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I am scheduled to have a Lipo Tuck procedure on December 10, 2013 and I am feeling very nervous and excited! I'm not even sure exactly what to expect but after reading a lot of the stories on this blog and seeing the after pictures I feel more excited than nervous! Hope that makes since. LOL
I had my 3 week post op appointment today and they went over all of the steps with me. One of the things that was mentioned that really freaked me out was that I will not be able to wear any type of pants (not even jogging pants) for 6 weeks! Is this true? I can't imagine doing this for 6 weeks. I don't even own dresses. LOL
Oh well, I did promise myself that I will do every single thing the doctor tells me to do. I will post before pics as soon as I figure out how to do it. Don't get scared though, just keep in mind that about 7 years ago I lost over 100 pounds and I have lots of loose skin around my belly area. I can't even imagine how I will look afterwards. I kept thinking that I'm not going to recognize myself. LOL. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Good luck!! I'm sure you will love the flat side!
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I can't even imagine a flat belly especially since I have been overweight my entire life!!!
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Good luck!!
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Just picked up my meds!

Wow I was a little surprised to find out I had 8 prescriptions. I freaked out when I found out one of them is for anxiety! But I guess a calming pill will help with these nerves! This is all happening so fast now. I can only imagine how I will feel that morning! I'm scared but I know there's no turning back now! I guess my biggest fear besides pain is death! But I googled the death rate associated with tummy tucks and was pleasantly surprised to see it was very low! Whew.....
Still working in taking photos but I have been so so busy at work and home preparing for this. I will keep everyone in touch ????

2 Weeks Away

Well 13 days away from my big day! I have been thinking about nothing else but this day. Sometimes I think to myself what the heck am I thinking, but I have worked really hard for this and I know in the long run I will not regret it! I am so happy I found this site because it really helps me not be as scared reading about everyones experiences. My biggest fear is dying, but everyone tells me I'm crazy and that I will be just fine. I wouldn't care so much if it wasn't for my grandson. He is four years old and is my life! He lives with me so he's really like the son I never had. I can't imagine my life without him or his without me. And because this is an elective surgery, I feel guilty for taking a chance on him losing me! see, I told you I was crazy! LOL
But after reading a lot of the posts, I see it's just a normal feeling and I'm sure everything will be ok. I hope.
As the time gets closer I just pray for a quick and easy recovery. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you everyone for sharing your stories and pictures. I still can't figure out how to post pictures but my sister will be here tomorrow for Thanksgiving and hopefully she can show me how.
Well, I guess that's it for now, I have lots to do for our feast tomorrow which by the way I will enjoy since it may be the last time I can eat this much! LOL
Happy Thanksgiving :)
Hey my fellow Houstonian- we are just days apart - congrats on the weight loss and I look forward to reading your journey - my best to you ! You found an awesome group of ppl who are supportive and willing to share their experience -
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Before Pictures- Yuck!!!!

Please don't be sacred but it is what it is :(
You are so tiny everywhere else! This so going to be a great transition for you! Happy and excited for your upcoming surgery!!!!
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Thank you, I'm excited and nervous too! I can't wait yet part of me is terrified lol
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Yup! It's a very emotional process! I was terrified too but lucky that my surgeon took good care of me! If you trust your surgeon it makes it that much easier! They will take care of any medical concern and won't do the surgery if they are worried at all! I just kept telling myself! I'm terrified, but I'm not canceling!!
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One Week Post OP Pics

I was X Mas shopping today and tried on a few things at a clothing store and figured it would be a good idea to download a couple of pictures of me with clothes on since I already posted the horrible pics of my full blown stomach! LOL
You will be fine, pass my profile and you will have an idea and how you will look. Keep us update
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OMG I just seen your profile, you look totally amazing!!!! I'm excited and scared but pics like yours give me encouragement, thanks :)
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Lol, you are welcome, still need to do lipo next year God willing.
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SICK!!!!

