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I'm here just like all of you, unhappy of my...

I'm here just like all of you, unhappy of my flabby belly, I work out 2 hrs a day for 5 days a week, I lost 30 pounds since last year. I'm 5'3 currently 155 pounds and dropping, goal is to be 135lbs. I'm doing a challenge at the gym so far I feel stronger daily,I have my first consult Thursday with Dr. Ira Rex in Fallriver MA. My fears are pain, scar and healing time, I have a wedding to attend to in May and hope to heal before then. But I have to be realistic, not to mention wedding is in Turks and Caicos and I have two busy kids I have to care for but I have family to help and a boyfriend who is somewhat supportive lol. Well I hope to keep you girls posted on my plans.

Well, went to two consultations today. I really...

Well, went to two consultations today. I really like my second consultation with the dr in Fall River, I studied his web page and found lots of great pictures. Well he was thorough and easy to talk with also said I can call him anytime. His price was cheaper than the first dr. He made me feel real comfortable, I'm a nurse and bed side manners means a lot to me. Well I'll have to have one more consultation before I decide.

Im nervous, still not sure if I can live with the...

Im nervous, still not sure if I can live with the scar for the rest of my life. I know most people heal well and even forgot that they had surgery, I know I will too. Its just anxiety that makes me feel this way. I know I deserve this. My kids are 9 and 7 and i help take care of my 10 yo niece. I usually drive them to school daily and prepare dinner every night, and do all the house work. I'm worried my kids would demand so much from me that Ill feel awful. My friends are very good and so is my boyfriend. I guess I have to just let go and let someone do the work for once. I dont feel guilty about doing something for myself, I am the kind of person to do it for everyone. So having this surgery is something I been obsess about but never did anything about it. I work out everyday at the gym, I use to weigh 210lbs max after my kids were born, then was 185 just last January and lost more over the past year, I'm down to 155 now and I continue to feel stronger and slim, but no matter how much exercise I will never lose the flab on my belly. Yesterday I had to think hard and I also have to consider if its worth the expense to do this. Will it make me a happier person , you know when you look good you feel good!! Well hope to share more with you ladies. Please send me positive energy and thoughts.

I'm getting excited..... but I'm going through a...

I'm getting excited..... but I'm going through a rough breakup with my boyfriend of 4 years. .I'm not going to have help around the house. .its going to be hard. I'm going to have to make other arrangements. I hope for positive energy to be sent my way. I have one more consultation next week . I hope to decide then. DR.Babitts. if anyone heard of him please let me know. Thanks everyone

Im down to 155 lbs now!! think I can make it to...

Im down to 155 lbs now!! think I can make it to 145 in 21 days?? hmm Well im happy to say that Im excited, I hope not prepared anything yet, does anyone know whats really important to get before surgery?? I know like medications and stools softeners are one but what about anything else that will make me happy to sit around and do minimal work at home while i recover. I told my boss Ill be back in 4 weeks, is that feasible?? I'm a Registered Nurse in an acute facility where I am very busy. no chance to sit eat or pee.. So if 4 weeks isn't enough I hope my surgeon can keep me out at least 6 weeks. Then healing and complications. I hope there is'nt any, staying positive and not looking back!

I don't know if I'm going. .I am pretty sure about...

I don't know if I'm going. .I am pretty sure about my choice with Dr. REX but should I do another consultation tomorrow with another surgeon. I already booked my date and payment is due tomorrow also. .. the consultation is free.. this dr has only 6 years experience but I heard he was good
. What should I do ladies? ?

I just got back from my third consult. Let me tell...

I just got back from my third consult. Let me tell you. . Now I'm all even confused.. this doctor was great and very detailed but only thing is he doesn't want to do lipo on me..he said I have nice symetry and not a whole lot of fat top suck out...I did lose 10 pounds from my last consult..I would have booked with this doctor but he didn't have any pictures to show me..he would had sold me but he had no evidence to show me his work..so then I called my original Dr that I book for a second opinion about lipo...I did lose 10 pounds since then. .. and I'm not sure if I need if since I can't even pinch fat from my body except from my belly... which will be taken out.. so the doctor was ok to see me march 7th a little less than a week from my surgery date.

Today I get on the scale I nearly fell backward ,...

