Age 50 Plus Tummy Tuckers

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Ladies we now have a new community just for you. Talk about all the experiences you've had as a Tummy Tucker over the age of 50.

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Pre op appointment coming up on Tuesday! Bought 4 compression garments.. will bring them in and see what nurses suggest best to wear. Got my list of questions ready. I'm assuming most of them will be answered before I have a chance to ask, but I'm not taking any chances. Less than 2 weeks to go.. reality it starting to set in!
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Exciting!!!
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I have had two tummy tucks. First one was only partial. Not happy with results so had it redone. I'm 52 with four kids (first one was a c-section). I don't know if I have unrealistic expectations or if you have better results the younger you are. I want a flat stomach and don't feel like it is yet. I had the second one done April 21, 2014. Maybe it's just a matter of time. I'm working out hard but am still not at 100%. I still have twinges of pain around belly button when I do certain things. I will say the second surgery (even with breast implants this time) was so much easier. Recovery was extremely easy (I didn't even use pain medication at all). Is it possible to get defined, toned abs at 52?
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It has to be worth trying!! - the abs I meant. Even if you don't get the look you want on the outside, the inside has to be in much better shape at least.
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7 months, swollen abdomen, constant stomach pain and discomfort, never a comfortable bowel, shape gone, and proofing tummy...where did the 6 month me go? I look dreadful with such swollen abdomen, and do uncomfortable, really wish I had not had this surgery now.
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So sorry, to hear you have had so many problems. Must be tough when you consider that this is an elective surgery! I truly hope that things improve for you xxx
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Funky Nana, thank for your kind words! What a grizzle pot I was. Feeling much better today, and less bothered by everything. I am glad I had the surgery, especially after some encouraging words from my very loving hubby! Trying yoghurt, plums and mixed berries now..I'm diabetic....and finding that very helpful. Thankyou :) xxx
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And I'm 59 tomorrow, so a better attitude is just the thing! :)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!
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Happy Birthday, Gillie Ruth! So sorry to hear you are having such a rough time of it. Have you ever checked back with your PS or is it your bowel problem that has been giving you the problem? Sure hope you are feeling better soon. I've been away from my computer for the past several weeks so I haven't been keeping up with everybody but I think about you and wonder how you are getting on. I am still experiencing the fullness in my abdomen, especially as the day goes on but they say it takes up to a year or more till everything settles in. Just hang in there, my friend, it's going to be better and I hope you have a great Birthday, today.
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Hi KES25, glad to hear from you, I wonder how you are too. Hope you are well. I go for a checkup soon, just had a month of asthma and severe chest infection, so cortisone, antibiotics, constant coughing and pump haven't helped much! Put on several kilos because of the cortisone, and it does make emotions very up and down! Tummy trouble has been since the surgery, but I have IBS, so checkups all round. Our weather is getting cold now, how are your gardening plans going, mine will have to wait until I'm a bit stronger. Thankyou for the message, and birthday wishes. Hope you continue to improve with the swelling..it's quite a journey. I will hang in there friend of mine, and check back soon. I don't want to put other ladies of having Tt, it's still worth it all. :)
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Gillie Ruth, Having to fight Respiratory and gastric problems and the side effects of the cortisone is a tall order for anyone, much more someone only a little over half a year po TT. You earned the right to have an emotional release. Just remember, this too will pass. You'll probably be holding a little fluid while on the Cortisone also, but remember, the benefits of the meds outweigh the pesky side effects. So you are getting the cool weather, how cold do your winters get where you live? I'v been very busy for the past month or so. My youngest daughter bought a new home and I went down to her place for a few days to help her move, she only lives a 3 hour drive from us. I've also been busy with my garden, still have a few things to put in. My Husband and I have been going up to the casino in New York with relatives a few times this spring. I think that everyone just wants to do something different after the miserable cold winter we had just gone through. Anyway, I just couldn't seem to find the time to get to the computer. I also work 3- 12 hour shifts per week at the hospital. Time seems to get away from me at times. I went to the Podiatrist a couple of weeks ago, doing stretching exercises for my lt Achilles Tendon, icing it and wearing a contraption to bed to hold my foot at a 90 degree angle while I sleep. I can't take anti-inflammatories so I will just have to work my way through the foot issue. By the way Gillie Ruth, my name is Kathy. I often just use my initials and numbers as identifier on line. Well, I have no Idea what time it is there, or even what day, for that matter, lol. So, enjoy the rest of your Birthday. Get better, get strong.
