Tummy Tuck - So Happy! (Almost 4 Weeks)

No "dog ears" you read about on the net. No...

No "dog ears" you read about on the net. No off-center belly button (mine is so fricken cute!), no shaky, wobbly incision; instead very precise, clean and perfect. And to top it all off, Dr. Daniel has a warm, fun sense of humor to boot. :) I just had my surgery on March 22nd, so I am almost 2 weeks post-op. The first week was tough; I could barely move, needed help getting up, walked hunched like a little granny, and needed help to get up, etc. All normal. Week 2 is so much easier, but my energy is zapped so easily. Even now, just bathing makes me feel like I need to lay down and rest. Anyway, I love my results and will be posting my before-and-after photos shortly. Just waiting until I can stand up a bit straighter. =) (I love that I can't stand up straight yet; makes me feel like I really got my money's worth!) FYI...I had two other procedures done at the same time besides my tummy tuck, so maybe there was a price break for that...I'm sure pricing probably varies per situation and each person's body.

FYI...the $4,000 for the surgery did not include...

FYI...the $4,000 for the surgery did not include the cost of the surgery enter or the Anesthesiologist which were paid separately. The total cost was just under 8k...but I paid for a longer surgery time as I also had two other small surgeries done as well (facial scar revision and implant correction from a previous Dr.s job) that I had to pay for. The surgery center charges for every 15 minutes of time used.

I just changed my surgery cost to include the...

I just changed my surgery cost to include the surgery center and the Anesthesiologist. I should have done that in the first place. They just charged separately for each, so I got confused.

Boy do I feel like an idiot! I just looked at the...

Boy do I feel like an idiot! I just looked at the calendar and now realize that I'm a week off in my recovery time! This past week I was telling people I was 2-weeks post op......holy cow! I'm 25 days post-op! How embarrassing!!!!!!!!! Ok, so I am not obsessive with how many day post-op I have been. Hence losing track. But my goodness! I'm really embarrassed. The only reason I can't stand up all the way (makes sense now) is because I've been babying my incision, purposely avoiding any tension in fear of separating my incision. Purposely not trying to push it and not trying to stand up all the way. I think it's time to relax a bit and start walking like a normal person! LOL

I give up trying to keep track of how far post-op...

I give up trying to keep track of how far post-op I am. I was right in the first place. Tomorrow will be my three week mark. I thought I wasn't accurate in my post-op when I looked at the calendar on my Blackberry. Turns out I was couningt the first week of April twice. That explains why I'm not walking all the way. I will take a rest from this messaging here and come back when I've made more progress. I'm too post-op to be have anything new to post other than what I've already posted. =)

I am posting a new photo of me at 3 weeks post op....

I am posting a new photo of me at 3 weeks post op. I struggle with doing that. Scars are ugly, so what am I showing off? An ugly scar. But...then I realize we are not here participating in a beauty contest. We are here to share our experiences, our healing processes, and to be open to what we all experience. Also, that our photos offer insight to what a patient goes through after surgery. =)

I'll be so happy when my swelling finally subsides...

I'll be so happy when my swelling finally subsides. I know there is definately swelling because my upper and lower abs feel very tender to the touc, and they are hard as a rock due to being engorged. I've been feeling a bit depressed lately. I love my results, so that's not why. Maybe part of me feels like my life has been put on hold. I feel like a prisoner to the waiting game. I'm also bummed that I can't wear the same jeans I wore before my surgery. I'm so sick of my sweats. I feel so unattractive and blah right now. I can't even exercise to begin to get back into shape...not for 3 more weeks. And going for a walk? I'm almost walking up straight. But then that means walking in ugly sweats. I should have invested in cute ones. I didn't have sweats before surgery, so I bought some just before surgery that were too large intentionally as to have room around the tummy after surgery. Go walking in those? They look dorky...two sizes too big. Oh...and to top it all off, we are down to one car because mine was stolen, so my car/FREEDOM/fresh air time is limited these days. I'm just feeling like a huge big baby and a huge complainer. My husband is on a business trip with the one car, so that's even worse. Ok...pity party is over. I need to stop feeling sorry for myself! LOL

Last night I felt so miserable, lonely, and...

