Welcome to RealSelf's Tummy Tuck Community!

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I'm Kim, the Tummy Tuck Community Manager, and I'm here to help you...
  • find tummy tuck information
  • get support, and
  • answers to guide you through your tummy tuck journey.
More about me. I am...
  • a tummy tuck and breast reduction recipient
  • I am a 49 year old wife and mother who decided it was time to take her body back.  My passion is to support,
  • encourage, educate and guide RealSelf users through their process
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I did it. I'm on the flat side. Pain was bad after. Mostly from thigh lipo. Burning pain. That has subsided. Feels tight In upper a area but I'm hanging in there on top of my meds.
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Happy healing!
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Congratulations! Hang in there and post when you can! Everyone can learn from your experiences! Relax, read, watch TV.
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Great speedy recovery
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Thanks guys! I'm home now in my recliner. Drinking lots of water like they said. Pain is managable. The neurontin really help with the pain from the lipo. They took over 800 cc from my abdomen alone and the fat from my flanks he used to shape my rear. I'm so sore. It hurts so bad to cough and get that junk from the anesthesia out. Doc says I look terrific. I caught a peak in the hotel. Looked pretty good but I have a weak stomach for these things so I will have my hubby take a pic and post it soon to my profile. I was so happy to get the catheter out. I hate the way that feels. Gonna take some prune juice to facilitate a poop lol. I don't want to get constipated.
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Remember to take a few deep breaths when you can, you don't want the shallow breathing caused by the meds and the pain to bring on pneumonia. It will hurt a bit but just keep those lungs clear. It will hurt more if you develop a cough! Also, do eat before pain meds...it hurts like heck if you heave! I needed milk of magnesia followed by ducolax to stimulate a bowel movement 5 days later.....just FYI. You're smart to start on the prune juice now!
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We are glad u are doing ok ,I am one week post op today hoping to have my drains out tomorrow my drains are in the same holes that lipo was done close to my hips it hurts like a b.....
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Thanks Agnes! Hope you get those drains out. I have only one drain in my rear. Doesn't really bother me though. I'm so scared to cough though.
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I'm in the car and on the way. Nerves are kicking in. Still can't believe I'm doing this. Praying to God things go well. Good luck ladies!
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good luck
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Good luck!!
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Myfixerupper, I am praying for you. It will be fine. Take all the pain meds and hopefully u have someone to make you a cup of tea. Just rest, read and hang in there. You can do this. The women on this site all have great suggestions thru any tough patches so keep asking. I got so much from help from everyone here.
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Thank you Mt girl. I'm hanging in there. Hubby is taking great care of me along with my kids. I have some pain even with the meds but it's tolerable and expected. When I woke from anesthesia pain was bad in my thighs from lipo, bad burning pain. Surgeon says it looks great so I can't wait to see the results.
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I had my tummy tuck on the 28 Aug. For the first 24 hours the difficulty was getting out of bed so my husband got up every time without fail and wrapped his arms around me and my back and eased me up. Since that would normally be the abs that pull up. I took all the meds including the pain killers. After the first 24hrs I walked downstairs and sat in mothers recliner to watch tv. My instructions were to move around the house.
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It's funny I hear often surgeons tell people to move around...mine said stay put. I only got up to use the restroom and the occasional trip to the kitchen for a glass of water (just because I was bored!) I was instructed to move my feet back and forth at the ankles and that would circulate my blood as well as walking. I could get in and out of my lift chair after day 1 by myself, but sitting on the toilet and getting off was a challenge for a few days. Hope you're doing well now!
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Hi.. I've been considering a tummy tuck for several years now but have been absolutely terrified. I have my consultation scheduled for Sept. 18th and I guess that is the first step. Is there any advice or wisdom anyone can share?
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Best thing I ever did!! Go visit my profile.. I could go on for days. Best advice is RESEARCH your surgeon. Sadly I've seen some not so good results and my heart breaks for those ladies.
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Hi Blessed, day 5 post surgery for me and here are my suggestions (much of which I learned from all the fine women on this site). Rent a recliner if you don't have one. Spray sheets with a little Lysol to keep germ free, at bedside keep the following; Chapstick, bottles of water, peppermint oil (a drop on your nose is so soothing). Thermometer (my temp fluctuated so it was good to have handy), cell phone, antibacterial gel for kids and visitors, Rosary beads (I am religious and these gave me comfort in the middle of the night), remote for TV and books. You won't want to cough so cough drops also came in handy. Keep reading these comments, I learned SO much from those who went ahead if me. Thank you all (and pay it forward)
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A shower chair would have been nice for the first week or so after I was allowed to shower.
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Thanks MT, I have a notebook and I'm taking lots of notes.
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I was told to shower after 24hours. I only had one drain so it was easier to put it on the shower shelf.
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The shower chair was amazing... Taking a shower the first 2 weeks was exhausting! I could shower after 48 hours, and I attached my drain to a thong and hung the thong around my neck so my drain went wherever I did.
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I dropped my drain a few times... I'm 5'8" so it didn't hit the floor it pulled...ouch :'(
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OK, I've seen a lot of reviews in which they don't take showers for days or weeks!! Is this due to other issues or maybe their doctor's instructions? I couldn't imagine not taking a shower for that long. Then I see that most times your cycle starts. I would hate to ask my fiance to help me clean up down there during that time!!
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