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Had Tummy Tuck 2/24/2011 - Michigan

I am scheduled to have a tummy tuck as well as...

I am scheduled to have a tummy tuck as well as liposuction on Thursday, February 24th. I am 31 and have two children and a step daughter. I having been contemplating a tummy tuck for 4 years. I finally made an appointment and scheduled it.

I am so worried about my body having a reaction to the anesthesia and something happening to me. I don't want my kids to be without me.

I am also scared about the procedure. I have 10 days to recover before I have to go back to work. I am a teacher. I am so nervous.

My doctors office called me a couple of weeks ago and told me that they were closing because of heating/cooling issues in the OR at their facility. They called back a week later and told me that the heating and cooling issues have been resolved.

I really like my doctor he has answered all of my questions and makes me feel at ease. I am just so nervous about this. I know I am making the right decision. I am just completely scared right now.

I have added pictures of myself pre-tummy tuck....

I have added pictures of myself pre-tummy tuck. Ugh, how embarrassing.

4 days until the big day! I am experiencing an...

4 days until the big day! I am experiencing an array of emotions. I am getting to the point now where I just cannot wait to see my new body.

Now, I am starting to feel worried about the emotions I will feel afterward. Am I going to have feelings of regret? WHy am I going to experience different emotions?

37 hours Surgery time in hours now. My...

37 hours

Surgery time in hours now. My stomach is in knots. Trying to breathe, relax. I could really use a glass of wine right now, or the bottle :)

How are you ladies doing today? Any advice on things that are working to keep you calm???

It's 4:20 am. I am getting ready to head out...

It's 4:20 am. I am getting ready to head out for surgery. Will update you all when I can. Oh goodness.....HERE WE GO!

Surgery went great! I am home with my kids :) I am...

Surgery went great! I am home with my kids :) I am walking almost upright already. I have no drains. Feeling a bit of pain. I feel like I just got the crap beat out of me. I had a lot of Lipo done. Almost 2 liters. I also had a lot of muscle repair done.

I am wearing the binder right now. It feels nice though. I feel like it is keeping me all nice and tight. I can already see the difference. I want to take the binder off, just to see the results. But scared it will hurt so bad to put it back on. lol

I will take pictures and post them for you. Thanks for the support. So glad that this is all over :)

Hello All, I am 1 day out of surgery. I...

Hello All,

I am 1 day out of surgery. I haven't seen my results. I am wearing a binder. I took the binder of today and literally 10 seconds later I told my hubby to put it back on. I go to my post-op appointment on Tuesday. PS will take off my bandages and I will be able to see my results. I am so excited to see. I already feel like a new lady. As soon as I can post pictures I will. I do not have any drains. PS said I did not need them. Feeling well. Tired and just feel like I had the crap beat out of me :)

I am excited to see what I look like for sure.

Please ask me anything. Having gone through the surgery, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Today, I decided to stop taking the vicodin and...

Today, I decided to stop taking the vicodin and switch to tylenol. I am not feeling a lot of pain right now. I just feel like someone punched me in the sides and in my stomach.

My neck and chest muscles hurt really bad. But I think it's from trying to life myself up from the couch without using my stomach muscles. I have no upper body strength so this has been difficult.

I also have not been able to go #2! UGH, I am taking a stool softner. I am hoping that I can go today :) I am having gas pains and bc I can't push (muscle repair) it hurts a lot. That is probably the one thing that is bothering me the most right now.

I can't wait to see my new body. I am wearing the binder and I feel like a whole new me. I have a lot of dressings on my wounds. I don't want to take any of that off. My appointment is on Tuesday. I will let the doctor do all of that.

I wanted to keep you all updated on my progress post-surgery. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Its been 4 days since my surgery. I won't lie,...

Its been 4 days since my surgery. I won't lie, I am so glad that surgery is over. I was so scared to get this procedure done. I am so so happy that this is not plaguing my thoughts anymore. The past month, whenever I was all alone with my thoughts I worried myself with the effects of anesthesia and the what if's.

Today I feel a bit woozie. My head feels like it is floating. I ate oatmeal and a banana. I just feel strange. Not bad, just different. I still have not been able to have a BM. Perhaps that is what is wrong I am full of S#&T. ~lol~ I really want to be able to go potty. It's probably the most bothersome right now. The gas in my belly keeps building.

