I'm 15 days post op and whilst I have a 'swelling...

I'm 15 days post op and whilst I have a 'swelling baby' already I'm so excited re the new me! Having been a really heavy teen I fought hard and lost 98lbs through healthy eating.
I understand I won't really see swelling subside for awhile yet anything I can do to help it along? I'm actually bigger dress size now because of swelling than before, I know, I'm v impatient lol

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Wonderful... i would love to see pics of scars when u r comfortable.
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Thanks :) whilst my scars are lovely, the swelling isn't. Will post pics once it's all settled x
Congratulations! Keep us posted on your recovery!
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Woohoo I've been drained!!

Having been to my GP yesterday I was concerned re the size of my ever growing 'swelling baby'. My GP referred me to the plastics surgery department at the hospital as an emergency and I went this morning. I must add, my consultant in Istanbul did want me to fly back out there but I told her I'd see what the hospital said first. The consultant today took a look at said definite seroma, but he was v impressed re my surgery! Once he started draining process realised it was a haematoma. He drained half a litre of blood! It didn't hurt at all and instantly I felt relieved! He said that these are common complications and can happen with the best of surgeons. I've been advised to stay off my feet for 4wks and go back weekly to be drained. So glad I've had the answers and am being v well looked after. I'll post before and after pics now even with the severe swelling I'm thrilled!! :))

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but the scar is thin.....after swelling you will look magnificent.
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Thank you! The scar is pretty amazing and only looks as thick as it does because of scabbing and antibiotic cream I'm applying but it's uber thin. I think my breasts are the best, you can hardly see the scar already and I'm only 20 days post op. Fingers crossed this draining process doesn't take too long, I'm far too excited to have to wait any longer for my new tummy! x
I am so happy to have you here in the community:)
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Update in pictures 3wks post op today!

So 500cc was drained from my hematoma last Friday and already I think there's a visible difference in swelling. What do you think? Next draining session on Thursday!

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Yeah wow you csn see the difference. Looking great btw
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Thank you!! :) good luck with your op... Xx
I can most definitely see a difference! Question: where exactly are they draining the blood from in your tummy? I'm trying to get an idea of where to feel around in case something doesn't feel right when I get my surgery. Thank you. Good luck and continue healing well!
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Just realised...

I've had what is called a 'mommy makeover' in the US! How funny I'm not a mum yet!
2nd draining tomorrow, spoke to my primary consultant and she's happy I'm in good hands over here. She said a few drainings and the hematoma should resolve. I'm
So bored at home, just wanna get back to it. Need to keep reminding myself that I'm only 3wks post op and it's early days yet... I best be sorted for my holiday in April, then am bridesmaid in May, the hen do being 2nd week of march! Fingers crossed!! X

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Take care of yourself and im sure you will be fine for april
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Draining hematoma part 2...

Ok so part two of draining! 300mls drained today :) last week was 500 so it's reducing. I'm back next Friday. I've asked a couple of questions to the surgeons on this site and whilst some are reassuring I have received abrupt responses re 'surgery abroad' and needing the hematoma to be surgically opened. The consultant today said not at all and draining is sufficient and won't effect over all results. Hmm. I live in UK, we're not a country who doesn't know what we are doing... Anyway still daunting, just want swelling to go away so I can start wearing nice clothes again xx

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Thank goodness its getting less and less. Your on the mend.
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Fingers crossed!! Thank you xx

Picture update!!

So 2nd drainage was yesterday, had a shower today and re took pics. The top left is 2wks post op post drainage, bottom left is 3wks post op after initial drainage and pic on right is today after 2nd drainage and will be 4wks on Monday... Does it look like it's going in right direction?? Xx

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I can definitely see the draining is working...your going to look great. So sorry you are going through all this, but hopefully soon you'll just be enjoying your flat self:)
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How much did you weigh at surgery Hun? How much are you now?
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Hi PelsTT how is your Hematoma going I thought you had a follow up app today ? In Adelaide it is Friday the 7 th Feb and 6.40 pm , I think you are behind us and its early Friday morning ? Ok hope alls well :)
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Feel semi human again! Hooray!!

Hey! Just got back from the hospital, and hooray - nothing to drained!! The abdominal binder must be working a treat and helping everything stick back together. The nurse removed some of my stitches from my breasts and TT scar that were sticking through.

Best part was that two surgeons (here in UK hospital) asked to look at my breasts and TT... They were so so impressed with my PS's work. They couldn't stop complimenting it, they said the incisions were so neat and the breasts you can hardly see already. They also said that it would have cost me in the region of £20k to have what I had done in the UK and they also said a surgeon in the UK wouldn't have done everything in one operation. They were so impressed they asked for my PS's name! haha - made me feel really good to hear other PS's compliment the work of another... They were happy for me. I've been turned down on the NHS but i'm glad I was now, I wouldn't have even dreamed of getting a breast uplift and lipo but my PS was just so good at visualising what she had in mind. She did turn me off the arm and thigh lift though as she said I was too young to have those kind of scars and i'd benefit more from the lipo. So glad she did now!
Ahhh so happy, now for this swelling just to disappear please!!!

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Thats such good news. Im soo glad everything is going well for you now.
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Thank you! I think I actually love my abdominal binder. It practically forces my body to redistribute and absorb the fluid! Roll on the next couple weeks, I understand the big changes happen now! You look amazing btw! Xx
I'm so happy for you. I pray that when you return for the follow up that there's nothing to drain again. Thanks for sharing your story. Good luck!
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6am thoughts...

