10 weeks feeling tired.....happy though!
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After reading many of the other posts i realise...
- 11 Dec 2012
- 7 days pre
After reading many of the other posts i realise that my story is very familiar. After having two children in my early 40's and two c-sections my stomach is not what it used to be. My youngest is 2 years old and i have been asked when I'm due. I think being older and having two in a row was to much. Ive considered it for the past 6 months and its all happening in just over a week. Im starting to question it as i hated my previous c-sctions and i hope its not as painful......
Only one day to go and im really feeling nervous...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 2 days pre
The op is OVER..yipeeeeee.. Dr said that my...
- 19 Dec 2012
- Day of treatment
Will post photos soon
Well its been 24 hours and i must say feeling much...
- 20 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
I wish i could be positive but im having a really...
- 21 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
Well i had op wed its saturday morning. What a...
- 21 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
Well after four nights at the hospital I'm finally...
- 22 Dec 2012
- 3 days post
Im feeling really mixed emotions. I didn't sleep...
- 23 Dec 2012
- 4 days post
Im off pain meds though probably a bit early but they dont agree with me. Im just taking antibiotics and natural remedies like bromelain, arnica gel on tummy, multivitamin and iron. I think its working as swelling isnt to bad. I couldnt imagine getting out and about though to the toilet and back is the most im doing.
My apetite is still very low im just eating plain yogurt mainly.
The GOOD news is i went on scales and in 5 days ive lost 4 kg (7 pounds) half of that would be from surgery of course then lack of food. Ive only got 3 kg left for goal weight......im motivated now and i feel like its a HUGE motivation not to put it on again. I never want to go through this again or restretch the skin. Happy healing...im almost at a week.
Happy xmas.....Well i made the one week mark.......
- 25 Dec 2012
- 6 days post
My 2 year old has woken up with terrible gastro, so We have the oposite problem as im really constipated.. my partner has had to take a few more days off work as to help look after us. Im starting to feel nauseous again so im praying i dont get it.... Its a tough time for us all. As i keep saying 'this to will pass'
Hi girls....i went to my first post op appointment...
- 26 Dec 2012
- 7 days post
Worst aspects now are
Nausea at times?
Lack of exercise
Hard to look after kids with partner back at work
But im getting there.......good luck everyone whatever stage you are at and thank god for all your support it gets us all through it!
Day nine and it seems to get better about 5...
- 27 Dec 2012
- 8 days post
Now i feel out if survival mode can finally start thinking about the benefits of it all and why i did it. Im sure you have some of mine and a few of your own to.....
1. I will be able to wear clothes i LIKE and not have to wear because it covers my tummy. I could hardly wear jeans or shorts because they didn't do up or made me look pregnant. Could never wear anything fitted, had to be flowy round tummy. Dictated my style.
2. So i don't get asked if I'm pregnant
3.better body image
4.i don't feel i have to hide my tummy all the time behind Anything!
5. I can see my vagina.....lol
6.it was frustrating at gym when no matter what i did my tummy was big and it would look worse if i got in shape.slim legs and bum big tum..
Now i have something to inspire me...the rest of my body can match it instead..very motivating.
Hang in there girls....we are in this together
Well its been 2 weeks today since my TT with MR....
- 1 Jan 2013
- 13 days post
my TT is coming along very well, the pain is minimal and i am 90% upright. Back pain completely gone. I feel like if i wasn't sick with stomach bug id be feeling pretty good. Ive finally changed my experience to 'worth it'.i am resting a lot though due to sickness so that may help it all. When i stand i still have a lot of tightness and pressure on my lower tummy mainly. I cant wait to exercise haven't done any yet and my muscles are jelly. Im starting to really go stir crazy........With the sickness and Tt I've lost 1 stone! Im sure a lot is fluid though.
I have my appointment with PS in next few days to get BB stitches out. My scar looks great except there is one area on right side that sticks out a bit...do ear? Not sure what is that and what does it look like? It may just be swelling still at this stage hope so.....
Hope everyone is going well. Two weeks is a HUGE difference to 1 week ....will post new pictures in next few days
Added photos at 2 weeks not sure why they are...
- 1 Jan 2013
- 13 days post
Wow its 3 weeks today and each week is much better...
- 8 Jan 2013
- 20 days post
Swelling is getting better to, by the end of the day theres some swelling but its still looks smaller than it did pre surgery. Trying on old clothes is a thrill clothes that made me look pregnant now look great. My husband finally notices and tells me i look great and not to wear some of my old clothes that don't show off my shape! Pain is minimal just the odd twinge. Ive been off all pain killers since day 4. Im wearing the silicon strips for the scar and have been since week 2.
Ive had some bad headaches in past week due to my hunched posture putting pressure on neck. Ive noticed a few people have had that. Ive taken off 6kg or half a stone and plan to keep it that way! Im so determined not to go back and its all worth it because my tummy matches the rest of me now.
