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Hello, I am a 52 year old woman, mother, and wife,...

Hello, I am a 52 year old woman, mother, and wife, and have three children. Two of my children are adults living outside the home, and my youngest is nine, yea, I said nine, lol...All my life I have had a large belly, even at 100 lbs, which has been quite a while. I am 5'2, and 160 lbs. My surgery is on November 5, and I am getting cold feet as well as feeling guilty about spending such a large amount of money on myself, when we could use the money for other things. I also am concerned about the surgery because of my age, and I have Sjogrens Syndrome, which is a autoimmune disease. Does anyone else on here have an autoimmune disease and is getting a tummy tuck?

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I cannot believe I posted before pics of my belly,...

I cannot believe I posted before pics of my belly, I am trully disgusted. I cannot wait to have my surgery done, I hope it meets all my expectations. Seeing before and after pics on this site, I felt compelled to show my true self. I figure if all you lovely ladies were brave enough to post your before pics so that others may benefit from them, I should do my part.

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Thanks for your imput, I really do appreciate it.
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I didn't use a raised toilet. It is what you are comfortable with. Same thing with the electric bed versus electric recliner. I used the chair which I felt help me get up when it was time to use the bathroom. Having the chair kept me in one place. In the forum is a list of hing we wish we knew before the TT and a list or after. Overall, just take our time & look at the different topics, reviews, Q & A and the forum. I think it will help you. Plus everyone chimes in with enouraging words & support, which we all need.
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Thanks so much for all the information! Is it really necessary to have an electric recliner or hospital bed? Did you purchase a raised toilet seat, I have read some people say it helps alot?
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Ok, let me begin by letting everyone know I have...

Ok, let me begin by letting everyone know I have THE most wonderful husband in the world, lol....He loves me very much, always helpful, and does most of the household chores, takes care of our 9 year old daughter, and works a full time job and never complains.

Now the bad part! This morning I asked him if he wanted to see something disgusting, and he said to me no, not another tummy tuck surgery. I said no, not another surgery, just look. I showed him some before pics on this site, and he said ewe with a yucky face, and I said, WELL, YOU ARE LOOKING AT ME! THIS IS WHY I WANT A TUMMY TUCK, I TOLD HIM. Now I remind you, this is from a man who always tells me I am beautiful. We both looked at each other, my eyebrow lifted, and laughed till we cried.

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Hi nanny938,
You shouldn't feel guilty about spending any kind of money on yourself. You and every woman deserve to look and feel good, specially after having children.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to improve ourselves a little. :)
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Well hello there, lol...It is nice to hear from someone close by. What PS did you go with michtrif? Can u remember who it was on here that had surgery by Dr. Herman, I would love to see the results and ask questions about him. Wow, lower body lift, good for you. I go in November 5th, so don't forget to post about your experience, I would love to hear from you, being that we are so close. Good luck to you, and don't be a stranger!
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hi neighbor! I al just south of you, in the Lehigh Valley.I ised to live and work in Tannersville. It;s nice to see someone local on here! I had looked at Dr. Herman's site online and was considering him also. I actually reached out to someone here on this site who used him and she was very pleased. I am going with a PS in Allentown, and I am having a lower body lift. My date is Oct 18th. I am SO excited! good luck to you!
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Well, I am so excited this morning, I have lost 7...

Well, I am so excited this morning, I have lost 7 pounds so far, and hope to lose as much as I can before my surgery. I just want to say again, how much I enjoy reading all the reviews, seeing all the before and after pics, on this site. Everyday I read someones story is one more day I look forward to my surgery.

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Hi Nanny938, don't be embarrassed of how you look, my stomach is WAY bigger that anyone's that I have seen on this sight so far, and the rest of my body is not fat, and I didn't have weight loss surgery or loose alot of weight, I am not ashamed of mine, I just HATE the way it looks, I hope that the tt will help me to be able to do more, and not be sooooooooo tired all the time. I'm sure they will get at least 10lbs, but looks like 50-60lbs lol.
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lmao, I know what you mean. My tummy makes me look so much larger than I really am. I look like I am at least 6 months prego. I am 52 and people ask me if Im prego sometimes, ugh...

Almost only 4 weeks to go and I have so many mixed...

Almost only 4 weeks to go and I have so many mixed feelings, sometimes I feel like I am losing it, lol...I do know, however, I will be doing this procedure, and I do know that I will feel so much better about my appearance. It's just that I can't believe I'm really doing this, ahahahaha. My nerves sometimes get the best of me, and I say to myself, what am I crazy doing a tt, I don't need it, my hubby loves me just the way I am. Well, I don't love me just the way I am. I want to look and feel younger and healthier. I want this!

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As my surgery gets closer, I get more scared, and...