Morning! Ok so since my surgery 6am seems to be my preferred time to wake up?! I bet if I was back at work I wouldn't... Also needing to go to the toilet (bm) wakes me and a hunger (which I've never usually been hungry in the mornings) weird huh?!
I've decided I love my binder, if you are worried re swelling or hematoma/seroma it's a must. Been thinking and reading re hematoma, I think I definitely caused my own... My first bm took me a hour and 20 mins of straining. I was in tears that's how painful and foolishly taken two laxatives which obv won't help if you are 'stuck' - then after the long struggle I passed the difficult bit but the laxatives then gave me the runs so I was 'running' to the bathroom (in a patient house full of people!) every 10 mins. I should have not been moving and laying flat with legs raised, the straining must have preventing my muscle and wall bonding. It's on my right side and that's where the bowel is... Lesson learned. I hope anyone else planning to have surgery goes armed with stool softeners and maybe laxatives before the op to have a clear out! Sorry re the pleasant morning convo!

Also reading re discussions about multiple procedures. My breast uplift hasn't caused me probs at all, it's the first thing I see, don't remember them ever being that perky!! I guess I was so focussed on TT maybe I didn't have time to feel anything with breasts! Lol the all over body lipo makes it difficult. My whole back is sore so laying on it is touch, thighs must be internally bruised and arms... So I'd say that's most painful as the perusing type pain is prolonged!

I'll stop boring you all now, just my subconscious typing to you all lol xx

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Yay! No more draining!!!! I am not quite sure what caused mine because I dont know if it was there for awhile and then god red and infected? Or what? I'm sure it was just a collection that ended up there and I do t really have great compression underwear so nothing helped it go away? I did purchase some but nothing really helped it . I'm sure being active was partly it though : ) glad your on the mend!
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That's great news . Stay well and happy healing :)
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Thank you! I'm Hoping there are no more 'down' points... I have to go back on Friday again just to make sure that's end of it. How did Thursday go? Xx

31 tomorrow (9th Feb)

Ahh feeling a bit down as I can't go out and celebrate... But I know it'll be worth it... Sometimes an update in pics is only way you can see a difference! So here goes... Hope you don't mind and welcome honest comments x

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Oh, and a happy belated birthday!
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Haha thank you!
Wow! You're looking really good. And I read your update on the having a BM and straining at a great time. My good friend, Beach girl66 had a similar problem post op after her thigh lift and ended up giving herself a seroma from the strain. I'm sorry you had to go thru that, but know that since you post this, you are helping others avoid having similar issues. Congrats to you - you seem to be healing really well.
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Sleepless in London ;)

I'm awake. Earlier than usual at 4:44am! Hmm. Needing to pee. Can't remember falling asleep so must have been before 11pm. Am so restless and probably driving you all mad commenting on your posts! Haha. Just realised I haven't really put any pics of the boobies up, they really just haven't given me any cause for concern and I am so pleased and unexpected re results. I guess you can see how 'lifted' they are from my side pics... I put a qu to docs yday online about swelling. Some really positive feedback so that's nice. Can you tell in bored?? Episode 6 of The Wire then! Idris Alba is hot!! :) hope you are all ok xx

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WARNING: Close up pics of my slow healing incision! Oh and boobies! ;)

I've been asked about Aquacel and for some pics of my incision. I know they aren't pleasant but they are a small section just about pubic area and a little part on my right side where my hematoma was. The scabbing is starting to come away and the skin cells are forming and seeping. I was given Aquacel to pack the opening with and told to keep it covered. The PS actually trimmed that white you can see, he said it's new skin! Aquacel promotes the growth of new skin cells. No sign of infection or inflammation. I've taken pic from underneath so you can see my swollen belly on top :( boo!

Oooh also have a pic of my boobies! I'm quite swollen today - but as you can see my scars are virtually non existent already! No implant just a lift, my nipples used to face south and i had to pick up my boobs to put them in a bra as they were flat to my chest... They look so much happier now! haha x

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Hi PelsTT glad your doing so well , so your hematoma is gone ? That's fab news , and your looking great . I am still to put up pics and my info , i can't even find myself on here or if I have even set up a profile . Will get onto this , that's my goal in the next few days . Happy healing :)
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lol at not being able to find yourself! Top right hand corner says profile no? Go into there and I think that's where you can upload pics. My next appt is Friday and I'm guessing if they still can't drain the hematoma gone! How did your appt go today? I just was this swelling to disappear it gets so tight at night and if I sit up right! Frustrating! Thank you and keep me updated with your progress xx
Wow you really turned a corner immediately after the hematoma was drained! You look awesome and appear to have more of a butt now than before (I don't - there just wasn't one there in the first place to lipo around, lol). Are you wearing a Leonisia binder? If not what are you wearing? You look awesome!
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Thoughts and walking...

Well today my dad said, 'come on sun is shining we're going for a walk' then it clouded over and I was like yessss it's going to rain, so he said 'we'll taken an umbrella'. A couple of people have said walking is good way to get blood up pumping around the body and will help with swelling. We were out for the best part of an hour, was lovely and rain held off. No discomfort or anything, till I got home sat down and I could feel the swell coming on, i'm yet to see a flat me. argh.
I look at some results and think amazing and I look at my own and think amazing but then I question, could I be smaller, flatter etc... Every surgeon i've seen (in London) other than my PS have been so complimentary about the results and all have said the swelling will subside and my blips have delayed some healing. Then I think, I was heavier than usual when I had my surgery being straight after Christmas and NYE and should I have waited to get 10-14lbs off before surgery. Although timing was tough as it is being self employed...
Ho hum, having one of those ?? days! Thoughts anyone? xx

