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Almost two month update : ) - Mount Pleasant, SC

Well...I've finally decided to have a tummy tuck....

Well...I've finally decided to have a tummy tuck. It's crazy because for so many years it was just a thought, and now I'm actually going through with it. I just woke up one day and took a look at this sagging, overhanging piece of skin and fat and said THAT'S IT!
I'm 5'6" (some docs say 5'7" which leads me to believe 5'6"), I'm 39 as of today and I have two children ages 16 and 20. I bounced right back after my first baby within two weeks of having her, but my 2nd child wreaked havoc on my entire body, arms, thighs, stomach, and butt. I know it was the way I ate with him, but I never knew that this would be the end result.
Ever since then I have been overweight with my current weight being 266 (I just lost 11lbs.) my lowest weight was 135 from 8th grade and all through high school with my highest weight being 150.
The doctor so far has put me on a diet plan with HCG injections and B12 lipo shots. I can tell I'm losing inches. I'll definitely be ready for my surgery in Jan but it just seems so far away.
I keep reminding myself that it's ok because that gives me time to be as small as I can possibly be and get the best results. I'm just restless right now.
This forum is really keeping me from going stir crazy.

Does anyone else here have to wait on their surgery because of weight issues?
Are you doing the B12 Lipo and HCG?
Any feedback would be great!

Thanks ladies!

you can do it!!! ♥
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Thanks! I'm definitely going to stay on track. I'm visualizing every night so I can keep my eye on the prize : )
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Dropping the pounds prior to surgery is very important!   The closer you can get to your ideal weight before is necessary.  Doing so will give you optimal results after surgery.  You will be glad you did this in the long run.  

Just try to visualize a tiny body after the weight loss and tummy tuck.  Imagine all of the fun clothes you will be able to wear.  

You can do this so stay strong and keep your chin up.  We are all here to support you.

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So far I've lost 13lbs. OMG! This is going to be a...

So far I've lost 13lbs. OMG! This is going to be a long process (we all know that 10lbs is water weight). It's been no change since Wednesday last. I'm frustrated. I know there are plastic surgeons out there who would give me my tummy tuck RIGHT NOW, but I just want the best possible results I can get. I work out and burn 400 cals almost every time (I'm only allowed 1000 cals a day on this stupid diet), and I just feel like its not paying off at all. I'm NEVER hungry, but I expected to see better results. Either way I WILL have my tummy tuck in Jan/Feb. without question.
Thanks Suz! Now I have someone to share my anxiety with : ) I'm just so excited for the whole thing. I've decided to not focus so much on the tummy tuck and focus on the weight loss. I want to watch myself shrink (although they say a watched pot never boils). I know I won't see the changes taking place as much as my dietician who I see every two weeks. Anyhow...keep up with me and I'll keep up with you : )
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Hi fbb, just read your review and wanted to send you good luck wishes and lots of will- power on your quest to lose some weight before your TT in January 2013. Yes it does seem a long way off but it will soon be here. My TT is in December (11th) and I am so looking forward to it.Its like being a child waiting for christmas/santa to arrive. I too have lost weight but did it through weight watchers (lost just under 3 st overall), I'm 5' 5" (49 years old on Wednesday!!): two grown up kids 24 (son) and 19 (Daughter) my surgery is not until December so that I can schedule my recovery over the holidays and go back to work in the new year (oh yes... and save like crazy to pay for it without having to take out a loan for it). Ive got a horrible what i call kangaroo pouch for a tummy and also old scars from previous surgeries so my poor tummy looks like a freeway (UK Motorway) map !! My PS has said that he should be able to get rid of all the scars, I sure hope so. Anyways, just wanted to say Hi... sending you best best wishes and to hook up as TT buddies over the next few months leading up to and beyond our surgery dates. Take care in the meantime. Suzi (cold wet and rainy England .................. boo... where is our summer ?? anyone seen it??)
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Sitting at my desk calculating how much I can lose...

Sitting at my desk calculating how much I can lose (healthily) in 6 mos. I'm pretty sure I can lose about 50 - 60lbs. I've already lost 14lbs since June 27 (1st doctor visit) and I can already see it in my face. This is definitely a lifestyle change because I have to keep this up after the surgery. Ugh...what am I gonna do when I can't work out after surgery?
Hi, thanks for getting back to me. Look forward to sharing our journey. With regard to weight loss the slower you do it the better, more chance of keeping it off I'm told. I would like to lose another 8 lb if I can. I am sure with your determination and with the incentive of a TT you are going to do really really well. We are so lucky to in a position to be able to afford a TT aren't we. There are a lot of people out there that it is just a dream that they will never be able to realise. I feel blessed that I am having it done (that doesn't take away the fear of the op one bit though)... Some people seem to sale through the op and recovery so well.. others appear to have horrendous tales to tell... its good that we get to hear both sides of the story though so that we can prepare ourselves. thats why I love this site so much. I know you are the other side of the world to me but I feel we will end up good buds ... Im in south east England where the weather is currently 14 degrees, overcast grey, windy and raining .. more like an autumn not summer .... we have lots of flood warnings as well. Anyway, when not at work or doing other home stufff caring for my family I am usually on the net looking at realself or researching TT's, compression garments, etc., etc , etc. you can never have too much knowledge eh. Anyway... be real good on your healthy eating... remember, a "moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips" and ... "nothing tastes as good as the feeling of being slim". lol... Look forward to sharing some pics at some stage. I am too embarrassed to post my tummy pics at the moment but I will a little nearer the time ! Take care ... Regards Suzi
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Doing leg lifts to figure out where my MR will be...

Doing leg lifts to figure out where my MR will be done. My waist is gonna be so tiny : ) I'm thinking I may wait longer than 6 mos. just so I can get down to my ideal weight. I don't think I can do it in 6 mos. 7 maybe...I don't know. I can see a real difference but my dietician is gonna go by my BMI. I'm sure I can find another surgeon to do it in 6 mos. but I want the best results I can get. Stay tuned...

Random thought...I hate the way my belly slaps...

Random thought...I hate the way my belly slaps when I'm intimate with my boyfriend. I like for him to grab my waist cuz its do small, but you can't really tell when you look at me because of all of this flab : (. *FML* I'm down and sad tonight. Can't have my tuck until I lose more weight/save so I may as well focus more on the weight loss as planned.
You sound really down - dont be sad, be happy. You have made a big decision that you want to do something positive to help you achieve your perfect body; I look at it this way... its a long term investment and will take a while to achieve but will last a lifetime, so... its worth investing time and patience over the next 6 to 9 months or so chipping away at losing the weight you want to and getting fit so that when you have your op you will get the dream results you want. I am really impatient as well and would like my TT done tomorrow but I know that I have got to lose a bit more weight before December. I did find however that by booking my TT date it has really focused my mind and that I have to knuckle down and stick to the diet coz nobody else will do it for me!. Dieting sucks... but so does having a pouchy belly!! I hope your dietician is giving you loads of encouragement !! I sure am... take care - until next time. Suzi
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Hi ladies! I'm going to see my boyfriend on the...