OMG I think I had food poisoning yesterday. I had Whataburger for lunch and right after that I started feeling sick to my stomach. Somehow I made it through the rest of the day but by the time I was driving home, I was in horrible pain. I almost pulled over to call my husband to pick me up from the side of the freeway but I knew that would just freak him out so I just prayed the whole way home for God to help me make it. Needless to say as soon as I got home I ran straight to my room and started vomiting and had the worst diaherra and stomach cramps ever! I knew that I couldn't take any meds this close to surgery so I suffered all night long :(
I started thinking to myself, what the hell am I fixing to do to myself! If this pain feels unbearable imagine after surgery! Well, because my job is so demanding I had to get up at 5:30 am, take a shower and get to work. It was terrible, I was sick all day. About 4pm I called my PS and told Rachel the situation and she said she would talk to the doctor and call me back, and he did saying that he said I could go ahead and take something for my stomach like Imodium. that was music to my ears although I felt guilty about taking medication this close to surgery. Well Thank God by the time I got home around 6pm I felt better. My stomach cramps weren't as painful although I still feel them. My husband rushed out and bought me some medicine and as of right now, I have not taken them. I'm so scared to do anything I'm not supposed to but my PS said the most important thing is for me not to be sick on Monday when I go in for my markings! I was just tripping when I started to dought this surgery and the pain I am going to be in! But then I came on this site and remembered how wonderful I will feel in a few months! I just want to say Thank You to everyone for sharing and caring so much for total strangers! God Bless :)
Good luck my love Cant wait n hear about ur journey as well damn 8meds They tried ti give me hyrdociden I said no wY
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No way I took it before and that made me feel horrible
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Good luck on the 10th look forward to seeing the results .see you on the flat side :)
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5 Days Pre OP Pics

Hey ladies, well I'm happy to announce that I am feeling much better today! YAY
And I didn't take any medication after all. I was so afraid to do something that I'm not supposed to do that I just toughed it out! LOL
I'm still a little weak but much better than Tuesday and Wednesday. I swear I'm such a worry wart but I seen the news today and we are in for some bad weather this weekend starting tomorrow which has me worried about getting sick! UGH does it ever stop! Everyone keeps telling me if I'm sick with a cold or anything they surgery will have to be rescheduled because they can not put you under when you are sick so of course I'm worried about that! Monday I go in for my markings, then on Tuesday my check in time is 7am. According to the weatherman it will be 28 degrees on Tuesday morning! Yikes
Oh well, with that being said I came home and decided to take a few more pics of myself prior to surgery because I never want to forget where I started from. I kept thinking to myself as I looked at these pictures, what the hell do you expect from this poor doctor a Miracle?? I am so huge! I can't even imagine how my stomach looked 100 pounds heavier! Of course I wouldn't know because I NEVER looked at myself when I was that big much less took any pictures without clothes on! This is actually the first time in my life I have reveled my gut to anyone, even myself. LOL
I even took a picture of my fortune that was in my fortune cookie that I had for lunch, it made me smile :)
Good luck. I'm happy for you!
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Good luck next Tuesday. Is our day!!! :)
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Yes it is, best of luck to you too! God Bless :)
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The Time Is Near!!!!!

Well I about 36 hours away from my surgery! I have been so busy this weekend trying not to forget anything I may need. I have cooked so much and shopped for every thing everyone has suggested. I couldn't find a toilet riser though. I have been so emotional tonight. I just cried my eyes out wondering what the heck I'm about to do. My main concern is dying. Lol, I know I've said that before and at times I know I'm not but then I have those what if moments. Normal I guess.
Tomorrow I go in for my markings, then I check in at 7am on Tuesday for the surgery. The weatherman said it will be 28 degrees that morning. Yikes!
My husband keeps telling me to quit worrying about every single thing, but that's hard for me to do when I'm the one in charge of everything all the time! I'm so scared but I know that's just normal and deep down inside I know I will be ok. I'm going to try and get some sleep cause tomorrow I will have to work until 2pm then off to get my markings. I will post pics of my markings tomorrow. Nite nite :0
Good luck to you! I was feeling the same way Last Thursday. I was originally sched for Dec 11th and my docs office called me at the last min to reached for last Friday. My heart skipped a beat! But I stayed in prayer placed it in his hands! You will be just fine. I had 2 nights stay at the hosp and now I'm home :)
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Your feelings are normal we have them prior to surgery , just keep your eyes on the prize and remember the reason "why" you need this . I will be thinking of you :)
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Well, tomortow is the day, lam excited for you, have a lot of rest today and get mentally ready for the new you. God be with you tomorrow and always
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Markings Time

Well I just got here for my markings. I was feeling really nervous until I took one of those anti anxiety pills. Now I feel so sleepy! I can't believe I drove here. Lol
My husband will definitely be driving home. Oh yeah this Liquid Diet sucks! Yuck
My bed was delivered today so I guess I'm ready! I will post pics of my markings tonight
Yay! You will do and look great!
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Good luck. Hope u brought crackers or something cuz when u wake up u msy feel nausous n week. I pray ur sx goes well xoxo
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Good luck!! Can't wait to see you on the flat side!
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IM ALIVE!!!!!