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I actually have been feeling exactly the same all day today. I even thought about how I asked my dr if I should lose the 30lbs I wanted to lose 1st and he said no that I don't have to. Apparently there will be no prob. With the skin loosening after losing about 15-20 lbs. so I am happy with that. And he did take about 9lbs of skin and fat! It's just hard some days because we always want to be better than we are even when we technically ARE better then we were there is always BETTER, right? But really we look so good and will feel so much better that I'm betting we will want to take better care of ourselves. Once we are healed enough to get back to exercise and living we will be much happier. You look fantastic and sexy and have worked your butt off ! You just sit and ponder that for now!
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Hahaha yes mam!! ;) thank you that really made me smile! She said she removed 16lbs of skin from me and I'm like where is it because I'm not 16lbs down on the scales! In fact I was heavier when I initially had surgery and just gone down to pre surgery weight... I need to get back to diet and exercise. My PS said that after week 6 I'll notice that I'll start losing weight? Not entirely sure what she means, swelling resolving or lipo god know but I'm waiting!! Haha! Are you back to your ps today? I'm back at the hospital today - sometimes I feel happier with the assurance from doctors. best get up and get ready... I'll ponder what you said in the car going haha! Big hugs! Xx
Well done pells you look extremely amazing. You really worked hard and thanks for you're comment really appreciated
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Happy Valentines Day!!

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I was having a bit of a downer myself this morning. Partly because i want to be home with my family, missing my partner with valentines day and all. But dr app went well and im back to feeling like this is all too good to be true. You know its just a passing phase. You look great and when your feeling rational you can clearly see it too.
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Hehe feeling rational! That's not my strong point at the best of times, lack of patience and being irrational! Oops! I know and thank you... You'll soon be home with your chocolate custard coated baby so you've got that to look forward too :)) Just arrived at the hospital... Here we go! Xx
Happy valentines to you
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Back from hospital - looks like we beat that hematoma!! RIP to my SCAB - gross!!

So this is my 4th trip to the hospital since the hematoma sage, and again nothing to drain! They tried last week too and nothing so I should be happy right. I am, I really am, but was also kind of hoping that that there would be more to drain to flatten that tummy. Again assured it's all swelling and my body is still traumatised - umm not as much as I am constantly in the compression suit and binder! Then the grossest thing happened, remember my scab that I was so desperately hanging on to... Well they took a scaple and cut it off!!! URGH! then packed with Aquacel and covered with DuoDerm. Apparently the scabbing was not helping the healing and therefore needed to come off for the wound to heal, may also explain some of the swelling as if that isn't healing the body will stay swollen for protection. Majority of incision closed already just that middle part and shouldn't take too long hopefully - good news no infection or any sign of not healing just scab would prolong it. Quick peek at boobs, awesome - back in 2wks time! xx

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Well done on that amazing weight loss you must be super proud of yourself! Well deserved surgery too your results are looking amazing! I have been reading up on the whole weight loss after op thing, apparently losing 10-20lbs is quite a good thing AFTER surgery, helps your results properly settle etc, I am definitely up for shedding a few lbs - but the slower the better and the better your results will stay! So don't worry about that, at the end of the day the main surgery was the most important thing and our bodies can work around it now! Definitely agree with the water, and walking, I walk 80 mins a day for the school run and although I get swollen at the end of the day due to it, I find my early mornings I am not swollen and my results look good! Gaaah its just a huge waiting game isn't it, roll on 3 months haha x
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Thank you lovely! I have 7wks till my holiday and am up for doing everything and anything to try and resolve the swelling, booked lymphatic massage too! Something's got to give xx
Fantastic news hunny!! Now get and drink that water it really really helps I'm living proof.. It helps your fantastic body drain all the toxins and adema building up!! Hugs babes xx
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What a difference a week makes...

It's amazing how a surgery like this can really play with someone's emotions and mind. I know I'm not alone when I say comparing yourself to others and then getting frustrated with recovery is something that can't be helped. All I can say that I've realised is everyone is different, heals differently, will encounter different obstacles. We are built differently so can't expect to look like someone else before or after. If there's a problem the support on here is fab. A little tip, compare yourself week to week. Here's a few pics I put together in my boredom/frustration phase lol also I compared a pic from when I was a bit lighter and thinking should I have lost more weight before surgery. I don't even think weight factors as body shape changes so much. So might be same weight but clothes look different!
Let me know if you can see a difference in a week! Xx

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Hope u r having a great day!! Xoxo
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Feeling very positive today!! Hugs xx
I jumped in to your review I see big difference in your body ....looking good and will look even better in near future ..happy healing and thanks for your realistic comment that helped me relax and be more realistic about my feelings
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Lymphatic massage, bromlaine & thighs!

I had a lymphatic massage today in a clinic by a lady who specialises in post operative massage. It's weird but has left me feeling so good! Very light massage that leaves you with an electric shock sensation/tingling! I'm very inflammed as well as swollen which actually made me feel relieved to know that there's still drastic reductions to come! The lady also complimented my thighs which I never really thought about although still sore from the lipo and she said my back was full of fluid. Fluid/swelling is attracted by gravity and I've been laying on my back hence why my back is full of fluid. Again made me feel good as that will disappear eventually and I'll shrink a bit more :)
I then stocked up on bromlain & arnica. The lady told me to boil parsley and drink the water as it also rids toxins from the body.
Sooo here are a couple more pics, on right taken today... Can you see a change in thighs? Ooo my stretch marks are virtually non existent!

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HAppy to hear that u r feeling well after the massage!!!! I should look I to that!!!! You are looking good!
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Had my 2nd massage today and things are moving around a lot more. I have an inflammed muscle near my belly button that was sore but she said things were a lot softer... I'm going to continue at twice a week for awhile - fingers crossed this swelling will disappear xx hope you are good xx
PelsTT hi glad things are going well . How did you go lying on your tummy for the massage ? I was thinking of getting one but thought it might be uncomfortable . Happy healing
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Too much?

