6 weeks update! (Tummy Tuck with MR and Lipo on Flanks, Back, and Chin/neck - North, TX)

Hello Realself world! I'm having my surgery...

Hello Realself world! I'm having my surgery tomorrow morning (omg!!)! I will take pics tonight. I'm 5'3 1/2, weigh 144, and am 39 years old. I have an 8 and 6 yr old. My son was a big boy (9.6) and stretched me out a bit. It's not terrible, but I'm not happy with it and never have been. Even before kids I always had a flabby tummy. I'm nervous about the lipo. I keep reading how painful it is, but I'm excited and ready to get this journey started.

Ouch!

Geez! This pain is no joke and I even have a pain pump. The chin doesn't seem to bother me as much as the MR and lipo on flanks and back. I'm pretty drugged up right now so I'm going to keep this short. I'm scared to look at incision. I'll post pics once I get a chance. In the meantime here's a few of before tummy and chin/neck. My neck looks a little cray cray.

A couple of more pics

It's only been 3 days and I think it's gotten a little easier as each day passes. I'm staying on top of my meds, but hope to ween off them in a day or 2.

Almost shower time

My pain pump is out now so I've been cleared to shower, but I'm nervous about water touching incision.
I've been sleeping in my bed for the last 2 nights. The recliner is not comfortable to me. I'm also starting to itch around lipo areas. I'll post more pics if and when I shower. Thanks for the comments everyone! So glad I found this site.

Finally showered

It was so exhausting that I didn't even wash hair. I'm so thankful I bought a shower chair. Maybe if I stayed on top of my meds it would've been easier. The last time I took anything was at 8am. I'm hurting everywhere, but water running down incision wasn't a big deal at all. Oh, can I just say that my travel head pillow is my BFF? ;)

Happy!

I know there's going to be ups and downs, but I'm pretty happy right now. I go see my ps tomorrow. Maybe I'll get my drain out, but if not that's ok. I know he'll do what's best. Happy healing to all!

So I feel so swollen today

I made the mistake of trying on my jeans and there's no way I could even zip them up. Guess I'll be wearing sweats/yoga pants for a while. This cg is no joke either. I can't breathe in it. I wish I had just a binder. It's so tight I can't stand it. I'm not sure how I'm suppose to wear this for 6 weeks! I went to my sons tball game and then out to eat after. I was so exhausted I fell asleep on the way home. It's now 10:15 and I'm wide awake. Guess I'll be snooping everyone's profile for the next few hours. ;). Oh went to see ps yesterday and they want me to keep drain in until next week. Fine with me. I don't want to have anything to do with seroma.

Drain is dead!

Got that dang drain out today. What a relief not to have to carry that bulb of grossness around anymore. Of course I still have to wear the cg 24/7 for the next 2 weeks and then for 12 hrs after that for 4 weeks. This is doable. Showering is still the most exhausting thing I have to do. Thank God I purchased a shower chair and we have the detachable hose. I'm occasionally still taking meds. Valium before bed and mainly Advil during the day. Don't take the hydrocodone (sp?) very much since it backs me up. Anywho, that's all I got. Goodnight.

2 WEEKS POST OP TOMORROW

Here's a current pic I took today. I'm thrilled and can't wait to see the final result. :-)

3 weeks post op

3 weeks post op tomorrow. I still tell everyone it gets better each day, but still very tiring. I went to target alone today and that completely wore me out. Had to leave most of the groceries in trunk for the hubs to put away. I'm still loving belly. Thought I'd post a pick of scar that I took last night. Of course there's still swelling and I just had a bean burrito. My diet has been terrible!!! And Halloween didn't help. I passed out candy with the hubs and hired a sitter to take kids trick or treating. We all had a great time except that I ate way too much candy and had 2 beers. Bad idea!!! I was so uncomfortable. I tried having some drinks again Sat night and again I was in pain. So very bloated. No alcohol for a while, I hope.

lipo

I keep forgetting to mention the Chin/neck, flanks, and back lipo. I'm def happy with it all. What a difference. There's one area on back that really hurts at times if I stretch arm up to high. It's all still sore but not like that one place. Under chin still feels strange. Oh and stupid chin strap is messing with my tmj. So I'm waking up with jaw pain. Anyway, that's all. :)

SWELL HELL IS REALLY REAL!

