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6 days Pre-Op - Manhatten, NY

Hello ladies I was asked to create a a blog of my...

Hello ladies I was asked to create a a blog of my tummy tuck/lipo journey. I am 6 days pre-op and im excited and nervous!! My surgery will be done at Lennox Hill Hosp in NYC on April 2nd 2012. The total cost of surgery including, after care, consult etc. Dr. Todd Lefkowitz will be surgeon he is awesome and very honest.

I decided to go under the knife because i had twin girls two years ago. I am only 22 yrs but i have major stretch marks and a kangroos pouch. I feel i am too young to be hiding under baggy clothes and turtle necks. I want to live my life happy with my two beautifull angels in a beautiful body.

Oh FYI i wrote this post on my phone which was...

oh FYI i wrote this post on my phone which was acting i give my doc 5 stars in every category!

Hi ladies so today im 5 days post op and suuuuper...

Hi ladies so today im 5 days post op and suuuuper excitied!!! My final consulatation is tomorrow at NOON!! Seems soo surreal! this whole week just flew by! I'll be making my final payment tomorrow as well as getting my prescritions for my meds and binder. I have a confession.... i just spent the last hour doing cardio at the gym so when my swelling goes down I'll hopefully already have the ab lines teheh. i actually spent the last three weeks working out extra just for that reason alone and if it works I'll def share my diet and workout regimen with you all :) its 2012 and we all deserve to be HOT mommas/grandmas/wives/aunties/daughters/sisters/ !! lol

Hi ladies so today im 5 days pre op and suuuuper...

Hi ladies so today im 5 days pre op and suuuuper excitied!!! My final consulatation is tomorrow at NOON!! Seems soo surreal! this whole week just flew by! I'll be making my final payment tomorrow as well as getting my prescritions for my meds and binder. I have a confession.... i just spent the last hour doing cardio at the gym so when my swelling goes down I'll hopefully already have the ab lines teheh. i actually spent the last three weeks working out extr just for that reason alone and if it works I'll def share my diet and workout regimen with you all :) its 2012 and we all deserve to be HOT mommas/grandmas/wives/aunties/daughters/sisters/ !! lol

So i finally i took my pics. Although i dont have...

So i finally i took my pics. Although i dont have excessive sagging skin or dramatic budge. I am not confident with my 22 yr old body. The stretch marks alone are enough to go insane. Oldly enough I got a terrible cold 2 weeks prior to delieverying my twins and had to hosiptalized. During which had a HORRIBLE cough thats caused my skin to stretch :( bummer., Ive been trying coca butter, merderma and even some out of the country remedies to no avail. Honestly if I didnt have so many strecth marks, i would have gladly just saved a couple thousand and only got lipo. Either way i am still pumped about my surgery on monday !! :)

4 days pre-op and im soooooooo excitied!!! 2 hours...

4 days pre-op and im soooooooo excitied!!! 2 hours until my final consultation before surgery!! Today ill be picking up prescriptions , going over EVERYTHING Pre and Post Op and paying my balance. My boyfriend is taking a late lunch so he can accompany me :) im also going to push the envelope and hit the gym afterwards lol..ill let you ladies.know excatly how it went. much luv ladies.stay blessed mwuah!

Hey ladies so my consultation went super! ;) Paid...

hey ladies so my consultation went super! ;) Paid off my balance, picked up prescriptions and visited the hotel (Affiny) Ill be staying at the night of surgery(its gorgeous) this weeknd im going to be eating fresh vegs and fruits to stay leveled out for the day of. Also my doc suggested I take a colace (stool softner) a night or so before hand to prep my bowels. AHHHHH IM SOOOOO EXCITIED AND READY FOR MONDAY!!

Its Friday!!! the countdown is on!! Just recieved...

Its Friday!!! the countdown is on!! Just recieved the call from the records department in Lennox. Had to answer about 70 pre op questions!! lol f.y.i im in school right now and no one knows of my surgery so imagine me sitting in front of you on the phone like "Yes, Yes, no, no, no, no, lipo, yes, no, yes, January, no, no, yes, Monday" (you get the drift lol) Everyone is looking like me funny now lol. I choose not to tell my classmates or teachers for privacy reasons. Anyhow the nice lady said shelll be calling me back about 130p,m to get me a time for surgery!! Im soo super stoked! I apologize if i sound soo gitty and lame right now but im sure you can all relate! Especially when you have kids and dislike your body. Its like naturally you have to put your kids first in everything and thats the way it should be!, but when you have an opppt to do something for yourself of this natural its phemonal! Brings tears to my eyes when i picture me finally feeling my age of 22 not 72 teheh

