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So I am finally getting the Tummy Tuck that I have...

So I am finally getting the Tummy Tuck that I have wanted for the last 7 years... after having my twins. Total I have had five children. first when I was 17 second at 19 and 3rd and 4th was multiple pregnancy thus the twin skin lol... my 5th child is now 2 1/2 years old and my stomach bulges like I am still pregnant. I had two c-sections with my last two pregnancys so my skin hangs over my under wear and my pants! I tuck my belly into my pants... and it's pretty gross but I have to wear deoderant under my belly where it hangs over because it smells of B.O. I hate feeling gross all the tiem and every time I eat or drink alot of water my stomach blows up like I am pregnant and people even feel comfortable asking me if I am pregnant... because I am skinny all around except my stomach. I can't really blame them!!

Good Luck! You will be so happy!
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Welcome to RealSelf!

Oh yes twins will do a number on the tummy!!   One more week and you can say hello to a new tummy:)  Keep us up to date.

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Congrats on your decision. I know you will be so happy once you have it completed. Good luck to you.
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So I have exactly one week till my surgery. I...

So I have exactly one week till my surgery. I can't wait it's going by really fast though!! So I am experiencing a cold of some sort since I quit smoking. I went to my primary care doctor as well as notified my surgeons nurse. I have been put on a z -pack as. To me it seems as though I have a sinus infection because it is all in the nasal...plus i had sinus headaches 4 days ago. So 7 days to go and nothing is holding me back from this dream I have that is now becoming a reality!! No one not family members who try to talk you out of it and tell you that you dont need it and try to somehow convince you that your body looks fine ... but they are not the ones who are living in your skin they dont walk in your shoes or squeeze into your pants lol. My husband is really supportive. My mother is biting her tongue but other wise very supportive cause she knows there is nothing she can say to me to change my mind!! My 2 year old will be attending day care from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. every day for the first weeks to two weeks and possibly permanent if it works out for us. My twins turn 7 on the actual date of my surgery ( ha ha planed on reversing the effects of twin birth on the day that it happened) This weekend we will be having their party oct 27th since their birthday falls the day after halloween. Funny cause the receptionist at my surgeons office convinced me to just do the surgery asap since I had all the money and was ready to pay.. she says just think you will be all cute in clothes for the holidays Thanksgiving christmas and New years!!! And just think of all the pounds I would have put on Thanksgiving and Christmas if I would have waited for the new year!!



So things I have done to prepare for surgery: PAID, made the date, I have all my supplys for my bedside shelf.

Bromalain, Arnica Montana pill , Arnica ointment, Hibiclens, ANtibacterial Soap,Two Bottle of Hand sanatiser, protroleum Jelly,Q tips, Maxi Pads for incision, two hot and or cold Ice packs, Heating pad, Lotion, Purfume, Rubbing alcohol, Hydrogen peroxide, white cloud toiletry wipes, multi vitamin. Got a few Valour zip up sweat suits, comfy yoga pants recliner will be here tomorrow I decided to rent for 150 for a month. I have to much furniture already but would be nice to have a new recliner.. but the rest of my furniture is brand new as well...and there is no room.. this will be on my bedroom I have my tv hooked up in there as well.

Snacks: FIber One bars,Special K cinnamin pastry crisps ( to die for) soups, crackers, fruits, veggies, puddings, Organic apple sauce, Special K protein Shakes. Frozen fruit for smoothies, Lots of water, Orange Juice.


Any one else have any Ideas on good for you snacks that you would recommend for after that you can keep bedside?
Congratulations Pretty! My TT surgery is November 1st too! Woohoo!
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Sounds like you have things covered. Only suggestion is check th sodium on your snacks. High sodium will just make you miserable. Good luck.
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Yes they say that sodium will cause u to swell more. First day they suggest soups... which are high in sodium I was shocked but it is for the first day or two because they want you to eat light.
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So a few more days till the big day!!! I am...

