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.
I'm having a full TT a week from today. Also having lipo at the same time. I'm 61 5'6" and 150lbs. I had twins 27 years ago and have hated my belly ever since. I've read that I should stop eating nuts, berries and dairy starting today so that the recovery is easier. Any advice you could give me I'd really appreciate.
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I wonder that the rationale is behind not eating nuts, berries, and dairy to speed up recovery. I ate all of those and my recovery was a breeze BOTH times I had a tummy tuck! I think being in good overall health to begin with, being physically fit, drinking lots of fluids, and moving around as much as possible really help. If you read my entire reviews (long story, I know) you might find some useful information. With this new RealSelf layout it's really a pain reading an entire review because each section of every review is followed by a comments section making scrolling down to the different sections more work than before they changed it! I'm almost six months post op from my second tummy tuck and have been back to normal for several months already (with the exception that I still have minor pain with crunch like movements).
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Hi! Thanks for replying to me so quickly!...I am just signing all the forms (14 pages). The eating of nuts etc. is more for people who have Crohn's (which I don't have). I've read all of your posts & seen your pic's and I think you are so amazing for taking the time & effort to keep such a complete account. Also, 2 surgeries? wow...I suppose the second one (lipo) wasn't as bad as being cut from side to side. I spoke to the nurse this morning and she was so reassuring and helpful. Now the countdown begins..Yikes! ....
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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.
Just saw your pics... you are going to look great, by 6 weeks post op it will be smooth sailing for sure :-)
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Which such an ugly belly there is HAS to be some improvement! Thanks for your supportive words! Can't wait to get it over with but it's still another six weeks.
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Well you have a nice waist to work with though...u will be amazed a few months post op if not right away!!
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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.
I think you look great and will get an amazzzzzing result good luck! For years I've tried to get this result nothing worked but the surgery SURE DID! Im so happy now. I'm still healing its 4 weeks now and each day gets better and better I think by 3 months I will be normal again. The recovery process is not bad but you have to be patient and its sooo worth it.
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Omg, we are in the same boat! I've been thinking of doing this since the birth of my first child 26 years ago!! I also get the same feedback from family and current boyfriend that " you don't need it, you're throwing away money, ... Blah blah.." Well, it is my money, I am doing it because I admit it, I am vain and I don't want to look at all this flab anymore. I'm tired of the muffin top. I've spent all my money raising my 2 kids and now, time for meeeeee!!! My date is oct. 14 and I have the same thoughts about death, is my vanity punishable by death? Ugh... Anyway, most of the time, I am excited and look forward to a flat stomach the rest of my life.
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I guess most of us have some fear! I've had more than my share of necessary surgeries, survived them all and recovered quickly so here's hoping that I'll survive this BIG one too. Any surgery requiring anaesthesia entails some risk so I just need to stay positive before the big day. Yup, I'm sooo tired of looking at that flab!
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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?
cant wait to see after photos, with your height you are gonna look wonderful and will think to yourself, "why didn't I do this before" happy healing
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You look good already. But, I definitely know about wanting to feel great naked as well. I think your results will be fabulous! Since you are so active, I think you should tell your group that you have "threw your back out" , or that you are getting your hernias repaired. Best wishes!!
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Thanks for the compliment about looking good already! Yes, the "buggered up back" story is definitely a good one too. With nobody knowing it will be interesting to see if any of my friends or family notice a difference after I've had the TT done. Even if I end up with a lot of swelling I'm not going to be be "protruding" the same way I do now.
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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!
Congratulations on making the decision to do this for yourself!! :) You're going to look fantastic and I was thrilled to continue reading to see that your husband now knows. He will appreciate this whole thing when all is said and done and he sees the change in you both physically and mentally! :) Very excited for you! I only told a few people as well. I could only take 2 weeks off at one time at work, so that's what I had to work with. I had a glitch at the end with the drains, so I rolled with the "I threw my back out" story and it's been working like a charm ever since. Not only did it draw BIG attention at work because I had not returned as scheduled (not to mention I have NEVER taken 2 weeks off at the same time) Everyone KNEW it must be BAD for me not to return ... When I did go back, I was happy for the delay, everyone was sympathetic about my back, I didn't have to have people question why I will not lift anything heavy? (and I'm strong as an OX so that would have raised eyebrows) If I'm walking slow, or slouched, or even if I just get run down and need to leave early, the back boo boo is PERFECT! I'd prefer people not know. I'm just not close enough to that many people, and I'm about as private a person as I've ever known. I've mentioned this over the years with huge weight loss and got terrible feedback because the main reaction was just CRAZY because I had lost SO much weight and I looked GREAT!! "You have issues" bla bla bla That would be coming from the people who can't get the weight off, which is basically everyone I know. lol So therefore, I just never mentioned it again over the years. The few close people who know, and are supportive..... They're thrilled for me and they know how much of a burden it's been all these years! Sorry for the ramble.. Moral of the story: the Back injury works wonders! Those things can hang on for months (if they need to) lol :) Looking forward to your updates! Congrats again :)
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I'll use the "weak, sore back, since about a week back" excuse. Like you say, back issues can last a long time. I'm amazed that you didn't need any pain meds and I'm hoping my journey will be as pain-free as yours. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and don't like to take pharmaceuticals so hopefully I'll be fine too without having to put too many chemicals into my body. You sound like a tough gal and I admire the fact that you were able to return to work after such a short time. I LOVE your rambling!!!
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I have a great idea to tell people that will be very believable. I told a friend to tell this and she did and it worked great for her. Tell your cycling friends you hav a hernia that has to be fixed...That will give you a good reason to be laid up and have tummy surgery both. But any way good luck have a great day.
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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!
How are you doing 5 days till my surgery Sept16 that makes it 7 days till yours Sept 18th. I am trying so ready can't get here soon enough. I been cleaning my house ,in fact it's never this tidy! Be kind to yourself this week.....I'll be watching your posts Good Luck! N n (((Hugs)))
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Yup, just another week of waiting for me. I'm on a little vacation for the next five days which should keep me distracted enough not to dwell on this upcoming surgery too much. Then I have to work for a day and the following day is THE day! Can't wait to be on the POST OP side of this journey! Good luck to on the 16th. I'll be looking for your updates!
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Ditto....my distraction this weekend is my favorite brother coming to town this Friday( to help take care of me Post-op .. He has been so supportive during my weight loss over the last year, He is "My diet guru" now, with my husband will be here to help. He'll stay with us during and after my surgery about a week. He's a great cook and will make sure I get all the proper healing foods in me . Having him here will make the next couple of days fly by. I'm hoping to take Daily walks on the beach savoring the last couple days of summer....then comes Monday the 16th ttyl
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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!
Good luck
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Good luck in the morning. I am so glad your husband knows, I think he will be a good source of support since he is in on everything. Tell those that are wanting you to do things that you had a hernia and needed a little repair. That would excuse you from everything for a while. The age thing is not important I think. I am 54 and had my tt for different reasons than most but still had it done. I never thought I would have a tt at all in my life, but for me it was the pannus and the conditions it caused. After having it done, I am now really happy with the results, if you see my before and after shots, it is a big improvement. But I would have changed things if I had found this site before. Oh well, best wishes. I hope you have a fast recovery.
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Don't be nervous.. I can describe my experience & hope it helps you. I went to sleep and woke up dressed in my pjs in a wheel chair in NO PAIN! I was being put into the car and went home.. the end! The first week you figure out how to move around and getting up from a chair you will feel like you did 6 million abdominal crunches .. Use your arms to get up. There is nothing to be nervous of its going to be the best day of your life you are going to wake up with a new body. The stuff you hate is gone.... bye bye :) good luck Hun I'm excited for you!
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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!
