Recovering VERY well...considering! - Chicago, IL

So, now that I've finally gained the courage...

So, now that I've finally gained the courage to post my before pics, I would love to tell my story. I've been on RealSelf for quite some time now, and I must say how refreshing it is to read these reviews!!! So now it's time to share my story.

I'm 26, no kids, and 'big boned'. I was VERY chubby in high school, and for whatever reason, I lost about 60 pounds a couple years after, leaving with me with a sexy curvy shape. I love my build and my body, but my 'double gut' as I call it has to go!!! I told myself I would wait until I got married and had kids, and then I would get a TT. Too bad life doesn't work the way you want it to!!! Got married 2 years ago, but now we're on the rocks, and I realized that tomorrow isn't promised to anyone and it was time to do something I wanted!!! With that being said, I got braces to fix my smile in March, and I'm getting my TT on June 15th!!! I was worried about if I decide to have children in the future, but at this point, I'll cross that bridge WHEN or IF I get to it!!!! I was feeling selfish at first, but if I don't make me happy, who will???

I went for my pre-op June 2nd, and I'm just about ready to go...besides running little errands and tying up loose ends. I would go back and forth with myself, trying to say I didn't need it. I didn't realize how much I needed and wanted this until the nurse took my 'before' photos!!! I felt like a pig at an exhibition! Really! But that's all going to change in exactly a WEEK!!!!

5 DAYS TO GO!!!! I have been freaking out all...

5 DAYS TO GO!!!!
I have been freaking out all week and can't stop OBSESSING about my TT!!! I've made arrangements for my dog, and just found out that I'm coming on period!!! (I'm the opposite of most women, stress brings on my period) This is really crappy because I don't really get them...maybe once a year, and now the time that I need it not to come, it comes!!! Ahhh! My Dr called me yesterday and said that she's cleared me for surgery, but I'm a tad bit anemic...that kind of worried me a bit, but she said I would be ok, and would bounce back nice. I just don't want any worries!!!

Super excited, and super READY for today!!! Got...

Super excited, and super READY for today!!! Got the house clean, errands ran, bills paid, prescriptions filled, pineapples cut, etc etc etc!!! To all my tummy twins out there--newbelle, St.Louis8937, SarahBug, Shellybee, lesabq, DOlly24, c-buslady, and ashleyyy....GOOD LUCK and I hope that we can share our experiences together!!!!

I must say, the pain is sooooo bearable!!!! All my...

I must say, the pain is sooooo bearable!!!! All my worries were about the pain. I thought i would be in agony because most ppl on here said they had something stronger, but i have te set my alarm to take my pill, because im relatively comfortable. I cant believe that all the anxiouness is over. My husband had been the best. The only complaints i have is my lipo sites keep oozing, but theyve slowed down now, and my bed is a little higher than usual, so its a little difficult. Other than that, im GREAT!!! this site and you guys helped me out soooo much! Ok, time for my nap...ill try to upload pics later....oh, and since i dont have any kids, im naked. I just found clothes to be a hassle, and the drains to be a nusiance. So dont be shocked when u see my pics! Taking a strike from clothing! Youll see everything better anyways...lol

Just added more pre-op and post-op pics...sorry...

Just added more pre-op and post-op pics...sorry for the nudity!!! I wanted you too see everything!!!! I'm feeling pretty good, so I'll try to update as soon as I can...

Ok....post op day 3...ugh. Had my first post op...

Ok....post op day 3...ugh. Had my first post op appt and while the nurse was very nice, my PS seemed a little distant and shy...he spent about 5 minutes with me...whatever. I saw my tummy for the first time, and boy is it swollen! These drains hurt sooooo bad I cant get comfortable. Im praying they come out when i go back Wed! Incision doesnt hurt, im just ready to get these drains out! it almost burns. Also, i have a horrible small itch in my throat...i think a cough will get it out, BUT I REFUSE TO COUGH!!! any suggestions???

Up at 2:47 am because i went to sleep because i...

Up at 2:47 am because i went to sleep because i was sooo aggravated....i woke up and literally taped my drains to my thighs. I got tired of the BURNING HURTING sensation everytime i moved. I also changed my own dressing along my incision line. Sry, woulda took pics but my phone was in the bedroom!!! My spirits are a whole lot higher now, and im back on track. Nothing like a 6 hour depression to ruin your day!!! Goqnna try to go back asleep now...back is KILLING ME!!!

Post op day 4 Really been tired today, and my...

Post op day 4 Really been tired today, and my hubby taped my drains down again today. I hate these drains!!! But hopefully theyll be gone by Wednesday!!! Fluid is getting low. I literally want to tape them down to my entire thigh all the way down to my knees. I think my 'cords' are too long...starting to get a bit of an appetite, but my throat is still very dry! No bm yet...starting to get worried...ttyl

Post op day 5....Im starting to get my appetite...

