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Veterans: Share Your Best Advice

  • Barbie892
  • Dallas, TX
  • 3 years ago

To all the TT veterans: If you could share only ONE piece of valuable advice to your fellow "tummy tuckers" who are starting their journey, what would it be?

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Best piece of advice I received is to use a tank top under your binder. Whoever came up with that was a genius! What a difference that made.

What I learned the hard way was I should have pre made meals for myself.
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Friendly4 - why is using a tank top under your binder great advice...please share "why!" My TT is scheduled for 5/21/12; I stop smoking 3/1/12. Appreciate your advice,
peg
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so the binder doesn't rub against your incision or belly button. The tank top provides a soft barrier
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A cami under your binder also helps with the itchiness around the 5-10th day!
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Great comments from the veterans! I initially felt isolated when I first started my TT journey and then I found Real Self and read Kimmer's story which promped me to write mine.

While every journey is different, Kimmer's helped me realize just how strong we can all be when we help each other, especially during the early days of recovery.

Thanks ladies - could not have done this without you!
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The 2 best choices I made were to stay overnight in a hotel (or anywhere) away from the kids the night after my surgery (mine was performed as out patient) and to move our rocker/recliner chair into my bedroom. I don't think I could have managed without the reclining chair!
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Do all of the above and don't lift anything heavier than 10 lbs for a few weeks. I personally didn't lift anything over that for 8 weeks but I'm a chicken.
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Nothing but rest the first two weeks post op.  Don't fight it, go slow and easy. 

Stay positive and know the swell hell takes a while to go away.  The end prize will be worth it:)

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My very best advice for TT patients is to take a natural supplement available at health food store called Arnica Montana in tablet form before surgery and after. Start at least 2 weeks before. It was introduced to me by my TT surgeon who is a highly rated plastic surgeon in Dallas, TX in the Preston Area. Sure enough...it really makes a huge difference in the swelling and bruising. The Arnica gel (available at Walgreens by the name of
Arnicare) is terrific for soreness, bruising and even varicose veins. Can't hurt ya...so do it. Best of luck to you all. It was the truly best thing I ever did for me. I'm going for a face consultation in 2 weeks. I'm 62 and not ready to slow down...Yah Hoo!
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Hi Peggy,
Who was your surgeon?
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You will swell for months & months before you see your final results! Your true result will not show until 4 - 6 months.
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I would say in the first couple days definatly take it easy but be very careful not to over "baby" yourself... which I find to be easy to do.... I did it myself the first few days and found once I started getting up to get my own drinks and just moving more little by litte that is when my recovery really started speeding up. I am not saying paint your house at 1 week post op, but I am saying do what you can... it does wonders both mentally and physically!
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Agree 1000%! Move, move,move..the human body was built to be in motion and when you are you begin to feel better. Just think about when you work out how much better you feel afterwards because of all the endorphins that are released!
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This sounds good, I had neck and lower back surgery and moved too. The recovery wasn't as bad I bet.
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What surprised me most about my TT recovery was initially how slow my system was getting back on track. I've had a number of other surgeries and knew I'd need help to ward off constipation but didn't expect to barely have an appetite and needed more than just a stool softener to get things moving again. It took a few days but what a relief!
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