Thinking about you! Rest and Heal! Tomorrow just remember, Slow and steady. Be a Turtle!!!!
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(((Hugs)))) ((((GoodVibes)))) ((((Rest)))) Make sure you try and get up often.....breath out while you are getting-up. Remember to breath.....thru the pain My second day post-op....trying only taking Tylenol.....walking a lot set your alarm you'll be glad you did...... Slow and steady will wins the race....BE A TURTLE!!!!!!!! Slow and Steady!!!!! Let us know only when you are strong enough! (((((Hugs)))))
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best of luck, cant wait to hear from you and see pics, will be thinking of you today, you may not feel good for a few days but it will all be worth it !
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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!!
How are you? Hope it went great!! PICTURE, PICTURES ,PICTURE xo
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Glad all went well! Happy Healing!
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Rest my friend.....we will chat again when you have rested.... Don't over do it!!!! ((((Hugs))))
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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!
Humor gotta laugh, but it hurts so damn much....read on my profile what my brother said about my 2 drains..... I'm so pleased to hear you are doing so well!!! What an exciting time in our lives..... Ttyl. ((((((Hugs))))))
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I hope I feel like you after my op lol u sound amzing
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Sounds like you are doing amazingly well! That's great! . I'm the same way cannot do drugs...they keep me awake for days! My drains were in my pubic area and they looked like testicles when I wore my Jammie pants...was glad to get rid of those! Can't wait to see your unveiling!
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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

BB's got a new TT.....BB's got a new TT Hehehe! How are you this morning my friend? I've been recuperating.....slowly I needed to take 2 OXY last night for much needed sleep... I think I can say this morning "I'm back" just taking Baby Steps... I am still a sore pup but healing.... Okay girl........ Tag your it.....take an extra nap...make sure YOU get up and walk....breathe thru the pain....stop worrying YOU are on the Flat Side Now ain't no going back....I am such a MOTHER..... ya can tell me to button my mouth if ya want...just remember I am walking in you shoes LOL ((((Hugs for healing))). I found the hard way...laughing right now hurts!!!!! TTYL
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Looking good :) happy healing for us
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Looking good!
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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.
Did you have muscle repair? You seem to be standing pretty straight!
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I have been questioning whether I had the muscle repair for that very reason that I'm able to stand up so straight! At my pre surgical consult the ps said he usually does the muscle repair on his patients but now I'm guessing that it might not have been necessary for me because I forgot to have kids. I'll be sure to ask about that on Tuesday when I go for my first follow up appointment.
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Looking good! Happy healing to you !:)
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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!
Looking good! Recovery is something!! So happy that we do get to experience this! I have bruising too on my belly. I think the lipo hurts more than my actual tummy tuck. Happy healling to you!
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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

Just wait until you see beneath the binder! You're gonna love it.
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You look so tiny. Your surgeon did a great job. :-)
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U look amazing!!
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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.
Looking fantastic! Need to change your name now! Lol
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LOL! Yup, I guess it's blubberlessbelly now, although it's a not official yet. I'm waiting a few months to change it just to make sure i will be deserving the new name! I might develop an addiction to junk food and gain all the blubber back!
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So glad all went well, you look great!
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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!
That's great. I weighed myself too a few times. I'm actually pretty swollen but my weight is only up a pound since surgery date 9/18? Could this mean it will go lower once my swelling is gone ?? That will be exciting if it does ;)
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Yes, your weight could well go lower once the swelling subsides but that depends a lot on how many calories you consume each day too. If you consume more calories than your body needs you'll be gaining as you're probably not able to be too active while recuperating. Personally, I'm eating much less than before the surgery because I'm not burning calories by exercising only my fingers. Additionally I'll be losing muscle mass quickly by being inactive for several weeks and muscle burns calories. So, just wait and see! I'm happy to know that I might add fat in other places of my body from where fat was removed and that's okay by me as I have skinny legs and arms.
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Great results! Happy healing! In the midst of it all myself and thinking I'd like to wean off of the pain killers bc of the nauseousness. My surgery was 9/20.
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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?
It's amazing how a good poop can make a person feel so much better! Looking forward to reading your update after you see your doctor. I'll be seeing my PS tomorrow morning for my first post-surgical consult.
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Hey, THAT IS the real truth!!! You sure know how to read my mind, LLB!!!
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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.
love the new name and I  had pain in a lot of different places after the surgery, some of it I think was from nerves coming back, some was that I was so tight from the MR and some is that your body has just been thru a lot and I felt different things different days for quite a while
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I just wanted to say that your story has encouraged me so much! I'm 57 and having my TT on Oct 7th.
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For me all the encouraging stories on this website helped me make the final decision and I'm so glad I found this site. We need to communicate with like-minded people going through the same journey as there are too many negative people out there who do not understand our desire to make a positive change to our bodies. For me I've only received support from a couple of gals who have been there, done that (TT's) but I'm not sharing my story with anyone else. My husband knows too and once he accepted that I HAD to do this for me he's been very supportive.
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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!
Looking good :)
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I'm so happy you changed your name! You look amazing!
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I only told a few close friends about my upcoming surgery. I had reconstruction surgery (breast cancer) in May & was met with the rolling of the eyes from some people. (Really??) I'm meeting with my doctor tomorrow for the final look-see and payment. My husband has been supportive & has promised to take care of me post-op.
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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!
I'm almost done with bromelain , I'm not sure it did much since I'm still swollen ? Thinking of trying turmeric . Where can I find it ? I have vitamin C, and it certainly won't hurt to take some! I want to heal fast , I will try anything :)
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I purchased my turmeric capsules online from Puritan http://www.puritan.com/?ssl=1 but it's cheaper to just buy a bag of bulk turmeric powder which you can probably buy at any bulk food store. Here in Canada you can get it at Super Store but in the States it shouldn't be difficult to find in any Asian or Indian stores too. When you have the powder, prepare a paste of 1/4 c turmeric and 1/4 cup of water. Take about a teaspoon of this paste to mix with a little bit of olive oil and a glass of almond milk and drink it. I chose the easy route by just buying the capsules. It hasn't been clinically proven to help but it seems to do wonders for me. I have an arthritic hip and it doesn't seem to be paining me nearly as much as it used to. My sister swears by it for the same reason. If you don't like the drink then you can probably get the capsules at any health food store or just order from Puritan whos prices are great.
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Thanks! I think the capsules sound easier ;)
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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!
You are superwoman ! I'm a swollen mess over here! Lol
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Glad you're feeling good and healing nicely :) Make sure you share a pic with those bike shorts :)
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I knew it! You have vampire blood (did Miss LLB aka Vixen bite you?)! I can only hope that my recovery will be as awesome as yours!!
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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!

Insomnia had me awake again Half the night... I have some serious sleep deprivation!!! That's some pretty serious bruising there girl ...Oh Sounds like you agree with me ....so worth the pain... My surgeon did a lot of Lipo as well.... You can see the bruising in my latest post -op pictures II keep my compression garment ON ..my doc says it's going to help in the healing process To keep pressure on The bruised Area... I still have a very puffy belly... I do have "swell hell". But, As my mother-in-law used to say she was a very wise woman..."This to will pass" I have to confess I got the job at the local strip club ...That's why you're not dancing tonight LOL My RealSelf friend ((((hugs)))) LiveLoveBelieve
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That's awful! I know the feeling as I've been troubled with insomnia myself for years! Often I just can't shut off all the dialogue (the blabber) in my brain! Sleeping pills usually make me feel hungover the following day, as does gravol and benadryl (which I've also used as sleep-aids). Yet, every once in a while I "break down" and take something to help me sleep. I've been using clonazepam, anti anxiety drug (prescribed for my husband) when I feel totally exhausted and then after only one good night of sleep I'm good for a few days. I can function quite well on about six hours of CONTINUOUS sleep. Sometimes I'll fall asleep early but can't stay asleep. It's bummer, for sure! I think that wearing the CG a bit too tight, AND being on a blood thinner caused some additional bruising for me after the surgery. I'm off the blood thinners now so, I expect the bruising to be gone soon --- I see that you still have some swelling but you're looking great nonetheless!!! You've had great results! You were wanting to know about other compression garments without a crotch. One chick on this site likes the Miraclesuit Shapewear Lovely in Lace Waist Cincher 2732 from Zappos.com I'll send you the website when I figure out how to do so using my ipad where I saved the page. (I just uploaded the latest software to my ipad and now I'm having trouble using some of it's features). You bitch!!!! --- I can't believe you did that, taking that job at the strip club! You are so quick witted and so funny! You'd fit right in among my circle of friends! I try to stay away from negative people and you're definitely not one of them. So glad to have met you, my friend. Now try to get some much needed sleep (easier said, than done I know).
