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Only Two Weeks from Today!!! - Durham, NC- updated- Patience is not my strong point!!!

Ladies, I am nervous, excited and ready to get...

Ladies, I am nervous, excited and ready to get this done. After many years of going back and forth, I finally decided it was time. So, yesterday I went in for my pre-op appointment and found out my BP was up. Now this is very unusual for me. I figured it was nerves and stress from work. My doctor wants to make sure my BP is ok before we do the procedure. I am now monitoring my BP for the next week.

Anyway....I am having my upper and lower abs done as well as Tummytite (a procedure my doctor offers similar to a tummy tuck but no where close to as invasive). I am just hoping that once I pay this money that I will be happy with the results. I will post my before pics soon, I am embarrassed and really do not want to share that with anyone. I do not exercise regularly but do eat a pretty decent diet. I am gluten-free so that really limits me. I intend to use this procedure as a catalyst to get me motivated to exercise and feel better about myself. I have been following this topic for quite a while and have really appreciated the posts that you all have shared. I am going to do my best to keep my posts up to date..some may be short, some may be drawn out...but it just helps to know others understand and can provide empathy and feedback. Well...I will be back again soon. Take care!

Tommorow I go back to the doctor for a f/u on my...

Tommorow I go back to the doctor for a f/u on my BP. It has been normal for the most part except it seems to rise when I am at work. Go Figure! Anyway, say a prayer that all is well and I can proceed with my procedure. I really want to do this and I am ready....i just hope everything falls into place!

One week from today I will have my procedure. ...

One week from today I will have my procedure. This time next week I will be recovering. So, BP was normal. I think I was just having a stressful week the first time they took it. I went and bought some supplies for during and after and now it is just a matter of time.......anxious yet excited to see the change. I am trying to be realistic with my expectations. So many of you look really good afterwards and I just hope I have good results too.

Hi ladies! I have picked up my prescriptions for...

Hi ladies! I have picked up my prescriptions for my procedure and after care and I am all set with my supplies for Friday! I cannot believe it is finally here. As I have said before, I am anxious, nervous and excited. I really hope after I spend all this money that I am happy with the results. Going to need lots of support and wisdom to get me though the ups and downs I am sure to have. After reading all of these posts I know if I can get support it will be on here. Please remind me to be patient when I need it and give advice and feedback as you see fit. I am having my procedure at 8:30a Friday morning and will try to post on here afterwards. We will have to see how coherent I am when I get home. Till then…….

So, I figured I should post some before pics prior...

So, I figured I should post some before pics prior to my procedure. I hope I never have to see this again!! I am hoping that my results are half as good as the ones I have seen on here.

Looks like I am going to be waiting a few more...

Looks like I am going to be waiting a few more days. My doc had a family emergency and had to reschedule for next week. This really is disappointing as I had mentally prepared myself and was ready. I guess I was just meant to wait a little longer. Until next week.....

Ok- here we are the night before my procedure...

Ok- here we are the night before my procedure again....so far so good. No calls from the doctor saying he needs to reschedule again. I am trying not to think about it too much, but it is all that is on my mind. I just have such high hopes that this will be the catalyst I need to get me going. I am hopeful for half the results I have seen on here. I will post as soon as I am able to after the procedure.

Ok- why do I feel like I am bigger than when I had...

ok- why do I feel like I am bigger than when I had this done? (5 days ago). It just seems to be more swollen than the first few days of after the procedure. My doc has me wearing this foam square thing to push up the indention I have between my upper and lower abs. I just don't see it making a difference. i am constantly worried that i am adding creases to my middle no matter how I sit at work. I do have a lumbar pillow- but it is just not very comfortable. I have also noticed that everytime I eat- I am pretty miserable. Is this in my head or is it because of the CG? Whatever it is, it seems to be assisting me with portion control. (a plus) :0) Anyway, just wanted to vent a litlle. Thanks for listening.

Today was my 1 week post op appointment. Doctor...

Today was my 1 week post op appointment. Doctor said upper abs were healing well, but was very concerned because I had some fluid in my lower abs. It seems I am a quick healer and my incisions closed before they could drain completely. I have to go back in the am for more draining. This explains the pressure and pain I have felt in just my lower abs.. and why I was soooooo uncomfortable. All in all he is very happy with everything so far and wants me to continue to wear my CG, drink lots of water and watch the salt intake. For the most part I am happy with what I see so far. After this fluid is out, I will post pics. Take care and Happy Healing to all!

Ok- here we are 2 weeks later. I am recovering...

