4 1/2 months PO just had review with my surgeon. Everything is great!
- updated 10 months ago
Hi everyone, I have been reading all of the...
- 29 Jul 2012
- 2 months pre
Hi everyone, I have been reading all of the reviews on this site for the past few months and decided it was about time I made one myself. I am a mother of 3 children all by c-section (not by choice mind you would have loved to deliver naturally) my eldest has just turned 7. I have been wanting to have a TT done since I had my eldest daughter and it has just been a matter of waiting until we were finished having all our children.
I am in Australia and have been lucky enough to get my TT booked in through the Medicare system here. That means because I have elected to go in as a public patient and my doctor has deemed my surgery is reconstructive and not cosmetic it won't end up costing me a cent. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to finally have this done and I know it will make a massive difference with my self esteem and just finding pants that I feel comfortable wearing.
I am 30 years old and weigh approx 65kg with a height of 166cm. I am a very active person and train with a PT twice a week with other gym sessions included during the week and also netball thrown into the mix. I know I have tummy muscles under all that loose skin and it will be nice to finally see the rewards of all my hard work.
I am booked into have my surgery on 18th September (I could have had it earlier but this is when my netball season is finished and there was no way I was going to miss out on that lol) Can't wait for it all to be done although I must admit I do have one slight fear and that is going under a general which I have never done before. The surgery doesn't bother me as after having 3 c-sections I feel I am well prepared for that part. My doctor and advised me I won't need lipo so I will having just the TT with MR.
I look forward to keeping you all up to date as my surgery draws near and is completed. Thanks for all your reviews they have helped me immensely with my preparation and seeing what type of results I can expect.
I booked my flight today to get up to Adelaide the...
- 1 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
I forgot to mention in my first post that I am having the surgery done 500km from where we live so I have to stay up in Adelaide for about 10 days. This is going to be the hardest part for me (pain I can handle lol) because I will have to be away from my husband and 3 kids. Luckily I have a lot of my family up there so will be staying with my Dad and will have my 2 younger sisters around the place to keep me company. Think there will be a lot of skyping happening with the kids. Hope when I finally get home the kids still remember who I am ha ha especially my youngest Tayah who is only just over 1. Also I'm a little concerned how the hubby is going to cope with the 3 kids by himself for 10 days. I have already started giving him lessons on how to put our eldest daughters hair up for school.
Well I'm now down to a month to go. Every day...
- 21 Aug 2012
- 28 days pre
Okay so I am down to under 3 weeks till the big...
- 28 Aug 2012
- 21 days pre
Hi everyone, thought I'd do another update before...
- 8 Sep 2012
- 10 days pre
I've posted some more photos taken from today, not sure if there is much of a difference but I have lost a couple of Kg's which I'm happy about. Based on the before photos do you think I will have good results without lipo? My surgeon advised me against lipo and said i didn't need it.
I had my pre op appointment over the phone with the nurse earlier this week and I feel a lot better now about the upcoming surgery. She gave me heaps of info on what will happen prior to the surgery and what to expect after the surgery as well. I will give the hospital a call a few days before hand to find out where I am on the surgery list. I check into the hospital at 12pm so can eat up until 7am and drink water until 10am which is good. Just hoping that I don't have to wait long to have the surgery once I arrive as I think that is when the good old anxiety will set in. I think it is worse knowing that I will be away from my loved ones for such a long period of time while I recover but i know in the end it will be worth it.
Looking forward to my lower abdominal stretch marks going although I know there will still be plenty left over as I seem to have stretch marks everywhere including my pubic region (so annoying). Guess it shows how crap my genetics are as I only ever put on 12-14kgs for each of my pregnancies and lost it all again afterwards. Would hate to see how I'd look if I had put on more weight argh!
Anyways I hope all you fellow September tummy tuckers are doing well especially the ones that have already had your surgeries. I am still on this site daily checking out all the results. xx
So girls this time next week I will be in the...
- 10 Sep 2012
- 8 days pre
So I'm starting to get organised today and...
- 13 Sep 2012
- 5 days pre
So I am just finishing packing my suitcase and...
- 16 Sep 2012
- 2 days pre
So i am sitting at the dinner table at 6:50am...
- 17 Sep 2012
- 1 day pre
Hi everyone, sorry i haven't even able to update...
- 22 Sep 2012
- 4 days post
So i ended up waiting 4 and half hours in hospital before i went into surgery. I was fairly nervous but managed to keep it under control. I was in surgery for a couple of hours i believe and stayed in recovery for another 2. This was my first time going under a general so i wasn't sure what to expect. It took me a long time to come out of the anesthesia and i could hardly keep my eyes open. I woke with a pca pain pump which i started to use as soon as i woke because i felt pain from the get go. When they took me back to my room it was a bout 10pm and i slept on and off through the night getting woken up for ops every hour. I had to get up to go to the loo about 6 times during the night and this was tough. I unfortunately had a reaction to the anesthesia and i threw up each time i moved. Ouch that hurt like hell.
So to quickly wrap up the first 2 days i was in a lot of pain and feeling very nauseous. They were pumping me full of every drug possible to combat this but it only made things worse. I had 3 hours sleep over the first three days and this was tough i just couldn't get comfortable in the position i had to sleep in the hospital bed. It made my back really sore.
I was so happy to come out of hospital on day 3 po and because my drains only released 20.ml over that last 24 hours they were removed Fri arvo. The removal of the drains didn't hurt a bit and i couldn't even feel them coming out.
