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Tummy tuck in - Amsterdam. 4 weeks PO and even happier with results!!!

I had had never weight problems in my live......

I had had never weight problems in my live....since i got pregnant of my first daughter. I put on 22 kg (48 lbs) I remember looking at myself in the mirror after giving birth and not recognizing myself. So much i had changed. I managed to get most of the weight off with healthy eating and exercise, but the i found out i was pregnant again. verything began again exactly. Though i tried to control wat a ate, i gained around 15 kg (33 lbs) It was very depressing. To make the long story short: pregnancies were not kind on my belly. I had also big bellies, people looked like me and made comments and they thought a had a at least a triplet! lol..
I have been thinking of having the procedure done for at least three years. I just want my body back!
Operation will be on monday june 18th in Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital in Amsterdam. Plastic surgeon is Gijs van Selms, a very good surgeon specialised in reconstructive hand and breast surgery as well as breats augmentations and tummy tucks.
He is performing TT, lipo of the waist/hips and muscle repair. I will stay three nights in the hospital.
I'm really very nervous..... just 17 days to go!!!

June 2nd 2012: I received my compression garment....

June 2nd 2012:
I received my compression garment. It fits like a glove. Lucklily. I was feeling anxious i maybe had not measure myself right.
But now i have a worry less.
Feeling very excited and anxious with 16 days to go!
I'm also trying to loose some weight.
Í will soon try to post some before pictures, so you can see what Dr. Van Selms will try to fix on june 18th.... lol....

I have began to take my two week-food supplement....

I have began to take my two week-food supplement. It's the Pre Op program from Make Me Heal.
It has a lot of Vit C and other important vits. and mins. for fast healing after plastic surgery.
I am also trying to work out now that i can.
Have been very busy tiding up the house etc. Will soon pack my bag to the hospital :-)
I have also bought two sweat pants from Bad Cat :-) I normally only wear sweat pants to work out. But i have read that sweatpants come handy after a TT since one will be swelling and the abdominal area will be very sensitive.
This brand reflects me feeling (hopefully) sexier and more confident with a flat belly ;-) Also, the change i've gone through, not willing to always play nice and being more assertive :-)
Hi Holantina! Thanks for the post on my review. I share all of the same feelings of anticipation you are! You stomach skin looks nice and smooth, so your doctor will be able to make you look wonderful. I don't see a single stretch mark! Here's to good luck for both you and me on the 18th...
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Thanks!!! Sending positive thoughts your way! Have a happy flat tummy :-D !!!
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This time next week we will be getting really excited!!! Woo hoo, not much longer!
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With just 4 days to go, feeling very excited but a...

With just 4 days to go, feeling very excited but a biet affraid too.
I'm packing for the hospital. Bought a few nice sweat vests and pants :-) Something comfy and not tight around the middle.
I'm taking my arnica supplement as well.
Also some whey proteine to mix with milk at the hospital. Gotta watch proteine intake for speedy recovery.
Further advice is welcome!
Dankje :) hope everything works out with you!!! Keep us updated :)
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hallo loesje en holantina ik van st. maarten en spreek ook nederlands , iam having surgery aslo on the 18th wow het gaat snel nu , aftellen meisjes...
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Welkom to the club. Ik denk aan jullie. En ik mag gelukkig niet lang erna. Ik heb er zoveel zin in. Maar heb nog steeds geen bericht vd verzekering of ik de behandeling vergoed krijg of niet. Ik zit zonder baan sinds maandag dus heb gelukkig even de tijd na de operatie om bij te komen. Aftellen maar!!!!
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O, my.... it just hit me.....only 3 days and 2...

O, my.... it just hit me.....only 3 days and 2 nights to go..... nerves are really starting to kick in!
I'm almost finish with packing my stuff :-)
I hope i won't forget anything really important!
I am affraid of the risks and complications, but i really want to get rid of that muffin/pooch/flab or whoever you want to call it :-P.
...Bye for now girls, wish me luck :-) I'll keep you posted!
Hi ladies, feeling GREAT hier!!!!
No pain at all, and very happy i did it!!!
Sorry i had not updated earlier, I spent 5 nights at Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital and had not notebook with me or access to internet. Once home i really needed rest since i couldn't sleep much there at the hospital.

The operation went very very good. There is 2 kg (4,4 lbs) skin off my belly.
I only had some pain the first 72 hours. But on a scale of 0 to 10 i'd say it was around 3. Thank goodness for the pain buster!!! After those 72 hours i took pain medication the next 24 hours. That's all! I do not need pain medication and no other drugs. It's been a blessing.
Thank you all for the good thoughts and wishes :-)
I'll try to update with fotos. It is at the moment a real trouble to get in and out of the compression garment. I only do it to shower! I'll try to take pics in on of those moments, hahhaha...... still rather swollen though.... but results are AMAZING!!!
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Yes, wishing you well & wondering how you are, Holantina :)
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Holantina, Please let us know how you are doing. Sending happy thoughts and prayers your way.
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Sorry i had not updated earlier, I spent 5 nights...

Sorry i had not updated earlier, I spent 5 nights at Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital and had not notebook with me or access to internet. Once home i really needed rest since i couldn't sleep much there at the hospital. It was posible to leave a day earlier but then i had to go home with drains on and go back to hospital to get the drains off. I decided to stay one more night so that i could go home drain free.

