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We've had the consultation. Dr. Jones was so...

We've had the consultation. Dr. Jones was so lovely. He is energetic, polite, and pays attention to detail (his shoes and outfit were amazing)! Now that we've set the date I have many months of preparing myself mentally for the obvious challenges ahead. I'm fairly optimistic. How can I not be if I'm going to look better!?

Welcome to the community.  You are in a great place for support and education on the procedure.  Fall will be here before you know it but you do have some good prep time.

Stay with us and keep us up to date on the entire journey.


3 months 27 days *before*


Who can give me names of awesome girdles/binders 1st and 2nd stage. I'm looking online and there is just such an overwhelming amount! I know I'm interested in one that zips on the side. And goes mid thigh...I think that just sounds the most comfy but I'm open to suggestions :)

Also, I'm currently stalking to see who has a similar body type as me for an after picture. I'm 5'3 190lbs.

Interesting article

No matter what part of the body is undergoing surgery, the process for healing is the same. Surgically "traumatized tissue" (skin, muscle, bones, cartilage, tendons, etc.) does not just magically heal; rather, the body has to rebuild and repair tissue on the cellular level. This involves energy and nutritional building blocks to support the healing process.

The body may be asked to heal minor cuts/wounds and dental extractions to major bone and/or reconstructive procedures. Of course, the more involved the surgery then the more demands are placed on the body. Healing starts at the moment of injury and involves a series of orchestrated biomechanical reactions.

The Basic Science Of Healing

Basically, healing efforts surround the rebuilding of collagen, a specialized chain of amino acids, that is the main component in many tissues -- such as skin, tendon, muscle, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bone, interverterbal disk, teeth and more. Collagen is "stronger than steel wire," and improperly-formed collagen is associated with healing disturbances.

Healing occurs in three distinct overlapping phases, with the bulk of healing occurring within the first few weeks following surgery.

Inflammatory phase (up to 5 days): The body's first response to injury involves forming a localized blood clot to stop bleeding. Infection fighting cells (neutrophils) and debris cleaning cells (macrophages) are recruited to the traumatized area.

Proliferative phase (2 days - 3 weeks): The body starts building tissue with specialized collagen-forming cells called fibroblasts. This new tissue is called granulation tissue and special growth factors to stimulate skin formation (epithelialization).

Remodeling phase (3 weeks - years): The body transforms and replaces the collagen that was placed during the proliferative phase into a stronger collagen to support structure and function over the long term.

What Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids Support Healing?*

It is beneficial to be as healthy as possible and nutritionally maximized prior to surgery to support optimal healing. While several vitamins, minerals and amino acids are used during healing, there are specific ones that are known to specifically to support the normal response to healing, and to support the normal immune system response to infection.

Vitamin C: Necessary to build and rebuild collagen throughout the body. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune response.

Vitamin A: Supports immune system functioning and aids collagen strength. Also required for bone development.

Zinc: An essential trace mineral used in enzymatic reactions involved in tissue and wound healing, regeneration and repair.

Vitamin K: Aids the natural blood clotting response and is important for bone health.

B-Vitamins: Cellular metabolism, tissue repair and immune support.

Vitamin D & Calcium: Important for bone health.

Magnesium: Mineral involved in approximately 300 biochemical reactions.

Amino Acids (L-Arginine, L-Glutamine): Two key amino acids for wound repair and immune function.

What Dietary Supplements Should You Avoid BEFORE Surgery?

Vitamin E and surgery do not mix because Vitamin E is associated with increased bleeding, and this can lead to collection of blood (called a hematoma) that could result in serious complications. Most surgeons will instruct you to avoid preparations with Vitamin E before surgery, however, so it is important to check your dietary supplements/multivitamin carefully. However, after the surgery, your health care professional may indicate that Vitamin E may be appropriate.

Most people are confused when they are instructed to avoid Vitamin E prior to surgery because Vitamin E is often associated with of healing scars. Topical Vitamin E preparations, however, are used for scars postoperatively.

Herbal supplements, in general, are to be avoided prior to surgery because they can cause bleeding or other operative complications. A few commonly taken herbal supplements to avoid are: Ginko Biloba, Garlic, Ginseng, Ginger, Dong Quai, Ephedra, Feverfew, St. John's Wort and/or Omega 3 fatty acids.

A general rule is to stop taking these potentially unsafe preparations at least two weeks prior. Nonetheless, it is important to discuss all preoperative dietary supplements with a health care professional prior to any surgery or procedure.

What Surgeries & Procedures Benefit From Nutritional Support?

Again, no matter what part of the body is undergoing surgery, the process for healing is the same and requires nutritional building blocks to support the healing process. The nutritional demands for small surgeries are different than major reconstructive cases. Certain surgery, such has bariatric surgery, has very specific nutritional needs and needs to be managed properly by a specialist. Simple cosmetic procedures and injections result in tissue trauma and basic nutritional building blocks are still required for healing.

Emphasis on surgical nutrition starts before surgery, and should continue until mostly healed -- a process that could take several weeks and determined by a health care professional.

