Its Been Over A Year - Columbia, SC/ Sumter

I am 40 years old I have 3 Children I have always...

I am 40 years old I have 3 Children I have always been very active but once I turned 40 I put on weight and just was not able to lose it, I also had a nasty roll that would sit on my lap when I would sit down. I am so worried about this, I fear the pain, the coming out from being under and most of all telling my mom and kids lol

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Ok, so I feel so silly i am not able to find my...

ok, so I feel so silly i am not able to find my review on realself... hummm

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My belly looked a lot like yours just 3 months ago. Not bad, but not great either. I had my tummy tuck done along with a 5th ab surgery that included the removal of a keloid scar that had to be removed due to its size. You will not even remember "coming out" of surgery, and going into surgery is a very calm experience as well. You will NEED HELP after surgery, especially if you have kids. You won't be able to get in or out of bed. A recliner will be your best bet for sleeping. You will need to sleep propped up, and your legs propped up as well. Avoid constipation- even if you have never been prone to it before- you will on the pain rx. Use Miralax each time you take a pain pill!!! You should never let your pain rx lapse for the first two weeks either. Don't try to be brave- it will be a bad move. (This surgery was my 5th ab surgery- so I know what I am talking about) You will have tubes coming out of your body- I am sure you have seen some YouTube videos showing this? It doesn't hurt to have this, and I can deal with anything, but to empty and measure the bulbs that held the draining fluid was too much for me, as I was not well to being with. My husband did that for me. There is not a lot of fluid draining really, or maybe I was just lucky. You appear to be my side, (and I apologize if I am wrong) but 145 lbs.So its not that we are overweight, but that we had weight from children just sitting there. And I had the muscle cut for other surgeries that was just plain damaged. It has been 3 months. The numbness over this period of time is profound. The incision site is not a real issue. But having your ab muscles stitched back together, basically FEELS like they have been stitched back together. My belly button will be beautiful, but it remains a red and black hole for now. The shape is perfect though. *Having the tubes coming out of my sides AND having to stay in a very tight corset wrap 24/7 literally cause me anxiety. I was MORE than ready to have the tubes taken out, as the feeling of bumping them and fastening the corset over the tubes is a plain gross out. I am just now wearing zipper front pants. So what you will need is: Big Granny panties. not kidding, buy them 2 sizes too big and high. They will be your best friends! This is how you wear your clothes after surgery: (because you have these tubes coming out of you) Bra, Very long T shirt with THREE maxi pads taped to the inside of the lower hem line. Yes- rather than put bandages over your wounds over and over: peel the backs off the three maxi pads and press them to the inside of your very long t shirt aligning the soft padding with your entire incision line, corset over the T (you will come out of surgery with this on) tubes attached with pins to front of corset. panties up and OVER the bottom hem of the corset. This way you are not taking corset on and off- you will go crazy removing it or disturbing the tubes. The T shirt is UNDER the corset, b/c ithe corset is not comfortable.It can he hot and itchy. You may feel depressed after this surgery. You won't care how you look for quite a while bc you have a number of hurdles to get past first. I will be having a 40 min procedure next month to get rid of the "dog ear" , although small, from the each end of my incision on the hip area. This will involve novacaine in the office, and another 2 weeks of stitches. I am just starting to feel like I look good, and this was a good idea. I do feel guilty somewhat that my friends are no doubt pissed that I got mine done due to medical reconstructive reasons. *Oh an added plus to this surgery- my bladder capacity is way better! Yay! I wish you the best. Be sure to have some help around for the first week.
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Welcome to RealSelf.  Only a couple more weeks and you will be on your way.

The fears are all a part of this process but soon your nerves will be calmed.  You are doing the right thing and will love the results.  

I would love to hear a little more about how you found your doctor.

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The hunt for my doctor was something that I found...

The hunt for my doctor was something that I found stressful, I did a lot of internet searching and review looking and looked at a ton of before and after photos, I really wanted a doctor in columbia, I found a few doctors that I thought maybe but many of them had good and bad reviews, and no way of knowing what price range their tt are in. I found realself it helped answer a lot of my questions and then I saw a review on here from a girl who used a doctor in sumter, I then googled him and started searching him out. I thought that he would be worth checking out. when I went in, well.... he was nice, he talked a little fast for me, and I feel didnt let me talk as i wanted/needed i got the feeling that he feels he does this so much he feels he knows what I am going to say or what I am feeling, and ya know what he probably does. i have learned from this site that really we all fear the same things, we all want the same things with a few differences, however I would have liked a little more acting on his part. I would have liked him to act like he wanted to hear from me, however with that being said.... I loved his before and after photos the final results were my style and taste. the Price well..... I guess its in the middle, it is more then a couple of other people said theirs cost from him. and i'm not happy about that. I would like to get a BBL and more lypo down the road and I was hoping that I would be able to do that sooner then I will be able to now, but i still hope to get it done soon, i need to find a great doctor with a great price for that. I think I can travel a little more that. so if anyone has anyone they recommend please let me know.

