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Tummy Tuck March 8th 2013 POST OP 4 weeks new pics

JANUARY 2013- 2 MONTHS TO GO- I have been wanting...

JANUARY 2013- 2 MONTHS TO GO- I have been wanting a TT since my first child. Before I had her very skinny and tall..5ft6 118 pounds with a flat tummy after I had her..My stomach resembled one that has been or should have been on an episode of CSI. I swore someone must have ran me over with a tractor and CSI could have compared the marks on my stomach to different types of tractor tires to figure out who done it.

Well now almost 6 years later and one more child I finally am having the surgery. Last year was a rough year for me. I had to have a hysterectomy after being told I had cervical caner. So knowing I can never have anymore children, I decided this is a perfect time. Anyways so my current feelings are scared- I am very worried that something will go wrong or it wont look any better, I am scared about the scar, I am scared I'll never be happy with the way my stomach looks. I am feeling excited because I am engaged and it would be amazing to go on a honeymoon and wear a bikini...We are holding off until Summer of 2014 to get married because of this Surgery and because I am going back to graduate school this year.. So I am hoping by then scar will have faded more and I will have some self confidence about my appearance.Ok I type too much..Shall update in February!

I hope it all goes well for you though I have no doubt that it won't. You will look great! Can't wait to see your results. All the best ;)
Oops my bad, I meant have no doubt that it will, sorry :P

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February 23- It is Less than 2 weeks till my...

February 23- It is Less than 2 weeks till my surgery...Ugh it seems like its taking forever...My life has been a crazy hoping things will calm down by my surgery so I can focus just on recovery. Well my current feelings are SCARED. I just saw these super cute crop tops paired with like a maxi skirt for spring and I thought Ohh I should order this and then I thought wait..dont get your hopes up my stomach will probably still look jacked up after this surgery..I am depressed about being depressed with the results..maybe I should look into counseling rather then crop tops ha well next time I update will probably be after my surgery..Cant wait to get it over with and see my results.

EEK tomorrow is the big day...they changed my time...

EEK tomorrow is the big day...they changed my time from 6:30 until 8:30 which kinda sucks because I am a nervous wreck but hopefully I'll be able to sleep in a little more. Well ladies cross your fingers for me that everything goes well and that I don't vomit from seeing my scar :/
Also side not worried about the bird tattoo i have, I hope it all goes away and I am not left with some random feather or beak on my crotch.
U will do great!!
Good luck!!! See you on the flat side!
Thank you! Trying to be calm but pretty much in slightly freaking out mode ha

OMG I did it...surgery was done yesterday. The...

OMG I did it...surgery was done yesterday. The pain is a lot worse then I had expected..havent seen my belly yet since they had it all wrapped up but I get to take a shower monday so I am excited to see it. currently though my entire body aches and hurts..I am staying on pain pills but that doesnt even to see to help much..I am getting worried I heard the 3rd day is the worse...I really cant imagine worse then this.
I too had my surgery yesterday. Pain is pretty severe. I have an allergy to most pain meds so the itching doesnt help. I havent looked and have no desire to look, therefore, my binder is still on. Have you figured out a way to get up and down out of bed without have excruciating pain? Good luck. I will be watching for your posts. I have yet to upload pics but I am having my husband help with that.
Yeah getting out of bed is a (excuse my language) bitch. Its a little better today. I am using a walker lol and my boyfriends neck to kinda help get out of bed. I have not looked at anything I am such a baby when it comes to gross stuff like scars etc Eek I am so worried about how this is going to look!

Well its 3 days post op each day gets a little...

well its 3 days post op each day gets a little better. I was beyond tired all day. I have not slept through the night since before my surgery. But all I did this morning was nap and pee ha. I also took my first shower today it was exhausting and I couldnt even wash my hair :( my boyfriend had to do everything. He also took off the bandages while I laid in bed. I couldnt look at my scar I saw part of it and it totally grossed me out. I have to go in Thursday to have staples,drains, and pain pump removed So not looking forward to this. So scared about the pain.
I am off pain meds and antibiotics due to allergies. Had a mini meltdown today but it hurt to cry . Lol. The drain seems to be coming out alittle. Is yours like that? Im also going to have it removed on thursday. I know I brought this on myself but gosh I can wait to enjoy the benefits. Hang in there.
Yeah my right one has been leaking etc idk if its coming out but it hurts and it's annoying . So do you have staples that have to be removed? I don't remember hearing people talk about staple removal , I am so worried about the pain
Andrea, I only have one drain. You may want to call your doc to tell him him it is leaking just to make sure. It is very sensitive and yes...Annoying! I do not have stapes but I am sure they have been used several times before. Do you itch alot? I feel very weak (maybe from the affects from antibiotic). Always in pain cause of the lack of pain meds. Took out pain pump today as it was empty so pleased about that. Didn't hurt it was just kind of bazarre to watch. Wishing the next month away. So glad I have others to complain and compare with. Good luck, keep me posted and consider calling your PS and let him know about the leakage... Take Care

Well its day 4 of post op. Still have staples,pain...