In summary, healing is complex but the concept for surgical nutritional support is simple -- provide the building blocks for healing to optimize the healing efforts.

-- Dr. Blitz

5'3 190lbs


Today starts my version of intense workouts. That's partly why I decided to post on this sight (so early before the TT, anyway) To hold myself accountable before the procedure is done. I will be doing workouts (warrior fit on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Saturdays and then two home workouts. Each 45 minutes long.

I should probably just preface that I have never worked out. I hate it. So diving in full throttle scares the crap out of me. I'm also pretty nervous e because I tend to pee my pants a lot when I TRY working out. In a class setting, it could Get pretty comical.
Hey! Thanks so much everyone! Especially for the binders!
I'd talk to Dr. Jones about the binders before you spend $$ on them. He wasn't a huge fan of them when I was in the early post op stage. In fact he suggested underarm pants instead!!
I have my surgery with his partner Dr. Sando on Tuesday! I am getting nervous! Good luck with your workouts

Exercising starts now

I know they say that exercising doesnt really have an affect on the surgery but I'm not so sure. I want to be stronger, physically and mentally for this beast of a procedure. I did my very first work out class ever and ROCKED THAT BITCH!!! Just coming back from a week long vacation (you know, the kind of vacation where almost any kind of food just happens to find its way into your weak and will powerless mouth? Yea. That kind) I am so proud of myself!!

Oh, this should go without saying but absolutely no weightloas has taken place since my last entry. :)

2nd workout completed

Holy good gravy!!! Talk about hard! Today I weighed in 1.8 lbs lighter... THAT was my motivation to keep going. I ate so well today that I'm wondering if I might be on to something :)

Gained weight

So, this is great news. Really!

I've been working out consistently and gained 2-3pounds. I'm pretty stoked about this!

PreOp is just 2 weeks away *eeeks* . Haven't received an email yet but hope it will contain all of the information he'll need to proceed.

Shit guys! It's almost here!!

Pre-op done

Well. My doc is amazing. And his assistant Grace is just as awesome. I feel like he is going to make sure this turns out better than anyone can expect. I'm tring very hard to not have any expectations but it's hard after speaking to him. He really is just...cool.

Item suggestions welcome!!!

Hi ladies!
I'm hoping to get a list of items from you that will help my husband I with recovery and that first and second week at home. As of right now, we have a recliner. That's its.
Check my page. My surgery is Friday and I've picked up a lot along the way. 
Awesome! I'll check it out!! Oh my! Friday!?!!! Good luck! Make sure to keep us updated!!!

I'm freaking out

I am not nearly as prepared as all you ladies. I guess I'm just a go with the flow kinda gal. Or procrastinator...whichever you prefer! :)
I've been stalking pictures and am so worried that results won't be as dramatic as some of these pics :)
I've been keeping myself busy putting up decorations, planning birthday parties, thanksgiving and just about anything I can get my hands on.

It's going to be awesome. I can't wait!
Best of luck on your surgery, I hope you do get a few things prepared as it might help you when you get back home after the surgery, I made sure I had fresh food in the house, made up a few dishes, had my "bed" ready, had medications ready, pajamas and under clothes laid out etc etc, so when I came back home I had pretty much everything I needed so didn't have to stress about that and also not feel good, keep us updated and post some pics, best wishes to you and yea also look at "solesister"'s page...........

I'll sleep....maybe

But most likely not. And if I do it will be a light snooze. How can it possible that it's happening tomorrow?

Let's do this!!!!
Good luck tomorrow! May angels surround you through your journey.
Oh girl!!! You are the best!
will be thinking of you tomorrow, best wishes

And Done

Holy cow. The ab pain is tolerable but then they are having me do this breathing thing where I suck in air to MAKE me COUGH! I can't stop crying. Sobbing is more like it.

Before pics

Thanks so much
wow, great job it looks like, yes they don't want your lungs to get congested after the surgery, hang in there, I don't recall them having me do that breathing thing but I had to after a different surgery, anyway your first few days are gonna be kind of rough, day 3 was my worse day for some reason, we are here for you so any questions, problems, venting, whatever you need hopefully we can be of some help to you, take your pain pills, use some milk of magnesia if you think you need it, most of us did and stay on top of that pain, don't try to be a hero !
Looking great!

The worst day

Many of you have said day 3 is the worst. Why? What can I expect?
I guess it depends on your healing. I have surgery on Friday and switched to Tylenol on Monday, so it was a good day for me pain wise. Constipation hit day 3 for me....