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I hope that the information that I gave about my doctor and my doctor hunting helped
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Ok so,..... my fear level is about a 8 today........

ok so,..... my fear level is about a 8 today..... I feel like I am having small panic attacks, I guess it could be helped along from it being that time of the month. but I am freaked. I understand its normal, and that I will be happy that I did it after it is done, but right now.... I am just freaked I am also noticing I am eating more then I should I guess that could also be due to the time of month but what ever the reason im stressed and eating like a pig.

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Your fears are all a part of this process!!  Everything will be fine and soon you will be home recovering.  Deep breath and try to relax.

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You will do great, I always say if i can go through something anyone can. With that said it seems as if there is anything possible that can go wrong with something I am the person that it would happen too. To me a flat tummy was something I never had and always desired, you live once so if the oppurtunity presents itself and you are able to get it done, than why not!! You will do great!!!
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I would love to see your photos if you have them, so do you love your tummy now?

Ok, so I paid my final part on my tummy tuck, i'm...

ok, so I paid my final part on my tummy tuck, i'm not sure why but I was thinking the tt was 6600 and no... its 8200 ouch! I wish I knew if that was goos price or not. I know its hard to say, I just think they get you because you don't know how much it will be until you have paid your 50-100 fee. just like you don't really know who you will like until you have paid your 50-100 fee. this site does help, however the avg price on tt does not give me enough information LOL there so many types of tt and i don't know if the realself avg includes all types of tt or not. and just like when "we" people on realself say how much ours cost often times we dont say if that with with lipo or not, if it is a full tt or a mini, or if that is with garments or not.

here is my total break down
tt (with muscle tighting )
lypo of the upper belly,flanks and inner thighs.
3 compression garments (after surgery heavy duty/ then move onto body type plus a lighter wrap )
one night stay (surgery is done onsite op. room)
and the rest is all the total norm, room, doctor,being put under, follow up , drains, ect.
= 8270

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List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

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I'm having a tummy tuck on 6/29 also. I have my pre-op appt tomorrow and am starting to get nervous. Good luck to you!!!
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WOW well I am down to 12 days!!! woohoo!!! I have...

WOW well I am down to 12 days!!! woohoo!!! I have been on the HCG diet for 4 days I'm a little worried that I am going to lose to much weight before my tt. I want to lose a total of 27lbs AND from everything I have read it says 10 to 15 lbs up or down is ok after a tt but not more then that, so my idea was to lose 12lbs before my tt and then the rest after my tt, well for once the weight is flying off, normally that would be a WONDERFUL thing however I am having lipo with my tt I want to make sure he has fat to suck lol, I would rather get rid of the fat cells altogether other then just shrink them though diet. i'm not sure what to do, my fat doctor (HCG doctor) is very strong on the fact that I need to stay on for one month, my plan was to do it for 2 weeks take a week break due to surgery and then finish my two weeks, but I think i may lose more then needed if I say on it for 2 weeks. I think i will reach my before tt weight goal in a week. I am sooo excited!, I cant weight, lol yesterday I in a panic state

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yeah i bet, I am a little freaked I have read a few people talk about how they still have swelling 6 months later, thats so crazy!
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Newmesoon- your tt turned out soooooo nice!!!
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thanks, i'm happy with the results! can't wait to be done with the CG's and get back to the gym though...

Yesterday I bought a lift chair that reclines all...

yesterday I bought a lift chair that reclines all the way back! I think that it is going to work much better then my normal recliner. I started to look on craigs list OMG I was shocked at just how many are out there for sale, I found one that was leather and close to to my home, he was charging a little more then I wanted to spend he was asking 550 not a bad price, this one runs about 1200-1700 new and it was in wonderful shape but there were many out there for sale that were 150-300 but they run 600-1000 new so really 550 was not bad, anyway, I was only able to take 500 out so I thought I would ask for 500 , he made a face, I said well.... I have 20 more in my purse he said nothing...... then he said.... there was a price reduction .... 375.00 !!!!!!!!! I was shocked!!!! wow , I am soooo Thankful!!!! He alone made my week, he warmed my heart!
I am also looking for a wheelchair, I have a few things I need to go to around week 2 and I am going to get a chair to be safe, but both the lift chair and the wheelchair I will be giving to someone who is in need of them.

only 9 more days until my tt!!! and i have lost 12 lbs I am so glad that I lost the 12lbs that I wanted to lost before the surgery because I need to talk to him about doing lipo on my banana rolls, I can see that they are an area that likes to hold fat, and once the belly is gone they are really going to stand out. I just hope he listens and does not cut me off, I am feeling a little shy about even bringing it up.

