Awake TT: FIVE MONTHS ON THE 24TH

After losing 57 lbs I was left with a mini apron...

After losing 57 lbs I was left with a mini apron as my lower abdomen and no shape. I decided to go for a tt so that I can feel sexier and more confident after my weight loss. I'm both nervous and excited. My tt will be done under local anesthesia with a combination of lipo.

Well, I started classes today which I know will...

Well, I started classes today which I know will keep me entertained until my surgery. My class runs from today 8/22 to 10/17.
I have a friend who knows some one who this the lymphatic massages close to where I live and who is willing to travel to my home and do them , yeahyy. I have also been researching where to buy wedge pillows from that are not so expensive and I haven't had any luck. Since the majority of the good ones are over $60 I decided to call my nearest rent a center and see if they rented recliners (I bumped into someone in one of the boards who did this).
I called th local store and they are only charging me $100 to rent the recliner for a month!!!!! I spoke to my husband about it and he thought it was an awesome idea therefore I will be placing my order tomorrow. I have been a little nervous about sleeping arrangements because we have a queen sized bed and my hubby loves to throw his arm around me while he sleeps ( although i love to cuddle I don't want that happening
post surgery) so I am happy he liked the idea.
Well that's all for now. I will check in with you guys later.

Alice

So yesterday I finally made it out to the...

So yesterday I finally made it out to the rent-a-center around my way and tried out the recliner. IT WAS SO SUPER COMFORTABLE!!! The young lady that took care of me was awesome and told me to go back to the store about a week before to provide payment and set up delivery. I'm excited. Time can't go by fast enough ;-)

My pre-op appt is a month from this Saturday. What questions should I ask during my pre-op visit?

I was looking at my belly today and thinking how...

I was looking at my belly today and thinking how is not so bad. Made me wonder if I was making the right move. But then I turned to the side and sucked my belly in while holding it with my hands and realized HOW AMAZING I WOULD LOOK WITHOUT IT!!! I'm so very excited but a bit nervous of having a too high/too low or to the side BB, possibilities of seromas or DVTs. I guess this are all normal things to feel worried about . I trust my PS and his work ; it's just that I can't help but worry about those things. My preop is on 10/03 and I've printed pictures of what I don't want to look like and once of how I would like my results to be so I can discuss at the appt. I'm working on maintaining my weight and trying to lose atleast 5 lbs before surgery. Catch you guys later

Did anyone else worry about bein on your cycle...

Did anyone else worry about bein on your cycle Right before surgery or during the first week (which seems to be te toughest)? I don't know why that freaks me out!!! I am praying my cycle is here early October or two to three weeks after my surgery. I have PCOS so my cycle is super crazy without a set day. Since losing weight within the last year in a half ago I have seen my cycle every month which is a big change from two to three times a year. Yeahy me!!!

Reliving 9/11 all over again through the media has...

Reliving 9/11 all over again through the media has been really sad... Being from New York and experiencing first hand the events of that day was and will continue to always be unforgettable. RIP to all those who lose their lives and may god grant healing to the hearts of those who still and will always hurt for the ones the lost.

I'm so excited!!! I'm exactly two weeks away from...

I'm so excited!!! I'm exactly two weeks away from my preop appointment. I started writing down all the questions I want to ask because it always happens that I forget as soon as I walk through the door. My weight has been at a steady 160lbs but I would def like to lose five lbs before surgery . Since losing weight I haven't been shopping for a new clothes so everything in my closet fits me kinda big. I went from a size 14 to a size 8 and if it wasnt for my "apron" a could even fit a size 6. I decided not to go shopping until a couple months after surgery. Thankfully I work in scrubs (already fit me big) therefore I won't have to shop for work clothes after the famous "swell he'll" kicks in. My sister in law had a tt march of this year and her recovery was amazing and she didn't really experience crazy swell hell. Praying for a smooth recovery. I've been keeping up on a couple of you ladies and your recovery journeys. I continue to pray fir everyone to have smooth recoveries without complications and fantastic results.

Chao ladies

Dear Lord, On this beautiful night I pray that...

Dear Lord,
On this beautiful night I pray that you provide me with the patience I will need to deal with the "swell hell" everyone is talking about. Please help all my TT'ers through their journeys and help them understand that although "swell hell" is a pain, it is not here to stay. It's the consequences we pay for a flat tummy. Oh, and Dear Lord, please help me remember this post/prayer when is my turn to go through the tummy tuck and experience "swell hell".

Amen

Well guys, today, I'm just feeling plain fat!!! I...

Well guys, today, I'm just feeling plain fat!!! I can't wait to get rid of this damn apron. I can't stand it.

Wow!!! So exactly a month from today I will say...

Wow!!! So exactly a month from today I will say goodbye to my apron. Sweet!!! I need to get myself together and lose another five pounds and hit the gym so I can be ready. I'm working on it..

In exactly eight days I will be at my pre-op appt....

In exactly eight days I will be at my pre-op appt. How exciting!! This will be the "it" day. The day that I will no longer have one ounce of doubt about what I want to do. I'm positive of removing this apron but I want the cherry on-top. Once I ask all the questions I need to ask and discuss my concerns then I will be 100% sure. Right now I'm at a 99% just because I want to ask many questions and hear what I will be expecting before and during surgery. I'm having an Awake tummy tuck so I really want to hear how this is going to work. Anyways, just a week and a day. Once we discuss everything I will make my final payment. I gave a down payment and have waited on paying the rest until I get all of my questions answered.

So, I had to log on and share this with you guys...

