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3 Months post-op and some thoughts

I've been lurking on this site for months and...

I've been lurking on this site for months and enjoy following all of you on your journeys. I guess I had better introduce myself! I'm an active, 54 years young and have 2 wonderful kids that wreaked havoc on my body. My first was over 9 pounds . I was a young mother and weighed 120 when I first got pregnant. The marriage was awful, I was depressed and felt alone....I gained 90!!! I divorced and married a wonderul man who accepted me for me. I got pregnant again and had only lost 40 of the original 90...then gained another 30 with my second. I've managed to get to a healthy weight, but my stomach and thighs are a WRECK. I am SO ready to get it fixed!! I look forward to sharing my experience and getting as much advice as possible from you lovely ladies.

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Good luck to you!!!
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Thank you so much!
Dr Robles is also one if my choices you need to keep us updated on your journey!

Hi lovely ladies!! I added a before and I have to...

Hi lovely ladies!! I added a before and I have to say I'm grossed out by looking at my belly. I can't wait to get this thing off of me! After losing weight, my belly hangs and my butt is flat andmy thighs look awful. I'm getting an extended TT, MR and mini BBL. I don't really want a huge butt, just fill it out a little. I always had a huge butt and hips all my life. I've been eating healthy and exercise, but lately I'm ramping it up to take off another 10 pounds so I get the best results. Good luck to all who are going thru or about to make the jump.

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All inclusive? Meaning it covers surgery, meds and recovery house?? Do tell??
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Way to go... I am think of going to dr Robles too.. I want tt, ba and lipo.. I just got a pre quote of 5900.00. Was your 5600.00 just for tt? When r you planning on going ? Are you doing all inc package ?
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I'm still trying to plan the trip but it will probably be after May. I'm getting extended TT, muscle repair, lipo on thighs and small fat transfer to my saggy butt. The price is for the all inclusive and there's an additional fee of $350 for some lipo on the thighs. When are you going?

This is more difficult than I had expected. Hubby...

This is more difficult than I had expected. Hubby insists on going with me since it's out of the country and I'm grateful for his protectiveness :) but trying to get the same time off and juggle things is tough! So many things going on right now. I'm so anxious to get this done, yet nervous at the same time. My emotions are up and down and I haven't even gone yet! When I'm dressed, I feel confident and attractive. I take my clothes off and I feel so insecure and unattractive. My hubby loves me just the way I am.....but I can't help thinking he secretly wishes I was hot :)

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I am torn in between Robles and Yily. Robles gives you a better butt in my opinion but Yily gives you the better hips and curves your body is super thin and I am so undecided the more I research. Also Robles has all inclusive package I like that. But Yily is cheaper upfront minus recovery house decisions decisions
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Yes, I went thru that for months...only mine was Dr. Robles or Cardenas! I finally settled on Robles since the recovery house is included and hubby can come with me. Cardenas' RH is female only and I do not want to go alone!
Yily gives them banging waist lines. I'm like yeah and Robles gives more fat in the booty. I think I rather have a smaller waist cuz the booty will look bigger if the waist is smaller.

The diet is going pretty well. I'm doing an Atkins...

The diet is going pretty well. I'm doing an Atkins type diet consisting of very low carbs and high protein. I've cut sugar and flour out and eating lots of green veggies. I've lost another 2 pounds. I'm hoping I can get down below 160 before my surgery. The more skin removed the better!! I'm 5'8" and 170 now. Does anyone know what the weather is like in DR during the summer? Also, what's the crime like,,,,is it safe? Any comforting words would be appreciated!

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Hey soon2be, I was commenting on solesister's blog and saw that you have a consult at Wake Forest on Jan. 3...me too, at 3:30! What time is your consult? I didn't notice where you live, I live in FL, will it be much traveling for you? I also have rec'd quotes (2, one in Jan, and the other this month) from Dr. Cardenas...love her TT scars and her work over all. I would be traveling alone because hubs would be home with our young children. Don't know how you're doing as far as weight loss, or if you're even trying anymore, but I lost 45# by counting calories with the help of lose it . com! The only exercise I did was walk/jog 1 mile every day for 20-25 min wearing a 40# (started at 12#) weight vest and pushing 115# (2 toddlers and stroller weight) in a double stroller. I started at 1000 calories and went as low as 850, but that didn't last long. My magic number is 986. It took me from Feb. to Sept. to drop 40# and the rest has come off til now. I haven't walked in forever and I'm still maintaining! Even went on a cruise and didn't gain and I wanted too lol! I was an emotional/bored eater, but I tell you that has changed! O, my starting weight was 170. I use to think I was carb sensitive because my belly bloats, but I'm starting to believe it's a wheat sensitivity. I can totally relate to how you feel in and outta clothes. I look good in clothes cuz I wear padded bras and padded undies (love my bubbles . com) because I'm totally deflated, sexy lingerie isn't sexy on me! ;) O yeah, Dr. Cardenas called me the other day to discuss her recommendations, she asked if I wanted to stay this weight and I said yeah, I had to stop losing cuz my belly wasn't going anywhere, and she said that isn't fat, that is your muscles, you don't have much fat. I still have a protrusion around my belly button area! It's all my 2nd son's fault! LOL Sorry for the long comment. I ought to make a page already! Take care.
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My appointment is 2:30 at Wake Forest! Maybe we'll cross paths! I live in SC, about 4.5 hours from there and as of right now, I'm not sure if hubby will be going with. I'm so excited to have this consult. I've had a few and they were all very expensive. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can afford this!! Originally I was going to DR or MX but I would rather have it done close to home in case there are complications. As far as my diet (smh in shame)....I've gained a few over the past few weeks. The holidays were an eating frenzy! I'm now back on track and hoping to drop some lbs. before surgery. Good luck and feel free to send me a private message! :)
I pray your hubby is better. I have been to the DR for vacay only---it's always hot, it's a tropical place, and just like anywhere else, you have to be really careful and aware of your surroundings. I thought about going to another country for surgery, as well. But ultimately my own personal comfort would not allow me to travel outside the states for the type of surgery, and I'm glad that I did not! I am very glad that I did not have to travel while in this condition....I travel for a living, so I wasn't interested in traveling while in recovery. And my recovery has not been as easy as I thought. Being in my own home since the surgery has given me a tremendous sense of comfort. Now I have heard really good things about a variety of doctors in other countries, so I know positive experiences are very likely. I just chose to have mine in the states. I'm looking forward to following your journey.....thank you for sharing.
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Still in the air about where to go!

I have another consult Jan 3rd at Wake Forest in NC. I'm still nervous about going out of the country (as is my hubby). 2014 is going to be my year!

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Hey lady, I sent you a quick pm with the address if you don't get through.
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Excited for you !
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Hey lady, I sent you a private message. I had to reschedule for 2/7 so hubby & I could make the 9ish hr drive together. I just want to be seen already!

Hopefully my LAST consultation!

Well....I had my consult at Wake Forest on Jan 3. This is #4 or 5 for me. A couple were virtual phone/skype consults. I have to say, I was so impressed by Dr. Kelly's professionalism and thoroughness. I immediately felt comfortable in the office, with his nurses and with him. He answered all my questions and gave me realistic expectations. Originally I was thinking that going out of the country was my only option, but after meeting Dr. Kelly, I'm thinking this could be the one. I'm now waiting on a quote and surgery dates. If the price is right, I'll have an extended TT, lipo and BL. My excitement has returned and I can't wait to hear back from them.

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Look at that nice curve to your back ! You are going to look soooo GREAT once you come to the flat side. ...WOW. I am so excited for you !! Oh, and by the way, Im glad if you go out of the country your husband insists on going with you ! Can I ask you something ? Why do so many of you go out of the country ? Is it really that much cheaper ? My total was $7600.00 And I would have paid more for the conveniance of having my surgeon close by. But either way, what ever you decide to do, I wish you the VERY VERY best. You are going to be georgous !!
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Thank you for the compliment! I've lost a little more weight since that pic but the darn flap is still hanging there! Yes, going out of the country is about the cost (for me anyway). You can get a lot more work done for the same amount of money....A lady on this site told me about a Dr. just a few hours away from me who does great work and is affordable, so I'll most likely stay close to home. There's the fear of complications and not being close to my Dr. that scares me. Hubby is in the medical field so wherever I go, he goes! LOL
Thank you! I'm excited to hear back from my last consultation!

