Next Stop, SkinnyTown! Toot Toot!!! Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift (No Implant)

5'7" 147 pounds 37 year old stay at home...

5'7" 147 pounds
37 year old stay at home mom
Reasonably good shape (run, hip hop abs, insanity (sometimes)
Wanting stretch marks and flop gone, diastasis repaired, and sad girls put back where the belong.
Having Full Tummy Tuck and a Breast Lift without implant. Hoping to have enough natural breast to stay proportional.

Tomorrow is my big day! Nervous, excited, anxious and ready to get it over with!

Ok. I've been lurking here for a month, so I though I'd give back a little for all the stories that have helped me. First, I am the absolute last person that I thought would ever be having this done! I never saw anything wrong with it, but I just did not believe the risk was worth the reward.

Well, here I am! Friday is my big day! I'm so excited and nervous! Trying to tie up loose ends and get prepared. So far, I've only done the usual preop regimen.... Multivitamin and Emergen-C. I've been dry brushing for months and love the way it feels! I lost my mind last night and decided to do a detox bath. I'm feeling a bit dehydrated, but otherwise energized.

I'm going shopping today for some supplies/groceries and planning to prep some meals for the freezer.

Feel free to offer any last minute advice for a newbie about to cross to the other side. Thanks so much to all of you who have shared your stories, both good and bad. You have blazed the trail! :)

Thinking of you today! Hope all goes well and that your recovery is comfortable. When you feel up to it, please let us know how you're feeling.

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Welcome to RS and goodluck tomorrow!!
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Good luck! So excited for you. You are having the same procedures I want done :) Can't wait to hear how everything goes. I'm sure you will be THRILLED with the results. Sending good thoughts your way tomorrow :)
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All done!

Got to the hospital at 7:30. PO nurse was very nice and thoughroug. Anesthesiologist introduced himself. I don't remember anything he talked about due to him being gorgeous! PS came in and talked to hubby and parents before surgery. Super nice guy. The kind of guy that I would want my husband to be friends with. They chatted about alma maters and college football. Then, he marked me up after everyone left. Hugs and kisses from parents and hubs. That's about all I remember. Surgery started around 9. They didn't take any pictures. I don't know why. So I guess y'all have to rely on my self photography.

Woke up in recovery and my tits were on fire! My throat hurt and my mouth was crazy dry. I was very nauseous. They gave me Sprite which made it worse. I don't drink a lot of sodas, so it gave me some heartburn. I couldn't tell if I was going to burb or throw up. I dry heaved a couple of times. They gave me some phenegren which helped some. I ended up being in recovery a couple hours longer than usual due to the nausea and boob pain. We headed home around 4:30.

Home felt good. I was so relaxed in my rented electric recliner. I HIGHLY recommend renting something that lifts you up. I rented mine from rent-a-center for $29 a week. I'm hoping to only need it for two weeks. I'm going to want to sleep in my ASAP.

Dozed off and on until bed time. My husband has been AMAZING! He was not totally on board with surgery. He was very nervous the whole week before. He is much better now that surgery is over, and he is so patient and helpful. I love him to pieces!

My stomach doesn't really "hurt", but is incredibly tight from side to side and top to bottom. I'm very hunched over. I haven't seen the incision yet. Drains stink but aren't intolerable yet. I feel like my boobs are right under my chin! They are SO high! Hubs is amazed. He keeps calling me Chesty La France. :)

About the boobs, I did not get implants. This was a tough decision. I lost about 30 pounds in the last year and my boobs got so deflated, and I was really hoping no avoid implants. I didn't have the extra money for implants and honestly, I don't like the idea of something floating around inside of me. My PS told hubby that I was not going to need implants and that he only took 20 grams off my breasts (whatever that means). He also said that I did not need a vertical incision on my tummy. Yay!

Pain has not been unbearable yet. Just so very tight! I'm extremely tired. It's taken me about 45 minutes to type this. Sorry the pics don't show much. I'll take better ones tomorrow after my shower. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!
I had my surgery the same day! Twinsies :). Glad you're feeling good and happy with your tatas! Today I am much more sore. We will probably have similar updates :). Congrats on your surgery going well!!
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Clean and sleepy

Today has been pretty good. I got a little nauseated first thing morning. Probably from walking around and needing a pain pill. I have been alternating my Percocet (one pill lasts about 4 hours and two will last almost 6). My PS doesn't do pain pumps anymore, but instead he injects a numbing med into incisions and muscles. It is supposed to slowly wear offin 4-5 days. I'm not really in pain, just very uncomfortable. Muscle relaxers help just as much as the pain meds. I sleep A LOT. My poor hubby is really bored. We sent the kids to grandparents the long Labor Day weekend. I didn't want them to see me at my worst. I am very hunched over especially when I first get up for walks.

