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After 3 Kids and a 100 Lb Weight Loss my Body is Done. - Forest Hills, NY

Hi everyone my name is Dee, and I am...

Hi everyone my name is Dee, and I am 46 years old with three amazing kids (26,14,and 6). My husband and I are done having kids so it time to send my body to the repair shop after 3 kids and 100 lb weight loss it's looking kind of tired.

So, needless to say I've actually been going on consultation for a year, I've seen dr's in NY and NJ.
I've been on so any consultation that today when I went on my consultation with Dr. Sadeh I pulled
up I said " hey, I was hear 4 weeks ago for a consult" which should tell you how many consults I've been on to do that in NY.

The truth is I had a Plastic Surgeon I finally found "THE ONE" that is until today. I saw some great reviews on DR. Sadeh and thought it's a free consult so it wouldn't hurt to go see him. I am so glad I did, you can say I saved the best for last. I left his office at about 1:45 ( my son had a dr's appt today also so I couldn't stay any later) got home from my sons dr. appt and by 4 pm I had a surgery date.

That's it for now I will update as we go along, but so far so good. I will add before pics when I get a chance

Before, During and After weight loss photos

Picture update

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Picture Clarification

All pictures posted are before Tummy Tuck. pictures are from my before during and after weight loss journey.

Nesting

I feel like I'm preparing for my babies to be born again. Got some of my supply's, searching for some freezer meals to prepare, if I don't my husband will feed the kids McDonald's and Taco Bell till I can cook, and I can't do that to my kids!

Shopping for Supply's

So I decided to pick up some stuff I will need and some things I wanted. I got a package of 18 wash clothes for 4$ at walmart I figured I could use it once and threw them out, just to make sure I keep everything clean for 4$ why not. I also bought my first ever ( as an adult ) bikini.

Nerves

Supplies Check
House Clean Check
Shopping done Check
Freezer Meals Check
Bills all paid Check
Kids all sorted out check

At this point if I forgot something it's to late, I'm ready to have a nervous break down so I decided tomorrow I am going to see 22 Jump Street, and have my last good laugh without pain.

showtime

I'm on my way into the city for my surgery will try to update as soon as I can

on the flatside

Hi everyone sorry so late with my update, but I made over to the flat side. They brought me in the room at 2 15 and at 6 I was being woken up suing to bring my husband back. > did wake up early at one point said I was hurting and got pain meds. right away in my iv. It was a rough walk out of the office and even worse ride home through the city and queens during a Strom. I swear if I didn't know better I would say my husband was hitting every pothole on purpose. Had to stop writing this for 30 min so I could go to the bathroom, take my meds, and vomit. I have nausea meds, but my stomach is so sensitive they aren't even working, I have vomited 6 times since surgery . Pain is moderate when moving and mild when sitting down. I will update more tomorrow. Oh I had the best recovery nurse ever. everyone at my doctors office was so great, my doctors excitement and pride in is work and me feel comfortable, it wasn't a bragging confidence it was an " im so excited you are going to look great" he is so adorable. I haven't smoked since 2007, but because of that there was a area on my upper flanks that they would lipo because it would cause a lot of bleeding, you knew this many years later it would still be a problem, but better safe then sorry since I am a little amenic (?) ( low iron) he still did the flanks just lower. So all together it was TT, muscle repair, Hernia Repair, and lipo on upper stomach, lower flanks and inner thighs. Thank you everyone for the prayers.

Correction (pain meds and the worst written review )

sorry for all those words that are spelt wrong or just dont make any sense. Correction to above
I didn't know smoking so long ago would affect this sugery and because of that he wouldn't do lipo to my upper flanks

pain, pain go away

Disclousure: thisIis not to scare anyone off, you need to understand i am extremely sensitive to pain meds, my case is not the norm.
I have been struggling, between vomiting from the pain meds, and having to stop the pain meds because of the wrenching to my stomach. My stomach feels like it has a 1 ton weight and everything aches extra strength Tylenol doesn't even work on my cramps so it sure isn't doing anything for this pain. I'm praying tomorrow will get better. Sorry to be a Debbie downer, but right now this just sucks.

First Post op visit

Today went great, I didn't get my drain out he said he could take it out, but we decided that since my next appt. was Thursday we might as well wait and be safe. I got permission to shower ( Thank you Jesus ) He gave me tape to put over my incision, and gauze for my BB. On Thursday if is also going to take out any exterior stitches he said 98% were inside and he is going to put something over my BB to make sure it goes in ( I had a huge hernia inside ) Them him and my husband proceeded to make jokes that really hurt.

Shower Day 4 Post OP

Yes, the shower feels great, but I was so exhausted after. here are some pics from after my shower. I was a little heavy with the Neosporin on my BB that's what the greasy stuff is.