So things have been hectic as I went back to work (properly) on Wednesday with the intention not to do too much. Of course that's not what happened. Wednesday I left home at 9:30am and didn't get back till 10pm, yesterday I left at 7:30am I drove for most of the day and I got home at 6:30pm. I fell asleep at 9pm without dinner and struggled to wake up at 8:30 this morning. I was so swollen last night I wanted to cry, I'm starting to panic again that I traded in my apron flap for a pregnant swollen belly! Argh lol did I just do too much? I went for my 2nd lymphatic drainage massage. The therapist said things felt a lot softer, that it was nice to see the skin responding. Still a lot of fluid, inflammation and swelling. I'm back again on Monday... I'll leave the photo updates till then. Have a good weekend all x

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Hi pelstt In the last few days im having the worst swelling I have ever had ....feels frustrated and impatient but I know that eventually we will all have beautifull results just the road is really a roller coaster ...be patient and positive thinking ...all will be good ..you allready looking great much much different form pre op ...x
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Dont panic you know you have to give it time. 4 weeks just isnt long enough for your body to have healed. You know this, your just having a down day. Time to look at your before/after pics. You still look fantastic! Slowing down is easier said then done so do what you have to do without feeling guilty (not needed on top of all your other emotions) and look after yourself when you can. Keep your protien and water up, baby that belly and try to rest whenever you get the chance. That amazing, hyper energetic, enthusastic, motivalional woman we have grown to love and appreciate will be back tomorrow!
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Aww this comment really moved me, thank you Jules. I'm sorry for being a grump, it really is up and down hey. I was so happy to be back at doing what I do best, then hated the suffering after. Keep hearing that the more mobile you are the quicker things will go back to normal, but then I'm only 2wks post my hematoma set back argh lol deep breath... I've emailed my PS to send me the pre surgery pics she took. I know those will snap me out of this dip. Big hugs and thank you again xx

I'm blonde again :)

Morning!! Well since my last stroppy review I've perked up... Had my hair sorted out and for the first time I felt like venturing to the local pub last night (fully bound with CG and binder) but least I got out, no alcohol though. It was lovely, amazing what a bit of make up and having your hair done can do! This morning I woke up and felt flat, like a tiny bit of heaviness but not how it usually is. I took off my binder and CG and looked down and I could see my vaj, woohoo if the swelling goes I can see it lol - I've taken some pics and compared them to 10 days ago and 5 days ago. I think I'm quite puff on the right side on of hip and may need more lipo on my love handle area altho it's shrinking. I must admit I thought I'd be a lot narrower, i know I'm not at the end yet and once my incision heals a lot of the swelling will go. I feel like my hips are wider now I have a waist. Is that normal? Boobs are great always have been. Waiting for before pics from the surgeon as I know they'll really help my psyche.

Can't thank the support here enough, I consider you my TT family, I appreciate your honesty and words of encouragement. Never did I think it'd take this long to heal and my patience is wearing really thin, but you keep me smiling. So please, throw your honest opinion at these pics...

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Oops front view

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You are looking so great hun!! Just quick question, your non existent scars from your boob lift- uhmazing!! What scar type was used?!? If you say anchor, then please tell me every (uk based) product that will get my noobs (new boobs) to look like yours :) xx
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How did it go at the dr yesterday!?
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Omg I'm just now seeing your profile for the first time ! Congrats on the weight loss and you look absolutely fabulous ! Love the dress pic !
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Over doing it or hematoma come back?? Argh

Evening all, so time for a whine... I've been ridiculously busy being back at work. I even went into the office today for 7hrs!! On Friday I had a check up at the hospital. It's a nurse run clinic so never got to see a ps... She said the wound was healing although taking its time and that everything looked good. I left happy, but Friday night I was in pain, like and achy bruised feeling. I'm panicking that my hematoma has come back. I took some pics Saturday morning and compared them to last Sunday morning. I'm sure my tummy on the right side looks like it's filling up??! I hope not but will phone the hospital first thing tomorrow morning :(

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Cant seem to tell from the pics pels. Not saying its not there either your the best one to tell, you know your body. Best to get to the drs. Still looking good tho. Back to work myself tomorrow. Soo looking forward to it NOT!
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Looks the same to me hunny but get it checked as you shouldn't be having pain now xx
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Aww thanks hun you brightened up my night. My scars aren't really non existent just seemed to have healed into nothing very quickly. I have one scar going down into side. My skin is good at disgusting scars too. Been used bio oil and e45 cream to massage my noobs (like that word!) the Prosil directly on the scars, it's silicone based treatment xx

Back tomorrow! Phew!

So happy I have the post operative care here and they are seeing me tomorrow at 10am. Prob being paranoid but I want to see a PS and put mind at rest... Thanks for the support as always! Xx

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I hope everything is fine and the hematoma hasn't come back. I have my fingers crossed. Wishing you good luck.
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Thanks me too xx
Looking forward to your update about the visit. I have lopsided swelling (although the surgery corrected some serious assymetry so I had more lipo on one side than other) too. I had a seroma and it caused me pain until it resolved and the swelling it caused went away. I'm guessing if there's anything its probably not a repeat hematoma but a seroma. You'll find that a bit easier to deal with I think. Still looking great! Chin up!
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Paranoia & Patience...

