Joined the Ranks of the Tummy Tuckers : 16 weeks PO

Hi everyone. Just signed up with RealSelf. I am 40...

Hi everyone. Just signed up with RealSelf. I am 40 years old, have two children aged 15 and 12. I weigh 70kg and have been between 68 and 70kg for the past 2 years. I am not really a huge exercise bunny but enjoy the outdoors, hiking and ocassional cycle. Not sure of my height but I think it's around 5ft8 ?

I had pretty big babies, 3.950kg and 4.240kg and my boy especially contributed to my lovely stretch marks. I have always been self concious of my post pregnancy scars and rarely expose my tum in a bikini. Also squirm at the sight of my muffin top over my jeans etc. The rest of my body is in pretty good shape so I think having a Tummy Tuck will really improve my overall look.

I first consulted my PS in April 2010 and got really scared after hearing about the surgery and the risks involved. It took me a year and a few months to gather my nerves again and approached my PS again last month. I wanted to go ahead with the surgery ASAP so I am scheduled for Tuesday next week. Eeeek !

My hubby has been very supportive as well as a couple of my friends who have had elective surgery. I have not really told too many people about it so it is great to have this forum to gather support from people who are experiencing the same hopes, fears, dreams, etc. My sister is freaking out ..... so I am trying not to listen to her too much :) I think she is just scared for me....

Will post some "Before" pics later today or 2moro. I am going on a little vacation 2moro to relax and prepare for my surgery next week. I have had a pre op check and my GP is happy with everything so all there is to do is wait .............

Thanks to those who have offered their advice and pics on this forum........ it has been very helpful and a positive experience for me so I hope that I can reciprocate by sharing my experience with the rest of you.

Sitting in the Airport in Port Elizabeth after...

Sitting in the Airport in Port Elizabeth after spending the weekend with my sister. We had a wonderful "bonding" weekend and spent it at an Arts Festival. We saw lots of shows, concerts, muso's and art galleries. Would have been a lot more fun and festive had I been allowed to have some wine but has advised by the PS, I have had not had alcohol for the past two weeks. On Friday night I developed a post-nasal drip which caused my throat to become inflamed and sore. I went to my sister's GP first thing on Saturday morning to try and nip this cold in the bud !! He prescribed a very strong antibiotic but has strongly advised me NOT to go ahead with the surgery on Tuesday if I am in anyway unwell because of the risk involved. I am still hopeful that I will have recovered from this cold by then and that we can proceed as scheduled as I have flights book for my sister to come and nurse me after I get back from the hosptial. Your prayers in this regard would be so helpful :)

What amazes me about the stories and reviews I have read here is that most if not all of those who have had tummy tucks leave the hospital or treatment centre the same day ?!?!?! In South Africa we would never be allowed to do that. I have to spend three nights in the Hospital after my procedure to ensure there is no post op bleeding or complications !!! If my PS is happy with my progress and there is no risk of infection, I may leave the hospital on Friday afternoon. I will have 24 hr care in the hospital, physiotherapy and nurse care for 3 days post op. After reading how you other ladies have coped walking out of the hospital 1 hour after coming out of theatre, climbing into cars and sometimes driving 2 or 3 hours, having to cope on your own without any nursing care is amazing ..........my hat goes off to you... Wow.

Posting some pics today :) more to follow.

Please bear in mind that I will not be able to communicate with you all once I go into hospital on Tuesday morning as I will not have access to the internet or a computer until I get home on Friday (post op day 3)but I will make mental notes of how each day goes post op and fill you in as soon as I can.

Will also keep you updated as to whether I can go ahead on Tuesday - really hope this cold goes away :(

Whoop Whoop, my PS says I should be able to go...

Whoop Whoop, my PS says I should be able to go through with the surgery tomorrow. My cold is still here but I am not coughing or sneezing and she feels that there should be no problem. So this time tomorrow I will be almost out of surgery. The theatre time is approximately 150 minutes and I am due to go in at 1:30pm South African time. So excited now. I have been very upbeat and hardly nervous at all. My only concern is the anesthesia but I am sure I will be fine. I can't remember the last time I went under general anaesthetic so have no memories of the experience. So it is all going to be pretty new for me ...... can't wait.

My children are on school holidays so they have been taken up to the mountains for a week while I am in hospital. They left this afternoon. I have told them about my surgery but I don't really think they know how big it is or exactly what changesare about to happen to my body. All is I know they are going to be proud of their "new" mom without her flabby tummy :)

I will try and post in the morning just before I leave for the hospital ...... eeeek one more sleep :D

Post Op day 3.............. YES, I made it :D I...

