I'm an "older" tummy tuck candidate. I'm 5'10"...

I'm an "older" tummy tuck candidate. I'm 5'10" and weigh 150 pounds and 62 years old. I'm relatively slim but have had a bit of a blubber belly for almost as long as I can remember. I have not had children so I can't even blame my protruding abdomen on childbirth. I've had my weight down to 138 pounds put even then I had a pit of a pooch. I've had four pelvic surgeries and my pooch slightly hangs over my horizontal scar from the previous surgeries. I hate my profile and even by "sucking in my stomach" I'm still not flat. As I've always wanted a flat abdomen I've decided to go ahead with the tummy tuck even though my husband likes me the way I am and doesn't want me to do it. I saw a my PS a year ago and have been trying to decide this whole time whether to go ahead as the PS said I'm a perfect candidate for the procedure. I'm healthy and relatively fit. I don't want to make my husband angry but I think I will have to if I want to be on the flat side! I earn my own money and can justify the cost. So I've booked the surgery for Sept. 19th and I intend to tell my husband on the morning of the surgery (and hope his anger will have subsided later in the day when I need to be picked up from the clinic). Another reason that I've waited a whole year to make the final decision is my fear of dying of complications (even though I've had no side effects of anaesthetics previously). I have this underlying fear that because I'm doing this against my husbands wishes that I will be punished with death. It's such a scary thought. I've researched the mortality rated of TT and there are not many who actually don't survive the procedure. The trick is to be mobile asap post operatively. I haven't told any except one of my friends (who I trust not to tell anyone else) and I haven't told any of my siblings. The reason I want to keep it quiet is because of the negative feedback I had a year ago when I joked that I was considering a TT. Some of the comments were "Are you crazy! You don't need a tummy tuck!". "You look fine just as you are!" I will be seeing the PS again on August 27th and have to pay by Sept. 7. I have a large list of questions to ask him. I'm concerned about not being active for a couple of weeks post op and about how I'm going to explain my sedentary lifestyle to my friends who I usually see while doing something active. I'm going to have to lie through my teeth and make up something such as being sick with a cold etc. I'll be discouraging having any company. The countdown has begun.

Blubber for real! I can't believe I'm sharing these disgusting images with the world!

I just read that tall people can get a more defined waistline post TT than shorter people. So here's hoping that will prove to be true for me because I'm sure wishing for an hour-glass figure.

My husband now knows

My plastic surgeon's office phone number showed up on my call display several days ago and my husband asked me why a doctor would be phoning me. So I told him I had booked a TT for September 19th after having seriously thought about it for the last year (since a consultation with a PS a year ago) even though the thought of a TT has occurred to me MANY times over about 40 years! He took the news surprisingly well even though he'd rather I spend almost $10K on something else. I guess he realizes that this is very important to me and can't talk me out of it (as he tried to do when I discussed it with him about a year ago). It's good to get it off my chest. Now I just hope he won't share "the news" with anybody else.

One more month! Suggestions on what to tell my friends while recovering.

My surgery date is September 19th. I'm both worried and excited. I'm not sure what I'm going to tell all my friends who I go cycling or hiking with on a regular basis what's the matter with me while I'm recovering from the surgery. I don't want anyone to know. Perhaps the "bad back ache" excuse will work and hopefully they'll believe it for a month or two (or for whatever time it takes for me to get back to my normal activities). Any suggestions?

Pre-surgical consult today

I had my pre-surgical consult with a nurse and with the ps today. I was there for a whole two hours. Glad to know that I won't be on any narcotics for pain post op. The surgeon really took his time (even though he was obviously running behind schedule) and answered all my questions. He made me feel very confident that the procedure will go well. 22 more days!

I've reached the point of no return

Yesterday I paid in full for my upcoming surgery so I'm now at the point of no return even though there hasn't been a day in the last year when I've struggled to decide whether to have the TT or not. Some days I've thought "I don't look THAT bad and I can live with these bulges" but most days after seeing the blubber in the mirror I KNOW that I have to do it. I've postponed this for a whole year since my first consult with the surgeon because no time is convenient. I know this surgery will have me tied down for at least a month and I don't like the thought of being inactive for that long. Additionally, I constantly worry about post-op complications. I try to remain positive and remind myself that all my previous surgeries have been rather uneventful with quick recoveries so here's hoping that this too shall go well. Two more weeks!

Tomorrow Is THE day!

My time to be at the clinic is 7:15 AM. I'm so happy that its not later in the day. I can hardly wait to get it over with but I'm very, very nervous!

15 more minutes before I'm at the clinic!

Thankfully, I had a good night's sleep. I'm ready to go! Thanks all of you for your well wishes!

Blubber gone!

I'm home again just seven hours after entering the surgical centre. My surgery started at 8 AM. I'm a little sore whenever I move but overal I'm feeling GREAT! Much better than I had anticipated. The surgeon said he liposuctioned about a liter of fat from my upper abdomen but I forgot to ask how many pounds of blubber he cut off my belly. I'll be asking him that when I go for my first post-op appointment on September 24th. Because I'm all covered up with a CG I haven't seen my incision yet but I'm confident that it's perfect. Prior to the surgery, I asked the surgeon to look me in the eye and say "I'm going to do the best abdominoplasty on you that I have ever done!". He didn't hesitate to do so and I was completely calm when I transferred to the operating table! I woke up on a stretcher in the recovery room around 11am, felt rather uncomfortable, so I had the nurse help get me up and onto a recliner where I rested until my husband picked me up around 2 PM. I'm now resting on the couch with my feet up on the coffee table having my "morning" coffee that I missed this morning! I will drink lota of apple juice when I'm done with the coffee! Life is good!!

Feeling great on day 1 post pop

Didn't get a wink of sleep last night even though I had very little pain and was actually able to sleep on my side in bed. Anaesthetics have done this to me in the past where I'm awake for two days. Most people I know who've been "under" are drowsier than ever and can sleep all day and more after surgery but not this old gal! I'm thankful that I don't have to go to work today and can rest on the couch all day! I have only one drain which hangs in the middle of my CG. With the T-shirt over top it the bulge looks like I've had a addadictomy (add-a-dick-to-me). If anybody was to visit me unexpectedly and notice I'd just say that I was tired of being a woman and had some male parts added! I was told to walk bent over for two days but I can actually straighten out quite well without too much discomfort. I'm amazed that I have so little pain without taking the Tramadol/Acetaminophen. I have been using a diclofenac supp so maybe that's doing the trick in keeping me this comfortable. I have had absolutely NO nausea. Here's hoping that every day of my recovery get even easier because I'm going to want to be actively involved in my usual outdoor activities as soon as possible. I'm not quite so eager to return to work!

Bruising and drain

Here are just a few photos taken almost 24 hours since coming home from the clinic. I'm assuming that the bruising is from lipo although I didn't expect or need any lipo to my butt. I'm not complaining though as it doesn't look bad at all! those bruises will probably be gone in a week! Now I'm wishing more than anything to sleep a while as I'm totally wired and have not slept in over 24 hours.q

Latest photos

Feeling somewhat "sick" today

I'm not feeling as great this morning as I did yesterday even though I finally slept for much of the night. I'm having more pain than yesterday and feeling a little nauseated. I guess that means I won't be eating much this morning so I'll stick with the clear fluid diet. I ended up taking a pain pill at bed time and again at 4 AM as I was finding it more painful to move around in bed. I've run out of the Voltaren suppositories that I was advised to use for incision pain. My drain has drained less in the last 24 hours than on day one so here's hoping that it will come out on Tuesday when I see the PS.

Nauseated again today

I took a tramadol for pain at bedtime and at 5:00AM and feel about the same as yesterday morning. Nausea is a common side effect of taking this drug so I won't be taking any more of that and will start using regular tylenol instead. I still had trouble moving around in bed but do manage to sleep mostly on my side rather than on my back. I woke up many times during the night and got up to walk a bit each time. I'm not walking hunched over. The surgeon said that after 48 hours post opp I'm good to walk more upright and that's fine with me as I'm not a fan of back pain, something a lot of you seem to be experiencing from walking hunched over and being on their backs. I'm getting very itchy underneath my CG and today I'm allowed to take it off and have my first shower!! Yay! I'm so excited as it will be my first peek of the surgical site! I will post some pictures later today. Happy healing every one!

