Best Decision Ever - Allentown, PA

I am 32 a mother of 2 with 2 c sections and the...

I am 32 a mother of 2 with 2 c sections and the last one I had a hysterectomy as a result of labor complication. I am 5ft, 155 lb and I gained about 20lb after my last child. My body is a perfect results of unbalanced homones, depression, poor diet and lack of excercise. I look like I'm 5 months pregnant even though my son is now turning 3.

I've been married for 8 years, my daughter is 6 and son turning 3. I find myself very discourage with my figure and my depression is taking over my self worth, marriage and my quality of life. Last year, I went back to my country to get liposuction one on my abdomen but to my surprised, I was in so much pain, I could only bear to do the upper tummy and the two side...leaving what was the most important part (lower adbomen) bulky and baggy.

So, a year later, I'm determined to get it fix with a tummy tuck.

9/22: I had my Tummy tuck done at 11am. The doctor...

9/22: I had my Tummy tuck done at 11am. The doctor was on time and very professional. The nurse made it so easy because I was already asleep as they were rolling me into the OR. One of my greatest fear was to still be awake in the OR room and to the the overhead lights. I woke up approx. 4ish and was very groggy but I was able to hear the nurse as she was sending me up to me room. That night I was in and out of sleep and under pain killer.

9/23: The pain was not as bad, it almost feel like a C-Section that I've went through. I knew I have to get up and out of bed sooner or later. That was the most excruciating pain. I saw the doctor right after the surgery and twice the next day. I have only one draining tube and it was not as uncomfortable as I would expect it. I was sleepy most of time. That evening after seeing the doctor again, I was discharged. Pretty excited to be out of the hospital.

9/24: I stayed at my brother's place for the night since he lived 5 minutes away from the hospital. He drove me home that morning. I was slouching in the car and was leaning on my side. Every little bumps feel massively painful. Came home and quickly shower and removed my bandages. I saw my body for the 1st time since the surgery and for the most part, I was numbed and swollen..other than that, I looked amazingly smaller. My love handles are gone, my flaps and bulges are gone. The doctor did a great job at lifting my saggy lower tummy and the belly button is centered.

9/25- I rinse my body off in the morning and the...

9/25- I rinse my body off in the morning and the majority of the day was just taking it easy. Pain was managed by med. I was having a hard time pulling myself up off the couch. Body starts to get a bit that's a good sign og healing.
Hi how r u i had my tummy tuck and lipo with the same dictor i am 17 day post op and just wanted u to know everything will be alright if u ever need to talk or have any question let me know

9/26: day 4 after TT...I was on senokot before and...

9/26: day 4 after TT...I was on senokot before and after the surgery, and I think it help cleanse my system. I was gassy the last 2 days and finally has a BM today. Draining at 20ml every 12hrs, I'm schedule to have my drain removed in 2 days. I started peeling off the bandages off my side and back where the doctor has done some ultrasound lipo, I noticed that he gave each hole at least 2 stitches to close it up. That's why I'm not oozing from the lipo area. I have to say, that's impressive! I was asked to massage the area that was was painful the 1st few days but as my body's becoming more manageable.

It sounds like you're going to get great results! I can't wait to see your photos in a few weeks!

Yea def stay away from salt big mistake I made I am still losing wieght after the TT I am down to 157 I am hoping to get down to 150 145 and I will stop I know the massages hurt but after u get ur stiches out I know a great person that is massage to help with swelling and keep ur nice figure she is great it hurt but after every massage u feel so much better if u need it and also she sell great gridles becuase ur will start getting big very soon let me how ur doing
Thank you so much for sharing your story. I believe I read your story when I was researching and getting more info on TT. I went back again to view your posts and checked out the pictures....the results looks almost alike. Lol I'm definitely staying way from SALT, thanks for the tip! The Doctor did ask me to loose 20lb b/f getting the procedure done...and that was upsetting for me. Kudos to you!!! I couldn't do it! Best of luck...I'm going to post more pictures soon.

9/27: did a bit more walking today .....boy was...

9/27: did a bit more walking today .....boy was that painful! My tummy tighten up and was a bit swollen follow by back pain. Came home and had to take ome painkiller and was K/O for a few hours. I need to just take it couch potato for the rest of the day.

