Holy Cow Am I Nervous - Denver, CO

I had two children in less than 3 years. I was...

I had two children in less than 3 years. I was later in life when I finally decided to have kiddos, and I think it took its toll! I've always been healthy, but for some reason my stomach muscles ripped down the center with my first pregnancy and never went back...

So here I go - onto a little lipo and squishing down those muscles again to pre baby. I never, ever thought I would get any sort of plastic surgery, but I'm tired of looking 4 mos pregnant at the age of 41! Jump in, with both feet, here I go on Friday...

Day before and boy am I really freaking out now....

Day before and boy am I really freaking out now. UGH I went to bed last night with a sinus infection. I could feel it in my cheek. Thank goodness I started on the antibiotics already. I called the doc and the nurse said as long as I don't have a fever I'm fine. Which I actually don't - I'm right at 98.6, so I go in at 4:30 to get marked up and ready for the morning. oh dear...

Just wishing you good luck and hope that your surgery went good!!
Wishing you good luck for your srgery tomorrow! It will be over before you know it!
Good luck tomorrow -- let us know how you are doing when you are able. I am sure you are going to *looove* the results!!

Well here I am on Tuesday - surgery was last...

Well here I am on Tuesday - surgery was last friday. I stayed in hospital suite two extra days and it was so worth it. With a 2 and 4 yr old at home I needed as much time as I could being taken care of by someone else. I suggest it to anyone! Take the extra days. The first 48 hours I was in hell, no lie. Lots of nausea, headaches and pain. I had a hard time with the anethesia. On saturdayI ended up with a migrane and didn't sleep well at all. I got up to walk around for the first time that day and turned a beautiful shade of green the nurses said!

I'm finally moving well, not totally upright and these drains are a pain ( I have 3 of them) but so far leaps and bounds better than the first 48 hours.

I have a doc appt tomorrow to be checked out again and will update and hopefully have some good pics. I got to see my stomach for the first time in the hospital and I almost fell over. For 2 years I have always looked 4 mos pregnant and all of a sudden its gone! I'm swollen and still so thrilled even with a bit of pain. :)

Hang in there. It will get better. Just take it a day at a time.
Great news! I am so glad for you that you are through the surgery and on your way to enjoying your results. You are going to look amazing and be so pleased that you did this. Congratulations!

Every day is slowly getting better. But I have a...

Every day is slowly getting better. But I have a weird side effect I wasn't expecting - I have blisters on my butt from the padding that was put there after the lipo. That hurts more than anything! I can't cover them, so they are open and sticking to my clothes. Of course they are on my backside, the only side I can be on for two weeks!

I'm heading to the doc today to check everything out. I still have 3 drains, but they are only draining about 5 ml each which is pretty low. I'm hoping they go away soon, I really don't mind the binder, makes me feel like everything is staying where it needs to be, but the drains suck. I have a fanny pack I keep them in for now and I'm just counting down the days.

After today I will take another shower and take some pics so you can see the difference. Even with all the inconvenience it is not much worse than the two c sections I had. In face a bit easier since I'm not watching a new born and trying to heal at the same time.

For all those with dates coming up - don't be nervous, you sleep, you wake up and a couple weeks of slowness in your life to look super is so worth it! I'm so glad I did this now. I'll do more updates later in the week. WOOOHOO!

I forgot to add - I had almost a 4 inch split of...

I forgot to add - I had almost a 4 inch split of the muscles that my doc had to repair. She said they were almost to a hernia point, one of the worst she has seen. I'm glad I went with my gut and got it done!

So excited for you! Glad that all is going well. I tell you, I didn't stand fully upright for a few weeks...mostly after I would eat for some weird reason. Anyway, glad you are loving it! Can't wait to see some new pics.

Thank you for the updates! When all is said and done, this will be worth it. You're going to look great!


THANK YOU M.O.M. Whew....that was going on a week...

THANK YOU M.O.M. Whew....that was going on a week and I almost couldn't take much longer. Yesterday I went the doc and one of the 3 drains removed -yeah! Looks like the other two are coming out on Monday. I can handle that. Mornings are pretty good for me once the family heads off to school and work. I can get around and get a few things done. I'm down to one pain med every 4 hours instead of 2. Hopefully by next week it will just be tylenol. Believe it or not one of the most painful things are the blisters on the back of my hips from the hospital. I still can't believe how much is gone from my stomach! I'll try to take some more pics today. WOOHOO!

