Getting really depressed almost 4 weeks post-op

  • KayeFL
  • FL
  • 3 years ago

The first two weeks I was the happiest woman on the planet. I was in pain, but thrilled with how I looked. Then week 3 started and I started getting up and doing things, but not a lot and still rested a lot. I work on a computer and I really didn't do much of that.  Week three is when the swelling started. It has gotten worse and worse and has never gone down.  With this big swollen pouch that is hard and ugly I look like I did before surgery except with a larger scar. I haven't been outside to get hot. I ate more protein like they said, I have warn stage 2 garments and the original also. I have avoided salt. Will this go away or will I always look like this. I feel ugly and so sad. I was embarrassed for my husband to see me before; now I am really embarrassed. Is this normal?

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3-5 weeks is swell hell. Very normal and I felt exactly like you. Then one day it just slowly subsides. Be patient xxxx
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4 weeks post op tomorrow and still battling the afternoon swell hell. saw dr this week and says all looks good and no fluid retention. So does week 4 offer hope of less swelling?
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GIRL IM ON MY 3 MOS POST OP AND SWOLLEN THEY SAY IT TAKES UP TO A FULL YEAR FOR IT ALL TO BE FINAL! THIS YEAR ITS MAXI DRESSES
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I had a full tummy tuck and lipo/muscle repair November 25; I am a runner/cyclist and had to stop everything for 6 weeks. A month after I had surgery I moved to a new city to live with my boyfriend, right before the holidays and then dealing with blending a family. Started running/cycling again at about 7.5 weeks, however I am up 8-10 pounds since surgery, mostly feeling heavy in my lower body. I am feeling extremely down even though I eat well, I am being coached and I run/cycle/exercise 5 days a week. All at the okay of my doctor. I tried acupuncture and now doing dry brushing for my lymphatic system and going to see my good friend for some lymphatic therapy this coming weekend, but regardless, I have up 8-10 pounds and cannot rid of it. I'm honestly feeling freaked out and wondering what is happening, and there I add stress which also messes with your body. I'm trying to believe that this is just the process, I have done everything I am supposed to, but I am no where near what I expected. I am an athlete, six weeks down after intense surgery, and now feeling not so happy ...
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Hello ladies. I too had some really hard swelling on my left side. It was so tight I finally went to see my PS who decided to see if there was fluid. He aspirated 200 cc's and I instantly felt better. I have had one more aspiration two days later for 130 cc's. After that, he put me on bed rest for two days and I used a gel zone wrap to keep constant compression on my incision and lower belly. I go back tomorrow for follow up, but I don't think the seroma has healed. By the way, I am 4 weeks PO tomorrow. So, if you think something is not right, keep talking to your PS. In all of the reading, seromas normally present like a wavy waterbed under the skin, not a hard swelling like I had, so keep asking questions. The aspirations don't hurt by the way, they numb the area. Chin up, we will get through it. Blessed healing!
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Good evening ladies i am 4 weeks post full tummy tuck, muscle repair n lipo. I had the same ugly hard swelling and i stopped using any compression garments n now.my tummy is flat n i no longer get swollen. I cleaned my house moved a heavy box n feeling great. I do have some numb parts where i had the lipo. I am also tapping my scar. Some of my tape came off n i had no scar in a few places. So very pleased with my results. Wish everyone all the best healing.
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BUTTERCUPPY YOU STOPPED ALL TOGETHER USING THE BINDER AND SPANX GARMENTS
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Swelling is going down, but will address it at my 8 week visit next week. Will keep u posted :)
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What ever happened with the swelling ? I'm having the same issue, today is my 3 week mark and I can barely get my shorts on. The swelling is above the scar on the left side.
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I had my mini TT on August 9th. I have swelling and a firm area on the left side. I'm not feeling very pretty at all. I am still in all of the same clothes as before and some of them are tight.
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Hi girls, I'm just at my 4 weeks post op mini TT and I feel like I've got a pouch from just above my tummy button to just above my scar, it's hard so I'm just hoping it's swelling as I never had it before my op, I only had loose skin before, I feel as though my tummy looks worse than before my op, I'm still wearing my compression garments day and night which my surgeon has advised me, I'm doing exactly what he tells me as I don't know any different, I keep looking at myself in the mirror and thinking I hope this isn't the end result, I expected to have a totally flat stomach area and I haven't, any advise and comments off you ladies would be grateful..... Thanku x
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Here is a link to some answers from our RealSelf doctors on Swelling After a Mini Tummy Tuck.   And also Pouch After Mini Tummy Tuck.  

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Well, I have noticed that wearing any kind of compression garment makes me swell massively so I have quit using them. I still have some pain, which I am not sure is normal at this stage.

I decided yesterday to just live with pain and get going and do things. Small swelling still occurs, but it is also very hot and humid in FL.
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Hi Kaye,

I never wore one after day 3 post op and all went well.  You will have swelling with or without it so why not be as comfortable as possible:)

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Hello
New here. Made up my mind to get a TT. After 4 kids I really need it. So I started calling around for consultations and have 4 already booked!!!
I'm so happy.
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You go girl!!   And we will all be here to support you:) 

Just sent you a PM..

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Hi Kimmers25
Thanks for the support.Can't wait til my first consultation on Monday!!!
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I will be anxious to hear how that goes:)  Keep me updated.

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Hey Kimmers25

I'll post on how my consultation goes Monday.
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Some doctors don't even want their patients to wear compression garments! Check out this link.

That said, it's always best to follow doctor's orders. I'm glad your spirits are up a bit. Please keep us posted.

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Thank you Angie. I am looking at it now.

Kimmer, I am trying and hoping these are not the final results. :-)

I went to a medical message therapist that cleaned out my lymphatic system and did some healing message. The swelling reduced by I would say 85% by the next day. It hasn't been nearly as bad and I feel a lot less depressed. I had no idea I would swell like that.

He did give me some advice so please let me know your thoughts. He said to talk to my doc first, but he would recommend not wearing the compression garment for awhile. I left it off that day and the next day the swelling was minimal. The doc said put it back on and I instantly started swelling up again, so which is better? I see the doc tomorrow and will talk with him about it as well.
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My Dr never put me in a garment. Swelling has not been bad I get some after a day when I overdue. I'm not quite 4 weeks post op.
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Oh Kaye this is normal:(  Your Swell Hell has set in but don't let it get the best of you.  It will be ok so stay strong.  Patience and time will heal this. 

This procedure is a hard one and takes weeks if not months to recover from.  It is very normal for your emotions to be all over the board along with the swelling.  Just take this one day at a time and focus on the end results. 

Keep doing what you are doing and you will heal.  You can do this Girl:)

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Hi Kaye,

Have you discussed this with your plastic surgeon? Swelling is still very common at three weeks. I think it's what you call swell hell. You might want to read Kimmer's Month by Month Tummy Tuck Diary. Though she had a full TT, I think some of her guidance will still be pertinent to you. Please come back and let us know how you're feeling. And if you haven't already, you should consider posting a review of your experience in our Mini Tummy Tuck Community.

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