we look. It was super hard, not going to lie. First 4-5 wks. were hell for me...I'm 10 wks. out & I wouldn't change my decision ever. I did as much as I could as a single mom to stay fit & lose weight...was 28, 5'3 & 128 lbs. going into surgery (highest weight was 142). My self esteem was awful! It's baaack tho :) I'm me again, I'm happy with who I am. Fear is temporary, pain in temporary, the way you feel about yourself is permanent. Don't let the fear stop you!!
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How bad is your belly fat Amy??
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Hi ladies...... I had a tummy tuck 6/30/14 and I still swell up daily and have minimal pain with discomfort. I went back to working out after my 6wk f/u.. Not a good idea.. The swelling drives me crazy!! I love the aftermath ... but be prepared to swell and have minimal pain for a while- O and it still hurt like hell when I laugh and I am 90 days out. Good luck everyone!!!
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Thank you for telling this! I had TT on 11-30-14, still have one drain in and still hurt. That is almost one month with a drain!
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Sorry...see....still hurting TT on 9-30-14
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I had my TT muscle and hernia repair in 9/24 and I still swell towards the end of the day. I also have pain when I sneeze though not too bad but throughout the day I want to just take my pants off. But.... I'm at work, so I can't, good luck!!!!!
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I am just starting this journey. I had a vrticasl gastric sleeve performed on Feb. 29, 2014 start wy 285 now 190. I want to have ba andf tt by February 15, 2015. I'm so ghlad this site exists, I'm learning a lot from y'all. Thanks so much
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Glad to have you here with us:)
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Comical, but helpful. .I'm haven my Abdominoplasty surgery 10 December. .thank you for being straight with us.
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You bet girlie!
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Could you please describe shortly..........
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My surgeon doesnt provide a compression garment but told me to buy some magic pants. What did everyone get told?my tt is booked for 18th November and I am totally addicted to this site!!!!
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I was just like you a RS addict. I wanted to know everything good and bad. I'm so glad I found this site and read dozens of stories. Wow, I learned a lot. I was provided with a binder by my PS - it looks like a giant white ace bandage with Velcro on one end. I still wear it. Found it's the easiest since bending over to put on panties will prove difficult for a good 2 weeks. My binder said dj orthopedics llc. Maybe you can find it online or Amazon. Let me know if you have any other questions!!! :) congrats on your upcoming date!!!
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What are magic pants?   That is a new one to me..and I am happy to hear you are addicted to RealSelf:)
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My surgeon provided a white Marena binder. I plan to order another on, so that I can rotate them.
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The Marena bras and garments are wonderful.
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Sobomana, I hear you there I was the same four weeks ago. Now I am 6 weeks post-op and I feel much better. Not 100 percent but finally I can stand straight and walk. For the last five days I have been walking a little everyday and yesterday I walked 2 miles :) three weeks ago I thought I was never going to be able to walk again. In no time you'll feel better soon :)
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You're so sweet. Thank you for the kind words. Good luck with your journey! :) glad you're doing well. 2miles is amazing!!!!
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Thank you very much for the information and your great humor of saying it
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You are welcome:)
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