Tummy Tuck: StoriesWrite a Review
8 weeks post op
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 10 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $5,800
- Matt Chhatre (Lees Summit, Mo)
I'm a 23yo mother of two. My husband and I...
- 24 Mar 2012
I'm a 23yo mother of two. My husband and I have decided we are done having children and now, I want my old body back! I didn't gain a ton of weight with either of my children, but I have lots of stretch marks and extra skin/fat. I lost all of my pregnancy weight and am at a pre-pregnancy weight but I look NOTHING like I did before. I am SO ready to look good again. I want to wear two peice bathing suits, lingerie and jeans that I don't have to pull up over my fat! I had a breast reduction done in October of 2011. I had always had huge boobs and they just got bigger and more saggy after the kiddos. Now, I'm ready for part two... the tummy tuck! I have a 6mo post op appointment with my PS on April 10th and it will also double as my tummy tuck consultaion. I am so excited, I can hardly wait! I am anxious to get all of my questions answered and get a date set! I plan on documenting everything on here to help people in the future!
So I forgot to add my height/weight. I am...
- 25 Mar 2012
I haven't had my consultation yet, but I am finding that I am getting super nervous/anxious. I don't know if I am scared of the change since I've been so used to looking gross or what. Anyone else have crazy emotions before/after your TT?
So.. I talked to my PS today, and they let me...
- 26 Mar 2012
I am getting really annoyed lately. It seems like...
- 30 Mar 2012
So, just a little update... The whole leave...
- 1 Apr 2012
Okay... I had a BR done 6mo ago, so my PS allowed...
- 11 Apr 2012
My PS does lipo to the abdomen and some to the hips with the TT. I have a big concern for my hips! I feel like I have a fairly small waist and the my hips just BAM! are all the way out there! I talked to my PS about posiibly getting an extended TT but he tried to talk me out of it. He also suggested to me that I not get any extra lipo to my hips/flanks. Basically he told me, get the regular TT and if I am not happy with the results, based on the concerns I expressed to him, I would later come back for the ETT. He said don't waste the money on the lipo....
Did you guys get extra lipo or did you just get what was included with the TT?
PLEASE SOMEONE LOOK AT MY PICTURES!!! I don't want to have to have two surgeries. I would rather get it all done at once! In your opinion, do you think that a regular TT will pull my hips in at all?! Or do you think I need an ETT? My PS did say that when they do a TT, they don't just pull the skin down, but rather toward the front as if I were to be sqeezing my fat pouch you know? Idk if that makes any sense at all. I don't know if the post makes any sense at all to be honest. I am just having a freak out moment because I paid today and even though I took my LONG list of questions in there with me and got them all answered, now that I am home, I just want to go back and ask more.
Ugh. I could cry right now.
So, I have 26 days until my surgery and I am...
- 13 Apr 2012
A little over a week until my pre-op appointment,...
- 16 Apr 2012
Well my pre-op is in 5 days. I'm so excited. I...
- 20 Apr 2012
I have my pre-op appointment tomorrow at 4:45. I...
- 24 Apr 2012
Wooohooo! Had my pre-op appointment a little bit...
- 25 Apr 2012
About my appointment. Went there and he went over everything with me. I am getting just a Tummy Tuck, no extra lipo. The lipo that he includes is to the abdomen and some to the hips. I am a little big upset because he recommended that I get lipo to the flanks. I'm not upset that he recommended it, I am upset that I am not getting it. It is an extra $2000 and we are just not willing to spend that kind of money on it. So, needless to say, I am really starting to stress out about my results. I don't want to come out looking gross, or have a giant muffin top because I didn't get the lipo. My doctor made me feel better and said that I would still look good and that when he is doing the lipo to the hips he will get as much out as he can. I'm just anxious and want this all to be over with so I can see how I turn out instead of just wondering.
I have a friend that got a TT recently and she sends me pictures. When I first saw the one, I was like OMG... That looks terrible, but maybe it's normal?! Then it just never got better. Her scar is shaped horribly, like not a straight line... everything just looks aweful. I have been soooo worried that that is normal and that is what I will look like. I showed my PS and his assistant her pictures and needless to say... they gasped at the results. Now, knowing that I am not going to turn out like that makes me feel a lot better. Ugh.. My mind is so jumbled right now. Only 2 more weeks and I will be on the other side! My body/skin is sooooo sensitive so I think my healing is going to go slow. I hope I am able to keep my head up and stay positive. I will be hanging out on here a lot post-op looking for support! Be here for me ladies! I need you! We need each other!!
