Ready for a New Look! - Boston, MA

I've never had elected surgery before but I...

I've never had elected surgery before but I finally decided to research this and get it done. I'm excited but very anxious and a bit scared. I had my son when I was 17, I'm 33 now and ready to have a flat and stretch-mark free tummy! ** will post "before" pics soon

Two more days until to surgery! I have one more...

Two more days until to surgery! I have one more grocery run to do. I'm trying to stock up on the really heavy items like juices, water, etc so that I don't do any lifting for a few weeks. I've also bought:

Extra Strength Tylenol
A Body Pillow
Gauze Pads
Stool Softener
Prescriptions

Still very nervous - will try to post pics tonight.

I had my surgery on Friday (April 20). I took a...

I had my surgery on Friday (April 20). I took a quick glimpse of the results and it looks good, but I'm still in a lot of pain.
Goodluck and wishing you a speedy recovery!
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I am glad to know you are on the flat side! I had my surgery on the 18th, a couple of days before u. How is your recovery going? I hope all is well. Take it day by day!
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It's Monday and I'm feeling better after having...

It's Monday and I'm feeling better after having the surgery on Friday. I'm so glad I bought a body pillow. Getting in and out off bed has been the worst part for me but the body pillow was good to sleep with.

I don't have any drains, but I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing...lol... I'm going to take my first shower today so I'll get to have a good look at the tummy. I still haven't had a bm but I'll continue to take the stool softener, im not trying to force it...lol

Good Luck to all of you - who will have the surgery soon or who recently had it done. :-)
How r u feeling? Would love to see some after pics. Hope all is well.
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Thank you so much. I'm feeling better now and trying to take it easy :-)
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Thank you! And congrats to you as well!! I'm feeling a bit better now. I was in alot of pain for the past 2 days but its subsiding. How are you holding up?
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I almost wish they gave you psychological...

I almost wish they gave you psychological counseling before these major operations.

You really don't understand what you are doing to your body (and emotional well-being) until it's too late. It's been quite a rough ride. The absolute worst days were days 4, 5 and 6.

Today, day 10 - I do feel physically better. The only pain comes if I forget to take a Tylenol pill every 6 hours. The stomach is still both tender and numb and feels completely foreign. Can't help but think that I was just lazy and I should have seriously just worked out and kept my old body. It's hard to see the benefits at this point.

Today was my first day of work. I ate fruit throughout the day and actually didn't have any problems at the job.

It's good to have a place to write these things and interact with good folks. I haven't told anyone in my personal life about this surgery. People know I've had surgery for something but I don't plan to go into details. I'm happy I have this site.
Omg! Looks sooooooo good!!! The binder is a pain in the ass in the beginning but now at 5 weeks post op I'm kinda addicted to mine! It really helps! Happy healing!
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Thanks so much! Yeah, I agree...the binder just became a part of my life...lol..Happy Healing to you as well! :-)
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looking good.
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Already started to see great improvement from the...

Already started to see great improvement from the scar therapy. I had no clue what that was about when I read other reviews on here so I thought I would explain a bit (from my experience):

There are many different types, but I use the “ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets”, regular price is $19.99 at CVS (but it’s sometimes on sale).
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/shop_product_detail.jsp?filterBy=&skuId=854247&productId=854247&navAction=jump&navCount=3

It has an adhesive that allows it to stick to your skin. You wash and dry it every day after use and it is supposed to be good for 7 days. Although sometimes it doesn’t last that long. There are 8 strips in this particular box.

During the weekdays I wear it for 12-15 hours. And during the weekend, I wear it for about 20 hours.

It is very effective, I see results already and it’s only been 7 days. It softens, then flattens and then reduces the appearance of the tummy scars.

Can’t wait until 4 weeks to see better results.
Wow! You look great!!!!
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You look great! I'm due for surgery in 2 days and reading your updates made me a little nervous. What do you mean about psychological counseling?
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Hi daniela326! The procedure is a bit of a rollercoaster. When I wrote that I was feeling very low and felt that I shouldn’t have been so lazy and should have just exercised and gotten into shape that way. It is painful and at about 5 days after, you really question “why did I do this to myself”, not too mention you now have a permanent scar. I do however, feel much better about the procedure & process. I didn’t have any major complications and I am healing well. I think what really helped was that I kept a ‘picture diary’. I took many pictures to track the changes and that helped me a lot, because I could visually see the changes and feel good about the decision. The scar therapy has done wonders as well. I don’t want to scare you because I think it was 100% worth it! I’m feeling positive and just thinking about how I will fit into new clothes is exciting. I think it’s normal too question your decision and too go through moments of doubt and sadness. I hope you have a good support system and help lined up :-)

Good luck too you! I know everything will go well. I’ll check out your page in a few days to see how you are doing :-)
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Dr. Terri Halperin

Dr. Halperin is very well qualified so I definitely felt like I was in good hands. The nurses on my surgery day were excellent as well. Dr. Halperin always answered my questions but I don't feel like I had enough time with her. I had a lot of questions, and I either asked her or did research.

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