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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!
Wow! You've driven, no narcs, you're working! Forget blubber belly nomore. I am calling you Superwoman. :-). Glad to hear that your recovery is going well.
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Glad everything is going good for you. Take it easy and try not to do too much.
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you are one tough cookie and inspiration ! you go !
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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!
Hey woman... So happy that they removed your Appendage .I knew it UR woman... Sleep your Tummy.... You don't have no freaking Tummy ... LOL Oh my goodness I think you're dreaming... Let me know how that works out... I guess I needed a blubberbelly no more fixed tonight.... Your hubby carried your toolbox... What A great guy!!! Your surgery was after mine,girl seems like you're really doing much better physically.... You must be more athletic... Exercise is not my favorite thing... Although I do like to walk on the beach. my walks Are much shorter around the block... I think throughout the weekend I'll venture to the Boardwalk And take a stroll ..... Put 50 bucks in my pocket and pull some slot machines.. My new favorite thing is blah blah blah blah blah...... Never in my life did I think I would be. Chatting it up with you girls.... Our private cyber club... Tummy Tucker's Anonymous. Today's slogan on my profile is Tuck it... . TUCK IT. All us girls on the flat side Tuck it ...... It's such a really good feeling to Tuck IT...... Okay Enough is enough.... Why do we get hung up on numbers... 145. Sounds pretty damn good to me.... I was 153 going into surgery. 151 today even bundled up in my compression garment... Yes I'm losing some of the fluid... Can't wait for the end game... Happy healing.... Really girl don't push yourself.... Sit here like me and blah blah blah blah blah... It sure makes the time go by Sending healing messages (((Hugs))) (((Good Vibes))) (((healing))) LiveLoveBelieve
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LLB and BBNM you both are a hoot . I Love your posts ! And BBNM you LOOK Amazing no wonder you have so much energy , looking at your before and you last posted picture , WOW !! soooo fun ! You are an inspiration to all !
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I've got my eyes on you missy....or I should say Mrs And I thought we were an item....hummmmm small world :-) Talking about me behind my back...LOL Just peeked at your smokin' hot bod.....love it! Oh! It I weren't married.... Laughter is contagious....if it does hunt...hope you are healing nicely. The keys to healing are in our hand.... Goodnight my friend LiveLoveBelieve
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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!
I like the name Blubber Belly No More but after seeing your most recent post I am going to call you "Hot Belly"
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Thank you, CJD!!! Not bad for an old broad, if I must say so myself!
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Call you using my line You old Broad....LOL
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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!!!!
You souls like you are doing so well tho what meds are u in a that's why I will be asking for lol
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Hey, I don't need meds to be crazy and I have a feeling that LLB doesn't either! If you surround yourself with people with a great sense of humour OR BLOG WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE HERE ON REALSELF you'll be laughing yourself back to good health. Laughter releases all those good, endorphins in the brain which help you to feel good! But BEWARE, it's going to hurt like hell to laugh until you're well over a week post op!!! I'm day 13 post op now and laughing hard is no longer painful, thank GOD!!!
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Us Old Broads Rock, I think you and me should apply to mud wrestle in our new bikinis at the strip club near your place........ Tag Team Billing. " sexy at sixty " We can take on some of the younger gals....show them a thing or two... NevertooLate_52 wants to be our manager.... What do ya say..... LOL Shopping spree HUH. Sounds fun! Hope you treated yourself to some new duds. So glad to hear your okay after yesterday's escapades.... . Ahhhh! I loves you too BBNM ....yiur the Best!!!! where'd that rumor about 199 review come from? Whose your informer...hummmmmmmm Sorry to say....I don't know Sophie Kinsella ....gonna have to google her..... ((((Hugs)))) LiveLoveBelieve
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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!!!
Ok gals , I am very serious , I would love to hook up with you in Vegas , we would have so much fun, and we will be completely recovered , we could call it The Tu Tu Sisters Reunion , we could wear Tu Tu skirts, leather bikini tops , and show Vegas like no other before , maybe do a movie is us !!!!
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Sounds like fun, but seriously, having been there twice before I know it's really not my thing. I HATE large crowds and casinos--too noisy... I'd rather be in a National Park such as Zion, Bryce or perhaps Yosemide--probably the last where I haven't been yet, or just lazing on a beach in Mexico or Hawaii.
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I have to say, I just said vegas because I was thinking of all the glitter and lights and you and LLB in a ring. I too am not a huge fan of vegas - I'm more of a beach person so how about a beach volleyball competition LLB and you on one side of the net and 2 other younger mother tuckers (ha! I love saying that phrase-thanks LLB for coining it) on the other?
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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!!!
Ok...I just found you and all the down to earth laugh out loud stuff you all have been going back and forth on. What a trip! I think you should write a book! From the beginning of you explaining not telling your husband and then worrying about the karma and dying on the table...you had me hooked! Haha. You look great! Your attitude is part of your healing, for sure. I also have dealt with the" what do I tells friends that I don't want to know about why I am layer up ?" Issue. I only told 4 people the REAL tt and lipo story. Others...including some family I see daily and friends I have told a medical condition I don't know if exists or I made up. Goes something like...." I had kind of a herniated scar tissue that has gotten a staph infection twice and although that cleared up ...had to be removed. Dr says went well but was a bit bigger than she thought." At this point most people just stare and have no idea what I am talking about ( of course I don't either, since I made it up) and just say, "wow...sounds bad...hope you feel better!". I am so impressed at you walking creeks and shopping. I am all about milking this much needed rest and watching all things HGTV and weird shows on cable. Best wishes for a continued great recovery.
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You seem to be recovering really quickly and your tummy looks great. I wish I had as much energy as you do..
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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!!
Cheers to all the surgeons!!!! I've been very ornery all weekend I'm afraid there's problems with the wizard &myself... Something coming between us! You'll Have to read my profile and get an update..... Love all your side-by-side Comparison shots... Gonna try to get into the photo studio later... Can't have you showing me up Mrs. Jones... LOL I hope you're Having a good weekend and getting some fresh air...(((Hugs my friend))) LiveLoveBelieve
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That's just TOO funny! (your story, that is). Not too funny for your wizard though! Poor guy!!! Being itchy is MUCH worse than pain! Good thing that he being itchy is not making you bitchy!!! He's so lucky to have a wife with a great sense of humour!! Had a LATE Saturday night out and went to watch "We're the Millers." Hillarious! Plan on a longer walk today as yesterday I was basically a couch potato all day. Not good! I feel I'm losing muscle mass. It's been a week today since I went for a long walk so I think I'm READY today to walk at least three miles. This time I'll remember my cell phone although I don't expect to run into any trouble. I'm practically pain-free with just the occasional twinge in my pelvic and groin area. I'm finding it hard to believe that some of us are still walking hunched over at three and four weeks post op. (Read the review by BRITTUCK in the UK--she's having one heck of a time!!) I'm one LUCKY old broad to have had such a miraculous recovery! LIFE IS GOOD!!!