Feeling a little nausea today. I keep thinking I...

Feeling a little nausea today. I keep thinking I can jump up and start doing everything. I've never been down more than a couple days with a cold so this is tough. I don't think I'm doing too much, but I guess I thought after 6 days I would start to feel a bit better. HAHA I am usually always on the go and I'm sure my body is just keeping me in check. I hope after the last drains are out on Monday I will start to feel super again. I am still overwhelmed by the results!

you look great!!!

Ahhh - I've hit the 1 week mark. Two more days...

Ahhh - I've hit the 1 week mark. Two more days and the last of the drains will be out. Lots of gross ozzzing from the first drain, but it will all be over soon.

I can feel the pinch of the incision more every day as I cut back the meds, but the pain is still really not too bad. Probably a 3 on a scale of 10.

For those considering this I can't impress to you more that all these little things are so worth it! Just follow the instructions from your doc to a T. I've always been pretty anal about organization and structure so I have kept a log of every little thing I do and feel.

Having a 2 and 4 year old has been challenging during this time and even for the two to three hours at night I see them after school and before bed wear me out, its not as bad as I thought. They understand that mommy has an owie and needs to be careful.

So mommys - DO NO WAIT until your kids are teenagers! Take the plunge. :-) After the drains are out on monday I will take more pics.

Great pics thanks for sharing! You look great!! 5 days out for me...so excited!
You're going to do great! Don't be nervous, but I'm not going to lie the first 3 days weren't great. I have always had a hard time with anethesia, headaches and nausea, but once that passed it really was not that bad! I can't wait for monday for the drains to come out. But the time goes fast. You will love it!
You are looking fab! It can be overwhelming to see that transformation....It still takes my breath away when I look in the mirror...in such a good way.

Alrighty - 9 days post op and starting to stand up...

Alrighty - 9 days post op and starting to stand up a bit better and the pain is starting to get much better. It really was never worse than the my c sections but the recovery is a bit slower. Of course now that I'm feeling better I want to get up and do everything! I know that will be my downfall if I do so I'm doing my best to keep sitting on my hands and not do the 7 loads of laundry staring at me and picking up all the toys...

My remaining two drains are still draining 5 and 10 mls so I have a bad feeling they may not be removed tomorrow even though they told me they would be. We will see! Updates to follow....Can't wait for the holidays!

I'm lucky so far, I haven't had the down moods that I have been told happen in the second week I guess because I had such a drastic change that even with the swelling I'm so freaking happy I could scream! :-) More pics to come this week, stay tuned....

you look awesome already!!! woot woot!

Look at your flat tummy! Squeeeee!


WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ugh I am so mad at...

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ugh I am so mad at myself. That second week is a killer! Not because of the emotions, but you start feeling better and think you can do everything you did before. Well not so. I could have had the last two drains out yesterday, but I have swollen up and too much fluid to get rid of both, so now I'm still stuck with one drain. ARGH and I was doing so well.

So word to the wise ladies - don't do a thing for at least two weeks if not more! Even if you are feeling great. Heal the right way.

On top of that my lip incisions are itching so bad it would be considered a form of torture in most countries! AND the evil period started today, so needless to say this week has not started off as I hoped. Only good news is that the kids are finally back in school after a 3 day weekend and I can get back to resting. WHEW So I was hoping for more pics, but they will have to wait until after thursday when hopefully the last drain will be pulled...

I am so hysterically happy with the results. You look amazing!!
UGH sorry - I know its the biggest pain in the butt! I had 3 drains, down to 2, down to 1. Slowest process ever, but I figure, I'm only doing this once and I need to do it right. I'm a little concerned because the other night my 2 year old was trying to climb into the crib and fell backward. Of course instinct I tried to catch him. Ever since I've had swelling on one side more than the other. I really hope its just swelling and I didn't pop anything inside. Looks like you and I are both going on on Thur! GOOD LUCK TO US FOR A BEAUTIFUL TUMMY! :-)
Saw my ps he agreed with the binder idea and says to lay low as well. Still have my drains for 2 more days.

So if you are like me, there is probably nothing...

So if you are like me, there is probably nothing worse than that one to two days a month that SUCK when it comes to your period. Well that just happened to fall on infamous second week of my recovery. My cramps are insane, I couldn't sleep, and I was bloated on top of being bloated. NICE...