OK I'm getting tired of the consultations already!

Hubby came home with a name of a doc in our area that he wants me to see. SO....another consult next week, then I'm going to make a decision and get my date. I'm so anxious to get this done and start my recovery. I want to be done by swimsuit weather!

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My complications were not anything major. But Im so glad my PS is only 20 minutes from me. I would be so scared being in a whole different country from him. I cant wait for you to make your choice and have your surgery...youre going to be happy in your heart. I cant explain it very well....but its a peace and piece of mind that swells over you as you realize day to day that youre no longer carrying that thing around with you. Its so freeing. IM very excited for you.

This is nerve wracking!!

I had another consultation today with the Dr. my hubby wanted me to see. The doc is chief of plastic surgery where hubby works, so I had high expectations going in. Well, it went fairly well, his staff was nice but kinda talked down to me a little bit in the beginning but quickly realized I knew a couple things about this. LOL I've only been researching for 2 years!! Anyway, the doc was very nice, calm and somewhat soft spoken manner. He verified everything I already know...I have muscle separation, excess skin and pockets of fat on my outer thighs and my boobs have headed south for the winter! He didn't spend as much time with me as I would have expected and then he insisted on trying to get my insurance to cover this. I already KNOW they won't so why bother? Since this is a large teaching medical university, I asked about a resident's clinic/program. He then introduced me to the chief resident and said she could do the surgery at a reduced rate, although nobody there could tell me what that was! She spent less than 5 minutes with me, told me she's done 100's of TT then left the room. I am so burned out on this process!! I just want it done! I'm also still waiting to hear back from my last consult about dates and prices. I am NOT good at the waiting game.

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That is exactly why I am heading to DR this month, the body sculpting is unreal. I went to doctors in boston who could give me a flat stomach but not the body sculpturing that I would get in DR. I am stay 21 days and will stay longer if I have too. The cost is not the reason I am going to DR.

Finally heard back from Wake Forest :)

I finally got the phone call this morning...extended TT, MR, lipo to flanks, hips and thighs, and BL no implants $6375. Yes, please! This doesn't cover the mandatory over night in the hospital. I'm not sure how much that is yet. Other considerations are travel time and expense, hotel for several days after, etc. I should get a general quote from the hospital I went to yesterday....but I LOVED Dr. Kelly at Wake Forest so I'm really leaning that way. Realistically, what do I need for after care? Does anyone have a list they could share? This is starting to finally feel real :) I'm beyond excited!

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Front view...yuck!

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Hey lady! So happy you heard from Wake. That's a darn good price! Anxious to hear the comparison of prices. That's what it's gonna come down with me too. Wake/USF and now you got me thinking of DR!!
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Hey, if money were no object, I would have already had this done! I'm sure you too. It is a great price and I LOVE the chief resident at Wake. Hubby worked his magic once again....quote coming tomorrow from the local PS I saw yesterday.

Finally made a decision!

I received my quote for the local PS and it was $9500 and that included the discount since my hubby works for the hospital. I'm almost relieved cuz I really didn't feel as comfortable with them. The amount of time spent with me, going over exactly what needed to be done, etc. etc. was so much less than my consult at Wake Forest. I tried to call the coordinator to pick a date but missed her by 5 minutes!! My luck :( Now I have to wait till Tues to book my date. I'm hoping for sometime in March. I'm so excited. The only thing that concerns me is I live 5 hours from the PS so any advice would be greatly appreciated. How long should I stay close by? So now, I need to get REAL serious about my diet to get at least 10 pounds off. I can't wait to finally be on the flat side and feel normal again.

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I couldn't change the price in my title. The correct number is $6375. If anyone knows how to change it, please let me know. Thanks!

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Hey! So glad you got your quote! I got my hospital stay bill in the mail today $1500! Kinda sucks but I called and I'm paying it monthly as I can afford.
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Wow, $1500 for a place to sleep! Kinda sucks for sure...my hubby is an RN but they still insist I stay over for observation. Did you wear the compression boots that squeeze your legs to keep from developing blood clots?
Yes they put you in compression boots. They will NOT let you take your own meds! But the prescription part of my bill was only $84. The rest was for the room. You will get two sets of garments for free. Can't wait until you set a date. So exciting!

My poor sad boobies!

I hate posting this, but I pulled up my big girl....umm granny panties and did it. Please be kind :)

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Finally set my date!

I was on the phone bright and early this morning to book my surgery date....March 14. I'm so excited, yet nervous. I've been so addicted to this site. I hope I can focus on other things LOL. I want to drop 10 pounds by my pre-op which is Feb 21. I'm dragging the treadmill into my bedroom and nothing but lean protein and veggies for me! Any advice you beautiful dolls can give is greatly appreciated.

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How exciting! I'm scheduled a couple of weeks before you but in Monterrey, Mexico.
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Are you going to Dr. Sauceda? I had a skype consult with him and he does awesome work. I'll be following your surgery....it is so exciting! I never really thought it was a possibility.
Awesome!
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Wish it would hurry up and get here!

Yesterday I had my physical and blessing from my primary, got my lab results back and a mammogram tomorrow. The paperwork came in the mail today...YAY! I feel like this is just a dream and any minute I'm going to wake up. I REALLY want to get 10 pounds off before surgery, but it's been rough. When I get stressed or nervous I EAT. Over the holidays, I ate like every morsel was the last bit of food on the planet! LOL Now I'm paying for it.

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Yes. I'm scheduled March 3rd. Thanks! I know, I've been dreaming about this for years!
So happy for you! Know exactly how you feel!

Having a hard time staying on track!

I've lost 80 pounds over the past couple years and it wasn't as hard as getting this freakin 10 pounds off that I gained over the holidays!! I need some encouragement. Anyone else struggling to lose a few pounds? I'm trying to do high protein, low carbs, lots of water and treadmill every day.

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Congrats on your weight loss and on nailing down a date! You've done so much good work, now the doc will put the finishing touches on. I am struggling to stay focussed with my diet also as I am a stress eater and not to mention perimenopause. Anyhow, thank you for sharing your story and let's keep each other encouraged. I love this site. :-)
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Thanks ReeRee31! Yeah, menopause really sucks! I also have a thyroid condition and the stress doesn't help either...it's SO hard to drop weight....but I'll get there! I'm trying to stay busy getting everything in order so I won't think about it too much. This site is great, right? I'm so addicted to it, but I'm so happy I have other ladies to share and encourage each other.
You can do it Soon2be! Can't wait to see our "afters".

Nothing to do but wait

I have all my supplies with the exception of a walker. I found one on Craigslist and will pick it up tomorrow. Now I wait. ..have I said how much I hate to wait? LOL I've also been having the strangest dreams lately. Last night I was lying in bed and couldn't sleep. I had myself convinced that I didn't need the surgery and I was being selfish for wanting it. I've always been the care giver and don't do anything for myself, so for me to spend a lot of money on myself isn't something I would ever do. I'm sure I'm not alone. When I woke up this morning I looked in the mirror before I got dressed and told myself I AM WORTH IT.

