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Hi y'all! I am so excited to have scheduled my TT...

Hi y'all! I am so excited to have scheduled my TT for 12/28!! After 4 children, my abdominal area is a sore spot for me. I have this pooch that just hangs there. I hate it! My self-esteem is lowered due to this and (TMI ALERT) it has negatively impacted my sex life with my husband. I am always re-directing his hands and I wont let him see me naked. I'm so ashamed. When I initially brought up the idea of a TT to my husband last year,he was very opposed to it. He didn't think I needed it because he loved me no matter what. Well,that's great but I don't love me. A year later and a lot of tears, he's realized how important this is to my confidence.

I had multiple consults. The first one I went to, I broke down and cried thru the pictures. I don't let my husband see me and now that stranger was looking at me standing in those hideous paper panties exposing all my weaknesses. He was very very caring and talked me thru it. I knew there was no turning back. My second consult, I felt more comfortable with the staff and PS and I felt the pricing was more in line with what we wanted to pay.

I am thrilled to be a part of this forum where we can share our experiences, fears and triumphs.

Wow I think we could write each others story's LOL... I have my TT scheduled for the 26th and I also work in an office I can wear what ever I want but I'm praying I will be healed alot. I work with nothing but men and i do believe they notice more than women. LOL. I'm so excited but scared also. I have so many thoughts going thru my head. On top of all of my planning my son will be in Afganistain so that alone scares me. But my husband told me everything will be ok. He has really been great. Well I'm praying for you TT buddy. I look forward to talking to you again. Take care
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So, I know I am not the only one who is thinking about this constantly, right??!! I think I look at this site for new updates daily. I'm so excited and cannot believe that I am finally DOING IT! I went back to Zumba classes to try and lose some more weight before my date. I even make my hubby look at before and after pics! The two things I am most nervous about are: 1. The swelling afterwards and not being able to see results soon enough. I've heard that you look same size or bigger afterwards. That scares me! and 2. If I will be ok to go back to work when I do. I have a desk job and can wear comfy clothes if I need to but my TT is 12/28 and I am planning on returning on 1/7 or 1/8. I deal pretty well with pain. I had my tubes tied and an ablation last December and I was up cooking dinner the next day. I'd love to hear from y'all on these things! Do you worry about similar things?
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Hey PittsburghMaMa I totally know what you mean, its hard to let a stranger take a hard look at the things we work so diligently to hide even from the men we love! Congrats on setting your date I'm scheduled for the 27th just the day before :)
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So excited that it is getting closer!! I'd like to...

So excited that it is getting closer!! I'd like to hear from some folks about the post-surgery swelling. I see some variation in people. Some complain of swelling for weeks others not so much. What has your experience been? I'm so excited!!!

I also need to start making a list of things I will need while I am down and out. Ideas? suggestions?

I have not told my family as of yet. Not sure I will actually until it's over. I would feel bad doing it that way but I just don't need the negativity.
Does this doctor have a website? I cant have his contact info?
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You are 2 days behind me! Good for you! I know I'm so stinking excited!!!! Like you my husband and daughter are the only ones that knows because u know everyone else will be negative about the whole thing but I'm happy happy happy . Good luck and keep me updated.
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Gosh it's 1210 am I can't sleep. I need to be at...

Gosh it's 1210 am I can't sleep. I need to be at the surgery center at ten am so thankfully not too early. That's all the longer I can't have a drink lol. Sooo looking forward to this

I will be thinking about you tomorrow.

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Thank you! So excited and nervous
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His practice is called Artisan
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Sitting here in pre-op. Yikes I'm really doing...

Sitting here in pre-op. Yikes I'm really doing this! See ya on the flat side tt sisters!

Home from surgery. In some pain. Resting up. The...

Home from surgery. In some pain. Resting up. The plus side is my sweats falling down when I was scooting to the potty. Hot damn!

You are going to do absolutely wonderful:)

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Gosh I was so sick last night. Nausea and vomiting...

Gosh I was so sick last night. Nausea and vomiting all night.
Any advice for nausea and vomitIng?
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Oh goodness!!  Keep the diet mild and acid free.   Sip on some sprite or 7 up, eat soda crackers and try not to lay flat.  The stomach acids come up more when you lay flat.  Keep your head elevated for a bit.  Also there are medications your doctor can give you for the nausea.  And trust me they really help!!!   Also make sure to have something in your tummy before taking any pain meds.  They will tear you up and make things worse on an empty tummy.

