Revision surgery a success! New pics!!!!!!

I have six kids ages 10,12,14,15,17,and 19. I have...

I have six kids ages 10,12,14,15,17,and 19. I have always had a pouch but after I turned 40 it just got worse. I workout six days a week. We looked into a tummy tuck a few years ago but the kids were still small and we didn't have the extra money. Finally the kids are older and we have the extra money. I do feel extremely guilty sometimes that I am using this money on myself, and not a family vacation. My husband is the best, we are more in love now than when we were married 21 years ago. He has convinced me this is something I should do and deserve. I am very excited but nervous too. My surgery is scheduled for November 6 at 8 am. I am getting a full tummy tuck and lipo of the flanks and saddle bags (saddle bags is such a bad name):)


My PS says plastic surgery is a work of art, so I am hoping I will look great. I am most nervous about recovery, our kids are very active in sports and my friends will wonder why I am not at events for a few weeks. My older kids know and understand, we are not telling extended family or friends although I am sure most would be very supportive. I am just more of a private person. Luckily I am a stay at home mom so I will have all the recovery time I need ....at least during the day while the kids are at school. I have bought most of the supplies my PS office recommended, and most listed on this site. I had my pre op apt last week, now just passing the days waiting. It's funny because some days I am more motivated to eat healthy and work out harder, and some days I have no motivation to work out at all. Did anyone else have that problem? Mostly I am so anxious to see the new me.

Wow! 6 kids! You ARE busy! I think we all experience that mom guilt of spending the money on ourselves, but it is a worthwhile investment! I think we are more likely to stay invested in our health when we have that financial investment in it as well. And as the saying goes, "when Mom's happy, everyone's happy!" In a few years no one in your family is going to be thinking about that year they didn't get a trip, but you will be enjoying your results for the rest of your life! (I'm saying all of this to myself as I'm sharing it with you, by the way! ;) ) And I totally know what you mean about the motivation to work out. I exercise 6x a week too and lately I have this little voice whispering, "you don't need to work out so hard right now! The Dr. is going to cut it out anyway... you can kick it into high gear after your recovery..." But I've noticed in reading all of these reviews that the women who are in great shape going in to surgery seem to have a quicker/ easier time recovering. That's just my own observation and it keeps me motivated.
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As I was working out this morning I had to tell myself next week at this time will be my last workout in awhile...it helped me get through today. This entire process totally takes over your mind. It is all I think about...I am ready to get the surgery over so I can start the healing process. With the holidays around the corner I am hopeful I will be feeling better the closer they get:) As moms we always put ourselves last, and the guilt of putting yourself first can be hard...but I can't wait in the summer to look in the mirror and say WHOHOO!! Sexy mama in the house:)
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One week from today at this time I will be getting...

One week from today at this time I will be getting my tt!! So excited!!!!! I have been nesting like a pregnant lady...cleaning out cupboards, the refrigerator, the closets and stock pilling food:)
Ok here is a question...our friends have asked us to come to Las Vegas with them for a weekend when I will be 6 weeks post op. Will I feel like going?
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I need to do the food thing, I have soup but need real stuff, good to hear you are well at 16 days PO.
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I have been getting easy crock pot stuff for the hubby. I have three boys and three girls and the boys want the meat and potatoes food:) My oldest son is 15 and eats all the food I have been bringing home to store for the surgery!! I will be shopping Monday again to restock up and hope for the best:)
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We have some good friends that have invited us to...

We have some good friends that have invited us to join them in Vegas for a weekend in December. Will I be ready to travel at that time and will I be able to walk around, how about night clubs...dancing? Just wondering if I will be up for it or not.

My TT is scheduled for Nov.6th...election day...it...

My TT is scheduled for Nov.6th...election day...it is coming fast now!! Not sleeping very well at night...keep waking up and thinking about all I want to do before the surgery!! Restocking food again today:) Kids are in heaven and eating it as fast as I buy it!! So glad its November:) Just hope these last few days go fast.
Yea and your kids will have warm bellies. Keep good thoughts
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sounds like alot to have planned and in a crazy crowd of people.
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I can't believe I only have two more days until my...

I can't believe I only have two more days until my tt mr and lipo!! I am ready to get the surgery over and start recovering already. Nights are so long. I keep waking up thinking about the surgery and not being able to fall back asleep!! Luckily we have some good friends in town today so that will help this day go faster!! Good luck to everyone having surgery tomorrow!

I can't believe my tt is tomorrow! I am a nervous...

I can't believe my tt is tomorrow! I am a nervous wreck this morning!! Feeling unprepared!! What am I forgetting?? Surgery is at 8am tomorrow. Doing last minute grocery store shopping, laundry and cleaning house today. Hope my hubby survives! Can't even believe it!
So excited for you! I am scheduled on Friday and already sleepless.
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I was sleepless for about the last week...not sure what tonight will bring but I am so tired now..hopeful:)
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Good luck to u ;). Cant wait to see ur results ;)
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Couldn't sleep last night at all...saw every hour...

