I am just starting out on this journey. i have 2...

i am just starting out on this journey. i have 2 consultations scheduled for 2 weeks from now. i am hoping that i will like one of the doctors and get scheduled for surgery for the end of may or beginning of june. i am 41 years old (will be 42 in july) i have 3 teenage children. for as long as i can remember i have said every year "i am going to wear a bikini this year!" and it never happens:( i have never been comfortable with my body. actually, i really hated it for many years. as i've gotten older i've become more accepting of my flaws. (or my perceived flaws) i have a wonderful husband who loves me the way i am and doesn't think i need any alterations. (so glad he feels that way) about 5 years ago i had a breast augmentation and i am really happy with them. he insisted i didn't need them but we both love them now!

i'm trying to think of what else to say here...i'm 5'7" 148 lbs. i could stand to lose 5-10 lbs but that's about it. any extra weight i have is in my midsection. my arms and legs are thin. i have no butt. (one of the things i've accepted already and have no desire for implants there!) i have a few scars already from a c-section, a laparotomy, gall bladder removal and tubal ligation. so, i'm hoping that the plastic surgeon will be able to just extend my c-section scar and also make a smaller nicer belly button. (my belly button has scars all around it from some of the surgeries listed above) when at look at myself in my bra/panties, i don't think i look terrible (especially from across the room) but i know it could be so much better. i've never had a flat stomach before and i am very excited just thinking that it may happen in the near future. i love reading the stories of other women who have been through this already. it has really helped me come to the decision that this is what i really want to do.

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I can't wait to do this! i have spent hours...

i can't wait to do this! i have spent hours looking at everyone's photos and can't wait to post some "after" shots myself!

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You look great now so I can imagine what a wonderful result you will have! I had my TT one week ago and have no regrets!! Getting to my decision to actually do it took almost 4 years. Good luck and keep us posted!!
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i saw your pics, looking good! can't wait to see your progress in a week or 2, should be amazing! keep posting pics...
Hey chicka, just checking in on you to see how you and your emotions are holding up. Keep us posted and just know that we are all here for you :)
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Been thinking about a BBL with the TT. i have no...

been thinking about a BBL with the TT. i have no butt (i mean none!) and it would be nice to have some junk in the trunk but i'm worried about the recovery. anyone who has had the TT and BBL together have any advice???

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Going for my 1st consult tomorrow, sooooo excited!!!

going for my 1st consult tomorrow, sooooo excited!!!

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hey newmesoon, how did your consultation go?
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not good :( i have another tomorrow so hopefully that will be better. the dr. was fine but he said he'd rather do smart lipo on me instead of a TT. what i didn't mention anywhere above is that i HAD smart lipo, (abdomen and flanks) 3 years ago... and you know what it did for me? nothing! i never did a review for that because i really liked my dr. and i don't blame him and didn't want to give him a bad review...but i was completely dissatisfied with the smart lipo. it cost more than my breast augmentation and the results were very minor. this dr. thinks that he can get results with the smartlipo equipment that he has. (triflex) i really don't want to go there again, so i'm hoping for better news tomorrow. how are you doing? when is your surgery?

Yesterday was difficult. i went to my first...

yesterday was difficult. i went to my first consult and it did not go well. the PS suggested i just have smart lipo and not a TT. i've already done that actually. 3 years ago i had smart lipo on my abdomen and flanks and i had very little results. (or none) i left his office very discouraged and confused. today was my 2nd consult and i really liked the PS. he said he would do it and i could have it done by the end of this month! so now i am very excited! i think i'm going to do it...i have no regrets with anything i've done so far. my breast augmentation was 5 years ago and i love them still. the smart lipo was disappointing but it was a learning experience. i am hoping the TT will be my grand finale!

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Scheduled surgery for may 31st!

scheduled surgery for may 31st!

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That is awesome that you have your appointment scheduled! Its slowely approaching! I cant wait but I know I will get nervous right before. Keep in touch. :)
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That's great! Time will fly. It has for me. I'm scheduled May 30th.
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i hope so! it's all i can think about lately...no weird dreams yet (like you) but there's still time for that!

