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5 MO PO and confused on my results. :(
- posted 6 months ago
- updated 1 month ago
- Not Sure
- Cost: $8,400
- Minneapolis, MN
In less than two days I'll be having my tummy tuck...
- 17 Nov 2012
- 1 day pre
In less than two days I'll be having my tummy tuck with lipo to flanks and thigh area. So nervous now that it's getting so close. I know I'm in good hands with Dr. G and looking forward to joining the flat side. I'm 5"2, 127 lbs. After having two kids, one by csection, I'm excited to get rid of my stretch marks (some anyway) and have a flat tummy. My fat tends to stay in my mid section and I'm sick of wearing tight tank tops to suck it all in. I have been wanting to do this procedure for so long...and now that it's getting so close...I'm getting extremely nervous! Please let this all be over soon...And I hope and pray for a fast recovery!
Two days PO and feeling really good. Of course one...
- 21 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
I was able to wash my hair today. Thank god. Since I had lipo done (flanks/thighs/stomache) in addition to tummy tuck, I have the full body CG on....therefore have to keep this sucker on for 5 days which means no shower. I actually feel so much better after washing my hair and cleaning myself up as best as I could. I read on someone elses real self that its key to get up each day and freshen up, get ready for the day as it will make a big difference...and it does! I'm going back to the doctor today for my two day check up...so hoping all is going well. It stinks I have an hour and half car ride to where I had my PS...but it is what it is, right?!
I do have a question for some of you out there taking Vicodin...how soon before you stopped taking the vicodine and switched to Tylenol? I really don't like how the vicodin makes me so sleepy/drowsy...but I also don't want to stop taking the Vicodin too early and end up in more pain. Any thoughts?
Well..I'm getting a little sleepy so think I am going to lay down for an hour or so before I have to take off for my follow up appt.
Looking forward to tomorrow....things will only get better, right?! :)
Went to my follow up appt. All went good and doc...
- 21 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
Had a tough morning. Had some coffee and finally...
- 22 Nov 2012
- 3 days post
I'm going to switch over to Tylenol now and give up vicodin as I'm sure that is the main culprit here. Plus it just knocks me out anyway.
Anyone out there get lipo done too? I did lipo to lower back/flanks and thighs and can't believe how swollen I am- especially in my thighs- they look HUGE!! I feel like I'm getting plenty of rest and I am drinking a ton of water. Haven't had much of an appetite so not eating a lot but seems like when I do I'm eating toast- meat- fruits. Any suggestions or is this just part of deal with lipo to be so swollen?
I stopped taking my vidicon this morning and now...
- 22 Nov 2012
- 3 days post
4 days PO and feeling better each day. HOWEVER.....
- 23 Nov 2012
- 4 days post
My husband and I chatted last night about the "day of surgery". It's crazy b/c once he brought it up, I realized at that moment I didn't remember anything after I laid on the operating room table until after we got home. He was telling me about how he came into recovery room and nurse started going over all Pre-op stuff...and apparently I kept grabbing his arm to pull him closer to me. He said I just looked like I was in so much pain...and again on the ride home (which was hour and half drive) I was pretty out of it but moaning a lot as if the pain was bad. I told him I don't recall any of that. All I do know is that I am sooo blessed to have such a wonderful husband. He has taken such awesome care of me this past week. Gosh these past 4-5 days have been such a whirlwind. As I lay here typing this...all I can think about is how long I have wanted to get this done...but didn't think I would. Mainly because of work and also fact I didn't think I could spend this kind of money on myself. But then one day I find myself searching the internet...and then making appointments to get a few different consults. And the funny part is that I did my consults all pretty close together...and once I met with Dr. G, I was determined to do it...but not a month or two...or four months out...I scheduled my TT for 2 weeks from the day I was in for my last consult. Talk about moving fast. All in all..I don't regret one moment. I found a wonderful plastic surgeon, no time is every going to be the perfect time with our crazy lives, and I know I'm going to be so happy with my results.
Well....I suppose it's probably time for me to take a little nap before my daughter gets home from a play date with my sister and nephew. Hope you all are doing well!
Anyone else have problems with skin itching? My...
- 23 Nov 2012
- 4 days post
Holy hannah am I having some nightmares. I...
- 24 Nov 2012
- 5 days post
Ok...so I did post two new pictures from this morning. I am VERY swollen and my binder was digging into my skin. Oh...and I DO now have a tank under my binder...so thank you all for the recommendation. That was one of those recommendations taht was a DUH moment for me. Aftter people started posting to wear a tshirt/tank under the binder...to me that was a no brainer. Buit clearly I needed help for all you as I didn't figure it out :) ha!
Hope you are all healing well! (I just love this site!!)
Day 6 PO and I'm feeling great today! Yesterday...