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Well I have managed to keep toast down. This...

Well I have managed to keep toast down. This morning I feel like I got beat up. With a bat. in my back. I have a heating pad on my back.

Between bracing for a cough and needing to poo I'm...

Between bracing for a cough and needing to poo I'm hurting! I brace for the cough but I feel like I'm splitting open. Anybody with tips?

The cough has subsided for which I am extremely...

the cough has subsided for which I am extremely thankful. Everytime I coughed I had to brace myself and truly felt like I split open a few times. Still waiting on a BM but I feel things stirring so I think that may be soon. I think my concern is that I think I look pudgy. Is it the swelling or did I just not get the result I had hoped for? Does anybody else feel that way? If so, how soon did you start to see your new shape? I'm trying not to be discouraged by the pudge ball belly I have ha ha. On the upside, my hubby washed my hair this morning, gave me a spongebath and even dressed me. He is trying to be reassuring about the swelling telling me it will pass. He did point out to me that prior to my date I would read him notes from this site about how people didn't truely see the finished product for weeks. Now he's wondering why I didn't listen to myself. Hey, we live in an instant gratification world right?
By the way I love stuffed cabbage, you can't get it here in the south.
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Lol. I love it too. Just don't wanna look like one
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Thanks Ladies!
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Seriously never thought I would start a sentence...

Seriously never thought I would start a sentence like that. I have some blood where one of my drain holes are and it looks like the stitch is on the drain tube. Anybody have that? Other than that I'm swollen!!

The top of my abdomen is super swollen and tight....

The top of my abdomen is super swollen and tight. I feel like I'm very pregnant or have a large watermelon in there. I haven't had a bm since last Thursday. My tt/Mr was 12/28.
My swelling seems bad on top right part of ad Abdomen. I guess wondering if normal...
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I'm not sure what advice exactly you are asking... if it is help with bracing for the coughing.. hug a hard pillow ight to your abdomen then cough. The stich on the drain hose is normal, mine had that too..that is what hurts when you accidentally tug on your drain hose :) The swelling is normal, and everyone's body reacts differently and swells diffrent amounts.. drink lots of water and avoid sodium. Its a long process but very worth it.. each day will get easier, I promise :)
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My drains were stitched, thru drain and skin, this way they can no move much! My swelling was worst days 4-6.
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Had my first post-op appointment today. The day...

Had my first post-op appointment today. The day started out with me crying because I look like a blubber belly and feel I look like I did before surgery. I felt I was abnormally swelled and was doomed to look like this forever. Fast forward to my appointment where she removed my lipo sutures on my sides (pinchy) and then my drains. I was so worried that she would say that I would need to keep them another week but she said let's get them out I was like YES! It hurt when she snipped the stitches from the drain tube site and it did burn/sting a bit when she pulled the tubes out. I told her it was like when you get your eyebrows waxed - the first brow is a little unexpected but you kind of brace yourself for the second brow. lol. when we got to the second drain I was a little tensed up. I cannot believe the difference having those stinkin' drains removed made. She also said my swelling was normal and my stitches looked good. She gave me a panty-style garmet to wear but said to wait until some of my swelling goes down. I'll be happy to have something different because my current CG gets all gatherd up in the middle of my waist and hurts like a SOB. I also get to shower tomorrow. she said stay in as long as I want. and I will. No follow-up till mid-february unless I had an issue. Feeling much better or at least more confident that nothing is wrong etc.

So all was well at first but now I have so much...

So all was well at first but now I have so much pressure and pain. Is it fluid with no place to go? Its in the area under my incision to my hip joints. I think I'm going to give in and take a percocet.
Heck yes to having the drains out, congrats girl!
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woot woot!
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I'm starting to get depressed and discouraged with...

I'm starting to get depressed and discouraged with my results. To me I just look like a big puff ball. I feel as though I look the same. My hub said that's not true and that I'm just swollen. I see so many awesome results on here and I'm soooo not even close.
Don't be depressed sweetheart. I know what you are going through and I am in the same boat as you. I now have an infection and am worried all over again! =( It gets better, I promise! You look great! Stay positive your results will get better...
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Aahhh you are fine. It is hard for all of us to go through this. Everyone's body reacts to this differently. A full TT is considered an invasive surgery. Your body will react to it because it is so traumatic. If you are really worried, go see your PS to make sure that you aren't retaining to much fluid. I am 2 weeks post and I went and saw mine because I thought what was swelling was fat, and was getting upset with the idea that I might needed lipo. Once I saw him and he said it is just swelling...I relaxed a lot. I am, of course, still skeptical, but I am trying to stay positive. This is hard on everyone. As you read more reviews you can see that everyone that had this surgery felt depressed or worried. It is normal. Good luck, and take one day at a time.
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Ladies thank you soooo much.
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Took a hot shower last nite-felt amaz! Hubby...