I've got a waist, I've got a waist after all that blubber went to waste!

I just had my first peek of my new belly and am very, very, pleased! All the bruising from the lipo is just concrete evidence that my surgeon did some aggressive suctioning. I had my first shower today and I feel like a new woman! I AM truly a new woman and so far loving my new body!!! While my CG is being washed I'm resting in bed and can't stop looking at my new, flat belly. It's simply amazing! There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of swelling but I know that might change (having read a lot about the swell hell some gals experience). So far I have absolutely NO regrets. If I was to run into my surgeon today I would probably kiss him!

Today's new look

Increased swelling today but no more fat rolls! Not missing those rolls!

I took my binder off again to wash it and wore a "girdle-like" granny pantie that pulls up to my boobs (purchased at Costco.) It's not as easy to put on as the CG but offers some compression and is quite comfortable. I purchased it to wear under a dress that I bought for a wedding that I went to recently in an attempt to minimize my fat rolls. Now even with the swelling, there are NO rolls!

I haven't taken anything for pain except Tylenol (500mg every six hours) for the last 24 hours. It still hurts to move from a lying down to sitting position and vice versa and when I cough or laugh. I'm feeling stronger every day. My drainage amount is decreasing daily and changing to a more yellowy color. I don't have much of an appetite yet and am eating mostly fruits, vegetables, and yogurt.

Loving my scale today

I know I shouldn't be weighing myself but I'm a little bored of doing basically nothing but "exercising" my fingers on a keyboard so I simply couldn't resist! Down to 147 pounds, three pounds down since surgery date. I think it's safe to assume that I'm not retaining too much fluid! Yippee!!!! Life is good!

Lots of burning and tugging pain at incision and a little bit of swelling just above the incision.

It's about 4:30 AM and I'm so uncomfortable and finding it so difficult to get comfortable in bed that I just got up to take some ketorolac, a drug that was prescribed for me back in February when I had severe pain due to kidney stones! I'll put my binder back on later to give my incision some support. Anyone else experience a burning and tugging pain at their incision site?

Blubberbelly NO MORE will be my new name from now on!

I no longer qualify to be called blubberbelly so I'm changing it to Blubberbelly No More! I had planned on postponing this but no, I just can't. I first considered making my new name Blubberlessbelly but it doesn't sound as good.

Went to work for an hour today!

I drove my car for the first time in the five days since my surgery to make a few home visits to my clients. It went very well but I did need a nap as soon as I got home. I definitely tire easily so I must listen to my body and not overdo it. This old body needs lots of rest!

First post op visit to surgeon

Had a quick visit to the surgeon's office today. The nurse was very impressed with my results and how well I'm moving. She was particularly impressed with the fact that I have NO swelling at all!

My drain has drained 50CCs, down from 80CCs the previous 24 hours but the surgeon felt that it should be in for a few more days "or your tummy can start looking like you're pregnant". He doesn't like to remove drains "too early". Well, that's fine with me as I've looked pregnant for the last 40 years and I don't ever want to look like that again! I'm able to hide the drain well by wearing a bulky enough jacket that has pockets right where the "bulge" is so it's unlikely that anyone would notice anything unusual. It just looks like I have a pocket full of tissues. Tomorrow will be my first outing out in public as I'm meeting some friends for lunch and I'm confident that none of them will notice anything peculiar!

The TT procedure did entail a muscle tightening and he tightened my abs. by about two inches! No wonder I now have a waist!!! He didn't have to cut out the whole belly button and just basically moved it down about an inch by stretching it and pulling it down. My BB seems to have only one little internal suture on the upper part of it, not a whole circle of sutures that I've seen a lot of on REALSELF. Darn, I forgot to ask him how much it weighed that chunk of blubber that he removed below my BB! As of this morning I weigh two pounds less than six days ago when I had my surgery but two pounds up from yesterday. I'm just happy that I haven't gained any weight since the surgery, something I had feared due to being so sedentary during this recovery process.

The nurse suggested that I purchase some arnica gel to rub on my bruises so that they'll disappear more quickly but quite frankly I couldn't care less about my bruises. Nobody except myself and my husband will see them and they'll go away eventually. I will not be seen on a beach and in a bathing suit or in a locker room displaying my naked body any time soon.

The nurse removed and replaced the steri-strips covering my incision and said that I don't need to wear the CG if I don't want to. She said I could start using Spanx or a similar product. Well, I've got my cheep flexees from Costco that I can use and if I don't use anything that's okay too. Right now the CG feel quite comfortable and I'm leaving it on just in case of coughing spells.

I had a lot of tugging, burning pain in one groin during the night and several unproductive coughing spells which were a "killer". Apparently the tube that's placed down the throat for anaesthesia causes the throat to dry and post op coughing is not unusual nor is it unusual that it causes the worst pain ever, even when pushing down on the incision. I was told to continue to drink lots of fluids as that will help with the coughing. I'm taking a pain pill about every twelve hours which allows me to move more easily.

Although I'm tired both due to the healing process and sleep deprivation, overall I'm feeling pretty darn good! I might even go for a walk around the block today as it's a beautiful, cool but sunny day. I haven't been out for any fresh air in a week and it will be refreshing to be outside for a while.

So ladies, that's my latest update. Looking forward to reading all yours!

It's been a week and I feel great!

Although I'm not completely pain-free yet I have to say that this recovery has gone extremely well. I do have some intermittent pinching, burning and tugging pain at my incision site and, when standing or walking, my midsection seems really stiff (probably from the muscle tightening). I'm able to walk completely upright and I don't think anyone would notice anything different about me than a week ago. But just wait until I don those spandex biking shorts---there might be a few people commenting "you look like you've lost weight". My drain is still putting out an ounce and half a day so now I'm a little concerned that having it out in two days might be a bit to early. I'll leave that decision up to the surgeon because he's a genius and I trust his decision completely. Will post more photos after the drain is out and when the bruising has subsided somewhat. Happy healing every one!

Beautiful bruises on post op day 7 but swell hell has not arrived!

Some might say, "look at those ugly bruises!" But they don't bother me at all. I'm not using any products to get rid of them sooner because I know they'll go away soon enough. Hey, I'm not performing at the local belly dancing or strip club tonight! After 40 years of focusing on the unwanted fat I'm just overjoyed to be FLAT. I am so lucky!

Bruising galore!

Not quite as active today as planned

I continue to heal nicely just 8 days after surgery. Went to work for two hours early this afternoon which entailed about a half hour of driving and an hour and half of work. Hubby carried my tool box for me as I don't want to risk lifting anything that's too heavy. By 2 PM I was ready to have a nap and did. Had great intentions of going for a walk around the block but that didn't happen and I don't feel up to it now at 6:30 PM either. Pain is minimal--with movement only. I have some weird sharp, shooting pains in my one groin and some tugging pain in my incision but it's tolerable. Haven't taken a pain pill in twelve hours and don't plan to until bedtime. Still no swelling but think that might start tomorrow if the drain comes out. Happy healing everyone!

Drain is out and I'm ready to go shopping!

Saw the surgeon today who said everything is looking good and the drain was taken out. He said "I see that there's a little bit of swelling and to be prepared for more swelling which may last up to six months. ( I haven't noticed ANY swelling!) At least I'm not bulging out like before the surgery and already my yoga pants look so much better on me! I've got my freedom back and now perhaps I'll be able to sleep on my tummy tonight! AND---I can go shopping and not have to worry about a drain being in the way. Maybe I'm jumping the gun but I don't think I'm going to get much smaller. Loved the scale at the doc's office. 145 pounds today! (probably something wrong with it). Went to work for two hours and walked for half an hour. Graduated to wearing my flexees from Costco instead of my CG. All is well! Happy healing to you you all!

My scar revealed!