Couldn't sleep last night at all...saw every hour on the hour and then some...guess I will have plenty of time to catch up on my sleep during recovery. Going to vote and then to my PS office! Wish me luck! I'll let you all know how it goes. Hoping to be back home by late afternoon.

Hello!! I made it to the flat side. everything...

Hello!! I made it to the flat side. everything went well PS said he is very happy. MY problem is puking 3 times now... well back to resting
Hey, thinking about you!!
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Good Luck....our prayers are with you.
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Good luck!
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This pics are from this afternoon! I'm so excited...

This pics are from this afternoon! I'm so excited to see the differences in my body already. The bruising is from the lipo of course and right now that hurts the worst! I'm going to the PS Friday to get the drain removed and then I will be able to shower. :) I have learned to drink water slowly because coughing is not fun!! I am still very light headed and dizzy and feel faint if I stand for too long. Hoping that goes away tomorrow. Sponge bath by hubby today.. Tomorrow hair washing in the sink. Little steps. I have to say I love the frozen veggie ice packs .. They take the last little edge off the pain. Glad to be on the way to a new sexy me:)
Looking great!! Lipo is the worst 
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Feeling better today. It is the lipo that hurts the most! Pics coming tonight:)
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Hope you have a speedy recovery congrats xx
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It's amazing how much better I feel today. Not...

It's amazing how much better I feel today. Not standing straight but not in as much pain either. Going to see PS tomorrow and hopefully will get the drain out.. Nothing really coming out anymore. Getting tired of eating all non salty foods..but have seen the belly twice and it is awesome!! I love it!! Lipo is a killer! Thighs r begging for mercy:)
congrats have a speedy recovery I cant wait to be on the flat side
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Hubby washed my hair in the sink today... I think I was in heaven for a few minutes!! Ahhh the little things:)
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Have my post op apt with my PS today. Love him and...

Have my post op apt with my PS today. Love him and all the staff there. They pulled out my one drain...thank God. I really hated it...felt like it was pulling all the time. The nurse said well it looks like it was already pulled loose...who knows in my drugged state in the beginning I probably tried to pull it out. When they pulled the drain she said take a deep breathe in hold...now let out. I was so surprised how long the drain was inside me:/ It wasn't bad just a burning sensation. Then they pulled out my stitches from lipo on my thighs and back redressed my tummy (which looks so great), and put me in my CG. I love and hate the CG. It holds everything tight and firm so I can stand straighter and feel more secure...but it almost feels too tight sometimes. In general I feel good today. DId the sponge bath and braided my hair got dressed in sweats and put on make-up:) That was enough for today. Tomorrow I will take a shower and post pics of my awesome tt and new belly button:)
Congrats have a fast recovery xx
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How are ya feeling today???
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This morning was a great morning! I got to shower...

This morning was a great morning! I got to shower this morning!! It was so great! I felt pretty strong and then towards the end I was getting a little light headed. Was trying to go all day without pain meds, but couldn't make it. The shower and the fact that the kids are home so I am up and about more = pain meds. I am feeling the swelling and my lower body is lumpy but am so happy with the difference already. I bruise very easy so don't let those scare you...and they do look better. Was nice to get out of the CG for the shower, but felt equally as good to put it back on after. Overall feeling better good and pretty strong and able to stand almost straight.
You look great!
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Looking good xx
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Looking great:-)
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Today is the best I have felt yet. I managed to go...

Today is the best I have felt yet. I managed to go to the grocery store and movie store with my hubby yesterday. It was so nice to be outside. I was exhausted later but it was so worth it. I am able to do more and more around the house and have only taken one pain med in the last 24 hours and that was to help me sleep last night...I just can't get comfortable enough to get a deep sleep. I was able to lay on my side now which helps, it just doesn't feel comfortable to stay in any one position for a long time. I have posted new pics. I am happy with my tummy so far, not much swelling there yet. My flanks and hips I sure hope are swollen because they are not exactly where I want them to be yet. As you can see from the photos...my thighs are still so bruised from the lipo!!! I have some hard spots, some numb spots, and some lumpy spots...interesting combination. Happy Healing Ladies!!
You look amazing!!! 
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Thanks so much.. It's nice to be able to look at the before and after pics on here... :)
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You look awsom. I'm on 12 days po its the best thing I've ever done for myself. Wishing you quick healing.
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I hate to complain but last night was so bad.. I...