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The time will be here before you know it :)
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Time seems to be dragging by! I just checked your blog out. Your day is right around the corner! Stay in touch!
Your time is coming soon, how exciting! I am in Hickory and have three consultations scheduled this month. I have considered also checking out WFBMC. Since you seem to be having such a great experience, and got such a great price, I may check it out. How were Dr. Kelly's before and after photos?
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Started a juice cleanse today

I hope I can last 3 days on the juice fast. I've done it in the past and dropped a few pounds and felt pretty good afterwards. Wish me luck!! It does tend to make me cranky watching hubby eating pizza while I'm drinking a tall unappetizing glass of green slime. LOL

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Good luck with that juice fast. Last year I did protein shakes and liquids for a week. On the third day, I kept smelling pizza at work and wanted to order one so badly. That lasted a full hour, it was terrible. I didn't give in and ended up losing about 4 pounds.
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I'm so excited for you! Im waiting to see of my insurance will cover my panniculectomy i get alot of rashes and constant boils very painful... Whats the juice c leanse if you kind me asking
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My front view was very similar to yours. I can't wait to see your results! I had a tummy tuck with muscle tightening yesterday morning and today is pretty uncomfortable but I'm still excited and inspired by everyone's stories!
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Had a nervous moment with the mammogram results.....

BUT finally got the AOK! Whew...Was supposed to get my results back Wed. but nothing came....then Thurs....nothing.....then Friday. I was about to have a nervous breakdown! I was going to call on Monday but I received a letter today saying the results are normal :) Today is my 3rd day on the juice fast and I have to admit it wasn't as hard as I initially thought. I'm feeling full of energy and overall in a good place mentally. I plan on doing it a couple times each week until my surgery date. Does anyone have any suggestions for prepping? I hope everyone is having a great weekend and hopefully staying warm. Happy healing and best wishes to all my TT sisters :)

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im 52 and my tt is scheduled for march 21. im right behind you! best of luck
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Thank you ckwhitehead!! Only a month to go now :) Are you getting excited?
Getting close! You will totally love the "new you"
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One month to go and a huge thank you!!

Only 1 month to go and I finished up the last bit of my shopping. Hubby actually seems to be getting excited! :) As much as I know he loves me, I'm sure he's ready for a better looking body ;) I want to thank all you wonderful ladies that share your stories and give great advice! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to move forward with this surgery if I hadn't had this site to educate me and ease my fears. Y'all are the absolute best!

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oh yah, very excited. im just getting over the flu. terrrible week of coughing fever and feeling awful at least it happened well before the surgery!

After losing 90 pounds.....

I think I look pretty good in clothes, with spanks or control underwear. I now wear a size 12....down from 22W. Every night when I take my clothes off, I still feel like I'm obese! I can't wait to get this body pulled together.

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Hang in there surgery bud! My pre op is the 25th and fast approaching is March 12 "renewal day". Think we all get a little emotional about the unknown, but we can do it! Stay encouraged and keep posting. It helps others, like me, lots. :-)
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Hey ReeRee, how goes the diet? I'm doing 2 days of protein shakes a week. I'm down 5 pounds and hopefully go down another 5 by surgery day. Are you all ready for the big day??
We are running neck and neck i go on Thursday the 20th for my labs and to meet the putting to sleep man we will see how that goes i have been a big mess the last 2 days for some reason hope i can continue to struggle through this with out backing out hope all will be good with you visit please say a PRAYER for me and i well do the same for you and all the rest of the girls about to go through this GOD BLESS US ALL
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Pre-op DONE

Yesterday I had my preop and it went very well. We went over all the "what ifs" that I'm already aware of. I've researched this so thoroughly, I think I could write a book on it :), signed consent forms, paid in full OUCH! Hubby went with me to meet my docs. (There will be 2 of them working on me) but one was away in Africa doing PS. I hope he stays nice and healthy while he's there. As we were leaving hubby holds my hand and says "there went my mid-life crisis sports car" and I responded, "don't worry I'll be a lot more fun" LOL He assured me he was going to take me up on it.

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Hey honey, are you bouncing off the walls yet? How do you contain your excitement? Omgoodness, it's right around the corner...so excited for you!
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Hey babe! I'm trying to do other things but I can't even think straight!! We have a college graduation in May so trying to plan that trip too....that helps keep me busy at least for a few minutes at a time! LOL I have to buy a new dress for the special day but I'm waiting until I see what size I'll be. At 2 months, I'm hoping I won't be too swollen and can fit into something slinky ;)
Having your supportive hubby will help tremendously prior to and after surgery.... He sounds like a keeper :-) You've proven to yourself with your personal drive and determination retraining your mind and body losing all the weight !!!!!!! Just over two weeks from now....yep it'll really almost here, once your surgeon uses his skill to rid your body of all the excess skin, sculpt your sad girls and flatten your tummy.....OMG your gonna love your transformation....it's going to seem like a dream••••• (some days I pinch myself I still can't believe ••••• even 4 months after my TT and now with my new Perky boobs •••••damn it's thrilling... I see my own reflection and am so proud I took this journey ) and have been able to express myself & SHARE••••• It's totally a process of healing after your surgery taking one day at a time....we are strong determined women we have survived childbirth....this is almost as rewarding as having a child ••••we are giving a new life to ourselves embrace the Love for yourself . I am so happy for you....remember leaning on one another is what this Awesome site RealSelf is all about....the threads of experiences help one another (((hugs ))) Hope this babble wasn't to sappy! LOL As always , LiveLoveBelieve
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2 WEEKS!!!

2 weeks from now, I'll be pulling into Flat and perky land!!

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Good luck with your journey. I have a couple of tips if you are interested. Start miralax once a day for 5 days before your surgery. This assures that everything in the bowel is soft and helps with the constipation afterwards. I pooped on day 2 post op, no problem. You may need MOM to get you going but it will be easier if things are soft. I did not get a walker but have used a cane some. It is just a little added security while you are walking hunched. Sounds like you are a healthy eater and that will help you lots. I lost 60 pounds with diet and exercise so I understand how hard you have worked. Congratulations and best wishes for a smooth journey to the flat side!
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Thank you lookahead! I'm prepared so I don't get constipated. I'm doing a liquid diet for 2 days prior to surgery and taking the miralax. I have smooth move tea as well as stool softeners and MOM. It might be over kill, but better safe than sorry. I got lucky and found a walker on Craigslist for $10!
So excited for you. So you are doing TT and a breast lift, right, are you doing lipo? Not sure why a walker is needed, my family were my walker I guess. I truly feel you need to not stress anymore about loosing any more weight,make sure you get rest before surgery.I hope you have a good recliner because it will be your friend the first week. There is very little pain, as the numbness wears off I feel some discomfort. Getting the drains out is the best thing,lol.I felt like a had a set of testicles. Take the stool softner ASAP after surgery,you'll be happy.The corset helps reduce your food intake :). One more thing I am an xray/mammographer so I have a physical job and 2 weeks since my surgery and going shopping and dinner tired me out,so don't push yourself to much. I took 4 weeks off from work because I go to Costa Rico April 7th and I wanted be healthy for swimsuit vacation.
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9 more days!! O M G

My doctors are 4.5 hours away, so we'll drive up the night before, check into a hotel, then I'll spend 1 night in the hospital, then hubby and I will be staying in a hotel for a few days following my surgery for safety. I'm a very organized person (to a fault sometimes) and I've begun to put everything together for my "vacation" LOL I know this will sound strange, but I'm looking forward to the time alone with my honey. He's an RN and works the night shift so we really don't get much quality time together....and he's NEVER had to take care of ME. It will either be a great bonding experience or we'll need a vacation away from each other when this is all done! I'm the strong, independent care giver of the family, so I'm praying for the ability to relinquish control. I wish all of you lovely ladies the best of luck and happy, uneventful recovery on your surgeries . xox

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Excited for you. It goes fast!
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It is going fairly quick, but it can't come fast enough! I'm anxious to start my recovery and hopefully be healed by summer.
One week til your transformation, how exciting! I hope you have a lovely "vaca" with hubby lol!
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1 week to go!