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I am three months out and still have a good deal of numbness, and swelling. The swelling was never severe, but it has just not gone away. My belly button remains deep red and black hole looking. (although the shape is pretty) I am starting to wonder if it will ever look like regular colored flesh. Mine tuck was done as part of a medically necessary reconstruction due to numerous ab surgeries, so I am used to ab surgery. (this was my 5th) And it was pretty rough. I am not hitting any gym or feeling like I could do anything that could resemble a sit-up. my weight was 145 at the time of surgery, and I did not have lipo done, so my belly is flat- but the hips are still all mine! So I hope I can work out some freaking time soon w/o feeling like I am tearing my guts out, and swelling up more!
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Victoria- WOW you do give good information, you being 3 months out and still not able to hit the gym hard makes me worry i will not be able to hit the Appalachian trail for 5 days 2months po, my kids will be so upset we we dont get to do it this year due to me have a tt that they feel is totally un needed :( .... ya know after you are totally healed if your belly button still is discolored you can go to a GOOD tattooist and he/she can help with that they can tattoo the dark color to be skin color. a very good tattooist is like a very good artist they can do amazing things. I have already been planing on the worst, a messed up scar and needing a tattoo to cover it and make it look a little better, or losing my belly button all together and needing one tattooed on :) How did your dog ears turn out?

7 days until my tt!! I spent about 4 hours driving...

7 days until my tt!! I spent about 4 hours driving around trying to find everything that I need after my surgery grrr I still didn't find the stuff for bruising :( i have one more store to try tomorrow and if its not there then I will have to order it online, I am sure I am forgetting a few things. I can not believe that next friday at this time much of my belly yuck will be gone.

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5 days until my tt and I woke up today in a panic!...

5 days until my tt and I woke up today in a panic! I am just trying to stay calm, i think that it is more that my mom has always been very scared of being put under and I think she has passed that on to me. I am trying to keep in mind that I have gone under 4 times in the past and it has always come out ok.
I just wish I could get this done and start recovery!

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Brenthomp, I am nervous too but we will both be fine. I got arnica Montana for bruising and swelling at a vitamin store. My ps office was selling it for $40 but I got it for $13. I also picked up all my scripts but forgot about miralax. I have to get that. Whenever I start to get nervous, I try to imagine what it will be like to have a flat tummy and no rolls when I sit and that usually helps. Stay calm this week. It will be over before we know it. I'm having my tt on 6/29 at 7:30 am. What time are you?
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I am heading to the store now to get my arcica montana, I have one last store to look at :) , Im not sure what time my surgery is, my pre-op is tomorrow the 25th I guess that is why I am so freaked, until now it hasn't been totally real, I saw him for the consultation but then nothing until tomorrow. and yes we will both be fine, wow we will have flat non saggy bellys next week this time WOW thats CRAZY!!!!

4 days until tt- well today is my pre-op im so...

4 days until tt- well today is my pre-op im so excited! I am going to ask my PS if he can lipo an area or two on my back, i know he had wanted to leave some fat on my back to do a bbl later, but honestly I am not sure i have enough money to be able to do that, this tt cost me more then I had planed, I have enough money to lipo a couple of areas but not enough to do a bbl. :( I think I am just going to have to tell him this. as i sit here and type my belly is folding over and falling onto my laptop...i soooo can not wait until it is gone!

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Hey Brenthomp I can't believe it is almost our day.... I am like in denial I have stopped thinking or stressing about it....I have to make my final list of the things I need..
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Oh- my "dog ears" are quite small. This is when there is an empty pocket of flesh at the end of your incision that does not lay flat. Kind of like an empty cupcake wrapper with nothing in it! I have not had it done yet. Next month. (Ugh)
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I am sure each person is different. Also, I had a plastic surgeon do my surgery for medical reasons, one due to keloid scarring. So I am sure your scar will or should be given equal care? This scar is the least or incision site will be the least of your problems or concern. There will be profound numbness like novacaine across your abdomen. Not the site of the scar. (everyone knows and expects that) This is like a heaviness that is difficult to work around for quite a while. It feels heavy and hard much like carrying an unborn child, along with swelling that seems to move from one site to another. This swelling is not the black and blue sort that you may be thinking. It is like a babies foot pressed up against your inside. Sorry I can't make it any clearer. All these hurdles are do-able. Don't expect *Magic* there is no fast lane for healing. P.s: Due to my scarring (keloid) issues- I could never get a tatoo it would morph into an alien. Good news: I have started on my treadmill this week :) YAY!!!!

3 Days to TT---So yesterday I had my pre-op ,...

3 Days to TT---So yesterday I had my pre-op , everything went well, my ps went over things with the husband, I was not real happy to have hubby looking at all that will be cut off, normally when I am around him I am sucked in and standing just right :) but oh well, I have pick up all my meds OMG 8 things I had to pick up, he also called today to let me know I need to start me antibiotics today because I have a UTI (that is nothing new I just about always have one)

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Sunny212, I'm in education also. Thursday is my last day. Good luck on Friday.
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Thanks Ms Tuck, Wao you are going in the next day.. No downtime for you..Good Luck to you as well....
lol wow very cool, we will both be under at the same time... how is your head cold? I have a killer headache :( my doc said no meds. so I am trying to suffer with it.
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2 days to TT- well it seems that every day I am...

2 days to TT- well it seems that every day I am waking up early I just can not stop thinking about the TT. oh I did find out from my pre op that I will be having a pain pump so .... I guess thats a good things, I don't care for pain, lol so I hope that it does what its suppose to and keep the pain far lower. I am sitting here looking at all my meds, OMG!!!! I think that makes me even more nervous.