Hi ladies! I'm going to see my boyfriend on the 24th, he hasn't seen me since I've been losing the weight. I know I look smaller around the waist, but I know he's going to notice the skin more. He knows I've changed my eating habits, but he hasnt seen me since June. What if he notices the flab more and finds me unattractive? Ugh...I know he loves me, I'm just panicking...It's a means to an end (mommy makeover) and I just hope he understands that.
Hi Suzi! So far, so good. I've lost quite a bit of inches. My doctor keeps saying 'focus on my BMI' but what I'm really focusing on is how my clothes fit : ) soon I'll have nothing to wear to work, but I don't want to shop because in 5 months this pooch will be gone. What to do, what to do...anyhoo I hope you're doing fantabulous. I know it sounds crazy but I can't wait til you go under the knife so you can share the experience : ) ta ta for now!
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Does anyone feel like they look 'funny or weird'...

Does anyone feel like they look 'funny or weird' having the tummy tuck without the breast lift?
I did a TT without the BL. I would like a BL someday, but I still think my result is positive and not weird at all. It is so nice to have a flat tummy and a decent Belly Button! I didn't have the money for the full MM, and I also didn't want to have that much surgery at one time. Good luck with whatever you decide :)
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Thanks minnetrimom! I was wondering how it would look but bras are wonderful! Lol
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Hi Bella I see you doing good with your diet, I'm on that same path looking to get my tt or bbl in Dec I was thinking about going to Dr. Salama because he's good with both and reasonable from what I see. So excited!!
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Hi all! Well so far I've lost 25lbs. 53 more to go...

Hi all! Well so far I've lost 25lbs. 53 more to go to reach a decent weight for surgery. I plan on being 199 but if I lose more that's fine too. I just can't see myself at my ideal weight of 130 - 150. It seems really skinny. I was 135 in middle school! Anyhoo...still debating the breast lift. Haven't decided on the doctor yet...just focusing on the weight loss. TTYL ladies!
That's was me sighing not the air leaving my boobs! LOL
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I feel like my boobs look worse since I got the tt and no boob job yet, im saving that for next year
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That's what's on my mind. If I can get them done at the same time, that would be ideal. On top of that, I'm losing 50 more lbs before surgery so I know they're gonna deflate even more...sigh.
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Well I finally did it! I set a date. I'm soo...

Well I finally did it! I set a date. I'm soo nervous now. I remember reading all of the ladies posts who said they were scared that they would back out, and now I feel the same way. So far I weigh 240lbs and I'm 5'7". I carry all of my weight in the lower half of my body, but I'm pretty curvy. I really don't wanna be my ideal weight of 135. I know I'll be smaller by the time February rolls around, but my doctor says that I won't need lipo! This is the part that's freaking me out. How does a tummy tuck look without lipo?! You can't have one without the other especially if you have as much belly as me. I'm just so nervous it won't turn out right without lipo. My plan is to work out as hard as I can and get as small as I can before the date, but I'm freaked about this no lipo deal. Has anyone out there had a tummy tuck without lipo? Did you regret it?

Oh. He's the first plastic surgeon that I've heard...

Oh. He's the first plastic surgeon that I've heard of that lipo wasn't included in the tummy tuck.

I'm feeling a little frustrated right now. I want...

I'm feeling a little frustrated right now. I want to lose 40lbs before my surgery but it seems like my weight isn't budging! Maybe I should just call this off. I don't want to still look 'fat' after spending so much money. I know I would never get to my ideal weight in time. All I ask is that I can at least see 1xxlbs. I have to do this before February. I just feel so frustrated!

Sorry ladies! Between work, the gym, and school...

Sorry ladies! Between work, the gym, and school I've barely had time to update. I'm going to post pics tonight for sure. Since my date is so close, I'd like to put pics up now and how I look right before just so I can do a comparison. Of course I'm going to miraculously lose 41lbs by February 22nd : ) see you tonight!
yay ... thats the spirit ... fighting talk .... :)
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Hi... long time no speak... dont give up.... please dont give up.... You can do this. No matter how long the road is, as long as you get there in the end.... you will look b e a u t i f u l .... remember, its not always the hare that wins the race. slowly but surely your weight will come off and the results will be spectacular. Hugs from over the water.... Suzi
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Hi Bella- For some reason I could not read the full ? Or reply in regards to pain. I also read through your blog and other questions you had. We are the same age. I am a bit taller 5'10.5. I weighed around 200 lbs before surgery and had been only working out again about a month before surgery. If I encourage you to try and exercise now in addition the eating right (something I was not very good at) I would readily try to get some simple cardio in and really try some simple strength training. Push ups. Sit ups. Dips for tri ceps Squats. Lunges. Reason being this will be what will help you change your metabolism and what you really benefit from is assistance in your recovery. I am 5 weeks PO and if I didn't have some strength in arms and legs it would have made it much harder these past weeks. You will use your arms to help push yourself up from a laying diwn position (think of rolling a bit and I put one arm behind me to push my body to a sitting position. You will not be able to use your core so this helps. Also you will need use your legs to squat to bend over (4 weeks plus) to do light housework pick something up and to get off the toilet instead of bending at waist. The items I really used ordered off Walmart.com- Toilet Riser if your toilet is low like mine, the reacher, grabber for picking up small items those first couple of weeks and I did rent a power lift recliner. For some reason mine was expensive compared to others. With delivery it was $200 dollars for 2 weeks. So worth it though. I would not have been able to sleep in my bed. It is high, plush and I did not have
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Hi Ladies! I just added the gruesome pics...wow...

Hi Ladies! I just added the gruesome pics...wow that was harder than i thought it would be.
Hi. I have a great program that I used for my weight loss before my surgery. If you are interested in learning more, please inbox me. I can give you info. It's 100% effective :)
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yay for posting your piccies.... I must get around to doing mine. You're so going to love the results from your TT..... keep up the good work with teh weight loss.... Suzi
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finally posted pics...that was completely embarrassing but i have to remember that it's why i'm doing this in the first place : )
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I'm looking through the pics on the website, but I...

I'm looking through the pics on the website, but I haven't come across any that look like mine. I'm getting nervous. I only have 80 days before surgery and I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to look like afterward. I just don't want to go through all of this, and still feel like the girl with the big stomach.

Oh...277 to 239 since July ladies...two more...

Oh...277 to 239 since July ladies...two more months to go...

Hi : ) I stopped eating carbs. I mean ALL carbs...

