SALAMA Mommy Makeover-YAY TEAM SALAMA ALL THE WAY BAAYY BAY!! - Aventura, FL

Hey Ladies. I've been trolling this site for about...

Hey Ladies. I've been trolling this site for about the past 2 mos looking at every type of procedure, reading and commenting on reviews, and staying up til wee hours of the morning trying to figure out what PS would be the one to perform my MMO.
I'm in my early 40's and I have a 19 y.o. and a soon to be 2 y.o My last one really did a number on my belly. It's not like a prune or anything but I do have some excess skin and stretch marks I'd like to do away with and 15 y. old implants that need to be replaced. I plan on having some lypo of the flanks to hopefully give me the hourglass figure I desire and possibly some lypo of the thighs.
I am 5'7" and currently weigh around 182. When I started doing my consults a couple weeks ago I weighed in at 191.5 So I've managed to lose almost 10lbs! ZULU (can't remember the rest of her handle) has an awesome post about calorie cycling and I have been doing a bit of that along with going to the gym 4-5x's/wk. My goal is to be in the 160's by surgery day.
I started leaning towards Dr. Salama even though there were barely any MMO reviews to speak of from him on RS. His sculpting skills are remarkable and his bbl's are off the chain! I figured I at least needed to do a consult for kicks and giggles. At first Dr. Azurin was at the top of my list because he too has impeccable sculpting techniques and he shows 100's of before and after pics per procedure not just 2 or 3. That's pretty impressive.
So I scheduled a consult with another Ps on 9/4, Dr Salama 9/11 and one with Azurin on 9/16. The first dr's quote for a MMO was $18k!! Now I'm not bargain shopping but at the same time I don't want to be taken. I had sticker shock and went running for the hills. Next, I saw Salama and I left his consult very pleased. His waiting room was jammed pack with wall-to-wall patients and perspective patients. At first that kind of gave me a bad taste in my mouth because it sort of felt of a turn factory. I don't want to be just a number. And after sitting there for an 1hr 1/2 waiting for my turn I was really starting to get a little perturbed. I turned to another girl and said "If I have to sit here all this time and wind up getting a quick consult he can go F himself!!" As it turned out he was patient and thorough and addressed many if not most of my concerns an questions before I could even ask them. He also measured the area from my breast fold to my collar bone I'm assuming to see what would look best on my frame. I was so happy to finally be back there with the king of BBL's by that time I didn't think to ask why, but one of my friends said her PS (who's known for his boob jobs) did the same thing so I was happy. He's a really scientific kinda guy and he writes e'thing down. Seeing a PS during an initial consult can be sort of a daunting and intimidating thing but I felt at ease with him contrary to what so other reviewers have said about his lack of smiling. I'm not paying him to smile but he smiled with me so that's cool. In the end, his quote was close to $8k lower than my first quote and I left there feeling more confident about his overall surgical skills than My mind was pretty well made up at that point because I felt I was getting more bang for my buck. That's what you have to weigh out at the end of the day is what kind of value you're getting for your dollar not whose the cheapest. I'm getting a more than competent surgeon who's gonna rock it out!
I went home and began looking at Azurin's tt pics and BA pics and started picking them apart to see if there was any thing that made him stand head and shoulders above Salama and I couldn't find it. In fact, I started to notice that many of his tt's have this vertical gathering or lines that I just didn't want to run the risk that I would be someone who ended up with that. So on 9/12 I called to book Salama and cnxl my appt with Azurin. There it is!! My sx date is 10/22. Team Salam here it come!!

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I go in next thursday. I'll be following you and praying that all goes well and you get the body you want. I'm getting excited for both of us. You are gonna rock!
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thank you hunni. Ill be praying for you as well. Wow, next thursday. I wish mine was that quick! I am so ready to get this over and done with so I can be on the other side to recovery! Peace and Blessings.
Thanks. Me too. I wanna start recovering and be normal quick.

1 Month to GO!!

I'm starting to go from excitement to anxiety along with a little bit of self-guessing. I know I want this but part of me asks "Am I playing with God's work for the sake of vanity?" I keep going back and forth in my head. Does anyone else ask this question? I'm a deeply spiritual person so I've been feeling a little guilt ridden lately.
I justify it with thoughts like I definitely NEED muscle repair and repair of a small hernia so I might as well get rid of the stretch marks, skin folds, and blubber while I'm doing it. Lol. Not to mention that I'm having a problem with one of my old implants. This has to be done but I still feel a little guilty about it.
On top of it I feel like maybe some of my friends or so called friends are going to start hating all of a sudden I look hot. Maybe they'll think I cheated when they have to work at it. Deep down inside I don't give a hoot but I can't help thinking that some of my relationships could change. We'll see...

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Thanks for starting your story on RealSelf! It looks like you've already got a good mini support group going here :) I do think second guessing is normal. I mean, this is a big deal, but yeah, gotta get that hernia fixed. Congrats on the 10 lb loss and please keep us posted on your journey!

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Thanks!
Hey girl, I hear you on everything you're saying! Im a BAC(born again christian saved by grace) and have some of the same thoughts as you. However, my personal view for the "am I playing with what God created" thought is this: God didnt make my body to look like this. All good and perfect things come from God, and while he gave me a wonderful, fit, everything in place body from the onset, I am the one who messed it up. Me and me alone. Unhealthy eating habits, unhealthy or non-existent exercise regiments, etc. etc. So, now that God is changing me from the inside, its up to me to change the outside....although I believe in my heart that if I wasnt so vain, God could and would change even the outside. But I want it now and so I decided to do this. Im just praying that He will sanctify it and the dra. So, know that you are NOT the only one that is thinking along those lines, but DONT allow condemnation to set in and make you feel guilty! Be blessed and I will pray for you and your sx. Peace and Blessings sis!
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Cheat day gone wrong...

