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Tummy Tuck and Lipo = Life Changing - Boston, MA

My TT and lipo procedure is a week from today and...

My TT and lipo procedure is a week from today and I can finally say I'm getting nervous - can't tell whether it's panic nervous or just nervous excitement. I really cannot wait to be on the recovery side of surgery even though I know that it will be a difficult road. After losing about 65lbs many years ago and not being able to get rid of the belly fat (If I drew a stick figure of myself I'd literally be stick arms and legs and a round center - my PS even said I had the legs of a marathon runner!), I was sick of letting my physical appearance be a hindrance in living my life.

I'm very introverted and self conscious, don't like going out, don't date, and I really feel that a lot of it has to do with my lack of confidence. I know that I'll never be perfect but I'm hoping that this surgery will be a jumping off point to a better version of myself, internally and externally.

I'm so glad I found this site so that I can read what everyone has to say. Whether or not I've ever commented on your posts, please know that I have been inspired and encouraged by your strength and courage in making the decision to have surgery and for going through the recovery process.

Wish me luck!

Just finalized the details for surgery - be there...

Just finalized the details for surgery - be there at 9am, surgery should take about 4 hours + 2 in recovery (but I'm thinking if I don't get there til 9 my surgery isn't until at least 10 or later). Any last minute advice? They told me to bring loose fitting clothes - button up/zip up top and loose drawstring bottoms. Getting excited!! Will try to post the "before" pic this weekend.

Day 3 PO - pretty significant pain and swelling....

Day 3 PO - pretty significant pain and swelling. Taking the binder off today and can't wait to take a shower so I feel more like myself again! I think I underestimated the soreness I would experience but have had family and friends helping for the last 3 days. All the doctors and nurses at the Surgery Center were outstanding! Pics to come soon :)

Added pics. Was scared to take the binder off but...

Added pics. Was scared to take the binder off but it felt really good to shower even though it was exhausting. Even though it felt good to have the hinder off for a bit I actually felt better once I put it back on. Hoping things continue go smoothly!

Day 7 post op - if you can survive the first week...

Day 7 post op - if you can survive the first week then the rest I think is going to be a breeze. Honestly my worst pain is coming from my lower back from the hunching. The rest of it is pretty manageable. I did go through a couple of very blue days - like what did I get myself into? Why did I do this to myself? But each day gets better. Stay strong and know you are brave and the results will be worth it in the end!

Tomorrow is 2 weeks post op and first day back to...

Tomorrow is 2 weeks post op and first day back to work. I'm nervous as I'm struggling to stand straight and can't walk for long spurts without back pain. I don't want to over do it so I may only make it half a day. Rush me luck!

Had my 3 week follow up appointment today. Family...

Had my 3 week follow up appointment today. Family saw me for the first time yesterday and everyone was speechless. My recover hay (knock on wood) been uneventful aside from some residual swelling and aches, which are easily manageable now. I completely underestimated the impact this would have on my self-esteem. If I had known, I would have done it years ago. Each day things are getting easier, building up stamina, walking straighter, etc.

Went shopping for the first time since surgery and was down about 3 pant sizes and one dress size (broad shoulders... what can you do! lol). I'm down a total of about 17 lbs (10-11 from surgery, rest from loss of appetite for first 2 weeks following surgery). So happy I made this decision. No regrets whatsoever - picked a great doctor and got a great result! Good luck to everyone out there taking this journey - it's truly amazing on the other side :)
Dr. Jeffrey Darrow

Dr. Darrow and Helen are just fantastic. Excellent nurses in the surgery center for the overnight stay as well. Professional, courteous, and very easy to talk to. Super supportive before and after surgery. I can't say enough good things. I can say sincerely that Dr. Darrow has changed my life in more ways than I can count. Everyone has noticed a change in me and not just physically. So happy with the results, he did an absolutely fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Darrow if you want a highly capable, caring physician with excellent bedside manor and excellent support staff!!!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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You look great!
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I honestly could not be more pleased. The whole process went smoothly, he and his staff were fantastic, and my results are amazing. I've had friends who had the same procedure elsewhere and my scar is so much better than any I've seen with other doctors. If I ever get another procedure done I wouldn't hesitate to go back. I've recommended him to several friends and family members which I would never do if I didn't have the utmost confidence in him. Look no further - you've found an amazing surgeon. Best in Boston in my opinion!!!
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Hello! Glad to see you had a good result. I had a consult with him for same surgery and I'm thinking if booking surgery for this winter. How are things going for you now? Still happy?
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Good luck tomorrow!! Looking great so far
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Happy healing....it will get better - so I keep hearing and reading. Just encouraging you :) Jealous you are already on your way....I've got 5 months to wait. Glad that so many share their experience and I hope that you will continue to share your story. Take care ~
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good luck to you. a friend gave me this advice, and it worked for me. allow yourself to have this time to recover, think of it like your cocoon...it's all about you! make this time yours girl and be excited about coming out the other side! i'm 6 days post op, ask if you have any questions!
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smyrnamama, congrats on ur tt! i am 4 days p.o. and i am very itchy with a lot of irritation and burning @ my drain sight and upper abdominal soreness, is this something you, too are experiencing? and if so, have you found any relief? thanks
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watch your diet, take your vitamins, drink LOADS of water to flush yourself out and most important...rest and medicate. i've stayed under wraps since leaving the hospital so i think that has helped a LOT as far as irritation. make sure you are draining properly and if it gets too uncomfortable, call your doc! :)
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You will be just fine. It is something you have to really want! I have been dealing with complications since Feb 20th. I had a revision surgery on April 2. I still have a drain. Be prepared. Get a recliner, some help, gauze pads, paper tape, and antibiotic topical ointment. Make sure you have a Board Certified doctor. Discuss your pain management plan in advance of the surgery. If you have questions, please just let me know. Good luck!!! Lori Mac
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Good luck on your surgery!
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