Looking Forward to my Tummy Tuck on December 7th, 2010 - Belleville, NJ

I have a lot of excess skin after giving birth to...

I have a lot of excess skin after giving birth to two sons and loosing 85 pounds. I am having four procedures at once: tummy tuck, breast lift and augmentation and a Lipoma remove from the back of my left upper arm. I am very excited and at the same time think of the surgery. I know I will be ok since I have a good doctor. I don't have any pics yet.

I had my surgery on December 7th: Lipoma removal,...

I had my surgery on December 7th: Lipoma removal, breast lift, implants and tummy tuck. It took eight hours since the Lipoma was huge. We started around 645 am and to out around 5:30. I was at my private room around 830pm.

I didn't feel pain and felt very good when I woke up the next day. I don't remember and all my family was there to let me know the details. I paid for an extra day at the hospital. I had some minor discomforts such as low BP, low oxygen, a temperature and couldn't urinate. By the evening, all became normal and the next day I was able to go to my first appointment to remove one of five drains. I felt so good that I started to take Tylenol. I ended in a lot of pain and following the doctor prescriptions. I am taking Keflex and Vicodin.

On Monday,the 13, the post op 6 days appointment, three drains, the bandages and tapes were removed. I was put on a sport type of bra with a sleeves jacket over it; then I was put on a tight garment around my midsection.

Tuesday, the 14, I took my first shower and that was scary with one drain left and all the stitches. My left arm is where it hurts the most. It went well and now have clean hair and body. The binder garment was a challenge to put back; my two sons were able to wrap it around me. I keep doing my breathing exercises and walking around the house. I am taking it easy because I want good results. I am taking my multi vitamins and vitamin C, too.

Thursday, December 16, eight days after 8 hours...

Thursday, December 16, eight days after 8 hours surgery appointment. Today, the last drain was removed and I have a more comfortable garment. Stitches will be removed one week from today. I feel better and better each day. My family and friends are supporting me every step of the way. Tomorrow I have an appointment with my medical doctor to make sure I bounced back to a healthy person since I had low oxygen, low blood pressure, a temperature, low hemoglobin...after the surgery. I am still very happy with my surgeon's staff, so supporting and helpful. I has minimum bruising and swelling around my tummy. I dont take off the garments and walk around the house. I am eating all my meals at the table and able to move well. Only my left arm hurts. I finished all my antibiotics and still using the Vicodin every 6-8 hours because of the arm.

Friday, December 17 went to be checked with my...

Friday, December 17 went to be checked with my medical doctor. Blood pressure is back to normal and I am looking well. I received a B12 vitamin injection. I have to take over the counter iron. I still have pain on that left arm.

It is day 11th, December 19 and went to church...

It is day 11th, December 19 and went to church this morning. I felt very good and went out to lunch with friends. After I ate, I felt very tired and very sleepy. I couldn't go to the Christmas Pageant and had to come home to take a nap. I still very weak from all the surgeries. My friend brought me some liver gel caps to take. It increased her hemoglobin on no time. I feel better and better. Thank you God.

December 21, 2010 Two weeks and feeling good. I am...

December 21, 2010 Two weeks and feeling good. I am off pain medication and feeling the pain (mainly underneath my arm and left breast). I am still weak since I went food shopping last night and felt weird after a little while. I took off the garments to wash them and got swollen. I felt the pain. Today, all the garments are back on. I can not fit in the garments without someone helping me. Showers are easier now. I am concerned about the skin since it looks like it is loose under my arms and belly. I don't expect perfection and I am probably way ahead of myself. I haven't read any postings on how the skin looks after two weeks and if any of my friends here experienced loose skin. My skin is so elastic and pray to God that is going to fall in place.

Thursday, December 23rd going to my PS appointment...

Thursday, December 23rd going to my PS appointment to get my stitches out and see the scars for the first time. I am a bit nervous since I have lots of stitches and the Lipoma arm still hurts. I am praying is not going to hurt as the drains. I am off medications and feeling good about it.

December 23rd - The outer stitches are out and the...