Well as of Sunday I weighed in at 182.5 lbs. It was a 10lb weigh loss so I decided to reward myself with a "cheat day". I really should've just had a cheat treat because I went ham on some homemade pizza and chocolate chocolate chip cookies. I really didn't think I was all THAT bad cuz I made everything with whole wheat dough but when I weighed myself the next day I weighed a whopping 186.5!! Four lbs overnight. So I've been hitting the gym with a vengeance since then. I'm happy to say I'm down to 183.5 and it's only Wed. Muscle weighs more than fat, right? My guess is this is a real 183 not a water weight loss 183. So here's my progress so far...

9/2-192
9/9-187
9/15-186
9/21-182.5
9/23-186.5
9/25-183.5

I really need to get rid of the scale but it's hard to resist. I'm making myself a promise not to get back on til Mon. I'd like to be in the 170's next wk. I'll have 3 full weeks of gym time by sx day and my goal is to lose just over 3 lbs/wk til by then. It's a lofty goal but I'm determined. I think the last week I'll do a protein drink for breakfast, lunch, and "a sensible dinner" (a la slim fast style lol).

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I you're looking for a P.S. I found this helpful

Ques for Doctors.
Present yourself to plastic surgeons with specific complaint(s)
Then find out what type of procedure(s) would best (keeping in mind
that there is more than 1 type of breast lift etc) and that 2
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First the physician should talk to you. A physical examination
follows & then a diagnosis of the problem followed by a plan of
action. Then comes a cost quote. No one should want surgery from
someone who mixes up this order.

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Supply list so far

So far I have the following:
Arnica Montana 30x tablets-for bruising
Arnica Gel
Palmers oil-Flaky dry skin and to assist with scar healing
Scar Meassage w/Cayace- Homeopathic remedy
Bacitracin ointment
2 waist cinchers from Burlington Coat Factory for $8 ea. One Lg and one Med
2 camisoles to wear under compression garment
toilet raiser seat w/arms
leg raiser
AlliMax- Homeopathic anti-biotic
Coconut Water
Sippy straws
almonds -good protein
Whey Protein mix
Colgate wisps
cough drops
Breakfast bars
Soup
Broth
Fiber cleanse
Smooth move tea
Prunes
Prune juice

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oh, and ultrasonic messager of Ebay

oh, and ultrasonic messager of Ebay

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Supplements I'm taking

Turmeric
Ginger
Beta Carotene
Pro biotic
B Complex
Multi Vit
Iron
Zinc
Vit D3

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Congratulations on making your decision and choosing a great surgeon! It looks like you have done your homework! I am sure you will have AMAZING results! Best of luck with your weight loss and subsequent surgery!
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thanks!

Makeover already in progress...

I decided to chop off my hair and completely change the color so last Fri I did it! I am now a tri-color brown, red, and blonde with a pixie cut. Everyone was completely floored when the saw it. It was a surprise to both my friends and family. I thought my 2 yr old would freak out when she saw me but she acted like nothing changed. I really didn't know how to take her response but I guess it's better she didn't get scared. lol
Anyhoo...as of today I'm down to 179.5! 10 more to go and just under 3 weeks to get there. I think I'm going to take a page from another girl's blog and go on an all protein drink, one light meal per day for the last 7 days. That should hopefully help me hit my goal of being in the 160's by sx day.

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Good luck to you! I loved Salama but my hubby wouldn't let me travel. I know he will make you look fabulous!
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Thanks! Have/did u picked someone closer to home?

Hit it hard at the gym...

Hit it hard at the gym today. I first did a 30 min mixed circuit of rowing, squats, and abs alternating exercises b/t 1min of rowing at 27-30 strokes per min. Then I hit the elliptical for 10 mins. followed by some ham curls. During the week I've been going to Orange Fitness twice a wk, spin 1-2 x's, with some Zumba thrown in to change it up. Even if I don't make my goal to be in the 160's by Sx day I feel I'll have gained some muscle tone to help me during my recovery. Failure is not an option
though. I'm determined.
I did some shopping or should I say browsing today and already I find myself being repulsed by the clothes I would normally choose to cover up my problem areas. I think frumpy is the word. Interestingly enough my eye is going for the form fitting, shapelier stuff I usually shy away from. It's liberating to know a whole other wardrobe world is gonna open up for me and I can't wait! Anybody else "window shopping"?

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Keep it up....your doing an excellent job.....Girl, your gonna be snatched when your finished....
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Thanks. Of course my mind takes me other places but I have high hopes for this.

I got a power lift recliner...

I went to the Salvation Army today and I got a power lift recliner and I'm so excited. It's starting to feel real now. That's just one more thing off my checklist and it feels good. The way I look at it is I'll come out ahead in the end because it was much cheaper than renting from Rent-a-Center for a month and I can turn around and sell it when I'm done. Some of them are going for $600 on craigslist! This thing is like brand new. So stoked. Hey if anyone in South FL is reading this and wants one in a month or two hit me up for a good deal.

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Dr.Salama is the real deal! I love him. .. he will work magic in your body. .. you will love the new you
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Yes my surgery is Nov 8th here in NC. Only about an hour from my house.
I'll make sure to keep tabs on you...

Just a quick upadate...