Well gals here's another great moment in history, one that in trying to keep up with the Joneses (LLB) required a shopping trip to purchase the perfect attire for this momentous occasion! I walked into the Ross discount store and stated to a young Asian chap of about 19 working there that I needed some assistance finding "just the perfect panties for the unveiling of a very special surgical scar". I said they MUST have a picture of a pussy and not pull up to high!!! I said it was very important that they be absolutely PERFECT because I would be modelling them for the whole world to see--on the internet! Wonder why this young man ran as fast as he could????? A woman "in my condition" needs all the help she can get! Well, I think these panties are perfect but I am a little disappointed that the Asian chap didn't stick around to translate the foreign text above that cat, errrr...pussy!

On a more serious note (need I mention that my encounter with the 19 year old is pure fiction?) I'm very happy with the appearance of my scar. There seems to be a little swelling at the time these photos were taken, about three hours after getting up this morning. Prior to getting up this morning my tummy was actually concave and I could see my hip bones. Woo hoo!!! I've got hip bones!!!!

I rolled over onto my tummy last night but didn't stay in that position for long. Too uncomfortable. Painful to roll back onto my side! Happy to be able to sleep on my side as well as stretch out onto my back. I'm sleeping quite well now and am thankful for that. I'm also so thankful to be healing so quickly and know that I'll soon be doing everything I did before the surgery.

Wishing all you other gals out there a successful outcome and speedy recovery!

Oh, oh!!! I overdid it today!!

Was feeling so energetic today that I decided to increase my walk around the block to "a bit further". I walked along a creek not far from home and was enjoying myself so much that I just kept on going. After about an hour of walking I began to feel some rather intense burning pain just below the one side of my incision and I think...OMG has my incision split wide open??? Silly, me I had forgotten my cell phone or I would have called my husband to pick me up!!! So I continued to walk, now at a snail pace and somewhat hunched over and looking like a REAL old lady who has just been TUCKED!!!! Thought I'd never make it home, all the while thinking....TUCK!!!!! What have I done!!! So as soon as I got home I gave the NURSE ON CALL a call just to confirm that I should be rethinking just how much activity I should be engaging in at this stage of my recovery. Mostly, I needed some reassurance that I hadn't done any damage. The nurse told me that by tomorrow I might notice some increased swelling due to OVERDOING it today. So, I'll be kind to myself and NOT attempt to run a marathon later today, apply an ice pack to my belly and basically allow myself to heal by exercising only my fingers (on this keyboard--and hope that's NOT overdoing it too!).
Should have listened to LIveLoveBelieve, her lecture about taking baby steps etc. I'm living, loving, believing and now LEARNING not to do too much!!!! But darn, my memory's shot so here's hoping that I'll. REMEMBER!!!!!

Happy healing and DONT do what I did today if you're less than three weeks post op!!!!

Some unwelcome, unexpected pain!

I figured I could handle walking about half a mile today (after walking 3 miles the day before yesterday before I felt any pain), but NO, this old body started screaming "NO! NO! NO!" I got this BURNING pain in my groin which felt like a red hot coal!!! I don't know if this was referred nerve pain from the incision and I just might call the doctor on call tomorrow. After sitting down for a while the pain slowly subsided but I seem to have to be very careful about how I move my right leg. Any abrupt movement can bring it on (and walking a short distance brings it on). Oh well,I'm guessing it's just part of the journey soon to pass! Unfortunately this is a set back for me because this is telling me that I'm just not ready to return to my pre-surgery activities and I'm going to have to take it easy for hopefully just a few more weeks! Has anyone else felt this kind of pain?????

I wore my CG for about six hours today from the time I got up until just after I experienced the pain described above... I was afraid that perhaps the CG had something to do with it but actually I don't think it did. I do have some increased swelling to my upper abdomen today. I think I'll refrain from wearing the CG from now on unless I see some obvious swelling! I'm just more comfortable without it.

I took out my measuring tape tonight and measured myself and was a little shocked to see that all my measurements are almost identical to my pre-surgery measurements!!! But hey, I LOOK BETTER and I'm FLAT and that was my GOAL so I'm still happy!!! HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!!
Maybe I'm retaining more fluids than I think??? I had lots of liposuction done so perhaps that's causing swelling that causing my measurements to remain the same???? Only time will tell!!!

Feeling tired so off to bed I go even though it's only 8:30PM!

Happy healing my REALSELF sisters!!!

Quick visit to the surgeon yesterday

Yesterday it was two weeks since the surgery and because I was having increased pain (worse than last week) I thought I'd better get it checked out.

Apparently I have a couple of internal stitches below by scar that are probably pulling with movement. I also had a small pocket of fluid which the surgeon aspirated. He aspirated about an ounce of fluid....in other words, not much!

I needed some reassurance that all was well and that my recovery is progressing as it should.

I take about 600 Mg of Advil at bedtime just to make it a little less painful to move around in bed, which gets easier day by day.

I'll be going to work for about three hours today and tomorrow so, except for getting no exercise my life is almost back to normal.

Still loving my flat tummy and having no regrets.

LIfe is good!

Happy Healing to all!!!

Comparing the blubberbelly to the blubberlessbelly.

I found this little app at the apple store that allows me to view my photos side by side. All these photos were taken in the early evening when my belly is at its largest. So far I've had only minimal swelling (I think). I could be swollen more so than I think
judging by my measurements being exactly the same as before surgery. I'll know for sure six months from now when I should be completely healed up. My belly is a crater belly early in the morning when lying down. Nice and concave! LOVE it!!!

I am SERIOUSLY debating becoming a surgeon!!! I would be making so many people happy (like me). But....that will have to happen in my next life!!! For now I m just too busy STUDYING all the other surgeons' amazing work!!! (MOST of them do an excellent job). So I'm having a toast to all those wonderful surgeons who truly make such a positive difference to how we look and feel!!

What a difference a week makes! 18 Days Post Op

A week ago today I walked almost five miles which resulted in pain that required a visit to the surgeon. Today, a week later I figured I could easily walk three miles. No problem at all. I feel a little more tender in my entire abdominal area and actually am a little more swollen than usual but other than that I'm perfectly fine. I'm able to sleep on my abdomen now and can move around very easily without pain. Not taking any more pain killers, not even ibuprofen or tylenol. The bruising is completely gone and the incision is healing nicely. Belly button is a non issue as it was never excised. Tomorrow I'll be working about five hours. All is well. Wishing all you others out there an equally speedy recovery!

Out of the woods

How time does fly! Today it's been exactly three weeks since my surgery and I think it's safe to state that I'm now officially "out of the woods" with minimal chance of complications. Apparently it's during the first three days post op that there's the biggest risk of getting blood clots (particularly among those who don't move around enough). When I asked my surgeon prior to the surgery for how long I would be at risk of complications he said THREE WEEKS. Well, I'm one lucky old gal. It hasn't happened (no complications) so I think it's safe to say that I'm officially a HEALED woman. I'm back to business as usual. I had some increased swelling yesterday so I'm forcing myself to wear my CG during the day. My next appointment with the surgeon is not until November 1st. He'll probably give me the go ahead to proceed with my pre surgical activities. I'm hoping I'll be allowed to do some cardio by climbing some hills as I'm worried about losing muscle mass and endurance. I still tire more quickly than BEFORE so there's still some healing going on. Overall though I'm doing just GREAT and I advise anyone considering the TT to GO FOR IT!!! It's so worth it!!

A conversation with the surgeon's nurse has me thinking.....

My belly has been a bit of a waterbed by the end of the afternoon, both yesterday and today so I thought I had better call the nurse at the PS office to find out if I need to come in and have some fluid aspirated. Early this morning I seemed to have reabsorbed most of the fluid and my belly was relatively flat. Apparently I'm overdoing it by working up to five hours a day (even though my job is by no means strenuous). I SHOULD be TAKING IT EASY by taking frequent rests on the couch with my feet up is what the nurse said. Well, I just haven't had too much time for that and I feel so good!!! It's so difficult to do next to nothing when used to being busy most of the time. The nurse said to come in on Friday (in two days) if my belly is like a waterbed again and the surgeon will bring out his syringe and deal with it!!! I won't be working on Friday so I can TRY to take it easy. I'll have to return to spending hours and hours on REALSELF reading all your latest reviews!!! Yup, that's always a great pastime and an easy way to kill a few hours!!! The nurse said absolutely NO CARDIO for another three weeks, so NO uphill hiking!!! Oh well.....I guess I'm just NOT a totally healed woman yet!!! So I had better be good and do what the nurse said...take it as easy as you possibly can. Okay, end of story. Happy healing all of you!!!

