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My Independence Day Comes Early This Year! - Houston, TX

I am 6 days away from my tummy tuck and I am out...

I am 6 days away from my tummy tuck and I am out of my mind! I'm excited, nervous, scared, and most of all READY!!!
I was so proud of myself when I managed to lose 50 pounds through Weight Watchers. The whole time I told myself "Once and for all!" That weight was coming off and was not going back on! I have done pretty well a year later but when I look at myself all I see is the skin. After giving birth to an 8 pounder 13 years ago and a 10 pounder 10 years ago, that stretching was a bit more than I expected!!
So here I am now, looking for encouragement and inspiration and tips! I hope to keep a diary in pictures of all of my happy progress!! I plan to be independent of that belly skin this time next week!

Pre-Op Visit Was Amazing!! This girl's all paid up!!!

I was so nervous today going to meet with my doctor. I had a billion questions and I was afraid I would be taking up his time! (Silly right?) When I was finally called back to the room, I couldn't believe just how nervous I was. However, I noticed that every person in the office from reception on up was calm, smily, and really encouraging. They all helped to put me at ease.
When the doctor finally came in he was great! He joked, and just talked a bit because he could tell I was really nervous. When we finally got to business, he answered every one of my questions, no matter how silly I thought they were. (My husband's favorite was "What do I do if I have to poop?")
After the good doctor answered all of my first round and second round of questions, I had my pictures taken. I talked to more staff about procedures they had and they told me their stories too!
Finally, I paid!!! I was so at ease and relaxed after that whole visit that all I could do was smile! :-) I am finally more excited than nervous!
Even better, I told my children what I was going to be doing on July 2nd. I was hesitant to say anything to them because this is such a selfish act. I didn't know what a 13 and 10 year old would think of their mom choosing to do this. They had lots of questions but were happy for me and was the last piece to this puzzle!!
I'm so ready now! It took all of my will power not to ask if we could push the date up! I guess I'll just have to hold on for 5 MORE DAYS!!!!!

Nesting? WTH??

Today I have been a crazy woman! I need the house to be clean, toes and nails done, and of course a bit of waxing!! I didn't do this when I was pregnant with either child!! I started putting pictures of the family on the dining room wall and it's killing me that I haven't finished it yet. I posted yesterday that I was more excited than nervous, well I think I found the nervous again. My behavior is bananas!!

Two Days and Counting!

I am two days away!!! Until this point I have not told a lot of people, I just don't want to go through all of the explanations and whys. However, I told two close friends today and one was overjoyed for me and the other questioned my motives. It doesn't matter because I am thrilled and can't wait!
My PS recommended I go on an all liquid diet two days prior to showtime, so here I am dreaming of burgers and potatoes and enjoying water, juices and broths. It's all part of the package and I am totally all in!!!!

This is it!

I didn't think I would sleep a wink, but I slept like a baby! I hope that's a good sign. I look at my self in the mirror and realize that this is what I want and that makes it OK. I have to be at the hospital in one hour and I am just excited. I hope I'm not too much of a pain for my husband in the coming weeks! Wish me luck friends!

I can't believe it!!

I did it!!!!!!!! I still don't believe it but I am officially on "the flat side!!!" I need to thank all of you ladies for your encouragement and well wishes! It went a long way for me! You all have become my support system and I thank you.
Yesterday was a blurr and my head was in a fog. Today is so much better! I feel half human again. The worst part was the nausea but it was just yesterday. Today is all good. Most of all, even with the bandages, I love it! I go to the doc on Friday and hope to see my stomach for the first time then.

It's the 4th of July!!

I know each day brings one more day of healing but sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees.
I did a lot more walking around the house today but man my back is killing me! However, I know I wouldn't be given more than I can handle so its all good!

Visit with my PS!

My visit went great! The dr said I had lots of swelling which is totally expected for 4 days after but he and I expect great things to come!

Get to the pictures already!!

Before I had my TT with MR and Lipo, wanted to see all the pics I could of each woman's recovery process. I have a few more to add. BTW, I haven't seen many women list Gas X in their list of things to have at hand. PLEASE get this item or something like it!! Yesterday I was miserable because of the gas!!
Finally, thank you all! Your encouragement makes me feel wonderful!!