Took a hot shower last nite-felt amaz! Hubby washed my hair and rewrapped me. I don't know if my binder was too low or too tight but I was miserable all night. I went frim bedroom recliner to living room recliner. Between my legs and belly pain and itching I wanted to run out and jump in the snow. I took a clairitin but it didnt help itch. I put a tank under my binder that usually helps but not this time. Cannot wait for things to start looking up. Then I go on fb and my friend posted a pic of a mommy belly with a poem about how a mom's belly may not be pretty or taut but it was home to your babies so be proud if it. Soooo in addition to pain insomnia and insane itch I also felt guilt. Argh. Going to keep on keepin on and reading your stories of success. Hoping to post success or relief soon.

Bahaha to top things off my six year old just...

Bahaha to top things off my six year old just asked me if I had a baby in my belly. Id rofl if I could get up out of the recliner
saw your comment and came to check in on you... i totally get the feelings of discouragement about swell hell. i'm clinging to the stories/pictures of the super hot tummies ahead of me on this journey. i have resigned to give it at least 6 weeks before downspiraling again...funny you should say i'm an inspiration..in fact, tonight i fell off the clean eating wagon. BIG TIME. can you say bacon cheeseburger from Chilis & chips and salsa! (not even because it was a night painting the town red. nope, just a take out order in my jammies.) geeez, i practically laid down in front of the wagon & let it roll right over me! my rational: well, if i'm gonna be puffed up for the next few months i may as well induldge. my progress pics for tomorrow will not be purty. but we win some, lose some, right.?.. knowing it all adds up to a flat, sexy tummy in the end!! hang in there, friend...you are another day and another corner closer. soon this phase will be a distant memory for us as we rock our well earned bodies!!
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You are very bloated.. But the extra skin is gone and you will look amazing! You already have a huge improvement. Seriously from one day to the next I looked totally different with the bloating.. this is such a mental process...I mean a lot more emotional then I expected. I never thought I would have amnesia whenever I get bloated.. I seem to forget my PS said, "You will not have final results for at least 6 months". My husband has to scream it in my ear because I do not believe him and I am sure i will look squishy and puffy forever, my hips get really puffy to when I swell. You are still SO early, emotions are flying at this stage not only from the results but the trauma and surgery itself your body and hormones have to adjust. (Oh and we can still be proud of our bellies that had babies that are now flat, I know my husbnad is:) I have my stretch marks still to make my "proud" lol.
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So true and I remember when I was still counting down to my surgery date and telling my husband about the emotions and how it could be weeks or months until we see the final results but, like you, I have developed amnesia and have to be constantly reminded ff things that I should know. But as happy as I am for the ones that see quick results I get so upset also. I had a breakdown in Bob Evans because I was on my phone and someone's day 7 pic was so nice. I was like wth is wrong with me. Lol
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So after a sleepless night Friday night I told my...

So after a sleepless night Friday night I told my husband yesterday that I wanted to go to Target. So he helped me shower and off we went. I got some new yoga pants and a new panty girdle. We went to Bob Evans for early dinner. I ate a grilled chicken breast which was delish! Stopped at Toys R Us with kiddos and I was spent about half way thru.TRU. fell asleep for two hours when we got home but here is the upside...when I woke uo I felt totally different. Like some bloating went away. I went downstairs to our roomand started trying on tops and I was amazed how differently they hung on me. It was the first time I could see a difference. I yelled for hubby and then made him sit there while I tried on every button down shirt I had held onto over the years despite never being able to button them now they fit and button. I am still so swollen but I was so happy! I realize today may be two steps back but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Chin up ladies!!

Golly yesterday was a great day as ive posted...

Golly yesterday was a great day as ive posted earlier. However today has kicked my butt. I'm sore and feel beat up so ive taken cues from my body and rested. I napped for a bit and hopefully tomorrow is better
Looking good hang in there by the summer you will be a knock out in your 2 piece!
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Wow I'm like that now one day I'm good the next day I'm sore and sleeping all day long.
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It kinda stinks but I'm happy that I'm having some good days at least. Guessing (hoping) it gets easier.
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So I gotta ask...I have seen random comments about...