Hi : )

I stopped eating carbs. I mean ALL carbs...even fruits. Except ONE day a week I have a cheat MEAL, not a cheat DAY. If you have a sweet tooth, don't eat carbs all day so if you make the mistake of slipping, it won't hurt you as bad. Meat and veggies! I promise it works. I went from a 53" waist to a 40" waist. Lift HEAVY weights and WALK. You don't have to work out hard if you eat right. Slow and steady. I have two more months. I don't want to be at my ideal weight because that's way to skinny for me, but I am trying to lose at least 10-15 more. Hope this helps!
Congratulations on your weight loss so far! It is so difficult! Hopefully the next two months go quickly for you. :)
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Which Dr are you using? Im doing HCG drops/B12 with Dr. Myles Goldflies in prep for my breast reduction 12/28 and tummy tuck 3/7
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Hi Meagan! That's who I was going to in the beginning. I went there for two months and never even got to see the doctor. Im assuming it was because my BMI was too high. The first thing they did was sign me up for HCG. I've lost more weight without it honestly. I think it was a waste of money that I could've used for my surgery. It may work for you though. B12 is always good for energy.
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I'm feeling super nervous today. I've seen all of...

I'm feeling super nervous today. I've seen all of these spectacular results on this site, and all I can think is: what if I come out with a round belly? What if he doesn't take off enough skin? What if my stomach isn't tightened enough? I don't want him to take a cookie cutter approach to my surgery. I don't want to be the 'average 2 1/2 hour' patient. I'm just nervous.
Hey Gurl, congrats on your weight loss. I love the way resistance training reshaped the body. Keep us posted.
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So annoying that I have absolutely no clue what...

So annoying that I have absolutely no clue what I'm going to look like after. You can look at 1000 pics but no results are the same. This is really starting to freak me out.

A little more than 40 days left. Is it bad that I...

A little more than 40 days left. Is it bad that I disregard the pics of 'skinny girls' on this site? I'd just like to find some bellies like mine. I feel like we would relate better. We all worry about being round instead of flat because we're not at our ideal weights. We'd all like to see the results of a woman who gained weight and didn't lose it all right after our pregnancy. I'd just like to see some 'thicker' females have this procedure done so I could see their results. In the mean time I'm still working on my weight. 43 lbs down.
Hey girl...congrats on losing weight!! I live in Charleston area too!! How much did your doc quote you? I'm a curvy gal too and don't want to look like a stick. Good luck and I can't wait to see your after!!
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Hey! Thank you : ) I'm actually having it in Mt. Pleasant. I got quoted 6350. W/no lipo. I'm still trying to lose a few more pounds so the skin can be thinner for surgery.
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Hey... skinny gurls ain't got nothing on me! LOL Seriously beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. "Don't be stressing" about ideal weight charts and bmi. Look more closely at body fat as a guide to being healthy. All roses aren't red, so why are only certain types of women beautiful. My belly is relatively flat but at 4.5 months I still swell. I have curves for days and you bes' believe when I walk into a room as my ex says-"You be breakin' necks!" Take the time to heal and you will be fine! Speaking of my ex "he be drooling too tuff!" His girly on the side was bigger than me at my heaviest...but easy and desperate! Just do you!
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I feel a little better when I look at the pics....

I feel a little better when I look at the pics. It's a teeny bit nerve racking though. I'd rather be looking at pics of my surgeons procedures, but since I couldn't take the pics out of the office : ) I'll settle for this site. Tell me how you got over the anxiety of wondering what your outcome will be. Thanks ladies!
I just saw your post from 1/9 and no I don't think it's bad that you disregard pics of "skinny girls" on the site. I do the same. Not because I don't relate to their journeys but mostly because I want to see more people that are close to my weight so I can see the results. So I understand you! I saw your comment on mine and I appreciate it! I will be following your story as well and look forward to seeing you progress in your journey :)
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Sorry I hit enter too soon. I was going to say Good luck. My current weight is 218lbs and I dont really think I will lose much more in the 3 weeks before my surgery. I always hit a plateau at his weight, hoping that surgery will give me that oomph to get over the plateau.
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Thank you : ) I still have a few weeks to do my part, but he has to work with me on the lipo.
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Things to do in the last 30 days: Work out Get...

Things to do in the last 30 days:

Work out
Get supplies
Work out
Buy sweats n Jammie's
Work out
Go to pre op
Work out
Get prescriptions filled
Work out
Pay final payment

Did I mention...work out! Lol!

The diet was great, but I keep thinking I could've done a little better with the workouts. I still have 30 days to 'get it in' though. I NEVER wanted to be my ideal weight. I figure 10lbs in 30 is realistic. I think that will make a physical 'visual' difference in my tummy region. The doc can do the rest. I'll finish up when he's done. I figured the diet was more important because I needed to learn how to eat for the weeks at a time that I won't be exercising. There's already a lot of hanging, loose skin on my belly anyhoo. I have a YouTube page under TPR0913. I hope you ladies check it out. I have pics and stuff on there.
Hiya. I think you will have amazing results. Here is a great diet to try. I've lost the 60+ lbs I gained with my last baby. Www.mydukandiet.com it's an awesome diet. Good luck! You can ask me any questions that you may have.
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I might be wrong, but isn't lipo of the flanks what most surgeons do? Is he doing an extended TT or just hip to hip? I'm afraid of pleating and dog ears since I have extra skin on my hips. I think I'd talk to him about it, IF it's something your concerned about. Best of luck, I know you must be getting excited! ps....I look at the ones that have a body type most like mine too.
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Hi soon2be! That's the thing. No lipo is included. He told me hip to hip, but I've lost weight since I've seen him last. I've never heard of a doctor who didn't do lipo, but I believe him when he says it's not needed. It's just that I WANT it. It just feels like it's not going to be enough, but then again I'm not the doctor. I feel really confident he knows what he's doing, it's just that all of the other doctors include at least some type of lipo it feels like I should have it too.
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Added a new pic. 29 days to go equals 29 more days...

Added a new pic. 29 days to go equals 29 more days to lose weight! Trying soo hard to stay positive. Pre op is 2/6 so I'll post then.
Good job on the weight loss
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Excited for you!!!
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Great for you on the weight loss! I did not have any significant lipo, and am happy. I know you have worried about the lipo, maybe you can revisit the issue at your next appt.
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Has anyone noticed that you look bigger in your...

Has anyone noticed that you look bigger in your pics than you actually are? I look so huge in my pics! Especially the belly...everyone who sees me says I've lost a ton of weight, and I get hit on ALL the time. I dont have a shortage of self confidence (obvously), but I hate to take pics of myself...can't wait to get this done so I can see what everyone else sees.
Hey ms lady you will do just fine! Stay focused! The end result is amazing!
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Keep working at it, you will do great!!!! You have come so far...
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Thanks Vee! No turning back now : )
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Hello ladies! Not long now...I got two...

