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I did it YAYYYY so happy - Fall River, MA

Well my journey is about to begin. I am scheduled...

Well my journey is about to begin. I am scheduled for surgery on 4/12, I have never thought i would actually be doing this. I am a wife and mother of two beautiful kids 9 and 3 both c- sections. After the first section i was like a balloon that was blown up way past its potential and then deflated and left to hang lol.

I am doing my full TT (Smart Tummy Tuck) under "twilight anesthesia" I will be asleep but not intubated. Also they inject the abdomen with some stuff to numb it(lidocane i belive) and something else to help numb the area and constrict the blood vessels so that there is far less bleeding and bruising= less recovery time. I was so scared to even go to my inital consult, but once i got to meet the Dr and staff they eased all my fears. I have never had a doctor explain so much about who he is and what he is going to do to me. I am still scared but excited to see my belly not looking like a bowl of jello. I will be posting all the before pics soon. Any advise will be great as you all know how nerve wracking this is.

Today was a big day. Have everything in order for...

Today was a big day. Have everything in order for the big payment lol. Pre-op is next tuesday. I cant believe its comming this soon. I made the decision in december and never thought i would get here. I figured i would chicken out. Thank god for this site it has helped me out allot with the anxiety and worry about having this surgery.
Ok thank you and best of luck to you. I will be ready soon... maybe the middle of May. I am going to post up pics too.
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I go tomorrow for my pre-op i cant believe its only a little over 2 weeks away. TheInsideOnTheOutside i was petrified when i went in for my consult. I seen his photos online and in the office but i also know that does not mean a whole lot. everyone heals differently, but i did think he did a nice job ans i am confident with him. I will keep you posted. i have to do my before pic soon :)
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i went for a consult with him for a tummy tuck. I wanted to see more photos and he did not have any. He was very honest with me and I do like him but I am very nervous to. I didnt schedule anything yet. Please let me know how it goes.
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Well its 11 days until my surgery. I had my pre-op...

Well its 11 days until my surgery. I had my pre-op on last tuesday, beyond excited and scared at the same time. I have a stack of scripts i have to fill thank god for the ativan to take before i get there lol. I cant believe this is it, that i will be rid of this tummy. I have to admit i am a little sad i feel like its part of my kids well since my oldest one did this to me hahha. well not really i ate all the food. The only concern i have is shopping for pants after. Right now i am in a 6 and there loose on my waist. After the surgery there going to be even more loose gotta love the big ol thighs and booty..I hope that i will have a better ime shopping since i can wear low rise pants and better tops and not be scared of my nasty belly peaking out.
I am so excited for you. Cant wait to see the results. I think ou will have really good results!!! Yay!
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Ok was anyone else crazy scared the week before?...

Ok was anyone else crazy scared the week before? OMG i feel like thats all i think about, i wish i can just shut off my brian and realize how happy i will be after YIKESSSSSSSS

Ok so i am 8 days away from being free of this...

ok so i am 8 days away from being free of this belly. So many mixed feelings. I cant wait to see the results but at the same time im scared that i will have a funny looking scar. Thank you all for the support throught this scary yet exciting time.

Well this is the last friday and weekend i will...

Well this is the last friday and weekend i will have with this belly. I cannot wait for this to be over and for me to be on the post-op side. ahhhhhhhh
Good luck your date is comming soon!!
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Well i cant believe the time has come. Tomorrow at...

Well i cant believe the time has come. Tomorrow at this time i will be home relaxing with a new tight belly. The emotions that are going through my mind right now are crazy..i know you all know what im talking about..Thank god for xanax lol..I cant wait for this to be done, all this anxiety leading up to is has made me eat like a crazy person. i feel like i gained 5lbs lol...Thanks you to all of you for your stories they are helping me allot..Im off to try and get my house ready for me...WOW this is happening lol
Yay hope your recovery goes smoothly. Keep me updated please :)
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Good luck... Best wishes!
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Good luck!! You will do fine!!
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Well its about that time. Getting ready to leave...

Well its about that time. Getting ready to leave my house. Thank god they gave me Zofran because i am queezy lol.Cant wait for the ativan to sink in so i will be more relaxed. Thank you all for your support..Be back soon xoxoxoxox

It's done i must say that the nurses and doctors...