So I gotta ask...I have seen random comments about taping a marble in the bb to ensure a round bb. I'm just happy to see my bb let alone worry if its round or up and down. So has anybody done this? If so when? I'm so curious about this
I have an ear plug in mine! I've definitely read about people using marbles too though. My doc said that packing it was to ensure it stayed deep enough and nicely contoured. Think every doc is different on this - as they seem to be with all other things too!
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Thx too all ladies who have had tt's and have posted your experiences so I know what to expect when I have mine on the 17th. I pretty much know now that it's gonna kick my butt for the first week, but no pain no gain I suppose!
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Be strong. Hang in there thru the ups and downs and talk about it. This site and the support from the ladies is remarkable. Its been a life saver to me.
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Occassionally I have been having lower ab...

Occassionally I have been having lower ab contractions. Reminds me of being in labor and having braxton hicks. Has anybody else had this
I believe i was about 5 weeks PO when my PS told me to start using a marble. Reason is so your BB does not close and to shape. I was told to get a hollowed marble and thread some string through it so it does not get lost in you BB. It was hard to find a hollowed marble so i just used some jewelry beads.
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Returned to work today. Granted I only worked half...

Returned to work today. Granted I only worked half a day but still I AM EXHAUSTED! Life in the recliner was much easier. I guess it didn't help that I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and loaded the groceries in the car etc. I just put a meatloaf in the oven and now am kicking back. I feel bloated and sore and have a jabby feeling on my lower right side. hope i did not overdue it! I'm doing half-day's the rest of the week and working reduced schedule next week. happy I have a desk job!

Hope all my TT peeps are doing well today!
Good that you can do half days. I went back today too. It got very tough by afternoon. I'm back home, resting and can't seem to get out of bed. Have to do the same thing all over again tomorrow.
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Congrats on going back to work I go back Sat after next. I'm not looking forward to it I'm still sore and in pain ughhhhh.
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I'm still sore too. as the day goes on it feels like I have too much pressure. I swear this reminds me of being like 9 months pregnant.
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I am reading about alot of gals going to the spanx...

I am reading about alot of gals going to the spanx. It happens to be on QVC right now and there are a ton of different products. What is everybody getting? Are you also wearing your compression binder with the spanx ?
Spanx: I bought the Slim Cognito high waisted to mid thigh, the Slimmer and Shine high waisted legless and the Hide and Sleek high waisted thong (note the thong is online only). I still prefer the Marena - hands down. Expensive but worth it to me!
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Not sure on the spanx? I have heavy duty CG and today went without, so far so good. I think of cabbage every time I see you post, sorry I am a nut.
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cabbage? is it because I said I felt like stuffed cabbage or a cabbage roll?
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We have an elevated king bed and despite many...

We have an elevated king bed and despite many attempts to climb up and into our bed to sleep I just couldn't get comfy and would end up in the recliner we have in our bedroom. Well last night that changed. Hubs put a stool for me and piled up pillows and I was out. I was comfortable and slept like a baby except for the three potty trips lol. But I was able to climb back in myself. What a relief. It was so nice to sleep in same place as my hub. He has been great putting up with my sleeping issues. If I'm comfortable in the living room recliner he sleeps on couch if its our bedroom recliner hes in bed. I even need to give props to my golden retriever, Harley. He has stayed by my side this entire time. When nobody else was avail he sat by my chair so I pull up on his collar lol. He follows me everywhere. Such a good dog.

Anyway day 16 feeling good. Probably best I have felt. And I'm down 15 lbs. Woohoo

Ups and downs. I was happy over my weight loss and...

Ups and downs. I was happy over my weight loss and bed sleeping. Then I got pics taken with my daughter before her snowflake dance and when I saw them I bawled my eyes out. To me I look the same as I did three weeks ago just like my fat is all smooshed up. Gosh whats wrong with me...
Girl you look fantastic! I remember those first days when I thought i looked a mess, well I d. Lol. .. but believe me it does get better everyday! Yes it does!
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Oh honey the emotional/psychological side of his journey SUCKS! You do not look the same and you are only going to continue to look better and better. Hang in there.
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yaaaay..i am soooo very happy for your update. love that you are back in bed with your hubs, slept like a baby and the story of your faithful friend by your side through this recovery. and 15 punds as the cherry on top. it iwll just keep getting better!
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Ladies, I know many of you have put something in...

