Hello! I am a 45 year old mom of two. Both born by...

Hello! I am a 45 year old mom of two. Both born by cesarean. The second baby was 10lbs and my belly couldnt handle it. Pre baby years I had flat abs because I enjoy exercise. And i still exercise alot but it is clear an abdominalplasty is the only thing that is going to help my abs. I have been wrestling with the thought of surgery for years. Saying to myself "stop being so vain" or "its not that bad.". But every day I hate what I see when I am in the shower, gettting dressed, sitting.... I am tired of tucking in my belly before I sit or tucking in my shirt at the gym or anywhere else that if I bent over somebody might see what is actually under there. I have a consultation appointment with a PS that was recommended to me by a friend who has gone to her a couple of times. She is affiliated with MGH which is where I wanted to go. I am going to try to keep this from a lot of people I know because I dont want to hear any negative comments about how skinny I already am, or that I am crazy or something. If they find out after than it will be done already and I wont have been discouraged. My husband didnt even flinch when I told him I was doing this and that is a big deal! Honestly the only thing I am worried about is the recovery and if the boys will be able to handle laundry and keeping up the other things around the house.

I added my "before" photos. Can't wait for my...

I added my "before" photos. Can't wait for my consultation on February 11!

Just some added info. I am at my lowest weight of...

Just some added info. I am at my lowest weight of 118 and am 5`5". I do advanced workouts with a trainer 3 times a week and also run on my own several days a week. A little less now that it is winter. I know there are strong abs under all this junk. I have become a Vegan since August and hope eating this way will help with recovery. I do not have any health issues.
Excited for you! Your belly reminds me of mine, lol. I love yoga but hate going to class because I always feel like I have to tuck my belly back into my yoga pants in-between poses...awkward. Saw that you have been a practicing vegan since August- I have been since October! It's amazing how much more energy I have- even after my long run days- and I love how my skin and hair look. I think it might be a secret weapon as far as recovery from surgery too;) Can't wait to hear how your consult goes!
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Hi WhoDatMom (love the name!)!! I am praying being Vegan is going to help alot, too! So far i have made thru this winter without getting sick and swear that is helping! Everyone in my carnivores house has been sick but me. And the same at work. Crossing my fingers , wiping down everything and using hand sanitizers helps too! Hope I didnt just jynx myself.
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You will do great! I am 3 months out, back to weight training 2 hours per week, running slow and only up to 3 miles. I did 1/2 marathon 6 days before TT .
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One more week for my consultation! I hope it goes...

One more week for my consultation! I hope it goes well. I dont want to have to seek out another PS since it takes so long to get in an appointment.
You are going to have a fabulous result!!! I can't wait to follow your progress. Hope your consultation goes well. I think you just KNOW when you find the right PS!!
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also... I think I look similar to you... a lot of peeps would think I was crazy for doing this. But, I HATED my tummy. It's been a long recovery, but I am so thankful I did the TT and MR :)
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Well I sure hope my results looks as good as yours! I definitely need MR! I can put my fingers between the muscles when doing a sit up. And the muscles pop up like a tent instead of laying flat. I am so self conscious when at the gym. =(
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So bummed. My appt on Monday just got moved to...

So bummed. My appt on Monday just got moved to Wednesday because of the snow storm. grrrr...
Be safe in that snow storm! I am from Boston (born and raised). my family is out there.
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Thanks! We are hunkering down. Hope its not as bad as 78 like they keep comparing it to.
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FINALLY had my consultation! I feel very...

FINALLY had my consultation! I feel very comfortable and didn't hesitate to move ahead. I will stay overnight at the hospital which is comforting to me. My TT will be slightly different than most I have seen on here. The center of my belly has the excess skin but not enough to totally pull my current BB low enough below the incision line. The incision will be very low where my cesarean scar is. Which is right where the hair line is. So I will still get a new BB but the old one will be cut and sewed so I will have a small vertical scar just above the incision line. I saw photos of others with this and it is no worse than a small stretch mark. And still can be hidden with undies. My cesarean scar was hard to see so I am hoping this will disappear too. My tattoo might not have to be cut away. But I said if part of it does then please take all of it. No problem. I will have 2 drains for about a week. And the only CG I will need is the wrap around kind. I was told there is no need to buy a second one. When I wash it it is okay to have it off for a while. My only concern is so many on here say make sure you get a pain pump! I won't be getting one because they don't think it is necessary. Although she did say the first 3 days are challenging. I will have to make sure I get some great stuff. I had major surgery way back and didn't have any pain problems so I am hoping for good luck there. Surgery date is Good Friday! May the Good Lord be looking over me!

And I forgot to mention there will be MR. All the...

And I forgot to mention there will be MR. All the way from the very top to the bottom. Ouch. And mild lipo on the sides of my waist. Probably only 200cc vs the average 4000cc that is typically done.
Hi there! Had my consult with a plastic surgeon yesterday in ri as well and getting excited but was thought the price was very high compaired to what i have been researching. Have very similar tummy issues as you and am very fit. would u mind sharing how much u were quoted? I know this dr is suppose to b amazing but.... Yikes! Thank u and good luck!!!
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I saw the average was $8k and was expecting it to be higher because I am going thru Mass General Hospital. But my quote was $7990! I said oh good it's less than I thought and they replied that was the first time they ever heard that! Guess I prepare for the worst. What was your quote? Part of my price was$2k just for the one night stay to the hospital. The doc fee was 5k and anesthesia was the rest.
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Ok so u r not going to believe this but my quote wa $22,000!!!! Through all my research,speaking with friends who have had procedures done and have had 2 other consults through the years thst were around $10,000 which is what i expected, not $22,000! Thinking he caters to a higher end clientele. Didnt think i was in that bad;)
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6 weeks to go. Making my to do list. Notified...

6 weeks to go. Making my to do list. Notified work taking 3 weeks off. Doc said 2 most likely will be enough but 3 is a good buffer. Boss had no issues. Whew! I am looking forward to watching a lot of movies and reading. This site alone can keep me busy for hours. Hoping for some warm Spring days to just sit outside and feel the sun!

Had to post one last before photo for someone who...

Had to post one last before photo for someone who commented that I didn't need this.

Got more pre op paperwork in the mail today. ...

Got more pre op paperwork in the mail today. Turns out there is an additional $1k to stay overnite at the hospital which is recommended. I wanted to do that. My husband has a business that he gets called out to work alot -- round the clock. I feel more comfortable knowing I can be looked after by a nurse in those first 24hrs. Plus I think it will take some pressure off him if business gets busy. One less thing for him to worry about at least for a day. So the total cost will be $9,000. $3,000 of that goes to the hospital.
I think the hospital option I awesome and would be worth it
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Yes! Recommended but not necessary. Hopefully it's a private room!
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Logged on to the doctor's website today to give a...

Logged on to the doctor's website today to give a thorough health history. Still doesn't feel real. I was going to go out and purchase a power chair but feel like it's too soon. I should probably go tomorrow though. I don't want a used chair. I think I will purchase and maybe keep it if I like it or sell it when done. Anyone recommend a certain brand chair? It seems to be the main must have on almost everyone's list!
I think it's nice that they give you that option to stay or go home, too. Nice nurses who bring you pain meds, fuss over you, and whose one job is to keep you comfy? Where do I sign? LOL. Since you're paying cash my guess is that it will be a private room...and maybe even a private nurse. Fancy!
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I know! I don't want to be a baby but I don't know how much support my guys will be. Hopefully they will surprise me. So the first nite with skilled nursing is comforting.
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Purchased a recliner last nght. Doesnt come for 3...

Purchased a recliner last nght. Doesnt come for 3 weeks. Good thing I didnt wait afterall. That was the earliest delivery date. It matches my current sectional sofa so if it doesnt take up too much room I might just keep it afterall.
I am getting jitters. But will not back out.

Ok... So I have 5 weeks to go. My trainer thought...

Ok... So I have 5 weeks to go. My trainer thought I was"down" and I think maybe I have been thinking during workouts "what's the point? I am going to lose all this when I stop working out for weeks. Especially the abs." I haven't told him about my upcoming surgery yet. But i decided today instead of thinking my hard work will go to waste I will instead turn it up a few notches and get the most out of every workout and add a few more in for good measure. Today i am going to run 3 miles to the gym. I used to do this in warmer weather anyway and then run home! However it will be dark out and there is still alot of snow on the ground so I will get a ride home. I have a cross country 5k to do on St. Patty"s day that is supposed to be hilly and challenging. So today I set a new goal! GO CRAZY!!
Good luck!
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Awesome new goal!!! You can do it :)
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Thanks! I am sore already! Lol!
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So about 26 more days. I happened to stumble upon...