Hello ladies! Not long now...I got two prescriptions in the mail today with a discount card for one. One is my antibiotic (monocycline) and one is my pain pill (nucynta). I have a discount card for that. It says 'pay no more than $25'. I also have a postage stamp. I'm not sure what that's for. Has anyone else received their prescriptions that way? This is starting to feel soo real. I'm thinking I can use my insurance to fill the prescriptions and the discount card to pay the co-pay on the pain pills. I've heard everyone say that they had three and four prescriptions. I just have the two for now. I'm wondering if I'll get some type of muscle relaxer and/or 'chill out' pill. Now...to just wait for the government to pay me what they borrowed so I can make my final payment!
Thanks so much! You know we are our worse critic. I'm learning to be patient, it's so hard tho. I just want more back fat removed it just gives you a better silhouette in your clothing, dont get me wrong im extremely pleased with my tummy
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BTW...YES the pics make us look bigger. I'm 170 but the pic I posted makes me look like 250!
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Hi!! Time is flying by...won't be long until you're flat as a pancake! LOL I'm curious, does he do surgery in a hospital or he have his own surgical suite? I'm guessing you will go in the AM and be home by afternoon? I'm so excited for you!
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Ok. Income tax is filed and will be here in time...

Ok. Income tax is filed and will be here in time for final payment! Yay! I was stressed about that. I know it's crazy to spend it on vanity, but I've been wanting this for almost 17 years. I can't back out now. Anyhoo...would it be too much to ask if you ladies would say how much you weighed before? Lol. I know weight and height don't really matter - it's the shape of the body, but I'm detail oriented. I just want to know I'm not crazy and the only one doing this at 230lbs. I want the little waist, big boobies, and thick thighs. I have 2 out of 3. Lol. I'm just really excited now that things are coming together. I know this isn't weight loss surgery, but anything has to be better than this flap of fat and skin hanging. I'm going to tell my surgeon to be aggressive in removal of skin and tightening of my muscles. Pre op is the 6th ladies! Whoo!
I'm excited to see your progress...I go for mine on Feb 11th and then I know yours is shortly after. I'm about the same height/weight as you...I hope we both get GREAT results!!! You've done great to lose some of the weight beforehand. I have not been so disciplined... :( way to go!!!
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I'll keep up with you ; ) you're going to look great. I'm trying to keep a positive but realistic outlook. Our docs know what they're doing.
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Hey, just wanted to congratulate you on your weightloss!!, you look fabulous and havent even had the tummy tuck done wow!!,you inspired me so much!!
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Hi ladies! Tick tick tick...lol. I'm getting...

Hi ladies! Tick tick tick...lol. I'm getting closer. I need any and all suggestions. What did you ladies eat during recovery? I only eat meat and veggies, but I've heard talk of a liquid diet while recuperating. I welcome all suggestions : )
Cool!!! Im having my surgery done on the same exact day @ 11am with Dr. Goldflies
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I almost used him : ) good luck!
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Way to go on your weight loss girl! As far as PO foods I ate (and still eat) a ton of pineapple, apples, berries, oranges all great for the good ol' swell we go through. Greek yogurt for protein and probiotics. I also ate/eat spinach and kale like crazy! The first few days after surgery I didn't really want to eat anything and also couldn't really eat much at a time b/c of the tightness in my belly so I pretty much made it by on whey protein and fruit shakes and Luna protein bars.
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Hi ladies! Is midnight EST. I'm awake in my bed...

Hi ladies! Is midnight EST. I'm awake in my bed and feeling very anxious. I wrote down some questions to ask my PS. I'm going to tell him what my expectations are for this surgery. I just want to have a flat tummy. Anyhoo...wish me luck tomorrow. Since it's my pre op I'm assuming he'll be marking me up so I'll take pics.

http://www.realself.com/find/South-Carolina/Charleston/Plastic-Surgeon/John-Hensel

Well...went to my pre op and got to ask my...

Well...went to my pre op and got to ask my questions. He said he will take the scar as far as he has to to make sure I have the best results and don't have dog ears. He also said that I should be very flat because I don't have much fat in the top area of my stomach and the skin is 'beautiful' at the top with no stretch marks. ALL of the fat and skin will be cut from the bottom half. He didn't do any mark ups today. He said it only takes 5 minutes and he'll do them on the day of surgery and spend about an hour with me answering questions. Sorry, no pics ladies, but I'm feeling a lot more reassured about the procedure.
i`m not having lipo with my TT either we must trust our surgeons-if they don`t do a good job we won`t get them more business!
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my surgery is on 14th feb
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Exactly! I'll keep up with your progress. Don't forget to add pics.
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Good morning! 6:53 AM to my East Coasters! I'm up...

Good morning! 6:53 AM to my East Coasters! I'm up early excited about my surgery that's TWO WEEKS away. I don't think I'm going to get a full nights sleep until this is done. Everything is paid for, prescripts are filled. Now, I just need to be sure I have all of my supplies. I'm renting a recliner for two weeks so I guess I should put my order in now to be sure they have one available. I can't help but think (besides the food) that I'm forgetting something. I have a dozen pillows on my bed, so that's not a problem. My daughter is moving to her new home with my grand kids next week (which makes me a little sad) so the house will be quiet. Just me, my mom, my son, and my man (he's too old to be called a BOY FRIEND). He works at night and my mom works during the day, so they'll be pulling shifts. I really feel better now that I spoke with my PS. I need to emphasize that I need to keep my waist in this process without compromising my flat tummy, but I'll stress that to him when I get the mark ups on my big day. I have a little cough, but I still have until the 22nd so I'm not stressing about that. Well...I need to get ready for work. Two weeks and a wake up ladies!
Some of the following items have been useful to me: gauze pads, baby wipes, lip balm, Bromelain , Arnica and stool softener. If you have a snack table, but all your supplies on it with a small garbage bag for your trash. Put your table where your recliner is going to be.
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Thanks Vee! I started not to get a recliner, but judging by the way my PS said he's going to cut and how tight I may be - I'm going to need it. I can't imagine swinging my legs over the bed trying to get up.
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Exactly! I didn't rent a recliner because I have 2 really good ones already. You will definetly need it. Since recovering, Ive been eating oatmeal for breakfast (plain an made with water, no milk or sugar), yogurt (Greek with honey). Lunch, not really an appetite for it. Dinner, I made a pot of beef stew but only ate the veggies inside the pot ( carrots, potatoes, peas) over wheat noodles. Less than half a cup. Watch the dizziness the first few days, I think becuz of the tightness from your tummy n garment. Keep up with all your meds n the time you take them.
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Sitting here looking at pics of you ladies that...

