WOW! A year after scar revision!!!!

I am 50, mother of 3 children, aged 20, 16 and 13,...

I am 50, mother of 3 children, aged 20, 16 and 13, one with a C-Section. For years I have thought about what it would be like not to have the jelly belly that I have grown used to since my second child. I am 5ft tall and about 135. I hide it pretty well but still, it's like I have an apple in the middle of my belly!

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Just wanted to add that Dr. Hanna is also certified by the ABPS.

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Okay, just a little over a week to go. Got my to...

Okay, just a little over a week to go. Got my to do list. I have a question though. I have two teenagers, 16 half/ and 13 girls. I had planned on having a post op care provider for 24 hours in my home and then 4 hours a day for two more days. For those who have been through this, do you think it is necessary or could my teenagers help, they say they will. But I am concerned about the drains, and my meds esp. the first few days. Any advice?

Oh my gosh, just one week from today and I will be...

Oh my gosh, just one week from today and I will be done! Getting a bit anxious again! I feel so fat all a sudden, I dropped the nightly glass of wine last week! I feel like I have a huge tire around my belly...ugh!

Gee, only 3 more days, if you count the day of...

Gee, only 3 more days, if you count the day of surgery! Had crazy dream last night that my belly button ended up on my side! I am still in shock that Iam going through with it. I have pulled up and squished in my belly for years to see what it would be like to have a waist again, I hope I get one! I haven't told my parents yet. My best friends and kids know but i don't want my parents to worry! I will have to tell them on Monday!

Just curious what's the best thing to...

Just curious what's the best thing to eat/drink the few days leading up to surgery? I have Sunday and Monday to go. Wow, can't believe it.

Oh my gosh, I am so anxious! 48 hours from now the...

Oh my gosh, I am so anxious! 48 hours from now the tummy will be gone and the recovery begins. I am frozen...haven't gotten the house vacuumed or other things that are on the list to do. I have left it all for tomorrow. I am really scared of the recovery now! I think I am going to stop reading all the "risks, etc." b/c it is freaking me out. I want to do this but really having a hard time with electing to do this trauma to my body. I hope I feel as good about it after wards as many of you do.

Well, the home health care nurse just left, she...

Well, the home health care nurse just left, she did a pre op/run through so my caregiver will know what to do. It was very helpful. Having someone here for 5-8 hours tomorrow post op (I won't even get home until 5 pm.) and then from 8-8 Wed and Thursday. Funny, Every woman always wants to know "how much is it?!" I am amazed at how many moms think of doing this. Anyway, got some loose ends to tie up today, my chair was delivered and that's good to go. I have an appointment with my ps at 3 today to go over my last minute questions and then it's time for the show! Excited and nervous!

Well, 3 days post op and everything is going great...

Well, 3 days post op and everything is going great. Definitely glad I had home health care the first few days, when I could barely walk! It was worth the expense, esp. since I am the only adult in my home. My teenagers have also been great. My tummy is so flat and it appears I have a waistline again. I am swollen and bruised, but I dont' care, b/c I know that is temporary. I have had NO pain at all really, back pain the first couple days, but today I stopped Percacet and opted for es Tylenol, I am feeling a teeny bit of discomfort tonight so I may be going back on percacet later, we'll see. Getting used to the drain and still hunched, but walking is easier and no problem getting up and down stairs now. All in all it's good. I will post pics later but I can say I already feel better about myself! Thanks for all the info here b/c reading all the posts and advice has been a real lifesaver. Cough drops, lot's of water and no salt/low salt/ plus staying ahead of the pain. Great tips. Thanks ladies..

Okay, I finally feel a twinge of pain in my...

Okay, I finally feel a twinge of pain in my incision. I think that alternating the Percacet and EX Tylenol may be the reason I feel something. I just took the Tylenol so I have to wait 4 hours to take Percacet again. How long are most of you staying on the Percacet? It's hard to tell if I need it since I don't have any pain when i am on it.

Here are day 4 post op pics. They are a bit scary...

Here are day 4 post op pics. They are a bit scary with the bruising. I actually look better than the pics show, I am pretty swollen, feel like I am going to pop! My kids can't believe my belly is gone and I have curves, they have only seen THAT in pictures and they were taken before they were born1.

I am amazed at how little discomfort I have had. ...