December 23rd - The outer stitches are out and the rest will dissolve. I am back to the tight binder and have to keep wearing the garments. I am still swollen. My next appointment will be January 6. I am feeling better without the stitches. I have alligator skin and going to apply vitamin E. Any suggestions?

December 25, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...

December 25, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Yesterday, I was able to dress for church and felt so good. No one will believe I had so much surgery. Yesterday, was the first time I saw all my incisions without the tape. I was alone and felt nervous looking at them. I had to talk myself out of my thoughts; thanks to all of you at this website I know it will get better. My skin is very dry around my torso and decided to put vitamin E all over. Wrong thing to do because all my incisions are hurting since then. I am wondering when it is ok to apply vitamin E and massage to the incisions. When did you started? Did you get the dry skin?

December 27, 2010,twenty days post op and feeling...

December 27, 2010,twenty days post op and feeling good. Last night, I experienced incision pain. I woke up itching like crazy; thanks God for over the counter meds, Benadryl. I was able to go back to sleep. I am moving around like before. My left arm is better since I can lift it today. The first week is when I needed the most help. Once the drains and stitches were removed, I felt back to normal. I am careful with everything I do; five minutes here and five minutes there gets a lot done.

December 29, 2010, 3 weeks and feeling really good...

December 29, 2010, 3 weeks and feeling really good. My left arm is not hurting as much and I am able to raise it up. Today, I was able to visit a friend and went shopping to get another garment. I am still swollen. My breasts feel very sensitive to touch today.

December 30,2010 Painful day feeling all my scars...

December 30,2010 Painful day feeling all my scars.

December 31, 2010 It was a better day and was able to do laundry with the help of my son. Met with friends and came home to rest.

Happy New Year everyone!

January 1-2, 2011,I went to church and out with...

January 1-2, 2011,I went to church and out with friends. I am feeling great and can lift my left arm higher. My tummy muscles don't hurt when I sneeze anymore. My breast areola are very sensitive all weekend. My implants are hard and still on top of my breast. I am wondering how long it take for them to drop.

January 3-5 Back to work and feeling the new...

January 3-5 Back to work and feeling the new routine. I felt the pain of opening drawers and moving files around. Everyone likes the new me and my coworkers are helping. I can not wait for my day off on Thursday to rest and see the PS.

January 6 - I went to see Dr. D. The pain and itching is normal. Everything looks good and healed. Time to start exercising the girls and apply the Scar Guard to all the incisions. I made an appointment to have laser treatment. I can go back to the gym to do cardio and lift weights up to 15 pounds. I can throw all the garments and wear a one piece Spanx.

January 7- Back to work and looking forward to the weekend. I went to the gym and was able to do a light routine including crunches. The body remembers my routine and everything feels good today. I don't have no pain.

Friday, January 7, 2011 I went to work and felt a...

Friday, January 7, 2011 I went to work and felt a lot better since I rested yesterday. I decided to go to the gym and to my surprise I was able to workout. I did 10 minutes on the stairmaster, 15 at the bike and lifted 4 pound weights to test the chest, arm, triceps... I did some leg exercises and tried the crunches. I took it easy to start and I felt really good about it.

Sat, Jan. 8th, 2011 at home resting and feeling well. The pain and itching is gone.

January 9 to the 13 - I am feeling much better,...

January 9 to the 13 - I am feeling much better, flexibility is back, second week of work, working out at the gym every other day and some of the scars are fading all ready. I am feeling the freezing weather mainly on my breast. I am using a scarf, layers of clothing and heavy coat. My tt and left incisions are healing very nicely and don't feel them at all. I am on my regular routine of cooking, cleaning, food shopping and errands. I feel so grateful that I haven't had too much discomfort and feel very positive about my surgery. My family and friends are a great support and feel Dr. D did an amazing job. I am using Scar guard, vitamin E, Palmers cocoa butter and bathe with olive oil soap. In addition, I am taking vitamin C, Herpanacine that supports skin health, Zinc and OPC Factor.

January 22,2011 - Six weeks after surgery and...