Today I get on the scale I nearly fell backward , it read 150lbs!!! I wasn't even expecting it but I been working my butt off at the gym and with my trainer on Fridays!! I was told to work on my core to help with healing after a muscle repair. I'm excited. I didn't make any list or and plans. My exboyfriend will be helping out after all. He wants to, out from his mouth. He wants me to still go to Turks and cacois with him in may. Hope we can work on our relationship at the same time.
I can't wait to see what dr. Rex has to say when I see him next week for my pre op. I have a wish pic to bring also. Hope he can accommodate .. Also I'm afraid that my belly bottom would be crooked, I hope it isn't. I always wanted a belly ring. Ok I'm going to post my list of things I'll need. You girls rock!!

I left my surgeons office feeling better, I'm...

I left my surgeons office feeling better, I'm getting lipo from my hips up to the flab up to my mid back and my tummy right before the tummy tuck. He made me feel comfortable about getting it, I was told by another surgeon I didn't need it, but I think I'll have a better over all result with lipo. I also gave my medical hex to the ore op nurse, I had to call he back, I forgot I had allergy to latex and was on meds for hives lol, things I forget, I guess I was so excited. I'm also getting a pain pump, my recliner I ordered will be here Monday, the Boyfriend staying over night but I have to recruit ppl for the day shift, my BFF is an ICU nurse, she will take good care of me! I love that I get all the support emotionally here, it's been such a great resource for me and anyone having surgery. I thank you all. So less than 6 days away!!

My goodness it's been like crazy just to get ready...

My goodness it's been like crazy just to get ready for surgery, laundry done, still have to pack kids clothes for school for the week at grandmas. I went to BJs for frozen dinners, and got all my medications for just in case, arnica and brome lain is what I hear very important, picked up my scopolamine patch , I have severe nausea and vomiting from anesthesia, oh btw I had Dr. Rey's tight compression tanks come in, and dam it's tight...didn't look like I need a TT with it on lol...but it's good to have after surgery... I also have stool softeners ,,I have bouts of constipation and diarrhea ..my irritable bowels...ghee did I forget anything? Oh my recliner came in today yeah!!!!

Justgothome, pain is terrible, I do have a pain...

Justgothome, pain is terrible, I do have a pain pump, Vicodin for pain, it's a bitch this pain,I hope it gets better. , I'm surprise I'm not nausous , I did great with anesthesia ,I had scopolamine pitch and zofran for nausea. My binder is pinching me but i can readjust. I can't see a thing,but dr Rex told me he was able to use my old scar for my belly button .. I'm so excited to see well everyone good luck and please send me positive message for healing.

Feels so good to be home on my recliner I have...

Feels so good to be home on my recliner I have everything I need here, my BFF is here and my mom cooking, she can't stand blood and wounds so my BFF is helping me with dressing and bathroom walks, mom cooks, btw I came home yesterday 2 of my 3 kids had stomach bugs and vomiting everywhere ,thank goodness for family, I have men draining my drain milking it and slight spasms when I do that, pain is very tolerable, my pain pump helps and Vicodin for breakthrough ..plus my vitamins, and plenty of ice water,.honey for sore throat and bendy straws, lol I'm so glad I did it, will post picture after I shower tonight. Wish me luck lol. Thanks for the support ladies!

Boy oh boy, I'm so swollen. Took a shower last...

Boy oh boy, I'm so swollen. Took a shower last night felt great but exhausted, I been on top of my pain med but wlill try to wean off today maybe switch to Motrin instead. I've included picture of my flank its so bruised up.. My follow up is Tuesday it would be day 6 for me then. Hope everyone is healing well thank you all.

I feel at least 30% better compare to day one. I'm...

I feel at least 30% better compare to day one. I'm going to attemp to walk more and even walk upstairs. I took down my dressing and took a quick look. I'm so amaze that I actually went through this . Just thankful so far so good and with great support. Pain wise I only went down to one Vicodin at night and this morning, oh yeah btw I did have a BM yesterday, stayed on top of the colace and MOM... Will try to eat solid foods today, all I had so far is soup.. I get full so fast and I haven't had an appetite. I'm also going stir crazy, Im usually out the house daily and working out cooking cleaning..I can't wait to completely heal and go back to normal. Thanks everyone.

Well today I woke up at 6 am, can't fall asleep...

