1 year post scar revision & 1 month post dog ear removal - New Photos at end!!

I am 40 years old, had 2 children and was left...

I am 40 years old, had 2 children and was left with saggy loose skin. I had my tummy tuck with muscle repair 10 months ago on 4/8/11. I am very happy with how my tummy looks. I was, however, left with a very thick scar and a dog ear (skin that sticks out at the end of the incision). Most of the scar is very thick and also goes up higher - about 2 inches - on my right side where the dog ear is. The scar is still pink and raised in that area and thick towards the bottom. The other side (the end four inches on my left side) is a perfect, light, thin line and low. My PS said that the reason for the thick red part of the scar was tension and pulling too early in the healing process. On 3/23/12, at 11 1/2 months post op, I will be having my revision surgery. It will be outpatient, I will not be asleep during surgery. The surgery involves cutting out the old scar and stitching back the skin into a very thin line. The dog ear is removed by cutting it out and stitching the skin together. He will also lower the part of my scar that is a few inches too high. He said it is not anywhere as bad as recovery from TT. I still have to be careful as I don't want to put tension on the new scar! I have posted my photos from 6 months post op. I will also post new before and after photos and update as I recover. I am very excited to finally see my after body - yes one year later! I did not realize this process would take so long, but I know it will be worth it!

I went in early this morning for my scar revision...

I went in early this morning for my scar revision and dog ear removal. It went well and now I am home. I took before photos, but will post them tomorrow. I am 11 & 1/2 months post op. So glad to finally get the finishing touches!

So anyone going in for just dog ear removal will not have surgery like this - that is an in office 15 min. procedure. My surgery took place in the hospital & took about 1/2 hr, 45 min. I was asleep. My PS cut out my old scar on the surface, not deep layers, and removed the dog ears. He then stitched it up into a thin line. He also said he was planning on lowering the scar, so I hope he was able to do that, because even my higher bikinis showed the scar on one end and between the thick high scar and the lumpy dog ear, it just did not look good! I am very happy with my tummy tuck though - he did a great job. I havent had a chance to look at my scar because I am wearing a binder & a layer of cotton over steri-strips. I am dying to see it though, but also afraid. My biggest fear is that I will put tension on my scar again & it will stretch out again.

I feel great, a little sore. I am taking percocet. I woke up from surgery a little nauseas and in pain near the incision, but the nurse gave me meds right away and I felt better within 10 minutes. Now I am eating, resting & had my coffee.

My hubby has been home all day and will take care of me and the kids all weekend, so I am so happy!

Apparently this is about a 4 day recovery. I plan on returning to work on Wednesday. But I really have to watch that tension on my scar this time!

I will update and add pictures tomorrow!

It has been 3 days since my scar revision. I...

It has been 3 days since my scar revision. I still have not seen the scar line, so I do not know if it is thin. The dog ear lumps are gone & my hips have a nice smooth contour which I am so happy about! You can see the before with the lump and the after photo with it nice and smooth! I am still sore, but am able to get up and do things. I do make sure to rest though.

I have added new before and after photos and as soon as the steri-strip comes off, I will post photos of my scar as it heals.

I will be 1 week post revision tomorrow. My...

I will be 1 week post revision tomorrow. My steri-strip tape fell off this past week, so I saw my scar line. It is so much nicer looking and very thin! The one side still goes up higher, but it is very thin at least. The dog ear is gone, but I am very swollen now - I cannot button my jeans and I have been eating so healthy - definately swelling! I am also very very bruised & yellow. The one side where my dog ear was is more swollen than my other, so it will go down. I am rubbing neosporin on it 2 times per day, covering it with gauze & wearing my spanx garment because it puts pressure on my scar & keeps it closed. I am back to work & the ladies have been wonderful keeping me from lifting - my job has lots of heavy lifting, but I am able to do other stuff, so that is good. I am glad tomorrow is Friday so I can rest again. No pain at all. Took my last percocet Sunday morning & nothing since then. Just careful how I move & lift so I don't seperate or strain my scar. Very happy I did this! Saw my ps today & he said everything healing great!

I am 2 weeks today post scar revision & 2 days...

