9 weeks post..1.new comparison pics!

I'm 47 and happily divorced! I have 3 wonderful...

I'm 47 and happily divorced! I have 3 wonderful children ~ 20, 18 and almost 17..all c-sections. Yup, they were close together. My first I bounced back from, second not so easy and by the third..I gave up! My Mid Wife told me I'd never have a flat belly and have tried to prove her wrong for 16 yrs.

A TT is something I always thought about, but,...

A TT is something I always thought about, but, didn't think it was "me" I am so disgusted with my abdominal area, its depressing. So, I started researching and found this wonderful, supportive site! You are all an inspiration. So I went to a couple of consultations and decided I have to have it done...for my own sanity!! I am scheduled for November 15, 2012 and everyday is one day closer to being myself again!
I haven't had the opportunity of taking pictures, nor even posting them, but I will get to it soon!

Thank you Jen (just saw his post lol) I plan on taking my before pics SOON! Two more months before my day!!
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Hi Flab u less, I am so happy to see you hear. I have five kids, but by my second I knew I would need a TT. I also had 3 c-sections with my first 3 and my last 2 were homebirths.

I hope you keep us posted on your journey. Your day will be here before you know it. :)
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Welcome to RealSelf!  I am happy you joined us and look forward to following you through your journey.

You will love having a flat tummy!    Make sure to take plenty of before and after pictures because you will love watching the transformation take place.

 

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Finally got to snap some pics of myself, by...

Finally got to snap some pics of myself, by myself! My sugery date is 8 weeks away from today. I made the appointment back in June I think and the time since then has flown. Nov 15 will be here very quick. I am also having lipo done on my upper arms. Tey are so embarrasing to me in short sleves. I don't really have hanging skin, they are like the little tikes baseball bats for the 2 yr olds so they don't miss the ball lol!!
I keep following everyones progress. I am very excited mixed with anxiousness :/ I am slowly perparing myself and accumulating things that I'll need! I have my botton down shirts, granny panties, MOM lol. I am mentally preparing as if I'm having a C-section, since I had 3 of them, I'm guaging the recovery like it and hoping for a little better!
Cant wait!!
My Dr said that recovery after a tummy tuck is nothing compared to a c-section, and you did it three times already. Our bellies look sort of similar, can't wait to see how yours comes out!
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Well I hope recovery will be a snap then! But thats why I'm keeping the c-section mentality..so i will hopefully be a bit better. I had a laporsocopy in 2000, and the was a walk in the park!
I agree ou bodies look very similar. I can't wait to be ridof the "flap"!!
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Hi Flab U Less! You are going to look fabulous after your surgery. I can't wait to follow your progress! :)
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I made my appointment with my Dr for clearance.....

I made my appointment with my Dr for clearance...its in two weeks. Its all starting to set in :O
Can anybody give me insight on how they prepped days before thier surgery? Including any "medical" prep! Thanks
Flab U Less, I am 56 and 5 weeks post op. I don't have any input on medical prep, but for navigating recovery I would 1) rent a hospital bed for at least the first 2 weeks. I did not do this and I regretted it. I slept in a recliner and most nights I could not get comfortable. If you have the room, get a bed. 2) Hubby got me a walker and it made a HUGE difference in my comfort level. You need to get up and move around about every hour during the day (you don't want a DVT, blood clot) and walking hunched over will kill your back, so the walker helps a lot. 3) Stool softeners. Take them. Your abs will not be in favor of pooping for the first couple weeks. Best of luck to you, you will do fine, but be ready for a very slow recovery. At 5 weeks I'm still most comfortable in my hospital-issue compression garment, so I wear it. It won't be forever, so I'm just listening to my body and acting accordingly.
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Hi Flab U less,
Our stories are very similar. I'm 48 with two kids via c-section. All my weight is in my tummy and 3 consultations later, I am going for a 4th...crazy I know! Even our thoughts are similar. Hubby says it's elective surgery but now he's ok with it. I think of it like another c-section but with different results...one a beautiful baby, two, a beautiful belly! I will follow your journey. Hearing from others really motivates me to get this done once and for all! After 15 years of thinking of it...I need the courage to just DO it! Wishing you all the best and do keep us updated!
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Today marks 6 weeks away! I'm having those...

