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A little terrified, hoping to get some insight on here. I am new to this site as a member, but have been reviewing the site for about a year. I went for my consult on Monday of this week, and absolutely loved Dr. Guillory! Very personable, and friendly. I've wanted a tummy tuck since after my first child cause my skin was terribly stretched out, but I knew I wanted another child first. So here I am with my youngest now 3 years old! Any things you guys can share with me to help me asking this journey? Any info you feel would be helpful. Will post pics soon!
I had my tummy tuck back in February and it was the best thing I have ever done for myself. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
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Thank you!!! I will be alone for the recovery process and am a little nervous.
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good for you, im having mine on sept. 2nd,
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Finally was able to upload pictures!

13 days and counting!

This is gonna be the longest two weeks ever possibly. I'm a little nervous how it will actually look afterwards as in the new belly button and the scar itself. Hope it is in my panty line area. I'm sure I'll only get more nervous as the time gets closer, but more than ready to be on the flat side!!!
don't worry about a compression garment for awhile. You'll be using an abdominal binder for a few weeks from the hospital. By time you need a lighter compression you will be able to go get one. And then you will know what size to get too
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That would probably be best rather than buying one know and it not being the right size.
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had this done 7 years ago. Was quite a difficult recovery but you have to take one day at a time. I used a website that helped me immensely to get through it all. Makemeheal.com lots of answers already posted to questions you will have.. Good luck
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Better before photos.

You are doing something for yourself you will never regret! You will always be glad you did it. I looked worse than you and had a tt with muscle tightening and and lipo...over6 pounds of fat removed and a lot of skin...first two weeks very uncomfortable but uneventful recovery. I was in size 14 pants, now a year later, weigh a little more but in size 10 pants and they are a little loose. Wouldn't take anything for my new body...I no longer have any stretch marks and Incan wear a bikini again. Beaucat.
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I'm doing TT with the muscle repair and lipo also. :)
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You will love it that your body will look so good. The first week is tough. I had to sleep in a recliner for the first 5 days to avoid putting stress on the incision. The pain pills keep you comfortable. You may have a drain...I did and that helps with the swelling. It comes out usually about the time your stitches are removed, like 10 days . You should be sure not to get constipated...get some colace or another stool softener before surgery and take it every day until you are eating normally. Wear your abdominal binder at all times...you can bathe but put it back on immediately...I wore mine for two weeks then switched to a compression garment, which I wore for two months. I ordered mine online. I got an excellent result and can wear a bikini again. This is major surgery, so it takes a while to heal completely, but just take it one day at a time and you will be. Fine. Good luck.
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12 days ;)

Any items you wished you would've had gotten before your surgery you needed/wanted afterwards?? Trying to be sure I have everything I would possibly need. Thanks ladies!
Heres her post name.....How To Prepare Pre-op and Post-op for Abdominoplasty/Hernia---NO SURPRISES - Scottsdale, AZ
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Oh and btw i found this nurses post she said to get traumeel...the pills liquid and cream and take the pills, liquid, arnica 30x and bromelain like three days before and like right after surgery ...she says it help prevent pain swelling and bruising...i just ordered mine on ebay....
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I am 18 days post, I have been very lucky. I have not experienced the pain that other on here have. I stopped taking pain pill on Wednesday (2 days after). I did not like being in a fog and the pain was not that bad. My back hurt worse that the surgery did. I love being on the flat side, still cannot fit into any of my pants because of swelling but hopefully I can soon. My Doctor and his staff is wonderful.
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11 days!!!

Getting really excited!

9 days!!

Can't believe the closer it gets the less nervous I feel. I'm sure the day of I'll be on edge and terrified, but I'm enjoying this peace right now.
Turn your nervousness into excitement! You are going to "reclaim your body from those babies" ;P Im so excited for you and cant wait to see your progress!
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I am getting so nervous!
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Your belly looks a lot like mine. Can I ask what your height and weight are, if it's not too personal? I had my first consult today and am looking at doing the surgery in late Nov. or early Dec.
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5 days to go.....

