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12 things I wish I knew before tummy tuck surgery

  • 3 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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Did any one had an allergic reaction on the belly from the Meds .
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I'm starting to lose interest in this page because of this rubbish ^
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I understand, send a email message to "contactus@realself.com"
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Thanks for this posting, where can i find the supply list?
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wish I would have found this site pre-op but glad I am here now! I fortunately have a bff that is 6 weeks postop and gave me tons of tips too. What I find confusing is the differing in information (and the lack of) for some things. Some say "yes" to the binding, some say "no". Some only for a few weeks, some long term - I mean, Really????? Isn't there any factual basis for what is better vs. worse for as long as TT have been around? Main thing I am searching for right now is whether or not to use any creams, lotions, antibacterial, on the sutures. I don't recall anything from the PS, but my friend (we went to the EXACT same Doctor) said she was told to use Vaseline. I am reluctant as anything placed on the scars is increasing the odds of introduction of bacteria, to me. Any thoughts, tips, etc???? I am 1 week post op tomorrow.
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oh, and reading this article had me belly laughing. Painful, but in a good way. lol
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terribluefire. my PS advised me to only put a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. that's what I've been using since 10 days po. I am now 25 days po. the scar is amazingly light!!! I highly recommend it!
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Your incision may be different from others but once I got the ok from my doctor, I used Bio- oil and similar products to help keep the scar soft and disappear later. The incision must be totally closed so you do not introduce bacteria. Hope this helped.
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When you say "only put a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher" are you talking about sunscreen for when you are out in the sun?
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absolutely helpful!!!! I felt the same way - that putting anything on the incision was not optimal in healing but was not clear. In fact I went for my 1 week visit today and he told me nothing but a little neosporin only wear I may see wheeping after a scab falls off. I am healing really well!
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thank you - I may try a little further into po.
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Call the office! I enjoy reading what others have to say but...
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OMFG what is this shit, no one can mend a broken relationship but the person who broke it and spell casters Damn what century are we in ? So many gullable people out there
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how do you report spam on this site, do you know? This needs to go!
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I don't know but I wish I did, I think it can only be deleted by the person running this page
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Just let one of the Community Managers know (like me) and we will look into it- I've taken care of this one.  Thanks!
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Glad it was removed.
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thanks!!!
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We got this...:)
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Thanks Kimmers....I have no idea what the spammers get out of peddling that sh*te. It's just bloody annoying....stupid sods! Back on topic...I'm using Bio Oil but I was interested in the suncream aspect too. I'm 5 months out and my scar is dark purple& still bumpy in places. Not really a problem for me, as soon as it's feasible, I intend to tattoo all around it, like a belt anyway. But it would be nice to get the incision line as flat as possible first. Any ideas ladies?
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I'm also wondering about the sunscreen thing too,, and I'm also getting my scar covered with a tatto I'm thinking a cherry blosom
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Sounds pretty Angie....I first thought daisy-chain but then decided I'm more of your thorny-rose kinda girl....lol
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I know, the spammers are very annoying.   But don't worry we have your back:)
Keep massaging with the Bio oil and you will soon see results.  The scars take a good year to start changing in color.  The purple color is normal at this point but will fade.   Try to keep the scars out of the sun for the first 12-18 months.   The sun could make them super dark at this point.   I always use a #50 sunblock on those areas as well as my face.  
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4 weeks to go before I'm on the flat side :-) the wait is killing me
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