Surgery is 20 days away. i measured myself this a...

surgery is 20 days away. i measured myself this a.m. (yuck) and right now i'm a 38 31 37. i'd like to see my waist change to like 28" that would be nice! i feel like a big rectangle now...actually before i had the breast augmentation 5 years ago i was really a rectangle...i was still 38" across my chest but only an A-B cup! at least now i'm a 38D :)

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You are scheduled, how exciting. I am so happy for you. Make sure you read everything that kimmers suggests. Let the ride begin.......
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only 20 days away! :)
Ahhhh! really? Im trying to keep busy so it will go by fast. I think its working. It will be nice when we get to single digits.

Only 17 days away...

only 17 days away...

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2 weeks from today! i can't wait... this has been...

2 weeks from today! i can't wait... this has been quite an adventure. i'm really glad that this site is here so i have someone to talk to about my upcoming surgery. i haven't talked to anyone except my husband. wait, i told 1 friend because i thought i needed a ride there and back but it turns out my husband can do it. this whole thing has been very therapeutic for me and i want to share how i feel just in case there's someone else out there feeling the same. i haven't talked to anyone about my surgery because i am embarrassed. i feel like i failed. like i should have been able to fix this on my own. 5 years ago when i had the breast augmentation i told everyone about it. (and i think it was obvious!) i never felt bad about that surgery because i was never going to grow breasts on my own...it wasn't like i could diet or exercise and suddenly have them! but with the tummy tuck i felt like it was all my fault...if i just tried harder i could fix it. well, i have been about 10 lbs lighter than i am now and my abdomen is still flabby, it's just more loose skin and less fat. i don't like it any better that way. the scars from the old surgeries are still there. i can't fix the muscles that separated from having 3 children, right? diet and exercise will not put them back together i'm told. so why feel bad? the past few weeks have been like exposure therapy for me. the one thing i am most embarrassed of i have to talk about, and take pictures of it and show it to doctors...(well, it was my decision to do all that) but in the process i began to realize it's not that bad! don't get me wrong, it's still coming off! but i started to feel less ashamed, less like it was my fault and finally seeing it for what it is. it's just a small part of me that i don't like. it doesn't make me a bad person to have it. it won't make me a better person when it's gone. it doesn't matter why it's there, how it happened or what i could've/should've done to fix it...all that matters is that i finally don't feel bad about it anymore. i hope this helps someone else out there. please comment and let me know if it does. ? no regrets, just lessons ?

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All the exercising in the world won't get rid of that skin. I too exercised like crazy - but no- it didn't help my stomach at all. When I went for my 1st PS appointment he told me "all the exercise in world wont' get this apron of skin off" - I am so happy - I am 4 weeks post op and doing great. Good luck.
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thanks! your scar and BB both look great for 4 weeks!

12 days away!!!

12 days away!!!

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Just 9 days away! very excited and nervous!

just 9 days away! very excited and nervous!

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3 MORE DAYS!!! HOLY COW!!!

3 MORE DAYS!!! HOLY COW!!!

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Good luck!!
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thank you! and you look great! so happy to read your success story.
Its almost time!!!!!! Yay!!!!
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TOMORROW AM (6:30) IS MY SURGERY!!! CAN'T WAIT...

TOMORROW AM (6:30) IS MY SURGERY!!! CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO BE DONE!!!

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Will be thinking of u tomorrow...good luck
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thank you!!! your day is almost here too...
Is your surgery tomorrow? Mine is Friday! EEK! :)
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IT'S DONE!!! GRAPHIC PHOTOS ADDED!!! got to the...

