So glad I did it - Albuquerque, NM

I have two kids both teenagers. I gained so much...

I have two kids both teenagers. I gained so much weight after each child. I finally lost it after 18 years. I have lost 85 pounds and scheduled for a full TT with thigh lift.

The anxiety is getting so bad that I am no longer sleeping. Since I am so close I really cant take anything for it. What advise is out there for dealing with this.

I have had surgery before but this one seems to be scaring me. I have read so many of the posts and feel prepaired for the proceedure so I dont understand why this is happening. Please tell me this is normal.


Well today I seem to have had a calm come over me....

Well today I seem to have had a calm come over me. I have to be at the surgery center at 6 am. TT scheduled for 7:30 am. I started my weight loss journey in 2006, I lost 60 pounds then gained it all back. Over the past year I lost that 60 again plus another 15. My total weight loss this time is 75 pounds. Going into surgery at 5'3" 157 pounds. As many of you will agree. This site has been a blessing. It really has helped to have a network of people who know exactly what I am feeling. Thank you -EVERYONE. BTW I will be posting pictures as soon as I take them.

So my PS weighed the skin he took off of me. 6...

So my PS weighed the skin he took off of me. 6 pounds. Yesterday I needed help walking but this morning I walked by myself. I keep up with the pain meds, so the pain is managable. I have not been able to see my tummy yet until Thursday. But i do see it looks flat even with the bandages. Photos attached show how large I as before the weight loss and night before surgery. Ill post those on Thurday (or earlier)

So my PS weighed the skin he took off of me. 6...

So my PS weighed the skin he took off of me. 6 pounds. Yesterday I needed help walking but this morning I walked by myself. I keep up with the pain meds, so the pain is managable. I have not been able to see my tummy yet until Thursday. But i do see it looks flat even with the bandages. Photos attached show how large I as before the weight loss and night before surgery. Ill post those on Thurday (or earlier)


On Friday (day of TT) the pain was manageable. I...

On Friday (day of TT) the pain was manageable. I think cuz of the stuff they gave me during TT. Saturday I was in a lot of pain. My butt and back are killing me. I still have not had a bm. I took milk of magnesia but it did not help. That part is startng to worry me. Today- Sunday I feel a little better. However my wraps are moving and I dont go back to doc till Thursday. I have to call him to change them

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7 days post op. Healing well and should have...

7 days post op. Healing well and should have drains out on Monday. I am so happy I did this.

So question for all you TTers. I am 10 days PO. I...

So question for all you TTers. I am 10 days PO. I feel great, I am off the pain meds (only tylenal) sleeping in the bed and my drainage is almost low enough to get my tubes removed. So here is my questions. 1. One minute my tummy is nice and soft and feels fine. Next the entire area is hard as a rock. What is this and should I worry. 2. My new belly button is sort of oozing a little blood. Is this normal or not. Anyone one else have these.

11 days post op. My drainage has been below 20cc...

11 days post op. My drainage has been below 20cc for two days now. I went in and had my drains removed. It did not hurt at all. I expected it to. I am going to go get ready for my 1st shower. I may stay in there the rest of the day. ahhh water and soap.

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

16 days post op. I only take tylenol for pain in...

16 days post op. I only take tylenol for pain in the morning and evening. I am not in any pain however I get spasms in my middle section. PS said it is normal. I move a little easier each day and I am able to do a little more each day as well. I am going back to work tomarrow. Lets see how that goes.

Today is 3 weeks po. The tummy part there is no...

Today is 3 weeks po. The tummy part there is no prblems with. i have laughed,coughed,and sneezed. There is some pain with that but its bearable. now my thighs are a diferant story. they hurt still. i also think my belly button may be infected. i am calling ps first thing in the am

So I am just past the three week mark. I completed...

So I am just past the three week mark. I completed a full week at work. It was not bad. I was tired each day after I got off but not to bad. I started taking walks - slow but I am picking up speed and trying to go a little longer each time. So does anyone have advise about how soon to really start pushing myself on workouts? I want to get on the elipticle but I am not sure if that is to much to soon.

So tomarrow is 8 weeks PO. My thighs and tummy...

So tomarrow is 8 weeks PO. My thighs and tummy have zero pain. I am so happy with my results. I would most definately do it again. My first week back at work was hard but now I am back to the same old.

21 weeks post op. I am still so happy with my...

21 weeks post op. I am still so happy with my results. The scars on my legs are still ugly but I expected that from my consultation. I still rub them daily. My tummy scar is already starting to lighten. I recently went on vacation and i did put on 10 pounds and I have not lost it yet. I am getting discouraged on the weightloss portion of this whole thing.
Albuquerque Plastic Surgeon

I looked into several PS. Ended up going with the first one I ever seen. I have several friends and family members that used him so I had referances that he did not provide. Also, He explained everything to me so well that I had very few questions when he was done.

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