October Tummy Tuckers Check In Here

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7 mos post-op. Had the 6 mos visit last week. He was a little put out I think because i gained some weight. I explained about the back surgery and that the weeks leading up to it I was basically flat on it and not cooking, eating right or exercising. And then post-op (from the back surgery) exercise was ZERO. So I put on like 10 lbs and about 4-5% BF. You can see where the BB expanded. It's no longer small and tight, and there is a good amount of swelling on one side which he said he hopes will subside but at my age and with such significant muscle repair, it is easy to undo some of that progress so early on and that a 10 lb gain places significant stress on the inner abdominal wall. yay me. Trying to get the weight off and the BF down but I am still limited. I am lifting heavier but any real cardio, interval training, and i pay for it. Hopefully, the swelling will subside and the BB will shrink again :( I am up a whole size.
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So sorry msrubi. We all stumble some time or another during this process. Just stay positive & do the best that you can do for now.
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I am sorry, honey! My PS was a bit harsh about my weight at my three month appt and I basically starved myself the weeks leading up to my six month, not wanting another lecture! It is not easy to maintain a low weight when you are forced to be sedentary!
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Hey Ladies
I have so many tummy tuckers who have been successful in weight loss and I am asking for your help.

I would love for you to share your journey and help me build the Weight Loss Community.  Sharing your tips, tricks, pictures and everything else about your journey will be extremely helpful to others. 

I would love to see you in this new community.  Come show off your hard work and help inspire others.   And don’t forget you’re before and after pictures!

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My review would be very short. "Just eat real food." lol
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That works!!

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:) Hey Kimmers just a thank you for all of your work. If it werent for this forum I'd be a mess.
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Ahhh thank you:)  I am very happy to be here for you.  You have some amazing support here from all of the ladies.