My right drain really stings. My hips/ flanks are super swollen from lipo I guess. He said that he always lipos there to smooth out the flanks. They are bulging out the bottom of my compression garmet. Swelling onboobs has gone down some, but they still feel super full. Any ideas on getting the swelling down on the lipos hips?

I've been eating normally the whole time. Not huge meals, but normal stuff. Lots of pineapple and cold pasta (and cake :). I weighed 147 the day of surgery and up 8 pounds since surgery. I don't really care about that though. Haven't had a BM yet, but I have been having lots of gas pains. Ready to get that over with.

I showered today! It was lovely! My sister and husband were there to help. Aside from drying off and taking off and putting on CGs, I did it all myself! I did not wash my hair though.

I'm so very grateful that I am not in too much pain. And for my wonderful hubby. I can only manage to stay awake for a couple of hours at a time. I'm very sensitive to meds. Happy healing everyone!

Questions- help a girl out, please! :)

Can anybody tell me if I need to do anything for the swollen places on my flanks? It is below my CG, and its the only place he lipo'd. I have these huge swollen bulges that start right below my binder. Should ice, heat, massage, leave them alone? Any advice would be great.

Also, how long before I will be able to stand up straight? The hunchback is killing me!

Thanks in advance!
Ice your flanks! Don't put it directly on skin wrap it in a light towel or something and the out one on wait her side of your lower back when you lay back down. Swelling will go away don't worry! I'm not even looking at myself until next week. We will look so different in 7 days!
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Thank you! The ice helped quite a bit. Still very swollen, but its less sore. Can we just skip ahead the 7 days? ;)
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Also I hear pineapple / cucumbers helps with being swollen ! Also watch ur sodium intake
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I feel like a bratwurst.

Like somebody is trying to twist me into two chunks. My drain sites sting so bad. My back hurts when I'm up walking. Other than those things, I feel ok. Going to try to reduce pain meds today. Hubs went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and brought home cheese enchiladas and rice. I know I shouldn't eat cheese (especially since I haven't gone #2 yet). But it was sooooo yummy!

How am I supposed to wear panties with these drains poking out of my whoo-ah? Still wondering how long til I can stand straight?

Well, gonna rest up for another lovely shower later. Happy healing all!

Good gravy! My hips are swollen!

Well, I thought that I would try to wean off some of the pain meds (mainly to prove I am tough but also because I want to poop again sometime this year). At the same time, my flanks decided to swell to about four times their normal size. It feels like my skin is going to split. My PS always does lipo on the flanks with a TT to even out the contours. I can honestly say that I HATE lipo! The breast lift has been a breeze so far, and even the incision from TT has been ok. The muscle tightness is strange, but only painful when I'm moving around. But where he lipo'd my flanks, it feels like a bomb went off. I've been eating pineapple like crazy, watching the sodium and icing them as much as I can stand, but it's almost unbearable. Can anyone tell me how long until I will see some of that swelling go down? Also, when can I stand up straight? I keep seeing people post pics of them standing up very early.

Thanks for reading!
I iced, iced, iced!!! I am PO day 12 and they are getting better everyday.....but still swollen quite a bit. You sound like me, no joke, day 3 I texted my friend and said I HATE LIPO, lol. It has been the worse for me also. My PS does lipo of flanks/hips and stomach with tt. Hang in there.
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Good news! They did NOT remove my brain during surgery!

Today is MUCH better than the last few days. My head is clearer. I have more energy. Even though the swelling in my hips is still horrible, it is not as uncomfortable as yesterday. Nurse said I could switch to Spanx without the binder to help cover my hips! Yay! I think.... Not sure how comfortable they will be on my drains, but its at least a change.

I'm looking forward to a shower later on today. I'll try to take some pics for those of you who can't get a clear picture of the "busted can of biscuits" analogy. :)

I really feel like a different person today even though I slept like crap last night. Happy healing everyone!

Shower, arnica, and Spanx

Shower felt AMAZING! Putting back on Spanx and CG..... not so much. Hopefully, having some compression on these hips will help swelling go down. I am up 13 pounds since day of surgery. :/ Nurse said that swelling peaks at 72 hours. Maybe she's full of it, but I'm hoping for the best. Not sure my skin can bear much more. Started taking Arnica and been eating pineapple like crazy. Still no BM. :((. Might have to take drastic measures tomorrow. Still feeling somewhat normal. Really hoping I can stand up straighter tomorrow. Posting pics, but not really much change. Wish I could get one standing, but....