My "waterbed" revealed...today's photos

Here are a few photos showing the swelling to my lower abdomen early this morning just after I got up. Usually my belly is flatter at that time of day but I guess swell hell has arrived at last. So I wore my CG for 7 hours and it didn't make any difference. Can't really see it when wearing clothing and I'm definitely not bulging out like BEFORE! It's ONLY fluid and not fat!!! It will get better eventually. I will not be too self conscious to wear a bathing suit on the beach even if I still look like this two months from now.

The previous title should have been waterbed belly

My belly jiggles like jello and makes small waves when touching it, just like a waterbed. If there's more swelling tomorrow I will phone the surgeon's office and have it aspirated.

My waterbed belly comes and goes

Here I am at 24 days post op. I wore my CG for much of the day yesterday (even though I took it easy for the most part) and by the end of the afternoon I had as much swelling as I did on a day when I didn't wear it. So I'm kissing the CG goodbye for good. Kimmers25 did not ever use a CG and she ended up with the most awesome results anyway. I didn't bother to bother the surgeon for a fluid aspiration yesterday as I was counting on the fluid disappearing on it's own. It's not looking too bad this morning. If I bend down too abruptly or turn over in bed too quickly I still have this feeling of stitches pulling BELOW my incision so I'm sure the surgeon really tightened those lower ab muscles well. Also, my midriff still feels like I've done a million crunches yesterday. My energy level is really good but I do still tire more quickly than BEFORE. Can't wait to hike up some hills!

One month update

Today it's exactly a month since I had my tummy tuck and the swelling by late afternoon is worse than ever. I'm back to my regular working schedule and although my job requires me to sit for the most part I still do a fair amount of walking. The whole area between my boobs and my mons is usually very sore and I still seem much more tired than usual by dinner time. The attached photos were taken today right after work. An area above my scar particularly on my left side is somewhat discoloured and almost looks slightly bruised. It's not from wearing a CG as I have kissed all compression goodbye. It's not painful so I'm not worried about it. My incision is looking better every day.

Six week update

Had a follow up appointment with my surgeon today. He noticed that I had a bit of swelling and aspirated about an ounce of fluid. He said everything is looking very good. He said to come by in about four months "more for my sake as I like to see how my patients are doing". I was given the go ahead to do some uphill hiking but he said to wait another couple of weeks before doing any abdominal exercises.

Preoperative Diagnosis

While at the surgeon's office today I requested a copy of the surgical report. My preoperative diagnosis was ABDOMINAL REDUNDANCY!! Love it! Yup, all that blubber was definitely REDUNDANT!! The operation proposed was STANDARD ABDOMINOPLASTY WITH FEATHERING LIPOSUCTION OF THE HIPS. The reason he left my BB intact was due to my upper abdominal skin having poor elasticity. "The umbilical stalk was left attached as the upper abdominal skin had poor elasticity and I did not think I would get it to drift downward sufficiently to have an acceptable umbilical donor site scar." I found it quite interesting to read the full surgical report. I will do another update at eight weeks unless there is something unusual to report. Tomorrow I intend to do some cardio by hiking up some steep hills. Life is good!!

Seven weeks post op update

I'm writing this blog to use as my own journal as well as to inform others about how this journey has gone for me. Today it's been seven weeks and two days since my surgery and I think I've healed completely. My surgeon said NOT to do any abdominal exercises until I've reached the eight week mark but other than that I'm allowed to lift 20 pounds, go cycling (unless it's mountain biking), and hike as much as I want. I'm not posting any photos this time as my scar hasn't changed since last week. It's a very fine line, completely flat and light on my left side but still a dark colour and slightly elevated on my right side. It's so low that all my undies cover it so I really can't be bothered to spend any money on scar therapy products. Occasionally I'll feel a little tightness in my lower abdomen but most of the time I feel like I did before my surgery. Actually I feel BETTER, because I know I look a lot better. Looking better makes a person feel better! So glad I did this!!!

8 Weeks Post Op

Today it's been 8 weeks since I had my TT! My life is totally back to normal. I was able to do a long three hour hike a couple of days ago (much of it uphill). I thought I would really feel my legs afterwards but I actually did NOT so those leg muscles evidently hadn't atrophied much from my sedentary life since having this procedure done! Swelling is very minimal, usually only by late afternoon. I stay clear of processed food and foods high in sodium and cook almost everything from scratch using whole foods. My incision has not changed since my last update. I can still feel my lower abdomen occasionally but it's just a somewhat tight feeling and I never have pain. I'm afraid to do any plank poses or any other ab work. I'll wait a bit longer before I do that. I still have NO regrets and don't think I ever will!

Nine weeks Post Op

I'm able to do 30 minutes of cardio on my elliptical now with no difficulty. Actually, I'm lying! This is the MOST difficult thing I do each day because I hate working up a sweat INDOORS! It's the longest half hour of my day. That's why I hate going to a gym!!! It's getting cold out and sometimes I have a hard time getting motivated to go outdoors especially later in the day when I seem to have more enjoyable things to do. After work I don't always feel like driving to the nearest trailhead to do an uphill hike. A half hour of cardio is what I must do to keep my legs strong and to burn a little fat earlier in the day. Some experts recommend that we all need just a half hour of exercise each and every day. Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

Ten weeks post op

It was ten weeks yesterday since I had my tummy tuck, lipo of the upper abdomen, flanks and hips. I've got my stamina back and am back to doing pretty much everything that I did before the surgery. I'm still hesitant to do any abdominal exercises but have done a few crunches and plank poses without any subsequent pain. I read somewhere on this site that it's not recommended to do any "ab work" until six months post op so I'm being careful not to do too much (not that I EVER did much ab work!). I work out for half an hour either on my elliptical or recumbent indoor bike to get some cardio at least three times a week and on other days I walk outdoors for at least an hour. I seem to be swollen by the end of the day and when I bend over I have a bit of a roll around my waist where there is clearly some skin laxity. NOT in the morning though!! First thing in the morning there is almost no skin to pinch. I did have a lot of lipo to my upper abdomen and my skin there is a bit dimply but hey, with clothes on I look pretty good for an old broad! I never did strut my stuff in a bikini. I'll be in Mexico soaking up the sun in a couple of days but will probably not be showing too much skin! My waist measurement is the same as it was before and I'm actually wondering if my surgeon did indeed tighten my abdominal muscles all the way from my chest down to my pubis. I'm having a hard time visualizing how he managed that with my umbilical stalk left intact so I've asked about it on this site and maybe a surgeon out there can explain it. Whatever my surgeon did I'm very pleased with my results and have no regrets. My scar still looks the same as it did two weeks ago with one side being light and the other side still being a dark purple so I'm not adding any new photos. Happy healing everyone!!!

Twelve weeks post op

Today it has been exactly twelve weeks since my tummy tuck. My surgical report states that I had a "standard abdominoplasty" but I think I actually had a mini tummy tuck as my belly button was pulled down an inch and no new hole was made to sew it into ("due to poor skin elasticity"). I had about 600cc of fat sucked out of my upper abdomen and this has resulted in my skin there being a little dimply and loose. When I bend over I have a bit of a spare tire although it's not nearly as inflated as it was before my surgery. This "tire" is only there later in the day probably due to some fluid accumulation. I think I'll ask the surgeons on this site about it as I have no further follow up appointments with my surgeon. My dimples aren't too visible from a distance and I felt quite comfortable suntanning in a two piece bathing suit while in Mexico last week. In fact I showed more skin while walking around on the beach and while hanging out at the pool than I have ever done while on vacation! I'm still numb below my belly button and after doing lots of walking I still feel a stiffness in my lower abdomen. Every now and then I'll feel a bit of a twinge at my incision. My incision has not changed at this last month and it might take a year before it lightens up! I'm still very happy with my results and have no regrets. Will update again in another month.

