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African American 29 Yr Old Mother of Two Had Full TT +MR+ Lipo of flanks

I have been wanting a tummy tuck since i was 18...

I have been wanting a tummy tuck since i was 18 after my first child. I gained 69 pounds with each pregnancy and my second child was breach. The stretch marks and saggy belly I really dont care to live with forever so i decided to get the procedure done by a resident at my local hospital because thats what i can afford at this time and they are supervised by a surgeon. I just paid for the procedure yesterday after lots of second guessing but im going thru with it 21 days to go!
Who are you having your procedure done by? And which hospital? I am considering my options and don't know if I should go through a hospital or through a plastic surgeons office...
I went to my local hospital surgery clinic in Akron
Best of luck to you... I am sure you asked the resident lots of questions (how many has he/she done before, where the incision will be and where on each side will it stop will it stop, etc.) will the surgeon be in the room while procedure is happening? I truly believe that it's not about how much the procedure costs but the skill of the performer. Thanks for posting the before pics ... again, good luck to you.

Pre Op Appointment

Went to see my resident for the last time b4 my procedure She made me feel so comfortable and excited 10 days til the new me!
A resident seem like a great idea. My twins were born with a resident dr and he did a great job with incision for my csection. What hospital U going to. I think I will look into it for myself.
Im going to my local hospital in Akron OH
I have a consultation date set for May 6th with the plastic resident surgeon clinic at my local hospital in Atlanta. I'm so anxious! Can't wait to see your results

Surgery Day

Bye bye

Close up of my tummy and c section scar B4


Best of luck to you!
I'll be following your recovery! Be sure to post an updated picture when you feel up to it!

Day 1 Post Op

Took my first shower Its been a long nite Thank god for the lift recliner I rented its a life saver It helps me so much by lifting me to my feet therefore I dnt hav to use my muscles I frequently hav to go to the restroom due to my garment pushing on my bladder The pain is tolerable im taking percocet every four hours and I dnt miss a dose Lol So far so good just anticipating on getn thru these first cpl days so that I can stand straight and get back to normal
Congratulations.... you are looking great already! the next couple of weeks you will become fabulous! have a good and speedy recovery!
You really look great! Nice and flat swelling and all. Congrats. Speedy recovery.
Thanx so much

Day 3 Post Op

Got out to take a walk to the end of my parking lot idk if I sgould be walking more but im feeling alot better trying not to over so it with thee meds but they make me feel little to no pain at all
You look awesome! Your doc did a great job!
Wow i stay in cleveland can you give the information where you signed up at please..........and what Dr/resident you was with
Summa Akron City Hospital my resident name is Dr Shankran

cant wait to get these drains out tmrw

Im one week post op and im feeling better every day This is def a journey cant wait to get bac to normal and enjoy the new me....I get my drains out tmrw and im very grateful for they are the only complaint i have at the moment the are irritating me they are very sore and my left drain is now starting to puss and leak brownish fluid Ugh Tmrw cant get here fast enough Otherwise my muscle doesnt hurt really anymore when lifting up and down and my incision only hurt when its bumbed the wrong way

First Post Op Appointment

I was soooo happy to get those drains out and see what my incision looked like To my surprise I had to get a vertical incision as well I guess It wasnt enough skin to pull all the way down to wear mu c sectiob scar was made prior Im not elated about it but im happy that its done and over with Im lovin my flat look already and my new belly button Eventially I planned on getn my very first tatoo over the incision scar anyway so in due time Over all im glad I went thru wit it with the resident I think she did a great job and I cnt wait to go shoppinh for crop tops.....went to walmart after i left the doctor rode around in an electric kart and then went and got a mani pedi Im getn around pretty good Refilled my script for my percocet although im not in much pain feel absolutely nothing wit them they are my bff at the moment:))....still not standing up straight all the way Dr said within the next 2 weeks I should be able too

Doin great

Feeln better everyday I took the tape off my incision yesterday and slept w/o my binder for the first time and it wasnt bad I still like to wear it cuz it make me feel supported but I like the feeling when it comes off for awhile I hav a CG that I wear when I leave the house I BBQ over the holiday weekend so im get n around great I still hav to tendency to bend over a bit after a long day but I try to remind myself to stand straight as much as possible Just waiting it out and ready to be back to normal

Loving it

New belly
Congrats! your are looking great.
Your resident did a great job.. But I wasn't fortunate to find one at my local hospital that I can trust. So now I have to spend way more money than I expected with a local plastic surgeon here in Atl. Oh well smh .. Take it easy Hun .. You look great
you look great thanks for sharing

First crop top

My cousins birthday today she havn a pot luck im going over to take some banan pudding ans chill at her house for a few hours Il hav my percocet on hand so I should be fine

No more heavy meds

I woke up today in no major pain i took an aleve about 8pm last nite and im still fine now at 1:17pm So the recovery is coming along as planned I go back to work next tues im still not standing straight Sigh! Hopefully within the next week things will change I stand up all day and dnt wanna be hunched over Thats not cute!

Standing up straight

Feeling really good after my first day bac to work I startd standing tall about 5 days ago No more hunching...I think I hav a dog ear one side of my timmy isn't as tight as the other
Thank you for sharing your journey. I too am an African American and have concerns about the scar healing. What have you used to help heal for scar? How long did you have bruising? My TT Is scheduled for July 31 which includes , TT , MR, and lipo of flanks. You look great.
U are looking good!!! I cant wait to be able to wear a crop top!!
Thank u very much

bad scarring

I'm a lil over 2 months post op and I hatemy scars They are very dark thick and widening and getting thicker UGH

Thick scars

I hope I'm not keloiding

scars arent healing too good sigh;(

Try scar away or Merderma. What did the dr say about the scaring?
Hi.... Thanks for posting your photos. Your doctor should be able to help with the keloiding, if that's happening. There are shots (I believe it's a steroid) that they can place in the keloid area. An AA woman in Texas makes a cream especially for use a week or so after surgery that helps the healing so that keloids do not have time to form. I learned of her from another AA woman in Texas who had TT revision because of keloids. She posted her story here. If you are interested, I will find her name and pass along to you.
You look great! Are you using anything for the scar ? I've used scar away silicon strips and was quit happy with them they were good for flattening the scar , I have dark Blemishes around my scar have tried bleaching crème wasn't happy with it, I just did update today on scar treatment . Btw- I am black & Asian Happy healing
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