Tummy Tuck and Lypo of Flanks - Alpine, UT

I am 31 and a mother of 4 beautiful children. I...

I am 31 and a mother of 4 beautiful children. I always told myself that after I had children if I couldn't get rid of my tummy I would have a tummy tuck. After my consult with my doctor he confirmed that my muscles had separated.

I had a full tummy tuck with lypo of the flanks done on March 8th, so I am 5 days out. I was so nervous for this surgery and so was my husband. The doctors and nurses were fantastic and my surgery went very well. I woke up feeling pretty good but I was surprised how tight I felt. I felt as though there was a huge weight on my lungs. It was hard to take deep breaths at first. And when they asked me to cough I thought they were kidding! The nurse told me that it was important to cough so I wouldn't get pneumonia. It helped to hug a pillow when I coughed. I stayed overnight at the surgery center and I think that made a huge difference. The first time I had to stand up was hard but not as bad as I expected.

So far I am very happy with my surgery. Scar seems to be very low. I have two drains in that don't bother me too much. I borrowed a lounger from my mom that has a remote recline function to it. I live in this chair! It has made such a big difference for me! I took a shower for the first time yesterday and saw my incision sites. Even thought I am still a bit swollen I can see a big difference.

I have been getting up quite a bit to walk around a little. I think that helps a lot... I have been getting a bit stir crazy!

I am now a week out after surgery and I am having...

I am now a week out after surgery and I am having insane itching at my incision site, especially by my hips. Has anyone else experienced this? Suggestions?!? I am going insane!

Today is my one week mark and I am miserable! I...

Today is my one week mark and I am miserable! I started itching last night along my incision site and went to see my Dr today. He said I was allergic to the Seri Strips and he had to pull them all off. That was an interesting feeling! The itching has only gotten worse, which he said it would. I am going insane with this itching. It's probably one of the most frustrating feelings I have had!

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I am finally feeling a bit better today! I...

I am finally feeling a bit better today! I actually got some sleep last night! I am not nearly as itchy but I feel so tired! I have felt more pain today, not from the itching, but from the surgery. I haven't felt like this for the last few days. So I am confused. Is it normal to have pain again when I haven't? Has anyone else had this?

My two week mark is today! For the most part I...

My two week mark is today! For the most part I feel great! I still walk slow, and I am very cautious. I am a little tired throughout the day but this is much better then I thought it would be. I have been out running errands and working the last few days and I have been fine.
My tummy is looking better and better every day! I am getting tired of the binder... my Dr said I need to wear the post op garment plus the binder for 6 weeks. This will be tough! I will post some pictures later tonight.

I am 3 1/2 weeks post op and I feel great! Back to...

I am 3 1/2 weeks post op and I feel great! Back to work and feel pretty much normal. I do wear spanx and a girdle thing on top of the Spanx that I got from Nordstroms. I wear it day and night. I just ordered a Gelzone wrap. I have heard a lot of great things about it so I am excited! I do feel a bit swollen in the evenings but nothing horrible. I started carrying around my baby (he's 19 months and about 30 pounds). I did feel more swollen when I started doing that and walking a ton! I asked my PS if it causes damage to use the stomach muscles and he told me no. It just prolongs healing and swelling...My PS did say that the swelling would go down after 8 weeks. Unless of course I do too much! I will post some pictures soon!

Tomorrow is my 5 week post op. I feel great! My...

Tomorrow is my 5 week post op. I feel great! My family took a vacation to Maui for Spring Break and I have had no problems! I've been talking good walks for an hour in the morning. I haven't been wearing my compression garments at all during the day but wear them at night when I sleep. I've felt a bit of swelling but not much. I'm very happy with my results! This is the first time in my life I have ever felt confident enough to wear a bikini! I love it! I hope you are all happy with your results or getting excited for surgery!

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I hit my 6 week PO date today! That means I don't...

I hit my 6 week PO date today! That means I don't have to wear my compression garment anymore. Wahoo! I remember asking people that had a TT done if they regretted it at all and not one person said no. I was thinking today if I were asked that question what I was say. My answer would be that I am very happy with my TT and I absolutely do not regret it! Recovery was a lot better then anticipated and the swelling has gone down so much! I love not having my love handles hang over my pants. I love not worrying about my pooch every time I sit down! The only thing I don't love is the scar around my belly button. I am sure that will fade though. It was worth it for the other benefits!

Hopefully my posts help others who are thinking about doing a TT!
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This is the second procedure I have done with Dr R and I have been very happy with my results. The scaring is very minimal and my tummy tuck incision looks great so far.

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