August 17th TT and MR - 1 Year Later!!
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I have wanted a tummy tuck for years - since the...
- 28 Aug 2012
I have wanted a tummy tuck for years - since the birth of my second daughter 10 years ago. I have two girls, ages 10 and 12, and I am 33 years old. I am have been single for many years. I love to participate in triathlons, though I am still very overweight.. I don't mind my curves, but I could not stand the extra skin and fat on my stomach. My self confidence has been very low because I can get over my belly. Otherwise, I know I am intelligent and strong - so the belly had to go!
First 48 hours - I can't believe that so many of you had an easy time the first few days. I was in pain and I was very ill. I have never had anesthesia, and I don't think that my body responded to it very well. My friend who was taking care of me was a saint. It was the worst 48 hours of my life. I stopped vicodin the day after the tt because I was throwing up. Also, i somehow pulled out one of my three drains.
My doctor removed 3.5lbs of skin. He told me after the surgery that it was mostly skin.
The next two days were ok. The pain was bearable on the tylenol alone. I didn't have a toilet raiser, but my legs are very strong from triathlon and P90X, so it wasn't an issue at all. I had my first shower 3 days PO.
After day 5, I was feeling great. I got my second drain out day 7 and third one out day 10. I feel better every day. My TT was on the 17th and I went back to work on the 27th. I have a desk job, so it is not so bad.
I am dealing with a lot of swelling now - it can be seen in my first after phtotos taken on the 28th. My sides seem so much wider then the first few days post. The apparent love handles are due to swelling. I love my results. I look so much better in my clothes. My scar is very low!
Tomorrow will be two weeks since my TT! This week...
- 30 Aug 2012
Although I am new to posting on this site, I have been reading stories for a while. I was kind of chicken to post, and I am so grateful for everyone who has shared their stories and experiences. I don't actually know if I would have went through with the surgery if this site wasn't here. It has been so helpful for me!
I can't wait to start working out, but I realize it is a process. I worry so much about gaining weight. I am also going a little stir-crazy. I am not the most patient person in the world!
I posted one more picture taken day 12 PO.
I am so happy that I did this! My self confidence...
- 1 Sep 2012
I had my 2 week check up yesterday, and I am doing really well. My PS said that I could start walking (as much as feels good to me). I was so happy to get the "ok" to increase my activity. I walked a mile with my daughters yesterday, and today I did a 3-mile loop around one of our lovely little Minnesota lakes. It is really funny - I don't think I have ever taken a walk by myself before. Since I compete in several running races and triathlons during the year, I always have some kind of goal in mind when I go out to run - faster, harder, longer....etc. I have walked with friends and family, but when I go out alone, I run. Well, walking is so different. I didn't wear my heart rate monitor/sports watch. I noticed the trees and lake and birds. I saw a blue-jay and a bald eagle. I even walked out onto the fishing dock and looked out at the lake. I have been running around that lake for three years, and I have never been out on the dock, and I had never even thought about it before. I also noticed that the people walking are smiley, and the people running are so serious...lol... Though the little competitive part of my brain wanted me to yell out to the runners that passed me, "I just had surgery, so that is why I am walking!" Ha Ha! I did really enjoy the slower pace. I am not sure how long I will be patient with the "stop and smell the roses" lifestyle, but today it made me very happy.
Good luck to all who have upcoming surgery, and Happy Healing to those of you who are on the "Flat Side!"
16 days PO for me! Some advice that may be...
- 3 Sep 2012
Some advice that may be helpful for people experiencing "swell hell": Try laying flat on your back for an hour or so partway through the day with pillows under the knees. Lymphatic circulation, the fluid from the cells in our body, only moves one direction up toward the neck, and I am assuming that it is easier for it to move up if I am lying down. Even in a recliner, there is still in incline for the fluid to move up. I do this every day in the afternoon, and it seems to make the swelling more bearable for me in the evening. The only night when I did not do this because my sister came over right after I got home from work and we went out to dinner was the worst swelling day that I experienced.
Sleep has been difficult for me the past few nights. I was taking ativan (same class as valium and xanax) at night for the first two weeks, and I was sleeping well, but I don't want to depend on something to help me sleep. I decided to go off the ativan over the long weekend, so if I was sleep deprived, it wouldn't matter so much (I am a notorious insomniac). It hasn't been fun. I am a side sleeper, and I can spend short periods of time on my side now, but I am just very restless.
I added on new photo. I am loving my results!
It has been 3 weeks and 3 days since surgery. I...
- 10 Sep 2012
My scar looks pretty thin right now, but I feel like it probably gets thicker before it starts to fade. Can anyone comment on this? I just am not sure what to expect. Also, my skin on my stomach feels kind of like it is sunburned, though I think this is common when the nerves start to repair themselves. It is not bad, but interesting. Also, my tape came off of my incision yesterday. I have been thinking of replacing with paper tape, but I am wondering what works well for everyone at this point in healing.