Standing straighter + pain med QUESTION

Big news! I pooped last night! Yay! I was getting very nervous about it. With my first child, I had a C section and didn't poop for 14 days. I was miserable. Luckily, I was more prepared with this surgery. I didn't even have to resort to drastic measures either. Just milk of magnesia, stool softeners and a little high fiber cereal every day. I had been having a lot of gas pains, so that is much better now. Plus, I am down to my last 2 pain pills, so I'm hoping to stay more regular now.

**Question- When do people typically stop taking pain meds after this? I'm trying to figure out if I need to call the dr for more.

Swelling has at least not gotten any worse. Not sure if it is better though. The Spanx help me to feel a little more contained and my skin less sensitive. It feels like I'm having Braxton Hicks contractions all the time. Not painful at all, just tightness and hard to take a deep breath.

I really want to get up and be more mobile, but I just get tired so easily. Hubby is out of town today and tomorrow, so my parents are here to help with the kids. Praying I don't have a depressing funk while he is gone. It seems like I am due since I haven't had mine yet.

Anyway, that's all for now. Here's some more before pics.
I can't wait hit skinny town! You look great! I heard lipo is very painful:-(
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Two steps forward, one step back

I thought I had turned a corner this morning when I woke up. I felt refreshed even though I am not sleeping well. I was walking more upright. Quickly, my back started hurting, and I was using the walker again. :( I wasn't in a lot of pin so I didn't take anything for pain. I left a message with the nurse to find out what they want me taking when I am not needing the strong stuff. I ate a little, and took a nap. When I woke up, the room started spinning and I got really nauseous. By the time I got back to my newly coveted rental recliner, I was covered in sweat. I popped half a Percocet, ate some lunch and felt a bit better. Thought I would take a shower..... Wrong! Barely got wet before I got nauseated again. Got in my chair and took a little nap. When I woke up, I was determined to shower. My mom helped me get unbound and in the shower. I feel like a whole new person!

I started wearing Spanx under my binder because of the swelling in my hips that gave me that nice "busted can of biscuits" look. The swelling has gone down a lot. I'm only about 5 pounds heavier than preop. I've been hitting the Arnica tablets hard. Not sure if that's what is doing it or not, but I'm going to keep at it. I FINALLY starting to see a smaller waist! I wish I could get a standing pic, but getting unbound is exhausting and keep forgetting.

I have my first post op appt on Tuesday. Hoping the bruising on the girls goes down some. They are getting tender. Ready to see the actual incisions too, so I can know what I'm dealing with. Wishing everyone well in their prepping, recovering, healing, and enjoying their new bodies!
You look fantastic! Thank u so much for posting pics! I have my TT and breast lift tomorrow !!
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I'm in my last 3 pills and in scared! But I've been taking half of one every 8 hours so I'm weaning. I remember with my c section I was off of them after 3 days? Anyways I'm nervous to wear spanx does it hurt? Seems like it would. You're lucky you've gone to bathroom not so much luck over here :/. Sounds like you're trying to do too much (everyone's got that problem) just try to relax this is major surgery and you're only less than a week out! You deserve some rest:). Looking good!
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I was scared too! My nurse called in a Rx for hydro condone/ acetaminophen, so I feel better now. Not that I want to still use them. I just don't want to have a horrible day and only have Tylenol! :0. I am wearing an old pair of Spanx under my binder. It hurts like a mother putting them on, but once they are on, it feels better. I work them over one hip first and then careful clear the other hip. I cut the crotch out the first time I put them on and today I slit down the legs too. So now they are basically a tube. I didn't want them irritating my already very tender drains. I don't know what you've tried in the bathroom dept, but I have been taking two stool softeners and 3-4 tablespoons of milk of magnesia every night. Also, I've been snacking on Crave cereal and Corn Pops which have some fiber, but not too much. I've actually gone twice today, so may not take the MOM tonight. Sorry about that. Being constipated is the WORST. I really don't think I've been overdoing it (unless four naps a day s overdoing it ;). I am prone to nausea especially with medication. I just gotta be sure I eat on a regular schedule. I'm used to only eating a light late lunch and then dinner. I don't snack or eat breakfast, so it's an adjustment. Hubs is coming home tonight! Yay! So, I will be able to rest comfortably then. My parents have been a HUGE help the past couple of days, but I know they are getting tired. Good luck to you! I'll say a little poopy prayer for you. :). Happy healing!
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Stupid drains!

That's it.... Stupid Drains!!!! That's my update. :/
Lol, well, I think everyone whose had drains have the same sentiment. I bet I will too. Thankfully, I can look forward to having them for only 2 days.
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Sttttttt....reeeeeeeeeeccccchhhhhh.....