I am amazed at how little discomfort I have had. I will say that I have not missed a single dose of meds, switched to EX Tylenol for the day, and moving as much as possible. We made a chart with all the times for my meds and I set my cell alarm so I stay on top of it. I cross off as I take the meds. I have tried to take all the advice I could from all the other ladies here and I know that has been huge. Not gotten sick either, I always take med with something. The worse part is the back pain from hunching/and where the lipo was. I am much smaller than my pics look, My kids were like, "You have a shape!" Going in for post op visit on Tuesday/at one week.

Talked to PS office today for tip on getting this...

Talked to PS office today for tip on getting this binder on correctly! For the first time last night, I experienced the intense desire to scratch an intense itching! But, I did not give in and eventually it went away! I am day six post op, everything is still good. My appointment isn't until Friday, my drains are at around 50 output. I had trouble sleeping last night, wide awake until 3am! Gee, that is the tricky part! Have a great day everyone!

It's almost 4am, and yet another night of trouble...

It's almost 4am, and yet another night of trouble sleeping. Nothing hurts, just can't sleep. I woke up to the smell of nail polish remover (the joy of teenager girls in the home) and now I am up reading the posts! I am seeing my ps today and getting my binder adjusted as well. My official post op appointment isn't until Friday, but I am excited to have him take a peek.

Drove to TJ Maxx today with my daughter! I needed...

Drove to TJ Maxx today with my daughter! I needed the buggy to lean on as we walked, I feel like I have to explain my hunchiness to everyone! I walk like an old lady or someone about to have a bm right there in the store! Ha., Walking is harder than driving! I can't wait to go to the Dr. tomorrow and get the bandages changed. My drain put out less than 25cc (?) today, who knows, it may come out too. It's 9 days post op, all is well, but I am getting antsy. The bruising from lipo is all the way down my short legs now, really wierd looking, but I assume normal.

Yaayyy! I had my post op visit today, yes 10 days...

Yaayyy! I had my post op visit today, yes 10 days after surgery. PS removed the tape from incision and bb and OMGosh, I can't believe how good it looks! I was like, "Is it supposed to be this easy?" He said, "I will say, you are flying through this quite easily, you get a gold star" I said, "How about a discount for being such a great patient?!" Well, that got some laughs, but no discount. Seriously, this could not be going any better, I LOVE my results and hopefully Monday will get the drain out. He wants me to go 3 or more days with less than 30cc, so far I have gone two days with 25cc. I wish all you ladies smooth sailing...I am so glad I did this. MY PS said, "You look amazing~" I still can't believe it. Binder will be on for another month he said, I am like, "Okay." There's worse things, ...."Hum, like a flabbly belly."

Oh yeah, when I got up to go pee during the night,...

Oh yeah, when I got up to go pee during the night, I could stand up straight! I am almost walking normally now. :)

Okay, so my daughter and i went to see "The Change...

Okay, so my daughter and i went to see "The Change Up" with Ryan Reynolds and Justin Bateman. It was very funny and when I laughed, I had to hold on to her to keep from hurting! It's been a busy day today.

Okay, I am calling the PS office Monday morning to...

Okay, I am calling the PS office Monday morning to come in and get out the drain. I have not put out more than 25cc(?) for the past 4 days and he said less than 30 in 3. So hopefully tomorrow is the day. :) Had a glass of wine tonight, missed it too. Sleeping in my real bed again, but with lots of pillows!

Monday morning, I called the ps office and they...

Monday morning, I called the ps office and they told me to keep the drain in at least another day, tomorrow will be 2 weeks post op. I was down to 25cc, but yesterday it went up to 30cc. I will have to be patient, I will have to be patient, .....

Well, since I couldn't get out my drain today, I...

Well, since I couldn't get out my drain today, I opted to go get a mani/and pedicure! I have gone from 25cc to 35cc out, so I have to give it at least one more day. I took off my binder to shower, but it feels so weird without it on and even though it makes me feel huge, I like wearing it! Different story I am sure when I return to work in a few weeks.

Okay, I have a question for anyone who would dare...