January 22,2011 - Six weeks after surgery and feeling pains again since last Wednesday. Perhaps, I was doing too much too soon since I felt so good. Time to slow down again. Wednesday night I couldn't sleep since I felt a lot of gas movement and I felt my abdomen turn hard as a rock. It was so uncomfortable that it kept me up all night. The PS checked me on Thursday and everything is healing nicely. I have to keep up with the breast exercises since my implants are very high. He mentioned that I had a lot of procedures done at one time and I am not even two months yet. Swelling and pain are part of the healing process. Since I was feeling so great, I went and booked my vacation for February 6. I am praying all the pain is happening within the next couple of weeks and to be pain free for my 2 weeks vacation.

February 23rd - It is almost three months and...

February 23rd - It is almost three months and getting better. I just return from a two weeks Puerto Rico vacation. The plane ride was painful and got very swollen for a couple of days on the way there and the return. The weather was ideal, breezy, warm and cool at night. My implants still high and can't wait for them to come down. My breast still look kind of weird. I am very happy with the surgeries and feel great about it. The pain, the swelling and the scars are worth it.

March 13 - I was very sick for the past few weeks...

March 13 - I was very sick for the past few weeks with a flu type virus that ended with bronchitis and sinus infection. I am feeling better. I went for my 3 mos. check up this past Monday. My implants are very high and I am exercising and massaging my breast every day. With all the coughing, my incisions are sensitive. I am using panti-liners attached to my underwear and it helps. In addition, I have used scar guard, cocoa butter, vitamin E and Bacitracin on one side that was raw. It is better and the incisions look good. I have to post new pics to share with all of you. I am happy with my surgeries and waiting to see the final results.

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I am very pleased with my choices. So far I have received all the answers and help. The doctor was amazing with all the work he did. My body looks and feel so much better. It takes up to a year to see good results. As of now, I look normal and my family are happy with what they see. I still swollen and I will be posting results as soon as I have pictures.

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way to go. nice job
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I cant wait to see your 3 month pics
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Hi Ivette, haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope you are doing well and feeling better.
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I went on vacation from 2/4-2/20 to see my mom. I was very swollen and in pain during the plane ride. I am using panti liners to avoid getting the incision irritated since still so sensitive. I am using scar guard, vitamin E, cocoa butter, hydrocortisone cream and bacitracin on my incisions, too. When I return, I got sick with a bad virus for two weeks, with bronchitis and bad sinus infection. I went for my 3 months appointment and it went well. My implants are high and can't get them to drop with the massages. I was told that it can take a year. My belly still swollen. You look amazing and so beautiful. How are you feeling?
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Happy New Year and wish you the best. It feels good to start January 1st with the new body and feeling well. I had a lot of pain on all my incisions on the 30th. I wonder if anyone has experienced a lot of pain after having so many good days.
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when do you need to clean the belly button? it's been 4 days so I was just wondering and do i wait till the tape comes off before cleaning it out.
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I didnt touch the belly button since I have an inner. On my next office visit, I asked the girls to clean it out. Wait until you are taking a shower and then you can clean it yourself by running the water. What I did was to put the Bacitracin all around not to get an infection. Then, the nurses taught me to clean it with sterile saline solution and pad it with the gauze. After not cleaning it, it will smell nasty.
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Wow Ivette, you look AMAZING !! Congrats on doing so well so soon. I only hope that I heal as quickly as you have. Thanks for the advice on finding the photos ! You talked of SNOW?? e are 30 degrees and have had rain for 20days .!! Might start to build an Ark.
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Kimmer, Thanks for all your advice,and tips etc. Like all the other girls here, I am amazed by how much this site has soothed me.Oh, the Energizer Bunny is in me at the moment...look out here I come with the cleaning rags !!!Feels good to know that evn THAT is normal,so thanks again. Still CAN'T find "review" anywhere on the page.
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Thank you Luana. I am doing well and healing. I am experiencing the itch on the incisions; thanks God for the garments and Benadryl. I am able to be myself when it comes to move around the house and driving. I am very careful since it is a big investment. LOL It is an amazing recovery.
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Oh brace yourself for that bunny.   I was totally nuts before the surgery and about drive the family crazy!   No harm done though but your house will be cleaner that it has ever been!  Glad I could be of help to you :)