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LOL DID THE CLEANING BUG HIT ME?....UMMMMM..........NOPE :)
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My PS ok'd me to take tylenol for the cold. You know every doc's different one prefers this & the other doesn't anyhoo... gotta listen to doc's orders right!

Reading other posts lots of ladies got hit with the cleaning bug - did it hit you?
I'm only cleaning because, it's making time go by for me. Plus its keeping my mind preoccupied (which is helpful).
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make sure and stock up on cough drops! and nooo.... he does'nt want me to take anything but I did take some tylenol, I had to my head was killing me.
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Tomorrow is the day!!! I am freaked!!!!!!! I guess...

Tomorrow is the day!!! I am freaked!!!!!!! I guess I need to just look at it as a good deep sleep

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Well, I feel sick to my tummy, I am so stoked,...

Well, I feel sick to my tummy, I am so stoked, tomorrow is the day, my belly is in knots... yeah ... i dont even have much to say... I will make sure and post photos and give updats on the good and bad, in hopes that I can help others in the same way that so many who have wrote before has helped me. I also want to say GOOD LUCK to all the other TT who are tomorrow!

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Good Luck today!
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Good luck tomorrow!!! See you on the flat side.
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Brenthomp - Good luck tomorrow. Haven't had my TT yet, but I can relate to the knots in the stomach. Thanks for sharing a picture of all your meds. Never saw so many. Keep us posted. You are in our prayers. Go on Girl - get on the flat side:)
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Wow, well I had my tt yesterday, a full 5 hours...

wow, well I had my tt yesterday, a full 5 hours in surgery he cut off 3 lbs of skin and fat and then 2 liters of fat. I would say that is about normal, From what others have said, it looks really nice, I have not really seen it other then when I was lying down. I believe some of my pain killers gave a headache like no other. so I didnt even care what it looked like lol soooo, as i said I would write about the good and the bad.
I was really nervous b4 the surgery, once I got there they asked more questions and put in my IV ran that for a bit and then added a stairoid that made my Woman area BURN like HELL!!! (not everyone gets that side effect. Im just lucky I guess lol ) then she gave a good feeling pill I guess that was to just get me relaxed and once in the op. room they would give me the real stuff however i have no memory after she said she was going to give me something to relax me. the next thing I remember was being back in the room i started in and the surgery was done. other then being very hot things went well until about 3 am, at 3 am they had their orders to switch me from the hospital be to the hospital chair and remove the catheter at that time my head was killing I was very nauseated and i was dizzy, i kind of went into a panic attack and made things a little worse but once i was in the chair i fell back asleep for a couple of hours. this morning the doctor came in changed my dressing and made sure everything was looking good, they went over again how to take care of everything. my doctor wrote me out a new script for painkillers they are more mild then what he had given my at first, I was was worried about headaches and not be able to be coherent but if my pain gets to high then I will take the harder stuff. I also have a pain pump so that is taking care of a lot of the pain. I think anyway :)
I have no idea how others get this done and then are able to be able to be back to work within a week, lol I do NOT see me doing much of anything in a week. i will keep evey-one updated,
I wanted to add a quick note, I have read where some people do not like it when others talk about the bad that they have been going though. I want to state a few things, 1-this is what I am going though, it does NOT mean you will have the same things happen you or that you my see things the same way that I see them.
I will try to get a few photos today or tomorrow, but im not real sure, I get pretty dizzy if I stand at all.

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Hope you are feeling better today! I just got done reading your update. I'm feeling ok enuff to do a quick update on my page.

Take it easy girl cuz we're going to love the results!
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Niqqi in texas,
yeah this after pain sucks huh!!!
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Well, I think it helps when you are truthful about how you feel. It is not bad just your experience. I had my TT on june 28. it went well though. It is this afterpain that hurts. Happy Healing.
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Good day everyone, well I am on day 2 or day 3...

good day everyone, well I am on day 2 or day 3 since my tt, omg I am in PAIN!!!! I thought I was ready for this pain but no I think I was wrong! last night I started having muscle spasms , they feel like labor pains, and hurt big time! the first few were not a real big deal but they went on for about 3 hours and today my belly hurts so much when I stand to go to the bathroom my stomach feels like it weights 50 lbs more then it should with a lot of bruising. I took one of my stronger pain pills I am hoping that will help, I dont like to get knocked out however .... right now I don't much care, in fact knock me out for a week. ok,,, so I am about to pass out, the painpill is kicking in now, I can not see the screen but I still feel the pain, only a few more days, and then it stills tart getting better,

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Deep breath!!!  This is all a short term temporary process and you will make it.  It is a pain that can't be described I know!!   Keep medicated and know each day things will improve.  Focus on the end of the road and keep your chin up.  We are all here for you.