Three months post op

Today it has been exactly three months since my TT surgery and not much has changed since my last update a week ago. From now on I will try to update on the eighteenth of every month until it's been a year. I still feel a tightness in my lower abdomen and I'm still somewhat numb below my navel. Apparently this numbness doesn't always go away. I have a friend who had a TT four years ago and she still has numbness in that same area. I have been lazy since returning from Mexico just over a week ago and due to the cold weather I haven't been walking or exercising much. I did go for my first snowshoe of the season this past weekend and snowshoed for about two and a half hours. MUST get back to my elliptical and stationary bike!!! That minimum half hour of exercise each day is a MUST. YES…..today I'm going to get back on track!!!

Four months post op

Today it's been four months since my TT. Except for doing any abdominal exercises I'm pretty much back to doing everything that I did before. Today I went for a three hour hike (almost 10 kilometers) and can feel only a little bit of tightness in my lower abdomen. I'm still numb below my BB and in my left groin. My incision, although completely flat seems to be slow to lighten up and on my left side it's a much finer and lighter line than in the middle and right hand side. I don't seem to have much swelling anymore. Except for the one plank pose picture taken a few weeks before surgery all these photos were taken today. The bikini has never been worn on a beach and probably never will be. My energy level is completely back to normal and I feel like my recovery is complete. Happy healing to all you recent tummy tuckers!

Closeup of incision

I forgot to include this photo which shows that my incision still needs to lighten up a lot.

REAL skin rolls revealed

I'm so happy with my flat belly when standing up straight but when bending forward while sitting or when bending over at about a 90degree angle I wonder if I should have this much loose skin. All these photos were taken today just over four months post op.

My abs don't like me doing crunches yet

I forgot to mention that I did about fifty ab crunches today which had me feeling a little sore especially in my lower abs. This has me thinking that even though it's been over four months since my TT that I shouldn't overdo it!
Of course, not having done ANY ab workouts for so long I SHOULD be feeling something! I also went for a two hour hike today and feel a little tightness at my incision. No swelling though.

MIGHT have a revision, or I might not.....big decision ahead

I had emailed my surgeon a couple of days ago and sent him a few photos of me sitting down when my waist rolls are very prominent and this is what he replied:

The laxity of the upper abdominal skin is dependent on the inherent elasticity. The skin has to have the ability to stretch to the point that you can arch your back. As you then flex forward the skin will contract like a rubber band. At some point the elasticity will run out and the skin will buckle, much as a rubber band would. Intrinsic elasticity is dependent on genetics primarily and age/sun/smoking secondarily. We tightened the skin as much as possible without the incision coming apart in the first few weeks and with maintenance of a natural umbilical position and opening.

There is the possibility of redoing the surgery and either a) lowering the umbilical position by a few centimetres or b) releasing the skin around the umbilicus to pull it down maximally but then having both a visible vertical scar on the lower abdomen where the original umbilical opening existed as well as a scar around the belly button itself. Both are tradeoffs and in the end might not lead to much improvement given the existing elasticity of your skin.

I would be happy to see you in the office and discuss both options so you can decide which way you want to go with this.

I have made an appointment to see him two weeks from today. Will keep you all posted.

Five months post op

On September 18, 2013 I had a "standard" tummy tuck which I assumed would be a full tummy tuck with "the works" (making a new BB hole and pulling my abdominal skin all the way down from my breast bone down to my pubis). I now understand that I actually had a mini TT due to having poor skin elasticity. I am very happy with my results overall and I would do it again in a heartbeat but I am disappointed that I still have too much loose skin at my midriff. I'm still very aware of a "changed"/tight feeling in my lower abdomen and I still have a bit of numbness in the triangular area below my belly button. The biggest "pain" for me is my unwanted upper abdominal rolls that are still visible when I wear tight tank tops (not very attractive). I wish I wasn't so darn nit picky and could just be okay with my results. I will be seeing my PS at the end of this week to discuss a possible revision. Back to those thoughts of should I or shouldn't I???? My scar is looking great, perhaps just a little lighter than a month ago. Will post a photo of it in a month. Thank you all my RealSelf sisters for all your kind words and support!

Five months post op scar

Thought I should show you what my incision looks like today instead of waiting another month. It's always been darkest on my right side.

TT Revision Booked for May 8, 2014

Was in to see my surgeon today. He examined me and said that I have enough skin elasticity left to fix my redundant skin rolls. He took "full responsibility" for my surgical outcome and apologized. He wants to fix this and offered to do it at NO charge to me! I am truly impressed and delighted that better is about to become even better! Hey, I just might become a BEACH BABE yet!!! I have started a new review which will be showing up once it's been approved by the RS "judges".

Some times surgeons change their game plan during surgery

23 Feb 2014 3 months pre


We must always trust our chosen surgeon to to the best surgery possible. However, surgeons are human too and some times decisions are made during surgery that the patient has no control over. Sometimes they make decisions that are not in the patient's best interest even though they mean well. When I was having my first tummy tuck five months ago my surgeon thought I was a swimmer and therefore my belly button was left untouched, looking natural as before. He also thought that due to poor skin elasticity it was better to leave my upper abdomen alone. While examining my skin again yesterday he came to the conclusion that there was in fact enough skin elasticity to redo the surgery but this time my skin will be pulled down maximally and I will get a new belly button position. I will also be getting a short vertical scar just below my BB. I think I should get my upper abdominal fascia tightened some more to hopefully give me a smaller waist. I have taken several selfies today with black marks/ lines that show where my scars from previous laparoscopic surgeries are located and it will be interesting to see how much lower these scars will be after my full TT.

Photos taken five months post op

I haven't seen many photos of other people who have waist rolls like this after a tummy tuck. I realize that most of us prefer to post the "perfect" photos and don't like to show any "ugliness" to the world AFTER their tummy tucks. All those awaiting surgery need to tell their surgeon BEFORE their surgeries about their expectations. I just ASSUMED that my waist rolls would disappear in addition to having a flat abdomen. In retrospect I should have showed my surgeon the size of my waist rolls on the morning of surgery. I should have told my surgeon "I NEED this to be gone!" But, apparently while lying down all that flab didn't look too bad to him.

Six months post op mini tummy tuck

On September 18, 2013 I had a mini tummy tuck. Hard to believe that it's been six months! Not much has changed since my last update. My incision is fading very slowly with my left side still looking better than the right. In less than two months I'll be back on the operating table when I'll be cut there again so it's really a non issue what my scar looks like today. I'm able to do lots of ab workouts now with no consequent swelling or pain. I do ab workouts almost daily even if only for five minutes. I've noticed that I can't hold a plank pose for as long as I could pre surgery so I'm working on that! Good core strength is so important! I'm getting an average of two hours of exercise almost daily, mostly hiking but have been riding my bike up some steep hills too. Am doing just a little bit of weight training but not enough worth writing home about. I'm still numb below my BB. My skin seems to be loosening up from my scar all the way up to my sternum. My upper abdominal roll seems to be growing!! Oh, how I hate that thing!!! I've only lost a measly ONE pound this last month!! Not so sure if I can lose another nine pounds in seven weeks-- not at the rate this is going--slower than weight loss! So frustrating!!

Seven months post op

It's been just over seven months since I had a mini tummy tuck. Nothing has changed since my last update. It's been quite a while since I had that tight feeling in my lower abdomen where my muscles were tightened so I think I can safely say that I'm TOTALLY back to normal. This is the last time I'm posting on this review as in just 17 days I'll be recovering from a full tummy tuck and I've started a separate review for that. To all you TT sisters just starting this journey I have to say hang in there, time flies and all the discomfort will be worth it!

So far, so good -- 1 day post pop second tummy tuck

9 May 2014 1 day post
Judging by how I'm feeling and how easily and almost painlessly that I'm moving, I don't think any muscles were tightened. I had a LOT more pain and moved VERY slowly after my last surgery when I had my abs below my BB tightened. Then my abs hurt even from as simple a movement as adjusting a pillow under my neck and every little move needed to be calculated. I also felt really tight then but this time I'm not feeling that. Last time I was very sore all over my torso and hips too due to liposuction. Stan didn't talk to me after the surgery. I'll ask him in four days when I see him for a follow up appt. I will also be asking for a copy of the surgical report. I think this recovery will be a walk in the park! It is so far! I haven't had a wink of sleep since I woke up in PAR yesterday but I'm feeling good. I'm very tired and do hope to nod off soon.