I have a couple of questions...the boards I see some of you use under the cg? Does it help with swelling or what is its actual purpose? I haven't seen many of them online and wonder if it's something I truly need. I've also heard that massage helps the lipo'd areas. Does it have to be a masseuse, or can you use a hand held massager with heat? I have one that you use on your face, with heat and radio frequency massage. Has anyone used something like this? I get backaches from time to time and the massage and heat helps with that. The time is getting close and I'm wondering what I've forgotten!! I appreciate all the advice from you wonderful, wise RS dolls :-)

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The compression garment keeps you from swelling and makes you feel better. I think some docs feel it helps the skin adhere faster and keeps sermoas from forming. I used mine an additional 8 weeks after my PS said I could quit it. I work full time and the compression garment really helped with pain, swelling and energy.
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I used Design Veronique CG, I think it was model 1650, no zippers, tough to pull up, it's a second stage garment and held up very well. My PS gave me a Marena CG with zippers in either side, first stage garment. I wore it two weeks. The zippers kept digging into my ribs where I had liposuction done and it really hurt. The second stage garment without the zippers was really snug and hard to pull up, but well worth it for comfort. Good luck!
Thanks SuZQnew, but I was actually talking about the foam boards you put under the garment.

4 days!!

I've packed, unpacked, packed again, unpacked.....LOL You get the picture? I finally decided on some comfy pj's, robe, slippers and sweats to wear back home. I sometimes drive myself crazy over-thinking things!

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How exciting that you are getting so close! I did not have to use anything on the lipo sites. I massaged them with my scar treatment and that seemed to be enough.
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Thanks solesister! I'm very interested in your scar treatment you mentioned. Do you think you could either in box it to me or post it with amounts included? Your scars look so good, I'm betting in a few more months you'll barely know they exist.
Hi Soon, Another RSF (RealSelfFriend) said to look at www.lipoexpress.com, and I found it there for $20. They write it is supposed to reduce swelling and inflammation. I hadn't seen anything about it before you commented. I will ask my ps next week, but that will be too late for you!

Oh yeah....

My docs only do ONE (1) surgery a day, so that's a load off my mind. I'm happy I won't be sitting around all day, waiting my turn!

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1 surgery per day? That is a very comforting thought! How are you holding up? Bouncing off the walls with excitement yet, soon2be?
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You know it!!
I'm feeling anxious... We're almost there!
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3 days to go!!

I'm trying to stay busy to pass time quickly. Today I'm planting flowers for my front porch and giving my dog a bath. Exciting stuff. I'm boarding my dog with a friend and will be away from her for 5 days :(

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2 day count down WHOOT WHOO!!! What time do you have to be there Friday? Don't be nervous! It'll be the best decision ever, just think of the light at the end of the tunnel! A week or 2 of pain for a lifetime of happiness is completely worth it! I'm here if you need anyone to talk to! Good luck! I wish you a happy, fast & easy healing!
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Hey, how are you feeling? I'm so ready to get this done and start recovering! I've had surgeries in the past so I'm no stranger to pain. Oddly enough, I'm not scared of the pain. I know it'll be rough for awhile. I'm actually more nervous about my outcome. I've waited for so long to get the body I want. I think I have to be there around 7:30. I haven't gotten a reminder call yet. What time is your follow up? Too bad we won't bump into each other!
I'm feeling great! Just ready to get back to being a mommy lol! It's so hard not being able to do anything for my kids! Plus I can't wait to shower! It's at 2:15!

Final countdown!

I thought I'd post my measurements.
Breast. 38
Under breast. 32
Waist. 34
Belly at largest. 44
hips. 45

Weight 175

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Prayers your way. Hope you are able to sleep tonight. Happy endings!
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Tomorrow is your big day!! Can't wait to see your results! I'm going to say a prayer for you tonight. Keep us posted!
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Hey hun! I imagine you 'n hubs are on the road...prayers for a safe trip, successful sx and speedy and uncomplicated healing! Much love sister! So happy for you!
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The BIG day!

Good morning lovely ladies! I've been up since 5am....not a restful night for me. We're staying in a hotel close to the hospital and our lovely neighbors was a basketball team who partied until 3. I won't say where I wanted to put the ball they kept bouncing! Hubby snored, which just added to my aggravation. LOL Anyway, I'm up, showered and ready to get this show on the road. I'm missing my big cup of coffee to start my day. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, I truly appreciate each one of y'all. I hope you have a beautiful day! :-)

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Best wishes! Can't wait to see some after pics!
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Thank you!

made it to the flat side!

This will be short Lovelies! Went in at 8th and got marked up. It took much longer for the marking since I had a previous lift and it was a challenge to get it right. My tummy is flat and I think I'll be happy! I've not needed much drugs but plan on getting some shortly to help me sleep. Hubby's been wonderful and insisted on staying in my room tonight even though we have a hotel room paid for. I appreciate all the well wishes more than you all can imagine! I'll try and catch up more tomorrow. ((Hugs))

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Can't wait to hear more from you when you feel better! So sweet that your hubby stayed with you. Take care and remember your RSFFs are here for you!
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Congrats & happy healing!!!
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So happy for you! Welcome to the flat side sx sister. Rest drink fluids and update us when you can. ((Hugs)).
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1 day update

The day of surgery was pretty much a blur and today I feel like a truck ran over me. We're all checked into the hotel and getting everything situated to be as comfortable as possible for the next few days. I'm beyond happy with my tummy! My breasts are a little smaller than I wish, but under the circumstances, they are beautiful. I now have perky boobies with the nipples pointing straight ahead :-) I don't know how you ladies get all this done and go home the same day! I'm SO glad I stayed overnight in the hospital. They didn't have a room in the day hospital, so I spent a few hours in recovery getting 1 to 1 attention, which was really nice. They ended up putting me on the PS/burn wing and the nurses there were great. AND of course I can't say enough good things about my docs. They are 2nd to none! Dr. Showalter came in this morning to check in on me. I'm in a fair amount of pain, and the norco makes my blood pressure drop so I'm only taking it when it's absolutely necessary. I'll post some pics tomorrow. I just don't have the energy to do it yet. Blessings to all of you beautiful ladies!!

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So happy everything went well! Rest up sweetie!
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Congrats congrats! So happy you like your results. I was thinking my breasts seem kinda smaller than I wanted too, but if it's the trade for a flat belly guess I'll take it too. Continued happy healing!
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I had my surgery yesterday also. I still haven't seen the results. I'm nervous to take the compression off.
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Here's a pic after my bird bath this morning. Hubby has been awesome. He washed my hair and gave me a back rub :-) It felt like heaven! You'll notice my right nipple is discolored. The doc says we have to keep a close watch on it, since it could be bruising but there's also a chance it could be dying. I'm praying that's not the case. My recovery has been worse than I imagined. The walker was a must for me and this binder is driving me crazy! It creeps up and digs into my breast sutures. My doc trimmed it down, but it didn't help at all. My hips are very swollen! I look like I had a butt lift, but I didn't. I have an appointment with the docs this afternoon then we're going to start heading south and probably stop 1/2 way and spend the night. There's bad weather with ice and snow on the way and we want to get started home before it hits. I'll update more later and post better pictures when I get home. Much love and blessings to you all

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Oh yeah....

Did I tell you he took off 10 pounds with the belly and lipo? :-)

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Soon2, omg u look great! How far back does your incision go? Rest up and have a safe trip home! xoxo
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I told them to go as far back as necessary to get a good lift so went over my thighs. It doesn't look like I'll have dog ears either. The incision is thin but looks worse because it's covered with glue. You're next sweetie!
Just checking in on you... Looks like everything went well congrats!!!
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My follow up was today. ..

And it went great. They took me out of the stinking binder and put me in a cg. It took the doc and my hubby to squeeze me into it but it feels so much better! I was also told my nipple looks better than expected. For it to be only 3 days I feel so much better. I hope I've turned a corner!

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10 pounds off is awesome!
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Glad your appointment went well! You are looking great, and I envy you having an awesome hubby to help you bathe and rub your back! (doubt I'll get my 16 yr. old son to do either...lol!) Keep posting and hang in there, we are with you!
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Congrats! Glad to hear that all is well with your bewbie! Happy healing.
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Some sad news.....

My sister passed away yesterday. She is several years older than me and her health was failing, but her passing came very quickly. We found each other later in life and had a very special relationship and bond.... my heart is broken. I can't travel to go to her funeral and that makes it that much worse. I know she is at peace and no longer in pain which brings me some comfort.

