TT/lipo in 3 Days! - Fairfax, VA

Here's a little background on me I'm 29...

Here's a little background on me I'm 29 years old and a single mother of my beautiful son, who just turned 7. I'm 5'4 and weight 132 lbs. After having my son my weight fluctuated a bit, from 125 pre-pregnancy to 140 lbs post-pregnancy. I believe that's what left me with the sagging skin in my tummy. I've been staying fit, exercising and eating healthy but no improvement on my abs. It's gotten a toll on my self esteem, I just don't feel as good as I might look. With clothes I look perfect but I'm tired of having to suck my tummy or always having to fold my arms when I sit or not being able to wear certain clothing much less a bikini in the summer time. Oh and not to mention...dating! That's a totally separate topic but all in all I'm ready to do this now!

I'm glad I found this forum cause it has given courage after reading your experiences. It's so comforting to find people who are feeling or going through the same things I am.

My surgery date is this Friday May 27th, I still can't believe I'm doing this! I'm very excited and also a little nervous so I'm trying not to think about it too much until the day of. I'll try to post some 'before' pics before surgery day.

If you get a chance, check out Kimmer's Tummy Tuck Survival Guide in our Tummy Tuck forum. It's a great read! I've also started a Facebook page called Moms Who Want Their Bodies back, where we discuss plastic surgery, exercise, diet, and beauty. If you're on FB, come on over and give us a Like.

Will be thinking of you Friday! Please keep us posted on how you're healing and feeling.

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Welcome!

Glad you found us and are enjoying the forum.  Two more days and you will have the beautiful and flat tummy you have been wanting.  It is all very exciting:)

I look forward to reading your posts and seeing the pics.
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Okay one more day to go and I honestly feel just...

Okay one more day to go and I honestly feel just fine just a little anxious for it to happen already. It is scarring me a little though, not really worrying about the surgery or having second thoughts at all. Is this 'normal'? Maybe it's the fact that I've been wanting this for a very long time and I have researched every single thing that involves having the surgery. I also feel very comfortable with my PS, he's really given me peace of mind.
So today I plan to just go home and relax and spend some quality time with my son. I'm so thankful that I have my family with me to help me with my son and my recovery.
Oh and I will post some pics to share with you today.
Thanks so much for the welcoming messages and support ladies, it means a lot! :)

I will be thinking about you tomorrow and sending good thoughts your way.

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I think it's great that you only have a little anxiety-I wasn't really nervous before my surgery either. You are ready and that's a good thing. Just keep reminding yourself throughout recovery that it is a process and it will take time to heal. I actually say it out loud sometimes-lol. I am at day 16 and although I feel like I can do things around the house, go for a walk, etc. I don't. Simply because my PS has said let your body heal and doing those things only puts more stress on the body. My advice is to follow your PS's recovery instructions to a T so you can have the best results possible!! Best of luck to you. You are in our thoughts. Can't wait to see pictures :)
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hello va-girl welcome
i am also on the 27th nevous excited and scared lol but well be fine cant wait to have a flat tummy best wishes my dear good luck
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Tomorrow is my 14th day PO and I'm feeling great. ...

Tomorrow is my 14th day PO and I'm feeling great. I couldn't update during my recovery because my computer was not cooperating. Let's see, the day of the surgery I was nervous and anxious. Went into surgery at 10:30am and woke up at 1:30pm. I was still very sedated and just moving from the bed to the wheelchair was I think the hardest part. Got home and I was immediately in pain! Took my meds and I was so glad they worked. The walking to the bathroom was definitely a challenge not so much for the pain but the actual movement. I was afraid to rip something open. I barely slept that first night. Day 1 and 2-I was still in pain and hardly walking. By day 3 I was so much better so I started to weine myself off the meds. Day 4 was my first PO visit, somewhat painful when my PS was removing some sort of adhesive patch I had underneath the compression garment. Oh and btw I did not have drains, my PS said I would not need them since I'm fairly small/thin. I didn't complain about it cause I had read that it's not a must and it depends on the surgeons preferences and patients weight. So as I was saying, the patch came off and that's when I saw my flat tummy and it was flat! I have to admit the scar did not look pretty, you'll see the pics. My PS will remove the tape that's over the incision on Monday so hopefully it will look better. He mentioned the name of the tape but I can't remember. It's literally a clear tape, I don't see stitches just blood I guess. Has anyone else had this tape over the incision?
I came back to work on Monday cause I only asked for a week off work. During that week I was feeling better each day after my first visit to my PS. No swelling, no pain just perfect. So on day 6, I over did it, I was up all day cleaning, doing laundry took a long shower and when I came out of the shower my belly was a balloon. I think it was the wrong day to take my first pictures but oh well I felt so good and clean that I just did lol
It's my first week back at work and was super busy, I'm an accountant and thank God I was sitting most of the time. I did noticed yesterday that I was swollen more than the day before and it was because I was not doing much walking. So today I'm walking to the bathroom every hour or so. What is really bothering me right now is the compression garment. I have it as tight as I can handle and I have to move it up or down whenever I stand up, it's annoying. I've already ordered another garment with undies so I can't wait for it to arrive!
I will post new pics tomorrow on my 14 day mark :)
Dr. Tavallali

Dr. Tavallali took the time to answer all my questions, explained the procedure in detail. The other doctors I've seen rushed through my questions and didn't seem to take my concerns seriously. There was this one doctor that didn't want to show me any pictures at all. Overall, he just made me feel very comfortable. His staff was very friendly and professional.

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
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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