Hmmm so I have plenty of one and none of the other... Guess which?!
Saw the hot doc today, the one I saw at the very beginning. He's so beautiful... Anyway, yes a little fluid just below be and to the right. I've disturbed it somehow prob straining or from the massages, who knows but to stop massage and let the skin and muscle stick. Nothing to drain though so that's good. He's still v impressed by it all. My incision is healing well, have a bigger gap at one end but he said stitching will cause scarring where mine is so thin already. Quick peek at boobs, all good... Back in 2wks!
This recovery is sending me loony! Been thinking whether I need more lipo around my ribcage, but I can feel ribs which I couldn't before, maybe I'm just wide in my back. Still waiting for my pre op pics from my PS, can't wait to have a proper comparison session!

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Glad it's nothing major!!! Yay!! You will be great soon ! Take care babe!
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Good news! I sleep on my right side (the side that got more lipo too) so it seems no matter what that side is where the fluid settles. Maybe that's the case with you or you are somehow straining it more. Oh well, keep up the good healing!
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All good Hun all good x
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O.M.G just receive my pre op pics!!!

I'm speechless...

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Yes, pictures can say a thousand word or one .. I know you are enjoying the new you - happy healing darling
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Ahh these pics stopped me saying anything lol xx thanks!
Wow! What a change, huh?! Isn't it funny how quickly we seen to forget what we looked like? Thank God for before and after photos! Things going well? Obviously you're over-the-moon seeing the changes, how about the rest? How all is well. xoxo
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Moment of truth... Honest comments only lol

*warning full nudity*

Ok, so I'm out of shock and starting to come round lol... Must admit those pics threw me off track a bit! Have put some full nudey pics up... Can you see where she's lifted my vaj? It was down before?! Also I don't seem to be narrower, I'm still wide, do you think that's my frame and I'll shrink with weight loss? Or should I be looking at more lipo around my back and middle? I'm still very swollen, as you can see my incision is still being packed and dressed but the incisions look pretty good right? Sorry to put you off your breakfast ha!

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Further thoughts... & 2nd skin!

Sorry probably should add, I don't take my CG off or my binder unless I'm showering, so I guess till my body gets used to being without it my shape will change again right? Maybe because I'm not wearing normal clothes yet, everything loose fitting and over binder, again I'm just not used to my body... My nipples point up for a start and a can see my vaj, that's a lot of getting used to lol!!

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Pels that is amazing hunni. The difference is incredible and your boobs are so perky! I had a BA 18 months ago and yours are a lot more "up" than mine lol. Yours look fab! Your incision is so low! Looks in the ideal position imo. Regarding your frame....I'm wide. I'm never gonna be a skinny minni. I look at my mum and we are wider frames but flat to the side...Make sense I hope. I'm straight up and down too. I would never have a tiny waist no matter how much lipo I had. Unless I remove ribs and muscle lol I will never have a small waist. As long as your healthy. Keeping fit and eating well you have to make the most of the shape you have. I'm 35 this month and it's taken the last 5 years for me to come to terms with that. Just gotta make the most of what you have. I thing you have lovely curves and you have a waist and you are in proportion too. You look really lovely as you are. Bet you look fab I clothes too x
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Lol I will put some clothed pics of me up once the compression has come off, only time I see myself is naked in the mirror when showing haha! Thank you for your lovely comments. I just find it odd that I've lost majority of stretch marks, she removed kgs of skin and yet I'm still same weight/size. My squidgy saggy body is now tight and uplifted. My boobs are great, the scars are so neat, just have one but round the nipple where a stitch was pulled but those are lovely. Can't believe I thought my boobs looked ok before? A lift wasn't on my agenda! My scar is low and thin and that's great, think part of my healing/swelling problems come from the fact she pulled me down v tight from the top but also lifted me from the bottom so now my vaj is on show lol but as a result the swelling above the public part is taking it's time. I was flat to the side but for this swelling lol argh... Next few weeks then I'm off to San Fran & Vegas and I really don't want the compression coming with me! Xx

Bright red scar, severe swelling and a blood blister on incision?

Just come in from night 2 of a hen weekend! I had a few cocktails, yippee!! However, I went without my compression garment / binder and substituted it with shapewear... Tonight we've just got back to hotel and all my scars are angry red. Even around my bb. I have a small blood blister around nipple. My swelling makes me look 5mths pregnant! What's going on? Slightly freaking out! Xx

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Hi Pels! I'll bet that freaked you out. I'm sure it's probably swelling, but one thing to consider, too, is where your clothing/garment rubbed vs with the compression garment on. My tummy tuck incision (from Oct. '10) itself, is white and thin, but I have a sort of pinkish/purplish shading on either side of the incision. Of course I have no way of proving or disproving my theory, but I did start wearing "regular" clothing 5 weeks after surgery and believe the pressure of the waistband contributed to this discoloration. I still wore my garment underneath (and was shocked it fit and was so well hidden under my form-fitting clothing), but my typical clothing of choice is low rise jeans. My jean's waistband invariably pressed or rubbed against my incision - even thru the compression garment- and I never felt like my jeans were 'rubbing' or tight. It's just a thought. I'm going to try to be better this time around and see if my theory holds any weight. The swelling - lol... the price we pay for a weekend of fun. (I'm assuming a hen weekend is a girls' weekend? LOVE those!!!) Keep in touch!
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Hen weekend is a party for the bride to be before she gets married! I'm bridesmaid - wedding in may eek! I think you could be right, underwear rubbing on the incision causing it to get angry... Going to change my dressings now and see what damage is. Feel so bloated and horrible ugh xx
Hope its ok Pels. Prob not as bad as you think fingers crossed. Iv got my CG on now with stretch jeans over the top...im gonna change asap now and stick to my trackies and yoga pants as much as possible. x

10wks today...