The operation went very very good. There is 2 kg (4,4 lbs) skin off my belly.
I only had some pain the first 72 hours. But on a scale of 0 to 10 i'd say it was around 3. Thank goodness for the pain buster!!! After those 72 hours i took pain medication the next 24 hours. That's all i needed. I do not need pain medication and no other drugs since then. Not even stool softeners. It's been a blessing.

I had of course a catheter, two drains and a pain buster (aka a pain pump, a little container filled with local anaestesia such as lidocaine and something more, but i do not recall what it was exactly)
That's a lot of strage things hanging out from your body, hahaha......

To everybody considering doing this procedure i would like to say: GO FOR IT! You'll be glad you did! (This is of course asuming you are in good health and have no higher risk of complications)
Do be afraid of pain or discomfort. Do not let that discourage you. It's noy that bad.
After the initial 48 to 72 hours (when you are sore, and trying to work all those drugs from your body) you are going to be VERY PLEASED you did it.....believe me. The first two days i was like: oh, my..... what was I thinking???!!! But then i went over to a mood like: YESSSS.... i have a flat belly, and i will look great!!! This is a crucial moment, since from then on it only gets better and better. Just hang on, get yourself through the first 48 or 72 hours. You'll be exhilarated you went for it, just wait and see!

I'll try to update with fotos. It is at the moment a real trouble to get in and out of the compression garment. I only do it to shower! I'll try to take pics in one of those moments, hahhaha...... still rather swollen though.... but results are AMAZING!!! And it makes me very happy knowing it will only get nicer.
Happy you are doing well.... can not wait to see pictures! 2 more days for me : )
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Happy to hear that you are doing well!
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Holantina, I am so happy for you! Great to get to have the hospital stay, but yes, to rest you need to be at home ;) Happy to hear from you & happy healing :):)
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Today i'm 9 days Post Op. Swelling becomes less...

Today i'm 9 days Post Op. Swelling becomes less every day.
I only could take a pic from front due to low batt. on my camera.

I'm loving the results and i know it will get even better yay!!!
Glad you are well!
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u look great
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Hoi Loesje,
Ik heb Make me heal's Pre and Post op vitaminen, zijn speciaal geformuleerd voor snel herstel en mooie resultaten na een ingreep. Misschien gaat je PC een fleur de lis bij jou doen? Dan krijg je een ankervormig liiteken. Vorm van litteken verschilt per lichaamtype en situatie (hoeveel huid over is enz.). Je PC zal je hier meer over kunnen vertellen. In mijn geval wist ik dat mijn PC een lang litteken zou moeten maken (dus helemaal om mijn heup heen) Kijk naar mijn voor fotos, ik hed ook veel huid over in mijn heupen i.v.m. gewichtsverlies na zwangerschappen.
Ik wens je veel succes, het duurt niet lang meer voor je, meis!!
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!4 days PO and feeling great! I have not been...

!4 days PO and feeling great!
I have not been able to go back to my daily activities (work, taking care of house and children and dancing)
I hope to be able to go back to work next week. I wil begin with a few hours per week.

Last thursday i went to my first check up...

Last thursday i went to my first check up appointment.
My PS was very happy the way everything was healing.
I've been on a very clean eating diet. because i wanted my body to be at its best for this healing challeng. After all, we are dealing here with a very large scar, comething like 40 cm long.
My PS told me i may start rubbing some scar lotions on. I will use Alhydran. I am using also natural Aloe Vera (i have a plant at home) and rosa mosqueta oil.
So far it works very good for me. My scar is very soft and it looks like a very fine line.
You look so good and your swelling is not bad at all! I think your final results are going to be awesome!
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Looking & feeling great! I'm very happy for you!
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I'm felling great! It's wonderful to feel again like myself.
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Ok ladies, having a bit of a hard time now. I...

Ok ladies, having a bit of a hard time now.
I have a cold. From so much coughing my abs hurt a liitle bit. They feel like i have been doing sit ups for an hour!
Not a very pleasant feeling....
Hey how's it going? just checking on you
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Thanks for that info, Hola. My scar burns like it's on fire and it's raw and angry. It is naked except for Mederma which acts like glue stick and glues my scabs to my underwear and they tear off every time I change and I am so DONE with this. I may go to the vitamin store and look up some of those things you listed. I'm calling my doc tomorrow to see if I can cover the scar again with gauze and tape.
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Your scar looks amazing what are you using?
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Hi there, Today i'm 4 weeks PO. I'm feeling great...

Hi there,
Today i'm 4 weeks PO. I'm feeling great with almost no swelling. If i had known that a TT could be this trouble-free i would have done it very long ago!
I keep on eating very healthy and taking my vitamins.
I also alternate sitting with walking and lying. It works best for me. If i sit down too long i get fluid retention on my lower belly and pubic mound.

Have a great day and happy healing to you all!
Hi I think your results are amazing do you have contacts details so I can enquire about surgery with this surgeon I'm thinking of going to Amsterdam
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What a difference between your first picture and the last one. Glad it worked out so well for you!
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How are things going with you, Holantina?
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Dr. Gijs van Selms

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