Okay, I have a question for anyone who would dare to respond. It's kinda weird so don't think I am nuts *although I may be! )

Now keep this in perspective, but I have this incredible attachment feeling for my ps. I feel a closeness to him and while I know it's not a "physical" connection, it's entirely emotional, I find it a bit disturbing that I feel so close to him. I felt the same way (and still do to this day, 21 years later) to my ob/gyn, who has seen me through all 3 pregnancies. Do any of you understand what I am experiencing? I know he has many patients and has done this procedure for many women, but why does it seem so special for me? Maybe it's because this is so personal, so exposed, so deep on many levels, maybe because I trusted him with my life and he has done this wonderful thing for me. Am I nuts?!!!

16 Days post op today. Went to the ps office,...

16 Days post op today. Went to the ps office, they removed my bb stitches, it's a little sore. My drain has to stay in until Monday, it will be 3 weeks. They just want to make sure my output stays under 25. Oh well, such is life. I went to work today (not officially), for an hour, gee, I am already tired! It's gonna be a long ride I am afraid. 3steps forward, 2 back. Well, at least I know underneath it all I have a flat tummy hiding!

And another thing, all the bruising is now...

And another thing, all the bruising is now gone!
I no longer look as though I got ran over!

OMGosh, just sneezed, held my tummy tight but...

OMGosh, just sneezed, held my tummy tight but dang, that hurt! It hurts a little more on the left than the right. I think I am being a little paranoid tonight!

Okay, I am really ready to get out this feakin'...

Okay, I am really ready to get out this feakin' drain! I will be 3 weeks post op on Tuesday so I made my appointment for Monday am. My ps. said anywhere from 2-3 weeks and I am just about there! Hopefully I can withstand it the next two days, I am tired of wearing knit shorts! Have a great weekend everyone.

Oh my gosh, it's Saturday, Aug. 13th. I woke up...

Oh my gosh, it's Saturday, Aug. 13th. I woke up last night around 5am and was so nauseous! I had to take off my binder, get a cool cloth and sit up in my chair. It came out of the blue, so weird! The drain site is really, really sore too. I can't WAIT to get it out on Monday. I probably feel the worst today than I have felt since having this done. Everything is sore. maybe because I am moving more, don't know, but It's gonna be a long weekend I can tell. I haven't had any pain to speak of until now, I just feel yucky today!

Okay, it's Sunday, sleep like a rock last night,...

Okay, it's Sunday, sleep like a rock last night, in the recliner though, thanks to Percacet! I am still pretty sore, but better than yesterday. I accidently pulled my drain out about half inch when changing clothes, eek, that was weird, I can't wait to get this off tomorrow. Thanks for all the support. :)

Yay!!! Got the drain out today, Post op 20 days! ...

Yay!!! Got the drain out today, Post op 20 days! It was over in a minute and I did not even feel anything. I saw it in the nurses' hand and I was like, "It's done?" She said, yep. I was in and out of there in less than 15 minutes total!
Over the miserable weekend, I rested and took it easy, so today I am feeling better, going to try not to over do it, going to work tomorrow!

Well, today was my first day back to work! I am...

Well, today was my first day back to work! I am not wearing my compression binder, it's too bulky under my clothes, so I am wearing spanx and as soon as I get home I am putting the binder on. I feel like a balloon! Walking a little stiffly too. But I am glad I came back for 4 hours. Going to go home and take a nice long nap! 3 weeks post op today!

2nd day back to work, 2nd day to come home and...

2nd day back to work, 2nd day to come home and crash for 4 hours! This tt is kicking my butt! Esp. the swelling. I took Kimmers' advice and put ice packs on the areas and it has helped. I actually slipped one of those lunch freezy things between my binder and my underwear (not touching my skin) and it was just the right size to help with the swelling in the pubic area, which is swollen like an orange after standing for a few minutes at work.! Tomorrow i am going to take some with me and keep one on it all day!

It's Friday, Friday, my favorite day of the week! ...

It's Friday, Friday, my favorite day of the week! I feel better today than yesterday, not as swollen, but my skin is warm to touch and dark pink right above my incision, so I am heading to the PS office when Ileave work at 11am. I am curious what/if any is going on. Swellhell, it's so much fun! :)

Saw my PS, said swelling was pretty much to be...