As my surgery gets closer, I get more scared, and second guess myself all the time. As soon as I come on these pages, all my doubts are gone with the wind, lol...When I see and read so many ladies happy with their results, it gives me confidence I am making the right desicion. I am scared about recovery, but then who knows how I will be. I went out last week and purchased my self a pair of hot pink skinny jeans, even though I they were real tight in the waiste, I bought them anyway, lol...I am 52 years young, but my husband thinks Im losing my mind, lol

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Nanny - you are officially less than 30 days from the FLAT SIDE!! Have you purchased all the items you have decided you need during your recovery? I'm satisifed with my decision to have the procedure; but I too, am fearful, of the recovery. I only have 2 weeks off work and I'm worried that I will not be able to go back. I am on the site every night reading about the recovery process from different reviews. I wish you the best and please keep us updated.
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I did not have a long time to keep changing my mind but I changed my mind daily as to whether I was going to have it done or not. I would literally wake up thinking there is no way I am spending this much money to put myself through all that pain. Then I would be like ok well maybe I will do it. By the end of the day, I was going to do it and that was final! Only to wake up the next morning and go through the whole thing again. Torture! Once I took my before photos that really helped me decide I was doing it. I still struggled with the emotions (this is normal). It is a big surgery, there will be pain, and you will go through other emotions after it is over, but you will come through it. I am still going through the process and am on day 7 PO and have no regrets so far. I wish you luck and am sending you prayers for peace with your decision!
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I am glad you are doing well, and it sounds like you know you made the right decision. I know I will do this in the long run, but like you mentioned, each day I have different feelings. I have been debating on renting a hospital bed for the month, I dont want to spend any more money than I have to, lol...But, I think that it will help me alot in the long run. I bet you feel like a different person, are you happy with your results?

Well, three more weeks until I get my tt, it's...

Well, three more weeks until I get my tt, it's becomming real. I had my pre op yesterday, I felt so much better after asking all my questions to my PS. I am very confident in his skills, and looking forward to a flat tummy. I have decided to rent a hospital bed out for the month, this way I don't have to keep my husband up in the evening if I cannot sleep. I had my blood work done, EKG, all the good stuff, and now I get to play the waiting game, lol...I am hoping my back issues will lessen from this surgery also.

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Listen to me, I mean this with every cell in my body. The ANTICIPATION is the worst part of the TT by a landslide. I made myself sick, thinking "What if I die?" "I am so ridiculous and vain" "My children will not have a mommy if I die" etc etc etc. Literally, when I was in my gown in the hospital waiting for the anesthiologist I asked my husband "Can I back out now?" and he said yes. I didnt back out, but it was THAT BAD. But here's the thing: from the second you wake up and think "Thank God I'm alive!" every single day gets better and better. I am SO GLAD I DID THIS. I just wish I did it sooner. And I am only 18 days post op and I am still SO GLAD I DID THIS. You have the perfect body for this in my opinion -- you are going to be mind blown at the transformation!!!! So persevere through this hard wait time. Get everything you need. Make a nice nest for yourself to recover in. And seriously -- ask for a valium or xanax or something for the night before. I was FREAKING OUT but I took a xanax and it put me right to sleep all night the night before. Otherwise I would have just spun ! I cant wait to see your after pictures!!! :)
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Thanks RockinMom, I hope you are right, lol...I know in my heart I am going through with it, but it is just so freaking scary. I have a hospital bed comming soon, and not much else. What do you think I will need? Some ladies on here have taken Bromelane and Arnica for swelling, my doc said no to that. What are some of the things you suggest for a comfortable recovery?
I actually did a whole list on my Real Self profile -- check it out. Some other ladies were asking me too. Your doctor is likely saying no to Bromelain because it inhibits clotting, so he may be concerned that it could cause excess bleeding (although alternative healers insist that it does NOT do that.) However, he cant object to Arnica because it is homeopathy. An infant could eat five cases of Arnica and have no ill effects. Homeopathy is totally strange to western medicine, but the premise is that the less of an ingredient the more effective it is. Anyway, you can google all about that, but rest assured that while homeopathy may "waste your money" it cannot possibly harm you. And I have many personal experiences proving it works, including being healed in 24 hours from mastitis with only homeopathy (from a trained homeopath) because my baby was only a week old and I did not want to take antibiotics and have to give my baby formula at 1 week. Anyway, read more about it yourself :)

Two more to go and I will be on the flat side,...

Two more to go and I will be on the flat side, yea!!!!! I just paid my balance in full, picked up some things at Wallmart yesterday, like MOM, Tums, protein bars, Wipes, and my hospital bed is comming on the Friday before my surgery. I have to confess, I have been eating like a freaking pig lately NOT GOOD! I am hoping after my surgery, I will lose some weight, because I will be pumped by a flat tummy, and will not have much of an appetite! I was wondering if anyone else has been eating more than usual before their surgery? I am getting so excited, after all these years, my stomach will be flat, hopefully this will relieve some of the back pain I live with, and make me feel happier about myself.