I'm "test driving" some percocets tonight so I'm a little foggy. I had an allergic reaction once where I broke out in a rash all over after taking percs for another procedure so my primary care MD suggested trying them before hand to see if that last one could have been something else. I'm happy to report I'm feeling "good" and not having any side effects. I was really nervous about not being able to have some real pain relief after such a major surgery so I guess I can put that fear aside thankfully.
Today I crossed some more items off my list. I purchased a walker and a shower seat off craigslist. I'm trying to do anything I can to lessen the burden on my poor hubby during my recovery because I know he's going to have to deal with "surgeryzilla" for much of the time. As much as I try to keep the mean me at bay when I'm feeling bad he usually gets my wrath. I'm really praying that I don't lose my temper bcuz I know I can't do this without him. Y'all pray for me too.

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Oh...TWO WEEKS TO GO!!!

The nerves are really kicking in..

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Our surgery is the same day!!!
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HEY...HO...!!! That's fantastic. Let's be sx buddies then.
You are so close! I'm biting my nails with ya :-)
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Pre-Op tmrw

I have a lot of lingering questions. At first I wasn't suppose to see Salama again til surgery day as he doesn't usually visit with you again unless YOU request it so I did. I'll let you guys know how it went tmrw!
The percocet test worked out great! I'm so happy...no allergic reaction this time. It's nice to know I'll get to have a nice pain cocktail post surgery. TeeHee
Anyways...nitey folks!

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Can't wait to hear how your pre-op went!
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Pre-Op

As I mentioned yesterday I had a lot of outstanding questions and I'm happy to say that Dr Salama spent the better part of an hour going through each and every one. Given his jam packed waiting room that is commendable.
I was concerned about that BA/BL bcuz right now I'm like a DD or higher and it's really tough sometimes trying to find bras that fit well. Given the fact that when a BL is performed you still retain much of your breast tissue it was important for me to clarify that I needed a smaller new implant so that once it was it combined with my own breast tissue I won't wind up with the same sizer or even bigger. At the same time, I don't want to go too small either. I want to look somewhere between natural and fake. He said that we'll go with a 390cc moderate profile smooth saline implant. I currently have 375cc implants but because some skin gets removed I want end up bigger than I am now. Confusing, right? I guess I have to trust his professional expertise. The man is a perfectionist so I trust what he's telling me.
On the flip side I wasn't so elated to hear that I need an incision under my breasts. I didn't have one with my first BL/BA but he said because of the lateral shift out to the sides and because of how far they've dropped since my first surgery 15+ yrs ago I need it this time. Sucks! I'm sure there's probably a doc out there somewhere who could perform it without but at this point I'm all in and it's not that much of a deal breaker. It's more like 6 one way, half a dozen blah, blah. Someone else might give me no scar underneath but not give me the hourglass contouring that I sooooo desire so I have to weigh my priorities. Oh well...
We also went over the TT procedure again. He pulls in and tight instead of down unlike a lot of other surgeons to give you some serious curves so that's good to know. He also mentioned that he's going to put my incision low down where my c-sec scar is so I really liked the sound of that.
In addition, I'm having lipo of the flanks (which he includes in his fee) and on top of that I've decided to have lipo of the inner thighs. He said he's very aggressive with his lipo procedure. PLUS, PLUS!!
I really like the fact that they provide you with a compression bra, a garment, binder, compression socks, and a breast strap thingy. Who does that??!! It's a gigantic savings and it's extra stuff I don't have to burden myself with. Another PLUS, PLUS.
Finally, after filling out the mountain of ppr wk and paying my balance in full I was delighted to hear that they are providing my with 30 days of add'l cosmetic insurance at no cost in case there's some unforeseen complication that arises.
So that's it! The count down begins ladies. 12 more days...Hoot hoot!

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BTW...

As of yesterday I stopped all supplements with the exception of Vit C, D, B complex, Qucertain with Bromelain, Iron, and Zinc. You have to really be careful with taking alot of stuff within 2 wks of surgery so it doesn't interfere with the anesthesia. Just a lil FYI

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One other thing...

I have failed to post update regarding weigh loss or lack of because the scale is playing games with me. I'm not sure what's real anymore. I've been eating a strict diet, watching my calories and going to the gym 4-5 x's/wk and not much is changing. I can see a definite change in my body. I'm leaner and more muscular and my clothes are fitting very lose but the scale is another issue. I do intend on seeing my endocrinologist nxt wk to see if I may need a change in my thyroid meds. I have a slow thyroid and sometimes the meds have to be tweaked so I'm hoping that's it.
I will post pics a couple days before surgery so you guys can compare the first befores to the new befores.

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best to ya, and happy healing! Keep us posted

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Thank you. Will do!
You almost there,yay. Can't wait to hear how everything goes and I'm sure your results are going to be great you been working so hard. Good luck
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Hey E'rby!!

Just checking in. Almost officially one week to GO!! I'm really starting to get into full on nesting mode. I'm gonna be planning my meals to cook for the family tmrw to freeze and store and hopefully start cooking tmrw, Wed, Thurs and through the weekend (yeah, right!) This all sounds good on paper but let's see how it plans out. I admire you girls who can put a plan into action and follow through. I always have great ideas but have trouble with the implementation of them therefore, I end up in full on stress/panic mode when the time comes. Oh well, I'm a good person damn it! Lol. I've got some last minute stuff to order from Amazon and I'll keep my f'sxd they'll get here by next Tues.
I had a great weekend celebrating my little one's 2nd Bday. It was a cheat day I had been looking forward to for a while. I made homemade vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate icing and of course cheat day #1 turned into cheat day#2 but today I was back on my grind. This week is pretty much a liquid diet with one salad per day. I'll also have a couple of two-a-days at the gym thrown in. Monday will be a rest day and then it's off to surgery 7:30 am Tues morn. That's right I'm numero uno! I'm really happy about that of course. Well hope all of you all are doing well with your respective journeys...tata

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You're going to look amazing!!! Dr. salama is the best!
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He hooked u up gurl!
Best of luck on your journey. I'm working on reaching my goal weight before my surgery March 2014 that's great how fast the weight dropping
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Two More Sleeps!!