I had muscle repair on my abs and also on my obliques. So trying to push gas out, is very hard to do.

I have been sleeping on the couch since Thursday. I really want to sleep in my bead, however my bed sits about 4.5 feet off the ground. I cannot maneuver my body to get into bed right now.

Ok, I am writing a book. I posted a picture of my tummy. Hope you enjoy and I hope I am helping by posting a daily log for you.

Day 5.... Woke up this morning and helped my...

Day 5....

Woke up this morning and helped my husband get the kids ready for school. Well I brushed the girls hair and out their hair in pony tails :) Went for a car ride. Was a little uncomfortable. Came home and my hubby washed my hair and helped me take a sponge bath. Took off my binder. A lot of swelling and I think I still have a fat pocket above my belly button. However, huge difference everywhere else.

I know I am EXTREMELY swollen right now. When will the bulk of the swelling go down?

In 6 weeks we are going to Kalahari indoor waterpark. I am so afraid I am gonna be a huge balloon by then as well.

Feeling a bit of pain. Not much. I am taking milk of megnesia. Still have not had a BM. This is my second day taking the milk of megnesia. I am hoping it works miracles and can go potty.

When will I be able to wear jeans? Right now, I feel like I am bigger than what I was when I went in. I know I am being impatient. This is day 5. I am just worried that I went through all of this and I am not going to be 100% happy.

I guess I am having some different emotions right now.

Day #6 Saw the PS today. He said everything is...

Day #6
Saw the PS today. He said everything is looking very good. I am feeling good. I just get SOOO tired after being up for a few hours. I get to shower today and I am so so excited about that. I feel like a new lady. I am already wearing shirts that I was steering away from bc they looked so terrible on me before. Today I wore my favorite red and white polk a dot shirt. It reminds me of the 50's :)

Anyway. Feeling really great and so happy with my results so far.

Today I am so so sick. I am very weak and nauseous...

Today I am so so sick. I am very weak and nauseous. I am so scared that something is wrong. I have no energy and I am shaking. I have slept since 900 this morning. I tried eating oatmeal and thought I was going to puke it up. Slept all day. Woke up and had a bowl of sherbet. I feel terrible. I am not sure if it is the TT or if I am getting sick. Should I be worried about something?

Today is day 9. I am feeling good, just sore. I...

Today is day 9. I am feeling good, just sore. I went out for a beer last night with my girlfriends and it was so nice to get out of the house. When we came home, I had to take a pain pill. I felt very sore. Still very swollen, but I am happy with the results. I wore a tight fitted shirt last night and that felt pretty good to be able to do. I haven't wore a fitted tee in years. We are taking our kids to an indoor waterpark in April! Can't wait to rock out my new body :)

I added some new pictures.

I added some new pictures.


Today I decided to weigh myself. Didn't know...

Today I decided to weigh myself. Didn't know if I would lose any weight, but thought I would check it out. I have lost 5 pounds since my surgery. I went in weighing 143 and I am now at 138. I am so so excited about the weight loss. I was stuck in the 140's FOREVER! Such a great feeling. I feel good about my body, I am getting to my goal weight. WOW! What a lifestyle change. Last night my neighbor looked at me and said, "You are so Skinny!" I am not gonna lie, it is such a great feeling to be happy with myself again. I absolutely am 100% happy with this decision. It just feels so great to feel good about ME. I hated looking at myself in the mirror before my TT. I feel like a brand new person.

I am two weeks post-op! Wow everyday you feel...

I am two weeks post-op! Wow everyday you feel better and get stronger. I am back to work, however by noon I think I could crawl into the corner of my classroom and take a snooze. In the evening I am very sore. But more like someone is constantly pushing on a bruise kind of sore. I will take pictures tomorrow morning and post for you. The bruising has improved by leaps and bounds. I am feeling like myself again! I am so happy with my decision to get a tummy tuck. I feel like a whole new world has opened for me. It is a great feeling!

Here are 3 week post-op pictures. Healing really...

Here are 3 week post-op pictures. Healing really well. Still very swollen on my right side. Riding in a car and doing things is getting much easier. Still extremely tired at night.