So I've been back at my dad's for the past 2 nights and i can't believe how much progress i am making daily. The first night home i slept in the recliner and then last night i managed to get comfortable in bed laying on my side with lots of pillow support tucking my knees up in a fetal position. I wore every couple of hours just changing sides when I'd get sore.
I have quite a lot of swelling especially at the front where my muscles were repaired. I can't wear my old jeans yet which were loose before surgery so the swelling must be extensive. Hoping all that will go down soon. Doc said she took off about 600grams of skin and that there wasn't much fat so it didn't weigh a lot.
I've uploaded a couple of pics do u all think I've had good results, i didn't have any lipo?
Okay I'll leave it at that today hope all my other September tummy tuckers are recovering well xx
I can't believe the dramatic changes i am making...
- 24 Sep 2012
- 6 days post
Hi girls so I'm now up to day 9 since my surgery...
- 26 Sep 2012
- 8 days post
i had my best nights sleep since surgery and woke up at one stage almost stretched out in bed to my shock. I see my surgeon again tomorrow for the last time till i fly home tomorrow night. They are removing my belly button stitches and giving me the all clear to go home. I can't wait to get home and see my kids and hubby whom i have missed heaps. Thank goodness these past 10 days have actually gone really quick.
I seem to be really swollen on my hips and above my bum guess where the love handles sit. Is this normal because i didn't have any lipo. My vajaja is really puffy too so unattractive lol.
SO I am now 2 weeks PO. Just when you think you've...
- 1 Oct 2012
- 13 days post
Okay so I am officially 3 weeks PO today. This...
- 8 Oct 2012
- 20 days post
So I found I was really swelling a lot this past week. Got my monthly in the middle of the week so I'm taking that into consideration on how much I bloated, was not a good look. The past couple of days the swelling has started going down so I am hoping I am over the worse of it now (well until the next monthly is due again lol)
Has anyone found that their hips and butt are getting bigger? Or is it just that the tummy is no longer taking away from those parts of the body. I had read that the body looks to store weight in different areas now that a lot of the tummy fat cells have been removed. Will have to be really careful with putting on extra weight I don't want to end up with a big bum lol.
I started back at my gym yesterday morning by doing a 30min walk on the treadmill. I'm not allowed to do anything but walking till the 6 week po mark so I am going to do as much walking as my body can handle. I did my usual walking pace of 6.2km per hour and on an incline so I was working up a little bit of a sweat. I was really surprised at how well my body handled it. I was only starting to get tired and a little sore by the evening so not too bad for my first session back. It will be hard to restrain myself from going for a run but I will behave myself ;0)
Anyway not much else to report on this week. Talk to you again next week when I hit the 1 month mark yey!
Hi guys so not too much has changed the past week....
- 15 Oct 2012
- 27 days post
Can't wait till I can rip this stupid CG off! I love the support it gives me when I am wearing it but its so stretched and out of shape now and sits funny. Kinda gives me a wrinkled look where it has stretched. Anyway hopefully my tummy will feel a lot better of the next couple of weeks and come the 6 week mark I will be able to do without it during the day.
Its my 31st Birthday this Saturday 20th Oct so I have asked for money money money from all my family because I have some serious shopping to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi everyone, I haven't posted for a couple of...
- 31 Oct 2012
- 1 month post
I have my cousins wedding on Saturday and I am wearing a strapless cocktail dress that I have had in my closet for a few years and never worn because it comes in at the waist and when i use to wear it would push my tummy right out and make me look pregnant. I am happy to say that that is now longer a problem and its nice to be finally confident wearing a dress like that and not feel uncomfortable. Anyway I'll try to take some more pics sometime soon but at the moment I pretty much still look the same as I did in the 4 weeks pics.
So I've just passed the 8 week mark. I have found...
- 14 Nov 2012
- 2 months post
So my results haven't really changed much since the 4 week photo. I am still swelling a little in the evenings after exercise and I am hoping that the love handles that have developed on the back parts of my hips are from this and not extra fat. I have decided to try and lose another 4 kgs bringing me down to 60kgs to see if these go away. The skin has loosened up somewhat as well and when I sit i still do have a small roll mainly under my breasts. however this is still a major improvement from where i started so i can't really complain.
i really do think that the body stores fat in different areas after a tummy tuck. my inner thighs hips and butt certainly feel a little bigger despite all my exercise. guess i will notice them a lot more now since my tummy is no longer my major focus.
has anyone else found that they swell more on one side? my left is a lot more swollen than my right side.
Hi everyone, yes it has been quite a while since I...
- 16 Feb 2013
- 5 months post
I have however in the past 6 weeks worked extra hard on my nutrition and dropped 3 kg's from my PO weight. I want to drop another 2 to get down to my goal weight of 60kg and have better muscle definition from all my hard work at the gym.
I saw my surgeon last week for the first time since 10 days PO and she is really really pleased with my results. She has asked to use my before and after photos in an article that she is writing on tummy tucks :0)
So I still get some minor swelling on my left side and above my belly button but my surgeon said that is still completely normal and will eventually go away to end up looking like I do in the morning all day long.....looking forward to that day.
I am probably the fittest and healthiest I have ever been and I must say having this surgery has helped my confidence grow tremendously. I am now about to start working as a PT at the gym I go to and this is something I never would have done pre surgery, I just never had the confidence in myself.
Anyways there is not much else to update on. I hope you all are recovering well! Check out my before and after shots side by side I've just put up, it really puts into perspective the huge transformation the surgery has given me. I'd do it all again in a heart beat!
I have heard a lot of good things about this doctor and felt completely comfortable with her during my consults.