So a few more days till the big day!!! I am starting to wonder things like do u still need antibiotic ointment or vasaline... or do u need both? When do you buy garment # 2 ( i have seen others have bought before surgery) Do u need to be messured for garment # 2? Do u still need gauze if you have decided on maxi pads or do u need both?
Hi good luck to you!!!! It's nice to hear another mommy with more than 2 children! I have 6!!! Ages are 3,5,my angel would be 10,12,14,16! It's a busy house! Lol I'm also scheduled for TT nov 20!!!!. Happy for you that you made the decision to make you feel happy in your own body!!!! Good luck again and can't wait to follow you on your journey!!!!
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Oh wow 6!! I would have probably had more but thank God for tubal Ligation He He!! Arent you SOO Excited!!!! This website is cool cause not alot of people that we surround our selfs with can relate to us right now at this exact moment they don't know the Happiness, the anxiety we feel or even the many years we have waited to get to this moment. Latley I have found it really hard and depresing to talk to some friends and even my mom because they really arent as " Obsessed" ABout it as I am. I love this website because even if you arent actually messaging back and forth with someone on here you can read about their feelings and emotions and most people are feeling the same way you are... it makes me feel good because I know that their alot of you girls out there that are supportive and are possibly going thru te same thing i am. I am a Wreck !!! Emotional roller coaster!! 3 more days to go : )
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With your garment and meds I am not sure honey as I had to call in with my measurements to the PS clinic 2 weeks prior they were in the cost of the procedure. My meds were administer in Hospital where they gave me copious amounts of antibiotics, warfrin and pain meds. I showered from day 2 and on cool setting blow dried my wounds. When I was discharged I was given more antibiotics, pain killers and nauseous tablets. ( I didnt use the pain meds or nauseous tabs) I was not to put anything on my wounds until advised by PS I am 2 weeks today PO and I see my PS to get stitches out on Thursday then they will look into a scar treatment. Check with your PS on what you will need. Good luck xxxx
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Hello to all .. today went to look for kids...

Hello to all .. today went to look for kids costumes... all I can think about is Thursday ... 8:00 a.m. everrytime I go on line I find new things that I can add to my list of things that I have purchased for my tt. I have everything I will need but for some reason I find new things to buy or look at others lists of things and see something more that I will need. Is there anyone out there that has already got the procedure and have a list of items that they had originally purchased for their post op that they ended up not even needing or using? Just curious cause I have wen't all out on everything and I am sitting here wondering If I will use half of some of the things I got lol!! I am soo excited I sleep and breath and eat think tummy tuck!!! I got a text message from my brother today trying to talk me outta getting the procedure... he said he had a nightmare last night that he got a tummy tuck and he was soo scared. I am not listening to anyone trying to talk me out of this my mind has been made up for a very long time!!
Congrats! May I ask the cost of the whole procedure and the clinic name. Im trying to find a good surgeon, please.
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Hi prettyjuju3 xx Yes the PS suggested the use of the hair dryer on a cool setting as you loose some feeling so you don't want to burn your self. I have showered every day since the op and I have use this method with out issue and my stitches and belly button have stayed nice and dry and are healing awesomely. Yes I had to drains as per Pic on my profile. I had them removed on day 4 but it seems in America that they leave them in longer?? They were a bit annoying at first but the Nurses put them in a pillow case for me to carry around made it easier. Bet you are so excited not long now xxxxx
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Okay so Last night I had a dream that I died .. my...

Okay so Last night I had a dream that I died .. my thoughts in my head were okay that was it I was dead all because of my tt!! I woke right at the thought and now when I think back on that thought and the dream I feel silly. Silly because You have more of a chance at dying in car accident today then you do during a tt procedure!! So you take more of a chance every day driving or riding in a car than you and I will or have already taken when we have Abdominoplasty.Just saying!! So today I am going to attempt to get costumes again for the kids. My Boy twin 7 wants to be angry bird, my twin girl wants to be a cat again this year for halloween, and my two year old will probably fall in her footsteps. When today is over I will only have one more day to get through till my surgery!! We have to be there first thing in the morning.

Right now I am feeling so anxious kinda mixed feeling excited but scared, I really just want to get it over and done with and for the results to be remarkable! I can't wait till one day I can throw away all the fat clothes in my closet !!
SO tomorrow is the BIG DAY!!!! Can't wait !!! Getting very very nervous!!! Gotta finish packing up my two year old's room leaving only a few toys out that way she can't make a uge mess while I am laid up not able to do anything. Anyone out there when they got the surgery they were on their period ?
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Sorry can't help on the flow thing but wanted to tell your GOOD LUCK SWEET DREAMS and SEE YOU ON THE FLAT SIDE.
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Wow today is the last day that I have to make sure my house is in order. I am packing up my two year old's room.. all her toys and only leaving a few out. That way they don't end up all over the house while I am laid up not being able to do anything. I am so happy that I was finally able to do this for myself. It will deffinatley be a long recovery but well worth the wait because I have had to live with this extra baggage for far too long! Yesterday the nurse called and checked up on me to see how I was feeling. I told her I was feeling much better than I had last week. One thing I added was that I have just started my period. I asked if there were any precaustions I should take or if it would have any effect on my surgery. Surgery is between 3 to 4 hours. Nurse suggested I use a soft cup for my mentral cycle remember INSTEAD? I remember it from a very long time ago and thought to myslef those things still sell? They last twelve hours... and tampons only last a few. So I found a box of them at bartell and decided to try it out...... nah I think I will pass on that. Gonna have to figure something else out. Anyone have this same problem? Or
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Just waiting now for my mom to get ere to stay...

