I am so excited. I went to one doctor for a...

I am so excited. I went to one doctor for a consultation and I looked for free consults because I feel that they should be free. This one doctor I guess didn't take me seriously so he spent about 5 minutes with me and I got a quote for over 10000. I wanted it done but I wanted to shop around. Then after speaking with several doctors I found one that had great bedside manor and he took his time with me to show me. I am a nurse and I didn't want him to know that because this changes the way people speak to you but he treated me with respect and he wanted my business. He is wonderful and I really love that he took the time with me and his price was lower and I feel much better in his hands.
Hey! Your date is right around the corner!! Good luck!!
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I'm glad you found one. I am a nurse too. Yes I did shop around. 2 out 3 doctors Ive seen quoted me almost the same price but then one doctor who is 2500 $ more has the technology that supposed to be good. So I choose that doctor. But was not happy with the staff. As soon as I put my 10% non refundable payment. They were not returning my call nor respond to my email. A day before mu pre-op visit they're calling me that I need to bring the remaining balance of 9k. Contract says full payment must received 10 days prior surgery. I'm supposed to have my surgery June 4 for a TT. I guess the doctor was okey when I saw him during consultation. Now I'm confused. I don't want to loose my down payment but I'm not confident with the office staff. What would you do.
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I know how u feel. I can't wait to have mine in Nov.
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Getting ready for my big day

So I am getting ready for my big day. I can’t wait for it to come!!!! At this point I am sick of talking about it, sick of preparing for it and I am ready to just get this over with. I have prepared a preop checklist thanks you YOU GUYS suggestions and help and I have almost everything I believe I will need. I am so excited to get rid of this flab and cross over to the flat side. I am just trying to spend as much time with my two little girls as possible. I am already getting emotional because my youngest is just 8 months and I am really sad I will not be with her. I have never been away from my kids this long and I am not sure how I am going to handle this emotionally. I know I need to recover and I am giving myself two full weeks without them and two additional weeks with them here and help available. The last two weeks I pray I will be able to get around by myself. If not I will ask my family for more help. I am so nervous, anxious, excited, scared, terrified, amazed, thankful, grateful, and humble. I have been praying around the clock and I am hoping for a speedy recovery. Here are some more post op pictures and these are the last ones I will take until my big day. Can’t wait to see you guys on the flat side!
Godspeed Mskitty, Wishing you a succesful surgery and a happy recovery. Its your turn, see you on the flat side!
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:) tomorrow is your day!!! Keep it together, you'll be in good hands and we're all thinking about you.
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Hi Misskitty0330.. Just wanted to stop by and wish you the best. All will go well. You will be on the flat side and be happy with your decision and results. I pray for your surgery to occur without incident, every incision and stitch in its proper place, no pain or discomfort, speedy recovery and a quick return to your girls. Give it to GOD and you you are in the best hands. See you on the flat side... Looking more fabulous than you already do...
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PO Day 1

I am glad to be at home!!! Yesterday I got up and showered with Dial soap, no lotion nothing at all and I put on my loose clothing as we were on our way. My granny is a nurse so she took me and she is taking care of me until I can do more. We went in. I got prepped. He made the markings on me and we discussed what he would be doing and where. I went to pee and then to the OR suite. I was nervous but at the moment It was all in Gods hands and I was simply praying. The nursing staff was so warm and friendly. Once she put the IV in I heard my PS say compliment them on how my arms were positioned.... and then I woke up fully clothed with wraps and a nurse in front of me with a cup of water. It felt like I had my dental surgery and I wasn't in pain, rather I was sore. I was wheeled to the car and once in the car I just felt really sleepy. When I got home I walked inside and I was surprised how straight up I could stand. I learned quickly I can only stand erect with pain meds in my system. I took my antibiotic and my pain meds and my Colace and I sat on the sofa. I didn't even make it to the recliner I had all set up... I was comfortable there. I got sick to my stomach twice and it was painful. I tried to splint my stomach so it wouldn't hurt, but It was hard to hold a pillow to my gut and throw up and avoid the carpet... lol. After that I used the antiemetic and I felt somewhat better. I have no appetite. I have been drinking water. anything else has made me sick to my stomach. I am now lying in my California king bed with tons and tons of pillows and I am feeling a little better. I am just walking to my bathroom and back to bed. I am draining pretty good but gosh I am soooo swollen!!! I wish it would go away. I will take turmeric soon to help with that. I have arnica gel but I am going to wait until Wed when I have my 1st postop visit for my PS to give me the go ahead to take off and then put back on my binder. Here are some photos. I look a mess!!!!
Get some rest and happy healing!
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Welcome to the flat side... :) I'm glad all went well. Thanks for sharing your journey. Please keep us posted.
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I'm glad you're doing well. Praying for you to have a speedy recovery.
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PO Day 3