Well onto another day of recovery. I finally saw my belly button today for the first time! Holy cow not so bad! Of course the belly ring hole is gone from years ago - haha. I don't think I will try that again.

Wow Squishy, I just saw your before and after pics, you look AMAZING, I hope you continue to progress well. Congrats!

So here I am almost 2 weeks post op tomorrow and I...

So here I am almost 2 weeks post op tomorrow and I see the doc again today. Thank goodness the cramps from my period have subsided but I'm still worried about my drainage. I guess we will see.

If anyone out there has had all their drains out can you tell me what you were still draining on the day your last one came out?

I guess if it has to be in until Monday it will be what's right just a bummer. :-(

Other than that I also have a bit more swelling on one side than the other. Bring on week 3 please!!!!I want to be done with week 2...

Squishy, got my drains out today. Drain #1 was draining 15 ml/day and Drain #2 was less than 5 ml/day. Thank you for the warning 2 days ago. Hope your drains come out today.

HORROR STORY ALERT - ok for those weak of stomach...

HORROR STORY ALERT - ok for those weak of stomach pass by this posting today....

So yesterday the rollercoaster emotions finally hit me. Wrong day to happen. I should be excited, I was hoping to get my last drain out! So I'm close to tears on the way to doc for absolutely no reason, but I was expecting a few emotions.

I get there and she said yah - we can take out the final drain. Alright! My day is looking up. So I'm expecting the usual tug, burn and done. Well, she tugs, tugs, tugs and tugs again. She grabs another nurse, tugs tugs tugs and snap...

The drain tube snapped in half inside my stomach. Oh yes....at this point tears are streaming down my face and my husband has grabbed my hand as he did when I was giving birth. It snapped under my skin and they can't find it - she leaves the room again and comes back after 5 minutes to tell me they've prepped the room and they are going to have to cut. WHAT? I already went through this and I have to be cut again and AWAKE? oh crap....

So now I'm crying like a baby, it burns and stings. They move me to the other room and start the local - that hurt more than anything! 6 shots of local in the one spot on my stomach that I now have feeling of course!

She starts to cut, can't find it, has to cut more, can't see it, and finally cuts more and pushes and finds the end of the tube buried down there somewhere. After an hour and some good tugs they were able to get the last of the tube out.

I was shaking crying and such a wuss but I didn't care. The nurses were great, I can't blame them for what happened, it just sometimes but rarely happens. Of course after 3 drains the last was the worst.

So now I have more stiches and I'll have another scar below the first one, but that's ok. Once that local wore off that was worse than any pain I've felt in the last two weeks. But this morning I'm better and gladly on the mend.

The horror stories don't happen often, but every now and again they do! At least my drains are out!!! whew

More pics to follow later today :-)

Gosh!!! I'm so glad that is over. I'm also happy you seem to be in good spirits after all that. Everything will be just fine. Hang in there.
Oh, my goodness! That is horrible, I'm sorry you had to go through that. I would die! I hope your feeling better.
I'm so sorry to hear this happened to you. I'm glad you're ok and doing better.

Well I'm back to work as of yesterday and am I...

Well I'm back to work as of yesterday and am I ever tired! I started to have back problems last friday with a bulging disc I've had for years. I'm sure the stress of holding myself up made it act up, but it was more painful than my surgery! I have that under control now, but just working half days this week. I'm still sore and "oozing" a bit through the tape. I've been wearing my binder but decided to wear spanx today to see how they hold up. Everything is still a pain in the butt - but slowly but surely getting better.

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks post op - I can't...

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks post op - I can't believe it! I worked 3 half days this week and it was do-able, but I would suggest to anyone, depending on your job, to take a full 3 weeks. I'm exhausted and so tired every afternoon. And I'm more sore. My ribs hurt and it feels like I was in the ring with a pro boxer! I'm still oozing as well, but doc said it was normal. Changing the tape is kinda gross, but I know it will end soon. I'm pretty swollen and bummed I'm not as flat as I was right after surgery, but again I know it will just take time.

For those ready to jump - just plan on a good 6 weeks of uncomfort and emotional rollercoaster. But I wouldn't change it for the world! Time goes by so quickly its amazing!