I'm losing my mind... Not literally, but I'm getting myself all worked up. Called my Dr today with tons of nonsense questions. Lol. Preop on Monday!
Thats crazy you have preop monday..that my preop too...lol...
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I'm losing my mind about it. Lol
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I keep going in and out of sanity...but then again i have a bit more time than you 13 days left...i still need to go school shopping, register my kids, take my daughter to get 7 th grade shot....im really procrastinating....but at least my box o stuff is ready lol.....i keep having dreams and daydreams of waking up from surgery with all my attachments...i really want to be mentally prepared...im hoping...gonna ask the ps monday, that they bandage me up good so i dont have to see it....because he doesnt do binders until drains are gone.....
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3 days....

Preop tomorrow!!!
Preop was a little scary! Lol, it is getting real!!!
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Preop..... check :)

Surgery will be Wednesday... Very excited and nervous all together! Mainly because I've never had any type of surgery! Being put to sleep is what scares me the most. And being tubed! But I'll get over it. Paid for my surgery in full today, so no turning back!!
Good luck on Wed
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Tomorrow is day!!!

Surgery is at 8am!
Thinking of you! Good Luck tomorrow! You GOT this!
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Thank you very much!!
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Good luck tomorrow, my date is the 19th and I have all the same worries as you
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Officially on the flat side!!

Surgery was at 8 am, was complete a little afterafter noon. Came home at 2pm. Have not taken my binder off but have drained the drains quite a few times. So far not walking hunched over, pretty straight. Said they removed over six lbs of skin! So far a little sore but that was expected :)
that's great your able to stand up with ease! happy healing!
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Thank you girl!!! I've been up walking and draining my drains. Just ate dinner... Was prescribed percocet, but I'm not much into pain pills so I am alternating between the percocet abs extra strength Tylenol. Wish me luck!
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You go girl....you give me courage.....you tell that pain who's boss...
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Day 1 :)

Well just took my binder off for the first time...... Wasn't painful at all, but I guess the pressure release got me cause u passed out. Lol. Binder is back on and I don't for see trying to l that again any time soon.
Passed out? I hope you were sitting and weren't injured. I hope you have a great recovery. I'm going for a 2nd consult with my chosen surgeon on 8/25 and scheduling for late Nov/early Dec. I can't wait! I hope my early days go as smoothly as yours, minus the fainting.
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Ya, I felt it coming... My head felt super hot all of a sudden so I sat down, my friend laid me down.
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Dr appt tomorrow....

My drains have been emptying great til today. Dr wants to see me tomorrow to be sure they aren't kinked any where our if they are truly ready to come out so soon. They originally thought I would need them til next week or longer. We will see.
Wow its so surreal that your done....yikes my turn next week....im scurd....glad your doing well....kinda happy i dont have to wear a binder...
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You won't have to wear a binder?
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No according to my doctor and my own research the binder is an old school method....it contributes to dvt and necrosis by impeding circulation during a sensitive time...he put it this way....the binder is suppose to decrease swelling but the drains do that...its redundant ....i will wear a cheap little corset thingie after drains taken out and i can stand straight....
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Day 2

Fixing to get ready for my appt... Laying down with binder open currently. Pain was pretty bad last night.... But I made it. Drains still not putting out more than about 10cc over a few hours. Also belly button.... Yuk. Any tips to help it heal right?

TaDa!!!

Without any bandages ;)
You look great! Get lots of rest and keep us updated.
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Thanks!!!
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Ya, I asked today at my appt if I could take it off and they said Tuesday I may be able to take it off and wear something more comfortable :)
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Advice on removing Adhesive and Tape???

Help ladies..... Any tips on removing the tape as painless as possible???? Have to remove it Monday for my post op appt... Thanks!!

