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11 days post op- NEW PICS!- Ready to Begin the Rest of my Life After Weight Loss - Bryn Mawr, PA

I'm 22 years old and finally have control of my...

I'm 22 years old and finally have control of my life and weight. I started Jenny Craig my senior of high school at 239 lbs. by gained most of it back by the time I got to college. In the beginning of 2010 I was still 209 lbs. After nearly a decade of unhappiness, depression, and self-consciousness, enough was enough and I decided 2012 was going to be the year for me. I now weight around 145lbs., having lost around 50 lbs. since this January. This has left me with large amounts of extra skin, mostly around my abdomen. Working out and being healthy is now an engrained part of my lifestyle, yet no amount of exercise will get rid of this problem, so I've decided to get a tummy tuck.

I've worked so hard the past year or so, I feel like I deserve to see the results and my body doesn't reflect all my efforts right now. I'm so excited to start this process!

I've done tons of research and looked at before/after pictures, but I still wonder about a few things. I'm not sure if I'll need to get the muscle repair done since I've never been pregnant. And I also wonder how far the effects will reach as far as the loose skin on my upper torso...

I finally had my consultation/pre-op appointment...

I finally had my consultation/pre-op appointment today! My doctor was very helpful and knowledgeable, and seemed optimistic that my results would be good. He said the abdomen will get great results since I have little to no fat there, which was a huge surprise to my ears. I also decided to get a breast lift, so basically a Mommy Makeover (minus the Mommy). Surgery is officially happening and by this time next Tuesday hopefully I'll be recovered. 6 MORE DAYS!!!!!

P.S. My surgeon doesn't think he'll need to do any...

P.S. My surgeon doesn't think he'll need to do any muscle repair/tightening since I haven't had any kids. Happy to hear that and hope it'll make my recovery a little smoother!

Today my drains came out. Wow! What a weird...

Today my drains came out. Wow! What a weird feeling. Worst part is: after taking percosets for 5 days I now have the absolute worst constipation. I've been up since 2am, tried stool softeners, laxatives, and magnesium citrate. Still nothing...

But on a better note, everything is healing well. I absolutely love my new breasts and I'm optimistic my tummy tuck will improve as the swelling goes down.

Feeling pretty much back to normal now (9 dpo). Am...

Feeling pretty much back to normal now (9 dpo). Am able to go out with friends, walk around, completely off pain killers and meds. Still seeing a lot of swelling in my abdomen, especially the sides/hip area :( breasts look and feel great, haven't given me any problems except a little itchy at times. Next doctor appointment is next Friday to get my tape off and put on the scar strips!
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Wow think im.gonna be in trouble tomorrow :-(. I really think i over did it but that sad thing is i didnt really do that much.. i did dinner and dishes then took my first real shower (which felt Amazing) just sat in my recliner pillows under legs and i can already feel tighter under my cg. I could actually feel my skin tightening while i was in the shower.. come Sunday my hubbys back to work which meens im.full time mommy again then i go back to work Monday. Luckily im a manicurist so i sit for most of my day, but im.just worried im going to be struggling to get back into the swing of a normal routine! I just get tired to quick...
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Wow! What a difference even from day 6 to 7!
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Thank you! I reallyyyy appreciate it. It's so tough to see any progress when it's yourself!
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You look fantastic girl! I'm set to have my TT in late Dec. and I'm also having a BL without implants. Do you mind me asking if you feel like you lost any volume or went down in size after the BL?
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Thank you soo much! It's kinda tough to tell about the size now, not just because they haven't fully dropped and formed yet, but also because before, there was soo much extra tissue I don't even know if I was wearing the right size bra! My doctor did do a slight reduction on the left one since losing weight did not cause them to end up symmetrical. I'd say the size is generally the same, but seems bigger if anything because everything that's left is "normal" boob haha if that make any sense.
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You look GREAT! And seriously, high 5 for losing the weight. It's not only about how you look and how that makes you feel, but also about avoiding Type 2 diabetes and horrible health and physical ailments. GOOD FOR YOU! Have you tried Metameucel for the constipation? Works like a charm for me
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Thank you RockinMom that's soo nice. In high school I was told I was borderline diabetic :o now that I've slimmed down I feel better than ever. Things has gotten too far for anything like Metamucil. I had to go the enema route today, but did work and I'm feeling much much better. Thanks again!!
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looks good :)
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You look great for 5 days PO dont worry the swelling will get better. I'm 4 weeks PO and still get swelling. Its a long recovery process but in the end it will be all worth it :0)
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Oh I can completely relate with the constipation! I went through the same thing! Maybe also try prune juice? I have heard others say that worked. Welcome to the flat side! You look great so far!
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Good luck Philly I'm having mine done on 31st of oct and your tummy is very similar to mine .... Keep us updated xxxx
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Congrats on the weight loss. That's not easy what you've accomplished. You look great already. I'm sure the TT and breast lift will make you even more beautiful. Can't wait to see how things turn out. I'll be 10 days behind you. My TT is on 10/19. We'll compare notes.
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Wow, thank you so so so much! I really really appreciate it. Your results look amazing so far, how's your recovery going?
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Thank you soo much! I bet you're soo excited, I know I am! Let's get through this together :)
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Wow, thank you so so so much! I really really appreciate it. Your results look amazing so far, how's your recovery going?
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Holy smokes!!! You should be SO PROUD of yourself!! I cant believe how fit and gorgeous you are after one weighing close to 250 lbs! Outstanding!!! You are probably the best possible tummy tuck candidate in the world. You are young, healthy, thin, and ALL you need is some help getting rid of that skin that absolutely no amount of discipline will remove. Im so stoked for you -- you will look incredible! :)
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great news! How exciting! You are so close! Good Luck!
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I am 4 weeks po this week. I am a philly girl too.... Good luck. You will do great....
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Thank you! Congrats on your surgery, how's recovery?
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Philly. I am 5 weeks po today. Recovery is fine just slower tha expected even though they trill you 6 to 8 weeks and up to a year they are right! I never has a lot of pain just what I call discomfort. You are almost there. Let me know how u do. Are u staying overnight at a hospital?
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You go girl! Congrats on losing the weight. Looking forward to seeing your post op pictures. You are going to look phenomenal!
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Aww thank you soo much! I can't wait to wait!!!!!
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U will have awesome results all thats left is loose skin. All the best for October.
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Thanks Mandy! I'm optimistic that it'll really help both my physical appearance and self-esteem. I really appreciate your support :)
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Hi there.... I am just north if you in the Lehigh Valley. I was looking at your pics... whenI bend over, I have the same saggy skin.... I am a fitness instructor and its mortifying for me when I have to do a plank in front of my class! I cant wait for it to be gone! My date is 10/18. I have pre-op tomorrow. Looking fwd to following your journey! Good Luck to you! PS lots of docs down in your area, i noticed when I was researching. Who are you going with?
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