Getting REAL close ppl!

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Yes ma'am he did. I was thinking about going with Dr. Azurin but happy I didn't, Dr Salama is amazing, caring, detailed and personable. I live him! You look fabulous now but when he's done you're gona look amazing. All the best to you, I will be following your story.
Thank you and same to you!

Going back and forth

Going back and forth about lipo on my inner thighs and it's down to the wire. I've read on here that bcuz the skin is so thin there and not very elastic the results sometimes can be less than desirable. Many times girls are left with sagging skin therefore they would have been better off leaving things the way they were. Anyone out there have experience on this matter?

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I wouldn't do it. Your thighs look fine...plus the thicker the thighs the smaller the waist looks :) prayers for you my Sx is in 24 hrs. So exciting!
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Prayers !!!

Pimpin ain't Easy...

New b4 photos post weight loss one day before SX. New weight...174lbs!! Didn't hit my goal but came close and I feel so fit.

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All the best!!!
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Good for you with the loss. I'm 177 and pushing too. Prayers with you for tomorrow.
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I made it!!

It's over but the pain...lemme tell YOU!!! And the blood. There's blood everywhere. That's all I have for now. I'm perc'd out at the moment. Here's pics

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Am a few weeks ahead of u in my mmakeover. It gets much better!! Take it easy and rest!!! Excited to read your updates!
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Hurray! Hope you're feeling well! Love your updates and looking forward to more of them! Happy Healing!
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So happy for you!!!! I too will be a Salama doll 3/14/14
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The Surgey...

Yesterday started out in a panic despite my efforts. I said my prayers and meditated but I didn't really sleep the night before as u might imagined. I got up at 5:30 to take my shower but realized that I forgot to take off my toenail polish. I was wearing a dark berry plum and it was bitch getting off. I finally finished at 6:17 keeping in mind I had to be out the door by 6:45! To compound matters I took mag citrate at around 7pm the night before to cleanse my system. That "crap" is suppose to move your bowels anywhere from a 1/2 an hour to 6 hrs. Well of course it didn't work for me until close to 12 hrs later as I'm walking it the door and dear daughter 2 yr old wasn't cooperating either. Argh! I literally had to run back in from the car to poo. This is a nightmare. We made it out by 7 to go 45mins away. Not good. Traffic was shit too as we hit one accident and TWO school zones! Now I'm in full panic mode. We ended up arriving at 7:50. This was the one time I wanted to be punctual and they didn't seem so thrilled when I got there all late. Oh well smile and lighten the mood I tried.
So first I changed into my paper surgical clothing then went in for the doc to mark me up and take photos. I decided against lipo on the inner thighs and went for some lower back lipo instead. Boy am I glad I did. I can see some hips too. I wonder if he injected me with fat there cuz it sure looks like it. ;)
Next, the CRNA asked me a buch of ques about my medical history and it was off to the surgery room. I was put on the operating table and asked God to guide my surgeons hands and send his angels to watch over me. By the time I finished that little prayer I was out. I woke up in recovery at 3 ( we probably got going at abot 9-9:30). The nurse said I was there for 2 hours in recovery before I woke up...so we're talking 4-5 hours for Sx. I was in soooooo much pain and it took FOREVER for the nurse to give me morphine. I was pretty perturbed about that. My girlfriend, who is an RN came in to recovery, asked some really good questions of the nurse like was was my last BP because you to a frame of reference as you monitor throughout the first 24 hrs. ladies definitely invest in a BP machine if your are not at some type of recovery center. Your blood pressure is one of the best indicator of what's happening within your body as u recover.
I decided to stay in a hotel the first three days for some piece and quiet and so my baby doesn't see me like this. She went with us to drop me off and she was sort of traumatized. Unfortunately, my hubby barged into the room as I'm standing there in this "get up" they have me in while the doc was seated in front of my naked body drawing on me. Ugh! I told him to wait in the lobby. Men! And the only thing he wanted was to tell me he needed to change her diaper...so freakin typical. He said that's all she's talked about all day so she's a little freaked.
So lemme tell u...hit the gyms girls. My upper and especially lower body strength is definitely helping get me up and down cuz it's hard not using your core.
The drains aren't bad at all. My worst pain at this point is in my back where he lipoed me cuz uptime reclining on it. I started out with two percs every 4 hours but quickly switched to 1 every two hours. This has made a HUGE difference in my pain mgmt. at this point I haven't had a pill in 5 hours so the pain is already subsiding. I've been walking every couple hrs and getting up to pee. Please walk it's important.
The place I'm staying on the beach is sooo nice. It's a boutique hotel and it's completely renovated. I'm on the first flr of a two story building. It's basically a one bdrm condo with a full kitchen, living room with pull out and I'm 36 steps from the ocean. NYYYYYCCCEEE!
Well that's it for now. I'm off to my post op appt later today so I'll let u know how it goes...toodles.

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Yeah, that was long.

Sorry about the long windedness. Lol

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I'm glad everything went well. Rest rest and rest. Take your meds on time and try to walk a little at a time.
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Surprisingly I've gone up to 8 hrs today without anything for pain:) everything went really well
Oh that's good. No pain. Just don't let it creep up. Lol. Glad you're doing good.

