My Tummy Tuck Journey - New Haven, CT

I am 55 yrs old, I am scheduled for a TT and lipo...

I am 55 yrs old, I am scheduled for a TT and lipo to the flank/back area as well on February 4th, possibly January 22nd if my physician's schedule allows.I love to travel to many islands and this is my gift to myself! I have several concerns... I am nervous and excited at the same time! I would like to hear from women who have had this procedure, or are scheduled to have this surgery. Really could use an additional support. team to help me get through this, :-) Tell me bout your scaring? any keloid formation? is kenalog injections used on African American women routinely or is this something I should request as a prevention for keloid formation to the scaring area? How long and bad was the discomfort on a scale of 1-10? When were you able to resume you normal daily activities, including being able to stand up straight and return to work? When were you pleased with your results of your TT? I have requested 2 weeks of work, is this long enough? How long did it take before you were able to see favorable results? Not sure if this will help but I have appointments for 8 deep message suction treatments to hopefully assist with less traumatic lipo removal of fat and am exercising daily to keep my heart strong? any knowledge or thoughts? are you still wearing compression garments? should I be using olive oil to my stomach or back pre op? I'm going to speak with my physician next week about my many questions but in addition I would like to obtain information from women who have gone through this procedure as well. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Welcome to the community!   You have come to the right place for support.  
Make sure you get connected in our Age 50 Plus Tummy Tuck Forum.  You will love the ladies over here.  

My recommendation is to request 3 weeks off work.  Play it safe and it you do super well you can always go back earlier.

Looking forward to being on the journey with you.
Thank you Kimmer25! you are such an inspiration.

Looking for Women to Bond with for Support on This Tummy Tuck Journey - New Haven, CT

counting down...I think I will feel better once I go to my preoperative work up on Monday and I have a better ideal of what my ps instructions include, I feel as if I an all over the place.
Thanks for your earlier reply. Congratulations on taking this big step for yourself. I can answer a few questions. My doc may use Kenalog 10 mg strength on me. I have one not so great area on my scar. I am white, so cannot comment on if it is routine for african American ladies. Some ladies recover fast and get off pain meds in a few days. Start exercising at 6 weeks, not me. I hurt a LOT, but I had a Mommy Makeover with BBL and a hernia repair too. The first week is rough, do walk as much as they tell you to. And stay ahead of the pain. Drink warm prune juice and take stool softeners. Walking hurts but does help. I used a walker first few days. I stood straight at a week or so, but it still is a bit tight and I hunch by the end of a big day. I would say the pain was a 9 the first few days, then slowly better. I had some muscle relaxants too, that helped a lot for the muscles and for the anxiety. Everyone has tears and meltdowns, get on RS when you do, everyone is so helpful and supportive. Get a hand held shower. Helps with first showers. I am 4 months and still get tired, and I still feel uncomfortable and swell. I can do most of what I want but have to pace myself, like food shop one day, cook it all the next. Take as much time off as you can. Depending on your job. I think you will want more time off. Rest us so important to good healing. I stupidly went to the Mall by myself a week after TT, not good at all. I wound up in one of those scooters and had to rest a lot after. At 8 weeks I saw good results, I still have a ways to go but I am happy and think it will be worth it all. Getting g the lipo and getting rid of lovehandles was terrific. That all said, go for it, you will be happy you did, but realize the recovery is a lot longer than you think. I am thinking 6 months till i will be 100%.
Check out kimmers profile she has tons of great Info that helps me so much I believe its called tummy tuck survivor guide You are going to do great we are all here for you !!
Thank you. She is awesome!

I'm Counting Down!!!!!!!Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 a.m.

I have posted photos before my TT Photo -but the photos were taken after my repositioning fat massages. I had a total of five treatments. I have asked my physician for a copy of the photos taken prior to any message treatments. I will post those photos once received. I was told by another nurse that the fat consistency in our body is like lard and that after the messages the fat consistency would become more like butter making it less traumatic removal on the. My ps said that’s great as it will make his job easier for him. Who knows… I will be sure to ask him at my first post-operative visit so that I could share the information.
Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 a.m. I’m counting down now…:-) I’m prayed up and as I said before I included prayer for the hands that “HE” has trained and will guide. I think that I have done all that I could do…. Now, I am going to “RELAX” for the next couple of days.
I’m so grateful to my husband who has been my partner in every decision that I have made regarding this TT journey. His love and support even if I didn’t want to do this means the world to me. Now with that being said… he has taken a few weeks off to be my full time caregiver. I’m a nurse and we tend not to be the best patients, :-) but I promised myself that I will be on my best behavior and I am not going to sweat the small stuff. I have accepted that things around the house probably won’t’ be done the way I would do them, and that’s ok.
I’m not sure that I will be up to posting right away after surgery, but I will post as soon as I can to share my journey, including photos. For me it was wonderful seeing the posts and photos after surgery as it helped me to better prepare for what was to come. I plan to pay it forward. ? I thank you all for your words of wisdom, love and support displayed and received especially from the ladies on the “Age 50 plus Tummy Tuck Forum” Special shoot out to my TT buddy Stevie1 who is scheduled on Monday, January 20th @ 11:30 a.m. I’ll see you on the flat side.
Warmest Regards,
hope you are doing well.
It's been a long time since you posted. Hope your recovery is going well. Happy healing!
Congrats on your surgery. ... hope all is well..... Happy healing

