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I am a 45 year old woman who is 5'5" and I weigh...

I am a 45 year old woman who is 5'5" and I weigh 150 pounds. I am within my weight range but at the top of it so I would like to lose around 10 to 15 pounds still.

I had 3 children all c-section, an appendectomy, my gall bladder removed (from my navel) and some cysts off my ovaries also taken out through my belly button. One of my babies was over 10 pounds and to me that is like carrying 2 babies because he really did a number on my tummy.

I decided I should do this many years ago but because of expense and time to recoup I couldn't do it. I decided this summer it was now or never and so I started interviewing plastic surgeons. I had to plan ahead for my business and having it done after Thanksgiving seemed like a good time.

I recommend if you want to do it in the late fall or winter that you book ahead because I found out that it is a very popular time of year to do it. I am now 3 days post op.

I am now 6 days post op. I got the staples taken...

I am now 6 days post op. I got the staples taken out yesterday and the heavy bandages removed. It looks marvelous! Even with the swelling I have much more of an hour glass figure and all the nasty stretch marks and scars from my other surgeries as well as my apron hang are gone! I got a new binder that wraps just under my chest and down to my hips. Suddenly I feel much more secure and my back has stopped having spasms. Today I got to take my first shower. Hopefully my drains will come out on Friday at 8 days post op. That will make me feel much more human. I think the drains are some of the worst part of this surgery.

I had a muscle repair, lipo and an extended tummy...

I had a muscle repair, lipo and an extended tummy tuck.Today I am exactly 2 weeks Post Op. I got my drains out at 8 days post op. I am still VERY swollen. In fact, the doctor drained off some fluid yesterday in the front just above my incision with a syringe and needle. I feel like the sides, front, pubic area and upper thighs are all swollen. However, my plastic surgeon feels this will all go away on it's own. Most of my bruising from the lipo has faded and I just have a few small bruises. All my stitches, staples and bandages have been removed. I am still pretty tired and although I can stand up straight it is not possible without my compression garment. It's been a much harder surgery than I thought it would be. I have had a couple of set backs. I choked on lunch one day and that upset my belly button. It started to ooze. I also have had a minor case of the flu so I haven't been able to heal as quickly and this has made me more tired. I am completely off all pain meds though including Tylenol. I may have to take something in the future but as for today I feel great. Just trying not to over due it and rest so I can keep the swelling down. My doctor said I can go back to work at the beginning of next week or at 18 day post op. So far I feel the surgery was a huge success. Just looking at my before and after pictures I can see a big improvement. I also feel my doctor lifted my upper thigh and pubic area. I am very excited to see how it all looks once all the swelling goes down, the scale shows my real weight and the incision heals. My doctor says this can take 4-6 months for the final results.

I am now 4 weeks post op. All the scabs have left...

I am now 4 weeks post op. All the scabs have left my incision and my belly button is starting to look marvelous. My belly button is a nice, little, vertical, oval shape, It looks just like I dreamed it would be. My doctor told me at 3 weeks that I could switch from my compression garment to a spanx type garment. That is because I am very curvy and with wider hips the other garment was riding up and not supporting lower areas. I found a nice Bali brand garment that was more lycra than spandex which gave me a firmer support. It went from just under my bra all the way down into a boy short panty. I felt this particular garment gave me more support in my lower abs and upper thigh than the binder. It was much more comfortable to sleep in too. I don't think I could go without something to support me yet. Of course I am really glad I had this done in the winter. I can only imagine how hot it would be to wear support garments in the summer!
I am also now smaller than I was before the surgery. I now weigh 140 pounds. I went from a size 8-10 to a size 6-8. No matter what size I am it is a dream come true to go to my closet, pick out anything in there and put it on know it will fit without bulges or bumps. I feel like I look amazing in everything! I love to go shopping again because I can pick something off the rack and have confidence it will fit. My surgeon is my hero and a true friend. I feel like if I look this great now, how great will I look when all the swelling is completely gone and my scars have faded? At 45 years old, I think my body looks closer to someone who is in their 20's and I finally feel like all the damage done by that 10 pound baby boy has been corrected. I only wish I would have known that it takes a little longer than 2 weeks to feel like yourself again. I have always bounced right back after surgeries but the recovery on this one seemed to linger. I am just now feeling the energy come back although there are others on this forum that had the surgery the same day as me and are still recovering. I would recommend that people planning for this surgery prepare for 4-6 weeks or more for tiredness, swelling and serious discomfort. However,despite the pain, money, and time off from work required it is definitely worth it in the long run!

At 2.5 months post op I am doing very well. I will...