So about 26 more days. I happened to stumble upon someone who wrote about her horrible experience. Although after reading her story through I got the sense she was expecting too much too soon and maybe she was kooky. But it still made me nervous!! My biggest fear is getting a dog ear or needing a revision of some kind. I wonder if those things are covered if they arise? Will my belly look natural in weeks, months or a year? I know I need to think of a list of questions before my preop appt but I don't know what else to ask other than what supplies I need and the concern about dog ears! What else should I ask about? scar location... she said she would do mild lipo to smooth things out, I know MR is necessary.... I am electing to stay overnight. Any suggestions anyone?
It is worth every penny of the extra 1,000 to stay overnight in the hospital. I came home same day with 3 drains (also had a breast reduction/lift), a pain pump and a urinary cath. Thank God for a saint of a husband who did not leave my side for several days. Very good call on 3 weeks off work as well. You are very prepared and will do great! It's all about setting expectations and if you expect to do as little as possible for those 3 weeks you will be fine. I stayed in the recliner for at least 7 nights and maybe longer. A shower stool is a must. Also, you and I look a lot alike. Very fit but there is nothing that is going to fix your tummy except surgery. Do NOT listen to any neg comments about how you don't need to have this done! It is your body and the only 2 people that matter are yourself and your husband. Good luck!!
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Thanks Tummytucksurvivor! That's exactly what I needed to hear right now!
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Ha! just found out that's one night stay is included in the initial price!!! yeah!
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Had to update the cost of my tummy tuck because I...

Had to update the cost of my tummy tuck because I found out today the overnight stay is INCLUDED in the initial cost! Woo-hoo! That's an extra $1000 in my pocket!
What doc are you using?
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Dr. Colwell
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Down to 116lbs. Not trying to lose weight. Just...

Down to 116lbs. Not trying to lose weight. Just busy. Being vegan you really need to eat often. I recommend eating this way to anyone especially those who want to lose weight. So I posted one more before photo. This one I will keep on my cell phone for the people who ask why. Or maybe even for me because I am sure I maybe saying those words the first days or weeks in recovery!
You don't have to justify this surgery to anyone except yourself & your husband. It took me to age 50 before I realized that. I did not tell anyone that I had a TT. I ended up having to tell a few family members & friends that I had surgery but I said it was "female surgery" & I didn't want to discuss it. That's not a lie, if I didn't have 3 kids, I wouldn't need a TT! : ) BTW, your arms are amazing! I think you will heal quickly because you look strong and healthy. The recovery is not easy, but neither is trying to get dressed every day and deal with our bellies. You will be happy you took 3 weeks off of work and should be fine to go back by then. I am 34 days PO and feel great, I just tire more quickly and can't lift anything heavy. Good Luck!
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Thanks Geneticjinx! Especially the comment about my arms! I really do work out hard and often. In fact I am sore all the time because of it (the good sore). I would like to think I have a high tolerance to pain but we will see. I don't know why I concern myself with what others might say or think when it comes to this. Generally I don't give a poo what anyone thinks so don't know this changes anything. It's funny I thought my husband was going to be totally against it and he didn't bat an eye (must be a turn off although his belly is no better) I still haven't told anyone other than the person I know who had been to the PS I chose. Glad to hear you are doing so well! It will be nice to not have to look at that old belly anymore and say Yuck! Time to move on and erase that thought!
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I totally agree that you don't have to justify it to anyone! Do it for YOU...I am. We are the only ones who know how we feel about OUR bodies. I too am petite, almost 5'1", 118-120 (you actually weigh less)...and people always say how small I am...but 3 kids later (my oldest will be 28 in Oct and he was. c-section), youngest 13 next month...my stomach has rolls when I sit or bend and that middle baby pouch hangs if I'm on all fours (dont laugh). So I know what I have, I don't let others see that so they just think I'm fine. I am set for April 5...TT with MR. I haven't piste pics yet, still need to do that.
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My preop is Monday. Seriously thinking of adding...

my preop is Monday. Seriously thinking of adding Implants. I jokingly asked my husband and he said no. (But i know he would like it.) I just want natural looking breasts big enough to fill a cup! A or B even! I dont want to walk in a room and shock people. Just fit in my clothes better. I would compare my shape now to Kate Hudson or Kelley Ripa. Will see what they say on monday. I am feeling spontaneous. If i dont do it now it will never happen. I figure take care of them both at once! But the fear is there about complications.....
go for it!
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Fitchick, When I read your story, it was like me talking! I am also 45 and workout 6 days/week and have been for a long time. I have amazing abs, but unfortunately mine are also hiding behind loose, saggy skin. I have wanted a TT forever, but gave up thinking I was being vain and selfish spending all of that money on myself and not my family. I finally said WTH and scheduled a surgery for 3/21/13. I am having skin removal and a some lipo, but probably won't need any muscle repair. My friends all think I'm crazy and say my tummy "isn't that bad". I just want to wear a binkini on the beach or a bra top while I'm working out and not be humiliated. I posted a story and before pic last night under the username renee712. FYI I am not far from where you are. Good luck - I look forward to following your progress. FYI: I got boobies and I love them!!!!
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Thanks Renee... I know I will love having boobs but it's the fear of complications that I am second guessing whether to do it or not. I actually feel crazy that I am doing the TT and now I am thinking of BA!. And everyone will know. I am like a yo yo! Well I am glad I am not the only one my age doing this. I look forward to your journey. You will be feeling no pain by the time it is my turn!
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So I am so ready for this TT. I have read so much...

So I am so ready for this TT. I have read so much on here and will expect the worst and hope for the best! Seriously considering adding breast implants to my surgery. Yesterday I wore a Victoria secret super bra to work. It was like strapping on giant boobs to my chest because it was really just giant pads meant to push up. I wanted to see if I got any looks or if anyone would notice. This bra made me look bigger than what I would expect implants to do. No comments. Although I didn't wear a fitted top. It was kinda fun pretending. I will bring a photo to my appointment Monday. Maybe Jennifer Aniston type look. I don't want high profile. Just enough to fill a bra! I am currently only 34aa. I always have to wear padded bras for shape. I feel like a crazy person thinking of this and still haven't mentioned it again to hubby! =(

Recliner came today! Bought some compression...

Recliner came today! Bought some compression undies and yoga pants. Time seems to be going quicker.
I thought about it too! I'm like a 32 a/b. I'm between the two. (Closer to the A side but I don't like to admit that lol ) In the end I decided not to. My husband actually begged me not to touch my boobs haha. But if it will make your happy go for it :)
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Leaning towards chickening out of implants. Reading about all the complications and resurgeries. Sounds like a lot of work the rest of your life. Bummer. Hmmm... is that the reason you didn't do it?
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I didn't do it because my husband really didn't think I needed to do anything. I am cheap and didn't really want to send the money :) and during both pregnancies I got very large chested and it made me think back to that. They are annoying.
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Okay so now that i spent the entire last 3 days...

okay so now that i spent the entire last 3 days trying to decide to add breast implants to my TT surgery I decided NOT to do it. Hubby said I didnt need it but was supportive if I wanted to. It just comes down to knowing I will need more surgery in the future for them. and even if they looked amazing i would still be self conscious because i know i would be judged. oh well. SO! I am back to organizing and and stocking the house for 3/29!

Pre-op testing was today. I just met with my PS ,...

Pre-op testing was today. I just met with my PS , signed the consent form, PAID for the procedure, had some blood drawn and peed in a cup. No ekg? Probably don't need it anyway. I ran two miles to the gym and worked out for an hour. Was lightheaded then remembered I had blood drawn. DA! Phone interview tomorrow. This is where I can ask more questions. Told a good friend today. Not feeling bad about anyone knowing anymore. Making progress in all areas.
Hi there...try not to worry too much. I just had my mommy makeover on the 7th and everything went great. I believe being in shape prior really helped. I like you was on the fence about doing both procedures...I definitely wanted to do the implant exchange and lift for smaller perky boobs...just wasn't sure if I wanted the TT. My husband is the one that said be knew I would be dissatisfied when my boobs were perky but I still had the saggy tummy. He said it would be best to heal once and be done with it and now that I'm 6 days PO I agree. You of course have to do what you feel is right but remember you will have this awesome flat tummy and now it may make u put more emphasis on your chest. I would not let the reason for not doing be that your worried what people will think....that is nobody's business but you and your husband...people will always have their opinions, negative and positive. I didn't tell everybody I was doing my tummy cuz they would've told me I was crazy. I am a size 0 jeans but they do not see me naked Nd it's very frustrating to be fit and tiny and know there is no more weight to lose or exercise you can do to tighten your tummy. You could always do a really modest implant and I think you would look amazing! Again tho...it is your decision! Good luck with your upcoming surgery...I think you will do awesome!
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Hi Audee! Thanks for your input. You look like you are doing pretty good. Pics are amazing. I opted not to do the implants just because I don't want to have to have surgery again down the road. I think I am over the "what people think" feeling. Although I am not telling anyone at work because I work in a medical environment and have already heard the opinions of others. I would rather be discreet with them since I don't hang out with them. Most of them are really young so they wouldn't understand. I haven't told my trainer still! I have two weeks left. I think he will think I am crazy because I wear tight clothes and you can't tell (as you understand since you are built similar). Unless he was unfortunate to see it hanging out, he probably won't understand. But he is such a good trainer I have to let him know because I really want him to get me back into shape when I am ready to exercise again. He kicks ass. I can compete with the people who are half my age! And alot of the times do better! I can't wait. Two more weeks! Happy Healing to you!!!
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Well good for you...I am excited and happy for you then. You sound like you are ready. Your trainer will understand...mine helped me make the decision to do the TT. I showed her my tummy and she agreed there was nothing I could physically do to tighten up my tummy other than surgery. When you are fit and active it's discouraging to work so hard and not to be able to see the results in your midsection. You will heal really great...keep me posted ;) and good luck!!
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Holy cow the time is flying now! Occassionally I...