Post Op day 3.............. YES, I made it :D I am back home. Just arrived actually and have been thinking of you all and wanted to let you know as soon as I could that my TT and lipo to the hips and flanks went very well. Despite the long wait on the day - I only went into theatre at 6pm due to some other emergencies so the day dragged for me. I was very calm though and never had any pre-med before theatre. When they finally wheeled me in at 6pm I was so ready and excited. I came around and it was all over. I was in theatre for only 90 minutes and was very relieved that there were no "after effects from the anaesthesia. I was wide awake and so happy to see my hubby waiting for me in recovery.

My PS says the op went very well and she managed to stretch the skin right down to below the bikini line so I was very pleased about that. I haven't been able to see anything as yet but can say that the pain has really been very bearable....... I do have a high pain threshold and was expecting the worst so really it hasn't been too excruciating. I do however stick to the four hourly painkillers and will continue to do so at least for the first week post op.

I was very numb around my entire core, around lipo sites on my flanks too and have found the lipo sites very sore to touch or lie on. It was wonderful to have the 3 days in hospital post op, I honestly don't know how they allow women in the US to go home the same day after such major surgery. I was constantly monitored and my blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels were monitored every 4 to six hours....... when I came out of surgery they placed electrocnic "Pump Socks" onto my feet which pumped my feet at 10 second intervals to keep the blood flowing through my legs to my upper body and to prevent DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). I was also surprised to see that they hadn't fitted a binder to my waist. My PS said that they only do that about a week post op as it has since been discovered that the squeezing of the binder can contribute to DVT and restrict blood flow from the legs to the upper body - makes sense to me !!!! Only thing is that it will take some getting used to after being so loose and comfortable the last couple of days to being strapped up in a corset. That part is essential tho in the recovery process and to assist the skin in reattaching itself to the abdomen and in the right place.

My second day post op, my lower back took strain and I am having more back pain from being hunched over than pain from the surgery. Actually I expected to be more hunched over than I am considering how far my skin has been stretched. I got up and about on my 1st morning post op. Walked down the passage in the hospital. I was still attached to a drip, catheter and had two drains as well so getting around was a pit of a mission with all the bits and pieces hanging from me.

They removed the catheter and drip after my first meal and the drains were removed on day 3 before I was discharged to come home.

I am not able to shower until Monday !!!! So have been trying to wash over the basin and sitting on the edge of the bath. My dressing is still the original that was fitted in the sterile theatre and the PS is reluctant to change it until monday so I am not able to get it wet just yet. The one over my belly button has been cleaned and changed twice and I have no feeling at all in that area but I am sure that will come in time.

So I am now tucked up in bed at home. For those of you still waiting for your procedure, it really has been a positive experience for me and I am so grateful for all your messages, prayers and thoughts. It will be so worth it. I can't wait to see the results. I will post some pics after my appointment on Monday. Will hopefully get to take a pic or two before my new dressings are applied. Apparently my stiches are internal and dissolving so my scar should be very neat :)

All the best to those in theatre today and those who are going in the next couple of days, it really is not that bad and if you listen to all the advice here and to your doctors, take your pain meds and get mobile as soon as you can ......... you will be fine.

Ciao until 2moro x

Post Op Day 4 - Pain level 5/10 My first night...

Post Op Day 4 - Pain level 5/10

My first night at home went pretty well. Took my pain meds and a sleeping tablet before bed and slept through most of the night despite not being very comfortable. After having an electic bed in hospital that could recline the feet and head in various positions and a recliner to sit in during the day, being home has been quite another story !!! My bed is not the most comfortable and having to rely on stacks of pillows is not quite the same as having a recliner. In fact none of the chairs in the house are very comfortable to sit in normally nevermind after having major abdominal surgery.

Took a couple of photos this morning which I will post shortly. I am very swollen and bruising beginning to appear around the lipo sites. I can't see much difference in size of my waist but I can see that I have no stretch marks anymore which was the most motivating factor in having this procedure :) I am sure once I have the binder fitted next week, I will start to take shape.

Unlike a lot of the woman on RealSelf I have maintained my apetite and have not really been affected by gas. I am trying to eat smaller portions tho and have Ensure Protein Shake which I am having mid morning instead of snacking. Craving a lot of fruit too so had some pineapple for breakfast........

So far so good ..... know I did the right thing and look forward to summer time to show of my new tum !!!

