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TT 11/8/11 Finally seeing the results!! - Hinsdale, IL

I'm a 41yr old mother of 3 (19,13 and 3). I...

I'm a 41yr old mother of 3 (19,13 and 3). I lost 43lbs between April 2006 and February 2008, then I found out I was pregnant with my last and 3rd child (a boy). While I did manage to not gain much after giving birth, I still had the baby fat left and no matter how much I worked out it was budging. I went to have a mole removed from the bridge of my nose and saw the sign for Zerona Laser Liposuction. After completing my final treatment of the laser Dr. B said I would benefit from a TT. I discussed the procedure with my husband and then scheduled my procedure. I am greatly terrified but excited and I have seen great results on this site. I am so looking forward to finally having a flat tummy for the first time in 13yrs.

10/28/11 Pre-op appt today and everything went...

10/28/11 Pre-op appt today and everything went well. I am even more excited but as the time is drawing near I am getting nervous too. I made the mistake of watching video of a tummy tuck and got queasy, nevertheless I am still ready. My countdown is now in the single digits, 9 days and counting.

Oct 31, 2011: 7 days and counting!! I a m really...

Oct 31, 2011: 7 days and counting!! I a m really nervous but only about the pain after the surgery. I opened my binder last night and was just wonder, if I am to wear it for 23 hours a day, just how do I go to the bath room with it on and what about the drains? If anyone can help me out please do.

Nov. 13, 2011: Sorry for the late follow-up, the...

Nov. 13, 2011: Sorry for the late follow-up, the surgery went well! I was only nervous about the pain after but I tolerated it well. We got a late start, surgery started at 9am, I got home about 4pm and was up by 8pm to use the bathroom. I started walking the next day with very little help and have only taken my pain medicine to sleep. I can't see much results because of the swelling but I'm hopeful. The gas afterwards is terrible but once you get pass that it is ok. I had a bowel movement on day 2 and that did help a lot. I got a little depressed yesterday for the first time because I am sick of going from the bed, walking, to the kitchen for an hour or so and then back to bed. I am used to being on the go and this was hard for me, however a friend unknowingly cheered me up with a goofy text and I haven't stopped laughing since. I have my first PO tomorrow and I am hoping to have this drain removed. The swelling had been the worse part for me because the binder feels like it is cutting off my circulation. I am so very thankful for my mother, she has been here since day one, she had emptied my drains(every 6hrs), given me my medications(every 12hrs for antibiotics and in between for everything else), given me baths and fixed meals for me. I well post pics soon.

I haven't posted any pictures yet because I am...

I haven't posted any pictures yet because I am functioning from my phone, as soon as I can access one of my kids' laptops I will post pics. They are not very good however

Had my po on Monday, drain is still in and finally...

Had my po on Monday, drain is still in and finally saw my new navel(yuck)...lol. I am finally seeing results, swollen but I can see it. I am standing straighter, still a slight hunch, but I feel better about things. I over did it a bit on Tuesday by trying to do a little shopping. When I got home I was extremely swollen and sore. I bought a dress and loved the results I saw when I put it on and I was swollen. I will post pics later today
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You look great! How does your incision look?
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Wow, you do look nice. I'm waiting get one just got to deliver the baby in July, lose some weight and find a reputable dr.
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Wow, you look really nice. Can you send me info on your doctor......
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Thank you darkgirl!! I feel great and I returned to work on 11/28 and my coworkers were so very helpful. I started out eating jello and oatmeal, then I added regular meal but could only eat a little. The swelling is up and down and is expected to last for a couple months. I am looking forward seeing your pictures!!
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OMG U LOOK ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! NEW HAIR, NEW BODY I MEAN WATCH OUT WORLD 2012 AIN'T READY FOR YA!!! HOW U FEEL? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN EATING? are u back at work? again u look GREAT
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Sorry for the delay. I wasn't sure if I was happy but I am and I have posted pictures.
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Waiting for Pics Ms. Lady!!! :-)
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Glad you're doing better! don't be depressed, Thank God you came out of it a NEW YOU and think of it as a vacation at home. Tell hubby and kids to pamper you, paint your toenails and your nails, etc. make it fun order movies and watch funny stuff thats my plan!!! :-) Can't wait to see your pics!!! I'll be right with you in 2 wks!!! :-))))))
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Hi there! I'm glad to hear your doing well and that the surgery was a success. I got cabin fever really quick so I know how u feel. I had my mom to help me as well waiting on me hand and foot. Don't rush your recovery process and listen to your body.
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where are your pics of the new belly???
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Good luck sweetie on your recovery ;) I'm on my 12 day and doing fantastic. Did have a major breakdown yesterday just cried and cried then started my period so I think maybe that had something to do with it or I'm just going to say that is what it was lol ... can't wait to see your photos. Wish you the best sweetie xoxo deb
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OK Miss Phili70 - I'll chat with you on the recovery side!! Good luck tomorrow!
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Hey girlie! Checking in to see how things went today? Check in when you can...
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Hi, good luck on your surgery! Mine is scheduled for Nov. 10, so I'm just 2 days after you, :)
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phili70 - getting excited??
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U are going to look amazing. Heck I can't stay out of the mirror and this is only the beginning of my recovery. So imagine how u will be once u hey back on your feet.. Keep me posted
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Where are the pics New Me 31??
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I still can't get over that you had your surgery while awake. I just couldn't imagine that. After reading everyones post - I know to stay on top of the pain meds. I plan to totally relax and let them take care of me. (i hope) I think I'm going to go crazy being in the bed for a couple days. I can't remember the last time I've done that!
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Good luck on your surgery!!! It's coming up pretty soon. The pain is not so bad afterwards. Everyone's pain tolerance is at a different level but I can tell you that from day one of my surgery which was a week ago , I've only been on extra strength Tylenol and I had my TT done Awake!!! Under just local anesthesia. You will be just fine. Once the first three days pass and the drains come out you will do better. I can tell you that I've mostly felt discomfort, achey , and tightness. All uncomfortable but no insane pain where I've had to be drugged up. Once again everyone is different and I will pray so that your pain is not a bad one. I will be sending healing prayers your way and smooth recovery. It's normal to be nervous. I was fine until the day before so your not alone. Good Luck!!!
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would love to see your pics NewMe31.
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Hey good luck on your surgery. I am 8 weeks post-op and lovingI It despite all the swell hell I am going through. Make sure you get plenty of rest while your recovering and let others help you. As women I know we can sometimes be a bit stubborn. :) I wish you the best..
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New Me, I am so glad to hear you are doing great and loving the new you. I can't wait!!
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Hey Philli - we're scheduled for the same day!! We're on the count down!!!
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Klewis0906...COOL!!! I can't wait to see your pics! Good luck, 7 official days and counting!!
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Welcome Philli70, can't wait to read about your journey! November 8th will be here before you know it! I go for my pre-op on November 15th and I have my TT on December 15th...I'm counting down...
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