SO HAPPY AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!!

I am a 29 year mother of 4 girls. Motherhood...

I am a 29 year mother of 4 girls. Motherhood starting early for me at the age of 15, so I lost my shape and body early on and never really experienced be comfortable in my own clothes. I got all my stretch marks from my first child and then my weight throughout the years from my other children and battling of eating unhealthy. I like to work out and I do so in spurts. My weight has fluctuated dramatically over the last 13 years from being a size 7 to a size 14 (148lbs-194lbs) My children are ages 13, 11, 9, and 19 months. My fiancee' (the father of all my children and my middle school sweetheart) and I have decided to not have anymore children so I decided that before our dream wedding in October that I was going to get my body back and go on our honeymoon in a bikini! I have been resarching this for many years but had to wait until we were financially ready for something like this. It is the most exciting thing that I have anticipated besides my wedding (and the birth of my girls) I have been researching this for so long and I feel like I know everthing there is to know but reading the blogs on the site has helped me tremendously so I decided to share my story as well.

Well my surgery is in 2 days and I am starting this review a little late but I am truly excited and overwhelmed at the same time. I do have some anxiety about being limited to what I can do. I work full-time and own a hair and makeup business, I am planning our wedding and I have 4 girls and my littlet one gets so much attention from me which I will not bea able to give her or pick her up and that saddens me but I know it will be worth it in the end. My oldest children and my older sister will take good care of me. I really would not be able to do this without the support of my amazing fiancee' and my wonderful sister. I will post back tomorrow (1 day before my surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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1 day to go!!!!! I am officially 1 day from...

1 day to go!!!!!

I am officially 1 day from the "flat side" I am so excited but anxious at the same time! I am at work today so that has been keeping me focused but I still feel like I have so much to do before tomorrow.....I can't really eat that much and I have been trying to stay hydrated but not eat heavy foods so I won't have issues on the potty later:) I couldn't sleep to save my life last night and I kept having weird dreams, now I understand why my doctors office offered me ambien for the night before my surgery and I should of took him up on that but I probably would have missed surgery since I have to be up at 6am to get into D.C. by 8:30. Northern Va. traffic is horrific!!!!!! Over all I am extremely excited and I can't wait to post after my surgery! Until then........

Good luck fellow TT, I will see you on the flat side!
Oh and I will post before pictures when I get home this evening!

1 Day Po! My surgery went extremely well and...

1 Day Po!

My surgery went extremely well and my overall experience was great. My surgery was at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC and my experience with the hospital was great. Everyone was really nice and professional and I really loved my nurse. She was wonderful. For those of you debating to stay overnight, I would do it! It was really great to have someone wait on me hand and foot for the first 24 hours. I have some pretty bad pain after I woke up from surgery but that was quickly resolved with some iv meds. The rest of the evening was good, I was able to get out of bed and walk the hallways with my nurse although I was a little nauseated. I was also super winded. You don't realize how much you use your abs including breathing and talking.

I was discharge this am and the ride home was crappy due to all the NOVA potholes :( I have been in alot of pain today and the vicodin just seems to take the edge off and doesn't relieve it completely. Getting up is difficult but overall I am really happy. I was able to see my tummy for the first time this am when my doctor came to change my dressing. I was really happy with the way everthing looked. My PS said I had a small defect in my bb but he fixed it so right now it's a real inny. I can see my scar because of the steri-strips but that looks good too and my drains are way down in my pubic area so those scars will be well hidden. My PS cut under my c-section scar so he was able to get rid of all the scar tissue from the 2 c-sections I had. My stretch marks are gone except for 1 or 2 I had above my bb but now it's in my bb so you can't tell.........whoo hoo!!!

Well that's all for now, I will keep you posted.......GOOD LUCK FELLOW TT's I will ad photos soon!

17 days post op........... I feel 75% back to...

17 days post op...........

I feel 75% back to normal......yay! Overall my experience has been fabulous! I have a high tolerance for pain so for the most part it has been very tolerable. The hardest thing for me has been just slowing down. I kid you not I was out to dinner 9 days after and grocery shopping 12 days post op. Now mind you I had to quickly leave Walmart because I became very ill but i over did it that day. My bridal shower was yesterday and I felt fabulous and looked fabulous in my cute sun dress with NO MUFFIN TOP!!!! This has been the best thing I could of ever did for my self and my self-esteem. I can't wait to get back into the gym to contour my body even more. My doc says I can start using scar cremes and I can go back to the gym this week!!!! Now for some people their doctor say it's best to wait 6-8 weeks but my doc says slowly work my way back into the gym and do what my body says it can do, I LOVE HIS THINKING!!!

THe worst part in my opinion, which I feel no one ever really discloses was the removal of the tubes....OUCH!!!!! When the nurse yanked those tubes out I thought I would pass out but after a few minutes the burning and pain was gone and I was drainless. Also, the first bm after was (atleast for me) like delivering a baby, ha ha! I was in the bathroom for 30 minute struggling. I didn't know what I was going to do and I did not use laxitives just a stool softner and that had been days before and then I stopped but nonetheless that was horrid but I felt like a million buck when I was done, LOL! I know that was TMI but I know these are the things I wanted to know when I was researching.

All I will update in the next 2 weeks!!!! Good luck fellow tummy tuckers and welcome to the flat side!!!!

Sorry the pics are up side down!!! They are from...

Sorry the pics are up side down!!! They are from my iphone

3 WEEKS PO- I am back at work and although I...

3 WEEKS PO-

I am back at work and although I am somewhat more sore today than I have been I am overall very happy and I feel back to normal (almost) I am even going to attempt to hit up the gym today :) My doctor says I can wean my way back into the gym, so I will start by speed walking and doing some thigh and arm work. I will post more photos next week for my 1 month po!

Good Luck!!!

Bethesda Plastic Surgeon

I researched local doctors that live close to me and the first doctor that popped out to me and I was able to schedule a consult with was this practice. The name drew me in "Center for Plastic Surgery" so I knew they specialized in it. The staff was really great and helpful and not pushy. Their office was very nice and modern it just made you feel like they were artists of the body. They were just very on top of everything from the beginning and I was comfortable from the start so I went with my instinct. They gave me a great discount because I worked for another physician (not in the same field) which I thought was very courteous. Not to mention as I was walking out from my consult another patient stopped to talk to me and she told me that Dr. Price had did her tummy tuck 13 years ago and she showed me her tummy and she looked fabulous. She seemed very happy with the practice as well so that's how I picked my practice.

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