Okay. I know that my stomach is supposed feel like a balled up fist. I paid good money for that, right? But when exactly do I get to walk normal and more importantly......stretch? Stretching is apparently an important part of my daily routine that I clearly took for granted. I want bust out in a back bend so bad, but from my groin to my rib cage is trying to coil around each other. Seriously, can any post ops tell me when I'm going to do a decent Cobra?
Girlfriend I think stretching like that is out of the question for a few months. We are both just a week out give it time. Stretch other things that can for now maybe that'll help satisfy the yearning to stretch. Calves hands quads are really all I can think of right now but that may help :)
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Ouchie under left boob?

I've got spot under my left boob where the - meets the ).... You know o-)

Well, mine stings really bad! I'm icing it, but didn't know if I should bother calling in over it. It feels like the stitches are hurting or maybe my nerves are doing something weird.

Anybody have any knowledge to a boogie newbie? :)
Your PS should have his office number forwarded to answering service you can always call If its something that's truly alarming you but remember your whole body has been diced and sliced its normal to start feeling things ESP without taking as much pain meds
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That's what I thought. I really don't want to call for no good reason. I just thought I would see if anyone else experienced a one week stinging at the -) I will call if it gets worse. Been trying to stretch other stuff, but I'm a Leo. And this cat wants to sttttttrrreeeech! :)
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I'm a Leo too!! Happy belated bday when was it?
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Claustrophobic!

My boob is still tender but feels much better today. Right now, I'm just so tired of being bound! It's Saturday night, and I just want to put on some flannel pajama pants and get comfortable!!! But NOOOOOOOO! I have to wear this stupid binder and feel all twisted and contorted. I feel like I should be standing straighter than I am for one week post op. One side is tighter than the other. Tonight, I was determined to get a couple of pictures. They are terrible, but that's that. I feel thick in the middle. I feel like I'm never going to be able to pull my shoulders back and have good posture again. My grandmother would NOT be happy.

Going to try to sleep in the bed AGAIN tonight. I miss cuddling with my man. I miss sleeping on my stomach. I miss sleeping in a loose nightgown.... JUST a nightgown! Definitely miss not having drain tubes poking out of my who-ah. And not having to carry my own bodily fluids around with me all day every day.

Sorry for whining. I know I DID this to myself. I just had so much more energy today and feel like it was wasted. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been hungry all the time. I really hope it lets up soon, so I don't fluff up.

Anyway, no new news. Ready for Tuesday's appointment. Just a plain old boring Saturday night for a post op.....

Hope the rest of you are doing well.
I had a lot of stinging happening in my breasts after my lift. Dr. Said is it could happen that my breasts become extremely sensitive after the lift. Also on standing straight, I think u look great in pictures! It takes a while for everything to loosen up and relax. I thought I was never going to feel normal again and I'm almost 6 weeks post op (the time flew by) and my tt feels great. I still get swelling, but that's about it. No pain or major discomfort. Hope all iswell and you feel better soon!
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Thanks! I feel better today. Just a bit of a pity party last night. Yesterday was my first day without a nap, so I turned into a two year old, I guess. :/ I'm just so ready for my appointment Tuesday! Take care!
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You are standing up straighter than I am trust me!!! Just be patient. In a few weeks you'll read this and laugh cuz swelling hunching and binder will all be gone! Beauty is pain! Hope tomorrow is better my MM friend! xo!
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I'M SOOOOOO OVER ALL THE NASTINESS!

***DO NOT READ BEFORE OR DURING DINNER***

So I wanted a shower this morning. While I was undressing, a piece of yellow colored gauze type strip that was in my belly button was coming out more than it was. Late last week, the steri strip holding it in came off in the shower and about two inches of it came out. Well, a lot I'd it was hanging out today, so I thought I would just take it out. So, I pulled and I pulled. I thought it would never end! Like a magician pulling scarves out of his sleeve..... except....IT WAS COMING OUT OF ME!!! My husband watched.... totally horrified. Later, he joked that it looked like the scene from Braveheart when the little people were acting out William Wallace's impending disembowelment. Needless to say, I needed an antinausia pill to get through my shower.

Tonight, I was proudly cooking dinner for my family for the first time since surgery. I felt a couple of drops hit my foot. I was scared to look, but I knew I had to. When I got to a private place, one of my drain holes was oozing stuff that should be in the drain bag. GROSS!!! I looked at my almost empty drain and the tube was kinked shut. Hopefully, that will fix it. I am so effing ready to get these things out. I told my husband to prepare himself, because I WILL cry, more likely sob, if my PS makes me keep them in.