Ladies, I know many of you have put something in your BB to alter the shape. I currently have a slit of a BB and as much as I said I didn't care at the beginning (was just happy to see it!), Now, I kinda do care. I know you can put a marble or ear plug in to make a more round shape. My question to the forum is: what have you used (if anything) and when did you start using it? I"m 18 days PO so I dont know if it is too soon or how it works. I'm a little creeped out by touching it all right now for fear I'll damage something or worse yet - do something that hurts so I wanna see what you gals have done. Thanks!
My PS is not a fan of touching the BB. He doesn't want me going near it, ever but we'll see. I'm not even going to consider a "solution" until 3 months.
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Touching it right now or sticking anything in it gives me the heeby-geebies and my entire abdomen is still sore to the touch so I can't even think about it right now.
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That may have been me talking about the bead in the BB. My PS told me to use a hollowmarble. But I ccouldn't find one. So I used a jewelry bead so I could put the thread through. I did sanitize it with peroxide and used neosporine on it. The thread is for easy removal and so it won't get lost.
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Ladies - I know I can count on your opinion's. I...

Ladies - I know I can count on your opinion's. I am posting a few new pics of me last night and this morning. In y'all's experience, is this swelling or was my TT not done as well as it could have been? my abdomen is sore to the touch I had muscle repair along with lipo and also had on my flanks. I look at pics of similarily built people on here and their results seem so much better than mine. I know comparison is the thief of happiness but in the "is this normal" daily conversation I have with myself, I check on here to see if others are going thru the same thing. In most cases, they are. I feel like I'm the lone wolf with the bad result :-(

If y'all could please give me your opinion - swelling or just not enough done? Thanks ladies!
No energy cookevve police
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Lol what?
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You say you also got a lot of lipo..I heard from other women that lipo can cause major swelling for a while. I did not have MR or LIPO which is why I did not swell today bad. I know this is emotionally difficult for you, but please don't try to make any judgement for a few more months, I have seen amazing results 6 months out that looked just like this at a month out. I do see what you are talking about, but there you HAVE to be swelling with that much lipo.. Please keep your chin up, you do look better than before ..this is just such a long process for some of us.
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I havent updated in a few days so here I am. I'm...

I havent updated in a few days so here I am. I'm still wrestling with this stinking swelling. Its lumpy swelling if that makes sense. My upper ab area is swelled and lumpy and above my hips its swelled and lumpy. It will pass soon I hope. On another note I feel more and more normal. I'm back into the swing of things at work and doing what I can at home. I'm cautious but I'm feeling good. I'm taking cues from my body.
Went to my first PO appointment, I have to keep my drains in for one more week. My husband went with me and said my new flat tummy looks fantastic. I do get to shower today, yay!
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So, for the last few days I've these little...

So, for the last few days I've these little crusties on my tank that I wear under my compression. I figured out that it came from a part of my incision line that had a clump of scab on it. Figured it was starting to peel off since alot of it has so far. Well I had blood this morning. I took a pic of it. Is this opening or is that spitting stitiches thing or is just scab coming off? If anybody else has had that, please advise. I've read on some posts where people had the stitches and they put neosporin and gauze on but I'm hesitant to do so until I know for sure what it may be. I do see a piece of white in there but can't see it real well. I'm going to shower and see how it looks afterwards but yikes! I'll call my PS in the morning but in the interim I wanted to get input from the group.
It appears fairly superficial, did you talk to ps today? It does not look infected, hopefully no discomfort.
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It looks like it opened but just a little I don't see no stitches coming out to be spitting stitches. Mine also opened but a lot more than yours it healing pretty fast!
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did you do anything special for it?
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Went to my PS today and apparently what I had was...

Went to my PS today and apparently what I had was spitting stitches. I looked at pics here posted by others who have had that the stitches issue and mine didn't look like that. I thought I had an ingrown hair. Well, not the case. she said it had abcessed and she pulled that one, one on the other side and she said one is coming thru on my hip but wasn't quite ready to be snipped yet. Lovely. My hubby, using very very gentle pressure on my belly, pushed out a ton of pus from the abscess. G-R-O-S-S!