Well today I woke up at 6 am, can't fall asleep till 330 am but some sleep is better than none, my pain isn't bad, I only took a Vicodin at bedtime, and this morning I took a Tylenol , my drains only drained less than 20ml all together from last night, I'm going try to walk around some more today, my hips and pubic area is still swollen but belly is stiff and firm, I hope it goes down some more. What is annoying right now is the pain pump, it keeps administering the numbing medication and I just want to pull it out, I hate that numbing feeling and today I just want to itch itch itch and itch! Goodness sake its annoying. So yesterday was exhausting after the shower, I just want to do it by myself, I couldn't even wash my ass myself ...oh....the frigging back pain from standing... So ppl please use a shower chair of some kind it will help and one of those showered handle thingy...I kept getting soap in my eyes lol... Not for nothing I have the best ppl around my, my mom has been here cooking and cleaning, my BFF hangs out with me and we just go nuts looking at everyone on Realself, so great to feel loved, oh btw almost since day 1 my kids had the stomach bug...ohh boy I hope I don't get it. Tomorrow will be my post op visit. I hope to have this drain remove and maybe staples can come out....hopefully.. Good luck ladies and thank you.

Just left my doctors office and was amaze to see...

Just left my doctors office and was amaze to see me smiling and feeling great. Everything looks good, 1 of 2 drain out and pain pump, plus 5 staples out. And guess what! I'm standing up taller!!! I feel so much better post op day 6 , I feel like I can do everything again, lol but I'm not going to over do it, it's only been less than a week. Will post pics later. Hope everyone is doing well.

Om... I know he didn't lipo my butt but just my...

Om... I know he didn't lipo my butt but just my flank and hips. It's still so swollen but now it looks like my butt is flat, omg I love my butt, I worked so hard on them squats and lunges it was all me, now it's gone!! I hope the swelling goes away soon so I can really see my result. Well since the doc pulled my first drain and pain pump, I woke up a couple of times in pain so I took my meds I was hoping to get off of it completely. So far I feel ok, I was hoping to do some walking, maybe go out but my mom won't allow me to have my car back lol she told me no!! Stay your ass on the recliner lol. Oh goodness. I am lucky to be loved and taken care of well.

Well my scar looks good, my dr only use tape to keep the scar flat, he said to do this for a few weeks before doing the silicone therapy. I trust his opinion. I'll do the tape till all the glue and sutures disappear . Will post pictures later.

Happy healing ladies!!

My abdomen and back is still numb.. When does it...

My abdomen and back is still numb.. When does it come back? My back is still hurting but only taken EX Tylenol. I'm wearing spanx instead of the band I was given, my belly is swollen. When does that go down. I feel fat.. But on a good note I'm down 149 pounds. Will see if it continues.

Where oh where did my butt go?? Hmmm I'm very sad...

Where oh where did my butt go?? Hmmm I'm very sad about this...lol I think because I can't stand up tall yet so it looks flat.. Boy oh boy, well my abdominal is puffy and belly bottom glue is coming out.. I still feel sore mostly in my back... I like to stand up tall and bend down but it's nearly impossible now. Hope everyone is healing well.

I'm walking around much better, swelling on my...

I'm walking around much better, swelling on my back is better, My belly is flat but hard on the bottom of bb, I hope it goes away, I notice my skin on top is loose not flabby but is it suppose to attach to your muscle. ? I hope everyone is doing better.

It's kinda dry and flakey and tiny oozing, have...

It's kinda dry and flakey and tiny oozing, have been cleaning it with peroxide and drying it and pack it with a dry gauze. I'm not sure if it's suppose to look like that. Does anyone have suggestion?

It's kinda dry and flakey and tiny oozing, have...

It's kinda dry and flakey and tiny oozing, have been cleaning it with peroxide and drying it and pack it with a dry gauze. I'm not sure if it's suppose to look like that. Does anyone have suggestion?

Incision closed.. No exercise yet sad... But can...

Incision closed.. No exercise yet sad... But can start walking..and scar treatment...Dr. Said continue tape for 6weeks and compression garment for as long i feel comfortable.. Still tight around abdomen and hips standing almost 90% tall...no pain med since day 8... Hmmmm I feel good but still take it easy.. No rush to healing. Hope everyone is doing well. Oh btw no drain!!!

Ok I'm feeling great like 95% better .. Motrin...

Ok I'm feeling great like 95% better .. Motrin only when I feel aches, I walked the mall Sunday with no breaks, abs are so very tight. Doing Mederma on my wounds and leaving my bob to air..no big problem, just want my scar gone!! Happy with my result. Got bathing suit pics happy healing everone

I want to hit the gym, i feel my muscle is gone...

i want to hit the gym, i feel my muscle is gone and I'm mad!! I want my butt to stick out not flat, I want definition in my arms again and I want to sweat!!! I'm so impatient, I get the ok to brisk walk but what the heck is that, no exercise till 6 weeks!! boo hoo!

