Actually Did It!!

I have had three kids since Nov 07. My youngest is...

I have had three kids since Nov 07. My youngest is 11 weeks old. I have lost 50lbs and have 10 more to go. My body has been stretched out and I am so excited to get it back! We are done having kids and I am hoping for surgery the first week in September.

I would like to get a BA and a full TT, however, I will find out more at my first consultation this week. I have scheduled four consults; my first this week (10th), my second on the 16th, my third June 6th and my fourth on June 8th.

I am hoping for no lipo, but I have alot of belly fat that never seems to go away between kids, so we will see. I am 5'2" 136.5 currently and like to be right around 125.
 


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Congratulations on making your decision, I will be having my mommy makeover on the 13th. I can't wait to see your results(-:
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So I went to my first consult last night. It was...

So I went to my first consult last night. It was very nice and comfortable; everyone was very friendly and professional.

Looks like I need a lift to go along with my augmentation. My breasts have always been slightly different in size but after 3 kids in 3 years with a 60 lbs weight gain and loss each time (not to mention breast-feeding, they are substantially different. I need a major lift on the left side and a slight lift on the right side. I decided on saline over silicone and we will go under the muscle. Not quite sure on size yet...

As for my tummy, I will need a full instead of a mini, which I completely agree with, as I have alot to remove and I have "severe separation" He talked to me about lipo but said he didn't think it was necessary. (yay!)

My sister went with me to piggy back : ) as she was considering a MM herself. She hasn't seen me "exposed" so she must have been a little surprised at my damage. On the way home she said no way in hell she's doing it. She said she doesn't hate what she sees in the mirror as much as I do and then added, " I can totally see why you want to do it...no offense but you look pretty bad." Gotta love sisters, brutal honesty:)

Next consult: 5 days away.

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Thank you! What are you having done?
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OK. I went to my second consultation (different...

OK. I went to my second consultation (different doctor, different practice). It was so strange because the Dr. actually was trying to talk me out of having surgery. As far as my breasts go, he never even mentioned a lift, said he would only do implants, tried to talk me out of saline and told me my breasts will never be the same size as one another and will never be symmetrical no matter what I do. As for my tummy, he said even with a full TT I would still have overhang because I am 5'2" and over 85 lbs. He said my torso is not long enough to have a successful TT. He suggested a mini tuck and lipo, but said it still wouldn't give me the results I desired. He told me I may as well take the money I am planning on spending on surgery and go buy a nice car. I was dumbfounded. Have any of you ever had this happen to you at a consult???

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Hi there. Please get another opinion. I had a full TT, breast lift, and implant exchange yesterday. I too did not have a lot of extra skin, but so far the results are amazing!
Don't get the mini. Find someone who will work with you and give you the full TT. I saw 3 doctors before I chose mine.
Find one who will give you the pain pump. I cannot stress enough how important this has been for me. I get extremely nauseaus sick with surgery and I have not even had one single issue this time.
And one more thing.. the breast lift does not hurt AT ALL! It may be because I had implants prior to doing this, but they feel really normal now. I also have 5 drains in (2 in breasts) and 3 in tummy. My doc is a huge believer in drains to prevent infection and swelling. They are ugly but not hard to deal with as I thought they would be. And it is a temporary condition!
Go for it, you will be glad you did. You can see my pics on this site. I will try and post some post op ones soon.
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I would love to know who you went to. I am also in Omaha, well Gretna and would like to know who treated you like that. That is terrible!
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can you tell me who you went to I am also in Omaha and i go for my 1st Consult next thursday, I am wanting tummy tuck lipo of the inner thigh and back. I want to make sure i don't go to the same dr you did well at least teh second one that is. :)
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After a lot of going back and forth, I finally...

After a lot of going back and forth, I finally went to a couple more consultations and ultimately ended up choosing my surgeon and scheduling my surgery for 9/2. I am going to have a breast reduction on my left side, a lift on both sides and then 200cc saline implants under the muscle. I am also having a umbilical float tummy tuck with muscle repair and hernia repair. I am very excited but nervous, as the surgery will take 6 hours. I have never had any kind of surgery before, so I am a bit scared. I can't believe I'm actually going to do it.

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I'm 129 lbs now and hoping to lose 4 or 5 more by...

I'm 129 lbs now and hoping to lose 4 or 5 more by the time I have surgery. I am running a 5K this month and a 5 and a 10K in August; the 10K is a week before surgery. Does anyone know how long after surgery I would need to wait before some light jogging?

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I am getting really excited, but am so overwhelmed...

I am getting really excited, but am so overwhelmed reading all the posts about garmets, scar treatment, vitamin packs...I feel like I am not prepared at all. I have time...but I am so concerned with having the house in order, meals prepared, supplies stocked (diapers, wipes etc..)I feel like I am not going to get it all together. I'm worried about what my kids will think when I am recovering. My husband will handle all of them just fine, but I still worry. I am also feeling guilty about the money, and about the amount of time it will take me to recover. I am starting to have dreams about it! Part of me just wishes it would get here already. I am sure time will fly by, but my anxiety is already starting to kick in.

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OMG 5 weeks from today, holy @#$%!!

OMG 5 weeks from today, holy @#$%!!

