Should I be wearing a pubic compression garment?? Dressings Removed New Pictures and Stabbing Pains explained :) 16 days PO x

So, I have booked myself in for a tummy tuck. I...

So, I have booked myself in for a tummy tuck. I should find out next Friday if I can get the money but I just though that I should keep moving towards this as I've wanted it for a long time. I am 38 and 5f1' and weigh around 11stone 4 but I want to try and lose some more weight before the tuck. I have felt really encouraged by this site. So fingers crossed I will get the money and be able to start my life at last.

Oh my god i'm so scared...30 day countdown as of...

Oh my god i'm so scared...30 day countdown as of tomorrow..

So i'm getting a wedge pillow and have been...

so i'm getting a wedge pillow and have been looking at raised toilet seat and toilet frames!

Going to do a massive shop tomorrow! get a few...

going to do a massive shop tomorrow! get a few weeks worth of essentials as i guess i wont want to go shopping after the surgery!
3 weeks to go...

So i went and did a big shop yesterday. stocked up...

so i went and did a big shop yesterday. stocked up on things like washing powder and milk and also bought a few items that I have seen others mention on here like stool softeners and some big pairs of belly warmers for after the op! going to try and find a couple of front fastening nightshirts and ive won a toilet frame and raised seat on ebay for a fiver! TT is definitely on my mind but i'm kind of looking forward to it and hoping ill be ok recovring x

Tummy tuck is in 3 weeks now

Tummy tuck is in 3 weeks now

Lying in bed thinking about this surgery and how...

Lying in bed thinking about this surgery and how it will change my life. I seriously cannot believe i'm doing this.

it's weird you know. I always kind of thought that this type of surgery was for other people. Other people who's body and self esteem mattered. I have been thinking about TT for years but I guess I just didn't think I was worth it.

I have had this overhang stomach since i was a child as i was very overweight. My Dad died when i was 6 and i just ate and ate and ate. I was a stone in weight for each year of my life. I was 8 stone at 8yrs old.

I grew up in England in the 70's (punks and lots of racism) and it wasn't easy and being the only Indian kid plus being overweight with this huge stomach.

It was hard for a little girl and I guess I must have waddled when I walked which is why kids would shout Pregnant Penguin at me.These words still ring in my ears today and it's affected my self confidence all of my life.

I have never been able to see my pubic area when looking down and this area hangs forward too. I am having a mons tuck incorporated into the TT. I only realised that that part could be treated when I happened to watch 'embarrassing bodies' and saw a lady getting it done so thank God i knew to ask the Surgeon. I just wish i had done all of this earlier as I don't have any children (not had a boyf for 4 years nearly)

Really don't want to feel like Pregnant Penguin anymore although i still cry for that poor little girl that I was.

2 weeks 2 days til TT now. bought some cough...

2 weeks 2 days til TT now. bought some cough sweets and syrup but not sure what else i can do in preparation. going for my pre op at transform on monday and am wondering what it will be like

Been for the pre-op at transform today saw a...

been for the pre-op at transform today saw a lovely nurse and went through lots of things including being weighed and photos being taken and also blood for tests. i also paid the rest of the money for the surgery but I know it will be worth it! really cant believ its only 2 weeks away! sunday 30th is the day of the op ! YIKES!

So it's one week now til surgery and I'm getting a...

So it's one week now til surgery and I'm getting a bit scared. i have read that the op lasts 3 hours! oh i don't even want to think what will be going on during that time. Ive been trying to get some work done in the house and get stocked up on stuff and also working full time so the stress levels are rising! been feeling a little under the weather and a bit down and i dont know why seeing as i have wanted this for so long. hope it will all be ok x

Honestly cant believe its come round so quick. i'm...

honestly cant believe its come round so quick. i'm so scared and worried i've not got enough things ready :(

Surgery tomorrow and im trying to stay calm sorted...

surgery tomorrow and im trying to stay calm sorted all my stuff out ready for tomorrow hope i'll be ok x

I'm now 3 days post op. still feeling quite weak...

i'm now 3 days post op. still feeling quite weak but better than i expected x

5 days post op. had lots of probelems with drains...

5 days post op. had lots of probelems with drains and my dressings are covered in blood going to have drain 2 out tomorrow thank god x

So after, suffering for a week and a half I have...

So after, suffering for a week and a half I have decided to spend £60 on a new compression garment. Expensive I know but the one i have is driving me nuts! It is a long pair of cycling shorts with a slit at the crotch. Yuk! You have to go to the toilet through this thing and you cannot take it off... also it rides up and rolls over right on my lipo sites. I abadonded the actual hard binder last week as that also was driving me crazy. The nurse at transform told me I was ok to go without the main hard binder so I am trusting her advice. the new one has a side zip and also a pop fastening gusset to make the toilet trips a little more pleasant! Cannot wait to get it. I'm going to cut mine off and burn it lol!!

