A little about myself. I am one day away from...

A little about myself. I am one day away from being 31yrs old. Jan 11th will make 11 years of being married ONLY marriage for both and last I pray.lol! from being married for almost 11 years we have 5 kids 4 girls and finally a boy as our last child. we are complete. I am a stay home mom. I always wanted a tummy tuck but wasnt finished having kids, so now that im finished im so ready. almost every night im on youtube looking at journeys. it helped out. Today is my pre-op and Oct 17th 2013 is my surgery date. im excited not to much nervous because im super confident in my decision. it may change the closer i get to the day but as of now im just excited. when i decided to get it i didnt feel much support from friends, because it was like they made an issue on how their husbands are satisfy with them but its not just about your husband what about your feelings and how YOU want to look. My husband never complain but i know he wouldn't mind seeing me extra sexy what man wouldn't. He is all for it especially knowing that i am totally happy with what i decided to do. Right now i am the smallest i have ever been since my first child. I am 134lbs and 5"1. I planned on documenting everything from the pre op to my one year mark for myself. Thanks everybody thats willing to share their experience it helps.

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Six more days left..how are you feeling?
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I'm 4 days post op. Had MM with BA, TT, and lipo on my arms, inner thighs, back and a little fat injected in my butt. It's been tough but with medicines and LOT and LOTS of help and EXTRA patience you will get through this. Good luck on your journey. I wish you the best of luck. Don't mind your nerves... It's very normal to be scared.
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Hey there. I am in Metairie and have my TT and breast lift scheduled for Nov 21. I am going to follow your story because I have wanted to do this since I had my twins and don't want to back out. I have heard wonderful things about your surgeon ( I just wanted to pick one on the south shore). Are u nervous at all?
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COUNT DOWN

I have 4 days left, kept myself very busy with planning and giving my best friend's baby shower which just past Oct. 12th. my surgery is oct 17th and i have evrything i need BUT dont know what to do for sleeping arrangements. I have 5 kids but my 2 youngest will be by my mother in law for the weekend and by my aunt the following week and than back by my mother in law. my 3 oldest , 10yrs 5 yrs and 4 years will be home with me for school, im braiding their hair and mom will iron uniforms for the week, but we have upstairs and i will be the only one home with them in the morning, should we all sleep down stairs or upstair...............

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Ready for the surgery but Im not ready to be down being that I'm a stay home mom and keep the house in order, Im unsure about the cleaning and the up keep of it if I can't do any for a week or two.
Im not nervous, just yet but excited and anxious. The only part is being home alone with my oldest 3 out of 5. I explained to them that im getting a tummy tuck and how painful it will be. They seem to understand but we'll see. But im very comfortable with my doctor and confident in her work so im not nervous about that. the pain I'm not to afraid because I dealt with contractions with my last one and THINK that there is no pain worse than that.LOL

Getting kids ready for school after surgery

I need help on making a decision? I have 3 kids that's in school that will be home with me and all of their rooms are up stairs, i will be home alone in the morning time and have to get them ready for school and to the bus stop, should i stay down stairs, will i be able to walk 4 days after surgery UUUGGHHH any advice

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before pics

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2 more days

OMG! the date is so near. I can't wait and I pray that I could endure the pain.

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i moving around good. i really thought that the pain would be worst but i'm managing. im very swollen I've seen my belly button today, love it. thanks Dr.Kinsley
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Hope you make out great today! The pain you feel today will be worth it :-)
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I made out great. i'm up feeling a bit nausea. my stomach is very numb, tried to eat soup and crackers but can't,ate a bowl of honey comb cereal. very swollen dr requested they i don't put nothing tight aroud my stomach for 48 hrs. I trust her completely. ive seen every body with their garment on coming home.my scar is straight and the stitching. i'm happy about that. barely keeping my eyes open so instead of good night, good morning

very swollen

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2 days after surgery

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@jjschiss Im getting around pretty good. The medicine pump really did wonders for me. My 2 yr old and my 11mon old are by my aunt's house til friday evening, my 4, 5 and my 10yr old are home with me, today was my first day alone with them getting them ready for school(nice day for my medicine to run out of the medicine pump.LOL) but i push through the pain and they all went off to school and was looking pretty as usual. this morning was the worst. i am up and down the stair with determination but my back burns like HELL! I'm managing but the pain is well worth it I love the out come I have the cutest and sexy belly button HEHEHEHE :)
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Swelling will last a long time! Hang in there! Best wishes
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thanks,

5 days after surgery still swollen uugghhh

the swollen feels like i have gotten a tummy tuck and now im 5 months pregnant super tight smh...........