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I am looking at so many people's before and after...

I am looking at so many people's before and after pics, I can't even imagine myself having that kind of transformation. I am so excited but also feel guilty and a teensy bit scared. I took some belly pics last night...now if I could just get the b@#ls to upload them....: )

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Ok here I go..photos of the belly. These are at...

Ok here I go..photos of the belly. These are at 128 lbs and 5 months post-baby.

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Thank you for being brave enough to post your photos. You're going to have amazing results!

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You are making a great decision. I think it is normal to be scared/nervous. I was like u and never before haf surgery prior yo my full tt and breast aug....but i am so happy i did. I am 3 weeks post op today. Recovery is a little tough and slow, but in no time it will b over and u will b left with beautiful lasting results. Sorry your sister was so honest, dont have a sister but do have a wonderful momma that has no problems sharinf her opinions. Best of luck to you and keep us posted!
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Best of luck!
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Yikes! Four weeks and counting. I am starting to...

Yikes! Four weeks and counting. I am starting to notice how every single move I make taking care of my kids is going to me strenuous on my abdominal muscles. I won't be on baby duty for several weeks after surgery, but can someone tell me when I will comfortably be able to put kids in cribs, carseats ect...?

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Well, since I am having a mini TT our procedures are actually very similar. Do let me know what you find out about your surgery, I am curious(-:
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Me too.... because he is calling my float procedure a full TT with muscle repair and hernia repair. He said the only difference is my belly button...so, after researching, I have a ton of questions. I go on the 19th and I will be sure to let you know what he says.
I am glad that you finally were able to get the courage to upload your photos, it is hard to do when you are used to hiding your body for so long. I think that you will have amazing results, you don't have much fat at all. Great job on your weight loss, it isn't easy, especially with little ones to take care of. Are you doing the full tummy tuck or the umbilical float tummy tuck? Have you had your pre op appointment yet? Mine is in 8 days and I can't wait to get everything set up and ready(-: The closer it gets to surgery day the more real it becomes. Thanks again for posting pics, just think, you are helping other ladies just like us who are on the fence about getting this done. This site is such a great place to learn and meet other women going through the same things.
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Ok ladies I need some help. I have about 3 weeks...

Ok ladies I need some help. I have about 3 weeks to get my house in order, supplies purchased and ready for my big day. I need some help with what I should be buying. Should I buy some spanx, or wait til I need them? Should I buy some scar treatment or will my PS office supply it? Do I buy steri-strips or will I need those? I am sure all of this will be taken care of after my appointment on the 19th but I am still nervous.

I had the opportunity to get a lift /reclining chair (for free)a couple months ago and now I am kicking myself that I didn't jump on the chance. I was planning on staying in my bedroom but now I am thinking I won't be able to get onto my bed...

Also, planning on get a toilet seat riser and a shower seat. Basically I am getting really nervous..can you tell?

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I think our before bellies are kind of similar. Think you will have great results :) I am 6 months out and would do it all over again!! Ill stop back to check in on your progress. Congrats :)))
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I can't image how wonderful your gonna look after your surgery. I don't see to many people who are almost as short ad me on here. I'm 5'1 1/2 125 lbs. My surgery is on sept 16th. I'm getting excited, I'll bet you are too.
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I am getting excited...and scared : ) good luck to you and keep us posted. You are going to look fantastic!

Well, it's official. I had my pre-op appointment...

Well, it's official. I had my pre-op appointment and paid for my surgery today! I can't believe it is actually going to happen. We had a long discussion about the float TT vs. the regular TT. My PS said we can certainly do a regular TT, but I will have a vertical scar, new BB, a higher horizontal scar but he would not be able to repair my hernia. If I went with the float, I would have no vertical scar, a lower horizontal scar but my BB would be lower and since I have a short torso it might look too low. I told him ultimately I want the tightest muscle repair, the hernia repair, and the lowest scar possible. He said the float would be best for me then. I am happy with the decision, as I feel it is better for me.

As for the top half, we are still doing a lift and saline implants under the muscle. I am doing 250cc, instead of 200, not too much of a difference but I don't want to wish I went bigger. I got all my prescriptions and just need to get them filled. I am so excited, I can't believe this is actually happening!!

So now I wait. And frantically try to get it together! My PS will supply all my binders, strips and they said I don't have to buy anything in advance. As for the lift chair, I haven't gotten one yet, but am still trying. Other than that, I've bought enough diapers and wipes to run a daycare over here and my husband is going to gain 10 lbs with all the food I've made and frozen. Two weeks to go.

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You are so funny...trust me that belly is going to be gorgeous. Look at my before I swear there is one that looks like Clifford the Big Red Dog!!! If they can fix my hot mess they can make you look like a super model..Don't feel guilty (easy to say I know) but we all did it and we all got past it and you will be thrilled that you did this about three weeks post op! Just plan to move slower and do things more carefully with the kids. I've seen some people on here talking about jogging or running but don't recall how long. I'm excited for you!!! :)
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I was looking at your pics and you truly look amazing!

I showed my husband the receipt I got from my PS...