So we are in the single digits now! Woohooo! Only...
- 1 May 2012
My husband and I took my measurements and new photos the other night. I have to say, these pics are even more disgusting than the original ones. Looking at them make me that much more appreciative of this surgery. I must say that I also have one amazing hubby. I'm very lucky that he supports me and wants me to have this done. He tells me that I deserve it. In the beginning he didn't really want to talk about it much, but now he makes me feel better when I am having a guilty moment.
Ugh I am soooo excited!!
Here are my measurements:
R Thigh: 23.75"
L Thigh: 23.75"
Not sure why I am not on the calendar for surgery....
- 1 May 2012
My surgery is May 9, 2012
Well guys, tomorrow is the big day! It is...
- 8 May 2012
My husband is on his way home from the airport right now from picking up his mom and brother (who are helping take care of the kids). I can't believe this is finally happening. My brain is telling me, "hey, tomorrow is the big day" but my body isn't comprehending it. I think because I have wanted this since my first was born, I just keep thinking, yea right.. it's not going to happen. BUT IT IS!! AND IT'S HAPPENING TOMORROW!!
The recliner is all set up, got my extra pillows, medical supplies, meds, food, etc... Wish me luck everyone, by this time tomorrow I will be on the flat side! WOOOHOOO!!!
Just a quick update. I'm out of surgery. Not...
- 9 May 2012
Day of surgery: Well girls, I'm alive!!...
- 10 May 2012
Well girls, I'm alive!! Everything went very well. I was super nervous this morning when I arrived at the PS office but once I got all marked up the excitement settled in. I woke up a few hours later with little pain. The ride home was fine. Got home, went to the bathroom (ouch) then settled down in my lift recliner :) I took a little nap and when I woke up I needed to go to the bathroom again. This time was not so good. I sat down and started to get nauseous, then dizzy, then next thing I knew my husband was yelling my name and hitting my face. I passed out!! Like bad. He said that I just went lights out and immediately started snoring. My legs went straight and when I woke up I was half off the toilet. I had a similar thing happen with my breast reduction, but it was like a tiny black out and woke right up. I guess this time I was out for a minute or so :-/ Anyways that was scary but I'm better now. My hubby messed up though, I was in pain and asked him if I could have another percocet. He said I needed to wait another half hour.. turns out he was basing it on every 6 hrs not every 4. Kill me lol. Anyway that has been my night thus far.
My nurse took a picture of my belly before they wrapped me up and omg it is amazing. My belly button is cute, tummy is flat, and I'm a happy girl. I know its going to look worse soon, but in the long run I will be satisfied. My PS told me that he did a bunch of lipo on my hips so he thinks I will be happy. I will post the pic tomorrow. Goodnight!!
1 Day PO: Today I am definitely worse than...
- 10 May 2012
Today I am definitely worse than yesterday. My incision is really sore, when I stand up I get a really sharp pain at the end of it, like its about to break open. I think it is cause the blood and stuff is drying and sticking to the bandages. Who knows. I have been eating some crackers and drinking lots of water or sprite. I am pretty bored though cause we have my recliner set up in our room, so during the day I just lay back here all alone. Bummer. My drains haven't been draining much. Not sure if that is good or bad. My throat hurts even though I wasn't intubated, so I would definitely recommend getting some cough drops to have post op. Let's see... I got a little peak at the end of my incision and omg it is the darkest purple I have ever seen. I started taking the Arnica today, so hopefully that will help with the bruising. I have t gel stuff too but I won't put that on for a while. Can't really think of much else at the moment. I think I'm going to take a nap since I'm so bored all alone lol. Its kind of nice though cause I can hear my kiddos fussing and all I can say is, sucks for you dad, for having to take over my job. Lol. Alright.. lates
Will post the one pic I have this evening. It is still on my camera so I need to download it to my comp. Won't have any new pics until after my first post op appointment next week.
Added a couple pics that my nurse took for me...
- 10 May 2012
MORE PICS =]
- 10 May 2012
Day 2 Post-Op: Today is going really well. I...