IT'S DONE!!! GRAPHIC PHOTOS ADDED!!!
got to the surgery center at 6:30 a.m. with my wonderful hubby. got changed, they did their usual questions and made me give a urine sample for a pregnancy test! (even though i had my tubes tied 15 years ago) gave me a scopolamine patch behind my ear and the dr. marked me. i had 2 questions, 1. will you take some photos of me in the OR please? well, not of me as much as the specimen...i really wanted to see it on the table! he said he would (or the nurse would do it) i wanted a pic of what i looked like before i got all wrapped up but i didn't get one of those... just have to wait until tomorrow when he said i could unwrap and look. and #2 question was do you have to use a foley catheter? i really hate those things!!! he said he usually does so there's no bladder distention during or right after surgery, and so you don't have to get up and go to the bathroom right away. i agreed to have it during surgery as long as they pulled it right after. (they did) i just know they are another source of infection and who needs that, right? i was in the OR at 7:30 and out by 10 am. he did the full TT with MR and did lipo of my flanks. (looks like he got about 300 ccs out judging by the picture) woke up feeling fine but they gave me something for pain anyway...i don't remember what, but i'm not a fan of pain medication...makes me feel itchy and weird and i'm hardly going to take any. i have a bottle of tylox but i am planning on just using tylenol if at all possible. it's 5 pm now and i haven't taken anything since that 10 am med. started taking my 3 day course of antibiotics. (keflex) my hubby picked me up by 1. (i was ready to go before then but he was doing a half day in the office so he can stay home with me tomorrow) the ride home was fine. i have urinated at least 3 times so far, no problem. i did not get the raised toilet seat and it seems to be fine. i'm also in bed (no recliner) with just a big slanted pillow thing behind me and 1 under my knees. been drinking water and eating unsalted saltines. also had a protein bar and a ginger ale. so far this has been MUCH easier than i anticipated! i'll upload the OR photos now and tomorrow when i unwrap everything i'll take some of the incision.

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CONGRATS!!!! Happy Healing!
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thanks! how are you? new boobies?
CONGRATS!!!!! Cant wait to see more pics! My day is tommorow. So excited right now! I cant take the anticipation anymore!!!! Happy healing to you :)
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24 hours post op...everything is still going well!...

24 hours post op...everything is still going well! not much draining going on, just 30 mls in each at 10 am. still haven't taken a single pain med. (just some regular tylenol) i went downstairs and made coffee and had a bagel this am. not feeling sick or dizzy at all. will post more photos later. happy healing everyone!!!

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Forgot to mention i am taking Arnica Montana and...

forgot to mention i am taking Arnica Montana and Bromelain a few times a day. hopefully it will help with the bruising and swelling!?

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Looks nice already!!!! We did it! how is the breathing going for you? they gave me a breathing exercise thing.
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no, i didn't get the breathing thing but it is good to use! i haven't taken any pain meds so i think my breathing is fine. (the pain pills cause respiratory depression) how are you feeling???
I am ok just tired but im trying to wait to go to sleep because i dont want to be up all night

Post op day 2 and all is well. showered today...

post op day 2 and all is well. showered today finally and that made me tired! still no real pain. (just some soreness/burning) not much drainage. (30-40 mls in 24 hours again) posted some new pics. looks great so far!

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You look great! It's a great thing you got a second opinion..
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Thanks! I know, I can't believe that first PS said he didn't even want to do a tummy tuck on me? His loss!
Looking fab! Did your PS tell you when he'd remove your incision tape? Mine is all stained with dry blood. Looks awful.
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POST OP DAY 3! all is well, took another shower...

POST OP DAY 3! all is well, took another shower today, recovered the incisions, emptied the drains...not much draining going on, only 20 mls in 24 hours. i'm moving around a lot better, still no pain meds. only 1 thing on my agenda today...BM! i took MOM yesterday twice and once today and nothing has happened!

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Well, mission accomplished! my hubby was kind...

well, mission accomplished! my hubby was kind enough to get me a bottle of magnesium citrate and i drank about 5 oz of it and WOW i think i'm clean enough for a colonoscopy! (i know, TMI)

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Hey freedom, my plastic surgeon started taking my tape and bandages off on post opt day 1. He said I can take a shower today which is great.
I'm going to call the office and see if I can get the tape taken off sooner than June 6th. I dont know why, but the tape bothers me.

Called the PS office to get an appt for tomorrow...

called the PS office to get an appt for tomorrow and they said i could come in today, yay! hoping to get rid of the drains since there's not much coming out anyway...it's only post op day 4 but so far so good. took a photo with another bikini i had but never wore. very happy so far. happy healing everyone!?

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Went to the PS but still have my drains...he said...

went to the PS but still have my drains...he said tomorrow or the next day they can come out. it's only post op day 4 so it's expected. i don't want a seroma so what the hell, they can stay in a little longer! he said everything looks great and was surprised at how well i'm moving around. warned me not to over do it...told me to wear the binder 24 hours except for the shower of course! all is well!!!