I hate to complain but last night was so bad.. I keep getting headaches in the evening .. Keeps me up and I was swollen last night.. Couldn't get comfortable on my back. This morning I was real light headed and had to lay down a few times while getting dressed. I guess everyone has good and bad days. Going to PS tomorrow to start pulling staples and stitches out. Tummy is bigger on left side than right.. Going to ask about that. Hope everyone has a great day today!
I also have been getting headaches in the evening. I am 11 days post-op.
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I wonder what is causing them?? I have a dr apt with PS tomorrow so I'll ask and let u know if they have any ideas.
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I was having headaches in the evening as well...turned out to be my pain killers. I was on Vicodin. I am assuming it was the pain meds, when I stopped taking them, the headaches stopped. I did take one this last Saturday due to my back hurting, and within 2 hours, my head started hurting.
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Today I had a post op apt. They said everything is...

Today I had a post op apt. They said everything is healing great, not much swelling, but new bruises popping up all the time. Now my entire tummy is a green shade...beautiful:) They removed half of my staples and a few stitches. I am feeling so much better today...lots more energy. My PS said I can even do 3 pound hand weights for some arm exercises. Going back next week to get the rest of the stitches and staples out.
You look amazing. Are the upper bruises on your backside from the flank lipo? I am getting that too (in 6 days!!). I am curious, can you walk upright? I will need to be back at work on and off between day 6 and day 8, walking up stairs...I hope it will be o.k. and not too noticeable!
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Thank you so much! I'm feeling great. The bruises are from lipo but I had lipo of the bra line along with the flanks and saddle bags. I bruise very easily. I could stand upright by post op day 3 and drove myself day 5 post op. My dr office is 45 minutes away and I drove myself to and from the office today:) I can walk upstairs and could post op day 5 just slower than usual. Hope that helps
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My PS said pain medicine is causing it. Stopped taking them and headaches are gone
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Today I am post op day 9...swelling today, I think...

Today I am post op day 9...swelling today, I think I did too much yesterday. When you are feeling strong though it is hard to slow yourself down. Going to try to rest more this afternoon. The best news of the day is I am finally able to wear one pair of pre tt jeans. I feel like they fit me the same as before the tt, but since it is only day 9 maybe we are going in the right direction. I was a little disappointed by my pics today, didn't look very good today, but I am feeling good so I guess I won't look in the mirror too much:) I am also down 2 pounds as of now. Happy Healing Ladies!!
You are looking good! Wow amazing!
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Thanks so much.. Feeling swollen more today but bruising is finally getting better:) hope ur healing well and sleeping better.. I can sleep on both sides now so it has helped:)
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You can?? I am jealous I am afraid too:-/
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Good morning friends:) This morning I squeezed for...

Good morning friends:) This morning I squeezed for this first time...I tried to stop it, but no I couldn't I tensed my body up so tight and ouch that hurt. I am not doing that again!! Swelling is down this morning but I am sure that will not last as the day goes on. Washed my CG and have it by the fire waiting for it to dry. Sometimes I can't wait to get out of it, but 20 minutes later I want the security it brings back. Does everyone have more than one? Did you get a smaller size for the second one? Sometimes I think I am going to need a smaller one but when the swelling starts I think I may not be able to breathe in the smaller size. Overall it is a great day...I can do all my normal stay at home mom duties just move a little slower. I have realized that 3 hours max on my feet and then I have to sit or lay down for awhile. Not sleepy just my body is tired. I guess Black Friday shopping is out and I will have to be online this year. Hope everyone is feeling great and glad it's Friday:)
You sound a lot like me I feel great no pain anymore I quit those like 3 days after surgery the only time I take one is at night just to sleep!! I went my ps and ask him did he do my TT right as far as repairing the muscles and stuff he laughed at me!!! I'm still pretty swollen I can't wait to see my results!!! I'm about to take my second shower and take CG off and hopefully I look smaller !!! I'm gonna take pics !!! I also fainted 2 times through this experience first day when I got up and went to potty I guess I got up to fast!!! I almost was to the chair next thing I know I was waking up on the floor !!! Think goodness I at the dr still I thought I messed my surgery up!! Anyway ill stop now can't wait to hear more !!! Have a great day!!!!
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I had fainting spells too...luckily I caught myself before I fell, but I got real light headed the first few days. I had to stop and sit down a few times while getting dressed those first few days. Glad that is all over. I really feel like the worst is over and now it is the slow climb to the new me. It is hard to be patient, everyday I look hoping for dramatic improvement...it is taking its own time...slow and steady:) Hope you are having a great day too...sun is shinning here but brrr cold!
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I ordered a binder from Target. Love it so much that I ordered 2 more yesterday! I think I will be wearing mine for awhile! Go to www.target.com and search for "abdominal binder." I got the Gabrialla Breathable elastic abdominal binder. I got size a size small because on the review someone said they thought they bought the right size but it was too big. Normally I would have ordered a medium but I got the small and it's perfect! The small size is $21.89. Well worth it!
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Today is day 11 post op. Was light headed this...