Saw my PS, said swelling was pretty much to be expected given I started work this week, but he did say I was very swollen. He gave me a script for Augmentin for the possible localized infection of my incision, it's red and oozing just a tiny bit. He said I will probably swell for up to 3 months and since I will be 1 month post op on Tuesday, can opt to toss the binder if I want. I asked about the muscle repair he did and from what he showed me, it appears to have been 4-6 inches and all the way up to my ribcage. He also told me that there was no reason that I can't stand up straight and I did it for the first time there in the office, it pulled but he assured me it's okay.

A little bummed, PS says the "infection" may be...

A little bummed, PS says the "infection" may be cellulitis, which would explain my naseua and aches and pains along with swelling and redness in the pubic area. My incision is "weeping" now and I am totally bummed out. I started Augmentin today. It should clear it up...or else I will be back at the PS. No problems until now, but hey, I can tell that this recovery thing is going to be a long and bumpy ride.

Saturday, my antibiotics must be working b/c the...

Saturday, my antibiotics must be working b/c the redness, swelling and "weeping" in my incision area are noticeably less than yesterday. I am so thankful I went in, I thought it was normal and had i waited, the infection could have spread.
Word of caution, don't get too lax in washing your hands while your incision is healing, I think I got in a comfort zone and somehow transferred some germs to myself! Stay alert, even when you feel pretty good.

Okay ladies, I am one month post op Today! Good...

Okay ladies, I am one month post op Today! Good news to report:

~ No longer need to wear my binder/sleeping on my side in my bed/walking upright, not too much pain when I sneeze (yippee), working half days but needing naps in the afternoons,wearing clothes that make me feel good finally and overall, pretty pleased with results.
~Not so good news: Recovering from possible Cellulitis below my incision, it was red and puffy last week, started antibiotics and that has cleared but now I have a hole in my incision!!!! (apparently, fluid has to go somewhere when they take out the drains...gee, I had mine 3 weeks so you'd think that would be long enough! Anyhoo, my ps had to do a little work on me today and now I get to go back next week!

***Hopefully this will be a minor bump in the road, but it sure looks gross! No kidding, this journey is full of ups and downs! I am still very glad I did it though b/c I love my flat tummy.

I am posting new pics, the ones where my tummy looks good and then the real one of how it looks when you get a little hole! (Just in case any of you miss out on this little treat, I wanted to share how wonderful it is :)

I am really bummed about my incision opening. I...

I am really bummed about my incision opening. I mean, I was doing so well, no problems for the first three weeks, barely any pain, nothing, then I get the infection and now this. I know this will delay my healing and it may, may even call for a scar revision later! How did this happen? I feel really down about it. It just sucks! I have a hole in my belly! I have to "wick" out the fluid so it can heal from the inside out. For gosh sakes, this really bums me out.

I am over 4 weeks post op and have been in to see...

I am over 4 weeks post op and have been in to see my ps several times since Friday where I was treated for an infection of the skin. Then, when that healed or appeared to heal, my incision popped a hole in the middle, it's freaking me out, he said it needs to drain out and I am "wicking" gauze to draw out fluid, but I am going back to see him tomorrow b/c this freaks me out.

I went to see my PS again today (3rd time since...

I went to see my PS again today (3rd time since last Friday). He has no idea why my incision did not completely close, but assured me it will and again, he is just so sweet. I am very upset and worried how it will end up looking right there in the middle. He says it looks good, all things considered and at the most, I may have to do a scar revision later, but maybe not. Anyway, he told me to up my protein and Vit. C intake and just RELAX...yeah right! The entire incision is healed and looks good except the very center where it opened! I am getting emotional over this, and I don't like it one bit!

Decided today that I will focus on getting this...

Decided today that I will focus on getting this hole in my incision healed. I increased my protein intake, drinking more water and really trying to put positive energy into healing. Taking nothing for granted. Nothing. Right now my son is stationed at Camp Lejeune NC and the Hurricane is forecasted to hit the coast tonight. I am putting life into perspective!

Well this afternoon I went to get Soy Protein...

Well this afternoon I went to get Soy Protein powder, Protein bars, Vit. C and a multi vitamin. I also planned out my meals so that I am sure to get all the proper nutrition I need. I should have been more vigilant about this aspect. I guess I thought I would sail right through this whole thing. NOT! I really underestimated how much of a toll and much work it is for our bodies to recover from this trauma. I feel a little stupid that I kinda treated this like it was nothing. I have realized my nutrition is key to good health! Please don't make the same mistake I did!