I showed my husband the receipt I got from my PS office today and he looked at it and said, "Wow, this really makes it real huh?" I told him I know, it was like everything was moving in slow motion when I was paying for it. I think he will be pretty nervous for me the day of, but he would never show it. He is always cool as a cucumber. I said, "Are you getting excited?" and he told me he just wants me to be happy with how I look and feel and he will do everything possible to make my recovery go smoothly. Times like this I just want it to get here already!!

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WOW! It's getting so close! Super happy for you!
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Thank you so much; you look AMAZING!! I appreciate the encouraging words. Check back on me in a couple weeks!

I got my lift chair, yay!

I got my lift chair, yay!

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You go girl! I'll be watching your updates.

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In exactly 1 week from now I will have had my...

In exactly 1 week from now I will have had my surgery and I will be at home starting my recovery. I can't believe it. I am more nervous than I thought I would be...and I still have a few days to get even more nervous. The good news, is that I hit my goal weight and reached 125 lbs. Those last couple pounds took forever!

Tomorrow I run my first 10K and that will be the end of race season for me. Then I will just hang out with my hubby and kids and wait for Thursday night to come so I can take a Xanax. : )

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Don't worry about scar treatments. Typically you cannot use them for a few weeks, until it is scab free and you get the green light from your PS. I suggest getting cherry cepacol lozenges for coughing. Is your PS providing you with a garment. Most do. Typically they give you your stage one and possibly stage two garment. Check with your PS before you buy any :) Good luck!
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Thanks ColeyOly! I am actually looking up scar treatments right now : ) Yes my PS is providing the first garment..not sure about the second. I asked it I need to be purchasing anything and they said no, they supply it all so I'm assuming they will give me a stage 2?
Yea mine did provide a stage 2, but I didn't like it. I asked if I could purchase my own and described it and they said I could so I used my own. :)

My PS office called today and said there was a...

My PS office called today and said there was a cancellation and I could go in Thursday morning instead of Friday. I took it. Yikes! It is in less than 40 hours!

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I had hernia repair at the same time as my tt and it I'll just be honest with you, my bb is BLACK! My PS says its really bruised b/c the hernia caused a lot of moving around to repair and it got pretty banged up in the process. So just be prepared for a longer bb recovery. :) And this is me all assuming you have umbilical hernia...you may have a different kind. But just wanted you to be fair warned. My PS did warn me about it so I kind of expected it, but I was a little shocked at how literally BLACK it was.
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Yup! Thursday the 1st!
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So are you having surgery on this Thursday coming up?
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Well, this will be my last post before I go in...

Well, this will be my last post before I go in tomorrow morning. (eekk!) I am so excited, but more nervous than I thought I would be. It's like I day dreamed for years and years of this happening and then it actually is happening and I feel like all my excitement is over shadowed by fear. Not too sure what exactly I'm afraid of.. anaesthesia, complications, recovery in general, disappointing results, or not being able to care for my kids the way I do now (during recovery)..

I am trying to look at the big picture and think positively. This will, in the long run, make me a better mom and wife. This will actually encourage me to stay on track as far as diet and exercise, and most importantly, my recovery may give me the rest I have needed for some time now. I mean, it's scary to be under for 6 hours but when was the last time I slept for 6 hours straight?? So there might be a little pain when I wake up..you take the good with the bad, right? Plus, when I wake up my boobs will be pretty, the same size, and where they belong.

And the best part is, people will (hopefully) stop saying, "Are you pregnant AGAIN!?! Boy you guys don't waste any time, do you?"

Wish me luck gals! : )

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hope everything went well today- keep us posted!
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Good luck today and happy healing(-: We will be here waiting for you when you are feeling up to it.
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Good Luck with surgery today!!! Healing wishes your way:)
Aj
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Well ladies, I made it!! Sorry for the delay but...

Well ladies, I made it!! Sorry for the delay but these pain pills and this nausea patch have me pretty out of it. Thank you soooo much for all your kind words and encouragement, it really helped me alot, as I was pretty scared. I will tell you guys all about it a little later when I can better keep my eyes open. : ) thanks again, if it wasn't for you ladies im not sure I would have evr gone through with this.

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OK, I not as woozy as I was so I thought I'd post...

OK, I not as woozy as I was so I thought I'd post an update. I am feeling really good! They did so much to prevent my nausea and it worked, I didn't feel even close to throwing up. I did feel foggy and woozy when I woke up in recovery, but not nauseaus at all.

Last night I think my boobs hurt a little, but this morning I am very comfortable. My lift chair might be one of the best purchases I ever made. I've been able to get up and go to the bathroom myself. Haven't pooped, but have been taking colace and dulcolax so hopefully I won't have issues there.

That's about it for now, I think I'm gonna take a quick nap.

Have a great day guys! And thanks again for all your kind wishes.

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Day 1: I feel great! So far no nausea at all....

Day 1: I feel great! So far no nausea at all. Taking my drugs every 4 hours and it seems that I am keeping up with the pain. Just sitting/laying in my lift chair, I am not in any pain at all. Getting up out of the chair hurts a little, probably about a 3. I've been able to pee by myself all day and am working really hard to go #2. I've taken Colace, Ducolax and Philips, ate a fiber bar and drinking plum juice, so hopefully those will take effect shortly.

I've been eating with my pills; low sodium soup, broth, pudding, a couple salt free low sodium crackers. Haven't felt sick at all.

