Tummy Tuck Journey

Hello!! I am getting ready for a TT procedure...

Hello!! I am getting ready for a TT procedure that is scheduled for 07/03/13. I am going to take before--during--after photos to share. It will take me a little time to share the before photos because I am quite self conscious at this time! So happy to be here and to have others to share TE experience with. :-;

Before photos

Less than two weeks away and I finally got the nerve to post the before photos.... The only reason I was able to was because you all gave me courage by posting your photos and your journals. Thank you all so much!!!!

Stats

I forgot to add my stats... I am 52 (I will be 53 in a couple of months). I am 5' 6" and weigh 148. I am not sure if anyone else feels this way, but I love ready all of the journals and seeing the photos but it is also so nice for me to see photos and hear journeys of women near my age. My concern has been that since I am in my fifties my skin may not respond as well. Seeing photos of women in their fifties inspires me and puts my mind at easy. Thank you to everyone who shares. It has been a tremendous help! =-)

10 days and counting!!

Ten days until TT and I am so ready to be done! :-) it is so close but also surreal! I bought an ugly (that's all they sell) gown that has snaps in the front. I also rented a hospital bed. I think I am good to go!!! Hope you are all well, happy, and healing! Happy Sunday! XOXO

Three days to go!!

I can't believe I am three days out! So excited and ready to move forward!!! Did all my supply shopping today! Hospital bed has been delivered! It is great! It should work well for me! :-). Happy Sunday to all! XOXO

Freaking out (just a bit...)

Ok... So tomorrow is the day! Sooooo excited and a little (a lot) nervous!!! I hope to post as soon as possible, but I will be at the surgery center overnight so I may not get to post as quickly as I want. I hope everyone is well and I will be thinking about my TT buddies as I head to the surgery center in the morning. Take care!! xoxo

On my way... 7-3-13

Up and ready to go! We are leaving the house at 6:30 AM for a 9:00 AM check in... Surgery at 10:00 AM. See you on the flat side!! xoxo

Honey, I'm home!!!

Home resting and pain is so manageable!! Back to dr on Monday and I hope to update then. Thanks for the support! You are so wonderful!

Resting and waiting to remove drains

Well I had it done on July 3 and won't be getting drains out until July 16. I am posting photos of my first post op visit. So happy to be on this side so looking forward to more progress! Yay!

10 days PO

Went to appt and only one drain was removed. Boo!! I go back Tuesday and hopefully the other drain will come out. Stopped for lunch (first outing) and was moving very slow! Ate a little (still no appetite). Felt good to be out. Still sluggish and not up to par. The anesthesia really kicked my tushie!! Back home and resting and knowing I will be up and at it soon! :-) XOXO

Pain in the back!

Hi all... I have pulled a muscle in my back and it is so crazy. I can't take a deep
Breath, nor hiccup, burp,yawn... Without feeling an intense sharp pain in my back that travels to my shoulder. I cant get comfortable to try and sleep so I am very tired... My appetite is not up to par so I am feeling discouraged at this point. Looking forward to feeling better!! XOXO

Put on your big girl panties ( bikini) and be happy!!!

Ok.. So before going to PS this past Friday to remove drain one i slipped into a bikini my husband bought me to celebrate that I was having TT around July 4. Now mind you this almost 53 year old girlie hasn't worn a bikini in 34 years!!! Of course I won't be wearing in public but just knowing I can now put on a bikini is lovely! ????

Bikini take two

The bikini photo didn't upload. Trying again...

Bikini

Trying to post photo...

Side view and such

Hi all! Wow having that second drain removed was just what I needed!!! I feel so much better! I am posting a couple of photos from today. I am 13 days PO and have some swelling.... Pardon the laundry in the background of the shots. Today is the best I have felt since having the TT. I just encourage you all to take this healing process one day at a time. It is not a steady recovery... It is a roller coaster. Hang in there!!! I hope you are all healing well!! XOXO

Clothes in the closet... Did ya ever?

So... I bought this little black dress probably three or four years ago because I thought it was so cute and because it was on sale. This dress still has the tags on it!! Oh... Did I mention that it never fit? I was thinking that some day it might... TODAY is the day!!!! I put on this dress and I love it! Do you think it is too much to wear to my Niece's wedding??? I love finding clothes in my closet! It will be so nice when all swelling is gone, but even with the swelling I am so happy with the results!!! XOXO

Back to work...

So, I am back to work today (exactly four weeks PO). Half way into the day (lunch time) I am feeling it with pulling and tightness in the abodmen area. Minimal pain, just discomfort (I have been a couch potato for four weeks!) I am anxious to see if there is much swelling this evening. My co-workers are so kind and watchful of me! One didn't like how I was walking and just brought me a cold pack to put on my lap. SOOO sweet!!! She also changed my drains when she visited me at home. Is that TOO wonderful!?!?! So... I am doing ok, but I really would have preferred six weeks off! Keep that in mind if you are going to have a TT... I am not sure if the fact that I am almost 53 has anything to do with it. I am so amazed and impressed with those who take a week or two off. I salute you all!! I hope you are all having a great day! XOXO ??

Six weeks today!!!!

Well it's been six weeks since the TT. I feel so close to normal!!! Binder comes off on Monday!!! Yay!!! I am posting some photos that I just took (late night so I have some swelling). I am really happy with results and think it is worth it!! The recovery isn't easy (ups and downs) but the pain is VERY manageable! The toughest part for me were the little setbacks and the emotional aspect. I know lots of people discuss that part but I just didn't think it was going to apply to me! I have been back to work for two weeks and Monday I will start back at the gym. If you are contemplating this surgery I encourage you to learn as much as you can and go in with your eyes WIDE open. Expect ups and downs and it will be so worth it in the end!!! ????
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Camberos is wonderful. He did a BR for me in 2009 and was just so wonderful to work with. He truly cares for his patients. I have had my initial consult and will go back on June 18 for my pre-op. Yay! So ready! :-)

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