I am sorry to hear about the trauma surrounding that last drain removal. I hope you continue to be on the quick mend and I aspire to be as positive as you are when it is my TT turn in January. You look fantastic!! Who was your doctor in Denver? I will be having my surgery performed by Dr. Atagi.
Thank you so much! My Doctor was Dr. Christine Rodgers over at Rose Medical Center. That's where I had my two babies and I feel comfortable over there - plus we live close. I went to 3 different docs and even though her cost was high, she was voted one of the best in 5280 mag. I tried to find bad press on her and I couldn't so I feel I made a really good choice. Her PA's are wonderful and so caring, I'm really pleased! Good luck to you! Remember, my drain was a super rare example, so don't worry!

I heading toward 4 weeks post op now and am...

I heading toward 4 weeks post op now and am feeling a little better every day. I still get incredibly swollen if I do too much in a day and I can tell! I had to throw my daughter a 4 yr old bday party on Sunday and by Sunday night I was looking for the ice and pillows to put under my legs!

My other stiches for the horror story were finally removed yesterday and it looks fine. I'm more concerned that I was still ooozing a bit. The PA was a bit surprised but said I shouldn't be within another week or so.

I still don't get the full effect of wearing my clothes with my new body since I wear this binder non stop. My tops fit so much better which is awesome, but my pants are close to the same for now with the swelling. That's ok I just have to be patient! I'm back to work full time this week and its a shock to the system as well, but I need to get back into the swing of things. :-)

So I'm coming up on 5 weeks po on Friday and...

So I'm coming up on 5 weeks po on Friday and I'M STILL OOOZING from two sites along the cut. UGH! I go to doc today to have them look at it, but it looks a little infected to me. I'm worried - I make sure I clean it and dress it properly, but I'm just not healing in the center at all. I guess I'll see what they say.

I know when I've done too much in a day I'm super swollen - but today the swelling looks pretty good. I thought I would be further along at 5 weeks, but maybe I'm a slow healer...I wouldn't think of exercising yet - maybe at the new year to make sure...

Extra protien can easily be added to your diet with poweder supplements with skim milk. You can get about 30-40 grams with some of the powder drink mixes and it is easy to drink. I don't like the ones that are premade, they taste yucky, but the ones you add your own liquid to are okay, at least you get what your body needs and it's easily digestible. Good luck.
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That's really weird that you are still oozing. I read somewhere that the scar is mostly sealed in just 4 days and is at 80% skin strength by a couple of weeks. I didn't ooze at all. Ask your PS why your skin is not sealing/healing. I don't agree with her that it is normal (not to concern you, but she needs to be on that). I would try to eat as much protein as you can so your body has what it needs to rebuild. One doc on this site recommended 65 g/day for the 2 weeks prior and after. It's hard to get that much, but I've been trying to have protein at every meal. I just want you to be able to really enjoy your new flat tummy!! Good luck with the healing and keep us posted.

Great info from everyone on my "wound"!...

Great info from everyone on my "wound"! Thank you - I will be buying some protein this weekend for sure. I think "ooozing" may have been a strong term, I think it was the puss that was freaking me out. I went to the doc yesterday and she said it looks fine, not infected or anything. I guess some people just take longer to heal than others. My sides look great - its just right where my c-sections were done that seems to be taking its time. If I remember correctly, it took a while for the csection to heal as well.

I am doing a wet to dry dressing on it for a week to hopefully move things along quicker. I'll take a pic tonight to show you all what it looks like when I change the dressing.

I had an open wound for about 2 months, it oozed too, just a little, almost weeping like. But, it always looked like it had yellowish/whitish tissue and it was NOT infected either. That's just the new tissue forming. It does eventually close, but it takes a while. Do make sure you take it seriously though and up that protien and Vit. C, we underestimate how stressful this surgery is on our bodies and how much it needs to properly heal. Good luck!
You're awesome marinemom! Thanks for the info. I will start up on my vitamins today. :-)

OK GROSS ALERT - I just posted my pics for this...

OK GROSS ALERT - I just posted my pics for this week. Although they look bad, in fact with the new dressing I'm using I actually think its working! The skin is coming together and the scab is close to healing and coming off. I'm just a slow healer I guess!