Post Op day 5 - pain was 7/10 when woke up this...

Post Op day 5 - pain was 7/10 when woke up this morning but has eased to about 4/10 after painkillers. It's best to stay on the meds as prescribed at least for the first week. You think the pain is getting better but then it hits you and feel like crap so best to take them before it gets too bad. I am taking mine 3 times a day instead of 4 times tho.... and managing with that.

The most pain and discomfort is coming from my Lipo sites and my back. I cannot lie on my side at all and my thighs are even sore to the touch.... My belly button is still pretty numb as well as my sides/hips. Belly button is looking good tho, nice and pink which means it is getting enough blood supply etc.

Still not able to shower but got in a shallow bath this morning on all fours and had a wash like that. It is pretty easy to wash this way instead of trying to do it over a basin and you can at least get to your lower bits too. Felt a lot better after that, and a change of PJ's.

Progress is slow but is expected from what I have read here and I am in no rush to hurry up the recovery as my body will tell me when it's ready to do more. I am getting up often, making tea and sitting up for longer periods each time and hopefullly getting a little straighter day by day. Tummy is tight and beginning to itch !!! Scratching the itches feels weird tho because it's numb but get the odd tingling and burning sensation but like to think that is all part of the healing process.

Posting a few pics post op today :)

1 week post op - pain level 4/10. Morning...

1 week post op - pain level 4/10. Morning everyone :) Didn't post yesterday as I had quite a tiring day and had my sister arrive from the Eastern Cape to help out :D

Yesterday I visited the PS in the morning for a change of dressings and removal of the couple of stitches around the lipo sites. Was a little disappointed that my cut was not as low as I had hoped but I am sure I will get a better idea once I am able to put my jeans back on. My belly button is looking good and the nurse advised me to, in a few more days, stick my finger into my belly button to press it in but I did read here on one of the reviews of someone sticking a marble in their bb and taping it down to get a nice shape ??? I am a bit freaked out by sticking my finger in there and as it is numb - it feels really weird and squishy !!

I was also measured up for my compression suit which appears to come from a company in the US (Marena.com) They specialise in medical compression suits. I should have mine by next week - hopefully because since I have my first dressings removed, I feel like my insides are rolling around and my cut is unstable so to be binded up will be great. Having the extra support it gives will also be welcome. I tried to lie on my side last night but my thighs are still very tender and my stomach felt like it was falling to the side as well so was soon lying on my back again.

Is anyone else suffering from headaches ??? I think it is a side effect from the anaesthetic or its emanating from my back and neck pain from lying on my back ??? I woke up at 2am this morning with a throbbing head and also having a few dizzy spells.....

I get weepy and have my ups and downs but they are mostly ups. Usually when I am tired or the meds are wearing off I have a bit of a wobbly. Nothing a little sleep can't fix :)

Posting a few more pics today

Day 10 Post Op - pain 0/10 :) Off the pain meds ....

Day 10 Post Op - pain 0/10 :) Off the pain meds ........ getting nice and straight. The Lipo sites on my thighs are still pretty tender but the bruising is subsiding and yellowing. Still quite sore to lie on my sides but I am able to for short periods which relieves my stiff neck. Almost there !! Haven't been online since day 7 as I have still been suffering with the headaches and yesterday after I had my binder fitted, I had a migraine attack so I was "man down" for most of the day. That has honestly been the worst part of this whole procedure, can you believe it !?!??! I am almost having no pain around the tummy just discomfort but it is totally bearable.

The binder from Marena.com is awesome, the fabric is so soft and very comfortable. They are from the U.S of A of so if you are looking for comfortable good quality take a look at their website. I am feeling much more stable and supported in the binder. Sleeping with it on is weird but it does help when lying on my side to hold everything together and in place.

My belly button was still a little Oozy yesterday but nothing to worry about. Changing the dressing every couple of days and putting some Bactroban on to keep any germs out.

I am up and about a lot more now, getting back into the kitchen and getting dressed everyday. Must say a shower and getting dressed does take it out of me so it little tasks at a time.

My sister is flying back to her home tomorrow so that is very depressing. It has been so lovely having her here to help out.

I am going into the office on Sunday to do the Salaries. I think I am up to going back to work for a couple of hours a day to start with and will probably be back full time from 1 August.

Still No regrets ......... looking and feeling good. Will post pics in a week or so when the swelling has come down a bit more and there is hopefully a noticeable difference since the last pics taken on day 6.

Post Op Day 12 - PAIN LEVEL ZERO :) Still no pain...