I am one month out. I am now wearing size 6/8...

I am one month out. I am now wearing size 6/8 jeans and feel amazing. I started working out on a treadmill. Just walking. But I feel amazing.

I am one month and 4 days post op. I am living my...

I am one month and 4 days post op. I am living my life pretty usual. I am still wearing the brace, but because the swelling only happens in certain place, the brace becomes very uncomfortable. I am thrilled about the results. I have lost 5 pounds since the surgery and am fitting into my size 8 jeans quite comfortably. I was wearing a size 10. Some of my pants were 12's. I tried on a pair of my dress pants to day and they were HUGE on me.

I find that I get full very quickly. If I try to eat like I used too, I feel very uncomfortable. Almost like I gorged myself. I hate the feeling. My belly feels like a 1000 pounds.

I am finally now this week able to sleep on either of my sides. I haven't be able to do that at all. It stretched my side muscles and I had those repaired. It hurt when I tried to lay on my side. I am so thankful that I dont have to sleep on my back anymore. I havent gotten a real nights sleep in quite some time. So thankful that I can start resting again.

We are taking our kids to an indoor water park the first week in April. I will be 6 weeks post op when we leave. I ordered a bikini from VS. Can't believe I am going to where a 2 piece out in public.

I am anxious to begin running again. I started walking, but with a runners heart this has been difficult. In December I weighed 150. I joined WW and got down to 143 by my surgery. I know not a huge weight loss. More than the weight, it is just great to put on clothes and feel good about myself :)

I have been really upset this week with my stomach...

I have been really upset this week with my stomach. I so swollen so bad and it's like you can't even see a flat tummy. I swell up anytime I do anything. I try not to wear the brace, but if I don't I swell up. I am numb on my sides still. I guess I expected a miracle. I lost weight after the surgery, but now I have gained some weight. Which is frustrating. I joined Weight watchers again. The swelling a fat belly is making me sad. I know it can take up to a year, but I am so impatient.

I see my ps in june. I am going to have to address...

I see my ps in june. I am going to have to address some problem areas... Sigh

Well I just broke down. I don't feel like my...

Well I just broke down. I don't feel like my results are great. My right side is very swollen and looks like something is wrong. I am so sad bc my initial results were beautiful. The results now are far from. I have a fat pocket above my belly button. I can still feel the hernia and my belly hangs when I lean over still. I am just so sad. My hubby says I am swollen. But I dont think it is swelling at al.

I added some photos. Yesterday was an emotional...

I added some photos. Yesterday was an emotional day for me. However, I am just very SWOLLEn on my right side. I bought a string bikini today. Never thought I would do this. Here are the newest pictures.

It has been 6 months since my tummy tuck and to be...

It has been 6 months since my tummy tuck and to be honest I am not thrilled with my results. I see my PS on September 12th and I am going to inquire about getting more lipo. I was told that I would be extremely flat and that is just not the case. I will keep posting...

November 11th, I am getting more liposuction done...

November 11th, I am getting more liposuction done on my abdomen. Met with my PS and he is unhappy with the way my stomach looks as well. I hate to have to go through this again, however I am not happy with the results. :(

November 11th I am receiving liposuction again. A...

November 11th I am receiving liposuction again. A bit disappointed but hoping it will help.

Received lipo on Friday! I am swollen! My lower...

Received lipo on Friday! I am swollen! My lower stomach...no more hanging, but worried still about my upper belly. We shall see....