- 11 May 2012
Today is going really well. I slept well last night and woke up this morning at 7am when my daughter started crying. I think she must have had a bad dream or something. I had to wake my husband up to tell him to go and check on her. LOL, he isn't very good at waking up to anything. Anyways, I think I am going to let you know right now this update might be all over the place cause I just took a percocet. Ok, so woke up at 7, ended up reading my daughter a book and convincing her to lay back down for a little while longer. I took a percocet and went back to sleep until about 10:45am. When I woke up I felt really good. I didn't take any more pain meds until about an hour ago at 1:30pm. That made me feel good that I didn't need one for so long. Yesterday I spent the majority of my day in my recliner and today I actually got up and sat out in the living room on the couch with the family. I just ate some lunch, a sandwich and some wheat thins. I'm starting to feel a little loopy because of the percocet but I am determined to update. What else do I have to say? Umm... I really really hate this binder. I don't know if I have a small torso or something but It just feels like it is soooo high up. My PS fixed the dog ears that I had on my breasts from my BR 6mo ago so the binder being really high up pokes into the cuts of the dog ear revision. That is probably the part that hurts the most, that and my lower back. I hate that I can't take the binder off and see what I look like. I don't know if I am swollen or where I am swollen. I am sure I am, but I just want to see it all. I know my boobs are swollen. Ok, Wow... I am totally rambling. I'm sorry haha. I have two episodes of Grey's Anatomy to catch up on, so I think I am going to do that.. if I don't rck out first. Holy crap. I will write more later when I am not high. haha.
Well the meds have worn off now, so I am hoping I...
- 11 May 2012
On the plus side... my nurse called me today and I go in on Tuesday to get my drains removed!! Woohoo!! I will also be ditching this binder and getting the stage two garment. I was told it is going to be like biker shorts that go all the way up to my boobies. I think anything will be better than this freaking binder.
Well that's it for today. I'm going to just relax and probably watch a movie with the family. Hope you all are healing well!! I took a couple more pics... it seems like I'm pretty swollen on my left side. Idk I'm so used to being fat I can't really tell what is swelling and what isn't.
Day 4 PO: So I have to say I am quite surprised...
- 13 May 2012
So I have to say I am quite surprised at how well things are going for me. Yesterday went well, I got out and went for a little walk with the family. We took the kids to the parkand enjoyed the nice weather. I was walking fairly straight yesterday. When I sit down for a while and get back up I go back to my hunchback position, but it sraightens out afer a few minutes. For the most part I am feeling good. My back gets super sore and my abs are oddly tingley... like when your foot falls asleep and it first starts waking up. It's funny feeling but not painful. This binder is going to be the death of me. I adjust it a million times a day because it just keeps riding up. I am pretty swollen on my right side. My scoliosis makes it to where my right hip is about and inch higher than my left so that, on top of the swelling makes me look like I have a GIANT love handle on just that one side. Gross. I am hoping that once the swelling goes down it will look better. My drains are barely draining anything. Right now they are weird because the blood in them is like clotting. I think it's because there isn't uch draining, so what is in there separates and settles. I think I already sad this, but I get those bad boys out of Tuesday. Yipeeee! I have taken my CG off a couple of times (which I am not supposed to do) and I think my belly looks pretty good. I am bummed because I had a ton of stretch marks on my side, which I knew weren't going to be cut off, but it seems like now those are bigger than before since they were stretched. I am trying to stay positive and look at my before pictures and realize that I definitely look better than I did then! I really didn't think my expectations were unrealistic but maybe they were. Once I am cleared to go tanning I think I am going to do that. It faded my stretch marks when I used to tan so i think it wil make them look better. I am really bruised on my sides and around my belly button. I have put arnica gel on it a few times, but I don't know if it is working or not. I am not needing my pain meds that much. I usually just take them when I am going to take a nap. I probably take 1 percocet and 1 flexeril a day.
I have been reading my tummy tuck buddies reviews and I am sad that you all are having a harder time than me. I seriously keep thinking that I am doing so well that here shotly it is going to come back and bite me in the ass. We will see. Happy healing everyone!! HUGS!!
Well last night, I went to the bathroom before bed...
- 14 May 2012
Today has gone really well. We got up this morning and went to go get my drain out. My hubby and I got to go by ourselves while my MIL watched the kids. That was nice, being able to have some alone time with him. After we got my drains out, we went to the mall to get some summer stuff for the kids and just shop around. I did well, but tonight I am EXHAUSTED!! I hurt some, but mostly just achy feeling. I haven't taken any meds today, which is good, but I think I need to take something now. I am not sure what else there is so report. Things are just going much better than I ever expected. Oh, I took my measurements again tonight and I lost a half inch to an inch in some places and stayed the same in others. I think once the swelling goes down I will be much smaller than before though. I did actually try on a pair of jeans today while shopping and even with the compression garment on with the extra padding inside, I managed to get into a size 29... not like a giant size 29, but like the pants that are measured like mens. That was exciting for me. Last I remember I was wearing a 33 in those kind of jeans. Woo hoo!!
