41 Yrs Old, 2 Kids, 2 Emergency C.sections and Major Muscle Separation - Gold Coast, AU

I have been contemplating a tummy tuck for 5...

I have been contemplating a tummy tuck for 5 years! Finally decided to take the plunge but wanted to make sure I was totally comfortable with my body before embarking on something so big! Its a huge commitment physically and financially but for me mentally I had to be prepared. Im lucky as I have a very supportive partner andmy friends hv been great too :)

I had a bit of lipo too! small hole closing from TT incision

Forgot to mention that I had a small amount of lipo done on my outer thighs. Hardly any...just the small pocket of fat on each flank that I couldn't shift. Just to make my shape a bit more evenly rounded. I'm curvy with a bug bum which I am comfortable with but always hated that bit. The lipo has been not really on my radar as far as recovery is concerned. There was quite a bit of bruising and aching. But it was bearable. Still a but tender to lie on my side but getting there.

5 and a half weeks post op TT and small amount of outer thigh lipo

New photos showing my thighs as well. Still curvy but much better curve rather than the pocket of fat I had sticking out! One more week to go of having tape on and wearing my garment. I put my back out a week ago..... Not being able to stretch properly for weeks really does take its toll! Feeling a bit better but really need a massage. Am going to get a lymphatic drainage massage esp for my thighs as even though most of the bruising has gone they are still tender and its uncomfortable to lie on my side. My thighs still get a bit tight and stiff esp by the end of the day. Tummy feels good though. Bit achy by the end of the day but I'm a lot more flexible and feel a bit more normal!

6 weeks post op. tape off and scar all healed :)

Finally my tape is off! Feels strange to have exposure! I tried to not wear my garment for 2 days but it felt a bit odd! Still gives me support and I feel a bit more comfortable with it on at the moment. Feeling a lot more flexible and starting to lie more on my side in bed and can finally lie flat on my yoga mat and do a few stretches :) starting to put rosehip oil on my scar tomorrow now that the home at the front us completely sealed and irritation from tape gone. Hooray!

back pain :(

Not great but I have put my back out TWICE in the last 3 weeks! Think it takes its toll doing no exercise and not engaging your core like u r supposed to! Have see my Osteopath and have to go again on Monday. Day 3 of heat packs and pain killers and tiger balm. My tummy seems a bit swollen too which is odd but I am a bit stressed and uncomfortable :( going to see a sports physiotherapist (as recommended by my Osteo)once my back better to get a special program done to ease into exercise again under supervision. Can't wait! Had such a good positive recovery with my TT that I'm bummed that its my back that's giving me issues!!! :(

before shots finally! better late than never!

7 and a half weeks post op appt today with my surgeon. All looks good. My small hole that's not quite sealed started bleeding last night. I was a bit panicked about it! But the surgeon said he's not concerned as its where the 2 incisions meet and there's more scar tissue so taking its time. He said it should just heal itself and not to do anything. Fingers crossed! Still some swelling above my incision which is normal and can take months to go down properly he said. Otherwise he's very happy with the results as am I! Especially when I look at the before pics! Apparently 1 litre of fat from my thighs (combined) and a couple of kilos of skin from my tummy! :)

compression garment (about 2 and a half weeks post op)

This is what the garment looks like. I had the long one because of my lipo on thighs. Its crotchless and bumless so you can go to the toilet without taking it off. Hence my knickers on the outside!
Brisbane Plastic Surgeon