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Please take it easy today.... just think about how happy we'll be in a few weeks!!! I promise
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Hi brenth....the migraine and nausea were unexpected and therefore intolerable. My tummy is not too bad now. It's seems to be getting stronger each day.
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Well, I just got back from another post op. ...

well, I just got back from another post op. everything went well, my PS removed my pain pump and redressed my tummy, he also gave me a script for some liquid relax-or fun fun. GRRRR my hubby left to get my meds and my youngest (11 years old) decided to have friends over they were upstairs being loud I dont have the strengh to yell for her she wasnt answering her phone. so I had to redo my binder and work to get get up to go tell her to send her friends home.... and then she lets the dog in.... I know she is young but,, my hubby had only been gone for 5 min. if that. ok, so that is my complaining for the day :) over all i am feeling much better then yesterday.... today I am feeling more bruising,, muscle spasms, and the feeling of my skin riping.... really a lot of what I felt when I was pregnant. I am going to add two photos taken today, im still very swollen

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Well, I just got back from another post op. ...

well, I just got back from another post op. everything went well, my PS removed my pain pump and redressed my tummy, he also gave me a script for some liquid relax-or fun fun. GRRRR my hubby left to get my meds and my youngest (11 years old) decided to have friends over they were upstairs being loud I dont have the strength to yell for her she wasn't answering her phone. so I had to redo my binder and work to get get up to go tell her to send her friends home.... and then she lets the dog in.... I know she is young but,, my hubby had only been gone for 5 min. if that. ok, so that is my complaining for the day :) over all i am feeling much better then yesterday.... today I am feeling more bruising,, muscle spasms, and the feeling of my skin ripping.... really a lot of what I felt when I was pregnant. I am going to add two photos taken today, im still very swollen

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I just got done having an episode I guess you...

I just got done having an episode I guess you would call it. I tried to take my shower I cut it short because I could tell i was breathing harder and feeling weaker, I called for my hubby to help me and it all started to go down hill, DIZZY , Sick, almost like a panic attack but so much more. I was lying on the floor in the bathroom trying to just stay aware I just about told the hubby to call 911..... but didn't have to, he helped me out of the bathroom and to my chair (naked! not something my kids wanted to see i am sure. but I didn't much care I didn't want to bust my stitches or stop breathing. once i got to my chair I had ice packs put on my back and head and then the fan put in-front of me, and I just tried to breath, my hubby was trying to get me to lie back in my chair but I KNEW if I did I would passout. guess i hit that one spot in the tt process where I would say it is NOT worth it, to only have it done if you have so much skin that it causes health issues. (I am sure that thought will pass but when i am in the mess of it my thoughts aint good. I am so NOT trying ot be a downer but omg this is just so much more then I thought. i am sure I will love it in a few days, I hate it my hubby goes back to work tomorrow, I'm a little worried

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B, I just read your previous shower incident post. Go easy on yourself. The only reason I stopped the pain meds was because I thought I would pass out from the nausea. My hubby was scared for me on day two and I was thinking that day that it wasn't worth it. I know from reading these posts that it gets better everyday and it will for you too. Just focus on the little things you can do everyday and if you push yourself too much pull back and give yourself more healing time. Go easy!
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B, your waist looks tiny in your after photo. I'm sure you are still swollen, too. It only gets better from here on out. Healing energies your way.
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Hi,

I agree w/Sunny it's prob too early yet to try to take a shower. My doc told me I can't for 2 wks!! I was shocked when he told me that cuz I am the kind of person who takes 2 showers a day. The OCD thing in me... You gotta take it one day at a time we just got out of major surgery only 3 days. Our body is healing and trying to repair itself and it is a sloooow process be patient cuz it IS WORTH it! I promise :-)
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Day 5- ok well today is day 5 of recovery, a crazy...

Day 5- ok well today is day 5 of recovery, a crazy thing about healing from a tummy tuck is that no two days are the same, today is going ok for me, I had my BM YAHOO .... I have had a few bm's (not soooo yahoo Lol) rushing to the potty when you cant move any faster then a turtle is not what I call fun. :) my breathing is feeling better today, I still am getting dizzy but not like the past, I am feeling more bruising pain today, that is a pain I can deal with. I am just really trying to not push anything today, the hubby and kids have a lot going on today so I am home alone more today and I need to make sure I dont stress my body.
as far as how my body is looking.... hummm well it is flat, and swollen, its hard to know just how much it is swollen. I am going to keep looking for people who had tummy tucks a year or so ago but that have done updates I am just carious as to how the changes work.
The the 29th tt girls TYVM for all your wonderful words, I didnt write more last night after my bathroom bit but I DID read what everyone wrote and it helped me so much with getting though the night with a little less stress.

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I can tell by your pics and how nice and low your incision is that you will look and feel amazing before you know it. I felt EXACTLY the same as you for the first week, I cried, I moaned, I was dizzy and in PAIN. But today 2 weeks post op I feel great! Still get tired easy but nothing like that first 10 days. Hang in there you will love it soon enough. Just try to sleep as much as you can to let the days go by. I didnt shower for a whole week so I too think it was just too soon. Hang in there girl, you got this!
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Well, today is going well, I am bruised and...

well, today is going well, I am bruised and feeling the pain from that, and tired but other then that I am feeling so much better, I have another post op tomorrow I hope to lose the drains but I am just not sure if he will take them or not, I am still getting about 40 every 8 hours. but it is no longer red unless I am up walking to the bathroom. I am so happy for my 29ers they look amazing!