So, I had to log on and share this with you guys today.
Like Bella83 , I found myself dreaming about my tummy tuck. One of my worst fears is having to do a revision and that is exactly what my dream was about. Not bloody at all. I went in for surgery and the next thing I know I was up and looking at my flat belly except for an AWFUL RIDGE on the bottom of my scar. I pray that I like everything I see and that my PS listens. I have a couple more pounds I want to lose so I know my body needs more work so I'm not expecting perfection but I am expecting a FLAT TUMMY which is what I'm paying for.

Now thinking about it,I know why I had that dream. I was on youtube last night and saw a video of a young lady who went out to Columbia and had tummy tuck and BA/BL. After coming back to the states she almost died. The out of state surgeon left something inside and she wasn't healing and ended up with an infection that if she would have waited one more day to attend to, she would have been dead. Seeing the video made me thank God that I decided to do the surgery here in the US. After coming back to the states no one wanted to take her on as a patient; that right there was one of my major fears. Needless to say, I'm happy with staying in the US even if that means paying a couple extra dollars. Peace of mind is priceless.

Well 23 days to go before surgery... I'm starting a strict diet and workout routine today so that I can lose about 10 pounds before surgery.

Well, day one of my strict diet. It went well. I...

Well, day one of my strict diet. It went well. I have my mind set on one goal and that is to lose 10 lbs. I'm trying this strict/diet exercise until Monday and if that does not work I will be detoxing. I did the 21 lbs in 21 detox in January and lost 18 lbs so I know that would give me the quick results I need before surgery. I will keep you guys posted on my weight loss.I am currently at 163.2 lbs (which is already 3.2 lbs above where I want to be and am looking to be at 153 and under for the surgery.

On another note, I received a call from my PS office today. Nicole wanted to r/s my appointment from 10:15 to 1:30pm on the same day. I still can't believe that is next week. I told her I was a bit nervous and she replied "You are going to do great". I love that she is so reassuring. Anyways, that is all for today now back to doing homework and reading my chapters (that is also going back so fast. I have another two weeks before classes end).

Well, I lost a whole pound!!!! 163.2 to now 162...

Well, I lost a whole pound!!!! 163.2 to now 162.2!!! Not bad. I will keep you guys posted.

160.8 lbs as of this morning!!!!! Yeah me!!!!...

160.8 lbs as of this morning!!!!! Yeah me!!!! Don't think I will be detoxing. I will continue what I'm doing. For those who want to know : I'm eating 5-6 meals a day (which is my norm and how I've maintained ) which includes three snacks that as of this week include protein (I bake turkey patties which I make at home. I buy the turkey meat and season it with lemon pepper, basil and Mrs Dash then form into patties and bake for about 45 minutes or until browned) at every snack with or without a piece of fruit. I love bread and rice but haven't been eating any of it at all so far this week. To be honest I haven't started exercising between work and school I haven't found the time and I'm lazy about getting up early and exercising before work. Well just wanted to let you guys know how I'm doing and I will check in tomorrow morning again.

Well, I just finished reviewing other tt'ers...

Well, I just finished reviewing other tt'ers updates and I've realized that I can not go into surgery expecting perfection. Everyone's body is different therefore I need to stop looking for comparisons of how I think I will look. This does not mean that I will not express my desires to my PS and expect him to deliver so so work. I will definitley express my wants and desires and hope that the results are close to excellent. I'm not looking to be a super model but I am looking to have a more defined waste line and a flat tummy.

Ladies today I am HUNGRY!!!! lost a few more...

Ladies today I am HUNGRY!!!! lost a few more ounces but am getting nervous about the weekend. Saturday is usually my cheat day but since surgery is around the corner I want to behave. Let's see how that goes.

OMG OMG OMG!!!! My pre-op and final payment is on...

OMG OMG OMG!!!! My pre-op and final payment is on MONDAY!!!! Wow, how time flew. I can't believe its finally here. Hope everyone is doing well. I will check back in Monday after my pre-op.

Hey girls!!! I decided to update the night before...

Hey girls!!! I decided to update the night before my pre-op. I took a nice long shower and shaved all the right places :-) for the embarrassing pictures in the AM. I have to tell you guys something funny... I went out yesterday and got me matching panties and bra for preop tomorrow. I know I will be having to get into the fabulous "blue panty" but I felt the need to look cute. Plus I want to take before and after pics with the same under garment. Elwell, goodnight ladies and I will check in after my 130pm preop tomorrow.

Hey ladies, So my Pre-op went great. I had all my...

Hey ladies,
So my Pre-op went great. I had all my questions answered and now feel 100% sure of my decision. Guess what??? They didn't make me get into the blue surgical panty!!!! I took pictures in my cute black under garment. I'm so very excited and ready. We spoke about IV sedation if I don't feel comfortable with only Valium. I got prescriptions for antibiotics, antinauseas medication and Vicodin (I can't deal with Percocet). We spoke of the possibilities of lipo to my thighs in the future but right now all I care about is this tummy!!! The boobs and thigh I can deal with. Oh , he said I would have one drain possibly two; he will decide on that day. Everything should be around 3-3 1/2 hours and I should be home by that afternoon. I AM EXCITED. He brought his partner Dr. kalifeh in to examine me and asked his opinion on where my incision should be. I thought that was awesome. The incision will be very low and not quite hip to hip. I CAN'T WAIT!!!! Come on Bella83, wr can do this. I'm having an AWAKE one and I'm gonna go for it. In three weeks from now I will have a new tummy !!!

So excited!!!

So excited!!!

So nothing new over on my side. I'm still trying...