The Consequences of Feeling too good!

So I overdid it yesterday! I felt so good that I had husband take me to a grocery store and a few errands. It felt so good to be out and about I even cooked dinner for everyone. As the evening went on I got more and more swollen! Yuck!! My side rubbed against the corset and did some extra bonus swelling of its own!! So today I'll be sitting, even if it kills me. And I think it might!,

:-(

I went to the PS today and I was pumping myself up that I would get my drains out today. He recommended that I keep them in just a few days longer to be on the cautious side. He completely explained the reason for wanting to keep them in 2 more days, and I totally get it, but these things are driving me crazy. Not to mention, no drains means different body shaper! My husband reminds me that I had major surgery 7 days ago and I shouldn't be too hard on myself.
Aside from that, I am doing great! Doc says I look good and the lipo swelling on my side will go down as the fluid leaves my body. I am in love with my new self!

Husband went back to work today!

Well, the honeymoon is over. I knew it wouldn't last forever, but it was nice. I found myself doing more today, (paying for it now with "Swell Hell") and not taking as many breaks. I got a thick skull but I gotta learn!!

Free at last! Free at last!!

On day 10 PO I got my drains out!! Hallelujah!! I really didn't like those things! I also got what I now call my "Super Suit"! My girdle is an amazing thing! I can't believe how in look. I couldn't really appreciate the new me because I was too tied up in the drains, the uncomfortable girdle, the hunched over back, ... But when I looked at myself in the super suit I cried because for the first time I was flat!
Now I'm standing up straighter, moving freely, showering, and retrying on every outfit in my closet!! Love it!!!

3 Weeks Baby!!

I woke up this morning and thought, "I'm 3 weeks PO!!" I can't believe it! I am having a love affair with my body! I look in the mirror way more than I should and I'm not even completely healed yet! I'm going to be impossible to deal with in the future! Just kidding! But I am amazed at the journey I am on, and I am loving the ride!
I met with my book club yesterday, I finally had time to read the book, and as we were wrapping up, a good friend of mine said, "I don't want to sound out of place but did you get a boob job? Your boobs look so big?" After I finally stopped laughing, and clutching my stomach, I shared with the group that I had a Tummy Tuck! I was so excited to share about the new me! I had wondered what friends that didn't know what I had done would think. Now I know! I guess once the stomach is gone, the boobs are all that's left to focus on!!
I have become much better at waiting. My diet is finding a happy place without too much salt! And while I walk a little on cooler mornings, I sit a lot and drink lots of water! I am truly one blessed girl!!

Feeling So Good!!

How long did it take you to sleep with just one pillow? Because I still am not there! I am using less pillows, I only used 2 for my upper body and two under my legs, but I am nowhere near flat yet! However, I got the best nights sleep I've had in a long time! I think I rolled onto my side at some point too. It's like I'm a baby learning to roll over all over again.
Felt so good, I took a good walk today. It was only 88 degrees outside this morning, so I put my compression workout clothing on and out I went. I'm not running yet, but it only took me 20 minutes to complete a mile this time! That's down from 27 minutes! I'm not ready for any 5 K's but I'll take this start! I cannot tell you how this was the best decision of my life!!

Happy Healing Friends!!

Look Back and See How Far I've Come!

I've been walking , a lot, lately and I feel the old me, the good healthy one, coming back!! I was feeling like there aren't any updates to share. I even debated not sharing this week at all until last night when I choked on the water I was drinking. I realized I grabbed my stomach as I sputtered and coughed buy I was no worse for wear afterward!! OMG! I think I'm healing on the inside! I don't see too many outward changes but as long as there is forward progress, I'm a happy girl!
On a different note, I absolutely adore my belly button! She is so cute, and her name is BeeBee!! (You have to understand, I was the child that named her stuffed animals Froggy and Teddy, not a lot of creativity lives here! :-) ) The whole me is coming together nicely! I have always liked me, but now I think I'm in a love affair with myself! My husband said that he's gonna have to install larger mirrors in the bathroom because of my new vanity! Sounds good to me!!
Rest easy everybody! And happy healing!!

I'm so grateful!!

I'm posting today because I'm anxious to see the timeline say "1 month"! I'm so happy!!

