Full Tummy Tuck is Approaching and I Am So Excited and Nervous! - Charlottesville, VA

I am having a full tummy tuck to get rid of the...

I am having a full tummy tuck to get rid of the lovely 'foopa' that I developed after two very large pregnancies. I run everyday, attend group classes three times a week and am still unable to tone my mid section.

My surgery date is approaching fast and I am super excited one minute and then super nervous the next moment. Any advice from my seasoned tummy tuckers?

After my second child was born I lost 76lbs on my...

After my second child was born I lost 76lbs on my own through diet and exercise. No matter how hard I ran or did strength training my belly and the flap would never seem to get smaller. Even on my best day with my tight arms and toned legs when I put my jeans on and there is a huge bulge below my belt line it just chipped away at my self esteem. I am confident that with this procedure coupled with the years of hard work and weight loss I will finally feel more complete as a woman. My expectations are reasonable - no overhang and flatter appearance. With surgery approaching fast I am getting my game face on and getting ready to get it over with! I am not so much looking forward to a bikini as I am looking forward wearing jeans without a shirt hanging over my belly in shame!

It's been a while since I have updated! I am...

It's been a while since I have updated! I am feeling great. The procedure went extremely well and the pain was not as bad as I thought it would be. My surgeon removed a little over 6 pounds of skin/fat from my abdomen. My procedure was on the 17th I was up and walking the day after and haven't taken a pain med since the 20th. I would recommend for anyone who is considering this procedure the pain pump. I had it with a C-Section and believe it's the main reason I am doing so well. My only problem now is that I am completely 100% CRAZY from doing nothing and not being in control of my home. My parents and Aunt came to help, my hubby is currently in Afghanistan, and they have been a great help. I am just so used to doing it alone! I feel wonderful and can already see the results! Had the second of my two drainage tubes removed today. THANK GOD. It doesn't hurt just feels weird. I also had a pain pump removed as well. I highly recommend the pain pump for anyone considering this procedure. They pump lidocaine around the incision site and helps by numbing the area and it lessens your need for narcotics. The pain pumps and hardware aren't bad and they don't hurt but it's just having something attached to you - YUCK. I am ready to ease back into normal life and am so looking forward to having my stitches out next week!!! I will keep you posted on that experience.

So today I feel physically pretty good but am...

So today I feel physically pretty good but am getting so bored with TV, books, itunes ughhhhh. Anyway, I know it's temporary and I will resume my hectic crazy life pretty soon but wow I thought that I would enjoy my downtime but I really am hating it! I was able to shower for the first time today since my FTT. It felt AWESOME! It did give me energy and purpose for the day - nothing like scrubbing the grime off to give you a fresh outlook on life right? I have really felt exhausted after doing routine tasks though. I took a shower, dressed my tummy and myself and dried my hair. After that I felt like I needed to lay down. Is this a normal feeling - anyone else experience this? Well it honestly hasn't been nearly as bad as I thought that it would be and if give the chance to go back in time with what I know now I would willingly do it again.

I get my stitches out tomorrow! My suture is...

I get my stitches out tomorrow! My suture is healing up quite well but I have noticed a little swelling lately. I guess the more I move them more I will swell. My parents went shopping with me to get in bulk all of the heavy stuff (dog food, bottled water etc). They have been so helpful and I wouldn't have been able to have this life changing procedure without them. With that said, I am ready to have my house back. I am ready to tip toe back into the normal daily routine. I never thought that I would miss driving my kids to swim practice, grocery shopping - or OMG doing laundry!?! But I miss all of those things and I am looking forward to doing all of those things again - at a slower pace of course.

I had my first good sneeze today! OUCH. I can't believe how sore my muscles are still. I bet that lasts for a while. My PS told me that they were separated by at at least two inches. Don't know if that's severe or not.

I have also noticed a change in my hair from the anesthesia. Anyone else have this happening? I typically have dry hair because it's naturally curly but now with a little Moroccan Oil it looks super weighted and greasy.