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I also didnt have tape on my incision. Just glue. I thought he was going to put tape.
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Wow good for u! I wish i could go. I took MOM today. it wasmt uncomfortable was it? My drain are still draning quite a bit.185 the first day from one drain and 40 from the other drain.so far today.60 from one and 40 from the other.
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holy crap...seriously...that mag. citrate may have been a little much! i've gone a whole bunch of times and no it wasn't painful...my ab muscles just felt tight, maybe contracted for an hour or so after. i am hoping to get rid of the drains today because they really aren't doing anything...like 15 ml in 24 hours. going to see the PS at 3:30!

DAY 5 POST OP! got on the scale this am expecting...

DAY 5 POST OP! got on the scale this am expecting the worst but was surprised to find i'm 5 lbs less than i was before surgery! hope my weight stays there!

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So glad to see that you are doing well and getting easily. Thank you for posting before and after pics. You look great. I hope my results are just as fabulous.
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you will look great!!!
nope, still have the drains because there's about 15-20 ml in them (in 24 hours) he wants them down to 10mls each then he'll pull them. how are you???

POST OP DAY 6...not much to report, feeling...

POST OP DAY 6...not much to report, feeling stronger every day...went out to lunch with my friend yesterday and had a margarita then was tired for the rest of the day! going to the PS tomorrow, hopefully the drains will come out then...they are really irritating! they are just in an awkward place (pubic area) every time i go to the bathroom i have to carefully pull down my underwear/pants without tugging on them and then put everything back carefully without putting any pressure on them...way too much work! anyway, that's my only complaint. (and i really can't complain, it has been smooth sailing) hope everyone is doing well!?

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You are looking great already!
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thanks! i just wrote on your page...❤
Newmesoon, you seem to be doing great! No pain meds, that awesome!
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1 WEEK POST OP!!! went to the PS today and he...

1 WEEK POST OP!!! went to the PS today and he yanked both my drains...and i mean yanked them out! it wasn't bad at all, just a little sting. he said the drain holes would drain/bleed for a couple days and to just cover them with gauze or a pad. feels soooooo good to be without them. i'll take a picture later. happy healing all!?

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My PS put micropore tape on my scar today and said...

my PS put micropore tape on my scar today and said to change it every day. i guess i will do that for a few weeks and see how it goes. i bought the silicone strip to use as well...maybe i'll try that after 4-6 weeks with the tape? so many choices...

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Hi there!

I am new to the site and have followed your blog. Just wanted to say you look incredible!
I go into my PS' office tomorrow to make my payment :)
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Thats cool he took your drains out. I still have one hanging and hopefully it comes out on mon. You look amazing!!!
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they were down to 10-15 mls each and it really wasn't bloody(mostly yellow and oily), so it was time! and thank you!!!

DAY 8 POST OP...totally over-did it today, went...

DAY 8 POST OP...totally over-did it today, went grocery shopping, had family over, went out to eat...need to rest now! my drain holes haven't been doing anything today which was nice. hope everyone is doing well!

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Oh, you got your drains out. I'm jealous. You look great! I'm still shocked at the skin pictures! That's a lot! I'm so shocked by what doctors are able to do.
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yes, no drains...feels so much better! thank you!!! you're coming along nicely too.❤
You look fabulous! Every time I look at your post op pics I get excited (even giddy) about my surgery. Thank you for sharing your story. It's helping to reinforce my decision to have a tt. It's just a few weeks away.

In one of your photos your breasts look a little bigger. Did you have anything done to your breasts? My PS talked to me about a fat transfer to my breasts and I'm seriously considering it. I seem to be getting flatter and flatter. He said he'd be able to add a fullness to the top of my breasts that I've lost over the years. I think it may have gravitated down to my tummy :-), he can just put it back where it belongs.
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DAY 9 POST OP...think i'm paying for being too...

DAY 9 POST OP...think i'm paying for being too busy yesterday...really hurting today. (not enough to take any meds but very sore) i'm going to lay here and do nothing tonight and tomorrow. and the micropore tape i mentioned 2 days ago...not using that anymore! i used it 2 days and each day when i removed it it really tore the top layer off my incision making it raw/bleeding. i tried wetting it first hoping it would come off easier, but no such luck. oh well, guess i'll try the silicone strip instead?