I'm having the most awful time walking! How far along were you guys before you started to get comfy. My husband want me to walk a mall tomorrow. I think he's crazy
I would not go to a mall, I didn't leave the house at your stage yet, you really do not need to hurt yourself and ruin the work you have had done and/or get something to come loose or inflamed, you have been thru major surgery and you don't need to be walking like that yet and my guess is you are still supposed to be bent over, if your stitches pull apart you will not be happy, please listen and to your doc as I have seen some girls overdo it and have seriously regretted it, you spent a lot of money im sure, don't ruin it, be careful, only fo what your do says you should do, say no to anyone who wants you to do otherwise, sorry I just have seen several girls very unhappy and they did not listen, reason I say day 3 was worse is I think I waned to feel better but was sore, grouchy, I hurt cause stuff was wearing off, I was by myself more, it just was a bad emotional and physical day, hard to explain.
sorry about my typos, im doing too many things at once
I walked in and out of a mall on day 8. Lasted maybe 15 minutes. That was with no drains and been off pain meds for days. He's expecting way too much!

So sore

Holy wowza!

This shit is no joke. I'm hurting more today than yesterday. I've already told husband he's off his rocker and there is no way we are going to the mall. I'm happy that I'm walking a bit more upright and around the house on potty breaks. There are a lot of those! I got some under ARMOUR compression shorts which do pretty well but the body suit with the pee hole is waaaay better but it makes a mess. Can't have that.

So in general, I'm swollen and swelling. I'm in more pain that I have been( I imagine stuff is wearing off) my appetite is non existent.

It's day 2 so day three is tomorrow....
Ok, send hubby by himself to the mall!! You! Feet up, keep on top of your painkillers and drink drink drink! Healing thoughts your way and sending some patience, too :)
glad you decided against going to Mall, you will be glad you didn't do it, just way too much to do right after this, it is no joke, you will be good but you need to give it time, listen to your body, rest, I didn't have much appetite either, I barely ate the first week, greek yogurt tasted good to me, mashed potatoes, fruits, those kinds of things I seemed to be able to eat but not a tone of it..........

3rd day aftermath

I'm stronger today. I am still taking all of my meds. I am walking around the house whenever I get up. It's exhausting but feels great once it's done. I walked up and down our stairs today (yaay me!!). I still have not pooed. That sucks. I took some advise from soul sister and got mom so hopefully that'll kick in. My appetite is still null except for the egg on an English muffin I had.

I thought I was doing so well I decided I was going to take a shower. That was a joke! I got out of my binder and could hardly keep standing while the waterwas warming! That's when we took these pics. Not sure how I feel about thwm. I love the cut I'll just have to keep reminding myself swelling and healing is taking place and it will be a good while before true results are seen. But lemme tell you ladies, my doc, he isAMAZING! I have no drains but aside from that he is just an awesome person. I miss talking with him already!

I think I'm going to lower my meds tomorrow. What do you guys think?
Looking great!
Gauge meds by your pain. I started by delaying the prescription meds by an hour and seeing how I hurt. Once I was able to space them by 12 hours I switched to Tylenol. Listen to YOUR body.
if you feel you need pain pills take them no reason to be hero or be in pain, the milk of magnesia and prune juice worked wonders for me, I had to take it and glad I did, can tell you are swollen as first day pics look less swollen than now but that is the way seems like everyone is, the swelling will go down but remember it takes a while and I know I say this often but take it easy, walking is good if its not excessive or heavy duty but lifting and other things don't do, listen to your body, and looks like they did wonderful job ! happy healing and best wishes

I just adore my doc! Seriously!!!

Just got this!!
You Are looking great :) The pics are of course, indicative of someone that just had major surgery. So, while You are noticing the swelling , We are seeing how amAzing you are going to look!! Good on your PS for sending you the lovely flowers! What a thoughtful thing to do :) Sometimes the little things matter as much as the big ones. Rest up, you're doing great!
You're the best! Thanks!

One week post op visit....

Hey friends!

Tomorrow morning we drive an hour and half to let the doc see his handy work and check on all the things he needs to.
What can I expect from this visit? How many of you were standing straight without a pillow push against your abdominal (it's become like a security blanket!) on this visit? Gosh, his office is super swanky. I'm going to look like...well,not the part anyway.

Then we will leave and have lunch with a friend (depending on how I'm feeling) then an hour and half drive back.

So I've been up and down stairs walking around (yesterday) and have slept All Day today! Whaaaaa!?! That's crazy!!

Talk to me peeps. I'm lonely recovering while the world whizzes by me
You sound like you're recovery nicely. I'm on day one post.
I feel you! Its a slow process and each day seems like forever. The hours have gone so slow for me but there's no way around it. I listen to positive podcasts and encouraging books. Feed your mind all good things. See yourself in that dress that youve always wanted to wear or the bathing suit. This is a wonderful opportunity that youve given yourself. Lets hang in there! We got this.
I totally understand the lonliness, being home by yourself not being able to do much about drove me crazy also, I tried doing word search puzzles, playing games on internet, organizing photos that were on different drives etc and watching tv but that gets old real quick, don't know if you have some hobby that you can do without straining yourself, but I get it, I was getting so stir crazy and tired of laying around feeling sick, but you just don't feel good enough to do stuff yet. My first visit, if I recall, they took off strips, tape guaze etc and cleaned everything up and put stuff back on me and just checked me out, my husband actually put me in a wheelchair to take me to the office as it was kind of a long walk and actually it felt better and there was one by the door. Sounds like your doc has fancy office, who cares, throw some make up on and some sweatpants and let people be jealous that you look so good ! Hope this helps !