Also i'm wondering when I can actually take a shower...i'm giong back to the hospital tomorrow to have my dressings removed...maybe after that I can shower but I'll have to ask them.

Last Thursday I suddenly started to feel a bit...

Last Thursday I suddenly started to feel a bit depressed and teary. I had been staying with family but came home that night and have been looking after myself since then. I also came on my period which was heavy and painful, plus wearing the compression garments and using pads etc. has not been the nicest of things.
Also, felt like I was recovering at a lightning rate after the op but seem to have gone backwards over the past few days. Much more sore than I was last week (although i'm much more mobile) and sleeping only on my back is driving me crazy. I live quite far out from most of my friends so have only had 2 visitors since coming back home too so will try and arrange some more and will try and get out today to visit family.
Also, my belly button has been weeping which has worried me slightly - it has been fine for the first 2 weeks and then all of a sudden there has been discharge even coming through the dressings and compression garment. And there is a slight smell coming from it too. Very attractive!
Also I can see that one of my drain sites has been bleeding. Why after 2 week? Have i done something wrong??
Really feeling lonely and down altho I picked up my cat from the cattery yesterday so it doesn't feel so empty at home now. Hope I can cheer up. Feel like I'm never going to get better the way I feel at the moment :(

I just want to add that I am really HAPPY that I...

I just want to add that I am really HAPPY that I have had the TT and even though I'm swollen and fed up I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I don't want to put anyone off the idea of having this surgery. Having a flat tummy is going to be great. In fact I'm going to take some pics of me in a dress I bought and will post and I will try and cheer up too xxx
Ps - I'm going to have my dressings removed on tuesday and won't have any bandages on my incisions - will that be safe?
Also - I think as of tonight i can take my compression garment off at night - is that right?

Just added some pics i took last week in a bid to...

just added some pics i took last week in a bid to cheer up and also because I don't want to put anyone off having a TT xxx

Wow, so I posted this morning to say I'm feeling...

Wow, so I posted this morning to say I'm feeling down and all you lovely ladies have made me feel so much better!! I decided to go and see my family who pampered me and made me feel loads better. Feeling good tonight and watching The Golden Compass on TV lol :) Also, I have a new compression garment, much better and softer than the MACON (£60) one. This one is by Marilyn Monroe Intimates and cost £13 from TK Maxx and is called Tummy Control Body Briefer and it has a really good tummy panel too.
Thanks again for all the love ladies x x x x x x

Been having stabbing pains around my drain points...

Been having stabbing pains around my drain points and and around my incision. Also feeling very tired most of the day with little bursts of energy. Maybe there is a weird point 2 weeks after TT ?
Going back to Transform tomorrow and getting bandages removed will update when i get back x x x

So I've been to have my bandages removed today and...

So I've been to have my bandages removed today and my stitches...was painless but not exactly enjoyable lol. So the nice nurse removed it all and i actually took a look at my incision and bb ( I have added new pics...kind of makes me feel a bit woozy looking at them :-/ ) and I now just have my incisions with nothing over them!!! I have been given an inodine spray which I have to spray onto the wounds twice daily - it's like a brown coloured dry spray so I'll put some on before I go to bed too.
I asked the nurse about the stabbing pains and she said it was all of my nerve endings re-activating and starting to work again and so it is a good sign to have the pains!!
I'm wearing big belly warmers now (big enough to cover all the wounds) and with my compression garment over the top and then the binder.
Hope all you lovely ladies are well x x x

Wondering if i should be wearing a compression...

Wondering if i should be wearing a compression type thing on the mons area? looking at my pics is looks a little droopy. has anyone else been wearing one?
Mr Mahdi