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What I really want is more symettry in my breasts. I maintained my weigh at 155 for some time and now I've been maintaining my weight around 150. Since then I'm a little flatter, closer to a C, rather than a D. The fullness in my breasts, especially at the top has started to go away. The surgeon pointed out that he could correct it with fat grafting. I talked with my mom yesterday, and she talked me out of the fat graft to my breasts. I'm not that dissatisified with them in the first place. So, I'm just going to stick with the tt. My tummy has been a bother to me for so long and I've never felt that way about my breasts. So, I think I'm making the right decision by leaving my breasts alone. Thank you for sharing. I hope you continue to heal quickly.

10 DAYS POST OP...really took it easy today, and...

10 DAYS POST OP...really took it easy today, and i'm feeling good. tomorrow is my oldest son's birthday and he's turning 20....holy crap, i can't believe i have a 20 year old!

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your breasts can always be done another time right? i have a feeling that once your tummy is smaller/flatter your boobs are going to look bigger anyway! (i think mine do) buy some of those victoria's secret bras that add a cup size or 2 and you'll feel like a new woman there too!❤
That's exactly what my mom said, just go and buy a push up bra. Too funny! I agree, it's likely that my boobs will look bigger once my tummy is flatter. I also look forward to my gut not being the same size as my butt :-). Thanks for the support and encouragement. Can't wait to be where you're at.
moms always have good advice!

11 days post op... all is well. got rid of the...

11 days post op... all is well. got rid of the binder and put on my girdle! it took a lot of effort to get into this thing so it's staying on until i shower tomorrow! (thank god the crotch can unhook) i meant to say i started sleeping on my side again a couple days ago which is nice...when one side gets sore i switch to the other. (did not like sleeping on my back at all) hope everyone is doing well!

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I am seeing your transformation every time you post a new pic. Wow! u look good :)
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OMG, i thought i saw an ab muscle today when i was...

OMG, i thought i saw an ab muscle today when i was looking in the mirror!? i'm not sure because i've never seen one on me... i mean never, i was flabby before i had 3 kids so i can't blame it on pregnancies. seriously, i thought i didn't have ab muscles but the PS assured me they are there...wow!

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Just wanted to say that your pictures are great and I look forward to your updates. I am scheduled for a TT in October and have a similar looking stomach to what you HAD. Thanks for all the posts and pics, I cannot wait to see how my results turn out!
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your sense of humor is fabulous! you will do well i'm sure!❤
Looking Hot!
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POST OP DAY 13...holy cow, i can't believe...

POST OP DAY 13...holy cow, i can't believe tomorrow it will be 2 weeks since my surgery! it has gone by so fast... every day i'm stronger, able to do more, feeling more and more "normal." i have to remember not to do certain things that may be too much or ruin my muscle repair...the PS said between weeks 2-4 post op when you start feeling good again is when SOME people ruin it by like lifting heavy objects and they pop open their muscle repair stitches. i do not want to be one of those patients!!! so i will behave... hope you are all doing well.?

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Hi there, just started reading your posts. And WOW WOW WOW! I am going for my TT and BA on Wednesday. I am so excited, like kid before birthday.
I am scared of the pain though and I also have 3 kiddies to take care off. I am 41 and decided it's now or never. I have a big pot belly but skinny legs, and butt.

You've made me even more excited now.

Thank you for being so inspiring.

Love
Lu
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thanks so much! yes, now or never, that's the truth... honestly, i didn't have a lot of pain...yes, i was sore as hell (took tylenol) but it was so much easier than i thought it would be. i'm so glad i did it. can't wait to see your transformation!❤
;D That would be awesome!

Post op day 16...wow, time is flying by. i feel...

post op day 16...wow, time is flying by. i feel almost back to normal. besides wearing the stupid CG's. i've tried a few different ones and either i hate the stupid hook crotch things or they are sliding down on my ribs or the ones with the bra straps are digging in my shoulders, only a couple more weeks and i'll be free of them! everything is healing up nicely. got a new 4th of july bikini, yay!

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HAHA! That's outstanding so glad to hear your doing so good! You are rockin that bikini! Go gettem girl!
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thanks! you'll be rocking' a bikini soon too!!!

POST OP DAY 18... saw the ps today and all is well...