We'll hear I am 24 hrs later

I'm doing surprisingly well. I managed with 1 Percocet from 8 am to 4pm, so 12 hrs. U r suppose to take 2 every 4 hrs. I only did that right after surgery and I didn't find that effective for pain mgmt the first hours p.o. My advice is 1 tab every 2 hrs so the pain never catches u. It also helps to remind u to get up and walk which I did. My 5 hours of surgery plus the heavy sedation on Percocets is probably the most sleep I've had since I started coming on Real Self. Lol I can finally relax the worst is behind me.
When I woke up this morn and looked in the mirror I could swear he injected my hips cuz I've got curves for days, but at my po appt he said no, just swelling. Shucks! He also told me he ended up going with 420 and I think 410 cc salines instead of the 390 we spoke about bcuz he said they didn't look right. Typical man everything has to be bigger. Lol I think he did it for my hubby. They look smaller though and he even admitted that today himself. I guess I'm happy he made an executive decision bcuz if they'd been smaller I would have been disappointed. I read a quote somewhere saying nobody ever woke up saying " dang, I wish I'd gone smaller". It's usually the opposite that ppl regret not going bigger. I like my size though.
Well today has been interesting...I popped a stitch on one of my lipo incisions and I bled all over my hotel room. It looked like a murder scene happened in my hotel room. Lol ladies no one tells u not even the doc...purchase chux to line ur bed with so u don't destroy ur mattress or linens, buy drain gauze to fit around drain tubes, and get latex gloves to stay sterile you will need them for sure.
This binder thingy has a franklin vice grip on me. I think this is the worst part.

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Freakin vice grip not...

"Franklin" lol.
Oh, I forget to mention that I still have sensation in my nipples-yay! And almost all of my entire trunk. Some placed are a little funky feeling but at least there's feeling.

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You're looking good. I can tell you are real swollen like me. I am just so anxious for this swelling to go away! We are going to be so happy in a few months. Congrats on being able to go so long without the pain meds. There is no way I can. That burning pain plus I can feel where he did my muscle repair and it feels like my stomach is trying to burst anytime I use those muscles in the slightest. It's all good pain though. Good healing pain. Happy healing your way my surgery sister! :)
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You too. You'll ( we will) get through. Hang in there.

Hit by a freight train!

Well today was not as good as yesterday. I woke up feeling like id been run over by a Mack truck and I have definitely entered swell hell. My girlfriend told me I looked like a Kardashian- tiny, tiny waist and a big ass. Lol u might think I'm crazy but that is Not music to my ears. I hate big asses and so does my hubby. I feel like my PS forgot he was doing a MMO and gave me a BBL. If I didn't have the TT scar I'd swear I got a BBL.
I took my first shower today and between that, drying off with a hair dryer, and changing the dressings it took me about an hour 1/2 to go through this crazy ritual. I head back to my house tmrw and I don't think my hubby will have the stamina to do this routine. We'll see. I'm dreading what my house must look like as well.
I had my first solids today. It was roasted chk and a baked potato. I didn't even eat it all and none of it had salt but I am EXPLODING outta this binder.
On a better note, I walked down to the beach today and it was absolutely gorgeous mid-70's weather. If u are coming to dr Salama for surgery from outta twn I highly recommend this cute little boutique hotel in Hollywood Beach, FL. There's also a board walk with lots of quaint bars, boutiques, and restaurants. Alright, well I'm starting to hallucinate so I gotta run. Toodles!

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Dang girl, great job on the weight loss! You are looking fabulous when you are all healed!
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Thanks!
Omg. No wonder you're so swollen. You've walked so much today. Take it easy. Take Baby steps... Hope you continue to have a smooth recovery. Take care
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Back at home

I'm happy to see the castle didn't collapse without me. Hubby a fantastic job holding things down but he's exhausted. Hopefully he'll get an appreciation for what I do.
My baby girl was extremely happy to see me, I she had her way she would be climbing all over me and pulling me around from place to place. I really wish I could pick up.
As for me I'm mostly just tired and hating the crap outta this binder. Can anyone tell me how long you have to get up every hr or two to walk? Is it just the fist couple of days or longer?

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When I had my c-sections was instructed to get up every hr and walk. I swelled excessively (trunks for ankles + elephant feet). Interestingly, after my MM, was not told to walk every hr and I had zero swelling of the feet/ankles/calves. PS used special circulation equipment during surgery. Maybe that helped? The only thing my PS wanted me to do was (blush) pass gas and have a BM.
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Oops, got distracted .. The point was trying to make: maybe you can ask your surgeon the reason behind getting up and walking (reduce swelling or bowel-related, or something else that perhaps you've already achieved?) ;)
I know it's encouraged to promote circulation to stave off blood clots. I was just wondering how long I have to keep up hourly walking bcuz I hate getting up thru the night to do it.

And...

Let the itching begin. I guess it's a good sign. The places I'm itching are the places where I have limited sensitivity so hopefully it's a sign that my nerve endings are reattaching. It's just weird bcuz when I go to scratch I can't get relief cuz I can't feel myself scratching.mim afraid I'll scratch off my skin there. I'm gonna try some anti-itch cream and see if that helps.

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Constipation can be avoided

I don't think it has to be part of the deal to have constipation following a procedure like this. I decided to take a preemptive strike and drink smooth move tea and a colace pill last night and BAM! I ran like it was the NY marathon. Lol I know it might be TMI but hopefully this info helps some of y'all.

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I'm so happy for you. You look fantastic.
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Thx u do too!

6 day pic

This is first morn pic. Sorry for the lighting guys but u get the idea. I'm extra swollen bcuz I did a bad thing during the night and took off the binder. It was killing my circulation and I think it's just as important to have blood flow to the affected area as it is to be bound up tight to reduce swelling.

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Doc said

Doc said bcuz of my short torso there wasn't a whole lot of extra skin above my BB just below so in order to bring the top portion down to meet my low incision he had to do a small vertical incision below my BB so that's what that scar is. I was always prepared for that possibility so I'm totally ok with it. My wish was always for a low TT scar which is what. I got.