Well it's over! It all went well, thanks to god. I couldn't keep my eyes open more than five minutes at a time yesterday! Lol
I'm on the way to see my ps right now. Apparently they are going to put my compression garment on me today. I definitelyfeel a lot more pain today than yesterday. I didn't look cause I felt so weak and figured it would just make me dwell on the pain. My husband said it looks fine, just real bloody! Yuck
I hope everyone is healing fine and once again, thank you for your prayers!
Welcome to the flat size, honey
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I hope ur doing well. .
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Thanks Roxanne, so far it's been pretty good :)
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Hello ladies

Well here I am, been up since 3am. Had to take my meds, I'm keeping up with those meds cause I'm afraid to know what it feels like without them. So far I've been doing pretty good just really sore in upper abdomen area. I don't feel any pain in the insecion thank god! And it only hurts when I stand up! Laying and sitting on the bed feels wonderful but when it's time for my walks, ouch!!!
I do feel pretty lucky not having back pain though cause I know that's a big complaint! I sent my husband to but me a toilet riser! That's a plus! Still haven't has a bm but I haven't been eating that much either. I've pretty much been living on crackers and water or tea! Well guess I'm going to try to sleep a few more hours before my grandson wakes me up while he gets ready for school.

More photos

I accidentally pressed the wrong button and had more photos to add. Blame the meds. Lol
Hi mari, how are you, how is your recovery, hopefully smoth. :-), thank you for sharing with us your hystory., healing vives to you.
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Hi Triguena so far it's been okay. I took my first shower today and that made me feel fresh. Thanks for the healing vibes, I appreciate them:)
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Refreshing, just take it easy, l know is hard specially if you use to be active, forget to tell you after a shower dry your BB and incisions with your hairdryer in a cool setting, and then apply polysporin, have to avoid any infection due to moisture. :-)
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Not Very Happy

Well after my shower tonight I felt I was ready to see my incision. I have to admit I am not very happy with the results. I know I'm still really swollen and it will take a lot of time to get to the final results but omg the right side of my body looks horrible! I almost started crying but didn't want to upset my family so I just said wow that's horrible. Immediately my husband started telling me it's only been two days and I shouldn't expect too much too soon. I've been looking at photos on this website for months and if can tell you when something isn't right. Oh well, I have a doctors appointment tomorrow so I will bring it to his attention. I wonder what he will say! Being that at my appointment on Monday he said I was going to have a very nice figure once all the swelling goes away! Now I'm not so sure! :(
When I had my TT done, I was NOT prepared for the emotional aspect of it. I felt fat and bloated and gross afterwards. I looked like Sponge Bob Squarepants! However, as time went on (I an 5 weeks out now), swelling subsided and clothes fit again. My shape took effect. Remember, your body went through TRAUMA. You are going to love your results when all is said and done :-)
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You look great. As far as your scar goes please use the cream that the doctors prescribed and do as was told by the nurse. I know a lot of ppl will advise you how to take care of your scar but it is important to do as told from your doctor until he tells you otherwise. I also had my TT done by him and did exactly what was told. When he advised me to start use silicone strips I also used bio oil, but take it easy and you will be amazed how you continue to go down.
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Marylou17 you are swollen, give it some time dear you are only 2 days post I've seen where there was significant amount of tissue removed and the person was swollen but afterwards nice shape formed after the puffiness went away - your going to be fine just need some time under your belt :)
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3 Days Post OP

I went to see my ps again today and he said everything looks like it should at this point. My stomach wasn't as swollen as it was on Wednesday but my sides still look weird to me. I just don't see how that can "fix itself" i do like the front of my stomach though so I guess there's a plus. I still have a lot of weight to lose and I'm hoping the combination of diet and exercise will make a big difference in the appearance. I mean I never intended on wearing stomach reveling clothes but I did dream about wearing form fitting tops tucked into my pants. It's just that I feel after going through the whole process I should at least have the option if I wanted to but if my sides stay looking like they do I would never show my belly to anyone and that makes me a little sad. Sorry to sound like such a cry baby but I guess I'm emotional right now too! I'm usually a take charge kind of person and always look for the positive in things. And I'm sure in time I will. Just wanted to post a couple of pictures because I promised I would no matter what. Weather their ugly or not I will stand by my word. Have a great weekend sistas :)
I think you look better than you think you do...................
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How u feeling any nausea? I love the beginning w the meds sleeping its harder to sleep now w out muscle relaxed :-(
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Hey beautiful, no luckily I never had any nausea at all. I hate vomiting and can't even imagine how that would feel right now! I've been popping my pain meds religiously and hope by the time I run out I won't need them. Lol
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Better Day