So when you have a complication the 6-8wk time estimate goes out of the window... When you have a few complications it really throws your body off course! Mine started with losing loads of blood, blood is crucial to heal and so is iron... Then hematoma, quite poss the thing that's delayed everything the most, then constipation yip that caused my hematoma I'm convinced and my delayed incision healing...

Just finished at the hospital, seems like my tummy always settles before seeing a doctor? Like it knows!! So incision is amazing, just two teeny holes which will be healed in a week... Line is so thin. Swelling, yup she felt fluid again, but said it's soft tissue swelling which will take time to resolve. Then, she stabbed me with a needle, didn't hurt, just to make sure no re accumulation... Zilch, zero, nothing! Whoop! Swelling is just swelling and I need to keep the compression on till incision totally healed up and even then, she told me to move down on to support pants etc... Have suppositories joy of my life... To help with the constipation definitely a contributory factor! No follow up appt, was sent away telling me to have a great holiday, big operations take time and if I'm worried about anything call and they'll see me straight away! Couldn't ask for anymore really could I?! Xx

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Complications threw it all out the window for me too but at 13 weeks things are settling. Yours will too, even though it doesn't seem like it now! You look awesome. Happy healing!
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So sorry I have been MIA! I had my BFF in town and we were busy non stop! Anyway your pics look great! You lost a lot of weight so I think it's just a big change for u. You need to do what you feel is best for you. Don't worry about what anybody here's opinion is about your body shape. ( only saying that cause you were asking what other procedures u may or may not do) ultimately it's between u and the dr. ; ) but I do understand the curiosity of what other people see... So I dont know... Lol but I'm so happy you have gotten the good news of no more seromas!!!!!! It's all downhill from here!!! Congrats!!! Glad u got to go out! And btw everytime I go out I get terribly swollen. Even just eating a meal gives me a terribly full gross feeling. I have gone 2 days with zero compression now.
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I totally agree - thank you! I get so paranoid - but my shape has totally changed and it will take getting used to! The doctor today advised that I should be taking it easy and I'm to keep the compression on till the incision has healed completely, shouldn't be too long now!! Ooo happy that you are without compression - bet that feels great! hope your friend loved your new shap!! xx

Finally I See light...

Ok so there's light, I've lost 7lbs I'm sure that's made me feel good... Swelling when I sit and eat I can still feel it come on, just tightening, I know it'll subside... Liked what I saw after my shower this morning, since my last dressings were changed my incision has healed drastically, little bit to go, do you think it'll close before I'm due to go away? The race is on!! ;)

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Hey Pels- just had a thought. I know your hole is nearly closed now, but wondered if you'd used any silver based creams? I think here one is called.. Silvadene or something similar. It does seem to close wounds really fast. I feel bad for not thinking of it earlier. It's prescription- at least here it is.
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Pels your looking fab! what a difference in you incision...quite a drastic improvement! So happy for you hun. Your looking slimmer and smoother. You must be so happy! Fingers crossed that little hole goes before your holiday! I'm sure it will looking at your progress. So happy for you...you deserve a good trouble free holiday xx
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Yep the 'hole must close before the 3rd' challenge is on!!! lol wish I could tell it to hurry! I think i'm still struggling to get used to the new body - I suppose this isn't just skin taken away, my entire body shape has changed, still a bit like 'is that me? is that how i'm meant to look?' lol I just have to be sensible on the holiday and not binge eat as I don't want to go and gain a whole heap of weight whilst i'm away! xx Thank you for your support sweet! xx

OMG (I'm having a moment!)

Arghhhh just tried on my pre op jeans that were tight (UK size 12) and guess what! Over my full body garment and my binder I can not only get them on but I can pull them down without having to unbutton!! Yipppppeeeeeee!!!

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You new breasts look amazing! I was wondering if you had implants, since they look full and rounded, but now I read that it was only a lift. The surgeon did a great job contouring the breast tissue to achieve these results. Did you have a lollipop or anchor incision?
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Thank you! No implants it's all my own. The surgeon had a great vision and pulled the excess skin from my back into my breasts making them fuller. Just a lollipop incision, the one that goes straight down, but you can hardly see it already. The only problems my breasts gave me was the last couple of weeks where my sutures were coming to the surface around my nipple, had them removed by the nurse and they are fine again now :) do you know what you've decided? x
I will def. have implants, not enough breast tissue for a lift only. How many days post op you removed the nipples sutures? xx

Darryl Blinski MD - anyone come across him?

Off subject... I've posted a few questions to the doctors on here and the above always makes extremely negative and abrupt comments! Wouldn't mind if he was right but he's always wrong. I remember when I was first worried re seroma he said I'd need surgery to correct and then in my last qu the other docs are saying I should be v happy and he's negative and rude. He's even suggested I've had implants - wrong again doc! I've seen him answer other ppl's questions, he's the same. If he hasn't done the surgery then it's crap and he's mega against surgery abroad grrr he shouldn't be allowed on here with that attitude!

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Babe, where did you have your massage after? Looking for lymphatic massage in London? Thankyou xx ps updated pic but only did 1 because I'm too shy :( xx
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Hi Pels! Long time, no update. How're you doing, girl? I keep checking to see if you've updated, but haven't.
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Updating now just for you hehe! How's you? Xx

Getting on with it... Count down to Vegas & a pre party!

