Scheduled for Oct. and looking for success snippets

  • room2improve
  • 3 years ago

hi there, I'm new to the board but have already ready many of your reviews and comments. THANK YOU for posting, as I can think of nothing better to understand a TT than reading about others' experiences. I am going to get a FTT, muscle repair and flank lipo. I've already thought, "what am I doing??" and am looking for some positive snippets from others to keep my going, esp. during the trying recovery phase. About me...I'm about 5'4" and 130 and round all over, esp. in my tummy. 2 kids stretched me out quite a bit, and when I do a plank I have a long mound of fat and skin that just hangs down the center of my stomach. I'm hoping that something can be done about the fat above the belly button, but I'm not so sure. My muscles are not very separated, but my doc will tighten those and do flank lipo, although I'm not sure exactly what is meant by flanks. I am trying to lose some weight before the procedure, as I gained about 10 lbs. in the past year and all the docs on this site say to be at your ideal weight. I figure I might be able to lose 5 by Oct, but realistically no more. Love your thoughts on the importance of losing that last 10-15 lbs. I'm hoping to hear from others to help adjust my expectations and hopefully get me excited about what's to come. Did you feel "skinny" after your TT? I never tuck my shirts in or wear form-fitting tops, so being able to do that and look good would qualify to me as "feeling skinny". I'm also wondering if others have really noticed  your TT or is it mostly just how you feel about yourself? Did you lose any muscle definition you may have had pre-TT? I have a little definition down the sides (at least in the a.m. before I eat!!), and from pictures it looks like most people are just flat after the surgery. Would be a bummer to lose that, but worth it to lose the skin/fat. Did you feel your body was disproportionate post TT? I carry my weight mostly evenly, and will it be weird to be flat in the tummy but still have jiggly thighs and arms? Did your scar heal like previous scars you have had (the best indicator?)? My friend has darker skin and her scar is permanently brown. Personally my scars can fade over a looooong time, but they are likely to stay red too.  Sorry to have so many questions! The wonderfully detailed diaries really bring home what a major surgery this is and how challenging the recovery can be (pain, swelling, drains, etc.), so I'm hoping to build up a mental arsenal of postivie experiences to keep in mind. One for you that I heard was that the muscle repair really helps strengthen your core and can keep you from bulging after a big meal. Hopefully this will be true for me by this Thanksgiving! Thanks for any responses and again for sharing your stories. I'm excited to finally do this in my 40's, and I am praying that the results will be worth it. Thank you!!

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Hi there, I'm getting scared...On oct 3rd am getting Full TT for large diastasis recti vertical tear after having two very tough pregnancies and deliveries...I'm 36 and look 6 Mos pregnant with size 4/6 arms & legs. Did all DR physical trainer exercises for year and split is huge, regardless, and I have terrible back pain issues so this is my first big surgical step. I'm so scared about the surgery, recovery and dealing with my dear babies aged almost 2&4! Suddenly so nervous today. Maybe cause I'm alone with kids tonight and it's almost 2 wks away....
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Dear Scared Mommy, I hope you are not so scared any more. For diastasis a TT is such a life changer. You are young and I'm guessing healthy by your 4/6 arms and legs, so you should recover well. I have heard that the muscle repair is what hurts the most, but that's why we get pain meds! I used to put milk in a small pitcher for my kids to pour themselves. Maybe you can teach your 4 year old to pour cereal and milk for herself/himself and her/his sibling so that breakfast will take care of itself. I also used to put individual serving sizes of cereal in glass bowls w/ lids that I got at crate and barrel. This really made it easy for the kids to get their own breakfast. good luck figuring out other ways to make it easier for you w/ the kids!
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Welcome I recently joined as well and mine is scheduled for October 6th. I was suppose to go through with it on Sept. 8th but got nervous and cancelled. Then I found this sight and it has helped so much. I realized that others had the same fears I had and after ready all of their success stories I decided to reschedule and this time I am truly excited. My husband is too but I still think he is a little nervous but trying to hide it from me. Anyway look forward to keeping up on your progress and good luck!!!
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Thanks, Bella. I was in plank position just the other night to just be aghast at what a mess that area is! Looks ok standing straight, but it's just not right when given some slack. Had a nightmare that my belly button ended up above my cleavage. :-) Guess we all process our anxieties in our dreams!
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That's funny you mentioned about your nightmare , last night I had one that the surgeon was cutting my stomach and I was completely awake!!! . Lately all I do is look at my stomach, in the mornings it looks flatter but then I eat something and then I tell myself how I have to do this surgery.
I guess the closest we get the more the anxiety we will have. I heard you can Ask the doctor if you can take over the counter sleeping pills the night before? And a muscle relaxer an hour before surgery?
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You sound just like me! I have the same problem when I do planks, I can look down my shirt and see skin sagging off of my body (so not cute!). I have so many of the same worries and fears and I have been reading TT stories daily just so I can build myself up for this procedure. I am so excited for you and can't wait to see how you do!
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good luck to all of us! i am sure we will come out awesome. are you guys getting arnica?
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I believe my doc doesn't think arnica does much, so I probably won't bother. Will be trying to eliminate salt, add benefiber to my drinks, and I've quit caffeine and soda already. I'm more worried about swelling (visible through clothes!) than bruising (my secret). :-)
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Jessica, what is arnica? I havent heard it mentioned. I want to make sure I dont miss out on something I should do before this surgery! I have been taking tons of vitamin c to make sure I dont get sick. That is all we need right???
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Arnica and bromelain help you with the healing and swelling, try reading the reviews. My doctor said he doesn't know for sure but it won't hurt me to take it prior and after surgery. I got mines from vitamedica.
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My TT is scheduled for Oct. 5th as well. I am nervous but excited. I am sure you will do well. I think it's been great to be able to read some many other's experiences to be more prepared. Good luck to you!
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Good luck to you too!!
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Hi I'm off 4 eye lid & tummy tuck in prague 'oct 5th' where r u off 2' r u nervous ?? I am little bit' my friend had it done beginning of the yr n her's looks fantastic' just hope mine looks as good' :-))))) hope 2 here bk from u . All the best xx
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Hi!! My tt, lipo and muscle repair surgery will be Oct 5 also!!:)
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Awesome!! You'll be a few days ahead of me, and I will be following your posts with great interest. I'm jealous that you will be on the other side before me.
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hi there. I am 1.5 weeks post op. I've been keeping a detailed diary with pictures and videos ad will be constantly uploading. I feel my surgery was a success and yes I feel WAY thinner. its amazing how much loose skin I had hanging out. feel free to message me with any questions and follow my progress along with the other ladies on the site. welcome
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Hi I'm Marie & I live in England I'm off 2 prauge 5th of October 4 my tummy tuck ' I'd love 2 c yr b4 & after pics& any tips u might have x
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