So nothing new over on my side. I'm still trying to lose some weight but realized that I only have 2 1/2 weeks before surgery!!! All I can do is try. Even if it is just 5 lbs I would ve extremely happy but I'm not stressing myself. This is my last week if classes before my finals so I should be able to focus on hitting the gym right after. I wish I can be a fitness freak but I am not. I do the bear minimal which will change once I have the tummy tuck done. I just have such a hard tome getting myself to go to the gym. I would love to love it but I just don't . I really just do it because i know is good for me. Hopefully that changes after I have a new tummy. Well I've got about another 18 days before my transformation and I can't wait. I would love to be 155lbs presurgery and my goal to reach post surgery in a couple of months will be 145lbs. Totally doable!!!

I'm on my way out of town with hubby and as I'm...

I'm on my way out of town with hubby and as I'm sitting in the passengers side I notice this huge roll right in front of me. Ughhhhhhh how I can't stand it!! It kills my cute look !! But I'm so excited that this roll will be a goner two weeks from this Monday. Positive thoughts bring positive vibes so ive cleared my mind of the negative things that could happen and am onlyfocused on the good things. I put my body and the surgeon in Gods hands and prays he guides the surgeon and my recovery (and everyone elses ofcourse). It's going to be hard I know but I'm so excited!!! Can't wait!!!

So Im going to take this as a good sign: I GOT MY...

So Im going to take this as a good sign: I GOT MY PERIOD YESTERDAY. This might sound silly but that was one thing I didn't nit want to worry about along with the painful recovery. I've been praying for it to get here before my surgery and hopefully two weeks plus after it. Since October started that was one of my worries . I can't even imagine having to deal with the incision, pain, semiimmobility and then changing a freakin pad/tampon. Thank God!!!

Well two weeks until surgery... I filled my...

Well two weeks until surgery... I filled my prescriptions today and purchased a hot/cold compress. I will be stopping by the rent a center near my home on Saturday and putting the order in for my recliner. The times approaching quickly. This is my last week of classes which I planned that way because I just want to focus on recovering and nothing else. Im unsure about what garment to purchase after surgery. I will have a binder after surgery but my PS just said that after two weeks I van get into spanx"s .... But I kinda want to purchase a CG from the site. Still debating. What do you girls think?

OMG 11 days!!! Go me , go me , go me... Excited is...

OMG 11 days!!! Go me , go me , go me... Excited is what I am.

So I just finished my Final exam and the last...

So I just finished my Final exam and the last postings for my online classes. Boy does that feel good. Now I get to finish preparing for surgery and can worry about registering for the spring semester at the end of December. I can't believe my classes are over. When I first started on 08/22, I was just thinking about how school would keep me entertained until surgery and it sure did. I just can't believe it went by so fast. 11 more days...

So, finally the weekend is here!!! This weekend...

So, finally the weekend is here!!! This weekend I'm planning on cleaning my house completely so that I can touch it up throughout the week and not have much to do the weekend before surgery. I think I'll go out this weekend and get my MOM and Colace as well as make the final payments to have my recliner deliver next Saturday. All is well. I never lost the extra 10 lbs I wanted to :-( I'm still at 160lbs but at least I have gained. During this week coming up, I'm planning to keep a light diet and intake my regular amount of water so that I can be ready for surgery. I hope all the ladies who have gone through surgery are doing well and for all of those who are going GOODLUCK.

I rented my recliner today!!!! They are trying to...

I rented my recliner today!!!! They are trying to see if they can get me a lift chair which would be awesome but if not it will just be a regular recliner that I will have delivered Saturday the 22nd. I'm more and more excited everyday and am just hoping for great results.

OMG!!! 4 MORE DAYS!!! I can't believe this. I'm...

OMG!!! 4 MORE DAYS!!! I can't believe this. I'm still not nervous. I'm feeling ready and just praying for things to go smooth.

Good luck tomorrow Bella83!!!!

Well today was my last day at work until Nov 7th....

Well today was my last day at work until Nov 7th. I felt this funny feeling in my tummy as reality started to set in. Wow, just two more days. I went by my PS office just to ask last minute questions and he nurse is such a sweetheart. I love her. She eases any anxiety I could be feeling.

So, my mom lives in New York but she works and I told her not to worry about coming all the way out here (she's been taking lots of days off due to my grandfather being diagnosed with cancer 12/09. So she has been traveling a lot) that I will be fine. But she is a mom, so she has been feeling sad and nervous about not being here. My PS office said that the surgery we would about 3 to 3 1/2 hours and that my hubby could just leave his cell and they will call him when I'm recovering but I decided to tell my hubby to sit around so that my mom has peace of mind. She was freakin out about no one being there just in case something happens (God Forbid) therefore I spoke to my hubby tonight and he will just bring his iPad and watch movies while he waits.

I feel excited not nervous yet but most likely will be the evening before of morning of. This weekend I will pamper myself and go for a pedicure and to get my hair done and eyebrows waxed. I will also finish picking up my house and buying last minute groceries.

I will check in with you guys Sunday night again.

Are you ready Jenni!!!!

So ladies tomorrow is my surgery and as I suspect...

So ladies tomorrow is my surgery and as I suspect it, today, I'm nervous!!!! Gosh I'm so excited but so nervous at te same time. I hope I settle down before surgery tomorrow. I will be praying for all of us please pray for me as well. I'm sure everything will be just fine. I have all I need so I'm ready to roll. Today I will do some last minute touch ups around the house and I will get my hair done. Well I will check in tonight again to update you guys on this nervous feeling in my tummy :-)

Well ladies this is it. Tomorrow is my big day!! I...

