I am six days post-op today and SO, SO thankful I finally had the surgery. After three children and non-pregnancy weight loss of 65lbs, I had been thinking about doing this for a couple of years. I had a breast lift two years ago (loved the doc), but couldn't get comfortable with him doing a TT/lipo. Finally went to the right doctor and decided to move forward. Because of my three little ones, I stayed at a very close friend’s house for the first 5 days. This made things much easier on my husband and children. The pain from the TT is not near as bad as I thought it would be ~ I'm only taking pain meds at night at this point. To make things easier the first few days I used a walker to get round, toddler step stool to get in/out of bed, and a raised potty seat to make daily life easier. I have a very weak stomach when it comes to blood, so I also had to use a damp cool cloth around my neck anytime I had to see my drains so I wouldn't pass out. I decided to go on ahead and have some lipo on my hips so everything would transition nicely. The lipo hurts more than I expected, but is definitely tolerable. I still have swelling, but even with that I love my results.
If you are considering a TT, make sure you talk to your doctor about
(i)if you have enough excess skin to avoid a vertical scar from your old belly button;
(ii) if you have enough excess skin to have your scar in a low location [some doctors avoid a vertical scar by moving the horizontal scar higher, or to get the horizontal scar low you have a vertical scar because there isn't enough excess skin to completely take out the old belly button and get a low horizontal scar ~ vertical/high horizontal scar is fine ~ just make sure you understand so you have reasonable expectations];
(iii) any concerns about how your new belly button will look; and
(iv) how they will address transitioning your new belly to your pubic area. [If this is not addressed sometimes there is an appearance of a "bulge" in this region.]
I really think talking through these items in detail with the various doctors I visited helped me make an informed decision about the doctor I chose ~ and is a significant reason why I am so happy with my results.