just waiting now for my mom to get ere to stay with kids. I am ready to go, showered with hibiclens, brushed teath, straitened hair, pulled back in a bun, got on a zip up hoody on and comfy yoga pants. Feeling kinda scared but excited to finally be getting to the end of this road and begining to a new chapter thank you to all for your warm wishes!! And good luck to all who are having their surgerys today!!!
Praying for you today!!!
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Keep you in thoughts today. Keep in touch
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Thank you... just waiting now for my mom to get ere to stay with kids. I am ready to go, showered with hibiclens, brushed teath, straitened hair, pulled back in a bun, got a zip up hoody on and comfy yoga pants. Feeling kinda scared but excited to finally be getting to the end of this road and begining to a new chapter.
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Anesthesia has worn off and I am starting to feel...

anesthesia has worn off and I am starting to feel like I did a million crunches. But other than that I havent had any pain yet? One thing that scared me is I felt really faint one fo the times I went to the bathroom? My incision was draining alot. I do not have drains though my doctor doesnt do drains, I heard that they are trying to get rid of the drainage. so the draining just comes out of the incision. I feel really gross, I feel bad that I can't do things for myself. I have my first post op at ten this morning.. and we will see how everything is going. I will post what I remember from going under before and after later when I get home.
Hi JuJu. Congrats on your TT! I am having a TT with muscle repair in Dec and my ps doesn't use drains either. Says she uses a quilting technique which adds to the surgery time but is supposed to be a more comfortable recovery. I would really like to hear more about yours. Are you happy with the results? Is there oozing of fluids?
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The very first day there was drainage looked more like blood. It came out pretty fast when I sat down on the toilet it started streaming down my leg. I got pretty faint and felt like I was going to pass out. With out is much better. I dont really have that much of liquid coming our anymore and today is day 3. I have a little swelling....not any pain at all just soreness but I keep up on my pain meds. And I took the option to have pain pump.
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You look great you can really see the difference im happy for you have a speedy recovery,
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Everything for me is going well. I have minimum to...

Everything for me is going well. I have minimum to no pain just feel like I did a million situps, feels tight, swelling isn't that bad.. but it is true when they tell u to stay away from sodium!! I had a run in with it yesterday and woke up slighlty swollen this morning! Other than that I switch from real self to youtube.com and watch all the before and after videos and pictures. I can't really get into tv . My lap top is my best friend. I had a drainless surgery and I am doing fine no hemotomas or seromas thank God!! My next visit with my doctor isnt till Thursday. The nurse should call me on monday to check how I am doing. Every once in a while I will feel the nerves feels kinda like a burning sensation here and their in small places it's like a tinge of pain but to me it doesnt really hurt. You just feel swollen and achey!! When my husband is changing my bandages when he runs his hand over the banadage to smooth it ..it feels so weird like he is pulling on my skin.

I forgot to add that my doctor removed alomost a...

I forgot to add that my doctor removed alomost a whole 2 liter bottle size of fat from my tummy. I forgot the amount of skin. BUt you can really tell if you go to my before pics and notice where my new belly button is place if you follow the moles from before and after. Maybe I am just really bored lol.
You look great!!!, Please add some more pictures later on :)
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Thank You,,, I deffinatley will maybe once I am able to shower proabably tomorrow.
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You look fantastic! I see you had no drains either. It was a newer thing for my doc. Has yours been doing it for a while?
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Today I am waiting on the call from my docs nurse....

Today I am waiting on the call from my docs nurse. Thinking about calling them. Wow has it bwen a morning first thing I wake up my recliner tipped forward while I was inbit pretty painful but I was awake and managed to straiten my body so it wouldnt stretch as much. Then first thing I do is check my realself profile and I see someone telling ne not to post my pictures and tiblet my body heal.. my body is healing I am resting around the clock...just so everybody knows. I Also have family members that look at this site who are not able to see me in person and I send them the link to my blog. Some people cant stand the site of blood or
Swelling then they probably shouldnt be on a plastic surgery website . Drama drama drama when ever u have a bunch of females on anything there is gonna be some haters. Who knows I may be done with this website. I was trying this to help someone because this website helped me .. but I forgot in the process there would be haters. I guess thats my que to get off the webpage. It was nice knowing all of u. You can find me on youtube : just type in bad table manners the burrito song and that will be my youtube page ....I will eventually be uploading video blogs.
So Ended up calling my doctors nurse and she said she would relay the message to my doctor I told her I am pretty swollen but I am not draining from my incision site. Again I do not have drains havent had drains my doctor doesnt do drains so my question is should I still be having drainage coming out of my incision or is the swelling normal with no drain procedure. Anyway so she set me up for an appointment to see the doctor tomorrow he may have to go in and drain me. I bet this will be painful... I dont know. So I will keep everyone posted ... good luck to every one today and tomorrow happy healing
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Hi juju... Did someone tell you not to share your pictures privately? From what I see I don't see anyone telling you that. I'm sorry you're upset but I think you may have misunderstood or taken a comment out of context because this site is for sharing experiences and picture through all stages from beginning to end. I hope you don't leave the site because there are so many who look forward to your posts and pictures.
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I was wondering the same thing Juju! I love your blogging and your pictures! Keep it up!!
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Good morning all! Gonna go see doc today find out...