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Arnica comes in both a gel (rub on form) and little homeopathy pills. Get the pills, because you should not be rubbing ANYTHING on an incision. Later on I used the gel across my stomach when I just felt sore all over, but in the beginning definately the pills
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Thanks RockinMom
Hi, Nanny. Yes, I ate more than normal before surgery and did quite a bit of nesting too-- cleaning the house, doing laundry, cooking up a storm so I'd have soup, stew, banana bread and cookies post op. Spoil yourself right now, as typically, the anesthesia will reduce your appetite. I'm here for you if you have any questions. I'm 17 days post op, feeling better every day and am getting excited about my flat belly and new found curvy waist. I also found the added bonus that a flat abdomen makes my boobs look bigger! Yippeeeee!
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Well, my hospital bed is comming tommorrow, my...

Well, my hospital bed is comming tommorrow, my docs office called to.confirm my surgery on Momday. THIS IS REAL! I am so ready to do this, and so Freaking.scared I won't wake up. On top of all this, most of my friends are without power due to Sandy, and I have been housing several families. I'm going to lose my mind shortly. All i was lookimg forward to this week was getting my house in order, and having a nice, quiet weekemd before I go in for surgery. i feel guilty about feeling so selfish, bit that's how I fefeel. I really don't want anyone here when I am recovering, does that sound awful?

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Today is Friday, my surgery is on Monday,...

Today is Friday, my surgery is on Monday, yeaaaaaaaa. I just recieved my surgery time, I have to be there at 6:30 and my surgery will be at 8:30. I am going to the dollar store tommorrow for a basket to keep all my goodies in, I purchased protein bars, MOM, Arnica, Tums, wipes, Burts Bees for my lips. I have my water bottle and my hospital bed will arrive tonight. This is real, I am excited that I finally get to do this, it has been something I have always dreamed about, and now it is so real.

I went shopping today, purchased xl granny panties, sweats, and a pair of skinny jeans in a smaller size, lol...I am keeping the receipt just in case they don't fit, lol

I do have a question, when do I start taking the Arnica pill? Tommorrow I will go food shopping for some healthy foods, and Sunday I will clean like a freak!

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I'm also getting nervous my surgery is Nov 8 at 9 am in Charleston SC !!! I hope yours goes well!!!!
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Thanks, I will post my recovery pics. I am so ready for this, I can't wait. Let's keep in touch, we can trade notes ;)
I started taking it 2 days before surgery and 5 days after.. There is a lot in info on Internet. I am pod 7.. Good luck
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One more day, and I am stressing really bad. My...

One more day, and I am stressing really bad. My surgery is tommorrow at 8:30, I will be at the hospital at 6:30. I am staying overnight in the hospital, and cannot wait until this is over with. I feel like these last few months have been all about my tummy tuck. I have my hospital bed set up, my basket of goodies, and taking my Arnica pills. I have just finished sterilizing my entire house, lmao....I don't know why, because I will be upstairs in my room for awhile. The floors r clean, bathrooms done, sheets changed, window sills cleaned, laundry finished, dishes cleaned, I even cleaned the electrc outlets, lmao.....I'm losing it for sure.

My husband is going food shopping now, because I am to tired to move off my couch. I have Sjogrens Syndrome, which is a autoimmune disease, and stress triggers my flare up, and oh yea, it's started. Every muscle in my body hurts, and my migrane is here.

One question, though may sound silly, but I have noticed in alot of after pics, ladies wearing sports bras. Is there a reason for that, and do I need to run out and get one.

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I am sitting on my living room couch, wondering am...

I am sitting on my living room couch, wondering am I freaking crazy for doing this. I have to admit, I am not a person who gets all weepy, and nervous, but this has gotten me so frigging stressed out. All I want to do is get some meds to calm my nerves, fall asleep, and wake up on the flat side. My kids are calling me up, I know I have stressed them out, they are worried. My oldest daughter is doing her clinicals for nursing, and she is telling me to do this and that, make sure my hands are clean when I drain, lalalalala. She is really nervous, maybe more than I am, lol

Ok, well, going to take a zanax and try to get some rest tonight. I will post when I can, wish me luck ladies!

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Praying for you! You will do fine. Let us know how you are doing and post some pictures... I think I'm going in for my tt day after Christmas, so keep me posted...
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Thank you:)
Good luck tomorrow!!! I will be thinking of you and will say a prayer for you tonight! Update us when you can. You will do just fine :)
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Well ladies, I did it, now the.fun.stuff.begins. I...