Post Op Day 12 - PAIN LEVEL ZERO :) Still no pain meds and feeling great. Popped into the office yesterday for about 3 hours. Wasn't too bad but felt after sitting for a while, I battled to straighten up again. Still pulling and tight around the tummy to be 100 % straight - will just have to be patient. So I will be going back to work tomorrow. Haven't driven yet but think I am ready ...... is there any comment on how soon you should be back behind the wheel ??

Feeling really good about my flat tum and keep looking at myself in the mirror - it's so good to be able to wear tight fitting tops and T-shirts again without having to hide my muffin top :) The rewards are going to be great and I am looking forward to getting active again. Will probably start walking on the treadmill this week - still having lower back pain when I am up and about for too long so will take it slow to start.

Posted a Post Op Day 12 pic - loving the new me. ...

Posted a Post Op Day 12 pic - loving the new me. Back at work today and all went okay. Work mornings only so it wasn't too bad. Found myself browsing through Lingerie catalogues and looking forward to buying some new underwear and a new bikini. Roll on Summer .........Yeah :)

Two Weeks and 1 day Post Op - still on the upside...

Two Weeks and 1 day Post Op - still on the upside and doing well :) Did any of you have "porridge brain" after your surgery ?? I seem to be forgetting things and repeating myself LOL !!! I put stuff away and forget where I have put it :X haha I am putting it down to anaethesia amnesia :D Also dropping things and we all know how hard it is to bend over and pick things up !?!??! Oh well my hubby and kids are getting a kick out of seeing me down on all fours LOL ....

I managed to put my Micropore strips on a bit tight on Sunday so felt really uncomfortable and pulled at until I changed them again Monday night. I am trying to leave them undisturbed for as long as possible - specially while there are still scabs along the scar line... my PS said to try and leave them, as everytime you pull the tape off, it stresses the scar and one should allow the scabs to fall off when they are ready too and not pick at them .... dying to see what it will look like once it has healed completely and scab free.

My belly button is still protrusive and tender to the touch. Was a bit red on Sunday but I put some Bactroban on and redressed it and it seems to be getting less sensitive.

Yesterday I took the plunge and watched a video of the tummy tuck procedure on YouTube. I did not want to see anything before the procedure for fear of being put off. My advice would be to all those who are Post Op to watch one ...... mainly to see exactly what was done and for you all to realise that this is a MAJOR surgery and our bodies have been subjected to huge manipulation and shock especially with LIPO having been done too. We tend to think it's a case of being cut open and stapled closed again. So NOT THE CASE .... and we rush to get back to normal and think that once the surface area has closed and the scar is healing that we are good to go ...... We MUST REMEMBER that there is so much more to heal under that scar and it takes time for our skin to reattach itself to the muscle underneath. There are nerve endings and blood vessels to repair and the area where this all has to happen is from directly under the rib cage all the way down to our pubic area.

You all probably thinking .........what does this chick know only 15 days post op ??? LOL well I have been reading a lot of reviews and have got rather despondent and depressed reading them and anxious about the months of recovery ahead !!! So many woman complain of 3 or 4 months down the line suddenly having wounds split open or healing lopsided, suddenly out of the blue swelling up again, and experiencing tightening. Well my opinion is that a lot of these people have forgotten that it takes 6 - 12 months for a full recovery and we should not be rushing back to the gym, doing ab excercises and picking up stuff for at least 6 months. I am not talking no exercise at all but taking it easy and gradually introducing physical activity back into our bodies. I have made a promise to myself that I am going to "listen" to my PS and my body, prepare myself for a long recovery and take one day at a time. I am a "balls to the wall" kinda girl and if I put my mind to something, I can usually stick to it. Sometimes it is to my detriment, I have started diets (Body 4 Life) and excercise regimes and done nothing in "half measures" and have ended up having seizures and body breakdowns due to the stress I put myself through. So over the years, I have learnt that I can't push myself too far or too quickly.

I joined Weighless about 6 years ago as I was 8kg overweight. Over 4 months I reached my goal weight and lost 2kg extra just for good measure. I managed to stay at my goal weight right up until a year ago and then I started to climb 2 or 3 kg's over - that was when I decided to get my surgery and kick my ass back into gear. There is NO WAY I am gonna put my body through this traumatic surgery only to put the weight back on and start all over again so "watch this space" ....