Yesterday (PO day 2) was rough. I was tired and I didn't feel all that well. I really hadn't slept and I was all over the place and restless. I was emotional because I miss my two little girls and to top it all off I was swollen and still had no idea what my belly button looked like. I am waiting until Wednesday when I see my PS for him to do the 1st dressing change and then I will be able to see my BB. I am walking more and I am more erect. I had a MR but it doesn't feel super tight like most people described. I guess its based on your body and what your PS does and or how tight he pulled it. I am swollen but I am taking turmeric and I plan to eat fresh pineapple today. I woke up this morning feeling better that I did yesterday. I walked laps around the house and I am glad that I am moving more. My back is killing me and my abdomen I really sore. I have used arnica gel on the places I can touch without removing my bandage. I am trying to stay out of bed because granny is right... it does rob you of strength. It seems like once you get in... you have a hard time getting out. I am deep breathing to make sure these lungs stay open and I stay away from pneumonia. I had a BM on my surgical date but not since then. I have been sleeping on tons of pillows and with ice packs. I cant wait to see my PS on Wednesday. I will update photos Wednesday.
So happy for you, cant wait for more pics. Happy healing
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Thanks!
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It is rough at first but as the days go by it gets easier...the swelling comes and goes..it will be your buddy for a while..I noticed a big difference on how I felt day 4...good luck and take care
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today

No Half bad
yay :) try to rest though, please don't go pushing yourself too hard ;)
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Thank you so much. I'm doing what my body allows!
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PO day 5

Today was rough for personal reasons. . All that aside, I saw my PS. He took off all the gauze and padding and I was finally able to see what I looked like underneath. I am still very swollen but he stated that I am walking better than he ever imagined. My incision is hearing nice and he is afraid I'm doing too well too fast because he doesn't want me to get ahead of myself and over do it. But he is not taking my drain out anytime soon. He gave me the go ahead for a shower... I'm just super nervous since my incision isn't closed yet.. maybe I will try a shower in the morning. I really want one I just need to gather my energy... I love the BB so far . I was praying it wasn't a slit in my stomach rather a cute little hole I have been praying for a speedy recovery. I'm taking it one day at a time and listening to my body
Hey MissKitty! I wanted to thank you for sending me the love but I had to post in your page that you look amazing! Your face looks sooo slim now. Just beautiful! And that picture of you in the mirror! Wow. Your result looks like it is already fabulous! You look very very slim. Take it easy even if you are feeling good. I was feeling good and pushed it and my swelling for totally out of control. Anyway, I'll check back soon. I'm so excited to follow your journey!
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Silversunshine. .. you are an inspiration to me... thank you so much! I may look slim but the scale said 170! Lol... but I cant wait to get where u are... you look good girl!!
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Go girl---looking good!
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PO Day 7

Hey ladies. I am feeling so much better today. No more narcotic, just extra strength Tylenol and ice packs (really helps with swelling). I never slept in the recliner and I have been sleeping in my bed somewhat on my sides daily. I took stool softeners 3 times a day since surgery and yesterday I had diarrhea. Not good. I am walking more... drinking more water (thanks DiamondDreams) and staying out of bed. The bed will hinder you not help you. I still have my one drain in. (sucks) and I am glad I am feeling much better. I never used the gauze I purchased and I think I over did it when preparing.( can never have too much huh). Here are some side by side pics. I am really swollen and I pray it goes down. I know this will be a long journey and I am ready to continue to see results. Its like opening a gift everyday!!!! I thought most of my stretch marks would go away and they did in the front and NOT in the back (sad face). I hate this CG on my face and I have not been able to get my hair done because of it. I spend hundreds of dollars on extensions and I refuse to allow them to get tangled in this CG. I just want to get back to my little girls and back to feeling fabulous. I took a shower!!! (yay) it sucked me of all my energy and I am taking it slow.... Cant wait to update you next week
I never thought of that - that my bellybutton could be a little off center because of uneven swelling. Now that I look - this is EXACTLY why! Thank you for this advice! You're looking better and better every time you post pics. I love the balloons and ribbons xoxo
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Thanks! Didnt want to expose too much.... lol. I can't to swelling goes down so I can really see results! Xoxoxox
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PO DAY 10 ish lol