Today is day 11 post op. Was light headed this morning and no idea why. I'm not on pain meds just Motrin every now and then. Feeling better this afternoon. My question is about the CG.. How long does everyone wear one? My PS said at least 2 weeks but would like 3 months. I can't imagine wearing this thing 24/7 for three months!! Right now I need it but will I still need it in a month? 2 months? My upper abs are really getting some definition now. Will post pics tomorrow :)
I wore mine for 2 months as per my PS and I followed his indications ....,I'm almost 8 months post op and still wear not my CG but a torset at least 12hrs/day because if I don't my abs get a bit sore,BUT that's a personal decision ....
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My PS also says 6 weeks. But he also says that most people hate it around 2 weeks, then they don't want to get rid of it at 6 wks. I think that is really true. It itched & drove me crazy at the beginning, later on you notice that you are missing the support if you don't wear it. I am at 7+ weeks & some days go without & some days wear Spanx if I am planning a busy day or working out.
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Thanks for the advice!! I'm ok with it now.. Feel like I really need it, but don't want to wear it forever;)
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Yesterday was such a beautiful day here my hubby...

Yesterday was such a beautiful day here my hubby and I went for a walk. We ended up walking two miles at a pretty good pace...I am paying for that today. FIrst time I took off my CG in the morning and was disappointed. I could feel it was tight last night and put ice on it...I just must have done too much yesterday. I am going to try to take it easy today, but the sun is shinning again and it is going to be mid 50s here. Too pretty to pass up:) Hope everyone is healing on this beautiful Sunday. I did post new pics, and the swelling is easy to see. My left side is also more swollen and bruised than my right...is that common? I am calling the dr tomorrow to see if I can get this stitches and staples out earlier than Wednesday...my skin is healing fast and actually starting to cover the staples and other spots are red and irritated. I am down 3.5 pounds since surgery. Happy healing!!
Mice u went for a walk;-) I am in swell hell and today it's scaring me. My lower ab is so swollen its hard.
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I have certain hard spots in my lower abs where there is bruising too... Come on recovery hurry up!!!
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Thanks for the advice.. I better learn to love it more!!
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Hello Ladies!! I am feeling great. I have started...

Hello Ladies!! I am feeling great. I have started walking again..although at a slower pace. Feels so nice to be able to be outside on these nice fall days we are having. I need to get these last staples and stitches out...I can feel them pulling all day on my skin and my skin around them is red and irritated. Calling the PS this morning to see if I can move my apt up from Wednesday. Swelling went down a little from yesterday..had ice packs on last night. Hope everyone has a great Monday! Happy Healing Friends!!
Did your PS say you could walk like that yet? And how long do you leave your ice pack on!!!!
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My PS said yes to walking..slow and not too long, and he said ok for light arm weights too:) I use frozen peas as my ice packs..leave on for thirty minutes...peas are light so it doesn't hurt:):)
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Well that's good I'm about to start my light arm weights I'm so used to the gym I miss it!!!!
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Two weeks post op today:) Heading to a post op PS...

Two weeks post op today:) Heading to a post op PS apt this afternoon to get the rest of my stitches and staples out!! I'm so excited. They have been poking me long enough!! Still not sleeping well at night...keep getting these headaches that just start at night and as soon as I get up in the morning they go away. Anyone else having this problem?? Plus my right hip bone was throbbing last night...maybe it is waking up from the lipo but couldn't find a good position to sleep in. I know I am gonna need a nap today!! Swelling is going down a little everyday. I think I keep looking everyday for the big moment when it will be done and I will see a huge difference..it is such a gradual process. Frustrating!! Happy healing everyone.

Went to the dr today and they pulled all the...

Went to the dr today and they pulled all the staples...whohoo!! pulled some of the belly button stitches and then left the tummy ones in...said not ready yet..come back Monday. UGH!! I want to really start healing..these baby steps are a killer. I have 6 kids I should have patience..nope:) The good news is the nurse said "honey don't go shopping yet...you are going to get much tighter and firmer still"! That is exciting. Who knows what this old body will look like in a few months!!

Hello Ladies!! Here are some things I am thankful...

Hello Ladies!! Here are some things I am thankful for:
My family and especially my hubby
Wife beater t-shirts that go under the CG and save my skin
Gaze pads that cover the incision
Flushable wipes so when I go potty and keep this CG on I still feel fresh;)
My bed...ahhh
Pain meds..don't need them anymore but loved them in the beginning
My CG which helps shape my new body
Water...drinking all day and night
Realself which gives us all a place to connect and let our frustrations out!!
Happy Thanksgiving ladies....and shop online today and tomorrow..most deals can be found online:)
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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Thank you !!! You to!!!!
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I have done way too much over this holiday weekend...

