54, Fit, and Fabulous - Carmel, IN High Lateral Tension Abdominaplasty New pics!

I have three wonderful children all vertical...

I have three wonderful children all vertical c-sections with my last baby weighing more than 10lbs. Needless to say my muscles and general abdominal region ain't pretty. I was a stay at home mom and poured all of my time and talents into my family but now I have the time and the freedom to focus on my health. I am extremely overweight but always active. But the last 6 months I've actually started to loose weight. So far I've dropped about 50lbs by changing my diet and becoming more focused with my exercise. I will try to give detail info as to what is working for me and what I am doing. Right now I'm tentatively scheduling my TT for late September. Up until 6 weeks ago I would lift weights 2-3 times per week (full body) with cardio 3 times per week.

The weight was coming off but the muscle definition/body fat reduction was really sloooow.... ( I use the bodybugg for daily calorie burn and the Omron Fat Analyzer to monitor fat loss muscle gain.) I switched /hyped up my workout routine by switching to Chalean Extreme for weights in the morning (3 times per week) with cardio alternate mornings and 6 evenings. In essence that's 3 zumba classes, 1 kick boxing, and some turbo jam. It's a little intense sometimes but the heavy lifting with Chalean has really started to develop my shoulders/guns/ and tone/muscle up my butt. When I google 54 year old female bodies, there just aren't any African American -or others for that matter -examples of what we can achieve so I'm creating my own image. Ooops there is one check out (Ernestine Shepard.) Yes I want the belly to be gone but I want the guns, glutes, and gams before the tuck! As the weight comes off for me it starts at the top and works it's way down with the belly, butt, and thighs being last. I sometimes giggle at my self in zumba as I shake what my mama gave me. There's a little extra wiggle right now but it is tightening up. I'll update from time to time but I wanted to encourage those that want to loose 50 or more lbs. I'm excited about reshaping my body. Oh right now I'm just shy of 5'6" 235 lbs with a body fat right at 33%. I can see my fat pockets sitting right on top of the muscles. I'd like to see what I look like at 180lbs. I may go lower. Pray for me! I like the Serena body pic in my icon.

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I've been very concerned about loose skin and body...

I've been very concerned about loose skin and body fat percentages so I'm providing a couple of links I find interesting.http://www.leighpeele.com/body-fat-pictures-and-percentages
http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm
This next link is a response that I received from a retired surgeon whose work I admire. He answered my question in detail about weight loss, body markers, etc and when to see a ps. His sight also has videos of how the skin is suppose to move as well as post op years down the line.http://www.abodybeautiful.com/forum/index.php/topic,664.0/topicseen.html

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Thanks, I decided to come out of lurking and post for accountability.
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Thanks for all the info, and Welcome to the site!
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looking good.
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I'm adding two more links you may find interesting...

I'm adding two more links you may find interesting. this first link shows women of all different body types, height and weight. It's an excellent site. http://www.mybodygallery.com/

The second link is to an pictorial of about 10 professional athletes in top form, low body fat percentages etc....and they look nothing like Hollywood's standard of a beautiful body.http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/07/30/magazine/803BODIES_index.html

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I also wanted to talk a little about my skin as I...

I also wanted to talk a little about my skin as I shed the pounds. One or two of the above links as well as some ps talk about skin shrinking after weight loss. The claim is the sagging skin we see in the arms, belly, etc still has fat and so the skin is essentially weighed down in folds. Any thoughts. I've seen a few six packs in body builders were there was some wrinkly skin but very little fat.
With my own body I've watched the skin tighten up in my breast area in a matter of a few short weeks.
Did anyone else watched this seasons biggest looser? The contestant Kim started out at about 265. As she shed the weight her arms would go from flabby to tight. The lower her body fat, the less saggy skin. Hopefully as I put my all into it, I will have very little fat/skin on my tummy so that the tt can be used to fine tune what I've started.

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Sorry for the typos....posting from my phone.
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Serena Williams what a beautiful body!! nothing is impossible sexysoulsister you will achieve wherever you want!! even if we need a little help and tuck from Plastic S.
Sorry for the typos....posting from my phone.
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Just wanted to update you guys. I had a consult...