Saturday...Doing pretty well today, staying...

Saturday...Doing pretty well today, staying positive, tracking my protein/diet and hoping for the best! I know this will be okay! Now, if I did not have my "monthly visitor" and this dang yeast infection from the antibiotics I would be dandy!

Sunday, I am excited to report that I can see an...

Sunday, I am excited to report that I can see an improvement, albeit, small, in my "hole" I just wish I had taken the nutrition thing more seriously from the start. Non t/t note: my son, who is a Marine, called me, he is w/o power, no ac, nothing but nasty MRE's to eat, sick as a dog in a musty barrack in NC. Please pray for him. Thanks.

Monday, status quo with incision "hole" thinking...

Monday, status quo with incision "hole" thinking positive here. Good news, my son got power back on at the USMC base, so at least he's doing better now. He comes home this weekend, can't wait to show him my flat tummy! Still very tired and sleeping when I can, I guess that is to be expected!

I don't know if anyone reads my posts or not but I...

I don't know if anyone reads my posts or not but I can sure tell you that it helps me just to put it down! My girls, 17 and 13 are tired of me showing them my belly and turning sideways and saying, "Look, it's soooo flat!" They are still grossed out by the V shaped BB and gauze on my "hole" that they can't see past it to revel in my new body with me! (They are excited for me, but they are still tired of me showing it to them all the time! LOL). I am pretty sure that my hole is closing, albeit still about the size of my BB, but it does seem smaller, I just hope it gets significantly smaller by next week when I go back to the PS. I am down almost 2 sizes in my clothing, I broke down and tried on some jeans tonight and I was so happy that NOTHING rolled over the top or squished beneath the waistband. Ladies, let me tell you, THAT is an incredible sight! If you know what I mean, Let me hear you SHOUT OUT! No jelly belly rolls for us!!!! AND there was a gap in the back, like I might actually NEED to wear a belt with them. Imagine, wearing a belt and it looks like it should! OMGosh, that's been like 17 years for me!!!! Well, going to bed early tonight, full time work, single parenting and tt recovery is wiping me out!!! Hugs to all!

I just feel like sending a huge cyberThank you to...

I just feel like sending a huge cyberThank you to Dr. Hanna, even though he has no idea and I am sure will never know how much I appreciate what he has done for me. Yes, I know he was paid and its his job. But still, he did a Dang good job and I am so psyched that I can wear jeans and a clingy shirt and it looks good! Before the surgery he did tell me that not only would my clothes would fit a lot better but I would need much smaller ones once all the swelling is gone...by George, I think he's right!!!!

Feeling so good today, I love being able to wear...

Feeling so good today, I love being able to wear my clothes and actually look and feel good in them and it's only 5 weeks and I have a freakin hole in my incision! I can't wait until I am fully healed, I know this was THE best thing I could have done. I can't even imagine how many hours I have spent over the years thinking about how much I hated my post baby belly but I don't think I could have done this before now. I just sorta wish I had done ahead and had the Blift at the same time, but for now, a very good-fitting bra will have to do the trick!

Thursday, 9/1/11. I had to go buy some new pants...

Thursday, 9/1/11. I had to go buy some new pants today! I am almost down 2 sizes and I am still swollen, so I am sure once the swelling subsides and I get rid of this bandage on my tummy AND I can't start working out again, I will be down full sizes. I am psyched that I can actually wear something that fits my waist and not hang off my butt! I have gone so many years without a waistline that was as large as my hips that I forgot what it was like! :) Oh, I am posting the pics of my nasty "hole" b/c there's somebody out there who thinks they are the only one who has had a complication and I want you to know you are not alone!

Friday! I am entering the land of swelling and...

Friday! I am entering the land of swelling and the dinner from Chipotle isn't helping, but it sure was yummy! I am so tired too, because I am on the go so much at work, when I finally stop, it hits me right in the face! My son came home for the long weekend, as my screen name suggest, I am a Marine Mom! He is so excited to see my new shape and so amazed at how different I look and feel about myself. I do have to report though that I am definitely getting a little slit next to the "hole" that is closing!. I recall, after my surgery and when the tissue was healing, I had some black-scab thing, and it was very thin. I do believe now that it was dead tissue and now it's separating. Oh well, I see that the other one is closing so I am sure this one will too, but heck, my recovery is going to take a good bit longer than I wanted. I just hope this is the end of the road for me as far as my incision opening! Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Sunday. Feeling very swollen today. Still having...