Well ladies this is it. Tomorrow is my big day!! I want to thank you all for all your support and prayers. I'm feeling a bit more relaxed tonight and I am very excited!!! I will update you guys as soon as I feel up to it tomorrow. You guys are so supportive and great!! I will see you guys on the flat land side :-) once again if you thank of me please say a little prayer and for Jennregi as well!!!

Thank you guys for all the well wishes!!!...

Thank you guys for all the well wishes!!! Everything went amazing!!! I am so happy I had this done awake. I am feeling great and my incision is nice and low and my tummy is so FLAT!!! Since I got it done awake I was able to see my results immediately . I'm getting home now and will rest up. I will check in later and give you guys more details. Jennregi I hope you are doing well.

Hey ladies!!! So yesterday afternoon was tough. I...

Hey ladies!!! So yesterday afternoon was tough. I kept throwing up everything I ate thanks to the stupid VICODIN. Around 8pm I was finally able to rest because I stopped the Vicodin around 4 pm. I haven't taken Vicodin since, I've switched over to extra strength Tylenol and am feeling pretty good. My poor hubby is sleeping in our uncomfortable sofa so that he can take care of me while im on the recliner. I'm feeling gassy but I knew that would happen so I've been taking gasx since yesterday. I slept pretty amazing. Before going to bed I took a Valium and two tylenols and that did wonders. Well I will keep you guys posted. Jennregi i hope you are holding up well. Oh and by the way I haven't been hunch back yet so we will see when that will kick in.

Ok so let me tell you guys about my awake tt...

Ok so let me tell you guys about my awake tt experience:

I arrived at my PS office exactly at 7am. I was greeted by Nicole my nurse who took me straight back and had me change into the surgical gown , undie and socks. She then came back in the room with 3 Valiums and 1 antibiotic pill. I took that with a little water and asked how it woul make me feel (I'd never taken Valium before) and she said I would feel drunk. Well about 15 passed and my PS came in asked how I was feeling and if I was ready and I gave him a thumbs . He then proceeded to mark my belly and take some pictures. Within another 5 minutes Nicole walked back in the room and escorted me to the OR.

Let me just tell you guys that I felt the same way I did when I walked in. Valium did do a thing . So I go into the OR and I tell Nicole that I feel the same and she's shocked telling me that I have a high tolerance. She asked if I wanted the IV sedation and I told her that I wanted to try it without but if I needed it I would ask. So here it all starts.

I laid down and the doc walked me through everything. He said that first I would feel like bee stings which would be the numbing injections to my belly. It was fine didn't hurt just like he said quick stings. He immediately cut holes in the same spot he injected the numbing med but I just felt pressure. Then he proceeded to pump my belly with tumecent. That at times felt stingy and uncomfortable but not intolerable. Once he pump my belly with the solution it was lipo time.

The lipo felt like an internal massage / bubbles in my belly. No pain just bubbly feeling. That went on for a while until it was time for the TT itself. He asked if I was comfy or if I wanted to IV sedation and I told him I was fine. We chatted and laughed while he did his thing and I even danced and sang on the table lol. I'm not going to lie, when he made the first incision to start the TT I kinda felt discomfort so he applied more numbing meds after that it was all good. As he was finishing I asked for the time and they said it was 10:45am. I promised my mom I would call her by 11am so they gave me a cellphone and I called my mommy as he finished stitching me up . Overall I had a great experienced. I was really nervous of doing it awake but if I had to go back in time , my decision would have been the same. I felt great right after and have been walking straight since surgery. They removed 11 lbs of fat and skin!!!!! That's crazy!

Before I left they monitored my vitals and gave me one Vicodin. Boy when I got home was when things went down hill. The Vicodin tore my tummy up and all I did was puke everything until 8pm when I finally got my tummy to settle. I took that last Vicodin at 4pm yesterday and then switched to extra strength Tylenol . Before bed I took two tylenols and a Valium which helped me sleep through the night.

Day 1 post-op
Today has been very good. No puking at all and I've managed to eat oatmeal and yogurt without a problem. Ive taken Tylenol twice and have not napped at all. I've been laying in the recliner and I get up every couple hours to go to the restroom or just to walk. I've just felt exhausted today. The pain is minimal I have more soreness then anything else. I have one drain which I've only drained twice today so far. I drained it like five times yesterday. My pre-op is scheduled for this Friday. I will keep you guys posted.

Day 2 post op Feeling good but just a little...

Day 2 post op

Feeling good but just a little anxious to get up on my own and not need help. Feeling some stingy burning sensation in my belly and incision site once in a while . Had three BM yesterday so not bad and feel very gassy (tmi). I've been able to sleep nicely. Just felt a bit light headed today but all is well.

Day 3 post op Hey ladies!!! So far so good....

Day 3 post op

Hey ladies!!! So far so good. Still standing straight , took tylenol twice yesterday and drainage is less everyday. From last night to this morning the drainainge is kinda yellowish/red maybe to the pink side. My tummy has been fine and for the first time since Sunday I've been eating. Appetite is not back to normal but I do get hungry. Yesterday I had 1/2 a caesar salad , oatmeal , pineapple and crackers along with Popsicles. Today so far I had my fluid intake, Popsicles , and for lunch I'm having a small turkey sandwich along with a hot chocolate and I'm feeling ok.

On day one post op I experienced the horrible queasy feeling that comes along with taking off the garment. Boy did that suck and was I pale. When does that feeling to away. I've also been tired/sleepy and at times lightheaded. Is that normal? Anyways all is well as of right now on the side. I go for my post op tomorrow so I will keep you guys posted.