Today marks 6 weeks away! I'm having those feelings most of you talk about. Do I really need to do this? How will I feel?? I refer back to my c-sections and know that it really can't be any worse than that! I got three beautiful babies as a result...this result will be a better body! How ironic!!! I'm nervous and anxious! Been thinking and begining the prep for my meal plans so all my family has to do is heat and eat so good home cooking! I'm tsill looking for information of wha medical prep work, if any is to be done prior to surgery, as well as after. I know my Dr will give instructions too!
Hey FUL! I know exactly how you feel. And Yes, of course you need to do this. You deserve this after bringing three beautiful children to into this world and raising them to be a great benefit to society. I am excited for you. You will do great!!!
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Today marks 6 weeks away! I'm having those feelings most of you talk about. Do I really need to do this? How will I feel?? I refer back to my c-sections and know that it really can't be any worse than that! I got three beautiful babies as a result...this result will be a better body! How ironic!!! I'm nervous and anxious! Been thinking and begining the prep for my meal plans so all my family has to do is heat and eat so good home cooking! I'm tsill looking for information of wha medical prep work, if any is to be done prior to surgery, as well as after. I know my Dr will give instructions too!
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Thursday will mark 4 weeks away. The time is...

Thursday will mark 4 weeks away. The time is going fast. I hope the recovery goes as fast!! I already see me asking myself “Why did I do this”!! But it will be so worth it.

I went for my medical clearance yesterday. My Dr asked me when I saw her last. I said in court. Her reaction was “Huhh”?? I reminded her she testified for me at my Divorce trial. She said she filed that memory. She was happy for me having the surgery and said all is good; we’re just waiting for the blood results.

I posted some pics of me in clothes, the rolls I want to get rid of!
Yes, you will definitely see how fast time flies from here!!! It seems like yesterday I was at my two week mark and now I am at one more week! Your surgery will be here before you know it, recovery will be quick and easy for you, then you will be rocking a hot body!!! At least those are my hopes for you. ;o)
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kool i love his great neck office specially that they offer parking. and its so nice inside i been to both offices and they are both over top.
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time will fly by.. those 4 weeks will be here in no time. when will see doctor tehrani again?
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I’m 3 weeks away. I’m getting very excited. ...

I’m 3 weeks away. I’m getting very excited. I had my medical clearance on Monday Oct 15th. Everything went well, but I did get the dreaded call the day after lab was done. I prayed it was just high cholesterol or something simple. All it was is that I’m anemic (slightly) which I knew. She did more tests on the sample and can’t find anything. She said we’ll look at it in the future and good luck with the surgery!



So the countdown begins. I think I have gotten, ordered, done or almost done with everything I wanted to get done. From OTC meds, comfy clothes, meals cooked!!! It feels good to be organized, but that leaves a little time to “think” lol
Hey who is your Ps? i am in nyc also and getting mine done mid december
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Dr Tehrani...I'm on long island. He has a Manhattan office as well
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Hi flabbuless, I just stopped by to wish you good luck with upcoming sx. I found you on the Nov schedule. I'm having mine also on the 15. We will "suffer" together.
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Well...today is my pre-op and sugery in 2 weeks. I...

Well...today is my pre-op and sugery in 2 weeks. I had my med clearance and all is good to go. I'm nervous for the fact that I still don't have power from Hurricane Sandy (I am greaful for everything I have...I know a lot of ppl who lost cars, boats and/or homes) So its bitter sweet. I have most of the OTC meds to help as well as comfort clothes. Meals are cooked, but want to get a few more done...IF I get power back :/

Not having my appt today...the Dr. not making it...

Not having my appt today...the Dr. not making it in....no words

I wanted to update...I am thankful I got power...