Sunday. Feeling very swollen today. Still having issues with my "holes" but I do go back to see my ps this Thursday. I have enjoyed having my Marine son home this weekend and sad to see him go back to base. I will be 6 weeks post op on Tuesday. I am glad that this is not the final product I am looking at! Gee, I have at least 4 months to go! :) Chins up ladies!
I am going to remove my yucky pictures again. But if anyone just has to see them, message me and I will send them to you! lol

Monday, Labor Day. I just realized that tomorrow...

Monday, Labor Day. I just realized that tomorrow is Tuesday and I will be 6 weeks post op! I feel bloated, seeing more of my tummy than I would like but I think I had too many diet sodas this weekend. Back to water tomorrow! I am ready to start exercising, so hopefully once this incision hole(s) clear up I can start. I finally feel like I may have enough energy to go!

Tuesday, exactly 6 weeks post op today. I feel...

Tuesday, exactly 6 weeks post op today. I feel fat again! I feel the rolls over my pants too. I will NOT freak out. I will NOT freak out! I WILL NOT freak out! I will (try) to accept that I am entering swellhell....again.!

Wednesday. I developed a deep, sharp pain in my...

Wednesday. I developed a deep, sharp pain in my uppper left thigh yesterday. It only hurts when I apply pressure. I have no other issues so to speak but I called the PS office and talked with the nurse and she felt like it would be okay to wait until tomorrow when I see my ps and have him look at it. Who knows what it is...at this point, I would not be surprised by anything! My "hole" is closing, but there's still a small leak right next to it so it's on we go! I slept with my binder on last night to counter some of my swelling!

Thursday. I had my 6 week post op visit today. ...

Thursday. I had my 6 week post op visit today. Have I said that I love my ps? Oh well, I think I have! I think his nurses are awesome too! Okay, moving along to the things that matter: MY Body! LOL. I was happy to hear that the "hole" is almost closed, it's healing inward to outward and that is good. My "pain" in my groin is a swollen lymph gland most likely due to the incision healing/infection/etc.

I found out something interesting today regarding lipo. I never gave much thought to the lipo before surgery, I had no idea it took so long and was so tedious. He told me that once I got to sleep, they turned me over on my tummy and then he made the lipo incisions in my lower back and then he contoured my hips/flanks! Then they turned me back over on my back and got to work on the tt/MR. Do you know it took about an hour to do the lipo?

He told me that what I am seeing in regards to rolls, tummy fullness is definitely Swelling and not to fret and that by the time I am 3 months most of it should be back to normal. I believe him so I am going to stop obsessing over it. (at least for today that is :))

He also said I was "cleared" to resume all activities (I imagine that would be fun to resume all things if only there was someone to "do" all things with! Okay, I am being naughty!!!. My best friend told me I should ask my ps if he has any cute single friends who are as nice as he is! lol.
I will go back in 6 weeks, at that time I will be 3 months post op and we are going to take the post op pics. Yaaayyy!

Friday. What a week! Glad I can sleep in...

Friday. What a week! Glad I can sleep in tomorrow. I am going to go to the Y and walk on the treadmill for the 1st time since surgery. I am looking forward to it!

Well, I went to the gym today for the first time...

Well, I went to the gym today for the first time since my surgery. I am a day shy of 7weeks. I did not want to overdo it so I just walked on the treadmill at a fast pace at slight incline. I did a little over a mile. I could have easily done more but worried that I would regret it later tonight or tomorrow! I will say that for the first time I was able to wear something that was better fitting and I did not feel like i was trying to cover my jelly belly now that it is gone! I hope that by the time I return for my 3 month post op pics, I can drop weight and tone up some! Six weeks to go before my appointment! My "hole" is very close to closing as is the other little opening next to it. Yayyyyyyyyy.

Day two at the gym. Up to 1 and half miles at...

Day two at the gym. Up to 1 and half miles at level 8 incline. I am purposely NOT pushing myself, but I am sweating so something good is going on. And yes, I feel swollen!

7 weeks post op. The "hole" is just about closed,...

7 weeks post op. The "hole" is just about closed, maybe in another week or so. I am feeling very swollen today, probably b/c I am on my feet ALL day at work, (teacher) I am keeping things status quo right now, and that's good news!