Good morning all! Gonna go see doc today find out if this swelling im having is normal (no drain procedure) or if im gonna need a little drain in the office. Still on pqin meds could be due to the swelling not too painful but very uncomfortable! Hope fully nothing to big.

Soooo I went to see my Doctor he says I look...

Soooo I went to see my Doctor he says I look really good... and the swelling is normal swelling. He also assured me that with the no drain procedure you only really drain from your incision in the first 2 days after that no drainage. He was very please but he still want's to see me on Thursday just so I will feel better knowing that I can go in in a few day and be reasurred that wat ever the swelling will be like will be able to tell me its normal or whatever. It just feels good you know to be able to go in and see your doctor and have him reassure you and you thank him once again for fixing your body... .and so on and soo on lol!! I think the best doctor visits I have had in my life (not counting while prego) are going in preop op and post op for tummy tuck!!! It could be cause my doctor looks like a GREEK GOD or just because your changing the way your body looks or a combo of them both a greek god is sculpting your body the way he thinks would make you look good... ha ha I Know... I know... Shame on me .. I should not think of my doctor that way I am a married woman lol. A friend of mine told me that it is normal to love your doctor that fixes a flaw on you or saves your life so I feel better knowing that this is all natural. ( but it doesnt help that he is so darn good looking!! I guess you might wanna be being a plastic surgeon. ... .... this whole thing reminds me of the one and only " Christian Troy" Nip Tuck.
My coffee Creamer Has NO SODIUM!!! Woot!!! woot!!!!!! That make me estatic!! Sitting here still waiting for time to pass.. drinking a cup of coffee with feet up heating pad on my overly swollen belly!!!! Appointment is at 11:00 A.M. May have to be drained ( I Had a full TT No Drain with Lypo) cause I am overly swollen!!!!!!
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JuJuPretty, please check with your PS about using a heating pad. Each PS is different but I'm not sure about using a heating pad. Hope all works out or you. Take care.
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yes they told me to alternate a few days ago so I have been alternating with cold and hot ... but today when I went in my doctor says no more cold only hot heating pad.. I was actually really happy because the cold pads i bought were little and the ones I would make were uncomfortable hard and they would leeek !!! Thank you for the advice!!!
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Yellow Bruising, Purple Bruising, Lypo Bruising,...

Yellow Bruising, Purple Bruising, Lypo Bruising, No Drain TT, No lypo Holes, My doctor went through belly button while doing full tummy tuck with lypo of flanks and rib cage and front of tummy. I did not get muscle repair because My muscles were in place of where they are supposed to be. My doctor aslo left my vavasious hips to add and compliment into an hour glass figure. Once all the swelling goes down maybe we will see this so called hour glass lol. Close ups of my incision healing as well as close up of my new button. not trying to be all sexy yet in this cute little getup but just showing so you can see what still looks out of place because of all the swelling that way you can get an idea of what has changed.
Looks like you're healing VERY nicely! :o)
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So Yesterday I had origianally had an appointment...

So Yesterday I had origianally had an appointment at 2 But my Doc was in surgery all day. So they pushed my appointment till 4:30. They were also asking me to come to their fancy little party they were having at 6:00p.m. So I agreed. I brought my sis in law. When we arrived the elevator doors opened and My Doctor My nurse were right at the entrance of the office Pouring wine and sparkling water. My doctor In a suit!!!!! OMG WOW!!!! Is all I can mutter the guy was in surgery all day and he looked amazing in his suit!!!!! Over the top!!! Anyway keeping to the whole reason we had gone there ... they do these little "extravagnazas" they have "hors d'oeuvres" They were so yummy Wine ... you bring a friend a family member they have sales and they also have give aways. It was nice mingling with the whole crew the doctor the nurses the patient receptionists. The skin specialists, learning about all the new and latest things chemical peels, botox, juviderm, scar treatment, all the latest and being able to ask as many questions. The doctor and staff were really happy to see me and so surprised on how I am up walking around after a week and looking like I didnt just have surgery a week ago. I was even introduced to a lady that will be having her TT next week and she asked me a few questions. I told her about this website and gave her my screen name so she could see my results as well as told her how happy I am.
I'm so inspired by your positive recovery. I have to go back to work (desk job) at day 14 and I'm totally freaked out about if I'll be feeling ok (work doesn't know about the procedure). I cannot afford to lose my job over this. I am so hopeful to have a good recovery like yours. As I mentioned before I am not having drains either and my Dr. gives an internal pain med for the first 72 hours so keeping fingers crossed - Dec 26 is the big day!
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Marykay, I have to go back to work in 12 days. I'm also expecting to be able to work a full day on January 2nd. It's payroll day and people are counting on me for their payroll. I have to be there even if I crawl to work. Lets keep postitive and we just have to do what we have to do. Maybe just work 5 hours the first few days. No one knows about my surgery at work either.
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You will be feeling so great by day 14 u may still be swollen. Some people dont swell at all.I am swollen but all you will need by day forteen is ib profin. I am down to having it about1 to 2 a day 400 ml in morning and at bed time. I had my tt on november 1at ans I have been feeling god for about 4 days. Today is day 12 so. I also had the pain pump it was definatley a miracle worker .. but then again its all I know cause I never did feel the pain that I could have felt without it : ) you will do just fine! And if you have any other questions inbox or message me. Congrats the flat side will be here befobefore u know it!
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Okay I have some new pictuews u would like to post...