Well ladies, I did it, now the.fun.stuff.begins. I will make this.short, all doped up on morphine right.now, lol....my.nurse came on a.few.secomds.ago to tell me she will come back att
10 to take me for a.walk :/I must admit, its really not that bad. I can't wait to see my.belly, I'm stuffed im.a.comression garment right now. All o want to.do is slleep. I will try to take.pics tommorrow, going back to sleep now

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Congrats for making it to the flat side!!!!! Happy healing!
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Congratulations!
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I'm sending up my prayers for a easy recovery!!! Keep us posted and take care of you.
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PO day one, really tired and swollen. I have been...

PO day one, really tired and swollen. I have been drinking a lot of water, and my.PS wants me walking every hour.to prevent blood clots. My drains will stay in until next Tuesday, and my.compression.garment also. I want to tale a peek.so.bad, lol....the one thimg I'm grateful for is my descision to rent a hospital bed. I still can't believe I went through with this, its a dream I have.always been looking forward.to

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Congrats!!! you made it! I am so happy for you. Happy healing :) and take it easy, rest and relax.
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congrats nanny938, I was swollen right after surgery, and still am, I just got my last drain out yesterday and I had my surgery on Oct. 10th. the first one was taken out 2wks po. Let me know how your recovery goes.
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Glad to hear you made it through. Take it easy!
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Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so...

Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so bad. My head OS pounding, I'm sore.and.I.just.can't get.comfortable. all o want to do is sleep, but i have been gettimg up and walking to the bathroom. PS says to wall hunched over ever hour, my back is very sore. Is the swelling normal?

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Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so...

Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so bad. My head OS pounding, I'm sore.and.I.just.can't get.comfortable. all o want to do is sleep, but i have been gettimg up and walking to the bathroom. PS says to wall hunched over ever hour, my back is very sore. Is the swelling normal?

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When can o expect to have. BM? My surgery was on...

When can o expect to have. BM? My surgery was on the 5 th of November, and I have.not gone.yet. I am so swollen still, and my.back is killing me from all this hunching over. I am drinking alot of water, so I am urinatimg come, but I'm wondering if I should take some MOM. I really wish I wasn't so swollen, I don't thinly o look any different with this compression garment on.

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So I took the MoM today, and boy do I feel better, I think, lol...afterward, I had some chills but I do feel somewhat lighter. Now I'm afraid to eat because it is getting late, and I dont want to troll to the bathroom during the night.
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The MOM didn't work for me yet. Can you imagine? Ugh lol
Take MoM and drink water or tea. That should make you go and as well as feel better.
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Today is day 4 PO, and I am still very swollen. ...

Today is day 4 PO, and I am still very swollen. The one good thing is that I took some MoM early last evening, and I had my first BM. I felt so much better afterward. Today, everytime I eat, I have to go, ugh...I felt very tight today, so took a pain pill and I feel ok. My daughter is comming to see me tommorrow, and she is so dissapointed she cant change my bandages, she is in her clinicals for nursing, lol....she wants me to be her guinne pig! The one thing that really stinks is that I can't see how I look because my PS said he will see me on Tuesday and take my drains out and change my bandages. I just hope that the swelling goes down some, I am getting scared that I am not going to look like I anticipated.

I am also wondering if I am confusing tightness with swelling. Other than that, my pain level is fine, and I am looking forward to the weeks to come.

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bm today was awful i need to take something....my belly hurts so bad
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I didn't have mine until POD 6 it was awful. I would take a stool softener and mom
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I did that yesterday, and all is well, lol...Today though, I'm still going, and going, and going, lmao....

Goodmorning everyone! It has been 5 days after my...

Goodmorning everyone! It has been 5 days after my surgery, and as you can see from some of my after pics, I am really swollen. I haven't seen what's under this damn binder yet, so I'm hoping there is a lot of padding, lol...I'm getting anxious to have my life back. I'm tired of laying in our guest room, this is where the hospital bed was set up. I want to do things like maybe pick up a laundry basket, of take a Freaking shower! WOW, NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LONG TO PICK UP A LAUNDRY BASKET, LMAO.

Anyway, I'm feeling a little better each day, just needed to vent this morning.

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nanny you can already see a difference, even with your compression. I had mine done yesterday, spent the night in the hospital and did well, Now it feels like the party is over. I am really having pain today, I assume days 2-3 will be the worst?
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Hi BuffyR, the pain eases up as the days move on. Just follow your doctors orders and rest. Im not in pain, just so bloated i feel like I could pop..
This bloating and gas is the worst for me. Eventually it has to stop, right? I can't wait to see how yours turned out (and mine to) The anticipation is killing me!

Today is day 6 PO for me. I woke up this morning...