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I'm sorry for your loss. *HUGS*
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Thank you!
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your sister! I have lost a brother and both parents but cannot imagine losing my only sister...she doesn't even know it but she really is my rock...her and especially my PIC (partner in crime) Marquel...and of course my hubby Pete too! Once again so very sorry :(
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My first time being left alone....

Hubby went back to work last night, so me and my sidekick Molly were on our own. I'm not taking pain meds with the exception of occasionally xtra strength Tylenol. I decided to try the bed with a ton of pillows propped up. It actually worked out pretty well until sometime in the night the pillows shifted and I slid down! I couldn't pull myself up and can't roll over....it was a nightmare getting out of that position!! After what seemed like an hour, I was able to get out of bed. Now picture my dog needing to go out, me needing to pee and my drains needing to be emptied....LOL I managed to get it all done, just took a little longer! The good news is, my drains are slowing down a lot and I'm thinking one should come out tomorrow. I can't tell you all how much I want a shower, but docs said not until the drains come out :( I hope all you lovies are having great days! Blessings!

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Ahh so sorry about your poor sister. You are looking amazing
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Thank you!
You look wonderful! I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Oh goodness girl, I can't imagine trying to get out of that position! My mom is here helping me & there are times she forgets I can't get out of bed by myself & we're just staring at eachother until I tell her, mom I need help! It's hard not to laugh!
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1 drain out :)

Hubby pulled one drain this morning and glad to see it go! I hope the other one goes tomorrow and I can have a proper shower. I know this is perfectly normal, so before anyone tells me this.....LOL I looked in the mirror and hated the way I look. I even cried a little bit. Hubby has been so supportive and told me I look great and soon the swelling will be gone, the scars will fade and I'll be so so happy. As the Beatles said...."yeah, yeah, yeah" In my head I know all that, but all I could see was my swollen thighs, one nipple that is still questionable and my scar is much higher than I pictured it to be. So ladies, for today I'm nestled in my recliner, catching up on all the TV I recorded and wait for tomorrow. Healing blessings to you all!

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Glad to hear one drain came out. I get those feelings too that I'm not liking my body or how it was left, but it truly is 100% improved. I just want this bloated feeling to go away.
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I've been fortunate so far and not too bloated. I hope you get some relief from it soon. I do have a couple internal stitches that pinch which is annoying.
I'm am so very to hear of your sister's passing. Hope you are feeling better today, I think you look great and it's only going to get better!!! Take care, rest and heal!
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Been 1 week already! 2nd drain still in :(

I woke up this morning thinking the 2nd drain would come out today, but no such luck! Hubby said, with the amount I drained overnight, it's better to wait another day or so and be super careful. That's fine with me! I'm super tired today too. I think I over did it yesterday, even though it was only picking up a little around the house. I also have a pinching pain (I think it's an internal stitch) just above my left hip. When I stand up or move a certain way it really hurts. Still watching the right nipple for changes...very subtle ones. I think I'll slough off some skin, but praying that's the extent of it. So, today I'm taking it slow and easy! The docs told me they took 10 pounds off during surgery and I couldn't resist weighing myself (even though I know I shouldn't yet). I'm down 8 so I guess I'm draining well and I really have no appetite. What's everyone eating when you're not hungry?

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You gotta rest that body gurl. I've been eating bananas, protein shakes, jello and apple juice.
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I was able to eat a few bites of a lot of different things yesterday. My energy level is so much better today.
Yes, bites of a protein bar, and celery w peanut butter. Slowly getting my appetite back.
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Day 8 and the last drain is finally out!

I had a rough night last night. I couldn't find anywhere to get comfy, whether it was my recliner, couch, chair or my bed. I had an itch on the back of my thigh, just under my butt cheek that was driving me crazy, so at 2am I got up and took the cg off hoping my sensitive skin just needs a little break. It was still bugging me so there wasn't much sleep for me. Hubby came home this morning and pulled the last drain since it was under 30cc. YAY! This means I can have a shower!! I showed him the itchy annoying spot and he said it was pink, warm to the touch and he measured it and said we'd better keep an eye on it cuz to him it looked like it might be the start of cellulitis which is basically an infection of the skin and tissue beneath. GREAT! Anywho, after my shower (which felt as close to heaven as I've felt in a while) my nipple started to peel a little bit :( Damn it! This is what my docs said to watch for. I texted them and gave them all the great news and got an immediate response back. Put silvadene on the nipple 2x day and get back into the cg with padding over the red area....keep a close eye on it and report any changes. I love my docs for being available at a moment's notice! It's looking like my recovery isn't going to be a walk in the park :(

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Hang in there. I'm still putting silvadine on my TT incision, just off center where it hasn't closed all the way. It takes forever!
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Lots of swelling and bruising

Not loving it yet

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First wanted to say I'm so sorry for the los of your sister. I will continue to keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Recovery for each of us is as bit different, but in the end, we do get to the flat side and our best result. Your post op pics look great! Give time for the troublesome boob to catch up. I'm sure that it will. Continued healing, rest and progress. Will check in again soon.
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Thank you honey! I appreciate that more than you know :) I'm not sorry I had this done, although I know it may take a little longer to see the final outcome. Patience has never been one of my strong suits! I just took a peek at your post op pics.....WOW! You look awesome!
Sorry for ur loss hon, my condolences to you and ur family. Stay positive and listen to hubby. Hes a RN, that's awesome. You've been through a lot at once so don't be too judgemental and too critical. Things takes time especially healing when you have sensitive skin, just just think of all the plus that these surgeries have brought you and dwell on that while you heal. Take care of yourself and enjoy ur new body... I have some issues with my skin too but i an loving every minute of my result... wounds and all. 100% better that what i looked liked before.. It will get better once your able to move around more freely. BY the way, make sure your getting up to walk a few minutes every hour. It is very vital, and if you were not given and incentive spirometer to deep breathe with , please do some deep breathing exercises a few times every hour. It helps with lung expansion and prevent you from coughing alot.
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10 day post op

My energy has finally returned although I can't do anything I'd like to do...haha I'm still hunched over but a tiny bit straighter than I was a few days ago. There's still some pains here and there and the bruising is still bad on my hips and thighs. I tried some Arnica cream but had a reaction to it, so I'll just heal naturally (unless someone has any other ideas). I have very sensitive skin. There's still glue on my incisions, which makes them look really dark and angry, but I can see they look pretty thin and straight under the glue and dried blood. I'm putting silvadene on my right nipple 2x day per Dr. and hopefully the healing will be quicker than expected. I like the shape of my breasts and other than being a little small, I think I'm going to love them. The area I'm NOT loving is my thighs, but I will address them after everything else has healed. I hope all you beautiful ladies are having a great day!

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That's the only thing I don't like is my thighs :(
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If my thighs were good, I'd be over the moon!
Have you tried Bromelain or Arnica tablets? I'm taking both.
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a couple new pics

Not too much change but thought I'd share a couple pictures from after my shower.

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That's cute the heart BB
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Thank you! It was totally unexpected and not sure it will stay that way, but I thought it was cute.
That is a cute belly button!
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2 weeks post op

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks already. Everything seems to be healing well and feeling pretty good. I still have most of the glue on my incisions which makes them look nasty, so I'll post some more pics when that junk starts coming off. I'm tired of walking hunched over and my back is paying the price. I'm probably 80-90% upright. My post op instructions says to walk bent over for 1 week. HAHA Yeah, right 1 week :) I'm starting to get the little twitches and zings (nerves connecting?) around my belly button. I'm still mostly numb along my TT incision and it's very hard just above it. I don't have any pain in my breasts and the skin on my right nipple has almost completely sloughed off. The silvadene cream seems to be doing its work. Hopefully I'll have new skin soon. I know this is a process and it takes a long time to see final results, but I'm loving my results more every day. I have a follow up Monday afternoon. Hopefully, it will all be good news :) To all you beautiful ladies recovering, HAPPY HEALING! To those planning on their surgery, the best of luck!! Blessings!