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Hi Kathy, thankyou for such a thoughtful reply. Guessed you were in a medical field, you use professional terms. The reassurance has done me the world of good, slowly recovering, better each day! we have cool winters now, not as cold as when I was little, about -1C is lowest, but we are on the coast, and it's much much colder in northern Victoria. We are copping days of 47C, never, ever been so hot before. We are heading into a warm winter, hardly had autumn..sad..not many coloured leaves at all. It is Wednesday 18th, 12 o'clock here as I write. How lovely to have grandies and a daughter nearby, new home lovely! You must find a 12 hour shift, onyour feet, tiring especially with Achilles problems. Scoliosis makes standing really straight hard, but chiropractic helps a lot, and I can sit in class as I need at school. Oh yes, meant to tell you I have been for update interviews, now a CRT again, just in time for work in the cold weather, school holidays for two weeks then I start back, so excited, haven't taught since I nursed ny mum through her leukemia, sadly she didn't make it, but, i have an 85 year old father who is in much better nick than I am, so that helps a lot. Looking forward to gardening soon, my diabetes (type 2) and genetic, is needing a kick start now I'm functioning better. Heck I sound a complete wreck! Haven't been so sick in years, but Hib is a nasty infection, but I avoided hospital, so that's good.how warm do your summers get, sounds like they would be mild? Do you have humid warm weather? We are getting more sticky humid days now like Queensland which is not what we are used to at all, more like Sydney and Auckland. The casino with friends sounds fun, yes a break after a long spell of indoors is great. We've been to our Crown Casino, very swish for a look around and lunch, but had the kids with us so didnt get near anything much. Out the front of the casino are huge brick towers that regularly shoot large spumes of gas flames into the air, sounds and looks brilliant at night, a few charred seagulls and pigeons, flying around I think! There is a beautiful water and lights interactive display in the foyer too which makes it one of our big tourist attractions. Just had to add, I broke my foot, witha bad sprain as well jan 2013, so I can identify with that heel problem, dad tore his clean off the bone, yuk, but is good as new now, so there is hope for you, as you say, time and this too shall pass :) keep well and enjoy your day. I will do as I'm told and get better, and strong, thankyou again for your post, you sound a very calm and kind person.
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Finally made it to 6 months po! Still experiencing a few things that should settle. A severe chest infection and asthma have left me coughing day and night for a month, no hospital though! So I know I am very securely sewn together and healing, what's core workout it's been. I still swell, but, not as bad as I thought I would after this. For those of you suffering bowel problems...coloxyl tablets, water, and mild fibre, then when that awful moment of having to push comes, use a glycerine suppository, and wait, and there tis! No straining, stitch pulling ans swelling. I'm having to do this still as cortisone and antibiotics kill the movement, and with asthma there isn't enough breath left for pushing :( Greek yoghurt is a great fixer of tummies bothered by painkillers too. Probably too much info! Im a long way from my final shape because of this, but shopping for normal clothes before I got sick sure was fun! Go well and be patient, it all comes together eventually!
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Thank you for the update:)
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what did you wear home from the hosp? Bigger size shorts (my TT is July 24) bigger size undies for the swelling? Button down shirt?
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good question :)
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I wore home what I came in, but that was after 5 days in hospital. I found soft elastic waists, or longer line t shirts or shirts helped. Leggings, long or short are good. Have a few biggish things as you will swell somedays and be less others. I hated skirts, but loved summer leggings or oversize stretch shorts. Comfort, the main thing!
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You need a top that buttons or zips up (not one that pulls over your head), loose fitting comfortable pants such as capris or yoga pants, and easy slip on shoes (so you don't have to bend over to tie laces). Yes, comfortable underwear too including a bra that ties at the front or back (not a pull over the head sports bra. A nurse will probably be with you to help you get dressed if you need help. If the drive home is a long one take along a couple of pillows.
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Thanks for the info!
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I feel great
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What do you wish you'd known BEFORE the TT surgery that you doc didn't tell you?
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I was well prepared between information from my physician's, my research, my massage therapist and this webite! I honestly took information from all and formulated my plan of action that best fit my journey
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I wish my doctor would have told me that he COULD be doing a MINI tuck instead of a full one as I would have insisted on the FULL tuck which I thought all along I was going to be having. It would have spared me a second surgery/recovery. Please make sure to inform your surgeon of all your expectations, something that I myself had failed to do. I just assumed that my first procedure would address ALL my problem areas which unfortunately didn't happen. That being said, I'm totally happy now!!
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Wow, good for you. I'm 6 weeks out and hope to run a half in October. I ran up to the TT but now am just apprehensive about taking care. Way to go.
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