I'm so over the swelling and it's only been about a month. I know I have a long way to go, but I really hope it gets better each week. I remember before surgery reading everyone talking about this swell hell and I'm so there. I'm also surprised how I'm still walking like a granny at times. Going to see my ps tomorrow so I'm sure I'll post about that tomorrow. Perhaps some new pics too.

6 weeks today!

Things are up and down with me. This week was better than last week. It seems to be better when I don't over do it, imagine that?! ;-). I've been using silicone tape since week 4. I'm only suppose to use them for 8 weeks. My PS told me I don't need to use anything after that. I suppose I'll use the bio oil since I have an unused bottle. My scar is very flat, but still a little dark and red. I think the silicone sheets are making it red. My hips, bb, and incision area still numb, but that doesn't really bother me. Sneezing still sucks! Apparently I can start working out again as of today. I may start some walking next week. I'm going to take baby steps. I still haven't stepped on the scale. I'm just too swollen and don't want to be disappointed. I guess that's all for now.

Some brighter pics

Brighter pics :). Please excuse messiness.

Seriously, what is going on?

What is this pooch that I have? I'm going to ps office in an hour to find out why I have this fat hanging over my panties. :-(
Frisco Plastic Surgeon

I think it's way too early to review Dr Smart since it's only been a week, but I have nothing negative to say at all. I'm pretty happy and would probably use him again. So I guess that's kinda a review, huh? :)

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Yours looks like swelling in the last pic! I have extra skin below my incision, due to poor elasticity! Yours looks like it will get better over time! Your looking great!
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Thank you! You're right just swelling. By the time I got to ps it was already looking better. Just shocked me to see that.
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Looking fabulous!! I hope mine turns out as awesome as yours. How's your neck/ chin doing ? Mine feels more sore today than the first dauv
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Thank you. Chin is still a little numb and swollen, but I'm happy with it. I too said what the heck I'm going to be under so they might as well do it. Wish I could have had my inner thighs and arms done also. :). I'm freaking out about this tummy tho. The last few photos I've taken I think I look at little thicker than the other photos I've posted. Grrrrrr!!
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Your 6 week pictures look amazing!!
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thanks, amy! :)
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I'm also going to get chin/ neck lipo, how r you liking the results so far? Also , how long before the bruising went away?
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I don't think it lasted more than a week, but we all heal differently. I'm happy with my results. I wouldn't say it's a huge difference, although my husband and some others say they can really tell. I think it just looks like a lost weight. I'm definitely liking pictures of me better than before. I do feel like I look younger too. Good luck!
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You look fantastic
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thank you!!!
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wow looking good each passing week
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Thanks so much!
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You look fantastic!!
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thank you!!!
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You look awesome!!
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Thank you!!
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You look really great! Looking forward to see how my belly continues to transform into that flat belly!!
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thank you so much!
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You look fabulous! Especially for being only 3 weeks PO...wow! Just take it easy and don't push too hard:)
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thanks you and i'm trying, but it's so dang hard by the end of the day!
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You look amazing! I hope my results are as good as yours. :)
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Thank you! So sweet of you to say. Good luck!
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Looking good there! I'm about a week behind you (sx was 24th) I see a little change in my chin/neck lipo because I still see the fat chin,lol At what point did you see a big change?
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I would say within the first week and def by the second. I don't think there's been a huge change since tho. Does that make sense? I'll try to post a pic next time I take one. Apparently wearing the stupid strap is key tho.
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btw my ps told me to use my palms and push gently on neck and push towards ears. not sure if i'm doing it enough or if it's even working. i should really take a recent pic. neck still feels so weird tho.
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