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Thanks for sharing your journey!
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You're welcome!
Typo below should be " Brest reduction"
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17 days post op appointment was yesterday

I had my post op yesterday and the long drive was a killer. By the time I got home, I was ready to go to bed. I'm very swollen today...not sure if it's from the ride or not drinking enough water. I've been feeling really good, so this is a lesson that I'm still healing and not to over do it. The visit went well and Dr. Showalter said everything is looking good. He snipped some lose sutures and was very pleased with the progression of my TT incision and gave me the OK to start working the stubborn glue off and massaging it with scar cream. My nipple is healing and he assured me I won't lose my nipple (my worst nightmare) and to just keep doing the silvadene 2x day and be patient. He said it's progressing normally and I'll have new skin soon. I'm confident in his opinion and I'm not stressing over it at all. One thigh has smoothed out somewhat, but the other one doesn't look like I had lipo at all. He said since it's so soon, and I'm still bruised, it's probably still swollen, so we'll address that in the future if needed. I worked up the courage to try on a pair of my skinny jeans that I couldn't wear because of the huge muffin top and they were lose and lay perfectly flat!! :) I'm loving it more and more every day!

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17 day pics

Took these at 17 days post op

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17 day pics

17 days post op with lots of surgical glue still on incisions

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Whoa! Look at you HOT stuff!! Looking great! How are you feeling?
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Thank you! Today is 3 weeks and I'm finally feeling pretty normal. I get a few twinges here and there and so tired of trying to sleep on my back, but overall I feel good!
Wow, you look great. Congratulations and continued good healing. It takes awhile, but we will get there!
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Time flies!

I can't believe it's been 3 weeks already! I'm feeling much better, standing straighter and have more energy the past couple days. Overall, I'm very happy with my results. My right nipple is still healing....no surprise there. The swelling is worse in the evening, which I already knew thanks to all the wonderful ladies on RS :) I'm still sleeping propped up, but not quite as high. I'm hoping I'll be able to sleep on my side soon. I'm down 10 pounds from before surgery. The Dr. said he took over 8 pounds from the tummy and another 2 from lipo. The only thing I'm not entirely happy with are the saddlebags. One side looks as if it wasn't lipo'd at all. I was told it could still be swelling, but I'm pretty sure it's not. I'll address this on my next visit. I measured my waist this morning and it's 29.5". WOW is all I can say! It was 34" on day of surgery. My hips today were 42" and they were 45" before. :-) I bought a new dress and it's a size 10! I'm going to wait until my size has stabilized before shopping for summer clothes. Another perk.....I noticed hubby is looking at me with a new look on his face ;)

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Woo Hoo! Looking good! Love your new fitted dress and love that your hubby is seeing you with fresh eyes! It's one of the perks for sure. Enjoy, and continued happy healing. :-)
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Thank you honey! Hubby surprised me today by asking me when I'd like to go to Victoria Secret!! He's NEVER asked me that in 15 years :) He normally hates shopping, but I think this has opened up a new door! :-)
Congratulations, you are looking great!!
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Just to remind myself.....

When I'm having a bad day or feel like I'm not healing quick enough.....This is the picture I look at when I need a reminder!

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You are looking amazing! Congrats! We are close to the same surgery time, so glad we can share this journey together and I am so sorry about your sis :(
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Thank you! You're looking great too :) I miss my sis every day but hold her memory close. I appreciate your kind thoughts.
Congrats On your journey. Hoping the incision has improved. Safe healing and thank you for sharing your journey. Best of luck:-)
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4 Weeks and a red, itchy rash!!

I started scar treatment a couple days ago (scar guard gel) and now I have a red, extremely itchy rash along my incisions! I'm allergic to tape and certain adhesives, but thought the scar gel would be OK....NOT. I stopped using it and putting hydrocortisone cream on it, in hopes of calming it down. Now I'm not sure what if any type of scar treatment I can use. I have an appt. with my docs on Friday and I'll ask then. Any advice??

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I am using both newgel+ (expensive) and a much less expensive supposedly hypoallergenic tape you can buy by the roll on amazon - it's called Mepitac. Found it by search this site for something cheaper than newgel. So far neither irritate my skin, which is highly irritable!
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Itchy rash

TT incision allergic rash

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How long after the first breast surgery did you have to wait for the second?
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I had a reduction 20 years ago, which was a total disaster. The doc wasn't board certified and one was a whole size bigger and had terrible scarring. I was so scared to go thru that again, I just lived with it until recently. I had a TT and got the courage to get my breasts fixed at the same time. I wanted implants also, but my doc warned me to not do it all at once and I'm glad I didn't. I'm not sure if I'll get implants or not. I'm going to live with them and see how I feel. I was told I'd have to wait until they're completely healed if I do get implants....not exactly sure how long that is.
Congrats! Happy and healthy sx. Ty for sharing your journey:-)
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1 month post op

I thought I'd update my measurements since it's been a month.

Breast. 38 Same as before surgery only much higher!
Under breast. 33 Up 1" must be swollen
Waist. 32 Down 2" but I had a couple days where it was 29.5 so I'm hoping it's just swelling
Belly at largest. 36" Down 8" WOW!!
hips. 42" Down 3"

Weight 175

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Weight today....

Darn thing updated before I could finish :((

My weight today is 167 Down 8 pounds from before surgery

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Hi SoonToBe! You are coming along so nicely. Can't wait till I am one month post. Keep on posting!
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One month will be gone in a flash! I just stopped by your page and you now have the body of a 25 yr old!! Congrats honey! I hope you continue to have a speedy recovery.
Thanks for stopping by my page and I'm glad I came here...wow you are doing great! I am so happy you are doing well. You are very brave doing this for you and give yourself a big hug from me. I had my tummy, face, eyes, neck and lift with implants over this past year. I wish those of us that have lost so much weight did not need all this work done. In the end we hope that all our dreams and body image goals come true. I will be facing a revision on my chin but it is what it is. If you want to talk about the implants ...send me a private message and we can share. I did months of non stop research on implants. Happy and blessed Easter! Barbara
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Quick update at 5 + 3 days

Good morning lovelies!! I hope all had a great weekend and a blessed Easter for those who celebrate.

I'm posting some new pictures that were taken this morning. My incisions are all healing very well. They're flat and thin and I can't feel them when I run my hand over them :-) They're still red, which is to be expected. I haven't been able to do scar treatment since I've had a couple of allergic reactions. So, I'm using coconut oil to keep them moisturized and soft. My right nipple is about 95% healed. There's only 1 small spot left. I'm still cleaning and dressing it 2x day with Silvadene cream. I have to admit it's getting tedious and will be happy when that's behind me, but in the grand scheme of things, it's just a blip. My breasts are a little smaller than I would ideally like, but I love the shape and nipple placement and they are very symmetrical. I'm not sure implants are an option so I'll live with them and see how I feel down the line. Maybe they'll fill out a little as time goes by? My tummy is very flat (I never thought I'd say that). The fat chick is still wandering around in my head. I'm doing everything possible to evict her. LOL My only complaint (and not really a complaint, more of an annoyance) is my thighs look awful. My docs didn't lipo my flanks. I opted for lipo of my saddlebags since they looked so gross when I wore a bathing suit. One of them now has smoothed out some, and the other one has not. It's 2" bigger than the other and has a crease. I think they run out of time fixing my mess of a body! LOL I'll talk to them at my next appointment. I can sleep on my side now, YAY! I get muscle spasms when I lie in one position for too long so I do a lot of tossing and turning. I'm walking 100% upright and feel good, although I tire more easily. It's getting better all the time so I'm expecting to start my work out routine fairly soon. I'm so happy to have this done and would do it all over again! For all you beauties that are post-op, I wish you all a speedy and happy recoveries. For the ones waiting for their time, best of luck and warm wishes for the best results possible! ((hugs))

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You look great! My TT surgery is tomorrow morning at 7. Feeling so many emotions! I'll be so happy when it's all done.
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Good luck hun!! I'm thinking of you and praying all goes well. See you on the flat side :-)
Great results. Youre healing well...
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More decisions.....

