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Tummy Tuck in October- NEW PIC 24 days post op Harrisburg, PA

I am 42 and had two big babies 10 months apart...

I am 42 and had two big babies 10 months apart when I was 35 and 36. I was overweight and lost 65 pounds about a year ago. My stomach has always been my problem area. I considered a breast lift (I am a DDD cup and gravity has them less than perky) but decided that's too much surgery for now. I figure I can reevaluate things after the tummy tuck.

I went in for a consult about 2 weeks ago and am scheduled for surgery on April 12. I am excited and very nervous. I have never had any kind of surgery. I am a single mom who homeschools two first graders. My mom will be here to help afterwards but I am nervous about the recovery time possibly taking longer than anticipated.

The surgeon will be doing an extended tummy tuck with lipo and muscle repair. I will have a pain pump inserted for the muscles because he said that is the most painful part for most people. It costs and extra $200 but it sounds well worth it to me. But I am super excited to not have a big belly. I don't have any before pics yet but I will post some.

Ok I am posting two before pictures. I can't wait...

Ok I am posting two before pictures. I can't wait to have after pictures to post! These horrify me. I have never taken a picture or seen a picture of my belly before.

I am thinking about getting my upper arms and possibly my thighs done too. But as with my breasts, I will wait until after I see how the tummy surgery goes.

I have been slacking on my workouts over the past three months due to various reasons (or excuses). I had originally lost 85 ponds but put 20 back on. I can really see and feel a difference. I may try to lose it again before surgery.

I just had to postpone my surgery until June 7. My...

I just had to postpone my surgery until June 7. My grandfather passed away and my grandmother moved to an assisted living facility so I have to clear out their house which will probably take through the end of April. I'm a bit disappointed because I am nervous and want to get the surgery overwith. But on a positive note I will use the extra time to consult with two surgeons in the Baltimore area as well.

I postponed surgery again. I decided I didn't want...

I postponed surgery again. I decided I didn't want to mess up the summer for my kids by recovering. I am consulting with a couple more surgeons ans hope to be scheduled in September.

Finally! After several postponements due to things...

Finally! After several postponements due to things going on I am going to have my tummy tuck in early October. I am so excited all over again!

My surgery is scheduled for October 12. My deposit...

My surgery is scheduled for October 12. My deposit is paid, my childcare and help around the house and transportation are lined up. I am soooo excited that this is finally going to happen!

I went for my pre op appointment today. I paid my...

I went for my pre op appointment today. I paid my balance (ouch!) and signed all the form. I'm trying not to let the pages of possible complication freak me out. I am nervous but mostly excited. I can't wait to post my after pictures.

The day after tomorrow I will finally be having my...

The day after tomorrow I will finally be having my tummy tuck. I am sooo excited and nervous too. I'm trying to get all the laundry and housework and grocery shopping done so that I can take it easy next week. My best friend will be here until Sunday night and my mom until Wednesday morning. Then it just me and the kids.

Well, today is finally my surgery day. Ready or...

Well, today is finally my surgery day. Ready or not. I have things ready to go and my ride is on her way to pick me up. I just need to take my shower and get dressed. I am excited but also very nervous. I haven't had surgery since I was a teenager and I don't know what to expect. I am mostly worried about the pain afterwards. I can't wait to be able to post after photos though.

I had my surgery on October 12. I had a decent...

I had my surgery on October 12. I had a decent weekend. Monday night I was in agony and went to the ER. Had a blood transfusion and CT scan. I had a hematoma which required a second surgery on Wednesday with an overnight in the hospital. I am swollen beyond belief, my back is killing me, I am coughing, and I can barely breathe. I tend to be a positive person but right now I REALLY regret having this surgery.

I am feeling much better. My right drain has been...

I am feeling much better. My right drain has been removed. I still have a TON of swelling and my back still gets tired very quickly. I am getting around pretty well, drove the one hour to my appointment on Friday, went out to eat last night. I'm still not sure if my result are good enough to say I think this was worth it though. I will have to wait and see after the swelling subsides. I do know I will not be having any more surgeries. I was considering a breast lift and maybe some arm and thigh work but after this recovery I have decided against all of them.

I am feeling MUCH better. I still have lots of...

I am feeling MUCH better. I still have lots of swelling as you can see in the new picture but I am happy with the results so far. I know when the swelling goes down I will be pleased. I can't wait to get back to the gym to tone up everything else. Because of the hematoma and second surgery I was pretty certain I would not have any more procedures but I think after I am fully recovered I will consider a butt lift, and possibly get my arms done. I have definitely decided against getting anything done to my breasts.
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Thank you for your honest review. You look amazing as well.
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Wow , you look great. I had TT surgery 5 days ago and I keep telling myself "no pain no gain ". I am still quite swollen and cant get comfortable to sleep at night. My wound is so itchy and the plasters are coming off with all my scratching. I am going to see my PS later this afternoon.
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I am still no sleeping comfortably but at least the swelling is down enough that I can breathe when I lay down. I have not had a whole lot of itching thankfully. I hope yours subsides.
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You're healing well now. Your TT looks awesome. I cont. to keep you in my prayers.
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Oh no, are you home now or still in the hospital? How are you doing today? I hope things are moving in the right direction. Praying for you!! ((Hugs))
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I only spent one night i the hospital after the second procedure to remove the hematoma. I had a rough week after that but am feeling much better now.
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I hope you are feeling better and healing! Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.
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Awww, prayers for healing!
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Praying for a smooth recovery!!
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Good luck and wishing you a speedy recovery!
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Good luck! Can't wait to see your flat side pics!
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Good luck I am booked in for 29th oct xx
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How much did your surgery cost
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Keep us posted best of luck
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god luck iam goin mon moring 530 iam also axcited scared
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Great!!! Now it's count down till "T" day.
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Welcome to the October club.... Looks like you are a few days ahead of me. Hard to believe we are just over 2weeks away. EXCITING AND NERVE WRECKING at the same time.
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Congrats!!! I'm so happy for you.
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Sorry to hear about your Grandad. I hope your Gma is doing well. Now let's get that tummy tight and right. You took care of the kids this summer next summer is yours!!
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I am sorry to hear about your grandfather.  That's sad...

Do what you need to do to help the family out right now.  You will need to focus 100% on your recovery when the time comes.  I also think it's great that you have a little more time to meet two more doctors. Choices are good!!

Keep us up to date on how the consults go.

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Hi DeLuci! I'm scheduled for April 12th too... TT, Lipo of the flanks and a lift. Might do an implant down the road but for now just want to repair what I've got. I'm getting so excited and overly obsessed with RealSelf but like to hear others stories. Hope you're hanging in there!
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Hi Mrs. C. I'm hanging in there. Excited and nervous. I have been reading this site almost obsessively too. I'm probably driving my boyfriend crazy with showing him pictures and reading updates. He isn't 100% in favor of the surgery. because he is worried about complications. But I can't wait to be rid of this belly!
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I'm looking forward to seeing your pics Tara. Info on your recovery would be great too if you don't mind sharing. That's what I am most worried about.
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I'm looking forward to seeing your pics Tara. Info on your recovery would be great too if you don't mind sharing. That's what I am most worried about.
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I am scheduled for a Full TT this Friday, we may have the same type of belly as far as I can see. I'll post pics as soon as I can move LOL Good Luck.
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