I wanted to update...I am thankful I got power back this evening. I am a lucky one. Monday is my pre op. Whew... Wishing all affected by Sandy are safe and doing well
Wondering how you're doing? 6 More Days!!!! How exciting!!!
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Hi Jen...Been real busy (as you would know!) Now its 3 days!! I'm already, set to go! I have a real sense of calm...I feel very organized. Thank god my kids are older and can help me and their selves!! See you on the flat side soon!!!
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Woohoo!!! I'm so excited for you!!! These 3 days are going to go by so fast.
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I'm only two days away! I'm excited and calm. ...

I'm only two days away! I'm excited and calm. Feel good about this. I have everything ready at home. I don't feel like I'm missing anything.


I added a pic of my arms. I don' know if I mentioned that I am having lipo on these base ball bats!! Anything will be an improvement!

One more day:)

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Feels like Christmas!!!
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:) :)

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I'm on the flat side!! Everything went well in...

I'm on the flat side!! Everything went well in surgery. But there was a surprise....I had a slight Hermia. The pain is manageable but not like a cesarean. Certainly looking forward to the pain subsiding. The control garnment is.very constricting. My family has been very helpful. Monday the 19th I go for post op.
Congrats on your tt. Take your meds and the pain will get better each day.
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Thanks and I do take my meds every 4 hours like the bottle says!! lol. I feel better everyday!
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Congratulations and happy healing.
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Overall it's been tolerable. At one point the pain...

Overall it's been tolerable. At one point the pain was bad. I'm able to move a little more freely each day. I'm so looking forward to being much better.

Dr removed a total of 7 lbs between the flap and lipo and I had a surprise hernia. I have a post op appt tomm and I'm afraid of taking this cg off.

I rest all I can and nap after meds. And... It's about that time. Till next time...
Congrats, let us know how your appt goes tomorrow! My PS only removed 1.5lbs of skin, not sure how much volume with lipo, grrr. Post pictures when you can. I like seeing peeps of a similiar age and their results. Sleep well tonight.
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The amount removed depends on each person. I neeeeedef a lot removed lol. I plan on posting pics as soon as I can get some. Maybe at the docs tomm. I have been sleeping so great. I really have nothing to complain about
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Welcome to the flat side. Things will get easier. Just give yourself time and plenty of rest. Hope everything goes well for you tomorrow.
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Today is post-op day four. I can't believe what a...

Today is post-op day four. I can't believe what a difference I feel. I had my first BM I know that's TMI but what feeling Im standing almost upright. I have my first postop appointment with my doctor this afternoon can't wait to see what he has to say. I hope I keep on moving on the positive side of all this Good luck and happy healing to all

I went to my to my 1st post op and everything is...

I went to my to my 1st post op and everything is right on track. Ill keep the drains another week. The Dr seemed pleased w his work as am I. Still get my tired bouts but seem shorter. Got the ok to shower boy did that feel good so I took the opportunity to take some pics!!
You look beautiful!!!! I know ur feelling better now so just imagine later. Happy Healing and enjoy
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Ty Beth. I am so pleased w the results I believe it will only get better. I think ur 4 week post op pic is awesome and hoped I would look close to that and I can't complain!!
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you look great.... awesome awesome awesome. when do you return?
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Today I am one week post op. I’m really...

Today I am one week post op. I’m really starting to feel more human again. I’m getting back to my past normal schedule. I slept in my own bed last night and it was amazing! The cats knocked on the door at 7 like always. ( I think they missed me being on the couch with them…too funny) Sure there are still the twings and twangs of pain and all that go with that, but hell, for what my body went through and my result…I can not complain!

I still have the associated swelling/puffiness that comes with the territory. I do feel lethargic or drained. I’m not used to this much down time. When I started planning this procedure 5 months prior I told myself that I would “just” rest and take the “ME” time and heal. But I’m trying to find the right balance.

I already spoke to my office mgr (we are a smalllll company) and told her not to expect me back from my “vaca” till a day or two later and said no problem!