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U look amazing x
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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!
I hope you didn't tire yourself out too badly today at work.. I Posted Another side-by-side picture ...my new belly button was begging for a photo op... I think I've had my best day yet, I No longer take Tylenol or Pain meds... Just thinking about you. (((Hugs))) LiveLoveBelieve
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I'm glad to hear that your bunion surgery is NOT until after after your MM!!! Those first three weeks will allow you to heal quite a bit. I'm 19 days post op from my tummy tuck surgery today and I can honestly say that I have healed well and the recovery has been easier than I had anticipated. But you're having a bit more done than me so hopefully you're a good healer too. I"m willing to bet that the bunion surgery will be harder than all that other makeover stuff. Too bad that your daughter doesn't sound very supportive. I guess she still has some growing up to do??? I have a 28 year old son and I chose not to tell him at all. In fact I'm keeping this a secret from most people as too many people are too judgemental and think having plastic surgery is a selfish thing to do. When I hinted to some friends over a year ago that I was considering having a TT they basically indicated that I'm crazy! (Of course none of these people have ever seen me naked and being almost six feet tall made it easy to disguise my abdominal rolls!) I wish you well and be following your posts! Yes, I am very happy with my results! Couldn't be happier!!
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Less people that no better you are because they will find a way to judge you. My child told one of her friends and now they think I'm rich . I saved my money over a year to do this.
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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!!
Great job!
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it is so worth it, glad you are happy with your results, cant wait to see som eupdated photos !
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Great job on your new milestone!!! Can't wait to see some more pics...
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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!!!
I wear my cg 24/7 and I'm 12 days post op. I'm just concerned about how it's compressing my midriff but nothing compressing my hips and mons. But Dr says its just swelling which will go away. I very happy I hardly have any bruising, however some showed up on my right breast 2 days ago. Anyway, I've dug and dug and I'm finally finding more mature women on this website on a journey similar to mine. It's good too see you here and you look great! Really tiny.
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You look great!
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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.
How are you today? Did you have to go to the PS?
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No, I didn't bother as the swelling wasn't too bad this morning and I'm trying to take it easy today. (Didn't have to work today).
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Wow ur looking so good :)
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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!
you look great in that swimsuit
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Thank you! I think I'll be feeling quite comfortable wearing it on the beach when I go to Mexico at the end of November. I will NOT be wearing a bikini--never have, never will!
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Never say never!!! you look great!!! :-)
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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.
Your looking great and I hope you feel that way too!
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Looking great. scar looks great. Funny my scar same way. One side almost faded and smaller other side darker. Funny how we heal...
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Hope all is well with you and you look good .
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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.
Wow miss BB no more , your incision has healed so well!! I bet it will pretty much disappear by next year. Looking great!
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That is great !!!, soooo excited for you !
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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!!
You look great!
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I wish my waist looked like yours!!! Looking good!
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You look SO good, and I love your fun writing style! Looking forward to all your updates. It gets better and better!!
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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!!!
wow you are looking so good congrats on your transformation hun best money i ever spent was on mine you are rite you are never to old to look and feel good x
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Great review! Very informative!
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as i am also....
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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!
I am very very impressed!!! You look fantastic. But I'm just so impressed that you recovered so quickly!!!!! You're 2 years younger than I am and your surgery was about a week before mine. Your scar looks really good. But I'm still very very tight across the entire TT area! And have been pretty much like that pretty much since my surgery. It's weird feeling both numb on the surface plus very tight. And like you earlier, wearing jeans pulls on the area. I have occasional burning on the left side and I'm very sensitive on the surface of my skin just to the right of my belly button. So I would say you're really really blessed with such a wonderful recovery and you look fantastic. Go get yourself a bikini girl! I did. A red one. I'm about to post pics if I haven't already. Happy healing!
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Yes, my recovery has gone beyond my expectations. After reading all the reviews on this site (BEFORE I had my surgery) I was quite worried that the recovery would take much too long but I guess I must be a good healer. Perhaps all that Vitamin C and turmeric that I've been taking has helped. Additionally I'm in very good health and am reasonably fit. I still feel a little bit of tightness in my lower abdomen occasionally but not in my upper abdomen. Actually I'm not so sure that my abs in my upper abdomen were tightened as my surgeon did not excise my belly button and without doing that I wonder how he was able to tighten the muscles. How would he even get to the muscle without first separating the skin from the muscle layer? The operative report states that only my skin up to my umbilicus was cut. So I think I actually had a mini tummy tuck. That being said I am happy with my results even though my upper abdominal skin is a little bit loose. But I'm 62 and I did not expect to look perfect like a 25 year old! You look great too!
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8 weeks---sweet! Don't forget to send STAN a postcard from Cabo!! Great results!
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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
I'm tall too! 5'9" and 153 lbs. You look great! I'm only 3 weeks out.
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Hey hot momma!! U look great, I understand they're not many tall women on this site, I'm 5"11 165. All my body fat is in the wrong places :( I'll keep u posted on my journey
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glad to hear you are doing well, I have been alternating treadmill, then exercise videos since it has gotten cooler out and this seems to keep me in shape, or hopefully, glad you are doing so well !
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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!!!
Thats awesome that you are back to normal! You look great and you better strut ur stuff in Mexico in a bikini! Enjoy your trip!
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I am up to that hr on the bike.. I hate it too but need it....
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have a great time in mexico, and you can strut your stuff a little, lol...............
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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.
Btw, your new profile pic is frikn HOTTTT!
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Look at you with your corona & two piece! Hot mama! ;)
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Thank you!
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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!!!
I am so happy for you!!! You look amazing in that bikini, hot mama!!!!
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Thank you! You look pretty awesome yourself!
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Thanks! My PS told me that I have good skin and that if I maintained my weight that I would always have this body. Seeing you really makes it come to life that this is the future I will be loving into if I keep taking care of my body. No way does your body look like a 60-something year old!
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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.
Thanks for your words of wisdom...really enjoy your review! Age is merely a number, you're a vibrant beautiful woman! The Flatside looks great on you!
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Hey missy. I just checked out your pics again and you look fabulous, seriously. I know you are nit picking your upper abs but just wait, I'm going to post pics of my side rolls. I'll ping you when I post them. I know how it feels, i see all these fabulous results, they look perfect, skin is tight and no rolls but if you want my honest opinion, I think most people suck it in or post only the good shots. Many even admit to not posting the "bad" pics which is curious since it's missing the whole point of this forum. I think as a culture the women are so pressured to keep up a certain image and that we are not allowed to be less than perfect. I know I fall into this trap many times because it's like we have to always keep raising the bar or do so much more to be recognized for our efforts (especially in the working world). So I am thankful that there are so many amazing ladies here who keep it real.
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I'm so on board with you!! It is funny... We are human :) I am amused with the concept of wanting NO rolls - it's hilarious!!! I have many thin friends... And what's this? They have skin...that FOLDS when they sit and bend???? Eeeeee!!! We're supposed to have skin... We aren't photoshopped pics... We are real people :) I'm only 2 1/2 weeks post, but my skin is still soft, still has stretch marks, I'll likely ooze over the top of my pants a little -tee hee :) I'd rather look real than fake ANY day *smile*
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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.