I know that most of my recovery was hindered by me doing too much after 2 weeks. I have a 2 and 4 yr old and I knew I was over doing it at the time. I truly believe much of this is due to myself. I have been sad and in the dumps the last two days so what I really need to hear is that everything will be fine. :-) I hope to turn a corner this week. I still believe this was worth it. I looked 4 mos pregnant every where I went and I don't anymore. I'm sick and tired of tape and dressing, but there is nothing I can do but move forward right? Thanks for all your kind words marine mom! You're the best.
I know how upsetting it is to have a setback. I sailed through the first 3 weeks, when I had my setback I cried in my ps office and he was so reassuring. He did stress over and over though I HAD to make sure I was getting proper nutrients. Not even a choice, but a necessity. That perspective changed my attitude. I looked at each vitamin, each drink, as giving life to my body, I almost viewed it as getting proper care to my body when I was pregnant. It depends on us to help it.

Having said all this I will say that I believe Lucamel has a valid point in that if our body is healing "slowly" there is a reason. My ps never told me to expect to heal slower, he told me what the standard was and unless there was a complication,I should expect to heal normally. I had a csection too and was never told it would hinder my tt incision, didn't they cut away the old scar? My tt scar is below my csection scar so it really wasn't a factor in my healing. I believe it was due more to having to cover the bb hole that was pulled down in the tt. Anyway, sorry this is so long, I just keep thinking about your situation. Hang in there!
My doc. had my use a dry dressing, I had to wick it (as they call it), some people here, seems most actually, had to wet-dry the dressing. Not sure what that is, but mine was adamant to dry wick it, wash it daily in the shower with dial soap and let it air dry. Just like all the other ladies, I did what my ps says. If you have confidence in your ps, you should do what they say. I know it's tricky when so many people have varying experiences, we all think ours is the way to go or we have the best ps, but in reality, I think there are many ways to accomplish the same thing. Most of all though, nutrition is the key, and you will most likely have to use supplements, no way to get that much in meals without feeling sick! :) Hang in there, it will be a great day when you see all red and no white!!! :)

Well I head to doc tomorrow for them to look at me...

Well I head to doc tomorrow for them to look at me again. It looks slightly better, but still looks like a wound to me. My stomach is so sore from changing the dressing twice a day that it hurts to think of having to change it again. I'm frustrated and bummed this week. I'll be 6 weeks post op on Friday, I never thought I would still be changing dressing at this point. I'm taking my vitamins and tons of water but nothing is making this go much faster. I feel great physically and would feel 100% if I didn't have this last issue. Looking at my 5 week pics it does look better than it did a week ago.

I have only seen my doc once in 6 weeks and they told me yesterday that is normal and she reviews my chart. I may try to go see my normal doc today to get her take on it. I don't know what to do anymore....

Wow squishy ... I'm sorry things are taking so long to heal. I'm having similar issues I just haven't posted any pics up. My incision has been draining from the center and it's just a bit split at the surface. I've been on additional antibiotics since last Wednesday. I saw my PS this past Monday and he said it looks like I was getting the beginning of an infection but thanks to the antibiotics its resolving.
I so understand the changing the dressings ughhhhh so freaking annoying. I'm 2 weeks and two days post up today and still changing my gauze around three times a day. Not ridiculous draining but enough. This shall all pass... Recovery is harder for some than for others I will keep us in my prayers so that our wounds can start finally healing and we can enjoy the results even with swelling.
Squishy get a second opinion on your wound. You could be reacting to something (stitches that did no dissolve) but your healing is not typical. Are you on antibiotics.
Squishy your story scares the crap out of me! Oh please god don't let my drains be that horrible to have out. I am so sorry that your wound is being so uncooperative!

Here is the question I asked of the docs on this...

Here is the question I asked of the docs on this site about my "wound". You all are welcome to read about it as the comments come in. Good info for those considering doing this. I must say again - this is rare and I am slowly getting better. I would do it again in a heartbeat to not look pregnant anymore. :-) http://www.realself.com/question/tummy-tuck-normal-after-weeks#411033

Well I saw the PA again last night and now I'm doing a cream on it and dressing. I do have a bad reaction to the tape at this point and its burning so we are only changing dressing once a day. Believe it or not, no infection - in fact I posted it in the Q&A portion of this site and got the advice of other docs as well. They said sometimes this happens and it splits in the middle, just takes longer to heal. I'm frustrated to say the least, but the scabs are now off and my stomach did push through one of the barbed stiches. I'm supposed to go to Vegas in one week, but now I'm not so sure!
Squishy ~ well glad you finally saw your doctor. My doctor (Dr. Pousti) was one of the ones that answered you. Kind of funny since we talked about the Real Self site at my appointment yesterday and he said he had just answered a few questions about wounds that day. And you were one he answered.