Tuesday can't come quick enough!
Oh no :(. What the hell was in your belly button?? I didn't have anything??? Odd!! I am so sorry about the drains. Maybe its a sign you're doing too much. Cooking dinner is tough when you're recovery. Try to relax and let someone else do it!!! Rember. Things usually get worse before they get better. So here's hoping that was your low and tomorrow and especially Tuesday will be your high :).
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I guess my belly button was "packed" with some kind of special gauze??? I'm going to call the nurse tomorrow. I really hadn't done anything today.... Literally, nothing. The hubs and I were quite proud of it too. I fell asleep on the couch, and I think the drain just became kinked. Obviously, the fluid had to come out somewhere. :/. That has me wondering if they leave the drain holes to close on their own or if they stitch them shut? It's all too much for me today. I feel good except or some awful gas pains (likely from eating too much and nt moving enough). Other than that, I'm good. I will heed your advice for a while (as I listen to the sound of my husband clean the kitchen :). Things will be back to normal too soon. Sorry about your sneeze. I would've lost it. On the up side, maybe it loosened some poop. :). Take care!
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My drain hole closed on its own. The tube was super tiny and I had one. I bet they'll have it just close up on its own. I think that's what happened with my previous BL/BA. They'll have you put gauze and a little antibacterial ointment on probably (already that's what I had I do). Hopefully my sneeze was for the good. Just had some prune juice. Ill do anything at this point I'm dying.
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Preemptive strike against "over doing it"???

Ok. So I think I have already overdone it today. Any suggestions to combat this? I am icing my belly and laying flat (as flat as possible anyway). Also started my period today. :/. HELP! What can I take or do? I don't want to wake up tomorrow looking like the good year blimp!!! First post op appt tomorrow! What was I thinking?!?!?

Post Op Visit Today!

I am going to my first post op visit today, and I am very nervous/excited. I want these drains out more than anything, but I know he won't take them both out. In the middle of the night, I made one of those mad dashes to the toilet that you do when your on your period and your about to get blood on the sheets (gross, I know. Sorry). Well when I pulled my undies down, BOTH of my very full drains dropped like they had bungee jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. Bounce.... Bounce.... Bounce..... I thought I was going to die. I went back my chair cursing and in tears, although I never did go back to sleep. I'm quite sure I will lose it in the Drs office today.

But!!! I'm also really excited to see my incision! It's really hard to imagine what things will look like without the tape. Also, I'm hoping to graduate to a different kind of compression garmet. I don't care if its more or less. I just want it to be more uniform. This squeezy in the middle business is wrecking my hips.

Anyway.... I hope everyone is preparing and recovering well. Have a great Tuesday! Be well, my friends!

One drain less!

They took the evil drain. Still have one for a another day or two. I'm cleared to do whatever! Just let my pain (and swelling) be my guide. If I swell because I do too much, it needs to resolve itself by the next day. If not, slow down. Yay! Incisions look awesome! A few small places that need air. My BB is one of those places. It never got any air because of that foam thing under my binder. Peroxide to the rescue!

I can't get over how quickly it all came and went. I'm still really tight, but otherwise good. I will try to post picks later. Going to milk "rest time" for as long as possible. :)

Be well!

Normal Day

Still have one drain in, but its not bugging me. Still wearing binder 24/7 until it comes out. We will probably take it out this weekend. I had a "normal" day for me. On my feet all day from 7am to 8:30pm. The only time I usually sit is to pee, eat a pb&j for lunch, waiting in the school pickup line, and for dinner. I had plenty of energy. My tummy started getting a little tingly later in the day. Not painful though. When I got the kids in bed, I went to the bathroom and noticed my tummy is SWOLLEN. Like I'm wearing an floaty! Ice on, feet propped, pineapple breathed, and resting. Apparently, 13 days PO is too soon for a normal day.

Still massaging the dent in my left breast. It borderline hurts to rub it. Might call nurse tomorrow about it.

Be well!
Hello missy, how are you doing this weekend? Hope all is going well.
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Hey! I'm doing really well and feeling really good! Thanks for asking! :)
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Great! glad you are healing nicely!
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Doing great!

Not much to report. My hubby pulled my other drain on Saturday. I was only draining about 12cc. (Turned out to be clogged :/ but oh well). I felt like a new person the second it came out. No more stupid binder! No more hiding drains! No more showering with drains!! And NO MORE DROPPING DRAINS!!!! Dang, that hurts!

Anyway.... Bought a Walmart shapewear to get me by until my Spanx arrive. Had to add the binder to it at times. I'm not good at "taking it easy", especially when I feel fine. So I'm having some swelling, obviously. Spanx arrived today, but I haven't tried them on just yet. I hope they are tight enough. I don't like being confined.

Incisions are healing nicely. Still massaging the dent in my left breast. The nurse SWEARS its just a suture and will dissolve in 6 weeks or so. We will see. I really hope so.

My new plan to combat my inevitable swelling is to reserve an hour in the afternoon (or more if I have it) to lay flat with feet propped to allow the fluid to move around and not have a chance to "settle in". I've been really blessed so far with my healing, so I owe it to myself to be proactive. Even though I feel like I could run 5 miles, I know I shouldn't. I've put a reminder in my phone to lay down.