Sitting here looking at pics of you ladies that have just had your tummies done. You look great. I know the recovery is brutal, but we just have to think about what we'll look like after. I'm torn...I want to look at my tummy when it's done, but at the same time I want to wait until some of the swelling subsides. One of the girls said that the best time to look at it is RIGHT after surgery. I'm really feeling numb about the whole thing. Like I know it's happening, but it's just not registering in my brain yet that its only 10 days away. I'm not even trying to figure out what my results will be like anymore. I get to talk to my PS for an hour before I go under, and he's going to mark me up, so I'll talk about what I expect my results to be and be can tell me if I can expect that or not. No more no less...it's already paid for so no backing out now.

What were some of the things you and your PS went over right before surgery? Did you tell him where you wanted your scar, or how far you wanted it to go? Did you tell him what you expected to look like when it was done, or did he tell you?

10 more days and all I'll be asking is recovery questions : )

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Hey girl! You already have such a positive attitude, you are going in to this the right way. I already know you are going to look amazing. As far as the time with your PS the hour before surgery, yes he will mark you up so make sure you bring or wear a pair of undies that are really low cut so you can see where the scar will be. He will tell you all of the areas he's going to lipo and probably the areas that you will feel the most discomfort. It will likely just be a whirlwind with all the people that will be coming in there to see you. I had an entire team between the anesthesiologists, the residents, the doctor's etc. It was a bit overwhelming. But it's ok and you are going to be ok! You are going to look fabulous and be so happy. I agree with the ladies that say it's good to look at your belly right after surgery. But you should look at it as much as you want so you can see all the changes (good and bad) as they occur. Last night I was not happy to see that my hips looked like a busted can of biscuits, no lie! But that's just so happens to be where my swelling is right now. I talked to the Dr today and as it turns out, my CG was up too high anyway. So now I lowered it to see if some of the fluid can come away from my hips. Just remember that it will be brutal and you will feel like garbage for the first several days. But I promise you by day 6 or 7 or maybe even sooner you will turn the corner! It's all going to be ok and in the end you are going to be so happy with your results!! :o)
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You ladies are soo informative. Never in a million years did I ever dream that I would get this done. I think I had a flat stomach for 1 month when I was 21. Then I started on birth control and that was the end of that. This is so surreal! Oh...a busted can of biscuits. Lol. The imagery of it all. I can't wait to see how I describe my swelling!
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I asked mine about incision placement and it is super low and also about what bruising to expect and if he had an estimate on how much he would be removing. His estimate was 10 lbs and it was 13 total. I'm extremely happy with my results. Recovery has not been bad. Most of my pain has been a result of my muscle repair which was extensive, the incision hasn't really bothered me but is starting to itch due to healing I'm sure. Best of luck, it will be your day before you know it.
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People are starting to ask me what I'm having done...

People are starting to ask me what I'm having done. I told one person some minor back surgery. I figure it'll explain the hunching when I get back in two weeks. I don't think the tummy tuck will be too noticeable to anyone until I start to wear tighter clothes (and yes I will be wearing tighter clothes). I just wish I could've gotten out of here before the questions were asked. Anyhoo...my boss hasn't said a word about me being off for two days. Kinda shows the importance of my position huh?! Lol. I still get a paycheck every two weeks so I can't complain. Although I would LOVE something more challenging, I'm also in school for my bachelors and that's challenging enough. Hope to hear from more February ladies!

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Oh yeah...I'll get my mom to take pics the night...

Oh yeah...I'll get my mom to take pics the night before surgery and I'll post them. So glad I can do it from my iPhone now!

I meant he hasn't mentioned anything about me...

I meant he hasn't mentioned anything about me being off for TWO WEEKS...
hello I wish I could get my pictures on here but is not let me do it from my cellphone. my stomach look similar to yours when you're standing up and you do look great in your clothes. everyone tells me that too and they say things like you don't need that surgery your fine. But I tell them that I want to look good when the clothes come off not just when they are on but they just don't seem to understand that. I'm 5 3 and I weigh 185. I'm having a mommy makeover on Feb 20th. I can't believe its only 4 days, away. I want to follow your progress I'm so glad I found this site. I'm glad its people out there who knows what I'm going threw because I hate my stomach and I'm glad that I finally found the courage to have this procedure and get rid of it. I have the samsung epic. Is it a way to get pictures on here with this phone
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what is bromelain
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It helps the body heal with bruising, scarring and inflammation. It has a pineapple extract in it.
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I didn't think it would hit me like this. Now I'm...

I didn't think it would hit me like this. Now I'm scared as hell that I'm not doing the right thing. All that money...what if it doesn't turn out right? Why was it so important for me to do this? I can't remember. Is this really worth it? I just feel really selfish right now. My daughter could've used some money for moving into her new place, I have to make sure my sixteen year old has food while I'm incapacitated. My daughter has to get to work at her new job...so many things I'm going to worry about while I'm down. I just can't be excited right now.
We, as women always put everyone first. You will feel so much better about yourself and be more confident, which will make you a better momma!! You deserve this! Best wishes on your day...I can't wait to see your great transformation :)
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Thanks ladies : ) your comments make me feel soo much better. Guess I'll look at more pics until the big day!
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I don't know if you remember this but a while back you had posted about your name being fat belly Bella. And I responded to that your new name should be flat belly Bella. LOL just think tomorrow that's going to come true isn't that just awesome! You have no reason to feel any guilt, you deserve this. You already know you're a beautiful person on the inside and out. Now you will feel better about yourself. And it's worth the money and it's worth the pain and it's worth the effort because the results will be so great. I would do it again in a heartbeat. And if it was covered by insurance I would suggest it to any woman out there that has been overweight or given birth to children and ended up with the same tummy. Do it your worth it that's what I would tell them.
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Lol! I can't figure out for the life of me why I...

Lol! I can't figure out for the life of me why I didn't schedule tomorrow off. What was I thinking?! *ugh* anyhoo...I'm doing a while day, then going home, gathering my things and I'm off to the hotel suite. I'll post an update and video then...wish me luck ladies!
Good luck! It's probably better for your emotions that you worked anyway...it's a distraction! Can't wait to hear how you're doing.
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So funny when I read about you only wanting to look at women who are more your size and not the little ones. I felt the same way! I'm four weeks out and though it is a tough recovery, it's well worth it! And we are worth it. And our bodies are worth it and our self esteem is worth it! I can't wait to see your after pics! Oh and I think it's best you didn't take the day off before hand, it will keep your mind off things and make the day go faster! Good luck!
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Good luck! I'm 5 weeks post op today, and believe me, I went through the same feelings as you are having. I kept saying, "my daughter could use this money for her wedding", etc....but in the end,mi deserved it!! And you do too!! Good luck to you :)
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Sitting in the suite trying to fall asleep....

