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Finally got my Body Back! - Columbus, GA

I am a Army vet who has been in relatively good...

I am a Army vet who has been in relatively good shape. I had 4 large babies and all of them were delivered via C-section. As a result I have a ton of sagging skin, a hernia, and a huge separation of my stomach muscles. I have tried everything possible on my own but nothing helps the sagging skin.

I am 8 days away from having the body that I had...

I am 8 days away from having the body that I had before I had children and I'm so excited. This has been a long time coming! I had my pre-surgery consult last week and was given a long list of instructions of things to do leading up to the surgery to include getting dial soap to wash up with. Dr. Pagadala seems to be very confident that I will have amazing results and after seeing his before and after photos again I am as well. I already know that it will suck for a few weeks, and I'm hoping that I will be able to go on my road trip 3 weeks afterwards (plenty of resting and stops in between). I been hoping that someone was going to cancel so I can have a earlier date but it doesn't seem as if that will happen. I will post again the day before my surgery......

Have less than 18 hours left before I have my surgery

I have less than a day left and I managed to get everything on the list that was needed. The timing of this surgery is horrible because I'm moving and in the middle of finals, but I rather get it done and over with. Now I'm finishing up my schoolwork, cleaning the house, and trying to pre-prepare dinners for the kids. Super excited to finally look on the outside how I feel on the inside. This has been a long time coming!

I had my surgery yesterday......

So yesterday was the day where I finally had my tummy tuck and I'm uncomfortable. I had a very weird reaction from the anesthesia because I was crying and panicking because I thought I was holding my son who passed away a few years ago and they were trying to take him from me. I finally realized were I was after about 30 mins. I woke up in the middle of the surgery feeling pain so they had to give me more drugs (I thankfully don't remember that).

I have a very high pain tolerance so that may be the reason I may be feeling little pain. It does hurt but it's like a 5 out of 10 at my worse moment.

I will take more pictures when I take my girdle/binder off today when I take my shower. If you get a drain I would strongly suggest a Jackson Pratt drain. They don't smell when you have to drain them. Just expect that you will drain a lot after surgery

First time looking at my tummy....

So I'm this is the first time I had took my girdle/binder off and I'm so happy!!!! This surgery was totally with it! I took a nice wonderful shower and felt much better. I'm not in too much pain....but I am uncomfortable. I haven't had any issues other than 'swell hell'....that's what's making me uncomfortable

Not sure how I'm feeling about my surgery.....

So the middle of my scar is super low.....too low for my comfort, but the doctor is confident that in a few months it will look perfect. Between that, the jagged scar, and the fact that where my c-section incision was now is a pocket of skin and stretch marks that you can feel the incision underneath. I'm praying that I won't need a revision but I'm pretty positive I will. I love it from my belly button up. I guess time will tell. What do you guys think?

Hit enter too soon....more pics

8 weeks and feeling great!

Hello my fellow surgery sisters! It's been 2 months tomorrow and I'm feeling great! I been hitting the gym and I'm doing better each day. I'm still not completely thrilled with my incision, but this is the first time that I wore a two piece swimsuit not being preggo in over 12 years! I'm so happy I went through the surgery! Sorry it took so long to post an update....I moved and I had a sick family member.
Columbus Plastic Surgeon

He has high ratings on here and with others I know who went through him a few years ago. Also he's really optimistic about getting the results that I want and he doesn't feel that my case is too difficult. He also has a wonderful bedside manner and will sit and answer all questions that you may have regarding your procedure. I'm so excited to get this done! :)