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I had this doctor and trust me you are in the best hands! It took me MONTHS to heal but I am having to go back and do it again in a couple of months but if you ever have any questions about him or want to talk I'm in sumter and you can call me at 803-***-**** and my name is Laura, :)

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B, I feel like I've been ravenous. BB means belly button :)
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You are looking great!

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One week :) ok so I now understand a few things...

one week :) ok so I now understand a few things with my tummy tuck a little better. well a lot better, I was not able to understand how long my surgery took, or now much pain i was in compared to so many others or even the price comparison to other doctors in my area. but I chose my doctor based on his before and after photos and I just liked the look of his tummy tucks. in fact other then him giving a lot of good information I was not real impressed with his bedside manner, HOWEVER a few things have changed 1, He is a VERY GOOD doctor, 2, He and his staff are AMAZING!!!!! 3, He is VERY VERY NICE, 4 the follow up is to die for, 5 I could not ask for him to spend more time with me. oh but back to now understanding how my surgery took a full 5 hours i had what you call a High lateral tension tummy tuck

This is an advanced technique that takes a little more than four and half hours to perform. Conventional abdominoplasty tightens muscles in a vertical line. In this new method, known as high lateral tension abdominoplasty, in addition to vertical-line tightening, muscles are tightened horizontally. there is also triple stitching. The final result with this technique is a dramatically flat abdomen with significantly better-defined waistline.

it may sound so funny but I hated not understanding ....

as far as everything else, it is all going good! I am feeling much better I hope to have my drains removed monday and I am standing straight a little bit more I am thinking I may even see my bed this next week.

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Happy 1 Week!!!!!

I have to tell you! You look so tiny!! I think you're going to be so darn happy w/your final results!
I read your update too; that's really interesting! I didn't even know there are diff. techniques I just thought standard TT (tighten muscles) and that's it!! Good info.
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Brenthomp....i love your post...i agree...you should post the good and the bad...and yes everyone is different..i think you have t be TUFF AS NAILS to take this journey...this is life changing..an can be mentally challenging as well........i agree with the hurrying to the bathroom..or at least trying to hurry.the muscle spasms..wow..that happen to me...i was thinking... please stop!!..i had crying spells all day my first day home...i was just out of controlled crying....when i think bout it now it is funny..my kids was looking at me like WHAT???..my biggest challenge now is...getting my back straight....i'm still slightly hunched over so AGGRAVATING!!!!!!....and i'm 12 days po??
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LOL duh...... ;)

Day 9 well, today is starting off not as well as...

day 9 well, today is starting off not as well as yesterday but better then 1,2,3,4,5,and 6th day.... i am having pain on the side of my tummy by the hip area it is making it hard to walk and is causing muscle spasms..... and A dang stitch that is in my muscle under the skin over in my lower right abdominal keeps poking me from the inside. GRRRR thank god it dissolves!!! (this is not something that everyone has, in the type of tummy tuck i had there are stitches up and down the middle but there are also stitches in a V shape from side to side . I guess it will be a lot of ups and downs
I am starting to like the shape and look of my belly, I am still worried about the fat on my hips.... I know it is still swollen and I am not able to stand up straight i will be ok with it if it is more but kind of thing... i think... lol I just don't want to look silly or be miss proportioned.
onto something new.... Boredom! yeah how I can be bored when I own my own business ( I buy houses around the USA) and much of my business is run out of my house.. so really I can keep working IDK... but i am, really I guess I just feel like i need a little change so I think I am going to try a little bartering :) I am trying to decided what my final goal is.... HUMMMM what do I want? I guess I need to decided what my final goal is..... I keep coming back to a car.. I need one really i need 2 I have 2 girls who both have started driving but cars for them aint much fun for me and i think it would be fun for them to do their own bartering to get a car.... how fun and exciting that would be. hummmm ill come up with something.
I think I am going to do a little reading here on realself and check in on the 29ers

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Love reading your updates! I am right up the road from you in Charlotte and scheduled for my TT this Friday the 13th!! Good thing Im not superstitous!! lol Your pics look great I cant wait to see how my afters look!
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Hi, :) i am glad you enjoy reading them, if I am of any help in anyway then I have been able to pay back some of what I have gained from reading what others have wrote. yep We are neighbors :) I was up there the weekend before my surgery we went to carowinds
( yep! I was feeling guilty that I was going to be spending this money on my tt and knowing I was taking some of the fun from my kids summer lol so we went and had some fun ) that is really neat that you are able to do this kind of along with your BFF I am so thankful for the 29ers (theres a few of us that all had ours on the 29th of june) here on realself, i donlt have "friends" here in columbia and no one knows I had this done so having everyone on here is HUGE. deep breath and you will do just fine :)
awww thanks for saying I look tiny, im not lol well my belly is my flanks are BIG I may need to do somthing about that in a few months .
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Day 10- well I am feeling fine, I think the BAD!...