update on my TT journey

Hi everyone. I pray that all is well with you and that you are all enjoying the flat side! This website was so supportive, helpful and inspiring before and after my decision to move forward on my TT Journey. I have learned much from you all and have shared my experience as well. It was wonderful to make TT budies especially stevie1 we had our surgery 1 day apart. You post's provided encourage when I needed it the most. I have had so many other things going on in my life (dealing with my son who has Myashtenia Gravis) that I have not had the opportunity to join in as much as I would have liked to... I am hopeful that this post will be helpful to someone else. My surgery was January 21st @ 6:30 a.m. Post operatively I had nausea so bad secondary to the anesthesia that I was afraid that my abdominal sutures were going to open. I was provied medications which helped imensely! I was able to finally leave the recovery area close to 12 midnight. The first few days were the absolute worst for me. I was truly blessed to have my husband who did EVERYTHING for me! I truly felt like someone said in a post I read before surgery...why would I spend all of this money to have someone do this to my body and what kind of person would take my money and do this to my body! LOL. Week two was better as I learned to master tasks that needed to be done. I was not able to go up and down my stairs and I tried to get up and walk around from room to room with my walker and stand up straight at least every 1-2 hours even when I didn't feel like it. My best preperation for the surgery was to buy a gel topper for my bed and a recliner for my bedroom. I thought about getting the one that lifts you to a standing position but decided that my body needed the extra work and I would rather get a hughe soft electric recliner that I would be able to use once I returned home from work. Glad I did that as it is the first thing that I do when I get home!! I returned to work at week 5. I also was glad that I purchased the shower chair, i still use it. LOL. I have learned to take advantage of stiitng time now that I am back to work. Before surgery, I made sure that the house was clean, laundry done, and shopping was completed so my husband didn't have to leave me alone to get anything. I sneezed unexpectly around week 3 and I think I popped a stitch internally. My ps said not to worry. I was wearing a med CG at the time of the sneeze and I started wearing the small CG along with a abdominal board to provide additonal compression and support. I continue to gwear my small CG with the board during the day and go 2 x's per week for massages including butt lifting suctioning. I am still swollen in the afternoon (which is getting better with time) however, overall I feel good, have no regrets and am loving my new body . I know I still have a while to go before I finally get to the size where I could start purchasing new clothing!
I have dropped from a size 14 to a size 10 dress! Size10 pants are a too big for me - Size 8 are a little tight around my abdomen than I woul dlike...but I am able to get by with the few dresses and have switiched to wearing my scrubs at work. I purchased a new bathing suit last week, both top and bottom are a size medium!! Special thanks to my two Cosmetic Surgeons, Attending-Dr. John Pershing and Resident-Dr. Ajul Shah; Yale School of Medicine; Department of Surgery - Cosmetic Surgery Service. PO Box 208041 New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8041 Telephone: 203-785-2571 Fax: 203-785-5714
TB, you look beautiful! Love your bikini, it's wonderful to be in our 50's and look so good! ((((((((Hugs)))))))
It sure is! You're transformation is absolutely amazing. I never felt alone on my journey. Thank you! ((((((HUGS))))))
You look awesome!

abdominal board for daily use provides support.

Here is a photo of the board that I wear daily. I wear my camisole f/b the board then my CG. It a great support device especially for unexpect sneezing and potholes in the road! It also provides definition...Hope the helps
You look amazing!! I also went from a 14 to a 10 :) I feel like a kid again! Congrats!

3 month post op TT

I'm doing well. Some swelling by evening however it is getting better! I went to Florida last week and actually got to wear the new bathing suit purchased. I did not expose my body to the sun as I am still healing and used sun screen I stopped using silicone strips and now use constricted gel on my TT scar. I enjoy my weekly lymphatic massage. No regrets! I love the flat side.
You look great! I loved reading about your journey. I am day 10 post op and am having trouble with my emotions. I cry at everything! Hoping it will pass soon. Happy for you!
Thank you. Im sorry to hear of the flip flop regarding your emotions... mine occurred prior ok surgery . Afterwards I kept my eye on on the prize of your end results and keep focused on that. You will be able to be a blessing to others because of your experience! Hang in there Im keeping you in prayer. :-)
Thanks so much!

3 months Post op

NO REGRETS!! :-) had to repost this. Im using my cell phone and to crop and messed up the photo I previously placed.
By the way, your status still shows "Not Sure". When you are ready, don't forget to change that to "Worth It".
Hi TBQueen, you look like a queen indeed! Not only a queen, but you could be a model too! Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration to the rest of us.
Where did you purchase your board at. I have not been able to find it. thanks
Dr. John Persing/ Dr Ajul Shah

When my emotions are flip flopping and I feel unsure, nervous and scared, I think of my physicians who I trust as I know that I am in Great hands. Yale School of Medicine Cosmetic Surgery Service New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8041 Telephone: 203-785-2571 Fax: 203-785-5714 PO Box 208041

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