My only complaint would be my kids (lol…go figure right) They were great, asked if I needed anything, made sure I was ok), but, what bothered me is that they saw dishes in the sink, the laundry basket piling up or the newspaper on the lawn. NOT ONE of them bent over or stretched a hand to move it. Hhhhmmmmm

Going to enjoy my Thanksgiving today…I hope you all do too!!
hey flab u less loving your result our doctor is awesomeeeeeeeee. i love that guy when i see im ask him when can he fix these twin girls they need a lift...
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Lol. Go for it. I would love to "contour" and "fix" a lot more but my pocketbook is arguing with me!!
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You look great!!! Sounds like you are doing good! Congrats!! Happy Journey!
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So today is postop day nine. Amazing what a couple...

so today is postop day nine. Amazing what a couple days can do for you. Yesterday I felt so tired it was so overwhelming that I refuse to let it take hold of me today so I got myself together drove myself to the mall picked up a couple of things for Christmas I am home and a little tired but not wiped out. Twinings of pain Are minimal im not taking any kind of pain meds. I have a postop appointment on Monday and hoping to get my drains out. Feeling good and healing good and I can't wait till I'm back to myself
I took some pictures at seven days postop but really there isn't much of a difference so I'll continue to take pictures until I see a difference
I go back to doc on Monday too. Got my drains out at one week. I would take a pain pill before your visit, lessens the sting of pulling the drains.
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I feel better and better every day. Still have...

I feel better and better every day. Still have that "sore" feeling. Had only 1 drain removed on day 10 post op visit, but I'd rather be "inconvienced" by the drain than have the other alternative! I know I cold feel a lot worse, but I want to start feeling that I can bend or get up without a twang or sting.

Good news...so far I lost 4 1/2 inches on my waist and 2 inches on my hipsand I lost 5 lbs. I know it will coninue to get better, but for me its all about the shape! SOOOO glad my pouch is gone!

I'm adding a pic of my first day back to work. Many of my co-workers have had medical issues (thank god this was elective) and we all laughed at my "buddy" (drain!)
You look amazing Fab!!! So nice that you introduced Mr. Drain to everyone at work. lol
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You look fabulous !
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Thank you all for the kind remarks!! I work in a small office and a couple people knew prior and the rest knew by the time I got back. No biggie. I look at it as I am healthy (unlike two of my family members passing from cancer) so its all good...moving foward!!
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So today marks 3 weeks post-op!! Believe it or...

So today marks 3 weeks post-op!! Believe it or not I feel a BIG difference from yesterday to today. I went to Wholesale club and my belly hurt, very tight. I thought that since I had my last drain removed Monday that I was now “retaining” the fluid :O Well….I had passed a “little” gas and felt better! Whew!!
I went home and had to start cleaning out my dining room set (finally sold it in preparation for moving and selling my house beginning next spring) so I had to clean it out. Well, of course I over did it. Pains shooting thru the incision, my lower back aching. So my BF massaged my back, I took 3 Aleve, slept like a baby and today, feel like a million bucks!! I think I passed another major hurdle in the recovery stage.
My incision is healing nicely…still quite raised but def flatter than 3 weeks ago. When I went to my appt Monday, I asked the Doc why the skin around the corners moving toward the center looked like a “dumpling”, he chuckled and said, so I don’t get dog ears and it will be flat. It is getting better.
To date, I’ve lost 8 lbs, over 5 inches on my waist, just over an inch on my arms and about 2 inches on my hips. I can tell I still have swelling especially in the pubic area and top paart of my buttocks and will eventually be a lot flatter.

To back track to the beginning of this journey….I think this was a little worse than a c-section. It’s like a c-section, with the added tightening of the abs. Then to deal with the restrictive, constrictive garment and all. Even 3 weeks later, I ‘m amazed at some of the discomfort I feel (much less, but there none the less) After 2 week recovery at home, going back to my job as a “receptionist” took me 2 hours to get ready, when it used to take maybe 45 to 55 min. I have it down to about an hour and a half now!! WOW!
Looking back much of this is a blur. I have to thank my lucky stars that I didn’t have that emotional rollercoaster that some speak of. I don’t think I’ve had that “swell hell”. I think I am just moving forward…feeling better each day. Minor things have bothered me. One day I did have a wardrobe malfunction…I tried to wear dress pants that were tight before surgery but thought “Oh, I can do this” but NO. I was so uncomfortable…because of the bit of swelling. I look toward the light at the “end?” of the tunnel, or at least in 2 to 3 months’ time be very close to normal.