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I can't imagine going up and down stairs. Happy that I am in a one story! I feel like I have everything except a toilet riser. Do u have one or do u feel it is necessary? I have a walker already and didn't know if I could use it to assist me instead of buying the riser.
i sit down pretty good by myself now but the first 2 days i needed help, no i dont have one but get what you think thats best for you.
Yeah I feel like I would be able to do OK with just a walker but wanted to make sure. Thanks.

1 week post ob

today I accomplished a lot. My husband been a really good and supportive person, he hired a maid service to clean the house a few days after my surgery and they did an awesome job. a few days passed by and things that normally wouldn't accumulated did, and its because im always cleaning up, so today i cleaned 3 rooms and the kitchen. I don't recommend it but it was driving me nuts. yesterday i went to my first post ob visit and the nurse told me that i have a lot of dried up blood so twice a day i need to clean it out with a q tip in a circular motion, i didnt know that the hole was deep and i wasnt aware of cleaning direction after the 48hr post ob. so to those who didnt get a tt yet after 48 hrs you get to remove the dressing from your navel make sure to clean it with peroxide. im satisfied with my navel and hope every thing work out.

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1 week post ob (2)

im still a bit uncomfortable and feel a little pain so im still on my med. im still swollen. I can use the bathroom by myself, take a shower by myself and get 3 kids ready for school. i still can't cough and laugh it hurts so badly. i cant stand up straight yet, cant wait to stand up straight.

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Navel Care?

a little concern about caring for your navel. I have a narrow navel and it looks like it could close. Im 1 week post ob and it filled with hard blood. i was told to put peroxide 2x a day.

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Push my body to the limits

today was a home going celebration for my husband's grandmother, im 9 days po and really didnt want to miss it. I had to ride 2 hrs to get there, i think i've gotten out of the car like 10 times at least it felt like it, I really enjoyed being with family but right now i am drained. my belly button is leaking fluid, it doesnt have a foul smell but i really believe that its caused by a suture being left in there. Im going to call monday to state my concerns. I hope my navel didnt detach from the skin that she sewn it to as of now i dont know. I may be a little paranoid. One of the biggest thing about getting this tt was to have a some what normal looking navel as possible.

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very swollen

today my husband took all 5 kids to church so i decided to clean the house 4 bdrms 3 bathrms kitchen den and hallway. OMG i am so swollen and sore. I cant wait to call my ps about my navel i thinks its infected because of the stitches that's still in there because she couldnt get to them because of the dried up blood. i hope its a easy fix.

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Belly button looking better

Today i spoke with the asst. that works with my ps. she advice me to cont. to clean it out with peroxide and she will see me wed. i am comfortable with that just so anxious to see the should i say product.LOL but its looking a bit better i am guesting that i had a small innie type navel. i haven't seen my navel in 10 1/2 years after having my first child my belly fat covered my belly button This swollen is soooooooo annoying.