I'm happy to announce that today was a better day for me! I woke up feeling a little stiff but then realized that I hadn't taken a pain pill in like ten hours. Plus I was starving, so as soon as I ate and took my meds I felt really good. My sis in law came by to visit me today and brought me a big book if puzzles and some wonderful white chocolate truffles that my grandson ended up eating. Lol
He did allow me a bite though.
Later in the afternoon I took a shower and afterwards inspected my body again and wasn't as disappointed as the first time. My stomach area looked a little less swollen and even the ugly side didn't look as bad. I mean it's still weird looking but it looked a little flatter to me! Thank You Jesus. Lol
I'm convinced that with time it should be okay. Either way I will work as hard as I can to look as best as I can, after all that's one of the reasons I did this in the first place. I pulled out an old photo album if when I was at my heaviest and wanted to slap myself for whining. Lol
I guess that reality check of where I started from made me realize how far I have come. I am so glad to be able to share this experience with all the wonderful people on this website. I don't know what condition I would be in right now without everyone! So, a big Thank You for all the kind reassuring words that you all have given me! God Bless....muah
Wow!!
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You look great. What a change from your pre picture. :)
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god bless you, hang in there, you do sound happier about this, I always say go back and look at your before pics and look at you now already, if you look at my before I look absolutely horrible, and I didn't look like fashion model afterwards but it was better than I ever expected and I am much more active and have a workout program and try to eat healthy 80 percent or os of the time and drink lots of water, of course this is after a complete recovery, I had mine in may 2012 and started exercise program sept 2012 and still went very easy on abs for a while, love all you girls also
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Emotions

Hi ladies, just wanted to post before I go to bed. Today was kinda weird. I was so emotional for some reason. It started with my husband having to go back to work after taking care of me all last week. I really missed him.
But then I cried just about all day for any reason. I cried because the cable kept going in and out, because I felt lonely, because I'm tired of lying on this hospital bed, because I can't stand straight, you name it, I cried.
But as soon as my grandson came home from school I felt so much better! That boy owns my heart! I seen a couple of posts saying the same thing so I guess it's just part of recovery. On a happy note, tomorrow I will complete seven days post OP. Yay!!!!!
I've been doing pretty good, no pain at all, just a lot of soreness around my torso. I can't wait until the healing process is over and I can feel normal again! I hope everyone is doing well, I will post some pics tomorrow after my shower! Nite
cant figure out why this surgery makes us so emotional, wonder if it is because we are women and used to basically doing everything and then we feel so bad and cant do things and just makes us frustrated ? and then we think "well I did this to myself", just wondering if that is it, anyway you will feel better believe me and you will be so glad you did this when it is all said and done, I think us women just need to relax but easier said than done isn't it ? best of luck to you, keep us updated
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Yes I think you're right Kathy, I am the head of household and a very independent woman. I am so use to being in charge of everything and now I feel helpless. That's crazy but it makes sense. Looking at my incision today fresh out of the shower, I was pretty happy about the way it is healing! Time is what I need :)
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Think about how georgeus you going to look when the swelling go down, that will make you feel better. :-)
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Swollen

Today makes 7 days Post OP! This is one of the milestones I wanted to reach. 7 days, 2 weeks and 6 weeks!
I didn't get to take my shower today until late due to watching The Voice on TV so I had also already had dinner and by the time I showered, I was pretty swollen. I was pleasantly surprised to see how good my incision is healing! Even the pleating didn't look so crazy! It will be a longtime before I will be considered "flat" but hey I'm on my way! I'm pretty happy for one week! Thank God cause I thought I was gonna go crazy! Lol
I've been walking a lot straighter and thankfully have never had back pain. I do feel the bruising a little more now but I think that may be to me taking less and less pain pills. I drank a diet coke yesterday and one today and noticed my stomach had a burning sensation that I never felt before! I have been addicted to diet coke for years and couldn't help myself but I think my stomach isn't ready for it yet so I'm not going to drink anymore to see if that was it! I swear before surgery I would drink a 12 pack a day so from that to none has been a bit challenging. Oh well, maybe it's a good thing. Lol
Other than that, everything else has felt really good. Happy healing sisters :)
Your looking good! Who needs pop anyways!? lol
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Right? Just need to keep my eyes on the prize! Lol
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wow that pic of you sitting down and your belly being gone is awesome, just keep being patient and think of the positive things from your tummy tuck and enjoy, cant wait to continue to see your progress and really that pleating will be a thing of the past, not to worry, I think by doing it you may have a better outcome
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More pics