Apologies for rambling on ... just wanted to get my feelings out there on paper and to share my thoughts with all of you here on Realself. My hubby can't understand why I spend so much time on here LOL .... He also asked why I keep taking photos of my progress etc ... one day I will have to tell him, I have recorded my progess on the internet for all and sundry to see ;) I know how much these reviews and personal accounts have inspired me and I just want to give something back to the Realself Community. Have a kickass day all and those going through surgery today goodluck and hang in there !

Day 17 Post Op - Plodding along and it's...

Day 17 Post Op - Plodding along and it's definitely not Sunny in SA. We have had the most snow recorded in KZN in 10 years this week causing major traffic jams around the province. Not only snow but torrential rain too which is so not usual for this time of year. Snow here is not very common so we are not prepared and don't have the equipment (snow plows etc.) to clear the roads etc. So the main pass between Johannesburg and Durban was closed for 3 days so basically no one can move LOL ... and transport comes to a standstill.

Okay enough of the weather, I am feeling good today. Definitely an up and down rollercoaster this recovery process..... after my last post I had a down day, felt really tight and swollen and hadn't done any excessive anything... my routine hasn't changed at all so it is frustrating to think you are getting better and WHAM you get hit with some swelling and pulling. The emotions were also running high and you couldn't say boo to me without me breaking down in tears LOL - one can only laugh when you look back at how ridiculous it is :)

One thing I also forgot to mention in my last post when I was rambling on about recovery and how we need to realise that there is no quick fix, is how importanat our Binders are and exactly what their function is. I read in a lot of reviews that Post Op TT'ers toss their binders anywhere from 3 weeks Post Op. That is INSANE ....... Like I said if you watch a video on the Tummy Tuck procedure you will see how your entire torso is lifted,scraped out, lippoed, stretched and then sewn back together. The outside incision starts to close and heal within a couple of weeks after surgery but the layers underneath, as you can imagine have to knit back and the skin has to reattach itself to the muscle underneath.

My PS explained that the binder's (which should fit nice and snug and even a little tight) main function is to assist the body, skin and muscle to "glue" back together and in the "right place". This of course takes time and here in SA we are encouraged and advised to wear a binder 24hrs a day for at least 6 months post op !!!!!!!! You can imagine that if you toss your binder away after a month or so, the body has not healed completely underneath your scar and if you start getting active and moving about, you risk unattaching what is trying to set underneath and can result in "lopsided" healing and swelling on one side or in one area. Basically we want an even incision and for everything to fit back in the right place so I urge everyone to persist with their binders and buy the right one for you. Mine is so comfy it feels like a second skin so I have no prob wearing it all day and sleeping in it too. If the swelling subsides and your binder is getting loose, then you should get a smaller to keep your tummy nice and tight and secure. It just makes sense to take this advice....... Use it or Lose It :)

Okay all, have a great weekend. Happy Recoveries !!! Will post some more pics this weekend if my swelling improves.

Later x

Day 19 Post Op - Good Morning Peeps - well it's...

Day 19 Post Op - Good Morning Peeps - well it's midday here .... love a lie in on a Sunday morning. Just had a shower and taken some pics of my binder and day 19 body as per requests :)

Belly button is looking better, think I am going to do the marble thing now to help "deepen" the hole (I read on someone's review that they stuck a marble in their BB and then taped it up and it helped to form a nice suncken hole"). Honestly I would prefer mine to have been more verticle than round in appearance but I guess we can't have it all !!! At least the scab has fallen off and is nice and pinkish in colour so it's a good sign of healing in progress.

I haven't taken off my strips on the main incision yet as I have a check up with my PS 2moro and don't want to have to manhandle it too much beforehand. Will try get a pic of that 2moro and I am hoping more of the scabs will have fallen off. In general I am very happy with the way it looked on day 12.

So tonight we get to go out for dinner and a show with some friends. I am so looking forward to it as I've been kinda home bound besides work, since the surgery. We are going to "Madame Zingara" which is an adult circus /fantasy show. Google it if you like :) We went a couple of years ago and it was awesome..... Not sure what to wear tho as my clothes are still a little too tight around the waist and it feels weird with the numbness too. I am not doing too much today so that tonight I am not too tired or swollen.

As I have mentioned before, my binder is like a second skin and available from Marena.com which I think is based in the States ? It is really comfortable and soft against the skin and what's great is the side hooks and eyes and the zippers too... you don't have to pull the garment up over your incision like so many of the other corsets/shapewear on the market. You do it up alternating one hook at a time so it is really easy and painless to put on. I tried to put on one of my own corsets I had prior to surgery and it was too tight and difficult to get over my waist without pulling at the incision site. I was so keen to start wearing something that would help with the swelling and compression before my proper binder arrived but found it just too painful to put on.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend ladies. Take care.