Okay I have some new pictuews u would like to post but im on my cell cause my laptop is in the shop. Down below when you on your phone it says share images optional there is no where to click on to start uploading pixs from your phone. Does anyone know how to do this? Today is day 12 for me . I just wanted to show my progress.
Looking pretty good girl!!!!
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NICE! : )
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I am also getting a drainless tt. do you think it is a easier recovery? women that have the drains, seem to have a harder recovery.
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So today is the 19th of November. My tt surgery...

So today is the 19th of November. My tt surgery was on the first... does that make me 19 days post op or 18 days. Anyway lol... so I have a question about everyones after care from day one to their incision. Alot of people have gauze over thier scars ..do you keep that on or replace every day?? Alot of people have something that looks brown over the incision... and others have glue in the belly button. Just kida of curious on how you day to day treatment is in the incision area. With My Drainless tummy tuck. For the first few days I had a little drainage come from the incision site. I would take Hydrogen Peroxide 2 tables spoon mixed with water and clean bb and tt. Then I would put bacetracin on and keep moist all the time.. havent had any scabbing at all. In fact I am still using vasaline and bacitracin on my incision today. Please let me know how you care for your scar.
Looking good juju! For the first 4 days my BB and incision were covered and was under the CG which I couldn't take off. At my first post op they took all dressings off and left everything uncovered. I was told to use neosporin on my BB and incision. I could also shower at that time. 5 days later at the 2nd post-op appt., my drains were removed and I was told to stop the neosporin and start using cocoa butter vitamin e oil on my BB, incisions and drain and lipo areas. Of course I had to keep my CG on 24 hrs during this time. This week I was told to start wearing it during the day only. I have had no problems with this course of action. Everything is healing nicely. My next appointment is Monday. I will find out whats next and let you know.
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Amazing...you look amazing!
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You look great!!!
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Hey so today I am feeling good I am like 3 weeks...

Hey so today I am feeling good I am like 3 weeks and a day post op. I am really just trying today to get some views on my daughters youtube video plus she is adorable feel free to share if you like hope everyone out there is having a great day!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU5_ILS_SAs&list=LLzip42-EE4EtIA8VZGmhaWQ&feature=mh_lolz
Love all your photos. Thnx for sharing so much. My procedure is 8am CST tmrw. Taking a Xanax soon to try and get some sleep. Definitely feel my nerves rising. Liked your bit about car crash deaths vs surgery ones though. Gonna keep telling myself that!
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Oh wow how exciting!! Good Luck xx
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You will do so good!!! I kept telling myself the same thing!!! Good Luck Tommorow!!! Cant wait to see you after pictures you gonna look great!!! I will keep scanning u to see your updates! Congratulations See you on the Flat side!! You will be in my thoughts !
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So on thursday this week will be my 4 week check...

So on thursday this week will be my 4 week check up .. and right after I see my doctor I am getting ultra sound therapy. Anyone Ever gotten this? It's going to help with my swelling and the hardness in my stomach as well as the lumps from lypo on my sides well I guess everywhere cause I got lypoed every where. This is all included in the price I payed for my tt. It will be twice a week .Doctor says it will feel nice to like a massage : ) I can't wait!! I will post befor and after pictures as well cause to my demise I wasnt able to find any on google images : ( But I know there will be a huge difference because you can already se in my pics the hardness!! and the lumps which is normal I have heard and seen.
Swinging by.. you look GREAT!!! Healing up and shapin' up nicely!
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You look amazing! Was wondering ur height and b4 surgery weight if u are comfortable disclosing?
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Of course , Ha ha I forgot to disclose I am 5 4" and I weigh 165. My prepregnancy weight is 142. After having surgery I am still 165.. I am a month out today. Still swollen, as soon as told I can start working out I will be doing so. I have a treadmill in my living room thats folded up behind a couch just waiting for doctors okay.. as well as my hubby moving this chair back to my bedroom so I can rearrange living room for room for my christmas tree and treadmill.
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29 days post op and (4 weeks) SO yesterday I went...