Post op day 5....Im starting to get my appetite back!!!! I had breakfast and lunch, and by 6p, i was starving for dinner. A GREAT improvement from pineapples and crackers!!!! Had my first bm today!!! I was so scared, but i was fine, and felt a whole less bloated afterwards. I tried to be a champion today and not take pain meds, and started organizing my file cabinet. Big mistake!!! Im now back in bed, and know that i overdid it. Soooo hoping for these drains to go far away!!!! Crossing my fingers for Wed when i go see my ps!!!!

Post op day 6--Loving the recliner that I...

Post op day 6--Loving the recliner that I rented!!! I should have gotten this day 1!!! Now that my drains are gonna come out tomorrow (I'm claiming that alreay) my back is starting to KILL me! I don't know if it's the tightness from the binder or the lipo sites, but my back HURTS!!!!

Okay, so went for my week visit, and now I'm...

Okay, so went for my week visit, and now I'm pissed!!! Only got one drain out, but it was the drain that was bothering me, so I still was happy. Got the gauze and stitches out my belly button. Again, happy. The nurse tied my binder up SO TIGHT afterwards, that 30 minutes later on my way home, my thighs went numb and the bottom of my stomach hurt sooooo much because it was soooo swollen and tight. I had to go home and rearrange the binder and get myself together and take a vicodin to not be in excruciating pain. The pain was worse than post op! I was doing so well, and now I feel that nurse pushes my recovery back a couple days. I had no significant swelling, but now, she's entered me into swell hell. I had to undo my binder for about 10 minutes last night so that I could freakin breath. Today feels a little bit better, but I've definitely back tracked. The second drain comes out tomorrow. :(

Day 9---first off I want to apologize for all my...

Day 9---first off I want to apologize for all my typos...my previous post op entries were all done on my iPad, and typing a lot isn't always the best on that gadget...Got the second drain out today!!! I don't know, but I felt such a burden lifted off me...no more being careful not to get them hooked on anything. Back still killing me, and I'm still hunched over. Took an hour break from my binder today. I was told the binder's main job is to get rid of the swelling. Most of my swelling isn't that bad, so I just took it off to breathe for awhile. I won't see my PS for another 5 weeks now!!! I feel so co-dependent...I'm supposed to go back to work on Monday, but we'll see about that...NOW, I feel I'm on the road to recovery. Tata for now...I'll post day 10 pics tomorrow...

Took my first shower today...tiring, but...

Took my first shower today...tiring, but awesome!!! Ive been sticking to the sun dresses. Left the house today, and forgot to put on my binder....sheesh. Without these drains, i feel like i can take over the world! My back still hurts, but today inrealized it hurts in a place where i bruised it a couple of months ago...so i dont know if thats why its hurting. No regrets ladies, no regrets. Swell bell has come upon me, but honestly, if my tummy was the size that it is now, i would still be satisfied. Sooooo glad the double gut is gone. Sometimes i look down there to make sure that this dream is a reality!!!!!!

Just added day 11 pics...

Just added day 11 pics...

Would you believe I went back to work today??? I...

Would you believe I went back to work today??? I was debating it, and got tired of sitting in the house all day. I actually feel a whole lot better being around people now!!! I have a pretty stressless job, so it's no biggie. I went without the binder today, and my back feels a thousand times better. I know and understand that the binder makes the swelling disappear, but my swelling isn't out of control today, so I went without it. I even love my figure WITH the swelling! I'm finding the pinepples really do help with the swelling! I ran out 2 days ago, and I can already see and feel the difference. Besides walking hunched over and like a turtle, I feel GREAT (considering)!!!! I'm so glad I made this choice, and I have you RealSelf-ers to sing my praises to!!!!

Ok...now day 24 post op...I must say I have been...

Ok...now day 24 post op...I must say I have been taken through the ringer. While I am definitely the most unique post-op tummy tucker, I'm not pleased about it. A week ago, I had a sharp pain in the top of my stomach and ended up going to the ER. Turns out I had pancreitis, and had to have my gallbladder removed. Absolutely nothing to do with the tummy tuck, but I had to go under ANOTHER surgery on my stomach. Long story short and 5 days in the hospital I am at home recovering from two surgeries. This one was open as well, and not I have a HUGE surgery scar on my stomach that I'm pissed about. Grateful I'm healthy and alive, but just very down that now I'll probably be 'down' for about another month in recovery. I had little to no problems, but now My swelling is crazy, and I'm not able to wear the binder anymore. I'll see if I can gain the courage to post any more pics, but these staples are grossing me out. Ta-ta...

6 week post-op update: The hardest part now is...