Holy cow the time is flying now! Occassionally I get a wave of panic and think to myself that I must be crazy. At those times I will privately examine my belly -- stretching and pulling the flab for reassurance that yes, this NEEDS to go! hahahahaha! Was supposed to have my nurse phone interview the other day but they didn't call. I called them after the "window" that they said they were going to call and they said they called and I didn't answer. Yeah, ok. my phone, along with the paperwork and list of questions did not leave my site! That just burns me. They had the right number and must have miss dialed OR didn't call. So, now tomorrow is the interview instead. Maybe I will find a couple more questions to add to the list. My doc doesn't prescribe pain meds to be filled before surgery because they want to see how I will tolerate what they are giving me during that one night stay. Makes sense. PS also said she is going to make my tummy really tight. That makes me so happy and so nervous at the same time!

Had my last appointment today before surgery. It...

Had my last appointment today before surgery. It was the phone interview with the nurse in pre-admissions. Actually had a hard time getting connected to them. It was very annoying. They wasted two whole mornings this week waiting for their call and finally I had to call like crazy and demand to speak to somebody. Hope that is the worst thing that will happen! And all they did was go over my history info that I had pre-filled out on their computer system. Like a clarification.
I was just reading about everyone's ages. I'm 57 and my friend who had the surgery a year ago is in her 60's. she took me to the surgery and helped me out a lot. My boyfriend helped to but my friend is a retired nurse and that was comforting to me. I never had kids. I'm 4'11" and was married to someone with lots of health issues (heart problems, 2 strokes, etc.). I'm a stress eater and ate myself up to almost 180. Then I'd had enough of my fat self so when I was close to 50, I hired a trainer and changed my eating habits. My husband died when iwas 52 and he was 60 but that's when i was finally able to take care of ME! At my thinnest I got down in the lower hundreds but gained a little back. That lower weight made me look old and my loose skin looked worse. People yhought i was sick! I had a tummy tuck and lipo on 3-1 and I think I'm doing great and hope to someday be able to see ab muscles. I guess I rambled but basically I just wanted to say that doing this at an older age is great. I don't know how the young ones afford it!
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Hi Dentine! Good for you getting your health back on track! You have been thru alot and now its time for you to feel better. I wanted to have my surgery a long time ago but money was always the deciding factor -- cost of surgery plus loss of wages on top of that. But I can figure it out now. It all works out. I have a friend in her 60s that will probably be doing it after me, too. Never too late to feel sexy again!
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Hello.... Im also scheduled for March 29
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Finally told my trainer about the surgery. I got...

Finally told my trainer about the surgery. I got that bug eyed look of disbelief. I said I know you think I am crazy and I am really skinny but you dont see the extra skin that hangs. It wasnt a long discussion because there were other people around. He said he understood and thought he could work with me 5wks post-op to get back in shape. I told him 8 to be safe but I would see how I feel. I dont want to push it too soon.
Well good for you....hope you feel better about everything! I am only 10 days post op now and I feel great. Honestly I can't believe how good I feel and I have felt this great since Saturday. I'm trying not to overdo it tho cuz I feel so good. The only thing that is annoying is the swelling.....so glad I feel pretty much like myself....can't wait to be able to exercise;) I think since you are in good shape you will recover quickly too!
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Awesome you feel so good! Crossing my fingers I will be so lucky too! I think trying to do too much too soon will ruin that. Definately don't want to risk any complications. Even added unnecessary swelling.
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Reading thru some great reviews. Trying to...

Reading thru some great reviews. Trying to prepare for all of the emotions!
Looking Forward to seeing your results. I'm sure you will look amazing! Thank you for sharing your story. It's a big inspiration for me.
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Thank you! Hoping for an inspirational recovery!
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You will do great!! Just had TT,MR,HR this am and its had been all good so far!! They even found another hernia while they were in, crazy! Trying to sleep but honestly not too tired:) take your time with recovery! I know not exercising and no yoga will be so hard for me too but its really a blip in the radar of hopefully a long and healthy life. Teaching my last class yest morn was bittersweet so just need to shift focus for a couple months which will interesting but sort of looking forward to it! Good luck!!!
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One more week. Holy crap! I keep getting the...

One more week. Holy crap! I keep getting the thought that i am crazy and its not that bad again. Cant wait to get it over with so i can stop thinking that. Because it really does need to be done. My pot belly when i sit looks like my mom's because she could have been a candidate for sure. Anyway! I have been putting in 200% at the gym and am so sore every day just from that. Now that I told my trainer I think he is trying to get a glimpse of what I see. Obviously he never saw it hanging out before (thank God!). I think he told a person or two and you know what? I dont even care anymore if anyone knows! Funny how i was so concerned in the beginning about nobody knowing and now i dont care. What's up with that?
Hi FitChick.. I think alot of us tried to keep our surgery a secret! I know I did. It's just not something I would post on FB or announce at a family gathering. For me it's because I didn't want anyone to know I even had this problem, and secondly it's funny how people who have absolutely no say or involvement some how make the $$ an issue. I don't know how many times I've been told ( snotty) " must be nice to be a stay at home "... Yep it is! :) So for me, it was just nice to keep my mouth closed, less stressful! You are getting very close, and looking forward to hearing about your recovery!
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Hi Lacey, yes I am certainly not posting it on FB or announcing it to anyone. I chose a select few mostly for support reasons. My husband doesnt give much emotional support. He is more a man of actions. I need to talk to somebody and talking to him is like talking to a wall! Thank God for this site,too!
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I can TOTALLY relate to everything you've said!! I'm scheduled for April 5th but scared to death about my health being ready for this-been on meds for almost 10 days for diverticulitis and my stomach is still not right :(
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Okay i have less than one week before surgery and...

okay i have less than one week before surgery and everyone around me has a cold. i am at the hairdresser right now and she is hacking ! i am so pissed!!! please God let me not get sick!

Bizarre tonite. I went out with some old friends...

Bizarre tonite. I went out with some old friends who i get together with once a year. Tummy tucks got brought up and i sat back and watched them discuss how they thought that having a TT doesnt make somebody feel better about themself if they didnt feel good about themself in the first place. I didnt say anything. I feel plenty good about myself so i didnt fit their profile. I just thought they would have crapped their pants if I told them i am having one in 6 days! And especially since the outfit I was wearing made me look pretty darn good. Hee-hee
Hi there fit! We have a lot in common lol. I've lost a lot if weight Nd had three kids and have a ton of loose skin. While I was losing weight I was also loosing friends and now some family and friends just roll their eyes Nd don't agree with what I am doing. Well whatever!! I am doin this for me. The husband says its kinda like mother natures cruel joke. He said you did all this hard work and look awsome and then there is the skin lol. He's not being mean but he is totally supportive:) I wish you the best and awsome job!!!! I will follow your page! We are also rearranging the house to move the recliner into another room and also have to go buy the panties and such lol.
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Hi Marski! Great job on your weight loss journey! It will be nice to get the rest of your body back, huh? I personally would like to see the abs I have trained so hard to get! They feel strong under THE BLOB! I am getting nervous. Cant believe how close the date is.
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It's getting so close to your big day! Hope you are feeling great!
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4 more sleeps and it is time. Holding strong with...

4 more sleeps and it is time. Holding strong with my immune system. Crossing all fingers and toes to stay healthy. Second child is sick now. Augh.... Very emotional today.
Good luck. Don't worry. I know easier said than done. You'll do fine and will live your results.
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Thank you!!
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Had a dream last nite that i was at the hospital and realized i forgot to pack a bag. I had this huge list i was writing to give hubby to get stuff. So this reminds me i better pack! What the heck do i need other than clothes to wear home? Hubby will carry my cellphone and id. Everything else i can get at the hospital like toothbrush/paste and face cloths?
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Praying praying praying praying!!!!!! Dear God,...