Juicing

Is anybody else using juicing for the swelling? I bought a juicer and tried it for the first time today. Pretty good tasting summery drink. Here is the recipe if anyone wants to try it.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups pineapple ( I used what I had left of my fresh and then used from a can )
1 orange
1” piece of ginger ( I used the ground up type you buy in the jar just a little it is strong, I used enough to fill the tip of a teaspoon )
4 oz coconut water

Directions:
- Cut rind away from pineapple then chop into cubes and measure.
- Peel orange
- Cut ginger

- Juice pineapple, orange and ginger.
- Add coconut water to juice

2nd Post Op Appt.

So I had all my stitches removed as well as the dreaded drain ( although mine wasn't in a place that is really bothered me. ) He wants me to start Lymphatic Massages if anybody knows someone in the Queens, Nassau area PM He gave me someone in the city, but it is a hike and I just don't have the energy for that right now.
On a side note I had a walker, but it was my moms (FREE) I used it the first two days then it got in the way, I did use the zero gravity Chair, but only a few times when the family was in the living room trying to enjoy themselves I didn't want to be the sick person in the room so I had it set up in the bedroom. I was sleeping back in my bed by day 3 or 4, but I didn't have an extended TT so that could cause a delay? I'm using Arnica Cream on my bruises, not really helping me, but I'm not very good at remembering to do it. Bath chair seems like something you may not bother to get, you will not have the strength to take a shower without sitting, and even that wore me out, and everything after the shower takes every ounce of energy you have left. I got mine on amazon for about 25$, originally I thought oh my hubby can just jump in with me, nope that wouldn't have worked either. I will post anything else I can think of, but everyone is different so we all will need different items for different reasons. I take 4 Zumba classes a week, 1 pilates class and make sure I walk 10,000 steps a day on my fitbit, today walking to my post op visit ( 1 block from where I parked) a old lady about 70 passed me Geezzzz lol

cramps

Last thing I need right now are menstrual cramps????>l am aways regular even after previous surgeries, so I'm a little worried that it's only been 2 1/2 weeks since my last one. I am also adding some picture of a crease by my bellybutton anyone ever see this or have this?

compression garment

Can anyone suggest a conformable one? I know that may be asking alot, but I can't find any that I like. If it fits my legs it's doesn't fit my stomach, if it fits my stomach it doesn't fit my legs, or the torso is t short . I am spending as much on garments as I paid for the surgery. Please help.. I had thigh lipo so I need for the legs too, I bought one that was high waist but kept rolling down ( no joke that hurt my flanks really bad from those lipo sights.

Lymphatic Massage

First, I want to thank everyone for their suggestion for who to use. I was considering a couple of them, and said let me try to find someone on long island one more time. The thought of driving in circles in Queens or Brooklyn for parking really motivated me to keep looking, plus if the meter only allowed for an hour I didn't feel like getting a freaking 75 $ meter ticket or whatever they cost now.

So, I finally called the nurse from my dr office and she gave me someone in Long Island yay!!!
I have to tell you that was the best 1.5 hours I've had in 2 weeks for the last 30 minutes of it my body felt so good it didn't even feel like I ever had surgery.

When I got there and she brought me back to the room I looked at the table, and thought this lady doesn't seriously think I'm laying flat lol, well she didn't she gave me a pillow for under my knees and raised the head of the bed and gave me one of those airplane pillows. I remained in my defensive fetal position as she put this infrared heating dome over my stomach area, then put blankets over me and turned down the lights and told me relax and rest? by the time she came back my stomach was so relaxed I was able to straighten out my legs, she then started the massage part of opening the main lymphatic drains I thought this would hurt, but it didn't of course I was sore but it wasn't painful, then she did the massage with her hands, after that she did a massage with some heated ultrasound machine. I was in heaven she massaged again with her hands and then put the dome back over me I just wanted to stay there all day.

She showed me how to massage around my incision area ( not on it still to soon ) I got up and stood straight for the first time in 2 weeks, and felt good even had a little more pep in my step. I love her! I bought a package of ten, I went in thinking I was getting 6 that quickly changed after she finished. If anyone on long island is interested in her info PM and I'll give it to you I don't know if we are allowed to post it.

Pictures

wanted to post some pictures still trying to figure out an easy way to do side by side. I did one of my crease to see if it has improved ( think it did a little ) but it took me forever to do the side by sides. Don't laugh at the full frontal one I was afraid to shave close to the incision.

Still Swelling like Crazy!!!