6 week post-op update: The hardest part now is trying to differentiate the symptoms I have between my tt and my gallbladder removal. These gallbladder scars are horrible and depressing. I already have mederma and palmer's bio oil (Kimmers swears by it) and I will be purchasing silicone sheets very soon for the 6 week part. My tt scar is AMAZING! I barely can see it. I don't know if it's because I'm dark skinned and my pubic area is dark so it blends in, or WHAT?! VERY satisfied with how my tummy looks, although it is still very swollen. I'll let these scars heal first, then I'll be posting more pics in a couple of weeks.
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Dr Horn is a very experienced Dr. I was impartial with the star ratings, because he really isn't a people person. I mean, he did an excellent job, but he's very shy (to me) and that can be taken the wrong way. His staff and nurse are GREAT! Very elegant facility. I just don't like that I've seen him for a total of about 10 minutes from the consultation up until a week after my surgery. Update: I had an unrelated stomach problem, which caused me to have another surgery--my gallbladder being removed. Dr. Horn was the best! I first thought my tt had went wrong, but even after I found it it wasn't, he called me personally to check up on me, and even called my Dr so they could discuss the relation between the two surgeries.

4 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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Did you get on a payment plan with Dr. Horn?? I Have an appointment with him on sat. so excited want to get my tt asap!! congrats on your new tummy you look great!!
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Hey Nora, did you find out if Dr. Horn as a payment plan?
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Sorry for the late reply...I went hunting for pre op pics and remembered I used to live on this site! From what I remember it wasn't a payment plan, it was more of a deposit, and then you pay the balance at your pre-op appointment. Hope this helps!
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good morning to all my tt pals ,i am so glad everyone is doing well. and is very happy with their tt .i am gettin so close to mines pre op aug 18.... i tell you it was hard saving the money 4 the surgery,when you get paid bi-wekly .but i thank it taught me a lesson that u can live with out some things if you put your mind to it ,very ,very hard . but it was worth it . now i need to keep it up ,and dont go back to my old ways,spending just because....so any how you all have a wonderful,& blessed week ..take care
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Good morning every one ,how are Yale tt results coming alone?
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Hey, it was so great to hear how your doing. Hope you keep feeling better and better. You are a trooper for getting through all this. Hang in there!! Thinking of ya! :-)
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Holy cow I am so sorry to hear that:(   You have definitely been though enough is such a short time.  I do hope you are feeling better now??  

Try not to focus on the new scar right now.  As soon as the doc tells you to go ahead and start massaging that one as well.  Staples always make it look worse that it really is.  Once those are out the suture line will lay flatter and smooth out.  Too bad they had to go this route...geez. 

Hang in there.