Playing with pictures :)

I passed out when I first stood after surgery and then almost did again yesterday while showering 9 days post op. It happens :-/
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I've had the binder off two more times with no lightheadedness, so crossing my fingers it was just the pressure from the binder twisted all at once. Lol. Washed my hair in the sink yesterday, and felt quite a bit better... Can't wait to shower!!
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TMI....

First bowl movement a success! :) No pain.... Thank you Colace!!
Do you have special pink panties or what did you do no hold off your drains?
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It is paper tape wrapped around the sides :) That has been my biggest problem keeping my panties off the drains so I improvised :) It has been such help!!
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Standing up straight still..... Thank goodness!
Wow congratulations! You look amazing and looks like you are dealing real good with pain you are even walking straight. I pray I do as good as you my surgery is on Sept 5th I'm so ready but I'm scared
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Walking hunched over scared me to death. Lol. I had asked my Dr about that prior to surgery and he said that would be completely up to me if I was gonna be able to walk straight or not. Said some people are terrified to stand up due to the pain or afraid their incision will open. Obviously he has never had a TT so that is all just his opinion. But I'm very glad I'm walking straight. Haven't taken any pain meds today, so that makes me super happy! Good luck to you, I'll be sure to follow your recovery as well!!
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I saw you just wore a tank and some..pajama? Pants....my ps said something i dont have to put over my head but i havent been able to find anything that fits my boobs.....i have a tube sun dress thinking about that...he said just to bring a robe and go home naked lol.....men....was it painful to put on your tank?
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Bruising has caught up with me

Got some bruising going on today :)
Hi. U look very good. If your still having trouble removing the tape than u shouldn't put tape on. I am 3 days post op today and dr never put any tape on me, I clean my scars and put new pads every day and triple antibiotics, then I cover them up again with new pads but never put tape. As long as u put triple antibiotics that will help hold the pads on and then cover ur belly again with the compression garment or faja. I hope this is helpful.
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Ya, unfortunately it was put on by my Dr to secure my incision. Wished it wasn't cause here I sit trying to figure out how to remove it as painlessly as possible. Once it is removed Tuesday they won't place anymore on it. Someone recommend placing Vaseline on the tape and let it set for an hour, but I'm terrified it will get infected.
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Ohhh no do not put Vaseline or anything else. Pour a lil bit of hydrogen peroxide 3%, you can get it at Walgreens or cvs or any pharmacy, at Walmart too. That's what I clean my incisions with, put some drops on the tape and leave it for a couple of mins, once it's being wet it will get soft and it will not hurt at all. If u want I can email u or text u a picture of the bottle, am not sure how to do it from here. Xo
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Hmmmm... :) / ):

Not very pretty after removing the tape huh? :( It bled pretty bad, and I had to wash it with anti bacterial soap. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't a pleasure either. Scared tomorrow is too soon to remove my stitches?? Especially with it still bleeding so much once I removed the tape. The center below my belly button is the worse cause I had pretty bad stretch marks in that are. Hoping my stretch marks will lay flat in my incision line cause they currently are not. Trying to be hopeful that it will look better than this! First time since surgery I'm wondering if I made the right decision going through with the surgery.... Everyone else's post op pictures look so different than mine.... Boohoo I guess. Lol

Post op appt yesterday ....

Went well... Had stitches removed and my belly button was cleaned :) Was very upset to hear two different people stitched me up cause one side is straight and pretty..... And well the other is not obviously. :( But I am healing up great!!! Have not taken pain meds in a few days and feel great! Appt was at 9am, didn't return home till about 9pm. Went and did a little shopping, lunch/dinner, and a movie .. What a great day.. Bad news....... Ugh. Still have both my drains. Lol. Hate these things! :)
You are doing great and look great..once you are fully healed you can always do scar treatment there is a gelzone scar treatment band especially for helping scars lay flat ...i plan to use glycolic acid afterwards on my scar and the left over stretch marks....it helps fill them in and lighten them.....but thats far down the road.......happy your doing to well...hope them same for myself ......
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Your day is right around the corner!!! I just finished mowing the yard. Lol. If course it is a riding mower though. Been driving and going out when I need to. So far so good. Can't wait to see your pics!!
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Holy crap lady....your a freaking trooper....i can only hope....lol...i will try to post mark up pics friday morning.....ill see how i feel post op....doc says to take the bandage off and shower second day but i may hold off till third....
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Swollen :)