Day 4 post op This morning I woke up feeling...

Day 4 post op

This morning I woke up feeling good. I did alot more than usual. I got out of the recliner on my own, gave myself a sponge bath (it felt so good) and washed my face with my amazing bar soap then I got dressed on my own. Needless to say I got myself a bit tired but feeling good. I drained around 10cc's through the night again so let's see it my PS will pull the drain today. No pain just minimal discomfort, walking up straight but a bit more faster today. And to finalize I AM STARVING!!!!! Lmao.

I will update after I see my PS at 11:15am. Jennregi, Goodluck at your appt today!!!

So my appt went great. The doctor is shocked with...

So my appt went great. The doctor is shocked with how well I'm doing. He was going to pull the drain today but said he'd rather give it a couple more days which I'm totally fine with (I rather be safe than sorry) since the drain isn't really bothering me. I got the ok to carefully shower but I'm going to stick to my sponge bath until my drain is out. He touch my belly button and that crap hurt!!!! The rest of my belly more to my mid section just feels weird numbness not really pain. I can feel but it's just weird. So all is well. Incision is healing nicely he said that where there is some puckering that will settle nicely as time passes and swelling settles. I'm on my way home and I already know I will be sleeping all day!!! I've done alot today even went to panera with hubby and visited my coworkers . I will check in tomorrow again.

Day 5 Post op Feeling great!!! Took off CG and...

Day 5 Post op

Feeling great!!! Took off CG and hubby helped me with my full sponge bath for the first time!!! I didn't get the nasty queasy feeling. I felt just fine. Everyday gets better. I slept in my bed last night and it was wonderful!!! Things are looking good. I scheduled my first lymphatic massage for 11/19 since that was the first available . My appetite is not fully back but when it is I don't eat much. All is well and I'm in love with my results!!!! I will load pics later.

Good Morning Ladies!!! Post op Day 6 So far so...

Good Morning Ladies!!!

Post op Day 6
So far so good. I kept sliding in bed so around 3 am I got up and went back into my recliner. I've been doing good. Took Tylenol just once yesterday and energy level was way better. This morning I just woke up Kinda sore. The drain has been kinda stingy so I'm so ready for it to come out. I've only been draining like 2 to 4 cc's every 4 hours so I'm positive this sucker will be pulled tomorrow: YEAHYYYY!!!!!

Nervous101 I hope you are feeling ok. Hang in there, like everyone says the first three days tend to be the most difficult but then it gets better. Just listen to your body and even if you are feeling good and want to get up and move just relax.

Attached you will find the promised pics that I never uploaded yesterday.

So I went out and....... I SWELL!!! It's horrible...

So I went out and....... I SWELL!!! It's horrible I just got home took two tylenols and came right into my recliner. I am off my feet for the day. I didn't even do that much but the swelling in my midsection and bb sucks :-(

Hey ladies , So yes, yesterday I so over did it...

Hey ladies ,
So yes, yesterday I so over did it and Andes up swelling and si but so ache that I even took a Vicodin!!!! I woke up way better today and the swelling is way less.

I went to my PS office today where my drain was finally removed . It didnt really hurt it was just weird.It was starting to get on my last nerve. I feel way better without it and today for the first time got into my flexee. My husband is washing the original CG and I didn't want to be without compression. I bought it small and it fits just nicely. I'm feeling good. They told me at PS office to keep an eye on the right side of my incision since it was a bit red/irritated from the drain but that it looked good. They just want to make sure it continues to heal after the drain is pulled out.

I have my next appt scheduled for 11/14 at 2:45pm unless I need to go in for whatever other reason (hopefully not). I saw my BB for the first time today and it looks yucky !!! It's pretty and small but still in the healing stages. The nurse cleaned it out (after I swell yesterday some dark gooey blood was pushing out . Not much though ).

Overall I am so happy with my shape and am so excited for the next couple of weeks of healing. I rescheduled my lymphatic massages for this Wednesday and I'm looking forward to it. They are a bit expensive so I would like to do them twice a month (cost 90 for an hour session then 50 for 30 minutes). I will keep you updated on how that goes.

As for my diet, I'm keeping away from salt. Eating lots of veges and fruits and drinking plenty of water. Weight change hasn't been dramatic yet but I'm still swollen (160 pre and 157 post). Appetite isn't back to normal but when I do get hungry I get full pretty quick.

I return back to work Monday the 7th so I'm hoping and praying I feel good by the end of this week. Well off I go... Took some painkillers just in case I get achey after the pulling of the drain.

Chiao Ladies

Hey ladies, Everything has been well on this side...

Hey ladies,
Everything has been well on this side except for the damn belly button!!! It's just yucky. I had to put a call in to my PS because I woke up with some green stuff on my gauze. I annoyed because I don't know what I'm doing wrong . Docs office tells me not to apply anything to it. Help you guys!!!!! How did you care for your BB?
I go for my first massage today. I will let you know how that goes?

Well after the BB scare things are going better....

Well after the BB scare things are going better. My PS called a prescription for some additional antibiotics (looks like my bb was spitting out a stitch which is what was causing it to be yucky)and I cleaned it out nicely so we will see.

I went to my first lymphatic massage and it was great. I can feel the immediate difference of the hardness softening. My massage therapist is amazing and she took very good care of me. She was cautious with my tender areas and took her sweet time. Def will be doing that again maybe in about two weeks.