Praying praying praying praying!!!!!! Dear God, please keep me healthy so i don't have to reschedule this surgery! One kid with a bad cold and other just got back from the doctor who said he has the flu! Just got my period so that is adding to my emotional rollercoaster. Two more sleeps ..... please let Good Friday ne a REALLY Good Friday!!!
Ahh, the dreading sick bugs. My daughters came down with pneumonia around the time my surgery was to take place. I wouldn't let them get near me, lol! But, it all worked out. Stay strong! I'm so excited for u.
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Thank you! I am hanging in there! I have been so worried about getting sick that i havent been anxious about the actual surgery! I will probably have a panic attack in the car along the way! (lol)
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Nah, u'll be too tired from not sleeping the night before, lol! U'll be looking forward to ur much needed lights out cocktail.
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Tomorrow is the BIG day! I cant believe it! This...

Tomorrow is the BIG day! I cant believe it! This whole week i have been nothing but worried about getting sick that it just felt like the surgery date wasnt going to happen. Well, i just confirmed the time and have to leave my house at 4:30am! I probably wouldnt have slept anyway, right? One of my kids is still sick with the flu. He is coughing all over the place. I feel so bad that he will be home tomorrow without us (his big bro will be here). I told my husband I could get a ride from somebody else but he said no that he was going too. Not to mention he has to work tomorrow night! Alot of stress going on over here. Well, i got my shopping done and finishing some laundry. I went to the gym and kept saying in my head "Last Chance Workout!". Gotta go put gas in the car and am going to try to chill out. Still have to pack....
Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you too! Good luck. Ihadmy face done the 26th so starting to move forward on day 3! You will do great. Let the family spoil you for a bit! Looking forward to your updates.
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Thank you!
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Good Luck tomorrow!!!!! You will be fine!!!!
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Up at 3:45am, took a quick shower. Got into a...

Up at 3:45am, took a quick shower. Got into a quick plank pose so i could validate just how much my belly sags and hangs. Yeah it was pretty gross. Still can't believe i am actually doing it! see you all on the flat, hangless, flabbyless side!
Good luck and happy healing!!
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Thank you!
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Thinking about you and checking in :) Hope all went well today and that you are resting peacefully on a Percocet cloud :) Can't wait to hear how everything went!!!!
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Post op day #1: feeling pretty good. Hunched...

Post op day #1: feeling pretty good. Hunched over big time! Lots of swelling! (Will post pics soon.). The only problem i had was after taking out the catheter. My bladder was so full that it was very uncomfortable. I could only get a little out on my own. They had to straight cath me to get it out. Couldnt believe how much came out! So before the straight cath i got up several times to go to the bathroom. It got easier each time (but stil not really easy) But i also slept alot! I would turn on the tv then fall asleep! I was holding a drink and spilled it on me because i fell asleep! My surgeon sewed up the muscles and was surprised that i actually had enough skin to pull down so i dont have a verticle scar. One of the nurses said you could bounce a quarter off my abs! =^)
Hi Fit! Congratulations! I can't think of a bigger compliment than someone saying they could bounce a quarter off your abs! That tells the story! So very happy for you! Rest and take good care!
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Thanks Talented! Yes, i must have pulled tight as possible because i am extremely bent over!
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Welcome to the flat side. Happy healing to you!
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Posted a couple pics but they aren't get good. ...

Posted a couple pics but they aren't get good. Will try and get hubby next time. Too hard doing it myself. Looking at it I am thinking my BB is too low? I am hunched so maybe not?

Added 2 more photos. I won't post anymore until I...

Added 2 more photos. I won't post anymore until I can get my drains out and stand up all the way.
Haha, girl....ur rockin those house slippers!! Glad ur doing well & on ur way. Looking great so far. Oh, the tummy tuck hunch, lol....been there. And the 1st shower, it's not bad...but yeah for sure a chair would be nice. I was good until I looked down & saw my myself, then my brain would register that I had surgery & wham!...bye bye energy, lol! Crazy. Keep up the good spirits, u'll heal faster that way.
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I know Metal I will probably get a rush when the dressings get removed. Haven't seen the incision or BB yet! I feel like I can get around fine but my back is carrying the load and gets really sore fast. Then it's back to the recliner!!
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Yes, I was the same way...that was the worst part for me. The back just killed me. But, it's for the best. You should be sitting on ur butt relaxing anyway no matter how much u want to do stuff.
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3 day PO: So I slept pretty good all nite. Took...

3 day PO: So I slept pretty good all nite. Took pain meds the night before at 7:30pm and didn't need more all night. I don't have any pain other than a dull headache so I took Tylenol. I also had my antibiotic and 2 colace. My goal today is to poop. Checked out my dressings. The BB looks like it may have bled a little and there is a small spot on the big incision that looks new. I'm not going to touch it. Hopefully it won't change by Wednesday when I have my post op appointment . I put my garment on super tight after the shower. Maybe it's too tight? My flanks are swollen huge. Wonder how long they will be like that.

Mission accomplished: pooped. All those...

Mission accomplished: pooped. All those breathing exercises I learned in birthing class finally came in handy since both kids were born by cesarean. Ha! I needed to adjust my CG. When doing that I noticed my BB dressing was saturated. I peeled back the plastic covering and put new gauze on it. I had tegaderm strips and covered it. That makes me nervous. I hope no germs flew in there.It should be good for a day and a half when my post op appointment is.
Looking great, mama!
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Thank you!
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Love those slippers, and belly looks great too!
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At my first post op appointment. It's less than a...

At my first post op appointment. It's less than a week since surgery so i am hoping to get at least one drain removed. output has been really low. i took the time (over an hour). to shower and make myself look as normal as possible. what a feat!

Ok! So one drain removed and the other will be...

Ok! So one drain removed and the other will be next week. I had the dressings changed, too. Everything is still so numb and tingly. She said it could feel like that up to 6 mos! EW! Well, at least its not pain. Told not to drive for another week even though i havent taken pain meds for a few days. I have to agree. I still feel kinda off. I am pretty proud of myself getting around as much as i have today. Somebody at the docs office said i looked like i was in pain-- because i am hunched over. No pain, though. Doc said its ok to try to stand straighter. Whatever is comforable, it will take time. Still planning on using the "pulled a muscle" story if anyone asks. Relaxing now. Happy to be in the recliner even though this morning I was thinking how tired i am being on my back with knees bent! Both were so sore. Getting up helped the knees.

Oh yeah, doc said belly button is right were the...

Oh yeah, doc said belly button is right were the other one was. I guess the umbillicus is visible under the skin and thats where it was attached/ made. The Bb looks a little goopy. It has a plug and gauze stuffed in it. It is round. Weird to see it.
You are doing good for less than a week girl! Be kind to your lil body...its been thru a lot! My dr told me to do what feels good...so if that means to hunch do so or if you're comfortable being a little straighter fine but he did say not to force your body to straighten...keep that tummy tight for as long as possible. And yes I was gonna tell u that about the bb...it stays where it's at...they just cut a new hole for it to come through! Give it another week and you will start to feel better. And as for the numbness...I will be 4 wks 2morow and lil by lil starting from the top of my tummy coming down towards the incision it has gotten more feeling and less tingly everyday. Now it is just a lil weird feeling a couple of inches above and below the incision. It does get better.....you'll see ;)
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You look absolutely great- can you believe we are already 5 days. Sounds like you are doing just as good as I am. Power of prayer is a great thing. Keep up the healing.... Oh yea glad you have a drain out, I still will be with my little darlings till Monday. Lol
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Yes glad at least one drain out! HOWEVER I just got a little nervous because I was feeling uncomfortable and could feel the incision is puffed out. I took off the binder to check out what was going on and am SO swollen! I guess this is the infamous swell hell? And the middle of the incision looks like it bled a little. Don't like that at all!
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Just about one week post op. 6 days... swelling...

Just about one week post op. 6 days... swelling yesterday really made me nervous after getting showered to get ready for my 1st appointment and walking around so much. I thought my incision would open up! Better now. Thank God! I think my binder might have been too tight? I don't know.... The toughest thing right now is sleeping in same position all night every night. Augh! Plus sitting in the recliner is the same position. The back of my knees are sore. My knees are sore. My back is sore. And it's only been one week!!!
Well missy. You sound good. I'm the one that had the gave done and I got my stitches out today. It was a bit step. I know we have different body parts done but sleeping has been so rough for me cause of staple behind ears so I understand that. Now my nerves are twitching and I feel wired with that but I hoping for good sleep tonight. Just try to go with it and taken the pain meds to sleep,if nothing else. I didn't need them so much for pain as for making me less irratible. Glad I didn't undertake both surgeries but stills it jealous you have a new,tight belly! Just keep thinking.....soon, distant memory.
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Oops just saw my typo.....I had my face done. Was going to have face and TT. Ugh. Nite
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I know, time flies right?
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My CG is just a wrap around the torso kind and it...