- 25 Nov 2012
- 6 days post
My gosh I can't wait to take a real shower. And I also cant wait to get this full body CG off. I'm just waiting for my leg hairs to grow out and pop thru and start itching. lol. I am the type of person that cant go more than 2-3 days without shaving my legs as my leg hair grows fast. gross! I'm just really excited I'm PO 6 days already. This inbetween stage of feeling ok but yet not just really stinks. I haven't even left the house since my surgery with the exception of going to my 2 day follow up appt. All in all- I just can't wait to shower, wear normal clothes, and....well...be NORMAL again! I'm so worried about over doing it....so I have been doing a good job resting...but man I'm getting bored. I swear I have a bit of ADD so this sitting around is killing me. I'm usually on the go quite a bit. This is all worth it...so I'll just continue to be patient!
Hope everyone is doing well!
PO day 8 and I went to see my PS today. First I...
- 27 Nov 2012
- 8 days post
Happy Healing all my RS friends!! :)
Been 10 days since I last posted when I was at 8...
- 7 Dec 2012
- 18 days post
Ok- so let's move to a positive note. In reality gals- this whole process has been MUCH better than I ever expected it to me. Here are my pro's and con's.
First couple days were a little tough. Coughing/sneezing hurts. And no doubt my back hurt. This was definitely not something you want to do alone. In fact. have support with you for sure 24/7 the first 3 days for sure. I was more than fine making my home on the couch for the first week and half. Lots of pillows of course. I did have a wedge I used to evelate my feet..and I still use it today when I get home from work to rest.
The compression garment. UGH I hated my compression garmet. Then again, maybe it wasn't so much my original one I got sent home in, but once I was given the ok to move to spanks type one..which I bought for $14-$15 at walmart which I highly recommend them (CUPID is name brand)...I also bought a few other more expensive one and CUPID brand fits best. But either way..I hate wearing them. I would much prefer to wear my binder that I can tighen around my waist as tight or loose as I want. My first days back to work, which was PO 14 was hell. I wore my more expensive CG that went to my knee and up to just under my breast..and 3-4 hours into my work day I was sooo uncomfortable and felt like I was going to pop right out of the damn thing. Needless to say I was miserable. But I also chalk it up to maybe being too soon to go back to work. I have a desk job so it's not like I am standing all day. I also didn't get up to walk around as much as I should have but there really isn't a lot of space to just walk around and I did not want to take a walk outside...and as everyone would have wondered why I was outside walking. But note to all you that return to work after being able to rest a lot at home. GET UP and walk as often as you can. And that also goes from the day you get home from your surgery. Walking is the best way to heal....that I do believe. Don't overdue to it by any means...but just get up and walk frequently and then rest again. I just can't stress that enough. OH and drink LOTS of water. Those two are key to a good recovery. Oh...another con was I did not like my vicodin. I have horrible nightmares. But I guess it was either that or pain...so I guess I would rather eliminate the pain. And I think I did a pretty good job as I feel like overall I recovered quickly and remember even telling my husband each day that I was progressing rather quickly...and he thought so too. But keep on top of your meds. My husband started writing down all my meds on a sheet of paper of when I needed to take them and I was faithful at it. It can be hard obviously when your trying to rest..but if you can, set an alarm or take them right when you wake up if your late.
Ok...let's most to the PROS:
Again, this whole thing has been much better than I expected. I know I was complaining earlier on my post...but trust me..you will have really good days and then a few bad moments here and there. I chalk it up to being a normal combo...or maybe I am bi-polar. ha...kidding! I do love my results...my PS is amazing and I am so happy I made this decision. I'm not going to lie..I wish I would have been a little more motivated to kick it in high gear 3 months ago and worked my leg muscles a little more. Now they are just feeling really saggy and need some toning for sure!! Gosh I hope I get some motivation soon.
Sorry to get off track...but does anyone else feel like your munching more or just plain not motivated? Could it be a little depression during the 2-3 week of Post op blues because of off the swelling and feeling numb. I really need to get on a schedule to get back to walking on treadmill. Maybe I'm just lacking energy...I don't know. Protein shakes perhaps?!
All in all- the end result far outweighs any of the cons. And I know you have heard this a ton already...but try and stay positive and don't listen to "everything" you read. Remember- it's always easier to speak out about the bad things we go through rather than focus on the good...and that's partially becuase it's human nature to pick up the computer and start writing to vent when your having a bad day. Because when it's a really good day...were probably up doing fun things. That's just my two cents anyway for those that write a lot of negative stuff.
I am really in aaww that I am already 18 days PO. Part of me feels like it was just yesterday I got my TT/lipo done...and another part of me is getting inpatient with the waiting game so I can see what my true final result is.
So for those that are PO longer than 18 days....what can I expect for the next couple weeks. And when will I be able to go with out my binder and not feel like I'm "falling out". I do hate this numb feeling. It just feels so strange and I wonder how it will feel when I'm wearing jeans and tight shirt and nothing sucking me in underneath.