Today is day 6 PO for me. I woke up this morning feeling like my old self, wow, finally! I have been posting about how swollen I am, this morning, I could see that there will be some light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. I felt smaller, flatter, and actually washed my hair today. Ahhhh, the little things in life that make you happy. I have to say that before I had my tt, my eating habits were horrible, chips, junk, carbs, yea, all of it. Now, after going through all of this, and spending so much money, I have changed my poor eating habits. No more salt, no junk, and I am eating alot of fresh fruits and veggies. Drinking alot of water, and I am feeling more healthy, even with the tt surgery. So, to some of you who have the same issues with bloating, I realize now that eventually it will go down:)))))

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Look at you with that small waist! You will be happy with the final results.
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ooh keep up those good eating habits!!! Good JOB!!!!
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Lol, I'm trying.

Hi everyone, today is first day I get to actually...

Hi everyone, today is first day I get to actually what is underneath this compression garment! I will post pics later, well, maybe, lol...I am so hoping to get these drains out and take a shower. Wish me luck please.

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So, my drains are out and I have the ok to shower,...

So, my drains are out and I have the ok to shower, thank God, lol....Funny thing though, I am so tired from today that I am going to wait until morning to shower. I was thinking that I would run in the shower, but I'm going to in the morning. I have to say, it did hurt a little getting the drains out, but it was quick. I got to see my stomach, and it looks good. Still swollen, but my doc said that it will take time for it to be flat, maybe months. He was happy with the results and so am I. He said that when I was on the table, I was very flat, so time will tell.

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so happy for you! Can;t wait to see pictures. Keep taking it easy and taking care of yourself.
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Whoo hoo! I can't wait!!
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Drains are out, it's shower time.

I took my first shower today, 9 days PO, I feel...

I took my first shower today, 9 days PO, I feel and smell so good! I am not going to post pics yet, I am still swollen, and want to wait a few weeks before I do that. I am very happy with my results, seeing myself in the mirror with a new bellybutton and belly was very strange.I couldn't stop looking at myself.

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Hello to one of my "older TT friends", just notice so many of the ladies on here are 20-30s. I guess we are the young at heart and tummy. You may remember I am a few days behind you, so I have been watching your progress. I am now 5 days post op and doing well. Out to lunch today and hope to get about abit more tomorrow. Hopefully will have drains pulled at my next visit (friday), fortunately I have been able to shower from day 2. Just stopped by to say hi!
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I am totally envious of you right now!!! I feel so dirty and stinky.
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Don't be jealous, lol....it wasn't easy, I got tired really quick. I touched my belly for the first time, and it felt strange, numb somewhat. Your day will come soon, and you will smell pretty too, lmao...

Hi everyone, just updating for today, I feel...

Hi everyone, just updating for today, I feel stronger and stronger every day. I am still swollen, my mid section looks like Frankenstein stitched together, lol...I am 10 days PO, still swollen alot. I see pics of women on here who are like 3 days PO, and they look so great, flat, shaped, I don't understand why I am still bloated looking. I guess age, body shape, and everybody is different. I just can't wait to I am seriously happy with my results, I see them comming, just impatient I guess.

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nanny, just saw your doctor posted question, I am so glad you asked! I have an appt with my surgeon tomorrow and will be asking the same thing. My tummy was flatter prior to the procedure, I am hoping this is just swelling. The few answers you have receive are suggesting swelling. When do you go back to your PS?
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Hi there, I am due to have surgery on the 26th and I am a scardy cat too! Reading how nervous you were has made me feel a little better - I'm freaking out I'm gonna die on the table too! Then I'm sure I'll be freaking out about blood clots and the like once I've had it done. Kudos for you for going through with it and thanks for sharing your story.
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You will be fine, ukintexas, positive thoughts sent your way! I was freaked out, all I could think about was dying on the table and people saying how selfish I was leaving my kids to look better, lol....I am so glad I did it, it was nothing like I thought it would be, painwise that is. Keep me posted on your recovery and good luck.

Good Morning Everyone, I know I am getting better,...

Good Morning Everyone, I know I am getting better, when I start to complain about my husbands talent for house cleaning, lol...OMG, he did the wash this morning, shoved so many clothes in their that some of the sheets remained dry, didn't even get wet, ugh...I had to run them, take half out, re-wash! I consider myself somewhat OCD. My dad used to tell me I was going to end up in a nut house pushing a broken vaccum, lmao! I am feeling well today, still swollen (OF COURSE), but feeling stronger everyday.

I was just wondering how some ladies on here go to work wearing their binder? I don't think I could fit my clothes over it. I don't work, but just curious.