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So in 5 days I am 5 months post op. I am very unhappy to say since last week I have had that tight swollen feeling in my stomach. Not severe swelling but I'm over it!! My incision looks better but I've been doing the red light therapy - no clue if it's making any difference of not. Anyway, I just wanted to say I think we all are in this for the long haul :( We undertook a pretty serious surgery and probably thankfully we weren't prepared for how long it would take to have that tummy we envisioned, as if it would be magically perfect. Stay positive, we will all get there eventually!
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I am about 5 months too and my tummy is always tight and swollen. It is still very numb not much feeling yet, my dr still says it takes time. But-i am having more lipo above the incision where the swelling is and won't go away, i guess that's pretty normal to have to do a little more lipo. I am also having the dogear on the right side revised, and i am super excited to have this done cuz I am really tired of this poochy tummy.
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I didn't have lipo with the TT and I can't remember when I am supposed to go back to see the PS - I think it's next month. Will be interesting to see what he says. Spring/Summer/Bathing suit/summer clothing is rapidly approaching and I want that stomach I dreamed of. Besides the swelling though I think I need to lose a few pounds. UGH
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Lorelei, let me know how the touch up lipo goes...I may be doing that in May. Gypsysoul, we are still struggling a bit on the November board too. :(
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I am 5.5 months post op. When I was researching all this prior, you don't find a whole lot on what goes on with the healing past the first 4-8 weeks. I stll have numbness and the tight swollen feeling in my abs as well as some swelling above my incision (it varies by day). I don't stress about it anymore! I finally found a blog by someone who had it over 2 years ago and she said it took a year and a half before she could say all the swelling was gone and her abs felt normal. Still had a bit of numbness but it had improved. SOOO I was glad to find that and know that it just takes a lot of time to fully heal!!!! But no regrets at
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Oops, hit the wrong button.. No regrets at all!!!!
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i have no regrets either, was best money and down time i ever spent on myself !
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yea after about 2 months everyone moves on and stops posting which is a good thing they are feeling better but i was the same way i wanted to hear from people who had it done 6 months ago, a year ago and so on. 
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I am the same time post op as you. I have that tight swelling feeling and very very numb also. I am actually having a touch up of lipo on my tummy where i kindof have that infamous shelf. My doctor said he didn't feel it was going to go away and while it was numb he will just do a local on that area. Plus I am excited to see how it looks. I am feeling kindof bummed because i feel my skin is softening up too much and i have a small amount of access skin i really would love to have gone, going to ask about that too. Boy an i picky now or what.
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i had dogears on both sides and doc took care of those in his office, the local did work but it was kind of weird having him cut out chunk of me on both sides but much nicer look, he did it several months after my tt, it is sore again where he does it but not any huge deal like tt was.
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I went in thinking my doc was just going to do the dog ear and lipo the shelf area above my incision. I agree with only a local it was so very weird having them tug and pull. My doctor actually removed the whole scar and did the lipo on the tummy and actually the scar now is alot smaller and will look great, and I don't have the puffy tummy anymore. It is so flat and i am so excited to see when the swelling goes down. Only draw back is now i have to wait 3-6 more months to see the final results.
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Loreleimt, did they sedate you or anything for all that? Did you drive yourself? That sounds like a major production if you were wide awake and doing an outpatient procedure! Do you have to go back to wearing compression garments? Are you in much pain? Sorry for all the questions but I may be headed down that road too! ;)
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They actually just numbed all along my incision with a local. That took about 30 minutes or so, then my doc just cut from hip to hip and did lipo on the tummy area and my sides because they were alittle uneven from the lipo before. That actually took about 90 minutes, most the time was stitching me up. I was awake, they did not sedate me, i couldn't have anything because i was driving myself. My doc is about 4 hours away so I stayed the night in a motel and had an appointment the next morning where they changed the dressing etc. I did get some pain pills for that day and night, and also did take the pain pills after I got home because i didn't want to drive 4 hours on pain pills. The driving was actually not bad it was just along way and i got really tired because i didn't sleep well the night before because of being uncomfy from the surgery. I am 5 days today and i feel good, it's so nice to just see a bunch of stiches without blood, and other junk, because after my TT the incision is wider, pain pumps, drain tubes, i just didn't heal well, plus the scar was pretty wide and purple. So the pain is not too much, I worked the next day and the day after and then had easter dinner with guests up so I was on my feet about 7 hours so that was a little uncomfy. I just started wearing my compression garment today only 2 hours on and 15 minutes off. I had to leave my stitches in 2 more weeks so that will be awesome. I will give you a big tip-all you feel is the tugging and pulling on your skin during this process, i am pretty squeemish, so I brought headphones to drown out any of the talking they were doing and asking for needles or whatever, it was a distraction and I don't think i would have made it without them. So if you do have it done, headphones with either music or relaxation or meditation is a must, just my opinion. Ask more questions i will be glad to answer them. I am thinking that this will be great in a few months when the swelling goes down. Happy thoughts!
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Good to know, brave girl! I have been awake for them to aspirate a seroma several times and awake for two c sections and having my wisdom teeth pulled (all with local anesthesia of course...although for the c sections I think the "local" epidural also had narcotics in it which makes you loopy). The tummy tuck was just so traumatic that having any kind of work done by him again is stressful, lol! (not because of him, just because of how much it hurt once I woke up!) I really appreciate your input. I keep going back and forth on having more lipo done.
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I know how you feel. I just wanted my tummy to look like it was suppose to look, flat. that's the whole reason for the tummy tuck right. SO when i didn't get that flat tummy and still had that "shelf" he wanted to make it right. I do agree the stress is ALOT to handle, but i guarantee it will be worth it, actually today is 1 week, i only took pain pills for 3 days, and only at night. The pain is pretty much gone, just a little from having a new incision and what goes along with that, the stitches are pulling and are a bother, but i get them out in 10 days so I can handle that. Good luck in your decision. I know its a tough one, you can think on it for awhile tho. maybe after the summer.
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That is the other thing! My next appt is May 14 so obviously it would be after that, but that puts me into the summertime. And if I go into June or July, my work schedule gets crazy due to other people taking vacation, and then our big vacation is August. If I can get it done in May, I may do it but if I had to wait beyond that, probably after Labor Day.
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Lately my incision site is really bothering me. I've been wearing the silicone sheeting 12 hours a day per my doctor's instructions. I also massage the site with Vitamin E oil and put Mederma. Anyone have any other suggestions or recommendations? Or even words of encouragement?
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