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9 Feelings You Have Before, During & After Tummy Tuck

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• Excitement – yahoo my hanging tummy is gone and I will look great.

• Anxiety – too many topics to cover on this one! Oh good lord I was a mess for about two weeks.

• Happiness – you really are happy you did this.

• Sadness – yes you will cry at the Hallmark Ads. Have no clue why but it passes quickly.

• Depression – mild though irritating.

• Pain pain and more pain – this gets better by the day so hang on

• Exhilaration – ahhhh bliss my double muffin top is gone.

• Confusion – or as I like to refer to as the “What the Heck Was I Thinking” moments.

• Worry – what if my swelling doesn’t go down, will this pain end, what if my jeans don’t fit, hope I don’t gain weight because I am not exercising, my house is dirty and I can’t clean right now. Oh hell the list goes on. As women and mothers I think this is our favorite pass time so just roll with it. Nobody will die, the kids will survive and you can get the house back in order later. If people come to visit and don’t like your dirty house just send them packing……or hand them the mop and dust rag.

All of these feelings are totally normal so just ride the rollercoaster and know it will stop eventually. I am pretty sure my husband felt like he was living with Cybil for a couple of weeks. The moods changed more that I emptied my drains. Come on ladies ride the coaster with grace and be happy and proud that you did this procedure for yourself. We are so worth it. We have labored and delivered children so we can definitely survive this one.

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Hi girls I'm so excited I'm getting my surgery on May 16. Reading all this help me to know what to expect but at the same time it makes scare..Hope all is worth at the end. I'm flying to the Dom Rep. To get this done and I am praying to be able to be up and ready after two weeks..Can't wait ;)
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Hello I Ann I just got my TT yesterday 4/7/14 and I haven't seen my stomach yet not till 2maro I'm a little afraid of what it might look like I know it's bruised and swollen right now I just can't wait to take this off just to see but then again I don't know if I really wanna see it!! What should I expect??
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!! I had my TT on 3/25 and I am a freaking mess: sad, happy, anxious over everything, under rested, sore, did I mention anxious. This has been much harder than I thought!!
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Hang on tight and things will improve.   Just breath......this is all temporary and your will start feeling better very soon.  You are still pretty fresh into the recovery and all of these thoughts you are having are normal.  

Keep checking in and let me know how you are doing.  Stay active in the community and forums and that will help you!   Everyone on here get's what you are going through.  You can do this so hold on.
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Thank you Kimmers! As of today, I have a rash under my binder and a spot on my face. I see my PS today.
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How did the appointment go today?   Try wearing a super soft all cotton tank top under your binder.  That will give you a little protection and comfort.  

The rash could be from the meds as well.  
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Thank you for checking on me! I rec'd a prednisone dose pack (would love to know when to expect relief). I was able to take my first shower in 13 days!! I am still itchy and blotchy. I took off the big surgical binder and switched to a spanx. I was going to go back to work today, i am two weeks post-op. I will wait and try in a few days. I am so happy that I found this forum... I take comfort in reading about others' experiences!
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You bet!   The medication and change of binder should help.  Two weeks off work simply isn't enough in my book.  I was off a little over 3 weeks and was glad for that.  The extra week really helped.  

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I went to work for 4.5 hours. I am now back home. My belly feels tight and this itching is driving me crazy!! I feel tired, but not awful. Glad I went and glad I am back home.
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I had a full to on 3\20 man this first week has been one for the books...my drains come out Friday can't wait! Still in a lot of pain...having all these feelings I've read here to...I'm hoping for brighter days.
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Brighter days are ahead:)   Glad you are here with us in the forum.
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Thank you..got my drains out a week ago thank god! My question is my stomach did look like it went down, but now I look really swollen it's almost worry some to me... is this normal? I feel like I'm swelling more and more. It's only been 2.5 weeks post op. All opinions greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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The swelling will come and go from morning to night and day to day.  Have you increased your activity level a bunch?    If so that will cause more swelling at this point in the recovery.  

If you feel that it's extreme make sure to have your doctor check this out.  You need to make sure that you don't have a fluid build up.  Probably not, but always best to have this checked out.  My doctor had told me that if my belly felt like a water bed to call asap.
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Yeah l probably over did it the other day, but have been laying around for 3 days swelling has gone done a lot. I just can't stand laying around but I want to recover. I saw on YouTube the fluid build up so I was sure I didn't have that. Pain has gone down to about a 3 at times pretty good now. Just can't wait to get back to work and working out. Thanks for the answers :)
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Really needed to read that right now - the 'worry' and 'depression' mixed in with the pain and the swelling is doing my head in. Knowing I'm not the only one to feel like this afterwards is a relief :)
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You are not alone, there are many here who will help support you.   How are you doing now?
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Getting better and the pain is subsiding, just the weird taughtness across the tummy and occasional boob ache. Just the lack of energy to deal with - really affects the motivation. But I keep reminding myself that this surgery is no trivial thing and will take time to recover from. Thanks for your support, don't know what I'd have done without the support of my fellow travellers :)
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All of these comments I can so relate until. It does help knowing I'm not the only one. I am exactly 1 week post op from the 2nd surgery. First tt on March 31 then hematoma on Tuesday. Last week a couple of chats with God later I decided that living was still the best option. Now, home for 2 days, still can't shower, still very swollen and drains that aren't leaving me soon. I go for my first post op apt tomorrow and am so looking forward to hearing anything positive. This recovery is no cake walk. Hoping for some results soon!!
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Hi Daimaund- so sorry to hear this! I think I knew going into this that it would be hard, but I truly had no idea how hard it would be. If I knew then what I know now... Well, I am not sure I would have has the surgery. I know with time I will feel different. Keep your chin up and keep us posted on your recovery!
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Yeah, that tightness will hang around for a while.  Go easy and with the flow for a while and your energy will return.   Your body needs to heal, and will do so at it's own pace.
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Hang in there and things will turn around.  You will wake up one morning and realize that you finally feel better and have turned a corner.  It seriously happens that quickly.  
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My tightness went away around week 2 I was so happy I felt like I could breath. I'm approaching week 3 and finally doing well. You will 2. Feel better soon!
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I just had a tt and breast lift on Friday 3/7. I'm 44 yo and lost over 100 lbs (sleeve). I weighed 220 before the surgery. I have a lot of skin on the thighs and arms. I take pain meds every 8 hrs (not the recommended 4). i have some discomfort and my hips are swollen. The pain kicks in when I laugh or cough. I feel like í've housebound for weeks and it's only been 70 hrs.
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I've found this forum so helpful. I'm 6.5 weeks out. Lower tummy is flat. Upper tummy is not. Doctor told me the step up would flatten, and said to give it three months, but it seems to me that my upper belly still has quite a a bit of fat on it. I'd love to think this is just swelling from lipo, but it feels like fat. I've been very heartened to read Kimmers' posts and see how she continued to drop sizes for months. I would like to think I will do the same, but I have a feeling I'm about where I'm going to stay. I will say this -- I had a major separation in my abs, and now they meet, and the loose awful skin is no longer hanging down, so for those two things alone I'm happy. I know I have to be realistic: I'm 48, had huge babies, used to weight 255 pounds, and am now at 190, and have lots of high stretch marks that nothing can be done for. I wasn't looking for a bikini body; just to look OK in normal clothes, and now basically I do. So if this is as good as it gets, it was still worth it. I was just hoping upper belly could be a bit flatter. Anybody look like me at 6.5 weeks and end up with a better result after a few more weeks?
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Check out my pictures. I had the same issues and I am still a little larger in the upper abs that I would like BUT it has gone down some. My lower belly is very flat!
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