29 days post op and (4 weeks) SO yesterday I went in for my 4 week checkup. Doctor was amazed by how fast I have healed. He says my swelling isnt bad at all I just have alot of hardness in my stomach area. I wen't right after appointment to a room over and got my first treatment of ultra sound therapy. It felt like a relief when she did it. they use alot of pressure but surprisingly it felt good. SHe also told me when massaging to use alot of pressure the more the better and the quicker the healing process will be. Oh ya and my doctor says I can start running in 2 to 3 weeks. I promised I would start walking on my treadmill. Exercising helps speed up the healing time as well... so he goes something I guess : )

29 days post op and (4 weeks) SO yesterday I went...

29 days post op and (4 weeks) SO yesterday I went in for my 4 week checkup. Doctor was amazed by how fast I have healed. He says my swelling isnt bad at all I just have alot of hardness in my stomach area. I wen't right after appointment to a room over and got my first treatment of ultra sound therapy. It felt like a relief when she did it. they use alot of pressure but surprisingly it felt good. SHe also told me when massaging to use alot of pressure the more the better and the quicker the healing process will be. Oh ya and my doctor says I can start running in 2 to 3 weeks. I promised I would start walking on my treadmill. Exercising helps speed up the healing time as well... so he goes something I guess : )

29 days post op and (4 weeks) SO yesterday I went...

29 days post op and (4 weeks) SO yesterday I went in for my 4 week checkup. Doctor was amazed by how fast I have healed. He says my swelling isnt bad at all I just have alot of hardness in my stomach area. I wen't right after appointment to a room over and got my first treatment of ultra sound therapy. It felt like a relief when she did it. they use alot of pressure but surprisingly it felt good. SHe also told me when massaging to use alot of pressure the more the better and the quicker the healing process will be. Oh ya and my doctor says I can start running in 2 to 3 weeks. I promised I would start walking on my treadmill. Exercising helps speed up the healing time as well... so he goes something I guess : )

My favorate song Alicia Key Brand New Me!! It's...

My favorate song Alicia Key Brand New Me!! It's perfect for this very moment!!!


It's been a while, I'm not who I was before
You look surprised, your words don't burn me anymore
Been meaning to tell you, but I guess it's clear to see
Don't be mad, it's just the brand new kind of me
Can't be bad, I found a brand new kind of free

Careful with your ego, he's the one that we should blame
Had to grab my heart back
God know something had to change
I thought that you'd be happy
I found the one thing I need, why you mad
It's just the brand new kind of me

It took a long long time to get here
It took a brave, brave girl to try
It took one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don't be surprised, don't be surprised

If I talk a little louder
If I speak up when you're wrong
If I walk a little taller
I've been on to you too long
If you noticed that I'm different
Don't take it personally
Don't be mad, it's just the brand new kind of me
And it ain't bad, I found a brand new kind of free

Oh, it took a long long road to get here
It took a brave brave girl to try
I've taken one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don't be surprised, oh see you look surprised

Hey, if you were a friend, you want to get know me again
If you were worth a while
You'd be happy to see me smile
I'm not expecting sorry
I'm too busy finding myself
I got this
I found me, I found me, yeah
I don't need your opinion
I'm not waiting for your ok
I'll never be perfect, but at least now i'm brave
Now, my heart is open
And I can finally breathe
Don't be mad, it's just the brand new kind of free
That ain't bad, I found a brand new kind of me
Don't be mad, it's a brand new time for me, yeah
love the words of this song.. I will check it out on youtube. Thanks Suzi
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34 days post op. I went in 2 days ago for my...

34 days post op. I went in 2 days ago for my second ultra sound therapy massage. My tummy feels a lot less hard.. still swelling but feeling a lot less tight. Tomorrow I have another massage it will be my third round. The massages are all included in the price I paid for my no drain tt with lypo. Everything has been smooth sailing I have had no complications whatsoever! The nursing staff have been so nice even to this day being they have already been paid.. they still treat me the same as they did the day I walked into the office the only difference now is I feel at home when I go there. I used to feel like the place was unfamiliar .. but now its home away from home. I can honestly say I love every staff member in that building they are truely genuine people they are not fake people!

34 days post op. I went in 2 days ago for my...