Also wanted to ask when did you guys finally start wearing your regular jeans and clothes? I'm wearing stretchy waist jeans and leggings. I have a legal conference to attend in mid Feb and I am so hoping to wear regular dress pants. I tried about a week ago and it was a no go for button. I am hell bent against buying bigger clothes so I'm hoping by Feb 11th/12th I can get into my pants again.

Well, I was at the PS today about my spitting...

well, I was at the PS today about my spitting stitches and my stitches were pulled and snipped. While I was laying there I asked "is my bb healing ok". she said yes. Well, I just changed my CG and I noticed a smell. It's my BB. It's a little moist and it stinks. Has anybody experienced this? I just saw her today so I'm not as worried as I probably would be had I not just asked her if it was ok. I doubt that much changed in a few hours. Wondering if I should put neosporin on it after my shower tonight?

hope y'all are doing great. Excited for my TT sisters who are coming up on their dates! It seems like just yesterday I was counting down and now here I am coming up on 4 weeks post-op. wowza!
i still put ointment and guaze on mine every other day or so...since i had stiches, there is some irritation. don't think it could hurt? i am sure your PS would have noticed any infection starting to flare up. healing prayers your way!
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So it was spitting stitches..well happy you took care of that. I still cant fit into my jeans about to see if I can find my old jeans after my daughter was born all I wear are stretchy things...although New York and Co has some nice stretch looking work pants that I had to buy!
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I really did not think it was stitches. When I looked at MM/s pics of spitting stitches it looked more white. Mine looked like thin metal like grayish fishing line. oh well, taken care of. I bought a pair of stretchy waist jeans at Target and I pulled out a pair of maternity jeans which actually work really well since they look the most like my regular jeans, style-wise, but with the stretchy waist band. I may look into the NY&C like you suggested just in case. I really do not want to wear yoga pants to the legal review ha ha.
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Hey y'all- I'm 4 weeks tomorrow (wow - that...

Hey y'all-

I'm 4 weeks tomorrow (wow - that went fast). Anyways I'm posting two pics I took this morning. I know I'm swelled and will probably remain so for a while. I ask myself "if this was my final result, would I be happy" and my answer is no so I sincerely hope this lumpy swelling goes down. It seems like it remains about the same as it has been for the last two weeks and in the same spots so I hope that really is what it is. In the interim, I've had some rogue stitches snipped and random gushing of blood from my incision which appears to be from a scab that came off. my husband is way too into inspecting my incision and I really have to be stern about the "do not pick at it" or he will. Men! I have fears of him picking at something and me totally unraveling ha ha.

Let me know what you think of my new pics (im in black undies). Thanks gals!

Just added a side pic

Just added a side pic
It's all about the time I promise you. I'm still looking to "buy" some patience, this op has made me realise I've got zilch! But it is all about the time. I think we can all forget we've had major surgery. You'll be reet, take care. X
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I look at your before pics and you are looking so good! After your swelling goes down, you are going to be so happy! I have that sagging skin too and can't wait to get rid of it! Just look at your before pic and you will see how far you've come. Give it time hun...you're gonna rock a bathing suit this summer :)
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Thanks ladies. I'll post a side shot. I just happened to have taken one on 1/20 and my swelling hasn't changed. You are right though - the hanging skin is gone.
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So 5 weeks and 2 days for me. I took these pics a...

So 5 weeks and 2 days for me. I took these pics a few days ago (around the 5 week mark). I am still swollen and you really need to excuse the morning hair but I think I am beginning to see some improvement in my swelling. It for sure increases when I eat what I shouldn't or increase my activity. I was away on business travel last week so I did eat some things I should not have eaten but .... I do not drink any pop at all and try to avoid chips etc. Tonight is the Super Bowl and even though my beloved Steelers are not in it and my company isn't sponsoring the half time show this year we will still have a small famly party and eat they typical wings, chips/dip etc. I'll pay a little tomorrow I'm sure.

Check out my new pics and let me know what yinz think!
I agree, ur swelling has come down a lot! I'm 2 1/2 weeks PO and appreciate you sharing ur story. I'm at that swollen stage, with an incision that is slightly infected. I see from ur pics that it's going to worth it in the end for me also.
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Wow! Your swelling has come down loads! Looking good :) X
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Thanks for sharing your story I too am your shape almost to the tee...shorter maybe and a bit less in weight, but shape is spot on. I'm hoping for your same results I think you look amazing thus far! Its hard for us to not be discouranged when we see everyone else as they look like they are doing so much better...But this is OUR journey and we all are different! You look amazing!!
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As hard as I have tried to avoid it, I am sick! My...