Just got out of shower, crazy swollen but no pain.
Is that like packing in your bb? To keep it open or?
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No, nothing in my belly button, just tape over the outer corners.
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What meds are you on? My doc only offered vicodin 5 mg/ 325 mg.....i get a pain pump with lidocaine dripping over the muscles for three days too...
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Swollen sitting down.

I read a couple reviews that said their Dr used marbles or pearls taped in the belly button. My Dr said he does not use any of that. Said it will heal correctly on its own.
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Wow...loke i said i can only hope and wish....im sure you surprised yourself too...most tt stories include much pain....
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Ya, all the stories got me worked up and afraid. Lol. I know I have a very high pain tolerance but was just so uncertain of what was to come. Uncertainty is terrifying!
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Swelling....

Has been awful. Lol. Look like I have a little baby bump.. All my swelling is above my belly button. But no pain. Been laughing so hard my little muscles have been aching, but I laugh at everything so I'm surprised I've held off this long. When I see something funny I've been trying to redirect myself immediately. Lol. It's a little difficult. :) Hope everyone has a good Friday!!
Idk for sure if it will help but glycine helps, swelling and healing...
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At this point, I'll try anything. I'm swollen all day everyday. Lol
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Not as swollen today...

Headed to my appt.... Praying he will take these drains out! Lol. Really don't have anything to update, just wanted to share updated photos. Hope everyone has a good Monday!
You look terrific, even if swollen. I am so hopeful for a good result. I am sure you'll be more comfortable without the drains! Arnica is excellent for swelling, but we use the cream/gel and I'm not sure you can with the surgical wound. It would be worth trying tablets, though. Of course, you may already be familiar with Arnica.
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Ya, the swelling is killing me..... I hate that I've been swollen 99% of this journey cause I'm terrified it is actually fat around my organs. But my tummy before surgery didn't protrude out like this, so I'm hopeful it is just swelling! But I'll try anything for swelling. Lol. Thank you! :)
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Looking great!
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So..... ugh!

Still have both drains.... BS. One of the two is collecting less than the required amount to have it removed avd my Dr is making me wait. So easy to say I left my appt today ticked. I hate these things. Lol. I still have a stitch that is in my incision area that wasn't removed when all the rest were cause the end wasn't visible... Well it wasn't removed today either! So that upset me also. I will not be cut open again later to remove it. Just feel like everyone was so short today.... My appt didn't last ten minutes! Don't return for three weeks, other than to have drains removed when output is less than 30cc on both sides. Grrrr.
I hear ya on the drains. Mine are still in on day 18- hoping they come out tomorrow- they are for sure the most painful thing I still have going on.
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Ugh, I'm only on day 12..... I absolutely hate them. Lol. I'm doing everything I could do before surgery already, but these drains limit a lot of what I can do cause I get them caught on everything! :( I'll be thinking of you and praying they come out tomorrow for you!!!
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Been a good day, relaxed most of the day.... Ready to go back to work... Sitting at home is not my thing. Lol. Still have both drains, and of course one is ready to be pulled but I've still got it. Here's a couple pics from today :)
Dang girl...that sux...be happy you have em in the creases like i do...there was still tape adhesive and the crease keeps going together ....terrible placement..id rather have them where yours is..then i could anchor them with tape....agh...drains sux ass...you looking good.....
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Lol!!! You're too funny. They are awful!!! I can deal with everything else, but these drains are the death of me. Today I dropped one of them and thankfully they were attached to my pants or it would've pulled out. Lol. That would have been horrible (not). Wish they were gone. Hate that they keep telling me to call them when they are outputting less than 30cc in 24 hours, then here I sit with both of them still.
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I accidentally tugged mine the other day and today i officially started my period to while putting on a pad i realized the one i tugged actually came out a bit....so...i pushed it back in....felt better...lol...stupid drain...why cant somone invent a remote drain....lol...jk
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Red??