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swelling

getting a bit discourage. I am so swollen all the time, Do any body know of a cream or anything to reduce swelling, did any body had to deal wit it if so, how long? is there anything i could do. I need some advice

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Arnica pills work great for swelling I used them after my smartlipo n loved them!!!
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i may try it.do you recommend smart lipo.
Yes it is great the fat never returns to that area. I had it done 1-2yrs before I got pregnant w my 3 yr old on my back, love handles, and inner thighs.. I liked my results but the procedure hurt so bad as u r wide awake w just local anestia. But after my tummy tuck I want to get smart lipo to suction out any left over fat so I can have my 6 pack again

2 weeks post op

I am getting around better now. Today is my first full day with ALL 5 kids. I miss them sooooo much. Im cont. taking protein, vit c and multi vitamin and Zinc. my bruises are fading still swollen. Today I went shopping for a comfortable outfit(the Limited store) and i slipped on a size 6 easily. In 7 months i went from a size 12 to 6

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2 weeks post op

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Looking good!!! Keep posting pics ☺️☺️
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i have much more its hard to stay out of the mirror once you see the swelling going down, hehehehe
No it's reasonable $1600 per area by American board certified doc in pearland tx but my friend got hers done in Dallas for $700 per area by Mexican doctor.

swelling going down

I thank my husband everyday. I love him more for it, after having ONLY his 5 kids i didnt have to work hard to get rid of what pregnancy caused. It's a dream come true to wake up with a flat stomach

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What Are u able to eat?? I'm 1 day post op n everything fills me up in two bites
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didnt eat for the first 3 days i tried to eat chicken soup but no appetite after 3 spoons, about the 5th day i started eating honeycomb cereal that was the only thing i could eat that wouldnt upset my stomach but now i feel like i have a normal appetite, how are you feeling are you swollen you dont look like it how did your belly button come out do you clean it with peroxide in a circular motion, lol so many questions
No I haven't cleaned by belly button I have a post op appointment Thursday at 1:30. I'm not very swollen but I'm super sore it hurts when I move any way, my ribs hurt n my scar kinda burns.. I've been eating very very light, yesterday I had 2/3 of whole grain sandwich w fat free ham and cheese and carrots, celery, brocolli, and ranch, then I ate a protein brownie. Today I have ate 1/3 of leftover sandwich, little bit of caeser salad, shrimp n whole grain pasta and later I'll eat another protein bar!!! But I'm trying to be patient w this pain while I'm only taking Tylenol. I keep getting a headache, what mess did u take?

loving my stomach

I am loving my stomach, my Doctor is the best. I am using the silicone stripes and its been a week and my scar is a fine line, my doctor did an awesome job! i planned on using the silicone stripes for 6 months im looking into the best oil to lighting around the scar because its dark. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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Did u wear yor compression garment all day n to sleep?
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not all day everyday, as much as i could stand it. n the middle of the night im coming out of it, SMH......... but I have never missed a day of wearing it at least 3 to 4 hours a day if not a little longer
When did u start using the strips
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Highly recommend Mepiform silicone tape

I used mepiform tape for no longer than 3 wks and i see a major change. Planned on using it the first 6 months

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You look fantastic, beautiful scar :)
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5 weeks PO

Last night was the first night i slept on my stomach since the operation. its a little uncomfortable, but much better than before. I feel so sexy. I see most of the swelling going away. Im not sure if im wearing my CG enough I barely wear it only when i feel bloated or swollen. My flank area looks a bit the same(to me, but not others) i will ask her about it at my next appt which is DEC.2nd can't wait. I weigh myself and it still says 133lbs that's how much i weigh b4 the tt so i hope i didnt gain weigh. Im in a size 4 now from a size 8. Im starting the gym next week at 6 wks post op. but overall Im happy with my body

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Great results! It sure a dream come true! I've wanted a TT 12 years ago after seeing what pregnancy left me with! I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to do this for me!'
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you look awesome!!
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thanks

enjoying my new body

now in a size 4 really enjoying my body, feels good to get whatever you try on. hoping to lose 5lbs and 3 more inches around stomach area and 5 inches around legs. Body still under construction

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Looking good!!!
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Thanks chick, How have you been, how is the crease?
Not as bad as 1dpo but It's still here, I've been exercising trying to get it flat cus I think there's still some fat there that needs to go. I'm about to post some more pics. How r u??

just posting random pics

right now im not wearing my compression garment because im hurting from a car accident i was in only 5 weeks post op. cant wait to feel better.....