My CG is just a wrap around the torso kind and it keeps riding up on me. Doesn't cover the incision. So I am trying on a pair of shapewear underwear that I have had forever! They squeeze just as tight. Hope this is not a bad idea. Just took a shower. Hope not too swollen later. Output from the one drain is about 5-10cc a day. Am wondering if the tegaderm tape is what is keeping me from standing up straight. Definitely am straighter than a few days ago but still looking like granny. Bruises from lipo are almost gone.

Whoa! Just weighed myself fully clothed at 115.5...

Whoa! Just weighed myself fully clothed at 115.5 lbs! I thought no movement and eating the same i would have gained weight. That is a shocker!
My PS doesn't use the binder because they ride up and get bunched up. He had me buy a whole torso compression garment (girdle) from sears. It snaps in the crotch and has a bra without wire. I was excited because I was able to order one in long torso! So, I think you're on the right track as long as it is tight. I tried mine on and stuffed sausage is all I could think about! Glad you are doing well.
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I def need to invest in some other types to wear. That wrap aound one isnt easy to hide under clothes either! Isnt it better to have the compression over the incision too?
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Yes, I would think so. It helps hold the tissues together for healing and also reduces swelling. The one from sears was under $30
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One drain remains with less than 10cc output in 24...

One drain remains with less than 10cc output in 24 hrs for the last 3 days. Noticed definition on the side still with drain. SUPER flat. Loving it. Nice to sit and not have that roll on my lap! =^)
Wow, you look amazing!! Your tummy is so flat!! I will say i think having those drains in still have allowed your swelling to be much less. I had my drain out last wed and I am so puffy. It will go down eventually I just feel blech..
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I noticed the side without the drain is definately puffed out compared to the other side. And i have hardly been moving around so that helps. When i try to stay up and about the swelling is uncomfortable. I put out a couple more cc today than in the last couple days. You have been busy!
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Your tummy is so flat! You have to be thrilled! Are you able to get around and do for yourself yet?
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Busy day! I drove for the first time today! Doc...

Busy day! I drove for the first time today! Doc said to wait but I couldnt see relying on anyone for little errands. I havent taken pain meds for a week anyway. It was kind of uncomfortable though. Dont really know why? Posture? I went to the pharmacy -- after re-reading my discharge paperwork, it said if you still have drains after 7 days to call for an antibiotic refill! Good thing i read that! I finished that bottle a day and a half ago! The nurse on the phone said, "oh dear!". I am most likely getting this drain out in 2 days anyway, but they said i HAD to keep taking that med. OK! I had to change the dressing over the drain site today, too. The tegaderms started coming up and water from the shower got in there. The incision is so thin. Got a good look at part of it when doing the dressing. Its not red or anything. Hope it stays that way! I also got a manicure and pedicure today! Much needed but i couldnt wait to leave and go home. My belly feels sore now. Too many errands for the first time out. Happy to be back in the recliner!
I knew you would do great ;) so happy ur feeling well and already up and about! I think that really helps with ur mental state and thus ur physical...just don't overdo it! Listen to your body! I am 4 weeks 4 days and have felt awesome but a few days ago developed an allergy to my tapes...I am an itchy nightmare! My whole body is itching...took off the tapes and treating with antibiotic ointment. This is so much worse than the pain...I'm miserable. Hoping the itching will subside now that the tapes are off. Wish me luck :(
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Audeelee I saw your itchy spot photo. Hope it resides soon. =(
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Me too FitChick....I would take the surgery pain way over being itchy...it's driving me crazzzzyyy! But don't get me wrong...I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to have had the surgery...had good results and feel great minus this damn itching ;)....#brightside ;)
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Drain free today at 12 days post op. Feels good. ...

Drain free today at 12 days post op. Feels good. Still VERY tight and can't stand up straight. Belly button is full of glue so looks yucky. Will take some time getting used to looking at it. It looks small and still looks lower than the original. Don't know if that's because I am not standing up all the way yet?
You look great! I know you're glad to get the drains out. I know I was!
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you look great!
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Thank you!
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Tried to do some light housekeeping and it knocked...

Tried to do some light housekeeping and it knocked me on my butt! All I did was wipe the counter and toilet down in one small bathroom and wipe part of my kitchen counter off and had to stop. Crazy that little is so exhausting!
Oh gosh! Time marches on and you are doing great! Love the new panties! You really are looking good! I am still having trouble sleeping cause of the stitches behind the ear (they are out but still....) and the numbness on the face. Guess we will have little twitches for a while but it will be behind you soon! Sounds like you're over the hump. I bet your energy starts returning quickly and you'll be EXPECTED to clean those toilettes so take it easy and enjoy the recouperations. That's a silver lining (not having to do all the housework) that will soon be a distant memory!
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Hi Carver. Just had a bad ordeal with a muscle spasm in my back! I was practically crying. The muscle just kept contracting and breathing made it worse! Took Advil, and then my prescription pain meds that I hadn't taken in over a week! Hubby put an ice pack under me. That was worse than anything I have experienced so far! I think I will call the doc tomorrow for a med for spasms. I tried to do some very light housekeeping today and I guess that is the price? Seriously all I did was wipe some counters. Geesh!
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You are going to have amazing results Chick! For only 2 weeks out you look so good! Btw, love your slippers! :) I wouldn't worry about your BB.. It's weird how this moves here this week, then next week this moves there! I was worrying about my scar, it was higher on one side but already noticing it's lowering..
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Ok. I was looking forward to doing a whole lot of...

Ok. I was looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing when I planned this surgery (because my life has been too crazy for a while). But all this laying and sitting around that I feel like I am going to need physical therapy just to get back to normal. Two days ago I wiped some counters down and it wiped me out. Later that evening I had a severe muscle spasm in my back. The worst experience so far. (Ice and prescription pain meds helped that). Yesterday I went to get just a few things at the grocery store and walking around the store was tough. Just that tightness, walking gingerly. I need to plan some kind of movement therapy or else I am still going to look like Quazimodo when returning to work next week! I wonder how others went back to work after 1 or 2weeks!
You look fantastic! You are so tiny.
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Thank you! I think my Vegan diet is a major contributor!!
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You look great! Now your figure reflects all the hard work you put into it by working out and eating the best possble diet. I definitely think your plant strong diet helps with healing. I was also super careful not to consume salt during early recovery. It kept my swelling to a minimum and I got my drains out in under a week. It's so hard for me to hold my tongue on realself when ladies post they are eating low carb to lose weight before surgery. Low carb makes the body sick and acidic. It saps our energy and over taxes the kidneys. Why would anyone do this before or after surgery? Do people not know that Dr. Atkins was fat and died of heart disease? I lost 20 pounds in the past year and I have tons of energy eating plant strong with a focus on complex carbs or starches (see "The Starch Solution" by John McDougall, MD and see his web site at www.drmcdougall.com). Sorry, I had to preach a little, not to you but to any ladies reading this. Have you ever tried Bikram Yoga? Bikram has really transformed my body and I swear by it. I'll be 50 this year so I'm very glad to have my youthful body back.
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Not much going on. Bruises from lipo are long...

Not much going on. Bruises from lipo are long gone. I still have steri strips covering the incision. I still haven't seen the incision!! One side where a drain was is exposed. It's a little puckered and has ends of stitched poking out. I had stitches sticking out of the BB but those fell out. I have been putting Mederma scar cream on the BB because the outside is red like a fresh stretch mark. And have been putting the cream on the exposed part of the incision. I can take the steri strips off by the end of next week. That will be a good pic! I can tell there is some puckering. Doc said that will go down. ALMOST standing up straight! Mostly rounded at the shoulders.

Also should mention that even though my bruises...

Also should mention that even though my bruises are gone I am still sore. Feels like bruises. Sore on sides and mid section. Still have spots where I can't feel anything! Mostly that is the from the BB down to the incision. In the very middle. It doesn't bother me. Guess I am getting used to it.
I am so jealous! You are so small. Lookout bikini!!
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You have nothing to be jealous about! You have a gorgeous shape!!! I work for a nice lady who gave me some money to buy a bikini as a reward. Not ready to go shopping yet but soon!
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Awe, you're sweet, but I have large everything from waist down. Maybe I'll get some excercise advice from you soon. I walk, but that's it. Seriously need to start doing more.
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After yesterday's walk without any problems I...