Brilliant. Professional and reassuring. And he has done an absolutely amazing job!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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You look good!!! I bet you feel wonderful!
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I do thank you! Except my sore back :( and still a very tiny hole to completely seal. But I'm very happy with how it went and looks :)
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Would you care to post a pic of the compression garment you mentioned recently in a post?? That has the eyelet and hook closing... Your scar is looking great!
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Sure! Will do it now :)
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Done. Hope that helps! They were ordered through a medical company via the PS clinic.
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Thank you!!!
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Your tt scars are nice&thin. You look Great! Sorry about the back pain. I hope the therapy helps Prayers
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Thanks Bella besos. I have been really lucky with my recovery and healing! I expected my scar to be a lot thicker and redder so its been a bonus to have it heal so well so quickly :) now once my. Back is sorted I will be ready for exercise and a new swimsuit!
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YW! I do hope you can get in that 2 piece,1 piece for me is no FUN! Take care and have a good weekend.
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My surgeon said he can't get rid of all my stretch marks as I don't have enough loose skin to stretch down...he said he can get rid if the lower half of my lower abdomen and stretch the rest down which will still mean stretch marks..were you able to get rid of yours? And can you hide your scar easily with a bikini/low jeans ect?
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I basically had lots of stretch marks from my BB down. I'm lucky as the skin above my BB was scar free and smooth so my tummy looks pretty nice! I still hv stretch marks on my hips and thighs etc! In fact everywhere! I tried my bikini on Sunday as we were at the beach. Because my scar goes quite high fh on my hip my bottoms didn't cover it. You are not supposed to have the scar in the sun for a good year so I may invest in a tankini or one piece for this summer! I love having a brown tum but I want to have this scar faded and flattened asap! Been using organic rosehip oil on it for the last week which has been great. I did try in some jeans...scar hidden but my tummy is still sensitive especially now I'm not wearing a garment. So sticking to cotton yoga pants etc until its less sensitive :)
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Looking great!
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Wow. Congrats on an awesome tummy! I'm also on goldie and want to get a TT. I can't find many reveiws on the local surgeons here regarding a TT so I don't know who to go with...was thinking Dr Layt...but I'm not sure. Did u do much looking around before u chose Dr Doyle? What made u choose him? Also, how many nights in hospital? Thanks so much for your time and great info :-)
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Thank you! I'm pretty happy! I did online research for a plastic surgeon. Lots of scrolling looking at pictures and forums etc. Dr Doyle is based at John Flynn which I saw as only being a good thing. I had an appt with him in January with my husband and got a very good feel. Felt that the staff were very professional etc and rang back in April to book :) He's done an absolutely amazing job as you can see! I will get my 'before' shot in a few weeks from the clinic so you can see the difference! My quote had one night included at john Flynn but I stayed an extra one ( not cheap!) Just to give me another day to feel a bit more coherent and able before facing my kids! The first week I needed help with EVERYTHING! second week better and so forth. I had 6 weeks off work and I was thankful for that even though i was bored the last 2! Its a slow recovery but I wanted to be ' normal' on my return not 'just coping' if that makes sense. I had a look at yr profile ( boobs look great by the way!) And if I were you and u r happy with the surgeon u hv used already then stick with him. But Dr Doyle was great yes :) hope that helps!
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Thanks for that mangobark xxx
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You look amazing!!! I am 4 days PO and I have lots of swelling, did you have much swelling in the beginning?
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Hi capergirl! Thanks! Its been a fairly positive recovery for me. I did have swelling but I wore a binder from the very beginning (with drains). In fact I already had it on when I woke up from surgery. Then I had my garment on within the week which I wear for 6 weeks. I would hv had the garment on me the 2nd day (with drains) but it was the wring size so they had to order another hence waiting a week. The garment is a lot tighter than the binder but more comfortable as not so bulky. I'm surprised u don't gv a binder or garment as that is the reason for it...to help with swelling :) I have been able to shower since the first day as my incision was covered with a glue tape called prineo. It looks a bit like craft tape and is on for 3 weeks and totally waterproof! You basically heal while its on and less risk of infection. I think my swelling is probably down to only about 20% and that mainly in the evening and some in my thighs. I'm definately a bit softer all over though from lack of exercise! Lol. But will be slowly getting back into the gym soon :) I will have a look at your profile!
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Thank you, my PS says there is no need for a garmet with the drain in because they are both doing the same thing. Every dr is different and I've done lots of research and there are mixed reviews:( I just feel like maybe I would not be swelling as much with one on, lol. Can't wait for the drains to come out. You look wonderful!!
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Hang in there! My drains got taken out on day 6. Its a huge operation and lots for your body to deal with. Everything takes time. Just keep moving and nourish your body. Rest and no stressing :)
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Your healing nicely and look super! Really!!
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Thank you! I'm pretty happy :) yours looks fantastic too!!
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My stretch marks are all below my bb so I'm hoping they'll all be gone! My pre op is in 2 weeks so I'll get solid answers then..I don't think anyone who signs up for a TT is allowed to be squeamish, lol
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Well no! Actually generally after having children all things squeamish and inhibitions are no longer! Lol. How exciting for you!! Will look forward to your updates. I will post a piccy of my incision scar when I change my tape in a few days :)
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You look amazing, do you have before pics?
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They took some at the clinic so will c if I can access them to post :). I am lucky as I have pretty good skin and all my stretch marks started at my belly button so most of those have gone!
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