Just wanted to update you guys. I had a consult with Dr. Slatton last Thursday. He specializes in the High Lateral Tension tummy tuck created by Dr. Lockwood of Kansas City. He has a small practice in the Carmel area of Indy but he seemed very knowledgeable and meticulous. His work is beautiful and he went into detail as to what can be done for me to help me achieve my goals. I plan to do a little more research on Dr. Slatton, pray, and maybe another consult or two, but at this point I love his work and will go with him.
As the weight drops off and my body continues to change I'm even more excited and a little anxious about getting this done. I love my kids but the vertical c section did a number on my midsection. My goal is to get down to drop about 49 lbs which would put me in the 20% body fat range. ( My original bf% should say 37% but I can't correct it.) I'm giving it my best shot....20% body fat is the goal but only if it looks good, and feels good!

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Thank you!
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You are absolutely right. This is a wonderful tool.
Love all of your research! I've been working out at Curves and have seen great improvement in my body fat and BMI. Some of my favorite exercises that are quick and easy to do for arms are dips,push ups and tension bands. You can do those anytime of the day in any type of clothing in just minutes. No excuses. Looking forward to reading more from you, SSS.

Has anyone used compression garments pre surgery...

Has anyone used compression garments pre surgery or to help with weight loss and loose skin? http://www.livestrong.com/article/324052-abdominal-compression-for-weight-loss/
One of my nieces wrapped her belly after her babies birth and had excellent results. I think I'll give it a try!

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Hi all just wanted to do a quick update on the...

Hi all just wanted to do a quick update on the compression exercise garments. I have some old spanks/like garments I use for smoothing lumps under clothing. I was starting to become concerned about the shrinking fat pads on my inner thighs. Well I've been wearing the spanks/like garments under my lower gear and wow what an improvement in the skin texture. That area has actually tighten up. No more sagging skin. It's important to help stabilize the skin as you shrink...especially in those areas were the skin is loosing it's fat. I think I'll go and invest in some nicer outer wear types as well as something for the arms.
Hope this helps!

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I've been competing for about 4 yrs. It took me about 6 months from never being in a gym to competing. My tummy is very flabby from gaining over 50lbs with my baby and having a c-section. You can't tell because the extra hanging skin is tucked into my suit and then you glue the suit down. It's a figure competion trick that a lot of ladies use. Believe me the leaner I get the worse my tummy gets. At least when I'm heavier the fat fills in the skin better and it looks more smooth. By the time I get in shape for a show I having this wrinkled, stretch marked skin that is awful!
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Gurl you look good!!! Your body is tight and your dedication is phenomenal.... to think you were competition ready in only 6 months!!! When I read your story and some of the other ladies doin' that thang it just motivates me all the more. I love seeing women with muscles. Ladies like you prove you can have the muscles and not loose our femininity. Great job....I will definitely be following your results with Dr. H.

Thanks sexy! Keep doing what you are doing and you will get there! 

I wanted to re post my 90 day challenge here in...

I wanted to re post my 90 day challenge here in reference to Weight Watchers.
"Oh yes on a side note, I tried to change my goal weight at the meeting to fit my goals and they wouldn't let me. I was told that I had to get a note from my doctor stating the higher weight. According to their charts I'm suppose to be between 120-150 lbs. My body fat analyzer puts my lean mass at 145 lbs????
I use the WW program because it has some accountability elements I like but I've modified it to make it compatible for me. There was a study done that looked at the WW program that indicated, most of their participants weight loss was lean tissue and not fat! I'll post a link on my review if you want more info."

http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2008/0701-ball-weight-watchers.php

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Hi, I had my mommy makeover 10 days ago and like you really wanted to work hard on getting a nice defined bod with low body fat.. The last time I checked I think m body fat was about 23%. i hope that the makeover helped with that but am willing to do more workouts to get waht I want. My body changes from my shoulder down and my ankle up so I was happ with everything except my thighs and stomach. I really like the picture of Serena, I also loved the way Angela Bassett looked when she played Tina Turner. That would be a great goal for me. I will tr to have my hubby take a pic of my guns, I am very proud of them even though the have been inactive for a couple of weeks,
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Give me a heads up when u post your guns. Mine are coming along, I just have to loose a little more fat.
Congratulations on your weight loss so far! Don't forget to celebrate each milestone. They are all important! I'm there with you!
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Just adding a video of Lenda Murray winner of Ms...