As hard as I have tried to avoid it, I am sick! My 3 year old and his little kisses did me in. I tried to turn so he would kiss my cheek but nooooo. the worst part of this is the COUGH!! not only is it annoying but my incision is bleeding and theres a little hole. I realize it could be from a stitch but still! Golly always something!
How are you feeling? Hope you are feeling better. I am starting to get that stinking cough too!!! I had a Massage today at Dr. Fishman's office in monroeville. What a difference it made! If your still swollen give it a try. If you have insurance it should cover it
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I'm still swollen in my abs. And my bb has a stinky smell and a stitch came out. I'm a mess
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Have you tried any cough meds? So sorry your having a difficult time. Try taking some zinc. Have you had any massages for the swelling? I should be starting mine on friday. My doctor has me in a garment with a binder for the bad days. He also said after 2 weeks I am to start with 2 lymphatic massages a week. Not having much luck with finding reasonable lymphatic massages so he recommended deep tissue. I will get my first on friday. I hear it helps!
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I have been on a whirlwind of business travel the...

I have been on a whirlwind of business travel the last few weeks and havent had a chance to update. This past week I was in Chicago. While I was there I noticed a terrible stench from my bb and some bleeding. I did get a stitch out so hopefully that is all it is. I have small small hole on my Icision line thats just not closing up. Unfortunately I'm too busy at work to go to dr. Hopefully soon. Other than that I have had it with this lumpy belly. Ive seen peoples before pics that look better than my after. Ug.
oh no sounds like an infection! Please get it checked out
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Are they helping and do they hurt?
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Yes! I had the deep tissue massage that does help. The only part that hurt was my feet? I don't know why but my feet almost brought me to tears!! My swelling is worse in the morning and my weight seems to be higher in the am? I know weird huh. I havn't even gone down a size. 1 day it says I lost ten pounds the next day it says only 5 lbs. This swelling is getting old! I had to take my garment in to make it tighter. If the hole isn't big enough have a seamstress make it bigger for you.
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So I was stuck at the airport yesterday due to...

So I was stuck at the airport yesterday due to many weather related delays and as I was sitting there I was able to grab folds of skin from my sides. On the plane my belly was over my jeans. My belly button area is flat but the area to the sides was flabby. I'm so frustrated. I'm 9 weeks post and I know about the swelling but I'm not buying it.
Did you have just a TT or did you have lipo too ?? are you sure its still not swollen I read the blogs and some are swollen for months .... sorry your upset , what does your PS say ??? stay positive ...
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I had lipo tt and muscle repair
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Dang! Get back to your ps and let him know how you feel. Maybe some of it is swelling (which I find increases with long travel), but have him understand your concerns.
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So I started the Insanity program 5 days ago. I'm...

So I started the Insanity program 5 days ago. I'm 2.5 months post op (seems so much longer). Its kicking my butt but I make thru each day. I did modify a few of the jumping and reaching exercises that felt like they were tugging at my incision.

Has anybody else done this? I swell like a beast afterwards but I sleep in my compression so I'm fine by morning. Id like tO hear your experiences...
Hi Pitts, u look great n u last pics, its just swelling trust me it will go down.... Yes it will seem like forever but it will, we've all been there...dont b so hard on itself, it gets greater later :-) continued HAPPY healing to u
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Dont b hard on urself not itself lol
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I'm 8 weeks post op, been doing Zumba a lot this week. My tummy is really swollen for the last two days. Going in to ps on Monday. I really love working out and am worried about the swelling. How long will this go on??
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So check out my new pic - I do not believe this is...

so check out my new pic - I do not believe this is normal I also do not believe this is swelling. When I get dressed my belly folds in the middle so I look like I have a butt-belly. weird sounding I know but it's true. If I pull up under my breasts then my belly is flat but then I let go and it's like "whoop there it is" ha ha.
Hey Hun! I am having the same problem!
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I agree with the comment below...steer clear of tight jeans for now. Swelling and denim don't mesh well.
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Are those jeans ones you wore prior to surgery? Because I was told don't even think of trying on your jeans for several months. What I see in your last pic is swelling. Especially comparing it to your 5 week pic where you look so flat. I would say right now stay away from the jeans and anything that fit you really good before surgery because you will have at least a couple more months of swelling. I know it's tempting right now to be disappointed in things you are seeing.....I was right there with you when I look down and see this swollen ridge I have, but we aren't even close to seeing the final results yet. Hang in there!
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Well, over 3 months post op and still have my...