It's like I'm going backwards. First the weird BB issue now I can just tell you guys that my back has been killing me. I think its time to hit my bed and get out of the recliner. I will be trying that tonight. Overall I can't complain. I did get my new compression garment for after my bb heals and drain site closes (It's kinda tight so I'm scared of pulling it over my incision site since its still kinda tender). I will keep you guys updated. Tomorrow I will be by myself (hubby is going to work 10:45 to 7:15pm) but hubby will be back to stay with me Friday.

I will take updated pics Sunday and posted them up along with my new girdle.

Day 10 post op Hi Ladies, I'm feeling great...

Day 10 post op

Hi Ladies,
I'm feeling great today. I'm able to get in and out of bed or a sofa without the uncomfortable tightness and burning feeling in my Abs. My BB is doing way better thank God. Swelling is there but not too out of control. So far so good.

I go back to work on Monday so I need to rest up and make sure all is well for my return.

Do any of you have really hard spots in your belly? My TT included lipo of my entire stomach so my mid section like between my upper BB to right above my incision is really hard and numb. I'm guessing it's all normal . My PS said everything looked great.

I promise to post pics at my two week mark.

So tired of things not just going completely...

So tired of things not just going completely smooth!!!! Now I've been draining from the midsection of my incision since late yesterday afternoon. So ofcourse I was like "IS THIS CRAP NORMAL" goshhhhhhhhhhh. So I put a call in an they said to relax and going in anytime this morning.

But some of you might know how I'm feeling. I'm thinking all kinds of things: seroma, hematoma, MY SCAR SPLITTING, infection; you name it I thought it. Please keep me in your prayers and I hope I can get back in with some good/decent news. I'm praying for the best. God got this!!!! I'm just annoyed.

11 days post-op So, I went into my PS office...

11 days post-op

So, I went into my PS office freakin out. First off I should tell you guys that my PS has been on vacation this week so the couple of times that I have gone in, I've been seen by his nurse , who by the way is AWESOME AND SUPER PATIENT!!

Well today when I walked in she checked me out completely and told me everything looked great including the now not so yucky BB. To make me feel even more at ease she asked my DR.'s partner step in the room and examine me (Kudos to Dr. Khalifeh for being so nice and having such amazing bedside manners. He was great!! He looked over my incision and pressed down a couple of times all over my belly and told me that everything looked great and that I'm not going to a hospital (and smiled). He said that since I had the lipo done with the TT fluid is expected and that the drainage is most likely also do to the massage. Before leaving the room he turned around, smiled at me and said "That was easy".

So ladies I'm fine; just paranoid lol. I have my 2 week follow up appt with my PS on Monday and I'm looking forward to it.

I did notice one thing: since the drainage began mid incision, the hard swelling above the incision and between my Belly Button now has a dent. So What I'm draining is the fluid from that hard area!!! I was happy. The Dr. said its great that its draining and better out then accumulating in there.

My temperature has been normal today and I'm being a good girl taking my antibiotics on time. Thanks for listening ladies and always being there!!!!

Other than the drainage freak out things have been great. No pain. Not taking any pain killers, standing up straight, swelling is there but not that ridiculous, stingy and burning sensations have lessened significantly and my weight is good (Still 157 from 160 pre surgery. Doc/Nurse say that once swelling comes down some I will see more of a change in the scale).

Once again I hit you guys with a long post but this is why I love this site!!! I can come here and vent and identify with others.

ttygl

13 post op Wow guys!!! I can't believe it's...

13 post op

Wow guys!!!
I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since my surgery . This morning things are finally feeling WAY better and I'm feeling a bit more back to normal.

The drainage is still there but usually in the mornings when I'm changing my gauze it continues to drip as I'm trying to change it and it's so annoying . Well, this morning, although there was drainage through the night, I changed the gauze with out having to catch any drops !!! It remained nice and neat as I cleaned it and apply new gauze. So that was awesome!!

My BB is also looking so much better!!! Finally healing. The only thing I'm going to complain about is an annoying stingy / itchy feeling at the drain site since the nurse messed with it Friday. Other than that all is well. I have an appt with my surgeon tomorrow so I'm excited and it will also be my first day back at work.

The swelling is there but not unbearable ... Yet. Most of my swelling is in the sides and my midsection (from under my breasts to above incision). I tried a new compression garment yesterday and I LOVED IT. But I haven't been cleared by my PS to wear it so I will bring it to my appt tomorrow (don't really think its a big deal since its a stage one with a zipper).

Well I hope everyone is doing well and continues to heal nicely. For those who will be going into surgery good luck and just know that although there may be some set backs, they shall pass. Not everyone heals the same or at the same rate so don't bother reading other people stories and wondering why you aren't at that stage even though your surgery was the same time or around the same time as their's. All will be well.

Work Well Ladies , it was suppose to be my first...

Work
Well Ladies , it was suppose to be my first day of work but it didn't turn out that way. I went all bright and early and then was told that I was unable to start working until I received clearance from my doctor (long dreadful story) which they knew I wouldn't have until 2pm same day but they still let me come in. So since my PS's office is in the same building I hung out at my work place until my appt time.

2pm Appt time
So I get to my PS's office and am greeted by his nurse who takes me into a room to change. She looks over my incision and cleans it a bit (its still draining a bit in the center and the drain site, which was pulled just a week ago, is still kinda yucky). My sweet PS walks in and looks over everything. He tells me that everything looks really good. The area next to the drain site has a very small "incision opening" that he says will close up but if it does not he can revise it. He looked over the center of my incision where the drainage was coming from and said that it looked fine and it looks like there was the beginning of an infection that has already started to heal (thank God to the antibiotics that I started last Wednesday). The rest of the incision looks really nice and neat and is ITCHY like crazy.