Just adding a video of Lenda Murray winner of Ms Olympia 8(?) times. She thinks she is out of form but her body is amazing at 50....and any age really!

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Yes, that "fat roll" that she grabbed is the size of my pinky finger. Ha ha ha!
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Gosh, I can't even believe Lenda Murray is showing her fat self on YouTube, (said in a sarcastic voice). Ha Ha Ha! So funny how even the most in shape people are still critical of themselves. I love that she shows her weight though. I always wonder about that. She looks terrific. Thanks for sharing.
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She does look fabulous! I had to laugh at her attempts to describe her "fat" belly!

Hi Ladies in 2 weeks I have my pre-op, then 4...

Hi Ladies in 2 weeks I have my pre-op, then 4 weeks later my tummy tuck! I didn't drop any weight this week, but I didn't do my food journal, missed a couple of calorie burns, and had two meals out so....BUT I am still stoaked! Last week was emotionally draining with some heavy stuff going on. Butcha know it's the garbage that let's us gives us the opportunity to prove what we are made of.

I'm still kickin' ass and I've come a long way in the course of a little less than a year!!! The scales will eventually get there but the body is shaping up. Here is a little before and after shot of my shoulders after completing the Chalene Extreme 90 day challenge. (Sorry for the blurry before shot!)
I AM determined and I'm going to add a little core specific training to the mix. I can feel abs in my upper belly!!! Any suggestions?
(I'm going to re post on the 90 day challenge in the forum area.)

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Very informative! Thank u so much! Rooting for you!
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http://www.builtlean.com/2010/08/03/ideal-body-fat-percentage-chart/
I just wanted to add this body fat percentages article for you ladies and gents. It gives a more accurate picture of health as oppose to bmi.
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Sexy! How you doing girl? Haven't heard from you in a while!
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Hi Ladies, I had my pre-op yesterday and I'm...

Hi Ladies, I had my pre-op yesterday and I'm psyched and a little anxious! Right now I'm also questioning my reasons for this, but I've carried this tummy around for so long, it really is time to say good bye...to that phase of my life. As I've stated before I am glad for the surgeons skills to save me and my babies but it has left me with a tummy that will never look normal.
My Doctor was excited that I made the effort to loose the weight and take control of my life. I received my prescriptions for meds- about 6- given my pre-op instructions, measured for my garment, and scheduled for my mark up which is on a Sunday before the surgery. He took photos and we talked about what could be done for me. My goals are to end up with a beautiful natural looking tummy.
I will post photos around the 15th, cause frankly I just don't want to see my before pics. But I know there are other ladies that will benefit from my experiences as I have those before me.
Ladies you ROCK!!!!

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Hi Sexy!, Not long now. I bet your getting excited, I lam ooking forward to following your journey!
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Hey Sexy!! Getting closer!!! I read your question in the August forum about working out the day of, I'm sure every doctor is different but I was given strict orders NOT to work out the day of due to them not being able to find veins as easy....just an FYI :)
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Thanks for the heads up. I will probably get one last workout Sat or Sunday and start my liquid diet that Sat as well. Just calming my nerves.

Hi Ladies, Next Sunday I will go in to my doc's...

Hi Ladies,
Next Sunday I will go in to my doc's office for my mark up and the following Mon is the beginning of the next phase for something I've wanted to do a very long time. The first time I found about about the procedure I was elated to know I could remove and repair the damage caused by an emergency c-first and life in general. I am extremely happy to be bidding adieu to my friend I refer to as "buttus guttus."
Alas, my second ass, served me well....
Enjoy the pics....they are a doozy....but after my recovery I'm hitting the gym full force!!! Also for those ladies that have been following the weight loss journey, I really wanted to get a little closer to my "goal", however the skin was getting a little to loose in other areas as well. So my doc, RealSelf ladies, and others say the loss shows faster in those other areas once the belly is gone. We shall see!

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Oh right now I wear a size 14 in NYDJ. My goal is...

Oh right now I wear a size 14 in NYDJ. My goal is somewhere about a 10 and a 12.