34 days post op. I went in 2 days ago for my second ultra sound therapy massage. My tummy feels a lot less hard.. still swelling but feeling a lot less tight. Tomorrow I have another massage it will be my third round. The massages are all included in the price I paid for my no drain tt with lypo. Everything has been smooth sailing I have had no complications whatsoever! The nursing staff have been so nice even to this day being they have already been paid.. they still treat me the same as they did the day I walked into the office the only difference now is I feel at home when I go there. I used to feel like the place was unfamiliar .. but now its home away from home. I can honestly say I love every staff member in that building they are truely genuine people they are not fake people!
that's exactly how i feel about my PS and his staff!!! You are looking pretty darn good.
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This song is amazing I love it! I sing it everywhere I go! The whole cd is amazing!
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So I am 41 days post op... i am still swollen but...

So I am 41 days post op... i am still swollen but I heard this can last about 6 months sometimes longer?? Well I also experience I want to say muscle spasms?? And tinge of pain here and there. I Shave my girl parts so right below the incision I have such ithyness!! Redness and a few I want to say ingrown hairs but my estatition ( how ever you spell) she gives me the ultrasound therapy..... she tried to release the hairs but nothing would come out. Now they aren't stitches I don't think and I heard that your body sometimes rejects them. Also heard that they start out looking like a pimple. My stomach is constantly itchy but I know its all in the healing process. I have walked for 20 minutes every other day but I get pain here and there so I stop as soon as this happenes. Other than that I am feeling good. I wear compression tanks and I purchased a genie camisole shaper today at walmart. It is the softest most comfortable compression tank that I have worn since this whole ordeal. I have a few clip gurdles that i still wear when swelling get bad.

So today is the 29th of december... getting ready...

So today is the 29th of december... getting ready for the new year... and of course new years eve!!! I am excited I am gonna go buy a hott dress to wear for an evening of fun and games. Me and My husband and some friends are gonna go to a casino and hit the jack pot!! Even though I already have hit the jack pot when I paid for my surgery!!! Woot wooot I am feeling amazing!! Also so excited casue yesterday I ran on my tredmill and was able to do my normal exercise without feeling like I overdid it!!! I also walked up and down my stairs which I am totally feeling in my legs today, but its a good pain. I also was able to do my normal crunches.... but while doing them I could see my stomach muscles. I am still swollen but while laying down the selling is hard to see. I get excited evey time I do lay down though cause I can see my stomach muscles lol wiat I already said that!!! Ha ha such an incredible feeling. I dont remeber how it ever felt to be able to do that. I was 17 when I had my first child. So today marks the day of day 2 of full throttle workout so treadmill here I come. I pray for no distractions today while I am on the treadmill. To all who came before me and all who continue to go after me Good luck and happy healing!!!

Looking at your pictures, I have swelling in the same area as you, but in your 2 mos picture you don't appear to have mush swelling. What would you say has helped you with the swelling? You look great by the way.
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Cocoa19 I had thebno drain tummy tuck procedure...with minimal swelling and I had slight hardness my ps has me see the esthetician in the office and I get ultra sound thearapy which has helped a lot with the healing and swelling. I try to stay away from sodium but uts always easier said than done. I will have to go check out your results.. thank younfor stopping by my page...and congratulations!
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Holy Crap! You look amazing! Just the kind of pics I need to look at today. 2 more weeks and I'm going in :o)
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Here is a review from some guy for my doctor Dr....

Here is a review from some guy for my doctor Dr. Craig Jonov. I found on this on the internet before I got my tummy tuck surgery... I found it again wanted to share this with everyone here at realself makes me laugh!!!


CRAIG JONOV IS A CLASS ACT. I write this review with very mixed emotions. On one hand I love the work that Dr. Jonov has done, on the other he made my Ex-Wife look better than she did which lead to our divorce. Dr. Jonov did an absolutely amazing job and was able to take a pretty gnarly canvass (my ex-wife) and make it absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend Dr. Jonov to anyone looking for a plastic surgeon, I do not however recommend my ex-wife.

You can also use arnica pill form I used both : )...

You can also use arnica pill form I used both : ) The pill form is nice to use right away. Now the gel helps soothe with massage. Below is my identical list of things I bought prior to my surgery. The items that I ended up not using... SPECIAL K PROTIEN SHAKES reason too much sodium!!!! I still actually have the shakes in my cupboard because even at 2 months out I cannot have too much sodium it makes you swell. The other snack I ended up not finishing and I would tell u to not even think about it is the FIBER ONE BARS they give you gas pains!!! Only slept in my recliner the first week ... but others may need longer I just wanted my bed back but still slept in the recliner position. The special K pastries apple cinnamon were a life saver in the middle of the night when you couldn't get up to get something on your stomach to take your pain pill. You can have those right by your little nightstand filled with snacks. I did eat soup the first day after the nausea wore off but I wouldn't recommend weeks after surgery because of all the sodium and swelling. Saltines crackers are life savers to for the middle of the night or for nausea or un salted. You will deffinatley need a zip up something for the day of surgery but I am sure the doc gave you all that info already. Yay I am excited for you!!! oh and i mentioned protroleum jelly you won't need that at all doc recommends bacetracin ointment. you can find in any over the counter walmart has it cheap!! I used maxi pads to cover my incision... way cheaper than gauze pads more bang for your buck!! can't wait to see your results!! also dial soap for after care it is an antibacterial body wash.