First real peak at my results. Dressings and tape removed 3 days post op second tummy tuck

11 May 2014 3 days post
Bruise at my indent My deep new BB. A big crater! (Lying down) Swollen belly Lots of bruising Abdomen is swollen and hard especially on the right side
I was supposed to wait until 72 hours post op to remove my dressings and to have a shower but I jumped the gun by about six hours. I simply couldn't wait any longer to take a peek! I'm VERY swollen so all that excess fluid is not being drained properly. My drain had less than an ounce of fluid over 24 hours and the nurse who called me this morning said it can probably come out tomorrow. I'm not sure that's such a good idea considering how swollen I am! I am happy to see that I don't have a very long vertical scar, From what I can see through the steristrips it's only about an inch long and will hardly be noticeable. Clearly I still had some skin elasticity and excess loose skin to make this possible! My new BB looks really weird and is really deep--like a big crater!! Hopefully, when my swelling subsides it will look better. My horizontal scar is only 12" across, no longer than before! I'm confident that it will heal as well as after TT#1!! No dog ears! Pain is minimal and I'm able to move around with ease! I'm definitely not missing the pulling, burning and stabbing pain that I had last time! I'm feeling so good that I'll probably try to go for just a short walk around my neighbourhood. This recovery will be a breeze!

photos that were taken three days post op TT#2

Too much work to update BOTH my reviews

My journey continues. Every pertaining to TT#2 will be in my TT REVISION review.

Every DETAIL the above sentence should read!

I hate that we can't go back and edit previous entries!

The bump (eleven days post op TT#2)

It has now been eleven days since my second tuck. Recovery has been easy and I'm getting less fatigued each day. I tolerated a 45 minute reasonably paced walk very well yesterday and intend to walk at least the same distance today.
I have bump on my right side which has remained the same since my first reveal. Stan wants to see me in two days to check it out. I'm guessing that it's probably a hematoma as, unlike seroma, it has not shifted and it's size has not changed.
The attached photos were taken a couple of days ago. So far I don't have any loose skin folds when bending over but that could be because of the swelling. Still, I'm confident that my skin is tight enough this time around.
I loved my scale today. 143 pounds! Yay! Life is good!

First peak at my incision on post op day 10 after TT#2

The steristrips that we're covering my incision looked like they were ready to come off so off they came! I was eager to have a close look at my incision and I must say it's looking great. The vertical incion is only ¾" long and a little bumpy. The main incision is 12" long and almost a fine white line already! There are more wrinkles along the incision than after TT#1 but I'm sure they will flatten out. I am very happy with how it's looking!

Correction

The last two photos showing my incision were taken on post op day 12, NOT day 10. Today is day 13 and all is well (except for the bump to the right of my BB). I will be seeing my surgeon about it today.

Bump is gone

The bump to the right of my BB was a hematoma. My surgeon aspirated about 110CCs (almost 4 ounces) of brownish (old) blood. So now my belly is symmetrical again. I might take some new photos tomorrow. I have just walked for 40 minutes and am probably more swollen now than I'll be tomorrow morning, a better time to take photos. I still feel stiff and tight from my chest down to my pubis and that should last a while. I don't mind that feeling.

Bruises two weeks post op TT#2

Hard to believe it's been two weeks already since my second tummy tuck! I have gotten some additional bruises just above my incision (since two days ago) which may have been caused by wearing my CG too tight. One of the nurses at the surgeons office told me that compression is needed for only two weeks so I'm ditching all compression (until I feel that I'm coming undone without it). I expect all the bruises to be gone in about another two weeks. The photos above were all taken early in the morning when there was no significant swelling. I'm just a tad more swollen on my right side than on my left and feel more sore on that side too. I'm feeling good but still tire very quickly and as the day progresses I feel more sore all over my abdominal area.

Tummy not quite symmetrical 16 days post op TT#2

The day my hematoma was aspirated I said that my tummy was symmetrical again but yesterday I noticed a new bulge on my right side. Not as big as the previous one though. If it's another hematoma I'm a bit concerned that it might not be aspirated until June 4th when I have my next appointment with my surgeon. I read that hematomas can become infected if not removed so I'm watching closely for signs of infection. I had some increased pain on that affected side yesterday but that's gone today. I've decided to take it VERY easy and not walk too far. I might have been overdoing it already by walking to and from the clinic the other day. A friend came over yesterday and commented on how I was walking a bit hunched over and asked if my back was sore. I told her I've had a weak back since about a week back and told her it's probably due to old age and that I'm not too worried about it. Seeing my own reflection in some large store windows yesterday I noticed that I'm walking more hunched over than I thought. I take that as a good sign that I was pulled down tight enough. Never felt I had to walk hunched over after TT#1! My skin does feel very tight. By afternoon my whole midriff feels very sore but not so much that I need any pain killers. Hope all you recent tummy tuckers are having a great recovery!

18 days post op TT#2 Taking it VERY easy and being sedentary

It's been 18 days since my surgery and I'm taking it very easy, much easier than I would like to. I seem to be energetic enough but I don't dare exert myself very much because of the hematoma. If there's a ruptured blood vessel that is still slowly bleeding into the dead space then I don't want to aggravate it as on my last visit to the surgeon he DID say to take it very easy because of it. I read that sometimes the incision has to be opened again to find out where the bleed is with subsequent cauterizing of the affected blood vessel. That's scary! I've also read that sometimes hematomas can calcify and harden under the skin and leave a permanent mass. While seromas after tummy tucks are quite common, hematomas are not! I was given IV toradol for pain while in PAR and I did cough a few times then so that could have caused a blood vessel to rupture. Toradol is a NSAID and does thin the blood somewhat. I've had more swelling on my right side than on my left ever since my first peek at my tummy a few days after the surgery and it might have been there all along. I'm counting the days until I can have it looked at by the surgeon again. It's reassuring to know that in the event of infection or my abdomen ballooning out significantly I can always call the surgeon on call. On another note, I'm now able to turn over onto my abdomen although I can't comfortably lie that way for more than a few minutes. The soreness to my entire abdomen seems to increase as the day progresses even after sitting. I'm back to working two to three hours a day but my job is basically a sit down job. Hope all you healers are healing well and that you're getting stronger every day!

Bruises almost gone three weeks post op TT#2

My bruises are almost all gone. I haven't used any products on them as they haven't bothered me and it's not like I've been strutting my stuff wearing a bikini on a public beach! This morning I feel almost totally normal with almost no tightness or soreness. I'm definitely ready to increase my activity although I'm not sure I dare to until I've seen my surgeon next week. My hematoma bulge remains the same as it was a week ago and I hope it doesn't become a hardened permanent mass. I'm getting used to my new, deep belly button. I seem to be over the fatigued stage! Swelling is a bit worse in the afternoon/evening than early in the morning but that seems to be pretty normal. More activity, more swelling!

22 days post op TT#2

Yesterday I forgot to mention that I can now roll around in bed and onto my abdomen without any difficulty and remain sleeping on my abdomen too. I think that took at least a month after I had my first TT with lower abdominal muscle plication so this is without a doubt a faster and easier recovery. This time I don't seem to have as much of an appetite and have actually lost four pounds since surgery day 22 days ago. Current weight 142.4 pounds! Hope I can keep it off. When I'm back to cycling daily that shouldn't be a problem.

22 days post op TT#2. Bulge seems to have shrunk!

I'm excited about the fact that my right side bulge seems to have shrunk since yesterday and is barely palpable now. I still plan on keeping my upcoming appointment with Stan so I can ask him about it. One thing less to worry about!

23 days post op TT#2 Went for a 4 mile hike--no problem!

The bulge is almost gone so I'm no longer afraid to "do too much" and I really NEEDED to go for a hike. So I hiked 7 kilometres which included a good half hour of steep climbing. I wasn't even sore afterwards although just a tad swollen in my UPPER abdomen. NO swelling at all to my lower abs! Waist measured 31" this morning and 33" after the hike! I'm going for a long bike ride tomorrow. Clearly I've got my stamina back! Life is good!

