Recovering from Surgery Day! - Hampton, VA

Hello everyone! I am currently scheduled for March...

Hello everyone! I am currently scheduled for March 9th for a tummy tuck, liposuction on the hip rolls, and liposuction on the medial thighs. I had a rough pregnancy with my son due to many terrible health conditions, and it caused me to swell up like a balloon. Then, to make matters worse, they had to put me on bed rest, causing me to gain weight faster due to inactivity. Long story short, I went from weighing a healthy 145 lbs strong to weighing in at 215 lbs after childbirth. I am now down to 157 lbs and still losing. The weight loss was importat because I am active duty Air Force, and the weight could risk my job. I can't wait to have my surgery! I have worked hard to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, and getting all of the extra skin and stubborn fat out of the way will definitely boost my confidence towards losing the rest of my weight.


AF- I know how it is, I will be routing for you!!! I am praying hard that this surgery is all worth it and makes a world of difference in our overall well beaing and self confidence, I think that is the hardest thing for people to understand, how hard it is to get weight off and then feel bad with the leftovers! You will do great!
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Welcome to RealSelf.

You have done an amazing job with the weight loss so just keep up the good work.  You will get there and soon loving your new body.  March 9th will be here quicker than you realize.  

Keep the posts coming.


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I'm growing so impatient! I talk about my surgery...

I'm growing so impatient! I talk about my surgery to my husband every day, and it seems like it can't come fast enough. I've lost another 3 pounds, so hopefully I will be able to get down to at least 150 lbs before surgery day. I have no hesitations about the surgery at this point, and I couldn't be more excited. I will post my before pictures soon(even though they are very embarrasing.)


Hey we have all posted our muffin top pictures so no worries.  We all start with war struck tummies and end up flat and beautiful in the end:)

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Thanks! I'm really hoping that this surgery will be able to give me some of my self confidence back. I know that I've lost a good amount of weight, but I just can't see it because of the bulge in my tummy!
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Surgery day is getting closer! My pre-op in on...

Surgery day is getting closer! My pre-op in on February 24th, and I am getting a little anxious. I wish time would go by faster, because I am tired of being trapped in this body. I was uploading my pictures, and it was really an eye opener as to how disproportionate my legs are because of my awful thighs. And my stomach is just, ugh. Come on, March 9th! Get here already!


You already look great and with March 9th fastly approaching you'll be the new you in no time. Good luck
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Thank you! I feel like I look awful, but I know that the surgery will help me to appreciate my body more.

New body straight ahead!!!  Hang on because March 9th will be here soon.

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Hello everyone! Alright, so I had my pre-op visit...

Hello everyone! Alright, so I had my pre-op visit on Friday, and it went really well. There are a few things I am now concerned with. The first thing (the main thing, really), is one of the prescriptions they gave me. I currently have the Mirena IUD in for birth control, and it cannot be removed for surgery. Because of the horomones in it, they gave me a presciption for Lovenox to prevent blood clots from occuring. The only problem is that it's a daily injection! I'm not really all that sure on my abilities to give myself injections, but I'm sure my husband will figure it out and help me along. We discussed the entire procedure I will be undergoing at great length. I will have a full tummy tuck with liposuction, liposuction on my not-so-lovely love handles, a hernia repair, and my muscles will all be tightened and placed back where they are supposed to be, along with liposuction to my inner thighs. Right now, my muscles are kinda just floating, so that part is that part is what I'm really looking forward to! Surgery day is next Friday, and I am beyond thrilled for it to be done and over with! I'm not scared or nervous about the procedure yet, but I'm sure it will set in a couple days before the procedure. I'm mostly worried about the recovery time. I really wish there was a definitive time that I will be able to lift over 20 lbs, run a mile and a half quickly, and do push ups and sit ups. I will have a physical fitness test in July, so I'm hoping that I will be able to complete all of my components by that time frame. Well, I guess that's all for now. Happy healing everyone!

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Well, surgery day is tomorrow. I decided to ask...

Well, surgery day is tomorrow. I decided to ask for today off so that I could make sure everything was ready for my big day tomorrow. I'm still not nervous about the procedure...I thought that feeling would have hit me by now. I'm more anxious than anything. I feel like I have been waiting forever for this procedure! My doctor is going to call me this afternoon to let me know what time my procedure is at tomorrow. Hopefully today will go by very quickly!


Thanks girls! I go in for surgery in 30 minutes! Kinda nervous now, but very excited!
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Good luck today!!!! Prayers for you!!!
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Thinking about you and sending hugs your way:)

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Day One: I woke up from surgery, but everything...

Day One:

I woke up from surgery, but everything was a bit fuzzy. I managed to get up the stairs and into bed with some help from my loving husband. The hardest thing so far is going pee. It's quite annoying. I've been keeping on top of my meds, so I haven't been in any real pain. I've been sore, but I think that's from sleeping upright. Well, I suppose I'm going to get some more rest. Happy healing everyone!