My belly button is finally healing and is looking the greatest it has ever looked since surgery!!! Yeahyy to my Belly Button!!! He said that all is well and there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about. He wants me to let my incision air out a couple of times throughout the day and has scheduled me for a 3 week follow!!! He states that if anything changes from where it is now that is of any concern to me just give him a call and I can come in before than. But he doesn't think that will be necessary since everything is starting to come together nicely.

The swelling is there but not horrendous. They told me to apply warm compress over it so that it can get better.

I will try and see if hubby takes some pics when he gets home from work that I can post for you guys. Glad everyone seems to be doing well and I hope it stays that way!!!

Hey Ladies!!! So I'm almost done with my 8 hour...

Hey Ladies!!!
So I'm almost done with my 8 hour shift. The morning up to around 1pm was really hard. I was just so achey!!! Then I had to remind myself that it's been two weeks of doing absolutely nothing and laying around. So, my body is screaming for rest. I finally found a routine that made things alot more comfy.

I found a better chair and I moved everything closer to me so is so way comfy. The day is almost over so I'm excited!!! I just want to get home and rest. Things continue to improve so that's great. Not too much drainage so I'm happy. Hope everyone is doing well!!!

Shaila!!! I hope you are doing ok. Sending healing and smooth recovery prayers your way.

Wow 18 days already!!!! All is getting better....

Wow 18 days already!!!!

All is getting better. BB is healed up nicely just some scabs around it. Incision is all healed except at the center where I am still having drainage (ughhhh) . The drainage is less thank God!!! I'm really praying and hoping that by the time I get to see my Ps (11/30) , I am gauze free , ready for scar therapy and able to switch to a new CG.

Feeling good. Have been working my eight hour shift then going home to relax. I get really sleepy towards the end of the shift and am pretty swollen by the time I get home. Like most TTers , I'm beautifully flat in the AM and loving what I see.

Well I just wanted to check in with you guys. I have been lazy about uploading pics maybe I will do that this weekend. I will be three weeks post op on Monday!!! Incredible how time is rolling by. Now I'm just praying things finish healing up.

My weight is steady at the post surgery weight of 157, I've been fitting into my preop jeans since day 3 (loose already) and I'm pretty much pain free. Tomorrow is my last day on anibiotics. All is well. Drain was pulled out a week ago this past Monday and the hole is already closed up and healed nicely NOW IF THE SMALL TWO DRAINIAGE AREAS IN THE CENTER OF THE INCISION WOULD HURRY UP AND CLOSE UP and stop draining ( incision split at the surface) I would be a happy happy camper.

I hope everyone is doing good. Jennregi , how are you? Bella83 I'm glad you ate doing Fab!!!!

Well I just added my two week post op pics. Sorry...

Well I just added my two week post op pics. Sorry it took so long.

I'm doing well. I got my period today so I'm bloated, more swollen and cramping but all is finally healing.

I'll have hubby take 3 week post op pics tomorrow!!

Hope everyone is doing well!!

Hi ladies , So today I am 3 weeks pos op!!!...

Hi ladies ,
So today I am 3 weeks pos op!!! Crazy!!!
I'm feeling alot more back to normal and finally the drainiage is finally ending and closing up. Swelling is crazy!!!! I swell the most around my hips and from under my breast straight down the middle to above my pubic area.

I got my period yesterday so I'm super duper bloated , cramping and feel more swelling then ever. I might just purchase the arnica pills for the swelling but we will see.

The end of my incision on the right side is a bit puckered which PS said will go away but Im not to sure... It's starting to look like a mini "dog ear":-/ but we will see what he says during my next follow up. BB is doing good still scabby but way better.

My first week back at work wasn't horrible and today was more normal. I hope everyone is doing well!!!

Holy crap!!!! I can't believe that I'm going to be...

Holy crap!!!! I can't believe that I'm going to be one month post op next week.

All is going very well. My BB is looking great and the incision is healing nicely. I just have one little spot that needs to finish healing. The swelling is there but not horrible. I purchased a columbian garment which I will be switching to this weekend.

I was given the Ok to start light exercising this coming week so I'm looking forward to that. Work is going great and I'm feeling good. I still get really tired/sleepy towards the end of the night.

My recliner is being picked up tomorrow. I've been sleeping in bed for the last week in a half very comfortable so I'm ok with not having the recliner .

It's weird. I feel like time is passing by but at the same time it hasn't been that long since my surgery. I try to remind myself not to over due it and that I'm still healing.

I hope everyone is doing well and that you are all doing well!! Happy healing ladies!!! And safe surgery prayers to those about to go into surgery.

Well 4 weeks post op tomorrow... Feeling good...

Well 4 weeks post op tomorrow... Feeling good except for the late afternoon to night swelling on my mid section down to my incision.

I went out shopping today and although I didnt find anything I liked I found out I am now officially a size 8!!! Yeahy!!!

I will post new pics up tomorrow. I hope everyone is doing well.

Hey Ladies, I've attached three week and four...

Hey Ladies,
I've attached three week and four week post op pics!!! Everything is doing good and I'm loving my flat belly. Still have that one annoying spot but it's healing.

I've added my before pics again (not sure how I deleted them).

Hey Ladies!!! So this week kris five weeks since...

Hey Ladies!!!
So this week kris five weeks since my TT. I have been feeling super great. My incision is all healed up and I've started massaging it with vitamin E.

I had my 5 week follow up today and I have been cleared to hit the gym and ease into The Insanity workout. My PS says everything looks great.