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Good luck tomorrow!!!! Can't wait to hear how it went!
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Thank you, I'm on my way to the hospital now.
Can't wait to hear how you are doing. I am sure you are knocked out from the pain pills but pray you are doing as good as possible.

Mary~

Hi Ladies, I am on the flat side! Slept through...

Hi Ladies,
I am on the flat side! Slept through the night. Just wanted to say this procedure ain't for sissies. Doc says I had great core muscles. I'm very pleased with my results and excited. Check back later. Thanks for your prayers.

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Congrats sexy! Welcome to the flat side and speedy recovery!
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Sexy so glad you are doing well and are now on the flat side! Rest well and Happy Healing. :)
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Wow Sexy! 6 hours is a long time! Rest and walk frequently! Happy Healing and God Bless you and your mom!
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Hi Ladies, I'm officially 5 days out from surgery...

Hi Ladies,
I'm officially 5 days out from surgery. The first night was extremely painful, but I slept through it. I did an overnight at Whitham Hospital in Lebanon IN. The nursing staff there were thoughtful, caring and provided me with excellent care. The nursing and surgical staff spoke very highly of Dr. Slatton he is very meticulous and has a hands on approach as well as an artistic eye with his patients.

I was under for about 6 hours and about 6 pounds of skin and fat was removed. I have three drains and will be walking hunched over for 7 to 10 days. I feel as though I'm wearing a tight corset. I can honestly say I have no back pain yet....probably due to the weightlifting which gave me a good amount of upper and lower body strength. Right now I am really swollen. I did get a little lipo on the sides and under the boobs. My appetite is pretty much nonexistent....though I trying to increase my protein intake. I use a antibiotic cream when changing the bandages, a oral antibiotic, and percoset for pain. I'm going to include a couple of after pics of the scar, some my mom took for me on my phone. Later I'll include better after pics from my doc's office.
I hope everyone is taking it easy and healing great!

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You finally did it! I hope you are healing well and I can't wait to see your progress. Until then happy healing love!
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Right on girl!!! You may feel swollen but you're looking great! You are probably right about your strength training helping your back - as you know, i did similar training and I didnt have any back pain. Rest up now and congrats on making it through to the flat side!!'
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I have started doing weights and push-ups to help with my upper body strength. I better hurry up and get the Chalean work out so I can work on my back strength!
I always wondered how one would describe the tightness after surgery... Sexy says it feels like she is wearing a tight corset. I have one, a real corset. I know that feeling.

Questions everyone...

Is the tightness right under the breast, at the BB level or below the BB level?

I am claustrophobic and strangely, it matters to me and I will have to prepare for that sensation. I know there will be tightness, but I don't want to feel like I can't breathe.That's the claustrophobic part.

Hi Ladies just a quick update! I'm 12 days po...

Hi Ladies just a quick update!
I'm 12 days po and I feel really good. My remaining drains are scheduled to be out at day 15. I can't stress enough and I'm so thankful for your support and I truly can feel and see the benefits of our 90 fit challenge. My back doesn't ache ...all those arm/shoulder exercises did the trick! The first few days were low appetite but I'm back on schedule with my eating as before. Lot's of fish, lean proteins, but watching the salads-gas. No issues with bm, still using the walker, and my lift chair. My moms will be here one more week and then I'm on my own. I've been released to drive, no pain, just using the occasional Tylenol.

I'm still swollen but it is better each day. I take photos each morning with bandage changes because it allows me to see the metamorphosis. Yes I'm still swollen but I now have a waist and the butt/gutt is gone! Who knew I had long legs-lol! Take each day a step at a time. Take the time to heal and recover properly....don't rush it!!!!!

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@sexy...glad to hear things are well!
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Hey Lady, I am glad u are doing well !! Happy Healing Love!!
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Thank You!!!
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Hi Ladies, I'm three weeks post op today and just...

Hi Ladies,
I'm three weeks post op today and just wanted to update. I'm very pleased with my results. I still have lots of swelling and can't stand straight yet but I'm loving my results.I slept in my own bed last night...yay! OK now for the details. My recovery does not include a cg. I have a small hematoma so one side is slightly bigger than than the other. There is one area along my scar that's taking it's time but all in all I love my belly button, my thin scar, it's placement, and my new shape. The swelling is most on the lipo sites but each day shows much improvement. I was debating about putting my hunched over no booty pics up, because you really can't see the ab sculpting. Anyway this is what 54 y/o recovery without a cg looks like.