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Day 2: I guess this is technically day one...

Day 2:

I guess this is technically day one since surgery was yesterday, but I'm calling it day two anyways. I'm having a slight burning sensation where I had liposuction, but it's very tolerable. I've been in and out of sleep constantly, but that's okay. It takes me a while to pee, but I've read this is normal for the first few days. My tummy is sore, nut that's about it. I've managed to go up and down my stairs twice, but I'm staying upstairs from now on. I'm staying on top of my meds, so that's good. My back is killingme from sleeping upright, but that's to be expected. I have tried to pee with my leg garment on, and it was interesting. Probably won't try that again. Will update pictures after my shower. Happy Healing!


Sitting feels better to me also. I have a machine the surgeon gave me to wear while I'm in bed that massages your legs for improved circulation and to prevent blood clots. I'm suppose to take a shower today, but I don't know if I'm brave enough. My legs kinda burn from the lipid, and my stomach muscles are sore, but I'm doing pretty well. I can't wait until we are all healed up and looking fabulous.
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The first few days I walked to the bathroom and back and that was enough just try to move your legs while laying down, now I can walk to the kitchen pour coffee, etc, I am not great at 1 week, this recovery was hard on me, my muscles are so sore internally the incision does not hurt at all, just rest, take meds drink a ton of water, and pee, that is all you need to think about for 3 days, I find laying back helps the swelling more than sitting upright, although sitting feels better to me? It is tough but you can do it!
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AFmechanic congratulations! have a fast and easy recovery... who is your ps?
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Day 3: Well, I've had to take it easier today...

Day 3:

Well, I've had to take it easier today than the past couple of days. I'm finding it harder to move around due to some gas issues, and adjusting my leg binder is a real pain. Today I'm just taking it easy, not moving around too much unless absolutely necessary. Still not in a great deal of pain, just some discomfort from little coughs and from gas. My back is killing me though! I'm ready to see everything all healed up, but I know it takes time. I don't wanna rush anything, so I'm just going to take things nice and slow. Maybe this evening I will build up the courage to shower. I can see from the pictures that my husband took I'm a lot smaller! When I feel uncomfortable, I just look at those pictures to remind me of what is underneath all of this discomfort. Happy Healing everyone!


Looking good!

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Thanks! I'm happy about my body so far!

You should be very happy because you already have a great transformation.

Day 4: Hello everyone! It is morning time on...

Day 4:

Hello everyone! It is morning time on day four, and I feel great today. I'm not very sore yet, but that's probably because I haven't moved around too much yet. I'm not sure if I need to continue taking the percocet or not, but I'd rather take it and be safer than sorry at this point. So I know I've hit on this a few times, but the amount of gas I have is insane! I'm not eating anything crazy, so I'm not sure if all of this gas is normal or not. I took off my binder for a moment yesterday, and it really freaked me out. I felt like I had taken my stomach off! The most annoying thing is still going to the restroom. Trying to pee with the compression garment for my legs on is a pain, and taking it off and putting it back on is no better. I'm amazed by how well recovery is going, but I'm still waiting for the rough part to come. I haven't had an emotional spell yet, and I haven't had any sort of regrets. Maybe I prepared myself for these moments so much that I'm skipping them altogether? At any rate, I hope to continue down this positive road. Happy Healing everyone!

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Day 4 Part 2: I just took my first shower since...

Day 4 Part 2:

I just took my first shower since my surgery. It felt so nice to wash my hair and clean myself off a little bit! Coudn't have done it without my husband and my shower chair though. Hubby helped me into the shower and left me to clean myself for the most part, unless I called for his help of course. I have been dreading the shower, but it wasn't too bad at all. I'm glad I waited until today though...I kept telling my hubby I wasn't ready for the shower, and I really don't think that I was until today. I went to the bathroom and decided that I felt so good, a shower would be okay. A word of advice for women getting ready for their tummy tuck procedures: have a shower chair if possible! Also, don't rush into anything! My ps said I was allowed to shower 24 hours after the procedure, but I wasn't actualy ready for it until today. That's all I have for now I suppose! I'm going to take a nap I think. I keep drifting in and out of consciousness anyways! Until next time, heal well everyone!


WOW you look great. glad u can now just focus on recovery and ur future. good luck
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Your tummy looks great! Did your doctor contour the line down the middle of your belly? It looks like it and it looks really good. My doctor said he is going to do that for me so I was just curious.
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Thanks, Stellar820! Yes, my doctor did a little contour down the middle of my belly. I already had it there, so he asked if I wanted it to be a little more visible. Of course I said yes! I'm very pleased with how everything looks right now. I'm anxious to see the final result, but I have some time before I will be able to see everything without any swelling. Are you excited about your upcoming procedure? It's getting close to being your turn!

Day 5 + 6: Well, yesterday was just one of...