POST OP DAY 18... saw the ps today and all is well...don't have to see him again for a month. everything seems to be healing nicely. i'm not doing anything to my incision now...at 4-6 weeks i might try the silicone strip? i still have to wear the CG for another couple weeks. and he said NO to the elliptical :( he said NO exercise for 6 weeks! besides walking...i can always do that! oh well, i can be lazy, why not? :)

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WOW! You're looking amazing!
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thank you! what a transformation for you... i love my results so far but it's kind of unexciting because nothing has changed...still the same size, measurements are the same, etc. it's like my little secret because no one is going to notice!
you are lookin good :)
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Can't believe it will be 3 weeks tomorrow since my...

can't believe it will be 3 weeks tomorrow since my surgery...time is flying by! nothing new to report, just feeling stronger every day and still hating the CGs! (i have 5 different kinds and hate them all) i'm waiting to be 4 weeks post op to start using the silicone strip. hopefully that will flatten the scar. i took a few photos out by the pool today, maybe i'll post a few of those!

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You look AMAZING - you look like a model in that bikini shot. I seriously thought the caption was going to read "What I hope I look like". I get mine in 3 weeks. Had lipo/breast augmentation and lift/fat transfer to butt in April but there was a complication and he couldn't do the TT. So I have to go back!!!
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thank you, thank you and thank you! good luck on part 2 of your makeover...can't wait to see your complete transformation!❤
Youre results are AMAZING !!! I really like that you posted pics of your "care package".
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I thought I was adding new photos but my Internet...

I thought I was adding new photos but my Internet is down and I can't do photos from my iPad here, why not? I am 4 weeks PO tomorrow and all is well! I'll get more photos up tomorrow somehow. Happy healing everyone!?

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Now I am 2 weeks post op and will have check up tomorrow! Had the drains out last week after 6 days but I think I should have had them in longer as now retaining fluid :-( Otherwise all is going as planned! Been a bit too active and should have rested more, been working all the time even if I should have been on sick leave! Great to read comments as when I am unsure about something I can find the answer here!! A little different method for post surgery in Sweden than the US....
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Can't wait! So glad your doing good! It's hard to believe your already 4 weeks out! WOW!
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bromelain is pineapple...just drink some pineapple juice every day! wow, only 3 days away...i'm so excited for you!

Got the new pics up...including the ones of the my...

got the new pics up...including the ones of the my new victoria's secret bikini that's a size large but the top is really small! i think it's made for someone with A-B boobs!? my hubby bought it so i'll wear it... happy healing to you all!

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Newmesoon you look great I hope I get there soon.
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Ooh' la, la! Look at you and Mr. Henley! I can't wait to be able to wear a two piece too!
My hubby doesn't believe that I will but, I gotta a surprise for him! :-)
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yeah i found myself just walking around the house in that bikini today...my kids were like "oh gross mom!" but whatever... you will be there too! sounds like you are doing well. just take it easy and be patient...♡

5 weeks post op...not much new to report...just...

5 weeks post op...not much new to report...just waiting to be 6 weeks so i can go to the gym and get in the pool! hope all of you had a happy 4th of july! i spent the day in my new bikini, why not?

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Hi how are you doing? Have you started the scar treatment yet? If so, how's that going, are you noticing any difference?
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i haven't started the silicone strip yet...i will this weekend i think. i'm 6 weeks tomorrow! i usually rub some vitamin e on it once a day and just leave it alone! i just ditched the girdle today....i feel so weird without it but i don't think it's doing a damn thing at this point? and it's july and wearing spandex under my regular clothes is just too hot and uncomfortable. going to see the ps on monday...
My PS told me to make sure i have button down shirt to wear as it will be painful to lift my arms over my head post-op. How soon post-op were you able to pull on clothing over your head? Any advice for what products I will need post-op to help my recovery? Anyone know how long the TT results last? Did anyone have a TT several years ago?
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6 WEEKS POST OP!!! i'm finally done! i think i'm...

6 WEEKS POST OP!!! i'm finally done! i think i'm done? i threw out my girdle, went swimming in my pool and tomorrow i'm going to the gym! i'm going to see the PS on monday so hopefully he will approve of all these activities, but last time i checked he said i could at 6 weeks post op. i'm going to take pics of my scar after i've used the silicone strip for a few weeks...i'm starting that tonight. hope you are all doing well!?