Well, over 3 months post op and still have my belly over my jeans when I sit and bulging out from my t-shirts. It's in my abdomen. Not sure if there is damage to my muscle repair or if I wasn't pulled tight enough. I've been doing insanity to see if that helps but it seems like it's making my ab area worse which, after talking to someone, leads me to believe my ab repair is not successful. Additional lipo, in my opinion, will not fix the situation because as you can see from the pic where I am pulling up on my belly, I can pull it tight. Yes it's better than it was but to me it just seems like the bulge has shifted upwards. My appointment isn't until April 17th so I'll see what he says but in talking to others that have used him and are having similar issues, it doesn't seem like we will get much resolution.
I checked your photo's. Same issue. I'm soooo uneven. I even brought to his attention that it doesn't seem like my abs were pulled tight enough and also there was a lack of skin and fat removed. He says everything looks good and not enough skin left to redo, but who is he kidding! This **** does not look good! I'm quite sure after he removes the 5 lbs of fat he accidently left behind i'll be back to pre op conditions. Guess i'll see if lipo works before trying to redo. Let me know how your appt. goes. Good luck and prayers your way, you will need them.
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Are you still compressing? I hate to sound like a broken record. But compression is the key. Look at my pictures
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I think you look good but I know how self conscious we can be. What did dr tell you?
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I had my follow-up this past wednesday. I'm just...

I had my follow-up this past wednesday. I'm just about 4 months post op. as soon as he saw my belly he suggested a revision which made me feel better. he will do it in his office in August. Has anybody had a lipo revision - how did it work out? I can choose to go back under the knife again but I figured I'd try the in-office lipo first and see if I"m happy with that before going under the knife again. Nonetheless, I'd love to hear from anybody who has had a revision
Glad your doc is going to work with you on a revision!
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Seriously y'all - LOOK at my new pics!!! I am 4...

Seriously y'all - LOOK at my new pics!!! I am 4 months out and this is BAD! I saw my PS and he said it is NOT swelling. He has offered to do the lipo in office at no charge but also stated that he couldn't remove more than a handful in office under that type of anethesia. Otherwise, I need to go back under the knife to fix this (with me paying for the facility and anethesia - still waiting on a quote). I am seriously bummed out this. The confidence I had from my procedure was very short lived and TBH I wouldn't even tell anybody I had this done because they would not believe me.
I agree with Lacey3 tell him he is fixing the mess up that he created and you aren't paying a cent extra. If he doesn't agree seek legal advice!
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My heart goes out to you! None of us want to go through a major surgery to not come out completely satisfied and not feeling good about our new body! You were jipped! :( I sure hope your PS works with you! I would go in fuming and tell him he can pay for all the costs! Probably wouldn't budge til I got something in return! Girl, I'm peed off for you! Please keep us posted! You are still beautiful! :) I wish you the best of luck and really hope you end up with the results you deserve!
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I'm so sorry you are going through this. I'm going through the exact same thing. It seems that as time goes by I'm looking worse. I'm even embarrassed to post my pics, especially sitting. My man tells me that's what u paid 10k for! :( FRUSTRATED I have my 4week PO appt on Thursday.
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do over

Having a revision done end of July. Had enough. Hopefully its right this time
Had my TT revision yesterday. Also had my inner/outer thighs done. Despite swelling I see some changes. Hoping it sticks!
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I so hope your revision gives you the results that you SHOULD HAVE HAD the first time. I feel so bad that you had to go thru all of the first recovery and now have to do it again. I agree, your results were disappointing and that should not have happened. Something was not right! Please post to tell us how your recovery with the SECOND TT is progressing. BTW, I am 72 and going to have my 4th TT after the first of the year. Just beginning to explore PS's. You hang in there... you did not have proper results the first time.
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#painanditching Are you on your 4th TT because it never took? Or just maintenance? I am not really satisfied with mine, but I will just have to suck it up and get mine redone. I have finally convinced my mother to do the TT procedure. She is a beautiful woman, but like women she is super depressed about her weight. She recently had a knee replacement and it was bad,bad. If she can get some weight off. As for the revision, best of luck, I hope it goes well!! maybe she can heal better physically and emotionally. Good luck
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