I've so self absorbed with my upcoming procedure I hadn't seen your RealSelf postings for a while....let alone your pictures you're posted. I see there is quite a bit of loose skin when you are bending sitting etc. I see why you have questions (makes ya wonder why he couldn't do A full TT from the start hummm I understand you have lots of questions for Stan the Man...I think you are totally justified and need to get them answered Are you going to talk with your surgeon soon, about your disappointment? Gather your thoughts even though it's something you'd rather not do.... I see this is haunting you BBNM YOU need answers see him in person my friend !!!!!! Don't settle for an email answer...you deserve more than that and need to talk face to face . I've posted some not so becoming pictures of my body areas that I can grab quite a big handful of skin. With lots Of FAT....Sooooo I'm getting more Lipo on at the same time of My Breast-lift. OMG it's next week....tomorrow will be 7 days until....surgery At my Pre-op appointment I felt awkward mentioning my uneven waist/ flank area on my right side. I stressed to my Doc how pleased I was with my Flat Tummy, but then had to point out my areas I wAnted Tweaked... He completely understood because Lipo isn't 100% he saw the difference in my right side....said he'd do his best to even me out. Of course it's more $$$$ but that I expected that . He did say he'd TRY to make it better no promises. I'm going for it :-) keep me posted you need answers (((hugs))) my friend LiveLoveBelieve
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Just checked out your updated TT review showing the unwanted rolls. So happy for you that you will get that fixed (hopefully properly). You rock in your jeans! You're absolutely right I MUST talk to Stan face to face and discuss all my concerns even though I'm going to feel very uncomfortable "complaining". I actually didn't realize that I had a mini TT until I read the operative report which states "standard abdominoplasty". I understand enough medical terminology to realize that my upper abdominal skin was never lifted due to my BB being left intact. Now I understand why I never walked hunched over---he didn't pull my skin tight enough!!! I'm not expecting an answer from him through email so tomorrow I will book an appointment to see him.
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If I flex I get a jelly roll. My skin doesn't have good elasticity anymore. I ruined that with morbid obesity I guess. When I stand I am tight as a drum and flat as a board. He pulled me really tight. When I am sitting I do not have a pooch but I can definitely pinch and inch. Still, I think your doc should have pulled you ya tighter. I do not think you should have that much excess skin. Maybe he will revise you.
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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.
Thanks for sharing your story. I to am considering a revision of my TT from 2011. I was also considering converting it to the LBL. Lots to think about for sure. Originally my surgeon used stables on my TT and I did not scar well at all. I am 48 years old and a MWL patient. I still have way to much laxticity in my upper abdomin left and also in my upper back. I may have to consider the vertical scar on tummy too... But stitches will be so much nicer for the scaring for me. Originally my surgeon suggested the above and I just wasn't ready for that yet... After being on here for my Thigh Lift.... I am now way more educated on the above and ready to finish what I started . Thanks again for posting your story. Good luck to you on whatever you decide.
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The bottom line is that we all want to be happy with our results! I'm not sure if using staples instead of sutures is practiced by many surgeons. I have had five pelvic surgeries and always had dissolvable sutures resulting in perfect, almost invisible scars--never staples! It's a big decision for you whether to have a LBL instead of a TT revision. The thought of a vertical scar doesn't bother me as it will probably be very short and will probably be covered when wearing not too skimpy underwear! Sounds like you've had lots of surgeries so one more shouldn't hurt! I'll be following you!
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Hi, thanks for sharing your journey. I too had a tummy tuck with Dr Valnicek. However I am 30 and looked like I had the belly of a 60 year old (twins when I was 20). I am extremely glad i pursued the surgery and he did a great job however like you I am not 100% satisfied and its due to how my body healed. I had a lot of swelling and it took me a GOOD 6 months before i actually felt 'normal' again. None of this 8 week BS that I was told. I had major muscle repair though and that was the bulk of the healing of course. Anyway - getting to the point. I just had an appt this morning to discuss my concerns of the way the scar healed (a W shape), some 'dogs ears' as they call it, and definitely have some residual skin and sagging. I am 9 months post op now. He said he feels that we definitely should 'fix' the trouble areas and agreed to waive all his surgical fees HOWEVER I am still required to pay the "clinic fee" of $600 and Anaesthetic of $400. This is a cost I feel that I as the patient who has paid already should not have to and I am wondering where you stand on that, were you offered the same service at the same cost? Any ideas from anyone on how to have THOSE fees waived or at least reduced? Seems unfair to have to pay for those.
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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!
Hi BBNM, how did you find out that your PS only did a mini tuck? I have a ton of loose skin when I'm sitting now that the edema in the tissue is gone. When I sit I have squishy old fat rolls like before, only smaller, but when I stand I can't even grab a half inch on my upper abs. Do you think part of it is due to out age? I want the middle of my scar lowered and mor lipo to the left side of my back. I hear you on the options your PS gave you and neither sound enticing. I hope everything works out well for you whatever you decide. Keep us posted. I'm curious what your outcome will be.
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I wish there was a follow option for reviews we want to keep up with.
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How did I find out that my PS did a mini TT? -- From several surgeons on this site after asking a few questions. I've also read my surgical report which states that my skin was dissected UP TO THE UMBILICUS. There's nothing in this report stating that my skin was dissected up to my thorax (as it would have been if I had a FULL TT). Usually with a MINI TT the belly button is left intact (which mine was) and the skin above the belly button is not pulled down as far as possible. My BB was pulled down (with the umbilical stalk left attached) about an inch which means that all that excess skin closer to my bra line was not pulled down as far as possible. All the liposuctioning done to my upper abdomen did result in a much slimmer look and as long as I'm standing up straight there is no visible loose skin, just a few minor indentations that are worse when I suck in my abdomen. Unfortunately, there's LOTS of skin to grab when I bend over and while sitting. (I'm sure you must have checked out my UGLY photographs). It's possible that our age plays a role in this but I know that many much younger women who have had their skin stretched out to the max due to pregnancy were able to have a full tummy tuck with excellent results as have some women who are even older than me. Although it's great that I still have a NORMAL belly button and a shorter scar, I would have been happier with a scar around my belly button (due to a new belly button donor site) If it had meant tighter skin in my upper abs. and smaller jelly rolls around my waist when flexing. During my surgery I'm sure my surgeon did everything he thought would be in my best interest by keeping my BB intact and making a shorter incision. (Some women do worry about what their scars will be like post surgery). He did NOT know how much I have always hated my upper abdominal fat rolls and perhaps he thought that my ONLY concern was my protruding abdomen which definitely fixed. I SHOULD have been more clear about my expectations pre-surgery but I never discussed my expectations. I ASSUMED that I would be getting a FULL tummy tuck when I read my quote for STANDARD tummy tuck. I assumed that a STANDARD tummy tuck as being the equivalent of a FULL tummy tuck and I suppose I should have had that clarified pre-surgery. I should have asked more questions. Oh well, live and learn I guess. Good luck with the lowering of your scar. I see that it's much higher than mine. However, you look fantastic!!
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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.
Hi there, I paid a little over $4800.00 for my mini tummy tuck/Smartlipo, which I had performed by Dr. Lundeby in Spokane, WA on Nov. 18th of last year. My ps wasn't sure if he'd have to do muscle repair until he opened me up, and he ended up not having to. My lower abdominal area has always been bigger than I want, no matter how thin I've been as an adult. When I lose weight, I do lose some in my lower abdomen/hips, just not what I'd like. I just think paying $9100.00 is a lot of money for a mini tummy tuck and lipo. I also would have thought that a "standard tummy tuck" would mean a full one not just a mini. In my opinion, I don't think this doctor should charge you any more money for a revision since you spent so much on what you thought was a full tt but ended up actually being only a mini one. I'm actually having the same issue as you are with my upper abdominals not being as flat as I was hoping. Also, my right abdominal/hip area has looked great but my left side looks "fatter"; it's almost as if one side of my body had a fatter fat layer to it than my other side and it's been this way ever since I had my surgery 3 months ago. When I see my ps next month, I'm going to see what my options are, whether it be more Smartlipo or possibly doing a revision of my scar on my "fatty" side and extending that incision a little and pulling my skin down some more and cutting any excess off. The placement of my scar is terrific, very low, but what bums me out is the band of fat that I still have over my bb and my left side that isn't as flat as my right. I don't expect perfection but I would like to be even as much as possible. I still wear a compression garment per my doctor's request and he told me no abdominal exercise until I seen him next month and at that point it will be almost 4 months since my surgery. I actually did some cardio yesterday, one of my old Thighs of Steel videos, and I swear I was so swollen last night, I felt terrible. I've exercised a few times the last few months but I haven't experienced the terrible swelling like I did last night. I'll post some pics later; this website has been such a help in my recovery process, I really appreciate people sharing their experiences (the good, the bad, & the ugly:) ) Good luck to you BBNM and I hope you and your ps can come to an agreement on what you'd like to do in the future!
