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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Hi there! I am feeling frustrated and irritated and need to vent to people that may understand. I am almost 5'weeks post op from a TT and it looks good for the most part and I'm happy I did bc it def looks better than my old tummy but I'm so sick and tired of wearing these darn spanx! They are itchy, they feelike they tug at my belly, and just all around uncomfortable!!! I've tried different brands and they all feel the same way. My doc says give it at least 6 weeks so I don't have much time left with it but today just has been a grumpy day for me. I my belly also looks bowed out from my point of view. Not sure if it's bc I'm swollen, although I don't feel swollen. My tummy is flat but still looks pudgy... If that makes sense lol. Okay enough of me ranting! Thanks for reading!!!
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Hang in there girl. I found that the Marena brand CG were the most comfortable. I'm 10 weeks today and still sleep in mine. I took my son to a water park today and I'm swollen so bad now! Not in pain, but my mother was with me all day and when we were leaving she said said...wow you're so swollen! I feel like I'm about 5 months pregnant at the end of the day if I do a lot. The Dr told me I will swell off and on like this for 6-12 months. Still 100 times better than before!! Your results look great. I too was so irritated at 5 weeks because my surgeon wouldn't release me to do anything till 8 weeks. You'll get there. I think 4-6 weeks is somewhat of a plateau. Oh and I still have the swollen pubic area, look like a Ken doll :-( sighh... I just have to remind myself patience!!
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Well, I'm here, at the hospital. Just waiting to go up to theatre. Should be at around 12.30. It's 10.35 now. Not feeling too bad now with my nerves. I was a mess yesterday!
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Woohoo..... Happy for ya girl....
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Thankyou! All done now. A little sore & achey, but nowhere near as I was expecting!
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Glad to hear you made it to the flat side!! Be prepared... Tomorrow will be the hardest day, but it only gets better after that. Get some rest!!
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Yheay......
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Thanks Texas The dr just changed my binder and I had sneaky peek. I could cry I'm so happy. I look like me again!
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Glad to hear you are doing well. Wishing you a speedy recovery
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Congratulations! It is a surreal experience to see your tummy for the first time.....I touch mine and look down at it and I can't believe it is mine. If it weren't so wonderful, it would be creepy! Good luck on your recovery!
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I will be 4 months on Saturday I still look, touch and "play" with mine it is beautiful I have been hitting the gym hard since 8 weeks and I am now in a size 5-6 YAY me I was a 12-14 post tummy and with the gym and dieting , if I may toot my own horn I am LOOOKING SEXY lol hang in there everyone it is amazing once you start feeling better and are able to do more I am wearing a 2 piece bathing suit for the first time since I was 19-20 now 40 ,so like I said hang in there it is a long process I still get a little swollen only I can tell and I do still get a little pulling but I push through it and it is all good keep your heads up everyone take care
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Thanks newbelly I can't believe it's finally happened. I feel so lucky!
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Hi, I live in harford county maryland(near baltimore) and need advice please. I have looked at many pics, sites, and reviews in reference to tummytucks. I dont know who to choose. Does anyone have and suggestions or experience that can guide me. Any suggested Drs?
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Hi sweetheart, I am a Maryland girl, too! I had my TT on July 7th by Dr. Lickstein and I have to say that he is pretty amazing. If you would like a consultation, check out his website at Belecara.com. And you may ask me anything you like! Good luck!
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thank you. I have had a consultation with him and he is on my list. He is the most expensive but quality is more important than money. The only thing is that I read a review and the patient said she talked to a nurse instead of him for follow appointments. I would prefer to see the doctor at least for the first few follow ups. What was your experience? How is the recovery and pain? Are the incisions low enough? I would be getting a extended tummy tuck with lipo. Thank you so much for responding and being of help.