How long will the swelling take with just lipo and no tummy tuck?
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Hi Runningmom. Who was your PS in Michigan? I'm getting a no drain tuck in Dec. Mi also.
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who are you using? How long after you went in for the consult did you get your appointment?
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He did not charge me for the revisions. Had surgery on Friday! Hoping these results are good :)
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Can I ask if the lipo revision is going to cost and if so how much? I will add that I think you look great but I totally understand the not loving results as I too am with you! I hope that your revisions next month will help!
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He did not charge me for the revisions. Had surgery on Friday! Hoping these results are good :)
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Hi runningmom, u appear to be so nice and fit now did u get a mini tuck or full? Did u get a new belly button with your tummy tuck or ps only fixed hernia? I am scheduled to have one next month and your scar looks nice & short.
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I had a full TT and revisions on Friday. I had more lipo done. My lower stomach is super tight lol :) Still worried about my upper belly. We shall see :)
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I too am not happy with the results. I had my surgery in March. I still look swollen and I am completely numb on my lower stomach. One side has a big lump on it and the other has a flap of skin...I am just sick of looking at it. My doctor says "oh you look great, but for a couple more thousand I can fix it. Going to find another doctor and get his opinion. I think I will hold off on any surgery. I would not have to pay for anesthesia though because I am already numb. Whatever your expectations are of this surgery....you will not get them.
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I am so sorry Kathy! I hope you find a doctor that can help you. I just have more fat that needs to be taken care of. I hope I like the results. I have to have faith that it will be better.
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Posted new pictures. Getting more lipo on November 11th.
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No, absolutely not. That is what I was expecting also and my lower abs are still hard, and not exactly what I had hoped for. I go tomorrow and want to see what he has to say. Are you being charged for the lipo?
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How did things go? Are you getting more lipo?
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I wore my binder forever. I didn't want to have to go through this again. I have gone from a size 12 to an 8. I feel like I am complaining when I should be happy. I was very thin and fit. After children and a bad marriage I went from 118 to 153. I am now 138. I should be ecstatic. But I remember my 118 body. I remember rocking a bikini and now after a tummy tuck, two children, a divorce and a new marriage I still hide my body :( I don't want to hide. I want to be proud. They said I would be rock hard flat and I am not... :( Am I being selfish?
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Post some 6 months pics and lets see :) Did you have MR as well ??? This can really help to give you that "flat" appearance. Your pics at 2 months are pretty great and I love that pink bikini of yours. I can't say whether getting lipo will be of any help as I can't see what you are looking like at this point, are you still swelling ??? How long did you wear your binder for after surgery ??? The compression garment really helps to mould your shape and also helps flatten the hips ........ hope you get some answers from your PS. Keep us posted !!!
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Oh my God I love you you have the same ridge as me! xoxoxoxoxo

I know it will get better!!!! I am also three weeks read my blog. Hang in there!
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As far as hangy tummy< im sorry about that. It must be very tuff to deal with. What does your ps say. if you posted this I missed it and really tired. I just cant seem to sign off today.. I want to be of help to you so I can be on top of your journey and by there to see you when you are PERFECT> you sure look good now, but I understand.
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You look fantastic! I understand your frustration, but you are still rocking that suit!
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I feel your pain! But I think you look awesome!
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Wow girl you are rocking that bikini! Great color and style for you too!
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I think you look great!! They say up to 6 months with swelling, even a year & also a year before you see the final results.
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Wow, seems like your really doing well. I'm a week behind you post op, and am also a runner. My PS said no running till at least 8 weeks, and "them we would see"! What about yours? Did you have lipo? I did on my flanks and upper back, and that's been the worst by far! It hurts so bad! Can't believe your already working again!
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My last post was meant for runnigmom
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It's been 5 weeks. I ran last night. But I took it so easy. I ran 2 mins at 5 mph then 2 mins at 3 mph.
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I am 1mo and 2 days post op. I feel good! I like running mom I believe expected it to be a rougher experience more pain more bruising etc. The difference between her and I is that I had stopped exercising about 4 mo prior to surgery Nd since I quit smoking gained almost 10 lbs right before surgery. I was so angry Bout that but I guess it's ok. I M happy with my results over all. I did think a lot more of my stretch marks would of been gone but I can live with the ones that stayed. The tightness of my stomach is starting to subside and I actually don't like that. I keep thinking it's gonna get flabby again. I can't eat a whole lot because when my stomach expans it feels awful and is so very u comfortable that now I eat several small meals a day. I still haven't weighed myself. Like I said all in all I am so happy I did this! I wasn't in great shape but it wasn't bad at all and I dont think I have a high pain tolerance.... I don't know. As for the wedding you are going to. I wish it was me! Lol. You may get a bid dissapointed that u may have to buy a size perhaps bigger than u normally would for a dress but as far as energy.... I think you will be just fine.
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ok thank you so much for your help and the dress size bigger is ok as long as i don't look "out" of it and hunched over!!! thanks again! Glad your doing well and you look great!!
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