I don't think you have to cancel your Vegas trip unless you are feeling badly. Just take what you need to care for the incision and enjoy yourself.

Hope you are also taking some protein shakes each day on top of meals and Vit C too so that you will heal better.

I know it sucks to have an open wound. Hang in there!
Thanks puggy! What a small world! I was really thankful that all those docs said the same thing so that's good! But still frustrating. :(

Ok - so I'm almost 6 1/2 weeks post op and it...

Ok - so I'm almost 6 1/2 weeks post op and it seems to be slightly better than last week. I started up on my vitamins and protein (thanks marine mom) and it seems to be slowly helping. Lots of water as well. I'll take another pic tonight. Needless to say they are keeping a closer eye on me than before. I guess it finally hit a magic mark for everyone to be concerned. I call tomorrow for an update and see them again on Wed. I found another stitch coming through that did not disolve. I guess I just didn't like them! I'm still planning on Vegas on Thur - but I'll just have to take it easy...

It is looking a tad worst on the left but that is normal for a wound opening. The yellow will be slowly removed by the gauze/saline dressings or your doctor can speed that up by removing a lot of it. You want the wound to start to look really red and "granular". That is when it will start to close up really well. The other side looks like it is closing up. So yes, it is working. Just takes some time. Glad they'll be seeing you more often til this closes.

I have a really tough, hard stitch that sticks straight out about 1/4 in right near my incision that is closing. It hurts but they said to leave it as it will resolve on it's own. I tugged on it and won't be doing that again. Ouch!
OMG Puggy! Don't tug on them - OUCH! Well I actually got to see the doc tonight holy cow. She did just like you said, she scraped off most of the stuff and pulled out two more barbed stitches. She said although this is highly unusual, it is healing underneath. So I guess I'll just take it easy and we are back to wet to dry dressing for another week...ugh

Alright blog followers on the squishy drama. I...

Alright blog followers on the squishy drama. I updated with a new pic of me this morning at almost 7 weeks post op. I keep posting because I think it is important for those of you in my situation to hang tough and those of you thinking of this surgery to know that our bodies are unpredictable, but still worth the drive! All the more so to do what the doc says and watch what you do and take care of yourself first after something this big.

So comments? Is it looking better than before? Its hard for me to compare. I am going to Vegas still tomorrow, just no pool or dancing in my future. :-( I can still sit there and look hot though right?!

I think it's looking better. Have fun in Vegas!
Hang in there. I know it sucks to watch it and just want it to be closed. That yellow still has to go so be patient. The wet to dry does work.

Enjoy Vegas! I'm glad you are going. Have fun!!
Definitely looks more healed. It looks like it's actually sealed up in the inner layers and will just need a bit more time to close on top. I had a major cut on my finger and the doctor told me I might have a permanent dent as it was only sealing from the inside. The outside portion was all rigid and swollen but just shed off, and I can barely find the scar on my finger now. Hope your belly heals the same way. Keep up with your great attitude!!

Almost up to week 8....frustrated....

Almost up to week 8....frustrated....

Vegas was ok but couldn't really do what I wanted. I don't understand where this all went wrong. I followed directions to a T! Argh... I hate to say I'm glad to hear you are in the same boat, but its nice to have company in this mess! I hope you heal soon as well!
I understand what you meant. I like knowing someone else has gone through it too and healed up. I'm always looking for the posts where people have had to deal with it. That's why I posted pics and your pics will help people too.

I just updated mine for the last 3 weeks w/ pics. It's closing but I still think it may be weeks. So tired of it too.
Squishy- oh I so feel your pain at wanting to be healed & feeling frustrated! Realistically it will probably take weeks to close up. When mine first started I was told 1-2 months and it is indeed taking that length of time. Mine is closing but still not there yet either. I lost it the other day and ended up depressed about it for a bit. I see my dr on the 30th and still think it may not be closed.

Yours is less yellow which is good but it has to look really red to close so watch for that to happen. Hang in there. I know the waiting sucks!

How was Vegas?

So we've passed the 8 week mark and still...