day 10- well I am feeling fine, I think the BAD! days are now it the past, some pain but nothing that I can deal with no meds. I am having more concerns with my flank area, the concern has been there since day one but I keep just trying to keep calm and push the worries back, but ... I really am worried, my waist looks good and the belly is flat, I am even ok with the belly button, but these FLANKS !!! ummm i just dont know.... I think they are huge compared to the rest. (i hate to describe it like this but i don't know how else to.... its like when you see a woman standing on one side of a car and she looks avg. size but then she walks out from behind the car and her bottom half is HUGE and you are a little taken back. " I tried on my suit bottoms today, (yep can tell im feeling a lot better) and well it was not a pretty sight, 1st they didnt cover my scar, 2 they were two small, 3 YUCK! ..... deep breaths....in...out.....in.....out..... I know I am still swollen, i know they say you have to give it 3 months to get a good idea what is going on... but its very hard i want to just go tell my ps to put me under and lipo this crap out now! ... I have been trying to see if anyone else has had this issue in the past and then see how it turned out but so far I have only found one and that was 3 years ago and it will not let me mesg. her.... :(
but to end on a good note, I don't feel like crap today, i am feeling better and better every day.

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HOLY FAT WOMAN .....BATMAN!!! DUMB DUMB DUMB........

HOLY FAT WOMAN .....BATMAN!!! DUMB DUMB DUMB..... I decided I would wear my very nice spandax garment since the doctor still has me in the compression belt thing, and I am worried about these thighs and FLANKS so I thought... I need to get the bound.... well, this garment fit BEFORE the tt.... it took me about 15 min of working to get it up over my thighs and butt.... it seamed so much tighter then b4 but... Im a little swollen, right?.... but I was sure once I got it up and over that part i would be good to go! WRONG!!!!!!!!!! I can not even buckle the hooks little lone the zipper. even with it unbuckled and unhooked it was so dang tight it made my ummmm squeeze out the bottom (TMI I know..) but OMG!!! I guess I will not be going anyplace any day soon, there is NOWAY anything i own would fit on my body other then the spandax bike shorts i have been wearing but that I cut the waist off of, and cut a hole in the front for me to put my drains though. am i the only one that is even MORE of a tub after the tt then before?

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Well I put up some photos that I don't care for

well I put up some photos that I don't care for

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Hey there!! I am also in Columbia, S.C. (actually Blythewood), I am now 15 weeks PO TT, and I couldn't be happier! :) I had my TT surgery in Charleston, talked to several doctors here in town and had a friend refer me to doctor in Charleston and absolutely LOVED him! He also did my BL last August, he is AWESOME!!! Be patient, the outcome is amazing!
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hi :) wow we live real close to each other, I live in the NE so you are only a few min. from me. I looked at your review, updates and photos, YOU are looking GOOD!!!!! I found it funny that you also were having the same issue with the pre tt clothes. I am really looking forward to being able to get back to crossfit i miss everyone and I miss getting to punch stuff :) hey, have you ever had botox or anything? I wanted to do the blue peel and botox I figure doing that in like a week would be a good time, I wont be up and out of the house much so the blue face and peeling wont scare anyone. I would like to use a place in town. I know sometimes they give discounts on partys of 2 or more, or at the very least many give credit to ya if you refer someone.

You look awesome!  Ten days out is just too early to make any final conclusions.  

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Day 11- 1 Drain gone!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!! I had a...

Day 11- 1 Drain gone!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!! I had a fallow up today and he took one drain :) I was hoping tp get rid of both but 1 is better then none. my next appointment is friday so I am sure I will get it out then. he said I need to really start massaging my thighs and flanks OUCH but I want those suckers to look good so pain or not those suckers are getting a rub down :) .. all is good

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I was writing in a friends page and I thought I...

I was writing in a friends page and I thought I should put this in my update I was going to and then forgot.
IT IS TO EARLY FOR US TO WORRY ABOUT HOW IT IS GOING TO TURN OUT, we need to wait... we are not even at 2 weeks oh and ask your PS for your pre tt photos, lol mine gave me them and said to put them in the bathroom so then I can see where I was and where I am..... oh hey one more thing, my PS said that it is real common for us to panic, our bodies are important to us, so much that we went under the knife, and we will have a lot of fears and worries. he said that he has to meet with his facelift people every couple of days and sometimes everyday, not because it is needed medically but because they can not see past the bruises, swelling and tape that is all over their faces. that they go into the "what did I do" "did i mess up", "did I ruin my life?" so he sees them all the time really just so he can look and say... it is coming a long as it should. fear and worry is common and normal it will turn out!!!!!
oh one last thing then I will shut up LOL
after drains are out
1st month swelling
2nd month Unevenness
3rd we start to see the final result

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Hey there!
Are the last 5 new pics? You are lookin smaller!!
Your abs look so dang tight!! I don't see any swelling. You lucky duck:-)
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they were a couple of days ago, yeah I dont feel like I have much swelling, but I sure hope that I do because my waist is 1 1/2 inch larger then the day before I went in and well just about everything is 1 to 2 inch larger other then my thighs they are the same ( i had lipo on them) so I sure hope I am swollen or I have gained a lot lol... and the measurements are why I do not fit into my clothes lol
Swollen or not, I think you look small:-) And I see ab muscles too!
Now, I kind of wish I would have done lipo on my belly and thighs. Oh' well I didn't save enuff for that part LOL...next time;)