Good news ladies!! i got the call today for my...

good news ladies!! i got the call today for my Time of surgery!!! Monday morning i must be at the hospital at seven a.m with a surgery call of eight thirty!!! ,ah hhhh im so excited

In exactly 12 hours ill be sitting in the waiting...

in exactly 12 hours ill be sitting in the waiting room waiting to be called for my surgery!!EKK!! I am over joyed! Actually just got home, the hubby thought it would a great idea to have a family outting before i start house arrest (lol) We decided to take the girls to the zoo and we had an amazing time. It was their first time at the zoo so every moment was picture perfect, I love my little family and seeing the joy on their faces was a great a way to prepare for tomorrow, My doc said im not allowed to lift anything, so please pray for me ladies that'll be strong enough to resist my dumplins faces, Their definately mommys girls and are forever begging me to pick them up "MOMMY PEAS PIK UP" lol. I decided to take this week off from school and being that this fri is Good Friday is even better that school is out lol. So im actually only missing four days of school which is pretty good being that i havent missed a single day since January. My hubby also arranged taking a couple days off of work to help me get into the swing of things. I love this man teheh. Im going to spend the rest of the night relaxing and kissing up my dumplins and muffin because im guessing i wont be soo high spirited on tuesday. I will try and updated while im in the OR waiting room to let you all know where my head is at moment to moment. Right now I have to admit im pretty calm and relaxed. Talk to you all later mwuah!

Today is the big TT day!! im.currently geeting...

Today is the big TT day!! im.currently geeting dressed and ill be enroute to the.hosp in about twenty mins. so my feelings right now i.think my nerves are finally kicking in. i know God is on my side so im trying to remain relaxed. Jope you all have a great day and just in case im not on here before anyone elses big tt day Best Wishes to you all mwuah!

Hii ladies!! i offically crossed over!!! Im about...

hii ladies!! i offically crossed over!!! Im about 12 hours post op!! the doc said i did great and i look amazing i have yet to see myself put i cant wait! Im feeling oots of differ pains right now. The left said feels like its pulling, the middle is sore and my right side is burning. trust me ladies the pain is real!! so be ready! i have to give lennox hill a big thumbs all ALL the nurses i had (about 8) were incredible!!! each put me a great piece of mind and were OVERLY accommodating! so i can't even wait to see my tummy!! currently I'm with my aftercare nurse at the hotel (who.doesn't work at lennox) and is too damn rough!!! ! thank goodness my hubby is here constantly checking her, because I'm not able to right now!! lol anyway I'll keep you ladies updated

26 hours post op and boy the pain really hits you...

26 hours post op and boy the pain really hits you the following day! ky hubby is playingmr mom right now thank god he is here with me time for more meds i get to see ny belly tom morrow :) too tired too continue typing ttyll mwuahz!!

Fyi ladies DON'T LAUGH AT ALL! no jokes, funny...

fyi ladies DON'T LAUGH AT ALL! no jokes, funny movies or anything!! my hubby just tried to cheer me up which brought me to tears for like 15 mins straight. once you start laughing your stomach WILL NOT stop contracting even after the funny any longer joke its not funny :( Tomorrow i will get to shower and get a look at tummy, incision and new belly button!! so happy about that. ok time to take meds, I'll check in with you all tomorrow!! Love you galz!! you all are truly my inspirations and support team!

Hey luvz almost 48 hours post op just had cough...

hey luvz almost 48 hours post op just had cough attack that nearly sent me into a panic!! so as long as you dont cough, burp, break wind,. or breathe too heavy youll be just fine. O_o My hubby had to go to work today and the girls are in daycare so i have to be strong and take care of myself until 6. I'm not completely alone though Gos is always with me and so is my kitten Braxton lol. My hubby opened up my binder and tools me i look amazing so I'm so excited to be taking my first shower tonight!!! yay!

Hi ladies enroutr to my first post op visit. I'm...

hi ladies enroutr to my first post op visit. I'm running two hours behind but trust if you know the pain I'm in g youll understand i took my first shower last night and it was amazing!! sadly my period came lay night so I'm also cramping ughhhhh its true torture!! well hope you all have a great day and stay blessed

Just left my post op appt my doc said i look great...

just left my post op appt my doc said i look great and although I'm swollen i look remarkable! honestly not to twoot my own horn but for feeling so swollen my stomach already looks flat!! which is awesome! i can only imagine how great i will look after swell hell has ended :) My doc also said monday i can have my drains taken out which is also incredible because they seem to be causing the most pain! i will try and part pics later, I've taken pics from hours after surgery until today sender i can already see the change :)

As you see about 99.9999 percent of my stretch...

