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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