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My surgeon's website has before and after photos of FULL abdominoplasties and MINOR abdominoplasties. I had "signed up" for a STANDARD abdominoplasty which I assumed would be the FULL version. I think the intention to do the FULL was there but the game plan changed during surgery when the surgeon considered my poor skin elasticity. Sounds like it's not just me who has issues. Sounds like you're having lots of swelling even four months post op. Me...my recovery was rather uneventful and I never had any SEVERE swelling. I hope your surgeon will be prepared to do some touch ups without it costing you an arm and a leg. Looking forward to seeing your photos so I can compare. Mostly I've been comparing my results to those who had FULL TT's rather than to those who had MINI TT's. Thanks for sharing your journey!
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WOW! Thanks for the details! I'd like to see my surgical report. I'm not sure if I would have the courage to ask for it. It's amazing what surgeons will do on our request or by not talking to us more and assuming to know what we really want. I think all these procedures become too routine for some of them. The time they spend per OP is really very limited. I told mine the morning of surgery that I really didn't want a vertical scar. He replied by asking if I knew why they were placed , I said yes. End of conversation. At that point I wrongly believed that he would place the scar in the best position regardless of whether or not a vertical scar would be placed too. What do I know about anatomy and skin draping. That's what I paid him the big bucks for. I ended up with no vertical scar, but a scar that was placed too high considering my anatomy. For what I paid I truly expected perfect scar placement. Now I have what's call a short stomach. Oh well, at least I look good in clothes and that was my ultimate aim. I'm hoping for a revision in a year, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I'm really tight when I stand and I don't think there will ever be enough skin laxity below the BB. Only time will tell at this point. You have a great shape, but I can see your concerns with the upper ab area! I always wanted to a couple inches taller, lucky you!
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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".
When/if you go through with the revision does your PS think your recovery will be as long? I'm jealous of all those long hikes you go on-/ awesome!!
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I haven't asked my surgeon any questions about the recovery. I imagine it will be about the same as first time around, shorter if I change my mind about the muscle plication of my upper abdomen. If it's just the skin tightening then I should be pretty much fully recovered in about a month but I'm just guessing. I tend to heal quickly so either way it shouldn't be a big deal. BTW ANYBODY can hike. If that's what you like to do, go for it!
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Looking good! Keep us posted on the revision.
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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.
Yup, I look amazing enough as long as I arch my back and stand up straight. Not so much when I bend over or sit. Stay tuned for my most disgusting photos that I'll be posting tomorrow when it will be exactly six months since I had my first tummy tuck.
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You can't have disgusting photos. Don't be so hard on yourself. I really do think you look great.
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I think you look amazing and are a very brave woman to go through the process again.
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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!!
You look great, and that is GREAT that your doctor is taking responsibility and giving you a revision at no charge!
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When is your revision?
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May 8th, five weeks away.
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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!
Reading your recovery, I may pause my gym membership for the summer (we have a gym in the basement I can use when I'm easing back into exercise). I take pretty intensive classes at my gym and it would probably raise flags if I'm suddenly doing a slow walk on the treadmill and no weights. lol My daughter doesn't like to go to the gym childcare anyway so I can use that excuse. By the time school starts back, I should be healed enough to get back into my regular routines...I hope. *fingers crossed*
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You're probably not going to be working out at the gym for at least two months so great idea to use your equipment at home. Yup, by the end of summer you should be fine to resume all your pre-surgery activities. Good luck to you! I hope a MINI tummy tuck will give you MAX results. (Didn't do the trick for me). One surgeon on here even told me (when answering one of my questions to the doctors) "mini tummy tucks are for those with mini expectations".
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I asked the doctor about the mini and he thought it should do the trick. I don't think I have enough skin for a full and the doc didn't think I'd need muscle repair or belly button relocation. I'd hope he'd be telling me if I need a full. :) He originally just mentioned lipo-ing the belly, but told him I wanted to get rid of the c-section hang over. He had me lay down on the table and do a crunch to feel where my muscles were so I hope he's right. :)
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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.
Wow!amazing! I'm sure you're glad to be postoperative and healing. Best of luck!
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You're darn right that I'm happy to be post op and healing because my PRE OP anxiety was ten times more "painful" than any post op discomfort and inconvenience I've experienced so far. Having had two different tummy tucks I have to say that my recovery from this second "skin only" tummy tuck has been AT LEAST ten times easier than TT#1! I swear that muscle plication and liposuction causes more trauma to the body than just having the skin dealt with! I'm moving around painlessly now and the only thing that hurts badly is coughing! Whenever that happens I'm afraid that my incision will split open or that my belly button sutures loosen up! If everyone's recovery can be like this they're pretty darn lucky!
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Every DETAIL the above sentence should read!

I hate that we can't go back and edit previous entries!
I love what you said about people posting their best pics and not ugly ones. I've thought this many times! I chose to always post whatever I have taken haha. But you look great so far!!
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Oh I forgot to ask did touchable to pay for your revision? When I sit down the lower part of my stomach above my incision wrinkles and I hate it! My next appt I want to bring it to my dr.s attention and see what can be done about it.
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Thanks, I have posted some updates under my second review which you will find when you go to my profile and scroll down to my review which I have called Full Tummy Tuck (Revision) a second tummy tuck to remove excess upper abdominal skin. Nope, I'm definitely not afraid to post the UGLY photos. That's reality and that's what RealSelf should be all about. Nobody knows who I am so who cares??? (Maybe the surgeons??? They should care as they surely want the world to see their fine work and not their inferior work).
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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.
Looking good! You are so flat.
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Thank you! After doing this twice I SHOULD be flat! I'm quite happy with my results so far. Not too excited about the depth of my BB but hey, it's better to have a weird looking BB than ugly fat rolls around my waist! You look awesome too!
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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!
YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!!!!!!
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Thank you! I've never missed my blubber belly. Not even ONCE!!!
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Wow! 2 TTs! I LOVE your Corona picture....awesome! Hope you're feeling good! You look great!
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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!
coming along nicely!
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Yup! can't complain!
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Amazing story thanks for all the detail
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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!
You have a great shape! Can't believe how well you have done in such a short time.
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Thank you! I'm a good healer. All that extra vitamin C, zinc, and turmeric that I've been taking seems to have helped.
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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.
Viking + vampire blood = wolverine-like healing for miss BBNM
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When I read other peoples reviews I realize that I'm pretty darn lucky, healing quickly like I do! I suppose it helps that I chose a good surgeon too! He injects the incision with marcaine so that the pain isn't too severe for the first 24-48 hours. I probably have a higher than normal pain tolerance too! We're all so different.
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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!
Wow! You look fab!! Give you credit doing it twice, and that's a great surgeon taking full responsibility :) I had mine yesterday and doing great! I have a high pain tolerance also, just feel sore not really "in pain". Happy healing
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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!