I have done way too much over this holiday weekend and boy am I paying the price!! I had 20 people over for thanksgiving dinner and although my daughters helped me cook, by the end of the night my CG was so tight I knew I was very swollen!! Friday I went shopping and to the movies. Saturday we went to the tree farm, cut down our tree, came home and decorated it. It is 19 feet tall:) This morning I was so tired and swollen but we went to church. Since I have been home from church all I have done is rested.. Well and done laundry;) I guess I am going to have to live with some swelling because I am having a hard time slowing down. I am laying here thinking about all the shopping I still need to do and all the presents I need to wrap... Hmmmm. This is a hard time of year to stay home and rest...
I hear you. I did too. It is such a hard time to rest. I am so so swollen and hurting 
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I've been resting all day today.. Feels like I'm going backwards in my recovery..I'm so tired today and have ice packs on and off all day:(
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I got up at 6am and started decorating again(for Xmas) again. I had to stop at 11 my right leg started to swell and my tummy forget about. I have been in bed since. I hear ya on going backwards.... I feel that way too.
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Today I am three weeks post op. I am feeling great...

Today I am three weeks post op. I am feeling great and strong, although I still get tired in the afternoons and evenings. Last night we had some great friends come through town and we went to dinner. I was very happy to be able to fit into my favorite pair of Miss Me Jeans and realize that with a tank top gauze and my CG on they were loose. I said to my hubby...boy this tt is really gonna cost you once I go shopping:) We went to meet our friends at a Mexican Restaurant...ok forget low sodium!! It tasted great and I had a nice drink or two too!! What a great night. I am paying the price in swelling today but it was so worth it. Hope everyone is healing well. My scar looks great I think, and I start scar treatment on next Monday already. I don't go back to the PS until 3 months...the nurse said don't overdue it listen to your body. My body said Mexican last night;);)!! Have a great day friends!!

Ok don't know what is up with the one weird pic....

Ok don't know what is up with the one weird pic..would delete but don't know how.
Love Mexican! You still look great ! What type of scar therapy?
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Thanks!! My PS gave me Scarguard...told me you paint it on like fingernail polish twice and day and let it wash off in the shower in between. Said the results will shock me they will be so amazing every day...HMMM we will see about that:)
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Did you get a mini tummy tuck or a full one? Your scar is not as long as some I've seen. You look great!! I am hoping to schedule my tummy tuck in February/March timeframe. Trying to get the time off from work is tough.
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So i think my cg is getting too big...a good thing...

So i think my cg is getting too big...a good thing because my swelling must be going down some, but not sure what to wear...I put on my full body spanx and it feels ok...not sure if it is tight enough. I am going to keep it on for awhile and see. I am not thrilled with the pics today...feel like I should have more results now. Of course some look better than others. I am in pre tt jeans today and they are way too big so something must be going right. This morning I put on my old favorite sweats over my cg while the kids were getting ready for school. After a few minutes my daughter says..mom your pants are falling down. Made me smile...I know we are our own worst critics...but come on...lets get to the end of this recovery already!!
Happy Healing ..... Thought I would share my experience with you so you dont feel alone.
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Hello , you look great . I am 1 month post op extended TT and still swell. It seems to fluctuate depending on how much time I spend on my feet. Today is a really bad day. The worst in a few weeks. I am swollen and quite sore. My PS says that it will take a year to settle completly. I have not been wearing my binder as it seems to cause alot of pain when I take off.
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Thanks for sharing with me.. Do you not wear a binder or CG at all?? I am trying to be patient.. It is so hard sometimes!! Usually I'm a happy go lucky girl but somedays I feel like the old fat me still:) hard to wrap my mind around my new tummy:)
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In some ways I find it hard to believe it has been...

In some ways I find it hard to believe it has been 4 weeks already, and in other ways I want this recovery over already!! I am really feeling strong. I still have swelling at the end of the day...all the way down my legs and into my feet. I do need to rest usually in the late afternoon and again before bed. Being on your feet all day makes me tired...I don't sleep, just put my feet up. I feel like my CG is getting very loose, but at 4 weeks post op am not going to order a new one...I just have my hubby put my binder on over top of the CG at night so I can barely breathe:) I am walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes every day...slowing picking up speed...was at 3.4 today. I am also doing weights for the arms, and squats. I still feel like my left side is more swollen than my right, I am sure that is totally common. In fact before my surgery my PS had me look down and see I was already different on each side. I am very happy with my results so far, and can't wait to see what I will look like in 6 months!! Still have a hard time wrapping my brain around the smaller tummy I have...I put on tight shirts and can't believe that is me:) I started scar treatment about a week ago, and think my scar is really small and not very red. In the pics you can see the scar treatment on and then off after a shower. My PS just repositions your old belly button, so I don't see much difference except it is a little irritated. In that pic you can see the difference in the swelling side to side:) Happy healing ladies!!