I will try to post morning and night pics tomorrow. Hope the rest of you are healing well!
Looking good
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Great to hear you're feeling good! I feel like we are totally on the same road right now (duh we had surg same day makes sense). Today was a turning point for me too. Congrats girl!
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New pics!

Well. I am three weeks post op tomorrow. I know everybody says this (and at the time you think it will never get better), but the past three weeks have flown by and are just blur! I am super happy with my results so far. I definitely have quite a lot of swelling, some incisions that are still a little crusty, and a MAJOR dent in one boob, but I think they will all resolve themselves in time. When I start getting bummed about my jeans being too tight or the freaky alien boob, I have to remind myself that ITS ONLY BEEN THREE WEEKS! :).

I'm so ready to get back to exercising and losing some weight! I don't know what happened to my ass! It's like it got jealous of all the attention my tummy and boobs are getting and decided to rebel! Its all like.... "Yeah, all you do is sit on me and take me for granted! I'll show you! I'm gonna get all floppy and dimply, and you'll HAVE to give me some attention!" Ok...Ass! Message received!!!

Posting pics incisions, the dreaded "alien boob", and various before and after from three weeks ago and today. Hope you are all doing well! :)
Your looking great for 3 wks . 
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Thanks! I feel great! :)
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I love how low your incision is!! I want mine that low too! I am sure your alien will leave your boob in time :) If not, you could ask your doc to lipo off some fat from your rebellious ass and stick it to the boob alien.
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No more paper tape!

Ok, so after reading the advice of MANY PSs that advocate the use of papertape over silicone strips, I decided to give to go. I've been using it off and on since my steri strips came off. I was taking them off to shower and when my hubby frisky :). The last few times I have taken them off, it hurt like Hell! I noticed it was super pink after. So, I'm off the papertape now. My skin is sensitive to adhesives, so I don't know what I was thinking. I think I was just being cheap. Now, I'm off to find some silicone tape. My PS sells Mepitac in his office, but I think it's even cheaper online. I'm open to any suggestions or recommendations for silicone scar treatment. Thanks in advance!

Sorry for leaving out so many words,

It's early....
Looking awesome. Don't waste your money on he cica gel strips I do like the Biocorneum the best!
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Looking good girl
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Thank you! I feel good as new! :)
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Silicone Tape and a sad reality....

Went to an amusement park yesterday, and let me tell ya...... It was too soon! I only rode two rides, a lazy train and a water ride. There are just no comfortable places to rest in amusement parks. I tried to lay flat on a bench for my afternoon "flat time", but I just ended up getting stuck in an even worse position and unable to get up. I looked like an upside down cockroach. :/

Well, my scar tape came today! My PS sells and recommends Mepitac. It's a pretty cheap alternative to silicone sheets. I like it because its flesh colored, and when I look in the mirror in the
morning, I get a small glimpse of what I might look like a year from now. So I'll keep you posted as my scar healing progresses.

Today in my rest induced boredom, I started to research why I feel so thick in the whole area around my TT incision especially over my hip bones. I feel like I am wearing a tool belt all the time. It's hard and thick and numb. I've been telling myself that its swelling, but I'm afraid it's not. :((. I looked at countless before and after pics, and even if people can't tell on themselves, you really can see the shape people will be early on. Unless of course, they have massive swelling... like seroma level swelling. I have always been pretty flat with the exception of the pooch of skin and fat. BUT.... I never had a waist before. I was flat..... Flat like the broad side of a bus! Wide, flat butt. Wide, flat front. So I'm afraid that all that stuff had to go somewhere. :(. He said I had 3-4 inch diastasis, so that explains why I have a waist now. Unfortunately, it also explains why everything from the BB down is just as thick if not thicker. I really, REALLY hope I'm wrong, but I'm preparing myself. I guess it could be worse. If my waist hadn't gotten smaller, these boobs would DEFINITELY be too small. For now I'm holding out hope that once I get my flabby ass back on the track, the boobs will be "enough" at best.

Kinda bummed, but still glad I did it. Ready to hit the pavement. Friday is 4 weeks, so I'm jogging come hell or high water!