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I love your new youuuu!!! and I can tell your enjoying it too! question: I've heard sun needs to be avoided for a while, but I see you're already soaking up the up big time! did your doc say anything about sun or swimming? Congrats!
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HOT HOT HOT! Is what you are! You look so good!
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you too, nice new red bra and panties! you're moving right along...

Wow...i am over 7 weeks post op now. all is well....

wow...i am over 7 weeks post op now. all is well. going to the gym today finally! i'm adding some scar photos with and without the silicone strip. i'm going to use the strip every night for the next month or 2 and see how it looks. hopefully it takes away some of the redness. the only part i don't like is right in the middle where i ripped the micropore tape off (at 1 week post op) and it removed the scab at the time and now that area is a lot thicker and uglier. big mistake, live and learn!

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This was my answer to someone's question about sun...

this was my answer to someone's question about sun and i wanted to share it with everyone in case you run into this problem as well:
sun needs to be avoided for about 6 months...i found that out the hard way. i thought after 6 weeks it was ok to be in the sun with sunscreen on my scar and BB...not true. the skin right down the middle above and below my BB BURNS in the sun...very easily. i couldn't figure out why that skin was turning bright red and my PS just informed me, i'm burning it! (duh) i can't feel it on the outside still so i don't notice that it's burning until it's too late. then another day i went out in the sun and kept it covered with a shirt but it was still red after. he said even heat will burn that area, like you could get a good burn from a heating pad there. i had no idea. he said it's because the nerves and blood vessels have been cut (when doing the undermining and muscle repair) and that skin can't react like normal skin to heat. (something about the blood vessels/capillaries being unable to open and close like normal) so lesson learned. i'm actually going to copy and paste this to my profile in case anyone else runs into this issue as well. so, yes, avoid sun/heat for at leasts 6 months!

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u look great
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thanks so much!  ❤
Happy 7 weeks:-)
Thank you for the info regarding the sun!
Looking forward to seeing more pics after you've used the silicone strips for a while.
You look great as always:-)
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Wow, can't believe i'm 12 weeks post op now! i...

wow, can't believe i'm 12 weeks post op now! i started a new job 3 weeks ago so i've been very busy and haven't been on here at all. so nice to be back and see all your fabulous results! i have had a week or 2 of feeling fat and swollen :( my new job has me standing 8-9 hours at a time and i am swollen by lunch time and it continues all night. i usually feel good in the am so i am assuming it's just swelling from standing all day. i really need to get back to the gym! i've been a couple times but need to get there more often that's for sure. my scar is ok, there's some nice thin areas and some thicker ugly areas.( the ugly areas from ripping the micropore tape off at 1 week post op) i will post some new pics, the good and the bad...hope you are all healing well?

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your results look amazing! you seem to have very minimum swellings but what happened at 11weeks? How come you suddenly swell up so much? i just hit 6 weeks PO and my swellings suddenly gotten lot worst and i can grab on to excess skins which i didn't have that much during the first few weeks of po.
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i'm guessing it's from going back to work and standing for 8-9 hours at a time...that's the only thing that has changed.  i'm headed back to the gym every other day or so, hoping some cardio and crunches will help! 

 
Hi newmesoon, how's your swelling? I just hit 2months PO and my swelling has hit its' peak! Is it possible that the swellings can still get worst at 2months or its just bad results? I thought we are suppose to improve each day?

Well, it's already the end of september, can't...

well, it's already the end of september, can't believe i'm 4 months post op already. i've been going to the gym every other day using the elliptical and doing ab exercises. those ab muscles are still sore but starting to see them for the first time ever! overall i'm pleased with my results. i know it looks better than it did before...however, i still have my days when i feel fat or swollen. i guess my only disappointment stems from the fact that nothing has really changed for me. (in a bikini,yes, big change there) my weight is the same as before surgery (148) my clothes fit the same, my size hasn't changed, even my measurements are the same! i guess i thought that i'd be smaller somehow and i have to accept the fact that flatter does not equal smaller! i'm just going to keep going to the gym and eating well and looking forward to next summer when i can get out there and wear that bikini again! no regrets.?

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Happy Holidays! Just checking in on you.. hope you're doing well:)
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Happy 4 months! Your scar is healing nicely :-)
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I too have also accepted the fact that "flatter does not equal smaller". I work out every day and have only lost 2 lbs since surgery! I keep reminding myself slow & steady wins the race:) You look awesome though!
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