I am 2 weeks today post scar revision & 2 days away from being 1 year post op tt. I am still quite swollen & have to wear my compression garment. The swelling is above the incision the most.

I love how thin the line is! The updated pictures do not show as nice as it looks in real life, because I am still red & swollen. It looks worse than it actually is. Also marks on my tummy are from my garment. Bruising is almost gone. The swelling is on my sides as well.

The only part that really bothers me is the scar goes up high on one side still & looks so ugly in a swimsuit. I really hope it fades nicely, I don't know what it is with that side, but it seems to scar worse than my other side (where the scar is lower). Also the dog ear may not be fully gone, it still lumps out from the back. There is improvement in it, but I am hoping it is just swelling. I, again, have to be patient, which is so hard because I thought I would be past this & posting my 1 year bikini shots by now! Instead I am still recovering. I have been keeping my incision moist & covered - as I read that is the best way to heal a wound.

I will keep you updated.

So I am 3 weeks today post scar revision. No new...

So I am 3 weeks today post scar revision. No new photos, but I will take some next week on my 1 month post revision. It is healing so beautifully. My ps did something with my bellybutton - pulled it down or something, because it looks so nice! Before it had a weird look, like a pulled up look to it, strange. Anyway, he told me he fixed it. I really notice it. I also notice that there is no loose skin at all now. I think he pulled that a bit too when he fixed the scar. The last thing I notice is the dog ear IS gone!!!! Yay!! I noticed this week that, although still swollen, the lump has gone down significantly! I know that when it all heals, the bump will be gone.

I love so much the thin even line of my new incision! I still rub vaseline on it 2 times per day & still keep it covered & wear my compression garment. I also try to massage the scar as I heard it is very important in healing well. I did not keep up with that last time, so I am determined to do it this time. I started wearing Scar fx silicone sheets a few nights ago. Since the scar is not an open wound anymore, I purchased one in the 1" x 21" size & cut it to fit my scar. It goes on nice & sticky & stays on all night! I only wear it at night. Every morning that I take it off, I notice that there is better healing with my skin. I will definately document all that. The annoying thing is my camera does not capture it as well as in real life, but I will still post photos. I believe in the scar sheets, have researched them, my ps recommends them, so for the next 3 months (or more if needed) I will wear this one every night at bedtime. They say you wash it with soap & water & it gets sticky again. Some sheets I heard peel off or are hard to use or need tape to stick, but this one is so easy. Just stick it on & it stays put each night. Wash it once a week & it stays sticky. Perfect. Bought it on amazon. com for $44.00. So worth it I think!

So next week you will see my new pictures at 1 month post revision!

So worth it!!! Would do it again!!

I am very happy with my results - I just have had...

I am very happy with my results - I just have had a crazy few weeks. Devastated that my dog was diagnosed with cancer & had to be put down all within 3 weeks. We only had him 2 years. We adopted him at 8. He seemed so healthy until then & it was a complete shock. We made the difficult decision to put him down a week from this past thursday. Dealing with grief & my kids grief. I can't believe how much I miss him. I promised pics, but this is the last thing on my mind these days, so I will post pics when I am ready. I just looked at my before photos & cannot believe the difference. I really will make a point to post pictures. It is really a nice difference from before photos.

It is almost 2 months since my scar revision. I...

It is almost 2 months since my scar revision. I am very happy I did it. The line is much thinner & I know it will fade with time. Right now it is red, which is normal at this stage of healing. I have heard that it is its worst at 4 months & then gets better with time. I have posted new pictures! Very very happy!!

I use a handheld massager on my scar a few times a day, rub vaseline lotion on it & at night use a silicone strip.

I am sorry to have been off this site for quite a...

I am sorry to have been off this site for quite a few months. I think i needed a break from tummy tucks, etc. i will say that although i love my results & do not regret my decision, i am a bit frustrated that both my dog ears are still there & the scar at the bottom (after scar revision surgery) has stretched out again & still looks awful. I just hope that it will fade in time. I must be an awful scar healer! I am due to see my ps this month & will have the remaining dogears removed again, this time for good i hope! It has been a long road & it is very frustrating to still have to hide my dog ears & scar when i wear a bikini - 2nd summer since initial surgery!! ugh! I just want to see a smooth contour when i look at myself. my laptop broke & was without it for a month so i dont have pictures yet, but i will post as soon as i can.