Ok- here we are 2 weeks later. I am recovering nicely. A bit uncomfortable still. Going back in today for a follow-up to see if the fluid issues I was having last week have resolved themselves. Let me just say, wearing this CG will definitely let you know it if you eat even a bite too much! That will teach me!!! :0). I promise to post pics soon, I wanted the fluid to be gone before I do though. I am still swollen and certainly not anywhere near where I want to be. I am going to ask the doc today if he thinks I am healing as he expected and what are the realistic expectations I should have. Thanksgiving is a week away! A very small turkey day for me. No overeating this year that is a promise. Well ladies - take care and happy healing! Pics soon, I promise.

Well, here I am about 19 days in and I am getting...

Well, here I am about 19 days in and I am getting discouraged. My doctor is awesome and he said everything right to keep me positive, but I am just down and feeling like I am never going to see any difference. I am not posting pics because I am just as swollen as I was before the procedure. My doctor did tell me last week that he did expect this because when he did the procedure he was very aggressive and that he had removed alot. He told me that there is nothing wrong with me, but that it will take me much longer to see results. Logically this sounds great, but emotionally I am not handling it well.
There was not any fluid left in there- maybe small pockets. He wants to wait it out and watch things carefully. I will probably have to wear this CG longer than most- but if it means good results, it will be worth it. I am sorry that I have not posted much lately or any pics but I am just in a funk.
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Hi..I'm considering the same procedure. Just wondering if u like your results. Do u have any post op pics yet?
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Hey how are you doing???
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Hey iamgonnadoit....its been a while since we chatted...how are u doing? I hope ur feeling more postive now...remember we r on a journey and its a bit longer than we all expected..lol...2 months post op for me and DEF see changes...slow but happening...I look forward to my Jan 7th doc appt to see what he says and to also see how much of change from then to now...I am still dealing with some lumps and swelling now above my belly button area...STAY WELL and keep in touch hun :)
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My girlfriend had the same procedure done and it has been about three weeks. She got the big three, upper lower and back and she still has fluid and she still sore and she is still swollen. When I read your post it seems like you two are the same. She is very unhappy and is blaming me for this procedure because I talked her into it. You see we both did it, however I heal and shrunk immediately. No drainage, I exploded on the 11th day after my procedure but has gone down each and every single day since that point. Everything that the doctor told us would happen worked in my favor but not in hers. I am not getting worried. Is she going to see the results anytime soon? Please let me know. We get married in 4 weeks and I am afraid she will not see the results by the then. Please let me know how you are feeling?
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Hi there- I have finally started to see the results. It just started this weekend, so it took a good 3+ weeks. It will get better. I am seeing the doctor on Wed and will post his thoughts. Tell her to hang in there, it takes time especially if the doctor was as aggressive as mine was. He did tell me to take 3 ibuprofen 3 times a day for two days and to drink excessive amounts of water! That has worked or maybe my healing time was coincendental- regardless, I say hang in there- the results will come. Mine are slowly but they are starting to show. Once I talk to him I will post pics because now I feel like I can see some progress.
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it will come, mine too a bit to show as well. Like Iamgonnadoit, I saw a significant difference around my third week. I am still swollen a little, however, I am seeing results. Also again, as I said before, try the lymphatic massage if she can. That helped me a lot, especially with the swelling. it does take time and as the provider says, everyone will heal differently. try the massage most definitely. Good luck and happy healing..
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Terri...what kind of lipo did u have again??
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Smart Lipo upper and lower abs
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Hey there iamgonnadoit...Im soo sorry ur feeling so bummed out...BUT I do know how u feel...I felt the same way...I am 8 wks post op today and still swelling and some lumps...remember...its a very traumatic experience for ur body and the healing time is way longer than we ever thought...stay positive..I am also still in my stage 2 garment...I feel better in it especially when exercising...I am still tender too...u gotta stay postive...and trust me...I DO KNOW HOW U FEEL HUN!!!! Did ur doc say if ur not happy at end of time period that he would do a re-do? I made sure I asked. It would suck to do it again...but if im not happy at end of 6 months u bet ur A** he will redo...I already spend so much between the procedure and all the garments, meds, lotions, etc. Keep me posted or feel free to personal msg me if u ever wanna talk...I AM HERE!!!!
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Thank you Sharon- I appreciate the kind words. I am starting to get some feeling back in my upper abs, little twinges of feeling. I just have to keep telling myself it is going to take some time. They did say that in the event I am not happy that they would definitely work with me until I am, customer satisfation is the important thing. I just started my walking and could not go very far without being uncomfortable. I will try a walking DVD I have this afternoon and see if that is better. I will keep you posted. Thanks again!
