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yay!!! - Baltimore, MD
- updated 1 year ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $10,400
- Dr. David Lowe (Annapolis, MD)
I'm 29 y/o no kids. I'm 5'2",...
- 6 Jun 2011
- 8 days pre
I'm 29 y/o no kids. I'm 5'2", Highest weight was 256 currently down to 151. Im not quite to goal, but am able to maintain my current weight. Absolutely cant wait to see my belly button again!
6-7-2011 Only 8 days to go! Had my Pre-OP apt...
- 7 Jun 2011
- 8 days pre
Only 8 days to go! Had my Pre-OP apt w/my primary today. Not required but I went for my own peace of mind. Had a EKG/physical and everything looks great.
Feeling a bit nervous about the pain, my PS only prescribed Demerol. But he says its all i need.
I am having...
TT (not sure about Muscles as he will decide when he gets in there)
Lipo of Flanks, Waist, Inner/outer thighs, and knees.
Originally I was only getting TT But figured what the hell get the icing on the cake =))
I will be sure to update photos, as all the other ladies here have helped me, Thank you!
4 DAYS TO GO! Trying to get everything in order....
- 10 Jun 2011
- 5 days pre
Trying to get everything in order..
Im starting to understand other that feel like they are "nesting".
I am starting to feel a little guilty about all the $$$ being spent on this, but Im sure once I see my final result I will feel better about it.
I have decided NOT to get lipo of my outer thighs, after reviewing others pics I have decided I will keep my more shapely outter thighs.
I am very lucky.. My BF of 9 years has been very supportive. He has been with me throughout all the ups and downs of my 105 lb weight loss. I know he loves me just the way I am, but understands I want to feel good in my own skin.
My first week of recovery I will be staying w my mom, my BF isnt good w blood and wounds. So I don't want to traumatize him lol. My mom is also amazing and is even paying for half of my surgery.
Am I normal? Today I stood in front of the...
- 11 Jun 2011
- 4 days pre
Today I stood in front of the mirror and just cried, sobbing a uncontrollable cant breath cry.
Getting rid of this stomach has been a desire of mine for 10 years. I have gained and lost 100 pounds twice,up down up down up down. a vicious cycle. This time I WILL NOT be gaining it back.
I cried thinking of the freedom from constantly pulling up my pants,tucking it in, worrying if ppl could see it, and trying to find loose shirts. OMG I'm going to be able to wear low rise jeans!
I really wonder what I'm going to think about with all the free time that's going to be in head?!?! I feel like in just a few days I'm going to be free!!!!
Ive worked so hard! I run 3 miles a day and i wont be thinking about my bouncing stomach.
Plus the fact that I will actually be taking my shirt off in the bedroom w my loving man of 9 years! i cant wait to lay in the bed w him and allow him to touch my tummy, currently a "no go zone" lol.
I bet many tears of joy and relief will be in my near future. A new more confidant woman is right around the corner, what a relief!
12 hours away. I am Absolutely freaking out!!!!!
- 14 Jun 2011
- 1 day pre
Hey ladies! Im 7 days PO and finally posting...
- 22 Jun 2011
- 7 days post
Im 7 days PO and finally posting I've been at my moms where the Internet is so slow. I am posting now from my iPhone so forgive me if it's a mess.
The day of I was scared as hell. The first 24 hours PO were pure hell as well(mainly from nausea/throwing up).but every day it gets better. Yay!
Hopefully my drains will come out on Thursday as they are a pain. I'm feel pretty swollen but not sure how much of it is swell considering the pre OP shape of my tummy was wayyy different.
I am very pleased w my results. And will be posting pics as soon as I get home.
Day 9- Drains came out today! Not as bad as I...
- 23 Jun 2011
- 8 days post
11 days out today. Tried on pre op jeans and they...
- 25 Jun 2011
- 10 days post
Today Im on day 12 & off meds YaY Tylenol...
- 26 Jun 2011
- 11 days post
Hope all my June 15th Surgery sisters are doing as well as I am!
Today is the first day I've had a appetite, I...
- 28 Jun 2011
- 13 days post
So I took my garment off for a shower and my scar...
- 28 Jun 2011
- 13 days post
It's Official, I've lost my...