Forgot to add that it has been 1 & 1/2 years since...

forgot to add that it has been 1 & 1/2 years since tummy tuck & 7 months since scar & dog ear revision surgery.

I went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar...

i went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar revision & he told me it will probably go down on its own (i really doubt it). i told him it really bothers me & he popped some steristrips on them, gave me a ton of them to take home & told me to come back in february. if they are still there he will cut them out. ugh. 4 or 5 more months of looking at the ugly lumps. very frustrating. i just cannot wait until this revision stuff is over - so 2 years post tummy tuck when i can finally see my final results. since he wont fix it until feb/march i will also have to spend my 3rd summer since my surgery hiding the scar from the sun - it pops out about an inch or 2 from the top of my bikini bottom. oh well, still no regrets at all. i am so glad that my actual tummy, muscles & skin all look good - i am happy for that at least!

I went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar...

i went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar revision & he told me it will probably go down on its own (i really doubt it). i told him it really bothers me & he popped some steristrips on them, gave me a ton of them to take home & told me to come back in february. if they are still there he will cut them out. ugh. 4 or 5 more months of looking at the ugly lumps. very frustrating. i just cannot wait until this revision stuff is over - so 2 years post tummy tuck when i can finally see my final results. since he wont fix it until feb/march i will also have to spend my 3rd summer since my surgery hiding the scar from the sun - it pops out about an inch or 2 from the top of my bikini bottom. oh well, still no regrets at all. i am so glad that my actual tummy, muscles & skin all look good - i am happy for that at least!

I posted on my TT review too. I wanted to let you...

I posted on my TT review too. I wanted to let you know how I am doing 9 months after my scar revision. I know I previously posted that I have a dog ear that still needs to be reviewed, so I will update you after I get it fixed. That is just a simple office visit, so it should be fine.

My scar has healed the most this past month or so - I have noticed more changes. It was at its worst 3 - 4 months post revision. It was red/purple. Now part of it is a thin white line & the bottom part is almost skin color & a bit pink. I am so thrilled & loving my results. I have gained a few pounds from holiday yummies, but I can shed it within a week of healthy eating. I eat healthy 95% of the time & exercise daily, so no problem.

I am not using the silicone strips anymore, but comparing to the way my initial TT scar healed, it seems that they made a difference. This scar was not ropy or raised. I wore the strips every night for 6 months. Now I am just rubbing Palmers cocoa butter oil on it a few times a day, that is all. I also often massaged my scar with a plug in muscle massager & I really think that helped break up the scar tissue, causing it to heal faster & flat. I did not do that after my initial surgery. I also did not use good scar strips after my initial surgery, they were cheap ones that were not even thick & rubbery like the one that I used this time. I was able to wash it after a few wearings & it stuck right back on perfectly for 6 months!! So from experience healing a scar 2 times - I recommend massage & silicone scar sheets. I got mine from Amazon - Scar fx - a long thin strip that I had to cut down to size to fit my scar. 1" x 21" size. It was about $45 if I remember right, but lasted forever.

I will keep updating my progress, so look for my update at the end of next month after my dog ear removal!

PS: Look at the thick ropy scar in the first photo! That was almost a year after my TT! Now, 9 months after my revision, it looks nothing like that! I can imagine how it will be in about a year! Also, some may not know but if you double click the photos you can see them larger & read all the captions too.

So as you know, it is almost a year since my scar...

So as you know, it is almost a year since my scar was revised & dog ears removed. After a few weeks of healing I noticed that the dog ear was not fully gone & have been waiting what feels like forever until I can have it removed. It will be my 2 year anniversary since of my TT on April 8 2011. The dog ear was so ugly & stuck out & was very noticable & I had to pull one side of my bikini higher the past 2 summers to hide it. It was protruding very much before the first removal & noticably enough after.

I am so happy to say that this past Wednesday I went in & had it removed. I am of course, a little nervous that it will come back & with good reason. The last time my dog ear was removed I was swollen & it looked like it was gone (see photos) for a few weeks & as the swelling went down I noticed another lump. This has been the longest healing process although I am still 110% happy that I had my TT & would do it again.