Oh and just in case I forgot to mention it, my mother loves my results! She was against the procedure at first until she saw my pre-op tummy. Now she is as thrilled as I am.

The first days pain was intense and the swelling a bit much but it has been a life changer....for the good!

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Thanks and I love Chalene Extreme!!! Follow the 90 days and watch how fast your body transforms. At the 60 -90 day point my youngest who already has a six pack became hooked!
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You look FABULOUS! What a journey you have been on. Was thinking of ordering Chalene Extreme prior to my sugery next month. Anyway, thanks for the great posts! Very inspirational! Keep up the happy healing!
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Hi Sexysoulsister, Wow swelling or not you are looking great. Take it easy and happy healing!
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Hey Ladies, Just a quickie. Saw my doc today......

Hey Ladies,
Just a quickie. Saw my doc today....no hematoma....yay!!!! Just swelling. He also has me in my cg...not too bad. My doc also stated no banded clothing. He said my tummy area is really mold able. So its back to the low hanging exercise gear and big shirts. Who would of thought I'd be sagging and baggin. Good night ladies.

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you look great ,i go monday moring have to be there at 530 happy cant stopin think happy healin
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Wow, try and get some rest....I know you are excited. It will soon be over and you will be on the flat side baby!!! Good luck and happy healing!
How are you feeling? Your looking great! Doesnt it feel good to have that tummy gone lol
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Hi Ladies, I'm at five weeks, standing straight...

Hi Ladies,
I'm at five weeks, standing straight for the most part and still in swell hell. I've worn the compression garment for 2 weeks now and things are going down so I've included a few pics. My belly button looks nice and I'm seeing a general shape of things to come though I know it takes time before I can see the real results. I have had one hiccup and that's a reaction to some of my sutures on one side. It's about 2-3 inches total and after it's healed up I may get a scar revision if needed. The one thing I'm learning is patience as I'm tracking the changes in my body. I am very pleased with the outcome, the photos just don't do it justice.

Finally my ab repair is still tight, my lipo sides itch like crazy, and I'm sleeping in my own bed. Can't wit to b released to hit the gym....

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I was drawn to your review by the pictures of Lenda Murray. I have to say that I think it was great you decided to go at the weight loss with diet and exercise on your own BEFORE surgery. From what I've read it really helped you during your recovery. I started my journey over a year ago and almost 25 pounds heavier. I left a deposit with my doctor and I decided to loose some weight before my surgery so I hired a coach who gave me a diet and a weight training/cardio program. Over time I started shedding weight and started to feel really good. I had always wanted to compete in a bodybuilding competition so I decided that since I was having such great results with my program I'd postpone my surgery and see what else I could accomplish without surgery. A year had gone by and I was doing really well but I would get to a certain weight and start fixating on my middle. I would dwell on it daily, it caused me a lot of self doubt and I just kept telling myself I wouldnt be able to compete because of my skin and tone of my middle. I have been dieting for a LONG time and finally realized Ive done all I can do and its time to have the surgery. How are you feeling? Are you cleared to workout again? Thats the only thing that bothers me, not being able to go to the gym and the fear of gaining weight post-op.
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Hi Rosie, Congrats on the lifestyle changes and weight loss! I will be six weeks po on Monday and have not been released to exercise yet. I do see my doc tomorrow so that may change. At first I also was concerned that I may gain some weight during recovery. If you eat a well balanced meal and don't go overboard you will be fine. I haven't counted calories for the most part focusing mainly on nutritional value. If I do gain a couple of pounds, hopefully I can shed them quickly as I get back into my workout routine. The next phase of exercise will be more toning and gaining a little more muscle mass. I feel good and I'm amazed at how the body heals itself. The weight lifting and cardio do help with preventing or lessening some of the post op aches. (Upper and lower body strength comes in handy.) When all is healed up my results will be even better. The belly is gone and I've got my hour glass figure back. I think you've given it your all and the tt is just the finishing touch to get you to the next phase. After the tuck you can actually see the results of your hard work. You will be fine!
Sorry for the long paragraph, when I submitted I got this wall of text!