Hey Hey 3 weeks post op today and feeling like I...

Hey Hey 3 weeks post op today and feeling like I can stand up 100 % straight .....LOL well that will probably change by this evening but here's hoping :D

Need to ask a question, if anyone can answer, I have been looking up the silicone strips for scar treatment ?? They don't seem to be available in South Africa and I would have to order them online. With the exchange rate, the places on the web I have looked at, these things are pricey man !!!! The websites I have looked at also don't really say how long the strips last, whether you can bath/shower/swim etc. Can you skin breathe under them ?? Do they work like Micropore or better ?? I can get Micropore here and am busy using a product called Hyperfix and wonder whether I should even bother with the Silicone strips ?? Some advice in this area would be great.

Yikes, my lipo sites are still tender !!! Even tho I can sleep on my sides, when I turn over, my thighs burn like hell as if to say "well thanks for that pressure" LOL .... The bruising is 98 % gone on the surface but clearly they are still pissed at me for abusing them inside. So I will just grimace quietly and be patient. Can almost lie flat on my bed, have reduced the pillows under my legs from 2 to 1 so we'll see how that goes.

As I mentioned in my first post, I didn't really tell many people about my surgery but it is amazing how word gets around .......... LOL when I pick up my boy from school I get friends/people trying to take a peek at me without making it look obvious, but the first thing they do is look down at my tum :)

I haven't really been dressing to show off and in fact am trying to hide for now until all the swelling has gone down and I can fit into all my skinny jeans and I can walk tall and reveal all. Plastic Surgery here in SA is still quite taboo and not many people advertise they are going to go "under the knife". Yeah we have plenty boob reductions, augmentations/lifts but I know of only THREE other people who have undergone a tummy tuck !!! That is why this site has been so helpful and I get to see and hear from 100's of people who have gone through it. We also don't have a Plastic Surgeon on every street corner in every town like the US LOL..... so we have to choose wisely and "wait in line". I know my PS is fully booked up until January 2012 and that is just for an initial consult !!!! Thank the Pope, I got in early and was able to have my TT/Lipo/MR within 2 months of consulting.

Okay I am rambling again .... Artsy Girl hope your surgery is going well today and to any others on the table today, best of luck.

1 Month & 3 days PO - Okay Okay, so I admit, ...

1 Month & 3 days PO - Okay Okay, so I admit, @ 15 days I didn't know much LOL !!!! I hear you all now, I am getting cabin fever, I want to get active, back to gym and back on the golf course and it is just not happening :( .......... I am still being a good girl, listening to my body, resting everyday with my feet up and keeping my gorgeous compression garment on 24/7. My hips are sticking out .... more than ever, I feel fat and guilty that I am not doing anything .... okay so maybe I am walking on the treadmill @ a snails pace.... .like 1 mile in 15 min lol .... hardly working up a sweat !!!! Oh and did I mention the NUMBNESS ???? and pulling..... freaking me out !!!!!!!! Surely I should be feeling more together now ??? Well at least I can have a good sneeze now without having to hold my waist LOL ... so that is progress :)

So no pics at this point, cos I feel ugly and my scar is very red and "angry" looking, also looking a bit skew now ...... higher on one side than the other ??!! From a couple of other reviews, this seems to be the norm and we are all hoping and praying that this is not the "final outcome" ..... My earlier pic - I think at Day 12 looked great and now I am thinking wtf !!!! I don't look like that now ......... my hips are bigger :( The numbness is worse than before, can't feel a thing around my BB and my sides are all weird too ... I know I have been on the right track so there is no way any damage has been done !?!?! I found a disolving stitch sticking out in the middle of my incision.... when I tugged at it, it just broke away but then a spot of blood (yellowish) appeared almost immediately ......... and I was wondering like how can this ooze at this late stage of my recovery !???!! Anyway it lasted all of 10 secs and disappeared LOL ... have seen nothing since :)

Only good thing I have to say is that when I look down when I am standing up, I see boobs and then the belt of my jeans, with nothing in between, which means my tum is nice n flat and hiding like a gem :) BUT don't look at me from the side or straight on LOL ....... that shape just does not look hot to me .... I keep pushing my hips in hoping they will just stay there.......so hopefully in time they will listen !!! Have a fab weekend peeps and keep smiling :D :D :D :D

6 Weeks Post Op : Another week has gone by and I...

6 Weeks Post Op : Another week has gone by and I am feeling a whole lot better since my last post. Went up to the mountains on the weekend and did a lovely walk/hike - nothing too hectic but enough to get fresh mountain air in my lungs and feel invigorated. Feeling much better and happier now that I can get about a little more :) Swelling seems to be settling down and I am still wearing my binder night and day. Hoping to take more pics in the morning of my scar and me in my pre op jeans. Feeling pretty good in my T-shirts and jeans :) Hope all those who have been through surgery this week are doing well. Back 2moro with pics !!!