Anyone else still swelling like crazy? I put on my bikini and took it off just as fast, I look horrible. It makes me want to cry. Is this normal everyone else at my stage is posting these great pictures and their tummy's look so flat. I am losing hope.
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Wow your scar is so low! That's awesome. Mine is much higher, I could care less.... But your surgeon did a wonderful job! U look great!
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I am still swelling! Some days more than others. If I put my binder on it makes my hips swell. I'm fighting and infection and it is making me swell like crazy, watermelon belly! I know it's hard but try not to compare your journey to someone else's. It's like comparing pregnancies, they are never the same! Nor are the deliveries. We are who we are. Remember that the projected date to really see true results in 6 months!!! HUGS.
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Your tummy look just like mine! I don't know what others are doing to end up so flat so fast! But I'm sore and swollen still! We will just have to continue through this journey together! You still look great though!
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I'm 3 1/2 weeks post & my swelling is also out of control! Can't wait for it to go away so Maybe I can see some abs! You're looking great!
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WHEN DOES THE SWELLING GO AWAY?????? WE ARE SOOOO DONE WITH THIS SWELLING!!!!
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You don't want my answer lol, I am such a Debbie Downer right now about this whole journey.
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You don't know if it's something I'm doing or not doing, and honestly I swell more with the CG whats up with that? I'm doing everything the plastic Surgeon said I read things on hear and try it. I don't know what else to do. I will post more pictures from yesterday, you can still see the swelling.
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Hahahahahaha I hear ya sister!
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Haha half baked.... I'm with you girls!!! Although I will say.... I never had a compression garment from day one as my PS doesn't believe in them. But I had read comments from u girls on needing them and I panicked and bought tight high waisted panties. With that being said... The days I DO wear them , the tighter panties, I swell terribly. A line where the panties end and a ridge at my incision and it's so painful. On days I DO NOT wear anything, just loose low waisted stretched out old bikini low rise cotton loose panties I have very minimal swelling. This lines up in theory with my dr saying no CGs bc it restricts healing blood flow. That's just my personal experience and 2 cents! ;)
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Hi! I'm abt 10wks and I'm still swelling up! My nxt appt is November but I think that I'm going to go in for an early visit to make sure it's not anything else. I think that my swelling should have resolved some by now. But all the docs on RS says that sometimes it takes up to 6mos. I'm trying to be patient!
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I hear ya on the swelling Chica. We r about the same time. I feel the swelling and see it as well on myself. Just above the incision is my swell. It's still soon. Give it more time. We really did go thru battle. :)
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looking good chica!! how are you feeling?
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I'm doing good, going through some depression over still not being able to stand up straight and swelling is awful. I'm so used to bouncing back fast, I guess I wasn't as prepared as I thought.
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Ditto
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Looking great lady!!! Congrats!!! I have been wondering about the lymphatic massage and how does it help. I see quite a few Realselfers get it done. What exactly does it do?
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Your swelling looks great, as in not too bad. =) the incision seems nice and low and very thin. I think you are going to be very happy.
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Here are some suggestions for cg's: Leonisa makes several. lipoqueen.com has 1 called Vixen. For the first 6 weeks I have been wearing the binder from my ps (per his instructions) over top of and seamless compression tank and then separate compression bottoms (flexees or maidenform) I also like Soma's. A few people have suggested th fitness waist trimmer, Wal Mart carries then and they are adjustable. Hope this helps. :-)
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Thank you so much I am going to look into those. You are so sweet for taking the time go respond
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Thanks I'm going to look into these, I think I like the idea of two separate ones, that might just be the prefect idea for me. I am kickin myself now for not thinking of it myself a couple hundred $'s ago lol
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Congratulations on your TT! Your transformation is amazing and you look beautiful.
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Hey, thank you for your post. I love you new tumy tuck. Yes the lower back fat, is irritating me so much. I have so much and it really takes away from your sexy new tummy tuck.
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Hi! I've never seen a crease like that but I had a dent on the side of my BB when I first got my surgery and I was worried abt it. I'm now 7wks po tomorrow and you can barely seen it. The doc told me that I was going to smooth out over time and it did but it took abt 3wks for it to be less noticable. Just ask your ps what's going gone with the crease and he should be able to tell you something. It might take time for yours to flatten out too. Take care.
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I did and I love him, but his answer was that he has never seen that either. Suggested I start Lymphatic massages which I did today, I think he is thinking it will works itself out.
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My ps told me to start massaging above my scar for the lump, I will do that just so I don't have to get something else done! I hope it works!
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Wow! Your before pics really weren't that bad, but the improvement in the first post-OP (not swollen :-) is incredible! Your waist is tiny. Love the bikini too- been at least 25 years since I've had one of those- we'll see how they look after my TT on Aug. 1- or more accurately, next summer!!
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