It's done i must say that the nurses and doctors were amazing. I was in lala land the hole time. I must say i am sore( understatement) not a wound sore just a muscle sore. dont laugh or hicup it hurts. My fantastic husband almost passed out due to blood soaked pads from the lipo area(lol). sleeping is going to suck. i will update more info and pictures tomorrow. Thank You all for the love and support. I am still undecided until i can see it.
I am so excited for you. You are probably in surgery now. Hope all goes well. I keep wondering how it is going with u. You are losing your belly as I type. YAY! lol
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We.. today is day one p.o and my incision does not...

we.. today is day one p.o and my incision does not hurt at all. HOWEVER my abs from them tightening them and the lipo sites are killing me. I am not really draining anything so hopefully this drain will come out sooner rather than later. He took out 1000cc of fat from lipo and not to mention the part of my belly he took off. I cant wait to go see him today so i can see what my belly looks like. This binder is not the most comfortable thing on the planet . The people at Dr.Lowneys office were amazing so comforting and caring. Anyone in the fall river area i highly recommend them from a bed side mannor and how they treated me. In a few hours ill let you know how my incision looks. Ohh and my back you dont realize how bad its going to hurt from being so tight and hunched over. a close friend of mine brought me over a walker so that has been a plus.

Well today is day 2 post op. I had my drain...

Well today is day 2 post op. I had my drain removed today. What a experience that was. Felt like I was having a worm taking out of my belly lol. I am a little more swollen today than yesterday but I also think because I'm sittin on the couch all day in the same position. I am walking allot. The pain is about a 3 so can't complain about that. Still have not gone poop but I am also not really eating anything so I'm scared for that lol..I am very happy so far with my results can't wait to see the progress. More pics to come.
You are looking really good! Hope you heal quikley! Keep us posted : )
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Day 3 post op. I am more swollen today than the...

day 3 post op. I am more swollen today than the past two days, Not much has changed besides the back pain. It just gets worse and worse. i cant wait till i can sleep laying down. Also the itchiness due to the healing and pain meds is not fun at all. Its a weird sensation since your entire abdomen in numb from surgery and its so tight it feels like plastic.The binder i not fun at all but its all worth it. Its weird to sit down and look at your belly and not have any rolls i cant wait for a bathing suit this year lol even though i have a lil more stretch marks than i hoped for its all worth it esp if u go in with realistic expectations. I will post more pics soon. Nothing looks that different right now. Thank you all for the support
I cant wait for my roll to be gone! Sitting up to sleep sucks. I had to do that when I got my breast done. I had one of those pillows with arms.
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@ lil gigi thanks so much. Ya im itchy as ever. I actually have no more pain meds and i called my dr today but there not in the office. Im hoping i can sleep tonight. The itchyness is awful esp when i take pain med. I cannot believe this is over and that im on the other side of the healing fence,..thank you all for your support
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u look great!!stay on top of ur meds and rub some benadryl itch relief on ur itchy sites i did it and helped out tremendously..just before bed too when u get the most itchy...good luck!!
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Well today was my first day back to work (one week...

well today was my first day back to work (one week p/o) and NOT a good idea. I am not in pain well besides your back being sore and your abs being sore. but even though i have a desk job i took allot out of me, i was dizzy and lightheaded all day my bp was 90/60 just not fun. Well besides that im doing well. I slept better last night, the itchiness still sucks. Im healing nicely still swollen and the dr gave me the go ahead to start using maderma or whatever i like on my scar. I know u dont want to rush things but i cant wait for the swelling to be gone, I am posting my pic of the scar also.

Well today was my first day back to work (one week...