I am soooooo curious about what is under these garments! I can shower Sunday so I guess I will see it all then.

I am crossing my fingers that my recovery stays this smooth. I have such a long way to go, but honestly my boobs hurt 10 times worse when I was engorged with breast milk after child birth. I really am so grateful that I am feeling this good.

My PS called last night and again this morning. He is so kind. He told my husband that I had very severe muscle separation, and he had to use giant sutures to get them repaired. My PS said my abdominal muscles are "as strong as an ox" but would never had gone back to being flat on their own.

Hope you all are feeling well and thanks again for all your comments. It is very encouraging and all the advice helps so much!

More tomorrow.... : )

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Oh also, sorry I forgot to mention, I am standing...

Oh also, sorry I forgot to mention, I am standing up straight when walking. Getting up and down I'm hunched but for the most part I'm standing straight. Is that bad, like maybe my tummy isn't tight enough? Or is it good that I can stand up straight this soon?

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I have on and off days as far as standing up straight. I too had severe separation of my stomach muscles. Some days I feel I stand straighter than others. I think it's easier to stand up straight at first when you are on all your medication because it relaxes your muscles a bit.
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Congrats on making it through! Hope your recovery is quick and smooth! I too got a lift recliner during my recovery- best purchase I made in this whole recovery process! Good luck to you! :)
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Glad to see you on the other side. Can't wait to hear your story and see pics.
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Well, I musta got too cocky thinking I was feeln...

Well, I musta got too cocky thinking I was feeln so good because the nausea set in last night and I puked from 12-4am. I would not be surprised if I popped something in my belly and I called PS to check. He said I may have popped some quilting surtures but did not seem too concerned about it. Honestly, my pain is pretty much the same, so I guess i would think I would be in much more excruciating pain if I damaged something. But holy hell puking hurt sooooo bad!

I am standing up straight, once I actually get up. Still hunched when I'm getting out of my chair or going to the bathroom. Took a peek today at my results and I really like my boobs but my tummy looks strange to me. Can't wait til I can see some actual results.

Until next time! : )

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Hi Ladies, I need to read and catch up on how...

Hi Ladies,
I need to read and catch up on how everyone is doing. Hope you all are doing well, healing well if your post op, and having a good day.

I am doing just fine and am in very little pain at all. I stopped taking my pain pills and only took tylenol once today. My two main problems are it seems I get nauseaus at midnight every night. I'm not sure what this has to do with, as I thought it was the pain pills but obviously not because I stopped taking them. I seem to get really gassy and bloated at night which I think is what is bringing on the nausea. Which brings me to my second problem and that is that I can't have a bowel movement. I have taken everything under the sun and finally brought out the big guns and took MOM twice (I hate MOM). Finally this afternoon I had a tiny result, but still not enough to make me feel better.

As for my results.... please be honest. when you saw yourself for the first time did you not like what you saw? My breasts look nice but my belly seems strange. I am sure it is just bloating and swelling but it is not what I expected. I'm trying to think positively and just wait until some swelling goes down, but.. you know, you want to be all excited when you first see it right?

My drains are manageable, and not as much of a pain as I thought they would be. Hopefully they will come out thursday.

I took a shower today, it was so nice. My husband washed and conditioned my hair for me and it felt so nice. I have some bruising but it is not terrible, I am sure it will be gone in a week or two.

My husband is doing a wonderful job juggling me, the kids and the house. He is amazing! My kids think my lift chair is some kind of carnival ride, so they are pretty excited about that. My husband got me some beautiful flowers and my kids keep drawing me pictures to make me feel better. They are so sweet!

Hope you all are doing well! Someone please tell me their stomach looked strange at first glance and got much better over time....

More next time! : )

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Do you have something for nausea? Phenegren or Zofran? I took that for a while afterwards to help with nausea. And yes, the stomach is very strange looking at first.
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Yes I am taking phenogren and also have some zofran left over from my last pregnancy. I am taking it, but perhaps not early enough. Tonight I am going to start taking it every four hours regardless, just overnight and see if that helps.
Thanks PippaTN!
I have read and read and read this blog. Let me say that it still did not prepare me for the first time I saw my tummy. Talk about freaked out. Guess that's where the pain pills helped me from being hysterical! Today marks a week for me. I am just starting to feel somewhat ok but the amount of swelling is indescribable. I just need to be patient. But yes, I agree that it can freak you out.
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Hello ladies, I am on day 4 of recovery. Still...

Hello ladies, I am on day 4 of recovery. Still feeling really good, able to stand and walk staight and am getting around just fine. (TMI) The MOM kicked in and lets just say I won't be needing any help in that area for awhile. Thank God!

I think my recovery is going really well. I am rarely in pain at all. I haven't taken any pain meds since day 2 and day 3 I took tylenol. Haven't taken anything yet today, but I'm sure I will towards the evening.

Took another look at my belly and am feeling a bit better. Two things: Because I had a float and not a regular TT, I did not get a new BB; my original one was moved down. It seems very low now, but I think once everything is back to normal you won't be able to tell the difference. Secondly, I have a scar from my BB peircing. If I would have gone with the regular, the scar would have been removed. But since I went with the float, it is still there, so perhaps that is another reason why it is throwing me off.