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Hi, how are you making out today? How is your swelling? I hope it's not too crazy. Does it feel like it adds a lot of pressure to your incision line? Does your binder come down Below the incision line? If so, does it irritate the incision? Sorry for the questions, I'm in the process if trying to find a binder now. So far no luck, yay the joys of small town living. I can't even find a front closing bra, lol... Anyhow, you're looking fantastic :))
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Firstly, lemme address ur supplies concern...u can buy a 3 or 4 panel binder. I'm in the process of ordering one from Ebay. Currently my PS has me in a four panel one and with my short torso it digs into my mys when I sit and the extra material creases into my flanks and back where I was lipoed. It hursts like a son of a gun! I can't even describe the agony I've been in. Luckily, my incision is so low it doesn't come near it. Look up post surgical binder. U can also get a post augmentation bra on Ebay or make makemeheal.com rather inexpensively. I'm doing good however I just got my CG put on today and this is pure hell. Ugh!
You look great :) Salama did a phenomenal job on you !
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From binder hell to...

Compression garment torture chamber. OMG! My PS provided me with a really nice one but HOLY MOLY it friggin took three ppl to get me in it and it's an XXL!! Madness! I went from binder hell to CG torture. It's the worse. The only saving grace is that it's giving me some serious curvature. PPL always say "the pic doesn't do it justice" but it's the truth. I really don't know how I'll sleep in this? Every night I was already undoing my binder half way through. SMH
I had my one wk f/u and sadly my drains are still in...sigh. I also had to be sent to ER adjacent to the medical plaza to check if I had a blood clot in my leg but luckily the ultrasound was negative.
I'm still really really sore in my lipoed areas and still have minimal bruising but all-in-all things are coming along. My boobies have dropped a little and I'm no longer hunching unless I've been sitting too long. When I go to stand up at first I hunch. I'm ready to resell my walker but not my shower seat. It's kinda nice to sit bcuz u get winded going thru the entire shower redressing wounds ritual but I'm almost independently doing it all myself.

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BTW...

I have padding in the front to protect my incision from being irritated so I look waaaaaay bloated. Also, FYI that cut off bottle to pee in totally works!

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Your looking great love, curvy girl :)
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:)
Oh n yes...I'm swell helling! Lol

Already outta CG

Word of advice...if u r buying a post surgical CG and ur having a TT with MR stay away from ones that hook up the front...in my opinion. If u really have a high compression piece it's very painful to button up and cinch in over a fleshy incision and the painful MR a portion of ur abs. Luckily, my back up was one that zips up the back. It's waaaaaayyyyy more comfortable and easy to get on. This is the pic...

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Looking good
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You look so good. I think we are about the same size and I hope I look as good as you! I'm wondering if you slept in the bed in the hospital or did you bring a chair? I'm staying in the hospital for 2 days and have no idea how I'm gonna sleep!
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I stayed in a hotel for 3 days and I ordered a wedge to go under my legs and propped up my head with like 20 pillows (jk), but a hospital bed is the best of all worlds. No worries. U can recline ur upper and raise ur lower. U r good girl!

Day 10

I just wanted to update and say I'm starting to feel a lot like the old me (sort of). I mean the energy is coming bk and I'm pretty independent again. At first I had to be helped with every aspect of daily life from wiping my ass, to making me a bowl of cereal, and putting on my underwear. Now I'm doing much of it myself. I've already done away with the walker and shower seat and my mobility is pretty quick again. At first u move around like an old woman- which I'm pretty sure my hubby was scared he would be stuck with that as his "new" wife. Lol. I know different ppl heal at different rates but I have to admit when I saw some girls still being in tremendous pain and hunched over at 19 days I got a little worried. I don't think it has to be that way. I honestly feel 3 mos of clean living, eating and working out religiously will set u up for a speedy recovery. On the other hand if u eat like crap, are severely overweight, (and I'm not talking 25-30 lbs that can be shed in that time) and party like a rock star buyer beware! You will definitely have a long road ahead and probably not be happy with the outcome. This pain is not worth wasting ur time or ur money. Just my two cents...

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Good for you, and Good, Honest advice :) Thank you!
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TY :)

Feeling bummed

My 2 y.o. daughter wants me to hold her and pick her up sooooo bad. She keeps asking me to get up and run around with her, and tonight when she was horsing around with her daddy she said "mommy join us". My heart just sank. I keep telling her "I can't, Mommy's tummy hurts" and she looks at me like "what the heck is wrong with ur tummy for so long". The only way I can get close to her is to put a pillow over me but I just wanna pick her up and squeeze her. Ugh! Sigh...I can't wait for the next month to go by. I just adore her. Okay, thanks for listening.

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You look real good! Happy healing!!
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Awww that's sad to hear. Maybe you can read her stories or play games while you're seating down. Depending on her age you can explain to her what's going on. Hope you heal fast so you can spend time with your little one.
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Awww :( That's so hard to go through. Soon! I bet she's a real little cutie, isn't she? Extra cuddles when you're allowed to!
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Morning pics

Here's some close up mrng shots sans CG...lol

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169!