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Hey Girl, your review had me cracking up! I am pretty OCD too. We thought our washing machine was broke and my husband had all his tools upstairs since the day of my surgery. Do you think those tools are back where they belong... NO! Its driving me nuts. The house needs a good cleaning too... but guess what I am going to have to just deal with it! My sister had a surgery done and she was not totally healed and picked up a pack of water and guess what she got a hernia from it! So slow recovery!!! Take care of yourself!!!
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Hi nanny, back from my PS visit. I saw him on monday and even he thought I looked much more swollen. He thinks I am being too active (he did all of my breast reconstruction, so he knows me well). He promises with compression and rest it will get better. Pulled my drains!! I am frustrated, I did not have a big tummy before the tt (just saggy skin) and now I have a tummy, grrr. Not expecting to hear a vacume at my house any time soon.
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I am like you OCD! My house is driving me nuts!! My hubby went back to CA and I am not allowed to do anything. It's driving me nuts
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I just want to say that if you have been reading...

I just want to say that if you have been reading my posts, you will see how many times I have complained about being swollen, about being scared I won't see the results I expect. Well, each day I see a small difference, which allows me to be hopeful that in time, I will get to where I want to be. It is going to take months of healing, and this is not a procedure to be taken lightly. A Tummy tuck is a big deal. On the days that I feel good, and I want to do everything, I know I can't, that I need to heal. I have Sjogrens Syndrome, so not being able to do all that I want to do is a feeling I have adjusted my lifestyle to. So, happy healing to everyone, and take it slow, that's my advice for the day, lol

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I am 12 days PO, this morning I felt really good,...

I am 12 days PO, this morning I felt really good, I felt that some of the swelling was down, and now, surprise, it's back! I took a pic of my little basket ball, lol...

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Hi nanny, just saw your latest picture. I think I am doing slightly better with the swelling today ( I literally have done nothing and I am wearing a CG with binder over it). Also trying to increase my water, maybe I can pee the swelling away. I told my husband today that if things don't get better we maybe having a baby in a few months!
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Hi BuffR, what kind of compression garment do you have? I am looking into buying a stage 2 garment, but there are so many to choose from.
ahahaha, baby! I'd much rather be swollen, lol....

I have a few questions, does anyone else suffer...

I have a few questions, does anyone else suffer from heartburn since their surgery? I have terrible heartburn every time I eat. I am looking to purchase a compression garment, any reccommendations?

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My PS sent me home in a full veronique (breast to thighs), I just bought a stage one marena which is $$, but very nice. I bought one with suspenders, you wear your own bra and it comes to above the knees. I have been wearing a regular binder over it for added compression, Maybe my swelling is down alittle. As for the heart burn, maybe tube you had if you had a general, or if you are taking antibiotics or other meds?
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I have the same one.. Straps over my shoulders .. Great support especially from all my lipo
Mine also hooks and zips up both sides so it is easy to get into and has an opening for bathroom breaks
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Hi, I am now 13 days PO, and still swollen, each...

Hi, I am now 13 days PO, and still swollen, each day getting better and better. I have been experiencing some tightness in my belly, it actually feels like my muscles are getting tighter and tighter each day, is this normal? Does anyone else feel like this?

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Hi everyone, I have not been on to much lately,...

Hi everyone, I have not been on to much lately, just busy with holiday stuff. Well, yesterday I purchased aout 30 compression garments, and tried them on today, to see which I would keep. OMG, I feel like a stuffed sausage, lol...I have it narrowed down to 5. Can anyone tell me how tight they should be, because I am not comfortable in any of them. My back fat is all yukky, lol...

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I think your garment should be comfortable , not to snug, my ps said they should not be painful or leave dents in your skin.
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Thanks BuffyR, the problem is they r all tight, lol
I am dealing with severe backfat too! I still use my binder because it is most comfortable.
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Well, today I woke up with terrilble back pain,...

Well, today I woke up with terrilble back pain, and I thought my tt would relieve some of it, but I guess I was wrong. I chalk it up to my AI disease. I am moving around more, but think I need to slow it down a bit, as I can feel my body telling me to rest. My scar is doing great, it's really low, even, and skinny, thank goodness. I am still swollen, but flatter than directly after my surgery. I know now that with time, I will see results. I do however have one problem, every time I eat, I have to run to the bathroom, anyone else have this problem.

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Well, it has been 21 days since my surger, and I...

Well, it has been 21 days since my surger, and I am still swollen. I think it has gone down some, but I wish I could see the results I want NOW, lol...I have been doing more and more around the house, shopping, ect...I am feeling good, I just get tired quickly. When I am on my feet to much, I really feel it and know that it is time to sit down and relax. I posted some new pics, but as you can see, I am still swollen. I was hoping to wear a bikini this Christmas, as I am going on vacation, but it looks like I will be wearing this freaking binder under my one piece, lol...

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Have faith, good things take time. I see improvement from your previous post. I am wearing a CG with binder on top, saw ps today and he said to keep compression up, did order a new CG as mine has zipper in center that is leaving a mark. You still have a few weeks before bikini time:)
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What garment did you order BuffyR?
I think you look wonderful. I'm sure the swelling will go down...
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Good Morning to everyone! Ok, I am 23 days po,...