I finally got the app to do side by side photos so I wanted to post a couple. Had a pretty good day today. Officially ran out of pain pills so I started taking extra strength Tylenol. Didn't ask my ps what I should take but I read a lot of ladies take extra strength Tylenol. Not so much pain but after awhile I feel an uncomfortable tightness so I like to take something before it gets out of hand. How long are we supposed to keep the incision covered? Every time I change the pads, there is a tiny line of dried blood. I am still putting ointment and covering up but I was just wondering how long were supposed to do that! Well, I got brave today and tried on some jeans! I was happy for one that they fit, and I didn't have a muffin top which was an awesome feeling. Especially since I am still really swollen and had lots of padding underneath! Yay, I felt so so good :)
WOW!! How much fat and how much skin did he take off? Do you know your weight before surgery and your weight when you healed? Thankyou!
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Lovin the look in the jeans
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Looking great! The incision can take quiet a time to heal! I am 3 months and sutchers keep poking through.
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Infection :(

Yep, it all started last night when I was fixing to take a shower I noticed the pad covering my incision right below my belly button had quite a bit of blood on it! Then while I was showering that part burned when water touched it. I knew right away something was wrong because I've never felt this before. I called my ps first thing this morning and he said for me to go in so he could take a look at it. Which I'm glad I did because his office is going to be closed until next Thursday! When I got there he seen me right away!
As soon as he seen it he said this is something very common seen in women who are too active too soon. I was shocked because I feel like I haven't done anything! I haven't even left my house since my last appointment. I told him the only thing I started doing is sitting at the dining table to visit and talk with family. He asked how long I sit there and I said actually the last few days I have sat for hours. He said that's it!
I couldn't believe sitting is considered being too active. So anyway he proceeds to squeeze my incision so hard I felt like I was going to faint! He took a lot of fluid out and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. He also said just sit for an hour then lay down again. I am so sick of laying down :(
But I didn't come this far for any set backs! I'm looking forward to my next milestone, two weeks post OP! I'm so close!
So anyway, I decided to take a pic of myself before going to the doctor since it's really the first time I've warn regular clothes. I'm still really sore but I must say, I was pretty happy! My husband couldn't stop telling me how great I looked. Lol, he's so sweet!
You look beautiful your dress looks wonderful. ... I had some pain like yours I don't lay down im more of Standing up most of the day im always busy. ..
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Thanks Roxanne39, that's why I was surprised that sitting was considered an activity. I feel like all I do is lay or sit around. I haven't even walked in my kitchen, I don't go anywhere, don't do a lot of walking, nothing. Just started sitting with the family at the table and I get a set back! That's where I started feeling like I'm never going to get back to normal :(
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My dr don't want me laying around he said keep active move around much as u can. . Some drs are all different in the recovery. . If u had bad pain ask for pain meds I know I did.
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Make up!!!!

It's crazy how a little make up can lift your spirits! I decided to try and feel a little like my old self and put some make up on. I'm going to attempt to to out and find me another body garment because I'm sick of washing this one over and over again. Any suggestions? Do I get one with the bottom cut out? Are there any like that? Still have some leakage from my incision but it's not as much! Thank God. I just hope this clears up before my next appt so hopefully I can stop having to cover up this incision. Hope everyone is having a positive day! :)
I had a couple garments along with the original binder, I like the ones with the hook closure at the bottom as you don't have to take it off but can pull it up enough to use restroom without going on yourself, lol.............you are a beautiful girl and wishing you much luck with your recovery !
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Thanks Kathy, I bought me one last night but was really confused on what to get! I haven't even tried it on because when I got home I noticed out of the twenty or more I looked at I ended up getting one that does not have hooks on the bottom. Grrrrr It does have a weird slit though but not sure how that would work. I may just cut the bottom out, even though it was 50.00!! I thought that was outrageous. I can't wait for this to be over, still suffering with lots of discharge from one little part on my incision. It's getting pretty painful and can't get ahold of my ps until Thursday! :( Until then, I will just keep praying
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Take Advil. I have my pain meds but I alternate with Advil since it's also an inflammatory. I am 3 days post op and I feel I am doing too much but then I feel as if I don't do anything. I do walk around quite a bit because my dr said to get up and get moving around, not to lay in bed since I'm not sick, the walking helps with the blood flow and healing process. Hang in there babe. Give it time, the healing process is a very looooong road to recovery ;)
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Two Week Post OP, Finally!!!!!