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Kimmers, I am not sure if I am even on the same page !! I have my main profile with mt phot andetc, but there doesny seem to be any where that says "review".I have double clicked my phot, my name and still NOTHING. What am I doing wrong ??
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ok thanks the tape is still on but it has blood all over it from the surgery so I wanted to know if i can take the tape off and put a new one on. I have to see my doc in the new year so it might be too long for the old bloody tape to be left on.
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LuanaM, in the square toward the top you will see on the left it says Tummy Tuck with the percentage of thumbs up then it shows a yellow button in the right of the same box that says "write a review"
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Thanks BabyB..IT WORKED
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Your Welcome
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My skin was very dry. I started using moisturizing bath wash with one of those poofy things it kind of helps pull off the flakes while giving you some moisture. Seems to be working well. I use that Swiss stuff~ oatmeal and shea butter. I just don't use the poof on my incisions or belly button.
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I am glad you posted this comment. My skin is very dry and when I used the vitamin E, my incisions hurt so much. I just took another shower and this time, I just use the Neosporin. I forgot to buy the sterile saline solution for my belly button. I have an inner and if its not flush out with the saline, it smells. I let the soft shower run on it. I still bathing with the Dial soap and I think that is why my skin is so dry. The PS staff suggested Aveno or any unscented soap. Is the Swiss unscented? Shea butter is great moisturizer.
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It is St Ives it is scented. I don't know why I was thinking Swiss maybe because of their commercials? I would think Aveno would be a terrific choice with the oatmeal. The poof helped pull off a bunch of the dry flaky stuff. When everything is covered all the time your body doesn't seem to be able to get rid of the skin we lose on a normal daily basis.
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Baby blues, we have so much snow here in the northeast. My street is covered with snow. I am not going out until it clears. I will not want to be Humpty Dumpty together again. LOL My skin got better with the vitamin E. Last night, it was a very painful incision night; then around midnight I felt all the itching. I took a Benadryl and thanks God I was able to go back to sleep. This is an ongoing process and full of surprises.
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My incision seems to get really tight at night. I have certain spots that hurt more than others. I have an inny belly button and they haven't had me do anything with it? I go to PS on Thursday.

We missed all the snow thank goodness. I am afraid of all the ice and snow and falling after having all the surgery. I don't blame you for staying inside.
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Baby blues, how are you coping with going to work and the incision pains. My breast and incisions feel very hard to the touch. I don't see my PS until next week. I am keeping all the compression garments on most of the time. I still have a lot of swelling around the belly button.
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Hi Ivette,

I had very dry skin from day two post op on.  I started using the Vitamin E oil at 2 weeks post op and when my incision no longer had any open spots.   Sounds like you should maybe rub it everywhere except on the incision line right now. 

Keep the oil and lotion away from any open areas right now. 
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Hi Ivette,

Oh yes everything will wear you out right now.  Your body has been through some major trauma and needs weeks to heal.  I know how frustrating this time period is...lived through it myself and about went crazy for a while.  It will pass soon enough; even though it doesn't feel like it right now :) Just remember to rest when you get this feeling.  Don't push yourself over the edge because that will only slow the healing process.

You will have days when you swell more than others.  That is what makes it so frustrating.  You feel great and look great one minute and then two hours later you feel like something the cat drug in. 

As soon as you are able to start using the oils 2-3 times a day that will all smooth out and look normal again.   When I had my Breast Reduction they were all flaky and scaly looking for the first month.  My skin would just flake off and look all nasty.  It looked like I had dandruff in my bra..gross!  But it all heals once you can start with the moisturizing. 

You are all good:) 
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Kim, thank you for the feedback; I need to hear it from you. Tonight, I am feeling the incisions pain. I posted another photo. This website is keeping me sane tonight. It make me feel like I am not alone reading all the postings and comments.
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