Stay thirsty, my friends! I mean...... Be well, my friends! :)
"I looked like an upside down cockroach" that made me laugh!!! Hey I ordered Mepiform strips..I'm also going to go with the Biocorneum cream/gel as well. I've tried the mepiform strips on my back where I had lipo and it sticks so well. You can wear it up to like two weeks..it does not fall off. It's really good for working out with I heard...and then those days you just want to use the cream should be good too. Scar strips, gels, creams..etc etc. can be so confusing, just as much as the trouble I've been having with finding the perfect cg's!!!
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:). Yesterday was my first day wearing it. My PS said to take it off before i shower, but the website said waterproof. So I thought what the hell... Why not shower in some of it. I took off all the long strips but left on the little pieces around my areolas and my drain marks. They didn't budge, so I'm only going to take them off every other day or so. Good luck finding a good CG! I've just decided I'm going to be thick at least for a little while. I don't work so I can wear my binder on top of my Spanx when I'm home. Sometimes I put it on on top of my tshirt, and I swear, one day I'm gonna walk in the grocery store like that! :). Be well! Your looking good!
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I work from home-but i am taking about a month off for this surgery. I also wear like a binder cg my doc game me.I tried something else on last night but ended up putting my old one on instead cuz it feels so much more secure. This whole healing process is just a crazy ride!
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Mo+[€~ F=?#$R!

I just did something really bad. Trying to roll over in bed. Arm above my head. Hella sharp pain shot through my left boob. It was on the outside edge of the anchor. Felt like I pulled/popped/tore something. Broke out in cold sweat and almost through up. Looked at it right after and didn't see anything abnormal, but I can still feel it stinging a little. Kinda afraid I'm going to be purple tomorrow or worse. Any recs out there? Ice? Anything???

Holy moly, that hurt! DO NOT DO THAT! :'(
Yikes!! I hope u r ok. U should call ur ps and tell them just to be on the safe side. I'm getting tons of sharp pains in my pubic bone and breasts...my ps said its the nerve endings healing themselves. Kinda crazy when u think of how hard our bodies r working to get back to normal huh? Well anyhow, I hope it was just a bad stretch and u r ok in that department. Huggies!!!
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Thanks girl! I'm okay. Nurse said it was probably an internal stitch. It was a very painful reminder that I'm not healed yet. I'm feeling so "normal" that it hard to not do things I think I should be able to do. The far outsides on both my breast incisions are still a little tender and hard to lay on. I can definitely still feel where I hurt myself last night, but no damage done, I think/hope. :/. I'm a stomach sleeper and I usually have one arm up under my head. I guess in a post coital haze, I though I could just tuck and roll like before. :). Can't believe I'm 4 weeks tomorrow! Time has flown! Hope your good!
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Wow 4 weeks!!! Ahhh how exciting that is! I'm also a stomach sleeper but since the implants they have been so swollen I don't dare aleep on my tummy. Oh how I miss that :( when I sleep on my back I feel like a mummy. lol. Anyhow I'm glad u r well...hope to see new pics soon lucky girl!
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4 weeks flew by

Hey RS! I can't believe it was 4 weeks ago Friday that I had my lift and tummy tuck! It really did fly by. I've felt really good ever since the drains came out and the pain meds stopped. Had plenty of energy and still feel pretty strong considering. I've probably been lifting more weight than I should, but that's life.

One strange thing that I've noticed the last three or four days is that all my nerves seem hypersensitive. Its almost like a stinging or burning. Sometimes I think I'm cold, but I'm not. It's very strange! Also around the same time, I started getting more tired than I had been. I find myself sleeping longer and harder and not wanting to do as much. I'm going to be starting my period soon, so that could explain some of it. I haven't been taking my vitamins regularly, so I'm going to do that starting today. Anybody else have a slump around week four or five?

I have my 2nd post op appt on Thursday. Can't wait to see what doctor thinks about this dent. Been massaging, but no better.

Anyway, all is good. I'm determined to shake this funk! Going for a long walk this afternoon if it's the last thing I do! Happy fall y'all! :)
Yes I too have stinging and burning in my pubic area/lower belly and breasts. The nerves r regenerating so that's a great sign. But my lower belly is numb and swollen. My pubic area is numb and swollen. I'm afraid I have excess fluid :/ I see my ps next week. I just hit 3weeks today. I guess its normal for our funks to come and go. I bet by 6weeks u will feel fantastic!
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Thanks! I figured that was it. I am starting to get some sensation in "the dead zone". I'm not numb at all in my pubic area. Hopefully, yours is not fluid. I kinda started wondering if there is a point in all this where we don't have to worry about seromas as much. It seems like I read somewhere that at four weeks the chances are much lower. Maybe I dreamed it or maybe wishful thinking. :). I'm sure you are fine. You should start feeling better any day now! Thanks again!
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Hey there! Nerves tingling an being hypersensitive is a great sign that they are reconnecting! I have Ben thru 2 c sections and an emergency interventional radiology treatment for blood loss. All three times when the nerves tingled all my docs (OBGYN radiologist) said its a good sign with your nerves now reconnecting. You are doing good.
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Forgot to post pics

All taped up. Four weeks and three days post op.