This time the procedure was done while I was awake - My PS numbed the area. I had it done in an out-patient same day surgery facility (not in his office like some PS do). I was able to drive myself there & home & even went back to work that day. I have never been awake for a surgery & it was so weird! I felt the pressure of the cutting at first, but it wasnt pain, just a weird sensation. Then felt nothing as he worked on it. Then he closed me up & I was done - I would say it took about 20 minutes total from beginning to end. It did not hurt at all until around 8 p.m. when I swelled up like a balloon & there was a little bleeding & quite a bit of pain. I had a whole bottle of oxycodone (sp?) from my scar revision last year & I took a tablet at bedtime. I also put ice on it immediately. That all helped & I slept fine. When I woke up the pain was gone & swelling down but I packed ice on it all day & wore my compression garment. I went to work, but had to be careful. By the end of each day so far I have been quite swollen, but that is to be expected. I am also bruised. I cannot see the incision line because I have tape over it. You can see by the latest photos how swollen I am on one side compared to the other. I am praying that when that swelling goes down I find a nice flat incision. I really cannot imagine waiting another year & going through another summer hiding a dog ear!! I will do my best to think positive!

I have posted photos & will keep posting more as I heal. On another note, my scar is healing very nicely. You have to look very closely to see a faint white line. The bottom middle is still healing, not a white line yet, but I am sure it will be soon.

3 weeks post dog ear removal. I added a few new...

3 weeks post dog ear removal. I added a few new photos - they are at the end - click to see larger.

I saw my PS last week, he said everything looks good. Scar healed so thin & beautifully, cant even see it! I kept steri-strip on it 2 weeks, maybe that helped.

I do have a lump, but it is hard & is what my PS called a "pocket of blood". It was very large when I saw him last week. I went home that day & used my heated massager on it & the next morning I woke up to it half size smaller! Each day I use the massager 2 times for 5 minutes. Every morning it is smaller than the day before. You can see the lump in the photo at 4 days post op. Now it is very small & I am hoping that it does not turn into a dog ear. Last year at 3 weeks post op, my dog ear was gone, but came back, so I am not in the clear yet! I will keep massaging & hope for the best!

Ok, so 1 month post dog ear removal & 2 years this...

Ok, so 1 month post dog ear removal & 2 years this coming 4/8 since my TT surgery. I am very happy - I can't believe the difference in swelling. I feel that the dog ear is finally gone. The last pictures are how it looks now. I love my curves - love how low the scar is - those marks you see in photos are not of my scar - they are just marks from my jeans pressing on my skin. I am wearing my lowest bikini underwear & you cannot see my scar! The part of the scar on the one side that goes higher will heal & fade & I am not worried at all now. I am massaging it every day & it looks like a very thin light line already. I am exercising again, eating right & starting to see my ab muscles show! I will keep updating as I heal & add a bikini shot soon! Thanks for your kind comments & for following my looonnng journey!

9 Months post 2nd dog ear revision on my tummy tuck

I have hesitated to update my review because I am carrying 10 extra pounds from my usual weight & I keep thinking I will just post update when I lose the weight. Through talking with another dear Real Selfer, I decided to add some photos. I always loved to see down the road updates myself, so here it is...

I think this summer was my worst as far as not looking like I wish in my bikinis/clothes. 10 lbs on me really shows in the flanks, thighs & arms, I am 5'3" so it shows more on me too, even a 5 lb gain shows. I don't look too bad in the photos, but believe me, none of my pants fit & it is visible to me. My tummy is a bit puffy, especially over the top of the scar on my right side. These photos make the scar look worse than it is because of the shadowing in my room, but it actually lightened up quite a bit. My 2 sides seem uneven, but when I lose the weight & am consistent with my workouts, it looks really good. I will not beat myself up over just 10 lbs. - one thing I am lucky about is that if I put my mind to it, I can lose the weight pretty quickly! With the holidays around the corner, I don't want to go into them with extra weight!

I started my workouts again this morning & am going to stick to them! I am also eating healthy & I will post the update after I get to my goal, hopefully next month!

My dog ear did not come back this time thankfully! I am so happy about that.

Hold on for photos - I am having trouble posting them but am working on it..