Sitting in the suite trying to fall asleep. Praying everything turns out beautifully. Thank you ladies for so much encouragement. My emotions have been up and down and back up again these past few months and now it's finally happening. I'll post pics after. Wish me luck!
Good luck with your surgery! You already look great! This is just to add to your awesomeness! :)
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After tomorrow the mental stress part will be over, and then you'll need to concentrate on your recovery. You will do great. The rewards will be so great. As hard as it is. Try to rest. Just remember the rewards after this. Best wishes.
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Good luck girl hope everything works out for u...
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I'm here! Just waiting for the doc. I'll check in...

I'm here! Just waiting for the doc. I'll check in when I'm skin-ty!

Hi ladies! Well I did it. Flat as a board from...

Hi ladies! Well I did it. Flat as a board from what I can see. I've been sleeping on and off all day. I'm not really in any pain, but I've been on my pain meds faithfully. I can't see anything right now but I'm gonna post pics so you can see my markups. I can't remember much and I'm a little drowsy right now. Doc told my mom he took of 6 lbs with no lipo which is cool with me. My drains are in my kitty : ) I've been milking them so they don't get clotted. I can take a shower today, but I'll wait til tomorrow. I feel really good. Just relaxing in the recliner. If I think of anything else tonite, I'll let you know. Yay...now here goes recovery.
Good job bella I'm glad u made it to the flat side. Take a pic when U can.
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Can't wait to see pics!
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Yay!
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Hi ladies! I'm feeling good. Did some walking...

Hi ladies! I'm feeling good. Did some walking around the house. The doctor did an AMAZING job. I'm super swollen at the bottom of my tummy, but he put a 'cut' in between my stomach muscles so when I get my 'six pack' it'll really show. I'm sure my silhouette would've been better with lipo but I'm not worrying about that anymore. At I still have a tiny bit of jiggle when I walk : ) the belly button is in a really good spot. Can't tell what size it is yet. It's no walk in the park, but it's a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Looks like he did a great job! Did he do an extended TT over your hips? I think that's what I'll need. I'm happy you're not in too much pain....get lots of rest and keep us posted.
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Wow! Your gonna love it. You look great!
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You look fantastic! Keep up on your meds and rest, rest, rest! Here's to you and a speedy recovery!
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Just took my first shower...ahhh! It felt great....

Just took my first shower...ahhh! It felt great. The doc did a great job. All the worrying I did was for nothing. Even from the back and with no lipo you can tell how small my waist is. My belly button is really cute and right on center. I'm really amazed. I can't wait to start working out and adding the final touches. This was soo worth it. Oh and there's no pain today. A little pulling here. A little burning there, but nothing major. I'm standing up straighter too. I'll take more pics tomorrow. Happy healing you supportive dolls! I love you all!
Happy to hear your healing well. . Your thoughts are exactly what I'm feeling. .less than 3 weeks away for me!! Keep posting!!
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Great! I'm so happy for you. Hope the healing goes fast and painless :-)
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Congrats!!!! Both on the weight loss and on making it to the flat side!!
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Hi ladies! I've added some new pics. I think it...

Hi ladies! I've added some new pics. I think it turned out great. Now I'm just waiting for my swelling to subside a little. I'm worried about my diet right now. I'm eating a lot of carbs which I don't usually do. Oatmeal and bread mostly. It's making me nervous. I need to go out and get some protein bars and eat more eggs. Now that I'm moving around more the eggs shouldn't be a problem, but I definitely need to get some protein bars. They keep me from snacking. I'm not a stick but my body seems to be well proportioned now. I'm loving it and this isn't even the final result. I go to my post op tomorrow. I don't think I'll get the drains out but I still have another week at home. I just don't want to have to wear them to work.
You look great, welcome to the flat side!
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Looking good!
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wooohoo looking good doll!!
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Five days PO - just got one of my drains out! I...

Five days PO - just got one of my drains out! I was dreading the ride to the PS but it wasn't that bad. The drain felt really weird coming out, but it didn't hurt at all. This is when I have to start using Triple A and keeping the hole covered for a couple of days. The doc says that I don't have to do anything to the belly button at all except keep it clean. The incision still has tape on it so I don't touch that, but I can put lotion on my stomach. I was wearing my compression garment backward : ) I felt a teeny bit retarded when the doc told me that! He says to keep the garment a half an inch below the incision so it doesn't rub and it should be fine. My incision is really low, but for some reason my brain has only focused on it yet. I think because the tape is still covering it. I'm feeling great and all is well ladies! Let me know of you have any questions!
Drain free....
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One more to go
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Congrats on getting one drain out! When do you get to go back for the other one? Thanks for the tip about where to put the garment. At first I was wearing mine too high also and then finally was told to put it a little below the scar. Makes sense!
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I'm soo tired of sitting in this house. I move...

I'm soo tired of sitting in this house. I move around, but can't leave the house alone. I can take a shower by myself, but don't stand up straight enough to wash my hair. I miss having lunch and meeting up with my friends. *sigh* I just want to stand up straight. I don't want to stretch my scar, and I know this comes from a great result from my surgery, but how long dear god?! How long?! Lol. *ugh*
So soon, I think it was under 2 weeks for me. As long as you don't force it at all. It will be very soon. I asked my PS at my 1 week PO and he said I could stop the leaning as of right then. I didn't push it, and within a few days of my first PO I was all the way up. One more thing, I couldn't even shower for 2 weeks because that's what my ps said. But I could lean over the sink and my husband washed my hair! Since I couldn't strech to do it, he did. So try to get someone to pamper you a little and wash it for you. It feels so good!
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Its hard to be patient but having to be is part of the price we pay lol. I could stand reasonably straight (as in I could pretty much pass as normal) at 10 days or so. I wasn't totally straight till somewhere around 2.5 weeks but still would get kinda hunched over by the end of a rough day. Hang in there, you'll get there soon :)
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Patience grasshopper. It took me 5 and a half weeks to stand straight. Every one is different. You look amazing. Take this time to rest. The more you do the more you swell.
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I'm reading some of the two week posts. Wow! we...