Post op 1

So getting that plastic/tape off was awwwwwwwsome!!!!!!!! It doesn't look so chucky of the bride-ish. Now to moisturize every hour!!! We walked up the stairs to the office and I felt like a badass. It was almost two stories!

So, I have a huge confession that I feel guilty...like super guilty about. I had a soft pretzel from SAMS today (we went and walked for 10-15 minutes for dinner supplies) this pretzel had the most amazing butter and salt on it! Ugh. What's comforting is that I didn't feel like it was worth it after I had it ( and I looooove my (processed)carbs!!!!

I forgot to thank my doc for the flowers and tell him of all your nice compliments!!

Have any of you developed a crush on your doc? My friend jokes that I might have :) I really like mine! He's SOOO cool!!! There is soooo much more to him than medical. He's an artist ALL around! He is so in tuned with engines and anything that creates!

How is everyone else healing today!?!?
Ohhhhh!!! That's a wonderful idea!!!! I like the idea of positive affirmations!!!!
Thanks so much for all of the feedback!!!!!

Quick question


How do we wipe our butts?

I can't reach or twist around!
maybe you should send doc a thank you card for the flowers !
I'm thinking of making him something for my next visit!!!
Btw. You look great!!!!!

Day 7 pics

Wow! I look at your guys pics from morning vs night but I didn't really quite get it. The swelling makes a hiuuuuge diffrence!

Have a great day realpeeps!
I really liked your info on the science of healing.
I thought it was super helpful when learning about the whole procedure. I poured over all kinds of info for months, as most of us do. I'm glad you thought it was helpful! That's the goal; to help each other :)

As I wait in the car for my husband....

I got to thinking while looking at my pics....most of you (as I am) are wondering why int HELL did I not fix those BOOBS!!? Well, I tried, but it just wasn't in the budget. I'm hoping to get to those within a couple of years. In the meantime we can all marvel at how huge the areoles are,huh!? Lol! Hope I made you smile!!
I laughed when I read your post! i feel the same, now that my tummy is normal my boobs are the odd one's out! poor saggy darlings have done 10 years lactation and service to motherhood. I couldn't have faced both fears at once I think. Or both pains at once. You're looking great! Keep resting and keep those feet up.
Congrats! You look great! I take L-Arginine and L-Glutamine daily :)
Thanks :). You too!!


What's up with my sides? Why is there crinkling? Like tiers on a curtain?
Pleated incision .. Darn iPhone
I have to agree with Kathy is ready the pictures I've seen with the pleated inversion actually the results were amazing - this could be a technique for some ps ? Think you will have amazing results once all the healing is done
Thanks!!!! I'm not gonna swear it. No matter what anything is better than that mound I did I have!

The specifics

So I realized that I for for to mention some stuff. That, and I'm bored.

My surgery took 3 1/2 hours. I don't think there were any complications. Dr. Jones said he took about 7.5 lbs.

That's it. Gosh.
I haven't done an update even though I'm bored to death cause I have nothing to say. No wisdom. No comedic views. Just blah. Welcome to my party.

Ugh. Today

I've been in so much pain today. I can hardly move again! It's my fault for doing too much but holy cow! Didn't expect this :) so took it easy today and will do the same tomorrow and be bored to death.
I'm going to try doing daily or bi photos to keep track of the progress. I know when I was stalking this site months before my op I stayed up until wee hours of the night peeping pics.

We'll chat tomorrow :)
I hope you're feeling better today, after a nights rest :)
Peeping pix!! Love it! I Still do can't wait to join ya on the flat side!!!
IKR!?!! It's awesome and I look forward to chatting with you throughout your journey

Real talk...Debbie downer style

Today has sucked. I woke up in so much pain I was on the verge of tears. I could hardly move until later pm.
I woke and my kidneys were on Fire (which I'm sure has nothing to do with this whole process but STILL) I could hardly move and the Pain! Oh, the PAIN!!!! And THEN guys, THEN!, I started my PERIOD! Is this some kind of joke!?! A joke where the surgeons laugh because they KNOW, KNOW what you really are going to go through after this op. Ugh.

Needless to say, I slept most of the day. I whined and complained the rest. My poor poor husband!! He couldn't do anything right.

Tomorrow is another day and I will be less of a bitch. I'm prepared with midol and persistence, beotches.

Until then my dears!
You have made me laugh! Lol ouch ouch...I really hope you can hey some zzzz's and wake up feeling better tomorrow. I had my period before my sx so I was spared but I feel bad for you. We know this toooo shall pass. Sweet dreams Hazeli
Awe so sorry love, rest and let your body heal.
Oh, Shiza! That just downright Sucks :( I hope you get some midol relief and feel a little better tomorrow. The whole world just looks grey when you're in pain and cranky, doesn't it? I can honestly say, I was relieved to just finish my period a few days ago as I was Not looking forward to getting it immediately after surgery, lol. I understand the trauma of surgery can bring it on earlier and be extra hormonal. Seriously, as if we need That! Sleep, sleep, sleep. Best wishes for a Much better day tomorrow. x

Sleepless night

Well, I can tell things are getting somewhat back to normal! I normally fall asleep around 3-4 (before surgery) and tonight my mind just won't stop! I've been pairing and thinking of new ideas and planning and OMGOSH...SQUIRELL!!!