After yesterday's walk without any problems I decided to take it a little further today and walked 2 miles! I was glad to be done but think it was good to have done it! Going to do it everyday until I get cleared for real exercise. Funny my hamstrings and butt are feeling it!
Looking really good! I had a TT on April 4th. Did your tummy get smaller as the swelling went down? Also did your tummy feel normal again. I can relate to you. I am fit but had the loose skin from 2nd baby who was also a big girl. PS I love how you posted 'plank position" mine wasn't so bad standing and fine in clothes but laying down, OMG.........
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Hi Rababi! Just checked out your profile. You look really good! Dont ditch that bikini because your scar will fade and also drop over time. If you dont get to wear it this year, definately next! I have no swelling in the mornings (like everyone else) and get puffy the more active i am. I feel like my skin was pulled as tight as possible! I am still not standing up 100% straight. When i try to get to that position its pulling under the scar -- like in the groin area (not the incision). I had my most active day today and my back is sore. Belly gets sore too. Doc said the numbness can last up to 6 mos! Its mostly numb under the BB. Feels weird in clothes without binder -- kinda like my fly is down and i keep checking! But still wearing binder. Did you have muscle repair? I was surprised you said you were back at the gym so early!
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You look soooo good! I'm so happy for you and jealous I'm not seeing that tummy in my mirror! :-) When I was researching, my doc said it would be a while before I could excercise but I wouldn't need to do ab work cause he would have them so tight! I'll keep checking on your updates to see how that progresses for you! Looking good my dear!
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Wow, 4 weeks gone by! I am finally standing up...

Wow, 4 weeks gone by! I am finally standing up straight (like as of yesterday)! If I do a lot of walking around and light housekeeping I swell up and my back gets sore. Also my muscles are sore where the MR was above the BB when moving around alot. I am being careful. Once I sit all the aches go away. Even though I felt super swollen, I measured my waist and it was only about an inch or so bigger. Felt like a lot more! Went back to work at the office this week. After the first hour my back started hurting and I thought I would be miserable! It got better later on probably because it got less busy. Finally have all the steri strips off the scar! The ends were puckered but I have been putting Mederma on and its already flattened out and getting smoother. I had to do a side by side of my muscle pose! (Haha) Wanted to see the difference and if I lost much in my biceps!

Added sitting and bending photos,too!

Added sitting and bending photos,too!
You look terrific!!! Glad you are standing straight! That helps alot.
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Thank you! omg i have so much energy today! if i wasn't wearing the cg i swear i would have forgotten i. had surgery!
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Yea, it's coming back. That is great.
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Ok so I only had 2 full days of office work in a...

Ok so I only had 2 full days of office work in a row. I was able to move around like normal except that I had on my CG and my waist cincher over that to help smooth out the top of the CG and nobody could tell I had it on. I have tons of energy(thank God!) . But my belly is now sore and swollen. It feels hard. I don't like it! It's like my pot belly is back to haunt me! On the bright side, the ends of the stitches that were sticking out ( where the drains were) fell off! The scar is getting flat and smooth after only a week using Mederma!
Your story is great and inspiring. I'm at the begging stages of planning my FTT. I'm also having MR and a hernia repaired so it made me feel good to hear how scared you were going into this about the recovery. I have two little ones 3&4 but a great support system. I'll keep tabs on your progress as your story is the most relatable I've come across. You look great!
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Thank you! Congratulations to you for doing this too! This site is a GOD send! Read as much as you can to prepare for the worst and hope for the BEST! I have been very fortunate so far! The recovery is long but goes by quickly especially if you have help! Take advantage of that!!! Good luck!
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Swelling part of it sucks. I did this to feel better about myself and am now stuck wearing all these old granny compression stuff. Hopefully it's done with soon lol.
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So yesterday was the worst I had for swelling. ...

So yesterday was the worst I had for swelling. Amazing to wake up in the morning and it's gone and not sore anymore!
Most awesome missy! Go buy a bikini! A shame to come this far And not treat yourself.
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Wow! Thanks so much! I am going to find one that I really want before buying. Iwas just glad to see the scar was covered and wanted to see how my belly looked! I didnt like the top to that one. Am hoping to find a bandeau/strapless kind. We'll see. It'll be another month before i get to wear it anywhere here in New England!
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Hi Fit! The last time we talked you said you were going to start looking at bathing suits, and the one you tried on looks great! Well actually, you make it look great! It's just a suit....but on a hot bod, it is a fabulous looking suit on a fabulous tight FIT body! You should have bought it!
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Oh My God! I think i need to go back to the gym. ...

Oh My God! I think i need to go back to the gym. I think the lack of movement and no stretching has screwed up my back! I wouldnt wish muscle spasms on my worst enemy! Right in the middle left side of my back the muscle keeps contracting really tight! I cant take more than a shallow breath because my rib cage contracting makes the back muscle spasm even more! Talk about taking your breath away!! It happened 2 1/2 weeks ago too and ice and pain meds made it stop. Not this time! I was in tears! I was unable to change position all night. Now the muscle is sore and i can tell it could start spasing at any moment. Took 800mg Advil this morning and have a call into the doc.
Wow! The bikini shot is way too cute! You look like a hole new women. Like I said before you can't even tell u had surgery.
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Thanks MM! I feel the gym calling my name though. Getting flabby.
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Do weights.....it will tone you, that's all u need right now, trust me. Like u said, u swelled from work. It's a lot on on ur body, but 15-20 mins of isolated muscle movement won't hurt u.
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5 weeks! Wow time flies. I feel pretty normal. ...

5 weeks! Wow time flies. I feel pretty normal. I am standing up straight and don't have to try so that people won't think something is up. My back spasms are better thanks to Ibuprofen therapy. Lesson there: do not try to clean no matter how little you think you are doing. At 2 1/2 weeks i was still hunched over and totally hurt my back muscle. And I am still paying for it! Still wearing the CG faithfully. I put the waist cincher over it to smooth out the top so in the right clothes nobody can tell I am wearing it. I had to gain weight! I could see my ribs after getting down to 114lbs. Usually 118-120 is perfect for me. I know it's only a few pounds difference but it's a big difference! All I had to do was add a pb&j and a couple of Oreos to what I normally eat and gained 5lbs in a week! No wonder so many people are over weight. It doesn't take much to gain. Geesh! Can't wait to get back to the gym. One more week! I am getting used to seeing my new belly. It feels normal although it really doesn't feel normal. It is still numb in spots and hard underneath in the middle lower section. But normal I guess because I am getting used to it. Less than a week before my next doc appt. I wonder if she will say I can stop wearing the garment. When I have it off I don't feel like I need it but definately feel more secure about keeping it on. I don't want to mess up anything. The weather is getting warmer so it's going to stink to have to wear it. Plus it would be hard to hide under thinner clothes. At least at work I can wear a blazer or light sweater. It's always cool inside. Okay enough rambling! Happy healing everyone!
I think the dr will tell you that you don't have to wear the garment anymore at your appointment. I hope so anyway. I'm getting used to not wearing mine. And it does take getting used to. My tummy was very sensative to anything touching it. It felt really weird just to have my shirt against it at first. Good luck!
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How far along were you when you stopped wearing your garment? It's funny, I wore are shapewear garment for about 2hrs at a party the other day. I noticed i was still im the habit of sucking in my belly. I kept telling myself to relax! And because of the numbness I feel like my fly is down! lol!
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lol The dr told me I could stop wearing it at my 4 1/2 week appointment. And when I sent for my 8 week appt he saw that I had it on and told me again that there was no need to wear it. Have worn it some since then, but over the last 2 weeks haven't worn it much. I haven't had it on at all in a week.
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Well, almost 6wks post op. Just had another...

Well, almost 6wks post op. Just had another follow up appointment. Was given the okay to not wear the CG. Of course I have been warned about the swelling that is sure to happen. Today will be my test of that. I am going to work at the office a full day without it on. Let's see how that goes. I plan to start exercise again as of next week with the trainer. The plan is to start out slow and don't do anything that doesn't feel right. 4-5 months post op I can start trying to do ab exercises. I feel liberated without that garment on. Of course I still feel like my fly is down because of the numbness. And when they took "after" photos I still "felt" like I had that ole pot belly. I told the nurse that and she said "oh no you don't!" lol! So, my next update will be how much swelling I will encounter without the garment. Wish me luck!!!

Just got home from work after 12hrs NOT wearing...