So amazing to hear!!! Was your second TT a full one or just a mini one? Curious if that makes a difference in your healing
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My second TT was a full TT but without the muscle plication-- skin was pulled down from my sternum to my incision. Although recovery from TT#1 was not bad it definitely took a bit longer than this time. I was quite sore for several months then which probably was because of the lower muscle plication as well as the lipo that was done. Also I've been taking extra zinc which I didn't do last time AND I'm an EXPERIENCED TT patient now!!!
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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.
You have a really nice,low scar. That's great.
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Yes, I'm happy with it. Your scar is very low too and looks great!
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thanks, but it's not as low as I would have liked. even with a modest bathing suit bottom on, it doesn't cover it. and the bb is funky looking. i'll see what doc says tomorrow.
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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.
Looks really really great!
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Thank you, Lola550! You're looking awesome yourself!
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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.
Hello thanks for sharing. I had a mini TT it was a floating abdominoplasty 9 weeks ago I still have excess skin my doctor doesn't seem to want to redo the surgery even though it was his suggestion to do the umbilical float. I have mixed emotions about doing this again and possibly having to pay for it all over again but I am so unhappy with the results. It's so frustrating cause my PS isn't listening that I'm unhappy and I went to see another PS to get his feedback and he said nothing can be done. I know it's still too early but I know I will need a revision to get the results that I want. any advice? You look awesome by the way!
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I looked at your photos and I can TOTALLY understand your disappointment with your surgical results and even more so over the fact that your surgeon is NOT willing to redo the surgery. That's terrible!!! Clearly this surgeon lacks integrity and fails regarding his accountability!! A gal on here (bbredo) had a revision on May 28th after an unacceptable BB float tummy tuck! She didn't trust her original surgeon to do the revision. Another one of my friends here on real self (nevertoolate2014newme) said this about floating abdominoplasties: "My PS said only the lazy docs do BB floats (he said it should never be done - there is no reason to do it and the results of a floating BB are always bad)." - bbredo needed to have some minor work done to her BB to ensure adequate circulation to her BB before she could have her revision! Your surgeon clearly cut corners and not enough skin! I would be furious if my scenario had been like yours and I can certainly empathize with you! --- Any of the reading I've done on floating tummy tucks has be thinking that I'm VERY lucky that my surgeon didn't float my BB during tuck #1 or I too could have been in some trouble when deciding that a revision was necessary to get optimal results. I certainly wouldn't be giving up on the possibility of getting a revision, just because a second PS said nothing can be done! See if you can get some more opinions from some other surgeons. Sure would be a bummer to have to pay another surgeon another fortune to get the results that you should have had in the first place!
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Thanks so much for your response cause I was starting to feel like I'm the one in the wrong I started feeling like maybe I'm being too vain but I agree I will give it some time but I will look into other surgeons while I heal and explore some possibilities at that time. I was very disappointed as I lost 80 pounds after having my daughter and I work out everyday just wanted to feel like my old self again.
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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!!
You look wonderful! I have to get me scar strips, since they work so good. I hope that I'm taking the world on like you in a month!
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Thank you! I was a couch potato long enough so time to build some muscle and get back into the best shape of my life!
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I will be glad when I can work out!
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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.
Wow....just read your whole story, you have been on quite and adventure....but it was worth it, you look faboulous.
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Thank you! Overall, it's been a good "ride"! I have no regrets!
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Looking Fabulous!
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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.
Wow, your journey through TT surgery 1 and 2 is so informative and upbeat even during those times that were tougher! Attitude does have a lot to do with our healing process and yours has been great!
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You are totally amazing! Thank you and God bless you for sharing your story in such detail and with photos to help! Your courage is inspirational, and your ability to stay upbeat, keep doing your exercise, and actually HIDE your surgery from your friends is stunning!! I wrote tons more right after finishing your posting, but for some reason it didn't post! :( I'm sorry, I can't write it all again! :'( But I did suggest you write a book bc your writing is sensational. Also that if you wrote it on your tummy tuck story you might find Amazon Kindle willing to publish it for you! My TT & lipo sched for July 2 (right between Canada Day& the 4th (I'm from both countries) do I'll be celebrating some liberty from FAT Belly I hope! Take care and thank you, again, SO MUCH! Magg
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You're welcome! I'm glad you liked my review, which makes me think all that writing was not in vain. Actually all my writing has been very therapeutic and I've done it as much for myself (like journalling) as for others. When I first started my research into tummy tucks there were so many reviews that ended rather abruptly, hence it wasn't possible to find out how these gals felt and looked at different stages of their recoveries (beyond a month or two post op). So I decided I wasn't going to be one of those people. We can learn so much from others who have been there, done that. I find that quite funny you saying I should write a book about my tummy tuck journey to publish on Amazon! What will the title be??? "The saga of the despicable belly" the real story of a 62 year old woman's incredible surgical transformation. You're only 9 days away from your tuck and lipo so not much time left. I wish you well. Will you be writing a review? Good luck with your surgery and please update. Don't worry too much! (Who am I to say that?). Heck, I was sick with anxiety for weeks worrying about PE's and dying on the table). Apparently fewer than 1% of TT patients die from complications leaving 99% surviving and that knowledge led me to proceeding with surgery TWICE! You'll be fine!
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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.
You're a tough cookie!! I cannot imagine going through this all over again, props to u!
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Perhaps I have a higher pain tolerance than some! Also, I'm a good healer! I didn't have an extended tuck like you and my incision is probably only half as long as yours!
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Looks great- I had mine 10 years ago having lower body surgery think I'll have them Re tighten mine a bit- After seeing yours-
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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.
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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U look soo great. Can wait to feel like ME again.
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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!
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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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.
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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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!
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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Twelve weeks after revision

My incision is slowly beginning to fade and first thing in the morning it looks best. Gentle "reminders" that I had a tummy tuck remain (slight swelling, tightness, soreness with crunch-like movements -- and of course my much improved reflection in the mirror!) The side by side photo shows my pre-revision loose abdomen and my abdomen as it looks today and demonstrates the results of liposuctioning skin with no elasticity. The liposuction that was done combined with my first tuck helped to flatten my upper abdomen and reduced the size of the upper abdominal rolls but it also made my abdomen look "older" and matching my 63 year old face!! I definitely prefer the youthful look of my current abdomen!
Hello BBNM. Just wanted to say how good you look following #2 surgery. You must be so pleased. I read your story several days ago and was drawn back to reread it following my 2 week post op appointment earlier today. Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I had a full tummy tuck (with a new BB) and arm lift. The doctor was quite pleased today with the results so far. I asked him about the "pouch" of skin located right under my breasts. He said it is too early for final results but that it isn't uncommon to need to do a second surgery in patients who have lost significant weight. This would take place in a year. I'm truly hoping that I'm just being impatient but the thought of having to go through this again is discouraging. Overall, how did you find your second surgery recovery? Did you bounce back fairly quickly? I'm concerned about missing work again. I'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks for your posts.
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Thank you, WMAC! Both recoveries were rather easy for me and yes, I bounced back very quickly. I did feel fatigued for several weeks though. I recovered more quickly from the second surgery than from the first probably because I just had a minor muscle repair. My lower abs had been plicated the first time resulting in a burning pain with movement. I never felt that kind of pain second time around. Even though the second tuck required more undermining of my skin I seem to have had minimal swelling. My surgeon had injected a local anaesthetic in my incision area (during both surgeries) resulting in minimal pain for the first few days post op. Tomorrow it will be three months since my revision and I'd say I have recovered about 95%. (Still a little soreness when doing crunch-like movements and still numbness below my BB but my stamina has been back for quite some time now and I'm back up to snuff with regard to my activity level). The revision was well worth it as my results have improved dramatically since the first surgery. I could nitpick and find some remaining imperfections but overall I'm pretty happy! If you NEED a second surgery you likely won't need your muscles tightened and the skin only tuck is pretty straight forward. I hope that if you need a second tuck that your surgeon won't charge you an arm and a leg.