Ok my belly button pic is upside down...so is the...

Ok my belly button pic is upside down...so is the one of the scar..others sideways...weird!
Hi just read ur posts. I too have 6 kids. I was wondering about the tightening of the abdominal muscles? We look pretty much the same in the pics. Do u see a big difference? U look pretty small to begin with?
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I do feel a difference on the inside after surgery!! Ouch! And I can still feel a pull every now and then. On the outside yes I think my upper abs are smaller and more compact. My repair wasn't major.. But I think it will help me to be smaller in the long run! Still the lipo hurts the most!!
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So I am having a slight problem after my surgery....

So I am having a slight problem after my surgery. It may be tmi but I have frequent yeast infections. I have had these all my life and when pregnant they were so bad one time I had to have a complete Betadine wash inside to clean out my yeast infections! I knew the antibiotic was going to cause an infection so I called in an oral medicine from my OBGYN to fight it off. Unfortunately I can't seem to totally get rid of the infection. I got to thinking the only thing different I am doing now is wearing this CG all the time. My CG goes from mid thigh up my back and has straps that come over my shoulders. It has an opening for bathroom breaks. I have been using over the counter medicine and my prescription and still no relief. So last night I decided to be a rebel and go without the CG while I slept!! Such a rebel!! I was amazed that my body is still so sore from the lipo, and without the CG on it felt much more tender!! When I woke up this morning I was not that much more swollen than usual. I did put my CG on right away and it felt a little tighter in my upper abs...funny not the lower part where the surgery was...probably more where the MR was. I have decided I am going to keep sleeping without the CG so I can try to fight this yeast infection off!! Wish me luck!! Happy Healing Ladies!!
Your mid section "pulled in" a lot! You look ripped with those abs! I hope mine show some definition soon!!
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try going off carbohydrates for a week. google " chronic yeast infections" and "carbohydrate" together. lots of information out there. carbs are bad but tolerable in many people, some though have crazy reactions to them - hormonal, intestinal flora etc.
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Thanks for the advice...I am willing to try anything at this point. I have to confess I have been enjoying some Christmas candy and sweets these last few days and that sugar is not helping!! No carbs?? Yikes. I'll have to give it a try:)
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Today makes 5 weeks for me. I am doing great. Just...

Today makes 5 weeks for me. I am doing great. Just the same...wish the swelling would go away. I went Christmas shopping yesterday and was walking fast through the mall, when I got home my CG was tight. I just think we should at least get a sneak peak at the final results...then I would have no patience. I feel like I have not changed much at all in the last week. The lipo is a mystery...is it going to actually work or not??? The only place I see any difference at all is in my bra line. We have some very close friends that invited us to Vegas this weekend. At first I didn't think I would be able to go, but as long as I rest a little I should be fine..swelling is there either way! We are even going to a night club one night...lets see if this new body still has some moves!! I'll post a pic in my sexy dress when we are there...it def looks better with no gut:) Hope everyone has a great day and is healing!! Good luck to everyone going in today! xoxox
Hi, I am having my TT on 26 December. I will be traveling 6 hours to another city to get it done and driving back on the fourth day. I wanted toknow how it might feel driving back with drains on the fourth day. Is that possible? Also, I have to drive back again after another 10 days to remove the drains. Im worried about how I will manage all that. Just thought of asking as you have been through this experience.
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You know I think you will be fine! I only had one drain and it came out post op day 3 but I drove myself to the dr starting post op one week and he is a 45 minute drive away. I would just plan on taking your time and stopping every hour to stand up and walk a little. Wishing you the best of luck!! Prayers for you on the 26th!!
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Good luck in Vegas- Let me know how it goes! I have a cruise at the end of January that is about 7 weeks po for me..so I am wondering how my body is going to handle it. between the flight, and then all the fun on the cruise.. lol
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Well we made it back from a weekend trip to Vegas!...

Well we made it back from a weekend trip to Vegas! We had a great time but I did get worn out. We went to two night clubs there and the pink dress I wore the second night. I think it looks pretty good but I was swollen for sure. I did have to rest in the afternoons and after three late nights slept on the plane ride home!! Yesterday I tried to take it easy but lets be realistic it is almost Christmas. I am beginning to believe that I will never be totally flat in my stomach. I don't see much change so I am trying to just deal with it. I know in my mind it is better than it was but it is NOT what I thought I would look like after a tt. I am working out more now and tried to do a sit up..no way, that burns!! Time to run! Shopping and wrapping to do:) Hope everyone is healing well and hanging in there!!
Wow you are rocking that dress sister !!!
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Thanks so much!! I was looking at it before I put it on hoping it would stretch:) I felt pretty sexy!!
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You look great !!!! What size are you wearing now?
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So I hit 8 weeks on New Years Day:) My hubby went...