So I went to see my wonderful PS today. He removed all staples and cut out sutures. He looked at drain and said he will take it out Monday. Yay! He also said swelling will go down another 30-40%! Once I add some exercise things should be good to go (I asked about a revision if my back fat wasn't sculpt enough for me. I went to the grocery store I figured the walking would help now I'm super tired. Here are some photos. My right side is still more swollen than the left side and bb looks off center. Cant wait to see the progress as time goes on

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My ps also said incision will drop with swelling :( still wish it was lower.
Mskitty, you look great. Im 9 days po br and tt. Everyday better. Great your granny was there to help you out. Thats so sweet of her. Heal well
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Thank you so much. Happy healing to you as well! It gets better every day!
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Ps is right the swelling will go down and you will be amazed at the difference...Looking great!!
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po day 13

I woke up feeling good. Did a mani and pedi... facial.... I feel good. Looked in the mirror and felt brand new. I love it and its just two weeks! Here are some pics. I tape my drain tubing down and tie it to my legs. Sick of the stares. .. can't wait for the good stares! My panties never fit over my butt. Even in a large. They start to look like parachutes when they fit. My scar is dropping with the swelling. Cant wait to see the final results.
You are looking good mskitty!
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Your new chin looks beautiful! I've always had an awful double chin and chubby cheeks. I'm having a TT soon and I've been contemplating throwing chin lipo in. Are there any risks you were particularly concerned about with yours? One of risks I read we're possible facial paralysis.
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@sunsets....I was super concerned. But anything can go wrong with any procedure. So I trusted my PS and he did chin lipo and some to my lower face to even things out. I love it. I hate my CG I have to wear around my head but I couldn't imagine a flat tummy and a fat face.When I came home I was sore but I could eat speak drink whatever I wanted. The TT and lipo to the flanks was way worse. Think long and hard. Ask your PS for pics of facial lipo as questions. Youre your biggest advocate! Good luck keep me posted
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PO day 14

Yesterday I over did it. I drove my car (although my doctor said Sunday) and I ended up being in the car all day doing various favors. I got my hair done.. Yay, then I realized I had to sit for a while getting it done. I ended up being super tired and my abdomen was on fire! I had to pick up my daughter from grannys because I arranged only two weeks of help and I was not prepared for what was in store. My daughter is a handful and I am glad I have some help. I think I overdid it. I was super swollen and I forgot my turmeric and vit c and other meds at my grandmas house when I decided to come back home. I am too tired to drive back to grandma house now. Then fathers day is tomorrow and my apt to have drain removed is Monday. I am thinking I will either have to drive back and forth or be stuck here. I am still thinking about this one. Granny called and said she got a big bag of romaine lettuce. I am so ready to chow down. I feel better today but Im so paranoid about my baby pulling on this drain. and she grabbed my face where he did lipo and I almost died. My big girl is home today and I am so happy. well I guess I will update you guys again later
Put your feet up and rest a bit!!! It is so easy to over do it!!
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I am its just so hard with fathers day weekend. I'm taking ur advice now. Thanks
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@silversunshine.... I am so happy to see that the incision is doing better. How are you feeling. I love to read your updated....pure inspiration
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PO day 16

Hey ladies. Today was great I'm officially drainless! Yay. I took my 1st real shower and I scrubed all over so many times. When I showered before I kind of just stood there and today I was feeling so good I hit a home run. Yay. I feel so good. I drove again today with no problem. I've moved back home to my apt. Which has steps and ive had no problem. Sleeping much better and I looked at myself and I feel so good. No regrets at all. I love my new body and when I put on this dress today (that I refused to wear pre tummy tuck since I knew ppl would ask me how far along I was) and I looked outstanding! Tomorrow I will clean my house. Shower really relaxed me so off to bed I go
Go girl- all n 1 huh. wish I would have been thinking. You are very swollen but know that it will go away and u will begin 2 c ur results. Dont be like me and become worried everyday that I wasted my money lol
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Lol. Girl even if nothing ever changed I would still be happy today with my results. Baby belly gone. Double chin gone. That's all I can ask for!
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I haven't once felt like it was not worth it! I love the results even if its my final results! Loving everything I see and each day gets better!
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PO day 22