Long day tomorrow but hey, it feels really good getting my creative energy back!!!
Lol, too funny :) Sorry about the lack of sleep, happy to read you're getting your Mojo back !!
I just left that period pity party. It does get better. Head up :-)
Thank The Lord!!!!

Day 11

After a rough couple of days I am determined to get my shit straight. That negative energy is no good for anyone! So anywho, woke up took a shower and OMG I had my first sneeze. Talk about crazy!!! It just came so suddenly there was no stopping it!! I'm still sore but we all are, right!?

My only concern is that I have a red patch that seems to be going from my belly button to my mons scare. I've been massaging so maybe the binder is just rubbing or too tight? I'm going to get a small electrical/battery massager (husband laughed at that one) to hopefully help.
I'm, I may add different pics as these look horrible in color.

Happy day ladies, make it count!!!
(Says as I sit in my recliner stalking RS)
I had my period for the surgery itself. Gross. And your comment about the first sneeze! LOL! I thought I was going to DIE when I had mine! Lookin' good though!

Is this what swelling is?

Taking a closer look at things. Because why not? I'm so bored :) Binder/under armour shorts have been on a cpl hours so there are some creases that aren't normally there
You have a good sense of humor. :-) Looks like swelling but you're well on your way to recovery. Congratulations!!!
Your incision is going to heal lovely and fine and I think your surgeon was very skilled at sewing. I so relate to being bored and its good to be able to hang out on real self, I would have gone a bit nutty without it. I can see your swelling going down in the side pics too. I agree your swelling looks like all of ours and under all that is your lovely tight new abs!
You are pretty entertaining sister! Lol. Hang in there and each day it will get better…so I am told anyway :) I won't have my surgery until February, but looking at posts like yours really helps me prepare mentally.

Walking/standing day 13

Just curious, how much were you able to walk around day 13.

Were you standing straight?

Did you mainly stay in the recliner?

Just like to gauge if I'm being a pu$$y or if everyone is all about the same :))

go at your own pace, I wouldn't do any heavy lifting, I had a rented electric hospital bed and got rid of it after 2 weeks post op just to feel normal again, if your doc said for you to stand straight you can gradually try it but again listen to your body, I don't think you are being a wussy, it took me a while to get back to normal, some girls are up and at it right away, I had major muscle repair and it took me a while, lol, plus I was 55 years old, lol, but good luck and have a great thanksgiving(walking is good as long as you don't over do it)
I can walk 90% straight. Trying to get straighter every day. I sit in my recliner for 5-6 hours a day. Otherwise I'm walking around doing random stuff, cooking, laundry, etc...
Okay. So it sounds like you are a bit more active than me. So I'll have something to look forward to! Thanks lady!

2 day comatose!

I have been in and out of sleep for nearly two days! My husband was concerned but I think it's just part of it!

So today I'm out!! Again! Walking and walking only for an hour and half total I think but it's good! I feel soooo rested! Aaaand guess what!?!!! I'm about to drive for the first time since the surgery!!! Damn, I got my big girl panties on today!!!!
You go girl!

Pillow driving!

Your incision looks really great! Looks like you're right on Q with the healing process. Can't wait for my surgery to be over with. Lot's to look forward to.
You look so cute :-)!
It made me smile to see your happy face. I did the exact same thing with a pillow when I drove. I'm 23 days po and still not completely upright. I'm spending half my time doing stuff around the house and the other half laying down with my feet up still. The tightness in my internal stitches that stops me being upright is worse in the morning and then with a bit of moving around all day I'm more stretched out. So I think you're doing really well for 14 days. Your incision looks like its healing really well and yes that's definitely swelling, we've all got it to some degree, I can't wait until mine is all gone. Thanks for the great reviews, your sense of humour is great therapy for me too.

Day 14

As you may have read, I drove!!! With my trusty handy dandy pillow. I walked and am realizing I feel soooo much better when I so but I HAVE to go out of the house to get it done. Being at home it's too easy to just sit when it hurts instead of pushing forward, making sure not to look like to much of a jackass along the way.

I took pics tonight and for whatever reason I have been bruising pretty noticeably (IMO) (I took photos 2 days ago but it was reeeeealy bruised and THAT, my friends, is why you DON'T use an electric massager-live and learn :)). So, I've been LIGHTLY massaging all over since. I get my smarts from my moms side of the family.