Hi Ladies, Just a quick update. In two days I...

Hi Ladies,
Just a quick update. In two days I will be 7 weeks post op. I'm now walking for exercise standing up totally straight and the swelling has gone down quite a bit. Things are shaping up, my "spitting stitches" areas are healing and once the swelling has subsided I doubt that I will need much of a revision if any. I'll post an updated photo and another one at 12 weeks or so.

This process has taught me patience. It's amazing how the human body heals itself. For example my pubic area incision is quite straight in my early post op photos, then later I had swelling on one side and now the swelling has reduced and everything is evening/straightening out again. The same uneven swelling happened on my sides to the point were one of my stretch marks protruded like a dog ear. Now that area has completely flattened out. (Take plenty of photos to track your progress!)

Even the areas were I had the "spiting stitches is closing up as the swelling goes down. I say this to encourage you not to freak out because everyone's healing takes a different path. Other than than the first few days post op my pain really wasn't that bad and I never had back aches. I did have some unexpected numbness from the anesthesia. So don't get overly concerned if you aren't running marathons at 4 weeks.

I'll post at 12 weeks or so. Happy healing ladies!

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Wow!!! Congrats to you and thank you for bringing my attention to your page! :) you look amazing and I'm going to check out dr Lockwood here in KC! Thanks!
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Hi, Check your inbox.
you look great! I have the itching too! and the numbness and backache. but look how fabulous you look! love the yellow vest shots xxxxx
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Hi Ladies, I just wanted to update you on my...

Hi Ladies,

I just wanted to update you on my spitting stitches and include a couple of pics. I was 8 wks po two days ago. The spitting stitches area is almost close accept for an opening less than a grain of rice. Even though I am still very swollen the suture line looks amazing and I doubt that I will need a revision at all! I hope that once the swelling has stopped around the suture the scar to be imperceptible even on the hiccup side. Happy Healing Ladies!

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Hello Sexysoulsister, I am so glad your healing good. And I hope everything going well. Hey happy healing.
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8.5 weeks po Just s quick update. I'm now...

8.5 weeks po
Just s quick update. I'm now released to do cardio and light weights-no abs. Next month I can start abs slowly. Spitting stitches all closed. Happy Healing!

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you look.great!! healing so well! I'm dreaming of 7 weeks, do you feel a ton better??
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Hi and yes I feel so much better. The first night was painful but I did a hospital overnight and they were right on it with managing my pain level. Hang in there, it get's easier everyday and soon you will feel like your old self.
Your scar looks awesome on the one side. Your other side looks kinda like my middle. All my stitches are on the inside too, including the BB. I love it, makes the biggest difference not to have the bullseye stitching. So you are 7 weeks po? Are back at the gym yet?
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Hi Ladies, I've been traveling a bit so I've only...

Hi Ladies,
I've been traveling a bit so I've only been able to follow using my phone. I'm twelve weeks now and there have been quite a few changes.. My spitting stitches have now completely healed and the incision line is getting thinner as my swelling decreases. If it remained it's current thickness the results are excellent!

Right now I only wear my cg when I'm working out. I'm also sleeping on my side. I do find that I am stiff if I sit for long periods but gentle stretches seem to help. As soon as your doc says it's ok to toss the cg, please do so. After I stopped wearing mine I noticed my abs were a little weak so my posture initially wasn't as good. Focusing on that posture is helping to strengthen the core even though I'm not able to do abs.

My eating was atrocious during my traveling, but I did manage to bring my protein and eat fresh as much as I could. I've dropped about 11 lbs and my bodybugg has been recording 4000 cal burns without hitting the gym! So now that I'm back home I'm plan to focus more on watching what I eat....but sometimes your body needs a little extra because we are healing. Don't stress and don't eat junk!

Just in case I didn't say it, I'm still in swell hell!!!! -and uneven at times!!!