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Hi sweetie! Dr L is extremely talented and my tummy, which was horrendous before, looks amazing now.....my belly button is so natural looking....my scar is very low. I will post photos when I can, I can't post from my iPad so I have to find another way. the surgery process went very smoothly and a major plus was my anesthiologist....he was absolutely incredible. I'd rather be ANYTHING but nauseous and he told me that he would use a combination of drugs to prevent nausea and IT WORKED! I was not nauseous at all during my recovery and he was the reason. He stayed with me in recovery, too, until I was ready to go home. He also monitored my pain level in recovery and made sure that the pain medicine in my IV was enough to make me as comfortable as possible. If you use Lickstein I will get you the name of my anesthesiologist so that you may possibly request him. I have had other surgeries so I have experience with anesthesia. The disappointing part is the aftercare. It isn't that it is BAD........it is just that you do see nurses for postops unless you request Dr. L. If you request him, he WILL see you. But you may feel uncomfortable requesting him only because of their mode of operation is for patients to see the nurses. The nurses are all sweet, there is always one available to prescribe meds if you need them. I was seen last Friday by Dr. Lickstein because I developed an infection 3 postop. This is the first time I have seen him, my scheduled appointment with him is next week at week 4. They were prompt in helping me and the nurses did a good job with everything that I needed. But I have been the least demanding patient that I could be. It is frustrating to call with a problem and you get a girl working the switchboard who has to try and run down a nurse. I think in the long run that the postop process will not bother me and I will feel as though my results were worth it. Please do know that if you ever need Dr. Lickstein, he WILL see you/call you. He called me the second night to check on me and even called in a stronger pain medication to get me through the first few days (Dilaudid). He also injects Exparel into your muscles during surgery which numbs them for a few days.......it was a lifesaver! I hope this helps......let me know if you need more help!
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Tried tread mill, I am 5 weeks post op this Thursday. I blew up swollen above bottom incision. I thought incline could help me get heart rate up. I have to stick to my steady state 1 to 2 mile walk in evening or early morning.
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My surgery is scheduled for 8/25/14. SO excited, wish it were TODAY! I am 51, have lost 100lbs currently weigh in the 140s and maintained my weight loss for over three years. I am concerned (SCARED) about the drains being in AND coming out and about being away from the gym for such a long time. Any tips? THANKS!
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Yay to the flat side
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Dear J3N being nervous before surgery is normal. It means you understand you are trusting someone to make a permanent change in your appearance. Call you plastic surgeon's office. We are always prepared for people to have some nerves, but they know you and they will have there right words to comfort you and put the minds of you are your caretaker at ease. They will also have a :happy pill" of some sort to ease tension immediately when you come in.
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I'm booked in to have a full tummy tuck this Tuesday. Nerves are really starting to set in now. Does anyone have any helpful words???
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I'm scheduled for a full tummy tuck on Thursday. I too am nervous. I wish you the best of luck and will keep an eye out for your after pictures.
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I am 4 weeks out. I will be honest its painful, but bearable with pain medication. My advice; buy gauze and the assure mats/pads the ones with green plastic on back that look like bed ones, I found it much easier to use those because they covered my whole tummy and then I put my binder on top. Take stool softner and have natural laxative in house ready to go just in case, pain medication constipates most folk. Make sure you have your groceries you like...in house before surgery. Have your house clean and plenty of toilet paper stocked where you can reach, which will be on sink. Fix your recliner before you leave for surgery, put sheet on it then a assure mat on sheet, put bunch of pillows there ready to go... I used 6. I sat on 2 flat pillows, had one under each arm , one fat pillow under my knees and one med fluffy behind my head..lol... I lived in my recliner until end of week 3. I wish I knew about the toilet risers from walmart, I did not have that, going to pee was hell, not going to lie. Take it as a adventure, would I do it again, hell ya. I have my good days and my bad days. My only regret is the more expensive technique I choose, but not the decision to actually do the abdomiplasty. Be at peace, as women we are always caring and doing for our kids, husbands etc.... This is something for you. Is it a walk in the park, No, Is it unbearable pain, No. Expect to be healing for a while. I am in week 5 and im still swelling, re learning my excercise capabilities, no pain though, tightness on belly at times, but day by day I feel better. God bless you, have a sense a humor about it and let someone take care of you for a while.......
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See my post below.....I was nervous too.... Just remember Your doing something for yourself, and thats a good thing.......
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Very well said!! I completely agree!! Also, if your surgeon allows you to shower (mine did after 48hrs) a shower stool is recommend. I couldn't hardly stand that long, and especially to wash my hair and such. Best of luck to you!
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