Well i had my 2 week post op, everything is good I...

well i had my 2 week post op, everything is good I am now Drain FREE :) and i am in a CG that is killing me :) OMG i am so stuffed into this thing, my back hurts, im hot! and i cant breath! lmao ...... so most of my pain other then the pain from the lipo is now gone, i am standing about 90% straight, i am still sleeping in my chair, when I have tried to use the bed I have woken up with a killer headache all 3 times, i am able to move around a lot more but I do find that I get worn out much faster. From what my doctor said I am now getting to head into swelling for the next 4 weeks :( the CG is suppose to help with that but he did say i need to make sure and removed it for about 8 hours everyday. my next doctors appointment is in 10 days and at that time he will give me diet pills to help with any weight gain for a month or two. I will try to add some photos later today or tomorrow .

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You are going to look great just by looking at your before and after pictures you can see a difference already :)
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mine said just to air out.... he said my skin needs to breath, idk im not complaining lol , he also had me loosen my binder when i was sitting the 1st week, he only wanted it tightened when I was standing or walking, I also changed my dressing every night i think its just one of those things where every doctor has their own thoughts on things.
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That's what I am learning all dr's have different preferences.
I hope you are well rested and that we continue to heal nicely as the days go on!
Have a great wknd and ttyl :-)

2 1/2 weeks almost 3 - well,I am feeling so much...

2 1/2 weeks almost 3 - well,I am feeling so much better, I feel stronger and healthier every day. i am still not standing straight but i am about 90% in the morning and about 80% later on in the day, I think I am going to try to sleep in my bed tonight, my fingers are crossed that I will not wake up with any headaches.:) I don't want to sound ungrateful or picky, but i am having a hard time with the roundness, yes I have curves from the front, almost to much but when I stand to the side I only see a round barrel? l i am just wondering if others feel this way at all. I am not happy with my shape I know that its not going to look like this forever but I do wonder just how much will change. i know I am being picky, to curvy from the front, not enough curves from the side and fat bra/banana rolls from the back. but I do feel tons better then I need 2 weeks ago

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Happy 3 weeks!
You've been quiet hope all is well?
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Hey,
I have a tip for you when you sleep on your bed if you want to lay sideways just put a pillow by your stomach and one by your back... Also bend your knees.... At first it was uncomfortable but your body will get use to it.... You feel nestled between all the pillows....
I feel the same way about the side body profile... I still see the baby belly when I look in the mirror but I think it will go down as the swelling reduces... I have gone back and looked at pictures from other reviewers and you see the difference from the 3 weeks pics and 2 months pics.... All we have to do is give it time.....
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From Greenville, SC:
5 weeks out now! Swelling is down and spirit is up. Soreness lingers. Dr says wear girdle, wear girdle...
He says swelling is moving downward and may take 3-4 more weeks to dissipate at and below incision. Pre-op pants just buttoned this week...take hope. This is about the long term.

3 weeks and everything is going well, i have a...

3 weeks and everything is going well, i have a little more swelling then when I had the drains in, but I am starting to see shape and get an idea of the final out come, I still think I am going to need more lipo on my flanks and I know i want to have the banana / bra roll gone. well I am keeping this short today I am off to check up on the 29ers

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How are you doing? Haven't seen you updating your page. Hope all is well?
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Happy 1 Month!!
Girl every time I see a new pic you look smaller & smaller:-)
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just about one year out

well its just about one year out, everything is going well, I am still about 1/2 numb and I have some swelling now and then. I have not done well with my weight I weigh just what I did one year ago. but my belly looks amazing, flat and strong as F%$&! I will have to take and send photos later this week

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one year photos

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A little over a year for me also!!! My weight has gone up and down this year as well, I weigh about the same as last year, but tummy, like yours, is nice and flat and strong! Finding a good workout that was convenient was key. I found it hard to workout on the regular for the first 6 months! Never expected that! Glad you are doing well :)
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I totally agree! I was not ready for just how hard working out was going to be. I wasnt able to breath... honestly I really think its just been in the past couple of months that I feel like I can breath again. (I do workout HARD but omg the tt really kicked my butt in some ways. ) however.... I love it and I would do it again... but... I would focus on my diet more and take my workout a few steps back.
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I just had this done so I am not able to rate the total outcome, so far I have loved my doctor and the after care it has been a week and I have seen him 3 times. I was very worried about being put under but I went under totally smooth and woke up smooth, normaly I have stress going under (i dont even remember going into the surgery room last I remember I was talking to my husband. and the next thing was my husband next to me and them asking if I had a good sleep. it the past I woke up to a nagging lady saying.... ok, I need you to wake up, wake up, its time to wake up, can you drink something?, ok stay awake...ECT ECT ECT and I wanted to slap them. at this doctors non of that!!!!! I loved it. the surgery is longer then many others and maybe a little more painful (he lipos all the belly ) he also triple stitches everything and also does a V stitch on the belly to help make the waist smaller. I am still healing and am not able to give a worth it or not worth it.

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