It's been 6+ weeks and I had my post op on Friday. Everything is looking good and continuing to heal well. I have a small area of fluid that is about the size of a half dollar above my TT incision on the left side that comes and goes and of course when I went to the Dr. it wasn't there, so he said to keep an eye on it and if I notice any change to come in for an aspiration. He thinks it's because I'm doing more as I feel better. I wasn't cleared to exercise other than walking on the treadmill. We discussed my thighs (ugh) and I have some decisions to make. 1. a revision in the office to lipo the areas to help smooth them (awake...scary!) 2. aggressive lipo under anesthesia (there will be a charge for this and sagging skin afterwards) 3. thigh lift ($$$) I have an appt. June 13 so it gives me some time to work on them to see what improvement I can make and then I'll go from there. Unfortunately, the appt. in June will be my last visit with Dr. Showalter :( Whatever I decide, it will be a different doctor who does it. Have I mentioned that I have trust issues?? I trust Dr. Showalter.

So, I'm continuing to do well. I'm feeling good. Energy is coming back and I'm anxious to be more active. I'm used to mowing the lawn, gardening, working out, etc. My back and side muscles still spasm at times and I'll take 1/2-1 valium and that seems to help. My appetite is back, so I need to start moving more so I don't gain any weight. I have a love-hate relationship with my cg. I like the way it holds me in and gives me support, but here in SC it's already hot and with menopause and hot flashes, there are times I'd like to burn it! I'm looking to change into a different style....one that has one opening down the middle instead of 2 zippers on either side. Any suggestions on one that's comfortable? A BIG thanks to all you wonderful ladies for all your kind words and support! ((hugs))

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Looking great. Keep us updated on your thighs...my TT and BA is May 19, but I already know I'd like to contour my thighs....i just dont think my skin integrity is able to handle lipo alone and not sure how invasive I want to go...
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P.S. has your pre-surg back pain resolved? Mine did. Something about not carrying around my gut!
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That's the best breast lift I've EVER seen. I have boobs similar to your before (but with WAY more assymetry) and yours would be my "dream" result pic. I also had a TT in December. You look great!!
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7 Weeks...swelling continues :(

It's time for my 7 week update. I'm still swelling, probably more than ever lately. I ate chinese food yesterday and by bedtime I felt like the Goodyear blimp. I'm sensitive to certain additives to begin with, last night I was so miserable! I'm still swollen somewhat this morning too. Does anyone know when the swelling goes away?

So, I've been going thru my closets and drawers purging things that don't fit anymore. It's amazing how much stuff I've accumulated over the years and hung on to....no, I'm not a hoarder! LOL Anyway, I found this bikini that I've had for YEARS....I won't say how many years, it's just too embarrassing! I thought, what the heck, just for fun I'll see if it fits well enough to snap a pic for hubby :) If it weren't for my thunderous thighs ladies, I'd be tempted to wear it.....I said tempted. T his 50+ won't wear it out in public, but it was fun trying it on. As you can see, my left incision is very high. The right can be concealed, but not a chance with the left. Not a big deal since I won't be wearing a bikini, but when I wear my jeans it's above the waistband, so I hope it fades nicely.

I'm still having muscle spasms in my back and left side. It's worse at night and I'll have to take a Valium to sleep at times. I can sleep flat or on my side, which is great that I can move around without pain. No more mountain of pillows!

I bought a new bra :-) and I'm so happy that I'm size 34D!! Not a full D but I'll take it. I wish I had more upper fullness but with the new push up bra, it looks great. I've ruled out implants for a number of reasons, so I'm loving me the way I am. I think I look pretty good for my age.

There's not much else to report. I hope all you lovely ladies have a beautiful Friday. Congrats and happy healing to those who've already had their surgeries. To those who are waiting anxiously, I send blessings and positive thoughts for a great surgery without complications and quick recoveries! ((hugs))

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Tried on a bikini I had kept for years....

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Scar is higher on left side

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Right side scar can be hidden

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New bra for the girls 34D

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Have you found any bikini bottoms that cover the scar in the hip area? My incisions peek at my hips too. I want a cute bikini, but I am having trouble find bottoms that are higher on the hips.
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No, I haven't really looked much yet. I have my doubts that I'll find one that completely covers the left side. I've seen some of the ladies on RS who had the retro style bikinis with very high waists. They're not very flattering on me. I'll wear my tankini which covers the tummy until I find the right one.
7 weeks & a bikini! love it!!!
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Good old Walmart!

I found the perfect shapewear I've been looking for...$19.96 at Wal-Mart. It's Flexeez brand and it's firm but I can breathe in it and I can wear my own bra. It has straps, goes under the breasts, mid thigh and it comes in nude or black. Yay!! I can wear this under the dress for my step son's graduation and not worry about my cg showing. I can enjoy the day without worrying about silly things like cg! LOL BTW, We're so proud of him....he'll receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

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You are looking good hunny, get u a tan and it will hide the rest;) that's my secret!! Check u out with the cute bra too. How are you feeling? And congrats on ur boys graduation, that's amazing!!
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Haha I actually started working on my tan yesterday! I feel so much better with a little color. I'm feeling great, just some swelling and numbness but nothing major. Loving life :-)
Yay for Flexees! I'm so glad there was a mid-thigh version!
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2 month update

It's been 2 months and it seemed like I should give a little update. Life has been busy and I think it's safe to say I'm 99% healed. I don't feel the muscle spasms much anymore, with the exception of when I sleep or lie in the same position too long. My incisions are healing beautifully. I was so nervous I'd have problems with my scars. When I had my breast reduction years ago, I had wound separation, infection and nasty scarring. Yesterday, out of nowhere, my nipple that had given me a problem opened the smallest bit, and a tiny drop of blood came out. So, just to be safe, I've gone back to using the silvadene cream and keeping it covered until it closes completely again. The swelling on my thighs and hips have gone down and as much as I hate to say it, I'm so disappointed in my outer thighs. They looked better when they were swollen. I knew they weren't going to look firm or tight, but I was really hoping for symmetrical and thinner so my clothes looked better. My left thigh has a fairly large indentation above the fat pocket and the right looks pretty much the same as before. I know I can get the fat pockets lipo'd but it's the indentation that bothers me. I can feel my hip bone and it hurt when my underwear rubs it and unless I wear Spanx, it shows under my clothes :-( I hope my wonderful docs have some advice. I'm still very happy with my results, but I was hoping against hope that I'd not have to have revisions. I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day and looking forward to Memorial Day! I think there's going to be a lot more women wearing bikinis :)

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Hey there. That nipple is so stubborn and needed to heal like yesterday lol! Hopefully the cream will seal it and hopefully it will stay shut. Sorry to hear you are still disappointed with your thighs. You are still fabulous regardless of the few setbacks you have had to deal with. Take care.
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Yes my nipple is being stubborn, but it's already looking better today. Not a biggie, I just got excited a little too early. I'm taking the thighs appearance in stride. I knew they weren't going to be "fixed" just hoping for improvement. I'm so happy with the results of my TV & BLACK....I won't let my thighs bring me down. Thank you newtuck! I hope you're doing well :)
OMG. ..autocorrect! *TT and BL

Did something different today :-)

We're leaving tomorrow to go to son's graduation and I have some very cute clothes to take on my trip...yay!! Some of my friends haven't seen me since losing 90 pounds OR the surgery so I'm excited to look great. I used to have very long and lush eyelashes, but as time goes on, they've become short and sparse. Soooo....I was on Youtube and stumbled on a video of a girl showing how to do your own individual lash extensions. I've tried fake lashes in the past and they just don't look natural on me, so I thought what the heck, I'll give it a try. WOW, it wasn't very hard and I LOVE the way my eyes look now. Hubby says I look 10 years younger ;) I'll take that! The surgery has awakened the "old me" and I'm excited to being seen again. Hubby said it is so good to see this side of me again.