I'm reading some of the two week posts. Wow! we are a really impatient group of ladies! lol...I notice that the more i move the more i swell and the more output i have in my last drain (which gets removed on 03/05). i'm wondering what happens to all of this fluid AFTER the drain gets removed? anyhoo...i can tell from the posts from some of you other ladies that i'm going to want lipo at a later date. i think we forget that we can make some of those improvements that we're willing to pay thousands of dollars for just by exercising and eating right. i'm sure i can work on my flanks with exercise. i know i can't get rid of the bra fat with exercise, but did this really bother me before i got the tummy tuck? not really. i always lose back fat when i lose weight so i'm sure i can lose it now. i actually look forward to seeing what kinds of differences I can make in my body now that the extra skin is gone. I don't want to have to go under the knife for every little "imperfection" that i see. i want to look normal when i take my clothes off, i just wanted that flap of skin gone from around my waist. i just think it's a waste of hard earned money having a PS 'fix' what we can do ourselves. I can understand flapping skin and fat around the midsection, but 'bra rolls' i can live with : ) and flanks will go in when you put your clothes on honestly. sure i would LOVE to have a boob job but when i look at my silhouette when i get dressed i can and say that I 1000 times better than before i had my tummy tuck. I can't be a person who tries to reach for 'perfection' because i don't think it exists.
I think the same way that you do about the imperfections that are fixable. A couple people asked me why I was getting surgery when I said I had more weight to lose. And that would be because tummy was something I could never fix. My legs and booty are. So I agree that diet and exercise are so important and that there will be a lot that can be done on our own that will be a lot less painful and a lot more beneficial in the long run.
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You're looking great and also...you have a realistic point of view that I love! In my opinion, I think we can work on some things instead of having surgery for every imperfection. I know I'll never be perfect and that's ok.. So, would you recommend Dr. Hensel? I'm re-thinking going out of the country. What was your final weight/height when you had your surgery?
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When I get my drains out and my strips fall off of my incision, I will DEFINITELY let you ladies know for sure how good/bad Dr. Hensel is. I don't want to just go by my shape, but I want to see the total results. So far, everything is looking great. My incision is so low that I can't get my compression garment to cover it without pulling it down very low. I keep looking at pics trying to remind myself how far I've come. It's just amazing!
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I feel fat. My scar itches. I'm bloated. My...

I feel fat. My scar itches. I'm bloated. My clothes don't fit. I freaking hate this drain. I'm tired of this recliner. I want to wear clothes. I want to work out. I want to go back to work...blah blah blah. Everything i eat makes me miserable...Thumbs down today
Go back to your before and afters, thats what got me through my tough times where I felt so down. It will get better! I promise! And we may have to wait a little while for the end result, but it will be so worth it when it comes! Hang in there! You look fantastic! It will just keep getting better and better, it's hard being stuck at home and sitting. You will make it, just keep venting to us, we understand!
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Thanks. I just need to get back to my old eating habits. Feeling fat and bloated. I always get depressed when I find myself eating wrong. Drain comes out tomorrow so hopefully I'll feel a little like myself afterward.
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I hear you about eating badly! I get depressed too when I put the wrong foods in my mouth and in my recovery, I have done just that! I got so bored and sick of sitting around in the house that I was eating to placate myself! I'm back on track now, though I still have my cheats! LOL! There is some depression that goes along with this procedure and it will pass. You will feel so much better without the drain. Just more yourself! Again, you look fantastic!
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2nd post op appt. today. I had my last drain...

2nd post op appt. today. I had my last drain removed and the tape taken off of my scar. I was the flattest I've been since the day of surgery. Started back on my low carb diet today. The doctor says I can do any exercise I'm comfortable with so I guess I'll start with walking. He says I can lift very light weights. He wants to see me next week to make sure I'm not accumulating fluid, but other than that it was a very uneventful visit. I'm not sure how long it'll take for me to determine what size I wear but I go back to work on Monday so whatever size I am now will have to do because I can't fit my old clothes. He was impressed that I only drained 25 cc in 3 days.
You look soooo good! Your story inspires me! I check your page everyday to see how you are doing. Your tummy looks sooo good! I'm too excited for you. Congratulations!
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Woohoo!! Now get some Kelo-cote and silicon scar strips on your scar....it helps out tremendously!!!! Looking good.
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You look great! How much have you lost since getting your TT?
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15 days! So far so good. I stand up a lot...

15 days! So far so good. I stand up a lot straighter, but find myself leaning the more I walk. I think my boobs are making me topple over! Lol. I was wearing a t shirt under my binder but it made it rise up too much so I stopped. Yes ladies! I did get a yeast infection from the antibiotics that I was not prepared for.

Supplies - ok. Spent at least $100 on supplies that I did not need. Gauze, cotton, tape, etc...when all I really need is my binder, moisturizer for my stomach after my showers (which I started taking the day after I came home), and hydrogen peroxide to clean my belly button. I'm gonna treat my scar in two more weeks with cocoa butter. I think the main thing is to keep it moisturized and massage it to make sure the blood circulates. I posted a couple of new pics just to show you how it's going. I keep my binder on most of the time. I think I take it off at least 10 - 20 minutes a day just to let my stretched skin, belly button, and scar breathe. You don't want things to be wet from sweat and get infected. Besides, 10 minutes won't hurt if you're sitting still. Check out the pics. I'll make a video soon - YouTube:tpr0913

Remember: just because you're overweight doesn't mean you have to deal with all of the extra skin. I lost 47lbs. and I'm still 230lbs!

Happy healing ladies! I still keep up with all of you.
Looking better every time I see a new pic!! Us curvy girls can look good too :) I'm so glad you are doing so well!!! Please keep us posted.
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Fabulous!
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u r inspriing !!!! thank you for sharing. you look awesome ,,,u go girl!!!!
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Ok...I'm not freaking out. Lol. I'm just saying.....

Ok...I'm not freaking out. Lol. I'm just saying...spitting stitches is gnarly business. I went to my 2nd post op yesterday and everything was great. No seromas...belly button is adorable. Then I left the office and 3 hours later...I spit a stitch! Not cool! So I have this little teeny weeny opening but of course when you see it, in your mind it looks like this HUGE gaping hole! So I washed it thoroughly, put some neosporin on it, then added some gauze. I was going to cover the whole incision, but was advised by my PS not to do that. He said its normal, but eww! Anyhoo...I added a pic of my HUGE gaping hole!
Looking good lady!! Did he tell you how long before the wound closes? I don't think it looks that bad but we are our own worst critics!
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It only took two days. Now I have this pulling in one area that feels like I'm pullin the incision apart. I'm putting neosporin on the whole scar so I'm not worried about infection or anything. It's just uncomfortable.
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You're on fire!!! We're only 2 days apart in the recovery time. I am jealous!! LOL!
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So my doc says I can take off my compression...

So my doc says I can take off my compression garment. Have any of you ladies gone without compression all day, or do you do the 12 hours on/12 hours off deal? Any suggestions? I just want to be comfortable.
Thanks for your comment on my page. You look great! Is your CG not comfortable? I LOVE mine I don't like how I feel with mine off... My tummy feels all loose and tingly w/o it. I got mine on amazon. I also wanted to say that I LOVE your b&w dress in your pic on day 15 and also your tshirt in your profile pic... Both are super cute!!!
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I've been following you on YouTube never knew you was on here....lol I'm txstylelady on YouTube... You look wonderful..what a big difference...I'm 11 days post op..I keep my garment on 24/7...
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Girl- u look good!! =) I looked at your b4/after pics and was amazed! I know your happy with your results- Happy Healing hun
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Update: it's a little over one month. I've tried...