We are noticing some serious puss/crusting inside the belly button. I have an appt on Friday to ask the doc if I'm suppose to clean that out. :/

How's everyone doing!?!? Did you stuff your faces (like me) on turkey day?!?!
Hey looking good! I'm afraid to deep clean my bb so I just wipe it out with the corner of the rag. And yes, I not only stuffed my face Thursday, I had ham and potato salad for breakfast yesterday! The rest of the day was all downhill ;-)
I know that feeling. My friend has been over several days now- 10 days post- and every time I think I look so lazy just sitting there on the couch. So I too have started to do things around the house. I made dinner yesterday. Not the best, but I did it! Good luck with your bb. I haven't done anything to mine and I know there's stuff in there. Better get it checked out too but no puss. That's def sign of infection.


Looking at my last set of pics.....I'm TOTALLY still going to have those sweet love handles tha make for a great muffin top.

at 15 days it is very hard to tell, as others have said it takes 3-6 mothns or longer to get your final results, at 15 days I had just begun to swell
did you have lip too or just the TT?
I think it's too early for you to think that you will still have love handles, you are still in the swelling stage. It seems swelling can go on until 6 months! and I guess it's true taht docs say final results are really closer to a year.


So, how do you massage? The whole area? Just the scare? How often do you moisturize the scar?

Feeling pretty shitty about the way it all looks. Not the scar but I guess the swelling and such.

It's been so busy ladies, I have 2 birthdays coming up, Christmas and then another bday. I'll post as much as I can :)
Don't get discouraged. I haven't had my surgery yet, but I have read a lot about how after a couple of weeks it is normal for you to start feeling this way because of the swelling. Don't lose sight of the huge transformation you have under gone! It is only going to get better from here. You have to try and stay positive because you have gone through a major surgery and your body is still healing. Hang in there sister. ;)
Thanks love :)
I felt pretty crummy after about week 3 or so as I started swelling a lot and was emotion al also, hang in there

Just checking...

This is normal right? It seems to only be happening on one side. The other, that isn't spilling anything out is the side that is pulling when I walk. I'm thinking that's where he must have closed everything.

I swear, every time I see the incision I love and respect my doc so much more. It's crazy the amount of respect I have for him even though I've met him only 3 times!
if you are ever concerned you might want to call PS office and just check with the girls there, but you are lookin good
You look great!
Sorry about the seepage...maybe take it easier. I attempted to walk around the block the other day and it hurt to take deep breaths! I made my way back to my chair. I'd call and ask about anything you're concerned about. I had some questions for my dr and they scheduled me in right away. Just to make sure.

Lazy days

Oh ladies!!!!! I have been in a super lazy mode this week. I have this dull pain (muscle and scar) and I'm so tired of it being there and so tired of walking gimpish. I think I'm so bored with being so....helpless. I'm sure most can/will agree that there comes a point where you can appreciate the little things when feeling normal ( like wiping your own ass) :)
First, you look awesome. Second, it just takes time. I'm 9 weeks out and still have those down days, swell hell, as well as aches and pains. But in the end its all worth it. I'm ready to be done with this too, but I just keep telling myself by next summer I'll be super hot. LOL And so will you.
I do totally understand, I went thru some very blah times during my recovery, then I would look at clothes I could wear and it did make me feel better at times

Real clothes? I think not.

I tries putting in a pair if normal pants today. Screw that! My sweatpants will do me JUUUUST fine! My 3 week apt is tomorrow and I was curious to see if the fit had at all changed/reduced. Um....I still can't get into the pants I was so sure I could after this (swelling? Me being a wuss?) procedure. I'm not complaining. I'm so happy not to have big Birtha (the belly before procedure had it's very own name) but it's discouraging after losing 17lbs since the surgery that it's all still pretty much the same. But let's get back to the real subject.....how in the HELL do you ladies wear reg clothes on this scar and swelling! Maybe you guys just take pics of you in the pants and then switch right back to the sweats? Lol. No way. No how. This lady is wearing her sweet elastic fleece sweatpants till this vagina swelling stops and my scar stops with the surges of pain.

Any who, here are new pics. You can tell that my left side is way red in some spots. I'm attributing that to normal-ish.

I'm seeing the doc tomorrow so I'll have a sweet update then.
I can see how your incision is starting to relax too and even out. I'm hearing you darl and listen to these ladies who have had as much swelling as you and pulled through for their long awaited results. You'll get there.
How was your doctors appt?
I've been wearing comfy clothes, tights under skirts to dress up but as I speak I'm in my pjs. The incision itches and aches so jeans? I don't think so. Not even going there. Stretchy and comfy. It takes time.


And it hurts. I had a few glorious days where everything seemed so normal and the pain was hardly there..and then, well, this. I'm pretty sure it has a lot to do with pms.

I can't take really good pics otherwise I would show you guys but one side is un bruised and the scar looks so good! The other is a mess! It's bruised and seeping and just a mess.

I've been walking on the treadmill to help with swelling and let's hope that helps:)
Slowly but surely :))
Doc was good. He said everything looks good. He took took stiched that were poking out, out. Now that part is leaking more. But I'm not worried. He wouldn't have done it if he thought it wouldn't be okay. He wants me to concentrate on walking and massaging.
Love it!

Naughty & Nice...the pic (da-da-duuuuum)

24 days post op.

