It's Time - Birmingham, AL

I am a 33 year old mother of a beautiful 5 year...

I am a 33 year old mother of a beautiful 5 year old girl. ...I have never really had a flat stomach. ...so I am interested in getting a tummy tuck with some lipo by my bra fat...

I am currently looking for a PS to help me...I have had several consults and I still have not made a decision...I want to make the right decision...there is a lot of money on the line and I want to make sure it's done correctly and I have been waiting a long time to have a flat belly...this is an important decision

Can't believe it's going to happen

I cannot believe in exactly one month from now I will be getting my surgery....I feel so anxious. ...I have been trying to get cosmetic surgery since I was in my 20s (due to the fact that I never had a flat stomach)...but you have to wait until it's God's time for you. ..I will try to post some pictures tomorrow. ...
Thank you for starting your review.  So glad to have you in the community and I look forward to hearing more from you.
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Pre-Op Pictures. . (be easy)

one more pic

Congrats again and you will be pleased with your results. Thanks for sharing your journey.
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looking at myself in the mirror

Today after my shower.. I did something I have never done before. ..I looked at myself in the mirror. ...I usually take my shower.....and go straight to my room and lotion myself in there....but today I looked at myself. ...I guess because I know as 4/4 ..it's going to be different. .
No thank you. .for all your help. ..it meant a lot
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Thank you
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Dr. Appt.

I have my doctor appt tomorrow. ..what exactly will the app . consist of tomorrow????
You will do your lab work which is $35 I think. You will also get your packet which will go over alll the pros and cons of the surgery. You will sign every page and review them. You will also get your pre surgery instructions.
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Ok...Thank you so much. ..The time is so close and fast approaching
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I know are you getting nervous? Did you get any supplies?
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Pre-Op. .Appt

Well...I went for my Pre-Op appt..today went well...I can't believe it...The time is approaching so fast
You are going to to unbelieveable result since you have no stretch marks good for you!!! You are going to do great and be so pleased with the results!!!! Good luck even though you do not need it ;)
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Thank you so much...I really appreciate it
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Nerves/Acid Reflex

My acid reflex has been acting up. .really bad the last couple of days. .or is it nerves. ..I think it's a combination of both. ..

Time is flying by

I can't believe I go for surgery on THIS upcoming Friday. ....Recliner arrives Thursday. ...got my SCAR strips and all my supplies. ...I think I am ready
What type of recliner did you get? I am still in my husband regular recliner. I thought about a motorized one but didn't know where to go to rent one. I tried sleeping in the bed the other night horrible mistake so back to the recliner..lol
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Lol...I just rented a fluffy leather chair. ..can you tell me why a recliner is better to sleep in...Also why a motorized one...
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Some say that a motorized one is better since it will lift you and prop you up so you don't have to use your muscles. I just have a regular recliner nothing special. I was using the gravity chair but that got uncomfortable real fast but at least I got a nice patio chair out of it...lol The recliner is so mush easier to sleep in (at least to me) than the bed. I have tried to lay in the bed a few times and my pelvis felt like it was stretching itself. With the recliner your almost guaranteed to stay on your back in a upright position so you don't have too much swelling and don't bother the drains etc.
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Got my time

So....they called me this morning and told me I need to be there at 6:30 tomorrow morning. ..
Yayyy you are going to be so happy once its all done!!
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Thank you I can't wait
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I didn't know I rented a motorized recliner. .I am so excited
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God is Good!!!!!

I am up and out of surgery. ...been home for like 35 mins. ....I feel ok......hurts to get up...Unfortunately I have to keep getting up every 2 hours to walk around and that's the last thing I want to do....lol...but I feel really tight. ..going to try to get as much rest as I can having to getting up so much...ttyl
Congratulations!!!!!
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Congratulations. It's all going to be so worth it. Just have patience. Happy healing xxx
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Thank you hun
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Results less than 24 hours after surgery

It looks very good today......PS and nurse...says everything looks great. ...I am very pleased with the results so far. .
You look great get plenty of rest and fluids.
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Thanks hun
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Congratulations and happy healing. Please keep us posted on your progress!
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Cramps

My goodness these cramps. ...It feels like gas....I feel like if I can just pass gas...I would be ok.....(sorry tmi)....I am starting laxatives today. ...Has anybody else gone through this????
You look fantastic!!!!! Happy healing I understand the waiting and the wanting I waited 21 yrs to get my tuck and it's been a month already I had a complication I can caused I pushed my 72 pound son he climbed into grocery cart after I took him to the doc he was sick with fever and strep so I must of pushed almost 100 pounds between groceries and him and cart! It knocked me on my rear end I was in 10x the pain after that then the surgery I was so scared I was going yo have to have more surgery luckily an angel was watching over me because I had no damage YAY!! So please do not lift anything heavier than a plate this is what I was told I finally started to feel better pain wise it took over a week and a half I was 18 days post op when it happened. Do it lift anything heavy!! My son had strep gave it to my daughter who has type 1 diabetes recently diagnosed who also got strep 1 week after my son then 2 days later I started with the strep still pain in the belly bad and the next day just a little belly pain and now I have waking phenmonia!!!! Unbelievable!!!! So I am knocked on my ass again congrats your belly looks great happy healing do not make my mistake!!!
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Thank you so much. ...you have to take it easy....I hope you feel better. ..and thank you for your advice
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Thanks again feeling better today YAY!!!
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I want this drain out

This drain is so irritating. ....geesh..
Question.. What kind of SCAR STRIPS DID U PURCHASE?? From where??
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I ordered the C-section silicone stripes off of Amazon
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I hate my drain also OMG!! Went for my first week check up today and he said it couldn't be removed today so I'm Mad.. Lol.. But you look good Boo
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Drain is Out!!!!