So I hit 8 weeks on New Years Day:) My hubby went out to parties and clubs with some friends on New Years Eve and I felt great, but the next day so tired and very swollen. Kind of ...ok not kind of very tired of the entire swelling game. All of a sudden my new issue is itching!! OMG!! Where the heck did that come from. I have dreams that I am scratching my incision so hard that I open it up and pull apart my internal stitches. It is driving me crazy!! You would think that by 8 weeks you would not have any new issues with recovery but this just started for me. Also I spit an internal stitch. So now I have a little spot of bleeding and scab on my incision line. Hoping it will clear up soon. I am working out everyday and harder than before, but still not back to where I was. I tried to do some crunches the other day, and after 5 decided no way it hurts. My energy level is getting better now, but again not back to where I was before surgery. Don't see my PS until 3 months so waiting to see what I look like then. I am happy with how I look but I still have a pouch so if it stays I guess we will have to talk about a revision. They told me that since I have so many stretch marks my healing would be slower than some...waiting to see. Hope everyone is healing well, and best of luck to those getting ready.
Looking great in that pink dress!! It's good to have that sexy feeling back! I wouldn't worry too much on a revision just yet. Give it a few more months or after doing ab works and go from there :)
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Geex sorry to hear the recovery rollercoaster continues. It seems like its something new everyday and symptoms come and go fast so hopefully the itching will be gona before you know it. Ive heard swelling takes up to 6months to stop. Maybe you and I will be those poor people who swell for that long. Do you think your pouch might be swelling still? I have one like that I hope it goes away. Congrats on working out, it must feel so good and Happy 8 weeks!
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My pouch still is waterbed like so I'm really hoping it is just swelling and not the final result. My nurse said over and over that stretch marks take longer to heal.. It is such an emotional ride! Poor hubby... Sometimes I am so very happy and other times I just want to cry. He says it is so much better already and to hang in there and there is always revision ... Guess we will wait and see!
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Today makes 9 weeks. I need to update pics and...

Today makes 9 weeks. I need to update pics and will get to that hopefully tomorrow. So I think I have a slight addiction problem. People told me it would be this way...I am addicted to my CG!! I want to wear it all the time!! I don't wear it on weekends, we have been seeing friends and going out to dinners....but come Monday I put it on and want to keep it on all the time. I feel like it gives me more energy, protects me from clothes rubbing my incision ...makes me feel better...but I know I can't wear it forever!! I wear spanx sometimes but no comparing to my beloved CG...help...is there a CG recovery program??:) Everything else is going well. I am starting to jog slowly in my workouts, am back to lifting what I was pre surgery for my arms...still no abs. I have a little swelling but can still see some progress. My spitting stitch seems to be healed...for now, and my scar looks pretty great. I'll post pics tomorrow!! Happy Healing Ladies!! Good luck to those about to go through this adventure.
I'm afraid I will be the same way.its love hate. When does the ps say up don't have up wear it anymore? I had someone suggest wearing it months after I'm told to stop and with all exercise
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I'm addicted to my CG too! I bought new shape wear today but its so tight and uncomfortable and not adjustable like my CG. I can't walk without it! But my PS asked me to start wearing spanx soon.
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I am addicted to my singlet now. I use to be addicted to my CG- and probably wound be but it's so big on me! I don't like wearing jeans cause they rub my Tt incision and I have a hard time wearing a reg bra for to long cause my boobs hurt after a while
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Just thought I would add a few pics after working...

Just thought I would add a few pics after working out in the morning. Hoping there is still some swelling or I am heading for revision!! Still in love with my CG:) Just wearing layers of tank tops to keep it tight!!

I swell like a crazy person after just walking 5 miles at 4. I am so not happy right now:-/
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Meant to add- if this is the way I am going to look from now on:-/
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I hear ya sister!! Not sure if this is the end result ...if it is...sign me up for revision or never eating again...Im guessing revision:(
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Well Ladies...I haven't posted in awhile...I have...

