November Tummy Tuckers Check In Here

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mY surgery is set for 11-11-14 on a tuesday at MGH... I cannot believe it!
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What have you guys been told about doing ab work? I called b/c I was curious (NOT b/c I thought in any way I am ready for it) and they said 6 months. That's for straight up ab stuff like crunches and leg lifts. They said I can do ab work that is incorporated in my workout like knee lifts, twists, etc., just no crunches for six months--and then she said "see how you feel." What have you guys been told?
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My doctor told me to let my body tell me when I have gone too far. I waited until 4 months, but now I do full ab workouts, with weights and everything. There are a couple of exercises that I have modified to super easy because I will feel a very uncomfortable stretch- not pain, but I know going farther than that would be dangerous. So far I have had zero problems and I've been doing workouts like that with a personal trainer for five weeks.
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Hello everyone - I haven't been around in a while - been so busy focusing on my health and working like a crazy woman! I started a facebook page and thought some of you healthnuts might want to check it out and hopefully give me any feedback or interaction! I'm also writing a blog but it's all pretty casual right now. Anyway - you can find it here if you are a FBer. https://www.facebook.com/extraordinarypamela?ref=hl how is everyone doing? I was just thinking about you because I swear at times I STILL get swelling. Does anyone else feel that way??
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Hi Gypsysoul! I just "liked" your page! All is well with me. Glad to see you drop by!
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oh so cool! i am totally enjoying doing it and pouring my energies into it. Positive thinking and all that :)
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When you say you still swell, what do you mean, exactly? Cause that statement scares the crap out of me! lol. Swelling is my major issue, still, at almost 3 months.
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I was at a year in early November and have never been into abdominal exercises in my life. I would like to start but can only imagine I would swell. I still swell A LOT and the muscle repair hurts when I do. It's getting better but when I lift a lot of heavy items or do any strenuous activity I like to wear my compression gear because it helps feel better. The skin still feels weird and uncomfortable when touched too. My dr doesn't seem concerned and says that everyone heals differently and it's not abnormal to still have symptoms over a year out. Even with all of these side effects I do not at all regret doing this. I can wear the correct size of clothing for my body rather than needing 3-4 sizes bigger for my belly and I haven't been asked when I'm due with my baby!!! I am going back to dr in March to have my dog ears taken care of. Was hoping they would work themselves out but they didn't. I hope everyone is enjoying their new bodies:)!
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I'm afraid I would swell, too, if I did crunches. I already swell enough! I actually thought I was posting my question about ab work on my regular Nov. 2013 board.......forgot this Nov. board doesn't show a date. Imagine my surprise to see all of you one year gals complaining about swelling! That does not make me happy, as I thought that maybe my swelling roller coaster would soon be ending. Sigh.
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Hope you are all doing well in the New Year! It has been so very quiet on this forum since about Christmas. I am recovering well from by medial thigh lift and my brachioplasty (arm lift). I posted pictures on my profile of the arm lift. The thigh lift I need to do some cover up as the before pics are little too revealing. I am extremely pleased with how my arms turned out. The thighs were a little tougher as I have muscular thighs so he couldn't pull them as tight as I would have liked but they are better. The only real issue I am having is discomfort in my left upper arm and into my shoulder which didn't appear until about 4-5 weeks after my surgery. My PS says nothing he did should be giving me the discomfort I am having and he thinks I have an issue with my rotator cuff. This wouldn't surprise me as this is the arm I fell on and broke in July 2012. It could be a residual issue that is just now appearing. I have an appointment with my ortho surgeon next week to have it checked out. It is a good thing I am doing well since my husband had hip replacement on Monday. He came home yesterday and is doing very, very well and will start home physical therapy tomorrow.
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It's been so long since I have been on they have changed the format!!! I have been on vacation for the past month in Florida. I can't believe it's a year and almost a month since my tt. To say I am happy with it is an understatement! My tt gave me back my body, my confidence, and has turned me into a health nut!! I used to exercise and never could get results no matter what I did. That old stomach (which I have a hard time remembering) never would go away no matter what I did. Prior to my tt I stopped exercising a lot and had no motivation for eating well. Since my tt everything has changed! I started eating clean, went off all sugar, meat, chicken, and fish, and most carbs. I have lost 8 pounds that took almost a year to loose but I am keeping them off. I exercise everyday and while in Florida I swam 30 miles in 22 days and played tennis every other day. Did I mention that I was 60? I am so happy with my body and more important with my inner self. Don't have a tummy tuck because you think it is going to get you thin. You still have to work very hard to achieve results!