I have tried wearing that tape I've seen some people in and the scar feels so much better without it...and if I needed it the doc would have told me to do it.

How's everyone else doing!?
yep he would have put tape on it if he felt it was necessary, a lot of docs have different styles, they know best !
I did not use the tape. I just used scar away cream and bio oil. Last year's scar is skinny and white and the current scar is pink and thin. This one will soon be white too.
I think we're all in swell hell rocking the ken doll these days!


So this side is killing me. It's gotten better since seeing the doc (which is hard to imagine because it looks pretty bad!) and him prescribing some cream called severdine...or something. It's used on burns. He assured me that this side is just healing slower than the other.

No real issues other than that and swelling. I are brussel sprouts today, holy gas, I will remember to not do THAT again!

My lower part is still pretty solid. I'm up to walking a mile on the treadmill and in all taking about 3000 steps a day. Still not stanfing up 100% but that's cool. People look at me all crazy, it's funny.

Whatcha y'all think? How ya doin?
Hope it all closes up fast for you, your incision is looking really good otherwise. I couldn't possible do that much exercise yet, it would kill me! Good on you though.
I'm glad someone else at my stage is walking the treadmill too! It make everything feel so much looser. Sorry about your open spots. Hope the cream helps soon.
You INSPIRED me to get on the treadmill!! And, you're right, it does feel sooooo much looser!!

Complaining and whining

I'm over this side. It's uncomfortable and has me wincing every time I move. It's started to bleed.

My friend looked something up on google (I refuse to go there because we all know I'll end up believing I'm going to lose a leg or die) she said it looked like abcess stitch. The whole friggin side is tearing apart....I went from feeling awesome and doing awesome to completely frustrated and OH the burning!!! .I'm happy I have the cream that the doc have me, anyway.

So blah.
has the doc seen the "holes" or separation? It very well may heal on its own or could be prone to infection, main ting is don't worry about the scar as that can be revised but be very careful it does not get infection, what is doc saying about it?
Damn, that sucks about that one stubborn side. But hey you have gone through a lot already and you look so great! I just started using that same cream Silver Sulfadiazine lastnight, not sure how it works but I hope ok. Have you seen a difference since using it? Before that I was using Bacitracin Zinc ointment but ran out so I had to switch. Which I hate doing cause I feel if something's working, why change it? But I guess well wait and see. I pray your scar heals quickly and you can be one step further in this crazy ass recovery. Lol
Sorry to hear you are having to deal with that. You are looking so good too! Your swelling has gone down alot and your incision has relaxed out and is looking great other than where it is opening. Snowfly is right, the scar will look normal in time, just watch yourself religiously for signs of infection like pink there or hot and cold temperature. Thinking of you and sending you healing power.

Hey gals!

It's been crazy here! I'm sure you can understand. Here are some pics as of tonight. It's feeling better but still a bit irritated. I have been up and around so much that today is the first day I haven't felt like I was going to bust open from the swelling. That shit is No Joke!

I know it probably doesn't look any better. I'm hoping it starts looking normal within the next two weeks!!
Still using the silvadene
Praying your irritation goes away. Have an awesome new year!


Please tell me this is swelling. My sides are huge! And my belly is def protruding!

On a good note my holes are closing up and only the one right in the middle has opened up.

How often and What are you doing as far as working out? My butt hurts from so much sitting!


I did exactly what working mum is saying, no actual exercise till doc released me and then it was even well after 8 weeks I could do abs, walking is the best thing right now, don't over do anything, like she said you have rest of life to do that, get this healed first, you will get there, and yes that swelling is no joke, drove me nuts at times !
I guess I feel like it's been longer than what it has been since the actual surgery. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. The swelling is freaking me out. And my sides. I'm thinking I should have gotten the extended TT to take car of those. In happy. It's easy to get flippy. Thanks so much for feedback!
Looks like the sites are closing up. Good news there! As for working out my ps does not clear until 6 weeks. Frankly I agree with him. Yes I miss my Zumba and I don't like my butt becoming like a pancake but we have a lifetime ahead to workout and whip ourselves back into shape. The first 6-8 weeks are for letting our body heal. Just walking around the house doing chores is a great way to start being mobile. Working out when there are open incisions is putting more stress on the body. I am walking in the house foing stuff and every 30 mins I sit down as my body needs rest. Hope this helps. Lets pray for uneventful recoveries. As for swelling again this will last fir atleast 3-4 months so I'm trying to see the positive side of how much improvement there is from the befores to keep me going! Happy healing and take it easy.

Still hanging in there

Not too much to report. Which is why my posts have been missing.
I still have some issues on the left side. It still hurts and bleeds, but less. I believe I should stay on this silvadine cream until I see the doc, but I email weekly with pic updates and ask if I can get a refill. It stings sometimes putting it on (tonight) but it's a good sting. I feel relieved after it. And the swelling.....forget about it! It's out of control. Sometimes THAT itself stings.