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Love the bikini, and especially the pretty new bra! You are looking fabulous! Enjoy being the old you again!!! Congratulations on your son's graduation too. What a surprise you will be ;-)
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My son graduates from college on Friday!!! Please share the eyelash extension brand/video/whatever!
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Congrats!! I used Ardell starter kit (Wal-Mart) cheap! It had individual lashes, tweezers and glue. I also bought some "flair" which is 3-4 lashes glued together. It was very easy once you get the hang of it. I recommend using a 10X magnifying mirror. I wear glasses so it was a must for me! If you do it, let me know how it goes.

After lash extensions

Tried this just for fun and came out better than I expected :-)

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Can u share the YouTube video with us ?? Love the idea ;-) you go girl!!!!
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There are a LOT of videos on YouTube....I watched several of them to get the general idea. Just search under DIY lash extensions. Good luck!
Just read your review. You look fab hunny xxx
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Brought something back with me from son's graduation....

I brought back 5 extra pounds!! LOL I didn't think about anything....just ate whatever and whenever....cake, seafood, taco bar, cocktails, pasta, etc. etc. I've already lost 3 since coming home, so I'm back on track. It feels good to be in total control of my weight and health. It wasn't that long ago that I would have been totally out of control. I felt great physically and everyone kept asking if I joined a gym or lost more weight :) ssshhhhh it's our little secret :-) My step son hugged me and commented on my "tiny little waist". He works out doing palates, runs marathons and is a physical therapist, so it was great that he noticed. On the way home, we were transferred to our plane via shuttle bus and I twisted my knee carrying my bag up the airplane stairs, so I'm dealing with that right now....hoping it's healed in a day or two so I can start exercising. I hope everyone is doing well. P.S. The right nipple is completely healed!! yay!

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Wow I love your post! You look amazing. I would totally wear the bikini! You look hot. Thank u for all pics and details really helpful.
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Thank you! I am so glad I did this, although I wish I had asked more questions. This site really has been a Godsend. I just checked out your review and you're going to look great!
congrats on your son's graduation, glad you had a wonderful time despite the few pounds. the best part is knowing you can lose it, working on losing it and seeing results.. One thing for sure we are more mindful of those few little pesky pounds since pour TT's.. Hope your knee get better soon
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4 months next week

Hi beauties!! I've been really busy lately so I thought I'd better do an update. It's been almost 4 months since I had my TT, lipo and BL/reduction. I have a Dr. appointment next Friday. IMy doc is moving on to his own practice and I will miss him! So, I have to admit, as time goes on, I'm not as happy with my results as I was initially. Everything seems to have settled and softened up a lot. Don't get me wrong.....I'm still happy with my results, I do look so much better than before. I guess I'm a work in progress! :-) It took years to ruin my body so why wouldn't it take more than one procedure to get it right?? My TT scar is looking good..I never had any issues with the TT...no infections, no spitting stitches or openings. I am so thankful for that. I have what looks like a dog ear on my left side along with a pocket of fat that bulges out of the top of my pants :-( and pokes out of my swimsuit. The scar also is quite a bit higher on this side. I think this might be an easy fix so I'm not stressing over it. I think I might need the incision extended. I look great standing, nice and flat. But when I sit down I still have a roll above my belly button. I don't know if it's skin or I still have some fat there. I'd like to lose 10 more pounds so I'll be able to tell when I get that done. My thighs on the other hand, look awful and the lipo I asked for made them look a little deformed. I now have a huge dent above the pockets of fat that are still there. They're the size of my open hand on either side. This is not something I can live with. I've come so far to still feel so self conscious. I know I'll never be a swimsuit model, nor do I want to be. BUT I do want to wear a normal suit without a skirt. I live 10 minutes from the beach so I want to feel "normal". My breasts have softened and they look OK although I'll never be happy with the size, but I can live with them. I look good in a padded, push up bra, but naked not so much. Now that things have settled down some, I'm going to start working out and hopefully improve things. I'll talk to my doc Friday and hopefully he can give me some advice on the thighs. I always welcome advice from my RS ladies!! I hope you all are doing great and loving life. Blessings and hugs!

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SORRY.....It will be 3 months next week, NOT 4....

I told you I've been busy...lol I seemed to have jumped a whole month! On June 14 I will be 3 months post op, not 4.

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Looking good. Thighs are a hard to take part of a woman's body. Even with my weight loss and muscle gain, I still have giggly legs. The definition in your stomach is amazing.
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I agree about the thighs. Mine seem to be getting worse even with all the working out I do. I know having a lift is the only thing I can do to correct them, and it has to be the right Dr. as well.
Darling when I'm in my truck with my seatbelt on the skin on my tummy goes over it and my hubby teases me. I think if you get ur thighs done to the way you want them , you'll be happy. You already have great results!! ;•}
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Had my 3 month post op and said good bye to my surgeons.

I had my 3 month post op Friday and said good bye to my surgeons. They're graduating and moving on to practices. They were pleased with my incisions healing and over all results. I expressed my concern with the high scar with the little dog ear that sticks out of my pants waist band. I didn't really get an answer. I was told last appointment that I could get the pockets of fat lipo'd in the office with local anesthesia at no cost since it was part of my package. This visit, I was told that I needed more aggressive lipo and a long incision thigh lift (which I'm not interested in). I just want the saddlebag area lipo'd like I had requested. I'm not going to have aggressive lipo on the front of my thighs. I've seen the results of this and I don't like the wavy, lumpy look...not to mention the additional sagging that I would get. I want to look into a crescent lift with the groin scars. I'm not sure my thighs are so far gone that they wouldn't be improved with this procedure. I've actually seen worse before and they got pretty nice results. I have an appointment in 3 months and after a lot of exercise this summer, targeting my legs, I'll have to see.....Other than that, I'm feeling good and my scars are slowly fading. My scars normally take longer than most to fade and I'm allergic to every scar treatment I've found, so I'll continue to use coconut oil. I hope all you wonderful and beautiful ladies are doing well! :-)

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How are you doing today? Are you all healed and has the dog ears gone down?
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First of all, the transformation of your entire upper body is beautiful. Your breasts are perfect and perky, waist is tiny, and tummy is FLAT! As for ideas for you thighs and hips? Have you thought about the flankectomy and buttock lift, with possibly the medial thigh lift later if the other 2 procedures don't do the trick. That would basically turn your TT into a LBL. I had an LBL 11 days ago and am actually pretty shocked how much tighter my legs are. My legs don't have lipo so no swelling for that and are much smoother. I've also seen a few other women that had great LBL results that had thighs and hips similar to yours.
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Thank you for the compliment! I'm in love with my breasts and my tummy is flat :) Recently, I have given it some thought about turning my TT into a LBL. I still have a handful of skin on either flank as well as my booty is saggy. I think I'd be a good candidate for this procedure. I'm going to have a couple of consults in a couple months to see what they recommend for the best resulsts. I'm just enjoying my summer right now. BTW.....you got absolutely beautiful results of your LBL.
Dr. Schowalter and Dr. Kelly

My Drs. were Dr. Schowalter AND Dr. Kelly. This forum wouldn't allow me to put both of their names on it. They are 6th year residents and I instantly liked them both. From the moment I walked in, I was made to feel very comfortable. Everyone there was so professional, yet warm and caring. They took time to go over all my concerns and answered my questions honestly. I had a very bad experience with a breast reduction over 20 years ago and I was so nervous to have corrective breast surgery, but I felt very confident with these doctors. They were genuinely interested in hearing my concerns and I always felt they listened and were honest and professional. I was told to have realistic expectations, educated me in possible complications and promised me they would do the very best they could. We can't ask for more than that. After my surgery, I was given their cell phone numbers and was told to get in touch with them if I had any questions or concerns. Any time I send them an email or text, I receive a response back in record time (usually only a few minutes). I'm still healing as I write this review, but after having gotten to know them, I have no reservations saying they are GREAT doctors. If you live in VA, Dr. Brian Schowalter is opening a private practice in a few months and I would recommend him without reservation.

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