MY LIST : Bromalain
Arnica Montana pill
Arnica ointment
Hibiclens
ANtibacterial Soap dial
Two Bottles of Hand sanatiser
Latex gloves
Bacetracin
Q tips
Maxi Pads for incision ( in place of Medical pads)
two hot and or cold Ice packs ( Baggy of ice worked better)
Heating pad
Lotion for hands
Purfume for freshness have your makeup close by
mirror
clean scissors
Flushable wipes for freshness
Rubbing alcohol
clorox wipes to wipe down containers and bottles (everything!!!!)

Hydrogen peroxide
multi vitamin
Got a few Valour zip up sweat suits
a few comfy yoga pants
recliner I decided to rent for 150 for a month
some get a shower chair and toilette riser
I hear the toilette riser for if your tall but if your short you dont really need ..I didnt and I am short...others say a shower chair I was convinced one girl had mentioned a out door plastic chair instead of shower chair she said she washed ..but I purchased brand new and never ended up using... but then again I didnt have drains ( no drain tummy tuck procedure)
FIber One bars ( Dont use they give you gas pains)Special K cinnamin pastry crisps ( to die for)
gauze tape and gauze I used the gauze to spread hydrogen peroxide as well as the bacetrain.
cotton balls shed and get stuck in the stitches
crackers
fruits
veggies
pudding
Organic apple sauce
Special K protein Shakes ( never used too much sodium) Frozen fruit for smoothies
Lots of water
Cup with straw for my water
Some type of snack you can eat in the middle of the night so you can wake and take you pain pill with something on your stomach without having to get up and be in all that pain.
Ib profin after the first week I believe
tylenol
cough drops help from the tube as well as preventing you from coughing and being in a heep of pain
antacid (tums)
stool softners
some people use laxitives I used activia yogurt to help with the constipation from the pain pills
tucks pads for your incision to help reduce puckering if you end up with puckering of the incision. or just to soothe once closed of course.
Wow you look FABULOUS!!!!! Congrats on the new you!!! I will be three weeks post op tomorrow.. Not sure if I have the normal amount of swelling probably take new pics tomorrow.
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You are looking great! Your scar is healing beautifully.
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Your scar is looking so good! And you look great!
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I am now 4 months post op feeling so great.I...

I am now 4 months post op feeling so great.I barley swell any more. I am still so happy with my results. I will add some more pics in a day or two.
Look forward to seeing your pics x
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Wow, you look amazing, thanks for the list I will defintly need that. Iam also going for tt April 5, and I love to read the realistic things thats going on from real people.This is really building my confidence level . Thanks for sharing
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Your welcome! You will feel and actually be a new person when all is said and done. Keep us updated and congratulations!!
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So I am 4 months and 13 days post op. I would like...

So I am 4 months and 13 days post op. I would like to say a few things I never thought these things would happen to me. Well I have been weak, no energy, Had a small appetite but more for sweets : ( I havent been motivated to work out at all!!! Now that my swelling is finally starting to go down a little... I have gained about 7 lbs : ( Which makes everything else even more depressing. I am not going to stay down on myself... I am going to move on and get fit and feel alot better. I just wanted to be REAL ON HERE cause this is Realself.com not fakeself.com. real true stories from me all the way. also I would like to ask a question. Would you perfer a itsy bitsy belly button over a abnormally large one. Any one belly botton itch all the time... but it feels like the itch is on the inside and you can't get it?? my bb to me is small and many friends and family that I have shown in person have said oh my gosh your belly button is soo tiny!! Its smaller than my two daughters.. asked doc about it he says when the swelling goes down I will have the same dimpling affect that I had in my previous belly... innie they call it. anyone have this same situation?? Okay well Either way if it stayed the way it is now I really wouldnt care casue my main concern was getting rid of the twin skin. I am happy with my results that my doctor has provided me with.. I am just disappointed with myself for not being able to follow thru yet with the rest of the plan working out ... eating right.... have alot of other health problems that have come my way.... not relating to the tt surgery.... but they havent helped only have made it alot harder to get motivated. I have a week and a half left of this medication.. thats got me down in the slums.. so should be feeling better once off of it. Oh an one last thing my kids have been on this roll of messing up the house... They move soo much faster than I do these days. What I would give for my old energy I had before the surgery back!!
You look really really good, such a great transformation
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THANK YOU FOR THE LIST
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Wow u took great how important is the recliner?
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