Good Morning to everyone! Ok, I am 23 days po, and still don't feel like I want to, I expected to have a flat tummy, and I am still swollen. I can obvisiouly see the difference from my before and after pics, but it is not what I was expecting. I am getting frustrated and depressed. Is anyone else as swollen as I am at 23 days po? If I do not get the results I want, I am going to ask my doc to do lipo.

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Hi, hope you are feeling flatter today. I feel increased swelling at the end of the day and I am so worn out. Tomorrow I will be three weeks post op. I am like others trying to increase water and compressing with garment and binder! I will update photo tonight or tomorrow .
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but at least you are flat BuffyR, I look like I am 6 months prego, ugh...I cannot wait until Wednesday when I see my PS. I also have been drinking alot of water, but I don't see a difference. I can't wait to see your pics :)
You must be frustrated! How much water are you drinking? I had mine on 11/1...I am a little swollen but not much. I aim to drink 100 oz of water everyday. I carry a water bottle with me everywhere and I am usually done drinking all that water by 5. I really think it helps me with swelling as mine has been minimal. When I dont drink at least 50 oz thats when I notice a lot more swelling.
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I just wanted to post that I woke up this morning,...

I just wanted to post that I woke up this morning, down a pound, lol....but my stomach was slightly, just slightly less swollen. I know by the time I eat breakfast, it will be swollen again. I am hoping this is a sign of good things to come. Have a great day everyone, happy healing and good luck to all those waiting for there time.

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Hey I see u looking good !! I had a PO appt today he says I'm looking good the swelling is normal it just takes time he says!!!! Glad you are doing well!!
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Yeah for being down a pound and starting flatter. I have significant reduction in appetite since surgery, so I am down a few, no complaints. Also still have not had a diet coke! I walked 30 min last night, and had to take a pain pill, uh!
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It's hard, I know! I used to drink kiet soda, but no more since my surgery. I have been drinking a ton of water, not sure if it is doing me any good, but I know it is good for my body. So you have started exercising, dont push yourself.

Hello, I had my 4 week visit yesterday, and as...

Hello, I had my 4 week visit yesterday, and as most of you know, I have not been real happy with my results. I do see a big difference than my before pics, but not the difference I was expecting. I expressed this to my PS, and he said that in time, it will get better, trust him. I do trust him, he is a excellent surgeon. He did point out how less swollen I was yesterday than the previous visit which was 2 weeks before, and he is right.

I may have an infection, and he put me on 875 mg every 12 hours just to be safe. My scar has some redness in one section, and is somewhat painful. I also purchased Kelo-cote silicone gel for my scar, per his reccommendation. I asked him about Cocoa Butter, and he smiled at me and shook his head. He is not the kind of doc to make someone spend money when it is not necessary, I like this about him.

So, today I was also down 3 more pounds, but yesterday I was up 2, lmao....What a ride this is.

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Your last pics Are looking really great! I think you are going to have great results. :)
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Thanks so much. I went to the docs on Tuesday, and I do not have an infection, thank goodness. I am still swelling, but my doc is confident it will go down. So off I go guzzling water, and water, and more water.
Wow! Your results are awesome and your scar is nice too!! How are you feeling?
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I just posted new pics, 5 weeks, 3 days PO and my...

I just posted new pics, 5 weeks, 3 days PO and my swelling is going down a little. I had a little scare last week, my doc thought I may be heading toward an infection, because of redness and some leakage out of my scar, so I was put on antibiotics for 7 days, and all is good now. I am please to say I do not have an infection. I just told my husband that next year, I am getting a BL, he just looked at me, no answer, just looked, lmao....

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you are looking good Nanny938, I am so glad for you, you are starting to see results...that's great!
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Definitely flatter!! My wonderful husband just goes with the flow, he knows if I am happy, everyone is happy! I have several friend who have had lifts, reductions, etc and are soo happy. Nothing ages a body more than saggy, deflated breasts. I can now go without a bra and love it. I was a saggy d cup prior to my reconstruction, don't recommend going the way I did, but thankful for a great ps to make me whole again. Anyhow, you look like you have some of the same style of granny panties as I have in my drawer, you need to go shopping too!! That body deserves silky and lower cut, our bods look good we need to show them off, even if we are the only ones that know what's under our conservative business wear.
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Today I am updating because I want everyone to...