25 days post op TT#2 photos

These photos where taken three days ago 25 days after my second TT. I usually take my selfies using my iPad but thought I'd experiment using my camera. I'm very happy with my results especially now that I'm almost completely symmetrical.

28 days post op TT#2

Today it's been four weeks since my TT revision and I'm ecstatic about my results. I'm definitely so much tighter than I was last time. I'm not able to pinch any skin in my upper abdomen when standing. Yes, I still have a tiny bit of excess when sitting but I expected that. I"m definitely MUCH improved and I wouldn't be ashamed to wear a two piece bathing suit now. I was in to see Dr. Stan yesterday and he said its all looking good. He aspirated about an ounce of blood from my bulge that I was so worried about just a few days ago. So now I'm pretty much symmetrical. My BB is looking good and I'm happy with it. I'm sure it will be perfect once all the swelling has subsided. The photos I'm posting were taken first thing in the morning on day 28 after my revision.

28 days after revision --wearing my "biker babe" spandex

Although I'll never look like a true BABE, I FEEL like one now! I certainly feel a lot more comfortable wearing spandex than I did before I ever had a tummy tuck! I never felt comfortable wearing these kind of tight shorts before my tummy tuck and always wore skorts when cycling as they hid my bulges better. Now if I can maintain my current weight of 144 pounds I hope keep the bulges from returning.

Forgot the photos

Here are the photos that should have been uploaded in my previous post.

One month post op TT#2 revision

My incisions seem to have improved almost overnight. I noticed this morning that the upper part of my vertical scar which previously was a little bump is now completely flat and smooth! It's almost invisible. My horizontal scar has lost all the little bumps caused my those small skin pleats that remained a couple of days ago and also feels very smooth. Due to some redness at the midline in the first photo it looks like there is a vertical scar there but not so. My incision after TT#1 was a little wider and the right side still had not faded much even after 7 months. Im very happy with the way it all looks. I have almost fully recovered. Did a six mile hike yesterday and could have easily walked for a few more hours. I still feel a little tight and sore occasionally but never uncomfortably so! I'm very happy!!

Five weeks post op TT#2 revision

Today it's been five weeks since my tummy tuck revision and my life is pretty much back to normal. I'm back to working my usual 20 to 25 hours a week--a sit down job. After several hours of sitting my lower abdomen swells and feels a bit sore. My skin all over my abdomen is still very tender to touch and sometimes it's itchy deep inside where I can't scratch to relieve it. My BB gets quite red inside which could be a reaction to the tea tree oil that I've been putting on it. My surgeon suggested that I put an anti-fungal ointment on it (instead of polysporin) but I haven't gotten around to getting some yet. My incisions are completely smooth now (the pleats are gone) and first thing in the morning they are very light. They become more red as the day progresses. I'm posting side by side photos that show how much further down my scars from previous laparoscopic surgeries are and how my incisions look in the evening as compared to in the early morning.

Six weeks after revision

It's amazing how fast time seem to fly AFTER surgery. The waiting game before surgery seems to take forever but once done every day seems to run quickly into the next. I'm feeling great but not quite as energetic as I was before surgery. I've noticed on my bike rides that I tire much more quickly and I don't have my endurance back. I still haven't done a very difficult bike ride and that's to say no LONG steep hills. I need to be in top notch physical condition in three weeks and now I'm not sure that is going to happen. I plan to do some rather difficult hikes, one long hike each day for a week with three other women (all of whom are very fit). We just might end up doing the easy and moderate hikes and spend more time than planned hanging out at the pool of the hotel. I still swell even after just sitting at my computer for an hour and by the end of the day I definitely have a bit of a lower abdominal bulge. I wouldn't call it swell hell though. My skin all over my abdomen still feels quite tender to touch but I don't feel as tight anymore as I did even last week. My vertical incision has faded more than the horizontal incision. There seems to be a bit more fat to the right of my BB than to the left. I guess it's pretty difficult for surgeons to get it all looking perfectly symmetrical. My midline indentation that I was so excited about right after the surgery seems to be disappearing! Still I'm happy with my results and have no regrets about having the revision.

Seven weeks after revision

Nothing has really changed since my last update a week ago. I find myself obsessing about a vertical crease just above the right side of my BB which seems to be caused by more fat to the right of my BB. When liposuction was done during my first tummy tuck more fat was suctioned on my left than on my right side of the upper abdomen and naturally, by pulling all that skin down second time around I now have more fat lower down on that side. I'm pretty sure it's fat and not fluid (seroma or hematoma). My BB seems a little crooked and a bit deeper on the right than on the left but it has healed completely. I know I'm being exceedingly critical and if I were to wear a bikini it's highly unlikely that anyone other than a "tummy tucker" would even notice. I still have some areas of discolouration of my skin that looks like bruising and this has remained the same for weeks. Sometimes I wonder if that will ever change. I need to stop analyzing all the small flaws! I didn't expect perfection before I ever had a tummy tuck and I AM truly happy with my results overall. My skin is so much tighter than after TT#1 and I will soon be posting a side by side picture that demonstrates the difference. The tenderness to my skin is getting much better as is that tight feeling. In fact I'm not feeling any tightness this morning. I'm still numb in a small area just below my BB. Most of the time I still have minor "tummy tuck symptoms" when I'm hiking or cycling. In other words I'm not completely back to feeling completely normal and usually feel a slight soreness to my abdomen. I have been doing a four mile hike about three times a week. A few days ago I did a 7 mile, very steep hike and did not feel at all exhausted afterwards so I might be ready for longer hikes at my upcoming vacation in July. The plan then is to do an all-day hike every day for six days. I have managed to keep my weight down to 144 pounds for several weeks, almost a pound less than I weighed on surgery day. My measurements remain the same and are really not much different than before I ever had a tummy tuck. I've lost an inch around my waist and a couple of inches around my hips. The above photos were all taken today.

Eight weeks after revision

I still have minor post tummy tuck sensations--minor soreness, tightness, numbness and swelling. I don't look any different than last week. My stamina has returned to the point where I'm able to cycle 32 miles in one stretch and hike five to six hours. Life is good!! The photos above were all taken this morning just after completing a two hour hike when I'm only slightly swollen.

Two months after my revision

Yesterday it was exactly two months since I had my revision and all is well. My abdomen was quite swollen yesterday after I hiked almost 15 miles--a hike with over a 1000 meter elevation gain (over 3000 feet). My abdomen didn't feel particularly sore though but that may have been because my feet hurt like hell after about five hours of hiking, taking the focus off my tummy!! Today I'll be hiking again but doing a much shorter hike! I might be ready to do some ab work soon. I'll be seeing my surgeon in about two weeks and will be asking him about doing ab work. Life is good!

Ten weeks after my revision

I'm feeling pretty much completely normal again. Still have a bit of tightness and I still have some slight swelling by the end of the day. I'm able to do all the things that I did before except for abdominal crunches. Last week I went hiking every day for six days, up to seven hours a day and that went well. My feet hurt more than my abdomen afterwards! I still have numbness below my BB which will probably last forever. I still had the numbness almost eight months after my first tuck. I have what seems to be a permanent dent on my lower right side and occasionally where my vertical scar is. Still have the pleat just above the right side of my BB where there is more fat. It must be difficult for surgeons to achieve perfect symmetry. It really doesn't matter to me as with clothes on nobody would ever notice. I see my surgeon next week and it will probably be my last follow up visit. I do not regret having the revision as I'm definitely flatter than before and no longer have the muffin top.