It felt like it was never going to get here! Another one of my milestones has been reached and I am so happy! This is the first time ever I've wanted time to move fast. Lol
This morning when I woke up and was in the bathroom washing up I happen to glance over to my scale.
Then I realized that I hadn't even weighed myself since surgery two weeks ago!
So needless to say, I stepped on the scale and was pleasantly surprised to find that I lost 21 pounds!!!!!!
I couldn't believe my eyes so I stepped on it three times to confirm, and yes a whopping 21 pounds!
I have been recording my weight for years since I started losing weight.
The morning before my surgery I weighed in at 181 pounds and this morning, two weeks later I weighed 161 pounds! I am so happy!!!!!!
Just wanted to share with my sisters!
I hope everyone has a great Christmas, God Bless ;)
What a amazing story! You look fabulous! You should defiantly think about getting a Brest reduction in the future. I had one done when I was 26, best decision I ever made! Now at 56 I'm finally getting tt, in January, 20th. Excited and nervous, but know that it will never go away on its own. It's the biggest part on me. And I'm a size 12. So hopefully will be a 10. Merry Christmas to you all.
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Wow that's amazing lovely Christmas gift! Did surgeon say how much you had taken off in surgery hun? Merry Christmas
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Yes bailkenzhen, it is quite amazing! I am so happy :) Merry Christmas to you too
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Fever :(

I'm really getting scared. Today I woke up with fever and felt really dizzy.
When I got up my incision was oozing with a lot of discharge. I have been taking antibiotics 4 times a day for a week and I thought I was getting better but I guess not :(
At one point I was freezing to the point where my husband placed gloves on my hands, two pair of socks, and a comforter. Not an hour later, I was sweating and my fever was up again. What is so scary is how much discharge is coming out if my incision. Sometimes I wonder if it's because I didn't have drains. It's like when I sit on the commode, as soon as I stand up the discharge is running down my legs. So scary. I start crying so much because this didn't seem normal but I want sure. I started freaking myself out. I finally calmed down and have kept the fever down with Advil. As soon as I wake up I'm calling my ps to see what the heck is going on.
Worse Christmas ever!!!!
Hope your ok hunni
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Hey Marylou17 how are you feeling today ?
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I hope ur doing better today. Im am having stuff come out as well u gotta out max pads on your scar so can soak it up. I put them then in my underwear then binder on top. ..
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I'm still alive!!!

Hey ladies, just wanted to update. I finally seen my ps on Friday and unfortunately the news wasn't good.
As soon as he seen me he was like wow, you definitely have an infection going on. I was so scared cause I knew something was wrong. By that morning I was draining puss n blood and even seen a couple of blood clots. My incision looked dark red all round it. On top of that I was now leaking on another part of my incision. It was awful.
He said that I had developed an abscess and had to make a choice if either having someone start packing gauze inside the incision three times a day or admit me in the hospital so that can do it. At this point my heart was racing my mind was trying to figure out what he was saying and I just started crying. He kinda freaked out and was very compassionate. He kept saying look at me, and while holing my hand he assured me that I was going to be ok. After repeating that a few times I told him that I trust him and will do whatever he says.
I asked him to call in my daughter that was sitting in the waiting area and show her how to change the gauze.
OMG he took a scalpel and cut about a two inch slit on my incision and drained a lot of blood and puss.
My poor daughter looked so scared.
He showed her how to pack gauze inside of the incision and that was it.
He asked me to go back on Monday for a check up.
I have to say though my daughter has been doing a great job changing the gauze. I swear I don't think I could do it, so gross. Very bloody.

