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Almost 3 weeks Post op

I am 39 years old and have had 2 girls, they are...

I am 39 years old and have had 2 girls, they are now 12 & 7. I am currently 167 lb and gained almost 45 lbs with each pregnancy. My stomach drives me crazy.

I've finally decided to do something about it. My upper abs are saggy and I cannot get them back to normal. My lower stomach has been stretched and again, I can't get it back to normal. I think that I will be booking the surgery for the end of Aug, this way I have the summer to spend with my kids, without worrying about healing.

Had my consulation on Wednesday and the date is...

Had my consulation on Wednesday and the date is booked for the 25 Aug!! I cannot wait, the Dr and staff seemed very nice, explained everything to me.
I feel as if a big weight is being released from my shoulders. I didn't how it affected so deeply.
I will keep everyone posted on the details.
Thank you - so glad I found this website.

Aug 4 - 21 more days til my surgery. I have my...

Aug 4 - 21 more days til my surgery. I have my pre op appointment on Monday with the PS. The more and more I am looking at my stomach, the more excited I am getting.

The surgery is a no drains tummy tuck. From what I've read it seems to be quite effective.

Right now I'm just getting all of my natural supplements and scar cream.

I can't seem to post in here?

I can't seem to post in here?

Well 2 more days until my surgery! I can't wait. ...

Well 2 more days until my surgery! I can't wait. I'm walking around the house and feeling my stomach and can't wait for it to be gone. I had my pre-op appointment the other week and the PS grabbed my loose skin and said all of this will be gone. I'm also going to get some lipo on my hips.

I have tried so many different things and nothing has worked to get rid of that mommy tummy, so I'm feeling that this may be true for this procedure too. But I know it's impossible. I'm not looking forward to the pain but I cannot wait to have my stomach back again!
I bought the arnica gel, bromelain pills, and arnica pills, got my presription. From what I've read, this seems to help with the swelling and bruising. We purchased a big comfy recliner the other day to help me out.
The other thing is because the medical office is 3 hours away we are staying in a hotel overnight. It's adjoined to the medical clinic. I'm not sure how the ride home will be the following day. Hopefully not too bad.
(I have noticed, that my friends that I have told are understanding, but when I told my mom I had the opposite. I think I am the first person that I have known to do this in my circle of friends and family.)
Cannot wait! I'm constantly looking at everyone's pictures to see their results.

Post Op Day 2, Feeling not too bad. I'm quite...

Post Op Day 2,

Feeling not too bad. I'm quite nauseaus. Here is a replay of what happened yesterday. I went in for my appointment around 9:30. I met with the recovery nurse, the anesthesologist then the PS. Dr. McLean came and marked out the areas where he was going to do the lipo and the incisions. I asked him too about my pubis mound if it was going to be puffy and he said that he would lipo that too. Around 11:00 I was brought into the surgery room and prepared. I remember talking briefly the nurse and then I was out.
The next thing I remember was I was in the recovery room with the nurse. I was really shaky, they said it was the adrenalaine. I was in the recovery room for about an hour and half. The nurse helped me to the bathroom. She then told me that they took about 2 lbs of skin. We stayed at a hotel that was connected to the clinic, so the nurse had a wheelchair for me and pushed me with my husband. She helped me into the bed and propped up my legs. I was back in the hotel room around 4:30 pm.
The lipo area on my right side was quite painful, so I started to use the arnica gel on it. I also took the percasat, bromelain pills, and arnica montana pills. I also use a product called Isagenix, which has a cleanse drink that helps to heal the body. I had a bodytalk session done too, which is a modality to heal the body. I think that this has really made an impact on my healing so far. The only thing that I have an issue with right now is Nausea.
My PS called last night to see how I was doing. He told me that they removed 3 litres of fat and approx 2 - 2/1 lbs of skin. He said it went very well.
This morning I went into the clinic to have a check up. I was very nauseas again, the nurse gave me a shot of gravol. She checked the insicion and said it all looks great. She showed us my stomach and said it looks beautiful. Because I didn't have drains, I can have a shower now (24 hours). She also put stockings on me. I notice if I'm walking around I get nausea?
We just got home - 3 hour drive back and I'm really tired. I think I am going to go for a nap.
I will post some of the pics. I have looked in the mirror and he lipo'd some of my back and my hips. My hips, I've always had these humps from the time puberty hit, then they just grew from the childbirth. He went in and worked on them too.

After having 2 children, I had the mommy tummy and...

After having 2 children, I had the mommy tummy and I hated it. I just couldn't get it back to pre-baby. I could lose a little weight and then as soon as I gained anything, that was the first spot for it go to. I also have lower back pain, so I am hoping that with the muscle repair it will tighten up my core and alleviate and assist with my back.

Day 3 Post Op, I am having extreme nausea today. ...

Day 3 Post Op, I am having extreme nausea today. I'm not sure if it's from the Percoset, but I'm going to stop taking it. I have Tylenol 3's that I will use.
I had a shower today and took my binder off, I just about passed out in the shower. Thank goodness my hubby was in there with me.
I'm feeling not too bad. I'm able to get out of the recliner by myself. I have a walking stick that I use around the house.