Hey all, it's been two months since my surgery. ...

Hey all, it's been two months since my surgery. All in all I would say it's been very easy, well except for the little issue with the "holes" in my incision popping out at 3 weeks post op. I would say they are healing pretty well. I am hopeful they will soon be closed! Down two pants sizes and still sore from lipo. All in all, it's good.

Pretty much back to normal in what I can do, not...

Pretty much back to normal in what I can do, not really up to working out yet, did it a few days, but just hated the swelling so I haven't gone back in a few weeks. I get twinges of pain, now and then, but overall, other than the soreness still from lipo, I feel great. My holes are closed and now just hoping my scar will fade nicely where the splits were so no revision will be needed. SO glad I did this.

I can't believe I am now 11 weeks post op. Wow,...

I can't believe I am now 11 weeks post op. Wow, the time has flown by since returning to work. Those long days filled with back pain and sleeping on my back seem a distant memory now! I am wearing clothes that fit well but I am still wishing that I had gotten the breast lift too. Oh well, that's for a later date! Cheers to all, I am very happy with my results so far.

I rescheduled my 3 month follow up appointment,...

I rescheduled my 3 month follow up appointment, got so much going on right now. I feel great, finally can jog and work out and not really feel pain or uncomfortable. I still have a flat tummy but can tell I need to bump up the cardio to keep this new body in shape. I will post pics after my checkup in a few weeks. I am looking into having my "girls" taken care of now....we shall see!

I am feeling great~ still have some soreness in...

I am feeling great~ still have some soreness in the lipo areas, my tummy is stillnumb, my belly button is still triangular and my scar is healing nicely. I have a few bumps where my incision split, but that will be resolved in time or with revision. I am not exercising or eating as well as I should and as a result not completely as thin as I want to be, but I am still very, very happy with where I am. I feel great in my clothes and am down about 3 sizes since surgery. I am making plans to have my breast lift and hoping that will help me have a more balanced look! So far, I am very, very pleased. New pics will come soon, nothing looks any different really, except the splits are closed.

Okay ladies, I have a confession to make! I have...

Okay ladies, I have a confession to make! I have not exercised but 6 times since my surgery. I can still wear the smaller clothes, but I am feeling my little love handles trying to escape again! My stomach muscles are hard as a rock *thanks to extensive muscle repair, but I am feeling, well, like an umpalumpa! I know I should not be so hard on myself, but I though I had more discipline than this and I feel discouraged. My son is leaving next week for Afghanistan and I don't know if I will eat myself out of worry or be too upset to eat. Any suggestions out there? My ps said unless I had MASSIVE weight fluctuation this would be forever, I believe him, but I am upset with myself for not exercising.

I saw my ps today for my follow up. I kept...

I saw my ps today for my follow up. I kept putting it off for one reason or another, all is great, I am still sore from lipo, he said that is to be expected for a few more months and b/c he wants my incision to be perfect, he will do a slight scar revision when we do my Breast Lift/reduction. I have two slightly larger spots where my "holes" popped out at 3 weeks. Overall, i can't say enough about the procedure, the ps and the office. It has exceeded my expectations and I am psyched about having the lift/reduction on Jan. 3rd. Happy New Year's to me!!! Yayyyyyyy!!!! They took my post op pics today and compared to preop....I look like a different tummy!!! Hugs to all you ladies!!

I am really glad I did this in stages...I have to...

I am really glad I did this in stages...I have to say you gals who do it all in one fell swoop really impress me! I have found it all so much easier now that I had the ttuck first and the reduction last. I had lipo both times so that still sucks! For those of you who follwed me, you know I had the splits at 3 weeks post op and as a result, my ps did a slight scar revision when we went in for the breast lift. He would have done it at no charge in the office, but since I was going under any way, I ended up spending 150extra in fees to have it done in the or at the same time as the reduction. From what I can see, it looks PERFECT. I am very thankful this has all gone so well. I will post a new tummy pic when the tape is removed next week. I am done though...all tapped out of dough!!! Happy New Year Ladies!

Well, I have a little seroma at the end of my scar...