So life just happened and before I know it it's been a week since I last posted. Not that I've forgotten about my RealSelf friends, never!
Soooo I go to San Fran & Vegas... Leave Thursday! Trying to ween myself off the binder & compression, it's difficult, I really swell and it gets tight and hot. I should be happy really knowing I still have swelling and inflammation that'll eventually resolve so results will be better but it's just so uncomfortable. Especially my back, I've got loads of fluid retention in my back and it's sore from all the compression. Good bits my incision is almost closed woohoo and I'm back pretty much wearing heels and dancing haha... So here's a pic from my drunken weekend! Still pretty fragile & in recovery lol xx

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Looks like s great time. PS said off with garment. Says its not helping anymore. So here goes.....
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Please double check that's right Jules... Whilst I think there's such thing as over wearing the compression (that's where I'm at) I've had every PS and it's nurse (and I was seeing different ones every week/fortnight for 8wks) tell me to keep compression/binder def for seroma/hematoma to get rid of air pocket and get muscle n skin to stick. I've also been told to keep on till my incision fully closed. Email your PS, it's his surgery, let him advise xx
Have done. Thanks pels your right. All his other advice was BS so think i will leave it on for now. See my gp tomorrow see what she says.

To bikini or not to bikini?

Have always worn tankini's... Can I get away with a bikini now?? Ooo how low is my scar? :)

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Soooo happy you are out there having fun !! You look B E A U T I F U L!!! Rock that bikini!
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Hey lovely, long time! Thank you. How's you doing? Xx
Wow!!! You look amazing... What a BEAUTIFUL transformation! :))
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Not long now, a few concerns...

Eeek my flight is at 2pm... V excited indeed. However, I've been without any compression for last couple days and owwww the swelling is unbelievable... I'm like two different ppl. I spoke to my PS and she told me to make sure I fly in the compression. So it's all coming with me. I guess I'm now on the battle for the swelling to resolve without relying on garments...

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Eeeek yes bikini! I've braved one for a spa visit and will again next weekend, I will get a tankini as well but love the fact we can wear bikinis! Be proud xx
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Bikini for sure! I'm also a tankini wearer, try the cut out swim suits from dolce follie that are still sexy like l bikini but give support when you are sat down which is what I like about tankinis...Or river island have some great cut out styles in sale! But bikini looks great, the cut out costumes I always like for beach party etc!! You look increds, you should be so so happy hun xxx
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Hope your having a fab time lovely!! Hope the swellings behaving for you xx
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San Francisco...

Just checking in to say hello! Wow what an amazing place! It's 6:17am... We are heading out to Napa Valley today! So far we've been to the Warriors basketball game, seen the seaLions on pier39, went to mission, union
Square... Biggest achievement was hiring bikes and cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge & back! First bit of real exercise since my op... Went over to Alcatraz yday, loved it!

Now for downside... I'm soooo swollen. Only time I'm flat is in the morning. I'm not letting it prevent me doing things but argh! My tummy is rock solid... I know it's the amount of movement and eating badly but :( I'm trying on clothes n just getting fed up... When I get back it's back to clean eating. I will see my PS in the summer and see if there's anything else that needs to be done. On up side I love Victoria Secrets, the bras are amazing I'm a 36D and wow my boobs are impressive lol - anyone else still finding swelling a royal pain without the compression etc? Xx

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Yay! Looks like you had a great time!!! I am hardly ever wearing my compression anymore and I have def noticed the increased swelling and soreness. I had one slice of pizza at a pool party after having a few beers and I felt like I was huge and going to pop! So I'm back to the very tight spanks(ish) waist cincher. I also wear this when I workout. Which is becoming more of a daily ritual instead of once a week lol . Anyway you look gorgeous! Is the hole closed!!?
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Glad your having a great time!
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Wow sounds amazing Hun fab fab fab fab fab!!!!!!!! Xx
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Life just happened... I'm back!!

Boo I got back Monday! Severe case of holiday blues :( Vegas is out of this world, a total adult playground... I don't usually like places without any heritage / culture but Vegas is just that - was watching the old Casino film with Robert De Niro and it's exactly the same... I loved every second oh and guess what, life got in the way and I forgot about my tummy! Oooh! I'm not saying I didn't swell, wow i ballooned up & those damn all you can eat buffets are def no good and didn't help my cause lol but I for first time since the op I didn't obsess, I didn't panic I just got on with it. I wore shape wear when I felt I needed it, i slept in my binder most nights... The swelling is doing it's thing, it's uneven (def more swelling where u had the hematoma) but I can see/feel it resolving slooooowly!

Since I've been back I'm on a major detox... I've been power walking and did first aerobic class at the gym (yep I slept in my binder that night lol)

But this is the biggest give away and perhaps it's a confidence thing, but since I've been away I stopped wearing the baggy cover ups, I bought some decent bras for my 36DDs and started wearing fitted clothing the result since I've been back has been incredible, well, almost everyone has said I've lost weight (what after a 10 day holiday whatever!) and I've had 3 ppl ask if I've had a boob job looool that cracks me up, apparently my flatter tummy highlights the boobs! I feel good & confident the incisions have all closed. Quite bumpy under the scars so not sure if all I'm meant to do is just massage?

I know the swelling will take months to resolves, maybe even up to a year, my biggest piece of advice is don't let it hold you back, lay down or compress to keep on top of it and enjoy your new shape!! :)

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PS...

I'm not going anywhere... Nowhere near at the end of the road so all of you that have pulled me through so far you best be sticking with me you hear!!! Xxxx

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Wow your looking so happy that's great Hun. Glad you loved your fantastic trip x
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How are you getting on gorgeous? We need to catch up! Will msg you a bit later and I'll put some new pics up of my tum x
Heeeeeey Pels! So good to see you back! Not been the same without you!! Your pics look amazing! I si want to go to a Vegas now lol. You rocked your bikini so well and looked beautiful and happy! Just booked a holiday to Morocco so can't wait to wear mine!! lol x
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A few belly pics lol

Ok so I slept without my binder, I have my monthly... And this is how I woke up!

I've just done a comparison with my bikini pics before my hol! Wow... Look at the difference without compression and allowing body time to settle??!