I love the new me! Although I honestly can't imaging going through this again, it has been very worth it. I was kind of stir crazy Friday, so I went out for a little while. I don't know if it was my new found confidence or my new tummy, but I got more male attention in just a few hours than I think I did all of last year... ha ha! One guy even said "Oh my God!" when I walked by, and wanted to buy me drinks. I have never been the girl that men looked at like that. So confidence, new tummy, or a little of both - it was a lot of fun and a little overwhelming! Sometimes when I get dressed I almost cry because I can't believe that it is me in the mirror. I am so happy.
I will try to post a photo of my scar tomorrow. Happy healing and good luck to everyone!
I am just over 5 weeks since my surgery, and it...
- 23 Sep 2012
Unfortunately, I have a bad cold. I feel so bad for those of you that had colds in the first four weeks post op, Until this last week, sneezing was PAIN! I am sneezing many, many times an hour now, and I am so glad that all I feel is some tightness.
My PS likes to keep tape on the scar until 2 months PO. I did take one photo of the scar before I had the tape changed at 4 weeks which I am posting.
It is a common theme in the reviews and for me personally to feel guilty or vain for having surgery. I have been thinking though that some women bounce back after babies and still look good. Why should those of us that have different genes that do not allow our bodies to heal like that feel bad for wanting to look good? I am so happy for this site! I never realized that there are so many women out there that are similar to me. I am also very thankful that I was able to make this surgery happen. I am so excited that for my next run race or triathlon, I will actually look like an athlete and not feel my extra skin pull up and down and I sprint at the finish.
My area under my bra seems to curve out a little, but it has been like that since the beginning. I don't really mind. My PS did say that I have a large rib cage (I am a large framed person) so he was going to be careful that the surgery would not make that area look odd. Also, I didn't really have lipo on my tummy (though I did have a little lipo on other areas), I do have a wonderful hourglass figure now. Well, I always had the shape, but now I don't have to hide the loose skin and protrusion below my waist with clothes or body shapers. Now that I have had the surgery, I notice my large thighs a lot more now - isn't that how it goes!
Good Luck/Happy Healing everyone!
6 weeks since my tummy tuck. I feel like myself...
- 30 Sep 2012
Physically I am doing great. I am back to my pre op level of activity. A positive side effect that I have noticed is that I used to have near constant low back pain, and it is completely gone. It amazes me that there are still people that think that exercise can fix a saggy tummy. I had a super strong core. I could get through Ab Ripper X on P90X, but my separated tummy muscles were still not going back together. Since I have been stitched back together, it seems like my back is better supported as well! Yay for tummy tucks!
7 weeks last Friday! I look the same as I did at...
- 7 Oct 2012
I would say that life is back to normal, but I have a concussion from a sports accident, and it has been a rough week. I feel like I have been sick, injured, or recovering forever now! I have never had a concussion before, and it is almost worse than the surgery recovery. I can't think straight. I am usually a funny person (well I think so anyway...) but my sense is humor is hiding on me! I am restricted from working out because of the concussion now, and I am getting very impatient.
As for the actual Tummy Tuck: It is still the best thing ever! Except for the first two days, my recovery was thankfully very easy. I love my clothes now. I see my PS this week and should get the tape off for good. I actually like the tape though. It feels like protection on that sensitive skin. I haven't really worn the compression garment for weeks. Thank you to everyone for sharing their support and stories on this site. I read stories every day leading up to my surgery. I hope that those of you who are still waiting are finding value in all of our stories from PO. There are so many different people on this site, and all the information is so very valuable. I can't imagine having to go through this surgery 20 years ago without all of the information and personal experiences to help us understand what we can expect.
I can't believe it has been almost 4 months! When...
- 9 Dec 2012
I have been lucky as I had no complications from surgery yet. I don't even have much swelling anymore. I still have trouble with push ups because I can feel a little pulling/pain after a few reps, so I have had to take it easy with that. I don't even think about the surgery most days though. I have not yet recovered all of the sensation in my mid abdomen and near the incision, but it is not numb. It doesn't bother me at all. And living in Minnesota, I can warm my hands on my belly without too much discomfort!
I can wear clothes that I love now without assistance from Spanx! Also, I gained a lot of confidence from this procedure. Confidence is amazing. I am dating someone now (an attractive younger someone ;) ) and I have a lot of options. It isn't just because I look better though. It is also very much about confidence. I was very lucky to be able to make this TT happen for me, but I believe at this point that if I had been able to feel good about myself even with my tummy flaws, my life would not be that different even without the surgery. Don't get me wrong, I am not sure if I would have ever achieved that goal, and I love my results! I am not sure if I would have ever been self assured and confident with that tummy, and I would do it all over again in an instant. I love my tummy now. I accept my other imperfections. I love being curvy. I love being strong.
I don't like my scar, but it will fade in time. I have one very small spot in the middle that is thicker and raised. I think it is where I accidentally ripped out the drain the first day post op. If it doesn't improve soon, I will contact my PS to see about a little revision or some sort of injection. I have been using Bio Oil. I keep thinking about silicone sheets, but I haven't purchased any yet.
