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.


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Hi Almost,

I can soooo relate! I also have two teens -- and have wanted nothing more than a 'normal' tummy. I have thought this through a hundred times over, and I saw 3 different surgeons for consult.

Well.... I finally went for my 'treatment' (love how you word that) just 2 days ago! I was an absolute basket case for a good 3 weeks prior. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't focus, and I felt like crying at the drop of a pin. All I could think of was the surgery and the recovery... I was beyond focusing on the results and the reason I was getting a full tummy tuck in the first place. I referred to my state of mind as "abdomino brain". LOL

Even as I was sitting in the prep room on Monday morn, I contemplated 'bailing', and I think that the only reason I hung in those moments before was the non-refundable 9K!!

Long story short...I cried and worried far more than neccessary! Although, I still fear some of the recovery process... the worst is definately over! I have not cried post - op!

Let yourself go through the emotions, and no that you are stronger than you're giving yourself credit for. Wish you all the best!!
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Oh girl, you are going though a little pre-surgery jitters which is perfectly normal. Been there! In my experience the day of my surgery I awoke with a sense of calm confidence knowing I was doing something I had wanted to do for years. Hopefully you will feel that way too. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Oh yes all normal jitters!   We have all gone through this and it will pass.  This is a big and exciting process but you will settle soon. 

Good for you in making the decision to do this for yourself.  You will love the results.  Only two more days and then your recovery period will begin.  Try to get some rest but if you don't you will be doing plenty of that the first two weeks post op.

Do you have everything ready at home? 

So tell me how did you find your doctor and how long did it take you to do so? 

Just remember to take baby steps after surgery and let others take care of you for a while.  I look forward to your updates ad pictures.
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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.

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THINKING SKINNY THOUGHTS FOR YOU!
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Im going in sept. And my thoughts are all about my tt. I just can't wait!
It's about time for you to be checking in for your preocedure! I certainly pray that the peace you experienced yesterday is with you today as well! Praying that you do fabulously and that all your expectations are exceeded!!
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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)

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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)

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So glad you did well, you will look so awesome! So exciting to look down & see a flat tummy!
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Wow, I can't wait too see your pics. I am so beside myself right now. I have to wait until Sept. To have my surgery. I think about it day in and day out. Keep in touch!
Can't wait to see your after pics!
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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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How are you doing? I had a full TT, but not thigh lift and thinking I really needed it. Would like to know how yours went and how you are doing recovery. Isn't it great to be on resting side of things, not the pre-anxiety!
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Looking back, I think I should have done a thigh lift alone. The TT portion I am able to handle however I feel like my legs are going to rip apart with every movement. Guess its to late now. LOL. Each day gets a little better.
Congrats on the new you! You are gonna be sore for a while, I'm 1 1/5 weeks PO and I'm still a bit sore so that just takes time. As for the bowel movements i took colace for days and I really think what helped me was I drank a glass of prune juice everyday. It still took me 5 dys to finally go....good luck
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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.

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Well done Almost40 - you look great. I dread sneezing but have been fine with little coughs. Have been gargling with listerine and sucking soothers to keep my throat calm.
Last concern is using the tummy muscles for BM... off to pour some prune juice...
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Ditto! You look amazing! Thanks for posting pics, it's so neat to see all the transformations.

So... What's your take on all that pre-surgery anxiety now? Are you feeling good with recovery?
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Honestly, I feel sort of silly for getting all worked up. LOL. The recovery has not been that bad. I do feel like I have to relearn how to use my stomach muscles. I am babying them and the doc said to go ahead and use them. But based on how it feels to cough / sneeze. Im a little scared to use them to lift my torso. I am so happy with my choice to do this. It has been a dream of mine for years

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.

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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.

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List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

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Hi, are the thighs and walking better now? You look wonderful!!!
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Thank you. Each day the thighs feel better. The hardest part has been sitting on a toilet. It really puts pressure on my incisions. But like I said each day it gets better.
Looking great already
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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.

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How are you feeling? I live here in ABQ also and have my TT scheduled with Dr. Chen in July. How has it turned out for you?
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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

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Your 7day photo is absolutely incredible! Isn't it wonderful to have the old tummy and skin gone. Glad to hear thighs are getting better! My PS has been in own practice about 8 yr I think, so will ask him at next visit about the thighs. He posts answers to this website and I'm thinking he is cautious about thigh lifts in general. Congrats on your own weight loss and exciting new look!
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So sorry it took so long to reply. I cant log it from work. I really like my results and the recovery has not been bad. As far as Dr. Chen the only complaint I have is the follow up. As you read many of these reviews you will notice that they have several visits. W/Dr Chen you have one 6 days later and then again in like a month. He did not even call the night or next morning after surgery. That bothered me a little. I think my belly button may be infected. His nurse said it looks normal but he himself has not looked at it. I think I am going to camp out at his office on Monday to make him look at it. LOL. I could however just be panicking. Ill let you know. As far as recovery well... days 1-5 are the hardest. You most likely will sleep in a chair and your butt will hurt from it and you will not be able to get confy no matter what you do. The pain meds will give you the worst constipation you have ever had -TAKE A STOOL SOFTNER !!!. If they offer you something for nausia - get it that is horible and once you start moving around you will feel it and a dry heave, cough, sneeze or laugh those first 5 days is painfull. I am 3 weeks out now. I have been back to work for a full week, I even make it a point to use my ab muscles to lift my body. The sneeze still hurts a little but more like I did a really good work out. Keep in touch and if you have any questions I'm always here. You will do fine and I bet you will look awsome. Oh ya, I have not had the swelling or bruising that several people have had. I dont know what dr chen did but that part has been a breeze.

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.

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How are you coming along? Were you able to get ahold of him with your concerns?
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You look great, we have the same stomach :) I'm scheduled for June 7th kind of nervous but excited .
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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.

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How do you feel about your thigh procedure now? I'm going in for mine on Aug 19...
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Glad to hear from you and that you're doing so good! I'm 2 weeks post op and doing well. Still a bit emotional from time to time but otherwise not too bad. I also am worried about that feeling like your tummy gets hard as a rock especially below the belly button. Did yours get better? What did you do about it? That is kinda freaking me out. Well have a good vacation! Keep in touch...
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Yes that feeling goes away. i cant even remember the last spasm i had. at this point i only feel that tight feeling when sneezing or caighing.

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.

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Sorry , I rarely get on the site anymore. Its 21 weeks post po and I love it. The scars are ugly still however I was expecting that. Let me know how yours are doing
I have "L" shaped incision going in groin then down to knees. Am 11 day postop and had left leg split at the bend of incision. Did you have any splitting or troubles sitting? I posted pics of my legs. Love them with all the excess skin gone.
My incisions never split open but they sure felt like they would those first two weeks. Mine are sort of a cury "l" as well. They dont go to my knee but about 6 inches or so down my inner. Nice long shorts cover them up nicely.
Dr. Chen

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.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
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