Down five L.B.'s since SX day. Original doc said he only got like 1 liter so around 2 lbs of lipo suction. He didn't tell me how skin. I know it wasn't much. I weighed myself the day after SX and I was 172.5 including swelling and excess fluids so I'm thinking the end result was about 5 lbs removed. I'm still very swollen obviously so I think there is some post SX weight loss in there. I'll be monitoring of course. ;)

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Progress so far

9/2-192
9/9-187
9/15-186
9/21-182.5
9/23-186.5
9/25-183.5
10/3-179.5
10/21-174
10/22-SX
10/23-172.5
11/2-169

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Great review! Looking good :) I'm having a MMO w Salama as well in August and like BootyiciousMari I know he is the booty man but need a MMO too so why not take advantage of the discount?! A good surgeon is a good surgeon right? I have my reservations about not seeing as many MMO reviews but I believe in him and trust him... keep us updated!
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you are looking smokin hot babe x
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Thanks for all the updates, I am a little nervous because I also am getting a TT from Dr. Salama and I don't seem to find alot of tt patients on realself. The main reason why I decided to go to Salama is for a bbl and if I got all my procedures done with him I would get a big discount. How do u feel he did on your opperation? Is there anything u feel he could have done better? Any advice would be extremely helpful and appreciated. I feel he is a great doctor and I trust him but I feel a little nervous that's all. I can tell he did an amazing job on you and your only a few days post op congrats on that new bod = ) btw how tall are you?? I would like to get down to 170 before my sx but we shall see. Thanks for ur support and happy healing and god bless
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Drain free!

Thank you a God! I'm not kidding. I'm so happy to get rid of my "jugs" (as hubby calls 'em). I call them my ball n chainz. It wasn't as bad as some ppl say. One of them I didn't eve feel and the other one so-so. Some ppl have said they feel like worms coming out and I would say that's fairly accurate. It's nothing u can't handle though.

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Looking good! Stomach will be nice and flat once swelling goes down.
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looking good girl!
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That's nice to hear coming from miss "model makeover" lol

TMI ALERT!!!

I have developed some serious fire crotch. I have come down with the female equivalent of jock itch...not even joking. I'm writing this because there's probably not anywhere else on RS where someone wrote about it and maybe if this ever happens to anyone else they'll have a resource. I actually had to google female jock itch even though I sort of suspected it was what I have. Basically, the warm environment in inside my compression garment created the perfect petri dish. (I have hated these things from day 1!!) At first, I thought it might be a yeast infection but I wasn't itching INSIDE my lady parts just in the crease area in between my groin and crotch and some on the outside of my vagina labia. So I ignored (sort of) it for a couple of days and even took a diflucan so that if it was a yeast infection I would nip it right in the bud. Well, flash forward four days to today and when I got up from itching all night I just couldn't take it. I got a mirror and looked down there and saw and noticed a grayish raised rash of pealing, irritated, itchy skin on both sides. It looked like ringworm in a way so I knew immediately what it was. It's important to know your body because jock itch usually isn't associated with women, hence the name "JOCK", however, a call to my gyno and she recognized it too and called me in a prescription strength lotrimin cream. UGH! The itch...I can't even begin to tell ya. So now I'm without my CG for some time and I'm a little worried about compromising my fantastic results. If it ain't one thing...

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Ughhhh wow so sorry! Thank you for posting this it may come in handy for one of us!
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yeah, that's what I was thinking.
Wow that's crazy hope u feel better really soon!!!
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A tip for you girls

The real dilemma with the moisture issue in the CB is that you can't wear underwear inside without having to pull it dwn everytime you go potty and getting it back on is a MF'r for real. You can go commando but it feels awkward against clothing. What I will do when I go back to wearing mines is put powder inside the CG and in my underwear to prevent my garment from retaining moisture in that area. We'll see...If anyone else out there has any recommendations PLEASE feel free.

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Awe great...the things i have to look forward to. Did you get the picture app downloaded? Its fun to look at the changes. Good luck love, you are looking great!
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Yep, thx. I just haven't had time to tinker with it yet.
Holy crap! Sorry to hear about that! Hope it clears up quickly!!
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2 weeks goes FAST!!

Ladies we spend so much time preparing and counting the days that seem to drag by with so much anxiety and anticipation, but I'm here to tell u the post op period flies! It seems like yesterday I was be marked up for surgery and being led to what felt like the executioner's gallows. Lol. So don't fret your time will come and go before u know it. It's crazy his quick it went. Right now I'm in a period of adjustment...I'm mourning the loss of my old body- no matter how imperfect I thought it was it was still MINE- and starting to accept and appreciate my new one. I just pray I don't become as judgmental and self critical about my new body. I have to learn to accept my flaws. Anyhoo...

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I absolutely have those same concerns girl... Everyone is most critical about their own selves. Especially girls with their bodies. I fear I will never be perfect enough even after the surgeries and I'll still be nitpicking all the time! I can see how plastic surgery can be addicting. I think keeping a positive group of people around you while recovering both physically but mentally as well is key. Keep the negativity out girls!!! Xoxo
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Looking good
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Oh man the itching sounds awful!! Any new pics?
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False Sense of healing

Yesterday was the first time since the sx 2wks ago that I drove and did a few errands. After I left the doc I went to Whole Foods thinking "I'll be pushing the cart around so it shouldn't be THAT bad". It was. By the time I got home I was super swollen and achy. I also ran out to the drug store in the evening. After being cooped up for so long you just want an excuse to get out and do anything. So I really have to slow down and allow my body the time it needs to fully recover. Today I'm felling more numb then I ever have and I think it's a result over doing it. I'm also not wearing a CG. I'm really concerned now about my healing. Take it easy girls.

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I also have those concerns about Still being judgmental of my body post op. my friend told me not to even worry about that right now, deal with it when/if it comes up. Good advice, hard to take. I also understand your mourning of the old body. It served you well! I keep looking at my stretched out belly, rubbing it and saying Great job carrying those two babies! Lol, sometimes I feel silly doing that, sometimes I feel a little sad my baby maps will be gone ;) But. You look amazing, and you sound ready to move forward with your life. Happy Healing- heart, soul and body
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Thank you, same to u. Like I said it's just an adjustment phase.
I think that's a must for u physical and mental well being for sure.