Great experience so far, you ladies know your...

Great experience so far, you ladies know your outcome is only better when your positive!!

4 weeks, everything healing well scar is flatter...

4 weeks, everything healing well scar is flatter but dark , abs are getting more natural
I love it!! Happy healing my friends!!

Had my 4 week visit already, I'm down to 137...

Had my 4 week visit already, I'm down to 137 pounds, and there was a stitch poking thru my right hip so my doc made a small incision and removed it. So now I have a tiny cut with sterile strips and feels much better. I'm working out doing weights but not heavy.. No crunches yet, side planks ok. Going back to work next week. Love my result!!

Doing really well... back to the gym! Doing power...

Doing really well... back to the gym! Doing power pump classes. . That's all weight training. ..doing stairs and some abdominal crunches...not full crunches. .planks and side raises. ..I'm going back to work this weekend!! I'm tryi to gain muscles. . Working with a personal trainer. ..feeling really good. My abdominal muscles is tight. . So some discomfort but tolerable. ..oh some swelling but no noticeable. ...I love my results! ! Happy healing

4 months post surgery

I'm happy, my progress is great, I been slacking on Realself, busy with life in general. I work out daily and eat clean and enjoying my body.
Dr. Ira Rex

Realself patient

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
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You look wonderful hun! Gives me hope :)
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U look amazing! Do u still use the bio oil?
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No I haven't but I am using skin lightning for the scars
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What does bio oil help with?
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Which one?
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Please tell me your but came back?? Why would it go flat in the first plast..I also have worked very hard On toning my but and don't want my hard work going flat. Ugh
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yes its somewhat back..round but smaller I lost all much weight I'm gaining muscles and my abs are getting there I feel my lil 2 pack coming thru. good luck
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Would love to see pics!!
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i would like to see what the scar Looks like this month!
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Hi im thinking of having my TT with de rex in MA! do u have any recent Photos i can see im schedule in sept.
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You look really good!!! great pic with 2 piece. You are a Nurse. How long did you take off work? I work in the medical field as a MA. Did you go back to work with restrictions???? Was it a FMLA or personal Leave??? Keep posting and healing.. you are doing great...
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Hi Minnie , I took 6 weeks off, and it was medical . I think I could have gone back in 4 weeks but this past weekend was my first time back and I did great, I also Started back to the gym working out hard core weights and no restrictions!!! I feel really good
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Wow what a transformation! You look really good.
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you look fab.... and wearing that 2 piece... congrats on the weight loss ... i hope my results are just as good as yours :-)
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Thank u
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Every day you look better! Total body makeover. I feel the same way when you say you feel like your muscle has disappeared, but one thing I hate to do is sweat :P
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Working on it now!!
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You look amazing!
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Thanks hun
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YOU LOOK GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank you
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So great to hear this! I hope I have results & recovery like you! ( my surgery is Friday the 12th)
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you wil!! stay positive there will be some ups and down, but at the end it will be worth it!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!
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Thank you so much!!
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I had a full TT with muscle repair and lipo to the hips and bra area on sides, breast lift/reduction on Feb 28th this year. I have hope for you dealing with a flat butt. Before surgery, I had a little butt I had worked hard at regaining after I had children. After surgery, it looked nonexistant. From having to walk hunched over for a week and then walking with my hips forward for another week, my lower back was swollen. I think the swelling from my sides had a little to do with it too. I am just over 4 weeks post op and I have my butt back plus some. The way my doctor pulled in on my sides and down in the front helped lift my butt a little. Give the swelling time to go down and you will see that you haven't lost your butt. I started lymphatic massages and it has helped considerably with swelling all over my abdomen. I have only had one so far and go back this week for my 2nd session. Drink lots of water. Typically you are suppose to drink half your body weight in oz of water a day and I have found that adding extra water helps reduce the swelling. I noticed a difference at about 3&1/2 weeks. I could walk farther distances without feeling like the Michelin Man. Thursday I will be at 5 weeks post op and now I have been able to take on my normal everyday chores. When you stand up from sitting you may notice your abs feeling tighter than when you sat down. I assume you had muscle repair. I have found that if you gently massage the tight area as you stand, it helps loosen the tight feeling. L-Arginine helps repair lymphatic system. Also I was told to take calcium and Vitamin C and a good multi vitamin and it helps too. Good luck and you will see results soon. Give your body time. It just went through hell. Patience is not my best characteristic but I have had to learn it with this.
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