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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

Way to go! Had my TT with the Doc today. He's just an awesome guy and I adore him. He was my first consult and as much as I wanted to book on the spot I had to have a few more consults. He truly loves what he does and gets excited about the possibility of what he can do for you, thats the Dr. you want doing your sx. You won't regret it. I'm in a binder so can't see mu results but I was assured by my nurse that he did a great job. Can't wait for my post-op so that I can see for myself. Best of luck to you.
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Hope you are feeling ok. can't wait to see your pics. I was talking to Mikal yesterday and she was telling me about the two girls on realself that were both having surgery today lol it's funny I was like "yay I was reading their post " hope you are not in to much pain. How is the pain med concoction? That is my biggest fear pain!! I don't have a high tolerance for pain and I don't handle pain meds well at all they make me sick.
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Pain isn't bad if you stay ahead of it. Take your meds 15-30 mins ahead of time.
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Before, During and After weight loss photos

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Picture Clarification

All pictures posted are before Tummy Tuck. pictures are from my before during and after weight loss journey.
Hi Dee....I am having my TT on the same day as you...just got the confirmation on date today...Its all SO REAL now....we must keep in touch...support is everything....what time are you having it...I have to be there at 9am and surgery is 10:30....
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We actually just switched my date to July 2 and I don't have the exact time but it is going to be late so my hubby can pick me up after work which will be about 7:30
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I was suppose to b on 2nd. They switched me. Best of uc luck to u!!
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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.
OMG it's almost that time! You must be so excited. I know I was. Love Dr.S you're in good hands. Go to sleep fat and wake up flat! Good luck
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Excited and About to have a nervous breakdown lol such a roller coaster of emotions
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Congrats on your weight loss! Your going to love your new tummy! Good luck on everything and keep us posted once you've come over to the flat side.
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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.
Good luck can't wait to see your update on the flat side
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The best of luck tomorrow Chica! Congratulations, your wait is over soon! I think the waiting for PS is a terror on the nerves, what a rollercoaster! Sure hope you can go into surgery relaxed and confident! Will keep you in my prayers for a very successful procedure and a quick & healthy recovery! Take care!
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Thank you, and same to you on your upcoming surgery
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showtime

I'm on my way into the city for my surgery will try to update as soon as I can
Good luck Hun! Best of luck. Can't wait to hear how it went
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Sending you the best energy for a safe surgery and speedy recovery. Blessings
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Praying for a speedy recovery!
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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
Welcome to the flatside! I know the first couple of days can be rough. I hope that you have a good recovery. Take care.
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Hi there, I was thinking about you. Sorry to hear about you having a tough time earlier. I hope the nausea passes quickly. Prayers and Best wishes :-)
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Congrats on ur surgery praying u have a awesome recovery
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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.
Sorry that you're having a hard time. Truthfully the pain meds only dull the pain, they don't take it fully away. It will get better. :-) perhaps your ps can prescribe something different. Mine includes a med for nausea and itching caused from pain meds, it's called Vistaril. That and toast helped me with the nausea. Stay strong. Sending you restful energy.
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My day 2 was yesterday. It also sucked. Oh my back. No nausea. Sensitive to meds in the way I didn't sleep till last nite. They make me wired like cold meds do. Finally slept last nite. Feel better rite now. Dr said to shower today. I will get to see my belly. Kinda scared to c it too. U will get thru it. Trust me. Last nite I was feeling regret. Didn't want to cry since it hurts to do so. Lol. Happy healing.
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I hope that you have a much better day tomorrow. It will get better, doesn't seem like it right now, but it will and you'll be saying the same thing that most of us say, "that it was worth it."
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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.
I can't wait to see pics of your inner thighs. I have also lost over 100 pds and my inner thighs really bother me:( happy healing
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I keep forget to take pictures of my thighs, but to be honest they are so swollen they actually look worse. I will try and take some tomorrow if I remember
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Ouch! I feel you. I have a high pain tolerance and the TT is a rough procedure at first. I promise the first week is the hardest. Always have a pillow handy for laughs or sneezing. It DOES get better. Rest up and take care, welcome to the flat side!
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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.
Looking fantastic!
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Showers are awesome! It's amazing how nice it feels when you get to stand and have the water flow over your head...simple pleasures. 4 days post op and you look GREAT!
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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
Awesome! I don't have a juicer, but I do have a Vitamix and have been mixing pineapple and coconut water in it in the afternoon, it's delicious!
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add some banana for a virgin Pina Colada lol
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:-) cheers!
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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
I forgot, I saw your post about the crease in your tummy, I got one also with my first surgery. It was from wearing a compression garment that was too tight and the crease that would occur when sitting in the garment , made an intention in my upper thigh. My surgeon said to to a deep massage daily on the crease by hand or with a roller. Mine took months to go away. This was with Lipo, not sure if it would be the same for a TT. Worth asking your surgeon if a foam board would help inserting in your binder?
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Oh I have this too and was wondering last night how I was gonna deal with that problem. Their is a really weird indentation in my armpit where my tank too will be from the lipo.... But right now it's the least if my worries but I'm happy to read it can be massaged to a degree out.
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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.
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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Thanks I was swollen in that picture too lol. I haven't seen it without swelling either lol
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
the swelling in normal i guess….Iam almost 4 mos post-op from a tt with dr sadeh and I still swell in my lower stomach.. from your pics, you look great!
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oh…lol …some days I am super flat, in the mirror all day in amazement lol…and there are days I am swollen and very uncomfortable and I question why I did this to myself….I just can't wait till this whole "healing process" is complete….
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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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6 weeks Post Op Pictures.

So I went for my 6 wk post op, and I got cleared for exercise, and everything else. I had a few stitches that pop out, it didn't hurt at all since my stomach is still numb. I am still experiencing a lot of swelling, and he promises these aren't my end results. He said some people just swell more and longer then others. I have to small openings one in the front and one on my right hip wear the drain was, so he doesn't want me to start scar therapy yet. Here are some pics... Oh and the crease is gone now

forgot pics

Hope you're doing better w the swelling. Compression garments should really help, but lots of water and low sodium too. Xoxo!
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At 1 month po I was still pretty swollen and at 10 wks po I'm still experiencing swelling. Just this morning when I looked down I thought 'that sure is a rounded belly'. Be patient with yourself. It really does take time and many experience swelling for up to a year. =)
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There are days I wake up flat and feeling great, and there are times I am so swollen I can barely get the binder around myself...lol... Hanging out on this site reminds me how differently we all heal. Hang in there gf - look how far you've come already and celebrate! Your transformation is fantastic! Happy continued healing!
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