As you see about 99.9999 percent of my stretch marks at gone!! HALLEJIAH!!! My docotor discussed the two above my belly buttonand one on the side that couldnt be removed so thats all that are left!! I plan on getting a tattoo to cover the incision of the surgery so im def not worried about those! I am literally over joyed with my outcome and just to think this is me SWOLLEN!! When swell hell is gone i will have my hour glass pancake stomach back yahoo!

I tried to flip the pictures forgive me ladies for...

I tried to flip the pictures forgive me ladies for breaking your necks! lol

Hi ladies today makes four days post op. last...

hi ladies today makes four days post op. last night i slept like a baby :) my pain level was and still is about,a 2.(and that includes cramps from also menstruating rite now. the only complaint i do have are my knees. i know we must keepthem bent with pillows under them every time were sitting, but geez they are beginning to feel like they won't be able to be straighten out again.

4 days post op and i got out bed and made it all...

4 days post op and i got out bed and made it all.tje.way to the bthrm.without hubby this morning!!! he purchased me a pink cane yesterday and it really its helping me fix.net posture , gain a little independence back and give my a break teheh

Hubby decided it would be good idea to goo...

hubby decided it would be good idea to goo shopping in mall today.now we ended up at the movies..sadly i can't recline in the chair I'm the only once hunched fr forward in the theater lol

Hey ladies these tips are helpful hints for all...

hey ladies these tips are helpful hints for all the ladies (like myself) who were not able to rent a recliner, hospital bed or shower seat for that matter. ok here it goes
1. To fix the recliner issue in my house i have a love seat and a single seat couch what i did was remove rye cushion from the single seat couch and stood it up against one arm of the love seat to create back support. after which i took two pillows and placed them under my knees and one pillow under my feet viola! a homemade recliner!

2. To create at home hospital bed, need the same cushion you used for the back supporter for your "recliner" This time you want to place the pillows behind your back/neck and the cushion this time will go flat under your knees(hope your getting the visual) and viola a very comfy "hospital bed" feel free too add or abstract extra pillows

3.The scary shower i have a retractable shower head so i put on flip flops for extra support and just housed away, is great because you don't have too get your bandages wet if you don't like and if you would like to wash your hair you can have anyone assit with just your hair our sit at the end of the tub (supervised) and do so your self.

Hope this helps you guys out! if you have ANY QUESTIONS feel free to ask me

Hey luvz! I have more tips and tricks regarding...

Hey luvz! I have more tips and tricks regarding the "liquid diet" I know everyone has their own journey but if your like me (a snacker) i HAVE TO EAT lol.. I didnt want to hear a darn thing about a "liquid damn diet" lol ...All i day was eat foods that contain mass amounts of water and or create fullness without being stuffed.++++ NOTE: I took 1 Colace (stool sofner) every 6 hours starting 72 hours before surgery to make sure i wouldnt be backed up after surgery and I am glad to say I was not+++. Heres a list of things i snacked on for 48 hours up until midnight which i wasnt allowed to eat any more,

Lettuce, Spinach, Brocolli, Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Almonds, Cashews, Strawberries, Cherries, Coconut Water, Pomegrente Juice, Bananas, Tuna (in water) LOTS AND LOTS OF TEA!! (im a heav herbal tea drinker

Bascially as you see most of the items listed are ingredients of salads. Which are great because they release as water in your digestive system. I ate them separtely so my brain will feel like im still eating. I researched that nuts make you feel fuller longer, so i ate Almonds and Cashews as my last meal at 10pm on sunday night with 2 cups of tea.

The only reason I dont agree with strictly the liquid diest because trust ladies when the hunger pains kick in (and trust they WILL kick in) and you cant eat you will be sorry! AND depending on when your surgery is you can be possibly spending the entire surgery day withough food or water and it will put you on edge. AND Last but not least when you do finally eat you most likely over eat, which will definately cause gas pains that will seriously burn and feel like your stomach is earing apart (soory for the graphics)

Hope this helps! I am 6 days PO and feeling great! Walked 2 miles today and i get my drains taken out in the morning woot woot! Best wishes to all PRE OP AND speedy recovery to all POST OP! Stay beautiful ladies!