Photos...

Here are the photos. You can see my lower belly is rounded & puffy, but in a few weeks it will flatten out. Would you believe I still have a light bruise from 9 months ago?! That is the dark spot you see on my latest dog ear revision - it will fade, I heard it can take up to a year!
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Very happy with results now - did have to go through 2 revision surgeries (2nd only dog ear again), which is very rare, but thrilled with end result & happy to finally move on!

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4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Tummy tucks arent even worth the scar....
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Yes, you are trading one issue, saggy loose, wrinkly skin that is visible for a scar that will fade eventually & is hidden under swim bottoms. Personally I'll take the scar any day!! All about what makes you happy :)
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Very helpful, thank you
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You're welcome! I will update again soon, healing very well & very happy now!
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This is so helpful to me. So glad you posted your story!
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Thank you!! I have to update my reviews soon. I am going to be 3 years post TT on April 8th!
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Hi again, I was able to post a review of my dog ear revision. I posted the before pics so you can see what I started with before the revision. Hope you have a great day.
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Thanks for the most recent post! You look great, your scar is healing nicely with no dog ear. I have rec'd mixed reviews from various PS answering my question as to if my revision is still showing a dog ear or if i need lipo. Couple of PS's said it's probably swelling and should go down. Couple of Ps's say they see some fat and to wait two months then have it looked at. One said you still have excess and that I will need to have more skin removed in a few months. Yikes! They are all varying in their answers. I guess time is my best answer. I looked at my before pic and looking at it straight on from the side, it looks pretty flat compared to my before pic. I am try to add it to my profile...I don't know how so I will have to figure out how to do that. Talk to ya later.
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Hi Madison, sorry for so many questions. How did you massage your scars? Was it with a tool or by hand? How did you do it? Thanks. I promise this is the last question.
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Hi Madison, I don't know if you are still keeping up with these comments but I hope so. I am 49 years old and had a full TT done 12 yrs ago. I have had dog ears on both sides and my surgeon was going to charge me to fix it so I lived with them this long. I decided to get rid of them and had it done 1 week ago with another surgeon. I have been looking at your pics trying to gage my recovery with the timeframes of the pics you have posted. How long would you say it took for the swelling to completely go down? Also, your 2nd dog ear revision was that only on your left? Cause on one of your pics you refer to your dog ear but it looks like it was on your right? Thanks for taking time to post your recovery and pics. You pics are my go to source for gaging my recovery. Thank you..
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Hi! I swelled for at least 2 months after my dog ear revision. The worst was in the first 2 weeks. I had 2 revisions - first one took dog ears off both sides & thinned scar & a year later 2nd revision is on my right side. That was a stubborn dog ear! Now it is gone, but scar still there, it will take about a year before it fades to a white line. I do have to post pictures & an update soon. It has been 8 months since my revision. I am glad to help & let me know if you have any other questions! Hope you will be happy with your final results!
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Thank you for such a quick response. I want to get back to working out, my routine is 45 mins of cardio 6 times a week and weight training for 4-5 times a week. I was wondering how long you waited to work out again? I have gained 5lbs in a week (this is my 1st week after dog ear revision), I'm also premenstrual so I don't know if it's swelling or premenstrual or both? Thanks.
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Oh I was also wondering...when you have the final dog ear revision on your right side did you also have it liposuctioned? Just wondering why there was so much bruising? My dogear area looks like the one pic of yours (9mos post, when you noticed the dogear was back). However, I am 1wk post revision, can it be swelling?