But I am happy to report that this morning everything is looking much much better. Thanks To God!
My skin around the incision looks pinkish again and the discharge has lightened up a lot! Whew
I just don't get how someone can have stuff oozing from their body for 19 days and not die! Lol
Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow. I will update when I get back!
God Bless.........
Oh gosh. That's awful but glad you've got a great daughter that can pitch in and help. Good luck!!!
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Wow, you have a brave daughter! - I hate to hear you are going through this - sounds like you are turning the corner for the better :) Did he say how this could have happened ? Sending hugs and healing vibes your way :-)
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Hope you are feeling better very soon
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3 Week Post OP

Happy New Year sistas! Hope everyone is doing fine.
Well I went to see my ps on Monday and he said my incision was looking way better and that my daughter was doing an excellent job keeping it clean and changing the gauze. Unfortunately he found an ingrown hair on my pubic part and decided to pull it out! Ouch!!!!!!!!!!! It hurt so bad!
Then he felt that another small part on my incision needed to be packed so now my daughter has three holes to deal with. And for some reason that one hurts really bad every time she messes with it! Man sometimes I feel like I'm being punished for some reason! I can't wait til all this crap is over with!
Today I felt better and decided after my shower I was going to put on some make up and jeans a T shirt and sit my butt outside for somefresh air. And that's exactly what I did. After awhile my husband took me for a ride around town. I felt like a prisoner that was just released. Lol
I'm supposed to go back to work on Monday so I needed to get out for a minute. I felt so tired afterwards and came home and jumped back into my jogging pants and laid in bed.
I can't believe how tired I get without doing anything! That's crazy!
Still have lots of swelling but I'm not too worried about that! I look forward to building my body with exercise as soon as I can! This is going to be the best summer I ever had and only I can make that happen!
I pray everyone is feeling great and healing quickly :)
How did you do returning to work? Hope all went well!
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Wow, what a journey ,your looking fab, looking forward to your next update xxx
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Wow your looking lovely and your smile says it all.. Good girl Hun you doing fab
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4 Weeks Post OP Today!

Well here I am four weeks into my recovery and I'm happy to say I am feeling much better!
I seen my ps yesterday and he said that my incision is looking way better and to just keep doing what I have been doing. I still have to pack the two holes on my incision but they are starting to heal very quickly. Pretty soon I should have nothing to pack! Yay

I returned back to work yesterday after my appointment and omg I thought I was going to die! When I got home I was so exhausted! I couldn't even move. Lol
I was so worried that I wouldn't make a whole nine hour day today. I also slept in my bed for the first time and luckily it was alot more comfortable than I thought it would be. I'm a side sleeper and hadn't slept on my side for four weeks. When I first laid on my side I felt pain in my rib area. I kept ignoring it until I finally feel asleep. I had like 6 pillows all around me. Turned out to be a pretty good nights sleep! Enough to give me energy for a whole day of work today. I didn't start feeling really tired until the end of the day.
I haven't taken anymore pics but will tomorrow morning after my shower. I will post them tomorrow after work!

God Bless each and everyone of you, I appreciate all of your comments and being able to share my thoughts and feeling whether good or bad with people that truly understand!
Thanks for all the love :)
Sorry to hear u been having complications... but ur looking good ;-)
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Just read your story and wanted to tell you congrats! You look really good :)
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Wow 4 weeks already ! Keep plugging away girl it gets better day by day .
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1 Work Week Down, Whew

Boy I've never been so happy for it to be Friday! I worked all week long and am so exhausted! I can't believe how tired I am. Lol
Overall I did ok. I am still dealing with these two holes on my incision but my daughter swears they are shrinking. My next appt is January 24th hopefully by then it will be healed enough to not have to pack anymore. Buying all the medical supplies for this is getting really expensive too!
I try and stay positive and think how things should be by the summer!
I went and got my hair cut at the salon and will dye it tomorrow. Just something else to make me feel better!
I can't wait to go shopping for new clothes! Speaking of, I tried on several outfits from my closet the other day and was amazed of how great everything fit. Blouses that were snugged on me prior to surgery now fit big! That was an awesome feeling. :)
I even tried on a belt my sister bought me for Xmas. My life long dream was to be able to wear a beautiful belt with a shirt that's actually tucked in! I didn't look as good as I will when I'm not so swollen but omg I was so happy!!!
Enjoy the pics :)
Hope everyone is doing well, God Bless
Hello marylou how are you.
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Hi Roxanne, I am doing fine. I have been extremely busy at work and come home exhausted! Nothing's really changed, still packing one of the two holes I have. My daughter says this one is closing up too! So happy about that! I have my next drs appt on Friday morning and I'm hoping he says I no longer have to pack that ugly hole. How are you coming along? I hope everything is okay :)
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You look happy and that belt is awesome! Can't wait to wear one myself :)
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7 Weeks Post OP