Again, when I think I see a diff in the pics, I’ll post some. It’s just that the changes are slight.

Till next time...think positive thoughts!!!
Awesome! You sound like you are doing so great! Good for you. I am so happy for you. I hope your healing continues to go with no major issues. Happy healing. ;o)
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It takes me forever to get dressed in the morning too now...lotion here...scar treatment there...wait for it to dry...getting the undershirt on...the CG on...readjusting...geesh!!
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LMAO...I just have to laugh...
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So i'm officially 4 weeks post op. I feel better...

So i'm officially 4 weeks post op. I feel better and better everyday and week to week! I had a "massage" at the Dr's office and it felt so good. I know it helped with my circulation and retention.

To date I lost 1 1/4 on my arms, just over 5 inches on my waist and over 2 inches on my hips. I've lost 9 lbs so far. I am looking forward to getting back to the gym to tone my arms and trim my lower half.

I posted pics...sorry I forgot to do my arms. I will when I get a chance :)

Stay well....stay postitive!!
you look amazing!!!
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Thank you so much!! :)
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you look great...
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Well, here it is the New Year!! I'm 7 wekks...

Well, here it is the New Year!! I'm 7 wekks post-op and I'm feeling better and better everyday. I never expected to have as much numbness as I "still" do and I assume over time it will continue to get better. I stopped wearing my CG at 6 weeks. I wanted to stop at 4, but the Dr suggested 6 weeks and at least 12 hrs a day, so I figured I'd just do the 24/7.

I still have what I consider to be a good amount of swelling in the pubic area. Again, I know in time it should get better (I hope)

The one dissapointment I have is that my scar out by my hips, shows if I hike up my undies or my bathing suit... just a little. I feel like I have to wear "granny" leg bathing suits...

To date I've lost 13 lbs, 6 inches on my waist, 1 1/2 inches on my arms and 3 inches on my hips. I'm looking forward to going back to the gym soon.
you look awesome flabuless. i have a lil kangaroo pouch due to swelling now so i understand what u mean by the swelling in your pevic area. but you honestly look awesome.
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Thank you so much!! I am very pleased, but now that I am used to it, I find little things that bother me..I wish I was flatter, or trimmer. I told myself I wouldn't do that to myself. I should be happy that my pouch is gone!! lol
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you look awesome!!
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New pics...I think there is just a slight...

New pics...I think there is just a slight difference, if any!
Fab u less girl you look awesome... your scar as well as mine looks very similar.
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Hope your doing well! Is your scar sort low on the hips where it would stick out of your bathing suit?
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Yia flab u less mines is just like your. Exactly the same scar we have.
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Just a quick up date. These were clothes I was...

Just a quick up date. These were clothes I was wearing BEFORE surgery and now after. These pants are falling off me!!! :)
All I can say is OMG!!! you look fantastic... I don't get mine till March ...did your PS say why the swelling in the pubic area.. I can not wait to wear little sexy undies..... Oh once you hit the gym the butt and thighs you hate will go the way you want...
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Thank you!!! And good luck on yours! If you have any questions, let me know, I'll answer best I can! As far as the swelling, I go back to PS in a week. I'm still only 8 to 9 weeks post surgery. They say 12 weeks is a better guage. We'll see :/
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Lookin' good!
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Ok...I added one more comparison pic...just a...

Ok...I added one more comparison pic...just a before and after.


Also....I just bought my first Bikini since 1988. Yup, its been that long!!! Now I just have to dig up the nerve to wear it in Public lol Nah...I'll be strutting it on my upcoming cruise!!! If I get a decent pic, I will post it :)
You look amazing, you should be so elated. Congrats!
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Have fun on the cruise you look great ..
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You look wonderful go strut your stuff!! I know I would
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