well today was my first day back to work (one week p/o) and NOT a good idea. I am not in pain well besides your back being sore and your abs being sore. but even though i have a desk job i took allot out of me, i was dizzy and lightheaded all day my bp was 90/60 just not fun. Well besides that im doing well. I slept better last night, the itchiness still sucks. Im healing nicely still swollen and the dr gave me the go ahead to start using maderma or whatever i like on my scar. I know u dont want to rush things but i cant wait for the swelling to be gone, I am posting my pic of the scar also.
@ TheInsideOnTheOutside Yes i am out and about i actually went back to work last thursday (bad idea) I am still hunched over because he tied me so tight, which is a good thing but uncomfortable. I describe it as if you bent over and put tape down your belly and stood up that pulling feeling except you cant stand up lol. Yes i am numb and its a pain because you get very itchy and being numb u dont feel like your itching anything lol. I will be honest this is way harder than i thought, Not allot of pain but very uncomfortable i suggest taking 2 weeks off from work if not 3. Dont sneeze or cough no matter how good you feel. I am still swollen, in the morning im great but at the end of the day im tight and hunched over, very uncomfortable. Take you medications dont try to tough it out better to be groggy and sleeping than in pain. I will post more pic soon i promise i have just been a lil busy...ohhh and i would do it again in a heartbeat.. :)
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how are you feeling now? Are you out and about yet? Able to stand not hunched over? Is there anything you think I should know that I wouldnt expect? Your tummy is numb right? did he say that would go away? Sorry for so many questions. lol. I would love to see more pics if possible....when u feel better. I hope all is well.
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Ohhh boy do I know what you mean about being nervous. I was petrified to be honest. Until I seen the Dr. He was wonderful and made me feel completely confident in his ability to do what I was asking. Yes I had liposuction as well. I had lipo of the abdomen,hips,and back. The avelar tummy tuck is just a technique that is used allot today. You are put to sleep using local anesthesia rather than general, they also numb your abdomen so the blood vessels are constricted and you have minimal bleeding. This procedure combines SmartLipo laser technology and power-assisted micro-cannula liposuction with traditional tummy tuck surgery to remove fat, saggy skin, and stretch marks in the lower abdominal and love handle regions under local anesthesia. I was sound asleep with a propifol and ketamin drip. I also had to take two ativan one hour prior to surgery. When I went into the OR I woke up what seems like 5 min later all done. They also tightened up my abdomen muscles. So I think in a nut shell it’s the same thing as a regular tummy tuck, just a different technique. I had one drain and I was lucky enough to have that drain removed in 2 days I had barely any fluid drainage. I hope this helps you. Please let me know if there is anything else u would like to know. Good Luck
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Well today is exactly one month since my surgery...

well today is exactly one month since my surgery and let me say it has been allot of ups and downs. This is allot harder than imagined. Not in a painful way but the fact that you are so limited to what you can do. I love the results so much i cannot wait to go shopping:).. Sorry i have not been on but baseball has started and with being back into work i feel like i have no time at all. I am so thankful for my supportive and loving husband he has been the best through this. and he love the new me (i think more that he says wink wink)...I go on monday for my one month f/u with Dr.Lowney and i cannot wait to see what he says. I hope i can stop wearing these binders soon..BUT is he say wear it for 6 months thats what ill do..Happy Mothers day to all you beautiful moms on here xoxo
Hi, I have an appointment with Dr. Lowney in a few weeks. Im very excited. I actually had a tummy tuck 5 years ago in CT and it was the same procedure. The thing is, my doctor totally messed me up. I had one of those horror story horendous flabby, loose skin stomachs from the top of my ribs all the way down. Clothes would get stuck in my creases. I CLEARLY needed a full tummy tuck which I made very clear throughout our conversations. He kept saying that he will see at the time of surgery whether or not I actually need my belly button moved. So guess what? He ended up giving me a mini tuck with lipo on my back hips and stomach. Did i look better overall? Yes. Is my stomach a hanging, wrinkly fat mess from top to bottom still? Sure is! I paid him 12,000 for something I never got. I can not tell you how disappointed I was. I begged him to fix it but he wouldn't. Its unbelievable how these doctors forget the fact that people save all this money to do something they have been dreaming for. I cant stand this sensation in my stomach anymore, the clothes getting stuck, the flab. I need to get this fixed. All I want to do is feel comfortable in my clothes. I just want to be able to take my clothes off and not be ashamed of my stomach. I cant wait to meet Dr. Lowrey. Reading these great stories gives me hope!
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How are your scars now?
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Its not scars im concerned about. Its that my tummy does not look at all like Ive had a tummy tuck. I met with Dr Lowrey finally. He agreed I def needed a full tuck, not a mini, which is not at all what I asked for or paid for.
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Dr.Mark lowney

I could not have asked for a better dr. Dr.Lowney was very personable, and made me feel at ease every time i seen him. On surgery day i did not have a worry in the word, however leading up to that day i was a mess. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tummy tuck with lipo.

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