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- updated 2 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $11,000
- Diane I. Duncan, MD, FACS (Fort Collins, CO)
You ever look in the mirror and all you think is...
- 10 Jan 2013
- 25 days pre
You ever look in the mirror and all you think is "yikes, what happened to me?" That is me. I warned my husband 6 years ago when our first was born that this was going to happen. I am my mothers daughter so I got the stretchy waist that, well, didn't stretch back. I seem to gain weight in my waist first and the loose skin just gives it more room! I had both my kids via c-section so i have scar tissue built up on one side more than the other. Here i am 3 years after my second and I finally decided to schedule my tummy tuck, muscle repair and lipo of the bilateral flank area. I am 35 with two kiddos, 6 and 3. I weigh 138. I am excited to introduce myself to the new me in 26 days! All I can tell you is "she" is in for a treat when all this is over!
CG/ Bodyshaper question: So my PS says they will...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 21 days pre
Bromelain question...When are people taking this. No, my doctor did not have this on the list of medicines but I hear it does wonders for swelling.
Scared I am going to get sick before the big day. I almost broke down and bought a surgical mask to wear when I take kids to get the flu shot tomorrow. I am not a germophobe but I am starting to avoid some public places like the plague...like kids play placesand the like. Hope this in normal
20 days to go!!
15 more days and I added new before pictures. I am...
- 21 Jan 2013
- 15 days pre
I had my prepop appointment today and I feel as...
- 28 Jan 2013
- 8 days pre
After talking with my PS today I feel more comfortable with her than ever and I think that is very important. After taking another set of pictures of my body she showed me somethings that were quite interesting. I had no idea that one of my hips is taller than the other and that one side of my body carries more fat on the hip than the other. This will cause the scar on one side to be a little higher and she will have to concentrate on one side with lipo more so than the other. I was glad for her honesty bc I wouldn't want to be unaware of this and then sadly disappointed later. She said to still bring in my best bikini that sits low to see what she can do with scar placement. Out of all the pictures I have seen of her work I don't see this being an issue. She also mentioned something else that I found interesting...she said that for at least one year she would suggest covering my belly at the beach or pool so it doesn't burn. She had a patient who didn't follow these instructions and burned pretty good and it created a black spot on her tummy where her skin died. Since I burn easily she said to wear something that has an SPF barrier. I love my bikinis but I plan on protecting my investment this summer!
On the home front...I have all my kids valentines cards purchased for classes, husbands gift, teacher gift and one for my mom (for helping out)and the kids of course. I still have one week to go but I am feeling pretty good about where I am right now. Til next time!
My nerves are on high alert today. All I can think...
- 4 Feb 2013
- 1 day pre
All this waiting has been a bit of a blessing though b/c it gave me time to visit this site (a lot) and prepare myself with all your amazing stories and experiences. I know, generally, what to expect and that is a GOOD thing. One thing that I am excited about is wearing my pj's/yoga pants all week (and more). I also bought one of those sports bras that zips in the front so I don't have to clasp my bra in the back...excited to wear that too! It's the little things :)
I can't believe it's here. The 5th of February...
- 5 Feb 2013
- Day of treatment
Here's a new pic. I'll update my experience when...
- 8 Feb 2013
- 3 days post
I went in for my tummy tuck, muscle repair and...
- 12 Feb 2013
- 7 days post
Post op day 1: muscle spasms, hurt to move, take five minutes to get to the bathroom...that's about 10 yards. Husband had to put a suppository in for me (that's love alright) it had anti nausea meds in it, lipo hurt worse than muscle repair
Post op day two:recliner is just another form of mid evil torture, muscle spams not as bad, lipo area hurt like hell, fatigue and quick breathing on the way back from bathroom, lower back supports everything and I feel like I can't manage the pain it brings, only eating crackers, just want sleep, wishing i could take it all back, saw doctor...she took off CG and I felt like my belly fell on the floor and that was a scary feeling. They changed my bandages and put CG back on. Doc was proud of her work and said I would be too.
Post op day 3: appetite still gone, peeing is hard bc my bowels are waking up and pressing on everything with major gas, gas keeping me from breathing deep bc I have CG and muscle repair pain. Tired and sleep most day and night
Post op day 4: gas is soo bad. I cried a lot bc I couldn't breath. Back is swollen from lipo. My biggest problem was gas and pain from it. Later in the day I was able to let out a big portion of it and yelled out hallelujah and everyone in the house cracked up. I could eat now.
Post op day 5-7: each day I walked farther or faster than days before without fatiguing as bad. My appetite came back and by day 6 I was eating normal meals but in smaller portions. I am able to stay awake longer. It if I am up too long I listen to my body when it tells me to rest. When I sleep at night I find myself jerking an arm or hand or foot in the air...something I never did prior to surgery. I dream really good dreams normally but my dreams lately have been pretty cool. I attached some pics for the last few days. I am swollen ESP in the back but when it goings down I know I will be happy.
Yay! Got my my sutures and drain removed today! It...
- 14 Feb 2013
- 9 days post
I drove for the first time yesterday...I waited as...
- 20 Feb 2013
- 15 days post
I haven't been on here in awhile but wanted to...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 1 month post
My Doctor: Diane I. Duncan, MD, FACS
I did a search for doctors in my area and looked at many pictures of their work to see their artistic style. I loved what I saw from Dr. Duncan. As an artist myself I liked that she took pride in her work and spent more time with her patients to make sure she did her best. She positively is the best at what she does or she wouldn't have gotten so many awards. Simply amazing that she spent an extra hour with me while I was under so she could get things perfect. I was not charged more for that hour (except by anesethiology) and I am excited about my results. Her bedside manner is great and her staff has always been wonderful. 100% recommend her.