Whoop whoop. I'm feeling great. Sometimes I ache have a little pain here and there but overall I'm great. So I over estimated my daughters weight she was just 18lbs. So I'm lifting her with caution and no problems. I sleep pretty well on my sides (I'm a side sleeper anyway). I simply hate this binder but I hate going without. I call it my love hate relationship. I finally had sex yesterday for the 1st time. Whoop whoop. Too bad I'm still in my binder :( he didn't seem to mind lol. Sticking to my water and turmeric its working wonders! Will post some pics maybe tomorrow the ones I took were too dark and the flash killed the photo.Back to mommy mode cooking cleaning. I use ice packs to help with swelling too. And I use them daily for most of the day and night. Well that's all folks. Pics tomorrow fingers crossed
Happy Healing! Cant wait to see some more pics! What is tumeric?
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It's a spice that can be taken in liquid and pill form. It supports immune health and thru listening to my sisters on the may forum it helps with swelling. Oh and it really works. I take it twice a day 500mg *I hate liquid medicine* and drink a lot of water. So far I'm not swelling too much. And swelling is the pits
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Okay, that cool. Im going to look into it. I dont want to swell that much either, so Im willling to try. thanks
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some pics

Sorry the pic quality sucks! But here are some pics
Thanks. I have added some new suoplies to the list.. Hope ur feeling better
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Have you started scar treatment yet?
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No :/ I haven't even seen my scar yet because its still taped up. I see my PS on July 10th and hopefully I can start from there. I purchased silicone scar sheets and mederma but can't use them just yet. Your scar is looking so good and you are soo flat. I'm so jealous lol but happy for you!
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PO 33 I think

Hello. Its been a little while. I am doing great. Every so often a little sore but nothing major. My tape is falling off and the scar is pretty flat I only saw one bumpy area and I go see my PS on July 10th. I will start scar treatment then. I am doing the marble thing for my belly button and its working. Ive attempted sex lol. Ive been able to carry my 20lbs daughter since week 3 and I can lift her very well. Ive been driving since week 2. Trying to eat clean. So far I'm doing no carbs mwf and tues and thurs no take out or fried foods and sat one free meal. Then sunday I eat 1/2 of everything. So far I've been back and forth btwn 165 & 170. I take turmeric 500mg 2X a day. Vit C &E and biotin daily. I'm trying to walk daily but the rain has killed my free routine. I'm still very much swollen. So here are some pics.
So you've lost 20 lbs since surgery? Has it caused more lose skin? I'm curious about that. Looking awesome!!
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Well not exactly. I was 179 going into surgery (down from 190) and I think he took about 10lbs from me. When I went home I weighed myself I was 169 and I'm flirting in the 165s or so. So most was done before surgery and with my PS help
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Thanks guys. My PS is wonderful.
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4th of july

I ate like a pig for two days. Time to get back on track and after seeing these pics I want to run until I'm soaking wet
Misskitty you look graet
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Thank u so much
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You look so good! I made it but Im sooo swollen , I will post pics soon! Looking good again hun!
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PO day ? week ummm 6 I think

Well I have stop counting the days and weeks obviously and I'm too lazy to pull out a calendar lol. Went to see my PS yesterday. He said I'm ahead of schedule and I look about 3 months post op rather than
For how long did you have to wear the chin strap?
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He said 6 weeks and told me yesterday to just wear it at night and I'm almost 6weeks. He laughed at me because I wore it 24/7. He said he thought I would have taken it off in public but nope I didn't care about the stares I wanted the best results and they are great results!
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Amazing transformation! You do look like a teenager, so crazy. You have a beautiful body. I would love to have you long legs. Can't believe it's almost six weeks for us!
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so I typed all that and it didn't load

Basically I'm ahead of schedule. I can work out no weights or bulking up but I wasn't going to anyway. I've lost weight he told me I look great. Walking everyday sticking to my 1600 calories diet. I feel great. No more facial CG except at night for 3 more weeks. Hair appt today! Yay
You look absolutely transformed!!! Get it gorgeous!!!!
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How long until the swelling went down on your chin?
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Well by my 1st op visit the swelling wasnt too bad. Check out the pics if u can. I would say for sure by week 2 almost all was gone. There is just a little left now.
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PO day ?

Well I got my hair done. I am thankful. I am a little frustrated that nothing fits in my closet from the waist down. I am also tired of being round and not flat. I'm eating pretty clean and working out daily. Here are some pics from the other night. Check out the tummy
I think you look really good!
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Hey guys. Chin recovery is great. I have no regrets and I would do it in a heartbeat again! I only wear my facial CG at night and off during the day. The guy carding me for alcohol told me I look like a baby. LOL! thank you guys SO MUCH FOR YOUR POSITIVE COMMENTS. I'm glad I was able to inspire some of u guys on the chin lipo trust me you will LOVE IT
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You look great!!!! How was the chin recovery? Thinking of doing that myself.
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almost 2 months post op

I had to take out that super long hair ..... it was too hot plus I have on girdle panties and my CG hair is natural. Love the facial profile from the lipo!
Looking good girl!!!!!
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hi! just wanna say you look great.... I'm also having surgery in Greensboro
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I'm happy for you!! Good luck
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almost 2 months!