Overall, this has been one of the most positive decisions that I have made. Best Wishes to my fellow Tummy Tuckers!
Hello Everyone! It has been a while since I have...
- 26 Jan 2013
Tummy Tuck was the best decision for me. I am basically back to normal. I still have trouble doing full push ups due to tightness in my abs, but I do about 10 the standard way and then switch to my knees. I am positive this will get better.I can do everything else though. I do not do ab specific work yet.
I have gained 8 pounds due to my concussion, the holidays, and the flu, but this is temporary. All the weight went to my boobs and thighs. I would take the boobs, but not the thighs!
The pain I went through in the first two days seems like a distant fuzzy memory. For anyone that is in the middle of it: It does get so much better, and it is very much worth it!
I made a comment in a previous post about confidence. Although I do very much believe in confidence, I do think this TT changed my life. I have had people tell me that they can tell I have been working out hard. It is funny because I was always a hard core athlete, but now people can see this. One of the managers at my work told me he has never seen me so happy and confident as I have been the last few months. He does not know about the surgery. Only five people in my life know about the surgery. I took a week and a day off of work. I actually went back to work a day early because of a work emergency. I told people I was taking time off for vacation to spend time with my daughters. It was summer, and everyone knows we like to spend all day at the pool. One guy noticed I was walking slower when I got back, and I said my lower back pain was flaring up. I wore loose clothing the first week or so (I still had a drain my first day back which I hid between my boobs). I also told people for over a month before my surgery that I had started P90X, which was true, so they attributed my change in form to P90X. I am not ashamed of my surgery. I do know that I would never have had this result on my own, but people at my work and some of my family would have judged me nonetheless. I was also blessed with an easy recovery after day 2, and that made it easy to hide the surgery from people. For those of you that want to hide the surgery, hopefully you can find some tips in my story to help you.
I love that I can wear almost anything now. I have never in my adult life been able to shop for nice clothes that made me comfortable. I don't have to hide my bulge! It has been so wonderful. The tummy tuck stretched my budget uncomfortably, and I have to work two jobs to pay my bills, but I have zero regrets.
My belly button is amazing! I think it is better than the original I had before kids. I had my daughters so young that it is hard to remember though... My scar is softening. It is also fading on the right side. I have only used bio oil. I still have a few stretch marks but I am ok with them. I am so happy to be rid of my belly.
I hope everyone is doing well. In the beginning, I...
- 13 Apr 2013
One crazy thing - I somehow in the first few weeks after surgery developed some new tiny stretch marks. I am assuming from the swelling - I have such lovely skin... They are tiny and horizontal rather than vertical like normal. At first I thought they were irritated marks from where a button on my pants rubs, but a few months months ago I realized they were stretch marks. It is crazy how some women go through multiple pregnancies with no marks on their skin at all, and some of us can almost get damaged skin from leaning the wrong way!
I still have reduced sensation in near the scar area, but it isn't really bothersome at all. I do still swell a little still after too much salty foods, but I don't even really notice usually. My scar is fading, but it is still a little pink. I used bio oil at first, but have been lazy lately. Also, every once in a while I still feel an itch that is internal - kind of irritating, but getting rare. I am pretty much back to my full activities. There is kind of a slight stretchy feeling internal when I do certain exercises. I do not think about the surgery very often anymore. I do when I see the scar, and when I try on something I never ever would have been able to wear before.
I am so happy with my results. I was thinking about how last year I had made it to my lowest weight since I was 16. One particular memory comes to mind: It was Friday in the beginning of April. It was a beautiful day, and I had just completed a 6 mile run. I felt fantastic. I went to shower, and I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I was at my lowest weight in so long, I was fit and healthy, and all I could see was my saggy tummy. Although I know my self worth should not be so tied to my body, it crushed me. I gained about 10 pounds in that month after because I stopped caring. I felt that no matter how fit and slim I was, I was never going to be able to wear a bikini, or even a form fitting triathlon suit for my races. I would always have to hide my tummy in my clothes. Even though it meant I would have to continue to work two jobs, I started looking for a surgeon at the end of May. This surgery has been the best decision for me. I have ZERO regrets.
I have also lost the pounds I gained over the holidays. This is the first year ever I have looked forward to shopping for a swim suit. I will post pictures when I get one!
August 17th TT and MR - Edina, MN 1 year review!!
- 16 Aug 2013
I am including a picture of my scar. It is definitely fading. I probably should have done scar care, but I just don't think about it very often.
Happy Tummy Tucks all!
My doctor was amazing! His sense of humor fits mine, and his previous work was very impressive. He spent so much time with me during the initial consult. His staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is very nice. He is also very experienced. I am loving my results. If I end up getting a BL in the future, I will go back to Dr. Leigh. Dr. Leigh does amazing belly buttons!