Staying my happy butt home for a while.

So Thur night I went out to dinner for the first time in weeks and I felt great. It was so nice to get out of the house for once besides a doc visit. Having a false sense of well being I decided y not go to the movies the next day? I paid for it dearly last night went I got home. I was so swollen and in pain. I have to remind myself I'm only 2.5 wks po. My message therapist didn't helps matters either. I had my first po lymphatic message and my therapist told me I was doing amazing. She said her other ps patient was still walking hunched over and moving slowly and that compared to her I looked like a champ. I guess hearing that stroked my ego a little and gave me an even bigger false sense of well being. They say listen to ur body and I guess I'm getting mixed signals. Taking it easy for a whie.

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I hear you when you think you think your body is doing really well and you just go and do that one little thing extra! The swelling ain't easy!
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Nope!

Post Sx Message-HELP!!

I had my first post surgery messages over the weekend and lemme tell YOU it's like reliving the first few days of lipo pain all over again but it's soooo necessary. I already have a lot of scar tissue that's trying to solidify itself under different places and if you don't perform messages to help spread it out and move it out it will stagnate. It's definitely not cute. One thing I noticed is that I've become more swollen since the messages and my belly looks bloated like I have a gut. UGH! I don't like it. I was a lot flatter right after surgery. I'm hoping this is from the messages and not that I've reversed my muscle repair or ripped some stitches. Anybody else experience this??

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Your looking good! Im sure your just swollen. You will be fighting that for a good 6 months or so. Dis your PS tell u to get massages or did you just decide to? Im 6 wks and my incision is still not closed so he hasn't said anything other than my hardness will last up to 6 months.
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He told me at two weeks to start deep tissue on my lipo areas and soft lymphatic message on front...no deep tissue on my abdominal area. I see a big improvement in the hard tissue already. The message seems to be spreading it out.
You look great! I think it's just a roller coaster ride with the swelling. Sometimes i think i have a gut, and then in the morning, it's flat again.
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Some 3 wk shots

Just thought I'd post a couple new shots. There's a lot of tape still on so u really don't get to see much of the incisions yet.

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Weight update

9/2-192
9/9-187
9/15-186
9/21-182.5
9/23-186.5
9/25-183.5
10/3-179.5
10/21-174
10/22-SX
10/23-172.5
11/2-169
11/12-167.5

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More pics...

More pics...

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New weight

Down this mrng to 166.5! I should've weighed myself before I posted the previous weight update. Last time I weighed was a couple of days ago and I didn't think I'd lost any more since I've been eating a lot mor lately. I know they say stay away from the scale for 6 wks but darn it I just can't help myself! ;)

9/2-192
9/9-187
9/15-186
9/21-182.5
9/23-186.5
9/25-183.5
10/3-179.5
10/21-174
10/22-SX
10/23-172.5
11/2-169
11/12-166.5

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1. You look freggin awesome! 2. Your story is really inspiring for me. I'm having my surgery next Friday. (BL/BA, full TT w/MR & lipo on inner thighs, outter things, flanks & hips). IM 5'6" & weigh 180. I've been really down about my weight. I paid for my surgery in July & vowed to lose weight & 4 months later I have not lost a single pound. I lost 5, gained 5 & have done that since July. Seeing how you have lost weight after surgery & how great you look gives me hope that I'll have good results & gives me hope that I'll be able to lose some weight after surgery. I feel like I'm been stres eating but I'm like why? I'm having plastic surgery! It's a blessing! I should be happy. I've heard ppl say it's easier to lose after surgery because most ppl feel more motivated. Idk. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story.
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Awe...that makes me feel better than the plastic surgery has made me feel. So sweet. Glad I can inspire hope. You CAN most definitely shed those pounds. You are not obese in any stretch. I certainly understand the stress eating pre surgey. Sure, this is a blessing but it doesn't remove the anxiety of wanting to get it over and on with. Some words or encouragement...set ur goals NOW! Post op is no time to be dieting but it is a good time to start healthy habits especially since ur putting up a lot of mulah. Make sure u have ur meal plan in place for the first 7 days: lo salt soup, oatmeal, crakers, tea, water and more water, fruit, veggies, lean meat, eggs and potatoes (nothing fried). Then have everything accessible. After u get through the first few days plan ahead for the next week. You will hAve plenty if time on ur hands so this is a good time to plan and decide on ur strategy once u hit 6weeks. Good luck!
Hey love! Congrats on the weight loss :) I have stopped losing, kinda at a stand still and swelling more than last week..not fun. You are looking fantastic! Whats your secret for the continued weight loss???
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I have 2 wounds...

I have 2 wounds that formed. One on my BB and one on my boonies incision. I had to be given a prescription antibiotic cream to help them heal. I guess it's just one of those things.

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Correction

*boobies. Lol

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Sending prayers that they heal quickly!
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Thanks so much. They're already looking better.
It does seem to be just one of those things. I've seen lots on here. I hope I don't have to deal with it, and I'm sorry you Are dealing with it- but the thing to keep in mind is that all the incisions seem to look just as great once they've healed :) Heal up. Sending good thoughts your way.
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First look Scar Reveal

My first time seeing too...sans tape. Ta Da!

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Girl salama went giving you the business
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Hey, I'm doing my TT in 2 months!!! Hook me up with your Recliner!! :)
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I sold it mama. Sorry girl. Go on craigslist. I actually found mine at the Salvation Army. It was mint.
Miami Plastic Surgeon

I found Dr. Salama to be very thorough during my consultation and maybe somewhat of a perfectionist (all good in my book). He knows his stuff!

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