Well Ladies...I haven't posted in awhile...I have been feeling kinda bad about my surgery...I look like I have a butt in the front...not flat at all..I was seeing this from the beginning, and kept hoping for better results but it is not going to get there. Saw my PS today for 3 month post op and he agreed. He said sometimes this happens (lucky me)..and that since I had 6 kids in 8 years I have very stretchy skin. The good news is he will do the revision at no cost to me...he does the procedures in his office anyway. He wants me to wait six months, but since that is June I am going to go through the summer and have it in September. He is going to reposition the belly button again (how many times can they reattach the same belly button?) and then remove more tissue and skin. He hopes for no drain..although he told me to be prepared for one. He may have to make my scar a little longer on the sides to be able to pull the skin tight and flat. Since there will be no muscle repair or lipo this time the recovery should be easier. I am torn between relieved that he agrees I need it and will do it for free, and depressed that I need it. I am a puker so I am not thrilled about going through all that again. Plus it is still so fresh in my mind...the pain meds, the tiredness, not being able to work out...not sounding fun at all. I am really glad I never told anyone because I am not flat and during the summer everyone will not see much improvement from before. My PS is also doing some laser treatments free of charge in the meantime...I will have 9 sessions ...3x a week for the next 3 weeks...he said that may help pull the skin tighter and get some of the tissue. Had the first treatment today, its nothing...you lay down for 20 minutes and a laser goes over your tummy..didn't feel a thing...but they said drink tons of water and wear that good old CG everyday while I do it. HMMMMM. Not sure what to think at this point at all.
Hope everyone else is having a successful recovery and is actually FLAT:)
Hi how are you doing? Sorry to hear you have to get revision! But I guess it's awesome that your doc is not charging! I myself am having revision I have to wait 6 months as well! Good luck to you on your second journey :) will be thinking of you! Hugs
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Its a little depressing knowing that you have to go through that recovery again. I had just moved all my sweats and other surgery clothes to the back of the closet but I guess they won't be there for very long. I am hoping for a little improvement with the laser in the next three weeks..but not hoping for too much. Sorry you have to go through it all again too. When are you doing yours? I am thinking of waiting through the summer since we have a pool and our second daughter is going off to college in August. Thought I would wait until school starts again.
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6 kids in 8 years is hard on the body I am sure! So glad your ps is going to work until you are happy! You do look better than preop so you have that for the summer. I had a patch behind my ear (scolpamine), no puking after my 4 hour TT, maybe you can ask about this.
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My PS started me on zerona treatments on Monday. ...

My PS started me on zerona treatments on Monday. I will go three times a week for six weeks. It is a laser treatment to help shrink my not flat stomach! It feels like nothing...20 minutes of laying there while a red laser goes over my stomach....we shall see if this does anything...not hoping for much at this point.
That's a good time! I was going to do in sept as well but not sure yet he said 6 months so I'm hoping end of April or first week of may.. We are going to Grenada in July for 2 Wks my husband is from there... This will be my first time going and we are taking all 5 kids he hasn't been home in 20 yrs! I was hoping to have all the surgeries done and recovered from it all but not to lucky with this one! Well have a good night talk again tomorrow! :)
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Well I have my revision surgery scheduled for next...

Well I have my revision surgery scheduled for next Monday the 29th. I was going to wait for fall, but I am so bothered by my tummy I decided to not wait. I am hoping that since I am not getting MR or Lipo this time my recovery will be much faster. My PS has agreed that I need the revision and since he does the surgery in his office I am getting the surgery with NO CHARGE to me. It is so nice to find a doctor who is willing to admit I need this revision and stand by his word. The only cost to me is the prescriptions I had to have filled and I did get my blood work redone. I have posted new pics taken today. It is obvious my skin has stretched and I need a tummy tuck:( I am not looking forward to the recovery or taking time off of working out and life in general. Wish me luck!!
So sorry you have to go through this again. But, on the bright side, you have a very reputable surgeon. And, you know what's ahead of you for the most part. Wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!!
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Ugh once again so sorry but happy you have a surgeon willing to guarantee his work.
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Wish you good luck and hope you'll get the results you want this time around.
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Tomorrow is my revision. I am so nervous about it...

Tomorrow is my revision. I am so nervous about it. I keep having dreams where I wake up and still have my tummy!!! I have my fingers crossed it is fast and easy and flat:)
Good luck today!
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Good luck :)
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Healing thoughts your way
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Made it to the flat side!!! My surgery was...

Made it to the flat side!!! My surgery was yesterday!! No drains this time but a full tummy tuck revision. I am actually flat this time!!!:) pictures tomorrow! So tired!
I'm Having a revision in the fall don't want to be out for summer.... And I'm struggling with my weight up and down with this 10 pounds but I guess goin on 2 cruises in less that 3 mths can do it....
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I understand the weight issues!! I was so struggling too.. So when they said I could have my revision at the end of April or fall I decided to go for it because I knew I might as well go under the knife:) in down almost 8 now since my revision! And although the Cg is a pain at least it is just like granny panties and not like my old one that went up over my shoulders :) I went dancing last weekend for a few hours on Saturday and was pretty swollen Sunday but it was worth it to have some fun!!:) the revision is a piece of cake!!
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So happy for you and your revision. I go this month to my PS and I know I need a revision I'm not sure how much work needs to be done but I have dog ears, one bigger than the other. Then I have a weird bump above my belly button. We will see I guess I'm hoping this all can be done in the office. With little pain lol but I have came to far not to have this fixed
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