FOr the most part I think my scar will be in a nice spot. It is really low in my pubic area but a lil high on the hips. I tried on some swimsuit bottoms and it looks good, but I guess I won't really know til the drains come out.

So far I have been in really good spirits, except today I have been a lil down. I miss playing with my kids and chasing them and hugging them. In a way my recovery is going by quickly, but in another way I feel like it is dragging. All in all though, I am happy I did this. I can't wait to try on clothes and see what my boobs look like in a cute bra.

Here is a pic of my belly that I took today. It is 4 days post-op. Not sure if my hips are really swollen from the bruising, or if they just look bigger because my stomach is smaller..

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Looking good already! Once the swelling goes down you will look even better.
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You have the sweetest little support system. It is so nice when you get to see just how much you mean to people like your husband, and kids, even though you know they love you. When I first saw my stomach (one week post op) I did think it looked a little swollen and beat up...but I was so excited not to have that flappy, gross skin I probably over looked any scariness. I am sure you are just in the early stages. Take it easy, and heal well.
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I was gone all weekend, but I followed your progress. I am so glad to hear you are doing well. I wouldn't worry too much about your tummy at this point, it is still so early to be able to see the full results. I hope that midnight nausea clears up for you, it must be awful. Keep us posted. Hugs!
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Day 5: Today is my first day on my own. My kids...

Day 5: Today is my first day on my own. My kids went to daycare and my hubby is at work. It's funny because sometimes I wish I just had a day to myself and now I have it and I miss everyone : (

Yesterday I had my first outing, we took the kids to lunch then went to the park and then hit the store (I stayed in the car with the kids)while hubby ran in to get steaks for him and I after bedtime. Things have been going so smoothly I'm afraid to say it out loud.

I am not in pain at all and have stopped taking even tylenol. Might start on an anti-inflammatory at night as that is when I seem to feel the most swollen.

For anyone who might be close to their surgery date, here are a couple things that have made my recovery thus far very managable:

1.Lift recliner, I got mine on craigslist for $85 and I LOVE it.

2.Toilet seat riser, mine is 5 1/2 inches and is soooo helpful. $21 at walmart.

3. Helping Hand Reach n Grab. It is a device that you can grab stuff or pick stuff up off the ground. $10 at walmart. LOVE this as I can walk around the house and pick up toys and the rest of the messes without bending over at all.

4. Milk of Mag. Yuck...but Thank God for it.

I am walking straight up and, as soon as these drains are out will be able to function pretty well. Can't wait til I can snuggle my kiddos and love on my hubby! Oh, and if you happen to still have a Boppy laying around, its nice to put it around your belly so you can at least sit with your little ones and snuggle them before bedtime. Just as a little bit of protection so you don't get an elbow to the hip or something like that.

Gonna go and try to shower by myself. If I can at least get rinsed off I will be happy.

Until next time! Hope you all are healing well and enjoying the rest of your summer. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

: )

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Your waist looks tiny in your after photo! Do you have any swelling?
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Hopefully a Helpful Tip: If you are not sure if...

Hopefully a Helpful Tip: If you are not sure if you can shower by yourself DON'T.

Yesterday I was gonna shower while I was home alone. I decided not to. Later, when my husband was home, I took off my binder (like I've done many times) and my blood pressure dropped and I thought I was going to pass out. I have read that some women feel that way after taking off their binder but so far I have been fine, until yesterday. That is a scary feeling. Please be careful ladies, and listen to your bodies.

Hoping to get my drains out tomorrow and then I'll post another pic. Boobs are nice, I really like them. Tummy is very flat, but BB still looks weird. I knew there was a risk of that with the float, but even if it stays that way I still think it was worth it. I can't wait to try on clothes!

Hoping you all are having a good day!

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Got a new swimsuit in the mail!! I have not worn a...

Got a new swimsuit in the mail!! I have not worn a bikini in 5 years....

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HAHA I'm sure I said that same thing CRAP! I've done some big updates that just disappeared into cyberspace. I see you are six days post op in the last bikini pic and wow already! I got 400cc's but yours look big and lovely. For a while they seem like a store manican because they are big and tight from swelling and of course mine freaked me out as well as my belly. I know what you mean about seeing it. I had searched for the most graphic stuff I could find online which is how I ended up finding this site THANK GOD!! I found some pretty graphic stuff but it didn't scare me at all. I was afraid of what hubby would think but he was great all the way. I'm glad you are feeling so good and I hope you got the drains out. I would have been a nervous wreck with the little ones and those darn things. Please keep taking good care of yourself because you can wear out without knowing it on those really good days and then you suffer for it. :)
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Woweeee baby! Talk about bouncing back after the last birth!! You are all set to go now hotstuff ;) Did you still get the 200cc's? They look bigger than mine lol
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Crap I just typed a response and its not there....
Anyway, Thanks! PS skipped the reduction on the left and went 200cc and then 250 on the right (saline) to even them out. I was pretty lopsided.

One week post-op!! Went to see my PS today and...

One week post-op!!

Went to see my PS today and (boooo) drains can't come out yet. No big deal, but man that would have been nice. They removed some of my stiches; around my aereolas (sp?) and all the ones in my TT incision. A small 'ouchie' here and there but nothing terrible. Will have to get my drains out next week...

