Considering a TT, but Really Nervous.

I'm a 33 y/o who has an almost 5 y/o and a 16...

I'm a 33 y/o who has an almost 5 y/o and a 16 mo. old. I've lost almost 60 lbs. since my pregnancy. I've always had a flabby belly, but it definitely got worse, worse, worse with the pregnancies. I'm 5'2" and weigh about 150, but I wear a size 10 (sometimes an 8!), so I don't feel just grossly obese. . .

I went for a consultation a week ago hoping to be a candidate for SlimLipo, but both the nurse and doctor thought there was too much skin and recommended a TT with lipo of the "bra fat." I guess I'd never really thought of myself as a "weight loss" person, but I suppose I am. . . I had c-sections with both babies and recovered quite nicely from both of them. I've never had general anesthesia, so that terrifies me. I guess I've watched too much TV - I think of waking during surgery and not being able to communicate - or even not waking at all. Elective surgery is a big decision, but I'm so tired of having a belly in my lap. I wasn't super impressed with the bedside manner of the doc (big deal to me) so since we're thinking TT, I'm seeing a different doc who several of my friends used and loved for their breast reductions. I'll go for that consult on Monday. It's hard to know who to ask about TT docs - I don't want anyone to know I'm doing this - and I'm sure others feel the same way! Suggestions? Comments? I appreciate any feedback!

Okay - I'm scheduled for surgery on July 8....

Okay - I'm scheduled for surgery on July 8. Now I have LOTS of questions - especially after reading the posts of others. . . 1. How does recovery from a normal TT w/lipo compare to recovery from c-section? 2. When can I return to wearing my current pants w/buttons, zippers, etc? Will I need to buy a new wardrobe? I'll return to work about 4 wks. after surgery. (I'm a teacher.) 3. How soon prior to surgery should I give up my beloved diet cokes? I know they'll NOT help with gas pains, bloating, etc. 4. How long (REALLY!) will I need help with my children (ages 17 mos. and almost 5)? 5. I'm really concerned about walking hunched over. I was very motivated to stand upright ASAP after my c-sections. My dr says 2-3 days, but others on this site seem to be taking a LONG time to stand upright. Really, what should I expect? 6. Support hose - I think I'll be wearing them to prevent blood clots? How long?? I'm sure there will be more questions later! :-) THANKS THANKS THANKS!

Questions: 1. How similar (REALLY!) is the...

Questions: 1. How similar (REALLY!) is the recovery from a c-section to that of a TT? 2. How long will I walk hunched over? I was standing upright by day 2-3 with both c-sections. .. 3. Do I need to buy a new wardrobe? I've seen so many people say they can't wear button pants. .. that's scary .. . and expensive seeming. 4. Swelling - so are you BIGGER than pre-tuck, or just different? Can someone elaborate? 5. Legitimately, when could I go out in public again?

I did it! I had my TT plus liposuction to my back...

I did it! I had my TT plus liposuction to my back and hips yesterday - July 8, 2010. So far, it is WAY easier than my two c-sections. . . I can stand up straight already!! I am not in a binder and apparently I won't be until my drains come out. I am wearing support hose. So far, I agree with lots of other folks on here- the drains are annoying, but not terrible. It REALLY hurts to cough, but other than that, my pain is minimal. I've been very drowsy today. Did the 1.5 hour car ride home pretty well. Got out at a rest area to use the restroom, and that wasn't so bad. My lipo areas are extremely bruised - kind of like I've had a bad, bad fall. My husband (who is WONDERFUL!) will change my dressings later, so I'm planning to take some pics. I'll post soon. Hooray! When I saw my tummy during the dressing change today, I cried. I love it already!!!

Adding photos. . . I'm more swollen today (day...

Adding photos. . . I'm more swollen today (day 2 post op) but am very pleased.

6 Days postop Drains came out today! Hallelujah!!!...

6 Days postop Drains came out today! Hallelujah!!! What a difference that makes. The nicest nurse worked with me today, and it wasn't so bad.. .mostly just weird that there's so much tubing. Dr. was very pleased with my progress and said I seemed to be doing "better than most" which made me feel good! I like the binder. It sure does make coughing and laughing MUCH more manageable!! I feel very puffy/rolly today, but Dr. reminded me that it'll be several months. . .I am so eager to see the final results. I'm still really happy though - the smile definitely appears on my face when I sit on the toilet and SEE the TOPS of my THIGHS!!! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SNAFU of the day: I went to my purse to take a pain pill (ate lunch, went shopping, rode 1.5 hrs. in car, sat at son's swimming lessons) and accidentally took one of my prescription appetite supressants. .. OOPS!! I'd stopped taking them a week before surgery, and I just pulled the wrong ones out of my bag and took them. CRAP!! The only real problem with that is that it's like 5pm, and I'll be awake ALL NIGHT!! I skipped the prescription pain med and took some tylenol. I seriously considered trying to gag them up, but decided that the pain wasn't worth it. . .so, here's to an all nighter. Dumb me.

Dr. Ben Johnson - Birmingham, Alabama.

He has a wonderful bedside manner and staff. He was the second doctor I had a consultation with, and he was so much easier to talk to than the other. He has been a PS for many years, and has many certifications. He's done breast reductions for several friends and came highly recommended. I totally agree!

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