Honest comments much appreciated!

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Wow what a difference! Its very noticable good for you thats fantastic! Most people come back from holidays all bloated and puffy, you of cause like to do things differently! Lol
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Oh i hope your not having a shot at me for leaving cause i never said i was going just that my journey was winding down. And that was before i found pockets of fluid all along my scar! Imnot going any where yet pels. We need each others encouragement to get down to that weight we are aiming for xx
Yep teeny weeny dig at you for letting life get in the way ;) I'm not letting you leave here anyway and before you do i'm getting your details to stay in touch - lol I need you!!! Yep time for the weight loss challenge... by the summer I want to be 20lbs down! We can do this! What's with the fluid pockets? xx

Testing out this body!! hahaha ps... slightly x rated ;)

Ahh I just had to post... I'm in such a good mood - yes the swelling is still there and my tummy still feels very tight and heavy but I know that'll resolve in time. So... I started strictly on my diet and have been going to classes 3 times a week, that's bootcamp and circuit training - my body is coping! I leave out the heavy core stuff like abdominal crunches and slowly my fitness levels are increasing!!!

So Saturday & Sunday I had a run in with a very friendly ex (who is a very good friend)... Needless to say, i'm smiling... I don't know what it is, but the new body works and has probably boosted my confidence by 100%!! haha sorry for being naughty but it's amazing not having to worry about getting sweaty under boobs and tummy flap (ew!!) !!

I couldn't be happier - I have emailed my surgeon to tell her i'm coming back for more lipo and arms... she's telling me to really think about arms vs scars - hmm so for now i'll continue with weights, thinking to take a trip out there to see her anyway so she can look over everything :) x

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Sooooo happy!!! You look great, and sound awesome!!! Glad you are having fun and (being naughty ; ) ) haha
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Haha oops! So bad! Now I have to find myself Mr Right & not Mr Right Let's have fun! Lol xx
LOVE IT!!!!
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I walked down the aisle!!!! ????

Ok ok not like that but as a bridesmaid! Ever since I was asked this has been my main inspiration to finally get the op that I've wanted for years done... So here are the pics... Seriously contemplating arms next but am joining slimming world tonight and going to get back to the gym as dedicated as I was before and see where I'm at by the summer (July!)

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Hey missy!!! How are you doing? It's time for us to check in with each other! I feel like I've fallen off the diet wagon. Gained 6lbs since surgery! I dont know if it's the heat here or what. : ( I'm working on it now but I need to keep posting pix here to remain accountable. Lol ! Anyway I miss u and hope you are doing awesome! Xoxo
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Hey my lovely! I too have fallen off the diet wagon, you are not alone... Will update now... How are you getting on? Xx
Awe! Love your pix from walking down the aisle!!! You look great girl!
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Greetings from Marbella!!

Hey hey! It's been ages and I miss my RealSelf friends! I've been mega busy with life just getting in the way... Currently on holiday in Marbella and had a few minutes so thought I'd touch base!

Things are good, down side I still haven't lost any of the weight I put on before surgery (about 14lbs) u desperately need to shift it, just can't get focussed! Think main problem is that I don't hate my body when I'm in the nude anymore (yey) so don't have the same determination! Although can't wait to see my body 20lbs lighter, that would def be my target weight and my goal!

I'm trying to gear myself up for when I'm back from my holiday I'll be disciplined!

How's everyone else doing? Xx

Ps... Few pics from Marbs :)

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Hi Hun Lovely to hear from you!! So jelous your in Marbella I have still got a problem with my weight gain since surgery around a stone gain!! I'm joining slimming world tonight Hun x
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hi there. so great to hear from you. You look so amazing and your confidence is simply shining. I've only just found the motivation to get back on track. I'm gyming half hr 4 days a week. I've joined weight watchers seeing as I have to make a life long commitment. I've gained 4kgs from the weight I was sx day. I'm losing already and have my first weigh in tue nite. I'm also cheating this first month. I asked my Dr for duromine and I'm feeling great. appetite suppressed and energy level high! its so good to see you all here!
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You are so beautiful! I feel exactly the same! Since I feel pretty naked I haven't pushed the workouts/diets. Although I did go running this morning and it was super nice! You look gorgeous anyway girl! Xoxo
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Back on track... 12lbs down! Question for you seroma suffers...

Morning my lovelies, how are you all? So I'm in the third week of my eating clean and healthy and I've lost 12lbs already!! So happy you wouldn't believe! I can do this... I'm not just aiming to lose the 14lbs I put on after surgery but I'm going to try and get the 14lbs off after that. If I stick to my plan I hope it'll be off I no time! Had a hen party last weekend and managed to avoid temptation and not drink, have another hen this weekend in Spain fingers crossed my will power holds out!

Question: now I've got back to my exercising, the area where I had my seroma swells and gets sore, like a bruised feeling. I'm worried there's still a gap there... Do I need to pay a visit back to the hospital? I should get some pics up for you all but I'll wait for a bit more weigh to come off ;) xx

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Hi there, I had my TT done by Dr Umran Ileri 5 weeks ago. I'm experiencing a similar complication like yours. One side of my incision is healing a bit slower and has white spots that you said were new skin..... I was wondering if I could see a picture of your scar now to see how things are looking in the long run. I hope everything has been going well for you with the weight loss and exercise!!!
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What is the hen party?!? I want to go!!!!
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I'm at Istanbul too now girl you look nice wait my result yet :) wish you happy healing
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Dr Ileri (LIV hospital) is amazing. She's a total artist. My breast and TT scar are so neat and minimal and I can feel my nipples and tummy already. She's a complete perfectionist!

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