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Hey gonnadoit...glad to hear ur doing better!! Keep us posted after doc's...it will get better...promise....talk to u soon :)
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cmon hun....we need pic's....lol....lets c how ur doing....hope all is well.... :)
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Good luck and happy healings to you!!!.
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Thank you all for posting your experiences, I am scheduled for procedure in December. I really want to see results, and I don't have much patience, so your comments are helpful to what I can expect.
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5 days post op- well let's see..first day back to work yesterday was ehhhh, not too bad. Just uncomfortable. I felt really swollen yesterday and I think it was because I didn't drink enough water. Today, I am a camel!! haha. Body image- still on the fence. Do see some change, but not what I wanted to see..again only 5 days in. Patience Terri, patience. I have my 1 week f/u appt on Thursday. My nerves are waking up and itching like crazy...benedryl to the rescue. All in all, things went well and are continuing to do so. Now it is all about the healing. I will post pics when I can. take care- Terri
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Aww, but our right its about patience. I am just 11days in and I am swollen to the point of annoyance, but it seems to be getting better. The eating is a definite. On the days I drink my water regularly it seems as if I eat little. Which yup, is a good thing. I am wearing dresses now because I can't take anything on my stomach. You'll get there.. We have to be patient.
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Hey Terri....I KNOW HOW U FEEL....its get better...6 wks post op and still swollen...saw my doc last nite..all is normal and when he showed me the b4 pic's he took...I was like HOLY SH*T...he told me stay out of the mirror for a while and i am gonna try it..lol...swelling is gonna be there for a while...so get use to it and dont let it get u down...I all but broke down at drs but he assured me all is going the way it should be and said I will be soo happy when all said in done...very traumatic to our body...work also was awful for me for about 3 wks...felt more bloated...keep drinking like a camel and stay in a POSITIVE FRAME OF MIND.....and im here if u ever nd to vent...take care hun :)
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wannabe....I have been living in yoga pants for the last six wks...my jeans fit much better and NO muffintop....but I feel im still too swollen so by the end of the day in jeans...I swell even more...so gonna keep on with the yoga pants....
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I hear you. My husband gets to see me in two things he dont see me in very often.. Dresses for work (i wear them sometimes in the summer, but never, ever in the winter, I cant stand being cold and cant stand winter time) and sweats on the weekend in flats(I am always in heels weekday or weekend.. jeans w/heels are my weekend leisure wear).. He'll enjoy my new wardrobe, i just wont..oh well... we have to keep thinking.. this is just temporary situation for a wonderful outcome.. Let's keep it positive ladies.. We did the hard part.. getting up the courage to have it down.. so we mind as well wait and marvel atour outcome..
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Well said wanna be....thats the frame of mind we need to keep....LOVE IT!!!
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Hi All- I am stil alive and healing well. Just needed a couple of days rest. The procedure went well. It took about 3 and half hours. I have 6 incisions and they are SORE! I am doing pretty good with pain management and only taking pain pill at night. My husband has been great - makeing sure I am comfortable. i appreciate everyone checking in and asking how I am doing. This weekend is all about resting since I have to go back to work Monday. I will post again on Monday after I go back to my desk job. That should be interesting seeing as I sit most of the day. I am planning on getting up often and walking around. Hope all is well. I have now joined the healing club. haha!
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YAYYYY....so happy to hear from u iamgonnadoit...u were getting me worried...lol..I am glad to hear ur doing well...so what are u thinking of ur BOD rite now...DEF...REST...REST....I got a lumbar pillow for going back to work so I would sit up straight at my desk that I am also at all day....it really helps. So was it as bad as u thought...I know u were nervous...well fill me in when u can...just thinking about u lots...Happy Healing and welcome to CLUB~PART 2....lol....take care....Sharon
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Glad to hear you are doing great. Keep us posted and happy healings to ya!!!
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5 days post op- well let's see..first day back to work yesterday was ehhhh, not too bad. Just uncomfortable. I felt really swollen yesterday and I think it was because I didn't drink enough water. Today, I am a camel!! haha. Body image- still on the fence. Do see some change, but not what I wanted to see..again only 5 days in. Patience Terri, patience. I have my 1 week f/u appt on Thursday. My nerves are waking up and itching like crazy...benedryl to the rescue. All in all, things went well and are continuing to do so. Now it is all about the healing. I will post pics when I can. take care- Terri
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How are things. Did it go ok yesterday???
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