9/28: got my drain tube removed today. Was quick...

9/28: got my drain tube removed today. Was quick and scary at first but wasn't painful. Didn't know that draining tube goes from one side of the tummy and it runs across to the other.

9/30: 1 week post-op yesterday. Feel great knowing...

9/30: 1 week post-op yesterday. Feel great knowing my tummy will soon be shrinking and less swollen and numbed. Every time I walk a few blocks (which I didn't think was excessive) my tummy would swell up and its pulling on the stitches that I have around my tummy, making it it very tight and painful. I have to take it easy even tho my head is thinking I'm well, my tummy doesn't feel the same.

Just weigh myself today and to my surprise, i've...

Just weigh myself today and to my surprise, i've lost 6lbs! That's a bonus for me, but I think it was dued to lack of appetite after the surgery. I hope to keep loosing the excess weight be at 135 for next summer.

9/30: I have to voice my opinion on one thing,...

9/30: I have to voice my opinion on one thing, ladies....I'm tired of hearing my family members including my spouse accusing me of " taking the easy way out" by opting for a TT procedure instead of diet and exercising! They dont understand your frustrations, depressions and lack of motivations when it comes to loosing weight. This procedure cost money, time and lots of pain and suffering... And if they can't understand or comprehend your desire or respect your wishes...tell them to STFU! They sometime make it sound so sinful to alter your body. For me and million other ladies ou there, it's a new chapter, a 2nd chance to empower yourself with love and confidence. I love the song by Beyonce, " girls run the world" ...
So, for those who are on the bench- let's move it! And those who've done it- more power to you!
Do not not not listen to the my family did the same thing even before the surgery and the day of but the only person that know the hard work and how bad we feel keeP ur head up don't let anyone get u down I am here for u anytime u need to talk
I would not at all say that you took an easy way out. You stomach was clearly out of proportion to your body and no amount of exercise would change that. Funny how the people closest to us can often make us feel the worse. Just remember that you do what was right for you....other people that have not been in your shoes will not always understand.
congrats you look awesome. I'm from your area also and I went to Pocono Medical with Dr. Charles Herman and I loved him. The 2 hour drive was well worth it. I am 2 weeks post op and each day gets better. I love looking at my flat stomach and new belly button. I really didnt get any swelling as of yet, so I hope it stays that way. Dr. was very pleased with everything and he gave me a fresh new start on living for me and happiness for once. Congrats again, you look awesome.

10/3: day 11 post-op ...just got my stitches out...

10/3: day 11 post-op ...just got my stitches out this morning. Have to come back next week for the remaining stitches on my BB...doc only remove some not all. Prescribed a cream to help fade the scars...still emphasize on daily massages of the hip and abdominal. Overall, pretty happy with my figure...even happier knowing that it's going to shrink a bit more. The incision and BB part is still numbed and hard/swollen, that will take a while but I'm very optimistic that I will look and feel amazing in a few more weeks.
Glad to hear you are doing fine.

2 weeks post op! I'm actually feeling a lot...

2 weeks post op! I'm actually feeling a lot better, at this stage, the swelling has subsided but it's still very sensitive and numbed! I have a few technique and advice on how I care for my scar! I think it is just as important if not the most important part of recovery. After 7-10 days after the stitches were taken out, I was applying Biafine (prescribed by the dr) I slap it on the wound and wrap it with body bandages. I changed it daily and noticed that my scabs were being peeled from his cream+bandage combo. After 3 days, I noticed my scar was pink and tender, so I stop the cream and switched to applying acuaphor without the bandages. I did that for another 3 days and my scar looks amazing! I washed my wound with antibacterial soap from the hospital twice a day. Also, moisturize your skin around the tummy at all time. Most importantly, rest as much as you can the first 2 weeks, stay off our feet and wear yoga's super comfy!
Hi mini van can you post new pictures please thanks
hey some time has past,can you post new pics would, love to see wt it looks like now ive heard so many great things,I'm saving up my money now so i to can have it excited
I am 20 days post Tummy tuck and full back Lipo. I had it done in Dominican Republic and everything seems fine expect that I have noticed that I have accumulated tons of liquid in my stomach and my doctor is in DR. Does anyone know of any doctor in Allentown that would drain my swollen belly??

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