Last night I felt so miserable, lonely, and depressed. Several of you swept in to my rescue and made me feel so supported. Please know that I appreciated it very much.
Eugene Plastic Surgeon

Word of mouth....I've heard nothing but good things about him. I absolutely LOVE Dr. Daniel and his staff. From the warm and welcoming greetings and interactions to the fantastic bedside manner of Dr. Daniel himself, I immediately felt comfortable putting my surgeries in his hands. Dr. Daniel has an eye for detail; he's more than another surgeon trained in cosmetic and plastic surgery. He has an artful and precise eye, and I now have an amazingly beautiful tummy!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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is it so difficult to just excerise???? if u don't know what to do with your money just give it to me!!!! of course it is a qiuck way out of your 'not so great figure' but come on... you can achive it, if you want, with juat a little bit of diet and moving your 'ass'...
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I'm taking your last pic to my consults. I love how precise and clean your incision looks. And I agree - your BB is cute!
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oh my gosh, Trina....I just read your last 2 posts! :-( I can't believe I didn't read them. I didn't see the update in my email box...I, so, would have said something! you look absolutely fabulous! we look around the same size and I have some Nike sweatsuits that are cute and comfortable. you can borrow them??? I can't believe your car was stolen...omg! keep smiling. I think this up and down business is all part of our amazing journey. This too shall pass, even though it sucks in the interim. xoxo Heather
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Hey Sweetie! No worries! I know what it's like with all of this. We get numerous amounts of message notifications from lots of people's updated profiles. They start to all look the same after a while. You are so sweet to offer to let me borrow some of your sweats. I love that we are neighbors with the same doctor! Plus, you are super nice just like me. =) Although I appreciate you offering, I will just wait it out. I ordered and received yesterday a Fluidity Bar and will start doing some exercising today. Yeah! I can't walk unless I sport baggy sweats, so I thought I would do some exercising at home. That will get me into my jeans again! My butt fits fine in the jeans, but my waist, although it doesn't look bloated - is, and doesn't fit quite yet. Getting there! Gosh, I love that my boobs are not even! I had gotten my breast augmentation almost 20 years ago (I'm 45...sh...don't tell!) and after paying $4,100, and although they looked great, were not symmetrical; one was higher than the other. Fixed! The scar on my lower lip that was revised from my electrocution accident when I was a baby looks a lot better now. Just waiting for its swelling to go down. I look forward to our lunch day...when I'm ready. I took my 10-year-old daughter to the Japanese Steak House the other day. We sat at the grill. It was so fun. Then we walked around downtown. You are right, Corvallis does have cute little shops. I still have not had an opportunity to really get familiar with them. We should grab out bite to eat, then hop around checking things out here. =)
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LOL OMG(gosh)....!!! I wrote that I "love that my boobs are *not* even"!!! I MEANT................................that because Dr. Daniel fixed my crooked boobs, that I love them now! That's hilarious! You probably read that and though, "Huh?" LOL
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You look great!
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Awe...thank you!
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You look. Your before picture looked really great too.
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Gee, thanks! =)
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Let it all out.. thats what we're here for! You've had a rough time and even though you're results are great... this whole process is no picnic!! Hugs
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Thank you. I'll take that hug! You guys are so awesome.
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You've been through alot Trina, you can have a huge pity party! I have not experienced the emotional rollercoaster that alot have had, probably because I'm on Wellbutrin.. But you should start having more good days then bad! Try to stay positive and remember the new beautiful you! It was all worth it! :)
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Thank you! I really needed that. =)
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looks great!
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Thank you!!!
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Trina, you look great! Congrats to the beautiful new you! :)
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Thank you!!!
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Your tummy is so pretty now! You are just a couple weeks ahead of me in the healing process. Your surgeon did a great job with your incision. Very even, symmetrical, etc.
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Thanks.. My incision is a little high on the right side, but not going to complain! Anything is better then my before! :)
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I read your note about you saying the incision was higher on one side, but it's not even noticable. It's so level and precise, and you probably notice the little things more than others do. You have a barbi doll tummy now! =)
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Did I forget to mention I do have an ass of a cow?! And thighs of a whale? Haha... You are very nice though, Thanks!
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Ha! That is a very humble thing to say. I have noticed, myself, that now that my tummy and waist are smaller, I'm more disgusted with my more noticable fat hips, arms, legs, etc. I want to start exercising SO bad! The waiting is the hard part. I'm not the most patient person in the world!
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I'm afraid thats going to be an issue for me too. At nearly 50 its all going down hill fast.. but I'm determined to look at least decent.
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I'm right behind you. I'll be 46 in July. It's so nice to have a support group here. Thanks again.
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Hi Trina! Thinking of you. Hope all is going well! :)
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