Feeling good, no pain, taking advil if necessary. Still taking it very easy but can help out with the kids with some things. I'm able to get them snacks/juice and make small meals. I can change diapers and get kids dressed. I am reading stories, watching Dora and can let one kid at a time sit on my legs. Gave my 2 year old a mani/pedi this morning (Thank God because she was wayy overdo :) so I am feeling alot better about taking care of my kids. I swear I used to just want one day by myself to sit and do nothing but then I got those days and I was lonesome for them! Today is their last day at daycare and I am looking forward to having them home.

That's about it for me. Hoping you all are healing well as my prayers are with all of you!

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You look great 32! I lov the suit Pic!
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PS I bought some milk of mag yesterday because of your list. Thanks(-;
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If you can't take it alone (I can't, I hate the taste/texture) try mixing it with some soft icecream and taking it down with a straw.

Good luck to you!!

8 Days Post-Op: Feeling good! Getting around...

8 Days Post-Op:

Feeling good! Getting around great, can take care of my kids (at home, not like out and about) for the most part. My doc said I can lift my 6 month old (20 lbs) so I can get her out of her crib, but I don't carry her around. Can play with my 3 and 2 year old and they know they still can't jump on me so it is going well.

I'm starting to like my belly!! I mean I've liked it, but it seems to be looking more human, or smoothing out or something...it kind of scared me at first.

Hope you all are doing well, resting and recovering. I think about you all and hope you are having a good day!

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Seriously...those are some ahhhhhmazing tatas!!
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32 @@@@ allls I go tto say is DAMM it (IN A GEORGE lOPEZ VOICE) YOU LOOK GREAT LADY!
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Can you hear me whistle?! Cause you look fantastic!!! Doesn't it feel so good to actually feel so good again?! So happy for you!!!
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11 Days Post-Op Hey gals, Hope everyone is...

11 Days Post-Op

Hey gals, Hope everyone is doing well and had a good weekend. My weekend was a little rough, as I was on my own alot with my kiddos. I didn't overdo it, but I definitely did more than I have been used to, so I was very tired friday, saturday and sunday night.

I'm had a pity party for myself this weekend and I was the only one invited. I started getting pissed because nearly all of my friends have flaked out on me. All this talk of visiting me after surgery and cooking for my family and helping me with my kids during recovery; it's all I heard for a month leading up to surgery. I have seen 3 friends in the last 11 days. They are moms and get it. One of my single friends was going to come spend the day with me yesterday but she instead had a long workout and then took a long nap.

I know my recovery had been very very smooth and I do feel very very blessed each day. But I could still use some company, and I have three kids here that could use some visitors too. I guess all I am trying to say to people is: "Don't say you are going to do something unless you are 100% sure you are going to do your best to follow through, or don't make promises that someone might take seriously if you are just talking out of your ass."

Ok. There. Party is over, I will go back to being normal again. Sorry about that.

Hugs to all you RS ladies, you are all such great people.

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You look great!
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pity parties!! i think we can all relate!!! whatev' to all the flakes out there... @ least we look good!! :)
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32 get your venting on!!!!
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12 days post-op: I am still draining 30 ccs...

12 days post-op:

I am still draining 30 ccs every 12 hours (both drains total) and honestly do not think I will get my drains out on thursday. Anyone else have drains for more than 2 weeks???

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i just realized that we both have had 3 kids since 07... we rock!! we had ours 07, 08, & 09. nothing like getting it all done @ once :)

you look incredible!!! so happy for you!!
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Hey Girls, I am having a hard time catching up on...

Hey Girls, I am having a hard time catching up on RS. I hope everyone is doing well whether you are waiting or recovering.

I am doing great; went to my appointment this morning and got some more stitches removed and ONE DRAIN REMOVED! Yay! Hopefully the other one can come out by Monday or so.

My boobs seem to be settling down, and my belly is about the same. I am so happy with my results! I can't believe I actually did it and that it is actually done. I am so happy withthe way everything has gone.

I am 2 weeks out today and will post another pic here shortly.

Hope you all are well! Have a great day and a great weekend!

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Hi there 32w, I just read your blog and saw your results and you look really good! I'm scheduled for tt, bl, and brazilian butt lift Oct 4. I'm 5'3 and weigh 134. I wanted to loose more weight to get better results but since doc needs fat for my transfer he told me not to. Also your breast look amazing! It makes me want to get some but my husband is against it. Well i'll see how mine look with just the lift.
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Hi there! Thank you for your kind words! I wish you the best of luck on your surgery. You are going to love your results!
I agree your last pic is fantastic.
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Hi Ladies, hope you all are doing well. I need to...

Hi Ladies, hope you all are doing well. I need to sit down and catch up on RS and see how you all are doing.

I am 2 weeks 2 days today and doing pretty much everything I did before, just a little bit slower. I take frequent breaks, but I can do all my housework, lift my kids, run errands; I feel pretty much like I did before surgery, except I'm not a fast as I was and I sit down alot more.

My swelling went down, but comes back for frequent visits. I am trying to drink alot of water to keep it at bay.