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I waited about a month to work out again - I did do some walking, but waited a month for yoga, pilates, heavy workouts.  It could stretch out the scar & I was afraid of messing it up & causing the scar to open & heal bad.  I did a lot of walking though.  The 5 lb weight gain is most likely swelling & premenstrual.  Don't worry about that, you need to heal.  I know it is hard to not exercise & be patient though!  You could probably run light & carefully lift weights for your arms & carefully do squats if you really feel you need to work out.  As long as you don't put pressure or stretch your wound, it should be okay.  I did not have lipo during my revision, only during my original TT.  My first dog ear was very big & ugly - it sat so awful & he did not remove enough.  After the revision it still stuck out quite a bit, enough where it was just ugly, unnatural & noticable.  I guess he had to take a huge chunk out & extend the scar a few inches further.   I do bruise very easily - the crazy thing is, I still have a very faint bruise, very faint, but I still see it now, 8 months later!!  I had it darker all summer long & could not believe it.  Even with massage it did not go away.  I looked it up & found out it is actually not so rare for that to happen & eventually it will heal.  It is just how my skin reacted to the revision surgery.  If you still see a lump after your revision I am sure it is swelling.  Did you see that awful picture of my swelling?  It stuck out a few inches!!  That was about 1 - 2 weeks post op.  It was crazy!  I think it was caused from doing too much too soon.  The PS also told me that I had a blood pocket (a bunch of dried blood) that needed to absorb into the body.  I massaged it every night & it did flatten out beautifully & quickly!  Again, I need to update my review, I just gained a few lbs. & don't feel my best, so I don't want to post pictures, but working on it.  The good news is, the dog ear is finally gone & I have a nice smooth contour & am very happy!
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Hi Madison, Great to hear back from ya. Thanks for answering my various questions. I have a plug in massager, do you think that would be too aggressive to use on my scar? It has a low and high speed but is really intented for large muscles. I have a feeling I will still have a dog ear after this swelling goes down. My PS did this for free for me. I had upper bleph done 2 years ago and I did a commercial for her. In gratitude she did the revision for free(she was not the original PS that did my TT, he wanted to charge me to correct his error). So I wouldn't want to ask her to do it again. However if it doesn't flatten out, I may go in to have the puffy area lipo'd in to a year from now. I am going to lose 13 pounds to get back into my size 10's and see if the dog ears will become smaller?? When you post new pics can you post the side you had multiple revisions for the stubburn dog ear? I am trying to compare...right now at 10 days my dog ear rev. looks similiar to your 9mos post revision pic where you said something like...ugh another dog ear. Thanks again for your time to answer all of my questions.
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I really don't mind questions - I am very happy to help in any way I can!  Sorry to not get back to you sooner - I was away for the weekend.  I used an electric handheld vibrating massager for my scar.  I used the lower speed on mine, and just ran it across the lump/scar for about 5 minutes in am & pm.  Mine is my husband's back knot massager - for large muscles too, but on low setting I think yours would be fine - it apparently breaks up the lumps so that your scar does not become raised.  It also keeps the blood flowing.  If you are a week out, it really could be swelling.  My lump was there for a few weeks after my revision.  It totally went down.  I will take a photo tomorrow & post it for you so that you can see the difference.  You very likely have swelling.  It is rare that a 2nd dog ear revision is needed.  The thing about my first revision is it was not nearly as swollen or bruised afterward & seemed to go away in the first month, only to be back!  Again, very very rare because I have only read about successful revisions.  I think my PS was very afraid of taking off too much & ended up not taking off enough.  I need to lose 10 lbs. - I really had a hard time this past year with eating/exercising consistently, it is very upsetting to me!  But I will post you a picture of the scar & contour of my "bad side", the side that had 2 revisions.  I am afraid that after I lose the 10 lbs. it will come back too, because he performed the revision in February when I had extra weight on me.  I don't get why I cant keep my figure lately!  About getting yours lipod if it doesn't seem right, I heard that sometimes lipo is what is needed.  Do what you need to do to get a result you are satisfied with.  I will too.  I hate the idea of more revision, but I really got this surgery to be confident but since I got my TT all I have been doing is covering up & waiting for revisions, revisions to heal, etc. etc.  Again, feel free to ask anything & I will post pics after work tomorrow!