Everything is starting to look a little red to me??
Maybe its from the tension..i have somes redness around the upper incision area are the pubic area...plus a bit arpund the bb...but it isnt that red...if theres no heat or hardness then its probably no infection...just normal healing
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Ya. Doesn't feel warm to the touch to me. Doesn't hurt either.
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Drains out!!

Drains were removed yesterday... One side was clotted over, but it was my side that was draining the most so I'm going it will be okay. Wasn't supposed to return for three weeks, but Dr is concerned that it will need to be aspirated since it was clogged so badly. I sure hope not. That would feel awful. :( Also as you can see directly below my belly button/above my vagina my incision doesn't look to good. She said it is going to be a wound possibly..... And of course my dumb self googled tummy tuck incision wounds and OMG that had better not be what's happening to me!!! Plus side.... I feel 1000x better without those dumb drains! Just wished this one area would heal up cause I will be returning to work on the first. FYI.... My drain holes have neosporin on them.
If you can find some flushing niacin low dose..like 50 to 100 mg....that opens up capillaries....its help me get blood flow back to my legs...felt like i was getting clots....
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See if you know anyone with a red light....my mom gave me hers...it brings circulation to the skin and heals...ive been using it on that area of mine because its the most prone to circulatory issues
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Push the red skin and see if it still blanches....if it goes yellow then back to red then its still alive...i had the same concern......doesnt look bad to me....once the skin gets hard and stops blanching then its dead and or dying....hope that doesnt happen this far out....i talked to my doc about it and he told me the signs would be there already....
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Pics from today after shower :)
Looking good girl...i cant wait for my swelling to subside especially all the lumps from the aggressive lipo on the flanks.....
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I've got a few good size lumps.
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Looking good x
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Mistake...

Wore blue jeans yesterday.... They were not tight at all, they were pretty loose... Only wore them maybe four hours and when I took them off I had awful lines and bulges. Obviously had my binder on underneath them. Still this morning almost twelve hours later these awful bulges ate still there!!! :( Appt this afternoon to be sure I'm not collecting fluid after drains were removed Friday. Wish me luck.... I do not believe it needs to be aspirated, it doesn't look like I'm collecting fluid in my opinion.... But another good thing.... Was 219 the day of surgery, now currently at 209!
You look terrific. I hope your appt goes well. I scheduled my date today!
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Thank you! My stretch marks are raised at my incision line but I'm hopeful they will lay down with time. Other than the skin is gone so I'm happy!! Good luck!
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You look fantastic!!
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Appt

Had appt to be sure I wasn't retaining fluid after having drains pulledpulled out Friday. He felt around and said my tummy was too firm to tell so he stuxk needle in just in case there was some there. Well there was. Not much at all, only half of one syringe filled up. He said that was very good. Said typically he can get three or four syringes full from patients. So that made me happy :)
I was wondering if he tightened your muscles ? Or did he just her rid of the extra skin and give u a flat tummy since u heeled so quickly!
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Yes ma'am, I had muscle repair also.
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Wow that's amazing how you healed so quickly! today I went in for my tummy tuck however he recommended not to tighten muscles due to a prior surgery of having my gallbladder removed he said it might pull & cause openings & healing would be longer! It was his recommendation. Kind of last min not sure if I made the right choice???
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Day 20

Updated picture with panties on. Sorry about the bleep image.... I thought it was funny!
You look great!
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Thank you :) Swollen everyday, but I'll live lol.
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Welcome to the flat side, :-)
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Just a couple updated pics :)
You're looking great. I took more before pics today. Wow, that was eye-opening. My belly is ginormous! I cannot wait tip it isn't in my lap. I knew it was bad, but when I looked at the pics, I was shocked at just how bad!
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Picture standing up from just now after taking off my garment.... Other pic was last night before I feel asleep :)
Lookin fantastic!! When did u stop covering your incision under your garmet?
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I keep a tiny 2x3 pad over the area directly below my belly button as it has been the piece to heal the longest. I have only been covering it if I wear a certain garment in case it rubs at all. But it has finally make together, so I may only cover it a couple more times just to be safe then I'm done. Lol
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Ken doll???