I am so excited. ...they took my drains out today.....it feels like a weight off me literally. ...I am loving my results so far. ..my tummy looks great. ..like board flat...

Penny and Dr.Schaffer

I was telling Penny..how much we love her on RS....and as usual. .she never fails...today she was sweet as pie....she has got to be the sweetest nurse on staff. ..Although we had to wait a hour in a half to see him because Dr.Schaffer had an emergency surgery. ..He came in good spirit even cracking a joke and made me laugh. ...He is a good PS....

Exparel

ANYONE that is planning on doing a TT...PLEASE invest in the Exparel. ..it is a great investment. ...I am now winging myself off the pain medication and muscle relaxed. ..Tylenol since yesterday as well as today. ...I am even driving...not a lot but I drove today...it is worth the money. ..I am not in as much pain that I thought I would have been. ..and I think it's because of the experal....Please if you can't afford to get it wait until you can pay the extra for the experal. .you will thank me for it later and you will appreciate it...Thank the GOOD LORD. ..I listened to one of my fellow sisters on RS..I am glad I did
What is exparel?
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Exparel is drug that is injected into the point of surgery. ...that acts as a pain relief for up to 72.hours of the procedure...AFTER talking to the nurses and read I some of the comments from my other RS sisters and they say it's the way to go
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Ok cool was it really over the top expensive? I will look into it thanks
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Sneezing

Oh boy...I sneezed for the first time since my TT....It was painful. .I tell you the truth. ..I don't want to sneeze for at least a month
Could I ask where you went the price is great I need something with the price range you gave
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Dr.Schaffer @Hedden Plastic Surgery in Birmingham. ..He did a great job...also..If you search his name. .and look at other reviews on here..He comes highly recommended
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I too used Dr. Schaffer, love him, great job, get the Exparel!!! Mine was on April 1st, I'm off meds only Tylenol, driving some but having to keep myself reminded not to overdo just because I think I can!!
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Spasms

I keep getting all these spasms in my butt and legs lately. ..any suggestions
Take the spasms pills they gave you. That helped me allot.
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Btw, I love Penny too! I hope she's there for my surgery day too.
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You look great!! I am about to use Dr. Hedden in June for a tummy tuck and I am beyond nervous. Thank you for sharing how exparel helped you during recovery. My husband and I had been debating if it was worth the investment or not. But now I believe I will get it too. That is amazing that you drove after only 6 days of recovery. That definitely gives me hope! Can I ask how long do you think I would need help with my toddlers before I can handle them on my own??
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My binder

My binder is killing my back. ...anyone have these issues. ..it's like it is affecting my posture...
I am 11 days PO and I have had shooting pains, pins and needles, and a burning feeling. It is the nerves coming alive. It is normal. There isn't much you can do about it that I know about. It has gotten better over time.
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Thank you. ...they just happen out of nowhere
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No but it would ride up and gather in the right side..it did it so much that now I have a spot where the binder was giving me issues that is still draining and I am more than 30 days post op..I hate that binder. But on week 2 or 3 I switched to my squeem because it was just so much pain..call hedden and let them know they may say u can switch binders like I did.
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Sleeping in the Bed

I have been sleeping in a bed for the last couple of days. ..not mine though. ..I kicked my daughter out of her full size bed....not quite ready for the height of my bed....but me in the recliner where not getting a long at all
I have been sleeping in my bed for about a week now (probably about day 10) but with pillows propped up...starting to slide down those though so probably going to try to move some of those tonight as last night I did not rest well.
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I have to sleep on top of a pillow. ..but that chair was making me so stiff in the mornings
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First menstrual

My first menstrual since surgery has been brutal. ..Bleeding very heavy. ..
Hello!! First of all just wanna say that you look great!! And never in a million years would I have thought I'd actually see someone on this site that went to the same place I did!!!! I had a TT on April 10th with Dr. Hedden and my upper and lower blephs done by Dr. Shaffer the same day. I paid extra for the exparel as well and I'm assuming that's why my pain level was very minimal, lol! I'm still on my couch and thought about transferring to my bed tonight. And my CG is annoying also... but you know they put it on us upside down(which I do feel it works better that way). I still don't feel comfortable without it tho. I still walk a lil bent and try not to but I act like if I do walk normal like a stitch or something might pop on the inside lol! And not to mention, the CG being really snug prolly has something to do with it. Are you walking normal yet?
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I am a little bent when I first stand up sometimes but can gradually straighten up. I catch myself walking funny like I'm protecting everything! Ha. I'm finding that I feel so good at times that it is easy to overdo and then it catches up with me. I'm glad you are doing well...I assume your drains are out? Keep us updated on your progress.
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My Garment

Feels like it's holding me in
You look awesome!!!!
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Thank you hun
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Of you're looking for a good garment!! Order from LIPO EXPRESS... Very right so order a size bigger.... You look great... I had work done by Dr.Scahffer on 3/31.. I love my results.. Congrats boo
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Update/Scar

My scar is slightly puffy on the ends and I can see my white part of it....but it's very small. .going to put polysporin and a band- aid on it....I put my silicone scar strips on the ends of the scar to bring down the puffiness on the ends...Overall still very pleased with my results

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You look great! And so does your scar!! How do you feel?
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I think now at this point. ..I am pretty much back to normal
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Thank you very much
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Almost 2 months out

Just a few pictures
You look great! I just Dr Hedden and saw Dr Schaeffer at one of my visits, he was nice. Take care.
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Oops! Used, not just. Dang auto correct!
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Thank you
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Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

Dr . Schaffer did a wonderful job on my TT....His nurse Penny was also very helpful. ...

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