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After seeing your results, I almost wish I were going to have 1. Lol. You look so thin. I have alot of xtra skin down there because I weighed 185 once, and my regular weight is 125.
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Thanks so much! You should consider having it done. I'm really happy that I did. There's a few minor things that I'm not happy with but the pros definitely outweigh the cons!
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Hi TT sister, hope things are getting better for you. Xxx
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Hi! I'm doing a lot better. Back pain is still there but it's always there. I had a tens unit for 6 years and it doesn't work anymore because the damage is so bad. So by the end of summer or beginning of fall I will be having that surgery. It's way past due and had I known that it was going to put this much strain on my back I would've done my spinal surgery first. How are you feeling?
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You look AMAZING!!!
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Thank you so much! Good luck with your surgery! :-)
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Thanks! : )
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Looking good!
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Thank you so much! I love how yours came out. I don't like how low my incision is. I'm going to take some more pics by the weekend and post them
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It will get so much better! Keep on the binder and after 6 wks put on the silicon scar strips.
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I'm trying to. Once I hit six weeks I'm doing that along with Mederma. I'm desperate not to go through this again at this point!
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Hi Kodiak, your incision is perfect. I think it's unique how the doctor made it low, beneath your pubix. Many times, after TT procedure, women try hard to cover up their incision.....you won't have to worry about that. Your Dr. did an amazing job!
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You will do great!!!! If you like pineapples, load up on those, too. I eat 8 oz of pineapple per day and take Bromelain with Quercitin supplement 2x per day. Helps with swelling n inflammation. I'll eat them plain or in Greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds. Walmart has a binder/ waist control product called Flexees. It's great n about $14.00. Just keep it on to continue contouring your shape.
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Thank you so much! Hopefully it will flatten and in a few months I will be completely happy. I will continue to post as I progress!
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Thank you once again! I will go buy a lot of pineapples along with the yogurt and look into the supplements as well. I need all the help I can get with swelling because I'm going on a major road trip next week (don't worry I'm stopping in each state for a few days so only 2-4 hours of driving a day. The binder I currently have is a Flexees and it's awesome. I have a pair of spanks and I rotate between the two now depending on what I'm wearing. I'll continue to post! :-)
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Woohoo! I love the Flexees!!!! Enjoy your trip!!
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Hi my TT sister :-). Hope you are feeling well. 1wk tomorrow, that went fast! I still can't stand upright yet and still not very active but feeling well. How has your progress been xxx
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I been doing well. I'm not too happy with my incision. I have stretch marks from my belly button down and there's a weird pocket of skin so I know it would've worked if he pulled it down further. Then my incision is so low it's in my pubic hair and its jagged. I'm definitely going to need a revision. From the belly button up I love it. I go today to have my drain taken out finally and I have some serious questions for him. I'm pretty upset that I'm going to have to go through this again. It was very painful and uncomfortable. Hope that you are healing and recovering well yourself and I apologize for such a long update!
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I'm so sorry. I have a few stretchmarks too from my belly button to my cut. But mine are very thin and few. I'm so sorry that you had to go threw all that pain to not be happy with the results. I feel so bad for you. If you do have revision surely it won't be as bad as a tummy tuck? Maybe once your cut becomes a scar you will like the fact it is low, mine is at the top of my pubic area and I consider mine to be low. You need to make sure you are happy with your results, it's a lot of money we are paying these doctors. I am here for you, if you need to rant, talk and let things out just private message me. I wish I could think of something more comforting to say. Your friend in this Racheal xxx
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Thank you so much! I'm sure that it will flatten in a few months. But I see problems already....like the hair is growing back and since its through my pubic hair now the hair is growing all over my incision. I don't think that will stop. So now I have to figure out how to shave the incision soon. I have some thinking to do in regards to it. I don't think a revision will be as bad as this, but I'm disgusted that I have to consider it. I'll post pics really soon so you can see and judge. Maybe having someone other than me and my mom looking at it will give a different opinion. Thanks for the support!
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Have you considered laser hair removal, not sure if they will do it over a cut, but it's worth asking. Also there is an epulator which is an electric shaver which plucks the hair using an electrical current. I have one and is not painful :-). The epulator is quite cheap and wouldn't irritate the cut. I'm more than happy to take a look and different opinions are a good thing. My below belly button looked all rinkly and stretch marks right after my op an the operance like my PS said has changed a lot in just two weeks. It can take up to 6months to see the final result. You can also start massage soon which will help. Also there is laser resurfacing treatment for the appearance of stretchmarks. I'm considering laser resurfacing for mine. I hope some of this helps xxx
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Just looked at your pics. Your cut I would say is as low as mine. Your hip scars are higher tho. You still have a lot of scar puckering and swelling, that should go down and flatten out. You look to be healing really well. Are you sure that its not just swelling you are seeing as I had a little bump, thought it was a seroma but its gone down now. You should talk to you PS, cause when you get worried about something it doesn't matter what anyone says, you just need someone who knows about this stuff to reassure you. Ps ask the PS on here in the question section with a few pics, express your concerns and see what they have to say. Xxx
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I have considered it but I really didn't want to have to go that route. Then again it would be nice to not have to worry about shaving ever again. I'm more than likely going to have to do that or electrical current thingy because it's growing in pretty bad which is weird because the rest of my hair isn't growing as fast. I'm going to try to remain positive and hopefully I will love my tuck more when I'm a lot less swollen. And the thought of massage is awesome.......my back (which I already had issues with) is hurting so bad it drives me to tears almost. Had I know the effects would be this bad on my lower back I would've waited until my spinal cord stimulator was implanted first before going forward with this. The back pain is almost worst than the other pain for me which was unexpected. I love your tuck and implants......you really look great. I guess we are all really critical of ourselves which is why I wanted to post the pictures to see if anyone else agreed with what I thought was wrong. I will post a picture and ask a question on here to see if my concerns are founded. Thanks for that suggestion.....don't know why I didn't think of that! See two heads are better than one! Continue to recover well my tummy tuck 'twin' sister! :-)
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Hi, I really think you are looking great, I have concerns and fears but its so early in our healing. I have been having back ache I used my tens machine from pregnancy, it works great. You should try to get one it will help you so much. Any decent pregnancy/baby shop should carry one. Mine has different pain settings and you can wear it whilst walking. Hope you are having a better day my TT sister xxx
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You look great, I'm feeling a bit ill at moment but will put some pics up in next day or so. Sorry about you son xxx
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