Well its day 4 of post op. Still have staples,pain pump and drains in :( get them out Thursday though. Today I feel like my stitches are ripping hope this is normal. Walking a little more today, back totally beyond kills me. I am using a walker..cant imagine recovery without one. So get ready for some TMI I asked my sister today to bring me some Milk Of Magnesia in the pill form because its been 5 days since well you know..Well before I could even take one I could feel that feeling...and well it didnt hurt as bad as I expected but not much was accomplished if you get my drift so I am wondering if this could be part of the reason I hurt so bad..Well enough grossness... I did today also put a little foundation on. Havent had makeup on in 5 days I feel disgusting. Feel a little better but still sorta disgusting since I am draining, hunched over, havent fixed my hair in 5 days etc etc lol
I haven't showered in two weeks, sponge baths can only do so much. Anyway I got my drains out today so in 48 ours its a SHOWER for this girl!! Yay! It gets better. I have put mascara on the two times I have been to the doctor and I get my hair washed in the sink by my sister every other day (my hair is to my butt so it's not an easy task.) Anywhoo, I am sure this will all be a memory for us and we will happily go on with our lives (: happy healing.
Let me know how the drains go I am hoping once all this stuff comes out I'll feel better.
You put foundation on?! NOT ME! LOL!! did shower but didn't do hair. My husband just rubbed my back and neck so alittle relief.. Look forward to your next post :) Can't wait for the next few wks to be over with....

6 days post op today and got my staples, pain...

6 days post op today and got my staples, pain pump, and drains removed.
Well I panicked so I took two of my pain pills one 2 hours before appt and one right before appt I was preparing for the worst.
Pain pump didnt hurt but it felt so freaking weird you could feel it coming out from inside you ahh it was weird.
Well then next step was staples, they had over 75 staples in me the only ones that hurt were the ones on the side. A lot better then i expected.
Then the dreaded drains...First my dr gave me a shot by each drain to numb the area. Then after a few minutes he took them out and sewed up the little hole while I was laying there with my eyes closed. No pain at all.
I feel a ton better without the drains and everything but still cant stand up straight which sucks. Worried about going back to work hunched over ugh :(
And today my dr prescribed me some muscle relaxers only 12 hopefully thats enough to get me through.
Good for you, what a relief! I went today as well but they did not remove drain. I was pretty bummed as it is so uncomfortable. I know you can relate. They also told me to tighten my binder more. Geez, I thought I was doing well, but hopefully next tuesday I will hsve drained removed. They had me remove pain ball at home. That does feel very weird :O Still hunched over abit especailly at nite. Maybe we should invest in a walker Lol! Continue to heal!!!
I actually have a walker..Someone loaned it to me, but I think I am getting to attached to it. My back hurts almost more than anything else these days. I have no idea how I am going to walk through office next week all hunched over like this.
Although I don't know you I couldn't help but to imagine you, a co worker, walking around hunched over lol. Sorry, don't mean to giggle at your expence. If it makes u feel any better it hurts like hell for me to laugh. Try to have someone massage u as much as u can this wknd. Rest up and hang in there. Let me know how you make out. Good luck :))

So its officially been a week. Still a lot of...

So its officially been a week. Still a lot of tightness,pressure and horrible back pain from being so bent over. Wondering if I will ever walk straight again.
So a question I have is ...when can you actually take a bath?
That's a good question, my doctor never told me that nor did I ask?
I believe the incision must be fully healed prior to any baths.

10 days Post op and I am at home working..have to...

10 days Post op and I am at home working..have to go to the office tomorrow looking like Quasimodo ick :(
So I have a question they had so much tape and crap all over my stomach and sides it left all that sticky residue and its stills on there... It hurts to like scrub on it but I want that crap off..any suggestions to getting it off?
Well other then that just practicing in my head on how to answer people when I have to go into office tomorrow..."i had surgery, its personal.' ' I had abdominal surgery for a female issue." ha I just know there will be questions and I dont want to answer any of them.
Try to use baby oil with a wash cloth, that seems to help and also if your using tape try paper tape it's doesn't leave residue.. Good luck at work, happy healing

So 12 days not much is new...Started back to work...

So 12 days not much is new...Started back to work on Monday. Taking it easy while I can. Been working from home some, taking it easy. I walk around every where looking like a hunchback which is not attractive but I am starting to feel happy about my decision. Granted the Scar is nasty looking which is normal but my stomach looks flat and there are no stretch marks. I actually feel positive about the future. I feel good that in the future maybe not this Summer depending on how scar behaves but by next year I will probably be wearing a bikini for the first time since I was a teenager. Even if my scar still shows a little I dont think I'll even care. My stomach looked like an old lady's saggy butt it was gross. I have not been happy with my appearance in 6 years to think that could start to change is uplifting for me!
You look really good; thank you for sharing your story and your photos. I will be interested in reading more about your progress :) Happy healing !!!
you would think you had a boob job too lol. making me jealous!
They look a lot bigger now that my stomach is gone haha

3 months post op

Well I had an extra minute and not going to lie I love my new stomach scars and all! A lot has gone down with this journey... My fiance/ bf of 3 years and I have broken up. Its been pretty rough..and its different because not only do I have to start over I have to start over with this giant scar which yes I said I love my new stomach scar and all...Just dont want to explain scar to others :/ also my other concern is weight gain...I was told to do not situps or ab workouts for 6 months but anything else is a go...IDK i just am so worried about gaining weight and ruining everything...
You look amazing!! I'm having surgery with the same doctor next Wed. Any suggestions or great news about him? Or bad too, lol. He seems pretty great just in the initial consultation. He sure did an awesome job with your stomach. Could you tell a difference from the lipo? They really stress that they recommended it to me. Thanks for any responses :)
You probably should just get the lipo while you are there..it will give you the best results sculpting wise...This dr uses staples.. a lot don't I was surprised. If you look at the first pictures after my surgery you will see all 100 something staples its pretty nasty but they come out painlessly.
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