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4 1/2 weeks post op - New pics & feeling AWESOME! Minneapolis, MN

After having my first baby at 30 I knew I would...

after having my first baby at 30 I knew I would need to have a tummy tuck to look normal again. I had my second baby in 6/2011. I gained around 50 pounds each pregnancy and normally weigh 140. With my 2nd pregnancy I had really bad ab separateion and developed an umbilical hernia. My stomach is super gross. My belly button sticks out really far from the hernia and my skin is very wrinkly and loose. I can't wait to look normal again.

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You are going to be so happy with the results. I'm 4 weeks post-op and I love my new tummy.
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Well get yourself ready for the beautiful new tummy!   October will be here quickly so get everything lined up and ready to go.  

Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.  I will be anxious to see your after pictures

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9/27/11 - I am getting very nervous yet very...

9/27/11 - I am getting very nervous yet very excited for the new me. I get so disgusted and sad when I see my stomach everyday. I am also nervous because I am having my in-laws in town soon and I have decided to not tell them about my surgery so I have to hide my stomach as best I can when they are here so they don't notice a drastic change between now and Thanksgiving.
Until my surgery, shapewear is my best friend!

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1 more week until my surgery! I am feeling less...

1 more week until my surgery! I am feeling less nervous and more excited now. Still feeling guilty about not telling some family members and friends, but I don't want people to judge me for my decision.

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Cant wait to see your new tummy. I bet it looks awesome!!
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I will be thinking about you today and sending happy healing thoughts your way:)

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You only need to tell those who you are comfortable with.  If you know they will support you and lift you up go for it.  Otherwise it is only your business and you don't need anyone's approval or permission.  

Keep your chin up and don't feel guilty:)

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I did it! my tummy tuck was yesterday. So far it's...

I did it! my tummy tuck was yesterday. So far it's not too bad. I just dislike these drains coming out of me. he said I have to keep them in for 1 week and I can't shower until the day after they come out:(
I am very sore and everyonce in a while I get a sharp pain that takes my breath away. I plan on resting up today some more. I can't wait until these drains come out so I can see my new stomach. I can already notice it is flatter even with my compression binder on.

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\cant wait to see your results!
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Well done. I am so happy you are doing well. I can imagine the drains being a pain but they will be out before you know it. Keep us updated on your progress!!
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Well, I knew I would be in pain after surgery, but...

well, I knew I would be in pain after surgery, but holy cow - I never thought it would be so hard to walk across the room! ouch! I am hoping to feel much better by tomorrow. I am having a burning sensation when I walk. it feels like my incision site is burning. I just gotta keep thinking that this pain is only temporary and my stomach will be awesome as soon as i can see it!

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Unfortunately the burn is all part of the recovery process.  But it will get better and better each day.  Hang in there.

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3 days post op - today I am feeling so much better...

3 days post op - today I am feeling so much better than yesterday! I am able to walk to the bathroom without the burning pain I was getting the last two days. I was even able to do much more today than yesterday. I am hoping I am on the mend and that I will just keep getting better everyday. I have a follow up appt tomorrow with my PS. I am very anxious to get these drains out, but I don't think they will come out until Thursday. A shower would be really nice. Taking a baby wipe shower just isn't as gratifying as a real shower.

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Good morning! I am now 5 days post op and feeling...

Good morning! I am now 5 days post op and feeling so much better! I saw the dr yesterday and got a glimpse of my belly button! I HAVE A BELLY BUTTON!!!! whoo hooo! he wanted to check my incision and drains. I was soooo close to getting my drains out - I guess I'll have to wait until Thursday though. No showering until they come out :( Even though I have been wearing my compression garment, I can feel how flat my stomach is and I can tell I don't have a muffin top - no more back fat. I am really only sore where the drains go in on my hips and I feel like I have done a ton of sit ups. Other than that, I feel good. Can't wait to see my stomach on Thursday when I go back to the dr. Yesterday i was very nauseaus. Still a bit this morning, but I'll take that over pain :)

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I just saw my doctor again because I think I...

I just saw my doctor again because I think I pulled on a drain and it was painful. He took out my drains! whoo hoo!!! I can shower tomorrow. Plus, I got to see my stomach! (or lack there of)
Getting the drains out felt super weird. Glad that is over! I'm putting new pics up :)

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Well done!! You look amazing!!!
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Wow! What a difference! You look fantastic already!
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I can't wait till you post some pictures! I bet you look great! I am glad you don't have much pain and the swelling isn't bad for you. Hopefully it stays that way. The swelling is not fun at all.
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6 days post op - I am feeling better than...