So I do have to apologize for all my typo's. Clearly there is no spell check on here...and I natually type fast and then run spell check afterward to correct my 50 mistakes. ha!
Well- it's late and I better get some sleep. I promise to try and take some more pictures tomorrow morning since I'm didn't post the ones from tonight. Besides, this is my work computer and I would have to email them to myself...then open/save..and attach. Oh...it's just a lot of work just thinking about it!! :)
Hope you are all having a good recovery and staying positive...and for those that have yet to get your TT done...also stay positive. As long as you trust your PS, then you will be in good hands and have amazing results! Take care off my RS peeps!
Well I'm almost 6 weeks PO. It's been a journey to...
- 28 Dec 2012
- 1 month post
Overall..I am feeling so good. Every days certainly is better and better as far as pain wise. In fact, I haven't had any pain really in a while. Numbness...of course. And swelling still, obviously...but again...this is all a process and I continously need to remind myself of that. I'm not going to ly, it's hard. More so because I am finding more or more each day that I am a very impatient person! ha! It's hard because I read so much on Realself and internet and have heard so many people AND experts say that around 5-6 weeks you should start seeing about 80% of your final results. SOOO...based on the readings...I am having a hard time wondering why I feel so "fat" and have so much swelling. But more so...I have to wonder if this IS MY FINAL result. Mind you, I didn't JUST have a tummy tuck...i also have Muscle repair and liposuction to my flanks, inner/outter things. So it's leaving me a little worried. I am certainly not as flat as I hoped. Although I do have some intra-abdominal fat...so maybe that's why? And I can actually "grab" fat/skin on my sides and back....which I wasn't expecting I would be able to do. OH...the doctor told me he took off a pound of fat from tummy tuck and 2300 ml of fluid from lipo....which he said equals about a liter of pop. Gross hah?! I asked if that was alot of fluid/fat he removed from lipo...and he said "well..yeah...it was a good amount." So why am I not feeling like I even had lipo done at all????
I'm not going to ly...I haven't been excercising as much as I would like. But in all honestly, I am feeling so icky/swollen by the time I get home from work that i just want to get off my feet. As far as eating habits...yeah, I have some bad days with maybe not eating that healthy, but I also have days I really watch myself. I have always been like this though.
I had my last check up with my PS on Dec 13th and felt like I was coming along really good. He was very happy with my results...and I even had the ultrasonic massage or whatever it is done. The lady who did my massage was complementing me on how fast of a healer I am...and I didn't have any "bumps" etc going on anywhere and she was super pleased. But since then...which was 2 weeks ago....I kind of feel like I have taken 2 steps back instead of 2 steps forward. Gosh...maybe it's in my head...but as you can see from my pictures...I am still swollen and not sure what to think. Maybe I'm just being whinning and not giving it enough time...i don't know.
Thanks for letting me vent!! ha! Don't get me wrong...I am happy. I mean, how can I "not" be...I dont have all this over hang of fat going over my jeans every day. :)
Hope you ALl have a very blessed Holiday...and here is a new year in 2013~ YAY!!
Ugh! I'm so confused on my results. I'm not happy...
- 19 Apr 2013
- 5 months post
I went in for a 5 month check to see what my PS would have to say about my results. while I was there...I asked "should I have this" as I grabbed fat from my sides (love handles) and thigh area. As he examined me very briefly, he did state that we maybe should have gone around further...meaning rather than incision stopping at hip bones, he should have gone around further around the back and pulled the fat down from sides. So he said "we could go back in a extend the incision, pull down the fat there, and it would extend the incision 3 inches or so on each side." I asked "can't we just do more lipo and he said that its more loose skin that anything and would need to be removed.
Let me be clear that during my visit...which was seriously like a total of 5 minutes IF that in which I was with with my PS...he wasn't very friendly which surprised me. I honestly feel like he wasn't liking my results either and was trying to get the hell out of there too. But the part that REALLY confuses me is that he told me if he would have me speak to Sarah and to hang tight. So then he left and Sarah comes to get me, brings me into her office, and is writing up some stuff...hands me the paper and there is a quote for $4,500+ to do the surgery again. I looked at her and told her I was confused as to why PS didn't just do this is the frist time and now I have already paid $8200+ and now I have to pay another $4,500? I'm not a plastic surgeon ...but I really feel like we go in for a consult, describe what we don't like about our bodies...and it should be THEIR job to tell us what we need done in order to get the look we are after. And yet here am I unhappy and he isn't willing to do anything to fix it other than treat me like a new patient? I'm not as angry as I am sad! Sad that I spent this amount of money only to feel like I have my front tummy pulled under...and as if no lipo or anything else was done :( Not happy and I feel like I just totally got screwed :( If anyone has any feedback...I woudl appreciate it. I am posting new pictures as well that I just took today!