Jumped ahead of myself last week when I posted...

Jumped ahead of myself last week when I posted more pics. Those are actually 6 weeks post op and not 7 !!! So I am 7 weeks today. Nothing new to report, just madly scratching the itching ... feels really weird and numb still around my BB and trying to scratch an itch on the incision isn't easy... get funny shocks. I am still applying the Micropore tape but have started with a little Essentia A on my scars from the drains, just to see how they cope and whether there is any positive change. Doc said only to apply from 12 weeks PO ?? Are any of you applying scar treatment now around 7 weeks??

So tomorrow I am getting back on the golf course. A little nervous but even if I just get to hit a few balls and see how far I get. I am not into pushing myself too soon so will see how I go. Summer is approaching and it is 36 degrees today !!! Can't wait to get some colour on this body, I am lily white from the winter. Just wondering how I am going to sweat in this binder on the golf course 2moro !!! Will let you know ..... have a super day all

Morning everyone. 10 weeks Post Op and feeling...

Morning everyone. 10 weeks Post Op and feeling great. Still wearing my binder and am now cycling and playing golf. My scar is very red and tender at the moment so I am still applying the Micropore Tape and massaging with Essentia A. I tried Bio Oil and it was stinging my skin and made the redness worse. I also found it very oily despite it saying it was not on the packaging. I am going to have laser to remove some of the pubic hair just below my scar as my hairline is much higher now than it was before. I am wondering if having laser so close to my scar will affect it in anyway and if it too soon to be exposing it to laser ??? I am having it done at my PS's office so I am sure they will advise me on that. Hope the rest of you are doing well ?? Seems those who had their procedures around the same time as me have also not updated lately ?!?!?

The updates are getting further and further apart....

The updates are getting further and further apart. I am doing great, scar still itches like mad and is still quite red. Still wearing my binder most days but have stopped sleeping in it. Did a cycle race last weekend and had lots of fun. Feeling confident and happy. I have been a bad girl as far as my diet and exercise is concerned so my hips are still feeling fat but I know its not from surgery failure, its because I am not eating properly. I love my wine too much and I am living life to the full. Our summer is taking its time so haven't really been out in a bikini yet. I will post some pics soon but I reckon I looked better at 9 days Post Op LOL !!! Really need a kick up the jack to get going ......... Haven't spent all this money just to put all the rolls back on my belly !!! Ahoy till next time x
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Please note that my surgery was done in a Private Hospital. I had 2 consults prior to surgery with my surgeon where I was fully informed of the procedure, risks etc. I never saw my surgeon on the day of surgery until I was wheeled into theatre and was checked on by her once a day post op as is the norm here in South Africa. The staff at the hospital do all the post operative care and they were brilliant. My surgeon has given me her contact number should I have any problems or questions but 3 days post op I have not had the need to contact her. I will see her again on Monday for dressing changes etc. I found her extremely approachable and professional in every way and she is highly respected in my area. The price of private hospital care here in South Africa is very expensive and I would say that the Theatre and Hospital fees cover the bulk of the total cost. Fortunately I did not spend as much time as predicted in theatre so the total cost would be around $6200 for the TT and Lipo.