6 days post op - I am feeling better than expected! Except for this cold that I got. Coughing and sneezing does not feel good!!! I am about to take my first shower in 6 days and can't wait! I plan on taking a nap afterwards because I'm sure it's going to wear me out.

I have to run in to work for about an hour or so tomorrow - I would like to wear sweatpants, but I'm afraid it would be frowned upon. How soon has anybody worn jeans after surgery?

Another question for you all - My doctor said I could wear a compression garment such as spanx instead of what they gave me... what do you prefer to wear?

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Today I went to work for 4 hours, then went to the...

Today I went to work for 4 hours, then went to the Mall of America for some shopping. I might have over done it. I'm a little sore and think I might ice myself. I wore leggings and a long sweater to work today. That seemed to work, but I don't like how you can see my compression thing through my clothes. Has anybody experienced more swelling on one side than other? One side of my stomach seems to be larger than the other, but I think it is swelling.

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when did you ladies start wearing jeans? and did it hurt? Also, did you wear any type of compression garment such as spanx instead of what the dr gave you?
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Good morning all! I am feeling super good. my abs...

Good morning all! I am feeling super good. my abs still feel like I did a lot of sit ups, other than that I just can't wait to get my stitches out and these steri strips off. They are itchy!!!
If anybody is about to get a tummy tuck I highly recommend getting your hoo hoo waxed before hand. My hair is growing back in under the steri strips and it itches like crazy!!!

I still haven't worn jeans. I am going stir crazy at home. I am working from home today and planned to work at home until Wed, but I think I am going to go into the office tomorrow because I need to get out and see people :) I bought a few sweater dresses with tights/leggings so I don't have to wear pants to work. It probably isn't that bad. Maybe I will try to wear jeans on Friday.

I go back to the doctor on Thursday to get my stitches out. I think I'll ask about wearing jeans and spanx. this compression garment sucks! I hate wearing it - especially at night. It is hard to sleep with it. I hardly have any swelling so I hope I can stop wearing it at night sooner than 3 weeks po.

I'll post new pics after I get my stitches out :)

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Great results!
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Wow you look great! What a big difference!
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I wore my jeans at 10 days post op and they didn't bother me at all. They fit because I haven't had much swelling. I even wore a belt (love the big buckles) because they kept falling off my waist. The belt probably would have bothered me if I didn't have my compression garment on.

Put those jeans on girl just make sure you wear your binder or garment to cushion your belly.

Yesterday I had my 2 week post op appt. They took...

yesterday I had my 2 week post op appt. They took the stitches out of my belly button and I had 3 along my incision. I am so happy to have a belly button again!

This morning I tried on jeans for the first time - it's not so bad. However, I did realize I must be more swollen than I feel because they aren't as loose as I expected they would be. So far, I don't have on the binder either - just a compression tank top. The only difference I notice is that my abs are a lot more sore without it. I am posting my 2 week post op picture - my belly button still has a lot of scabs in it so it isn't that pretty yet.

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Our stories and bodies are similar and my surgery was a week after yours. You look great! It's nice to read your progress - like a weekly weather forecast, one week ahead ;). Happy healing"
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wow! our bodies and story are VERY similar.
i was the same height/weight as you going into the surgery too! glad you are starting to feel better!
Looking good girl!
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I have been feeling great. I love my new tummy and...

I have been feeling great. I love my new tummy and belly button. I have lost a total of about 5 pounds and I can tell that my swelling has gone down as my jeans are feeling loose. I have been wearing jeans since the day after I got my stitches out (2 weeks post op). I have only been wearing spanx in the day time and nothing on my stomach at night and I feel fine. I posted a new pic :)

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Thank you so much! I feel amazing and no longer feel self conscious on a daily basis
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You look amazing!!!
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you look good!
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Wow, I am feeling and looking great. I am so happy...

Wow, I am feeling and looking great. I am so happy I went through with this. I used to look at my body everyday in disgust. Every time I would use the restroom, I would see my stomach and be self conscious and would be disgusted. Now I no longer feel that way. I have lost 6 pounds since my surgery. I can't wait to be able to work out again and lose even more.
I am posting a picture of me in a bikini!!!! something I never thought I could ever wear again - I don't even know why I kept my bikinis!

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What a transformation! I know it's been years but I had to comment because of your incredible result! WTG!
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Wow what a difference from your scar at two weeks to four weeks and what a difference from your pre-op photos till now. I am so happy that you got a great result. You look amazing!!!
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You look amazing!

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Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Joe is so great. He worked with me to discuss what I was looking to achieve and let me use my hernia surgeon instead of using the one he usually works with. He also was very patient and took the time to answer all of my questions.

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