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Wow! You look wonderful! Thank you for your story! I would be interested to know how you are doing now? Congrats!!
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You look great! I'm having mine done this Friday 10/19. I can't wait to look as good as you!
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You look great! Best wishes for your continued healing :)
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thankyou xx
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I did have the area lipo'd its just that I thought it would be slightly flatter than it is... Yes I am still numb! i keep bumping into things and feeling a dull thud! x
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It'll be fluid I'm sure, I can't tell yet that mines been done except for that I'm black, blue, green and yellow down there from bruising! That for now is my only guarantee it's been done there! X
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fantastic pictures, looks like you are healing really well. xx
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thanks jan x
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I at the last minute asked about this because I was worried I'd have a raised pubic area. From being at my heaviest to losing weight I didn't feel I'd lost any from there and .......ahem.......apart from .....ahem....."climbing aboad in the act" so to speak, how are you you gonna lose it from there??? I've heard of no way of how to exercise it!!! Apparantly for us ladies it will getter "puffy" as we get older and apparantly also common to get it lipo'd so I got mine done at the same time as my TT and other lipo areas, an added on cost. I'm sure if you google it you'd find something for it though. X
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Hi Phoenix, looking good girl! Tidy cut line :) You've answered my questions on my stinging feeling too, a most odd feeling. Never ended up out today so going to drive tomorrow and I go back Thursday to have all removed and hopefully no more dressings, I can't wait to see under them. I'll post new pictures after the visit. You look great : - 0 ) X
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Your new pics are awesome! I hope my results will be so good.
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aw thanks... its a bit scary looking at them....can't believe what I have been through and how far I am along in the process but it has all been so worth it. you are gonna do just fine and you are gonna look great :) xxxxxxxx
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Hi Phoenix - I can't feel anything on drain points but I've got some stinging pains and also what I can liken to pins and needles along my cut. Have you driven yet? Let us know how you go today. X
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yes i have been driving but not too far... it is not so bad apart from when you go over bumps and my incision is so sore today...its also not very comfortable getting in and out of the seat but apart from that its bearable xxx
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you are looking great... i love your new dresses
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thanks Tjuana - I should have taken out another loan for new clothes too! xx
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Forgot to also mention with you saying about taking compression garment off, Transform have told me a minimum of 4 weeks day and night. I've got the ones with the legs in now and so much better, just above my knees. X
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see what I mean about Transform! So much conflicting information. The Nurse (Sue Sadjady - lovely lady) told me after 2 weeks you can go onto just days for the CG and that if you keep that on you dont need the hard binder at all. I'm gonna keep mine on day and night anyway I think especially seeing as the Marilyn one is so comfortable (a bit hard to get on but the fabric has a real softness to it, it's lovely. TK Maxx is the way forward!) Glad your new CG is going well - I just couldn't handle the slit opening especially when my period came! xxxxx
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Morning - and is it today your birthday??? If so Happy Birthday! Yes we do seem to have had different experiences more so in surgeons I reckon. I had Sue on my last day, had a giggle as I was high on the ceiling with 2 tramadol! Sue took my drains out and re-dressed my dressings and with another nurse also very down to earth says it how it is etc, they put my in short short CG and had to stand against the wall arms up and felt like something out of a film saying to me "spread em"!!!! So for being high I'd not remember much from that morning in terms of on what to do and when. Since leaving I've rang 3 times for advice and rang Dawn the aftercare nurse. I figure as she sees us all after the event she accesses each person on how they're recovering etc but the basics I'd say should be the same. I took my magic knickers in from Debenhams last week to show her to see if I could start wearing them and Dawn said I could from 4 weeks after surgery. They are very comfy like a second skin and silky smooth. They have shoulder straps and fit around your bra, come quite a way up your back and down to mid to knee length with no seams so nothing pulling tight, all smooth. They too have a hole for the loo which when I tried them on I asked could I have another pair as they were faulty with a hole in! I was a tad embarressed when they explained! The others I have had from M&S don't have loo holes! They were £35 which can seem expensive. I wear over my underwear. They do all sorts of styles and I always go for full body so no digging in anywhere. Debenhams is the only place I can find with shoulder straps in, they're are like bra straps so you can adjust. Once I'm back in them I'll post a picture so you can see what I'm warbling on about! For strapless dresses I wear my M&S ones that come up under your brad and down to mid thigh/knee. Glad your feeling better too :) X
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Happy birthday hope you have a lovely day x x
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I saw them in debenhams the other week they look ace x
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Oh gosh I hope I haven't ruined things by not using binders or CG properly. I'll be with dawn tomorrow so hopefully she will say im doing ok! my bday is 28th October lol but thanks for the good wishes :-D x x x
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thanks jan lol! yes it's on the 28th :) xxx
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I really feel for you and wish you were next door to give you company. I've been feeling elation one day and the next really fed up and didn't know why. After reading your recent post and the replies I feel better that I'm not going round the twist! I do hope your feeling better. Re your tummy button it's possibly an infection which from reading tons on here it's very common and they'll give you anitbiotics for it. And as for your pictures you look flippin FANTASTIC!!! Where did you get your dresses from? Keep your chin up, take care. XXX
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Thankyou so much for your lovely message. I have been buying the dresses off ebay by searching for Bodycon dresses... I never thought I would be buying dresses in that style! it really does feel great knowing you can wear something tight instead of the usual tents I normally have to get!! Hope you are feeling ok xxx
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