Today is my 3rd full day post op. I'm feeling...

Today is my 3rd full day post op. I'm feeling very nauseated and lightheaded. I thought it was the percoset, so I stopped taking them last night. Took Tylenol 3's instead. I think I'm really tired, but I can't sleep.

Day 4 after the surgery. Feeling pretty good...

Day 4 after the surgery. Feeling pretty good today. I only 2 advil to help with some lower back pain and around the insicion area. I had a shower today at lunch, so I crossed my fingers that I wasn't going to pass out this time. Took the binder off and I'm swollen up in the upper abdomen area. Also, kind of freaked out by my waist, it looks really small and my hips look huge. The first thing I thought of was Jessica Rabbit. I'm thinking because my binder was up a little too high and wasn't sitting on my hips they are swollen. I look disproportionate. I know the PS did lip on my that area.
I see the PS tomorrow for a follow up.

Sunday - Day 10 after surgery. Hello! Well it's...

Sunday - Day 10 after surgery.
Hello! Well it's been an eventful couple of days. I was feeling not too bad last week, then on thursday I started to feel a swelling happening in my pubis area. By friday it was quite red and very swollen, and hurt like a B$#$%. I called the PS office and spoke with the nurse whom was in surgery with me. Because I live 3 hours away, I sent her some pics. I didn't have any drainage happening from the stitches.
The next day it was still quite sore so I called her and she ordered some antibiotics for me. I started them in the afternoon.
Today I feel so much better, the pressure has let down in the area and I don't feel as sore and achy. I'm kind of thinking it was a little bit of an infection?
We went to Walmart today and my kids pushed me in a wheelchair. The only thing I did notice when I got home was a little bit of blood on the tape in the center (just above the pubis) and a little on the left side. Now it could just be from moving too much and a stitch came a little loose. It was just a drop of blood on both sites. I'll be going to the office this week to get checked out.
I'm hoping it's nothing to serious with everything.

Sunday Day 10 Yesterday I contacted the nurse...

Sunday Day 10

Yesterday I contacted the nurse at the clinic about my swelling. She put me on a higher dose of antibiotic and I'll be going in tomorrow to get her to check it out.

Monday Day 11

This morning I woke up and my incision right above the pubis area is starting to leak. I'm getting a little freaked out. We drove to the clinic - 3 hours away. When we arrived at the office I could barely walk, the pubic area was so swollen, tight, & painful.
When the nurse checked it - she first put a needle in to the area to draw out the fluid. It was a light red - some pus (sorry gross). I'm not sure how much she drew out.
She then took the surgical tape off of the stitches, she went to touch the insicion right above the pubic area and it just opened and started to flow. She squeezed as much as the fluid out as she could. The opening is about 2 cm wide. She packed the area and we left. It's still quite tender and it is getting a little swollen. The right side seems to be the worst of it.
I'm really hoping the antibiotics kick into high gear and this gets cleared up soon. I actually feel pretty good if it wasn't for this.

Day 14 Friday Well yesterday was my 2 week post...

Day 14 Friday

Well yesterday was my 2 week post op day. Feeling pretty good except with this setback of an open wound. We are changing the dressing twice a day. I'm curious on how it is going to heal back together.
I've been doing a little bit more and more. I sure notice how much I swell when I'm doing things. I'm not sure how some people are able to go back to work right away. Because of where the opening is, I am mostly wearing sweats or PJ bottoms.
Anyone else have an opening and how long did it take to heal?

3 weeks post op! Thursday Well, it's now...

3 weeks post op! Thursday
Well, it's now officially been 3 weeks since the "big" day. I'm glad I did it, love the results, glad I only have to do it once in this life. I find I'm achy all over. My muscles and stuff, I asked the PS, they said it's pretty normal. I definately need a good stretch, mostly my legs are achy. I have been using creams - Arnica gel, A535, etc to help out. I usually do a lot of yoga, so I guess I'm feeling pretty stagnant. I also have lower back issues, especially sciatic nerve so I'm touching wood that it doesn't flair up.

I'm still wearing a binder, it holds the dressings on and I feel more comfortable with it on. I take advil a couple of times a day to help with the swelling, but that's about it for pain medication.

I have noticed I can start to sleep a little bit on my one side, the other hip is still tender from the lipo, I'm assuming.

Nov 13, 2011 Well it has now been just over 12...