All in all I with all the moans and groans I would do it again 10 times over - that's how happy I am with my results already.
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I am so happy I found this post! I've been going back and forth about getting Dr. Vastine to do my tummy tuck...and didn't know anyone that had her perform their procedure! This seals the deal for me! Thank you so much for sharing! I do have a few questions..would you mind answering a few?? I just want to make sure I'm making the right decision.
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I feel just like u.....so bored w tv magazines the recliner....little by little i guess. im 6 days po
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Good luck! I am sure you will do great! It's not as bad as a lot think - you'll be on the flat side and loving it!
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Wanted to check in and see how you were doing!?! I hope you are feeling good right now. Relax and let your body heal!
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I am so bored and I can't wait to rid my house of helpers! LOL This has to be worst part of the recovery. Nothing hurts except my ability to do things on my own!
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Thanks Mandymoo81! I was getting worried that maybe my iron was low or something. I guess I will enjoy the ability to nap on command as long as I am able right? LOL
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yep I get tired doing things like that too. apparently it gets better
with time and it's just ur bodys way of saying what the hell have u done to me ha ha
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I'm scheduled for mine in just 9 days, I feel the same way! Good luck!
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Hope its all gone well and hope to be seeing your pictures soon. well done brave brave girl xxx
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Thank you so much for the well wishes for tomorrow. I am going to try to stay very busy today in order to keep my nerves under control. I am nervous but I am every bit excited as well! My journey begins tomorrow. I will keep you all posted on my progress as soon as I am able. I will make sure to get as many photos as possible too!
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Good luck and best wishes for tomorrow xxxxx
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So I just found out today that my insurance company will cover 80% of the skin removal code 15830. This is kind of awesome because I didn't expect anything to be covered! I know it won't be that much but it's also confirmation of my condition. I know that sounds odd but to have an insurance company say - yeah that's pretty bad/needs attention is reassuring to some extent.
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I am so happy they will help you out. Just fantastic. They need a muffin basket. Lol
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Thank you so much! Thanks for the tip about cough drops- hadn't thought of that one. I had two csections so I am aware of that fearful sneeze/cough but kind of forgot. The only thing I do not have that I think I will need is a button down shirt (so I don't have to reach my hands above my head) thoughts on that?
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Cville I was in a tank top. It wasnt that bad. I think all those buttons seem like more work lol. I have to wear a tank under my binder because it irritates my skin.
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Cville just a few more days woohoo! Congrats on the big weight loss. Got everything ready? Especially cough drops. It will be painful to cough. And sneezing will feel like you got punched in the tummy. It will be great, no need to be nervous. I really didnt prepare much. Just had comfy clothes and lots of pillows. I sit on my toddler step stool in the shower lol. Hope you have a good support system. You will need it.
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Hi, I am having my surgery done the day after yours. All the best for your big day I am both excited and a little nervous. I think we will end up with similar results your before pics look similar to my tummy :0)
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Thanks so much mandymoo81! Our bellies do look very similar! Hopefully they will both look flat when done! I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery!
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I'm right days post op and feeling great, love my belly already I can't wait to see it once my swelling subsides! I was just like you with the awful flap which no matter what went no where. Hoping to get my last drain out tomorrow along with stitches:) best of luck on your surgery!
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I know how you feel to have lost so much weight but just have that darn "flap" that's ruining the whole outfit lol.. Either way congrats on your decision and it looks like you're going in the day before my birthday. Remain calm and heal well... I will keep you in my thoughts. Good luck!
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Good Luck to you!!!
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Hey! I'm the same as you. Excited one minute then scared the next. I know it will be so worth it for both of us!:) good luck on the 17th!!
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Thank you so much for the vote of confidence. I only have 3 more days until I go in for surgery. I bought all of the necessary supplies today and am getting myself mentally focused. So I know that every person is different and we all will heal at different rates but did you notice the results immediately after? Are you still swollen? Any tips that if you knew going into your operation that would have made it easier? Any tips are welcomed! Thanks again!
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Congrats on scheduling your surgery! I'm almost 2 months post op & it was very worth it! Like u I was really active before but no matter what I did I couldn't get rid of my mommy pouch.
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