- 29 Jun 2011
- 14 days post
Today I went to my weight watchers meeting and then my 2 week checkup today and everything looks good. My PS promises my scar will be beautiful in a year.
I dont know if im going through some after surgery stage today but I'm feeling nuts!
I have had long beautiful hair (always between mid back to butt)for at least the last 15 years (Im 29). On my way home I heard a radio station talking about Locks Of Love (hair donating for children with cancer) and I decided to stop at my hair dresser to see if she had time for me. I knew she was going to be against it, so i went prepared with a lie. HAHA I get there and told her I lost a bet and HAD to cut my hair. VERY Unhappily she tied my hair and cut off 13 inches dry!!! Other women in the place were gasping (LOL!)Then she washed and cut off a few more for style. I left the place shaking in disbelief! I can not believe I did this, it was probably a pound of hair.Its for a great cause though. I'm feeling a little empowered. Any one else done something crazy after surgery?!?!
Thanks Ladies! Yay! Day 24 today. Im feeling good...
- 9 Jul 2011
- 24 days post
3 days ago I started massaging my scar and applying a cocoa/vitamin E butter.My PS says its more about the scar massaging not the product itself.
My week 4 appointment is in just 4 days and I hope I get the go ahead for the gym. I miss my gym so much!
Its crazy how the change to my tummy has elongated my frame. Since my TT I really want to work on my arms. Hopefully I can tone my arms and they will tighten up on their own!
Glad to see all you other ladies are doing well TTYS!
Word to the wise... If you get a TT or Lipo and...
- 11 Jul 2011
- 26 days post
I'm at day 28 and really feeling great. I was just...
- 13 Jul 2011
- 28 days post
WHAT DO I HOPE EVERYONE KNOWS BEFORE THEIR TUMMY TUCK??????
***** Copy and paste this link - its a WONDERFUL resource
***Stuff to have on hand***
Med's and Garment from Dr.
Some kind of stool softener
Arnica montana Gel
Non slip Slippers/socks
Hand Mirror(So you can check yourself out)ha!
Hair brush, Hair ties
Baby wipes ( No showers for who knows how long!)9 days for me!!!
Flashlight (New body+med+Need to potty+ DARKness = disaster)
Large Soft Cold Compress (20 min on 40min off) NO Ice
Unscented Maxi Pads (Good for oozing)
Straws (for drinking laying down)
Wedge Pillow (i hated it, others love it)
Extra soft sheets
3+ Blankets (for chills)
Books, Magazines, Games, Movies
*****1st week you WILL need help. The first few days are SO uncomfortable(pure hell) but remind yourself its only a few days for a lifetime of confidence!
*****Leaving the hospital & post OP attire i wore a tube top bathing suit cover up (so comfy!)
*****If pain scares you keep up with medication. I took a dose as prescribed every 4 hours for the first 5 days and recorded it on paper- without giving additional discomfort a chance to get me. If the meds aren't enough/not agreeing w/you do not hesitate to phone your PS(Plastic surgeon).
*****There shall be swelling (unless your crazy lucky)! Be prepared, and not disappointed. I defiantly have mons pubis swelling in the evening causing a "ken doll" look, its just where my fluid likes to go, thanks gravity! Oh and it could last a while.=/
*****Take your stool softener!!!!
***** I had a terrible time relaxing enough to pee, and was freaking out cause I couldn't. My mom suggested I stand in the bathroom leaning forward against the counter & put a flexible cup between my legs. I thought she was silly but tried it... I found the position I could relax in and went that way probably the first 3 days!yes i went pee in a cup, lol! thank god I didnt have to get a catheter put in like some other ladies on here!
*****Buy/collect every pillow from the house for your recovery room, it can take some serious trial and error to find what makes you comfortable, but when you do its a relief.*If you have a hyper pet be sure to keep a pillow on your tummy, they will surprise you!*
*****be sure to have plastic sheeting or trash bags to line under your sheets, this will protect whatever couch/chair/bed you can get comfy in. Don't want to ruin anything w/body fluids. This is especially needed if you have lipo.