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I know what you mean about wanting to get to the point of feeling confident after the initial surgery. When I had my TT done 12 yrs ago, I also had lipo'd my hips to make it less peanut shaped. But my original PS didn't do it evenly so one side of the hip has a different shape then the other but it isn't a huge difference. However when I zip my pants the zipper angles to the right. I will finally deal with that next winter and lipo the dog ears to lay flat if it hasn't by then. Do you think if you lose 10 lbs you would get a dog ear again? When I asked about whether I should wait until I lost 10lbs before doing the dog ear, revision, one doctor said it was better to do it before I lost 10lbs and then lose it, she said it would give better result?? It is now 11 days post op and they took off the bandage after 1 week post op. They didn't tell me to apply anything to keep it from drying out. Did you apply anything within the first two weeks, like vasoline or neosporin ointment? I just don't want it to get dry and create a worse scar? I did order scargard and will start that and massaging that area by week 3. By the way, I wouldn't be down on your 10lbs because I'm sure you'll knock that out once you get going at the gym. I have struggled as long as I can remember to stay in shape, I will be 50 in a month and still at it. I've gained 40 lbs with both kids (I have a 19yr old son, and a 12yr old daughter), then when I homeschooled my daughter I wasn't able to get to the gym so I gained 50 lbs cause i still ate like I worked out.(lol). Anyways, after each season of my life of gaining I was able to get that weight off within a few months and maintain once I stayed with the gym thing. I was able to maintain size 10 for years, and within the last year I am now a size 12 (going through the change and it has been hard to lose these 10lbs to get back to a 10). I just keep on truckin and I know it will come off, so whether I've been eating right or not, I just tell myself 10lbs is not a deal breaker especially with my background of weight gain. Based on your pics, you have a very hourglassy figure which I'm sure gains it proportionately so no one but you notices. Looking forward to the update pics. Thanks again for all of your responses.
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I kept my steristrip on longer, I would say about 2 - 3 weeks just to be sure my incision did not open or stretch.  I had some extras from the PS & cleaned area & applied another.  I did not apply neosporin until around 3 weeks post revision, I am not sure if that was right, maybe I should have applied it sooner, they say it helps to heal faster.  I think I was more worried about my scar's appearance because it comes over my swimsuit & if it split open or stretched it would stay that way.  Those incisions are in spots of such tension on our body - every move we make we pull & put pressure on those areas & I was so careful this time.  I still have a pink scar on my latest revisionside, but if I remember right, that is how the rest of the scar healed & by 1 year it was white, out of nowhere!  I have always my whole life been at my ideal size in summer, then as fall came along 5 - 10 lbs came on with comfort food. Then spring I would shed it.  I exercise most of the time, but go through periods of laziness, which is usually paired with awful eating. Lots of women I have found go through this.  I can lose easily, it is just resisting the garlic bread, chips, etc. in my home that my family enjoys!  I try to buy minimal junk food, but there is always something to munch on.  I do love my hips & butt to be fuller though & told the PS that it is so important to me that I keep my hourglass figure.  My tummy through all my weight gain is pretty flat, except for an area on my right side, my bad side that seems to puff up - it is above the scar, like a ridge.  Very annoying!  When I gain weight it now goes to my arms, thighs and flank area (which he did not lipo).  I think after I lose those extra 10 lbs. it won't cause a dog ear, especially since the weight gain is mostly in other areas.  Today, I woke up early & already worked out & plan to start my healthy diet.  I need to catch it before the holidays or I can see another 10 lbs adding by the end of winter.  I will keep posting updates every few weeks as I go along & that should keep me motivated.  Thank you for your kind words & encouragement!  I will take my photos as soon as I get off work today & post them.  It is time to update my review, weight gain or not!
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Wow you are either located in east coast or you are up early! It is only 4:53am right now(pst) and I saw you responded to my comment from last night I was thinking this is an early riser. Since I have been at home and haven't moved much for these 12 days I wasn't concerned about tearing or stretching anything. You had to be more careful though because you went back to work shortly after right? If you have a chance, can you look at my recent questions to the docs, I posted pics of my revision and maybe you can give me your opinion if you think it's swelling or dog ear? My dog ears come up high on both sides so it comes above my bikini bottoms. I wear a takini and a sarong so I can hide it. I too tend to gain in the fall and drop in the spring. Since my TT I notice when I gain weight my arms and flank also get much bigger then it did before the TT. I have to be careful cause when i gained those 50, I looked like a female wrestler(lol). I had my revision done in October so my I can be back at the gym during the Holidays and in between which is filled with parties. Thanks for all of your posts and photo updates it is VERY helpful. I think your is one of the most well documented so I refer back to your often for my progress. Have a great day!