Currently sitting in my doctors waiting room...

currently sitting in my doctors waiting room eagerly waiting for my Drains to be taken out!! he is inn the OR right now so I'm just sitting here waiting. i was hoping to be in and out so i could surprise my hubby and meet him for lunch today being that he works like 15 mins from my doc office. please baby jesus let time be on side because i also have to pick up the girls from at 430pm!!

Ughh so aggy right now my doc promised me last...

ughh so aggy right now my doc promised me last week.both drains will be out today!! he only took one out!!!!!! ugghhhhh these damn things have me on to o much pain! i have to wait until thursday to get the next one taken out!!! i took a pic of the length of the drain so you guys can see why I'm so upset and why it pains me! :(

Morn ladies.im 8 days po and i have to attend ...

morn ladies.im 8 days po and i have to attend school.this.morning :( one of my professors actually emailed last week and said if i plan on y passing his course i will bee present today. ugghh i decided not to tell ANYONE in my school about my surgery for privacy reasons. my hubby will be dropping then the kids off and picking them up so all I have to worry about is getting myself ready and out the door and back home safeAnyhow pray for me ladies

Hey ladies im 9 days post op today and i had a...

Hey ladies im 9 days post op today and i had a great day! Today i compelety skipped out onALL the meds. I wasnt in ANY pain or discomfort :) I will take the meds before bedtine though (because in the middle night when my body naturally wants to move but i must stay constricted to sleep on my back is) when im in the most pain. Also I took pics today of my stomach and i am AMAZED!!! I still am competely swolllen and numb (all over a not sure if that is normal )still for 9 days later..but my stomach is already flat and looks great! I still have one drain in which comes out tomorrow!! so im feeling really positive today! Hope you all are having happy recoveries as well :)

Hey ladies today im 11 days post op and still...

Hey ladies today im 11 days post op and still feeling great! I Cut back on my meds at about 75%! I ALSO SHOWERED WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE THIS MORNING!!! It was wonderful!.

WARNING!!!! Ladies DO NOT TAKE TOO MANY COLACE OR...

WARNING!!!! Ladies DO NOT TAKE TOO MANY COLACE OR LAXATIVES! Ive been sitting my bthroom since 10am with non. stoping diarrhea. i know.at first it feels like their.not.working, when they finally do hit your system this.is the result!! Be catious!!!

Im.offically 2 weeks PO and i have been having...

im.offically 2 weeks PO and i have been having constant pure liquid diarrhea for 72 hrs!! im weak irritable, cramps and in the bth rm every 10mins!! headn to hospitsl in the morning im scared! i have been researching and my systoms sound similar to something called Clostridium difficle. I'm not sure yet but i do know I'm scared

IM ALIVE!!!! The 72 hrs dirahea has come to a...

IM ALIVE!!!! The 72 hrs dirahea has come to a halt! lol For those of you worried im ok! I went to the ER yesterday becuase the hubby got too worried and nervous. turns out because of my recent surgey im sesible to catching colds and a caught a virus going around :( it lasted more then the usual 24hrs because my body is also recoverying from sugery. So it just rejected everything i put in it whether bad or good. Im feeling a TON better i appreciate your prayers everyone!!

Hey ladies just checking in :) im doing great! Day...

Hey ladies just checking in :) im doing great! Day 16 PO still pretty swollen but still majorly flat..cant wait until the swelling goes down and i can hit the gym with the bubby! im deteremined to have atleast a 4 pack before July!! Hope you all are doing great and are preparing for your journeys or recoverying from your victories! Take Care.

Hey ladies feeling great today!! 18 PO WOOT WOOT!...

Hey ladies feeling great today!! 18 PO WOOT WOOT! Cant believe i made it this far!! and guess what?? I actually slept flat lastnight yay!!! im still wearing my binder and i picked up a few other compression garments to switch it up sometimes, I will continue to wear these garments until my PS tell me not to. Also (drumroll please!!!) I am about half of an inch from standing up straight!!!! My hubby tells me dont force it just wait patiently but he doesnt understand like WE do lol. Im sick of being hunch back of Notre Dame lol.. I want to have perfect posture ya know! Anyhow pretty excitied about this weekend, the hubby wants to wine and dine (minus the wine lol) me this weekend just because. Geezz I love this man! Hope you ladies all have a fabulous weekend!! Best wishes to everyone both Preop and PostOp we are all connected by the drive we possets! Love you all smoochez! S/O to Cmans for telling me about this site again girl!! muah!