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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Please give me the number for your dr as I am considering doing a TT and am in Durban
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You have had great results as well. Looks great.
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Hi Robyn, I have just posted post op pics.....
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You are looking great Ma. I did post on your profile this morning :)
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Hi Robyn, I am from South Africa Gauteng. I have 2 children aged 6 and 4. I am 2.5kg above my required weight which should be 65kg. I will be seing the 2nd PS on Thursday this week. I cannot wait, I had the lipo procedure in 2009 on my lower abdomen,thighs and hips. The results were good except for my abd. I went back to my PS after 6 months and he told me that women are just fine with that "pouch" and I should not be worried. This has been worrying me since then as I am NOT happy with the appearance of my stomach, it seperates into two folds when I am sitting and bulges on the side. This is realy affecting my self esteem and intimacy. Whenever hubby wants to play and cuddle up I move his hands away from my stomach as I feel so uncomfortable with him touching these "rolls" on my tummy. I made up my mind last year already to have a TT and lipo on my back and flanks but did not have the courage to see a PS as the previous one had told me not to worry about the "pouch". You look great hey!!
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Hey Robyn, glad to hear you're doing well!
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Glad to see your update and that you're doing well and "living life" to the fullest! I haven't had a drop of wine since 4 days before my surgery and I MISS IT! I plan on having a glass to celebrate my 6 week po visit!
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You look great....I too am back to normal routine but I swell after every run. I wear my binder when running but otherwise I am binder free.
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hi hun, you're looking fab. Can't believe how different you look in your jeans. You must be feeling wonderful. I won't be updating until after I see my PS at the end of the month. I've got too much on my mind to update and I don't want to depress everyone into having to read how i'm feeling. but I'll be updating at the end of next week once I've "had it out" with my PS.
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Anmarie, I just read your last two updates. Omgosh I am sorry you feel the way you do. Your symptoms do indicate some signs of "depression" - I hope you will chat to your PS about that too. Chin up girl and honestly, I think you look great, you have so much to be thankful for on the other hand, if you want more, then you must do what makes YOU happy. Stay strong and focus on the positive :)
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Robyn, can't believe you made it to 10 weeks...looking great!
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Hi Robyn. Haven't commented for a while. Been struggling with the healing/pain. I just ordered that compression binder you show in yr pics. Hope I love it as much as you did. I tried a spanx I had and was in too much pain. This one seems higher so I hope that does it.

How are you doing?
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Looking good!!!
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Hurray for getting back into the jeans...NICE!

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I enjoyed your blog so very much. What a terrific lady you are.
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Thank u kindly Momie. Glad you enjoyed reading it :)
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Did the swell in the hip go down?
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Hi Fie, Yes, swelling is coming down but still has it's good and bad days :) Hope you are doing okay ?
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Your bod is rockin and look at those little legs...were you complaining about those? If the answer is yes please don't look at my pics lol. I swear we are mean to ourselves beyond reason. When I used to look down I had these rediculous boobs or what used to be boobs hanging there and a mushy belly with a totally hidden bellybutton. Now I love the boobs and can hardly see the belly so of course I'm going "OMG how did my thighs get so nasty?" It's unreal how we see ourselves. We made smart moves having these surgeries and we are healing and we should have chocolate and wine when we want and get our butts moving with whatever workouts we love when it's safe to do it. What we really need to do is be as kind to ourselves mentally as we are to each other on this site...wouldn't that be sweet?? You look amazing honestly!!! DOn't push or feel like you should be doing what someone else is just keep following your own body and what it's showing and telling you. :)
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You're absolutely right Mom .....learn to love ourselves and our bodies :) and we have reason to after having this surgery. Tks for your kind words and compliments you made my day x As to the exercise, I am so listening to my body ...... as frustrating as it is. This too shall pass ...
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It will pass and you will be able to do as you please. It's going to be awsome when you begin to feel as awsome as you are looking!!
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Hi Robyn, I think Annmarie was right when she said we all seem to be suffering with the huge hip thingy at the moment. I know I certainly am. My hips were quite slim before surgery but look and feel really fat now, hard to tell if its swelling or just fat from being unable to exercise. I will be so glad when I can get back to doing something, not a big gym fan but I have two lovely dogs who I usually walk two or three miles daily, we are all missing it at the moment.
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Hi Sassy, yes if we can just do some walking in the fresh air from time to time to lift the spirits we can get through this. Hang in there, we are all in the same boat it seems so at least we have this platform to air our grumps and support each other :)
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Hey Girlie!

Walking on the treadmill is a very good thing!  Keep that up at the snails pace.  You will be glad later.

As for the numbness and pulling...grrr!   I do understand how annoying that can be but it's all part of this process.  We have to take the good and the bad with this procedure!   I am 16 months post op and still have these issues.  But try not to look at them as bad.  It is what it is and the tummy is flat and that trumps everything else.

Mine has improved over the months but still there.  The only part that really bothers me now if the itching thing.  I can feel that I have an itch but can't feel when I scratch it.  Nutso!

You look beautiful so just hang on and this will all pass.  

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Aaah tks Kimmers ..... the thought of still having these weird sensations a year down the line scares the crap out of me but you are right, a flat tummy with no more stretch marks trumps the numbness :) Just gotta keep my chin up and look forward to summer !!! Have a stunning day x
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