Update: it's a little over one month. I've tried the 12 on/12 off compression...umm no! That was not the business. I swelled up so bad! So now I wear a waist clincher during the day and hospital grade to bed. I feel so much better. The swelling is crazy without compression. I don't know when I'll be able to take these off and it frustrating not knowing, but I feel so much better with it on. I need to learn not to rush this healing process.

There is so much more I could think of, but I’ll...

There is so much more I could think of, but I’ll let you ladies add to this. Just some random thoughts...

Before surgery, you will have 2nd thoughts. You’ll go back and forth about whether you want to do it, whether it’s worth it…you’ll think of better things to do with that money. You’ll think about what will happen to your kids if you DIE. Guess what? nothing is more worth it than you. Not that car payment, or that new furniture set, or those bills but YOU…you’re not going to DIE from this surgery. They lift up skin, tighten muscles, and close you right back up. Lipo is sometimes done, and yes I’ve heard horror stories about the pain and bruising, but guess what? There’s risk in every surgery. Just remember to move around 24 hours after you get home. As much as you want to sit in that recliner, or lay on that couch or bed, you MUST move as soon as you can. It’ll be hard and you’ll hurt but blood clots are no joke.

Buy healthy foods BEFORE you go to surgery. The whole month I ate TERRIBLY. Snacking on everything I could get my hands on…mostly out of boredom. This is not the end of your weight loss. You have to manage what you spent all of that hard earned money on. Eat plenty of protein so you can heal properly…I think that’s why I was up and moving at two weeks. I’m on a very high protein eating regimen. Stock up on protein bars…get plenty of fruits and veggies.

You will sleep A LOT. Yes out of boredom…but mainly because it’s your bodies way of healing after surgery. I would watch tv and the next thing you know, I would be out like a light. I couldn’t go anywhere without being exhausted when I got home, and that’s ok. The more you sleep the better. You’re not lazy…your healing.

Don’t weigh yourself…this is NOT weight loss surgery. You may not lose ANY weight, but I promise you, you will lose inches. You did this to look good in your clothing. You did this because you got tired of seeing that hanging skin in the front of your stomach. You knew you were skinnier under all of that flab and fat…that’s why you did it. no more tucking you stomach into your pants and wearing those big shirts to hide the bulge in front of your jeans. I would NEVER wear dresses because I couldn’t layer, now I can’t wait until it gets warm outside.

Look at your before pictures on a regular basis. We’ll find things wrong with the tummy tuck, or with other areas of our body after the surgery. You MUST look at how you looked before to keep appreciating how you look now.

Maintain…maintain…maintain. I’ve heard so many women tell me that they’ve done this twice. Don’t do that to yourself. It takes A LOT to get back into the position you were in before this surgery. You’ll feel miserable if you gain all that skin and fat back again. You have to maintain. Eat right…exercise even if it’s just walking we have to respect our bodies enough to not put it through this a 2nd time. Like I stated in the beginning…this is NOT weight loss surgery.

It’s just really life changing for me to not see that skin hang outside of my panty line and not have the bulge in front of my body anymore. No matter how I ate or how much I worked out it just got worse and worse. I’m just so glad I did this. I may not have the ‘perfect’ body but the one thing that was the biggest nuisance to me is gone for good.
Great words of wisdome!
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Very well said! You look great!!!!!
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OMG! Ur results look GREAT!
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So I think I figured out how to beat the swelling....

So I think I figured out how to beat the swelling. Here's what I do:

During the day I wear a waist cincher. Doesn't matter where you get it from as long as its comfortable but tight around your belly.

At night I wear the hospital grade compression (I have the one with Velcro).

Here's the thing: I lay down as flat as I can when I go to bed and tighten that sucker up as much as I can to make my stomach flat but still be able to sleep comfortably (I'm a side sleeper).

When I wake up in the morning I'm as flat as a board (I'll post pics this weekend).

I've even lost 3lbs (I'm assuming its water).

You gotta try this ladies. Let me know if you have any other tips or if you're already doing this. And if you are (and didn't tell me) shame on you! Ha ha!
Looking awesome Bella! Thanks for sharing!
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That's exactly what I do girl, I'm two weeks yesterday and I have very very lil swelling..I wear my short tummy control when I have jeans on and I'll wear my tummy control tank top when I have a nice shirt on, I wear the Velcro one also on top of it at bed time... So that's how I been able to wear regular clothes, oh btw I went from an size 10 to a 6! Your looking great sexy sexy
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You look amazing and so happy! Glad to read all went well!
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Hi ladies! I'm doing great! someone asked me how...

Hi ladies! I'm doing great! someone asked me how long i wore a compression garment so here's my answer:

I wore my hospital grade compression for one month exactly. Then I wore pull up girdles for about two weeks and my hospital grade to bed. Now I just wear my hospital grade to bed and make it as tight as possible and still be comfortable, so when I wake up in the morning I'm flat. This lasts until late afternoon.

Ladies...something they don't tell you...rainy days make you SWELL! I mean to the point where you feel like bending over all over again. Very uncomfortable...

I no longer need my compression during the day because no matter what you're going to swell. I can only speak for myself, but if it makes you feel more secure then by all means wear it...some people say that it helps to shape you after the surgery, but I'm not a big believer in that since some women look great after surgery with NO BINDER. It definitely minimizes swelling though.

I've been walking. Nothing major just yet. I'm afraid to run, but I've been doing the elliptical and that seems to be doing the trick. Funny though...it's been two months and I haven't gained or lost. Just 230 even. I nice, shapely 230 but the scale won't budge. I want to lose 16 more lbs...my doc says it won't affect my tummy since the weight will probably come from my legs, boobs, and butt now : ) I can't stand to lose Anymore booty!

I'll get my mom to take pics so you can see...just hasn't been a priority for me since I've been focusing on losing more weight!

Happy healing ladies!
wow, you looked just like i look now, i have been searchiong the internet and all i saw was skinny people getting tucks and was discouraged by no local pic results. thank you for being so transparent you have given me hope!!!!! BTW juicing is the easiest way to shed weight lol 2 lbs a day and healthier forever, youtube movie fat sick an nearly dead. I also love your scar shape if you know what i mean, i saw one doc that did it all jagged and no curve just angles ugh. anyway, i cant begin to tell you how grateful i am of all your pics. your body is smokin now!!! tell your PS to give you a referall fee from me! HA HA!
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You look absolutely amazing. I am so glad I saw your pics before my surgery. If I can come out with half as good results as you I will be happy!
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How is your healing coming along. I was keeping up with your story. I hope all is well with you
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