Eleven weeks after my revision

Nothing has changed since last week and I'm assuming that my current results are my permanent results. I was in to see my surgeon a couple of days ago and he said everything looks good. He had a rookie surgeon following him and Dr. Stan explained to him why I had a revision, also mentioning that it was the first of its kind revision that he had done in the twenty years. I requested to have my "after" photos taken as I assumed I wouldn't need any more follow up appointments. I also requested to have all photos taken there emailed to me and he said he would. When I receive those photos (which are probably much better than my selfies) I will attempt to create a collage. So far I'm not happy with my current collage software as I'm not finding it very user friendly. Suggestions anyone?? What's a good collage program???
I've been managing to keep my weight down to between 142 and 144 and am happy about that. The only exercise I've done this past week is some cycling although not as much as I should. It's been rather hot here and I find it difficult to get out when it's too hot. I really should try to get it done very early in the morning but most days I find it hard to get moving until I've had a few cups of coffee and by then it's time to go to work. I still haven't done any ab work as I can still feel some discomfort in my abs whenever I sit up from a lying down position. The numbness below my BB remains and my scar has not faded. The attached "after" photos were taken yesterday and the "befores" were taken a month or so before my revision. Definitely proof that I should have had a full tuck the first time. As one of the doctors on RealSelf has said "Mini tucks are for those with mini expectations." My advice to those of you planning a tummy tuck is to have the FULL tuck with relocation of your belly button IF you have lots of laxity ABOVE your belly button. If, like me, you're "older" with poor skin elasticity don't go for liposuctioning of the upper abs unless it's combined with a full tummy tuck as the skin will NOT retract properly. A mini tuck is less work for the surgeon because he doesn't have to undermine the skin above the BB and he doesn't have to detach the umbilical stalk and reattach it. Also, don't let any surgeon talk you into doing an umbilical float procedure! I've seen several reviews of people who have had that done with inferior results, sometimes results that can NOT be revised!! Choose your surgeon and your procedure wisely!
Kelowna Plastic Surgeon

I had my first consult with "Stan" in August 2012 and I found him to be very personable and kind and I felt totally at ease with him immediately. A friend used him for her TT too and was very happy with her results. I chose Dr. Valnicek both because of my friend's recommendation as well as his great reviews on ratemds.com. Exactly a year after my first consultation I saw him for my pre surgical consult and left his office feeling very confident that my surgery would go well. Dr. Valnicek has a great bedside manner, never seems to be in a hurry, and didn't try to persuade me into making my decision to proceed with the procedure. My results are very good! Yes, Stan's the man!

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
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I love the before and after pictures. What a difference! You look so great! I called my surgeons office this week and asked for my operating report, the pictures they keep taking every time I have an appointment, and the physicians notes. I'm looking forward to getting them next week. When I had read that you had asked for your surgical report and then I asked you about getting it, you made me feel empowered to do it. Thank you! It still took me several months to ask for them, LOL.
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Hi! When I visit my doc for po appts, he doesn't take pics of me when i see him. He only took photos for my pre op appt. That's good that your ps does that so he can visibly see your progress instead of just writing notes abt the progress. I wish my ps did that. I would feel uncomfortable to ask too!
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My surgeon had the nurse take "before" photos on the day of my first consultation and then again about seven months after. No photos were taken in between. My "after the revision" photos were taken perhaps prematurely last week (11 wks after) at my request as I didn't think I would require any more follow up appointments. My surgeon actually hesitated a little before answering when I requested to have photos taken that day, probably because the "after" photos are usually taken later in the recovery. I agree that taking photos at every visit would give the surgeon a better visual comparison to go by as most surgeons can't possibly document every little detail of their observations. They probably miss seeing some of the details too, especially when they're busy! I'm assuming that most surgeons, unlike SuzQ's surgeon do not take photos at every appointment. With regard to documentation I'm not so sure that every surgeon is thorough in that regard! My last surgical report was dated five days AFTER the actual surgery which has me thinking that my surgeon must have been too busy to write it immediately after completing the surgery. Five days later a detail or two may have been forgotten especially IF he had several same procedures that day. If you request it it's possible that your surgeon would have photos taken at every visit as most surgeons probably want their patients to be happy. Just tell him it's important to you because your own camera doesn't take high quality photos like his does.
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Thanks SuzQ! -- You have a right to see your own personal medical records and those surgeons who have nothing to hide should not be hesitant to share them with you. I personally like to know every nitty gritty detail about any medical/surgical procedures that have ever been done on me. Whenever I've had an in hospital incident/procedure I've always requested to have ALL my medical records released to me and it's never been a problem. The receptionist at my surgeon's office sent me my last surgical report by email and my surgeon himself will email all the photos that were taken in that office. My surgeon asked me if I wanted electronic or hard copies of the photos. I'm not exactly planning on putting any hard copies in my family photo album so I told him the e-copies will do!!
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Thanks for the update. Your stomach is nice and flat, your healed beautifully! I just want my stomach to be as flat as yours. I can't even sit down w/o seing a bulge below my BB. I don't think that a FTT should be showing a bulge like mine. But I'm still glad that I had the procedure done! I got to say bye bye to the sagging skin. Take care!
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Great update!!!
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You seem to be healing nicely! Your stomach is so flat! I'm never flat as you in the morning, my stomach is flat but not that flat. That's why I think there's was fat left in my lower abs bc I should be atleat seeing flatness when I roll out of bed. I can't do any crunches either and my upper abs were hurting today, I don't know why. I feel tightness in my stomach too especially when I swollen. I think that the numbness is going to be there forever too, I can live with that as long as my stomach is flat. It's strange how we can see every little imperfection but nobody else can see them. It's been a long journey for you and thanks for sharing your up and downs. Take care.
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I think that many of us when we began our journeys expected perfection or NEAR perfect results but that's just not realistic. I couldn't possibly point out my flaws to my surgeon as I'm convinced he did the best job possible. I'm okay with my results as all the flaws will be covered most of the time. The pleat by my BB might be exposed if I decide to wear a two piece bathing suit but I doubt if other people would even notice. We are our own worst critics. I hope to become a PS in my next life in order to see things from a surgeons perspective! It's normal to feel tight when swollen. Trust me, it won't last forever! You're still less than two months out so your abdomen might well flatten some more.. hang in there!!
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I am trying to hang in there! Thanx!
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Excellent!
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Wow, looking Fabulous!!!!!
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Could be worse! Thank you!
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You are an inspiration to us all! Woohoo!!!
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Your abs look great, I'm almost 2mos and my stomach is not as flat as yours, it seems like my stomach is starting to loose the flatness. I see my ps next week to discuss this.
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Thanks! My abs haven't been quite as flat the last four days as I've been doing a lot of hiking. I know it's just swelling and I'm not worried about it. I'm still a heck of a lot flatter even with the swelling than I was before I ever got tucked! I'm sure that you too will be nice and flat when all the swelling has subsided!
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I'm on vacation in reno and I'm still wearing my spans, trying to hide it though but my husband is getting tired of me wearing it at nite even on vacation but I tell that I feel pulled together with it on. I'm working out here so I'm wearing the one that goes frm stomach to thighs but wen I'm in shorts I wear the stomach spanx one. The weather has been less humid than where I'm from so it's been not too hot to wear. I'm going to Mexico in August and I don't think that he want me too wear them but if I can hide it I'm wearing it for the swelling. I did something that I thought that I would never do is "skinny dip" on a part of a lake where no one was at while he took pics of me and he told me that I looked great, it was nice to here, I would have never did that with the body I had before I would have been afraid of someone else seeing me. He did not think that I had the nerve to do it. Getting the tummy tuck done makes me feel better abt myself, I even made a bucket list of things that I want to do. I even bought new clothes while I was here and I used to hate to shop but now I'm loving it. Thanks for listening.
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Cool! Good for you!
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thanks!
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Good for you for skinny-dipping!! I was very tempted to do that several times this past week when I was out hiking every day, mostly to glacier lakes. Hiking in the heat had me wetting my hair/cap as often as possible but it sure was tempting to toss all my clothes and just dive in! However, the three ladies I was with don't know that I had a TT and my scar would of course have given away my secret! Like you, I would NEVER even have considered it BEFORE I ever got tucked as I was too self conscious of all my flab! Yup, clothes shopping is much more fun when every fits better!!
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It felt like I was finally free. It felt good. I couldn't do it too long bc there were boats, jet skis and canoes getting to close. I hope that no one had binoculars! Take care!
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congrats!!! Love to see photos!
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You look awesome! I can't imagine going through it twice!
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wow,thats pretty amazing! you seem to have a lot of stamina. it's nice to hear how quickly you have recovered.
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Wow what a journey!! I love your results!! Yaaay for the ps taking responsibility and doing it over again. You look amazing!
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Fabulous!!!!
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