Day 5 + 6:

Well, yesterday was just one of those lazy days. I took it easy and kind of just lounged around the house. I didn't want to move around too much because my back was feeling very sore. This morning, I went to my first post op appointment. It went really well! He ended up taking 3 lbs of skin off of my stomach and about 4 lbs of fat from my sides, tummy, and thighs! The skin looked crazy to me. I am almost able to stand straight, and it hasn't even been a week yet, so I'm excited. The doctor says my healing is going extremely well, and that my results are going to exceed both his and my own expectations once the swelling goes down and the skin has settled from my liposuction. I had one of my drains removed today as well, and I didn't feel anything. I was expecting for it to hurt or be at least uncomfortable because of the stories I have read on here, but I honestly didn't feel a thing. I had taken a percocet two hours prior, so that might have had something to do with it. I haven't been taking any pain medications minus the one prior to my appointment for about two days now. Not even tylenol. I am so surprised at how easy recovery has been in comparison to what I was expecting and how other ladies have experienced on here. I have been truly blessed throughout this entire process. Thank you everyone for your continued support! Happy healing!


AF- you look super your tummy even though swollen looks really good you have such a nice shape I am glad you are having a somewhat easy time! Mine was rough but finally today on day 12 I am feeling good!
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Bejewelme- Thank you for the compliments! I am very happy with the results so far. The doctor told me today he didn't realize how tiny he was going to be able to make me, but once he did the muscle repair there was so much more skin and fat to get rid of. I'm glad that you're starting to feel better! I know the beginning was rough for you. I've been routing for you and thinking of you every step of the way! You look amazing.
Thank you! I'm feeling better and stronger each passing day.

Day 7: Today has not been a very good day for...

Day 7:

Today has not been a very good day for swelling. I am now experiencing the swell hell everyone has been talking about, and it is very uncomfortable. I thought that since I had been doing so well, that I would venture out into the world and go to lunch with some friends and co-workers. It went pretty well, so I thought that a trip to the store really quick would be no big deal. I was very wrong. We got into the store, and I realized that my legs had swollen up to the point where they looked like elephant legs! And on top of that, my back started hurting like crazy, and my stomach started swelling as well. We were in the middle of grabbing some items, so my hubby went and got a wheelchair for me so we could finish up quickly and get out of there. Needless to say, I am now medicated and in bed taking it easy. Hopefully this swelling will go down tonight while I'm relaxing. Everyone remember to take baby steps! Healing thoughts to everyone.


Hi AF, congrats on ur surgery!
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Thank you! It was the best decision I've made in a long time.
Hun sorry you overdid it, it is a fine line we want to move to feel better theb swell more it is so hard to find the winning combo!!!
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Day 11: It's been a few days since I've been on...

Day 11:

It's been a few days since I've been on here and given an update, so here's what's been going on with me. I have been recovering very well! My belly button is looking a little funky from this little blood bubble, and I'm not sure if it's just a big scab, so I'm not touching it until I see my PS on Wednesday. I have still yet to see my incision mark since it is still covered with tape, so hopefully the PS will take both the tape and my remaining drain out on Wednesday! I'm not standing all the way straight yet, but I'm getting there! I am still terribly swollen in my legs from the lipo, but that's to be expected. I am also still very bruised in my back/butt area, which is strange since I had lipo on my sides, but alright. I'm that odd green/yellow/red/purple color all over, so I'm still a little tender. I feel great overall, and I'm only in the beginning of recovery still. I'm excited to see what each new week brings me! Hope everyone is healing well!


chica, were u "scare/frighten at first?"i am re-reading ur nice blog here.


awww chica, gracia muchas

hola y' si.

(hi and yes) i said lol
i think your lookin really sexi flat,as i cant wait to just "wake up!"and know the BULGE for summer spring is gone. i go a lil less than 2 mos this week. i m goin to keep in touch.start mi own blog here at R.S.
website,when i am [closer]to the date i cant wait
your lookin SO good chica
love it. and HOW LONG yours took chica?
mi amiga, girlfriend in fla.(we both live here in ny nj
but she went there for some type of tt deal,but i find a great deal out here,"after"she got hers,but yet ok so how long it took UNDER anesthetia?she took
only 1 hr.and 1/2,if that and came out of it fine and happy!

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your amazing now! and i am sure was a sweetheart b 4
great job chica, i love how your looking simple 1 word now....BELLA.
so gorgeous,how sexi n hot,don't cha luv it? i can't wait 2 months or so go to for mi NEW SEXI FLATTY


felicidades!(congratz!)life too short NOT to look our best,but MOST important,FEEL our best,your bella
mamita, so enjoy your NEW Look, i know i will!

*Sexi Flat Stomach 2012*
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Thank you for the sweet words! This procedure is the best thing I have ever done for myself, and it will all be worth it in the end. Good luck with your procedure! I'm sure you will look fabulous afterwards!
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