Just got home from work after 12hrs NOT wearing the CG! Yes I am swollen. I am kinda rounded and hard. I added a before and after pic to show swelling. I have gained 5lbs since my super flat pics but this is more swelling than extra fat. It's about as big as my original pot belly.
Hiya fit... did you wear any kind of support to work? Or just normal underwear? I get the flux in weight... I too can see an increase of 5lbs on any given day! Frustrating or what, but yea, part of the process. I am 8 weeks po now and haven't seen or felt any improvement on the swelling front for two weeks... getting tired of it now, I want my 6 week po belly back..lol
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Hi cwtch! Just read your review! You look great! I did not wear any support to work. Just normal people undies. I did wear a pair of slacks with an elastic waist so my pants could grow with me! Lol! I was swollen all the way around! Up to my rib cage, sides and especially at and below the scar. I woke up flat so that is good! Today i didnt do much and am just as swollen. I am thinking about putting shapewear on at least part of the day instead of cold turkey! I guess i have the fear of ruining my results even though my surgeon said it wont. But also the swelling doesnt feel so good.
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Aw thank you, I was really nervous about writing a review and sharing pictures! I have to admit, on the weekend when I am just in the house I just wear normal underwear too... kinda like you said, weaning myself of the support garments. But the thought of being in work without my control pants on... ouch! Mind, I'm not sure how much difference the support makes to the swelling, for me it doesn't seem to change anything. I was worried about the final result too.. and my surgeon said that same as yours. My all this week, my tummy is sore when I get home and doesn't get better ... think I might have a weekend of doing very little this weekend! =]
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Added a split photo of two bikinis. The coral one...

Added a split photo of two bikinis. The coral one was 2wks ago and I didnt buy it. The top had molded cups I didn't like. I was 5lbs lighter and felt too skinny. My ribs were showing! The navy floral bikini just came in the mail from Lands End today! It just barely fits! I feel like I look healthier weight wise even though my belly is a little swollen. HAPPY!
Hi Fit! That suit fits beautifully! You make it look really good, even though it is a pretty suit. You should be happy! You have awesome results! Congratulations!
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Thank you! I am certainly no model but feels good to be able to wear one.
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Nice bikinis !!! Lookin good!!!
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Today was my official start back to exercising! ...

Today was my official start back to exercising! Although I was OVERLY cautious. Saw my trainer and was lucky to get a one on one session so I could tell him everything he needed to know witnout anyone around. He even had me doing PLANKS! I was scared but had absolutely no pain! In that hour I ran/walked a mile, did some stretching and planks with pushups. It wasnt much. I kinda felt like a loser (haha) but now I know I can try a little harder next time.
Hi Fit! hey, you have to start somewhere, might as well start with caution. Sure beats over doing it and regretting it the next day! Happy to hear you feel good enough to start exercising! That will help you feel even better! (you already look fabulous)!
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hi thanks! I walked in and was told you couldnt tell i had surgery. Thats good! Although my performance was like i was brand new to the scene. But you are right. Its better to be cautious. I will try a little harder each time. I just kept telling myself how much better i am doing now than just 2 weeks ago!
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OMG you're already back at the gym! Ok that's crazy reassuring! I just found out my surgery has been scheduled for June 5th and I'm freaking out! I'm also a little peeved at my doctor's office as it seems like if I didn't reach out to them I would not have been contacted. I meet with the PS on May 31 which seems awfully close to the actual surgery so I'm feeling like everything is rushing together BUT it is good to hear you're status. I had to scroll all the way back to see when you had the surgery again because it seemed like so long ago for you but it really hasn't been. Good for you - I want to duplicate your recovery BIG TIME! Keep up the great work. I think you're wise to take it slow and know your limits.
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Day two exercising: trainer told me to do same as...

Day two exercising: trainer told me to do same as yesterday. So i did the stretching, pushups, foam rolling AND i ran 2 miles without stopping! As i was running i thought about how he mentioned my muscles had atrophied from not being used. This is why running yesterday was so hard. My lungs hadnt expanded in 6 1/2 weeks! Well I feel awesome. I even had some hills in that 2 miles. Dont notice any swelling as of now but will pumailto:salem7880@yahoo.comt the binder on just in case.

8 weeks po

At 8 weeks I am back to my crazy schedule without any problems. It's been two weeks back at the gym and that is going to take a while to get my stamina back. Running is especially difficult. I get so winded so fast and I am not even trying to go fast. I hate that feeling. I have done exercises that involve the core without any pain or difficulty. Although I am easing I to that area to be safe. I can hold a plank position and do"real" pushups -- just not as many as I used to. The swelling is minimal. When i feel like I am swollen I will look at my belly and it doesn't look too bad. I don't think anyone else would notice. The pic I uploaded is 1st thing this morning. Got some definition back! I didn't take a scar photo. It hasn't changed much and the lighting was hard to show its true color. It's totally flat and smooth.
Hey Fit you look awesome! Its true you would never know you had surgery. Two months and you're back in full action! You're summer is going to be great!
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Thanks, still swelling though. I think I can get away with not wearing the garment part time.
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Fit chick, you look great. Running was the hardest activity for me to get back to. Felt a jarring sensation with every step, promise it gets better.
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still swelling (8weeks po)

In all fairness I have to say the compression garment is still needed. I didn't wear it to bed last night and woke up flat (pic above). But I also didn't wear it all day and am super swollen. I didn't exercise today either. It is bedtime now. I put my garment on. =)
i took my CG off around 5 weeks. I was swelling more with it. First few days I felt I was swelling too much because I had no CG but after a few days my tummy adopted. Im still waiting to see my real tummy after all the swelling is done. To make matters worst for me, I havent exercised at all and have been eating more- than usual. Ill start working out. BTW, your photos look awesome. Im so happy for you and can't wait for other photos that you will upload.
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Thank you! I am really happy! Even when there is swelling I still love my new belly! I peek at it a couple times a day! (LOL) Good luck getting back to exercise. It's the first step that is the hardest to get back into a routine. You look great!
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I think you have really great results! I think it helped a lot that you had strong abs beforehand too :-)
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Seroma? Now at 9 weeks po?

this week i noticed a little fluid build up. Its a small pocket from the bb to the scar. Just in the midldle of the belly. But definately that waterbed flow. Wtf! Of course its Friday and i have to wait til Monday to call the doc. Not sure if this is a drainable amount. But definately bothers me. Wearing the cg does not make it go away and waking in the morning it is still there. I have been super busy this last week. Mostly spring cleaning and packing a family member to move. Lots of bending and reaching. I didnt exercise much this week so i cant blame that. Just worried. =(
I don't know much about seromas, but seems like it wouldn't wait until so far in the recovery process to show up. Hope it's not one. Definately take it easy this weekend. Let us know what the doc says.
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Am guessing it showed up because i have been not wearing the garment all the time and i have been doing alot of bending and lifting because of spring cleaning and i packed and moved my mom. Am going to keep the cg on til it goes away. Will post more after i talk to the doc office.
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Oh gosh now I'm worried because I think I might have one too, lol, not funny but were right around the same time of surgery, when she checked me for it before, man excuse my language but that shit hurt trying to get fluid out, I prayed I would not have to that again
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Small amount fluid asperated

So I.called the doc about my pocket of fluid and they had me come in right away. The skin in that area hasn't fused yet where it's supposed to be so I have been told to wear my cg for 3more weeks and no exercise for at least two. (sigh). I asked about massaging the area and she said not to because that would move the skin and keep it from fusing or sticking to where it needs to go. oh there was barely any fluid that came out. maybe a half teaspoon. so i guess it's not so bad. so i gotta chill out. there is still a chance i might have to drain it again. i am still totally numb in that area so i didn't feel the needle at all. (whew )
You look great :)
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Thank you, Sheeney! Still wearing that garment. How are YOU feeling?
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I always have to do a double take on your age ( even though its in your screen name) you look 25! Definitely awesome results!
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Love my belly but it still is healing

Made it to the extra two week deadline of no exercise. I went for an easy run today. Easy for you runners for me was about 11min/no. None runners - slightly faster than a fast walk. I was in new shoes too so being extra careful. Anyway, afterward I noticed my belly had looked bruised in the area where the skin had be cut away and pulled down. (See photos) I didn't get a photo of I. It was faint but it faded after a bit. I wonder if it was just added blood flow. I still have that small squishy spot where it feels like fluid. It doesn't look any different than when I left the doc office when she drained some out. It's only noticable to me. Nothing like swell he'll at all. Am still wearing my CG. Feels tingly and weird when i don't. Belly looks so good though. Still happy.
You look great! Quick question...was that 9 week seroma your first?
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Hi Dee. Yes, at about 9 weeks I noticed a little spot with fluid. I think exercising without my garment was a no-no: And my trainer had me doing planks poses. There was no pain or discomfort doing that. And I really thought I was being careful. So I don't know what caused it.
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11 weeks po

Belly looks amazing!!
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Thanks!!
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You look great! Glad to hear you are healing well.
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crazy tingling!!