Hey! Im doing great thus far. Every so often I have a sharp pain in my abdomen on the left side. And also I have some incision pain. I am always so worried about it opening tho I'm sure I'm just paranoid. But I've read reviews in which thier incision opened. Lately ive been eating soooooo bad. I really need to do better. I have been working out some days and some days I just don't have energy or maybe I'm just being lazy. I'm so afraid of getting bigger again. I'm still at about 1600 calories a day but some days I'm over or some days its all brownies lol. Next week will be better. I read one bad meal doesn't make u fat. And one healthy meal doesn't make u fit. Bottom line is I need to work out. My ps gave me a great starting point now its all on me. I pretty much look the same. I still take my vitamins daily (C, E, B, and turmeric) I try to drink as much water as I can remember. I just have so much going on. I'm making some better choices in food. Tomorrow marks a new beginning and I'm ready to get back on track. I'm still in abd binder 24/7 and facial CG at night when I don't fall out and forget! Here r some pics
Looking good, lady.
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You look great, don't forget you are allowed to have a bad day, I also have to keep telling myself that. Happy Healing!
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Have you switched to a different garment for better compression or do you use the white binder?
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its been a while

HEY! its almost 3 months since my surgery date. I'm loving my new body and what that means for me. I am doing well besides occasionally swelling up especially when I eat salty foods or I'm eating junk. I know I need to do wayyyy better but I'm still doing pretty good. I stopped wearing this CG yesterday because all it did was roll up on me. I've been looking everywhere for one that works but my short 8 in torso has made that hard. I am still somewhat taking my daily regime of vitamins *see previous post for what kinds* and in sooo much better when I take them. I am in the process of moving and its been stressful and I've been eating bad. I am trying to work out at least 3 days a week doing cardio and I do good sometimes I don't. I'm Human and I'm not going to beat myself up about my bad days. Here are some pics of just me!
You go girl!!!
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Omg you look so beautiful!!
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U look great. Keep up the good work. U are an inspiration for me.
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You look great!!! Your PS did an awesome job!
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going back for a revision

So after some careful consideration I am going back to get back lipo (my back area doesn't match the front. The rolls are gross and I hate the way it looks and I thought flank lipo would fix it but it minimized it but not to my liking). I am also going to get the fat transfer to my butt hey why not and he said this would be my last chance to really do it. Total cost 4500. Wish I would have done this the 1st time around with the other surgery. Still trying to work out the time off from my new job. Fingers crossed I will get this done in june. If not I Will have to wait until maybe December and I don't want to do it around the hoildays.
You look great, lots of confidence coming through the screen! Very nice!
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Thank u guys for ur inspiration comments. I wish you all the best of luck!
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going back in april

Soooo. After my surgery I was Happy with the results but I guess I had unrealistic expectations. Being that he marked my abdomen and my back rolls for a lack of a better word I imagined the entire midsection both front and back would be fixed. After surgery I was swollen I couldn't tell swelling from fat. After some time the front looks great. I'm very particular so I don't like that my right and left sides aren't the same.the right side isnt as flat as the left in the flank area and the left side has a dog ear. My back fat became evident once the swelling went down.I voiced my concerns and I was assured it would all come in with exercise. But then I was told to only do light cardio to prevent a tear to my repaired muscles. So I scheduled a BACK TUCK (Lol) and lipo and while I'm there a fat transfer to my hips. The quote was 4500 but he dropped it to 4300 and threw in the Obagi skin system and a chemical peel. I wanted and bookee surgery for june so it would be at a one year mark. But with so many things happenening in my life I had to push it up to april 15th. Hoping I get what I want with this revision. I want the front to match the back and I want to be sexy. Oh and I'm not mad about the fat transfer I threw in for my hips and a little to my butt. He said this was the last chance since I really don't have my fat in one place to harvest and I'm pretty much Happy with the rest of my body. Wish me luck. Part II huh lol

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Beautiful! You look great!
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Dr. Trusdale

I love him. He took his time with me showed me everything he was going to do. He discussed the repair he anticipated my need and answered all my questions and made it effortless. I love his personality and he does great work. I saw one woman leaving with her binder off and I was like wow I cant wait until I am next. He is such a nice guy, very educated and decorated and I know I am in great hands.

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