Like everyone else i cant wait to exercise! Need to tone the rest of my body as its turning to jelly. Ive booked a massage at week 4 not sure if i should be lying on my tummy though! Can you at week 4? Ill post pictures at week 4.
Good luck to those about to have surgery! Its worth it!
Well its been one month today since op and its so...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 27 days post
The most exercise i do is a one hour walk at my usual pace. I Haven't attempted the gym yet need to get the clear from PS and i don't feel quite ready yet. Im thinking 6 weeks. I am wearing silicone strips on my scar and will start massage and oil soon. Im taking bromelain( natural pineapple extract for inflammation) twice a day, i think it helps but I've got nothing to compare it to as I've taken it from the start.
I started out at 155 pounds now I'm 144. Im hoping to get to 138. Once i start gym should be achievable.
For me its been worth it. Ill post photos soon not much change since last ones yet....
I meant to add i had massage at 3 1/2 weeks its...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 27 days post
Well I'm 5 weeks today! Saw my PS 4 days ago and...
- 22 Jan 2013
- 1 month post
Other than that I'm happy with the scar I'm wearing silicon strips and it seems to help. Energy is almost back to normal and appetite...don't know if thats a good thing!
I'm having weekly massage, its so cheap here in Malaysia $20 an hour...so its easy to. Massage seems to help.i did a steam yesterday with massage to and swelling better today.
Im planning to resume gym next week with walking on treadmill.
Hope everyone is healing well....I'm enjoying reading all your stories. Im still glad i did it!
Well finally at the 'milestone' 6 week mark. It...
- 31 Jan 2013
- 1 month post
My scar is looking better and flattening out at puckered bits. Im not that concerned about it i dont plan on wearing scimpy bikinis again and its mainly what it looks like through clothes .......which is soooooooo much better. Ive lost 20cm off my waist. Its great i feel young again. A flatter tummy seems to be a thing of youth i guess bigger stomach represents children and getting older. Maybe we should just embrace it and respect what our bodies have achieved. I adore having children and dont see why i have to live with the consquences of what it did to my stomach and muscles. I feel ive made the right decision for me.
For scar im still using silicon strips but will ditch that soon and do massage on myself twice a day with oils. I think strips are best for bunching areas etc. once its flattish sounds like oils and massage..and the power of touch to heal is the way to go.
I wrote 'phantom tummy'in the title of my post because im wondering if anyone else is experiencing this...i still feel like i have a big stomach. Internally. Ive heard people say when they loose a limb that they still feel like its there. Its like that it feels big and i look down and cant believe its not. I havent got distorted body image i know its not when i look. Maybe its the swelling internally? It feels like my tummy has a baloon in it sometimes and i look down and its almost flat!
Thanks girls for all your helpful comments again and sharing your stories. It would of been so much harder without this site.
..speady recovery everyone no matter what stage you are at...xxxxxxxxx
Hi everyone..its almost week 10 for me i cant...
- 23 Feb 2013
- 2 months post
Firstly for those about to embark on the journey even through all the side effects it is worth it! You definately get some highs to in the first few months. Trying on clothes etc...
At 10 weeks :)
Some swelling mainly at night
Big apetite...trying to curb it
Can fully exercise(except-abs)
Am very tired.....
Ive read a few other people mention that. I NEVER used to sleep during the day and now could for 2 hours if i had the time..i feel physically more tired than at week 6. Maybe its because now i am living as i did doing full exercise etc. my body is still adjusting. I think thats why im so hungry to ,my body is trying to get some quick energy.
Im back to exercise 4 times a week and can do everything i used to do except abs. I dont do ab exercises at all and dont plan to until 6 months. Its great to be able to get the heart rate up again and to get the adreneline high.
Other than that all great. Tightness in lower tummy much better still a lot of numbness though around BB. I massage scar oil twice a day. Dr Heng says the scar is at its worst around now (2-3 months)and will tone down in redness and flatten from now on. Im happy with my scar so far.
I can see now that the overall recovery does take 6 months. Time flies though and as this site states 95% of us agree its worth it and it is!
I will post photos at 3 months..2 weeks
6 months back to normal......
- 19 Jun 2013
- 6 months post
I just had my 6 month check up with the Dr. He is happy overall but is sugessting a few minor corrections to 'smooth it all out' including some lipo. I have decided not to though. I dont expect perfection im just happy not to look 6 months pregnant, when im not.
I didnt have lipo at the time so its not completely flat but as i said im happy. I feel my BB looks realistic and i would have no problem wearing bikini if i wanted to.
There is no pain at all however i haven't started with ab exercises yet at gym. Other than abs though i do everything as usual with no pain. Still some numbness and slight swelling at times.
I massage scar oil twice a day, i think it helps. Its slowly flattening and fading and bunching skin is much better.
Overall i am happy and i would do it again, even though the recovery was much more than expected. The joy of having a flatter tummy is more than worth it!
Good luck everyone.
I am an expat currently living in Malaysia and this dr is recommended to expats coming to Malaysia for cosmetic surgery.