Back to work, Mostly!

I started setting up my classroom today. I did a lot of bending, lifting heavy boxes, and stretching high and low. And let me tell you, it is catching up to me now! I thought for sure after 6 weeks I would be about 100%, man was I mistaken! I feel like I'm about to bust with swelling. Luckily, I'm not working full days so I can try to ease myself into this. I went full tilt today and I think I will scale it back a bit tomorrow. The good news is, I am using my abs much more and more or less feel pretty good.
On a much happier note, I knew I would be seeing a lot of coworkers for the first time so I wore an outfit that would show off my new curves! Nothing gross, mind you, I am a teacher sweating like a big dog all day today! I had lots of people tell me how great I looked and if anyone asked me what I did, I happily told them about my wonderful PS and the magic he performed. One good friend insisted on seeing the belly button! Loved it!!
Houston Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Rojan Amjadi is a wonderful plastic surgeon. He took the time I needed to answere all my questions and put my mind at ease. He saw to every detail and spent all the te with me that I needed. He and his staff are wonderful and I highly recommend them.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Looking great love! I can't wait to be on the flat side..Continue to heal gorgeous and don't let them students run you up a chalk board. .lol
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Ha Mamacita!! That's the goal every day!! Thank you so much!! I can't wait for you to join me on the flat side!!
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You look great, I can't wait to pick your brain when i make in two weeks. Happy Healing
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Thank you! I hope I can be of help!
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So are you out of your compressing garment? If so how that feel because im only 4 weeks post op and If i dont wear it for 10 mins i feel weird.
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No Ma'am! I still wear my compression garment. If fact, I have added to the family. Living in TX it gets hot so I bought a compression camisole from Bali I think and I have a corset/sincher thing from Hanes that I uses as well. After my 1 month check up, my doctor told me to come back in 2 months. So I will wear it until then and he tells me otherwise.
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You look great. This is the best look I've seen your scar is beautiful. How long we're you out of work? Did you feel a lot pain after the drains were gone?
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I felt very little pain after drains. After 3 weeks I think I could have easily gone back to work! I teach so I will have a total of 8 weeks before I have to work!!
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I went bad and read alittle more, so I am on my feet alot... I feel like my stomach is swollen still and I am 3 weeks post op tomorrow, so I need more water and less on my feet. Your looking great, and I smiled when you shared your story with the book club! You look great!
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Thanks Tanya! Keep the water going, you're looking really good yourself!!
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I drank atlease 8 glasses today! Really proud! I had my husband buy me a dr pepper, and i have no desire to drink it.
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your scar looks great, I think mine will look like yours, because I am 3 weeks post op and I dont really look like I was cut.
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you look really good.
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What type of compression garment did you get? It thick or more like netting? Do you like it? My stage 1 is a netting material, which is breathable but makes where I sit uncomfortable after time, thinking about what to get in stage 2! And, as everyone above has said, you look terrific!
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Thank you so much! I am amazed every time I look in the mirror that it is actually me! My Super Suit is found on www.Isavela.com. My PS gave me the first one and as I lose weight I can buy more from him. It is really comfortable! Living in TX however makes things a little warm. There is a big opening that allows you to do "everything" without taking it off!
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Your scar looks good! How are you feeling?
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Tanya, thanks so much! I'm feeling wonderful! I went running this morning! I can't believe it!
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You r looking great!!!
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Thank you so much Vee! I feel great!
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At your 23 day update, im screaming nooooooo! Because you were still sleeping with pillows under your legs and behind you! Lol im 13 days post op and i got lile 6 pillows behind me, and one huge one under my legs. But honey you look amazing! Wait until you sleep ur hubbys arms, all those pillows will disappear!;-)
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Hey T! Pillows or not I have been snuggled up nicely to the husband! I even accidentally realized I can sleep without any pillows under me at all! I think it had just become a safety blanket, or pillow!! Happy healing!
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I like that! Thats soo cute!
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Woohoo!!
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I know what you mean about the pillow- I'm 10 weeks out, and even though I can comfortably sleep without one under my knees, I sleep more comfortably with it there. I don't think it hurts anything, maybe it even helps keep off any kind of tension while the scar is forming? I like my pillow, lol! You look fantastic!
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Thanks!!
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