Did it May 16th. Full TT with muscle repair, hernia repair & lipo of flanks, inner thighs

Gave birth to two children via c-section five...

Gave birth to two children via c-section five years ago and most recently fifteen months ago. I am a very fit and active person yet gained 65lbs during each pregnancy. I had an enormous belly that hung LOW during each pregnancy. Needless to say my stomach is a mess. I have a wildly extended stomach, and skirt of skin over the c-section scar and stretch marks gallore. I have trained my muscles to hold in quite tightly when I am sucking in, but I am EXHAUSTED!

I can't suck in that tight any longer. I have wanted to do this since after my daughter, but it's a good thing I didn't because I decided later to have one more. I have four children, two I raised (and adopted)since babies that came along as a package deal when I started dating my husband ten years ago and two more that are biological.

I work hard to give my family a beautiful life and I think I deserve to do this for myself. I am definitely dealing with guilt on a daily basis and the what if's. That's been very hard on me, but I am trying to block it out and push forward. I will post pictures soon.

Ok...After today only two days to go until I go in...

Ok...After today only two days to go until I go in Monday morning. I am getting the tummy tuck and lipo on my flanks/hips and inner thighs. I am getting more excited then nervous now.

So, it looks like the stomach flu is making...

So, it looks like the stomach flu is making it's rounds around this house! One more kid threw up early this morning. I am freaking out that I am going to either get sick before the surgery monday or get sick and need to throw up when I get home post op. DAMN IT!
The kids rarely get sick and they hardly ever get stomach flu. Why now?!
Murphys law right? I guess I will tell the Doctor Monday and ask him to give me a script for something to prevent me from throwing up I guess.

Ok posted pics. I NEVER expose my flaws like this...

Ok posted pics. I NEVER expose my flaws like this to many people- it was a little difficult posting these, but it's all good. I got over it.

What did everyone wear home from surgery?

What did everyone wear home from surgery?

Well, tomorrow is the big day! It's been such...

Well, tomorrow is the big day! It's been such a crazy weekend of sick kids that I am actually looking forward to this just so i can get a little quiet! ha ha!

One week post op appointment was today and my...

One week post op appointment was today and my drain was removed. I am very swollen but I like the results so far. I will have fluid drained out with a needle next week if needed-and I am thinking it will be needed.
I will take pics tonight of my after.

Definitely having my up and down days- more up...

Definitely having my up and down days- more up than down but still get emotional. The pain isn't bad at all but it is still there, and the fact that I can't just do what I need to do is wearing at me I think. I am very independent and hate getting help.
Got my drain out Monday and I was so scared but it wasn't bad at all. It was nice to get out ofthe house after a week.
Went to Target yesterday for a short trip. It is painful to walk upright all the way, but no one was the wiser because it just looked like I was leaning over while I pushed my son in a cart.
Started the silicone strips per doctors requests. I could see a difference after twenty hours. I don't feel like my incision is closed enough, there is a little bit of scabbing and discharge like its healing, but he said to do it...?

Yesterday was four weeks post op! feeling pretty...

Yesterday was four weeks post op! feeling pretty good. I have a lot of swelling and pain in the afternoon but over all it's been fine. I have swelling in my upper abdomen more than my lower. I walked on the treadmill and did some eliptical and paid for it in the evening. I get this pretty nasty pain on my right side middle area when I have been on my feet or walked too much.

I just realized I never posted my stats..like my...

I just realized I never posted my stats..like my age and weight.
I am 33. 5'4" I weight 163 when I got my surgery and I am at 156 a month later. I'm pretty happy at this weight but definitely won't complain if I lose a little more. I wear a size 8 and that hasn't changed.

 

A little swollen today. I notice I am swollen if I...

A little swollen today. I notice I am swollen if I don't wear my compression garment to bed. I noticed that I have a slightly red radius around my belly button about an inch outward. The incision line isn't red just around the belly button...and slightly warm. hmm...
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon

I had gone to several other Cosmetic Surgeons in my area including Dr. Hiatt twice. Dr. Hiatt had a confident demeanor, and wasn't at all a salesman-I liked that, it made me feel comfortable. He isn't extemely chatty, but he comes off as very kind. The entire staff has been with him for a long time and make you feel very comfortable. I am one week out since my operation and so far I like the results.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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