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Thanks for your response BBNM. It is difficult to not let my worries about my "pouch" of skin get me down. I just want to move forward and put this all behind me and get on with life. Nut as you said in your blog the mid-drift rolls are discouraging. If I wear something tight I don't want rolls be revealed. I posted pics of my pouch a few mom nts ago. Perhaps I'm worrying for nothing. I appreciated reading about your recovery following your 2nd procedure in particular--very helpful. Thanks for letting me know how you are doing. I'm just hoping I don’t have to go there.
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Three months after my revision

It's been exactly three months since my revision. I intend to post a photo of my incision every month until it's completely white. I have no idea how long that will take but I'm guessing that a year from now it should have faded completely. Except for not doing abdominal exercises and back ends I can do pretty much everything that I did before I had this surgery. I still feel a bit of tightness most of the time and slight soreness with crunch-like movements. The incision is completely flat and smooth. My belly button remains unsymmetrical but I'm happy with it as there is absolutely no scarring to be seen around it. I still have a dent on my lower right side but it's below my bikini line. I would have liked perfection (total symmetry) but did not expect perfection before ever beginning this journey. Initially all I wanted was a FLAT abdomen and I got that after my first tummy tuck but....well you've read my story. I'm much happier with my results from my revision than from my first tuck so all the discomfort was totally worth it!
Wow your pics look great, I'm sorry to hear that you had to go through a second surgery though. I'm feeling like my PS should have liposuction under my breasts a bit more. I sit down & I have a great amount of love handles still! Not sure how to approach him on thus. He keeps saying it my weight that causes this not his work! I'm hoping not another tt, but maybe some lipo only??? Did your workouts fix any of the extra fat under neath you breasts? Or did you see no results at all?? This is my dilemma!!! I'm not quite healed from my tt & not sure if loosing a bit more weight will make that big of a difference or not?
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It's not easy to be assertive and tell our PS those flaws we're not happy with. For me it was one of the most difficult things I've ever done as I would much rather praise than criticize. I have no doubt that my surgeon takes pride in his work and to be told that I wasn't entirely happy with the results of my first tuck took a lot of courage. I gave him the heads up by emailing him the good, the bad, and the ugly photos before talking to him about it face to face. No workouts did a thing for my midriff and upper abdominal rolls that were particularly prominent when sitting down. Working out BEFORE did nothing and working out AFTER did nothing other than make me FEEL better from having exercised! I didn't have a weight problem, just a WAIST problem!! I had a lot of fat in both my lower and upper abdomen at the beginning of my journey which no workouts did a thing to improve. After liposuctioning a total of 1200cc's of fat from my upper abs, hips, and flanks there was definitely a lot of improvement but having skin with poor elasticity I seemed to have more excess skin after my first tummy tuck than I did before the surgery!! That first tuck only corrected my skin below my belly button. If you have more lipo and if your skin is not very elastic than you might end up with loose, dimply skin just like me. Losing more weight will result in more loose skin as well. It's been almost four months since my second tuck and almost a year since my first tuck and I STILL have a few flaws, but they're all so minor that I've chosen to be okay with them. That second tuck definitely made a big difference and it was well worth the discomfort. I'm at my goal weight of 145 pounds but worry about gaining so I try to be active every day, something that seems to be helping me maintain it.
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Blubberbellynomore You Look great. We're can I find the white compression garment that you have on. Is the garment pretty tight, I want to keep my stomach flat.
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Four months after my revision

Today it's been exactly four months since my revision surgery. My incision is very light first thing in the morning (when the attached picture was taken) then darkens as soon as I'm up and moving around. The tightness is diminishing but numbness below my BB remains. I still don't feel comfortable doing abdominal exercises as I still feel sore with any crunch like movements. So basically nothing has changed in the last month.
Your scar is looking very good! You don't have to worry about your incision, its looks nice and smooth! Before you know it, you won't be focusing on the incisions, you will be focused on your new clothing. LOL
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Thanks! I never did worry about the incision. No reason to. It was never scabby or inflamed so from day one it was a non issue. Having had various previous surgeries I know that incisions eventually fade and hey, nobody but me and my husband seeing it! I'm exactly the same size as BEFORE so my clothes all fit pretty much the same as before, perhaps just a little looser around the midriff. I know some girls on here go down several sizes after a tummy tuck but I'm not one of them. Still, I'm convinced my clothes look better than before and that's great!
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I haven't changed sizes either,but my clothes do fit better. I've actually gained 4 lbs. since surgery,but I think it must be muscle,at least I hope so! I've been working out like mad all summer.
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One year since my first tummy tuck surgery

Today it's been exactly a year since I had my first tummy tuck. At that time I never would have dreamed that I would need a second one but it has all been worth it to me. It's been one of the best decisions I've ever made. If you can afford it and if you have no medical issues that would make this a risky procedure, go for it! Recovery is not necessarily brutal for every one and like me you could be one of the lucky ones for whom it's been no big deal!
You look amazing! I am considering a breast augmentation, then later after healing from that, a TT. Right now, I look like you did after your first surgery. So hopefully I'll be able to make do with one TT for a while. I'm also 5'10" and am 53 with 4 children. I was blessed with good genes and a flat tummy until I hit 50. Staying active probably helped, too. Thank you for posting your photos and being so thorough (though I haven't completely finished reading yet, it's fascinating). Congratulations on the new you!
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Most tummy tuckers never need a revision and you probably won't either. Lucky you that you were able to maintain a flat tummy even after having four children and maintaining that until the age of 50 is remarkable! I obviously don't have such great genes as I've had a bit of a "gut" all my life but four pelvic surgeries resulted in the overhang by my old incision. I'm still not as perfect as I would like to be as my skin has NO elasticity and it's loosening up again. Still I'm so much more improved after my second tuck and I need to accept my current results and realize that perfection just isn't possible for someone as nit-picky as me! Good luck with your breast augmentation and tummy tuck! Do you have you BA scheduled yet?
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Amazing! your incision/scar is almost invisible! You healed so well and look so good! you have ab definition I can see!
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Five months after my revision

I expect my incision to fade a little more each month but I haven't really noticed much of a change since about three months ago. First thing in the morning it's almost completely white with no surrounding pinkness but as the day progresses it becomes more pink just above and below the actual incision. Numbness below BB continues and I expect that will remain forever. Tightness is minimal and upper abdominal skin seems to be loosening up again. My skin is not as tight as a drum but that's probably because of my age and having lost much of it's elasticity. Still, sometimes I wonder if I could have been pulled maybe just a notch tighter, but that I'll never know. As I've said before it was well worth it to me to have a revision and I have no regrets. I've gained a few pounds and am back up to 147lbs. so time to rev up my activity level! I do try to get some exercise almost every day but clearly I'm consuming more calories than I'm burning. I still feel some slight pain throughout my upper abdomen with crunch-like movements but in about another month (six months post op) it should be safe for me to do some worthwhile abdominal exercises.
I'm glad you made the decision to have the 2nd TT because NOW you look like you should have after the FIRST one! Too bad you had to go thru this twice, but now you are happy and that is a Good Thing!
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Yes, I have no regrets for having the revision. STILL I think I could have been pulled tighter but I'm not a surgeon and probably because of my poor skin elasticity he probably didn't dare to pull me any tighter. Too much tension on the incision is not good. I'm a good healer so the second surgery wasn't a big deal in terms of recovery.
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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!

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