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Has anyone had a very specific area of pain post op? I am in my 6th week post op (distasis recti and tummy tuck and lipo and umbilical hernia) and I have a spot near my belly button that is killing me. I wonder if I pulled it or something? Has anyone else had this? I also still get pretty sore in general from time to time throughout the day. Normal? Not so normal? Sigh.
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I never had any thing with my ETT or BL but I've got a very hard spot on my medial thigh lift about mid-thing that is very tender. I am hoping this goes away as time goes. My MTL was almost 5 weeks ago.
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I have a spot to the right (about 1 inch) of my belly button that is in pain quite a bit. Especially if I move a certain way. I am 7 weeks out Christmas Day by the way. I also am VERY tight from below the belly button to my pubic area and the upper AB area is still very tender.
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You have no idea how nice it is to hear I'm not the only one still quite tender 7 weeks later! Thank you!
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I am also 7 weeks post op & I am still numb around my belly button. I don't have pain, it's just uncomfortable.
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I am one year post op but I was very tender out to nine weeks post op with the lipo sites especially!
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I had the most horribly shallow thought recently as Ihelped my younger sister change into her wedding dress! It took twenty years of working out and a tummy tuck, but I have a nicer figure than my sister (who hasn't yet had kids). Isn't it amazing what plastic surgeons can achieve? Little sis was the captain of the cheerleaders in high school and she had the most beautiful figure. It's funny when you are frumpy as a teenager, it reminds you to work hard on your diet and exercise and not just settle into your thirties and allow weight to creep on! Ok, just had to get that out. It was kind of shocking to me, as I still think of her as a skinny Minnie teenager!
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lol - I have found that since my op, I am more critical about other people's appearance and look more deeply into other women's figures whereas before, I was focused more so on myself. Weird eh?
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It is weird! I don't think my body is perfect by any means but I was really surprised by her "no kids yet" belly! Unfair to compare I guess but it isn't like I would ever say anything and I couldn't help thinking it!
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So, I had my one year checkup yesterday! They said my scar looked great, and they didn't even weigh me, after I was stressing so hard about my weight all year, darn it! All in all, can't complain!
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As long as you are happy with you results, I wouldn't worry about weight, I've given up. As so glad I had my lipo as it has finished off my shape perfectly. I don't worry about my weight anymore. I know I look a million times better in my clothes now and that's all I set out to achieve. Us November TTers have now all reach the one year mark - congrats to all and the pain we went through is now a distant memory!! Enjoy your Christmas this year and a very Happy New Year to you!! xx
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Minty26 and NewSelfNC - I've always said it is not the # on the scale that we should care about but how we look in our clothing. Too often we get caught up with the stupid scale which just stresses us out. The only reason I worry about it now is because my health insurance requires that I am within my BMI to qualify without having to take a dreaded health course. Even my personal physician thinks the BMI scale is ridiculous as it puts everyone's body in the same category taking in no account for muscle tone and body build. Getting down to my very top weight would make me extremely thin - I know, I've been there - and everyone was worried about me. When I put some weight back on I looked healthier. So, I think this year I am going to try to hit that magic # for my physical and then if I put a few back on it will be OK.
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Thanks, Minty and amm113! The thing is, I am happy with my tummy but I still would like my thighs to be leaner. I guess we are never happy. ;)
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Finally got the drains out of the legs yesterday. They were placed at the knee so you can imagine how aggravating this was. The nurse told me I had to wait 24-hours to take a shower -- ugghhh -- yet my wonderful surgeon gave me some waterproof bandages for the drain spots and told me to go ahead and get my shower tonight - just don't tell his nurses!! He didn't look at anything else - probably knew I really needed a bath - and has me coming back on Friday to check things out. I asked about going back to my office and he said "no" so I am working from home. With the drains out I feel so much better and can get around much better. Plus, the fact that the shower help and washing the compression garments. I will say that I was happy to put them back on. My arms, especially, felt extremely weird - it was the first time I got to look at them. I think I am going to be very pleased with them. The incisions are down the inside towards the back of my arm. When my arms hang at my sides I can't see the incisions either from the front or the back. The thigh scar is going to be a bit more visible but I am hoping I will get it faded enough that it really won't show to much when wearing shorts. All in all - I am pretty happy right now.
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