Ok. So 1st day back at the gym(again) and I am being careful. Definitely NOT exerting myself. But I get this crazy tingling all over my belly that is making me nervous! I think it's blood flow but am not sure. I wore my binder (good girl!) And don't have any swelling or pain. Once the exercise stops the tingling goes away. Anyone else experience this?????? Is this normal?
I've read on other folks reviews the same thing and someone commented that it is the fluid flow (blood, lymphatic fluid) re=establishing and can occur the first 6 months.
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that's what it feels like. it's like water falling down between two panes of glass is the best way to describe it. after feeling that i thought i would have a pocket of fluid or swelling somewhere but didn't . at least that's good.
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I experience the tingling at different times. I don't have to be exercising. It's weird.
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12 wks PO

Doing well. Still feel sore where the MR was especially in the upper abs but generally when I have had a busy day. And some minor swelling. Feels huge but isn't. Went swimming for the first time and could REALLY feel the tension on the muscles! I wear my CG alot. My flanks get sore/tender (where the lipo was) from wearing the CG. LOVE the way I look but am reminded throughout the day that I am still healing.
I understand about the tension on your Mr. I will be 21 weeks po tomorrow and feel it when I swim. Still can't sleep on my tummy because of it. Doesnt really hurt, just s pulling feeling in my mr.
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new bikini

This bikini i really like! Took this photo at the end of the day. I worked and cleaned, cleaned some more,spent an hour at the gym. I can feel the swelling but as you can see I don't think anyone would notice but me.
U look amazing!
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Thank you!
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You look awesome. You'rd right. We don't see the swelling.
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3 mos po scar

Ok it is hard to get a pic on your phone that shows the true color. This is pretty close. The scar is totally flat and incision is thin. I think it is less red in person than this photo shows. The border is thick in color because of my old stretch marks. My new bb was made on top of a thick stretch mark and I noticed the reness is mostly faded. Still using Mederma Advanced.
You look fabulous! I love how low and flat your scar is :). Congrats!
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Thank you!!
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Wow, I think you look amazing! Now those fit abs can really shine through!!
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more fluid asperated...3mos po

I had my little seroma checked out today and asperated 3.5ccs (whichwas the same amount as the 1st time) It's not a big deal I am told. Usually a seroma is 60-100ccs! That was a relief to hear. I will not worry about it anymore. In another 3-4 weeks if I feel the skin is not sticking in that spot still I will revisit.
You look fantastic!!!! Happy for you!!
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wearing garment alot less

It's just over 3 mos. The skin is sticking where I had that small amount of fluid. We are having a heat wave so I haven't had the garment on much. I noticed when I have had it on my scar is redder. My sides where the lipo was done is sore when I take the garment off. When I don't wear the garment my belly feels a little sore and sligjtly swollen. More like mildly sore and lumpy. I am working out regularly and feeling stronger. My lower back still bothers me. I had back spasms a while back from when I was almost able to stand up straight. I must have damaged a muscle. Just taking it slow and being careful. Love my belly! I peek at it alot. And I realized today when driving that my belly wasnt jiggling over the top of my pants! I used to hate that feeling. Nothing like being fit and trim and still feel fat because that blob would be jiggling! don't miss that!
You look great, when I have scar pads on I can see beyond the imperfections of the actual scar, things are always better than what they seem to be, I still wear my CG on and off and I'm 3 months, it's Ike my bandaid ex specially after working out, I looooooove your results
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So happy you are feeling well and looking good!
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U look amazing! Congrats
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4mos and one week

So I haven't worn my CG for about a month now. And I don't notice any swelling.I have been SUPER active. Going to the gym with a trainer 3x/week plus training for a half marathon. So I have been running 3-4x a week, too. Then there is work and super cleaning my house that we are trying to sell! I was having alot of soreness in my lower back that I contributed to the surgery and not being able to stand up straight all that time. I think I injured it forcing myself to stand straight. I finally did some ibuprofen therapy and that did the trick.now I feel like Wonder Woman! I still am numb in the middle from the BB to the incision. I isnt bothersome. I have no more fluid in that small pocket anymore. Glad that was a quick and easy fix.The muscle in that area is hard. Kind of feels like a bulge but it isn't sticking out. I think even with exercising that the muscles probably won't look like a 6pack like they would on somebody who hasn't had this surgery. I can live with that. Not missing the belly I had before and am happy to be flat!!! Although I am feeling like I am back to normal and can lift heavy things and move in any which way, I am still aware that my body has been worked on. Like sneezing,; I will still hold my belly. Stetching at the gym I notice the muscles are tight in front of my hips. And the abs feel tight too. So I definitely feel like FitChick45 again -- except now I am 46!!!!
You look amazing! I turned 46 last month too :) Good luck with your half marathon!
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thanks renee! it seems so daunting now but i am feeling stronger as the weeks go by.
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Oh Happy Birthday!
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still can't believe it!

4months have gone by and i still look and the mirror and can't believe i actually went thru with this surgery! if it wasn't for the scar I might even forget!
You look so good,me think my belly button is kinda low to, and if the scar wasn't there on mine I'd forget as well, keep in touch lovely
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Hey Joyce! I really gotta updated profile! Maybe I will do that now....
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You look great!
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6 months post op

Wow.. Time flies. This surgery was the best thing . It seems like the surgery was years ago. The scar looks darker in pics. It is slowly fading and doesn't bother me cuz nobody sees it. I just did my first half marathon since surgery and had a PR. I doing another in a couple weeks. Working out like crazy and feel great! If you are still trying to decide to do this surgery don't wait as long as I did!
One of my old peeps!! Hello, you look great!!!!! I'll be 6 months po Oct 12, I agree, It seems sooo long ago!! Wonderful results, I'm so happy for you!!
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So happy for you too! You look great!
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Thank you!!
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Oh yeah...

I should have mentioned that I am still numb in the middle from bb down. Not bothersome at all.
You look great!!
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Thank you!
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Good for you girl! Glad you are doing so good. Take care.
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7 months po

Have been exercising a lot with just a little ab work here and there. Yesterday I missed an exercise class so I decided to do a Jillian Michaels DVD called No More Trouble Zones. This DVD targets the whole body. Well my abs are so sore today that even sneezing hurts! The good kind of hurt that you get from exercise. Not that anything is wrong. I am going to keep using this DVD!!!
Hey FitChick! I've been following but not commented recently! Just wanted to check in and tell you how amazing you look! You're abs are really showing through but you've worked hard in addition to the surgery! Glad you look as fit as you are! Your facelift bud!
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Wow thanks Carver! Hope you are doing well, too!
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Looking amazing! I love Jillian , I just got the ok to workout & I'm still dragging my feet! It's awful.
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9 mos post op!

Ok the holidays are just about over and yes I have gained a few extra pounds. Clothes are tight. Going to get back on track ASAP. Next update I will have been doing some serious ab work. As of now I have been exercising just slowed down a little. I need to concentrate on keeping my abs tight because I notice my back will spasm because it's taking to load if I don't keep the mid section tight. Funny how I got used to not having to suck in my gut/abs but now I need to focus on using them! Even though I gained a little there is still nothing hanging out! The scar is fading nicely. The incision is totally white but my scar has stretch marks bordering it so it looks like the scar is wider. But the stretch marks are finally getting lighter. I will do another update probably at the one year anniversary. I should be thinner and more defined. Resolutions resolutions!!

Oh yeah ....

I always forget to mention that the mid section is still numb. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if it stays that way forever....
The end of Jan will be a year for me. And still Very numb from bb to incision. I really don't think the feeling will ever come back in mine.
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i am few weeks shy of a year and still numb. I think, like you, that feeling won't ever come back. as long as it's not pain, i am ok with it. =)
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Well. Guess that's part of the process , I'm numb as well and almost a year from my surgery, I massage that area and pray some feeling will come back, but if I work on my core area believe I can feel something in that area lol
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One year! Woo-hoo!

Hello fellow tummy tuckers!!!! And anyone who hasn't had your surgery yet..... don't wait any longer! That was the fastest year! I don't regret this surgery one bit. I have been working out like crazy! My abs haven't got any crazy definition like i think pre pregnancy abs look with exercise. They are tight and hard but not like a six pack. I still have numbness and thats ok. My scar is white but I have stretch marks around the scar that need to fade. I haven't done anything for scar treatment. Only the first 3 months I did so that the scar would flatten out. I also still have old stretch marks that are faded that wrinkle when I bend way over. These are the old stretch marks that were above my bb that are now above the scar. I am happy with my new BB. It's so nice to sit and not have anything popping over the top of my pants! I don't feel self conscious if my shirt slides up at the gym. I am happy! Going on a tropical vacation next month. Maybe I will have bathing suit photos!
Time flies when you're having fun, huh? Glad you are doing so good. You look awesome!
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You look great! So glad to see your update. I turn 44 in a few days and I love the inspiration of your results, I'm not giving up!
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Thanks Elijanh! I just skimmed thru your profile and you look great!
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Dr. Dr. Colwell

A friend who had a tummy tuck, lower body lift and lipo. She said this doc has great bed side manner and of course did an excellent job. I saw a video on YouTube of somebody else who saw this doc and she had lots of graphic detail and had posted her appointments with the doc on video. I liked what I saw.

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