Hello ladies! First off some background! I am a 32...
Things I am looking forward to the most: Running and not having my flab wave at passerbys, running in only a sports bar, having a 6 pack, not being shy naked, enjoying more sex positions and not feeling self conscious (hello, doggie style ;), confidence, better fitting clothes, being able to wear tight shirts, not having to suck in all the time, wearing sexy lingerie.
The "before" pics. Or as I like to refer to them: flabby, fat hellasciousnss
More before pics?? How about some nekkid ones?
Ode to my navel ring
On a side note, I am seriously almost busting out of my size 12 jeans. As stated before, I carry most of my weight in my midsection. Oi! This surgery can't come soon enough. Must get this skin removed!!!
Sx Day is here!!!
Bring it! I'm so ready!
Mission Flatside: Completed
On the flatside and LOVIN' IT!!
D\First off, my experience was AWESOME with Dr. Donaldson! He is awesome at what he does and he's just a nice, sincere person. In the operating room, i was scared and while they were giving me anesthesia, he held my hand until I passed out - very comforting. I woke up and voila! New tummy!! I LOVE my new belly button, too! That was a huge reason I went with this PS - his "after" pictures showed awesome belly butttons :) The first day was a piece of cake (mostly bc I was on the heavy stuff). Day #2 was the WORST. Today has been better but I'm trying not to do too much. I'm kind of surprised... I thought the drain would be bugging me but its not.... its the binder that has beena little bitch. It's making my flanks sore from where there was lipo and all the fluid is going to my hips so I'm super swollen. I havent had back issues just yet but I've been using a heating pad when I've been in my chair. I got my first look at my new tummy today when i went for my appointment. I was shocked. It almost feels like its not MY stomach... such a bizzare feeling! Anyway, I've uploaded some pics and will do more as my swelling goes down. Right now I can say I am SO GLAD I got lipo to my flanks area. Totally worth the extra money.
Healing thoughts, ladies!
My laptop busted and I wasn't able to give update for the 2 weeks following surgery but...
So I am PO and totally on the flat (er... swell? side. SO far I LOVE my results. Honestly speaking?? I thought this was going to be way more difficult than it really was. I'm not sure if I tolerate pain well or if I'm a fast healer or what but I have found that recovery has been a breeze for me - even after extensive MR and lipo of flanks. I am 3 weeks PO and feeling great. 2 days ago I slept without my CG for the first time - it was heaven. I had to sleep with it last night due to the swelling - I'm in swell hell and it's horrible. The drain removal was not bad AT ALL! The thing that hurt the worst was removing the stitches where the drain entered. I couldn't feel her pulling the drain out at all. I am able to do everything I did PO except exercise but I can start light cardio at the beginning of next week which will be 4 weeks PO. I'm hoping to get the go ahead for running at 6 weeks. My incision looks FANTASTIC. The surgical tape just fell off and all thats there is a thin scar line. I'm a bit worried I may have a dog ear, though but I am swelled pretty badly. I still fit the same as I did in to my pre op pants so that's a little frustrating. But here are some pics 4 days PO. I'll post more soon. Happy healing!
Wow, long time, no write! Sorry, ladies!
First of all, it has been 1 day shy of 3 months since my surgery and I am doing FANTASTIC. My scar looks great, no more tightness or soreness. The only thing I am dealing with is swelling, but like you may have already heard, it mostly depends on what I eat or the amount of exercise I do. I am back in to running about 2-3 miles a day (for about 3 weeks now with no problems). I am planning to slowly get back in to weight lifting as I'd like a killer lower body and this, I am told, can be achieved by dead lifting and squatting.
My recovery was very smooth, although I am sad to report that I gained weight after my surgery. I have been actively trying to lose weight for 3 weeks now (I'm doing keto and have lost 12 pounds so far combined with exercising - it's been great!). Other than that, I really don't have much to report. The pictures attached are around a month post op.
3 month post OP picstures
Here are 2 ways the surgery has affected my life for the better:
- I am an active runner and I know longer have to deal with the flab waving in the wind. It was an uncomfortable/embarrassing feeling and I would always "suck in" when I passed a hot runner ;) I can also wear form fitting running tops and they sit flat on my stomach. My goal is to be one of the sexy runners you see in just a running bra and shorts in the summers (I still have some work to do to get there. Ugh, I have a big butt!).
-My lingerie looks SO much better on me. I LOVE lingerie. Having a tummy tuck has taken away some of the self consciousness that was there - not wanting anyone to see what was "under" it. My flat tummy makes me feel sexier and more confident with intimacy and in turn, has actually made me a better partner. I will never underestimate the power of confidence!
-I have stopped obsessing/ being depressed about my body. Pre op, I kind of felt hopeless that no matter what I did, my tummy would *always* be there. I could improve its look, but it would never go away. The tummy tuck has allowed me to take that focus I had on my belly and apply it my overall health and strength and has given me motivation to attain that bangin' body I can be proud of - a body that SHOWS how much work I put in to it. Not having to focus on my belly is probably my favorite thing about deciding to get this done.
Happy healing to you all... I hope
I'm a Real Friend, guys! Look what I got in the mail today!
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting BHA
Paula's Choice Intense Wrinkle Repair
Super Skin Booster
Wow, right? The BHA alone has me psyched. I'm serious - 4oz of it runs for about 20 bucks. What is BHA, you ask?? It stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid and it's an Anti -Aginf tool. Anyone who is on the reddit Skincareaddiction subreddit knows all about it. Not only does it help with wrinkles, but I've heard it helps with sebaceous filaments as well - those little things on the sides of your nose that masquerade as blackheads but are totally not blackheads. I am psyched to use this product - it's hailed as the "holy grail" of skin care regime. I shall use it and report back.
The Wrinkle serum I'm afraid I have little use for but I'm going to keep it. 1 fluid ounce runs about 37!! That is nuts! I am 33 and have now wrinkles for now. The brand (Paula's Choice) is petty well known - but I hadn't heard of it before I got in to skincare.
Which is why I am all about trying the Anti Wrinkle sample. 1 oz runs about 24.00 on sale. It's basically an anti-aging serum. According to the reviews, the bad side is the consistency but those are few and far between. The majority are all positive... so I shall see for myself.
The C15 Super Booster is something to brighten skin - I'm excited about this because my skin is sometimes dull, especially in Ohio winter. It goes for 37 dollars for .67 ounces. Overall, it has some pretty solid reviews on effectiveness. It's also an antiaging serum.
I feel like I won a jackpot after doing this research and finding out how much all this is worth! I can't wait to try everything- thank you, Real Self!!
Dr. Donaldson is a great plastic surgeon and I can't recommend him enough. He is very kind (and cute :) ) and does amazing work. When I was on the OR table and scared and just about to "go under" he held my hand until I fell asleep - that's the kind of doctor you will be signing up with if you hire him. He did a GREAT job on my belly button, too.