My diet has sucked because we have been in the hospital for the last week. Before that we had holidays and birthdays. I'm over eating shut food. For real. I actually have noticed how much more irritable, lethargic, and all around moody since the End of november. I gotta get my shit together before I see the doc in February.
Sorry to hear at 2 months you're still dealing with this issue - I do hope by February it's no longer an issue or at least some other aggressive alternative is offered - sending healing vibes
so sorry about the issues you are still having. i pray it all comes together quickly for you. the one side is looking fantastic. the other side will sure play catch up. like you said it may be because your TT was drainless. wishing you a speedy healing
Wow I can't believe you're two months PO and still having the same issues. I can't understand why it's only your left side yet the right side looks perfect. What does your ps say about this? How long should you expect before it's completely healed? Do you have to keep it covered? Do you have discharge? Sorry for all the questions but I'm dealing with issues on my incision too and sometimes wonder if it will ever go away :( On Tuesday I will be five weeks PO and have two holes on my incision that I have to pack with gauze two times a day. I've been doing that since December 27th and really see no difference. I just wish I was past all this. It's so annoying and I'm just so tired of dealing with it. Best of luck to you, hope you feel better soon

Marena LOVE

In my humble opinion, do NOT get this surgery done and wear only spanx. I finally decided that I wasn't feeling like I was getting enough support (and that DAMN binder was driving me crazy sticking to this and that and folding up, ugh) and ordered a Marena post surgical garment.

Ladies. Wtf was I thinking? After putting this bad boy on (it took some hopping and tugging and wiggling) I felt 100% better. I know my doc said that spanx or under at our shorts would be fine- and I bought those (a lot of those:/) but honestly I wouldn't recommend having this procedure done without this tough dude.

I feel like a positive idiot that I was more than 2 months post op and just not got the 2-8 week garment. The upside is that it feels AWESOME!!! All hail MARENA!!!
Hey lady, how are you doing? Did your holes completely close?
Hey girly .... just read your story. I too had a drainless TT and I'm experiencing a lot of swelling. How are things for you now? Any updates you can share?
I have to say that Marena is the most comfortable I gave tried so far. My PS had me in Marena since day 1. I wore it 24/7 the first 4 weeks then tried Spanx to return to work and in no way did it compare. I now have another Marena I wear to work as well as a MariaE Faja (that one has serious compression). I wear the Marena CG and vest for Vaser Lipo when I return home from work and to bed. Altough bulky, it provides excellent support and compression. I wouldn't do without. I also have one side more swollen but my scar did not bleed or ooze, thankfully.


Some of you are so sweet to think of me. I'll tell you a dirty little secret...I've stayed away from the site because I felt like I was being obsessive about recovering like everyone else. Looking for issues that other women had, that I DID NOT. So I've stayed away. For my own sanity. And my docs. And his helpers. Oh, and my husbands.

I have been working out for 3 weeks now (classes). As you know, I was walking on the treadmill before that. Well, that got REAL boring, Especially after I started classes again. (I do warrior xfit...it's a kickboxing mix with other stuff. Google it-it's fun!) I just started doing and this week and it hurts and I think the bottom and are slower to recover, but in the end, I'm feeling great. The first day was the hardest. I'm up to going to class 4 times a week(better than before the procedure). They are 45 min classes.

So like I said, my lower part is still pretty numb. It's hard to the touch (this, I'm guessing is from swelling) and I still feel a little pulling. My upper part is coasting right along.

I have little knots (bumps) and ropey scar tissue things around my scar. I'm not tripping out about it. I'm using a massager at night to try and work it out. I imagine it will be there for a while yet. The bumps are pretty noticeable but the ropey thing you have to push a little harder to feel.

I have gained weight. It's the sad truth. I'm gonna go ahead and say that shits muscle...because, ya know, I'd put myself into a whole new kind of depression if I didn't.

My legs and arms feel ENORMOUS to middle. My arms are toning but my legs! Holy tree trunks!!! So I'm working on that in class. Trying to get those inner thighs (pic included for your viewing pleasure) a bit more under control.

Let me know if you guys want any specifics. I hadn't looked at any pics since the time I posted. I look Goooood!!! Compared to last time!!

Hope everyone is healing and gearing up well!!
I would greatly appreciate it if you would post an update with pics. Dr. Jones is my surgeon as well, and my TT was 07-21. No lipo. Feeling pretty discouraged right now. Thank you!!
Thanks for the update.... you look fabulous and you do not have thunder thighs. I know how you feel about looking at everyone else's results and obsessing about it. Makes me feel kinda shitty cuz some girls are perfectly flat right after surgery and every doc says to do something different which then makes me question my doc....which I know is stupid of me. He knows his stuff, been doing this for like 25yrs so I just need to follow his orders. We're all different and heal different...I know in a few months I'll be ecstatic about my results! Again, thanks for updating and I hope you're enjoying your new sexy body!
Wow you look great! Glad all is well. Boy you sure are working out a lot! I've been walking/running on my treadmill but boy dies my stomach swell up afterwards! It becomes as hard as a rock! Hopefully that will go away someday! Lol
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