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Loving My Results Already - Chicago Tummy Tuck - Chicago, IL

After a year of debating on whether to have a...

After a year of debating on whether to have a tummy tuck or not, I decided to go through with it. On May 30, 2012 I had my tummy tuck surgery. I must admit that I am so glad I did it and wish I had did it sooner. I am extremely happy with my results so far (pictures will be posted below soon). I am 10 days post-op and right now for pain all I need is Tylenol extra strength for pain at night to sleep.

I will admit the first 3 days were rough...I was taking Vicodin every 4 to 6 hours for pain, but as the days went by, the pain decreased. Also, please be aware that one of the side effects of taking pain medication is constipation, so it will be a good idea to stock up on apples, drink alot of water, and get a stool softner/laxative at your local drug store.

For the first 7 days post-op, I was walking hunched over and it was uncomfortable to walk, however after day 7, it seems like I was able to walk better and stand up straighter. The arnica montana pills and pineapples really helped keep my swelling down as well.

The one con of the surgery is the drains. Even though my drains do not hurt (others have complained about their drains being painful), they are annoying and get in the way. Hopefully, my drains will be coming out on Tuesday, June 12th.

I have posted my post op pictures...unfortunately...

I have posted my post op pictures...unfortunately I did not take any pictures of my tummy before surgery...I only have a video of my stomach before surgery and I'm not sure how to post a video (if anyone knows how to do this, please let me know). I go back to work tomorrow. Hope that goes well, but it should since I'm not in any pain...just a little sore at times when I sit in the same spot too long or don't move around for awhile.

I got my drains out on Tuesday June 12th it was...

I got my drains out on Tuesday June 12th it was such a relief...i was surprised it did not hurt coming out. I am finally able to stand up straight, however i get stiff and sore when i sit for a long period of time, but im able to move around more. I am also starting to use Wound Be Gone on my belly button and incision ..its looks to be working really well but it is quite expensive. My swelling goes up and down throughout the say but i have noticed that for the past few days the left side of my tummy is more swollen than the right side...hope that eventually evens out

It is now 8 weeks post-op. My doctor has cleared...

It is now 8 weeks post-op. My doctor has cleared me to do some low to moderate exercising so I will begin that when I return from my Las Vegas trip next couple of weeks. I have also started my scar treatment. I use NewGel silicone sheets on my incision during the night while I sleep...they stick right on and I also still wear my compression garment at night. My incision is dark, but it is very thin and flat and has been healing very well these past couple of weeks. I no longer use the Wound Be Gone because everything has healed along my incision line. I still can't sleep on my stomach so sleeping has been a challenge and uncomfortable for me. I also still get sore when I sit for a long period of time and occasionally get swelling on the left side of my abdomen. I have added some new pics of my results during this recovery period.

Now I want a Brazilian Butt Lift

Its been about a year and a half since I got my tummy tuck and I am still loving my results. But, I do wish I had got liposuction with my tummy tuck. So, now I have really been thinking about going to the Dominican Republic to get lipo with a BBL in March 2014. I would go back to Dr Horn (the plastic surgeon that did my tummy tuck), but I will have to save way more money to go to him.

I have posted some updated pictures of the results from my tummy tuck.
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Dr Horn appears to be a little shy so he may not spend alot of time with you but overall he is very professional and did an excellent job. He even gave a courtesy call the same evening after my tummy tuck to check on me. The nurse and his staff also called me after my surgery to make sure I was okay and asked if I had any questions. This doctor and his staff is superb!!!! I will defintely refer him to others.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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were you satisfied with wound be gone? im thinking about using it
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Yes, it's expensive, but it definitely worked really good, but this should be used as your scar is healing. After your scar has healed, using the silicon strips is the next best thing to put on your scar
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Great results!!
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Thank you chicaLa
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Dr. Horn did my friends TT and he is doing mine. Its good to see more of his work. Thanks!
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I meant *don't be silly. :)
Take the necessary time to recover. It's imperative. It's ok to veg out for a week. Get up to pee, eat, lay back down. It's not going to be easy but once you get over that hump, it's so much better. I hate being unnaturally high but to avoid any pain, I'll deal with it. I'm sending you positive and healing thoughts. :)
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I feel like a Zombie:( But you ladies are right, I would rather not feel pain:) I wil update tonight:)
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Gretchen was really nice and kept me up to date. Today is the beginning of day 2 post op and I'm not feeling so terrible thank God. I slept well last night and I'm taking 2 Vicodin every 4 hours so I'm not in much pain. I am hoping to start weaning myself off of Vicodin tomorrow, at what point did you stop?
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Do be silly! I am 3 weeks post op today and still occasionally need to take Percocet. Not too often but if I'm in pain, so be it! Happy healing!
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For the first 3 days i took the vicodin every 4 hours faithfully. But then after that i would take it 1-2 times a day until it was all gone...still every once in awhile I will need to take tylenol extra strength at night because u will begin to notice that is when u are the most sore for some reason...well at least that has been my experience
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My tummy tuck is in 6 days with Dr. Horn. Do you have any other suggestions not already mentioned by Gretchen?
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Congrats, im positive you will love the service and results...what did gretchen tell u so far?
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Looks great! My tt is scheduled fro 8/9/12. I am 45 and ready to be flat. I had a laporatomy when I was 28 (horizontal scar down low) and two children 22 months apart. I hope you will follow me and encourage me!
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Thank you and yes i will definitely follow u...we need to support one another
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You look fantastic but seeing your incision hurts mine. LOL! I get heebie jeebies (sp?) in my incision now. Heheh. Nurse said its my nerves communicating. :) My surgery was the day after yours.. I LOVE being flat! Now if I could only get rid of the last drain and binder. :D Happy healing!
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Thank you so much!! I can't wait to get my drains out tomorrow...they are such a pain. And yes, my incision be going through some things too...but, I guess that is all part of the healing process. Happy healing to you too!!!!
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