Hope everyone is doing well! It is such a dreary day here, I may have to take a nap this afternoon.

More next time!

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Wow, your swelling has gone down a lot! You look great, I hope I get better as fast as you, I want to try on bikinis!
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Wow! I am so happy to have read your story! I am 29, mother to an almost 4 yr old & a 14 month old and I go in for my tt/ba/lift tomorrow morning! I am so nervous about the pain & when I'll be able to hold/ lift my 14 mo old out of his crib again. Were you really able to do it that soon? I can only pray mine goes as great as it sounds like yours did. You look awesome!
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Oh my goodness!! Best of luck to you!! Yes, my recovery has gone very very well; both me and my husband are surprised. I am 2 weeks 2 days post op and able to do everything I was doing before (except workout) with no problem at all. I get tired more easily, but I take lots of breaks. Good luck to you!! Snuggle those kiddos all day today! I will check back in on you to see how you are doing!

Hello ladies, Went to my PS office today to get...

Hello ladies,
Went to my PS office today to get my second drain removed. Turns out I had fluid in my lower right abdomen that needed to be drained with a needle. I did not do very well with that, as I nearly passed out. Luckily, I did not with the help of some cold wash cloths, water and a cookie. I have to go back this week to have it done again, so I'm not looking forward to that at all. But at least I am drain free, and have a compression garment to arrive anyday from LipoInABox.com, so hopefully that will help. Also going to pick up some spanx later today.

Hope you all are well and recovering nicely!!

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Ouch! I hate needles! I've read this happening to other girls here. Was it very painful? In your pictures you look so good, I would never had thought you had some fluid in there. Tomorrow I go get my labs and then it's two weeks left before my big day! I think it hasn't even hit me yet because I'm not that nervouse and I'm the nervouse type. I guess in a way I don't even believe it's really happening. Any of u girls felt that way?
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I didn't feel like it was really hppening until I paid for it. Then it was real!
32 you look great!
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I am shopping for compression garments and some...

I am shopping for compression garments and some people say Spanx are the best, some people like the Marena, some people like Lipo In A Box...I am so confused. I need actual "compression" so some I know are not for me. As for Spanx, I am looking at the "Undetectable" and the "Simplicity". As for Marena I am looking at the Marena Support Girdle with no legs (F5 Certified Compression) but that one has a stage 1 and a stage 2. I'm tempted to get the stage 1 since it has a zipper on the side. I got a garment from Lipo In A Box and it is good, but I could still use some more compression/tightness.

Help! Please, any advice/experience would be greatly appreciated. I can not keep getting this fluid drained every other day, it is not pleasant.

Thanks!

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I went back to get drained today and there was not...

I went back to get drained today and there was not alot of fluid, so that is good. I go back friday to get drained again and hopefully that is th last time I wil have to do that. I am just trying to use alot of compression and drink alot of water.

I am wearing my LipoInABox and then I am wearing my binder down low, because that is where my swelling is. Today I bought some "un-de-tectable" Spanx, so hopefully I will like that.

I posted a pic of my belly 20 days post op. The swelling area is on my right abdomen and the tiny band aid is where the needle goes in. If you look at all my pics closely, that swelling has been there since at least day 4 post op. Hopefully it will go away soon and not be a chronic problem : /

Hope you all are well. I have not caught up on all your updates but I will, and I hope you all are doing well.

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DFW== you better say that shoot preach it I was just talking about that right now!
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Sorry to hear about your friends flaking out on you...you have a right to throw a pity party. One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone tells me they're going to do something for you but then they don't follow through. So now, I've gotten to the point of setting zero expectactions from my friends so that I don't get disappointed.

I am glad to hear that you are so active. You give the rest of us lots of hope! :)
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gurl your tummy looks hella great you look ripped like you have been excersising!
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I went back to PS office yesterday to be drained...

I went back to PS office yesterday to be drained for the last time. There wasn't any fluid so that was good. However, since then I have been extremely sore. I have a great deal of pain below my incision, in my pubic bone area. It is a little swollen, but nothing out of the ordinary. Where did all this pain come from? I really haven't experienced alot of pain with this whole process until now. Maybe I pulled a muscle? It is pain medication worthy. Anyone have this happen to them??

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Well, whatever that pain was is gone and I am back...

Well, whatever that pain was is gone and I am back to feeling good again. Not sure what that was; maybe something got aggravated when I was drained on Friday?

Hope you all are doing well. I feel much better and was advised that I can start doing some light exercising and lifting some light upper body weight, so I will start on that this week. Hope you all have a great week, whether you are recovering or waiting.

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You look fabulous in those bikinis!! The styles and colors suit your hot bod perfectly!
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hey it is ok to be frustrated !!1 I wouldnt expect any thing less!
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So, no more draining sessions for you? That is great! Those are no fun, I am not looking forward to getting mine done again)-: I bet you are looking so good!
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Tomorrow will mark 5 weeks since my surgery. I...

Tomorrow will mark 5 weeks since my surgery. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by! I am back to all of my daily responsibilities and routine. I do not have any pain or discomfort at all, just some slight pressure if I really pushed it that day, in which case I throw on my binder and wear it at night. I am pretty tired at night, and go to sleep pretty early, which is why I haven't been on RS in weeks. I hope everyone is doing OK!