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first day in the gym

my doctor released me to do any exercise, so today i tried a body combat class, seems like they were focusing on abs. OMG my body isnt ready for that yet. I am soooo swollen. After the class i did 45 min on the elliptical. That wasnt to bad, but i will stick to ONLY cardio and squats for at least 3 more months.

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U look great. I'm almost one month po and I feel like the swelling is exactly the same. So discouraging, lol.
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recognized new stretch marks uuuggghhh

my stomach is always feeling dry everytime i get out of the shower i put coco butter on it, at least twice a day, since day 2 of my surgery. i notice my skin feeling like its stretching and thats when i notice i have new stretch marks, loving my flat tummy, so my advice is to keep your tummy moisturized. here is photos of my new stretch marks

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What do u think about the mepiform strips do u notice difference
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a huge difference. highly recommend it
Do you think the micropore strips works as good?

trying another scar treatment

i am thinking about trying another scar treatment. Since the 3rd week i believed, i've been using mepiform and seen great results but now its like at a stand still, its flat for the most part butu is very red. I am thinking of using biocernium. Any suggestions and if so are there pictures of your scar. I lean more on recommendations and seeing results, Thanks in advance

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I keep hearing there is a point when you scar starts to look really red but then it goes back to getting better. I heard that is all part of the healing process to get worse before getting better..
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thanks for that.
You look great girl
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Need motivation

It's been almost 4 months I'm not where I want to be physically. I through to would be in the gym hard. I wanted to get tone since my stomach was the only problem. I need motivation real self. 5 kids, now a full time student and wife, homework. Uuuugghhhh. Is there anybody out there in realselfville lol. My goal is to tone my waist back shoulders arms n some leg work.

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More pictures

Looking forward to getting tone

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You look amazing. Hope you are feeling better from accident. How's school working out?
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Thanks as for school Im going to stick with being a stay home mom. How are you how about your scar I stop using the tape than notice it started to rise so now I'm back with using the tape
I also have five kids, 4 girls and 1 boy too! You look great and hoping I get great results like yours!
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Best decision

I am still enjoying and loving my body more. I thank God that I haven't had any complications. I am now 130lbs I'm going to try to get down to 125lbs.

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Thinking of a beautiful soft tattoo

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wow you look awesome! I wish I was there too at that stage nice and Flat instead of swollen/fat looking.!
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Try your cg , thanks
you look amazing!!! thanks for sharing your journey and pictures!! I am trying to decide on a surgeon and this really helps!! good luck to you and keep up the good work : )
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Comfortable cg

I stopped tracking my post op progress. I do know that I am still happy with my results. Today I decided to put on my cg it's a body magic by Ardyss. I have not started the gym I'm thinking maybe April. I'm more flexible now thank God, I feel numb most of the time in my stomach area recently gotten a Brazilian wax didn't bothered the scar. Went back to wearing silicone tape

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look at that Tiny small flat waist ! You look awesome !
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Swelling

Today I was very busy running errands at the end of the day I notice some swelling.

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You look great! Can't wait to be where you are....happy healing!
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You look good too looking at your pics I had flash backs lol hang in there it gets better
Hello there I'm loving your results! I am obsessed with getting this procedure done. I use to have a beautiful clean tummy until i had my one child who is 11 months tomorrow. She ruined my stomach and its all ripped. I am considering this surgery because i refuse to have anymore kids. I do not want to go on disability leave again for this because last year I left on disability to have my baby, and i want to keep my job. So i have planned to take vacation for 11 days using 6 vacation days, the weekends and a holiday. Do you think this is sufficient time to go back to work. I do work as a receptionist at a law firm and im usually sitting most of the day.
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My cg

Last night I decided to put my cg I bought from Ardyss. I took it off in the middle of the night, sooooo uncomfortable but early this morning and all day I had it on and my stomach is super flat. I no longer feels bloated and fat. I will put it on everyday got at least 5 hours.

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Hi you look great. We are the same height. I can't get motivated for the gym either. I'm about 10 weeks out now! Happy healing!
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you look great! You don't even look like you have swelling!
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Thanks! I get some swelling still uughhhh:-/
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