Nov 13, 2011

Well it has now been just over 12 weeks. My infected area, opening is almost closed up. Yeah for that. Hopefully soon I can have a nice relaxing bath.
So, I found that it took me exactly 6 weeks to feel normal again, driving, walking, etc. I find my tummy gets sore if I go without my binder for a long time. I am not working so, not sure if I would be able to do the 5 days a week 9 hour days.
I find my right side right from the beginning has had more issues. I do find my scar on the right side is brighter red and more tender. I still get some tightness around my pubis area.
My belly button has healed fantastic. I'm enclosing some new pics.
Holly
Mississauga Plastic Surgeon

Everything has been very good, super friendly staff, Dr. McLean is very nice. So far, I do not have any complaints. I seen the results in the mirror at the dr. office and it looks pretty good.Updated on 26 Aug 2011:I just had my TT with Lipo yesterday. I found the clinic very friendly, courteous, informative, and supportive. Dr. McLean answered all of my questions and he was very nice. When I was leaving the clinic yesterday from the surgery, I was given a red rose. Very nice. I also liked the fact that I had a no drain TT, it seems to be much more comfortable.

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5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I developed the infection approx 1 week into the recovery period. It was about the size of a toonie (canadian) or a silver dollar. So about 11 weeks to get it almost closed. My only concern maybe on how it heals. I'm hoping it heals flush and not concave in. My dr has said if there is anything that I want to get corrected they will do. Not sure if I would want to go there again - LOL.
The healing - yes I still wear a binder occassionaly to help me with the stability and some swelling. I am still numb beneath my BB. So I'm hoping over time it lessens.
Another thing that helped me was having sessions in "Bodytalk" really helped with the healing time, scars, and my body just adjusting to everything.

Holly
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You are looking great! I also don't get how people go back to work so soon. I hurt for everyone that doesn't get the time they need to heal. How long did it take your wound to close? I'm at almost 6 weeks waiting to close a very large opening. I'm almost 13 weeks post op.
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Looking good girl!! So glad that your opening has healed nicely ;-)
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sorry about your openings~ I have 3 and I pack 2x day I hate it~ they say it takes up to 6 weeks first you go wet to dry and then when you get all the pus out and it's all pink and red you start to go wet to wet~ I am on week 3 and my one is starting to close and the other to are not doing so hot and I am getting a new one on my side~ is SO not fun~ I am SO SO sorry~ just one day at at time sweetie~ sorry~
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just wanted to check in a see how you are...how is the wound??? hope its better....and tummy is looking damn good girl!
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Thanks Taraf! My tummy does look awesome, the scar looks pretty good. The opening is going. It does look like it's getting a little bit smaller. It's just a pain. We are packing it twice a day.
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My open spots are finally closing and scabbing.. its taken 3 weeks
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Lisa, did you have openings too? That's what I was thinking it will take about a month to heal (fingers crossed).
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You asked about how long it takes for the opening to heal. You can check out Cottonmomma on mommy makeover. She had two areas and one has already closed. Best wishes to a quick recovery:)
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I hope you continue to heal and feel better and better. I think your stomach looks great now! Can't wait to have mine!!
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Thank u so much for that info. I'll ask my dr about that & how he
Does it. Have a great day!
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Do u think the opening possibly came because u didn't have drains?
I see on here where alot of women have drains & maybe the fluid just had nowhere to go.
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I asked the nurse, she said no, because it was an infection, she said it would have happened even if I had the drains. What I like about the way I had it done is that the PS stitches the skin all the way down the body. I'm not sure if they do that with the drains? From what I've read I don't think so. It's a much more secure feeling and I think it's a little bit less traumatic on the body.
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I'm so sorry u have th opening. That's so depressing I know but I'm
Sure ull heal beautifully. Do u know what caused the opening? Were u stapled or stitched together?
You'll b n my prayers.
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What happened was I got some type of infection and it went directly into the pubis area, it swelled up. It started to leak a little from the incision right above, so when I went into the clinic the PS opened up the stitches to drain it. It was pretty bad. They don't know what it was, took swabs. It's actually the first time they said they had seen that happen. It seems that I always get some type of infection from anything I get done (dental work), having babies.
I had the no drain procedure. So stitched all the way down from the top to the bottom. I'm happy with everything else just this.
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Sorry you're having to deal with this but for what it's worth you look great!!
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Thanks I am happy with the results but bummed about that.
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Oh no that is terrible.  I am happy that you went directly to the doctors office and had this taken care of.  I will heal up but may take a bit longer.  Hang in there.

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Hope your feeling well! Rest rest rest ! Can't say it enough!! Gd luck
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Thanks I'm 10 days post op and feeling better each day. Can't wait to start to feel more normal.
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Hey...looking good! Cheers to a fellow Canadian and a fellow Ontarian!! I am 7 weeks post op and feeling almost normal. It will get better every week. Try to take the time to recover and don't rush it. Good luck!!!
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I have opposite as I've never had hips or a booty... but MAN my boobs look huge now!!
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Ha ha Lisa! My husband made the comment the other day of how big my boobs look now! It just looks so much nicer now.
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Those damn hips LOL !!! They should come down in a few weeks. Try to get a binder that fits comfortably right from under your breasts to under your crotch. You need to be as comfortable as possible to make recovery easier. Hang in there :)
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Hey a tiny waist and curvy hips are in!  That's a perfect Marilyn Monroe figure.  

I am sure your hips are just a little swollen and will go down some.  The lipo causes some pretty puffy swelling.  Be happy that the muffin top is gone:)

Hang in there.

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