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Hello everyone I'm two weeks post op TT, MR, lipo to flanks hips,abdomen and inner thigh with fat transfer to the bum. How long can I expect my body to feel numb, hard and not like my own? I hate the way this feels.
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i am having headache already . half of my mind is saying i have to get this done and the other half is saying no. I am leaving for another country on first week of november together with my brother and daughter. will this be enough time for me to travel after tt? im thinking about doing the surgery on sept 31. i am 29 with one baby thru cs bikini . i am planning on having lipo on neck, arms,thigh and abdomen and a possible tt. what d u guys think?
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Hi Lovelyself! If you will be able to rest - REALLY rest, literally laying in bed for the whole month- then you should probably feel fine enough to go away the first week of November. Just remember, you will probably still have swelling and occasional pain (especially at the end of the day) so don't expect to be running around all day or wearing a bikini. Good luck, don't worry, just go for it!
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Goodluck youve made it. Through the pre op anxiety stuff! I want to have plastic srgery done maybe ten years ago. I am not planning to have a baby but im thinking if one day i will have baby? My doctor said if i want surgery again after having another baby i will have to pay for the operating room supplies only. I will post pictures later
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I am scheduled for a TT, with muscle repair and flank lipo on October 1st. Am excited and nervous all at the same time. Absolutely freaking out about recovery and swelling/scarring poorly. Trying to keep a realistic idea in my head. Can't wait to not have this damn sagging belly anymore and to hopefully feel good about body again. :)
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I know how you feel. I am scheduled for Oct 17. Good luck and post pics as soon as you can.
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Everyone is different, BUT I will say that the stories I heard before my surgery made me way more scared than I needed to be! Yes, it will hurt, but if your PS has you on pain medication and you truly take the game to recover afterwords, you will be fine. I never once woke up thinking, "I feel like dying". I am so glad I did it (I am 11 days post-op). Good luck, and try as much as possible to stay healthy until your surgery day! Eat healthy, exercise, and buy everything you will need after (especially comfy sweat pants, ice packs, and good pillows).
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What pain meds worked for you after your tummy tuck? I'm scheduled for TT in December and my only worry is the pain meds making me sick.
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Someone recommended eating a teaspoon of peanut butter (I chose reduced fat) before taking pain meds. This helped a great deal, others recommended crackers and that did nothing. You will not feel much like eating but force yourself to slowly eat the peanut butter first and you won't get nauseous.
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Sorry, forgot to mention, I had hydrocodone, nerve pain med, muscle relaxer and anti nausea med. that day I had crackers with just a smear or peanut butter and took the pain med, I started to heave and it was extremely painful. I never again took the pain med without the peanut butter scoop before and I never felt sick again. I stopped the pain meds completely within about 8 days....slowly weaning down to a half a pill. Hope this helps.
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Oh I never heard of the peanut butter trick. I will remember that for the future and for friends. I was first given Percocet and the heaving was the most awful pain I ever had in my life! Even though the dr gave me Zofran (anti-nausea med) I still got sick, so he switched me to Dilaudid. No nausea with that, so I continued with it. Am now down to half a pill plus one Tylenol every four hours.
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Great information! Thanks
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The peanut butter trick works because it's protein. I used to eat peanut butter every night before I went to bed to prevent morning sickness when I was pregnant. I wonder if almond butter would work, too. Love all the nut butters.
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Isn't almond butter a bit healthier/lower fat even than low fat peanut butter? If so, that's a better option!
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Also try eating Greek Yogurt or cottage cheese before taking your meds.  This really helps coat the tummy.  
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Yes, I think it's the protein/fat that offsets the nausea. Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are also healthy options. Lets face it, we didn't decide to get a tt just so we could eat fattening foods! LOL
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New question. I am 4 weeks post op and started experiencing stabbing sudden pain just under my rib cage on right side near abdomen. It happens every 60 seconds or so and is severe. Has anyone had this problem? Probably unrelated but thought i would ask you all.
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My tt is booked for november 18th, im more nervous after reading some reviews on here :-( I even had a nightmare last night that it went wrong.
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hanjab most reviews are positive so don't worry u will be fine I had nightmares at some point too before the surgery I am 2 weeks post op and all is good. Make sure u pick a certified doctor and facility and all will be fine
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Hi Agnes thanks for your reply. Most reviews are positive i agree, but sometimes even reading a bad one can scare me!! haha. I am worrying about everything now, more than i was before. I have booked 2 weeks off work, i have an office job, do you think this will be enough? I hope you are recovering well :) x
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hey hanjab I understand but u will make u self scared and stressed I been there not long ago I know .Relax breath and all will be fine. I am a little more then 2 weeks post op and also had hysterectomy and I think 2 weeks off for office work is enough. I am healing and doing really well no pain meds I cook I went shopping today all is good
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Hanjab, don't stress out, REALLY. I am 11 days post TT without lipo and I feel fine most of the day. The stories I heard before surgery were way worse than the reality. I too started having bad dreams the week before my surgery (like dreaming about dying) but everything is ok! Make sure you have a good doctor that you are 110% sure of, and relax. Good luck!
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I went back to work two weeks after my TT and my job requires me to be on my feet and constantly moving. I would come home swollen and exhausted but after two weeks bed rest I was bored out of my mind. Two weeks is possible but in the end it is he YOU who will know if you are okay to return to work. Best of luck!
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Yes, I think we all went through the 'I must be crazy to do this!' stage with fear of the surgery, the anesthesia, the meds, the pain and the scar. I am going into my 4th week post op and I just love the results....it was worth it (and much easier than I was fearing). Agnes is right though, certified Dr and facility!
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Mine is scheduled for Oct 17 and I have nightmares every night. I wake up in a panic and don't get back to sleep. Feeling physically exhausted and have just over 2 weeks left before my big day. I can't stay off the computer to google everything. I think it is driving more crazy by doing this. I think this is normal just some of have it worse than others. Also planning it several months away gives us more time to worry. Good luck to you
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