Also, I've been eating WAY too much sugar lately, so that may be part if my tired funk. Going cold turkey today! :)
You look great !
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Thank you!
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Hello tiny lady. Look at those curves! Dang girl. Love the results!
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Out of my funk!

Walk/jogged today for the first time post op, and IT FELT AMAZING! Didn't hurt a bit. Was able to keep up with my friends that were 5k training. It wasn't fast, but I ran 20 broken minutes. I don't notice any swelling more than usual.

Yay me! So pumped! Wonder if I'm up for Insanity tomorrow? ;)
U look so good! And I would say, that's a NO on insanity! Haha!
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Flat flat flat tummy!!yoo hoo!! Congrats! Happy for you! I hear you about the sugar :-). Last couple I have been eating my son's bday cake and my inlaws 43rd anniversary cake too :-).. Your post knocked me back to my senses! Happy healing!
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FIVE AND A HALF WEEKS!

I know everybody says this, but I really don't know where the last 5 weeks have gone! Feeling great! Had my second post op last week. I have a little dog ear on one side of m hip where is just didn't get pulled tight enough. We are going to watch it and if it does not go away, he will revise. The dent in my left breast is slowing working its way out. I massage it several times a day through my silicone tape and it does seem to be going away, but he said the stitch may not fully dissolve for another 6 weeks. I'm not worried about it at all.

Still using the Mepitac silicone tape everywhere. I leave it on pretty much all the time. I take it off about every third shower to clean and really massage scars. He said I can massage my scars through the tape and it will do just as well. I did take them off last night and massaged them A LOT during a movie last night. I think it made me pretty sore today, but no pain no gain, right? I haven't taken new pics because there is not much change, but I do think the scars are lightening up some and getting softer.

He said I could stop sleeping in compression if I want to. IF I WANT TO?!?!? It feels so good to sleep in normal pjs again! No bra! No stupid Spanx! Of course if I overdo it on a day and have extra swelling, I might sleep in the Spanx. Luckily, my swelling seems to be leveling out. I still definitely have swelling, but I don't have the swing from flat to Michelin Man anymore. I haven't been watching my salt AT ALL and have really slowed down in the Arnica too. I haven't noticed that it is affected either way at this point.

I have a question for "those gone before me". Obviously, I still have swelling, but did you notice a big difference in your "first thing in the morning" flatness and say... Your "six month to a year" flatness? I'm trying to get an idea of whether my final result will be more like in the morning now or if it will change dramatically. I'm really needed to buy some clothes, but I don't want them to be too big a month or two from now. Any thoughts ladies?

Be well everybody! :)
You look great!
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U look gorgeous. Ur scars r really fading :)
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Nine weeks! ....... Wait, can that be right?

Not much to report. I still feel great! Nothing hurts, just still very tight in the tummy. I've been exercising, but not as much as before surgery. Going to start 10k training on Monday. Trying (and failing) at staying away from the Halloween candy. I honestly don't know why I haven't gained weight during these last nine weeks, but hey, I'll take all the luck I can get.

Still using Mepitac on incisions. Not sure it's helping, but at least I'm trying something. I read somewhere that the scars look the worst at 8 weeks, so I'm hoping to see slow improvement over the Winter. I still feel very "thick", but I guess it's not as bad as I think. Everybody says I'm crazy when I say that. I have a small dog ear on one side that they might correct. Boobs feel good. The dent is slowly falling out, I think. They are smaller than I would like, but it's okay. Hubs says NO WAY to implants. He says they are "plenty". I'm okay with it too, because I would be so afraid they would get saggy again if I got implants. And I do NOT want another surgery! So, it will be push-up bras for me which are cheaper anyway. :)

All in all, I'm really happy with my results. I was very blessed with a quick and easy recovery and rebound. I know that not everybody is so lucky. I probably won't update again for a while unless something drastic happens. Thank you to all the ladies who have shared their stories and support, and thanks for reading mine. :). Be well and God bless!
I Just re joined after having stalked for several months if not a year or more. I have messaged several people that have had there procedure done at least 9 months ago. Everyone seems to stay with the reviews and write ups for 3-4 months, but my concern is the scaring and how happy I will be in the next yr-2 years. I am so concerned of the after that I have almost talked myself out of any procedure and accepted that "it is what it is" God I hate that saying. I am the mother of 2 40+ and I am 5-8 155 lbs and semi broad shouldered. I did not want to go with implants, but am concerned that I may loose my size and that it could hurt what porportions I have I am a 36 small DD, I do not want to be lifted to a medium c, etc. etc. Please feel free to e mail me or respond here. I would like to see the scaring as it is today and see if you would do it over again.
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Looking great. I just reached 3 months too. Congrats!!
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Omg your incision scar is perfect! Nice and low, its straight and healing awesome! Hope mine will look like yours! Looking goodddd!
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