Overall I am really glad that I did this. I know I am going to be very happy with my end results =] I did have a moment of depression today after I left shopping cause when I put the jeans on I looked in the mirror and I just looked fat. Like the swelling on my hips/lower back is so gross!! Once I got home though, and looked in the mirror with the CG off I felt satisfied so all was better. We will see how tomorrow goes.
Took some new pics of my sweet CG and of my tummy... I am SOOOOOOO BRUISED! I've been putting the arnica gel on the bruising, hopefully I will noticing some differences soon.
Well I am now 8 days post op! I am feeling really...
- 17 May 2012
I have been using arnica pills and I really think it has helped my swelling be minimal. I really haven't been watching my eating like I should, and I am still not that swollen. My hips are kind of bad where I had some lipo but the rest is pretty good. I also am using arnica gel for the bruising and I have seen an AMAZING difference in the bruises even just over night.
I have had quite a few BMs since the surgery and they have been pretty painless. I started taking stool softeners the day before my surgery and have taken them pretty much everday since. I think that is what has helped in that area.
That is really all I can think of for now =]
New pictures... feedback is really appreciated. Thanks!
I am 12days PO today and I am doing great....
- 21 May 2012
I took some new pics today and I didn't really think I was that swollen in the beginning but comparing those pictures to now is amazing! To think I am going to look even better gets me all sorts of excited.
I originally wrote way more than this but when I clicked update it didn't work and I lost all that I wrote and I don't feel like typing it all again. Sorry this update is kind of crappy, I will update again on Weds or Thurs after my post-op appointment.
Had my hubby help me take measurements just now.....
- 21 May 2012
Chest: 39.75" (went up 1.25"... I think this is because I have swelling from my PS fixing dog ears)
Underwire: 35" (up 1".. same reason as the chest)
Waist: 32" (down 1")
Gut: 37.5" (down 1")
Hips: 38" (same as before)
Butt: 40.5" (same as before)
R thigh: 23" (down .75")
L thigh: 23" (down .75")
Overall I am a little sad about the actual measurements. I wish I were smaller, I was really hoping to wear smaller pants but I don't know if that is going to happen. One thing that makes me think I still have the chance to go down in size is the fact that before I used to buy my pants a little on the big side because I would pull them up over my fat gut. I'm also only 12 days post op so things could get better still. Either way, I have a flat tummy with not very many stretch marks! Yay!!
I should have gotten lipo to my flanks. I feel fat...
- 24 May 2012
I am doing little better lately about the back...
- 26 May 2012
Made before/after pictures... made me feel better.
- 26 May 2012
Tomorrow it will be 4wks PO and wow the time has...
- 5 Jun 2012
Oh and I got my hair cut yesterday.. cute little summery bob. I love it! Now I just want have the rest of me match =] I'm getting some blonde put in it next week! Ok.. enough about that.
I am going to take new pics this evening and do my measurements again and will update after that!
I am so ready to get this damn compression garment...
- 7 Jun 2012
OK so I did my measurements again... they might be a little off because my hubs was in a crappy mood and didn't feel like helping me so I did it myself. Here they are:
Chest: 40" PREOP: 38.5"...wtf??
Underwire: 34" PREOP: 34"
Waist: 31" PREOP: 33"
Gut: 37" PREOP: 38.5"
Hips: 37.25" PREOP: 38"
Butt: 39.75" PREOP: 40.5"
Thighs: 23.25" PREOP: 23.75"
So that is that... and I have a few new pictures =] Happy healing everyone!!
Today is 5wks and I'm kind of in the dumps. I just...
- 13 Jun 2012
So I have my six week check up tomorrow (a little...
- 24 Jun 2012
I need to take some updated photos and I will try to do so tomorrow as well as measure myself again. I need to go shopping!!! on the plus side I put on a pair of size 8 old navy shorts that I bought right before I found out I was pregnant with my second baby. they fit!!! makes me happy because from my other experience with old navy brand, their bottoms run small.
anyways, I will update again soon and let you all know how my post op goes tomorrow.
Got cleared to work out at my last appointment and...
- 3 Jul 2012
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Dr.Chhatre was absolutely amazing to work with. His staff is beyond helpfull and very nice. I am basing this review on the experience I had with my breast reduction since I haven't had my TT yet, but I have no doubt the rating will be the same. I would recommend him to any of my family/friends. Not to mention, he is very reasonably priced.