Finally! After 22 Years I'm Getting It Done! So Happy! - New Haven, CT

I had my first son at age 17, at 20 I had twins,...

I had my first son at age 17, at 20 I had twins, my belly is saggy and though I have never gained weight,I'm very self conscious about my belly. It's been thinking about a TT for many years, but there was always other priorities. Finally after 22 years, my TT is scheduled for July 5th in New haven, CT. I trust my doctor 100% and I'm confident he'll do a great job. I'll post the before pics before surgery. I'm so excited!

Two days after surgery, I', feeling a lot better,...

Two days after surgery, I', feeling a lot better, though I'm still taking all the medicines for pain and muscle spasms. I'eating just salads, jelly, crackers and lots of fluid. My left drain has only yellow fluid no more blood. I can walk better and more straight too. Yesterday a had a call from the hospital asking how I was feeling and after that the doctor called too. I have an appointment on Tuesday. I'll keep you all post it, so far I'm feeling good. thank u all. I haven't seen my belly yet so I don;t know if has been worth it but I'm sure I'll be happy with it.

Hello! I had my first doctor appointment after...

Hello! I had my first doctor appointment after surgery. I'm feeling great! the PA was impressed about how well I feel and look, I'm only taking pain meds during the night. I still have the drains, next week they might come off on my next appointment. When I saw my belly I couldn't help but cry of happiness, my husband was with me and he could not hold his tears either. He said that now he really understand how important was this for me. I can't believe how flat my tummy looks! and the PA said I'm still very swollen! :) I can't wait to see after! here are some after pics.

A week after surgery, still with the drains, but...

A week after surgery, still with the drains, but feeling great! just bored of being home between 4 walls, though today I went out for a few hours, it felt wonderful!

Hello! there's not much to report. I'm pmsing so,...

Hello! there's not much to report. I'm pmsing so, my mood is not the best if u know what I mean! Just waiting for my appoinment tomorrow and see if the drains come out, I hope, because they're only draining like 25ml each a day, if not oh well, I'll have to wait a few more days.
It does not hurt to get up from bed anymore! today I drove to my friend's house, only a few blocks from mine, it felt good, though you can feel the muscles working when you steer the wheel. I'm posting a today's photo, can you tell a difference? a big hug for everyone of you! how are you all doing??

14 days and both drains came off! It feels so...

14 days and both drains came off! It feels so good! and the scar looks amazing! considering it's been less than two weeks. The doc says it looks beautiful! the tegaderm was replaced for a new one that I have to change in 2 weeks. Next doc's appointment it's in 3 weeks. feeling great! I want to go back to work but my job it's physical so, I'll wait one more week and I'll start light. I don't want to mess up the fabulous job the doctor did!

HI ladies! it's been 18 days. I went to the beach...

HI ladies!
it's been 18 days. I went to the beach on Saturday, It was really nice, I was careful with sun and heat and lucky me it was not humed or extremely hot so I was fine after the shade. I was really tired when I got home and slept like a baby. Yesterday we went to the movies and must have caught an stomach bug or something and I threw up everything I ate during the day, which it wasn't a lot, since after surgery my stomach seems to have shrunk of something but I fell full with very small portions, even better right??

OK I know I said this before but, I'm running out...

OK I know I said this before but, I'm running out of patience! I just want to feel normal again! tired of the swelling, specially in the pubic area. I know it's healing well though. My husband won't let me go back to work yet because my job is physical and he's right, I better wait one more week and start very light. None of my clothes fit yet, I don't know what I'm gonna wear when I go back to my normal activities. I hope the swelling goes down. any experience to share about that? have a good day ladies!

3 weeks today! I'm feeling pretty good, only the...

3 weeks today! I'm feeling pretty good, only the swelling is bothering a bit. The upper part of my abdomen is very sensitive, like sunburn pain, but around my belly button I don't feel anything, is numb as well as all around the incision. I assume that this is normal and it will go away eventually, I have an appointment in two weeks, I'll ask my doc if this persists. I want to go back to work next week, let's see how it goes. hopefully some of my clothes fit by then.

23 days OP the swelling seems to be less, I can...

23 days OP the swelling seems to be less, I can move around lot better. The only problem is that I get very tired, I've been sleeping a lot! I'm not taking any medicine. Is it normal to feel this tired? I want to go back to work next week and I'm worriedabout my energy levels. Any thoughts or comments about this? The holes where the drains were are still a little open, I change the dressings every day and apply ointment. I hope you all are doing great! have a wondeful weekend!

28 days OP. Slowly going back to normal. still...

28 days OP. Slowly going back to normal. still very swollen, my clothes won't fit yet. Going back to work on Monday. Wish me luck! It's amazing how time goes by so fast! Have a great weekend everyone!

Hello Ladies! I had a doctor's appointment today,...

Hello Ladies!
I had a doctor's appointment today, everything went well, except that where the left drain was there's a hole that it didn't close properly, so the doctor said that he wants to repair it, but we have to wait 3 more months because it's still healing. I trust my doctor so whatever he says. I'm still swollen and he said I have to be patient. He took the tegaderm off and I have to leave it that way for 3 days and then put a new one on, after that I have to change it every two weeks. He gave me the ok to go to the beach and go in the water I'm so happy! I just need to avoid the direct sun on the incision. I don't have to wear the CG anymore and he suggested that some people wear spanxs, but I don't have to, only if I want, if I feel more secure. Well, that's the update, my next appointment is in two months. happy healing everyone! I'll be posting pics as soon as I can.
New Haven Plastic Surgeon

I have heard only good things about Dr Restifo, my friend saw him on TV a while ago and I've seen pictures of his work, I can't wait! Now that I already saw the incision I see he wasn't lying when he said it would be low! I'm very happy so far.

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