*****Hunger may not exist the first few days. But you must eat to heal. Protein! Have a lot of food choices to find what agrees w/your tummy after anesthesia. The first 5 days I lived on ice water, watered down apple juice, egg salad (1 hard boiled egg w tiny mayo no seasoning), cheerios, and tortilla chips - In VERY small portions.
*****Eating Pineapples/lemons really does seem to help w swelling for me... its worth a try!
*****Drink tons of water, staying hydrated really helps healing, swelling and constipation. it also helps with the suggestion below this one.
*****And my #1 suggestion is GET UP! my doctor made me get up every hour the first week PO(even in the middle of the night! I had to set a timer!). When i tried to cheat and wait 2 hours it was so hard to get up, thats the only time I would REALLY be hunched over. getting up taking a 30 steps looses you up, and for me was like pain management. Ive never had any of the back pain I read so much about on here.
Im sure there are lots of other tips but these are the best from me!!!
1 Month 1 day PO today. I was feeling great but I...
- 16 Jul 2011
- 1 month post
So I have been back to work for 2 days now. No...
- 19 Jul 2011
- 1 month post
Well im now 7 weeks PO and feeling great despite...
- 6 Aug 2011
- 2 months post
Im so happy i did this it has totally changed my life! Hope all you ladies are doing well!
Well today I was walking through the store i work...
- 8 Aug 2011
- 2 months post
Hey ladies Things are getting back to normal! I...
- 14 Aug 2011
- 2 months post
I am 8+ weeks and been back to the gym full impact for 2 weeks. Jogging a mile a day, and about 1 hour of additional cardio. I have been doing leg/butt exercises as well squats, lunges, deadlifts, leg press. Im not allowed to do AB's till 3 months Po like Grace. But I am feeling great!
I have posted some pics that are A.M./P.M. to show swelling.I should have taken a side view as that really shows it! It can be annoying but even the swelling is better than what I had before.
I love my new tummy, now I can actually see what I'm working with! It does make me notice other flaws, but I do my best to ignore the impulse to obsess over a new "part". I am inspired to exercise harder and eat as clean as possible.
Anyone else getting a little annoyed with the extra attention? I never have had problems attracting the opposite sex, even at 256 pounds i had a pretty face and Generally Im a sweet person (sorry if that sounded conceded, but Im not!). But now the over the line comments have dramaticly increased since getting my new waist. Really where the hell do men get off thinking they can say whatever they want? Its disgusting the way some men act. The girls at work get a kick out of it, men literally tripping out the door looking at me. But I'm embarrassed. A man yesterday when I was leaving a coffee shop made some long mmm groan and when I said "dirt ball" he said "I'm Sorry you just got it exactly like it should be". For real who the hell are you!?! Who gave you permission to comment on my temple?! Its really starting to piss me off. These have really been the only moments I regret having my surgery.
Sorry for the rant But I'm sure you ladies can relate
Went to Happy hour and really over did it. Way too...
- 15 Aug 2011
- 2 months post
Wow its been almost 5 months since i have updated!...
- 9 Feb 2012
- 8 months post
Im feeling good. Still have tightness especially after sitting for a long time. Im back to my full workouts and doing well. I still swell mostly hormonal times. But I have a "shelf" above the incision line, and feel like i coulds pop!
I started taking birth control shortly after surgery cause I dont want to mess this up yet! =) Ive gained about 15 pounds and i say its gotta be the birth control cause my eating and exercise is pretty good. I am bout to buckle down and loose it though!
All in all im happy with my results.
My Doctor: Join to view doctor's name
Dr, Lowe is awesome. I went knowing what I wanted and he didnt pressure me to do any additional procedures, like other PS's I had seen. He did make small suggestions, but only after I asked his professional opinion. He has a upper end facility and in suit surgery center, around the corner from the large hospital. His staff is knowledgeable, kind, and efficient. I have had 4 follow up appointments and Im only 2 weeks out, and he even called me the evening of surgery to check on me. When I arrive 15-20 min early to my appointments, usually i am called to be seen just minutes later, and wait little to no time for my PS to come in. He doesnt spend a ton of time with you but he explains everything that is going on, and answers all questions you have. At the end of the visit he asks if there is anything at all I need. I never feel rushed or not cared about. I would suggest him to anyone.