My PS office gives 5 free sessions of Endermologie, which is a type of machine that massages the tummy after surgery, to help with swelling, circulation and so forth. It really feels quite nice and I think it is helping my muscles settle in. I have done 2 sessions, and have 3 more weeks left.

I have begun some light exercising, so that is nice. My 2 year old asked me what happened to my jelly belly. I told her it disappeared like a magic trick and she thought that was pretty funny. : )

The incisions on my breast are practically non existent and my belly incision is very thin and kind of a purplish brown. I just recently started with Mederma so we will see what happens over the winter.

I have posted a 4 week photo. Not too much of a change at all but just wanted to update in hopes to help someone with questions about recovery.

Hope everyone is doing well! : )

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I love that coral bikini too! You Rock it :) Glad you are doing great!
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I love that coral colored bikini! I want it! You look so good, your swelling is going away and your waist is tiny! How have you been feeling?
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Thank you! : )

Hello! I am sorry I have not updated in a long...

Hello! I am sorry I have not updated in a long time. I am still checking in on you girls though, and so glad everyone is doing well!

When Tara posted that she got a revision date booked, I decided it was time for me to call my PS and have him look at my BB. I have kind of the same issue as Tara: my BB is in the right spot, but it is more like a slit instead of a hole. It has been like this since surgery and I kept waiting waiting as everone says it takes months for your permanent result. Well, I think it is getting worse actually ( I posted a 4 month post op pic) and you can see that it is more slanty than it was.

Thank you Tara for posting your update because I went to see my PS yesterday and there are stitches and scar tissue stuck where I had a small seroma. It is pulling my BB over.

He would need to open up my scar and get in there to remove all the stuff that's in there, then pull my BB back over to make it round. He also would do some lipo on my upper abs where it is kinda lumpy still. PS fee is waived but I would have to pay for anestesia (sp? I never spell that word correctly : ) and the use of the OR.

Talked to hubby about it and of course he wants me to do whatever I want. Recovery would only be about a week so it wouldn't be a big deal. (Fingers crossed).

I posted a 4 mo post op pic so you can see what the problem is. Hope you all are well and enjoying your beautiful results! You all look so awesome!

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OMG!!! you look amazing!!
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Tara you are so silly...
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Yeah I felt like most People get new bb . I was glad at first I didn't but hopefully once we are "revised" it will all be good ! I Sware I'm
Not moving for first 4 days ! Lol except to pee! I refuse to go through this again!
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Ok, its booked. February 16th I will have a...

Ok, its booked. February 16th I will have a revision. I put up a better (morning) pic of what will be fixed (hopefully!!). If you look at the top and left side abs, it is lumpy. Also, there is a lump on the right side which is what is pulling my bb into a slit.

I'm a little worried about my scar because I love love love the way my scar healed so hopefully he doesn't have to open the entire thing up.

I should be able to lift my kids (at least my baby) after 5 days. My hubby will only have to take 1 1/2 days off so that is good. Looking forward to seeing the results!

Please pray for me that this does the trick because after this there is no more surgery for me! Also pray that I don't throw up because I think that is what popped the stitches to begin with.

Hope all is well with everyone!
Have a great day!

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I love them too!
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OMG...I love your boobs. They look awesome in those bikini tops. You look great overall and hopefully your revision will get you exactly where you want to be.
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Thank you! They have gone down a bit since then : ) Although I kinda wish they would have stayed that way. Good luck to you! Your day will be here before you know it.

Well ladies, tomorrow is my big day...again. ...

Well ladies, tomorrow is my big day...again. Cross your fingers that everything goes smoothly. Hopefully, once the scar tissue and stitches are removed my belly button will be round. He's doing upper lipo too, so hopefully I won't be so lumpy. Wish me luck!!

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No I will be under anesthesia for about 2 hours :/
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Good luck I had my revision done a week ago! Are you going to be awake?
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Everything went great! Haven't seen it yet but...

Everything went great! Haven't seen it yet but will post a pic soon!

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Holy smokes, you look flipping amazing pre-revision. I can't wait to see your pics post revision.
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Good luck. I'm thinking about you.
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I am day 2 post revision operation. I feel great,...

I am day 2 post revision operation. I feel great, although I am super swollen. Just resting, drinking alot of water and eating with every pain pill, so I don't get nauseous. I snuck a peek and snapped a quick pic; keep in mind I'm super swollen, but I am very pleased regardless. Hoping it only gets better!

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Hi Ladies, It has been 10 days since my...

Hi Ladies,

It has been 10 days since my revision. I am still rather swollen and a couple pounds up from my regular weight.

My belly button looks much better and some of my lumps were smoothed out. He actually removed another inch and a half of skin from above my incision.

He reopened my incision from hip to hip so that has to heal up again, but it is pencil thin so hopefully it will heal nicely like it did last time.

I still have a drain in and an scheduled to get it out tomorrow, however I am still draining 20 ccs every 12 hours so I may just wait til later this week. Don't want to get another seroma like last time.

I added another photo. Will add another once I get my drain out!

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What great results! Who was your PS?
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Thanks! My PS was Dr. Finkle. He is great; I definitely recommend him!
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