So we've passed the 8 week mark and still looking the same to me although last week they said it is actually looking better I think I'm blind to it at this point. I just want to get back to normal and start running again. Hopefully the new year...they said the yellow stuff underneath is new skin and it could take up to 3mos to heal. LUCKY ME! :-) I guess its the price I pay to not look preggers forever. I will probably go back in a year for scar revision.

Squishy how are you doing? How's the incision? Are you seeing some improvement? Thinking of you.
Squishy~ Sorry to hear it is still not closing. As you know I get how you are feeling. Go check out my pics. I posted my last 3 weeks of wound healing. I just know my doctor removes that yellow so it can heal. The wet to dry dressings also help remove it. It can't heal til it looks really red. You'll see in my pics how that has happened. I've seen it heal from the inside forward & from the sides inward. I'm in my 8th week of healing.

So my friend I totally understand how crappy it is to look at an open wound and to just want to be done w/ all of it. I can't wait to not wear some kind of pad on my body!!!

Hang in there.

10 weeks post op today and we are finally starting...

10 weeks post op today and we are finally starting to see the redness of the healing starting. I've become an expert at wet to dry dressing and tape and probably need to go into nursing at this point...What can you do but just continue to try and heal. :-)

Thank MMom! I too will probably have scar revisions in a year. Its just a bummer that I have to, but oh well. I can't help that I'm a poor healer! We finally decided that the csection area was so damaged, each time you go into that area it takes longer and longer to come back. But I'm on the protein shakes and vitamins thanks to you!
Hey Squishy, hang in there! It will heal, but patience is a virtue that really tries us during this time. I am going to have a scar revison from my splits, it happens, you will be fine!
Hi Puggy - just starting to get better. Honestly I'm just trying to move forward with life like its not even there. Nothing I can do but heal now and it might not be until Feb or even March. Frustrating, but oh well right? How are you doing? Looks like everything looks fabulous on you!!! Thanks for checking in with me. :-)

Here I am at 11 weeks, yes it has almost been 3...

Here I am at 11 weeks, yes it has almost been 3 months and I am still healing. I went to the doc last night and you will not believe it, but they pulled out 4 more barbed stitches that were not absorbed. For some reason right in that csection area, none of the stitches absorbed and my wound is having trouble healing because of it. We go back to the problem of having so much scar tissue there from my csections that my body is rejecting the stitches. All is good underneath,the stitches have no more purpose, but until my body spits them all out, this wound will have trouble healing. Nothing we can do but keep up on it. New pic below, you can see they did a lot of scraping last night to help the new tissue form. Hopefully with that and pulling the stitches out, we are on a track of better healing! We will see :-)

Squishy~ I can see the healing! Just the edges of the wound look smoother and more defined and that is a good sign. Sucks about the stitches. I hear you on that one too. But really you can see the healing.

I don't do any taping. Can you try holding on the pad that covers the dressing w/ just tighter underwear? I know that has saved me all these weeks with the wound issue. I just hold the pad on when I use the bathroom. It would give your poor skin a break.
I hear ya! I tried that, but with work and the kids I was so worried about movement. I adjust the tape every morning when I put new dressing on so hopefully we can just get through the next couple months. When I wear spanxs its a bit easier to keep them in place. Another problem is they dry out faster if they are not taped in place and I need to keep the wet to dry dressing on it. I'll get there right?!!! :-) You are looking great!

Over 3 months now - the small openings are finally...

Over 3 months now - the small openings are finally starting to heal after kicking out about 10 barbed suchers. The big one I think still has a few to get rid of, but its slowly healing. I hope I will heal by spring at this rate!!! :-)

4 months post op and I'm finally closing. We've...

4 months post op and I'm finally closing. We've pulled out sutchers every week and as we have it closes more ever so slighty. I'm one of the 1% but at least I'm finally closing. Pics below.
Hey you are looking great!! Way to go. How do you feel overall about the TT?? Are you still glad you did it?

I stopped packing mine on Jan 1st. I'm still not 100% closed but I don't give it much thought anymore. I don't have to do anything to it. It's still healing slowly as it fills in the ridge that it left behind. Saw the dr at the beg of Jan and he said I'm still swelling and that will go down more. He's right. I've seen it decrease it bits and pieces.

Isn't it amazing that such a small hole can take so long to close?? But it will close :)
So are u saying Ur in the 1% that their sutures didn't dissolve?
so glad you are healing! Looks almost fully closed now. You still have an amazing attitude, and I hope it's all downhill from here.
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