Tummy Tuck in April 2011 (End of April) - Long Beach, CA

Hello Ladies, glad to find this site. So many...

Hello Ladies, glad to find this site. So many things going through my head before the big day. April 15, (kids on springbreak)is the day for me. I waited 19 years for this. I have 19 yr old girl and 9 yr old boy. Lets just say when your younger, skin much easier to tighten back by exercise, but as you get older it's get harder and its not the same. I have few concerns maybe you ladies can answer for me. 5 years ago, i injured my back working at docks(port of lb) and things was never the same after that, if you had back pain before then you know how i feel. I exercise 4x a day and i do a lot of core exercise but that flab is just never going away. So yes im ready for nice nip and tuck.

I wanted to know how much time off would i need? i do work in the office, sit and computer all day long. and also how did your back handled the tummy tuck? Doc said this will help my back problems since they will tighten up the muscle. And last thing, do i really need a lipo on my hips, 5'2 130lbs. im working on loosing 10 pounds so maybe wont need the lipo. I really need a quick recovery since i do need to go back to work. I have 30 days vacation but dont want to use them all.

Thanks ladies any input would be awesome...

Hello Ladies, i am 3 more weeks to go before my...

Hello Ladies, i am 3 more weeks to go before my big day, im so excited, been exercising everyday so more skin to cut off. eww.. good news, doctor putting me for a month off,so much relief. Ladies, if you can give me thrun down again, on what not to do or take before surgery. I cant wait.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take good care of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take good care of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take good care of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take good care of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take good care of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will...

Hi again, nine days away. the 15th @7:00 am will be the day. Ladies any advice please do so. Im so excited and nervous all at the same time. My daughter whose 19yrs old will take good care of me. Im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks im ready to go. thanks again ladies, any advice bring it on.

Hello Again, i am 9 days away, 15th @7:00 am is...

Hello Again, i am 9 days away, 15th @7:00 am is the bid day. Any advice ladies bring it on. Im so excited,nervous, what if, all at the same time. I have awesome daughter who will take care of me for few days, im so proud of my baby girl. I been so good to my body for the last 3 weeks, working out hard, and eating healthy. I just cant picture not be able to work out for 6 weeks,its all good. iam more than ready. thanks ladies, you guys are awesome.

Well, this is it, first thing tomorrow i' am going...

Well, this is it, first thing tomorrow i' am going in. Im so excited, im so exhausted, im afraid im not wake up on time. Keep me in your prayers ladies... good night..

I made it ladies, yes the first 2 days are extreme...

I made it ladies, yes the first 2 days are extreme pain, pretty much sat on my ass, cant lie or side. didnt have a reclining chair , so had bunch of pillows on my back. the most painful is muscle repair, every move you make it you use your core, so it was hard not to use it.this is my 4days post op, im walking straight, although i develop a sore throat that is killing me, got some cough medicine,just need that mucous to come out, its not an infection, its from surgery when stuck a tube in your throat. Overall that bad at all. Just first few days, you need help to get you up, especialy bathroom, and its feels good to walk around. swollen big time, especially the lipo area, ice it up every 20 mints helps a lot. i go to my follow up tomw, tubes should be remove, I still havent seen my belly, im afraid to look. definetly tomorrow i bring a camera in doctor office. Oh yah, tak your stool softner the night before surgery. thanks ladies
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I hope you are doing well.
You obviously work our a lot and have a great shape. I am sure your results will be amazing! Congratulations to you!
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I still don't feel like I'm getting enough exercise, I took the dog to the park yesterday and walked about a mile but at a much slower pace then I woulda liked. You will be fine with your daughter helping the worst is the first couple days you need help getting in and out of bed but you may need extra help cuz you have a younger one at home ( mine are 15 and 20) so I don't need to do anything for them anymore. And to the pubic area OMG it was huge and sore as hell! I'm 19 days post op today and it still is sore but not swollen anymore. Wait til you see it, you will be amazed! Yesterday was the first day I wore any thing other than sweats and I think I'm gonna bust out the jeans today and back to work in 2 days so I will be wearing regular dress pants to work. I do have to say I wouldn't be able to wear my pants if they weren't kinda loose before surgery. I am still pretty swollen but the waist cinched I got really helps with holding it in so I can button and zip my pants and they are comfortable. If they were snug before surgery it might take a bit longer to get into them. I shaved but only cuz I have always shaved and my drains were more near the crease where your thigh meets your pubic area. I would definately ask your PS about shaving cuz I see alot of pics of women that the drains are actually in the pubic area and I would think they would not want you to shave. I think I covered all your questions and I know it's easy for me to say to you now but don't worry you will be fine and you will be thinking jeez why did I worry so much about this!!
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I'm 2 weeks post op and my only advice is to plan on nothing but pain meds and rest for the first few days. In my opinion you should only be getting out of bed for potty breaks and maybe a small walk aroun the house to get some kinda movement. My favorite thing the first few days were crackers, bottled water and apple juice for the constipation. The pain was waaaay less than I woulda thought (thank god)!! Good luck and you will do great!
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Thank you joyce,this weekend all i did was run my ass off, im so worried of not getting exercise which only remedy for chronic back pain. anxiety is kickin in, cant sleep at night. Did i mention no one else in my family but my daughter knows im doing this, feeling guilty...I have read that the pubic area get really swolled for a long time, is that true? Are you wearing regular clothes yet? im due back to work in a month, and most of my clothes fits me just right,hate to buy bigger outfits. Oh and did you shave down there completely, were you drains down there. I know that itching part will drive me nuts. okay time for bed, thanks joyce...
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Yay!!! We are going to be TT budies.. Good Luck...
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Good for you for exercising. It's hard to find the time, but you'll have a better result if you lose your weight now rather than later. Keep us posted. You're getting close!

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Welcome to RealSelf!

How exciting...you will love the new body.  You are a tiny one like me...actually I am only 5'-1".   I am now at 120 pounds and that is an ideal weight for me and my shortness :)

Definitely plan on taking two full weeks off at a minimum.  You will need it no matter what job you do.  I ended up needing 3 1/2 weeks off but everyone is different. 

I look forward to reading your posts and seeing your pictures!!
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congrats, my TT date is on Feb 28 2 weeks and counting... I also have an office job,so my Dr. said i can be back at work in 2weeks.. i said to weeks..then secretary told me she had a TT and was back to work disain 2 weeks.. My Dr. saw the worry in my face and said "well how much time to do you want? i said how about 6-8 weeks..he said ok.

My Dr. is putting me on disability for the time so i dont have to use vacation.. I also have a hernia so my job will pay me at 100%

you should ask your Dr. if he can do the same
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Thanks for the info, i see your in LA county, if you dont mind asking who's surgeon? (im still shopping around)and are you getting any lipo? my dr. suggested i get one, i have at least 3inches of fat on my love handles, but it would be additionaly 2grand. So im curios if anyone skip the lipo and i how they turned out. Im working on posting some before pictures. I love this site. If werent for this site, i wouldnt have the guts to go for it. Thanks ladies...
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