I'm going to include some photos of me at about 11.5 weeks. For those that don't know I've had a High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty (sp) which places less tension on the scars. I included links in earlier post for you techies. It results in an hour glass figure and better scarring. It's great for all women but for me I liked the looked and it addressed my problem areas best. People who keloid or scar poorly may want to look at this procedure. Most ps do NOT do this procedure so ask. I do not use any products on my scar but I do massage a couple of areas to break up a little scar tissue. Oh and some of the lighter areas near the incision are skin issues , all will fade in time.

I feel GOD blessed me to find an excellent, skilled, caring physician whose work is phenomenal! Just look at my before pics!

Oh and and some days I wake up with ab definition...Dr. Slatton rocks!!!

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I still get swelling and even tightness at times. Overall I'm happy with my results. Some days I still wear my compression garment to work which helps a whole lot. People are starting to notice more and more they constantly ask what did i do because my waist is sooo small lol and my tummy is flat
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Hey ms sexysoulsister how are you coming along? you look great. Did you enjoy turkey day? lol I sure did! I'm waiting patiently for january to come, thats when my revision will be done, snip away the doggy ears, and lipo on my back and stomach.
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Hey sexy! You look fantastic! Hope you are doing some black friday shopping!
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Hi Ladies, I had my 3 month po visit and I'm...

Hi Ladies,
I had my 3 month po visit and I'm officially released to do everything, no restrictions. I'm still swelling and I wear my cg when active. There is still a little stiffness on occasion but for the most part I feel back to normal. I will go back for one more visit at 6 months. Right now I've relocated back to MO and seeking out a good local gym. I'd like to tighten everything up and shed a few pounds before my 6 months final visit. If my boobies get any worse I may get a lift. I am really pleased with my results. I will post photos at after Christmas and then a month later when I can just to show the changes. Keep going ladies, YOU ALL are looking FABULOUS!

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Thanks ms sexysoulsister im excited, nervous and curious lol how are you coming along?
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You are looking great sexysoulsister. And your right I am going to be working on minds. I can't go to the gym. I was going before now the YMCA has gone up again, so I decide to buy me a total gym with the rest I have at home. So I start today it. I do know I will need revision and I am going to get my breast lift soon. So keep in touch and I will do the same. Lets keeping on moving.
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Congrats glad your appt went well. Now you can get your work out on lol
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Hi Ladies! I'm officially 4 months post op and...

Hi Ladies! I'm officially 4 months post op and really excited about this next phase. I made it through Thanksgiving/Christmas and all of the fabulous fattening foods without tooo many issues. LOL. I do continue to swell. Case in point my grand baby came for a visit and the side were I carried him on my hip paid for it. My waist was swollen as well as the outer thigh/hip on that side. Over all I continue to go down though not always even. I still wear my compression garment when I work out and my lifting is back where it was before the procedure. The hardest part for me now is to get the diet/eating portion back under control. I never realized just how much people over indulge in food during this time of year! I was called a "food nazi" for trying to eat healthy for goodness sake. It's not my style to force or talk about my fitness goals but a lot of my friends/family/acquaintances hadn't seen me since I dropped the 75+ lbs. Some people were genuinely happy but some folk- men and women- wanted to scratch my eyes out! This has been a real eye opener. For now I'm posting a few photos. I do have a slight stretch mark that occasionally pops out that will be snipped at 6 months. I am very pleased with my results and working very hard to continue to shape my body and become even more fit for this next phase of life! I have a new bounce in my step. My confidence level is through the roof....I honestly hadn't realized how much my belly affected my self esteem. I love my babies but that ugly scar and belly had to go! Enjoy the holidays, I will post in a month.

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Thank you for your story very inspiring. I have been on a weight loss journey with diet and exercise and am at the last leg of it. It has not been easy. I am scheduled for my TT this July trying to push the last little bit of weight off.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORY. I pump iron but will need a tummy tuck revision, plus I've had some bad lipo that needs correction. I won't go back to the original surgeon because I don't trust him anymore. His work seems to be slipping as he heads into retirement. Your doctor did a beautiful job! Does he do revisions, I wonder? And thank you for all the fitness related links. I'm bookmarking them as we speak!
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I'm so glad I read your bio so I will try to be much more patient with my body transformation and the fact that it will be many months before I have my final results. Thanks again for explaining everything, can't wait now for my TT on Thursday.
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