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Ha! I am in NJ - I do get up early - at 5 a.m. now to work out, otherwise I will never fit it into my day.  That update was at around 6:30 a.m. Eastern time.  I like to get up early to have time to myself, it is so nice!  Anyway, I posted my update!  I hope the photos help.  It is very hard to capture photos, but as you can see the dog ear did go down.  There is a very faint bump on each side, but it should flatten when I lose the extra weight (hopefully!).  My belly is very round, but I know in the next few weeks I can get back into shape - I will definately post my progress!  The scar looks worse in some photos, but  better than a few months back.  How about that bruise on the end of my scar?!  I did go back to work that day & I work on my feet.  I should have taken a few days off, but it ended up healing fine.  I looked at your pics & I do think you still have swelling.  I think you look great & your original scar healed very nicely! Your new scar looks good & should heal fine.  I had a lump for a few weeks after my revision, so I guess it will be hard to tell until a few more weeks.  But I can totally imagine that the lump is swelling - it makes sense - you were cut open & that will surely cause plenty of swelling for weeks, even months.  I did swell for a month or 2 after my revision - it is all a part of the bod healing & repairing itself. 
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I know what you mean about early morning workouts. 5am is my schedule too. Less crowds to deal with and then I have it out of the way and can get home to make my daughter breakfast before school and do errands and households chores, I do miss going to work. I told my husband by the time my daughter is old enough for me to work, I'll be too old to hire. Anyways, I am training on various microsoft office to keep up my skills and hopefully marketable at age 56yrs old. Thanks for looking at my pics and telling me it could still be swelling, I was discouraged after the mix bag of answers I rec'd from the PS's. I don't want to go through it another revision. Though I wouldn't mind doing a slight lipo to flatten it if need be. You look great, I don't see the round belly. I wish I had the hourglass figure you have. I have more of a straight build (it's the half asian in me I guess, my mom has no waist) I did get a chest from my dad's side so I don't look too boxy. lol
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Thank you for your kind comments!  I will let you know what happens when I lose 10 lbs - if dog ear comes back, etc.  I don't think it will because I was at a good weight in the spring & it looked great, but gained as summer came & into fall.  Glad I can help, just relax & massage & I am sure you will be happy in the end!  You will get a job at 56.  It is great you are keeping up your computer skills. I was a stay at home mom for both of my kids until my youngest was in 2nd grade.  Then I got a job working 4 hours a day in my kids school district in the lunchroom, perfect job for me because I am off when they are & summers & vacations too!  I still need to be home for mine too - my kids are 14 & 12, but I think it is very important to be there for them through high school too!  Good luck as you recover & always feel free to ask questions.  I will continue to update my recovery!
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Your welcome. Please do keep me updated on your progress. How do I post progress of my results? Once I figure it out, I will post my results from Sunny California. Working for a school...hmmm..that is a great idea...I will look into my daughters school district for a job and that will solve my problems about being off when she is off. Our kids so need us and I feel probably more so during high school years. That was great that you could stay home until 2nd grade. I cherish the 5 years I homeschooled my daughter. We have so many special memories. I think she loves winter and rainy days because of our literature time. I use to light the mantle with white christmas lights, have all the candles lit in the room (wall sconces and all), pumpkin spice bread, hot chocolate and of course while still in pj's. I would read American Girl books and talking a walk down history lane. I miss home schooling, however we were both ready for her to go into public school at 5th grade. She is doing well in school holding straight A's, she loves it. Sorry for going on and on. I was just trying to say that it is great that you were able to be there and are still there for your kids. At 12 and 14...they are going through so many changes and when you are there, it makes the transition so much easier. Any ways it has been so great chatting with ya. Talk to you later, and I'll try to keep weekly posts on my progress.
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Wow, those sound like wonderful memories when you homeschooled your daughter, especially those winter & rainy literature time days  - You made it special & she will always cherish those times too.  I always look back on my years home with the kids as the best times of my life - it went fast!  Yes, they do still need us around, especially in high school.  That is great she is getting straight A's, you gave her a great start.  I think in order to post your progress you have to write a review about your surgery experience.  I think if you go to the tummy tuck section it says "write a review" & you can go from there.  Great chatting with you too!
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Those years were the best. Thanks for letting me know how to write a review. Talk to you later.
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