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OH my goodness, wow have you ever been through it!! Listen, I'm so sorry for you having to gone through this. I am so pleased your ok. I know that you must be feeling SO down. I'm praying for you. Hang in there and seriously I'm really thinking about you and hope you get well really quickly. One day at a time is hard but small steps help sometimes. Hang in there. SO glad your ok.
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thanks for the words of encouragement.i needed that.i am so focus on getting my surgery now that i must wait til aug 30 ..seems so faraway ,but i will be patient.im a home body so ireally dont have nothing to keep me occupied.justgo to work and chill with my husband.he told me if i dont stay off ebay ordering things he wont going to help pay for my tt ..so now i had to change my mail and send to my moms ..funny isnt it i be on computer for hours lookin for russ trolls & larger remote control cars or trucks so i can play with my grand sons ..for real i do need to stop after a while i guess i wil be a horreader of trolls & remote control vehickles.. but any how life is great.so are you happy with your results? i didnt no how much belly i had until i reduced my breast .thats when you could really see the 2 bellys.did you go down any pant sizing ? i beensort of dieting ,,not strict, but i went from a 22 -16 now i am stuck cant lose no more ,but im happy with that so im hopeing after tt i can get a 14 .so now i am going to fix me 2 BLT's and call it a nite ,,so you have a wonderful week and take care and make sure you get some excersize in for allyour hard work ..
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OMG, girl, what are the odds? Tthank God you acted fast and are now recovering. I must mention that I love the way you approach every situation, always positive and full of good vibe. Thumbs up!
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thanks mayela, i try to be positive .i was so scared to ask for the time off thats why i waited so long to ask . if i was smart about it ,i should of put in for vac and then on following monday i should of called in and said i had an unexspected surgery while i was on vacation ..lol ...i wonder what would of happened then..life would of went on as usual at that job .but its okay ,,gives me a little bit more time to save a few hard dollars as a janitor lol....
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So sorry to hear about that second surgery and the new scar! I hope this part of your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Take care.
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Hey , Thanks for the pinapple advice!! Got some and been eating them like crazy, making smoothies with everything..lol. If nothing else they give me lots of vitamin C right? How you feeling? Hope your doing GREAT! Your looking awesome! :-)
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Did you say pineapples help with swelling? Like juice or the real thing? Why is that? can you tell me about it? I'm REALLY swollen and I am not eating salty things, staying away from caffine, wearing my binder all the time, trying everything but even first thing in the morning I'm swollen. I look bigger now than before my TT in some ways because of it. I go get my stitches out wed, so I will ask about this then to my PS. I'd love to hear about the pineapples though....:-)
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YYYYEEEESSSS pineapples!!! Fresh though, not canned, or the ones that come processed in the cup. It has something called Bromelain (hope I spelled that right) in there. Google it!!! I love pineapples, so it hasn't been that hard snacking on them constantly. I haven't had any for 2 days now, and now I feel myself feeling a little bloated at night. I've also started a low sodium diet, just to stay away from as much swelling as possible. The binder also (for me) is what was causing all my pain and swelling. I went to work today without it and didn't realize until I got to work how much better my tummy felt...I'm gonna put it back on when it dries onight, but if I feel too uncomfrtable in the morning, I'm switching to my corset on my spanx. Keep me posted!!!
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hey thanks for the post.i went for my pre op on the 7th ,i was so excited to gettin closer to my surgery,til i went to my manager and requested for the time off on the 19th ..and got my feelins hurt real bad .he told me since it was an elected surgery that i must postpone til august ,because we are short of help,and want be hiring til sept..i wanted to cry so bad because i was lookin so forward ,so after i left out of office my tears started flowing ,everyone thought i got fired or something ,but i just said its personal ..so maybe things happen for a reason .but guess what ? i was so mad ,didnt pay attention to what i was doing and shut my fingers in my truck door ,dont no how but i did ..lol.you should of see a grown woman cry like a baby when they started to swell ,i caught them right at the nails .couldnt do nothing it was my right hand ..cried all nite .finally my husband and sister held me down while they stuck heated needles through the nails to realease the blood ..then i soaked them in achole ,felt a little better ..so i guess i had one of those days ..but i am so glad all of you tt gals are doing wonderul take care of your selves and have a speedy recovery ......my tt gals...
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Owwwwuch!!! So sry hun! Hang in there. Sometimes its so hard trying to do the right thing. To be honest, my ps left my drs note blank for privacy reasons, and I just told them I was having a hernia removed so it would be medical, and so I would be off with pay....I know how u feel though, i wanted mines really bad back in Feb, but time, money and obligations had me wait til June. Hang in there!!!
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you have such good ideals .i didnt thank of that.sometimes i give to much info and it comes back to bite me . my job is really nosey every body knowes eveybody.nobody dont no what i am having done ,so i should of asked you first my tt sister ..lol
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hey how are your results coming alone ? did you go down any sizing from tt for what i can see in your post you look great,,was that your first ps ?i thank after i get my tt i am going to call it quits for a while to exspensive . you would think that health insurance would cover some of it if your trying for a better quality for your self keep in contact .maybe after my tt u can tell me how to post some before and after pictures. so you countiue to heal and take care .oh yeah you should be the spokes person for tt do's & dont cause you really had some great ideas .. have a wonderful week.
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hey ,how are you doin? im sorry about gall bladder surgery scar. i to gad mines removed in jan because of the pain ,but i only had 3 small cuts & one under nabble .they did the oscopey thing. so it wasnt to bad at all.. the scars are visiable. also my tt ps, said he would cut me on my c-section scar which is a bikinni cut ,3 c-sections&a hystervectomy all on the same cut ..a believe it im not to dark and the scar looks wonderful so im hopeing after tt surgery it will be the last time ...and then i will give that cut a farewell party 4 being being so strong for me ,allowing it to be cut so many times on it & not having to be in different places looking like a road map.so any how have u brought any new clothes for your smaller waist line? i am looking so forward to that .lol keep posted.
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hey its been a long time since i heard from tt comunity ..well i had my tt aug 30 wowis that a big exprience..i am reallysore .my husband & daughter is a really big help notable todo formy self yet .i am reallysleepy sorry for the running words howare your results? keep in touch
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Hey, you are looking so great!! So nice to get those drains out right? :-) I'm so happy for you, you just look fantastic!!
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Oh thank you!!! I needed to hear that!!! Nobody knows (except for 2 friends and my family) that I had this done...so I really haven't gotten an outlook from it. It feels great to hear a compliment :)
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Hey belly twin! U look great! Glad to hear your doing so well. I've been good too. Haven't been here much because im at my moms. Can't wait to get These burning tubes out! Ttys
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Hang in there!  This will all ease up soon.  I love your spunk:)

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