At 2.5 months post op I am doing very well. I will be 3 months at the end of February; my surgery was Nov. 29, 2012. I still have swelling and tightness in the evening and I can't wait to get into more comfortable clothes after work. In my latest photos at 10 weeks you can see how my abs are developing a nice line down the center. I have managed to keep my weight off despite not being able to work out regularly at the gym. I am walking on occasion and stretching and just generally doing what I can and still feel good. I have to keep myself in good enough condition to go to work and not feel too exhausted being there. I have decided to just wait and heal before I go full force back to the gym 6 days a week like I used to do. I am very glad I did this however and my plastic surgeon says it's just going to keep looking better and that full results won't be until 6 months. I can't imagine how it could look any better actually. My surgeon couldn't have done a better job and my belly button is adorable. Honestly even at this early date nobody would be able to tell that I had revision on my belly button. My scar is fading nicely and very straight, flat and thin as you can see in the photos. I think it all looks amazing except for a few deep stretch marks that I would like to have fade more. It may be a little greedy of me but I am considering fraxel laser for those in the future. ;)
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon

I interviewed 3 top plastic surgeons in the area. Dr. Barnthouse was the first one that I went to for a consult and after seeing the other 2 surgeons I decided to go with Dr. Barnthouse. His bedside manner is excellent and he answers questions and makes himself available to all his patients after hours. The nurses and anesthesiologist at the surgical center told me that is who they would use and often refer him out to their family and friends.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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You look great ! We were similar in preop shape, but I am shorter. I am also married to a Mark.
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I bet your Mark loves it as much as my Mark loves it!
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Wow! Nice transformation!
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Thank you FitChick45. I envisioned it to be great and this is even better than I imagined!
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you look amazing
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Thank you kati81!
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You look amazing! I wonder how that line down your stomach got so defined? I honestly haven't seen that much definition on any other pics on here! I have that line only at the tippy top of my abs!
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Well NewSelfNC, I recently found out that my plastic surgeon is the former partner of Dr. Ted Lockwood who passed away in 2005 from cancer. Dr. Lockwood developed the technique for what is called the "High Tension Tummy Tuck". He is famous for his discovery in the 80's that the skin was not the support structure he and every other doctor had been taught it was. Instead, primarily through cadaver study, he found that within the fat there was a fibrous meshwork honeycomb structure. He named this the "superficial fascial system," and his procedures have changed the way this kind of surgery is done. I had no clue that my PS had this background. He came highly recommended and of the 3 I interviewed I thought he explained better what he would and could do for me. I just never knew in my wildest dreams what a lucky girl I was to have him because I don't think it could look any better.
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I have a question...I am going back to work probably 10 days after surgery. But only for half days...Am I going to be too swollen to wear the clothes I am wearing now? I normally wear my clothes with spanx.
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Are you having drains pharma3641? That may make a difference in how much you swell or don't swell. I wanted to go back to work at that point but just could not. I got my drains out at 8 days PO and still couldn't stand up for very long at 10 days and then of course I got the flu so I didn't end up going back until 18 days PO. I actually lost weight after the surgery and with the muscle repair I was down a size by 10 days PO. I just wore loose fitting clothes that were stretchy with my binder and I never had a problem. Right when I got home I would rip those things off an put back on my PJ's and hop right into my bed or onto the couch for the rest of the day. It really isn't as much painful in my opinion as it is a lingering annoyance of the swelling along with fatigue for the first few months.
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I will have two drains...:((( Not happy about that! I will have both in for at the min. of 7 days and one in for a min. of 10 days.. I heard drains were brutal!
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They are irritating, annoying and a messy pain. However, you don't want a seroma so you need to leave them in as long as the doctor says too. If you get a seroma they have to drain all that fluid with a needle and it made me pass out!
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Wow ...... What a difference. Thanks for your review. I ve a month to go.... Terrified ..... I wish it was over xxx
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It will be very worth it Mrsfrog and you need to keep that in mind now and afterwards. We look in the mirror everyday and it makes such a difference when you look at something that you like and gives you confidence and represents you well. You will have a few weeks of discomfort for years and years of wonderful mornings when you face yourself in the mirror.
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Looking awesome!
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Thank you Melisrw78 :)
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You look great!
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Thank you BuffyR :)
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You look amazing and are my goal/mentor! We are the same size and I pray I end up with your results!!
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Well so far so good threeboys I think your on your way! I just looked at your pictures and it looks very similar to what I looked like at the same point. I even had all the bruises that you have in your pics right after the surgery and all the same loose skin before the surgery. My PS only took off 3 pounds. Did you have muscle repair too?
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You do look like a 20 yr old! And Despite all your effort you probably would of never lost those last 10-15 lbs without this surgery. Even when I was running marathons I could never lose that last 5 lbs and guess how much extra skin he removed? 5lbs. I feel the same as you, I had a 10lb baby and there was nothing else that was going to undo the damage. Everyone wants bragging rights but big babies are not good for us or the baby. I feel like the real me is now revealed and I dont have to bear the cross of a large baby anymore =) Your Still looking amazing btw
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Thank you Melisrw78! You are so right too. After I had that 20 lb baby I would run, work with trainers, watch every morsel that I ate and I lost weight too. However, I still never looked good. In fact, as I would lose weight, it would look WORSE! More crinkled, sagging, hanging skin would appear. The doctor only took off 3 lbs of skin and fat. He lipo'd 2 more pounds, one on each side/flank for a total of 5 lbs. At the end of the day, I look like I lost 30 lbs! I think your right too about the surgery helping me lose the weight. He really tightened up those muscles and so I feel fuller now much quicker and easier. I should have done this years ago.
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And that's exactly why your the perfect tummy tuck candidate! Hope your loving it
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I am loving it sooooo much!
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You look amazing! Was it worth all the pain. I'm scheduled for Tuesday and I can't wait: )
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