Today I am updating because I want everyone to know that this surgery is a "Big Deal". Sure, I was not in alot of pain at all afterward, I expected much worse. It's the recovery that is a long and tedious process, especially if you are impatient like me. The first day after my surgery I came home, and all I could think of is what I looked like. Is my tummy flat? Is it what I envisioned in my mind. I felt swollen, big, and very uncomfortable. One week later, my drains were out, and I finally got to see what was underneath my binder. I was not happy. I was dissapointed. I read other peoples reviews on here, looked at pics, and thought, wow, they look great. WHY DON'T I LOOK THAT FLAT? Well Ladies, my PS said not to worry, it takes up to 6 months to see the final results. In my mind I was thinking, yea, sure, it's just my luck to have a tt, spend all this money, and come out still with a belly.

Well, it is not approximately 6 weeks PO, and I am finally seeing results. My doc was right, it takes time. I am so flat this morning, but I know come 12:00 this afternoon, little by little, I will become swollen again. The good part about it is I know it is not my final result, because every day that passes, I see a difference. So ladies, please be patient, if you are still swollen, not happy, give it some time, it takes time.

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Good advise! I will be 6 weeks po tomorrow and there are days i am flat and look great, but even still there are days that i swell and feel like my hips are big and floppy. It takes time. Activity, diet, water consumption all of it factors in every day as you recover! It IS a process!
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it sure is, nomorespanxs, lol...by the way, you look great you tiny little thing, lol
Thank you that helps ALOT!!
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Well, I am a little over 6 weeks PO, and off to...

Well, I am a little over 6 weeks PO, and off to Sunny Florida tommorrow. I went to see my PS today, and he loves my results, and so do I, lol...I am still very swollen, but he assured me that within 5 months I will see a big difference. So, that was good news, now for the bad news, no hot tub, no swimming for the first week of our vacation, no bike riding, UGH....oh, and no sun burn. I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and New Year.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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Have an excellent vacation!!! Enjoy yourself and enjoy wearing cute clothes!!! Merry Christmas and happy and Healthy 2013 =).
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Hope you can have a yummy drink with an umbrella. Do have fun! I am 6 weeks tomorrow, will post pictures. Tonight I feel 3 months prego.
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Swollen like I'm going to pop, ugh! I am 7 weeks...

Swollen like I'm going to pop, ugh! I am 7 weeks PO, and vacationing for the Holidays. The more I walk, the more swollen I become. I feel like I am going to pop. I still get very full after I have a meal, and blow up like a baloon, when will it ever end, lol...

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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy...

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I have been on vacation for the past two weeks, and between over eating, and the sun, and my Sjogren's Syndrome, I have just about had it. My belly is so swollen from walking, my diet has been just crappy, and I am so, so tired. I followed doctors orders, I put sunscreen on my scar and tummy area so not to burn the skin around my tuck, I stayed out of the pool and hot tub, well I never really do the hot tub anyway, loaded with germs, lol...I am almost 8 weeks PO, and still swollen like a balloon, but I know that when I get home, and get back on track with my eating habits, I will look and feel fabulous, lol...I did buy a new bathing suit this year, but it was a one piece. I am really looking forward to buying a knock out bikini this summer.
I will post pics when I get home and deflate somewhat, lol

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Hi G! I am still swelling too by the end of each day. It was worse over Christmas when i was eating crappy. Every day is still getting better! Once you get back on your diet you will feel great!
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I ate so much junk I'm sick to my stomach! I think I need another tummy tuck, lmao....not in vacation mode anymore, I am going food shopping tommorrow and only healthy food from now on.
What scar therapy are you using?
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Well, It's official, I am a food junkie, lol...I...

Well, It's official, I am a food junkie, lol...I gained 6 pounds on my vacation, and I am so discusted with myself. I have an appt. with my PS in two weeks, and better be six pounds lighter, lol...I am still wearing my binder night and day, I feel most comfortable when I am wearing it. I will post new pics when I get rid of the extra pounds.

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I had surgery by Dr. Charles Herman also. Found your review to be very helpful before I finally chose him. I had seen 3 other surgeons before going with him for my surgery. I had a breast lift done. Really happy. Like you said, it takes some time for the swelling to go down and healing. But worth it. Did a lot of research on this doctor too. I have referred him at least 3 of my friends. I know that 2 already had surgery with Dr. Herman and are really happy. One traveled from North Carolina and says it was worth it
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I am 10 days post op and have been nothing but depressed since surgery as I am not on the flat side. Your pictures and posts have given me hope that I too will get better and to have more patience and faith. THANK YOU for giving me back some sunshine and hope.....
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Glad to see you back and on track!
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Lancaster Plastic Surgeon

I did alot of research on the internet, and I also asked my other doctors who is a good surgeon in the area, and they all said his name. Dr. Herman is the Chief of PS in my area, and also has an office on 5th Avenue in NYC. I was very comfortable with him, I found him very honest and down to earth. He did an excellent job on my tt, my scar is very low, perfect actually. He is a very caring doctor, and I would highly reccommend him. He is not one of those doctors that tells u to purchase all this high end stuff, he is down to earth and trully cares about his patients.

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