Is this what is consider a Ken doll?? It is a little poochy.... Lol. (Sorry about the color the flash made it look funny!)
I'm glad that spot is healing and not becoming a wound. You're looking so terrific!
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Thank you! I'm so thankful also it has healed!
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Do you the sensation that your abs are filling up....like swelling when walking too much....i was a 34 1/2 this morning swelled to to almost 36.... The swelling is killer....
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Little update on pics.
I think the ken doll is that weird distortion that ken has almost like thin built guys have that line that runs down towards their groins and it kinda bulges like a v shape...i know im def rocking that....lol....your looking good...i cant wait til the last of my scabs fall off...i have a bit of an opening like you on the side he made tighter..its like an inch worth...trying to make it heal and my belly button for my four week post op so i can get the pool go ahead...idk if its gonna happens...plus i want to start massaging the scar to soften it up along with msm and serrapeptase which im already taking which helps the scar to soften so the lymph channels that run to the part where the thighs meet the groin..can reestablish so this horrible swelling will get better....
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No, lol. But the swelling this morning had my stretch marks pooched out!
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Swelling

Look pregnant today! Lol. But did buy some bio-oil and put on my incision and belly button today :)
I used bio oil everyday for almost 3 months didn't see any changes, but everybody is different!
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That would be my luck. Lol
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Sorry l press the post comment by mistake, how do you feel, be patience with the swelling can last up to a year sometimes, it feel good, oh yes, happy dance. God bless abd happy healing
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Constant swell....

For whatever reason it looks as though I have been swollen in my upper abdomen for the last two days. Makes me look pregnant, not digging that look at all. I have on a compression tank as well as a full abdomen compression corset over that and still swollen like crazy! My luck.

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Just a couple updated pics :) Loving that my panties no longer till down on the sides!!!

Swelling

Dr told me yesterday to quit wearing my binder.... This was the result after working twelve hours last night wearing my duty belt. :(
Goodness. I agree, it looks like you need extra support that is consistent. I'm sorry, it looks painful.
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Ya, Dr told me not to continue wearing anything compression wise. So I hadn't been. I may start back tomorrow cause I have had constant swelling and look pregnant and have for over a week now!! It isn't going down at all like it did before. Typically before it would swell and when I woke up in the morning I'd be flat again.... Not this week!!
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Wow thats bad...was your duty belt underneath that? I have experienced something similar yet not as severe...the compression needs to be consistent across the entire belly..especially since your wearing a work belt....i think you need some form of compression under that covers the entire area that was pulled down to right below the incision....even if its just one of those spandex band thingies....
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Anyone else?

Having this bump type swelling?? Sorry pic is kinda dark.
How are you doing? Is the odd bump going down? Have you seen your surgeon? Just thinking about you this am.
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Im doing pretty good....i am still pretty swollen...when i lay down and wake up n the morning i can feel the swelling and heat everywhere that was messed with....i look really boxy without compression....according to what ive read its probably the fat layer that is swollen...im hoping my actually waist line goes down in the coming months...plus im anxious to get back to cardio....every now n then i get pulling feeling like the muscle tensing on either side of my bb mostly the right side.......im massaging my whole belly now trying to work out the scar tissue that may be hindering lymph passage....how is your swelling?
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i have a little swelling in my upper abdomen, i had my abs tightend and my nurse said its still swollen, keep it compressed and massage. maybe you need to massage it. i massage my belly with vasaline after my shower in the am, and when im laying down for the night.
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