Well, I have a little seroma at the end of my scar revision, it's almost like a little blister. It doesn' hurt at all, I am sure it's fluid build up. But unless it causes me a problem, I'll wait to Monday to call the
PS office to see what I should do. I knew this was too easy!!!. My boobs still feel huge too! Gee, I went from a DD/DDD to a full C and they are still huge! And why am I complaining??? LOL>

Okay, I have swelling in my belly from my breast...

Okay, I have swelling in my belly from my breast lift and the scar revision. It is still worth it all, but ladies...this is not a walk in the park. I have a slight water belly above my tt scar now, there were no drains for it. My ps. did not seem worried and said I should absorb all the extra fluid, I hope and trust he is correct. Although I will not hesitate to call and go in if I need to. I am very thankful I chose the ps office I did b/c he is amazing.

Good news to report! My scar revision looks great...

Good news to report! My scar revision looks great and healing nicely....last week I noticed I had a little water bed across my tummy, but that seems to have gone away. I hope I am on the upside of this one~ I will post a pic. this weekend.

Hi ladies...its been a while! I am 4 months post...

Hi ladies...its been a while! I am 4 months post op from the reduction/lift. Pleased not to have to wear a bra if I choose not too...but I am still big!!! I guess it may have something to do with the extra 25 pounds I am still carrying!!! My tummy is still flat, but I can feel some rolls for I have not lost a single pound since last summer when I had the surgery....And the worst news of all is my tax bill came for the money I withdrew for the surgeries...ouch!!!!
I am still glad I did them though..whenever I get my butt in gear and get serious about losing this extra weight, i know I will feel so much better.

I hope all is well in real self land!!!

Well....I have to admit ladies..I have not lost...

Well....I have to admit ladies..I have not lost any weight since surgery!!! Still down 2 sizes and tummy still flat...but I have not shifted my eating and exercise habits to the place I had hoped. I encourage you all not to do like me!!! lol...one day!!! I am still glad I did it though.. Wore a two piece in Cabo earlier this month and felt pretty good~ :)

Okay ladies, its been over 9 months and I am still...

Okay ladies, its been over 9 months and I am still working on getting the last pounds off...I confess i am not working at it very hard though. I just can't seem to stick with a program long enough! My tummy is still flat, but because I have such small hips, I have noticed a little roll over my pants by the end of the day...I know i can do this...I just have to get serious!!! But overall...i am still very, very happy with my choice to do this..I just wish i would have done it sooner!!! :)

Okay so I am posting some updated pics of my tt...

Okay so I am posting some updated pics of my tt scar and revision. At 3 weeks post op I "popped" a hole right in the center of my incision and ultimately, led to the revision. I had it under anesthesia at the same time I had my BL/BR on Jan. 2nd of this year. Most of the original tt scar is faded nicely, the revision scar is still pink. My incision is very low which I love. I assume in at 10 months, it will fade nicely.

Okay ladies first let me say I apologize for the...

Okay ladies first let me say I apologize for the "scruffy" pics! I am about 2 weeks overdue for the "waxing!" And the iphone pics aren't that great as far as the lighting is concerned. But, hopefully, it gives you an idea of the progression of the healing of the scars.

Okay ladies of RS....schools out for summer and I...

Okay ladies of RS....schools out for summer and I am going to get serious about getting my body in shape. last year it was all about having the surgery and recovering and now I am focused on dropping this extra weight (about 20 lbs) so that I can gain the full benefit from my surgeries and lipo!!!!! Wish me luck! I'll keep you posted and update pics when i drop that first 10 lbs!

Still very glad I had the surgery. My original...

Still very glad I had the surgery. My original surgery was July 2011, I had scar revision in Jan, 12 and now a year later I am still not where Id like to be but that is largely due to menopause! Gotta love that ladies! I hope one day to post more picsl. Happy New year!
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Dr. Hanna is Amazing! Sometimes you just "know" that a particular Dr. is the one for you, something just clicks...That's how it is with him. First of all, He has excellent credentials and expertise in body contouring, the procedure I had. Secondly, he is so approachable, kind and very compassionate. I always feel comfortable when speaking with him and asking questions. I was really apprehensive about the surgery and he calmly assured me that he would do an excellent job and he did! I had a setback in my recovery and he walked me through it with the same expertise, patience and care that I have come to expect from him~I am now planning on having a breast lift/reduction early January! I highly recommend Dr. Hanna!

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