Hey luvz!!!! i know ive been MIA!!! i been super...

Hey luvz!!!! i know ive been MIA!!! i been super busy with school and i actually went a mini vacay last week nonetheless im 7 weeks PO!!! I feel phemonal!! i still a tad swollen on the right lower side but nothing drastic. I have three compression garments and there all too big so im searching for a new tight one as we speak. Hope you all are having a speedy recovery mwuah!

Hey ladies!! Just a quick update! Im now 14 weeks...

Hey ladies!! Just a quick update! Im now 14 weeks PO and I feel great!! Swell hell comes and goes depending on what i eat and the activity im doing. I am back excercising regulary, my sex life is awesome tehe and I fiished school last week. I plan on having ALOT of fun this summer!! Oh and drum roll please....... I WORE A TWO BINKINI TO THE BEACH YESTERDAY!!! It felt awesome!! First time i felt confidient enough to wear a two piece in three years :) ill try and post the pics. Im looking into getting my boobies done later this year to complete the new look :) Ladies stay blessed and encouraged! Best wishes to those of you PREOP and HOLLA to my POstOp mamaz! mwuah!

Cant believe I havent been on here in like a year SHAME ON ME!!

Hiiii ladies!! My apologies for being M.I.A for over a year for shame!! I hope your all recovering/recovered well from your TT and my ladies who haven't gone yet are preparing mentally and physically for the procedure. I had my TT done more than a year ago April 2 2012. One of the best decision ive made in my life!!! Ive also been weight training so I look fab I will post photos soon!! Hope is well smooches!!!
Dr. Todd Lefkowitz

I love my surgeon Todd Lefkowitz he is awesome!!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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You look gorgeous!! Love your results so far!!
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wow! you look amazing girl. congratulations on the new you!!!!!
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keep it up girl,,looking good.
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Malibu how are you? how are classes? Happy healing luv
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hey hun my classes just ended woot woot! How are you?
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you look fantastic, im so happy for you... I just had my TT done on may 14 tomorrow i get the right drain out . i got the other one out monday.. felt bizarre coming out.. I just wanted to say I am so glad you got it done now , your young and have so much life ahead of you. My three children are grown 21 25 26 and I just got it done , its never to late but i wished i did it years ago.. I was a single mother and put myself through college and I put the kids first. I am a Registered Nurse and now Im living my life for me.. I love your story and wish you so much happiness.. Ps march 22 I got Breast augmentation so right now im over the top, life is Good.. xoxoxxo best of luck to you .....
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Your such an inspiration!!!! You deserve to be the hot mama now!!
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Hey malibusunshyne, its good to know that you are doing good and you look great girl..I was wondering what you were using for your scar treatment? Im 8 days post-op today so I haven't gotten to that stage yet but im hoping that I will be able to start after my appt next week.
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Hi thanks so much hun and congrats to you too :) Ive been using strctly shea butter. i only want natural ingredients around my incision
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They did a great job! You look awesome! I want to get a TT n lipo sooo bad but i do not want to pay over 5000 for both. Do you have the number to the hosptial? How long do you have to stay at the hotel?
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My surgeon actually relocated, google New York Ear, Eye Throat Clinic and youll find the number :) Hotel is MANDATORY for one night
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You look great! looks like you lost weight.
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thanx hun! yes ive been excercising a bunch :)
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hey girl... checking in to see how everything is going?
@Rosy913 should be under 5k, really depends on the person.
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hey luv im doing great!! how are you?
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You look great! Love the bikini!
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thanks babes
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Malibusunshyne you look amazing. What did the 4,700 covered at lenox hill hospital. I have an appt on may 17...I hope all goes well so I can schedule my appt already. I just want a tummy tuck and lipo of the flanks do you have any clue what that might run up to?
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hey love it covered...tummy tuck, mr, lipo of fllanks, compression garment, meds, hotel stay and nurse fee
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also medical photography
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How are you doing?
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hey luv im doing awesome how are you?
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Tummy tuck, and lipo of flanks, and back. I can't wait!
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im so excitied for you!!
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Malibusunshyne your results looks amazing in such short time after post op! I wish i can recover just as fast as you but then again I'm a lot older than you. I just turned 35 and have three kids so I will probably not be able to bounce back as quick. Can't wait to see more pictures. Thanks for your support ;-)
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