We discussed the right side of my incision and like I knew it ... It will need to be revised. I have a small dog ear but it bothers me and I don't want it there. We will be discussing a date for the revision at my January visit.

I'm loving the new me!! Last Friday I went out clubbing for the first time since surgery and I HAD SO MANY GUYS APPROACH ME AND BUY ME DRINKS!! It felt good. I had a girls night out and got home like 4:30 am jejejejeje hubby wanted to kill me. I told him all about my experience and he was laughing.

I also went out shopping for Panties and boy was that fun !! I went to Victoria Secret and picked up a few then modeled them for hubby lmao. They look amazing on me thanks to my new flat tummy.

Overall I can say I am very happy with the way I look and I'm not even at my end result yet. I was told I don't need a compression garment but I will continue to wear one. The only thing that annoys me is the freaking swelling throughout my midsection all the way down to above mid scar!!! My the end of the day I feel so tight and full that it drives me crazy BUT I still look great.

I hope everyone is doing good!! I will update some pics later tonight.

Hey Ladies!!! I've been a bit MIA but I still...

Hey Ladies!!!
I've been a bit MIA but I still come in a read your updates . Everything is well with me. Nothing new. Loving my flat belly and the way I look in clothes (swelling and all)! My new goal is to lose 15 lbs and then tone up. Funny how at first I was like: after I get the tummy tuck i will live my weight!! Well now it's different ... I feel like I need to lose a couple more pounds.

Incision is doing good. I'm massaging it twice a day and I'm still wearing my CG. I'm planning on wearing it for a very lonnnnnnnngggg time. I just feel more comfortable with it on.

I've been really lazy with hitting the gym :-/ I need to get with the program!!! I wasn't as lucky as others who lost alot of pounds with surgery. I only dropped three pounds but lost plenty of inches. I really need to start hitting the gym.. Other than that all is well. I hope everyone else is doing ok.

Gosh!!! I seem to be stuck!!! I read other peoples...

Gosh!!! I seem to be stuck!!! I read other peoples review and wonder WHY THE HECK DIDN'T I DROP THAT MUCH WEIGHT !!! Not like I was eating like a dog during recovery. I continued to watch what I ate.

Finally gettin my lazy behind to the Gym this weekend. I'm on a mission to lose another 15 additional pounds and toning up. I haven't gained weight but I haven't lost any. I thought that once I had surety I would be happy at my current weight but I am not.

Don't get me wrong. The changes in my body are amazing. Everything fits big!! I lost a tone of inches but I'm obsessed with the scale :-/

Let's not foret that the holidays suck with all this junk food always around . I've decided not to torture myself until after the new year hits. I need to lose those 15lbs before the summer!! Better yet before May.

Anyways , everything is well with my recovery. The one spot that took longer to heal kinda oozed just a bit some clear fluid after the scan on it came off but is back to being dry again. I will post updated pics soon. This will be tmi but I've been so freaking constipated/bloated for the last week. It's driving me crazy. That combined with swelling.... Ughhh.

I hope everyone has an awesome Christmas!!

Hey everyone!!! I've been missing is action. I...

Hey everyone!!!
I've been missing is action. I hope everyone is doing well.

I'm doing great. I can't believe it's already been two months and some days. All continues to heal well. At my follow up appt yesterday my PS gave me a couple of steroid injections. Some on my BB and some on some annoying spots along my scar.

My scar is not bad at all. The area where the drain stuck out of is thicker and darker as well as the one spot that took forever to heal so he is going to treat them with steroid injections as well as the small dog ear. My BB is gotten really small and he was scared that it might be trying to close up which is why he injected it. To be honest I wasnt able to see my BB at all before surgery so it looks fine to me. I was told to massage it so it's less tight.

I'm still wearing my CG because it makes me feel secure. My weight is still the same :-( atleast I didn't gain anything over the holidays. I start Zumba tonight and have made the goal of losing 15-20 lbs by this summer!!! Then I will be totally happy :-) I will try and post updated pics.

Hope everyone is doing great!!!

Hey ladies!!! So after googling and reading a...

Hey ladies!!!
So after googling and reading a couple stories on shrinking BB's I decided to try the ear plug trick.

I don't know if it's mental but I can so see a CHANGE!!! After a full day of having the ear plug in I took it out to shower and my BB looks great!! I'm not sure how long I will be doing this but I will keep you guys posted.

On another note let's talk about my weight. So right after surgery I was 157 ( on surgery day I was 160) then two to three weeks later I was back to my pre surgery weight . I continued to bounce between 157-160. After the holidays I weighed in (this past Tuesday) at 161.4. So I gained 1.4 lbs during the holidays which is actually not bad at all.

So I started dieting and exercising as of Tuesday and this morning I weighed in at 159.8 lbs!!! So happy!!! My goal is to reach 140 by the summer. Totally doable!! I will keep you guys posted.

I hope everyone is well

HI LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been MIA for a...

HI LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been MIA for a while. All is well in my end. I just finished my spring semester and I'm healing pretty great.

The ear plug in bb trick worked and my bb has remained the same size. My scar has been improving month to month. I still get swollen and stiff towards the end of the day but I AM IN LOVE WITH MY RESULTS. I look better and better as time passes by.

I hope you all are doing great. I've update my pics check them out!!!

By the way... My weight has been stable (THANK...

By the way... My weight has been stable (THANK GOD). I"m steady at 155lbs so I only have another 10 to 15 lbs before my goal weight. I'm pretty sure I can achive that by the summer ;-)
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