Hello ladies, I know it's been awhile since my last post but not too much has changed.
Today I had an appt with my ps and he was pretty happy with my incision holes. I was so happy he said I don't have to pack them anymore. He said just to cover it up with a dry gauze. I'm kinda worried about it being open a little without any gauze in it but he didn't seem to be worried at all.
I asked him if I should start massaging some kind of scar therapy lotion or oil on my incision and he said no :/

I ask if I could start working out and he said just walking for the next month. I was a little disappointed in that especially since I've been eating like a pig!
I swear I'm always hungry! Lol
I really was counting on sweating some of this all.
Oh well, better just do what he says!
I hope everyone is doing fine, take care my wonderful friends :)
Happy belated birthday Lou!
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Thank you so much love :)
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Happy belated birthday! Keep healing....you look great! !!
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8 Weeks PO today!

Hey ladies, hope all is well. I can't believe it's been right weeks. At first, time seemed to be dragging then once I went back to work, it's flying again! Lol

I'm pretty happy so far! Still swell up a lot everyday. Especially above my belly button area. I was eating out of control and managed to gain 8 pounds! Yikes
I had a long talk with myself about why I did this and how I need to make the best of it! This was a very expensive surgery and I would be devastated if I ended up where I started. It's just that when people start giving me compliments and telling me how good I look, it's like I can't accept it and start binge eating! It's crazy I know but I've always been like that. I know lots of people are happy for me and some are jealous but I have to just do me!
With that being said, I started working out on my treadmill which is all my ps will allow at this point. I'm walking everyday, 30 minutes one day, 45 the next for a min of four days a week! It's not much but I know it's better than nothing.
My boss gave me VIP tickets to go see the Houston Rockets game tomorrow and I'm so excited!

I hope everyone is doing good and staying positive. This is such a crazy journey. Rough at times but over all, worth it!!!
Take care ladies ;)
I've just read your story and feel like I've gone through your journey with you! How you feeling about your stomach now! Has your swelling subsided? I think you look fantastic and you are gorgeous xx
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Hi PelsTT, I feel pretty happy for the most part! I know I have a long way to go and I have to put a lot of work into how I want to look. This surgery was just a jump start for me to get rid of the excess skin from the weight loss and the rest is up to me! Bur from where I started, I love the results! You look awesome too! Happy Healing :)
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Hey I know what u mean, I, have gain 8 pounds also. Im trying to get it off as well. . I hope by summer I can get to my goal. I have tredmill myself I need to get on it .. hope is all good with your healing.
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12 Weeks Post OP today! Hurray :)

Hello ladies,
I know it's been a while since I've posted but not much had changed so I figured I would wait until my next appointment.
I seen my PS on Friday and he was pretty happy with the results so far! I guess I didn't realized how different I looked from the last time I seen him a little over a month ago but everyone at the office were all telling me how good I looked! Needless to say I had a smile from ear to ear the rest of the day. Lol
He said that I needed to start scar therapy and sold me a product from his office. I haven't put it on me yet because I have to shave and I'm scared it's gonna hurt taking it off every night. I'm such a scary cat. Lol
I do plan to start placing it on my scar this weekend!

Speaking about my scar, the holes I had seen to be completely closed. Thank god! Sometimes I'm afraid my scar will open again but hopefully it never does.
He said I could start doing Zumba again! I was so happy to hear that.
Today I did my first Zumba video and felt like I was going to die! Lol
I have to admit my scar is hurting. I hope I didn't hurt myself. I swear I feel like it ripped open a little. I'm gonna have my daughter look at it before I go to bed. I'm just relaxing on my bed for now.

I posted a few pictures today to celebrate my 12 week milestone! I know I still have a long way to go to get to the body I have always dreamed of but I'm so so happy about the way I look today compare to before the surgery. I can't imagine the possibilities of how I can look with lots of hard work and dedication. I'm really for that next step! This is such a blessing to have the opportunity to have this type of surgery. It really is life changing!
I Love It!!!! No regrets!
Happy healing sistas, God Bless :)
Just checking, how are you, sexy mami
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Absolutely gorgeous!! You're a true inspiration. Thank you for posting your blog.
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Thank you so much soon2be I see you're about to cross on over to the flat side. I'm so excited for you! You're going to love it! I can't wait to see you when it's over! Take care and keep us posted! Best of Luck :)
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